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Jamie DeBree’s TEMPEST is Released!!

Hi Everyone!

So. I just had to pop in and tell you about something exciting!!!

My friend and one of my awesome C.P.’s Jamie has just released her first book Tempest! Yay! Congrats to Jamie DeBree!!

Stop on over and say congrats and check out her book at Amazon , Smashwords and Scribd!

*throws confetti*

Have a great rest of the week. Make sure to check back on Saturday when I interview author, Adam Slade ;o)

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So… that’s what your handwriting looks like. eh

Hi Everyone!
Long time no talk ;o) So… Erica, what have you been doing? I’m so glad you asked. I’ve been revising and reading. Oh and I got a shiny new guitar that I’m beginning to practice on. Still quite the noob, but will be taking lessons soon ;o)

I’ve sure missed you guys! What have you been up to? I’ll try to get back to a more regular posting schedule, summer is very hard to keep up with. Ya know? Golf, beach, work, BBQ’s… the normal summer stuff.

I’ve read some great books since blogging last. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles, LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green. All were excellent.

I’m currently reading LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater. I’ve been waiting for this one for a while!

I also saw SHUTTER ISLAND and loved it. Wow. I now have the book on hold at the library.

I received the penmanship meme eons ago from the wonderful Medeia Sharif over at Medeia Sharif, YA Author Check out her blog, trust, it’s as awesome as she is ;o) Basically, I have to write out the following items then post the paper with my handwriting *bites nails*

Here we go!

1. Name/Blog Name.
2. Right handed, left handed or both?
3. Favorite letters to write?
4. Least favorite letters to write?
5. Write: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
6. Write in caps:





7. Favorite song lyrics?
8. Tag 7 people.
9. Any special note or drawing?

You can click on the pic to make it larger. I’m not sure you want to, my handwriting is hit! Seriously, this is why I use a computer. But, in the interest of sharing, I’m letting you see it…

Feel free to copy this meme on your own blog ;o)

Well, I hope you are all enjoying your summer. Don’t forget to register for the fab online writer’s conference writeoncon!

Talk to you soon ;o)

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Transitions. Love ’em? Hate ’em? Have to have ’em.

Hi there!
I hope everyone is doing well and writing a lot ;o)

I’ve been working on the revision of my WIP, Believe, and it’s slow going for sure. I’ve run across some areas that have followed me around like lost kids.



Basically, how you get to where you need to be in order for the story to make sense. Bad ones can kill your story, good ones make it shine. Mediocre ones are forgettable. Right now, in some parts I’m lacking them altogether. I’ve also realized I need to add in some extra chapters and have been staring at a blank screen all night. If I knew a good transition I could be clicking away at my keys… *thinking* yep. I got nothing.

So. I’m curious. How do you do transitions? Do they come magically (and if they do I envy you) or do you have to work at them?

Over the weekend, I read SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers on Saturday (yeah in like 4 hours) it was that good. If you’re into edgy YA, this is the one for you. I LOVED it. Her voice is brilliant. She has a way of making you really feel empathy for the MC in situations I might not normally. This isn’t an official review, I just wanted to tell everyone how great it was. I can’t wait to read CRACKED UP TO BE!

Ooo. I bet you thought I was done. See what having NO TRANSITIONS does!

I have some exciting news, (like that transition there?) Sandy Shin Super writer and sketcher has a fantabulous blog! That’s not all. I recently won a super awesome contest on her blog where Sandy herself is going to sketch my MC, Snow!! Actually, there were 5 winners, Yay! You have to see the sketch she did already. Just clicky there on that link with her name and visit. It’s wonderful. I just want to thank Sandy! I’m excited to see the sketch and with her permission I’ll show it to you ;o)

Have a great week! Do something fun ;o) Happy writing!

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The Book That Started It All

I’m just curious. What’s the one book that made you start writing, if there was one?

For me, it wasn’t really anything classic or even my favorite of all time (Harry Potter- 6 & 7). It was funny and clever.
Janet Evanovich’s Hard Eight was the first I read of her Stephanie Plum series. I would have to say the whole series got me writing. Her writing was is so inviting, so clever, yet, it isn’t pretentious. I consider myself a smart person, but there are those books I read, that I just didn’t understand…

So, what about you? Which book or books (if any) assisted in the creation of your writing career? Any books you would recommend?

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