Friday, December 28, 2012
I have so much fiction running through my brain that I'm starting to get confused!
Is this real life??
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Firstly, I would like to say Merry Christmas to all my Facebook fans and friends! :) xx
Secondly, I am happy to announce the title of my new project! I have been planning this novel for a few months now and for the next year I'll be dedicating all my attention to it. So now here it is:
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Hope everyone is as excited as I am!!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Well my vacation from writing has been quite relaxing, but now it's time to get back to business. I'm putting together the finishing touches on the second edition of Because of Him. It will be available for you on Thanksgiving Day. After than, I plan to go full swing into the third book, Instead of This!
I'm very excited about the final installment because for me it will act as a sort of closer to the characters and their stories. I hope it does the same for my readers.
As always I will continue to update you through Facebook, Twitter, my blogs, and any other social networking site I now have. Keep in touch, and keep reading!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Here are the bracelets!
Don't forget, you have to post that you bought a copy of the PAPERBACK at www.facebook.com/TheMindBreakerAccounts
You have until 11:59 pm Central time on Halloween night to post to the page. That's October 31st 2012. Have fun!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was an amazing read! I loved the Shiver series by Maggie, and I had an inkling I would like her other books too, but I had no clue I would fall in love with them! The Raven Boys had me holding my breath throughout every chapter and every time a sentence ended I wanted to know more. Maggie Stiefvater's writing captured more than just my imagination. It captured my whole existence! I want nothing more than to ride in that horrible orange Camaro with Gansey in the driver's seat and Ronan in the back, talking about what new things we discovered that day and just enjoying each others friendship. Adam's life broke my heart. Gansey inspired me to strive hard every day for what I want. Ronan taught me to not take shit from anyone. And Blue... I wish I was her.
I can not wait until the next one!!!
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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Like it today!!!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
I want to know what everyone thinks about it, so once it becomes available please send me some feedback! You can contact me on my Facebook or Twitter and you've got all the information you need to do that here on my blog.
I do have a little surprise for you guys too. At the very end of the 2nd book, I'm revealing the title to the final installment. Yes, on the last page of Because of Him is the title to the 3rd and final part of The Mind Breaker Accounts. I hope this is enough to keep you guys pumped and ready because this next year is gonna be a wild ride! I have no idea what possible date there might be for a release, but its coming! I promise!
Thanks again for everything! I love you all!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
@megan_duke is my twitter name and my author page is www.amazon.com/author/meganduke
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I tweeted that there were changes being made to the Because of Him book cover. Now I have the finished product to show you!
Also, I'm so incredibly close to being satisfied with the book itself. I've gone over it a million times and I think I'm finally coming to a point where everything is perfect. Well not perfect. It can never be perfect. I would be working on it for the rest of my life if I wanted that. But it's nearly there.
The reason I've been so picky about the second book is because it has a very tight knit relationship with the third. I needed to get all of my facts straight for the end of the series before I could write the middle. It's a complicated thing trying to keep everything in order within a series like this. I respect J.K. Rowling a great deal now. I can't imagine how she kept that world in order. I stress daily over my books and I don't have nearly the amount of characters or creations.
The original release date is creeping up on me slowly. I still don't believe it will be ready by then, but it will be close. So no fears everyone. You won't have to wait that long to find out what happens!
Thanks as always!
Friday, September 7, 2012
We Might As Well Be Strangers - Keane
White Blank Page - Mumford & Sons
Thistle & Weeds - Mumford & Sons
After The Storm - Mumford & Sons
Bones - Young Guns
By The Horns - Julia Stone
Calls Me Home - Shannon LaBrie
Echo - Jason Walker
Everybody Lies - Jason Walker
Fire Escape - Matthew Mayfield
Mountains - Gabrielle Aplin
Panic Cord - Gabrielle Aplin
Only If For A Night - Florence & The Machine
Black + Blue - Christina Perri
Tragedy - Christina Perri
The Man Who Never Lied - Maroon 5
Sad - Maroon 5
Plane - Jason Mraz
This Night - Black Lab
Stranger - Katie Costello
Saturday, August 25, 2012
After the first book was finished, I had it planned in my head that I could finish the rest of the series in a reasonable amount of time, so that the others books would be released within the next two years. This was a very high hope. My original date for the release was September 24th. I have a version of the book that I could release to you by that time, but as a writer it would not make me happy. It's not the best version I could give you and I know exactly why. I pushed myself to make the date and by doing that I lost focus of the story itself. All I did was tell it, I didn't capture it like it should be.
