Monthly Archives: September 2013

Why Writing Horror Is–SHOULD BE–Hard Part 2

Awesome article on Writing Horror by Author Kristen Lamb

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First, a quick announcement. For those who’ve been waiting, my new social media book Rise of the Machines–Human Authors in a Digital Worldis now available in PRINT. Yay! *happy dance* Almost 300 pages and 1.1 pounds of AWESOME. All you need to build a solid author platform and have time to do the most important part of the job—WRITE MORE BOOKS.

All right. Since it’s coming up on October, it seemed fitting to delve into the genre of Horror, and not simply for those who write spooky tales, but for the rest of us as well.

Elisabeth Kubler Ros once stated:

There are only two emotions: love and fear. All positive emotions come from love, all negative emotions from fear. From love flows happiness, contentment, peace, and joy. From fear comes anger, hate, anxiety and guilt. It’s true that there are only two primary emotions, love and fear. But…

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Friday Finds (Sept 27)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

It has been a while since I posted a Friday Finds but I thought I would share this little gem I discovered.  I haven’t actually bought this yet, but it looks awesome.  If anyone heard of this let me know if it is good.

Angelfire (Angelfire, #1) (Angelfire#1) by Allison Moulton

First there are nightmares.
Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

Then come the memories.
When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

Now she must hunt.
Ellie has power that no one can match, and her role is to hunt and kill the reapers that prey on human souls. But in order to survive the dangerous and ancient battle of the angels and the Fallen, she must also hunt for the secrets of her past lives and truths that may be too frightening to remember. (Goodreads excerpt)

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Is it Friday Yet? (Sept 26)

Please let it be Friday! We can’t do any more filing!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Is it Friday Yet? post, or just a comment (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Why is Horror Important?–Part One

Great post by Keven Lucia, Horror Author, guest post on Author Kristen Lamb’s blog

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Horror is probably one of my favorite genres and always has been. When I was a teen, we didn’t have YA. We had Dean Koontz, Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft and Clive Barker. My parents were thrilled I was reading. I wonder how they would’ve felt had they known what I was reading. Yet, growing up, I couldn’t get enough scary books or horror movies and not much has changed.

Even now, when life is stressful, out of control, or I’ve had a day that’s simply served me my own tail-end on a platter, what’s my favorite outlet? A good scary movie. Not slasher flicks, but horror; terrifying, well-thought stories. In a way, I find this strange, since I dedicate most of my waking hours to making other laugh, empowering them, teaching them and encouraging them.

So why, of all things, would I be drawn to something that could scare the…

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Wordless Wednesday (Sept 25)

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Star Trek actors past and present combined in eerie portraits

I’m a big Star Trek Fan. Check out this article!

Our Author Brand—The Choice Between Meaningful and Empty, Sad Imitation

Awesome post by Author Kristen Lamb Author

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When I saw this meme on Facebook, I though my husband was going to have to scrape me off the floor I was laughing so hard. And, like most things in life, if I’m left long enough to marinate on something, I frequently discover a hidden truth or a lesson we can all apply to life, our work and our art.

There are a lot of lessons out there about author branding (I’m right, though :D). There are those who hail the genius of automation, or claim we should be outrageous, shocking, and rattle The Establishment (whatever that is). I suppose all paths are viable, though all will yield different results.

The Automated Path

There are marketing technophiles who will gladly (and often for a fee) set up our social media to act on its own. We spend an hour writing clever snippets, plug them in and POOF! A machine…

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Teaser Tuesday (Sept 24)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

I tried to stop her but was held back by Soeur Berthe’s brawny arms.  She did not release me, no matter how hard I kicked her with my heavy wooden clogs. ‘Salope,’ I cried, and, ‘Putain,’ and all the other curses and maledictions I could think of, but it did not good.

My quills and ink and parchment were gone, and with them any chance of writing my way out of this prison.

Page 32

Bitter GreensBitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

I haven’t actually started reading this book yet, but it sounds fantastic!  And yes I went over the two lines just a bit, but I had to…lol  Hope you enjoy my teaser.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

What’s in a name?

As a writer we have to of course name our characters.  but how important is the name?

O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Deny thy father and refuse thy name. Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other word would smell as sweet.  So Romeo would, were he not Romeo called,  Retain that dear perfection which he owes Without that title.

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

I love this scene from Romeo and Juliet and it is probably one of the few lines that I can recite by heart to this day.  (I learned this in grade 9…many years ago.)  It always struck a chord with me.   So when I write  I try to make my names match my characters.  This can be very subjective since  a strong name to me could be Nathan


Hellooo Nathan!




but to you Nathan could bring images of a wimpy character.

   Nathan?  Really? Hmmm.  So you see the dilemma.

