Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I can't believe I'm posting this

It's a video. Not just any video. It's a trailer...a book trailer. It's my book trailer for Moment(s) whose release date is January 2015.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's a 3 a.m. book

So many of my great friends are getting published! Isn't it amazing? My very talented friend Caitlin Sinead is eagerly awaiting her book release in February, and I'm right there with her. Or course I've had the fantastic luck of being Caitlin's critique partner, and have already read Heartsick, but I can't wait to get my hands on the published copy. Heartsick is one of those books that will keep you up at night - not because you're scared (though there are enough thrills in it), but because you must know what happens. Who cares if it's 3 AM on a Sunday night?

Without further adieu, I give you the summary:

Heartsick
Caitlin Sinead

Quinn is looking forward to her senior year. She has big plans to hang out with her best friend Mandy, flirt with cute boy-genius Rashid, party at her favorite dive bar, and figure out what she’s going to do after graduation with her not-so-useful art major degree.  But that is before she meets Luke, a hot townie who moves back home to help take care of his dying sister. And it is before the weird epidemic that starts sweeping campus in which people’s eyes mysteriously turn purple.  Is it an odd side effect from a new party drug? Is it a rogue bacteria that was developed in a campus lab? Whatever it is, tensions are heating up as the town starts blaming the university, and the student religious group is convinced that it’s the mark of the devil. Quinn and Luke are caught in the middle, especially when Quinn learns that Luke isn’t just a happy-go-lucky, redneck boy-next-door—he is a detective—a fact that triggers Quinn’s phobia of guns and memories of her deceased uncle.  In spite of herself and her desire to remain unattached and independent, Quinn finds herself falling for him.  But when town and gown relations heat up even further, and Quinn’s friend Danny mysteriously falls to his death, Quinn vows to discover the truth behind the epidemic.  As she searches for the people responsible, she realizes that sometimes to gain your independence, you have to be willing to give a little bit of it up.

Caitlin is mucho accomplished too. Check out her bio.

Caitlin Sinead is represented by Andrea Somberg at Harvey Klinger, Inc. and her debut novel, Heartsick, will be published by Carina Press in 2015. Her writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists, and her stories have appeared in multiple publications, including The Alarmist, The Binnacle, Crunchable, Jersey Devil Press, and Northern Virginia Magazine. She earned a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two cats.



Caitlin Sinead’s writing has earned accolades from Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Glimmer Train, and Writers & Artists, and her stories have appeared in multiple publications. Two of her New Adult novels, Heartsick and Red Blooded, will be published by Carina Press/Harlequin in 2015. She earned a master's degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two cats. 


I don't have a jpeg of her book cover, or else I'd post it here, but you guys have to see it. I've started paying a lot more attention to covers lately, and I have to say Heartsick's cover is exactly what it should be.
Check it out here - actually, all links related to Caitlin and her books are below.

Links

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our place

A character I don't even know yet, one I've not even begun to create, started yammering away in my head tonight. Here is what she was thinking, typing, or writing to someone:

I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately. Maybe it’s because I’m close to our place this weekend. Maybe it’s because I still hate you. Hopefully it doesn’t mean I’m bored with my boyfriend who’s sitting here, telling me about his favorite book as a kid like he has no idea what or who I’m thinking about. Hopefully it doesn’t mean that I’m not over you.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I'm so excited my friend has a new book coming out!

It's called SHATTERED WORLD by Kate L. Mary and it's her second book in the BROKEN WORLD series.

Stranded in the middle of the Mojave Desert, surrounded by zombies, Vivian and Axl are sure they’re facing the end. The dead are closing in and the shelter they were promised is sealed tight. Just when they think they’ve run out of time, the doors are thrown open. Five years underground with all the provisions there for the taking. It’s almost too good to be true. With the promise of security, Vivian hopes she’ll finally able to deal with the loss of Emily, her growing feelings for Axl, and the terrifying new world they’re facing.

But their sense of security is soon shattered when they discover the shelter isn’t the utopia they thought it would be. It seems the company that built the shelter decided to solve their financial problems by selling off provisions, which means the group has to find a way to get supplies. Or face starvation.

