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Today is the day my precious NA Psychological Horror, The Bleeding Heart, releases into the world. I have learned so much about, not only the self-publishing process, but also myself.
Here are my TOP 10 THINGS I LEARNED WHILE SELF-PUBBING:
1. I thought I knew all about technology, but I know squat–the most frustrating thing about self-publishing is having to format documents. I love my Mac, but Pages is so limited. Having to purchase Microsoft Office just seems so wrong!
2. Talking about myself to people I know is so nerve wracking–but telling friends and family about my book elicited so much wonderfulness I have no idea what the angst was about in the first place!
3. Without my CP, this whole thing would be dead in the water–Valia Lind often took precious writing minutes of her own to help me through the technical difficulties. Truly, without her and her whole cheerleading thing I’d be lost. Plus, she knows a lot about comma placement, and apparently I know nada:)
4. Accepting that I am not anyone else, but me–Jennifer Armentrout writes something like 9 books in a year. I am not her. I work 2 jobs and have 2 kids. I write when I can and when the muse hits. For me, writing a draft in a year is good. I accept that (and envy Jennifer of course).
5. Traditionally published authors are very supportive–when posting about my release and cover reveal, many traditionally published authors were very kind and showed their excitement for my achievement. Self-publishing has definitely shattered the barriers between itself and traditional publishing!
6. No matter what, I did what I set out to do–I’m a realist. My book may never become a best seller. Do I wish it would, of course! But I know that there are so many books out there that mine may never make it past the 375,000 ranking. For me, I’m proud of myself for writing a book and publishing it. It’s a dream come true!
7. I want to write more–writing is freaking hard work, but it’s something I love to do. And I definitely have MANY more stories to tell. In fact, I have a short story that will be featured in a Halloween Anthology, October 2015!
8. NEVER do something you aren’t good at–pay someone to design your cover. Pay someone to run a cover reveal or blog hop. These people know what they are doing! Sarah Henson from Okay Creations created something that was no where on my radar. THIS cover is all her and she nailed it! Lydia from HEA Blog Tours took care of me and got my book out there. I blog and have a lot of blogging friends, so her knowledge was so helpful!
9. Don’t rush–I would have loved to have my book finished, so I could sign at BEA this year. It didn’t happen. I knew that that deadline wasn’t reachable, so I took my time.
10. Some people will love the book. Some people will hate the book. The end.
The Bleeding Heart
by Amy Giuffrida
Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 21, 2015)
Brooklyn is a talented artist with an obsession for blood; one that she satiates at her uncle’s tattoo shop. It’s here at The Bleeding Heart that Brooklyn practices the art of dispensing pain onto others. Yet, nothing can dull the desire running through her veins, especially since the man she really wants to torture rots in jail for murder.
When Daniel comes into her life, Brooklyn’s obsession with tattoos and blood quickly turns into desire for him. She dreams about getting him on her tattoo table as her first official customer, marking him as her own. But Daniel has a different idea as to what they should be doing with their bodies.
As Brooklyn spirals out of control, her sanity begins to slip right along with whatever is left of her humanity. Daniel may be the only one left to save her, if she lets him in. In the end she will have to choose between exacting vengeance, staying alive, or loving Daniel.
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In Fire & Flood, Tella Holloway faced a dangerous trek through the jungle and across the desert, all to remain a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed for a chance at obtaining the Cure for her brother. She can’t quit–she has to win the race, save Cody, and then fight to make sure the race stops before it can claim any more lives. In the next legs of the race, across the ocean and over mountains, Tella will face frostbite, sharks, avalanche, and twisted new rules in the race.
But what if the danger is deeper than that? How do you know who to trust when everyone’s keeping secrets? What do you do when the person you’d relied on most suddenly isn’t there for support? How do you weigh one life against another?
The race is coming to an end, and Tella is running out of time, resources, and strength. At the start of the race there were one hundred twenty-two Contenders. As Tella and her remaining friends start the final part of the race, just forty-one are left–and only one can win.
Here’s a sneek peek…straight from the boss…
I swallow and stare at him in the dark, my entire body itching to feel his touch. When I see the anticipation in his stance, the way he looks at me as if I’m both infuriating and appealing — it makes me feel powerful. But when he takes a step in my direction, that power plummets to some place untouchable. Now I’m a seventeen-year-old girl again, standing in the shadows with someone who feels like he’s lived three lives to my one.
“Come with me,” he orders.
