Thursday, September 27, 2012

BlogFest 2012!

PhotobucketWelcome to the Blogfest 2012!!
It's easy to enter the raffle and win an E-book copy of Magic of the Loch from The Wild Rose Press. The Winner will be notified on Oct. 1st. Good luck!! Don't forget to visit all the other great blogs and win more prizes!

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The Next Five Blogs on the list:
Knitting and Sundries
Think Sincere
The Maiden's Court
Vanessa Morgan
With Our Best 

Monday, September 24, 2012

Happily Ever After... Laurey Buckland's gives the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly...

KAREN: We have Laurey Buckland from Nottinghamshire, UK with us today. Her Debut book, A GIRL'S GUIDE TO FAIRY TALES, hit the bookshelves this JUNE 12, 2012. Laurey is here to tell us about this fantastic book. Let's give her a warm welcome. Take it away Laurey!

My name is Laurey Buckland and I am a reporter at a local paper in Nottinghamshire, UK. 
 
I am 27-years-old and have just published my first ebook - A Girl's Guide to Fairy Tales.
 
While readers on this site will be fans of the paranormal and the other worldly, I hope you are not too disappointed to hear my novel is set in the real world, about real women but with a fairytale twist.
 
Fairy tales are timeless, reflecting universal themes of social class, love, money, appearance, the good, the bad, the ugly and everything in between – otherwise known as real life. So although there is no magic, no Fairy Godmothers to put things right or handsome princes to rescue damsels in distress, I instead focus on the journey my characters undertake to discover that elusive happily ever afters, which I believe every person on this planet seeks, whether they realise it or not.

But what is a happily ever after and what form does it take? That is what I wanted to explore and show how different those happy endings can be for different people. After all, life would be dull if we all wanted the same thing.

At 27-years-old, I have had more than a decade of listening to countless stories from my girlfriends regarding love, life, work, sex, bad dates and good relationships, as well as having a few of my own stories to share. I wanted my characters to become ‘every women,’ with facets and traits readers could relate to. I wanted them to see their friends in the characters - and perhaps event relate to the situations they find themselves in. 
 
Therefore for daydreamer Maddie, obsessive compulsive Clare, over dramatic Isobel and happy-go-lucky Sophie, life is more a world of tragic than magic. For Maddie it’s a constant battle against the monotony of a job she hates while her heart aches to be somewhere else, for Clare it’s a perpetual struggle to vanquish her teenage insecurities and to see herself for the woman she really is, for Isobel it’s a refusal to reveal her true self for fear it’s not what everyone imagined her to be and for Sophie it’s a willingness to believe in a rumour that threatens to poison her perfect relationship.

But with the love and support of their friends and a little bit of luck, the girls soon realise that happy ever afters are not just reserved for fairy tale fiction – as long as they start believing in them.

If you decide to read A Girl's Guide to Fairy Tales, whether you are a chick lit fan or not, I hope you enjoy and perhaps find fragments of yourself in the characters I have come to love over the last year.
 
You can purchase Laurey's books at:
 
The book is also available on ibooks
Thank you,
Laurey
 
 
KAREN: Laurey, thanks you for sharing with us today. I wish you the very best!!

Readers, what was your favourite fairy tale growing up? Why?

 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Twilight’s Eternal Embrace #4

Twilight's Eternal Embrace will be released officially Oct. 1st. For a sneak peek, come by Karen's Shenanigans for:
Six Sentence Sunday: Twilight’s Eternal Embrace #4

See you there!!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Twilight’s Eternal Embrace #3

In this scene: Bram and Adryanna have been meeting regularly and their passion for each other has grown more bold. They've taken shelter in a cave to wait out the storm. Adryanna sleeps, but Bram cannot sleep...
Come by Karen's Shenanigans and find out more. :)
Six Sentence Sunday: Twilight’s Eternal Embrace #3

Monday, September 10, 2012

Mystical Press and Publishing...


KAREN: So you want to be an author. Mystical Press is here to help you reach your goal. Authors don't be shy, Mystical Press offers a variety of online classes and so much more. Arial and A.J. take it away. 
Greetings and Salutations!

Many thanks to Karen for hosting us on her blog today! We’ve got some really exciting news to share with everyone so grab that cuppa and let the blogging begin!


