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Haters are gonna hate

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It's true what they say, haters are gonna hate. I honestly don't have time for that anymore. I'm just going to focus on me, my family and their well being and I'm just going to start cutting stuff out. Stuff I don't need in my life anymore, negativity, bullying, impatience, envy, and anything else that tries to stop me from reaching my goals. All I want is a better life for myself and my family and the freedom to write and express my creativity. Not too much to ask for right?

COLOSSAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

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COLOSSAL ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION


with Musa Publishing





Grand Prize


$15.00 Musa Gift Certificate


6 Paperback Books


Baiting the Hook by Mary Palmer & David Wilton


Brothers in Crime by KM Rockwood


Legends of the Timekeepers by Sharon Ledwith


Indian Shirt Story by Heather Lockman


Pantheon by Josh Strnad
Windy City Heat by Remi Hunter



1st Place Winner


$10.00 Musa Gift Certificate
6 Paperback Books


Baiting the Hook by Mary Palmer & David Wilton


Brothers in Crime by KM Rockwood


Legends of the Timekeepers by Sharon Ledwith


Indian Shirt Story by Heather Lockman


Pantheon by Josh Strnad
Windy City Heat by Remi Hunter





2nd Place Winner


$5.00 Musa Gift Certificate
5 Paperback Books


Cairo in White by Kelly Ann Jacobson


Chasing Athens by Marissa Tejada


First Frost by Liz DeJesus


Who Wacked Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf
Windy City Heat by Remi Hunter





3rd Place Winner


5 Paperback Books


Cairo in White by Kelly Ann Jacobson


Chasing Athens by Marissa Tejada


First Frost by Liz DeJesus


Who Wacked Roger Rabbit by Gary K. Wolf
Windy City Heat by Remi Hunter



Plus


Beginning October 1, 2014 we draw 2 winners a day and they will each receive 3 books





And


All participants receive a download of Cooking with Musa.


All entrants are eligible for Grand Prize and Other Drawings October 15, 2014





Winners announced October 16, 2014





Enter daily to win!





No particular order to the daily drawings for the books below






Random Survival by Ray Wenck
TRUE blue by Susan Rae
Chasra: The Homecoming by Joanne Hirase







Drowning Cactus by Carrie Russell
To Catch A Fish by Mary Pamer & David Wilton
Lies in Wait by Donna Del Oro





Question of Time by Mary S. Palmer
Glass Frost by Liz DeJesus
The Andersen Ancestry by Addie J. King









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Contest begins October 1, 2014 and ends midnight CST October 14, 2014. All winners announced October 16, 2014.



Winners who reside outside the Continental United States will receive their prize in e-book format.



All prizes must be claimed by October 20, 2014 or they are forfeited. Prizes will be shipped October 22, 2014.

Indie Book of the Day Award

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Wow! My young adult fantasy novel has officially won it's very first award! Not the type of email I get on a regular basis so I was a little skeptical at first when I saw the email today.

At first I was like...

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then....

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then...

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and then...

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LOL

Let the dancing commence!!

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If you haven't heard of my book First Frost here's the cover and the blurb. Let me know what you think!

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For generations, the Frost family has run the Museum of Magical and Rare Artifacts, handing down guardianship from mother to daughter, always keeping their secrets to “family only.”

Gathered within museum’s walls is a collection dedicated to the Grimm fairy tales and to the rare items the family has acquired: Cinderella’s glass slipper, Snow White’s poisoned apple, the evil queen’s magic mirror, Sleeping Beauty’s enchanted spinning wheel…

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Frost wants none of it, dreaming instead of a career in art or photography or…well, anything except working in the family’s museum. She knows the items in the glass display cases are fakes because, of course, magic doesn’t really exist.

She’s about to find out how wrong she is.


Author Liz DeJesus


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Indie Book Awards website


Purchase your copy today!!

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The Laurel cover and book trailer

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I'm so excited to finally reveal the cover for my upcoming novel The Laurel!!! Please let me know what you think. :D



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It will be released through Musa Publishing on November 28th 2014.

