Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tree of Life: Branching Out

If you haven't heard already, there's this AWESOME thing going on. It's a collaboration between audiomachine and various gathered writers from around the world. I'm honored to be a part of this. It's a story built day by day upon the previous post. .
Check out the great info!
It's amazing to see the direction this story is taking. And on tomorrow, I'll have a chance to take it to another day. Please stop by to get caught up. Make sure to relish in Gwen Gardner's contribution today.

Have you ever participated in or read a collaboration work? How was your experience?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Not Your Average Scavenger Hunt

Vacations can be wickedly wonderful but also leave you a bit wonky-wacky.

When I first got back from vacay last Monday, I was still giddy with excitement from all the fun of Disney, Comic-Con, family fun and meeting friends...though my body had already declined into total exhaustion.

Tuesday hit like a sledgehammer to my writing mind. Only half my brain returned with me to Texas. Somewhere between San Diego, CA and Temple, TX, remnants of my brain hung out, probably stuck on party mode from all the fun. Can't say I blame them.
Look at that brain nugget all smiles, shaking and jamming :-)
Wednesday, I went back to the paying gig. I had just enough brain power to take care of it but little left to properly write in the evening. Thus, the hunt began.

Thursday and Friday, I sent out mental vibes, calling the slivers of imagination back to me. I'd gotten great feedback on a pitch I shared on Susanna Hill's blog and had spectacular feedback waiting for me for TAFD.
Go! Brain vibes! Go! Find those wayward nuggets of imagination!
By Saturday, the more willing parts returned to me, just as excited to get back to work. The other rebellious bits and pieces, I do believe, are hiding out in downtown San Diego clubs or searching for celebs that attended Comic-Con. The hunt for them will continue. Maybe they'll return??? (if they don't can I really blame them lol!!! not really.)

My writing life is slowly returning to normal, or whatever form normalcy desires to take this time :-) Whatever happens, I'm so glad that I'll have awesome writerly and readerly friends like all of you with me to take each step on this path.

How are things for you when you return from vacation?

Friday, July 26, 2013

Bonnie Rae and NETHER FIRE

You've probably seen this cover around the blogosphere. Well, I just had to take part in this cover reveal because this cover is fierce!!
Talk about a couple I would not want to get upset. Will do my best to stay on their good side, too :-)

Here's a nugget about NETHER FIRE by Bonnie Rae

After being gravely wounded by her little sister, Ava awakes in Arcadia, the City of Angels.

It isn't so welcoming.

Ava is, after all, Lucifer's Angel of Death and she has only one mission: open the portal between Arcadia and the Nether World allowing Lucifer's army to penetrate the gilded walls of Heaven. Before Ava has the chance to set Lucifer's plot in motion, she and Devon are sent hurtling back to Earth. Now, stripped of their powers, the two must put aside their differences and race against time to save Christa's soul and the shattered remains of Mankind. If they fail, darkness will rule their two worlds and obliterate what is left of Earth. If they succeed, Ava could still lose everything.

Including herself.

Very intriguing story, one to keep your eyes open for.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Pitching and I Need a Vacation After My Vacation

I've mentioned my Sekrit Project and shared Sekrit Project Nuggets. Well, today I'm pitching my MG story, titled FABLE RANGER, over at Susanna Hill's blog for Would You Read It Wednesday. Please make sure to stop by and share your thoughts and ways to improve the pitch, because there's always learning in writing, especially for me lol! Oh, make sure to tell Susanna "Hi!" because she is such a wonderful author and all-around person :-)

Also...

I've been rather flaky in the social media world for about a week and a half. It's for a really good reason:

*A Real Vacation*

I normally do the day-cation or stay-cation or fit-what-you-can-in-3-or-4-days-cation. But to take a whole week to just - BE - and have fun? Well, not my norm.

Sunday was travel with my Chipmunk.
Monday was Disneyland. WOOT!
Tuesday was fun with family and getting to meet some FUN-TASTIC friends! Much love to Graeme Ing and Gwen Gardner :-) Let's not forget the delicious Cadillac Margaritas. What! What!!
Wednesday and Thursday I got to have some Comic-Con fun because YEAH! Comic-Con was AWESOME! Loved the displays and cosplay :-)
Friday was originally going to be Vegas, Baby, Vegas! But we had so much fun at Disney that we went back for more fun there totally making the kid in me super happy!
Saturday was a day of relaxing and then getting my sweat on with a little dancing in the evening, hanging with my girl, Mia :-)

Sunday, dear me, I think I messed up a knee and threw some other things out of wack because my body was screaming a sore-bloody-murder lol!!

Monday, back home late.

OMG! I need to breathe and take a vacation from my vacation.

Now for catching up because I am SOOOOOOO far behind lol!

