Friday, January 31, 2014

I Heart Post it Notes

Instead of posting my goals online, I've been using Post it Notes. The pastel colored objects stare me in the face every single day as a reminder of what I need to accomplish before month's end.
And...
They help keep me organized when I have lists to keep up with.

This first month of 2014, I am glad to claim a Win in the goal corner
 - Critique MG story for crit partner - completed before the end of the month (and it's such a cute and adventurous story I truly hope it can go places!)
 - Complete first draft of short story for UR anthology project - completed, now on to revisions *yes, that is a smiling grimace you see on my face lol!!*
 - get paperback of They All Fall Down proof - received and working on making it available
 - Release Confessions of a Sex Fiend: Tasting Cherry - Done and had lots of fun with the Confessions Round Table that was done in part to celebrate it's availability with readers

What are some things you do to help keep you on track with your goals?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

Time Flies When You're Having Fun and a Cover Reveal - AVTE

*After checking out this post, please stop by Amy Kessler's blog where I visit today*
I must be having way too much fun because it seems time is moving at warp speed. Does it feel that way to anybody else? 
Well, another moment where time dashed the 4X4 relay at record speed was during the Confessions Round Table this past Saturday. From 2 pm to 3 pm (CST, CDT, whatever it is lol!!), readers joined me/Rayven for virtual drinks poured neatly because we're classy, you see :-) And there were virtual snacks too. The hour flew by with our discussions. Attendees were also treated to a sneak peak and an excerpt from the next episode in the Chancellor Baltimore confessions: CONFESSIONS OF A SEX FIEND: A VIEW TO ECSTASY.

I'm thrilled to share it with all the world (or at least those checking out my blog lol!!) today ;-)
Cover by Melody Simmons, http://ebookindiecovers.com/
I really like the way the color pops and how they're captured in the moment. Very evocative. Makes you wonder what Chancellor Baltimore has to confess when this is released February 21, 2014. Hmmmm....

And the fun wouldn't have been complete without a winner for the Shari's Berries $25 sweet prize. And the winner is...

Drum roll please

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Andrea Redding! Congrats!!

That was one of the highlights from my weekend. What did you do?

Friday, January 24, 2014

I'm in Love...

With this COVER!!!

Heather McCorkle, please take a bow. You are just so wonderful to me. :-)

When I released They All Fall Down, I did so as an ebook first. Now, I've got it submitted to CreateSpace and have the BEST cover to wrap the paperback in. Here it is...

Courtesy of McCorkle Creations
I want to hug it and squeeze it and pet it and...wait...you're all still here. Sorry *blush*

*Don't forget that tomorrow is the Confessions Round Table. Click here for the deets*

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Because It's Wednesday

*Reminder: Confessions Round Table this January 25th. Get the deets here!*

Now...
Have a Chipmunk smile!
It always brightens my day :-)

What is something that brightens your day?


Monday, January 20, 2014

What Works - Online Marketing Symposium

A blogfest with information you can use! Hosted by Arlee Bird, Yolanda Renee, Jeremy Hawkins, and Alex J. Cavanaugh.

We want you to tell us your stories of success (or not so successful) as we present a blogging event that will help us learn. Tell us about a marketing idea that you've used and what worked or didn't work. Your post could describe a campaign that succeeded in a big or small way or one that failed drastically. Tell us about a business campaign, an organizational event, a fundraiser – anything where a bit of promotion was necessary! The What Works.. Marketing Symposium is not limited to authors but also to anyone in a business that has a promotional aspect – online or otherwise! 

Blog Tours - When they are not too lengthy and each stop is provided with unique information for each stop, it makes it easier for readers to want to visit each blog that participates. The reader knows they won't be getting smacked in the face with the same information repeatedly. It's more work, but work worthwhile and helps with extending exposure.

Group giveaways - SMALL group giveaways, like the Holiday Giveaway I did with a couple of groups near the end of 2012, were very helpful. Readers don't feel they have to trample and trounce down a long blast list to twitter and follow until their fingers go numb and you have the added bonus of 6 to 10 authors sharing about your book to gain more exposure.

There are some paid advertisements that can be useful, even if for a one-time boost, like Pixel of Ink and Ereader News Today. I experienced a great number of downloads when I set Neverlove for free and had the book at both places. Too bad I didn't have the book priced at 99cents -_-

The Rare Moment of Agreement Between Me, Myself and I

There are so many pictures of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pictures of him speaking, marching, in prison, preaching. But I think I shared this one last year and am doing so again now as it is my favorite: where it seems he was happiest, loving the family he was fighting so hard - with countless others - to bring forward out of second-class citizen treatment based upon the color of one's skin.

