Tuesday Teaser – Midnight Moonrising!

Author KS Haigwood has been gracious enough to share with us a little Teaser from her current Urban Fantasy WIP, Midnight Moonrising!

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*GASP* Don’t you want to keep reading?! I do! Need more of the Moonrising Series? Check out the prequel, Accepting the Moon by clicking HERE.

KSHaigwoodYou can follow KS Haigwood’s Amazon Author page by clicking the FOLLOW button below her picture over HERE. This way you’ll be one of the first to know when Midnight Moonrising is out!

Do it. You know you want to. *double wink*

Happy Tuesday!

It’s a Date – Wednesday Writing Tip

If you’re like 90% of the writers I know, you have an idea for a release date by the time you’ve begun your WIP. A lot of us do this. We set a goal date, and then write like hell to reach it. Sometimes we do, but when we don’t…

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Right?! Utter doom follows. But it doesn’t have to be that painful – missing a deadline you created in your head just because it sounded good shouldn’t feel like the end of the world. So, why does it? Well, for me, I often times judge how much time it will take me to finish a story based on my word count and the time it takes to reach my daily requirements to reach that amount. Oh, is this system flawed. Why? Because I’m human. And I have a life. And those things called children. I’m learning that setting a release date too early can result in complete implosion of my brain. Horrible things happen to my Muse. Even worse things happen to my WIP. I hurry. I rush. And then – editing HELL.

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I go through a guilt-fueled binge drinking week (coffee, people…I’m no lush. At least, not during the editing process when I need full function of my brain cells) and I consume more chocolate than any person should. Ever. In their entire lifetime. This sort of rushed editing leads to an overwhelming sense of doubt. I begin to think that what I wrote is tantamount to a giant heap of steaming poo. And nothing anyone says otherwise will make me feel better. By the 10th editing run, I’ve begun to forget how to spell the word ‘the’ and question the placement of a period at the end of a sentence. Painful. It’s a painful experience.

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And my editing turns into something worse. A mass murder of my manuscript that results in the overuse of the delete button.

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After another 100 pots worth of coffee is consumed, and I’ve stayed up so late that it’s early, and my kids forget what I look like, the manuscript will finally settle into something worth sending off to the editor. Because I love it, and I want my readers to love it.

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And once I DO manage to send it off to the editor, I will make a promise to myself that I will never again set that release date until I’m sure I can make it. I’ll sit back in my chair and take a deep breath, reminding myself that rushing is not worth it. That quality is better. And I’ll tell myself as I open up a fresh document, I’ll wait. I’ll wait till I’m close to the end and THEN pick a date for release.

But five minutes later I’ll forget that promise and two paragraphs in on the new WIP, I’ll be thinking about how many words I must write that day, and the next, and the next, to reach my weekly goal, to reach that release date.

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So. As I near the end of my current WIP, the one that I keep pushing back to make it right, I’ve realized that rushing to meet a release goal is simply not a smart move to make for each writing project. If you have a life outside of writing, or any kind of responsibilities that you must SHARE with writing, then it makes sense to hold off on that date. Just, you know, forget about it for a bit. Wait till you’ve peaked over the middle of your WIP and then start thinking about it. Or even later. Because then you can write the fun way, with less stress and more ease.

Not that writing is something that is ever truly easy. It should be hard at some point. If it’s too easy all the time, the writer isn’t learning much of anything new along their journey, are they?

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Enjoy your WIP. It’s okay to take your time with it so you are happy with the result. That is something no writer will ever regret. And this doesn’t mean you must throw out all of the goals you have for the release, because you can still organize your time – another tip that will wait for another Wednesday.

Happy Writing, everyone!

