Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Revelation!

On my last MS, I had my friends and CP's reading as I went - kind of. (Yes, I know that sentence was very clear!) Then, when I got a job teaching computers at a school, writing had to go to the back burner as I tried to find balance. Recently I've had a lot of CP's asking if I'd finished my MS because they want to finish reading it. Yeah - they liked it!

So, I opened it up to read it. Thought maybe I should pick it back up.
NO! I think my CP's were just being nice.
Oh man! It was horrible! Or maybe I was having a down day with myself, I don't know, but for now I've decided to put that MS on the shelf. I still love the story. There are some plot holes to fill, but mostly I think the writing could be better. I really do hope to return to that story one day but for now - we're taking a break!

When I first realized how awful it was, I was totally depressed. Like, crying-to-my-husband, I-suck, kind of depressed. LOL. 

BUT... I started to remember all the stories of my friends (you guys) of times when you've shelved an MS because you didn't think it was up to snuff. Or the amount of time and/or stress you've put into your work. And now, so many of you are celebrating SUCCESS! I love it It has buoyed me up to realize that we all need time to learn and grow.

Writing is a craft that we can constantly learn about and practice... so maybe I don't totally suck. Maybe I'm just normal.

Right now I'm writing a New Adult Contemporary novel as well as a YA romantic comedy collab. They are both so much fun and completely different from the YA fantasy I started out with, but they are helping me learn, grow and broaden my horizons!

What are you working on? Have you ever decided to shelve an MS?

Friday, January 25, 2013

OUTPOST Review

Who's read OUTPOST?

After reading book one, ENCLAVE, I was dying for this to come out. DYING, I tell you!

It took me about a week to read it - and here are my thoughts.

1. GOOD, but not as good as ENCLAVE. I'm going with 3 1/2 stars. 

2. I was slightly disappointed in the ending. It left things too open for me where I wanted some closure. I won't say much more because I don't want to put in any spoilers.

3. I LOVED the character development. That is definitely my favorite part of this book. There was still action, and definitely some spooky and creepy parts, but watching Deuce try to adjust to a different way of life and grow and learn as a person was great and sometimes humorous. 

4. There were places that I thought the writing could have been tightened, but I also found that I could really enjoy her writing style.

*** All in all, I would say it's worth reading. Especially if you've read ENCLAVE and liked it. I know that I'm looking forward to Book #3

Have a great weekend everyone! Read anything good lately?

Monday, January 21, 2013

No Excuses!

I've was totally MIA last week - sorry! I hate weeks like that. It seems like my entire family has large items on their to-do list that they need my help with. I love helping them, but sometimes I miss marking things off my to-do list! So, today I am getting pumped up and ready for a week of successful writing, and I'm doing it over at Falling for Fiction! Pop over and say "hi!"
NO EXCUSES! Here's to a great week!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Falling for the Funny Fat Friend...

I have been waiting for this day for WAY TOO LONG! Let me tell you why... 
This is one of my favorite books! EVER!!!
And when I found out that Becca hadn't sent it in for submission, I was dying! Constantly hounding her to DO IT!

So you can imagine my excitement when she decided to self pub, and told me it would finally be available for my greedy little hands to hold! *insert evil laugh*

So here is my tribute to Becca Ann's debut novel, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend.

Check out the blurb:
It’s stupid to fall for your brother’s ex. It’s even worse to enlist another’s help to win the ex over. But Brody is desperate and Hayley, his partner in American Sign Language, is more than willing to lend him a few tips.

She’s the school’s matchmaker,’ and with her bizarre and positive personality, Brody finds her easy to talk to, even about the most awkward situations. Hayley’s tips seem to be working, but as Brody learns more about his matchmaker, he starts finding reasons to spend time with her, and not the girl he thought he was in love with.

But Hayley isn’t ready to fall for anyone. Labeled the “Funny Fat Friend” within her group, her self image makes it impossible for Brody to share his feelings without Hayley shrugging it off as a joke.

