Monday, January 30, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Dies Irae and #Writemotivation

Want some #writemotivation?  I'm getting some in the form of cheering on Christine Fonseca, author of the YA Gothic Requiem series.  She's releasing a novella titled Dies Irae before launching Lacrimosa, all tiles by Compass Press.  Here's the cover and a short blurb:
Amazon or Barnes and Noble

Some sacrifices should never be made—even for love. 
Mikayel lives by one rule—obey the orders of the angelic Council at all costs. But when he and his friends, Azza and Demi, are sent to Earth as teenagers, following the rules is more difficult than they expected.
Being human isn’t the only problem facing the three angels. Unbeknownst to the Council, demonic activity is on the rise, threatening to break a tenuous peace that has existed for a millennia.
Caught in a struggle for power with unseen demonic forces, and fighting against his rising emotions, Mikayel must now decide how many rules he is willing to break to save his friends, a decision that could reignite an ancient war and will threaten the only thing that matters to the angels, the survival of humanity.

I count myself rather lucky that I had a chance to read this novella before the links were made available (which they are now WOOT!  Bought mine to keep because it's that good.).

Here's what Ali Cross, author of Become, had to say:   “Dies Irae is the perfect introduction to Christine Fonseca’s Requiem series. The beauty of the words will tempt you, the tragedy of the story will break you, and the love, woven throughout like music through the trees, will haunt you for days afterward. Dies Irae promises a tale unlike any you’ve read before.”

What do I have to say?

Honestly, it's still lingering with me.  Been a few days since I finished and I still feel swept up by the poetic nature of the prose, a style meant to hook, grab and sink you into the emotional fray of Demi, Azza and Mikayel.  I know I'm a bit of a sensitive soul sometimes, no shame in admitting it, but I had to dab a Kleenex at my eyes a time or two.  I'll tell girlfriends it was allergies, but between you and me, Christine did a wonderful job.  If you are not interested in a story about angels, sacrifice and that deep kind of love that roots its way into your heart, then maybe this novella isn't for you.  But if you're interested in beautiful writing and a beautiful story, then I'd say give Dies Irae a try.

As for my weekly report:  #Writemotivation and Birth of a Novel

January saw me making forward progress with MINGLED.  Last week I was at 45k word count and this week I'm at 52k.  Yes, I've been making sure to hit Save like my life depends on it...cause I know my sanity does after my last debacle.  Because I made some changes toward bettering my balance, I didn't get to work on UNCOMMON.  However, I shall make some adjustments to my goals that are more in line with my overall "balance" goal.

I met my two book task with Under the Never Sky, Dies Irae and my sci-fi beta read.  I have another beta read I get to tackle and I'm sooooo excited.

Last week I did great on the blog front and an epic fail with Twitter.  Sorry guys.  I know we all mess up sometimes so I'm getting over myself to do better this week.

Reading Dies Irae has me anxious for Lacrimosa, which I believe is due out in March of this year.  If it comes earlier, I'm jumping on it!  Now I've got a hankering for another wonderful angels and demons book.  I've read Chain of Souls by Maria Zannini, an excellent read, and Become by Ali Cross, a dark and haunting read.  I wonder what other angels and demons books have been released in the last three or four months that I should take a gander at.  Any suggestions?
Friday, January 27, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Lightning McQueen Speaks

The wonderful T.B. McKenzie at Magickless - and author of The Dragon and the Crow -  has gifted me with an award:
Thank you VERY, BERRY much for this :-)
His reason is what I want to share with you, because there is a tale that goes with it - Angela Brown...who believes ghosts can possess toy cars.

So instead of following the rules, sharing x amount of things, giving to x amount of people when I know I'll torture myself and end up completely unable to pick anybody after two hours of trying to narrow down my list from "I think EVERYONE is gosh darned kreativ" to "I'll pick YOU."  Saving myself two hours of pain.


