ALLi Indie Author Fringe Event

As promised, I am going to give my views on the ALLi Author Fringe Event, events I participated in, and my personal thoughts on what I learned/didn’t learn.

**Usually I do not attend my husband’s band practices, using that time as personal me time that I never get, but yesterday I did (and got a really scary/good/confusing  offer), so I had to do the conference on Sunday (today). Makes it a little easier because I can scroll right past those events that do not interest me or pertain to me, such as non-fiction things.**
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If you do not know, the ALLi Author Fringe Event is on online, 24-hour conference for writers by writers. It is free, for anyone. You just have to register. The em
ail you provide is necessary to giveaways. Usually it is held during the month of March. This event is held in person 3 times a year in April, May, and October (London, America, Frankfurt respectively).

A few guest speakers are Orna Ross (ALLi creator), Joanna Penn, KM Weiland, Adam Croft, and many many others. These are industry professionals who have been where you are, know what to look for, and are a huge help to any author/aspiring author out there.

The Fringe Event is one of my must-attend conferences for writers that I look forward to every single year because there is so much information provided to you by other indie/self-published writers who have been exactly where I am now and want to be. Whether it be editing, cover design, publishing process, beta readers…there is something for every single stage of self-publishing/writing and for all genres.

These are the events I attended, and keep in mind I was able to skip some of the events because I attended the day after when everything was said and done. These are just a few of the events I ‘attended’.

And there are many other events related to editing, nonfiction, publishing, audio books, etc.

I always look forward to the Fringe Event because you get information you don’t easily find anywhere else. People don’t usually look at audio books as an option, but it could give you another stream of income that you really need. Think you know everything about cover design? Think again. There is always something new to learn, as publishing/self-publishing is an ever growing and ever-changing business.

Last year I took an entire 50 pages of notes, this year I just sat and listened and plan on going back later when I have more time to take notes. When I get that done I will share the pics on Twitter and Facebook.

Unfortunately, by the time I post this, the giveaways will be closed (but not as I am writing). BUT each event usually has a giveaway or discount for a sponsor’s services. Entry to the giveaways are usually tweets, Facebook likes, click, click, click things and you get a few entries depending on what you do. Then when the giveaway is over they will pick a winner(s) and email the person with the email given at registration. Then you follow whatever steps they give you.

Last year I won 2 giveaways and got some books, fiction not writing/self-publishing related and a mention in the winners newsletter. It’s far too early to know if I won anything this year, but it’s a neat little incentive and something to look forward to.

If you missed this year’s Fringe event, do not despair! The videos are all on the ALLi blog site and available to anyone who wants to check it out. The giveaways and comments are closed, but still there is no reason not to check it out.

 

Here’s The Truth

If you have noticed at all, I haven’t really posted anything the past few weeks. I was feeling really exhausted and sick for a while there. And then I figured out why.

I had my second miscarriage since November. If you know me at all, my Lil Miss is my life. My absolute love. It almost killed me when I was trying to pregnant with her. I had a few miscarriages then. Now that we are trying for baby number 2, I honestly don’t want to go through that kind of turmoil again.

I am the type of person to love easily and to where my heart on my sleeve. These miscarriages have ripped me up from the inside out, plus, I’m having to hide what it’s doing to me so it doesn’t affect my husband and child. Lil Miss has been asking for a sibling for years and now I feel like a failure because I can’t give her the thing that only I can give her. Husband is understanding and is okay with how I feel.

But it still hurts. And I’m so disappointed in myself for not trying harder. But my mental health is important as well.

That driving need to take care of everyone and make sure that their happiness comes first is tearing me apart, though. I can’t do both, not in this situation.

I have 3 choices: keep trying and deal with it. Go to a doctor. Or give up.

And I am not a quitter. I hate that word.

I also hate myself a little for being scared of more miscarriages when there are others out there who can’t have any children either by injury or birth, disease or illness. My problems seem like small potatoes to those people, my heart cries for them. I was lucky enough to have Lil Miss and to see her everyday, to love her every moment. I am so grateful for her. I know I was lucky and am fortunate when there are others who can’t have the same experiences.

If you’ve made it this far, I’m sorry for the rambling. But I wanted to keep you in the loop and make sure you understood that I’m not slacking on purpose. I swear to it.

There will be reviews posted next week, and on Monday will be a special post on the ALLi Author Fringe Event that starts tomorrow morning at 10 am. If you don’t know this is a free, online writer’s conference that runs for a full 24 hours. No matter where you are in your writing/publishing journey there is something for you at this event. I did last year’s event and loved it. I even won a few of the giveaways. (Not sure if there will be any this year, but you should still do it.) Registration is free!!! So don’t miss out!

