Monday, March 19, 2012


I like this post today because it comes right after most of America has sprung forward to daylight saving's time. You may have heard of Elle's Strauss's YA story CLOCKWISE. Well, it's got a new cover, and she's unveiling it here, and all over the blogosphere.

Take a look:

Isn't it adorable? And check out the blurb:

Casey Donovan has issues: hair, height and uncontrollable trips to the 19th century! And now this --she’s accidentally taken Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time. Awkward.
Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just “brotherly” protectiveness?
When they return to the present, things go back to the way they were before: Casey parked on the bottom of the rung of the social ladder and Nate perched high on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her younger brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.
Which of course, she does.

Want to buy it? You can do so here. It's already gotten rave reviews, so you'll definitely want to add it to your reading list. Be sure to visit Elle on her blog too!

Blogging A-Z is coming up April 1. For the entire month of April bloggers around the sphere will be posting everyday from A-Z. Last year was a blast, and I'll be doing it this year too. I'm posting fave characters from A-Z and I hope you'll be back to check it out. Til then, I'll be laying low on this here blog, but I'll be making rounds to visit yours.

Want to learn more about A-Z and sign up? Click on the pic above for linkage.

Thanks for stopping by! Any books coming put you want to share? Are you participating in A-Z Challenge? I love hearing from you!  

Friday, March 16, 2012

FLOAT Above the Rest ...

Today is the National Day for Action Against Bullying and Violence. I love seeing the anti-bullying campaigns that have popped up over the last few years. Kids are starting them themselves, along with whopper-sized organizations--all in the name of bully awareness.

While I sincerely believe bullying will never fully go away, I also believe that by empowering kids to speak out, stand up for themselves and each other, we really can help make a difference in victims' lives.

I'd like to take this opportunity to share a story with you called FLOAT.

F.L.O.A.T. stands for For Love Of All Teens. It's a story about life after bullying--after high school ends and how one girl who was the victim of bullying for many years learns to claim her confidence and put an end to the cycle.

All proceeds of FLOAT go towards funding the FLOAT MISSION.

FLOAT is about kids sticking up for each other, and the campaign is really about individuals starting up their own chapters and groups in their communities. FLOAT is not a patented or copyrighted name. It's available for use by ANYONE. Feel free to use it in your own school to create awareness and get involved.

Want to learn more? Check out the blog here and find out how. There's also a list of helpful links to other ant--bullying sites. Feel free to snoop around and make the FLOAT cause your own.

More information on where you can buy the story FLOAT can be found here. What are you waiting for? Start spreading the word! And feel free to snag a copy of the picture below for your own website or blog.

And be sure to stop by Sheri A. Larsen's Writer's Ally to see more posts on bully and violence awareness.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Has bullying ever affected you or someone you know? Please share...

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Movie Blogfest

Kyra Lennon over at Writer Here, Write Now wants us to whip our WIPs into movie form, with actors and soundtracks.

I love this idea, because let's face it, what writer hasn't envisioned their story or stories made into films?? It's the ultimate homage to a great story. With my current WIP, The 49th Parallel, a YA thriller, I have an idea of who I can see playing a few characters ...

My logline: Seventeen year old Madeline Martin is in a race for her life as she tries to uncover the mystery of secret political documents found in an old atlas in the library. She must discover the truth before a French-Iranian hit-man can get to them, or the fate of America will hang in the balance.

Okay, my thoughts for who could pull off Madeline:

Lily Collins. Now mind you, she'd need a pixie cut and blue streaked highlights, but Lily could totally pull this off.

Her main squeeze, Travis Fielding, would be a younger version of this guy:

Josh Holloway. His image for Sawyer from Lost, is right on target for Travis' teenage rogue character. Any youngin's resemble this one? Let me know in the comments.

And as for my antagonist, Armand Dantuine, the French-Iranian hit-man, he is anything but a pansy, but he's happens to be very attractive, with striking green eyes. I give you ...

Farzan Arthari. Never heard of him before, but stumbled across him on the net and he could pull off Armand nicely.

The story is a bit of a roller coaster, laced with historical facts, and I haven't even come close to  figuring out all the songs for the many action scenes. But one scene in particular involves Madeline riding into the night with Travis on the back of his motorcycle after a murder has occurred. The need is urgent and the stakes are high. The song I imagine playing in the film is this:

Artist: Tori Amos Song: Iiee

Thanks for stopping by! Are you participating in the blogfest? If not, who would you pick for your WIP?

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Insecure Writers Support

First Wednesday of every month writers around the blogoshpere post their advice and insecurities in order that we may stand strong together.

Bloggers Unite!

Click on pic above to get to Alex J Cavanaugh's blog and IWSG HDQ. Anyone can sign up!

So today, I was thinking how even though it's okay and pretty common for writers to feel insecure in their work, letting those insecurities take control is a huge mistake. What I mean, is that if we're too insecure to put our work out there, then we never have the opportunity to grow.

Fellow writer and bloggers, Dianne K. Salerni and Marcy Hatch, offer a nice opportunity for writers to post their first page and get feedback from other writers. They give exceptional advice and are always constructive. As it happens, their post today is from my revised first page of my YA thriller. Yes, I put myself out there and braced myself for a beating, but all I got was genuinely helpful feedback.

Check it out! And if you don't already, start following Dianne's and Marcy's blog. And maybe I'll be seeing your first page up their next time!

Ever put YOUR work up for critique? Do tell ....

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Critiquing Other People's Work

Hey, y'all! How do you like my new blog look? I decided to do a little Spring decorating. Wow have things been crazy and busy here. I'm still in revision paradise with my YA thriller, my airline just officially merged and is now the biggest airline in the world, and Hubby is injured and hobbling around on one leg.

Ahh.. life is good though. Total madness, but good.

I stumbled upon this article on tips for critiquing other people's work and wanted to share it with you. There really is kind of an art to it, and things we should all be mindful of. Personally, I love the opportunity to give feedback, because with each story I critique, I grow as a writer and apply it to my own work.

And without the amazing writers who've critiqued my work, my story's would not reach their top form. It always thrills me to see how each writer has something original to offer. I can have five different critique partners and each one will add something I haven't noticed or considered before.

So invaluable.

Check out this article and brush up on your technique, or just be reminded of what's important:

10 Tips for Critiquing

On a side note, a couple of random things I noticed recently.... Hubby and I watched Dances With Wolves the other day and it's been a really long time since I've seen it. It's such a fantastic story and movie ... but what I noticed is that Avatar is Dances With Wolves on another planet in modern times.

I know there are a lot of anti-Avatar fans out there. But I'm not one of them. I love the film... sat through it twice at the theatre and it was an unparalleled movie event. Cinema art, in my opinion. A feast for the eyes. Yeah, I know the story was unoriginal... especially now that I know it was a take-off from Dances With Wolves, but the film itself is so stunning, I'll allow it.

Which brings me to another thing I noticed. After I moved a few months ago, I took a couple days off from everything to recoup. I had a Star Trek movie marathon... it was so great. Anyway, the most recent film Star Trek was a take-off of the original TV series of course, but the story was derived from the Star Trek II movie, Wrath of Khan. Pretty cool. In one scene of Wrath Kirk recaps his Starfleet Academy days, which is the entire basis of the latest film.

Yes, it's also completely useless info, but just thought it was worth noting that sometimes the stories we seek to create are right before us. With a few tweaks and twists, we make them our own.

Ever notice any story take-offs like this? Please share....