March 13

7 Things You May/May Not Know About Me as a Writer

writers-dreamI was tagged by Laura Chapman to reveal 7 things you may not (or may) know about me as a writer.  Since she did this, I told her it would double as my blog post, so I am sharing it here too. This was a fun challenge to try and come up with seven things people don’t know about me:

  1. All of my current works-in-progress were generated by very vivid dreams that wouldn’t get out of my head until I wrote them.
  2. I write in several genres: fantasy, romance, paranormal romance, sci-fi and, most recently, comic/picture books. I have determined I cannot write historical fiction because I’m far too much of a history buff to write it.
  3. Most of my novels have the middle chapters written first and have chapters written here and there without a beginning in mind. Only two of my novels started out with the prologue and first few chapters written first.  Even here, the first few chapters were written then chapters down the road were written and other chapters I have yet to figure out where they go.
  4. I am not an out liner. I can’t imagine outlining a story that writes itself as it goes.  Thus, totally a pants-er.
  5. I have always been very shy about sharing my writing. Only in the last year have I started sharing my works in progress and competing in contests. This has helped me to become more confident and decide that I will find an agent and get published sooner rather than later.
  6. I tend to overthink when I can’t figure out how to connect the dots in a story. This often leads to chapters I trash and start over with and rewrite much better.
  7. I have a bunch of partial stories written because I had inspiration, but I have no idea where they’re going after the short story part of it is written.

Share your 7 things in the comments below!

March 11

Think Happy Club, #PitMad and Have I Lost It?

think-happy-club-all-of-usSo this morning as I was reading through my Facebook feed and Twitter feeds I kept seeing this tag: #PitMad and I had to find out more about it. Once I did, I knew neither of my manuscripts in fantasy or paranormal romance were ready to be pitched because they weren’t completed, but the other project we’ve been working on (that I haven’t talked about here) is, for the most part, finished.

That project is part of Think Happy Club. Think Happy Club is a series of picture books for teens, young adults and adults that provide tips and reminders on things we should know, but may take for granted.

So once we thought about it and chatted a bit about it, we realized that having an agent would be a good thing and might as well try. We wouldn’t get 16 tweets in, but the tweets we would do would have pictures and share a bit more about the books. And even if we don’t get an interested agent, at least people will be seeing what we’ve been working on.

Anne Saucer wrote a post about this as well, found here: http://annesaucer.com/pitmad-and-think-happy-club/  Anne is the illustrator of the book and does an amazing job. I’m the writer for everything and together we make a great team. Anne and I have known each other for more than six years.  We have several books lined up for this but the first is titled Think Happy Club: Friendship.  The books, including text, are illustrated by Anne on her tablet.

You can keep up on our posts about Think Happy Club by “Liking” our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thinkhappyclub  Here Anne posts daily wishes which will appear in quarterly books we compile together.  The Think Happy Club Website and individual book pages will be built and updated down the road.

For now, thanks to everyone who has retweeted our tweets and supported us.

Want to support us on Twitter? Retweet either one of our posts – I have a few more so you can go to my Twitter page and retweet the ones you want.

Thanks for your support!

I will now  continue to question my sanity for jumping off into the deep end with #PitMad.

March 9

Musing Mondays: 03/09/15 Edition

musing-mondaysMusing Mondays, a weekly blog meme hosted by Should be Reading, asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
  • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
  • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
  • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

For this week’s Musing Mondays, I’m going to go with point two and talk about book(s) I’ve recently bought for myself and why I chose those books to buy.

The most recent book I purchased as Triple Threat by Regina Kyle. I purchased this book, interestingly enough, because Harlequin is looking for a few new authors for their Blaze series and I was considering writing up a pitch and a chapter or two and submitting.  But first, I had to know -what- the series was like since it’s the hottest series that Harlequin allows.  While I’m still pondering entering, I probably won’t because I need to finish at least one work in progress before I go entering into any more contests with unfinished manuscripts. But I do hope to read this soon.

The book I purchased a few days before was a freebie by Gena Showalter and it was a pre-order for The One You Want – yes another romance novel.  I fell in love with Gena Showalter’s “Darkest” series that involves romance with the various entities that came out of Pandora’s box.  Quite an interesting paranormal romance series of books and wanted to see what she does with non-paranormal romance.

