Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Chaotic-ness!

I'm basking in Chaotic-ness at the moment. 


My birthday was this past Sunday and I had cake, which reminded me of why I try to avoid having cake . . . because naturally I want MORE. Gimme, gimme! O_O Well, I'll wait and have more on Thursday and truly be appreciative on that day for something. Everything else, I'm just grateful for everyday of the year, so I'll focus on the goodies that day. My thighs will hate me, but my heart will be happy. (Clearly my brain is being controlled by my sweet tooth. )

Anyway, I'm also working on Chaotic, the third Luminary book. Allow me to share a couple things about this:


1- I'm so glad I didn't officially say I'd do NaNo because I'm failing on that. I've never done it before, but I'm not cut out for it . . . I'll write when I'm good and ready dammit! Err, well that's my excuse and even though I'm not on track to finishing the first draft by end of this month like I'd hoped to, I'm still writing along happily. 


2- You'll notice from the title that it, too, ends in tic. That's because I have issues. I'm OCD, okay? I had Kinetic and I had Mimic for the 4th book, so I had to find two other tics to satisfy my insanity. Static came naturally, but Chaotic was a bit more complicated to find a word that would fit. When the title came to me it was a happy day. Mostly because it would bug the heck out of me if I couldn't do the tic thing . . . you know like the chalkboard effect. Scratch it and it bugs most people. Same thing times a million would happen to me. (I also have knack for exaggeration.)


3- This one has nothing to do with Chaotic, but I was numbering stuff and it seemed appropriate to keep it going. Thanks for the feedback and support with my new Writers After Dark video series! My co-host, Raymond, and I will be recording episode 2 soon, and we'll be discussing two movies: Twilight versus Dracula (1992 version). If you have any thoughts on them, we'd love to hear it! We'll quote you with links to your website and probably even toast to it. 




Do you indulge in desserts on Thanksgiving?
Me needing all titles to end in tic . . .  umm, that's not crazy, right? 
Who is more horrific or romantic: 
Sparkly vegetarian vampire or our very 'in love' Dracula?


Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Writers After Dark: Romance v Horror, Episode One

Author interviews.

Interactive games with prizes.

Questions and opinions by viewers.

And many more cool things coming up in future episodes. Stay tuned!

This was our first discussion with what we like to call "many funny moments." We expect to have you snorting and doubling over in laughter as we get more comfortable with the camera. That's our goal. Also, a warning: automatically your ears will hear my accent a bit stronger than necessary. That's your own fault. But even with that, I think you'll like it. I make a great case for romance lovers, I think. And I'm not saying that because I'm ME, my mommy said I did, so there! *sticking tongue out*

Here's the trailer one more time, in case you missed it.
Because . . . well, I really liked it.



And now, for real! The first discussion . . . Drum roll, please! 

Presenting:
Romance v Horror: Stranger Than Life
Episode One

Enjoy!

Here's the link, if you'd like to share:  
https://youtu.be/Aj0KRlOLXz8

And we'd love for you to subscribe! 
Click the image for our YouTube channel: 



DON'T GO YET!!!

For now, you can be a part of the fun! 

Our next discussion will be about the difference in horror and romance in two movies: 

DRACULA   
(1992)

You have any opinions on them? Questions for us? 
Wanna help me win the romance side of the battle? 
Comment below or even better:
Email us at WritersAfterDark@gmail.com. 

Please note: 
Any hilarious opinion will be read with your name and website,
 so be ready for some love! . . . or embarrassment, who knows? :P


Who do you think won the round???

Thursday, November 12, 2015

30 SECONDS by Chrys Fey on SALE


99 CENT SALE on 30 SECONDS by Chrys Fey!!! 

Sale ends Nov. 20th so take advantage now!


Blurb:

When Officer Blake Herro agreed to go undercover in the Mob, he thought he understood the risks. But he's made mistakes and now an innocent woman has become their target. He's determined to protect her at all costs.

The Mob's death threat turns Dr. Dani Hart's life upside down, but there is one danger she doesn’t anticipate. As she's dodging bullets, she's falling in love with Blake. With danger all around them, will she and Blake survive and have a happy ending, or will the Mob make good on their threat?


Excerpt:

She had no time to react when a strong force bowled her through the doorway of her apartment, and a large hand plastered over her mouth. The man she had bumped into on the stairs had a firm grip on her as he kicked the door closed behind them. She struggled to get free, but his hold kept her back pressed against his chest.

“It’s okay. I’m a cop. My name is Blake Herro.” He hauled her into the living room. “There are six armed men coming up the stairs. We need to hide. Where can we hide?”

Her mind went blank, she even forgot about the ice cream.

“Where?” he demanded with a quick shake.

She pointed to the six-foot long, three-foot high handcrafted cedar chest she used for a coffee table. Officer Herro pulled her to it and flung open the lid.

“Get in,” he ordered.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Romance v Horror: The Trailer

***You can skip reading and go straight for the video. Yes, that's me in it! o_O

"Take a risk," they said.
"It will be fun," they said.

. . . and you know what? It was FUN!

I'm going way out of my comfort zone here. But like most important decisions in my life, I committed to this new adventure with these words: what the heck?!


Horror and Romance. 

Two different genres. Two different audiences (go with it). Two different sets of beliefs. For romance fans, horror is gruesome, heartless, and doesn't care for Happy Ever Afters. For Horror fans . . . well, they'd rather poke their eyes out with pens than to stomach a romance novel or movie. AND neither believe the other captures life realistically. 


So a battle was born.

