Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Four Uses for an Insecure Writer & Evernight Teen Giveaway

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  • You're washed up before you begin. 
  • Nobody wants to read your stuff. 
  • The rejections come back before the send key is cool. 


What's so strange then about being just a little INSECURE? 

Nothing, but to ease any tension--should any of these be nagging at you--I've come up with some alternative uses for you... and me. Don't thank me, please. I'm preparing for all of these after this post goes live.


Inspect Keyboards




Do Line Edits




Generate Memes



Function as a Door Stop




Any other uses for Insecure Writers that you can think of? For heaven sakes share! But call me first because this was my idea. And read on because there's some free books and a $100 dollar gift certificate waiting for you below.






Visit EVERNIGHT TEEN to see all of their books.


EVERNIGHT TEEN is celebrating their anniversary this month with a 3rd Birthday Blog Hop. It’s EVERNIGHT TEEN’s birthday but we're giving out the presents with a Grand Prize of a $100 Amazon gift certificate!

EVERNIGHT TEEN books feature fresh teen fiction that is raw, gritty and real. Whether paranormal, contemporary, sci-fi or suspense, our books are about real issues and pack a strong emotional punch. You’ll find cutting edge fiction that today’s young adults can relate to and will keep you turning the pages long into the night.



Here are some excerpts of some reviews.

By Carla Davis

I decided to give Double Negative a try because the sample dragged me in from the first paragraph until I had to read the whole thing! It's so rare to see well done first person, but this book does it masterfully. Hutch has a real voice that must be rendered in the way the author has chosen. No lazy writing here!


By ltg584

I could tell within pages that this book was pure genius and it only became more apparent the deeper I was pulled into the story. I devoured it as quickly as I could… and now it’s over! :( I wish there was some way that it could be a series, just so I could have more! I have already been perusing the author’s other works, debating over which one to read next.

By Night Owl Reviews

Double Negative is just amazing. Reading it felt like being on emotional roller-coaster.




I’m proud to be an EVERNIGHT TEEN author. Enjoy this tease from my book, Double Negative.
"My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn't been laid yet. I couldn't go into the slammer before that happened." Hutch McQueen

TEASE: This is a short bit of a scene between Hutch and Fat Nyla. They get along most of the time, but not today. Nyla's one of my favorite characters in this book because she's often fragile and under attack by the "in-group" of girls, especially on a website called Mona Knows. Yet Nyla refuses to be beaten. 


I see her before she sees me, but when she does, man, does she shoot lasers at me with her eyes. I walk fast and stop her at the edge of the lawn. “Look, I’m a sleaze, okay? I’m sorry, but that’s just the way I was made.”

“What do you need?” 

“Nothing.” That’s pretty much the truth at the moment. By using one eye to read I’m doing more of the homework. If I hold one of them magnifying glasses over a page I can even look up words in the dictionary, so while it takes a lot of time, I can almost get through Deek’s assignments. Still I don’t want to take any chances. Nyla’s brain could be the difference between me staying a junior for a long time or making it to my senior year. I need to be on her good side.

She passes me and starts toward Larkston High.

“I said I’m sorry. Liz and me . . . well we kind of—”

“Just shut up.” She keeps walking, her eyes down.

“I came to try and—”

She wheels around so fast I run smack into her and have to back up.

“You’re a creep.” Nyla pokes me in the chest with her finger, and I back up some more. “I know what you call me. Not to my face, but when you talk about me to other kids.”

I try for one of those neutral looks, like I don’t know what she’s talking about.

“Let me refresh your memory.” She’s squared off in front of me with her hands on her hips. “Fat Nyla! That’s what you call me. That’s what Mona Knows calls me, and she got it from you.”

“Mona who?”

I don’t expect her to sock me, so when her fist comes at me I take the full wallop on the left side of my jaw. One minute I’m there with the sidewalk under my feet and the next that sidewalk is pressed against my cheek. 







