Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here You Have It - My New Year's Resolutions

I don’t typically set New Years resolutions since I know I’ll forget what they are within a few days. But this year, I’m going to try harder (maybe that should be my first resolution - to remember what my resolutions are). So, because I want 2014 to be “my” year and finally make something of myself, I give you the goals I want all y’all to badger me about accomplishing.

1) Exercise more. Not to lose weight, but to gain a little more muscle mass, actually have some strength to me. At one point in high school I was rockin' the muscle, even maxing out benching at 125 (top bencher of my weight class, baby). Alas, I had to drop out of the team due to knee and wrist issues (don’t want to be doing squats with a bum knee that gives out for no damn reason at all), and then I got sick and lost all my muscle, since it was all I had left halfway through recovery.

And now? I really, really hate working out. It is the worst thing ever. EVER.

But, I do enjoy yoga. Not the peaceful, calming yoga. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I like the Jillian Michaels yoga DVD. I haven’t done it in a while and I’m absolutely terrible at it, but it is kinda fun. Plus, bonus, I can watch the DVD on my laptop as a guide AND still get to watch TV. Laziness combined with exercise!
 

2) Be successful with my books and editing services. I don't have set parameters for what defines that success, just a point where I can feel like I can say I've done a good job. I work hard and love what I do, but I want to do better, be better. I can always grow as a writer and editor, whether by branching out of my comfort zone, meeting new authors, taking chances with my career, etc. There are so many opportunities opening up to me in 2014, and I can’t wait to take advantage of them.

 
3) Be happy with what successes I do earn. I have high expectations for myself and often set unrealistic goals, so it can be hard for me to be happy where I am. My mind is never still and is always reeling with ideas and plans and thoughts of “you need to do this or that to be better than what you are.” I need to improve at accepting small successes as they happen rather than telling myself that it's nothing worth commending and that I can and should be rising above the highest of expectations.


4) Get better at writing things down. My memory is shit unless it's a book I'm writing/editing. Call you later? Sure thing! Email you some pics from last weekend’s get-together? Of course! Take a shower? Pretty sure I did that last night …

Point being, my mind is so consumed with what I’m writing and which book I’m editing that literally everything else falls by the wayside. And that needs to stop. I need to organize my days better and be able to remember the little details. The first step to this is likely to better organize my house. It’s no secret that I have A LOT of stuff. I love clutter. Big, open spaces freak me out. So, I surround myself with stuff. Fluffy couch blankets, candles, knickknacks, kittens … and all the things on my to-do list seem to mix and mingle with the stuff until it’s all but forgotten.

But, no more! In 2014, I shall become The Rememberer of Things.
 

5) Take more time for myself. All I do is work and it's getting to be too much. Work all day in an office, come home and edit until 11 or midnight, write on the weekends. Free time has become a thing of the past. In a way, I hate to complain because I do it by choice. I want to work and I want to be successful. But, not at the expense of my life.

I need to take time away just for me, and just for me and my husband. Even if it’s just dinner and a movie or a Breaking Bad marathon, time away from work must be made. Neither one of us are good at not working, but we’ll find a way.

 
So, there you have it. My resolutions that I may or may not remember. Hey, at least I have a blog post to remind me! Happy New Year!

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Monday, December 23, 2013

"The Never" has a new look!

I've been bad about posting lately, so I'm happy to be back with an awesome book cover to show y'all!

The Never has a brand-new look, bringing viewers a touch of fantasy and mystery while adding in a few special touches that allude to what you'll enjoy amongst the pages. Those of you who have read The Never, I'm sure you'll see what I'm talking about :).

Check out the new cover below, which was designed by the ever-talented Sharp Cover Design.

Monday, November 25, 2013

"Broken Pieces" cover reveal for Dawn Pendleton!



Today we share a cover reveal for author Dawn Pendleton's third and final book in her BROKEN series, Broken Pieces.

