Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bringing Book Signings to Life

I recently had the pleasure of having a book signing with my fellow Wido Author Gardner Browning, who is the author of Everblade and Cerulean Isle. It was a smashing success! Gardner aka "Buddy" showed me how to bring book signings to life. This guy brought it to the next level, and had an Irish dance student doing a jig in the middle of the store for us. How did he do it you ask. By bringing his story to life, waving people over, telling them why they should read his book, and being curious about what they like to read. We can all sit there and say silent prayers that people will come to our table and take some swag, or we can take control and be the life of the party so people want to read our books. How do you draw in people at your book signings?



Thanks Buddy for a fantastic afternoon and showing this author a thing or two!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hello *knock knock* Kerri Are You Home?

I really haven't been home, hence my blogger absence. I recently went from a full-time writer/mom to getting a full time job. It's been a challenge working a real work week and having to get up at a certain time, so my writing has been at a standstill.  I really miss writing in my pajamas and cuddling with my cats, but I do have a pretty cool job. No complaining here. I work at my local humane society, and have recently been promoted as the small animal manager. I'm working to bring awareness to the public especially on caring for rabbits, as they are the third most popular animal brought to shelters across the US.

That's me now--working mom saving all the little animals and young adult paranormal writer by night! Ohhh it sounds like my new author bio haha.

Before I show you what I get to do all day, I want to tell you how something weird happened as I was editing Deadly Darkness (Book 2 in the Deadly Kisses Trilogy) I realized I had written a whole scene focusing on a humane society. Maybe it was deja vu. I certainly got spine-tingling chills.

Here are some of the animals that needed help and have been recently adopted!





Rescued animals make the best pets!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Moonless Blog Tour


Title: Moonless
Author: Crystal Collier
Series: Maiden of Time #1
Publication: November 13th, 2013
Category: Young Adult (YA)
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance











Alexia’s nightmares become reality: a dead baron, red-eyed wraiths, and forbidden love with a man hunted by these creatures. After an attack close to home, Alexia realizes she cannot keep one foot in her old life and one in this new world. To protect her family she must either be sold into a loveless marriage, or escape with her beloved and risk becoming one of the Soulless.

Crystal, thanks for stopping by today and bringing Bellezza along with you. Please sit down and enjoy this interview! Bellezza agreed to play nice for a short amount of time, so hurry and read, and then go to the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end.


Bellezza takes a seat, honeydew ringlets spilling loosely over thin shoulders. No more than thirteen, she glares through chocolate eyes that bear as much gravity as a black-hole. Her cheeks twitch upward in a sneer-smile hybrid.

1.      If you had a free day with no responsibilities and your only mission was to enjoy yourself, what would you do?
        *blinks in horror* Die. Maybe I’d have to start plotting my own death from boredom.

2.      What impression do you make on people when they first meet you?
 *grinning maliciously* They are charmed. Aren’t you charmed? *batting eyes* Am I not the very image of a porcelain doll?

3.      What are you most proud of about your life?
 No man or cage can hold me. I am free. Like the wind.

4.      Do you think you’ve turned out the way your parents expected?
 My parents had no expectations for me. Weak things that they were.

5.      You’re saying they’re dead?
 Killed old pappy myself.

6.      Can I ask why?
 *grin fades* Depends. Do you like horror stories? *brows lower* Keep on this line of questioning and your life will be one.

7.      What would you like it to say on your tombstone?
 I will have no tombstone. I will never die.

8.      What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to someone?
 *cocks her head grinning*  I sent a woman as strong as myself to the Soulless. And may she suffer for eternity.

9.      Why?
 *grimaces* She stabbed me with gold. Do you know what that feels like? Imagine acid—liquid acid beneath your skin. Now times that by one hundred.

10.  What are you most afraid of?
 If you tell anyone this, I will dangle your innards from the nearest flagpole. Understood? *squints, pointing with a threatening finger* I am irredeemable. In the end I will be alone. But I must continue in my mission, for myself, for those who have suffered. I am a product of my circumstances, a tool no loving or respectable person can be. 


Author Bio: Crystal, author of MOONLESS, is a former composer/writer for Black Diamond Productions. She can be found practicing her brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now calls Florida home with her creative husband, three littles, and “friend” (a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world domination and a bottomless supply of cheese. You can find her on her blog and Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.




Saturday, November 2, 2013

Who is NaNoing?

Every year I argue with myself if I should attempt NaNo or not, and every year I end up going for it it. The thought of writers trying to make their word count with me is somewhat comforting.

I wonder if they are drinking gallons of coffee to stay awake, or are they not using contractions in an attempt to up their word count.

Are they writing a novel, or are they writing poems daily.

Do they have an end goal of getting their novel published, or is it just for fun. My questions are endless.

I like to NaNo as a outline for my stories, and then I can go back and edit like crazy. My book, Deadly Kisses, was a NaNo project a couple of years ago. This year I'll attempt to write the final book in the trilogy, Deadly Escape. Wish me luck, and have fun all you NaNoers out there!

So tell me. Are you doing NaNo, and if so, why?





