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Book Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury|Blog Tour

February 1, 2016

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury|Blog TourThe Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #2
Published by Scholastic on 4th February 2016
Pages: 336
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Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater's Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin's life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won't reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

I’m super excited to be kicking off The Sleeping Prince Blog Tour! I really enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter, and I was so glad to be able to have the opportunity to grab a copy of The Sleeping Prince early. Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on the tour for more reviews of The Sleeping Prince.


We all know my relationship with series. I don’t tend to be very quick with reading the sequels, even if I super enjoyed the first book. So to read the first AND second book in a series within two weeks of one another is pretty much unheard of for me, and it shows just what kind of series The Sin Eater’s Daughter is to capture my attention the way it has.

I enjoyed The Sin Eater’s Daughter, it wasn’t the most perfect fantasy I’ve ever read, but it was certainly enjoyable for me. Dare I say, I liked Errin more than Twylla in The Sleeping Prince? She just seemed to have more oomph about her, and was determined to save herself instead of waiting around for someone else to do it for her. I loved her grit and determination when it came to looking after her mother and keeping a roof over their heads without the villagers realising just how bad her situation really was. That said, I really enjoyed seeing Twylla’s development from the first book, she was so determined to be as independent as possible, because she didn’t want to follow whatever destiny someone told her she had to fulfil. I was kind of disappointed to not see more Merek and Lief in the book, but at the same time, Lief was such an arse I didn’t really have a problem with it! (I’m sure that makes me a bad person but I don’t really care. #TeamMerek.)

Thankfully there was no love triangle in The Sleeping Prince!! I was so thrilled, and it made the kind-of romance between Errin and Silas incredible, although I spent a lot of my time torn between wanting Silas to help Errin and really not liking Silas for abandoning Errin. (The git. I know it all gets explained, but still. The git.) And then Silas’ BIG SECRET was revealed and I swear my heart broke a tiny little bit. Although he had some seriously swoonworthy moments towards the end of the book, and I really, really hope he gets a happy ending in the next book. I’ll be devastated if the end of The Sleeping Prince turns out to be his true ending.

The Sleeping Prince was excellent, and I really enjoyed reading it. Although I’m so traumatised at the fact that I have so many questions and NO BOOK THREE TO READ YET. Seriously. I loved the fact I got to read The Sleeping Prince early but I hate that I probably have to wait an entire year to read the next installment to this fantasy series.


About the Author

When not working on her next novel, Melinda Salisbury is busy reading and travelling, both of which are now more addictions than hobbies. Website|Twitter|Goodreads

 

 

Guest Post: A Day in the Life of Chele Cook | Out of Orbit Blog Tour

October 23, 2015

I am thrilled to be taking part in the Out of Orbit Blog Tour! I hosted Chele Cook on the blog many, many moons ago for a previous blog tour, so it was a no brainer to host her again today! I have an excellent guest post to share with you, all about a day in Chele Cook’s life, plus there’s a tour-wide giveaway for you to enter as well!

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 “When asked to write about a general day in my life, my first thought was ‘well, that’s going to be boring’. In fact, my life probably quiet compared to a lot of people. I’m an introvert, and I enjoy spending a lot of my time alone. Of course, that’s a rather helpful situation when it comes to writing and spending vast quantities of time in front of a computer.

 I am still at the point in my career where I need a day job to bring in most of my income. I work day to day as a Residence Assistant for a London University, so eight hours a day is spent in an office. It’s a decent job and, when the office is quiet, it gives me the chance to jot down ideas.

 I’ve always been a bit of a night owl, so most of my writing gets done in the evenings once I get home from work. I’ve also always been a big fan of afternoon naps, so it isn’t strange, if I’ve been on an early shift at work, for me to nap for an hour upon getting home before I start on my second job as a writer.

 Anyone who tells you writing a book is easy is lying, and anyone who tries to imply that self-publishing is the easy way out has never tried to self-publish to a professional standard. You’re regularly trying to keep up with two jobs, author and publisher, all in your free time.

 I’m spending about 30 hours a week keeping up with publishing. Sometimes that will be writing, other times it’s the various stages in the publishing process including marketing and social media.

 I’m currently writing 1,000 words a day of first draft and then I’m in editing, formatting, doing website design and upkeep, and marketing. I occasionally have a social life, like the writing group I go to at Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green each Wednesday, but in general, I’m a homebody. I watch episodes of my favourite TV shows between writing sprints, and when my brain is too fried, I cross stitch or knit. (I have as many cross stitching projects as I do writing ones. I suffer from Startitus!)

 Sometimes, I think I’m crazy. Other times, I know I am, but I love it just the same.

 One question I’ve been asked a few times by non-writing friends has been: “How do you keep up with everything that needs doing?” Well, I’m a big fan of check lists. I currently have four stuck to the wall in front of my computer: Daily word count, project progress, publishing check list, and monthly To-Do list. The monthly list is always the most crammed, and I know I won’t get everything done, but it’s a good baseline for the things I want to accomplish.

 Again, some people think I’m a bit nuts for having it all written out, or perhaps they think it takes the creativity out of it, but for me, it’s the only way to keep on top of everything. When trying to fit in a full-time job around evenings and weekends, it’s great to have a list of jobs ready and to know the work that needs to be done first.

 Maybe, at some point, I’ll be able to leave my day job and focus completely on the career I have wanted since I was a teenager. Perhaps, but not yet. For now, I’ll just stick to writing in every spare minute, and always trying to catch up on sleep.”

About the Out of Orbit Series

(There are currently 3 books in this series, but I’ll only share the synopsis of book number one, to avoid any possible spoilers!!)

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“You are an inmate, not a medic. You should get used to that.”

On the planet Os-Veruh, the native Veniche have endured a decade under the oppressive rule of a race of invaders, the Adveni.

When Georgianna Lennox, a Veniche medic, discovers her childhood friend has been sold into slavery, she seeks help from a revolutionary outlaw group.

As Georgianna’s struggle to save one life ignites a battle to liberate her homeworld, is she about to discover that it is better to be dead than ‘buryd’?”

