Christmas and Holiday Book Festival

Seasons Greetings!

I’m thrilled to be taking part in a huge holiday-themed event at N.N. Light’s Book Heaven’s Christmas and Holiday Book Festival . My book, Superstition, will be featured on Thursday, December 5. Each author shares a favorite family holiday tradition, including me.  You’ll even find a great recipe for egg nog.

Stop by and join in all the fun. There’s 63 holiday-themed books, 45 featured authors, plus a chance to win one of the following:

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $50 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $25 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $15 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Enter to win a $10 Amazon (US) or Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Bookmark this event and come back every day:

https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/christmas-holiday-festival

Some Girls Like It Hot Giveaway

How would you like to win one of 100+ gift cards to start off your summer? Join me for the Some Girls Like It Hot Facebook from now until June 12.  You can enter to win a gift card from every author on the hop! With gift cards ranging in value from $5 to $25 up for grabs, that’s over $1000 in prizes!

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TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…DAY 10

 

It’s finally here!  RELEASE DAY!  Happy dance, jumping for joy, and a nervousness that no amount of happiness can make go away.

This day, I’m sure, is the day all writers dream of…seeing their long writing journey come full circle.  For me, this day is a mixture of emotions.  When I write that very first sentence to the distant future when I finally write ‘The End’, I’m creating a fantasy world that feels as real to me as my own life.  I’ve taken this vague idea and these imaginary stick figures that I must breathe life into and flesh out until they are well-rounded (hopefully), relatable (hopefully), characters that will make my readers want to live in this imaginary world with me for that time that they are reading my book.

Then, if I’m fortunate enough to sell my creation, it grows wings and takes flight out into the world.  Haha, or at least, into the minimal group of readers that I’m fortunate to share it with.  This is where the nervousness come in.  What if no one likes my beloved characters?  What if everyone hates my carefully crafted fantasy world?  It’s like sending your child out into the cold-cruel world and hoping they make more friends than enemies on their new adventure.  It’s as scary as it is exciting.

When someone opens one of my books my greatest wish is they will experience every emotion humanly possible.  I want them to feel happy, sad, hopeful, passionate, angry, excited, anxious, and mostly love–all while they are reading the words that I have written on the pages of my book.  If my readers can share all of these emotions with me, then I know I’ve accomplished my goal as a writer.

So, as my TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION comes to an end, I want to thank you all again for sharing this crazy journey with me.  I couldn’t have done it without your support.  I hope you enjoy Superstition!  If you like it, please help an author (me) out, and leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.  I can’t wait to share this book with all of you.

There’s a really fun event happening on my Facebook page today.  Please stop by and enter the contest for a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift certificate from me and numerous other prizes from other Wild Rose Authors.  There’s over 100 giveaways!  Later today, on my FB event page I will be giving away an autographed copy of Superstition.

https://www.facebook.com/Veronica-Blake-Writer-266206860220484/

Now available to order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book.

 

TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITION…DAY 9

One more day!  I’m more than a little excited to finally see Superstition go live.  Once again, thank you so much to all of you who have hung in here with me through all the trials and errors of the past few years.

Today I’m going to tell you about the promotions for Superstition that will be going on for the next few days and I’m going to be doing a question and answer session here on my blog.  Ask me anything about writing, or whatever.  Let’s talk!

Superstition will be featured or presented on the following sites in the next week:

Affair de Coeur Cover Contest: I will be posting more information about voting.

http://affairedecoeur.com/AlmostKiss.html

Tweet Your Books:  June 9 – 16 –  Facebook and Twitter Promotion Blast

https://twitter.com/TweetYourBooks

https://www.facebook.com/TweetYourBook/

I Love Vampire Novels: June 12—featured release

https://ilovevampirenovels.com/

Books Go Social: Facebook and Twitter Promotion Blast

https://twitter.com/findnewbooks

https://www.facebook.com/booksgosocial/

TWRP/ Some Like It Hot:  This is a Facebook Blog Hop from June 9-12.  Over a hundred Wild Rose Authors are participating in this exciting event.  That’s over a hundred chances to win a prize!  Please stop by my page tomorrow for all the details.

http://somegirlslikeithot.blogspot.com/p/the-hop.html

Thank you for sharing this incredible journey with me.  I couldn’t do it without all of you!

Ask me some questions here in the comment section and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.  Tomorrow I will be hanging out on my Facebook Page where I’ll be celebrating the release of Superstition!  WooHoo!  Please stop by and help me party.

https://www.facebook.com/Veronica-Blake-Writer-266206860220484/

Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book.  Release date: June 9, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/Superstition-Blood-Clan-Book-1-ebook/dp/B071VPQSY7/

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TEN DAYS OF SUPERSTITON…DAY 7

It’s hard to put into words how much music affects my mood and enhances my life.  This is especially true when I’m writing.  The sound of songs I love playing in the background adds to my creativity in so many ways.  My taste in music is very eclectic.  Rock will always be number one with me.  But, I can get into a good country or bluegrass song, too. The following links are the songs I listened to over and over again when I was writing Superstition.  I’ve really been enjoying listening to all of them again while I’m putting this post together.

