Thursday, May 31, 2012

June Releases

Not as many books this month - I'm not sure why. It's probably a good thing since I'm still trying to catch up on my to-read lists for April and May.  :-)    

Sleepover Stakeout (Sleuth or Dare #2) by Kim Harrington (6/1/12)

Why -> I haven't even read the first book in this series, Partners In Crime, yet. It's high on my to-read list this summer, though. The third book in the series comes out next month and I plan on getting it as well and reading all three back to back. I can't wait either. I absolutely love Kim Harrington's writing. 

Mirage (Winterhaven #2) by Kristi Cook (6/5/12)

Why -> I loved Violet in Winterhaven and loved the vampire twist as well. Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love vampires, and not just since Twilight. I was that girl who was fascinated by them in the 90's. With that said, I tend to read more books with vampires than werewolves. I don't read many purely werewolf books at all. Sorry, but it's true. Anyways, I can't wait to see what happens with Violet and Aidan in this book. 

Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate (6/12/12)

Why -> I fell in love with the first book, Fallen, and adored Torment. I was super excited for book three, Passion, to come out last year, but never got around to reading it. I have it on my Kindle along with Fallen In Love which is one of those novellas they release between books, so it's really like book #3.5. I decided I wanted to read all three back to back since Rapture is the final book in the series. At least from my understanding. 

Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire

Why-> Two words: Time Travel! Yup, I love the idea of time traveling and the first book, Hourglass, was great. I can't wait to see what happens as a result of the time traveling escapade in the first book.

Your Turn -> What are you looking forward to being released this month?

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spring Cleaning Calls

More like it's yelling at me. lol 

It's that time of year where I've got the cleaning bug. Well, not really that I have the cleaning bug so much as I seriously need to clean things up and reorganize my house. I thought I'd get started a couple weeks ago, so I set aside my editing to do so. However, I got sidetracked by a stack of books that doesn't seem to be dwindling from the library. I keep putting myself on wait lists for books and they keep coming in faster than I can read them. As a result I've been busy reading nonstop. Unfortunately that means I haven't been cleaning.

So, today I start the cleaning. My reward for getting the cleaning done is relaxing with a book. Since I'm currently reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth my incentive is pretty high. I'm already totally sucked into the book, so all I want to do is read. But, I can't read until the living room is completely cleaned and reorganized. I have made lists for each room to clean from top to bottom. I've also decided how to tackle each room.

I also have another motivation. My mom's coming, a week from tomorrow. I don't want her seeing this disaster. As a writer I tend to write instead of clean house. Big problem for me. Another reason I need to fix it up. I'm headed to Texas with my Mom and kids in two weeks for two months. I don't want to leave the house a disaster for my husband to have to deal with. I'd rather leave him in a clean house. I also don't want to return in August to a complete disaster. I want to be able to relax, simply unpack, and get right into writing/editing.

I feel like I'm going to be doing this over the next week.

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Your Turn -> What do you sacrifice for writing time?

Monday, May 28, 2012

A HUGE thank you to all of our service men and women. Thank you (and your families) for all your sacrifices. Happy Memorial Day!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Writers by the Shore

There's a new blog in the neighborhood! And I'm a part of it!

I was lucky enough to find a local critique group through the SCBWI about a year ago. We meet monthly and I truly enjoy our meetings and hate when I have to miss one for any reason. We've been talking for a while about doing something more. And, we've finally done it. Four of the eight members in our critique group have created a writing blog.

I know, there are a ton of other writing blogs. We're different! We each have our niche to bring to the blog. Archana Bharathan is great when it comes to keeping up with publishing news and turns of events in the publishing industry. Kimberly Ann Miller is insanely great with her query critiques. Toni De Palma will be bringing you closer to authors through interviews. She's got some really great ones lined up too! And then since I read almost constantly and study those books, I'll be bringing in what I've learned from many of the books. In addition we will also be posting about the craft of writing.

I'm so excited to be a part of Writers By The Shore! Click on our name and check us out! :-)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Facebook and Goodreads Illiterate

As you may know I have a Goodreads site and a Facebook author page. At one time I had my blog linked to my Facebook, so that every time a post would publish to my blog a link would post to my Facebook page. I also had my Goodreads account linked to Facebook, so that when I added a book or rated one it would post to my Facebook page. That's all changed. And I have no idea why.

