Wednesday, September 7, 2016

September 2016 IWSG

Hello September! We've been having some early fall like days sprinkled in the last of summer. It's been wonderful. Our family is getting outside to enjoy the lovely weather and the beautiful state we live in.


September also means more substitute teaching jobs, which affects this month's question.

September Question:
How do you find the time to write in your busy day?

If I'm subbing, I take a notebook in the hopes I actually get my hour planning time. Sometimes Subs are asked to help out elsewhere during those free hours. I don't think that's fair really, but we have to keep the administration happy so they'll keep calling us back, so what do you do? Anyway...

If I'm lucky enough to stay home all day (which is almost never!), I have designated 12:30- 2 PM as my writing time. In the past I've turned off my phone and everything. I need to get back to that so I can be more productive during my writing time.

Other than answering the question, I'm afraid I don't have anything brilliant to say. Not any new insecurities. It's pretty much the same thing with me. Day to day stress, hoping that eventually life will calm down enough that I can sit and write these stories taking up space in my head. Until then, I sneak in writing when I can, and dream about my stories the rest of the time.

How about you?


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG


Paperback now available!
Kindle version coming September 17th.
U.S. residents can also enter to win a signed copy on Goodreads up until Sept 15th.
Read the first chapter.

Friday, August 26, 2016

And the Winners Are...

Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway by sharing news of Dawn of the Mages!


Over the last week I've even seen reviews popping up on Amazon and Goodreads. Thanks for that too! It won't be long until DotM is available for kindle. It's slated for some time in September. I'll keep you posted on that.

And now, what you've all been waiting for. Rafflecopter has chosen our winners. They are....


Angie Taylor
and
Kristen C

 will both get a signed copy of the new book!

I'll be sending both of you an email so I can get your mailing address. I hope you enjoy part two of Talia's story and I can't wait to hear your thoughts.

Everyone else, there is still a chance to win signed copies. Just head over to my Goodreads Giveaway.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Dawn of the Mages Giveaway


I need your help. Dawn of the Mages has been up for pre-order on Amazon since July. It's finally available. I think. Not sure because it says it's out of stock. 

Anyway, it's now possible for people to write reviews on Amazon. I have several copies of the book that have the incorrect blurb on the back that I can't sell and don't feel I can send to review sites. So, I'm giving them away for honest reviews. Seriously, even if you don't love it (but can give at least 3 stars) I'm all in! With Amazon it's simply a numbers game, and it's so hard to get reviews.



Blurb:
The Dragumon have been defeated, but the planet Sendek will never be the same.

In order to save their world, Talia and Landry Sutton had to wake the forgotten magic on Sendek. But instead of restoring peace, it creates chaos on the city streets, with those unable to work magic turning against those who can. When Talia and Landry travel to the planet Orek to discover how it combines magic and science, they find a new, anti-magical government. The Controllers have all the tech, weapons, and natural resources. On Orek, the magical outcasts beg Talia and Landry to help them rise up against their oppressors. The two must decide whether to help save Orek or return home and save their own planet. Talia and Landry are torn apart by the conflicting missions. Talia knows what Landry wants, but if she gives in, she could lose what she loves the most.

You've got a week to enter to win. I'll give away four copies of the book and mail them by Friday the 26th.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Release of Until Summer Ends by Elana Johnson

Today I have an interview with Elana Johnson in honor of her newest release, Until Summer Ends.

Read my review of Until Summer Ends.

What is your favorite color?
Pink! I have a pink phone case, a pink Kindle case, a pink iPod… Pink, pink, pink!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m not that skilled at establishing worlds. I have to work really hard at it. Writing romance is a bit easier, because it’s a contemporary world and the “rules” are mostly established already. No magic systems, no technology to invent, etc. I still write those novels, they just take a lot more time, energy, and they’re challenging for me.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
My best advice is to write what you love. Don’t worry about writing everyday—make writing fit into your life. You’ll be happier, and your writing will reflect that.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love my romance readers! They are so kind and encouraging. I hope this romance, while not inspirational, is still in line with what they like to read. I was told that there wasn’t much room for a hero like Mont—that actors weren’t very popular in romance right now—and I hope that my readers will love him as much as I do.

Do you write an outline before you write?
Yes! I use Jami Gold’s romance beat sheet. It has saved me many times by helping me identify the key points that should be in a romance (which is different for a fantasy!) and where they should happen. That helps my pacing, my plotting, my character-building.