I also purchased a number of books through Kindle, but I can’t find the list right now – most were from authors I was interested in or they had a sale and I wanted to check out the books.

What about you? What books have you recently purchased and why?

 

March 6

New Excerpt: The Will and the Way: Healers

reading-book-by-candlelightI mentioned on my Facebook page that once I hit 300 followers I would share an excerpt from another work in progress.  What I didn’t mention is aside from the Prologue and this excerpt it is all I have written, though I know most of the rest of the story in my head.

Below you can find the first few paragraphs of the excerpt. If you want to read more, click the link below the excerpt.

Amber shivered as she guided her horse and wagon through the healer’s encampment.  It was already getting cooler in the valley and plains if she was shivering already.  Admittedly, the druid’s groves were warmer by the nature of the druids, but a change in the weather was on its way.  Despite the weather beginning to change, people were out and about, maintaining the life of the warring camps and the healer’s encampment.

Soldiers, children and fellow healers greeted her as she returned the greetings, a soft smile gracing her features.  It was good to be back – even if being back meant returning to the sound of war.

“Dia Brennon it is good to have you back.  Your tent is where you left it.  If you dismount, our men will unpack and set your tent back to rights with your belongings,” a young man spoke to her, wrapping the reigns of her horse around his hand when she stopped. He then offered her assistance to get down.

She was slightly ashamed that she didn’t remember his name – but with as many injured soldiers that came and went from the camp, it was growing difficult to remember them all.  She placed her hands on his shoulders as his hands grasped her waist as he helped her down.  It wasn’t that she needed help mounting or dismounting, but when the courtesy was offered, you accepted in turn.

Read the rest of the excerpt here.

March 5

Recently Released: The Marrying Type

the-marrying-typeSo yesterday I mentioned I had thought I had scheduled a bunch of posts to post, but I hadn’t? Well this post is one of them. A former colleague and friend, Laura Chapman, recently released her newest book, The Marrying Type, with Marching Ink on February 24.

Check out all the information on the book below, then perhaps purchase it from one of the links.  This is one of the books on my soon-to-be-read-and-reviewed lists.


Always the wedding planner, never a bride, Elliot Lynch is famous for orchestrating the splashiest weddings in Charleston, South Carolina. When her father’s sloppy management practices leave them on the brink of bankruptcy, Elliot will do whatever it takes to save the family business. When asked to appear on “The Marrying Type,” a reality TV show about the people behind the scenes as couples exchange I dos, she says yes to the invasion of privacy (and the hefty paycheck that comes with it).

With a camera crew capturing every detail of her life, Elliot faces her most challenging contract yet: planning a wedding where her ex is involved in every part of the process. Add in a lazy assistant, liquor-loving bridesmaid, and rival planner encroaching on her turf, and Elliot’s wedding season goes from high-end to high-stress.

Forced to confront her past, Elliot must live out her troubled present on national TV if she has any hope of saving her future.

Order your copy today by visiting:

About the Authorlaura-chapman

Laura Chapman is the author of The Marrying Type, Hard Hats and Doormats and the Autumn and Tuck series, which appear in Merry & Bright and A Kind of Mad Courage. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Until she fulfills her dream of landing a British husband or becoming a Disney princess, you can find her in a bar penning her next novel.

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March 4

Has it really been more than a month….?

1429208_25583604Time flies when you’re having fun. Or when your sick or swamped at work or all of the above.  Actually where did the first two months of 2015 go? It’s hard to believe it’s March 4 already.  It definitely doesn’t feel like it.

I’ve been adjusting to a heavier writing work load, both at work and with my blogs and while I had thought I had scheduled things to post on this blog, it is very apparent that I hadn’t. I swear I must have dreamt that I scheduled posts because I really swore I had – I guess that’s what I get for not checking to see.

That being said, I plan to do with this blog what I do with my social media blog – writing and scheduling posts ahead of time that way there’s actual content here to promote on a regular basis.  Unlike the social media blog, there won’t be as many regular posts, but there will be a few regular days along with sporadic days.

I’m also going to field questions, so if you have questions that are bugging you and want answered, feel free to ask them here.

January 26

Musing Mondays: 01/26/15 Edition

musing-mondaysMusing Mondays, a weekly blog meme hosted by Should be Reading, asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

  • Describe one of your reading habits.
  • Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
  • What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
  • Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
  • Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
  • Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

Today we’re going to go with the final point – rambling on about something else pertaining to books.

