Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Last IWSG of 2016

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Click here to check out other posts.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, there is a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post.
Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

Five years ago, I was just thrilled to be a part of the blogging world.

Five years from now...?

A friend recently, and unexpectedly, lost his son. I'm feeling a stronger desire to hold my daughter a little more, sit with her, spend time together. Be present.

The doors just closed on a small press where I had one of my stories. There are a lot of people who have been there, done that in regards to that. So not hopping up and down with joy about my prospects when it comes to publishing.

If nothing else, five years from now, I'll still be writing, still sharing my stories in whatever avenue is best for me. 

So, what about you, where do you see yourself in five years?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This isn't the typical image for Thanksgiving. You know them:

  • The smiling family gathered together at a table overflowing with food.
  • The running turkey hoping to succeed in NOT being invited for the family dinner on Thanksgiving Day
  • Close up of the beautifully decorated table with the gorgeous cooked turkey in the center, side dishes all around
  • The screaming football fans cheering their football team on as part of Thanksgiving Day tradition

Whether your plans for Thanksgiving include being with family, friends, love ones, or gathering with strangers at the local sports bar, I want to wish each and every one a Happy Thanksgiving!

And...

Sometimes, this world can seem like a dark place, ominous things possibly crouching right around the corner or scary happenings that seem out of our control. I'd like to encourage each of us to take a moment to recognize our own individual flames, our ability to be the light that pushes back the fright.

Let your flame shine!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

IWSG...Interrupted

Normally, I'm all about IWSG on the first Wednesday of the month. I am...I really am. But I'm off my game big time, some odd life-interruptus causing a bit of mayhem in my dysfunctional version of normalcy.

So, today, I bid you to visit other blogs that have posted about wonderful things, shared good news, or maybe venting out some negativity by clicking here.

As for today, may your NaNoWriMoing be awesome and productive and just as important...may my older brother, Tony, have an AWESOME birthday today!
Me and my silly older brother, Tony, restaurant chillaxing lol!
Have some cake to celebrate!!!
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Sunshine for a Monday - On the Shelf

I'm admittedly not very good at this marketing thing. Let's see, what have I tried?
 - I've done paid ads with various mailing lists
 - Facebook ads
 - Facebook parties
 - Blog hops
 - Book blog tours, including the extremely fun one Gwen Gardner and I planned, plotted, and put on as Partners in ParanormYA. Good times!!
 - Giveaways
 - Started my own mailing list
 - I have a permafee book, Frailties of the Bond, for anyone to try.
 - Cross-promotion with other authors
 - Tried joining a few groups on Goodreads to be an interactive author with readers instead of the screaming "Buy my book" author. Maybe I should have tried the screaming method??

Any-who, the point being, I've got a few titles out in the world (Neverlove, They All Fall Down, Beacon, Frailties of the Bond, Atone, anthologies with UR like Twisted Earths and Ghosts of Fire) but I'm not all that good at encouraging readers to check them out.

Maybe my writing just sucks? That could be it. I've got a few bad reviews I haven't been brave enough to read just yet lol!

Maybe my publishness journey is meant to be more complicated. One thing's for sure, I'm glad I didn't get into this with my mind only on making money.

I make stories. I make bridges for readers to escape. I hope I make someone's day with a good read.

How long this will be for, I don't know, but I finally made it on a bookstore shelf.
That's my fairy tale mash up, Fable Ranger: Summons, sitting on the shelf with other middle grade and young reader titles at Black World Books. A number of places I tried wouldn't carry any of my titles because they are print on demand. BWB provided me the option to do consignment and BAM! There Casey, Robin Hood, and Charlie-boy sit, hopefully, one bookstore purchase away from being a reader's next book to consume.

And since it's Monday, how about you enjoy this virtual treat :-)
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Getting on a bookstore shelf is probably par for the course for some authors, but it's a heart-warming victory for me. What victory, no matter how big or small, are you going to celebrate today?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

OMG… I Did It Again? by Talia Aikens-Nuñez

OMG... I did it again 


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OMG... I Did It Again? by Talia Aikens-Nuñez April Appleton wakes up to quite the sight: a herd of elephants marching down her street! She realizes that her powers of witchcraft have done it again. With her friends, Grace and Eve, April must figure out how the elephants got to her town in the first place and then how to get them back home. But with elephants playing in the neighbor's pool, sitting on cars and eating everyone's trees, how will they do it? Early readers will delight in the misadventures of this reluctant witch and her plucky friends as they try to figure out how to use April's powers to do good in the world.  