Add it on Goodreads!!

What's your favorite Myth?

Bullies

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I was listening to the radio on my way home, two different cases of bullying and assault in Newark, DE. Just a few minutes from where I live. In one case a group of teens attacked a man who has the mental capacity of a 2nd grader and then recorded the entire thing as he's begging them to stop and leave him alone. They posted the video on Youtube and then took it down but not before a young local girl copied it, and showed it to the police. Which lead to the arrest of the teens involved in the beating of this poor man.

And in another case there's a young 12 year old boy with cerebral palsy on his way to his mailbox to try and get some exercise. He was beaten, robbed and then the bullies put his wheelchair on the storm drain so he was stuck and couldn't get out until someone helped him get back home.

There are stories like these and more, not just in Delaware but all around the US and all around the world. I wish with all my heart that it could all just stop. No more bullying. No more beatings. No more pain. No more suffering.

I was just talking to my neighbor about some of the stuff that I went through as a kid in school and she couldn't believe it. She couldn't believe that I was able to suffer through all that I went through and still be a decent human being.

I was bullied in school by my classmates and in some cases even the teachers picked on me. I sure as hell couldn't trust the kids in my neighborhood.

Here's some of the things that was done to me:

1. Ignored by teachers because I was raising my hand too much.
2. I once had a teacher sit me on an old, broken chair all the way in the back of the classroom so it was easier to ignore me. I came home with splinters on my thighs. (My parents took me out of the school immediately afterwards).
3. One time a group of kids put urine in a bottle and chased me around the school so they could throw it at me.
4. Cookies, rocks and dirt thrown at me.
5. Name calling.
6. One time a girl tried to drown me because a guy she had a crush on, liked me instead. (Which is part of the reason why I live in fear of water).
7. Spitballs thrown in my face.
8. Rumors spread about me that weren't true.
9. This one time a guy in school said he liked me when no one was watching only to laugh at my face when I approached him in front of his friends.

These are just some of the things that happened to me when I was in school. But I couldn't let them break me. I refused to let these bullies turn me into something other than who I was. Even at that young age, I knew that I would get out of school and find friends that liked me for ME. That liked the fact that I read books, that I liked fairy tales, comic books, indie music and staring up at the sky for no reason. And I weep for the kids that were bullied like me or worse. All I want to do is find each and every one of these kids and embrace them and tell them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Otakon....an adventure in the making.

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It took a year to get into Otakon. A whole year of planning and preparing, filling out forms and all sorts of applications just to get a table in artist alley.

But Elizabeth Kolodziej and I did it. And not only that, we also had a workshop/panel there as well!! And there was a LINE of people waiting to hear what we had to say. It was mind blowing.

Here are some of the pictures I took this weekend. I will definitely post more as soon as my phone starts cooperating again.



Friday morning. Woke up at 6:30 am and got dressed and ready to go. My BFF Liz K. picked me up at 7:45 and we headed to Baltimore. Surprisingly smooth drive and we got there in an hour. We unloaded our stuff. And then headed to the registration line to get our badges and fill out some paperwork in order to sell stuff in artist alley.

We handed out a TON of bookmarks and sold a whole bunch of books this weekend. We will definitely try and go back next year if it's in Baltimore (it might move to Washington D.C. next year).

Then the workshop was on Friday at 11 PM. Yes, you read that correctly. PM!! And we honestly didn't think anyone would show up, but there was a LINE Of people waiting to get inside to listen to Elizabeth and I talk about writing erotica. It was surreal.



And the costumes!!!! OMG The costumes were incredible. I wasn't able to take pictures of every single amazing costume I saw this weekend but here are a few.


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Do's & Don'ts Book signing edition

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So…you’ve written a book. And more than that, you’ve gone through the proper steps to get it published! Congratulations!!

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Once the moment of euphoria wears off you’ll probably start to wonder…what happens now?

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If you are anything like me you’ve probably looked up every single bookstore within driving distance, called them and scheduled a book signing.

Here are a few useful tips for your big day. 



