Friday, September 27, 2013

Knowing Your Audience

This topic has been on my mind a lot lately, and it's part of the reason I chose to go indie with Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. For the first time since I've start writing, I'm comfortable with accepting responsibility for my failure or success, whatever the case may be, but what's more, is that I'm taking a leap of faith that I will find my audience.

Part of that comes from knowing who my audience should be. Butterman Travel is NOT a YA story. Reason being, more mature content. That being said, it's not an X rated novel either. My heroine is 18, and she's making her own choices, some of which aren't always wise.

Some of her choices were questioned by a couple beta readers, which I totally understand. But what I kept in mind was, those beta readers were not 18. By the time we reach a certain age, we should be able to say we'd never make the same mistakes we did back then. Oh, to go back in time and knock some sense in our 18 year old brains, right??

But here's the thing. I remember what it was like being 18, and although that age group is far from being ignoramuses, they're still entering a brand new world of having the freedom to make their own choices, and not always being smart about them. It's part of the growth process. And it's how we learn and become the wise ones later in life.

Probably not all 18-25 year olds make as many stupid mistakes as I did, but each person has different degrees of recklessness and adventurous spirits, and depending on that degree, some readers won't be able to relate to certain actions that some characters take. But that's why we read, right? To escape, and live vicariously through characters.

I'm almost 40. *shudders* Can't believe it. In November I turn the big 4-0. But I didn't write Butterman Travel for my age group. I wrote it for that new adult stage, and I know that it'll be relative to readers of that age group, and that's because my characters behave at that age level. Now, I'm not implying it's all about making bad choices--on the contrary, my main character is better at following the rules than I ever was. But there are instances in my story when a reader my age would probably say aloud, "No don't do that, what are you thinking??"

And that's because I believe a reader aged 18-25 will relate. I understood this early on with the uniqueness of some of my story scenes, which involve some explicit drug use, and I didn't want an editor to tell me it'd be a bad influence on young readers. Why? because I wanted my characters to make bad choices sometimes, and learn their consequences, because that's what being 18, 19, 20 is all about.

I told the story the way I thought it should be told, and I used character action that felt very real to me, regardless of how it may be frowned upon.

And I don't think New Adult readers are ill-equipped to handle it. They probably face harder situations in real life all the time. So I'm trusting the readers I wrote this story for, and that's because I feel I know my audience. If it offends anyone, then I know it's because they can't relate, and that's okay. Others will. And they're the ones I wrote the story for.

On a side note, sorry I skipped NA Thursday yesterday. I had to push it back a week, so it should be up again next week. If you have an NA book you'd like me to feature, email me.

Today I'm featuring a new release by Ashley Chappell ca;lled TILT, and it releases on October 11!

Check out her awesome book trailer:

Two years ago, teen goddess Trotter saved the entire pantheon of Realm from a dark god bent on revenge. Her battles led her into fantastic and dangerous worlds where she discovered new friends and family as well as new foes. She also discovered the extraordinary secret behind her birth that her parents had kept hidden for centuries: Trotter had been marked by Chaos himself.

Now, cast out from Realm by the very gods whose lives she saved, her refuge among the humans on Aevum has been destroyed as the world is tilted violently from its sun. Trotter will stop at nothing to save the world and the people she loves, but winning this fight will force her into a choice that may mean giving up the only home she’s ever known.

TILT is the second book in the Dreams of Chaos series which has been hailed by reviewers as "Darker and more enchanting than the Heroes of Olympus Series."

FREEBIE! As part of the upcoming book launch festivities, ALICE WILL: Dreams of Chaos #1 will be FREE on Amazon for Kindle from 10/11 – 10/14! Get your copy here:

Find Ashley on her website

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to stop by and say hello to Ashley! But before you go, how do you feel about knowing your audience? Are you confident in that? Have others questioned it? Do you think it's important to "tell it like it is," or do you prefer characters to behave more like they "should," instead of how they probably, "would?" 
Also if you haven't already, be sure to join the party for my cover reveal on Oct.16th. Click on the top picture in my sidebar and book your time trip today! :D

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Nerdiest Thing About Me ...

