The Heart – Volume Two has just been released and can be found on Amazon. w00t! I have two more volumes planned for release over the next few weeks — The Funny and The Horror. Go to my fan page on Facebook and vote for which volume you’d like to see released first. So far, The Funny is winning — consider this a once in a lifetime chance to tell me what to do. Heh.
I love book readers. I mean, I really, really love book readers. And when those book readers take the time out to not only read my book, but take extra time out to write up a review, my love turns to adoration. Many thanks to Maria Violante for this review of Athena’s Promise.
Book reviewers, word-of-mouth, sharing links — we indies could not do anything without our readers. I really appreciate every single Tweet, link, like, share, and review. Thank you all!
Now, here are some personal recommendations if you’re looking for some great material to read:
Patti Larsen’s first novel in the Hayle Coven series is FREE today! Go download a copy of Family Magic and meet Sydlynn Hayle. She’s a riot.
The much anticipated sequel to Lovers and Beloveds has been released — MeiLin Miranda’sSon in Sorrow is now available not only on Amazon but also at MeiLin’s website, released in a serial format. Excellent reading — she will blow your little brain. She did mine.
If you’re looking for well-written erotica, you can do no better than Fall Into Winter by Eden Baylee. What’s even more exciting is I have it on good authority she’s preparing a second volume for release in the next couple of months. Stay tuned!
Some of us aren’t missing the Walking Dead, and that’s due in large part to stories like Monsters Unmasked by Lori Whitwam. Fabulous story, set in the universe created by Joshua Guess, Lori shows us a dark and chilling perspective of how something like a zombie apocalypse brings out the worst (and best!) of people. Great read.
Finally, if you are a fan of The Hunger Games, you can’t miss Marooned. P.J. Druce has created an amazing protagonist in Punk Jordan and a story to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.
That’s enough to keep you busy for a while, huh? Happy reading!
It’s been way too long since I did a Link Loving post, and I have a lot to share. Hey, even accomplished Premier Lady Ranters (a nickname bestowed upon me by the lovely and talented Eden Baylee, a HAWT erotica writer and All-Around Awesome Person!) can have a non-ranty day. It happens.
I get around the Intertoobz. (Oh, not like that! Get your mind out of the gutter.) I call it “research” for my job, which most of it is. Most of the time. Okay, some of the time. (ALL RIGHT! Occasionally it’s for my job. Happy now?)
Regardless, you are the beneficiaries because I’m going to share some of the cool things I’ve found so you don’t have to dig around and get all dirty and sweaty! You’re welcome!
I really like book trailers. I have no idea how effective they are as sales tools, but when they’re well-done I’m mesmerized. For instance, take a look at this trailer for Patti Larsen’s new release this summer from Etopia Press:
How cool is THAT? I love it.
Next up, also from Etopia Press, is the release of Ralph Hartman’s Ever Since. I can’t review this book, because it would be a conflict of interest, seeing as I was privileged enough to serve as editor. But I have to tell you, I love this novel. It is thought-provoking, unique and it was a true pleasure to work with Ralph. Check it out — you won’t be disappointed.
And, of course, I can’t leave you without a little fun for shitz and giggles, right? Check out The Dullest Blog in the World. I don’t know why this blog is so appealing to me, but it is actually hypnotizing. I don’t know whether to be disturbed or take a nap. Heh.
If you want to know how to tell a story, visit this little girl. She’s got it down!
If you ever wanted to know how to embarrass your children, this guy has it all figured out. He is my new hero. Heh.
Do you like horror? Of course you do! Everybody likes horror, and Rebecca Treadway, aka Creepy Walker has a great blog about her horror exploits. A talented and accomplished graphic artist, she also pens stories to chill your very soul. Man, I love it when that happens. Keep your eye on her — she’s got quite a future ahead of her.
In other news, Lori Whitwam and I are in the end-stage edits or “Make or Break”, which will be released later this year (updates as they happen). I have gigglesnorted my way through this book and it has been a blast. I can’t wait until it hits the ground running. What a riot While you’re waiting, pick up a copy of Monster’s Unmasked. It’s a fabulous read!
This should keep you busy — and this is all great summer reading that should also entertain you for hours. Some great, great fiction here, seriously. All indies, and all deserving of your support, otherwise I wouldn’t have them here. Your Fearless Heroine don’t do junk.
