Chapter 8 of The Tangle is Live!

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Hey everyone! Just a super quick post to let you guys know that ‘Black and Blue, Chapter 8 of The Tangle is live on Channillo.com today! You can check it out here.


Is anyone here following me on Twitter? I’m participating in #WIPTruthOrDare this month, so every day I answer a new question about my current WIP or take a dare to add something to the story! You can check out my tweets here.

Beautiful People #24 ~ Parental Edition

Hello, everyone! Today I’m doing something a little bit different and joining the Beautiful People meme hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. I only just discovered Cait’s blog yesterday, but from what I’ve read so far, it’s a wonderfully quirky and just aesthetically gorgeous blog about books, writing, and more books! 😛 So go check Paper Fury out, like, right now.


Okay, what is this ‘Beautiful People Meme’ you speak of?

From the Beautiful People FAQ on Paper Fury:

Beautiful People is for writers. Every month, we post a list of 10 questions for you to answer about your characters. It’s designed to help you get to know your characters – their quirks, their personality, their flaws, and who they are.

I’ve seen a couple of other bloggers I follow do some Beautiful People posts, but I never really thought about jumping in until now. This month’s theme is Parents, because Mother’s day is coming up, so I thought it might be fun to apply these questions to the parents of Behind Her Mask was Death‘s main character, Devon Lavender.

The reason I haven’t really done any posts like this about characters or stuff I’m working on is because I’m always super nervous that I’ll never actually finish my WIPs, and if I tell people about some of the stuff in them they might be disappointed if I never finish the books. However, lately I’ve been growing more confident in this area, and getting better at actually finishing things, so I thought I might try this meme out at least once, just for fun.  Devon’s parents, Vanessa and Augustus Lavender do not actually appear in Behind Her Mask was Death, although they are referenced. A prequel featuring them is (tentatively!) in the works, but for now let’s jump into the questions!


DISCLAIMER: I cannot guarantee that everything here is or will be canon in the future. As I said, I’m working on that prequel, and I have spent a fair amount of time developing these characters, but some stuff is still unclear in my own mind, so I will try to answer the questions as best I can. Enjoy!

Also, there may be a few minor spoilers ahead for BHMwD, so be forewarned!


The Character

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Devon Lavender in Behind Her Mask was Death. Gorgeous artwork by S. Meghan Fedor.

The Questions

1. Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?

It really depends on what point in time you’re talking about. When he was younger, Devon and his mother, Vanessa, were basically inseparable. He adored her. His relationship with his father Count Augustus Lavender, then and now, is more formal and distant. After Vanessa’s death when he was just twelve, Devon has withdrawn even further away from his father, and even though he still lives in his father’s house in BHMwD, they tend to keep away from each other in daily life.

2. Do they know both their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected their life?

Devon grew up with both his parents, but, as I said, his mother Vanessa died when he was young. This has effected both his relationship with his father and his own personal life very deeply. Devon’s friends have helped him cope with the loss, but he has still become quite lonely and withdrawn from the world in the years following her death.

3. How did their parents meet?

Vanessa and Augustus grew up in almost opposite situations. Vanessa is the daughter of a fisherman and trader in the island nation of Archipelago, and Augustus is the son of the wealthy, influential Lord Lavender. The Lavender family are members of high society in the city of Kips Capper, but Augustus despised his moody, sometimes cruel father and frivolous friends and left the city to travel. One of the places he went was Archipelago, where he met Vanessa.

4.How would they feel if they were told “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?

It would really depend on which parent you said he was “turning out like”. Augustus Lavender is a rather emotionally distant, cynical man, and it would be a real blow to Devon’s own security and self esteem for people to think that he was turning out to be like him. He wishes and aspires, however, to be kind and caring and joyful like his mother, and to take a real, genuine interest in people the way she did.

5. What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?

(Devon is twenty-two in BHMwD, so I’ll use his age in the WIP prequel for a more interesting answer.)

At age twelve, Vanessa would have been helping her mother cook and look after the other children, as well as swimming in the clear, blue-green sea on sunny days and sometimes taking long, silent walks with her grandfather down the beaches. Augustus would have been in school, or perhaps his father would be forcing him accompany him and his sister Annaliese to some high-society function or an evening at the theater.

