Thursday, December 20, 2012

Heartfelt 25-Page Critique Auction Bid & Other Bloggy Stuff

I've struggled to come up with a post this week. I have lots to chat about, but since last Friday, I've felt anything I post will be in vain. Meaningless. Blah. Like the rest of the country, I can't seem to wrap my head around the recent tragedy. 

On a positive note...

Check out what one super gal, Catherine Stine , author of FIRESEED ONE is doing to assist. I also received word that Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators will be organizing book donations to fill the library of Sandy Hook's new location. Details are still in the process of being worked out. Contact your regional SCBWI group to participate.

Melissa Maygrove awarded me the Addictive Blog award. Thanks, Chica! I love her Grammar Police Monday. I always learn something. :) For the Addictive Blog award, we're supposed to mention why we blog. I began blogging back in 2010 to connect with other writers and possible readers. I'm going to cheat and pass on the award to whomever comments (if y'all want it).

Angela Brown and Gwen Gardner, who've formed Partners in ParanormYA, have created a newsletter. Click HERE to sign up for it! Did you know our own Gwen also started her own business? Check out her Indie Services here.

Author Roland Yeomans tells us how to write a bestseller. Here's a lesson from his post: "You have to be the first to twist the familiar in an unfamiliar way." Don't you just love that?

Like most bloggers, I'll take next week off for the holidays. I'll return Wed. Jan. 2 for a super, great, EXCITING post for IWSG. I simply cannot wait!! *Squeals*

Wanted to share my two lovely little ladies with you...HAPPY HOLIDAY'S Y'ALL!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Amazingly Talented Kelley Lynn Reveals Cover for FRACTION OF STONE!

Today, I have something special for y'all. A blog buddy of mine (and possibly yours!) revealed her fabulous cover this week for her upcoming YA novel, FRACTION OF STONE. If you don't know Kelley Lynn, you should! To say she's talented, would be the understatement of the year. A chemical engineer by day, who also writes, plays tons of sports, participates in 1/2 marathons, travels the world, and is also a vocalist, I'm fairly certain Kelley Lynn can do it all. Enough from me, I'll let Kelley take it from here...

"Wow. I can't believe the day is here! Time for the FRACTION OF STONE cover reveal.

Before we get into that, I just want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me get this far. All the fine people who are helping with this cover reveal, my CPs/Betas, family and friends. And of course, thank you to Sapphire Star Publishing for helping make my dream a reality. (And also letting me have a huge say in how this cover looks.) I am so, so excited and feel so blessed.

To thank you all, there is a drawing for 2 ARCs of FRACTION OF STONE which you can enter to win at the bottom of this post! You can enter until December 14th at which point the winners will be chosen.

Okay, now that, that has been said. Here we go!"

Book information:

Fraction of Stone
 by Kelley Lynn
Release Date: March 21st, 2013 by Sapphire Star Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy
Book Description:

Wind tunnels, torrential rains and earthquakes tear apart Casden. The cause of the world’s imbalance is unknown, but the mounting occurrences suggest there’s little time before life ceases to exist.

Rydan Gale and Akara Nazreth are the only humans with the ability to wield magic. The tattoo on their necks and the discovery of an ancient book, dictate they are the key to the world’s survival.

But the greatest obstacle for saving mankind isn’t the bizarre creatures, extreme betrayals and magic-fearing men hunting them.

It’s that Akara doesn’t believe the world is worth saving. 


About the Author:

Eventually the day came when the voices in Kelley Lynn’s head were more insistent then her engineering professor’s. So instead of turning to her Thermodynamics book, Kelley brought up a blank page on her computer screen and wrote. Somewhere along the way she became a Young Adult author.

Kelley was born and raised a Midwestern girl. She’s not afraid to sweat and fills her free time with softball, soccer and volleyball. (Though you probably don’t want her on your volleyball team.) She occasionally makes guest appearances as a female vocalist for area bands.

You can find Kelley hanging out at her blog, titled in her name, as well as the group blog she shares with her fellow critique partners, Falling for Fiction. Kelley is a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.

Kelley Lynn's LinksBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

For her Rafflecopter Giveaway, please visit her blog HERE!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Here's To You, Alex!

