Showing posts from November, 2012

November is Done

It is the end of November and from Thanksgiving to Birthdays, Cover Reveals to Book Tours and chats about upcoming books... it was a fun month. Thank you all readers who support my blog and all bloggers who support each other. Have a great weekend and I'll be posting my Blindsided Christmas Photo Bloghop  post tomorrow.

Also next week keep an eye out for Cover Reveals and Bloghop post entries here on Queendsheena.

Getting Personal: Happy Birthday!

Today is my birthday and the beginning of my new weekly post Getting Personal. I decided to do this post because I don't discuss my personal life much. Not because I'm some secret agent living a life of intrigue, but because sometimes things just slip by. But with this weekly post now active, there is nowhere for me or my inactivity to hide.

Back to the point though. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! I'm 28 years old today and I'm planning on getting stuff with the best gift ever. Cash. Yes I'm the girl who is gifted cash to spend. While some might shirk and say it's a cheap way of escaping buying a gift. I don't mind at all. In the past being the unique one in my family created some 'nightmare' scenarios in the gift giving process. When people refuse to accept you as you are, they give crappy gifts. There are gifts around that I'll never use or wear because I was given them despite the knowledge I didn't want them. Don't get me wrong, I respect gif…

My Birthday isTomorrow

Tomorrow will be my birthday. I'll be 28 years old and I'm going out to celebrate. Also I will be watching Twilight's last movie over the weekend. Happy trails everyone and remember to look out tomorrow for my Happy Birthday post which will also be my first Getting Personal post since creating a Blog Schedule.

The Midnight Spell Cover Reveal

Today as as one of the Tour Hosts from Xpresso Book Tours I'm participating in the Cover Reveal of The Midnight Spell, a paranormal ya novel. Cover Design by Phatpuppy Art.

Midnight Spell by Rhiannon Frater & Kody Boye
Release Date: February 2013 
Genre: YA Paranormal
Link: Goodreads
Summary: Best friends since kindergarten, Adam and Christy have always been the perpetual outsiders in their small town in Texas.  The other kids call Adam gay and Christy a witch.
On both counts the bullies are right.

Their junior year in high school seems destined to be the same old same old until Christy decides to cast a love spell for Adam at the midnight hour. The next day an alluring and mysterious boy enrolls at school and sets hearts a flutter, including Adam’s. Meanwhile, Christy’s mad crush on the handsome football player Ian seems to be going nowhere fast and her witch puberty is making her life miserable.

When a great evil arrives in town that threatens everything they hold dear, the be…

Sacrifice Series: Official Release dates and Mock Covers

Yes readers after a lot of hopping around I have finally settled on the official dates for the first four books in The Sacrifice Series. I have made enough time to both promote and ensure all novellas as spit shine polished by the time they're published. Now you'll see the final dates and the series will have ten novellas in all. The books will all have two commonalities. They're under thirty or twenty thousand words and each has a different teen(s)  in a situation that will have them being sacrificed if they don't defy it or try to escape.

Sacrifice Her: May 2013

The Choice: June 2013

For My Country: Early July 2013

Healing Bitsy: Mid July 2013

So those are the dates. But that's not all, below is the mock cover for book one's Sacrifice Her. All mock covers were created with free images from Stock Free Images.

See? Hope you like it. I'm not revealing the true cover until late January 2013.

But I will show you something fun. Elizabeth Seckman who won my Blog…

Why I Love YA

At age twenty-seven many people would think books for young adults wouldn't interest me. As an adult, adult books should be on my mind and my bookshelf. But I say young adult is a great genre. I'm still an avid reader of young adult novels and will be for the rest of my life. There is a wonder and excitement in young adult novels that I rarely find captured in novels for adults.

Some of my favourite authors include J.K. Rowling, Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and Amanda Hocking. These females each wrote books that took me to a different place and had me reading about fascinating characters. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins was a book I turned to because of the authors I heard recommending it. No regrets from me as I was introduced in book 1 to Katniss and Gale who had such an excellent rapport with each other that I had to read on. Their home District 12 also had it's own feel and kept me glued to the dynamics and hardships of the mining district. When Katniss t…

New Blog Scedule

Hi everyone I officially have a Blog Post Schedule. Now you can have an idea what I'll be posting during the week and I think it will make my blog a little bit neater. Have a nice weekend.

Express Yourself: Inspirational Quotes and More

This week is all about inspirational quotes you'd like to pass along. I have two such quotes by one great man. Walt Disney. He helped create a world that is still growing today. And most importantly still inspires future generations.

Quotes: It's kind of fun to do the impossible.

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

Now for some memorable quotes from movies and tv shows. Enjoy.

The Dark Knight

Law and Order: SVU

X:Men (Movie)

Happy Thanksgiving

Have a great Thanksgiving everybody!

Are you Serious?!

I am at my wits end! The computer's out again which means I'm at a standstill with my writing - well typing. With less than twenty thousand words on my Nano this was the last thing I needed. I'm not sure when it can even be fixed and to say money's tight would be an understatement. Now all I can do is write my stuff on paper (which I do first anyway) and type all I can when I have access to a computer. Guess it's the library for me.

