Monday, November 21, 2011 | By: Taffy
"Besides, the world isn't split up into good people and death eaters. We've all got both light, and dark inside of us. What matters, is the part we choose to act on."


Wednesday, November 16, 2011 | By: Taffy

RhinoWriMo

How's your writing going this month? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?
Good luck! I know you can do it!
About halfway through November, it's easy to get bogged down in your writing and quit. You need some motivation to carry on. I totally understand.

Well, I'm introducing, RhinoWriMo to you. Just let me know that you're experiencing writers cramp/block and these two rhinos will be coming at ya full tilt.

So sit your backside back down in that chair before you end up hurt.

Waddya say to that? Call RhinoWriMo today.

(They both have unlimited charge cards.) (I had to say it, sorry!)
Monday, November 14, 2011 | By: Taffy

Author Guest Spot with Cindy Bennett

I LOVED Geek Girl by Cindy Bennett! A good, clean book I can recommend to any teenager. Today I'm honored to have her as a guest here!


Which is More Effective: Writing a Query, or Hitting Your Head Against a Wall? 
by Cindy C Bennett

I have yet to meet an author who actually enjoys writing a query letter. There’s something not quite right about taking an 80,000 word manuscript that you’ve labored over for months, and then trying to condense that into about 300 words. Not only that, in those 300 words, you have to make your strongest sales point within the first 100 words. To give you an idea of how long that is, you are now reading the 78th word. If this were my query, I’d only have this one last sentence to make an impression good enough to keep you reading.
So how do you go about writing a query? Well, the first thing you have to do is research. There are many, many sites out there with great advice about writing a query. Read as many of them as you can. They are all a little different, with different opinions or “rules” for a good query letter. There isn’t any one that is the absolute right way, and that’s because it all depends on who you’re sending the query to.
That means the second thing you want to do is search out the agents or publishers that you are going to submit to. They all have different guidelines, and depending on those will depend on how you format it. You’ll want to make sure you’re submitting to the right agent. If an agent states they represent children’s books, your query for your adult thriller is going to hit the circular file beneath their desk, or the virtual one on their desktop (read: recycle bin).
Almost always you want to begin with a hook, something that peaks the interest of the recipient. You can read samples galore on the internet. You just have to figure out how to make your letter sound interesting in one sentence. And you thought 300 words was ridiculously few. Somewhere in there you need to get in the title, genre, and word count—all very important pieces of information.
Next you’ll want to give a very brief synopsis of the book. This is not the same as a blurb. Cliff hanger type sentences don’t work here: “Will she give the baby up, or decide to raise him herself?” Instead say what does happen: “She decides to keep the baby, and then must deal with the consequences of that decision, including trying to keep the baby’s father involved.”
Finally, you have to toot your own horn. This is where I struggle most. Why should this agent/editor believe that I’m the best person to have written this particular book? If you’re writing non-fiction, this is much easier. With fiction, it can get a little sketchy, unless you’re writing about something you’ve specifically had experience with.
Another option is to take an online class with help on how to write a query. I did this after so many rejections came in I was beginning to fear both my mailbox and my email inbox. And then, ironically, I never sent any of those out since I decided to self-pub. But it came in handy when I did decide to submit once again, and it was a positive experience since I received a “yes” from Cedar Fort.
Whatever, and however, you choose to write the query, just be professional, clear and concise, and make sure your grammar, punctuation, and spelling are absolutely perfect. One mistake there and they will likely not give it a second glance. If all else fails, go ahead and hit your head against the wall a few times. It’s about equal in the painful department. (Just kidding! Please don’t hit your head against the wall.)

For an interview with Cindy and a review of her book GEEK GIRL, head over to my book review blog Book Addict.
Friday, November 11, 2011 | By: Taffy

Foto Friday

Who is she?
Is she waiting for someone to return?
Or watching them leave?









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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | By: Taffy

Exiled by RaShelle Workman Blog Tour


eBook NOW available on AMAZON, BARNES&NOBLE, and SMASHWORDS.

Stubborn, sixteen-year-old Princess Venus of Kelari wants one thing, to become a kelvieri, that is, until someone exiles her to Earth, kills her irrihunter and takes her family.

Now she wants revenge.

First she’s got to get home. But before she can return to Kelari, the Gods have commanded her to help an arrogant boy named Michael find his soul mate. Only she doesn't know the first thing about love.

Rather quickly, her inexperience with human emotion is obscured by other matters—alien-controlled psychotic teens that are out to kill her, and a government group that is set on capturing and dissecting her.

Worst of all, Venus will suffer a painful death-by-poisoning, thanks to Earth’s atmosphere, if she remains on the planet longer than one week. Still, Venus is a Princess and she's got a plan. Surely, with her help, Michael will fall in love with a human.

But time is running out and Michael is falling for the wrong girl—her.



What a ride!
Venus is kidnapped and sent to Earth to fulfill a special mission. But who is REALLY behind the kidnapping??
I can't tell you. You'll just have to read RaShelle's book and find out what happens with Venus. Does she succeed? Who should she trust? Why oh why is there another love triangle with hot guys and cliffhanger?

What I liked:
Venus being human and confused by it
Zaren
Michael
The story of Venus' gods
The boots, where can I get some?

Didn't like:
The bad guy; he's evil
Venus being so mopey (though I understand why)
Some info dumping
Needed one more edited

Rating: PG 16
V: Yes
L: Yes but not "human" swearing
S: No but sensual scenes


This post is part of a great blog tour! Check it out:


DARK C.A.R.MA. TOUR





Bio:
RASHELLE WORKMAN lives with her husband, three children and three dogs. When she gets a quiet moment alone, she enjoys reading about faraway places. And, in case you were wondering, yes, she does believe there is other life out in the Universe.


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""C'mon, hurry up." Dervinias stalked out of the house, grateful for a break from the electronic dance garnage shaking the walls. Three of his supporters followed. One was Kelvin, the large lug he wasn't sure about. The others were called Tawny and Selena. He went past the steaming hot tub full of screaming girls in bikinis and smelly chlorine and headed toward the far end of the yard.
"Hey, baby," one of the wet girls called, waving. Stephanie was her name. Dervinias rememered. Hot body. She'd make a perfect candidate for his plan--whether she wanted to or not. They had Trig together. He ignored her, for now, and continued toward a large tree.


The bark appeared thick and brittle. Almost all of the leaves had fallen. they crunched under his feet sending a faint tang of nutmeg into the air. At the tree, he stopped and pressed his back against its trun, propping a foot.
"What is it, Dervinias?" Tawny asked, looking peeved. He knew she wasn't happy with the group dynamic--Chev being his leading lady.
He let a smile curve his lips. "I have a job for the three of you."
His father had failed to mention that the princess's Formytian had followed her to Earth. That made killing the girl even more difficult. The over-protective guardian had discovered the treachery and followed her. His exuberance would be the death of him.
"Tell us," Tawny said in whispered excitement. he knew she lusted after the chance to kill. Though she'd never know, that was the reason she hadn't been chosen to rule by his side.
"Well, darling, before we can move forward with our plan, you have to kill a Kelarian princess. You think you can handle that?"