I have another awesome cover to share with everyone today!
EYE OF THE SOUL
That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.
Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.
Or so she believes.
Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.
Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.
Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.
Releasing October 7, 2013
For more info and books by Terri Rochenski go to J Taylor Publishing
March 18, 2013 | Categories: Cover Reveals, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, Publishing | Tags: Adult Fantasy Novels, cover reveal, E-book, Eye of the Soul, laney mcmann, new book releases, Pool of Souls, Terri Rochenski | 2 Comments »
A special treat up on the blog today. Aimee Laine is here to talk about her JUST RELEASED Novel,
Take it away, Aimee!
Silent Echoes is a “Games of Zeus” novel but it’s not a traditional mythological conundrum. No, as the author, I’ve taken quite the liberties in creating a situation Zeus could have used to mess with we puny humans.
So, to have a little fun as Silent Echoes releases this month, my host here, Laney McMann, has challenged me to create a Game of Zeus out of Chess!
How could Zeus use Chess upon two unsuspecting humans? How could he manipulate a seemingly innocuous game into a maniacal, devious relationship conflict? Oh, let me count the ways … or rather, let me show you.
The goal? Capture the opponent’s King by advancing chess pieces (pawns, knights, rooks, bishops, queens and kings) across the board (like checkers) in order to battle for the opponents pieces and take over their side of the chess board. Whoever acquires the King, wins.
Before we get to the ultimate Chess-based romance … let me tell you a little about Silent Echoes:
For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed.
Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment.
As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him.
Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer.
Something else tells her to run away.
As much as their histories suggest they shouldn’t be together, neither Taylor nor Ian can deny the pull, and the two succumb, indulging in a relationship that brings pleasure to body, mind and soul.
Doing so, though, also ushers in a series of events both should have foreseen as well as one final outcome neither expected.
CHECK OUT SILENT ECHOES HERE:
And now …
If the whole goal is to capture the King, that implies the King doesn’t want to be captured. Since this is ‘the norm’, Zeus would automatically make a few rule swaps. First of all … a King not wanting to be captured is only in terms of war. In terms of love … well, okay there, too. But that’s no fun in a love-war! So instead of the King, it’s the Queen who’s going to be the biggest pawn.
Zeus’s ultimate conflict would be to place a deep and desperate need into the Queen, that she DOES want to be captured. Oh yeah. She wants to be captured … but of course, by one and only one guy. And it will have to happen in a prescribed timeframe, by a certain date, or something grave will happen … something that will prevent her from every being ‘captured’ … or in a Games of Zeus story … ever being loved.
So, Zeus will put ‘him’ on one side of the board and ‘her’ on the other. With each step toward each other, something prevents them from getting closer. Pawn : Perhaps a previous romantic partner? King: Perhaps ‘his’ family or a father figure? Knight : The best friend who just can’t let her go or just can’t let him give up who he is to go after her. Bishops? Rooks? You see, all those pieces are players in the story, interwoven to stop the capture of the Queen. To stop the two pieces from reaching each other.
Think about this … ultimately, resolution in this particular type of story can’t ever be a win-win. If he wins, she loses (by standard rules). If she wins … does that mean she is captured? Or she’s changed her mind? You see, that’s the conundrum. By winning, she loses. By losing, she loses, too.
So how can she win?
Oh, I didn’t say I’d answer that. You might just have to read another book.
And there you have it. What do you think? Is Chess a possible Game of Zeus?
Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she’s produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA.
With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there’s absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn’t need a calculator to add two numbers, either … but she does.
You can connect with Aimee on all of her social media sites:
Silent Echoes is an Adult Paranormal Romance/Romance/Suspense/Thriller
Sounds pretty awesome, right?
March 12, 2013 | Categories: Author Interviews, Blog Tours, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, Reading, Writing | Tags: 2013 Adult Paranormal Novel releases, Aimee Laine, Chess, Chess piece, Fiction, Game, Games of Zeus, Glossary of chess, Ian, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Silent Echoes, Taylor, Taylor Marsh, Zeus | 2 Comments »
Finishing off last week with the final installment of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, RAPTURE, I am moving onto Michael Scott‘s final book in the Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, The Enchantress.
I have loved this series from the beginning and am both excited and sad to see it end.
The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it.
