Boo! It’s the Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop

3040765_origTo celebrate Halloween, I joined the Trick-or-Treat Halloween Book Blog Hop hosted by Patricia Lynne.

My book, The Undead: Playing for Keeps, is currently on sale at Amazon for 99 cents to celebrate Halloween in a Spooktacular sale by my publisher, Curiosity Quills. Click the link to grab your copy!

Or if you’d like a chance to win a free ebook of The Undead: Playing for Keeps, please leave a comment about your favorite book as your trick-or-treat. I’ll draw winners names… randomly throughout the day and send a few winners an ebook.

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The Undead Synopsis:

When an undead woman with serious de-comp issues stalks sixteen-year-old Lyla Grimm, her hope of rescuing her rock-bottom reputation takes a back seat. Especially once Lyla’s new talent of resurrecting the dead draws the attention of Eric, a Grim Reaper with a guitar and a chip on his shoulder.

While Lyla navigates the gossip-ridden halls, Eric works to gain her trust and discover why Death’s clients aren’t staying down. If she passes on her gift, his death-messenger destiny might be altered. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are way easier to deal with than the living.

Gossip explodes, the Grimm family implodes, and desperation sets in. Death wants the gift and a soul. Lyla and Eric face hard choices with hidden consequences. Sometimes life’s choices aren’t really choices at all.

If you take advantage of the 99 cent price at Amazon and buy my ebook (or a paperback), email me proof of purchase, I’ll pick a few winners and send you a bookmark for The Undead. My email address is elsieelmorewriter (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Happy Halloween!

Please stop by the blogs of the other authors participating in the Trick-or-Treat Book Blog Hop and score more free books for Halloween.

 

Introduce Your Main Character Blog Tour

The stars must have been in perfect alignment because both A. R. Rivera and Taylor Grace invited me to join the Introduce Your Main Character Blog Hop. I was flattered to be asked and delighted to join the fun. Please check out their posts to find out about A.R. Rivera’s main character named  Grace and Taylor Grace’s main character named Klias.

At the bottom of the post, I’ve listed the bloggers who will be up next.

 

Photo Credit : Flickr by gnuckx

Photo Credit : Flickr by gnuckx

1. What is the name of your main character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Eric is a fictional character who shares the spotlight with the lovely Lyla Grimm.

2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in contemporary times in a small town named Martin.
 
3. What should we know about him?
Eric’s favorite indulgences are his red ’69 Mustang and an electric guitar with a basswood body. And being selfish is his biggest flaw, which coincidentally, cost him his freedom.
 
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
He’s been given a second chance, but he’s trapped. His newest assignment challenges him because while he’s searching for the route to success, his true second chance appears.
 
5. What is his personal goal?
He wants his freedom. He’s even willing to manipulate a situation to get what he wants.
 
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The novel The Undead: Playing for Keeps will be published by Curiosity Quills. You can find more info on Goodreads or by checking this page. The cover reveal is set for July 23rd.
 
7. When can we expect the books to be published?
The release date for The Undead : Playing for Keeps is set for September 3rd. Check back on release day for a more in-depth interview with Eric.
As part of the Introduce your Main Character Blog Hop, I was asked to invite a few other bloggers to join the fun. I chose three talented authors. All three have a book that was released within the past few months and thought they would be great people to talk about their Main Character. And here they are:
Skye Malone :  Skye and I recently met thanks to one of my CP’s, Abby Reed. This talented author just released a fantasy tale called Awaken. When you visit her blog, look around for her other works.
T.A. Brock : I met T.A. through twitter and a previous blog hop about writing processes. With a sense of humor and a love of chocolate, she’s great fun to follow. Her book Fatal was released in March.
Sharon Bayliss:  In addition to being a great writer, Sharon’s a rock star when it comes to helping other writers. She recently hosted the Best Bad Query Contest and Author Support Blog Hop . She also recently released Destruction, a series you do not want to miss.

Sharing The Writing Process

The charming and talented Abby J. Reed asked me to join the Writing Process blog hop. And I’m glad I agreed.

Writing is an individual endeavor. I often forget that other writers might face similar challenges, experience the same satisfactions, and perhaps edit the same chapter fourteen times too. The Writing Process blog hop offered me a peek at the inner workings of other writers. (And made me think about my own.)

1) What are you working on?

I have two WIP’s right now. Two very different WIP’s. The first is a fairy tale retelling named Ryder and Wolfe that started as my Nano project. (A YA Fantasy with Paranormal elements.) It’s Red Riding Hood in 2014. With Red now a seventeen-year-old male named Ryder and the wolf a Mayor bent on finding donors to treat his family’s chronic condition. Finding grandma isn’t the only priority. I stepped away from this WIP while I worked on my edits (if you saw my post entitled Lost, this was the WIP I discussed)  and now I’m diving back in.

