Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Plumes Do Florida


Okay, this Sunday I will be leaving South Carolina to venture down to Orlando to meet up with all the lovely ladies (and gentleman) that comprise the Paranormal Plume Society.  This picture is the original group, but now it will include the likes of the extremely talented Shelly Crane, Addison Moore and Courtney Cole.  YAY!  We'll be attending some functions at several local schools and then doing book signings in the evenings.  In and around all of that, hijinks and fun will ensue:D  What else would a lively bunch such as the Plumes do when we're away for a few days together?  LOL  Needless to say, I'm very excited!!

Until then, I'll be working on finishing up the last 1/3 of GRAVITY.  In light of all the things I have yet to do this week, I'm not sure I'll be able to get it completed before I go, but I'm going to try.  It's my goal to at least get it done and out to my beta readers.  That way, when I get back I can begin editing it, get it published that following week and then resume work on MADLY book 3.  I hope to be so settled, so back into my old routine, so recovered from the holidays that I'll be able to work on two books at once again.  If that's the case, I'll be working on MADLY and the second and final book to WICCAN.  That's the plan anyway, what I'm hoping for *crosses fingers* 

Thank y'all for being so incredibly awesome and patient while I get my mojo back.  I'm feeling almost normal these days and look forward to February being like a sigh of relief as far as being back to the old me.  Yep, can't wait!

Happy reading, y'all, and have an amazing week!

Friday, January 20, 2012

YA Indie Carnival- What Reading Teaches


It's Friday again.  YAY!  I must admit I'm glad to see this one arrive.  Not that I don't like every other Friday, but some are much more of a relief.  And this one certainly is.

So today's topic is:

What Reading Teaches A Writer

Well, the answer to that is simple--pretty much everything.  The basics of language and grammar and communicating via the written word are obviously first obtained in school.  Then, if you're anything like me, the vast majority of it is soon forgotten.  I couldn't tell you what a dangling participle is if my life depended upon it.  What I can tell you is that it's not as gross as it sounds.  *insert weak laughter here*  Okay, so I can do better than that, but maybe it kept you awake amid the talk of school and English classes.  I was afraid you might need a little something  to keep you from nodding off.  Anyway, I think reading is what gives legs to all that you learned in school and then teaches you all sorts of other things.  It teaches a writer how to build a realistic world, even if it's a foreign one, how to form compelling characters, how to construct an exciting plot and how quickly to race toward the climax.  It teaches us how to engage people and excite them, how to tickle their imagination and tease their senses.  I think reading is very important to a writer and I'm not sure there have ever been any successful ones who didn't.  Writing is one of those professions where you don't have to have formal training, but I think what you do have to have is experience, only this experience comes in the form of visiting other people's worlds, meeting their characters, becoming invested in their lives and in the outcome of the story.  That is the most invaluable experience any writer can have, in my opinion.  But, then again, that's just my opinion.

What are your thoughts?

Now, I have a couple of announcements before I send you off to visit the other carnis.  There are two books being offered for FREE on Amazon right now.  Did you get that?  They're FREE!  That's worth spreading the word about, right?  Right.  So I hope you will.  Tell everyone.  Hopefully they'll thank you and run right off to the computer to download their little hearts out.  That's what I'm hoping anyway.  And thank you in advance for telling everyone you see--even if they don't have a Kindle.  LOL 

Blood Like Poison by yours truly is available until midnight on Monday and The Understorey by Fisher Amelie is available until tomorrow night.  Go get 'em and then let us know how you liked them when you finish.  We'd certainly appreciate it:)

Also, Dani over at Refracted Light Reviews will be hosting our own Patti Larsen's Family Magic Tour along with a giveaway so go check it out here

That's it for me.  TGIF and, as always, happy reading!

Dani Snell Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Laura Elliott Author of Winnemucca as well as 13 on Halloween, book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series
Amy Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Rachel Coles Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
T.R. Graves Author of Warriors of the Cross
PJ Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
K.C. Blake Author of Vampire Rules
Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You & Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
Madeline Smoot Author of Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
Cidney Swanson Author of Ripple series
Heather Self Blogger, Reviewer and upcoming Indie Author
Heather M. White, Author of The Destiny Saga
Melissa Pearl, Author The Time Spirit Trilogy
T. G. Ayer
Bryna Butler, Author of Midnight Guardian series

Friday, January 13, 2012

YA Indie Carnival- Books I'm Grateful For


Well, after some seriously crazy holidays, we're back!  Back on the merry-go-round, back to regular life, back to writing, which is something I'm particularly grateful for.  But that's not what I'm here to talk about today.  Today our topic is:

Books I'm grateful for and why

My answer is actually fairly simple, as all my most influential books seems to point to one thing--LOVE.  Love in all its forms--unconditional, self-sacrificing, happy, tearful, painful, perfect, blissful, tumultuous, satisfying.  There aren't enough adjective to describe love and here's where I got my first tastes of it.

