Monday, October 21, 2013

The Faerie War Release Day Blitz!

It's party time!!! 
Today is the official online release of Rachel Morgan's third Creepy Hollow novel, The Faerie War. After that cliffhanger at the end of the second book, fans can finally find out what happens to Violet and everyone else in Creepy Hollow. If you'd like to get your copy, you can find it at the following online stores, plus a few others:

There are seven other teaser images displayed on various blogs today. If you'd like to see them, you can visit the following fabulous bloggers:

And there's a major giveaway going on!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations to Rachel! I was lucky enough to read an earlier version of The Faerie War and you are seriously going to love it! I am off to purchase my official copy and read it again! I highly recommend you all do the same. :)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

And THAT's the way the cake crumbles

I made the ugliest cake. No joke. People should probably document it and place it in a file among the worst cakes baked and study the stupidity of the baker. I occasionally have baking fails, like the time I screwed up jell-o. But. This one literally takes the cake. I was attempting to make a birthday cake for my roommate since her birthday is tomorrow.

The First Mistake:
I had no baking spray, so I read on the internet....

Yes, that was my fault. I read you can rub butter in the pan to make it non-stick. I forgot that butter will bake in the oven, making it useless. So... you guessed it? The cake STUCK to the pan and since I was trying to make a two layer cake... it fell all over the plate. I managed to scoop it up and put the second half on top.

The Second Mistake:

I forgot to put frosting in-between the two layers of cake. Yep, you can't pick up an incredibly soft cake and fix it. So, I called my mom and complained, but decided to put frosting on the cake and make it work.

The Third and Final, Takes the Cake Mistake:
Frosting did NOT save the cake. The cake was so soft it stuck to the knife and refused to spread across the cake. Yes, the cake was cool, but it apparently didn't matter. The cake died.

At this point, I was laughing as I continued to try and fix the frosting.

Instead, I fell to the floor hysterically crying as I tried not to wipe cake on my face and the floor. I just wanted to make a nice cake and I felt like I failed. No one baking fails like me. My mind compared my life to the cake; when I try to fix my life I'm like the cake and it continues to crumb. I've had a stressful past few weeks. I lost the job I loved and after weeks of searching I found a job in retail. I feel like I've let myself down and I expected more from my life. I'm a crumbled cake. But that's not the point.

Writing is like baking a cake. Sometimes it crumbles. Your rough draft can be awful and you feel like crying over it as you try to add some sweet scenes to fix it. It continues to crumble. But it's gonna be okay. You can still keep the good parts and you always get a second draft. A re-do.

The good news, my roommate loved my birthday cake attempt. It's the thought that counts and that's the way the cake crumbles. :)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

NaNoWriMo is coming...

It's almost time. Almost time for the craziness known as NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, where you have 30 days to write 50,000 words. It's crazy! But I love it. This will be my seventh NaNo. I've won four in November and two Camp NaNoWriMos. I'm super excited for another round of writing like a mad person!

If you are thinking of joining, join! There's no harm in trying. :) You are welcome to be my writing buddy!

I will be attempting my first YA Sci-Fi.I'm excited about it, though a bit nervous. Here's my blurb and the mock-cover of my NaNo novel - "Cold to the Touch":

Luna is just the girl who always wears gloves. She's always cold and dressed in jeans and long sleeves. Whoever bumps into her is left with an icy chill. No one touches her and she refuses all physical contact. Even her best friend, Quinn, knows better than to ask about her glove obsession and the lack of heat from her body.

Bentley is the star of the basketball team, even though he's new to the school. He doesn't date, despite his popularity and is always surrounded by his buddies. In PE class, Bentley is partnered with Luna for bad-mitten and is interested by the secluded girl. But she refuses to give him the time of day.

When their hands touch, Bentley and Luna shove each other back. He is desperate to know what happened, but Luna runs away. Bentley has to find out what happened and he wants to tell his secret. Luna will have to trust him or settle with being alone.

Good luck if you are doing NaNoWriMo - I am there with you! If you're not, be prepared for some craziness ahead!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I finished writing "The Damned"! The END!

