Thursday, February 23, 2012

Young Adult Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop

Young Adult Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop
February 24th to 28th
Hosted by vvb32 reads & 
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer

People will initally ask, "Why is The Keeper in this hop?" There are no vampires, werewolves, ghosts or anything like that. The answer is, because I've created my own little paranormal world with Watchmen, Keepers, Protectors, and Organizers. Down below you can enter for a chance to win a digital copy of my novel, The Keeper. 




The morning of her sixteenth birthday, Billie feels blessed despite the reoccurring nightmare that wakes her. Loving parents, a caring boyfriend, and great friends surround her until an heirloom necklace throws her into a world she never imagined.



 
Don't forget to continue on through the hop! Links are listed below!
Have fun! :)



Thursday, February 16, 2012

Writer's Block?

Okay, so I only have one published eBook out there, and I've only been seriously writing for two years. So what makes me an expert? Trust me, I'm not. This is just my personal opinion. I think most writers who believe in writers block do so because they have this preconceived notion that there is such a thing. I don't believe in writers block. If writers who stumble on their stories don't immediately think "Oh, no! Writers block!” then the mind wouldn't freeze up at the thought.

I believe when you hit a dead end or what you might call "writers block" your content-mind is trying to tell you, "Hey look, were done." End that chapter and start the next, keep it rolling. If you can’t let it go, then you need to listen to the sleeping part of your mind (the subconscious), or your unaware mind, aka your "muse".

What is that? The subconscious mind is where all your thoughts and ideas are stored when your conscious mind is not using them. It's kind of like your own personal file cabinet.

How do you unlock it or open it? Well, it's different for everyone, but when I lie in my bed and relax, and try to NOT think about my story, that's when it happens! If you don't know what works for you then the next time you hit a wall, go lie in a darkened room and relax. Not just your mind, but your body. Start at the top. Think about each body part as you relax them. Start with your scalp, then your face, your neck... and so on. If you do this and take it seriously, you just might fall asleep! (This sometimes works at night when I'm restless). When you finally get down to your toes to relax them, slowly introduce your story to your mind. Then see where it goes.

When you don't have paper/pen or computer nearby the ideas just seem to roll in. Some other approaches you could try: going for a walk, a jog, or go shopping. All the while think about your story. Don't obsess over it, or it will do you no good. Just casually have an inner conversation. No, not with yourself silly, with your characters! Cuz' talking to yourself is just plain crazy!  :)
by ~TheJokersDaughter

Friday, February 10, 2012

Author Martin Crosbie & A Freebie

Meet Martin Crosbie, he always wrote stories. 
As his adventures, and misadventures, took him from Kilmarnock, Scotland, to Vancouver, Canada, he recorded his memories in a series of journals. Today, he's turning those journals into novels.

When not writing, or running long distances, Martin shares his life in Vancouver, with his partner Jacquelyne, and Spock, the most spoiled cat in the world.



Martin, thank you for guest blogging today. I've enjoyed chatting with you online and reading your blog. I haven't read your book yet, but I'm going to get it today!

Every writer has a muse that gets them going. Every writer has trepidations about how to get the story down. And every writer eventually goes somewhere deep when they write.

Martin gives us a look at his experience.

You crawl into this dark, dark hole, and at first, there’s nothing there. There might be people around you, there might even be music playing, or in my case, there might be a window in front of you that looks out into your nudist neighbour’s yard. It doesn’t matter, the hole is still dark, and there’s nothing there. There’s nothing there until you start putting things there, and turn the story that’s in your head, into a story on your computer screen.