My first favorite book for pretty much every reason ever is, of course, the Bible.  It was the first book I ever owned in life--literally. It was a sweet little zippered, illustrated gift from my parents.  I still have it.  Yes, it has my baby scribble in it.  Yes, it has my learning-to-make-my-letters scribble in it.  Yes, it has some fairly intuitive notes as I learned to actually pay attention in church in it.  Most importantly, though, it has all the life lessons I'll ever need to learn in it.  And it taught me about love.  Real love.  The kind that puts other's needs above your own.  The kind that always does the right thing, even when it hurts.  The kind that is as unconditional as we as humans can experience it.  The kind that's as unconditional as God Himself can give it.  That kind of love.

My second favorite book was Cinderella.  Yep, the original Cinderella.  The one with the golden spine.  I had it memorized.  Mom said she could never skip anything because I'd know and I'd make her read it the right way.  Apparently we even got to the point where I would to read it to her--even before I could actually read.  I guess in retrospect that should have been a big clue as to where my life would go.

My third favorite book was, as you've heard me say before, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss.  It was this most amazing historical romance with a fascinatingly fierce leading man, an outrageously strong leading lady and an awe-inspiring epic love story expertly woven between them.  If you've never read it and that sort of thing is your cup of tea, I highly recommend it!  To me, books like that--stories like that--never get old.  

My fourth favorite book, which I wasn't even going to mention, is one that introduced me to the gut-wrenching kind of love that many authors choose to write about.  *cough cough* Nicholas Sparks *cough cough*  It was a little book called The Thorn Birds by  Colleen McCullough.  It's a love story. It's a heartbreaking love story that has haunted me since my first exposure to it.  It's one of those books where no one gets the happy ending.  Everyone does what's right rather than what love demands and they all die miserable.  Well pretty much.  It's fabulous, don't get me wrong.  I'm just not an unhappy ending kind of person.  Or even a bittersweet ending kind of person.  I like the ride-off-into-the-sunset, happily-ever-after kind.  Period.  But I can still appreciate the other kinds.  And they still make an impression.  And this one did.  But I still prefer the rainbows and roses.  I get enough of reality just living life.  I don't need an extra dose of melancholy in my entertainment.  Thanks, but no thanks. 

Okay, so there you have it.  These are just a few of the books I'm most grateful for.  I'm sure you have your own stories, so by all means, leave me a comment and share.  I'm all about hearing your stories, as those of you who chat with me know:)

TGIF y'all!  Hope your Friday the 13th is a little spooky...in a good way.  Happy reading!!!

Go check out my fellow carnis' book choices!!

Dani Snell Refracted Light Reviews
Patti Larsen Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, The Hunted Series and the Hayle Coven Novels
Courtney Cole Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Fisher Amelie Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Laura Elliott Author of Winnemucca as well as 13 on Halloween, book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series
Amy Jones Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles
Rachel Coles Author of Diary of a Duct Tape Zombie, Whistles, Beergarden, Plagues, Bees of St. John, and Mushrooms
T.R. Graves Author of Warriors of the Cross
PJ Hoover Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis
Cheri Schmidt Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden
Lexus Luke Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga
Suzy Turner Author of December Moon and Raven
K.C. Blake Author of Vampire Rules
Gwenn Wright Author of Filter
Kimberly Kinrade Author of Bits of You & Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind
Madeline Smoot Author of Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
Cidney Swanson Author of Ripple series
Heather Self Blogger, Reviewer and upcoming Indie Author
Heather M. White, Author of The Destiny Saga
Melissa Pearl, Author The Time Spirit Trilogy
T. G. Ayer
Bryna Butler, Author of Midnight Guardian series

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Too Many Resolutions! Make it Stop!

I don't really do New Year's resolutions per se, I just always have several things that I want to improve upon or begin or quit shortly after Christmas. Like eating pounds and pounds of chocolate for instance:D  LOL  It just so happens that these revelations and epiphanies somewhat coincide with New Years.  This year I'm totally overcome with resolutions, epiphanies and revelations.  Sheesh!  I didn't realize I was such a train wreck last year:D  hehe  Anyway, this year the holidays were particularly hard on my inspiration and creativity.  I've started 4 different books and have not a single title completed and ready to publish, so I'm sure it goes without saying that part of my 2012 resolution is to find my muse, wrestle her to the ground, drag her back by her hair and settle down into my groove.  Some days I think I'm back on solid ground.  Other days, not so much.  I'm still sticking with the plan, though, which is to finish and publish GRAVITY, the new book I'm working on, then finish MADLY book 3 then start on WICCAN's second and final book and then (maybe, probably, hopefully) the second of Cat's NINE LIVES.  That's a pretty ambitious plan, right?  Yeah, I know.  But I published 9 books last year, so I don't think what I'm aiming for by summer is in any way NOT do-able.  I just think I'm gonna have to tighten the time belt a little.  And that goes for the chocolate one, too.  DANG IT!!

I hope y'all had amazing holidays and that 2012 has started off in a most phenomenal way and only gets better with each passing day.  I figure it this way: as long as we have hope that tomorrow will be awesome, we're good to go, right?  Right.  I mean, seriously!  Where would we be without hope? 

Happy 2012 everybody!!