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Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: RAMONA BLUE by Julie Murphy

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 07 April 2017 · 80 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1491125415l/31449227.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1491125415l/31449227.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1491125415l/31449227.jpg"[/url] width="211" /></a></div><div>Ramona has always known who she is. A too-tall girl poor white girl with blue hair who happens to be one of the only two lesbians in her small Mississippi town. She's also little sister to Hattie, who's always been the pretty one and known how to have a good time - and now she's pregnant. With summer setting on their tourist own and Ramona's crush going back home, life has never felt quite so restrictive in Eulogy.</div><div><br /></div><div>Then Freddie - a former summer visitor only - comes to stay, for good. His grandma decided Eulogy was where she wanted to end up, so he's along for it, leaving behind a girlfriend and a relationship he thinks can handle the long distance. Ramona hopes it can, and not only for his sake. If his can work out, why shouldn't hers? Even if her summer crush was still in the closet, that doesn't mean they can't make it work, right?</div><div><br /></div><div>But as she and Freddie become closer, Ramona finds her feelings for him deepening from a lifelong friendship into something unexpected. With all the things she thought she knew suddenly becoming slippery, Eulogy feels too small to contain everything she could possibly become.</div><div><br />Want to help me with all the mailing costs? I do giveaways at least once week, sometimes more. It can add up. If you feel so inclined as to donate a little to defray my mailing costs, it would be much appreciated! Donating has no impact on your chances of winning.<br /><br /><form [url="action="]action="https://www.paypal.com/fk/cgi-bin/webscr"[/url] method="post" name="_xclick"><input name="business" type="hidden" value="bigblackcat97@gmail.com" /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><input name="item_name" type="hidden" value="Mindy's Mailing Costs" />*********************************************************************************</div><input name="currency_code" type="hidden" value="USD" /><br /><input name="amount" type="hidden" value="00.00" /><br /><input alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!" border="0" name="submit" [url="src="]src="http://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/x-click-butcc-donate.gif"[/url] type="image" /><br /></form></div><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b238" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b238/"[/url] id="rcwidget_twe2emmb" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] />

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Wednesday WOLF

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 05 April 2017 · 58 views

<div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">I'm a nerd. Yes, I'm in fact such a big nerd that I tend to look up word origins in my spare time because I'm fascinated by our language. The odder the origin, the better. I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">In any case, I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of the new acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field. Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.<br /><br />Today we're going to talk about nicknames. I've got a real name (Mindy) and a few derivatives of it. I've been called Mind, (not pronounced like a brain), Minn-o, Little Minnow (this was awhile back), and my sister calls me Minner (unsure why). Even my screenname of bigblackcat97 quickly got adjusted to BBC over on <a href="[url="http://www.blogger.com/www.agentqueryconnect.com"]http://www.blogger.com/www.agentqueryconnect.com[/url]">AgentQueryConnect</a>.<br /><br />So where does the word "nickname" come from?<br /><br />Apparently we have our lazy-tongued ancestors with bad diction to blame. In Old English, "eke" means to add. I still find myself using that particular word occasionally, like when moving furniture. "Just eke it to the left a bit," or cooking, "Eke some salt in there." But I read a lot and pick up a bunch of old words that get odd looks from the b/f sometimes, which culminate in the occasional Dictionary Challenge, so if you don't use "eke" in general conversation, don't feel bad.<br /><br />In any case, "an ekename" would be an additional name, one by which someone is known even though it's not the name they were born with. "An ekename" got blurred together and there you have it.<br /><br /><b>What's your "ekename?"</b></div>

