Cover Reveal: Breaking Glass

Cover Reveal: Breaking Glass

Lisa is a fellow Spencer Hill Press family member and I’m so proud to reveal her cover for Breaking Glass.  Isn’t it beautiful?! Breaking Glass by Lisa Amowitz On the night seventeen-year-old Jeremy Glass winds up in the hospital with a broken leg and a blood alcohol level well above the legal limit, his secret crush, Susannah, disappears. When he begins receiving messages from her from beyond the grave, he’s not sure whether they’re real or if he’s losing his grip on reality. Clue by clue, he gets closer to unraveling the mystery, and soon realizes he must discover the […]

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A to Z Challenge: W

A to Z Challenge: W

W is for WIP My dad is still in the hospital with kidney failure so please bear with me.  My posts are going to be short and simple.  I’m also going to try to get to everyone’s comments/blogs as soon as I can.  Thanks. 🙂 W is for Work in progress.  Some days I love mine.  I think WHOA this is great.  It’s witty, charming, romantic, has great description, blah, blah.  Other days I read and thing WHOA this Stinks worse than cow dung. I have a love-hate relationship with my WIP. Currently I am rewriting what I had planned […]

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A to Z Challenge: V

A to Z Challenge: V

V is for Venting I was cooking (yeah, a big feat for me) in the pressure cooker one day and one of my twin girls asked why it was making a hissing sound.  I told her it was venting – letting some of the steam out so the lid didn’t explode.  She immediately left the kitchen and didn’t return – smart kid. It made me wonder – how do we vent?  Think of stress as our steam.  As writers we must have steam build up in our system.  Rejection letters, writer’s block, editing, rewrites, bad reviews…don’t these cause stress for […]

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A to Z Challenge: U

A to Z Challenge: U

U is for Un-Post Today is an UNpost day.  I usually have my posts done ahead of time and timed to post automatically. However, the rest of the month I do not.  That’s one reason this post is going to be short and to the point. The second reason this post is going to be a short Unpost is because I just don’t have the time, nor the energy, to post tonight.  See, this morning I had a frantic phone call from my mother that she was unable to wake my dad.  I rushed to their apartment – which is […]

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A to Z Challenge: T

A to Z Challenge: T

T is for Taking a day off How do you schedule your writing work week?  Do you think of writing as your job?  I mean, if we aspire to be full time writers one day we must look at it as a job.  Maybe a job we love, but a job nonetheless.  So do you treat it like one?  Meaning, do you force yourself to do it even when you may not feel like it? I read an author (can’t remember who, sorry) who said authors should write something everyday.  Everyday.  What do you think?  Me?  I try to.  I […]

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Cover Reveal: CHANGED

Cover Reveal: CHANGED

Here’s the cover for Jennifer Snyder’s newest novel Changed (Marked Duology Book 2)  Releasing May 21 Isn’t it beautiful?   Blurb: Would you fight to the death to prove you are worthy to stand beside the one you loved? Eighteen-year-old Tessa Morganton’s life has flipped upside down. After learning Jace’s secret and discovering the man she’d thought all her life was her father isn’t, she must also cope with the reality of what she’s now become—a werewolf. Tessa tries to maintain her normal life while her body changes more and more each night as the full moon grows closer, but […]

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A to Z Challenge: S

A to Z Challenge: S

S is for Software I went to college to study accounting.  I’m good at it.  I graduated Summa Cum Laude.  Not because I’m particularly smart, although I’d like to think that might have played a small part, but because I’m an organizer.  I like to keep things neat and tidy.  My files are clean and labeled and backed up on three different flash drives (yes, really three). And organization is a large part of accounting. But I don’t want to write about accounting.  I want to write about writing.  🙂 Like I mentioned, I’m organized so one might assume I’m […]

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A to Z Challenge: R

A to Z Challenge: R

R is for Remembering I was recently asked to do a guest post on “Why I Write.”  Of course the first thing that came to mind was the fame and fortune I’ve received (kidding!)  Seriously, it made me sit down and take a good look at some of the reasons I decided to become a writer and most of them stemmed from memories I had growing up. Memories are powerful things.  Good ones are, well, good.  But bad ones can be worse than bad.  Luckily for me I’ve been fortunate throughout my life.  My good memories have outweighed the bad, […]

