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In Which I Feel Like I Took Felix Felicis

I have to start this out with one GIGANTIC thank you to all of those who have bought my book, and especially to those who have rated and reviewed in on Amazon, B&N, and Goodreads! I am so very thankful for your support.

LOSING IT is doing better than I ever could have imagined. It has exploded, and is currently #26 on B&N’s Nook Bestseller list! It’s doing really well on Amazon too, despite the fact that B&N had a 12 hour head start. I’ve broken the top 1000 there, and am at #906 (last I checked) and still moving.

I am so very grateful to everyone who has tweeted and posted and told their friends. This is all your doing. I’m especially grateful to the participants of the Blog Tour! Please be sure to check out the tour schedule and visit the tour stops on their assigned days. There will be interviews, extras, and a chance to enter a giveaway!

And last, but certainly not least, I’ve had so many readers ask about sequels and future books. So, as a thanks for your support, I’m here to answer that question!

1. Will there be a sequel to LOSING IT?

I don’t currently have one planned, but that doesn’t mean inspiration won’t strike me in the future. But I feel relatively comfortable saying that Bliss’s story is done for the moment. That doesn’t mean you won’t ever see her again because…

2. What future books do I have planned?

Right now, I’m working on a currently untitled companion novel for LOSING IT that will focus on Cade. It will be a little more angsty since he’s just had his heartbroken, but never fear! There will be plenty of awkward and hilarious goodness. He becomes entangled with a girl who is vastly different from any girl he’s ever been interested in, especially Bliss.  Right now it is very VERY tentatively scheduled to release in January, but as I’m still working on it, I cannot promise much more information yet. I’m also toying around with the idea of writing about Kelsey’s European travels after I finish with Cade.

If you’d like updates about future books, make sure to follow my Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads page, etc.

That’s all my updates for now! Again, thank you all! I ADORE you. Seriously.

In Awkward <3,

Cora

LOSING IT is live!

It is official! LOSING IT is live at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble!

I love love LOVE you all.

I hope you enjoy the book! I hope you love it enough to leave a review and tell your friends! And I hope you love it enough to continue checking my wee little blog here for news about my next work, which will be a companion novel to LOSING IT about Cade, one of the secondary characters in the book.

And now that the book is alive and kicking… I’m off to sleep.

Here’s to sweet writerly dreams!

In Awkward <3,

Cora

Buy LOSING IT at Barnes & Noble!

Hey guys!

Remember that time that I hit publish early on Barnes and Noble because I heard it had been taking several days for authors to get approved, then woke up to find it live and for sale less than twelve hours later?

Oh, yeah. It was now.

That’s right! LOSING IT is available to buy from Barnes & Noble!

I hit publish on Amazon early this morning, so it could be up anywhere from 12-24 hours from then until it goes live. Which means sometime tonight or tomorrow morning.

So keep your trigger finger poised over that refresh button!

I’m already seeing people reading and enjoying it on Goodreads, which is amazing! I seriously feel like I just got my letter inviting me to Hogwarts. This is THAT good.

If you do buy and read it, I will love you forever if you rate and post a review of the book on B&N and Amazon!

In Awkward <3,

Cora

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LOSING IT Blog Tour

The LOSING IT Blog Tour has begun!!!! 

Cora… Conan… we’re pretty similar in this moment! :D
The LOSING IT Blog Tour has officially been kicked off at the YA Sisterhood with a review and a giveaway. Oh, and did I mention they’ve also posted the entire first chapter for your reading pleasure?
Did I also mention that I’ve already hit that all important publish button at Barnes and Noble? B&N apparently takes a little longer than Amazon, so I hit it a bit early. I’ll be hitting Amazon’s tomorrow, and then it’s just a matter of waiting until they come up. I’ve published early enough that they should almost definitely be available by midnight on the 15th, if not sooner. 
So, you can join Conan and I in the ansty pants waiting game. Day Two of the Blog Tour will be Sunday at Books Over Boys with a review and some favorite quotes from the book! 
LOVE YOU ALL! 
In Awkward <3, 
Cora
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ERMAHGERD. LOSING IT Gets a New Release Date!

GUESSSSSSSS WHAT, FRIENDS? GUESS! GUESS! OKAY, DON’T GUESS I’LL SHOW YOU!

DO YOU SEE THAT NUMBER???? 1502!!!
Do you know what that means?!?
First, it means: 

Second, it means you met my earlier challenge, so I’m MOVING UP the release date of LOSING IT from the 16th to the 15th!!!!

Huzzah! I hope you guys are as excited as I am! Because I am SO excited!  I’ve been getting a lot of questions about LOSING IT not being available for pre-order, so this seems like a good time to clear some things up. LOSING IT is independently published, which means it won’t be available for pre-order. I’ll be hitting publish sometime on the 14th (or perhaps a little earlier). It’s impossible to know how quickly the book will be available after that because it varies for everyone. I plan to hit publish with plenty of time to spare so that it will definitely be available on the 15th. Because of that, it might even go up earlier that the 15th if the process goes quickly, so feel free to keep an eye on Amazon/B&N or my twitter and facebook for updates. I’ll let you know when it is available for sale! 
WHOO-HOO! Now time for more celebration! A majorly awesome blog tour will be kicking off this Saturday at The YA Sisterhood. It will run through the end of October and will have lots of fun interviews, excerpts, and extras! :)
Again! Thank you! Thank you! Your support for this story has been tremendous so far! I cannot wait for the release date! 
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LOSING IT Giveaway!

Guys!

GUYS! 

