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…

I’m going to be reading three books this week…

First up, I have an ARC by my friend Kelly Mooney to read. It’s entitled ‘Affliction’ and promises to be as good as her others. I can’t wait. I’m honored that she sent me a copy.

Next, I’ll be diving into Tabatha Vargo and Melissa Andrea’s “Little Black Book.”

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You can get your copy on Amazon.

And I’m continuing to read “Grammar Girl.” I’d like to eventually get her whole collection.

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You can get your copy for only $.99 on Amazon.

2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’ve started a new novel. I’m only at 13,000 words, so I still have a long way to go, but I’m making progress. I haven’t worked on it much the last couple of weeks because I’ve been busy, but I’ll get there. That’s what I love about writing. I write when I have time or when the mood strikes me, and if not it’s okay.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

I’ve been working on making “NOWHERE” and “SUMMER LOVE” available in print. I’m so excited to be able to hold my books in my hand I have goosebumps. Thanks to my formatter I discovered a cool website for fonts. I’ve been choosing the ones I like. It reminds me of picking paint colors for for a room.

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

A lot of tears were shed this past week…we said “Hasta pronto” to an amazing girl from Spain who spent the last 10 months living with our family and attending school here in the US. We had so much fun and our lives are richer due to the experience. We will miss you!

We will miss you!

P.S. She’ll be thrilled to know she made it into one of my posts. She is one of my biggest fans!

What’s Up Wednesday–a day late. Oops!

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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…

I am reading kelly Mooney’s latest novel, book #2 in her Southern Comfort series.

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Beautiful Innocence

2. 2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I just finished my New Adult/Contemporary Novel entitled, “Never Far Away.”

Tagline: He’s the only boy she’s ever loved, but she pushed away.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Teaching Spanish. I’m thinking about a new character who is bilingual…

One of my favorite quotes, and I apologize that I don’t know who said it other than my professor in college, and if you know who said it please leave a comment, but here goes…

“To speak two languages is to have two souls.”

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

I have to confess, I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. Something I rarely do. We recently got Netflix and I find myself addicted. I can’t seem to stop myself from watching one more episode.

Tuesday’s Top Ten!

Top Ten Reasons to stay indoors when it is 7 degrees outside!

1- My son is home sick from school today. Poor little guy.

2- I just couldn’t rest until I finished “Rule” by Jay Crownover

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And I wasn’t one bit disappointed.

3 – I am helping my friend, Kelly Mooney, edit her next book. I’m currently about half way through and loving it.

4 – I am completing an application to have a foreign exchange student came and stay with us. Yeah!

5 – I have laundry to do.

6- I have Christmas decorations on my mantle that I need to take down and store away until next year. Today is as good as any to get it done.

7 – I want to cook a warm meal for my family to enjoy. Everyone needs comfort food on a freezing cold day like today.

8- My pug, Oscar, has lung cancer and there is no better way to spend the day than sitting with him while I read, edit, and work on the computer. (He is one of the best crit partners I’ve ever had).

9 – I have to redeem myself as the Yahtzee Queen by playing a round with my son.

10 – I’m not a big fan of the cold. Snow, yes. But when it’s only 7 degrees, it’s even too cold to snow.

How do you spend cold wintery days?

Tuesday’s Top Ten!

What better way to bring in the new year than to recap my top ten accomplishments of 2012, the top ten things I learned, and my top ten goals for 2013.

Top Ten Accomplishments of 2012

1. I self-published “The Perfect Prom Date” in January.

2. My book “Nowhere” was released in June by Muse It Up Publishing.

3. I gave my website and blog a facelift to attract new followers.

4. I have written 48 posts, including this one.

5. My blog has received more than 1,500 visitors.

6. I read 14 books during the summer months.

7. I helped my dear friend, Kelly Mooney, edit her latest book, “Please Don’t Go”.

8. I conducted my first author interview to a group of students.

9. I participated and contributed in my first Indie-read-a-thon.

10. I began writing a new book, “One Complicated Summer”, which is the first book in a four book series.

Top Ten Things I Learned in 2012

1. The importance of Beta-readers (I will be sure to ask several beta-readers to read my next manuscript before I even send out any queries. Beta readers are extremely insightful).

2. I enjoy crafting “Character Bibles.” ( I made character bibles for the main characters in Nowhere and it really helped me get to know them.)

3. I have a difficult time finding my own typos and grammatical errors. (However, I enjoy editing other author’s manuscripts and I am much better at helping them than I am helping myself.)