This is why I plan to release the second book when I am 100% confident with it. I want my readers to have the best experience possible and this is the only way I know how to do that.
Thank you to everyone who has been so understanding!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
I would feel much more comfortable releasing Because of Him to everyone knowing that it's in its most perfect form. I want everything to be amazing for my readers and I want your experience to be the best one. I don't feel I can give you that unless I push back the release date.
Thank you for understanding and I hope this doesn't discourage your excitement. I will continue to post about any decisions that are made.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Keep in touch and as always, thanks for reading!
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Thursday, July 19, 2012
• Anderson, Cox - Born in 1992
Former member of the research team that helped develop the drug trial that created the Mind Breakers. Creator of the drug. Leader of a past operation called MBGM - Mind Breakers of Greater Manchester.
Origination: New York City, New York
• Beckett, Amos Liam Thomas – September 24th 2016
Member of the Original Seven. Powers consist of mind control only by touching victim. Twin brother of Liz Beckett.
Origination: Manchester, England
• Beckett, Elizabeth Erin Taylor (Liz) – September 24th 2016
Member of the Original Seven. Powers consist of mind control only by touching victim. Twin sister of Amos Beckett.
Origination: Manchester, England
• Basinger, Alivien – September 24th 2016
Member of the Original Seven. Was given the drug MB3 and controls the elements, objects, and people without physical contact. Stepsister of Echo Rendez.
Origination: Boston, Massachusetts (Born in Richmond, Virginia)
• Laevary, Hayden Alexandria (Denni) – January 18th 2016
First to be changed by MB1 into a Mind Breaker after the Original Seven. Powers consist of mind control and object control without physical contact.
Origination: Seneca, Oregon (Born in Ontario, Oregon)
• McArthur, Jason Tyler – September 24th 2016
Member of the Original Seven. Powers consist mind control by touching the victim.
Origination: Sydney, New South Wales - Australia
• Murphy, Charlotte Avery – March 20th 2016
Second to be changed into a Mind Breaker by the drug MB2. Powers consist of mind control and object control without physical contact.
Origination: Belfast, Northern Ireland (Born in Dublin, Ireland)
• Roetz, Holly – September 24th 2016
Member of the Original Seven. Powers consist of mind control by touching the victim.
Origination: Berlin, Germany (Born in Hamburg, Germany)
• Touns, Jack Colin – September 23rd 2016
Member of the Original Seven. Powers consist of mind control without physical contact.
Origination: Belfast, Northern Ireland
• Williams, Nathan Cooper – September 23rd 2016
Member of the Original Seven. Powers consist of mind control without physical contact.
Origination: Nashville, Tennessee – United States
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Fun facts about the main characters (full names, birthdays, descriptions) and answering a few questions about things that might be confusing. Clues to what the release date of Because of Him will be are revealed!
SPOILER ALERT FOR ANYONE WHO HASNT READ THE FIRST BOOK! I talk about a lot of things you might not want to know =]
1.) The date is mentioned in the first book, Without Me.
2.) The date involves many people.
3.) The date celebrates life.
If you've read the book and want to take a guess leave your comments here or tweet me your ideas! @megan_duke
www.amazon.com/author/meganduke // www.meganduke.blogspot.com // @megan_duke // www.cravethetouch.tumblr.com
Saturday, July 14, 2012
I've started work on the exciting parts of the second installment to The Mind Breaker Accounts. Denni and Jack are on a mission to track down a particular Mind Breaker that's been acting a bit sketchy. They're headed to Nashville, Tennessee and if you remember any details from the first book you'll know which Mind Breaker they're searching for. The trip there has taken an interesting turn. The tension is high and not in a pleasurable way. It's been a while since I've written anything in Denni's point of view, so being back in her head is a comforting feeling. I'm getting so close to pulling all the final details together for the conclusion (or should I say cliff-hangers) to Because of Him.
