Mental Health Monday–Periodic Reassessment

Anachron Press is hosting a pre-order special to the first 50 folks who pre-order the URBAN OCCULT anthology. Pre-order now and get a copy of Day of Demons for FREE! My story, City of Lights and Stone is in the Day of Demons anthology. 😉

Here are the deets:

Urban Occult Limited Pre-Order

Limited to 50.

Behind urban life, weird and horrific things fester. 

The whispers and chills of things long gone… the promise of power from the darkness… the seduction of those that lie in the shadows… the occult is all around us: in town houses, in mansions, and in your very own street.

Editor Colin F. Barnes collected together fifteen stories by a cast of critically acclaimed authors from around the globe who look into the stygian gloom, explore the dark corners of our houses, and peer into the abyss of human temptation.

Featuring stories by: Gary McMahon, Ren Warom, Gary Fry, Mark West, K.T. Davies, Nerine Dorman, Alan Baxter, Adam Millard, Julie Travis, Jason Andrew, James Brogden, A.A Garrison, Jennifer Williams, Sarah Anne Langton, and Chris Barnham.

Special Pre-Order Edition Limited to 50.

This pre-order edition means you will get the book at least a week to two weeks ahead of general release and:

A FREE ebook version (for any eReader)

and A FREE ebook of Day of Demons. (eBooks will be emailed to you on the 4th of March).

Just £9.99 (+£2.99 shipping anywhere in the world).

Pre-Order here: http://www.anachronpress.com/product/anthologies/urban-occult-limited-pre-order/

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Time is money and us spread-too-thin multi-taskers have to spend it wisely.

For me, I spend around 50 hours a week doing day job stuff, and sometimes work weekends (those 12 day stretches really exhaust me!).

That leaves nights and weekends for writerly stuff. Encompassed in that time is blogging, visiting blogs, social media-ing, marketing, reading, reviewing, critting, writing, and editing. I tend to reserve reading and critting for weeknight stuff and writing and blogging for weekends, when I’m fresher.

Note the placement of each item.

It’s quite scary that writing and editing are last.

I’m a writer who writes after everything else is done. Shouldn’t that be the other way around?

Gosh, admitting this makes me sad.

When I first started writing, that’s where most of my time went. Sure, I’d spend some time on forums (like QueryTracker), but for the most part, my brain was hyperfocused on writing and that’s what I did.

With time came critting.

Then I started this blog.

Then I joined Facebook and Twitter.

Marketing came after New Pride and Shifting Pride were published.

With each added item, writing got shoved further down the list.

I’ve been feeling the pain about this for a while, but now it’s time to admit I need to do something.

I need to reassess where I’m at.

My goal is to incorporate more writing and editing into my routine. I will continue blogging, but may do only two posts a week. There will be the odd week with the same M-W-F routine, based on previously scheduled posts. 😉

I’m getting back to basics.

What about you guys? Do you engage in periodic reassessment? What have you learned by checking in with your routine every so often?

Flake-out Friday–StoryFinds.com

I’ve learned over the years that authors need a strong presence in the Interwebz. Visibility is KEY in getting the word out for your books. And there’s a TON of ways to do it.

I strongly favor my blog, website, Facebook, and Twitter. I’m having fun with YouTube book trailers.

Today, I’d like to share StoryFinds.com with you. Started up by a fellow Etopia Press YA author, Renee D. Field, StoryFinds highlights authors and their books. There’s a $20 fee to be featured on the blog, Facebook page, and Twitter.

This week, StoryFinds has featured YA paranormal books, including me (SHIFTING PRIDE) and fellow Etopia Press YA authors Sara Hubbard (BLOOD, SHE READ) & Theresa McClinton (THE STONE GUARDIAN).

StoryFinds on Facebook

StoryFinds on Twitter

Here is the direct link to Themed Week:
http://storyfinds.com/section/themed_week

Take a gander!

What sites have you found good for visibility?

Happy writing!!!

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As I mentioned on Monday, I entered the cover art for NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE in the Houston Bay Area Romance Writers Association’s Judge A Book By Its Cover Contest. JABBIC is a fun way to share cover art and have readers vote on what attracts them to buy a book.

Click HERE to go to the JABBIC website. Click START JUDGING, then select YOUNG ADULT, and rate each book on a scale of 5 to 1, 5 means you’d buy the book based on the cover and 1 means you don’t have interest in the book.

I’d totally appreciate your votes, if you’re so inclined! THANK YOU! 😉

Voting ends on February 10th.

Judge A Book By Its Cover

Shifting Pride is up for Sizzling Read of the Month at Sizzling Hot Books. Please vote!

http://sizzlinghotbooks.com/poll-sizzling-read-of-the-month/

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As I mentioned on Monday, I entered the cover art for NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE in the Houston Bay Area Romance Writers Association’s Judge A Book By Its Cover Contest. JABBIC is a fun way to share cover art and have readers vote on what attracts them to buy a book.