Do’s
1. Wear something nice and also wear comfy shoes. Personally, I like to wear a pretty dress at book signings. I also think that it's cool to see a male author wearing a nice shirt, jeans and a blazer. But that's just me.
2. Smile. You want to seem friendly and approachable.
3. Invest in plastic holders. You want people to be able to see the cover of your book from a few feet away. Be proud and display your book!
4. Practice your pitch. If someone asks you what your book is about you need to have something ready immediately.
5. Make eye contact.

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6. Chat with people. Ask them what kind of books they like to read.
7. Be yourself! If you’re a smart, funny, quirky person then be that. Unless you can be a unicorn…
8. Be prepared for anything. This is something that makes some people crazy, I’m notoriously prepared for any worst case scenario. I have a first aid kit, advil, pepto bismol, lunch, water, crackers, sunscreen, and an extra dress packed among my stuff. Because you never know what’s gonna happen. The last thing you want is for your zipper to break right before a book signing and no way to fix it. And yes…this actually happened to me.
9. Talk to people about why you write. Share some useful tips on writing. Talk about some of your favorite books and what inspired you to write your book.
10. Freebies! Everyone loves getting something for free, whether its candy, stickers, bookmarks, etc. That’s the best way to start a conversation with people as they walk past your table.
11. Decorate your table and have a theme in mind. For example: For my Frost Series, I have a lot of fairy tale themed things like Cinderella’s glass slipper (it’s a miniature), a little apple (it’s soap), and a little Snow White and Evil Queen doll.
12. Have fun! Invite friends and family to your big day. 

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Don’ts
1. Don’t stick your hand out and force people to take your business cards or bookmarks. No one likes being attacked by someone desperate to sell their book.
2. Don’t yell at people. Seriously…I’ve seen this and it’s just not cool.
3. Don’t give people a creepy wide-eyed stare. That never works.

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4. Don’t spend the entire time trying to sell your book. Engage with people. Ask them what brings them to the bookstore or convention. If you’re at a convention and your potential customer is wearing a costume, ask them about it. No one likes the desperate salesman.
5. Don’t over-decorate your table. One time at an event I saw a woman wearing a neon pink boa, a plastic silver crown, and looked like Tinker Belle sneezed on her face (she had a lot of sparkly makeup on) and her table was also neon pink with a whole bunch of other stuff on it. You could barely see the book.
6. Don’t be nervous. Writing is a solitary job and this is the one time you get to go out and meet people. Talk about your book and tell them what it’s all about.
7. Don’t write another book while you’re sitting at the table. You’re promoting your book not a writer on display like in some strange zoo. You will give people the impression that you don’t want to be bothered while you’re ‘working’. Save the writing for home.
8. Don’t frown. People will assume you’re not a nice person and no one wants to talk to someone who looks like their having the worst day ever.
9. Don’t spend all your time on your phone. I always have my cellphone close by (because I have two little ones and I have to have it in case of an emergency), but it’s always on MUTE.
10. Don’t forget to promote your event! That means create flyers, postcards and advertise the event on facebook and twitter. Be sure to let everyone know. 


Good luck!! And I hope you sell tons of books!!

Temptation Waits by Garbage

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This is the song that really inspired me to pick up a pen and start working on Morgan. I love it when music does that to me.





In an instant, Detective Morgan Carbone's life changes from day to night. Sociopath, serial killer and charmer, David McAllister won't reveal where the bodies of several young women are located but Morgan is determined to get answers. She gets more than she bargained for when during an interrogation he attacks her by sinking his teeth into her hand. Though the wound heals quickly and perfectly, it leaves her with an insatiable bloodlust as she has now turned into a werewolf like her serial killer nemesis. With her world no longer as she knew it, she is propelled into a dramatic, action-packed journey that includes being forced to leave the country to kill an ancient vampiress. However, when Morgan sees her intended target, she finds that not only does the woman remind her of her one true love whom she lost years before, but she is falling for her as hard as she did with her former lover. Now Morgan must decide whether to complete her mission or risk her own life by giving in to her heart's desire.