Also, the second book in the series, Broken Dreams has a new look! Check it out below! Make sure to leave a comment with your thoughts on the new covers.

(My note - this is my favorite cover of the series! It is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to read the book. I've read the other two in the Broken series and they are fantastic.)



It’s been a rough year for Gabby Peterman. Her best friend’s dad died six months ago, her other best friend has leukemia and isn’t doing well, and her marriage? After three years, it’s more of a joke than a relationship. Despite all the odds, she’s managed to stay strong for the people around her, supporting them through all their trials. But when death strikes again and one of her closest friends disappears, Gabby loses it.

On the verge of a mental breakdown himself, Wolfe Landon will do anything to win Gabby over. But first, he’s going to prove to her just how much he cares and loves her, because losing her will rip out his heart and soul.




Release Date: December 24, 2013








Broken Dreams has a NEW cover!


Rainey Daniels has been keeping a secret since she left her hometown, three years ago. The death of a friend’s father, though, has her questioning whether or not running away from her past is what’s best for her future. Add sexy Chris Baker in the mix and she’s even more unsure. After all, life is short.

Baker is an all-around good guy with a great sense of humor struggling to keep his new bar afloat. And he always thought Rainey was hot, even when she carried a few extra pounds in high school. Hell, he thinks she’s too skinny now. He knows she’s hiding something, too, but when he pushes the issue, she pushes him away. He tries not to care; she only wants a summer fling, right? But when her life is threatened, he realizes he may just be in love with her… and then he learns her secret.

Can they find love together before it’s too late?


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Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Celebration of Writing

I've been busy this past week, and I'm exited to share my fun with you!

Thursday, November 14th, a group of authors and I spent the day at Silver Sands Middle School, chatting with students about writing, reading, publishing, and all sorts of questions they came up with. With such a wide range of authors, the kids had the chance to get a lot of insider knowledge on writing as well as share their own stories and receive tips on ways to continue their publishing dreams.

The panel setup
This is the second year we spoke at Silver Sands, and this year was an even bigger success. More students, more questions, and lots of excited chatter at the bus stop as students showed off autographs and books to their friends. I believe the group's collective favorite response from a student was after author Carol Kunz mentioned having to be the remote control for her parents back in the day, and said student asked, "Was that back in 1999?" :0

My favorite was when a boy asked what inspired us to write, and what book we were most proud of writing. So insightful!

Anyway, check out some photos below!




A sign the kids made

Reading Rules!



Chatting with the students

Addressing the students



Carol Kunz

Ben Hale

Sarah Ross

Raine Thomas

Tawdra Kandle
(Not pictured with their books - Tiffany King and Heather Allen. I don't know how I missed you two!)



All dressed up

That was our group Silver Sands adventure. The following Saturday, November 16th, I took the stage all by my lonesome at a writer's conference in Daytona Beach.

I, along with a great lineup of other authors, spoke to an audience about our writing and publishing journey. The mission - to give our secrets of success, share what we learned of our mistakes, and offer advice on how to both publish and sell.




Sounds easy, right? Sure, until you realize you have to get up on stage and talk in front of a full audience. Like this:

Standing on stage the day before

About an hour before showtime

I kept my cool throughout the day, until I had to go backstage and await my turn. Which looked like this:

Waiting in the wings
Nervous face :)
The scrapped notes
It ended up working out well. Of course, I got up on stage and completely lost my train of thought before I ever spoke the first word, so I scrapped all my notes and decided to just wing it. That's what usually happens, so I should have planned that from the beginning. I spoke for 20 minutes or so, then answered questions until my half hour was up.

The interesting thing about the whole day? There were a lot of older writers in the crowd, even writers up in their 80s. Some had been published before, but many were just starting their writing journey. After the event, I had a few of them approach me and ask if they could email me with more specific questions, because out of all the speakers (and I was certainly the youngest), I seemed the most aware of today's self-publishing industry, including getting on blogs and how to sell, especially ebooks. So, I got a bit of an ego boost there :).

