Saturday, March 31, 2012

Hunter Moon Blog Tour

Hunter Moon (Lupine Moon Series) by Cait Lavender

Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires. While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her. Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing heart and everything she ever loved.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Are You Writing Now? April Goals

Okay people, it's time. Last month was the first official post for Are You Writing Now? and we had some minor success. A few people posted at the end of the month, while others posted later when they got a chance. You know what? That's fine. Officially, we'd like the posts at the end of the month so we can hop to each other's blogs, but no biggie if you don't have time and post in the middle of the month. We did have more people sign up so Yay!

How did I do with my goals? I... kinda gave up on my initial goals and set a new one. I just can't seem to figure out the ending to Being Vampire. I was just getting more and more frustrated so I decided to put it on the back burner. Maybe if I worked on something else, that would get the creative juices flowing. It worked a little bit. I had moments of inspiration where I figured out a part of the story, but still no ending.

As for the new goal I set, I achieved that. I decided since Drew was being such a brat, I'd work on another story and decided to rewrite Snapshots line by line. My goal was to finish it before my AYWN post. Which I did. Yesterday. A little close, but I did it and now I need new goals.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bickering like a married couple AKA character interview

Today I have a special post, a treat. My friend Murphy has a few characters who she's let me borrow to grill because I love character interviews. Although, I think bickering might be more accurate than interview. I've been told to call her character, Cass, to keep them in line, but they seemed to behave themselves pretty well. Anyways, here is Ryan and Emily from Murphy's work in progress, Night of the Hunter.

*NOTE* Murphy's characters are NOT vampires. Yes, I allow non-vampire creatures on my blog.

1) To both Ryan and Emily, describe yourself. (Who ever speaks first answers first.)

EMILY: Well, himself's too busy brooding over there, so I suppose I might as well go first. What was the question? Oh. Well, not one for beating about the bush, are you? Quiet enough, I suppose, and easygoing with it. I'm happy with my books. I'm none too complicated, really.

RYAN: She forgot to add saintlike. She makes the Virgin Mary herself look bad, this one does.

EMILY: Answer the bleeding question, it's yourself you're describing.

RYAN: Of course. (snort) I am what I am. Nothing more and nothing less. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Witchblood by Emma Mills

Emma is a twitter buddy and we both have vampire books we've written. Now, I admit, I have yet to read Emma's book (I have yet to read a lot of books. OMG I have so many friends who have books I need to get, an ARC to read and review, and my TBR pile on my kindle is HUGE! I obviously need to prioritize and get cracking. x_x) Anyways, even though I have yet to read Emma's book (I promise I will. I <3 vampires after all) I'm giving it a little love. How can I not? Look at that cover. It rocks. And the description is tantalizing. I'm pretty sure I am going to enjoy this book WHEN I finally read it.

When Jess steals a glance at a gorgeous guy in a Manchester nightclub, little does she realise how he is going to change her life…or should that be death? Yet, the vampire clan could never have predicted what they were taking on. 

With Luke pronounced ‘off-limits’ and the blood of a vampire simmering in Jess’s body, can she forget the love of her life and move on? If not, she will risk exposing the entire Northern vampire clan to untold dangers, in order to live her life the way she wants. 

Can Jess be sure that Luke is all he appears to be? Will she succumb to the attraction she desperately tries not to feel for Daniel? And why does she still crave a packet of crisps more than a tasty teenage boy’s blood?

I’m happily married with two lovely kiddies that keep me on my toes. I have always loved reading, and always wanted to write, it just never happened! Then once my youngest started school I was able to take some time and give it a go, Witchblood is my debut novel. After acquiring an obsessive love of supernatural teen novels, I decided to write my own supernatural story, based in Manchester, in the UK, near where I live and grew up. From October to March it’s dark, windy, cold and very, very wet... and easy to get inspiration!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Tagged again - Lucky Seven Meme

I've been tagged again, this time by my bestie, Vic. Here's the rules:
Go to page 77 (or 7th) of your current MS
Go to line 7
Copy down the next 7 lines or paragraphs and post them as they are written. No cheating.
Tag 7 other authors. No cheating.

Since I am working on Snapshots, I'll post from that and since it says lines or paragraphs, I'm posting paragraphs... short paragraphs. Enjoy.

       Now Cyclop had people who were like him, who knew how he felt.
       He placed his hand over Keandra’s, giving a gentle squeeze. “Thanks.”
       She shrugged as if to say it was no big deal, but her eyes said otherwise. “Anytime. Let’s get dinner ready, Jacob’s probably getting cranky from hunger and when he gets cranky, he heats everything up.”
       Cyclop followed Keandra into the hall. “Yeah, about that… How does he do that?”
       “How do I move things with my mind?” She paused and glanced at him, waiting for him to add his ability.
       “I see the future when I look in both eyes. It’s why I keep one covered.”
       “Ah.” Keandra nodded thoughtfully. “I have no idea how Jacob heats up the air around him. Maybe he knows, but he doesn’t exactly share with us what he knows.”

