Friday, August 31, 2012

Revealing the RISE OF A RECTOR


It's finally here, the cover reveal for Heather McCorkle's Rise of a Rector, the final novel in her channeler series (due out this October). To celebrate Heather is giving away two copies of her historical fantasy novel, To Ride A Puca. Before we get to that though, here is the cover:


To add it to your Goodreads lists click here. If you'd like to check out the rest of the channeler series (her novella Born of Fire is now FREE on Amazon & B&N!) you can do so on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. To win an eBook of To Ride A Puca, all you have to do is help Heather spread the word. There will be two winners! To enter fill out the form below.

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mistress of the Stone - Tank and Iko Style

Arrggh!  And a howling "Woof!" to you all!

Tank and Iko here.

We've taken over Angela's blog today to tell you about something very important.  Captain of the ship Maria Zannini has penned another awesome book for your enjoyment.


You can buy your copy here.  Arrggh!

Mistress of the Stone
Paranormal-Historical

A young woman at the helm of a pirate ship braves ghouls, ghosts and werewolves to find her father--or avenge his death.

Luísa Tavares has a list of sins the length of the Antilles, but there’s no time to repent for them now. When a pockmarked Frenchman hands her Papa’s ring—still attached to his severed finger—she orders the Coral back to the Caribbean, despite her father’s earlier warning never to return.

It’s Luísa’s luckless fate that the only man who can help her is a blasted Inglés pirate hunter who’s more dead than alive and locked in a curse he doesn’t want lifted. Worse, his feral sensuality sparks a hunger she can’t ignore.

Xander Daltry hadn’t planned on kidnapping this wild woman—or succumbing to his uncontrollable desire for her. But he needs Luísa and the moonstone she wears around her neck to rescind a witch’s spell. His sister, long dead, and others like her have been cursed to remain in the mortal plane for eternity. Only the stone can set them free.

The only way to convince the reluctant pirate queen to help him is to withhold one small bit of the truth. For if she learns who really betrayed her father, the longing in her fiery eyes could easily turn to murderous wrath…


As proof Angela's blog hasn't gone completely to us dogs, a birdie came by - no, neither of us ate it, not that Iko didn't try - and dropped off a few Tweets that you can share at your own Twitter-spot:

She was safe—at least until he woke up. http://bit.ly/Su8jlw #pirate story #mistress of the stone

“There, there, niña. I’m not so easy to kill. Your mother tried plenty of times.” http://bit.ly/Su8jlw #pirate story #mistress of the stone

“God, forgive me. If I’m going to burn in hell, I want to go with a smile on my lips.” http://bit.ly/Su8jlw #pirates #mistress of the stone

Mistress of the Stone (paranormal/historical) by Maria Zannini, http://bit.ly/Su8jlw #samhain

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A PRACTICAL ARRANGEMENT Revealed

I love it when folks stop by to share in the good news they have.  Nadja is here today to share her cover for a new novel coming out very soon.  And here is the pretty:
Practical plans go awry when prim sensibilities unwittingly capture the heart of a scandalous seducer. 
Designed by Elaina at For the Muse Design.

What is it about?

۩  A Practical Arrangement, Nadja Notariani  ۩
 Miss Evangeline Grey, intelligent and sensible, has no desire to marry, her reluctance born from the dire warnings of her overly emotional mother.  Her father has other ideas, however, and decrees that unless she weds by the spring, he will choose a husband for her. 
Prim and proper Evangeline accepts her father's issue with little more than mild alarm.  Knowing herself plain of face and sharp of tongue, she believes herself capable of warding off any perspective suitor.  Her plan goes awry when the scandalous seducer, Mr. Thomas Masterson, visits her family's home, for Thomas has learned that he must procure a wife to receive his full inheritance. 
When he discovers Evangeline's predicament matches his own, Thomas determines to orchestrate a practical arrangement.  A war of wit and word results, and Thomas finds himself ever more beguiled by the soft heart he discovers under Miss Grey's stern, inhibited exterior.  Patiently, he endeavors to gain her respect and awaken her passions.  As tenuous trust blooms between the rake and the reluctant, unfortunate events – and Thomas' past reputation – threaten to destroy the peace and happiness he has found within the bonds of his Practical Arrangement.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It's Party Rock Time with EJ Wesley's Cover Reveal

That's right party rockers :-)

THE E.J. Wesley is stopping by my blog to celebrate the release of his new book and wants you to join in the cover-reveal fun.

Woot!

Jump over to his blog to learn about how you can win some awesome prizes, including $50 toward a cover of your own and advance reader copies of BLOOD FUGUE.

The Rocking Cover!



What's BLOOD FUGUE About? 

Some folks treated the past like an old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried. She wears loneliness like a comfy sweatshirt. By the age of twenty-one, she was the last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thought…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”

Suddenly, instead of burying her history with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

BLOOD FUGUE by E.J. Wesley, is the first of the Moonsongs books, a series of paranormal-action novelettes. At fewer than 13k words, BLOOD FUGUE is the perfect snack for adventurous readers who aren’t afraid of stories with bite. Available wherever fine eBooks are sold September 2012. 

Join the Party!
Visit E.J. at The Open Vein or at Twitter

A chick armed with a rifle and an Apache tomahawk.  Seriously, that's got my attention already!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Goals and Reveals

Today is a day of reflection.  I look back at what transpired in August and wonder...

What the heck have I done???

Okay, let's strike that from the record.  It's less, "What have I done?" and more "Oh.  My.  God.  This is actually going to happen!"

So when it comes to the goals I set in August, the only one I actually set and did was to participate in WriteOn Con.  The rest of the month I veered off into Indie Author land, grabbed somebody's gumption - by the way, whoever's gumption I found, I still need to use it for a while longer - decided to self-publish, partnered up with the great Gwen Gardner so that her calm could balance out my crazy and here we are now...ready to face the goals I have for September.

Clear as mud, right?

Right.  On to September:

Goals for September 2012:
1: Prepare for and blast off cover reveal for NEVERLOVE as part of Partners in ParanormYA.
2: Work out any final kinks of final draft of NEVERLOVE so it can be formatted and set up for self-publishing endeavor.
3: Participate in/Assist with Gearing Up To Get an Agent.
4: Post 3 blogs a week.
5: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 a week.

I didn't do so hot with the comments and all during August but I'll do my best to be better this month.

The rest of this week, I want to invite everyone back.  Each day is a day of "novel reveals".  We're talking about a FUGUE, a PRACTICAL happening, a MISTRESS and her dogs, and there will be a RISE.  So please stop by to check out the new novels or get to know a new-to-you author.

How's your September looking?

Friday, August 24, 2012

What Does it Mean to Become an Author?

I don't know.

Probably not the answer some of you were expecting.  For others, you know exactly where I'm coming from.

I can set up a Goodreads author page, which I have.

I can partner up with another great writer to share in the responsibilities of promoting our novels, which was announced earlier this week.  Thank you to all who've responded because you are all so darned awesome!!

But do I become an author now that I've declared my self-publishing intentions - much like a traditionally published writer has their book deal made public?  Or is it when the reader can hit the "Buy with one-click" button on Amazon?

I don't know.  But I'm learning.  A lot.

Perhaps when October 8th gets here, I'll feel like I've become an author. (first I have to finish final revisions and edits OMG what have I done???)

I doubt it, though.  I am a writer.  Maybe I've been a writer so long it's just ingrained in who and what I am.  The author title just gets to join along for the ride.

Writer and reader friends, what do you think it means to become an author?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Can You Handle an UPRISING?

Exciting things are afoot in the blogosphere.  I consider myself blessed to be a part of any of it.  As I am thrilled to share in the cover reveal fun for Jessica Therrien's UPRISING.

Here's a teaser to whet your appetite:
We left everything but the weapons. Clothes, food, toothpaste. There wasn’t time for things that weren’t essential to escape. The five of us went on foot in a direction that was meaningless to me. I had never seen what was outside of the edges of the safe haven, not since I’d been here.
When Mac stopped abruptly after our fifteen-minute trek into the woods, we all froze at once, bodies poised and ready to attack, eyes searching for threats.
“We’re here,” Mac announced. “What should we expect Marcus?”
I had never heard Dr. Nickel called by his first name, and it made me realize he wasn’t as untouchable as I had imagined. Just because he was here, didn’t mean we were safe.
            “I don’t know,” he answered. “Maybe an army, maybe nothing. Depends on where they are.”
            “Everyone best get down on the ground just in case,” Mac decided with a nod. “Weapons ready.”
            As I lay belly down in the dirt, I noticed Dr. Nickel pull a gun from his belt, and my stomach gave a heave.
“When I remove the haven walls, there will be a van. Everyone get in back. If anything goes wrong…” Mac paused, uncomfortable at the thought. “It’s been nice knowin’ ya.”

What?  Nice knowin' ya?  Okay, I have to find out what comes next :-)

Now, to the cover (drum roll please)...

Release Date: February 19, 2013
Publisher: ZOVA Books (will be available in paperback and e-book formats)
AUTHOR BIO:
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series,Oppression, was published by ZOVA Books in February of 2012 and became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. The second book in the series, Uprising, will be available in February of 2013.

Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Savedis also available as part of the anthology.

Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.

Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband and is working on book three in her Children of the Gods series.

Check out her haunting spots-
Author Links:

Book Links:

If you haven't had a chance to begin the series yet, here's the cover for book one and a blurb to get you started:
Amazon
Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A WEIGHTED Release

Sometimes, the best way to celebrate isn't to dance in a wild taboo of gesticulations.  Mind you, that's welcome here at my blog :-)  Joyful dancing is ALWAYS a good thing.  But...

Sometimes, the celebration begins with the beginning.  The beginning of WEIGHTED, a prequel novelette by Ciara Knight, is one such place to start the enjoyment.  Here's a short excerpt of Chapter One:

Subject: Raeth Arteres
Date: March 8, 2185
Species: Neumarian
Status: Captured


Tick-tock…tick-tock…I clutch the sides of the steel bed in my cell and push up on my elbows. The clock, with its bronze rim, hangs high on the wall, taunting me. The long black arm of the second hand struggles up the side of the enormous disc, ticking away the last few moments of my life.
Tap…tap. Footsteps, two by two, march to the cell door. Sucking in a long breath, I embrace the rhythmic sounds of the airship, with the occasional interruption of an engine sputtering.
Tap…thump.
The Queen’s unmistakable gait interrupts my dream-like state. It matches the sounds of the ship, as if she is an extension of the heap of metal propelling us across the desert wasteland.
“Open the door.” Her voice echoes down the narrow hall.
Tick…
The hand struggles to reach the twelve. If it doesn’t make it, maybe the door won’t open. It teeters and shakes, then slides straight up in unison with the door.
Tock.
“Be quick, before the parasite uses her curse on us.” Her raspy, artificial voice sends a quiver to my core.
A guard races in with a handheld device and points it at my neck. I’ve been collared like a dog. I clutch the slick metal ring around my neck, pulling it from my skin, but current zaps through my shoulders and my arm juts out to my side, shaking. Searing pain runs along my veins.
After all these years of my brother hiding me, it was inevitable I’d get caught.
Darkness swirls deep inside, brewing a storm. I can’t remember what it will do if I release it. Is it a gift, as my brother told me, or a curse, as the Queen believes? All I know is that if I unleash it, the Queen will have what she wants, so I push it down deep, keeping it hidden from her.
***Brilliant!  I definitely want to find out what happens from here.  You can, too, by purchasing your copy of WEIGHTED (Smashwords, Amazon, B&N).  And check out this cover:

Coverlove!  Click here to check it out at Goodreads.
The Great War of 2185 is over, but my nightmare has just begun. I am being held captive in the Queen’s ship awaiting interrogation. My only possible ally is the princess, but I’m unsure if she is really my friend or a trap set by the Queen to fool me into sharing the secret of my gift. A gift I keep hidden even from myself. It swirls inside my body begging for release, but it is the one thing the Queen can never discover. Will I have the strength to keep the secret? I’ll know the answer soon. If the stories are true about the interrogators, I’ll either be dead or a traitor to my people by morning.

