Friday, February 21, 2014

Winter In The Soul Book Cover: Gorgeous!

Winter in the Soul by Jennifer Novotney
Genre: YA Fantasy
In a world divided by power and greed, seventeen-year-old Lilika harbors an intense desire to return to Winter in the Soul, the place her family left to escape the darkness that was manifesting from a coldness of the soul.
When she meets Talon, their connection is evident right from the start, and together they travel through the Black Kingdom to recover Lilika’s stolen locket. And in search of an answer to the mystery behind Winter in the Soul.

Lilika holds the key to stopping the darkness from spreading. The fate of their world lies in her hands. Will she stop the Black Kingdom before its darkness overtakes them all, or will they succumb to the darkness that is spreading across the land?

Author Bio:
Jennifer Novotney was born in Burbank, California and lived in Los Angeles for most of her life until settling in North Eastern Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter. She attended California State University, earning a bachelors degree in journalism, and Northern Arizona University, earning a masters degree in English. After college, she spent several years writing and teaching, including at Pennsylvania State University.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things

Hey beautiful guys and dolls.

I must apologize for being absent lately. My mom has been sick and in the hospital. She finally got to go home, but we've been busy taking care of her. Hopefully, she be back n her feet and better soon. I'd appreciate any thoughts and prayers for her quick healing.

I'm celebrating something I've taken for granted many times before.

1. MY bed.

After sleeping in the chair at the hospital all week, I'm very, very happy to be home and enjoying the comforts of my home.

How about you?
Happy celebrations everyone!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Book Tour With Anaiah Press

After Marianne discovers her bankrupt stepfather sold her into marriage to the highest bidder, she flees Philadelphia and heads west to start a new life.

Unfortunately for her danger follows.  First, a stage coach accident leaves her stranded in the middle of nowhere – with an injured driver. And henchmen, hired by her spurned would-be husband, are hot on her trail, threatening to return her to Philadelphia and the man who is determined to own her.

Just when things seem hopeless, Marianne is rescued by a handsome, cowboy who offers temporary refuge.  Knowing she can’t refuse, yet wary of his intentions, Marianne finds herself drawn to this quiet, enigmatic hero. But is he someone she can trust?

Release Date: July 29, 2014
Author Bio:
Renee Donne is a native Floridian with a penchant for writing books with a western theme. In her head she's a world traveler and an amateur chef. In real life, she's a hometown girl with an affinity for fine wine and good friends. Her favorite place to write is sitting on her veranda, overlooking the beach.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ISWG Feburary Post

Hey all!

I'm sharing this month, with a happy smile on my face. No, no good news as of yet, but for the first time in a long while, I'm not insecure about my writing.

Of course, I still have times when I think I may never be published, but I've learned so much about publishing, writing, and growing as "ME" that I can honestly admit:

I'm happy right where I am.

So many people go through life wishing they had this, or lived here, or was more like someone else, they miss the wonderful life granted them.

Stop wishing for the green grass on the other side of the road and be happy where you are, with who you are!!

What about you, beautiful guys and dolls? How are you feeling this month?
Any good news to share?

Leave a comment, PLEASE!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Writing Craft Workshop: The Authors Voice

Finding Your Voice

Voice in writing is exactly that. It's the sound of your writing. If I could compare voice in the writing craft to music, I'd say it IS the music. It's not the characters. It's not the story line or the plot. It's not even the words.

Voice is the music of your writing.
It's how you play your words to the beat of the music.
It's the rhythm of your craft.
It's the arrangement of your words (syntax) in the story.
It's how you use description and characterization,  and how you use dialogue.
It's uniquely yours.

Just like music, voice can be peppy, smart, snarky, or funny.
It can be slow, moody, melancholy, and soothing.
Music can be rap, or the blues, or country.
Music is also classical, hip hop, rock and roll, even inspirational.

There's so many forms of music, it's hard to count them! Music is played on the piano, drums, guitar, harp, violin. I've heard music played on buckets, upside down cups, glasses turned up, filled with water. Music played by people humming, whistling, and snapping their fingers.

I've barely touched the types and kinds of music!

And so, the comparison is vast.

So many writers try too hard to make a voice for themselves. And it shows in their writing:( They look for something they think an agent will like. They may use dictionaries to copy fancy, little known words to try and make their writing unique. Or they copy authors, sometimes without even trying to to change it, other than the use of names.

Hey, beautiful guys and dolls! this does NOT make unique music! Haven't you ever heard a song before and say to yourself, "Man, that song reminds me of ____!" ???

You don't want to be a copy cat. It kills your voice and ruins your unique voice.

So, how do you find your voice?

First thing to do, is study other writers. Read authors you love, but not just one book or one series. Read them all. And listen to their voice. Some authors write clear, sharp sentences. Some write long, smooth sentences. But they have one thing in common. It flows, no matter what kind of voice is it. It's unique to them and a reader can identify their favorite author because their writing voice is expected and when that author delivers, readers love it.

Next, it's important for you as the author to know your characters. Next weeks workshop will be all about character voice, but I wanted to bring this point up now, during the author's voice class. Because it's important for each character to have a unique voice. I've read books before and every character sounded the same. They were cardboard cutouts and I couldn't tell the difference between one character to the next. Part of the authors voice is to make their characters have voice, too.

Lastly, write yourself. Don't try to write the next best seller. Or the next big movie. Yes, I'm sure many writers would love to see their book on the best seller list, or have their book turned into a Hollywood block buster. But don't write with that thought because it alters your thought pattern and your writing voice. Just write your story, the way you hear the music. Be yourself and write for yourself. That's the best way to FIND YOUR VOICE.

So your assignment is to write a beautiful song. Not the kind you sing. The kind you read.

1. Write a scene that no one will ever read or edit. Just write that secret scene you've always wanted to write, but were afraid to show any one. Write with abandon, no strings attached.

2. Now, re-write the scene, but this time, write write it as if YOU were  someone else. Say a preachers wife, a teen girl, or a movie star. Pick someone you'd like to be or a profession you've always been interested in and write as that person.

3. Lastly, write the scene again, but this this time, write it as if you were a character in your book.

Can you spot the differences in each scene? If not, go back to point 2 and 3, and make them different. Make them YOURS, but make them sing!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Workshop Schedule

Hey beautiful guys and dolls!
It's the story of my life. I'm always a day late and dollar short:) hehe!

But, I do have an abbreviated schedule to post so you can at least know what to expect in the coming weeks during the workshop.

Ready to grab those red pens and edit?

Classes include:

Finding Your Voice as an Author

Getting the Mc's Voice in Dialogue

Creating a Setting That Transports the Reader to You World

Writing Characters with Great Backstories (without the backstory.)

Each of the classes will be "how to" and "hands on" and I hope they will inspire and encourage writers.

I look forward to tomorrow's class!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Late Schedule: posted Monday

Hey all! Quick post to apologize for missing the workshop schedule on the 31st. Funny story, but terrible at the same time. And crazy stupid, too.

To make a long story short, I FORGOT MY COMPUTER in a hotel room:(
Yes, I called them.
Yes, they are holding it for me. ( Thank God no one stole it!)

So, the schedule will be posted Monday, followed by the first workshop.

Everything was on my computer. Times, classes, lessons. Everything. Sorry I couldn't post without my information:(

Yes, I do need a hug.
Have a great Sunday, beautiful guys and dolls.

Insecure Writer's Support Group

I've rejoined the IWSG (Insecure Writer's Support Group, and I'm super excited to be back. I missed the post for July, but will...