Saturday, October 19, 2013

Annah takes over author Clay Gilbert's brain!

Clay Gilbert is a great friend and author. He is passionate for his characters and isn't afraid to let them take over his head! Sometimes I don't know if I'm talking to him or Annah. Let's see what this wonderful book is about!


Annah, a young female of a world on the Edge of the Sea of Stars named Evohe, feels there is no place for her among her people. She is seen as strange both for her appearance, which is different than that thought to be normal for an eighteen-cycle old seed-maiden, and for her dreams, not of finding a mate and making a homeplace and a family with him, but of exploring the Sea of Stars that she looks up at every night and longs to see. Her parents lie at rest in the Elder Grove deep in the woods near her homeground, and, since the passing of Lilliane, the elder who had been her guardian since she was fourteen cycles old, Annah has lived alone; the ‘girl who walks with no one.’

She remains alone until the night she sees a great fire streak from the starry sky above her parents’ homeground and, following its path, finds the wreckage of what she knows from the shared Memories of her people is a star-vessel of the sort her own people had once traveled in. Inside the ruined craft, she finds a human male, badly injured and close to death. Torn between the Memories that tell her the people of Earth were responsible for the near-extinction of her own world and the voice of Spirit that insists all life is the same, she nurses him back to health, finding in the human Gary Holder a mirror of her own search for belonging and desire for a larger purpose. Their growing connection, and the Evoetians’ sense of humans as enemies, sets in motion a chain of events that may either destroy Annah’s world a second time, or lead to a new future of understanding: a new age of the Shapers.

Annah is the first novel in Clay Gilbert's science-fiction series Children of Evohe, published by Rara Avis, an imprint of PDMI Publishing. Annah is due for release on September 15, 2013, and is expected to be followed by Annah's Exile in 2014 and Children of Evohe in 2015.

Related website: Annah's World ( This is the official site for the Children of Evohe series, and has a character blog featuring Annah's own commentary about her world and her people, designed to fill in narrative gaps before and between the volumes of the series. It also contains information about the series, its author, and its publisher.

Meet Clay Gilbert, the genius behind Annah!

Clay Gilbert lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he divides his time between writing, teaching English for Strayer University, and working across the electronic sea of the Internet as the Chief Editor for PDMI Publishing.  He believes, as Annah does, that it takes many notes to make up the Song of the World, and that the understanding of differences between people, nations and cultures holds perhaps the most important key to the future.   This book, he hopes, will help make a difference in that.  He shares his living and writing space with his cat, Bella, and his ball python, Andy.  He is currently at work on Annah's Exile, Book Two of Children of Evohe, also coming soon from PDMI.

What a refreshing read to the Book Industry, I'm excited to start reading all about Annah!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Welcome Dianne Gardner!

Topping Amazon's Paid Best Sellers list in children's Sword and Sorcery
Nominated for The Endeavor Award 2012

"Within seconds, the light show vanished and Ian opened one eye. What he had experienced was not at all what he had expected. No unusual sensations fizzled through his body. He hadn't felt like he was plummeting in an elevator, or blasting through space like in a rocket ship. It didn't even feel like he might be racing down an escape chute on an airplane. No jet sounds, or hums, or buzzes, rattled in his ears."

And so young Ian Wilson enters the Realm.
The first book of a trilogy, Deception Peak is a young adult adventure fantasy about a teenager, Ian Wilson, who follows his father through a portal that magically appears on their computer screen. They travel into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life. 

But when the two are separated, Ian is abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers and is forced to find his courage. As he struggles for his freedom and embarks on a perilous search to find his father, Ian meets the true peacekeepers of the Realm. It's then that he learns there is a greater purpose for being there.

Book 2 and 3 The Dragon Shield and Rubies and Robbers are available now!
If you enjoy dragons, sorcery, wizards, magic, legend, and fantasy adventure, than this series is for you!

You can see more of Dianne’s work on her website

Friday, September 6, 2013

Interview with Raebeth McGee-Buda, author of Silenced 2: The Overtaking

I decided to interview this talented writer, to dive into the mind of someone who can write such a poignant story about a young girl who struggles with life and feels she has no way out but to harm herself.

