Notte Snippet: The First Mistake

Only one structure of any significance rose from the place, and it had been built not only with mud and rocks, but also bones. Human, animal, and unknown – if it once comprised something’s skeletal structure, it was evidently good enough for these squalid architects.

100 Reviews Giveaway Party!

Can you believe it? The Sundered has ONE HUNDRED REVIEWS on and ONE HUNDRED RATINGS on Goodreads! I’m incredibly grateful and incredibly blessed – and since this wasn’t something I did, but something that was given to me, the least I can do is give some love back to you all!


Success is not a secret – and failure isn’t what you think it is.

Chibi Notte by Celine Chapus

Notte WIP

The lovely and brilliant Dawn Metcalf (who wrote truly unique and beautiful book, if you haven’t read it yet) has tagged me for The Next Big Thing, wherein I explain the project I’m working on.

I’m severely late in answering her, because of reasons. 😉 However, it’s still my pleasure to explain.

Bringing YA to YOUR Town

Have you ever wished that a big YA book tour would make a stop in your hometown? Well, here’s your chance for that wish to come true!

2013 Holiday Special!

First up, business (and hopefully some pleasure): now through February, you can get an autographed copy of The Sundered for only eleven dollars, including shipping and handling. This is a great deal! Jump on it while you can.

Nanowrimo 2012: WINNER.

I have succeeded. Notte’s novel is only about halfway done. It’s tying in with the Sundered sequel, too. I may be at this for a while.

Thanksgiving Recipe!

See that stuffing? We made it ourselves, and you can, too. This is DELICIOUS, super-easy, and incredibly satisfying for everyone.

YA Love!

Fantabulous author Beth Revis is offering the most amazing contest ever for FIFTY autographed amazing YA books!

Interview With Jeff Goins

Do the hard thing — that’s where we grow. If you do that, you’ll never have to worry about restlessness or feeling like your life has a purpose.

Just Keep Writing

Times of doubt can be rough, but there’s a secret: you can beat your inner critic with just three words.

How to Make Third-Person Perspective More Personal

Having trouble making your characters seem less distant? This will help.

This tip is nifty. This tip is seriously, unrepentantly nifty. To make your third-person point of view sound more personal, you have to remove the filter words.

How to Find Confidence

It’s like some kind of old-timey riddle: name a thing we all wish we had, yet hate when we see it in other people?

Yup, you guessed it: confidence.

Dealing With the Word “No”

Each time you get a “no,” it can really feel like that was it – the end. You will get another chance. I’m going to share two really simple (though challenging) things that kept me going through all the “no’s,” until I finally had my “yes.”

Music Saves My SouL : by F-AYN-T

Writing Playlist (It’s Music, Man!)

I blame movies. All my scenes tend to have music. I don’t always listen to it when I’m writing or editing, but I almost always do it better when I have mad tunes playing.

(Warning: YouTube links abound. What, you didn’t think I’d mention music without giving you a chance to HEAR it, did you?)

THE SUNDERED - indie book of the day

I Won an Award!

CHECK IT OUT! This is so awesome! Thank you, Indie Book of the Day!

Balancing Creativity and Real Life

Family life, work life, and creative life form a crazy-nasty juggling act. The good news is, it’s possible. What’s required is self-control – and not the way you might think.

Chibi Notte by Celine Chapus

The Next Big Thing

The awesome and wonderful Pavarti K Tyler tagged me in a blog series called The Next Big Thing, and she’s sent me ten nifty questions regarding my next book. Thus, I bring you… answers! 🙂

What Community Means to Me

I’m totally going to steal someone else’s definition: “It’s people living life together and helping one another throughout our cities to serve our cities.”

That isn’t just trite to me. That’s very real, and I’ll tell you why.

Goodreads Giveaway!

I am giving away FIVE – that’s right, FIVE – copies of The Sundered! Enter to win, and tell your friends!

Blog Tour Winners!

Remember this awesome fantabulous blog tour a couple weeks ago? Well, it’s time to announce the winners! 😀 With pleasure, I give you… *drum-roll* winners of five-dollar gift cards!

FREE!! The Sundered, Now Through Sunday!

To celebrate my one-month debut, I’m offering the book free for Kindle through tomorrow. You don’t even need a Kindle to read it! There are apps for every platform, including an online cloud reader if you’d rather not download anything.

Wrecked by Jeff Goins

Wrecked, by Jeff Goins: Review

I don’t always post book reviews. I’ll make remarks on Goodreads occasionally, but rarely has a book moved me so much that it deserves a major spotlight.

Final Day of the Blog Tour

The final interview and reviews are up! Be sure to comment for a chance to win a $5 or $50 Amazon gift card!

Blog Tour Update!

My blog tour has launched, and it’s going absolutely FANTASTIC. I have reviews and guest blog posts up all over the place, and two nifty giveaways: a $5 Amazon gift card at EACH STOP, and a $50 gift card to a randomly drawn commenter at the end of the tour, on July 13th.


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
– George Eliot

Beating “Mediocrity”

For a long time, I refused to write because I was afraid of being mediocre. I was afraid that if I tried my best, my very best, it would turn out to be not-very-good. And then, I wouldn’t have any more hope.

See, in my head, as long as I didn’t try, I had the possibility of being good, and then I could hope. Does that sound familiar?

Blog Tour

Ever heard of RAOK? Random Acts of Kindness – this is a beautiful concept, and one that’s personally affected me in this past week.

Characters of The Sundered

I’ll tell you something I’ve learned: unless there is tension between your characters (not made-up bitchiness, not paltry unpleasantness, but actual, personality/goal-driven tension), your plot will stall.

Behold My Dorkiness, Take One

You think you’re high on the dorky meter? I may just have you beat. Behold: I have made My Little Pony versions of my dark-apocalyptic-dystopian-science-fiction protagonist and antagonist. (I’m pretty sure they’d both object.)

All About Writing in Two Short Videos

You want to know how I feel about writing, creating, the whole awesome, tear-shedding, joy-birthing, without-it-we’d-DIE-or-maybe-explode process?

J. R. R. Tolkien

Why Do You Write?

So what inspires you? For me, it’s heroism and sacrifice. True love that beats death, beauty and nobility going hand in hand. In other words, what’s done matters.

Dr. Samuel Hsu

Absent From the Body…

I lost a mentor today.

Dr. Samuel Hsu was a brilliant musician, a keen humorist, and the best history teacher I’ve ever had. He understood that learning isn’t all about disconnected facts.

The Brave and the Bold

So guess what I learned this week?

That I could attend and work at two comic book conventions, write from 1700-4000 words a day, and realize my mind is already made up about The Sundered. I’m going indie.

Letter Meme


Comment to this entry and I’ll give you a letter. List ten things, people, places, beings, thoughts, feelings, that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal.

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What Makes a Compelling Story, Pt. 4

So you’ve developed your characters, answered all the important questions, and your readers love them. You’ve developed your world, made it rich and full and extremely real. What’s next?


What Makes a Compelling Story, Pt. 3

It affects YA authors, who tend to be considerably older than the people they’re writing about. It affects fantasy/sci-fi authors, who are responsible for creating something that feels new and different but still relatable. It affects everything. But it isn’t impossible to do.

What Makes a Compelling Story, Pt. 2

Unlike the character concepts in part one, you may think wordl-building doesn’t apply to you. But even a modern, magicless YA has world-building, and if you do it wrong, your readers can tell.

What Makes a Compelling Story

There are two key things to a damn good story: 1. You can’t put it down. 2. When you finish, it won’t leave your head.

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