Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Awesome Surprise from Authors Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver

With the release date of CREED rapidly approaching, Lindsay and I have been fielding questions about what our co-authored voice sounds like,  how psychologically twisted our collective mind is, and do I need to read all of your co-authored pieces with the lights on?

Rather than simply answer those questions, we thought we’d take it one step further and actually show you! We toyed with writing a prequel-type novella to set the stage for CREED, but you know us…why write a novella to CREED when you can give them  entirely different book to enjoy!

After much discussion with our agents and an enthusiastic ‘go for it’ from our publisher, we have decided to utilize Wattpad to give the world a sneak peek at what they can expect from our co-authored voice. So here it is, a new, psychologically twisted, co-authored YA Thriller.

“The darkness would’ve scared me years ago, but not anymore—if you couldn’t see it, then you didn’t know it was there to be afraid of.”
~Jake Holloway, SILO

Starting today, we will be sharing a chapter a week of our co-authored book, SILO, on Wattpad for the world to enjoy, hate, question our sanity, run screaming from… The last chapter of the book will drop the week of November 8th, the same week CREED releases!

So, go forth and be appropriately frightened as you realize just what our twisted minds of capable of.  Spread the word, leave a comment on Wattpad or simply enjoy the book in the dark confines of your own home.

Link to SILO on Wattpad:

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent dog.  Her co-authored, YA Psychological Horror drops November 8, 2014 from FLUX.  Her solo YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, releases April, 28th 2015 from FSG/ Macmillan

Lindsay lives in Chicago, Illinois with one incredibly patient hubby, three amazing kids and one adorable, but irreverent Bullmastiff named Sam. She graduated from Knox College in the heart of the Midwest and has been writing for as long as she can remember.

Today, Lindsay is an author, as well as a freelance editor for young adult, new adult and middle grade fiction.  She is a proud member of SCBWI, The YA Scream Queens and OneFourKidLit 

Friday, June 6, 2014

Celebrate the Small Things *smiley face*

Yes! So happy it's Friday, and so happy to celebrate! In a world where it can be so dark and depressing, we all need little things that keep us a float and puts a smile on our face.

Today, I celebrate:

1.  Air conditioning when it's hot.
2. Swimming pools in the summer.
3. A washing machine that works:)
4. Family night.


5. YOU! If it wasn't for your faithful visits to my blog, I would have given up so long ago. I can count of certain ones who I know, without a doubt, will stop by my blog, offer a hug and smile, along with words of encouragement. And really, I don't even know you, never met you. But I do appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness and I want to say...

Thank you.


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IWSG June 2014: One Day Soon

I don't remember how long it's been since I've been a part of this group. I guess I could go back through my archives and look up the first month I posted. But, it may be depressing to see how long I've been putting on a brave smile and pretending I've got my feelings in subjection.

Let's face it. It's super hard, month after month, to post on IWSG, talking about how I know "one day soon" will come. I've watched countless friends post their book deals and agent news. Some I met AFTER I started my publishing journey.

And here I am. Still behind the starting line, wishing and hoping my dream will come day "one day soon."

I'll admit. I'm not sure sure how long I can keep holding on to one day soon.
It's getting embarrassing.
I'm losing my grip.
I don't think it's going to happen anytime soon.

Please visit a few of the others in our group. I'm sure they can all use some smiles and hugs.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Just Sing Book Blog Party!!!

Interview with author of Just Sing 
René Gilley

1.     Tell me about your writing process. 
Just Sing was my first book and I did a rough outline and then starting writing. About a third of the way through I realized I needed some structure. Around that same time, I went to the San Diego State Writer’s Conference and in the workshops there, I got a few good plot tools. After I finished my first draft, I took an intense editing course and that’s when I discovered the wonderment of a beat sheet. A beat sheet and a pre-writing checklist are now my go to items for writing. It can be a bit of work up front, but it’s worth it since it’s like a road map for my books. With that said, I do have some punster tendencies when I write so I give myself the artistic license to go back and revise my beat sheet as things come to me while I’m writing.

2.     How do you get involved or immersed in your story world?
This may make me sound like a loon, but I seriously think of my story and my characters so much they’re like imaginary friends. I think my character development is one of my strengths and I would consider my stories very character driven. I actually write back-story for my characters and if someone asks, I can give them my character’s full history. When I wrote Just Sing, I had these characters in mind and I build a world for them, so I’d say I start with strong likable characters and build from there.

3.     What inspired you to write "Just Sing?" 
I had these characters and built a world for them. Just Sing is a combination of several facets of my life. It’s set in California, which I lived in my whole life--half the time in Northern California and half the time in Southern California. I currently live in LA and have known some people who have had the dream to be a singer and I actually used to do finances for a Hollywood studio. Lastly, I grew up in a small town and pulled that small town/ranch feel into my story. You mix all of that up and poof, my characters, Lily and Aiden, had a playground.

4.     Would you share with me about your publication journey?
I know every aspiring author hears it every day, but I cannot stress it enough. Never give up. If your current story doesn’t get you a book deal or an agent or you feel isn’t good enough to self-publishing, then shelve it and move on. I shelved Just Sing once and now it’s getting published. Also, I think that everyone has a different path, and everyone has to figure out if their path is right for them. Just make sure you’re okay with that decision. If you want an agent and that’s your goal, keep trying, if not with your current book then write another one. You can always come back to that book. If you want to self-pub, that’s great, but make sure you don’t regret your decision. One of my critique partners always tells me that you only get one debut, make sure it’s the one you want as your first impression with your readers.

5.     And lastly, are you working on any new ideas? What are your future plans?

I am one of those people that has more ideas than time. But next on my plate is a new adult contemporary. I think it’s an original storyline and I’m hoping to share it with the world soon. Also, I’m working on the next book after Just Sing, it’s called Going Home.

Connect With René Gilley

Just Sing
Book One
of the
Seven Oaks Series
René Gilley
“Follow you dreams, follow your heart, love your family and Just Sing."

Release Date: 5th June 2014
Genre: Young Adult/Performing Arts/Music
Published by: The Writers Coffee Shop
Available from: AmazonKoboBarnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

Sixteen-year-old Lily O’Brien has one goal in life—to sing. Her dream is to get into a top notch college vocal program, but the summer before her junior year, her high school cuts their awarding-winning vocal ensemble. She might as well kiss her dreams goodbye.
When the snobby new neighbors move into their mansion up the hill, Lily is positive summer can’t get any worse, and she’s determined to hate and ignore them—until she meets Aiden.
He’s broken and beautiful, and they become reluctant friends. Through her newfound friendship, she finds the strength to step outside the comfort of her plan and follow her dream.
But when Lily’s family is about to lose their home, she puts her wishes aside and finds the answer to save their generations-old ranch in the last place she expected.

Author Bio: 

By day, René Gilley works as a portfolio manager for a Fortune 50 company, but her nights and weekends are spent writing young adult and new adult romance books. Her brain never shuts off—always dreaming up new situations her characters can get into. 
Her California home is often the backdrop for her books. Her debut novel, Just Sing of the SEVEN OAKS SERIES, was years in the making. Like her character, René seeing Just Sing being published is a dream come true.
She’s a wife, mother to two beautiful daughters, and four dogs. She’s proud to be a triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) survivor and believes in giving back through book profits to charities that support breast cancer. 

Connect with René Gilley on: 
Facebook, TwitterWebsite and Goodreads
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Just Sing evolves mostly around Lily’s struggle with her family, the reality of her dreams, and her first relationship issues with the neighbors’ son Aiden. Honestly Lily is a truly amazing... She is strong-willed and her loyalty and love for her family is admirable. -Between Dreams and Reality Blog

With the popularity of shows like American Idol and The Voice, Gilley's Just Sing promises to bring high engagement to any YA reader who dreams of the stage, lives the stage, or enjoys the stage as a spectator... -Fictionally Yours Blog

Just Sing was a complete and pleasant surprise. There's not many YA novels out there that can capture my heart and soul wholly. And this book is definitely one of them. -Goodreads Review

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