Author: Chele Cooke
Title: Dead and Buryd (Out of Orbit #1)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback
Pages: 410
Published: 10th April 2014
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Also released: Book two: Fight or Flight and book three: Rack and Ruin (links to Goodreads Pages)

About Chele Cook:

Part time author and full time fantacist, Chele Cooke is a sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal author living in London, UK.

While some know they want to write stories since childhood, Chele first started writing as a teenager writing fanfiction and roleplaying. Before long playing in other people’s worlds wasn’t enough and she started creating her own. Living in San Francisco at the time, she found a lot of inspiration in her favourite city, some of which can be found in her books.

With a degree in Creative Writing, Chele’s first novel was published in 2013. She currently has three books published: two books in a sci-fi series, Out of Orbit, and the first book of a vampire serial, Teeth.

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There is a tour wide giveaway during the Out of Orbit Blog Tour! The prizes include;

A full set of Out of Orbit series in paperback and a £25 Amazon giftcard

Ten ebook sets of the Out of Orbit series

If you fancy your chances, head on over to Chele Cook’s website to enter!

 

Blog Tour: The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones – Guest Post

April 16, 2015

I’m really excited to be a part of the blog tour for The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones by Anna Mainwaring. I’ve got an excellent post to share with you all!

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Anna Mainwaring’s Top Ten UKYA Romances

“The word ‘romance’ when describing a novel is often pejorative, a short hand for light fiction. However at the heart of so many stories, regardless of genre, is a superb relationship that utterly absorbs us and keeps us hooked with its twists and turns. Whether the plot has a happy, unhappy or even somewhere in between resolution, most of us adore a wonderful romance. Sometimes it is escapism and what’s wrong with that. But sometimes a wonderful romance can help us understand ourselves and how we feel about others and the world we live in.

I’ve been asked to write about my top ten UKYA romances. As you’ll see I love to find romances in all kinds of genres and my choices reflect that I have been reading a LONG time!

Half Wild/Half Bad by Sally Green

One of my favourite books of recent years has been Sally Green’s wildly successful ‘Half Wild’ trilogy. I’ve just finished ‘Half Bad’ and it’s confirmed what I felt so strongly when reading the end of ‘Half Wild’ – I ‘ship’ Nathan and Gabrielle (as I believe my Year 10s would say). Of course Nathan thinks he loves Annalise with her white chocolate hair and her Juliet-like appeal. But as soon as Gabrielle came long he won my heart, even more so when I learned that he was based on Aidan Turner in ‘Being Human’. So forget out Annalise, Nathan, Gabrielle is the one for you! I will have to wait another year to find out if I’m right…

How I live Now by Meg Rosoff

This dark British dystopia might not seem an obvious choice for a top romance but I found the relationship between Daisy and Edmond beguiling and powerful. I know others who’d read it had issues with Daisy’s voice and also with the fact that Edmond and Daisy were cousins. But neither of those made any impact on me. I thought how they felt for each other was beautifully drawn. It felt honest, raw and true to me. I did cry a bit towards the end, but not for the reasons one might think. I adored the novel, and loved Daisy and Edmond. I’ve not watched the film yet…not sure that I dare.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

A change of tone here! I love so much about the Geek Girl books – Harriet of course – but also how Smale skilfully weaves serious issues in with her lighter touch. It’s hard to do and she does it so well. As far as the romance goes, who could resist Lion Boy with his gorgeous mane of hair? Everyone should have a Lion Boy in their life! From their modelling assignment in the snow in Moscow onwards, I was routing for them both. I (and my older daughter) will have to await Geek Girl 5 to find out what happens next.

Me and Mr J by Rachel McIntyre

Okay this might seem an odd choice not just because the romance in question is between a pupil and a teacher but also because when I’m not writing, I’m teaching! Of course I am not advocating pupil/teacher relationships but then neither is McIntyre. Again this novel is only in part about the crush Lara has on her teacher, much of it is about the terrible bullying that Lara is subject to. The effect a good-looking teacher can have on a school rings only too true with me. Lara’s adoration and then love for Mr J is powerfully rendered. I think the ending is just right – but I believe many of Rachel’s readers would prefer it to finish another way. I leave it you to decide.

Blue by Lisa Glass

This delivered in so many ways. I love Cornwall. Whilst not athletic in any way, the thought of surfing really appeals, all those beautiful people hanging out on beaches and in the water Everything about it is sooo cool. What could possibly be better than this wonderful, truly romantic exploration of Iris and Zeke’s feelings for each other under those blue summer skies? I can absolutely see what this is being made into a film and I’ll be there, queuing up with my popcorn.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

So I’m cheating here but the relationship between Will and Lyra spans two books and I can’t split them! His Dark Materials is probably my favourite sequence of books and if I had a choose a favourite book of all time it would be a close run thing between ‘The Subtle Knife’ and ‘Middlemarch’. Yes, I love these books! I love them for so many things that aren’t to do with the relationships but there are so many to choose from: Mrs Coulter and Lord Asriel, the angels, Balthemas and Baruch; Fader Coram and Serafina Pekkala. The central relationship is, however, that between Will and Lyra. They grow together, they grow up together, they face death together. I have yet to sit on their bench in Oxford in the Botanical Gardens but next time I’m visiting, I’ll be there.

My Swordhand is Singing by Marcus Sedgwick

I’m a huge fan of Marcus Sedgwick. He followed me on Twitter for a while after I won a competition that he ran but he unfollowed me a few weeks ago. I think it was the picture of Aiden Turner in ‘Poldark’ that did it. Never mind. I do love, love, love this book and the Year 8s I’ve taught it to seem to love it also. Yes, it’s got zombies and horror. But also it’s got the beautiful and brave Sophia who soon supplants dull Agnes in Peter’s affections. Together they make a heroic couple who face the most terrible of experiences.

Monsters of Men trilogy by Patrick Ness

Here I go again, breaking the rules and including three books in the place of one. Just like Will and Lyra, the story of Viola and Todd takes three books to unfold. And what a three books! Imagine being able to see inside someone’s mind – and still love them! The pair have to withstand torture, temptation, murder and yet still their loves burns as fiercely and freshly as ever.

