My book is LIVE. (click here)

My book is LIVE. (click here)

Book Description

Publication Date: March 15, 2014
Forced to take immediate control over her life, Wylie recounts the haunting chain of events that led to her fall from grace.
She explains how she met her modern-day knight, how she eagerly grabbed his hand to join the descent down his crime-infused rabbit hole. She delves deeper through the winding tunnel of her traumatic adolescence, hoping to rid herself of her sins.
Angry Blonde is the confession of a girl who must learn how to create love and safety from fear and hatred.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2894 KB
  • Print Length: 403 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

There it is, in all its fine glory. Yes, it released yesterday but my internet access is limited so I couldn’t update right away. Anyway, contemporary new adult fiction. A little bit of romance, a little bit of violence. If not your cup of tea, pass it along, and any feedback is appreciated. Enjoy!

My cover page is here!

And it looks amazing! I could not be more happy with it – it captures the book perfectly.

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Only TWELVE more days until the release! Now that I have the cover, I’m getting more excited than nervous. Thank goodness!

Credit: Regina at http://www.maeidesign.com. Seriously, if you’re publishing a book, she is the person to go to. She asks really good in-depth questions to get the right feel for the book and she’s super patient. 100% recommended. 

Editing: Final Round

My best friend for life (who is also an author) printed out my story and fixed it up for me. I was expecting a lot of grammar mistakes, weird sentence structure, and plot holes. Turns out, a lot of her notes had to do with the story itself. There are a couple of things I need to add to have the story and characters’ actions make sense to the reader which I totally wouldn’t have thought about. I’m the type of person who will give a minimal amount of detail and elaboration as long as the reader gets the point. But I have to remember that since the story is in my head, I already understand the whole thing. it’s up to me to make 100% sure that my readers do, too.

So the point is, always, always have someone else look over your work before you finish it. The more people with more writing skills, the better but not every author has friends with similar interests or can afford an editor, so anyone will do as long as they put in the time and effort. An avid reader will be able to do a decent job pointing out grammatical errors and suggesting better vocabulary.

So with this printed version, I shall devote this week to changing the computer version and then (sigh) format it to a Kindle-friendly version. Which wouldn’t take up a huge amount of time if I didn’t have a house to clean and kids to take care of (BTW, that groundhog in Pennsylvania will end up in my frying pan, extra crispy, within the next 10 years.* My oldest hasn’t been to school since Friday and we’re probably going to get more snow tomorrow. -__-) After this final round, I am saving it, converting it, and never looking at it again until it’s released. (Yeah, right).

And then next week, reaching out to reviewers like myself, hoping they’ll be interested enough to read/review my very own novel. Eek! I’ll push all the anxiety about that to next week. One. Thing. At. A. Time.

*I don’t really believe in Groundhog’s Day. I live in the Northeast, where winter coat season lasts until May. If we see Spring sometime within the next 6 weeks, there will be an outrage (can’t please everyone).

I have internet.

Finally. I’ve been MIA but now that my internet is back I can you know, keep up with my blog. I tried to update it on my tablet but that was too annoying.

I have another batch of reviews coming and then I have to edit my novel for the third and hopefully, final time and send it to blog people. This is where i’m getting a little bit nervous since it will be the first time people I don’t know will read my book. And of course, the editing….I’m about halfway through and I want to throw the whole thing out the window, haha. 

So anyway, book reviews coming in the near future. 

Oh, and I’m also on page 50 of my new story. Maybe going without internet isn’t such a bad idea. 

A synopsis among other things.

First, I would like to say thank you to everyone who is still following me after I’ve been kind of driven off track a little. I know I am not updating as much, but I am still reading books for review, still working on publishing my novel, and starting the second one (yay!). Oh, and of course working, taking care of my sons, and preparing to visit family. Yes, I am insane. I know. 

So I think it’s time to reveal the synopsis to my own novel, Angry Blonde. Here we go! 

Forced to take immediate control over her life, Wylie recounts the haunting chain of events that led to her fall from grace.
She explains how she met her modern-day knight, how she eagerly grabbed his hand to join the descent down his crime-infused rabbit hole. She delves deeper through the winding tunnel of her traumatic adolescence, hoping to rid herself of her sins.
Angry Blonde is the confession of a girl who must learn how to create love and safety from fear and hatred.

Ta-da! If you are interested, I’m planning on releasing the novel in early March. I wish I had a set date that I can keep throwing at everyone but I don’t yet. Stay tuned for that and other updates. 

I’d like to take a time-out.

From my usual author spotlights and book reviews – but don’t worry, they’ll be back after this. 

So first I’ll make an update about my book publishing process. I’m working with a cover designer right now. I’ve edited and re-edited, and I have people reading it over. I’m very excited to release it next year, which is creeping up on me. And the ball is rolling. I’m still very nervous about it being shown to the public, but after the new year, I’ll have a distraction….a new story, waiting to be started. I don’t want to start now because I don’t have any time during the holidays. I’ll only be torturing myself, haha. 

The synopsis for my book will be released very soon. The cover should be done sometime in early 2014. I’m going to post it here but honestly, I don’t really care much about covers. I know other people do, so I’m making sure I have an interesting one, but that’s about it. I’ve seen some of my cover designer’s work and she seems more than capable so I’m leaving most of it up to her. 

On an even more personal note, you know I’m a mother of 2 small kids. (If you didn’t read my profile, I am, in fact, a mother of 2 small, rambunctious….I mean, wonderful kids). i was the first of my family and friends to have children, so I didn’t really know anyone I could relate to about, well, pretty much anything. So long, very long, dramatic story short, I met a group of mothers and one of them is Brandy. Her blog is mostly about about raising her 2 year old daughter, but she brings up some other current events as well. So parents of toddlers, check her out here: http://momtoamunchkin.blogspot.com/

So I hope everyone has a stress-free, relaxing, and happy holidays. Even though that isn’t always easy, especially if you’re playing Santa and/or have an excruciating holiday work schedule. But even if your Christmas is probably going to suck this year, there is always New Year’s Eve. 

I made the East River look pretty.

Who would’ve thought? And not just with Manhattan hovering around the background either. I went to old ferry site to take pictures for my book cover. Of course some big-shot movie production was going on so I didn’t have as much freedom as I would’ve liked, but I think I did alright.

*Note: I am not any means a professional photographer so if you’re looking to be dazzled by amazing photos….sorry.

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Where the fence meets this building, there is a part that’s been ripped away so I totally sneaked my sons and myself through the gap like a bad-ass.

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My sons appreciated the wide open space.

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And now, the task of finding a book-cover wizard. And the cash to activate his/her magic powers.