At some point the links to my published blog posts stopped working. Now I have to link each individual post as they publish. This takes time and it's extremely irritating if I don't have the time to do it. I don't want to link my blog to my personal Facebook page, just my "fan" page. I have family and friends who I don't want to spam those issues to. Likewise, I have people who "like" my Facebook page and would like to see those posts, but I'm not about to "friend" everyone to my personal page. The other day I sat down for a couple of hours and tried to fix it. I failed. I followed several tutorials that claimed to lead me step by step through the process. They did well if I want to publish from my personal page, but I don't want to.

Months ago I linked my Goodreads and personal Facebook account together. It worked for a while, but like the blog issue, it suddenly stopped working. After a frustrating attempt to link Facebook with my blog I decided to switch gears and link my Goodreads account to my "fan" page, but that didn't work either. Apparently I have to link to my main page. That's fine with me at this point. I just wish I could get it to post to my "fan" page as well. I also haven't tried this link out yet. I can't wait to see if it actually works.

If anyone out there could help me get these issues resolved I'd truly appreciate it. I know they work, I just can't seem to get either to work for me. :-/

Your Turn -> Are there any sites out there you've tried to link, but had issues with?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


As I've been editing I've been asking myself this a lot. How? Sometimes I have a hard time knowing when to show rather than tell. As I read through my manuscript I find places where I've been telling instead of showing.

In the beginning of this round of edits I decided to edit a hard copy of my manuscript and not the actual document on my computer. This had two major benefits. First, it's been a while since I last looked at Midnight Raynne so I was able to get better acquainted with it again. Second, I didn't get slowed down making the actual changes. It allowed me to keep moving forward at a good rate.

As a result I found myself underlining the sentence in question and writing, "How?" Now as I've been going back through my hard copy and making those actual edits on the computer I'm forced to slow down and really think about the way in which I want to show, rather than tell, the sentence or paragraph in question. Sometimes it's really easy and I can delete it. There are those times that it doesn't make a huge difference to the picture I'm trying to convey. Other times I have to rewrite an entire paragraph several times before getting the image perfect. It's definitely taking me a lot longer to get through this portion of the edits, but I'm hoping to have all the right amount of showing vs. telling.

Your Turn -> Do you find yourself telling rather than showing? 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Harper Teen - May Deals

I know I don't usually do a Friday post or one like this, but I couldn't help myself. I wanted to make sure that everyone knew about this deal.

For a limited time eight Harper Teen Kindle books are on sale for only $2.99. So if you own a Kindle and want any of the following books go grab them now. The best thing about books! You don't have to read them now, you can read them later. ;-) Click the book title below to go straight to the Kindle store.

You can find out at the end of May which ones I bought.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson

The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell


Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik


Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday


L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad

Love and Other Things I'm Bad At by Catherine Clark

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

Kiss Crush Collide by Christina Meredith

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Dabbling with Middle Grade

Last summer I started writing a manuscript that I never really could get into. The character and story just didn't sync. I think I've found the problem. While I was doing chores around the house I got to thinking about what I wanted to work on when I'm finished with Midnight Raynne. This of course led me to start thinking over two manuscripts that are yet unfinished. One is in the pre-write stage and the other is halfway written as a young adult, but I don't like the last one. I'm not happy with the main character and her voice at all.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized it isn't young adult. The main character should be much younger. The obvious conclusion was that I need to reorganize this manuscript and rewrite it as a middle grade novel. So, as soon as I get Midnight Raynne off to my lovely beta readers I will be busy working on my first middle grade story so far.

How will I prepare? I will be reading two entire middle grade series! I have been collecting the Riley Bloom Series by Alyson Noel since it started. Now that the final book, Whisper, has been released I can finally start reading the final three books in the four book series. I'm also excited to start reading the Sleuth or Dare Series by Kim Harrington. Book one came out earlier this month and the next two books are scheduled to be out June 1st and July 1st of this year. It's been a while since I read a bunch of middle grade books and it's excited to get into that frame of mind again.

Your Turn -> Do you have any stories you're not sure should be young adult after all?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Pinterest - Addicted

If you haven't yet heard of Pinterest you may want to get on the web a bit more - or maybe not. I spent an hours the other morning on Pinterest and other sites, pinning pictures. And by hours I mean at least four, maybe more, I wasn't keeping track. Before I knew it the time on my computer indicated it was no longer morning and I had nothing more than lots of pictures and a much better organized pin board profile on Pinterest.