But overall, it was great seeing such a broad range of writers. Hopefully I helped some of them out along their publishing path.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Cover Reveal for Christie Rich!


I'm excited to bring you the cover re-reveal for author Christie Rich and her Young Adult series, Elemental Enmity!  These books are all released and available for sale, so be sure to pick up a copy today, especially since Five, the first book, is available for FREE!

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About the Elemental Enmity Series:
Rayla Tate is an ordinary girl who wants a bit of freedom from her controlling aunt. When she leaves her hometown, the one place that could have protected her from the fae, to pursue her dreams in the art world, she discovers a new life full of adventure, just not what she expected.

When the world of the fae comes chasing after her, Rayla must learn what her role is in the age old battle for dominance between human and fae. The two worlds collide, bringing her step by step closer to her true destiny and the foe of a lifetime.

True evil rests in the shadows and will do anything to steal Rayla’s power. She must fight for her freedom and those she loves, both fae and human. Will Rayla overcome the odds and free a people enslaved by darkness, or will she find her world plunged into an unimaginable abyss of destruction?

Elemental Enmity is a story about free will, power, love, lust, overcoming inner and outer demons, and the ultimate battle of good versus evil that exists inside each of us. True power comes from within, a lesson, like all of us, Rayla must learn.

Join Rayla on a journey of a lifetime and discover what it means to be truly in love. Five, Elemental Enmity, Book One is FREE on all major e-retailers. I hope you’ll pick up a copy and enjoy a read on me!



About the author:

I grew up daydreaming about fairytales, and my love for discovering new worlds has never died. I am not one of those writers who always knew I would write. I thought that was what other people did until one day, a few years ago, I took a challenge from a friend and typed my first words. My journey has been wonderful, and I cannot imagine a day where I would ever give up writing. My love for reading is what fueled my imagination in the first place and still does. When I am not writing or reading, I enjoy family time with my husband and two children. My family and I live in a quiet community in Northern Utah, and I am so thankful for the rich life I have been blessed with.
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Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Superhero Scavenger Hunt

Today, as part of the release of Supernova, I've been asked to share my superhero alter ego. Now, normally that's the kind of thing one should keep under lock and key, but since Elizabeth asked so nicely, I've decided to share my secret identity.

To my people, to those who know not to fear me and have given me a name, I am known as Udayvladv Aisv - the Shadow Walker. To the others, the ones who fear my power, I am known only by what I am - Necromancer.

My gifts have transformed since I first discovered what - who - I am. They began with the ability to speak to the dead, to hear their whispers and understand their calls. Then I realized my ability to shift into their world, traveling the shadows of light and life and crossing over into the spirit realm. And then the greatest realization of them all: the magic within me to reverse death itself.

My power comes with a great price, as they all do. But that curse is my own burden to bear. Instead I will share with you a bit of my world, and what I see in between realms.

A walk between realms, traversing the shadows.

Searching for the souls who speak to me. 

Rough waters in a realm without mercy.
 
Reaching within the body to the soul within.

Releasing the power within, restoring life from death.


Now that you know all about me, check out the superheroes in Supernova.


Blurb:

On Cleo’s first day at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Academy, things get pretty weird pretty fast. After being confronted by a strangely hostile boy, she meets two girls and instantly bonds with them. Before long danger threatens the entire student body, in the form of a soul eating possessor fae. When her brother is savagely beaten and left in a coma, the girls decide to use their fae powers to become superheroes and stop the possessions.


They quickly learn things are a lot more complicated than they had ever imagined. A government plot that had begun when they were infants endangers them all, and a demented former soldier bent on revenge is after them. The line between friend and foe has become so blurry, Cleo has no idea who she can trust. Will their superhero plot help them save the day, or just get them killed?



