Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Melissa Lemon Author Guest Post and Giveaway!

Being a writer is a lot like getting on a ROLLER COASTER RIDE.

At first, there are butterflies DANCING in your stomach, but that doesn’t stop you from getting in that LINE, just as long as you’re tall enough. You sit toward the front if you want that extra THRILL of looking onto the tracks that are supposed to keep hold of everything, or you sit in the back if SPEED is what you’re after. You buckle. And pull the lap bar down. The ride JOLTS to a start. Chug, chug, chug. There are still butterflies. They’re WILD ones. UP and UP you go. Then UP and UP some more. (I’m talking about rejections, here, of course.) More uphill and you start to WONDER if there even is a top. For me, there were three YEARS of traveling up. Then came that short, unexpected e-mail that contained an offer for publication. I paused. I CRIED. I soaked it all up and started making plans. I must be one of those people who sit in the FRONT, because it took a while before the ACTION kicked in.

Then, WHOOOOOOAAAAAAA!!!!! Downhill is much preferred, even if my CHEEKS are blowing backward in the WIND and my hair makes me resemble a TROLL DOLL. Is that a LOOP I see? As in, I’ll be going UPSIDE-DOWN in this thing? I GRIP the lap bar a little tighter and brace myself. I HOLD my breath. A little longer. Phew, it’s over. Wait, there’s another loop. I can’t remember the last time I took a DEEP breath, but here it goes. This time I close my eyes. It doesn’t help. Then, phew, it’s over again. I BREATHE in, and then out, but it is just in time for a JERK to the left, followed by one to the right. A quick UP and STRAIGHT back down. At least I can feel my hair resting on my shoulders. Or is the troll doll look permanent?

I take a moment to evaluate the tracks as my whole body shakes from the RICKETY motion. That’s when I realize I’ve gotten on the roller coaster ride that never ends. There is another STEEP hill way out in the distance. (Jerk to right). There are more loops, BIG loops. (Quick up and down.) When did I get too old for roller coaster rides? (Round a corner.)

The machine slows a little, as if it, too, needs to take a breath. What is that coming into view? It’s a WATERFALL, surrounded by lush, green and BLUE mountainous terrain. It’s sunset, and the sky is BATHING in glowing pink and orange. There are gardens. And people. The people make me LAUGH, make me CRY, make me THINK. The roller coaster begins to speed up AGAIN, but this time, there is also the view. And I SMILE. I always did like ROLLER COASTERS.
After their father’s disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn’t long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself—the most dangerous place in all the kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you'll never forget.

My early review is HEREThis book is to be published Nov. 8, 2011.


You can win an ebook before it is published! And since it's an ebook, it's international!! Just comment below and leave an e-mail addy with your comment if it isn't in your profile! Easy! I'll end the giveaway on the 21st at 10pm MST!

Good Luck!
Giveaway is closed.


  1. Oh this sounds amazing! I love retellings of fairy tales!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  2. Sounds great! I would love to get to read it before it's released in November!

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. Great post! Thank you for the giveaway!


  4. No need to enter me. I am on a book diet ;) trying to be.

    But I loved the post, lol

  5. Lovely post and I loved your similies with a rollercoaster ride!

    I enter!

    portiabridget at yahoo dot co dot uk

  6. Quite an amazing ride...and a whole lot of fun :D

  7. This sounds good! I love the story of Cinderella!


  8. I have sometimes compared books like being on a rollercoaster ride with lots of ups and downs and twists and turns but I never thought the experience of writing a book could be like this - exciting and yet kind of scary.

    A great post, thanks to both Melissa and Melissa.

  9. Whoa, what a fun guest post! Makes me want to go to an amusement park and hop on a roller coaster:) Don't enter me in the giveaway, I just wanted to leave a comment!

  10. What a great analogy! And what a great sounding book! Thanks for the giveaway!


  11. Looks like a really cool book! Thank you! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  12. Roller coasters make me want to vomit. But, I will share your enthusiasm with you. :)

  13. awesome giveaway
    ioana_raluk95(at) yahoo (dot) com

  14. So not a fan of roller coaster, but I am becoming a fan of this book. I've read lots of great reviews on it. Thanks for the giveaway!

    bwithbite (at) gmail (dot) com

  15. I would love to win this ebook! I've actually got it on my wishlist for when it gets released on Kindle.

    Thanks much.


  16. I never knew that writing and roller coasters were so similar. I can't only handle them if I'm on some heavy meds. Good luck staying on your feet once you land!

  17. I absolutely love the comparison to writing and roller coasters. Amazing!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!


  18. WOW! What a comparison. I'm terrified of roller coasters, which is probably why I'm terrified of writing. LOL

    Please enter me!

    missie at theunreadreadreader.com

  19. Awesome! Please count me in, I'd love to read this!


  20. Thanks for the giveaway :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  21. I would love to read this.

  22. I have said it many times, I could never be a Author. I don't have what it takes for that kind of coaster. FABULOUS giveaway


  23. I would love a chance to read this!

    Thank you!
    mmafsmith at gmail dot com

  24. Great analogy - I'm breathless! Thanks for the fun post!

  25. I have already loved fairy tales watching them and reading them. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

  26. YAY!! You know I love fairy tales!!!


  27. A fairy-tale remaking with a twist. Sounds fun!


  28. thanks for the giveaway
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  29. Oh, no need to enter me in the giveaway.

    But I had to stop by and say this is a wonderful post. :) Thank you!

  30. Wow! Great guest post! Comparison of writing to a roller coaster ride is intriguing.

  31. thanks for this giveaway! thanks so much

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

  32. Sounds so good! Thanks so much!
    Lauryn B


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