Will be blogging on a different website

Hey everyone,

Due to the fact that I have a bagillion websites and blogs to keep up, I am moving this blog over to www.bethannmasarik.com, and would greatly appreciate it if you would please follow me over there. I would hate to lose all of you lovely people.  However, at the end of the week, I will be re-directing this site to the domain I just mentioned.

Thank you for everyone’s support and for following this blog. I just need to keep everything in one place.

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week of Tell Me Something Tuesday.  This is a meme that was started by my friend, Cambria Hebert.  This is the meme where she asks us a question, and we answer it.  This week’s question is:

Do you like social media? Why or why not? What is your favorite social media to use (FB, twitter, GR, etc.)?

This is a difficult question to answer.  Why? Because I love social media, but at the same time, I hate it with a passion.  Let’s start with the reasons why I HATE social media.

I hate social media (facebook, twitter, goodreads, etc), because of all the drama I see.  It is easy to get caught up in it, and it’s so easy to pick on and bully someone online.  Take it from someone who has been on the receiving end of the bullying.  It has since then long stopped (many of you know the stories and the actions that I took to stop it), but still, it is VERY easy to fall into the wrong crowd online and to let these people get to you.

HOWEVER, Social Media has a lot of positive sides to it too.  Places like Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads have helped me connect with old friends and even new readers.  I’ve even met my first publisher through an ad on facebook! So, social media is great for publicity and for networking purposes if used correctly.

Overall, social media is kind of a necessity these days especially in my line of work…writing and publishing.  I’ll admit, I’m a bit obsessed with Facebook and Twitter, though not so much goodreads (mostly due to the author & reviewer wars I’ve heard about). 

Lots going on!

Hello everyone!  I know I’ve been terrible with keeping up this blog, and for that, I am sorry. Things have been so hectic and busy around here lately, that I’m lucky I have any “down time.”  My wedding is just under 72 days away (but who’s counting, right? lol), and so I have been busy with planning.

On top of that, my Muse has been bugging me to finish writing Daughter of Light.  I am happy to say that I just crossed over the 45k word threshold, which is the minimum for a YA book.  I have about another 5k-10k left to write (another 2-3 chapters) I think. 

I also just signed FOUR new contracts to publish my short stories Hell Bound, Hell’s Captive, Murderous Regrets, and Moon Spirit with Hydra Publications!  I am so excited!  So, I have my work cut out for me from now until the end of the year.  My goal is to complete the first draft of Daughter of Light over the next few weeks.  As long as my schedule stays fairly clear, I can certainly do that. 

I will have more details regarding my titles and publishing this wednesday for Writerly Wednesday.  Until then, stay cool!

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Welcome to another week of Tell Me Something Tuesday, a meme that was started by the lovely Cambria Hebert.  This is the meme where she asks us a question, and we answer it.  Pretty simple, right? Well, it all depends on the question!  Sometimes they are super easy to answer, while others can be quite difficult.

This week’s question, is I would have to say, on the more difficult level.  The question of the week is:

How do you feel about negative book reviews? Writing them and reading them…

As an author, I absolutely HATE negative book reviews. Period.  No question about it.  They can hurt sales, and sometimes, depending on the reviewer, can be down right hurtful. I’ve been on the receiving end of negative reviews, and so I can personally say that they stink. BUT it also depends on how they are written. 

I don’t know about you, I HATE reading reviews that have a ton of name calling.  I just don’t get it.  Don’t you guys know that your reviews are PUBLIC, and it can and will ruin your image as a reviewer?  I see this not only for books, but for apps as well.  I once downloaded an Iphone app for the game, Deal or No Deal.  I LOVED that game show, so I thought, why not?  I read the reviews, and they were just terrible. BUT NONE of the reviews stated WHY it was terrible. So, I purchased the app (it was only .99 btw), and decided to see for myself.

Well, it was an awful app, but in my review I made sure to tell the creator of the app what needed to be fixed. I hope that they appreciated my review.

As a reviewer, (I review books for Literary Lunes Publications and Paranormal Poison), I personally HATE writing negative reviews. BUT, as Heidi mentioned in her blog, we are all entitled to our opinions.  Sometimes I just don’t like a book I’ve read, but I usually try to highlight BOTH the positive AND the negative. Unfortunately, in some cases like 50 Shades of Grey, there just aren’t any positive points, and in those cases, I usually just leave the reviews on my blogs.

I absolutely DO NOT condone authors outing reviewers.  I was absolutely disgusted when I heard that last week via twitter. Author Stacia Kane kept going on and on about how awful it was.  It turned out, I was in one of those groups causing the drama on goodreads, and promptly left the group when I realized who it was.  I just don’t get it.  What’s the purpose of outing people?  Reviewers are an author’s best friend and can also be their worst enemy.

Honestly folks, why can’t we all just get along?

Cat-sitting

As you may have figured out, I love watching my aunt Linda and Uncle Geoff’s cats when they are away. They are adorable and loved to be pet! But, they also like to get into everything too. However, I have to say that they were very good this time around minus Whitney hissing at Maggie.

So, I would like to share with you some photos that I took of the little ones. Whitney is the one with the white paws, and Maggie is the other one lol.

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Wedding updates

So, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything about my wedding.  I have less than 85 days until I get married, and I have to say, we are more or less done with all the major planning.  It’s really just putting together the program and sending out the invitations.  Oh and figuring out the seating charts. *shudders at the very thought*.

This week, mom and I are going to go pick out the wedding cake (I pretty much already know what I want), and my bridesmaids are going to go for their dress fittings.  I am so excited! 

What’s even more exciting, is that Kevin’s brother, Ricky, is home from the military!  I’ve only met him once, and I can’t wait to see him again!  It’s been over a year since I’ve seen my brother-in-law to be! Can you tell that I’m excited to get a brother or two? LOL.

So, yeah, I just thought I’d give you all an update :). I know I’ve been bad about blogging lately, but, well, life happens!

Writerly Wednesday #12

Hello, and welcome to another week of Writerly Wednesday.  This is the meme where I discuss all things writerly related, and was started by my good friend, Erin Danzer. 

Some of you are probably wondering where I’ve been. Well, I’ve been around, just super busy with well life.  But I am here today to update you on some of my publishing ventures.

Regarding The World Among Us: I finally received approval from my attorney stating that I can sign the contract with Hydra Publications.  They are a fairly new small press publisher, but they already have a lot of titles out.  I have been very impressed with what I’ve seen so far, and I am excited to be working with Frank and the team. Not to mention, some of my fellow Otherworld authors have also moved there, so it’s like old times :).

It’s still so surreal to me that I am no longer with Otheroworld, but it was a choice that had to be made.  I had to think about my future as an author, and my future right now is with Hydra Publications.

I would also like to point you all in the direction of another new/old blog of mine on Literary Lunes Publications.  It is ready and waiting for followers.  I moved it from blogger to wordpress/bluehost and I couldn’t be happier.  I am still tinkering with it, but the blog is ready and it is about 95% done :).  So please hop on over to www.literarylunespublications.com and give it a follow. 

I’ll have some wedding updates for you guys soon in another post 🙂