Got a couple of ghost stories.
1. I'm sitting at home, alone, online doing writerly things.  I hear my daughter's RC Lightning McQueen car shake a bit and spit out a one-liner from Cars 2.  Here's the problem, I go over to check her remote - which is the only way to make the car do anything - and it's off.  The car itself was also off so I'm not exactly sure of the who, what, why, and how it happened, but it did.  There could be some logical reason an object that is turned off will have a spitfire moment.  I'll just keep this one filed under "inexplicable" :-)

2. As some of you know, my mother left this world more than a decade ago.  At the time it happened, I was a very angry young woman and her widower and I hardly got along while she was alive.  When she left, all hell literally broke loose.  One such "looseness" was a young woman who claimed to only pop on the scene out of desperation.  However, I arrived home one evening to find her a shaky, jittery mess on the front porch of the house.  She couldn't handle going back inside.  Instead of pummeling her with all the choice words that raged in my mind, I asked her why.  I mean, she looked a mess.  She stammered a bit and explained that while sitting in my late mother's room, she'd noticed small things like flickering lights (only in that room).  But she knew all bets were off when she stared at my late mother's dresser and watched as a lamp shook violently from the middle of it to the edge then slam on the floor.  I asked her if the house was shaking or if she was moving and she just trembled and rocked some more and answered, "That was your momma.  I know it was.  I got to get outta here!"
I didn't disagree.  Not a day later she was gone.

Logic dictates there is a rational explanation for everything in life.  Birds fly because they have wings.  Trees rustle because of a breeze.  Understanding everything around us is comforting.  But there are just some things that can't be explained or perhaps the mystery is better left as is.

What about you?  Strictly logical and nothing more?  Do you believe ghosts exist or are just figments of an active imagination?
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Under the Never Sky spell

I'm not quite a 5 star, 4 moves-like-Jagger or 3 tingly shivers book reviewer.  I love visiting blogs that do, however, I hope you'll be okay with my plain old Angela-style of sharing my thoughts.  And here is one:
Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. 

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. 

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love - one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY

Veronica Rossi, YA debut novelist, created a dystopian where the main characters, Aria and Perry, were dealt some hard knock cards.  Skillfully, Veronica played them to the brink.

Here's a completely unnecessary and terribly limited Shakespearean comparison.  Consider Aria as 'Juliet' and Perry as 'Romeo'.  Except it's more like Mole and Savage, respectively.  Yeah, no instant match made in heaven for these two, not when a small gathering goes horribly awry kicking 'Juliet' out of the safety and security of the Capulet underground into the top soil Montague world, better known as the Death Shop.

The Death Shop, people.  Need I say more?  I should?  Okay, try violent energy storms that could roast you to ashes or packs of wolves (and some humans) that savored ANY flesh they could get.  Yeah, Death Shop sounds just right.

Okay, so nixing the Romeo and Juliet references here because Aria and Perry are both certified FIGHTERS.  Veronica pulled no punches.  Tension dripped from this story and it persisted like a physical presence between Aria and Perry.  About the only thing I'll give away is that both are alive at the end.  I know, not much of a spoiler :-)

The disasters start with a flame, where Aria and Perry collide.  The unluck only grows from there with Aria as fresh meat in the Death Shop and Perry the only person she can trust to survive.  Imagine having to depend upon someone you hate and despise.  *shivers*  But by the end, all I could think was, "When is the sequel coming out!!!??!!!"

Since I will have to wait, I'd like to encourage others to check this story out.  Maybe we can form a Waiting for the UtNS sequel group when you're done :-)

For anyone who has had a chance to read this story, what are your thoughts?  Differing views are welcome.  I have to say, shallow as it may be, I LOVE this cover and would have read it just for that.  Glad the content rocked as well :-)
Monday, January 23, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Pain Killers, Not the Next Motivators

Busy, busy, busy is all I can say of last week.  I had some great motivation but pain killers sort of worked against that whole butt-in-chair thing.  Actually, more like butt-in-bed snoring.  But let's see what kind of progress happened otherwise.

Last week - 45,000 word count
Beginning this week - 47,000 word count

I took my time this week since running on writing fumes during the previous week cost me some word count.  Slow and steady - and more careful - wins the race.

#writemotivation - I beat my 250 word add-a-day goal, adding 2k to my novel.  Social media?  I'd say I did pretty good, though me and Twitter still have some work to do getting to know each other.  I finished Under the Never Sky.  Book one of my two book goal under wraps.  Review forthcoming.  I completed my beta read of a wonderful sci-fi from a promising young writer.  I have another work lined up to review, one that I'm so stoked about.  But what about you guys?  Is there a novel that came out since the new year started, a novel by a YA/MG debut author that you've heard good buzz about?
Friday, January 20, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Play it Again, Sam

This is a lovely misquote credited to Boghart in Casablanca.  Ingrid Bergman is believed to have said a line closest to this with, "Play it, Sam."

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But the misquotes abound with different movies.  This one being one of several noted here.  I even did an incorrect quote on Twitter to see if anyone would actually notice: "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."  For those who've seen Popeye, you know this is said by his jolly-in-the-waistline friend named Wimpy.  I credited it to someone that should have been a very easy guess as incorrect: Hamburglar, the McDonald's character that smiles, sneaks to steal burgers and says nothing.  @I_am_Lady_Jai was the only one to tweet back who the real credit should go to.  Thankfully, I didn't receive any notifications that someone retweeted it.  But that was part of the point.  I stopped myself one morning and decided to check a quote before I retweeted it.  It was only off by a little bit, I've forgotten it now, but it made me wonder: How many people retweet before checking a quote.  Until that point, I didn't.

But in the spirit of our misquoted, "Play it again, Sam", I wanted to list a few movies that I would put down my book to watch again and again and again:
1. Tombstone - Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp and Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday.  I'm, admittedly, not a big fan of Westerns, but tell me this movie is coming on and I'm popping a bag of popcorn and hunkering down for pistol slinging, gambling and bringing justice with a righteous vengeance.  I crushed on Val Kilmer so hard because of this movie.  But don't tell anyone, make it our little secret.

2. All three Matrix movies -Yes.  All three.  Some people didn't get into the second and third installments but I enjoyed them.  Of course, the first movie blew my mind beyond belief.  Serious WOWness through the whole movie.

3. The Color Purple - I know what happens at the end.  I've seen this movie dozens of times.  Do I cry?  YES.  Every single time.  Ridiculous, I know.  But I can't help it.

4. Lord of the Rings trilogy - Do I really have to explain?  I mean, seriously, it's LOTR.

5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (original title Wo hu cang long) - swordplay, martial arts, forbidden love, revenge, tension from love long overdue.  This movie gripped me and has since refused to let me go.  I'm okay with that.

So what about you, know of a quote that is often misquoted or perhaps a favorite movie of your own?
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Can't Catch Me

Okay, actually, you probably could.  I don't run very fast.  A speedy zombie could force me to add a little pep in my step or just find the nearest shotgun and pray that the "double-tab" to the head works.  Wait, that means I'd actually have to know how to work the gun.  Okay, I'll just run really extra fast lol!!

So, where do I start?  I made some writing progress with MINGLED, my YA paranormal dystopian.

Last week - 32,000 word count
This week - 45,000 word count

That's great progress, however, sadly, I'd hit around 51,000 (the end) when I kerfuffled and lost the last 10k words.  This led to my blogfest fail.  I intended to participate in Can You Hit a Perfect Pitch at Brenda Drake's blog.  But you have to have a completed MS.  Which was no longer the case for me.  I did come up with a pitch:

Ever the odd girl out, Macie's chosen as a Special and forced to face her Fae heritage.  If she can't control her powers and find freedom, the Collective will capture her for their own plans.

#writemotivation - I'm close to finishing my first book and recently received a second book to help me meet my 2 book a month goal for reading.  I'm also beta reading a great sci-fi so, if I add that, I'll actually have 3 books.  I scored alright in the social media area.  Met the basic goals to post 3 times and comment on 10 to 15 other blogs that week.

I'm a bit drained from riding high on word count then being robbed by the word count thief (Save is now my lover).  Sugar-Honey-Iced-Tea happens (I love Madagascar!)

To bring this to a happy close, I want to thank the lovely Sara Bulla over at Live to Write...Edit When Necessary for choosing me for the Versatile Blog Award.  What she wrote truly touched my heart:

"Her post today, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. is indicative of all her posts. She's thoughtful, humble, determined and grateful to be able to pursue her own dream. I admire her and have benefited from her comments. Thanks Angela!

To say I felt good after reading this would be an understatement.  I thought my cheeks would burst from grinning ear to ear.  I'm so honored.

Because I've done the random things and give/pass/share love a time or two, I'll just say this:  Happiness=Anime!!!!!!!  I could watch Balsa in Moribito or listen to Johnny Yong Bosch do the voice of Ichigo in Bleach  He also did an excellent job in Code Geass as LeLouch/Zero.

