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.

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!

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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Movie Monday #1

Welcome to the first ever Movie Monday, a meme started by my friend, Cambria Hebert. In this meme, I am going to talk about all things movie related. Whether it’s to show off a trailer to an upcoming movie I want to see, or a review of a movie that I’ve recently seen.

I thought I would kick off Movie Monday with a review of the movie, Brave.

Now, let me start off by saying that I don’t usually go to the movies because of how expensive they are.  Therefore, I am extremely picky with what movies I see.

When I first saw the trailers for the movie Brave, I thought it was going to be a cute and fun movie.

What I wasn’t expecting, was how deep and emotional it was.

No, seriously…I literally laughed out loud and was crying like a baby right until the very end.

Even my fiance loved it..

For those of you who don’t know what Brave is about, it is a little taste of Scottish history and legends.  It is about a princess named Merida, who is a firey spirit, and a bit unconventional unlike her mother.  Naturally, when her mother tells her that she is to be presented to suiters for marriage, Merida freaks out (who wouldn’t?).  This of course causes a rift in the relationship between Merida and her mother, and the story goes on from there.

The moral of the story is basically this: Becareful what you wish for, and always take the time to listen to what the other person is saying.

Overall, this is a MUST SEE movie.  Kids: I know we all get angry and annoyed with our parents, but they are usually very wise and I know we don’t always want to hear it at the time of the argument, but they usually know what they are talking about. Parents: Make sure to at least “hear” what your child is saying and come up with a compromise if they really are unhappy.  Take a look at what happened to Merida and the Queen.  You don’t want that to happen to you and your kids, do you?

All in all, I LOVED this movie, and highly recommend it.

Tell Me Something Tuesday #7

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to another week of Tell Me Something Tuesday, a meme started by the lovely, Cambria Hebert.  This is the meme where she asks us something, and we answer it.

This week’s question is:

Do you buy books based on their book cover?

I’ll be perfectly honest, the answer often times is yes.  I know, I know, how very judgemental of me, right? But come on, we all do it at some point or another in our lives. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t buy books solely based off their cover.  If I am looking at a book from an author I don’t know, I also go by the description, and if I am on the fence about that, the reviews.

More often then not, though, I usually go by the reviews.

However, I am finding more and more lately, that there are many so-called reviewers out there that just don’t know how to leave a proper review. I don’t understand what all this name calling is about etc. etc.

But, I’m getting off topic.

My point is, is that sometimes I judge a book by it’s cover, and others I don’t. It’s human nature to do so, though it’s not necessarily right. I’m often attracted to pretty, and brightly colored covers. What about you?

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.

Review: Newsies on Broadway

“NEWSIES STOP THE WORLD!”

I have to say, that when I first heard that my favorite musical, Disney’s Newies was coming to broadway, I got very excited.  Naturally, with this excitement, I told my fiance I wanted to see it. So, he got me tickets, and we went in to see it together.

I have to admit, when I heard that they wrote out the original roles of Sarah (David’s sister) and Denton (the news reporter), and they replaced it with a woman named Kathrine Plumber, I got a little nervous.  I also got nervous after downloading the soundtrack from Itunes and hearing that they changed some of the lyrics to all of the songs (including my favorite, King of NY).

HOWEVER, once I got passed the initial “OMG they changed it!” freak out, and actually went, I really enjoyed it. The dancing was SPECTACULAR! There were lots of flips, twirling, and tap dancing galore!  Even Katherine Plumber held her own! 

For those of you who do not know what Newsies is all about, it is a riveting tale about how a young man named Jack Kelly goes up againt one of the wealiest men of NY…Joseph Pulitzer.  This act was the beginning of the Newsboy Strike of 1899, which began the newspaper union.  Jack is an orphan, who leads the other orphans and newsboys into a riveting rally after Joseph Pulitzer raises the price of the distribution of his own newspaper. For complete details, please visit their website at http://www.newsiesthemusical.com/cast.

I have to say, everyone performed exceptionally well, and I would rate this show 5 stars!  It’s no wonder why they were nominated for 8 tony’s!  They certainly deserve them!

New title suggestions for Luney Writers anthology

As most of you know, I have been putting together an anthology where I am going to be donating all the proceeds to the pediatric cardiology office in the Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY (formerly LIJ).

Presently, the anthology is called Luney Writers. However, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, and have come to realize that this title just does not flow well with what the anthology is about.  It contains 30 poems and short stories, and should be available in ebook and paperback come the beginning of June.

I have created a poll after discussing the potential title changes with the participating members.  Now it is up to you to help us decide which title you like better!  Remember to say the title with “An Anthology” at the end of it.

Thanks for your help!

Masquerade Read-along Week #4

Well, here it is folks…the final week in the Masquerade Read-along.  *sniff sniff*. I had A LOT of fun on this tour and reading everyone’s answers. It was nice making new blogging friends and I hope to keep in touch with some of them. Next week, Cambria will be hosting the wrap up on her blog/website http://www.cambriahebert.com.  There, she will announce the winners of the read-along.  We are playing for prizes, so be sure to stop by her website and vote for your favorite post!

