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Running two blogs gets a bit difficult, so bear with me while I figure things out. In the meantime, if I could interest you in industry news, writing tips, and poking some fun at writerly problems, you'll find me here:



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Relaunch: SNAPSHOTS by Patricia Lynne!

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It's said the eyes are the windows to the soul, but that's a lie. They are snapshots of a time yet to come–the future of the person to which they belong.

Cyclop Blaine stands out in a crowd with his pale skin and mismatched eyes, but it’s his ability to see the future that really sets him apart. The unusual gift makes him an invaluable asset to Tyler, his adoptive father and leader of the Victory Street Gang. It also means Cyclop must hide what he can do from others. Once, a man he knew only as Master controlled him, using him for experiments. Cyclop has no desire to return to that life.

But he may have no choice. A man claiming ownership over him haunts his dreams and waking moments, leaving him no choice but to go back to the past he thought he had escaped. Cyclop must face this man, along with his past, if he wants to reveal his own future.

About the Author

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Patricia Lynne never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. But some stories are meant to be told and this one chose her. Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo and has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

What’s Future Soon Becomes Past: Publishing 2014

Today I'm celebrating a spankin' new release by the lovely C. Lee McKenzie!
I have my party hat on, woohoo! Err, okay . . .

As part of her Double Negative tour she's agreed to do a guest post on this blog.
By now we're all aware the publishing industry is changing . . . and it's changing rapidly. Here is what she has to say about this very topic. Take it away, C. Lee! 


A few years ago, 2010 to be exact, I was at a SCBWI Conference listening to a panel presentation on the future of publishing. It was all pretty standard in terms of what the panelists were saying, then someone in the audience stood up and said something like, “Get your head out of the sand, people!”

Well, that woke up a lot of us. Who was this guy? An Indie, obviously with an attitude. But he went on to make his case, and here were several of his points.

The future of paper book publishing isn’t good. We’ll still have paper books, but they’re on the way to collectible along with vinyl records.

Stories are going to be different—more visual, more interactive in nature to reach the more visual, interactive reader.

More publishers are going to appear and more are going to disappear.

Soon eBooks will be the majority of book sales.

The “legacy” publisher is going to have to adapt or fall by the wayside.

Traditional book deals are going to be less attractive than self-publishing.

People who consider the self-published inferior to the traditionally published are short-sighted and out of date.

Most of what this author said that day has become reality. In four short years we’ve seen the sales of eBooks grow, self-publishing thrive, the distinction between traditional and Indie fade.

While I was looking for more information on the state of publishing today, I found this Interview with Jane Friedman (2011), and was struck by how many points she and this unknown, but very savvy author had in common. If you want a more in depth look at the future of publishing here’s the link:  http://christinakatz.com/an-interview-with-jane-friedman-about-the-future-of-publishing-the-enigma-project-e-book/

So what’s next? Hard for me to say, but if I see that guy at another conference I’m cornering him for a conversation.


You and me both, C. Lee! 
We'll gang up on him and he'll have no choice but to answer our questions. 
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your thoughts with us, 
and congratulations on your new release! :D

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Title: Double Negative
Author: C. Lee McKenzie
Genre: Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Category: Young Adult
Available: July 25 from Evernight Teen

Summary:
Hutchison Mc Queen is a sixteen-year-old smart kid who screws up regularly. He’s a member of Larkston Highs loser clique, the boy whos on his way to nowhere—unless juvenile hall counts as a destination. He squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. When that doesnt work, he goes to Fat Nyla, the one some mean girls are out to get and a person whos in on his secret—he can barely read. And then Maggie happens. For twenty-five years shes saved boys from their own bad choices. But she may not have time to save Hutch. Alzheimers disease is steadily stealing her keen mind.

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About the Author
C. Lee McKenzie is a native Californian who grew up in a lot of different places; then landed in the Santa Cruz Mountains where she lives with her family and miscellaneous pets. She writes most of the time, gardens and hikes and does yoga a lot, and then travels whenever she can. She takes on modern issues that today's teens face in their daily lives.

Her first young adult novel, Sliding on the Edge, which dealt with cutting and suicide was published in 2009. Her second, titled The Princess of Las Pulgas, dealing with a family who loses everything and must rebuild their lives came out in 2010. Her short story, Premeditated Cat, appears in the anthology, The First Time, and Into the Sea of Dew is part of the collection, Two and Twenty Dark Tales. In 2012, her first middle grade novel, Alligators Overhead, came out.

Website: http://cleemckenziebooks.com
Blog: http://writegame.blogspot.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cleemckenzie
Facebook Fan Page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Double-Negative/532193566907446

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New Release: EFFIGY by M.J. Fifield

It's Effigy Release Day!

EFFIGY (Epic Fantasy), Book One in the Coile·in Chronicles
by M.J. Fifield

Release date: July 22, 2014

Now available in paperback and on Kindle at Amazon and CreateSpace (other editions to follow soon!)

The survival of a once-mighty kingdom rests in the hands of its young queen, Haleine Coile·in, as it slowly succumbs to an ancient evil fueled by her husbandís cruelty.

A sadistic man with a talent for torture and a taste for murder, he is determined to burn the land and all souls within. Haleine is determined to save her kingdom and, after a chance encounter, joins forces with the leader of the peopleís rebellion. She gives him her support, soon followed by her heart.

Loving him is inadvertent but becomes as natural and necessary as breathing. She lies and steals on his behalf, doing anything she can to further their cause. She compromises beliefs held all her life, for what life will exist if evil prevails?

Her journey leads to a deceiving world of magic, monsters, and gods she never believed existed outside of myth. The deeper she goes, the more her soul is stripped away, but she continues on, desperate to see her quest complete. If she can bring her husband to ruin and save her people, any sacrifice is worth the priceóeven if it means her life.



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About the author:

Armed with a deep and lasting love of chocolate, purple pens, and medieval weaponry, M.J. Fifield is nothing if not a uniquely supplied insomniac. When she isn't writing, she's on the hunt for oversized baked goods or shiny new daggers. M.J. lives with a variety of furry creaturesómostly petsóin New Hampshire's Mount Washington Valley. Effigy is her first novel. Visit her online at mjfifield.com, find her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.




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Friday, July 18, 2014

Celebrating: Blogging, Coffee, and Chats!

As you already know, I love that which we call "coffee." It makes me go bunkers. You know who else loves coffee? My editor Lynda Dietz. You'd think we would fight over who gets the last cup, but nope. We just make more; no need to argue about it. We have many other issues we rather address, and we do this while chatting. A lot.

You also know that I've been fairly absent from blogging. If you didn't notice, then you're worse than me—in which case I feel less guilty, so thank you. To solve this little issue I came up with a plan which combines all three points previously mentioned: coffee, chats with Lynda, and blogging. In this case re-blogging.

I decided I would share some of our chats for followers of this blog—don't worry, I cleared it with her. For the rest of the Summer or so I'll be posting them here on Mondays. Tune in to see the many shenanigans I get myself into. Oh boy. It's a wonder Lynda hasn't fired me as her client . . . yet.

So that's what I'm celebrating: a plan for blogging! And instead of figuring out what to post next, I can use the time to visit you guys. Boom. See you on Monday! :D



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Cover Reveal: SOULLESS by Chrystal Collier

Have you met the Soulless and Passionate? In the world of 1770 where supernatural beings mix with humanity, Alexia is playing a deadly game.

SOULLESS, Book 2 in the Maiden of Time trilogy

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she's forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

What people are saying about this series: 

"With a completely unique plot that keeps you guessing and interested, it brings you close to the characters, sympathizing with them and understanding their trials and tribulations." --SC, Amazon reviewer

"It's clean, classy and supernaturally packed with suspense, longing, intrigue and magic." --Jill Jennings, TX

"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer

Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.


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Friday, July 11, 2014

Good Things-ish

I'm going to bullet-point this and you can't stop me ;)

Love this:
*Currently I have a deep appreciation for coffee. I love the thing on a regular day, but this week—with a sick little one—it's been a lifesaver. (Little one is better)

*I also "appreciated" a couple of glasses of wine last night. Hey, rough week.

*I'm close to polishing up my blurb. Which means nothing. I've been "close" for the past few weeks but keep changing it up again. Thank goodness for friends who I can annoy and ask for opinions. #SorryNotSorry

I don't love this:
*In one of my not-best-moments I cracked my phone screen. Very uncool.




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