6. Is there something they adamantly disagree on?

(I am taking this to mean something that the two parents disagree about, although it could conceivably mean something that the character and his parents disagree about, but, you know…)

 Augustus is a cautious, rather cynical man, disinclined to trust people until they give him a good reason to. Vanessa is an open, caring person who feels best when she can be helping others. Being a Countess in a rich, important family meant that she had the means to help others in ways she couldn’t before. While Augustus did reluctantly let her travel into the poorer, rougher parts of the city to give aid and food to families there, he refused to let her bring Devon with her, or to even tell him where Vanessa went.

7. What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?

Devon is usually quite reserved and gentle. If he does get angry, however, he can sometimes find himself saying or doing things he would never, ever do normally. He also has a tendency to conceal his feelings, so that he doesn’t ‘bother’ anybody with them, sometimes making it quite difficult to tell when he’s been hurt or upset.

8. What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?

Devon will always remember his mother’s voice as she spoke and read and sang to him when he was young. His most vivid memory…? I’d love to write it here, but then it would spoil the prequel, and I haven’t even written out the scene yet, so… Sorry. You will have to wait and see…

9. What was your character like as a baby/toddler?

I think Devon would have been a fairly shy, quiet child. He probably learned to speak before he could walk, and clung close to his mother in times of trouble.

10. Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?

Devon’s full name is Devon Augustus Lavender. He is named in part for his father, of course, but also for his mother’s wise, beloved grandfather, Devin Oshar. His name reminds Vanessa of her home and the people she loves and misses.

(Literally just made that up. But I like it! That’s definitely canon as of now…)


Thanks for reading! I had so much fun doing this meme, and who knows, maybe I’ll try it again next month… 🙂

Once again, Beautiful People is hosted by the amazing Cait and Sky.

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Help! What Do I Say??? (3 Podcast Tips for the Nervous Author)

So, you’ve landed that big podcast interview you’ve always wanted. Hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people are going to hear your voice on that show. They’re going to listen to what you have to say. Maybe, they’re going to go and buy your book(s) afterwards.

And now you’re nervous, and stressed out, and you have no idea what you are going to do.

Maybe you’re a natural introvert. Maybe you’re shy, or you don’t like talking in front of people. You’re nervous that all your words are going to be recorded. Perhaps you have that little bit of knowledge in the back of your mind that other people are going to be listening to your conversation later on, so you’d better say all the right things now and not make a fool of yourself.

I’ve been there. And I’ve come out the other side. So today I thought I’d give you a couple of helpful tips that I’ve learned along the way. Not all of these tips will work for everyone, but hopefully some of them will be useful to you.

Here we go:


1. Don’t try to wing it.

I honestly don’t remember who told me, but one of the first pieces of advice I received when I told people I was going to be on a podcast was, “You’d better not write anything down. Just wing it. It has to sound natural.”

No disrespect to whoever gave me that advice (seriously, I do not remember at all), but it really messed me up. It sounds really smart, right? You certainly don’t want to sound like you’re reading from prompt cards. But by not writing anything down at all, and trying to just wing it, I ended up in a complete emotional breakdown while I was in the recording session with the interviewer. I felt physically incapable of responding to the questions at all. I couldn’t think of a single thing to say. Not pleasant. Not at all. Thankfully, she was gracious enough to let me try again at a later date, but I still felt like a fool.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There are certainly people out there who can wing just about anything and come away with a brilliant interview. There are people who are stifled or hampered by outlines or written out answers. This is definitely not a hard-and-fast rule of any kind. If you are comfortable with winging your interview, go ahead. But at least study the questions ahead of time, and maybe mentally work out the basics of what you are going to say. My interviewer, Pam Barnhill, sent me a list of questions way before the recording date so that I could study them and figure out just what I was going to say. As I said, the first time around I forgot everything I had so carefully worked out in my head and was unable to do the interview at all. So I went back and took my time and wrote down an answer to every question, even if it was just a few lines. We didn’t end up using all of the questions in the podcast, but at least I felt secure knowing that I had a response if one was needed. I even went ‘off script’ a couple of times.

