December 30, 2009

Guest Post and Giveaway by Chloe Neill -- Author of *Firespell*

I can't even begin to tell you just how THRILLED I am to have author Chloe Neill here today to talk about her new book which will be released on January 5, 2010! I am very lucky to have gotten a sneak peak of FIRESPELL and I have to say that I absolutely LOVED it! 

Before I get to Chloe's guest post, I'm going to tell you a little about FIRESPELL which you will be able to purchase on January 5, 2010 or pre-order now!  I'll also let you know where you can do that!  Also, the very talented and generous Chloe Neill is offering a *signed* copy and of FIRESPELL and FIRESPELL Gift Pack to one very lucky reader/commenter! So, if this is something you'd like to learn more about and win -- read on!


As the new girl at the elite St. Sophia’s boarding school, Lily Parker thinks her classmates are the most monstrous things she’ll have to face…

When Lily’s guardians decided to send her away to a fancy boarding school in Chicago, she was shocked. So was St. Sophia’s. Lily’s ultra-rich brat pack classmates think Lily should be the punchline to every joke, and on top of that, she’s hearing strange noises and seeing bizarre things in the shadows of the creepy building.

The only thing keeping her sane is her roommate, Scout, but even Scout’s a little weird—she keeps disappearing late at night and won’t tell Lily where she’s been. But when a prank leaves Lily trapped in the catacombs beneath the school, Lily finds Scout running from a real monster.

Scout’s a member of a splinter group of rebel teens with unique magical talents, who’ve sworn to protect the city against demons, vampires, and Reapers, magic users who’ve been corrupted by their power. And when Lily finds herself in the line of firespell, Scout tells her the truth about her secret life, even though Lily has no powers of her own—at least none that she’s discovered yet…

**This is a MUST-READ for any paranormal lover! OK...after reading it, it's just a MUST-READ! Period!

You can read Chapter One - HERE!

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If you're interested in pre-ordering a copy of FIRESPELL of your own or purchasing one on January 5, 2010 please follow the links below! They will take you to the exact page of your favorite oline bookseller!

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Please help me welcome author Chloe Neill!!

*Thunderous Applause*


Although a lot of writers aspire to be full-time authors, even writers who write full-time have other commitments to contend with. Housekeeping. Children. Pets. Significant others. The groceries still need to be bought; the trash still needs to be taken out. So sometimes, for those of us who don't write full-time, it can be a challenge to find the time and energy to get the writing done. Even I struggle at the end of the day to crank out a few hundred.

1.  15 Minutes a Day, 500 Words a Day

Much like improving strength and stamina requires a regular exercise commitment, writing a novel can be
accomplished in small, daily steps, stress on the "small." Make a commitment to write a little bit at a time. Instead of promising yourself to "write a novel," in 2010, promise yourself to complete a small writing goal each day.

These goals can be drafted in terms of minutes ("write for 15 minutes a day") or word count ("write 300 words a day"). And just like exercise, don't forget to give yourself a couple of days off. Challenge yourself to write four or five days per week, with two days devoted to living, breathing, watching, learning and reading--things that will improve your writing organically.

You can track your goal on a calendar (give yourself a star each day you write), in a journal (chart your word count as it increases) or in a blog (share your progress with others). Just like in a weight-loss regimen, give yourself a reward for each goal made--maybe a new book or writing notebook for each 10,000 words completed.

Instead of focusing on the "completed manuscript" goal, think about writing a little bit each day. Little by little, you'll get there!

2. Stealing Time

If your schedule doesn't permit you to set aside a scheduled 15 minutes per day, think about how you can "steal time" for writing.

Do you take a train in the mornings? Do you have a lunch break or lunch period? Do you usually spend dinner on the couch in front of the television? Can you steal time during any of those activities to scribble notes or write a few sentences of dialogue in a notebook? Can you type out a "note" on your smartphone or PDA while you're in line at the grocery store? Think about those tiny increments of time you can use to get in a couple of ideas, a chapter title, or a character sketch.

3. Just One More Word...Line...Page...Chapter

Too tired to write? Did you make it to 14 minutes, but just can't stretch it out to 15? Just like you might stretch for that extra five minutes on the treadmill, or that extra ab crunch, try to get in one more word, one more line, or one more page. One line at a time can add up to a fabulous new idea or the start of a great new chapter.

The ultimate rule, of course, is to get something on the paper. While the manuscript you submit to an agent or editor needs to be as perfect as you can make it, the stuff you right on any given day doesn't. Get the words on paper, then edit scrupulously later on.

