One of my thighs is bigger than the other. And that's okay.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My son, me, and my father, Kent.
We'd just unloaded the horses from the trailer and were going to move some cows who'd wandered into the winter range back up to the summer range (higher in the mountains). There was a lot of brush to ride through, so my dad handed me a pair of his old chaps to protect my legs.

I zipped up the left leg. Snug, but it fit. Then I went to zip up the right leg. It wouldn't zip. My upper thigh was simply to big. I immediately deflated, feeling like a failure because I couldn't fit in my 55 year old father's chaps (granted, he's a bean pole, but still).

Even though I'd been running 2-3 miles three times a week, I knew I was "bigger" than I'd ever been. At 5'11" and 32 years old, I am a size ten. I'm big boned and muscular (at every one of my c-sections, the doctor has made a comment about my "excellent musculature", lol!). It's the reason I played center for my high school basketball team. It's a reason that even at my thinnest (19% body fat), I was still a size 8.

I went on the ride without those chaps. In the truck on the way back to the bunkhouse, I stared out the window, feeling like a complete failure. I'd asked someone I loved recently if I looked "okay." Her response, "Just don't gain anymore weight and you'll be fine." Those words hurt. Like I was on the cusp of failure.

I said something derogatory about myself to my dad. I don't even remember what. But I do remember his answer. He shrugged. "What matters is you're healthy and you can do the things you want to do."

My daughter and my dad
My eyes welled with tears. My father loved me. He didn't care that I wasn't perfect. And he was right. The size of my pants didn't matter. Whether or not I had "thigh gap" didn't matter (I've never had it, btw).

What matters about our bodies is that they're healthy and strong enough to do what we need them to. That's it. That's the measurement that should dictate our happiness.

How tragic and unkind of us to hate a beautiful, god-given gift because it isn't perfect. I needed to hear that. I needed to feel loved and accepted. And I needed to remember that being and feeling strong is my goal. Not being skinny.

So if you've never heard it from your parents: What matters is you're healthy and strong enough to do the things you want to do. That's it. Stop worrying about having a "perfect" body. Instead, work toward making your body healthy and strong.

Remember that as you make your New Year's resolutions.

This is my body. It's not perfect (apparently one of my thighs is bigger than the other). But it's strong and healthy.

And that's what matters.

{Release} Pieces of Jade by Lani Woodland and Melanie Piper

Monday, December 30, 2013
Fellow Dauntless author, Lani Woodland, released her newest book today. I had the privilege of being a reader for this book, and I absolutely loved it. If you like my books, I'm sure you'll love this one, as they're both packed full of action, romance, and magic.

You're invited to the online Pieces of Jade launch party! You can be entered to win swag, books and more! Come hang out and chat with authors Lani Woodland and Melonie Piper.

Here is the pertinent information:
Monday, December 30th 2013
Time: 5-8 (PST) 
Place: Facebook's Pieces of Jade Launch Party Event Page. Click here to join the fun! 

Pieces of Jade

by Lani Woodland and Melonie Piper

Sentenced to death by the man she loves . . .

Jade has no control over her future. She is the Emmía, the girl whose magical blood keeps her kingdom’s cursed soil fertile and ensures the survival of her people. But her destiny is ruined when pirates take her magical medallion, the loss of which is treasonous, and the prince she loves is honor-bound to sentence her to death.

Forced to flee to the pirate she hates . . .

Jade escapes from prison, but her sister is captured and will die in her place unless Jade returns with the medallion still on the pirates’ ship. In disguise, she joins the pirate crew where she finds herself drawn to the first officer, William, and his claims of the crown’s hidden brutality in the kingdom. But when Jade learns the fate of every Emmía before her, she is finally forced to choose her own destiny: die a martyr or live a rebel.

Sound like something you'd like to read? If so, you can purchase Pieces of Jade for the Nook by clicking here or for the Kindle by clicking here.

