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Tie Dye of the day

This is going to be a short post. I just wanted to let all of my blogger friends share in my celebration.

My novel, To Love a Beast, as of yesterday, has appeared in the Sony Reader Store, Kobo, B&N’s Nook store, and, of course, Smashwords.

Then I decided to put my book in the Kindle store. Basically 6 hours after I made the decision, my novel was up and live in the Kindle store. Now, at the end of the day, my book on Kindle has made the sales that it took a month to generate on Smashwords. Who knew? I just thought that was interesting.

Putting your book on Kindle is extremely easy, especially after it has already been through the Smashwords meat grinder.

Have a nice weekend, Bloggers. I’m going home!


And 40 Years Later…

Here’s my tie dye of the day!

And here’s my post…

Passage of time is a strange little monster. I think it’s something that a lot of people do differently and there is not real right or wrong way to do it (as with all writing, I guess). P of T is an elephant I’ve been struggling with for the past couple of days. I have sought help from all corners of the internet and i still don’t have a really great answer, so I just made my own and hope it’s el correcto.
Here is a little background to my story… Two wizard’s apprentices are marked for death by the league of wizards known as the UWA. The apprentices are being attacked on a daily basis by the black wizard of death who has been taxed with their execution. The first P of T occurs over a time span of hundreds of years. Not much happens in that period of time except our heroes wander through the wilderness. Basically I started the scene a hundred years later and peppered in mentions of events and lines like “We did that a hundred years ago.” That one was easy.
Second P of T takes place when our heroes go into hiding for an undisclosed amount of time. They have a great life living on their own private island that they created with people they created and a town they created. This P of T was a little different in that I wanted to show that they had a good time, but I didn’t really want to go into it too deeply. What I ended up doing was writing about 2 pages worth of narrative with what I like to call blips of action where there will be several paragraphs of narrative and then a brief blob of action just so the readers know my characters are still there and participating in the story. I don’t know how well this will stand, but I’m hoping one or two of my blog friends may have some advice.
The last P of T instance, and the one giving me the most trouble, is right at the end of the book . Our heroes think they have destroyed the black wizard live in peace again for a short time. The apprentices even get married, but then it turns out the black wizard is not dead. He is just waiting for a moment of weakness to strike them. Basically its 40 years of battles and peace and more battles and more peace.
There weren’t supposed to be scenes within the 40 years. I was basically just gonna tell ya what happened. That didn’t work out because my characters are still writing themselves. I know telling is looked down upon in the writing world, but in some places, like P of T, it is very helpful.
I didn’t want to tell the whole thing because there were a lot of things I just couldn’t get by with telling. My two main characters are stuck in the human realm for 40 years this time, and they cannot use their powers because that would lead the black wizard straight to them. They live like humans for those 40 years but are always on the run. They are in the United States during this time and they live throughout the 70’s 80’s 90’s and 2000’s. Basically in this 40 year P of T, I would write a little bit of narrative, and then put my characters in an action scene. I would do the same thing for every decade. This was not the easiest thing in the world to do, but I owed it to my characters not to write the happiest parts of their lives away.
Anyway, writing passage of time is hard. I would appreciate any wisdom from my blogging friends.
Now I basically have a few small scenes before I can say “the end,” and that’s basically how I plan to spend the rest of my day. After I’m done here, I’m going to take a nice month long vacation on writing and do some intensive reading. Bloggers, do you have any book recommendations for me? Have fun!


Ack! I Just Learned Something Important!

Well, I knew it was coming. I got my first bad review for my book, but you know what? I’m not disappointed. The person was really helpful telling me things that I should work on and things I didn’t even know I should work on. Thank God for Smashwords. I can change things!

