Wednesday Whatnots #3

What’s New!

On Thursday, I received incredible news: Nothing but Trouble after Midnight will advance to the next round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.  And yes, I cried happy tears!


FYI: The e-book version of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight is available at these online retailers:


Barnes & Noble



What I’m Reading: I am finishing Joan Bauer’s Best Food Forward, a sequel to Rules of the Road. She is a very prolific YA writer and has just released Close to Famous. (Someday I hope to be prolific.) Next I’ll be tackling a book for my “Weekend with a Writer” post and sharing my review on here!


What I’m Writing:

I’m on page 164 of Book #2 (tentatively titled Light after the Storm), and you can read the rough draft of Chapter One here. After being stuck in one chapter for two weeks and suffering from acute writer’s block, I now see the “light after the storm.” 


What Else?

While I was working on this post, I clicked back to my email, something I do numerous times in one day, and a link to this review was in my inbox:

Nothing but Trouble after Midnight

by Mindy Fulton

An example of excellent teen fiction that’s not just for teens. This book addresses what has the potential to be a very difficult subject in a mature, thoughtful, and ultimately uplifting manner. I have taught this book in my 9th grade English classes, and they have devoured the book each time. It provides parents the opportunity to discuss with their son or daughter important aspects of growing up, making decisions, and maintaining relationships, while reminding them what it is like to be 17. For teachers, it offers opportunities to teach characterization, conflict, themes, allusions, and rich vocabulary. Whether you are a teen looking for an enjoyable read, a parent looking for a good book for your teen (13 and up), or a teacher looking for a high-interest book that still affords you the opportunity to teach critical thinking and literary analysis, this book is a great choice!

 Mindy is amazing and I only wish there was—and maybe there actually is–a place to review friends. (I’m only kidding, you know?) She would get five gold stars and a long, glowing recommendation. Thanks for everything, Mindy! 😉

Wednesday Whatnots

What’s New!

Nothing but Trouble after Midnight is climbing the ranks in eBook sales. Thanks to all of you!

NBTAM (for Kindle) on Amazon

NBTAM (for Nook) on Barnes & Noble



What I’m Reading: I just read Hate List by Jennifer Brown, and it’s a really poignant YA novel. I highly recommend it, since it deals with bullying and an extreme case of retaliation. I’m finishing up Even Now by Karen Kingsbury. I enjoy Kingsbury: she delivers the best in Christian romance and never disappoints.


What I’m Writing: I’m on page 148 of Book #2, and you can read the rough draft of Chapter One here. The book will go to editing on March 21. In addition to finishing up the novel, I’m working on a program for the Souled-Out Women’s Conference; the workshop will be on writing, and it will be my first all female audience.


What Else?

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for Lindsey Kelly’s CD. This is my favorite song, and it’s playing right now: “Don’t Say”

The Know-It-All Quiz

I’m a huge fan of Trivial Pursuit, and the Know-It-All edition is my absolute favorite. So here is a quiz with only the most obscure tidbits from Nothing but Trouble after Midnight. Best of luck–and even I had to flip through the pages to find some of these answers. How many can you answer correctly? (If you have to know the answers, they are posted somewhere on this blog.)

NBTAM: The Know-It-All Quiz

  1. What is the name of Grandma Preston’s cat?
  2. The book begins on a holiday. Which one?
  3. What was Robert Callahan’s middle name at birth?
  4. What color was Chloe’s guitar?
  5. Who says the final words in the book?
  6. What book does Rob read out loud to Chloe in “The Truth” chapter?
  7. At which university (in Florida) did Grandpa Preston have tenure?
  8. Which song did Rob’s mom sing at Grandma Preston’s funeral?
  9. Which picture hangs above Rob Callahan’s bed?
  10. What is Rob’s favorite professional baseball team?
  11. What’s Mr. Martinez’s first name?
  12. During their junior year, how many of the Seven C’s attended Riverside?
  13. What color was Carly’s hair at prom?
  14. What was Chloe’s weeknight curfew?
  15. Who was the first girl that Josh Callahan ever kissed?

Poetry Workshop #2: Borrowed Poetry

Borrowed poetry, or found poetry, is creating an original poem by using lines from another poem, quote, or even headlines from the newspaper as a springboard.

