The Color Green -IWSG

 

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It’s that time again. (Actually I am a little late) A post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.

The color green as in “you are green with envy” isn’t a good color for most. Don’t get me wrong, green and red are great for Christmas.  Green makes grass look healthy.  But jealousy isn’t a good look on anyone.

I try as I might to fight off the green monster of envy.  I try not to be jealous that someone is successfully selling their books, or has a lot of reviews.  I try not to be angry because a friend of my promotes someone’s business or compliments someone’s hobby and never mine.

I think the problem for me is that the jealousy is laced with hurt.  Why wasn’t I good enough?  Are we not friends?  Did I not do enough for you?  So I step back.  I work hard to make my friends and family know they are all important.  I try to review all the authors out there and do so kindly.  I try and promote authors and friends equally (well except during a release week-special treatment is deserved for that author.)  I do what I can and in the end if I am not noticed or not important enough to someone, than I suppose I step back and remember that I am not helping or being kind for anything in return.  I do so, because I don’t want anyone to feel like they aren’t awesome or aren’t special.  It’s just that sometimes that is easier said than done.

So I am not posting this because I want something in return. I am posting this so that people know. If I do something for you it’s because I care.  I want you to know one person out there thinks you were worth the time to review or worth the happy birthday shout out.  If you have hundreds of followers, two thumbs up.  If you have one follower?  Well I am your biggest fan.  Just don’t forget to share the love with others. I guess they call it pay it forward.  Share the happy feeling I gave you with someone else who needs a happy feeling too. It doesn’t cost anything to make someone smile.

 

So how many of you fight jealousy? I hope I’m not alone.  I think everyone envies someone, even the New York Times best seller sees something they have yet to be or achieve.  Human nature is complex, don’t you think?

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Visit other bloggers in the Insecure Writers Support Group !  (A blog hop that posts the first Wednesday of every month, founded by Head Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.)  Thanks to his co-hosts this month too!

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.

 

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Support Networks/Platform Building -IWSG

 

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It’s that time again.  A post for the Insecure Writers Support Group.  How fitting that I am doing a post on support systems.  I’ve sold a few books, mostly to key people in my family.  The surprise to me is that I have heard a few of my college sorority sisters have bought at least one of my book too.  I hope they liked it and are spreading the word.

To write books and become published though, you need a bigger support system them family.  Anyone else not trust your nearest and dearest when they say you’re the next big thing?  Most writers don’t have a high profile author or public figure in the family to make your name a household icon.  So where do you go for support to get the knowledge of business, get your book info out past your tiny support circle,  maybe even find an agent, and lastly build an audience, a platform?

The internet.

Today’s author has to master the internet, unless you are a lucky member of the big publishers.  Even then though, they don’t always market you.  So here is where I started.

1. Find blogs of indie authors. They are hungry to share knowledge as much as they are to sell a book or two. Obviously, if they aren’t that author, they might be fun to follow still.  Interact with these authors.  They might tell you about a writing group, or where they started out.  Writing groups that could be awesome to shift through and fine a few writing pales like http://www.scribophile.com.

2. Blog.  I don’t mean that you have to share the best knowledge of stuff you don’t know or even to blog every day.  I mean start a blog about whatever you do know.  Ask questions and expect no answers.  This is a slow process.  People will find you and you will form some new friendships with people who have similar interests.

3. FACEBOOK or now Tsu, even Twitter.  Interact, like pages, and follow those authors that give advice.  You can actually bond with other people this way.

4. Local writing groups, conferences, and library events.  Not always in that order.  I rarely think a conference is worth the money for my writing career.  I do however think it can be wonderful to meet other authors.  Other authors can get you a submission to their agents.

5.  Well – I am not sure what 5 really is yet.  Once you are published a few more avenues open up.  That isn’t what this post is about though.

For everyone out there, published or not.  Go fourth and network. Make friends.  Join blog hops. Do you have suggestions to add to this list for the unknown writer or new author?

 

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For those looking for my giveaway, click here.

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Visit other bloggers in the Insecure Writers Support Group !  (A blog hop that posts the first Wednesday of every month, founded by Head Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.)  Thanks to his co-hosts this month too!

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.

