Remember the music. Remember the dog. Remember Rusty 'B' company
Well if your do the you're either a classic western fan or a dog show lover or both like me. On Facebook, I joined a group that does the Western historical scene and they do it well. So, I had no choice but to follow suit. Today is video day.
Ps. On the weekends in North Carolina I get to watch four episodes of Rin Tin Tin...GO RINNY!
I was asked if I'd like to share in the cover reveal of the cover for HOLD FAST royal blood (2).
I jumped at the chance. Revealing covers to everyone is fun.
Available August 9th 2013 Blurb: Life
doesn't always happen the way it's supposed to. But it is what we
make it. Hold fast to the ones you love. When it seems like all else
is lost, hold fast.
Serienna has been wounded in battle and is
hanging onto life by a thread. Her sister has the ability to heal her
but it leaves her with amnesia. She is in a struggle to regain her
memory. Without her to fulfill the prophesy, the world will be
destroyed by a power-hungry vampire. Will
her soul mate be able to help her break down the mental wall to free
grew up in Oklahoma and developed a love for reading and writing at
an early age. She currently resides in Virginia and is the mother of
two wonderful boys. Her inspiration comes from her family. She
would like to give a special thanks to her Mom, Dad, her twin
Chumeica, her grandmother for believing in her even when others
didn’t, Tich for encouraging her to take that first step in
publishing, and especially her two boys.
Welcome to the Virtual Ebook Fair. An excerpt from the first Chapter:
I hope you enjoy.
smiled when the two grown men started running. On seeing them scramble
breathlessly up the hill apparently another contest had begun. At first,
they ran neck and neck then suddenly, Todd fell. She started to laugh
thinking he decided to be funny. He liked to cut up and would do so
didn’t rise to continue the race Cassie grew a little concerned and
wondered if he had injured himself. She heard Frank shout something at
her. Her husband now began to move faster up the hill toward their
run fast enough. He collapsed not twenty feet from her. His arm reached
out in vain to warn her. Instantly, the sound of laughter died in her
throat. She watched a red stain spread rapidly across the back of her
husband’s blue-checkered shirt. Three arrows protruded from his back as
he lay unnaturally still.
The noise became deafening. Hoots and hollers from the attackers
amplified as they echoed off the nearby hills. Each shattering the
serenity of her once peaceful valley. It took all Cassie’s effort to
keep herself from cowering due to the piercing clamor, and to tend to
the events happening before her eyes.
As she stepped off the porch her legs failed to carry her. Cassie
started to screech an eerie sound as she sank to the ground. The shrill
noises that came from her were a cross between a hungry wolf in pain, and
the roar of a ferocious bear.
The unearthly screams of despair caused the hair on the back of
attacker’s necks to prickle. It stopped the warriors cold in their
tracks. They grew quiet and listened to the anguished cries. However,
their assault hesitated only for a few moments.
Timothy, the couple’s two-month-old son, disturbed by the turbulent
events happening outside responded with howling sobs of his own. Raising
her head she listened and recognized her infant son’s cries. Cassie
hesitated in deciding whether to help Frank as he lay dying, if not
already dead, in the dirt, or go to shield their child.
The infant son that son lay inside the cabin in the handcrafted cradle
especially made for him. It kept him warm and safe, until today.
unconsciously counted the raiding party it consisted of five warriors.
Turning her head toward to the cabin, staring at it, she understood
there would be no time to think of a plan of action; only time for
reaction. She had no choice, but to try to save him. Forcing her legs
to move, through some until today untapped inner strength, she stood up.
Precariously, she began to climb back up the steps onto the porch.
Knowing in truth, she would not be able to protect either of them. In
one surprisingly fluent motion she entered her home and swept her
beloved offspring into her arms.
She turned to discover that
one of the braves had followed her inside. Her eyes filled with terror.
Frozen, she stared at him. After watching a sneer form on his lips, as
her vision locked on to the marks painted on the warrior’s face.
There were five dots under one eye. Only, they were not just dots
they resembled teardrops. Her gut wrenched, knowing those were not
tears for him, but tears of his victims and soon possibly her tears.
The knife blade in his right hand seemed to glow as the sunlight danced reflectively off it.......
This week I was asked (as if my opinion mattered) to vote on a
potential title for a new book.
I didn’t like any of them, and of course I said so. I thought, I
did it nicely, but then again- maybe not (that the author’s
opinion) isn’t it. However, I was trying to be honest.
I guess that’s one of the points I am trying to make. Who’s
opinion matters most when you title your book? What is your title
supposed to do for your work?
In my opinion the title should make the reader seek more
information, or give an indication of what to expect when they flutter
through the pages of your novel.. And that’s why some authors
have been known to be traumatized when it comes to choosing the ‟Perfect
I have it on great authority of the gazillion books Amazon alone
offered the world 145,324* are on hold waiting for thebestest title.
My own experience with titles. I named the piece. I saw it in my
head that way. The whole time I worked on it the title stuck. The storywas
wrapped and weaved around the title. Why, I even listed it that way
in my word processor. So, that should tell you something. Right?
However, when I began to share it and talk about it, in the last
stages, I kept calling it something else. Now, my presumed title that
I worked with for a year and a half was replaced.
Here are some Great Titles.. see if you can tell what the story
would be about.
How to Murder a Pig.
1. How to butcher a hog.
2. Cook book for pork.
3. How to kill off your slob of a
spouse.(BBQ sauce recipe included.)
The Coo-coo next Door.
1. Your neighbor the crazy guy.
2. The extinct bird farm across the
3. Why nice Mr. Rogers shot grannie’s
irritating clock.(not for children)
Soda: the good and bad
1. Helpful hints on using soda for
2. How to remove paint.
3. Cheat your way to win the county
belching contest and win first prize.(A Tape-deck player from 1970)
*no real statistics were harmed and if
they were so what.
On Lisa Day Today ..I have YA author Georgina Hannan.
1. When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was about fourteen. I started a romance
story in a collection of notebooks and my friend joined in with me for a
bit. Unfortunately a lot of that story was lost so I have been
re-writing it and updating it ever since.
2. Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
No, I used to want to be a teacher!
3. What drew you to writing young adultstories?
Well as I started when I was fourteen it was my age group and still
is just. I like writing about the way younger people see and feel about
relationships and situations as it’s a lot different to an adult.
4. Where does your inspiration for these stories come from?
Good question! I’m not really sure, sometimes it’s just a random idea
or its adapted from a dream or an advert or something in my life.
5. What has your experience been like publishing with Fast-Print.net?
They have been very good and very helpful. There have been a few
teething issues but mostly they have been very accommodating and I would
6. What was your favourite chapter to write and why?
My favourite chapter would probably have to be Chapter 8 as I enjoyed
writing it from different views. I won’t say any more than that J
7. Where is your favourite place to write?
My favourite place is my bedroom at my desk, which I just recently set-up J
8. Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
My only routine is I sit at my desk and I have to listen to music otherwise I become distracted by the TV programmes.
9. Do you use a computer/laptop for your first draft or are you a pen and paper writer?
I used to use pen and paper as I knew I’d always have it with me, however I hated typing it all up so I use my laptop now.
10. How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
The characters are usually a mixture of names I like and surnames of
random people or first names of people I know with different surnames.
11. Did you learn anything from writing your book? What was it?
I learnt more about the Dartmoor area and the places available to
visit there. I also learnt that editing is very hard but very rewarding.
12. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
Not that long a few months or so really. It’s the editing that takes the longest for me.
13. Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?
I was ecstatic! I was so very excited and I kept touching it and showing it to everyone.
14. Who are some of your favourite authors?
Lauren Kate, Karen Mahoney, JK Rowling, and many more.
15. Have you ever suffered from a "writer's block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
Yes I have, not sure there are many writers out there who can say
they haven’t! I tend to do a few things; mess around on Facebook for a
bit, text a few of my friends and family, make a nice hot chocolate and
re-read what I have written. If that still doesn’t work then I put a
film on and go back it after it. There has only been one occasion where I
had to give up trying for the day as it just wasn’t happening.
16. What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?
Keep at it. Try editing your own work before giving it to a
professional as it makes you so much closer to your own work and teaches
you a skill.
17. Would you share a deep dark secret about you with us?
A deep dark secret, gosh I’m not sure I can think of one! Let’s
see... I once tried writing a raunchy scene but I made myself feel
embarrassed so deleted it!
Where to start! I live in surrey, England. I work full time for an
I.T company and am currently a Project Coordinator. I started writing
when I was fourteen; I always had a problem with reading before I
started Secondary School. It was when I was about eleven or twelve that I
started going to the library and I found the books which interested me.
Since then I’ve become a reader and a writer and my English is better
than ever. I love writing and hope it can be something I can continue to
do as my life goes on.
Be sure to pick up a copy for your favorite YA reader.
Lisa welcomes Kathleen Morris to Lisa Day Today. Kathleen has a bubbly personality and she will entertain from word one.
When did you start writing? I started
writing probably about fifteen years ago when my youngest was
three. I wrote for a small town newspaper as a correspondent. I
didn't make much money but I loved it. Then I just found myself
writing more and more. I began to write plays and some of them were
performed in my church. One of my plays titled Gotta Love It
won Saskatchewan's Rural Writing contest and was performed by The
Dancing Sky Theatre in Meacham, Saskatchewan. It was thrilling
to have a professional theatre troupe perform my work. I guess it
all spiralled from there. My family and I moved to an acreage as the
kids started getting older and I decided to try my hand at writing a
book. That's when Deep Bay Vengeance was born. It took me a couple years but I did it. And then it's sequel was born: DeepBay Relic.
You talk about your books like they are your children. Why is that?
Yes! I like to refer to them as my children. Every word, every
sentence, every chapter was uniquely crafted together just like
when you're expecting a baby. It takes a lot of work to grow a
baby. Nine months of watching your stomach grow. It took me a lot
longer to grow my books but little by little I watched it get
bigger and bigger until it became a real story. And the characters
in it grew as well. One by one they were born. Writing is a deep
personal thing really. So much of myself comes though without me
even realizing it. Bit by bit the books takes on a personality of their
own until one day, labour starts and a newborn story is born. My story,
by characters, my baby. They hold a special place in my heart.
That's kind of strange I know. People call me crazy. That's okay, I
kind of am. You have to be if you want to write. But I wouldn't
have it any other way.
Why do you write Christian fiction? I settled
on writing Christian fiction because my faith is important to me. I
want everyone to know God. I've been through a lot of hard things
in my life and without God, I wouldn't have made it. I really
believe that and I want other people to have that as well. So, I
write Biblical truths into my character's lives and God's love into
every story I write.
What process of writing do you use? Well, I'm a
non-traditional writer. I don't like to pre-plan anything. I don't
have charts and notes or anything like that. I sit down and place
my fingers on the keyboard and start to type. I've talked to other
writers who can't understand my technique but that's okay. Every
writer is different. I guess for me, I just love a good surprise. I
like not knowing what is around the corner or who will get into
trouble next. The best way to describe the way I write is, writing by the seat of my pants.
Usually I shock myself by writing a character off that I didn't
expect to. I've cried my heart out over the death of a character I
didn't intend to kill off. It's crazy I know, but that's part of
the thrill of writing for me. I'm just as surprised as my readers when
something bad happens. I like that!
What do you think makes a good story? I think a
good story should have a little bit of everything. Though I like
to write suspense/thrillers it wouldn't be a good book if it didn't
have romance mixed with it. My characters also have to go through a
moral struggle and come out learning a lesson. That is a must. And
when I write, I like to leave a person hanging with something
suspenseful. Each page, each chapter, has to grab me, and
ultimately has to grab the reader. If it doesn't, I'm bored and I just
don't read it. I think my readers feel the same way and so that is
why I deliver that to them.
What style of writing do you like best? I like
to write in the third person. First person bothers me. I guess
because it doesn't sound real to me. I have to read and write
realistically. I have a problem with fantasy. My kids make fun of
me because I don't like fairy tales but that's just me. I've always
been like that and I guess I always will be. It has to be
realistic! I also like to get inside the heads of each of my characters
and throughout the book I give each character a chance to tell the
story through their eyes.
Are you working on your next book? Why yes, I am. It won't be a third book in my Deep Bay Series though. That series is perfect with just two books. My next series is called The Blood War Trilogy.
I don't want to reveal too much about it. Not even the title, but
what I do want to say is that it will surprise everyone. By that I
mean, my topic is a bit wild for the Christian genre but God is still
in it. My characters will go through a great deal of pain and
suffering in this one, but their transformation will be unique. Be
prepared for an apocalyptic thriller with an amazing twist of fate.
For the time being you can enjoy my new book of short inspirational
stories that went live via Smashwords Dec 3, 2012. It's called Size Seven Shorts. Self explanatory. Seven short pieces that will change your life. Book 2 in the series is out as well and it's called Short End Of The Stick. I also have a play titled Time Will Tell - An Easter play published Dec 31st 2012.
One of her books:
Short End Of The Stick - Short inspirational stories about true life experiences that will
change your life. Join in the spiritual journey of author Kathleen
Morris as she unfolds the many personal experiences and entertaining
stories of her life. Some would say she got the short end of the stick,
but according to her, there is no short end...only opportunities to
learn and grow.
Her other offerings: Time Will Tell - An Easter Play: TIME WILL TELL is a
play about two teenage girls who travel back in time to witness the
crucifixion of Jesus Christ first hand. It is a unique way of telling
the Easter story, revealing a message of love, hope, and forgiveness. It
will truly bring a personal touch to the crucifixion for young and
Size Seven Shorts:
Seven inspirational short stories that will change your life! Join in
the spiritual journey through the adventures of Kathleen Morris, author
of Deep Bay Vengeance and Deep Bay Relic, as she unfolds the many
personal experiences and entertaining stories of her colorful life.
Deep Bay Vengeance:
When Loretta's only son gets killed during a bank robbery, she sets
out to find his killer no matter what the cost. The story brings us to a
remote fly-in-fishing camp in Northern Saskatchewan where three very
different people come together for very different reasons. Together they
pursue truth, discover faith, and expose corruption of the human spirit
deep in the heart of Canada's north.
Have you meet Paige Bleu? Well, today's the day you will.
Paige Bleu is an Indie-Author, currently working on
publishing and promoting her supernatural, fantasy series-'The Ameryn
Chronicles'. Volume 1-'Finding Summerland'-became available in July
2012. This is the first officially published work of Paige's, who was a
ghost writer previously, as well as many other things! Paige is on her
own journey of self discovery...learning the ropes of marketing, social
networking, and self publishing simultaneously.
I asked Paige a few questions and here's her answers.
1) If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the past. I'll see my own future soon enough and to be
frank, beyond that scares me! I would go back and see the building of
the megaliths and the other wonders of the world. Maybe back even
further to when it all began. That would be amazing.
2) If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
1-The Dali Lama: He fascinates me
2-Karl Pilkington: He tickles my funny bones
3-Alexander Skarsgrard: YuMmY
4-Nikola Tesla: My hero
5-Neil Diamond: Don't laugh! I've loved that man since I was 6!
3) If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
1-Aquaphor: I hate chapped lips!
2-A Bible: I would want good reading material and I figure you can never read it too many times.
3-Sunscreen: I'm very pale!
4) What is one book everyone should read?
Jane Eyre. It was written so beautifully. The language, the
symbolism, it's unlike most books you would find today. It's timeless.
5) If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Invisibility. Think of all you would learn.
6) What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
This is like a trick question! Only one? Come on....really!! How bout
1/5 rocky road-1/5 chocolate mint chip-2/5 nutty coconut-and 1/5 Oreo.
See how I foiled you. Seriously, I would buy that ice cream if it
7) If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
My Grandfather who died before I was born.
8) Night owl, or early bird?
I'm psycho in the morning before my frappe and a moment alone. Def a
Night Prowler! I write a lot at crazy hours. Some of my best (perhaps
full of typos!) work.
9) Skittles or M&Ms?
M&Ms hands down. I'm a chocolate girl. I'm a vegetarian...I eat enough real fruit!
10) Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I'll cry a lot if you don't and do you really want that on your conscience?
11) Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? LivEternal, the second book in the series is in full
swing...hopefully ready for release by December. My goal is to find the
time to finish all 5. Then I have another series up my sleeve.
12)What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I always wrote. It was in me when I was born. I was a weird kid who
daydreamed a lot and had imaginary friends! Then when I grew up I
assimilated for awhile. Now I'm back like a phoenix!
13) Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
An email from my first real fan. She's a 13 year old girl struggling
to become a writer. She said she looked up to me and asked me about my
challenges so far...it almost made me cry. Even though I've never met
her and I'm nobody's hero, it touched me. Someday I know I'll be reading
14) Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Hurt by Johnny Cash. It sums Wes up in book one.
15) What's the craziest writing idea you've had?
To write a non fiction. I'm very private but I have some truly amazing stories. Don't we all?!