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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Elizabeth Arroyo Talks about The Second Sign

Today I'm talking with Elizabeth Arroyo, the author of The Second Sign, a dark YA paranormal romance:

Tell us about your main characters:
Gabby is a strong, stubborn teen with a knack of saying what comes to mind and getting into trouble.
Jake is her opposite. He's happy-go-lucky and always on the lookout for his next adrenaline rush.
How do they change? 
Gabby learns to trust her feelings and the consequences of her actions.
Jake learns his true nature.
Give us a favorite line from your protagonist:
"Yeah, um, it didn't really dawn on me that I was saving your life." Yeah, that went well. "I mean, yeah, I woulda, but..." Jumping off the cliff seemed easier than this.
From an antagonist:
"There is no peace for the wicked."
An emblematic, teaser paragraph:
He gave her a sideways glance. If he knew what she thought, his face revealed nothing and his eyes even less. She didn't care. She'd never known a mother or a father. Max was all she had, and he too was slipping from her. She looked away from Mir and turned her gaze to her hands. Naite's warning settled in her stomach. Max had betrayed her. Their bond broken. What she wouldn't give to have someone love her. Her soul?
What keeps you going when your inspiration flags?
Reading a good book puts things in perspective for me.
What truly inspires you and fires up your vision?
It's weird, but being in the staring out to space mode fires up my creativity side. Daydreaming and/or sometimes night dreams invade my thoughts and I start writing scene by scene. Strangely enough, oftentimes, the different images connect into a larger story. So weird, I know.
Best words of advice you ever received?
Keep writing. Simple and to the point.
Expect the worst and hope for the best. Yes, I used to say those words and try to psych myself that it wouldn't hurt, but you can't prepare for the sting of rejection. Expecting the worst is useless except to throw out negativity. What kept me going from submission to submission is the possibility of acceptance. I imagined it. Felt it. And it felt really good. That feeling kept me going.
Can you offer some writing advice?
Writing for yourself and writing for a larger audience are two very different things. Learn as much as you can about the craft. Some folks can put pen to paper and there's magic. Those are the lucky ones. The rest of us have to work at it.
Which do you enjoy writing most: action, romance, setting, dialog?
Action. I love movement in scenes, and heightening my character's emotional stress levels.
A hint of what you’re working on next?
I am working on the sequel! Yay!!
Where can readers find you on the web? My website, my blog, on Facebook, on Twitter.
Where readers can buy The Second Sign: on kindle, Amazon paperback, B&N

Dark YA Paranormal Romance from Sapphire Star Publishing

Bred to believe in the war between angels and demons, Gabby has come to the conclusion that love is responsible for war, jealousy, and all the other deadly sins she can think of. So when she’s exiled to the middle of nowhere for getting kicked out of her fifth school for fighting, she doesn’t expect to meet Jake. Much less fall in love.
When a demon guardian comes to collect her soul, she refuses to give it up. She’s not a demon. She can’t be. Her father and twin brother are angels. The demon gives Gabby twenty-four hours to decide her allegiance, and then starts killing her short list of friends, leaving a message behind: She is the Second Sign.

As Gabby and Jake begin to unravel the mystery behind the Second Sign, she learns Jake may be the key to saving her soul. But it means a sacrifice has to be made that will change their lives forever.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Cover for Alex J. Cavanaugh's CassaStorm!!!

Blogger and sci-fi writer extraordinaire, Alex J. Cavanaugh is at it again, ready to release another in his epic sci-fi, space opera series. I am happy to take part in his cover reveal celebration.
Check it out! What do you think? Pretty space-cool, right? Below is a blurb and info on its release date. Check out Alex's blog and follow, if you're not already! He's one of the most generous, community-minded bloggers around. Oh, and a ninja warrior to boot!

Info on Cassa Storm:

Byron thought he’d put the days of battle behind him. Commanding the Cassan base on Tgren, his only struggles are occasional rogue pirate raids and endless government bureaucracies. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet, Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the Tgrens and the Cassans.
After enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races triggers nightmares in his son, shaking Bassan to the core and threatening to destroy the boy’s mind.

Meanwhile the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could be on its way back. As his world begins to crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break, and Byron is caught in the middle…
Release date: September 17, 2013
Science Fiction - Space Opera/Adventure
Print ISBN 9781939844002
E-book ISBN 9781939844019

Monday, February 11, 2013

Pictures from a Perfect Snowfall

Peter Stuyvesant, inspector general
of New Netherlands, which, when the British
took over, became New York!
How do you like his pirate-y peg-leg?!
Everyone knows that the east coast got a blast of snow over the weekend. I'm here to tell you that New York City was no exception. We were terribly worried, having only partially recovered from Hurricane Sandy. I had visions of power outages, hovering under cold quilts and playing cards by candlelight. But the snow was beautiful and we were safe and warm.

I walked in a nearby park and took pix to show you. Did you get work done while the storm raged? I did a respectable word count every day. Here's looking to spring but still not putting away those boots!

What's your fave winter writing space? (Mine's a small front room with a good street view) Fave winter food to munch on while writing? (Mine's tamari almonds) Fave writing outfit? (Mine's jeans, a ski sweater and slippers).

Stuyvesant Park