Monday, October 7, 2013

MOONLESS Cover Reveal

I'm so excited to be a part of the cover reveal blog tour for my very dear blogger friend, Crystal Collier! We've been buddies ever since I started the Choose Your Own Adventure Blog Hops (which I need to start again), and I've been following Crystal's writing journey every step of the way. I jumped up and down, and celebrated with a tray of cheese and crackers when she told me MOONLESS was going to be published. 

It's an honor to help reveal her cover to you. I know you'll love it as much as I do. Enjoy!


Alexia must choose safety and an arranged marriage, or true love and being hunted by the Soulless every moonless night.

Sounds interesting, eh?


 ❀Unleashing the dream world, one book at a time ❀


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Silent Oath Blog Tour

Paul Anthony Shortt, and my fellow WiDo Publishing author, is here today talking about his second book in the Locked Within trilogy, SILENT OATH. I'm really excited to read this book to see what Nathan is up to now. Until I get that book in my hands, let's welcome Paul as he talks about the power of modern myth--what a fun subject!


Hope has returned to New York City. Nathan Shepherd leads a small band of dedicated fighters against the Council of Chains and the city's supernatural masters. But it's not enough. Because from the shadows of Nathan's former lives comes an old enemy, one who knows terrible secrets that Nathan has not yet remembered, secrets that could undo everything he has fought for.

Nathan's only chance to uncover the memories of his previous existence, and to conquer these new forces of evil, lies in Elena DeSantis. A woman he has fought beside in past lifetimes. A woman he has loved.
Together, Nathan and Elena are the only future the city has.





The Power of Modern Myth

Welcome to the second stop on my Silent Oath blog tour!

It can be easy, when you look back at history, to think that the modern age lacks a certain amount of culture and vibrancy. We think back to older civilisations and their fantastic art, beautiful architecture, and compelling mythologies. It’s easy to look at the world and see only the violence, the hardship, the mass media spread of brand names and companies selling their products.

But I think that’s an unfair way to examine our world. Sure, it has its faults, but so has every point in human history. We were never perfect beings, and we probably never will be.

Specifically, many people overlook how myth has changed over time. In the past, myth came about to explain what mankind saw in the world. Thunder and lightning were brought by the gods. Storms meant spirits were angry.

Today, however, myth has become a form of entertainment. You see, we do have mythologies of our own. We just don’t call them that anymore.

Stories have always existed. Humans are social creatures and we have an innate love of storytelling. Where do our mythic heroes now exist? In movies, books, comics and video games. Iconic characters rise from humble beginnings and, over time, become ingrained in society’s consciousness. Superman, Indiana Jones, Lara Croft, Buffy Summers, Harry Potter. These are our mythic heroes now. These are the stories that we look to for guidance, as our ancestors looked to their own heroes.

These stories teach right from wrong. They inspire us to be ourselves, or stand up for what we believe in. They show us the power of friendship and let us know that, in the end, good people are rewarded while the wicked are punished. Does this always apply in real life? Of course not. But that isn’t the point.

The point is that these stories show us a better world than the one we live in. They’re a set of goals; ideals we can aspire to even if we never achieve them. I think it’s a shame when people try to apply too much real-world logic, even cynicism, to stories like these. By complaining about why Batman won’t kill the Joker, or why someone didn’t kill Voldemort with a sniper rifle from a mile away, we blind ourselves to the true importance of the story. We reject the better world, because it’s always easier to do nothing than it is to make a change in our lives.

That’s the power of these stories, to remind us that, even within our own lives, we can make the world a better place for ourselves and the people we love. That’s the kind of message I hope is present in my work. The kind of goal that Nathan Shepherd has in Silent Oath.


About the Author:
A child at heart who turned to writing and role-playing games when there simply weren't enough action figures to play out the stories he wanted, Paul Anthony Shortt has been writing all his life. Growing up surrounded by music, film and theatre gave him a deep love of all forms of storytelling, each teaching him something new he could use. When not playing with the people in his head, he enjoys cooking and regular meet-ups with his gaming group.

Paul lives in Ireland with his wife Jen and their dogs, Pepper and Jasper. Their first child, Conor William Henry Shortt, was born on July 11th, 2011. He passed away three days later, but brought love and joy into their lives and those of their friends. The following year, Jen gave birth to twins, Amy and Erica, and is now expecting their fourth child.
Paul's first novel, Locked Within, was released on November 6th, 2012, by WiDo Publishing. Silent Oath is the second book in this urban fantasy trilogy.



Links:
Twitter: @PAShortt

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Winners!

Thanks to all the wonderful people who hosted me on their blogs this week. You guys totally rock!

There were so many entries for the giveaway it blew my mind. I wish I could give each and every one of you a prize, but unfortunately I would have to win the lottery to be able to do that.

So Rafflecopter has chosen two winners.

Drum roll please...

The winner of a signed Deadly Kisses book, and signed piece of artwork is
Cristina Arpin

The winner of a custom made book trailer from Butch Deluca is
Mirlou

Congrats!
I'll be emailing you with details on claiming your prize.