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Friday, September 28, 2012

I Got Tagged, and, Mini Book Reviews, Blogtour Announcements, and a Help, Help Me!

 

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Holy Schmoly! The weekend is upon us again, and I got tagged by Clay @The Clay Wheel . He was one of few or maybe many who actually finished his Camp NaNo Wri Mo successfully. I actually got to 40 thousand-and-some words before a migraine invited itself into my head the last week. But hey, I got a good working draft out of it.

So since I’ve gotten tagged, which I hate having to deal with I need to harass  find some other willing peeps to participate in this game.

The one good thing about this game, there isn’t any rules. Well, not that I read but then again I’m known to have some major moron moments and miss a lot of important information. But I do have questions to answer.

What is the working title of your book? I’ve got two books. One is finished except for proofreads, formatting, more proofreads, a download to Amazon, and Create Space. That one is Secondhand Shoes. My new project is Dear Mommy.

Where did the idea come from? Both books were inspired by people, places, and things in my life but all my characters’ personalities are on steroids. Other than that, I plead the fifth. People can’t possibly be as dumb or bad like they are in my books. But then again…watch the news.

What genre does your book fall under? Secondhand Shoes is a hybrid of sorts. It falls under paranormal-thriller-action-packed-slapstick-comedy with a touch of romance.

Dear Mommy is a definite thriller with a hint of humor. A guinea pig and some really dumb peeps make it funny and lightens the heavy load in this one.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie? Secondhand Shoes- Lila, it would’ve been Brittany Murphy. Gram..um…Patty Duke or Shirley McClain. Babs. That’s easy. Meryl Streep. Mrs. Butz. That’s easy, too. Jessica Lang. B.J. That’s easy, too. The maturing, Brad Pitt. Max…a younger Sean Penn or a younger Christian Bale (I have a tendency to live in the eighties)-but this book is written from the eighties perspective.

Dear Mommy. Haven’t thought about that yet. I hear mostly voices when I write. Very distinct ones. Later I’ll figure out what those voices look like.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? Oh crap! I hate questions like this. Secondhand Shoes:  Psychic/medium ignores her dead Gram’s advice, gets married, and spends her honeymoon on a deadly run from her groom.

Dear Mommy: Two grandmas embark on a dangerous adventure to save their baby grandson from a drug dealer.

Will your books be self-published or represented by an agency? Secondhand Shoes will be self-published. Dear Mommy. The jury is still out on that one. I’m glad there is more than one possibility.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Secondhand Shoes: 2 years. It took four years total to perfect it afterward.

Dear Mommy: 45 days.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? I’ll plead the fifth again. I already gave enough info away.

What else about your book would pique reader’s interest? I wished I could say because I’m the goddess of writing, and I wrote it. ***grins*** In Secondhand Shoes you’ll watch the main character progress from a mouse to a lion. She wouldn’t be in her situation if one, she would have followed her heart,and two, if she would have spoken her mind to begin with. And how many of us have done this? ***raise my hand***

Dear Mommy- A baby is in danger because of his moronic pill-head parents gnaws at my stomach. How about yours? Will baby C.J. ever be safe? Will his grandmothers be able to save and protect him? And will they be able to get over themselves in the process? One grandma is a Baptist who blames the other for her son’s demise and is fiery. The other one is a hippy who recites positive affirmations and seeks her pendulum for the right thing to do.

Okay. Who am I going to pick to tag? Eanie-meanie-minie-mo. Pick a tiger by its toe. If he hollers, let him go…Um… How about I pick these peeps out next time? I’ve got other things to get to today.

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Mini Book Reviews

She Who Hunts, by C.L. Parks

She Who Hunts Snarky chic goes into temporary hiding when creepy-demon-possessed-hubby tries to kill her. Snarky chic is taken under the wing of her soon-to-be-Skinwalking-soul-mate and meets up with long lost family. And she discovers she’s the Dark Slayer from a prophecy. In the meantime, demons are on the lose eating citizens and people close to snarky chic. She gets mad and seeks revenge.

This was a good smooth read except for a few missing words and some spelling mistakes. The storytelling was excellent. I wanted to read more with every coming chapter.

Last year, I gave a this author a bad review on A Repeating Life. She redeemed herself in this one. This book gets Twenty-Five Shelly Stars, a handshake, and a giant bag of chocolates. Redemption is a good thing.

You can find this for your Kindle for 99 cents HERE

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Blood Fugue, by E.J. Wesley

final blood fugue front cover imageHooty-hoot-hoot! Loved this one. Read it in about three hours in between heads of hair loppings.

Very snarky, foul mouthed MC gets a strange call from someone. Later on she discovers its her grandfather who she thought was dead. She drags her sidekick to his house to find him in a wheelchair and a half eaten horse. The mystery, what did this? Better yet, who is her grandfather? Lot of great twists with a lot of humor sandwiched between some blood and gore. You won’t want to put this down. Not even to go to the bathroom.

