Monday, August 29, 2016

Beneath the Void (Fighting Chance #2) by Elisa Dane book review, excerpt, and giveaway

Hey y'all! Hope you had a great August! I'm personally SOOOO ready for the fall, so I am welcoming September (although it's not going to cool off in Middle TN until at least October, but oh well...). Call me a Basic White Girl, but I love fall, because it's the promise of so many things for me, energy-wise. I'm taking my test for my new job's license today, so wish me luck and good energy! Ack!

If you can  tell by this book cover that premiered on my blog about a month ago, my friend Elisa Dane has a new book coming out in her Fighting Chance series, Beneath the Void, and TODAY'S THE DAY! I got the opportunity to read an advanced copy and this my review beneath the link below. There's also a cool excerpt and a giveaway! I hope you all enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Blog Tour and Giveaway! Derailed (The Obscured Series) by C.M. Boers

Sorry I've been missing for a few weeks, I'm passing a test for a license, and it's taking up ALL MY TIME (Oh. My. GOSH!). Hopefully, I will pass soon and I will be able to rock this out. I've got some good news of my own, coming out soon, that I can't wait to share. SOON, my pretties!

As for today... New book tour from YA Book Tours! The last book in the Obscured series by C.M. Boers is out and ready to read and buy! I got my copy (rock ON!! Awesome, right?) I hope you enjoy it. It's under the cut below!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Beneath the Void Cover Reveal and giveaway!


Hello, Readers! I'm so excited to be a part of this cover reveal, because this is a dear friend's next book! The Fighting Chance series is so important to bring up awareness about gun violence in our society, and especially in our schools, so I was so thrilled to be a part of In the After as a beta reader and supporter (I was even in the acknowledgments! :D).  So, the sequel to In the After is coming up soon, and I can't wait to share it with you!
Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Beneath the Void by Elisa Dane
presented by Swoon Romance!
Be on the look out for this upcoming book, and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post below the break!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Dark Dreams and Dead Things Tour, Review, and Giveaway!

Hey everybody! I've got some exciting news regarding my book this week (soon to come) but for now, I'm posting a review of Martina McAtee's Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things in honor of the release of the sequel, Dark Dream and Dead Things. And, there's a nifty giveaway, too!

Review below:

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Black Five by J. Lynn Bailey Blog Tour! (And Giveaway!)

Just got a copy of Black Five by J. Lynn Bailey, and it's now on my TBR list! It looks really spooky and I can't wait to read it. Here's more on it beneath the link!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ghostwriting Revealed!

So, the big Ghostwriting Secret Project? It's the Fredia Gibbs Story: Meet the Most Dangerous Woman in the World, and I've worked on it!

See that? It's my name at the bottom! I am so excited about this project, I'm now on Amazon! This is a big day for me, and I really hope you want to read it on ebook when it comes out on June 30th. It's currently available for preorder!

I also got a new trilogy offer to ghostwrite some Regency Romances. I feel like I'm growing as a writer, and it's going to help me towards publishing my own first book and starting a career in writing! This is wonderful news, since I am losing my day job to outsourcing on June 30th. I still have my second job, and I have my ghostwriting and my novels I'm working on.

This has been a scary time, but an exciting one as well. I feel like I'm being pushed to grow and change. It's terrifying, but cool. I really hope this is a transition to a lot of success in my life as a writer, so wish me luck on this endeavor!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Rough Choices Being for the Best I Can Be

While writing Home, it felt like I was just writing something a muse was whispering my ear. It didn't feel 100% like my own story, but it is.
When I finally found a press that would publish me, I was elated. At the time, I had no professionally published credits to my name. I had no real experience. I was still learning, as one ought to do in writing.
Recently, I sent a new draft in with a little expansion of the story, and I waited, and a week and half later, he responded to me with an email telling me I was good writer and storyteller, but he wanted to know if I just wanted to get this story out with a lovely surface-edit or did I want to make it a great story with a difficult, harsh edit?
As someone who's been writing most of my life (since age nine) and suffers from debilitating perfectionism, I want nothing more to be a great writer. I know that my book is going to down in the Library of Congress forever and it would forever be a mark of what kind of person I was and what I believed in.

So, I chose the tougher route. It meant it would take longer to edit, and it would take longer to polish. Yeah, it stinks that I have to wait for my first novel to come out. But, I've been writing for twenty-seven years, a few more months aren't going to kill me. I know better than to write for the money, which would have pushed me into the soft edit. Will there be mistakes in the manuscript? Maybe. Will there be things I regret later about the book? Maybe. But I don't want to go ahead and rush-publish without getting the most of those taken care of as possible.
Personally, I hate it when I read books that start out a series so wonderfully, and then they go to seed later on.  Most of the time, this is because authors start on Level 2 or Level 3 editing, which is you either do the edits you signed the contract for, or you don't get published and you have to give back any advance money. But after a few hit books, some authors get put on Level 1 editing, which is basically, "Hey, you're a cash cow, we just want you to get the book out under OUR publishing house because we know your name will make money. You don't have to listen to the editors, but we'll give you an edit anyway." It basically when publishers get nervous that their hit writers will run to another press that offers more money (oh, I wish I got that!).
I don't know if my writing career is going to take off. I don't know if I'll be a hit writer. I learned the hard way: don't write for the money. This industry is absolutely difficult to succeed in, just as difficult as the acting or the music industry (both of which, I've had a taste of). You're lucky if you make super-loyal fans (and I hope one day I can say that). I personally fear that I'd be selling out (if by luck, I had some success and got on Level 1 editing) if I said, "Hey, no big deal, I have the option to not to accept this edit, or that one, or THAT one!" and put out something less than my best.
I fear that ego. I don't ever want that ego. Please slap me if I ever brag about taking the easy way out instead of the hard way.
So, Home might be out in the fall or winter of 2016. Maybe in early 2017. But I damn sure am going to try to present my best for all of you.