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10 Questions About my WIP

I was tagged by the lovely S.J. Henderson to participate in the Liebster Award Blog Hop about my current WIP. I'm working on two novels right now. One is a sequel to my fairy tale (YAY), and the other is a southern gothic that I am having O so much fun with.  I chose the gothic.

What is your WIP about?
Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Fisk is an orphan with severe emotional issues. The novel opens with her contemplating committing suicide, but decides against it when she finds that the new town she lives in is much more unique than expected. There are unexplained things happening, and as the mystery unravels, so too does her purpose.

What is your main character's greatest strength?
She's strong. Crazy strong, despite her depression. She faces challenges with a bravery, even I look up to.

What is your main character's greatest flaw?
The world has been cruel to Ophelia and being an orphan in a small town, where outsiders
are always looked at strangely doesn't make it easier. She has a tendency to be bitter and build impenetrable walls.

Name your character's favorite food and drink?
Pizza and coffee. Though, not at the same time.

What animal would your main character be and why?
She'd probably be a stray dog. She's distrusting, takes a while to let people in, and has a tendency to bite with her words. But if you can ever get through to her, she's the most loyal friend one can have.

If you and your main character were in a coffee shop, what would you discuss?
Easy. The utter weirdness of small, southern towns. It's one of her and my most favorite topics. 

Who would you main character like to date/marry and why?
Someone who feels like her family. Someone who handles her insecurities delicately and who is strong enough not to be hurt by her sometimes thoughtless tongue.

What superhero does your protagonist act like? Why?
Can I pick a guy? Batman. She wants to save the world, but she struggles heavily with her inner demons.

If you made a music video starring your antagonist, what would be his or her song? 
"Demons" by Imagine Dragons. She's afraid to trust or hurt anyone, so she just pushes them away.

What fictional character do you like the most and why?
If you mean ever, I'd have to say Jo March from The Little Women. I wanted to be her when I grew up. Still do. If you mean in my own stories, I'd have to say Rowena from my fairy tale. She's starts off being passive and shy, but by Book 2 she's the firecracker I've always wanted to be. 

Now that you know what my WIP is about, it's your turn! :D I tag two fellow writer friends, Tammy Theriault and Sarah Ahiers. Here are your ten questions:

1  Where did you find the inspiration for your WIP?
2  What is the setting and how important is it to the story?
3  What is your MC's most likable quality?
4  Does your MC prefer coffee or tea?
5  If you met your villain in real life, would you run away, slap him (or her), stop for a chat, or ask for his autograph? 
6  What are three words that best describe your MC?
7  If your MC could have anything in the world, what would it be?
8  What's your favorite line in the WIP so far?
9  What's the overall tone of the novel?
10 If you had to compare your novel to any fairy tale, what would it be and why? (Because you know I love fairy tales!) 

If you decide to take on the challenge too, be sure to leave a link in the comments. I want to read about your WIP too! 

NaNoWriMo: Beat the Block



So you’ve been chug-a-lugging so far and now you’re stuck. You’re no longer flying through words, and your stamina is fading. So what do you do when you find yourself staring at the screen with no more words to write? Here’s a few tips I've learned over the years to beat the block:

• Create a new character. Sometimes an interesting new person in your novel will push the story forward and add additional interest.
• Browse Pinterest for inspiration. Maybe create a board?
• Skip around. You don't have to write a novel from beginning to end. Don’t know where you're going with this chapter? Move on to the next one.
• Which brings me to scene writing. Sometimes I don't know where I want to go with a novel but certain scenes are vivid in my mind, so I write those. Then I worry about how to put them together later. 
• If you're like me, you have several story ideas written in your dozens of pretty notebooks. Try weaving one of those stories into your current WIP. 
• Take a break. Sometimes your imagination fairy needs a day off. Do whatever relaxes you. 
• Get out of the house. Step away from the distractions of home and find solace in a coffee shop, library, or park.
• And if you still feel uninspired by this WIP, start another project. It’s okay, really. Not every story is meant to be finished, and you can always work on it later. Maybe your heart is simply pushing you to write something different. 

Remember, all words are good words in your first draft. Write just to write. There's no pressure. Set realistic goals and forgive yourself if you stray a bit. Writing shouldn't feel like a job as much as a passion. 