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Author Talia Aikens-Nuñez
Talia Aikens-Nuñez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. She never thought she would be a writer. It was the birth of her daughter that caused her to start writing. Raising a bilingual child inspired Talia to write lyrical children's books. Talia's family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water. They live on a river in Connecticut with their kids.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IWSG and Do You Know?

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Now that you know about IWSG, let's get on to the Question of the Month:
When do you know your story is ready?
For those able to deliver something profound and enlightening or causes others to have epiphanies, I commend you. My answer?
I don't know.

Like Mrs. Incredible in this clip, I'm unsure, terrified to know, but in the end - after edits, revisions, revisions of revisions, revisions based on beta feedback and crying about having so many doubts - there's only one way to know (you may need to turn the speakers up a bit after the ad):
Now, let's say you pushed the button and found out that your story may not be perfect, or may not spark an agent or editor war to win your story. It's okay. Here's Edna with a bit of pep talk for you.
Maybe Edna's talk is a little strong, but she's not wrong. You are a writer. By the very desire of wanting to publish and share your story, you are entering a world where rejection is par for the course. Getting to that sacred "yes" from an agent or editor (or first the one then the other, whatever you're choosing to do), well, you have to look in your heart to see if it's worth the fight.

I'll admit, some days I wonder, but then I'm back on the computer bringing up my latest WiP, tapping out more words, exciting myself with some new plot twist pouring from my fingertips and I know...

The story is worth the fight.

I'm worth the fight.

So with each story, I reach a point where I simply have to push the button.

What about you? When do you know your story is ready?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Land of Lorealia

Fable Ranger: Summons, my middle grade (MG) fairy tale mash up, closely follows twelve-year-old Casey dealing with rejection and misunderstandings in our realm and the fairy tale Land of Lorealia.

It was originally available in e-book, then quickly available in paperback. Today, I'd like to take this opportunity to share that Summons is also available in hardcover.
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YAY! Woot! Woot!

To celebrate, here's something fun you can print out and color whatever way your heart desires:
See where Casey crash-lands to begin her crazy journey in the Land of Lorealia. Cross the Zion Sea to the mainland where more than a simple adventure awaits.

Perhaps you see her take flight with the the crew of the Winged Angel in a mech ship similar to this:
Maybe you can find other pics of mech-ships. If so, please share them at my FB page: Angela L Brown Writes.

Grab your version of Summons today and get your read on. Use your map to see where Casey is at. And know that The End of Book I is just the beginning. Book II is in the works and yep, more action in store for you.

How do you deal with rejection or a seemingly out-of-control situation not of your making? Ignore it and hope it goes away? Maybe tackle things head-on? There's no "one right answer" so please feel free to comment and share this post so others can grab this Land of Lorealia map for their own.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Motley Education by S.A. Larsen



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Title: Motley Education (Book One: The URD Saga)
Author: S.A. Larsen
Release Date: October 10, 2016


Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting to keep the entire Afterlife alive.

Ebony’s less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically & Celestially gifted. Her parents argue so much her dad moved out. And, even though he’s scared of his own shadow and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony wouldn’t survive without her best friend, Fleishman.

When Ebony’s Deadly Creatures & Relics’ project goes missing, she learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world. Now Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse Mythology to retrieve her project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other plans...including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.


Motley Education has been aligned with Core Standards for grades 4-7. A guide will be available on the author’s website to download for FREE after the book’s release date.

About S.A. Larsen

S.A. LARSEN is the author of Motley Education, the first book in a middle grade fantasy-adventure series. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Look for her debut young adult novel, Marked Beauty, set for release in 2017. Find her in the land of lobsters, snowy winters, and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty years, four children, a playful pooch, and two kittens.

You can visit her online at www.salarsenbooks.com.

Follow her on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram and connect with her on her Website & Blog.


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Monday, September 12, 2016

Baby Moo's Great Escape

Can you say adorable overload?
Then get ready to check out what author Julie Flanders has available now!