Welcome author Raebeth Buda!

When you were small, what did you want to be when you grew up? Tell us about your childhood.
I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger. I loved working with children. I loved watching the teacher write on the chalk board and pass out papers. My childhood was amazing. I have four sisters and we made such great memories with each other, which we laugh at today. (Audra this one is for you... “Tractors are junk!”)
I was quiet and always had my nose in a book. When I’d get into trouble, my parents would ground me from... books.. yep not toys but my books. LOL
I didn’t make friends easily but when I did.... I’ve kept a hold of them, even to this day! My parents always supported everything I wanted to do, even if I didn’t finish it. But most of all, my childhood was filled with love and blessings from our Lord. (My daughter has something in common with you, she loves to read books and I've often wondered about grounding her from them, too!)

How did your writing career take form? Don’t spare any details!
I always had a passion for writing. While growing up, I wrote short stories and poems. Of course I kept those to myself. Then in high school we had an assignment to write a short story. At the time, I still thought I was going to be a Cosmetologist/Nail Technician/Masseuse. As my younger sister and I were going through old boxes, she found the start of Silenced in a box and began reading it. Afterwards she insisted that I add on to it and make it into a full book. So I did. That’s where I found that I love writing books and I had a message to share. (Oooh, it's always wonderful to find a great start of a book from our past and turn into something even better!)

How many “book starts” do you have that you have never finished? Which of those is your most favorite one?
At this time I have six books that I am working on. At this time I would say that “Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello.” is my favorite because it has a lot of meaning behind it. It’s the story of my daughter, Dakota who was stillborn on May 25, 2013. This story will be our journey and how I found to cope. (I'm sorry about Dakota, what a wonderful way to honor her memory.)

Do you like dancing in the rain, or sitting under the porch, watching it?
That would depend. If I’m alone, I’d rather watch the rain. If I am with friends or family having fun..  yeah I’d be dancing.

Please, in about one or two sentences, tell us about Silenced.
A message of hope, which addresses self harm and depression. It’s the journey inside the mind of someone who is suffering from these issues and her journey. (I'm intrigued!)

Writing about self-infliction must have been difficult, what gave you the drive to see this book to its end?
I needed to get my message out there. It was difficult. But I wanted to show those who are struggling with self harm that there is hope and someone out there does care. (I'm sure there are a number of people who are suffering in silence and in shame because of it, what a fabulous thing for you to do!)

Did you cry in any parts as you wrote? Which? Why?
I did. They were parts of the book that were actual parts of my life.

How has this book touched the life of others?
As I have seen from reviews and personal emails, I have helped put into words the feelings that others feel every day of their lives when they couldn’t put it into words. I’ve helped parents recognize the signs and watch their own children to find them cutting and get them help. I’ve brought more awareness to self harm and depression. I’m very proud of it all. (That is definitly something to be proud of--to bring hope, and combat the ugly feeling of helplessness among your readers. Kudos, to you!)

What inspired you to write the sequel, Silenced 2: The Overtaking? Tell us about the title.
I needed to finish Amber’s story because it wasn’t over. Silenced is about her battle. The Overtaking is about her fight against her darkness and it’s outcome. The title is for one thing which I can’t really say without giving too much away. But will she overtake the darkness of cutting or will the darkness of cutting takeover her?

What message would you like to share with your readers?
A reviewer has summed up what I would want to say: no matter how bad things... there is a bright light at the end. Family, friends, and support groups are always a big help. But most of all Jesus will always be there for you. All you have to do is ask. There is nothing you could do that would make him turn you away. So when you think your helpless and lost, remember you are never alone just turn to him and he will give you the strength and courage to see there anything. (Well said!)

Please share with us your sites and where we can purchase your books! Where can your fans contact you?

Author Links
Author Facebook Page Link

Purchase Links
Barnes and Noble:

Thank you, Ms. Buda, for the fun interview, I enjoyed getting to you better. I wish you much success with every book. Please make sure you visit her links and become her fan!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Welcome to the Author Tagline HOP!

Do you have your tagline ready to flaunt? I wrote a post about it here. When you're ready, put your author tagline with your name (below) in the "Link Title", linking it to whichever site you wish (could be website). That's it!

