Friday, 23 January 2015

Celebrating Hard Work

Yes I'm going back in time. On a Saturday I'm posting on a Friday. But I'm excited, do you know why? I had to spend Friday working and hardly had time to do anything else. What is exciting about that? A year ago in 2014 my freelance and ghostwriting just started to be successful. Now a year later and I can pay for my own book covers, food, books... Hell I even gave my mother money towards the cable bill. I feel so productive and pumped!

Best of all it is doing something I love to do. So many people are stuck in jobs they hate and I am working hard to help others create stories and yes it takes up a lot of time but that is hard work and I love it. Thank you Lord for answering my prayer for making my talent not only profitable but so very fulfilling.

This will mean less blogging but those are the breaks. Besides IWSG or promotions I will no longer post on Wednesday. Getting Personal will be done two Thursdays a month and otherwise I will post Monday and Friday. Mondays/Tuesday if I post book reviews. Let's see how this new schedule goes and have a great weekend everyone.

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Getting Personal: Hi, Long Time No See

So you must be like...yay she's back. you can see this is a bit awkward. Here is the quick story. When I got my new tablet I was excited. I mean how different would an Android be? Well it is plenty different. For starters a lot of web pages won't come up because of dark or too light backgrounds. Second the keyboard keeps disappearing making quite annoying to write. I can get online and I keep up on Facebook better than ever but blogging...yeah...not on that thing.

I have been also busy with my freelance work which right now is almost exclusively writing novel drafts for people. Trust me, there are people who want a novel just to start with and my brain is on fire. But I have gotten a bit of a rhythm now and recently access to a laptop I can actually blog on. As you know I hate blogging when I can't comment back and my comment status after my last January post was a disaster. Now I hope to slowly get back on track with blogging and being around you fine people outside Facebook Nation.

I posted this yesterday on Facebook because it made me think of my next book in The Missing Girls Series.

Yes, even fat people need to look out for kidnappers. Have a great day everyone and thank you for supporting my blog over the years. Also a special thank you to those who have written/chatted about  and shared the cover for Where is Sarah? Love you all and see you Friday.

Friday, 9 January 2015

Snark Blogfest and Celebrating New Release

LG Keltner is celebrating three years of blogging. Today she is also hosting The Sarcasm, Snark and Sass Blogfest. Here is the point of this barrel of fun below.

 On Friday, January 9th, 2015, give me a post that celebrates something sarcastic, snarky, or just satisfyingly sassy. You can give me an example from real life, a favorite film or book, or you can give me an original piece of fiction. The sarcasm can either be well understood, or hilariously misunderstood.

My contribution comes from the movie Frozen. I really wanted to use this line and not only found the quote but an image to go with it in just one Google search. Thanks Google.

 Source: Pinterest

Hey. There is no way for anyone to predict someone wore gloves to hide ice powers. I mean, come on.

Alec John Bell has a new book out. it is his second book and this ambitious teen author is doing a paranormal series this time. Give up for Forbidden Darkness. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Title: Forbidden Darkness

Series: The Forbidden Darkness Chronicles Book One

Author: Alec John Belle

Genre: Paranormal

Purchase: Kindle, Paperback available at Createspace

Summary: One girl. Four friends. Five days. A darkness that's been forbidden for 5,000 years.

Heather Hawkins thought that everything in her life was normal. All her life, the most she had to worry about was getting good grades, being a good daughter, and helping her best friend Kristen through her depression. With three days until her sixteenth birthday, everything in her life is about to change when she discovers the terrible truth.

She's a Monster Hunter and the lives of everyone she loves are about to be put in her hands.

After she learns that Kristen is a Monster Hunter, too, her training begins, but as a beginner, she isn't allowed to fight Monsters--not yet anyway. But soon, something dark and sinister is going to take over the town, and with a mysterious guy haunting her dreams, a hot new trainer named Philip, and that fate of the world coming down on her, Heather wonders if she's good enough to save her friends and family from the Monsters coming their way.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

IWSG: Coming up 2015

IWSG is an excellent way to share your insecurities and other feelings with a supportive group of fellow bloggers. Actually it is so much more and I'm just grateful to be a part of it.

