Monday, December 31, 2012

Steady! Skip! Jump! 2013!!

That is how I describe 2012 in a nutshell.

The first part was pretty steady with my monthly goals as a #writemotivation participant. I sucked wind (arse!!!) when it came to the Twitter interaction but something about setting and working towards the monthly goals stuck with me. So thanks to the #writemotivation crew!

Incorporating a bit of Birth of a Novel with #writemotivation kept me on track with some writing goals. Got to celebrate a one year Blogiversary and enjoyed monthly venting and uplifting with IWSG (Woot to Captain Alex!!) then kicked into Skip mode once I made the decision to partner up with Gwen Gardner to introduce Neverlove and Givin' Up the Ghost to the world under the Partners in ParanormYA umbrella. **Both novels are still on sale for .99 cents. Most of you have already purchased or downloaded for free so please feel free to "give as a gift" to a reader friend with it being soooo cheap for the holidays :-)**

Life became more like a hopping jumping bean and here we are, at the end of the year, ready - or not - to change the calendar to a year Doomsday-naysayers fully expected NOT to get to...or stockpiled in preparation of the zombie apocalypse.

**About those food stockpiles, they would make great charitable items to food shelters now that we're still here.**

Goals for December 2012
1. Finish RT re-revision (cuz, I really thought it was done but not so) which used to be titled MINGLED, but recent feedback has prompted a working title change. Finished and handed off to another set of eyes.
2. Get at least first half of middle grade project, FB, done. Not done. Got about three chapters done but certainly not at the midway point I'd like to be at.
3. Review first page of TAFD, sequel to Neverlove, and make more notes on what direction I need things to go. Haven't got to this at all. This may be delayed a couple of weeks due to a couple of other projects that skipped to the front of the work queue.
4. Review and set up schedule for a few novellas that I'd like to put out during 2013 for the NEO Chronicles, which will also coincide with the Shadow Jumpers series to eventually - hopefully - culminate in TAPESTRY being released in 2014. Actually have a skeleton of this put together. Working on a few novellas as we speak and looking forward to sharing more very soon.
5. Finish reading and review Souled by Diana Murdock and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews. Finished reading both. Only able to get Souled reviewed. I have got to work in a chance to do Magic Burns. Enjoyed both so check them out, though you'll want to get Magic Bites, the first book in the Kate Daniels series. She's one snarky lady.
6. Publish 3 posts a week. I found myself with posts up a little more often than that, so that was interesting lol!!
7. Visit and comment on 20 blogs each week. I tried. I feel pretty confident I met this, though I didn't get to as many as I would liked to have visited and commented.

Not a full fail but I didn't get everything done that I wanted, mainly because those novellas crept up on me with their ideas, shanghaied my brain and it's been "busy-brain-city" ever since.

Because writing, spending time with my Chipmunk and making sure I don't leave ME out of my own life's tag cloud AGAIN (lol!!!) are important, I may be blogging a little less. For the month of January, I'm going to focus a bit more on the writing so the blogging may not be as on point. My apologies in advance. If you have me in your Google Reader, you'll see me popping up with posts and also doing guests posts that I've committed to as well. I hope to get back to my MWF regular blogging self by February.

Here's to taking my smile and my "partly sun-blinded Chipmunk" into 2013 and to keeping a #bepositive attitude!
Courtesy J. Ferrell Photography

How was your 2012? Any particular hopes or expectations for 2013?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Write Fight: Is that Plausible?

I'm over at J.C. Martin's blog today, Fighter Writer, sharing thoughts on the importance of establishing plausibility of abilities before tossing a character into a fight scene and the impact on reader suspension of disbelief. Come on over and share your thoughts.

Do you prefer a hint or two before the character breaks out in MMA perfect style in a fight scene or just accept it?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winning! Some More Than Others & 99 Cents!