Author bio:
Ciara writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy and paranormal books. Her debut novel, The Curse of Gremdon, was released to acclaimed reviews, securing a Night Owl Top Pick and five stars from the Paranormal Romance Guild. Also, book I, Rise From Darkness, from her debut young adult Battle For Souls series, secured glowing reviews and won July Book of the Month from Long and Short Reviews.

Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She's backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.

Ciara is extremely sociable so please feel free to connect with her at her blog, website, Twitter, Goodreads, or Facebook.

Upcoming books in The Neumarian Chronicles:
Escapement (Book I) - Early 2013
Pendulum (Book II) - Mid 2013
Balance (Book III) - Early 2014

Other books by Cara Knight:
Battle for Souls Series
Ascension of Evil - Coming in October



Something this novel has me contemplating is the idea of "gifts" vs. "curses".  If you had a special ability, such as ESP, telepathy, a touch that allowed you control whether a person lived or died...would you consider it a gift or a curse?

FORGED BY GREED, Cover Reveal

I know I'm not the only who's delighted by her darling chuckle frozen in time.  It's obvious she has a smile that lights a room.  Now Angela Orlowski-Peart is releasing her novel to share her light with the publishing industry.

FORGED BY GREED is set to release September 20, 2012.  I'm glad you're here today to get the scoop on the first book of The Forged series:
Cover art designed by Jeannie Ruesch

Their choice had been taken away long before they were born.

Two Seattle 16-year-old Shape Shifters, Jatred and Jasmira, are torn between following their hearts and protecting the order of the world. 

The ancient Shape Shifter Races—the Winter wolves and the Summer leopards—exist on Earth, living among humans and perfectly fitting into modern life. Their secret societies are organized, each united by their own laws and traditions. 

Two Goddesses, Crystal and Amber command their respective Races. One is on a quest to tilt the scale of power to her side. The other will never let it happen, even if it means sacrificing Jatred and Jasmira’s love. 

The Amulet commissioned to bring stability into the world remains hidden and concealed with the help of advanced technology. Jatred is the guardian of the Amulet and key to the Goddesses’ conflict. 

The forces of nature are disrupted. Earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions rake the world. The Goddesses go to war and summon all their Shifters to join in the conflict. Jatred and Jasmira fight not only for their star-crossed love but to protect the future of both Races and humankind.

Here's an excerpt:

The wolf stood under the trees, several yards from the fence. His eyes were fixed on the stone statues. He growled and took a few slow steps back. Then he sprang forward and ran full speed toward the gate. His upper lip drew back, showing sharp, long canines. He jumped over the spikes of the fence, his belly inches away from the pointed iron finials. The wolf landed on the other side and left large paw prints on the freshly mowed grass. He lost his balance but regained it momentarily.
He heard her footsteps even before he heard her voice.
“Jatred!” From the house Jasmira ran toward him. Her long curly hair billowed behind her. “J, you made it. You made it.”
The wolf whimpered and trotted forward to meet her. Without slowing down, she threw herself onto him. Her hands grabbed his thick fur. His body was massive, and Jasmira looked like a child hugging an uncommonly large dog. The air around them pulsed and shivered. Jatred shifted into his human form and fell onto his back. Jasmira sprawled on top of him. Holding his face in her hands, she kissed him. His face broke into a broad smile.

Bio:

Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as European born, American by choice. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English to translate her favorite Polish fairytales.
Angela is a Young Adult and Adult fiction writer. She completed her first YA paranormal romance novel, Forged by Greed, which is scheduled for publication on September 20, 2012. This is the first book in The Forged Series.  The second book in the series (untitled) is scheduled for publication in summer 2013. Angela writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fiction, sci-fi, and short stories. She is a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Western Washington Chapter (http://www.scbwi.org), and several authors’ and readers’ networking groups on Linkedin and Goodreads. 

Angela loves reading good books almost as much as writing them. She can’t decide which is her favorite season—summer or fall. She speaks with a Polish accent, but loves listening to the Southern drawl. 

