The Next Big Thing

I have been unofficially tagged in this wonderful writing meme by one of the #PitchWars Mentors, Dahlia Adler. I say unofficially because she suggested anyone who is going to do the #PitchWars should do this meme or one like it. I asked for an example and she obliged by sending me a link to hers=)

[UPDATE: She officially tagged me and a few others via Twitter! 😉 ]

So, here goes.

1. What is the title of your book?

The Gifted

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

I’ve talked about this a bit before, but it was basically my wondering what would happen if a girl from our world ended up in the world created by Robert Jordan and his Wheel of Time series.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

YA Contemporary Fantasy

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

What a question! This is something I haven’t really thought about, but it looks like it’s time… Hmmm

My main character, Jane, would probably be played by a young Kristin Kreuk. Think Smallville young. She’s innocent, smart, and doesn’t take BS from anyone.

For her love interest, Daniel, I had to choose Stephen Amell. Of course, he would have to be younger… For her. I’m just fine with him the way he is, but we’re going for someone my MC’s age.

For Jane’s Grandmother, Elizabeth, there is not one I could think of other than Helen Mirren. There’s a timeless beauty and regal quality to her that just fits perfectly.

Blythe Danner would be perfect as Helen, Elizabeth’s younger sister and Jane’s Aunt.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Jane’s life turns upside-down when she ends up in a world where magic is real and someone wants to kill her.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

That is a good question! I plan on querying agents, but I haven’t ruled out self-publishing as a possibility.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

It took me about a year. There was a long break in there where I wrote another book for NaNo 2011.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

That is a good question. There’s Harry Potter, in the fact that my MC enters a world filled with magic, though it isn’t hidden within OUR world. Then there’s The Wheel of Time series which gave me the idea, though mine is more contemporary fantasy instead of epic fantasy. So… Yeah.

9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Aside from the answer to number 2, once I came up with the idea, I just sat down and started writing it.

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

There are tyrants, assassination attempts, family discord, an exploding forest, talking horses, and three thousand people killed in one go just to name a few extra tidbits. Also, there’s no insta-love between my MC and her love interest.

So, that’s it. I’m supposed to tag others, but I’ll leave that up to others interested in #PitchWars=) And. Ya know… Anyone else who wants to as well=)

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Saturday Prompt

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Prompt. It’s easy. Take a look at the sentence, take a look at the picture, and see what story you can come up with. You can use one or both prompts, it’s completely up to you. If you would like to share what you’ve come up with in the comments, everyone would love to see it! Or, if you prefer to post it on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so we can come check it out! Have a happy Saturday, everyone 🙂

Sentence

Thunder rumbled all around.

Picture

by Dave Farmer via WANA Commons on Flickr.com (CC)

(NaNoWriMo Update – 33,408 words written)

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Busy Sickly Weeks and a Happy Birthday to Little Man!

My week so far has been full of crazy. I’ve gotten very little done on my NaNo Project as you can see:

Five straight days of no writing so far. I’m hoping to fix this tonight (after Grimm, of course) but we’ll have to see how that goes. I’m sick right now. I woke up this morning with a raging cold that has left me hazy in the worst possible of ways. So, if this post makes absolutely no sense, blame the DayQuil.

One of the main reasons I haven’t gotten a lot done in the writing front is because Little Man celebrated his fourth birthday on Tuesday!!

The first part of his celebration was breakfast with his Aunt:

If she sees this, you will probably never hear from me again. But Little Man loves his Aunt and the chocolate chip pancakes she made him=)

After the birthday breakfast, Little Man decided he wanted to spend the day with Grampa, so off he went for a day of fun giving me the time needed to get his cake made.

The Cake

I’m pretty sure he had a good day=) Now, join us in singing him a happy birthday song!!

 

OH!! And don’t forget to grab the badge on the right side bar! The HTML for it is directly under it. Just copy and paste=)

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Thirsty Thursday Blog Roundup: #NaNoWriMo 2012 Edition Week 3

It’s NaNoWriMo time, a month in which millions of writers around the world attempt to write 50,000 words in one month. I am participating, which means the time I usually have to collect links for your perusal is what I use to finish all the rewrites on The Changeling. For that reason, during the month of November, there will only be FIVE links included in the Thirsty Thursday Blog Roundup every week. The first week of December will see the number of links I usually include (SO MANY!!).

