March 27, 2015

YA Extravaganza

It's Friday... the last one of March. Wow, time sure does fly when you are having fun.

Speaking of fun, you are invited to a party this weekend, starting at 2:00pm CST today (3/27), on Facebook.


It's the YA Extravaganza.



This is a YA ONLY event. In order to get some of the best YA Authors out there in one place to meet other YA authors and the wonderful people who love to read that genre. Also to help find books that you and your kids can enjoy, read & chat together about! 

Here's the lineup...


Friday 27th 

4-5pm - Tia Silverthorne Bach
5-6pm - Marica Vance Author
6-7pm - Kelly A Risser
7-7:30 - Alexia Purdy
7:30-8pm - M.R. Polish 

8-9pm - YA Author Susan Stielow
9-10pm - Kristyn Eudes
10-10:30 - Veronica Williams (host) closing the night post in for Rachel M Raithby Author

Saturday 28th 
12noon- 1pm - Janae Mitchell, Author
1-2pm - H.G. Lynch
2-3pm - Sabrina Bradley Archer
3-4pm - Kelly Anne
4-5pm - JP Barry
5-6pm - Amanda Porter
6-7pm- Jennifer Melzer
7-8pm - Carrigan Richards
8-9pm - Heather Dowell
9-10pm - Author AS Oren

Sunday 29th
3-4pm - Denice Garrou
4-5pm - Kyra Dune
5-6pm - Theresa Kay, Author
6-7pm - Tina Bell (PA posting)
7-8pm - Author Brooklyn Taylor
8-9pm - Daniele Lanzarotta
9-10pm - Nicole Neace-Rickman

I'll be kicking off the party, so please stop by between 4-5:00pm CST. I'm giving away some fun prizes, including ebooks of Chasing Shadows and Fractured Glass. Oh, and I might even give away a copy of Chasing Forgiveness (debuting April 14, 2015).

Hope to see you there!

March 25, 2015

Reign, Rein, and Rain : Grammar & Editing Tips

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Last week, I posted about Homophone and Contractions. Homophones are words that sound alike (can be spelled alike or not) but have different meanings. 

As an editor, I fix tons of homophones in manuscripts. So, I thought I'd feature some commonly misused homophones for the next couple of weeks. 

Today, I'll discuss reign, rein, and rain.

Reign
Royal rule or authority (noun) or to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority (verb). So, if it's about royalty, it's reign. 

Rein
A leather strap, fastened to each end of the bit of bridle, by which the rider or driver 
controls a horse or other animal by pulling so as to exert pressure on the bit (noun) or 
to check or guide by exerting pressure on bridle bit by means of the reins / to curb, restrain, or control (verb).

I like to think of reindeer to remember this one. Pulling or device to pull = rein. Even if you want to hold back a person, it's rein in. 

A tricky one is free rein. I found an excellent description of why it's rein and not reign in this instance (from Grammarist). From their website:
The usual spelling of the phrase meaning freedom to do as one pleases is free rein, not free reign. The latter is a common misspelling, and it almost makes sense given reign's meaning (i.e., the exercise of sovereign power). But free rein, an allusion to horseback ridingis the original form, and it is much more common in published texts. The OED lists instances of its use from as long ago as the 17th century.
Rain
This is the easy one, right? Rain is weather... the water that comes down from the sky.

And for real fun...

reign of terror -- think ruling of terror
rained terror -- think rained water, so rained terror (like terror is coming down)

A king can rain terror that causes a reign of terror. 

Grammar is never boring!

Is there an editing/grammar issue that's always caused you trouble? If so, share it in the comments so I can feature it in a future post. 

Definitions from Dictionary.com

March 23, 2015

Kelly Martin Videos & YA Extravaganza : Indie News & Highlights

How is it almost April already?

March is always a crazy time in my house. We are crazy basketball fans, and it's March Madness. A little back story: my husband and I met my third day of college at the University of Kentucky.

This Wednesday, my husband and I will celebrate our 20th anniversary. Yes, we even got married during March Madness.

But enough about me and March. It's time for my weekly Monday feature... Indie News & Highlights.
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First up, I want to invite you to subscribe to the YouTube channel of my lovely author friend (and Happy Buddy -- look for an upcoming post on this subject), Kelly Martin. She is charming and fun-loving. There's even an Ask Kelly Anything feature.

I plan on doing more videos in the very near future, and she's been a total inspiration.

Right now, she's ramping up for a Super Secret Project on April 2. I'm so excited.

Check it out below and subscribe here.





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This Friday and Saturday, March 27 & 28, Veronica Williams is hosting a YA Extravaganza. I will be hosting from 4-5pm EST on Friday, March 27

Please join me for some fun and games and insider information on my upcoming novella release, Chasing Forgiveness. Information from the event:

This is a YA ONLY event. In order to get some of the best YA Authors out there in one place to meet other YA authors and the wonderful people who love to read that genre. Also to help find books that you and your kids can enjoy, read & chat together about! 


Check it out here. We'd love to have you join us!

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If you have any Indie news to share, please let me know. I hope everyone has an amazing week full of great new finds.

March 20, 2015

The Best Assistant : The Writing Life

Happy Friday!

For my Tala Prophecy series, I've done quite a bit of research about werewolves, shapeshifters, Native American lore, and much more. 

Since I'm currently writing Chasing Destiny, Book 3, I needed to go back through the past two books. It's a great refresher, but I also wanted to make sure I tie up any loose ends.

My daughter, Jackie, is an avid reader. She's read three times the young adult books I have, so she's an excellent resource. Plus, she gets excited to go through the last book and help me outline the current one. Her ideas are amazing! Even better, she loves to do research.

So, today, I wanted to thank my hard-working assistant and amazing daughter, Jackie, for all her hard work.

I love that my daughter and I can bond over this and share a love of reading.

Wishing everyone an amazing weekend!

March 18, 2015

Homophones and Contractions : Grammar & Editing Tips

Happy Wednesday!

Our language can be tricky. So many grammar and spelling rules have exceptions. Then, there are homophones*: words that sound alike (can be spelled alike or not) but have different meanings.

Examples of ones spelled alike: read (can mean to read a book today or I read a book yesterday) or rose (a flower or to rise past tense).

For today, let's stick with homophones that sound alike but are spelled differently, with a special focus on words with contractions.

They're / Their / There
They're = they are
Their = belonging to them / possession
There = place (like here)

It's / Its
It's = It is
Its = belonging to it / possession

You're / Your
You're = you are
Your = belonging to you / possession

Who's / Whose
Who's = Who is
Whose = possession (Whose bag is this?)

I'll be doing another homophone list and tricks post soon. I focused on these today, because they are (they're) commonly used and misused.

There's good news, though. These are easy to identify. 

Example
You're going to have a wonderful time.
You are going to have a wonderful time.

So, just "un-contract it" to make sure of the spelling. *smiles* 

If you know you struggle with these, do a Search & Find in your document and double-check them.

Is there an editing/grammar issue that's always caused you trouble? If so, share it in the comments so I can feature it in a future post. 

* I used the term homophone for both types to keep it simple. However...

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March 16, 2015

Remembered & Unicorn : Indie News & Highlights

Happy Monday!

I've got some great stuff to share today. Thanks to the awesomeness of the Indie community, I don't think I'll ever lack exciting stuff to share for my weekly Indie News & Highlights post.

First up... Kelly Risser debuted the cover for her latest book late last week.

About Always Remembered

One clue… what does it mean?

Ken, the leader of the Blue Men of the Minch, has kidnapped Evan. Before they left, Evan was able to leave a package for Meara—her grandfather’s necklace wrapped in a cloth napkin with one word written in blood. Azuria. Unfortunately, Meara doesn’t understand it, and neither does her dad or Kieran.

While her dad and Aunt Brigid attempt to rescue Evan, Meara and Kieran begin to train the clan to fight and defend their home. A war is brewing, and Meara is determined they must prepare for the battle. The training sessions are long and arduous, but the Selkies work hard to learn.

Meanwhile, Evan wakes and finds himself in Belle Tresor, the home of the Sirens. He’s bound to his blue form, unable to transform to human, and Ken has plans to use Evan’s powers to destroy the Selkies. Thankfully, he’s not alone. He befriends a Siren named Deanna and several Blue Men. Can he trust them to help him escape or do they have ulterior motives?

As both sides prepare for an ultimate confrontation, the stakes are high and friendships are tested. Some will rise to be victorious. Some will be destroyed. But love and loyalty will be always remembered in this exciting conclusion to the Never Forgotten series.


If you haven't read Never Forgotten, book 1 in the series, it's FREE! Get your copy now. 

I loved Never Forgotten. You can read my review here.

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Who doesn't love a gorgeous cover? This week there's another one by the awesome Regina Wamba.
 Coming April 2015

To find out more about Delphina Henley and the book that started it all, Unless You Can Be A Unicorn, check out her website here.

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If you have any Indie news to share, please let me know. I hope everyone has an amazing week full of great new finds.

March 12, 2015

Oxford Comma : Grammar & Writing Tips

Funny thing about getting off schedule... it has a ripple effect. Since I didn't publish my Monday post until Tuesday, it felt weird to publish my Grammar post on Wednesday (normal schedule). But, never fear, I didn't forget!

Today, I wanted to talk about commas. 

Whether the comma or period is the most used punctuation mark could be debated. After all, every sentence needs a period; not all sentences require a comma. However, some sentences use more than one comma.

Anyway...

So, I will feature comma uses several times.

For today, an easy one.

The Oxford Comma


Growing up, I was taught to put a comma before the and in a series ONLY if the series was complicated (not just single words). However, the new standard is to put the comma before the and.

At first, I was resistant. But, as an editor, I've seen countless examples of why it's important to use this comma. Plus, let's be honest, it's easier to have a hard-and-fast rule about it than a subjective one. Commas tend to be the most misused punctuation mark because of varying opinions, so a few solid rules are useful.

So, embrace the Oxford comma. After all, you don't want...

When I'm worried about something, I often seek wisdom 
from my parents, God and Judy Blume.

Wow. Instead of my parents, God, and Judy Blume, I've now declared that my parents are God and Judy Blume.

Is there an editing/grammar issue that's always caused you trouble? If so, share it in the comments so I can feature it in a future post.