I saw many friends putting together creative posts about how their 2012 went. Well, I’m doing this real quick so it won’t be as colorful and beautiful as my friends’ posts.
So, here’s the highlight of my 2012:
– I moved back to the US—between getting new Visas, packing, coming, organizing new home, it took a LONG time. It was almost 4 months of craziness.
– I met many new writer-friends!
– I got together with my NA sisters and founded NA Alley.
– I participated on all 4 rounds of ROW80.
– I got an R&R.
– I rewrote the first half of a book (around 40k words).
– I wrote a short story (4k words).
– I wrote a novelette (13k words).
– I wrote a novel (62k words).
– I started several projects, wrote between 2k-20k in some, then gave up.
– I got a contract for a novel (then backed away from it. Still, it was an accomplishment).
– I got a contract for a novelette.
– I got a contract for a novella.
– I worked on edits for said novelette and novella.
– I released the novelette.
– And I got several compliments from editors, agents and even a famous author. I have them all saved, and I look at them when I feel discouraged.
– My brother, SIL and niece came to visit us. We went to NYC and Washington together.
– We went to see The Nutcracker by the American Ballet Theater.
– I went back to the gym after so many injures, and I’m very serious about it.
Even with some many ups and downs (of course, I decided to keep the downs away from this list =P) I say it was quite the year.
How was your 2012?
And HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I’m interrupting my blog break to share some exciting news:
After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family’s monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.
Witch’s Nocturne is the second of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, paranormal-horror-action novelettes–with a Texas twist–by author E.J. Wesley.
My fingers tapped out an excited, tuneless rhythm on the steering wheel as I drove Beauty, my licorice black 4×4 truck, across town. Maybe the sudden change in the weather and the influx of warm, November sunshine brightened the gorgeous day and my spirits in equal measure. Or maybe, God help me, I was happy to be on my way to see Marshal again. Regardless, I couldn’t recall the last time a day held so much hope, like I’d been given a cheat code for infinite possibilities.
“How’s life?” Marshal asked, foisting himself into the cab of the truck.
He placed a brown, leather satchel between his feet on the floorboard. Marshal stared at me over the top of a pair of oversized, mirrored sunglasses. Combined with the plaid shorts, flip flops and pink polo shirt with a crocodile on it, he appeared to be beach ready. Or headed to a photo shoot for a store I wouldn’t be caught dead in.
“Fast.” I grinned and revved the engine.
He gave me a worried look, rushing to buckle his seatbelt. “You can’t afford another ticket.”
“Relax, Mr. Public Safety. I was kidding. Mostly. Where we headed?”
He patted the saddlebag between his legs. “I’ve gone through everything in here fifty times and have more questions than when I started. I wanted to go to the college library, try to learn more about your grandfather’s tribe. Find some language books.” “So, we go to the library and learn about the tribe and the journal. Shouldn’t be too hard. Texas is chock full of Native American history. I imagine there’ll be lots of stuff on the Apache at a big university.”
Marshal shook his head, his spiky blond hair staying perfectly still.
“It won’t be that easy. Apache was a catchall term given to several tribes. They were nomads. Historians had a devil of a time trying to keep track of any one group—not to mention they weren’t exactly friendly to outsiders. The name Apache was given to most of the warring, wandering tribes in the area.”
“Knew my cuddly personality couldn’t be all my own doing. How’ll we know which specific tribe Gramps belonged to?”
I turned onto the state highway that would lead us to Lubbock. It’d take us about an hour to get there, assuming there was no traffic. By traffic I meant some old farmer taking up both lanes of the highway with his tractor.
Marshal pulled the journal from the bag and flipped open the front cover. He held the book up, pointing to the inside corner.
“I think it’s this.”
The word Navezgane had been branded into the leather.
“Cool. Wonder what it means?”
I started to make a joke about the word hopefully not translating to Squats-in-Woods or something. One glance at Marshal’s troubled face told me I was going to like the real name a lot less.
“I looked it up online. The word means killer of monsters.”
~Witch’s Nocturne is available now~
~Blood Fugue, Moonsongs Book 1, is also available~
Amazon (Free to borrow for Amazon Prime members.)
(Note: These stories contain some language and content better suited for mature readers.)
~About the Author~
E.J. lives in South Texas. He likes his words and food spicy, and tries to give a little extra ‘kick’ to the stories he writes. He enjoys reading horror, sci-fi, YA, MG, New Adult–basically anything with words. In true Texas fashion, E.J. is very neighborly, and welcomes you to say ‘howdy’ at:
And now I go back to my break ;)
My brother, his wife and my niece are visiting us from Brazil. They want me to take them to NYC (of course), Washington, and to ski—I haven’t skied in six year! But just checked my skis and poles and boots and they are shining like new … I just hope they work like new too!
Anyway, I’m taking a blog break until the new year. I know, shocking, right? My first blog break EVER! And I’ll also be very quiet on twitter and FB, probably.
Book Title: The Dracian Legacy – Book 1 (Dracian Legacy Trilogy)
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Release Date: February 14th, 2013
Blog Tour Dates: February 12th, 2013 through March 15th, 2013
Availability: E-book and print format through self-publish
Count Word: 85,000
Cover Designer: Regina Wamba at maeidesign.com
Ren and Axel are caught between two powerful magical races: one destined to end the bloodshed, the other out for vengeance.
Seventeen-year-old Ren Pernell is prophesied to end the war between the Dracians and the Telalians. So when a Dracian, Axel Knight, is sent to find and bring back the prophesied one before she turns eighteen and Telalians discover of her existence, unexpected sparks start to fly between the two. Once Ren finds the truth behind Axel’s arrival, she wants everything to do with him and nothing to do with his mission.
