Monday, September 29, 2014

Catherine Stine's Book Blitz!



Sugar’s not so sweet and secrets can be deadly … especially with matters of the heart.


Sienna’s bestie, Harper, warned her not to intern for famous bad boy artist, Casper Mason. After all, he just fired Harper who helped Sienna get the interview. But the moment Sienna sees Casper—or Caz—sweaty and practically shirtless and swinging from chains while he works on his sculpture, she’s hooked. He’s the richest, hottest artist in New York, and he lives in the fabulous Williamsburg Sugar Factory. But he’s also an incorrigible game-player, who seems to relish challenging Sienna’s loyalty with a string of unsettling tests.

She knows she should get away fast. But by the time Sienna sneaks into his locked storage room and begins to unearth his dark and terrifying secret, she’s fallen way too hard for the handsome, charismatic Caz.

Book reviewers are saying:

"Beautiful. Amazing. A fantastic read that left me wanting more." -XoXo Book Blog

"A juicy read full of passion and magnetic chemistry that will have you hooked from beginning to end." -From the Purple Matter Book Blog

Want a little TEASER? You bet. Here you are:

The death card is last. Like the queen of swords it’s reversed. As I flip through the book to interpret the card, a rush of fear crashes through me—fear for Caz. Holy shit! I don’t want to forecast his death or anything as horrendous. This card reading was a lousy idea after all. It’s bad enough we’re trapped here with no power, no lights, no heat, but the Death card, staring at us with its sunken eyes and a creepy battle-axe in its bony claws?

I release a huge sigh of relief as I skim the meaning of the reversed card. “Oh, wow, it’s good, Caz!”
“Really?” The bubble of hope in his tone catches me off-guard. He takes this seriously? If he can lie about how seriously he takes Tarot, what else can he lie about?


Kitsy Clare hails from Philly and lives in New York. A romantic at heart, she loves to write about the sexy intrigue of the city, and particularly of the art world. She knows it well, having shown her paintings here before turning to writing. The Art of Love series includes Model Position (novella) and Private Internship. Kitsy also writes YA as Catherine Stine. Her futuristic thriller, Ruby’s Fire was a YA finalist in the Next Generation Indie book awards. Fireseed One, its companion novel, was a finalist in YA and SF in the USA News International Book Awards, and an Indie Reader notable. Her YA horror, Dorianna, launches on Oct. 24 with Evernight Teen.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

It's Friday With Follow Fest and Small Thing to Celebrate.

Hi! I'm C. Lee McKenzie, and 

I write fiction and non-fiction 

in adult, middle grade and young adult categories.







 Yes, I'm published. That's why I behave the way I do.

Credit
Do you do anything in addition to writing?

I edit a lot of writing. That way I know I'm not the only author who screws up on stuff like punctuation and word choice, and then manages to produce awful writing bits. That soothes my writerly spirit.

I take care of a garden that's far bigger than I thought it should be, but I got carried away with my machete, so I'm up to half an acre with ponds and stuff. 

I do the publicity for our Friends of the Library board and maintain their website. 

Otherwise, I do what most people do. I muddle through.

Tell us a little about yourself.
About me and food: 
Pasta. I could not live without pasta. Then there's shrimp. The world would end if shrimp ever ended. I mean apocalypse, Baby. Dill pickles come to mind when I think of love and food together. My grandmother's influence. 


As to what I do, I have a couple of other passions besides eating. Yoga. I never wanted to give up standing on my head because when I was kid, the world made more sense that way. It still does. ergo, Yoga. Hiking. I could not go a week without a good hike. Fortunately, I've arranged not to miss one. Then Travel. I have the itchy foot of a nomad. Next month I'm taking off again and returning to Southeast Asia, one of my favorite parts of the world--besides California of course. 

I have absolutely no quirks. Ask anyone who knows me. Just don't ask my husband, okay?


What are you reading right now?

I downloaded Providence by Lisa Colozza Cocca. She visited my blog this week, and I wanted to read her book. I recently indulged in some old classics to revisit books I'd read at a younger age. Malmud still terrified me, and Bradbury kind of disappointed me. 
Which authors influenced you the most?

I'm a H.S. Hinton fan and a Margaret Atwood worshipper, with Barbar Kingsolver on her heels. I've always loved E.B White's fiction and essays. He made me think more about important things such as simple life moments. There are so many authors that influenced me, that each time I answer this question I think, "How can I do this?" I was influenced by hundreds of people who wrote brilliantly. I can't set them all down here.

Where can people connect with you?

I'm HERE, of course. 
And you can go through my amazing, brilliant WEBSITE  (I'm not modest when it comes to my website, but don't tell.)  
I'm a TWITTER nut. @cleemckenzie is my handle,  and I have an ongoing love-hate relationship with facebook and goodreads

VIKLIT
This week I celebrate this new HOP and some new FRIENDS.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Part 10, The Pros Give Us Some Advice, Featuring Lisa Colozza Cocca, @WeWrite4U_Lit & How I Found the Right Path




Lisa Colozza Cocca is the last author to be featured in this series. Her book is PROVIDENCE. 

TaglineSometimes you have to run away from home to find it.

Advice: Remember teens are people first with the same range of emotions we all have, but often intensified. Write from your heart if you want to connect to the hearts of your readers.

What Reviewers say

"Becky's sweet-as-honey first-person narrative voice suits the dialogue-driven story well--she is an uncomplicated heroine, resourceful and completely without self-pity." --Kirkus Reviews

"Rosie, Becky, and Georgia Rose create a family built of mutual need, love, and kindness in this gentle tale of life in nostalgic small-town America.... Cocca portrays a community of sympathetic characters...who believe in the promise of life's second chances." --Booklist


You can find Providence on sale here. And now under #kindleunlimited it free to download.


Find Lisa at
www.lisacolozzacocca.com

Thanks so much, Lisa. Writing from the heart is great advice to writers of all genres. 

Here's some others on this very topic. While they don't say it the same way that Lisa does, I interpret their words to mean the key to readers' hearts is within the writers' hearts.

“It ain’t whatcha write, it’s the way atcha write it.”
—Jack Kerouac, WD

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.”
—Virginia Woolf

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” 
― Ernest Hemingway

So that's a wrap on Advice from the Pros. I've enjoyed hosting ten authors over these months and hope you've enjoyed meeting them or learning more about them and their books.

If you want to be contacted next year during National Literacy Month (September) sign up on the Linky below for WeWrite4U_Lit. I hope to make it bigger and better in 2015.



How I Found The Right Path 



It's here! Download it for Free and read what 60 writers have to share about their writing/publishing experience. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Celebrating the Small Things, @WeWrite4U, New Book by Deirdra Eden


VIKLIT'S HOP



LG KELTNER @writing off the edge
KATIE @TheCyborg Mom 
CAFFEEMAGGIEATO @mscoffeehouse

My small celebration this week is the word, READ. If you've seen my previous posts, you'll know I'm supporting Literacy all month, and hope you'll join me. HERE ARE THE DETAILS. They're simple and I've done the Tweets for you.


1. Let me know you're interested by signing up on the Linky below. If possible grab the code and share it on your blog. If not, then please add the link to The Write Game, so others can sign up. I'll keep the Linky on my blog until the last week in September.



2. Below are some pre-written Tweets and I'm hoping we can TWEET UP A STORM with Tweets and RT's the month of September.

3. I've created a LIST/GROUP for Twitter @WeWrite4U_Lit, so please join and use the group's handle.

4. I've followed and been followed by these literacy groups: 

@supportliteracy 
@LitPartners 
@literature_dp
@literacycoop
@HouLit

You might want to add some of them to spread your tweets.

5. Post about LITERACY on your fb Timeline at least once a week in September, and SHARE/TWEET those posts that others put up.

12 FRESH TWEETS (in parentheses I’ve put the source just in case you need it) Hope you'll create some of your own, too.

Read to your kids.

Volunteer to teach reading. You're needed.

Where parent involvement is low, classroom mean average is 46 points below the nat'l average. @LitPartners @literacycoop @WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.rif.org/us/about/literacy-facts-and-stats.htm)

Without literacy democracy doesn't stand a chance.


