This week on My Music Monday:
Running Up That Hill
A series of random thoughts.
Writing is akin to hearing a thousand voices screaming at you all at once and you trying to decipher which ones you should listen to, and which ones you should ignore. Life’s a bit like that too.
March 15, 2014 | Categories: Author, Novel Writing, Thoughts, Writing | Tags: Advice on writing a novel, Arts, Author, Book Writing, Fiction, Inspiration, laney mcmann, novel writing, on writing, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author | Leave a comment
Laney McMann’s debut novel, TIED, a Fire Born novel, will release its sequel, TORN, in September 2014.
The second installment in the Fire Born Novels continues Layla and Max’s story, widening the supernatural world and introducing a new set of characters into the fray. TORN ties together the loose strands started in TIED, and is a key element toward completing the circle of the trilogy.
Unlike book one in the series, TORN revolves not only around Layla LaBelle’s journey, but we get a view inside Max’s head, as the story is written in both perspectives.
TORN releases September 2014 in e-book and print by J. Taylor Publishing
With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney McMann developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. By the time she reached her teens, Laney had accumulated notebooks full of poems which led to short stories and finally novels, specifically in the young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology genres.
Stay tuned next month, as I have New News regarding the series. 😉
February 18, 2014 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, TORN, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, TIED by Laney McMann, TORN, TORN by Laney McMann, Upcoming urban fantasy 2014, YA books for 2014, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, Young Adult book releases 2014, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | Leave a comment
This week: Phoenix
This week on My Music Monday:
For this week’s Off The Beaten Path Track …
Bear Hands ~ Giants
although recently released, I’m already hearing this song everywhere. Probably won’t be off the beaten path for long …
(this track is explicit)
“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
October 30, 2013 | Categories: Inspiration, Novel Writing, Writing, Writing Tips | Tags: Advice on writing a novel, Arts, Author, Book Writing, Ira Glass, laney mcmann, ya fantasy author | Leave a comment
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:
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.
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 why. Aimee Laine’s Blog
Julie and I talked about TIED and writing, and the GIveaway continues over on her blog: Julie Reece’s Blog
The YA Book Addict had another great 4 STAR review of TIED.
Crazy Four Books had another awesome review of TIED!
The super cool, Juliette Cross and I talked Books, Baubles and Bad Boys in her guest post.
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. 😉
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.
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!
- September New Release Book Blog Hop #GIVEAWAY! (laneymcmann.com)
- #TIED Blog Tour Wk 1 Recap (laneymcmann.com)
- TIED Launches TODAY! (laneymcmann.com)
September 21, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Blog Tours, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, Book, Facebook, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, Quidditch, Social media, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, TIED by Laney McMann, Twitter, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 2 Comments
As the first week of the TIED blog tour winds down, I want to give a huge thank you to everyone who shouted, blogged, interviewed, and took the time to review.
Here’s a quick recap of where I was, and who I was talking to, this week.
First up, of course, my publisher, J Taylor Publishing has the honor of announcing TIED’s release.
Next, I was over at Kindle Obsessed talking about what I believe makes a worthy read.
Over at Musings of a YA Reader I had a great interview, and discussed inspiration for the book, as well as mythology. 😉
Fellow Author, Terri Rochenski hosted me on her blog, Scribbler’s Sojourn where I counted down my favorite fantasy books. There are some great ones.
Author, Danielle Shipley had some really fun questions for me, including how I fell into the author thing backwards, in her interview at Ever On Word
And I can’t leave out Known To Read who wrote a staggeringly awesome 5 Star review of TIED on her book blog. I will be over there on September 24th talking about inspiration. Can’t wait.
Thank you so much again to all who hosted me this week.
Next week the GROUP GIVEAWAY continues, as well as a few more interviews with yours truly and probably a guest post or two. 😉
September 14, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Blog Tours, Fire Born Updates, Giveaways, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases, TIED, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Author, E-book, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, TIED by Laney McMann, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 3 Comments
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:
August 19, 2013 | Categories: A Fire Born Novel, Fire Born Updates, J Taylor Publishing, Music, New Releases, TIED, Upcoming Releases, Young Adult Novels | Tags: Arts, Author, Facebook, Fiction, Gang Gang Dance, Goodreads, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Layla and Max, M83, music, my music monday, polica, The Fire Born Novels, TIED, TIED by Laney McMann, TIED playlist, Twitter, ya fantasy author, YA Fiction, YA paranormal romance author, you tube, young adult book releases 2013, young adult paranormal romance, young adult urban fantasy | 1 Comment