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My Music Monday ~ Avicii

Avicii ~ Wake Me Up


Thursday’s Off The Beaten Track ~ Sir Sly

Along with my usual My Music Monday posts (yes, they have resumed), I wanted to start another continuing music post. A *new* music one. Where each week or so I’ll post some newly—or fairly newly released, off the beaten path, track.

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Sir Sly — Gold

(This is track is explicit)


Nobody tells this to beginners …

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you.

A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work.

Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

~ Ira Glass

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English: Ira Glass of This American Life giving a lecture at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Spooktacular #Giveaway Hop #YAbooks

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A WINNER HAS BEEN CHOSEN. PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS! 😉

For the 4th Annual Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer ~

I am choosing to do a Young Adult Paranormal Themed Giveaway in honor of All Hallows Eve.

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

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One winner will get to choose TWO titles of their choice available in e-book form, plus they will win a $10 Amazon gift card.

 That’s 5 YA Paranormal titles to choose from: CRUX, AFTER DARK, REAPER, TIED, or DAY AFTER,

PLUS a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

(If you’d like to read the blurbs for each of these books, just click the covers.)

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Enter to WIN Here: RAFFLECOPTER FORM

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This Giveaway will run from October 15th through October 31st upon which time, Rafflecopter will choose the winner.

GOOD LUCK!

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October New Release #Giveaway Hop

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In honor of the October New Release Giveaway hosted by Book Twirps and Refracted Light Reviews, I am giving away an E-Book of Just Released,

EYE OF THE SOUL

by Terri Rochenski

Eye of the Soul

Genre: Adult Fantasy

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Escape.

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.

Forever.

What do you need to do to enter to win this awesome book?

Enter the Rafflecopter of course. 😉

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Thursday’s Off The Beaten Track ~ Phantogram

Along with my usual My Music Monday posts (yes, they have resumed), I wanted to start another continuing music post. A *new* music one. Where each week or so I’ll post some newly—or fairly newly released, off the beaten path, track.

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New music from Phantogram ~ Black Out Days

TIED (Fire Born #1) Book Blog Tour Recap Wk 4

Ending out the 4th week of the TIED book tour, here’s what we saw:

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September 30:

At Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews I’m talking character names in a cool interview, and the excerpt for the book is up.

My interview with Doctor’s Notes talks about why I became a writer, and the giveaway continues.

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 October 1:

Over on That Artsy Reader Girl the group giveaway is still under way (’til the 15th), and the TIED Playlist is up on her blog. 😉

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October 2:

Jocelyn and I, at The Scribble’s of Jocelyn Adams , talk villains vs heroines. Which one would you be?

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October 3:

Katherine Skye YA Author asked what types of characters I enjoy writing most. Hmmm. Can you guess?

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October 4:

Brooke at The Cover Contessa wanted to know who my favorite character is in TIED. Easy one.

And Alex and I, over at, Alex Nader Writes, talk about one of my favorite things—mythology, and how I like to twist it to my story lines—along with a few other things on his blog.

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Thank you so much to all the readers, authors, and bloggers who hosted me this past week!!
The last week of the blog rounds out on Wednesday. 😉

It is not the critic who counts …

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

~ Teddy Roosevelt

 


Thursday’s Off The Beaten Track

Along with my usual My Music Monday posts (yes, they have resumed), I wanted to start another continuing music post. A *new* music one. Where each week or so I’ll post some newly—or fairly newly released, off the beaten path, track.

The National is up today, one of my favorites, with their newer track, Sea of Love, released in May 2013.
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TIED (Fire Born #1) Book Blog Tour Recap Wk 3

As we round out week three of the TIED Blog Book Tour, I must say Thank You to everyone who participated thus far.

Here’s a recap of this past week’s posts:

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September 23:

On Monday I was talking Strangest Nightmares with Kayla over at Bibliophilia, Please

September 24:

On Tuesday Danielle and I were talking Inspiration, and she has a beautiful 5 Star review of TIED as well on Known To Read

September 25:

Hump Day came in with two of my fellow authors. Linda wants to know, Why Fantasy and Paranormal? at L.S. Murphy’s Blog

And what’s my favorite food? J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer finds that out as well as a few other things about me in our interview.

September 26:

Jen At Random is continuing on with the TIED Giveaway that is still in full steam and getting an awesome amount of entries. (Thank You to all who have entered so far)

September 27:

And lastly, Bookworm Lisa is also sharing the Giveaway festivities.

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Thank You again to everyone!

See you next week for round 4!

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TIED (Fire Born #1) Book Blog Tour Recap Wk 2

 A big Thank You to everyone who participated in the second week of the TIED blog tour.

Got some awesome reviews, and had some great conversations. 😉

Here’s how the week went:

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September 15:

Cremona over at Mythical Books had an incredible 4/5 Star review of TIED, and she’s shouting out the word of the continued Group Giveaway.

September 16:

Julie and I talked about daydreams and pizza toppings at Bookarooju

Aimee knows that I don’t eat Ben and Jerry’s and who in the world, dead or alive, I’d like to meet most and whyAimee Laine’s Blog

Julie and I talked about TIED and writing, and the GIveaway continues over on her blog: Julie Reece’s Blog

September 17:

The YA Book Addict had another great 4 STAR review of TIED.

Crazy Four Books had another awesome review of TIED!

September 18:

The super cool, Juliette Cross and I talked Books, Baubles and Bad Boys in her guest post.

September 19:

The Reading Diaries gave TIED 5 beautifully enthusiastic STARS. 🙂 Plus an interview and the GIVEAWAY continues.