A few years ago I wrote this little blurb and I think it sums it up best: Music…moves me, inspires me, touches my deepest emotions and my darkest desires. It gives me wings to soar over the highest summits. A song can change my day, my mood, my world. Sing to me and I’m yours forever. Take my music from me and I will simply fade away like a vanishing mist…Veronica

Superstition Play List

Casper:                                                             Derek Blake

This is my amazing oldest grandson, aka D-Rock.  I’m biased, but I think he’s just great!  He lives in Fort Collins, CO, and plays regularly all over Colorado and on many nationwide tours.  When he released this song last year, I just couldn’t stop listening to it, especially when I was writing.

https://derekblake.bandcamp.com/track/casper-part-1

Beneath Your Beautiful:                              Labrinth

This song…wow!  The lyrics, the singing, the music, all of it, just gives me goosebumps.  It inspired the dance scene in Superstition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqIxCtEveG8

The Sound Of Silence:                                  Disturbed

I loved the original, but I really LOVE this version.  The gritty sound of David Draiman’s voice just moves me.  The song didn’t inspire anything in my book.  But just listening to it when I’m writing is inspiring to me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9Dg-g7t2l4

Down:                                                               Jason Walker

This song was relatable in the worse way when I was very depressed about trying to switch genres from historical romance to contemporary paranormal romance.  I listened to it way too much and let it get me ‘down’ way too much.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvGYYg40Ijw

Tougher Than The Rest:                               Chris LeDoux

As I mentioned before, I’m a rocker chick, and not a big fan of country.  But thanks to my upbringing, I am a country girl in some ways, too, and there are some singers and some songs that just inspire me regardless of their genre.  Chris LeDoux and his songs touch me deeply.  I listen to them when I’m writing because they tell a story and I’m telling a story.  His words have meaning to me.  Tougher Than The Rest…the song and the video just make me what to write about dynamic heroes and the fierce women they love!  His songs are constants when I’m writing any book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWR7ILg75D4

Look At You Girl:                                            Chris LeDoux

Another song I love to listen to when I’m writing, especially when I’m writing a love scene.  When this song is playing, I can clearly see my hero looking at my heroine with the greatest love and deepest devotion ever.  Inspiring?  Oh, so much!  Candles burning softly are a must when listening to this song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNEVx_nN8bQ

Riding For a Fall:                                             Chris LeDoux

Just another Chris LeDoux song that I find has so much meaning to me.  Every book hero and/or heroine tempts fate.  In a romance novel there is no escape from the destiny set in motion from the very first word, and that is what creates the conflict we all love to read about.  For some reason, I wasn’t able to just post the link, so you’re getting the entire video picture.  ??

 

Bella’s Lullaby:                                               Carter Burwell

If you know me at all, you know that I’m a HUGE Twilight fan, also known as Twihard or Twiheart.  I love this beautiful piano solo and I love to listen to it when I’m feeling mellow and writing is coming easy.  A glass of wine is always nice with this song, too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od-3oxpFWB0

A Thousand Years                                          Christina Perri

Another beautiful song from the Twilight Saga.  It was perfect for the wedding scene in Breaking Dawn, Part One, and it makes me think of my own hero and heroine in Superstition.  Their love is so great that not even forever is long enough.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtOvBOTyX00

Feel Like Makin’ Love:                                  Kid Rock

Kid Rock is one of my all time favorite musicians.  I love everything he does, but this song was just seemed to be one that fit my mood while I was writing Superstition.  Mateo and Dawn always feel like makin’ love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-tMN_etwV0

Crave You                                                        Flight Facilities

The title caught my attention…Mateo craves Dawn’s blood.  Then the line, ‘dripping in gold’ made me think of the goldmine in Superstition.  Boom!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=180zwSUBQkY

Beauty of the night:                                      Mads Langer

I loved this song as soon as I heard the title, because my hero, Mateo, could only come out at night.  Night time felt special—beautiful—when he was with my heroine, Dawn.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmNrv_8FyRs

Walls On Fire:                                                  Stevie Nicks

Everything Stevie does, I love.  This is an old song, but I enjoyed listening to it when I was writing.  Mateo is my favorite book hero…I loved writing about him.  He sets my world on fire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwnS_cGfaj4

Poison:                                                             Alice Cooper

I’ve always liked this song.  But, it related to Superstition, because it makes me think about how Dawn would get sick when Mateo bit her.  His vampire bite was like venomous poison. Perfect!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq4j1LtCdww

I Will Follow You Into The Dark:                 Death Cab For Cutie

My talented grandson played this song at one of his concerts I was fortunate to be at, and the words reminded me of how Dawn would follow Mateo anywhere, even if it meant she could die.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDHY1D0tKRA

Amen:                                                               Halestorm

I love Halestorm.  I love this song.  Sometimes, I just need to rock out when writing.  When this song comes on my playlist, I take a break from the computer and dance around the room and do a little head banging.  It’s probably scary to see (I’m old), but it keeps me young and it’s inspiring.  Haha!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sXoA7B5yJo

Tomorrow I will post the blurb from the back cover of Superstition, and my favorite scene from the book.  Thank you for joining me on this journey.