You are AWESOME. Just yesterday I issued a challenge that if we got to 1000 “to read” adds on Goodreads, I’d host a giveaway for an advanced copy of LOSING IT. This is a big deal guys, because I wasn’t planning to give out any more copies before the release! But you guys are just too amazing! Because LOOK: 
Ahhhhhhmazing! So, I’m here to fulfill my promise! Below is a Rafflecopter form that could enable you to read LOSING IT less than a week from today! Also, don’t forget: if we hit 1500 adds, I’ll move the release day forward one day! Same goes for 2000 and 2500! So, LOSING IT could possibly be released a full THREE days early! 
UPDATE: We just hit 1,350! Only 150 to go until the next challenge is met! 
Thank you all for your support! You’re amazing! And now for the part you really care about… the giveaway! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Want to read LOSING IT early? AKA… The One with the Challenge

Hellooooo friends!

So many amazing things have been happening that I’ve had a little trouble keeping up and have neglected my sad little blog. I think it’s time to change that! So… I have some news and a challenge for you all!

The news is… LOSING IT has a cover!!!! The cover reveal (organized by the YA Sisterhood) was a phenomenal success!!! Over 30 blogs participated, and the reaction was FANTASTIC! Sadly, since the cover reveal, I had to make a slight change to the font on the cover so that it would be more readable as a thumbnail for when it goes up for sale. So here is the latest version for your viewing pleasure!

*Fans self* 
The guy is pretty cute, huh? Trust me… the rest of the picture that I cut out is even better! It will be released along one stop of the blog tour! 
Now that that’s done, are you guys ready for my challenge? It’s a big one! Well, actually it’s a multi-part challenge! 
If LOSING IT hits 1000 “to read” adds on Goodreads, I’ll host a giveaway for one advanced copy of LOSING IT! These are rare folks, and I hadn’t planned to give any more out, but I think 1000 adds deserves celebrating! Here’s where we currently stand on Goodreads: 
Not that far to go, right? That giveaway is within your grasp! 
UPDATE: Challenge met! See the next post for the giveaway! 

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BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! 

If LOSING IT hits 1500 “to read” adds, I’ll do something crazy! I’ll bump the release date up by at least one full day (the current release date is October 16th). I’ll do the same at 2000 and 2500 too, which means LOSING IT could be released by as many as three days early! 
UPDATE: WE’VE HIT 1350! Not much more to go before the 1500 challenge! October 15th is looking pretty good for the release date!  
Everyone I’ve interacted with so far has been so enthusiastic and encouraging and amazing. 

I BELIEVE IN REWARDING THAT KIND OF AWESOME. 

And I like coming up with rewards! So, who knows? Maybe if you guys continue to impress and awe me, I’ll come up with even more rewards! 
Love, love, love you all! 
In awkward <3, 
Cora
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Finishing Touches or the One Where I Realize Just How Much Work I Have Left to Do.

So… I’ve spent the day working on finishing touches for LOSING IT before I begin the process of formatting it for Kindle and Nook.

Now… I say finishing touches, which makes you think I’d be finished, right?

WRONG.

This is my first self-publishing experience, and I seriously have to give mad respect to all the indie authors that have come before me. This is tough job that takes a lot of work. I knew this going in, of course, but that doesn’t make the process any less daunting.

There’s only me standing between those typos and the final draft. I think I’m going to have nightmares of finding a typo on the day of publication. Seriously.

So, of course, I’m obsessively checking things and making changes, even though I would have sworn to you two weeks ago it was done.

The editing bug has struck again. :)

Anyway, after a day of editing, I thought I deserved some fun. So… I’m sharing one of my favorite quotes from LOSING IT!

This particular quote comes right after Bliss has a pretty stressful experience. I think it about sums up the way she feels for large portions of the book and also tells you a bit about her sense of humor.

I wanted to crawl into a hole and die.
I wanted to crawl into a hole at the bottom of a ravine, then be buried under an avalanche, and then die.
I wanted… to cry. 

Well, there you have it! I’m sure there will be more quotes and fun tidbits in coming weeks! 

LOSING IT releases October 16th in ebook on both Amazon and B&N! 

Freaking Out!

Ahh! I’m freaking out, guys!

The amazing YA Sisterhood blog is organizing a cover reveal and blog tour for LOSING IT. I love those girls, and they’re going to be so instrumental in getting the word out about my book. Obviously, I’m a bit behind in the world of social media, but I’m working on it. :)

Amy, the Eldest YA Sister, sent out an email tonight, and emails are already coming in with interest to participate in both the reveal and the tour.

This is one of those moments where I think, “Oh my God! This is REAL.”

Then, of course, I go obsessively back to my manuscript because even though I’ve edited it numerous times, suddenly I’m certain it’s awful, and just have to check again.

Hopefully this sad, empty new blog won’t stay empty for long! :)

But can officially say LOSING IT’s cover will be revealed MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24th on the YA Sisterhood blog and numerous others!

*SQUEEE!*

Introducing Me!

Hi All!

My name is Cora. Thanks for visiting my blog! I’m an indie writer, and my first book releases October 16th. I’ve been writing all my life, and LOSING IT was the easiest to write of them all. It’s about a girl trying not to lose her mind before she loses her virginity. 

It was one of those books that just flowed, and I actually completed the entire first draft in three weeks! It encompasses a lot of the things that I love:

  • Theatre– the main character, Bliss, is a college theatre student. 
  • Forbidden love– Bliss’s love interest is definitely available and interested, but there’s the slight problem that he’s her college professor. 
  • Awkward situations–Yeah, these abound. :)
  • Kissing– oh so much kissing. 
  • More than kissing– it is a book about virginity… and losing it. :)
I’d love for you to follow me here or on twitter! Drop me a line, and be on the looking for LOSING IT in Mid-October!