Monday, April 8, 2013

Monday Mishmash 4/8/13

Happy Monday! Here's my mishmash of thoughts:
  1. Advantage: Heartbreak (May 7th)  Less than one month until the second novella in my Game. Set. Match. Heartbreak series releases! This book has so much emotion and tons of swoony moments. I'm really excited for it.
  2. Reading  I'm trying to get caught up with all the books I downloaded to my Kindle recently.
  3. Switching tenses  Last week I finished drafting a new WIP, and now I'm going to switch it from present tense to past tense. I think it will work better that way. *sigh*
  4. Melinda's Museum Magic  I have another picture book coming out soon through G8 Press. I should have a cover image to show you soon!
  5. Cover Reveal  Spencer Hill Press has another cover reveal. It's for Milayna by Michelle Picket. 

Everyone needs to be bad once in a while. But for seventeen-year-old Milayna, being good isn't a choice--it's a job requirement. And it's a job she can't quit. Born a demi-angel, Milayna steps in when danger and demons threaten the people around her, but being half-angel isn't all halos and happiness. Azazel, Hell's Angel, wants Milayna's power, and he'll do anything to get it. But he only has until her eighteenth birthday, after which she becomes untouchable.
With the help of other demi-angels, Milayna thwarts the trouble Azazel sends her way. Fighting with her is Chay, a demi-angel who's sinfully gorgeous, and Milayna falls hard. But is Chay her true love... or her nemesis in disguise?

Because when she learns of a traitor in her group, there's no one she can trust... not even the one she loves.

That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

57 comments:

  1. 1 & 4 Congrats! 2. I'll never catch up on that. 3. I've done this on my last two full length novels. On purpose. 5. Cute cover and blurb

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    1. Thanks, Beth. Yeah, the POV will be better for the switch.

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  2. I love the cover.

    It's so hard switching tenses. I did that once with a manuscript.

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    1. Since I write in both, it shouldn't be too much of a hassle to switch. It certainly won't be the first time I've done it. LOL

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  3. Ooohh Milayna sounds delicious! Can't wait until Advantage: Heartbreak comes out!

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  4. Awesome on your 2nd novella coming out and starting a new WIP.

    I have books on my kindle, nook, aldiko and google play apps that I don't think I will ever finish.

    I'm getting ready for a trip here soon, without the kids, oh yeah, I'm traveling in style, wooooo, lol, so I'm beginning to feel the anxiety build up.

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    1. Enjoy your trip, Dianne. Where are you headed?

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  5. Ooh, as you already know, I've played the switch-the-tense game. Loads of work, but I'm sure you'll knock it out of the park. :)

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  6. I caught up on some reading over Spring Break! Of the books I read, my favorite book was "Fallen Too Far" by Abbi Glines.


    I had to switch the tense in my book "Nowhere." It was a lot of work changing every single sentence, but in the end it was worth it! Good luck to you!

    Also love the cover!

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure it will be worth the work.

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  7. Switching tenses? That's a lot of work cut out for you. Happy 'tense'changing time:) I wish we had some software for that - Instant Tense Changer. I for one would be a permanent customer.

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  8. Sounds like you're busy, as usual. :) Congrats on your PB and Novella coming out!

    As for me, I'm busy working on promoting my YA novel, The Forgotten, finishing up my WIP, and submitting like crazy! Oh and packing. :)

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    1. Thanks, Mariah. Ooh, packing? Going anywhere good?

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  9. Congrats on all the good news. I wish I could catch up on my Kindle reading, but I seem to have a problem with downloading more than I can ever catch up on! I figure, at least I'm supporting other authors, right? :)

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    1. Right! I feel the same way. So many books and not enough time.

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  10. Congratulations on all of your upcoming titles! Sorry about your tense change. I feel your pain. I wrote my second novel in 1st person then decided to change to third. Ugh. In the end, it was the right thing to do. Plus, it was a great writing exercise. :)

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    1. It is a great writing exercise, so I'm okay with it. :)

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  11. Geeshy, Kelly, sounds like a light week for you. :) Good luck with your WIP. I actually don't mind tense-changing.

    On deck for me this week: last night I emailed CPs my latest revision of my WIP and am starting a new project today (after work and book club, that is). Luckily the first part of this project is re-reading a classic YA novel, so I'm looking forward to a break from The Writing Cave.

