Random thoughts, Uncategorized

Perspective

I get that I am new to this “author” thing, but what I am not new to is writing. I have been writing since I was a child but always for me. I never shared anything with another person. The one person I did tell I was writing anything was my grandmother. The only reason I told her was because when I stayed at her house, which was most weekends, I was always writing in a notebook and she wanted to know what I was doing. I told her I was writing stories she smiled and said that was good. I asked her one day when I was older why she never asked to read anything, She said she wasn’t a reader and she liked to watch her stories on television (soap operas, God she loved those). She also said “When you’re ready for the world to see them you’ll show me.” I never got the chance to show her. She died before I was ready for the world to see them.

That is one of my biggest regrets in life that I didn’t share my stories with her. Trust me, I don’t have a whole lot of regrets. I believe the mistakes I have made turned me into the person I am, Good or bad, liked or not, I am what I am, take me or leave me. I am okay either way. I wonder from time to time if I would have pursued my writing earlier in life, if I would have followed that dream I had as a child where I would be today. If I would have told someone that dream, maybe having that push years earlier would have changed things for me. Who knows. What I do know is that I love being married to my best friend, laughing daily with him and raising my two fantastically funny, adorable children. Maybe that is all I was meant to do, be their mom and his wife. Maybe, maybe not. What If I got that push earlier, maybe I wouldn’t have these three amazing things in my life?

I could debate it for hours, the what ifs, the maybes. This author thing started because I had a story I wanted to share with my husband. That’s it, just him. I didn’t want to have that regret of not sharing it again. He is the one that pushed me into publishing Saving Amy and sharing it with the world. Right now it’s a really small world. Do I hope to expand that? I do. But if every story I ever write from this point on is only shared with my husband and family I’m okay with that. I get to do what I love… write.

My goals when I published were simple, I wanted one person I didn’t know to purchase my book and to have someone read it and tell me they liked it. They may seem simple but for someone that was terrified for people to read what she wrote those were HUGE goals.

I had someone tell me they sat and read Saving Amy cover to cover in one sitting, I was ecstatic! I had another person tell me she cried while reading, I know it’s mean but I did a little happy dance. To me they got it, I did it. I achieved what I tried to do with the story.

I am in the process of writing a series that I am so emotionally invested in, I am mentally exhausted when I finish writing scenes with this one. Is it worth it? Absolutely! I am writing and that’s what matters. My goals for this one are pretty much the same. I would love for one person I don’t know to purchase it and for someone to tell me they liked it. I am just a writer who tried her hand at being an author.  

I may be naive in my thinking but if you are writing for other people or to sell books you are writing for the wrong reasons. If you think “your world” isn’t big enough, you aren’t making the bestseller lists and you think you aren’t getting read because “there are just too many authors out there” maybe you should take a break and reevaluate WHY you write. 

Until I have another random thought.

Happy Reading!

S ♥ 

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Blog tour

Blog Tour week

Tomorrow starts a big week for me and Saving Amy, it’s our very first blog tour.

The tour is running from July 14th to July 20th. If you want to check out what is going on this week I am including the schedule for the week.

Monday July 14

Wicked Reads –  http://vkwickedreads.wordpress.com/

Our Wolves Den – http://our-wolves-den.com/

Tuesday July 15 

Deliciously Wicked Books – www.deliciouslywickedbooks.com

A Closet Full of Books – http://www.aclosetfullofbooks.com/

Jennifer’s Book Obsession – http://www.jennifersbookobsession.blogspot.com

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents – http://fangirlmomentsandmytwocents.blogspot.com

Wednesday July 16

Amazeballs Book Addicts – http://amazeballsbookaddicts.blogspot.com/

Word Wenches Guilty Pleasure – www.wordwenchesguiltypleasure.wordpress.com

Abibliophobia Anonymous Book Reviews – Http://wwww.abibliophobiaanonymous.blogspot.com

Thursday July 17

Writing in A Row House – http://writinginarowhouse.weebly.com/

Author Sandra Love – http://authorsandralove.blogspot.com/

Friday July 18 

PNR Book Lover Reviews – http://pnrbooklover.blogspot.co.uk

In the Pages of a Good Book -http://inthepagesofagoodbook.com/

Saturday July 19

Undercover Book Reviews – http://undercoverbookreviews.blogspot.com/

Sunday July 20

Breaking that Kindle Budget Book Blog – http://budgetblogger.weebly.com

 

Signed Paperback copy of Saving Amy
Ebook copy of Saving Amy
a Rafflecopter giveaway (US Only)

Ebook copy of Saving Amy
a Rafflecopter giveaway (International Only)

Thank you to those blogs that have signed up to be a part of the tour and a HUGE thank you to Angela from Wicked Reads for setting everything up and keeping it so organized!