Even if you don’t write out your full answer to every question, it’s probably best to jot down a couple of bullet points of what you’d like to touch on. A sparse outline is better than no outline at all. A quick glance at your notes should remind you of what you wanted to say if you forget in the middle of the interview.

2. Do ask for do-overs.

The nice thing about podcasts is that they are recorded and edited before anyone else gets to hear them. It isn’t like being on live radio or TV, where if you mess up you don’t get a second chance. If you get off track or flub your words, you have every right to ask the interviewer for a do-over. You can say the line again (hopefully correctly this time) and the interviewer or whoever does their editing can easily go back and edit out the mistake. You aren’t live. Everybody messes up sometimes. Even the interviewer may have to do over their lines at some point. Don’t hesitate to ask for a quick second try if you need one.

3. Do stay on topic.

Podcasts are great for getting your name and maybe your work in front of others, but they shouldn’t act as a platform for you to talk endlessly about your book or make some kind of big sales pitch. If the interviewer wants to talk about your book(s), go ahead and talk about them. But if the topic of the podcast is, I don’t know… dogs or something (stupid example, but bear with me), then trying to make a big sales pitch in the middle of your interview isn’t really going to work. If people listen to this hypothetical podcast to hear about other people’s opinions on dogs, then they aren’t going to want to hear your big speech about how amazing your book is instead.

Now, hopefully the topic of your podcast relates a bit more to your writing or your area of expertise than dogs probably does (unless you do happen to write about/be an expert on dogs), but that doesn’t mean that you can still go ahead and make a big sales pitch the focus of your interview. As I said a few minutes ago, people don’t listen to podcasts to hear authors brag about/try to sell their books. You are a guest chosen to speak about topic X, so you’d better talk about topic X, and if the interviewer also wants to talk about your book(s), that’s great. But selling something should not be your main focus. Your main focus should be to say something interesting about the topic, and to entertain people.


I hope you enjoyed this little article! I’m glad I have some advice to share in this area, and I hope you find them helpful. SHAMELESS ADVERTISEMENT: If you’re interested in my podcast interview with Pam Barnhill, you can find that right here.

Thank you so much for reading. I’ll see you again soon!


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Chapter 4 of The Tangle is Live! (Plus Updates)

the-tangleHello, everyone! Just wanted to let you know that Disappearing Trick, chapter 4 of The Tangle, is live on Channillo.com. You can check out the series here.


Quick update: I know on Wednesday with Words this week I hinted that there might be one (or two, or three) special posts going up this week. However, it turned out that I didn’t finish them until yesterday evening, so those will be posted next week, starting Monday and continuing through Wednesday. It will be a series of three connected posts (i. e., Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), and if you happen to be a geek/gamer, or you’re in to geeky DIY projects, you are not going to want to miss them! I am super excited about these posts. They might be a bit out-of-the-ordinary for this blog (so far, at least), but hopefully I can showcase another side of my personality that doesn’t really show up much on here (the geeky, DIY side 😛 ), and hopefully there’ll be at least some people out there who really enjoy them. So, if you’re interested, just follow the blog to be notified when those posts go up next week!

Anyway, that’s it for me today. Bye for now.

🙂

Burnout

My head hurts. It always hurts. I’m stressed out and sick and sick of worrying. But they just want more. Always more. Always demanding new content. I am pressured to throw more and more into the grinding internet machine, to keep tossing in more work, more content, more words on more pages, more tweets, more Facebook posts, more and more. I haven’t been tossing in anything recently, because I’m out of stuff to toss. Every idea comes with its own set of flags: what will people think about this? What will they say? Will they throw hate at me, or laugh at me, or refuse to take me seriously? Is this trendy? Is it searchable? SEO optimized? Will it bring me the clicks?

And I’m out of stuff that fills that ever growing list of criteria. I’m out. Done. Finished. The internet has run me into the ground. My head hurts, and all I can feel is the burnout.

Okay. Sob story over. Real talk.