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

Thank you for that fabulous advice Chloe and most of all, thank you for visiting Park-Avenue Princess!


If you're interested in winning a *Signed* Copy of FIRESPELL and Firespell gift pack here's all you need to do for this one!

Leave a question and/or comment for Chloe below! Also, please include your name/nickname in the comment and your email address so that you can be reached IF chosen as the winner of this awesome contest!  (*Note -- You MUST be a Google Friend Connect Follower of THIS Site To Win!)

Contest ends on January 20, 2010 (Midnight EST)!

Good Luck Everyone and as always -- Have Fun!


P.S. (From the Princess) I'm not sure if we're going to make 1,000 followers by the 1st! There's a HUGE Prize package on the line and all we need -- 190 more followers! So, spread the word and share the Park-Avenue Princess site with friends! It's only a click and a follow! Best of Luck and Here's to a Blessed Happy New Year!

Another short note, at the beginning of the New Year, Park-Avenue Princess is going to be mainly a YA, Middle Grade and Children's Book Blog! It's what The Princess Likes to Read! Of course there will be a few Thrillers thrown in for good measure and if another novel comes along that looks good enough to pass on, you just may see it here!  Also, there will be more and more giveaways to come! (Both Bookish and Non!)  Happiest of Holidays!


  1. Hello Chloe!
    So nice to "meet" you! I have always wanted to write, and I do write poems, a couple short stories, an essay published in my college collection, and a couple articles in another college paper. But I have a question for you about determing your subject matter for a novel. You said to just write some everyday, but if your ultimate goal is a novel, how did you decide what to write that novel about? I have been trying to win a laptop so as to have a place/tool to use and to store my writing. I am trying to get some other things out of the way in my life so as to be ready to really get my thoughts and time in line to start. Your advice is appreciated! I do hope to win this prize package too!
    Judy Bradley
    jbafaith2001 at yahoo dot com

    Thank you Princess for this opportunity!

  2. Just a side note to you Princess, I also love to read YA and youth books, read lot of children's book to my grandchildren. I love Twilight and prior to that, the Harry Potter series. Looking forward to see what your blog will be about!
    Judy Bradley

  3. Thanks for the great advice Chloe! I'm not a writer as much as I'd love to be and as much as I've tried (I just don't have the imagination) but I can definitely see why you would need to keep your goals short term!

    I'm looking forward to reading Firespell. *fingers crossed* that I win this SIGNED edition! :)


    Reversing The Monotony

    PS: I'm international so I'm not sure if I'm even included?

  4. Wow, great advice! I'm trying to 'steal' as much time as possible to write, and the notebook technique is very efficient; I tend to scribble down notes during long breaks on college (even some boring classes), while I have my first coffee in the morning etc. and it's amazing how much of it there is when I sit down to add it to my Word document.

    Thank you, both Chloe and The Park-Avenue Princess, for this very helpful post!

    ivanaquick at gmail dot com¸

  5. This book looks like it is going to be amazing. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. Please enter me!


  6. Hi, Chloe, that is fabulous advice on finding the time to write. But how do you find the will to write? Sometimes, after I finish one project, I can't seem to find the motivation to start another, which stinks because I have a ton of plots that need to be plotted. Any advice for me?


  7. Hi Chloe,

    My question is, what is your muse when you're writing and do you listen to music when you write?

    Please count me in.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com

  8. Love your writing Chloe! Those tips are great, I didn't think of it in terms of just one more minute, one more word. I do need to get back on the treadmill though - holidays are procrastination time - so next week back on the treadmill and the laptop. Thanks for the advice.

    XOXO - Parajunkee at gmail dot com

  9. Great guest post! I really have to be more determined to write... I might have to use your tips!


  10. Hi Chloe and Princess! *waves*

    I was wondering if Firespell is the first in a series or if it is stand alone novel? If a series, how many do you think it will consist of? I can't wait to read this, I am a huge of the the Chicagoland Vampire Series :)


  11. Hello Chloe, and Princess;
    I loved the already published books, and I'm looking forward to the new adventures and mysteries the upcoming books will bring. Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, and I wish a Wonderful New Year of pure joy and happiness.
    Judy BĂ©res (

  12. Thanks for the great contest!

    Chloe, how many editors did it take before one showed interest? And how do you get an agent. (Aspiring writer in the house.)

    shutupjessicasreading @ gmaildotcom

    Jessica Secret

  13. That was some great advice! I can't wait to read Firespell!


    hanjie.1992 @

  14. No need to enter me, darling. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail, as always. You're keeping me out of trouble as I busily post to Win a Book.