{For Authors} How to find an illustrator

Thursday, December 26, 2013
Recently, John Brown (Servant of a Dark God) interviewed me about finding an illustrator. Below are my answers (thanks for typing it up for me, John!):

Finding an artist:

  • Instead of looking on DeviantArt, Amber will look on Pinterest because this collects "the good stuff" for her. 
  • When she finds an artist there she likes, she will Google them to find out contact information. 
  • Then she'll contact with specific information about the project and ask for a bid. Some of the artists want payment in installments. 
  • If she agrees to the bid, she will write up a contract, and they begin the project. 
    • She's found that the artists outside the US are much cheaper 
 Directing the artist

  1. The key is to be very specific with the artist. This means you have to do your homework up front. 
  2. She goes out to Pinterest and stock photography sites and finds images that show what she wants for: 
  • Costume 
      • Example: she found the clothing in Witch Fall 
    • Background 
    • Color scheme (She uses color to make the image pop AND to convey the right mood)
      • Example: she found the turquoise and red on images on Pinterest that she thought popped 
      • she conveys the personality of characters as well -example: when she was explaining what she wanted for the fairies of Winter Queen, she described their personality, the types of wings she wanted, etc. Very specific.
    • Pose 
    • Models 
      • Example: she found the exact model she wanted the girl in Witch Fall to look like 
    • She will also think of the scene to illustrate 
      • If she doesn't have a photo, she describes in detail what she wants. -Example: with Witch Fall, she didn't have an image of the woman in the water, so described her there with arms and legs dangling behind her, the hair above her head, the side of her face. 
1. If ever anything bugs her, she brings it up immediately so it can be fixed.  She will collaborate.
    •  For example, with Witch Fall she wanted dragons but didn't know where to put them. The artist came up with the placement. The artist also said she thought the girl needed some plants around her. 
  •  The process can go back and forth many times 
    • There's a rough sketch 
    • Then various layers 
    • Then, because the file size is getting too large, they will flatten the picture. 
2. You will want approval before they flatten. To make adjustments after that, they have to go back to a layered version.
  • She has gone back and forth with adjustments up to 20 times with Winter Queen because it was so complex with the figure and the fairies 
3. The piece is not done until it is printed!
    • A lot of the artists don't understand that printed images are darker than those on the computer screen. On the screen you can lighten or darken because everything is backlit. You don't have that on the page. 
    •  So you MUST print out an ARC first. Once you're satisfied with that, the job is done (DON'T SEND FINAL PAYMENT UNTIL THEN). 
Other Tips ·

  1. The image needs to pop. So think about color, contrast, silhouette, etc. 
  2. Think simple over complex. Too much detail ends up looking messy and distracting. Especially in thumbnail size. Simple usually shows up the best in small images. 
  3. You need alpha and beta readers for the image just like you do the book to give you feedback. Are they seeing anything weird? What feeling does the image give? Are there artistic things that could be changed? 
  4.  Make sure the tone of the cover reflects the tone of the story. It has to communicate the type of story the book is. ie-Winter Queen was too feminine and fairy and didn't convey the dark side of the book. 
    • Leave space for displaying text  
    •  Don't have the artist add the display text. Just have them provide the image (hire graphic designer to do the text-it's a different discipline). 
    • Have you graphic designer look at the initial sketch for approval.
    • Make sure the text is readable in thumbnail.
    • Textured font usually means it's darker and harder to read. Trad Pub books usually don't use textured fonts. 

  • The final wraparound without text (this way you can make changes to the text if needed. ie-if your trilogy becomes a series). 
  • A jpeg and a compressed file she can use on websites 
  • A very high resolution tif file so changes can be made later. 
  • Parts of the image 
    • Example: she wanted to use the fairies on her site or for a bookmark or for chapter headings 
    • Example: she used the pendant on her copyright page. She also used it for her short story. 
  • Come up with a common symbol or object for a series 
    • She recommends having something that can be used for the whole series.
    • Example: she used the pendant in Witch Sing on each book and on the title page.
    • Example: note Jason Chan's burning, magic hand in the Phillipa Ballantine Geist series

Witch Rising Release Day and Cover Blitz

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Witch Rising

A Witch Fall Prequel

Release Day and Cover Blitz

It's only 99 pennies! 
A ship burns, sinking into the depthless waves. There is only one survivor. A child hunted for the power of her song. Hidden away on an isolated island, Lilette buries the knowledge of her power deep, convinced it is the reason for the deaths of those she loves.

