Check Me Out at The Library

I have just confirmed that I will be making an appearance at the Bacon Free Library* in South Natick, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, September 16 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The title of the little shindig is: “So You Wanna Be A Writer?” It’s free and open to all, and I’ll be sharing information about how to get started writing and about different paths to publication. Of course, I’ll sprinkle in a liberal amount of personal anecdotes about how THREE WISHES was born and found its home.

For more info, visit www.baconfreelibrary.net.

Can’t wait!

*Despite its name, the Bacon Free Library welcomes carnivores as well as vegetarians. There is no hyphen between bacon and free.

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Return to the Planet of the Earth

. . . because it’s not (yet?) the planet of the apes.

Thanks, NASA, for the public domain photo. Our tax dollars at work.

So, I didn’t really go into orbit, but it kind of felt like it. I’ve already moaned on about how my new (awesome!) job was cutting into my writing time during the school year, and how I hoped that the summer would offer me more chances to catch up on my writing.

Ha ha ho ho hee hee yeah.

Best-laid plans, blah blah blah.

Not only have I not (consistently) gotten back on my writing horse, I have struggled to keep to any kind of schedule at all. But I have had some awesome vacations, camping all over the northeast. (It’s hard to complain about vacations! And I came up with a couple of fun new story ideas, too, so vacation is good for that. NaNoWriMo 2014, here I come!)

Regardless, I have made some progress on A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR HOUSES, and am now about a third of the way through my rewrites. Maybe even further, if I think about it hard. But my intention was to be much farther along, so I can’t help but feeling a little disappointed. I guess the best thing to do is buckle down!

A few weeks left before school starts. I’d like to get our great room painted and my book at least another third finished by then.

 

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Doin’ The Blog Hop: Sucker Literary’s Vol. III Release

There’s this cool anthology of paranormal romance YA fiction (totally my thing!) called Sucker Literary, and they’ve just released their third volume. Here’s their cover, and check out more information on Goodreads.Image

The marvelous Krysten Lindsay Hager, a fellow Astraea Press author, invited me to hop with her. Can’t wait to read her book!! She tagged me last week, and here’s her bio:

Krysten Lindsay Hager is an author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She gets more excited when an author she loves, “friends” or follows her on a social media site now than she did when she got asked for her phone number by a cute guy back in high school. She’s worked as a journalist and also writes middle grade, YA, and adult fiction. Her debut novel, TRUE COLORS, will be out June 17th from Astraea Press. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. You can see what she’s up to at: ww.krystenlindsay.com.

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And for a little about me . . .

1)      What am I working on?

Right now I haven’t been writing much, though my official work-in-progress is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet set in present-day D.C. and told from the P.O.V. of Paris and Rosaline.

I’m still adjusting to my new, full-time job as a school librarian. It’s awesome, but for my writing’s sake I’m looking forward to summer. Outside of librarian-ing (so not a word), I’m freelance editing an amazing adult science fiction/thriller/romance that I can’t wait for the rest of the world to get to read! It’s that good. Yeah. And the author has been great to work with.

2)      How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My writing is definitely a reflection of who I am, so therefore it’s different from anyone else’s (isn’t that convenient!). I’m working on pushing myself outside of my normal boundaries, though, and not shying away from the tragedy in the ending of R&J.

3)      Why do I write what I do?

Once you’ve started writing, you start seeing everything as a potential story. Some of them keep pestering you to be told. Sometimes there are characters who just won’t leave you alone until you start putting them down on paper–or screen. I never know which idea is going to hit me hard. I’ve had a couple of stories percolating that haven’t yet shouted at me, and I’m just in a holding pattern with those. It’s always fun to see what is going to be my next manuscript.

4)      How does my writing process work?

I wish, I truly do, that I had some foolproof system. But what seems to work best for me is to think, think, think about my story for a while, and then write it all during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which happens every November. I’ve done it three years in a row. Then I take the rest of the year for rewrites and revising, sometimes with more success than others. We’ll see how working full-time will affect my writing in the long-term. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will all work out.

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And the next hopper is Anne B. Cole, my critique partner, whose book was just published last month! Souls Entwined, released April 30 from Soul Mate Publishing, is Anne B. Cole’s debut release, combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a New Adult novel attractive to a wide range of readers.

In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-two years. Her love for making fresh baked goodies, running, hiking, historical fiction, and her three pet cats continue to be her inspiration while she pens the sequel to Souls Entwined. Find her on her WebsiteTwitter, or Facebook!

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Join me on #k8chat tonight!

You know me–I know everything about everything.

