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!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

2017 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide Release Day!




(I never realized how much I say SO & UM!!) 




Sugar Cookies & Chocolate Crinkles








Kirkus Review:

A diverse collection of futuristic stories set within contemporary emotional landscapes, tailor-made for millennials.

Each author offers a distinct vision of what life may be like for teens of the future, from life on Mars to living with robots and having aliens for best friends. Authors interweave these plots with delicate true-to-life situations including coping with the divorce of one’s parents and losing a parent, themes that let readers know that with all of the wonder and possibility that future technology might bring, parents that live on Mars still get divorced, and human beings still die of cancer. Dianna Sanchez presents the story of a young Latina born into an agrarian Martian family who visits her extended relatives on drought-ridden Earth for the first time. Mike Barretta imagines a high school biology project that genetically modifies a live chicken egg into a dragon. Adding a dash of humor, R.W.W. Greene brilliantly depicts what a space-age timeout might look like. Other authors include Nancy Kress, Zach Shephard, Deborah Walker, Eric Choi, and Leandra Wallace, and more. This collection of short science fiction is an ideal entrĂ©e to the genre for neophytes, as it’s not laden with heavy doses of technological jargon or larded with dystopian violence.

Offering just the right amount of imagination, humor, and contemporary nuances to engage young readers, this is a must-have in science-fiction collections serving middle graders and teens.

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | Smashwords

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Kirkus Review & Cart Update


I'm excited that the 2017 Young Explorer's Adventure Guide got a really great review from Kirkus! Here's the closing of the review:

"Offering just the right amount of imagination, humor, and contemporary nuances to engage young readers, this is a must-have in science-fiction collections serving middle graders and teens." 
 
I'm also pretty pumped that my name was mentioned, that gave me a nice glow in the heart region. =) You can find the full review here. And if you'd consider adding the 2017 YEAG to read on Goodreads, then I'd super love that! 
 
As for those of you curious about how the cart turned out from my last life update, it turned out great! I was able to put it together w/minimal frustration, and it's really sturdy. Gotta love Wal-Mart sometimes (just not when I'm grocery shopping, ugh).