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live, and one job left to do. They must defend San Francisco. The monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island have been released and are heading toward the city. If they are not stopped, they will destroy everyone and everything in their path.
But even with the help of two of the greatest warriors from history and myth, will the Sorceress and the legendary Alchemyst be able to defend the city? Or is it the beginning of the end of the human race?
Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.
Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what—or who—the twins will be fighting for.
Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost.
But will the twins of legend stand together?
Or will they stand apart—
one to save the world and one to destroy it?
- Road Trip Wednesday #170 Best Books (laneymcmann.com)
March 1, 2013 | Categories: Author, Books, Current Reads, Reading, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, Enchantress, laney mcmann, Michael Scott, Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Teen books, YA Fiction, young adult books | 2 Comments »
This week on Road Trip Wednesday, YA Highway asks the question:
What’s the best book you’ve read in February?
Hm … All of the books I’ve read in the month of February were great. I started off the month with Suzanne Collin’s THE HUNGER GAMES series, finished Lauren Kate’s FALLEN series with RAPTURE, read The 19th Year series, AFTER DARK and the sequel, DAY AFTER by Emi Gayle–both awesome–and I rounded out the month with Michael Scott’s final book in The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, THE ENCHANTRESS. Lucky for me, my line edits haven’t begun on TIED, so I’ve had more free time to read everyone else’s stuff for a change.
There were two books I gave 5 Stars to in February — well, one book actually and one series of books.
THE HUNGER GAMES series by Suzanne Collins was truly an incredible, pull-you-in-and-refuse-to-let-you-go story, and for that reason, it was my favorite series for the month of February.
BUT … DAY AFTER by Emi Gayle, was my favorite book for the month.
Both of these reads, although YA, are completely different and therefore can’t really be compared against each other. Dystopian vs Urban Fantasy. I am, and have always been, the biggest fantasy fan, and DAY AFTER delivered for me in that category. It’s not due for official release until May, though, and you’ll have to read AFTER DARK first, too!
So, you guys? Favorite books for February?
Check out YA Highways Road Trip Wednesday for more Best Books of February!
February 27, 2013 | Categories: Author, BLOG HOPS, Blog Tours, Books, Current Reads, Reading, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: After Dark, Best Books for February, DAY AFTER, Emi Gayle, Fallen, Hunger Games, laney mcmann, Lauren Kate, Michael Scott, Road Trip Wednesday, Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Suzanne Collin, Suzanne Collins, Urban Fantasy, YA Fiction, YA Highway, young adult book releases 2013, young adult novels, young adult urban fantasy | 3 Comments »
ONE MORE DAY!
Cover Reveal & Blurb!
Book One of The Fire Born Novels!
February 24, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Author, Book One., Cover Reveals, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, Publishing, TIED, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Blurb, books, cover reveals, Fire Born Novels, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Literature, Romance, The Fire Born Trilogy, TIED, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave A Comment »
In this weeks YA world, I am finally sinking my teeth back into the last of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series, Rapture.
BLURB:The sky is dark with wings. . . .
Like sand through an hourglass, time is running out for Luce and Daniel. To stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the angels fell to earth.
Dark forces are after them, and Daniel doesn’t know if he can do this—live only to lose Luce again and again. Yet together they face an epic battle that will end with lifeless bodies . . . and angel dust. Great sacrifices are made. Hearts are destroyed.
And suddenly Luce knows what must happen. For she was meant to be with someone other than Daniel. The curse they’ve borne has always and only been about her—and the love she cast aside. The choice she makes now is the only one that truly matters. In the fight for Luce, who will win?
The astonishing conclusion to the FALLEN series. Heaven can’t wait any longer.
February 22, 2013 | Categories: Books, Current Reads, New Releases, Reading, Reviews, Writing | Tags: Author, Fallen, laney mcmann, Lauren Kate, Rapture, Teen books, teens, young adult books, young adult paranormal romance, Young-adult fiction | Leave A Comment »
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.”
~Neil Gaiman, The Sandman, Vol: 5, A Game Of You
This week on YA Highway’s Road Trip Wednesday Blog Carnival, the theme of love goes on …
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done for love OR what’s your favorite movie/book moment of someone doing crazy things for love?
That’s a loaded question. Let’s see … First off, I’ve done so many stupid/crazy things for “love” they’d be hard to count.
