Tuesday, December 31, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

That's a Wrap 2013 :-)

2012 ended on a deflated note since the end of the world didn't happen. I must say that I'm glad there wasn't a flood of 2013 end of the world predictions. Of course there were some, but I suppose that's to be expected with every year.

2013 is ending a bit quieter for me. Unlike the end of 2012 where I was trying to find every platform possible to get people to "buy my book", I'm relaxing more, writing more and building more words. I learned more regarding the business of publishing during 2013 and the importance of having goals, whether I plastered them here on my blog or on Post It notes I keep before me.
I've prioritized a few times, rearranging things, not quite finding the right balance with work, life, my kiddo, my writing and promoting. But in the end, this is what took the highest rank:
Enjoying more moments like this :-)
Writing came in second and promoting and my paying gig/work are tied. Although, if I had to pick between the two, the paying gig wins out. I have to pay my bills somehow.

And there's been the rub...

With 2012 being the year of my big debut as a YA/NA author, 2013 was my year of so many insecurities and doubts. I had to remember the basic reasons I write, why I published and why I won't stop publishing

Where 2012 was like a break out year, 2013 was more like a break-it-in year, sort of how you have to break in that pair of new shoes that you know you won't throw away even after you can't wear them anymore because you love them.

By no means can I say 2013 was a bad year. I've gained so much in the way of new author buds, new readers, wonderful blog followers and so much more. Rayven Godchild, my erotica/erotic romance pen name, is being brought back from a very long hibernation of sorts. Plus I got to meet, IN PERSON, some wonderful folks during my visit to California (Big Hugs to Gwen and Graeme!!! Cadillac Margaritas, baby!!!) and had my first book signing. at IRC 2013.

2013...we made it.

Now on to 2014.

Are there any particular moments of 2013 that are most memorable for you?
Monday, December 23, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

Merry Christmas!!

Credit to BigStock.com
After a weekend of writing, rewriting, researching BDSM, checking out some erotica cover options, gift wrapping, discovering I'm not very good at being sneaky since I nearly gave away the location of my daughter's gifts to her and an unhealthy infusion of Scandal recapping...I'm done.

Stick a fork in me.

So I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May this holiday be filled with lots of food, fun, and memories that just might make interesting fodder for that next book :-)

Monday, December 16, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

The Voices in my Head

I shared Me, Myself and I with you before. You remember them, the angsty/sometimes-logical/sometimes looney tunes/all-the-time sassy trio that make me, well, who I am.

Well, I'm also going to allow for another voice to have her say.

Presenting to some, re-introducing to others, Rayven Godchild, my erotica/erotic romance alter ego who's been rather patient with me in getting to the point where I can embrace publishing under the pen name. The content was never a bother. I do love a hot, sexy, detailed story that can leave the reader in a wanton state. But there were other life-related things unnecessarily attached...chains I've decided needed releasing.

Credit to BigStock.com
Coming soon will be a 3 to 4 short story series entitled Confessions of a Sex Fiend, the first one being TASTING CHERRY. You'll enter the world of Chancellor Baltimore, a male escort formerly with an agency turned solo act.

I'm waiting to hear back from AuthorHouse to make sure they cancel whatever they need to cancel on their end so I can re-publish Secret Lilies, my suspense romantica that I self-published several years ago, a tale of love, murder and obsession.

For now, I just wanted to let you know what I was up to this weekend. Yeah, busy with getting Rayven Godchild set up. Please feel free to like/follow/share as you wish.

Rayven Godchild
Twitter | Facebook | Blog

So, have you ever used a pen name before or considered using one?
Friday, December 13, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

The Weekend Cometh

If you don't see me around the blogosphere much, I'm not MIA. I've got lots of things I hope to get accomplished before the end of the month and am doing my best NOT to get caught in Procrastination Station yet again lol!!!

Have a great weekend everyone!!!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

The Passion Blazes...

This time last year, I was in the middle of blog hop this, 99cent sale that, holiday giveaway there and "Please buy my book!" everywhere. I was tweeting, blogging, Facebooking and Pinterest-ing.

