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Very Vampire May Giveaway – Oh yeah, baby

Greetings peeps,
I’m stopping in to tell you about an uber cool contest Sara is having over at Babbling Flow.

Very Vampire Giveaway Contest EXTENDED to June 7th!

Here’s what you can win. Oh yeah, pre-pare…

#1 SIGNED Twilight!
(and 4 Keepsake Journals in a Collectible Tin)
Hardcover, authentic signature…

#2 SIGNED Anne Rice: The Vampire Armand
Hardcover, first edition–The sixth novel in The Vampire Chronicles.However, from what I’ve heard because I haven’t read it) graphic nature, winners for this must be 18 or older. (Not that I don’t think someone younger can handle it, but I’m not a parent and under 18 means not an adult, legally.)

#3 SIGNED Charlaine Harris:
Dead Until Dark, Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead
The first three in her Sookie Stackhouse series–you know, the ones the show True Blood is based off of!! (ALL three are signed!)

#4 SIGNED Christopher Moore:
Bloodsucking Fiends, You Suck (A Love Story), Bite Me
His Vampire Trilogy! ALL three are signed! (If you haven’t read Christopher Moore before, there’s a great article about this trilogy here.)

#5 Bram Stoker’s Dracula
AND The Vampire Book: The Encyclopedia of the Undead
Unsigned, unfortunately. But still fun!

You DO NOT want to miss out on the chance to win!! Trust. Some great prizes there and.. Sara is all sorts of awesome. In fact, while you’re there check out her super-awesome book trailer! Okay, okay I’ll link it. You can find it here.

Welp, what are ya waitin’ for, go on over ;o) And… have yourself an awesome day!

*why yes I completely jacked the pic from Sara’s blog… in fact all of the prize info was, why do you ask? ;o)

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Two Road Diverged in a Yellow Wood…

Hi Everyone~

I’m feeling poetic tonight and one of my fav’s is the thought-provoking poem, The Road Not Taken, by Robert Frost, you can find the full version Here.

What got me thinking about it was a YA book I read recently. It was a good book, but something was missing. It’s as if the choice I thought the author would make, they didn’t.

And.

In my opinion, it would have really made the story that much better. The choice seemed to be screaming at me, so I’m surprised the author didn’t take advantage?

This got me thinking. (Hey. It’s not always a bad thing peeps. Well, sometimes, but I digress.) What if I’m missing that moment in my story?

Are we exhausting all the angles we can to make our stories shine? Or do we take the easy route? I’m not really sure how to answer that. I’d like to think I’m checking out all the angles, but what if I miss something. I was surprised that this author and CP’s etc. didn’t catch this moment, But. I didn’t write it, so maybe it was left out on purpose. I don’t know. It didn’t harm the book, it was great without it, but it just got me thinking about choices.

So, my dear peeps, have you exhausted all the angles in your stories? Have you found something you missed and been like *face palm* why didn’t I see that? This just made it that much better.

Or maybe, that’s what the whole writing process is. Trying to discover the angles you missed in the first draft? You tell me ;o)

I was fortunate enough to win one of the 5 prizes up for grab in Shannon’s 500+ follower contest! Woo Hoo!! Thanks so much Shannon ;o) She has a fantastic blog, Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe. It’s chocked full of wonderful writerly goodies! Check it ;o)

Welp, I’m going on vacation (Family Trip to Kansas City) for a week and I won’t have my baby (macbook) I know. I’m incredibly sad, but I need to leave it for the hubs (he started a new job and can’t go) I will have my iPod touch and Blackberry so I’ll be checking in, but may not be able to leave any comments, but rest assured I will be reading them ;o)

I’m guest posting this Friday over at Dolly’s fantabulous blog Writer Revealed. She’s totally awesome, and so is her blog! Wanna know why I write YA Paranormal? And maybe some other stuff. Ha. Check it out ;o) I will be posting a link to her blog in a post that I scheduled for Friday too, in case you miss this one. What am I saying… LOL if you’re reading this you didn’t miss it, right? Ha.

Well, take care! I’ll be back later next week ;o) Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do *wink*

Pic courtesy of www.ingramsonline.com/January_2006/woods.jpg

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Oh, do "tell" & Awards & LINGER contest


Hi Everyone! Well this blog made it over 100 followers – unbelievable. Thank you all so much – you are truly wonderful.

