Thursday, October 23, 2014

#NaNoWriMo & What I Will Be Doing Instead #amwriting

First of all, yes, yes, I will be writing a novel during November along with the rest of my writer friends. But it will be a novel I have already started and I suspect it will continue long after November has ended. 

I imagine, like most things, I will start off strong at least...

So instead, I have decided to give myself a NEW and unique November challenge. I pulled from my ever-growing list of "Oh I wish I did more of this" and "I should really be doing this". (We all have those lists, I'm sure.)

So in addition to being a better French student (studying more) and reading more (the pile beside my bed it out of control),

Bedside books= war zone

I want to use my blog to fulfill my very own November challenge: I want to keep a journal EVERY DAY for 30 days. Part of what I will be journaling is simply The Artist's Way morning pages (which I have heard from reliable sources is a sure fire way to stimulate creativity) and I'll also journal any and all observations, thoughts, ideas, or writing prompts/exercises that I play with.

Hopefully, there isn't much of this....

...but rather deep revelations like this.

And so how does the blog come into this?

I plan to make a post of my best/most interesting journal snippets, 
FIVE DAYS a week, for ALL FOUR WEEKS. Weekends will be considered an optional bonus round. If I post on the weekends too, even cooler! So that means I'm aiming for 25 posts in November! 

I can guarantee that my idea of "best" will be highly subjective

You'll probably be like "how did she come up with this s*&%??"

But like all things, I hope you will participate. If you want to comment on my "journal" entries, or if you want to play with a prompt that I used and share your own outcome, that would be awesome.

And if you just want to be a voyeur, that is cool too! :) What I am really hoping to get out of this is a new, positive habit (carrying around a journal and writing in it!).

Small victories ya'll. Small victories. :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Congrats @AngelaRoquet! #Read the newest Lana Harvey book #amreading #urbanfantasy

I'm about three days late on this post, between my anniversary plans and renovating the gym, but better late than never! 

I'm very excited to announce the release of Psychopomp, Roquet's fourth Lana Harvey book. (For those of you who are clearly behind the rest of us fans, you can get the first book in the series free here.)

Personally (and I may be biased since I pretty much haven't stopped SQUEE-ing since she agreed to blurb my book), but I think Psychopomp is the best Lana book yet. Here is my official review :

This book is my favorite Lana book so far! I’ve been a fan of Roquet for awhile now, thought her writing good, but this book absolutely slayed me! The emotional energy in several of her scenes (I won’t give away spoilers, but let’s just say there’s some awesome fight scenes, a super tragic sex scene, and a death scene that broke my heart) was just amazing. I think it is pretty clear that Roquet’s writing is just getting better and better and I’m so glad I stuck with the series!

There is also some good development in characters that were mentioned/used before but didn’t get much screen time (I love Jack, the demon butler!) and I’m happy that Gabriel got a little bit of screen time, even though he’s all upstanding now. ;)

Keep those books coming, Ms. Roquet!


So if you like urban fantasy, mythology, hot demon sex, or just a lot of general badassery, what are you waiting for?  

Urban Fantasy Author Angela Roquet lives in Sedalia, Missouri with her husband and son. When she’s not swearing at the keyboard, she enjoys painting, goofing off with her family and friends, and reading books that raise eyebrows.

You can find her on Twitter, G+, Facebook or her blog

Her official author website, book trailers and more can be found here

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Monday, October 13, 2014

#MondayBlogs: A Free Marketing Service for #Writers Thanks @booklaunch_io!

Ben De Rienzo of Booklaunch was kind enough to get me started with two awesome book pages--for Dying for a Living and one for Dying by the Hour.

I love the designs of these pages. They are clean, easy to read, and look so cool! It is pretty awesome that I now have somewhere to direct readers that isn't this blog--so people can be spared my mental ramblings if they want! (Not that I don't appreciate you, faithful reader! ;)

I also love that these pages are more customizable than the amazon author pages. I like my amazon author page and the convenience that it is linked to my books for sale, but the design feature (IMHO) is better with Booklaunch.