Click HERE to go to the JABBIC website. Click START JUDGING, then select YOUNG ADULT, and rate each book on a scale of 5 to 1, 5 means you’d buy the book based on the cover and 1 means you don’t have interest in the book.

I’d totally appreciate your votes, if you’re so inclined! THANK YOU! 😉

This is a great topic, judging books by their covers.

Humans are fundamentally visual and anybody in the biz knows that there’s some inherent connection between the quality of cover art to the quality of story inside.

Which is why I’m totally IN LOVE with Etopia Press and the cover art Annie Melton developed for NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE. The covers fit the stories PERFECTLY. The colors are unified. The font is rugged in a primal, feline way, capturing the werecat/shifter aspect. They also compliment one another–a MUST in a series, IMHO.

Erm, am I tooting my own horn? Sorry. My intention is to share how I see the covers from my perspective. These are things I notice when looking at covers.

How about you guys?

What draws you into a cover? What about covers makes you pick up a book or scroll down to read a book description on Amazon?

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Mental Health Monday–Imaginary Friends AND A Giveaway!

shiftingpride_bylauradiamonddraft-coverBefore I get to the topic of today’s post, I’d like to share a giveaway. Author Brinda Berry is hosting a giveaway and if you enter, there’s a chance to win an ebook of SHIFTING PRIDE! Please enter and/or spread the word. 🙂

Here’s Brinda’s Amazon author page, so you can take a gander at her work. It’s FAB!

Brinda’s website

Brinda’s blog

 

 

 

 

 

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I feel as if my poor Mental Health Monday tradition has been ignored. Starting in November, my regular blog schedule got commandeered by release blitzs, blog tours, and holiday fun. Now that things are settling, I’d like to get back to it.

If you have a character that needs shrink-wrapping, please don’t hesitate to ask me and I’ll feature your question on Mental Health Monday.

Today, I’d like to share an oldie, but goodie post from a couple years back. It still gets hits and comments, even after all this time!

I often hear writers liken their characters to imaginary friends. Heck I do it too.

What’s interesting to me is that imaginary friends during childhood are quite normal. It’s a phase of development where the child is learning creativity and how to integrate their personality.

But what about imaginary friends in adults?

I’m not talking about our characters. I’m talking about adults who actually have imaginary friends. There’s not a lot of research on this (can you imagine getting a sample of people who’d be willing to share such information?), but the studies that are out there seem to link imaginary friends with dissociative identity disorder (aka multiple personality disorder). This disorder occurs when a child faces severe neglect and abuse (sexual or physical) and the only defense they have is to “fragment” their personality. Doing this compartmentalizes the trauma away as a means to protect the self.

As adults, people with DID note missing periods of time, the feeling that other people are inside them and these other people can take control, and they can hear voices (generally inside their head).

Another theory of imaginary friends in adults comes from attachment theory. Some kids (maybe single children or neglected children, for example) don’t get enough emotional nourishment and develop imaginary friends as a support system.

It’s important to remember that as long as there’s no distress or disruption of functioning (work, play, relationships, emotions, etc), then it’s NOT considered a disorder.

Interesting, huh?

Remember: These posts are for writing purposes ONLY and are NOT to be construed as medical advice or treatment.

Flake-out Friday: GraveTells Review AND Trailer Fun

GraveTells reviewed SHIFTING PRIDE yesterday–gave it 4 stars!!! Click HERE to read the full review.

Shifting Pride is a compelling read with heartwarming family dynamics. The bond that forms between Xavian and Nickie is unbreakable and adorable. If you’re looking for an interesting YA read about shape shifting felines, I recommend this one!

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I had so much fun collaborating with author Theresa McClinton to develop the trailers for NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE that I had to tinker with iMovie and draft trailers for my short stories.

I’d like to share them with y’all today.

THE OFFICIAL STORY TRAILER FOR CITY OF LIGHTS AND STONE (A short story in the DAY OF DEMONS Anthology by Anachron Press):

THE OFFICIAL STORY TRAILER FOR BEGGING DEATH (A short story in the CARNAGE: AFTER THE END Anthology Volume One by Sirens Call Publications):

I have a trailer for my spin off short story, TSAVO PRIDE, that will be revealed at a later date, closer to the release of the story. So stay tuned!

Best-selling author Rebecca Hamilton (The Forever Girl series) also posted my trailers–so cool! Check it out and say hi! 😉

Question: Do you guys like trailers? Hate them? Have you used them as part of your social media/marketing?

A Review of NEVERLOVE

Author Angela Brown reviews SHIFTING PRIDE on the Indie Elite today. Please check it out! 

I’ve reviewed her debut YA para rom NEVERLOVE.

There’s a lot of reapers out there in the YA paranormal romance genre and I like them. Neverlove has a unique spin on what I’ve seen so far—WIN!

The story starts with a bang and keeps going right until the epic conclusion. The alternating points of view between the three main characters allowed me to see more of the bigger picture while also seeing both sides of the story. It was fascinating, thought-provoking, and educating all in one.

