It’s FINALLY here…

Monday! Monday! Monday!  I have never been so happy for a Monday to be here.

Monday is when the manuscript is back in my hands.  I will get my deadline, do my rewrites, edit A LOT I’m sure, change a few things I’ve been thinking about and hopefully get this process moving faster.  You can not imagine how impatient I am becoming.  I know that when you work with a publishing company that things are all on their timeline but I am finding that their timeline is much, much slower than I can handle.

I may have to look into self publishing book 2 just so that I don’t have to wait and wait and wait…

So, Monday is the beginning of the end.  It’s when I start my hibernation process.  I am on vacation from my “day job” for nine days and I plan on spending ALL of those nine days working on the manuscript so that it can be perfect for all of you.  By the time I go back to work my house will be destroyed and I may need to do a dozen loads of laundry but I will hopefully have completed the edits… that’s my ultimate goal.

WISH ME LUCK!!!

Promotional Copy aka the back of the book

Promotional Copy aka the back of the book.

Holding On

For five years Becca has been struggling to hide her feelings for her best friend, Brad. Now she finally has a chance to move on. She’s in a new city, she’s attending a new school, and she’s met the first guy besides Brad who’s held her attention in a long time. Not only is Ethan attractive, he’s an amazing tennis player, and he might just be Becca’s match on and off the courts.

Brad has loved Becca for as long as he can remember. Now that Becca’s family has moved two thousand miles away, Brad may finally be ready to lay his heart on the line and do whatever it takes to hold on to Becca.

But is Brad too late? Or will Ethan’s secret drive Becca back into Brad’s arms? Torn between her love for Brad and the promise of something new and exciting with Ethan, Becca has an almost impossible choice to make, the choice between letting go or holding on.

What draws you in?

How to entice someone to buy your book?

 

I wish I knew the answer to that question.  I’ve been thinking a lot about the book description that will be published along with the book.  The book description is a summary on the back of the book and is what readers will find on places like Amazon.com.  It has to be enticing enough for them to want to spend money on your work without giving too much away.  If you tell them too much then why would they buy the book to begin with? 

 

I’ve spent a good portion of the day on Amazon looking at the summaries for some of the books that I have purchased and LOVED.  I was trying to remember what it was that caught my attention.  Why did I decide to spend my money on that book?  After a long internal debate, mostly about how I’ve spent a whole lot of money on books in the last couple of years, I’ve decided that what really catches my interest is the uncertainty of the story.  What is the author not telling me?  How will I feel after reading the book?  How will I feel while reading the book?  Will I laugh?  Will I cry?  Will I be able to relate to the characters?  Will I fall in love with the story?

 

So, now I need to write the description for my book.  What do I want to tell the readers?  What about my book will interest them enough to want to take a chance on an unknown author?  Just because a publishing company picked up my manuscript and decided to give me a shot doesn’t guarantee that people (outside of my family anyway) will buy my book. 

 

I am open for suggestions… what is it that you are generally drawn to in a book?  Keep in mind that this is a young-adult romance.  It’s nothing like Fifty Shades of Gray.  I would compare it to the more recent publications of authors like Jamie McGuire, Rebecca Donovan, Colleen Hoover, etc.  I am speaking purely genre here.  I would never compare myself to them in writing style – they are all amazing authors with amazing fan bases.  If I even come close to the successes they have then I would be a very lucky person. 

 

So, give me your thoughts.  What is it that draws your attention to a book?

And it begins…

Well, editing started two weeks ago and I can honestly say that I am more nervous now than I have been through this entire process thus far.  I still don’t have the book in my hands.  The editors are doing their things, making a bunch of ‘red marks’ on it, and then I will get my opportunity to fix the things that are wrong.  I think that’s what scares me – the fact that I know there are things that are wrong with it.

Obviously I am a rookie at this.  Obviously there will be errors that need to be fixed – punctuation, grammar  tense, etc.  Spell check can only catch so much 🙂  I think I am most nervous about seeing all the errors and knowing that there is still along road ahead before anyone gets to read what I have put so much of my heart and soul into.

So, next month begins my journey which I have promised to take you along for.  The editing on my part, the deadlines, the late nights fixing and rewriting.  You get to take that journey with me. The fun part for you (and probably me too) will be when I am finally able to release sneak peaks to you like the cover!   (I am so excited to be a part of that process.)

To give you an idea of what I am looking forward to would be impossible.  I think I may still be in shock about the fact that someone is actually taking the time to publish my book.  There are so many aspects to this that I am anxious for, excited about and upset about at the same time.  I wish the process would move faster as I am one of the most impatient people in the world.  Those of you who know me personally understand this.  Those of you who don’t well let me put it to you this way… I don’t like to play the waiting game.  I like for things to happen at the snap of my fingers and anything less than that it unacceptable at times.

So, most of the time I like to take matters into my own hands, work at my own speed and get things accomplished way before there is a fear of a deadline looming.  I can’t help it, it’s just how I operate.  With that being said, I have a little news that I thought I should share…

 

 

 

This will be a series!  Book two has been written, beginning to end… it’s finished.  I have some modification I would like to make to make the story line stronger in my opinion but for all intensive purposes, it’s finished.  Book three is in the works.  I have completed a rough layout and plan to start writing it in the next week or so.

I would like to thank a few people for inspiring me even though I don’t think they even know that they have.  Their books have been some of my favorites.  Their journey through an industry that can swallow you whole of spit you out has been amazing to watch.  Congratulations to all of these wonder authors for inspiring other to write, to take their dreams and make them happen.  Thank you!

A long-overdue giveaway!

A long-overdue giveaway!.

