Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Say Please and Thank You, Moo!


It's been a bit over a month since its release, but I haven't posted about it. Since the channels Smashwords posts the book to haven't all added it yet, I was hoping to wait until they all have it.

I couldn't wait much longer, though, so I'm announcing it now! When the second Moo Family book is available in more stores, I'll post links here.

In the meantime, I am proud to announce the second Moo book in the Moo Family series! My daughter's not as big a fan of this one as the Bedtime Moo book, but she does love the cheese and juice. She calls this one the "Say Cheese book" because of the cover.

Moo learns how to say Please AND Thank You in this book, and even figures out her parents do a lot of stuff for her!

You can get this book in either eBook or Paperback, just like the first Moo Family book:

Digital/eBook Versions:
Google Play Books
Amazon Kindle
Kobo Books - Coming Soon!
Apple iBooks
Nook - Coming Soon!
Scribd
Smashwords - Get 1/2 off the price for purchasing from Smashwords if you use coupon code SY73H. Coupon good until July 7th, 2016.

Paperback:
Amazon
Createspace
Barnes & Noble

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Monday, June 23, 2014

The Author's Creed (and ego)

Thou shalt not steal stories from others!

That's one of the creeds every good author lives by. It encompasses story suggestions from friends, fans, and critics. It covers anything you share with the author to proof read or test read.
Don't get me wrong, though. Original thought isn't so much hard to come by, as it is thought of already. I've always imagined a planet (I call mine Planet Laura) filled with everything and everyone ever dreamed about or imagined. Maybe there's a huge solar system filled with these Creator Muses. It'd certainly make sense, since so many people who've never met or conversed come up with the similar ideas all the time.
Some authors might rationalize themselves into believing they came up with something, but to be honest, everything around us feeds our muse. Beautiful artistry, people living out their lives, and people acting way outside of their pigeon holes. I've read books that triggered ideas for completely unrelated stories. It's how our minds work!
My muse changes shape and form all the time. It switches between different modes, depending on my Libra balance at the time. I've gone from drawing everything in my head to voraciously reading for weeks straight. I call these two extremes Creating mode and Consuming mode, respectively. I have it on good authority that many creators do a huge amount of consuming!
The main triggers for flipping between the two modes seems to directly relate to how full the Muse is. The strangest things can feed it, but it always munches whatever passes its way. Nomnom ideas, slurp people stories, crunch on dreams. Music is a great switch flipper for me, but it can make consume mode switch on, too!
In short, there's an oft-written Author's Creed that is mostly made up of three parts:
  • Ego will not allow theft. 
  • Muse compatibility will not allow theft. 
  • Copyright law will not allow theft. 
So... Authors don't know what to do with your ideas, but may be able to help you do something with them!
We love to hear ideas, and are generally glad to lend a hand with your own creative journey. You have a muse, too, so stretch out your creative wings any way you can!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's Bedtime, Moo! available in paperback now!


My daughter has already made the proof we received of "It's Bedtime, Moo!" quite dog-eared from reading it over and over and over. She has mastered "her" parts, specifically "YAY! DUCKY!" and "BRUSHA BRUSHA BRUSHA."

Considering she was part of the inspiration for the book, that's totally cool with me!

The proof was quickly approved once she let us glance at it long enough to determine that the important bits weren't lopped off. Our copy came out quite well! You can now purchase it on Amazon (as well as Createspace). It should be available online at other bookstores in the coming days.



Pick up your copy on:
Amazon
Createspace
Barnes & Noble

Here's the book in action:
Deia and the first Moo book, 'It's Bedtime, Moo!'

Saturday, May 17, 2014

It's Bedtime, Moo! - New Book, New Series!

After a recent round of doodling cows and krakens for my children, two good friends in my life suggested that I write a book for children. Believe it or not, there is an unfinished children's book somewhere on my stove of books-to-finish! Gasp, an unfinished book? Say it isn't so!

Given how long it took me to finish the illustrations for my nephew's book, Daddy is Tired, I was surprised by how much more quickly this one was completed. It helped quite a bit that I had that surgery on my elbow back in 2012, of course! Ever since, I've been relatively pain-free. It still twinges occasionally. Sometimes before weather changes, but usually if I've been over-using it.

In any case, Moo and Friends is one of my favorite set of characters I've ever drawn. My Mom still loves the "Fruity Friends" I drew ages ago (Mango Man, Nataline Nectarine...I was such a goober when I was a kid!), but I haven't really thought much about them in over a decade. I only remember them when Mom mentions them :P

What I call "Original Moo" is a representation of my daughter, who loves cows. The Moo featured in "It's Bedtime, Moo!" is actually my daughter's favorite stuffed animal, who also happens to be named Moo. I know, it's so confusing! Moo wasn't her first word, but she's been using it extensively for over half of her life. She'll be three in September, to give you an idea of how much she loves the word. Her collection of plushie Moos has grown exponentially over the past two years, starting around her first birthday when she met the first Moo (who is the Moo featured in this book). She gave Moo the biggest hug of her life, and they've been inseparable ever since. We did have to buy her first...

I hope you enjoy this first book in a planned series of Moo books! The ideal age-range to enjoy this book is 5 and under, although you may enjoy it even if you're 90!
You can find your own copy at these stores (print version coming soon!):

Digital/eBook Versions:
Google Play Books
Amazon Kindle
Kobo Books
Apple iBooks
Nook
Scribd
Smashwords - Use coupon code EW73U through the end of May 2014 for two dollars off the eBook price!