So why am I mentioning this? Because it's awesome if you're an author. Think about all of the story board work you can do with that site. Oh, it is great! I have a pin board called "Settings" and at the moment I'm actually only putting the settings for one particular manuscript on there. I'll need to change the title of that board when I finally decide to set up multiple settings boards. The one thing I wish I could do is create a folder-like selection. One that isn't really a board, but it contains several boards. So, I would have a "Settings" folder and in it would be all of the pin boards for each of my manuscripts, separate boards. I doubt that's much the point of Pinterest, but it would sure help me out.

I also use it for a variety of other things, such as crafts, bookish things, libraries, photography, and the list goes on and on. :-) 

Not to mention it's also a great way to procrastinate!

Follow this link to find me on Pinterest.

Your Turn -> Are you on Pinterest? If so leave a link in the comments so I can find you.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Using Photos in Blogging

Do you use photos from the internet on your blog posts? If so, you need to know the legalities of which photos you can use and how to use them correctly. 

Recently a particular post about using photos in blogs was brought to my attention by author Kimberly Ann Miller. After reading it I thought it was something that every blogger using photos should read. Therefore, in lieu of writing an actual blog today, I thought I'd link you to the original blog I was alerted to.

Yes, I use photos on my blog and probably not in the correct context of furthering my blog posts. I love photography and tend to use photos that I enjoy.

Yes, I have permission from the photographer (my dad) to use those photos. Occasionally you will see a photo or two of my own pop up on my blog, but I have far less than my dad does. After all, he's the photographer and I'm the writer.

So, please take a look at the Art of Blog -  Blog Photos: The Complete Guide To Using Photos On The Web. I would hate for any of us to have to pay any fines.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

May Releases

This month's list of releases is a tad longer than April's. Since I still haven't fully caught up on the books I wanted to read from March and April, I'm in trouble this month. Especially since I'm on a wait-list at my local library for three of the five and as soon as the other two are posted I'll be wait-listed on them as well. :-)    

Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth (5/1/12)

Why ->The first book, Divergent, was absolutely AMAZING! If you haven't read it, you MUST go get it now and read it. Okay, so I've rewritten why I want to read this several times and each time I seem to give away bits of Divergent. I hate spoilers, so just trust me on this one. Get it!     

Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris (5/1/12)

Why -> I'm completely addicted to finding out what has happened with the latest installment of Sookie, her family, and friends. I'm currently playing catch up on the series right now. As of the writing of this post I'm still reading Dead in the Family and I have Dead Reckoning from the library sitting on the shelf waiting. That way I won't have another fiasco like I had at the end of March and early April. I had too many books from the library that I needed to catch up on previous installments before reading. It was a disaster. 

Until I Die (Revenants #2) by Amy Plum (5/8/12)

Why -> I'm curious to find out how Kate and Vincent will make things work. Now that she knows his secret and they want to be together there are going to be consequences to his decision. I'm also guessing that there will be a lot of struggling over what he's meant to do and what she wants. I really enjoyed the first book, Die For Me, and I'm hoping to love this second installment as much.

City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments #5) by Cassandra Clare (5/8/12)

Why -> If you are at all familiar with the Mortal Instruments series then you'll understand why I was dying for this next installment the second I read the ending of City of Fallen Angels. Clare ALWAYS leaves you turning the page screaming for the next book. I read the first three back to back. I really should have waited until City of Heavenly Fire (#6) was released before reading book 4, but I couldn't help myself. So now, I'm dying for this book to arrive at my library. I'm sure when I read the final pages of this one I'll be antsy until next year.

Underworld (Abandon #2) by Meg Cabot (5/8/12)

Why -> I really hadn't heard anything about the first book, Abandon, when it came out last year. I kept seeing it around and the loved the cover. I read the blurb a couple times and finally when I was at a half-priced bookstore I got my own copy. It wasn't the first Hades related book I read last year, but it was by far my favorite twist. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy from the library. I'm high up on the list for this one and can't wait!

Fated (Soul Seekers #1) by Alyson Noel (5/22/12) 

Why -> I absolutely love Alyson Noel's books. I love her Immortals and Riley Bloom Series. This one is also interesting. Not like anything I've read before, so I'm excited to see something new from her.

Your Turn -> What books are you excited about releasing in May?