I'm a bit slow here, but on October 13th - I finished the first draft of "The Damned", which is the second book in my trilogy, with the first book being "Defiance". WHEW! I have now written 8 novels - YES!

I'm suddenly really hungry for some cookie-robots
"The Damned" took about 3 1/2 months to complete, which I'm finding is about my average speed for a novel and I'm happy with it. Though I admit the first book in the series was written in 16 days, my fastest ever.

This draft took a little bit more to write. While the character didn't argue with me too much, Effie is incredibly bitter and stubborn. The middle part of the book fought me until she agreed for the romance to progress and wow, I wrote an incredible first kiss! If I do say so myself. It's smexy! I really enjoyed writing Effie, who is a siren, and her eventual love with Galen, an extremely rare genie. They were great characters with some wonderful chemistry! The ending got incredibly dark and I scared myself a little bit with it, but it's a shocker!

Here's a little sneak peak of "The Damned":

I hung my head slightly before heading over to the register, feeling a bit ridiculous when I realized I'd skipped over. Galen's eyes shimmered in the light from the handing bulbs and the sunlight hitting the glass of the display case.

"How can I help you today?" I bit my lip to keep from grinning like an idiot.

"Hmm... I don't know if you can help me, but I would like a half-caf double espresso latte with skim milk, two pumps of vanilla flavoring, one pack of Sweet and Low, and two pumps of coconut. Think you can make it?"

"I don't know, sir. You did order a very complicated drink. I'm not sure my old tremor ridden hands can make such a delicate drink. Would you prefer a pure sugar IV with a dose of caffeine?"

Galen laughed warmly. His hands folded together on the counter and I had a strong urge to grab his fingers, just to feel his warmth. The light scent of his cologne hit me as he adjusted his position and a slight breeze came in from the window. "Nope, I'd like to change my order. I'd like a regular dark roast coffee with four pumps of caramel. Yeah, that's much easier and a bit sweeter."

I couldn't stop the laugh from escaping my lips. "You have a bit of sweet tooth."

"Hey, if I were ever a criminal, I make it my goal in life to steal all of the sugar in the world and I'd call myself 'The Sweet Tooth'. It sounds very official."

I rang up his order, taking his card from between his two fingers. My fingertips gently brushed his and I swore I saw actual sparks. Galen stood up straight and tucked the card back into his wallet when I finished.

"When are you finished with your shift? I thought we could have dinner."

"I'm done in an hour. You wanna wait for me?"

Galen nodded. "I've been waiting for you for a long time. I just didn't know it."

Yes, Galen is a bit of a smoother talker, though once you find out more about him, he is totally allowed to use those cheesy lines. :) Hope you liked it! I still need to celebrate finishing writing it - maybe I'll have some ice cream later and watch The Goonies. I love me some Chunk and his great lines.

Now, I have two weeks to relax until November 1st and National Novel Writing Month - coming in a post soon!

Friday, October 4, 2013

"Breathless" is being published!!

First, let me say how nervous and incredibly excited I am! I am super excited to tell you of my news and at the same time, I feel like I could probably throw up on your shoes. Though I'll try to aim away from your shoes.

I have made the decision to self-publish my novel, "Breathless." It's a YA Urban Fantasy Romance; a twist on the Little Mermaid. It's a novella and I love it!

I'm not against traditional publishing or publishing with a small publisher. I'd still like to find an agent someday, but at this time, I think the best decision for publishing this novel is to self-publish it. It really gives me control of how the novel is published and I'm very excited about that!

The publishing industry is changing. You can be a hybrid author, and combine as many aspects of publishing as you can and want to handle. It's okay to have self-published books, small ebooks, and paperback books.

So... "Breathless" is being published!

I am aiming for a release date in December, but I'm not sure at this time. It will depend on some final revisions and tightening. I do plan on doing a cover reveal, hopefully in November, so I'd love it if you wanted to help out! I'll be doing a special post on that at a later date.

It has a Goodreads page - so you are welcome to add it to your to-read list!
Breathless by Krista McLaughlin

More details will be coming soon! I just wanted to share my excitement with you! Thanks everyone and I will be keeping you posted with more information! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

IWSG - Is it ever gonna happen?

