Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Are You Feeling Lucky?


I know I am. 

My fabulous friend Kelley Vitollo's Lucky Break is out now in Barnes and Noble, and Amazon. It's part of Entangled Publishing's Bliss line which is for sweet romance. I haven't read Lucky Break yet, but I know it's amazing. I've read several of Kelley's books, and she's beyond talented! 

Here's the blurb:

One lucky break is all struggling actress Sidney Williams needs. But when living the LA life becomes too much, she heads back to the small town of Shamrock Falls for the vacation she needs to get her life on track—and immediately runs into Kade Mitchell, her former best friend and the boy next door she’s always regretted leaving behind.

Kade, the new owner of Lucky’s—once the most popular bar in Shamrock Falls—is determined to bring the place back to its former glory, and seeing Sidney again is a distraction he doesn’t need. Sure, the chemistry between them is explosive, but Kade can’t let himself fall into a fling with his best friend—not when he knows she’s soon heading back to the glitter of Tinseltown. 

Now, with the possibility of her first major acting role looming, Sidney must decide if her lucky break is in Hollywood or right where she left it—in Shamrock Falls. 

Next, did you catch Mark Koopman's mysterious post on a unique blogfest being revealed Nov 19, 2012? I know I'm definitely intrigued... ;) 

And if you guys haven't checked out Kevin Hiatt's blog, he's got great, honest posts. His latest one, Time for a kick in the Keister, is very inspiring and we should all root him on with his goals! 

And lastly, I know I'm a bit sloooooow on the whole facebook front, but I just started a page last night, and if you'd like to "like" it, despite the cheesy cover photo, I'd love to be connected over there

I hope you go check out these awesome sites. KelleyMarkKevin. They are all great supporters in this community. I know I'm lucky to know them. 

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Guest Post And Thank You!


Today I'm over at this cool guy's blog--------->


Michael Di Gesu is a fantastic writer and friend. Go check it out if you want to hear me ramble about being a writer and staying fit.




Next, I want to thank Tara Tyler for her kind tag yesterday. I prob won't do the meme, but I wanted to give Tara a shout out. She's also a talent with a fantastic blog. 



Thanks so much, Michael and Tara! What's on the docket today? New WIP? Revisions? Querying? I know for me it's a day of studying the craft. Gotta take it up to the next level. 

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Genre Favorites Blogfest!


It's that time again...

Another fabulous blogfest hosted by none other than our famous Ninja Captain... 

Alex J. Cavanaugh! 


One blogfest, four favorites!
List your favorite genre of:
Movie
Music
Books
And a guilty pleasure genre from any of the three categories!

Favorite Movie: The classics. Anything with Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire. 

Favorite Music: Anything from the Baroque period.

Favorite Books: Diana Gabaldon. (Yes, she is her own genre.) Hands down. Best. Author. Ever. 

Guilty Pleasure: The Vampire Diaries! Technically it's not a movie, but yup, I'm open about loving it... Can we say Ian Somerhalder? 

Thanks, Alex, for hosting. It'll be fun to pop around and see who else is participating! 

And make sure to stop by Michael Di Gesu's blog on Wednesday. I'll be doing a guest post on being a writer and staying fit!

Red. Head. Out. :D 




Friday, September 14, 2012

Jolene Takes Over Morgan's Blog



 HELLO BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!!!

It’s Jolene Perry. Come to chat with Morgan’s peeps.
Don’t worry – it’s not Morgan bound and gagged behind me there… Just someone who looks like her…

;-O

So, I asked Morgan forever ago if I could take over her blog today, and then I forgot, so on Wednesday she got this random email from me asking her if I’d gone completely insane (she lied very nicely and said no) and that yes, in fact I had already asked her, which was good because this would have been a sad, sad, stop to miss…

Sheesh. I don’t even remember how Morgan and I met anymore… That makes me a little sad, but she’s so completely and totally awesome and adorable that I’m glad I did.

FINALLY I got to meet up with Morgan (like face to face – so she DOES have a life outside my computer. Weird.) at SCBWI in LA, and I swear all five of the women I was sharing a room with wanted to wrap her up and take her home.
(She’s a dancer. She’s flexible. It totally would have worked)

What I love about Morgan is that the more I talk to her, the more genuine she is. It seems like no one could have the kind of energy that she does and maintain it. BUT SHE DOES.
(And if she doesn’t, she’s so good at faking that one would never know…)

So, in general gratitude that I know Morgan, and that she’s awesome enough to let me read for her (her books are freaking AH-mazing) and because it’s my birthday, and because if I told you all the reasons that I adore Morgan, y’all would get bored, I’m giving away an ebook copy of any one of my books. Your pick :-D

Just leave a little comment with your email and my nine year old daughter or random org (or both) will pick a winner on Monday the 17th :-D

Morgan. YOU ROCK.

She totally let me do this without question. THAT, my friends, is trust ;-)

If you wanna see where else I am today, pop over to my blog, and I’ve got a list…


~Jolene

***
And I'm back! Morgan here... Everyone make sure to wish Jolene a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And Jo, thanks so much for your kind words and for visiting today. I've already told you I want to be you when I grow up ;) And I'm totally going to leave a comment because I want a free ebook copy of one of your books!  You're Ah-mazing, and ridiculously talented. If you guys haven't read Jolene's work, well, let me just say: *sigh* 

Red. Head. Out. :D 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Insecure Much?




                                                                                
This is my first IWSG post! Thank you, Alex, for finding a way to unite so many writers together, because the truth is, no matter how strong a fa├žade you put on, we are all linked… because we all have insecurities in one way or another...


For me, I feel pretty “put together” as a writer.  I’m not starry-eyed about the whole process. I know its work. And I enjoy everything from the fresh spark of a new idea, to furiously typing out words seeing where a story goes, to piecing scenes together, to finishing a manuscript, to polishing and sending to betas, to applying beta notes and tightening up, to querying, to subs, to… yeah, not a fan of the rejection part, but the whole process is magic.

My biggest insecurity? Or fear?

Is that I’m delusional. I’m afraid any compliment I get is a lie. That people are just being nice.

I really am dedicated to mastering this craft to the best of my ability, and I want to celebrate each small success, but what if the successes aren’t successes at all? What if they’re just lies?

***Now keep in mind, rhetorical questions coming up***

Is my work too far gone for help? Is that why my betas say nice things? Are my mom and family members giving me a pat on the back just because they’re required to? Even agents, when I get a personalized rejection letter full of compliments, are they just being nice?

I choose to look at writing like I have potential, that I am having small victories, but heh, this is an IWSG post—and I’m supposed to tell you what I really feel. But I suppose it’s good to have some doubt, otherwise we’d all be walking around like we own the world.

But like EJ Wesley said in a post I read today, “At some point, my faith was stronger than my doubts. Eventually, I trusted what I knew, and quit focusing on what I didn’t. There’s a place where fear gives way to confidence. Very much like riding a bicycle with training wheels, I came to a point when that extra support wasn’t necessary, maybe still appreciated, but not needed.”

Loved that, EJ! All of his posts are great. Anyone else share my fear? Thoughts? (Just don’t tell me I’m delusional) ;) And now I’m off to go check out the other IWSG posts. They’re always fun to read.

Red. Head. Out. :D 

 
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