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OMG, I So So SOOOOO, can’t wait to read this book–it looks so cute: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller releases on May 7, 2013

Blurb:

On the outside, seventeen-year-old Madelyne Summers looks like your typical blond cheerleader—perky, popular, and dating the star quarterback. But inside, Maddie spends more time agonizing over what will happen in the next issue of her favorite comic book than planning pep rallies with her squad. That she’s a nerd hiding in a popular girl’s body isn’t just unknown, it’s anti-known. And she needs to keep it that way.

Summer is the only time Maddie lets her real self out to play, but when she slips up and the adorkable guy behind the local comic shop’s counter uncovers her secret, she’s busted. Before she can shake a pom-pom, Maddie’s whisked into Logan’s world of comic conventions, live-action role-playing, and first-person-shooter video games. And she loves it. But the more she denies who she really is, the deeper her lies become…and the more she risks losing Logan forever.

Born and raised in northern Louisiana, Leah Rae Miller still lives there on a windy hill with her husband and kids. She loves comic books, lava lamps, fuzzy socks, and Cherry Coke. She spends most of her days reading things she likes and writing things she hopes other people will like.

Pre-order Links:

Amazon-http://www.amazon.com/Summer-I-Became-Nerd/dp/1620612380/

BN.com- http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-summer-i-became-a-nerd-leah-rae-miller/1113610315

Here are a few ways to keep up with Leah:

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14744489-the-summer-i-became-a-nerd

Twitter- https://twitter.com/LeahR_Miller

Website/blog- http://leahraemillerblog.blogspot.com/

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So, last week I got my first pass edits for The Winter People! Woot-woot. I’m hard at work as we speak on trying to get those bad boys cranked out. First pass edits are normally the hardest. This is the time when your editor sends you an editorial letter (or perhaps an editorial tome—LOL) depending on what needs to be done.

My editorial letter—4 ½ nearly five pages long. EEEK. Which, in the grand scheme of things really isn’t so bad. And there wasn’t anything HUGE or earth shattering that needs to be fixed. Most of the characterizations were good, so that in itself was awesome. I get to add some scenes with a character I’m seriously madly in love with (hehehe), also need to clarify a few things…but yeah, so far, so good.

I think there was one “bigger” thing I needed to address in this book, which will link into something that we find out more about in the 3rd book. But, the big trick will be trying to let the reader in on some of it, without giving everything away now. And it also answers several questions as to why my character or her family isn’t doing certain things.

The hardest part of this process though is trying to figure out where to cut things and where the additional scenes/chapters will need to be added. So, anyway, that’s what’s happening on the writing front. Editing. Revising. Making story pretty for its late 2013 release.

This week basketball season starts for my daughter. We’ll be doing the crazy busy running stuff again—but it’s fun to watch her play. So I foresee many long nights in my future.

We also have band/orchestra concerts coming up in the next week to two weeks for the kidlets too. And of course, we have to find some time in here to get our tree up (ahh, how is it almost Christmas).

I hope everyone had a FABULOUS Thanksgiving.

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How is November already halfway over? LOL. Things on the writing front have been WAY slow. I’m ¼ of the way through writing the sequel to The Winter People. It’s still coming along pretty well. Hoping to make some real word count progress during Thanksgiving weekend and during my vacation in December. I’m avoiding all the shiny new ideas that keep trying to distract me—in other words, I’m jotting down a few notes and setting them aside.

This brings me to what I really wanted to discuss today: My LOVELY, FABULOUS, AWESOME, and sometimes CRAZY crit partners. Seriously. I don’t know what I’d do without these ladies. First of all, they see all my first draft stuff (and boy is some of it a hot mess—LOL) and always help me find ways to make it shine. They’re brilliant and honest and really want my stories to be the best they can. These ladies challenge me—make me dig deeper.

They’ve been there through SO much with me. They hung out with me during the querying/rejection stage—they were cheering  me on when I landed my first agent then offered me virtual hugs and support when things didn’t work out. They championed my stories, characters, and writing when I started to lose hope and think I’d never get another agent. My fellow YAFF members (both old/new) shared my excitement when I landed another agent and sold some books. They’ve been such a HUGE support system for me.

As writers we share not only our love of the written word, but we share a piece of ourselves—through writing, through personal communications. When one of us has something personal going on, we know we can vent, or complain, or ask for prayers, or cheer one another up because we’re friends.

My crit group is spread all over the country, continent, and even one separated by oceans and yet it seems like we’re so close. I can’t even tell writers enough how important it is to have a great writing support system like I do. People who “get” you. So to my crit partners THANK YOU LADIES!!!!

One of these days we really will meet up for a writer’s retreat!

((HUGS))…

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Hey, today More Than A Review has my interview up on their blog. Stop in and say hi!!!

Hope everyone is having a great November so far. I’ll try to post later this week and let you know what’s been going on in my crazy life (grrr). LOL.

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Hey everyone, I’m hanging out at the Entangled Teen Blog today talking about a couple freak out moments I had as a teen.

Stop in and say hi!

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