Announcement! #writerslife #author

I’m so excited to officially announce my book, MY SOUL TO GIVE, has been picked up by Evernight Publishing!

 

  • Finished writing this manuscript in 2014.
  • 19th manuscript written.
  • Edited 71 times.
  • Revise/Rewrite 3 times.
  • Rewritten (adding secondary POV) once.
  • Queried through 3 years to over 100 publishers/agents.
  • Received over 50 rejections (not including the ones who had the “no reply means no” policy).

 

Never give up on your dream – it may take time, it will take hard work, you will go through pain and tears – but you know what? It’s all worth it.

By stormowl7

Adult Thriller update #writerslife

I’ve been quite pleased with my latest manuscript – I’ve always written paranormal and dark fantasy (and always with romance!), so I was nervous going into a genre I don’t usually touch. Although my stories usually contain mysteries or thrills, it was still uncharted territory.

Still, so far I’ve been enjoying writing human characters. An antagonist/love interest who isn’t supernatural in any way (though, he’s really good at killing) with a human main character. So strange, but a fun ride.

My goal had always been around 80,000 words, and I reached 63,000 not long ago. This is just the skeleton, though – I’ll be going through my first round of edits, which always include adding descriptions (with more visual and sensory descriptions in particular). Then later edits focus on cutting out crutch words, adverbs, etc. Then, the beta rounds!

Keep writing, and never give up on your dreams because eventually, they do come true if you work toward them.

By stormowl7

BREATHLESS by @JBaylissWrites Cover Reveal!

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BLURB:

A brush with death brings Leah closer to the ghosts she longs to find and throws her into the arms of the troubled scuba instructor who saves her.

Dale, an Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran, is haunted by his own restless spirits. He’s on a hunt for forgiveness, and the Caribbean Sea is his hunting ground.

The peace they search for lies in the bond they never suspected they shared.

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MAIN Excerpt:

He breathes with me, using his pace to slow mine. It feels like too much. The stillness. Our breath as one. His touch against my face and unyielding gaze locked onto mine. I want to escape up to safety, but he won’t let me.

All I can do is trust him.

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BIO:

They say write what you know, so Jessica Bayliss did. Her story, BREATHLESS, was inspired by her own experience running out of air on a scuba dive—except without all the steamy romance and eerie paranormal happenings. Alas, real life. Obviously, she survived. Her genre-bending fiction holds a little something for everyone. A lover of ghost tales and horror since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers—a touch of the mysterious always finds a home in Jessica’s work. Romance with a dash of supernatural. Horror with a bit of humor. You get the gist. Jessica also writes across age groups and is a firm believer in the motto: there is a new reader born every day, whether young or not-so-young

Look for her upcoming releases: TEN PAST CLOSING, a YA contemporary thriller (Sky Pony Press, Spring 2018), and BROKEN CHORDS, a YA horror novella (Leap Books, October 2017). You can find her story “Care of the Undead Dog” in ZOMBIE CHUNKS, which came out earlier this year. Read about all of Jessica’s books and stories here.

Connect with Jessica online:

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By stormowl7

Tax Return = Books #writerslife #writerproblems #writerprobs #readerlife #ILoveBooks

 

So for a little over two years now, I haven’t been able to buy much of anything. But all of that changed around two weeks ago when I received a nice tax return.

Well, what happens when you’ve been making a list of books to buy for the past two years? Yep, you’ve guessed it – you buy them all. (Oops? No…I have no regrets!)

And before anyone comments on how short my list is, I’ll explain. I buy a lot of epub books, and if I really, really love them (and I mean, I no longer can live without them), I need physical copies. Not a ton of books make me feel like that, so that’s why, in those two years, not a lot made the list. Also, some books, I’m waiting for the whole series (like Outlander, and Game of Thrones) to come out before buying them because I want to make sure they all match (yes, I’m that kind of person, and I want to cry when I buy books from a series that don’t have a matching format – it pains me!!!).

All of these books awaken something inside of me – tears, laughter, fear, lust, seduction, happiness – and that’s why I need physical copies of them. I need to feel that they’re real because stories that can bring out that many emotions are priceless. 