Alright, enough rambling about progress, do share if you've ever watched any anime.  If so, do you have a favorite show or movie?
Monday, January 16, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

King of Dreams

I'm bumping my Birth of a Novel and #writemotivation post to this Wednesday.  Today, I wanted to briefly visit the topic of celebration on this holiday.

For many of us, it is a day off from work, for which we are thankful.  For others, it's just another day.  But today is the day set aside to take time and recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for his leadership and efforts during the Civil Rights Movement.  His Nobel Peace prize solidified his place in history and his face as the face of the movement.

Amid all the hoopla, the grandeur, the bigger-than-lifeness surrounding him, it can be hard to remember that he was just a man.  A husband.  A father.  A friend.  Before he was a man grown, he was a kid running around playing with other kids.  He laughed.  He cried.  He did time in jail and suffered various manner of physical atrocities--mind you, he was not alone in any of this--for his belief in equal treatment for all humans regardless of skin color.  And yes, for daring to act on his beliefs and demand equal treatment through non-violence, he was assassinated.

It is well known that he was threatened on a regular basis.  There were many who didn't believe in equal rights, thought second class citizenship was more than enough despite the Declaration of Independence's assertion that "all men are created equal."  Yet, with his life on the line everyday, he continued his course.  I won't say it was easy for him.  I can't begin to imagine what was like for him to bear the weight of the hopes and dreams of an entire ethnic group on his shoulders.  I mean, seriously, I'm just barely handling the weight of my jolly eating habits--working to improve that, by the way.

Before his "I Have a Dream" speech, he was a simple man with simple dreams.  That's the same as we all start.  As queens and kings of our dreams.  Let's do more than dream.  Let's work to bring these dreams to life.  It takes action.  It takes that first spark, that first step.  It will get interesting, for sure.  Doubts may arise. But just as the dream of equality was worth the work, so are your own dreams.

Thank you, all of you, for tagging along as I travel this journey in making my dream come true.
Friday, January 13, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Shot of Boost to My Mojo

If you've ever been to a Jamba Juice then you know you can order a boost for that smoothie.  Well, let me tell you, this week has been like a boost shot to my mojo.  Such encouragement from all the blogger buds, regulars and new.  Roland Yeomans gave me the pleasure of sharing his story.  And I read this interview at Susan Kaye Quinn's blog that just had me thoroughly encouraged to maintain my stick-ti-it-iveness.  It all left me feeling, well, like this:
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My heart is filled with joy being part of such a wonderful community of people.  So here's a word of encouragement from the doctor of rhymes.

"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"
~ Dr. Seuss

Everyone have a wonderful weekend  :-)
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Writing that Stimulates the Mind Can Speak to the Heart

The author I want to highlight today is one whose own life story is truly a testimony to overcoming obstacles.  I just want to reach out and give him a big old hug.  Would that be bloggerly PDA?  If so, so what.  Sending you a big hug, Roland.

Now I digress :-)

Roland Yeomans is dedicated to life and living.  In his own words:
"As for myself, I am a former English teacher and counselor, now a rare blood courier.  When my mother contracted cancer, I started my own book store to be with her and help her.  When she died, I became a rare blood courier."

Is that dedication or what?!?

He maintains Writing In The Crosshairs, a great blog by the way, and is author to several selections.

The one I want to mention is Last Exit to Babylon.
Amazon e-book buy here.

Here's the description from Amazon: The Twilight of the Gods has begun. DayStar, the scion of Eternal Night has won. Fallen, the Last Fae, lies ensnared in a mystic coma. Kirika, the Living Sun, is dissolving in the River Lethe. And Blake Adamson, the clone of the Nazarene, wanders lost along the shores of Oblivion.

But not for long. Fallen has survived as the Last Fae by her courage and fire. It takes her to the fabled Last Exit to Babylon. And Kirika, the Living Sun, fights the hordes of Darkness by her side.

And Blake? He will win his way to their side even if it means loosing the dread Wolf of Ragnarok, Fenris, and unraveling all of existence in the bargain. 

At the dawn of the End of All Things, there is no hope ... but love.