About Baby Moo's Great Escape

Baby Moo has a dream. He wants to travel the world and sing on the stage of the Sydney Opera House! While he loves his home at Sunrise Sanctuary, it hasn’t been the same since a piglet named Nathan showed up and stole all the attention away from Moo. Jealous of the new baby, Moo decides now is the time to make his escape and pursue his dream.

But the world outside the sanctuary gates is not quite the fun and exciting place Moo imagined, and he quickly finds himself in big trouble. Moo's friends Missy the dog and Ruthie the cat rush to help him, and land in some trouble of their own.

Lost and frightened, Moo and his friends must rely on each other to find their way back home. Will they ever see Sunrise again? 

*Released September 8th from Native Ink Press*


And to add to the wonderful-ness, check out what Julie's going to do: She will donate $1 to Sunrise Sanctuary, home to Baby Moo and numerous other rescued animals, for each copy sold in September.

Please be a part of something special and MOO-tacular by getting your copy today. You can also share about Baby Moo and Julie's giving quest with this tweet:

Baby Moo's Great Escape by @JulesFlanders is here! $1 will be donated to @sunrise_ohio for each copy sold in Sept.  http://tinyurl.com/gpuomwm

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

IWSG and Getting it In

The first Wednesday of the month can sometimes sneak up on us and we're back to another post for IWSG. Click here for the details of this wonderful group and for visiting other great blogs that participate.

In this writing life, one of the struggles we deal with is finding time to write. And that is this month's question: How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

Honestly, there are days that I don't. After...
getting up at 6:30 in the morning...
dropping my kiddo off at school...
then going straight to work...
spending lunchtime taking care of my dog and scrapping together a piecemeal lunch out of leftovers to heat up and munch on once I hurry back to work...
then pick up my kiddo after work...
prepare and eat dinner...
review homework...
and catch up on e-mails...
I barely have the energy let alone the desire to have a butt-in-chair session knocking out words on my work in progress. But that is what I try to do, at least 2 to 3 nights out of the week after I ensure my kiddo is in bed resting. I'm trying to do more by spending time being present with her and investing in our relationship now, something that has grown to become very important to me. On the weekend, I work on scheduling blog posts, critiquing any items I've committed to critiquing, and getting in some real butt-in-chair sessions. It makes for slower going on the writing front, but it's better than the procrastinating I was doing before where I was getting nothing done.

Finding the time to write can be difficult in a busy day. But it can be done.
*I've read of some parents going to the school pick up line a few minutes early so they can get in some writing.
*If your job isn't too demanding, you can sometimes sneak in a few paragraphs on your WIP. Just keep it on your handy dandy thumb drive to keep with you.
*If your lunch isn't like mine and eaten up by travel and dog maintenance time, then you can work in some words.
*I'm not an early to bed, early to rise person. I crawl under the covers and am eventually overtaken by sleep. I wake up at some awful time of 0'dark thirty then spend the time dosing in and out of sleep until my alarm goes off. But if you are early to bed, rising early is a good time to work in some word count before the birds began to chirp.

So tell me, what do you do to get the writing in?

Monday, September 5, 2016

Adventure Your Holiday

Perhaps this Labor Day holiday, you can take an adventure. If you could, where would you go? Who would you take with you?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Shining the Spotlight on Between Two Fires by Mark Noce

It's my pleasure to share Between Two Fires with you today and shine the light on this great author, Mark Noce.

Praise for Between Two Fires
“A spirited ride through a turbulent slice of Welsh history!” – Paula Brackston, NYT Bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter

“A fast-paced read that has a wonderfully visual style and some memorable characters. Mark Noce combines Welsh history with a touch of folkloric magic in this promising debut novel. Lady Branwen is a strong and engaging narrator and the turbulent setting of early medieval Wales makes a fine backdrop for an action-packed story.” – Juliet Marillier, Bestselling author of Daughter of the Forest and Wolfskin

About Between Two Fires
Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King.