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A to Z Challenge: Q

A to Z Challenge: Q

Q is for Quite “Q” is a hard letter to write about. My “Q” vocabulary is Quite limited. I came up with Quite, as in Quite interesting. No, I’m not talking about my blog posts. I’m sure they’re not all that interesting. 🙂 I’m talking about Blog NAMES. I love reading the names people come up with for their blogs. I recently changed the name of my blog. I wanted something catchy like some I’ve seen throughout the challenge. So I came up with “These Words Tell a Story.” Probably not the most creative name, but I kind of like […]

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A to Z Challenge: P

A to Z Challenge: P

2 P is for PODs Okay, this is the last post that I’ll use as a commercial for my work. Today is “P” day. My debut YA novel is title PODs. A perfect “P” word if you ask me. 🙂 PODs will be published by Spencer Hill Press June 4th, 2013 – my son’s birthday. Hopefully that brings me good luck. Here’s the jacket blurb: Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD […]

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Interview: Author Karina Fabian

Interview: Author Karina Fabian

I’m honored to have Karina Fabian as my guest today.  Winner of the 2010 INDIE for best Fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem) and a Mensa Owl for best fiction (World Gathering), Karina Fabian’s writing takes quirky twists that keep her–and her fans–amused. Nuns working in space, a down-and-out Faerie dragon working off a geas from St. George, zombie exterminators—there’s always a surprise in Fabian’s worlds. Mrs. Fabian teaches writing and book marketing seminars online. Fabian is married to Colonel Robert A. Fabian of the USAF. They have four children, a dog and a cat. When not writing, teaching writing, or […]

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A to Z Challenge: O

A to Z Challenge: O

O is for Opening. The opening sentence of your novel has to draw a reader in and keep them interested enough to read the second sentence, then the third, the fourth and so on. There’s a lot of pressure on that one little sentence. I’ve heard that some people think the first sentence of a piece is the hardest to write because it carries so much weight in the success or failure of hooking a reader’s attention. The opening sentence is so important there are books written about it. One of my favorites is “Hooked” by Les Edgerton. If you […]

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Guest Blogging Today

Guest Blogging Today

I’m doing my very first guest blog at: Tangled Up In Words.  Please stop by and say ‘Hi!’ http://tangledupinwords.blogspot.com/2012/04/why-i-write-michelle-pickett.html Concilium is Coming July 2012!

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A to Z Challenge: N

A to Z Challenge: N

N is for Numbers Let’s talk numbers.  Specifically, word count.  Does it matter to you?  Do you watch the little word count meter at the bottom of your word processing program?  I do.  In fact, I’m so obsessed with hitting my target word count that I find myself watching the numbers rather than writing.  So I tape a sticky note over the counter so I can’t see it while I’m writing. Obviously word count has to be something we pay attention to.  Certain genres have a specific word count range that editors look for.  Some are larger than others, science […]

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Six Sentence Sunday

Six Sentence Sunday

I’m still giving you snippets of my debut novel scheduled for release in July through Muse it Up Publishing. Set-up: These sentences come after last week’s six. Miller is still explaining to Leslee who/what the Imbibo are. The Imbibo are trying to kill her. Miller is there to…what else…protect her. 🙂 “Then where do they come from? Surely people would know about them if they live here and aren’t alien. Are they from…I don’t know…the Antarctic or something; a military or government experiment gone wrong?” “They live here, just not with us. Think of our world like an onion. It […]

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A to Z Challenge: M

A to Z Challenge: M

M is for “Milayna” I’ve mentioned throughout the challenge that I have a project on submission.  It just happens to start with the letter “M.”  🙂 So here’s my query (have I mentioned I hate queries – I have?  Well, I’ll say it again.  I really, really dislike them.) for the project, titled Milayna, I have on submission: It’s hard being good all the time. Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn’t a choice. It’s a job requirement. And it’s a job she can’t quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in […]

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Michelle’s Musings…NEW NAME

Michelle’s Musings…NEW NAME

Okay, I’ve been thinking for a while that I need a new catchy name for my blog.  Since doing the Platform Building Campaign and the A to Z Challenge I’ve seen so many great blog names!  I’m jealous.  You’d think a writer could come up with a great blog name.  Well, this writer can’t.  LOL! But I’ve finally come up with something I kind of like.  So Michelle’s Musings will now be known as…(drum roll)… These Words Tell A Story… At least until I think of something better. If you have any suggestions PLEASE leave them for me in the […]