This is also good for authors who don't blog or don't have a space to advertise their work. Furthermore, for those of you who have your work in many places--maybe not just Amazon--then this sort of page would be good for you, with its cute share widgets and direct links to sales channels.

Most importantly, it is free! Authors do not have to pay for a standard booklaunch page at all!

Ben has also given me a special coupon code of DYING for my readers who are interested in the premium tier page (which has email capture, detailed analytics, integration with mailchimp/google analytics and all that).

The code is good for the next 30 days and once you start, you'll have 90 days of free premium tier service. But regardless, your standard page will be free! :)

If you do decide to launch a page, let me know what you think. Or just give me some tips on improving my own Booklaunch page.

Thanks! :)

Friday, October 10, 2014

Monster Mash: Kory's Top Monster/Horror Picks

This is my favorite time of year. Since I could appreciate stories, I’ve always loved a good scary tale. I read all the Goosebumps, Fear Street, and admittedly less age appropriate renditions of all that goes bump in the night. Campfire stories, ghost stories, monsters under the bed-- to this day, I can’t get enough. So here are some of my favorite tales of the macabre in celebration of my favorite month:

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Starting old school. Classic Haunted House and the (I’m betting) inspiration for…

The Shining by Stephen King

King acknowledges his love for The Haunting of Hill House and we can see the influence here. And a house (or hotel) that wants to kill you? Anyone who pays an electric bill in the winter can relate.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

The original blood-sucking non-sparkly king of the night. I’m pretty sure he’d try to recruit me for his harem. Other than that, what’s not to love?  (Oh, oh. And are you guys going to go see this new Dracula movie?)

H.P. Lovecraft

The master of madness himself needs no introduction.

Edgar Allan Poe

If he’d been born this millennium, we’d call him emo. But lucky for him, being born in the 1800s and having that hair, actually came together all right for him. Most of the time.

I am Legend

Forget the movie with Will Smith. Be sure you read this. It's a stellar piece of writing.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

This was a recent discovery. I like King so I thought I’d give his son a try and see if the apple really does fall right under the tree. I was pleasantly surprised. This was a good ghost story with a modern twist. I listened to it on audiobook, and I think that always helps to bring the story alive even more.

The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice

Because this is how I like my vampires

Nancy A. Collin’s Sunglasses After Dark

Probably my favorite horror books of all time. I love Sonja Blue unlike I love any other vampire. Sorry, Lestat.

Anita Blake, Necromancer and Vampire Hunter Books 1-10

From Guilty Pleasures to Narcissicus in Chains, we see it all: succubi/incubi, werewolves, vampires, zombies, ghouls, necromancers, shifters--and all kinds of monster goodness.

Now tell me your favorite horror/monster reads. And check back in a few days for my fav horror/monster movies.

Monday, October 6, 2014

#MondayBlogs: When I'm Not Writing #Reblog

because who can bear to be in the rain sans Starbucks?

Many of you know that my adorable partner is also a blogger. Here is our recent adventure kayaking in the rain. Enjoy!


Friday, October 3, 2014

Want to know how I did it? Ask me #Live tomorrow night!

I'm very excited about tomorrow! 

Tomorrow night I'll be featured on blogtalkradio, 6PM EST. If you are free and want to catch me unawares with your questions, call in toll-free 1-877-404-0839 or join us in the Chat Room! 

Many writers/fans have questions about the books, or the publishing process (how to get reviews, etc.)  and it takes me a long time to get to those Twitter DMs/FB messages, for which I'm really sorry. So if you have a question that you don't want to wait to be answered, I hope you'll stop by tomorrow night.

Regardless, have an awesome weekend!


P.S. Congrats to those of you who won a free copy of the Dying for a Living audiobook. You're awesome for playing! And I hope to giveaway more free stuff soon!