Author Tagline HOP

Yay! Thanks for signing up, let the fun begin!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Are you Tagline Ready?

Author Tagline HOP is on it's way! 

Sign up with your shiny, new Tagline September 1st, and share the 

*LOVE* by announcing it on all your social platforms. Remember, the more you share, the more exposure 

you get for your awesome authorness!

please grab button and share the LOVE!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Creating your Author Tagline

Last week, we discussed what a tagline is; a catchy phrase that sums up what a person, place or thing is. Think of Nike's Just Do it. It's a great way to hook a targeted audience's attention, isn't it?

Think of Stephen King. What tagline do you think would fit him? Stephenie Meyer? What about Shakespeare? Mark Twain? What about you?

Since a tagline resonates a specific emotion or thought, what sort of feel are you looking for that might lure your targeted audience? Think upon the premise which you base your books. They might be different genres, but since they are written by you, their common denominator, you'd want them to echo your brand.

It could be as simple as ... YA Author. Here is Deirdra A. Eden's Tagline: Follow Your Dreams.
Jewel Adams: Clean, Passionate Emotion-Driven Romance That Uplifts and Inspires.

Play around with the thoughts that come to your mind.

Do you feel like you're ready to participate in my Author Tagline Bloghop? All you have to do is sign up, and post on the scheduled day with your shiny author tagline! Easy peasy. You also have the option to explain your tagline, and share your links and any book covers. Sounds like fun, right???

I will officially announce the Author Tagline HOP Friday! On the meanwhile, please share the LOVE! :)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Author Branding, Platforms and Taglines ... Oh My!

Crystal Collier inspired this post. This was her comment to my last one regarding what a tagline is:
"It's true--author branding is all about the tagline, eh?"
Brilliant, Crystal, just brilliant!

So, what is author branding? I remember when I started out my career, I was thoroughly confused as to what a platform was. Later, author branding. (No, it's not a hot iron to your rump ... OUCH!)

First, your platform is how you actively live your author branding, how you present yourself to your target audience as you handle Public Relations. Next, your author brand is what you *want* to be known for so as to hit your target audience.

So, what is your target audience? Well, I really love The Lorax. I relate a whole lot to Ted. Though he is not an author, he has to start from scratch for his business. Thee a thneed, fill a thneed, right? He made a thneed, the Lorax thought it was ridiculous. Ted was not, by all means, discouraged by the Lorax's rejection. Why? Well, because this little guy was NOT his target audience. That hit me hard. Just because someone hates your work, doesn't mean you bite; it just means those readers are not your target audience.

So who is your target audience? Think about your books--your author branding. What do you want to be known for?

If you already know that, then think on this: A tagline is your author branding summed up in words.

Do I hear any wheels turning?

Monday, August 19, 2013

First, what is a tagline?

In the words of Elizabeth Mueller a tagline is a catchy phrase that sums up what a certain product (person, place or thing you are promoting) is. Here are several examples to help give you an idea:

Got Milk?
Just do it
What's in your Wallet?
The happiest place on earth
Time to make the doughnuts
Thank heaven for 7-11
Shouldn't your baby be a Gerber baby?

Click here to read a fabulous post on 10 companies that totally define their taglines.

Poor Ali Cross, I keep picking on her, but her author tagline is one that I can't get out of my mind, it ROCKS: "Stories that transcend the ordinary"  Admit it, it's awesome, right?

Virginia Lori Jennings, a friend of mine, said over on my FaceBook Timeline, "An author tagline is a saying that embodies your writing subject, why you write, and what you want your stories to achieve.-> sorta like a slogan."

Are you catching a vision for you tagline?
(Next week, we'll discuss how to discover your author tagline!)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Beautiful Songs of Kiguli

Reliable transportation, building more classrooms, school bus--ah yes--a library!
Sounds like a lovely list for a school to have, don't you agree? I certainly do!

Children gather and share their heart through poetry for the purpose of fundraising for their school! I find this a fantastical feat for any school!

If you are moved to directly donate (even $1) to this wonderful school, click here! Put a smile on a child's face. :)

Another way to help is to spread the word! I have the spiffy "share" buttons at the bottom of this post. Click on it and viola! You're done.

