Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hot New Release: Between Two Fires by Mark Noce


Praise from Bestselling Authors for Between Two Fires
“A spirited ride through a turbulent slice of Welsh history!” – Paula Brackston, NYT Bestselling author of The Witch’s Daughter

“A fast-paced read that has a wonderfully visual style and some memorable characters. Mark Noce combines Welsh history with a touch of folkloric magic in this promising debut novel. Lady Branwen is a strong and engaging narrator and the turbulent setting of early medieval Wales makes a fine backdrop for an action-packed story.” – Juliet Marillier, Bestselling author of Daughter of the Forest and Wolfskin

Synopsis of Between Two Fires
Saxon barbarians threaten to destroy medieval Wales. Lady Branwen becomes Wales’ last hope to unite their divided kingdoms when her father betroths her to a powerful Welsh warlord, the Hammer King.
But this fledgling alliance is fraught with enemies from within and without as Branwen herself becomes the target of assassinations and courtly intrigue. A young woman in a world of fierce warriors, she seeks to assert her own authority and preserve Wales against the barbarians. But when she falls for a young hedge knight named Artagan her world threatens to tear itself apart. Caught between her duty to her people and her love of a man she cannot have, Branwen must choose whether to preserve her royal marriage or to follow her heart. Somehow she must save her people and remain true to herself, before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

Pre-Order is Available!!! --Places to Order Between Two Fires
Release Date: August 23, 2016


Mark Noce writes historical fiction with a passion, and eagerly reads everything from fantasy to literature. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, he’s an avid traveler and backpacker, particularly in Europe and North America. He earned his BA and MA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he also met his beautiful wife. By day, he works as a Technical Writer, having spent much of his career at places like Google and Facebook. In addition to writing novels, he also writes short fiction online. When not reading or writing, he’s probably listening to U2, sailing his dad’s boat, or gardening with his family.
His debut novel, Between Two Fires, is being published by Thomas Dunne Books (an imprint of St. Martin's Press and Macmillan). It is the first in a series of historical fiction novels set in medieval Wales.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

#CTST Celebrate The Small Things

Celebrate the Small Things
Hop over to Lexa Cain's and join in this fun weekly Celebration. Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

Everyone with children and young adults are gearing up for back to school or back to college. It's a whirlwind of supplies and shopping sprees and tears. For some mothers & fathers it's tears of joy, while others, tears of sadness like my next door neighbor. Their daughter is leaving for Kent State in Ohio, that's a 5 hour drive from West Seneca.

This weekend we're hoping to make it to the final days of the Erie County Fair. 

 I used to love the midway and all its rides. Now I'm more of a walk through to the tents of goodies...

What could be better than upsetting your diet with eating awesome junk food....
One of my favorite sections of the fair has always been the plethora of animals...


Have a nice weekend!!!
What are your small celebrations?


Sunday, August 14, 2016

**New Release by Stephanie Faris: Piper Morgan Joins the Circus & Piper Morgan in Charge**





Piper Morgan Joins the Circus


Stephanie Faris
Cover illustration by Lucy Fleming.

Blurb:

When Piper Morgan has to move to a new town, she is sad to leave behind her friends, but excited for a new adventure. She is determined to have fun, be brave and find new friends.

And after learning her mom’s new job will be with the Big Top Circus, Piper can’t wait to learn all about life under the big top, see all the cool animals, and meet the Little Explorers, the other kids who travel with the show. She’s even more excited to learn that she gets to be a part of the Little Explorers and help them end each show with a routine to get the audience on their feet and dancing along!

But during Piper’s grand debut, her high kicks and pointed toes don't go quite as planned. After causing a dance disaster, she has to prove to everyone--especially queen of the Little Explorers, Lexie--that she belongs in the spotlight. 


I was interested in Stephanie's approach of finding time to do it all:


Revising, Editing and Writing: Finding Time to Do It All
by Stephanie Faris
When you first start writing, you worry about nothing but the writing. Maybe you squeeze a little reading and writing workshops in but for the most part, you just write.
Then you decide to try to get published. You balance writing with sending out queries and recovering from rejections. More workshops and maybe a critique group and soon, you’re wondering if you’ll ever get published. You assume once you’re a “successful author,” this will be so much easier.
Then you get a publishing deal. Once that happens, you find you must strike a new type of balance. You complete your manuscript and wait, probably starting a new book while you’re waiting. A few chapters in, revisions come back from your publisher and you have to stop writing to work on them. There will likely be several rounds of these.
This is in addition to the revisions you do to your own work before you even send it to the publisher. If you’re someone who writes without outlining first like me, you likely find that you have to do major revisions before your book is ready for someone else to read it.
Once you’re multi-published, you’ll likely find you regularly move between writing your current work in progress and revisions on your upcoming book. How do you do it all? You have several choices.
1)    Learn to move back and forth between books, even if it means keeping a “cheat sheet” that reminds you where you were when you stopped to work on revisions.
2)    Set a goal to write a minimum number of words on your work in progress no matter what. This will keep you in your current book, even while you’re working on making last year’s book perfect before it hits the market.
3)    Clone yourself.
Okay, so number three probably isn’t an option. It can help, though, to have beta readers or critique partners who are willing to help you polish your early drafts. Even during revisions, you may find they can help you troubleshoot a scene your editor wants changed.

If you have limited time, all of this can feel overwhelming. But even if you schedule an hour or two each day to work on your books, you can accomplish a lot in a small amount of time. It can be challenging to jump from your current book to an older one, but you’ll eventually find a rhythm that works for you.
Stephanie Faris:

Bio:

Stephanie Faris knew she wanted to be an author from a very young age. In fact, her mother often told her to stop reading so much and go outside and play with the other kids. After graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism, she somehow found herself working in information technology. But she never stopped writing.


Stephanie is the Simon & Schuster author of 30 Days of No Gossip and 25 Roses, as well as the upcoming Piper Morgan series. When she isn’t crafting fiction, she writes for a variety of online websites on the topics of business, technology, and her favorite subject of all—fashion. She lives in Nashville with her husband, a sales executive. 

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Friday, August 12, 2016

#CTST

August 12th 

This month is flying by
Celebrate the Small Things
Hop over to Lexa Cain's and join in this fun weekly Celebration. Lexa's wonderful co-hosts are:
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge
Tonja Drecker @ Kidbits Blog

I hope while you're reading this post, I'm hitting the 50K mark on my wip.

Last weekend was wonderful with family & friends. And this weekend we'll have our grand babies for the night.

What are you celebrating this week?