Happy Fall, all! My favorite time of year! Although, it's been raining solid for two days in my neck of the woods. I may as well move to Seattle for all the rain we've had this year. But I'm not complaining--I love the rain! Except, I'd rather be in the Pacific NW if I'm going to be living in it on a regular basis.

Okay, okay, enough chit chat, right? Right. (too much coffee this

You're here for the nerdiest bloghop yet. In honor of Cassie Mae's How to Date A Nerd release, we're posting on our nerdiest attributes.

Back when I was in school in the 80s, being a nerd was a bad thing.  Revenge of the Nerds was a huge movie, and of course, McFly from Back to the Future really solidfied the part of what makes nerds nerdy. They were made fun of and harassed, which was a shame, but I mention it because nowadays being nerdy seems way more hip. 

Go Nerds! *highfive*

Find it on GoodReads!

The nerdiest thing about me is probably my love of sci-fi and fantasy. Like McFly, I'd rather sit in my room and dream up sci-fi stories , or read a book and watch a movie, instead of going to the school dance---well, actually, I'd do it all. After my nerd-fabulous session, I'd go to the dance and get down. I'm a firm believer that anyone can be both nerdy, and socially suave. 

Just takes a little work. McFly was learning this too. ;)

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McFlys of the world, I salute you! 

This is a bloghop, so be sure to hop over to Cassie Mae's for more particpants and find out who all the nerds are. 

And don't forget, I'm hosting my very own blogfest to celebrate my upcoming cover reveal! Just click on the top picture of my sidebar, or click on the one below to learn more and sign up! If you can't post on the 16th, no worries, just post whenever you can! And if you don't want to participate in the blogfest, you can still sign up to help with my cover reveal, and I'll love you forever. Mwah!
To those of you who've already signed up, you're the bestest!! ((hugs))

Thanks so much for stopping by! SO tell me, what's the nerdiest thing about YOU??

Friday, September 20, 2013

ANNOUNCEMENT! and such ...

So yesterday my eight-year-old son asked me, "Mom, are you famous?"

I said, "Famous? No. Why do you ask that?"

"'Cause you write books." He got a shy little smile.

"Lots of people write books--some become famous, some don't. But I don't know if I'd really want fame. It does funny things to people, and it doesn't always equate to happiness. I would like to get paid to write books, though. That'd make me happy."

And he was excited to know, that this November (11-12-13) I'm launching my debut,


And if you're wondering, yes I'm independently publishing it. Why? Because after discussing it with my agent, I decided I didn't want to go on submission and play the waiting game. I have a series planned, and I want to publish them as I write. Mind you, that doesn't mean I'll be skimping on quality to rush them out. But this particular project feels right for indie.

It's a sassy futuristic time travel story that's one part sci-fi, one part romance, and one part rock-n-roll. It's NA in content, which means it's rated PG-13, so I'm targeting that after high school audience with it. NA is mostly about contemporary romance right now, but that doesn't mean it's staying that way.

Yes, I'm keeping my agent because she's awesome, and no I don't want this story to go thru a traditional publisher because I want it MY way. And yes, I'll have other stories that I hope to go traditionally with. I'm just sorta carving out my own path in the meantime.

And I know that sounded like an announcement, but THIS is my announcement:

My very first blogfest! For my cover reveal on October 16. Can't wait to show it to you! :)

Welcome to Butterman Travel, Incorporated; a full service agency designed to meet all your exclusive time travel needs. We’re a family owned and operated business with one hundred years of experience. A place where you can rest assured, safety and reliability always come first.

Anxious to attend some special event from the past? Or for a glimpse of what the future holds?

You’ve come to the right place. We’re a fully accredited operation, offering an array of services; including, but not limited to: customized travel plans, professionally piloted operations, and personal trip guides. *Terms and conditions do apply

Contact us via phone or Web conferencing directly from our site. Our frontline reservation specialist, Bianca Butterman, will handle all your inquiries in a professional and efficient manner, offering a tentative itinerary and free fare quote, so you can make the most of your time trip.

