Posts Tagged ‘Blog Hops’
Friday, February 28th, 2014
Today is the movie blog hop where my MCs can be stars! I may be wrong, cause sometimes that happens, but I think this was the first blog hop I ever participated in, 2 years ago. And I pulled it together like last minute.
Not this time. I started early. So thank you to Kyra Lennon and Rachel Schieffelbein for hosting this blog hop.
So the point of this blog hop is to show the actors/actresses you’d cast in one of your WIPs. I’m going back in time to my very first YA story. I still love it today and will probably be going back to work on it. Maybe when I start querying my current WIP.
This novel is called Beyond the Wake. Here’s a short blurb—and I apologize because it’s not query ready and therefore, may suck.
Seventeen-year-old Jason is invited to spend the summer at the lake with his buddy Mack. He looks forward to the skiing, partying and girls. But when Jason unexpectedly falls for Mack’s younger sister, he has to decide if he can give up his partying ways to be the guy Alexis needs.
Fifteen-year-old Alexis looks forward to swimming, the sun and catching up on her stack of unread books. When Jason shows an interest in her, she’s flattered and pleased that her brother, Mack, hates the idea of them dating. When Alexis learns Jason leads a different life than her, and she must decide if she’s willing to surrender her values for the guy she’s fallen for.
And here are my choices for actors.
Abigail Breslin is Alexis. She just has a sweet innocent look to me and is perfect for the roll.
Julian Morris is Jason. This guy is probably a little old to be playing a teen, but he’s got the right look.
Logan Lerman is the brother, Mack.
So that’s it. Now go check out the other participants by going to Kyra’s site.
Sunday, February 9th, 2014
You know what’s coming up? The A to Z Blogging Challenge. And yes, it’s not until April, but I need to plan. No way can I pull it together last minute. Too much stress.
Boy, isn’t this pretty. I love the color.
I’ve actually known for a while what I’m doing. It has to do with music, and it’ll take a lot of pre-planning, but luckily, I got the idea a long time ago—like not long after last year’s challenge. So I’ve gathered lots of songs. Had to keep a notebook in the car, cause I’d hear one on the radio and go, ahh, that’s perfect for A to Z.
But now I was thinking, maybe I should so something different. Not totally different. Just the way I organize it. Originally, the theme was going to be “Songs that…” then the letter will be whatever. Like songs that remind me of high school, or songs that I wanted for my wedding, etc.
The problem is I have to get very liberal with matching the theme to the letter. Like Q is a toughie. And so I came up: Songs that never quit, but I still love. (i.e. long songs) So obviously, the Q is quit, but it’s buried halfway into the line. Or Songs that make me tear up—for the letter T.
They’re not all like that, but there’s a few.
I’ve got a good list of songs, but I want to re-think this. Will maybe have to play with that list. See if I can use the band’s names or the titles of songs instead.
So for instance, I have 3 songs that make me cry. If one of the titles starts with a G, then use that. And then I can say, this song makes me cry, and here’s two others (that don’t start with G).
Or I can do the same thing with the band name. G is for Guns and Roses, and they have a song that was a remake, and I like the original better. Then have 2 other songs that are remakes.
So I don’t know what to do. I need to work with my song list and see what works best I guess.
Oh wow. I was just thinking how it might be hard to find a song for X. But seriously, one popped in my head right then. Maybe that’s a sign I should go with the first idea. Just in case you’re wondering, the song is Xanadu—and we had it on a record when I was a kid. I can still hear the tune in my head.
Anyway, I guess I have some work to do.
Anyone else doing A to Z this year?
And does anyone else remember Xanadu? (If you weren’t a child of the late 70s and early 80s, you probably wouldn’t.) It’s a great song, especially if you’re an Olivia Newton John fan.
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
To celebrate the soon to be released collaboration about two sisters, Kelley Lynn and Jenny Morris are hosting this blog hop/cover reveal. Easy. Just share something about a sibling.
I only have one brother. And he’s a pretty good brother, who married a good woman, and they have good kids. But this story comes from years ago. I don’t even remember when. Maybe I was in high school, he in college. Maybe we were in junior and senior high. Either way, this story involves him and my parents. I apologize if I’ve told this before, because I don’t remember that either.