She is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, the environment, organic food, and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her husband, two children, and a very independent and chronically curious cat.

Here are some places you can stalk - erm - haunt - wait, uh, visit, yeah, visit her :

**Add Forged by Greed to your To-Be-Read list on Goodreads, read more excerpts and learn about upcoming giveaways and other events. Check back on September 20th for the buy links and the book blog tours information.

Monday, August 20, 2012

It's Official! Partners in ParanormYA

It's been whispered here and there, hinted at, but no real details given.

Well...

Here it is everyone.  Gwen Gardner + Angela Brown = Partners in ParanormYA
Thank you Tara for our custom ParanormYA tag!
That's right.  Two heads really ARE better than one :-)  We've joined forces to self-publish our paranormal-themed novels, both with romantic elements.  Because tastes in reading varies, so do our writing and the stories we've penned.

Gwen's GIVIN' UP THE GHOST is a wonderful YA tale of mystery and suspense.  It has a Ghost Whisperer meets Nancy Drew appeal.

Angela's NEVERLOVE explores the path where heartache and secrets abound for a pair of teens fated for forbidden love.  It has a Gothic appeal with heaven and hell agents reminiscent of Constantine.

We're planning a cover reveal and a blogtown tour.  That's where YOU come in to play.  Together, we are mighty, but we both know that without the support of you, our community mates, progress forward is difficult.  So we humbly ask that if any of our blogging buddies are willing to assist, we'd truly appreciate it :-)

The comment linky is below. Please sign in and indicate whether you're up for the ParanormYA cover reveal, the blog tour host, or both. Should you choose to host, please indicate your area of interest, i.e., interview, book review, guest post, and date available.

The break-out cover reveal is September 3 - September 7, 2012.

The blogtown tour is October 8 - October 31, 2012.
 

***Please hop on over to Partners in ParanormYA (pronounced 'paranomia' for those who get tickled by funny sounding words) and give us a follow.  Or you can certainly follow by e-mail.  And please, don't let the fun stop here.  Share this exciting news at your blog, through Twitter or the social media of your choice.  We'd love for this to be an exciting and fun time for as many people as possible.  Remember, the more the scarier - erm - merrier.***

Friday, August 17, 2012

Are You Ready to TRANSCEND?

If not, I come today bearing the good news of book joy.  Christine Fonseca's TRANSCEND is expected to release next month.   You can read the first chapter of TRANSCEND all for the low, low price of - what is this?  I'm being told there is no price required  All you have to do is click here.  Well aren't you all lucky :-)

Perhaps that luck will follow you into the giveaway.  Yes, on top of whetting your appetite with the first chapter, Christine is doing a giveaway.  I'd say she was insane but she's a writer and well, one writer to another, a little insanity is normal for the writing journey :-)

So read the first chapter.  Enter the giveaway.  And on September 18th, when Compass Press releases this gorgeous novel, you'll be ready to TRANSCEND.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Midweek Peek

WriteOn Con has been a wonderful experience.  If you missed yesterday's events, don't worry.  That's one of the great things about WriteOn Con.  It's online and yep, you can check out all the fantabulous stuff.

One event I'd like to point out is the YA/MG Pitch Critique with Agent Peter Knapp.  A lot of agent insight and helpful comments.  Some folks even got requests.  How cool is that?!?!?!

Make sure to join today because the good times are still rolling?

Special Note: Look for an official break from the whispers about Partners in ParanormYA.  I hear  things will be loud and clear this coming Monday.  Meet you back here then :-)

What are you up to for this midweek peek?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Partners? Say What?

Pardon the interruption to our regularly scheduled posting.  But there's a whisper on the wind.

The jingle-jangle of mystery and mayhem, of sadness and overcoming, is coming closer.  Closer.  Closer still.

Sounds like Partners in Para-something?  Is that Partners in ParanormYA?  I think so but -

Shhh...

I think I hear more headed this way.  I hope you all stick around to find out what this whispering is all about :-)

Friday, August 10, 2012

To YA or Not to YA?