I am also pleased to announce that I can now reveal there will be another Mind Breaker letting you into her head in this book. Before you've only heard stories from Denni, Jack, Amos, and Liz. In BOH you hear from Alivien, and let me warn you now, the things that go through this feisty ginger's head are enough to make you consider you've lost your own mind.
I can't say enough thank-yous to those of you who've supported my work! I may write the books but you're the ones that read them! Without you I would still be in my room, talking to myself, and dreaming up this world with no one to share it with. I love you all!
Saturday, July 7, 2012
This place is located off of exit 199 going west on I-40. It's huge and amazing! There are two stories in the building. The first floor is like a library and has row upon row of every type of book you can think of! They have a great Young Adult section! The top floor is all music and I found there were a lot of great picks there too!
Anyone who lives in the Nashville area should check this place out! You will love it!
I thought I would share my experience =]
Friday, July 6, 2012
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is absolutely riveting! DeStefano has created a futuristic world that I totally believe in. I find myself midst read peeking through the curtains to make sure The Gatherers aren't coming for me.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
"The cover proudly displayed a picture of me and Amos from almost three years ago. We were sitting on the porch swing at my parent’s house in Oregon and he had his arm wrapped tightly around my waste. We were both smiling."
an excerpt from Without Me by Megan Duke (Account 7)
Without Me is Megan Duke's first published work. It is the first installment to the young adult Science Fiction/Romance/Adventure series, The Mind Breaker Accounts. The 3 part tale tells the story of 21 year old Denni Laevary and her journey into the world of Mind Breakers. After meeting one of the seven human experiments, Jack Touns, she realizes that these gifted beings are nothing more than children dropped into a world they never wanted. Denni and Jack embark on a mission to find who's behind resurfacing the once shut down operation known as MBGM. Along the way relationships are questioned, secrets unfold, and exciting romance blossoms. Join them and see just how far humans will go to be special in Without Me - Book 1 of The Mind Breaker Accounts.
via Megan Duke's Author Page => www.amazon.com/author/meganduke
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
These are some of my absolute favorite songs right now.
Thought I would share.
1.) Ed Sheeran - Sunburn (when is this not one of my favorites?)
2.) The Pretty Reckless - Make Me Wanna Die
3.) Gabrielle Aplin - Home
4.) Gabrielle Aplin - Panic Cord
5.) Mumford & Sons - White Blank Page
6.) Mumford & Sons - Timshel
7.) Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man
8.) Nina Nesbitt - The Apple Tree
9.) Nina Nesbitt - Hold You
10.) Nina Nesbitt - Noserings & Shoestrings
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Mind Breaker Accounts - Book 2
When we last left the Mind Breakers there were many questions unanswered and numerous troubles looming in their midst. Denni and Jack’s supposed relationship has hit the pause button due to a special friend from Jack’s past. Liz has lost more than just a sense of who she is. Amos is either missing or dead, no one’s quite sure. And as for Alivien, we’ve yet to really see what this rambunctious redhead is capable of. Now that Cox has been taken into custody you’d think this group of unique beings would have one less thing to worry about. That, however, would not be the case. There are still three other Mind Breakers whose stories have not been told and there are rumors surfacing that there is still someone helping Cox from the inside. Liz seems to know the secret but Jack is weary to hear that the double agent could very well be his best friend. There's a new threat lingering in the distance and it stinks of betrayal. But don't forget, it's not just one foe that's looking for them now.
** The title of Book 2 will be released in a video blog later this week! Be on the look out! For now enjoy the official summary that will appear on the back cover of the book!**
Yet again I've gone too long without posting. I've found it a lot easier to tweet little bits of info every so often instead of sitting down and blogging a whole paragraph. I feel like I've been telling you the same things: I've been writing but there's still a lot to go. But today I actually have news!!! So here it is in a nutshell.....
I did finish another teaser trailer for Without Me which is posted on my Youtube channel (NEW!!!!) and on the blog. I also have a very exciting announcement! I will be announcing the title of the second book in The Mind Breaker Accounts Series. It will be announced in a video blog that I plan on posting sometime this week!
That is another bit of news. I've updated my Youtube channel that I hadn't been on in 3-4 years. I decided that instead of sharing my fiancé's account I should just have my own. I already had a google account login because of this blog so it only made sense. Anyone who's looked at my channel to see the other trailers might have seen a video from back in the day about long distance relationships.... don't judge me. I was young. And bored. Maybe it'll make you laugh.
Next week I'll be in Florida so there won't be anything new on my blogs and channel. I'll be sure to tweet as much as possible though. (P.S. Anyone who wants up to the minute updates should follow me on Twitter @megan_duke because that's what I use the most)
Thanks for listening! Look for a video blog to pop up soon!
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
This past month has been filled with LOTS OF FOCUS on writing. I bold that because I honestly have been trying to focus but have somewhat failed. Things have been distracting me such as.... ummm ED SHEERAN.... and what was that other thing? Oh yeah, ED SHEERAN!!!! If you don't love him and his music then in turn you don't love me and well that's just wrong, is it not? I've been promoting his music like crazy through social networking and trying to expose him to people in the Nashville area. I've already seen him once this year but he's back again this month and will be doing a free gig at Third & Lindsley June 18th so come check it out! I'll be there of course, so if you've got no where else better to be then you most certainly can come hangout with me and listen to awesome music.
(you should probably follow him on twitter @edsheeran)
As for me and my writing career, the time I have spent concentrating on writing I've actually gotten a lot done. I just spent the last two weeks of my life writing the LONGEST CHAPTER EVER in Liz's point of view. Now, you've heard me mention this before that Liz is my favorite character, but god is it hard to stay in her head for too long. So much happens at this particular point in the book that could only be told my her, so it ended up being a very long and excruciating process. It is done though and now for the next week or so I'll be in Jacktown. (Yes, that means I'm going to be writing in Jack's POV)
That's all for now. If anything more noteworthy happens I'll be sure to let you know!
Don't forget that the paperback version of Without Me is now $9.99 on amazon.com!
Friday, June 1, 2012
Monday, May 28, 2012
Thanks for the patience and loyalty from all my readers!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
The Without Me official book trailer is FINALLY finished! After so much work and frustration. This didn't come out to be as elaborate as I'd planned but it's still just as good! Thanks for the help from my wonderful fiancé Trent and close friend Zack. The pictures featured in the video are head shots of Tom Felton, Jamie Bell, Bonnie Wright, Lily Collins, Clemence Poesy, and Emily Browning. The song is Radioactive by Imagine Dragons.
Hope you enjoy! and don't forget! BUY Without Me NOW at www.amazon.com/author/meganduke OR the paperback is now on sale at https://www.createspace.com/3849882
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Price drop will take effect within the next few days so keep a look out!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
I know it's been a while since I've posted but you don't have to worry because while I've been away I've gotten a lot done. Book 2 is coming along quite nicely. I've gotten everything sorted out in the timeline and each chapter is narrowed down in my timeline. It took me 3 hours to set it up, but hey - now all I have to do is consentrate on writing.
This month I've been trying to focus on Liz's point of view. She's always been my favorite character because there's so much to her. Some terrible and amazing things happen to her in the 2nd book and I've been trying really hard to dive into her mind and search the affects of those events and what they've done to her as a person. Someone new and vital comes into the picture, and creating his character has been quite fun as well.
As for the Book Trailer for Book 1, we've hit a bit of a snag in the rope. But it's still being worked on so eventually it will be ready. I also have an ideal release date for Book 2. My plan is to have it finished by the end of the summer and have a September release date. This is a GOAL so it's not set in stone, but I have faith that it can be achieved. When we get closer to the goal date I will reveal the title of Book 2.