I could talk about the time I … or about … Nah … I’ll leave that to the imagination and head straight toward my favorite movie moments. Not sure I’d call these crazy, really, but I have A LOT of favorite moments. THESE ARE ALL SPOILERS! DON’T WATCH IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THESE ALREADY.
Here are just a few:
SAY ANYTHING boom box scene with John Cusak
THE WEDDING SINGER airplane scene
THE ART OF GETTING BY
I am in love with this movie–the realness of it, but finding one good scene to show was impossible, so here are a lot of them: SPOILER!
Another incredible favorite of mine, but again–can’t find the end scene by itself … SPOILER!
There are my few for now. You guys? Favorite movie moments?
February 20, 2013 | Categories: BLOG HOPS, Blog Tours, Blogging, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, blog carnival, I Love..., laney mcmann, movies, Road Trip Wednesday, teen novels, teen reads, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, YA Fiction, YA Highway, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance | 4 Comments »
THE COVER REVEAL FOR
Book One of The Fire Born Novels
9 DAYS !
February 19, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Cover Reveals, New Releases, Novel Writing, TIED, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, Countdown, cover releases, laney mcmann, teen reads, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave A Comment »
“No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
One of THE best lines ever written in my opinion. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone.
February 14, 2013 | Categories: Author, Books, Life, Quotes, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, Gone With The Wind, laney mcmann, novel writing, Relationships, Valentine, Valentines Day | Leave A Comment »
Jumping on the YA Highway’s Blog Carnival this week in honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow.
This week’s topic: What do you love most about writing (and/or reading)?
I’m going to pick reading because I will forever be a reader before a writer. Why do I love it so? For me, reading fantasy and paranormal, which are my all time favorites, is like walking into another world–into someone else’s shoes–and living there for a while.
It’s the ability to transport somewhere else–somewhere you never even dreamed of. It’s magic.
How about you? Why do you love reading and/or writing so much?
February 13, 2013 | Categories: BLOG HOPS, Blog Tours, Reading, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, blog hop, bloggers, laney mcmann, Reading, Writing, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA Highway, YA paranormal romance author, young adult books | 7 Comments »
This week on the TIED Countdown we’re listening to another playlist track from the first book in The Fire Born Novels trilogy. (again in random order from the official playlist to be posted Sept 9th.) Enjoy!
February 11, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Books, J Taylor Publishing, Music, TIED, Writing, Young Adult Novels | Tags: 2013 YA novel releases, Author, Fire Born Novels, laney mcmann, music, my music monday, teen novels, teens, The Neighbourhood, TIED A Fire Born Novel, YA Fiction, you tube, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 1 Comment »
I know, I know. It’s been foreverrr since I posted a new My Music Monday, so we begin again.
This week I’ve been painstakingly compiling, and scaling down, the massive playlist for TIED, book one of The Fire Born Novels. Originally this playlist had close to 50 songs. I’ve narrowed it down to 34. Since I have 32 weeks until the launch of TIED, I thought a teaser was in order to get the momentum started. So … I’m going to play a small sampling of what’s to come every Monday all the way up to launch day. I’ve decided not to put the songs in order of scenes/chapters, as I don’t want to give too much away, but the songs will be in order when the playlist goes live, and in full, on the 9th of September. ENJOY!
February 4, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Author, Book One., Books, Music, Writing | Tags: Arts, Fire Born Novels, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, M83, music, my music monday, Playlist, Recordings, Teen books, teens, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, TIED by Laney McMann, you tube, Young Adult, young adult books, young adult novels, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 3 Comments »
There is a moment now and then when writers may catch themselves and think … wait, should I write that?
I think her words are both honest and true. There is a fine line writers walk between fiction and fact. Fantasy and reality. So much of who we are is embedded in our stories. Our words, our voices, our hearts … our sometimes crazed imaginations. Elena writes, ”Just because you write about an axe murderer, doesn’t mean you are slightly unhinged and could lose it and carry out your protagonists actions in the middle of the night – just because you think it, doesn’t mean you would do it.”
People judge you as a person when you put your stories out there. And we can judge ourselves as words fly from our fingertips in a flurry of ideas. Whether you write horror or paranormal romance, people will either love your work and sing your praises, or wonder if you are indeed unhinged.
