Archive for the ‘Flake-out Friday’ Category

Last Friday, I went to NYC to meet with my publicist. I also got to meet a group of wonderful authors from Entangled Publishing. AND I GOT TO HANG OUT WITH JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT! (Yes, I fan girl screamed, but I warned her and it really wasn’t that loud because we were at the Harvard Club and I had to maintain some semblance of decorum, right?)

In the midst of “media training,” I got to chat with the other authors and learn all about the work they are doing.

You know what?

I kind of felt like a tribute from The Hunger Games heading to Capitol City. Seriously. I had to wear make up, dress nice, and do an interview IN FRONT OF A VIDEO CAMERA! (AND the food was FAB!) LOL!

Really though, I was totally put at ease by the group.

Not only are writers friendly and supportive online, but they are also friendly and supportive in REAL LIFE!

Gotta say, it was a totally uplifting experience.

Tell me, gang, any of you have an awesome experience with other authors? PLEASE SHARE. :)

Oh, and here’s a picture of me in The Algonquin. I understand it’s been a place for authors to hang out for decades. What a way to start off my debut adventure!

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Hi gang!

Guess what?

I’m heading to NYC today. Gonna meet with my publicist and do a taped interview. (It’s for my upcoming website.)


I’m so nervous, lol!

Wish me luck, friends. See you Monday! (Be sure to ask your character or writing related #MentalHealthMonday question so I can host it on my blog Mondays.) ;)

Happy Writing!

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TLC recently launched the series, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

When I first saw the commercial for it, I rolled my eyes in disgust. Really? REALLY??? THIS is what we’re choosing for television???

On the other hand, I have to admit the girl gained popularity and a following from her time on Toddlers and Tiaras (and her mom is an Extreme Couponer). As much as it pains me, there’s good publicity there and people are eating it up!

I’m wondering what us writers/authors can extrapolate from this phenomenon of combining shock value, voyeuristic fanaticism, and the need to watch train wrecks into a marketing marvel, considering authors have to figure out how to make themselves stand out from the pack in order to garner sales.

What say you, friends? Any ideas???

(pic from huffington post)

(pic from Futurama meme site)

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As authors, we have to market ourselves. Lots of authors have readings and signings at bookstores, libraries, schools, etc.

Ever thought about having a reading for animals? Well, here you go:

(from LOL cats)

 And if you ever do a reading at an open mic night, make sure this guy isn’t there cuz he’ll just steal your thunder. ;)

(also from LOL cat)

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My dad cleaned out the storage shed in the back yard and found a lot of high school stuff I’d put away years ago. He brought the boxes to my house and I’ve been sorting through them bit by bit.

Finding my cheerleading jacket really brought back some memories. I was never really good at the jumps and stuff, but I had fun cheering, going to the games, and watching my team get creamed watching the athletes compete.

What fun memorabilia have you come across from high school?

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Hey all!


Because I’ve got a deadline looming, I’ll be taking next week off from blogging.

See you soon and remember, if you have a psych related question for a character, don’t hestiate to ask and I’ll answer it on Mental Health Monday!

A question (or three) before I go:

What is editing like for you? What do you like or dislike? What do you think of the final product?

And, finally, I leave you with some fun writing quotes I found. Click HERE to go to the website. ;)

The simpler you say it, the more eloquent it is. ~ August Wilson

The first draft of anything is shit. ~ Ernest Hemingway

Rereading reveals rubbish and redundance. ~ Duane Alan Hahn

Always avoid alliteration. ~ Author Unknown 

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Aparna Nair, a treasured colleague and uber-talented photographer (she shot my author photo, yay!!) bestowed me with the Inspiring Blog Award.


Check out her blog to see some of her FAB photo art.

Now, I’m supposed to share 7 facts about myself…

1) My favorite color is midnight blue. I liked how the crayon itself looked so much different from the color on paper.

2) I enjoy watching British comedies on Saturday night.

3) My screened-in porch is like a vacation and since moving into my house a year ago, I’ve really lost my desire to “get away.”

