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Not Your Average Interview

1 Feb

Here celebrating the release of her debut YA book, My Dad’s a Paranormal investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters, is Rebekah L Purdy.

Now, I say this isn’t your average interview because not only is Rebekah one of my favorite authors, she’s also my sister.

So Bec, first off, let me say I loved My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator and can’t wait for the fan mail (e-mails) to start pouring in. What would you say was the driving force behind this story?

RLP: Can it be my husband? (lol) Really, he’s the one who inspired me to write the dad in the book. Every year he (my hubby) arranges trips and nights out in search of Big Foot, ghosts, and hauntings. As something fun for the family. Plus, I’m a HUGE fan of the shows Ghost Hunters and Destination Truth.

~How long did it take for you to write My Dad’s?

RLP: Probably 3 months. (I fast tracked it during the mentor program, hosted by Romance Diva’s–an on-line romance writers group I belong to.) 

~And how long from the time of completion to publication?

RLP: This book sat on the shelf for some time, so almost two years.

~What inspired you to begin writing?

RLP: I’ve always loved reading, which branched into writing. But I’d have to say my fourth grade teacher Mr. McGrath was the person who introduced me to books, where I fell in love with the stories and wanted to write my own.

~What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

RLP: I like it all. But probably coming up with a new idea and the excitement of creating new characters–and stalking my character look-a-likes on IMBD (Internet Movie Data Base–at least I think that’s what it means) And yes, Taylor Lautner’s available to play the character part in my next book.

~(lol) If he can’t maybe Ian Somerhalder can.

RLP: No, I’m saving him for myself because he’s spicy like a meatball. (She says in an italian accent)

~I’m allowed to say you’re a dork because we’re sisters, right?! Anyway, is there anything you must have when you’re writing?

RLP: A damn good playlist, lots of water, chocolate, my dog on the back of the chair, a notebook-for character sketches, IMBD-again to stalk my “characters”, and a theasuarus . Oh, and a computer.

~Yeah, a computer helps. (lol) Next is a question I know you’ll enjoy. Does your love of Star Wars influence you as an author?

RLP: Are you kidding me, I have the force in my blood. I am one with Yoda, ye-es. Seriously though, I think Star Wars is the first thing to help me connect with the whole good-vs-evil vibe. My crush on Luke Skywalker aside, I believe Star Wars embodies everything you’d look for in a good story. Because it has the light and dark sides, romance, action…

~What is one bit of advice you’d like to impart to a beginning writer?

RLP: Don’t eat yellow snow. (ha!) Not don’t put that…

~It’s already there.

RLP: Let’s see, one bit of advice. Don’t quit writing. Even when you think a story may not go anywhere. Basically, every story you write is a stepping stone and helps you to improve your craft.

~From one writer to another that is excellent advice. Now, I know you’ve been writing seriously for 7 years, what are some things you think have helped you improve your craft?

RLP: Anytime I finish one book I immediatley begin working on the next. I also have a fab crit group, which includes my darling, beautiful sister. *wink*wink* Also, I think not taking rejection too personal helps.

~Speaking of the dreaded “R”, any thoughts on dealing with agent/publisher rejection?

RLP: Again, don’t take it personal. And make sure EVERYTHING is ready to go before you send it. As in, edit your work and/or have someone else critique or read it.

~Great advice. And one final question, what’s next?

RLP: I’m working on a story now and awaiting a contract on book I submitted last fall.

~Be sure to let me know when your next contract comes rolling in. (I know you will).

To find out more about Rebekah click HERE and enter for a chance to win her YA Paranormal Romance, My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters.

Congratulations again Bec, I look forwad to celebrating many more releases with you!

(Read the blurb for My Dad’s below)

My Dad’s a Paranormal Investigator: Seeking Shapeshifters

Sixteen year old Ima Berry (pronounced I’m a) leads anything but a normal life. For starters, the ridiculous name her eccentric dad gave her is always the opening for a good joke. Not to mention the fact he makes his living as a supernatural investigator, which has them moving around every few months. It’s hard to hang out with new friends when she spends all her time trying to prove the existence of Bigfoot, ghosts, fairies and any other number of paranormal creatures. Unfortunately, the cases always end in disaster. That is until now.