I've been involved in a few giveaways and it's time for the winners to get their due!
In our Holiday Indie Giveaway, the following won an ebook prize pack that includes a $10 Amazon e-gift card:
Sherry Fundin
Traci Ellen Smith
Shannon Aleene Romein

If you have not already, you should be receiving an e-mail to make sure you receive your prize(s) in your preferred formats, etc.

For my DIY Christmas guest post at Maria Zannini's blog, I won a prize AND I get to give a prize to Mina Burrows. How cool is that? YAY!!!

The Gifts Aren't Only from Santa giveaway is nearing the end so Enter to Win while you can, or make sure to tell a friend. Click here to enter.

Gwen and I are doing a Partners in ParanormYA special pricing for Neverlove and Givin' Up the Ghost. Know someone with a new kindle, iPad, smartphone or tablet? They can download our ebooks for 99 cents for a short time. For devices other than kindles, they can download a free kindle app here for their device.

Because this isn't a campaign or a major promo, you're welcome to provide a little bit of "spreading the word" if you'd like to - or not - we love no matter what :-) Here are a few prepared tweets you can share:

Plz  ~ 99 Cents Sale ALERT! Neverlove: and Givin' Up the Ghost   

“His head lowered slowly, hesitating only inches away…” Indigo and Who? Givin' Up the Ghost   Plz 

"He tilted his head into the space between her shoulder and neck, lips so near." Abby and Basil of Neverlove 

Being the day after Christmas, do you have any traditions you like to do for today?

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas from my friend, E.J. Wesley

Hey Friends!
Instead of the normal Christmas cheers (MERRY CHRISTMAS!, by the way), I wanted to open my blog to another great Texas writer, E.J. Wesley. As a present from me to all of you, I wanted to share the availability of his latest novelette, Witch's Nocturne and that his first Moonsong, Blood Fugue, is FREE! Treat yourself to some snark, horror and plot twists wrapped up in an ebook, and just in time for Christmas.


~Description~

After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas. 

Witch's Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes--with a Texas twist--by author E.J. Wesley



~Excerpt~


My fingers tapped out an excited, tuneless rhythm on the steering wheel as I drove Beauty, my licorice black 4x4 truck, across town. Maybe the sudden change in the weather and the influx of warm, November sunshine brightened the gorgeous day and my spirits in equal measure. Or maybe, God help me, I was happy to be on my way to see Marshal again. Regardless, I couldn’t recall the last time a day held so much hope, like I’d been given a cheat code for infinite possibilities.

“How’s life?” Marshal asked, foisting himself into the cab of the truck.

He placed a brown, leather satchel between his feet on the floorboard. Marshal stared at me over the top of a pair of oversized, mirrored sunglasses. Combined with the plaid shorts, flip flops and pink polo shirt with a crocodile on it, he appeared to be beach ready. Or headed to a photo shoot for a store I wouldn’t be caught dead in.

“Fast.” I grinned and revved the engine.

He gave me a worried look, rushing to buckle his seatbelt. “You can’t afford another ticket.”

“Relax, Mr. Public Safety. I was kidding. Mostly. Where we headed?”

He patted the saddlebag between his legs. “I’ve gone through everything in here fifty times and have more questions than when I started. I wanted to go to the college library, try to learn more about your grandfather's tribe. Find some language books.” 
“So, we go to the library and learn about the tribe and the journal. Shouldn't be too hard. Texas is chock full of Native American history. I imagine there'll be lots of stuff on the Apache at a big university.”

Marshal shook his head, his spiky blond hair staying perfectly still.

“It won’t be that easy. Apache was a catchall term given to several tribes. They were nomads. Historians had a devil of a time trying to keep track of any one group—not to mention they weren't exactly friendly to outsiders. The name Apache was given to most of the warring, wandering tribes in the area.”

“Knew my cuddly personality couldn’t be all my own doing. How’ll we know which specific tribe Gramps belonged to?”

I turned onto the state highway that would lead us to Lubbock. It'd take us about an hour to get there, assuming there was no traffic. By traffic I meant some old farmer taking up both lanes of the highway with his tractor.

Marshal pulled the journal from the bag and flipped open the front cover. He held the book up, pointing to the inside corner.

“I think it's this.”

The word Navezgane had been branded into the leather.

“Cool. Wonder what it means?”

I started to make a joke about the word hopefully not translating to Squats-in-Woods or something. One glance at Marshal’s troubled face told me I was going to like the real name a lot less. 


“I looked it up online. The word means killer of monsters.


***

~Witch's Nocturne is available now~

Amazon     Smashwords (ePub & PDF)

***



~Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1, is also available~

Amazon (Free to borrow for Amazon Prime members.)


(Note: These stories contain some language and content better suited for mature readers.)



~About the Author~


E.J. lives in South Texas. He likes his words and food spicy, and tries to give a little extra 'kick' to the stories he writes. He enjoys reading horror, sci-fi, YA, MG, New Adult--basically anything with words. In true Texas fashion, E.J. is very neighborly, and welcomes you to say 'howdy' at:

Goodreads     Twitter     Facebook     Blog


Friday, December 21, 2012

Hello Goals, *Wink*, It's Been a While

After bringing our Partners in ParanormYA blog tour to a close at the end of October, I figured I'd take a little break for November. You know, keep up my blogging schedule, visit other blogs more regularly, read a  lot so I could do some reader reviews. But, then that got a little...hmmm...changed, in a good way.

I still got in some reading, and am still getting in some reading, but I also got involved in the holiday season of promotions. Thankfully, I didn't jump into the craziness alone.

I'm part of the Holiday Online Signing Party with great writers such as Christine Fonseca, Ali Cross and Heather McCorkle. Put in your order today!

The Gifts Aren't Only from Santa giveaway is still on and this is a reminder to enter and tell your friends, please :-)

And of course we have the Indie Holiday Giveaway - still time to enter so tell your friends about this one also, please :-)

But I hadn't done something I found very helpful during the year, which is set goals for December. I noticed it when I realized how I hadn't really DONE as much writing as I hoped to do. I'd set my mind on writing projects and goals. Gwen touched on them at PIP, but the actual doing got lost in the promoting, Twittering, spending a little extra time with my Chipmunk - actually, that last one I'm quite okay with :-) As the end of the year approaches, I'd like to make sure I'm headed in the right direction to get more things accomplished in 2013. I've got stories on the brain and I want to share them. This time, I want to be better prepared at making things happen:

Goals for December 2012
1. Finish RT re-revision (cuz, I really thought it was done but not so) which used to be titled MINGLED, but recent feedback has prompted a working title change.
2. Get at least first half of middle grade project, FB, done.
3. Review first page of TAFD, sequel to Neverlove, and make more notes on what direction I need things to go.
4. Review and set up schedule for a few novellas that I'd like to put out during 2013 for the NEO Chronicles, which will also coincide with the Shadow Jumpers series to eventually - hopefully - culminate in TAPESTRY being released in 2014.
5. Finish reading and review Souled by Diana Murdock and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.
6. Publish 3 posts a week.
7. Visit and comment on 20 blogs each week.

Yeah, I'll, uh, be a little busy, but having these goals will help me see just how I'm doing in accomplishing at least ONE thing lol!!!

What do you have planned for your reading/writing as the year draws to a close? Any end-of-the-world activities because I think today is the day, right? Or is it tomorrow?


Thursday, December 20, 2012

PUFF - What?

Come on over to Shah Wharton's blog, Words in Sync, to see what PUFF really means for me.

See ya there ;-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A DIY Christmas ~ Almost a Gingerbread Village

Come join me over at Maria Zaninni's today to enjoy a little presentation of something special: quality time during the holidays. Spending time with loved ones is the tradition that won't ever go out of style :-)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

It's an Embrace Birthday!


It’s Embrace’s Book Birthday and to celebrate the success of her debut novel Cherie Colyer is giving away a copy of her book plus swag. Before we get to that, here is a brief excerpt and some information about Embrace.