What are you all up to?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Can You Make the Perfect Alibi? Fun Times on the Cassie Mae FNA Blog Tour

From Cassie Mae's FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI, a debut New Adult novel for Random House's Flirt line, I bring you Chase Moroney.

He's twenty-something.

Loves to wear all black (so not what our heroine Kelli Pinkins is used to)

And he's a quick-draw with one liners.

So, of course he'd make the perfect go-to when it comes to some pretty bad pick up lines :-)

Take it away, Chase!


World’s Worst Pick-Up Lines from Chase Moroney

Alright, I thought I had a grasp on this being smooth thing. Really. You know, the Rico-suave-esque vibe girls fall over? But Kelli keeps telling me my lines suck. So I did a little research, and asked on Facebook what pick-up lines were no-no’s. Even though I don’t need them anymore, since I found my girl, maybe they’ll help some other helpless dude out there. ;)

I agree, Jolene. Maybe I should work on my lines a bit… because I recognize a few of these that I thought were gold!
You can check out my epic failure of a pick-up line (which sadly is on this list) in FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI by Cassie Mae.
Thank you to Angela. *fist bumps*
*Fist bumps* back atcha, Chase :-)


Buy link from Random House Flirt
About FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI: In the wealthy town of Sundale, Kelli Pinkins has hatched the perfect plan to capitalize on her sweet reputation. For a generous fee, she will be every trust-fund baby’s dream: a Friday-night alibi, the “girlfriend” or “BFF” that parents dream about. With college approaching in the fall, Kelli’s services are in demand more than ever, which means that her social life is nonexistent. But Kelli is A-okay with that. She’s raking in cash for school. Besides, relationships are tricky, and sometimes very messy. She’d rather be at home on Xbox LIVE, anyway. Then the unexpected happens: She meets college stud Chase Maroney.
 
Chase isn’t like the preppy, privileged guys Kelli usually meets in Sundale. For starters, he’s twentysomething, always wears black, and he shoots back one-liners as fast as she can dish them out. But Kelli’s attempts to drive Chase away falter when she realizes that he treats her like he really knows her, like hecares about knowing her. When Kelli finally gives in to the delicious kiss she’s been fighting for so long, she faces a tough decision: make Chase a real-life boyfriend and risk her heart . . . or keep her clients and lose her first true love.



About Cassie Mae: Cassie Mae is a nerd to the core from Utah, who likes to write about other nerds who find love. She’s the author of the Amazon Bestseller REASONS I FELL FOR THE FUNNY FAT FRIEND, and is the debut author for the Random House FLIRT line with her New Adult novels FRIDAY NIGHT ALIBI and SWITCHED. She also has a three book deal with Swoon Romance Publishing, including her book HOW TO DATE A NERD. She spends time with her angel children and perfect husband who fan her and feed her grapes while she clacks away on the keyboard. Then she wakes up from that dream world and manages to get a few words on the computer while the house explodes around her. When she’s not writing, she’s spending time with the youth in her community as a volleyball and basketball coach, or searching the house desperately for chocolate.

Author of Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend
Friday Night Alibi to be released July 29th by Random House FlirtHow to Date a Nerd to be released September 24th by Swoon Romance Publishing
Switched to be released December 30th by Random House Flirt

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So how about it folks, can you make the perfect alibi? Maybe you recognize a pick-up line mentioned or recall one or three. If so, tell us all about it in the comments.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

It Takes COURAGE

It takes courage to stand up for what's right, to stand up for others, and most importantly, to stand up for yourself. Today, it is my pleasure to share in the cover reveal for an author with the courage to give COURAGE life with her own two hands...and mad skills to boot :-)

And here it is, the cover for COURAGE, by author Carrie Butler
Design: Carrie Butler
Photography: Subbotina Anna & Yuri Arcurs

Title: COURAGE
Series: Mark of Nexus - Book 2
Author: Carrie Butler
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Release: October 15, 2013
Formats: E-Book & Paperback

Here's the scoop: Rena Collins never thought she’d long for the past—back when affection from Wallace, her freakishly strong boyfriend, was the most dangerous aspect of her life. But now that the human-altering organization known as ERA has gone on the offensive, nothing is safe. Her bloodline is exposed, her relationships torn apart, and just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, ERA ups the ante. To save mankind from forced evolution, Rena will have to mend her broken ties and form a resistance... hand-in-hand with the one she hurt most.

