12.07.2016

#IWSG heading over the hill...and my writing plan, even in my old age (wink)


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time - and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG

And we’re revving up IWSG Day to make it more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.
The awesome co-hosts for the December 7 posting of the IWSG will be Jennifer Hawes, Jen Chandler, Nick Wilford, Juneta Key, JH Moncrieff, Diane Burton, and MJ Fifield!

December 7 Question: In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there?

In less than a month, I'll be 40. It's a hard birthday for me, not because of my age, really, but because I used to only celebrate my birthday because my mom wanted me to. She'd ask to have my husband, boys, and my over for dinner, or make sure to pester me enough that we'd set a going-out-to-eat dinner date. And she'd always make sure to get me cake and gifts. 

After my mom died in March 2015, I dreaded my 2016 birthday. So, the thought of celebrating my 40th next month, in 2017, is less fun, even though my cousins and friends are excited about it. Love them. 

So, I decided to release my first book on that day, so that I'd have something to look forward to. I figured I could wake up thinking, I'm a published author, instead of, I'm forty. And also, I figured celebrating could be more for that than for my birthday. 😉  I was really thinking ahead.

Now that that book is out/about out (cuz who knew clicking "Approve Proof" meant "Publish and Send out to the World?") my plan for this upcoming year is to publish at least two more books and one novella in its (Kingdom Come) series. I'd also planned to work on publishing or querying two contemporary titles (The book that's out is paranormal.), but now I'm thinking I'd like to begin another trilogy, a prequel trilogy, in the Kingdom Come series. So, I'm certain I'll be spending 2017-2018 on making a name as an author and working to make this series successful.  Beyond that, I do have my contemporary novels that I need to either release or query, and the decision to be made if I release them myself is whether or not to release them under my current pen name, or another name since they'll be a different genre...unless I spice them up with some angels!

So..the plan. Write. Write. Write. Market. Research. Love every step of the way. Repeat. 

I've got to run because I started this post late and it's time for work. Otherwise I'm sure I'd have written more.

My plan seems kind of flimsy so I'll have to put together a better one. Don't tell Susan Kaye Quinn about my lack of a plan! I'm just setting myself up for failure! Eek!  Research plan part one: visit you all to get better plan ideas!!!

Christy

12.04.2016

Squeee!!! It's FINALLY Cover Reveal Day for WHEN ASH RAINS DOWN!!!


Here it is! The cover I've been waiting to share with you for a very, very long time. 

Scroll down to see the full paperback cover, to take an angel quiz (Just what kind of angel would YOU be?), to view a brand new book trailer, and to learn how to WIN free books and swag!

11.22.2016

Author Promotion on Facebook--Spots Available!

Hi all!

Welp. NaNoWriMo will have to be in December for me. I haven't started. BUT I have been very, very busy with other book-related projects, so I have a good reason for zero wordage. Really. The words will get written!

I've been completing final edits for When Ash Rains Down for my pen name, Cecelia Earl.
I've created a fun quiz for my Cover Reveal event on Facebook.
I've created some Meet the Character posts for the same event.

Aaaaaaannndd...I've started lining up some writing, author, and blogger friends to post during my Facebook Cover Reveal Event!  I'd love it if you joined me too.  I have open slots!!!! Say yes! It'll be fun. I promise!!


It's December 4. A Sunday. All day, but the author promotions are scheduled for 4-9 PM CST. I know it's the weekend after Thanksgiving and weeks before Christmas and you might still have to shop and clean and host family. I understand. But also, know this:

All you'd need to write is a short Facebook post, like a paragraph, about something writing, blogging, reading, publishing, design-related...or write something fun for readers! And pop on the Facebook event page during your time slot and post it to the Discussion wall.  That's it! If you want to hang around for 15-30 minutes in case anyone comments, you can, but you don't have to! I'll be there. 

What can your post be about? You can write about your favorite vacation spot (maybe it influenced the setting in your novel) or your favorite music (maybe your novel has a playlist) or your favorite food (characters sometimes eat, right?) or anything at all to entertain. I'm not looking for any one age group or genre because many of my family, friends, and colleagues will be popping in at the event and their reading preferences are varied. I want them to discover you all and enjoy you and your writing as much as I do!

I'll create a banner/ad for you, like these.  And on the day of the reveal, around the time of your post, I'll post an image of your book(s) with descriptions and maybe some reviews from Amazon or Goodreads with linkage.

So...let me know if you'd be interested in posting during a 15-minute or 30-minute time slot between 4 and 9 PM CST on Sunday, December 4 (Or any time, really. I'll be posting all day 5 AM through midnight!).  Email me nc_hintz@yahoo.com OR reply in the comments OR message me on Facebook OR Twitter. (@ericaandchristy OR @authorcecelia)

Here are some of the Facebook posts I've made for some authors so far, 
examples of some topics and how I'd share your post time with readers.






