Writerly Wednesday #11: From sad to WOOHOO!

So, as you all know, my former publisher, Otherworld Publications, is closing on December 31 of this year. Last week, I was absolutely devistated by the news, and have since then made a very important choice. I was given the option to stay with OWP until the end of the year, or opt out now.  It was difficult because I like and respect Lynn, but I asked myself the important question; will it pay off in the long run?

After thinking about it myself, discussing it with my publicist, and my family and friends, I realized the answer is no, it won’t pay off. I wasn’t making a lot of money from them to begin with.  So, I opted to get out at the end of the month. The 25th of June is my last day with OWP. 

HOWEVER, I do have some really good news.  I have been speaking with Frank over at Hydra Publications, who is also located in Kentucky and not too far from Lynn.  I have done some extensive research on him and his company, and have found all good things.  Yes, Hydra Publications is another young, and fairly new company, but they have a much bigger following than OWP, and after speaking to their authors, I am overall very impressed with them.

I asked Frank for a sample contract and looked it over.  He sent it to me right away, and at a first glance, I don’t see anything legally wrong with it. Granted, I am not an attorney or paralegal, but it seems legit to me so far. I do plan to have one of my attorney friends take a look at it just to be safe before I sign my life away hehe.

So, Frank and I exchanged a few more emails.  He’s definitely pro-author, and is very easy to work with. He seems to know what he’s doing business-wise, and we just clicked. Before I knew it, I was telling him that I would send him Prince of Darkness as well as my other titles.  He then proceeded to ask me if I wanted him to send me a filled out contract with my name, address etc. I told him YES to send it over 🙂

I haven’t received it yet, but I am sure I will very, very soon!

And when I do, you guys will be the first to hear about it!


That awesome moment when

So, I just had one of those awesome moments when I realized that I am almost done with book number 2 in The World Among Us trilogy :).  I just started writing chapter 16, and this is the point in the book where all of the action happens.  Well, all of the major climatic action happens anyway.  I have a clear idea of how I want the book to end, which is awesome! 

Presently, I am just under 40,000 words, and have at least 10,000-15,000 more words left to write.  It all depends on how quickly everything happens from here on out.  I am super excited for this, for there was a period of time where I didn’t think that there would ever be an end in sight!

It’s honestly sort of a bitter-sweet feeling I have to admit.

But, I am very excited about this none-the-less.  It means that I will most definitely be finishing writing this novel before the end of the summer like I had hoped!  HOORAY!

Now, keep in mind, this is only the first draft. This book will probably go through at least 2 drafts before I submit it to a publisher. 

But hey, it’s a start, right?


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

Writerly Wednesday

Hello everyone, and welcome to another edition of Writerly Wednesday, a meme started by the lovely Erin Danzer.  In this meme, I will be discussing all things related to writing. Whether it’s about my latest work in progress, promoting another author or just giving out advice.

This week, I am excited to announce that I FINALLY finished writing the rough draft of my short story called Hell’s Captive.  To be perfectly honest, I am so stoked and excited that this story is FINALLY done.  I honestly didn’t think it would ever end.  I kept having to put it down, and it was just a very long time in between picking it up again. Well, my muse is back, and she pushed me to finish the rough draft of it this morning right before work.  It is an AMAZING feeling once you accomplish something that you have been working hard on.

Hell’s Captive will be going into a novella along with another short story titled Hell Bound.  The novella will be called To Hades and Back.  If Otherworld signs it, I am going to talk to Lynn, my publisher, about including Murderous Regrets as a freebie, since it is written in the same style as the other two stories.  Plus, it will make the book longer.

I also wanted to announce, that I just hired Regina Wamba to design a book trailer for Prince of Darkness.  If she does a great job (which I am sure she will), I will hire her to do Daughter of Light’s trailer (formerly Stormy Nights) when the time is right.

So now I have the grueling task of editing Hell Bound and Hell’s Captive, but in the end it will be worth it when I am offered that contract 🙂

Happy Wednesday!

Book & Movie review: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

So, I’ve decided that I am going to start reviewing books that I’ve already read, and haven’t reviewed yet.  I’d like your input at the end of the posts, ESPECIALLY if you’ve read the book or have watched the movies (if said book I am reviewing has already been turned into a movie.)  Without further adieu, I give you my first review on this blog!

Title: Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief)

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: Miramax

My rating: 4 stars

My Review:  This was a wickedly great book in my personal opinion.  I love books that have to do with Greek Mythology, and this was right up my alley.  I unfortunately, however, watched the movie version before I read the book.  BUT, once I sat down to read the actual book, I fell in love with it.  The movie made so much more sense after I read it.  Rick Riordan’s characters come to life in this action packed book. Would I read the rest of the series? Of course! Would I read it over & over again? Probably not.  At least, not until I’ve read every other book on my selves first.  Don’t get me wrong, it was a really well written book, and it held my attention from start to finish. BUT, I have to be honest…I didn’t really care all that much about Percy Jackson.  I enjoyed reading more about the evil, underlying plot behind it.  Now, it could have had something to do with the fact that I made the mistake of watching the movie BEFORE reading the book, but something tells me no, that isn’t the case.  All in all, if you’re a mythology buff, I’d recommend the book. It’s a fast-paced, easy YA read that will leave you wanting to know more.  There is a lot of action and adventure, and I would totally recommend it.