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Photo by Matthew Bowden.
Silly lady, your screen is blank.

Okay, maybe not.

But I do know a little bit about being an intern, both for a literary agent (Michelle Johnson) and for a publisher (Spencer Hill’s Reading With Me program). So the fabulous Kate Tilton asked me to share my insights with the Twitterverse, and it’s scheduled for TONIGHT at 9 EST!

This is what Kate said on her blog:

#K8chat is a weekly chat for authors AND readers. Every week we join together to talk about a new book/publishing topic, usually with an awesome special guest and prizes! #k8chat is held every Thursday at 9pm Eastern. You can check out our previous chats log on the #K8chat page.

This week on #K8chat I (@K8Tilton) will be joined by guest Deborah Kreiser (@DeborahKreiser). If you have ever looked into working in publishing, this is a chat for you! Deborah and I will be talking about publishing internships and answering all your questions. So hop on over!

Hope you can join us!

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Cover reveal for LABYRINTH SOCIETY: THE VERSAILLES VENDETTA by Angie Kelly!

I am so pleased to be a part of the cover reveal for Angie Kelly’s forthcoming book from Astraea Press,

LABYRINTH SOCIETY: THE VERSAILLES VENDETTA!

Look at this cool cover!

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And doesn’t the book sound awesome? Check it out:

When 12 year-old Mia Cornell is sent to live at the Tarpley Estate, her ninth foster home, she has no idea what she’s in for. Having a kind but mysterious foster mother and three quirky foster sisters is all well and good. Discovering that her new family is a secret society—they use a portal in their garden labyrinth to travel the globe seeking lost art, artifacts, and OSOs (objects of supernatural origin)—is something else entirely.

Mia barely has time to wrap her head around the truth when the Society’s latest job, tracking down Marie Antoinette’s necklace, goes sideways. Mia and her new siblings—Tomi, the historian; Devon, the hacker; and Lily, the muscle—must use their wits, plus a few cool OSOs filched from the Society’s vault, to stay a step ahead of a sinister enemy from their foster mother’s past. But just how far back does Mrs. Tarpley’s past go? And will Mia stand by her new family or cut and run when they need her the most?

Coming May 27th from Astraea Press!

Twitter: http://twitter.com/AngieKellyBks

Blog: http://angiekelly.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/angiekellybks/labyrinth-society/

Author Biography:

Angie Kelly is the pseudonym of a former member of the Labyrinth Society. When she’s not writing about her adventures, or reading about other people’s adventures, she’s busy traveling the world and indulging her inner twelve year-old. Although she was last sighted lurking around the British Museum after hours, her current whereabouts are unknown.

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This Writer’s Space: Deborah Kreiser

deborahkreiser:

So much fun to be a guest blogger!

Originally posted on Cassandra Page:

This Writer's Space
Today on This Writer’s Space I have Deborah Kreiser, whose debut novel, Three Wishes, came out on 15 April. Because the cover is so sexy, I’m going to include it at the bottom of the post. Over to you, Deborah!
Thank you, Cassandra, for having me on your blog! This was so much fun to write.

Where I Write

I wish I could say something exciting about where I write. I do have a little desk set up in the kitchen where I *sometimes* do my writing, but the chair is hard and it’s not really ideal. Besides, I often write in the evenings, and what better place than sitting next to my loving husband on our comfy family room couch? You can’t see it in the picture, but we have a TV and a woodstove in there, too, so he’ll watch his shows while I work and we’ll…

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Freelancing as a Bird

So, I’m not literally pretending to be a bird! Image

But I have just started doing some freelance editing, and my first gig is a doozy. Both in terms of length (113k words–about 400ish pages) and in terms of story (awesome!!!).

Of course, I can’t give you any details, but let me just say, this one is going to blow everyone’s socks off when it’s published. I believe that will be sometime later this year.

It’s won multiple awards, and no surprise. As a sci-fi/thriller/steamy romance, it hits ALL of the buttons.

“But, Deborah!” you might say. “Didn’t you just start your new librarian job? And your first book just came out? And you still want time for your family and your own writing!”

Sigh.

Yes, yes, and yes. Not to mention I’m an intern for Reading With Me (Spencer Hill Press), and have all of my own social media that I’m trying to keep up with. And I just got back from an awesome week-long vacation with my kids, which put me further behind on everything.

I’m crazy, and I know it. It’s hard for me to say no to great opportunities, though, which makes for long periods of insanity in my house. Hopefully, I will just ride the wave of stress until we’re all back to (relatively) normal.

At least I get to edit an amazing book while I’m at it! I cannot wait to share the details when it’s published.

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