    Chloe, if you need any help promoting stuff, check out Win a Book and drop us a line. We're here to help us authors connect with us readers. (and yes, using "us" twice there was intentional!)

  15. Awesome advice for any would be writers out there. I've always found it intersting read about how different author manage to find the time to work on their books while juggling every day life. :)

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

  16. Just a note wishing everyone a Safe and Happy New Year!


  17. I can't wait to read this. I fell head over heels for Chloe's writing when I read Some Girls Bite. I loved the book and can't wait to start Firespell.


  18. Chloe, that's some great advice. Quick question though, how do you get back into the habit of writing if you've fallen out of it? Life can overtake all the little pleasures in life and sometimes it can be hard to get back on track. Any words of wisdom?
    Laura ~

  19. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize! I will have to treat myself to Firespell the day it comes out, because it's my birthday also, but I would still love to win a signed copy. I guess my question would be where did you come up with Catcher's name and did someone inspire his character? Can't wait till the next installment in this series. Have a Very Blessed New Years!

    Cristy Cundiff
    aka Bamafever
    cristy cundiff @ att dot com

  20. Thanks for the great writing advice Chloe.

    I would love to win this book I bet my daughter would love it (she's ten). She keeps wanting to read your Chicagoland series but it's a little too sexually charged for her.

    I think this series would make her happy.


    RoxanneRhoads @ aol. com

  21. Hi! I'm a huge fan of the Chicagoland Vampire series. How many books does the series have? Is it open ended or do you have an especific idea about how is it going to end?

  22. Hi Chloe, I think your book sounds so cool. I am so excited about it, it seems so cool, i love that its taking place at a boarding school and the character lily sounds really cool. cant wait to read it! have a great new years!


  23. Hi, Judy. Your most important task before deciding to write a novel is to decide what story to tell. You don't need to have the details all in place, but you need a storyline, characters and basic plot. Thus, the goal should not be "to write a novel," but to "tell a story."


  24. Hi Mrs. Neill!
    Firespell sounds awesome and i can't wait to read it! How many books are you planning for this serie?

    thanks princess for the giveaway!

  25. Thanks so much for the oppurtunity to win a free copy of firespell its on my list of books to read. I love her books and havent put down my copy of Friday night bites yet. Hopefully i win the prise pack
    jamieleevalerio at yahoo dot com

  26. I have Some Girls Bite on my wish list. I'm sooo looking forward to reading it. The Vampire Houses sound very intriguing I can't wait to get into that world.
    Jennifer E

  27. Hi Chloe,
    I love your Chicagoland vampire series and I can't wait to read Firespell.I have read a lot of great reviews for it.

  28. oops forgot email

  29. Chloe - do you have a preference writing YA or adult books?

    I posted this:

    Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]

  30. This is one of my most anticapated releases of next year =)

  31. Awesome Advice Chloe. Your Book Sounds Amazing. Hey Chloe What Are One Or Two Things We Wouldn’t Normally Know About You?

    Raquel Vega-Grieder A.K.A. skyla11377

  32. Chloe-
    I am so glad I have gotten to know you via Twitter! Merit is my favorite find of 2009~ If I had never read and saw that he gave it a huge thumbs up I feel like I would have missed out on all of the Shenanigans of the Chicagoland Vampires and never gotten the chace to gab with you on Twitter! I am SOO excited for Firespell! I know that I will enjoy it as much as much as I did your other series! Thanks!
    @RoraBorieAlice on twitter :)


    I think Firespell looks like a really good book. What are some ideas you have for other books?

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

  34. The book sounds like a fantastic read! Thanks for the advice, Chloe! I could definitely use these tips while I am writing the book for my dissertation!

    laletraris at gmail dot com

  35. Firespell sounds like it will be a great read.
    Can hardly wait until the 5th of Jan.

    Julie S.
    jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

  36. Hi Chloe,

    Thanks for sharing so much with us. I love to write, and have had a few pieces published. I'm wondering how to find a fabulous editor, one that you can work with and develop a great author/editor relationship with. Any tips for me?


  37. Chloe,

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I have been so waiting forward to FIRESPELL'S release! I know it's going to be great!

    angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

  38. Thanks for the fabulous advice. It is great to hear that you superstar authors ;) are people too. It does seem like a struggle at times to juggle everything. My favorite time to get thoughts is while I am driving, so now I have purchased one of those little handheld recorders. Now if I can figure out all the nifty little things it does. lol!

