Don’t Wanna Fight
I wrote this post a few months ago and feel it needs repeating. There are far too many artists out there holding their words and their art in fear of criticism.
It’s been a while since I’ve written about anything on the blog besides cover reveals and book releases, but today I feel the need to say a few words to the writers, creators, and artists.
When I started my writing journey five years ago, the main thing that continued to hold me back from putting my stories out into the world was fear.
The big bad word.
Fear is easy to succumb to. It loves to whisper in your ear. It loves to lie to you and keep you from what you want most.
I let it rule for a long time without even realizing it and it cost me.
And this is what I want to talk about today.
I’ve had fellow writers who are new to this industry ask me how I do it. How do I deal with the negative side of this industry. How do I have a thick skin. When I say negative side, I mean everything from reviews to rejections.
My answer is always the same: I’m not sure that my skin is thicker than anyone else’s, but what I am sure of is I have something to say.
The truth is, everyone has an opinion about every damn thing. Everyone always will. But you get to choose what you allow into your world and what you block out. I don’t read negative reviews. I used to in the beginning, but what purpose do they serve me now? The books are published. I can’t change them. I wouldn’t if I could.
I don’t take offense to rejections. Some of the rejections I’ve received contained bits of gold. I appreciate any agent or publisher who has taken the time to point out why I was rejected.
None of them had to say anything at all.
My writing has become stronger because they did.
I’ve been writing since I was nine years old. It’s as much a part of me as anything else. It’s something I love.
And I think that’s where the thick skin lies … I’m writing for me. I’m proud of me. I did something I’ve dreamed about. And I’m continuing to do it. So the haters can hate. It’s very easy to hate. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do. It takes no courage, no heart. Raising someone up … that takes real courage. Those are the people I choose to hear.
In the last two years, I’ve had three novels published, (the third released in September), a short story, another short story will release soon, and a fourth novel, that’s up for review on Net Galley, will release before the end of the year.
I’ve had, and continue to have, people who love my stories ( I LOVE YOU GUYS RIGHT BACK!! xoxoxo) and people who hate them. And I’m okay with that. I knew going into this that I would be setting myself up for better or for worse. I took that risk, faced that fear, and jumped anyway.
It’s the scariest thing in the world, but you have to jump anyway.
So, writers, authors, poets, artists, musicians, dancers, painters … do your thing, say whatever it is you have to say in whatever medium you choose to say it in because no one else can say it the way you can.
Then stand back, take in what you’ve done, and be damn proud.
Paint for you.
Sing for you.
Write for you.
Create for You.
“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.”
~ Paulo Coelho
No Fate Awaits Me
It’s been a while since I’ve played some music, here you go:
Coeur de Pirate
So, today I’m really excited to finally reveal the cover of the first book in my new YA urban fantasy series, The Primordial Principles,
Audience: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age: 14 and up
Release Date: Fall 2015
Kadence Sparrow wasn’t born a devil’s child—she was turned into one. Now, she’s hiding from the truth, and running for her life.
For years, Kade’s true nature has lurked behind an illusion, so when her dad gets another job transfer, she knows the drill: no close friends, no boyfriends, and most importantly: don’t expose what she is. Ever. Keeping secrets is easy. Lies are second nature. So is the loneliness—and the fear, but when the Shadows attack, and Kade meets Cole Spires, she could expose everything she’s trying to hide.
As one of the Celestial Children, Cole lives by an oath: defend the Ward, protect the Primordial race, guard the gateways, and stick to his own. Everything else is a distraction, and besides, he’s lost enough. Cole’s job is clear, and no one his age does it better. So, when he meets Kade in a club downtown, he assumes she just wants his attention. Most girls do, but Cole soon realizes … Kade isn’t like most girls.
The children of heaven and hell are living among us, fighting an age-old war. And falling for someone from the opposition is not an option. But a chance encounter between Kade and Cole will blur the rules, as Kade’s journey to keep her truth hidden catapults them together and into a web of lies, forcing her to not only face the demon inside her, but to answer the hardest question of all.
Which is thicker—blood or water?
Add to your TBR list on Goodreads:
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How far would you go … to protect the one you love?
the final installment in the Fire Born Novels trilogy,
Nothing in Layla and Max’s world will ever be the same.
Since Max left, and joined his father in the Shadow Realm, everything in Layla’s life has changed. The Demon Gods threaten to destroy the Otherworld, and an inconceivable darkness has awakened—a darkness that wants control of Layla’s will. It also wants Max … dead. Not only must Layla face the true fire simmering inside her, but fight the one she loves most.
And this time, with her friends and family left behind, she’s completely on her own.
Leaving Layla nearly destroyed Max, but it was his only choice. Now, he must play the part—stay in control of his end goal, his actions, and the poison coursing through his veins, clouding his thoughts, and turning him into what he fears most, a Demon God. But even with his Oghams fighting the toxins, his control is slipping. Living in the Fomore castle with his Vampyre Fae ex-girlfriend isn’t making it any easier to stay sane, and waiting to face off against Layla is taking its toll.
In the final installment of the Fire Born Novels trilogy, the legendary Battle will be fought, and Layla and Max stand to lose everything. How far will they go to save each other and protect the ones they love? Even they don’t know the answer.
No one can win.
From the ashes of old,
They shall rise.
The last of the Ancients,
Foe and Ally.
The Legend lies in wait,
And bides its time.
Until at last the day comes,
For the children born of fire.
The Fire Born Novels
If you’d like to follow the Book Blitz for TRUE, including giveaways, interviews, and the playlist for the book, it is being hosted by Xpresso Book Tours and the stops are listed here:
Xpresso Tours is also hosting the GIVEAWAY!
I am giving away the complete Fire Born Novels trilogy in paperback.
Enter to win here:
In celebration of TRUE’s release, TIED & TORN (books 1 & 2) are on sale for $.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iBooks. 🙂
With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.
By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.
A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides.
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the first installment of the Primordial Principals series,
has a cover! 🙂
If you’d like to share, please do!
The reveal will be on September 10th.
Details and sign-ups can be found here:
September 2, 2015 | Categories: Books, Booktrope, Cover Reveals, CRYSTALLUM, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Cover Reveal sign-ups, CRYSTALLUM by Laney McMann, laney mcmann, teen reads, The Primordial Principles, upcoming YA releases 2015, Xpresso Tours, YA fantasy book, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
Sea of Voices
TRUE releases September 7, 2015
August 17, 2015 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, Music, New Releases, TRUE, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: laney mcmann, Layla and Max, music, Porter Robinson Sea of Voices, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann, TRUE (Fire Born 3) by Laney McMann, TRUE (Fire Born 3) Playlist, upcoming YA releases 2015, YA Fiction, you tube, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
Up next on the TRUE Playlist Countdown,
Carmina Burana ~ O Fortuna, Carl Orff
TRUE will release September 8th
August 10, 2015 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, TRUE, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Carmina Burana Carl Orff, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels, TIED by Laney McMann, TORN (Fire Born #2) by Laney McMann, TRUE (Fire Born 3) by Laney McMann, TRUE (Fire Born 3) Playlist, upcoming YA releases 2015, YA Fiction, you tube, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment