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A Little About the Writing Process

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve started on the second book in the Alissia Roswell series, and once again, writing has consumed my life.  Unlike the editing process, when I’m in writing mode, I think about the story nonstop, which is a blessing and a curse.  The good part about having the story in my head is that it’s like a movie playing nonstop in my mind.  By the time I’ve written major scenes in the book, I have replayed it continuously and have plotted out every detail to make sure I’ve left no loose ends.

The curse of being in writing mode is that I’m so focused on the story that everything else becomes a bothersome distraction.  I want the story out of my mind as soon as possible, and that means I want to be able to type nonstop until it’s on paper.  That can be a problem when I’m also a mother and wife, and I’m supposed to be handling marketing and having public appearances.  I have a life outside of writing, but it’s very hard to think of anything else.  This week has been filled with afternoon dental, doctor, and orthodontist appointments, and I have taken my laptop to each one of them and continued the typing while in the waiting rooms.  It’s really hard for me to stop.  I want it finished.

With that said, the second book is coming along at a much faster rate than the last novel.  Unexpected Metamorphosis has already described how the world works, so I don’t have to create anything new.  However, I am bringing in a lot of new characters in this book, and I’ve had to think about their personalities.

I have received a lot of great feedback from both friends and strangers on Unexpected Metamorphosis, and it warms my heart that everyone seems to love Alissia and her story.  I know I will eventually get negative feedback (all authors do), but right now I focus on the good.  Everyone seems to say they can’t put it down, and they’re eager for the second book to come out.  Well, I’ve listened to the feedback, and I’m trying my best to get the next one to you as soon as possible.

If you have not signed up for my newsletter, you may want to do so, as I will be sending out monthly sneak peaks from my current writing.  I’m big on not giving away too much detail, so I’ll have to think hard on what to share in the newsletter.  However, I plan to do my cover reveal a week earlier in the newsletter, so you really should sign up.

Speaking of the cover, it’s coming soon.  I plan to call the designer this afternoon with the details of this novel.  I can’t wait to see what he does with this one, as I am very pleased with the cover of Unexpected Metamorphosis.

If you have an ereader, be sure to sign up for the mega giveaway going on right now.  There are a lot of novels listed by many authors, and you can enter more than once.  Also, please feel free to share it with your friends so that we can get the word out.

If you have read Unexpected Metamorphosis and liked it, please leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon, or Barnes & Nobles.  Ratings and reviews are the best way to support an author.

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Mega Ebook Raffle – Many Authors Involved

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

I’ve joined with some other authors for a mega eBook giveaway, so be sure to sign up for your chance to win.  Below the raffle is the list of authors involved, and you can click on their names to learn more about them.  If chosen, you will be contacted by the author via email to select the type of device you will be reading on.  You can enter more than once, and all winners will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter.  Good luck!
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Lindsey J. Parsons

Patricia Arnold

Tina Pollick

Cynthia Hill

Dianne Gallagher

Samantha LaFantasie

Constance Williams

Lillian Bishop

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Want to Become a Book Reviewer?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Many authors are seeking beta readers and reviewers for their novels, and if you have an e-reader and love to read, you can be of service to them.  Although you won’t get paid, you will get plenty of free books to read.

How does it work?  If you contact me letting me know what types of books you like to read, I will add your name to my list of readers.  When an author needs their book reviewed, I will then go to my list of readers and get them connected.  If the book sounds interesting to you, you can choose to read it.  However, in return, you must give an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads, and even Barnes & Noble if you really want to make the author happy.  This review should be given within a two-week time frame.  If you have a busy month, don’t apply to read a book that month.

What do I mean by honest review?  If you love the book, great!  You know what to do.  If you don’t love the book, don’t lie about it, but there are professional rules to follow.

If the book is not for you and you can’t finish it, please contact the author privately with your opinion.  You don’t have to finish the book.  Also, if you finished reading it but you hated the ending to the point you want to give a one-star review, please contact the author privately with your opinion.  Feedback to authors is very important.  We don’t ignore what our readers say.  In fact, we seek it out.

I will soon be writing a post on how to give a proper review.  Those stars have a meaning, and all reviews are opinions.  With an opinion, you need to state why you like or dislike the book.

I want this to be a safe and honest place for authors, so that means author bashing on a review won’t be tolerated.  You’re job is to support the authors, not tear them down.  As I typed earlier, if you don’t like their book, let them know privately and nicely why it was not for you, not in a public review bashing them.

If you are interested on being an e-reader for this site, please click on the “contact me” button in the menu above.

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