Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Blogger Recognition Award

Awe, this was so thoughtful and kind! Thank you so much Ashe from Subliminal Wish. Thank you so much for nominating me and recognizing my blog! To check out Ashe's blog, visit it here: https://subliminalwish.blogspot.com/

I took this next part from Ashe's site, she explained this nomination beautifully: 

"If you're not already familiar with the concept, the Blogger Recognition award is just an "award" given to a blogger by another blogger to appreciate and recognize all the hard word that we all put into publishing new content and keeping our websites fresh and updated. Blogging takes quite a bit of work and this is just a small way of showing our fellow bloggers that we all see the effort they put into their little corners of the internet."

How did I get the award?

I was nominated by Subliminal Wish by Ashe. I would like to thank her for taking the time to view my blog and nominating it for this recognition. Ashe's site is pretty cool. She blogs about her life and real life problems and what she has learned by them.

How did my blog start?

I started this site as my author site. I figured it was time to have one since I've been trying to get one of my novels published. It has since then turned into helping inspire other authors with tips of my own, and now I'm interviewing authors and asking for their advice for aspiring writers as well. It's been a fun adventure!

Advice for new bloggers:

Be brave! Blogging is so much fun! Find what you love, whether it be books, movies, or television, find your passion and write about it. It's your voice that people will be drawn to and want to hear from your words. It's the passion you have in what you're blogging about that people want to see. Don't stress about the small stuff. Write what you love.

If you are struggling to find more followers, look to social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. I personally don't want my email loaded with a bunch of newsletters every morning, so I rarely subscribe to any blogs. Because of this, I focus mostly on gathering followers with Twitter and Facebook. It's easy to do too, just start following other blogs and they typically will follow you back. :) People are pretty cool that way!

Good Luck! :)

Since this is all about passing the award on, here are my nominations (They are all book blogs):

  1. Hall Ways by Krstine Hall. Kristine blogs about books! Kristine is also an organizer for book blog tours through Lonestar Literary Book Tours. She's amazing! Check her site out.
  2. Texan Girl Reads by Holy Flora. Holy blogs about books! Check out her reviews, they're great! She's a real book lover and it shows! She's very dedicated to this blog and is always trying to help promote authors and their books.
  3. The Librarian Talks by Tabatha Pope. Tabatha also blogs about books. I love all the hard work that Tabatha puts into her blog. Amazing!
  4. Story Book Reviews by Leslie Storey. She blogs about books. It's obvious how much Leslie loves books! I love this site!
  5. My Book Fix by Kelli Quinto. You should check out all the great books Kelli blogs about!
  6. Ruthie Jones by Ruth Jones. Another great book blogger! She's dedicated and hard working and it shows how much she puts into her blogs.
  7. Books and Broomsticks by Belle Willington. Her site is amazing! Definite book lover! I could spend hours at this site!
  8. The Page Unbound by Haley Ringer. She and I co-blog this site, but she puts so much amazing work into it that I have to nominate it.
  9. Chapter Break by Lynne Pope. She has some great books she blogs about on her site. I also love reading her book reviews. Very insightful!
  10. Texas Book Lover by Michelle Newby. Michelle is a huge Texas author and book promoting. I love how patriotic her site is and how much she helps these amazing and talented authors. 
All these lovely blogs have put so much effort into writing about what matters to them, and they deserve the recognition! Congratulations!

Here's what you need to do now:
  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. 
  2. Write a post to show your award. 
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started. 
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. 
  5. Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to. 
  6. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated and provide the link to the post you created. 
Thanks again to Ashe for nominating me!

Author Talks With Keeley Webb

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by my site for my first official interview with author Keeley Webb! Keeley's debut novel, Death Made Me, was published on May 25, 2017. Learn more about Keeley, and check out her great advice for aspiring authors out there!

Interview Questions:

Where are you from? 

I'm from Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire UK

How long have you been writing for? 

I've always loved writing ever since my school days. I loved having to do essays and I'd often write poetry. I began properly writing just over a year ago though.

