Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Writing Update: Once upon a Nightmare, May Goals, 2015 RONE Awards


Happy Wednesday! Boy, how can it be the fourth Wednesday already? The year is flying by.

April has been a rather challenging month, especially since I spent about two weeks of it sick. But I published Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection last week and am working on the blog tour/choose-your-own-adventure tour posts this week for May/June. I've only drawn one bookworm (my newsletter one) and hope to get one more (blog banner) finished before the end of the month.

Here are my May goals:
Revamp the Blog - A while ago, I decided my author tagline should be "Feeding your inner bookworm." I've been meaning to change the blog to reflect my tagline, but I've been slow in drawing the new images. I plan to continue to work on them in May.
Marked - So far I have two out of fifteen chapters written, but I'd like to be at the halfway mark by the end of next month.
Mayhem in the Air Story Edits - I'm one of the two editors for the Untethered Realms' Mayhem in the Air anthology (Forthcoming Fall 2015), so I hope to start editing these stories soon.

2015 Stats (1/1/2015-4/21/2015): 15,077 words written and 1,013 pages edited

Speaking of Untethered Realms, we're participating in the A-Z Challenge. Today is S day, and I have a teaser from Reborn on the blog.

Speaking of Reborn, I've discovered that Reborn is up for the 2015 RONE Awards in YA - Paranormal category. Voting will take place May 4-10 on the InD'Tale Magazine website. InD'Tale Magazine had reviewed Reborn back in September and gave it four stars. You do have to log-in/sign-up to vote, but it's worth it. The site has a great monthly magazine featuring interviews, book reviews, and more. It's great for writers and readers.

A legend awakens…
My Once upon a Nightmare: A Collection is now available in print and ebook formats on Amazon. If you're a prime (Kindle Owner's Lending Library) or Kindle Unlimited member, then you can read it for free. The ebook is on sale for $0.99 until April 30th.

29 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on the release and the nomination! Will go vote.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Be sure to remind us on May 4 about the voting...

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on your new book release and the award. I love seeing all your goals too. Hope you're feeling better.

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on the book release and the nomination!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Congrats on the nomination! Remind us to vote :)

cleemckenzie said...

I'll vote. Good luck with the book and your goals.

M Pax said...

Woot on the launch and sale. Big success! Hope it's huge.

I'm going to redo my site to be 'responsive' at end of May. I decided to wait until Precipice is out and my blog tour is over. Just in case and all...

My goal is to finish editing Friday. Get the proofread done in good speed and get my book formatted and uploaded by end of this month. I can't wait to drink that chocolate beer!

Patricia Lynne said...

Congrats on the release. I'm off to vote for you. =D

Tyrean Martinson said...

Congrats on the release and the nomination!!! Way to go!

Jay Noel said...

Just got my copy of "Once" via Christine's blog. Can't wait to get started!

Congrats!!!

Nick Wilford said...

Congrats on being up for an award! You had a great launch this week.

Heather R. Holden said...

How exciting about Once Upon a Nightmare! That's great how you were able to publish it despite feeling ill. It's always so hard to be productive when sick. Best of luck with all your May goals! :)

Cathy Keaton said...

Congratulations on the RONE nomination!

And, your tagline is cute. "Feeding your inner bookworm." It's really cute and memorable.

alexia said...

Sorry you were sick! But congrats on the book release! Who did the cover art? I am looking for someone. Also, congrats on the nomination!

DMS said...

Sorry you have been sick- but hope you are feeling much better. Good luck with the art for your blog and your tagline is awesome.

I love the cover for Once Upon a Nightmare! Congrats on the release!

Happy Writing!
~Jess

Chrys Fey said...

Sorry you're sick!

That's an awesome tagline, though. Looking forward to seeing your new banner.

Congratulations on your release! :D

Medeia Sharif said...

Congratulations! Wonderful things are going on here. Happy writing with your projects.

Lexa Cain said...

I didn't realize your new Nightmare book was actually new. lol I remember reading the stories in it and it was so creepy! Good luck with your bookworm pictures - it's such a cute tagline. :)

Jack said...

I'm sure you can get to the half-way point in Marked! Though it always seems that when Authors set goals everything works against them to make sure those goals can't be reached on time...such is life I suppose. Hence the idea of a hermit holding so much appeal.

T.F. Walsh said...

You've got lots going on... I'm sure you'll get it all done. I've got Once upon a nightmare on my to read list... can't wait as I love horror.

Tamara Narayan said...

Watching your writing time go up in smoke due to illness is so frustrating. Glad you're back on track. I got my copy of Once Upon A Nightmare and am looking forward to reading it.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats on Once Upon a Nightmare and the award nomination.

Nicole Zoltack said...

Congrats on the release and your nomination!

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations! Yes, definitely remind us to vote. That's awesome! :)

Julie Flanders said...

Wow congratulations on the Reborn nomination! I will be sure to vote. Good luck!

Shah Wharton said...

Congrats of the nomination, and I bought your new book (and shared my purchase around). Looking forward to reading it later. :)

shahwharton.com

PS: Love the tagline!

Catherine Stine said...

Yay, A to Z! Can't believe it's almost the end of April.

TBM said...

I really enjoyed Reborn and will be happy to vote. And I can't wait to read your latest!

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats on publishing and the nomination. :-)