Evernight Teen – Teen Read Week Scavenger Hunt!

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Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library ServicesAssociation (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

Seek the Unknown @ Your Library is Teen Read Week’s theme this year. Explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books!

Our authors are playing a game of hide and seek this week with a fun Scavenger Hunt you can even play in your pajamas!

What’s up for grabs? We’re giving away an All-New Kindle Paperwhite eReader randomly chosen from all correct entries!

Plus, we’ll randomly select three lucky commenters to receive $10 Evernight gift certificates! Just explore the exciting books onEvernight Teen and let us know which titles you’d love to read and why.

Ready to play? Click here for questions and hunt link locations! Scavenger hunt responses

Visit our participating authors:
Sasha Hibbs
Bette Maybee
S.X. Bradley
Stephanie Lawton
Trakena Prevost
Diana Stager
Christine Klocek-Lim
Amaris Chapman
Melissa Frost

Goodreads Giveaway in honor of Teen Reading Week (Oct. 13-19)

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In honor of Teen Reading Week (Oct. 13-19), I’m giving away two copies of Disintegrate!

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Disintegrate is a bestseller on OmniLit, a Night Owl Reviews Top Pick, and an Evernight Teen Editor’s Pick!

To read an excerpt, click here.

  • Young Adult, Paranormal, Suspense, Romance
  • Word Count: 51,000
  • Published By: Evernight Teen

Description:

Emily just wanted a normal life: a boyfriend, college, two parents who loved her. Instead, her dad disappeared when she was fourteen and her life at college is anything but ordinary.

When you can manipulate matter like putty and you have no idea why, how do you pretend to be like everyone else? What happens when you meet a guy who has the same powers? Do you trust him to help you find the answers you need?

Emily desperately wants to believe that Jax can help, but the stakes grow higher than she’d ever expected: someone is after them and they’re not afraid to use violence to get what they want.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Disintegrate by Christine Klocek-Lim

Disintegrate

by Christine Klocek-Lim

Giveaway ends October 19, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog and my Bucket List

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USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog is talking about my bucket list today! Strangely, all the things I would like to do before I die revolve around places I want to go: a desert, an ocean, and to visit a ginormous tree. Click through to read the whole post!

USA Today Happy Ever After – Three Things – my bucket list

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And don’t forget, you can still get Disintegrate on your Kindle for only $0.99 at Amazon!

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All Evernight Teen titles are on sale, including Disintegrate!

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Guess what’s going to be $0.99 on Amazon? If you thought, hmm, maybe Christine’s book, Disintegrate, will be insanely cheap for a whole week, you guessed right! Disintegrate and the rest of the Evernight Teen ebook titles will be on sale for 99 cents for a week, starting Monday, August 5th! You can’t beat that deal! That means you can get seven books for $7!

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Check them all out: Evernight Teen Amazon Kindle books:

Disintegrate by Christine Klocek-Lim

Phoenix: The Rising by Bette Maybee

Shrapnel by Stephanie Lawton

Elysium by Sylah Sloan

Unraveled by S.X. Bradley

Slayer for Hire by P.E. Cunningham

Blood Hex by Erin Butler

Disintegrate featured in the Standard Speaker

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I grew up in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. It’s what I call a small city: not as big as Allentown or Philadelphia, but not as small as Jim Thorpe or as cute as Emmaus. It’s right in the middle of the northeastern PA coal-mining region. I had some good teachers and one or two great ones. It was lovely to have my old hometown newspaper call me up to ask about my young adult novel. Even though I haven’t lived there in a long time, I remember it well. Here is the link to the Community feature in the Standard Speaker:

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Many thanks go to Jill Whalen for calling me up and asking me about my childhood teachers. It was nice to reminisce about the past.

Goodreads Giveaway winners!

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My Goodreads giveaway for Disintegrate has been a huge success! I have two winners: Abby and Tanya. Congratulations! I just got home from the post office. Your paperback copies are now in the mail.

For the giveaway, I had 821 people requesting the book. I had no idea so many people would be interested, but I’m very grateful that Disintegrate seems to have intrigued so many readers.

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Stay tuned… I have more giveaways planned for the future—this time with an ebook copy or two of the book.

Copywriting – the forgotten art

 

My best friend and honorary sister, Dawn Barnes, has won an award for her copywriting from GDUSA (American Graphic Design Awards 2012). If you click on the photo above, then click thru to numbers 15 and 16, you’ll see the ads for which she wrote the copy. I can’t even begin to tell you how cool this is, and I’m really freaking proud of her. She has been doing copywriting and editing since we were in Carnegie Mellon together. That’s decades, people, and this is her first award.