We look forward to serving you at Butterman Travel, Inc., where time is always in your hands.   

So here's where you come in: If you could walk into Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. and book a time trip, where (and when) would you go? And why? That's what I want to know on October 16th, so think about it, and sign up on my linky list. I'll send you my cover so you can post it that day with your entry.

Be sure to grab my button and post it on your blogs, share it with everyone and let's make it a party! Can't wait to hear all about your choices in time trips!

What is a blog hop?
Get the code here...

Now, let's hear what the Blogfather had to say about his music selection while writing CassaStorm ...

You know who I'm talking about, our compadre, Alex J. Cavanaugh. As I'm a music junkie, I always find it interesting as to which music inspires my fellow artists. Which songs get you in the zone for creating, and making your magic?

Here's what the Blogfather said:

I had a selection of metal and prog rock songs that inspired me while I was writing. The energy of In Flames, Guilt Machine, and Killswitch Engage fuels my words. (And really adds to action scenes.)
As for specific songs, Stream of Passion’s Street Spirit fit one scene in CassaStar and Equalizer from the Tron: Legacy soundtrack fits the tone of CassaStorm.

And there you have it from the Ninja Captain himself. And in case you haven't seen his book elsewhere til now, (LOL) let me be the first to share:

You can find it on AMAZON
                             BARNES & NOBLE

And Alex's web haunts on BLOG

Here's the link to his wicked cool trailer. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don't forget to check my NA Thursday post out to for some brand spankin' new titles. And head on by Alex's blog and enter his giveaway!

If you'd be so kind, help me spread the word about my Time Trip Blogfest. Grab my button and sign the linky list, cause I wanna know where and when you'd go and why. I know my answer!! ;)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NA Thursday !

Is it Friday yet??

Because on Friday, I'm letting you in on a little secret: Shhhh .... Don't tell anyone. Wait a minute, what am I saying? Tell EVERYONE!!! LOL


Check back tomorrow to see what it is, and to find out what music Alex J. Cavanaugh likes to get down to while he's writing. Got the deets right here. ;)

But for now, it's that time of week again to feature some New Adult titles for your perusing pleasure.

Check it out! Titles galore here.

Liar, Liar by Dawn Pendleton

Hazel is a freshman at Coastal Carolina and looking forward to making new friends. When she meets Roman, she’s head over heels for him. There’s one problem, though: he’s still hung up on Hazel’s roommate, Cheyanne. But Cheyanne has a secret, one that has the potential to ruin her life in college. When Hazel learns the secret, she’s determined to use it against Cheyanne to win over Roman. She never imagines her plan could backfire, leaving her as a pariah among her new circle of friends.
    The BFF series follows the lives of new adults, Hazel, Miranda, Cheyanne, Destiny, Audric, Nolan, Andre, and Roman. Follow their stories as the first season of novellas are released once a week from September to March.

 Dawn Pendleton is a new adult author currently residing in New England with her husband and their pup, though she has immediate plans to move to Georgia and promptly become a Southern Belle. When she isn't staring at a blank page, willing the words to jump from her head to the screen, she's usually playing on her iPhone, reading a book, or taking pictures with her fancy camera (which she has no idea how to use).
    Her newest release, the first novella in the Best Friends Forever Series, was an idea that occurred to her back in February, when she first started writing. She wasn't at a place where she could write them, though, so she started her Broken Series, instead. Through this past Summer, the BFF series emerged in her head, taking more space until she finally had to let them out. Liar, Liar, the first episode in the series, released this past Tuesday and is free on all retailers except Amazon

Find Dawn on her website here.

Dawn is giving away a $10 Amazon gift card so click HERE to enter the Rafflecopter and be sure to add code word DAWNPK into slot #16. You can visit each blog listed to see the corresponding codes for more chances to win!

Also today, is the release of :

Another Shot at Love by Niecey Roy

Imogen Gorecki has a problem—her twin sister just got engaged, and guess who’s the best man? That’s right, her scum-of-an-ex-boyfriend whom she caught cheating with a bottle-blonde, with fake breasts and a stripper’s flexibility. There’s a disturbing possibility her eyes will never recover. 

