Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Blast From the Past

By now, I think we've all heard of Throwback Thursday... the day of the week designated for posting pictures from years past so our social network can see how cool/young/hot/smart/popular/accomplished we were and hopefully still are.

I like this idea. Not because I want people to see how cool/young/hot/smart/popular/ 
accomplished I was (I was never really any of those things--not really) but because it reconnects us to our past in a very real, very visual way. 

Today a casual Facebook friend of mine posted what I thought was a super fabulous version of Throwback Thursday... a beloved book cover from her childhood.

Seeing it, I thought to myself: Self, that's a kickass idea. You should steal it.

So I did.

 Here's my version of #TBT, Lit-style.

This book got me through some pretty tough shit, growing up. 
Now you're thinking... it's a book about dragons. How the hell did that help you growing up?

This book isn't about dragons--not really. Not to me anyway. This book is about a young woman who is reviled and ostracized from her homeland and through that pain, finds the strength to not only fight back, she finds a purpose bigger than herself and learns to fight to protect it.

Anyone who ever wondered where I draw my inspirations from for my Sabrina Vaughn character can find it all right here, in the pages of this book because Aerin, the heroine in this story, never quits. She never stops fighting--through loss and love and betrayal and heartbreak... she never stops fighting. 

that's my jam.

If you've never read it and you like dragons and shit (or if you just like a good story with a strong female protag), I suggest you do...

you won't be sorry.

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Plot Doctor is IN!

Holly writes:


I’m more than ¾ of the way through my book. I’ve always known that this is merely a first version—that it will require multiple rewrites. Recently, it’s occurred to me I want to add a character, develop one or two current ones differently, switch part of it to a close third POV from my current 1st person POV, etc. Here’s my dilemma—do I finish the book now, “pretending” I’ve fixed all this stuff? Or do I quit now, go back, start my re-write? One problem with that is, the problem I’ve had all along—I never know what’s going to happen next. So for me, the advantage to finishing the book knitting in (or sticking in, more like it) the revelations I’ve had will probably reveal to me even more stuff I need to fix in the beginning and throughout. In other words, I don’t want to kill my momentum, so “close” to the finish. As always… your opinion is much appreciated and valued!

Hi, Holly ~

First of, congratulations for being so close to your goal! You're in the home stretch--be proud!

As for your question... Whether you should go back and start your re-write now or wait, is really a personal preference. If all you were doing was switching the POV for 1st to 3rd, I'd say do it now but it sounds like you're trying to capture ideas as they occur to you. That's kind of hard to do when you're bouncing around in your story. Difficult but not impossible...

As a writer, when I know that something is wrong within my story, I find it almost impossible to move forward until it's fixed. I will stop all forward progress and work on the problems until they are fixed. I'm a linear writer. I've never been able to write scenes out of sequence or just "pretend" that a problem is fixed and move on from there... mostly because I know I'll forget what needed to be fixed in the first place!

If waiting is what works for you, then I say wait. Just make notes on what needs to be fixed and where and you'll be fine.

Good Luck!


Friday, December 6, 2013

A Blogful of Awesomesauce

2013 has been one of those years.

A year that I still have trouble processing. Is this really happening to me? Did I really publish a book?  Do people really stand in line so that I can sign this book? (and some of them I'm not even related to!) Did I really just finish writing ANOTHER book? Are people actually excited about the release of said book?

What the hell is happening? I'd say I'm dreaming if it wasn't for the fact that my dream come true is sprinkled with just enough reality (laundry, bickering kids, sick dogs, chickens in my office...) to keep me rooted in reality. 

In celebration, let's review the highlights, shall we?

I had the privilege of holding my debut signing at one of the greatest book stores EVER, The Poisoned Pen.
yes, as a matter of fact, my face DID get stuck that way.

I had the pleasure of seeing my book cover on my publisher's catalog cover.

I would kill something small and furry for a copy of this catalog... kidding. But I really, really want it!
RT Book Reviews featured Carved as one of their May Mysteries:

Pitch Black? 
I went to Bouchercon... okay I didn't go to B-con but Carved did that's almost as awesome.

Do you see me? I'm right there!