Okay, so there were a lot of things that she said that were nit picky and I fixed them in five minutes. I’ve been on the Google and I found out that I am having trouble with Homophones. What’s a Homophone? No, it’s not a pink cell phone that has the hots for another pink cell phone. A Homophone is a word that sounds like the same word but has a different spelling and different meaning, like wench and winch. Sorry guys and gals, I am not an English major. Mom sent me to school for business. I can only go off of what my mid-west high school English teachers told me, or what I look up, and if I don’t know to look it up, well, you know the rest. I will definitely be looking into those Homophones in the future. (P.S. I don’t blame my teachers for this. I was not the best student. OOPS!)
Another thing, and I’m a little embarrassed because I had NO CLUE, is head hopping. I had to surf two or three or ten web pages before I knew what the heck people were talking about, and it is a bit disconcerting for me. I knew that you weren’t supposed to do it, but I really wasn’t sure what it was. I assumed if you were writing omnisciently (red line is telling me it’s not a word) that you knew what everybody was thinking all the time. Not really, if you’re the little gnome riding inside one person’s brain, you apparently are supposed to stay there till the end of the scene just to keep the reader from freaking out. I’m not sure. I’m going to look into this further and see what I can do for my jumping gnome. If anyone has any opinions or a better way to explain this I would appreciate a comment or two.
Happy writing!


It’s Amazing How Great a Dollar Can Make a Person Feel

After a nice long couple of weeks giving my novel, To Love a Beast available on Smashwords etc, away for free, I have ended my promo and upped that baby back up to .99 cents. I did get a ton of downloads for my book and it felt good, but I couldn’t stand to do it for more than two weeks. It’s muh baby. But I’m proud to say that my baby is still selling at .99 cents! WEEEE!

As an author who birthed a 99 thousand word baby, I don’t want all that work to be for nothing, and going for weeks and weeks without anyone even looking at my book make me want to punch a kitten(I would never punch a kitten!) I did get two buys right when I woke up this morning and that makes me so happy. No, I am not mass market by any means, but I just want to thank those two people for taking a chance on me. So happy! So happy!


Another Long Weekend for the Books

I bought those gigantic notebooks because they were supposed to last a while. Well, I zipped right through my latest one and I’ve only got 20 pages left to fill before I have a conniption and wonder how I will ever go on without another one of those huge notebooks. I’m kind of obsessive compulsive about my notebooks. I’ll have to plan another trip into town to find some more. Too bad the nearest B&N is 50 miles away. Sigh.

What I thought was the end of my new paranormal romance novel, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Name will probably change) turned out to be 70 more pages and still more to go. I hadn’t actually realized how monstrously huge this book has gotten since I wrote it in notebooks and not on the computer. After the type out I’m expecting the thing to be around 300,000 words. Damn! I’ll spell that one out just for emphasis: three hundred thousand words. Gasp!

You know what that means…It’s going to take a heck of a lot of editing and is probably going to end up being three books. That’s cool because it was only supposed to be an experiment and It was only going to be one book, but a lot of crazy things happened to me during the course of this book, so I am grateful.

My characters would not behave themselves. I don’t know how, but my jealous bad guy turned into the hero and my wizard turned into a killer. Then time travel came into the mix but only once so nobody gets confused. Merlin is his own grandpa. It’s insane!

I’ve given up on trying to edit The Fall for now because I have to get the wizard thing settled, or I’ll freak out. Have a great week boys and girls, it’s time to get my writer pants on!


I’m Giving my Regency Romance novel away for FREE!

I must be insane!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/146442

COME AND GET IT LADIES!!!

 

To Love a Beast

Fiction » Romance » Regency

Cover for 'To Love a Beast'

By Teri Harvey
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: March 30, 2012
Words: 99645 (approximate)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476341767

Short description

Unable to stand by as Madison Fitzwalter’s future is ripped from her, Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, who has inexplicably fallen for the lady he soiled and deserted, makes plans to forge a new future for Madison, a future where he is her husband…whether she likes it or not.

Extended description

To Love a Beast is a Regency romance novel about a young debutant named Madison Fitzwalter who is kidnapped by mistake. Judged to be a fitting substitute for his intended victim, Madison is blindfolded and seduced by man who awakens a passion inside of her the likes of which the sheltered innocent has never felt. At the end of her illicit night with a man only known to her as Teddy, Madison is returned to London manor from which she’d been plucked and left alone to face the scorn and rejection of the ton leaving her heartbroken and inexplicably pining for the mysterious lover who abandoned her.
Charles, The Duke of Radcliffe, never expects to see this girl again after he’d seduced and released her. Charles is painfully aware that he should never have touched the chit delivered to his bed by mistake, but the young beauty is just too tempting, and watching the next morning as she is ostracized by an unforgiving Ton only complicates matters. Unable to stand by as Madison’s future i… (Read more)


Bountiful Weekend with the Wizards.