Gen needs a date for the engagement party, but finding Mr. Perfect in a time crunch is proving impossible. Just when she’s about to give up, she face-plants into the crotch of the sexiest guy she’s ever met. 

Matt Sesnick is everything Gen wants in a man —except he’s not interested in a relationship. Can she convince Matt to take another shot at love, or will Gen’s pregnant, hormonal older sister, her bridezilla twin, and all of her past Mr. Wrongs get in the way of their happily-ever-after?

Niecey Roy knew she wanted to be a writer from a very young age, but her moment of enlightenment came after watching the movie You’ve Got Mail. It was then she realized her place in life and happily parked her butt on writing romance. Her dream was to create sexy vixens, hunky, half naked heroes, and above all, romance; lots and lots of butterflies in the belly, breathless first kisses and happily-ever-afters. 

Find her and her book on GoodReads


And next up we have:

The Tempering by Adrianne James

The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is deep, but she never thought any of it could be real. 

After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, has suddenly become super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can't possibly be normal. The myths she's studying aren't myths at all. Werewolves are real, and she's one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new pack members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship. 

The hardest part of being a werewolf is to have no control and no memory of her time as a bloodthirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes, and she is actually able to remember bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn’t like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?

You can purchase on  AMAZON

                                          BARNES & NOBLE

And find Adrianne on Facebook and her website.

How's that for a triple dose of NA-fabulousness?? Thanks so much for stopping by!

Don't forget tonight is NALitChat on Twitter at 9pm EST. Use hashtag #NALITCHAT
It's always a great time! And find out everything that's happening in the NA world at NA Alley. Click the pic below to get there.

Read any NA titles lately? Or read anything at all that you fell in love with? Tell me all about it ....

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NA Thursday

Every Thursday I'm featuring New Adult titles. Not sure what NA is? It's those fabulous years between age eighteen and twenty-six, when high school is a thing of the past, and you find yourself fumbling through adulthood, yet not fully accountable. (le sigh)

It was my favorite time of life so far. The only time I didn't have to answer to anyone but myself. But that didn't mean it wasn't without its challenges, and NA stories are centered around those challenges.

If you write, or are interested in writing NA, come join us every Thursday at 9pm EST on Twitter for NALitChat. There's an audio, as well as active chatting on everything having to do with NA writing and publishing. It's a great group of people who will welcome you into the group with open arms.

And it was started by our fabulous blogger friend, EJ Wesley, author of the NA Moonsongs series.

Find the schedule on the NALitChat home page.  And be sure to stop by NA Alley for updates on everything NA! Click picture below to get there:

Now for a brand new NA release from a brand new author ....


 Behind the Faerying Mysts, hidden from Mortal eyes, is a land where gods and creatures of myth and legend dwell. And in the Mortal Realm, their Princess is hidden away.
Quinn Sinclair lives an ordinary life with her less-than-loving mother in Conifer, Colorado, clueless of her true nature. On the night of her bithday, a staggering betrayal sends her life spinning out-of-control. As she struggles to pick up the pieces, a vision of a man with haunting tourmaline-blue eyes begs her for help, and she is transported into a Magykal battle-forever changing her life. 
    Arik Morgaine - Demigod bad boy and outcast of the Magykal Realm - tried to avoid contact with Princess Quinn for eighteen years, not wanting to make good on an old threat. But the fates have other plans. Arik can no longer deny his growing desire for Quinn, or the need to protect her from those wanting to control her burgeoning powers.

    Can the two of them come together and save the Magykal Realm from being destroyed by the Darkest of Magyks?

Dawna Raver is an author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Color Wielders, book one of the Heirs of the Magykal Realm series, is her debut novel. When she's not spending tim ein her fantasy world, Dawn loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.

You can find Dawn's website here. To enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win her book, go here and enter code DAWNAPK in number 17.

Thanks for stopping by! I just got a peek at my cover today. *happy dance* Can't wait to share it!
So what do you think about those New Adult years? Did you, or do you, like them? Please share ...

Monday, September 9, 2013

Plunging In

Happy Monday! Thanks for stopping by here! So I had to go ahead and plunge in ...

