Monday, March 26, 2012

Un-Slumping Yourself...

Happy Monday friends! In all honesty I'm not sure how much I will be able to post this week. Life has pushed itself into full gear and I have my hands full. But I love you and I'll be back next week for sure! I will post more this week if time allows. I hope it does.

I did want to update you on my WIP. My goal was to finish said MS by the 31st. And guess what? I'm stuck! Just my luck. But  I haven't failed. It is almost done. Just a few words left. The one final action and climax for the end. I just can't decide what it should be! Aggghh! But, I'm going to call it good. Here's my plan:
  • Call it good for a bit. Let my mind have a break from the book.
  • Then take a look at a detailed chapter by chapter outline.
  • Make a few changes to the story and plot line that I already know I want to do.
  • Write the darn ending!
  • Then out for critiques!
I'm good with this. And... as I realized the slump I was in, these famous - and oh-so-perfect - words came to mind. (Thank you Dr. Seuss for being such an inspirational writer!)


I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up

in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch

with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,

you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

NO!
That's not for you!

 
Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,

once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a guy!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!

There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!


So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

 
(Words taken from Dr. Seuss's book, Oh, The Places You'll Go! Not the entire book or in full order.)

So friends! I know you can move that mountain you're working on. I know it. It takes hard work and perseverance, but you can do it! And so can I. We all can! So I hope you will pick up Dr. Seuss's book & read it whenever you need a pick me up! Have a great week!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

THE END...

You may or may not know that my goal is to finish up the first draft of my WIP by the end of this month. 

What does this mean? It means that I am writing "the end" of my book. Some of you may write your books in a different sequence, but mine is going in order. I am a pantser - and while there are certain plots and points in the story that I know... there is a lot of fill in the blank.

This is hard when it comes to the critical end of the story. I don't about you, but the end of the book is detrimental to whether or not I like the book and what kind of review I would give it. For instance... it can be a phenomenal story with fabulous writing and if the author messes up the end... it's all been for nothing. 

The list of "what to do" for the end of your story can be excruciatingly long, so let me just drop a few tips here:
  • Tie up loose ends. All those ends you've had hanging throughout your story, need to be tied up by the end.
  • Don't make it too easy. Make your protagonist work for it. Don't have everything magically turn out perfect. It's lazy writing and not fun to read.
  • Link to your theme. Make sure you've linked to your overlying theme.
  • Don't overdo it. This may sound confusing but if you have to put a ton of explanation into your ending, its going to draw away from the overall climax. These are the moments when I think to myself... Shut up and make your point!
  • Satisfy your readers.  If you're writing a romance we know the couple is going to end up together. You can still be creative in doing so. If you're writing a trilogy, you still need to have a satisfying conclusion while leaving things open for the other books. Find the balance and make sure your reader is satisfied, yet desperately waiting for the next book!
  • END IT... or lead into trilogy. If you're book is a stand alone novel, it needs to end on solid ground. Everything answered, all ends tied. Like I said before... with the trilogy's its a delicate balance. Something needs to be achieved in your book. Some sort of conclusion made, while still leaving something for the next book/s.
There is all sorts of other stuff I could add and we could ramble on about the specifics of each one of these bullet points, but the truth is... you need to make it your own. OWN IT! Be creative and make it work in your own way, using your own voice and talents.

What are your feelings about THE END of a story? Do you ever feel like a wonderfully written book can be ruined by a bad ending?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Interview with Author - Betsy Love!

I have LDS author, Betsy Love with us today! Whoo-hoo! I won her book, IDENTITY and had so much fun reading it that I asked her to come share on my blog today. Isn't she awesome to agree? I think so! So here are a few fun interview questions with Betsy....

1. Where did the inspiration come from for IDENTITY?
My mother starting reading me a book when I was about 10 years old. She never finished it and I've always had my eye out looking for that book (I don't even know what it's called). One day I was bemoaning that fact to my then 10 year old daughter. She said, "So write your own ending." Sarah is so brilliant. I don't know why I didn't think of it before. And that my dear friend, is how Identity was born.