Convincing her Brody can, and did, fall for the “Funny Fat Friend” turns out to be harder than simply falling in love.

Ah! You're swooning over it already, aren't you? I thought so!
This is such a fun, sincere, hilarious book! You will love it!

Now, I've asked Becca Ann to pop over for a short interview! Thanks for joining me Becca - I hope the yellow polka dots don't weird you out, because I have a few questions. Like how did you come up with the idea for this book? Cause I LOVE it! 

Thanks, Leigh! The idea for the book actually came from me flapping my arm fat in the mirror. Go figure, lol.

LOL! OH my gosh! You crack me up! Flapping arm fat is so underrated! It's a shame.
Now this book is a YA Romantic Comedy, right? Have you always wrote that genre? What made you decide to go this route?

I think other people classify it as a Romantic Comedy, but I didn't really intend to be funny. I think it just spewed out there, so I went with it. And no, I haven't always written in this genre. It took me four tries to get to contemporary, and I haven't left the genre since. It's way too much fun to write because I can BE ME.


Well, it definitely works, so there's something to be said for "being yourself!" And the humor definitely works. I'm glad it spewed out there!

So... tell us three favorites:
  Color:
  Movie:
  Your Choice - surprise us!:




Oh, favorites game! Okay, Color: Yellow. Movie: Harry Potter (but don't you dare make me choose which one because that will take days of analyzing, lol) And um, my choice, hmmm... How about my favorite fictional male character, which would be, oh crap, that's too tough. Um, I'll just go with my latest obsession, lol. And that would be the super adorable Robbie from Geek Magnet.




Awww! Awesome answers! And yellow totally suites you AND means my polka dots aren't weirding you out! Double bonus. You're going to have to tell me more about this "Robbie" from Geek Magnet, but we'll save that for later.

One last question...
What advice do you give to aspiring authors on the road to publication?
And... would you share a favorite quote from "Reasons" for us?

My advice is to take it as it comes and hang on! This road to publication has thrown me curve balls left and right. I never thought I'd self publish anything, but you know what? It's been like, the best thing! To realize I'm braver than I thought I was, and even though it scared the bageebies out of me, I did it anyway. So I say, take the opportunities in front of you. Know when to say yes to something and when to say no. Do what YOU want because it's YOUR book. :)

And let's see. One of my fave quotes... Only because I had to explain what a 'shart' was to some of the people who read it. Makes me giggle.


“Uh, y-you’re welcome.” You sound like a moron, Brody. Say something else to make you sound less like a moron. “Maybe next time we talk you’ll be rhyming words with ‘fart’.


Nice one, dude. Very smooth.

“Start, mart, cart…” She laughs. “Bart, heart, dart, part, tart…” She laughs again, really loud. “And don’t forget shart!”


Thanks, Leigh for having me over! Hopefully I didn't scare anyone away.
I'm quite certain that everyone stayed! There's no way they could possibly miss all this epic awesomeness!

If you'd like to find Becca and her Amazing Book here are the links:
FACEBOOK
GOODREADS
AMAZON -  PAPERBACK & EBOOK
CREATESPACE - PAPERBACK
NOOK

Becca is also doing a GIVEAWAY! Enter to win! She's announcing the winners on her FB page, on the 14th!
  
 
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Monday, January 7, 2013

All Sorts of Awesome!

A few things to get caught up on... 
First - the fabulous and absolutely beautiful, E.R. King came to Utah for the holidays, and a bunch of us joined her for some yummy food and great company! We had a blast just chatting and sharing and I realized something... I don't have to be at a writers conference to be motivated by these people - just being around them is motivating and inspiring and I loved every second of it! So I would like to thank Emily for letting us crash her parent's house. It was wonderful to see you girl! 







