Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Special What is Success Show on Blog Talk Radio

It's Oscar night for Virginia S Grenier, Marsha Cook and Bennet Pomerantz . Join them on Wednesday February 27 10 PM EST 9 PM CST 8PM MT 7PM PST for a lively discussion about the Oscars. If you missed the Oscars they will fill you in on everything that happened and everything that didn't. It's going to be a fun packed show.

It will be an open show for callers. Bethany Cross will be there to open the chat room.
Call in to speak with the hosts (714) 242-5259

Feel free to call in with your questions or opinions on who should have won or shouldn't have. If you've ever thought of writing a screenplay this would be the show for you. You might just come away with the inspiration to write one!

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Listen in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2013/02/28/special-what-is-success

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Book Review Tuesday: Fairy May

Fairy May dreams of one day becoming a tooth fairy but she struggles at school and always seems to get things wrong. With hard work and determination she prepares for her test. Will she realise her dream and become a tooth fairy?

Overall Thoughts:
The story is mostly about Fairy May and how she tires so hard to pass her fairy classes and test, but no matter what she does...she just can't get it right. However, I love how the story does cover the importance of taking care of your teeth. As the daughter of a retired dentist (my wonderful step-dad), I understand the importance of teaching children about this simple daily task. In Fairy May, children learn how important it is to take care of their teeth as Fairy May studies and practices these basic hygiene skills so she can pass her Tooth Fairy test.

I highly recommend this book due to all the hidden messages for children about hard work, not giving up and taking care of your teeth.

Written & Illustrated by Jo Linsdell
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing
ISBN: 978-1481951425


About the author:
Jo Linsdell is a best selling author and illustrator, award winning blogger and freelance writer. Originally from the UK, she now lives in Rome, Italy with her husband and their two young sons.

Author website: www.JoLinsdell.com
You can follow the Fairy May virtual tour at http://www.worldofinknetwork.com/authors-on-tour.html

Monday, February 18, 2013

BTR's Featured World of Ink Network show: The Writing Mama with guest Amber Lea Easton

 
Join BTR’s Featured World of Ink Network show The Writing Mama at 2pm EST - 1pm CST - Noon MST - 11am PST with host Virginia S Grenier, who will be chatting with multi-published fiction and nonfiction author Amber Lea Easton.

For twenty years, Easton worked in the fields of journalism and advertising with a brief detour into the financial industry. Although she holds a BA in Communications & Journalism, she is a perpetual student of life who enjoys taking courses on a wide variety of subjects when time allows. Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges, but who ultimately persevere.

Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she's writing, she considers herself to be simply "a lucky lady liv'n the dream."

You can find out more about Amber Lea Easton, her recently released contemporary romantic suspense novel Riptide and her World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/a2azncg

Host Virginia S Grenier is an award-winning children's author, founder & owner of SFC Publishing, LLC, award-winning editor and a Mom's Choice Award Honoree.

When she isn't busy talking with authors, illustrators and others in the publishing industry, she is coordinating vitual tours for World of Ink Network and helping to manage things behind the scenes with partner Marsha Casper Cook.

To learn more about Virginia S Grenier, the other WOI Hosts and the World of Ink Network visit http://worldofinknetwork.com

Be sure to tune in at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2013/02/18/the-writing-mama-show-with-guest-amber-lea-easton

Friday, February 15, 2013

Interview Friday with Illustrator Jessica Love from the Night Buddies series

Jessica Love grew up in California, with two artist parents. She studied printmaking and drawing at UC Santa Cruz, then went to study acting at The Juilliard School in NYC.

Jessica currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, toggling back and forth between her work as an actor and her work as an artist.



VS: Jessica, I want to thank you for taking the time to be interviewed on my blog today. How long have you been illustrating?

Love: I've been doing it since I was a kid. The way that I have drawn has always been story-based. That was what drew me in, stories about people, the way you could tell a story through images. So when I was little I would narrate the story out loud as a drew, and I suppose that's still what I do.

VS: Is your family supportive of your work?

Love: Very. My parents are both artists (my mom is a basket weaver and my dad is a potter), and so I grew up believing it was a totally normal job to have.

VS: Was Night Buddies your first publication?

Love: This is my first full length children's book to have published. When I was at Juilliard I would do cartoons for the Juilliard Journal, but this is really the first thing I've had published.

VS: Can you share with us a little about your favorite scenes in the second Night Buddies book?

Love: I loved the character of Fast Fanny, and when I read the scene where she first appears, in the Blimp Emporium, I thought that was fantastic. I love that she's this tough talking broad, sort of a Girl Friday type, and so it was really easy to imagine what she ought to look like just from the way she talks.