Yep, I created a Facebook author page. Talk about holding myself accountable ....

I've always kept my writing life separate from Facebook since it's mostly old friends and family there. But now they ALL know I plan on releasing a book. Not that it was a secret, but well, you know, now it's all out in the open.

But it's cool. Feels good to own it. And in case I didn't officially announce it here yet, I'm releasing my indie debut this November. Got a lot to do til then. I'll be hosting a themed blogfest late October and I'll have more on that later once my button arrives. :)

And here's my FACEBOOK AUTHOR PAGE. I plan on keeping it up to date alongside the ol' blog here, and if you're on Facebook, I'd love to have you join the page and/or friend me.

Also, if you have your own author page or whatnot, leave me a link so I can "like" it.

Discussing Author Pages in a writers' forum the other day, we came to the conclusion that they're the best way to reach new readers in this day and age. It offers quick, easy promotional opportunities, as well as an easy way for fans and audience to find you. Best advice I've heard so far, is to update the page 1-2 times a day, excluding Saturdays since it seems to be a slow day.

I thought that was good advice. And the consensus was that uploaded graphics and giveaways work best in keeping followers active.

Now, how about some new releases! Hot off the presses:

THE SECOND SHADOW by Elizabeth Arroyo

Jake thought being demon meant a shredded humanity, stripped of all human emotion. Chaos and self-preservation dominates a demon’s instincts. But Jake feels every ounce of pain and despair around him.
And it’s driving him deeper into Hell.
Gabby’s choice to save him last summer left a fissure in Hell’s gate that released a malevolent evil. When Jake’s given a mission by the demons to shadow a human girl who may know the whereabouts of an ethereal weapon, he doesn’t expect to see Gabby. But Fate has her own agenda.
When Jake and Gabby are thrown together on a camping trip with a group of delinquent teens, Jake begins to grapple with the haunting choices he made in the past.  When the evil finds them, the group begins to battle for their lives, alliances are made, and truths revealed.
As the evil begins to influence Jake, he questions his link to the demons, his purpose, and his love for Gabby.

But the answers to those questions are only found in Hell. And it may cost him his soul.

You can find Elizabeth on her website  and how to purchase The Second Shadow which is available NOW!

And also just released:

LOVE AND LIES by Jennifer Duffey

Blurb: Nineteen-year-old Carissa Stein has spent her life under the shadow of bodyguards and parents who never really cared about her, but leaving New York to attend art school in New Orleans is her way out. 
She's thrilled to be free and ready to explore love, drawing, and life without a constant watchdog. When Eric Byrne, new guy extraordinaire, shows up on the first day of classes everything starts to change. There's something more than his stunning eyes and gorgeous body that pulls her in. Carissa would rather be single than deal with the complications of a relationship, especially with a determined guy like Eric. But he fights past her walls and makes it hard to stay away. Carissa wants to be with Eric – but she wants her freedom too and Eric isn’t willing to let her go. 
When Eric reciprocates and lets his own guard down Carissa finally learns the truth about why he moved to New Orleans. She should have known better than to ignore her gut instinct. Turns out Eric's got more of a connection to her than she realized. If Eric can't convince her to give him another chance then his lies may just cause love to slip through their fingers.

You can find Jennifer here: BLOG

Click on the cover for purchase link.

That's all folks! Thanks for stopping by. Do you have a Facebook author page? Have you felt it's helped or hindered you? Anyone know how to add a button to my blog for easy author "likes?"

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Well Lookie Here ...

Lots of great info book new to share with you, including a Rafflecopter for your contest entering pleasure. :)

First up, is part of the NA Fall Promo & Giveaways that I'll be featuring here each Thursday where you'll be able to enter to win a Kindle Fire, among other things like lots of great books! Be sure to check back every Thursday for more on that.