But this fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen herself becomes the target of assassinations and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan her world threatens to tear itself apart. Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

Order Your Copy of Between Two Fires
Release Date: August 23, 2016

Bio
Mark Noce writes historical fiction with a passion, and eagerly reads everything from fantasy to literature. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s an avid traveler and backpacker, particularly in Europe and North America. He earned his BA and MA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he also met his beautiful wife. By day, he works as a Technical Writer, having spent much of his career at places like Google and Facebook. In addition to writing novels, he also writes short fiction online. When not reading or writing, he’s probably listening to U2, sailing his dad’s boat, or gardening with his family.
His debut novel, Between Two Fires, is being published by Thomas Dunne Books (an imprint of St. Martin's Press and Macmillan). It is the first in a series of historical fiction novels set in medieval Wales.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Make Everyday Awesome

I love this little quote I have in my kitchen:

"Life is short. Eat dessert first."

So I give you dessert to help make your everyday an awesome day!


Monday, August 29, 2016

What to Make of Dreams

Dreams can be pretty complicated things, not just the ones we have and pursue, but the ones that occupy our minds during sleep.

I typically do not remember mine. As I awake, the moment shatters and flutters to the fringes of my mind like a million migrating butterflies. Yet this weekend, I had a different experience.

I awoke at 0'dark thirty, pitch black of night. That happens a lot. Nothing new there. What startled me was a sense of sadness and determination clawing at my heart. For once, the picture in my mind, the last moment of my dream, wasn't breaking apart. It was as clear and poignant as the picture of the flower I've added to this post. I sat up in my bed wondering what to do. I stay prepared to jot down story ideas by keeping post it notes handy. But what needed to escape me was more than a two or three line concept.

So I scurried around in the dark, not wanting to turn on the lights in the house and accidentally awake my daughter. Upon finding a free notebook (I have a few and all of them are currently occupied with thoughts I note as they come to me), and a pen, I started pouring the feelings out of me aided by candlelight.

Three pages of free hand writing later, and I felt sleepy again, ready to curl back under my blanket. I read my words only once, and goodness, they are a sloppy looking affair lol! But the story is one that tackles a few serious issues and isn't my comfort zone. There aren't any vampires, fae, angels, or demons. But good and evil are at work, and I'm glad I have several other projects to do before getting to this one. I'm going to need the time to prepare for it.

What has been your experiences with dreams? Do you remember them? Have any with a recurring theme? What do you do about them?

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Yohance

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Although you really can't believe everything you read on the Internet as gospel truth (my apologies to anyone who does and this statement ruined a few things for you), you can find some pretty interesting things.

I stumbled across this fantastic nugget during one of my brief perusings of Facebook (truth be told, I've not be as active there as I probably should be but no excuses, just prioritizing things differently).

I would love to give you all the stuffing, but it's better explained at the original article. So for lovers of mythology, African folktales, space opera or all three, click here to find out more about Yohance - with its Lord of the Rings inspired creator.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Monday

If this is what it feels like to start your Monday, just know that you're not alone. Your struggle is real but it is one you CAN overcome. So scream it out, grasp tighter, and pull those legs back up and then...

Take a breather.

You earned it before it's time to get back to work :-)

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG & a Different D & D

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
  
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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

I believe a question is being provided if you're having difficulty with content for today's post. It can be hard sometimes, sharing. For today, though, I have a message that is just as much for myself as it is for others struggling with this writer's life.

Doubt and disappointment are not your friends. They take and there is no giving of anything but more negative. Their goals are to hurt you, not help you. They happen naturally, and are rather hard to avoid, even when things seem to be going your way. And those times when the chips are falling, they are there to distract you from letting go and letting God so that you are too blind and hurt to recognize your "chips falling into place" (Casting Crowns).

Things are a little hard now, okay, so been this way for a while, but writing and life are not sprints. They are journeys to undertake for the long haul. Purge doubt and disappointment from your system in a way that works for you. Chocolate, wine, and stacking word count on a story are some pretty good avenues to start that purge

What are some ways you work through/deal with doubt and disappointment?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Energized by Memories

This picture was taken with my Chipmunk a few summers ago, 2013. It was the year of adventure. Earlier that year, she and I lucked up on taking a trip to Universal Studios with a few friends, then we went to California to visit family and Disneyland during a summer trip. Later that year was the IRC - Indie Romance Convention - in Tennessee...which I thoroughly enjoyed and met some wonderful authors and readers.

It was the year I released Frailties of the Bond, Atone, and They All Fall Down (Shadow Jumpers II). Looking back, I'm not sure how I did it all: writing, self-publishing, traveling, social media presence, working full time, being a single mom. Sleep happened in their somewhere lol!

I'm glad for pictures like this one that remind me of what is possible.