Alien: Isolation…the Stuff of Nightmares

alien-isolationAlright, it might surprise some of you to know that I’m a gamer. Well, to be truthful, in the grand scheme of the gaming community, I’m an itty-bitty baby gamer. Nothing crazy. I don’t play EVERY day. Not even every MONTH. But I’m all about 1st Person experiences and the Alien franchise, so when I heard a new game was coming out, starring Ripley Jr. herself, I just had to try it. After several days, a few changes of shorts and mini-heart palpitations later, I’ve finished Alien: Isolation. I don’t normally ‘review’ games or talk about them on the blog, but this one nearly killed me, so therefor, it has earned the public mention. *wink, wink*

alien_isolation_game-wideFirst off, I play for fun and only when I have time, which as a mom and a full-time writer, means I don’t have a lot of time to sit in front of the TV and play a game from start to finish, so I set time aside for this one. From the very start, I was scared sh**less. And you can ask my kids if that’s true, because they heard me scream out loud (something I don’t really do often…yes, I’m a girl, but not a girly girl) more times than I can count on my fingers. This is a survival game, not a shoot ’em down and blow it up, kind of game. All you are doing is trying to stay alive. Not the usual game that I’ve played, where I learn rather quickly how to take out my opponent…in Alien: Isolation, I just hoped to live long enough to make it to the next save point. I’m embarrassed to admit I died more times than I have in any other game. Ever. Don’t ask me how many times…*cough, cough – double digits – cough, cough*…because I won’t tell you the number. Nope. I’m keeping that close to the vest.

alien-isolation_01Anyway. The first time this game made me nearly jump out of my clothes and fall off the couch, my son happened to be in the room, so my loud and high-piercing scream startled him more than the high-definition Alien in the face on the TV screen did. After that, he stopped sneaking out into the living room to watch me play. This is the first game in so long I can’t remember, that I also had a hard time playing at night. Crawling through air shafts with a dead flashlight (say it isn’t SO), hiding in cabinets and under tables, sprinting down hallways when you KNOW something is behind you, and opening doors to find something unpleasant on the other side…well, none of these things were all together FUN to do when my house was dark and I was alone in the living room. See, I mostly played while my hubby was working his night shifts, so as not to spoil the game for him. I’m a good wife like that.

It’s not that this game is too terrifying for the masses, but that it hits my horror button much like the first movie did. I grew up with the Alien films, and have always loved them (the first two) and always found them happily frightening (I’m weird because I enjoy getting scared). Perhaps that is why this game freaked me out so much. Too much of that nostalgic feeling of ‘scare-the-pants-off-ya-horror-80’s style. In that regard, it might not be as intense for some players.

I will admit that it was hard for me. And I don’t mean that lightly. Some of this might be because I don’t play games every week, so my controller skills are not as impressive as a true gamer. But this one took a long time to complete and there was a lot – a LOT – of running back and forth and me getting pissed because I couldn’t figure out what to do next, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT I’M SUPPOSED TO BE DOING!” and then, “OH, CRAP, THERE’S THE ALIEN! NO, DON’T KILL ME!” kinds of moments. There are games I’ve played that have a ton more action and are half as long as this one, but I kind of liked that the story wasn’t over in four hours. It’s complex, y’all.

So, now that I’m done, was it worth it? Heck, yeah! Will I play it again? Not until I see my Doctor for heart medication. I don’t think the intense heart rate spikes were all that healthy for me. Seriously. Still beating like I ran the mile. But enough about me! Check out Alien: Isolation for yourself, and let me know how YOU liked it. 😉

Interested in more? Check out the Launch Trailer here…


*No copyright infringement the makers and/or developers of the game name, images, or video content is intended. All were pulled from public sites such as YouTube and Google/Bing image searches.*

Little Nani Revisited – Blog Tour!

BLOG TOUR – LITTLE NANI REVISITED

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Thank you for visiting this wonderful blog today so you can know a bit more about Little Nani, her stories, her world, and her author. OK, her author is not as interesting as Little Nani, but what can we do? They go hand in hand, so please bear with her.

Why are we here today? Because Little Nani is suffering a series of changes. “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani” was published for the first time last September 2012, both in print and in ebook form, on Amazon and Createspace. However, along the months, I started feeling less enthusiastic about my book, thinking that the cover was dull and boring, and also thinking that the stories could be improved, maybe going through some extra editing and proofing. So that’s what I did, and now I am much happier about the result and I trust that I will start getting many more sales. Why? Because I will make the books available not only on Amazon and Createspace, but also on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Feed-A-Read.

There will be also many different options to buy the books. Do you want to buy the whole set of stories? You can do it. Do you want to buy just some stories, the ones you think you would like? You can do it too, since I will publish the stories individually on Smashwords. So you see, different options to match different customers, different readers.

Once all this is settled and the books are republished on all those retailers, I will start to do the same process with the second book in the Little Nani series, which will be available next Fall.

Follow the whole blog tour since I will be announcing all the news in the different blogs!

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Little Nani is a little girl who likes helping people. However, when she helps people the results can be a bit unexpected. Why is that? Little Nani is a witch! Or at least she wants to be a witch. With her magic wand, she will try to cast different spells to help her friends, but she won’t be successful all the time.

Follow Little Nani in her funny adventures and meet her extraordinary friends. Funny ostriches, horses that love reading, super-fast turtles, grumpy zombies… Little Nani has lots of friends! You can also draw your own characters!

Little Nani is willing to become a good witch. Will she manage to do it? Who knows? Read the stories and discover what happens next!

AUTHOR BIO

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Cinta Garcia de la Rosa is a Spanish writer who has loved the written word since he discovered she was able to read books at age 5. Since then, she has become a bookworm and reads around 100 books every year. She also writes, every day, compulsively, even in the middle of the night. You cannot control when inspiration hits you, can you? She writes in English because she is convinced that in a previous life she was British, so writing in English feels more natural to her than writing in her native language. Yes, she is crazy like that. Cinta Garcia is the author of “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani”, a collection of short stories for children, and “A Foreigner in London”, a short story published on Smashwords. She is a member of Independent Authors International (iAi).

Why did you choose to write children’s books?

 

Well, the truth is that I didn’t choose to write children’s books. I am an author of contemporary short stories and horror stories, although I write my horror stories under a pen name. Writing for children was something that I never expected to do. When I wrote a silly story for my blog and people started liking it and asking for more, I started giving more serious thoughts to Little Nani and her world and I thought, Why not?

So I didn’t choose to write children’s stories. The stories chose me by taking over my mind. Little Nani and her friends starting talking to me on a daily basis, so I simply couldn’t ignore them any longer. And I can’t complain, since it is a lot of fun to write their stories. In a way, it is rewarding to write stories for kids, since you know that they can read a story written by you, draw in the book, and smile.

I write children’s books, yes, but I also write other kinds of books. I like to think of myself as a versatile writer, and this stage of writing kids’ stories is fun for now, so I guess I will continue “choosing” writing for children.

Thanks, Trish, for hosting me on your blog!

LINKS TO THE BOOKS

Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/3914481

Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/Funny-Adventures-Little-Nani-ebook/dp/B009YMBXJW/ref=tag_dpp_lp_edpp_ttl_in

Amazon (UK): http://www.amazon.co.uk/Funny-Adventures-Little-Nani-ebook/dp/B009YMBXJW/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Austenite78

MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CintaGarciaRosa

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cinta-Garc%C3%ADa-de-la-Rosa-Author/333755993341596

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6470058.Cinta_Garc_a_de_la_Rosa

Amazon Author: http://www.amazon.com/Cinta-Garc%C3%ADa-de-la-Rosa/e/B009LHYYSM

Smashwords Author: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Austenite78

Website: http://www.cintagarciadelarosa.com/

Blogs: http://cintascorner.wordpress.com/ // http://icantstopreadingblog.com/ //

http://authorsyouwanttoread.wordpress.com/

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CintaGarciaRosa/

Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/cintascorner

About.me: http://about.me/cintagarcia

Authorsdb: http://authorsdb.com/authors-directory/1034-cinta-garcia-de-la-rosa

Askdavid.com: http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/children-book/3237

 GIVEAWAY!

Don’t forget to leave a comment, so you can enter the giveaway for the opportunity to win a signed copy of “The Funny Adventures of Little Nani”. If you leave comments in several blogs during the tour, you will get an entry for each comment. So don’t hesitate to comment!

The Well Collector…releasing Friday!

Yes, you read that right!

‘The Well Collector’, a short thriller, will be available THIS Friday (April 5th) on Amazon!

 

“Time was speeding up, moving faster every day. He had to have another one. Now…”

Love, lies, loss and murder. Not everything is what it seems in this short psychological thriller that takes readers on a journey through the darkest depths of one twisted soul. Everyone has that special collection – what does the Well Collector keep hidden away? And what happens when the collection is finally complete?

 

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