My second WIP is a YA contemporary. (I hope to keep it a contemporary. Demons may pop up at anytime.) That’s all I can share about that one. It’s not super secret, just super fragile 😉

I’m also in the editing stages of The Undead which will be published by Curiosity Quills this year. Katie Teller saw me pitching this story last year during Pitmad. Here are the two pitches I used: Corpses aren’t 16yo Lyla’s biggest problem. She can either save the brother she idolizes or the reaper she loves. YAPR     16 yo Lyla can save the reaper she’s falling for if she’s willing to sacrifice the brother she idolizes. YAPR

2) How does your work differ from others in its genre?
What an interesting question. To borrow from Forrest Gump, I feel like stories in the same genre are often like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get until you bite into one. Stories consist of the same ingredients, but the recipe of characters, conflict, pace and plot differs. That’s what  makes reading and writing so rewarding.
In The Undead, I approached the relationship between the brother and sister with a greater focus because it was my anchor. The Undead qualifies as paranormal with elements of horror, but I kept the gore along the lines of eerie and not unsettling. At least, that was my goal.
3) Why do you write what you do?
Because writing makes me happy, seriously. That seems like such a simple answer, but sometimes simple answers are the best. I write the stories that come to life in my mind and the YA genre is so rich and complicated. I love being here.
4) How does your writing process work?
Oh, heavens. I am Type A with tornado tendencies. I like things organized and planned, but my mind often operates chaotically. Creatively, I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person. When I first get an idea, I mull over it for a few days, test driving the plausibility in my mind. This is sometimes super challenging because I want to sit down and pound it out…immediately. But I’m learning to hold back and let it percolate. If I think I can run with the idea, I’ll jot down a few notes, maybe prepare a rough outline, and then take off. I use Scrivener to organize my work and my WIP stays in Scrivener until I’m ready for a real first edit. I then transfer the ms to MSWord for the remainder of the journey.
After I have a first draft, I go back and apply Dan Wells Seven Point Story Structure as a litmus test. (Backwards thinking I know, but it works for me.)
I also have awesome CP’s that exchange work with me along the way and hold me to my deadlines. (I use Text to Speech when editing and have my laptop read my story aloud.)
Thanks again to Abby Reed for inviting me to join the hop. Please look out for the following bloggers to join the hop between February 14th and February 21st.
Next week’s featured bloggers:

KisaWhipkeyKisa Whipkey is a dark fantasy author, a martial arts demo team expert, and a complete sucker for Cadbury Mini-eggs. She’s also the Editorial Director for YA/NA publisher, REUTS Publications. She developed a passion for storytelling at a young age and has pursued that love through animation, writing, video game design and demo teams until finally finding her home in editing. She believes in good storytelling, regardless of medium, and applauds anything featuring a snarky lead character, a complicated narrative structure, and brilliant/uncommon analogies. Currently, she lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest with her husband and plethora of electronics.

Her personal blog–featuring sarcastic commentary on all things storytelling–is located at www.kisawhipkey.com. Or connect with her via Twitter: @kisawhipkey. And, of course, to learn more about REUTS Publications, please visit www.reuts.com.

Kisa will be blogging about her writing process and her editor’s perspective.

jayrespic Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches young adults as a Language Arts middle school teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. Although she spent her youthful summers around Lake Michigan, she now lives in Florida with her prince charming, two children (sometimes three based on how Mr. Ayres is acting), and a basset hound. She really does have grandmothers named Olga and Gay but unlike her heroine, she’s thankfully not named after either one of them. She loves lazy pajama days, the first page of a good book, stupid funny movies, and sharing stories with fantastic people like you. Her books include the first two installments of her trilogy, 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her online via Twitter, Facebook, or at www.jamieayres.com.

self pic T.A. Brock spends her days gleefully plucking words from the chaos of life and dressing them up so they look pretty. Then she calls them stories and tries to convince people to read them. She resides in the great land of tornadoes (Oklahoma) with her husband, two children, and her beloved Kuerig machine.

You can catch her on Twitter @TA_Brock or visit her blog ta-brock.blogspot.com

 

Thanks again for stopping by. If you’d like to join the Writing Process Blog Hop to share your own story, let me know! And don’t forget to check out Kisa, Jamie, and T.A.’s blogs.

4Abby J Reed writes YA sci-fi novels that ask what if, whether set in a parallel world or in deep space. She snuck away from Wheaton College with an English and Writing Concentration degree and is one measly hour from finishing a Certificate in Christian Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary.

Abby wrestles with Chronic Migraine and is an active member of the Art Students League of Denver, where she lives with her sexy husband. If her hands aren’t on the keyboard, they are stained purple and blue with paint. Read more about Abby at Abby JReed.com