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13 ¾ by Sue Townsend

I might be showing my age here but I read this when it was first published. Who could fail not be be moved by Adrian’s pursuit of Pandora? His poetry for her. His appreciation of her ‘wobbly’ bits. The comedy. The tragedy. Adrian Mole is a superb creation and his love for Pandora despite her disdain for him is both hilarious and touching.

The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein

“What?” you say. “This is not UKYA!” Well I say it is. It is indisputably a very English novel by a very English writer. But YA? Well, I think it’s best enjoyed as a teenager and in so many ways set up aspects of YA fantasy fiction for years to come. I read it when I was seven and it changed my life. I have more reservations about it as an older reader but at the time I read it, I thought it was perfect. The character I become obsessed with was lovely, deadly doomed Eowyn, an emo-warrior princess. I adored her: I got her love for Aragorn and understood her feelings for Faramir. I have to say that I read their lines to each other out loud over and over again. Oh well. I was only seven. But that’s the power of great writing: you do feel that you are part of the story and it stays with you throughout the years.”

Jesobel Jones CoverJesobel Jones can bake. In a truly triumphant, appearing-on-TV kind of way. But this means nothing to the rest of the world, because apparently all that cake mix is starting to show – in all the wrong places. So when she lands an invite to the Party of Year by the Boy of Her Dreams, she wonders whether it’s time for a new, improved Jess. But will life still taste as good?

Anna Mainwaring’s debut is a light-hearted and sometimes poignant take on the pressures that face teenage girls. It’s hard to smile in all those selfies when you don’t like the girl who looks back at you. But which is more important – looking perfect or being happy?

 

Title: The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones
Author: Anna Mainwaring
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Portal Press
Format: Paperback and E-Book
Published: 25th March 2015
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Anna Mainwaring first read ‘The Lord of the Rings’ when she was seven and she hasn’t stopped reading since.

Her debut novel, “The Lives and Loves of Jesobel Jones”, follows Jess through the joy and pain of being a teenager in the modern world; first love, friendship, embarrassing families, and asks the big questions in life: how much cake is it really acceptable to eat?

After studying English at university, Anna made the foolish decision to work in corporate finance, not the best career choice for someone who a) is number dyslexic b) hates anything corporate. After travelling, Anna re-trained as an English teacher and works in a girls’ school in Cheshire. When not writing, teaching, or looking after her children, Anna can generally be found walking up a big hill, looking for inspiration.

You can find out more about Anna on her website, www.annamainwaring.com, or by following her on twitter at www.twitter.com/annamainwaring1

Blog Tour: Teeth by Chele Cooke – Guest Post & Giveaway

February 20, 2015

Teeth Tour Banner2I’m really excited to be hosting a stop on the Teeth blog tour! I’m excited to be sharing a guest post by Chele Cooke with you today, and you can enter in on the tour-wide giveaway here too.

My Writing Journey

From First Draft to Finished Product

“Before we begin, I’m going to assume ‘write, scream, write, scream, cry, edit, hit things’ is not an appropriate response for how I brought my new book, Teeth, from an idea to a finished product. Truth be told, however, there was a lot of that.

By the time I usually start a first draft of a story I have a detailed chapter plan and a solid view of exactly how the story is going to progress. That didn’t happen with Teeth. I started out with one idea for a scene: What would happen if a vampire fed on someone high on drugs?

He… he got the munchies,” Spencer breathed. “August, there’s been a massacre.”

Sounds like a bit of a ridiculous thing to start a book with, right? Well, that was how it happened, and it just went nuts from there.

Teeth began its undead life on Wattpad, the free reading site. I had one of my other books, Dead and Buryd, on there with a couple of short stories, but I wanted to write something new for the site. I’d had the idea for a vampire story for a while, lots of little bits and pieces of paranormal tradition that I wanted to play with, and I ran with it. The first ten chapters were me just writing and seeing what happened. That part went very quickly. I was writing a chapter every two or three days for the first section.

The more I wrote, the more inspiration I had for the story until I ended up with more ideas than I knew what to do with. Two characters decided that they were gay, Thomas had a love interest, and I had two other races that I wanted to explore. Sometimes these things just creep up on you.

After the splurge of the first section, Teeth was written with a new chapter released to Wattpad each week. By the time I had finished the instalment at a 25 chapter story, I knew this wasn’t just something I was playing around with for fun anymore. This was a good story that I wanted to expand on. So, I set about creating the complete book.

I’d been editing a lot as I went, rereading and correcting things, updating the chapters on Wattpad, etc. But with the full draft complete, I went back and made extensive notes. Hints towards later plot twists were put in, pointless or confusing information was taken out, characters and dialogue were tightened.

I was incredibly lucky in that, by posting it on Wattpad regularly, I’d pretty much already had a dozen Beta readers who pointed out the bits they liked and the bits that confused them. Having this through the first drafts really streamlined the editing process for me, as I knew which bits to enhance on and which needed rewriting.

I went over it three times, each time rewriting entire passages and tightening the bits I was happy with. After that, it was edited again, though this time not by me. I twiddled my thumbs and watched a few episodes of Bones. I also cross stitched… the pattern is coming on well after that fortnight of not being able to touch my book.

One of the big new experiences with Teeth was in creating my own cover. I’d had a very clear image of the cover since the first time I made a temporary one for Wattpad. There was a lot of back and forth, putting the blood on, altering the background, playing with the spine width, etc. There was also a lot of screaming and hair pulling when it didn’t go the way I wanted.

I formatted both my previous books for eBook and print, and it was only with two books of experience that this one went a bit faster. I now knew that it was best to format the print copy first, as there is sometimes no other option than to delete a few words to make sure everything fits on the page. I have a print book template set up, so apart from ensuring the flow of each page, it was mostly aesthetic changes.

Next came the Word doc copy for Smashwords and the PDF copy. Only when all three were complete did I start on the eBook.

I use HTML to create my eBooks. Creating an eBook in this method involves a lot of symbols and codes, so I’ve found it’s best to do it last. I know some people do it via Scrivener and even word documents, but I prefer the complete control that comes with HTML. I guess I’m a control freak in that way. I find nothing more annoying than finding formatting errors in books I’m reading.

Then, the really hard work begins in marketing, but that’s another story altogether.”


