March 20, 2013

Midweek Mayhem: Keep Calm and Imagine Dragons... #amblogging #CultOfSwedishFish #Giveaway

 Working it out…
  • (NEW) Check out Author Laura Oliva on my blog! Guest post on the topic of research...excellent advice (here)!
  • (NEW) Now through the end of the month, I'm participating in J.A. Belfield's Bookaroo-Ju Blogaversary Giveaway! Win a signed copy of Witch Way to Turn here!
Random: In case you didn't know this, I am a huge ABBA fan! *has all their CDs and LPs--vinyl is better* Anni-Frid is my fave of the group Thus, one of the few vids she is the lead in Money, Money, Money. For your viewing pleasure...


Hearing voices…
Cover art by Danielle Fine
  • My dark and gritty new adult urban fantasy with cursed dragon shifters, titled Becoming, is currently with my amazing editor!!! So excited to make this story sparkle and then pitch it at RT and RWA in a few months! Agents, you're gonna want this super bad! Just sayin' ;D
  • Check out my stunning cover inspiration (right side above this paragraph) designed by the talented Danielle Fine!!! 
  • (Read last week's snippet, here) Since I've been in the editing cave for the past week, I'm gonna share a few sentences from the first chapter that my editor loved :D The sentences don't have anything to do with each other.
(Opening line of chapter 1) Impatience gnawed at the edges of Zoe Moore’s sanity.
Anchored to the ground by Taylor’s movement, she waited.
She forced herself to turn away then stood under the canopy with her back to the window, watching the rain slowly turn to sleet while the only steadfast thing in her life melted inside her.
(Closing of chapter 1) This was how it would end. Not the months and months of waiting to die in the hospital, but the few minutes it’d taken her to run away from living.

Dragon update... Round one of the first 150 pages of Becoming edits are back with my fabulous editor!

Cover art by Danielle Fine
Waiting game...
  • (Update) On week #3 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.

Check out the teaser book trailer...
Bonus material... 
*Writers, looking for a talented editor? I highly recommend Danielle Fine. She's edited three manuscripts of mine and has taught me so much! I'm a stronger writer because of her guidance. Also, she designed my beautiful inspiration cover art for Becoming and Running From Shadows! Annnnd she created the book trailer for Witch Way to Turn! 
*For more information on Dani's editing services, cover design, book trailer creation and website design stop by her site >>>> here!

Random Alert! Alert. Alert. Alert...

This is a picture of a poster...yup, high tech stuff ;) So, this is the newest sculpture in the city. Personally, I think it's pretty cool looking, but apparently a lot of citizens don't. Anyway, one of said citizens decided to spray paint the letters WTH on the road with an arrow pointing to's not cool to deface property, but I gotta say it kinda made me giggle :P Yes, I am odd.
I have no idea why I took this picture. BAM! Random.
Erm, me being skeptical of this so called Fish that is Swedish :P But it's yummy, squishy goodness did NOT disappoint...I am now a lifejacket-wearing member of the Cult of Swedish Fish! (Like how I totally made the cliche saying card-carrying member my own?? Bwahaha)
Yeah, Rusty pup was moving at near Banshee speeds, so it was hard to get this pic! I normally have a bagel for breakfast every morning--why, yes, I am a creature of habit--anywho, after the tub of cream cheese is empty...Rusty pup gets the remnants. This is him in attack mode ;)


  1. Love the shot of the dog and cream cheese container.

  2. As always, I love your randomness! You and the fish is hysterical. And Rusty seems to be enjoying himself immensely. Sounds like a very satisfying week for you. :)

  3. I love ABBA. One of my favorite movies is Mama Mia. I tweeted.

    1. Yayay another ABBA lover!! :D I can't believe I've never seen Mama Mia the movie!! Crazy, right? I have seen the Broadway play tho and it was amazing! :D Thanks for tweeting, Ella!

  4. I am a big ABBA fan as well. I love so many of their songs.
    Hope your day is a good one.

    1. Hi Debby! Hooray for another fellow ABBA fan! Thanks for stopping by and commenting :D