On a whim, Ima’s father decides to move them to Point Hope, Alaska. Here, he plans to investigate the possibility of shifters amongst the Inuit tribes. Ima isn’t thrilled with the move, until she meets an Inuit guy named Carsen. Not only is he hot, but he’s also a star basketball player, and he’s interested in her. Too bad his best friend, Talon, doesn’t like her and takes every opportunity he can to discourage the relationship. Ima has no idea what she’s done to make him mad, but there’s no denying the strange connection between them.

As things grow more serious with Carsen, Ima uncovers a secret about him and some of the residents of Point Hope. A secret that will force her to choose between her father’s already dwindling career and her new found love. And with the knowledge of this secret comes danger…a danger that could cost them their lives.

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Writer-All-Nighter (2)

6 Jan

Wonder what  happens when an author (writer)  pulls an all nighter. Well here’s a list of my favorite all nighter activities:

#1. Write: This is probably a given, but I thought I’d better mention it to avoid confusion.

#2. Visit Blogs: Comment on the blogs in the blogroll for two reasons. First off because this is a great all nighter intermission activity. And second, it’s always nice to take time out for others when your otherwise busy.

#3. Read: That’s right. During my all nighters it’s essential that I keep a book close (that’s not my own) and read five pages here and there. I find this helps me to pull back from what I’m attempting to write so that when I revisit my work ten minutes later it’s like looking at it with fresher eyes.

#4. Chat on Skype: This works especially well with a friend in another time zone who’s impressed when you say, “Oh yeah, I’m still awake at 2 am. What time is it there? Oh, only 9? What’s that, you need to go to bed?” I find this activity tends to revive me for the big finish.

And finally, the  activity to do when pulling an all nighter…

Blog!

How do you handle an all nighter?

What’s New This Year:

1 Jan

Well for starters:

#1: Social Vibe: I’m raising money for education but not in the way you’d think. Here’s how it works. Click on the social vibe widget (further down my sidebar) and it’ll open to a set of Company based ads. You watch the ad and the company donates money to the cause. It cost them money and each of us 5 minutes of our time. A really easy/great way to give back.

#2: The 2011 Debut Authors Challenge – hosted by The Story Siren. This is exciting to me. Because as a writer it’s easy to sometimes write/critique and forget to read. (Or get too busy to read). I’m hoping this challenge will help me step back even more to simply enjoy a book and of course support Debut Authors. Just found this out as well, each month/for every review done on a debut book participants names are put into a drawing for a prize pack. Below is a photo of January’s pack. Let me just say, WOW!

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#3: The contest area in my sidebar. (Which I may move lower, because it distracts me for some reason.)

#4: Totally 4 YA: It’s a fantastic NEW authors group geared completely at teens, their lives, their world, YA reading, YA writing… the list goes on and on.

#5: A *hush-hush* sisters site getting ready to launch.

As you can see it’s starting off to be an exciting year already! Oh and before you go, don’t forget to tell me, what’s new with you?

Vote NO on the big “R”esolutions!

30 Dec

Okay, so in the writing world the big “R” (or little one) is representative of ‘rejection’. As in, you get that dreaded agent e-mail that kindly says, “I’m sorry, this story wasn’t quiet what I expected.” Or “I like the premise, I’m just not sure how to sell this manuscript in this particular market.”  Just about every writer has seen one or two of these in their lifetime.This however, is NOT the big “R” I’m speaking about.

I’m talking RESOLUTIONS, like billions of other people are. (You know, being as it’s that time of year).

I had resolutions last year that didn’t go much further than the day I posted them. So this year, The BIG “R” is going to be the BIG “G” instead. Yep, you read right. I’m thinking of starting a petition, because like those rejection letters, that in some way let us no we’re not quiet there, the New Years resolutions seem just like that. Like once a year we post a list of what’s wrong with us. What we just haven’t managed to get right. And then 2 weeks down the road when we drop the ball it’s like getting a rejection all over again.

So yeah, this year, I’m getting goals, not breaking resolutions.

My goals for 2011 are:

Use two methods in which to get organized and on top of things: (Calendar and a timer)

Develop my craft: whether through reading, writing, or information provided on-line.

Support others in “getting there”.

Give back.

Sleep more.

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And that about does it for the goals, which are realistic for the first time in years. I think this NON-resolution stuff may work out yet.

Have you got goals?

Also, don’t forget to VOTE!

The Simone Effect!

28 Dec

 

Okay, this is NOT one of Simone Ekeles new releases, but I love her so much, I have to be reading her books until I can pick up Chain Reaction (the 3rd installment in the Perfect Chemistry series) when it comes out in MAY 2011.I’ll of course be giving my short review of Return to Paradise (the sequel to Leaving Paradise) as soon as I finish, but let me just say, I love it already. Only approx 100 pages in and I wish her books never ended.