What inspired you to be a writer?

One of my best friends J D Hughes wrote a book and told me to just go for it!

How many books have you written?

Published one. Unpublished I have 2 part written and 2 more burning away in my mind.

Do you have any places you go to write?

I like to get myself comfy on the settee with my laptop and type away.

What do you do when you have writer's block?

I have never suffered from this. I often have too many ideas that I actually struggle not to blurt them all out onto the page at once.

Where did you get the idea to write Death Made Me?

The main character came to me in a dream whilst on holiday. I actually started writing it on my phone.

Can you give us a little more details about Death Made Me? Perhaps a quote or small excerpt you would like to share.

Death made me ... where to start it's a story with everything in it! There's a ghost, well actually several, a psychic, romance, family values, great friends, humour, tear-jerky moments and even a serial killer. It's very hard to define it but the feedback I'm getting so far is that it works. 

Here's the blurb...

Some people live each day as if it were their last, embracing every possibility. What if today was your last day? Have you lived enough?

Barry never took chances. Today he tried. Katherine was out of his league: beautiful, kind, well-travelled. What would she ever see in him?

Successful in his line of work, but sadly lacking in every other aspect of life. On his last day, he got his wish to be with Katherine. Only, fate bestowed a bittersweet irony upon him, forcing him to watch as she was mistreated by the one person he hated the most.

Unbeknown to them both, Barry would leave a mark on Katherine’s life that would impact generations of her family yet to come.

A tale of death, love, life and hope. And a different perspective on all the ‘what ifs’ lies within…

What are some writing tips you have to share with inspiring authors?

Trust in yourself. I massively suffered from self-doubt and it took me ages to get this book out there. Oh and check and re-check before you submit those drafts ... typo's are a curse that just keep creeping out when you least expect it.

Are you working on anything new? If so, can you share a little about your current project.

Yes I'm working on the sequel to Death Made Me. I'm just under halfway through writing it with plans for a trilogy.

Before you go, is there anything left you would like to share with our readers?

Yes, I'd just like to say good luck to anyone just having a go. There really is nothing to lose. We're all so different that something you write will always appeal to someone. The hardest part is getting the word out there so on that note if any of you lovely people would like to download my book I'd be most grateful 😉

About the Author:

I'm a Mum to two beautiful children that keep me very busy. When I'm not knee deep in laundry and housework I love to either read or write.

My favourite genre is crime fiction, specifically anything with serial killers or something clever with a twist.

I've just published my first book Death Made Me which is quite a mix of genres it's a paranormal/romance/suspense thriller! I intend to keep on writing and just hope that people will enjoy my books.

Author Links:

Interested in Keeley's debut novel?

Book Synopsis:

Some people live each day as if it were their last, embracing every possibility. What if today was your last day? Have you lived enough? Barry never took chances. Today he tried. Katherine was out of his league: beautiful, kind, well-travelled. What would she ever see in him? Successful in his line of work, but sadly lacking in every other aspect of life. On his last day, he got his wish to be with Katherine. Only, fate bestowed a bittersweet irony upon him, forcing him to watch as she was mistreated by the one person he hated the most. Unbeknown to them both, Barry would leave a mark on Katherine's life that would impact generations of her family yet to come.

Purchase Links:

If you have any questions or comments for Keeley be sure to put them in the comments below!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Unhooked Giveaway!

I'm hosting a giveaway! It's a perfect read for summer! And, the book is signed by the author! Use the rafflecopter to participate. US shipping only.

Book Synopsis:

From “talented wordsmith” (Publishers Weekly) Lisa Maxwell comes a lush, atmospheric fantasy novel filled with twists and turns about a girl who is kidnapped and brought to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain, and bloodthirsty beasts.

For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home. Her mother believes they are being hunted by brutal monsters, and those delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. Gwen’s only saving grace is that her best friend, Olivia, is with her for the summer.

