Son of a Pitch! Bonjour!

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INCONCEIVABLE Cover.jpgBonjour, my lovelies! This is a special greeting for all those writers who are participating in the pitch contest, Son of a Pitch! I look forward to reading your pitches and sharing my feedback. Just a note about the theme: All the participating published authors are choosing a hero or villain from Disney to use on their blogs. I chose Belle because her ability to look beyond the surface and see what’s inside reminds me of Hatty, the main character in my novel, INCONCEIVABLE!

Just to help you get to know me a bit better, here are seven fun Tegan facts:

    1. I secured my own publishing deal for INCONCEIVABLE! with respected indie publisher Curiosity Quills. I had hoped to get an agent to represent me, but when CQ came calling with so much love for my story and a great vision for promoting it, I couldn’t say no.
    2. I’m a Francophile. I studied French for four years in high school and all through college. So, I can parler. I adore the French language and culture. I’ve traveled all over the world, but France is one of my favorite countries.
    3. belle meme1This is Foodie Central. (Sorry, Belle.) I adore food, but I’m not a snob. From Cheetos to ostrich steak, I appreciate a wide range of delicious foods. My favorite ethnic cuisines are Ethiopian and Mexican.
    4. I have one husband, two kitties, and three kids. It’s a hot mess up in here, ya’ll. Is it any wonder I have chronic “mom brain?”
    5. I love to read in many genres. I can appreciate and enjoy Stephen King as much as Nicholas Sparks. Some of my favorite books are The Alchemist, 11/22/63, the Chronicles of Narnia, Brave New World, and Accidental Saints. How’s that for variety?
    6. autumn meme1Fall is my favorite season. Yep, I’m kind of basic in that way. Bring on the pumpkins, lattes, falling leaves, and Halloween. One of my favorite lines from INCONCEIVABLE! is about autumn.
    7. I was in a community theatre production of Beauty and the Beast. I wish I could tell you I played Belle, but I was much better as a dancing, singing plate in the enchanted castle. There were three of us plates and we were kind of fabulous. #Justsaying

I look forward to finding out more about you! Please connect with me on Twitter and Facebook. Because I’ve had so much love and support from other writers on my journey, I’m thrilled to pay it forward by helping you!


The 777 Challenge: Show Us What You Got


The kind, talented, and all-around lovely Christina Dalcher tagged me to share seven lines from the seventh page of a work in progress. First, I want to thank Christina for thinking of me and giving me a fun opportunity to share a few lines from CHANDELIERS. This is an adult romance in which Violet, an American professor of French literature, experiences a time slip while doing a historical reenactment at Versailles. Shortly after Violet discovers she’s in the past, she meets Marie Antoinette, the Princess de Lamballe, and Luke, an American doctor who was also sucked into the past for reasons they haven’t yet discerned.

This scene is only seven pages into the book. Violet and her friend Claire are in an outside entry area in front of Versailles listening to another person tell the story about a famous time-travel incident at Versailles.

But the woman wasn’t ready to go just yet. She placed her swollen fingers on Claire’s shoulder and leaned closer. She spoke in a stage whisper: “Of course, you know about the famous Moberly-Jourdain incident, and their supposed time slip in the gardens surrounding the Petit Trainon.” She raised her eyebrows and hands, revealing tattoos of cartoon cats on the inside of both wrists. This woman had crazy written all over her.

Claire’s eyes grew, her face went slack. “No. What happened?”

The woman inhaled and spoke hurriedly, “This happened in 1902 or around that time. Two women from Britain were walking through the gardens and somehow, they traveled back in time!”

I now get to tag seven authors to do the 777 challenge: Hayley Stone, Ara Grigorian, Annika Sharma, Samantha Bryant, Laura Heffernan, Michelle Hauk, and Ann M. Noser. I look forward to getting a peek at what you’ve got in the works!

Top image via Flickr by Oh Paris