            I don’t know anything about how you should write your novel, or your story, and, in writing this blog, I’ve hesitated to talk about the art of writing too much. No, that’s incorrect, I haven’t hesitated-I’ve avoided doing it. I have a theory. I mean, I’ve written one novel. Now, it’s doing fairly well, and I feel I did a very good job on it, but, it’s one novel. There are writers out there who have much more experience than I do that can talk about the art of writing, and what it means to put your thoughts into words and type those words onto your monitor. The other thing is, I don’t think people who come to my website or read this blog on one of the other sites that it’s posted, want to read about writing. I think most of you are readers, not writers, and I don’t think that the art of writing probably interests you very much. I might be wrong though, and some of the folks that are helping me promote “My Temporary Life,” think that I am wrong. So, I’m going to talk about climbing into the hole.

            I hate it and love it at the same time. When I wrote “My Temporary Life” I was in the hole for almost two years, and that’s a long time to spend there. There was the initial climb in, when I had the basic story that I wanted to tell. Then, there was the climb out when I thought I was finished, and then, there was the climb back in, again, and again, as I worked on bringing the story to life and telling it the way it deserved to be told. In between the times that I spent sitting at my desk writing, there were trips in my car with no music, thinking about Malcolm and Heather and Hardly, and how I could tell their story without compromising. And, there were times when I went running through the city streets, or sometimes even on the treadmill, when I would phase out, and immerse myself in the world of Kilmarnock of 1976, or Vancouver of the nineties. Oh, it can be a fun trip, especially when you have that epiphany, and it all starts to fit together, and you can’t wait to write it down. But, it can be a strange trip too, and I’ll share some of it with you. It’ll especially interest you if you’re considering crawling into the hole yourself and writing your story.

            First of all, you will talk to yourself. Yes, you will. You will be in your car, or in a restaurant, or sitting at your desk at work, and you will be mumbling about fathers, and school-teachers, and whatever else is happening in Kilmarnock or Vancouver at the time, or wherever your story takes place. And, people will notice. They won’t say anything to you. Oh, they’ll stare, but they probably won’t say anything to you. And, even if they do, you can always tell them, “it’s okay, I’m a writer.” That might work. I never tried it, I just stared back, but it might.

            Secondly, you will lose touch with reality. The outside world will quite often be the less real of your two worlds, and the world you are creating will be your new reality. I was fortunate in that I enjoyed spending time with my main character, Malcolm, or I suppose the more accurate way to say, it would be, I enjoyed being Malcolm for almost two years. And, I had a pretty good idea that things were going to turn out okay for him, or as good as they could be. That brings me to my newest project, the as yet untitled second novel. I have an amazing story to tell. It was told to me by a gentleman who I met several years ago, on two occasions. The story takes place over a twenty-seven year period, so, even after researching the facts, I had to fill in a lot of the details, and of course, just like my first book, I called it fictional. I love the tale, and I’m relishing bringing all of the details to light, but the first step is, yep, you got it, climbing into that hole.

            I’ve climbed in approximately seventeen times now. By this I mean the initial climb in. This is when you stick your head in and have a look around and try to figure out the best way to tell it. That means, whose point of view do you tell it from? Which tense do you use? And, one of the most important things that I learned after writing “My Temporary Life,” where does it fit? Is it a romance, or a thriller, or an adventure novel? Which genre is it? This is important because when it comes to putting it on a shelf, the bookseller, whether by electronic means, or in a brick and mortar store, needs to be able to classify it somewhere.

             Well, as usual, this new novel has elements of all those genres. The good news is that I have found a way in. I have climbed into the hole and stayed there long enough to begin the story in a way that doesn’t compromise its integrity. I have some flow. When I re-read my work, I like the way it’s being told. In fact, I am so happy that I hope to be able to share some it with you on my website within the next few weeks, just to give you a taste of what’s coming. So, if you’re looking for me over the next few months, I’ll be out running the streets, still training for my upcoming marathon, or sitting at my computer writing the story of the gentleman that I met some years ago. If you happen to see me somewhere, and I’m mumbling to myself, ignore it, I’m just a writer, working away, in the hole, and when I’m in the hole, I don’t see anything. I don’t notice people around me, or hear music, or even notice what’s happening out the window in my nudist neighbour’s yard. Nope, don’t notice a thing, nothing at all.