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A to Z Challenge: L

A to Z Challenge: L

L is for Laughing. We all make mistakes. Whether it’s a typo or a misspelled word or worse, sending a query out with the wrong agent’s name on it – yes, I’ve done that. Needless to say I didn’t hear back, go figure. I came across this quote and thought it was really great advice: Laugh at your mistakes, but learn from them. Joke over your troubles, but gather strength from them. Have fun with your difficulties, but overcome them. ~Unknown Another quote I really love: Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. […]

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A to Z Challenge: K

A to Z Challenge: K

K is for Keeping Fit. No, I’m not going to write about exercise again.  I’m writing about keeping our minds fit.  What do we do that exercises our brains. Yes, writing exercises our minds, but what do we do to exercise FOR writing? Reading is one thing I do.  I read a lot.  Lately I’ve been doing book reviews for other authors.  I’ve read a lot of really good books while reviewing…some not so great, too.  But I keep reading.  I read mostly YA urban fantasy and science fiction because that’s what I write.  Lately I’ve been reading dystopian (my […]

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A to Z Challenge: J

A to Z Challenge: J

  J is for: Jumpy   How do you handle waiting on a response from your queries?  I’m terrible at waiting.  I know, patience is a virtue.  It’s one I don’t have.  I try to be patient.  I do.  But so far I haven’t been.  I bite my nails to the quick, check my email every five (okay, maybe ten) seconds, cuss, pace, scream at the mail lady and so on.  I’m jumpy when it comes to queries.  I hate them.  I don’t like writing them and I hate waiting on news from them. To try to take my mind […]

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A to Z Challenge: I

A to Z Challenge: I

  I is for: Including Family.   Does your family take part in your writing process? I try to include my family in my writing as much as possible.  I think it not only makes them feel like they are helping, but also lets them see how much work and thought goes into a project. My husband loves to help me brainstorm.  He takes it so seriously that one day I mentioned I didn’t have enough content to write the book I wanted.  Later that day he gave me a piece of notebook paper filled on both sides with ideas […]

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A to Z Challenge: H

  H is for: How Many? Specifically, how many projects is too many? I’m amazed at the rate some authors are able to knock out books.  There is one author I know who has three books releasing this year alone.  It makes me wonder how many projects she works on at a time.  Does she write more than one book at a time – obviously something has to overlap. Currently I’m writing one book, keeping an idea log for another and have three books in various stages of editing. I also have one book on submission which probably causes the […]

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Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza!

  Great Minds Think Aloud Independent Publishing is celebrating their newest release, “Forgotten” by Doug Lucas with an Amazon Free Day! All of Great Minds current releases will be free for one day only, Easter Sunday, April 8th, on Amazon.com. Go and grab these amazing titles listed below: “Conversations With a Dead Man” by Doug Lucas – http://www.amazon.com/Conversations-With-Dead-Man-ebook/dp/B007029T3K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332547081&sr=8-1 “The Man in the Mountain” by Doug Lucas – http://www.amazon.com/The-Man-Mountain-ebook/dp/B0076CN3BI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332547132&sr=1-1 “The Spirit Archer” by Mike Evers – http://www.amazon.com/The-Spirit-Archer-ebook/dp/B007L40BH0/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332547181&sr=1-1 “Queen Emily’s Enchanted Kingdom (Sugarland)” by Lee-Ann Graff-Vinson & Emily Ann Vinson – http://www.amazon.com/Emilys-Enchanted-Kingdom-Sugarland-ebook/dp/B007NPO3K8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1332547252&sr=1-1 ALL ABOVE TITLES FREE! FOR ONE DAY ONLY! ALL IN […]

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Six Sentence Sunday

Six Sentence Sunday

Still in Concilium, my debut novel. Set-up:  Leslee finally gets some answers about who – what – is trying to kill her.  Although, Miller is reluctant to give them. “Who are the whisperers?”  “They’re called the Cruor Imbibo. They feast on humans’ blood and flesh,” he answered without looking at me. “We don’t know how long they’ve been crossing into our world; there’s evidence of their existence throughout history, even references in Egyptian Hieroglyphics.”  “Our world? Are you saying they’re alien? Or time travel? They’ve jumped through a worm hole or something, like an episode of Star Trek,” I said […]

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