Things prove to be difficult as Ren’s life is constantly threatened by forces that are beyond her control, including the leader of the Telalians.
With the clock ticking and Ren’s life in jeopardy, it is no longer just a mission for Axel. It becomes a personal endeavor to save the only one he’s ever loved. In a heart racing ending, they must find a way to evade the preordained war that won’t also end Ren’s life.
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Priya Kanaparti was born in India, grew up in Detroit, and is now living in Boise, ID. She attended Wayne State University for her undergrad degree in Bachelor of Science in Biology, and University of Phoenix for her Masters in Business Administration. Priya works as a project manager in software field during the day and lives in the world of her characters during the nights and weekends. She had found the love for reading and writing early this year, when she stayed home with her year old and needed something to occupy those ‘downtime’ hours.
She loves playing tennis on a good summer day and chess during the cold winters, but reading and writing has become a year round hobby.
She lives in Boise with her husband, son and a Yorkie. Dracian Legacy is her debut novel.
First, let me tell you something: TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY!
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.
Today’s topic is:
Top Ten Books I Read In 2012
This will be hard. In no particular order, my very diverse list:
1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
3. Easy by Tammara Webber
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
5. Divergent by Veronica Roth
6. Seducing Cinderella by Gina L. Maxwell
7. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
8. Tempest by Julie Cross
9. Anew by Chelsea Fine
10. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
And many others. Let’s not forget about my CP’s manuscripts too!
What were the best books you read in 2012?
THE TAINTED BACK COVER BLURB (from Goodreads):
Even death can’t stop true love…
After over four hundred years as a Guardian, Durk Langdon rebuked it all. Walked away from everything when his mate, Jessica, was brutally murdered. Yet he has no recollection of anything since that gruesome day.
Nothing alleviates his longing for Jessica or his disdain for the Guardians until a former brother-in-arms joins him and his cause. Visions of his lost love start appearing in the most unlikely places, until Durk learns she survived.
But when he sets out to find her, demonic obstacles he never could have imagined tear them apart.
If only he had trusted her…
**A portion of all proceeds donated to cancer research & treatment**
Goodreads to add TAINTED to your to-read list: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16119107-tainted
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Hey friends! Welcome to my weekly ROW80 update!
Here are my goals for the past week and how it went:
- Writing: just keep writing. Honestly, I don’t remember this week all that well. I remember critiquing a lot, then running around with interviews I needed to answer, guest posts I needed to write … I also got edits back from the novella that comes out in Feb and worked on that. Plus, everyone knows what happened on Friday and I just couldn’t get myself to focus on anything else that day.
- Reading: finish book #76 of the year, and finish critiquing CP’s manuscript. I read book #76, finished the CP’s manuscript, critiqued 65 pages of another CP’s ms, and 3000 words of another CP’s scenes.
- Social media: try to be present, but not too much. Same old, same old. The twitter Siren call is too alluring ;)
- Exercising: at least 4x. Five times.
When I saw the news about the Newtown shooting, I was at the gym. The TV close to me flashed the words: shooting at elementary school in Connecticut. You guys. I had a heart attack. Not really, but I’m sure it was close. Until I was able to hold my cell phone still and search for the news on the web and find out it wasn’t my daughter school, I was freaking out. Still, Newtown is only 30 minutes from here. And it was schocking. Completely shocking. I didn’t relax until my daughter got home. And I cried tons. I just couldn’t stop, thinking about my daughter and about all the parents that would have to go to bed that night (if they were able to sleep) without their children. I went to bed crying. And my daughter slept between her daddy and me that night. It was a terrible night—she moves too much, and kicks and steal the comforter—but I wouldn’t change that for the world. Right now, my eyes are teary, remembering about that awful day.
Then, on Saturday, the day was a bit better. My daughter had ballet class in the morning, a birthday party at noon, then we went to NYC to watch American Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker! And I got to see Paloma Herrera dancing! It was gorgeous!
Sadly, this is my last update of the round (though it’s only a few days earlier than the official last one), because on Monday I’ll spend the day out of town, and my brother is arriving on Tuesday, which means I’ll be round and about with him until he leaves, after New Year ;)
But I’ll be back for the next round for sure!
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You guys know my friend Renita Pizzitola, right? If you don’t, shame on you!
She’s got a new book coming out next year and today is the cover reveal. Look how hot it is!
Title: Dream On
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: May 2013
Her quest begins when she closes her eyes.
Emory Bennett owns a lucrative dreamwalking business. Trained in weaponry and Muay Thai, she spends her nights entering the dream realm resolving her clients’ nightmares, whatever they might be: bad guys, scary beasts, or the classic forgot-to-wear-my-pants nightmare. Her jobs get complicated when a gorgeous man keeps appearing requesting her help.
Grayson, a fellow dreamwalker, is stuck in the dream realm while a stranger inhabits his body. He needs Emory’s assistance in the waking realm, which he can’t visit if he can’t get back into his body.
Once Emory is convinced Grayson’s not a figment of her imagination, they concoct a plan to lure the body snatcher out. But as Emory begins to fall for Grayson, the line blurs between him and the stranger who inhabits his body. She must keep it together to get close enough to discover his secrets, or divide her very soul if she can’t bring the man she loves back.
Renita Pizzitola writes Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. An avid reader herself, she has always enjoyed stories with witty humor, romance, and fascinating characters. Renita lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing referee to her two typically adorable children.