I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Colorado and meet some of my fellow Inkers!
look at all this talent behind  and beside me!

And make some new friends!

say hi to Connie, the reason I was in Colorado!
And the chance to catch up with some "old" friends!
Holly and me at Barnes & Noble

And throughout the year, the rave reviews for Carved just kept coming...

available wherever books are sold
"Prepare to be overwhelmed by the the tension and moodiness that permeates this edgy thriller. Beaumont's ability to keep the twists coming, even when the answers seem obvious is quite potent." 
- Library Journal (starred review, debut of the month)

"... Long after you put it down, this story will resonate with you and it will be one of those rare novels you read again and again." - Les Edgerton, acclaimed author of The Perfect Crime and Just Like That

"... Beaumont knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. Buckle up for the ride of a lifetime, this one is the roughest rollercoasters you ever had to endure." - Mark Sadler, Suspense Magazine 

A compelling psychological thriller with a satisfying conclusion. An excellent debut novel." 
- Jenny Hilborne, New York Journal of Books

"Carved in Darkness is a roller coaster ride of emotion with scary villains and realistic characters. Beaumont draws you into her words and doesn't let you go until the very last page." - RT Book Reviews

... And then this happened! Suspense Magazine named Carved in Darkness in their December issue... Best Debut of 2013. Page 50 if you want to check it out:

Okay, back to reality!

The first draft of Sabrina's next book was due Sept 1st... I missed my deadline. My editor promptly dispatched her minions and had me tarred and feathered. Okay, that's not true. She was understanding and encouraging because she's awesome like that and I got my manuscript turned in a few weeks later, no tar or feathers required. I am anxiously awaiting edits so that I can start making sense of the 100k words of ridiculousness I sent her. I have cover art... want to see?

The sequel to Carved in Darkness--available 
through Midnight Ink, July 2014

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cover Art for Sabrina's next book!

Well it's official!! Here's a sneak peak at Sabrina's next book...

we're slated for a spring/summer 2014 release... let me know what you think!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mail bag!

It’s official. I’m closing in on the last 10k words of Sabrina’s next book, a sequel to Carved in Darkness, so I finally have a few minutes to breath... although I'm pretty sure my editor would strongly disagree. Anyway, I wanted to take a few minutes to answer some readers’ questions about the new book and well… me.

Do you have a title and release date for the new book?
As I’m sure I’ve mentioned before, Carved in Darkness was not my original title for Sabrina’s first book. That brilliant title 100% belongs to the creative genius that is Midnight Ink. The working title was, although appropriate, boring. Same goes for this one. The working title for book #2 is The Muse and I’ve got my fingers crossed for another spring/summer release, 2014.

Have you written any more books I can read to hold myself over until Sabrina’s next book comes out?
Nope. Carved in Darkness is my first book, written or published.

Will Michael be back in the next book?
Yes. I left things unresolved between them because quite frankly, there is no way I’d be able to resolve their issues/relationship in one book. Michael and Sabrina have a long, bumpy road ahead of them but they’ll get there in the end. I promise.

 Is the entire series going to be about Sabrina or are you going to bring secondary characters into the forefront?
Carved in Darkness was originally intended to be a standalone novel but as it usually happens after you spend years and years of your life with a group of people who live in your head, when it comes time to let them go, you just can’t do it. You find that they have more they want to say and do and you feel compelled to let them… I have 6-7 novels planned out in my head. Some of them feature Sabrina, some of them feature Michael… and some of them feature secondary characters. Let’s hope everyone gets a chance to have their stories told.

Do you have a twitter account?
Yes… you can find me on twitter @thrilllingwords. Or you can just go to my website and hit the button.

Where have you been hiding?
In the suburbs outside Phoenix, Arizona, buried under a pile of kids.

Seriously, I’m an Arizona native married to her high school sweetheart with 4 kids (two biological and two adopted). After a lot of soul searching and false starts I finally admitted that the only thing I ever really wanted to do in life was write… and be a criminologist. Oh, and Olivia Newton-John. I really, really wanted to be Olivia Newton-John when I was younger. The Olivia Newton-John thing never would’ve work (for obvious reasons) and while criminology fascinates me, school has never been my thang, so writing it is. This way I get to study what I love (crazy freaks!!) and do what I love (write about crazy freaks!!) all in one felled swoop. And I still occasionally watch Xanadu and pretend I’m Olivia.

