What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

Lately, I’ve been into rereading books. Last week I reread the first 3 books of the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I was craving a dose of Jace. At some point I will reread the fourth book in this series and then read the fifth and sixth for the first time. The sixth book is to be released in 5.27.14, according to her website. You can check out the latest with Cassandra Clare here.

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2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’m still working on my Contemporary Romance. My word count is up to 42,000. I’ve decided once it’s done and ready to send off to the editor, I’m going to jump right back into finishing book #2 of the Senior Year series. I’m not sure which I will release first.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Phtography. It has always interested me and my main character for my Contemporary Romance is a photographer. Specifically the work of Ellen Von Enwerth

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

Last week I had a really bad cold and I spent the time drinking tea and reading. This week I’m back to the writing cave.

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What’s Up Wednsday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. WHAT I’M READING…

I am reading “Playing Patience” for the second time. I really loved this book the first time I read it, so I decided to read it again. I love the main characters Zeke and Patience. The story has a terrific beginning and the same intense feelings carry throughout. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d recommend it to anyone who loves YA Romance.

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2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’m working on a contemporary romance I started during the summer. Taking a break for a few months from the story has given me fresh eyes.Now all I need to do is sit down and finish it. I’m hoping to have it completed in time for summer reading.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Real students. My Spanish 4 students.

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4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

My friend Lee Rowland over at PearTreeSpace has redone my cover for Summer Love. I loved my original cover, but I wanted a more contemporary look for the new year. Once again Lee did an amazing job, accomplishing exactly what I’d envisioned.

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Happy New Year

Greetings followers! I want to wish you all a happy new year! May all of your wishes and dreams come true in 2014.

2013 was filled with revelations and I’m sure 2014 will be too. The most important thing I learned last year is to believe in myself. In June I asked for the rights to my book “Nowhere” back from Muse It Up publishing and self published it instead. Finally, my writing career took off. I love being my own boss. I am completely in control of all decisions and have the final say in everey aspect. I am the only one who I can blame for my successes and failures. That being said, this year I learned how to ask for help when needed and trust the “experts.” Jennifer Sommersby was my editor for “Summer Love” and she offered me valuable insights into my writing. She helped me flush out my characters and bring them to life on the page. Thank you Jenn. I would also like to thank Lee Rowland for her artistic talent in creating a beautiful new cover for “Nowhere.” Lee can be found at Pear Tree Space.

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I hope 2014 brings not only revelations but inspirations as well. I am currently working on a contemporary romance novel that I’m excited to finish. Once it’s complete I am jumping into Senior Year book #2 – “Falling Into You” set to be released in August 2014.

Please check back with me throughout the year to see how 2014 turns out.

What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

What I’m Reading

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What I’m Writing…

My New Adult/Contemporary “Breaking All the Rules” is still a work in progress. My word count jumped to 24,000. It was a productive week.

What else I’ve been up to…

Scheduling the final days of summer. Squeezing in all the last minute things we wanted to do that we haven’t done. Planning a trip to Seabreeze, a visit to the Corning Museum of Glass, and picnic with my cousins.

What inspires me right now…

Mae I Design Photography.

All her work inspires me.

Tuesday’s Top Ten – Playlist

This is the playlist for my work-in-progress.

1. Taylor Swift– “You Belong With Me”

2. Pink ft. Lily Allen – “True Love”

3. Phillip Phillips – “Home”

4. Bonnie McKee – “American Girl”

5. Mumford and Sons – “I Will Wait”

6. Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now”

7. Anna Kendrick – “Cups”

8. Hunter Hayes – “I Want Crazy”

9. Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”

10. Kacey Musgraves – “It Is What It Is”

What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

What I’m Reading

I am reading “Love Exactly” by Cassandra Giovanni

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What I’m Writing.

I’m writing a New Adult/Contemporary Romance Novel entitled, “Breaking All the Rules.” Currently I’m at 14,000 words. I wrote 2,000 words yesterday.

What else I’ve been up to

Shopping. Getting my girls ready for Camp Stella Maris. I don’t remember needing so much stuff when I went there. Although some things don’t change–I dragged my trunk there 30 years ago too. Next, we will be doing back-to-school shopping.

What inspires me right now

A post I read by Cassandra Giovanni. She talks about her goals and how she has reached them. I should think about setting specific goals. She sounds so busy, yet she gets it done. Sometimes I feel like I could do more.

Tuesday’s Top Ten-My Beat the Heat Read-a-thon Goals

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My goals are as follows:

1. Read every day
2. Follow 5 new blogs to see what everyone else is reading
3. Add my review for “Addicted to You,” by Krista and Becca Ritchie
4. Finish reading “Before Now (Sometimes Never), by Cherly McIntyre
5. Finish reading “Love Exactly,” by Cassandra Giovanni
6. Start reading “Girl with Guitar,” by Casiey Quinn
7. Start reading “Destined,” by Jessie Harrell
8. Participate in at least one mini-challenge
9. Add at least one new book to my TBR
10.Make a new friend who shares my passion for books!

Tuesday’s Top Ten–Research

Today’s top ten is a list of research questions for my current project. Research for any author is on-going. The questions below range from essential to trivial. If you have any answers or suggestions to where I might find the answers, please leave a comment.

1- What is it like to be an only child?

2- What college would someone attend in NYC who wanted to pursue a computer science degree?

3- What is it like to be a college student in NYC?

4- What is a popular, or maybe not so popular, cafe in or near Greenwich Village that has a small collection of board games?

5- What is a popular bar in NYC where college students hang out at?

6- Would it make sense for a photography major to minor in graphic design?

7- Cameras- digital and old school

8- All things Paris

9-What is a nervous tick other than running your hand through your hair?

10- How long would it take someone to complete a Sudoku puzzle who did them regularly?

What research are you currently working on?

Summer Love is Here!

“Summer Love” is finally here!

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It is available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Summer-Love-Senior-Year-ebook/dp/B00DT9ZN7O/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1373541289&sr=8-3&keywords=marysue+hobika

Also at Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-love-marysue-hobika/1115940308?ean=2940148254256

Also expresso books will be hosting a book blitz from July 27 – August 4th. Come sign up to participate to host. There will be a chance to win “Summer Love” and a grand prize. Check it out here. http://www.xpressobooktours.com/2013/07/blitz-sign-up-summer-love-by-marysue-g.html

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