Monday, March 31, 2014

One Step Closer. . ..

So. . .2nd Round of Edits is done. It was not without drama, as few things in life are, as I completed the edits (including rewriting a paragraph where I used a word 8 times). I hit 'save' and my computer melted down. It was around 3AM, and I had been searching through many photos and I beat away at the keyboard for hours, so perhaps melt down is too harsh. It overloaded. It said OMG NO MORE. Or it just decided to see how crazy it could make me.

When I tried to open the saved document, it was a mess. Literally. All the edits and editor's comments and marks were gone. I frantically called my IT guru (whom I sleep with--naughty minds, the Hubby) and my editor. Both spent hours (seriously, hours) calming me down. They probably thought about sending the men with white coats, but knew I'd never open the door to anyone until my book was back. I ended up re downloading the original editor's version and re doing all the edits. But it's done and sent and YAY one step closer.

One step closer... I would die, every day, waiting for you, Darlin' don't be afraid, I will love you for a thousand years, love you for a thousand more...

*clears throat* Sorry, tangent. But since I saw a You tube of The Doctor & River and their scenes and story set to that song, that's all I can see or think of when I hear those words.

I digress: 2nd Round Edits done, check.  I also finished the Cover Art form, where I get to tell the artist all about my book and she/he creates a perfect cover. This, of course, means I got to play pinning things and searching stock photos ( which is why I was searching photos at 2AM) for the PERFECT representation of the book, the characters and elements in the story. To that end, I think I should post a few and let them all introduce themselves to you.

So, next few posts will be about things in WEDDING BELLE BLUES and its characters. I think, no, I know, you will fall for Robin. And Anna. And maybe Adam, who is somewhat patiently waiting for his turn at telling his own story.

First up: The setting. Welcome to The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. These rolling hills are ancient, among the oldest on earth. They have many, many, many stories to tell, from days of Cherokee warrior tribes to Scottish highlanders looking for a new home to illegal bootleggers making 'shine' to some of America's poorest and proudest people. The USA's largest ever privately built house is here, constructed by a man for his family 'summer getaway'. Movies galore have filmed here, from 'Private Eyes', 'Richie Rich', 'The Hunger Games' and two of my personal favorites, 'The Last of the Mohicans' and 'Dirty Dancing'. There's large towns but many more small ones, and communities that may be under the same name, but have 'pockets' that are vastly different. It's the Land of Four Seasons, where Earth Meets the Heavens and where Thomas Wolff's infamous statue in 'Look Homeward Angel' still stands in a little cemetery half a block from an elementary school. Poet Carl Sanburg's house and goats still thrive here and the best barbeque east of the Mississippi is sold at a little place called 'Harry's' where the decor is license plates from all over the state, country and world.

There's apple blossoms in the Spring, to show winter is finally gone and life is coming back. The air is sweet with honeysuckle and daffodils, with lavender and sour wood honey. In summer, there's just enough heat to wear shorts and cruise down 'Sliding Rock' into the icy waters to cool off without being melt-your-ice-cream-before-you-eat-it OMG it's too dang HOT. Fall brings the famous Labor Day Apple Fest and four solid days of everything and anything apple along with the most gorgeous autumn leave colors you will ever be blessed to see. The scents of bon fires and cider fill the cooling air. Winter brings some snow, not enough to be buried and bring curses, but enough to be pretty and let the school kids (and teachers) enjoy unexpected snow days.

It's a land of rich and poor, all ethnicity, ages, genders and styles. The Mountains are named: by the Natives: Weeping Woman, Big Bear, Sleeps All Day and by the Euro settlers: Sugarloaf, Pisgha, and Chimney Rock. The towns are -ville or -ton or Park. But to many of us, it's simply 'home'. As it is to Robin, Anna and many others in WEDDING BELLE BLUES.

Welcome to their world. :)


Sunday, March 30, 2014

GUEST AUTHOR COVER REVEAL!!!

As promised, I want to welcome Brantwijn Serrah to today's blog post. Her Book, GOBLIN FIRES is having its COVER REVEAL today and here it is!



Goblin Fires
Cover Reveal




Blurb:
From the moment she laid eyes on sweet Ceri, Reagan knew she would be lost forever. A Sidhe Royal, though, could never return such feelings for a War-Child...
As the daughter of the fae Goddess of War, Reagan was sworn into service to the Sidhe monarchies before she was born.  Her contract forever binds her to the beautiful goblin princess Ceridwen. When an unseen enemy threatens the Fae Courts, Ceridwen is caught in the attack, and Reagan must fight to the ends of the earth to save her. But will this battle tear her away from her princess forever?

Author Bio:
They say you should never meet your heroes, but Brantwijn Serrah says otherwise. At a Los Angeles book signing in 2012, Brantwijn met one of her all-time favorite authors of urban fantasy, Jim Butcher, who couldn't have been kinder or more encouraging to her as an aspiring novelist herself. As it turned out, the book he signed for her that night gave her the first spark of inspiration for Goblin Fires, the story of a goblin Knight hopelessly in love with her princess.
When she isn't visiting the worlds of immortals, demons, dragons and goblins, Brantwijn fills her time with artistic endeavors: sketching, painting, customizing My Little Ponies and sewing plushies for friends. She can't handle coffee unless there's enough cream and sugar to make it a milkshake, but try and sweeten her tea and she will never forgive you. She moonlights as a futon for four lazy cats, loves tabletop role-play games, and can spend hours watching Futurama, Claymore or Buffy the Vampire Slayer while she writes or draws.
In addition to her novels, Brantwijn has had several stories published in anthologies by Breathless Press, including the 2013 Crimson Anthology and 2014 Ravaged Anthology.  She's also had a short story published in the Cleiss Press Big Book of Orgasm and the anthology Coming Together Through The Storm. She hopes to have several more tales to tell as time goes on.  She has author pages on GoodReads and Amazon, and loves to see reader comments on her work. Her short stories occasionally pop up at Foreplay and Fangs, her blog at http://brantwijn.blogspot.com.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

EXCITING NEWS!!!

So. . .

For those of you who are 'ole hat' at this, just grin and pat me on the head and smile. But I received TWO awesome things in the email today: Second Round edits from the ever fab (and long suffering) Editor I've been blessed with AND a Cover Art Form to give details for my cover.

Yes, I screamed. Yes, I scared my Husband silly thinking something was wrong (or that I saw a mouse, since I've been known to scream bloody murder when I see those). Yes, I jumped up and down. And yes, I think I may grab some hidden chocolate to celebrate.

I also learned how to 'pin' things. Yes, I've joined the 'pin' age and can create boards and add pictures and delight (or more likely, annoy) all my friends. My editor started it by asking and sending a picture of the heroine Anna's of soon-to-be-released book wedding gown. It was THE gown, just a different view so I sent her the views I had. Which led to her asking what Anna looked like, and a search for photos. Then we HAD to find what Robin (the hero) looked like, and many items from the novel. The next morning, I spent happy hours finding all the characters in the book, several places and things mentioned in the book and other quotes and pictures then 'pinning' them to board.

I'm having a blast. :)

I have a guest for the next post. I'm happily taking part in a cover reveal. So look for it this weekend :)

Thursday, March 27, 2014

To Prologue or Not Prologue

There's loads of debate about prologues in books. Some authors swear by them and others hate them. I've seen readers & reviewers split both ways as well. My thoughts are: If the story needs it, write it. Plain and simple, eh? I look at a Prologue as 'an introduction', a way to give information one can't get any other way, or that doesn't fit where the story begins.

So in keeping with that thought, this Blog Prologue will be short and sweet. Hopefully. I'm a Southern US gal, born, bred, and raised, so few things are 'short' when it comes to me writing or talking about writing. I've been a writer since I first took crayon in hand and scribbled on my mom's white tile kitchen floor. This did not turn out well for me, as the Owner/Publisher of said floor did not appreciate my unsolicited efforts. The rejection of that effort didn't stop me from writing, however.

The best part of prologues, to me, is they aren't 'information dumps'. Many authors mistake their prologues or first chapters as a place to dump all their hard work with research and characters. That's not what a prologue is, at least not to me. I'll do a rant in a later post about 'info dumps' and how much I hate them, all my opinion personal preference. A Prologue sets the stage. And this Stage is for Dreamers, for Readers, for Writers, for Believers. Y'all don't want to hear me rattle on for ages about my life here because, like any good story, the 'good stuff' is woven into the plot and forth coming chapters.

That's an exercise for you aspiring writers, or for those who are blocked or stuck and have a character suddenly fall silent. Write The Prologue of Your Life. But it can NOT be an info dump. I could say, I'm Mia, I grew up in such and such place, attended such and such school, married who, had x number of children, am a technology challenged person who needs help with social media, posting, finding fangirl pictures and simply figuring out the icons on a Word Document, and had this event and that event happen to me. That's NOT my Prologue. That's an info dump.

My Personal Prologue would be:
 I'm a writer. I've always been a writer. I need to write as much as I need to breathe. It's not an easy path, and it never will be. But it's the one I need in my Life. I write a bit of everything and have numerous characters who suddenly become very loud and insistent on their voice and story being heard. I also am opinionated (imagine that) and tend to rant a bit at things that tick me off, strike me in a personal way or make my own voice need to be heard. There will be guest bloggers here and lots of pictures and fun. There will be times of seriousness and times of laughter. There will be loads of drool when a certain group of writer friends post personal picture favorites. There will be comments from my Gold Team, a group of friends who are my family. There are people from all corners of the world in my circle and I'm blessed to know each one.
So let's start off on this Blogger Path together.

See the difference?

So Welcome to my Blog. Grab some coffee, some chocolate and come stay a while.