Time for Reading!

I’ve been so busy the past two weeks getting the final details of my next book, Tainted Dreams, handled that I’ve sadly had to abandon one of my favorite pastimes…reading!

Now that everything is all set for publication, I plan on spending a few hours a day holding down the couch and making a hefty dent in the books I’ve recently smuggled into the house (our bookshelves are already sagging in the middle and my husband doesn’t understand my word addiction) and onto my Kindle.

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What about you? What’s on your To Be Read pile?

Path to Publication: Wendy May Andrews

Today’s Path to Publication story is fellow Clean Reads* author Wendy May Andrews

*(Astraea Press changed their name to Clean Reads)

Without further ado, here’s Wendy…

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Wendy May AndrewsThank you for the invitation, Christi, to tell my story.

I have been an avid reader since I learned how around the age of four. My aunt got me hooked on Regencies when she introduced me to the books of Georgette Heyer. I was reading multiple books each week like most avid readers. It’s really an addiction. While I had written during school, it never really crossed my mind that I would be capable of producing such a thing as a finished book.

After I got married, my husband had a hard time understanding my book addiction. I could get lost in a book and he would feel quite ignored. Finally, one day, in frustration, he asked, “Why don’t you write one of those books instead of reading them all the time.” At first I scoffed at the idea, but then it took root and I decided to give it a try.

I wrote to a favorite author, Eloisa James, asking how one goes about becoming an author. In hindsight I realize that was a silly question as each person’s path is different, but she graciously wrote me back with some suggestions, including the advice to join Romance Writers of America. I did and have been learning ever since. RWA is a wonderful organization that offers classes and articles to help you grow as a writer.

My first efforts, Tempting the Earl, actually got published in 2010 but that small press was bought out and my momentum was lost. I wrote several manuscripts in the meantime but struggled with finding a publisher willing to publish my clean/sweet romances. I will admit that the sting of rejection interrupted my writing several times.

Finally, I gave myself one more year to work on it. My writing was taking up too much time if it was only going to be a hobby. I started writing a new manuscript for the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) November 2013. I started with a fantastic title idea and proceeded to write the book. Ironically, as the book developed that title no longer fit and The Duke Conspiracy was born. When it finally was finished, my critique partner helped me find a list of publishers who were accepting Sweet Historicals. That is when I learned about Clean Reads (formerly Astraea Press). The acquiring editor, Stephanie Taylor, had one revision suggestion and then she offered me a contract. It has been a thrilling ride ever since.

Now that I have found Clean Reads, I’m hoping to polish up my unpublished manuscripts and submit them as well as finish this year’s NaNoWriMo manuscript and finally write the story for my fabulous title. Really, there are way more ideas than there is time.

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TheDukeConspiracy453x680A spying debutante, a duke, and a conspiracy. Can love be found despite their feud?

Miss Rosamund Smythe, the only daughter of a baron diplomat, is finding the Season to be a dead bore.  After her stint at spying while in Vienna with her father, she wants a higher purpose in life than “just” being a wife.

His Grace, Alexander Milton, the Duke of Wrentham, wants a quiet life with a “proper” lady as his wife after the tumultuous childhood he had.  His parents had fought viciously, lied often, and Alex secretly wonders if he was even his father’s son.

Rose and Alex grew up on neighboring estates and have been best friends since she was four years old but a family feud has torn their friendship apart.

At a Society event Rose overhears a plot to entrap Alex into a marriage of convenience.  Her loyalty to their old friendship as well as her knowledge of the conspirator, Sir Jason Broderick, causes Rose to overcome her aversion to Wrentham in order to warn him of his danger.  Alex’s complicated childhood has caused him to despise all forms of deception so Rose avoids telling him how she knows so much about Sir Broderick.

When Rose is abducted by Sir Broderick to prevent her interference, Alex must deal with his own conflicted feelings to help her rescue herself. Can they claim their happily ever after despite the turmoil?

About the Author:

Wendy May Andrews has been reading whatever she could get her hands on since the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. Wendy lives in Toronto with her own real-life hero. When not writing or reading, they love to travel wherever the mood takes them.