Friday, March 28, 2014

I Have A New Book - Personality Runes!

Personality Runes Cover
I have so many other books to finish, but this one kept calling to me. The ideas behind Personality Runes were ones I've used myself over the past several years. I never thought to share it beyond some hastily-scribbled random words, posted on a digital flashcard site.

As I delved deeper into each Rune to flesh out my thoughts more, I felt more in tune with the Runes on a whole. Strangely enough, the Runes I'd so carefully crafted (and wrote about in this book) were lost when we moved last year. I remember carefully packing them so I could get to them as soon as we unpacked, but I still haven't been able to locate them. Along with the Runes were a beautiful set of Goddess Tarot cards, and a growing collection of semi-precious stones. I'm sure they'll be found at some point in the future. Who knows, perhaps they're meant to be handed down to one of my kiddos!

In any case, I relied heavily on my artistic/creative side to connect with each shape and symbol in the Runes. It's something I enjoy quite thoroughly on many levels. I love to find out about all the different sorts of people there are in the world. To get into their minds, figure out what drives them, and possibly turn them into a character for one of my stories. Isn't it interesting how everything always comes back to stories?

This book is available on Amazon as a regular book (gasp - not just an eBook?). It's available through several different places as an eBook, too!

If you'd like to get your hands on a copy, check out these resources:

Print copy
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Createspace

Ebook copy
Amazon
Smashwords
Google Play Books
Nook (Smashwords Edition)
iBooks (Smashwords Edition)
Kobo Books (Smashwords Edition)
Scribd (Read it for free with a Scribd subscription!)


Smashwords distributes to many other channels, too, so check your favorite eBook stores in the coming days!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Website Move and Update

In case you haven't noticed, we moved to Blogger! Wordpress is a great product, but Blogger has a lot of features built-in and doesn't require constant updating to the latest version. Apparently if there's an update, it happens automatically. That's pretty cool!

By my calculations, it's been almost a YEAR since I last posted an update! In that time, I've turned 30, my oldest finished first grade, and my youngest started on her Terrible Twos. I've changed jobs, too!

The books I've been working on are still being written, I promise! The time-table's definitely changed, though. I've started a few other creative projects (and even finished some), so I haven't completely abandoned creativity :)

I've been working on some children's books for my daughter using my "Real" name. It's not that I think I can write a better children's book or anything, but I really want to teach her certain concepts my way. The hubby thinks my story ideas are a bit out there, but he thinks I'm an Odd Duck. I don't even quack! I think of myself as more of a kitty, you know? Apparently that is part of what makes me an Odd Duck. Sigh!

I do plan to finish Meryl's story by the end of this year, so look for the Smashwords' link in the future! :D

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pre-biography

My posts have lately been centered around a more self-help perspective than the usual writer-talking-about-writing-stuff. By "Self-Help" I hope you all understand the posts are from my perspective and aren't intended to fit the world. Just as an author writes in the genre they are good at, a person lives the life they're good at. Well I suppose you could write in any genre regardless of how much you enjoy it, but I prefer to stick to what I like!

Meryl's been getting WEIRDER AND WEIRDER. The book, not the character. The character is definitely turning into a strange person as well, but things keep happening that I just hadn't planned for! I've read several different "writing process" type suggestions that range from "get the outline" to "write on the fly." It's the same with drawing or art of any sort. Some people work very well within a structure, and some give up on their structured pieces if they try.

I've got PLANS to do the nanowrimo this year (I will do it I swear!!! I will!) and have been struggling with what to write. It has to be something you start fresh, and you have all of November to write 50,000 words. You can't start it in October and finish in November. For me, if I don't finish Meryl by then (and I'm 1/3 of the way through my new goal), it WILL be the first novel I finish. I've finally settled on a sort-of strange idea for a book that's based on a recurring dream of mine. Generally with my recurring dreams, I feel they're some sort of flashback to a previous life. While in some circles it could be considered "Non Fiction" to write about a previous life, I'm pretty sure that'd be stretching it a bit for most of the world. Since I intend on taking some poetic license with the story anyway, I've already started preparing it mentally as a more fiction-type story. Reading about a previous life could get really boring if it's presented like an auto-biography. What would a previous life book be called anyway? Pre-biography?

The story is actually really really depressing and sad and has no true happy ending. The optimist in me is sorting out the ending to figure out how to make it happier, or at least have some take-away from all the sadness. In the dream version there are a few things that are different, but ultimately the gist of the story will be relayed. I hope it helps people in similar situations understand people like the characters in the book. Other than that, it's really not going to be one of those OMG YAY yippy skippy things. It wouldn't be classified as Romance or Mystery or Sci-Fi. What genre is Sad Lit anyway?

On a rather unrelated note, I've switched back to using Disqus instead of the Jetpack comment system. Apparently I'd need to completely reinstall Wordpress on my domain to get it working again, possibly maybe, so I opted to just go back to what I know works.

My Brother-In-Law's new book, Dissolution of Peace, will be out on October 16th 2012. I've had a chance to read the book (before it was done being edited) and can say with confidence the story is really awesome! It's available on Kindle and Paperback through Amazon so be sure to pick up a copy. He's put a lot of work into making a truly great book. You can pre-order your copy now by clicking the link up there. The link also has a pretty snazzy video for the book. My daughter loves dancing to the music :D