Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WIP: The Movie! March 9, 2012

Why hello there, my friends!  I am participating in a blog hop on March 9th called WIP:  The Movie!

I am so very excited about this and I hope a few of you out there will join the fun as well and hop over to my blog and check out my post on the 9th!

Now you all may be wondering what this blog hop is about.  Well it is hosted by the lovely blogs of Rachel at The Writing on the Wall and Kyra from Write Here, Write Now and it's an opportunity to showcase some of our characters from our WIPs or Writing in Progress!

We are supposed to post a picture of a character or as many as we want from our writing and post a song from our soundtrack.

Now any of you who read my "Crimson Hunt" excerpt saw that I do indeed have a soundtrack already posted there, well when I do my song post I will let you all know why I picked it.

So head over to those blogs for more information and check me out on March 9th to see which mystery character I will post.  There may even be a special bonus featuring this character as well so check out to see what I have in store!

Don't forget about my Hunger Games Trilogy Giveaway!

Monday, February 20, 2012

My Moo Cards!

So I'm very excited because my moo cards came in!

You're probably thinking what the heck is a moo card?  Well it's a little company that makes business cards and not just business cards, but cute as hell business cards.

I first heard about this company on Getting Personal with Carrie blog when she ordered her moo cards.  Check her out she's got a great site!

And since I am going to Chicago's Spring Fling Writer's Conference I knew I would need some cards to market myself when I hob knob with the big wigs.  So here's mine:

How very exciting ;D

What do you think?  I themed them a little bit after my blog and I think they turned out well!  Just wanted to share with ya'll lovelies and click the moo pic to go to the site.  I got 100 for 19.99 with free shipping so not too bad at all!

Don't forget about my Hunger Games Trilogy Giveaway!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

How Much Smexy Is Too Smexy???

So I went to my local RWA meeting yesterday (shout out to the Prairie Hearts! :D)  and the topic of the appropriate amount of smexy that one should use in their writing came up during a presentation by one of my Prairie sisters, Robyn.  It was a great presentation and it got me thinking . . . what is the acceptable level and how often should the smexy, smexy occur?

I write New Adult of course and this may come as a surprise to some, but college students-- now pull in really close so you can hear this---have sex *whispers*  I know it's insane!  This fact is indeed true.  Some more than others, but it is occurring just the same.

Now when I think about the high level romance YA novels I have read, basically anything by Simone Elkeles or Jennifer Echols, they have STEAMY scenes and these kids are in high school, so what's good for a New Adult?

I want to be conscious of the reader, but at the same time put the level that I enjoy reading as well.  You would think that when writing a novel about 20 somethings! there are no rules for this, but there really are.  You don't want to offend anyone, but at the same time you don't want to be unrealistic. 

New Adult is not Adult fiction writing.  These 20 somethings! have different worries and responsibilities and graphic sex is not necessarily what people want to read or see, but sweet "close door" isn't necessarily it either.

I enjoy Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster and S.C. Stephens' Thoughtless as far as a good example for our New Adults, but some might think it's a little too smexy.

I guess it's all subjective, but I am curious about all you readers and writers out there.  What's your "smexy" level?  Do you enjoy "close door," Euphemism City smexy scenes,  partially descriptive smexy, no holds barred, or do you just breeze over them entirely?  

Thursday, February 2, 2012

I Wrote a Novella!

Well everyone I did it!  I started my novella last Thursday, a short 40,000 word work based on two of my characters to the sequel of my manuscript The Crimson Hunt, and I wrote the last word on the page today!  I laughed, I cried, but most of all--I finished!

I didn't know how easy this would be for me to do.  I was used to writing 90,000 word count books with the handy Snowflake Method that I use and wasn't quite sure if I could trim, trim, trim enough to write a book at 40,000 words and it still make sense and be well written...well I did it!

I'm so excited and when I finally get these books out the door for "Crimson" I would like to send off the novella as a companion.  And it is super funny, if I do say so myself :)  It actually ended up being a Romantic Comedy and "Crimson" is more of an action/adventure love story, so I was surprised by the direction of where this one went, but it turned out well!

I wrote from 4 POV's and OMG writing as a 23-year-old male...I thought 20 something! females were crazy!  Who says men aren't emotional???  Because they are!  lol.  Just wanted to let everyone know.  I'm so excited :)



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