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). 

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?

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.

Writings From the Heart blog tour schedule changes and updates

Hey everyone! There have been some changes and updates to the blog tour schedule! Please take a look at them. Thanks!

June 13- Erin Danzer www.erindanzer.com/blog

June 14- Me, My Shelf and I www.memyshelfandi.com

June 15- Bilinda Ni Siodacain http://bilindanisiodacain.blogspot.com/

June 16- Beth Ann Masarik www.bahbammymusings.wordpress.com

June 17-Nikki http://www.closeencounterswiththenightkind.blogspot.com

June 18-Lizzy Ford http://www.guerrillawordfare.com/

June 19- Tricia Kristufek  http://triciakristufek.com

June 20- Martha http://theshortone08.blogspot.com

June 21-Danica Page

June 22- Cassie from Gathering Leaves http://gatheringleavesreviews.blogspot.com/

June 23-Misty http://www.the-top-shelf.com/

June 24-Ali http://myguiltyobsession.blogspot.com/

June 25- Sheri www.makingconnectionsgroup.blogspot.com

June 26-Adrienne DeWolfe www.writingnovelsthatsell.com

June 27- Cambria Hebert www.cambriahebert.com

June 28-Audris http://yabookmark.blogspot.com/

June 29- Miriam Pia http://www.uranianfiction.webs.com

July 1-Heidi Permann www.rainydayramblings.typepad.com

June 30- Tiffany http://reviewsalatiffany.blogspot.com/

July 2- Kindlegraph book signing and www.literarylunespublications.com release & new website launch party!

July 3-Vix Parungao http://www.mum-writes.com

July 4- Jenn at www.indiesupporter.com

Tour Stop: Charade guest post!

I am EXTREMELY EXCITED to have on the blog today one of my favorite authors (who seem to mention a lot on this blog), Cambria Hebert. For those who may not remember, Cambria is the author of the Heven and Hell series.  I’ve reviewed her book Masquerade, and her novella titled, Before.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to read Charade or Between yet, but it is on my summer to-read list!

Today, Cambria is going to talk to us about writing and naming characters.

Dying at the hands of a psycho was a shock. Having my life returned to me by an angel was incredible. Being named a Supernatural Treasure and being given Sam as my guard was pretty darn awesome. Acquiring a debt for it all—well, I should have seen it coming.

Now here we are, fighting demons from Hell, caring for a boy that I just don’t trust, and traveling to faraway places to return a treasure to its rightful place. Nothing is as it seems. Everyone wears a mask; everyone puts on a charade. It’s up to us to separate the truth from the lies and reality from fiction. A hard task when my new reality involves fallen angels, witches and dragons… and did I mention Hell?

Anchoring me down through it all is Sam. Sam, who must face tragedies of his own and is put to the test again and again.

If we fail in our task, life as we know it—life as you know it—will end. Forever.

Take it away, Cambria!

Hey everyone!

Great to be here today as part of the Heven and Hell Tour: Charade. As we all know, I am a writer. I also am a scuba diver, a mountain climber and a bus driver. Okay, I’m not but doesn’t that lie – I mean – statement prove how good of a writer I am?? 

Beth Ann has asked me to talk about writing for today’s tour stop so after a lot of thinking and latte sipping I decided to talk about naming characters. Naming a character can be very difficult. To me, there has to be some kind of balance to a name. It can’t be difficult to spell because that would make it difficult to read. And if it’s difficult to read the reader will stumble over it every time they see it and it will disrupt the story. But a writer wants to be unique, and what better way to show that than a name?

Course, the characters always want a say too. When I pick the wrong name the character will let me know – loudly. For this series, the Heven and Hell series, I have a mix of unique and traditional names. There is one character in particular that told me his name – most definitely. This character becomes a big character in the third book, Tirade. I searched for about an hour or so, looking at names on baby name sites to pick something that would fit him. I read name meanings, looked at hundreds of names. Finally, I found one. I went back to the manuscript and I wrote his first scene, his introduction. In this scene he is asked his name… I thought “here we go, I can use the name I picked!” So when asked his name, he responded.

With a completely different name.

Yup. And no matter how hard I tried to write in the name I chose, he wouldn’t have it. He had a name and it wasn’t the one I chose. So that was about an hour of research time right down the toilet…

LOL.

Yes, I could have used the name I chose but when I do something like that I walk around day and night feeling like I have an itch that I can’t scratch. Something feels “off” about the manuscript and it’s a terrible feeling so it’s best for me to just do what the character wants.

Here is a brief list of names that I chose in the Heven and Hell series and the reason I chose the name:

Heven – I actually first heard this name because a friend of mine has a daughter named this. When I started writing Masquerade I thought of the name and I really liked it, it seemed to fit the character and I also think it’s very fitting considering some of the themes in the book.

 

 

 

Sam–  I went through a whole host of names for Sam, I actually wanted something more unique. A lot of the names I went through did begin with the letter “S” but none of them seemed to fit him. I worried that there were too many “Sam’s” already out there but once I thought the name I knew that was it. And I actually thought that because he is such a unique character, with unique abilities that a more ordinary name was fitting. He told me he wanted something normal about himself and so I gave him something. 

 

 

Kimber Kimber needed a unique and trendy name. I hadn’t read a book with this name in it before so I figured it would be a good fit for her. Of course, I since seen it around but that’s okay. It still fits her.

 

Cole – another semi-ordinary name. To be honest, I just liked the name and thought it fit. His was relatively easy to choose.

 

 

Gemma (She is introduced in Charade)- I thought the name was strong, unique and kind of sparkly. LOL. Just how I pictured the character and I like the way it looks in print so it was a good fit.

