Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday Words: It's almost done, I'm scared

What's my WIP?
Putting the finishing touches on Reveal

My first novel, is almost finished and to be honest, I couldn't be happier. It's the best writing I could have done, I think I cover the subject well, while still remaining true to my story line.
So right now I am sitting in my pajamas putting the finishing touches on my ARCs which go out to my amazing bloggers and betas in just a few days. I am also freaking out. I mean totally losing my mind. I'm so nervous that you all are going to hate my book. Or maybe not hate, but at least you might not like it. And if you don't what is going to happen to me and my writing?
I don't know if everyone has these posts, or if most authors don't share their fears with you, the readers, but here it is. I'm giving you a pure glimpse into my soul here, I'm scared and I'm not afraid to say it. So what now? What do I do to get over my fear of rejection?
As my mom would say, "Buck up!" That's all I can do. I'm proud of my work and even if you despise it, you have to give me props for trying. Also, I keep writing to get better at it. My next book is in a totally different genre and I love where it's going just as much as Cryptid Tales. I work towards being a better author every day. And I love it, I absolutely love being an author and it's all I want to do for the rest of my life.
So it's time to get over my fear and start selling books.
Wish me luck,
B

Friday, November 25, 2011

Reveal Blog Tour

Announcing the 
Official Reveal Blog Tour!

December 9th - 23rd 2011

Reveal (ebook) will be available on Amazon, Smashwords, 
and Barnes and Noble
on December 16th, 2011









12/09/2011 Right here at my blog for the kickoff!
12/10/2011 Writer's Revue
http://writersrevue.com/ Guest Post On Indie Writing and Review (Giveaway)
12/11/2011 Word Spelunking
http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com Review
12/12/2011 Jessica Stampe 
 http://www.jessicadstampe.com Guest Post on Ghosts
12/13/2011 Ren's Rambles
http://rens-rambles.blogspot.com Interview
12/14/2011 Karen Delabar
http://karendelabar.com Interview
12/15/2011 Chocolate Chunky Munkie 
http://chocolatechunkymunkie.blogspot.com/ Interview
12/16/2011 REVEAL RELEASE DAY! 
 Following The Reader
 http://followingthereader.blogspot.com Review
12/17/2011 Word Spelunking
http://wordspelunking.blogspot.com Interview
12/18/2011 Ren's Rambles
http://rens-rambles.blogspot.com Review
12/19/2011 I'm A Book Shark
http://www.imabookshark.com Interview
12/20/2011 Kate's Reads
http://www.katesreads.com/ Review
12/21/2011 Have You Heard Book Review
http://haveyouheardbookreview.blogspot.com/ Review
12/22/2011 That's What She Said Books
http://thatshwhatshesaidbooks.blogspot.com Review
12/23/2011 Back here to end it! (Giveaway)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wednesday Words

What's my WIP? Cassie Claire's Cult Life

Every time I hear the advice "write every day" I cringe. I will not tell a lie, I don't write every day. Some weeks I don't even write. That doesn't make me a bad writer, it just makes me look lazy. Note how I said look, it doesn't mean I am lazy. It means that when I'm sick or cranky I refuse to write a bunch of crap that I will just delete tomorrow. I am an extremely emotional writer. Especially in Reveal, I couldn't keep my comments out of the book. But now that I'm writing about Cassie, a much nicer do goodie type personality I have to keep my thoughts to myself. So when I can't get my bad day of work out of my head, I can't write about her.
My advice, write when you're into the project you're working on. Writing every day doesn't make you a great writer, it just makes you a busy one.
If you're having a terrible writing day, by the way, focus on your marketing instead. I said don't write every day, I didn't say sit around and do a whole lot of nothing. Post tweets, update your blog or facebook some new friends. Then the next day, get back to the writing, you may be surprised how much more you get done!
Good luck!
B