We walked at a fast clip to the gates. I told myself to keep my eyes forward, not to let on that I could feel the eyes that watched us. I looked back as we stepped onto the sidewalk. Tombstones reached up like crooked teeth, laughing at me, daring me to come back.

Embrace
by Cherie Colyer

How far would you go to save the people you love?

Synopsis:
Madison is familiar enough with change, and she hates everything about it. Change took her long-term boyfriend away from her. It caused one of her friends to suddenly hate her. It’s responsible for the death of a local along with a host of other mysterious happenings. But when Madison meets a hot new guy, she thinks her luck is about to improve.

Madison is instantly drawn to the handsome and intriguing Isaac Addington. She quickly realizes he’s a guy harboring a secret, but she’s willing to risk the unknown to be with him.

Her world really spins out of control, however, when her best friend becomes delusional, seeing things that aren’t there and desperately trying to escape their evil. When the doctors can’t find the answers, Madison seeks her own.

Nothing can prepare her for what she is about to discover.
~

To view the book trailer click here. If you’d like to curl up with Embrace today you can download the eBook on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To win a copy of Embrace or swag, all you have to do is fill out the form: 
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Find Cherie: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Are You on Team Procrastinator?

Hey Friends!

***Before you head on over to check out my guest post, please take a moment to look just above the post. Notice that special link where you can sign up for the Partners in ParnormYA (PIP) newsletter? What's special about newsletters is that they tend to give you advance notice of things to come and tantalizing morsels that DON'T get shared in blog posts, tweets or anywhere else. So, please sign up and tell a friend too :-) By the way, do you prefer receiving newsletters once a month or once a quarter? Inquiring minds want to know :-)***

Come join me over at Indie Elite for a little discussion about procrastination, end-of-the world procrastinating. With the end so near, what's a procrastinator to do? Hop on over to find out your choices.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Is That REALLY a Bad Thing?

It's Friday and I just wanted to remind all of the two chances to Enter to WIN!

So, if you DON'T win, is that really a bad thing?

Let's see...

You get to discover other new and exciting titles available across different genres, new authors that will excite the bookworm in you. You get to take December 14th and December 15th to download - for FREE - several great titles to bulk up your e-library. You can participate in the Facebook fun during the Gifts Aren't Only from Santa event.

Hmmm...no, I'd say this is a great time for giveaway entrants to have a chance to win in Rafflecopter and win all around.

So go ahead and get in on the fun:
Holiday Indie Giveaway
and
Gifts Aren't Only from Santa

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Santa Claus Comes Early to Town

What?
That wasn't him I heard working so hard? Oh, now I know...
The Gifts Aren't Only From Santa crew are gearing up for two days of FREE and discounted for charity!
Join us for the Facebook fun on the 14th!
That's right. December 14th and December 15th, treat yourself to a buffet of ebook joy by visiting Amazon and downloading FREE ebooks or heavily discounted ebooks where 100% of the proceeds go towards charity. How cool is that to be a giver and a receiver all at one time?!?!

On top of that, there's a fun Facebook event scheduled for December 14th with cool games and prizes to win. Go here for details.

Want to get a heads up on the great novels coming up for FREE or discounted? Go here to peruse the titles. Just make sure you don't drool on the keyboard. You'll need it for the December 14th Facebook fun.

"What if I don't have a kindle?" you ask. Well, that isn't a problem. Got a smartphone (android, blackberry, iPhone), computer (Mac or Windows-based), or a tablet (iPad or android tablet), then you can download a FREE kindle app and take advantage of these great titles being made available to you.