I didn’t plan to give anything away… I thought about it… I didn’t want to half- arse it, so I will wait until I acquire something awesome! Maybe… if I can reach 200 ;o)

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. I’m still working on the revision of my MS. It’s going a bit slow…

The Truth?

I can’t seem to get back into the groove. It’s like when I started revising, it was exciting, I was all set to put some new stuff in and take the rubbish out, and take I did, like 10,000 words so far. I also found out I have a big problem with inner dialogue. Mainly, I’m afraid to “tell” too much, so I don’t “tell” at all. I’m trying to figure out how to stop and just let go, but it’s hard, I’ll admit it.

So, do any of you have that problem? Are you a born “teller?”

On to some awesome awards! Wow, I got quite a few this past week – so cool – thanks everyone! I have another one I was going to post, but I thought this post was getting a little too long… so I will save it for tomorrow ;o)

Lost Wanderer bestowed this most awesome award on me! Thank you so much Lost Wanderer, check out her great blog over at Lost Wanderer’s Writing Blog.

Welp, to accept this award, I must answer these few questions with one-word answers, then pass it along. So here I go!

Your Cell Phone? – Blackberry
Your Favorite Food? – Malts (just like the pic above!)
Your Hobby? – Golf
Your TV? – Awesome
What Are You Wearing? – Snuggie
Your Life? – Okay
Your Music? – Best
Where Did You Grow Up? – Michigan
Your Car? – Reliable

And… I’m going to pass this on to a couple blogs I love!

Supernatural Smut
Regan Leigh.com – Regan also gave me the Honest Scrap award for the second time! Thanks Regan ;o)

Also, Jamie over at The Variety Pages gave me the Silver Lining Award. Thanks Jamie! I’m sure you all know how much I love her blog – it’s a great one ;o)


Heidi over at Words a Plenty has given me the Honest Scrap Award – it’s my third time! I must have you all very fooled ;o) Thanks Heidi – check out her awesome blog as well!

There is an super cool contest going on over at Frankie’s blog (also super cool), Frankie Writes Linger ARC Contest You could win the ARC of LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater!! The more people you send over the better your chances – so spread the word :o) Oh and tell them “Large Marge” sent ya… LOL

Have a great Wednesday!

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Win ARC of LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater!

Hey there!
Do you love SHIVER? Yes, I know you do. Welp, Author Maggie Stiefvater is giving away 9 ARC’s of LINGER, the sequel I’ve (and many, many others) been eagerly waiting for!

Squeeeee!

I don’t normally Squeeee, but this is seriously cool. So go on over to her blog and enter this awesome contest! Here’s a little blurb to get you all excited!

Linger Cover LargeIn Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack. And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love — the light and the dark, the warm and the cold — in a way you will never forget.

Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. Pre-order here.

Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, Sisters Red, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Replacement on Maggie’s blog.

I’m excited. Are you?

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My first Meme (yeah I have no clue what that means) & An Awesome Contest


Greetings Earthlings ( yeah I just watched the Star Trek movie– how good was that? Awesome I say.)

A couple things today– and I apologize for the long post– I can get long winded…

melane over at Chasing the Dream was kind enough to tag me for a Meme– basically (I’m guessing here) I answer some questions then tag a couple people. So my two peeps I’m tagging are— *drum roll*

Lost Wanderer over at Lost Wanderer’s Writing Blog & C R Ward over at Random Thoughts of the Writerly Kind

On with the questions–

1. What’s the last thing you wrote? What’s the first thing you wrote that you still have?
Do you mean specifically? *goes and looks* “I don’t know what to believe anymore.” That was the last sentence I wrote in my NaNo story (it’s not done yet.) First thing I wrote that I still have is an awful story from 8th grade English about mythology, I think. It’s amazing how bad my handwriting was… Eeek.

2. Write poetry?
I used to- Don’t really a lot anymore, but that was the first type of writing I ever did. There’s even a poem of mine buried in this blog somewhere (yeah I think I put it under poetry– not so hard to find.)