    Melissa (My World)

  39. Hi Chloe, where did you find the inspiration to write your books?

    I'm a follower and I'd love to enter this giveaway! Thanks! :)

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  40. Hi Chloe! I'm not an aspiring writer, but I can definitely use the advice of breaking my goal down into little steps. That way I'll feel like I'm accomplishing something!


  41. Hi Chloe, I liked your advice as it makes sense. If you can get a paragraph or half a page written you will make progress. I will heed your advice and see what transpires. Do you plan to make this book a series? Thanks for the great signed book giveaway. I would love to read Fire Spell. I follow this blog on google friend.
    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  42. I follow....dor

    I loved the writing tips. I have something started but that's it. Those tips like try to increase your words daily or at least do 14 minutes a day is great. Thanks.

    dorcontest at gmail dot com

  43. Those are some great tips. I've been nervous/scared to put on paper what's in my head, but to chug a bit at a time is what is important. Small picture...not giant mountain.

    follower name - heather c

  44. Can't wait to read this book, it sounds so exciting!. I loved your "Chicagoland Vampires"

    What book would you give everyone if you had an endless number of copies and why?(it doesn’t have to be one of your books)

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  45. Great advice - always love to hear how authors go about their writing. I like the 15 minutes 500 words - makes it seem very doable.

    foltzsfantasticbooks at

  46. Hi Chloe;
    This sounds so wonderful! I only wish I could write as well. I'll have to do a lot of writing to get my skill toned. I would love this book! Thanks for the preview.

  47. Chloe,

    I was wondering why or what led you to write paranormal genre? Is it something you were interested in as a you have special powers...hee hee. (writing powers for sure)

  48. My question would be..

    Do you find inspiration for your books when you're reading works of the other authors?

    rubs.escalona [at]

  49. I've been hearing alot about this one, sounds good! Have a great New Years!

  50. Hello Chloe and Princess, thanks for the great interview!! Chloe I just found your Chicagoland Vampire series and fell in love with it. I devored it in a few day so i am excited to read this one also!! Your writing is amazing so thanks for sharing it.

    jbbird [at] duo-county [dot] com

  51. Hello Chloe!

    I would like to know if you always felt or knew that you wanted to become a writer?

    Mevurah Deleon

  52. Welcome to the world of writers, Chloe. I know imagination and spunk will serve you well when the difficult side of deadlines and blank pages come up. Your excerpt gave me no trouble in following the pace and wanting, pleading for more pages please. I noticed you female heroine has a ot of power and that makes me happy.
    A loyal follower.

  53. Hi Chloe,

    I was just wondering what your current writing project is...can your give us a 'sneak peak?'


  54. Great advice for busy people who really want to write. :)

    This book sounds like such a fun read!

    srfbluemama at gmail dot com

  55. wow this sounds great and I would love to be able to share them with my boys. What age group is this recommended for?
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  56. Is there any thing in particular that inspires you? To get your ideas, do you sit down and think long and hard, or do things just come to you all of a sudden? Or do you look in other places for your inspiration?

  57. Hi Chloe! your work is awesome and i seen this book already out but havent had a chance to buy it sounds awesome.Do you get the privlage of naming ur books or does ur editor and those covers are awesome

    and im a follower

  58. What a wonderful giveaway! And the interview was very inspiring. I'm someone who loved to write as a teen but just hasn't been able to make time since I got married and had a baby. I know I want to, though, so Chloe's advice was very encouraging! I thought I would have to wait until I was old to write. lol

    Thanks for the giveaway and the advice!

    kindredspiritreviews at gmail dot com

  59. Hi Chloe! That's a great interview!

    Do you have any advice for people in college/teens who want to be authors? :)

    Looking forward to FIRESPELL!


  60. Hello. Chloe. So nice to meet you. Glad you stoped by.

    Thanks Amy for hosting Chloe. Now I have a ne author to add to my list to check out

    Already a follower

    clbstitch at yahoo dot com

    Cheryl from Cheryl's Book Nook

  61. Samantha Schaffer Email: I am a google connect follower.
    Hi I wanted to ask Chloe is there anything that inspired you while writing this book? Like many authors something else inspires them when they are writing the book and this inspiration changes the total outcome!
    P.S. This book looks amazing and I can't wait to read it.

  62. Hi Chloe.

    I love the Chicagoland vampire novels and cant wait to read Firespell. How many books are you planning in both series?

    Already a follower.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  63. Chloe Neill. Thanks for the advice on finding time to write. =D

    lying _ innocence AT yahoo DOT ca

    Ah Yuan from Gal Novelty

  64. Thanks for the tips, but I don't think I could ever write. I don't know how you do it. How many books will there be in the series?


