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!

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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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Website Re-launch

Hey everyone! So, as most of you know, I run a magazine called Literary Lunes.  Well, as a result, I formed my own mini-indie publishing company called Literary Lunes Publications.  The magazine has become popular enough, that I needed to split it up into two websites, and form the on-line presence of it’s publishing company.

I originally began the company on blogger or blogspot as some of you know it as.  However, I don’t like the new blogger interface, and decided to move it to the same webserver I use for my other sites.  It makes sense, right?

So, I have been re-constructing the new Literary Lunes Publications website.  It’s still got the same basic menu tabs, only, it’s much better organized. I am no-where near finished, but I thought that I would give it a shout out here, and see if any of you would be kind enough to give it a follow? The website is www.literarylunespublications.com.

The other problem I had with it being on Blogger, was that I couldn’t customize it the way I wanted to.  Blogger doesn’t have nearly as many options as wordpress, and now that I have it on the Bluehost server, I can have unlimited emails and access to some pretty awesome plugins :).

So, please give my new site a follow loves.  I’d really appreciate it! Again, the address is www.literarylunespublications.com I will be having a website re-launch party there in a few days, and will be answering any questions you guys may have for me 🙂

Unplugging and reconnecting

Let’s face it guys…I am addicted to social networking.  It’s crucial to my line of work…being an author and an indie publisher.  I just never fully admitted it to myself until just now.

I mean, honestly, how many of you actually care about how many words I’m writing at that particular moment?  Or how many of you actually care about if “I’m heading into work?” etc etc. Don’t worry, I won’t be offended if you don’t care.  But, that’s my point…I post on facebook and twitter too much.

I post so much so, that my mom and I even had a discussion about it earlier today (and several times before that).

THEN this evening while I was browsing facebook, I came across this article titled “Taking a Social Media Break” that one of my friends had posted.  Curiosity consumed me, and I clicked the link to the article and read it.  Guess what? It got me thinking.

While it will be very difficult for me to completely stop posting for a full week on all social media networks (including blogging), I am going to limit it to weekends at first.  (Saturday’s and Sunday’s).  I am going to start this as soon as my blog tour ends in the beginning of July, and will try it for a couple of weeks to see how I do.  Because honestly, it’s gotten to the point where when I wake up in the middle of the night, I find myself checking my facebook page and my twitter feed on my phone (and my email).  So, beginning July 7th, I will be unplugging for 48 hours to re-connect with myself and the life that is passing before me.

Now, what I would like to know is, would anyone be interested in doing this with me?  I think it would be a lot of fun to get a group of people to do this with, and at the end of the 48 hours, we’d reconnect with each other, and compare notes to see what we each thought of this unplugging.

This unplugging includes:

No blogging

No facebooking

No tweeting

No google plusing

No tumblr

Limited to no e-mail.

So, who’s with me?

 

Release Day Party and GIVEAWAY!

I am excited to be a part of the release day party and giveaway for author Katie Jennings.  Please be sure to take a look at what she has to say about her books, and enter her giveaway!

About Katie

Katie Jennings is a mid-twenty-something year old girl with an imagination for days and a supportive husband who thinks she’s a colossal nerd. She writes because she loves it, and because breathing life into characters is the greatest escape she’s ever found.  Most of her time is spent puttering around online, editing her latest book, or feeding people food to her cat.  She lives just north of Los Angeles, and enjoys reading fantasy and romance novels, watching Once Upon a Time, playing around on Photoshop, and finding new music to fall in love with.  She believes in, above all else, happy endings.

About her new releases:

A Life Earthbound blurb: (Book Three)
Her name was Rhiannon, and she was Earth. 

She was graceful, intelligent, and undoubtedly a workaholic. She could put a crack in the Earth’s surface a mile wide and grow the loveliest flower ever to have existed right beside it, a contradiction she held with both reverence and pride. For she herself was something of a contradiction: a girl, seemingly free, but silently trapped within her own heart and mind, never to be released.