You want to know something?  It gets even better with this novel.  Remember I mentioned he has a dedication to life and living?  Well, 100%--did you catch that---100% of the royalties of this book will go to The Salvation Army, the charity with a kettle and a bell and programs that have turned around the lives of countless, maybe even someone you know.

Last Exit to Babylon is a stand-alone novel, a continuation of a storyline from his Love Like Death trilogy.  He was kind enough to provide us with a book trailer for this trilogy.

So I'm curious, are you aware of another author doing something special with their writing, perhaps supporting a special cause?  If so, please share in the comments.  And thanks, Roland, for letting me share your story today.
Monday, January 9, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Ready! Set! Breathe.

Step One - Have an idea for a novel,  (Check)

Step Two - Write this novel and get it published. (in progress)

Step Three - Uh...was there supposed to be a warning somewhere that trying to write and publish a novel involved some serious--I don't know--WORK!!!  (YIKES!!)

I've seen the work and perseverance pay off for other aspiring authors like Adam Heine who blogs at Author's Echo.  He was kind enough to share his successful query that landed him his agent.

With each step in my own journey, I'm sure I'll reach my goal.  This first week of 2012 was a good week.  I decided to focus on my 250 word a day challenge  with MINGLED...and beat it.
Last week - 29,500 word count
Beginning this week - 32,000 word count
#writemotivation - I've started my first book, Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, so I'm on my way to meeting my "read 2 books for the month of January 2012" goal.  I posted at least 3 posts and commented on a lot more than 10 to 15 other blogs for the week.

Here's a snippet of MINGLED:

Valen threw his hands in the air, exasperated.  “There are girls here if you - ”

He cut short as Thane bent forward, revealing two long swaths of dark feathers pressed against his back.  Thane groaned and brought his face near to his knees.  Long, downy feathers, pitch black, sprang free from their restraint, rising like dense shadows from his skin.   As he returned to his full height, his wings stretched wide with all their brilliance, soaking in the waning sun, stealing all the color into its dark beauty.  I’d seen them before, but in worst circumstances.  Yet, like the others in the room, I stared slack jawed in awe.

“This,” he said, gesturing to his wings, “is what I am.  And if what I learned today is true, you are all little more than pawns in a high stakes game, nothing Special at all.”

So here's a goal roll call to remind and inspire:  How are you doing with your goals?
Friday, January 6, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Do the Freebie Dance

***I just want to say that I am floored, honored and bowled over by the comments I received to my ISWG post on Wednesday.  Sometimes, it can be easy to think you're all alone in a struggle.  That's what I LOVE about the blogosphere.  You shared you're own trials, reminded me I wasn't alone and that small steps to making my dream happen is way better than leaving my dream behind.  You all warmed my heart, touched my soul and shared enough encouragement to rally an underdog football team to a win.  Thank you, ALL of you, so much***

One of the great things about being a writer during this time, is the ability to publish through so many avenues.  I'd like to end the week highlighting a short story that will be free today and gone tomorrow.  Well, not the story, but the price will change.  Here it is from the blog of the author herself, Marlene Dotterer:

My short story, “The Farm” is available for free over at Amazon’s Kindle store. Yes, it’s only available as an ebook.
It will be $0.00 for today [Thursday] and tomorrow [Friday], then it jumps back to the astronomical price of $0.99. Do hurry.
My apologies for being a little late in bringing this up.  But I couldn't let this author's short story go without notice.  So give it a shot.
Amazon e-book.  Buy it here.
Amazon description: In the 25th century, the human race is scattered throughout the galaxy’s Sagittarius Arm. But no matter where people go, they always remain human...

Amy Longfellow, and her eleven-year-old daughter, Elaine, have just joined the crew of the hollow-asteroid ship, Rachel Carson. For both of them, it’s a chance to leave heartache behind, and for Amy, a chance to rekindle an old love. But as the ancient holiday of Christmas approaches, Elaine must face her deepest sorrows alone - and learn how to make the best part of her old life part of the new.

Short stories have always been around, of course, but many authors are taking advantage of the short story form to develop shorts for secondary characters, detail a particular story arc a little further or as prequels.  Do you have a favorite short story?  Please share the title or author so we can all check them out.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Tears of a Clown

I smile, even now, as I type up this post.  It isn't a fake, fraud or phony.  I'm happy to be home with my kiddo, hopping on the computer to get some things done, and finally come up with what I hope is the last title change by me for my novel (NO COUNTRY FOR FAE FOLK to SEAMLESS to MINGLED).  But at the same time, the writer part of me is frustrated with the obstacles I face on a daily basis.