Teeth by Chele Cooke

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“Medical intern Thomas awakes in a blood-drenched basement and the realisation that his life must change forever. After all, how can he practise medicine when the smell of blood turns him into a vicious killer? 

Spencer thinks being a vampire is better than any teen movie made it out to be. Now he must train Thomas and make his mentor proud. 

One mistake risks more than either are willing to lose, and a single broken law could turn them from predators to prey.”

About the Book

Author: Chele Cooke
Title: Teeth (Teeth #1)
Genre: Paranormal Horror
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
Published: 8th January 2015
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Rain Blog Tour

May 19, 2014

**This post was supposed to go live on Saturday 17th May**

Rain Blog Tour HeaderI’m super excited to be hosting today’s stop on the Rain blog tour! I have a guest post from Christie to share with you all, as well as a giveaway for you to enter too.

Christie Cote’s Favourite Friendships From Books She’s Read

“Hmmm. This is a hard one. One friendship is between Dee and Katy from the Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout. Dee was persistent to be Katy’s friend and as eccentric as she is, she is a pretty awesome friend. They love each other and even when they aren’t getting along they are there for each other in the end.

Another one of my favorite friendships is between Breckin and Sky from Hopeless by Colleen Hoover. After just meeting, Breckin declares himself “Sky’s very best friend in the whole wide world.” He is hilarious and quite a character. I love it when he interacts with Sky, they are a hilarious pair and I’m glad Sky has him from the very beginning, since her best friend Six took off to Italy.

My final favorite friendship is between Layken and Eddie from the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover. Eddie befriends Layken when she moves to town and starts at a new school. Eddie has a troubled past and doesn’t have any real friends outside of her boyfriend, Gavin. She is smart, quick, and bubbly. There was no stopping Eddie from taking Layken as her Best Friend.

Friendship is a wonderful thing. I have had lots of them come and go, very few stick for long term, but those that do are pretty special. I hope everyone find their Dee, Breckin, or Eddie in life!”

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“Taylor Sullivan took her life for granted until she received news that would change her life forever. In a state of denial she met Kyle, who didn’t end up being what she expected. She wasn’t able to escape her new reality, but with his friendship, just maybe she could survive it.” 

You can order a copy of Rain from Amazon, or try your luck at the Goodreads Giveaway to win a copy.

 

 

 

Christie-3About Christie: 

Christie Cote resides in Vermont with her Husband and their dog. When she isn’t reading, writing, or dreaming up her next story, she can be found shooting targets with her bow, drawing or baking.

Rain is her first book.

Christie writes Young Adult Realistic Fiction, Fiction, and New Adult novels.

 

 

 

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The Noise Beneath the Apple Blog Tour

April 5, 2014

noisebannerI am so happy to be hosting a stop on The Noise Beneath the Apple tour! It’s literally the perfect book for me – one I’d definitely have on my coffee table (if I had a coffee table!)

I have a guest post from Heather, sharing 6 tips for self publishing, plus there’s a rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post for you all to enter in. *stops rambling to let you all read the post*

6 Tips For Independent/Self-Published Authors

It’s a known fact that the publishing industry has gone through sizeable changes in the past years. Downsizing, eBooks, POD, Kindle, Amazon, etc…A lot of people, (of which I am one), tend to lack faith in the traditional publishing model. Let’s face it; they are definitely behind the times, and as a result, independent and self-published authors are discovering an entirely new and ever changing landscape, from which to espouse their words and wisdom. If you are able to secure a traditional publishing contract, you will get a couple of things—that you won’t get as a self-published author; an advance—(which has steadily been declining over the past years) and into bookstores, (which may not be as important as it once was now that we have fewer bookstores and the internet.)

Having experience on both fronts; I embrace self-publishing. My current book is an oversized Art Style/Coffee Table book with a vinyl record included! This is a book which practically screamed out to be self-published. If you decide self-publishing is right for you, then I’d like to offer a few tips I’ve learned along the way that I hope you will find helpful.

EDIT, EDIT, EDIT and then EDIT again! Ultimately, to do self-publishing right, you need to do it professionally, which, to quote Dr. Phil, requires ‘getting real with yourself.’ You have to know what you do well and what you don’t. Then you have to hire experts to do those things that you don’t do well and embark upon a team publishing excursion. Editing is one of the most integral parts of creating a professional book and differentiates your work from the sea of ‘basic self-published books’. It is also something you cannot do yourself. There are a few types of editors. There are copyeditors, who will fix typos, misspellings, grammar, clean up your prose, and correct a fact. There are line editors who will help you arrange your paragraphs and then there is a most important type of editor, who I call a ‘planning editor’—that person who will partner with you on the project and tell you things you don’t want to hear; you need to get rid of half of what you wrote or this isn’t a topic that warrants an entire book or this should be a screenplay not a novel.

Your cover matters; more than you think it does. I hate to break it to you, but people do judge a book by its cover. The cover is the first thing people see. It invites them to peruse the contents and it is another opportunity to display professionalism. People get a feeling for the book; is it intense, sad, a romance? Your cover can be displayed online with ease and without it; you would only have a title page, which is no good. Speaking from personal experience, my cover has served me well. I have been invited to some swanky and private upscale functions to do book presentations, that wouldn’t have happened if I had a substandard cover. You might have the skills to design your own cover, but, just like editing, you should get a couple of opinions about it.

People like your book more if other people like it. You’re probably thinking, ‘Thank you Captain Obvious’, because yes, this is obvious. What I have found is that ‘customer reviews’ and blog mentions have a more direct impact on sales and exposure than blurbs or even professional reviews. The professional reviews are great and lend credibility, but customer reviews are personal and come across as sincere. The best thing you can do is get real people talking about your book in real time, which brings me tweeting and Twitter.

TWITTER! I am going to assume that you, as an author, have a website, Facebook page, GoodReads, Amazon, Pinterest, etc…If you don’t, you must. I want to spend a moment on Twitter, because it has been so impactful for me as a writer.

