Monthly Archives: December 2011

YA Indie Carnival – Farewell 2011!

YA  writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts, hopes and  dreams about what it’s like to go indie in today’s

publishing world.

 

Goodbye 2011:

As 2011 has finally come to an end its naturally the time to look at the year and decide if it was all worth it. So what did I do in 2011 that pushed my own boundries?

I gave up my full-time job. That’s a big Ouch! right there… but it was worth it.

I won an award for my very first fully completed YA novel … awesome.

I finished my second YA novel… a NANO project done and dusted.

I wrote my third YA novel in 24 days … mind-blowing.

Got my Valkyrie novels accepted by Evolved Publishing … OMG!

Began YA novel that I’d want to publish in 2012 as well.

 

Hello 2012!

I have a few writing plans for the year 2012!

Cover art for 3 books .. sooo exciting!

Writing Dead Embers and Dead Chaos … to deadline – eek!

Writing the 3 books in my Blood and Time Demon Hunter series … until my fingers bleed? yesss!

Working on a new website … ack!

So thats 5 books to complete… but who knows, I may up the target depending on how things go… or not!

For now I am just listening to the sounds of 2012 as it lands and grinds its way into daily life. As I see my youngest kid off to high school, see three special little babies come into the world, see my first series published and become an honest to goodness real life author, autograph the first paperback copy of my novel… sigh. It’s all a bit surreal but I will enjoy every minute, every second of it…

 

Please join the rest of the Carnies as they give salutations and felicitations to 2012:

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy
9. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog 10. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
11. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series 12. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
13. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 14. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
15. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 16. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
17. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 18. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
19. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 20. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
21. TG Ayer 22. Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood
23. Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga

FARSIGHTED Tour – Introducing Author Emlyn Chand

Announcing the Farsighted Social Media Whirlwind Tour!

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Farsighted eBook edition is just 99 cents this week.

What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes, including lots of Amazon gift cards (up to $100 in amount) and 5 autographed copies of the book. Be sure to enter before the end of the day on Friday, December 30th, so you don’t miss out.

To Win the Prizes

  1. Purchase your copy of Farsighted for just 99 cents on Amazon or Barnes & Noble
  2. Fill-out the form on Novel Publicity to enter for the prizes
  3. Visit today’s featured event; you may win an autographed copy of the book or a $50 gift card!
  4. BONUS: If you leave a comment on this blog post, you have another chance at $100!
  5. DOUBLE BONUS: If I receive more comments than any other blogger, *I* win $100.

…And I can win too!

Over 100 bloggers are participating in this gigantic event, and there are plenty of prizes for us too. The blogger who receives the most votes in the traffic-breaker poll will win a $100 gift card as well. So when you visit Novel Publicity’s site to fill-out the contest entry form, don’t forget to say that I referred you, so I can get a point in the poll.

The Featured Events include:

Monday, a guest blog on Novel Publicity! Emlyn kicks off the tour on the Novel Publicity Free Advice blog by discussing her brightly burning passion for books in a guest post entitled “My journey through the pages and toward a life-long love of reading.” One commenter will win an autographed copy of Farsighted. Don’t forget to enter for the other contest prizes while you’re over there!

Tuesday, Twitter sharing contest! A tweet is tiny, only 140 characters. But on Tuesday, it could win you $50. Send the following tweet across the twittersphere, and you just may win a $50 Amazon gift card. An autographed copy of Farsighted is also up for grabs. The winners will be announced Wednesday morning. Here’s the tweet: Looking for a fun read to round out your holiday break? The paranormal YA hit Farsighted is just 99 cents! http://ow.ly/81Dt1 #whirlwind

Wednesday, Google+ sharing contest! Yup, there’s yet another awesome opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card, and this time it just takes a single click! Visit Google+ and share Emlyn Chand’s most recent post (you’ll see the Stay Farsighted book cover included with it). On Thursday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. An autographed copy of Farsighted is also up for grabs. Two chances to win with just one click! How about that?

Thursday, Facebook sharing contest! Stop by Novel Publicity’s Facebook page and share their latest post (you’ll see the Farsighted book cover included with it). It’s ridiculously easy to win! On Friday morning, one lucky sharer will be $50 richer. An autographed copy of Farsighted is also up for grabs.

