Friday, July 25, 2014

Challenging Destiny Blog Tour Sign Up!

I'm very excited about my upcoming spotlight on Fandom MonthlyYou can sign up for the tour and enter the giveaway by clicking the link below the banner.


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About the book...


Being Chosen is a terrible thing when 
there's no one you can trust.
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Logan Ragsdale and his younger sister, Ariana, have been marked, chosen to be unwilling participants in a war between angels and demons.

Logan can sense something's not quite right. Like an unexpected chill on a summer's day, he can feel the unseen closing in. He's had these feelings before and, each time, someone close to him died. He's afraid this time it might just be Ariana.

​Logan's fears are soon confirmed when he discovers their new friends aren't human, but rather representatives from Heaven and Hell sent to Earth to ensure he and Ariana accept their roles in an ancient prophecy. Demons want Logan to open the gates of Hell. Ariana has the power to stop them, but if she chooses to side with Heaven to spare the lives of thousands of innocent people, she'll damn her brother for eternity.


Together, they must derail the biblical event if they hope to save themselves and the future of mankind...but what price are they willing to pay to keep the other safe?




On a side note, here's still time to enter to win a $20 gift card in the Challenging Destiny Book Blitz hosted by YA Bound.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Finding a Good Editor

This post continues with the writer-ly questions I was asked earlier this month. Now, keep in mind there are many answers to this question. Below are my thoughts. Please share your thoughts in the comments. The collective information will help us all.


Source

     "How does one find a good editor?"


I've been fortunate to work with two amazing editors at two different publishers. We clicked, and we had the same vision for my stories. That’s not to say they didn't questions a character’s action or a plot point. They did. Sometimes brutally, drilling down to the smallest details, and my stories were always better for it. If I ever dive into the realm of self publishing, I’d want my novels edited to the same degree as my traditionally published novels.

So how does one find a good editor? References.

I’m a firm believer in word of month. If you’re in the market for an editor, be it for line edits or developmental edits, ask your agent or other authors if they have an editor that they would recommend. If there’s an editor you have in mind, ask for references and then reach out to several people to find out what their experience was like.


No matter if you’re looking for an editor to help polish your story before going out on submission or because you are self publishing, you want her to be familiar with the category and genre you’re writing. There are elements of young adult you don’t find in new adult or adult and vice versa. You want an editor that knows what they are. Look at books the editor has worked on. Ask the editor questions. You can get a feel for a person by their responses. Ask if she is willing to read the first few pages of your book to make sure it's something that interests her. This last point is important for developmental edits. An editor that connects with the characters and plot will be able to provide better feedback than someone who doesn't


Thanks, Ken, for the questions!

Let us know if you have additional advice.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My Time Divvied Up -- Pie Charts Included

I want to thank everyone who asked me a question for my Dear Author Dearest post on Darkly Delicious YA. It was difficult to chosee just one question, but I went with "What's your take on voice? Some people say it can't be learned. Do you agree?” because this is a subject that comes up a lot when speaking to aspiring authors. You can click here to see my response.

As promised, I'm going to take the next few weeks to answer the other questions here on my blog, starting with how I divvy up my time. 

Here's the question:

     "I'd like to see how people divvy up their time between writing/blogging/social media. Pie charts please."

I have this information included in one of my school presentations, pie charts and all. J

For the purpose of this post, "blogging" is included "social media". Most of that time is either writing or reading blog posts, with time on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media kept to a minimum. 

How I divide my time changes depending on the time of year (I write less in summer than I do in winter) and if I have a book coming out (just swap “writing” and “marketing” and you’ll get a good idea of how my time shifts during the weeks leading up to a release). But overall, the charts below do a good job of depicting a typical workday. 


Before I was published, writing time really was writing time. You'll notice I include querying, social media, and reading. I'd take a break from writing to do research on agents and editors, keep up with my friends on social media, bounce around the blog-sphere, and of course enjoy a good read.



Once I sold my first book more time went to keeping up with emails and marketing. Just before a release, writing time is spent writing guest posts, doing interviews, and preparing for the release date.