 

Happy Holidays Blog Hop

It’s my birthday!  Oh and it’s the start of the Happy Holidays Blog Hop!!  Jump up and down for joy because that means giveaway time.
I am giving away an ebook copy of For the Love of Murphy Anthology. Here’s to wishing good luck to everyone in the new year!  You can enter several ways: Facebook or at Rafflecopter
AND NOW the surprise giveaway.  I’ll also be giving away a cute Christmas book box (US residence only.)

3da16-murphy_coverFor the Love of Murphy

Publisher:  Roane Publishing

Release Date:  March 17, 2014

Key Words:  Adult, Romance, Sweet, Contemporary, Anthology

No Wrong Turns by Lisa A. Adams

Jessica Brannah is escaping from her last heartbreak with a loaded car and a new address. But, when Murphy’s Law finds her stranded in a back country town, she realizes there’s no outrunning love.

Falling For You by Michelle Ziegler

Darci’s ready to move on. Too bad the dating pool stinks.  Until, a ghost from her past resurfaces—the man she missed out on in college.

Andrew was the one man she’d always loved, but neither of them ever made a move.  But, old feelings aren’t the only thing resurfacing of late.  Darci’s ex comes crawling back at the most inappropriate time, and with all the testosterone flying, she might not end up with either man.

Coffee and Cufflinks by Annabelle Blume

Fresh out of a failed relationship and exhausted by a constant barrage of fiascos at work, Olivia Johnson doesn’t see the man of her dreams standing right in front of her. She tells herself the morning coffee meet-ups with Daren are nothing but coincidence, but even she can’t deny his unequivocal attractiveness. When a night entertaining clients takes a turn for the worst, and Daren shows up where she least expects him, failure starts to look more like fate.

A Slippery Slope by Rebecca Hart

Anne Montgomery is psyched for her girl’s only weekend, despite her friends’ choice of vacation locale—the snowy slopes of Harris Peak Ski Resort—where someone as notoriously accident prone as she has no business being. When Murphy’s Law finally catches up with her, Anne is forced to consider there may be times when it pays to be unlucky.

The Shamrock Incident by London Saint James

Florist, Marissa Carmichael isn’t usually a klutz, but she’s in a hurry and having a bad day. In her haste, she loses her balance and tumbles from the back room of her shop, arms flailing. Her less than graceful entrance halted by a headfirst crash into a display case chock full of silk flowers.

Trey Cleary didn’t think his day could get any worse, until he finds. himself picking the side view mirror of his BMW up from the ground. On a mission to do something about it, he locates the flower shop matching the name on the back of the van that mangled his ‘baby’. But, his car is forgotten when a beautiful woman bursts into the room like an out of control whirling dervish, and takes one mother of a wipeout into the shop’s counter. Coming to her aid brings out the hero in him like no one he’s ever encountered, and leaves him with a need to know more.

For Marissa and Trey, this just might be the one time it pays to be unlucky.

 

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Enough Hours in the Day -IWSG

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Anyone else feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day?  Like maybe you are stretching yourself too thin?  Well let me just say, if you don’t can you please share your secret?

I’m pulled between so many things.  Sometimes it’s necessity.  Sometimes, it’s want.  Writing falls in that want and sometimes the necessity category.  It’s my sanity.  The necessity category keeps changing.

I’m trying to find my way.  Partially that means job finding.  I am trying to start a small line of products for author promotion.  I have a store on etsy that will soon house my handmade items.  I am also selling bows, because my three year old has an obsession.  Next to that I have my webdesign.  That is more of a challenge.  I still have to look for full time employment, raise my kids, and oh right, I am writing resumes for an online company.  I think I am supposed to clean somewhere in there too.  Ha, that’s a joke.  I think I attempting to lose weight, or at least get more healthy.  Let’s see if It Works, really works-so far so good.  There’s the challenge to help promote other authors, follow blogs and posts too.  So when do you write?

That’s the hard part. Some days I write a lot (okay 1000 words isn’t a lot.) Some days I don’t do 2014-11-29 13.53.21anything except try and market.  Marketing is a time suck.  I think you saw my post on trying to get reviews?  That’s a pain too. Some days I feel overwhelmed. Those are the days that i do only the basics.  Kids, food, and write.  My sanity depends on living someone’s life, that I make up.