Friday, January 4, 2013

Healing Summer & Writing Love Scenes

I can't help but want to start this post out with a squeal of delight! So here it goes...
*SQUEE!!!*

It may be hard to take your eyes off all the sexy goodness that the cover has to offer, but try to, because this post has so much awesome stuff to offer, you don't want to miss out. 

So welcome to my post for Elizabeth Seckman's Healing Summer Blog Tour!
Maybe Love, Not Time, Heals All Wounds

Ditched at the altar…biopsied for cancer…Mollie Hinkle is having a bona fide bitch of a summer. When life sucks so hard it takes your breath away, what's a girl to do? Pack a bag, grab a few friends, and leave the past and the worry in the rear view mirror. What wounds can’t be healed by a drive across the Heartland, where quarter flips at cross roads determine the route and the future? All roads lead to Craig, the second son and bad boy of the haughty Coulter line. Has fate brought her to the miniscule Montana town to find happily ever after or will it just break her heart?

“Healing Summer” is the second book in the Coulter Men Series.

Now, as part of the blog tour, I got to pick the topic that Elizabeth had to talk about and I asked her to share how she feels about writing love scenes and having kids. Does she worry her kids will read them or is she okay with it?

Lets see what she has to say, shall we...

Miss Leigh (can’t help use my Scarlett O’Hara voice when I say that!) suggested  the following prompt in the “Healing Summer” pick my brain blog tour:

When writing loves scenes, do I worry about my kids reading them?

I’m no E.L. James and my love scenes won’t win me too many hot peppers on the heat scale.

But there is sex.

And when I first started writing love stories, I struggled with them.

I am, by nature…reserved. (Don’t laugh Leigh…it’s true!!!) I’m not one to be open with personal stuff and I cringe at TMI moments. So, my first instinct was to leave the sex out completely. You know, lead the reader to the moment, then shut the door.

So, I did.

Then my betas gave me thunder.

Disappointed and let down…they weren’t shy in asking, “What’s your problem?! That stunk!”

I whispered back, “My kids might read this one day.”

They screamed, “SOOOOO what????!!!”

I stood firm. The door was staying closed. Other writers do it and get away with it.

So would I.

Then I re-read my manuscript and I had to admit…my betas were right.

I was leading the horse to the water then sealing the trough with Saran wrap.

Dissatisfied and discombobulated, I did some soul searching.

I cut my young, romantic teeth on Danielle Steele. I vividly remember “Palimino” as one of my firsts… mostly because I got detention in the eighth grade for participating in a dramatic reading of a particularly hot scene for my math class while my teacher was out of the room (okay, so maybe calling myself reserved was a stretch!).

I would read and re-read  love scenes until the pages were worn thin. When I’d get a new book, I’d scout out the sex (geesh, this is feeling like a piece for True Confessions!).
In hindsight, I realize I wasn’t looking for the sex per se, I was looking for the love. My addiction to romances didn’t turn me into a nympho (poor husband just said darn) or a tramp (I think I heard a whew from the man), but it did make me a true believer.

I think I might have a hard time believing that "reserved" bit, but that makes it all the more fun. I love all the funny stories you share on your blog and believe me, I love the "love scenes" in your books! You write them so well - I'm glad you decided to take off the seran wrap!

I had to ask this question because I know it's something that a lot of writers struggle with.

Thanks for sharing Elizabeth, and thanks everyone for joining us for Elizabeth's Healing Summer Blog Tour. You can find this marvelous author and her books by clicking on the following links:
  
Books on Amazon

If you visit the blog tour page, you can see all the other spots Elizabeth will be hopping around to. Then - YOU get to VOTE on which blog topic was the best! (Obviously, this one!) So be sure to hop over and vote!


Also, she is doing a Rafflecopter Giveaway so be sure to enter!
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

Guess what? I have my debut post on Falling for Fiction today!
Can I call it that?

So hop on over and check out how to be S.M.A.R.T when setting your goals for the New Year!

I wish I had something awesome to share about how I celebrated last night, but I don't.

So instead... tell me what you did for New Year's Eve!