Friday, special contest on the author’s site! Are you ready for some more fun? Take a picture of yourself with your copy of Farsighted either in paperback or on an eReading device, then post it to Emlyn Chand’s Facebook page or email a copy to author@emlynchand.com. You just way win one of three Amazon gift cards! A $100 prize will go to the photo with the most interesting setting (so put your holiday travel time to work for you). Another $50 will go the funniest photo, and one more prize of $50 will go the scariest photo—this is a paranormal YA book after all. An autographed copy of Farsighted will go to one randomly selected entrant. For more details about this contest, please visit www.emlynchand.com.

Remember, it’s all about the books!

About Farsighted: Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider. Farsighted is the winner of the 2011 Dragonfly eBook Awards. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the Author: Emlyn Chand has always loved to hear and tell stories, having emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). When she’s not writing, she runs a large book club in Ann Arbor and is the president of author PR firm, Novel Publicity. Emlyn loves to connect with readers and is available throughout the social media interweb. Visit her on her website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.

Hello 2012. Goodbye World!

A Guest Post by Emlyn Chand

The New Year is upon us. And if the Mayans were right, so is the apocalypse. Oh, man… Just when Earth was getting good.

Well if I’m going to go by flame, flood, meteoric collision, or zombie uprising, I think it’s best to be prepared. No, not with a flame retardant unitard or a well-equipped cross bow, but with mental resolution—with a calm acceptance of humanity’s plight.

Consider this a combo suicide note/ Dear John letter to the world. I might as well get a few final words in (just in case those Mayans knew what they were talking about). Pfffhew, here goes…

Dear World,

I wish I didn’t have to write this letter. We’ve been together some twenty-seven years, and that’s a long time. Sure, we’ve had our clashes. You’ve sent a fair share of inclement weather my way. Remember that thunder storm when the tree almost broke through the window of my apartment? I was so scared. That was totally not cool on your part. And tornados? I mean what’s that about. Control your temper!

But I know I’ve hurt you too. I’ve been frivolous with your resources and have sometimes even—gasp—littered. I bought a V6 when I could’ve bought a hybrid. In fact, I think my carbon footprint is a size 12 at least—and that’s a size you have to special order at the shoe store. Yeah, I’m not saying I’m perfect. We all do things we regret, but Earth, you know I love you, right? That’s why it’s so difficult saying what I have to say…

We can’t be together anymore. I’ve heard talk of a major problem. They say you’re going to die a horrific death, and since I count on you for protection, I’m gonna die too. I’d like to say we’ll be together in the next world, but do planets go to Heaven? I can’t say for certain, so I think I should say goodbye instead.

We’ve had a good run, you and I. And I never regret having loved you. How I wish I could save us both, but who am I to interfere with an ancient prophecy?

I’ll miss the way you spill light through my closed blinds in the early morning, gently telling me it’s time to start my day. And I’ll remember fondly the way the ground smells after a restorative rain shower—the way the pitter patter on my skin prickles like teensy weensy fingers giving me a massage, the way the earthworms come out of the ground and dance on the pavement. The songs of birds in the morning are my favorite; they always sound so happy. I wish I understood the lyrics to their upbeat symphony so that I could join in with them. And ice cream? I’ll give you credit for that, because the cows are yours, the vanilla bean is yours, the sugar is yours. The taste is magnificent! To never feel that icy sensation arouse my taste buds again is such a great shame.

I’m tearing up now just thinking about all our good times together. I hope you’ll remember me with the same fondness. No matter what happens, I will ALWAYS love you.

Now it’s time to say goodbye. Go out with a smile,


Review: HUNT by Patti Larsen

Hunt (The Hunted #4)Hunt by Patti Larsen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Final instalment in the Hunted Series brings the headlong dash to freedom to a close. Reid struggles with the effects of the black powder and his need for more, while still needing his freedom. His strength is underlined in his actions – never leaving anyone behind, always striving for freedom, and conrolling the urges brought on by his changes.
HUNT is a satisfying conclusion to the thrilling series and Ms. Larsen constantly delivers in terms of writing, plot and charcter development.