The Right Kind of Wrong: By Jade Eby

Nothing stays hidden forever.
Kara Pierce has held onto the same dream since she was a little girl: to be the next Katie Couric.
Vince Gage, a budding filmmaker whose I-don't-give-a-sh** attitude cancels out his character, almost ruined it for her once, and now he's back, threatening to do it again.
When the two of them are paired together for a college competition with a $20,000 prize, the only thing they agree on is winning.
They return to Iowa where Kara grew up to research her grandfather's service in World War II, instead they find themselves in the middle of a family scandal kept quiet for far too long.
As Kara and Vince investigate the scandal deeper, they realize the price of uncovering the truth is so much more than they bargained for.

To enter the giveaway, please enter the following code in the correct space (Blog #17) on the Rafflecopter: JADEPK

Good luck!!

And big congrats goes out to Hart Johnson today for the reveal of Flock of Ill Omens!

Deadliest virus in a century, or a social experiment gone awry?

Every year they warned about the flu and more often than not, it amounted to nothing. Sidney Knight, a young freelance reporter had certainly never written on it. But a trip to Lincoln City, Oregon cut short by a beach full of dead seagulls and a panicked warning from her brother the scientist catch her attention. This batch is different. Deadlier. And the vaccine doesn't seem to be helping. It almost looks like it's making it worse...

A Flock of Ill Omens: Part I is the first episode of A Shot in the Light, an Apocalypse Conspiracy Tale about what happens when people play God for fun and profit. There will be approximately ten episodes, each the equivalent of about 100 pages.

Good Reads has a sneak peak posted. You can find the purchase link and more information about the book here. And if you want it FOR FREE, I will be offering it free on the release dates of at least the next two in the serial: September 19 and October 10.

Hart Johnson writes books from here bathtub and can be found at Confessions of a Watery Tart, though be warned. She is likely to lead you into shenanigans.

She's also hosting The World Ends blogfest today so check her blog for a lits of participants and find out how our friends think the world will end. As for me, I'm quite sure it'll have something to do with the moon falling from cellular signal overload and the oceans will take over from loss of tidal pull .... hey I think there's a story there. Mine, all mine!!!! Muhahahahahaha ...
And before you head off on your merry way, have one more for the road:

by Jessica Bell

The day I realized I’d been obsessing over my sales figures way too much was the day I closed my eyes and tried to think about the real reason I am an indie author.

Is my primary goal to make money? No. So why do I keep obsessing over my sales stats? I realized it’s because more sales means more people reading my work. What I really really want is to be read. I want to share the one thing in this world I would cut my fingers off for. I know. If I didn’t have any fingers, I wouldn’t be able to physically write, but you know what I mean.

My passion for writing comes with a perpetual replacement button, attached to my side seam, just in case it becomes unraveled, and falls off, after a day gallivanting through the publishing jungle. It can be tough in there, but in the end, being an indie author is OH SO WORTH IT.

This made me wonder …  what’s everybody else’s story?
Then Indiestructible was born.

Need motivation and inspiration to self-publish, or sign that contract with an interested small press? Have you done all the research you can, but still feel ambivalent about the idea? Indiestructible: Inspiring Stories from the Publishing Jungle brings you the experiences of 29 indie authors—their passions, their insights, their successes—to help you make the leap into indie publishing.

This is not a how-to guide. This is the best of the indie tradition of experienced authors paying forward what they’ve learned, giving you information to help you on your journey. The personal essays in this book will leave you itching to get your work into the hands of readers and experience, first-hand, all the rewards indie publishing has to offer.

Not only is this anthology packed full of interesting, unique, and genuinely helpful information, and totally worth the 99c (only 99c!!!), 100% of proceeds will be donated to, a movement which breaks the cycle of poverty, illiteracy, and low expectations through service and education.

Pretty amazing, huh?
What are you waiting for?
Buy Indiestructible—support the indie author and an amazing charity—TODAY!

Thanks for stopping by! Got any news to share? So many great books coming out this fall. My next post: Inundated with books: How do you choose what to read? Check back for that this weekend ... 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

IWSG Wednesday -- Celebrating Two Years!

Can you believe it's been two years since the Insecure Writers Support Group began?? Wow, that's a lot of posts. And we're still going strong! If you're not aware of the IWSG, or you've seen the posts but didn't know how to sign up, now's your chance to join the gang. 320 bloggers around the blogosphere have joined, and I guarantee you'll find everything from words of encouragement to kindred spirits.

