Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Two words: BOOK TRAILER!!!

Here's a sneak peak, teaser, book pilot, trailer. Whew! That's a mouthful! I'm so excited to share this with you! Please watch and spread the word about Changing Fate and Cystic Fibrosis :)

Thanks!





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cover Reveal for Annette K. Larsen

Some of you may have read, Just Ella, a fantastic tale about a princess. 


Just Ella


Annette K. Larsen is coming out with her next book, Missing Lily, on May 15th! Here's the cover!





Isn't it great? I can personally tell you that it matches the story perfectly! Here's the blurb.

 “You don’t know who I am,” I whispered. He didn’t move—either away from me, or closer—and after an interminable moment, I stepped back and hurried out of the house.

He didn’t follow me as I fled into the night.
Lylin was not used to being alone—much less alone, hurt, and lost. So when she is separated from her guard and forced to abandon her horse, she counts herself lucky to stumble upon a manor house. Still frightened by those who chased her into the night, she keeps her identity a secret, calling herself Lily as she accepts the help of kind servants, and the compassion of Lord Fallon. When they fall into an easy friendship, she wonders if her secrecy was too hasty. However, as she gets to know the manor and its residents, Lylin discovers that she’s not the only one hiding secrets, and it may be a very good thing that her host doesn’t know her true identity as a member of the royal family.



Here's more about my good friend, Annette.




I was born in Utah, part of a crazy, fun family of nine. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and St. Louis, MO before striking out on my own college adventure in Virginia. I decided to try my hand at writing novels after I was married and living in Idaho. I write clean romance because it’s my favorite genre, but often difficult to find. 
I have Charlotte Brontë to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally, a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to face the reality of sacrificing what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but in the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it.
I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.
Mmmm, good chocolate! Definitely comparable to good writing! 
You can learn more about Annette and Missing Lily here.
Have a great week and stay tuned for my book trailer coming next Tuesday!!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

MY VERY OWN COVER REVEAL!!!!

YES, I'M USING ALL CAPS! IT'S ONLY BECAUSE I'M THAT EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!

If someone had told me five years ago that I'd be a writer, I would've laughed in their face. Sad, I know. In fact, I think a few people actually did tell me...And I'm pretty sure I laughed. 

And I'm still laughing! But it's not a joke anymore. This is for real! Not only have I written one book, I've written seven! Now I finally get to share one with you!

Never in a million years did I imagine it would happen this way, though. I thought for sure I'd get an agent, have a great post about that experience, work with them to get all the details right, then eventually get a publisher. And I still hope to have all that one day. But this book was supposed to be self published. As I've told you before, I have no doubt about it.

Now for the good stuff...

BOOK BLURB


All Kate wants is to live. Battling cystic fibrosis is hard enough, dying from it is even harder. When her mom moves them closer to the hospital in the middle of her senior year, Kate’s determined to isolate herself—saving everyone the trouble of befriending a dying girl. It’s a difficult task when cheerful optimist Giana insists on being Kate’s friend.


Kate’s resolve falters even more when curly-haired Kyler captivates her with his sweet melodies. As her emotional walls collapse, Kate realizes the people she’s been pushing away may be the ones giving her a reason to live. But it might be too late.


Ready for the cover???


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Isn't is soooooooooooooo pretty? I got to work with some amazingly talented people on this cover! 

And it can be yours on MAY 8, 2014!!!


Note: Half of all proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I was inspired to write this book to spread awareness and maybe together, we can make it possible to find a cure.

Here's my new author photo and official book bio.

 Michelle Merrill loves kissing her hubby, snuggling her kids, eating candy, reading books, and writing first drafts. She names her computers after favorite fictional characters and fictional characters after favorite names.

To stay updated on the future details, be sure to follow this blog. Or you can find me on twitter and facebook.

Oh...and the book trailer will be out on April 15, 2014!

Thanks for your support!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Three cheers!!!

Three cheers for my friend Carol Riggs, who announced her book deal yesterday. I'd give you all the juicy details myself, but she says it so much better. And if you go to her blog, you get to see her official author photo! 

CONGRATULATIONS CAROL!!! I can't wait to read your book, The Body Institute, in January 2015!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

It's a wrap!

The photoshoots for my book cover and trailer are finally finished! The models are perfect for my characters and I can't wait to share the pictures with you! The cover reveal should be soon with the trailer following right after. And then the book release! 

Until then, here is a teaser shot...



Have a great weekend and happy writing! 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Revisions...

For some reason, that word makes me cringe. Yes, there are people who love revising. I'm not one of them. Give me a premise or a character and I'll write a first draft any day. I love the adventure of plotting and creating. But to fix it? I mean, isn't everything perfect the first time it hits the page?

Haha. I wish. Luckily there are people full of helpful information. I just finished a final revision for my book coming out in May, and now I'm going to share with you my 3 best pieces of advice.

#1-Get a critique partner...or five. The more the merrier. Read their comments and consider their advice. But don't change something unless you want to. It's your book. But at least think about their suggestions. If they mention something, stumbled on a word, or a fact...that means it was noticeable. And if your CP's catch it, most of the time readers will too. That's not always the case, but more often than not, my CP's have similar comments. Which is another reason it's nice to have more than one or two. You can compare their suggestions and decide what's best for your story!

#2. Let it rest. Honestly, everything's better after a little rest, right? If I don't get rest, nothing out of my mouth makes sense. If you don't take a break from your story, chances are, it will make sense to you, but not to everyone else. You need that space to gain a different perspective, to think subjectively about your characters, their actions, their decisions, everything. Let it rest and go back to it with fresh eyes!

#3. Read it from top to bottom. Not just once. I'd say it's safe to do after every revision. Even if you think you only made a few changes, sometimes there's a word missing, or an addition you didn't notice. At times one change can have a domino effect. You may not remember mentioning something you omitted later on in the story. Once you do a read-through, though, you'll be able to recognize inconsistencies, word repetitions, etc. Keep it consistent and keep it real :)  

As far as formatting, one of my CP's pointed me to this blog post by Vickie Motter. It's fantastic! 

And if you want more revision tips, Agent Christa Heschke is doing a weekly blog post entitled Revisions From Authors For Authors. Be sure to check it out!

I hope that helps! Good luck with your writing and happy revisions!!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Imperfections create perfection!!!

One of my facebook friends just posted a buzzfeed article about four regular women photoshopped into cover models. 

You can review the results here.

But I want to focus on the thoughts of a couple of the woman after they viewed the final result. One says,

"This is how I always wanted to see myself. But now that I see it, I'm questioning why I ever wanted to look like that."

Another says,

"Once you take away your imperfections, there's not much left of who you really are."

This is why your characters need faults. They need to be relateable. Don't make them perfect. Give them physical and emotional scars. Things to work through. Things that embarrass them. Then have them work through it and gain strength. Show the reader who your characters really are and they'll love them for it :)

Have a great week!