 

Also, new to the bookshelf this past week is Matched by Ally Condie (Allyson Condie). Can’t wait to crack this one open!

What’s on your bookshelf?

The Short Reviews:Perfect Chemistry, Rules of Attraction and How I Live Now

23 Dec

I’m a fan of reviews, but don’t always like finding out all there is to know about a book before reading one. Mostly it’s nice to know whether a person loved a particular book, or felt like it was a huge disappointment. So I’ll be focusing on short/sweet reviews and give each book a ‘love’ rating based on the rating system below.

DECEMBER_____________________________________________

December 2010:

How I Live NowThe Report: My sister suggested this book to me

Title: How I live Now

Author: Meg Rosoff

Pages: 194

ISBN:0553376055 (ISBN13: 9780553376050)

RATING: 4♥♥♥♥ bff’s

How I Live Now surprised me.  I wasn’t positive I would care for the author’s unique way of telling the story. In the end, I enjoyed Meg Rossoff’s writing, characters, world and writing style. Parts of the story were just heartbreaking while others brought hope and laughter.

Overall I thought it was an excellent read. Though, I admit it may not tug everyone’s heart as it did mine.

NOVEMBER____________________________________________

November 2010:

Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)The Report: Purchased Perfect Chemistry (Book #1) from local bookstore

Title: Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry Series, #2)

Author: Simone Elkeles

Pages: 324

ISBN:0802720862 (ISBN13: 9780802720863)

RATING: 6♥♥♥♥♥♥ marry me!

Simone has fast become one of my favorite authors. All that really needs said, is if you haven’t read the Perfect Chemistry series, do. Now that I’m waiting on Chain Reaction (the 3rd in the series to come out) I’ve bought and read several other Simone Elkeles titles. She’s brilliant. This follow up to the first book, Perfect Chemistry features Carlos, Alex’s brother. Carlos is just as hot, dangerous and full of pride. Kiera, his opposite, seems very innocent, but I love the depth the author gives to her character. This is a book (series) I will read over and over again.

**The third book in the series is all about Fuentes brother #3 Louis. Seriously can’t wait!

OCTOBER______________________________________________

October 2010:

Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry, #1)The Report: Purchased Perfect Chemistry (Book #1) from local bookstore

Title: Perfect Chemistry

Author: Simone Elkeles

Pages: 360

ISBN:0802798225 (ISBN13: 9780802798220)

RATING: 6♥♥♥♥♥♥ marry me!

Simone creates fantastic characters in a lovely story. I adore Alex, the guy from the wrong side of the tracks pitted with the perfectly imperfect Brit. There’s a growth in their relationship that the author captures and maintains throughout the story. And an honesty about how Alex (a gang member) views life and girls. Simone does an excellent job at volleying between the two characters POV, which was key in this book. In short, I loved Perfect Chemistry, love the author, and now I’m off to purchase Rules of Attraction. (No such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to books written by Simone!)

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These and future reviews can be referenced any time in the future by clicking on THE SHORT REVIEWS title in the menu bar above the blog header. Hope you enjoyed the reviews! I would love to hear about what you’ve read, what books you love and/or if you have any suggested reads for me. Just let me know by leaving a comment on this post.

BIG NEWS: The Replacement and Rules of Attraction Blog Tours!

22 Dec

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Two Fabulous Authors Doing UK Blog Tours.

And since they’re on line tours, we can all play!! Thanks to Jenny over at  Wondrous Reads, for this Fab info!! She says to check out all the details on the banners and join in! (banners made by the talented Kat at S&S!)

I adore both of these authors. Simone Elkeles who I author crush…BIG TIME! And Brenna Yovanoff, who was absolutely lovely participating on a YA panel at Romance Divas! So excited for this event arranged by Simon & Schuster Children’s UK (@simonkids_UK on Twitter).

Tell me, will you be available to play on any of these dates?

Before you go click over to read the most recent December ‘SHORT REVIEW’.

Our winner is…(followed by a weekend update)

27 Sep

BG: Mom let me pick the winner this morning and I’m really excited to send you Flipped. I hope you like it like we did. (I still don’t know when my book order is coming in but I will make sure Mom puts it in the mail when it does) Oh and Mom decorated the winner thing to look like a tree because in Flipped Juli has a tree that she loves to climb. But Mom says not to tell you any more about the book so that you’ll want to read it.  :-)) Anyway off to school. Hope you liked our first giveaway. (And so you know I commented back to all of the comments I got Friday. It was kind of hard.)