Twitter can seem like a jumbled mess of icons and lingo that makes no sense. When I first explored Twitter, I was not a fan. I didn’t understand it and thought it was ridiculous. 140 characters (xtrs)? Come On! I bought books about Twitter. I read books about Twitter. I learned about Twitter, and today, I am a convert. Twitter has been—(next to my personal email list), my #1 vehicle for exposure and sales. In fact, I am guest posting here, because of Twitter. I was also able to build my ‘publishing team of experts’ via Twitter. I found an InDesign expert, music industry folk and marketing experts on Twitter. After your profile page, it all starts with a simple hashtag.

A hashtag is simply a keyword marked with a # symbol. With the use of hashtags within tweets, people who want to follow a particular topic and join discussions can do so, without having to know specific keywords. Hashtags can help you reach and find readers, get help with specific things, connect with media, find the professionals needed to create your publishing team and so much more. Here are a few hashtags that might be helpful to you as authors. Definitely explore and find more:

#MustRead #AmReading #FridayReads #BookGiveAway #GoodRead

Hashtags that are specific to what I write about as a music journalist are #Busking, #StreetMusic #SFGiants and #musicrevolution

There are hashtags for specific genres as well: #YAlit, #RomanceWriter, etc…

How about #AskAgent #AskEditor #SelfPublishing

And one of my very favorites: #indiepubchat

If you don’t understand Twitter, you should definitely get a book and learn more.

Don’t try to sell your book to everyone. According to The Jenkins Group;

1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42 percent of college graduates never read another book after college.
80 percent of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.

 I do not share these statistics to discourage you or dissuade you. On the contrary; this is an opportunity to find, define, embrace and obsessively focus on your specific audience. Those people who want your particular book and who will buy your particular book. We should not focus on everyone, but rather our audience. There are a lot of books out there. We, as authors, (indie authors in particular), must find our ‘champions’ and cultivate lifelong relationships with them. Those people may be the needles in the haystack, but, they are our needles.

Read Lots of Books: Studies have shown that reading more books can help you sleep better, keep your brain sharp, increase vocabulary, improve memory and relax. It will also help you become a better writer!

If you have stories, thoughts, tips or ideas, that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. Let’s start a conversation and help each other prosper, grow and become fulfilled in 2014.”

About the Book: Written by Heather Jacks and accompanied by an eleven-track vinyl record featuring the original music of a select number of participants, this 200-page art-style coffee table book measures 12’’ x 12’’ and weighs in at a whopping 8lbs. Putting the spotlight on the age-old profession of busking, Jacks also seeks to stem the tide of regulation intended to suffocate creative expression and take performers off the streets.

A limited-edition coffee table book, ‘The Noise Beneath the Apple®’, is a unique and vibrant study of the culture of street performance, its legitimacy in modern times and above all, an intimate look at thirty-five buskers throughout New York City. Released with an eleven-track vinyl record that was mastered by Grammy and Academy Award winning mastering engineer Reuben Cohen, this book is a singular achievement and a one-of-a-kind tribute to the chaotic, beautiful and spirited world of busking.”

About the Author: Heather Jacks was raised on an Indian reservation in southeastern Oregon, until age fifteen. Jacks was the first ‘experimental exchange student’ to Australia with an organization called YFU, Youth for Understanding, where she spent 10.5 months in 1982. Once she returned, she received her B.A. from USF and followed that with two years of study at UC Davis.  She has worked in the music industry in various capacities, since the eighties; radio, production, A&R, booking and most recently as a music journalist.  She was recently named a finalist in the Book of the Year Award in the Performing Arts & Music category, for her multi-media project, The Noise Beneath the Apple®, which was inspired by her love for street music, busking and the people who make it.  Heather can be contacted at: heather@heatherjacks.com

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American Honey Blog Tour: Fun Facts

February 13, 2014

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I’m really happy to be a part of the American Honey blog tour today. It sounds like a really fun NA story, plus music plays a huge role in the book, so really, it’s a winner for me and I haven’t even read American Honey yet!

Nancy has kindly written a guest post for me to share with you all, so here are her fun facts about American Honey!

“In my new novel, American Honey, recent high school graduate Olivia “Ollie” McKenna leaves her small town roots in Summerville, Georgia, to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. With her best friend and older sister in tow, wholesome Ollie travels to the big city to compete in singing contest Atlanta Idol where she meets nineteen-year-old Jack Bradley, a fellow country singer who quickly becomes a close friend. The connection between them is magnetic and an opportunity to sing together could change their lives forever.

Here are some fun facts about the process of writing and publishing this book and about the book itself. Enjoy!

  • I started working on this story after watching the season ten finale of reality singing competition show American Idol in May 2011.American Honey was published in January 2014.
  • The book’s title comes from a song of the same name by Lady Antebellum, a hugely popular country music trio.
  • The fictional Atlanta Idol competition is a local, non-televised version of American Idol. I’ve been a regular viewer of American Idolsince its first season.
  • Last summer, I visited Atlanta and Nashville. I especially enjoyed seeing the Fox Theatre where the Atlanta Idol competition takes place in the book.
  • I designed the cover myself, including the back cover for the paperback version. There were many, many different versions of the cover, but nothing was quite right until I found the blue jeans background. Then, I designed the hearts with the guitar, added the boots and microphone, and fell in love.
  • In the first draft of the manuscript, Ollie’s name was Larraine, and her nickname was Raine. After reading the draft several times, I decided that the name didn’t really suit her. It was boring. I like Ollie because it reminds me of country music legend Dolly Parton’s name. Dolly often sang duets with Kenny Rogers. So, the name Ollie made much more sense to me. It all clicked.
  • Originally, Ollie was seventeen years old. I changed her age to eighteen-going-on-nineteen for labeling purposes. I worried that at seventeen-going-on-eighteen, the line between young adult fiction and new adult fiction was too blurry. I wanted to be sure the book would be categorized as new adult fiction.
  • American Honey was published by Bloomwood Books, which is my own publishing company. I named it after Becky Bloomwood, one of the most popular characters in the chick lit genre.”

Add American Honey to your Goodreads shelf! Follow along with the American Honey Tour via Fictionella! Connect with Nancy at nancyscrofano.com!

