Friday, 29 August 2014

Which Fictional Guy Is Your Best Match?

I've already blogged about the worst fictional dates and the best book boyfriends, so now it's only natural to write about finding your perfect literary match.  

With so many great fictional fellas out there, it's hard for a gal to know which pretend guy to dream about. Well, look no further. I've created a test to determine who your perfect literary match should be!

You can complete the quiz to the right of this post or click here to go directly to the Quibblo website.

And once you've figured out who your perfect book boyfriend is, check out how the fictional girls did in the latest on-line dating service, Happily Ever After.

Who's your best match?

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Sophia Veragara And I Talk About Being Sexy

This was a list complied by Sophia (*cough* marketing team *cough*) for a make-up manufacturer trying to sell its new brand of mascara. Besides buying the mascara, here are Sophia's other rules about being sexy.

Sophia: #1. Wear heels! Flats are for the unflirtatious.

Me: Cleopatra wore flats, so there.

Sophia: #2. Mess up your hair just a little. It's sexier that way.

Me: Awesome! Think of the time I'll save in the morning by not brushing my hair.

Sophia: #3. Sexy is a state of mind. Believe you're sexy, and you are.

Me: What if I'm believing that I'm sexy, but I'm wearing flats and I've brushed my hair.

Sophia: #4. If you've got it, flaunt it! Have nice legs? Wear short skirts.

Me: I've got asthma.

Sophia: #5. Be silly, not serious. It's sexier.

Me: This is the fourth time 'sexy' is used in this list. Oh, sorry! *shoves seriousness to the side and giggles instead* 

Sophia: #6. A push-up bra never hurts.

Me: If the underwire pokes out the end and digs into your flesh, then yeah, it does hurt.

Sophia: #7. Talk with a husky voice and keep it just above a whisper.

Me: How can I be silly with a husky voice that's just above a whisper? Everyone will think I have a cold or that I'm doing a bad Christopher Waken impersonation.


Which rule is your favorite? Mine, not Sophia's...

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Why I Write YA

Oh, hi there.

I was tagged by my writerly buddy, Jane LeBak to be part of a writing process blog tour. I should totally ace this test.

1. What am I working on?

I recently finished the last edits for my YA coming of age novel, BUTTERFLIES DON'T LIE. Hey, it comes out in a month! *muppet hand flailing*

Presently, I'm buckling down with revision for my YA paranormal mystery, THE ASP. It's Veronica Mars meets Indiana Jones. You can check it out on Goodreads here.

Then I'll return to Willard's Department Store, continuing to write BLACK FRIDAY, the second book in the NIGHT SHIFT series. You can read that YA paranormal mystery for FREE on Wattpad. Go ahead...don't be shy.

2. How is my work different from others of its genre?

NIGHT SHIFT is FREE! Plus, the MC is a dude. Not rare of course, but most paranormal romances are in the first person with a female lead. And I dig the creepy yet stylish mystery of the old department store. I hope you'll give it a chance.

3. Why do I write what I do?

I write because I have to. I write the stories I want to read. Actually, I write to stop the voices in my head.

4. How does my writing process work?

I sit in the chair and make myself keep writing sentences until I have enough of a mess to edit. I'm a fan of sticky notes. I have a simple outline of the major events. Before I write a scene, I list all the things that have to happen before the end of that chapter.

I'm a fan of cliffhangers too, but not too many in a row. Also, if your 'pickle of a situation' keeps ending with an easy solution, the cliffhangers will lose their effect. Readers want conflict!

Now I encourage you to check out the blogs of these other splendid people...

Megan Whitmer is a breath of fresh air on twitter my friends. And she vlogs like a pro. Plus, she makes these cute scrunched up faces that Katie Holmes would die for. Her debut YA paranormal mystery, BETWEEN is out now.

Meet the sassy and always in fashion, Heather Marie. Her YA debut novel, THE GATE THROUGH WHICH THEY CAME, comes out this month. She's all that and a bag of chips. Plus, she's really cool. And since she follows me on twitter, that makes me cool too.

How does your writing process work?

Friday, 8 August 2014

How To Decipher A Rejection

We've all been there...

One finger hovers over the mouse, ready to click open the e-mail that just popped up in your inbox from an agent you've queried. Your heart is hammering against your ribs.

Maybe it's a partial request! Maybe it's full request! Maybe it's an invitation to set up a call!!!

Or maybe *sad violin music* it's a rejection.

And when someone tells you they don't like your heart and soul, and all the blood, sweat and tears that go with it, you want a good reason, don't you?