    I've neglected my blog so I hope to get back to that this week, too.

    And, as always, busy week at work. Have a terrific week!

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    1. It would've been a light week for me but I got galley proofs for Stalked by Death this morning and I just got a new editing client I have to edit for. LOL

      Good luck with your week.

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  12. I'm seeing this cover everywhere today! Looks like a great book.

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  13. Hey Kelly,
    Sounds like you are as busy as ever. I hear you about the tense switching--even though one of my writing teachers says that is the easiest thing to change when a story isn't working.
    I'm experimenting with your strategy of social media (from a few weeks ago)--being very intentional every time I get on and ask --what am I trying to achieve by logging on to x, y, and z. It's working and I feel like I engage with social media with a high level of integrity. Keep up the good work!

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    1. LOL. I'm on my lunch break social media time and I'm watching the clock. ;) Good luck with the schedule. I hope it works for you.

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  14. I never could quite grasp present tense. I've gotten too use to past tense apparently. When I read present tense, especially 1st person POV, I cringe. I can't quite tell you why. I guess I just haven't come across a story done well using that form.

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    1. I've gotten very used to it, and I think it works better for some stories. Not this one though. LOL

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  15. Thank you so much for helping with my cover reveal, Kelly! I appreciate it so much. :)

    Michelle :)
    Author, PODs available June 4th
    Milayna available March 11, 2014
    The Infected, a PODs novel available November 2014
    Visit Me!

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  16. Enter though it's a PIB, I think your decision to switch tense is a good one. I almost never feel as engaged reading a story in present tense - it feels contrived to me, like the writer is trying to be too clever. Occasionally, it works, but mostly, for me it doesn't.

    Tried a deep tissue massage yesterday and totally I feel like somebody beat me up around the neck and shoulders. Next time will go for something more relaxing and less painful.

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    1. I do like present tense, but it was not working for this book at all. Just glad I was able to see that. ;)

      Ooh, that does sound painful.

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  17. Yeah for more releases. I guess I better hurry up and finish ToD. There's just not enough hours. :)

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    1. I hear you. I have too many books to catch up with.

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  18. Love the cover and blurb! :) Oh yeah the tenses. my current WIP is past tense, at first felt a bit awkward, but I've gotten used to it now..:D Congrats on the New WIP

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    1. Yes, it does feel awkward at first when you switch.

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  19. Kelly, you just made my day! Less than a month until the second novella? YES!!!

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    1. Aw, Faith, I already liked you a lot, but now I <3 you even more!

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  20. I haven't had to change tenses but I had to change a story from first to third person so I feel you. Good luck! Congrats on your novella being released soon!

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    1. Ooh, changing from first to third seems tougher.
      Thanks!

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  21. As always you are busy! I have a zillion novels downloaded on my Kindle too. It's so tempting and so easy to buy them!

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    1. So easy! Maybe too easy. No, I take that back. ;)

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  22. Finally submitted synopsis, sample and covering letter to small Indie publisher. Nervous waiting time now.

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  23. I don't think I've ever written fiction in present tense, but I've heard it can give a story immediacy. Maybe I'll try it sometime

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    1. Yes, it can, and I think it works well for some stories, but definitely not for all.

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  24. You're always so busy - more books. Good luck with your WiP.

    This week, I'm still working on my novel but I'm also working on a new social networking site that my husband has developed. He does the 'works' and I arrange the testing and social media side. Hard work but good fun too.

    I'm also preparing for our famiy holiday next week. We haven't told the children that we're going away so it'll be a complete surprise when we get them up that day.

    Have a great week.

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  25. I now catch up with your Mondays on my Tuesdays... PHE! Well worth it though.
    And I love tense switching- good luck with yours!

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    1. That's why the posts stay up for two days. ;)

      Thanks, Mirka.

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  26. I switched tenses in a manuscript once, and then I realized I liked it better the first way :/. And yes, my TBR pile is never-ending! LOL

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    1. Oh man, Katie. I hope you didn't switch the entire manuscript before you realized that.

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  27. Congratulations to Michelle! The cover looks good!

    And yes, the to be read pile never gets smaller!

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