Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Status Update

So for the last few months blog posts have been lacking/skimpy. Part of the reason has more to do with my own feelings as mentioned in a previous post. However, part of it is due to the fact that I have been focusing more on promoting my currently published stories while also writing and editing others. Now some of that promoting has been mentioned in past posts, while others have been mentioned on Facebook. I still plan to focus a lot of more energy on promoting my books for a while, but I have also been thinking about ways I could utilize this blog.

In the past I considered handing out writing tips, and I tried not so subtly to do that by talking about my thoughts as I write and edit my novels. I also considered writing reviews, but the one thing that has always stopped me is that I am a very critical reader. I am not exaggerating. I have put a book down after one sentence because it "just didn't sit right with me". I can't even live up to my own writing expectations so it seems unfair to ask others to. Then again, reviews seem to be one of the best ways for authors to get their names out there without approaching every blogger/reviewer to read their novel.

As I said, I am still thinking and I will hopefully come to a decision soon.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Turning Curse Excerpts Blog Tour Schedule

Book Blog Tour Schedule.


  • Get an eBook Review 15th March
  • Wacky What Ever Wordpress 21st March
  • Wacky What Evers Blogspot 16th March
  • Books with bite 17th March
  • Joey 2711 18th March
  • Booklikes 19th March
  • Blog Tour Genie 20th March
  • Wrap Extaordinaryreads 22nd March

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Third Stop Redirected

Hello again, everyone!

So it seems something came up and the third stop on the blog tour has been changed to Top Shelf Books. I wasn't informed why the stop was changed, but so far I am pleased.

Barring any future changes my next stop should be at The Reading Cat, and it will be an author interview.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Was/is: The Worst Words

I have always been hesitant about giving out advice to writers, mostly due to the fact that writing is an artful and it is ever changing and no one style is right or wrong, but recently I have been reading through other writers' works and one thing sticks out that always puts me off: the constant use of "was/is". Now I know, "was" and "is" are two very important and basic words to English which makes it almost impossible--if not impossible--to write a novel without at least one of them showing up. However, what really irks me is when I read a paragraph and the verb of every sentence is "was"or "is".

Two paraphrase another writer I worked with, "is" is stagnant. You don't want things to be stagnant you want them to be moving. You don't say the picture is on the wall--you say the pictures hangs on the wall. That wall isn't just being--it props up the ceiling and barricades the kitchen from the living room.

As writers we need to inject life into our words and this is one tactic. So please, fellow writers, take this advice under consideration when writing or editing your novels. No one expects your novel to be "is/was" free, but the less they are featured the better.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Third Stop (Orangeberry Book Tour)

Hello again, everyone.

If you haven't already checked it out you can see my author interview at Mommy Adventures With Ravina.

This Friday I will have a guest post on Bunnysreview. So for those of you who have been craving a long post this will be a treat for you...maybe. Okay, I'll be honest with you Internet, I really do not find my blog posts all that entertaining or thought provoking--it's part of the reason I have shied away from extensive posts recently. Even so, I hope the few of you out there who like reading my more wordy posts enjoy my aforementioned guest post.