Thank you!

Monday, August 12, 2013

My Favorite Gadgets!

I posted this article back in March of 2011, and since I've been out of sync with the blog gods, I needed to refresh my noggin. So I decided to republish this to keep up on top and for your viewing pleasure.

I've been slammed with pure inspiration to host a BLOG HOP! This is going to be an absolute no brainer and tons of FuN! I plan to keep the linkie to this hop up indefinitely so you can refer to it and watch it grow with the COOLEST authors around. Sounds exciting, right? YES!

It's going to give writers, published and non, a chance to share their passion in a single tagline. "An author tagline is a saying that embodies your writing subject, why you write, and what you want your stories to achieve.-> sorta like a slogan," says Virginia Lori Jennings on my FaceBook Timeline.

My favorite author tagline is Ali Cross's: stories that transcend the ordinary.

Wow, isn't that just great? :)

I will blog about how to gather your thoughts on what your books stand for, how they apply to your upcoming tagline for the Author Tagline BlogHop, and how to come up with one. I will do my best to share my ideas on I came up with mine, I, by no means, am a guru on this. Just little ole me.

Happy Weekend!

So onto the Old Blog Post:

I've decided to share with you my secret gadgets that I feel help improve my blog. Shhhh! Don't tell anyone!

Are you ready for the revealing? ;)

Link Within <== the "You might also like" tool at the bottom of my every post with the trio of pictures from previous postings.

Blog Buttons <==Clarissa Draper reveals how to create those nifty bloggie buttons with the html codes at the bottom scrolly window. So COOL!

Site Meter <==a way to spy on how (and where and how long) many fans are stalking ya! It's cool, and best of all, free! <==want to break out from drawing names from the old hat routine? Just go here! 

Simply-linked <==want to provide blank spaces for your bloggie palz to enter blogfests, hops or other party things? Easier than Mr. Linky. Promise.

The Blog Guidebook <==Whoa! A saver if you're trying to figure out how to soup up your blog! :)

Your turn! What secret gadgets do you have hidden in your blog?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lost and Found later

Taking a year off from blogging and my other social networks because of pregnancy has really hurt me as an author. I had great online presence. I had worked hard for it. Sad to say that I feel forgotten. I know, I'm such a wimp. *sniff*

I need to start from the ground up again--but my publisher said that my loyal fans will never forget me no matter how much time lapses. That's comforting to hear. But on the meantime ... I hope to get back to where I left off before life became so insanely crazy and getting back to where I was before with a crazy insane life is challenging.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Square One

Life has been really crazy since Babykins was born. Finding time to write is scarce, but I have a stash of books previous that I've submitted to a publisher and they *love* my work, so you will be seeing those SOON!

I miss my blogging buddies and the fun I had when I blogged. It is barely enough that I can keep up with Facebook (updating in single sentences and hitting enter is so much easier than composing here as well as feeding my blog!).

As a writer, I feel that I've slipped ten steps back from the start of my career. I haven't really been connecting with my fans as much as I'd like, especially during my pregnancy.

Darkspell was published with a small publisher who restructured her company and I lost all confidence in myself as an author. Sad, isn't it? But I haven't lost confidence as a WRITER! I like to reminisce upon the good old days when all I had to worry about was writing, but then again, a new world has been blessed upon me as a published writer because I've met *so* many wonderful people and gained many great skills (public speaking for starters).

I will try to blog and visit your blogs when time allows--I also want to change the look and feel of my blog, this one is much too dark for me now. I'm sorry for neglecting my blogdom world!

How do you climb back on the horse after a huge separation?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Baby's Breath, YA fiction

Hi, my name is Jessica and I am 16. I had sex with Joshua. I never thought I'd end up pregnant and now I am terrified. I've heard of babies found in dumpsters. I am better than that. I will make sure someone finds him first before the cold does.

I was inspired by Project Cuddle to write this book.They work hard around the clock saving unwanted babies. Through their efforts, they have saved 730 babies the past 16 years! It takes about $2,500 for them to save one baby ...

My author royalties will go straight to supporting their remarkable cause.