Does it matter? As a writer who has chosen to share their work with the world–it probably shouldn’t. It’s the risk you take when you decide to go public. It’s the reason every writer hears those few words of caution, “Grow a thick skin. You’re going to need it.”
Not everyone will praise or even like your work. Some people may hate your genre, your ideas–your imagination. And they will judge you. But we can’t please everyone and we can only write what moves us and hope our words resonate with readers.
So I leave you with this to ponder:
“Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.” ~E.L. Doctorow
So the question is, Are you willing to put yourself out there? It’s the risk all writers have to take. The difference between owning what you love and hiding it. The difference between being public or private. Published or tucked away in a drawer.
SO WRITE ON WRITERS. Take your best shot.
*** Re-posted from April 2012 ***
February 1, 2013 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Novel Writing, Thoughts, Writer, Writing, Writing Tips | Tags: art, Fiction, laney mcmann, novel writing, The Fire Born Novels, Writer, Writers Resources, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Tips, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author | 15 Comments »
Here’s how the THE NEXT BIG THING blog hop works. I get tagged to answer a bunch of question about my current book, (while simulataneously getting more word out), thanks to J.A. Belfield for the tip, and then I tag YOU, and you get to share in the love on your own blog to get the word out about YOUR WIP.
I questioned being involved in the hop considering my current WIP is kind of under wraps, while my current finished book is on its way to publication–but, I thought this would be fun.
SO …. I’m going to pretend that my current finished novel is actually a WIP–even though it’s not. K? K!
What is the working title of your book?
The title of my book is TIED, and it’s the first book in The Fire Born Novels series.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is one of those questions that’s hard to answer. Ideas sort of pop into my head and I run with them. Some work, some don’t–The Fire Born worked.
What is the genre of your book?
I write young adult dark/urban fantasy, paranormal romance, with bit of mythology mixed in.
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
No clue. If I had to choose, it would probably be from people who aren’t even actors. I think it’s really hard to peg the right face/personality to a character you’ve dreamed up in your head.
What in one sentence is the synopsis of your book?
Yikes! Honestly, I don’t even think I’m allowed to tell you guys that yet—-under contract and all that. BUT–soon, so very soon.;) So, I’ll leave you with the hook that’s flying around on all my social media pages:
How far would you go … to protect the one you love?
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency/publisher?
All of The Fire Born Novels will be published by J. Taylor Publishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Hm … first draft took three months. All subsequent drafts took — forever. Seriously. A longgg time.
What other books would you compare this story to in your genre?
I wouldn’t. Funny–I was just thinking about this. My play off fantasy and paranormal feels a bit different than what I read–and I read a lot. I guess the readers will have to decide ultimately. But, my intention is always to speak from my own voice and let it roll. Whatever comes, comes. I’m not aiming to compare my books to anyone else’s.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Another loaded question that’s difficult to answer. I’m not sure that any one particular thing inspired me, necessarily. A ton of factors led me to continue to write this book and see it through to the end. Not all my novels have made it to completion. TIED spoke to me in a way nothing else has. So I guess you could say, the story itself inspired me.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The blurb will be out very soon, and I can’t spoil that, so I’ll just say that if the hook I mentioned before intrigues you–just wait
*** That’s it for me. Anyone want to jump in and let us know what all your blood, sweat and tears are pouring into? Leave me a link so I can check your book out!! ***
January 23, 2013 | Categories: Author, BLOG HOPS, Blog Tours, Blogging, Books, J Taylor Publishing, Publishing, WIP, Writing | Tags: Arts, Blog, Book, Fiction, laney mcmann, Literature, new authors, new book releases, novel writing, Publishing, Romance, The Fire Born Novels, The Next Big Thing Blog Hop, TIED A Fire Born Novel, TIED by Laney McMann, WIP, Working title, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author | 2 Comments »
J.A. Belfield’s 3rd book in her incredible HOLLOWAY PACK series is coming soon! And here’s the Cover!!
A Holloway Pack Story #3
By J.A. Belfield
Genre: Adult, Romantic, Urban Fantasy
If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.
For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple.
Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself.
Not this time.
Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting.
Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.
What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life.
If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.
If he survives.
Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.
Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.