Editing

23 days until editing starts and my life revolves around my computer more than usual.  Ugh!  I am excited and scared and nervous all at the same time.  I can’t. Wait for all of you to read it, cover to cover, and give me feedback but I  think that scares me most if all.
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Sneak Peak #2

Alright, time for another teaser for everyone to read.  I have a few already posted on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/holding.on.501) if you would like to read them there as well.  I try to keep different teasers on different sites.  I want to give the readers a nice variety.  So, here you go…

 

 

I swung around into his arms and held on tight, wrapping my legs around his waist.  I knew he wouldn’t drop me but it felt so good to hold him that I didn’t want to let go, not any time soon anyway.  He smelled just like I remembered, he felt just like the last time I had hugged him, and there were tears just like last time as well.  The only difference was that this time they were tears of joy.

I pulled back to get a good look at him and I saw for the first time in what felt like forever a real look of joy on his face.  I smiled up at him, happy to be able to see those luscious brown eyes of his, the gold around his iris’ sparking with joy.  He wiped away the few tears that had crept from my eyes with the back of his hand.  Then he leaned down and his mouth was on mine. Crap!

Sneak Peak #1…

Okay, time for the first sneak peak.  Keep in mind that the content is unedited at this point.  As editing begins I will be able to post some material that will actually show up in the book word-for-word but until then this will have to do.  I hope you like it, let me know if you do.

My phone began ringing in my pocket but I didn’t even bother to look.  I knew it was probably my mom wondering where I ran off to.  Wanting to finish our very one-sided conversation.  She wasn’t asking us, there was no talking about  this, she was telling us that we were moving.  The ringing stopped and then started again right away.  Really? Can’t she just let me be alone right now.  Does she not understand how upset I am?

“No,” he said from about ten feet away.  Had I just said all of that out loud?  Probably.  When I get emotional that tends to be my M.O.  “You are not allowed to be alone right now.”

As I turned my head I couldn’t help but smile.  He was such a beautiful person, inside and out, and he was mine.  He towered over me in height and could probably bench press me as a workout.  His body was always in great shape because he was always at the gym trying to strengthen his upper body for football.  He was doing a great job.  I could see how impressive his build was, even through the sweatshirt he was wearing.

We have been best friends since 7th grade and I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world.  This was not the first time I had noticed how incredibly desirable he was.  I have been pushing those thought from my brain for years now.  It’s a dance I’ve been doing for a while and have perfected.  I start to lose control of the fact that we are friends and the next time we see each other he has a girl on his arm, usually a new girlfriend.  It always helps to bring things back into perspective for me.

I’m staring at him, taking in the ‘view’ as his long legs bring him the ten feet or so in about four steps.  “What are you doing here,” I asked him as he sits down next to me on the bench and wraps his long, muscular arm around my shoulder.  I put my head in the crook of his neck and exhaled the breath that I didn’t even know I was holding.

“You mom called me when you left the house.  I was running about five minutes late so I took a detour and figured you would be here if you were upset.  I saw your car but I didn’t see you on the courts so I called your phone and listened for the ring to find you.”  He knew me too well sometime.  As he hugged me tighter I began to shiver.  He gave my strange appearance a quick once-over and started to laugh.

“What’s so funny?”  I know I sounded defensive but I really didn’t see the humor in anything at that moment.  The only thing I was focused on was the pain in my stomach and the fact that my brain was refusing to process what was going on.  I was starting to get a headache.

“Do you see what you’re wearing?  You would be laughing too,” he replied while trying not to laugh too hard.  He was successfully failing.

I looked down and started to laugh too.  I had on my hot pink rain boots with my favorite purple sweat pants and a very deep red and black sweater.  To top is off my blanket was an ugly burnt orange, school colors.  I looked like a very ugly rainbow of colors.  I had to laugh and once I started I couldn’t stop.  Brad always knew how to make me laugh and he always knew how to make me feel just a little bit better about any situation, or at least make me forget about it for a moment.  I actually felt the tension begin to melt from my body.

What it’s all about…

So, I was thinking that before I start to post some actual (un-edited) content that I should tell you what the book is all about.  In a nutshell, it’s about the struggles of a teenage girl, Rebecca (or Becca as her friends call her), as she’s ripped from her ‘normal’ life and moved across the country at the age of 17.

She’s strong and fierce but also unsure of who she is.  She’s a normal, confused teenager.  The story follows her as she struggles to find herself, to hold on to her past and to move forward with her life in more ways that one.  She wants to hold on to what she’s always known, who she’s always know, the life she’s always known.

That story really heats up when she meets an amazing guy who causes some new drama in her life but she’s drawn to him in more ways than one.  Her best friend is causing her some anguish while this is all happening and she just really doesn’t know which direction to go.  Her heart is telling her one thing and her head is telling her another.

Will she find her way?  That’s what the reader will have to find out.

My first attempt at blogging…

Wow!  It’s amazing how much work goes into marketing a book that has yet to hit the stores.  I’m just getting started on getting myself set up and already I have four new passwords to remember.  I’m gonna need a book to keep all my information for my book organized.

Well, I’ve found that some of the successful authors that I follow are doing giveaways.  I would love to offer that (and eventually I probably will) but I have to wait until it’s officially finished.  So, until then here’s what I can promise…

I promise to try and make new posts as often as possible.

I promise that each post going forward will contain a teaser of my book.

Lastly, I promise to that if all goes as planned, I will do at least two or three giveaways for signed books when the book is available (or at least when it becomes available to me which will be a little before the stores) and the first person to post on this blog will be the first person to get a signed copy.  (My family will probably get one before you but you will be the first official non-family member to receive a signed copy.)

Goodnight for now!