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#TeaserTuesday … Are you ready for another exclusive excerpt from the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook?

It’s time for another #TeaserTuesday. And I’m so excited, because the audiobook is currently going through the review process of ACX… I’m crossing my fingers the process goes swiftly. That means the audiobook is soon going to be available for sale.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale!

Press play on the video below to hear an excerpt from the killer’s point-of-view or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

A door closes in the distance, and my heart jumps up my throat. The silence in the locker room settles in my chest, and my eyes dart to the right, then to the left.

“Don’t be silly. Everything is okay,” I say out loud, but taking a full breath is still hard. “Must be the football players leaving.”

I grab my bag and hesitate between the emergency exit and the main exit a bit farther away. Blood pounds in my veins, and I’m tempted to run to the emergency exit.

But this is ridiculous. No one is there. No one is there to get me.
Footsteps resonate and I accelerate.But the footsteps get closer.
There is someone.
Someone behind me.
A hand reaches out and touches my arm.
Shivers run up and down my spine, and I scream.

Have you already listened to the other excerpts I shared over the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…
There’s romance in the air…

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

And if you’d like to help me raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and #LightTheNight, please check out this link.

Thank you so much for reading and listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…

Audiobooks

#TeaserTuesday … There’s romance in the air in the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT.

It’s time for another #TeaserTuesday. This time, I asked on Instagram if listeners would prefer a little bit of romance or more from the murderer’s point-of-view. And 100% of the people who voted (thanks again!) decided on romance.

The excerpt is a few paragraphs into Chapter 11. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale!

Press play on the video below to hear an excerpt from the killer’s point-of-view or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

And when he turns to me, I forget about the horrors, about Rachel dying, about my father and the rest of the world. The only thing I hear over and over again is how he remembers that day.

My treacherous and silly mind holds on to the hope that he chooses this moment to turn to me and tell me how much he’s been wanting me, that he’s been in love with me for such a long time he doesn’t remember when it started.

Because that’s how it is for me.

I don’t know if it was when he helped me after I fell during that game.
I don’t know if it was when he asked to take Caleb bowling one afternoon after I told him a bunch of Caleb’s friends were ganging up on him.
I don’t know if it was during that kiss.
Or five minutes ago, when he asked to be there for me.

Have you already listened to the other excerpts I shared the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…
The Killer Speaks…

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

Thank you so much for listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…

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How to pronounce “Elodie Nowodazkij”?

I’m used to explaining how to pronounce my name: both my first and last name. I’ve done it for years.

A few weeks ago, Trish Doller tweeted about how helpful it would be for authors to have a pronunciation guide for their name.

I had been meaning to do that for a long time.

Some days, I do believe it would have been easier to go with a pen name for more reasons than one. Other days, I’m happy I decided to publish under my name. Lots of pros and cons. But I digress. Today’s post is about how to pronounce “Elodie Nowodazkij.”

“Elodie” is a common French name. And I may just have spent ten minutes looking at a graph showing its popularity per years. According to data extracted by several websites from l’Insee (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies), I can share with you that there were 83 babies named “Elodie” in 1900, while 7118 babies were named “Elodie” in 1981. And I was one of them. It actually reached a peak in 1988. So you could say my parents started a trend. 😉 Based on this data, 58 babies were named Elodie in 2018.

Outside of France, it is not a very common name at all. I usually tell people, it’s like, “Melody without the ‘m’.”

For my last name, “Nowodazkij”, well it’s harder because one doesn’t pronounce all letters. The “j” at the end is silent for example. And for the little story, it’s spelled like this because it was transcribed that way from Cyrillic to German when my husband immigrated to Germany when he was a kid.

So, for those of you who are wondering how to pronounce “Elodie Nowodazkij”, you can listen to me below saying it (or you can click here).

At some point, I was thinking of starting a 5-minute podcast on “How do you pronounce…?” And ask authors to tell me one story about their name.

I might still do that…

Thanks for reading (and listening)!

Audiobooks

#TeaserTuesday … The killer speaks…in the audiobook of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT.