When creating the song “Auburn Eyes,” I borrowed lines from the original Nothing but Trouble after Midnight manuscript.* And one thing that stayed constant throughout  the versions of the book was the song. I knew it would end the story–I just didn’t know how to get there.


by Kimberly Blackadar

I see the past in your eyes

Tender touches with long goodbyes

Friends without secrets or lies

Hid their love in dim disguise


Splash in the waters of our youth

Climb that tree to tell the truth

Cross the woods in the dark

Open the gate into my heart


With you I know, with you I see

A life without uncertainty

For my past, my present, my future lies

Hidden inside those auburn eyes


I saw heaven in your eyes

Caught a glimpse of paradise

More than ever I realize

A love like ours never dies


Open your eyes

(And see me)

Open your mind

(And know me)

Open your arms

(And hold me)

Open your heart

(And love me)


Open your eyes [spoken]


And see the future through my eyes

The two of us, you’ll recognize

Man and wife with joyful cries

Sharing vows under azure skies


Splash in the waters of our youth

Climb that tree to tell the truth

Cross the woods in the dark

Open the gate into my heart


With you I know, with you I see

A life without uncertainty

For my past, my present, my future lies

Hidden inside those auburn eyes


My past, my present, my future lies

Hidden inside your auburn eyes

…Auburn eyes…

…Auburn eyes…



Look around for a book, newspaper, magazine, and extract a line. Use it as your title, opening/closing line, or anywhere you see fit. Traditionally, you put quotes around the borrowed lines or phrases. But since I was “plagiarizing” myself here, I left out the quotation marks. 🙂


 *If you are interested in reading more about the evolution of the NBTAM manuscript, check out the “Author Q &A” in the “Pages” on the right.

TV Interview

On Thursday, March 25th, I was interviewed on Fox 19 News (Cincinnati). This was my very first TV appearance as an author, and the experience was amazing. Everyone at the station was wonderful, and the host made me feel right at home. So here it is:

Book Tour: March 2010 (Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota)

I’ll be heading to Cincinnati on Tueday to resume my book tour. Upcoming events include a Fox 19 Morning News interview and a book signing at Barnes & Noble (Newport on the Levee). Check out my upcoming events below, or for complete details, follow this link:
Upcoming Events


Wednesday, March 24, 7:55 AM

Newport High School

900 East Sixth Street, Newport, KY 41071


Thursday, March 25, 8:15 AM, EST

TV Event


Friday, March 26, 7:00 AM

Batavia High School

800 Bauer Avenue, Batavia, OH 45103


Friday, March 26, 8:00 PM

Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Newport on the Levee

1 Levee Way Suite 2127, Newport, KY 41071


Monday, March 29, 6:30 PM

Jazz Cafe

4616 Colorado St Ste 102, , Prior Lake, MN 55372


Saturday, April 10, 12:30 PM

Lonsdale Public Library

1000 Birch Street NE, Lonsdale, MN 55046

Free Book Giveaways!

Yes, you read that correctly. This month two of my favorite blogs are hosting giveaways for Nothing but Trouble after Midnight. Below you’ll find info about the blogs, the contests, the deadlines, and the links to enter:


  • About the Blog: This blog is great for freebies, contests, and eco-friendly tips. It is run by a SAHM, and if you sign up for an email subscription, she sends out periodic updates about those not-to-miss giveaways.
  • The Contest: The blog is offering the book–plus a coffee mug featuring the new NBTAM merchandise design (not available anywhere…yet!).
  • Deadline: March 31, 2010
  • Link:


  • About the Blog: Well, the blog’s co-founder posted a review for a novel featured on Free Book Friday (one of my favorite sites ever!) and that is how I stumbled across it. Basically, this new site promotes debut novels by posting release dates, reviews, interviews, and contests. A must-read site for book lovers and authors.
  • The Contest: The blog is giving away two books: Nothing but Trouble After Midnight and the The Line by Teri Hall.
  • Deadline: The contest ends when the site reaches 50 followers. (The last time I checked, they were up to 38…so hurry!)
  • Link:

Good luck! 🙂

Free Book Friday

Do you like to read about new books and the authors that wrote them? And would you like the chance to win free books in the process? Then I have two great sites for you: Free Book Friday and Free Book Friday for Teens.