I have three works in progress, each WIP sitting between 10k and 20k word count.  Yet it never fails, when I start working on one of them – and make some progress – later that day/night/few days later, the muse for one of the other WIPS will pipe up and won’t shut up till I write the scene she’s come up with.  Sometimes it isn’t even for the works in progress, but I write it out anyway, just to get it down and out of my head so I can, hopefully, get back to what I was working on previously.

My muse also has a horrible tendency to want to write after I’ve crawled into bed and start dozing off.  Just then, she’ll have a wonderful insight, which I hope to remember when I wake up in the morning – and often I don’t.  When I do remember, it’s a good one and it gets written down as soon as I have time to sit down with one of my writing devices and write it out – or even note it out to write in detail later.

It also doesn’t help that lately I’ve been procrastinating on sitting down and writing – mainly because I have other things to do that I have also procrastinated getting done.

And if I were talk about the number of books I recently started reading and haven’t finished…that would be a whole nother chapter on procrastination.

One of my goals for this year, besides having a book written and submitted to a publisher, is to find a happy medium between the amount of words I write for my day job and what I write for blogs/novels outside of work.  One I find the medium, I think I’ll be able to write on both without brain overload.  The other goal is to set myself hard deadlines with rewards.  I haven’t figured out quite what those rewards will be yet, but I find I work a lot better under hard deadlines than I do without them.

What are some ways you motivate yourself to write when life is just getting in your way?

January 26

Articles I’ve Written Jan. 11 – Jan. 25 2015

writing-blank-pageOnce a week I will use this blog as a self promotion tool.  I write a lot of non-fiction, which makes me an author still, so I think it’s fair that I share the other projects I’ve written for once a week.

As I missed the week prior, and forgot to hit publish when I updated the article on Friday, here’s the articles I’ve written for the past TWO weeks:

Monday-Jan. 12

Tuesday-Jan. 13

Wednesday-Jan. 14

Thursday-Jan. 15

Friday-Jan. 16

Saturday-Jan. 17

Monday-Jan. 19

Tuesday-Jan. 20

Wednesday-Jan. 21

Thursday-Jan. 22

Friday-Jan. 23

January 9

Articles I’ve Written Jan. 4 – Jan. 9 2015

writing-blank-pageOnce a week I will use this blog as a self promotion tool.  I write a lot of non-fiction, which makes me an author still, so I think it’s fair that I share the other projects I’ve written for once a week.

This past week’s articles include:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

January 6

Review: Give Your Heart a Break

give your heart a breakReviewer’s disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book with a promise to review it upon completion of reading.  Original target read and review by date was Dec. 23, but due to moving, it wasn’t feasible, thus it being reviewed this week.

Give Your Heart a Break by Helen Peterson is a surprisingly delightful, first-person POV rom-com/chick lit novel that caught me off guard.  Generally speaking, I have difficulties with first-person POV romance novels, but have gotten to like them more, especially after reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels.

You are introduced to the protagonist, Rachel Thomas, as the book opens, working at an ad agency in New York City who is semi-wanting to dodge going out with her friends, knowing she should look for another guy to date, but not wanting to.  Which is where she meets Mason Connor, who she quickly makes excuses to not talk to, despite the immediate attraction between them, and runs the risk of losing out on a seemingly-nice date.

Courtesy of her best friends, she ends up with Mason and the story tells us of the ups and downs of the relationship – including Mason’s manipulative ex who returns to cause problems for her.

The novel covers relationships of not only Rachel, but of her friends – one of whom gets married, one of whom gets engaged to be married and other surprises to be revealed.  It has it’s light-hearted moments, the typical moments of gossip and girly bitch sessions but also more serious issues that affect relationships and how women feel when things go wrong in them.  Helen Peterson definitely got the nuances down when it comes to how women react in certain situations.

I thoroughly enjoyed Helen’s debut novel – so much so that I read it in one night because I couldn’t put it down.  It was very fast paced and kept pulling you along.  Check it out if you’re looking for a good read.

Find the Book!
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1zpFU5V
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23764139-give-your-heart-a-break
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/give-your-heart-a-break-helen-peterson/1120935368?ean=2940150199583
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/give-your-heart-a-break-4