2. Tell us a little about your writing process and routine?
I tell myself BIS-HOK (butt in seat, hands on keyboard). If I wait for writing time to happen, it won't. I'm so easily distracted. The most important thing I do at the beginning of the week is set goals for myself. My goal for this week is to finish the first round of edits for Soulfire. When I'm not in the middle of edits (with my editor) I like to spend some time playing a couple of hands of spider solitaire while I think about what I'm writing about. Then I go to this great website called http://sprintwriters.blogspot.com and join other writers and sprint in 30 minute segments. At the end of each sprint we report back what we got accomplished, whether it's new writing or editing. We also like to post a favorite sentence or two.

3. Any hints as to what's coming up next from you?
Currently I'm working on a YA general novel I'm calling The Penny Project. It's based very loosely on a real life story I heard about a year ago. The story is about a young man who must learn the true value of love, even when though he faces ridicule from his friends. Jake, a junior in high school and in line for valedictorian, wants nothing to do with the new girl who is short, fat and just plain ugly. Because of a prank to get him out of being Penelope's chemistry lab partner, Jake's punishment is to tutor her three times a week. Even though he sees Penelope's value, other do not. (Yeah, I'm still working on that pitch). My editor loves the idea and wants to see the full manuscript. It's almost finished.

4. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
First and foremost-WRITE! Even if you don't think it's brilliant, you're honing your craft. Your first novel will probably go into a file somewhere in a deep dark abyss. And that's okay. I have a novel I wrote over 30 years ago that will probably never see the light of day. The second thing I would say is to join a critique group or at the very least find someone who is willing to read your work and give you honest feedback. I would suggest another writer/author. If you give it to someone like your Mom or your cousin who adores you, you're not likely to get the feedback that you need to grow as a writer. Fourth, READ! Stephen Kings says you can learn as much if not more from a poorly written book. Read everything you can get your hands on, especially in the genre you like to write in. And last, attend writing conference, take writing classes, read blogs on writing.

And now for my chocolate chip questions... they're tiny little morsels of fun!

5. If you could invite 3 literary characters to dinner, who would you invite?
That's easy! Jean Val Jean from Les Miserables, Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof, and Paddington the bear (He's the first character I ever read about as a child and there's a whole story behind that one).

6. If you could choose one super-power, what would it be?
Teleportation! Then I could go anywhere I wanted at any time and not have to worry about the gas prices. If I couldn't have that one, then flight, and I'd just fly where I wanted to go.

7. If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want with you? (besides your family & laptop!)
That's so not fair! I could use a break from my family, but my laptop! Alright, I'll play along. 
1. An unlimited supply of dark chocolate to drown my sorrow because I don't have my laptop.
2. A bag of Cheetos (I'll need something salty in between all that chocolate.)


3. My kindle filled with as many books as it will hold. (I have to do something while waiting for my super powers to kick in.)

8. Share a favorite thought or quote.
I love this video/quote by Ira Glass



I love this Betsy!Fabulous answers!
Now let me share a little about her book, IDENTITY.

Blurb from Goodreads:
While vacationing in Mexico, two similar-looking young women find themselves caught in a chain reaction of mistaken identities. Amelia is a wealthy heiress and business owner, and Savannah is a sweet Mormon girl deciding whether or not to serve a mission. When they end up on the same flight to Phoenix, Savannah and Amelia unravel the sequence of events that wreaked havoc on their trips, and they make plans to resolve the subsequent misunderstandings. But their flight is cut short when the plane crashes, killing one of the young women and plunging the other into a world of intrigue and deceit where identity means everything.

My opinion:
Those of you who have been around long, know how sometimes I struggle with LDS fiction. Well, the synopsis of this book intrigued me so much, I HAD to check it out. Yes, the "church" stuff can be a little heavy at times, but she also throws humor in with it, which is fun. Afterall, to an outsider, the LDS church seems a little weird.
But what I really love is the plot line. I've never read an LDS book with this kind of plot line. A total murder mystery with lots of suspense. I couldn't put it down cause I had to see what happened! THAT is always a bonus in my book. A very creative and fun story to read. I would recommend you read it.

