Wednesday, October 1, 2014

IWSG: Stepping Out on Faith

There comes a time when you have to put up or shut up. You’ve talked the talk, now walk the walk. Each journey begins with that first step, and when it comes to writing, no one can take it for you. The longer you think about it, the more difficult and scary it becomes. Staring at a blank page, signing up to meet an editor/agent, sending out your proposal, taking a class, agreeing to teach one. The obstacle isn’t your talent or your project, it’s you.

There comes a time when you have to just do it! Here are some tips to help make that all important first step easier:

1. Forget the old/what’s behind you – Don’t carry that old baggage with you. It’s heavy and there’s nothing in it that you need for this trip. Old “failures”, the comments your tenth grade English teacher made, those bad reviews, that harsh rejection, the mean critique. Start fresh, with new itineraries, new sights to see, with unbiased expectation. With excitement.

2. Boldly go toward uncertainty – No risk/No reward. You can’t be pushed into taking that first step. Be prepared, but don’t dwell on potential negatives. Think Indiana Jones stepping out with nothing to hold him up but faith. Don’t look down, but rather ahead.

3. Reach for your reward – Unless you stretch, unless you actively reach for it, desire will fade and dreams will go unfulfilled.

Have a nice trip! Don’t forget to write!

I’m stepping out on faith with my first self-published effort! REMEMBERED BY MOONLIGHT, the 9th book in my “By Moonlight” dark paranormal shape-shifter series will be available in print and e-formats October 13, 2014! You can take that step with me by signing up to participant my Buy The Book Blog Tours event. There are still a few open spots for hosts.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

20 Questions with Author Rebekah R. Ganiere

I have a "thing" for fairytales! Look no farther than last week’s blog post accompanying the Fairy Tale Magic Hop for my reasons why. And I love discovering new authors who write what I enjoy. Ta Da! Meet Rebekah! I already knew of her enthusiasm for the paranormal genre through RWA’s FF&P loop, but the minute "One Click" brought the magic of her world to my iPad Kindle app, I realized something else: The woman knows her way around a fairytale! I’m devouring Red the Were Hunter and loving the way she can twist a familiar tale (and tail!). The second book in her Fairelle series, Snow the Vampire Slayer is waiting, crouching and ready to spring the minute it’s released, which is probably just as this post is getting uploaded. Pardon me while I sneak out . . . for a bite!

Lady Snow Gwyn is tired of playing "mother" to her seven Vampire Slaying brothers. For the past two years, she's yearned to be out there fighting at their side as they hunt for bloodsuckers in the black of night. Snow is as good a fighter as any man, but she wasn't called to be a Slayer. A mere formality in her book.

Prince Sageren, Son of Lothar has spent the last fifty years in exile, awaiting the day when he can finally avenge his family and take back his throne. Barely existing, he's forced to face his inner demons and the monster he once was, compelling him to vow to never drink from humans again. A simple enough task—until he crosses paths with a human who makes his fangs ache to drain her.

When Snow runs into Prince Sage on a late night trip to the woods, she's torn between the urge to kill him and the desire to succumb to the feeling he stirs within her. And when Snow's life is threatened by the same evil that murdered his family, Prince Sage must enlist the aid of Snow's brothers to not only help him save her life, but to also regain his rightful place as King of the Vampires.

If Sage can keep the Slayers from killing him first. 

Run away. Run now. He wanted to scream. But he couldn’t. Drink her dry. Make her your own and you’ll never be alone again. He pounded on his skull. His gaze met hers and he suddenly lost all reserve. 

One moment he was inches away, the next he grabbed her braid and forced her body against his, crushing her lips with his own. His tongue plunged deep into her mouth. She stiffened at his touch initially, but then relaxed against him. He needed this. 

Her supple body pressed against his, her curves sparking every inch of his skin to wake up and pay attention. Out of sheer will, he forced his fangs at bay. He wanted her all to himself at that moment. Just her. The feel of her lips on his lips. Her tongue danced and licked his with a palpable need. Her apparent lack of experience made Sage savor her all the more. 

He was dangerously close to losing control. She pushed against him roughly and he let go. Her eyes widened before hardening. Quick as light, she swung to slap him, but he caught her wrist. 