Don't forget to enter to win some great prizes in the rafflecopter as well. Yeah, we're just loving the giving spirit! Make sure to share this with everyone so no one misses out on the fun, prizes and free ebooks galore!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Holiday Giveaway - YA Indie style :-)

In line with this time of the year, I'm proud to be a part of a lot of great things going on where authors and readers share in the giving and receiving good mood. For the Indie Holiday Giveaway, a few Indie buds and I have gathered together so that three - Yes, 3 - randomly chosen winners can win all of the following:

  • $10 Amazon giftcard (e-card)
  • ebook of Oceans of Dust by Graeme Ing
  • ebook of Givin' Up the Ghost by my Partner in ParanormYA, Gwen Gardner
  • ebook of The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer AND
  • ebook of The Super Spies and the High School Bomber by Lisa Orchard
  • ebook of Neverlove by Me :-)
Bear in mind, you can purchase your own copy of any or ALL of these ebooks at any time OR you can enter to win and go to Amazon now so you can "Give as a gift." If you're chosen as a winner and you've already ordered copies to be given as gifts to family and friends, you'll make out as both a giver AND a receiver. That's Cool!

Check out the tidbit of each book and enter to win below:

YA Fantasy by Graeme Ing
Can Lissa unravel the secrets of the dust before it’s too late?
Buy NOW to find out!
YA Cozy Paranormal Mystery by Gwen Gardner
Can Indigo Eady and friends solve the case before one of their own becomes part of the rising body count?
Buy NOW to find out!
YA Mystery by Lisa Orchard
Three teen Super Spies must snare the "Cat Lady Killer" or die trying.
You can find out so much more if you Buy NOW!
YA Mystery by Lisa Orchard
A high school bombing is no laughing matter so the Super Spies investigate, discovering more than ever thought possible.
Best way to follow along is to Buy NOW!
YA Paranormal with Romance and Action by Angela Brown
Two teens with second chances at life and their first chance at love find themselves at a crossroads. Duty or Love? There can be only one
Buy NOW to find out!
Remember, Tweets nd Retweets are sweet treats!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Happy Birthday to Elana

I do enjoy a good celebration for other people's birthdays. Today is someone's birthday, someone very special to the writing community. And in a not-so-fangirl-way, to me.

I really enjoy Elana Johnson's blog. She shares in a great deal of honesty about her writing experiences. She's shared her query how-to and marketing strategies. Her novels are outstanding and her smile is beautiful.

And she's personable.

I have no doubt that if the chance were allowed, I could sit down on a comfy couch, split a tub of ice cream and watch something ridiculous, silly, slightly scary or drama-get-me-a-tissue with her.

She's simply Elana and she doesn't try to be anything more or less. That's what makes her so great :-)

So today I'm glad to join Christine Fonseca and spreading the Happy Birthday love.

Happy Birthday, Elana! You deserve the very best!

In celebration of Elana's birthday, Christine is giving away a special package and you can enter here to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Make sure to hop on over to Elana's and share a Happy Birthday with her :-)

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Day the Ninja Dies...of Embarrassment

If there’s one person in the Blogisfear who you want to say cheers to, who would it be? 


Alex “no hyperlink needed” Cavanaugh. 

Alex is an awesome blogger who’s helped hundreds of us via book releases, guest posts, guest interviews and always positive comments. While we can’t have a live part-ay for the Ninja Captain, we can host a BlogFest: 

Welcome to the “Cheers, Cavanaugh BlogFest.” 

Hosted by Mark “The Madman” Koopman, ”Marvelous” Morgan Shamy, Stephen “Breakthrough” Tremp, and David “Kingpin” Powers King, the BlogFest runs from December 10 - 12. 

Rules: 
Join the Linky List
Be a follower. 
Post your 200 (total) word contribution Monday, Dec. 10. 
Have Fun! 

While Alex is an awesome blogger, he’s also an enigma.