Okay, stepping in here as it’s time for BG to go to the bus stop.

BG: See ya.

And that’s one kid out the door this morning. And congratulations on the WIN Jennifer. Jennifer blogs at Me, My Muse, and I. So if you get the opportunity to stop in and congratulate her on her win that would be great.

That said, while there should have been more writing accomplished in the Gilbert house this weekend, after a slew of unending interruptions I opted for the NO WRITING WEEKEND. I swear on Sunday I sat down a dozen times with my laptop. But after phone calls, running into town, being called for an unexpected favor, which ended in more running, our puppy begging for attention, 3 kids and a husband coming in and out of the room, irritation began to rise instead of word count. As I’m not the type of person to be buried in frustration I decided instead that the writing could wait, because life outside of my laptop could not.

Yep, they LOVE me so much, I can’t get anything done!

Finally Friday Segment:Introducing Baby Girl, BeeGee, BG.

24 Sep

Sitting back I realized a big part of my sanity when it comes to reading and writing stems from the moments I share with my 12 year old daughter, who I’ll call BeeGee (not like the group, but like a way cooler nickname than Baby Girl). Hmm, maybe I’ll go lazy and just use BG, I think I will. Moving on.

So BG and I sat down together this weekend and came up with the idea to do blog posts together. Sometimes we’ll have giveaways, she’ll write a post of her own. We’ll talk ‘stuff’ and focus as best we can on reading, writing, and life in the Gilbert house.

Since this is our first Finally Friday Segment we’ll begin with her introduction.

How about you tell the readers something about yourself…

BG: Well, as Mom said, I’m 12. What she didn’t say is I’m in the 6th grade. I love to…

Should I have told them you’re in the 6th grade?

BG: I think you should have. *smiles* Anyway, like I was saying, I love to read, listen to music, and I really like learning about Egypt. Also, I enjoy a good mystery, even if I’m the one who wrote it. I’m not very fond of math. Science is okay. (But I would rather be in Social Studies or Language Arts.)

So would you rather read or write?

BG: Probably read. But I guess, it depends on the day.

Would you rather do LOTS of math or get a tetanus shot? (Seeing as she just went in for her shots it should be an easy comparison).

BG: MATH, big time!!

I’ll remember that next time you sit down to do homework.

BG: (Thank heaven she doesn’t remember things too well. Hehehe!)

Don’t worry; it’s going on THE LIST! Mwahahaha!!! *clears throat* Okay, now back to reading. BG and I are going to celebrate the launch of our Finally Friday Segment with a GIVEAWAY. Yay!!

BG: Oh my gosh Mom, we’re only giving away a book.

Yeah, but tell ‘em what book.

BG: It’s a really cute comedy book that we read together.

That’s right, it’s about this girl, Juli–

BG: And this boy named Bryce–

I read Juli–

BG: Oh, and I read Bryce–

Juli was a bit clueless and naive and totally crushing on Bryce.

BG: Bryce was hilarious and tried his best to avoid Juli.

But eventually things flip and the two begin to see one another differently–

BG: Yeah, my favorite part was at the beginning when he’s trying to get Juli to let go of his hand and he’s thinking about how she has him ‘in a death grip.’

I loved that part, (lol) and her thoughts were priceless: ‘I almost got my first kiss that day, I’m sure of it.’ When the whole time Bryce is trying to get away.

The book we’re talking about is Flipped By: Wendelin Van Draanen.

BG: Yeah, Flipped is totally flipping awesome!!

Um…yep it is. At the heart of the story is true friendship, finding something to believe in, and the value of family. If you want to win a copy of Flipped for you–

BG: Or someone you love.

Go ahead and leave a comment. Anything to add, BG?

BG: How will the readers know who wins? Maybe we could number the comments and draw a number.

Sounds good.

BG: Do I get to draw the winner?

Sure, and we’ll announce who’s won on–

BG: Monday!

Okay, so there you have it, you have the weekend to comment.

BG: Adios!!!

Thanks for stopping by. And a quick recap, don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win Flipped and while you’re here say ‘hi’ to my baby girl–don’t tell her I said that–and let us know what you think of our Finally Friday Segment.

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BG: Be our first WINNER!! (And so you know, we ordered the book from my scholastic book order…and I’m not exactly sure how soon it’ll be in).

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