33% 4th grd public school students at or below Basic level on the 2009 Nat'l Assessment of Educational Progress rding tests @WeWrite4U_Lit (www.rif.org/us/about/literacy-facts-and-stats.htm)

44 million adults in U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child.(http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp) 

90% of U.S. welfare recipients are high school dropouts (http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)

In U.S. one child in four grows up not knowing how to read. (http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)

$80 billion or more each year in lost worker productivity (FYI citation: http://www.literacypartners.org/literacy-in-america/impact-of-illiteracy) 

H.S. seniors who read at or above Proficient has been declining since 1992. @WeWrite4U_Lit @Literacy_4_Life @literacycoop (http://www.rif.org/us/about/literacy-facts-and-stats.htm)


Now I have a new book to introduce to you. And what better time to have a book about fairies, demons and witchcraft? October is just around the corner so is All Hallows Eve. Also you'll want to take advantage of the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light






 In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, demons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.



The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watcher’s Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions







About the Author



"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."

-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online on AmazonDeirdra's websiteFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Part 9, The Pros Give Us Some Advice, Featuring Valerie Storey & @WeWrite4U_Lit

I stumbled on Valerie Storey's work, and I was so taken with the first book I read of hers, that I had to read another. She is a writer of compelling tales. It's no wonder her last name is what it is. She is a remarkable STOREYteller. Today she's sharing her advice with us.

AVAILABLE ON AMAZON


Short Summary for Better Than Perfect:

When fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Haddon’s mother sends her from England to live with relatives in New Zealand, she is confronted with an unfamiliar world of foreign social values and sibling power struggles. Living with her domineering Auntie Faye and in the company of her beautiful, but enigmatic, cousin, Ravenna, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to be accepted by her new and seemingly perfect family. But perfection comes at a price, and Elizabeth quickly learns that appearances can be deceiving, forcing her to choose between a life of conformity or one of independence.

Advice for Writing YA Fiction:


To me the most important thing about writing for the YA market is to remember and record what it was like to be a young adult: all the pain, the joy, the worry, the confusion and especially the belief that no one, no one in the whole world can possibly understand what you’re going through. When I’m writing YA, I like to keep a journal solely for my young adult memories. I use the Natalie Goldberg prompt of “I remember. . . ” and go back to everything I can, from school to family to even what I wore and read at the time. I don’t hold anything back—just let it all out, exactly as I did at fifteen!




Valerie's advice brings to mind those journals we all kept as teens. I think mine were lost during some move to another state or country, but I do remember scribbling my thoughts and feelings into small leather bound books. Since I no longer have those scribblings, I think I'll take Valerie's suggestions and start pouring out what I remember of that time. It will be interesting what comes onto the page.


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If you haven't joined us yet in supporting Literacy in the month of Sept. I hope you will sign up today, copy the prepared Tweets to tweet about this issue, and retweet those that are up.  You can make this a special month for readers and writers. 




  • Sign up. 
  • Copy and paste the prepared Tweets, which I will refresh two times for your convenience. 
  • Tweet your heart out. 

12 TWEETS ( in parentheses I’ve put the source just in case you need it. Be sure to delete the citation or the tweet will be too long.) Hope you'll create some of your own, too.

Literacy is learned. Read to your kids. @WeWrite4U_Lit

Volunteer to teach reading. You're needed. @WeWrite4U_Lit

People who read contribute to our society. @WeWrite4U_Lit

Without literacy democracy doesn't stand a chance. @WeWrite4U_Lit

46% of American adults can't understand the label on their prescription medicine@WeWrite4U_Lit(http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp)

44 million adults in U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child.@WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp)

90% of U.S. welfare recipients are high school dropouts@WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)

In U.S. one child in four grows up not knowing how to read.@WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)

$80 billion or more each year in lost worker productivity@WeWrite4U_Lit (FYI citation: http://www.literacypartners.org/literacy-in-america/impact-of-illiteracy)

By end of 4th grade 2/3 of low-literacy students end up in jail or on welfare.@WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)

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You don't have to write YA to use this technique. How do you capture the voice of your characters? Do you journal?  Have you joined in @WeWrite4U_Lit. No? And why would that be? 




