Wednesday, February 27, 2013

WIP Day - Writing Shouldn't Be Lonely

Hello again, Wednesday!

I hope all of you have had an amazing week.  Mine has been the usual roller coaster of ups and downs.  Just the usual of mommy-hood   Authorship.  Photo land and the lost me time.  Regardless, I am still intact!

I must say:  I love it when I am able to meet up with other writers online, and cheer each other on.  Being as we are a one car family, I am never able to find and make it to actual writing groups in the area.  Luckily though, the internet is here!  Whether it is with my amazing #writeshove buddies on Twitter, random shout-outs on my Facebook, or through messenger with the awesome Keary Taylor or other friends, my wide-spread writing group does exist.  If any of you out there find yourselves struggling with motivation, confidence, or just pure laziness: I really do recommend finding at least one crutch.  One person who you know will yell at you to keep going, check in on you when you are going, and tell you that you are amazing even when you feel far from it.

Writing doesn't have to be lonely.

Last night I met up with Keary for one of our writing nights.  In case you ever wondered what those are like, this is how our nights tend to run:

  • Sign online.  Say hello.  Share how we are doing, how our day was, how our kids drove us crazy.  Vent about chores.  Bills.  Movies we want to see.  Finally devolve into talking about our WIPS.  Maybe share a snippet.  Veer off course.  Come back, and brainstorm a bit more.
  • After said rambling is done, we finally get to work.  We pick a time, agree to check in then, and stop talking to each other.  Knowing someone else is working along side you, even if they are in a different state, is amazing.  It sure keeps your bum in that chair.
  • Once we reach the agreed on time, we stop.  Take a break.  Share how we did.  Brainstorm if needed.  Ramble about chocolate and kids.  Breathe.
  • Then we pick a new time.  Say "get to work!" and back we go. 

Sometimes we are only able to meet up for an hour.  Sometimes more.  But every time, we get work done.  We get to visit.  And we get to remember that we aren't the only crazy writer mama out there.  I love it.

I always let everyone on Twitter know when I am working away.  If you are ever on, and ever wanting to push each other around, let me know!

- So how is LJ doing?  Pretty good!  I am getting so close to finishing this round of edits I can taste it.  It tastes like Whoppers.  (Maybe because that has been my go-to editing munchie lately...)  I am still aiming to finish this round by the end of the month.  Which just so happens to be tomorrow.  I have allowed myself up until this weekend though, being as this is a short month.  So, here I am, bum in chair, chugging away.

Sometime this next week I will post a little teaser snippet.  Keep your eyes out!

How has your week been?  Edit or write much? Eat any good chocolate?  Do share!

Happy Writing!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WIP Day - Short And To The Point

Has it really been a week since my last post?
My bad.

This is what happens when... well... life happens.
Everything has just been crazy lately.  Some good, some bad, all just a part of being a big kid now.  (Okay, I have been potty training my youngest, and being a big kid now is one of the sure fire things that has been helping us succeed.  Mostly.)  Not to mention more craziness in my personal life than I can handle.  Sleep sounds nice.

This post will be short and to the point.

As far as the bookish part of my life goes:

- Lady Justice: Editing away!  I actually made some progress this week (Thank you Keary for egging me on!)  I am still aiming for finishing this round of edits by the end of this month and getting LJ off to my beta readers.  At the moment, it will be a push.  But I can do it! (I think...)

I have been thinking of posting a teaser snippet.  What do you think?

- Blogging: I am signed up to be part of a few different tours for some talented authors over the next few months.  I hope you are all excited to hear more about these new books that are coming out this year!  I am excited to be part of these tours and hops.  I have to admit: I sure do love the blogging world!

- On that note: I just realized that I totally missed my blogoversary this year!  Can you believe I have been keeping this blog for four years now?  CRAZY!

- Oh yeah, and don't forget: Keary Taylor's newest bookish treasure, The Bane, is going to be released soon.  Did you see my post about it last week?  Make sure to get your copy.  I can't wait to add it to my Keary shelf!  (Yes, she has her own special section in my personal library.)  (And look!  Get your signed bookmarks from Keary while you can!)

Now then, off I go to finish this episode of Ugly Betty.  Eat some food.  And get back to editing!

How is your week going?  Do share!

Happy Writing!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Keary Taylor's "NEW" RELEASE

Keary Taylor came out with a major announcement today.  If you are a Taylor fan, you already might have noticed that her movie-optioned book Eden was taken down from sales a few days back.  Many people were wondering what the heck was going on.  Today, she finally let you all in on her little secret.

Eden has been taken down.  
Revamped.  Given a new title and new cover, 
and released as book ONE of the Eden Trilogy!

Tell me you are excited!
The entire release will be taking place on March 5, 2013.

Add The Bane to your Goodreads.  Order yourself a sparkly new copy.  And make sure to go give Keary some much earned love!  I am so excited!  Are you?

Before the Evolution there was TorBane: technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter. It had the ability to grow new organs and limbs, to heal the world. Until it evolved out of control and spread like the common cold. The machine took over, the soul vanished, and the Bane were born. The Bane won't stop until every last person has been infected. With less than two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction.

Eve knows the stories of the Evolution, the time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. But she doesn't need memories to know this world is her reality. This is a world that is quickly losing its humanity, one Bane at a time.

