My Husband the Winner

I know I’ve said it before, but I have the best husband in the world, and here is last week’s example.

A few years ago we visited Florence, Italy. It was amazing. All right, there was a brief moment when I was super tempted to shove my husband in front of a bus, but other than a really rough hour, Florence was great!

As a useful memento, I bought a little notebook. I’ve used it ever since to plot book ideas on the go. To jot lyrics in when we’re working on music for shows. I love my little notebook. Now the pages are almost full, and we’re on our way to Ireland soon, where I’m sure I’m going to need to take more notes.

No problem, right? Continue reading

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A Love Note to OneNote

Guys, I’m in love. I’ve met a new computer program, and he’s really great. His name is OneNote, and he and I are super compatible. He takes really good care of all my story building notes and even lets me pick out the colors I want for color coding character profiles. He lets me draw on my touch screen whenever I want, and if I want to get in some face time, I can even record videos into my files.

I’ll admit I went out looking for a new program. Searched the internet, asked friends, and I didn’t know OneNote had been on my computer buried deep in Windows the whole time. Patiently waiting for me to notice him.

Now that we’re together, things are moving really quickly. I’ve started outlining a whole new world, and I can’t wait to see where the story leads us.

Note from Husband: …eh.

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The Best Book

I finished reading the best book last week. A book so good I had to call Barnes and Noble to make sure they had the second book in the series so I could drive over and get it right away. It was brilliant—six untrustworthy narrators who never really let you know what was happening or even what they hoped might happen next.

There were quite a few times in the story when I threw up my hands and thought Well, writer, you blew it. There is no way you can get yourself out of this hole. But she did write her way out of the pit of doom she had landed her characters in. And she did it in a logical way that fit within the rules of the world she had laid out for us. I think this book might have been the best thing I’ve read since the final Harry Potter book, and I’ve read a lot of really great books since The Deathly Hallows.

But for the first time I didn’t feel terrible about my writing when reading something great. Continue reading

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Another Blasted Blurb

There once was a thing called a blurb,
To write one was really absurd,
But she tried and she tried till she cried and she cried,
For all she could write was a turd.

So, anyone want to write the blurb I’m supposed to be sending my agent?

It’s for a dark YA fantasy. I mean dark literally and figuratively. It’s got three POVs, including one LGBTQ. It’s got magic but no wizards, its own religion, and some serious rules on marriage.

The hardest part is narrowing down what needs to be in the blurb. The LGBTQ angle could be great for selling the story, but it’s not really a thing until later in the book, and never once is the word “gay” mentioned. (Yes, the non-use of the word “gay” is very much intentional. I want to avoid any preconceived notions that go with the terminology with which we are all so familiar.) Continue reading

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A Rearrangement

The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days is officially out of content edits and on to the proofing stage! Wahooo!

Of course, me being me, I’ve already started the next book in the series. I can’t help it; it’s just how my brain works. So, with Boy of Blood heading over to Fiery Seas Publishing (link this to my author page on fiery seas please), working on Princess Camp the Musical, and doing my real people job onstage, things have been a tiny bit busy.

Finding time to write, even just blogs, has been super rough. Working and editing and showering have taken priority. I like to have friends, so showering is a must. Continue reading

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The Bloody Sequel

Sorry for the quietude. I’ve been working very hard on the sequel for Girl of Glass! Boy of Blood has finally been sent over to my fabulous agent and will soon find its way over to my awesome publisher!

This was a really interesting project to continue. I have a personal rule that I won’t start writing a sequel until the previous book is out of content edits. For the non-writerly readers, content edits are when they tell you that you pushed the plot too fast, find inconsistencies in your world, or tell you that there is, in fact, no romantic tension in your romance. Continue reading

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Gotta Get a Gimmick

I’m working with the amazing publisher Curiosity Quills Press for my novel The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin’ Days. The book isn’t set to be released until August, but I’m already active in guest posting on their blog and in CQ’s very active and awesome online community. This week I received and email, nay a challenge, from management. By the end of the month, they want all their authors to start using Facebook live.

I totally get the reasoning. It’s a great way to interact with your readers on a personal level. The rankings are higher for live posts than for normal text or video posts. I don’t mind talking into my phone and having it go on the internet. I mean, I am an actor, so if I were afraid of speaking to a live audience, I would be rather screwed.

My problem is what to talk about. What do I do that would be interesting enough for people to stop what they’re doing and be like, “Oh, this is how I should spend the next few minutes of my life”? Continue reading

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Post Release

The Girl of Glass release blitz is over. All the blog dates have been fulfilled, and all the contests have been won.

I am now an author without an imminent release. I would love to say that I just get to sit back and write all the things, but that’s not true. I have two manuscripts to polish and get sent in to the appropriate parties. I have blogs to write and social media to manage.

But the most trying thing is chasing down reviews.

It’s crazy. First you try and get people to buy the book. Then you have to be all like, “Thanks for doing the first thing I wanted you to do. Now that you’ve done that, want to write nice things about my book baby?”

It’s terrible. It feels greasy. But reviews are a necessary tool. Continue reading

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The Ghosted Writer

Being an author isn’t easy. I don’t think any sane person would tell you otherwise.

The writing part can be fun. Sure, it’s stressful sometimes, and finding time to write can stretch other areas of your life to the snapping point. But creating your own world is amazing. Editing can be trying, but it’s doable. It’s the actual authory work that can really suck sometimes.

Building an author platform feels like shouting into the void. Promoting your own work feels like self-aggrandizement. And all those lovely things come after you find a publisher through the dreaded query process.

One of my series has been through three, that’s right three, publishers. The first folded before they managed to get my contract to me. The second folded under suspicious circumstances less than two months before the book was to be released. It was so stressful and awful. You go through the self-doubt and loathing of submissions, find your book a home, and have that home literally crumble.

And it happens more often than you’d think. Continue reading

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Spotlight: Girl of Glass, by Megan O’Russell

A spotlight for Girl of Glass!

Paranoramal Romance News and Reviews

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Available For Purchase On:

Fiery Seas Publishing

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/5sxeOh3t4PY

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Description:

Two worlds…one glass wall…no turning back.

The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.

Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the…

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