Release day blitz for Heather Lyons and her YA book A Matter of Heart (Fate#2)
A Matter of Heart released today!!!
No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.
After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.
But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.
A MATTER OF HEART is book 2 in the Fate Series, a mature Young Adult/New Adult fantasy.
About the author: Heather Lyons
Heather Lyons has always had a thing for words—She’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.
You can find her at:
Author Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/heatherlyons
A MATTER OF HEART: Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17261347-a-matter-of-heart
Wow what a week….
Holy cow is anyone else excited its finally Friday??? I don’t know about you all but I have had a long and exausting week. But it is finally over.
Here is my week wrap up, I will also be doing a Youtube video that will be on my video link above.
Wow what an amazing week (June 17-21 work week)
I posted a couple guest posts:
– Author Ellen Harger let us know how she gets inspired.
– Alison Neuman Guest blogged for me.
And of course my book reviews….
Strong Enough by: Ellen Harger
Ice Rose by: Alison Neuman
Duff: Designated Ugle Fat Friend by: Kody Kiplinger
** I tried to do a live interview with author Rebecca Graf…. but it didn’t quite work out…But luckly we were still able to meet on Facebook and I gave away some SWAG. And who doesn’t love SWAG!!!
Hopefully Google+Hangouts will get their issues resolved for future interviews.
What to expect next week…..
Next week I plan on reading and writing. Book 3 Embers Embrace needs to be finished.
So watch out for more reviews next week both here and on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned.
Have a great weekend everyone, hope you find something wonderful to read. Or the writing muse is with you.
Publisher: Fireside Publications
Release Date: September 15, 2010
Author | Amazon
About The Book:
Ice Rose — A teenager’s world is turned upside down when an explosion steals her dad and her identity. Entering an exclusive academy that immerses her in the world of secret agents, she must overcome her fears and disabilities to discover the truth about her dad’s mission, his software, and the mystery man stalking her before she ends up like her father — lost.
Alison’s writing has appeared in “MacEwan Today”, “Westword”, and the “Edmonton Journal” along with three tracks on the CD release Outside The Window. Co-writing the screenplay adaptation of the book Whale Songwith author Cheryl Kaye Tardif exposed her to the world of screenwriting, which she hopes to continue to examine further in the future. Alison also has been writing shorter pieces of non-fiction, one entitled Establishing Roots, that earned a top ten ranking in the Edmonton Stories contest. This past spring she was a winner in The Expressions of Hunger Contest in the Emotional Poetry category. Her piece Undeniable Craving was on display in June and July in various artistic locations across the city of Edmonton. She has completed a final edit of her memoir “Searching For Normal” and is currently writing her next young adult manuscript.
When not writing creatively, Alison is editing or writing for her business, Sandy Tree Communications.
Wow, that’s no simple question! And yet, like writing, the answer is pretty
direct. How does one write? You just do it. Where do you find inspiration? Everywhere. The answers are simple. It’s the act that’s difficult.
What I believe inspires me is music and life. I’d like to say that I sit at my desk and listen to my iTunes on random and voila! I have a story plot! But it takes some serious mojo for the elements to align and beam their creativity.
The alchemy of inspiration is a tad unpredictable and there’s no recipe to follow. Sometimes an image pops into my head–we’ll call that the Athena Affect. I have this moment or this essence that I want to convey and I start asking questions: how did we arrive here? Why is this significant? Is this the impetus or conclusion?
So what causes this brain snap?
The problem with the Athena Affect (images born fully formed) is that such scenes are often cut from the draft pretty early. They spawn a story but remain unincorporated, an elusive wisp of possibility. With Strong Enough I was itching to write something, ANYTHING, and kept pulling at feelings, settings, notions until I made cloth with which to weave. However, the first image/scene didn’t survive. It fell away as the story came together. Now it resides in my idea box (brain), waiting to be satisfied.
On the other hand, I’m in the middle of a dystopian novel–I have a draft courtesy of a NaNoWriMo challenge–and the initial image persists while the draft is to be scrapped because the first approach didn’t work.
Another story, this time a paranormal comedy, jumped from a blog of a delightful writer. It leapt up and chest bumped some arcane knowledge of mythology that’s always rolling around in my head, and they blended and reformed right before my eyes. The execution has been less dynamic but finally recognizing the comedic potential helped. A little inspiration infusion happened this past weekend when I finally, FINALLY, watched Warm Bodies. Loved it as much as Zombieland and it confirmed the desired style for my story.
Which brings us to life. It wasn’t my experience that confirmed my paranormal story but it was me living my life, allowing in other creativity–creativity for my personal enjoyment. It was reading other books, blogs, or even listening to music. However, life is a huge mountain waiting to be mined for experience gold. Once Strong Enough took shape, I used interviews and research to bring the characters’ worlds into focus.