Write passionately and ignore word countsYou’re the only one who can tell your story, so despite what your stubborn character may try to convince you, he/she will wait. 

Happy writing!

Book Blast: THE ATTIC OF SANDS AND SECRETS by Medeia Sharif

THE ATTIC OF SAND AND SECRETS 
by Medeia Sharif

Vendor links will be updated on Medeia’s site.

Middle Grade Historical and Fantasy, Featherweight Press, November 2014

Lily, a learning disabled girl, attempts to unravel the mystery of her abducted mother using supernatural clues from an ancient stranger, even when it means posing a danger to herself.

Learning-disabled Lily desires to prove herself, although her mind freezes when presented with big problems - such as her mother's abduction. With a French father and Egyptian mother, Lily worries that her mother hid her ethnicity from her French in-laws. However, there's something deeper going on. Lily finds a way into an attic that's normally locked and encounters a mysterious, moonlit Egyptian night world. There she finds Khadijah, an ancient stranger who guides her to finding clues about her mother's whereabouts. Lily becomes a sleuth in both the real world and magical desert, endangering herself as she gets closer to the kidnapper.

The book takes place in 1976. Every host for this book blast is going to post one fun fact for that year. For some of you, this will bring back memories. For younger blog readers, you'll learn something new.

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NaNoWriMo: This is Not a Race




It's November, and for writers across the land, the craziest month of the year. We will scramble to write pretty words, will consume ungodly amounts of coffee, gain five pounds from stress-eating chocolate, and flutter around in our own lil book worlds for the entire month. Sounds like fun, right?

It is. It truly is. When the whole world around you feels like it's all caught the same book fever you have year-round, it's delightful. There is a downside, though. With 50,000 words to conquer and such little time to do it, sometimes we tend to run instead of sprint when the gun is fired. But we, smart people as we are, know this isn't a race. I mean, it doesn't matter that your best online friend has already written 15,000 words on their supposedly "new" WIP, and you've only written a measly 2,000. It doesn't matter that every time you look on your Twitter feed you're reminded of all the impressively disciplined people who are seemingly #amwriting every hour of the day. You, my dear friend, have a life. And while 15,000 words on day four seems impressive, let's see how well this hare fares by day thirty.

The key to winning is persistence. The hare starts faster, goes further, but eventually gets distracted.

Remember: Distraction is the root of all evil. 

The goal and key to being productive anytime, not just in NaNoWriMo, is to be the tortoise. It's slow, yet steady. Determined yet mindful of its hurdles. It just keeps pressing on.  So I encourage you whether you are off to a fabulous start, are just barely making headway, or haven't even started at all, just write some everyday you can. Never be ashamed of your word count. All words are good words. (At least during the first draft.)

It's not about how fast you get there. It's not even about getting there by the end of November. It's about the journey, the story, and the characters you meet along the way.

Go ahead, join the movement. #teamTORTOISE


Cover Reveal: THE LAST STORED by Sonia Poynter





The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter
Surge, Anaiah Press


Blurb:

After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.

Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.

The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.

Release Date:
January 6, 2015



Book Links:
Anaiah Press: www.anaiahpress.com



Author Bio:

Sonia Poynter is a homeschooling teacher, an active youth volunteer, and a writer.  She grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky often getting lost in the magic of the forest. The woods inspired her heart and her father and mother, a Kentucky Colonel, cultivated her love for storytelling. For Sonia every day is an adventure, providing her with an endless parade of eccentric characters and vivid worlds. Currently, she lives in the sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God has blessed them both with three amazing kids.





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Time Management Tips for Writers



Okay, I must admit that I'm writing this post as much for myself as anyone else. We all have busy lives. If we aren't careful, time will pass us by, and we'll have nothing to show for it. Here are some quick tips to stay productive.