The sites have featured names like Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Weiner, and Audrey Niffenegger and  this coming week, starting on Saturday, February 2oth, the teen site will be featuring Nothing but Trouble after Midnight.

Book Signing: Barnes & Noble (Florence, KY)

If you live in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area, please stop by the Barnes & Noble (Florence, KY) on Saturday, February 13th. Why, you ask? Well, I’ll be there from 2-4, and I would prefer not to be there by myself.

Here’s the link to the store calendar, and if you have younger children, they have story time at 3:30. You can make a day of it! 🙂

Author Q & A

Author Q & A

Did you always want to be a writer?

No, not exactly, but I remember when it first occurred to me, though. I was in eighth-grade English class, the first day of school, and the teacher called my name. “Kimberly Blackadar,” he said. “That is the name of an author!” I was only thirteen, and my best pieces of writing were often folded and passed across the room, but still, his prophetic words stayed with me, year after year, until I sat down at my computer and started my first novel.

It sounds like your teacher planted a seed. So do you believe in the power of suggestion?

Absolutely! I spent eight years in the classroom, and I never took that role lightly. I recall sitting in an interview with a colleague of mine, and when we were asked what we did best as teachers, we answered: “We find something special in every student and celebrate it.”

Now, after leaving the classroom, what is your typical day like?

Well, I’m a homeschooling mom with a pilot for a hubby, so it’s not overly conducive to a writing career. But then again, how many authors have the ideal situation? Most juggle careers, families, and other obligations─all while trying to complete their writing projects. Writers, however, must excel at time management and set firm deadlines─usually in terms of pages per day or week.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Yes, read, read, and then read some more! (Okay, now I sound like a teacher again.) But don’t just read books in your genre; expose yourself to all works of literature. I vacillate between contemporary fiction and the classics, finding the greatest inspiration from the written word.

Do you need to be inspired to write?

No, I am always eager to write, but I have to be in a place for writing─either in my office or out in nature. I wrote a good portion of my first novel while at the beach and when I was up in Alaska. I think location─and a little ambiance­─is important. Especially when writing romance novels.  Of course, I’m not suggesting typing by candlelight, but soft music, comfortable clothes, and chocolate do evoke the muse.

Speaking of romance novels, aren’t they all the same?

Well, there are two probable endings for a romance novel: it’s either happily ever after or a Kleenex moment. But what makes them unique is the obstacle course along the way, and for fictional romances, it is more like crossing a mine field─with one explosive moment after another.

Where do you come up with your “explosive” ideas?

When I’m out on my long runs, my imagination really goes places. So my husband bought me a digital recorder to capture those ideas; unfortunately, when I played it back, I couldn’t follow it. I sounded like a breathless 911 caller leaving the scene of the crime, and now I’m back to relying on my memory.

After coming up with the idea for your first novel, how long did it take you to complete it?

The published version of Nothing but Trouble after Midnight took around six months to write, but it was preceded by two abandoned manuscripts. Even though the characters remained constant throughout the writing process, the relationship between the main characters, Rob and Chloe, evolved with every draft. At first, I created Rob to fulfill the friend role, but over time, I grew quite fond of him, and consequently, so did Chloe.

Aw, Rob and Chloe… can we expect more from them in the future?

NBTAM is the first of seven young-adult novels in the 7C’s series, with each book focusing on a different girl, but Rob and Chloe will be ever-present throughout the series. Chloe is the prominent link in the friendship chain.

Besides your current series, are there any other books on the horizon?

Yes, I am timelining a standalone adult novel tentatively titled In the Rose Garden. Conceptually, it is very complicated and will demand more of me as a writer. But I am eager for the challenge.

Is there any form of writing you would rather avoid?

Yes, anything autobiographical─like answering interview questions.

But isn’t all writing autobiographical?

I certainly hope not! My characters will encounter many hardships over the years, and my life has been rather pleasant so far…


Young adult literature is the fastest growing sector of the publishing industry, and a 2008 Newsweek article reported that book sales for ages 12-18 climbed a staggering 25 percent.

*This post is from my author’s press kit. A full press kit is available upon request.