Random thoughts, Uncategorized

What’s in a Name?

While working on this new project I have been thinking a lot about names. The names of books, the names of characters within those books, the name of towns used. Does it bother a reader to read a book that has the same title?

For me personally, being a reader first, I think if the title is the same as long as the content is completely different, why does it matter if they share a name? Is it that big of a deal? As for characters, if I read a book and the main character has the same name as another main character in someone elses book. As long as the physical descriptions are different I never think twice about it. Do you?

While working on my next project, Trust In Us, which is the first in a series I am labeling the In Us Series. I have done my research, trust me! I know there is at least one other book out there with this title. I have tried to change it up, but for me it just isn’t working. So will I release this title using Trust In Us? Yes I will. This series has been rolling around for a while in my head. I had the name of all three, picked synopsis written out in my head long before I ever even opened that new document in word. Can I change the muse? I tried and failed. It completely messed with the flow of things.

I know other writers will completely understand the muse and the pull that it has on you concerning what you write and how you write it. Some details are changeable, some details if you change will change everything you know about the story, including the name of that character or that title. In my head for months and months he has been called “X” and I change it to “Y” mid story in my head it will always be “X” causing editing issues etc. I am finding out the muse always wins.  I get that readers sometimes don’t understand the muse and why an author writes the content they do.

These are the thoughts I have while showering. Hey, it’s where I do my best thinking and this is the kind of thing I think about. I’m always wondering why people get so upset over a name. A name is just that, a name. It’s the content that will set you apart.

Until the next time I have a random thought.

Happy Reading

♥ S

Release date

It’s Live!!!

After all of the craziness of the last week, it all came together.  Saving Amy is live on Amazon!! Get your copy today.

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00KGFRL7E

Amazon Au: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00KGFRL7E

Amazon Ca: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00KGFRL7E

 

* Content Warning * 17+ Please note this novel contains profanity, explicit sexual situations, graphic violence and alcohol consumption. The content is not suitable for minors. 

How do you know when enough is enough? 

When you mentally can’t take anymore? 

Everyone has tragedy in his or her life. It’s expected. If you have made it into your twenty’s without some sort of tragedy effecting you, you are one of the lucky ones. 

Amy Connors has it all, intelligence, a supportive family, a good upbringing and great friends. All the things you would think would make her one of the lucky ones. 

Until she isn’t. 

When you have lived a fairly normal life like Amy you don’t expect tragedy to strike, and strike repeatedly. How much can one person take before she breaks and loses herself? 

How can she go on? 

Can she ever feel whole again? 

What if she can’t save herself from the pain that wracks her body and soul? 

Who will be left to pick up the pieces? 

Who will be there Saving Amy? 

Release date

Release Date… to be or not to be…that is the question?

I have done all the things I have needed to do to get Saving Amy published by May 20. Unfortunately, due to things beyond my control I am not sure I can meet that date.  It has been on my mind lately, stressing me out beyond belief. It sucks, the fact that I promised this book by that date and it won’t be there. It is in my face every time I pick up my phone my release countdown clock is flashing at me. Ugh! The stress!!  I would LOVE to hit publish and have it live by the 2oth, but I don’t want it rushed in anyway. If it’s not ready, not something I would be proud of, it’s not worth it to put it out there like that just to make that release date. I have worked to damn hard.

By no means am I complaining. Trust me, I am grateful to all of those who have helped me get to this point. I am just explaining why it (probably) won’t be out by the date I set. A date that I looked at a calender, when asked what the release was and picked blindly.

Hopefully, fingers toes and whatever else you can cross, if Saving Amy is not released on May 20, it will release as close to that date as humanly possible.  I will keep you all updated and as soon as it’s live I will post the links everywhere I can!

Until then

HAPPY READING 🙂

Cover Reveal

Saving Amy Cover Reveal

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RELEASING MAY 20th.

~*~*~*~ Synopsis ~*~*~*~

How do you know when enough is enough?

When you mentally can’t take anymore?

Everyone has tragedy in his or her life. It’s expected. If you have made it into your twenty’s without some sort of tragedy effecting you, you are one of the lucky ones.

Amy Connors has it all, intelligence, a supportive family, a good upbringing and great friends. All the things that would make her one of the lucky ones.

Until she isn’t. 

When you have lived a fairly normal life like Amy you don’t expect tragedy to strike, and strike repeatedly. How much can one person take before she breaks and loses herself?

How can she go on? 

Can she ever feel whole again? 

What if she can’t save herself from the pain that wracks her body and soul? 

Who will be left to pick up the pieces? 

Who will be there Saving Amy?