Buy it on Amazon here.

View all my reviews


YA Indie Carnival – Secret Santa!

Remember when you were in school and someone decorated your locker with wrapping paper and candy canes and big red bows? Today there’s a note taped to the outside of your locker. It reads:
Enter the Secret Santa Giveaway from Dec. 16 to Dec. 22, 3PM Pacific and on Friday, Dec. 23, Noon Pacific you could find TONS of books inside!

SECRET SANTA 

GRAND PRIZE: A Kindle or Nook copy of the books featured on the Grand Prize List! http://yaauthorclub.blogspot.com 

To enter the Secret Santa GRAND PRIZE Giveaway just FOLLOW http://yaauthorclub.blogspot.com & comment on a carni’s site telling us why you’ve been naughty or nice this year. Each carni will have individual giveaways too so be sure to visit all the carnis to win as many books as possible!
ALL WINNERS ANNOUNCED 12/23/2011, Noon Pacific.

1st PRIZE

YA : Magic and Demons blend together in a tale filled with one girl’s battle against her inner self while trying to fit into an ever changing, complicated world.

2nd PRIZE

YA: Super secret, powerful and talented, these spy-kids bring a whole new meaning to human trafficking

3rd PRIZE

YA: The ability to travel through time brings with it a set of unusual problems for a teen who just wants to be normal

So who’s participating?

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy
9. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog 10. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed
11. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series 12. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
13. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 14. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
15. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 16. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
17. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 18. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
19. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 20. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
21. TG Ayer 22. Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood
23. thesis writers 24. buy research papers

Dead Radiance Playlist

Many storytellers use music to inspire their creativity, to support character development through the writing process, to set the mood of a scene allowing the right words to flow. On the other side of the coin are the readers who love to put music to the books they read, to imagine which song would be best for each heartbreak and each triumph their favourite characters experience.

I love to write to music. And I hate to write to music. It pretty much depends on the scene and my mood and probably even the moon – who knows! I use music when I feel the scene or the character needs a bit of backup. I only ever NEED music when I’m in dire need of drowning out the usual household cacophony – that’s when LP at full volume works wonders.
So, here it is:

The PLAYLIST for DEAD RADIANCE

1. Iridescent – Linkin Park

2. Bring Me To Life – Evanescence ft Linkin Park

3. Open up your eyes – Daughtry

4. Just a Kiss – Lady Antebellum

5. No ones listening – The Feelers

6. Hometown Glory- Adele

7. My immortal – Evanescence

8. Weak and the wounded – The Feelers

9. No more sorrow – Linkin Park

10. Burning in the skies – Linkin Park

11. Trying to get by – The Feelers


YA Indie Carnival: Cover Love

YA  writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts, hopes and  dreams about what it’s like to go indie in today’s publishing world.   The future’s so bright, we built our own place to play.

This week we talk about Covers! A topic close to my heart as I am going through the process of cover design (happy dance…)

My top pick for cover is

WITCH HUNT by Patti Larsen

WITCH HUNT by Patti Larsen

It has all the elements of a perfect cover for Syd’s second story. I love the pentagram! The eye is mysterious and sexy without being creepy. The colours are simply HOT, and suits the way Patti kicks the heat up a notch FAMILY MAGIC, the first book in the series.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book is pure art. I have the hardcover version and I have to say there is nothing quite like holding a piece of art in your hands!

Cover Artist Pick

Angel_Oscuro_by_fick3r via DeviantArt

My third cover is a shout out to a talented artist – Daniel Priego. This piece is typical of what I would like for a cover.

So what do you love about Book Covers?

Are there as important as the book- or not so much?

Is there a cover that totally gives you the warm and fuzzies?

 

So who’s else is participating? Go on and visit the other Carnies for some Cover Luurv!

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy 10. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed 12. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13. Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 16. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 20. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 22. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
23. TG Ayer 24. Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood

YA Indie Carnival: Fiction Pie

YA  writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts, hopes and  dreams about what it’s like to go indie in today’s publishing world.  The future’s so bright, we built our own place to play.

This week we talk about recipes for plotting our stories.