    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  65. Chloe,

    Thanks for the great insight to writing. I have been tossing around the idea of writing a book, but just feel like I don't have the time right now. Your insight helps to make those small steps to reach a greater goal. I do not consider myself a writer and I may get started on this project and totally rethink it. My question would be how do you stay focused on the end of the book and not getting discouraged along the way? Thank you for your generosity in giving away these Firespell prizes. I read the available chapter and was totally hooked! This sounds like something my husband and I would totally enjoy.

    Thank you to the Princess for hosting Chloe and arranging to have this great giveaway!! You are in my prayers and hope you are doing better.

    Please count me in for this prize!

    Shannon Lauritzen

  66. Out of all the entire book, what one scene are you most proud of or the one you like the most? I really want to read this one!


  67. This is such a great guest post! I always love reading Chloe's guest posts, they're always full of great tips, and I always end up bookmarking them! :)

    Email: joannestapley[at]googlemail[dot]com

  68. Thanks for the great advice. I can't wait to read Firespell

    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  69. Hi Chloe and Princess,

    Chloe I am excited about your book also, looks like it will keep us wanting more, lol.

    Thank you,


  70. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

  71. How old were you when you decided you would become a writer?

  72. Hello Chloe!
    I'm a fan of your Chicagoland vampire novels so my question is where did you get your inspiration for the characters in your novels! I am so excited about Firespell I can't wait to add this to my read pile!

  73. Have been checking out blogs about this book and have to say it sounds like a great read!
    I became a follower of this site, and would love to be entered into the contest

    cgorcsi at
    Ontario, Canada

  74. I've been checking out blogs about this book and think it will be a great read, look forward to it!

    cgorcsi at
    Ontario, Canada

  75. Hi Chloe,
    I was wondering where you get your inspiration from to write such great books. I have always wanted to write but don't have the confidence that it would be any good. Was it hard for you when you wrote your first book?

  76. Hello Chloe!
    Thanks for the great writing advice! It's the kind of advice I need. I really need to make a commitment to writing at least 15 minutes a day. :-)
    I was wondering - I know Firespell takes place in a boarding school. What made you decide to do it this way? Did you attend a boarding school? If not, what kind of research did you do to get it right?

  77. I've been seeing Firespell all over the blogosphere, and I just want to say that I can't wait to read the book! Thanks for giving us a chance to win your book:)

    Sylvia (

  78. Great advice, for writing or any other goal :)

    I can't wait to read Firespell! I'd love to be entered into the contest.


  79. This sounds like such a great book! That was also really great advice. I've always wanted to start writing, maybe I'll just give it a try.


  80. That's great! Please enter me

  81. hi Chloe

    the book is really interesting and i would so love to have a copy of it.Take Care


  82. hi Chloe,
    I have always wanted to ask how do you stay focused on your family life when you are not working on your book? I have always thought that this side of writing for the authors must be very difficult !

    Would love to read your book 'Firespell'.

    Please enter me at icejew at gmail dot com if its International.

    Thanks :)

  83. Hi Chloe! Do you have a writing ritual or can you just pick up a pencil stub and a scrap of paper wherever you are and starting writing in a few spare minutes?

    I'm a Google friend and I Eva s[@]gmail[.]com

  84. I'm a fan of Chicagoland Vampires so I just know this new series will be terrific. I'm Looking forward to reading Firespell and Twice Bitten.
    Dot S.

  85. I'd love to read this book!!!

  86. Thanks Chloe,I love writing advice.I was chating the other day with Becca Fitzpatrick and it alway interesting to hear an authors writing methods. Anyways, Firespell is on my list for the 2010 Debut Author Challenge and I was about to go out and buy it but hopefully I will win it here. If not I'm on my way to B&N.

  87. I really appreciate the advice for 'busy' people wanting to write. Your advice gives me my New Years Resolution, to write more! Thanks!! :)

    katlynpicard (at) yahoo (dot)com

  88. Thanks for the advice Chloe! I have starred this post in my Google reader for future reference, as I'm working on a novel myself.

    I am a loyal follower.

    Happy New Year Princess and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Michelle/The True Book Addict

  89. Thanks for the great post, advice from a fab writer is always useful.

    RoxanenRhoads @ aol. com

  90. sorry my email got typed in wrong
    RoxanneRhoads @ aol. com

  91. Hey Chloe! What was you favorite book of 2009?

    kalynnick AT yahoo DOT com


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