Thursday, July 17, 2014

It is the time to RISE UP





We all know how fragile life is, especially when faced with a life threatening illness. Stephenie Thomas is a 37 year old mother of 3 boys, wife, friend, reader, and a HUGE indie blogger and lover! Stephenie has done so much for the indie author/reading community, and now it's time for us to help her. She is fighting an aggressive form of cancer called glioblastoma that will accrue mounds of medical bills. The indie community has come together in hopes of helping relieve some of the financial stress, so that Stephenie and her family can concentrate on her fight. Let's help Stephenie kick this cancer's butt! cc99ba8e-8f31-4313-8f27-3194f6834bb0_profile   10336647_332638206886540_2058301977146059904_n  


1. What Happens Tomorrow - Elle Michaels 2. Insipid -- Christine Brae 3. Bouquet Toss -- Melissa Brown 4. Can't Go Home -- Angelisa Stone 5. Point of Submission by Remy Landon 6. Breakaway by Lindsay Paige and Mary Smith 7. A Love by Any Measure by Killian McRae 8. Discovering Lucy - Laura Dunaway 9. Something's Come Up - Andrea Randall and Michelle Pace 10. By A Thread - RL Griffin 11. Honest Love - CM Hutton 12. Serendipity - Stacey Bentley 13. Haven from the Storm - Sarah Dosher 14. Damaged - Nina D'Angelo


1. Always There - Carol Ann Albright-Eastman

2. Republic - Charles Sheehan-Miles

3. Seeds of Hate - Melissa Perea

4. In The Fields - Willow Aster

5. Bar Crawl - Andrea Randall

6. Totaled - Stacey Grice

7. Running from Forever - Ashley Wilcox

8. Crossing Paths - Melanie Stinnet

9. Going Home - Rhonda Dennis

10. Never Goodbye - Kerri Williams

11. Without Boundaries - CJ Azavedo

12. Binds - Rebecca Espinoza

13. The Forgotten Ones - Laura Howard


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Little Inspirations.

Inspirations come from all over and you take them when an where you can get them.
I find I get most whilst watching a movie or reading a book, sometimes I get them from something my kids say. The most illusive ideas are our dreams, well, they are illusive to me because I dream and my Dory brain forgets. I know it was awesome and filled with enough emotion I think it's real. I wake up and say, OMFG, that will make an epic storyline, and then I go back to sleep. What happens between those inspiring and blissful moments, I have no freaking idea. It's as though my dreams were socks and they fell into the Bermuda Triangle never to be seen again. 
Now, I know, you want to scream at me because I don't write them down. Believe me, I have given such advice, but when hubs gets up at 4:30am each morning to work, you tend not to disturb him by turning a light on.
But I am getting off track now, what I want to say is that when inspiration strikes, it's like a flame to a bomb fire....sadly, when it's not firing, it is barren ash just taunting you about its once loved heat.
What do I do if I have no kindling, no firelighters and the clouds are threatening to open up?
I don't panic, because somewhere around me will be the flicker of a flame I need, the smouldering coal I thought had cooled; what I do is chill.
Watch your favourite movie, read that book you have been putting off, open up your doc and read the last couple of chapters, because they all work for me.
Today, I didn't dream, I didn't watch decent TV, all because my hubs claims  the remote and the tablet. It was war' male against the females in the house...what in the end did I make of this?
So, I'm off to write after four days of barren ash.
Go find your flame for your inspiration, whatever your goal/project.
I always say, Never Give Up!

Happy reading  

Friday, June 6, 2014

Pen names

There has been mass debate over whether authors should use a pseudonym. I was advised I should for a couple of reasons; anonymity and my name was too big for covers. (bet you never thought about that last one, huh.)
Well. in the end I decided, after days of playing with names, to keep my own. It took me enough time to adopt my married name, I wasn't prepared to give it up just yet.
So, dismissing the 'too big for a cover' theory, I kept my name.
Do I regret this? Nah. I have conducted many library author chats with press being my friend, having my own name, being a community member helped getting the word out. My facebook is littered with community members and because I primarily write YA/NA it is also filled with participating teens.
But here is the thing...I can't write taboo, erotic, highly explicit anything for ALL of the above reasons. So to write a R-18+ book, I had to make up a whole new identity. This was fun and amazing to see different doors open, different readership and bloggers. The downside, it stays pretty quiet who this alter ego is. Not only that, but only 'one of us' can write a book at a time. This means one load of readers have to wait and not many understand why.
I average #2 books a year. This also means I have to break it down to #1 per ego.
If you have been wondering why I have been so quiet; this is why.
I now know how Superman, Batman, Spiderman feel like. There are so many things that make  it hard to have an alter ego; facebook- you have to log out and log back in as different user. My God that's annoying. Blogs, bloggers, messages, promo, GAHHHH
Exhausted and under the pressure I feel I need to tell the world.

But that never turns out for the superheroes, now does it?!

The good news for you, me...whatever, is that the second book to NEVER GOODBYE is on the go. Cover Reveal is coming this month. Get ready because there will be sales and freebies.

Happy reading.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Grammar help

So I have come to realize not only must I have not paid attention to my general english class, but also have the knack to defy all grammar laws known to man. I try to claim that I am a rebel ... but we all know the truth. I just suck at grammar.
How can I write a book/books, have them published, and not know grammar worth a damn.
Well, not only having an great editor is the key, but knowing your shiz is better.
Until now, I have burdened my editors and it is hard work. Note I said 'until now.'
An author buddy told me of this program that I am trialling; it's called You can try it right there on the site with a pasted piece of you work. I was freaking amazed!
I signed up for the free trial and the yearly subscription because I know I will get use from it.
Not only does it show you grammar suggestions, spelling, but also, enhancements and possible plagiarisms. You don't get those last two in MW. You can use the program right there on your MS doc or on their site and just save or print the report. I personally like using it on MW. It even adds an icon in your tools.
I'm still in the first stages of using this tool, but I love it already.

Who knew you had to use a comma before an 'and', EVER?! or things like, Use of articles? Redundant comma in ...
You get the point.

So, if you have trouble with grammar, this is my friendly tip.

P.S stop judging my  grammar here. Blogging  is like my facebook and twitter; they're grammar Switzerland.