Friday, January 3, 2014

An Unstill Life Release, Winners & Celebrate

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An Unstill Life

Things at home are rough for fifteen-year-old Livvie Quinn. Jules, her beloved older sister is sick again after being cancer free for almost ten years.  Her mom becomes more frantic and unapproachable every day. School isn’t much better.  Just when she needs them most, her closest friends get boyfriends and have little time for Livvie – except to set her up on a series of disastrous blind dates.

Livvie seeks refuge in the art room and finds Bianca, the school ‘freak’.  Free-spirited and confident, Bianca is everything Livvie isn’t. Shaken by her mom’s desperation, her sister’s deteriorating condition, and abandoned by her friends, Livvie finds comfort and an attraction she never felt before with Bianca.

When their relationship is discovered, Livvie and Bianca become victims of persecution and bullying. School authorities won’t help and even forbid the pair to attend the Winter Formal as a couple. If Livvie defies them and goes, she risks expulsion and further ridicule from her classmates. At home, her mother’s behavior escalates to new levels of crazy and Jules is begging for help to end the pain once and for all.

While searching for the strength to make her life her own, Livvie must decide how far she’s willing to go for the people she loves.

Publisher: Musa Publishing  

About The Author

Having spent a lifetime travelling the globe, Kate Larkindale is currently residing in Wellington, New Zealand.  A cinema manager, film reviewer and mother, she’s surprised she finds any time to write, but doesn’t sleep much.  As a result, she can usually be found hanging out near the espresso machine.

Her short stories have appeared in Halfway Down The Stairs, A Fly in Amber, Daily Flash Anthology, The Barrier Islands Review, Everyday Fiction, Death Rattle, Drastic Measures, Cutlass & Musket and Residential Aliens, among others.

She has written eight contemporary YA novels, five of which other people are allowed to see.  She has also written one very bad historical romance.  She is currently working on a new YA novel that is still looking for a title other than its Twitter hashtag, #juvvielesbian.

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NOTE FROM LEXA: Kate is one of my awesome CPs, and her lyrical and emotionally powerful style make her the best writer I know.  Livvie, the mc of An Unstill Life, has synesthesia -- she smells colors and sees sounds, which are captured in brilliant descriptions by Kate.  An Unstill Life will sweep you off your feet with its beautiful imagery and the heartbreaking challenges Livvie faces.  I cannot recommend it enough!  <3

The winners of the Christmas/New Year's Giveaway for copies of Soul Cutter are:
Jess Haight
T.B. Markinson


This week I'm celebrating:

1)  NEW YEAR'S!  I'm so thankful for all the fabulous people I've met in 2013 as well as the friends I've grown even closer to.
2)  I threw out my last WIP (sort of a habit with me), but I have a NEW one I'm very excited about.  I'm crossing my fingers, hoping this one will stay in the "Oh!  Shiny!" stage and not graduate to the "Look!  Squirrel!" stage.

Have you had WIPs that you threw out because you lost interest?

This post is part of VikLit's blog hop, Celebrate the Small Things. To be part of this blog hop, all you have to do is follow the link and put your name on the Mr.Linky list, and then be sure to post every Friday about something you're grateful  for that week.  It can be about writing or family or school or general life.  This is the funnest and easiest blog hop ever! 


Heather Holden said...

Congrats to Kate! An Unstill Life sounds so intense and all-around amazing...

Also, happy new year! Hope you have heaps of fun with your new WIP! :)

Winter Moon said...

I do love the sound of An Unstill Life.
Congratulations to your giveaway winners.
It's always good to celebrate the small things. Happy New Year :)

Kate Larkindale said...

Thanks so much, Lexa! You're making me blush....

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Kate, that is one wild and unique cover! Congratulations.
Haven't thrown out any works lately. Although my current one is a bit of a struggle.

Mere Joyce said...

Lovely cover, and a story that sounds quite intense and interesting!

Happy new year, hope 2014 is great!

Stephen Hayes said...

Kate's story sounds compelling and I hope she does well with it. Happy New Year to you.

Kelly Hashway said...

Best of luck to Kate!

Lexa, I hope your new WIP goes well for you.

E. Arroyo said...

I love, love that cover! Congrats to Kate!

S.K. Anthony said...

Congratulations to Kate! Love the cover and the synopsis sounds really intriguing ;)

I throw out WIPs also, glad I'm not alone. None this year, so far. Yay for making great friends in 2013!

Cathrina Constantine said...

Congrats to Kate, much success to you. A new idea for a wip is a good thing, good luck.

Lara Lacombe said...

Congrats to Kate on her new release!

And yes, I've stopped working on a story or two. I think I wasn't ready to tell them properly yet. Maybe I'll pick them up again someday... said...

Kudos to Kate for taking on such socially relevant issues like bullying. This book sounds highly prolific.

Be well, Lexa. Hope your new year is off to a great start.