Through this and many other memories, I am energized to pick up the pace. I may not return to the beast-mode schedule I was pushing at that time, but I'm feeling it again, that joy from writing a story I really want to share. Especially the one I'm working on. I've got a 10 month deadline according to that grinning cutie in the picture. And I don't want to disappoint her.

Any memories you can recall to energize you? Are you already energized? What do you have going on in your reading and/or writing world?


Friday, July 15, 2016

Challenges of the Writing Journey with C. Lee Mckenzie

 The Adventure's Here Now

I can't believe Sign of the Green Dragon is really going to be published. I started this book years ago, set it aside, worked on it a little, then set it aside again. My critique group read at least three versions. I had at least three titles. I just could not pull this little story together, then it happened.

One night I pulled up the file, deleted almost half of the book and wrote until I saw the story come to life.

Why is it that some stories fall into place right away and others, like Sign of the Green Dragon, don't? It's not as if this were a complex literary work. No. It's a book designed to entertain young readers.

Ahhh! Of course, there's the answer. Writing for young readers may seem like a walk in the park, but that is not the case. I knew that, but knowing it and understanding what was blocking my progress are two different matters. I just needed to wait until I'd mastered a little more in the writing craft department.



Looking back at this book from start to finish, I can see where I made the wrong turns.
  • I didn't start the book where it should have started. I did the classical bad newbie thing and had my young MC arriving at his new home. 
  • I set up a ton of backstory. Guess where? Yep. In chapter one! 
  • I didn't move the story forward quickly enough from the first dragon encounter. Instead, I took the reader (who was now snoring) on another long trip to the next destination. 
  • I didn't have any surprises to keep the middle from sagging. Talk about deadly dull.
  • I didn't wrap up the ending so that it was satisfying and still left some questions about what might happen next.
I learned a lot from starting this book to wrapping it up, and I learned it by writing and reading more. Have you ever had a book that just would not come down to the page the way you wanted it to, and then viola! There it was. You'd finally discovered how to write it.


What's this story about?


Three plucky sleuths. A crumbling skeleton. A buried treasure.

After six months in a new school, Sam’s finally fitting in. He’s the one kid with enough talent to hit the winning home run and bring the baseball trophy back to Haggarty Elementary. But Sam’s guardian is shipping him off to boarding school before that can happen.

When his teammates, Joey and Roger, hear his bad news, they plot to hide him until the big game. Their secret cave is a perfect place until an earthquake shatters a wall and reveals a wooden chest with a red-eyed dragon carved into its top. And the chest isn’t empty. Inside, a crumbling skeleton clutches a map with a cryptic note, promising treasure if the finder reveals the truth about an old murder and returns the remains of the victim to China.

Is the note a hoax? Maybe. But what does Sam have to lose? He doesn’t have a real home anymore, and his uncle already treats him like a nuisance. With Joey and Roger, he sets off to track down the clues and hopefully discover treasure. When finally some puzzle pieces make sense, they become lost in a labyrinth of underground tunnels, trapped by dangerous thieves and sealed inside an airless tomb. 

Sign of the Green Dragon is a middle grade tale with fantasy elements of Chinese mythology. If you like intrepid would-be knights on impossible and dangerous quests, you’ll love this story. As one reader says, this book, “has more twists than a dragon’s tail.”




Buy now and jump into the adventure.


Connect with C. Lee at her Website

This is C. Lee McKenzie’s third middle grade novel. Her first was Alligators Overhead, her second The Great Time Lock Disaster, Sequel to Alligators Overhead. She also writes contemporary-realistic young adult and has four published. She offers gifts to her website visitors. Visit today and see what she has for you.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IWSG and Something I Realized

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First Wednesday of the month means it is IWSG time:
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!

There's a question being posed and here it is:

JULY 6 QUESTION: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

I've had other writers share with me that they enjoyed my stories and the worlds I introduced them to like the Withers, Harvestors, and Cleansers in the Shadow Jumpers series.

I've had a young man tell me that he could picture the story unfolding in his mind and hoped I could one day take the novel to the big screen.

But the cutest thing, and what grabs at my heart remembering it, was my daughter's recent demand that I had ten months to get the second Fable Ranger book published or she was going to go crazy.

Thinking about this question really made me realize some things that I've always known but need to share with others as often as possible. 