But she can’t run from who she is. And when her secret is revealed, all that can save her are the things she’s forgotten. It’s time to rise up and become what she was always meant to be. The most powerful witch ever born.

I'm so excited to have this book out! My goal is to have Witch Rising ranking in the top 100 paid books on Amazon. Please purchase your copy today (link below). Copy and paste the html (below) into your blog and share on the release on your FB and twitter accounts. 
Tweet: #ReleaseDay for #WitchRising by @amberargyle! Only 99 pennies. #mustread #kindle #nook

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{Release Day} Eternal Echoes by Angela Corbett

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
She thought she stopped the evil.
She thought she was safe.
Everything she thought was wrong.
Almost four months have passed since Evie Starling learned she was a Tracker and helped defeat a Daevos Clan that was taking others like her�but that wasn�t the end of the abductions. As an unknown evil emerges, Evie vows to help solve the mystery of the missing Trackers, regardless of the risk.
With new powers she doesn�t understand and can�t control, she turns to Alex and Emil, her two soul mates, for help. But her feelings for them both are tearing her apart.
As the world around her is thrown into chaos, Evie is confronted with what could be a destiny-altering truth. Will she accept her history, her memories, and her role in this life, or choose to ignore the echoes of her past?
Purchase Eternal Echoes
About Angela
Angela Corbett graduated from Westminster College with a double major in communication and sociology. She started working as a reporter for her local newspaper when she was sixteen and won awards for feature, news, and editorial writing. She has also done freelance writing. In addition to writing, she works as a director of communications and marketing. She loves classic cars, traveling, and listening to U2. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband and their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin, whose following of fangirls could rival Justin Bieber�s.
Angela writes under two names. Young Adult and New Adult titles are written as Angela Corbett. Adult titles are written as Destiny Ford.
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Which is your favorite cover?

Monday, November 18, 2013


InD'Tales is having a cover contest where you vote for your favorite cover. And Winter Queen is competing! The winner gets an ad in their magazine, with the winners competing for a grand prize. 

Here's the other four fun covers. 

Which is your favorite? I've been surprised by some of the results. I know I have a definite favorite, but I'm not exactly unbiased. You can vote in the Creme de la Cover contest here. 
You do have to be a member of the site though. 

Witch Fall Countdown Widget Contest

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Super simple contest. If you post Witch Fall on your blog, you get points. If you win, you get an eARC Witch Rising and and ARC of Witch Fall before anyone else (even reviewers).

I'll send it to you sometime this month.

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Special thanks to Safari Poet for the widget!

Donations needed for a baby with cancer

Monday, November 4, 2013
This sweet baby girl is Gentry, and she has cancer. I'm pleased to announce that her neuroblastoma was removed during surgery and she's now out of the NICU, but all is not exactly well. Gentry has been diagnosed with opsoclonus myoclonus, which basically means (as I understand it) that her body has attacked her neurons, resulting in severe muscle and eye spasms. 

I've been friends with this family for years, and I teach their older daughter in sunday school (sweetest kid in the whole class, and that includes my own daughter ;) ). The family could use help with medical expenses if you have a little extra to share. 

Calling all book bloggers!

Thursday, October 31, 2013
eARCs for Witch Fall will be going out soon. If you'd like one, fill out the form below.

Blog Tour Sign Up Through Xpresso Book Tours

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Any book bloggers who'd like to sign up for my blog tour can do so by going to Expresso Book Tours

This is a reviews only tour that will run from January 13th to January 18th, 2014. There will also be giveaway opportunities (provided by me) on every stop. Review copies will be available in all ebook formats.

If you've already signed up for a review copy on my blog, you will still receive one, you just won't be a part of the official tour. 

As always, thanks for your continued support! 

My Prequel has a Prequel

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Sounds like a line from a Dr. Seuss book, doesn't it?