So, here’s four questions: 

In +/- 20 words, what does Alex look like? Medium height, slender build, trimmed light brown hair with a tousle of swayed bangs over the forehead, easy going smile hinting as a quiet disposition

In +/- 20 words, who could play Alex in a documentary? (Living or dead.) The Scott Pilgrim version of Michael Cera

In +/- 20 words, who does Alex remind you of? No one else really like him, but his actions remind me of the movie Pay it Forward

In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts: 

Cavanaugh
Ninja
IWSG
Cosbolt
Guitar


Jonah hovered the Cosbolt just shy of planet Cavanaugh's orbit. Rumors foretold of the Great Guitar played by a renowned blogger, Alex, the Ninja Captain. But could he join the ranks of IWSG and garner support to improve upon his skills?
"You have come," a calm voice whispered in his head.
Jonah glanced. No one appeared in the emptiness.
"Your insecurity is a familiar thing. You are not alone. And yes, IWSG is ready to welcome you with open arms. All you need is an open mind."
With any remaining doubts dispelled, Jonah landed upon the planet with a lighter heart, ready to begin his journey anew.


For Bonus Points: 
In +/- 40 words, leave a comment for Mrs. Cavanaugh - thanking her for sharing.
Note: I let this over at Alex's blog :-)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas with Cate Master

Credit to MS clipart

Come on over to Cate's blog and join us for a little chat about Neverlove and about Christmas.

Don't forget your spiked eggnog :-)

And a couple of numbers regarding Neverlove's Goodreads giveaway:
998 readers entered
550+ readers have my novel on their TBR list

I'm not sure what this will mean in sales. But the visibility of the novel certainly multiplied dramatically due to the giveaway. I'd have to say that I would do another one for another book as well. Perhaps not 7 books though lol!

Don't forget to order your SIGNED copy of Neverlove. Just click the Paypal button and complete your secure transaction. A $2.50 shipping fee may apply and this is for US orders only. Apologies to my international buds :-(  Shipping is murder...HEY, that sounds like a title for a mystery novel lol!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Toot! Toot! IWSG

For those of you who've been with me from the beginning, you've gotten to see me gain more ground on the things that make me, well...ME :-) One of the things I love to do is toot the horn for my fellow authors. Indie authors. Small press authors. Traditionally published authors. I LOVE supporting my writer comrades. That's probably why you see so many posts where I highlight, spotlight, cover reveal, blog tour and so much more.

When the time came that I partnered up with Gwen Gardner to form Partners in ParanormYA for our blogtown tour to promote Neverlove and Givin' Up the Ghost, well, I was Marine Semper Fi excited to toot, toot because I was tooting for both books.

Then, it was just me and Neverlove.

And I could barely peep enough to make sure everyone knew about my book or were excited enough about my book to recommend it to friends and family or the neighbor teen down the street. It is an upper YA novel and I'm pretty much bumbling in my efforts to reach out to that demographic lol!!!

I tried, weakly. I tweeted a couple of times a week, added a blog post reminder here and there. But nothing like the recent return of Marine Semper Fi that I did during the Black Friday thru Cyber Monday sale. I was on Facebook, Twitter and blogging with gusto and was so excited, again. The difference? I wasn't alone so I was thrilled about tooting the horn for others.

Notice a pattern?

I finally did. I hadn't noticed it until I saw how easily it was for me to become aggressive for my fellow writers yet become a bashful wallflower when it came to tooting Neverlove all on it's own.

Why?  I don't know. And I suppose that's why I'm writing this today for IWSG because I LOVE Neverlove, believe in it and know that it would make a great story to read for action, romance and paranormal elements.

Le sigh...

What to do, what to do?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Day in the Light: Dorothy Dreyer

I love spotlighting new works, new releases, cover reveals and novels soon-to-come. There's something genuinely uplifting about bringing attention to my fellow writers and their endeavors. Today, I'd like to spotlight Dorothy Dreyer.

Bio: My name is Dorothy Dreyer.

I'm a Philippine-born American living in Germany with my husband and two teens.

I write young adult books that usually have some element of magic or the supernatural in them. I also like to read those kinds of books. Aside from reading, I like movies, chocolate, take-out, traveling, and having fun with my friends and family.

I tend to sing sometimes, too, so keep me away from your Karaoke bars.