Dude, I feel you pain. I'm somewhat of an expert on rejections. Suffice to say, I've racked up my fair share. And with that experience comes wisdom.

Here are some actual rejections I've received over the years and what they really mean.

#1. Rejection on JUST JESSE from editor.

Thanks for sending this my way, but I'm afraid the story didn't hook me like I had hoped. Keep in mind another agent may feel differently.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep sending out queries.

#2. Rejection on JUST JESSE from editor.

I loved the setting and the pacing of the story, but I didn't fall in love with the main character to my satisfaction. Thanks for thinking of me and please keep me in mind for future projects.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep sending out queries.

#3. Rejection on query for NIGHT SHIFT by agent.

A YA paranormal from a male POV isn't selling well in this genre. Most readers are girls and want to live the experience through the protagonist. If you consider changing the POV to a girl, I'd be willing to take a look at the first three chapters.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep send out queries. Also, HARRY POTTER and PERCY JACKSON.

#4. Rejection on query for THE ASP by agent.

This is a unique premise and I love the unexpected twist, but unfortunately my client case load is such that I'm no longer looking for YA writers at this time.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep sending out queries.

#5. Rejection on query for JUST JESSE by agent.

Sorry, but your work isn't the right fit for our agency. Please forgive the impersonal nature of this email, but it is necessary to send a form rejection if we strive to respond to every query.

What it means: Keep writing. Keep sending out queries. looks like they're all saying the same thing, keep writing, keep sending out queries. And here's a bonus. DON'T GIVE UP!!!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Which Storybrooke Bachelor Is Your Best Match?
Emma Swan can't have all the eye candy in Storybrooke. But with so many eligible characters to choose from, which guy is the best match for you?

Well wonder no more, check the personality quiz I created on Quibblo to help you solve this romantic conundrum.

I tested myself and got the Sheriff so  obviously it works flawlessly.

Good luck! Click here for the quiz.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Embarrassing Confessions of a Bibliophile

It's time to come clean.

I like to classify stuff, you know, organize and label. And this rings true for my bookshelves as well. Some books are great for rainy days, and others are perfect murder mysteries to read on that long flight or a weekend at the cottage.

But I have other labels too *lowers voice* ones I'm not proud of. These are my book confessions.

Confession #1. The Book I Stole From The Library

Frog and Toad Are Friends

Okay, I know stealing is wrong and this is no excuse, but I was in grade two and it was raining heavily that day. I dropped the book in the puddle where it sucked up a gallon of water. The thing swelled like Harry Potter's Aunt Marge.

I stashed the thick mess under my bed, hoping it would somehow magically fix itself before it was due back at the library.

It didn't.

However, back then (1978) I guess the librarian at my school was so distracted by the approaching summer vacation and its promises of tanned cabana boys or whatever she did in the off season—that she never came looking for that book. Frog and Toad Are Friends is still mine to this day.

Confession #2. The Book I Pretend To Have Read

The Hobbit

I was thirteen. The first three paragraphs were about a gnarled tree stump. I haven't picked it up since.

Confession #3. The Book I've Read The Most

This is kind of two confessions in one, because my artsy fartsy answer is Pride and Prejudice (read eight times), but the real answer is Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone (read ten times).

Confession #4. The Book I Never Finished

Mr. Churchill's Secretary

Okay, there are several titles that fit this category, but this mystery novel is the most recent I haven't been able to finish. I kept falling asleep. I stuck it out until page 110, but I couldn't get any farther. I'm going to try again someday, you know when a bout of insomnia hits.

Confession #5. The Book In Which I'm Totally In Love With One of the Characters

Pride and Prejudice

Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy.

Confession #6. Book I Bought Purely Because Of The Cover

Hush, Hush

This was when angels falling from the sky wearing only tight jeans was something of a novelty. Now you can't go for a walk without getting hit by one of those suckers.

Confession #7. The Book I Will Never Read

Fifty Shades of Grey

Life is too short. I read a few paragraphs composed mainly of the main character asking herself questions and biting her lower lip. That was enough for me.

Confession #8. The Book I Will Never Recommend

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

It's on my bookshelf as a testament to how stubborn a reader I can be. That sucker weighed in at 782 pages. Although there is one memorable scene, that only accounts for two of those 782 pages. I heard that it's been optioned for a movie. Good, choose that option instead.

Sorry, I hate being a critic, but confession is good for the soul. Let me know your answers!

Thursday, 17 July 2014



...And so are YOU!

So stop keeping it a secret and show off how awesome you are.

Seriously, in case anyone hasn't told you lately. Now go take on the day!

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