2014 had it's ups and downs but now it is a new year. 2015 will have it's own good and bad and I plan to embrace it all and 'keep moving forward.' That piece of quote from the Meet the Robinson's movie has such a motivational message. Also it doesn't hurt that it was also part of a quote from the legendary Walt Disney. If there was anyone who knew the special love between an artist and their creation through various forms of art, it was him.

The Missing Girls Series

This series will have it's first book out in March. Where is Sarah? will be followed by four more novellas with the final one actually being one of the girls from the previous novellas. Which one? You will have to wait and see because the final book will be the only one without a cover reveal before it's release. Yes the final book cover will be revealed on release day in June. This series will be written in verse and reconnect me with my poetic side. Poetry is one of my favourite forms of writing but is one I have not been quick to share. Which is ironic since it was the first form of writing I was paid for. This series is also important to me because I feel it highlights the plights of people who go missing. Not only that but I hope to share the various ways teenagers can go missing. It is not just bratty runaways but a serious issue that needs addressing. I'm not writing this to push a message but if it presses home that a missing person is important, I'm okay with that. Right now I'm dealing with promotion and among other things I have the hashtags down. #WhereisSarah #themissinggirlsseries #tmgs. I am sure the second one is a handful because of all the 's' but #tmgs is the shortened version and easier to type. Also the cover had an error because I had mistakenly left the 's' off the 'girls' on the subtitle. But the designer was kind enough to fix it for free. You can visit her on Facebook via Cover Lust Designs. Here is the corrected cover.

Everything Else

There is also The Sacrifice Series which I am hoping to do this September. This series is YA Dystopia and not in verse. All will be self published along with Snow (stand alone novel) which I have decided to move to next January instead of this Summer. Also there is blogging, my freelance and ghost writing work. Not to forget time to relax and have fun which for me includes reading and going to the movies. My goal for this year is to accomplish tasks that I can and to let go those I can't. Plus I want to surprise myself.

What is my insecurity you might ask? It is how I will accomplish all this. But I also know the answer. By...keep moving forward. Happy 2015 and I am so glad to be back.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Happy New Year

Yes it is the new year and 2015 will be a new opportunity to accomplish what you didn't last year as well as new goals. I wish you all a great year full of wonder and surprises. Double on surprises. Enjoy your day and I leave you with a quote from the literary great Neil Gaiman (got it off Amanda Hocking's Facebook page). Whether you are a writer or otherwise there is something there for everyone.

Monday, 29 December 2014

Celebrating 2014 and Goal Hop Update

2014 was quite a year. If you have been a regular reader you have been with me for the ups and downs and I thank you for your presence and support. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year.

Goal Hop Update

I have for my AYA genre created a website and blog. While I have not completed a book for the genre yet, I'm happy to say that I am working on increasing knowledge of the genre. Rome wasn't built in a day and 2015 will see more promotion of the genre.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Where is Sarah? Cover Reveal

Here it is ladies and gentlemen. The cover to end all other covers. The book will be coming out next March and be my first book written in verse. Eat your heart out.

Summary: Sarah Shepleton is beautiful, popular and missing. After a party Sarah does not return home. From her mother to the police to both people who knew her to complete strangers, follow this book in verse as the search is on to find Sarah. Book one in a five book series about teenage girls gone missing. Will they be found in time or at all?

 Publication: March 2015 (ebook only)

Cover Designer: Cover Lust Designs

Links: Author Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Blog

So there you have it everyone. Isn't this cover lovely? The designer even did the photograph herself so there is no other like it. Check out Cover Lust Designs for a variety of really good premades and custom covers.Now tell me how pretty my cover is in the comments. Just teasing, thanks for stopping by.