May 30, 2014

Cover Reveal - Pride by Rosie Somers

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Today I'm excited to share the cover of Rosie Somer's debut Novel. Pride is a young adult urban fantasy that will release this summer from Anaiah Press.
About Pride:
Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a visit from three men claiming to be defenders of fantastical rings imbued with the powers of THE CARDINAL SINS, her life is changed irrevocably.   Gabby is the steward of PRIDE   To make matters worse, she’s falling hard for fellow steward, Grant Barnett, and he hates her guts. Now Gabby has to learn to protect Pride without letting her feelings for Grant get in the way.
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Release Date:
9 September 2014
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About the Author
Rosie Somers is a YA author who lives in Florida, soaking up the year round sunshine. She can often be found in her favourite spot on her favourite beach, nose-deep in a good book.

May 29, 2014

Memorial Day 2014 AKA The Permanent Press Opossum

Memorial Day

Memorial day had something new and exciting in store for us, and it wasn't a BBQ or picnic. My hubby decided to wash all of his work clothes, so he could hang them immediately out of the dryer and not have to iron. Boy, did that backfire.

The washer finished and I went to pull out the clothes and put them in the dryer. When I hit start, it made a horrible noise and started to smell burnt. I got out some of the pants thinking the load was too heavy and tried again, only to hear the same noise and smell more burning. Not good. I called the hubby down to take a look and then went to watch the toddler.

He called me back down to listen to something, and all I heard was wind since it had been raining. We decided to open up the back of the dryer to see what was stuck in there. I looked in the tube (which smelled like fishing bait BTW) but didn't see anything.

Hubby: No, look in the dryer part.

Me: Okay, but if something was in there it woulda run out the back way. (I argued, thinking looking down the shaft was more important.)

So, I bent down to look into the hole at the back of the dryer and saw this:

Gaping maw of teeth hissing at my face.

To which I calmly, and rationally, responded: Husband dear, I believe we have an opossum taking residence in the back of our dryer.

Of course it came out more like "THERE'S A RAT IN MY DRYER. THERE'S A GIANT RAT IN MY DRYER!"

I figured out later it was not a rat, but an opossum. Rats don't hiss. Anyway, after we had plugged the hose back on and freaked out a bit, we decided to try to vacate Mr. or Ms. Opossum from our appliance. We tried to encourage it into a cat carrier. No go. We pushed the dryer to the door of the garage and beat it with a broom, kicked it, barked at it (dogs are predators of the little rascals), to try to make it leave. It got scared and then ya know, played possum to stay where it was. Then we put out cat food in a trail leading out of the garage to entice it to was happy as a clam to stay where it was.

Thankfully it left during the night and ate the cat food we had left for it. So, our little visitor got shelter from the rain and a good dinner on us. I hope you're happy Mr./Ms. Opossum because your little nest busted up my dryer so I had to get it fixed. Burning smell meant melting wiring and a huge fire hazard.

The dryer is repaired now, and we'll put a grate on the outside so additional critters can't climb into our house. I wonder if every future Memorial Day I'll remember our little visitor.

May 23, 2014

News from the cavern of wordsmithing

News about SCHISM 

Hurry up and wait! Yup. I'm on submission, so now it's a matter of sitting here twiddling my thumbs to hear back. The waiting is awful, and the worst part is that I know the longer I wait, the better it is. Why is a longer wait better?

Because rejections come fast, and if someone's gonna publish, they'll read the whole book and two or three other people (or rounds of people) have to read it and agree too. So, if one person reads some/most/all of it and doesn't want it, the rejection will come fast. I'm hoping to wait a long time, or at least a reasonable amount of time which means people have read and loved SCHISM.

News about UNITY

I finished the first draft of UNITY months ago and that's where it's set. I went on to write a couple of short stories. Maybe I'll post one of them here. I probably won't start on revisions for UNITY until SCHISM is under contract and I'm on a break for edits for it. After all, who wants to read a sequel/conclusion to a story if the first half isn't available. :-)

News about HANA

I bet you're wondering what that is. HANA is the working title of my newest book! *shiny new toy* Unfortunately, I'm not ready to draft yet, so HANA is literally just a title for a collection of bullet points and brainstorming. I've begun my notes sheets, and world building is well underway. I'm about to start on character creation which will lead me into plotting, outlining, scene setting, and then drafting.

May 22, 2014

Blogging for real, I swear! (Or at least will try to)

So remember in that previous post where I said I was going to blog regularly? Obviously that failed. I simply have a hard time coming up with stuff to write about my life. What should I blog about today? I dunno...dinner? Do I want to write that we went to the park in the morning or that my toddler threw an epic fit?

Well, I'm going to try harder everyone, and now I think I have a place for more inspiration. My new job!

I recently signed on to be a Senior Editor for Anaiah Press. I'm over the Surge imprint, which is for upper Young Adult and New Adult books. I'm very excited to be part of the team, and hopefully I'll have my first book to work on soon. I did an interview on the Anaiah Press Blog which you can see here.

In other news:

My own book is on submission to a few small presses. I really hope it works out, and if not, I'm already into world building for my next project. It will be so awesome! I'll post some teasers about my new world and my new book soon.