“You don’t want to do that, love. You’ll split your palm open again.” 

“You had no right to kiss me.” 

Need pounded through him, making his body quake. He let go of her wrist. “I didn’t see you protesting too much.” 

“I…I…” Her mouth opened and closed several times, but no words formed. 

His gaze trained on her throat. The pulsing vein and the thundering of her heartbeat called to him. He licked his lips. 

He stepped forward, gripped her arms and locked his eyes with hers. Her pupils contracted and then flooded open. 

“You will go straight to the cabin. You will get your things and you will run. Run ‘til you get safe in your bed. And when you wake up in the morning, you will remember nothing.” 

Her eyes glazed over and he eased his grasp on her. She picked up her sword and ran. A minute later, the light in the cabin flickered out and the door slammed. Sage didn’t dare let himself even breathe until he knew she’d gone, for fear that he would chase her down and ravish her. 

When he no longer heard her footsteps, he fell to his knees and clutched the bloodied gauze she’d left behind. So long he had been in exile, underground. So long he’d denied himself the companionship of a woman. And here, in the middle of a glade, he’d found her. His heart’s desire was a human. What the hell was he going to do now?

Meet Rebekah R. Ganiere . . .

20 Questions: Getting to Know Your Favorite (or soon to be Favorite!) Writer

Getting to know you:

Party dress or blue jeans? Jeans

Spa day or gym workout? Spa Day! Definitely!

Night owl or early bird? Night Owl! I couldn't get up early to save my life!

TV at home or movie theatre? Movie Theater. Married to a TV Producer, there is no other way!

Broadway or museum? Broadway! I LOVE Musicals. I went to College for Musical Theater 

Things that make you want to go “EEEEEEK!” Clowns and Spiders. Okay I'm seriously shivering right now!

Favorite books from childhood? Shel Silverstein!

Three favorite movies? Moulin Rouge, Underworld, Star Wars

What’s on your Bucket List? I don't have one. I need to make one 

Gourmet cook or take out? I would love a gourmet cook!

The Written word:

Favorite type of hero (Type A bad boy or Type B good guy)? Bad boy! Sigh... Alpha Male Bad Boy!

Favorite genre to read? Paranormal Romance and Fantasy

Paperback or e-book? Paperback! Always Paperback. I love the feel and smell of a book.

A Writer’s Life:

OCD plotter or free range pantser? I am Free Range All the way!! However I have to plot at least a small outline.

Which is easier, the synopsis or the book? Are you kidding? Synopses Suck! LOL! That's why writers do them last!

How many submissions did you send out before publication? Not many. I don't like rejection so after a handful of rejections from Agents I switched to Editors and started getting offers almost immediately on two of my books.

First person you call when you get a sale? My Hubby 
J Then my crit partner and friend Katanie Duarte 

When can we get your next book and what’s it all about?

The next books coming out are Reign of the Vampires – The Society Book One releasing Nov. 17 through Lyrical Kensington. It is a Dystopian Paranormal Romance, where vampires rule the world, told from the Point of View of the only female coven Lord in the US. Danika Chekov and her supposed human slave Mason.

The first novella in my Fairelle Series is coming out December 3rd. And is the first novella about Snow's brother Jamen. All of her brothers will have their own novella. Jamen finds himself face to face with his childhood sweetheart, and the girl whose heart he broke three years prior. Only she's now engaged to be married, despite her still burning flame for Jamen.

Rebekah is an award winning author. Her novel Dead Awakenings, debuted in January 2014. Red the Were Hunter, the first in her Farielle Series, released in May. The second book Snow the Vampire Slayer was released September 22, 2014. And her trilogy The Society will be released Nov. 17th 2014 by Kensington's Lyrical Press.

Rebekah is the VP of Communications of the RWA FFP Chapter as well as a member of her local Los Angeles and Orange County chapters. In her spare time when she isn't writing you can find her moderating on Savvy Authors or hanging out with her husband, four children and her English Bulldog, rabbit, two bearded dragons, and two tortoises. The escaped snake has yet to be found.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fairy Tale Magic Hop . . . and COVER REVEAL!

I’ve had a love affair with fairytales since my mother read them to me as a child. They contain everything I adore: adventure, fantasy, romance, suspense, life lessons, more than a few chills and sometimes the not so happy ending. I’ve never outgrown them. Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, right down to Disney and new renderings on TV and movie screens, they had me at “Once upon a time . . .”

Friday, September 12, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party: Whetting the Appetite

A nibble. A tease. My favorite thing about eating out or a dinner party has always been the appetizers. Those quick, delicious samples that excite the taste buds and make the wait for the main course bearable. Too few make you cranky. Too many overstuff and leave no room for the meal. Just the right balance gives you something to whet anticipation while building the desire for more. Rather like the countdown to a book release.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

IWSG: Pay It Forward

You don’t survive in a shark-infested industry like publishing without grabbing onto to life preservers. They’re the people who keep you afloat and your head above those choppy waters. They’ll toss you a ring, jump in with you, extend a hand to pull you out of the current just when you’re ready to go down for the last time.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In The Name of Love Character Quiz with Jennifer Lowery

No one does an Alpha hero contemporary suspense like Jennifer Lowery! Her heroes are intense and steely, her heroines tough yet vulnerable. Her scenes crackle with terse action and swoon-worthy passion. She had me at Hard Core and her latest release, The Maze reminded me why. Attie and Noah make a wonderful pair, battling over-whelming odds and their desire for one another. And Jen let me borrow them for a quick Q&A.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

IWSG: Procrastina . . . where did I get that chip in my nail polish?

My name is Nancy and I’m a procrastinator. My motto might as well be “If it wasn’t for the last minute nothing would ever get done-oh, look! A squirrel!” Blessed/cursed with ADD, I can cruise blissfully through the day wasting time (that’s why God invented Solitaire and Facebook!) unless my OCD turns on the laser pointer to get my attention. Working full time, my writing time is too precious to let seconds tick away on YouTube scrolling cat videos (one can never get enough cat videos!). So how do you channel that distractibility into productivity?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Hop: New Release on the Block!

Nothing says Happy Summer like a Beach Read. I’m thrilled to offer my new contemporary release, TOTALLY YOURS, now available on Kindle and soon to be released in print and other e-formats, written under my pen name Dana Ransom for inclusion in your tote. Let the tempting beginning . . .

Start with a gorgeous cover. Can’t you just feel the warm sea air?

Add a couple carrying emotional baggage aboard the trip of a lifetime. Meet Lisa and Harlan . . .

Friday, July 18, 2014

Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop

Welcome - I'm participating in the Feature Friday Block Party Blog Hop hosted by Buy the Book Tours and this week's co-host, author MJ Schiller! Please be so kind as to #FF me on Twitter - My handle is @NancyGideon.

One of my favorite vacays ever was cruising the Virgin Islands. The sun, the warm breezes, the exotic food and music . . . can you spell r-e-l-a-x-a-t-i-o-n! So today I’m bringing a bit of the tropics to the Block with a yummy grill recipe I got off Pintrest and a tease from my next new (actually re-issued) release.

First, get your taste buds tingling with this juicy palate-pleasing delight that made my family’s 4th of July explode with favor!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

20 Questions for Teresa Blue, Your Favorite (or Soon to Be Favorite) Author . . .

Man of Her Dreams, with its fresh new cover, makes me smile. I remember the first time I saw it, standing on wobbly legs in first draft form fresh off the computer of aspiring author Teresa Blue. You’ve come a long way, baby!

Teresa’s debut romance is all about family and choices made for or because of them. Leslie is a young woman desperate to break free of her smothering ties, and her fiance’s infidelity is just the push she needs to spread her wings. Jay has seen too much of the world from his jaded mother’s fortune teller’s wagon and the minute he rescues Leslie from a break down on the side of the road, he knows she’s trouble he doesn’t need . . . but he can’t stay away. What makes Man of Her Dreams a pure delight is the richness of the secondary characters. Bar-fly Sally who befriends Leslie, Les’s wacky family, and even Jay’s mother create a wonderful patchwork of emotions and laughs that aren’t to be missed.

I’m looking into my crystal ball and can see you want to know more about this talented new writer. Presto – meet Teresa Blue.