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Friday, October 17, 2014

SOULLESS Blog Tour by Crystal Collier

Hello everyone! I'm doing the happy dance to celebrate that you're all here, because

I'm thrilled to be part of this AWESOME Soulless Book Tour, and so here it is......



The Soulless are coming.

Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

The First Chapter of SOULLESS
(Read by Crystal Collier)

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Author Bio: 

Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. 

You can find her on her BlogFacebookGoodreads, or follow her on Twitter.



Title: SOULLESS
Author: Crystal Collier
Publisher: Raybourne Publishing
Series: Maiden of Time, #2
Publication: October 13th, 2014
Category: Young Adult (YA)
Genre: Paranormal Historical


Tag Line: The Soulless are coming

Log Line: When Alexia's wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she's forced to unleash her true power and risk losing everything.

Short description:
Alexia manipulated time to save the man of her dreams, and lost her best friend to red-eyed wraiths. Still grieving, she struggles to reconcile her loss with what was gained: her impending marriage. But when her wedding is destroyed by the Soulless—who then steal the only protection her people have—she’s forced to unleash her true power.

And risk losing everything.

PREORDER LINK: http://www.amazon.com/Soulless-Maiden-Time-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00N636ITK/ 

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Praise for SOULLESS: 


What people are saying about this series: 
"With a completely unique plot that keeps you guessing and interested, it brings you close to the characters, sympathizing with them and understanding their trials and tribulations." --SC, Amazon reviewer

"It's clean, classy and supernaturally packed with suspense, longing, intrigue and magic." --Jill Jennings, TX

"SWOON." --Sherlyn, Mermaid with a Book Reviewer
Author Bio: Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.
Author Tag Line:  Unleashing the dream world, one book at a time 

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Sketchbook in Franklin Square Philadelphia


Monday, August 4, 2014

Nata Romeo Author and Illustrator: Not-So-Accidental Blog Tourist Hop

Nata Romeo Author and Illustrator: Not-So-Accidental Blog Tourist Hop: W elcome everyone to this fantastic tour of blogs by amazingly talented authors, artists, musicians, and more.  I was invited by Crystal ...

Not-So-Accidental Blog Tourist Hop

Welcome everyone to this fantastic tour of blogs by amazingly talented authors, artists, musicians, and more. 
I was invited by Crystal Collier:



 

 
Crystal Collier is a young adult author who pens dark fantasy, historical, and romance hybrids. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. 
You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.


 


Unleashing the dream world, one book at a time









And now for my part of this wonderful tour:

1.What am I currently working on?
I am currently working on several projects simultaneously. I get bored rather quickly! These projects include: revising a children's book (titled Moon Trees), writing my first draft for a YA Paranormal (no title as of yet), and illustrating two final spreads to submit to an agent at the end of the SCBWI-Carolinas Picture Book Dummy Challenge hosted annually by SCBWI.
 


2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I believe my artwork style is different and unique than other artists. I enjoy experimenting with different mediums, but my passion is the intricate style of pen and ink. I just released my first children's book titled Alphabet Wildlife A to Z using this style of art. I've been told that my style of illustrations are unique (that's what I'm aiming for!).
Hopefully, one day (if I ever finish my first draft!) my writing will be unique and go hand in hand with my art.


3. Why do I write/create what I do?
As an obsessively creative person, I feel writing and illustrating is as important as the air I breathe. I constantly read and listen to audio books of genres that I would like to write, and this inspires me to conjure a world that exists within the walls of my head. My personality is more laid back, I listen and soak in everything around me. For me silence translates into written words and art.  Oh, and I must not forget the music! I paint to whatever pops up on my Pandora...if the song is bad and I've used up my skips for the hour then the illustration will be just as bad! So, yes, good music equals to good art. 