Click the picture below to get to Alex j. Cavanaugh's blog (AKA: IWSG HDQ ... wow that's a lot of acronyms) and add your name to the list of participants, and/or hop around and make some new friends. But first! read on for a writer call to action from a certain kilt-wearing warrior ...

The following is a re-post from one of my earlier IWSG days, but in honor of our two year anniversary, I felt like it was a good reminder:

Write, and you may die ...

Run from your dreams, and you'll live ... at least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this one to that, for one chance... just one chance to come back here and tell anyone who believed you couldn't do it, that even though they may not believe in you, they can never take away the belief you have in yourself!!!

What will you write with that freedom? What will you do with your dreams?

Now get out there and write as free men and women!


Monday, September 2, 2013

Novel Films

Happy September!

Madeleine Sara over at Scribble and Edit is hosting a Novel Films event. This topic has come up many times before, but I always find it fascinating.

Everyone's had that experience where they read a book and think, "This would make a great movie!"
Or loved the movie so much, they ran right out to buy the book. And of course, that sinking feeling of seeing the movie based on a book you loved, and it just not being up to par.

Quick note, I saw a tee shirt once that said, "The book was better. "

LOL. Love that!

Usually, that's the case. However, here's a few titles that I actually enjoyed the movie story better in some way, shape, or form. (Don't hate me) o_O

JAWS -- I love the movie in every way. The book disappointed me. The ending was so different, I didn't care for it at all in the book. And the characters did not draw me in like the movie does. But props to Peter Benchley for a classic story that has scared people outta the ocean for years.

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO -- The most recent version of the movie is my fave. The book is a gem. It has everything that makes a good story great. BUT! I prefer the ending of the film. The characters end up happier, and it makes me feel better because of it. But Alexandre Dumas was a genius!

STARDUST -- I adore this movie so much. It's funny, fantastical, romantic. The book did not have the same feel to it. Don't get me wrong. Neil Gaiman is amazing and the entire concept is magic. But I did not fall in love with the book the way I'd hoped.

DRACULA -- Actually, this book is my all time fave. And the Coppola version of the film is deliciously gratifying, but the book did not have that romantic thread the movie has between Dracula and Mina Harker. I really missed that in the book. Even so, the book still rocks and Bram Stoker was a true literary pioneer.

Now it could be that I saw these film versions BEFORE I read the books. Maybe because I loved the films so much, the books couldn't compete. Doesn't matter. It's rare that this happens.

Now for a few films that did an incredible job of living up to the grandeur of the book:

Lord of the Rings (Peter Jackson is my hero)
The Help
Out of Africa
Silence of the Lambs
Hunger Games
Harry Potter
The Green Mile

Just to name a few.

Films that couldn't quite cut it are abundant. I think what gets me the most is when there's one characteristic that stands out in the book and the film makers don't include it. Really feels inauthentic.
For instance, in The Da Vinci Code, the main character, Sophia, has red hair. That's a significant part of the story, yet it was left out of the movie. Sometimes it's the little details that count most.

Today's also the cover reveal for NA author, Vincent Morrone:

Is Bristol Blackburn about to meet the love of her life...or her killer? 

After the death of her parents, Bristol Blackburn's life is thrown into chaos and she's forced to move to Spirit, a small town where shadows are stirring. As she learns to navigate her new school and figures out how to keep her psychic abilities secret from her family, Bristol comes face to face with the boy who makes a regular appearance in her dreams: the gorgeous, possibly deadly, Payne McKnight. Soon she’ll find out if Payne will be the love of her life, or the end of it — and she has no idea which possibility scares her more. And that's not even the worst of it. Strange shadows are haunting her dreams, and they're up to something that could put Bristol and the lives of everyone she loves in jeopardy.

As they say in Brooklyn: Yo, you got something to say to Vincent?
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Also, you can add Vision of Shadows to your to-read list on Goodreads:

What are some of your novel/film titles and why?  Remember ISWG post is this Wednesday!