I could choose to stay home, neglect my debts and say to heck with my credit, let it tumble into the tank (it's still reeling from a divorce 4 years ago so it's hanging by a thread lol!!!).  However, I like having shelter, albeit a small humble apartment.  I enjoy being able to eat--yes I have a jolly waistline--and enjoying more than Raman noodles.  Also, I have a kiddo who deserves the best that I can give her.  Which, as a single mother, means working a paying full time gig and squeezing in what I'd like as my career part-time.  This frustrates me.

A lot.

I mean a whole lot.

There are times I'm at work, going through the motions, wishing I could work on my novel.  But keeping a steady paycheck is too important, so important that I sometimes think maybe I should face reality, give up this dream.  Work doing what I can.  Maybe dream some other time in life.

Then I look at my daughter and wonder, "Would I tell her to dream some other time in life?"

Bells No!  I'd tell her to go for her dream and do my best to support her in the pursuit of it.

But there are times this gets really hard.  I suppose that's why finding a better balance for me is such an important task.  My kiddo is my all.  I can't shove her aside, neglect her altogether.  She would grow to dislike my pursuit...and I wouldn't blame her.

I know we all face struggles, obstacles, really big mountains that we wish were molehills.  Each writer has his or her own difficulties.  I try my best not to wallow in my own, just a little hard sometimes.

Really hard.

I mean seriously, I don't think I could express how hard.

Okay.  The smile isn't gone, just waned a bit by my 'reality bites' moment.  I just have to remember that every journey begins with a step, a story with a word and a pursuit with a dream.

I am Angela Brown, an aspiring author.  Despite my insecurities, I am in Pursuit to Publishness.

What about you?  Any obstacles you'd like to air out?
Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Do You Know the Way to Publishness?

That's a road I'm learning about everyday myself.  There have been some who've had fairy tale moments, seemingly overnight successes.  For the rest of us--me included--the road is paved with obstacles.  I'll discuss more on the morrow when I post for Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers' Group since it is the first Wednesday of the month.

For now, you can follow along my journey to publishness on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  Of course, if I'm participating in a blogfest, campaign or launch party, you can bet your biscuits and gravy I'll post on other days.

Today, I'd like to make everyone aware, if you haven't already pre-ordered your copy, of a book coming out today by a debut author, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi.  Check out her launch day post here.
Amazon book description:  Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse.
Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
In her enthralling debut, Veronica Rossi sends readers on an unforgettable adventure set in a world brimming with harshness and beauty.

Is there another debut author coming out that we should be aware of?  Please share in the comments below.
Monday, January 2, 2012 | By: Angela Brown

Confessions of a Write-a-holic - Birth of a Novel

Guess who's baaaaaaaack?!?

It's a new year, new chances...a new slate.

How I crave your dark caffeinated tastiness
2011, I jumped into the blogosphere and I took to it like I took to Wild Cherry Pepsi.  It became an addiction (If I ever refer to crack, cherry Pepsi's what I'm talking about).  Unlike the soda, which adds calories to my 'jolly' waistline, my blog addiction adds to my knowledge of writing craft and knowing I'm not alone in this struggle to publish my stories.

2012, I hope to show more support to new and established authors, share more of my journey and hope that my blog is a place where you can pull up a comfy chair, grab a cup of lemonade sweetened to your taste and enjoy whatever rant, tirade or diamond-in-the-rough I ramble on about.  That includes those interesting conversations Me, Myself and I tend to have.

So to get things started, I'd like to share my progress.  I've been a bit busier spending time with Chipmunk and reading.  That little girl is having way too much fun with her Nerf guns.  I did make gain with SEAMLESS.
Current word count - 29,500
UNCOMMON and AMONG DRAGONS AND MEN are still waiting patiently in the wings.

With the new year, there's often a list of resolutions.  I'm not very good at those actually.  I've learned I'm better making a small goal here and there that makes for a great big goal being met.  However, there is one resolution I'd like to really try hard at:

Work on better balancing my blog, my writing and my life (kiddo, work, exercise) so that I can tame the write-a-holic in me.

With this new year, got any new things, ideas, goals or news to share?