Cathy Keaton said...

I do that, too--throwing out old WIPs after they lose their luster. I guess it's just part of separating the wheat from the chaff. Good luck on your new writing projects this year!

Kim Lajevardi said...
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Kim Lajevardi said...

Congrats to Kate! I hope sales are strong.

Happy New Year, Lex! I hope to see your shiny, new idea take shape. Happy writing!

T.F. Walsh said...

Huge congrats Kate... I am so excited for you:) Wishing you lots of sales and success.

JeffO said...

Happy New Year, Lexa, and congratulations to Kate!

Hmm, not sure about the answer to your question. I do have a WIP I haven't done anything with in months, largely because I got caught in pre-query revision on something else. I'm still interested in it, I just have to ramp back up on it again.

Michelle Wallace said...

Congratulations to Kate! Her story sounds intriguing, and it addresses such an important issue...

And a toast to your shiny new idea, Lexa! May it transform into a huge, sparkling, priceless gem! *fingers crossed*
Wishing you a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2014!
Writer In Transit

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Kate and I hope she gets many sales and reviews.

I know about throwing a manuscript out and pursuing another idea. I go with the excitement.

DMS said...

I remember hearing about Kate's book and how much you enjoyed it. It is still on my list as a book to read because it sounds so interesting. I wish her lots of success with her writing.

So excited to have won Soul Cutter. Stephanie and I look forward to reading it on her Kindle (she is good at sharing with me since I don't have that advanced technology). ;)

Hoping your new idea stays sparkly. :)

VikLit said...

Am very excited for Kate's release! New Year's are a good celebration.

Kimberly said...

Congrats to Kate! I've seen this around and it sounds like a great and heartbreaking read.

And yay on a new WIP!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Best of luck to Kate! On the book...and on sneaking in some sleep time!

I never throw anything away. Abandon, yes. Throw away, no...might be useful later!

M.L. Swift said...

First off, LOVE the header. Beautiful and so dreamy. Wouldn't it be nice to accidentally come across that in the woods somewhere?

Best of luck to Kate. I'll keep her in mind when I need CP's. ;) And yeah, I throw out (well, put away) most of my WIP's.

Look—a squirrel!

M.L. Swift, Writer: The Best is Yet to Come

Anonymous said...

Hey, a fellow Musa-ite? Nice. Way to promote an author pal, Lexa! Good luck on your new project -- keep on keepin' on.

Lady Lilith said...

Sounds like a real heartbreaker. I hate bullies. There is no reason to hurt someone for no reason.

Vanessa Morgan said...

Congratulations to the winners. Have a lovely week.

TBM said...

Congrats Kate. And I'm so excited that I won!

SA Larsenッ said...

Kate's author photo is classic!!! I might buy your book for that reason alone. Got to love an author with class. :)

Lexa - just wanted to say how happy I am for your success. You truly are one of my favorite CPs.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

What a great title and cover! Sounds like a book that's not afraid to tackle a number of tough issues. Wishing Kate all the best with it!

Liz Fichera said...

I am so looking forward to spotlighting Kate and her release in the YA Revolution Spotlight this month!

Hope you had a wonderful holiday, Lexa! Happy New Year! <3

klahanie said...

Hi Lexa,

Acronym alert! You've got your YA and your CP and your WIP and a WTF and now I submit to you this run-on sentence with the overuse of the conjunction word, "and" and now the sentence will stop OMG! :)

Let's see Kate blush some more. Kate, your book is most assuredly a remarkable collection of words that form sentences that form paragraphs that for chapters that form a darn good read. Well done, Kate. Your latest starstruck fan, Gary.

I'm grateful to interact with you, Lexa. Who is this Mr. Kinky, um Mr. Linky?

Gary :)

Christine Rains said...

Congrats to the winners, and congratulations to Kate! That's a great cover. 2013 was a fantastic year. Here's to an even better 2014! :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

Happy New Year.
Congrats to your winners!
I've never thrown out a WIP but they are all on the computer somewhere. Waiting.


Rhonda Albom said...

Congrats to Kate. Wonderfully glowing recommendation.

Carol Kilgore said...

I'm back! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing.

Pk Hrezo said...

Aw, it sounds great. That's a tough subject to tackle. Totally jealous she lives in NZ too!!

Congrats to your winners!!

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Another novel that sounds like a touching story. Congratulations to Kate. Best of luck to you.
Yes, I have several stories that just didn't work out, but maybe one day I'll go back to them and see if I've changed my mind. :)

Jocelyn Rish said...

An Unstill Life sounds very powerful.

And yes, I have two manuscripts that will never see the light of day, and one more I'm still trying to decide if it's worth a second look. Good luck with your shiny new project!

Sean McLachlan said...

Interesting cover. It's sensuous but also a bit ominous and creepy. Considering what the protagonist is going through, I'm not surprised!

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