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YA Scavenger Hunt

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 04 April 2017 · 70 views

<div style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a href="[url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eopEeoqqQ-k/WNHsX4uTWNI/AAAAAAAAD5I/M6QzCecQxZ8hHIvyRKl6l1RaMk7WYQJRACLcB/s1600/YA_ScavengerHunt_WebBanner%2B%25281%2529.jpg"]https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eopEeoqqQ-k/WNHsX4uTWNI/AAAAAAAAD5I/M6QzCecQxZ8hHIvyRKl6l1RaMk7WYQJRACLcB/s1600/YA_ScavengerHunt_WebBanner%2B%25281%2529.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="110" [url="src="]src="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-eopEeoqqQ-k/WNHsX4uTWNI/AAAAAAAAD5I/M6QzCecQxZ8hHIvyRKl6l1RaMk7WYQJRACLcB/s320/YA_ScavengerHunt_WebBanner%2B%25281%2529.jpg"[/url] width="320" /></a>Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author <a [url="href="]href="http://www.colleenhouck.com/">Colleen[/url] Houck</a> as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive&nbsp;<b>one book from each author on the hunt in my team</b>!<b>&nbsp;</b>But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y3sZFnRChV0/T2Ar3slJ0aI/AAAAAAAACnA/Z707dxupYXI/s1600/team+blue.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="205" [url="src="]src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y3sZFnRChV0/T2Ar3slJ0aI/AAAAAAAACnA/Z707dxupYXI/s320/team+blue.jpg"[/url] width="320" /></a></div><b>Go to the <a [url="href="]href="http://yascavengerhunt.blogspot.com/">YA[/url] Scavenger Hunt</a> page to find out all about the hunt. </b>There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the <span style="color: blue;">BLUE TEAM</span>--but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!<br /><br />If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to<a [url="href="]href="http://yascavengerhunt.blogspot.com/p/prizes.html">[/url] the YA Scavenger Hunt page</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Directions:</b>&nbsp;Below, you'll notice that I've listed my&nbsp;favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the <span style="color: blue;">blue team</span>, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: blue;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Entry Form:</b>&nbsp;Once you've added up all the numbers, <a [url="href="]href="http://yascavengerhunt.blogspot.com/p/enter-here.html">make[/url] sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize</a>. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>Rules:</b>&nbsp;Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by <b><span style="color: magenta;">April 9th</span></b>, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>SCAVENGER HUNT POST</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/547b8748e4b0db8f16a966ff/t/5644cd9be4b0f7c8cada6630/1431095342922/Julie+Eshbaugh.JPG"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" [url="src="]src="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/547b8748e4b0db8f16a966ff/t/5644cd9be4b0f7c8cada6630/1431095342922/Julie+Eshbaugh.JPG"[/url] width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Today, I am hosting Julie Eshbaugh on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt! Julie Eshbaugh now lives in Philadelphia after having called Utah, France, and New York City home. Early on, Julie focused her artistic energies on filmmaking and online video. She made two short films and then spent several years producing an online video series for teens which received several honors from the Webby Awards. Creating videos for teens led to writing novels for teens, and Julie has never looked back. Her debut, IVORY AND BONE, was published by HarperTeen in 2016, and the sequel, OBSIDIAN AND STARS, is due this June. Find out more information by checking out <a [url="href="]href="http://www.julieeshbaugh.com/"[/url] target="_blank">the author's website</a> or find more about <a [url="href="]href="https://www.amazon.com/Ivory-Bone-Julie-Eshbaugh/dp/006239925X/ref=sr_1_1_twi_har_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1488746475&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=ivory+and+bone"[/url] target="_blank">the author's book here!&nbsp;</a></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a [url="href="]href="https://www.amazon.com/Ivory-Bone-Julie-Eshbaugh/dp/006239925X/ref=sr_1_1_twi_har_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1488746475&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=ivory+and+bone"[/url] target="_blank"><br /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>EXCLUSIVE CONTENT</b><br /><b><br /></b> <br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/547b8748e4b0db8f16a966ff/t/56c76ba81d07c04336cb55d5/1455909810764/Ivory+HC.JPG"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" [url="src="]src="https://static1.squarespace.com/static/547b8748e4b0db8f16a966ff/t/56c76ba81d07c04336cb55d5/1455909810764/Ivory+HC.JPG"[/url] width="263" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.<br /><div><br /></div></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>What's on Mya's TBR? (if she lived in a time when books--or even written language--existed...)</b><br /><br />We met Mya in IVORY AND BONE, and in OBSIDIAN AND STARS (out in June from HarperTeen,) the story continues from her point of view.<br />Mya lives in a time before the advent of reading and writing, so we can only speculate which books would be on her TBR. Still, I know Mya pretty well! Here are a few books I'm certain she would want to read:<br /><br />MONSTER by Walter Dean Myers<br />Mya cares a lot about personal responsibility, and she spends a lot of time thinking about issues of guilt vs. innocence, justice, and &nbsp;identity. I think she would be pulled in by the story of Steve Harmon's arrest and trial. Plus she's never seen a movie, so the sections written in screenplay format would fascinate her.<br /><br />SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson<br />Mya is intensely private, often choosing silence over participating in meaningless niceties with people she doesn't know. She even closes herself off to people she'd like to let in. Overcoming the past can be challenging, and I think Mya would find SPEAK's heroine, Melinda, very inspiring.<br /><br />A STEP FROM HEAVEN by An Na<br />Mya would feel so much empathy for Young Ju, a girl who is expected to leave what she knows and loves behind. She also would love the way A STEP FROM HEAVEN immerses you in Young Ju's head, because Mya would be so happy to get out of her own head for a while! Though they are separated by time and culture, Mya would see herself in some of Young Ju's experiences.<br /><br />PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen<br />Mya can sometimes be proud--even arrogant--and unwilling to open up to someone she feels would never understand her unique circumstances. Sound familiar? Mya is a bit of a female Mr. Darcy, and I think she'd be quite interested in his love story with Elizabeth Bennet.<br /><br />I'm sure once Mya got started, there would be many more books she'd like to read, and her TBR list would grow. But these four books would definitely get her started, introducing her to the transformative magic of reading.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: magenta;"><br /></span> And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, <span style="color: magenta;">Julie Eshbaugh</span>, and more! To enter, you need to know that my favorite number is <span style="color: blue;">9&nbsp;</span>Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the <span style="color: blue;">blue team</span>&nbsp;and you'll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b>CONTINUE THE HUNT</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b><br /></b></div><div style="text-align: left;">To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author<span style="color: blue;">&nbsp;<span style="color: magenta;"><a [url="href="]href="http://kathleenbaldwin.com/blog/"[/url] target="_blank">Kathleen Baldwin</a>!</span></span><br /><span style="color: blue;"><span style="color: magenta;"><br /></span></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><a class="twitter-hashtag-button" data-related="bethrevis" data-size="large" [url="data-url="]data-url="http://YAScavengerHunt.blogspot.com"[/url] [url="href="]href="https://twitter.com/intent/tweet?button_hashtag=YASH&amp;text=Check%20it%20out%20RIGHT%20NOW!%20The%20YA%20Scavenger%20Hunt%2C%20with%20over%20fifty%20books%20as%20a%20grand%20prize!">Tweet[/url] #YASH</a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TZnq7g2Juyg/WNHsoZ24vjI/AAAAAAAAD5M/GXs_da8WMHwdH4Hvymv-3X9mBycg58-4gCLcB/s1600/YASH%2BBlue%2BSpring%2B2017.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" [url="src="]src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TZnq7g2Juyg/WNHsoZ24vjI/AAAAAAAAD5M/GXs_da8WMHwdH4Hvymv-3X9mBycg58-4gCLcB/s640/YASH%2BBlue%2BSpring%2B2017.jpg"[/url] width="433" /></a></div><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b234" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b234/"[/url] id="rcwidget_rwqc86fp" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] /></div></div>

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Sarah Nicole Lemon On Empowering Female Characters

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 04 April 2017 · 67 views

<div>Inspiration is a funny thing. It can come to us like a lightning bolt, through the lyrics of a song, or in the fog of a dream. Ask any writer where their stories come from and you’ll get a myriad of answers, and in that vein I created the WHAT (What the Hell Are you Thinking?) interview. Always including in the WHAT is one random question to really dig down into the interviewees mind, and probably supply some illumination into my own as well.</div><div><br /></div><div>Today's guest is <a href="[url="http://www.sarahnicolelemon.com/about-sarah/"]http://www.sarahnicolelemon.com/about-sarah/[/url]" target="_blank">Sarah Nicole Lemon</a>, author of DONE DIRT CHEAP.&nbsp;Born and raised in the Appalachians, she spent the first fifteen years of her life doing nothing but reading and playing outside, and has yet to outgrow either. When not writing, you can find her drinking iced coffee in a half-submerged beach chair near her home in southern Maryland.</div><div><br /></div><div><b>Ideas for our books can come from just about anywhere, and sometimes even we can’t pinpoint exactly how or why. Did you have a specific origin point for your book?</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>I joke that DONE DIRT CHEAP is a book made entirely out of the pond scum of my life—all the slick, weird stuff that coagulated at the top. Sounds incredibly sexy, I know, but let’s just pretend the pond of my life is a magical one in the forest between worlds (The Magicians Nephew/ C. S. Lewis) and if you skim the weird off the top, it smells like a chip-on-your shoulder and honeysuckles.&nbsp;</i></div><div><br /></div><div><i>Joking aside, it all began with jealousy and failure and writer angst.&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>I kept trying and failing to sell a novel. Everyone loved my writing, no one wanted to spend money on my books. They were not commercial. There was great gnashing of teeth and shaking of fists on my part, but when it was all said and done, I packed up my kids and went to lick my wounds at my parents’ house in southwest Pennsylvania. One late summer afternoon, sitting on the front porch swing, I mulled over what I was going to write next. Because, of course I was going to write something next. A crit-partner had recently told me “Lemon, you need to write the book of your heart.” Okay, it was Renee Ahdieh, she deserves the credit for both the gross sentimentality and absolute truth of that advice. Despite the guidance, the only part of my heart I could find was “it must involve a motorcycle” –and I was trying to think of something more, when my dad roared over the crest of the hill on his bike, coming to pick my mom up for a ride.&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470694773l/31305526.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1470694773l/31305526.jpg"[/url] width="213" /></a></div><div><i>There were two things that struck me in that moment. The first was my mom’s response, because it’s been the same response for thirty years. She practically wagged her tail and ran off to get boots on. It reminded me of being a teenager and listening to all her stories about their romance. Like “he had this blue Chevy Nova and my dad hated it.” And “my boss knew him from the bar” which would be followed by a giggle. My mom considers herself a good Baptist church girl, and this was her epic romance with a partially reformed bad boy. It always ended with a groan-worthy “isn’t your father so cute?” (Seriously Mom, WHY do you ask me that question?).&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>None of this was new that afternoon. It was pleasant backstory. Adorable and embarrassing. But when I turned from my mom, I was just in time to see my dad barreling away. He’s not patient enough to wait for her to put on shoes, so he circles the block before coming back. The sun was setting right at the end of the road and for a moment he looked like every idyllic image of a man (because it’s always a man) riding into the literal sunset. His hair ruffled in the breeze, and the brap of the engine echoed back down the hill. Because yes, he was riding a street-to-trail dirt-bike on the road and not wearing a helmet.&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>Children, don’t try this at home.&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div><i>He always says something about wanting to die, not live and suffer, if he wrecks—which please don’t tweet me about how stupid this is, he knows. That’s just what he says when someone asks. I don’t think he believes he’ll wreck. I think he believes if he wrecks and dies, it was his time to go anyway. That he’d be dead no matter what he was doing.&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>That afternoon on the swing, while I watched him disappear into the sun with that trust in his own fate and the power to disregard for anyone who might disagree—it made me insanely jealous. It was more than just the bike—it was everything. He might have passed on his personality and intensity to me, but they were changed under the mantle of womanhood and motherhood. His power was a kind I’d never had, always wanted, and couldn’t find. As a girl, I’d thought I’d grow into it. But as a full grown woman, with three small children, I realized that power had never been intended for me. And right then I knew what the book of my heart was. It was a book about motorcycles. But also about girls determining their own stories, their own fate, and their own power.&nbsp;</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Once the original concept existed, how did you build a plot around it?</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>My struggle with writing is always the plot. I had this idea—this ephemeral grain of sand in my soul--and no idea how to give it shape. I was literally staring at the wall, thinking about it, while my husband was in the next room yelling at me about why all the bikes on Sons of Anarchy were the same? I quit watching Sons after the baby was stolen to Ireland. (You do not fuck with kids for real is a TV rule, I thought!), but had enjoyed Charlie Hunnam and the fast plotting. I had motorcycles, I had girls, and listening to Sons in the next room, I had….</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>The Wardens. Or something that I hoped might end up being a plot.&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>My books are like a witch’s brew, I throw a bunch of shit in and stir until I get an explosion.&nbsp;</i></div><div><i>This time it worked.&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>The caveat is, this was a world I was semi-familiar with. I grew up riding dirt-bikes, there were always clubs around somewhere. Even in church! I know exactly what those men, in real life, were like. I understood the world. I knew the people. The rest was just details.&nbsp;</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Have you ever had the plot firmly in place, only to find it changing as the story moved from your mind to paper?</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>Only always!&nbsp;</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>My first draft of this book was nothing of the book I have now. Though I’m very pleased with where I ended up, I’m not even sure how I got here. Probably a lot of lying on the floor with a bag of chips, staring at the ceiling and thinking “what the fuck is the story of my heart?”</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div><i>That explains why I’m violating the terms of my own blackmail agreement to write it. (re: pond scum, except this bit is churned up from the bottom and smells like Black’s law books and terror)</i></div><div><br /></div><div><b>Do story ideas come to you often, or is fresh material hard to come by?</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>I have a hard time coming up with ideas. I always have one ready when I need it, but never a backlog competing for attention. Sometimes I’m afraid I’ll run out of ideas, and will just be left with useless words. But then I always hear Amy March (movie version) in that scene where she tells Meg “you don’t need scores of suitors, you only need one, if he’s the right one.” And I feel like that applies to stories.</i>&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><b>I usually have a cat or two with me while I write. They’re good for a pet if I need a moment away from the screen, and don’t seem to mind if I ignore them completely as long as I’m sharing body heat. Do you have a writing companion?&nbsp;</b></div><div><br /></div><div><i>Three children, who are very much like cats in that it’s impossible to herd them anywhere. And a pit-bull named Maggie who hogs my heater in the winter.&nbsp;</i></div>

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10 Tips For Authors Doing Library & School Visits

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 03 April 2017 · 72 views

Last month I posted <a href="[url="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2017/03/organizer-tips-for-author-visits-batcow.html"]http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2017/03/organizer-tips-for-author-visits-batcow.html[/url]" target="_blank">tips for organizers</a> hosting an author event. There are a lot of responsibilities on the host, but there are just as many (if not more) on the author, and so this month I'm sharing what I've learned from four years of driving around the state, eating Whoppers while I drive, and - hopefully - finding some new readers along the way.<br /><br />Authors - the first thing everyone must know is that having a book signing is not a red carpet event. I don't know if it ever was, but somewhere in my mind I had an idea (probably gleaned from films) of an author sitting at a table, stacks of books piled on either side of them, staring down a long line of adoring fans.<br /><br />And that does happen - for like, 1% of writers.<br /><br />More often you're at a festival, flanked by two authors with a larger fan base than you (especially if you're just starting out), and you're staring down at tunnel made by the long lines of either side of you. It looks like a gauntlet, and that's exactly what it is - a gauntlet for your professionalism. Smile, be polite. Don't sulk. It hurts. It sucks. It's demoralizing. Welcome to publishing.<br /><br />However, all of these people standing in line are bored, waiting their turn to meet their favorite author. Their eyes are wandering and whether they pick up your book or not, your name, cover, and title are making a visual impression on them, and that's important. You are gaining exposure, if not sales. You are <i>there</i>. You are <i>in front</i> of them. And that <i>does</i> mean something.<br /><br />When my second book, IN A HANDFUL OF DUST, released I had an event that zero people showed up to. I mean that. The library staff didn't even pop in. I drove three hours, set up my tech, pulled up the first slide of my presentation... and waited. Nobody showed. Not a single soul. I waited 15 minutes, took a pic of the empty room, and left.<br /><br />Yes, it sucked. But here's the thing - that was rock bottom. Never again would I feel hurt or shamed if only one person showed up. I would be grateful for that one person.<br /><br />Lesson learned.<br /><br />Others came, and I'm gathering them here so that fellow authors know what to expect - and not expect - from an author visit.<br /><br />1) <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Always have copies of your own books on hand</span>. If you're able to set up a bookseller to be present to handle sales at a school or library event, great! Still have your own books on hand. Twice I've had booksellers commit to showing up, and then fail to do so. <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Travel with boxes of books and enough cash to make change.</span> The back of my car has literally hundreds of my titles in it. If I ever get rear-ended on the freeway I'm going to look like the world's biggest narcissist.<br /><br /><span style="color: #6fa8dc;">A caveat to handling your own sales:</span> If you're going to do this and are traditionally published, make sure that it's permissible according to your contract. Some houses prefer that you not do this. Some are fine with it. Ask your agent for clarification. I won't go into how to handle reporting sales and applicable taxes here, because that could be it's own post. However, if that's something you're interested in knowing, say so in the comments.<br /><br />2)<span style="color: #6fa8dc;"> Ask the organizer to recommend an Indie to handle the sales.</span> Indies are more likely to take a personal approach, and to remember that the event is happening. Typically you'll be dealing with a single person at the store to handle you, and not relying on messages to be relayed on - and possibly lost. You're also sowing good faith and putting yourself in front of someone who makes the decisions on what gets stocked on their shelves - not corporate.<br /><br />3) <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Know your tech.</span> Really. Seriously. Know your tech. As a librarian for 15 years I've had presenters (not authors - they're smarter than that) show up with a laptop I don't have a convertor for, no thumb drive, demanding a screen, a projector, and speakers 5 minutes before go time. Those people suck. No one likes them.<br /><br />Be in touch with your host before hand. Ask if they have a projector, and what inputs it has. <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Know your own laptop.</span> What ports do you have? What kind of convertor do you need that will make it compatible with just about any projector? Buy one. Travel with it. Have your presentation on a jump drive, or available online (Google Drive or Dropbox) so that if your own laptop won't fit the bill (and it happens) you can pop the jump drive into their laptop. And if that isn't software compatible (and it happens) you can do it from an online platform. And that line of last defense? Make sure you know your Dropbox or Drive password. Did you change it recently? Check before you leave so you're not resetting passwords and clicking confirmation links while your audience patiently waits.<br /><br />4) <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Get there early</span>. Aim for half an hour. The library or staff or organizers will want to greet you, show you the presentation area, and get some face time. You will want to use the bathroom, check your breath, and get a drink. Allow time for these things. Nobody wants to see you pee down your leg.<br /><br />5) <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Have something for everyone. </span>Yes, making sales is nice. Not everyone who shows up is going to have the financial freedom to buy. Give them a bookmark. This puts your name, your title, and your cover in front of them. They may request it from the library, recommend it to a friend, or put it on their Christmas list. Putting yourself in front of people is <i>always</i> beneficial, immediate results or not.<br /><br />6) <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Establish&nbsp;a mailing list. </span>Here's something else you can offer for free that gives people an inside track, and keeps you (and your books) in front of them after they leave the building. I use <a [url="href="]href="http://mailchimp.com/"[/url] target="_blank">Mailchimp</a>. It's easy. You can go as simple as having a notebook and a pen for gathering information, and asking people for their name and email addresses.<br /><br />Mailchimp offers an app that you can set up on your phone or tablet where people input their information and it's synced to your mailing list. Know your audience - if they are younger they are more likely to use the app. If they aren't, they will shy from the tech and not sign up at all, even if they are interested. <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Have both.</span> The pen and paper has a downside - you have to input everything manually when you get home, and sometimes you can't read people's writing. However, it's better to have a chance of gathering a new reader than not at all. Make sure you pitch upcoming works during your presentation, then at the end mention the mailing list and say if they want to keep updated on when that new book is coming out - or for a cover reveal - they should sign up.<br /><br />7) <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Ask Staff to be present, especially if you're at a school</span>. The vast majority of schools are going to have teachers with their classes when they come to your presentation, but I've been in situations where I was shunted into a gymnasium with the entire high school body, and all the other adults shut the doors and sprinted away.<br /><br />8) <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Be aware of any recent events in the community</span><span style="color: #3d85c6;">.</span> I know that might seem like a lot, but bear with me. I usually book talk NOT A DROP TO DRINK when I am in schools, which opens with a girl shooting someone. I did a school visit where there had been a shooting a few years before, with multiple fatalities. I asked the librarian ahead of time if there were younger siblings, or people closely related to the incident still in the school so that I knew what I should - or should not - be stressing in the presentation. If I had launched into talking about gun violence casually, it could really land wrong. Fast.<br /><br />9) <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">Be aware of the politics of the community.</span> A simple question ahead of time about what you should - or shouldn't - say in front of your audience is smart. How conservative is the crowd? Can you make a sex joke with the seniors? Better to ask than have a teacher standing in the back making a SHUTUP face at you.<br /><br />10) <span style="color: #6fa8dc;">If you're at a school, be chill.</span> Not everyone is going to listen to you. Trust me. There are going to be pockets of kids that could care less. The teachers are there to handle that, not you. If you call out a kid, they might be chagrined. Or - they might answer you with an attitude that makes you look like the idiot, not them. Should they respect you? Yes. Will they? Not always. This is my personal take after 15 years standing in front of kids in the day job. If you're going to call someone out, make sure you're capable of shutting it down instead of amping it up.<br /><br />I could go on... and on. I probably will in a separate post at a later date.<br /><br />Questions?<br /><br />Ask me in the comments!

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Surprise Sunday Giveaway! DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 02 April 2017 · 56 views

Usually I don't post on Sundays, but I recently finished reading an amazing book that releases this week and I wanted to help boost in any way I can. Here's a bonus giveaway for everyone - on a Sunday!<br /><br />My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1484967166l/31423196.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1484967166l/31423196.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1484967166l/31423196.jpg"[/url] width="213" /></a></div>Noemi would do anything to protect her home planet of Genesis from the attackers of Earth - even volunteer for a suicide mission. Earth-dwellers destroyed their own planets and are avid to find more space to settle - even planets that are already occupied. But it's not their own flesh they put in danger to conquer new worlds, but mechs - robotic soldiers built specifically for war.<br /><br />When Noemi's recon mission mortally wounds a friend, she aborts to the nearby safe-space of an abandoned Earth ship, unaware that a highly revolutionary mech has been left aboard, abandoned for 30 years. Abel - the only mech of his kind - wants nothing more than to return to his maker, the progenitor of all mechs, whose likeness Abel is fashioned after.<br /><br />But a glitch in his programming makes Abel unable to defy human orders - something Noemi quickly realizes when she discovers him. By releasing him she's earned his undying programmed devotion, which she can use to crash the gate that connects Earth to Genesis. Replacing her own suicide mission with one using a mech at the helm should be easy - but the more she's around Abel, the more Noemi believes she can see glimpses of a soul trapped where none should be.<br /><br />Want to help me with all the mailing costs? I do giveaways at least once week, sometimes more. It can add up. If you feel so inclined as to donate a little to defray my mailing costs, it would be much appreciated! Donating has no impact on your chances of winning.<br /><br /><form [url="action="]action="https://www.paypal.com/fk/cgi-bin/webscr"[/url] method="post" name="_xclick"><input name="business" type="hidden" value="bigblackcat97@gmail.com" /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><input name="item_name" type="hidden" value="Mindy's Mailing Costs" />*********************************************************************************</div><input name="currency_code" type="hidden" value="USD" /><br /><input name="amount" type="hidden" value="00.00" /><br /><input alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!" border="0" name="submit" [url="src="]src="http://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/x-click-butcc-donate.gif"[/url] type="image" /><br /></form><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b237" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b237/"[/url] id="rcwidget_qdenr3q1" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] /><br />

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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 01 April 2017 · 61 views

Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description&nbsp;<a href="[url="http://rclewisbooks.com/"]http://rclewisbooks.com/[/url]" target="_blank">RC Lewis</a>&nbsp;and I come up with at any given moment). This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet,&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/p/query-critiques.html">shoot[/url] us an email</a>.<br /><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s400/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s320/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] width="247" /></a>We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to&nbsp;punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.<br /><br />If you're looking for query advice, but are slightly intimidated by my claws, blade, or just my rolling googly-eyes, check out the query critique boards over at&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://www.agentqueryconnect.com/"[/url] target="_blank">AgentQueryConnect</a>. This is where I got my start, with advice from people smarter than me. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the most critical first step of your writing journey - the query. My comments appear in&nbsp;<span style="color: #6aa84f;">green</span>.<br /><br />Being told he is going to die is an unacceptable diagnosis for Alex. &nbsp;After all, he is not even shaving yet, and he is already having to decide who should have his things when he is gone. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Decent hook, but it could be punchier. Rearrange some of these thoughts and use word economy to give it more zip. Ex: Learning that he's going to die before he needs to shave is unacceptable to Alex. -- There's everything in the able lines (minus giving your stuff away, which isn't necessary to the query, I don't think). Word economy is your friend in queries.&nbsp;</span><br /><br />But there is another option besides death.<br /><br />Alex enters a life pod to preserve his body until a cure can be found for his illness, but he remains in the cylinder far longer than he ever expected. When he is revived by the binder Nezbit, Alex discovers that he is in a world that bears little resemblance to the one he left. Technology has disappeared, extinct animals have reappeared, and humans are no longer the only people. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">Interesting... but if technology has disappeared how would his life pod be sustainable? There may be a good answer for this (green tech?) but it raises the question. Also, I don't know what a binder is? That might need explaining. If it's a genre thing (like most agents who rep the genre would know) then you might be okay, but I would still recommend some illumination on that.</span><br /><br />Once he accepts the unsettling notion that he is not dreaming and that these people seriously believe him to be the fulfillment of a prophecy, Alex decides that dying while trying to stop the imminent invasion by the disturbingly-named Monster King (and his army) beats just sitting around and dying anyway. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">So... he's still sick, right? Also, this is a single sentence. A bit longish. Also, the tone here is very light, with an edge of humor. If this is the voice of the book, that's fine. If it's not, don't got for being flippant.</span><br /><br />With the help of Nezbit and a dozen “specialists” from around the kingdom, he begins a mission to slip through the enemy army, avoid the living dead, and slay a creature best described as an armored rhino standing on his back legs. What could possibly go wrong? <span style="color: #6aa84f;">So, what's a "specialist?" Is there a reason it's in quotes? Again, this voice is light and we're talking about heavy stuff. Like I said, if this is the voice of the book, that's fine. If not, it won't do you any favors in the query. "What could possibly go wrong?" is a generic way to end the query, so definitely come up with something better.</span><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;"><br /></span><span style="color: #6aa84f;">Overall, this is pretty generic. It's the future, the MC is a "Chosen One" type character, there are good guys and bad guys. What makes this different from every other story with that same base? The illness could be a differentiating factor, but we need to know more about it. Is he still sick? Does he need to save his people before he dies from it? What's a binder? Are these the other "people" you reference in the opening? Right now this is raising more questions than answers, so get some details into it.</span>

