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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Step Into My Tattoo Parlor...

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

Wow, what it is about Wednesday that the last post and this one are both on a Wednesday? I promise, I didn't plan it that way.

Today is an incredible day. Not only did a cold front finally deign to pass through the area, thus making it more January weather, rather than say...APRIL weather around here (YAY) it's also the release of my chapter mate and friend's contemporary Romance novel, Inked By An Angel.

Currently I've only found it available through Soul Mate Publishing's website, but I'm sure Amazon and Barnes & Noble will have it up eventually. It's in e-book form. The good news is, if you don't have an e-reader there's apps available for computer and phones both on Amazon and Barnes & Noble for your reading pleasure.

***UPDATE 1/30/2013 12:03 p.m. CENTRAL TIME****:  It's gone "live" on Amazon Kindle I'm keeping an eye on Barnes & Noble. It's currently not available through B&N, yet. 

***UPDATE 1/30/2013 4:29 p.m. CENTRAL time*** It's now gone "live" on Barnes & Noble Nook. ***

I've read maybe the first 5 pages of Inked By An Angel quite awhile ago. Shauna and I were in the same critique group and she had the pages with her. I was intrigued when I read it, but never had the opportunity to read more. I'm delighted she's got it out, and I look forward to reading the whole thing!

If you get a chance, please drop a line to Shauna to congratulate her on her release. You can find her on Twitter @ShaunaAllen101 and on Facebook. You can also find her on her website where she also has a blog. And yes, go pick up your copy of Inked By An Angel!

Have A Whimsical Wednesday!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What? Huh? Yeah, I'm here...Sort Of.

Happy Wednesday (late afternoon),

Hi everyone! No, I haven't forgotten the blog or any of you. I've been pretty preoccupied lately.

The best way to keep up with me is to find me either one of two ways (or both ways):

On Twitter:  @WriteByBethany

Or on Facebook:  do a search for Bethany Averie

I update those frequently.

There's been some blog updates that I did today. I updated books I finished reading. (Yes, it was good).

I also updated about my writing. The status on Immortal Dreams Book 1:  Dream Weaver is that I got my critiques back so now it's in the revision process (and then that will go out to CP and beta reader/s and then more revisions until it's ready). I've got the companion novel for Surreal in the process of being written (that's been a bit slow) and Immortal Dreams Book 2 (Dream Weaver sequel) started. So I've been fairly busy on that front.

Updates have also been added to what movies I want to see. Of course that was off the top of my head and I'm going to have to go BACK over the movies that have recently come out and the ones that are now released on DVD to double-check which ones I want to see to further update the list.

I've been doing some brain storming with one of my beta readers for the YA series (Immortal Dreams) and that was a lot of fun.

I expect I'll be busy reading before too long and of course edits. So, if you don't hear from me, don't despair. There's always Twitter and Facebook and I will return.

Meanwhile, get yourself over to my Critique Partner, Tess St. John's Launch Party and Giveaway. It ends Thursday (tomorrow) at 9pm Central Time, so you do not want to miss this. While you're at it, pick up a copy of Chance For Freedom, her newest Historical release (and one I had the honor of critiquing). Great novel written by a fabulous author.

Have A Whimsical Wednesday!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Christmas Gets Extended & Boxes Of Awesomeness

Happy Monday/Tuesday All,

Given that I'm writing this after 8pm on Monday night, I figure this post will serve as Monday & Tuesday's posts.

I have received a Box Of Awesomeness. Actually 2. The first one is in the form of my younger brother's Christmas present to me, that somehow got detained on its travels from its starting location to my parents' house. You see, originally brother was going to be at parents' house to receive said package. However, given it was detained, he was back at his house (many miles away from parents' location) when it arrived. So my parents, being the Box Of Awesomeness they are, kept it for me. I was able to pick it up on Sunday.

My younger brother hit it out of the park in his selection of Christmas present!

I received the following THREE books:

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout (book 4 in the Lux series--really good series)

Much Ado About Magic by Shanna Swendson (book 5 in the Enchanted Inc. series--fantastic series!)

