Friday, February 28, 2014

WIP the Movie



Last day of the month, and what a whirlwind month it's been. I piled on about as many things as possible in the shortest month of the year and at some points felt quite buried, BUT I made it through and excited to participate in today's blogfest hosted by Kyra Lennon and Rachel Schieffenbein .

The idea is to cast the characters of our books and/or Work In Progress with actors, and if we're feeling extra creative, create a playlist.

One of my WIPs right now is the sequel to Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc, called Induction Day, which includes the same two main characters:

Bianca Butterman
and
Tristan Helms

I wish I knew who the girl was on the cover for my prequel, Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler, because she makes a perfect Bianca.


But she's a mystery, so if I had to pick from the Hollywood pool of leading ladies, I'd go with:

                                                         (photo chredit: Starpulse.com)

Abigail Breslin could work. Dye her hair black and with the right makeup and fashion, she could be Bianca. Would be fun to see her in a darker, sassy role too.

And for her time travel companion:


 This is Austin Butler. And honestly I don't know who the guy is, but during my blog tour, blogger Mad Scientist from Mad Steam Book Reviews, pictured him like this, and she is spot on!  He fits the bill perfectly for a washed up boy band superstar. If you get a chance, pop over and say hello to Mad Scientist. She was one of my fave stops on my blog tour.

Here's the Butterman play list for Book 1:

*Young American Primitive – Daydream
This song because it’s trance-y and captures the mellow but intriguing vibe I imagine when Bianca’s showing Tristan the time-craft for the first time. (This entire album is excellent if you’re in to electronica)

2*  Mad Season – Long Gone Day
This song has a nice eerie, bluesy feel to it for the scenes when they first arrive in Manhattan and Tristan’s penthouse. Plus, the lyrics are appropriate for Tristan since he’s a former addict hoping to make a come-back. (This album is one of my all time faves)



3*  Alice in Chains – Again
This is when the action starts picking up, being chased through Manhattan on jetpacks. (Because I love rockin’ out to some AIC especially when I’m biking or driving fast)

4.*  Tori Amos – Iiee

I love the rise and fall of this song. It’s perfect for the scene on the way back from the night club to the time-craft, speeding through Manhattan and seeing all the futuristic LED billboards and holograms. (Tori Amos has long been my fave female vocalist and hearing her perform this song live in concert many years ago was just breathtaking. It’s always stuck with me as a perfect song for an action scene)


5*   Florence and the Machine -  Dog Days are Over

This one fits the mood of eluding the DOT and making a diversion to 1969. (Florence and the Machine. Need I say more?)

6* Jefferson Airplane – Won’t You Try

This is who’s playing at Woodstock when Bianca and Tristan first arrive at the scene. The music included during these scenes is based off the order from the film documentary of Woodstock, so I tried to keep it as true to life as possible. (I’ve never been a huge Jefferson Airplane fan, but I do like some of their stuff and Grace Slick is an iconic female rockstar)

7*  Janis Joplin – Work Me Lord

This is when Bianca first hears Janis perform. She’s not impressed at first, but when Janis really goes off, Bianca is blown away. (First time I ever saw Janis on TV I was the same way. I was around 22 and I was hooked. I bought all her albums after that. I just didn’t know women could rock out like that since I grew up in the 80s on glam pop. 

8 * Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze

Well if you’ve read the story, you know why this song is here. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for?


9 * Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

I love this song. It captures the moment of Bianca and Tristan around the campfire, when she hears his song for the first time.

 * The Velvet Underground – I’m Sticking With You


This song wraps up the story nicely in the last scene, which has a hopeful feel to it. (This is off the Juno soundtrack—one of my fave to listen to for just a really mellow, happy vibe.)

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 Thanks for checking out my entry! Be sure to stop by Kyra's and Rachel's blogs to see the other entries! Always so much fun!

I finally finished my month long intensive writer's workshop, and have good stuff to share with you soon. I'm still catching up on all the great info from Indierecon! Even if you're trad pubbed, be sure to browse the website because it's chock full of marketing and writing advice. From all kinds of successful authors, too. 

And next week I'll be sharing the deets on what I think makes a successful blog tour, what my experience was like, and whether or not I think it was worth it. Check back soon!

Do you recognize any songs from my playlist? What do you think of the actors I chose? Do you have any in mind for your own WIP? Tell me everything!!

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

GIVEAWAY's last days! Bloodlust, and Creative Blogging

UPDATE!

First off, big congrats to Nicole Zoltack for her brand spankin' new cover!!

NA epic fantasy romance.

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.

Desperation…

Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.

Betrayal…

Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.

Bloodlust…


Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

Add it to GoodReads.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20872373-bloodlust And find Nicole on her blog.

(I LURVE that cover! Awesome graphic!)

Also, it's the LAST few days for my giveaway, so get it while you can!
a Rafflecopter giveaway



 Okay, so I've officially bitten off more than I can chew this month. Are you surprised? Ha! But I knew just who to call for aid! So while I'm buried away in my writer's workshop this month (which I'll share lots of info with you on later) I've enlisted the help of three fabulous bloggers:



That's right! Charlie's Scribes is here to save the day! And they're sharing their genius when it comes to creative blogging. Who better, right? 

Please take it away, Scribes!

Aloha,
I’m Mark, one of Charlie’s Scribes, here at the request of PK, who asked if the Scribes could create a post “on creative blogging with tips and suggestions or examples.”
At Charlie’s Scribes, our motto is “You Snooze, We Muse, so I’ll make this interesting, or fall asleep trying.
(Fellow Scribes, Liz Seckman and Tammy Theriault, may stop by to share important, thoughtful tidbits.)
Well, the first thing I did to create a blog was join Blogger.com. Then I spent hours fiddling with the different themes, layouts and backgrounds until I created my blog.
Liz: That’s not what she meant, Mark.
(Whispers….)
Ohhh, right. Creative blogging… Er, okay. Once my blog was live, I read James Frey’s first book.
Tammy: No, baldy… PK wants us to offer original tips, suggestions – that sort of thing. Come here.
(Silence… until a loud crack as a hand slaps the back of a formerly Irish cranium.)
Ouch. That hurt. I’m going to tell Bosley.
Liz and Tammy: Man up, dude!
(Wipes manly tear from coconut bra…I can do this…. Smoothes down grass skirt…takes a deep breath…)
Here are four thoughts on creative blogging – and what’s worked – for me.
Be Real.
It’s obvious, but if you’re a new blogger, or someone building followers, fad-writing your posts may tempt you, but don’t do it. Your readers will notice and they may skim over you next time.
Liz: May I add, unless the real you sucks...then by all means, fake a personality?
Tammy: Plus don’t repeat what everyone seems to be giving tips on, giving tips on, giving tips on… be REAL-ly original!


 Write to a Friend.
I went online looking for “creative blogging tips” (what? Sorry, I’m not an expert – I’m a Scribe©) and was bored to tears by the second blog I visited (my scalp only wishes it could be so dry.)
So, keep things conversational. Pretend the reader is opposite you having a cocktail or a coffee (or even a coffee cocktail :)
Liz: Tammy and I write every post to Mark. His glossy bald head reflects the light of inspiration!
Tammy: The “nude trick” works, too. Wh-at? (looks at Mark) Ah, man, leave your coconut bra and the grass skirt on.


Verbal Diarrhea
Don’t suffer from it. Keep your posts under five hundred words.
Liz: Two more words left before your 500-word limit, dude... I hear sirens!
 Tammy: And yes, exclamation marks in excess will count as words!!!!

NO!!!

Have FUN!
No, seriously. Have fun. If you’re a writer finishing a first WIP or beginning Book Three in a monumental saga, blogging shouldn’t add stress to your writing calendar.
Blogging should complement your WIP – and not beat it with a whip.
Tammy: That was just wrong, Mark…go dance to redeem yourself now! (cracks whip at grass skirt) now THIS is fun!