Now available for pre-order in eBook and paperback! Watch for news about the release of the audio book.  Release date: June 9, 2017

https://www.amazon.com/Superstition-Blood-Clan-Book-1-ebook/dp/B071VPQSY7/

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Some Girls Like It Hot and We Do Too!

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Grand Prize Giveaway June 1-12 

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Facebook Hop June 9-12

Be sure to join us for our Facebook Hop June 9-12, when we will have 100+ gift cards for you to enter to win. That’s a gift card at every stop! Plus a bonus giveaway for the winner’s choice of an Amazon Echo Dot or Kindle Fire.

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SWITCHING GENRES

Is it a mistake to try to take your writing career in a different direction if you are already established in one certain genre?  If you’ve been following my crazy writing life throughout the years, you know cowboys and Indians are my first love, but I’ve always wanted to try my hand at writing something in the horror genre, too.  After eleven Historical Romances, I finally decided to give it a go.  I spent (or wasted) three years completely obsessed with trying to write a paranormal contemporary romance about vampires.  This project was in completely new territory for me. Everything I had written up to that point was about the Old West, a subject I had been enthusiastic about my entire life.  I had a really hard time finding my ‘contemporary’ voice, but once I finally found it, creating my vampire fantasy world was the most fun I’ve ever had while writing a book.  Unfortunately, I have been trying to find a publisher for this book for over a year, and that hasn’t been any fun at all.  Excuse me for a second while I toot my own horn here, but I just don’t get it?  In my humble opinion (and also in my daughter’s opinion) this vampire book is the best thing I’ve ever written.  Okay, I know, we don’t really count.

My plan was to write a series of at least three vampire books about the ‘Blood Clan’ that I was introducing in the first paranormal contemporary romance.  But whenever I try to work on the second book in this saga, I feel like I’m wasting my time…again.  If the first book never sells, why should I be writing a second one?

I’ve tried to write a new historical.  I keep wondering if it’s the genre I really should stick with because I’ve had a measure of success with my first eleven historical romances.  But, every time I try to work on the historical I start to feel guilty about spending my limited writing time working on something other than the second paranormal.  What if a publisher finally wants to buy the first one, and I’m not ready with the second book in the series?

In an attempt to try something entirely different and to get my mind off of my obsession with the paranormal book, I started writing a contemporary erotica, but after the first fifty or so pages I decided this genre just isn’t for me.  Although, I  loved writing the love scenes in my previous books, I’ve decided I’m just a bit too old fashioned to compete with the new and totally uninhibited writers of erotica, which by the way, I do love to read.  Instead, I’ll just continue to write my mildly explicate and beautifully romantic love scenes, while being totally jealous of all those writers who can write really explicate (and sometimes really raunchy) sex scenes that make me quiver and sweat in all ‘those’ places.  So, basically my attempt to venture into another unfamiliar genre was just another waste of my time and energy.

Rejection is the bane of a writer’s existence, but I have to admit, I was a bit spoiled.  Until the past year and the four rejections I’ve received for the paranormal, my first eleven books were published without a single rejection.  Of course I know how lucky I was, and perhaps now I’m paying my dues.  As a writer I’ve learned I have no choice but to be patient, because everything in the publishing world takes an extremely long time to accomplish.  But, it’s still hard to wait anywhere from four weeks to twelve weeks after sending out a query or the entire manuscript—no wait, it’s far worse than hard—it’s downright agonizing to wait so long just to get a form rejection email, or a quick reply from an editorial assistant that they are no longer reading vampire submissions.  Speaking of long, I guess I have no one to blame but myself since it took me too long to write my vampire book and the market is no longer hot for books about this subject.  But, I can’t help but ask myself, did I also make a drastic mistake by trying to switch genres when I was already an established author in another genre?

Now here I sit confused about what direction to take my writing career at this point in time.  It’s been so long since I sold a book (four years) I’m beginning to feel like I’ve lost all my writing mojo.  Every time I post something about writing on any of my social media sites I feel like a has-been who has no business even having a writing site anymore.  I know I just need to keep writing, but should I keep working on another historical romance or the next paranormal contemporary romance in my series?  I love both genres, but I can’t write two books at the same time.  Of course, this wouldn’t even be an issue if I would just sell that darn vampire book, but until that happens (positive thinking here) I have to figure out which genre I can be the most passionate about writing right now, and I need to do it soon before the last of that mojo-thing is completely gone.  Decisions…decisions…

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