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“After graduating high school, Olivia “Ollie” McKenna leaves her small town roots in Summerville, Georgia, to pursue her dream of becoming a professional singer. With her best friend and older sister in tow, wholesome Ollie travels to the big city to compete in singing contest Atlanta Idol. There she meets nineteen-year-old Jack Bradley, a fellow country singer who quickly becomes a close friend. The connection between them is magnetic and an opportunity to sing together could change their lives forever. But what about Ollie’s mama’s fear of the music business? She’s been burned by the lures of the bright lights before and doesn’t want Ollie anywhere near that world. And Ollie’s growing feelings for Jack as more than just a pal could ruin everything. Despite her own doubts, Ollie is determined to win. Can she make her dream come true or will she return to her hometown empty-handed and brokenhearted?”

About the Author

Nancy Scrofano is the author of True Love Way and Cupid On Deck, as well as short stories in the Sunlounger and Merry & Bright anthologies. She lives in southern California where she is at work on her next novel. For more information about Nancy, please visit www.nancyscrofano.com.

Royal Pain Blog Tour: Excerpt and Review

January 19, 2014

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I’m really excited to be hosting the Royal Pain blog tour today. I have an excerpt and review of Royal Pain to share with you all, and I have to say, this was probably one of the cutest books I have read in a long while!

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by Danielle Doolittle
Genre:
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Release Date: January 6, 2014
Buy: Amazon (US)(UK)

Blurb: “Falling in love can be a royal pain.

A cocktail of sex, booze, and breakneck speeds is what sends Prince Henry of Benignus into rehab. He’s expecting to skip out on lectures and smoke behind the shed. He’s not expecting Carleigh.

Carleigh Philips knows Henry is trouble. His bad-boy attitude reeks of self-importance and over-indulgence. She’s not expecting him to lift a royal finger during his time at the ranch. She’s not expecting him to be a threat to her heart.

When Carleigh’s life is on the line, will Prince Henry step up to the plate? Or will he prove he really is nothing but a phony royal pain?

You can add Royal Pain to your to-read list on Goodreads

My Review:

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not change or affect my views in any way.

Royal Pain was a total surprise book for me. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this sweet, fun read so much. The characters were all super endearing, and the plot had a tiny bit of mystery wound through it that took Royal Pain to an incredibly climatic ending.

After the first few pages of Royal Pain, I was completely sure I was going to hate Prince Henry. He was a total idiot! Eventually though, he did start showing all these redeeming qualities that had me falling for him as I read more of the story. And I loved that he wasn’t afraid of hard work either. There were so many mentions of him helping muck out the horses on the ranch, and doing work that he might have once considered to be beneath himself, and he did a complete turnaround from the start of the book to the end.

Carleigh was a total firecracker of a character. I loved her grit and determination, if she wanted something, then she was damn well going to get it, and that completely showed throughout the story. She’s probably one of my most favourite heroines I’ve read in a long time, she wasn’t completely perfect and she definitely had her flaws, but to me, that just made her all the more relatable.

I loved the setting of Royal Pain! It was set on a ranch that also doubles as a rehabilitation clinic, which is a totally unique setting for me, and I really enjoyed reading about it. I kind of wish there had been more description of the ranch and the way it worked, but it was a really nice backdrop to the plot, and just gave the book a little something different.

Royal Pain was a really sweet and fun romance that I really enjoyed reading. There were times when I wanted to slap the characters for being so stupid, times when I wanted to just lock them in a closet and tell them to just ‘get on already!’ and other times when I thought I was going to break my Kindle for tapping the screen too hard to flick the pages quicker! If you’re looking for a fun book to while away a few hours, then this is definitely one for you.

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If my review wasn’t enough to convince you to pick Royal Pain up, I also have an excerpt to share with you today!

“All rise. The Honorable Judge Freeland presiding.”

The bailiff’s voice caused Henry’s brain to ricochet against his skull. He was slow to gain his feet as an elderly man in a billowing, black robe walked briskly from a doorway set to the side of the room. Henry watched his bald head reflect the light as he took his seat at the bench.

The sooner this little show was over, the sooner he could find his car and get back to Chicago. His brother was expecting him. While he wasn’t looking forward to the idea of dealing with official state business, Henry found he actually missed Alexei. Must have been the hangover.

He hadn’t been home in six months. Not since they’d issued him the ultimatum. It was either change his ways on his own, or his family had resolved they would do it for him. He knew how they wished to solve what they perceived as his problem, so Henry packed up and headed to America. Here, his only official business involved deciding which party to attend and who he was taking back to the hotel with him afterward.

“What have you to say for yourself?” The old judge’s gravelly voice made Henry realize he should have been paying attention.

“Sorry?”

“I said, after your actions last night, what do you have to say for yourself?”

“I can honestly say, sir, that I sorely regret having to take the jobs of all the night staff at the Hilton for allowing me to leave the hotel in such a condition. So if you will let me be on my way, it would seem I have some business to attend to. And I assure you, after today, you will never have to see my face again. Now, if I could be on my way?”

“Hold it right there, son.” Steel had worked its way into Judge Freeland’s voice. “I know who you are, and I believe you expect it will allow you to walk away from this without feeling any repercussions. I’m here to tell you, young man, that in that assumption, you are very wrong.”

Henry felt himself shift under the weight of the old judge’s glare.

“You will find that we treat all offenders equally here in Sweetwater. You have quite a list of offenses: DUI, assaulting an officer, public nudity.”

Public what?

“Now, see here!” Henry was outraged. Who did this backwater, sorry excuse for a judge think he was? Henry was royalty, nobility. Granted, he was currently on the outs with the family, but that didn’t change anything. He was entitled to a standard of treatment, and this old man was about to get a lesson in etiquette.

“Before you can launch into how I have offended your noble lineage, Your Highness, you should know that the District Attorney has been in contact with your embassy in Chicago. The royal family has been made abreast of our office’s suggested sentencing and has fully backed it.”

What? Those nosey diplomats never bothered to stick their noses in his business before. Why start now?

“While I cannot pass a ruling on someone with diplomatic immunity such as you, I do have this message.” Pulling a crisp sheet of paper from the manila folder he had carried into the room, the old man cleared his throat before continuing. “It is the decision of the Kingdom of Benignus that Prince Henry Xavier Bartholomew Reginald Fitzgerald be sentenced to thirty days in supervised detox at Mount Mercy Rehabilitation, followed by six months at Sweetwater Creek Ranch and completion of their sober living program. If he does not comply with our stipulations, steps will be taken to strip him of his immunity, and we will not interfere with any who wish to prosecute him for his transgressions.”