Now, on with the links!!

For those of you participating in NaNo this year, you can buddy up with me if you would like=) Follow this link to my profile;-)

Good luck on your 50,000!

(As of right now I have 32,516 words toward the end goal!)

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Cover Reveal: Book 1 in The 13th Floor Series, 1301

As you may have noticed, I prettied up my blog a bit and I thought what better way to celebrate the reveal of the new look with another reveal!

Today I am thrilled to help with the cover reveal for 1301: The Marquis, the first book in The 13th Floor series by Christine Rains.

The cover is gorgeous and I think you’re going to love it just as much as I do;-) So, without further ado:

Like I said, gorgeous!

Now, for a little more info on 1301:

Life after Hell isn’t more exciting than watching football and fixing a busted pipe. Once a powerful demon, Marc enjoys his quiet existence and a good cup of coffee. With big ambitions to gain his master’s favor, a trickster demon named Vetis shatters Marc’s peace and vows to deliver Marc’s head to the fires of Hell. Not before he destroys everything Marc cares about, of course.

Marc’s power has diminished over the years. Heaven will never grant him absolution, and he refuses to return to Hell. Running isn’t an option. The city of Carmine is his territory. It’s also home to his favorite cafe owner, Mae Hopkins. The dame has a lovely smile, but it’s her heart and soul that shine bright.

While his city burns and his love is captured, Marc must decide to surrender or let hate and anger fuel him to become the fearsome beast he so loathes: The Marquis. If the Marquis rises, Vetis can be defeated and Mae saved, but Marc would be lost to his demon forever.

Sounds like fun=) I’ll be ready for it when it comes out on December 13th, 2012!

Author Bio:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She also has two novellas and sixteen short stories published.

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Saturday Prompt

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Prompt. It’s easy. Take a look at the sentence, take a look at the picture, and see what story you can come up with. You can use one or both prompts, it’s completely up to you. If you would like to share what you’ve come up with in the comments, everyone would love to see it! Or, if you prefer to post it on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so we can come check it out! Have a happy Saturday, everyone 🙂

Sentence

The remnants of her broken heart dropped like leaves from a tree.

Picture

by Lisa L Wiedmeier from WANA Commons on flickr.com (CC)

(NaNoWriMo Update – 22,340 words written)

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Thirsty Thursday Blog Roundup: #NaNoWriMo 2012 Edition Week 2

It’s NaNoWriMo time, a month in which millions of writers around the world attempt to write 50,000 words in one month. I am participating, which means the time I usually have to collect links for your perusal is what I use to finish all the rewrites on The Changeling. For that reason, during the month of November, there will only be FIVE links included in the Thirsty Thursday Blog Roundup every week. The first week of December will see the number of links I usually include (SO MANY!!).

Now, on with the links!!

For those of you participating in NaNo this year, you can buddy up with me if you would like=) Follow this link to my profile;-)

Good luck on your 50,000!

(It’s the start of week 2 for all those NaNo-ers out there! Congratulations on making it this far! YOU ROCK!!! The target word count for today is 13,333. I’m happy to say I have passed that and am sitting pretty at 16,795 words.)

 

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group: #NaNoWriMo 2012 Edition

It’s the first Wednesday of November, which means it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG)! The brainchild of Ninja Master Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG is here for you to spill your latest insecurities or inspire your fellow writers.

This month, in honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), I choose to inspire 🙂

For the first time NaNo-er, the idea of writing a 50,000 word novel in one month can feel like this:

It’s intimidating. It’s downright terrifying sometimes. But what you need to remember is that NaNo isn’t just about sprinting to the end all willy-nilly. It’s about pushing yourself to write that novel, to see how much you can write in one day if you really, really try, and to say, “Yes. I did write a novel!” even if you don’t finish it by the end of November.

