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Monday, July 30, 2012

I'm Over at the Alley!







Hey friends!

First off, let me give you an official welcome to the new blog!  Tis' now an author blog as you can see!!! Squee!  Not much of my blogs content will change right away.  The title and look has just changed for now and I will still do a few reviews here and there, but soon those will be discontinuing and I will be recommending books instead, which is why I have titled the review tab "20-Something Reads" :D  More on that and more changes later though friends!  

To get a blog design like this and at a really reasonable price check out Sheila!  She's so stellar peeps and she is so reasonably priced.  She did my last design, too.  Thanks, Sheila ;D (Click on the pick for more info!

Blog Designs by Sheila

So I'm officially back from Cali and RWA Nationals 2012!!! I learned a lot and got some awesome info about the future for new adult fiction! Tune in Wednesday for a special VLOG (yep, I'm at it again ;D) details post and tune in Friday for a bonus surprise giveaway post!!!

For now, I'm over at NA Alley today talking about the importance of Goodreads.com for new adult fiction and how YOU as a reader can advance the category.  So head over friends! See you Wednesday!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Off to RWA 2012 Peeps!!!!




Hey friends!  

Happy Monday to you!  I wanted to drop by and do a final post before I head off to RWA Nationals 2012 woohoo!

This is my first time to California and I'm super excited about it :)  I won't be blogging the rest of the week, so the next time you see me will be next Monday.

I'm going to do a post about my experience with Nationals just like I did at Chicago North Spring Fling RWA Conference back in May, so look out for the it.

I'm also going to be officially meeting my critique partner Jaycee Delorenzo!!!  Super excited about that, so there will be lots of pictures.

A few reminders.  Don't forget to enter my giveaway for a chance to win up to 10 indie reads.  For every 50 Facebook "likes" I get on my FB author page I'm throwing in another book.  The giveaway ends 8/6/12, so you still have a little bit of time. 

We are only two "likes" away from hitting two books.  So head over now!





The Crimson Hunt Updates!!!

I just handed my pre-edits to my editor and things are looking good.  We might just see a October release for the book... Squee!!!

If you're a blogger or book blogger and you want an ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of the book just fill out the form here.  Also, if you want to be a part of the cover reveal that's happening in a few weeks, fill out the form as well or email me at victoria (dot) smith775 (at) gmail (dot) com

You can add The Crimson Hunt to your TBR pile on Goodreads here.



I think that's it!  Wish me luck at RWA and have a good week :D

Monday, July 16, 2012

Polyvore.com: My Newest Writer's Tool / Obsession


POLYVORE.COM

Happy Monday peeps!  I'm blogging today to share my latest obsession.  Most obsessions can be bad, but for a writer this one is stellar!!!

I've heard about polyvore.com before.  I was aware that you could create outfits and I just hadn't made it to the site yet to tinker...well Saturday night I did.  I started at 9:00pm...I WAS THERE UNTIL 4:00am!

You can create entire wardrobes for your characters and not only that, but storyboards, too!!!! As in scenes in your book if you fancy.  Well, let me tell you I had too much fun.  I'll share a few of my favorite wardrobe boards.

Ariel Richmond

My heroine's outfit when she first meets her hero!


Ariel is a total hipster and here's the proof above :D  Up next...


Ariel's party outfit!



As you can see, you can also add makeup and more accessories.  For any gal that loved paper dolls growing up, you can see my fascination with this!!!  It's stellar.  Up next...


Piper Lovelace

Ariel's Bestie


Piper is a little bit rockstar, a little bit supermodel, and a little bit Japanese anime.  Too fun!



So those were examples of outfit creation.  I had one more I tinkered with and it was too fun.  Storyboards!!!! 

Ariel and Luca Love <3

A Tribute to Ariel and Luca from The Crimson Hunt


As you can see, you can add text!  I put lines from The Crimson Hunt and added some themes from the book.  Super fun!!!



There you have it writers, an excellent tool to get those characters clothes out of your head and on screen and readers use this to just have some fun or coordinate your own outfits or storyboards!!!


Happy creating, peeps!!!



One more thing! The cover for The Crimson Hunt comes out in a few short weeks!!! Watch the blog for updates and if you're a book blogger or just want to help me out ;) email me to participate in the reveal!

My email - victoria (dot) smith775 (at) gmail (dot) com






Add The Crimson Hunt to your Goodreads TBR pile today!!! + Enter in my indie giveaway!!!!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Empty Net by Toni Aleo - Cover Reveal!

Hey friends!  

Today, I have a cover reveal for you!  I've read both Taking Shots and Trying to Score by Toni Aleo, so I jumped at the chance to reveal the new cover for her newest book in the Assasins' Series, Empty Net!  Without further ado, here we go!

(Oh, and by the way, the cover was created my critique partner Jaycee Delorenzo ;D)

Empty Net (Assassins #3) 
by Toni Aleo

Expected release date: September 11, 2012 self published.

Synopsis:

Definition of an Empty Net: When a team pulls the goalie for an extra attacker, desperately seeking a goal.

Audrey Parker was in a horrible place.

