Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Another "Twilight" Book.

There are several people who automatically associate Paranormal Romance novels with the Twilight Saga, which can be a good or a bad thing. I personally like the series, both the books and the movies, and admit to going to at least one midnight showing. But not all Paranormal Romance books are the same. There are several of them I have read that seemed like a Twilight knock off...there are some that all seemed to have the same characters and story lines although they were from different authors. And then there are some that have the 'wow' factor.
I must say it is nice to know that some people think my novel, Forgotten Memories, stands out from the 'Twilight' cliche.
Here is one of the reviews I received:
What a read!, January 28, 2012

This review is from: Forgotten Memories (A Saving Angels Novel) (Kindle Edition)
I'm not much of a reader, so when I read the plot for this book, I felt as if it was going to be all too similar to a certain story including vampires. As I started reading, the book took me to a place as though I were watching the protagonist in person! Such a sweet love story, with the wonderfully awesome addition of adult themes and action scenes. I didn't keep my (figurative) nose out of it until I reached the end. So excited to read more! Keep up the great work! "

Needless to say, that made me feel good. I'm pretty sure that would make any author feel damn good. I guess my point is, don't judge a book from it's cover or it's genre. Judge a book from what's inside. Does it take you into another world? Do you feel like it is happening to you or right in front of you?

On a bright note, the first day my novel was in paperback I sold over 10 copies in only a few hours. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.

Friday, January 27, 2012

YA Novels vs. Adult Novels

I will admit that I am an adult that loves to read YA novels, like many other adults out there. I love the story lines they have and the way they read. I love adult novels because it doesn't make me feel like a pedophile for crushing on the character (which we all love to do)  and they have more realistic reactions, in my opinion anyway. Think about it, if something horrible is happening are you going to say "Oh fudge sickle," or are you going to yell, "Oh Shit." Yup, I said it. I said the word Shit.

Anyway, what I'm trying to get at is I want more adult novels that feel like I'm reading a Young Adult novel. I want those amazing feelings when someone first falls for another character (lets face it, the majority of women love the feelings we get when we're first with someone) and the more entertaining stories. There are a few Adult Authors that I can think of that have novels that read like that but I want to find more.

This is something I aim to do with my novels.

Monday, January 23, 2012

So many ideas...but not enough time.

Just like most novelists, I have about a dozen ideas running through my head on Novels I could write and I will never have enough time in my life to make every idea I have (or will have) come to life in a book. Some things that make it a little crazier is when people start pitching ideas at you to write about. It always happens. The conversations go something like this:
"Oh, so you write books?"
"Yeah, I have a couple I'm working on."
"You should write about (insert word/s here). I have an awesome idea for it..(insert their idea here)"

Now, I'm not saying that I despise it when that happens but trust me when I say we, as Authors, have several different ideas in our head already. We would love to be able to turn them all into Novels but it most likely wont' happen. While the idea that gets pitched to you may seem interesting, sometimes it just may not be 'your thing'.

I'm working on one Novel in particular right now, although I started two more. Sometimes I feel like I need my husband or my friend, Steph, standing behind me saying, "Get writing. Get off the Internet."
Anyway, my point is...we all have several ideas we'd like to write down and will get several more as the days pass by but there will never be enough time in our lives to write every single one of them.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Crazy Days

The days have been crazy these past few months. Even more so, this past month. I'm hoping 2012 will be 'the year' for myself and my family.
My friend Stephanie convinced me to send out my short story to several publishers who were accepting submissions for Anthologies, I'm glad she did. I had a story accepted and it will be published in 2012. That is amazing news for me.
Now for my family...
My brother Jake is getting a once in a lifetime opportunity in 2012 as well. His band will be preforming at the House of Blues for some major record labels. In light of this news, I told him I want a new house.
So, it seems as though 2012 is going to be a good year. I'm hoping my Husband gets some good news this year as well. Another promotion couldn't hurt.
The cold weather has finally hit and I have been bundled up in front of my (fake) fireplace where I've been busy writing more novels. I'll admit that I have been reading a lot more too. My dear Husband bought me a kindle for Christmas and I have put it to good use. Which is kind of ironic, I went from refusing to buy one because I prefer a real book to loving my kindle. You can't blame a girl who lives an hour away from the closest Book Store and can't manage to find time to get out of the house without one of her children. I like to spend hours looking at books in there, not chasing my kids.
All in all this is bound to be a great year and I will post updates about my short story being published the closer it gets and I suppose I could mention if my brother's band gets a record deal.