Bloggers, my life has taken a very exciting turn this weekend and I am proud to share it with you. First of all, I got rejected again. I would like to send out a personal thank you to Vicki Motter for reading my heartfelt query letter and then smashing back down into my place! Oh well, that’s what agents are supposed to do right? We send, they reject? I did not let this bother me because 1, I have had so many rejection letters over the last few years that I have become desensitized, and 2, I am about to finish writing my wizard book!
Another cool thing that happened to me was I got a Twitter account. Yes, ladies and gents, I am officially a Twit. I have to give a quick thank you to Angela Q for hooking me on this wonderful techno-drug. I really have no idea what I am doing with the twitter account. Right now I am just aimlessly following authors I love, and agents, and Nascar drivers, and tweeting very random things because let’s face it, random is my thing.
As for my wizards… after sitting on my tushie doing absolutely nothing this past week, (I was supposed to be editing The Fall but just could not wake up the destroyer in me) I decided to do what my brain had been begging me to do. I could hear the spirits calling me, so I put down the computer and picked up my wizard notebook and tore through 60 pages in four days. Now that feels good!
Since I brought it up, I better tell you what my Wizard story is about. Actually, it is a very complicated tale, one of the most twisty turny books I’ve ever tried to write, and every time I pick up my notebook, the story gets more and more complected.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (title is probably going to be changes due to many other things called the same) is a paranormal romance novel about a young apprentice named Salamander who has fallen in love with his wizard master, Zolton.
(NO, IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK, though still pretty awkward).
Things become complicated when the young Salamander discovers that he is a she, and the only way to continue her wizards training and to stay with her beloved Zolton is to restrain her femininity and continue to be the good little boy everyone thought she was. To help her with her ruse, Salamander’s best friend Ferret, also an apprentice, casts spells on her to inhibit her growing womanhood and to make her seem more male…and that’s just the beginning. From here it gets insane.

Why I am shocked I wrote this book…
First of all, wizards? I admit that this book has been a long time coming simply because I was terrified to write it. A little background about myself, I am from the bible belt, and I am Christian through and through. My parents are the same. I was a teenager when Harry Potter came out and was firmly ensconced in the uproar of Christian folks against those books. I sat back and nodded while it was all happening. “Yeah, sure, evil, Satan, BOOGIE BOOGIE BOOGIE!” I remember sneaking episodes of Sabrina the Teenaged Witch, and all that jazz, shaking my head at myself all that time. I did not actually get to read Harry Potter until I was an adult. I didn’t hate it, but I’d lump it in with Twilight in that I didn’t really see what the fuss was about, so take that for what it’s worth.
Another thing, I’m used to writing Regency romance novels, so I had no idea where this wizard thing came from. Actually, I’ve always hated Regencies where the girl dressed up like a boy and fell in love with whatever aristocrat she was serving. I guess the only saving grace for me was that Salamander did not know what she was until it was too late, and being a wizard’s apprentice was all she knew, and she was desperate to keep her wizard family intact.
Another cool thing about these wizards is they are all Christians. I don’t get too bogged down in religion, but I do get just enough in there to keep the people with the pitchforks off my back. Technically, the wizards are lower forms of angels, but I don’t get that specific.
The last reason I decided to write this book is because I couldn’t not write it. Aric and Sheree have been pushing me to write this thing for the last two years and I appreciate every little push Aric has given me (he himself is a red wizard) But I had not idea in the beginning what I had. I just started writing and one thing would build upon another upon another and so on and so forth. I’m almost certain that the same thing happened to JK. Once you start something good and cool you just can’t stop. I wouldn’t be surprised if she didn’t have an Aric floating around her head. I feel like my hand is being guided and it is a magical thing.
So I wrote 60 amazingly awesome pages in the last 4 days and I am going to continue on, hopefully. Being at work does complicate things a little, but I am so sure that I am going to finish this thing by the end of the week. My hands are shaking and I am ready to go.
I hope you all have a wonderful independence day. I know I will. Thanks for reading.


Going for 100 Follows!

Maybe some of my followers who haven’t discovered you yet can grab you up. I think I’ll follow in your footsteps and make my book free for a while. Can’t hurt. Not making any money anyway.