This is a smooth and fast paced read with an excellent twisted plot. Hooty-hoot-hoot! That’s Shelly-language for I really, really, really loved it. I give this one Twenty-Five Shelly Stars, a big hug, and a bite from my most favoritist (it’s a word if I say it is) organic dark chocolate bar.

You can find this on Amazon for 99 cents HERE

***brow waggles***

Also the author is having a Bury the Hatchet Blogfest and Give-away. He’s giving away some fancy-good-stuff like a Nook. Holy schmoly, Batman! You need to go check this out! Click on the link below.

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CLICK ME

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This is a reminder that Gwen Gardener will be having a blogtour, October 8th – 31st. Interested? Click the link below.

Blogtour badge for PIP

CLICK HERE

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More announcements

My good friend, Lorelei Bell, author of Vampire Ascending and Vampire’s Trill has unleashed some more vampires on the public.

vampire my own

Get me for 99 cents HERE

Holy Devil

Get me for 99 cents HERE

 

And fellow blogger, unique teacher of writing wisdom, author Roland Yeamons has released his new book.

Ghost of a Chance

Get me for 99 cents HERE

I also suggest to go and visit his blog Writing in the Crosshairs.

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Misha Gericke at My First Books has a message for everyone about those PITA word verifications. Go check it out! I couldn’t agree more about those buggers.

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Please help me! Please, fellow blogger buddies!

Secondhand Shoes is in its last stages before I release it. I know I did a cover reveal over at my other blog but I didn’t ask for help but…

I’m going to do another cover reveal. However, I don’t do techie-thingies and thing-a-majiggers all that well. So anyone interested in helping do the reveal? Please leave a comment, your interest in doing so, and how to get in contact with you so I can send you the info.

Your name will be put in a drawing for a free 10 dollar Amazon card. I’ll be doing the reveal on Friday, October 13th.

I hope I didn’t overwhelm everyone’s circuits today.

Sir Poops and Hair Ball will see you all onTuesday.

Hugs and chocolate,

Shelly

34 comments:

  1. Shelly ... Best. Review. Ever! :-D Seriously, don't think I'll ever get another review of 25 stars with the words 'hooty-hoot-hoot" in it. lol

    Thank you for sharing you for reading and sharing your review. AND for announcing the blogfest. You rock! That is all.

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    1. E.J.:

      You're very welcome. No problem.

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  2. Have a great week-end Shelly and let me know what I can do to help :)

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  3. Congrats on Second Hand Shoes, and the final stages and Dear Mommy! Passing along the book suggestions! Thanks for sharing them. Def enjoyed reading your post today!

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  4. Vincent Price was no help. Good thing that other guy chose to rock. LOL

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    1. No. Vincent Price was after the mad scientist's wife that's why.

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  5. Circuits slightly going haywire. Great stuff. Nice interview.:)

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  6. I like your book pitch! Sounds like she should have listened to her Gram!

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    1. I wrote it a couple times. Still working on the blurb. Oh my...

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  7. I could see Sean Penn as Max... but not a younger Christian Bale....

    And yes, suggesting that those character's personalities are on steroids seems to fit quite well!

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  8. So...you got stuck in the literary hot seat, Shelly? Very entertaining answers!

    What do you need for the cover reveal? I'm a technomoron, but since my son did your cover, I feel I must volunteer!

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    1. Yup. You all know how much I love these. Not!

      I'll be in contact.

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  9. The Fly was my favourite movie as a kid!

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    1. its still my favorite movie. The older version is way better than the newer. My opinion.

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  10. Good luck with Second Hand Shoes.

    http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

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    1. I like the spelling to be Secondhand Shoes even though its
      a two words. And thank you.

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  11. Second Hand Shoes sounds outlandishly hilarious. Looking forward to its release date!

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  12. 25 Shelly Stars? Now, I have to read EJ's novel! Just let me know when you want the cover reveal post to publish, and I will be there as much as my cyber-challenged skills allow. Thanks for including my novel here, too. :-) The ghost of Marlene is blowing you a kiss.

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    1. Roland:

      Thank you.
      There are so many books I need to get and read, including yours. I'm waiting for my Kindle to explode.

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  13. Congrats on Second Hand Shoes. I can't wait to get my copy.

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  14. Congrats Shelly!
    I'll help any way I can... even though I'm tech-challenged!! Hey, I can do the basic copy and paste thinggie, and that's about it... LOL

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    1. Michelle,

      I'm challenged that way to so I'll keep it real easy.

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  15. Hi Shelly! I'm new to your blog. I found you through a blog we both follow.

    I like the sound of your current projects! I look forward to following you. :)

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  16. Wow! Twenty-five Shelly Starts AND a bag of chocolate! I'm honored and humbled! Thank you, Shelly, for the wonderful review!

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  17. You're welcome, CL. You did a great job with this one. Looking forward to more of your books.

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Let me know what you think.