Now, let's see who to tag. Lor and Murphy, naturally. Murphy will love the chance to torment people with another snippet of her WIP anyways. MaryBeth, yes again, I want to see something from your Near Death sequel. Dorion, Gwen, Marie and... *Drum roll to prolong fact still haven't thought of one last person.* I know, Breanna. She's a new tweeple I met through a Story Dam chat.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Dirty Truth Meme

I usually don't post on Tuesdays (why do I keep thinking tomorrow is Wednesday as I write this on a Monday night?) but I was invited to join an interesting meme so I may just switch from blogging on Monday to Tuesday so I can do it. Cassie at Shadow Kisses (she wrote an awesome review of Being Human and has an ad for it on her site) is hosting this meme. It is a weekly meme where authors are asked a personal question. The meme is posted at the beginning of the week but you can participate all week long, just link up.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

This has to be a joke. Me? My book?

Last Thursday I woke up to an interesting tweet asking me about Turkish rights to my book. Naturally, I went o.O, and then I tweeted back making sure they weren't thinking of the TV series. No, it was my book they wanted and needed my email to contact me about it.

My first thought was this has to be a joke or prank. Being Human isn't rocking the tops of any charts; if anything, it's moving along at a snail's pace. Every month I get sales, but it's nothing big. My reviews are good, people think it's a unique twist on vampires, especially after the Twilight craze. (Not everyone thought sparkling vampires was awesome.)

Second thought was this had to be a scam. I googled the email address I was told to look for and found a site, but it was minimal and in another language. Another link I tried listed the agency under foreign rights for a publisher. I went to the indie author group on FB and posted about the contact. A member got back to me, saying she could look in Publisher's Marketplace since she had a subscription. She emailed me what she found, and it looked like the Turkish agency had current and legit deals with US publishers over foreign rights for books.

Friday, March 16, 2012

It's a Sci-fi Fantasy with a horror twist plus a dash of romance

Long blog title, I know. Anyways, I've always said Being Human was YA paranormal, and it is. There's vampires and young adults. It fits nicely into those two categories, but after a recent review I started to wonder if maybe there was more to my story than it just being a YA paranormal story.

The review in question said she enjoyed my story, loved the fact my vampires were survival-oriented. They weren't going to high school or being broody, they were just trying to survive. But she found some of the book boring. Honestly, that didn't surprise me too much. I knew people would feel that way. Being Human isn't an action packed story, and in fact, little action does happen. It's a story about a vampire going through his undead life and trying to figure out life's mysteries.

And that's what made me wonder if Being Human may fit into other genres.

The first one to pop into my head was contemporary. I'm not exactly sure if Being Human fits in that. I google the description and this is what I found:
  • Existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time.
  • Of about the same ago or date
  • Of the present time, modern

I think Being Human fits into that a bit. I realize this is something I need to figure out. There are potential readers I'm not targeting and they are slipping by me. Sure, they may not all be vampire fans, but I've had quite a few reviewers say Being Human isn't like other vampire books.

What do you think? Does my book fit contemporary? Do you have any ideas of what genre Being Human might fit into along with YA paranormal? Halp me out, please!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Eleven question tag

I have been tagged. Eeep! Okay, not really. All I have to do is answer the 11 questions Rebecca thought up, come up with 11 of my own and tag someone else.  Easy peasy and kind of fun. Always interesting to get to know more about other writers.

1) If you could only read one book for the rest of your life, what would you choose?
o.O I think this question is impossible to answer. Seriously, how do I pick ONE book? I don't! It's just not possible.
2) What is your favourite day of the week and why?
I like Saturdays because my hubby is done working for the week and we get to cuddle and sleep in.
3) What would you find difficult to give up?
Mt Dew.... Or Green Day. Life would just be boring w/o my elixir of life and love of my life (sorry hubby.)
4) If you could visit any place in the world where would it be?
It's a toss up between the Valley of the Kings in Egypt or the Louvre in Paris. I love ancient Egyptian things and would love to see some real mummies, but think of all the famous artwork houses there. *gets dreamy look*
5) If you could speak with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Tim Burton. I love anything and everything by him.
6) Ereader or physical book?
I like both.
7) Why do you blog?
I heard it was good way to reach readers and build a platform.
8) Where do you write?
I started one day just for fun and now I can't stop the characters from popping in my head and talking.
9) If you could recommend one blog to follow, what would it be?
 The Adventures of Lor and Ry. My friend Lor has a friend who she always has interesting experiences with, so she decided to blog about them. Funny as hell.
10) Savoury or sweet?
Sweet and speaking of... I want a sugar cookie now. =D
11) What is your most treasured possession?
The ring my hubby gave me for Christmas one year. It says "I am my beloved and my beloved is mine." in Gaelic.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Bratty characters and writing changes

This past weekend hubby and I went to stay with friends for the weekend. Naturally, we brought the laptop, but I didn't plan on doing any writing or editing. If anything, I figured I'd knit a bit while we watched a movie or hubby and his co-worker played video games. Writing wasn't completely ruled out, just not expected.