She hated her job, her sister was getting married and moving out, but worst of all, she was in love with a total jerk. No matter what she did, every guy she met hurt her. All she wanted was her happily ever after. Her Prince Charming. Her Lucas Brooks! She didn’t know how to change her life but she knew she needed too.

Feeling like she was about to hit rock bottom, Audrey wakes up next to Tate Odder.

Tate Odder had lost everything.

After being brought up from the Assassins’ farm team, the Florida Rays to the Nashville Assassins, Tate hopes he’ll forget everything he has lost. He doesn’t. Each day gets harder to live in a place he doesn’t know. Even being the first rookie goalie to shut out an opposing team three times during the Lord Stanly Cup Finals, he still felt empty. With the loss of his parents and sister still heavy on his heart, Tate isn’t sure how to live like everything is okay.

But when he wakes up beside Audrey Parker, things start to change. She turns his life upside down with her kooky sense of humor and her bright clothing. She is intelligent and beautiful, and for once, he doesn’t feel empty.

Will Audrey be the person to fill the holes in Tate’s heart, making him whole again?

Or will another player ruin everything, leaving him feeling forever like an empty net?



About the Author:

"I am a wife, mother, and hopeless romantic.

I have been told I have anger issues, but I think it’s cause of my intense love for hockey!

I am the biggest Shea Weber fan ever, and can be found during hockey season with my nose pressed against the Bridgestone Arena’s glass, watching my Nashville Predators play!

When my nose isn’t pressed against the glass, I enjoy going to my husband and son’s hockey games, my daughters dance competition, hanging with my best friends, taking pictures, and reading the latest romance novel.

I love things that sparkle, I love the color pink, and did I mention I love hockey?" ~ Toni Aleo


Website | Facebook | Twitter: tonilovesweber6 | Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5255580.Toni_Aleo)

Get the first two books in the series, Taking Shots and Trying to Score!

Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Empty Net GR (http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14761088-empty-net)

The Assassin Series GR (http://www.goodreads.com/series/69874-assassins)


Reminder:
Win up to 10 indie reads - Beautiful Disaster, Flat Out Love, Slammed + More!


Friday, July 6, 2012

The "Hunt" for 50 Facebook Likes!


So I made a little announcement a few weeks ago about being PUBLISHED!, and now there's so many things to do to get my new adult science fiction romance, THE CRIMSON HUNT, ready for publication.  I have to edit the book, discuss cover art, and...

Give out Swag!

That's right, peeps!  Another giveaway has made its appearance.  See, I have this problem.  I created an author page, but all you cool peeps are following my Twenty Something Fiction Writer page.  Well, to ease into the transition from writer to author, I'm throwing a giveaway!

I will give away an indie book (because I just love New Adult indies) when I get 50 likes on my author page...

That's not all!

I will giveaway another book when I get 100 likes...

Still not all!

I will giveaway yet another when I hit 150 likes...

Are you seeing a trend here?

For every 50 Facebook "likes" another book will be thrown into the mix.  I will stop giving out new ones at the 500 "like" mark.  So what does that mean???  Awesomeness for you!  Indie books are CHEAP my friends.  So much so, that it should be illegal because these books are stellar!  Here is the kitty that's up for grabs:



One person will get to pick from this trove of New Adult goodies.  You will get a book for every 50 "likes" of my author page.  The giveaway ends in 30 days!  So you don't have long, but if you work really hard at spreading the word, you could end up with a whole trunk (well not a trunk), but a crapload of awesome reads! 

Help me support these indie authors and help me get some "likes," my friends.  The only requirement to enter is to "like" my Facebook author page.  Everything else is extra entries.  Winner will receive Amazon Kindle eBook copies.

Have fun peeps!  Giveaway ends 8/6/12.

Oh, and if you do "like" my page, I promise you'll love it.  I'm pretty fun ;D

Hearts my followers :D



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Monday, July 2, 2012

Moonlight Mayhem Blog Tour


Otherworldly Creatures. Dazzling Magic. Fiery Romance.

Shiloh Ravenwolf thought she was getting used to the strange events in Whispering Pines, until the full moon brings another surge of supernatural threats to her coastal town. Ferocious wolves, deadly necromancers, and shambling zombies have descended upon the neighborhood, so Shiloh needs to gain control of her magical abilities—fast!
It sucks that she has a crippling fear of the dark, which for a demon hunter can be an epic problem.
When her classmates are attacked by a mysterious creature and her father is murdered, Shiloh vows vengeance. Forcing her phobias aside, she forms an unlikely coven of supernaturally gifted teens to help her eradicate this menace. Except that's not all Shiloh has to worry about. She’s battling a different monster within herself and struggling not to become the very thing she fights: evil.
But with demon blood inside her—anything can happen…




Hey, All!  I'm an official stop of the Sherry Soule blog tour for her new book Moonlight Mayhem! Check out the trailer and visit Sherry's links for more info about her and her book :D





About the Author:

Sherry Soule is a writer blessed with a vivid imagination and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She loves writing supernatural tales with kickass heroines for teens and adults. Sherry has a morbid fascination with haunted houses. She adores cats. Loves to watch scary movies. And she's a total bookaholic. Aside from writing, she enjoys reading poetry, online shopping, digging through flea markets, and exploring old cemeteries and Victorian mansions.





 

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