A to Z Challenge: B

A to Z Challenge: B

Today’s letter is: B for Book Reviews. As the date for my debut novel approaches I find myself worrying more and more about book reviews.  They’re a great way to get the word out about a book – every author needs them.  But how do we deal with so-so, or even worse, bad reviews? They are bound to happen.  Our work isn’t going to please everyone. So what are your thoughts on how to handle Bad (another B word) reviews?  Do you shrug them off, chalking it up to personal taste.  Or avoid reading them?  What are your tips for […]

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Versatile Blogger Award!

Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank you so much for the Versatile Blogger Award C.M. Brown! These are the rules: – Share 7 completely random pieces of information about myself. – Nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award and inform them of their nomination by posting a comment on their blogs. HERE ARE 7 RANDOM BITS ABOUT ME: 1.  I eat twizzlers when I write 2.  I hate spaghetti, but love lasagna 3.  My debut novel, Concilium, will be released in July  4.  I have to sleep with a fan on – doesn’t matter if it’s freezing outside.  I need the fan 5.  My son […]

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A to Z Challenge: A

A to Z Challenge:  A

Letter:  A for A to Z Challenge. For the month of April I’m participating in the A to Z challenge.  Bloggers are challenged to write a post each day relating to a specific letter of the alphabet.   This is the first year I’ve participated and I’m very excited to meet my fellow A to Z bloggers!  I’m also a little worried I won’t be able to keep up with the daily posts.  But mainly I’m looking forward to having a great time. If you’d like to read some of the other participants’ posts go here: See you for letter […]

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Six Sentence Sunday

Six Sentence Sunday

I’m sticking with my debut novel, Concilium, for my six sentences.  Concilium releases in July through MuseItUp Publishing. SET UP:  Last Leslee was walking through the the safe house she was taken to when the lights went out.  She reached out her hand in the darkness looking for something to guide her in the unfamiliar house.  Many of you commented that she should keep her hands to herself…don’t reach out!  Well you were right.  Fast forward a little this is an excerpt after she was attacked by the Imbibo when they broke into the darkened house. I collapsed, unable to […]

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Lucky Seven meme

Lucky Seven meme

I’ve been tagged in the Lucky Seven meme by the wonderful K.E. Saxon!  Thank you K.E. – I love these games.  🙂 Here’s the deal: Go to p. 77 of current WIP go to line 7 copy down next 7 lines/sentences & post them as they’re written Tag 7 other authors Let them know Since my current WIP doesn’t have 77 pages yet I’ll give an excerpt from the novel I’m currently editing.  Here’s an excerpt from “PODs” a YA sci/fi. A small smile tugged at his lips. “No, I was far from being the it guy. And, yes, my […]

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Tell All Tuesday

Tell All Tuesday

  I loved The Hunger Games book, but I haven’t seen the movie yet. In all honesty, I wasn’t planning to. Why? Because I was sure there was no way the movie could live up to the book. I’m a believer that books are generally better than their movie adaptations. We all visualize the setting, the characters and the scenes differently. There’s no way a movie can cater to all the different reader interpretations. Further, it’s very rare that everything in a book will make it into the movie. Even if a scene is included it may be tweaked and […]

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Six Sentence Sunday

Six Sentence Sunday

Visit all the participants’ blogs:  Here are another six sentences from my debut novel, Concilium, which releases in July through MuseItUp Publishing. The lights went out. The cabin and yard were bathed in inky blackness. The dark was oppressive, cavernous. I couldn’t see to get to the stairway and I couldn’t see who…or what….was in the room with me. I heard the whispering as it grew louder and the growls and snapping as the guys tried to hold back the Imbibo. “Miller?” I called softly, reaching out my arm in the darkness.   Don’t forget to look for Concilium in […]

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Book Review: The Weepers: The Other Life..

Book Review: The Weepers: The Other Life #1

This is a hard review to write. I have mixed feelings about the book. It was a unique story, but I think it was rushed. There were areas that could have been developed further. What I liked: The premise of the book is unique. I liked how the author switched between life after the virus and life before the virus by including little snippets of Sherry’s memories. It was clever. It had an open ending, leaving enough questions unanswered for the next installment in the series. What I didn’t like: I didn’t connect with the characters. The relationship between Joshua […]

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Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award

  JEFritz has shown some bloggy love and given me the Sunshine Award.  I LOVE these awards.  They are a fun way to acknowledge fellow writers/bloggers for their hard work.  Thank you, JEFritz! Rules:  Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Write a post about it. Answer the questions below. Pass it on to 10 bloggers who you think really deserve it and let them know. Questions: Favorite color: Pink Favorite animal: Penguins Favorite number:  Four – I have four wonderful children Favorite non-alcoholic drink: Coke Facebook or Twitter: I use both. My passion:  […]

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Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale

Shayla Witherwood: A Half-Faerie Tale

Shayla’s an adorable, sweet, witty high school junior who just happens to be a half-faerie. She’s lived an unconventional life travelling all over the country with her grandparents who raised her after her parent’s death. When her grandfather passes away, she and her grandmother settle down to live a “normal” life. But life as a half-faerie in a whole human world, especially in high school, is anything but normal. Shayla is warned by her grandmother not to let anyone know she is a faerie or use her faerie magic around humans. She is told keeping her half faerie secret is […]

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Six Sentence Sunday

Six Sentence Sunday

I’m continuing with snippets of my debut novel, Concilium, scheduled for release in July. Set-up: Miller, the hero, has been teaching Leslee to swim (can’t tell you why – spoiler).  In this scene she’s practicing floating… I felt him move away from me and lie in the water, reaching out and taking my hand in his. The feeling of floating next to him, holding hands, was intoxicating. I felt a little dizzy, and my body warmed, even in the cool water. I knew I was letting my guard down too far and too quick. Miller had warned me. Even Brooks […]

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Blood Oath by T.L. Clarke

Blood Oath by T.L. Clarke

WHAT I LIKED: There was a lot of description, giving the reader a very vivid view of the world the author was trying to create.The book is clean. No inappropriate use of strong language or sexual content.The author was able to mimic the way a younger person would speak/act.Even though it is a series, I liked that the story was a stand alone. I didn’t have to wade through a bunch of backstory from the previous book in the series. WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE:There were some editing issues and over use of passive voice. Violence: Mild Language: None Sexual content: […]

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Cover Reveal: Perfection by J.L. Spelbri..

Cover Reveal: Perfection by J.L. Spelbring

Take a look at this amazing cover! The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa’s spent her whole life under her creator’s strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic. Only Ellyssa isn’t perfect. Ellyssa feels emotions–a fact she’s spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having […]

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A New Tag you’re It

A New Tag you’re It

A new “Tag You’re It” is making the rounds and I’ve been tagged by the wonderful Margo Kelly.  So here’s the game: 1.  list ten things about yourself. 2. Tag ten bloggers to tag. Here are ten things you don’t know about me: 1.  I married my wonderful husband when I was 17.  My beautiful, talented (she’s a writer, too) daughter was born three years later. 2.  I have four kids. 3.  I collect Pens from anywhere that gives them out.  You never know when you’ll need a good pen! 4.  I love to snack on twizzlers when I write. 5.  […]

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Book Review: Oppression by Jessica Therr..

Book Review: Oppression by Jessica Therrien

I just finished reading Jessica Therrien’s debut novel, Oppression and – wow – loved it. What I liked:Loved William. Yummy lead. I felt a connection with Elyse. I’m sure we’ve all had periods in our lives when we’ve felt like the loner or outsider. Well for Elyse, this is every day, all the time. It made me love her and want to give her a hug just because I felt she needed one. She was a very real and likable character. The bond between Elyse and Anna felt real. I was rooting for them through the entire book and was […]

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Tell All Tuesday

Tell All Tuesday

This week I thought I’d ask you to tell about your work.  Whether it be a work in progress or a completed novel, tell us about it.  What inspired you to write it?  Share an excerpt or the jacket blurb and a buy link if you have one. Here’s mine: Completed Novel:  Concilium Genre:  Urban Fantasy Release Date:  July 2012 Website: www.conciliumbooks.com Publisher: Muse It Up Publishing Format: E-Book So what do you want everyone to know about your work? 

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Six Sentence Sunday

Six Sentence Sunday

Another installment from my upcoming debut novel Concilium scheduled to release in July. Set-up:  Leslee, the main character, has just met Miller.  A man she finds incredibly attractive but maddening to the core.  She’s just cut her foot and he’s carrying her off to get it bandaged… I was flung over his shoulder as he strode calmly through my house like he belonged there. It wasn’t like the romantic scenes in sappy movies where a man carefully carries a woman while gazing lovingly into her eyes. No,it was more like a caveman movie when the hairy, stinky caveman flops the […]

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Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price

Billed as “A major book for spring 2012—Starters is the first in a high-concept, two-book, futuristic thriller teen project by newcomer Lissa Price—a tremendous bestselling author in the making. Every major publisher wanted this book on their list.” I can’t say that I agree. What I didn’t Like: I found the first half of Starters to be slow. There was a lot of backstory centered around the “Spore Wars.” Although some was essential, I found this backstory bogged down the beginning of the book and could have been dispersed better throughout the storyline. I had trouble believing that Callie would […]

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Second Campaigner Challenge (of Fourth C..

Second Campaigner Challenge (of Fourth Campaign, February 2012)

Visit other Campaigners HERE Here is my second campaigner challenge based on the following prompts: Prompt 1: Two people are sitting together under the remains of a concrete bridge. Their backs are against a rusted bridge support. One person’s leg is cut. The other person has wet hair. Prompt 2: (Source) Prompt 3 (Source) Prompt 4 (Source) Prompt 5 (Source) I have chosen to:  Write a short story/flash fiction piece of less than 200 words based on the prompts And for the added difficulty/challenge: Ask Challenge entrants to critique your writing. (biting nails)   So, here we go: War and […]

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group

Insecure Writer’s Support Group

It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for This month I’m so excited by all the publicity my debut YA novel PODs is getting.  Some awesome people have opened their blogs for my cover reveal and now it’s making the “Waiting on Wednesday” rounds. My insecurity is that it’s too soon (releases June 2013) and everyone will have forgotten about it by then. But that isn’t the only issue.  Perhaps my biggest insecurity is that it won’t live up to all the hype. Of course I think it’s a great book, but will anyone else? […]

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Tag You’re It…

Tag You’re It…

I’ve been tagged by the incredibly nice Nick Wilford.  Here are his questions and my answers.   1. Who is your favourite character of all time and why? Nancy Drew.  The books really engaged me as a young child and kept me interested in reading.  A close second would be the boy (can’t remember his name) in Where The Red Fern Grows.  I loved the book. 2. When is your best time to write? Why? The best time for me to write is at night when everyone is asleep, but I think that’s because I started out writing then (I […]

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Tell all Tuesday

Tell all Tuesday

Plotter or Pantster – we hear the question a lot. We also have an assortment of craft books telling us exactly how to do it and why it’s the “best” way. But one method doesn’t work for every writer, so we end up twisting and turning those methods until they fit our needs.  And that’s okay.  For those you who are plotters, how do you do it?  What methods do you use?  If you use an outline, how do you make one?  By Chapter, by scene, or another way? I’m a pantster so I’m really interested in the methods and […]

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Six Sentence Sunday

Six Sentence Sunday

In anticipation of the release of my debut novel, Concilium, I’m going to be sharing snippets from it each Sunday from now until July when it is scheduled to be published in e-book format. This passage is from the first chapter.  The main character, Leslee, has just had and accident after nearly hitting a strange animal that darted across the road in front of her car. I probed the welt forming on my forehead. Warm liquid dripped from it into my eyes and down my nose. I swiped it away, smearing the warmth across my face. Dizzy and disoriented, I […]

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Tell All Tuesday

  There’s a lot of talk about how to write, what to write, how to write what you’re writing and on and on.  Not that reading craft books is bad – it’s not.  I’m always reading something relating to strengthening my craft, but I want to know where, when and what you’re wearing when you write. Does it make a difference where we write?  Does writing at Starbucks or the like spark your creativity or do you need a quiet, secluded place?  Do you write in the morning or evening and does it make a difference? If you write during […]

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Six Sentence Sunday

Six Sentence Sunday

This is another excerpt from my WIP Milayna.  This dream sequence happens after Milayna witnesses a woman plunge to her death from a bridge. I’m drowning. My lungs burn from lack of oxygen.  I try to hold my breath, but reflex, the need to fill my oxygen deprived lungs causes me to open my mouth and inhale.  The water fills my lungs, my head pounds, my chest burns.  My body tries to rid itself of the offending water and I cough, causing me to suck in more.  I’m dying. Check out the other participants:

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