Starling by Lesley Livingston (Book 1 in the Starling series, featuring Fennrys Wolf, a character from her Wondrous Strange trilogy, a series I absolutely loved).

The other Box Of Awesomeness I received came today. It was my new business cards, which now include my Twitter name (@WriteByBethany). Yay! So I finally have those. :-)

Out of my Christmas presents (both from brother and a friend) I have finished 2 books and started another.

A friend of mine gave me The Christmas Candle by Max Lucado. It's a pretty good story. Fast read, with a nice message about believing in miracles. Ooops! In the original text of this post I got my authors mixed up! Mitch Albom wrote Tuesdays With Morrie. I'm very sorry about that. Thank you, Kathy, for reminding me. I should've remembered that. I'm so embarrassed.
However, one of the other things Max Lucado is known for (and I've double-checked this on his website so I wouldn't be getting mixed up again) are the Hermie stories (popular Inspirational fiction for Children). 

The other one I finished was Much Ado About Magic by Shanna Swendson. It was glorious to finally find out about Owen and now I'm very excited about book 6, No Quest For The Wicked, which is already out. Folks, if haven't read this series, you're missing out. Great fantasy fun, with a contemporary feel. There's suspense, action, dragons, magic, romance, New York, it's got all kinds of fun (kissing frogs to find a "prince") I absolutely love this series.


I started Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I haven't gotten real far, but that will change quickly. I've been very much looking forward to reading this book, so I'm glad it's finally here!

There's a lot of excitement in the air over upcoming books (particularly on Twitter). I'm pleased to be able to share some of this with you:  I found out that Shauna Allen has a release date for her Inked By An Angel, (Ooo! So excited about this book) which is January 30, 2013! Two other books in this series are under contract, and I believe the next one comes out later this year. This is a contemporary Romance. I've read about the first 5 pages awhile back and I can't wait to read the rest. Her cover art is awesome, too.

Anyway, what have you been reading lately?

Have A Marvelous Monday Evening and a Totally Terrific Tuesday!

Friday, January 4, 2013

It's Business As Usual In The Averie Universe

Happy Friday All,

The preliminary author edits for Dream Weaver are slowly coming along. I'm hoping to finish up this weekend, or at least early next week. I really want to get this out to critiques so I can be all ready for whatever edits my publisher has for Surreal. Need to be able to concentrate on that without too many distractions (deadlines, as you know, are a part of an author's life, and I intend to do my best fulfill my part in that).

On a completely unrelated topic (but something I thought was funny) I was waiting for my hot tea to finish steeping and as I opened up this post to write it, I totally forgot the tea was there. Then suddenly I was like, "Oh no! My tea! It's going to be too strong." Well, good news, folks...it isn't. Yay...total win. A good cup of tea on a cold day with honey is a cozy thing indeed. (Local honey is supposed to help with allergies, how many of you all knew that? Too cool). So to help with some of the allergy issues I've had (which, I think, are due to having the heater running and maybe some dust in the air) I'm having a cup today (maybe will have more than one. I had one yesterday, too).

As I've mentioned before, I've got several things going on: I'm working on the edits for Dream Weaver. I'm awaiting my instructions for the next step on Surreal and I still have to get back to writing the companion/sequel of Surreal. So there's lots going on, but I'm not complaining. I'm glad I have ideas percolating and things happening in my writing life.

So, what are you working on these days? (don't forget to keep me up-to-date on your Box Of Awesomeness moments). :-)

Have A Fabulously Fantastic Friday!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

It's A Critique Thing

Happy Thursday All,

Yesterday was Box Of Awesomeness Day. But just because yesterday is past doesn't mean you can't still share those awesome things/feelings/happenings throughout the year. In fact, I encourage you to keep me up-to-date on here and on Twitter (hashtag: #BoxOfAwesomeness tweet to me @WriteByBethany). We all need positive things/uplifting things in our lives, so let's see if we can keep it up all through 2013, okie-dokie?

Since I'm getting Dream Weaver ready for critiques the process of critiquing is on my mind.