But shortly after their arrival, the girls are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and dragged to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey. And Gwen begins to realize that maybe her mother isn’t so crazy after all…

Gwen discovers that this new world she inhabits is called Neverland, but it’s nothing like the Neverland you’ve heard about in stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through your fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and tries to find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the captivating pirate who promises to keep her safe.

Caught in the ultimate battle between good and evil, with time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to finally face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But can she save Neverland without losing herself?


Writers, I want to interview you!

Hey ya'll, I'm looking to connect with some authors because I just had a fabulous idea that I think you all will love. You don't have to be a published author to participate. If you write stories for the fun of it, or if you are attempting to get published and haven't yet, that's fine too. I want to host weekly interviews with authors as a means to inspire and encourage other authors. I know, sounds awesome right? 

So let me ask you a few questions....

Do you write stories?

Are you interested in an interview?

Say no more! Use the Contact Me page to message me and we'll set something up!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Writing Process

In the course of my writing career, with all the author events I've attended, one thing I've found fascinating is how each author writes differently. Some go through several and several revisions of their work while others only need a draft or two. Some are what they call pantser, where they literally fly by the seat of their pants as they write their story, while others are called plotters, where they plot before they start writing. I've always been a plotter until recently. I create an outline, I research, and I plan, plan, plan. This is usually the type of writing style I most identify with. 

But with my dark comedy....

It's definitely been fly by the seat of my pants type of experience, and I LOVE IT!

But whether I'm a pantser, or a plotter, one thing remains the same. I like to do what I call word vomit. Which is where I just write, write, and write until I've reached the end of the story. Once I've done that, I like to go through and change things, tweak things, move things around, and add in all the beautiful details, and of course, edit, edit, edit. I'm the kind that will easily go through twenty drafts of the story until I feel like it's complete. But to be honest, it's easier to manipulate a story once the words are on the page. It helps my creative mind come up with new ideas for the story, and sometimes it takes me places I hadn't expected the story to go, but love just the same. In fact, sometimes those are my favorite parts of writing. Those magical moments when the story takes you to a place you didn't expect and you think, wow, that's perfect. 

So really, whether I'm flying by the seat of my pants, or I'm plotting every detail... one thing is for sure... 

I'm a word vomitter!

What about you? What is your writing style? 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Writer's Writing Zone

I love having places to go to write. My most recent love is the Roanoke Library. For some reason I prefer if there's shelves of books! Every visit is the same as it is with Barnes and Noble, I prowl through the young adult books with purpose. Hunting, searching, looking for new book titles and publishers. I've worked on my books in several different places, from the park, to Walmart, to Subway and Starbucks... but a place surrounded by books is by far the best. Even at home, my favorite place to write is my book room which I have dubbed "spare oom". I'll post pictures of that one another day because today is the day for the Roanoke Library.

Oh and if you are wondering whose those strange feet are, they are mine and my husbands feet. (Sweet husband came with me today to the library to loves in the same place makes it extra wonderful!)

So, some things I love here:

The young adult section.

This is by far the coolest teen section ever. And I love that the cool couches and tables are specifically for teens, no adults allowed on these awesome chairs. I love that this library has created a special place just for teens.

And of course who couldn't pass up free coffee?

That's right! FREE! I am a coffee connoisseur! It may not be the best coffee in the world, but it's decent... and FREE. So for coffee fans, this is definitely a bonus for coming to this library. Not to mention there's cream, sugar, hot water for tea.


And, this library is connected with tons of other libraries. It would have costed me 10 dollars to get a library card here since I don't live in the city. But since I live in the next city over, I was able to get a library card from there for free, and now can check out books here. Which is exciting!

What makes this place so fabulous for writing? I personally think having places to go to for writing are so important to an author. When I'm at home, I'm usually interrupted by my pets. Dog wants out, dog wants in. Cat wants to sit on my laptop. Love them, of course, but when I fall into the realm of the world I'm creating, being pulled out of it is frustrating. So I like having places to go to write.

