Monthly Archives:: July 2012

To Facebook or not to Facebook?

To Facebook or not to Facebook?

I caved in and created a Facebook Fan Page for me. Actually, I had promised myself I would do it once I signed a book contract. Since I already signed a contract, I did what I said I would do. Honestly, so far I have seen no advantage to this, but there it is. I’m still learning how to use the Fan Page, since it’s a bit different than the personal profile. Shameless self-promotion time: I would appreciate a few “likes” ;) I guess that the Facebook Fan Page will become more useful once I have more news about my novels? Not sure. Do you guys have a Facebook Fan Page? Do you like it? How do you use it? *** I also have… Read more »

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#ROW80 and NTS checkin 07/29

#ROW80 and NTS checkin 07/29

Source: flickr.com via Jenny on Pinterest Hello all! You probably heard about Roni Loren being sued for using an image out of the internet, right?  I started thinking I was doomed and that my ROW80 and NTS updates would be picture-less from now on. However, it’s lovely to see how the writing community get together and come up with something. Three friends of mine created boards on Pinterest with creative-commons images that they created or shot and are willing to share. There are Cait’s board,  Jenny’s board and LeighAnn’s board. Isn’t this amazing? Now I want to take a photography workshop and create a board like these ones too! Anyway … Recapping my goals for the week and how it… Read more »

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The Syrenka Series

The Syrenka Series

ARISE Book three of the Syrenka Series With power comes the responsibility to accept its consequences. After the betrayal of those closest to her, Eviana Dumahl struggles to cope with her new reality. Kidnapped, broken, and confused, she is forced to engage in a war that will alter merfolk politics forever. With her estranged father leading the charge, Eviana has no choice but to stand by his side. Her continued existence hinges on the acceptance of the power growing inside her, even when that means embracing the family’s dark lineage. Kain Matthew will sacrifice the world for Eviana. And he is not alone. As time runs out, her friends fight to save her life and theirs. An unlikely alliance gives… Read more »

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RTW: My Next Life …

RTW: My Next Life …

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway‘s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.   This week’s topic: If you could be reincarnated as any fictional character, which would it be?   The answer to this question is a hard one. I want to be so many of the characters I read and watch, and the ones I write … I know I was supposed to choose only one, but I’m cheating, because there’s no way I could choose only one. Even five was hard. In no particular order: Rose Hathaway from Vampire Academy Katsa from… Read more »

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Legend of the Guardians in 15 Beats

Legend of the Guardians in 15 Beats

Sometime ago, I became a huge fan of Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder and his beatsheet method. While blogging, I can across Laura Pauling’s use of the 15 beats in movies or books she read, and Lydia Sharp‘s post at Writers Unboxed about to benefit from watching TV shows and movies. That got me thinking I should use the time I spend watching movies with my kid, by having a beatsheet with me and filling in the spaces. Then, I thought, why not to share my notes? So here it is. I’ll try to have this as a every-two-weeks feature on the blog, Name of movie or book in 15 Beats, and I hope this helps you too. Two things… Read more »

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#ROW80 and NTS check-in 07/22

Hello everyone! If you’re here and don’t know what ROW80 or NTS are, check the links ;) So, here are my goals for the past week and how it went: Write: see below. FastDraft: write every weekday from 12:30 to 5pm and get LOTS of words down. Well, I was uninspired on Monday, don’t even remember what I did. Tuesday, I wrote about 3000 words. Then on Wed, my daughter woke up throwing up, so she stayed at home with me, demanding my attention and I got no words down (though I wrote about 8 blog posts and scheduled them). Thankfully it was nothing major—she probably just ate something that didn’t sit well. Thursday I wrote 3000 words and Friday… Read more »

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Meet Claire and Josh, by Sasha Summers

Meet Claire and Josh, by Sasha Summers

Hi Juliana, Thank you so much for having me today. And – for letting me gush about my new novel: Hollywood Ever After. I had so much fun writing this book. The characters were very real to me so, by the books end, it was like visiting with old friends. So I thought I’d ‘introduce’ you to the heroine (Claire) and the hero (Josh). Claire is very easy to relate to and I liked her. She’s this 35 year old mother of two who’s trying to figure things out now that she’s a single mom. She’s insanely talented, a writer and painter, but she’s very unsure of herself – tending to doubt her abilities versus recognize them. And she’s scarred,… Read more »

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RTW: Inspiring me …

RTW: Inspiring me …

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway‘s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.   This week’s topic:  When you need creative inspiration, where do you go?   Wow, it’s been three months since I last participated on RTW. I can’t believe it has been that long. Well, I can’t promise I’ll be here every Wednesday from now on, but I’ll try to ;) Okay, on to the question.   I don’t really have a physical place I go to, especially since I just moved to Connecticut and I’m still figuring the place out… Read more »

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