I was in promo hog heaven trying to tell the world about my upper YA paranormal, Neverlove, trying to understand why it didn't take off and get two thumbs up by every reader or why I couldn't seem to get enough reviews for it. Why couldn't it get traction? Could it possibly be that a person of color on the cover is a detriment, immediately linking readers to expect an urban street tale and not a tale of painful loss, twisted love, and redemption mixed with paranormal elements? Maybe the writing truly just sucks...royally?

Lots of questions and doubts while I tried to push my first YA novel as a self-published author.

A year later, I've learned how much I love the cover and whether it is a detriment or not, I like it as is, though I may consider updating it so that it matches They All Fall Down. But that's just a thought. Other doubts still plague me, especially when I have moments where I slip into the dangerous "Comparison" zone *cue Twilight Zone's eerie music* Over the year, the comparisons have grown fewer and farther between, but in my humanity, I know I'll still have them.

A year later, I'm glad that one thing hasn't changed. Though doubts have tried to take it away, non-existent sales have attempted to discourage it...that writing passion still blazes. I have an MG story I'm still intrigued with updating with feedback I recently received. Despite agent rejections, I'm still interested in seeking an agent for it or maybe seeing if there is a small publisher that may want to give it a home. And if I don't do those things, I still have self-publishing as a wonderful avenue. I have some more adult-content stories ready to be shared. I still have other sci-fi/urban fantasy/paranormal/fantasy stories that won't stop nagging at me to be shared.

For this, I am grateful.

For this, I'm wonderfully blessed to indulge in this passion.

For this, I'm glad to have all of you around to share in this, my journey as an author and...a dreamer

What keeps you going in the writing journey?
Monday, December 9, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

Diamonds Are More Than A Girl's Best Friend...Launch of Diamonds and Dust

It's Launch Day!

Diamonds and Dust

Book 1 of the Jewels of Chandra series

Magic is real. So is betrayal.

Two heirs. A Kingdom of dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all.

Archaeologist David Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.

Convinced his father may still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches.

David's arrival into this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.

Buy it here:


About the author:

River Fairchild is somewhat odd, brandishes a dry sense of humor, owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings and never staying in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith. The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you can find your way down the rabbit hole.
Friday, December 6, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

One Man

It is sometimes wondered if one man can make a difference. In the last century alone, we've had...
Mother Theresa
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
President John F. Kennedy
Mahatma Ghandi
The list could go on for a while with individuals who opted to be or accepted being the one man (or woman) to be a difference maker.

We've now lost another man whose life left the world a better place for his presence.
He was a man.
One man.

RIP Mr. Nelson Mandela
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

Blog Hop:  12 Days of Christmas
Event Date:  December 1st  - 12th 2013

As part of the blog hop, we're sharing favorite holiday cookie recipes. I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. Nothing dresses them up better for the holidays than adding red and green M&M's. How festive :-)
***As a side note, you have to check out all of the other fantastic DIY and recipe ideas Kara shares. She seriously ROCKS!***
M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice
3 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup green and red M&M's candy
Cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and lemon juice. Stir in dry ingredients, chocolate chips, and M&M's. Roll in balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for about 10 minutes.

The ebook I'm donating to the blog hop: Neverlove

Grand Prize: $150 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
First Prize: One (1) eBook from Every Participating Author

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For more Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes & Giveaways - Hop along the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop

Monday, December 2, 2013 | By: Angela Brown

Back In Check In

My brief time from the blogosphere felt a little odd, you know, the fear of stepping back and thinking everyone will easily forget about me. But I'm glad I did it. This time away was a time of great harvest:
 - got in some good reading
 - got in some marathon Supernatural episodes.
 - got in a bit of writing
 - got in a LOT of snacking and Christmas is around the corner so no panicking yet on the sugar-rush lol!

All in all, felt pretty good.

How was your Thanksgiving Holiday? Did you brave the Black Friday or early Grey Thursday mayhem? Are you getting in your deals this Cyber Monday?