The Sunday Show – Defining Moments with Author Viv Drewa AKA The Owl Lady

Originally posted on Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life:

I usually spend a couple of weeks popping in and out of my future guest’s blogs and also previous interviews and stories that have been published on the web. What I did find about my guest today confirmed that everyone’s opinion mirrors my own, which is that she is an extremely kind and generous person. You will also find that she is a very modest person and it was a pleasure getting to know her a little bit more.

My guest today is Viv Drewa, an author and blogger with two sites, both of which she uses to promote other writer’s posts and books. She has kindly reblogged many of my posts and I am sure your articles too over the last year and I am certainly very grateful for that.

The Author

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Viv Drewa originates from Michigan and I have managed to glean a few gems about her…

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The Vanishing Book Cover Reveal #bookcover #writer

Originally posted on Writer Babble:

I am so happy and proud to announce my book cover for ‘The Vanishing’. It was designed by a fantastic graphic artist named Johnny Digges. His design is exactly what I wanted in terms of mood and atmosphere and I couldn’t be happier with the result. So follow the link here to find Johnny and be sure to hit him up for any future book covers and design.

So here it is… Let me know what you think?

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Writing in a Winter Wonder . . . Damn Snow!

That ‘blizzard’ threw a monkey wrench into the week.  It also led to a very odd reminder that people love to bitch on the Internet.  The media erupted about 3 feet of snow, which some areas on Long Island got.  Yet the storm did veer more to the east, so some areas didn’t get nailed as bad as expected.  So people bitched about the panic that the media and government created.  Here’s the thing:  What would have happened if they said 12-18 inches and then it was 3 feet?  Personally, I’d rather they predict more than we actually get than less.  Better to be over-prepared than be fucked when it comes to the weather.  Then again, I know someone who was actually injured due to the storm, so maybe I have a different opinion here.

So the storm had everyone home and a lot of shoveling.  This meant no writing for a day or two, but I did finish two projects.  The outline for Book 10 is ready to go and I finished up the preliminary work on a future book.  I actually had to get a new marble notebook because I switching ‘categories’ and need the space.  Like a true professional, I went for different colors and will put the next batch of ideas in the green . . . blue one.  I’ve begun doing a few notes on the big series since it has 3 books that exist solely as a sentence each on a page of paper.  This might be my project for the week since I’m hoping to have some out-of-towners visiting.  Don’t want to start the next book and have to stop after one section.  It’d drive me nuts.

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Tomorrow is the Super Bowl, so we’re slowly cleaning and putting things away.  Then again, I did things throughout the week.  That means I can do this post and lie on the bed trying to sort through things.  Gearing up for a night of getting tax forms in order, which is always about as much fun as a ceiling fan to the head.  On the plus side, HBO is having a Mel Brooks special on tonight and then the newest episode of Black Sails.  That means the tax forms and brain-bending outlining will have some nice accompaniment.

I really lead a boring life outside of my head.  Though I can’t talk about my books due to spoilers and most of what happens with the boy needs to be seen.  The retelling doesn’t really live up to the reality these days.  Hopefully the posts I have going up this month are interesting.  I’ll be touching on ‘Romance in Fantasy’ at some point after Valentine’s Day including one on love triangles.  This is all over the place for topics and I have a Tuesday Guest Post.

I did get a bunch of new reviews on some of my books.  Nice to see the older ones are still getting attention.

So what am I doing this week?

  1. Shoveling after a small storm on Sunday/Monday.  This includes flipping off the sky.
  2. Host the incoming guests if the weather doesn’t scare them off.  This goal will include homemade penne with vodka sauce.  It also will decide on if I do anything else.
  3. Working on the next big series on my outlining list.  Not sure how and if I should bring it up here since it’s expansive.  It’s getting harder and harder to bring up future series in Windemere due to confusion.  Part of me wonders if I should shut up about the future until Legends of Windemere is over.
  4. Start working on Book 10 if #2 falls through, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.
  5. Contact Jason about ‘Sleeper of the Wildwood Fugue’ cover art.  Aiming for last week of March or first week of April.  Editing and cover art will be the deciding factor.
  6. Trying to stay warm.  It’s like the bitter winds are ignoring the fact that I’m in a house and I keep waking up with shivers.

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My book is FREE this weekend!

Originally posted on Michelle Proulx -- The Website:

Imminent Danger And How to Fly Straight into It is officially free to download this weekend (January 31 – February 1).

Click here to check it out!