Thanks for having us, PK. Hope you enjoyed your time away and please accept this badge to show others that Charlie’s Scribes, not Kilroy, was here.

You’ve Been Posted!


If you need help, email Charlie's Scribes at charliesscribes@gmail.com

Charlie's Scribes are: Mark Koopman
                                  Elizabeth Seckman
                                  Tammy Theriault

And they just rock hizz-ouse. Yo. ;)

Hey did you see the #indiechat on Twitter last night? Check it out for an interesting discussion. Also, IndieReCon the free conference is next week! And great news! My audio book is in production!! So excited I found an awesome narrator and she's working away! Yay! 

Don't forget to stop by Charlie's Scribes and keep their awesomeness in mind if you're in a blogging bind! (Hey that makes a great motto, guys! *wink wink, nudge nudge*)

Check out this GIVEAWAY happening right now!!

So tell me your thoughts on creative blogging. Get any ideas? Have any tips of your own to share? Now is the perfect time ... don't be shy ....

Monday, February 17, 2014

18 Ways to Market Your Book!

Today I'm turning over the ol' blog here to Jamie Ayres, author of 18 Things and 18 Truths, because she's got some excellent marketing info for you!

Take it away, Jamie!

Thanks PK! On Saturday, I attended the 2014 Hearts in the Sand Writers’ Conference and  listened to Jennifer Fusco, Rae Monet, Barbara Vey, and Sheila Clover English—top marketing experts in the book industry. To end my 18 Truths blog tour, I thought I’d share 18 Things I learned about marketing from the Super Saturday event! And how perfect is it that this is my eighteenth stop?! 
1)     Have a newsletter! I admit I haven’t done this one yet, but I need to! I’ve been told it’s the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow J Three sites you can use are Mail Chimp, Vertical Response, and Constant Contact. Most experts didn’t even recommend once a month (like I thought would be the case). They suggested sending it out only when you have a release, or some big news to share. When you host a giveaway, make signing up for your newsletter a must!
2)     Before your next book comes out, list your previous book for free on Free Books Friday or Book Bub
3)     Aim to have 30 Amazon reviews before or on release day . . . you could utilize a street team for this. (*wish I would’ve known this—I’m in desperate need for some reviews of 18 Truths if you’ve read it J)
4)     Have a street team! The aims of these teams vary, but the main things to remember are make it fun and share the book love!
5)     Don’t be afraid to ask friends to tweet for you, but have prewritten tweets for them to make it easy.
6)     When online, write with five times more enthusiasm!!!!!
7)     Keep in mind the most successful tweeters post 30-40 tweets a day! What should you tweet? If you run out of ideas, try quotes, movie (or book) trailers, links to interesting articles, a thought of the day, question of the day, and tweet during sporting events, TV shows, award shows, or join the chat about whatever is trending on Twitter!
8)     Don’t dilute your brand! Use the same header for your website, Twitter, Facebook, etc . . . Think: What do I want my social media sites to do? Answer: Hopefully, help me sell my book. So build your branding around that.
9)     Have a set schedule for your blog and when you write, be yourself! Pretend you’re sitting down with your BFF for a cup of coffee.
10) Remember you are your product. You are a business. Act like it. Don’t get into political and religious debates online or start swearing like a sailor.
11) Be prepared every time you go out in public. Carry copies of business cards, bookmarks, and copies of your book.
12) Talk to people everywhere . . . bookstores, restaurants, supermarkets, planes, Starbucks . . . you never know where you’ll meet your next fan!
13) When you’re at a book signing, the person in front of you should be the only one you focus on. People remember a rude author forever.
14) DO NOT ENGAGE with people who post bad reviews (repeat this until it sinks in).
15) Use Tweet Reach to see how many times someone retweeted for you for events. Offer a prize for the one who retweets the most within a specific time period, like a $50 Barnes and Noble or Amazon gift card.
16) Connect Facebook and Twitter if you’re on both. It’ll save time, energy, and having to come up with new things to say. *Note, I don’t agree with this one IF you’re tweeting 30-40x a day. Facebook is a different venue, and I think posting that much to FB is obnoxious.
17) Make a book trailer or get one made for you. Then do a contest of sorts to help it go viral. For instance, the first 100 people to share gets a sneak preview at the first 3 chapters or 50 pages of my book. Here’s mine for 18 Truths and 18 Things.