One day at our house, we noticed a funny smell from the bathroom. Not a normal funny bathroom smell, but worse. It might’ve taken a few days, but eventually after my mom, I think it was her, dug around in the closet, she found a bag of then thawed raw fish. Probably stuff my dad or brother caught that summer, so not stuff commercially packaged.
I didn’t put it there. My brother claimed he didn’t do it. And my Mom/Dad claimed they didn’t do it.
Nobody was a heavy sleepwalker, so that doesn’t seem plausible. But somebody had to do it, even though quite frankly, that’s not the kind of humor most in our family have.
Anyway. I probably threw most blame at my brother, and he probably returned that blame.
Either way. I didn’t do it.
My brother still claims he didn’t do it.
My parents still claim they didn’t do it.
So who did? This topic comes up every once in a while, nobody admitting to putting the fish in the closet. I’m not sure it’s ever going to be solved.
So that’s my story. Now on to Road to Somewhere.
For Charlie, a post-high school road trip isn’t just a vacation, it’s life changing. While her parents think she’s helping a friend move, a chance at fame is the real reason to grab her best friends and drive to L.A. But when her super annoying, uber-responsible, younger sister, Lucy, has to tag along, it isn’t quite the summer of fun she imagined.
Add in a detour to her grandparents’ ranch in Texas, and between mucking the stalls, down-home cookin’, and drool worthy ranch hands, this could just turn into the best, and most complicated, summer of their lives.
Congratulations Jenny and Kelley. And to see other blog hoppers, click on the link following the rafflecopter.
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Thursday, December 5th, 2013
To celebrate the launch of their books Soul Cutter and The Ghosts of Aquinnah, Lexa Cain and Julie Flanders are hosting the Dream Vacation Blog Hop. Very simple: name your dream destination.
There are lots of places I’d love to visit, so I was trying to think of something unique for this blog hop. And that’s when I thought of this.
I would love to spend a week (or whatever) living in a castle. A real castle that is hundreds of years old. I’m not picky, there are many castles I would try, but I can’t list them all. So here are a few. Oh, and I’m not going off interesting history or anything, I’m just going off looks. And I’m pretty sure they aren’t really open for tourists to live in, but I can dream. This is the Dream Destination Blog Hop after all.
All these pictures came from a website and were taken by different photographers. Go here to check them out.
One of my top picks:
Chenonceaux in France. Built over a river. Is there anything cooler than that? No! The setting is one of pure relaxation. This place is gorgeous. And I actually got to visit it years ago. Of course that was probably a 3 hour tour. I want to stay at this place for a week. Perhaps a month. Or more.
Can you imagine sitting under a tree, looking up at this place and writing? I could. And I’m pretty damn sure I’d love it.
Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany comes a close second. This is so totally beautiful, sticking up above the trees. And sleeping up in one of those spires… a dream come true.
Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Look how tall this castle is. I so want to go up into those spires, or that little balcony right in the middle. Definitely cool.
Chambourd in France. Can you say ah-mazing. This place is gigantic. You could get lost in it for days. This too was a place I once got to visit, but I’m sure we saw like oh—5% of the chateau because again… it’s hute!
Alcazar in Spain. This place is stunning. And look what’s behind the castle. Even more stunning beauty. (If you can’t really tell from the picture, it looks like snow capped mountains.) Would love to go here.
Strecno Castle in Slovakia. Sure this place looks like it’s just ruins, so maybe a weeks stay would not work. But look at those rocky cliffs and all the trees. Think of all the ghosts possibly roaming around. I’d love to visit this place.
Bodiam Castle in England. A fortress. Stocky and imposing. Awesome.
What an amazing opportunity it’d be to visit these places and sit and write. And write. And write. They totally fit my definition of a dream destination.
So what about you? What’s your dream vacation spot? And have you ever been to any real castles?
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
I’m having technical difficulties w/my blog, so I apologize if the home page looks weird. Waiting for support to return my e-mail.
I thought this Pitch Wars Mentee Bio Bloghop thing looked kinda fun, so I figured I’d better jump right in. Check out Dannie Morin’s site for the linky list of other participants.
For Pitch Wars I submitted my young adult novel, VARYING DEGREES OF BLAME. And yes, it is complete, around 56,000 words. It’s a dual point of view, told by a boy and a girl. There’s some romance, but that’s not the story. There’s bad parents… and there’s good parents. There’s a girl who is motivated to avoid the mistakes of her mother. And there’s a boy who grows and learns how to forgive.
So if any of the mentors I submitted to stop by, here is why you should pick me.
1. I picked you, so obviously I have good taste.
2. I wrote my story for NaNo. That’d be NaNo 2012, so don’t worry, it’s been critiqued and revised before you. And I so want to add my name to that NaNo page where it shows published NaNo books.
3. I’ve written more than 1.4 million words (in novels) and I’m ready for that next step. (Agent. Publisher. Movie Rights. Becoming the next JK Rowling, except for contemporary young adult.)
4. I am very open to hearing all your comments and suggestions. Even though I’ve written a bunch and have queried 2 other novels, I am quite aware that I do NOT know it ALL. And I’m always wanting to learn more.
5. I hate querying, and I would be forever thankful to you if you help me find an agent via this contest so I don’t have to query.
6. I think it’d be so cool to be a Pitch Wars Mentor. And being chosen by you, and then picked up by an agent and publisher would be the best way to assure an invite for me to be a mentor for Pitch Wars next year.
7. And last but not least, I’ve got a terrific story with characters I love, and I want the world to love them too.
So those are a few reasons why you should pick me.
Now on to the more boring stuff which you can probably find on other pages of my site, but I’ll summarize right here.
-I mostly write contemporary young adult. I’ve also done some new adult/adult, but have always stuck to contemporary.
-I like writing about people with problems. But I like happy endings too.
-I am also a mom.
-I am also a civil engineer. (Hence the Literary Engineer title)
-I have a husband, a dog, and 2 kids.
-I love to write. (Yes, big surprise.)
Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out some of the other mentees by clicking on the link above.
Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Today we’re celebrating the release of a terrific new Christmas Anthology, The Spirit of Christmas by a bunch of fantastic authors. Click here to find it on Amazon. The cool thing about this is the authors are donating the proceeds to NaNoWriMo.org.
So instead of Christmas, this blog hop is about what we want for NaNo.
I hadn’t planned on doing NaNo this year. I did it last year, and won, so I don’t need to prove it to myself. And I feel like I have too much going on since I have things to edit.
But I figured what the hell. Why not. So I’m going to work on a new story I started recently. It’s an adult contemporary set in Brazil. I’m excited about it because I think it’ll be really interesting. And it’ll require a lot of research. So this isn’t some story I’m going to finish in a short time. I may write a lot of it before the research is done, the basic story, but then I’ll have to work in descriptions and things about Brazil’s culture that I really don’t know about right now.
So what I want for NaNo is to get halfways into it. I know we’re supposed to strive for 50,000. But that feels unrealistic. Bigger but… I just wanted to be a part of NaNo because it’s fun to watch how others are doing.
My working title is called Piranha. And as you may guess, there are piranha’s involved. But I couldn’t think of anything creative yet, so I went with that.
I kinda feel guilty signing up for NaNo knowing I probably won’t finish, but you never know. It’s still possible.
Thank you to these ladies and gentleman for hosting the blog hop: JA Bennett, Jessica Salyer, David Powers King, Kelley Lynnm, and Cassie Mae.
To see the other blog hoppers, check this out:
Tuesday, October 15th, 2013
As many of you know, today is the release day of (Never) Again by the fabulous Theresa Paolo. And to celebrate, she’s doing a blog hop where you share something that you swore you’d never do again, but did.
But first. If you’d like to see how I first met Theresa and all the fun things we have in common, go here.
Now on to the blog hop.
Well, I hope I don’t disappoint anyone today because I have nothing shameless or salacious to share. Instead, my example is rather innocuous, perhaps mundane. (Can you tell I went to the thesaurus for interesting words?) But hey, when I try come up with examples to questions like this, my mind always goes blank.
First: I am not a slave to fashion. I prefer comfort over style.
So back in the 80s, clogs were the in thing. I had one pair. I hated them. They were big and stiff. Clunky—wasn’t clog just the perfect name for them? Kinda ugly. And they didn’t like to stay on my feet.
I said I’d never wear them again.
But then a few years back, my mom gave me a pair of hers she didn’t want anymore. And because she doesn’t buy Payless Shoes like me, the black pair she gave me lasted over three years of regular use. And I loved them. So now I’ve even bought my own. Something more like this.
