Thursday, July 24, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
“About what?” I whispered back, clueless.
Her eyes went wide. “About Amber.”
“Oh, no. No.” My stomach clenched, and I waved a finger in her face. “I am not doing anything about her. She can learn about Cal the hard way. Like I did.”
“Lex—” She crossed her arms. “You can’t really mean that. The girl’s an idiot and a bit conceited—”
She aimed a glare at me. “Okay, a lot conceited, but still. You can’t let her suffer through what you did, at least not without warning her.”
“We don’t even know that Cal will be the same way with her.” I crossed my arms too, trying to be as stubborn as she was. “Hell, he was still following me down the halls a couple of hours ago.”
“He’s following you again?” She looked like she wanted to smack me. “Why didn’t you tell me? Or wait for me to get rid of Rocio?”
“Because you can’t protect me forever!” I clapped a hand over my mouth. I hadn’t meant to yell. We were supposed to be whispering for a reason.
She grimaced. “You may be right about that, but you know I’m right about Amber.”
Guilt moved in and set up residence next to my longtime roommate, shame. “Fine. I’ll tell her something. But I’m not going to like it.”
“I don’t care, as long as you do it.” Alexis laughed. “By the way, you better expect me to stick close to you for the next few weeks. And I don't care whether you like that or not.”
I stuck my tongue out at her when she turned for the locker room. She looked back and caught me.
“I hate you so much right now,” I muttered.
“No, you don’t.” She giggled. “Now, come on.”
Thursday, May 29, 2014
I can't tell you how pleased I am to have Cathrina Constantine visit with us today. I've had a chance to read her first novel, WICKEDLY THEY COME, and I can tell you that her writing is sophisticated and action packed! Without further comment from me, here she is!
--Maybe that's why I enjoy it too!
--Our work and goals dovetail nicely here!
--Well, you're shining now!
--Fantastic subjects, both.
--Darn! These are my favorite!
How much research goes into your writing?
What are some of your writing rituals?
What’s your secret weapon in fighting the word count blahs?
Tell us about your favorite fan comment/reaction.
What are you reading/planning to read right now?
What’s your best book marketing tip?
If people could see you while you write, what would be the silliest thing they’d witness?
--I've got an ancient dog I spoil too. Precious, precious babies. What would we do without them?
Previously homeschooled and naïve, Jordan is inducted into the social culture of teendom at Elma High, where she encounters Mark, a mysterious new classmate, who is hell bent on keeping her unscathed from the forces of evil. But the battle between Heaven and Hell is escalating—and Earth is their battleground.
For Doogan and Keeyla their belief in a Free Tallas has lost its glimmer. And when their young son, Fabal, is given a very dangerous assignment, they risk everything to protect him. Fleeing Tallas, they head for the wilderness. But when they are ambushed by cruel Mediators, Doogan is recaptured, and while Keeyla and Fabal escape, she is severely injured.
Can the two of them survive in the wilderness? Will Doogan getaway from the clutches of the Mediators? And are the terrible legends about the monsters beyond the walls of Tallas true?
Thursday, May 22, 2014
I am so excited to tell y'all that the amazing Aneta Cruz is with us today. She had some wonderful words to share with us.
Without any further blathering from me...here she is!
--I will very definitely read that, Aneta. It sounds fascinating. (In fact, I've read an excerpt from it already--which I LOVED.) I think the Cold War had a huge effect on our generation globally, and I love hearing stories from the other side of the Iron Curtain. One of my best friends grew up in East Germany and, to this day, she always talks about bananas because they were so rare a treat during her childhood.
--As I said earlier, one of my favorite peeps is a child of the Eastern Bloc. She's an amazingly tough and resilient human being. (That's the best thing about being an Army wife--I get to meet women from all over the world and learn from their experiences.)
--I've found that authenticity grounds the fantastical in my novels. Itreally does make them all the more believable.
--I love coffee! Sadly, my stomach won't tolerate it anymore, so I've switched to tea. It's not nearly as satisfying. Sigh.
--Oh! Lots more good stuff will be popping up for us soon! Woo-hoo!
Blurb for The Guardian:
Aneta Cruz was born and raised in the Czech Republic. She spent most of her childhood hiding in the library be-cause her friends called her a liar. In her defense, she was only "telling stories." There Cruz fell in love with books and vowed to become an author. She'd heard that dreams come true in America, so she packed her suitcase and got on the plane shortly after her twentieth birthday. Since then Cruz has earned a BA in English Literature, MFA in Creative Writing, and published a-Muse-me[a]nt, a Collec-tion of Poetry and Prose. Her works can be found in Bad-lands, the GNU, the Global Alchemy Forum, and Mused. Cruz is the winner of the 2011 Desert Literary Society Fiction Award.
Want to find Aneta and cyberstalk her? She's everywhere:
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Okay, everybody, you need to run out and buy Nana's books right now. You can find Midwife to Destiny on both B&N and Amazon.
Connect with Nana on Facebook.
Friday, March 28, 2014
To make it easier to understand my perspective, let me tell y'all right now that I've been an Army wife for eleven years. Much of who I am today has been shaped by living the military life for the majority of my adulthood. I wrote the following short story quite a few years ago.
And before you ask, yes, it really did happen. (Even my own husband, bless his heart, asked that question!)
Monday, March 17, 2014
Long time, no see, everybody! Sorry I've been gone so long, but everyone (read: me) has been sick around the house for the last two weeks. Ugh.
Now, to the point--
I've been invited to participate in a Writing Process Blog Hop. The whole point is to introduce you (and me) to authors we may not know yet (but will come to love!).
I was asked to join by the prolific Cathrina Constantine. She writes all kinds of YA (yay!), from the dark and terrifying to mysteries to the dystopian. She also has a great blog where she hosts lots of guest authors and puts out wonderful reviews.
Also, I've been tasked with tagging other authors to do the same. My two picks do not yet have their own blogs, so I'll be hosting them here. The first is my good friend, R. S. Dabney, a brand new author. She writes New Adult Sci-Fi/Contemporary Fantasy with a biblical bent. My second tag is Janice Brooks. She writes Women's Fiction and Romance with a Spiritual twist. Both ladies are amazing, and I can't wait for you to see what they're doing!
Okay, down to business. I've got to answer four questions about my process. Here goes:
What am I working on?
Right now, I'm working on the sequel to my debut YA novel, The Broken. It's about 40,000 words in, and I'm having a fantastically nerve-wracking time. This book will take a bit of a turn from my first (although both are still Paranormal with Romantic elements) as it will include a large portion of historical fiction as well. (That's been a blast, as I'm finally getting to use all of that studying I did in and of the Ancient Middle East.)
How does my work differ from others of my genre?
My work has a definite spiritual flavor to it. I also like to delve deep into my characters' psyche. I don't sugar coat what happens to them, nor do I write them to be unattainable icons of strength. They are fallible, aggravating, and thoroughly lovable.
Why do I write what I do?
That's simple. I write for young people. I love them. After years of teaching, how could I not? I witnessed so much suffering in my students' lives that I felt like I had to do more. How could I show them what it means to go beyond merely surviving the circumstances in their lives?
How does my writing process work?
I'm in uncharted territory here. My first book came so easily. The second one…not so much. I'm not an outliner, but I do like to have a road map. So, I've gotten myself some help in the form of The Plot Whisperer, and I've really made progress. It's easier now that I can see where I'm going. (I was really lost for a while.)
Either way, though, I have to have music. I make out a playlist (that's totally changeable throughout the process), and it becomes my go-to any time I've got to work. Those songs put my brain in the place it needs to be in order to function creatively.
Thanks for visiting! Remember to check back here next week for the posts from R. S. and Janice! And please visit with Cathrina and read her post from March 10th!