But it is true. I have a prequel short story for Witch Fall that will come out next month. It's entitled Witch Rising. I'm in the process of searching for a new cover artist for it, as Laura Sava isn't taking freelance work right now (sad face!). 

The cover is going to be simple, featuring the pendant in all its golden glory. 

Honestly, it doesn't matter whether you read Witch Song or Witch Fall first. They sort of circle into each other. But you should definitely read Witch Rising before Witch Fall. 

Confused on the order yet?


I'm trying to keep it simple, but I'm not sure what to post in the subtitle. 

A Witch Song Sort Story

A Prequel to Witch Fall 

Something else entirely . . . 

I need a Dr. Pepper. 

I am Dauntless

Thursday, October 10, 2013


I've joined forces with an eclectic mix of everything from bestselling to debut authors to create a collaborative called Dauntless. We are fearless authors dedicated to our craft and our success in the publishing world. Our goal is to be each other's marketing team and support system. 

For readers, Dauntless means going to one place to keep up-to-date on all our books. It means coupons and freebies. It means interacting with some of your favorite authors. It means weekly posts on book related topics.

For writers, Dauntless means weekly posts on the craft and marketing side of writing. It means networking and establishing relationships. 

And it's all in good fun. 

Grab our button, post it on your page: 
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Like us on Facebook and Twitter 
Follow our blog
Join us on Pinterest 

Some of our members include: Elle Strauss, Konstanz Silverbow, Cindy M Hogan, Donna K. Weaver, Megg Jensen, Angela Corbett, Amber L Argyle, Nancy Thompson, Katie, G.P. Ching, Sawyer Bennett, David P. King, ali cross, Cameron Jace, Wendy Knight, Jolene Perry, RaShelle Workman, Donna Hosie, Stephanie Fowers, and Lani Woodland 

{Guest Post} Christy Dorrity author of Awakened

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
About the Book . . . because some Celtic stories won’t be contained in myth. A little magic has always run in sixteen-year-old McKayla McCleery's family—at least that’s what she’s been told. McKayla’s eccentric Aunt Avril travels the world as a psychic for the FBI, and her mother can make amazing delicacies out of the most basic of ingredients. But McKayla doesn't think for a second that the magic is real—it’s just good storytelling. Besides, McKayla doesn’t need magic. She recently moved to beautiful Star Valley, Wyoming, and already she has a best friend, a solo in her upcoming ballet recital—and the gorgeous guy in her physics class keeps looking her way. When an unexpected fascination with Irish dance leads McKayla to seek instruction from the mute, crippled janitor at her high school, she learns that her family is not the only one with unexplained abilities. After Aunt Avril comes to Star Valley in pursuit of a supernatural killer, people begin disappearing, and the lives of those McKayla holds most dear are threatened. When the janitor reveals that an ancient curse, known as a geis, has awakened deadly powers that defy explanation, McKayla is forced to come to terms with what is real and what is fantasy. A thrilling debut novel based in Celtic mythology, Awakening is a gripping young adult fantasy rife with magic, romance, and mystery.
Awakening (The Geis, #1)
Praise for Awakening
"AWAKENING is a wonder and a delight. Christy Dorrity is a talent to watch." ~David Farland, New York Times bestselling author of Nightingale "I thoroughly enjoyed AWAKENING, a captivating and unique debut novel that creatively integrates Irish dance." ~ CHRIS NAISH, Riverdance member and Creative Director of Fusion Fighters Irish dancers.
About the Author Christy Dorrity lives in the mountains with her husband, five children, and a cocker spaniel. She grew up on a trout ranch in Star Valley, Wyoming, and is the author of The Geis series for young adults, and The Book Blogger’s Cookbooks. Christy is a champion Irish dancer and when she’s not reading or writing, she’s probably trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.
Purchase Awakening by Christy Dorrity:
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2013 Fall YA Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, October 3, 2013

YA Scavenger Hunt

I'm Amber Argyle, author of the Witch Song and Fairy Queen Trilogies (book bloggers, don't forget to sign up for an eARC for the final book in the Witch Song Trilogy, Witch Fall). 