List:

19825629Cirque Du Freak by Darren Shan

32481534The Vampire’s Assistant by Darren Shan

3gCDF3Tunnels of Blood by Darren Shan

MountainVampire Mountain by Darren Shan

TrailsTrials of Death by Darren Shan

PrinceThe Vampire Prince by Darren Shan

23235330Hunters of Dusk by Darren Shan

AlliesAllies of the Night by Darren Shan

164729Killers of the Dawn by Darren Shan

861550The Lake of Souls by Darren Shan

861551Lord of the Shadows by Darren Shan

172262Sons of Destiny by Darren Shan

10130532Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

y427-291One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

y427-291 (1)At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost

y427-291 (2)Destined for an Early Grave by Jeaniene Frost

10126658This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

y427-291 (3)One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost

y427-291 (4)Up from the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

7039218Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost

13125234Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost

16173427Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost

23586994Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

6547187First Drop of Crimson by Jeaniene Frost

6871616Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost

24035804Storm and Silence by Robert Thier

28483931In the Eye of the Storm by Robert Thier

27861416Kimaati by Anne Robillard

18517230The Negative Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

18517268The Positive Trait Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

30193391The Urban Setting Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

30193438The Rural Setting Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi

25056040Eidolon by Grace Draven

25005607Demon Heart by Emma L. Adams

27155546Souls Forsaken by Emma L. Adams

27155654Darkness Falling by Emma L. Adams

By stormowl7

Regency Ever After Blog Tour – @AmandaMarieAuth@dawnab33 @MearaPlatt@Collette_Author @AriThatcher @TammyAndresen

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Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales & Fables II

Dawn Brower, Amanda Mariel, Ari Thatcher, Meara Platt, Collette Cameron, Tammy Andresen, Sue London

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Length: 181,000k

Heat Rating: 1-3

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

Price: .99 until March 13th then 2.99.

 

Short boxset blurb:

Once upon a time seven historical romance authors created a fairy tale inspired Regency world with all the romance of Regency and timelessness of fairy tales.

Join us on a Regency adventure of love and romance with seven brand new stories by some of today’s most sought after authors in Regency Ever After: Timeless Tales and Fables II.

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Individual novella blurbs:

Stolen by My Knave by Dawn Brower

As a child, Lady Elizabeth Kendall glimpsed an image of handsome gentleman in her looking glass. Imagine her surprise when years later she meets the Duke of Whitewood, who bears a striking resemblance to her imaginary man. Will they accept fate’s decision or ignore all the signs that brought them together?
Enticed by Lady Elianna by Amanda Mariel

Lady Elianna has been forced into servitude by her cousin. Still she dares to dream. Lord Sinclair is intrigued by her and determined to discover her secrets. Might he be the key to her freedom?
The Ugly Duckling Debutante by Meara Platt

Gennalyn, a lonely young woman far from home thinks of herself as an outcast, ugly duckling. But Roarke, a much sought after war hero just returned home, sees her for the beautiful swan she truly is.
A Diamond for a Duke by Collette Cameron

A dour duke and a wistful wallflower—an impossible match until fate intervenes one enchanted night, resulting in a passionate interlude neither can forget.
His Elusive Nightingale by Ari Thatcher

When a pompous duke offers a large reward to anyone who’ll bring his favorite opera singer to perform for him, an amateur sleuth and the singer’s maid conspire to accomplish the challenge. Little does the sleuth know what intrigue lies ahead, and the damage a few passionate nights with a maid will do to his heart.
The Fairy Palace by Sue London

Lord Williams indulges his sheltered ‘cousin’ with the visit to London she always wanted. Now he’s in trouble that the Mad Clan may not be able to get him out of.
Hunting For A Lady’s Heart by Tammy Andresen
Lord William Fairfield is an experienced hunter, so when he encounters the beautiful, raven-haired Lady Eirwen White in the forest running for her life, he knows that he must use his skills to save her. But will Eirwen allow him to put his life at risk to aid her against her wicked stepmother?

 

Today the spotlight is shining on Tammy Andresen and her Snow White inspired novella Hunting For A Lady’s Heart.

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Excerpt from Hunting For A Lady’s Heart:

Stepping out from the trees, William caught his breath. A maiden of unearthly beauty came into view with raven hair simply tied back in a red ribbon that shimmered in the light.

Her delicate features were illuminated by the sun as was the subtle grace of her body as she reached down and plucked a mushroom from the ground. For an instant she turned to face him and he nearly caught his breath.

Large luminous grey eyes shone brightly in her near alabaster skin. Full red lips played with a small smile as she glanced around her. Though Will could feel no breeze, it was almost as though the trees danced in response as the large willows swayed around her.

A tinkling laugh like a bell fell from her lips and several birds tweeted a response. It was almost magical. Picking another mushroom, she did a little twirl as she laughed again.

Chuckling himself, Will watched as she danced and laughed, birds twittering around her. Up till that moment, Will had thought that his brother Graham’s wife, Charlotte, was the fairest maiden in all of England, but he had been wrong. This woman was fairer than Charlotte even, and her beauty drew him to her as he silently began to move through the forest toward the glen where she danced.