FIND BETSY:

Betsy - thanks again for being here and sharing with us today. I'm so excited for The Penny Project! It sounds wonderful. 

Now everybody share some LOVE for Betsy. Afterall - it's part of her name!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Writers @ RED ROCK!

Happy Monday Everyone! Can I just say... The "Got Green?" Blog Hop by Mark Koopmans was a blast! I loved reading everyone's entries. If you want to check them out just click on the Irish flag and it'll take you to his blog where I linky list is.

Now... in case you didn't know... THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY SUCKS! Yeah -  you should know that. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I place has absolutely NO customer service. I worked for a Marriott hotel for several years and customer service is HUGE. I can't understand a place that doesn't have it. To make a long story short... our Cheesecake outing had a few bumps. After jumping through all their hoops to get a place for our group - they wouldn't seat us. After a few colorful words to keep the tears from falling, Katie Dodge, Ruth Josse and J.A. Bennett worked with me to find a new rendezvous point.

RED ROCK BREWERY jumped in to save the day! They were phenomenal. They made room for us and gave us great service. I WILL be going back there. That isn't true for the other place. So check out some pics from our fab time at RED ROCK!
Here's a little bit of everyone! We had a pretty good turnout - but thanks to the "swear-word" factory... we missed a couple. We tried out best to spread the word and got it to most people. Can I just say... these people are awesome! I had so much fun visiting. I only wish I would have been able to visit with everyone longer. Don't worry - we'll do better for our next outing!
Shelly Brown & Nichole Giles
David Powers King & his darling wife, JoAnna!
Peggy Eddleman, Erin Summerill, J.A. Bennett & Cordell Bennett.
Ruth Josse, Katie Dodge & ME!
Me, Julia King & Morgan Shamy!
(FYI - Morgan is the sweetest person ever! Whenever I'm feeling down, I'm calling her for a pick-me-up!)
Me & Jaleta Clegg!
The fabulous Michael Offutt! So fun to finally meet him in person!
Chad Morris is hilarious!
Ian Mayas & this sweet lady. Man - if you remember her name - remind me! I'm terrible with names. These guys were a hoot & a half and Ian isn't camera shy!
Terron James and his wife, Crystal!
Donna Weaver and her husband, Ed!

I can't say how much I enjoyed the company that we had this night. If I block out the trouble with the place that shall no longer be named... this was a wonderful night and I had so much fun getting to know these people more. We will definitely do this again! Thanks for all the fun and the memories!

Don't forget to visit Erin Summerill's Blog. She's giving away a free headshot!
And Jessie Humphries is giving away Fandango bucks to help pay for your Hunger Games tickets!
Whoo-hoo! Great giveaways ladies!
What did you do this weekend?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blog O' Hop!

I wish I was smart enough to type this post with a cool Oirish accent, but lets face it ... I would do it no justice at all if I tried. 

In honor of St. Paddy's Day (and be sure to use the "dd" not "tt" because an Irish man would never use the "t's") Mark Koopman's is hosting the "Got Green?" Blog Hop! He can see his awesome interview on my blog HERE. Yeah, he's the super hero, Irish guy that resides in Hawaii. Its not really fair is it? He gets an awesome Irisih accent and gets to live in paradise. I'm so jealous.

But let me tell you about our not-so-exciting St. Paddy's Day celebration.
I've had these awesome shamrock earrings that I sport for the occassion.
I can't even begin to tell you how many years I've had these things.
And since I never paint my fingernails, but ALWAYS paint my toes...
I got festive. They even have sparkles!!!
You'll notice that one pinky toe isn't painted. Yeah- that toe nail is too small.
Don't mock it!
And I usually make green pancakes for breakfast, although THIS year
I'm thinking rainbow pancakes would be cool.
 I always picture Ireland like this in my head. One of the big things I want to do in life is travel. And yes, I even want to take my kids. I want them to meet new people and experience different cultures.
So... while I haven't been there yet... One day I'm going to Ireland!