Today, we celebrate our fearless Ninja leader. It's the Cheers, Cavanaugh Blogfest. If you write & blog, you know Alex. If you don't, you must. The Alexfeast, I mean fest, is hosted by Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy, Stephen Tremp, and David Powers King, the BlogFest runs from December 10 - 12.   

Remember, Alex, this is a celebration of YOU. You must know we all adore and admire you. You're a rock star! In 191-words (bold-faced), here's my slice of roast.

I've often imagined our Alex as a rock star. You know, like Jon Bon Jovi or Eddie Van Halen, playing lead guitar, bringing down the house.

But what does Alex really look like after he removes his rock star getup?

He's just a regular dude. Clean-cut, tall, thin build, genuine smile, well-dressed, and I'm seeing reading specs.

Sheldon Cooper.jpg
"Take me back in time!"
Who would I have play Alex in a documentary? After careful consideration, I tried to think of the one actor who for me screams lover-of-all-that-is-Sci-Fi...and he's super smart! No offense, Alex. But who doesn't love a little Sheldon C.?

*clears throat--hums tune of Soft Kitty*

Jim Parsons

Who does Alex remind me of? Unlike Sheldon C. who's not at all social, Alex reminds me of...

The guy back in high school who was everyone's best friend. Helpful, considerate, fun loving, voted "most successful in life,"  and would give you the shirt off his back. Yeah, he's that guy.

My Flash Fiction, using the required words: Cavanaugh, Ninja, IWSG, Cosbolt, & Guitar:

Strumming his Cosbolt guitar, lead singer of Dark Ninja, strutted across the stage. He'd never felt so alive. Electricity pumped through his veins, as the crowd chanted his name, "Cavanaugh!" They'd performed at the IWSG many times before, but tonight was special. She was here. Standing in the front row, his wife winked, blowing him a kiss.

For the first time in the history of Dark Ninja, the lead guitarist appeared on stage without his make-up, without his rock-star wig. Even though the house was full, tonight wasn't for the crowd. It'd been ten years today. Tonight, he'd play for her.

And last, but not least, a kind thank you to Mrs. C.

Dear Mrs. Cavanaugh,

As I'm sure you know, Alex rocks the house of our online family! We appreciate your sacrifice of lending him out. Without Alex, there'd be no IWSG. And without IWSG, many writers wouldn't be where they are today. Thanks!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

IWSG & Santa's Letter

When I was seven, I sat on Santa's lap at the mall and told him he was a phony. I blurted out to everyone, "Santa isn't real." Two days before Christmas, I received a hand-written letter from Santa telling me that if I didn't believe in him, I would receive rocks in my stocking. Although the handwriting bore an uncanny resemblance to my step-dad's, I announced to the family that I believed. I was seven. I wanted presents.

I learned a valuable lesson then. In order to achieve my desires, I need to believe. This carries over into everything I do, especially writing. If I want to succeed, I must believe with all my heart and soul that I will succeed. If I want to be an author, I have to believe I can do it. It's a simple concept. 

Your belief needs to be genuine. Tell yourself you can achieve your goals. Believe and make it happen. In honor of December's Insecure Writers Support Group post, I've written Santa a letter I'd like to share with you. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, BELIEF is universal. Santa, if you're out there, listening, I believe. 

If you're unfamiliar with the IWSG, you must check out Alex Cavanaugh's group on the link above. It has changed my writing life.

No News is Good News...right?
I'd hoped with double-crossed fingers that I'd have news to share with you all, but it'll have to wait. Maybe soon.

Blog Award
Also, I was awarded the Liebster Blog award by Laurel at Laurel's Quill. Although I'm extremely honored, this award is for bloggers with under 200 followers. I'm passing the award on to ANY of my bloggy friends who have 200 or fewer peeps. You may visit Laurel's blog to find out the details. Check out her amazing photos on her blog! Thanks Laurel for thinking my blog worthy!!

Check back on Friday for my late week post. Also, DON'T forget to check in next week, as I'll be participating in the long-awaited Alexfest. Oh boy! this will be fun!

Happy writing, y'all~