Wednesday, April 25, 2012

To Hop or not to Hop.


Now that Rescued from the Dark will become a published dream for me I have been wondering about marketing myself.


I’ve looked at self marketing lists and feel like I have a solid beginning. I just need to blog more, tweet more, update facebook more often and so on. I’m just not sure I’m getting my name out to any new contacts. Not that I’m dissing old friends and fellow authors, I love all of you, and your support has been awesome. Ok, now with that said I’m pondering what my next step should be. Should I venture into Pintrist, Linkedin? (Not sure if I spelled them right or what they are, but some of my friends love them) Should I do an author page on Amazon? I don’t have a book, yet, so I haven’t even ventured there.

I love blog hops. I love meeting new authors, I love the theme’s of the different hops and just the all around fun you have getting it together with others. I have had success with all of them except the last one, and I blame that on myself.  I had long hours at work and a few days without internet. (Love living in a rural area) so I wasn’t able to hit the blogs I needed.

What do you think about blog hops? Do you like the long ones, or do they tie up your blog too long?

How do you get your name out there without taking a front page add and shouting from the rooftops?
If you have any advice this newbie would love to hear it. I hate to miss an opportunity if it’s a simple one to achieve.

Rescued from the Dark, coming soon from Black Opal Books (I just love to write that)
Blurb:

 Jason Michaels infiltrates the terrorist cell and risks everything, even his life, to save the FBI intern who stole his heart, then walked away. Once Mercy wakes from her coma Jason struggles with the fact that she does not remember what happened, but anguishes with the idea that she believes their unborn child belongs to her ex. Jason soon realizes the terrorists vow to get her back to claim their secrets locked in her memory, no matter what the cost. In a race against time, Jason and Mercy struggle to fight their attraction, and put their differences aside, as they launch a manhunt to save their country and each other.


Friday, April 13, 2012

MY JOURNEY CONTINUES WITH A CONTRACT. :}

     My Journey continues…with a contract!  Yes I said it, I got a contract with Back Opal Books. You should see this old woman dancing around her kitchen right now. Ok, maybe you shouldn’t.  :}


      I received the e-mail last week and was too afraid to close it. I thought it would go away and turn out to be just a dream, but it didn’t. I read it over and over. Then went to bed and read it again the next morning, still checking to see if it was real. I know overkill, but I’m a skeptic.  I finally figured out it was, so I responded back and within a week I had a contract in my hand.  I think I’ll frame it, dumb I know. But it’s my first.
     So my journey continues with all the events that will take place to get my dream into a real book.   So have a glass of the bubbly with me to celebrate.


I am going to send back my signed copy today and then get ready for the real journey to begin.
Thanks to everyone who has helped me through many critiques and version of, Rescued from the Dark. Without your help I would not be here today.
Now back to the lap top. A writer’s work never ends. (I just love saying that)
Stop back as I continue on with my steps towards publishing, and for sneak peaks into Ron’s story in Last Chance to Run.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Who needs the Easter Bunny?
With all the prizes up for grabs, your Easter basket will be overflowing with goodies!
So here’s how the hop goes each of the participating authors are going to run a contest on their blog for the readers to enjoy! So make sure you stop by all the stops on the hop. I know you won’t be disappointed!

Contest starts April 6, 2012 and ends April 8, 2012 at midnight.

http://thebloghopspot.com/event-page/

I am giving away a $20.00 Amazon gift card and all you have to do is leave a comment to be entered.

 

My memories of Easter past, the Easter Bonnet.

My Grandmother would dress us up and put on our matching hats to wear to Mass. Those hats stayed in our laps, on the floor or in our mouthes more than on our heads. I loved how prety they were, but hated to wear them. I was such a tom boy. Now it is one of my happiest memories about my Grandmother.

 Going to Mass with the family. My Grandmother was from Ireland and going to Church was something that we looked forward too because our Church service was a folk Mass of Irish hymns and I got to listen to my Grandmother sing. 

Last but of course the best memory, was the Easter Egg hunt. I would sneak outside before my sisters and brothers and scope out where the big ones were hidden so I could get the best prizes. My parents finally got wise to me and made me stay close to them until everyone was ready. They knew I could be a little sneaky. :}

I love the water so I couldn't help but put a picture of Easter Island here. :}

What is your favorite memory?

Don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the gift card and also visit all the other sites. Your Easter Basket will be full of amazing gifts if you do.

Good Luck and Thank you for stopping by. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Knowing when to move on.

  It has been 18 months since I started my journey to become a published author. I remember waking up after an amazing dream, and knowing I had to write it down, and it spiraled from there. I wrote what I thought was a great story. My family loved it, and my close friends thought it was amazing. I was pumped with all there encouragement, so I sent out letters and my synopsis to three publishers, they all asked for the full manuscript.  I was dancing all over the house, calling everyone, telling them the good news. Well within a week I heard back with three wonderful long letters about how good the story concept was, but I needed work. I didn’t know how to write. I never knew there was a process, or a concept. I thought you had a thought and you wrote it down. How wrong I was.
I spent over a year taking classes and workshops improving my writing ability, and understanding the Basic English concepts. I hate comma’s still, and tenses still confuse me, sometimes. It’s been a long time since high school and I don’t think I paid close enough attention during class.
I still have a lot to learn, but feel I’m in a better position to present my writing to publishers. I also know that my first manuscript, even after many re-writes, was still full of newbie errors. I’m halfway through my next two, but can’t get past my first one. Can you say a little OCD here? I hate to start something and not finish it, so I fixed it, to my best ability, and sent it back out. While I wait, I’m steadily working on the others, which are better written from all the help I have received from classes, workshops and my amazing critique group.
I heard many times that you will know when to put it down and move on, well I do, but I can’t. I’m going to continue with my series, and finish my contemporary story while patiently waiting for the e-mail that will tell me my first one has finally found a home.
I was told to keep writing, and when you think your finished, write some more.  So that’s what I’m going to do. Right now I’m heading back to the computer to check my inbox and if it’s empty, move on to the next WIP.

Saving JT

Amy Wickers was a single mother struggling everyday to juggle her college courses and a very active three year old, JT. Austin, her room mate and best friend, had been there supporting her, and her son, ever since that night. The memories of that nightmare haunt her. The fight, the accusations and the final blow when her family kicked her out, and JT's father walked away.
Now she must go back to the family that disowned her to save JT. Without their help, he'll die.