There’s no room for refusal, and I don’t want there to be. He takes my hand to help me step over sleeping bodies, both human and Pandora. When I stumble, he leans over and sweeps beneath my knees. I’m brought into his arms with the same ease I may use to curl a rabbit to my chest. But I’m not such an innocent, silent creature.
I’ve got spirit and fire in spades. Though, right now, as he carries me to the single back bedroom, I have neither. I’m somebody else now. I’m Tella Holloway, Boston girl turned Montana transplant, sitting on the edge of her bed, awaiting her very first date with the boy who makes her parents uneasy. A boy who doesn’t speak nearly enough, but when he does, this girl stops and listens. In my mind’s eye, I’m wearing the silver-sequined dress that’s hibernated in my closet far too long. I feel beautiful and confident, and who cares if he said we’re going to the lake at night? I want to glimpse the look on his face when he sees me. I envision how his entire face will light up as if it’s lit from within. How his full lips will part slightly and his cold blue eyes will soften.
Guy sets me on my feet, and I gaze up at him.
Oh yes. Right there. That’s the look I imagined.
© 2015 Victoria Scott. From Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott, published by Scholastic Inc. All rights reserved.
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Anomaly (Schrodinger’s Consortium #1)
by Tonya Kuper
Release Date: 11/25/14
Summary from Goodreads:
Reality is only an illusion.
Except for those who can control it…
Worst. Birthday. Ever.
My first boyfriend dumped me – happy birthday, Josie!- my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…
Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.
When hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…
About the Author
Tonya Kuper’s debut, ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger’s Consortium young adult scifi trilogy, releases November 2014 by Entangled Teen. She lives in Omaha, NE with her two rad boys and husband, is a music junkie, and a chocolate addict. Star Wars & Sherlock fan.
ANOMALY PROMO POST:
Name: Hannah Raymond
Hair: almost black
Association to Resistance/Job: none/ NA
Personality Traits: positive, encouraging, compassionate, loyal
Likes: sweets, friends (Josie), cheerleading, America’s Next Top Model, cute boys
Dislikes: mean people, not having a mom or siblings, math & science
Name: Santos Garcia
Hair: dark brown
Association to Resistance/Job: Pusher/trainer
Personality Traits: funny, positive, supportive, energetic
Likes: food, nice kitchens, sports (watching & playing), technology
Dislikes: Consortium freaks, not being able to have a girlfriend,
About CREED: Three went in. Three came out. None even a shadow of who they once were.
When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.
But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear
Release date: November 8, 2014
Genre: Young Adult psychological horror
Publisher website: http://www.fluxnow.com/product.php?ean=9780738740805
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Creed-Trisha-Leaver/9780738740805
About Trisha Leaver: Trisha Leaver graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the Cape Cod Children’s Writers.
Trisha on Writing:
What inspired you to write a horror story?
Easy answer….my brother. I was deathly afraid of the dark when I was a kid. I used to check under the bed and refused to sleep without the hall light on. My older brother used to tease me, say that it wasn’t the monsters under the bed that I should be afraid of, but the ones hiding in the closet. We were stupid, bickering kids back then, but years later, with a lifetime of experiences behind me, I finally got what he meant. None of the horror I write is paranormal based. Not because I don’t love a good fanged monster, but because I believe the darkness that surrounds us every day is scarier than any paranormal creature Hollywood could dream up. It’s the evil that lingers within a chosen few, their dark past and tortured existences that I try to capture. What can I say, I like to explore the darker side of humanity.
I’ve read that Lindsay is a huge fan of Stephen King. How does his writing influence your own? More than once CREED has been pitched as the CHILDREN OF THE CORN meets THE VILLAGE, so it is interesting that you ask about Stephen King.
Has he influenced my writing, but more his style than his actual plots. Stephen King plays more to the psychological aspects of horror as opposed to the slasher, girl-in-bikini-running-a-lake-being-chased-by-a-machete-weilding-psych of type of horror. Think of THE SHINING and Jack’s slow decent into insanity, the isolation, the knowledge that true evil can reside in all of us….that is the aspect of Stephen King’s writing that I am most drawn to.
Trisha, Poltergeist scared the crap out of me too! In fact, I hid all dolls in the attack after seeing the clown attack Carrie Ann. At age___ I finally beat my fear of clowns last year. After all of this, what keeps bringing you back to horror?
Psychological based horror gives you the opportunity to explore the darkest shades of life, peel back the layer of a character’s inner psyche to discover where evil dwells. Whether I am writing solo YA contemporary or co-authoring a horror, I love raw, gritty emotion and tension and that grey area between right and wrong. In my experience, fear…true, unadulterated, oh-my-god-that-really-could-happen fear is one of the most powerful emotions one can draw out in their reader and…well, horror is the perfect genre for that.