Martin Crosbie’s first novel, My Temporary Life, has been earning high praise and rave reviews. It is available in eBook form, Friday February 10th to Sunday February 12th for FREE, and will continue to be free to borrow for Amazon Prime Members through April. Take a look, its right HERE. 



You can keep up to date on his newest adventures, and read his opinions on everything from Punk Rock to how he's training for his next marathon at http://www.martincrosbie.com/.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Author Patti Larsen & FREE books!

Who doesn’t love FREE books? I most certainly do! I've read the frist one, Family Magic, and I LOVED it! Five stars from me! :)

TWO DAYS ONLY: Wednesday, February 8th and Thursday, February 9th! Come and get ‘em!

For those with a love of YA paranormal: Family Magic (The Hayle Coven novels, #1) Sixteen year old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord but she just wants to be ordinary. Find it HERE.

And for those who like a thrill in their YA fiction: Run (The Hunted, #1) Reid thinks life has gone back to normal when his sister rescues him from the foster system. All that changes when he is kidnapped and dumped in the wilderness, forced to run from those who want to kill him. Find it HERE.

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Family Magic

Raising the Demon

“Haralthazar,” my mother glided closer to the statue, “we summon you this third night of Power, nine days and nine nights from Samhain Eve, to tighten our bond with you and your realm.” She knelt at the foot of the altar, the picture of the submissive handmaiden. Could she be any more ridiculous? Seriously. “My love, come and be welcome.”

The blinding flash that leapt from her to the statue continued to pour out of her in a deep blue rush of light. I turned my head slightly to the side, squinting in the glare, grateful for the edge of the cowl and the shadow it made. The whole room started to thrum, the floor vibrating with condensed magic as Mom used the energy we had given her to make the doorway that would let my father through.

Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of her new high school while being torn between her attraction to football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond. When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced to face the fact only her power can save her family’s magic.

What readers are saying about Family Magic:

This book has everything. Great family drama, hot boys, magic, witches, demons and difficult choices. This is one of my new favorite books of 2011 and I CANNOT WAIT to read the rest of the series.”

“With a fantastic, empathetic heroine, plenty of magic, an intriguing mystery and incorporating themes involving the search of self, familial relationships, duty and free will, Family Magic is an enchanting and enjoyable read.”

“I think Syd is one of my all-time favorite characters. She is funny and snarky but has a fierce love for her family. I am ready to follow Syd's journey through this series. I was hooked from the first paragraph. I thoroughly enjoyed Family Magic, and I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys paranormal novels.”

(You can read the full reviews on Amazon.com)

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Run

Kidnapped


Alone, Reid gasps in one deep breath, another. It hurts his ribs, his lungs. He manages to roll over on his right side and regrets it. His shoulder screams in protest. Still, he is finally able to wriggle his numb hands loose from what holds him and claws at the cloth around his eyes.

Darkness. But not complete. The moon is up. Trees loom over him, the smell of spruce and fresh air so sharp it almost hurts. He jerks at the plastic ties around his ankles while. his vision swims through a veil of pain-laden tears. He manages somehow to force his screaming hands to work the ties loose and he is free.

Sixteen-year-old Reid thinks life is back to normal. His sister Lucy pulls herself together and cuts him free from a year of foster care. She promises to take care of him, that her new boss and her new life are what they both needed to start again. Until Reid is taken in the middle of the night, dumped in a wild stretch of forest far from home with no idea why he is there. Lost and afraid, he learns to run from the hunters who prowl the darkness, their only pleasure chasing down kids like him. And killing them.

What readers are saying about Run:

“The fear, the thrill, the emotion that comes through in the writing is amazing. There is never a dull moment in this story of survival.”

“If you're a fan of YA books that make your heart pound with the unknown and leave you cringing at places (but in a totally cool kinda way) then Run's the book for you.”

“Reid is such a great strong character and when the story ends, we are left begging for what is to come in the next of the series. This story was unique and SUPER fast-paced! It was a great festival of suspense.”

(You can read the full reviews on Amazon.com)

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Thank you for taking the time to check them out!

Happy reading!

About the Author: Patti Larsen is a middle grade, young adult and adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Her YA thriller series, The Hunted, is available now. The first four books of The Hayle Coven series, Family Magic, Witch Hunt, Demon Child and The Wild are also out now. Her YA paranormal novel, Best Friends Forever, and steampunk series, Blood and Gold, are due early in 2012. She is a full time writer and a part time teacher of her Get Your Book Done program. Patti lives on the East Coast of Canada with her very patient husband and four massive cats.

You can find her:

On her website





Sunday, February 5, 2012

FiveStar Review and Giveaway!

http://thereforyoumelissa.blogspot.com/2012/02/keeper-by-natalie-star.html

Come by Melissa's blog and read the interview and enter the giveaway! Make sure to follow Melissa's blog if you like what you see! :)

The Writer's Voice: Author Natalie Star interview & GIVEAWAY

The Writer's Voice: Author Natalie Star interview & GIVEAWAY:

Natalie Star interview & GIVEAWAY by Devyn Dawson.

Congratulations on your new book release The Keeper.

Stop by and enter to win, or just say hi! :)

Friday, February 3, 2012

STOP BULLYING



Art by by ~pro-vidence at DeviantArt.com

Thinking back on my childhood I can remember being bullied. Regularly. In elementary school I was a target for bullies. Not sure why. Maybe because I was small and quiet. I started school a year younger than most due to a late December birthday. I was also a minority in my classroom so I stood out from the rest. Yes, you can be white and be a minority.

Most of the time it was verbal abuse, but there were two boys who took it to a physical level. One boy was in my class and the other at my bus stop. Nothing too horrible but enough for me to remember them thrity-something years later. I remember their names too. Makes me want to look them up on facebook and see what they've become.

They would throw things at me, pull the chair out from under me so I would fall, shove me into a wall every now and then. The bus-stop-boy threw a basketball at my head and it hit my earring just right so that it stuck into my head behind my ear. Can you say ouch? I cried and it was bleeding. Everyone at the bus stop just stared at me.

There was one time when in the fourth grade I went to use the restroom. There was a girl peeing with the stall door open. I didn't know she was in there until I started to look for a stall to use. I walked by each stall looking for a clean one and I came across her. The girl cussed me out and I didn't know it, but she waited for me. When I got out of my stall she jumped me and dragged me to the stall she was in and shoved my hand in the toilet then forced it in my mouth (she hadn't flushed). That had me so upset I didn't go back to class for a long time because I couldn't stop crying. When I did return, as soon as the teacher looked at me I busted out in tears all over again. I didn't know the girl or her name though. She was in an upper grade. I didn't see her again until a couple of months later, and she just looked through me. I don't think she even remembered me or the incident. But I did.

I wish I was brave enough to tell on them. Why didn't I? I feared they would bother me or hurt me more than they already had, and I didn't want to look like a chicken in front of everyone. I know better now. After awhile they must have gotten bored with me, they eventually left me alone, but the damage was done. Even recalling these situations I can remember the fear and anxiety I had over seeing these kids in school and on the bus every day. So when I read about bullying or see it in a movie I can really empathise with the characters. But bullying isn't just fictional. Bullying is a real part of everyday life for some. Whether being bullied, being the bully, or seeing someone go through it - it all needs to stop. Today. Now. If you need help with bullying, and don't know what to do, ask someone close to you for help, or click the STOP BULLYING link below.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Readers Rockin' Radio Show

I was interviewed tonight by Host Kim Mutch Emerson & her Co-Host Debra on the Readers Rockin Radio of Blog Talk Radio. It was a lot of fun! If you missed it you can catch it~ HERE!

Thanks to Kim and Debra! Hope to visit you again soon! =)