“What?”

“I believe, despite that splitting headache I’m sure you are suffering, you heard me clearly. Thirty days at Mount Mercy, six months at Sweetwater Creek, and completion of the program or jail. Your choice.”

About the Author:
With a bachelor’s degree in English, Danielle has always had a passion for the written word. Initially starting out to be a high school teacher, she soon realized writing was her calling. Danielle lives in Ohio with her family. When she’s not writing (which is rare) she’s spending time with her husband, wrangling two rambunctious boys and one rowdy little girl, and baking like she’s on Cupcake Wars.
Danielle enjoys copious amounts of coffee and dark chocolate, chatting on Twitter, and a good love story. Oh, and an Alpha hero is a must!

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Golden Dunes of Renhala Blog Tour: Guest Post from Amy Joy Lutchen

January 18, 2014

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Here is my stop during the blog tour for Golden Dunes of Renhala (Renhala #2) by Amy Joy Lutchen. This blog tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours . This blog tour runs from 13 January till 26 January, you can view the whole tour schedule on the Golden Dunes of Renhala blog tour page on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours.

I’m really excited to share with you a guest post Amy has written on what writing the first book in the Renhala series meant to her. It’s a really fantastic piece, and if you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend that you check out this series, as it is fantastic. Once you’ve read the post, be sure to check out the Rafflecopter Giveaway at the bottom of the post where you can win some fantastic goodies. One of the prizes is tea…why wouldn’t you want to enter?! Anyway, enough of my rambling and onto the guest post!

“I am super excited to be here today and I must begin by thanking Ms. Hollie for having me visit! I mean, come on, she loves tea! I think perhaps we are twins separated at birth—tea practically flows through our veins. If you are also a lover of the beverage, be sure to comment below with which flavor is your favorite. Earl Grey Crème by Argo Tea is perhaps at the top of the list for me—today at least…

So Hollie asked if I would talk about my inspiration for writing my Renhala series and I thought to myself it might be best if I talked about what writing my first book meant to me, which is different from my actual inspiration for writing.

Writing was about control. You see, my first book started as a single piece of paper littered with a hodgepodge of written fears and tragic events from my life, with one very tragic event taking me the longest to write down, the very one I wrote the smallest: the assault. These very small words, which I thought had the biggest impact on who I was at that time, were sitting there on the page, looming over me despite their puny size. I stared and stared at those words, often fighting with myself to roll the paper up and toss it away, but I knew it really wouldn’t be gone. Those words were going to haunt me forever, as well as the humiliation associated with them—the humiliation inflicted by the hands of a total stranger; a devil entered my life and he was determined to leave his mark. With my body beaten and my sanity pushed to the edge the day I was assaulted, I suffered, moving in a world that seemed surreal and impossible for months. How could something like that happen to me? What had I done to deserve that kind of punishment? These thoughts and vivid recurring nightmares haunted me continuously.

No matter how often I spoke to others about what happened and encouraged those same individuals to carry pepper spray, I always had one foot in the shadows, no matter what progress people thought I was experiencing. But one day, out of the blue, in a moment of surprising triumph, I gathered my strength and flipped that stupid piece of paper over and began writing more words, different words. These words began as a small story about a young woman who was assaulted who loses her mother—her only support— to disease, which then morphed into another story of a young woman who suffered the same fate, but befriended some new, supportive friends. As the magic began flowing freely from my fingertips, this same young woman then mastered a new weapon and her destiny was changed forever. I finally felt better about myself—felt better about life—for I was shaping future events. I wrangled those ugly words and fought them down hard, wrestling and dodging blows, until I took CONTROL. I took control, and took those words and kneaded them, molding them into exactly what I needed, into something inspiring and uplifting: the mystical land known as Renhala.

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I know that no matter who you are and where you’ve come from, you’ve had some kind of tragic event, or maybe multiple moments of tragedy, muddy your life. Perhaps it was the death of a loved one, or sickness, or bullying, or an assault. Whatever it was, or even is, just know that you can gain the advantage. You can wash yourself of the bad. Write the words down. Write those words down as a poem, short story, epic novel, whatever, but just write them down. This is how you’ll take the first step in control. This is how you’ll change the future.

Change your life by changing the words…”

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Golden Dunes of Renhala (Renhala #2)
by Amy Joy Lutchen

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: November 26, 2013

Blurb: How do you live with a secret so dark and so deeply woven into your being that it threatens to smother your very existence, with no known way out? Use it to your advantage.

Kailey Rooke, karmelean, and now a possibly unethical karma-for-hire, has spent the past year jumping from project to project without any real hope for salvation. With repercussions from her actions at every turn, she discovers that as time goes on, she loses a bit more of herself to that which feeds on her anguish–that which is thriving inside her own body.

When a new contract to find a missing girl arises, Kailey attempts to put her past and its associated problems on the back burner, but she soon finds out that treachery and deceit lie shortly ahead in Golden Dunes, only giving face to new problems, with one leading right back to her childhood past.
She struggles to complete her contract as her own life teeters on a fulcrum, constantly tipping according to karma’s whim. How long will she keep her balance? Which way will she fall?

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Renhala (Renhala #1)
By Amy Joy Lutchen

Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: 26 September, 2012

Blurb: Kailey Rooke, timid accountant dedicated to philanthropic work, finds herself spiraling into a deep depression after she suffers a horrifyingly odd and humiliating assault, to only discover more of these freakish assaults occurring across the globe.

A chance discovery leads Kailey to a meeting with elderly Gunthreon, actual master of persuasion. Gunthreon, who seems to know too much of Kailey’s history for her liking, opens Kailey’s eyes to a coexisting magical realm she never knew existed: Renhala, while entrusting her with the knowledge of her newfound power as karmelean, serving as a beacon to the Higher Ones. She soon discovers that Renhala is in danger, and this danger has been leaking into her own realm. As she uncovers secrets within herself, and attempts to toughen up, she fuses with an unlikely band of fellow travelers/creatures, falls into an unexpected love triangle, and finds the courage to master a new deadly weapon.