4) I own a cow pillow pal.

5) I’m terrible with names and often forget the names of my characters.

6) I’m very grumpy when I’m tired. And I’m frequently tired, LOL!

7) Though I don’t really “believe” in astrology, I’m often struck by how accurate my sign describes me. (I’m a Libra.)

I’m also supposed to pass this on to 15 other bloggers, but I just can’t pick–I LOVE EVERYONE’S BLOGS!!!!

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Trolling the interwebz last weekend, I spied a website whitetrashrepairs.com. Not the most PC term, but the site catalogues pics of cob-job masters that’d put MacGyver to shame. Here are a few of my fav pics!



Anything catch your eye?

Don’t forget to check out my GIVEAWAY posts. There’s a week left to enter!

Click HERE to see my announcement and book + 3 chapter crit giveaway (just leave a comment to enter)

Click HERE to check out Rachel Firasek’s new novella and get a chance to win it (just leave a comment)

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A dear friend, Author Rachel Firasek, has a NEW NOVELLA out and I wanted to give her a shout out in celebration!! It’s titled, CREATING FATE, and is part of the UNSPUN SERIES of 3 novellas by 3 authors.

It’s a super fun read, filled with action, lively characters, and LOVE.

Here’s the blurb (from Amazon):

She gave away her heart…
Giving her heart to a mortal wasn’t something the First Fate planned. Losing him nearly shattered her soul. Upon his death, Clotho swore never to love—or weave life—again. Hoping she’ll change her mind before it’s too late, Zeus commands the spinner of life to take a much needed vacation from her immortal responsibilities.

He had to hide his…
Dane is close to cracking the drug ring he’s spent the last two years infiltrating, but needs to perform one last heist to meet the head man and prevent an impending war. An undercover agent, he’s now on the run from drug lords, thieves and with the very woman whose tears make him forget his purpose.

Together they’ll find a way back from the dark.
Chloe will have to put her trust a man she believes is like the ones that killed her fiance, or face an eternity on Earth. Without the desire for life, hope could slip through the cracks of time if he doesn’t love away her sorrow.

I’d like to give away a copy of CREATING FATE to one lucky commenter. :)

Considering I’m also hosting a giveaway to celebrate my second novel getting published, let’s close both contests at the same time so I can announce winners for both on the same day.

SO, that means you have until 11:59 EST, Tuesday, July 24, friends.

Spread the word, please, and do give Rachel a congrats! ;)

You can visit her Amazon Author Page to see her other novels–she’s on FIRE!

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I’d like to give a big THANKS to Doreen Cox for passing the Versatile Blogger Award on to me. She published a memoir, ADVENTURES IN MOTHER SITTING. It chronicles Doreen’s and her mother’s lives while Doreen’s mom suffers through dementia. Doreen was her mom’s primary caregiver and she documented the experience and put it in book form to share with others.

So, I’m supposed to share 7 things about myself. BUT, Doreen had a fun idea of having one of my characters share 7 things about herself. Last week, you learned about Nickie’s big secret. (She’s my MC from SHIFTING PRIDE, a YA Paranormal.) Today, I’ll share facts about her “human side.” ;) (It’s okay, she won’t mind.)

1) Nickie hopes to be Lady MacBeth in the next Drama Club production.

2) Nickie really hates skateboarders. They interrupt her practicing lines all the time when she walks home from school.

3) Nickie HATES tuna fish. Well, she hated it BEFORE she started to change…

4) Nickie’s room is full of old Drama Club props from previous plays she’s been in.

5) Nickie’s mom insists they have Game Night every week. So Nickie gets to have quality time with her brother. Yay. (not)

6) Nickie’s favorite band is Breaking Benjamin.

7) Nickie desperately misses her dad; she’s the only one who believes he’s still alive.

Poor Nickie, right?

Also, I’m supposed to nominate 10 other Versatile bloggers…BUT THERE’S SO MANY OF YOU!!! SO, please do share something about yourself and feel free to post the Versatile Blogger Award on your blog, okay? Okay.

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