Sunday, August 23, 2009

Win Hush Hush at Katie's Book Blog

Copy and paste this URL: to win Hush Hush. It's a great looking book and I'm hoping to win :). My luck has been very good lately, I've won three contests this summer! I hope my readers have won some excellent goodies too!
Till next time...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Inspired by others

I have a huge list of authors that I am completely in love with. My top favorites right now are Maria V Snyder, Rachel Vincent, Erin Mccarthy, and recently I've gotten into Marian Keyes. I love the stories they weave and I aspire to write like them. Not exactly like them, of course. I have my own unique voice and my own stories to tell, but I love their books so much that I can't help but think,"Damn it, why didn't I think of that?!" I love their characters. Some of them are so dear to me, that I wish that they were real.

I am very pleased to say that I recently got an autographed copy of Maria V Snyder's Fire Study. I was so excited! I couldn't believe that Maria would take the time to write a message for me. Sometimes I forget that my favorite writers are people, not God's or Muses...

Anyways, till tomorrow. :)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Great new contest at Princess Bookie

The winner will receive all these books!

1. Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick ARC
2. Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen ARC
3. Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters ARC
4. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater ARC
5. Troy High by Shana Norris ARC
6. Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott ARC
7. Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn ARC
8. Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
9. Death by Series by Linda Gerber (3 books total)
10. a 5 dollar giftcard from Walmart (you can buy yourself half of a book with it, lol)
11. 3 Sarah Dessen books ( Just Listen, This Lullaby, Someone Like You)
12. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
13. Fire By Kristin Cashmore ARC

14. Last but not least, I have some extra amazon cards, so I will also include a preorder for CATCHING FIRE BY SUZANNE COLLINS. It will be shipped to on or around Sept 1st (whenever they ship it)
AND a book of your choice (under $15.00 please and it can be a preorder as long as it comes out in September-so many good books get released)

So make your way over to Princess Bookie's blog! URL is:

Monday, August 10, 2009

A goal reached

Today, I finally reached my goal of 50,000 words, and I am so proud of myself. I was pumped when I reached 30,000, but 50,000? I know that I've harped on a lot about word count, but I want to have a decent-sized book to send out. My original goal was 100,000, and though I know I'm not finished the story, I know my book won't be that long. I don't want to stretch it so much that there is a bunch of unnecessary junk in it. I just want the story to be the story it's supposed to be. I'm guessing it will be around 70,000 when it's completely finished, which I think is pretty good for a first time author.
I'm also happy to announce that I know (finally and completely) how my story will end. Of course, I can't tell you, but I believe it is a very good ending. I'm also contemplating what to call it and am coming up with nothing... how do you name your work? I'd like to hear how other people title their stuff, as I'm drawing a blank... in fact, I've been calling it 'Ali', after the main character. Calling it this has made me wonder whether I should make this book into a series. I would like to tell Bridget's story, though I'm not sure what I would say. She's one of my favorite characters, and I would just hate to say goodbye to her. Your opinions?
Happy writing and reading.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Great Contests!

Enter to win a prophecy pack here:

and 'Sea Glass' by Maria V Snyder here:

Both are great blogs to follow, too.

You'll have to copy and paste the URL's.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

My second bookshelf...

I just thought I would show you my second bookshelf that holds some of my favorites. I love bookshelves... there's nothing happier than a shelf covered in books.
The roses are from my love....

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I apologize to my poor neglected readers...

It's been a while, I know. Sorry, but I have been so incredibly busy! I'm getting ready to leave home (woo hoo) and move in with two of my best friends and my sister! Also, I've been working, trying to finish that book of mine. I'm only on Chapter 26, but I really like the way chapter 25 turned out. It was very sexy.
Speaking of sexy....
Do you ever write a sexy scene and worry about your family members reading it (namely mom, dad, or the grandparents)? I just feel SO UNCOMFORTABLE at the thought of sharing love scenes with them... it makes me want to take a pen name, just so I can avoid sharing the love scenes with them... Almost as bad is when I write a sexy scene at work and my boss comes and stands behind me. I immediately close it and bring up Solitare, but I have to wonder, "how much did she see?!" I can't give up on the scenes, though. Some of them are SO good and essential to the plot. So I guess I'll have to blush and stutter an explanation to my family about the love scene, perhaps even getting "The Talk" again...-shudders-
Till tomorrow!
Or the day after... maybe next week...