That’s the part that is insane. Copywriting is the most forgotten part of writing. You know all those Whatever for Dummies Books? She did a lot of the copy for those, too. It’s the stuff that appears in ads, on the back of books, on the inside flaps of books, the blurbs on Amazon, the stuff on the back of your cereal box, and more. Those words don’t come out of nowhere, they’re written. I can tell you, honestly and with great conviction: writing copy for stuff like that is INSANELY DIFFICULT.

I’ve written a bunch of novels and you know what the hardest part is? Writing the back cover blurbs. The stuff that’s supposed to draw in the reader and make them want to buy the book. I suck at it. No, really, I truly do. The people who do this for a living, like my friend Dawn, have my utmost appreciation and respect. And did I mention? The pay for this kind of thing kind of sucks. So, this post is for her—I’m clapping for all those copywriters out there who work really hard that no one ever even thinks about. You rock!

My new website–> ChristineKlocekLim.com!

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Welcome to my new website! It’s been a long time coming and I’m sorry I have to pack my old one away in its virtual trunk, but when technology changes, so too must we.

I originally created November Sky with Dreamweaver, I think. I may have used something before that, but I no longer remember. Thing is, I’ve been online in some form or another since 1987, not with a website, but with email and various accounts at various places. Yes, I remember CompuServe and scrolling through the internet on a terminal. Not a terminal window, an actual, physical terminal. Anyway, the software I use to keep my website up and running is going extinct, so I have decided to merge my blog (November Sky Poetry Blog) and my personal website (November Sky) into one new place: christinekloceklim.com.

Some things from November Sky are gone (the photographs) and some poems, and some things have been added (I imported all my blog posts). Some stuff is new: the menus that point to my fiction writing. I’m planning on doing a lot more novel writing this coming year and I wanted this site to reflect that. I put up some easy to use menus and you should be able to find things fairly quickly.

In a couple of weeks, I will redirect novembersky.com to point here. I apologize in advance for any broken links.

One new and awesome feature of this site is that all of the Poem Sparks you thought were lost forever when Poets.org’s Discussion Forums were taken down are now here. I put a simple link on the right sidebar for you to click. All the Poem Sparks I wrote will appear. Additionally, you can use the Search box on the bottom of the right sidebar to find Poem Sparks, too.

To see them now, just click on the photo below.

POEM SPARKS!

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And that’s basically it! 🙂 Hope you enjoy the new place!

"Who Saw the Deep" and ABNA (and a link to the excerpt)

A few years ago I wrote a novel. I revised it a few times and then I put it aside. This year I dug it up and submitted it to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award as a sci-fi novel under the general fiction category. To my surprise, it’s made it to the quarterfinals. That’s about halfway through the contest.

There are several more rounds to go: semifinals (April 24)-100 novels picked by Publisher’s Weekly, finals (May 22)-6 novels picked by Penguin editors, voting round-these 6 novels are voted on by Amazon customers to pick 2 winners, one in general fiction and one in young adult.

I have no illusions. I’ve been writing for a long time now and I have enough rejection letters to paper my walls, build a castle, or possibly burn as a giant effigy, etc. etc. Even so, it’s been great to get this far.

My novel is called “Who Saw the Deep” after a quote from the epic of Gilgamesh (depending on your translation). Here’s the epigraph that appears at the beginning of the novel:

The one who saw the deep I will declare to the world,
The one who knew all I will tell about
. . .
He saw the great Mystery, discovered the Hidden,
he recovered the knowledge of all the times before the Flood.
He journeyed beyond the distant, he journeyed beyond exhaustion,
And then carved his story on stone.

—first six lines from the epic of Gilgamesh

“Who Saw the Deep” is a science fiction novel that explores choice: life over death, trust versus skepticism, determination despite betrayal. What will Noah do when confronted with the impossible? When everything he thought he knew about the world and humanity is wrong? Noah looks into the deepest secrets of the human race and realizes the survival of the species is more dependent on love and stubbornness than he could have imagined. That civilization endures because of anonymous acts executed by ordinary individuals. Individuals like him.

If you’d like to read an excerpt (the first 5000 words of my book) go to Amazon and download it. It’s free! You can leave a review if you’d like. Here is the link to it on Amazon: Who Saw the Deep.

To download it: Click on the Buy Now button. Since it’s free, you won’t be charged. You can read it on your Kindle, your smartphone or iPad if it has the Kindle app, or you can read it on your computer with Amazon’s Kindle reader software (also a free download).

FYI: Amazon had a lot of trouble with the formatting of the excerpts. The quotations marks and apostrophes are fixed now, but my tabs and carriage returns are still somewhat randomly missing. However, the text is readable. If you read the excerpt, please keep in mind that I actually know how to use paragraph markers and carriage returns. If you’d like a clean copy of the excerpt, let me know via comments here, email, or FB and I’ll send you one.