You see, 2015 and 2016 have proven to be my least productive writing years. When I dove into this in 2012, I understood that the only thing I would have in common with JK Rowling was that we were both struggling single mothers taking chances on our writing dreams. I did not and still do not wish to have enough money to own a castle in the Isles or to pay off the debt of a small country. I did, however, hope that my stories would find readers and slowly increase a fan base with time. 

Um...well...so...

After wrestling with the demons of disappointment, doubt, and despair that accompanied the NO increase in reader base and some negative things happening in my life, I couldn't help noticing how much I needed writing, even if it was journaling, making little notes of inspiration to remind myself to smile each day, or even writing then tearing up tear-streaked letters venting my frustrations. I'd always known writing was a big part of me, but I hadn't really considered how deeply embedded it was, as if tattooed on my soul. 

What about you? After you consider the question above, what other things come to mind?

Saturday, July 2, 2016

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Keep Dreaming and Doing

I had the privilege of sharing my #Pit2Pub story and invite you to check it out.

And...I want to encourage writers to keep writing, readers to keep reading, dreamers to keep dreaming but open your mind to Doing so those dreams can come true.

Click here - #Pit2Pub Success Story

Friday, June 17, 2016

A Happy Holiday

Father's Day was celebrated a little differently when I was growing up. My brother and sister and I were raised by a single mom who worked hard to take care of us. So we celebrated her on Mother's day and on Father's day. As far as we were concerned, she was doing double duty and deserved the holiday thanks.

So to all the single parents doing double duty and to the fathers, uncles, granddads, and papas out there, I wish you a

Happy Father's Day!

Enjoy the virtual dessert :-)

Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday

This is what I spent part of my weekend doing...

Reading.

And, I'm glad to say, getting in some writing time.

What did you do this weekend? By the way, if you spent it getting rest and binge watching Netflix, that totally counts :-)

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IWSG and a Better Place

The first Wednesday of the month actually coincided with the first day of the month. Kinda neat... well, at least to me lol! As the first Wednesday of the month, it is IWSG time, a time to hop from blog to blog to celebrate or provide supportive understanding. It's really helpful, especially since this writing gig can get pretty tough at times. Go here for deets and the linky list to visit more blogs.

As for me, I'm in a better place than the last IWSG post. My daughter's enthusiasm to read the next Fable Ranger book has become infectious and I can feel the return of my desire to spin a web with my fingertips and the keyboard. I think what has helped things was following a lot of the advice from my last post and letting go of the guilt of not writing everyday and letting go of some unrealistic expectations that were becoming excellent festering places for doubt.

What about you, where are you at with your writing or reading project(s)?

Monday, May 30, 2016

In Remembrance...

On this day, I offer my heartfelt thanks to the soldiers and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

God bless you...

God bless you ALL.


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

IWSG and Weird Places

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for IWSG. Go here to check out the deets and visit with other writers that may have some good news to report or maybe provide encouragement for a down time they're experiencing.

As for me, I'm in a weird place. I have the words that want to be written, more than one series to finish, especially the one my daughter has come to love, and yet, my desire is hampered.

By what?

I'm of too many mind(s) to decipher. I can't even blame procrastination. I'm not trying to put off the writing. I just...can't.

Has anyone experienced this before? If you have, what did you do to get beyond the hindrance?

For the moment, I have my Chipmunk and Molly to love and hug so I'm not in a bad place...just a weird place.
Me and my Chipmunk, courtesy of Jamie Ferrell Photography

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Weekend Special!

I typically don't blog on the weekend, so you can bet it's for good reason that I'm dancing a jig today.
Fable Ranger: Summons is on sale!!

That's right. For this weekend only, you can grab your ecopy of Summons at the deeply discounted rate of 99cents!


Take care what you wish for. You just might get it. 

Twelve-year-old Casey doesn’t think life could get any more unfair. Plans for her special basketball tournament are tossed aside by her sister’s wedding plans. She even has to be a bridesmaid now, with all the lace and silk and—oh, the horror! All she wants is an escape, but she never imagined she’d be swept away to a world of Mother Goose rhymes, fairy tales, stories of Arabian Nights, and oh, by the way, all but one fairy godmother has been kidnapped.

