Friday, July 25, 2014

Cover Reveal Sign Up

I'm getting so excited to publish my YA zombie book, FLESH EATING ZOMBIES AND EVIL EX-GIRLFRIENDS! I have an awesome, creepy cover, which I will be revealing August 15th!

 
Erwin is in hell--- Locked in his high school with his ex-girlfriend, her new pain-in-the-ass boyfriend, and a handful of others while zombies claw at the doors trying to fight their way in.

The bright light in the dark is Sylvia, whose strength helps hold Erwin together
when everything is falling apart.

When they realize the school is no longer safe, Erwin is determined to keep the group together and get them all to safety. But he can’t save everyone.
 
 

If you are interested in helping out with the reveal, I would really, really appreciate it! You can sign up here.

You can also add FLESH EATING ZOMBIES AND EVIL EX-GIRLFRIENDS to your TBR list on Goodreads!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

IWSG: Brain Freeze


It's Insecure Writers Support Group day! Yay! A day for writers to pour out their insecurities to other writers, the only people who know how their feeling and can really help.

Thank you to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating the IWSG, and for just generally being awesome. A better person this writing community could not find.

Also, big thanks to Alex's cohosts this month, Krista McLaughlin, Kim Van Sickler, Heather Gardner, and Hart Johnson!





Here's the problem, I know I should be writing but I'm not. I'm grumpy when I don't write, and happy when I do. I know this. And yet. . . Some days I just can't seem to motivate myself to get started. There are kids running around me all day being loud and needing stuff, you know, like lunch. And come evening I'm exhausted and just want to hang out with my husband and watch Law and Order.

So. . . how do I regain my focus? My drive? Actually, sometimes driving helps. I can't listen to music while I write, but listening to music in the car often times gets my creative juices flowing. In the car my characters start having conversations in my head. Don't know why, but it's true.

The other thing that helps is just freaking doing it. Just forcing my "butt in chair." Rereading the last scene I wrote and then writing what happens next. Usually the transition is awful, I don't know what I want to say so it all comes out crap. But then something happens and the characters take over and things start to come more easily. (And going back and fixing the crappy parts is what revisions are for, right?)

How about you? Do you ever get in writing funks? What do you do to get out of it?

PS. I want to apologize for having turned Captcha back on. I know it's a pain, but I've been getting a ridiculous amount of spam. Mainly for things pertaining to a piece of anatomy I don't even have. So I'm going to turn it back on for awhile. Sorry for the inconvenience. :(

Friday, June 27, 2014

Lucky Seven

Thank you to Linda Budzinski for tagging me in this! If you don't know Linda, you should. You can find her on her blog or on Facebook.

Here's how it works: I have to turn to page 7 or 77 of my current work in progress, count down to the 7th line, and print the next 7 lines. Then I get to tag more writers. Sound like fun? I think so! :)

This is from page 7 of my YA contemporary WiP, GIRL IN TROUBLE.


Since I’m a new patient they want to know all about my medical history, and apparently the medical history of my entire bloodline. If my great-great Grandmother’s sister had a persistent hangnail, they want to know about it.

Once that’s all finished the nurse checks my blood pressure, temp and weight. Then Mom and I sit in a cold little room and wait for the doctor.
 
“Are you nervous?” she asks, putting her hand on mine. I take a deep breath and shake my head. It’s a lie of epic proportions.


So now onto the tagging! I'm going to tag Leigh Covington, Suzi Retzlaff, Lizzy Charles, Jessica Salyer, Jenny S. Morris, Monica Ropal, Susan Crispell, and Meradeth Houston.


Oh, and PS. I was over at the YA Nightstand's blog yesterday talking about fairy tales! Come say hello! :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Happy Book Birthday to Annalisa!


For no reason whatsoever, Annalisa thought it would be fun to answer some of the questions that Jackie magazine asked the stars of the day (this example is from 1984 – and the victim was Johnny Marr from The Smiths). She will be answering one question on each of the random blogs taking part!

Question: If you were going to have something named after you, what would you suggest?

Annalisa's answer: A chocolate bar!

And my answer:

Oh! That's a good answer!
I'll say a cereal, one with marshmallows.

Congratulations on the release, Annalisa! I can't wait to read it!


Our Beautiful Child is available right now!  

“The Boathouse collects misfits. Strange solitary creatures that yearn for contact with the outside world, but not too much. They sit, glass in hand, either staring at the table in front of them, or at some distant point on the horizon.” 

… so says the narrator of Our Beautiful Child. And he’s been around long enough to know.

People end up in this town almost by accident. Ella is running away from her nightmares, Sally is running away from the memories of previous boyfriends and Rona is running away from university. Each of them seek sanctuary in the 18th century pub, The Boathouse; but in fact, that’s where their troubles begin.

Ella finds love, a moment too late; Rona discovers a beautiful ability which needs refining before she gets hurt; and Sally meets the captivating Murray, who threatens to ruin everything.

Three women. Three stories. One pub.




Thursday, June 5, 2014

Guest Post: Theresa Paolo, and a Giveaway!

I'm excited to welcome the amazing Theresa Paolo to my blog today! Her newest book, (Once) Again comes out June 17th! I've read it, (I'm lucky like that) and I can tell you it is great!

I'm going to pass things along to Theresa, who's sharing her playlist!


First off a big thank you to Rachel for having me on your blog today!

I don't always listen to music while I write, but for some reason I couldn't listen to it enough when writing (Once) Again. I was constantly plopping headphones in my ears and losing myself in Josh's world. So many songs made me think of Josh and Kat as if I was hearing their soundtrack when I was drafting their story. Today I'm going to share those with you.



Nice choices, Theresa!




(Once) Again (Again, #2)
 
 
Josh will have to reconcile his past… In order to make Kat his future. After surviving a real-life nightmare, Josh Wagner is sent home from his dream college on crutches.
Bedridden and tormented by flashbacks, he’s just seen his world shattered and his baseball scholarship go up in smoke. Josh’s family hires a health aide to help take care of him, but when he opens the door, the last person he expects to see is his biggest regret…
Katherine Singleton is the only girl Josh has ever loved. Now, even though she’s only taking care of him because it’s her job, Josh is determined to win her back. But Kat had to move on after their breakup two years ago, and despite her feelings for Josh, a lot has happened since he left…
When Kat’s past comes back to haunt her, Josh decides it’s his turn to take care of her. But protecting her—and redeeming himself—will put Josh in the line of fire again. Will he survive this time?
 
You can add (Once) Again to your TBR list on Goodreads,
and Pre-order it on Amazon!!

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

IWSG


Happy Insecure Writers Support Group, everyone! It's the first Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means. (And if you don't, go HERE to find out more and sign up!)

Big thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and his wonderful co-hosts this month, C. Lee McKenzie, Tracy Jo, Melanie Schulz, and LG Keltner!

Everyone month we get together to share our woes and insecurities, and to give each other encouragement.




I've been trying to stay positive lately, focus on the sharing encouragement part, but it's not always easy. We all go through times of not feeling good enough, of feeling like we'll never be good enough. (That's why we have the group, right?) And I've been in that place a lot lately.

I don't think my goals are too huge, I'm not aiming to be an international best-seller or anything like that. I want to get an agent. I want to hold a book of mine in my hands. And some day I'd love to find a book of mine in an actual bookstore. But right now those goals seem too far out of reach. *sigh*

I'm trying to just not think about it. That's my plan. To write, write, rewrite, and not worry about the goals. To focus on the work, which I enjoy, of course, or I wouldn't be doing it. I'm trying to get wrapped up in my characters and their stories, and let all the rest of it fade away.

And most of the time it works. :)

Brightly Colored Art Print - Picasso Quote- Inspiration exists but it has to find you working via Etsy 
What works for you? How do you keep away the doubts?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Decisions, Decisions, and an Announcement

So this last weekend I made a tough decision. Many of you have probably heard me talk about my YA zombie book at some point in the past. It's one I wrote for my husband, and may have given up on a long time ago if not for him.
 
This last month I received two offers on it, from two small publishers. After a LOT of thinking, I decided to turn them both down and self publish it. I've been thinking about self pubbing it for a long time, in fact I've already made a cover for it, and I decided this weekend that it's the right path for this book.
 
It's a bit scary, but at least I've done it once before now, so I know what to expect. And I have amazing critique partners who are willing to support me. (Seriously, I love you girls so much!)
 
 
So, on September 17th, I will be releasing
FLESH EATING ZOMBIES AND EVIL EX-GIRLFRIENDS.

 
Wish me luck! :)