How did you come up with the title?
I had titled the book Summer’s Almost Over, but the apostrophe was freaking me out! LOL. I brainstormed some other titles and came up with UNTIL SUMMER ENDS.

What has been the best compliment?
I gave this book – which isn’t inspirational – to my inspirational reviewers, and they liked it! I was thrilled. UNTIL SUMMER ENDS is a clean romance. There’s no swearing, and one fade-to-black love scene. I was worried my readers wouldn’t cross over, but they did. #yay

How did you come up with your pen name?
I chose Liz Isaacson for my inspirational romances, because it’s a combination of my daughter’s name and my son’s name. Eliza and Isaac = Liz Isaacson.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and _____EAT BACON!____________ (I knew the answer to this one!)


About Elana Johnson: 

Elana's work includes the young adult dystopian romance seriesPossession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster). Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available, as well as a young adult dystopian short story in the Possession world, Resist.

Her newest release is the beginning of a new adult fantasy series. ECHOES OF SILENCE came out with Amazon Publishing on May 3, 2016. See all of her books here.

Elana also writes inspirational western romances under the pen name Liz Isaacson. Check out all 5 books in the Amazon #1 Bestselling Three Rivers Ranch Romance series, and get ready for the rest of the series by the end of 2016.

Find her online:

Blog
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Join her romance-only newsletter: (get a free novella when you do!)


About UNTIL SUMMER ENDS: 

Sophie Newton is determined to prove herself to her father, who insists she could never run a successful business. She opens a beachside taco stand called The Sandy Tortilla and plans to make her own way, one burrito at a time.

When she loses her summer help, Sophie rushes to find somebody to help take orders. She finds that somebody in Montgomery Winters, a struggling actor from LA. Mont takes the job; the money's useful, though he finds that his curvy boss is what really keeps him around.

As Sophie and Mont work together, they discover an intense attraction between them. But when Mont's agent calls him about a career-making audition, he decides he must pursue the opportunity, even though he can't get Sophie out of his head. Now, Sophie must choose between chasing after the man she's falling in love with and the business she's fought so hard to build.

Buy Links:

Amazon
B&N
Kobo
iTunes
Goodreads

Paperback comes out on May 9, 2017.

Giveaway for the blog tour: 

Go to this website to enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

IWSG 30 Years of Friendship, 20 Years of Marriage

Big hair first date, Jr. Prom 1991



Well, my July writing goals fell by the wayside, but it's okay. First, I'll report that I'm physically all better from last month's tumble down the hillside with my car. Even the poison ivy or whatever it was is finally on the mend. I've managed to let go of most of the guilt associated with the accident, but I still need to work on letting the fact that I've made things harder on my family go as well. I'll get there. I'm lucky to have a very loving husband who constantly reminds me I'm more important than a car or car payment.

*sigh*

August is usually one of my favorite months of the year. It's my birthday and our anniversary. Last year I had big plans for this year. I've been married to my best friend for 20 years this year! I had hoped to do something special. Ideas included going somewhere foreign (because we never have--cruises don't count!), going back to where we spent our honeymoon, getting a cabin in the mountains closer to home (when the house didn't sell, and didn't sell, and didn't sell...), but none of that is going to happen. Sadly, my dear hubby will be traveling for work over our anniversary.

You'd think as a writer I could figure out how to put my thoughts and emotions into words. However, there really is no way to explain how much I love this man who works so hard to take care of our family. This amazing man didn't even blink when I asked if my mom could move in with us! He's usually quiet on the emotion front himself. After 20 years we are just comfortable together, and yet he still knows how to make me feel loved and cherished. It's wonderful knowing that my best friend is right beside me for this crazy life journey.

Happy 20th, Nathan!


IWSG AUGUST 3Rd QUESTION:

What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

Well, how far back should I go for this question? I have a folder with some handwritten pages of a story I started in high school. It's about two best friends, a good guy, a bad guy, and one of the girls gets hooked on drugs. I didn't get very far into it because at the time I was pretty clueless about the nitty underbelly of teen drugs and love triangles. What can I say? I grew up pretty naive. :)


There's also a few pages of dot matrix printed pages with an LDS teen romance. LOL, not much better than the other story, but they will probably continue to move with me until I die.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time. Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!  Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG

Co-Hosts:
Tamara Narayan
Tonja Drecker
Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor
Lauren @ Pensuasion
Stephen Tremp
Julie Flanders
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