I'm offering two eBooks of Double Negative during Evernight Teen's super celebration.  All you have to do is say you'd like a copy and leave your email in a comment. I'll put your name in the "hat".


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76 comments:

  1. Doorstop - funny!
    Get them drunk and let them loose at a party? Could be amusing.

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    1. I think we writers should take ourselves less seriously. Seriously.

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  2. Great excerpt! Congrats on the third anniversary! Yes, rejections will always come in many ways. Gotta get tough!

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  3. Congrats to Evernight Teen.

    Don't you wish you'd invented Grumpy Cat?

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  4. Hi,
    I hope I connected up successfully. I will drop in during the Evernight Teen Blog hop.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

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  5. Hi Lee - 'Learn to Study', I guess this should come first 'Learn to Read' ... the Evernight Teen Blog Hop .. sure would love a copy of your book ... and my email is ... as you know ...

    All the best - cheers Hilary

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  6. I think I'd be a master at the keyboard inspector job. Thanks to you I may have finally found my true calling.
    Congrats on those excellent reviews!

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    1. I try to be helpful, Julie. Let me know what profession finally calls you.

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  7. *LOL* I needed that laugh. I'm guilty of browsing memes!

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    1. Like Diane said, why couldn't I have thought him up?

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  9. Awesome memes. I feel inspired now. Evernight Teen sounds good too. I've not come across that before. Thanks for the tip.

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  10. Happy Birthday to Evernight Teen! And yay for those great bits about Double Negative - love that book!
    I think I inspect the keyboard too often. :)

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  11. Wow, great reviews Lee. Thanks too for the laugh. My hair makes a great feather duster, and with rejects piling up,I'm ready to chew the keyboard.

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    1. I was thinking that I could make the big bucks if I supplied writers with tiny pills guaranteed to take all insecurity away. Or maybe just sell new keyboards to those who chew them or throw them out.

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  12. A great use for an insecure writer is to pour drinks for the rest of us. lol Great event by Evernight!

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  13. Well Deserved Reviews!!! I've said it before, loved Double Negative!!

    I need to do more line edits. I was going over a finished ms and no matter how hard I try, I find silly errors....

    Have a nice week!!!

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    1. Thanks, Cathrina! Get those line edits under control, knowing you're not alone.

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  14. "Function as a doorstop." Haha! I want those fake legs and Ruby shoes sticking out from under my bookcase. ;)

    Congrats on those great reviews!

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    1. I'm thinking I should find some of those and send them to friends.

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  15. I liked function as a doorstop too. Cute! Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It's one very practical use for those of us captured by the insecurity of writing.

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    1. Ah. At last validation for completion of a task. Thank you.

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  17. That's an awesome doorstop.
    Great reviews too! Congrats!

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    1. Hi Lynda,

      So glad you liked my doorstop. Oh, and the reviews. Thanks.

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  18. Well, who knew there were so many uses for us insecure writers! Talk about turning lemons into lemonade! :)

    A big congratulations to you! Excited for you!

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    1. If we don't laugh about our situation, we can't ever be happy. I want happy. Thanks so much for the visit.

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  19. So that's where my magnifying glass went! I've been looking all over it. And of course I want to read Double Negative.

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    1. Sorry. I stole your magnifying glass for this post. I'll return it later. Maybe. Your name's in the hat!

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  20. What an excellent book trailer. It was one of the best I've seen. It hooked me and I'm an adult.

    I also enjoyed your post. Love your writing/posting voice, very enjoyable. Loved your uses for insecure writers too, You are just awesome. Seriously I really had fun reading your post.
    Happy Writing
    Juneta Writer's Gambit

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    1. Good gravy. I haven't been called awesome since I was fifteen and might have been. Well, only in my own mind. But it felt good then and it feels good now. Great to meet you! Come back.