So how do you make things work?  Life doesn’t stop, unless you are fortunate enough to be a full time author-granted life still doesn’t stop.

 

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In case you didn’t know I have a free read out there too.  Sometimes helping out an author doesn’t have to cost a thing.

 

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Visit other bloggers in the Insecure Writers Support Group !  (A blog hop that posts the first Wednesday of every month, founded by Head Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.)  Thanks to his co-hosts this month too! Heather Gardner, T. Drecker from Kidbits, Eva E. Solar at Lilicasplace, and Patsy Collins!

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.

 

Sharing Your Opinion -IWSG

 

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I’ve been pulling out my hair for a year now.  What is the best way to get a review?  I have become better and better about leaving them myself, because I now realize just how hard it is to get them.  I scratch my head and wonder, why is it that so many people are ready to give their opinions, yet book reviews are scarce?

My policy, although I am not a book reviewer and blogger, is for my own personal benefit.  I will only review books that have a 4 and 5 star rating in my mind.  I don’t want to destroy someone’s online presence just because their book didn’t work for me. If I truly feel like a book is a three star, but I have positive things to say, then I might leave a review.  I don’t normally care about grammar either.  Did the book capture me or not?

I suppose my point is, leaving a review is the easiest and cheapest way to thank an author for what they do.  It will help other customers in their search too. What makes you leave a review and what holds you back?

Lets get out there and show some love to indie and small published authors.  Even some of the big guys could use the help.

Incase you didn’t know I have a free read out there too.  Sometimes helping out an author doesn’t have to cost a thing.

giveaway

For those looking for my giveaway, click here.

Giveaway~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Visit other bloggers in the Insecure Writers Support Group !  (A blog hop that posts the first Wednesday of every month, founded by Head Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.)  Thanks to his co-hosts this month too!

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.

 

Publishing Credits – Flipping the coin

Do publishing credits actual help or do they hurt you?  I had the opportunity to talk with an agent at a small conference recently. She didn’t represent what I wrote, but I was able to ask some great basic questions on the industry.coin  Some days I say, flip a coin to decide what to do next.

Do you want an agent someday?  If you answered yes, read on.  If you answered no, good luck on your mission.

From the agent’s mouth:

The agent I had the opportunity to “chat up” was very polite.  She asked me questions about my writing, to be nice I assume.  In the end she told me that if I want to be agented someday, and I do more then short stories at a small publisher, the number of books sold will be scrutinized.  They will want to know how big the publisher is.  They will want to know the avenues of sale used.  Although agents will understand that most small publishers will not be at physical stores, your sales better be good online.

All that being said, she still seemed to be interested to know that I was trying.  That I had found someone who appreciates my work.  She liked the idea that I was learning the business and building a platform.  Did any of those facts change her statement that she would require any sale info on books that I write independently?  No.  But she had nothing negative to say about getting my feet wet.

That’s from the agents mouth.

From the writers mouth though, I say that going with a small publisher has been nothing short of awesome!  I have changed the way I write.  I have fewer “issues”.  Am I perfect?  No.  Never will be.  The lessons learned though, have been invaluable! I would tell anyone to start small.  A few other authors I know have and are now agented or still independent, but doing well.

Long story short.  Do you love to write?  Then don’t give up and always attempt a few avenues.  Just be aware of the risks that come along with each choice. I’ll post on that later.

 

Here it goes – flipping a coin on what to write next!

 

Meet Sheryl Winters and her Pet Dragon

I have the honor of interviewing a wonderful author today!  The woman cracks me up.  She claims that she isn’t very crafty and that she doesn’t live in an Igloo (she lives in Alaska, so I swear she lives in an Igloo.)  Aside from those two short comings, the woman is amazing and I’d love you all to meet her.  Also don’t forget to check out her free short story Pixified and her recent release Perr-fect Mating.

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So my dear Sheryl enlighten our audience, where do you draw the line on the “heat” level in
your books and why? 

