Friday, 30 November 2012

New Literary Agency: The Origin of Superheroes

So you may or may not know this but I love superheroes. I would never call myself a geek or a nerd (in this subject) but I love the comics and I watch all the movies and I am more of a DC girl than a Marvel girl but really I just love superheroes. And I love origin stories - how they became heroes - because no matter where they come from they are the heroes; they are the ones we look up to and admire and while they always don't get the recognition they deserve they never cease to do their job and save the world.

The same can be said for people in the literary world. There are some writers and publisher and editors and agents out their who have a great talent and are just very good at what they do but they don't always get the recognition they deserve.

Meet Jordy Albert (right) and Brittany Booker (left) of the Booker Albert Agency. They recently started their own agency; in fact they are officially opening their doors for submissions on December 1st 2012 (that's Saturday - tomorrow) and when I came across them recently I just had to get their origin story.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

The Truths About Dating and Mating Blog Tour

Happy Wednesday Everyone! Today we are touring to the land of Radio Shows and New Adult Romance with the newly released novel "The Truths About Dating and Mating" by Jaycee De Lorenzo.


The Truths about Dating and MatingSpunky Italian coed Ivy Rossini likes to talk and push the boundaries. She gets to do both as she co-hosts Riordan College’s radio program, The Truths about Dating and Mating, alongside her lifelong best friend, Ian Hollister.

Being the only girl who cares to see beyond Ian’s bad boy reputation has its advantages, especially when he’s scaring off the jerks who just want to nail the campus sex-guru. It’s when he’s “protecting” her from the advances she welcomes that she wants to lob him over the head and tell him to butt out. But Ivy’s feels like she’s the one who’s taken a hit when Ian almost kisses her at a party. She knows she should feel relieved when he pulls away, so why is she disappointed instead?

What’s worse, Ivy’s now getting aroused by Ian’s slightest touch and can’t stop entertaining thoughts of a romantic future. But Ian doesn’t do relationships, and she’s not interested in anything casual. In the end, Ivy decides it’s best to keep her growing feelings a secret and hope they’ll pass. However, when Ian begins hinting at wanting to take things to the next level, she’s forced to decide if a chance at something more is worth risking everything they’ve built.

With their friendship and her heart hanging in the balance, can Ivy follow the advice she and Ian give their listeners - to communicate, be honest, and trust in themselves - or will insecurity, stubbornness, and pride ruin any chance of their relationship getting off the ground?

Spunky Italian coed Ivy Rossini likes to talk and push the boundaries. She gets to do both as she co-hosts Riordan College’s radio program, The Truths about Dating and Mating, alongside her lifelong best friend, Ian Hollister.

Being the only girl who cares to see beyond Ian’s bad boy reputation has its advantages, especially when he’s scaring off the jerks who just want to nail the campus sex-guru. It’s when he’s “protecting” her from the advances she welcomes that she wants to lob him over the head and tell him to butt out. But Ivy’s feels like she’s the one who’s taken a hit when Ian almost kisses her at a party. She knows she should feel relieved when he pulls away, so why is she disappointed instead?

What’s worse, Ivy’s now getting aroused by Ian’s slightest touch and can’t stop entertaining thoughts of a romantic future. But Ian doesn’t do relationships, and she’s not interested in anything casual. In the end, Ivy decides it’s best to keep her growing feelings a secret and hope they’ll pass. However, when Ian begins hinting at wanting to take things to the next level, she’s forced to decide if a chance at something more is worth risking everything they’ve built.

With their friendship and her heart hanging in the balance, can Ivy follow the advice she and Ian give their listeners - to communicate, be honest, and trust in themselves - or will insecurity, stubbornness, and pride ruin any chance of their relationship getting off the ground?

Watch the trailer here:

 
 
As a special treat I got to put Joycee in the lukewarm seat for a little Q & A. Check it out:



Monday, 26 November 2012

Monday Fables #9: Breathless

It's monday (but not Castle monday which makes me sad on the inside) so I am back with anoth Monday Fable. I actually love this song even though it perpetuates that angsty, hopless romantic stereotype of falling in love with your best friend. But I'm a hopeless romantic so I went with it. Anyways, this week looks promising in the game of life so we shall see how it goes.

Okay so this is the part of the program where I ask you, the readers, the share. What do you think about love stories about two best friends? Cheesy? Sweet? Any love stories of your own that you want to share? I love love and I always love hearing stories about real world fairytales so share away.