That is a great question.

One of the very first things I wrote was not YA.  It was a semi-creative-narrative thing where I took too-personal elements from my life and tried to write about them.  Didn't work out well and ended up in a recycle bin in a galaxy far, far away :-)

The next thing I wrote was an erotica that involved characters age 18 an above.  There was no NA - New Adult - distinction at the time so it was what I called a suspense romantica.  Pen name Rayven Godchild so I could actually "debut" at a later time with my own name tied to a later work.

When Lord of the Rings hit the scene with a splash, I got the courage to finally act on a story idea that had been brewing in my mind for a while.  I created a new world with magic, governmental hierarchy, sound-based ancient language based on our 26 letter system, legends...the works.  Even involved a bit of necromancy.  But my Searchers of the Unicorn Horns series hasn't had a chance to see much light.  It was definitely YA.

My works, since this idea, have all been YA.  And all have involved fantasy/sci-fi.  Around the blogosphere, there are lots and lots of writers, many of them YA writers/authors.  I can't help wondering if there was some one thing that has so many of us out here as YA writers?  Was there a particular catalyst that changed the dynamic or has it always been this way and I didn't notice it until I joined the YA writer ranks?

What are your thoughts

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Let's WRITE!

Sticking my head up from revising and critiquing to remind everyone of two really cool things.  One that is going on and will continue on for a while.  The other hits full-on fun next week:
WRiTE CLUB and WriteOn Con.

DL Hammons upped the ante by doing 3 bouts a week.  Yes, you read that right.  So go check it out.  The write-fights are so wonderful.  I love it!  Gladiators with pens - or keyboards lol!!  Please make sure you're signed up on the linky list so you can vote for your fave :-)

WriteOn Con...really, I'm just stoked.  There was so much to learn last year.  I'm certain there'll be even more to glean this go-round.  So make sure to stop by and be a part of the fun-mad-ness of it all :-)

Also, I hope t have a few more things to share with everyone very soon.  So I appreciate all of the support everyone has given.


Monday, August 6, 2012

From the Streets of Revision City and Illumination

It's Monday.  Didn't get to see much of the streets of Revision City this weekend.  Been inside.  Typing one moment.  Reading another moment.  Then making a decision to murder a darling the next, just yank him right of the story, though remnants of him may remain for certain purposes. Hoping the Character Cops don't suspect anything.  For the sake of giving my story a slight bit of a change, someone special had to go.

There it is.  That's the confession I had to get off my chest.  Now I feel much better.

On a much brighter note, Raelyn Barclay gifted me a blog award and I want to share it today.  If you have not visited Raelyn's blog...well, what are you waiting for?  I always get something wonderful from her posts.  And she has a wonderful smile.  Did you check it out?  Good.

Here are the rules for the Illuminating Blogger Award:
From Raelyn's post


  • Visit the Blog who awarded you and thank them.
  • Tell everyone who nominated you, thank the blogger and include a link back to their site on your blog.
  • Share a random thing about yourself.
  • Select five or more nominees — and notify them on their blogs.
  • Put the award on your blog somewhere.
So here is the random factoid about me:
Though I didn't actively pursue my passion for writing while younger, I did act on my love of music to the point of forming an all-girl singing group during my senior year in high school.  We focused first on trying our hand at R&B but felt more comfortable booking appearances at church events for gospel music.  It was a fun time.

If you're familiar with my blog, you already know I have a problem with selecting nominees so instead I would like for visitors to enjoy the comments section all around.  Feel free to share a random factoid about yourself.  I love getting to know more about my online bloggy buddies :-)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Goals, #Writemotivation, Decisions

When it comes to setting goals, I've gotten much better at doing it on a monthly basis due to my initial and continued involvement with #Writemotivation.  To learn more and to see the goals I've set each month since this fantastic goal and cheer series started - Thank You K.T. Hanna- click my #Writemotivation tab.