18) Pay it forward and promote others too! Comment, Like, Share, Repeat. 

Thanks for having me here, PK! 

wow that's some excellent advice, Jamie! Thank you so much for sharing! Be sure to check out Jamie's new release, 18 Truths!

With the lessons the 18 Things life list taught her engraved on her heart, Olga embarks on a new adventure as a spirit guide, but nothing prepares her for the chilling truths she’s learning along the way.
*Book Cover Blurb:

Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible.

Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.

But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart.

Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.

Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.



Add 18 Truths to your Goodreads




Jamie Ayres writes young adult love stories by night and teaches young adults as a middle school teacher by day. She lives in southwest Florida with her husband and two daughters. Her books include 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her website at www.jamieayres.com.

(Doesn't she look like so much fun? Love that pic!) 

So glad Jamie ended her fabulous blog tour here. Be sure to check out her links and add 18 Truths to your GoodReads and/or download a copy today!

a Rafflecopter giveaway My own blog tour is going on right now too, so check it out by clicking the picture on my sidebar. There's a giveaway too! Check it out! I've got some other good news I'll share with you on Wednseday when Charlie's Scribes will be taking over my blog! Can't wait! 

So tell me, did you learn anything useful from Jamie's marketing tips? Do you have any tips to share? If you don't mind, could you tweet this post or share it on Facebook so others can learn from it too? Let's show Jamie how we roll and give her the awesomesauce support this writerly blogosphere is known for! 





Saturday, February 15, 2014

Write It Right!

As promised, my review window has opened and will remain open all weekend. If you have a query or blurb or pitch you'd like another set of eyes on, now is your chance.

I will review yours in private via email and give you an honest, straightforward critique without being harsh.

Learn more about what I'm offering by clicking right HERE.

Once the window closes I won't accept any more, but the review window will open again next month. Look out for the blog post/ Facebook announcement / and tweet to confirm.

Email me at pakazo77@gmail.com

Happy writing!

Check back on Monday for a special guest post by Charlie's Scribes! You won't want to miss it!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Come and Get Your Blog On!

Howdy, friends! So much going on this week and I'm super glad you stopped by here to see what's happening.

First up, I'll be touring for the next two weeks with Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc. and you can find a list of blogs here. Interviews, excerpts, playlists, and top tens abound! Check it out and come meet some awesome book bloggers you may not already know.


There's a Rafflecopter with prizes up for grabs too! So don't miss your op to win!

Also this week, my debut author buddy, Crystal Collier is hosting her Moonless in Print blogfest, and there's a theme! Yes! (love themes!) Read on to see who I'd want to have an arranged marriage with.


So Moonless is now available in print, which is one of the best feelings in the world for an author. Seeing and holding your actual book is just ... indescribable. So big congrats to Crystal for getting there!

On to the theme ...

If arranged marriages were a reality in my society today, and I had any say in the matter, and could pick ANYONE to be arranged to. I'd choose to become ...



                                                (Photo credit: push-pulse.deviantart.com)

             Mrs. Legolas Greenleaf

You can call me Lady Greenleaf, though. Our wedding shall be in Rivendell, married by Lord Elrond, and we shall exchange magical rings forged by the elves with inscriptions readable only by moonlight. I shall wear a silvery silk gown and tiara embellished with silver-dipped leaves. Legolas shall wear a masculine tunic and will not be distracted by lurking spiders or orcs, but if one should approach, he shall have his bow at the ready to protect his blushing bride. 