4. How does your writing/creating process work? 
 First, comes the idea/inspiration, then lots and lots of paper! sorry trees! In my backpack I carry a composition book, pen, pencil, eraser and a sketchbook. Inspiration can pop up  at anytime! driving, sipping coffee (tons of coffee), or sleeping-dreaming (I really should keep a notepad near my bed, but always forget. For my watercolor illustration process, I secure the paper (I use cold-pressed watercolor paper because it has a slightly textured surface, somewhere in between rough and hot-pressed paper) onto a hard surface so that it won't buckle when soaking with water. My watercolor process is fairly loose, colors are allowed to bleed into one another (mingle...lol). Once dry, I add pen and ink to add depth, and most of time crazy amounts of cross hatching and lots and lots of doodling. The loose style rendered for the book cover of Alphabet Wildlife A to Z (was illustrated with my non-dominant hand...because earlier this year I fractured my dominant wrist, then to make matters worse a month later ruptured thumb tendon (not fun!) and while in a splint (lot's of pain!) I discovered that I'm ambidextrous!). The animal drawings for each letter were illustrated before the nightmare and rendered solely with pens. (lefty and righty have their own distinct styles! eh?). 


Now I’m going to pass the blog hop torch to two more artists – who will participate next Monday, August 11th. 


Catherine Johnson


Catherine Johnson is a British Ex-pat living in Canada with her family. She writes poetry for kids and is enjoying dabbling in drawing and painting. She has two poetry books for children Weirdo Zoo and The Everglades available on Amazon and Catherine enjoys blogging about poetry at http://catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com







 Bobbie Dacus


Bobbie Dacus is the illustrator of Saving Emma  which is the charming historical fictional tale set in Alexandria, VA in the 1700’s.  Designing and illustrating fashion comic books for teenage girls was Bobbie's favorite pastime at age 12. Her love of drawing led her to study graphic design at University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi University for Women and she received her BFA at Arizona State University. Bobbie has worked in the field of Visual Merchandising utilizing her creativity in window display and winning numerous awards. She also worked in advertising corporate graphic design, freelance design, medical graphics and art instruction. It was after Bobbie's children, were born that she was drawn to children's book illustration. With bright colors dominating her palette, she creates her illustrations in acrylics, oil pastels, oil alkyds and frequently combines digital painting with traditional. 
                                                Blog:http://artsyteapot.blogspot.com/


Theresa Milstein writes MG and YA, and is a member of SCBWI and a volunteer for the New England chapter. Her short pieces are included in small journals and anthologies. She works part time as a Publishing Editor’s Assistant at Vine Leaves Literary Journal. Her day job is spent as an aide in the Belmont Public School system, which gives her ample opportunity to observe tweens and teens in their natural habitat.   


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alphabet Wildlife A to Z book is stepping up!!



Alphabet Wildlife A to Z book is stepping up!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Alphabet Wildlife A to Z made the #1 on Amazon!



My book made #1 on Amazon in the Individual Artist category!  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

annsawriter: Welcome Nata Romeo and her début picture book, Alp...

annsawriter: Welcome Nata Romeo and her début picture book, Alp...: Today I'm welcoming author, illustrator, blogger, and freelance writer, Nata Romeo. Nata is talking about her début picture book...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Nata Romeo Author and Illustrator: Sign up to be part of the "Alphabet Wildlife A to ...

Nata Romeo Author and Illustrator: Sign up to be part of the "Alphabet Wildlife A to ...: Sign up to be part of the " Alphabet Wildlife A to Z "   Virtual Book Tour    To pay tribute to my first release, I'm c...

Sign up to be part of the "Alphabet Wildlife A to Z" Virtual Book Tour

Sign up to be part of the "Alphabet Wildlife A to Z"  

Virtual Book Tour 

 

 

To pay tribute to my first release, I'm creating a Virtual Book Blog Tour to spread the news!

I'll be touring the virtual world from July 11th to August 31,  2014, to promote the release of my new book "Alphabet Wildlife A to Z" where I'll be hosted for author interviews, author guest posts, reviews, and a rafflecopter giveaway. 

Please let me know if you're interested in hosting me.

Thank you!


Want to join in the fun and help me spread the word about my book? " target="_blank">email

My new book "Alphabet Wildlife A to Z" will be released this July and to celebrate I'll be doing a virtual book tour for the whole month. I'm available for book spotlights, reviews, interviews, and guest posts.... and pretty much anything else you can think of - See more at: http://www.nataromeo.com/virtual-book-blog-tour.html

Want to host me on your blog? Let me know in the comment section below, and I'll email you an easy ready to copy and paste media kit that you can put directly into your blog post.


I thank you in advance and hope you will help me with my first book release!



I'll also be including live social media chats via Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ hangouts. I'm also available for radio interviews and podcasts.

To make things even more fun I'll be including some rafflecopter giveaways too. 
- Giveawayt: https://www.facebook.com/NataRomeoAuthor/app_228910107186452

How to be Twittertastic (Writers & Authors Guide to Social Media BOOK 1)





How to be Twittertastic
(Writers & Authors Guide to Social Media BOOK 1)

By Jo Linsdell

About the book:

Are you ready to be Twittertastic?

Twitter is the most immediate of all social media and allows you to connect with readers and others from the literary industry from all over the world. The fastest growing network with a 44% growth from 2012-2013 Twitter now boosts 255 million monthly active users.

How to be Twittertastic teaches you what Twitter is and how to use it to build your author brand, connect with readers, and sell more books.

Learn strategies and tips that will help you leverage your Twitter presence and get the most out of your tweets.

What's covered:
  • How to set up your profile and personalise it
  • Creating your network
  • Ideas for making the most out of the new features
  • Tweets- Types of content you can share
  • Retweets, hashtags, and other Twitter terminology made simple
  • Twitter etiquette- Dos and Don'ts of the Twitterverse
  • Time savers

and more...

How to be Twittertastic is the first book in the Writers and Authors Guide to Social Media series.

Release date: 1st July 2014

Product Details: Kindle

File Size: 2191 KB
Print Length: 94 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
ASIN: B00LFFRYEE

Purchasing links:

Author bio:

Jo Linsdell is  a best selling author and illustrator and internationally recognized marketing expert. She is also the founder and organizer of the annual online event "Promo Day" (www.PromoDay.info) and the Writers and Authors blog (http://WritersAndAuthors.blogspot.com). To find out more about Jo and her projects visit her website www.JoLinsdell.com.

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Author Interview

Questions about the book 

What is your book about?
How to be Twittertastic is a writers and authors guide to the social media site Twitter. It covers a bit of everything from how to set up your account and personalise your profile to third party apps and getting the most leverage out of your tweets. It's also packed full of useful resources to help you make the most out of time and marketing efforts.

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the book?
I got the idea for the Writers & Authors Guide to Social Media series a while ago but as I was working on illustrating some children's picture books for clients and was also busy publishing a children's picture story book of my own (The Box) and so I didn't have time to develop the idea right away.
A couple of months ago I decided that Twitter would be the topic of the first book in the series as it's the site I use that gains the best results. As soon as I had some free time I started brainstorming and plotting out a rough table of contents. It didn't take me long to know what I wanted to write.

What inspired you to write this particular book?
I'm a real social media junky and often get asked by other authors for tips on how to market their books online and build their author brand. When you have a passion that also happens to be in high demand it makes it easy to get inspired.
This whole series is designed around the idea of making social media easy for authors to understand and to supply them with information and tips to help them get the most out of their time and efforts.
Social media is used by billions of people worldwide on a daily basis. Our audience is online and can be reached free of charge without us even having to leave our homes. Authors need to be taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with their readers and build their fan base. A lot of authors aren't using it because they don't know where to start. Others are using it but not making the most of it. I hope this series will help them build their online presence and give them some ideas for what and how to post.
How long did it take you to write your book?
A couple of weeks. The book is a quick read. I didn't want to keep repeating the same things over and over (I've seen others do that to bulk out a book and found it very annoying) and to be honest, there is only so much you can write about Twitter. The site is designed around the idea of clutter free, to the point, content. I wanted the book to be the same. 

Did you do any research for the book? If so, how did you do it? (searching Internet, magazines, other books, etc.)
I researched online using Twitter search to find examples to use in the book, and Google to find statistics, etc... As social media is one of my hobbies as well as a tool I use daily for marketing, I was already quite up to date on most of the details. I've also done several webinars on the topic and so already had a lot of notes to work from.

Who designed the cover?
I designed and made it myself using Adobe Illustrator. 

Where is the book available to purchase?
How to be Twittertastic is currently available in kindle format on all Amazon sites and will be out in print later this month.

General writing related questions
What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
I'm a mum of two and so I have to grab time to write when I can. I don't have a fixed schedule as such. I normally try to get some writing done in the morning and then again in the evening once the kids are in bed asleep. As for word count, I tend to ignore the actual number of words written and concentrate more on finishing a segment of the book instead.

Sum up in one word how you feel when  you write.
Happy.

What genres do you write?
My main genres are children's picture books and non-fiction marketing guides for authors. I've also written poetry and have several novels of various types that I'm working on. I don't like to limit myself and love experimenting with new projects to see where they take me.

Do you have a saying or motto for your life/or as a writer?
Yes. "Don't just dream it, do it." I apply it to every aspect of my life and my writing. 

Where can people find out more about you and your work?
At my website www.JoLinsdell.com

If you weren't a writer, what would you be?
Definitely something creative. As I'm also an illustrator I'd have to say I'd probably dedicate even more time to doing that. 

Questions about reading
What do you like to read?
I have quite varied tastes and will read most genres. My favourites are crime and mysteries, easy read chick-lit, and non-fiction books about marketing (I'm always on the look out for new inspiration ;)).

What was the first book to have a big impact on you?
The Diary of Anne Frank. I read it in school, and several times since. She was such an inspiring person and the book is so powerful. It really gets under your skin. 

Name a few of your favourite books
This is a tough question to answer as there are so many. Some that spring to mind are Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt, the shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, and pretty much anything by Dean Koontz. 

Random get to know the author questions
What was your first job?
My first job was working as a Saturday girl in a small hairdressers when I was about 13. I had to wash clients hair, sweep the floors, tidy the stock room, and get everyone coffee. I didn't stay there very long but I learnt a lot whilst I was there and will always remember it as my first job.

What's your favourite colour?
My favourite colour has always been blue. I love every shade of blue, from the pale pastels to deep navy. It's calm and peaceful but can also be full of energy.

What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
Probably when I left England to go to Rome back in 2001. Two weeks prior I'd opened an atlas, closed my eyes, and pointed at the map. It was on Italy. The next day I quit my job and booked my one way flight ticket to Rome. I'd only planned on staying for 3 days initially but I'm still here and with no plans on leaving anytime soon (that however is another story). I remember when I was on the plan having an overwhelming feeling of "am I brave or just plain stupid". I was completely on my own, didn't know of word of Italian, and had no real plan of action for when I arrived. All I had was my backpack. It was both the best and scariest thing I think I've ever done.

Questions submitted by fans

Asked by Skye Hedges
You're always coming up with new ideas. In November last year, you even did a challenge where you came up with 30 storybook ideas in 30 days. (I can't remember the name of the challenge itself.) How do you decide which ideas make it past idea form and into reality?

The challenge you're referring to was PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) which is one of my favourite creative challenges. I've done it for two years now and each time have listed more than 30 ideas during the challenge.

I never seem to have trouble coming up with new ideas. My main problem is finding the time to develop them all. There just isn't enough hours in the day. A lot of the things that I add to my ideas list never become more than that though. Some because they're not good enough, others because I simply don't have enough time to do them all.

I tend to know when I've got a "special" idea the moment it hits me. I just know I have to write the book. From the second inspiration hits my brain goes into overdrive. Ten minutes later I can already see a rough cover design in my mind and I start jotting down notes on what I want to include. If an idea doesn't give me that bubbly excited feeling it stays on the list. If it does, I know I'm on to a winner.

Asked by Susie Caron
Have you ever ridden a horse or another large animal? If so what was your experience?

Yes I have. I've been horse riding several times over the years. I remember one time at the beach going for a hide over the sand dunes. It was great fun and definitely an experience I'd happily repeat in the future.