While many parents want their kids to read books without sex, I purposely threw it in. Let's face it, sex among teens is fairly common--more common than we'd like. A book about the harsh consequences of sex is likely to impact readers than one regarding abstinence.

Baby's Breath shares with us a girl's traumatic experience of an unexpected pregnancy, and how she deals with her turmoil of hiding it.

Learn more about Project Cuddle:

Read first chapter here!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Writing Life after Babykins

I love baby toes!

Roughly nine months ago, I decided to take a break from writing. My little one was born recently. Cute and healthy! My writing projects have taken a backseat for a bit, it has been difficult setting time aside for them.

I did manage to update my website with a handful of books coming soon! I created the covers for them (below). Can you see my daughter and her friend in Hidden? It was fun taking it! As for RockStar and Eros, those took me about 3 house a piece. Kursed was also accepted by PDMI Publishing--the cover which I created a few weeks ago took me over 12 hours as I had documented it for prosperity's sake! I will reveal that soon!

PDMI has also hired me as their in-house illustrator! Yay! So excited. Also wondering how I'll manage to keep up with a new baby ...

My current project is to finish my YA inspirational, Baby's Breath (I plan to use my baby and teengirl as covermodels!)--about a young girl who finds herself  unexpectedly pregnant. She hides her growing belly and becomes terrified as desperation blinds her. My love for babies has spurred me to write this and it is my intention for my royalties to assist Project Cuddle in their goal for rescuing unwanted babies. I'm really excited about this and hope to find time to write this in between baby and hyper kids at home before the upcoming school year arrives!

What are your projects? I'd love to hear how you accommodate your love of writing!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Fun Book Giveaway by Adam Glendon Sidwell

Look at the fun Adam Glendon Sidwell has been cooking up this fine May!

The Buttersmiths' Gold
Everyone knows the most coveted treasure of the Viking Age was blueberry muffins. Blueberry muffins so succulent that if you sniffed just a whiff, you'd want a whole bite. If you bit a bite, you'd want a batch; if you snatched a batch, you'd stop at nothing short of going to war just to claim them all.
Young Torbjorn Trofastsonn comes from the clan that makes them. He's a Viking through and through– he's thirteen winters old, larger than most respectable rocks, and most of all, a Buttersmith. That's what he thinks anyway, until a charismatic merchant makes Torbjorn question his place among the muffin-makers. When Torbjorn lets the secret of his clan's muffin recipe slip, he calls doom and destruction down upon his peaceful village and forces his brother Storfjell and his clansmen to do the one thing they are ill-prepared to do: battle for their lives.

About The Buttersmiths' Gold
The Buttersmiths' Gold is a spin off novella in the Evertaster series that tells the story of two Viking brothers and their adventurous past. The Evertaster series (Book #1 released June 14, 2012) is about Guster Johnsonville, who goes searching for a legendary taste rumored to be the most delicious in all of history. Along the way he meets a slew of mysterious characters, including two Viking brothers Torbjorn and Storfjell. The Buttersmiths' Gold is their story. 124 pages. By Adam Glendon Sidwell. Published by Future House Publishing.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Here's your chance to win a signed copy Buttersmiths' Gold and a $50 Amazon gift card!

Monday, April 29, 2013

New Beginnings

So I took longer a hiatus than I intended and life has become so full, I don't know where to begin! From having a new baby, to my hubby being laid off and finding a job a month later, then having to commute over an hour away, to raising all five kids ranging from 16 years to 0 without my man around is giving me handfuls of white hair! Not to mention we're planning on moving closer to his job come the end of the school year and selling our house ...

On the meanwhile, I am focusing on breathing day by day and enjoying my kids--especially the newest one!
My little boy is healthy and strong and growing oh so fast! Here are his cute little feet that I'm using as my profile pic over on Facebook:

As far as my writing is concerned, my muse has been patient with me and decided to hibernate all these many months past. But I can feel him stirring and his ravenous appetite has me almost at a loss because ... how am I going to squeeze his demands in with all the rest?

I guess writing is a survival need for my sanity, I will force the time to write. I hope.

What have you been up to these past 12 months? Share with me your successes, I'd LOVE to hear them!