Friday, 23 November 2012

The Merits of Writing Challenges

Wow! It's already week four of NaNoWriMo. Can you believe it? Now in case you hadn't figured it out I gave up on doing NaNoWriMo on like day three but I know my own short comings so we'll bypass that.

Even though I've given up on this noble endeavor I still get people asking me what NaNoWriMo is  which usually gets the same reaction:
they look at me like I'm crazy and I get the "who the hell would want to do that?" questions. Some are getting a little more understanding as I venture off into University-land but it's still the same.
Of course recently a friend asked me what NaNoWriMo was and I explained the basics and she smiled and nodded and looked genuinely interested which is a dangerous thing when you're talking to me because if you look like you're paying attention and actually care about what I'm saying I will just start talking - kind of like I am now. So after I explained NaNoWriMo I started talking about the other writing programs that are available that cater to the different kinds of writers out there. And because I love you all so much I thought I'd share a basic rundown of some of them.
 
Of course these aren't all of the writing programs out there. In fact these are only a select few - in chronological order - that might appeal to different writers. Ready?

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Darkness Falls Tour

Hello lovely readers, it's Wednesday and it's time to talk about books. This week we have Wilde's Meadow which is the 3rd book in the Darkness Falls Series by Krystal Wade.
 



 


Happy endings are hard to find, and even though Katriona is in the middle of a war with someone who’s already stolen more than she can replace, she aches for a positive future with her DraĆ­ochtans.

Armed with hope, confidence in her abilities, and a strange new gift from her mother, Kate ventures into the Darkness to defeat a fallen god.

Losses add up, and new obstacles rise to stand in the way. Is the one determined to bring Encardia light strong enough to keep fighting, or will all the sacrifices to stop those who seek domination be for nothing?





 
 
 
 
 
 
As a special treat for you readers we have the illustrious Krysta Wade here to answer my burning - if not a little random - questions:

Monday, 19 November 2012

Monday Fables #8: Karma

It's late, I know, and really short but I really don't like this song. The message is good but it didn't seem to exude much creativity from within it's lyrics so I worked with what I had. I did, however, finish an awesome book that I'll be touring in December so I'll talk more about that later. In the mean time, what do you guys think of these characters?


 


Friday, 16 November 2012

Cover Reveal! Aversion by Kenechi Udogu

Hooray! I get to reveal the cover of the YA Paranormal Romance Novella (some of my favourite word combinations in the universe) "Aversion" by Kenechi Udogu. Ready? Here we go!

Aversion (Book One of The Mentalist Series)
 
For Gemma Green’s first time, things should have been straightforward. Find your subject, hold their gaze and push a thought into their head to save them from future disaster – Aversion complete. A pretty simple process given that the subject was to have no recollection of the experience. But Russ Tannerdoesn’t seem to want to forget. In fact the more she tries to avoid him, the more he pushes to get to know her. Gemma knows she has a problem but is she facing the side effects of a failed Aversion or has the school’s tennis champ really fallen for her?
Excerpt:
My name is Gemma Green and I am an Averter. You’re probably wondering what that means and why it is important for me to state that I am one. On the surface there is not much difference between me and most other fifteen year old girls, except for the fact that I have the ability to alter people’s minds and stop them from carrying out actions that will unhinge their predestined life paths. I know it sounds impossible but trust me, it’s true. Only another Averter will be able to tell what I am from sight. Well, not really sight. We have the ability to sense things that others overlook. For example, I always know when I’m being lied to. I can’t tell what the exact lie is but I get a knot in my stomach every time I hear one; the bigger the lie, the tighter the knot. It’s clearly not the most enjoyable ability for anyone to have but the older we get, the easier it becomes to tune the feelings out. You eventually get to a point where the only person’s emotions you can tune into is the person you are assigned to. But I’ll get to that later.
Sounds awesome right? The novella is set to be released on December 3rd 2012 (and I'm going to be talking about it in January) so look for it then!
 
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Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Reviews and the Draining of Writer's Veins (and a Giveaway)



So last week Laura Howard posted about the power of reviews not just on readers but on the authors as well (check it out here) and it got me thinking about reviews not just with works of fiction but also with fan fiction.