It was a pull unlike anything he had ever experienced. Like an actual force, it carried him closer to the opening of trees. He had no plan, no idea why he moved toward her or what he might say but he had the unmistakable need to be near her.

And then he heard it. The crunching of leaves nearby that signaled someone or something else was nearing the glen. Will froze, his eyes scanning the trees. In horror he saw another huntsman raise his bow, his arrow trained on the beautiful girl dancing amongst the willows.

The trees stilled, their branches dipping low and the other man’s eyes narrowed, his shot more difficult. But Will had a perfect view of him. Raising his bow, he released his arrow. It wasn’t a kill shot, it wasn’t meant to be, and it hit its target exactly where it was supposed to, in the thigh of the other huntsman.

The man let out a cry and fell to the ground. His maiden turned, fear filling her face as she gasped aloud.

“Randolph,” she cried, moving towards the injured man.

“My lady,” the huntsman gasped and Will raised his bow again.

“Do not move any closer to him, my lady.” Will’s voice was even as he trained the tip of his next arrow on the man’s heart. From the corner of his eye he saw her stop.

 

Questions & Answers with Tammy Andresen:

 

Q1-What fairytale did you choose for your inspiration and why?

Snow White inspired my fairy tale, not for the heroine but the hero! My story is part of My Fairfield Fairy Tale series that features four brothers. This brother is the huntsman.

Q2-What was your favorite fairytale as a child?

My favorite was The Little Mermaid. Spoiler alert, that tale will be featured in the Fairfield Fairy Tales soon!!

Q3-What is your favorite line from your book?

Asking me to pick on favorite line is like asking me to pick my favorite child!! But I’ll try!! Here goes: “I listened to you. You are my heart.” Eirwen leaned her forehead against his shoulder.

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Author Bio and Links

USA Today Bestselling Author, Tammy Andresen lives with her husband and three children just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She grew up on the Seacoast of Maine, where she spent countless days dreaming up stories in blueberry fields and among the scrub pines that line the coast. Her mother loved to spin a yarn and Tammy filled many hours listening to her mother retell the classics. It was inevitable that at the age of 18, she headed off to Simmons College, where she studied English literature and education. She never left Massachusetts but some of her heart still resides in Maine and her family visits often.

www.tammyandresen.com

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Grab your copy of Regency Ever After today for just 99 cents! The price goes up to $2.99 on March 13th so hurry!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2hLhb9d  B&N: http://ow.ly/Zy573082IdO

Kobo: http://ow.ly/utn73082IGt  iBooks: http://ow.ly/fYPI3082Ivs

 

By stormowl7

Writing vs. Work

Ever since I started my job (around 30 hours a week), I haven’t been able to write much at all. Either I force it, and it’s all stuff I’d chuck away, or I’m so exhausted, that I can’t write a single word. It’s not that I lack the motivation or inspiration – I’ve got a story I’m actually trying to write – it’s everything else.

Time, especially.

It doesn’t seem like much, since, out of 24 hours in a day, I work 6, but when you add up bus travel-time, dishes, supper, homework, etc., it doesn’t leave that much, and the few I have, I’m too exhausted to think, let alone write, and I tend to use all the hours I can possibly get to sleep.

This has left me feeling empty, and depressed – not being able to write leaves a hole inside of me that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I want to write, more than anything, but I also have to think of my health, and get enough sleep, or I won’t be able to pay for basic living.

Does anyone have any suggestions? I do try to write on weekends, but I also want to spend time with my son, and boyfriend – it’s just hard to balance everything. How do other writers/authors do it?

By stormowl7

#QuerySwap

#QuerySwap is a new Twitter event
Coming January 1, 2017

Many editors and agents close for the holidays giving writers the perfect chance to get their submission materials in order.

 

To help you polish your query, I’m hosting #QuerySwap from 8am-8pm EST on January 1, 2017.

We all know shouting a request into cyberspace usually yields lackluster results. That’s why I’m organizing a query swap Twitter party, an all-day event where people seeking CP’s to help with their queries can find other like-minded people.

 

OMG a new contest?

No, it’s not a contest. Just an opportunity for writers to help each other.

Who are the mentors? Can I read their bio’s?

No mentors. The party is for writers in the querying process who are willing to exchange feedback on queries.

What about agents? Will agents be following?

This isn’t a contest. There won’t be agents or mentors. This is a chance for writers to connect and help each other.

How do I win?

*facepalm

All you need to do to participate is:

  1. Tweet a brief pitch about your MS with the tag #QuerySwap include genre and age category hashtags. (They might look familiar; they are the same as #Pitmad) No need to tweet multiple times since you can search the feed and look for a match too.
  2. Watch the feed and find someone with an MS in a similar genre, category, and tone
  3. Ask him/her to swap
  4. Exchange queries
  5. Give constructive feedback to your new CP

 

Can I just recycle my #pitmad pitch?

Maybe, but it might need tweaking. In this swap, genre, category, and overall MS tone will be more important than plot in finding a good match. Someone with a snarky sensibility might be less suited to selling your Anne of Green Gables retelling, so make sure you look for a person who writes in a similar style.

example pitch:

#LGBT historic retelling of Frog Prince set in Polynesia also dragons #YA #F #R #QuerySwap

or

Dark portal fantasy with family drama and talking cats #MG #F #DIS #QuerySwap

 

Obviously, these won’t work for #pitmad, but they convey the necessary information for this event.

Hashtags … (These are the same as #pitmad)

Age Categories:

#PB = Picture Book
#C = Children’s
#CB = Chapter Book
#CL = Children’s Lit
#MG = Middle Grade
#YA = Young Adult
#NA = New Adult
#A = Adult

Genres/Sub-genres:

#AA = African American
#AD = Adventure
#CF = Christian Fiction
#CON = Contemporary
#CR = Contemporary Romance
#DIS = Disabilities
#DV = Diversity
#E = Erotica
#ER = Erotic Romance
#ES = Erotica Suspense
#F = Fantasy
#H = Horror
#HA = Humor
#HF = Historical Fiction
#HR = Historical Romance
#INSP = Inspirational
#IRMC = Interracial/Multicultural
#MR = Magical Realism
#M = Mystery
#Mem = Memoir
#LGBT
#LF = Literary Fiction
#NF = Non-fiction
#R = Romance
#P = Paranormal
#PR = Paranormal Romance
#RS = Romantic Suspense
#S = Suspense
#SF = SciFi
#SPF = Speculative Fiction
#T = Thriller
#UF = Urban Fantasy
#W = Westerns
#WF = Woman’s Fiction

 

Some tips:

  1. Don’t flood the feed with pitches for the same book. Pitching multiple books is ok
  2. Pitch only books are you are querying
  3. Don’t just wait for someone to ask you first. Be proactive.
  4. Use the hashtags to simplify your search.
  5. Be polite.
  6. Remember this is a swap. Both parties must give feedback

 

Want to help #QuerySwap succeed? Please share via social media, or reblog this post!

Thank you!

By stormowl7

Picking up

Well, things are finally picking up in my life, and not just for writing!

I won’t make this a long post, but I recently got picked as an entry in #pitchMAS and it seemed to have given me that boost that disappeared on me back at the end of August (oh lord, has it been that long?!). I even got a new story idea, and I plan to write my first ever Adult Thriller (no paranormal or fantasy?! who am I?!)

Sometimes, you just need a little pick me up, it seems!

By stormowl7

My Much Needed Writing Break #writerslife

On August 24th, I went through what, I imagine, many writers go through: a complete writer meltdown.

It had been brewing for some time, but after finding out the results of a contest I had entered, it became that final drop in a pressure valve waiting to explode…and it did. Writing became a waste of time, and something I had been doing for nothing…nothing to show for it after 23 manuscripts. Books became constant questions of “Why is this published, but not my stories?”, and good news from writers who announced they were finally being represented or had their first book published became news that made me physically sick with the endless question “Why not me?”. It went to the point of crying many nights and avoiding my computer because it only reminded me of my failure not to be published. It became nothing but negativity.

At that point, I knew it was time to stop – forever? At the time, I seriously considered it, but what I did know for sure was that I needed a definite break, or I’d never be able to go back to writing.

Now, a month has passed, and this is the longest I’ve ever gone without writing anything. I’ve done long gaps of non-writing, but it was always because of some external issue like lack of time, writers’ block, etc. This time, I just didn’t want to. It’s September 27th now, and I still haven’t written a single word, nor have a read a book since. How do I feel about this? I’m not sure, to be honest. Maybe I still need some time, but for now, I’m getting back to querying and participating in contests with the manuscripts I do have. I’m hoping (though, not depending on it) that this might be what I need to “get back in there“, re-network, inspire myself again, just…get back to it. Writing had always been a big part of my life, and yet, when I stopped, it didn’t feel like anything went missing because writing had already become, by then, a hollow place of disappointment.

I’m hoping this will get me back to writing – I plan on entering Nightmare on Query Street, and participating to #PitDark – time to turn writing into a positive aspect in my life again!

Good luck to everyone writing, and participating in contests – may the odds be ever in your favor.

By stormowl7