So those are some of the names that are in the Heven and Hell series. It was fun picking the names but even more fun getting to know the characters behind the names.

A big thanks to Beth Ann for having me on her wonderful blog today!!!

 

To stalk, er follow Cambria, please visit the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cambria-Hebert/128278117253138

Tell Me Something Tuesday #6: 50 Shades of Grey

Hello! And welcome to another week of Tell Me Something Tuesday, a meme hosted by the lovely Cambria Hebert.  This is a meme where Cambria asks us a question, and we tell her our answers. Some weeks, her questions are really easy, but others they can be really challenging; like this weeks for example.

This weeks question is:

If you could spend a day with a book character who would it be and what would you do?

This question took a lot of thought because so many characters came to mind.  Finally, I settled on just one; Christian Grey from the 50 Shades trilogy.

I know I know what you’re thinking…Beth, you said you hate this book…WHY ON EARTH would you want to spend a day with Christian Grey? Let alone an afternoon with him?

You really want to know why? I’ll tell you why!

As much as I hate the book 50 Shades of Grey (I’ll have an official review over the next few days), I find Christian’s character to be fascinating.  I think that if 50 Shades was re-written by someone else, that this book has some serious potential to be really good.  Honestly, I get the impression that EL James, the author of the trilogy, woke up one morning and just decided that she wanted to be published.  So, she did. But, this isn’t about how much I despise EL James and her trashy novel.  No…this is about how much I like Christian Grey.

Why do I like him?

I like him because he’s a complex character, and there are so many different sides or “shades” to Mr. Grey. Yes, he’s a control freak, and if he thinks that for one minute I am going to let him control me, he’s got another thing or two coming! LOL.

Anywho, what would I do with him?

I think a better question would be: what would I NOT do with him?  That answer is simple: I WOULD NOT have sex with him. His sick and sadistic ways are just not for me.

Then what WOULD we do?  I’d make him take me up in his helicopter (after getting me drunk because I’m terrified of heights), and I would grill him (ask him questions, not actually bar-b-q him sicko! lol).  EL James leaves so many un-answered questions and opens the door to so many un-asked questions, that I will ask him the ones that Anastasia Steele wouldn’t dare to ask him.  And, if he dares to give me lip, my drink just might find itself on top of Mr. Grey’s head LOL.

So, there you have it folks! My tell me something Tuesday post.  Hope you enjoyed it!

Tell Me Something Tuesday #5

Welcome to Tell Me Something Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by Cambria Hebert.  In this meme, she asks us a question, and we answer it.  Some of the questions can be serious, while others are fun and a little wacky.  The point of the meme is just to have fun 🙂

This week, Cambria asked us:

If we could be any animal, what would we be and why?

This was a no-brainer for me.  Why? Because it’s a fun and a fairly simple question (in my opinion anyway.).  My answer, is a cat, well, more specifically, a panther.

Why a panther?

I just think that they are one of the most beautiful felines ever, and they are so fierce. Yes, a cheetah is super fast, but I’ll take strong and fierce over that. I was originally going to say a cat, because they are so cute and cuddly, but I am sure that is going to be over used lol. Plus, it is so cliche lol.

I also chose the felines, because I tend to have feline-like reflexes at times.  I have a tendancy to be quiet and sneak up on people. Plus, I can fit into really small places like most felines can lol.

Well, there you have it folks! My Tell Me Something Tuesday.

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 🙂

New Release: Between (Heven & Hell # 1.5) by Cambria Hebert. (and giveaway!)

I’M SO EXCITED AND I JUST CAN’T HIDE IT! At midnight tonight, Cambria Hebert’s novella, Between releases!  For those of you who don’t know, Between, is the latest release in the Heven and Hell series, a new YA/Fantasy saga that is taking the world by storm!  I am happy to share publishers with this super talented author.  Not only is she talented, but she is super nice too!

At the end of this post is a giveaway of Between, a novella that takes place Between Masquerade (Heven & Hell #1) and Charade (Heven & Hell #2…not released yet).

For those of you who have been following my blog the last few weeks, you may have noticed that I’ve been participating in the Masquerade Read-along.  It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to meet other bloggers and make new friends.

To get to know Cambria and her books, click on the images below to get to her Goodreads page.

Be sure to stop by Cambria’s facebook fanpage tomorrow for up-to-the-minute release info and giveaway info!  She’s giving away lots of fun goodies!  BUT, be sure to read to the very end of this blog post for a very special giveaway 🙂

Now, if you’ve never read any of Cambria’s books Before (hehe, see what I did there? ;)), then hop to it!  Trust me, you won’t regret picking up her books.  What? My telling you to simply buy it isn’t good enough? How about I leave you with some reviews and a couple of trailers then?

My Review of Before (takes you to my other blog)

My Review of Masquerade

Cambria’s trailers:

(she made them herself)

Before:

Masquerade:

Between:

And last, but certainly not least, Charade:

NOW, THE GIVEAWAY:

To enter for a chance to win a copy of Between, please leave me a fun comment along with your email written as follows: youremail(at)gmail(dot)com.  This will keep the spambots away.  And remember, the more creative and interesting the comment, the higher the chance you have at winning a copy of Between. You have until 11:59 eastern standard time on April 20th, 2012 to enter.  A winner will be announced sometime on Saturday.

STALK…er….FOLLOW CAMBRIA:

Her website/blog: http://www.cambriahebert.com

Her facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cambria-Hebert/128278117253138

Her Twitter Handle: @cambriahebert

Before I forget, I am also going to be hosting Cambria on her tour for Charade, which is due to release on May 18th. She will be gracing us with her presence on June 10.

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget to enter Cambria’s giveaway right here on my blog 🙂