Check out all the HOLLOWAY PACK STORIES here:
The Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
January 21, 2013 | Categories: Author, Blog Tours, Books, Cover Reveals, J Taylor Publishing, Publishing, Writing | Tags: A Holloway Pack Story #3, books, CAGED, cover reveals, Ethan Holloway, Holloway Pack, J A Belfield, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, new book releases | Leave A Comment »
Happy 2013, everyone! I’m so excited about the new year.
TIED, the first book in The Fire Born Novels series, will be released September 9! And in preparation of that upcoming event, my blog will be undergoing a few changes.
In January I will be hosting an interview with fellow author, L.S. Murphy about her upcoming release, REAPER, a young adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy. I will also have a special cover reveal for fellow author, J.A Belfield’s upcoming release, CAGED.
In March I will host fellow author, Aimee Lane, for her SILENT ECHOES blog tour.
In addition, marketing will begin for the release of TIED, which will include the cover release, blurb, excerpts and more!
Hold on tight, the ride’s about to get bumpy!
January 4, 2013 | Categories: Author, Author Interviews, Blog Tours, Blogging, Books, Cover Reveals, Writing | Tags: adult paranormal, aimee lane, Arts, Author, blog tour, books, cover releases, E-book, E-Books, J A Belfield, L S Murphy, laney mcmann, Literature, new releases for 2013, Novel, Paranormal, REAPER, Romance, teens, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author, YA thrillers, Young Adult, young adult books, Young adult literature | 2 Comments »
I was nominated for the Liebster Award! Thank you so much to Jaime Guerard for nominating me for this very unexpected award. Jaime is a fellow YA fan as well as YA Paranormal Romance Thriller writer and author. Go check her blog out!
The award works like this:
- I list 11 random facts about myself.
- I will answer the 11 questions asked of me by the person who nominated me.
- I will then nominate my 11 picks for the award along with my 11 questions for them to answer when they post a response.
- If you’re nominated, your name/link will appear at the bottom of this post along with your questions. Follow the same format; paste the award badge to your blog, give us 11 random facts about yourself, answer my 11 questions, and choose your nominees…but you cannot nominate the blog who nominated you.
Here are 11 random facts: (Hmm … I’ve gotta think about this.)
1. I’m a Tea fanatic. Yes, really. Hot tea, iced tea, black tea, flavored tea. I could hang out in Teavana.
2. I’ve been dancing since I was a little. Love it. Miss it. Quit after too many injuries. Now I run. (Like that’s better or something … )
3. I’m a chef.
4. I read obsessively. Even when I should be writing and editing my own books. ;P
5. I’m a Tolkien fan to extremes. Love, Love, Love his books. Movies too. I could watch LOR from start to finish without a hitch. All 9 hours.
6. Same goes for Harry Potter. I can recite the books.
7. I have 3 dogs, and if I had more space, I would own way more than that.
8. I love Summertime.
9. I’m an introvert, but a few of my friends would probably argue with me over that.
10. I’m of Irish decent.
Here are my questions from Jaime Guerard:
1. Who is your favorite author?
I have so many, so I’ll name the big ones. Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, and J. R. R. Tolkien. Oh, and I really enjoy Michael Scott.
2. What is your favorite quote?
“You can’t win or lose if you don’t run the race.” ~ The Psychedelic Furs
3. What type of genre do you like to read? Why?
Fantasy. High fantasy. Paranormal. Mythology and some Sci-Fi. Both YA and Adult. I write what I read. Why? Because these genres are transporting and magical.
4. Where do you hope to be in 5 years?
I hope to still be writing stories from my heart. The ones that inspire me and speak to me.
5. How long have you been writing?
I started writing poems are a young age. 7 maybe. They were a kind of expression that just flooded out. I still write poetry. Short stories followed, and in my early twenties I tried a few strike out swings at novels. I think my writing has grown considerably since then.
6. Who has inspired you throughout your life?
7. What is one word to describe your personality?
Hmm … Sarcastic? Hahaha. Probably depends on which friend you asked.
8. What is your favorite book and why?
That’s almost impossible to answer. Although all of my favorite authors have things in common, their writing styles are vastly different, yet equally brilliant. I could name series’ of books. The Witching Hour series by Anne Rice. The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice. The Lord of The Rings/The Hobbit by Tolkien. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling.
9. Life’s too short for …
Regretting the chances you were afraid to take. Better to have tried/spoke your mind/put yourself out there, and failed, than never to have tried at all.