Maybe I'll even catch me a leprechaun!

Now it's your turn! What's your favorite St. Paddy's Day tradition?
Be sure to hop over to Marks and enter the hop!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Got Oirish?

I hope you're ready for some fun today because I have Mark Koopman's from Aloha! Mark Koopman's says "Hi" from HI. If you've been to his blog or dealt with him at all, you'll know what I mean. The man is hilarious. He has become a great blogging buddy of mine and I had to pin him down and question him.

Are you dying to know what he has to share?  I thought so! I will delay no longer!

1.      Thanks for being here Mark! Now... I'm going to cut straight to the chase. How many of us are you willing to take in? I'm sure I'm not the only one dying to live in Hawaii. Do you have room for all of us?
Aloha, Leigh!
Just got in… hang on, wait a sec., let me get out of my coconut bra and hula dress… ahhh, that’s better… oh, and by the way, let me say thanks for having me here, today… after my interview with that Callie girl, I wasn’t sure anyone would have me back. (You don’t drink Mountain Dew, dew you?)
Oh, and to answer your question, it would be awesome to meet some traveling blogger buddies (“bluddies”) over here in Honolulu. Bring it on, I say :)
Sweet! I'm booking my flight. And I think we should have a picture of you with that coconut bra and hula skirt. Don't worry. No Dew drinking here. I'm a milk girl all the way. I know - super exciting drink of choice!

2. How do you find time to write when you stay home with three boys and home-school too? Is your secret identity Superman? Is your real name Clark?
Right now, I operate under the policy of “Snatch and Scribe,” which basically entails me grabbing any spare minutes during the day, and having a loving, supportive wife who understands I could really use a couple of hours once the boys are asleep. (I also take Friday and Saturday “off” so we can have some “US” time and that mix has worked out well.)
Re. homeschool…No. 1 Son is still young enough that I don’t need to hand over any official paperwork. This August, we’re going to start Kindergarten proper (right now we work about an hour a day in the School Room, but he’s a smart cookie, so we’re always in learning mode, and I do my darndest to answer every “But why Papa?” question.
Clark. Ha, I wish! Perhaps I can change mine to Klarkmans :)
Oooh! Klarkmans! Brilliant idea. You still sound like a superman to me tho.

3. You're currently working on a memoir of Donald Braswell, right? What events lead up to you doing this project?
I first met Donald Braswell, a former professional opera singer, when he was a contestant on America’s Got Talent (2008). A reporter for a daily newspaper just outside San Antonio, I’d seen Donald on the show, felt he was good, but thought it was great that he lived in our readership area :)
It took three months of dogged research to get him on the phone, but I knew there was an amazing and inspirational story just waiting to be told after one interview. After I wrote a second feature, Donald agreed to meet for a coffee (I wanted to pitch him on writing his book.) He agreed! Three kids, two major moves across the US and one former agent later,  the book will be finished this summer.
Donald’s first AGT audition is

This is AWESOME! What an amazing man and what a great story for you to share with others.
 
4. Your blog is growing like crazy! What do you think it takes to run a successful blog?

A double chin and a shiny, bald head?
Thanks, but considering we started at about the same time last year, I bow down to your most excellent blog and your 230 followers.
Blogging takes a ton of work – and time – (at least it does for a scatter-brain like me :) I offer the following tips (none have anything to do with relieving a “ton of work.”)
Be Real – my posts are all over the place when it comes to topics and themes, but it’s always been that way. Luckily Charmily, my quirky humor seems to inject itself in there like a manic turkey baster…
Be nice – especially to little old ladies, and everyone from Utah… they are *all* writers over there :)
Be supportive – of those who support you – especially those who support you!
Be postful and consistent – write with your love of writing. Post three times a week, and do so when you say you will. (I’m Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.)
Be a player, not a hater. Participate in Blog fests, contests, and when you win an award, pass it on, even it does have eleven questions :)
Thanks Mark! And you are right. Blogging is a LOT of work. I love your tips. So true.
 

Now a few chocolate chip questions - for the chocolate lovers out there!

5. Do you shave your head? Yeah - I really want to know! And how do you keep it looking so nice? Is the fresh Hawaii air, or do you moisturize?
It’s no longer just a “Bald Head.” Living in Hawaii, I have reworked my head and now use it as a solar panel that drives the left windshield wiper and the little latch that opens the gas tank lock.
(Real answer: My wife grabs the clippers to release the Shiny One from its prison of stunted hair follicles.)

LOL.
 
6. Let’s pretend that you're not Superman for a moment. Is there any other super hero you'd like to be? What is your favorite super power?
I have never thought about running around in spandex tights and a wicked cape to revel others in my super-poweredness. However, I am, in fact, a super hero (to me… and have the picture to prove it :)
 My given name is Super Irish Guy, or (SIGGY) and I venture from my nocturnal hiding place but once a year – and only on a certain day in the middle of March.
(My super slogan: Never mind the Ides of March, beware the Ides of Ireland.)
My super powers include, but are not limited to, drinking copious amounts of adult beverages – without paying for them, super idea, right? Other people dig the homemade costume and always hook SIGGY up like he was a brudda from anudda mudda in Dublin’s fair city.
With my face painted in the Irish Flag, and my pants those of a clown, I stand astride mounds of old beer mats, hands on hips, waiting patiently for the next cry of “Seriously, let’s buy him another round – he talks funny :)”  
Bahahaha! *more laughing* This is spectacular. I would totally buy you a drink. You'd have to buy me a milk tho!


7. You're a cook, right? Suppose you have Donald Braswell, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and Brandon Mull all coming to dinner. What would you make?
Hang on…. Have to Google the Mull guy… be right back...  wow, he’s an awesome author with Simon & Shuster… sweet!
OK, so if there were no allergies, and everyone liked wine, here’s my menu:
 Apps would be homemade crab cakes (paired with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc) EntrĂ©e would be filet mignon (with a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon) with grilled asparagus, roasted peppers and my secret recipe, oven baked potatoes, known simply as “Ma’s Roasties.”
Dessert would be an apple pie (previously frozen… I don’t bake :)
Did I mention me? Yeah - with a menu like that, I'm coming to!

8. If Hawaii was going to be consumed in a natural disaster and you had to move to another planet (because the rest of earth is just too full...) what planet would you most want to live on?
Seriously… why didn’t anyone tell me… Sweethie, grab the kids, we-…. Oh IF Hawaii was going to be consumed… I’d move to Planet Hollywood… I used to work there when I was younger and I’d love to meet Shaq or James Caan again :)
hehehe. Planet Hollywood! Now there's an excellent decision!

9. Last but not least... share a favorite quote with us!
Rather than me write it, here’s a two-minute clip from the very end of Band of Brothers, (a HBO series that followed a group of paratroopers from D-Day through the end of WWII.) Each of the featured men has a great quote, but the last one (at 1:26) is from Retired Army Maj. Dick Winters, who was the CO of Easy Company. If you know his story, it makes what he says even more profound.

This is awesome! And look how prepared you are! I'm so impressed!
THANKS Leigh for having me over. You’re a great “Bluddy”:)
No- thank YOU! It has been wonderful. 
Also - as you guys probably know, St. Paddy's day is coming this week! And Mark has the awesome "Got Green?" Blog Hop going on to prove it! It's running all week - so pop over, hook yourself up with the linky and post your favorite St. Paddy's traditions!

Now show him some Oirish love!  

Monday, March 12, 2012

WINNER ~ WINNER!

Happy Monday everyone! I'm here to announce the winners from my OPPRESSION giveaway!

&
WAIT - J.A. bought this over the weekend so she's passing this on to a new winner. Rafflecopter says the winner is
Melissa Sugar!

You each win an e-book of Oppression!

Congratulations!
Watch for my email!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

WIP: The Movie!

Okay- I'm going for it! Better late than never, right?

Kyra and Rachele did this fun blog hop and I decided to throw my stuff out even though I'm late. 

By the way, ladies... this is such a fun idea. I loved visiting everyone's blogs to see their characters and learn more about their books! Whoo-hoo!


Here are the characters from my current WIP: STAIN!

This is my MC, Skye. She's been imprisoned on an Island all her life. She escaped with her friend, Logan, just before their execution.
Skye's BFF - Logan. Since they grew up as prisoners, they are each others family.
This freaky looking guy is named Clovis. He is super cool, totally freaky and a very fun character.
Cerron is the leader of the Guardians. They are a group that is working to dethrone the King and save the other children enslaved on the Island.
This guy could possibly be Chaz.


And that's a little bit about STAIN!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Super Guilty -

Hey everyone! I'm feeling super guilty today. I have been since Thursday night. The WIP- Movie Blog Hop was yesterday and I missed it! Can I explain? While working on a slide show tribute my computer let a virus in. GRRR. Can you say nightmare? It was horrible. (And yes, I do have antivirus software.) None of my web browsers would open. I finally got GEEKS ON SITE to hook up to it with a remote and get it all straightened out. Took the poor guys ALL DAY! And, of course, my finished presentation was infected so I didn't dare open it again even if they did clean it. So yeah - I started all over. Been working on it all day because we have to show it TONIGHT! *sigh* Anyway.... that's why I missed the blog fest. But it doesn't mean you have to! Be sure to jump around and check out all the awesome entries!
1.Write Here, Write Now2.Chock Full of Words
3.Theresa Paolo4.Leigh Covington
5.Clare Dugmore Writes6.Use You Words
7.Robin Moran8.Kelley Lynn
9.Angie Cothran10.Juliana Haygert
11.The Ubiquitous Perspective12.Melissa Hurst
13.Larissa's World14.PK Hrezo
15.magpiewrites16.Jenny S. Morris
17.Emily R. King18.Cortney Pearson
19.tara tyler20.Writing With Hope
21.Twenty Something Fiction Writer22.Tracey Joseph
23.Limey YA Lit Girl24.Stephen Tremp
25.A. K. Fotinos-Hoyer26.Jaycee DeLorenzo
27.4 Little Doodlebugz28.Jolene Perry
29.Kelley Vitollo30.Thardrandian Thoughts
31.Adjective, Not a Noun32.M.J. Fifield
33.Jade Hart34.defcon's defunct delirium
35.Ashley Nixon36.Fresh As A Daisy
37.Circa: The Movie38.Entertaing Interests
39.Cassie Mae40.Writings, Workouts, and Were-Jaguars
41.Bird's Nest42.Bonnie Rae, Just Words
43.Scribbleandedit44.Suzi
45.Pen and Chocolate46.Issy Bandeira
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I'm an Exclamation Point Whore!

Hey! This isn't supposed to come up until morning! Drat!
Oh-well... my Thursday post is officially open early!

You may have noticed that I'm a bit of an exclamation point whore! (See, there it is!) Ah! I can't quit!

Okay, enough. Let me explain before you judge me too much. I use them a LOT in my blog posts and even more in my comments. Yes - you'll see them everywhere I comment.

Reason #1 - I actually speak like that. For the most part. I'm overly dramatic and very animated. I cannot talk without using my hands. Yeah - I'm that person. Here's an example.

I was talking to a couple friends at church. Afterward, my mom asked me (yes, we're in the same ward,) what we were talking about. I told her. (FYI - it was a horrible story about a lady pretending to run over the girls toddler to teach her a lesson to hold her children's hands in the parking lot. Hard to do with 3 kids.) Anyway...after I relayed the story, I asked her, "Why?"

"Because of the look on your face!" She continued to show me a series of ridiculous facial expressions that probably weren't all that exaggerated from what I was doing. The other girls face was pretty much still. She looked concerned, but she wasn't a weirdo --- like me!

Moral --- almost everything I say and do is done with an exclamation point. I'm always excited. So yeah - I use the little buggers when I write because they help express how it's coming out of my mouth!

Reason #2 - Writing can be hard. Do you ever listen to someone rant on their blog and think, Man, what a Beast! Then at the end, they laugh it off - they've been laughing through the whole post, but you think they're pulling their hair out. Ex: I had a professor that always seemed grouchy. (This was an online class so we emailed to connect.) At the end of the term I got a big email telling how much she loved my writing and book reviews and she loved having me in the class! I was shocked. I did not get that impression from her emails at all.

Moral - I use exclamation points so people know I'm happy!!!!

*** In my defense... I work hard not to use them in my WIP. If I get carried away, my CP's are sure to catch them and make me fix them. Thanks CP's!!! 

Don't worry - they're aren't going anywhere when it comes to your blog comments! I can't help myself. I have to get them out of my system, and you need to know how awesome I think you are!

On a side note... I'm an "awesome" whore too! (Hmmm - that doesn't sound right.) As in, I say "awesome" way too much! Sorry - it's stickin' too!

Do you have this issue too? What kind of things do you over-do?

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jessica Therrien ~ Oppression

Today is the day! It's my turn to host Jessica Therrien for part of her book launch for OPPRESSION! *cheers!* I have been so excited for this book and this launch. So I'm here to share a little interview with Jessica AND... I'm giving away 2 E-BOOKS of OPPRESSION! Whoot-whoot!

First off... meet Jessica! She's gorgeous and talented! What a combo! And... judging by the answers in her interview, she's totally awesome. So lets get right to it!

Hi Jessica! I'm sure everyone is dying to get their hands on OPPRESSION, so how about we learn a little more about how it came about.
Aside from magical blood, and aging slowly, is Elyse anything like you? (Or do you have a secret too?) Tell us about your similarities and differences. (BTW, I LOVE her name!)
Elyse is like me in a lot of ways. It was hard not to let parts of myself bleed into my main characters.  Elyse and I are both a little shy—the stay-at-home type. She’s braver than me, though. Stronger, too. I’m a bit of a pushover, but we both love with our whole hearts, and we both cry too much. 

Tell us a little about your favorite character (besides Elyse). Just a quick teaser. We don't want you to give away too much!
 The obvious choice is William, and though I love William very much, the character that likes to haunt me the most is Kara. She sort of took on a life of her own and snuck her way into the novel. I never intended her to be a main characterapparently she had her own plans.

Is this a standalone book or can we expect a sequel?
Absolutely expect a sequel! Children of the Gods—Book Two has no official title yet, but it is almost done and will be out sometime next year. I can’t wait to get it out into the world as well. I love it just as much as the first one.

And for all the aspiring writers out there... how long did this book take you to write? How long do you spend writing, editing, etc? Are you the type of writer who can pump it out in a month or two... or did it take longer?
It took a LOT longer than a month or two, HAHA! I feel like I keep giving different answers for this. Sometimes I say 2 years, sometimes 1the truth is, I wasn’t really keeping track. I also gave up so many times and didn’t write for months, so it’s hard to know exactly. Let’s just saya while. The editing was a whole different monster. It took almost as long as writing the book. Okay, maybe it just seemed like it took that long
I’ve had to write this second book much faster, given deadlines and all, but it has been a lot easier. I feel comfortable with who the characters are. I know where I want the story to go (though sometimes not exactly how I’m going to get there). I also learned a lot about how I write with the first book.

How about a little bit about yourself? Tell us three things about you that we probably don't know.
1.         Every room in my house is cleanexcept for my closet. It’s a disaster. Clothes are everywhere
2.       Before I go to bed every night I have to have a bowl of cereal.
3.       I’m shy when I first meet people, so sometimes they think I’m rude. Underneath, I’m a giant goofball who just needs to get to know you.


If you were a super hero, what would your super power be? Would you go with the magical healing blood, or something else?
I’m going to opt out of the magical healing blood. It’s not as awesome as you might think. I’m sticking with the power of flight.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want with you, (besides you laptop and family)?
1.         My Droid phone (with the kindle app., Facebook, and music installed)
2.   Every season of vampire diaries and a T.V. (we can assume this desert island has a power outlet, right? Haha)
3.       A really warm blanket (I get cold a lot. It’s torture.)

What advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
My answer is always the same for this one, because I truly believe it is the best advice I can give. Go to a writers’ conference. It’s how I got discovered. You’ll meet great people and learn a lot no matter what.

See!!! I told you guys she was awesome! Jessica - thanks so much for letting me be a part of your book launch! 

NOW... use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win an E-BOOK copy of OPPRESSION on either Kindle or Nook! This closes at midnight on the 10th. I will announce the winners on MONDAY the 12th!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sharin' the Love!

Do you ever have that moment when someone steals your mojo? Yeah ~ mine just got stolen, so I am extremely thankful to have some awards to share today! Not only to share the love... but it saves me from thinking up a new post right now! Whoo-hoo! Double bonus! Boo-yah!

For an update. 2K done this weekend. Not bad, but it should have been 4! Blame it on the mojo stealing problem. *sigh*

Now for better news. AWARDS!!!
Cassie Mae tagged me with the Sunshine Award and the Dream Launcher Award! Thanks Cassie! Huge cyber hug!

This one is fun. Just answer the questions and pass them on. Plus - you get to put this super cute flower on your blog! Score!

1. Favorite Color? YELLOW! Happy, sunshiny yellow!
2. Favorite Animal? All of them! I'm an animal lover.
3. Favorite Number? 4! That was always my tryout number and I always did well with it.
4. Favorite (non-alcoholic) drink? Milk. Yeah, I'm that cool!
5. Facebook or Twitter? Definitely FB, although Twitter is growing on me.
6. My passion? My kids. My life revolves around them.
7. Getting or Giving presents? I love to give presents, but I suck at it! I can shop for my kids, but otherwise, I'm a terrible shopper.
8. Favorite Pattern? I'm going with Hope on this one and choosing "Paisley". I love it. Plus my youngest is named Paisley.
9. Favorite Day of the Week? At this point in life they all blur together.
10. Favorite Flower? Toss up between roses and lilies. I love them both!
 
 Also thanks to Cassie for the "Dream Launcher" Award.
I would have to thank all the teachers I've had who believed in me. Who loved my writing and taught me to write better. Also, I would thank the people who ask me to write things for them now. Things from church plays to birthday poems. They've helped me believe in myself. But even more so... I'd have to thank all of YOU! If it wasn't for the support and positivity of all my friends in the blogosphere, it would have been hard to keep up. You guys are awesome!
I officially pass these two awards to:
Prerna Pickett

Now, I would like to thank Hope Roberson for the Lucky 7 award! Here's what you do.
  1. Go to page 77 of your current WiP
  2. Go to line 7
  3. Copy down the next seven lines or paragraphs and post them as they're written.
  4. Tag 7 authors and let them know
    




        “What you thinkin’ about?” he asked.
         I shook myself from my thoughts. “Just thinking how weird it is.”
        “What?”
      “Being free.” We sat there silently for a moment. The impact of the words settling in. “The sunset seems different tonight. I don’t know why. I’ve seen it a million times out fishing those waters, but it just seems different knowing we aren’t on the Island anymore.”
            Logan nodded his head but didn’t speak.
            “It doesn’t feel real yet.”
            He smiled. “No. Not yet. But it will. And we will know without a doubt that we will never have to be on that island again.”
 
And I officially pass this onto:
Tasha Seegmiller
Taffy Lovell
Cortney Pearson
Jolene Perry