It's time for another installation of The Insecure Writer's Support Group, which posts on the first Wednesday of every month and is run by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.

Today is also the celebration of the new website for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, which is super awesome! Be sure to check it out!

I'm struggling with waiting. I'm super excited and happy for all of my writing buddies, who are finding agents and getting published!! At the same time, I can't help but wonder if it will ever happen for me. Will I ever be published? Will I find an agent who loves my book just as much as me? Will this writing thing ever be worth it?

Don't get me wrong; I love writing. I'm not doing it for money, but because I really enjoy writing stories and creating new worlds. But I'd like to have readers someday. I want someone to enjoy my characters and remember the story after it ends. Here's a list of the books I've written and what genre they fit in.

Falling Star - YA Christian Fiction
Down in the Creek - YA Christian Fiction
To Love Without Hope - YA Christian Fiction
The Secret - YA Christian Fiction
Twisted - NA Fantasy Romance (WIP)

Nameless/Unless - YA Epic Fantasy
Defiance (Book 1)- YA Urban Fantasy
Breathless - NA Urban Fantasy Romance
The Damned (Book 2) - YA Urban Fantasy (WIP)

We all have different writing journeys and that's what is wonderful about writing. All of our journeys are unique and I like reading about them. I just really hope that it happens for me someday. Waiting is necessary with writing. But some days the waiting just really sucks. I really hope I make it someday. I've love to attach "published author" to my name. For now, I'm still waiting.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Nick's New Editorial Service!

Today I am talking about the new editorial service from my critique partner - Nick Wilford! He's an incredible guy, always willing to help and has a heart of service. I'm super excited he'll be offering his editorial services. Congratulations Nick! :)

With the unstoppable rise of self-publishing, it’s easier than ever to put your words and stories out there in the world. This is a great thing, and I’m all for it. However, it’s not just about the story - although of course, that is the most important part - but the way it’s presented. After spending months or years on a novel, building an incredible world and honing your characters and storylines to perfection, the last thing you want is to be let down by a lack of editing. It’s just as important as an arresting cover image.

Nick Wilford, Freelance Editor is a one-stop shop for affordable editing, proofreading and formatting services. With professional training and ten years of experience as a journalist and editor, the time has come to transfer these skills in order to help out the fellow authors I have come to love.

But it doesn’t stop there. I’m ready to edit anything; from a crucial term paper, to memoirs and other non-fiction books, short stories, articles or job application letters. Let me put that finishing touch on your masterpiece.

Feel free to take a look at my website for further details of my services and prices.


Nick Wilford is a writer, freelance editor and stay-at-home dad. Fascinated by words from a young age, he trained as a journalist before embracing the calling of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland.


Congratulations Nick! Good luck with your new venture!

October Goals

October is here! And this means my favorite holiday is coming - Halloween! I already have everything decorated and it looks pretty awesome! :) This is my favorite of the decorations --

There's so much more, but I will spare you my excessive love of Halloween. :)

Here are my goals from September:
* Write to 30,00 on my novel, "The Damned"
I wrote 12,387 words this month. And I wrote an incredible kiss scene! :)

* Read "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card

* Write to 10,000 words on my novel, Twisted
I wrote 4,917. But I think I am going to shelve the novel for now. It's not working out. :(

* Participate in the "More Than Just a Kiss Blogfest", hosted by Christine Rains and Cecilia Robert

I achieved all of my goals this month! Yes!! (Possibly because I don't have a job, but I was pretty productive, which is good.)

Goals for October:
* Complete another round of tightening revisions, "Breathless"
Adding more character detail with mother, modify wording, check for repeated words, and fix clarification of Courtney/Mom.

* Write to 50,000 on my novel, "The Damned"
I am hoping to finish the first draft before NaNoWriMo next month. :) I can do it!

Only two goals for this month! I'm hoping to finish some revisions and hopefully, I will have a special announcement on Friday for all of you! How did your goals for September go? What are your goals for October?