Sick :(

So I had started a post last weekend i was super excited about, but I’m officially sick! A bad sinus infection and a horrible stomach…I’ve actually been trying to fight it for nearly a month now on my own since I’m borderline doctor phobic but I was dragged kicking and screaming went to the doctor like a big girl last Sunday and got meds which are super strong… so hoping to be back to myself soon!

I’ll be visiting you guys though, as all your blogs cheer me up! See you soon! xoxo

p.s. to anyone following my progress with my Write Every Single Day new year’s resolution: I’m still going strong! Not sure how honestly, but I manage to get in a sentence/paragraph or two every day even feeling like crap…granted I’m not sure how good the sentences have been but it’s something!

My Writing Wish List!

I’ve never done one of these before, and always thought it would be fun! So here are the top things I want to see in the course of my writing career:

1) A book signing. And no, it doesn’t have to look like a One Direction concert.

Just knowing a few people loved my book enough to want to have it signed would make me so happy!

2. Receive some kind of art from a reader, a letter, or a sketch of my characters! It must be the best feeling.

3. To be a question in Trivia Crack.

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4. I know how excited I get when a book’s about to drop from a fav author, I would love for someone to be that pumped for one of my books. I’d be happy with vague interest too!

5. Pure pipe dream but here it goes: I have always wanted a book launch so big it demands a Cupcake Wars episode, where I could go on the show and be a judge as bakers battle it out to have their cupcakes displayed at my launch party.

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What’s on your writing wish list??

Distractions

I’m a creature of habit, and can only really write in my own bedroom. But lately things have been a bit insane at my house (re: people in and out all the live long day) which means writing time has been hard.

I’ve still stuck to my new year’s resolution of writing every day, but I’m just barely getting by. Sure, some distractions are okay, like a great TV show or a cute kitten that wants to play or cuddle (or just randomly pose like a model.)

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I wish I could write in cafes, but I can’t. I’m always in awe of anyone that can pull that off, since it seems like ADD-city to me. So I’ve been trying to attempt to work through strangers popping in and out of my work space all day.

Pretty soon a week’s gone by and I’ve barely hit a thousand words and I feel like 10 more years will pass and I’ll be all

I can really see why a lot of writers make sure they have an office, or create a specific work-vibe area that isn’t just a room. Maybe the more serious the setting, the more seriously people will take you? But then I think of Carrie Bradshaw. Sure she was fictional in every sense of the word (what writer has the money for one Manolo Blahnik let alone a closet full?), but she worked from her bedroom and it was fine.

I’ve always said if I had the money, I’d book a hotel room and write. But the operative word here is money, and frankly, I’m unfamiliar with the stuff.

The problem is, the more the distractions, the less I want to even bother trying, and the more I search for excuses to do other things.

 

So what’s your biggest distraction when you write and how do you deal??

Interview with Sioux Trett!

I am SO pumped to have Sioux here today to talk with me about her book DRAWN IN, the cover, fav manuscript moments, and, of course, dessert.

 

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Hi Beth! I’m so excited to be on your blog today–thanks so much for having me here!

1.  I remember reading a bit of your story from the 777 tag, and loved Rennie instantly! What do you love the most about her?

Thank you! That makes me so happy to hear—I love her too! I think my favourite things about Rennie are her humor (much like me, she is fluent in Sarcasm), and her ability to adapt and grow. She has been through a rough time and has basically ignored how that’s affected her, but as the story goes on we get to see her grow in confidence and in action—most of the time without her even realizing it. I love that for her.

2. I am completely enamored with how covers come to be, and you know how I feel about yours! It’s incredible. Tell us about that process, and how you felt when you first saw the cover.

Oh my goodness, my cover. I love it so much, and I’m thrilled that it has resonated with so many people! The process was… unconventional? Yeah, we’ll go with that. I had decided long ago to hire a great cover artist, because I’m all about a gorgeous cover, and that is one of the huge perks to self-publishing is getting to choose every last detail. So I had it narrowed down to two great sites that I was considering, and then on a whim I asked my super talented friend Leslie to see what she would come up with (just to sort of give me a jumping off point—see what I wanted and didn’t want, be able to edit with someone I was comfortable with, that kind of thing). She sent me one idea and it had potential. We chatted a bit, and she came back with My Cover. I had instant goosebumps. It took my breath away that she nailed it so perfectly.

3. Can you share a favorite line or moment from DRAWN IN?

I do! I have a few of them, so I’m really glad that you asked me this. *happy dance* This one is when Alex and Rennie are on their first date. Rennie has rather timid taste buds and doesn’t venture into exotic cuisine much. Alex, not knowing this about her yet, takes her to sushi (and by the way, the restaurant he takes her to is one of my personal favourites in real life… just a little insider secret there). Rennie confesses that she’s a little afraid of Japanese food, and has no idea what to order. Here’s what happens…

“Maybe I’ll let you do the ordering for both of us. If that isn’t too old-fashioned and weird.”