VS: What did you find to be the most challenging part of illustrating the Night Buddies series?

Love: Collaborating with a writer can be challenging, but Sands has very specific ideas of how he wants things to look. Sometimes the way we imagined a scene was totally different, and it was hard at times to throw out something I was quite fond of to try to get closer to what he wanted. But that is part of the process.

VS: Do you have any other works in progress? Can you share a little about them?

Love: I am currently working on a children's book that I'm both writing and illustrating. I hope to have it completed by Summer. It's about a six year old Dominican kid who lives with his Grandma in Queen. I don't want to give too much away, but the book is about celebrating uniqueness, even when at first, that uniqueness comes in a challenging form.

VS: What do you think are the basic ingredients of a good book?

Love: I think the great children's books all have this curious combination of feeling extremely familiar; tapping into some deep and recognizable experience; and also creating the sense of strangeness and wonder that is intrinsic to all childhood experiences. That is what made Maurice Sendak so great. He never lost that sense of terrible wonder, and that's why his books were never saccharine, or simple. Because that's not actually the way children experience the world. That's the what adults project onto kids. But I remember childhood being much more complex than that. I believe children have the same range of emotions that adults do, but because they don't have the range of experience that allows for easy filing, those feelings strike them more vividly.

VS: What is required for a character to be believable?

Love: It has to be three dimensional. The books that stick with us have characters that are not just one thing; they have layers. Kids are absolute geniuses for detecting phoniness and pandering, and they get bored with it immediately. For a character to be engaging, they must be true.

VS: Where can the readers of The Writing Mama find out more about you and the Night Buddies series?

Love: I have a website, JessicaLove.Org, where I post about various projects I'm working on. I'd love to see you there.


You can find out more about Sands Hetherington, Jessica Love and the Night Buddies series World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/bysdkbv

Follow the Night Buddies at
Facebook Fan Page: www.facebook.com/nightbuddies
Twitter: @Night_Buddies

Publisher Website: www.dunebuggypress.com

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com  
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Guest Post Wed: Kindling the Fire in Romance with Amber Lea Easton


Ah, anticipation...the breath before the kiss...accidental touches that stir the embers...the boundaries yet to be crossed...the art of sexual tension.  Just like in real life, flirting needs to be a part of every romance novel.  The give and take, lean in, lean away, to kiss or not to kiss, the glance, the biting of the lip, the inner debate between yes and no...all of that is integral in fueling desire. 

Think about how you first know you’re attracted to someone.  It’s usually a physical reaction that you can’t quite put into words, right?  Sure, it’s easy to say someone is attractive, but I’ve met quite a few attractive people that I don’t feel sexual toward.  Desire is a purely physical and emotional response to someone else.  Conveying that in written word is best done through non-verbal cues or physical responses. 

As the saying goes, show don’t tell.  In the beginning, I’ll often have my characters acting nonchalant with their dialogue while conveying desire through nonverbal actions like squirming in her chair, tapping a pen, biting her lip, loosening the buttons of her shirt.  Or internal fantasizing about what the other person would be like naked.  That’s overt, but I’m trying to make a point.

Kindling the fire between main characters is all about the subtle dance of seduction.  Here’s a brief excerpt from Riptide where Lauren meets Noah face-to-face for the first time.  Notice her non-verbal cues that let you, the reader, know how she feels.

“You nearly killed me, you know,” a deep voice said from over her shoulder. “That was you on the Jet Ski, right? Reckless.”
Lauren turned her head and blinked several times. Merman in the flesh stood within inches of her left shoulder. Little earthquakes rocked through her body until she thought she’d fall off the stool.
“Noah, good to see you,” Austin said with a smile. “Lauren, meet Noah Reynolds. Noah, Lauren.” Austin pushed a beer in front of him. “I thought you were writing all day. What’s up? Procrastinating?”
“Mostly.” His wet hair curled against his forehead and into eyes that reminded her of expensive whiskey. A faded red T-shirt stretched across his chest. Moisture seeped through at the shoulders and neckline. He resembled a pirate—the Hollywood kind that makes every woman crave the bad boy.
“Mostly.” Austin snorted. “I’m beginning to think you’re never going to write again.”
 “Be more concerned with your sister’s reckless moves on that Jet Ski. She nearly took my head off.” A smile tugged up the corners of his mouth while he took a long drink from the beer bottle without looking at her.
“I didn’t come close to you,” she said after finding her voice. “What were you doing way out there anyway? Danger zone.”
Watching a droplet of water slide down his neck made her squirm and lick her lips. Okay, so maybe island mode was a bit too much to handle her first day. She held the cold glass of sangria against her skin.
“Hey, Erin, Larry booked a private charter tonight. Want to ride along? He needs another dive master.” He ignored her and spoke to Austin’s manger slash girlfriend.
“Why aren’t you doing it?” Austin said.
“I’m not up for it. Bad day.” He shrugged. “What do you say, Erin? We’ll pay you.”
 “Will you hold the boat for me if I’m a little late?” Erin asked. “I promised Austin I’d stay until he gets back from taking Lauren home.”
“No problem. Do you dive, Lauren?” His whiskey-colored eyes focused on her face.
She had a sudden craving for a shot of Jack Daniels. “No, I prefer seeing fish in an aquarium, especially the ones with big teeth.”