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  21. Okay, I went on to listen to your podcast you have post and I grab a copy of Alligators Overhead. I love the title, the trailer and it sounds like a fun read. Your cover is gorgeous. The cover on the sequel is also great, Anyway just had to tell you. I have not been taken and surprised by something like that---you actually excited my Muse, since you are a writer I know you understand what I mean. I want to affect readers the way you affected me. Yup, you're awesome. Now I gotta go read the book.
    Juneta Writer's Gambit

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    1. This is one of the best compliments I've had since I started writing and publishing. Thanks for taking the time to leave it, and thank you for buying Alligators Overhead!

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  22. You can use an insecure writer as a crash test dummy!

    Really great excerpt!

    Heather

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    1. Brilliant! I'm adding that to my list.

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  23. You're an interesting writer. The teaser does whet the appetite, I feel. The giveaway is a fun thing as well.

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    1. Glady to stopped by to leave a comment. Hope you'll come again.

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  24. Ha, ha, I do all those things. And I highly recommend Double Negative.

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    1. Hi, Beverly. We have to laugh at ourselves, don't we?

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  25. I TRULY loved your post! You 'nailed' the feeling of insecurity. But you forgot "Oh, my ideas are NOT good enough!" Or any other excuse we can come up with.

    I do appreciate your comments on my blog. Thanks for being a great support~

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    1. That one might have to go to the head of the list. Thanks.

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  26. Oh jeez am I guilty of the meme search.. sometimes for a little too long.

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  27. Hire them to hand out drinks at a starving artist show? Just to prove we're in good company.

    Happy Birthday to Evernight!! I still need to read Double Negative. It looks great.

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  28. Love Hutch's voice! And yeah, a good whallop too. I did that once to a boy for pulling my hair. Learned much later that it meant he liked me. Oops!
    I'd love a copy! yolandarenee@hotmail.com Oh and those ruby slippers too!

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  29. Wow! You have me hooked. I feel the scene washing over all my senses. Well done!

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  30. lol some of those sound like they'd hurt a bit

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  31. More rejections...that's a reality. Funny memes. Yay for Evernight Teen's birthday.

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  32. I have Double Negative and look forward to reading it. :) Great excerpt.

    Happy Birthday Evernight Teen! Thanks for the amazing giveaway.
    ~Jess

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  33. Wait, getting rejections back before you hit the send key? That would be AWESOME. It would save so much time and anxiety, not having to wait around for a response.

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  34. Loved the post and the pictures.
    Yvonne.

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  35. You're right, those do ease the tension a bit :) I think there have been some times I've functioned as a door stop. Double Negative sounds like a good read, Happy Birthday to Evernight Teen!

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  36. Ooh, great excerpt. Love Hutch's voice! The tension between him and Nyla is so tangible...

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  37. Great ideas! I love the meme and the doorstop. Good luck with your projects!

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  38. Happy Birthday to Evernight Teen and congrats on your great reviews! Thanks for the laughs, particularly inspecting the keyboard and door stop. Funny.

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  39. Hi human, Lee,

    Pawesome pawst! Of course, I'm not an insecure writer. I do like your suggestions. I would suggest you might have an non-insecure writer's blog hop, or fest, or whatever you blogger gatherers call them these days.

    Well done to Evernight Teen for reaching a third birthday.

    Heck, well done on everything because I thoroughly skimmed through your pawst!

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny xx

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  40. Is there a waiting list for the keyboard inspector and human door stop positions? This was fun, Lee! Congrats on your well-deserved reviews and Evernight's third anniversary!

    Julie

    Julie

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  41. Hahaha! I'd function as a door stop but my ruby slippers are in the shop. Till they come back I'll just lie here and be a throw rug. Have a great weekend and Super Bowl if you watch. Gooo Broncooooss!! :)

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    1. Whoop! They won. And what a game. Here's to getting those Ruby slippers mended and returned with sparkles.

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  42. Function as a door stopper? Hehehe!
    Thanks for the laughs, Lee!

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  43. All the best with all your projects.

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  44. Argh! I'm so sorry I missed this. It sounds great, Lee.

    Hmm...how about cat sitter? Cats love writers...our laptops make a nice warm place to sleep.

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    1. At sitter! Of course. I'm saving that for next month.

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