It’s time for another #TeaserTuesday. Halloween is next month and I think the audiobook should be available a few weeks before. Perfect timing, don’t you think? 🙂

Last week, I asked on Instagram who you wanted to hear a little bit more of…and the killer came in close second after Dimitri. So…here we are. 🙂

The excerpt is a few paragraphs into Chapter 4. Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

That exclusive scene will be available to those who signed up as soon as the audiobook is available for sale!

Press play on the video below to hear an excerpt from the killer’s point-of-view or click this link to see it on YouTube! Or you can listen to the audio here.

And this time my smile turns angelic, innocent. It’s a smile I practice often, the one I use when I need to blend in the crowd. Right now, it’s a smile that teases her into believing she has a chance. She must see hope in this smile, because she repeats, “I swear I won’t.”

But like all the other ones before her, this girl isn’t going home.

Have you already listened to the other excerpts I shared the past couple of weeks?

The first minute of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT…
Meet Dimitri – an excerpt from his point-of-view…

And have you read or listened to the three tips to audiobook narrators from Megan, the narrator of FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT? You can read/listened to them here. 🙂

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter or to fill out the Google Form if you want to receive an exclusive scene narrated by Megan.

Thank you so much for listening!

Oh and you can sign up below if you want to receive an email when I write on this blog…

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Welcoming thirty-nine with gratitude…

…even though I still haven’t convinced The Chemical Engineer that my birthday should be a national holiday 🙂

Yesterday, I welcomed 39 with a lot of gratitude, a walk in a not-too-humid Maryland summer day where we saw a dragonfly, and very delicious food. The Chemical Engineer cooked some of my favorite dishes and surprised me throughout the day…I’m grateful and I’m lucky in so so many ways. Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! I truly appreciate them ❤

Here are a few things you can do to celebrate my birthday (I know it was yesterday but maybe it’s a birthday week? ;-)), I’m trying to raise more awareness about BeTheMatch.org and how one can become a donor. While I’m so lucky to be in remission after my autologous transplant, there are a lot of people waiting for a donor transplant and you could save a life. 🙂

So, I’d love it if you could read more about BeTheMatch.org and either sign up to be a donor or share the info with your friends: https://join.bethematch.org/s/landing?language=en_US&ref=headerjoin&_ga=2.83404822.1487756652.1597782116-87238107.1597782116

I’m looking to organize an online BeTheMatch donor drive (I’m in touch with one of their volunteers and will share more details soon) and if you’re interested in helping me brainstorm, don’t hesitate to reach out.

And if you’d like to support my writing: don’t hesitate to: sign up to know when Fear Me, Fear Me Not will be released as an audiobook (https://forms.gle/KEkvvdNcjeJQTaSF9 ) read my books, leave reviews for my books (links to my books can be found here: https://elodienowodazkij.com/my-books/)

Again, thank you so so so much!

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Did you know that I have a newsletter?

Real talk: I’m not the most consistent with my newsletter. This is an area I want to improve especially as I use Facebook less and am enjoying writing blog posts again.

Newsletters are great ways to share exlusive content and updates and random pictures of Bobbie Voltaire The Cat and Plato The Dog.

I mean clearly…Plato The Dog thinks you should subscribe. You can subscribe by clicking here:  eepurl.com/g_Qp4D

I have some audiobook news which I’m very very excited to share with all of you very soon (this week). And my newsletter subscribers willl find out first.

Clearly, that’s a reason to subscribe 🙂

You can subscribe here: eepurl.com/g_Qp4D
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Did you know you can recommend a book to your library or pre-order a book and receive pretty cool things?

There are pretty amazing books coming out in August. Let’s face it: There’s always a lot of amazing books coming out 🙂

Some authors organize pre-order / library request campaigns. Basically, all you have to do is either pre-order a book (pre-orders are really helpful to authors) or recommend it to your library (you

And recommending the library purchases a book doesn’t cost you anything (and you can do it from home too) so if you’re on a tight book-buying budget, you still can support an author and read amazing books and get free stuff.

Here are two on-going campaigns for books coming out in August I’m very very excited about.

  • CRY OF METAL & BONE by L. Penelope (On Sale August 11th – pre-order/library request campaign runs unti 8/11)

I absolutely loved the first book in this series. It took me out of a reading slump I was in. And the CRY OF METAL & BONE (on sale August 11th) just got a starred review from Booklist!

