Eileen Cook Author, Writing Consultant, Editor

Random Peeps

UnknownTis that time of year. Peep season. Little did you know so much fun could be had with sugar coated marshmallow treats that are vaguely chicken shaped.

In case you have already tried peep jousting and are now in search of new activities- you can check out this link which should inspire you.

I’ll be celebrating this holiday by taking time to visit family and devouring a few chocolate bunnies.

Criminal is out in paperback

I adore Terra McVoy so as you can imagine I am super excited her latest book is now out in paperback. She came by to tell us all about it.

Terra Elan McVoy’s Criminal, Out in Paperback!

Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing.

So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime—a crime that ends in murder—Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him.

But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about? Nikki’s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional…but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.

Beyond the Book: Terra’s Thoughts

In advice to writers, Stephen King says, “Write the truth.”

Ernest Hemingway also famously said, “Write what you know.”

My thesis director and writing mentor, Mark Winegardner, went further to say, “Write what you most want to understand.”

It was this thought that motivated me to start writing Criminal. In 2011, I heard about a murder case in which a young man was accused of killing one of his girlfriend’s parents, out in broad day. When I discovered he had an accomplice—another young woman with whom he’d also been romantically involved—I was even more intrigued.

“Who would do such a thing? And why?” Of course I was thinking of the shooter, but really I was most perplexed by the second girlfriend—the one who allegedly helped him do it. Who was she? Why did she go along with it? Did she know about his other girlfriend? And what happened to her after the fact?

Reading helps us to imagine things we haven’t experienced on our own, and to, ultimately, empathize with our fellow humans. In writing Criminal, I aimed to explain to myself—and to therefore understand—what it would be like to be a girl very different from me and most of the characters in my other books: someone without resources, without confidence, without an education or good family, and often without hope—so much so that she’d participate in such a horrible crime.

The result of my imaginings (and my research) is in this book. I didn’t write it to justify, or excuse, any kind of criminal behavior in the slightest. Instead I hope that in doing so, my readers and I can get closer to understanding that people who make terrible choices like this are more than just the results of their crimes.

Cover Reveal!!

The people at S&S have done it again! Behold the shiny new cover for my book REMEMBER which will be out next February. Can’t wait that long? You could buy my book YEAR OF MISTAKEN DISCOVERIES. It’s already out.

cover draft

The secret to happiness is pink shoes


I bought these bad boys over the weekend. They are currently sitting on the corner of my desk as a reminder to smile. It is impossible to look at hot pink shoes and not be happy.

Clearly, I’ve found the secret of life. Not bad for a Monday. I may kick off the rest of the week and let the rest of you come up with some genius. I don’t want to hog it all to myself


Random Deep Thoughts on a Monday

I met last week with a new-ish writer. Later someone else asked me why I would bother to help out someone new. I do it for a few reasons:

1. I was lucky enough to have people help me when I started out and I like to pay it forward.

2. I’m a big believer in good karma, if you have a chance to do something nice it never hurts. Helping someone else reach their goal is a good thing.

3. I’m not a bitch. (Okay, I can be on occasion, but I try to limit it.)

Now for a hockey analogy. I am not on this earth to be a goalie, to stop other people from scoring their dream. I am there to assist or get out of the way. Too many people seem to live to tell other people what they’re doing wrong or to try and block them from moving forward. Unless you are hurting yourself or someone else, it’s not my business. You may have a goal or dream that I think is a waste of time- but it’s not my dream. A friend of mine announced she intends to run a marathon. My first thought was “why would you do that when you could be inside on the sofa reading?” However she’s not asking me to jog along- she’s telling me because she’s both excited and scared. It’s my job to support her. To remind her that she can do it when she feels like giving up. If I have a chance to help you move toward what you want- that’s what I’m going to do.

If you’re acting as a goalie maybe it’s time for you to hit the bench and let other people score. Just a thought.

Anyone else ready for spring?



Year of Mistaken Discoveries at a bookstore near you!

Year of Mistaken Discoveries Cover

Year of Mistaken Discoveries by Eileen Cook is now available!

About the book:
Friendship is a bond stronger than secrets in this novel from the author of The Almost Truth and Unraveling Isobel.

As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared—they were both adopted.

Years later, Avery is smart, popular, and on the cheerleading squad, while Nora spends her time on the fringes of school society, wearing black, reading esoteric poetry, and listening to obscure music. They never interact…until the night Nora approaches Avery at a party, saying it’s urgent. She tells Avery that she thought she found her birth mom—but it turned out to be a cruel lie. Avery feels for Nora, but returns to her friends at the party.

Then Avery learns that Nora overdosed on pills. Left to cope with Nora’s loss and questioning her own actions, Avery decides to honor her friend by launching a search for her own birth mother. Aided by Brody, a friend of Nora’s who is also looking for a way to respect Nora’s legacy, Avery embarks on an emotional quest. But what she’s really seeking might go far deeper than just genetics…

You can buy the book here:

Indie Bound


Barnes and Noble


What Others Are Saying:

“Cook combines friendship drama, boy troubles, romance, family conflict, and college application stress with a protagonist trying to understand who she really is in the wake of tragedy.” Publisher’s Weekly

“Cook delves into some interesting questions about what is really important in life as well as the challenges associated with self-discovery and determining how far you’ll go to get what you want.” Booklist

“An insightful, entertaining exploration of the impact of a suicide” Kirkus
“Eileen Cook returns with Year of Mistaken Discoveries, a romantic tragi-comedy from the perspective of the most popular–often most hated–girl in high school: the cheerleader… Year of Mistaken Discoveries is provoking, fast-paced entertainment, and Cook successfully tackles some tough issues with a very light touch.” Readerly- The National Reading Campaign.

“Given the choice between contemporary and paranormal YA, I will almost always pick contemporary and Eileen Cook is the perfect example of why.” Nerdy Book Club- Kelly’s Top 15 Books for 2014

“This book is amazing! Everyone should buy at least five copies.” Eileen’s mom.

GCC Welcomes Denise Jaden!

Rather than doing a traditional interview-filled blog tour, Denise Jaden is celebrating the release of her new nonfiction writing book, FAST FICTION, by dropping tips about writing quickly at every stop of her blog tour, and offering some awesome prizes for commenting on any of these posts (including this one!)

The more you drop by and comment, the more chances you have to win these great prizes:

Denise’s Fast Fiction Tip: Find a variety of creative outlets.

When I’m not writing, I’m usually either homeschooling my son or dancing with a local Polynesian dance troupe. Maybe it’s an odd combination, but I honestly think my writing is richer for the variety in my life. One thing I always recommend to writers who are feeling stale or stagnant in their writing is to find a different creative outlet—drawing, painting, music, graphic arts, drama, knitting. Sometimes releasing our creative energy into another type of project will rejuvenate our vision for the writing.

The Prizes:

  • Compliments of New World Library: They will be giving away A BOX of copies of FAST FICTION by Denise Jaden and GET IT DONE by Sam Bennett (US and Canada only):
  • Compliments of Denise Jaden, TWO BOXES of great fiction (US Only). Details on Denise’s blog.
  • Audiobook copies of NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden!
  • A critique of your first five pages, compliments of Denise’s agent, Michelle Humphrey from The Martha Kaplan Agency!

All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win (at the bottom of this post, I’ve included links to all of the other blogs where you can comment for more chances to win).

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