Inspiration isn’t just the first AH HA moment. It happens continuously throughout a project. It can be a song traveling through your headphones to dance with your intention, crafting a new complexity. It can be a silly commercial on TV or bizarre dream that spins into the solution. All AH HA moments are essential whether they come at the beginning, middle, or end. Inspiration is life and life is inspiration. It is constant and energetic.
The great thing about these interview questions is that I’m discovering (and REdiscovering) some interesting things. Thank you!
Ellen Harger was born at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. As a military brat, she moved often during her childhood–something she never resented and continued as an adult. The constant starting over influenced her first published novel, “Strong Enough.”
At 14, her family settled in Missouri as civilians, permitting Ellen to attend one high school. She stayed in the Midwest to attend a small liberal arts college, studying creative writing and art. After 11 years, she moved to Boston. While there, she continued to study creative writing in Cambridge. Ever willing to explore new places, she moved next to the San Francisco Bay area. After 11 years away, and loving the symmetry, she returned to the Midwest to finish “Strong Enough.” She has published a poem, “Guidelines,” and released her novel as an e-book. You can find her at:
Ellen Harger’s Website
Giveaway: Prize: 10 eBook copies and signed swag, opened internationally. Ends July 6th.
How author Haley Fisher finds the time to write…
The honest answer? I write when I’m really supposed to be doing other things… Not the best plan, I know, but that’s seemingly when I’m always the most inspired. Somehow, in my head, my brain interprets, “I really need to get (insert other thing here) done” into “OMG, I just had the best plot idea”. So normally whatever I’m supposed to do get pushed off to the side for minute so I don’t forget whatever I came up with for my story.
Truthfully, for me, writing time is hard to come by. Not only because the world we live in is so busy, but because I do so many things. I am a student, a church volunteer, a babysitter, an employee, and then of course a friend, family member, and avid reader/TV watcher. It’s difficult to do all those things fully while also having plenty of time to write. Most of the time, I find the time to write in my in-between moments. Sometimes during a classroom lecture. Sometimes on breaks at work. Sometimes while watching a show or movie I already know and love enough that my attention can be divided. Between classes. Really late at night. Those are my writing times. I have a hard time carving a chunk out of the middle of my days just to write. But sometimes I manage that, too.
Overall, I write when I’m inspired. At those times it isn’t so much finding time to write as making time. If I really want to write, then I write. If it’s ten minutes, or two hours, I write. When there is a sudden scene that I can’t wait to get on paper, I drop whatever I’m doing, and I write. That is pretty much the only writing schedule I go by. Now that it’s summer break, I should have much more time to work on scenes and chapters throughout the middle of the day rather than worrying about it keeping from doing more necessary things like homework.
Hopefully someday I’ll have the time—without school or babysitting—to just spend days and days jumping from restaurant to coffee shop to park so I can write to my heart’s content, maybe getting a story finished every six or seven months. For now, I have to work around everything else I’ve got in my life. And while it’s working, it isn’t easy.
About the author: Haley Fisher
I’m Haley Fisher, a college student in Kansas, and I’ve just signed a contract with a company called Silver Tongue Press to publish my first book!
For as long as I can remember I’ve been an avid reader and an aspiring writer, but the step toward actually getting a book published is an enormous one for me. This is a big deal. And, as I’ve been told, the next step to being successful is getting the word out that my book exists.
So, though it’s not in print yet—it’s coming out February 14th—I’d love for people to keep an eye out for Rising Calm. It’ll be the first in a series of books about a young girl who finds out her life and her fate are far bigger than she ever realized. At the risk of giving too much away, the most I can tell you for now is that there is magic, prophecy, new worlds, and a cast of characters who I love to write.
You can find her at:
Haley Fisher’s Website
by: Lisa Binion
About the author: Lisa Binion
Silver Tounge Press,
~Close Ups and Close Encounters~
The print version, also filled with beautiful full color photographs, is also available:Close Ups and Close Encounters: A View From Behind The Lens
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by: Marianne Spitzer
Author: Marianne Spitzer
Publication Date: April 2012
Spirits? Madness? Which haunts Daniel? His teenage bride, Annamarie, must answer the question while she deals with her husband’s controlling behavior and abnormal fear of spirits he believes exist in the surrounding woods near their home. During an argument, her anger erupts and she yells a few odd words at her husband, Daniel, which she explains is her Gypsy curse. A bad day at work convinces him the curse is real, but after the brutal death of his best friend, his belief in the curse and his terror of the spirits escalates. Annamarie begins to have foreshadowing dreams of a young Gypsy girl who resembles her in every way. As the dreams become more vivid and frequent, Annamarie begins to fear her utterance of a Gypsy curse may have brought spirits into their lives. When they both have the same dream, she believes Daniel’s fears may be real. They feel they may be close to answers when a human killer enters their lives. With two battles to wage they must stand strong together. Frightening events spiral out of control and Annamarie must fight for her husband’s safety, his sanity, and her own.
“Highly recommend this book. Excellent story mixing love, family matters, mystery and spirits. The end will really surprise you as it did me.” – Carolyn on Amazon