In addition to the amazing prizes offered by the hunt, I'm also offering a SIGNED special edition hardcover of INSURGENT by Veronica Roth click here + ebooks by 17 of my fellow Dauntless authors, including: Amber Argyle (me!), Cindy M. Hogan, Angela Corbett, Donna K Weaver, RaShelle Workman, Ali Cross, Wendy Knight, Donna Hosie, G.P. Ching, Kate Avery Ellison, Megg Jensen, Sawyer Bennett, Elle Strauss, Stephanie Fowers, Konstanz Silverbow, Jace Cameron, and Nancy S. Thompson. You'll get one ebook from each author (keep reading to find out how).

Also, all of my books have gone on sale for the hunt. Witch Song and Witch Born are both on sale for $2.99 and Winter Queen is 3.99

On a personal note, I turn 33 next year, which I'm pretty excited about!
Confused about anything hunt related? Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. Basically, there are THREE contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or ALL THREE! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM--but there is also a red team and gold team for a chance to win a total of 60 books!


Directions: Above, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number (in blue). Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the blue team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Oct 6th at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Whew. Now we're done with the rules, let me introduce you to Kim Baccellia Rapier! Here's a little more about her: 

Kim's other works include Crossed Out, a YA paranormal, published by Lachesis Publishing, and a YA multicultural fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea, which will be re-released in March 2012 by Muse It Up publishing. A member of SCBWI, Kim is currently writing the sequel to Crossed Out. She's also putting the finishing touches on a YA multicultural dystopian novel. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.

For this hunt, Kim is featuring her newest book, NO MORE GODESSES. Here's a little more about it:

Getting a date shouldn’t be this hard. Jordan Lake discovers an ancient bracelet in her grandmother's house and uncovers a family mystery that links her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, a romantic movie, and an aunt she never knew. Jordan hopes the bracelet will bring her love. Instead, it brings one nightmare after another, unleashing Hathor, the Egyptian love goddess, who decides it's fun to mess with the McKnight High School social scene. Jordan holds the key to vanquish Hathor, but will she figure out what it is in time to save her school, one of her best friends, and get a date to the Valentine’s Day dance?

Sounds like a fantastic book! Find out more about Kim here or purchase her book here!
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So to recap: 

For the hunt, add up all the favorite numbers of the authors (mine's hidden somewhere above!) on the blue team and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize! And don't forget to enter the two giveaways I'm hosting here.

{Contest} Enter to win Insurgent {Veronica Roth}

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
This is a signed collector's 1st edition hardcover. It comes with a poster, removable tattoos, etc (sells for $50+ on Amazon). Pretty tripped out!

To enter to win, do one of the following:

Add up all your points. 

Leave me any relevant links (I always check the winner!). 

While you're there, don't forget to enter the Witch Fall giveaway.
*Contest ends Oct. 7th.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Witch Fall by Amber Argyle

Witch Fall

by Amber Argyle

Giveaway ends November 12, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

{Amber Argyle} 2013 Fall YA Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, September 28, 2013
 I'm so stoked to be a part of the lineup for the Scavenger Hunt this year. If you're unfamiliar with the Hunt, no worries! Instructions will be coming out with the posts.

There's 60 of us this year. Each of us will share exclusive bonus material, and most of us will be offering contests on our own blogs in addition to the main HUMONGOUS, GINORMOUS, BAD A** grand prize of 60 BOOKS!

I'm part of the blue team. I'm going to share a deleted scene (the prologue) from Winter Queen.

The YA Scavenger Hunt will be live from Oct 3rd at noon pacific until Oct 6th at the same time. That will give you lots of time to read...well, pretty much everything. So, without further ado, here are our fabulous YA Hunt authors!





























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Well fans, there you have it. Five dozen YA authors for you to check out before the hunt. Now if only I had that many donuts. Hmm...

Leave a comment to tell me which book you're
the most interested in learning more about.
Have a great week everyone!


Sincerely, The YASH Organizers --------- Visit the YA Scavenger Hunt at
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