Creating content takes time. And work. And more time. And stress and more stress. We, the Internet, myself included in some cases, just want more. We don’t see what happens behind the scenes, how fast the burnout hits you in the brain, how fast you can become sick and tired of the rat race. It is a constant battle to keep afloat, to get content and get that content out there, to get people to notice, and to care. And I’m losing that battle.

I love to write. Don’t get me wrong. I love a nice writing session when I can just sit down and write my heart out for an hour or so and get my story on the page. This is not that kind of writing. This is publicity, PR, clicks, follows, whatever. I used to enjoy writing stuff for my blog, back when I had ideas and I wasn’t scared of clicking that ‘publish’ button. Back when the burnout hadn’t filled my brain and dragged me down. After that initial wave of enjoyment passed, I began writing for the search trends and the SEO; aggressively publishing that 30 day drawing challenge that happened back in September. At first, it was fun. At first, I was seeing those clicks and visitors and stats I wanted to see. I felt good. And then it just dropped off. And I got the burnout in my brain and I was sick and tired of doing those stupid drawings every day, but I kept going because I thought maybe those stats would come back if I just kept on trying.

They didn’t.

Of course they didn’t. By that time, people were tired of me, probably, tired of all my amateur drawings filling up their inboxes or feeds every day. I tried to feed the internet machine, but it wasn’t hungry for that anymore. It must have something new.

New. New. New. That is the cry of the internet machine. That is the cry of the burnout as it eats your brain and all your ideas, and tires you out before you even sit down at the computer to write. I tried feeding the internet machine, and it didn’t work. So I stopped. And that didn’t work either, because unless you’ve got a team of people churning out more and more every day, you’re doomed.

Social media hasn’t consumed my time. What’s consumed my time is worrying about that social media. ‘Your 58 followers haven’t heard from you in a while,’ proclaims a notification on my Facebook feed, ‘Write a new post!’ But I have nothing to say. And the internet machine goes on asking and asking for something new, but I don’t have anything to give. I am losing the battle. I can’t stop worrying that I’m not optimizing my time or my social media accounts for those elusive ‘best results’; more followers, more likes, more people who will (maybe???) buy my book. And the internet machine keeps on eating and eating and eating, and I keep worrying and worrying.

And I’m stuck.

Again. Always. Stuck in that awful place, stuck in the burnout, with no more ideas to give.

Five Colored Pens: A Self-Editing Strategy for Authors

Every author knows the feeling: You’ve finally finished that first draft. You feel so good. You feel like you’ve written the next Great American Novel. And then you go back and read that first chapter, or first page, or first sentence, and the dream crumbles like a sand castle. It’s okay. That’s what first drafts are for! That’s your experimental time, your space to let your imagination run wild. Now, it’s time to pick up the pieces and make your novel great again.

Fair warning: This post is fairly long. I know the internet rules: Shorter is better. But I wanted to explain my strategy in full, so I’ve opted for something a bit unconventional in terms of length.


It’s not just for the indies

 Self-editing is one of the most important parts of writing a book. Even if you plan to send your work to a traditional publisher, you have to have it polished to a professional sheen before you even start considering packaging up your brainchild and shipping it off to who-knows-where. Trust me: First drafts are always pretty bad. No matter the potential in your story, a publisher isn’t going to want to dig through all the trash to find the diamonds. That’s your job. You’ve got to make it shine, so that you can land that book deal you’ve always dreamed about.

I must confess that before late 2016, I did not know this. When I wrote my first book, a YA mystery/fantasy novella called Behind Her Mask was Death, I didn’t really know exactly what I was doing. I had a first draft, which thought was pretty good, and I wanted to get it published. This was before I had even begun to consider self-publishing. I was all ready to ship it off to a publisher without even touching that first draft, much less editing it to shreds. I am extraordinarily glad that I found an editor who was willing to wade through all that first-draft trash and help me make a book out of my manuscript, but I ended up making her do a lot of work which I could, and should, have done myself.