Celebrate his life, his legacy and the future of what we can be if we learn to embrace the wonder in our individuality and the beauty in respecting one another. ~ simple thoughts of Me, Myself and I

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Giving and Sharing the Love

Hey Peeps!

Reading by the Book has been kind enough to shine a little light on Chancellor Baltimore and Confessions of a Sex Fiend: Tasting Cherry. So please stop by to show some love, say hello, maybe follow if it turns out to be a good fit for you.

And of course, there is a Facebook page you can like. I'm already a part of the "Liked" crew :-)

Enjoy and have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

DARK PARADISE Cover Reveal for Angie Sandro



DARK PARADISE
Angie Sandro
July 1, 2014
Grand Central Publishing/ Forever Yours


BOOK BLURB:


DARK LEGACY

Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.

DEADLY SECRETS

Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he starts to wonder if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.

You can pre-order the paperback on Amazon. Click here. WOOT!!
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ANGIE SANDRO:
Bio:

Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.

Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story.

Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador


Author Links:
Website  

Goodreads

GIVEAWAY:

Angie is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Manic Saturdays Make for Announcement Mondays: Welcome, Tasting Cherry!!

Credit to BigStock.com
Chancellor Baltimore here. Rayven convinced Angela to let me stop by to share a few things with everybody. Angie-baby, you're alright with me ;-)

I...uh..you...um...yeah... *I must not giggle or snicker like a horndog-of-a-teen!!*

So, Rayven did me a solid. I've been having some things on the brain and well, she gave me a chance to share about them. Here's the deal. I'm sharing some things I probably shouldn't. I'm a man made the Vegas way. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, right? Right. So what you're getting to read, what Rayven is sharing with you is something I'm confessing...let's keep this between us, okay? Good.

First up, Tasting Cherry is available. This is the first time Smashwords is being used by Rayven or Angela and from what I hear, the laptop barely survived the formatting process. But something must have happened, some mystical magic or deeper-than-realized-patience or whatever...because Confessions of a Sex Fiend: Tasting Cherry is ready:

~ ~ ~ Meet Chancellor Baltimore. With a plan to become a mechanical engineer, he was well on his way until he discovered a new addiction that changed the course of his life. As you read this installment of Confessions of a Sex Fiend, you can decide if this change was for better or for worse. ~ ~ ~ 

This episode is all about firsts: 
First base 
First touch 
First time 

And we get to experience the drama of “firsts” from Chancellor’s point of view as he delivers a first of his own. 

Let’s enjoy this tale of a sex fiend as Chancellor breaks the rule that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. 

Shhhhh! Don’t tell anyone. It’ll be our little secret…

Here are the buy links: Smashwords | Amazon

And of course, an excerpt is nice, but not here. You'll have to check it out over at the Rabbit Hole because there is where the naughty can go down.

Alright, well, that's enough from me. Anything from you, Angie-baby?

Uhhhhhhh...hehehehehe *twirls a curl of hair...such an epic coolness fail*

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Headhunter's Race by Kimberly Afe

It is my pleasure to participate in the blog tour for The Headhunter's Race by Kimberly Afe. There's a lot going on and you don't want to miss out.
About The Headhunter's Race:
Sixteen-year-old Avene was sentenced to prison at thirteen for a crime she didn't commit. Now she has a chance to win her freedom back – if she enters the Headhunters Race. Second prize isn't so bad either, an upgrade to the Leisure Prison if you make it to the finish line. To win either prize, Avene and the other prisoners must navigate one hundred and fifty miles of dense forest, desert, and worst of all, cannibal territory.

With a mechanical collar timed to strangle the prisoners if they're not back in nine days, Avene allies herself with seventeen-year-old McCoy, another prisoner that insists on helping her at every turn and a boy she's trying hard not to fall for. Together they battle nature, other prisoners, and the timed death collars to win the coveted prize. But when Avene is tested with one deadly conflict after another, she realizes there is more at stake than winning her freedom – first she has to survive.

Here's an interview with Avene (we stole her for a few minutes during a lesser life or death moment lol!)


Q – What’s it like living in a fend-for-yourself prison?

A – Its hell.  Especially if you’re the stepdaughter of the man who sentenced every last person in there to life.  We drink dirty water, scavenge for usable items, and barely get enough food to sustain us.  I have to hunt whatever bugs and rodents I can find to supplement the slop they dump in.

Q – How can you hunt in a prison?  

A – Hunting inside the prison is not easy.  There isn’t much to hunt considering we’re on the inside and most animals are smart enough to stay on the out.  Fighting for slop is worse though.  But the place is run-down and there are plenty of openings for small animals to find their way inside.

Q – Is it true that you are missing a body part?

A – *Sighs* Figures you would ask me about that, but it’s true and it’s not really all that noticeable.  It could’ve been worse if it weren’t for Verla.