Or so she thought. She never wasted much time on impractical dreams or wishes she figured could never come true. But all her life one person has been there, a constant reminder of the true girl living behind her mask of cool indifference and solitude.

But the tides of her fate were changing, and her helplessness building as a master plan was in the works that would only bind her wrists further, and destroy everything she never even thought she could have.

Throw in a dash of murder, vicious accusations, and plenty of family drama, and it could very well be a recipe for freedom, or for death.
Of Water and Madness Blurb: (Book Four)
His name was Liam, and he was Water.
His heart was as expansive and deep as the ocean, with emotions that could both rage like storms and soothe like a clear and quiet stream.  He lived for the smell of rain, and thrived in the knowledge that it was he who made it fall.
But while most everything in his life seemed to be going great, there was still this impending doom just over the horizon, threatening to wipe his home completely off the map.  All he had to do was rise to the challenge and fight once the war came.
But there was just one little problem:  he had gone, quite simply, mad.
Not that he knew it, nor did anyone else.  But he wasn’t himself any longer, and the truth behind the lies would eventually come out.  And when it did, Liam would discover the burned bridges and the destroyed hearts he’d left in his wake.
It was a funny thing, madness.  A funny, cruel, and violently destructive thing.
Now for the trailers for all of the books in this series (I have to say, I REALLY want to read this series!)

And now for the giveaway!

One lucky winner will receive signed print copies of books 1-4! How awesome is that? Click the rafflecopter link below to enter.

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Where to find Katie:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dryadquartet
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dryadquartet
Blog: http://katieajennings.wordpress.com/
Website: http://www.katieajennings.com/index.htm

Writerly Wednesday #10: A very sad day in publishing

Welcome to another week in Writerly Wednesday.  Unfortunately, today is a very sad day in the publishing world.  I received an email this afternoon from my publisher, Lynn from Otherworld.  The letter said that Otherworld Publications will be closing as of December 31 this year.  I, and all of her other authors are deeply saddened by this because Lynn is absolutely AWESOME!

So, what does this mean for my titles? Well, it means that as of June 25, they will be taken off the market.  However, this won’t be such a bad thing.  Why? Because it will give me the time that I need to re-vamp all my current titles and edit them.  Also, I may already have someone else who I think is interested in re-publishing them.  I have a contact over at Hydra Publications that I’ve “known” for quite a while.  Frank is wonderful, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about him. In fact, he was the first person I emailed when I heard that OWP was going out of business.  He was just as shocked as I was about it.  I found out that not only is he one of the co-owners of Hydra Publications, but he also owns a used book store down in Indiana, and carries all of OWP’s titles so he already has access to my novel.

When I emailed Frank, he told me that he would be honored to re-publish my books. So, they may not be out of print for a long time. No, I haven’t been offered a contract yet, but between my connection with Hydra Publications, and the awesome recommendation that Lynn gave on my behalf, I’m hoping to be in 🙂

Otherworld wasn’t just my publisher…we were like a family, and I hope that the authors and I will continue to stay that way.

New Release: Writings From the Heart anthology

So, for those of you who have been following my facebook posts lately, you all know that I have been working on this international anthology project.  The anthology is called: Writings From the Heart: Stories and Poetry from Around the World.  It is composed of 30 different authors and has many different sub-genres.  By the subtitle, you can bet that there are both poems AND short stories in it.  All literature in the anthology is geared toward Young Adults and children.  All proceeds from this book, will go to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY.  It is a new program that was recently started by my cardiologist, Dr. Scott Pilgrim.  The purpose of the program is to help transition kids into the adult congenital heart program. As a patient myself, I can personally attest to how great this program and Dr. Pilgrim are.

The proceeds will be going towards research and education for this new project.

I am happy to say that the anthology is FINALLY COMPLETE, and will be released on Wednesday, June 6 (this week).  It will be available in paperback and all ebook formats.  The price of the paperback is $13.00, and the price for the ebook is $4.99.

I hope you will support this worthy cause, and will help me get this book onto the best sellers list!