Website:

http://www.wendymayandrews.com

Social Media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WendyMayAndrews

Twitter:  @WendyMayAndrews

Buy Links:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Writing Quote Friday

Today’s writing quote comes from Tara Moss…

“Write. Start writing today. Start writing right now. Don’t write it right, just write it –and then make it right later. Give yourself the mental freedom to enjoy the process, because the process of writing is a long one. Be wary of “writing rules” and advice. Do it your way.”

Another Book for Krysten Lindsay Hager!

I featured Krysten’s Path to Publication story back in July of 2014. It’s an inspiring story about overcoming obstacles, and you should CLICK HERE to read it.

She’s been busy, and now has another book to show off to the world! Congratulations!!!

Krysten Lindsay Hager

Best Friends…Forever? (Landry’s True Colors Series) by Krysten Lindsay Hager

BestFriendsForever453x680Good friends have your back, but some go behind it.

Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.

Landry gets her first boyfriend, but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue modeling competition.

Excerpt:

I got ready for bed and then stopped to check my social media page one more time and that’s when I saw it — another picture of Peyton, India, and Devon hanging out. They were sitting on the couch with their heads scrunched close together and laughing. It was a cute picture, but then I saw the caption: So glad we could all be together for the holidays. Love these guys soooo much! Best friends forever. #Alltogether #Threemusketeers #BestFriendsForever #ThreeBestFriends #ThreesCompany.

My heart sank. It was India’s caption and anyone who read it would think what a close‑knit group of friends and not realize anyone was missing from that photo. Sure, I was in another state, so naturally I couldn’t be there for it, but the way India wrote that made me feel so left out. I mean, what did she mean by the “ʺThree’s Company”ʺ hashtag? And sometimes people tagged friends who weren’t there in pictures and added, “ʺWish you were here,”ʺ but there was no mention of a fourth member of the group.

“Ready for bed, hon?” Mom asked coming into my room.

“Yeah, just signing off.”

“Okay, sleep well.”

I got into bed and hoped I was reading into things, but the knot in my stomach wouldn’t go away.

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Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFp2fPFbvTQ&feature=youtu.be

Author bio: Krysten Lindsay Hager is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series, a clean reads young adult series. Krysten writes about  friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, modeling, crushes, values, and self-image in both True Colors and Best Friends…Forever?

Krysten is an Amazon international bestselling author and book addict who has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and writes middle grade, YA, humor essays, and adult fiction. She is originally from Michigan and has lived in Portugal, South Dakota, and currently resides in Southern Ohio where you can find her reading and writing when she’s not catching up on her favorite shows. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

What people are saying about True Colors (Landry’s True Colors Series Book One):

From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: “This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!”

From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren’t everything. This book is related to every teen’s problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”

Buy Links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Best-Friends-Forever-Landrys-Colors-ebook/dp/B00UIP1N5S/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427190173&sr=1-2

Amazon international: http://authl.it/B00UIP1N5S

Barnesandnoble.com: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/krysten-lindsay-hager

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/best-friends-forever-19

itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/best-friends…-forever/id979714114?mt=11

Connect with Krysten:

Website: http://www.krystenlindsay.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/krystenlindsay

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrystenLindsayHagerAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KrystenLindsay

Spring Break at the Corbett House

This week is spring break for my twins, which means I’m not getting a lot of writing done. And by “a lot” I really mean, “any”.

As many of you know, I have nine-year-old twins, and they are very good at coming up with stuff to do to keep themselves occupied. We don’t allow a lot of screen time in our house, so they’ve learned long ago to invent games and things to do. However, while I do appreciate their imaginative play, sometimes it gets a bit rowdy at the Corbett house, which doesn’t blend well with my “zone out completely” writing style.

Here’s a small sampling of what I said to them within the first three hours of spring break…

Me to Girl Twin: “Why is your mattress on the kitchen table?”

Me to Boy Twin: “Why are you wheeling the kitchen island down the hallway?”

Me to Boy Twin: “No, you can’t play basketball in your new suit jacket. That’s for special events.” (He has an over the door hoop)

Me to both: “No, you can’t prop one end of your mattress on the counter and use it as a slide.”

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How’s your week going? Any exciting events happening for you?