Have a question? Hop on over to my website and drop me a line, I'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The First Rule of Book Club...

is you do NOT about Book Club.

Come on, you didn't really think I'd talk about my first Book Club experience without referencing what is arguably the best Brad Pitt movie of all time (12 Monkeys is a very close second...)


I'll be the first to admit that CARVED IN DARKNESS isn't exactly what I'd deems as "book club" material. I never imagined a group of readers gathering in someone's home or in a restaurant to talk about my book.
I just never thought of CARVED as that kind of book.
Apparently, I was wrong (it does happen from time to time...).

A few weeks ago, I met with a group of women who not only chose CARVED as their book club monthly read but were thrilled at the opportunity to discuss it with me. I can tell you, they weren't half as thrilled as I was! What an honor to be able to sit and talk about my writing with such a wonderful bunch who listened with genuine interest and asked some very thought-provoking questions. One woman in particular had some pretty hard-hitting questions that I'd like to share as I imagine she isn't the only one who's read CARVED that has wondered the same thing...

How do you reconcile the role of mother to young children with the graphic violence you write about? How are you able to transitions between such extreme roles so easily?

Much like my protagonist, Sabrina Vaughn, I'm able to compartmentalize quite well. It's probably a skill I acquired during my days working in mental health. No matter what is going on around you or inside you, there is a job to do in front of you and you do it. And while you're doing it, everything else gets put in the box. In action, this looks like me spending hours dreaming up gruesomely horrible murder scenes and then when the bell rings (I have to set an alarm or I'll forget to pick up my kids from school... don't judge me.) I close down my computer and become a mom again. That doesn't mean the other stuff isn't there... it just means I've put it away for later.

How do you feel about your contribution to the culture of violence against women in society?

I can honestly say that while CARVED is violent and yes, that violence is centered around women, I never thought that I was contributing to a "culture of violence against women".
And I still don't.
What I did was give this world something it can never have too much of--a strong female protagonist who not only survives what what done to her, she perseveres. She fights and she wins.

Of all the questions though, this was by far my favorite...

I've read other books  featuring what was billed as strong, female protagonists but it seems like every other page someone is calling  her "baby" or "sweetie"--and she lets them without even batting an eye.  I read CARVED very carefully and didn't find one such instance. Did you find yourself ferreting those exchanges out in the editing process to make Sabrina more equal to her male counterparts?

No. No, I never went through the book to weed out what I thought were instances that would make Sabrina appear less than equal to her male counterparts. I never did that because I never wrote them. It honestly never even occurred to me to write them because Sabrina is equal and all the men in her life know it. They also know that if they ever called her "baby" or "sweetie" she'd go ten kinds of Tyler Durden all over them.

so, my question is: In your opinion, what makes for a great book club read? What books have been among your favorite and why?

"Prepare to be overwhelmed by the tension and moodiness that permeates this edgy thriller. Beaumont’s ability to keep the twists coming even when the answer seems obvious is quite potent."
--Library Journal (starred review, Debut of the Month)

Maegan Beaumont is the author of CARVED IN DARKNESS, the first book in the Sabrina Vaughn thriller series (Available through Midnight Ink, spring 2013). A native Phoenician, Maegan’s stories are meant to make you wonder what the guy standing in front of you in the Starbucks line has locked in his basement, and feel a strong desire to sleep with the light on. When she isn’t busy fulfilling her duties as Domestic Goddess for her high school sweetheart turned husband, Joe, and their four children, she is locked in her office with her computer, her coffee pot and her Rhodesian Ridgeback, and one true love, Jade

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Official Book Trailer for Carved in Darkness!

I've been on pins and needles for weeks now, waiting to see it and now that it's here, I can honestly say that it turned out better than I ever could have hoped for! Erin Kelly of Erin Kelly Designs did a sensational job!

Now, didn't that make you want to buy the book???