Closed door, peeking in, or holy cow I need a fan?
Details.. I leave them out. My characters tend to hint at the action but then they always close the door making me wonder. I think it’s more up to the character I’m writing at the moment. I’ve never had a character scream.. “Write more sex, write more sex.” I believe a story can be well told and still be pg.

Who do you choose?  Knight or shape-shifting dragon?  Yeah, had to ask.
I think I’d like to see a knight that is a shape shifting dragon, but seriously, if I had to choose I think I’d pick the dragon/human combo, more firepower and the ability to take off in a flight. Let’s face it, knights are great in battle, but I’m already doing the dishes. The last thing a princess wants is to hook up with a knight and then have to shine his armor every day!

You write lots of different types of characters.  What is your favorite to
write about and why? I don’t have a favorite, but I do have a lot of favorites. Usually it’s their choices that interest me. Why did they .. jump into marriage, fight off a mugger instead of running. That type of thing, I love the-finding-out-of-the-why.

What drink do you need while writing?  You know coffee, beer, martini, hot
chocolate, maybe a juice box?
Juice box.
Just kidding, Diet Pepsi, over ice in a glass cup and never plastic!

While writing do you snack or are you more of a ‘who has time to take your
fingers off the keyboard type?’ I’m a Dorito type of girl. Throw in a cup of Rotel (Hot, never medium or mild) and I’m in heaven.

Who is the pet you have in your backyard – I know who it is, but please introduce him to our guests.  Oh, you better give a description.

Leathery wings that stretch over ten feet long, barrel shaped body. Hide as black as a late winters night and blue eyes that pierces the darkness around him.

He has TEETH. Large sharp teeth, scores of teeth, teeth so large they could burrow through the body armor of a knigh…. 

Sorry, couldn’t help myself. Despite what you think Michelle, Egbert the dragon is purely fictional. In my back yard live only two beings. Prince, a beautiful fifteen year-old black lab/border collie cross with tiny ears that flop forward and a chubby lab body. Brown eyes that show nothing but love. Silver, blue heeler and Border Collie. All salt and pepper colored. The ability to race back and forth from his dog house to the main house six times in less than 3 seconds. Amazing speed for a thirteen-year-old.

                         I might take back all the nice things I just said about this woman.  How dare   you lie to me about Egbert?

Do you have any pets that are considered more domestic?  “Yes, see above,” She says with a cheeky grin.

What was the inspiration behind your latest release? Frozen Raspberry Ice-cream and Pixies. I kept picturing a bakery full to the brim with mischievous Pixies. Thus, Pixified was born.

Last question.  If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be? Ireland. I love the ancient castles, the land, the beauty of it. I’d love to go visit, see the history up close.

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Alright-well I guess that’s Sheryl in a nut shell.  Check out my interview at her blog.  She also has some short stories over at her site to peek at too.

Many Sides of Medusa Blog Hop

Thank you for stopping by the Many Sides of Medusa Blog Hop hosted by Heather Lyons and Kelly Hashway! 
 
Door Prize: Your door prize for joining us is the short story prequel to the Touch of Death series titled Curse of Death. It’s the myth about Medusa and how she was cursed by the goddess Athena. Claim your free gift by clicking here.
 

Heather and Kelly are teaming up to show you a very different side of Medusa. Forget the monster you might think she was, and check out these excerpts from The Deep End of the Sea and Touch of Death. You just might change your mind about Medusa.



The Deep End of the Sea excerpt:

The Deep End of the SeaBut there’s no way around it. I am, in fact, a monster. A hideous one, to be precise, but as I don’t have any mirrors on Gorgóna, I can’t verify that one for certain. I rely on the fact that every single person I’ve frozen over the ages boasts abject fear on their face, which makes me believe they find me pretty horrifying. And it sucks. It genuinely, truly, absolutely, unequivocally sucks. I hate stealing lives.

Thus, not only am I a monster, I’m a really lousy one. A lonely, classic Five Stages of Grief following, insecure, shut-in of a pathetic beast who talks to the snakes on her head and the statues on her island.

 














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Purchase The Deep End of the Sea on Amazon or B&N.