Q – I’m so sorry.  Speaking of Verla, she was a tough woman, how did you meet up with her initially?

A – There was no meeting up with Verla.  She decided if she wanted you around or not and I guess I was lucky enough that she took me in.  Otherwise, I’d be dead.

Q – Do you miss her?

A – I miss her every day.

Q – What about McCoy?

A – What about him?  Do you want to know why he annoys me so much?

Q – Yes.

A – That makes two of us.

*Okay, Avene's got it hard...like really hard. But that's just what we do with our characters. Let's settle down to a moment of getting to know Avene's author.*
Author Bio
Kimberly is the mother of two awesome kids, wife of the nicest man in the world, and her dog's best friend. She works by day and writes middle grade and young adult science fiction and fantasy novels in her spare time. She lives with her family in the beautiful Sonoran Desert.

Where to stalk - erm - find Kimberly :-)

And make sure you get in on the giveaway!

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

IWSG: I'm Scared

First Wednesday of this month was New Year's Day so understandably the IWSG posts were moved to the next Wednesday of the month.
Click here for more deets and the IWSG list of blogs to check out!
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

And thus, this is where two words have come into play time and time again:

I'm scared.
Credit to MS Clipart

I'm scared that if I send this story off to others, they're going to rip it to shreds with their comments and wonder why I tried to write at all.
I'm scared that if I send this rewritten, edited and so-much-loved story to agents and editors, their rejections will validate I'm not a worthwhile author to take a chance on.
I'm scared that when the blog touring dust settles, noone will ever think twice about buying my book so that must be why I have to keep tweeting, blogging, pinning, facebooking all different ways to say "buy my book.

I'm scared.

I've made a lot of decisions based on the presence of those two words as part of my mindset, some of them smartly cautious, others...well, dumb and naive are the kinder words to describe those decisions.

It's time for me to let "I'm scared" go, release myself from fear's hold, and simply let myself breathe the words I love to write, live life and stop fearing the worst.

It's time to hold on to more smiles, more positive thoughts, more confidence in knowing that my writing passion is a flame worth fanning with more of my own publications as Angela Brown and as Rayven Goldchild.

Writing makes me happy and I'm letting go of "I'm scared" so I can be free to share even more of my happiness with the world.

It's time to let it go...

For me...or for you :-)

Monday, January 6, 2014

Rayven Godchild Returns with Confessions of a Sex Fiend: Tasting Cherry

I debuted my pen name, Rayven Godchild, at a time in my life where I'd rather forget things, though forgetting won't happen. Secret Lilies, the suspense romantica released, settled within the folds of my past as a novel written but not pushed, promoted, barely talked about or discussed since I was a bit busy restructuring my life from the All American dream of the married, two income family, perfect little girl in a single story home (yeah, all we lacked was the white picket fence and the dog) to single motherhood intent on escaping my small-town-growing-into-a-city and moving to Anywhere-to-heal, USA. Thanks to San Diego, CA for being that place :-)

Friends who read Secret Lilies loved it, wondered why I wasn't writing any more. I'd stopped.

Cold turkey.

A bit too hurt to write under that name.

But the bug bit me again and Neverlove came out of it. I sometimes wonder if it just went into hibernation then woke up gnawing at me lol!!

Rayven Godchild sat quietly in the wings awaiting her chance, though I hadn't really given it as much thought as I should have, until Indie RomCon 2013. She swept out of the shadows like a ninja planting seeds of story ideas in my head. One stuck out and has grown into a four-short story series called Confessions of a Sex Fiend. Today, it is my pleasure to share the cover for the first short story, TASTING CHERRY

Cover Design by Melody Simmons of eBookindiecovers
I'm working on final edits for this story but here are a few hints of what TASTING CHERRY is about:
*Chancellor Baltimore, former male escort
*everybody has a first time
*erotica (yes, there will be sex but this blog will remain clean so any explicit excerpts will appear over at the Rabbit Hole)
*Being geek (What? You'll have to check it out to see)

The release date is soon, maybe sooner than I realize. I'm very excited about writing as Rayven again. I'm still me, Angela Brown, and will continue working on projects that will fall under that name, but Rayven has returned. This time, I'm giving her the light.

Have you ever read a story in a different genre by an author you loved?  What was the experience like?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

What to do with you 2014?

Hello 2014...

You're brand new, shaking off the glitter and confetti of entering in...

And so unknown.

I realize we just met, but I'm filled with such temptation to plot and plan you out to the last minute so I can, I don't know, bend you to my will, maybe?

No, I won't do that. I will set goals, yes, and do my best to meet/beat those goals, but I shall step back and live, laugh and love...

And write.
Credit to Bigstock.com
So, hello 2014. It's wonderful to be here with you. Let's make it fun and prosperous :-)

Do you have any any particular wishes for 2014?