Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Sorry it's been so quiet around here all month. I've been sick, working, editing, planning, shopping and now I'm enjoying the holidays with my family.

Here's hoping you're enjoying something wonderful with those you love this week!

I'll see you next week with news and updates about Fade Into Me and the Bold New Worlds contest. In the meantime, if you'd like to help us improve our writing site Unicorn Bell, head over there and fill out a short survey to tell us what you need from a writing blog.


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Time is Moving Slow!

At least if feels slow. It's been 11 days since the end of my Kickstarter, and I have to wait 14 before transferring funds to my account. I can't do anything until then.

I have a nifty excel spreadsheet listing everything I need to order and pay for on Friday. It's weird because I've never been so anxious to blow through money in my life. Really. Shopping has never been my thing. Stuff is just stuff.

However, the thought of paying for editing services and typesetting, as well as ordering books, bookmarks and magnets is so exciting I can barely stand it!

Until then, I'm looking for people to participate in a blog tour and or review the book. Just fill out the form below.

Friday, December 5, 2014

So Many Giveaways!

Fade Into Me is now on Goodreads and to celebrate I've launched a giveaway. Enter to win and tell your friends.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Fade Into Me by Charity Bradford

Fade Into Me

by Charity Bradford

Giveaway ends February 28, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Last IWSG of 2014

And this Wednesday it’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for the December 3 posting of the IWSG are Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

Don’t forget to check out the IWSG Facebook group and the IWSG Critique Circle.

Don't you wish you could say goodbye to your insecurities the same way we say goodbye to the old year? If we're lucky we can look back over this year and learn from the insecurities that we've survived.

Some of our insecurities will never really go away, but hopefully we've grown stronger and know better how to cope with them. And you know what? Each month when I think about what makes me the most insecure, I take hope in the fact that some of them are new. Sound weird?

Think of it this way. New insecurities means we're still stretching ourselves to new goals and achievements. The only way to get rid of all insecurity is to hide in your house and never come out.

But we are insecure!

We get up each day and do the best we can with what life has dealt us.

We learn, we improve, we continue to dream of a brighter and better future.

And when we get impatient for that future we can write about it.

2014 was a roller coaster of emotions for me. I allowed insecurities to cripple me at times, but I held on. December is here and it already looks so much better than November did.

In November I didn't think I would have any entries to my Bold New Worlds contest. I ended up with 58. It may not seem like much, but that's 58 young writers who took a chance and braved their insecurities by submitting a short story.

I think that's wonderful!

In November I was terrified to ask family, friends, strangers, anyone I could reach to support me by pledging to my kickstarter. I did it anyway. My kickstarter reached goal and I'm now actively working to get FADE INTO ME published by January or February of 2015.

Yep. It's been quite the year!

Did your year turn out better than you thought it would? What are you hoping for the new year?

Look what my hubby bought for me and the kids this year!

Monday, December 1, 2014

And the Winners Are...

I put all of the people who pledged on my kickstarter into an excel spreadsheet. Those with multiple entries were put in for each entry. did it's thing and we have winners of books and an edit! Here is the order the numbers were drawn along with the names.

65--Dana McKasson

20--Elizabeth Naranjo

57--Angie Taylor

62--Kara Stephenson

7--Phyl Campbell

36--Jennifer Heilpern

71--Terry Broeringmeyer

I'll be emailing all the winners so they can choose which prize they want. Thanks again to everyone who helped make FIM possible by making a pledge!

This is what they will be choosing from:

short story edit from Amie McCracken--editor extraordinaire! This is a comprehensive edit on any story up to 5,000 words. She will read through for story consistency, fact-checking, character and plot, as well as line-by-line editing. After you receive her notes and have a chance to consider them, you can have one round of discussion with her about your story.

A copy of Wilder Mage, book 1 in the Magic Withheld series by CD Coffelt. This is what I think of when I think of Urban Fantasy. Our world with a twist!

A copy of West of Paradise by Marcy Hatch. Don't let the cover fool you, this is the best of science fiction with an old west twist. The scifi parts are great and the westerns part reminded me of my days reading Louie L'Amour in high school.

An e-copy and an Audible copy of Dead Running by Cami Checketts. This is a great romantic suspense novel. Sometimes you just don't know who to trust with your life or your heart. Especially when looks can be deceiving. This book also made me want to start running again.

The Reckoning by Tanya Parker Mills. I've not actually read this one, but it's described as "hard hitting and gritty". It's about a journalist who is captured inside Iraq in 2002. Fiction, but the author grew up in Greece, Turkey, Iraq and Lebanon. It's a "Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner"

Firebird by Kathy Tyers. This is the only book that isn't new, but it was a gem of a find at a local thrift store. Space opera at its best! The fact that the pages are a little yellowed and have that old book smell is a bonus for any print lover.

Darkness by Elizabeth Arroyo. This is a mind bending psychological thriller with a paranormal twist. It's one you won't be able to put down, especially if you like your novels dark. ;)

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