One of the things I seem to do terribly is the Twitter part.  This last round of #writemotivation, I just stunk all around when it came to cheering.  I was a true social media fail.  But I won't dwell too long on that FAIL because then I'll get all moody and no one would want to be around me.  Personally, I rather enjoy all of you all's company :-)  So let's go to the goals I had for July:

Goals for July 2012:
1: Complete first round revisions of MINGLED. Half-way finished.  I should have switched revision goals for MINGLED and NEVERLOVE lol!!!
2: Begin revisions of NEVERLOVE by mid-July.
Finished full first round revisions and received some really helpful feedback that I'm letting marinate.
3: Post 3 blogs a week. Done, but seriously, for the first time it just barely happened.  So close to a fail :-(
4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 a week. Really, this had to be a fail.  I mean, I'm not sure how to feel about this since I was so used to doing so much more before I moved into Revision City.  Man are the streets of this place mean -_-
5: Plot out basic/skeletal data for MG story idea. Does doodling count?  No?  I didn't think so lol!!

Made some progress but not the kind I had designed.  So what am I going to try for August?

Goals for August 2012:
1: Complete first round revisions of MINGLED.
2: Begin revisions of NEVERLOVE by mid-August.
3: Post 3 blogs a week.
4: Comment to other blogs, at least 20 a week
5: Plot out basic/skeletal data for MG story idea
6: Participate in WriteOn Con.

Not much different from my July goals, I know.  Hopefully, I'll actually get to plot that MG story idea lol!

Now, about decisions - I've been leaning much more toward self-pubbing NEVERLOVE.  I've had the honor of meeting some awesome online writing buds with much more experience in this area than my novice self.  Thank you in advance to anyone who has offered help or offered to open their blog up to me to help with marketing my story, or should I say Abby and Basil's story.  Still haven't finalized the decision, though my leaning is in the 90 percentile :-)

One thing I'm currently considering is the impact of self-pubbing this story while I'm interested in querying MINGLED for an agent.  Is there even an impact in choosing to self-pub with one story while wanting to query with another?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Where Life is Bitter and Sweet

My road to publishness will be an ongoing, never-ending journey.  Even if I luck up on an agent and a book deal in a week's time (not happening since I'm not querying at the moment), that would not guarantee my next novel would get published.  I say this as a reminder to myself not to give up.

Remember that this path is not smooth for everyone.  Rocky moments aren't just bound to happen, they're what will make me better, stronger and improve more as a writer, if I choose learning over ignoring.  I prefer learning :-)

For many of us, this road is filled with rejections, many we may heap upon ourselves because we do things like what I did: jumping the gun.

Olympics watchers see it.  That perfect ready stance of the runner, muscles corded, tense, waiting for the starting gun.  Then a second too soon, one runner jumps the gun and false starts, messing up the moment for all the runners.

Well, my false start didn't mess things up for other runners - or writers - but it did rattle my self-confidence a bit.  For about a 24 hour period, all I could think was that my writing must truly be horrible, detestable even. I didn't show it to the world because they didn't deserve me taking it out on them.  So I took it out on myself.  I internalized my disappointment.

Oddly, a ray of sunshine came in the form of a critique of the work I false-started with.  My CP tore into the story.  Ripped it with great comments, questions and concerns.

And I loved it!

No, I'm not a masochist, but I recognize someone helping me when it's plain as the nose on my face.  And I like my nose, just as much as I liked the critique provided on my work.  Plus, some of the issues mentioned made me reconsider if this project is best served being self-published instead of trying to go through a publisher.  So many words of wisdom sprinkled my critique that I knew she'd made every effort to make sure my work could truly reach full publishable potential.  Which in turn means I provide my readers with a book I can stand by.  Isn't that what every writer wants...along with the highly coveted NYT best seller status, movie deal and red carpet events that include a video game based on the characters of the novel?

The feelings of bitterness and sweetness are a bit much to bear at this time.  For those who came back to see how I've done with my #writemotivation goals, please accept my heartfelt apologies.  I'll do my best to address them in my next post.

No questions to end this post as I usually do.  I just appreciate you listening to my little rant and whine.  Now off to drink some Fuki plum wine, re-situate my self-confidence and get back to work.  The road to publishness, after all, will not pave itself.