Thanks for staying with me and supporting me even through the update droughts. But keep in mind that when I'm away for a long time that just means I'm spending a lot of time with the Mind Breakers.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Anywho, I got out and continued with day 3 of the filming for the Without Me book trailer and I've now finished spelling out all the words! Yay! Now all that's left is incorporating my paper characters that Trent made me and we'll be on our way to Youtube! I suspect this will be a lot of fun. Here's some stills from day 3 to keep you interested.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
**BOOK 1 SPOILER ALERT**
At first it's the fact that Denni is with Amos that keeps her from acknowledging how she feels about Jack. Then for a split second, once Amos is out of the picture, Jack and Denni are able to have a moment at peace with their emotions. That doesn't last long though. When Avery shows up Jack is faced with having to deal with feelings he never truly put to rest from his past. In turn, Denni is faced with the possibility that she might now be on the other side of the glass. Now she's the other woman. The 1st book is left off with Jack and Denni not quite knowing where their relationship stands. They've had their moment. They said the magical three words and even slept together, but what does that mean when there are more important things on their plate to deal with?
As I'm writing book two I keep in mind the buried feelings both Jack and Denni have and use that to inspire their story. These are some of the songs that have kept it exciting and make me think of them. These are mostly coming from Jack's point of view.
SafetySuit - Never Stop
Shinedown - If You Only Knew
Snow Patrol - New York
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
P.S. The paper characters are supposed to be Jack and Denni, illustrated by my lovely fiancé Trent =]
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
P.S. Today is day two of the Without Me Trailer project. I've got some snap shots of what will be included and you can also view my book!
Monday, April 16, 2012
Today is a work day. I've removed myself from any distractions and I'm going to be stuck in my office until I've finished what I started. What have a started you ask? There are several parts of book 2 that contain arguments between Liz and other characters. I've decided to focus only on Liz and her confrontations because they are very important to the storyline. A whole day is needed to lay out all of her major peeks and pitfalls throughout the plot of the second book and I need to really figure out why it is she's so angry all the time.
Book 2 teaser:
We know that in Without Me Liz has money. Not necessarily the physical property of money, but she has nice things and that can all be lead back to Cox. He has taken care of the members of his group including Amos. So that must mean that he has done the same for the other two members of MBGM, Nathan and Jack. Now, we don't get to know Nathan until the second book but you are introduced to him as Jack's best friend and band mate. It is almost assumed that he is on the same level as Jack and didn't want to be associated with Cox's money during MBGM, and after moving on refused to acknowledge the idea that Cox was even there for them in any sense. Now that Nathan and Jack are no longer being taken care of we know that as a sign that they are no longer working for Cox. Only Liz and Amos remain loyal to him. But they have a secret weapon. Someone on the inside that is being controlled. Even at the end of Without Me when everything has died down and Cox is taken to jail someone is still out there somewhere, controlling the victim. It's not Amos because he's missing or dead, no one is really sure. It's not Liz because she's one of the good guys now. It can't be Cox because he's been taken to jail and shown the necessary protection against others concerning his control. That only leaves Jack and Nathan. Jack is no longer associated with Cox and couldn't have been given the power to control other Mind Breakers. So where does that leave Nathan. Jack refuses to believe his best friend would betray him in such a powerful way but Liz seems to know the secret. There's a new threat lingering out in the distance and it stinks of betrayal. But don't forget, it's not just the enemy that's looking for them now...
Friday, April 13, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
^ Jack's house in the south of Manchester. It's one of those English townhouses that are all bunches up together down the road and have brightly colored doors. In the book Jack has a green door.
(This house is in New England)
^ Two houses that when combined resemble what I envisioned for Liz's gigantic home in York, provided by Cox and his wealth.
^ Something along the lines of what Amos and Denni's flat would look like.
^ The actual mall, Trafford Centre, in Manchester that is supposed to be like the one Denni and Jack work at.
^ York railway station.
^ The Bulls Head Pub. An actual pub that I found. I didn't really base my pub on this one. But here's a picture so you can see anyways.
^ Manchester, England
All of these pictures were taken of actual places in England. I found them on Google but don't remember where. I'm not using them for anything, I only studied them as inspiration for the settings in my book. The houses and places I describe in Without Me are completely my own and were created from my imagination. These pictures are to show you a similar vision of what was in my head. Hope you enjoy!