Did you do any type of research, like visiting a haunted house?
Ahh….no, never visited a haunted house. And before you ask, I have no intention of EVER having my dreams analyzed because as you can imagine, even I don’t want to go there 🙂 We did a fair amount of research into the organization of cults, their hierarchal structure and the use of coercion and mind games to both recruit and maintain their followings. But the town, the surrounding areas, the characters are completely a fictional product of our twisted imaginations.
Co-writing is not the norm, so how do you ladies write? Do you write alternating chapters?
It may not be the norm, and I can guarantee it doesn’t work for everybody, but co-authoring has been a seamless process for me and Lindsay thus far. We both have a hand in every chapter, every scene, often trading the same chapter back and forth multiple times a day. Not only are we tweaking content, but since all of our books are written in singular POV, we take great pains to make sure the voice is consistent. One of the greatest compliments we can get is when our CPs or editor say “I can’t tell who wrote what!”
I know you won’t talk too much about your next book SWEET MADNESS, but can you talk about how you came up with the idea of writing a YA historical fiction horror story?
My next book is actually a solo YA Contemporary title THE SECRETS WE KEEP. It hits shelves winter of 2015 with FSG/ Macmillan. But you want to know about our super-secret project SWEET MADNESS. It is truly a YA Historical Horror based on an actual murder that occurred in the late 1800’s. Why historical…I have a fascination with history, specifically the gruesome aspects of it so it was a natural place for out writing to go.
Any advice you can give to writers?
Persistence, patience, and solid group of CP’s. Write because it is your passion, because the stories you are telling are an extension of yourself, a voice in your head that is demanding to be given life. Trust me, that passion will come through in your writing. Ego has no place in the world of publishing. No matter where you are in this journey, there are people behind you and people in front of you and those players are constantly in motion. Learn from them, mentor them, be kind and supportive to them. And lastly and probably the hardest for any author to swallow is SOME BOOKS ARE MEANT TO DIE. Don’t be afraid to shelve a book. I have….more than once, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that I will again.
About Lindsay Currie: Lindsay Currie graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL with an English Literature degree. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the YA Scream Queens.
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Lindsay on Horror and Halloween:
- We all know kids love to dress up and see who can get the most candy when they go out Trick or Treating. As adults, we either pick out of our kid’s haul or we dip our greedy hands in the candy we “bought” to hand out to the little goblins who ring our doorbell. So tell me, what is your favorite Halloween candy?
- Do you have any fun Halloween experiences you can tell us? Or pictures you can share?
- We can talk all day about Horror movies around here, and we all have our favorites. What is yours?
- So many movies are being remade to be modern and to draw in a younger audience. Many times I find myself wondering just what’s wrong with watching the original. Do you like to see horror movies remade or a fan of the originals?
- Can you remember the first horror book you read? Is this what drew you to writing horror? Yup! I actually recently re-read it, too! When I was in 4th grade, I read a book called The Dollhouse Murders by Betsy Ren Wright. Whoa did that book scare me. Dolls in a dollhouse that move and reenact a murder? Yipes! I was deliciously terrified by that book and I think it had a major impact on me in terms of my love of horror. That rush of adrenaline you get when you’re reading . . . it’s perfect.
- Fear is something everyone feels, whether it’s because we watched a scary movie or we read something terrifying in the news. Sometimes, it’s something we can overcome—like my fear of clowns and moving dolls. What scares you? Oh geez. You’re afraid of moving dolls? Don’t read the book I mentioned above. It will scar you for life LOL. Also, maybe stay off “It’s a Small World” at Disneyworld:) What scares me though? Not a whole lot, to be honest. I have three kids so most of my fears seem to revolve around them and their safety, but if we’re talking horror film type fears, I don’t have many. I will admit that there is a soft spot in me for exorcist related things. So, in movies where someone is possessed and they speak in different voices and have unnatural abilities . . . that stuff really scares me. I can’t remember what movie it was, but one of them had a little girl who was possessed with an evil spirit and she was standing under this emergency light repeating “you scared me, Daddy” and giggling – geez that almost gave me a heart attack. I guess it all comes down to this: as long as no one I know ends up possessed, I’m all good.
- As writers, we all fear rejection. It’s absolutely terrifying to share yourself via writing, but at the same time without taking that risk books don’t get published. As a writer, what has your scariest moment been?
- How would you survive a zombie apocalypse?