In this world, there is conflict between the Cleansers (a group who fight to save souls) and Harvestors (a group who consume souls for the devil). And love is a luxury that no Cleanser or Harvestor can afford.

But love is so irresistible!

Chaos ensues as the characters struggle to maintain their values and ideals in the face of love. What’s most striking is the growth that the characters go through because of it.

I’d rate Neverlove 4 out of 5 stars.

Well done, Angela! Can’t wait to read more.

Neverlove on Amazon.com

Neverlove on Goodreads

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The Indie Life and Shape-shifters 101

Author of The Kabrini Message, JR Egles, is hosting me on her blog. My post is about Shape-shifters 101 and includes and excerpt of Shifting Pride! 🙂

Here’s the YouTube book trailer for The Kabrini Message, an epic sci-fi that I absolutely CAN’T WAIT to read!

 

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The Indelibles are at it again! They’re launching a monthly blog support group highlighting the Indie Life. Today is the first post, so I thought I’d share a tidbit of my journey. A lot of youse guys have been FABULOUS, helping me with blog blitzes and blog tours and spreading the word on FB, Twitter, etc. Because of YOUR HELP, NEW PRIDE and SHIFTING PRIDE have done so much better than my wildest dreams. (Shifting Pride almost broke into the 10,000s in rank and it’s only been out for a month!)

And that’s pretty much my point. The thing that I treasure about the Indie Life is it comes with a BUILT IN SUPPORT NETWORK.

Breaking into the publishing industry, especially now since there’s so much flux, is nigh impossible, but Indies are making it possible.

So, the Indie Life is: MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE.

WOOT!

Go Indies!!!!

How Do I Join Indie Life?
How: Sign up on the Linky at the Indelibles blog
When: Post on the second Wednesday of the month (starting 1/9/2013)
What: Write anything indie related: something that will inspire or help a fellow indie; something that celebrates a release or a milestone; something that talks about the ups and downs, joys and heartaches of Being Indie.
Grab: The banner below to include in your posts!
Include: A bio of yourself at the end of your posts, so we can get to know you.

Because being Indie doesn’t have to mean going it alone.
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My bio:Laura Diamond is a board certified psychiatrist and author of all things young adult paranormal, dystopian, horror, and middle grade. Her short story, CITY OF LIGHTS AND STONE, is in the DAY OF DEMONS Anthology by Anachron Press (April 2012). Another short story, BEGGING DEATH, is in the CARNAGE: AFTER THE END Anthology Volume One by Sirens Call Publications. Her Young Adult Paranormal Romance novelette NEW PRIDE and novel SHIFTING PRIDE debuted late 2012 from Etopia Press. She has just signed with Pugalicious Press to publish another Young Adult novel, ZODIAC COLLECTOR, due late 2013/early 2014. When she’s not writing, she is working at the hospital, blogging at Author Laura Diamond–Lucid Dreamer (https://lbdiamond.wordpress.com/), and renovating her 225+ year old fixer-upper mansion. She is also full-time staff member for her four cats and a Pembroke corgi named Katie.

2012 Wrap Up! News and Looking Ahead

Whee, 2012 is almost over! Dear friends, what have you in store for 2013?

  • I plan to write the sequel to Shifting Pride, tentatively titled, FRACTURED PRIDE. I’m about 10,000 words into it, so, YAY! LOL!
  • I am editing TSAVO PRIDE, a short story spin off to Shifting Pride. It’s going to be a self-pubbed FREEBIE, so STAY TUNED! 😉
  • I’ll be editing ZODIAC COLLECTOR in the coming months so it’s ready for publication next winter.
  • I’ll be editing various other projects to shop ’em ’round.

I’d like to give a BIG THANKS to all the blog tour participants for both New Pride and Shifting Pride. I’m honored and thrilled that you’ve dedicated your time and efforts to help me spread the word about my debut series!

Because of you guys, Shifting Pride almost broke 10,000 on the Amazon sales ranking (at 13,620). Woot!!!

I’m also totes stoked about Shifting Pride hitting #6 and New Pride hitting #24 on the Goodreads Best Unknown YA Books listopia! Thanks for your votes–and keep ’em coming! 😉

Before I go, I have a question/request.

Would any pubbed author–self, small press, traditional, etc–be interested in a review swap? I’m game to swap novellas or novels with you in an exchange for a review on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, and/or blog!

EDIT: PS–Sizzling Hot Books reviewed New Pride, the prequel novelette. Check it out! 😀

SHIFTING PRIDE Blog Tour THE FINALE!

Today is the LAST DAY of the SHIFTING PRIDE BLOG TOUR.

PHEW!!!!

It’s really been a blast sharing interviews, excerpts, and reviews with youse guys. I hope you enjoy SHIFTING PRIDE.

I’d love to hear from you too! Share you thoughts by posting an honest review. It helps us authorly types.

Now, head on over to my writerly pal Cate’s blog where she reviews SHIFTING PRIDE.