And Vegas is the closest city.

With her feelings for Axl stronger than ever, Vivian volunteers to accompany him and a few others on a trip into one of the biggest tourist cities in the world. Vegas is overrun with the dead, but there are other survivors as well. Only not everyone they meet is a welcome sight. As the emotional baggage piles up, Vivian and Axl’s bond grows stronger, but it doesn’t take long to realize that zombies aren’t the only thing they have to fear.


If you missed the first in the series, the cover and pitch for it are in one of the posts below. Be sure to check to both out, you won't regret it!


Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She spent most of her life in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California.
Kate enjoys any post-apocalyptic story – especially if zombies are involved – as long as there is a romantic twist to give the story hope. Kate prefers nerdy, non-traditional heroes that can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat, and her love of wine and chocolate is legendary among her friends and family. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Extroverted introvert?

Have you ever had a conversation (emailed, forums or face to face) that was so weird/awkward/confusing, trying to figure out exactly what that person was saying was actual work? Let's face it, we're writers so we tend to be socially awkward introverts. But as you get older, you get better at pretending to be an extrovert and have given into the "correct" way to communicate and interact.

So all this time, I've been thinking that it is safe to assume (after having said weird/awkward/confusing conversation) that it's the other party's fault for such a confusing conversation and not mine.
However, these confusing conversations have happened enough to me lately that I've started thinking maybe I've pretended to be an extrovert so long that I am actually on that team now. I speak with total and complete sense now and my fellow writers don't understand. Right?

Right?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My friend has a new book out!

Broken World

When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. When her car breaks down, she knows accepting a ride from redneck brothers, Angus and Axl, may not be the best idea, but she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it to her daughter.

Then the dead start coming back. Now Vivian has to figure out how to be a mother under the most frightening circumstances, cope with Angus’s aggressive mood swings, and sort out her growing attraction to his brooding younger brother, Axl. Then they pick up a pompous billionaire who may be the answer to all their problems. Trusting him means going into the middle of the Mojave Desert and possibly risking their lives, but with the streets overrun and nowhere else to turn, it seems he might be their only chance for survival.

Kate L. Mary is a stay-at-home mother of four and an Air Force wife. She spent most of her life in a small town just north of Dayton, Ohio where she and her husband met at the age of twelve. Since their marriage in 2002, they have lived in Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and California.

Kate enjoys any post-apocalyptic story – especially if zombies are involved – as long as there is a romantic twist to give the story hope. Kate prefers nerdy, non-traditional heroes that can make you laugh to hunky pieces of man-meat, and her love of wine and chocolate is legendary among her friends and family. She currently resides in Oklahoma with her husband and children.

Rookie Writing Mistakes to Avoid

Rookie Writing Mistakes to Avoid

Dan is back for his second post! And this one is on the
mistakes that rookies make.

It's a widely accepted belief, in the writing community,
that an aspiring author's first book will be absolute crap.
Sure, there are exceptions to this rule, but they're rare.
Most authors who succeed in finding publication have
at least one novel in the drawer already.

This would suggest that, for all our pretenses to the
contrary, writing is a matter of skill as much as it is art and inspiration. If we accept that much, then there are two important corollaries:
  1. Writing should get better with time (i.e. practice)
  2. A writer's current efforts should reflect how much time he/she has practiced

Writing Experience Tells in the Prose

It's no accident that most literary agents want part of your novel (often the first few pages or chapters)
along with the query letter. The letter itself is a test of writing, but so is the prose. Good, clear, 
professional-grade writing stands out. When a writer has years of practice under the belt, the prose
tends to be clean. It flows well. It's easy to read. And it introduces information at a reasonable pace.

Unfortunately, the writing samples from less-practiced authors are also easy to identify. Anyone who's
been part of a writer's group or pitching contest knows what I'm talking about. I'm happy to forgive a
couple of small mistakes in a writing sample. We all have different styles and editorial quirks. Yet when someone's writing isn't quite there yet, there are often some obvious signs.

THE REST OF THIS POST IS HERE. Have you visited the blog my friends and I share yet? There are
many other informative posts like this one there too. Check it out!