Pick up your copy today!

Rachel Rising

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Okay, I'll admit it, I suck at writing reviews. Usually when I fall in love with a comic book or a book for that matter, I just say things like 'it was awesome. You should read it.' The end. LOL

Can't do that right now because my favorite artist of all time is having a contest where the first person to write a review of Rachel Rising #27 will win his SDCC badge. And I figured...why not? One little problem though. I haven't read Rachel Rising #27 yet. In fact I've only read the first Rachel Rising graphic novel The Shadow of Death. So another reason why I'm not the most qualified person to write a Rachel Rising review. But I do love Terry Moore and I love Strangers in Paradise with all my heart and soul (seriously...I love SIP. I read it every year from cover to cover just because it makes me so happy to revisit those characters). Why haven't I read more of Rachel Rising? Because it scared the living crap out of me. LOL That's why. So I'm waiting until I'm feeling brave enough to go back to the comic book store to pick up the other graphic novels. LOL

Anyway so wish me luck.

Rachel Rising is the latest comic book series from the amazingly talented Terry Moore. It's about a woman that was murdered, buried in a shallow grave and comes back to life. She's trying to find out who murdered her and why. And there's also a little girl involved and she's creepy as hell. Seriously, if you like horror you have to read this series.

But here's a list of reasons why you should read Rachel Rising:

1. Amazing artwork. Here's a sample:


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2. Complex characters. I love the fact that Terry Moore creates strong, female characters. It's one of the reasons I loved his work so much in Strangers in Paradise. He never creates the 'stereotypical' female character. Everyone is different.

3. Complicated storyline. You honestly never know what to expect when you pick up a comic book by Terry Moore. You are guaranteed an amazing story that will leave you begging for more.

4. Zoe. Who is Zoe? Ummm, she's just a creepy little girl that is going around town MURDERING people.

5. Rachel Rising was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award!

I honestly don't know what else to say about this series. You just have to read it and find out for yourself.

So...what are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy of Rachel Rising! While you are at the comic book store, do yourself a favor and pick up Strangers in Paradise and Echo too. You won't regret it.

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Here's the cover for Rachel Rising #27.

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The Laurel

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I have exciting news everyone!! My novel The Laurel has officially been accepted for publication by Musa Publishing. I'm so thrilled to share my latest work with everyone. The novel is a retelling of the Greek Myth of Apollo and Daphne. Besides fairy tales, I LOVE Greek Mythology. I'm also working on a retelling of the story of Persephone and Hades titled Pomegranate. Still haven't finished it yet. Hopefully I will sometime soon.

No official release date or anything like that as of right now. But I've been given the okay to make the announcement so I'm making the rounds. LOL

This is the blurb for the book. Let me know what you think!

In The Laurel, the gods and the immortals interplay, and both will learn a valuable lesson about love and life, a lesson that will forever be told. Zeus, after bedding and impregnating the fair Titaness Leto, becomes father to twins: Apollo and Artemis. Unlike his other “bastard” children, Apollo and Artemis are made into gods, an event which will set the course for the rest of the story. Artemis has never forgotten the heartache that her mother suffered at the hands of her father Zeus, and as such, she wishes to leave a solitary life, away from men and love and relationships. Though she stands firm in her conviction, moments bubble up in her that are full of yearning. Apollo, who has never been seen without a smile on his face, is much more fanciful and wanting than Artemis. He wants love, and he wants it in a big way. Having loved and lost love, Apollo believes he has found it again with the beautiful nymph, Daphne. He quickly learns, however, that she has made a vow to celibacy. But that doesn’t matter to Apollo; his love for her is so profound that he asks her to be his companion, to live with him just so that he can be near her. Apollo’s lifelong wish is about to come true, but people on the fringes of his life have other plans. Those plans not only thwart what could be the love of a lifetime for Apollo, but it also will be the catalyst to which both gods and mortals will learn how much one should love, how much one should consider the feelings of the one loved.


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Daphne by Lasarasu on deviantART


Daphne and Apollo by BeatrizMartinVidal on deviantART

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