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About the Author:



Elizabeth has a near crippling Facebook addiction, dwarfed only by her need for Dr. Pepper. A self-proclaimed techno geek, she loves cell phones, computers, tablets and all things technological. The internet has to be the greatest invention since the wheel, in her opinion. She lives in a quiet subdivision with her husband, one-year-old son, three cats, and far too many electronics. It’s quite possible she has some raccoon in her DNA, because she loves glitter and anything that sparkles. She enjoys making jewelry and costumes. Halloween is her favorite holiday since it’s the one day of the year that you can be whatever you want. But her first love will always be writing. Otherwise, hearing voices in her head would make her feel schizophrenic.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

It's a Birthday Celebration Giveaway!

Everyone loves free stuff - and now is your chance to win! To celebrate my birthday, I'm saying thanks and giving back to fans who have made this past year truly incredible.

Every one of you has helped me live my dreams, whether you've read one of my books, requested editing services, or simply believed in everything I seek to achieve. And now, it's my turn to show my appreciation.

So, let's get to that giveaway!

There are TWO chances to win - two prize packs for two lucky winners. The contest will run from October 1st through October 12th (my birthday!), giving you 12 days to enter and several opportunities to earn entries.

But that's not all! In addition to the giveaway, my novel The Never will also be FREE for the Kindle from October 4th to October 8th! Be sure to check out The Never on Amazon on those days!

So, what's up for grabs?

PRIZE PACK 1

Signed Copy of The Helping Hands
Signed Copy of The Iron Fist (First Edition)
Signed Copy of Beyond the Western Sun
Signed Copy of The Sour Orange Derby
Whisper Legacy Notebook
Whisper Legacy Coozie
Dreamcatcher Keychain
Beyond the Western Sun Coffee Mug
The Sour Orange Derby Coffee Mug
The Sour Orange Derby Keychain
Red Road Editing Pen






PRIZE PACK 2

Signed Copy of The Helping Hands
Signed Copy of The Iron Fist (First Edition)
Signed Copy of The Sour Orange Derby
Whisper Legacy Stress Ball
Beyond the Western Sun Coffee Mug
The Sour Orange Derby Coffee Mug
The Sour Orange Derby Keychain
Red Road Editing Pen







Some Giveaway Rules:
1) The contest will run only from October 1st (12AM) to October 12th (11:59PM). No entries will be accepted before or after those times.

2) Two winners will be selected at random via rafflecopter within the next two days after the contest ends (October 13th to 14th).

3) Winners will be announced on my author Facebook page, found here (so don't forget to "like" the page for an entry!). Winners will have 72 hours to contact me (via email or FB message) with their address/contact information, or new winners will be selected.

4) There will be no substitutions in prize packs.

5) Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only. 

**Please note, this giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way. I am fully responsible for this giveaway and it is not sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook. By participating in this giveaway, you are also agreeing to release Facebook of any responsibilities to it.**

And Now, for Your Chance to Enter!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Celebrating Diversity in September

Welcome to the fourth giveaway of Celebrating Diversity in September.

Today's author is Kristina Circelli she is giving away 
A paperback copy of Beyond the Western Sun and its sequel, Walk the Red Road; a Native American dreamcatcher keychain!!

What an amazing giveaway!!




 Visit her book's page to read more about this book!
To enter:
  1. Follow Michelle Browne on her Facebook Page.
  2. Leave the message, "thank you for the diversity giveaway" on her wall.
  3. Comment here that you have done both and what # "like" you were.
  4. Contest ends 8PM EST on Thursday (9/19/2013).
That's it! Follow all entries because all entries will be checked!
Best of luck and hope you enjoy discovering this author and read!

Cover Reveal for "A Zebra Like Me" by Amy Jones

Thanks so much, Kristina/An Awfully Big Adventure, for hosting me today. I'm excited to announce that I have a new YA book coming out this winter! It's a stand alone YA contemporary entitled, A Zebra Like Me. It's my first stab at contemporary and the subject matter hits close to home so I am more than a little nervous about it. 

