March 31, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors: Wanna touch it? RUNNING FROM SHADOWS #8Sunday #PlayListVid


Thank you for stopping by. I'm excited to participate with such a fantastic group of writers! Check out other warriors here!

Today I'm sharing from my (unpublished) young adult paranormal romance Running From Shadows, currently being read by a lovely agent!! Squee!! 

Follow Greta Shore (a 17-year-old, black-haired wiccan beauty) and Paxton "Pax" Craig (an 18-year-old, blond-haired college student with a dark secret) as they discover the fate of their forbidden love.
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(Read last week's post) Set-up... Pax has told Greta that he's a unicorn. A unicorn!!! So, of course, Greta is all: sure, yeah, whatever... Prove it! Pax is stubborn, so he says he won't shift into his full monoceros form, but he shows her his horn and... Whoa.

Cover Art by Danielle Fine

“I know you want to touch it, but try to control yourself.” A teasing grin spread across his face. His blue eyes lit up as he watched me. And there was a golden horn in the middle of his forehead. Flawless. Powerful. The perfect weapon.

“Uh…Holy. Crap.”

Tune in next week for more Greta and Pax!! And maybe touching ;)

Thanks again for stopping by! Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated!


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Because being a warrior is hard work, here's a vid from the Running From Shadows playlist to reward all you sexy, sweaty peeps ;)
 
Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine
(Track #5)

 
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Extra! Extra!

*Would you like to see some pics of Greta and Pax? Check them out here! Gotta love Pinterest!! Ooo, stalk me there too, please...uh, here! ;) 

*Self-publishing? Need an editor and cover artist? Check out my uber-talented editor, Danielle Fine, she's wonderful to work with and does exceptional work! Click here for more info! 

*Check out the USA Today recommended book trailer for Witch Way to Turn!! here

March 27, 2013

Midweek Mayhem: Pitching dragons and dodging fire! #amblogging #Giveaway #PitMad

 Working it out…
  • (NEW - Halp!) Friday I'm participating in #PitMad via Twitter...sponsored by the fabulous Brenda Drake. Click here for deets. Would love some thoughts on my Twitter pitch for Becoming. **The pitch--no more than 140 characters and must have the #PitMad tag, so I had to get creative. :P A transplant leaves Zoe w/a dragon shifter's heart.Shy,she begins an online rltnshp, but the boy she's in2 is her donor & a girl #NA #PitMad Does it hook you? Thoughts? Thanks! Muah!
  • (Ends Sunday) I'm participating in J.A. Belfield's Bookaroo-Ju Blogaversary Giveaway! Win a signed copy of Witch Way to Turn by me here
  • (NEW) Sunday is my deadline to have the first 3 chapters of Becoming submitted in the American 'Idol' Writing Contest for the RT BookLovers Convention! Deets here!
  • (NEW) Tuesday I'm interviewing the sweet and funny Cecily White about her upcoming release titled Prophecy Girl!!!
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Random and adorable vid! ♥ it!!!

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 soon! Agents, you're gonna want this story...like super bad! Just sayin' ;D
  • Check out my stunning cover inspiration (right side above this paragraph) designed by the talented Danielle Fine!!! 
  • (Read chapter 1 fave sentences, here) Today I'm gonna share just a few sentences from chapter 2 that my editor loved :D The sentences don't have anything to do with each other.
The sensation prickled a row of goose-bumps along her arm and her mouth went dry. She tried to swallow. Failed. "You thought I was a guy?"
Zoe's back pressed straight against the counter. Her arms went stiff. "I don't have a secret."
Okay, so Zoe wasn't exactly the compass for all things normal either.


Dragon update... Round one of the first 150 pages of Becoming edits are back with my fabulous editor! Currently 2k words into the Becoming prequel (all from Taylor's POV)! It's going to be a novelette at about a 7k words
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Cover art by Danielle Fine
Waiting game...
  • (Update) On week #4 of waiting to hear back from a lovely agent who is reading Running From Shadows.
Reading...
  • Currently I am beta-reading for a fantastic friend and writer... Katheryn! Hooray for grim reapers!!
  • What's on my Kindle? 68% through Alice in Zombieland by !
  • Looking for book recommendations and reviews for your 2013 TBR List? Check out The Perks of Being a Book Nerd

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!

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Random Alert! Alert. Alert. Alert...