Case in point. Last year, I pushed myself harder than I had before or since and in one day I was able to write 5000 words. That’s huge. My previous best had been 2000. I discovered that when I really try and don’t give in to those oh so fun distractions of Twitter and Facebook and YouTube, I can pump out a lot of words. Not all of them were horrible either, which was a plus;-)

There are days where you’re going to feel like this:

And look like this:

And that’s okay. Truth be told, I look like that ( ^ ) most days, so you’re in good company 😉 When NaNo is over, whether or not you made the 50,000 words goal, the point is YOU WROTE WORDS!! That’s the first step! Good job!!

For those that do finish and go back to read your novel a couple of weeks later and react like this:

Don’t worry. You can revise. Everyone has to, you included. NO ONE writes a perfect first draft and that’s exactly what NaNo is going to help teach you. You’ll hear it more than once, and not just from me, but WRITING IS REWRITING. NaNo is to get that first draft done and out-of-the-way. You can spend more time making that thing sparkle through the next few weeks after November.

So, when you reach the end of NaNo and you look and feel like this:

Just remember, you are not alone. I’m right there, looking just like that along with you, and dancing through it all 😉

 

 

Now, go finish NaNo whatever way you can, be it with a finished first draft, or the beginning of a first draft. And just remember, every writer out there has been where you are now. And with IWSG, we’re here to help you through!

 

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What Cat Ballerinas, Captain America, and Mitt Romney Have In Common

Last week was Halloween. That means costumes, Trick or Treat, and candy galore. These are the staples of this crazy holiday where kids dress up and allowed to knock on strangers’ doors. Sugar highs push kids to the point of crashing on the floor with their butts sticking up in the air, dead to everything except their own fluffy dreams.

Kids have it easy.

For me, Halloween is more than just getting the kids costumed and checking their candy for unwanted treats. It’s an exercise in time management and patience. There is so much family to see, we have to plan to do that before the real trick or treating begins. That means having the kids dressed and pictures at home taken at least half an hour early, supper needs ready and eaten an hour earlier than normal, and chores need done before the food is on the table.

I’m one of those people with a set way of doing things and when something causes me to have to deviate, panic attacks ensue. Now, everything I do has a tentative time schedule, so doing things at one time one day and at another time another day is just fine… It’s the accumulation of things getting in the way, pushing everything back farther and farther, that causes chest pains and tunnel vision.

Still, for the kids, I’ll change things around.

And it’s worth it:

Caterina — Played by Princess
Captain America — Played by Little Man

By the time we got home, they had so much fun and got so much candy, they crashed before they could even eat any!

I didn’t dress up myself, but just went as “A figment of your imagination.” It’s easy and requires nothing more than my comfy clothes. Of course, by the end of the night I became The Bag Lady. The kids would run up to me after every house and hand me their bags full of candy until we got to the next house. More often than not, Little Man went running up to the house without his candy bag 🙂 He’d come running back up to me going “Oops!” The little dude’s fast too. Almost four and he could be an olympian. Seriously.

Princess was more interested in saying “Meow” than “Trick or treat!” Then again, she was a cat ballerina. And cats can’t talk. 😉

Oddly enough, our little town turned out to be a huge political hotspot too. Who knew Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney was such a huge fan of candy?

“I will bring candy to the American people!”

There were rumors of President Barack Obama roaming the houses in search of sweets as well, but I didn’t see him.

By the time we got home, got the kids in bed, and got the candy sorted, I was exhausted. I couldn’t even stay up to watch Supernatural! The clock read 10:02 when I crashed out in my bed, my shows waiting for me on the DVR.

How did you celebrate Halloween? Did you dress up?

(NaNoWriMo Update – At the time of posting this, I have 9600 words written:-))

 

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Saturday Prompt

Welcome to this week’s Saturday Prompt. It’s easy. Take a look at the sentence, take a look at the picture, and see what story you can come up with. You can use one or both prompts, it’s completely up to you. If you would like to share what you’ve come up with in the comments, everyone would love to see it! Or, if you prefer to post it on your own blog, leave a link in the comments so we can come check it out! Have a happy Saturday, everyone 🙂

Sentence

I trembled with regret as I watched her walk away.

Picture

                                  by Karen Klink on WANA Commons (CC)

 

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