When I start writing, I write whatever name comes to mind at the time of writing.  I then analyse during editing whether or not to keep the name for various reasons.  My current story has three strong male leads.

Jesse – the popular, good looking, high school Jock.  Not a jerk but usually sweet and very charming.  Loved by all, but a little conceited and not the swiftest.

Justin – the boy next door, smart, funny, best friend of my Heroine, possible love interest with a heart of gold and a strong romantic – love you forever- kind of guy.

Jake – the mostly bad, mostly evil demon who has a tiny bit of good in him.  Oh and he is about 100 years old, but looks 18, so an older name would be good.

S o you see the problem.  Too many J’s and the reader gets confused.

I am looking for help for any or all names.  Hopefully I will get some new ideas to fit my characters.  I appreciate any and all feedback.  Please leave me a comment on a name for which character.

Thanks a bunch! 🙂




Is it Friday Yet? (Sept 19)

I have been so busy today I almost forgot to post my Is it Friday yet? post.

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I know right!  

So here it is…..seriously these guys need a break….


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Please let it be Friday!

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Is it Friday Yet? post, or just a comment (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Calling All Authors!

Great idea and hope to help spread the word!

What If You Hate Facebook? Are You DOOMED?

Great post by Author Kristen Lamb.

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Guest Post by WANA International Facebook Expert Lisa Hall-Wilson

I’m not going to try and convince you of how awesome Facebook is – though Kristen is a happy convert. I’m not going to explain away all of the bad press about privacy issues or how addictive the site is. If you hate Facebook, that’s OK. But make sure you hate it for the right reasons.

I LOVE Facebook. I was a big fan of the platform before I thought about writing as a career. It just fit really well with my personality. I’m one of those people who isn’t afraid to share personal things, poke fun at myself, shake my fist at the sky, share my corner of the world with…the world.

But not everyone is like that. What if you’re a writer/author and every conference you attend, every blog post about building platform you read, tells you Facebook is…

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Wordless Wednesday (Sept 18)

(y) = Cute. photo courtesy of Totally Teen Quotes

Apollyon by Jennifer L Armentrout

Apollyon (Covenant, #4) Apollyon (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L Armentrout.  Published April 4, 2013 by Spencer Hill Press.  CDN $6.09 Kindle Edition

Fate isn’t something to mess with… and now, neither is Alex.

Alex has always feared two things: losing herself in the Awakening and being placed on the Elixir. But love has always been stronger than Fate, and Aiden St. Delphi is willing to make war on the gods—and Alex herself—to bring her back.

The gods have killed thousands and could destroy entire cities in their quest to stop Seth from taking Alex’s power and becoming the all-powerful God Killer. But breaking Alex’s connection to Seth isn’t the only problem. There are a few pesky little loopholes in the whole “an Apollyon can’t be killed” theory, and the only person who might know how to stop the destruction has been dead for centuries.

Finding their way past the barriers that guard the Underworld, searching for one soul among countless millions, and then somehow returning will be hard enough. Alex might be able to keep Seth from becoming the God Killer… or she might become the God Killer herself. (Goodreads Excerpt)

Wow what an emotional and thoroughly enjoyable roller coaster ride of a story.  I loved every minute of this book.  The story keeps getting better and better.  This book truly is amazing.  There is nonstop action, romance, thrills and chills and everything in between.  There are some questions that we get answers to, and then there are more questions.  The worst is that I can’t wait to read the next book after the cliff hanger at the end.  I can’t wait until November.  Sniff L

There is no question that Alex is one bad ass female.  You can’t help but cheer for her and admire her spunk and tenacity; I mean seriously the girl takes on a God!  I won’t say what the outcome is but think about it people…he is a God!  She keeps fighting no matter what and never gives up.  I have to admire her.

And Aiden…sigh…what can I say, he truly is amazing.  In the beginning of the series I admit I had my doubts, but holy cow the man is everything, romantic, sweet, brave, stubborn (in a good way) and smoking hot!  Enough said.

Truly amazing book!  5 stars for sure.

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Elixir by Jennifer L Armentrout

Elixir (Covenant, #3.5) Elixer(Covenant #3.5) by Jennifer L Armentrout.  Published Nov 27, 2012 by Spencer Hill Press.  CDN $.99 Kindle Edition.

Aiden St. Delphi will do anything to save Alex.
Even if it means doing the one thing he will never forgive himself for.
Even if it means making war against the gods. (Goodreads Excerpt)

This book takes up right after Deity and therefore you must read Deity first.  What I liked about this is that it is told from Aiden’s POV.  You really see the depth of his love for Alex in this novella.  Alex’s worst nightmare has come true and Aiden will do anything to help her.  I don’t want to ruin it for anyone but it is very emotional and heart wrenching…a true love can conquer all tale.

5 stars for me.