A Hold On Me Cover Reveal and Giveaway!!!

23 Jul

A hold on me

As promised, here’s a look at Pat Esden’s book cover for A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart Book #1) – Kensington Books (March 2016).

Yesterday, we talked about What Makes a Good Book Cover? It doesn’t happen by accident, and it certainly didn’t for Pat’s novel. There were probably designers, analytics, statistics, and a vast experience of what sells and what just doesn’t. So what makes this cover work? Continue reading

What Makes A Good Book Cover?

22 Jul
Photo by Chronon6.97

Photo by Chronon6.97

We all judge a book by its cover. Don’t deny it, Judgy McJudgerson. I’ve seen you browsing the shelves at your local bookstore, wandering past the endless rows of covers and spines, just waiting for something to jump out at you.

So what is it that grabs your attention? What makes a good book cover? Here are some questions to ask: Continue reading

How To Write A Book In 6 Months

13 Jul
Photo by Alba Garriga

Photo by Alba Garriga

Six months? Impossible, right? No. Nothing’s impossible if you’re willing to work for it. So ask yourself: how bad do you want it?

If you’ve noticed I’ve been MIA recently, it’s because I’m currently writing a novel in six months, and that’s on top of a full-time job that keeps me away from home for ten days at a time.

Even with your job, and your family, and your desire to maintain your sanity, you can do it too. Here’s how: Continue reading

Want A Book Deal? Here’s How I Got Mine:

10 Mar

I’ve got some BIG news to share!

Photo by peaceful-jp-scenery

Photo by peaceful-jp-scenery

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How The Publishing Process Is Like Dating

5 Jan
Photo by Cali4beach

Image by Cali4beach

I love having a blog. Because you can air your dirty laundry for all the world to see. Exes beware! Muahahaha!

No, I’m kidding. But I will vent using writing analogies. No names necessary. You know who you are (totally kidding… mostly). This could get weird.  Continue reading

How To Stay Motivated When You’re STILL Not Published

4 Dec
Photo by NoHoDamon

Photo by NoHoDamon

Why do we do it? We slave over words. We pour our hearts onto a blank page. Instead of ink, we write with our blood, sweat, and tears. At home, our loved ones get neglected, while our work hours are spent with our heads in the clouds. And yet, we plow on. Why?

Agents reject us, publishers ignore us, and the only way we can see our novels in print is if we pay for it. And even then, the only people who will buy a copy are our loved ones (if we haven’t neglected them too much). So why do we keep writing when reality is falling short of our starry-eyed international best-selling expectations? Continue reading

The Writing Process Blog Tour

11 Jul
Photo by Oliver Hammond

Photo by Oliver Hammond

Hey, so today’s post will be a bit different. I was tagged by my writing friend Pat Esden for The Writing Process Blog Tour.

I’ll share a bit about my current work in progress and what my own writing process is like. Maybe you’re the same, maybe you’re totally different, but hopefully we can learn a bit about each other. Continue reading

What Writers Can Learn From Firefly

30 Jun

Doctor Who Filming On LocationFIREFLY. One of the best TV shows of all time. You haven’t seen it? What? I forgive you… I suppose. (It’s been while since I’ve geeked out, so indulge me.)

Firefly is a western in space, people. In space. Starring the charming Nathan Fillion. With a director like Joss Whedon, great writing, award winning CG, and a storyline that stands out from the usual TV drama regurgitant, why did it get cancelled after a single season? If it can happen to Joss, it can happen to you. Continue reading

When Real Life Happens To Your Fiction

16 Jun
Photo by Nic Taylor

Photo by Nic Taylor

Sometimes life just sucks. It doesn’t go exactly the way you would write it. No loose ends neatly tied in bows. No happily ever afters.

But hold on! If life doesn’t work out perfectly, then why should your fiction?

In a world full of skeptics and analyzers, would anyone really believe it if your main character got everything they wanted? Would you believe it if it happened in reality? No! We’d all secretly be wondering when the other shoe is going to drop.

Okay, enough with the negativity. When life’s plot gets twisted, how can we as writers use our own personal experiences to navigate our storylines (if not our lives)? Continue reading

How To Get Your Writing Groove Back

9 Jun
Photo by Fred Scharmen

Photo by Fred Scharmen

“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Diaz

Hello, there. It’s me again. Remember me? Yes, it’s been a while, but I’m still here. I’m still writing.

Amongst many changes and all the ups and downs that have taken control of my life in the last six months, I am still writing. My twitter feed may have dwindled, my blog outright suffered, but I held fast to the golden rule – NEVER STOP WRITING.

I admire those people who write at the same time every day like clockwork, come rain or shine. But sometimes life happens. It really just does. When life forces your writing to take a detour, how do you find your way back?
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