4. There are advantages and disadvantages to self publishing.

5. There are advantages and disadvantages to publishing with a publishing house.

6. Barnes and Noble does not directly accept non-US publishing houses. They have to go through smashwords. (Hence, I have been patiently awaiting for “Nowhere” to appear on the B&N website for almost seven months.)

7. I am not a fast writer. (Which I am totally okay with.)

8. Some months I have a difficult time making time to write, while other months I can’t seem to stop.

9. I can’t read a book and work on my own at the same time. (Nor can I flip between stations when there is a commercial on.) My brain just doesn’t work that way.

10. Always take constructive criticism, constructively. I used it learn about myself as an author and how I can improve in the future. (Because of course being an author is my future!)

Top Ten Goals for 2013

1. Finish writing “One Complicated Summer.”

2. Receive a contract for “One Complicated Summer.”

3. Continue to blog two to three times a week.

4. Establish more relationships with other authors and readers. (Goodreads is a great forum for accomplishing this.)

5. Obtain more followers on my blog.

6. Spend more time with real teens, so that my writing connects to them even more than it already does.

7. Read at least as many books this summer as I did in 2012.(Nothing is more relaxing than sitting at the beach or by my pool reading a great novel).

8. Take a writing course (I took an on-line course with Anastasia Suen in 2011, and throughly benefitted it.)

9. Visit the YA book fair at Nazareth College. (A truly inspiring experience to be surrounded by fellow authors, such as Melisa de la Cruz and Simone Elkeles, and thousands of wonderful readers!)

10. Sell thousands of copies of “The Perfect Prom Date” and “Nowhere.”

What did you accomplish in 2012? What did you learn? And what are your goals for 2013?

Why I Love YA

Enter to win a library of YA books, by stopping by Beth’s Blog. She is hosting an incredible giveaway.

 

Why do I love YA? I think it’s because there is no better story than a love story. My heart always gets warm and fuzzy when I read about characters experiencing love for the first time. Also teenagers aren’t set in routines like adults, so anything can happen at any time. I find YA to be suspenseful and unpredictable.

I love YA so much that I am now a YA author of two books. “Nowhere” (published by Muse It Up Publishing), and “The Perfect Prom Date” (my first self-published title).

My favorite Indie authors include: Abbi Glines, Jessica Sorenson, Tammara Webber, Jessica Park, Amanda Hocking, and Nyrae Dawn, Heather Hildenbrand, and Kelly Mooney

If you’re a YA lover, click on the icon of books above to enter!

First Friday – Author Interview with Kelly Mooney

The first Friday of every month I want to highlight an Indie Author. This week I am happy to host Kelly Mooney. She has three books out and is currently working on a fourth. Congratulations, Kelly.


1 – Tell us a little about the books you’ve released so far…

So far I have written three YA romances and am now working on a fourth. My first Down the Shore was inspired from growing up in Southern New Jersey and hitting the beach every summer. Many foreigners come to work on the boards and I always wondered what would happen if two people fell in love, but one needed to head across the pond to go home. So, I wrote about it. My second, Never Say Never, just sort of came to me. It’s about a girl named Kat who must leave the sanctuary of Savannah to move to the windy city for her senior year. And, yes, of course she falls in love. My third, Please Don’t Tell was inspired by an accident that had happened to me on a trip to the Caribbean, only instead of a handsome British boy next to me, it had been four other girls. So, I went with it.

2 – What are you currently working on?

The sequel to my last book. It is called Please Don’t Go and takes place mainly in London. I have another idea, but I can’t even begin to write about it until Sophie and Ethan’s story is finished.

3 – I know you are both published and self-published. Which do you prefer? Why?

I prefer self-published. It gives me more freedom to do what I want.

4- Who is your favorite character from your books? Why? Which book is he or she from?

I’d have to pick Ethan from Please Don’t Tell. He is a guy who has felt sorry for himself for sometime, but rekindles his old feelings for Sophie when they meet up after several years. He’s charming, witty, and a dreamy guy all girls would love to spend time with.

5 – Who is your favorite Indie author? And why?

I love Abbi Glines. I cannot say enough about her books. I devour them in a few hours and scour the internet to see if she’s written anything new.

6 – What kind of music do you listen to when you write?

Better question is what don’t I listen to. Everything from Coldplay, The Fray, The Cure to Jay-Z.

7 – What advice would you give a new writer?

Never give up. Don’t let harsh critiques of your work get you down. You can’t make everyone happy, just do the best work you can and people will read it. When I receive good reviews it makes my day. When I receive a bad one, sure it brings me down, but I don’t let them get to me. Happy Writing!