And, of course, if you’re going the indie way, it’s just as important, if not more so. Although getting a professional editor is highly recommended in the indie business, it has always been way out of my range, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. My ‘editor’ is family. Extraordinarily well read family who aced her writing course, but she still works for free. So if you can’t afford to pay someone to do it, the value of self-editing skills go way, way up, as does the value of beta-readers/family/freinds who will read your book and give you honest feedback. In my experience, your family are you toughest critics. If you can get them on board, you’re doing great. But don’t even  try running your dream book past them until you’ve tackled that first draft. Nobody wants to muddle through a bunch of half-completed ideas, stunted subplots, characters who might be diamonds someday, but that are still definitely diamonds in the rough. Well, unless you are some kind of magical magician author, who plans out every detail and gets stuff just exactly right the first time. If you are, congratulations. You don’t need to read any of this, at all.

But, seriously, if you’re like 99.999 percent of the authors out there, your first draft is probably at least a partial mess. When I write, my stories have almost no concrete structure. I have a beginning scene, and a nice vague idea for an ending, and the middle is nothing but open water. At the end, I get a basic story, often with a lot of loose ends or inconsistencies that need to be worked out before anyone even can even see the first page.

I’m betting something like this happens to you too, right? So, is there an effective strategy to work out those wrinkles and make everything just as good as it can possibly be before you send your story off, either to that carefully selected publisher, or to those beta-readers/family/friends/people who care? Yes. Yes there is. Today, I’m going to share my Five Colored Pens self-editing strategy with you! I hope it helps! Here goes…


First of all: Everyone sees clearer on paper

The first step to any good self-editing strategy, in my opinion, is to print out your manuscript on paper. With Behind Her Mask was Death, I never actually did this. My editor did, but I didn’t. It was a mistake on my part, and made her job a whole lot harder and more time consuming. (Sorry!!!)

When something is printed out in physical ink and paper, you notice things that you might otherwise skip over when reading your manuscript on the computer. There were errors I never even saw until the proof copy of Behind Her Mask was Death was actually in my hands! I’m just glad I had time to fix everything.

Everyone sees clearer on paper, and the ability to make physical notes on your manuscript is very important for the next steps.

What about those colored pens?

This blog post isn’t called ‘Five Colored Pens’ for nothing. For the editing of my upcoming novel The Tangle, I used five Paper Mate felt tip pens which originally belonged to my mom, and I will definitely be using them again for any other book projects. You can use any colors and any kind of pens, as long as you can easily distinguish between colors. Note down what colors correspond to what errors. We’re going to assign a different kind of mistake to each pen, and use that pen for that mistake consistently throughout the entire manuscript.

Mistake 1: Stylistic Errors

I used a peach colored pen for these.

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You can see in the photo above a stylistic error which I’ve underlined in my own manuscript, The Tangle. I’ll be using examples from it for the rest of this post.

Stylistic errors can range from cumbersome sentences to word choice problems. If you’ve got the gist of what you want to say down on paper, but you’re not saying it in quite the right way, that’s a stylistic error. Mistakes like these are much different from problems with the plot or characters. It’s an issue with the words, not the actual content. If your description is confusing, or your word order is weird, or something in your sentence structure is just a bit off, underline it with your Stylistic Errors pen and note down the problem, and, if you have a clear idea of it at that moment, the fix. You can also strike out words that you don’t want in a particular sentence.

Nota Bene: Always be clear with your notes, not witty. Save the wittiness for your writing. You don’t want to come back later and have forgotten just exactly how or why you were going to change that thing in the first place.

Mistake 2: Typos

I used a light blue pen for these.

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Typos are the bane of a published work. Don’t you just hate it when you come across a typo in your favorite book? They can mar a perfectly good paragraph, or even change the whole meaning of a sentence. If a word just looks and sounds wrong, or if its obviously missing a letter or anything like that, underline or cross it out with your Typo pen and note down the correct word.

Mistake 3: Show, Don’t Tell

I used a dark purple pen for this.