Sexual tension is the key to any romance novel, regardless of sub-genre.  There needs to be heat, but believable sizzle so that the reader is engaged in the dance as well. 

The best way to fan the fire in fiction is to have it mirror real life.  If the characters don’t seem human or if they seem too good to be true, then there is a disconnect.  The glances, the lean in, the brush of knees beneath the table and subsequent physical reactions are all integral to character and plot development. If the love story is believable, there is plenty of sexual tension along the way.  




About Our Guest Author: 
Amber Lea Easton is a multi-published fiction and nonfiction author. For twenty years, she's worked in the fields of journalism and advertising with a brief detour into the financial industry.  Although she holds a BA in Communications & Journalism, she is a perpetual student of life who enjoys taking courses on a wide variety of subjects when time allows.  Smart is sexy, according to Easton, which is why she writes about strong female characters who have their flaws and challenges, but who ultimately persevere.

Easton currently lives with her two teenagers in the Colorado Rocky Mountains where she gives thanks daily for the gorgeous view outside her window. She finds inspiration from traveling, the people she meets, nature and life’s twists and turns. At the end of the day, as long as she's writing, she considers herself to be simply "a lucky lady liv'n the dream."

You can find out more about Amber Lea Easton, Riptide and her World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/a2azncg

To learn more about the World of Ink Tours visit http://worldofinknetwork.com  
 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Top 5% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profiles

I woke this morning to begin my daily routine to find some exciting (or interesting news) in my email. Now, I have a lot of writers and published authors who have asked me at conferences, on blog talk radio shows or in passing conversations if I feel certain social media outlets are really worth the time and effort. One such social platform is LinkedIn.

To be honest, I never really had an opinion about LinkedIn. What I mean is I don't pay for advance services or options for my profile account. I have the basic free account, I'm in a few groups (who send me digest updates of discussions) and I get "Connect" requests. My profile is basic and does give a nice quick snapshot on all I do and have done. I don't promote my LinkedIn profile at all. In fact, I think it is my least maintained social media platform I have.

So you can imagine my surprise when I saw an email from LinkedIn saying my profile is one the Top 5% Most Viewed LinkedIn Profiles. Really? But it doesn't stop there...nope I even was sent a form letter. See below.
Hi Virginia S,
Recently, LinkedIn reached a new milestone: 200 million members. But this isn't just our achievement to celebrate — it's also yours.
I want to personally thank you for being part of our community. Your journey is part of our journey, and we're delighted and humbled when we hear stories of how our members are using LinkedIn to connect, learn, and find opportunity.
All of us come to work each day focused on our shared mission of connecting the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. We're excited to show you what's next.
With sincere thanks,
Deep Nishar
Senior Vice President, Products & User Experience

What does this all mean? Well it means you should use all and every means to build your social platform as a freelance writer and published author. It means you don't have to spend most your day maintaining your social network profiles, but you do need to post stuff twice a month to once a week if you want exposure. You don't have to post about you, your work or books. I post at all my social media sites daily, but 1 to 5 percent is about me...the rest is about others in the industry. By sharing your passions, what is happening in your industry/genre, interesting tidbits, etc. you grow a following.

Yes, it is great to have fans and followers, but they don't want to hear you talking about yourself all the time. They want to know what you are passionate about, what hobbies you have and interests. I'm glad my LinkedIn friends and followers have enjoyed checking out my profile feed on what I'm up to...or actually sharing what I find interesting.

Thank you LinkedIn your support and THANK YOU to all who follow me on my various social platforms. I hope to bring you more interesting tidbits in 2013!

Want to visit my LinkedIn Profile, which is one of the top 5% most viewed @LinkedIn profiles for 2012. Visit me here http://www.linkedin.com/pub/profile/28/260/222