Monday, March 17, 2014

Arranged (Vidarian Chronicles Book 1)

What is a writer without anything to show for it. 
Earlier posts in my blog introduced my first book, There is no Prince Charming
which has been met with good reviews and many purchases (yay money!) 
Anyway, during this post, I would like to introduce my SECOND book!



With an uncle determined to control her life and more importantly, her inheritance by arranging her marriage, Alison Forbush sees no choice but to run from the life she knew.
Her rebellion would spark a chain reaction that would not only change her life, but effect an entire kingdom.
Discovered, captured and imprisoned by strange creatures that inhabit an underground world where every shadow holds danger, Alison struggles to maintain her independence, especially when their fierce King takes an interest in her.
She must ask herself if this strange world could hold everything she'd been looking for or, following her uncles example, was all of this Arranged from the beginning?

Great read! And not just cause I'm bias. :)

I appreciate your support. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Monday, March 10, 2014

6 Reasons Why Reading Is Critical to Writing

As a writer, the best advice I could give is to READ
Sounds strange right? 

Not to say that learning grammar and spelling aren't important or building your characters up, but reading is a critical aspect of writing. 
And I'm not just talking about reading/editing your own stuff either.
I've read a lot of tips on writing and everyone says the same thing, it's important to read.

Here are the reasons why 

1- Reading gives your mind a rest from actually writing your story, but allows to you continue to be receptive to inspiration. Struggling with writers block? Take a break and read a book. It usually is enough to get those creative juices flowing again.

2- As you read, you pick up on grammar and vocabulary that you can later use in your own story. 
(I've noticed with my own writing that I do this all the time.) 

3- As you read, you learn about more character development. If you feel like you keep repeating the same mannerisms in a character, reading may give you an idea of how to spice things up a bit.

4- You will begin to mimic the flow of the stories you enjoy the most, as in the flow of your words in your story. For example, you will have less awkward stops between sentences and learn to portray dialogue in a natural way.

5- Reading many genres will expand your creativeness. It is important to keep a constant feed of inspiration coming through, or else you will never grow. You can only recreate yourself so many times before there's nothing left to pull from.

6- Reading is like taking a vacation, even if you can't afford one. It's a stress reliever and stress is one of the reasons writers get the horrible disease known as writers block!