These shoes from Zappos.com are cute. Their $150 price tag, not so much. Oh, and when I said I’d buy something more like this, I meant style wise. I’d choke over paying $150 for shoes. (Remember, I like Payless.)
So even though they’re not the most stable shoe, I now like them. And there are so many cute styles.
Even though I gave in to the clog, I will never… never wear flip flops. I’ve weathered through this fad for the second time without giving in, so I’m fairly confident I’ll keep my word. Flip flops suck.
So check Theresa’s site to see the other blog hop participants.
And congratulations to Theresa on your big debut!
Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
Today is my posting for the How to Date A Nerd Blog hop, to celebrate the release of Cassie Mae’s new book How to Date a Nerd. Cassie Mae’s got prizes and you have two days to post, so if you haven’t signed up yet, go do it.
What is the nerdiest thing about you (me)?
I’m generally a sophisticated, intelligent person, but sometimes I like to watch TV shows, and I’m not really the targeted demographic.
Saved by the Bell, 1989-1993. I was in high school for most of this show, so watching it then wasn’t too embarrassing, but I still watch it. Sometimes. You know, when nothing else is on and I want to have the TV on for noise. *wink wink* Seriously, even then I knew SbtB was a bit ridiculous, so I can’t explain why I like it. I just do.
Another show I wouldn’t normally admit to watching is Full House, 1987-1995. I graduated high school, but continued to watch this show my first few years in college. And still today.
Um hello, I’m getting close to 40 and still like Full House. I could blame it on my kids, but I’m now admitting to the world I watch it, sometimes when my kids are not around.
I just love Joey, Jesse, Danny and the kids. Plus, now as a mother, I really appreciate a family friendly show.
So there are two things that kind of make me nerdy. Any shows you’d like to admit to watching?
Here’s where you can go to see how nerdy everyone is.
Monday, September 2nd, 2013
I’ve got a fun bloghop to announce for my good friend, Cassie Mae, to celebrate the release of her newest novel, How to Date a Nerd. This blog hop will run September 24th-26th. Here’s all the info.
1. Post an answer to this question: What is the nerdiest thing about you?
2. Post the blog hop picture on your post and on your sidebar.
3. Post the Goodreads link to How to Date a Nerd: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17976672-how-to-date-a-nerd
That’s it! And the prize for one of the participants! A Nerd swag pack! Including NERDS candy, Nerdy t-shirts, a signed copy of How to Date a Nerd, How to Date a Nerd key chains and buttons, and Spiderman 3 on DVD, because for some reason, she has two copies.
So sign up here, and we’ll see you the 24th through the 26th.
Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013
Scroll down for today’s The Big Reveal posting
Thank you to Rachel Schieffelbein for bringing us this fun blog hop. And congratulations on your soon-to-be-released story, Secondary Characters. And thank you also to all these lovely co-hosts: Theresa Paolo, Kelley Lynn, Jessica Saylor, Jenny Morris
Sometimes secondary characters steal the show, (or the book) and become our favorites. Whether it’s the funny best friend or that goofy kid next door,
we want to know what secondary characters
you just couldn’t get enough of and why.
I’ve got a few characters I’d like to mention.
First is my own character. Which unfortunately is in an unpublished novel, so it’s not available to read.
Murphy from THE PROPER WAY TO SAY GOODBYE. He is the best friend of my main character Chloe. He is a totally sweet guy—not the hottest one, not the wittiest, but loyal and caring. But I’m biased of course. And I hope you all will be able to meet him someday an love him just as much as I do.
Another character I really liked was Laura from CLAWS by Will Weaver. She’s a spunky girl, tough on the outside, but hurting on the inside. The main character was Jed, and the book was good, but I also think the story would’ve been fun to hear from her pov.
This is an old one, and it’s from a movie, but I’m going to go with Chunk from THE GOONIES. He’s the chubby-funny kid, pictured on the right, kneeling down.
I was a kid when this movie came out and loved it. I watched it recently with my kids, and I still laughed. Chunk is a riot, and he’s got several great scenes. He’s the kind of kid who isn’t necessarily trying to be funny, but is. A little dopey, but he makes you laugh and is a good, loyal friend.
So I know you probably haven’t read THE PROPER WAY, but have you seen THE GOONIES or read CLAWS?
Here is the linky list to go check out the others.