Casey learns she’s been summoned as the Fable Ranger to lead the search and rescue of the missing wish-makers. But she’s not the hero they want. In the world of fairy tales, damsels aren’t meant to swoop in and save the day. 

Now all Casey wants is to go home, but the veil between worlds is on lockdown. Taking fate into her own hands, she embarks on an airship flight to find the phoenix tears that can open her way home. Her journey would’ve gone as smooth as the perfect layup if it weren’t for that pesky bounty the evil Dovetail has placed on her head. But if Casey fails, the Arabian Nights will disappear forever—and leave her trapped in a world unraveling one fairy tale at a time.


Buy links: Amazon | B&N

If you've gotten your copy, please feel free to share the reading love and give it as a gift :-)


Monday, April 25, 2016

Something to Ask...

Some of you that visit my blog are strictly readers. Others, like me, love to read and write.

I've been publishing stories under my name and as Rayven Godchild for a few years now. It's been a see-saw adventure being happy for my writing comrades who find a livable financial success with their stories and wondering what I'm doing wrong to be so far from such a level four years into my publishing endeavors.

Four years may not be so long compared to others who've been at this longer and are struggling just as much as me, so let me say I don't write this post as a pity party. I'm interested in honest feedback.

In the comments, please share your thoughts:
Are you drawn to an author's novel or the author?
Have you ever purchased one of the novels by me as Angela Brown or Rayven Godchild?
If so, which one did you get and was there a reason behind the preference?

Like I mentioned above, honest answers is what I'd like to read. This isn't about stroking egos, but about me learning, even if I have to take a bruising to gain the knowledge.

Enjoy a bit of virtual fruit and chocolate cheesecake as my thanks for you taking the time to share your thoughts.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Spotlight

Mondays I can always use a great pick-me-up, and what better way than to shed some light on a fellow author. Welcome Evernight Teen author, Nicky Peacock.

Tell me about this series, how did it come about?
Battle of the Undead is a vampires VS zombies urban fantasy and it was born from my need to read a story just like it. I'm an avid reader (I think most writers are) and loved reading vampire and zombie books, but struggled to find one where they were pitted against one another. I thought, hey if I want to read this, then others might too. So I wrote it. As monsters, zombies and vampires are very different, but both feed on humans - that means if they happen to collide, they're going to be fighting over just the one food source...us.

Who is your heroine and what are some of the conflicts she faces?
My heroine is called Britannia. She's a 400 year old vampire who is used to living on her own. She's hated her sire, Nicholas ever since he turned her then killed her fiance and family (or did he?) she's stubborn and has a dry sense of humor. She's being forced to work with old enemies and old friends to save their food source from the zombie uprising - the problem is she likes her blood free range and isn't too keen on delivering people to her Elders who have a much more inhumane blood supply chain in mind. Fortunately for us humans, Brit can kick serious butt and she's done taking orders.


Who is the hero and what conflicts does he face?
There are several heroes in the series, although my personal favorite is the unknown aged vampire Nicholas. He's not what he appears and his true motives are only just bubbling to the surface. He's done some pretty nasty things, but killing Brit's family isn't one of them. He took on that villain mantle to keep Brit focused on fighting and in his life, but what if he's hiding something else, something worse? 

Where did you get the idea for the story? Who or what was your inspiration?
My next series is The Twisted and the Brave and the first book is called, Lost in Wonderland; it's out in April this year. The inspiration for this one was a little different from Battle of the Undead. Last year was Alice in Wonderland's 150th anniversary and I decided to re-read the book. I had forgotten how much I had loved it as a little girl, but reading it as an adult, I saw there were darker themes running through it. I wanted to create something that had these themes, but was set in our world and time. So, for the first time in my writing career I wrote a contemporary thriller - except, I'm all about the supernatural, so added a dash of the paranormal in there too. I created a story that has serial killers, monsters, imaginary friends and a group of dangerous vigilantes that call themselves Wonderland.

QUICK-FIRE QUESTIONS

Plotter or pantser? Plotter with a dash of pants

Neat freak or messy Jessie? Neat freak

Favorite book? soooo many...right now I'm loving Kiera Cass' The Selection series

Favorite author? Keri Arthur 

Greatest phobia? Getting lost


Thanks for having me on your site!

My pleasure, Nicky. Get to know more about this fantastic author and her books by checking out her haunts: