Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The #IWSG September Post where they announce some EPIC news & Release Day for The Dark Side of the Moon!



Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Twitter hashtag is #IWSG


  The awesome co-hosts for the September 2 posting of the IWSG will be Julie Flanders, Murees Dupé, Dolorah at Book Lover, Christine Rains, and Me!
 

  Be sure to visit the
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website!!!




Of course I'm insecure.

Don't be silly.


This publishing thing is like a roller coaster ride from hell.

Yay, my book is done.
Argh, I have to do all this work to make it better.
Yay, my book is better.
Argh, I have to wait all this time until its released.
Yay, my book has been released.
Argh, sales have dropped to nada.
Yay, someone wrote a nice review.
Argh, I've had the same 10 reviews for months.
Yay, I'm working on another book.
Argh, my muse is on vacation.

Thought you were the only one? Or, thought it would be easy after you got signed or decided to self-publish?

Nah. Nothing worth having is easy.

We just have to keep pushing. Keep moving forward. Keep writing. The more work we put into it, the more we get out of it.

True story.


Are you feeling insecure riding the publishing roller coaster?  

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The Dark Side of the Moon
by Kristy Centeno
A Secrets of the Moon Novel
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing 
Cover: Najla Qambar Designs

Release Day: 9-1-2015

Print:  
Ebook:  


During her darkest hour, will she find the courage to seek the light?

Marjorie has eluded both capture and death yet again, but her days are numbered. The old threat has resurfaced to endanger everyone she cares for and only a forged alliance with a member of royal blood will guarantee their safety and hers.

However, in the midst of accepting who she is, Marjorie has to come to terms with the fact that those she considered friends may be anything but, and the mother she thought dead may have been missing against her will.

A relationship in turmoil, a storm brewing in the distance, a shattered tranquility...will she find the courage to save her loved ones even if that means losing her humanity?
 
Kristy Centeno is an author of paranormal romance, young adult, new adult, horror, and contemporary romance.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. In her journey to create memorable reads, she has delved into several genres, creating fictional characters meant to entice readers and captivate the mind.
She is currently working on finishing off the Secrets of the Moon saga among other projects, which include sequels to her published work. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

 

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Okay, now ... on to the really EXCITING NEWS!!

An amazing opportunity from the admins at the IWSG!!

 


After the success of last year’s IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond, we decided to create another book. This time it’s a short story competition with the top ten stories getting published in the anthology.

Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free.

Word count: 5000-6000

Theme: Alternate History/Parallel Universe. That’s right, we’ve decided to go the speculative route. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines, except erotica or graphic violence.

Story deadline: November 1st 2015

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted, previously unpublished story to TheIWSG at gmail dot com before the deadline passes. Make sure to include your contact details.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges:

·         Laura Maisano - Senior editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian fiction
·         Russell Connor – Author and owner of Dark Filament Publishing Startup
·         Candace Havens  - Author and Editorial Director for the Covet, Edge and  Select lines at Entangled Publishing
·         Dawn Frederick – Literary agent and the founder of Red Sofa Literary
·         Alice Speilburg – Founder of the Speilburg Literary Agency
·         Michelle Johnson – Founder of Inklings Literary Agency and Writers' Center and Bookstore owner
·         Kendare Blake - Author
·         Lydia Moëd - Associate agent at The Rights Factory

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title. The winners will also receive an exclusive badge to display on their blog.

We’re excited to see the creativity and enthusiasm that’s such a part of this group put into action. So don your creative caps and start writing. And spread the word!


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This is amazing news!!

Ever think about writing a short story about an alternate history/parallel universe?

I am now!!

Monday, August 31, 2015

It's the most wonderful time of the year...school starts this week!

YES!

I'm actually NOT ready to change seasons, but I am ready for the 9 year old to go back to school!

YAY!!!

He goes to his first day of Middle School, which starts 5th grade here, this Thursday.

Yes, your math is correct. He only has to go to school for 2 days this week.

I suppose its enough to get his feet wet.

And then a three day weekend!

UGH. Happy Labor Day!

And a three day weekend the next week, too. 

Huh. Rosh Hashanah.

And an early dismissal that same week. 

Damn. He's like home all the time!

Oh well. We will make it work.

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Our last exciting day-event for the summer was going to the NY Air Show at Stewart International Airport here in the original OC. (That's Orange County, NY.)

It was also a day of remembrance. A pilot crashed and died on Friday while he was practicing for the weekend.

 

The air show was truly amazing to watch. I'm always in awe of what these pilots can do with an airplane. I'll share a few photos at the bottom of this post....but FIRST....

YOU HAVE TO BE HERE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND FOR THE INSECURE WRITER'S SUPPORT GROUP MONTHLY POST!

THE MOST AMAZING OPPORTUNITY WILL BE ANNOUNCED FROM THE GROUP AND I'M HAPPY AND PROUD TO BE A CO-HOST THAT DAY!

SO NOT KIDDING! COME BY ON WEDNESDAY!!!


Okay, here are a few air show pics!















Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Blog Tour stop for Lisa Voisin & Rafflecopter giveaway!

I really need to win the lottery so I can purchase all of these amazing books!



Please say hello to fellow InkSpell Publishing author ... Lisa Voisin!

She's having a Blog Tour with ... 








The Angel Killer (The Watcher Saga #2)
by Lisa Voisin







The Angel Killer




Now that she’s found him again, all Mia Crawford wants is some downtime with her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael. But the call of duty keeps him away—from school and from her—with more demons to smite than ever.

When Michael is mortally wounded by a cursed sword, Mia must perform an ancient blood ritual to save him. But the spell exacts a price. Haunted by visions of war, torture, and despair, Mia discovers the world is in more danger than she ever imagined. Behind the scenes, an evil adversary pulls all the strings.

After redemption, there’s Hell to pay.



Buy it here:
Amazon Print: http://amzn.to/1Hhtkqz
Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1zSWf3i


About the Author:
A Canadian-born author, Lisa Voisin spent her childhood daydreaming and making up stories, but it was her love of reading and writing in her teens that drew her to Young Adult fiction.

Lisa also leads a writing group for teens in North Vancouver, works as a technical writer, and teaches meditation. Her debut YA novel, The Watcher, won the Chanticleer award for best paranormal fiction.
A self-proclaimed coffee lover, she can usually be found writing in a local café. When she's not writing, you'll find her hiking in the mountains to counteract the side effects of drinking too much caffeine!

Though she’s lived in several cities across Canada, she currently lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her fiancé and their two cats.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lvoisin @lvoisin


About The Watcher (Book One in The Watcher Saga):
Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.
Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?


Ancient history is only the beginning.





To celebrate the release of The Angel Killer, The Watcher is currently 99 cents on Amazon Kindle.





a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Best of luck, Lisa!



 


Don't forget to check out Kacey Vandekarr's new YA Contemporary Fantasy -- Stepping Stones from yesterday's blog post!


Onnaleigh Moore is part of a plan—and it isn’t hers.