Friday, September 12, 2014

Celebrating The Small Things and Chrys Fey's New Book and Tree of Lifers

Here's the LINKY

Co-Hosts: 
DIANA WILDER

LG KELTNER @writing off the edge
KATIE @TheCyborg Mom
CAFFEEMAGGIEATO @mscoffeehouse

It was one speeding train of a summer, but I've had the chance to celebrate a lot of small things. 

Wild Blackberries, Grapes, Jam, Tomatoes, Peaches and Apples. All small but fabulously tasty fresh food. 

I also launched a book, read some new stories by friends and some old stories by classic writers. 

I took a few hikes, saw my kids, basked in the sun and ate on the deck at sunset. No sense in waiting for heaven when you can have it right here.


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Now I'm handing it over to Chrys Fey and her new book. It sounds exciting. 

When a woman finds herself in the middle of a war between a police force and the Mob, 30 SECONDS is a long time.

Title: 30 Seconds
Author: Chrys Fey
Genre: Romantic-Suspense
Heat Rating: Spicy (PG13)
Length: Novella (105 pages)
Format: eBook
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Published: 09/10/2014


BLURB: 

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob's death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart's life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she's dodging bullets, she's falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat? 


EXCERPT:

       She panted with fear. What if they see the chest? What if we get caught? What if my breath stinks and I’m breathing right into Officer Hottie’s face? She shut her mouth and let oxygen flow through her nose.
Her eyesight slowly adjusted to the darkness and she could see Officer Herro’s silhouette. His head was turned and he was listening to the thuds of heavy boots getting louder; the intruders were coming their way.
Then the thunder of footsteps sounded right next to them. “There’s no one here, Red,” someone announced.
“Look for documents,” a man ordered, who Dani could only assume was Red. “I want the name of the person I’m going to kill.”
A moment later, there was a reply. “All the mail is addressed to a Dr. Hart.”
Hearing her name said aloud by one of the men who had ransacked her place made her want to gasp. Her mouth fell open and her breath was reversing into her lungs, but before she could make a sound, Officer Herro lowered his lips to hers, silencing her. Stunned, she could only lie beneath him with her eyes wide and her body tense. She couldn’t believe he was kissing her. She wanted to push him back, but knew if she did he might hit the inside of the chest, giving away their hiding place. That was when she realized he was kissing her so she wouldn’t gasp.
She let her body relax. After her initial shock faded, she was able to feel his lips. They were comforting and caused a reaction deep inside her. She couldn’t stop her lips from reacting to his. It was an innocent connection, a soft touch of lips. Until his hand slid from her shoulder to her neck and the kiss deepened into something else.

BOOK LINKS:

Chrys Fey is a lover of rock music just like Dani Hart in 30 Seconds. Whenever she's writing at her desk, headphones are always emitting the sounds of her musical muses -especially that of her favorite band, 30 Seconds to Mars, the inspiration behind the title.

30 Seconds is her second eBook with The Wild Rose Press. Her debut, Hurricane Crimes, is also available on Amazon.

Discover her writing tips on her blog, and connect with her on Facebook. She loves to get to know her readers!

AUTHOR LINKS:
Bonus – The 6 Books Dani Stacks on Blake’s Nightstand:

1.    Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill
2.    The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3.    The Devil Wears Scrubs by Freida McFadden
4.    Beautifully Awake by Riley Mackenzie
5.    Beautifully Done by Riley Mackenzie
6.    The Shining by Stephen King

QUESTION: Do you have books on your nightstand? 

Good question, Chrys. Right now I have a loaded Kindle and one paperback of Ray Bradbury short stories that I've just finished. Dani's selection is much more adventurous than mine.


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“As a lasting tribute to Tina, I, along with 25 amazing authors, are publishing audiomachine‘s TREE OF LIFE: Branching Out collaborative story in ebook format on Amazon, launching Sept. 12th! Stunning book cover designed by gifted graphic artist and composer, Ryo Ishido. All proceeds of the TREE OF LIFE ebook will benefit the Downey Education Fund set up for Tina’s two boys.” 