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Review: Not Today

Damn, I got that song stuck in my head again.

Anyway…I will not be doing a book review today. I’ve just been too exhausted this pat week to do any reading. I haven’t really done much of anything besides sleeping and watching Lil Miss play.

I force myself to stay awake, check everything online, cook and clean. But I don’t really have much energy for much else.

So here we are…no book review. Hopefully, I’ll have a new review for next week. I just gotta get off my butt and back in working order.

 

You Are What You Become

Fear is a crippling thing. If you let it control you, you cannot do anything. It can be fear of judgement, fear of loss, fear of rejection…any kind of fear can break you down and stamp you out.

It’s why I haven’t been able to write a single sentence in a month, possibly longer. I haven’t even been keeping track. I’m afraid to see just how far I’ve fallen.

And what do I do when I fall under the pressure of fear? I find something to obsess over. A TV show, a book, a series. This time it was a KPop group. I like them so much I have story ideas. But I’m still too afraid to put words to paper.

It’s like a hundred pound weight falls on my shoulders every day I go without writing or editing. I don’t feel strong enough to pick myself off the ground and hold up all the weight.

On top of that, I’ve been sick the past several weeks. I can’t even tell if it’s real or just in my head. I’m so tired. So far past exhaustion that I’m just going with it now, not even fighting.

I feel like I’ve hit my stride, that I’m never going to go anywhere. This is my dead end.

I always felt like people who gave up, just didn’t have the will to keep going, they couldn’t see the end goal anymore. Now I know how those people feel/felt. I’m there, on the verge of giving up.youarewhatyoubecome

The walls are pushing in making me feel trapped in a tiny box of existence with no way out. My own limitations and pressures are sucking out all the air. Stresses and life are calling me a failure. And I’m screaming to get out. I’m on the edge of a tall building with nothing holding me up but the wind currents.

And one wrong move could be the last.

 

Is this self-fulfilling prophecy? Or just another trick of the shadows?

Review: Framed & Burning: Dreamslippers Boxed Set

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By Lisa Brunette
Genre: Mystery, Female Sleuths, Romantic Suspense

boxed-setSERIES OVERVIEW

What if you could ‘slip’ into the dreams of a killer? This family of PIs can. They use their psychic dream ability to solve crimes, and that isn’t easy. 

In Cat in the Flock…
Following a mother and girl on the run, apprentice dreamslipper Cat McCormick goes undercover inside a fundamentalist church. Is its enigmatic leader guilty of domestic violence? Did his right-hand man really commit suicide?

In Framed and Burning…
It was supposed to be a much-needed vacation in Miami, meant to snap Cat out of a persistent depression. But when her great uncle’s studio goes up in flames, killing his assistant, Cat must find out who’s really to blame.

In Bound to the Truth…
The dreamslippers don’t quite trust their client. Did Nina Howell really fall under the spell of a domineering, conservative talk show host—as her wife claims?

PLUS explore Amazing Grace’s back story in the bonus story found ONLY in this boxed set!

For readers who enjoy strong female leads, quirky, well-developed characters, and a dash of dating drama with their mystery. Fans of J.A. Jance, Mary Daheim, and Jayne Ann Krentz will love Cat and “Amazing” Grace!

My Review: Framed & Burning Book 2
Mysteries are tricky business. Mysteries in themselves are usually layers upon layers of truths, lies, and half-truths all woven together to tell one larger story. But we become so engrossed in the corner of the image that we cannot see the bigger picture.

Reading Framed and Burning, I was entranced from beginning. I’m a pretty observant person so I picked up on some things early on, kept a watch on them from the moment they were introduced. But there were several times I doubted my intuition when another layer was tacked on.

There are lots of genres where you can have only a few characters to move a story along, with background characters acting as blurry shadows filling space. But in mystery novels, There are a countless amount of people to keep track of.

We start this story off from the victim’s POV (3rd person), and then we move through the three (3) Dreamslippers POVs. With each passing chapter we learn more of each of their abilities, the glamorous and not so glamorous corners of the art world. We spy the insanity within, the chaos within each artist as he or she works at her craft inspired by tiny crumbs and paper pieces in lint or happy children on the other side of a fence, beckoning you to a simpler time.

The heart-wrenching stories that some of the characters want to keep hidden, buried deep in Del Rio, or lived again and again in nightmares replaying themselves in your failures.
We have three (3) main characters: Mitch, Cat, and Grace.

Mitch is the artist. Cat is the cynic. Grace is the eccentric.

Each character sees their dreamslipping ability as something different. Mitch could care less, Cat sees it as a curse that gets people killed, and Grace sees and uses it as a gift. Cat is the great-niece of Mitch, granddaughter to Grace. She is, of course, the youngest and least experienced using the dreamslipping and has had the worst experience with her gift, blaming it for the death of her childhood sweetheart. Mitch and Grace are siblings. They’ve each made their way in life, using their talents, natural and supernatural. And those talents have brought good and bad things to each of them.

Along with success we find jealousy, loathing, contempt….Mitch has the idea that there is plenty of room in the world for all art. But humans are inherently competitive and greedy. So they try to take down Mitch in his prime, but he wins out, becoming a coveted artist. Thus, begins the journey to find an accidental killer.

The story is woven perfectly to tell each person’s story in that person’s personality. We have the seriousness in Cat’s narratives, the eccentricity and grounding in Grace’s, and the disjointed, emotional feel of Mitch.

The nominations and awards this book has received were well-deserved.

Five stars!

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About the Author:

new-headshot-2016-lisa-brunetteLisa was born in Santa Rosa, California, but that was only home for a year. A so-called “military brat,” she lived in nine different houses and attended nine different schools by the time she was 14. Through all of the moves, her one constant was books. She read everything, from the entire Nancy Drew and Trixie Belden mystery series to her mother’s books by Daphne du Maurier and Taylor Caldwell. 

A widely published author, game writer, and journalist, Lisa has interviewed homeless women, the designer of the Batmobile, and a sex expert, to name just a few colorful characters. This experience, not to mention her own large, quirky family, led her to create some truly memorable characters in her Dreamslippers Series and other works, whether books or games.

Always a vivid dreamer, not to mention a wannabe psychic, Lisa feels perfectly at home slipping into suspects’ dreams, at least in her imagination. Her husband isn’t so sure she can’t pick up his dreams in real life, though.

With a hefty list of awards and publications to her name, Lisa now lives in a small town in Washington State, but who knows how long that will last…

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Review: Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame

Imperfect Chemistry

By Mary Jones
Publication Date: April 19, 2014
Genre: NA contemporary

Blurb:

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. imperfectchemistrycoverHaving obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person she finds appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, and complicated. Basically, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

“Perfectly imperfect characters and situations make Frame’s debut novel sparkle…there’s a very real sense of character growth, brought to life by an evolving narrative style that parallels Lucy’s metamorphosis. The blend of humor and heart makes for a thoughtful, highly entertaining read.” –Publishers Weekly

This is the first book in the Imperfect series and it can be read as a stand alone. All books in this series feature different main characters in the same story world.

My Review:

Do you remember when Bones came out? Temperance Brennan’s stiff, scientific way of life was endearing. And we loved her for it. She was honest and blunt. Through friendships and personal relationships, she became more human over time.

When I started reading Imperfect Chemistry, this is what I immediately thought of. I loved the show, and now I love this book.

What made this book different from so many others that I’ve red is the humor. I was laughing from beginning to end, even to the extent I was reading excerpts to my husband at midnight (and he had to be up at 4 am for work). This in & of itself is a huge check in my book.

The plot-line was something I had never thought of: Lucy wants to study emotion as a contagious pathogen. She begins a journey that leads her to making friends with hilarious and certainly out there characters and to a love that she never truly expected or understood.

Lucy London is both relatable and not relatable. You don’t meet a person like her in everyday life. She’s funny without even trying because her way of thinking is so blunt and scientific. She sees things as they are without the preconceived ideas the rest of us have gained from societal conventions. She’s awkward and real, and I absolutely love her. Plus, she’s a go-getter. How many people would come right out to a guy they’re attracted to and ask them to be part of an emotional experiment? I mean, really. All for science, I guess.

Freya is the new best friend and she is a genius character. Not in the scientific way but in how easily she accepts how things are with Lucy. Lucy calls at 7 am to ask a question? OK. She just rolls with all of who Lucy is. She’s got her own issues and preconceived ideas (Freya gets her own book in Imperfectly Criminal). I cannot wait to see how her story builds.

And then there’s Jensen. Sweet, idiotic, emotional Jensen. He’s as real-life as we can get. His recent break-up tugs at your heart, but his eventual acceptance of who and Lucy London is is eye-opening. To him at least. Jensen moves from perfect son doing what he’s supposed to do to a man living for himself and no one else.

The personal growth and change, for both main characters, as well as her friends, was perfectly done. Pacing is usually an issue for me, but this book hit the mark. The change happened over a believable amount of time, it was reasonably paced, and the humor kept it all moving nicely.

I did find the ending lacking. I’m not sure what it was, but for some reason I wasn’t satisfied. That could be just me, and let’s face it. I’m hard to satisfy.

Debut novels are a scary thing. It’s the first time an author puts herself out there for people to read. Mary Frame wrote something amazingly funny and relatable.

Definitely one for the reread shelf. 5 Stars.

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