Book Vs. Movie

My rating: 3 stars

The movie did not do the book justice.  In fact, in my personal opinion, the movie down right stunk. Yes, there was action, and a decent storyline, but unless you’ve read the book, and know anything about Greek Mythology and the gods, you will probably be lost.  BUT, if you’re already a fan of Rick Riordan, and are looking for a good time waster, then you will probably enjoy watching the movie.  The three stars mostly go towards all the action and special effects.  The acting was decent, but like I said, the storyline butchered the book in my opinion.



Fangtastic Friday #1

Fangtastic Friday, is a new meme that I started.  The purpose is to raise vampire awareness, and to gush over our favorite undead friends (or foes).  For my very first Fangtastic Friday, I thought I would gush about my favorite vampire of all times…Damien Wicklen, from The World Among Us.

Are you shocked that I’m featuring Damien this week? You really shouldn’t be.  I think I’ve mentioned him in every other post so far. LOL. What can I say? He’s my other leading male in my life, and deserves the spotlight. Now, let me tell you a little bit about Damien for those of you who don’t know him or my book.

Damien is the son of Hades & Persephone, and has quite literally been put through hell.  I mean, he breaks the laws that his own family bestows upon him, and I mean he really breaks them. How does he do this?  He does this by falling in love with a goddess, and not just any goddess.  No.  He has to fall in love with the granddaughter of Hades’ arch nemesis…Gaia.

The bottom line is this…no matter what I put Damien through, he is always there.  It’s like he begs for more LOL!  He is the one vampire that constantly haunts me, and bugs me to write the rest of the series.  He appears in a lot of my dreams and nightmares.  He keeps me up at night and talks to me.  He’s a pain in the ass at times, but I love him anyway.

He’s a little hottie vampire prince, and The World Among Us wouldn’t exist without him.  I mean, who wouldn’t want a tall, dark and handsome vampire prince?

So there you have it folks!  My very first fangtastic friday post.  Who is your favorite vampire?  Blog about it on your blog and link to it here so I can comment on your post. Or, if you don’t want to blog, just comment here 🙂

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Tell Me Something Tuesday, is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Cambria Hebert.  This is a really fun meme, and anyone can join!  Just go Cambria’s Blog, and post your link, and read and comment on some other posts.  OK, enough babbling from me! LOL. Time for the actual post.

This weeks question is: out of everything you have read who is your favorite villian you loved to hate?

I’ll have to admit, it took me a while to come up with some good answers.  However, after sleeping on it, I’ve come up with a few.

LORD VOLDEMORT from the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.  Lord Voldemort is one of my favorite villains of all time.  Why? Because he is truly evil and manipulative.  He has this way about him, where you feel like you can’t say “no” to this man without the fear of being tortured or killed looming over you.  Plus, that whole “his name being a taboo” thing?  GENIUS!  Even though Lord Voldemort is just a fiction character, every time I say the name, I have a habit of looking over my shoulder to make sure that he isn’t there.

BELLATRIX LESTRANGE, also from the Harry Potter series was another one of my favorite villains.  I thought that Helena did a fabulous job at portraying Bellatrix.  She made Bella’s character come to life, and made you believe that she was truly evil.  If you ask me, I think she makes a better villain than Lord Voldemort.

Let’s step away from Harry Potter for a moment, and explore three other series, shall we?

Let’s talk about the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.  First of all, this is MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE vampire series EVER.  Yes, it trumps House of Night.  My favorite villain in the Vampire Academy series is Natasha, who appears randomly throughout the entire series.  I don’t want to say much more, other than the fact that she was a fantastic, behind the scenes kind of villain.  *spoiler alert* Dimitri Belikov also made a heck of a villain when he was turned into a strigoi in (and correct me if I’m wrong) Blood Promise I think it was.

Now, onto her spin off series called BLOODLINES.  I’m not quite finished with this book yet, but I have about another chapter or 2 left of it, and WOW.  I knew that Keith was evil, but I had no idea just how evil he really was.  Not only is he a condescending jerk, but an even better villain than Natasha to some degree.  I will admit, just as it took me a few chapters to get into the first Vampire Academy book, it took me a while to get into this first book in the Bloodlines series.  I had to put it down for a while, but I am glad that I picked it up and gave it another go.  I am anxiously waiting for the next book in the spin off series which is called The Golden Lily.

And last, but certainly not least, is Hades from Disney’s HERCULES.  He was absolutely evil, but his snarky comments and sidekicks are what made him a great villain.  I love Greek Mythology, and I will admit I kind of got the idea of my version of Hades from Disney, but hey, what can I say?  He is a brilliant villain.  I give him “two thumbs way, way up!” LOL

So, there you have it folks! My list of favorite villains 🙂 Please play along, and be sure to visit Cambria’s blog to let her know you’re participating!  Comments are welcome and appreciated 🙂