Guess what I bought??? The classic trench coat!!! Ahhh!!! BIG thanks to my mom who found a 50% off coupon that didn't require buying TWO coats! Woot! Woot!! So this is a pic of it just hanging out at work. Get it??? OMG, I kill me!!!! :P



This random shot has a dual purpose. 1) To show the aforementioned trench coat in action. 2) To show that I carry waaaay too much crap to work every day! In fact, I carry THREE bags and at least once a week someone will ask me in the elevator if I've got enough stuff. Erm, yeah, I do...thanks, Captain Obvious :P

Rusty pup: Please, Mom, I swear I'll be good...just don't give me a bath!!!! I like to stink!! Me: Bwa. Ha. Ha. *tortures the demon pup*

Yeah, uh, so you may be wondering what I'm doing. Well, pretending to be a vampire and/or superhero, of course! Last week I had to work a reception for the day job and was given a party favor...one of these blankets that folds up into its own tote with a zipper and handle...great for alllll those picnics I take with the hubs...right, right. Hey, looky there...I used sarcasm properly again!!! ;D

Lego Beauty and the Beast. This pic was taken at Disney Land last year at the RWA conference. But it reminds me of Becoming cos Taylor calls herself Beast and Zoe, Beauty :) And, yesss, I love this movie! Who doesn't?? :P

March 24, 2013

Weekend Writing Warriors: Is he really gonna show her his horn?? RUNNING FROM SHADOWS! #8Sunday #PlayListVid


Thank you for stopping by. I'm excited to participate with such a fantastic group of writers! Check out other warriors here!

Today I'm sharing from my (unpublished) young adult paranormal romance Running From Shadows, currently being read by a lovely agent!! Squee!! 

Follow Greta Shore (a 17-year-old, black-haired wiccan beauty) and Paxton "Pax" Craig (an 18-year-old, blond-haired college student with a dark secret) as they discover the fate of their forbidden love.
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(Read last week's post) Set-up... Pax has told Greta that he's a unicorn. A unicorn!!! So, of course, Greta is all: sure, yeah, whatever... Prove it! Pax is stubborn, so he says he won't shift into his full monoceros form, but he will show her his horn. Uh, yeah, his horn!

Cover Art by Danielle Fine

I rolled my eyes.

“Deal?” He didn’t budge.

I walked to him. “Fine.”

He touched the small of my back as I passed by, and a delicious shock raced through my body.

“So how are we gonna do—” I turned to him, and my mouth fell open. “Whoa.”

Tune in next week for more Greta and Pax!! ;)

Thanks again for stopping by! Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated!


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Because being a warrior is hard work, here's a vid from the Running From Shadows playlist to reward all you sexy, sweaty peeps ;)
 
I Need A Hero by Bonnie Tyler
(Track #4 -- Note: this vid is a wee bit cheesy, but I totally dig the song!)

 
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Extra! Extra!

*Would you like to see some pics of Greta and Pax? Check them out here! Gotta love Pinterest!! Ooo, stalk me there too, please...uh, here! ;) 

*Self-publishing? Need an editor and cover artist? Check out my uber-talented editor, Danielle Fine, she's wonderful to work with and does exceptional work! Click here for more info! 

*Check out the USA Today recommended book trailer for Witch Way to Turn!! here

March 22, 2013

5 STAR Book Review for Shifting Pride by @diamondlb!! #werecats #YAPNR #Goodreads

Shifting Pride by Laura Diamond My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read the novelette prequel (New Pride by Laura Diamond) and absolutely loved it! Laura's gift for writing the young adult voice is amazing! So I couldn't wait to start Shifting Pride. This full-length young adult novel was a fun, fast-paced read with a mystery element weaved in. As much as I love plot, for me, I want to connect to the characters on a deep emotional level, and Laura definitely delivers!

The heroine, Nickie, is so sassy and kick-ass. Yet, she has this authentic, teen personality. Despite the loss of her dad and discovering that she's a werecat, she's able to grieve, learn and come through everything that's thrown at her as a stronger person.

Oh and the hero, Xavian, hot! A total bad-ass werecat with the sweetest sarcastic side ever! He matches Nickie so perfectly. Even if they don't realize it for a while!

This is a fantastic coming-of-age paranormal romance with a very real teen voice. Highly recommend!

Now, for some of my fave quotes from Shifting Pride:

**Like a magnet luring iron shavings, the book tempted me with its mysteries. 
**Ending up in an asylum didn't sound any more appealing than shifting species. 
**(This is my all time fave!) He brought it out of me. It being instant rage.
**Xavian drove like an expert stunt driver high on meth and Red Bull.
**Another honk from the horn enticed me to open my eyes. It was better to see death coming.
**The accusation shattered the air, and shards of it sliced into my soul.
**The audience ate conflict like it was a heaping bowl of Haagen Dazs's Dulce de Leche ice cream.
**As Xavian said, I'd developed the ability to be my own furnace, and for once I didn't mind the cold.
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Book Trailer - Shifting Pride

   

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