Touch of Death excerpt:

My hair blew up, flying wildly all around me. My blood bubbled in my veins like boiling water, but it didn’t hurt. It was the feeling of power. Too much power. My body felt like it was going to burst. Still I held on. My eyes closed, and I threw my head back. An imaged filled my mind. Medusa. Her snakes wriggled their bodies at me, flicking their tongues. Chills ran down the backs of my legs, but I forced my eyes away from the snakes. Lower. To Medusa’s face. She smiled at me. Her face and eyes filled with warmth. She looked like…Mom.



“Do not fear me, Jodi. My blood lies in your veins and in your heart. you are one of mine. My children.”






Find Kelly online:

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Purchase the Touch of Death series on Amazon or B&N.

If you want more Medusa, be sure to check out The Deep End of the Sea and the Touch of Death series. And…Heather and Kelly have a giveaway for you. Enter on the rafflecopter form for your chance to win a $20 gift card to either Amazon or B&N, Medusa Makeup lipgloss, signed bookmarks from both authors, buttons for each book, and Touch of Death stickers.

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For the Love of Murphy, Releases- It’s Here!

For the Love of Murphy
 
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Key Words: Adult, Romance, Sweet, Contemporary, Anthology
 
They say love conquers all, but whoever “they” are, must not have heard of Murphy’s Law — whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.
 
These five tales of sweet, accidental romance prove Cupid’s arrows are a lot tougher than they seem, and sometimes it pays to be unlucky.

No Wrong Turns by Lisa A. Adams
 
Jessica Brannah is escaping from her last heartbreak with a loaded car and a new address. But, when Murphy’s Law finds her stranded in a back country town, she realizes there’s no outrunning love.
 
Falling For You by Michelle Ziegler
 
Darci’s ready to move on. Too bad the dating pool stinks. Until, a ghost from her past resurfaces—the man she missed out on in college.

Andrew was the one man she’d always loved, but neither of them ever made a move. But, old feelings aren’t the only thing resurfacing of late. Darci’s ex comes crawling back at the most inappropriate time, and with all the testosterone flying, she might not end up with either man.

 
Coffee and Cufflinks by Annabelle Blume
Fresh out of a failed relationship and exhausted by a constant barrage of fiascos at work, Olivia Johnson doesn’t see the man of her dreams standing right in front of her. She tells herself the morning coffee meet-ups with Daren are nothing but coincidence, but even she can’t deny his unequivocal attractiveness. When a night entertaining clients takes a turn for the worst, and Daren shows up where she least expects him, failure starts to look more like fate.

 
A Slippery Slope by Rebecca Hart
 
Anne Montgomery is psyched for her girl’s only weekend, despite her friends’ choice of vacation locale—the snowy slopes of Harris Peak Ski Resort—where someone as notoriously accident prone as she has no business being. When Murphy’s Law finally catches up with her, Anne is forced to consider there may be times when it pays to be unlucky.
 
The Shamrock Incident by London Saint James
 
Florist, Marissa Carmichael isn’t usually a klutz, but she’s in a hurry and having a bad day. In her haste, she loses her balance and tumbles from the back room of her shop, arms flailing. Her less than graceful entrance halted by a headfirst crash into a display case chock full of silk flowers.
 
Trey Cleary didn’t think his day could get any worse, until he finds. himself picking the side view mirror of his BMW up from the ground. On a mission to do something about it, he locates the flower shop matching the name on the back of the van that mangled his ‘baby’. But, his car is forgotten when a beautiful woman bursts into the room like an out of control whirling dervish, and takes one mother of a wipeout into the shop’s counter. Coming to her aid brings out the hero in him like no one he’s ever encountered, and leaves him with a need to know more.
 
For Marissa and Trey, this just might be the one time it pays to be unlucky.
 
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Blog Tour – Now Scheduling

Join in the fun.  For the Love of Murphy releases March 17th and the blog tour is now scheduling!Murphy_TourButton

Go here to sign up!  In case you missed it, my second short story will be in the For the Love of Murphy anthology!  The theme?  Sometimes it pays to be unlucky in love and Murphy’s Law of course. How can this not be a fun release!

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Additionally, anyone who reviews, sign up here.  There are lots of perks to be on Roane Publishing’s review team, such as free ARCs.

Don’t know what a blog tour is?  Well there’s a little info here.