I always thought I was a Pantser aka flying by the seat of the pants. It’s the romantic version of the creation of words. As opposed to the evil, organised, planned creation called Plotting.  But, as much as I claimed that wild horses would never drag me over to the dark side, I had to come to terms with it. Eventually.

The first pin to burst my bubble was the matter of a full request from an agent. With first draft in hand I had to begin the process of edits. Yup, some like ‘em, some hate ‘em. But editing, like sleep, is totally and unequivocably necessary. So I edited.

Problem was, my WIP had timelines and flashbacks. And I’d only done two things to get this novel moving :

1. Planned the whole novel in my head aka many, many daydreams.
2. Used Chris Vogler’s 12 Step Hero’s Journey in THE WRITER’S JOURNEY to do a rough outline, and used the 3 Act structure to plane the beginning, middle and end (yeah, I promised myself this was not plotting)

So when I started my edit, I realised I was all fired up with no idea where I needed to go. So I Googled. Yup. I did. The amazing thing was I found I was not alone in my quest to learn.

And further I found I had actually done a bit of serious planning along the way. You see, I like mind maps. I love to visualise things. And I’m a bit lazy to do the whole pen and paper thing. A while back I’d searched online for a neat mapping tool and found Freemind. It’s brilliant. Even has Export to Excel and Word options. Brilliant. So I mapped out my 3 Acts, then used the 12 Step Hero’s Journey to create a basic structure. And after a while, this is what I ended up with:

Yup. I was totally guilty of plotting. Glad I didn’t know it at the time. Using this ‘guide’ I wrote the book, one scene at a time. Even more amazing, this basic outline was enough to keep me moving so quickly that I finished writing this book in 24 days (not counting weekends as apparently my family owned my weekends and I couldn’t complain, not really).

But, despite this great and detailed amount of non-planning I still had problems editing. So I went back to Excel. Excel and I are friends. After winning NANOWRIMO 2010 I used and eventually bought Scrivener for Windows. Scrivener is amazing, and has the option to Export scene descriptions. So I dumped the final descriptions unto Excel and neatened the spreadsheet up, using it to track my progress, any scene changes, and the length of my scenes for pacing. And this is what I ended up with:

Yup, I pretty much tracked everything, and managed to complete the first full edit in a month. I especially liked the little graphs that measured the length of my scenes. This was awesome for pacing, to remind me to split the longer scenes, to revise in case my scenes were too long and tension filled, and to check if those little scenes were really needed to move the story along. Not to mention a bunch of other things … The best thing the spreadsheet did was to help me with my Timeline, as days, weeks and months merged to create a neat little novel.

And this became my process. You see, I found this publishing company who was keen on me, and as these things go, there are editors and copy editors poking around in those precious words I created. So it’s really good to have a plan under such circumstances. I realised I had created my own little recipe for the creation of a novel.

And as with most recipes it will most likely get tweaked, added too, slimmed down, and eventually perfected into the perfect plan.

And then, it will probably change… :)

Coming December 16! You let us know why you’ve been naughty or nice and enter to win books at each carni’s booth all week, from 12/16 to 12/23. On Dec. 23, find out what books you’ve won!

‘Tis the Season of the Squeee!

In preparation for December’s release of Guardians of the Cross, author T. R. Graves is sending out a coupon which will allow the most-recent edition Warriors of the Cross Click here to downloaded for FREE. Enter coupon LY87N good through 12/20/11. Guardians of the Cross will be released 12/24!

Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie Releases December 24th! Join her blog tour NOW!

Friend of the Carnival Tiffany King’s Blog tour for book 3 in The Saving Angels series on NOW!

Check out the new trailer for The Midnight Guardian series by Bryna Butler!
Melissa Pearl, YA author of Golden Blood has just started a new blog called YAlicious. It’s a blog to celebrate YA fiction and aimed at teens and readers of YA. Swing on by and check it out!

Visit the rest of the Carnival entertainers for their special recipes, concoctions and creations:

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy 10. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed 12. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13. Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 16. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 20. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 22. Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
23. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter 24. TG Ayer, Author of Dead Radiance
25. Melissa Pearl, author of Golden Blood

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