So cuddle up in the air conditioning, swing the hammock, lounge on the beach and enjoy. Let me know what you think about my picks, and don’t forget to like or review what you’ve read to help support these talented artists. They work their asses off.
A former boss of mine used to say, “Busy is good.” I’d roll my eyes, ears deep in paperwork and phone calls and wish him to the bottom of the ocean with an anchor tied around his neck. However, he’s right, as I sit here after one o’clock in the afternoon in my jammies, hair a mess, and missing not only breakfast, but lunch as well and having no clue what’s on the menu for dinner.
What day is it, anyway??
So yes, very busy, and it is a good thing (as I snatch chunks of hair from my head and wish there were just four more hours in the day). In true New Year fashion, I loaded up the Franklin Covey and started filling it up with all the stuff I need to get done, because the Universe knows if I don’t write it down I could possibly forget, and I’m hoping it cuts down on the hamsters running inside my head at night when I’m supposed to be sleeping. Too early to tell if this is going to be success or not. I’m trying to be optimistic.
My Writing News
In new news, I finally got Not Nice and Other Understatements formatted for Smashwords. HUGE YAY! Well, I didn’t format it — I got me a Go-To Guy who did it for me. I had to face the fact that this kind of stuff is just beyond my patience. I could figure it out, but honestly, formatting is on my top ten list of “I’d Rather Poke My Eye Out With A Coat Hanger”, so I invested in the superior Mad Skillz of Todd Macy and he did a fabulous job. If you are in the same boat I am — not enough time or patience to fark around with this shiz-niz — he’s your man. Reasonably priced, very professional and easy to work with, and a great turn-around time. He’s taking new clients, so check him out for your formatting needs. He’s also moving into creating cover art. YAY!
This isn’t really writing news, per se, but the father of my Chinese student of last summer called me to ask me to keep this coming July open for a repeat. I am so happy about this. It really was the highlight of my summer, and I’m honored that he wants me back.
The non-fiction stuff is rolling right along. And as packed as my schedule is, I have also set a goal of writing one flash piece a week, and of course, Pallas is still circling my brain like a shark. I don’t know what to say about that, other than it’s percolating. So, get off my back.
I am also thinking of working on the material I wrote as a back story to “The Blood Is Not Enough”, if that ends up being a favorite story from NN and posting it for free. I also have an ebook I’m working on about the process of self-publishing.
Yeah, I know. It’s a big plate.
I have also set myself a goal of reading more this year, because I’m ashamed to say I didn’t read last year near as much as I should and I tended to stick with the old and familiar. This year I aim to branch out, and with my new old Kindle, named George Senior, I think that will be one goal I have a great chance of meeting. To that end, I have joined up with the ABC Indie Reading Challenge. Since there are no gatekeepers in the indie/self-publishing world, I think this is a great way to find new authors and you will see honest reviews here. You can check updates here as they happen.
It’s normal for me to be reading more than one book at a time, and at the moment I’m reading “Dragonriders of Pern” on the Kindle (my comfort reading food. Oh, how I love this book, and it was the inspiration for the one and only tattoo I have), “A Prayer for Owen Meany” by John Irving and “Full Dark No Stars” by Stephen King in hardcover. I’ve also just cracked open book one in the Soul Rider series by Jack Chalker.
On deck is “NLP – The New Technology of Achievement” and then whatever catches me fancy. I just finished “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead – The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon”. You can find my review here at Goodreads and all I can say is if you only read one biography-type book this year, this is the one. What a story.
Not My Writing News
Okay, here I’m not going to pre-chew your food, to quote Joseph Paul Haines. What I am going to do is throw out a few really interesting links to blogs you should be following if you’re in this business. The publishing business is changing at a rate that makes my loins quiver. Keeping up is imperative. Here are the places I make a point to visit:
Terrible Minds is not only informative, but funnier than hell. Plus, he cusses better than I do.
Ryne Douglas Pearson has some very thought-provoking posts, plus he gives away free fiction, plus THERE’S BACON.
Patti Larsen is not only a Very Interesting Person, she’s so prolific she makes me sick. I read her blog to try to figure out how she does it. She’s an inspiration, and a candidate for the Voodoo Club. Heh.
She doesn’t post near often enough, but at Fermented Fur you will get a dose of teh funneh that will make you wet your pants. She’s crazy and I love her more than ice cream.
Speaking of the funneh — cheezuncrumpets, Hyperbole and a Half is in a class all her own. The post about how Kenny Loggins ruined Christmas had me absolutely screaming with laughter. Brilliant.
Well, that’s enough of my rambling. It’s friggin’ 6pm and I’m still in my jammies, the hair is still unbrushed, and I need food. Can ya help me. O.O
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The first review is in of Not Nice and Other Understatements and I’m really over the moon. It’s nice to get feedback of any kind — I have developed the thick skin writers need in this business, for the most part — but when it’s feedback like this, and from someone for whom I have a lot of respect, it’s not just nice, it’s frikken’ AWESOME.
Twitter is a big part of every writer’s arsenal, or it should be, and some time ago I noticed the #amwriting hashtag. Although I’m not as active on Twitter as I used to be, I followed founder Johanna Harness and kept my eye on the happenings. Not only does she have great news to share today (congratulations!) but she also maintains the Amwriting site to provide a place for writers to connect and support one another. She was kind enough to ask me to write a post about my personal struggles with writing fiction and non-fiction in the same sphere and I was happy and honored to oblige.
It has occurred to me I have had the fortune of interacting with some wonderful people who have been in the trenches fighting the indie war for a long time. In case you missed meeting them, let me introduce or re-introduce MeiLin Miranda, Matt Ward, Susan Helene Gottfried, Jeremy Shipp, Joseph Paul Haines and J.D. Riso. Bless their hearts, it’s a long and sometimes lonely, not to mention frustrating journey. Do yourself a favor and check out their work — honestly, you know I don’t do junk and you’ll go a long way looking for better quality work. Being indie doesn’t mean inferior material. Support them as best you can — and remember, indie books make GREAT Christmas presents.
And, if you’re so inclined, this challenge looks like a LOT of fun. I plan on signing up for that myself.
That’s all I have for today — my brain is fried to a crispy turn, and it looks like the next week or so will be at full bore. I did manage to clean out my Google Docs today. I had a lot of old material in there that needed to be discarded, but I found a lot of work I’d saved there I forgot I had. It was like finding a dusty old closet and opening it up to find six pairs of brand-new shoes, or a pair of jeans you just might be able to fit into. That was a Good Thing.
For the last two days I’ve wrestled with coding, formatting, and various and sundry other issues. I’m tired and crabby and did I say tired? For now, I’m owt…but I’ll return.
First of all, I’m so excited to announce my volume of flash fiction, “Not Nice and Other Understatements” will soon be available for purchase. I am waiting by the mailbox for the proof to arrive, and once that’s received and approved, it’s off to the races! Did I mention I’M SO EXCITED???? Heh.
I have come across a multitude of interesting, entertaining, and informative links that I’d love to share with you.
In this post about small presses Kristine Kathryn Rusch gives quite a comprehensive look at how Big and Little publishing works. Her entire blog is excellent, with tons of information about the changing face of the book business, and I highly recommend you read and take notes.
Bob Mayer also pontificates on the future of publishing, or as he says, “Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way.”
Some days suck. There’s just no two ways about it. When you are feeling low, sometimes a smile can help you get over the hump. That’s what videos like this are for.
I will admit this post needs a good edit, but the list of available writing opportunities is quite comprehensive. I warn you again, my poppets, to do your own due diligence when considering places to submit your work. Investigate and choose carefully.
Who doesn’t like free fiction? Here is a simple contest with a free giveaway and all you have to do is comment on which rock-and-roll band is your favorite. That’s it! I can vouch that the fiction offered as a prize is Most Excellent, and Susan is very generously offering three books in her series in the contest. Go on, one comment about your favorite band and you can score big. WIN!
While you’re out and about in the fiction world, take a look at Eric J. Krause’s Writing Spot for some excellent suggestions about the writing process.
I spend a lot of time on the ‘net due to my job duties and a natural curiosity I find difficult to resist. If there’s a rabbit hole, I’m diving in it. In my travels, I have come across some pretty cool things that may help you, entertain you, or annoy you. I’m hoping for the former two
Morning Coffee is a Firefox extension that allows you to mark pages you visit every day, and conveniently load them with one click. I use this mostly for sites on which I click daily, such as the Breast Cancer Site or other sites where I vote daily for my favorite online fiction. Saves me from riffling through the half a million bookmarks I’ve collected. *sigh*
I have rediscovered StumbleUpon, and while this can be as big a time suck as any other online networking device (not mentioning any names, *coughtwittercough* or *sneezefacebooksneeze*) SU actually points you toward useful and interesting sites, for the most part. You can give the thumbs down to those that don’t meet your standards and a thumbs up to outstanding pages. Be prepared to lose a couple of days down a black hole until you get used to it. There’s a Firefox add-on that will provide a toolbar to make it even more convenient, curse them. Heh.
If you need a few minutes away and you like puzzles, here’s a small one that provides a little entertainment. Only took me about 15 minutes. Fun
And, if you’re having a bad day and you are thinking about how dumb you are sometimes, fear not! There are people having a much worse day than you are, and if you need proof, just click here. I literally laughed until I cried.
Sometimes, you just need a boost to get the creative juices flowing. This page gives some great prompts guaranteed to put a boot right up your Muse’s….uh, nether regions.
Speaking of boots and the Muse, 3Words is a perfect place to get your fiction on if you feel as if you just can’t fit it in. Three prompt words are given daily, and you write 100 words (or more, it’s flexible, but I like the challenge of only 100 words to work with) every day building a complete story by month’s end. I love it, and if I can fit 100 fiction words in a day, so can you. Registration is free, and the stories being built are great fun to read.
This article is a couple of years old, but it really details out the health hazards that face working writers. I like to refresh my memory of how dangerous this job really is.
And, speaking of the writer’s life, here’s an article that really lays it all out. An honest appraisal of the lighter side of the pen.
If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times. BACK UP YOUR DATA, PEOPLES. I’ve lost more stuff than I can remember, sadly, because of my lazy backup practices. Mozy is a free online backup system, up to 2MB, and you can configure it to run as often as you like. Mine runs automatically twice a day, and is an important part of my overall Backup Plan. All info is stored offline, which is nice in case something happens to your flash drive, CDs, or hardcopies of your material.
That’s about all I have for this week. Yep, enough there to distract you for a couple of hours. Hey, I’m not going down that rabbit hole by myself!!
I haven’t done a link-love post in a mighty long time, and I do have some great stuff to share.
First, let me introduce to you one of my favorite peeps, MeiLin Miranda. She’s a very talented writer and the savviest marketer I have ever met. Her new book, Lovers and Beloveds, is available in e-Book format and hardcover, and is also available in installments on her site. The story started off in serialized form, and with the help of her fans, has been 100% “crowd funded” to include professional editing, cover art, and support while MeiLin rewrote the story to publish. She is an inspiration to all writers considering self-publishing, and one of the hardest working artists I know. Both she and her fans believed so much in the story MeiLin was able to invest in the professional services she knew she needed to produce an amazing product. It’s a RIPPING good yarn, and very much worth your time. Check it out — you won’t be sorry!
And look at this! It’s a book trailer! And she made it herself!
There’s till time to sign up for 3Words. In case you haven’t heard me crowing about it, you can learn all the details in this entry. Come on! it’s only 100 words per day — you write more than that in a blog entry, Facebook update, or a day’s worth of Tweets. It’s fun and NON-FATTENING!
Do you love teh funneh? Fermented Fur is the home of one of the funniest people I know. Say hello to writer Lori Cunningham Whitwam, who is responsible for my high laundry bill due to the need to change my underwear every time I read her. The woman is HILARIOUS.
Here’s a novel competition that pays $1000. Deadline is December 15th, so there’s plenty of time to whip something up (through 3Words, perhaps?) or polish up something out of the trunk. Hey, what have you got to lose?
And finally, this news item has made me everlastingly grateful for the bread maker I received for free. You can bet your last mousetrap Ima making my own bread from now until FOREVER. *shudder*
It’s hard for me to be wordless. Oh, I have my moments, but they are few and far between. It’s a blessing and a curse, as anyone who has spent any time with me knows. Heh.
A potpourri of sorts, today.
— I am very sad to read of the death of Captain Phil Harris. For those of you who are unfamiliar, he was the captain of the Cornelia Marie on the Discovery Channel’s show, Deadliest Catch. This program deals with fishing for crab on the dangerous Bering Sea, and once you see an episode, you’re hooked. I loved Captain Phil, he was my favorite. The guy was a force of nature. During one fishing expedition, he suffered a blot clot that passed through his heart and lungs…and kept on fishing. He didn’t know anything else, didn’t want to know anything else — he’d been fishing since he was seven years old, and at twenty-one was one of the youngest captains to run a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea. My condolences to his sons, Jake and Josh, and to the rest of his family. He was a mighty man, and will be sorely missed by millions.
— Women are a mystery, as many a confused male can attest, but these Women of Mystery offer that little something extra. Today, they’ve posted some very interesting flash fiction contests that might be of some interest to my fellow flashers. Check it out, I know I will.
— Speaking of submitting, Flash Fiction Online is accepting submissions and they pay for them, too! Publication here counts toward the requirements for membership in the SFWA, and that’s a definite plus.
— Speaking of flash fiction, I was able to polish up a piece I wrote a while back, and I’m going to post it Friday for #flashfriday. It started out as a romance and turned….well, twisted. I know, try to contain your shock. I actually giggled through most of it, which just goes to show you how twisted I am and why I don’t write romance. Heh.
— And, because no day is complete without a time-waster or two, not to mention if you’re as sick and tired of this nasty winter weather as I am, a friend of mine sent me this link to help lift the February doldrums. Anything that provokes a smile in February is a wonderful thing.
So much for a Wordless Wednesday, right? Maybe next week. Heh.
Yes, I should be working; I have a tight deadline to meet this week. However, I am often seduced by the fiction part of my chosen profession (like I chose it, instead of the other way around, that’s so funny!) and so I have a few links to share with you I think you might find useful or amusing.
Second, I found an Evil Editor and I’m soooo happy our species is not extinct. Don’t let the sharp humor scare you — there is a lot of excellent information here to which more writers and editors should pay attention. Including myself.
Looking for an agent? This is the blog for you. I might not be ready yet, but I will be soon, and it never hurts to keep an ear to the ground.
And wrapping it up for today, are you writing an online serial novel? Have you thought about taking your writing to the next level? Check out Digital Novelists, an innovative and fabulous community of writers exploring the power of profitably writing fiction for the web. An absolutely stellar bunch of people, and they get my hearty recommendation.
It’s supposed to be Tuesday, but it just feels like Monday dressed up in Tuesday’s cast-offs. The pants are a little too tight, but I’ll just have to make it work. Speaking of work, stop distracting me with shiny things…heh.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a link love post, and my bookmarks are out of control. So much linky goodness out there, and I love to share.
Help And News For Writers
As a writer, at some point you’re going to need a Facebook Fan Page for your best-selling novel, right? How do you do that? This article gives you the basics, and it’s never too early to start. For the hardy souls who are thinking of attempting the madness that is NaNoWriMo this year (yes, I may be one of them, depending on circumstances) I found this article with helpful links and David Wilson seems very approachable if you have any questions that aren’t answered by his most excellent blog.
Self publishing is a hot topic everywhere, it seems, and Editor Unleashed explores this topic and much more. There’s also information how to use Twitter to your best advantage, how to write a query letter, and tips on good blogging practices.
If you’re interested in the path to publication, visit Barry Lyga. In two parts, he lays it on the line and tells you how it is. Eye-opening and valuable information here you really need to know before you embark on that journey.
Rober Kahn reports in an interesting case about author Elaine Scott suing Scribd for copyright infringement. This could have huge repercussions on the digital publishing field, so it’s a case you might want to keep your eye on.
The Urban Muse, voted one of the best websites for writers by Writer’s Digest, is chock full of tips, tricks, and inspiration regarding writing copy and blogging. Even if you’re familiar with some of the material, there’s always something new, or an angle you may have missed in the information presented.
If you’re stuck for inspiration, visit the Schenectady Steeple and roll the bones.
The Odd And Teh Funny
I’m a redhead, so I have a soft spot for redheads. This particular Ranting Redhead cracks me up, especially when she goes off on panties. You have to read it, really. Hilarious.
Although I love cake, I would not be able to eat any of these cakes. Just sayin’.
This is another reason I’m glad I don’t work with other people anymore. Srsly. Although the last scenario made me laugh pretty hard. She was so worried about her hair!
Speaking of eating, this website made me laugh so freaking hard I couldn’t breathe. This guy is not only hysterically funny, he’s crazier than a shithouse rat. Lord have mercy.
Don’t forget to stop by Friday for #fridayflash for some flashing goodness. Next weekend I hope to be posting a very interesting interview with a musician who has found a unique way of channeling his storytelling abilities. He’s got some entertaining insights and some really great ideas about the leverage of social networking you might find helpful in your own writing endeavors.
Never a dull moment. Okay, maybe there’s a few. But thanks for reading and sticking with me anyway.