All info on L. Penelope’s website: https://lpenelope.com/2020/07/cry-of-metal-bone-pre-order-campaign/

  • NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU by Kristina Forest Pre-order campaign (also includes library recommendations)

I just bought Kristina’s first book I WANNA SEE WHERE YOU ARE after seeing it recommended by Nic Stone. I mean: ballet, road trip and romance? Plus that cover? Gorgeous.

Kristina’s second book “NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU” is coming out on August 25th and it also sounds so so good: “A YA novel about searching for answers, love, and your eccentric grandma in all the wrong places.

All info on Kristina’s Forest’s website: https://www.kristinaforest.com/ntify-preorder-campaign

Did you pre-order those books? Recommended them to your libraries?

Let me know in the comments 🙂

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#TeaserTuesday First Lines…

What’s the first line of the book you’re currently reading?

Here are the first lines of my novels (including my Work-In-Progress).

  •  “Bucket List Item also known as “What was I thinking?” or “You’re going to rock this” List (depending on the days): Blind date – tomorrow.” (UNTITLED – Current WiP)
  • “Here’s what we all know: Sometime this week or the next or the one after that, we will find another dead girl.” (FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT). Technically the first line of that novel is: Fear. (but I took the first line of the second chapter :P).
  • “Evil doesn’t sleep, doesn’t rest, doesn’t forget.” (SEE ME, SEE ME NOT)
  • “The daisies on my mother’s tomb remind me of happier times.” (TRUST ME, TRUST ME NOT)
  • “Blood. The blood is everywhere.” (ONE DREAM ONLY)
  • “Chopin’s music is the soundtrack of my life.” (ONE TWO THREE).
  • “The pop music blasts from the speakers so loudly that it resonates within me.” (A SUMMER LIKE NO OTHER)
  • “I SHOULD HAVE STAYED at the School of Performing Arts this weekend.” (ALWAYS SECOND BEST).
  • “Kneeing a guy in the balls might not be the best idea.” (LOVE IN B MINOR)

Happy reading! Stay safe ❤

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FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT auf Deutsch :-)

Mein Buch Fear Me, Fear Me Not wird auf Deutsch übersetzt…und ist jetzt schon vorbestellbar: Fürchte mich, Fürchte mich nicht.

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“Die Wendungen in diesem Buch haben mich total überrascht und ich bin begeistert!” Ein spannender Roman für Fans von Sixx-Filmen und Criminal Minds…

Die siebzehnjährige Cheerleaderin Erin Hortz sollte sich eigentlich auf den größten Wettbewerb ihres Lebens vorbereiten, der ihr Ticket aus ihrer kleinen texanischen Stadt sein könnte. Aber da ihr Vater in Verdacht steht, ein Serienmörder zu sein, fällt es ihr schwer, fokussiert zu bleiben. Erst recht, wenn es um den ehemaligen Football-Star Dimitri Kuvlev geht: der Bruder ihrer besten Freundin Nadia, ihr Dauerschwarm, derjenige, der einen Platz in ihrem Herzen hat.

Einst interessierten sich Universitäten aus dem ganzen Land für den 19-jährigen Football-Superstar Dimitri, doch nach einem Unfall weiß er nicht, was er mit seinem Leben anfangen soll. Die einzige Person, die ihn zu verstehen scheint, ist die, mit der er eigentlich nur befreundet sein wollte, zumindest bis er alles in Ordnung gebracht hat: Erin.

Als Nadia nach einer Party nicht nach Hause kommt, wissen Dimitri und Erin, dass sie sie finden müssen, bevor es zu spät ist – auch wenn das bedeutet, ihr eigenes Leben zu riskieren und alles, was Erin lieb ist.

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Andere Bücher schon auf Deutsch verfügbar…

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Thank you! $360 raised for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society…

Thank you SO MUCH! I’ve just realized that I forgot to update you all here on the results of my TRUST ME, TRUST ME NOT campaign.

For all orders of TRUST ME, TRUST ME NOT in September, I donated $1 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I raised $90 that way…but this was matched by the wonderful Sam, Katy and Katie, meaning we’ve raised $360 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Again, thank you SO much! ❤