And here's a little something about her and her soon-to-come novel, MY SISTER'S REAPER.

Hi Dorothy! Please share how you got started with writing.

I've always written, but I really got serious about it about five years ago. I think the success of the Harry Potter books clued me in that chasing my writing dream could pay off if I was lucky.

What is the title of your soon-to-come novel? Please share a blurb about it.

My debut novel, MY SISTER'S REAPER, releases May 2013.
Add to Goodreads
Here's the blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human. To top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara's soul. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper or let Mara die … this time for good.

If you could sit down and share a glass of your favorite beverage with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

I would pick Lilura. She is Zadie's mentor, and she's a cranky, crazy old lady. I think I'd get a kick out of being around her.

Would you consider yourself a plotter or a pantser?

Mostly a plotter, but I do pants my way though chapters sometimes.

Were there any “darling” characters/scenes that didn’t make the final cut? If so, what?

No characters were cut, thank goodness. There weren't really scenes that were cut, just moved around. Pretty much everything that I wanted to be in the book is in the book.

Hard and fast with "the rules of writing” or more like “guidelines”?

Guidelines, until my editor gets a hold of the manuscript, lol.

What advice would you tell an aspiring author?

Never give up, write every day if you can, and read, read, read!

Hot button round:

Favorite snack? Chocolate
Least favorite food? Brussel sprouts
Favorite color? Plum
E-book or paperback/hardcover? Paperback (though hardbacks do look nice on a shelf)
Shop-a-holic or work-a-holic? Shop-a-holic!

And you can haunt Dorothy here: Facebook, Goodreads author page, @DorothyDreyer

Monday, December 3, 2012

When You Make Believe...

What happens when you make believe? Oh the stories that could be told from that sentence. I can feel the new shinies popping off in the minds of a few of you right now :-)

In the anthology, Make Believe, released today by J. Taylor Publishing, five talented authors address the issue of where illusion can't hide all secrets.

In honor of this new release, I'm spotlighting Lynda R. Young, one of the anthology's authorial contributors.

About Lynda R. Young:
Lynda R. Young lives in Sydney, Australia, with her sweetheart of a husband who is her rock, and a cat who believes world domination starts in the home. She writes speculative short stories and is currently writing novels for young adults. In her spare time she also dabbles in photography and all things creative. You can find her here: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

Lynda R. Young’s short story titled Birthright is her contribution to the Make Believe anthology launched TODAY! Virtual cake for everyone!! Make Believe is currently available in e-book format and includes Paranormal Romance and Fantasy stories inspired by the image on the cover. This will make great holiday reading.
Get Kindle ebook HERE!

Birthright by Lynda R. Young
Christa can mask the pain and hide the scars, but running from a birthright is impossible.

She’s tried to escape her grief by fleeing to a small town in Florida. Much to her frustration, the locals think they recognize her even though she's never been there before. To make things worse, a man named Jack spouts outrageous theories about her.

Both spur Christa to bolt, to start fresh yet again, but there’s something about Jack that intrigues her enough to stay. The only problem? Someone else wants her to leave, and they won’t stop until she’s dead. 

Blurbs from all the stories included in Make Believe can be found on the J. Taylor Publishing website HERE.


What do you imagine when YOU make believe?

Saturday, December 1, 2012

An Online Author Signing Party for the Holidays :-)


Today's gift idea is one from a special event that I'm taking part in, an online author signing party. For a limited time, the first two weeks of December,  you'll be able to order signed books from these fabulous authors: Christine Fonseca, Ali CrossHeather McCorkle. and myself :-)

As a holiday gift to you, I'm offering signed paperbacks of Neverlove. You can purchase individually but there is a special price when you order three.

Duty or Love? There can be only one.
Payments are secure through Paypal. Offer available to US residents only (I'm sorry my international buds. It's the only way I could work to keep the additional shipping fee at a base of $2.50 USD)

Signed Paperback of Neverlove
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