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Wednesday Words

What's my WIP?
Cassie Claire's Cult Life

Today's writing tips stemmed from a tweet.
I always think that since I've started writing daily, as good as it is for my writing, it's just as bad for my waistline. So here's some tips as we head into the holiday season on maintaining your weight, instead of gaining weight. I intend on following my own advice as well, I'll let you know if it gets me to my goal.
1. Sit on an excersize ball as you type. Eventually you'll get good enough to bounce as well. It's great for your balance, abs, and legs.
2. Take your characters for a walk. Every day take a ten minute walk, and if you don't mind looking totally insane, talk to yourself. Just whisper a conversation between your characters and it'll get your creative juices flowing for when you get back.
3. Don't eat while you write. Take breaks when you're hungry and grab a healthy snack. If you eat while you type you'll find yourself with an empty bag of potato chips and greasy keys.
4. Try to drink more water. This is the season for a lot of other drinks, most with tons of calories. Try to stick with your normal amount of coffee, even though you're extra tired from visiting the in laws, and supplement with water as much as possible.
5. Remember a minute on the lips is a lifetime on the hips.
Best of luck!
B

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cover Preview: Reveal

 Welp friends I told you that as soon as Ignite went free on Amazon I would have a 
super secret special surprise for you... 
so here it is, the cover of REVEAL!




Reveal will be available December 16th.
Blog tour will be listed soon!

You can find Ignite for free on Amazon here 
xoxox
B

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

A mysterious island.

An abandoned orphanage.

A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.


Loved it!
I absolutely adore this book. The pictures were what really set it off. They made the fantastical elements seem possible and realistic. The story was believable and it's descriptions painted the perfect picture in my mind. I could see everything just as he was writing it. I couldn't put it down! I finished it in only a day but really wished it would last longer. The end is full of adventure and surprises. I really hope there's a movie for this one and a second book. I would just die without it. I have reccommeneded this book to others and they share my love for the art and story. I do not think you should ebook this one, my only wish with it was that I had read the hardcover.
P.S. I really enjoy this author, because through the whole process via his blog I can see he stayed true to himself. Kudos to you Ransom. 
You can buy it here

Friday, November 4, 2011

Review: Pyxis by KC Neal

Two worlds... one 16-year-old girl must learn to protect them both.

The nightmares haunting Corinne and her friend Mason hint at a universe that exists beyond the one they know. Her destiny is to protect a weakness between the two worlds, but her mentor is dead. As Corinne and Mason search for answers, she tries to ignore the sparks igniting between them, but can't deny she feels safe only when he's nearby. Will they find help before their nightmares break free? 


Loved it!
KC Neal's Pyxis is different than what I expected.  I was looking for just another paranormal novel, but no, she starts off on a whole different journey.  One I wasn't expecting but definitely enjoyed!  First off, she uses teen language properly. And we all know what a big deal that is to me.  Corrine acted like a teen and her friends matched her personality well.
This is a mystery just as much as it is paranormal.  The plot is extremely well-developed, her details well contrived.   KC proves to us she deserves our attention and that this series will be one to watch.   You can tell how much time she has invested into these characters.  Her descriptions are well put and make the story clear and understandable.  She really sets the stage for the series with this novel.  This is a cliffhanger, get ready to be pounding on KC's door for book two, I know I will be!
You can buy it here

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thoughts On Thursdays

Thoughts On Thursdays will outline what is coming up on the blog!  
Remember to stop by on Thursdays to get all the latest info!
I'm still filling in reviews, author interviews and guest posts for the end of this year and beginning of next.  
If you're an indie author e-mail me at brinacourtney@yahoo.com

November:
KC Neal's Pyxis Review Follow KC here
Cover Preview for my very own book, Reveal!

December: 
Michelle Muto's The Book of Lost Souls Review Follow Michelle here
Reveal comes out December 16th! Squeeeee!

January:
Cyndi Tefft's Between Review Follow Cyndi here