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Book Talk & Giveaway: WHO KILLED CHRISTOPHER GOODMAN? by Allan Wolf

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 31 March 2017 · 60 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1474568866l/31247797.jpg"]https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1474568866l/31247797.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1474568866l/31247797.jpg"[/url] width="212" /></a></div>Christopher is the new kid, different, interesting, nice to everyone. He shows up in 1979 a small Virginia town, fresh from California with a tan, lots of hair, and bell bottoms. Nobody quite knows what to think of him, but everyone knows that they like him. With his affable ways and easy smile, Christopher Goodman is set to make friends.<br /><br />Until someone murders him.<br /><br />Based on a true story from the author's life, WHO KILLED CHRISTOPHER GOODMAN explores the experience of pranks gone wrong, reactionary violence, and the consequence of everyday actions in this part prose, part verse novel.<br /><br />Want to help me with all the mailing costs? I do giveaways at least once week, sometimes more. It can add up. If you feel so inclined as to donate a little to defray my mailing costs, it would be much appreciated! Donating has no impact on your chances of winning.<br /><br /><form [url="action="]action="https://www.paypal.com/fk/cgi-bin/webscr"[/url] method="post" name="_xclick"><input name="business" type="hidden" value="bigblackcat97@gmail.com" /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><input name="item_name" type="hidden" value="Mindy's Mailing Costs" />*********************************************************************************</div><input name="currency_code" type="hidden" value="USD" /><br /><input name="amount" type="hidden" value="00.00" /><br /><input alt="Make payments with PayPal - it's fast, free and secure!" border="0" name="submit" [url="src="]src="http://www.paypal.com/en_US/i/btn/x-click-butcc-donate.gif"[/url] type="image" /><br /></form><br /><a class="rcptr" data-raflid="2071810b233" data-template="" data-theme="classic" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b233/"[/url] id="rcwidget_ohlo9trh" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script [url="src="]src="https://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script><br[/url] />

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Thursday Thoughts

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 30 March 2017 · 41 views

Thoughts lately focus on family portraits...<br /><br />1) Family portraits are a fake moment in time of the best versions of ourselves. We are dressed nicely. We are smiling. We look happy.<br /><br />2) Hanging family portraits in your own home is odd to me. You know what you look like. You know what your spouse looks like. You know what your kids look like.<br /><br />3) Those portraits are really there as a passive-aggressive way to make other people look at them and compliment you and / or your family.<br /><br /><br />

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Wednesday WOLF

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 29 March 2017 · 45 views

I'm such a big nerd that I tend to look up word origins in my spare time because I'm fascinated by our language. The odder the origin, the better. I've got a collection of random information in my brain that makes me an awesome Trivial Pursuit partner, but is completely useless when it comes to real world application. Like say, job applications.<br /><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">In any case, I thought I'd share some of this random crap with you in the form of the new acronym-ific series. I give you - Word Origins from Left Field - that's right, the WOLF. Er... ignore the fact that the "from" doesn't fit.</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">OK, big fat confession time. I didn't know the origin of the word "blog." Yeah, really. Apparently it comes from the phrase "web log," being shortened. 'Cause really, it takes so freakin' long to say "web log."</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;">A brief history of the evolution, courtesy of Wikipedia:</div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 19px;"><i>The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999. Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms.</i></span></span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: sans-serif; font-size: x-small;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 19px;"><i><br /></i></span></span><br />So 'fess up. Did you know that's where we got "blog?" Can you think of a better name? How about self-talker... or stalker? No... that's not quite what I want...</div><br /></div>

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