Tuesday, December 3, 2013

A Blog Hop and Giveaway

A few weeks ago, Clara Bowman-Jahn tagged me in The Children’s Author/Illustrator Blog Hop.

To be honest, my slow response has been because of the fact that I don’t run in the Children Book Scene. Although, I know I should in order to promote my one and only picture book. But truth be told, I don’t have much time to re-network for this one book. Trust me, Angelina, my main character, is upset about the lack of attention.

So, in order to give my darling Angelina a few more readers, part of the Blog Hop includes a GIVEAWAY, two e-book copies of The Sacrifice are available for my wonderful followers and readers. (Middle Grade - Young Adult, Fantasy) The Sacrifice is also available for purchase at eTreasures Publishing.

In order to qualify all you need to do is contact me and you’ll be in the drawing. You can do this in one of two ways: comment below or contact me through my webpage. Mention you’d like to be in the drawing and there you go, you are in the hat for one of the two copies. Deadline for Entry: December 20th

Now for the Blog Hop and how it works. Each blogger has four questions to answer and three tags to pass on to other authors/illustrators.

As I said above, I don’t run with the Children Writer Crowd, but I do know one author through the Voices of Fiction series. And then, I surfed around and found two more victims.

So, who are they?

Bobbi Carducci, author of ‘Storee Wryter Gets a Dog.’ BLOG LINK
Sam Zuppardi, author of ‘The Nowhere Box.’ BLOG LINK
Will Terry, illustrator and instructor. BLOG LINK

Lady and Gentlemen, you have been tagged. If you’d like to continue the hop, answer the following four questions on your own blog and tag three Children’s Authors/Illustrators.

What are you working on right now?

I am currently working on what I had hoped to be my first full-length novel, but running around 40k, it looks like it will be a novella.

Broken Memory, a paranormal suspense, is the story of a woman who must face her past in order to have a future.

Here’s the working one-liner - When a woman’s past crashes into her present reality, she must face spirits, a demon, love, and find a way to survive them all.

I am eager to get this story to my critique partners, but time has been sparse this year, so the going has been slow. It will definitely be sent out in seek of publication early next year.

How does it differ from other works in the genre?

My other two paranormal novellas were both very short, more like long short stories. Broken Memory is the real deal, the writing is better, and the story is more fleshed out. So far, I’m very pleased with where it is going. OH and no vampires or witches.

As I edited this for the final posting, I realized I responded incorrectly to this question. On second look, I believe the question refers to other writers' work in the genre. I've never been very good at comparing my work to others, so I'm going to stick to my original answer.

Why do you write what you do?

When I began writing, I intended to write horror. But my stories seem to be a little gentler than what I see hitting the horror shelves these days. I do believe eventually a thriller will come out of me. I just haven’t found the right story yet. So, I write what comes and right now it’s paranormal with a touch of romance.

What is the hardest part about writing?

At the moment, motivation and time would be at the top of the list. It’s difficult to get to my writing while working a full time job, but I make it to the seat. Then, I have to work past the thoughts of how little is accomplished in such short sessions. Motivation wavers when your mind screams at you that you’re not getting anywhere fast. You can only calmly reply, “No, but I will get there.”

Don’t forget your entry for a copy of The Sacrifice. And, take a moment to stop by my victims’ blogs to see what they are up to.

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