 This is so fitting, since Tina contributed to this anthology. 

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My Quote for the Day: "For some reason, people want to see you fail. That's not  your problem, that is their problem." Sandra Bullock



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Rifters Launch and We Write For You Continues

I'm really excited about having M.Pax here today to celebrate her launch of  THE RIFTERS. Let's see what this new series is all about.  Oh, and THE RIFTERS is FREE on AMAZON. Get your copy now.





The Gold Rush trickles to a fool’s quest and a string of stagecoach heists. In 1888, Earl Blacke decides to make a new start and become a better man. He escapes into the mountains, heading north. In the wilds of Oregon, a rift inside an ancient volcano opens and sends him into the future, into the present day. It also shaves forty years off his age, forty years to live over again and atone for what he’s done.

Starting over is hard to do. In current day New York, Daelin Long’s dream job at a publishing house goes the way of the dinosaurs her sister chases. With no money and nowhere else to go, Daelin accepts the librarian position in her sister’s dinky town in the middle of Oregon. Nestled inside ancient volcanic peaks, the town of Settler holds onto many secrets. Residents roam the streets with weirdly fashioned devices, and odd lights pulse in the night skies. People whisper of a phantom outlaw and start dying, murdered and missing their heads. On top of it all, Daelin’s sister is missing, and Daelin doesn’t know who to trust.

Earl knows more than he’s saying. He shares a notorious history with the phantom, one he’ll see remains buried. Keeping Daelin’s sister’s secrets is his only chance at redemption, and the only way to keep this world safe.


The Rifters is available at an introductory price. The second book in the series, The Initiate, will be available October 20, 2014. It’s up for preorder for a special price at iTunes, Amazon, and B&N. Check HERE for links. Giveaways and events are ongoing through October 31, 2014. Check HERE for details.







M. Pax is author of the space adventure series The Backworlds, plus other novels and short stories. Fantasy, science fiction, and the weird beckons  to her, and she blames Oregon, a source of endless inspiration. She docents at Pine Mountain Observatory in the summers as a star guide, has a cat with a crush on Mr. Spock, and is slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. Learn more at mpaxauthor.com.
There are some great opportunities to win some books. They're just a CLICK away. Be sure to check them out.


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Have you signed up yet for We Write For You? (TwitterHandle:@WeWrite4U_Lit). If not here's your chance.  

1. Let me know you're interested by signing up on the Linky. If possible grab the code and share it on your blog.

2. Below are some pre-written Tweets and I'm hoping we can TWEET UP A STORM with Tweets and RT's the month of September.

3. I've created a LIST/GROUP for Twitter @WeWrite4U_Lit, so please join and use the group's handle.

4. I've followed and been followed by these literacy groups: 

@supportliteracy 
@LitPartners 
@literature_dp
@literacycoop
@HouLit

You might want to add some of them to spread your tweets.

5. Add the Linky to your blog or put in a link to The Write Game, so others can sign up. I'll keep the Linky on my blog until the last week in September.

12 FRESH TWEETS ( in parentheses I’ve put the source just in case you need it. Be sure to delete the citation or the tweet will be too long.) Hope you'll create some of your own, too.

Literacy is learned. Read to your kids. @WeWrite4U_Lit

Volunteer to teach reading. You're needed. @WeWrite4U_Lit

People who read contribute to our society. @WeWrite4U_Lit

Without literacy democracy doesn't stand a chance. @WeWrite4U_Lit

46% of American adults can't understand the label on their prescription medicine@WeWrite4U_Lit(http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp)

44 million adults in U.S. can't read well enough to read a simple story to a child.@WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp)

90% of U.S. welfare recipients are high school dropouts@WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)

In U.S. one child in four grows up not knowing how to read.@WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)

$80 billion or more each year in lost worker productivity@WeWrite4U_Lit (FYI citation: http://www.literacypartners.org/literacy-in-america/impact-of-illiteracy)

By end of 4th grade 2/3 of low-literacy students end up in jail or on welfare.@WeWrite4U_Lit (http://www.begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)