Now wait I know what some of you are thinking, fan fiction is not the most respected art but I think there's a lot of merit to celebrating someone else's work by creating your own - by drawing inspiration from an outside source. Not only that but reviews are very powerful when it comes to the written word and it doesn't matter how those words are presented, they deserve respect.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Monday Fables #7: Father

We're back with another short story on this beautiful monday (almost) afternoon. I'm really excited about this week because this week sort of marks when Wednesdays will be taking off. For the next few month Wednesdays are look awesome. We've got blog tours, giveaways (well one that's planned) and book reviews from all sorts of genres so it's going to be really good.

Anyways this week we're back with another song by Marina V (I also did one of her songs for week 1) this one is called 'Father'. I looked all over but I couldn't find the lyrics so I just sat down and listened to the song line by line and wrote it myself. *EDIT* Marina showed me lyrcis, there were on her site and I just didn't look hard enough. I apologize. There's are the corrected lyrics.

I also couldn't find a video for you guys to listen to so you'll have to use your imagination this week. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Friday, 9 November 2012

A Peek Into The World of the Publisher (as told by an unpublished writer)


So it's Friday but I'm admitting now, I am so very far behind on NaNoWriMo that it's actually kind of ridiculous so instead, I want to talk briefly and very informally about Publishing. Of course this isn't coming straight from me because as you guys know, I am more than an unpublished author I am an unwritten author (how's that for deep thinking on a Friday) so I dug up my old notes from a workshop I attended a while ago and thought I'd share with you my little adventure.

Alright so way back in April 2012 I was walking around at Comic Expo in Calgary and I saw a sign in one of the ballrooms that said "What Do Publishers Do?" so immediately I thought I should at least sit in on this panel to see what they have to say. I found myself sitting in the second row of this tiny little ballroom that was barely filled with people with notebooks and iPhones chatting with two women at the front of the room looking friendly as ever.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Interview With Cyndi Tefft

Today I'm here with the fabulous writer Cyndi Tefft who writes the Between Series. Book 1: Between came out in 2011, Book Two: Hell Transporter came out in March of 2012 and the third book (title unknown) will be released early next year.

For those of you who don't know, on top of running this blog I also run the Aiden's Angels blog which is a blog dedicated to the series 'Between' by Cyndi Tefft who has spent the last three weeks on the Aiden's Angels blog talking with me about all sorts of things. So I've compiled the entire three part interview for you to peruse at your leisure.



Cyndi Tefft lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest where the weather is overcast and rainy, much like the Highlands of Scotland. She was right at home when she got the chance to visit Eilean Donan Castle in May 2010. A self-proclaimed Scot freak, she loved every bit about the trip to Scotland: the people, the kilts, the accents, the fish & chips, the haggis...well okay not the haggis.

You can follow Cyndi on twitter: https://twitter.com/cynditefft


Monday, 5 November 2012

Monday Fables #6: Bi Ann (Be There)

So this one was a bit difficult and I'm not at all satisfied with this story. For what it is, it's cute and sweet and short and I like it but compared to this Gaelic piece I don't think it matched well. I love celtic, Irish, Gaelic - anything in that style of music - I think it's just gorgeous it's one of my favourite overall styles and the translation for this particular piece is of course simple but beautiful. So I was really looking forward to writing for this song but I have been feeling so disconeccted the last few days that I'm sitting here, feeling so inferior to this song and it's ridiculous. I'm wondering if I can write to Gaelic anymore. What do you guys think? Have you ever had a problem where you were so inspired that you couldn't find the words? Or is it just me?

Friday, 2 November 2012

NaNoWriMo: more than just a word for crazy people

It's day two of NaNoWriMo so there isn' much to talk about in terms of personal achievement. I'm not behind yet which I suppose is a good sign so instead I'm going to chat with you guys about NaNoWriMo itself.


So for those of you who don't know what NaNoWriMo is it's this ---->

National Novel Writing Month. A time when you sit down in front of your computer - or notebook - and write out a 50,000 word novel (sometimes more) in the span of 30 days. I forget that a lot of my friends in real life aren't writers (or readers, which makes me sad) so when I tell them I can't come out to play because I'm writing a novel, they look at me like I'm absolutely insane. And maybe I am but it has nothing to do with NaNoWriMo.

It shouldn't be that hard right? I mean really, all you have to do is write 1667 words per day and if you stick to that pattern you'll have just over 50K words by the end of the month. 1667 words? Pfft, that's nothing. A lot of people can pump that out in about an hour and be down with it. So if it's so easy then why is it this big project that drains and pushes people to the brink of insanity?