1. Heven develops a new “supernatural power”. She remarks that it isn’t that exciting of a power. Is this a power you would like to have, if not what kind of supernatural power would you like to have?

Honestly, I think that aura reading would be a great power to have!  It would go along great with empathy/intuition skills in my personal opinion.

2. Which character do you think makes the biggest internal change throughout the course of this book?  Is there a situation in your life that you can reflect back on as an experience that changed your life for the better?

This was honestly a really difficult question to answer, but I think it was Heven.  She’s had so much happen to her from the scars to her mother, I’m surprised she is as stable as she is.  I love that no matter what happens, that Sam is always there for her, and so is Gran.

As for an experience in my life?  This is honestly difficult to answer.  But, after thinking about it, I would have to say meeting my ex bf, Rob.  I know what some of my friends are probably thinking….they probably think I am insane. And, maybe I am, but I have a very good reason for bringing him up.  If I hadn’t met and dated Rob, I wouldn’t know pain…true pain.  I also would never have gone through my rebellious stage and gone away from the Catholic church.  BUT, if I hadn’t gone through all of that, I might not be as close to God as I am now. It’s because of those learning experiences that I realized that I am supposed to be where I am today. I am a better, and stronger person than I used to be, and it’s all because of him. No, I don’t have any pictures of him to share, and even if I did, I don’t feel like digging them up.

Another experience/person that has shaped me to be who I am today, is my mother.  She helped me to be the strong, independent woman that I am today.  I have learning disabilities, and when I’m feeling frustrated because of them, she always knows how to make me feel better.  It doesn’t happen as often anymore, but when it does, I know that I can always count on her.  She is one of the most supportive and encouraging people that I know. She always gives so much, and is someone that I definitely admire.

Another person that has helped me become who I am today, is my best friend and my sister/partner in crime, Robin.  I’ve known this girl since high school, and we are with each other at least twice a week (sometimes more). We always go on crazy adventures (from standing outside in the pouring rain at a Jonas Brothers concert) to going into the City to meet Demi Lovato’s guitar player (who is super sweet btw!). This woman can get me to try “almost” anything at least once. I don’t know what it is about her, but she’s definitely someone that I look up to and admire.

And last, but certainly not least, the love of my life, Kevin.  Without him, I wouldn’t know what it’s like to be in love again.  He’s helped me heal, and helped me realize that I deserve to be treated with respect.  He’s a genuinely nice guy, and I couldn’t be happier!

3. Who is your favorite character and why?

My initial response was, of course, Sam, but I am sure that almost EVERYONE is going to mention him. So, MY favorite character is Gran.  Why?  Because she is so loving and accepting of not only Heven, but of Sam as well.  I love how she takes them both in with open arms, no questions asked.

4. When the book ends the reader has an idea of what the next book will involve. Do you think the book ended in the appropriate place?

I think so.  It leaves you with just enough “what if?” and “what the heck?” questions to want to know more.  I can’t wait to read more about Logan and to see what kind of a part he plays and how he will affect Sam and Heven’s relationship. I’m VERY curious to see what happens on their trip to Italy.

5. Do you have any predictions for the next book in the series, Charade?

I have several predictions, but one that I would REALLY like to see happen, is to meet Sam and Logan’s parents.  I would also honestly like to see Kimber “grow up” and realize that Heven is who she is and there is nothing she can do about it. I also want Kimber to stop being so darn selfish and jealous of her “best friend.”  I have a feeling that somehow, one of these mythological creatures is going to get to Kimber and use her jealously against her to get to Heven and this map. But, I could be totally wrong. 

6. Did you enjoy participating in this read along?  Will you join in future read alongs?

Yes!  Considering this was the first read along I’ve ever participated in, I really didn’t know what I was doing, but it was a lot of fun! I enjoyed reading other people’s answers, and was surprised to find that some people had either the same or similar answers that I have.  In terms of participating in future read alongs, it all depends on the book and if I have time to read it or not. BUT, I would definitely be up to participating in future ones 🙂

30k in the current WIP and a new subtitle

I did it! I FINALLY hit the 30k mark in book 2 of The World Among Us saga, which is presently titled Stormy Nights.  I will be perfectly honest…I don’t think that subtitle fits this book anymore.  Now that I think about it, I don’t think that it really fit to begin with.  It didn’t hit me until the other day when I woke up and realized that I wasn’t writing Stormy Nights…I was writing something else.  Besides, Stormy Nights is soooo cliche lol.  Therefore, I’ve come up with two alternatives for book 2.  In this book, Selene discovers that magic exists as well as other supernatural beings.  Book 2 mostly focuses on Selene and her coming to terms with and accepting all the events that happened in Prince of Darkness (book #1).

So, now that you know a little bit of the background of book #2, I’d like to propose two possible subtitles.  The are as follows:

Princess of Light

or

Daughter of Light

I personally think that Daughter of Light sounds better with The World Among Us, but I want to know what you all think.  I chose those titles, because Selene is Theia’s daughter, and Theia is the goddess of light according to Greek Mythology. Plus, Selene represents all things good.  What do you guys think?  Your input is greatly appreciated!

Thanks guys!