10. What is your desert island food (you only get one choice)?
11. If you could have one celebrity on your speed dial, who would it be and why?
One celebrity? Geesh … idk. Probably Anne Rice. I could bounce some pretty amazing ideas off of her, I think. She’s the queen of dark fantasy.
And … my nominees are:
Short Story Diary http://shortstoriesdiary.wordpress.com/
My Story To You http://dragoneystory.wordpress.com/
Gin and Lemonade http://ginlemonade.wordpress.com/
Lee Rawn http://www.leerawn.com/
Rich Weatherly http://richweatherly.wordpress.com/
AK Taylor http://www.backwoodsauthor.com/
Alison DeLuca http://alisondeluca.blogspot.com/
Ido Lanuel http://idolanuel.com/
Leigh Gembus http://submeg.com/
Whitney Moore http://writeinlife.wordpress.com/
Nominees, here are your 11 questions:
- What books are you reading?
- Who are your favorite authors?
- What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
- Where do you see your writing taking you?
- How do stories come to you? (or blog posts, poetry, etc …)
- Plotter or Pantster?
- What is your favorite genre?
- If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
- Introvert or Extrovert?
- Who inspires you?
- What inspires you to keep moving forward in your writing?
Go check out all these great blogs! And Congrats to the nominees!
January 1, 2013 | Categories: Blogging, Writing | Tags: Authors, Awards, bloggers, blogs, determination, goal accomplishment, Inspiration, Novels, poetry, Short Stories, writers, Writers Resources, Writers supporting writers | 5 Comments »
December 20, 2012 | Categories: Author, Quotes, Writing, Writing Tips | Tags: Advice on writing a novel, Author, Dream, goal accomplishment, Inspiration, laney mcmann, Quotes, William Faulkner, Writing Tips | 1 Comment »
Some readers hate them, while others love them–especially fans of a series. Cliffhangers keep the story moving forward from book to book. They have the ability to leave the reader wanting more.
Or … less.
Some readers get so furious when a story leaves them hanging that they give up on the series entirely. The majority, however, cling to the book, wanting more, more, more!
So, as a reader, do you hate a cliffhanger ending, or do you love them?
December 17, 2012 | Categories: Author, Novel Writing, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, books, Cliffhanger, Fantasy, Fiction, laney mcmann, Literature, Readers, series endings, The Fire Born Novels, Writers Resources, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author, YA readers, YA series | 2 Comments »
Aspire: to long, aim, or seek for.
Aspire is one of those words with an embedded escape clause.
“If I really suck at this, or if I just give up, it won’t matter because I’m only aspiring.”
Do you love to write? Does it speak to you?
Aspiring isn’t goal setting. It’s an escape hatch. It is scribble, scribble, blah, blah … What was I talking about?
If you want to write then write. If you want to become an author work your ass off at it. It’s hard and it will make you want to scream one second and cry the next. But writers write. It’s what we do. Don’t be afraid to put a label on it.
December 8, 2012 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Writer, Writing | Tags: Advice on writing a novel, art, Arts, Author, Author of The Fire Born Novels, Chats and Forums, FAQs Help and Tutorials, Fiction, goal accomplishment, Goal setting, laney mcmann, Mailing Lists, Publishing, Word count, Writer, Writer Resources, Writers Resources, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Tips, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author, Young Writers, Young-adult fiction | 6 Comments »
Yep, I said that.
Getting a publishing contract is everything you’ve wanted, everything you’ve worked your ass off for, and when you sign on the dotted line, everything you’re afraid of.
It’s a truth I think a lot of authors keep under wraps because some days when you sit staring at your story, the one that has a deadline attached to it now, the one that needs to be as close to perfect as you can make it—some days, it can feel like you’ve signed yourself up to fail. The days when nothing makes sense and you wonder who in their right mind, including yourself, ever thought your story could actually sell. The days when fear seeps in and hangs on.
From the legalese of contracts, to the swell of accomplishment in your chest that is almost immediately replaced by the tightening of panic, to the real edits and real deadlines, being a contracted, and soon to be published, author is both thrilling and terrifying.