The above charts make it look like I spent most of my day writing, and that would be amazing. But I work full-time and then there are all of life's other little distractions. Below is a realistic look at a typical 24-hour day.



How does this compare to your typical day? Do you limit how much time you spend on social media? Does the amount of time you spend writing/blogging/on social media change depending on the time of year?

Thanks Leslie S. for this questions!

Feel free to use this idea for a similar post on your blog. Be sure to come back and post the link to your post in the comments so I can stop by.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Challenging Destiny Book Blitz & Giveaway


Being Chosen is a terrible thing
when there's no one you can trust.

Welcome to the CHALLENGING DESTINY Book Blitz!!

I'd like to thank YA Bound Book Tours for putting this event together. They are truly amazing to work with! I'd also like to thank the wonderful book bloggers for participating. Your support means the world to me.

To celebrate Challenging Destiny's worldwide release, I'm giving away a $20 Gift Card, so be sure to page down and enter the giveaway.

CHALLENGING DESTINY
Publisher: Wild Rose Press, Black Rose Imprint
Kindle Release: March 27, 2014
Worldwide Release: July 11, 2014

About the book:                                  
Logan Ragsdale and his younger sister, Ariana, have been marked, chosen to be unwilling participants in a war between angels and demons.

Logan can sense something's not quite right. Like an unexpected chill on a summer's day, he can feel the unseen closing in. He's had these feelings before and, each time, someone close to him died. He's afraid this time it might just be Ariana.

Logan's fears are soon confirmed when he discovers their new friends aren't human, but rather representatives from Heaven and Hell sent to Earth to ensure he and Ariana accept their roles in an ancient prophecy. Demons want Logan to open the gates of Hell. Ariana has the power to stop them, but if she chooses to side with Heaven to spare the lives of thousands of innocent people, she'll damn her brother for eternity.

Together, they must derail the biblical event if they hope to save themselves and the future of mankind...but what price are they willing to pay to keep the other safe?


Available from:
AmazonAmazon UK * Barnes & Noble * Kobo Books



GIVEAWAY:
$20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card (INT)
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Book reviewers can request a review copy by clicking here.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Second Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #2), by Susan Kaye Quinn

NEW RELEASE
Second Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #2)

Assassins, skyships, and royal intrigue...

 

Kindle, Kobo, AllRomance

Second Daughter is the second book in The Dharian Affairs trilogy (Third Daughter, Second Daughter, First Daughter). This steampunk-goes-to-Bollywood (Bollypunk!) romance takes place in an east-Indian-flavored alternate world filled with skyships, assassins, royal romance and intrigue.

Reviews of the first book, Third Daughter:

"The author fuses carriages, steam trains, airships and clockwork with the rich eastern culture that underlies Bollywood storytelling..." - Cherie Reich

"The political intrigue, the steampunk gadgets, and the beautiful costumes kept me in wonderment." - Tony Benson

“Third Daughter is vividly breathtaking. Quinn delivers royal intrigue, exotic locations, and sweeping romance. Not to be missed!” - Pavarti Tyler, author of Shadow on the Wall

ON SALE - 99 cents until 7/21

Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1)
Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, AllRomance
(also available in print)

The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she'll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince's proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince's proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and an arranged marriage to a man she does not love.

NEW
Both books now have a map!

Thank you so much for helping me get this book out in the world! Win paperback copy of Third Daughter  $10 Amazon Gift Card
check out the gorgeous formatting of the print book!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Stop by PNR Radio: Entertainment that Goes "Bump" in the Night


I'm super excited to be a guest on PNR Radio with host Arial Burnz. I hope you'll take a few minutes to check out the show.

Follow one of the links below to listen to the podcast:






About Arial and PNR Radio:

In partnership with ILoveVampireNovels.com, author Arial Burnz is the host of the podcast PNRradio.com, where she features entertainment that goes bump in the night. If you love paranormal and fantasy books, TV shows and movies, you’ll love PNR Radio! Guests include bestselling authors (e.g., Nalini Singh, Kami Garcia, Julie Kagawa) and celebrities (from TV shows like Supernatural and Dracula), and every show has a giveaway.