And for your viewing pleasure, here is a book trailer to whet your appetite:


Get to know Carrie Butler
Where to find Carrie:
WEBSITE  |  BLOG  |   TWITTER  |  FACEBOOK  |  GOODREADS  |  GOOGLE+  | NA ALLEY | PINTEREST 


Get to know more about COURAGE
Where to find Courage (Mark of Nexus #2):
BOOK PAGE  |  GOODREADS  |   BOOK TRAILER


Join in on the countdown and on the soon-to come-blog tour, too!
Participate in the Courage blog tour, happening October 14th–26th!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Authors Blog Hop Winners

I know Saturdays aren't my usual post days but I wanted to share the winners for my giveaway as part of the Authors Blog Hop.
Here they are:

Denise Zaky
Valerie Rhodes and
Terry Galloway Trahan

Be on the lookout for an e-mail from me, winners :-)

Also, I'll be somewhat out-of-pocket this week coming up. I'm going to San Diego, CA to visit family and friends. It's an exciting time and I'm ecstatic about it all. Scheduled posts will play, I just won't get a chance to be active like I'd normally like to be.

((Hugs & Kisses, All!))


Friday, July 12, 2013

A Change to a Requiem

Christine Fonseca, author of The Requiem Series, is giving a new look to her set of books. Go here to check out the facelift given to the cover of Libera Me. Or...wait for it...


TADA!


Lacrimosa (Add to Goodreads) and Libera Me (Add to Goodreads)
Make sure you enter the giveaway as well :-)

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Mistaken, 99 cents!

No, you're NOT mistaken. This spectacular thrill-read is now on sale for a wallet-pleasing price :-)

The Mistaken
by
Nancy S. Thompson

“How far would you go to avenge the one you loved and lost?”

The ebook is on sale for only $0.99
on Amazon and Barnes & Noble
July 9th through the 15th



All Tyler Karras wants is to enjoy life with his expectant bride. What he gets instead is a graveside seat at her funeral. With the woman who killed her uncharged and still free, all Ty wants now is revenge.

His brother, Nick, has dangerous connections and suggests a sadistic plan: grab the woman responsible and hand her over to Nick’s associates—sex-traffickers in San Francisco’s Russian Mafia. They offer Ty more than he dreamed possible. In exchange for the woman, they’ll finally let Nick leave the business for good—with his debt wiped clean and his heart still beating.

There’s just one problem: Ty kidnaps the wrong woman. Now he must protect Hannah Maguire from the very enemy he's unleashed.

While on the run, Ty and Hannah share their life stories and begin to bond—Hannah out of compassion for Tyler’s crushing loss, and Ty in his overwhelming need for atonement for having derailed Hannah’s life. Alone and desperate, they cling to each other in an intimate moment of human need, but their new bond puts Hannah at even greater risk, for the Russians are holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and hand over the girl.

Caught in a no-win situation, Ty must find a way to save himself, his brother, and Hannah, but with the Russian Mafia, even two out of three makes for very long odds.
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Monday, July 8, 2013

What Ya Know Good? Or Bad? Or Quirky

Welcome back to another episode of Q&A with author Angela Brown from my The Good, The Bad, and The Quirky Facebook fun time with friends.

Here's another great question, this one from J. L. Campbell:

You inspire me in terms of your edits and the fact that you go to ground when you're in editing mode. How do you stay motivated to shut off the world and do what you have to do. I'm asking this from the perspective of a writer who's easily distracted.

Here's my answer:

Honestly, I have know (that should be NO lol!!!) true idea of the how behind doing it. I chat for a second with my Chipmunk so she can understand what Mommy is about to do for a few days then I turn my focus to my edits, though not to the complete exclusion of everything else. Sometimes, a slight interruption can be an inspiration for an edit-road-block

Here's the thing, if any of you had a chance to check out my IWSG post, then you also know Chipmunk and I reached a crossroads where having more of this kind of communication with her became much more vital to maintaining my publishing direction. Having her understand what I'm doing when I get in "tunnel vision" mode is extremely important to my ability to focus and to our relationship as mother and daughter.

So for you, what do you do to help with getting in "editing mode?"

Friday, July 5, 2013

It's a Forged Series Cover Reveal

cover design: Jeannie Ruesch
Cover design by Jeannie Ruesch
The third book in the Forged series, Forged by Legacy: Beginnings is coming out on July 10, 2013. 

Look for it on Amazon first, since their publishing machine works the fastest. Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Sony will follow soon too.
Genre: Young Adult paranormal.
Synopsis: Forged by Legacy: Beginnings is the second of two prequels to the Forged series. It is a collection of five short stories, each told from a different character's point-of-view. These stories explain some of the behind-the-scenes facts from the Forged series. Do you want to know how the protagonists, Jatred and Jasmira fell in love? And what really happened during the deadly plane crash? How about the reason behind Savannah and Logan's breakup? Or how do the teens shape shift for the first time? Forged by Legacy: Beginnings answers all these questions - and more.