As blood is shed and puzzles near completion, Kailey pulls from deep within herself, conjuring up mystical qualities that enable her to astonish as once predicted at her birth, but despite the newfound strength, Kailey will discover that monsters not only come in ugly packages, but can be easily disguised as those she has come to love and trust.

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About the Author:
Was born in Chicago and slept in a dresser drawer for the first few weeks of my life, marking me as a future claustrophobe.

I studied at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (man I grew up quick), where I became a number, but decided it was a good number.

I write with plenty of snacks in hand, making sure they are not in multiples of three. That number makes me nervous.

Author of the Renhala series.

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New Adult Blog Tour: Michelle Lynn and Nevaeh Lee

January 5, 2014

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I’m really excited to be a part of the New Adult Blog Tour that the wonderful Faye from A Daydreamer’s Thoughts has put together. I’m only a recent convert to New Adult, but I’m really looking forward to discovering more of this genre in this new year!

I’m hosting Michelle Lynn and Nevaeh Lee, whose novel Collaboration is released towards the end of the month. I’m super excited to get my own copy to read, it sounds fantastic, plus the two main characters are musicians. What’s not to love?! Also, if you’re taking part in the Scavenger Hunt that’s going on across the entire tour, then your clue is at the end of the post…But no peeking until you’ve read this post first! And if you’re looking for the giveaway…that’s beneath the clue! 😉

Collaboration Author(s) Interview: Michelle Lynn & Nevaeh Lee

What it’s like to Co-Write”

Thanks so much for inviting us to join you today. Our novel, Collaboration, will be released on January 26th and we can’t wait to share it with you. This is the first book either of us has co-written, and the first book ever for Nevaeh. Michelle is the author of Love Me Back, Don’t Let Go, and Let Me In, all published in 2013.

Whenever someone finds out that we’re co-writing, they’re always curious about the process and how well it’s worked out for us. We’re happy to share our experience, although it’s doubtful that any co-writing teams do it the exact same way. Since Collaboration is written in alternating points-of-view, we decided the best way to tell you about our co-writing experience is to continue in that same fashion…..

Q: What made you decide to try co-writing?

Nevaeh: For me, it was the desire to see a story through to the end, something I have yet to accomplish by myself. Plus, I was very familiar with Michelle’s writing and already knowing her, I felt sure we could co-write successfully.

Michelle: It intrigued me to join two styles of writing. Nevaeh had shared with me one of the stories she had started, so I knew she had a talent. When the idea was brought up, it was something I didn’t want to pass up.

Q: What was your favorite part about co-writing?

Nevaeh: I think any author will tell you that as much as they love it, writing is kind of a lonely venture. When you co-write, you have someone else to bounce ideas off of, to encourage you when you doubt your abilities, and to push you when you need it. Not to mention, someone to share the expenses of self-publishing with…LOL

Michelle: I agree with Nevaeh, since we went into it with a loose outline, it was nice to go back and forth with each other on where to take the story. I loved seeing how the storyline unraveled or changed course than we originally had in mind.

Q: What was the biggest challenge in co-writing?

Nevaeh: Probably keeping the story straight. Because we each knew our part better than the other and wrote over several months time, it was easy to forget things that were introduced that needed to be followed up. And if we missed anything, hopefully our editor will catch it 😉

Michelle: When you disagree on where to go with the storyline. Even when I write by myself, it can be hard to take note from someone that maybe you did or are veering in the wrong direction. There were a couple times where Nevaeh and I didn’t see eye to eye on a specific scene. But the difference when you co-write, is you have to agree on all of it. It’s a collection of both your work.

Q: How do you handle it when you disagree on scene?

Nevaeh: If I feel strongly about it, I use my very best persuasive skills to try and get my way ;). But sometimes I’m not even sure which way I want it to go, which is when it’s really tough. And other times, I think I want it one way until I hear Michelle’s idea, and then I drop whatever I had in mind.

Michelle: We plead our cases to one another, hoping the other sees it our way, LOL. The nice part of it is, we’ve compromised and added both our ideas in as much as possible. If we really can’t agree on something, we decide to let our betas give their opinions.

Q: Who has which character? How was it decided?

Nevaeh: I’m “Trace,” which has definitely been the greatest writing challenge I probably could have attempted, especially for a first book. How did we decide? I think I just offered and I’m glad I did…it really was fun to get into his head and hang out with his “crew.”

Michelle: I’m Taryn, the female. I thank Nevaeh everyday for taking Trace because I could never had done what she’s done with him. She fully got into his character and did an AMAZING job.

Q: So you toss the story back and forth, each writing a character. Who takes the longest to write their part?

Nevaeh: Haha…definitely me! Sorry, Michelle

Michelle: I don’t know, I had a few times that I took longer too . Luckily, we both understand our commitments to other things can overtake our time occasionally. Also, due to the back and forth, you might not be in the characters head as soon as the other tosses it back to you. It might take a few days to get there.

Q: Is this something you think you’ll do again?

Nevaeh: Definitely. Michelle and I began talking about making Collaboration a series before we were even half through with the story. We feel like there are a couple of other characters whose stories are begging to be told 😉

Michelle: Yes, we are already planning a few other stories.

About the Authors

Michelle Lynn:

Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends.  But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed. 

Nevaeh Lee:

Nevaeh’s first exposure to writing began in a middle school creative writing class. She was reprimanded for composing a politically incorrect story and forced to re-write about a “safer” topic. Being the writing rebel that she is, Nevaeh always likes to push the envelope a bit and never re-writes, unless her editor insists on it.

When she’s not writing, Nevaeh is a freelance book editor ;).  And when she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she can be found spending time with her family and taking road trips, exploring the area around wherever she happens to be living at the time. Even though “home” will always be Texas, she has lived in several different states and countries, while currently residing in the DC metro area.

She also adores her really big dog who frequently takes her for walks while enduring her many story ideas and rambling dialogue, which sometimes occurs in multiple languages. After many years of this, she finally decided to start writing out some of these stories and her first book, Collaboration, will be self-published on January 26, 2014.

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