But, in those split seconds when rays of light shine through the blinds in your mind, it is incredibly gratifying. The times when, for once, there are no blue, red, or green edits marking up your pages and your comments come back with “Great!” instead of “Huh?” or “Powerful.” instead of “Make it clearer.” Those are the days when every drop of doubt and ounce of fear is worth it. The days when you’re proud as hell. Maybe they’re far and few between, but those rays of light keep the writing fire burning bright and remind you that you should feel proud, maybe even excited–even if only for a second.
December 4, 2012 | Categories: Author, Editing To Deadlines, Inspiration, Novel Writing, Publishing, Thoughts, Writing | Tags: Advice on writing a novel, Arts, Author, Contract, editing, Editing and Proofreading, Facebook, Fiction, goal accomplishment, Inspiration, laney mcmann, novel creation, published author, Publishing, Publishing contract, Publishing contracts, Technology, Writers Resources, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author | Leave A Comment »
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”
November 28, 2012 | Categories: Author, Inspiration, Quotes, Writing | Tags: Advice on writing a novel, Author, Fiction, goal accomplishment, Inspiration, J.K Rowling, laney mcmann, Writer Resources, YA Fiction | Leave A Comment »
Like many writers, I have spent the last few years trying to ‘do it all.’ Whether I’m drafting another blog post, tinkering with Twitter, shouting out to writers on Triberr, checking my Facebook profile, posting on my Facebook author page, pinning on Pinterest, reading the dozens of emails I receive daily, or finishing my novel revisions, everyday is filled to the rim. In my mind, the most important of these is my novel. It’s the reason for everything else. Yet everything else seems to overwhelm it most of the time.
I read all day long, in one form or another. In order to write well, you must read. A lot. Preferably in your genre, although reading in general is the point. I try to stay current with the latest books, all the advice on book marketing, social media reach, blog hits, and on and on. It’s endless.
Yesterday I read an article that stated people aren’t reading less in the digital age, instead people are actually reading more. Wanting more. More to download. More, more, more. Readers want books NOW. How are they reading them all? Who knows.
What it means for writers is what concerns me. Many authors are now attempting to hammer out three….four, five books a year to stay in the game.
The industry standard has forever been…one book per year.
But with the introduction, and popularity, of ereaders the standard is changing. Rapidly.
For me, and many others, that’s an issue. Besides the fact that I write at turtle speed, and revise at snail, I’ve worked myself to near exhaustion trying to do everything, and be everywhere. How are we supposed to do it all? We can’t. And we shouldn’t try to either.
Balance is the key.
I’ve talked about balance a lot in prior posts, but I didn’t know how to attain it. I’ve had to force myself to step back, and breathe. Step back and realize that NO ONE can do it all, and do it well. Not going to happen. Not for long anyway. I still believe that through all the chatter and advice, all the constant information flying everywhere, that our main goal as writers should be creating good content.
We can market until we are blue in the face and crawling. Put our names out everywhere and brand until everyone knows it. But none of that will matter if our books suck. Writing is hard enough without trying to master social media.
I know we as writers are a helpful and supportive group. We want to help each other succeed. We want to feel like someone else gets it, and we aren’t wandering around alone searching for answers in the dark. So we read everything, follow a hundred blogs, and basically overwhelm ourselves with information. Not the best mindset to have when we are trying to write an 80,000 word novel.
Slow down. Really.
I don’t have this thing figured out either, but it occurs to me that a few things are obvious.
**Write your books and write them well. No good book—no reason for social media.
**Write your blog posts, tweet your shout outs, engage. But put a time limit on it.
**Back to writing.
Remember the reason why you are doing all of this. Is it to write stories? To get lost in those worlds? Yeah? Go get lost then, and create the best worlds you can.
The other stuff at the end of the day is secondary. Important, yes, but still secondary.
So tell me, what part of this industry have you found the most difficult?
**first posted in May 2012 before I landed the book contract, so let’s add that once thrown into the mix, things got busier. The difference? Now, I feel like everything else finally matters.
November 26, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Editing, Inspiration, Publishing, Social Media, Writer, Writing | Tags: Arts, Blog, bloggers, Book, book marketing, E-book, editing, exhaustion, Facebook, goal accomplishment, laney mcmann, Pinterest, Reading, Revisions, Social media, Triberr, Twitter, Writer, Writers Resources, Writing, Writing process, Writing Tips | 12 Comments »