He smiles at me, a twinkle in his eye. “You trust me that much?”

“I do,” I reply without hesitation.

“Okay, then. I’d be happy to.”

“Great,” I sigh with relief. “But no raw fish, okay? I really can’t face that.”

“No raw fish,” he echoes.

“And no caterpillar.”

He looks confused so I point it out on the menu. He laughs, a mouth-open, eyes closed, full-bodied belly laugh, and any tension that was hanging between us melts. “I’m sorry,” he says when he can talk again. “I don’t mean to make fun, but you are just so cute. I promise there are no insects of any kind on the menu. It’s just covered in avocado, so it looks like a caterpillar.”

“Oh,” I say, laughing with him. “I’ve seen those travel shows where they go to Asian markets and they have bugs on sticks, deep-fried as snacks. It didn’t seem like such a leap.”

“No, you’re right. I’ve seen those shows too.” He studies the menu again while I study him. He really is beautiful. Then he gives me a quick glance and I can tell he’s trying not to laugh again. “Just so you know, the dragon roll doesn’t contain any real dragon either.”

I throw my napkin at him.

4. Do you plot your novels or pants them?

I’ve tried to be a plotter, but I am definitely a pantser! I felt for a long time that I wasn’t doing it right or that this wasn’t a “legit” way to write. But not long ago, I realized that if I diagram and outline and notecard the poor plot to death, by the time I go to write it, the magic is gone. It feels like I’m just connecting dots that are already laid out for me, and I just don’t function well that way. And neither do my characters! What I’ve started to do now is just jot down notes and ideas as they occur to me. It feels much more organic that way, and it makes the process go much more smoothly for me.

5. I love a good love interest! What makes Alex special?

Oh, Alex McKinley. Well, aside from being very nice to look at (‘cos really, what good love interest isn’t?), he’s also funny and sweet, he’s a gentleman and knows how to treat a girl, and he really understands what makes Rennie tick. He can also keep up with her geek side, and her literary side, and can even quote Shakespeare in conversation without sounding too cheesy. There’s also the fact that he has a bit of secret… did I mention he travels through time?

FUN RANDOM QUESTION TIME!

cookies, brownies, or ice cream?

As my former roommate and I used to say, “What is this OR you speak of?” Haha! Okay, well if cupcakes were on the list it would be a no-brainer. But as it is, I think I would go with ice cream. My favourites are Superior Dairy from Hanford California (any flavor!), or Thrifty brand Double Chocolate Malted Crunch, or my dad’s homemade peach or blackberry.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog!!  I had so much fun getting to chat with you!

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Sioux was awesome enough to bring a gift! One commenter will win this gorgeous scrabble tile pendant…it could also be a zip pull…it’s definitely versaTILE (I’m here all week)…seriously how gorgeous is this?

 

Bio:

 

Sioux Trett was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California (the setting of Drawn In). She graduated from college in Oregon, and  now makes her home in the beautiful Ozarks. When she’s not writing or reading, she can be found traveling, playing with the cutest puppy on the planet, or obsessing over things like Doctor Who, manicures, and Starbucks. Find more at her blog siouxtrett.wordpress.com.

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The Darkness Within by Kelly Hashway!

 

The Darkness Within Blurb:

After dying of cancer at seventeen and being brought back to life by an evil witch who turned her into a monster, Samantha Thompson thinks she’s finally gotten past all the tragedy in her life. Now she’s part of a coven of good witches who are helping her and her boyfriend, Ethan Anderson, learn to use the powers they received from other witches. Aside from the fact that Sam and Ethan are still in hiding from their old lives–the ones they had before Sam was brought back to life–things couldn’t be better. Sam and Ethan are inseparable. What could go wrong? Magic. Ethan’s magic came from a witch who’d turned as evil as possible, and though his coven thought he’d be fine, the more he uses his magic, the stranger he starts acting. The magic inside him is changing who he is. One minute he’s Sam’s sweet, perfect Ethan and the next, he’s a complete stranger. Even with all her witchy power, Sam is helpless against the magic corrupting Ethan. Can Sam find out what’s wrong with him before she loses him to dark magic forever?”

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Author Bio:

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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I’m so excited for Kelly on the release! Congratulations!!

this looks like the perfect book to read in this weather, b/c IT’S STILL SNOWING IN NEW YORK. Like, snow on top of snow on top of snow…

hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!