Here's the deal with the Cover Reveal event.

Here's the schedule for the day.


In addition to mugs, bookmarks, and giveaways of When Ash Rains Down, 
I'll be giving away favorite paranormal/angel books 
to those in attendance and especially those who interact during the posts.


Thanks all. Happy Thanksgiving (if you're in the US) and Happy Week to all!
Christy

11.14.2016

Here's how to receive an advanced reader e-copy!

Advanced reader e-copies of When Ash Rains Down are now available to all my newsletter subscribers! As soon as you sign up with your email address, you'll receive a confirmation email that includes the link to the ARC!  
When Ash Rains Down is a paranormal novel for young adults. It will be available exclusively through Amazon on January 4, 2017. I'll be revealing my cover on December 4 with an all-day Facebook event.  YA Bound Book Tours is also hosting my reveal, so if you'd like to participate in the fun, you can sign up at their site here!
Being crowned homecoming queen and enduring a week at the center of her classmates' attention is eighteen-year-old Julia White’s worst nightmare—even with Cole, her long-time crush, as her date. But when Julia is attacked by a green-blooded demon that vanishes in a plume of smoke, she comes face to face with what real nightmares look like—in the flesh, and all of the homecoming stuff hardly matters anymore.

As a frightening wave of crime infiltrates her small Wisconsin town, Julia tries to avoid Nicholas, a brooding, infuriating relative of Cole’s, who insists she’s the reason behind the corruption. He claims the culprits are demons who are after powers that only she—a human-angel hybrid—possesses. It’s unbelievable, of course, until he takes her to a hidden battlefield where warrior angels train to fight soul-siphoning demons—and her own angelic wings unfold.

When angels and demons draw battle lines, endangering everyone in their way, Julia has to find a way to protect them all, including herself. Because as it turns out, she’s the devil's most powerful weapon against the angels, and he’ll stop at nothing to claim her. 

The final battle between Heaven and Hell has begun.

11.11.2016

It's RELEASE DAY for A.A. Chamberlynn's HUNTRESS FOUND!!

It's release day for Alexia Chamberlynn's HUNTRESS FOUND! 

I am so in love with this cover and am loving the story just as much. 

In fact, I recently got so lost in the pages I didn't get as far as I needed to on my final edits and I ended up putting off getting report cards done (I'm a first grade teacher) until waaaaaay too late in the evening, but it was the BEST kind of getting lost and the BEST way to procrastinate!

And now you can get lost in this new story too! And, what perfect timing...IT'S THE WEEKEND! 



Huntress Found is the first book in A.A. Chamberlynn's Timekeeper's War series. 
It's a New Adult Contemporary Fantasy, Mythology Mashup with Sci-Fi and Steampunk--
and it's ONLY 99 CENTS!!

Description

From the author of the bestselling Zyan Star fantasy series comes a new world of magic...

Evryn’s got mad skills at playing hide and seek. She can find lost children, hack the most secure databases, pretty much anything. Except for the one thing she desires most: the knowledge of who her parents are, why they abandoned her, and what her special talent means about who and what she really is.

So, when a guy named Seeker appears quite literally out of nowhere, claiming to know about her past and offering her a job, Evryn can’t say yes fast enough. Even if it does mean following him to another realm. As in, mind-blowingly, not Earth. Apparently she’s part of an elite clan of Hunters descending from Artemis who can find just about anything in all of time and space. As the last of Artemis’ direct lineage, Evryn is her clan’s best shot at finding a lost city before rival clans do.

Not just any city, but the flying, realm-hopping city of Skye. Aboard Skye is the Artifex, a magical device with the power to create or destroy worlds. Everyone wants the device, and with Evryn’s super-powered lineage, it means everyone wants her, too. It’s hard to decide who she can trust, even within her own clan. After she discovers a strange, alluring connection to the Artifex, she’s not even sure she can trust herself. Worse yet, the only person who may be able to help her is the Timekeeper, the sadistic ancient being who created the Artifex. An interdimensional war is brewing, and Evryn is right at the epicenter of it all.

Let the hunt begin.

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I ALMOST FORGOT TO TELL YOU! IN HONOR OF THIS RELEASE AND HER BIRTHDAY, ALEXIA IS GIVING AWAY A $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD! GO TO HER BLOG TO ENTER!

So, go and spend your weekend reading and then come back and tell me what you thought of Huntress Found

Have you gotten so lost in a good story lately that you didn't get the work done you were supposed to be doing? I'd love to hear about the story and your incomplete work.  Share in the comments!

Christy