Tess St. John and I have been critique partners for oh, about 4 years now. Yes, I have critiqued several of her novels (I swear this woman is a machine when it comes to writing, and she's so talented!) She and I have an understanding, which I think is important for all critique partners to have with each other and that's this:  Use what works for your story and ignore the rest. Which basically means, whatever works to strengthen your story use it, whatever doesn't, leave it alone.

Given that I've had to delete whole posts I've written on the subject of critiques because they were getting too long, I've come up with an alternative:  I'll take any questions y'all have on the subject.

Before I take the questions, though, here's a bit of advice to always remember:  constructive criticism and being polite and professional goes a long way to making the critique process move smoothly and being beneficial to all parties involved.

Otherwise, what do you want to know about critiquing or receiving a critique?

While you're at it, check out Tess St. John's next novel, a new Historical Romance, Chance For Freedom available on Kindle (it's not available on Nook, yet, but it will come eventually). But it's a good one (and yes, I did critique it, but I'm not saying it's good because I helped critique it, I'm saying it's good because Tess is a very talented writer). Tess has requested I add that some of the expansion of conflict is there because of me. (Although, I think she gives me too much credit, but she strongly disagrees. You see? We've got a mutual admiration society going on, which helps us work well together). :-)

Have A Thoughtful Thursday!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Surprises Turned Into Awesomeness

Happy 2013 Everyone!

Welcome back! New year, fresh start, and all that fun jazz.


Kleenex
for all the runny/
sniffly noses!

I hope that so far 2013 is treating you right, although I understand a few folks out there have been fighting off icky illness stuff, and my thoughts and prayers are with them. Offspring has sinus infection, so I feel your pain. I've had allergies (again), but I'm doing all right otherwise (thank you, God!)

My Holidays are not over, yet. The Christmas Season ends on Epiphany, so my decorations are staying up through January 6th. I know some folks go back to work or have their teen aged able-bodied children help them take stuff down while they're at home, but in general, I beg of you, please leave those decorations up through January 6th, if you possibly can! We rush through things at such a great rate these days, taking time to be grateful and to count our blessings is important. As a Christian, it's a good reminder to me that Christ came for all people (from poor Shepherds to rich wise men).

I spent a good portion of the week before Christmas working on my YA novel, Dream Weaver. I'm pleased to announce (to those who hadn't read my Facebook status) that it's written! I'm in the editing process to get it ready for my critique partner and beta reader (and any other critique-ers I end up asking to have a peek at it) so that I can start getting it out. This story started out as a challenge to myself--one my Critique Partner was unaware she had issued. Tess once said to me "I think you should write YA..." she went on to describe WHY she thought I should and I thought "Naahhh. I like to read it, but every time I write it, it doesn't work."

However, one day I sitting in front of my computer and I thought "Well, why not give it a shot? See if you could do it. You don't have to tell anyone and you could use it as a way to keep ideas flowing when you're having trouble with your main projects." So, I pulled up a story idea I had started on but hadn't completely hashed out and converted it. I figured the whole thing would make a good SIDE project. Yeah, it didn't STAY a side project. LOL

I had wanted to complete it by Christmas, but I managed to get it done the day after.

So now I'm editing it, and getting ready to get back to some of my other projects, which were always main projects!

Dream Weaver will have a sequel--I don't know about any other stories after the sequel and the series is called Immortal Dreams.

Oh, by the way, the unintentional challenge is the reason Dream Weaver is dedicated to Tess St. John, my critique partner.



We'll see what happens next with it!

I'm waiting to hear from my publisher on editing and the next steps for Surreal, but I will let you know what's up when I have information I can share about it. Thank you so much for all your support on Surreal's journey. Monroe (the hero of Surreal) is also pleased & grateful by the support (which, it isn't always easy to impress him!) The ornament that represents him is still high up on my Christmas tree watching over me and my family and all the festivities until after January 6th when it'll have to be put away until next Christmas Season.

Did you have any surprises that turned into a box of awesomeness this Season?

Have A Wonderful Wednesday!