TIED earned 5 STARS from Happy Tails and Tales Blog and I am seriously humbled now. 😉

September 20:

J Keller Ford and I talked PJ’s and Quidditch. Which position would you play?

Emi Gayle knows why I never snuck out of the house in High School and what color my prom dress was.

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AGAIN, Thank You so, so much to everyone who hosted, shouted, tweeted, liked, reviewed, and interviewed this week for the blog tour.

You guys are sooo awesome!

See everyone next week for round three!


TIED Countdown to Launch Day 1!!

Tomorrow marks the official launch of TIED, the first book in The Fire Born Novels trilogy!

Here’s the last teaser before the book goes live. 😉

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I unlocked the front door, and he rested his head against the side of the house, eyes downcast. My hand dropped from the lock. “It really is bad—what you need to tell me. Isn’t it?”

He glanced up, grey eyes finding mine. “It still depends on you.” His voice was raw, almost a whisper.

I reached for his hand, caressing it with my thumb. “If it brought you back to me, I’ll take it.”

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Hope you guys liked the week of samples.

Tomorrow starts the launch of TIED, the blog tour, and a big giveaway to honor the book’s release.

Don’t miss it! 😉

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My Music Monday ~ (TIED Countdown) Wk 2

TWO WEEKS until TIED launches?! How did I lose count?

A few more songs to go on the TIED playlist this week.


COVER REVEAL ~ INSPIRED by Danielle E. Shipley

Today I have the pleasure of revealing Danielle E. Shipley’s cover for her upcoming release,

INSPIRED

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Check out this awesome cover. 😉

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Inspired

by Danielle E. Shipley

Release Date: March 17, 2014

Target Reader: Adult

Keywords: Fiction

Back of the Book

For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.

In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.

Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.

Or so he hopes.

Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.

Their own.

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What do you think? 🙂

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 For more info go to: J TAYLOR PUBLISHING


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 4

With TIED only under a month before going live, the last few songs of the playlist are going to get crammed in  before launch on September 9th. (I think I lost count somehow.)

Here we go:


TIED Blog Tour ~ Bloggers and Schedule

The blog tour for TIED is just around the corner, and I want to say Thank You to all the bloggers/reviewers who have signed up for the tour, as well as give readers (and writers) the schedule to follow if you want to check it out. 😉

We start on September 9th. The day TIED releases onto the masses. 😉

Here goes:

September 9:

J. Taylor Publishing

September 10:

Kindle Obsessed

September 11:

Nightly Reading

Musings of a YA Reader

September 12:

Scribbler’s Sojourn

Ever On Word

September 13:

Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight

September 15:

Mythical Books

September 16:

BookarooJu

Aimee Laine’s Blog

Julie Reece’s Blog

September 17:

YA Book Addict

Crazy Four Books

September 18:

Manga Maniac Cafe

September 19:

The Reading Diaries

Happy Tails and Tales Blog

September 20:

The Dream Weaver’s Cottage (J. Keller Ford YA Author)

Emi Gayle’s Blog

September 23:

Bibliophilia, Please

September 24:

Known To Read

September 25:

L.S. Murphy’s Blog

J.C. Martin, Fighter Writer

September 26:

At Random

September 27:

Bookworm Lisa

September 28:

The Book Diaries

September 30:

Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

Doctor’s Notes

October 1:

That Artsy Reader Girl

October 2:

The Scribble’s of Jocelyn Adams

October 3:

Katherine Skye YA Author

October 4:

The Cover Contessa

Alex Nader Writes

October 7:

Ohana Day Academy

October 8:

I Am A Reader Not A Writer

October 9:

Girls Heart Books

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WHEW!

 If you are a blogger or a reviewer and you’d like to be a part of the TIED blog tour,

I still have a few spots available.

You can sign up here: J Taylor Publishing

Thanks again for everyone who is participating!!


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 8!

8 Weeks and counting ….

Here’s this week’s playlist track:


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 9

Here’s this weeks TIED Playlist track:


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 10

We are pulling into week 10 on the playlist.


Writing A Novel Is Like …

“Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”

-E.L. Doctorow

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#SampleSunday TIED, The Fire Born Novels, Book One

Super excited today. I have the go ahead by my publisher to share some quotes, snippets, and samples from TIED, Book One of The Fire Born Novels. 😉

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Afternoon sun flooded through the shop’s front windows in sheets, creating a back lit silhouette in the doorway. Dust particles floated past my scope of vision like miniature ghosts, and the clear grey eyes glancing at me made my breath end in my throat.

The room spun and slowed to a time-warped crawl, and the spicy sweetness of gardenias wafted through the air. Visions rushed up to the surface, flooding my brain, blowing the circuits. My magazine dropped to the floor, and I swayed, grabbing the counter for support, forcing myself to blink.

“Layla?” Thudding feet echoed in the distance.

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That’s all for this Sunday. I’ll see what I can find for next week. 😉

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COVER REVEAL ~ DARKEST DAY by Emi Gayle

So excited to reveal the final cover of the 19th Year Trilogy, Darkest Day.

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Darkest Day

The 19th Year

by Emi Gayle

Release Date: January 6, 2014

Target Reader: Young Adult

Keywords: FictionParanormal RomanceRomance,
Thriller/Suspense,Urban FantasyFairyShape-shifterVampire

Back of the Book

Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between.

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads.

Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known—vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.

Responsibility? Or Love?

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Can’t wait for Darkest Day, the third, and final, book of the 19th Year Trilogy! Loved both After Dark and Day After.


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 13

13 weeks and counting! Here’s this week’s TIED playlist track:


My Music Monday (TIED Countdown) Wk 14

Moving into the 14th week …