Saturday, March 25, 2017

Claim A Freebie!

Hiya peeps! Hope you're having an awesome weekend so far! Any fun plans?

The guys finished up a VW Baja project they've been working on for a while, and I got their YouTube channel set up! Phew! Lots of work, man, lemme tell ya.

What I'm super excited about though, is finding & figuring out Instafreebie! I've been wanting a way to share my books with people, and I can't believe it took me a year to figure it out!

I uploaded Desi Pere first - since it's free everywhere anyway, why not?! I want to be able to give that one away, which was the main reason for setting it as free in the first place.

What I really wanted a free distribution system for, though, was Being Brooke's B.F.F. I want to set that as free on Amazon as well, but I don't have it up anywhere else yet. Once I finish the ePub edition of it, I can upload it to the Nook publishing site. They are just such a pain!

Til I get it uploaded there and set to free on Barnes & Noble, I can't price match on Amazon, which is the only way to have it set as free for Kindle readers. I have it available for KU, so some people could get it for free (several already have), but still, it's not the best option. #frustrating

With how busy I've been, it's been on the back-burner. The problem is, though, that I can't give it away, or have it set to free!

Enter, Instafreebie!!

I actually already had someone claim a copy of Being Brooke's B.F.F. and two people claim copies of Desi Pere, and it's been up for less than a day! I also haven't shared it yet, either (this is my sharing post, lol) so I don't know who grabbed a copies, but thank you! I hope you looooove them! =D

If you'd like to pick up a free copy of either book, please click the cover below, and it'll take you to that book's freebie claim page!

 Desi Pere  Being Brooke's B.F.F.

Thanks a bunch, and be sure to let me know not only if you claimed a copy, but if you've used Instafreebie!

I'm so excited right now, omg. I need chocolate or something.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Update!

Hiya guys! TGIF!! =D

This week has been a rough one, and I'm glad for the weekend! Hopefully it'll be a good one. *crosses fingers*

I didn't get much added to my current manuscript, but really, that's probably a good thing. All the more to work on for Camp NaNo! =D

I'm finding the need to focus on some happy things this weekend, and try to have some fun. This month (at least for me) has been quite stressful, and I need a break!

What are your favorite ways to relax after a stressful week? Especially when you're saving for a big purchase and have basically no fun-money? Lol!

Let me know your favorite ways to relax, and even better, what are you up to this weekend? =D

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Camp NaNoWriMo?

Hiya peeps! Happy Saturday! Hopefully you're having a wonderful weekend so far. =)

So, how many of you have heard of Camp NaNoWriMo? I hadn't until last November, with the better known NaNoWriMo competition. Apparently, the same group also hosts writing events in April and July, known as Camp NaNo! Being a fan of this type of event/group, I'm joining in this year.

It's basically the same thing as the November competition except you can set your own word count! They have it set as "anywhere from 30 to 999,999 words, hours, lines, or pages" for each writer. So if you don't want to write something as long as 50K words, you can set it shorter. If you want something longer, you can set the goal as high as you want, and write to your heart's content!

It's also cool, because they place you in "tents" with several other writers, and it forms a kind of short-term writers group! It's a neat idea, and it seems like it'll be fun.

Check it out - registration is still open, and it starts in April! If you want to do it in a few months, you can participate in the July event, with all the same perks!

I'm going to be working on the book I already started, and not actually enter it at the end, since it was started before hand. I've found though, that the short-term goals provided in the competition setting really help me focus, and get a book pumped out quicker.

So, I'm still working on that one I mentioned in my last post, and can't wait to see how it turns out! Hopefully I'll actually be able to get it done. O.O

Wish me luck, and if you join in for Camp NaNo, let me know in the comments below! =D

Monday, March 13, 2017

I've Started Another Book!

Hiya guys! It's another Monday - oh my! Any fun plans for this week?

I've got exciting news, and I can't believe I've waited this long to share it!

I've started a new book!


It feels soooo good to be back into a writing groove again. I missed it so much, and with life getting stressful again, I definitely need an outlet.

The book I'm working on now, is one I started several years ago. It is an idea I came up with probably five or six years ago, and actually wrote the first two chapters about three years ago. I let it drop though, needing to focus on some family issues. When I started writing again, it was for NaNoWriMo '14, and that resulted in Desi Pere, which turned into the Swirling Secrets series. Still can't believe I've got four books published. O.O

Well, I'm not nearly done writing yet! This book is going to be awesome! It's a young adult paranormal fantasy, instead of an urban fantasy like my last series. It will most likely have a sequel, although I'm honestly not sure yet.

I'm a little over 10K words into it so far, and I have no idea how long it will be. I'll be sure to keep you guys updated, and will most likely need some help picking a title, so keep an eye out for that post!

Wish me luck, y'all!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Excerpt Fun!

Hiya peeps! Happy Monday! =D

I'm working on some promo stuff today, mainly for Desi Pere. I have been putting it off for several months, and finally sat down and did it today! I love working on Photoshop and designing things like banners, teasers and promo pics, so it was definitely a fun day. Great way to start the week.

It got me thinking though - I don't share much about  my books, except the covers. As I figure out how to do this whole author-as-a-career thing, more things make sense as I go along. I wasn't sure how to share more, without feeling blah about it, and I've learned it just takes time. It also takes confidence, to start talking about your book to people, even on the internet. At least, it does when you're chronically, horribly, pathetically shy and socially phobic like I am.

Anyway, I want to share more about my books with you guys, so I'm starting today!

Here is an excerpt from Desi Pere, since I'm always talking about it.

“How can you not like eggs?” Lesley exclaimed, being her usual overly dramatic self.

“I just don't like them. They're bland, boring, and I'd rather have something else.” I replied, shrugging.

“Well that's why you add things to them to make them more interesting. Like cheese, or olives, or tomatoes, or bacon, or-”

“If I have to add a laundry list of stuff to make it worth eating, why would I want to eat it?”

“Because they're good for you.”

“Eh. Says some. Others say they're bad, so that argument fails.” I insisted, egging her on. Getting her flustered was always fun, and I'd grown to enjoy our ridiculous conversations when I was still in school with her.

“Ok, well, they are filling, and have hardly any calories, so you work it all off quick.”

“Except for all that bacon and cheese.”

“Argh! So, run a few laps!”

“They just gross me out, so it doesn't matter what's put with them.”

“Why do they gross you out? They're eggs.”

“Exactly! Eating dead, cooked babies – gross.”

She rolled her eyes at me, but I could see the smile tugging at the corners of her mouth. She was enjoying this too. Good.

“Ok, I give up. Have your boring bagel, and I'll enjoy my fluffy, cheesy eggs.” She proved her point by inhaling a fork full of eggs.

I couldn't help but laugh as she made a dramatic and noisy show of enjoying her breakfast, drawing the attention of the other patrons around us.

“Oh my gosh, people are looking. Do we need to get you a room?”

“For these eggs, maybe!”

We both broke out in giggles, and for a moment, I forgot about my mission.

It was difficult for me to see this bubbly, friendly, outgoing person in front of me as someone who would kidnap and torture my mom. Or at least, work with people who would kidnap and torture my mom. Something just didn't feel right – something was off.

I had to figure it out, which still meant getting into Lesley's group.

I had a lot of fun writing that scene, and I hope you enjoyed reading it!

To check out more of this book, pick up a copy of FREE on Amazon!

More to come soon! =D