I'm an Urban Fantasy author (slash action adventure, slash sci-fi, slash romance, etc). Raymond Esposito is a dark fiction author. Horror is only a part of what Raymond writes and romance is only part of what I write. So we thought . . . someone needs to stand up for these two genres . . . in a battle . . . and it should be us. One, because it's our idea. Two, because . . . well, what the heck?! 


Romance or Horror?
Which adds the most value to our understanding
of relationships, life, and death?

This is my blog, so I'm already saying it's Romance! 

Check out the “EPIC” trailer and look for our video production of:
Romance v Horror—a mostly sober discussion.
Coming this week, here and at Raymond's blog.
(Hey, we had to drink. Not fun if it's all serious . . .
besides, there's a reputation out there that writers drink when they write.
We wanted to show it's not exclusive to writing. :P)


Now, excuse me while this introvert hides under her bed. This is the point of no return O_O

Feel free to share ;)

https://youtu.be/Tdn58fdASMw

Monday, November 9, 2015

Guest Post: Formatting Your Book by Jessica Therrien

I'm so excited to have Jessica Therrien over my blog today! We're celebrating her new release: REDEMPTION and she's sharing her knowledge on formatting our own books . . . I don't know about you, but personally I get my brain twisted in knots at the thought of this daunting task. Luckily she has great tips in this department! Read on!

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Hello all! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to S.K. Anthony for hosting me today!
For those who don’t know, I have a bit of a unique publishing experience. After being traditionally published, doing most of the work, and reaping little of the benefits, I decided to get my rights back. My author friends and I had the brilliant idea of publishing under the same name (or imprint) Acorn Publishing. This means, we share a logo, and are a part of a select group of authors that support one another, but we each maintain our own rights, make our own money, and control our own projects! (If you’re interested in joining Acorn Publishing check out our website: www.acornauthorservicesandpublishing.com)

That being said, this time around I didn’t have a publisher taking care of all the technical stuff for me. I had to learn to navigate the world of self-publishing.

One of the scariest monsters I faced was formatting my books for print and e-book. I felt like it was this big complicated secret, one I had no idea how to unravel. I imagined pages of code and expensive software. In reality it’s so easy I could do it while making dinner, juggling two kids and a hungry hubby…oh wait, that’s what I did.

Let’s start with print. You can format for print in Microsoft Word. Mostly it’s a matter of changing the page size, margins, line spacing, etc. The most important factor is adding section breaks instead of page breaks after each chapter. This allows you to have a different first page, which eliminates the header from your chapter title page. I won’t go into too much detail, but the point is, this should not cost you money or be out of your realm. I learned everything I know from DIYBookFormats: http://www.diybookformats.com/mswordtemplates/ (the videos are invaluable).

As for e-book formatting, I have to admit I totally cheat. If you haven’t heard of Draft2Digital (www.draft2digital.com) than you’re in for a headache free cup of awesome. They basically take the file you make for print and convert it to epub (NOOK e-book) & MOBI (Kindle e-book) for you. Then they distribute those files to all the book retailers (Barnes & Noble, Apple ibooks, KOBO, etc.) and pay you through direct deposit to your checking account!

For those of you who already know all of this, good for you! For those who don’t, I hope I’ve helped to ease your mind in terms of moving forward with your precious Manuscript. You’ve worked hard, and it deserves to be a book J

Don’t be discouraged by the unknown, and don’t pay someone hundreds of dollars to do something this simple.

You can do it!!


 Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.


Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.

When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.

After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.

Only from the ashes can a new world be born.


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AVAILABLE NOW WIDGET:


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And if you have a few minutes, run over to her blog and read the first few pages of Static! Thanks Jessica for the sneak peek to my book! :)

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

5 Don'ts for Writers — IWSG (27) & SNOW ON CINDERS by Cathrina Constantine!

Hey there party people!!!

Today I'm over at Crystal Collier's blog, playing her Truth or Lie game so go check it out! Go, go, Go! Good luck guessing the lie ;)


Speaking of lies . . . as writers, we sometimes tell ourselves some white lies to help us through the days, or weeks, or months. I know I've told myself several times that I was just too busy to write, when in reality I just wanted to watch Netflix. Nothing wrong with that. Hey! I was doing research :) But there's a difference between looking for excuses and accepting I just want to relax and take a break from writing. Don't judge me! I know I'm not the only one, but why do we bother lying to ourselves? It doesn't matter really, at the end of the day we know the deal. We know we will work on our books soon. We know we need time off. And we know we're just rationalizing.

Still . . . I think that's okay. Obviously it's better if we don't, but we're not harming anyone. However, there are things that I think we should never do as writers or we'd really be harming our writing. Here's a list of DON'Ts:


SK Anthony

And I'm also here celebrating with Cathrina Constantine on her new release: Snow on Cinders, read below for her blurb, and check out her beautiful cover! Congrats, Cathrina!



Blurb: 

SNOW ON CINDERS

How far would you go to protect your family?

A peculiar metamorphosis has taken shape since the final days. And the planet is in the throes of healing.

Fulvio McTullan leads his family and a band of misfits to form a new settlement, far from Tallas and it’s nefarious Elites. Their journey takes them into uncharted territories where strange creatures are lurking. It’s a battle of survival, not only from the creatures, but the mutated earth as well.

Meanwhile, Pomfrey Addler, an oppressive Elite squashes the insurrection in Tallas. Suddenly, citizens begin to vanish in the middle of the night and his daughter, Paniess is hell bent on revenge.

Fraught with mishaps, Fulvio finally locates the perfect place to settle. They begin to rebuild until they receive a call. A call which will lure them back into the clutches of Tallas.

Amazon Buy Link: One Click: smarturl.it/snowoncinders





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