  1. Do the most important task first second. First, there's coffee. Then writing, editing, or whatever else is on your "must get done" list.
  2. Use a calendar. A lot of people use their phones, which is fine. But I'm a visual person, so I use an actual calendar to keep track of my progress. There I keep record of my daily, weekly, and monthly goals.
  3. Make a to-do list. I am the master of to-do lists. I have one prepared nearly every weekday. Even if my schedule is somewhat similar from day to day, I find that I'm more productive if I have a visual of what needs to be done.
  4. Set goals and stop. Currently, I'm revising one of my novels, and I have divided up the entire novel with binder clips, four chapters each day. That's my goal, so I take the current day's clipped pages and complete them. Then I'm done for the day. I'm not drained or frustrated, and I'm still able to complete my task on time.
  5. Unplug. Turn off the sound notifications for your social media. Distraction is the root of all evil. 
  6. Time yourself. Set a timer on your phone and write. Then take a short break. If you have time for more, proceed.
  7. Take breaks. This one is hard, but if you take a break between activities, it truly helps you mind refocus. 
  8. Reward yourself. Accomplished your goals for the day? I find that Dove dark chocolate is the best reward. :)
  9. Take days off. Writing is my job, even if I'm not currently being paid. I take two days off every week, just like I would working a regular nine to five.
  10. Steal time. When you're in line, sitting in a waiting room, or have any moment of down time, pull up your phone's notes app and write. You can later incorporate those thoughts into your writing. I do a lot of short scene writing that I later use in projects. Every moment helps propel your goals, so go ahead and steal 'em.
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Blog Tour and Giveaway: CHARMING by Krystal Wade





Krystal Wade is back with a spine-tingling retelling of Cinderella!



In this edge-of-your seat, tension filled retelling of Cinderella, a vengeful schizophrenic pulls sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine into his dark world. She must make a choice: save her abusive, alcoholic father and bitter little sister and allow the only people who've treated Haley like family to die, or seek out the killer and save them all.

Charming by Krystal Wade
Release Date:
October 6, 2014 
204 pages
Title:
Charming 
Genre: 
Contemporary Young Adult Thriller
Publisher:
Curiosity Quills
Tropes: Fairy Tale Redux, Tortured Heroine, Kidnapping, Murder, Paranoia
Format: Digital eBook, Hardcover
ISBN: 9781620075340 / 9781620075364
Available at: Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Amazon
Synopsis: They say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and that's great . . . as long as you don't die.


Sixteen-year-old Haley Tremaine had it all: top-notch school, fantastic family, and a bright future, but all of that changed when an accident tore her family apart. Now, an alcoholic father, a bitter younger sister, and a cold headstone bearing her mother’s name are all she has left.


Chris Charming has it all: a powerful CEO for a father, a prestigious school, and a fortune at his fingertips, but none of that matters when he lands a reputation as a troublemaker. Struggling to follow in his father’s footsteps, he reaches out to the one person he believes truly sees him, the one person he wants: Haley.


Little do they know someone's determined to bring the two together, even if it means murder.



Excerpt


“Hey, kids.” Mrs. Charming stood by their feet, smiling down at them, still linked to her husband. “We should head out. Park closes at dark. Plus your dad and I have a movie to go see.”

Chris drove Haley back to his house; both sat quietly, leaning somewhat toward the center of the small Porsche. He pulled up next to Dad’s truck and sighed. “Thank you for being so good to them.”

“Chris—”

“No, I mean it.” Chris opened the truck door for her, then closed it as she slid onto the cold leather seat.

Haley rolled down the window and leaned on her elbow, so close to him, so freaking close. “They’re good people.”

And deserve better than me in their life.

“Most people treat them as if they’re just money bags from which to draw upon when they have a need.”

“I don’t need anything from them. I just want your family to be happy, you to be happy, Chris.”

“You’re different, Haley Tremaine.”

“So are you, Chris Charming.” Haley turned the key in the ignition, but the truck wouldn’t start. Cold, stabbing panic ripped apart her lungs.

“Guess I’ll need to walk.”

“You’re nuts if you think I’m letting you walk. Murderer on the loose, remember?” Laughing, Chris opened the door and took Haley by the hand, then guided her to the driver’s side of his car. “In fact, I’d really like you to drive.”

She smiled and snatched the keys. “Okay. Fine, but you better wear your seatbelt.”

He did, and she drove, and they laughed, winding down country roads, passing cars as though they sat still and Chris and Haley were in a speeding bullet. Haley downshifted and squealed the tires as she stopped in front of her house on Main Street. But when she glanced at the front of the house, her heart skidded to a halt.

Niles sat on her porch, bouquet of flowers in hand, scowling.

Author Bio:


Krystal Wade is happily married to the love of her life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. They live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day she wakes up to find herself stuck in traffic trying to get there. When she’s not working, commuting, or chasing after her three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find Krystal outside talking to her chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training her amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).
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