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   2012-09-01 22.32.51AA_paperback 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 and translate her favorite Polish fairytales. Angela is the author of Young Adult and New Adult fiction novels, including YA paranormal/urban fantasy series, The Forged. First book in series, Forged by Greed, was published on September 20, 2012. There are two anthologies of short stories, serving as the prequels to the series. First of them, Forged by Magic: Origins was published on May 31st, 2013. The second anthology, Forged by Legacy: Beginnings, will be out on July 10, 2013. Next three full size novels, including Forged by Coalescence, will be released in 2013 and 2014. Angela is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, environment, and organic food and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her family and a chronically curious cat. Angela can be found on her website, Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Stay in touch by signing for Angela’s newsletter HERE.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Edge of Almost - IWSG

Insecure Writer's Support Group: Every first Wednesday of the month, we gather together to heap some extra joy on the glad tidings, and offer a pillow of support for the not-so-good that may be happening. Because let's face it, being a writer has its sucky moments. Thanks to Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh for first putting this together and for this month's helpful minions - erm - co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG: Nancy Thompson, Mark Koopmans, and Heather Gardner!

So what do I have to share for today?

Well, I wish I could be in that first group with good news of great things. Honestly, I got a few rejections for something I'm working on and took the rejections well. I ate sherbet instead of Rocky Road ice cream #wellhandled :-)

But it is the edge of almost that I nearly leaped from.

I ALMOST stopped writing completely.

Not a moment of writer's block, not a lack of story ideas (good grief the shiny ideas are all over the place and other MS's are still narrowing their eyes at me with a hint of impatience).

No.

I had a moment of tearful discussion with my Chipmunk. She's been very supportive of me and really excited for me but I think the extra time I spent with her during my brief respite from the web got her accustomed to me being with her much more often. Coming back to being active - though not like before - was a harder thing for her to adjust to.

I shut my computer off and explained to her that my passion for writing is strong, it runs deep and I love it.
But I. Love.Her. More.

She's my kid and I love her. I really do. If my writing were to become less of a follow-your-dream-example and more of a strain-on-our-mother-daughter-relationship, I would leap from the edge of almost.

That time is not now. It may not come. I'm not really sure what the future holds, though I have fantasies of what I wished it held (#toomanytolist)

I'm still writing. And she's eager to get involved with the PB stuff I hope to get into. But it's kind of weird knowing it all came to a head.

*Just a note: if I would have stopped writing, it would've been to stop writing toward publication. Too many characters and stories in my head to never write again lol!

Have you had a sort of crossroads moment? How did you handle it?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

No Delusions of Grandeur

I'm glad to participate in this Authors Blog Hop hosted by Lady Amber Reviews. It's a great chance to be a part of something awesome and to share a little of myself as well.
So here are some truths I decided to be up front about in regards to ME.

*I'm not an award-winning novelist.
*Nope, haven't snagged that NYT best-selling tag either.
*I'm not even sure I've managed to nab the title of "Amazon's best-selling" in a particular category. I may have, but I can't remember. Seriously.
*Not sure I'm in an authorly place to build a Street Team, either. Actually, I'm part of a loose version of a Street Team but I have a feeling a passionate group of dedicated readers is where the excitement is.

What I AM is a dreamer, a writer, a published author and a participating architect of my future. I have no delusions of grandeur that I'm any of those things that I listed - at the moment. It doesn't mean I can't be one or more of them one day.

Maybe sooner than later.

Until then, feel free to enjoy the stories I've shared.
Discover the budding romance of two young people thrust from loveless lives to first love in each other, sustained by secrets, threatened by truth. (Neverlove, upper YA paranormal w/elements of romance and action)
Or cross into a community where witches, vampires and werewolves get along to prevent exposure and the young boy and young girl who nearly turn things upside down. (Frailties of the Bond, YA urban fantasy)
Perhaps a killer kiss is more your taste. Caine Fordham can deliver. (Atone, NA/Adult PUF)

And you can enter for a chance to win an ecopy of Atone!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Who? Yes, Me :-)

No, that is not the answer to the question of something done wrong...rather, something done FUN!

On June 22nd, I decided to open the doors to the Brownstone that makes me, well, ME, and let folks in to ask whatever was on their minds. It was a wonderful experience I hope to repeat. Nothing like sharing with readers and writers and friends alike.

AWESOME!!!

It was suggested to share the questions. Well, heck yeah! So for the weeks to come, I'll be sharing a question and my answer(s).

This question comes from Micheal DiGesu (who is just WONDERFUL!!!):
SO, Angela,

I love your covers ... Where did the cover art come from? Or, should I ask, WHO did the cover art?

My answer:

Michael Di Gesu, you were so kind to get the questions started so let me share that my covers have been done by the AWESOME Heather McCorkle of CP Design.
The cover art is stock from Thinkstock and Big (something or other. I can just hear the imaginations working with that Big) lol!
And she's wonderful to work with. She listens and offers things for you to consider but she doesn't force anything your way. She really wants the author to get their money's worth.

So that is the start to this series. More questions and answers to come :-)