Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy 3 Month Anniversary, Catalyst!

It's hard to believe that Kristin Smith, my critique partner, had a book published 3 months ago today (where does time go?)  Catalyst, a YA dystopian novel, debuted with a fun launch party:




(pictures from Kristin's FB page)


And has some great praise:



It's also been stocked in Barnes & Noble across the country, as shown here by Kristin's husband. He found this copy in Pennsylvania. Other states Catalyst has been sighted in include North Carolina, Kansas, & New York!




So here's to Catalyst, and to the 3 months it's been out in the world. And to Kristin, a talented and wonderful friend: All that chocolate on a plate is for you. ;) (A chocolate cupcake, with fudge in the middle, and fudge-swirled icing, yum









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A fast-paced thrilling adventure, full of danger, romance, and deception—perfect for fans of Veronica Roth's Divergent series or Marie Lu's Legend.

Too pretty.
Too smart.
Too perfect.

In a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu, seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston doesn't fit in. As a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teenagers, all of her imperfections are on display. But after the death of her father, everything she's ever known and loved changes in an instant.

With little skills to help provide for her family, Sienna clings to the two things that come easily—lying and stealing. But not all thief-for-hire assignments go as planned. When a covert exchange of a stolen computer chip is intercepted, she becomes entangled with a corrupt government official who uses her thieving past as leverage, her mother as collateral, and the genetically modified poster boy she's falling for as bait.

In order to rescue her mother, there may only be one option—joining forces with the Fringe, an extremist group, and their young leader who's too hot to be bad. Problem is, these revolutionaries aren't what they seem, and the secrets they're hiding could be more dangerous than Sienna is prepared for. In the end, she must be willing to risk everything to save the one thing that matters most.

Catalyst can be found at AmazonB&N, and many other major retail sites. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Q&A with Brett Jonas




Pizza paired with reading, what could be better?! I was thrilled to discover the A Pizza My Heart anthology, and I'm very excited to have Brett Jonas here today, one of the authors!

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1. If there could only be one High Ruler of all Pizza Toppings, what would it be? 
Any kind of meat. I'm not picky. Bacon, sausage, pepperoni... it's all good.


2. Favorite place in the world to get a slice?
I'm from the particular region of Indiana that thinks that Papa John's is the only place to get pizza. (Their garlic sauce is at least 50% of that line of reasoning, not going to lie. Haha)


3. What was the inspiration behind your short story, Pizzamergency?
My short story involves a girl who's having a gazillion baby goats born in one day, and she hasn't had a chance to eat anything, and her boyfriend brings pizza. Well, I live on a goat farm, and there was a day last spring where we had twenty-one babies born, and I didn't get to eat anything. Now, I didn't have a cute boyfriend bringing me pizza, but my mom brought us tuna fish sandwiches! So I totally drew from real life and modified a few details to turn it into a short story about pizza. :)


4. As a young author starting your career, what are your goals in the next five years?
I would love to get a book published in the next five years. While there's not much that I can do to guarantee that I'll reach my goal, I can try!


5. You're opening a pizza parlor (congratulations!) What would you name it?
I'd probably call it Giovanna's, after my Italian great-great-grandmother, who came over from Italy when she was only eighteen or nineteen. We'd serve our pizza with her signature sauce! 

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Brett Jonas is a writer, reader, Christian, lover of chocolate, and over-user of smiley faces. After being homeschooled her whole life, she’s now taking classes at the local community college and working in her family’s business, Goat Milk Stuff, with her seven younger siblings. In the rare moments when she’s not writing, reading, working, or doing homework, you can find her wasting time on Twitter as @BookSquirt, where she loves making friends and using too many exclamation points.


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And this anthology is at a great deal right now, everyone. Only .99 cents!! Can't beat a buck for a fun weekend read... =)



Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PreOrder Fun!


Eeeep!! My fabulous cp, Beth Ellyn Summer, has a preorder offer for At First Blush that you won't want to miss! For a very reasonable ebook price, you can get one of the above e.l.f. makeup products, plus a cute, signed bookmark. (US only)

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Google Play | Indigo 

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Not sure what At First Blush is all about? Read on! 

Who would have thought that a teenager could have a successful career creating makeup tutorial videos on YouTube? For Lacey Robbins, this dream has been her reality. An up-and-coming YouTuber, she has thousands of fans and can't wait for the day when her subscriber count reaches the one million mark. And when she is offered a high school internship at On Trend Magazine, she figures that this could be the make it or break it moment.

But sometimes your dream job isn't all that it seems. Her editor is only interested in promoting junk products, and her boss in the Hair and Makeup department introduces her to the larger world of makeup artistry, making her wonder if making tutorials online is all she is meant to do. To top it all off, when the magazine's feature subject, musician Tyler Lance, turns his broodingly handsome smile her way, falling for him could mean losing her fans, forcing her to make a decision: her YouTube life or her real life?

Fans of Zoella's
Girl Online will fall right into the world of this YA The Devil Wears Prada and stay hooked from the first blush to the last glossy kiss.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 Resolutions

It's that time of year again. Resolutions! Last year I made some different resolutions (like making a mantel...okaaay, that's not strange, lol!). This year is much more simple and focused.

2017 Resolutions:

1. Finish the book I started writing last year.
2. Revise & polish said book.
3. Query the book (even if the first query I send is on 12.31.17)
4. Exercise more.


Now let's see how I did w/2016's resolutions...


1. Write a book. I almost got to the end of that first draft, so close, but no cigar. 

2. Spruce up our back porch. That did happen. For like a month. Then we remodeled our bathroom, and the back porch became a catch-all for old vanities, wood, paint buckets, etc. My flowers withered & died and sawdust mixed with the weeds. But the new bathroom was worth it!

3. Begin querying this spring. I did, sent around 20 queries and got one full request and a partial.

4. Revise my New Orleans paranormal. Never even got close to starting that revision, and have no idea if I'll ever get to it, honestly.

5. Turn an old headboard into a fireplace mantel. It is still sitting in our shed. The hubs wanted me to get rid of it during big trash pick-up (and oh boy! did I get rid of so much that day? yes.), but I stubbornly held on. There's a bridal shower I want to help host this year, and I think it'll make a neat backdrop. So it's not a resolution, just on the 'to-do' list. Along with five-hundred bajillionty other things. Can I get an amen?

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

I'll Be Back...

Hey all! Just a quick note to say that I'll be gone until after the holidays. I go on vacation the week after Christmas, so I'm looking forward to reading, watching movies, and stuffing my face. (and maybe taking some time to walk on the treadmill, ugh) 

I've just got to get through the rest of this week (don't we all!) and then Sat. night we'll be celebrating at my sister-in-law's house. Sunday we'll wake up and the kidlet will get his stocking and open his presents from us. Then on to Christmas breakfast at the in-laws (my mil makes this fabulous blueberry french toast bake every year) and yet more present opening! 

I hope everyone has a fantastic holiday season, with friends and family near. 

A plaid scarf and a gold deer pin-- that's about as dressed up as it gets. 

Merry Christmas!! 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

First Chapter Reading of VIOLET GRENADE

I always think it's so neat to see/hear authors read their work, and for your enjoyment, here's Victoria Scott reading the first chapter of Violet Grenade, out May 2nd 2017 from Entangled Teen. 




Summary from Goodreads:

DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.

CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.

MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind.

Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.


If Violet Grenade sounds like your kinda book, it's available on NetGalley right now! Go here


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG: Lost Words


The IWSG is a community where writers can share their fears and insecurities about the writing life. To learn more, check out their website here.

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There's no easy way to ease into this, so I'm just gonna do it real quick, like ripping off a Band-aid: I lost my flash drive that had my WiP on it. 

My story, gone. Somewhere out in the cold world, getting rained on and/or crushed by car tires. Or languishing in a store, kicked under a display of hand sanitizers (or maybe Pepperidge Farm cookies, that makes me feel better).
 
Thankfully, I had backed it up in October, and so in total, I've lost 9K words. Initially I thought I'd lost closer to 20K, so there's a silver lining.
 
But it still stinks and I'm still bummed and so mad at myself. I know how I am when I have to rewrite something from scratch that I'd already written. I try so hard to remember exactly how it was before, thus making my already slow writing process somewhere around the speed of a snail (and not the cute speedy snail from Turbo). 

I know I'll get through it though. I can do this! My plan is to write the final scene (I was so close to finishing before The Case of The Lost Flash Drive...*sob*) and set it aside for a few weeks to write a short story. Then I'm going to go back and piece the story together (I wrote most of it out of order) and get it into better shape with a few rounds of revising. After that, I'm hoping I'll be able to approach rewriting the lost material in a better frame of mind. 

That is my strategy anyway, dear friends.
 
And in other, better, cheerier news, my third short story released yesterday, and I have a release day post that you can find here, complete with a video, cookies, and weird plants that took over my bookcase. =D

Lastly, the question of the month: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

I see myself with an agent and with a traditional publishing deal. It's what I've been working towards for a long time now, and I know if I don't give up and put in the work, that I will get there. To quote Henry David Thoreau-- Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. 

And here's to all of us doing just that!