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Author Tara Chevrestt - Plotter or Pantser?

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I would like to welcome Tara Chevrestt back to my blog! You may remember she was a guest poster here not too long ago, and I hope to see her back! She's good people! Now let's find out if she's a Plotter or a Pantser? 
Am I a plotter or a pantser? For those of you who don’t eat, breathe, sleep, and crap books and writing, let me explain what that is... A plotter is an author who sits down and makes an entire outline or synopsis before they begin writing their story. A pantser just sits down and writes, making it up as they go. I’ve done both. *sheepish chuckle* When I first started writing, I just knew I wanted to write, that a story was itching to be told. The first book I wrote (not the first published) was Ride for Rights. I tried my best to base it on the real life women who rode their motorbikes across the U.S., but only had so much data to go on. So, keeping the real life facts in mind and incorporating what I could, I made the rest up. I even went so far as to close my…

Kidnapped By My Characters, by Anjie Harrte

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I would like to welcome Anjie Harrte to my blog today. She is going to let us know whether or not she plans what she writes (Plotter) or if she wings it by the seat of her pants (Panster).


Kidnapped by my characters Sometime during my many chores and many responsibilities, ideas for stories creep up on me; however, I must retain them in my mind until I am behind a computer. Why? Because I am a panster.
I don’t plot, I don’t plan and I am not organized. I don’t make detailed sheets of who my characters are and what make them up, at least, I don’t do any of these things in the beginning. I sit behind a computer and tap away at the keys. The story flows in my mind and as it goes, I write. I spend a lot of time going back and forth checking details and names so that it remains the same throughout.
When I sit down to edit then I am faced with the task of character sheets and plots. My characters are very secretive; they tend to hold back details about themselves in the beginning. It is throu…

Blog Review Policies Make Me Crazy!

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Find out on the MasterKoda Blog Tour why the search for bloggers for my debut novel caused me such grief...  http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.com/2012/07/why-natalie-star-is-pissed.html?showComment=1343014199787#c1588411442242558889

***Special thanks to author Tara Chevrestt for hosting me this week!*** 

Got A Favorite Marilyn Monroe Quote?

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On August 5, 1962 Marilyn Monroe's life ended all too soon.  She left a nation of fans to mourn then; and a world of fans who honor her life today. We want to celebrate her 'un-lived life' by honoring her memory and giving the world a look into 'what if Marilyn Monroe had lived?'

We will be hosting special book signings; volunteering with our armed forces (Marilyn was a big supporter and performed many times for the USO); volunteering at our local animal rescue; guest appearances on radio shows; and other signature events.nts throughout the month of August.
Before August hits, we want to vamp up our website and Facebook pages.  We would love to include some of your favorite Marilyn quotes up.
We’re sure you have a favorite quote; most of us have more than one.  A lot of our favorites come from the movies, music, or television.  For some of us, our fave’s end up in our daily repertoire of snappy come backs, lol!  So, to help you along, we have listed some of our favori…

Pretty Sacrifices Blog Tour

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BLURB FOR PRETTY SACRIFICES:
In the post-apocalyptic world following a pandemic, dark angels arrive in Glory's small hometown to claim the eternal souls of her loved ones. Targeted by evil because of her heroism during the great plague, Glory fights back with the help of gutsy young witch Kaia, inexperienced guardian angel Sasha, and her intrepid demon-fighting dog Hallelujah. Complicating everything, a rift in time reunites Glory with an old flame and forces her to pay a huge price for love. The legend of Glory continues!
The second book in the Legend of Glory trilogy!
Glory was nominated for the 2011 Best Popular Paperback for Young Adults List, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association.


AUTHOR BIO:
Bestselling author Devin O'Branagan writes novels about uncommon heroes. Her genres include young adult urban fantasy, paranormal thrillers, and comic mysteries. She also writes a humor column for TAILS Magazine, is a memb…

Meet the Echoes of Winter Characters!

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First, I'd like to welcome Dominique Goodall to my blog. Today she will give us some insight on her title and character names for her story Echoes of Winter. When you are finished reading the names and their meanings chime in on them down in the comments section so Dominique and I can chat with you! Thanks for stopping by!


Echoes of Winter – a tale of wolves, cougars, lynxes, wildcats and dogs. The name itself is meant to be evocative, made to be remembered. It started when I knew I wanted my book set in winter – and what happens when a wolf howls? The sound echoes. I had an image in my mind of how a howl would sound, especially when partnered with the snow…and it instantly fit into place. I lovethat all the creatures I write about can survive in the snow, as well as the weather and environment in the coming few books. A friend suggested something ‘of Winter’ and it didn’t take long before the name was complete and I had it in mind every time I wrote. I even loved/love the way I ca…

Oh, THAT Book! - Amadi Kyymm

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I'd like to welcome Amadi Kyymm to my blog today! Today she is telling us about her current WIP (work in progress)... 


My Book? What Book? Oh, THAT book!


My yet to be published book, “The Knight Riders” started out as a humble two chapters, that I'd posted on my Writing.com account portfolio. The poor thing stayed there for about two and a half years. This was despite the fact that several of my friends read it, liked it, and asked why didn't I write a book about the two characters I'd introduced. Back then I had serious “issues” in my life and wasn't really interested in or had time to do that.

The poor story sat there and gathered virtual dust until NaNoWriMo 2011 (National November Write Month) rolled around. I wanted to make my second try at winning NaNo. The first time I'd failed to finish after one week because of internet problems (Verizon be forever cursed). 

I was wondering what to write, and was simply too frazzled to start something new. So, I revisited …