And we shall kiss to seal the commitment, and birds will chirp, and elvish harps will sing, and I'll have the biggest grin on my face afterwards.  Much feasting and merry-making will commence in the grand hall of Rivendell, then my new husband shall put me on his white steed and we shall ride to Lothlorien, where we shall honeymoon in the tree tops overlooking the forest. 

After many days of tree gazing and elvish love-making, we shall return to our new home in Mirkwood Forest, where I shall then train for archery and learn elvish, before expanding the Greenleaf family with little Legolas Jrs. or Little PKs. 

Le sigh .... 

Huh? What? No don't bother me, I'm still dreaming ... *sighs again*

Alright, okay. I've returned to reality, where life isn't all that bad anyway, right? Head on over to Crystal's blog for blogfest HQ and read all the other entries. So fun, right? And as a parting gift for you, Crystal is offering a $2 off coupon if you'd like to purchase a print copy. Just go here, and enter this code LQJM3F84

And thanks so much for stopping by. How about you? Who would you want to be arranged to? Don't forget my blog tour going on over the next two weeks over at Candace's Book Blog!   



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

IWSG - Writing Tips


Happy Wednesday, all! Every first Wednesday of the month writers around the blogosphere share insecurities and comfort. All are welcome, so feel free to sign up and join in if you haven't already!

This month I'm taking an online Deep Editing course with Margie Lawson. So far, it's fantastic. Really driving home some great techniques. One of my commitments in my Five Year Plan was to attend at least one writer's workshop a year to improve my craft, which helps quell insecurities and breed confidence and authority in writing.

Here's the link to Margie's Writer's Academy. Highly recommended! And you take the course on your own time, whenever it's convenient. Margie is very interactive.

It's a super busy month for me. I'm finishing up my prequel novella for Wattpad (updated today--link on sidebar under Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler,) and starting a special non-fiction project I'll be sharing with you soon. Also, my Butterman Blog Tour starts next week! There's a link on my sidebar with all the dates. I'd love for you to stop by and say hello. I'm doing interviews, Top Tens, Playlists, and More! Plus, there'll be a giveaway! So check back for that.

Also, I wanted to share with you a very helpful link I think you'll like if you're not already familiar with it. SC Author hosts the blog, Writing, Publishing, & Harry Potter, and I just wanted to give him a shout out because he's doing an awesome service for writers. He's hosting his own query and first pages critique--much like the contest blogs do--so other writers can critique as if they were an agent.

This is so helpful in so many ways, not only for the writer posting work, but for the writers giving critiques. It helps build our skills in such a huge way--seeing what works and what doesn't. And besides that, you should really check out SC's sidebar of "SECRETS." There is a ton of excellent writer tips there, and I recommend reading them even if you're a seasoned writer.

Before I go, I wanted to mention a couple of other bloggers celebrating news:


Cathrina Constantine's new book is out! Isn't it a gorgeous cover?! Click it to get to Amazon.

In a decimated world, setting foot outside the protected village of Tallas is certain death—or so they say. Mutations caused by those in the wilderness have plagued Tallas’s citizens—or so they say…

For Doogan and Keeyla their belief in a Free Tallas has lost its glimmer. And when their young son, Fabal, is given a very dangerous assignment, they risk everything to protect him. Fleeing Tallas, they head for the wilderness. But when they are ambushed by cruel Mediators, Doogan is recaptured, and while Keeyla and Fabal escape, she is severely injured.


Can the two of them survive in the wilderness? Will Doogan get away from the clutches of the Mediators? And are the terrible legends about the monsters beyond the walls of Tallas true?

Find Cathrina here:

http://www.cathrinaconstantine.blogspot.com   (She has a Rafflecopter giveaway on her blog)




And our very own Alex J. Cavanaugh's sequel, CassaFire, is on sale for 99 cents!! And it won a Pinnacle Achievement Award! Wow, how awesome! Get your copy now! Click on the cover to get to Amazon. 


What say you, writers? Any insecurities or writing tips to share? Don't be shy ...