August 25, 2014

Scripting Change Submission Call!

I genuinely intended to post this earlier, but the day got away from me as they so often do lately. But I wanted to make sure to share that Scripting Change — the wonderful community writing project — is currently accepting submissions for their second project!

The rundown: 
  • The project accepts poetry (up to 3 pages) and short fiction (up to ~1500 words)
    • You can submit up to 3 pieces, and they'll select up to 2
  • 100% of the project's proceeds are donated!
    • Proceeds = cost of book — % taken by the distributor
  • This year's project is focusing on supporting literacy advocacy, with the theme Opening Worlds with Words
  • Writers receive: 
    • Exposure! Your work will be published in a collection alongside established and aspiring authors plus your information, with link, will be posted on the Scripting Change website.
    • The book! You receive a copy of the final e-book.
    • Karm points! This is all for charity!
  • Check out all the details here!

Let's be honest, a short story or poem won't take that long to write, but it could make a difference in the lives of children and adults who struggle with literacy. I know our community (writers, that is) is a strong and generous one, and literacy should certainly be a cause near and dear to our hearts. I hope you will join me in supporting this project! 

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August 19, 2014

Cover Reveal: Hemlock Veils

So excited to share with everyone the cover of fellow Swoon Romance author Jennie Davenport's debut, Hemlock Veils! Check it out below, don't forget to add it to your goodreads bookshelf, and of course, let us know what you think in the comments!

Hemlock Veils
by Jennie Davenport

Release Date: 11/25/14
Swoon Romance

August 11, 2014

Rumer Haven's Inspiration for Seven for a Secret

I've always wanted to write an old-fashioned, single-setting mystery in the vein of Hitchcock's Rear Window or Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. Okay, so Seven for a Secret ended up not being that story (my WIP is, though! Sorta.), but what did stick was having a building essentially be another character, a place where all the main characters could be centralized and observe strange phenomena around them—and not be able to escape each other.

In Seven for a Secret, that building is Camden Court. And in real life, I lived in a very similar apartment building called Hampden Court in Chicago's Lincoln Park (where I also developed an obsession with the Francis Dewes house down the block on Wrightwood Avenue. I used to gawk at that urban mansion just like Kate does at the Hughes house). Fascinated with Chicago history in general and this neighborhood in particular, I'd been told Hampden Court was once a hotel, built back around 1920, and that just gripped me—the idea that so many lives had come and gone through that same space for so many decades. I look at any building that way, which inspires a lot of my writing, but for this story, Hampden Court was my muse.

August 5, 2014

Missing Monday

So, as you may have noticed, I missed my customary Monday post yesterday. Surprisingly, this wasn't for lack of ideas! However, I injured my right hand, which makes typing a time-consuming and somewhat painful ordeal. As I am in the middle of edits for Mending Heartstrings, I am focusing on that. 

As a result, it may be a while before I get to post fresh content, but there are plenty of informative posts in the archives that I hope you will explore.  Check out labels such as Publishing Contracts, Being a Writer, and Flash Friday Fiction to get you started!