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As writers, we are constantly being told to ‘show, don’t tell’. Don’t tell the readers that your character is afraid. Actions always speak louder than words. Show how much she’s sweating, or how hard he’s breathing, or how those icy fingers of dread are climbing up her spine. See? Much more effective than ‘She felt very scared’, and it sounds so trite when you just flat out tell like that. If there’s a place where you’re telling your reader how to feel, underline it with your Show Don’t Tell pen and make a little note reminding yourself to show! I like to wait until editing the second draft on the computer before figuring out exactly what I’m going put as a fix. Simply noting down the problems makes it  fixing them much more manageable.

Mistake 4: Character Discrepancies

I used a dark blue pen for these.

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Character discrepancies are yet another writer’s bane. You don’t want your characters to act out of character. Yes, they can be spontaneous. But they can’t just go against their nature on a whim, or for the dictates of the plot. Things like physical discrepancies also fit into this category. Don’t say your character had green eyes in one part of the story, and brown eyes in another. It’s just annoying, and it confuses people. If you have trouble remembering all those pesky details, consider starting a ‘character bible’. It can be a file on your computer, or a section of your notebook, where you keep all the correct physical descriptions of your characters. Can’t remember if Mary is tall enough to look John in the eye? Hop over to your character bible and find it all in one place!

Is your character doing or saying something that they just wouldn’t do or say?  Just underline it with your Character Discrepancies pen and note down what needs to change.

Mistake 5: Plot Discrepancies

I used a purple pen for these.

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This is a fairly important, and large, category. For me, it includes everything from, say, a character having a knife in one scene, and never even thinking about it again when it might have been useful, to a room which is said at one point to have windows, and at another to have none. You could create a sixth category for ‘setting discrepancies’, I guess, but I decided to just lump all those things under one heading. As with the example above, you don’t want to have characters in the possession of useful things that they just inexplicably forget about. This also goes for magical powers. If a character has super strength, and is trapped, say, in a cage made of normal strength steel, they can’t just suddenly be unable to get out. Either put them in a better cage, or let them bust out and get caught again or something. Having a door be locked at one point and then open at another, unless there is a valid explanation, would also fit under this heading.

So, has your plot gotten… tangled? Underline the problem spot with your Plot Discrepancies pen and make a note of what needs to happen to fix it.

Nota Bene: None of these categories are set in stone. You can add new ones or redefine existing once as you see fit. I’m just explaining the process that I used to edit my novel. Every writer is different. Do what works for you.

So… Now what?

 So, now you have a stack of papers covered in multi-colored scrawls. What now? Well, it’s time to fire up your computer and go back and fix all of those mistakes you just uncovered. Copy the manuscript file and name it something like ‘[My Book Name Here] Second Draft’ or whatever, just to be organized, and grab your papers and start fixing stuff. If you find new problems, great, go ahead and fix them right now. And when you’re all finished with that, if you’re a super nitpicky person, or if you think there might still be epic flaws in your book, you can print out the second draft and grab your handy pens and repeat the process all over again. If you do this, I recommend waiting a week or so after you finish editing the first draft, so that you see it with fresh eyes and don’t gloss over any more mistakes.

Another Nota Bene: Always save your early drafts. Just do it. If you end up taking out huge chunks of the book, and you edit the original file, you might lose something good. Save everything. (This was something else I didn’t know about when I was first working on Behind Her Mask was Death. I ended up losing (FOREVER!) several sections of description that I really liked, and I thoroughly regret it.)

To recap:

  1. Print out your manuscript onto physical paper. It’s a lot easier to miss certain flaws when reading on the computer.
  2. Use five colored pens, one for each type of error: Plot discrepancies or issues, stylistic errors, typos, character discrepancies or issues, and ‘show, don’t tell’ errors. (You can also add new categories if needed)
  3. Write fairly detailed notes. Nothing is more frustrating than forgetting why you wanted to change something in the first place.
  4. Take it slow. Do your very best work!
  5. Fix it on the computer. Then leave it for a while and come back and read it again. If you want, print out the second draft and repeat the Five Colored Pens process for ultimate nit-pickiness.
  6. Save your original drafts! All of them.