3. Angsty poetry?
Not anymore– it used to be– boy was it ever!

4. Favorite genre of writing.
I love the paranormal, also I like some humor & action! I get bored easily, so literary fiction is sometimes lost on me.

5. Most annoying character you’ve ever created.
Oh my first attempt at a novel I created a major Mary Sue- her friend was better, and that is why she remained in three of my other stories. For some reason I used to write the Secondary Characters better than the Protagonist. I’ve since learned to balance it better.

6. Best plot you’ve ever created?
Best? Hmmm. I don’t know if it’s the best– that’s probably yet to come, but the NaNo novel has the best plot in my opinion–so far.

7. Coolest plot twist you’ve ever created?
Same as #6.

8. How often do you get writer’s block?
A lot, but I play bejeweled and go lay in bed and something always comes to me. It only lasts a day or two. My mind is always generating new crap to write about– yeah I mean crap too– well most of it.

9. Write fan fiction?
I haven’t tried. I have nothing against it– I’ve never read it either, but I am a huge Star Wars fan so I would probably read that.

10. Do you type or write by hand?
LOL- Um. Type. My handwriting is atrocious. Really, you don’t want to see it.

11. Do you save everything you write?
Most– there are some crappy half written drafts that are trapped in my old ibook. It’s okay though– they were beyond horrible– remember #5? Yeah same one.

12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you abandoned it?
Haven’t yet, but I’m not opposed to it.

13. What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever written?
Favorite– oh wow. Well I have some favorite scenes- one is in my attempt at a mystery novel. I still have a character trapped in there (secondary of course) that I need to resurrect in another novel. There’s a couple scenes in the NaNo novel that I do love.

14. What’s everyone else’s favorite story that you’ve written?
It’s a bit too soon to tell. My sister enjoyed that mystery novel I was just talking about. I think it had potential but Mysteries are hard to pull off, as I’ve discovered. Someday I’ll go back and finish it.

15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
My YA I wrote I wouldn’t say is angsty- Maybe a little, drama- yes, humor- yes, romance- yes

16. What’s your favorite setting for your characters?
That’s the last to come for me. Somewhere in the midwest is where my current one takes place- I go with what I know.

17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Two are in the works. I’m going to have to choose which to edit, both first drafts are done. I need to add a lot to both though.

18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?
Nope. I would need to submit something for that. I did just enter a YA contest for the title and first 250 words. I guess that means I should finish that one first. I’m hopeful, but I know it’s a long shot. Hey– why not?

19. What are your five favorite words.
To write? inevitable, tirade, Purgatory (it’s in the title of WIP), mortified and Woo Hoo (yeah that’s two- but they go together and I write it A LOT.)

20. What character have you created that is most like yourself.
They all have a little me in them, except they are braver, and much funnier because I’m not quite as quick witted in real life, almost…

21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?
People I know, People I see on series on tv, read in books, listen to at work (mall)

22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Not yet, they are too weird. But, I would if a coherent one came about. Oooo I like that word too- coherent (add that to the list)

23. Do you favor happy endings, sad endings, or cliff-hangers?
Whichever works for the story. I’d like to always keep ya hangin’ but I wouldn’t like that as a reader. I think a nice combo of “what if,” and “happy ending,” should do the trick!

24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
Yes, unfortunetely.

25. Does music help you write?
YES! I don’t ever write without my itunes. As I spoke of in a previous post– I love the Genius button on itunes.

26. Quote something you’ve written. Whatever pops into your head.
“My parents believe your name should have meaning. They tell me that’s why they named me Snow. My brother Lennon was born the same day as the guy that was in the Beatles. I was just happy I wasn’t born on Yoko Ono’s birthday.”

Onto the awesome contest!!

Shannon over at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe is having an awesome contest where you could win a signed copy of Twilight! I was a fan of the book, so I entered. You can enter too!

Well that’s all for me. Hope everyone is having a nice week so far. My cold is on sabbatical and I hope it doesn’t return! I haven’t written since Saturday– and it’s been a nice break. Will start editing one of the WIP’s tomorrow.

Have you done a Meme before? If so link it in the comments. I’d love to take a look! Also, who has seen Star Trek– the new one? Did you like it?

Enjoy your day!

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