But again, why this library? Well, it's quiet. It's comfy. It's inviting. And it has books. Lots and lots of books. And being around books gives me so much positive energy.

I simply love it.

Where do you go to write? Leave your answer in the comments!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

How It All Began

When I first started writing, it was back in my college years. I was a sophomore in college. Sometimes during classes I would doodle little things here and there. But one day, I wrote a poem. I wish I knew where this poem was, because it was so awesome. It was dark and mysterious, about a girl that touches a rose and her soul turns dark, cursed until someone comes along and breaks it. From this poem, I was inspired to write about this girl. And from it I spent nearly 8 years creating this story about a girl that becomes cursed by a black rose. It was never perfect. I wrote and and wrote. I went over SEVERAL revisions. It was never good enough and I could never stop fixing it. I'm not entirely sure how many different versions of this story I went through. Of course, I had several other projects during this time that I started and never finished. I always returned to this story though, determined to make it perfect. But finally one day I told myself I needed to move on to something else. So I did. And this new story came to me out of nowhere and it practically seemed to write itself. And I realized, that the book I spent all those years working on, that was me figure out how to do this. How to plot, how to outline, how to write out this story, how to find my voice. When I finished The Pawn's Heart, I still had those feelings, thinking it's not perfect, and tempted to go over it again and again. But it was easier this time to stop myself from that. Writing will never be 100 percent perfect. A story can always be better. But what's important isn't how perfect it can be, because writers aren't perfect. What's important is the story you create. I poured my heart and soul into this book. It is little pieces of me and my life. It's not supposed to be perfect.

Maybe there ARE perfect authors out there. But I'm not one of them. Regardless of that, I hope when you read my story, you see the imperfect beauty in it.

Question for the writers out there. What are some challenges you face when writing? How do you overcome them? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

It's Been Awhile...

I know it's been awhile since I've posted. I've been super busy with teaching. Spring Semester is always crazy as a special ed teacher. It seems to be prime time for ARDs too, but there's also the STAAR test. Two weeks of preparing materials for my kiddos followed by three weeks of testing. I've also been having some health issues, but have discovered that cutting gluten has been helping significantly. So, there's all that plus I've been in the writing cave and the reading cave. My latest love is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Amazing!

The writing world has been great though. I've put my sequel to my space book on hold for a little bit in case some changes to the first book need to be made. In the mean time I've been working on a completely new book that is a dark comedy. It's hilarious and fun and has been a great place to go to with everything going on. I just hope someone will enjoy it as much as I do.

Any new books you've read? Which ones? Mention in the comments! I always love adding more books to my TBR list :D

Have a pleasant day! And remember, be brave!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Barnes and Noble

I love coming here every weekend. I love looking at all the YA books, hunting for more publishers to research. I probably look like a crazy person when I do this. I pull out my phone and snap pictures of new publishers I haven't heard of so I can research them. I spend about 30 minutes doing this each time, and sometimes staff come up to me asking me if I need help. I wonder if they think I'm slightly odd as they watch me select book after book on the shelf, snapping pictures of publishers. I politely tell them I'm fine and continue on my search. It's a fun search, and I love doing it every time. When I'm finished I buy a coffee and find a comfortable place to sit and work, either sending off manuscripts, doing research on the publishers I had discovered, or working on book 2. I do this every weekend. For a long time I felt discouraged, thinking my book would never get published... but coming here, seeing all these wonderful books, it's a place of inspiration and encouragement. Even if I never find a publisher I still intend to self publish. So someday... it'll happen. The journey can be rough and discouraging though, especially when you receive that rejection letter saying your book is not a good fit for them. I've received over a handful of rejections, and sometimes I think it's worse when you never hear from a publisher or literary agent at all... It's easy to think it will never happen. But then I come here and my spirits are instantly lifted. It turns into a mission, one I won't give up. If you are an aspiring author, you shouldn't give up either. I recommend going to Barnes and Noble... it's the best book place in the world. :)