Fighting to keep one of the last remaining human colonies alive, Eve finds herself torn between her dedication to the colony, and the discovery of love. There is Avian and West – one a soldier, one a keeper of secrets. And in the end, Eve will make a choice that will change the future of mankind.

The Bane is The Terminator meets The Walking Dead with a heart-twisting romance. 

To read more about this release announcement, learn some further details of what is to come, and to enter for a chance to win an ARC of The Bane, visit Keary's blog!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Review - Shades of Earth

Shades of Earth
by Beth Revis

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.


Why I Picked This Book:  I loved book one and two, and I just adore Beth Revis.  How could I not preorder book three and wait impatiently for its release?

My Thoughts:
Oh Beth.  Beth Beth Beth.
I have been biting at the bit for this last installment of the Across the Universe trilogy.  I have been roped in since book one, more than loved book two, and couldnt wait to see where the final book would take me.

I was not disappointed.

(Note: If you havent read the previous two novels in this series, the following might be a slight spoiler!)

While book one and two take place aboard Godspeed, the huge lifer ship that has been lost in the stars on its way to settle a new planet, book three explores (quite literally) new terrain.  The people of Godspeed have landed on the planet.  Only to find things are far from what they expected.

For one: They wake up the frozens, the people who have been in cryo since leaving Earth.  While Amy is finally reunited with her mom and dad, this seems to awaken more problems than good.  The military believe it is their job to lead and control.  And harbor little respect for the shipborns who outnumber them.

Oh, I loved this.  Watching the dynamic of the two groups as they attempted to merge.  As they judged, separated, tried again, and failed.  It was so... human.  I could see and believe everything that happened, and was constantly mad at certain people for their sheer stupidity.  This book is more than just Shades of Earth in the sense that they are settling a new planet.  The people are shades of mankind, and they harbor everything that makes us tick.

For two: There are monsters on the planet.  Beasts that fly and kill.  Instantly from the start you can tell there is more to these beasts than their Pterodactyl relations.  What could that be?  They aren't the only "beasts" on the planet.  The ones Amy and Elder discover hide much bigger secrets, and danger, than any flying beast.

Which goes to show once again: The people who sent them into space truly weren't honest.  Oh, the twists.

And for three:  The relationship between Amy and Elder is about to get shaken up!  That's right.  Everything is far from sunshine and daisies for these two.  While I have loved their love from the beginning (they might be in the stars, but they at least don't have their heads in the clouds), Shades of Earth adds one more wrench in their plans.  Watching these two grow, learn, and fight through it all was a great experience.

I was never bored with this read.  I never skimmed, and I never wanted it to end.  What I would give to live in Beth Revis' head just for one day...  Revis' writing is more than believable, and pulls you along with every breath.  This series is now securely one of my favorite YA series, and I highly recommend it to everyone looking for an amazing read.

My Rating:
(5 out of 5 stars)

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

WIP Day - Mommy Writer Venting

 Another writing week has come and gone.

My WIP update for this week isn't all that exciting.  Yes, I edited.  Not nearly as much as I had planned, but being a stay-at-home mommy does like to compete with this writing world of mine.  Whenever I sit down and open LJ, something always happens.

Kiddo number one wants to cuddle. (Which is rare from him.  I just can't deny it when it happens.)  Kiddo number two needs to go potty.  Or just went potty... in his pants.  (We are potty training the little man right now, meaning I am constantly running to the bathroom... or dragging him to the bathroom.)  My kids are morning people, meaning they are up and full of never-ending energy at FIVE every morning.  And that energy never leaves.  It just grows and grows and grows.  As for me?  I am a night owl.  Meaning mornings are my worse nemesis.  I am always tired, and always working with this mommy gig I love.

I need to find a better pattern for my life.  Some way to balance being mommy and being author.  I have to admit: I have had days where I wonder if going after this writing dream of mine is the wrong thing to do.  If I am being selfish or naive, thinking I can do it all.  It would be easier to quit.  To put this aside for ten more years, fifteen more years, until the kiddos are grown up and out of this home.

Then I shake my head.  Am sometimes smacked by friends who hear these thoughts.  Am hugged by my honey.  And I remember: I can do this.  It is hard.  But nothing worth doing ever came without challenge.

Besides: Who needs to sleep anyway?

At this current time, I am about a third of the way through this edit round.  I have already added in one chapter.  Am currently working on adding in a whole other new chapter.  Have things planned to tweak, add, and cut. And am constantly reminding myself every day that this is worth it.  Because it is the core of who I am.  I am a mommy.  And I am an author.  I am never quitting.

- Now, for some eye candy:  Go look at these yummy male celebs reading books.

How has your week been?  Do share!

Happy Writing

Monday, February 4, 2013


The HOP is over!
Did you enter?

What a great turn out this Hop had!  I love seeing all of you amazing new followers, and I hope you stick around even if you aren't the chance winner of this Hop.  There are more in store!

Without any further ado, the winner is:

Congrats Brittney!

I have emailed you.  You must reply to my email within 48 hours.  If I do not hear from you in that time, I will draw a new winner.  So... Go check your email and hit that reply button!

As for the rest of you: Did you have fun on this Hop?  Any luck at any of the other stops?  Keep your eyes open for my next Hop, coming in a month!


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