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Here are details about the book:

Imminent Danger Cover RevealGenre: YA sci-fi / romance / adventure

High school junior Eris Miller thinks she’s having a bad day when her roommate’s boyfriend catches her stepping out of the shower wearing nothing but a towel. Then she gets abducted by scaly six-armed aliens with a strange fondness for the color blue, and her day suddenly gets a whole lot worse.

Trapped on a spaceship bound for the slave markets of Sirius B, Eris fears she’ll never see her home again. But then fate whisks her away from her reptilian captors and into the arms of Varrin, a fast-talking space pirate who promises to deliver her safely back to Earth. He claims to have her best…

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#AUTHORS – DON’T MISS the upcoming series – #Marketing Yourself and your Work…

Originally posted on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog..... An Author Promotions Enterprise!:

I’d like to draw your attention to the countdown clock to the right…

This series “Authors – Marketing Yourself and Your Work” has been specially created byAuthor Susan M. Toyin order to give as much insight and help to her fellow authors as possible, based on her own experiences in pursuing a writing career.

As many of you will already know, Susan actively supports authors in many ways including, but not limited to, having them as Guests and posting her reviews of their books on her own blog, writing and re-blogging interesting and helpful articles, sharing their promotions online wherever she can, and MUCH MORE.

SO – you not only have a Five Day Treat in store – you also have a lot of useful information being made available to you.

Please don’t miss it…

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Nameless Finale and A Fresh Book

Hulk vs Superman

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So I’m staring at these empty pages in the first notebook.  Though I guess you can’t call it first since I have at least 10 others that range from 2 years old to high school days.  This is the first of the updated, everything in Windemere notebooks.  Of course this means I need to get another one for the next grouping of stories.  All of this creates questions:

Do I work on the Grand Finale?

No idea if I ever brought this up in detail, but I’ve mentioned that the last book I ever write will be the Grand Finale of Windemere.  This tends to get people thinking I’m going to disappear in a year or two.  Keep in mind that I need to finish the other THIRTY SERIES/ONE-SHOTS first.  Yet, I do need to keep track of certain things to have this war between the remaining heroes and villains.  Structure is a question as well as who I take to the end.  How do I even organize such a thing?  It’s going to be put into the back of this notebook, so I’m thinking adding characters to the list as I bring other series to an end.  I only have a faint idea of how to do this.  Each chapter revolves around a hero or villain, which helps focus the story.

Which grouping do I tackle next?

There are 2 big series and groupings that I can think of taking on.  One is the ‘Project Phoenix’ stuff, which has a few issues.  It’s a lengthy series where nearly every book focuses on a new hero that has been awakened.  Only the first and final 2 books will be all hands on deck.  The big issue is that I keep finding other stories on my list that can fall under this umbrella.  Leaves me wondering if clearing more off the list would be smarter and that makes it easier to decide on what goes here.

The other series is 9 books that follow a young thief who always finds himself in these epic adventures.  Each one will be 4 acts with new and old heroes, multiple villains, and a lot of globe spanning.  I haven’t touched this series in a long time.  Oddly enough, the outline I made for the first book in college still holds up enough that I need only do a few tweaks.  The other 8 will be a challenge since I have various versions of some and absolutely nothing about the others.  Another headache with this series will be that I’d have to stop at certain points to work on another.  This is to avoid spoilers since the main character travels to areas that are awakened or founded in other stories.  Not to mention interacting with other heroes.  Right now I’m leaning toward this one, but I’m finding my mind keeps wandering.

Third Question

I had something, but I don’t remember.  All I know is that I’m gearing up for tackling the next book in Legends of Windemere.  I might start it on Monday, but I really just want to get it done by the end of March or early April.  If I can get 2 books written before summer break then I’m golden.

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The Search for the Ultimate Cache Scavenger Hunt: Item #4

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Hello everyone, and welcome to the fourth and final week of the Ultimate Cache Scavenger Hunt! This is it, so, grab your coconuts. Round up your gang. It’s time to finish the search for the Ultimate Cache!

For a refresher on rules and prizes click here.

Time for item #4–or rather, question #4:

Name all four members of the League of Comedy Fantasists!

Need a hint? There’s a blog posts designated to their introduction . . . but you can find the information somewhere else on the blog, too;)

Remember, the information containing the answer will be marked with a black knight piece just like the image to the right.

The clue will stay up until noon, but remember, only the first 5 participants who turn in their answers will receive a prize. But all other participants who turn in their answers before or at noon will be entered for a drawing to win a…

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