The cover art is by Kelsey Keeton of KKeeton Designs and it is gorgeous but you don't have to take my word for it, see for yourself! 


Here's the blurb on the back of the cover.

Maybelle Dawson longs for normalcy and belonging. Often misunderstood, she struggles with a rare disorder, labeling her a Medical Zebra.

Maybelle’s happiness and well-being threaten to slip through her fingers as she battles to take control of her life. She faces a never-ending battle on her journey to find love, courage and friendship in a world lacking acceptance.

With the guidance of her guardian angel, Maybelle finds her way out of emotional and physical isolation to discover lasting love and amazing friendships.


A Zebra Like Me is the story of one teenager’s battle with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder affecting one in five thousand people. 

Sneak Peak - Here's a glimpse into Maybelle's world in pre-edited form. Please forgive my typos. It will be edited professionally prior to publication.


Maybelle

I sat on the soft, green grass staring out at the lake behind my house. The breeze was cool and soothing against my sun kissed skin. Tomorrow is the first day of school. A sour feeling invades my stomach. I barely passed last year. The pressure of my reality is consuming. Now, in the waning heat of August, after a summer filled with rest and relaxation, it’s easy to pretend this year will be better, but I know the truth. Soon, a daily routine of torture will overwhelm me. Pain-filled days spent trudging up and down concrete floors and flights of stares. Agonizing hours of stillness trapped in the unforgiving frames of wooden desks. Neck-breaking, never ending minutes straining to see what my teacher wrote on the board and overhead projector. And, the paralyzing stress of knowing it’s getting worse and I can’t handle it. I feel helpless and defeated and have yet to step through the school’s front doors.
            “I’m a zebra. No one understands me.” I whisper to myself.
            I take a deep breath as the air stirs. My focus is distracted by a shimmering glint of light. A silvery, white slip of paper floats down from the clear, blue sky. I stretch out my open palm and clasp my fingers around it. It’s folded neatly into quadrants. I unfold the square of paper to find out what is written inside.
            You’re not alone, Maybelle.
            I search the empty space around me and find nothing out of place. Everything is the same. My grandmother’s ferns dangle from their baskets on the back porch. The heavy, faded wooden rocking chairs are still, immune to the feeble breeze. The vegetable garden and the locked shed beyond it are undisturbed. An occasional boater drifts by on the lake but otherwise all is quiet. I am alone.
I reach for my backpack and retrieve my make-shift diary, a simple spiral-bound notebook. I tear out a piece of paper.
“Prove it.” I say the words as I scrawl them onto the slip of paper, fold it into a square, and toss it toward the heavens.

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'Fade into the Woodwork' Is Available for Purchase!

Join author Kristina Circelli today in the release of her new book, Fade into the Woodwork! This nail-biting novella is now available on the Kindle and Nook, as well as in paperback! Follow the links to purchase a copy today.

Also check out Promotional Book Tours for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card to celebrate the release of Fade into the Woodwork!


Synopsis:

Abducted in broad daylight, locked away in a basement cage, starved for food and light - how would you escape your prison?

Valentina Murdoch finds herself asking that same question after she is attacked and kidnapped one ordinary morning. Brought to a secluded hideaway in the middle of the woods to await her fate at the hands of "the boss," she has but days to survive.

Utilizing her love of action movies to create a plan, Valentina plots her escape while battling a crippling fear of the dark - for the dark is where her childhood nightmare lurks, waiting for her one moment of weakness. But as the clock winds down and her husband's search for her threatens his own life, Valentina realizes that her true fight lies within herself.

Will she have the strength to survive, or will the dark - and all the figures that haunt it - finally win?


Meet the Author:

Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric - Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby.

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients.

She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.




Connect with Kristina:

Email - Kristina@circelli.info

Twitter: @KCircelli