Oh, How I Miss You Blogfest

Today Alex and company are hosting the Oh How I Miss You Blogfest

Amanda and Jonathan Welling (husband and wife team) and Emily Bedwell are the wonderful team behind the blog Hippies, Beauty and Books, Oh My!. I loved visiting this blog which was so well put together, had people who loved books and delightful giveaways to thank those who stopped by. The creators kept expanding the blog until by Summer 2012 there was also book forums included. Then came the fateful day of August 24, 2012. You can read the post here but in short Amanda and John told us they were shutting down the site. They didn't take down the blog but it was made clear there'd be no future posting. Why? Below are some excerpts:

For the past several weeks we have been bombarded with rude, vile and offensive comments being left on our blog in the comments section of our posts and in our emails. We've done our best to ignore and delete as much as possible, but we can (or rather I can) only handle so much nega…

Birthday Countdown

My birthday is November 29! I can't wait, just sixteen more days.

Happy Crappy Captcha Day: Fighting Evil...Words

Today Shelly and friends are hosting Happy Captcha Craptcha Day! For those who have no idea what Captcha is I have posted a definition below. In short Shelly, myself and all others participating on this day want to let you know the evils and disadvantages of having Captcha on your blog.

Definition (according to wikipedia) : ACAPTCHA(/ˈkæp.ə/) is a type ofchallenge-responsetest used incomputingas an attempt to ensure that the response is generated by ahuman being. The process usually involves a computer asking a user to complete a simple test which the computer is able to grade. These tests are designed to be easy for a computer to generate but difficult for a computer to solve. If a correct solution is received, it can be presumed to have been entered by a human. A common type of CAPTCHA requires the user to type letters and/or digits from a distorted image that appears on the screen. Such tests are commonly used to prevent unwantedinternet botsfrom accessing websites.
The term "…

Personal Fall, My Nano, Blogoversary Winner

Today I planned to reveal my Nano submission and congratulate the winner of my one-year blogging prize. But yesterday something happened and I think I need to share that first.

Personal Fall

Whether this incident is just an awful accident or a serious reason for me to consider getting Life Alert at the ripe old age of decide.

On Thursday November 8, I was at home. Deciding to get some washing done I went outside. Unfortunately since having a fever on Tuesday I wasn't at the pinnacle of health. But I was getting better and the only thing nagging me was an annoying headache. Finished, I headed inside. At the door (not sure if it was the headache, random fatigue or just my clumsy feet) I tripped. I tried to grab the gate but I was barely able to grasp it with two fingers and my other hand was barely able to grasp something that kept my face from slamming into the ground. Worse my feet were in such a way that a lot of pressure went on my right foot's big toe and i…

IWSG: Sheena-kay the Poet

Yes I write poetry. It got me my first cheque in writing. But for some reason I don't talk about it much. It's less of an insecurity and more of an automatic closing off. I talk about writing fiction just fine. On this blog I'm writing about my WIPs all the time. Poetry however takes a permanent back seat. I love writing poetry, really do. Yet I don't do much open dialogue about it. Maybe it's my quiet side or maybe despite all the years of writing poetry (wrote poetry regularly before I became truly interested in writing fiction), I'm just not the talkative type when it comes to that aspect of my life.

My poetry dreams are different from my dreams of writing fiction. With poetry I want to travel to England and other countries where my favourite poets called home. Most of my favourite poets aren't from Jamaica. My fave poet from here is Louise Bennett. She died years ago but her influence on Jamaican culture still resonates. My favourite poets include Emil…

The Thankful Bloghop

Tara Tyler and Vicki are the hosts of The Thankful Bloghop.

Here’s the rules, folks:
Sign up on the Linky List below.Post thanks to your readers on your blog between Monday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 7 by 1700 UK/1200 noon EST US time.And if you don’t have a CP and you would like to find one, go ahead and post a ‘personals’ ad. Be CREATIVE. Write a letter, a piece of flash fiction, a haiku, a poem, or a vlog. It can take whatever form you like. We’d like it if you kept it under 300 words but won’t be counting. Naming your reader(s) is up to you and feel free to link to them. Hop around and comment on other people’s!

I'm extremely grateful to those who read and comment on my blog. Below I'll like to thank a few who have really showed me great ongoing support.

Panda Ninja - Or call her Brittney. Whichever name she uses, she was the first to comment on my blog and she is still here. An aspiring writer like myself we both started blogs to put ourselves out there and today sh…

Nano and Healer's Destiny: Media Blast and Giveaway

Yes, it has arrived. Nanowrimo is here and in one month many writers will try to write a novel and get the honour of completing it by November 30. This is my third try and I'm determined to get my first complete. How about you? Are you participating this year? Have you done it before?

So the big question. What will I be working on? All will be revealed November 9 but between today and week I'll be leaving five clues. Have a nice day.

To buddy with me on Nano click here.

Clue One: The title is Gold.

Healer's Destiny: Media Blast and Giveaway

Welcome to the media blast for Healer's Destiny, the great new novel from author Julee F Page.

Not only are you entered for the chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Julee F Page, you also have the chance to win a copy of Healer's Destiny, as well as lots of other prizes from other authors and bloggers. In total there are 8 prizes to give away. That means 8 winners!

Enter on the Rafflecopter on this page, then hop on…