Showing posts from July, 2013


Ash Summerland has it all-good looks, popularity, and the best grades at The Academy of Magical Beings. Ready to complete his last assignment in order to graduate, Ash is confident he will get the apprenticeship he wants. but when he opens the letter from the Council, he is shocked to discover he has been assigned to apprentice Lady Shenelle, Keeper of Happy Endings- aka the head fairy godmother. Ash is forced to grant three wishes to a troubled human girl named Kendall, and ultimately give her a "happy ever after." But Kendall turns out to be more than he bargained for. Still grieving over her father's death, she doesn't want anything to do with Ash. And worst of all, she doesn't believe in happy endings.

First line:
"I stared at the gold-flecked envelope in my hand, trying to ignore my pounding heart."

Good, clean read. Any teenager girl would enjoy this story. This is the first book in a possible trilogy.

Ash has magic running through his blood…

LDStorymakers Conference~ Twitter with Jaime Theler

Jaime taught that Twitter is a great tool for writers to connect with other writers, industry professionals, and readers. I didn't get to Jaime's class, but she sent me her power point. I'm going to share a bit of her advice here.

Why Twitter?
Find people with similar interests
Form relationships with groups of people
Keep up with people & events in real time

Twitter is not Facebook or a place to spew out advertising. Twitter is not private.
Twitter is all about connecting.

Twitter basics:
Make a good handle (I'm @taffylovell)
140 characters (spaces, periods, etc count)
Can include links

Twitter terms:
tweet = posting on Twitter
RT = retweeted~ You can retweet a whole tweet or add a comment if there's room
DM = direct message~ a private message
hashtag= used to mark events or keywords in a tweet (like #storymaker13)

There are some really good hashtags for writers. You can also join twitter chats. Here are the ones Jaime showed:

 (Double check times)
#litchat …

Hooray for awesome stuff happening to friends!

This is too cool to not post (congrats, Peggy!!). Every fall American Booksellers Association chooses books to promote in the fall and Peggy's book SKY JUMPERS is on it! Here is the link: totally awesomesauce link

Published on American Booksellers Association (
Home > Titles Announced, Signup Opens for Fall Celebrate Debut Authors Promotion Titles Announced, Signup Opens for Fall Celebrate Debut Authors Promotion By Elizabeth Knapp on Thursday, May 09, 2013  The relationship between booksellers and emerging authors is markedly symbiotic. While booksellers are always looking for new talent to fill their stores’ shelves, authors in the early stages of their careers hope to find someone who will enjoy –– and sell –– their books. To highlight this vital bond, Celebrate Debut Authors With Indies was launched earlier this year. On the heels of this spring’s promotion, independent booksellers have chosen 22 debut titles for the fall installment, whic…

LDStorymakers Conference~ Crafting Endearing Characters with Jensen and Jensen

Krista and Marion (not married!) were quite the funny pair as they taught how to create protagonists we want to win, villains we love to the, and secondary characters we couldn't live without.

Krista handed out the best, fastest most helpful character bio. Ever.
Here are a few of ideas for developing in depth characters:
Why will the leader like this character?

I thinking writing down this kind of information for your characters is helpful. It's also good to have it close by while you write.

Foto Friday~What do you love?


DARK UNWINDING by Sharon Cameron

A spine-tingling tale of steampunk and spies, intrigue and heart-racing romance!

When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle's world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it. With twists and turns at every corner, this heart-racing adventure will captivate readers with its intrigue, thr…

Book to movie?

So many of us of lament the book-to-movie shortcomings. Not only do we go to the movies in the hopes of a good flick, part of us want see our favorite parts of the book on the big screen.

There aren't too many times, if any, that we say, "The movie was better than the book." So far, the only book I've heard that sentiment about is THE PRINCESS DIARIES. Have you felt that way about a book or movie?

There are a few movies I'm looking forward to seeing this summer. One of them is ENDER'S GAME. I loved the book. I'm anxious to see how it translates to the screen. My reading imagination wasn't quite as big as what I'm seeing the trailer. Have you read this book? What did you think of it? 

Have you seen the trailer yet? Here it is:

Foto Friday~ Dreams


Writers on Wednesday ~ Leslie Muir Lytle

Today we have Leslie in the spotlight! She's funny and sassy and full of tales.

Enjoy her interview:

Is there one book or author who changed your life/viewpoint/writing?
 They're usually forbidden books, right? When I was 11, my librarian slipped me a book from the no-students-allowed section. It was called Diary of  a Frantic Kid Sister. The same year, that woman got my first poem published in a Spokane magazine and from then on, there was no doubt that I would always be a writer.

Give us your elevator pitch. 
My current project is a romantic suspense where Stephanie Plum meets Jason Bourne. It's going to be a fast but bumpy ride, and a drastic step away from the Scottish and Regency romances I usually write.

What’s your favorite snack?
The new blue Toblerone!

What is your most memorable high school experience?
Madrigals. We were the 80's version of Glee, but with no interfering gym teacher. My partner was thee most gorgeous kid in school. Every girl hated me/wished they…

Summer Book Trek July 2013

I've jumped on board a summer reading challenge. Over on LDS Fiction blog, Ms. Karlene has thrown down the gauntlet to read books from LDS authors. I'm suppose to make a list I want to read but alas! I don't have a summer list as of yet. I'm reading whatever comes across my kindle (I have a ton on netgalley I'm catching up on) or through my door (I have a ton at the library I'm trying to catch up on). So far I've read two LDS author books this month:

TRANSPARENT by Natalie Whipple

Wait! I do have a pile by my bed::

The Great and Terrible series by Chris Stewart
The Man from Shenandoah
Heart of the Ocean
Invaluable by Holly J. Wood
Code Word by Traci Abramson

I'll have reviews for these this summer...

LDStorymakers Conference ~ Focused Pratice~ Howard Tayler

Howard Tayler taught a master class which showed how to practice so that our writing weaknesses can become our strenghts.
Howard gave us a ton of useful sprints to help whatever ails a writer or just to get your writing gears moving.
He suggests doing a 15 minute sprint every time you start to write.

These are the other sprints he taught us:

10 minute prompt in first person limited (an alien or ghost trying to communicate through the phone)
Outline practice ~ take a movie and write an outline as quickly as you can
Dialogue practice~ write only dialogue and convey who and what the story is about
Editing practice ~ edit into 140 words
(Most of the sprints were fifteen to twenty minutes)

Very important! Do a once-a-year self-evaluation. Every year, take 5 minutes to evaluate what you do well and what you do poorly. Then do a sprint for something you need to work on. I need to work on internalization. So Howard suggested a twenty sprint where all I focus on is emotions and physical reac…

LDStorymakers Conference ~ Scene & Sequel with Josi Kilpack

Fast paced, action is taking place

GOALEvery scene the goal should be stated, internally or externally
Goal is what the POV character wants, what's important to them
Someone or something gets int he way of the goal.
Involves someone or something
NOT internal
Creates character and reader tension
Logical but unanticipated
Bittersweet success OR outright failure OR partial failure
Character is left further from his goals

Transition is a simple device showing the reader that a change in time, place, or POV has occurred. This leads to a new scene.
I.E. "The following Sunday..."

Slower paced
Recovering from disaster
Shows characterization
Allows character and reader to catch their breath

Not entirely rational
Reflexive (like wiping away a tear)
Can be shown through discussion

Reviews what happened
Shows why what has happened is important
Considers options to move forwa…