September 1-15th marks the official
Grand Opening of Mystical Press Services!!!
This means 50% Off all our classes
and services through September 15th!

In case you haven’t yet heard about our website, allow me to introduce you to a place where you just might find the fulfillment of your dreams. That’s right! The talented folks at Mystical Press want to help you reach your publishing goals!

How do we do that? I’m glad you asked!

Mystical Press is the culmination of an idea that came from two authors and professionally trained editors—Arial Burnz and AJ Nuest—where we help authors bridge the gap between the form rejection letter and publication. In fact, we believe in this venture so passionately, our tagline is “Helping authors achieve their dreams.”

At Mystical Press our primary goal is to help writers. As authors, we understand the frustration of not receiving constructive and useful feedback, the aggravation of navigating the murky depths of the publishing industry and that, sometimes, authors just need a place to vent. Well, we’re here to tell you, the insanity can end!

Like-minded individuals can gather online at Mystical Press to work one-on-one with professional editors who help authors prepare their manuscripts for submission. Whether you are looking for a Manuscript Evaluation, Submission Evaluation, or a full story edit, we will give you honest, encouraging feedback and work diligently with you on your story to make sure it’s ready to land on an editor’s desk. No project is too big or too small and all receive the same precise attention to detail.
 Perhaps your submission is ready but you need assistance with smaller editing projects like a query letter and synopsis? Have no fear! Mystical Press is here! We offer a full edit of query letters and synopses with comments and suggestions that come directly from AN EDITOR! TAH-DAH!

And don’t worry! If your goal is to write your very own dynamite synopsis, at Mystical Press we believe in “teaching a man to fish”. Our Power Class, How to Write a WINNING Synopsis, is designed to easily guide you through the process of crafting your very own synopsis! Yes, that’s right. I used “easily” and “synopsis” in the same sentence!

The self-paced course curriculum at Mystical Press can assist in tackling those pesky problem areas as well (e.g., show vs. tell, POV shifts, realistic character and story development, etc.). If you’ve read books, articles and/or taken workshops and are still in search of that elusive contract offer, perhaps Mystical Press can help. Take one class or take a whole series—our online classes are designed to meet each writer’s individual needs.

Is your next project of the self-publishing variety? Mystical Press has a selection of pre-made covers we guarantee will only be used once! No one will have the same cover! Or, if you’d like, we can design a cover specifically tailored to your vision—you will work one-on-one with our talented cover artists! We are also happy to edit your baby and can even format the document to meet the specifications of most popular self-publishing platforms.

Remember to mention Mystical Press to all your friends and fellow writing pals – here’s why. Mystical Press offers a free Referral Program. Just register on the site and we will assign you a Referral ID. If anyone clicks on your link and makes a purchase, you earn a referral fee! Whether you choose cash or a credit for products or services on the site, consider this our thank you for helping us spread the word. 

 Oh! And before I forget…we offer a wide range of gift certificates designed specifically with the writer in mind. Tired of searching for the “write” present for your author pals? Maybe that next birthday calls for an eGift from Mystical Press!

So now that you know all about us, please tell us all about you! Head on over to Mystical Press and register free on the site. Everyone who does will be entered into our drawing for fabulous gifts and prizes! Join our celebration and together we will strive to get your voice heard!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: Twilight’s Eternal Embrace #2

It's Six Sentence Sunday! This is the 2nd tidbit from my WIP, Twilight's Eternal Embrace. (vampire/historical/upper YA). Come join me at Karen's Shenanigans!
Six Sentence Sunday: Twilight’s Eternal Embrace #2

Monday, September 3, 2012

Last Chance For Romance!!

Two Stories for your reading pleasure and they are FREE today only. Have you picked up your copy yet? :) Enjoy! Feel free to forward to your friends and family. Likes, tags, tweets and posts to Facebook are always appreciated. Have a fabulous day!!
 
CREIGHTON MANOR- "Sometimes you find the love of your life "where" you least expect it!" TOP 10 Historical Romance!

DESTINY'S PREROGATIVE- There's non stop action-- kidnapping, intrigue, torture, and of course heart-stopping romance. 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday: An Echo in Time #2

It's Six Sentence Sunday! This is the 2nd tidbit from my WIP, An Echo In Time (formally titled The Stone of Destiny) Come on by and join me at Karen's Shenanigans.
Six Sentence Sunday: An Echo in Time #2