 

Finally…

Thanks for sticking with me to the very end of this rather long post. If you have any suggestions or questions, please leave them in the comments below. I hope you found this post helpful. 🙂

*Special Announcement* Places I’ll Be

Hello, everyone! You may have already heard, but a week or so ago I was informed that I had won the Micro Fiction Contest on Anela Deen’s blog. You’ll be able to read the winning story, and the second and third place stories, on her blog in a couple of weeks. However, winning the contest came with a couple of perks, which I may or may not have told you guys about already, but anyway, here’s the rundown:

  • Intisar Khanani, author of Thorn and The Sunbolt Chronicles, will be featuring me on her blog in an author/character interview, which will be posted October 1st. You’ll be able to learn a bit more about me, my book, and the book’s main character, Devon Lavender.
  • I got to write a guest post for Kate Tilton’s blog. I’m not exactly sure when that will be released, but I’ll let you know as soon as possible. The post is entitled Writing and Emotion: Swaying Readers with a Dose of Real Life.
  • Speaking of Kate Tilton, I’m going to be a guest on her Twitter chat (#k8chat) on November 10th from about 9:00 to 10:00 EST. The topic will be ‘When Characters Become Human’. Anybody can participate in the chat! Check out the chat page on Kate’s website for more details.

Those are all awesome perks from the contest, but there are still a few more amazing things which will be happening pretty soon:

  • My Goodreads giveaway for Behind Her Mask was Death will be over on September 30th. Over 340 people have already entered, and there’s still time for you to get your name in for a chance to win a signed copy of the book. It’s completely free to enter, and there are lots of other cool giveaways for new books to check out as well.
  • The publication date for Behind Her Mask was Death is October 1st, this Saturday. You’ll be able to purchase either a paperback copy or a Kindle eBook on Amazon starting Saturday morning (And I do mean morning. I’m going to be up really late anyway, and since I have to manually release the book, I’ll be doing it around midnight- 1:00 PM that day.) Leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads after you’ve read the book, even if the review is just a few lines, would be really appreciated.

But now, finally, I am going to announce what is probably the biggest, best thing to happen yet:

On October 29th, you will be able to join me at the Orange Branch Library in Orange Township, Ohio, for the first ever Great GeekFest! It goes from 10:00 to 8:00 and I’m going to be there all day, selling and signing books, and having lots of fun. There will be games and cosplay and author panels and vendors and food (of course) and general geekiness all day long, so save the date and I’ll see you there!

Thanks so much for reading, and have a great day. 🙂

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Special Updates: Release Date and Goodreads Giveaway

 

Hey, everybody! As I just announced on Facebook, Behind Her Mask was Death now has an official release date. Paperback and Kindle editions will be available for purchase on Amazon.com and all other Amazon sites worldwide on October 1st, 2016. Due to some complicated technical and legal stuff, I am unable to list the book for pre-order before the release date. Anyway, the book is also now in the Goodreads database, so you can add it to your reading list if you wish.

Speaking of Goodreads, beginning August 1st you will be able to enter to win one of five signed copies of Behind Her Mask was Death, through the Goodreads Giveaway feature. The Giveaway ends on September 30th, and five random winners will be chosen to receive their prize. By the way, you can check out my Goodreads Author page here.

Thanks everybody!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Behind Her Mask was Death by Aria E. Maher

Behind Her Mask was Death

by Aria E. Maher

Giveaway ends September 30, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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Official Title and Cover Release

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Hey, everybody! This is the official title and cover release for my upcoming novella, Behind Her Mask was Death. I am currently still editing it, just getting rid of all those annoying little punctuation errors and things before I send it to any reviewers and put it up on Amazon. I will do an official press release when it’s available for pre-order, but until then, here are a few more details about the book:


Genre: Mystery/Fantasy

Audience: Young Adult

From the Back Cover:

People don’t usually think about death,especially not on the night they are going to die…

Devon Lavender never thought he’d end up in the middle of a murder mystery. But when an unnamed red haired woman dies in his arms on the dance floor in the middle of the Prince’s extravagant costume ball,it would seem obvious to everyone who the killer is.Devon finds himself with one chance, and one chance only,to prove his innocence and discover the real murderer, before it’s too late.


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