Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wanna Talk to an Agent?

For those of you who know this awesome girl, you know that she recently landed an agent, Brittany Booker!

Brittany is with Corvisiero Literary Agency and will be answering questions on Cassie's blog today!

This is a huge opportunity to get your questions answered, so hop over to Cassie's and ask away!!!

And a huge THANKS to Cassie and Brittany for doing this.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Does Your Leisurely Reading Affect Your Writing?


Today I have a question for you?

Are you particular about your leisurely reading?
Does it affect your writing?

Here is something I have found out about myself.
 ... I cannot write while reading certain books.

I do better with books that I think are excellent and have the same  imagination and writing style I strive for. They don't necessarily have to be the exact genre that I write, either, although a good YA fantasy is always hopping with inspiration for me!
Reasons:
*  It inspires me to write better.
*  It motivates me.
*  And I learn from it!

I have noticed that if I'm working on my WIP while reading something that doesn't fit into this description --- my writing isn't what it should be. *sigh*

How about you? Am I the only one affected by this?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fairy Tale Madness WINNERS!!!

WOW!
Coming up with winners for this blog fest was extremely difficult. All of you guys deserve a prize. I've never had so much fun reading stories, nor have I seen such wonderfully inventive ideas. You guys rock, and I'd like to thank you all for being part of the blog fest to celebrate our 1 year blogoversaries!

Now... lets cut to the chase.

The WINNER from Team Tragedy is....
*drum roll*


Sabrina's story felt truly tragic, and evoked so many emotions. 
You can read it by clicking her name above. 
Congratulations Sabrina! I will be in touch with you soon about receiving your prize!

And thanks to everyone who entered.
Team Tragedy, you were all amazing! I loved every single one of the entries. 

Team Comedy Winner is: Elizabeth Seckman
Team Love Story Winner is:  Hope Robertson
Team Plot Twist Winner is: Nicole Singer

I would also like to thank my lovely friends and co-hosts... Cassie Mae, Mark Koopmans, and Morgan Shamy. Love you guys! Thanks for hosting a wonderfully fun hop with me!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Congrats!

Can I throw a HUGE shout-out to two extremely awesome ladies... Kelley Lynn & Jenny Morris?
They just snagged themselves an agent for their collaboration project, ALREADY THERE!

I'm so happy for you guys! You're both amazing!
CONGRATULATIONS!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Cinderella ~ NOT so Happily Ever After

Welcome to the "WHAT IF?" Fairy Tale Madness Blogfest!

I'll be giving a paperback copy of "Save the Cat" by Blake Snyder to the winner of the "Tragedy" group. But I plan on hopping around to all your blogs through the week and admiring your entries! Can't wait to see what you have.

In the mean time... I thought I would break the bad news to you.

Cinderella is NOT a true story. At least, the way you've heard it, isn't.

There was no fairy godmother, because... lets face it - there is no such thing. There was however, a very beautiful set of glass slippers that Cinderella waltzed in all night long. She DID have to leave at midnight in order to beat her wicked stepmother and stepsisters home and she DID lose a shoe on the steps, twisting her ankle in the process!

The carriage with her stepmother pulled in just as Cinderella reached the door, but it was too late. Her stepsisters were so furious that she was the one dancing with the prince all night, they tore her dress to shreds and shattered her precious shoe, leaving her nothing but memories.

When the Duke came looking for the girl to fit the slipper that was lost at the palace, nobody had to lock Cinderella away. Her foot was so swollen and bruised from twisting her ankle that the shoe couldn't possibly fit - and it didn't, leaving Cinderella in tears with a broken heart and shattered dreams.

When the prince couldn't find the girl to fit the slipper, his father forced him to wed a princess from a neighboring kingdom. The union avoided a huge war, but the prince was bitter and unhappy - turning him into one of the cruelest and most feared kings in history.

So you see... there is no such thing as Happily Ever After.

*sniff, sniff*

Okay... please check out the other amazing people participating in the blogfest! You can add your name to the linky and post your entry any time this week! Have fun hopping!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

GAME ON! by Kyra Lennon

I was lucky enough to find Kyra's blog, Write Here, Write Now... a while back. She is extremely brilliant and her blog posts are so much fun. So, when she asked me to read her book, GAME ON, I jumped at the chance. 

My assessment - A fun, sexy read with a dose of British humor you're going to love.

Plus, it has soccer people. SOCCER! Is there anything sexier than a soccer player? Yeah - I didn't think so. 

In honor of her book tour, I have a little interview with Kyra. You're going to love it! Here we go.

Hi Kyra! First off, congratulations on the release of your book, GAME ON! I had so much fun reading it and can't wait for the rest of the world to get their hands on it. What a sexy romance!

I'm excited you've agreed to answer some interview questions. Shall we get started?

1. Tell us a little about yourself (aside from writerly things) in 40 words or less.
I am a seaside loving girl from the South Coast of England! When I’m not writing, I’ll probably be hanging out with my friends in trendy cafes, reading, or catching up on entertainment news for my day job as a freelance writer.

2. What is your writing routine like? Do you stick to a schedule or write when you can?
I write when I can. I’m sure a schedule would be a good idea, but because I am a freelancer, I sometimes have to stop writing fiction so I can work on articles while the stories are there. I’m okay with that though. Either way, I get to write!

3. What was your favorite part about writing GAME ON?
So many things! I loved exploring the characters more than anything. Particularly Leah who has quite a surprising past. Another thing I loved was allowing Leah to be very British, and her slipping back into British slang at certain points, much to the confusion and amusement of her American friends!

4. What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Oh, I still don’t know if I’m qualified enough to give advice yet lol! But one thing I would say for sure is to get involved in the blogging community because you will learn things there you probably wouldn’t pick up from general books about writing. You have to be prepared to put in the time, but it’s worth it because the support and advice of people who are more experienced will help you so much.
That, and don’t give up!

5. And I know you decided to self-publish, which I think will be great, since I know how much fun your book is. What made you decide to go Indie?
Mostly, it was about the time it takes. Game On has been written since 2006.When I made the decision to work on it again this year, I realized that, if I attempted to look for a traditional publisher, it could be at least one more year, but likely much, much longer before anyone got to read it. I figured it had been waiting around for long enough, so I took the plunge and published it myself!

Now, for a few chocolate chip questions...
6. What is your favorite writing food or drink and why?
I’m pretty boring in this area lol! I always need coffee first thing to get me started, but after that I mostly drink water while I’m writing. I try not to snack too much because I already have an ample writer’s butt! :p But if I do, it is usually some form of chocolate or cupcakes!

7. What are your favorite hobbies? (aside from writing, of course.)
One of my biggest hobbies is jewellery making. I discovered it late last year, and it is so much fun! I love all the different kinds of beads you can get, and I have spent a small fortune on them over the last few months.  I also love to read and I am borderline obsessed with watching the happenings in the WWE at the moment!

9. Let's pretend your hosting dinner for 3 authors. Who would they be and why?
Ooh, good question. J.K Rowling goes without saying lol. I chose her because I fell in love with Harry Potter in a way I had never fallen in love with a book before. Plus, joining Harry Potter forums to discuss the books in greater detail introduced me to some of my best friends, including the fabulous Clare Dugmore! So, I have quite the soft spot for J.K Rowling. I’d also like to meet Cecelia Ahern, author of P.S I Love You and many other incredible books. She has this amazing creativity and I’d love to talk to her about where her ideas come from. Finally – and I hope it’s okay to be completely unrealistic here – I’d love to have met Enid Blyton. I read her books when I was growing up, and I’m pretty sure she helped to inspire me to use my imagination!
You might find either of these covers for the book, so don't be confused. Aren't they great!
Here are places you can find GAME ON...


Thanks again Kyra! This has been so much fun!
Now everyone show Kyra some love!

 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Almost Here!

Guess what is NEXT WEEK?
If you haven't had a chance to sign up yet - you can do it now! 
Here are the details...

WHAT IF?
Fairytale Madness BlogFest!

         AUGUST 13th – 17th          
Have you noticed that by changing one detail; one event, one character trait, one thought...you can completely alter the rest of the story?

For this bloghop we are exploring "What If?"
Not only do we want it to be fun, but it will hopefully be a fun writing exercise and make for some great reading during the hop!

To enter:
Think of your favorite "well known" fairytale and ask "What If…!"
Then, pick one of these four categories: (be sure to mention which category you're joining, during your blog post!)
·       Best Plot Twist
·       Best Love Story
·       Best Tragedy
·       Best Comic Relief
Finally, write a scene(s) illustrating a new detail of the fabled fairy tale that changes our perspective.
To recap,
Is it a plot twist? (Cinderella gets knocked up by the Carriage Driver…)
An unknown romance that comes to light? (Snow White dumps the Prince for Grumpy…)
A tragic loss occurs? (The Three Little Pigs are too late to save their house…)
A little comic relief? (Hansel and Gretel win a trip on Euro Rail, sponsored in part by M&M’s…)
Whatever the change…It's limited only by your imagination – but please keep it PG-13.
Other Rules:
·       Post your story during the week of August 13 to 17.
·       Flash Fiction – 300 WORD MAX. (You don't have to tell the whole story in three hundred words. Pick what works to illustrate your point.)

JUDGING CATEGORIES and the respective judges:
 ·       Best Plot Twist – Cassie Mae
·       Best Love Story - Morgan Shamy
·       Best Tragedy -  Leigh Covington
·       Best Comic Relief - Mark Koopmans
PRIZES!
(Prize will go to the winner of judge's sponsored category. For example, Leigh's prize goes to the winner of Best Tragedy, Mark's prize goes to winner of Best Comic Relief, etc.)
Leigh is offering: A Paperback Copy of "Save The Cat," by Blake Snyder!
Morgan is offering: A full manuscript critique!
Cassie Mae is offering: $25 Amazon Gift Card
Mark is offering: a $25 Hawaiian care package (incl. $5 USPS Priority Shipping) Winner can choose from any number of small items such as candy, trinkets, Kona Coffee, etc.
Now all you have to do is get your name in the linky and throw a button on your blog! (At least, we'd love it if you put a button on your blog!) This is going to be so much fun! Can't wait to read your entry!



 
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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Olympic Blog Relay!

I'm part of the Olympic Blog Relay set up by Nicole at Write me a World. What a fun idea, right? The goal is to be helpful and inspiring to writers and relate it to the Olympics, because lets face it... Olympic Fever is highly contagious!

I want to share a little something I learned from Kevin J. Anderson at the LDS Storymakers Conference this year.

"Nobody publishes an unfinished book."

I know! Surprise - surprise! We all know this, but I never really thought about it much until the words came out of his mouth. It doesn't matter if you only have 1000 words left to write - if you don't finish it, it's not going to get published.

Do you think that the amazing Olympic athletes we get to watch compete would be where they're at if they didn't finish the job? Would they be where they're at if they tried every sport half-way? 
Of course not! They find their dream and they work and train and practice until they've mastered it!

If your dream is to see your amazing story, neatly bound, printed, adorning bookshelves at the store or even better - fitting nicely in a pair of readers hands as they eat up every word... then FINISH IT! Cross that finish line! Then keep practicing. Clean it! Polish it! And keep writing. That dream will come true!

I'm going to quickly share this video because I know that the road to reaching our dreams isn't always easy and this is one of the most amazing and inspirational clips EVER!


Sometimes there are bumps in the road. Maybe it's a bad review, or maybe we're lacking confidence. What matters is that we keep going. That we keep fighting and we finish the race. And it's okay to use the love and support of others along the way! I know many of you have lifted me when I needed it and I love you for it! Thank you!

What or who inspires you? Who's your support team?

Also - I promise to do better blogging today. I've been writing like crazy, while trying to get a job, and planning a birthday party for my daughter this weekend. Chaos!