Friday night, we all laid down for bed, tuckered out and guess who decided to talk a bit. Drew. He rewrote a part of the story and decided to tell me when the laptop was off, I was half asleep and wasn't about to get up to find my notebook. What a brat! Thankfully, the next day when I got a chance, I summarized the changes. Of course, Drew hasn't said a peep since. Maybe when I'm falling asleep tonight. That really seems to be the only time I get inspiration for Being Vampire.

Not only do I have that change to write, but another Being Vampire inspired change. A few months ago I sent the first draft of Out of Secrets to my writing partner, MaryBeth. The one thing that really threw her off of the story was the vampires in Secrets are completely different from the vampires in Being Human. It was hard for her to get into these vampires after reading about Tommy. Since I hadn't started Being Vampire, I decided to shelf Secrets with the intention of publishing it after Being Vampire.

The thing is, what MaryBeth said has stuck with me. Maybe instead of leaving Secrets with vampires I should use another mythical creature. Or a variation on vampires. After all, there are tons of other mythical creatures to choose from, and I'm sure there's bound to be a few that are vampire-like but not vampires. The one that's looking really good is Strigoi. They are a nice twist on vampires that I will be able to tweak and blur to fit Secrets. This way I don't have to wait until I finish Being Vampire to work on or get Secrets published. It's like a win, win, win!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Writing Goals

It's been a little over a week since the first Are You Writing Now? Post. My goals were set and I was pretty hopeful I'd be able to work on them. I could do this!

I'm just gonna say it, I suck when it comes to goals.

A couple days after my post, I opened Being Vampire and stared. And stared. And stared. Then I ranted on twitter. Got some ideas from friends on what to try. (Thanks by the way.) I closed the file and knitted some, trying to figure out why I could not write this story. It really frustrated and stressed me. Finally, I just said screw it. If Drew's not going to talk to me, I'm not going to try. I'll play with one of my other characters.

So, yup, after a few days, I abandoned my goals. In my defense, I've kinda set new ones. I'm editing Snapshots and getting about 5K edited a day, so unofficially, my new goal is to edit 5K every time I sit down to edit. Secretly, I'm also hoping maybe Drew will get jealous and come out of hiding, but he's not the jealous type. He tends to wait patiently while I deal with other characters and then still refuse to talk much. I've taken to calling him a brat... Has he been talking to Daniel????

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Self Destructive Book Behavior

I have an admission. Sometimes I don't market my book the way I should. I don't try as hard as I should. For example, one recommendation I was given was to get involved on Goodreads. Not to constantly hawk my book, but to interact with people, friends, and find potential readers. And I have a handful of groups I am a member of and quite a few friends I've made that way, but my interactions in the group tend to fall off the face of the earth.

Another marketing tool I slack off on is social media. I have my facebook page set up to when I have new blog posts it automatically posts there, but that's about all that happens. I forget to do status updates or attempt to start discussions. On twitter I'm really bad about following people back. It's not because I don't think we have nothing in common, it's just I don't see how anyone can keep up with a thousand followers - even with lists. It seems kind of pointless to follow people and then never interact with them. I already have people on my following list that I barely interact with. I try though. Every so often I go through my following list and follow people back in hopes of meeting someone new to tweet with. Or find a new book. ^^;;

I guess sometimes it all feels very pointless because it's not like I have a huge fanbase. If I create a Q&A group for my book will anyone join or discuss my book? But by not doing things like that I'm not giving my fans a place to gather or something to talk about. I am hurting myself and my book by not doing these things. I need to stop worrying about how few readers I have if I want my reader base to grow. Or I need someone to give me a good, swift kick to get me going.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Where are my words?

OK, so this past Wednesday was the first Are You Writing Now? post. It was kinda successful. Besides me and Gwen, only one other person posted for it, so that was a bummer. But Gwen and I had a good number of commenters (more on Gwen's posts than mine) and we had another person sign up, so overall, I am pleased.

I set my goals: Get Being Vampire and my new Influence short finished. I was hoping to get writing today, but my bestie, Vic was meeting the love of his life, my writing buddy, Daniel, today, so I was quite distracted and glued to twitter like it was a soap opera - a happy soap opera. Anyways, once everyone was calmed down, dinner ate, and an impromptu nap taken, I fired up Word to start on my goals.

I can not write!

Seriously, I can't. For the life of me I can't figure out what words come next. I am stuck and have been stuck for the past two weeks. Mind you, I didn't write much the past two weeks due to my surgery and a cold I got, but I'm better now! I'm ready to write. So why can't I figure out Being Vampire? Or the Influence short? Neither one I have any idea what words go where. I know how the stories go, I can see the scenes in my head, but as soon as I open the Word documents, everything goes *POOF*

It's so frustrating because I'm so close to the end, and I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself. I know that's a sure way to shut my muse down. But it doesn't seem to matter because she'd gone missing anyways. The only thing I can think of is putting the story on the back burner. Forgetting about it and focusing on other stories that I have finished. Maybe some editing and rewriting will coax my muse out of hiding. (Maybe Being Vampire just isn't a good story and deep down I know it.) I'm getting so annoyed and irritated with myself. What do I do aside from banging my head against the wall?