Friday, October 07, 2016

Introducing After Loving You by Kelly Hashway

Kelly Hashway is a regular visitor to my blog...and her books are almost always toward the top of my to-read list! Today I'm helping out with the launch of her latest book and I'm so excited to start reading. Here it is...scroll down to read all about it and get your copy.





Blurb:

When Mia Thompson and Jared Grande break up before college, they think that's the end for them.

But two years later, Mia is stalking Jared's Facebook page and he's contacting her every chance he gets. Even though they're both seeing other people, they can't seem to say good-bye to the past they shared.

One way or another, they'll have to figure out how to love again. Is it time to get back together or time to move on?


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Bio:


Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

IWSG: When Do You Know Your Story Is Ready?

It's the first Wednesday of the month, which means hundreds of us will be posting about our insecurities. If you haven't yet, join in. You'll be glad you did!



Each month we have a question. This month's question is:

When Do You Know Your Story Is Ready?

This is one tough question! I've never been one of those authors who revises the same novel for four years. I think writing is one area where being a perfectionist can definitely hold you back.



Don't get me wrong--you can create a great book that way. A standout book that wins major awards and becomes the best book of all time. However, I haven't seen that to be the case for a few of the perfectionist-writers I've known. Some writers just end up either making their book worse or keeping it pretty much the same.



We all revise. For some, though, that means a quick read-through before sending it out to an agent or editor. For others, that means revising over and over and never sending it out. Most of us fall somewhere between those two extremes.



In the end, though, we all have to ask ourselves why we're still revising. Are we sure it needs yet one more pass? Or are we just afraid to take the next step? After all, once we've submitted, this can happen:



In the early stages of your career, an objective reader can make a big difference. This is especially true if you plan to self-publish, where no professional editor stands between you and your readers.



But everyone can benefit from a second pair of eyes. Whether it's a critique group or beta readers, get a group of readers and pass everything you write through them. It can be very difficult to see our own plot holes on our own--that feedback could make the difference between this:



And this:



What are you insecure about this month?

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Introducing Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca

I've been excited to read today's book since I first saw the cover. How can you resist this beauty?




Today is release day for Black Flowers, White Lies by my new friend Yvonne Ventresca. Best of all, I get to help her celebrate!!! Scroll down to read all about it and buy your own copy.


Blurb:

Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a special connection. Now, evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not a car accident as Mom claimed. After a lifetime of just the two of them, Mom suddenly feels like a stranger.

When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, at first she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. If it’s not a warning, could her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible for the strange occurrences? Or maybe it’s the grieving building superintendent whose dead daughter strongly resembles Ella? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who--or what--might harm her.

Soon the evidence points to someone else entirely: Ella herself. What if, like her father, she’s suffering from a breakdown? Ella desperately needs to find answers, no matter how disturbing the truth might be.


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Bio:


Yvonne's debut YA novel, PANDEMIC, won a 2015 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In PANDEMIC, a teen struggles to survive not only a deadly outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons. Ventresca's other works include the short story “Escape to Orange Blossom,” which was selected for the dystopian anthology PREP FOR DOOM, along with two nonfiction books, PUBLISHING (Careers for the 21st Century) and AVRIL LAVIGNE (People in the News).

Besides writing, she enjoys learning Isshinryu karate, which she has studied for the last ten years. You can visit her website at YvonneVentresca.com.

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Scary October: Waverly Hills Sanatorium

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know I love scary things.



Which means October is my favorite month!!! Every October, I dedicate my blog to scary things. In fact, I'd already picked out this year's posts by the time last October was over. Probably because I always spend the last week of this month binge-watching this show.



One haunted location that has become a favorite of paranormal shows is an old tuburculosis hospital in Louisville. Every Halloween, I want to make the three-hour drive to tour it and every Halloween, I remember that they turn it into a haunted house during the month of October.



Yes, it's always a haunted house. But in October, it becomes the type of haunted house with actors dressed up in costumes, chasing you around with chainsaws.



Other months of the year, you can tour the building and hear spooky stories. That's my kind of haunted house.



In the early 1900s, Louisville, Kentucky had a serious tuberculosis problem. Waverly Hills opened in 1910 with the goal of housing 40-50 tuberculosis patients. Over the course of the epidemic, the building saw thousands of patients.



There were deaths every minute during the disease's peak. At Waverly Hills, bodies were sent down "the death tunnel" to avoid alarming other patients. A hearse was waiting at the bottom.



There are many ghosts still lingering at Waverly Hills, with reports of strange sounds and sights. Many visitors report seeing the ghost of a child.



The most interesting legend is of a nurse in Room 502. The legend says that a nurse committed suicide in the room because she was an unwed pregnant woman.



The crew of Ghost Hunters visited the local library and found evidence that two nurses died at Waverly Hills. One was 45 and single, while the other was 34 and single. However, the cause of death wasn't listed.



Some have reported seeing a man and a dog. Ghost Hunters confirmed that a homeless man and his dog were found dead in this elevator shaft:



Do you believe the Waverly Hills Sanatorium is haunted?

Come back next week for the next stop on my ghost tour: