Monday, May 20, 2013

A Game of Tag!

Tag! You're an Author and You're "IT"

You may know this game, but not played in quite this manner before. So, Tag an author who is now "IT”. To play this game you have to share your Work in Progress (WIP) or it's a smacked bottom and straight to bed with no supper! Kaykay at The Creative Forum tagged me, and these are the rules:

· Give credit (including URL/link) to the person or Blog that caught you and  who made you "IT" I was caught fair and square whilst running away.

· Play by the rules - no pinching, kicking, spitting, Chinese burns, crying and definitely no tantrums! Which also means you must post the rules.

· You must answer 10 questions about your current WIP, no matter the genre, because possibly we may like to get to know each other a little better (to be honest it's only 9 because as the 10th question is really only the next step)

· List 5 other authors or Bloggers with their hiding places (URL/Links) so that they can be chased down and made "IT" so we can all go home now we've finished playing. Go in, eat supper, and check out THEIR books.

Q 1) What is the title (or working title) of your book?
Shadow Town 
Q 2) What genre(s) does your book fall under (or land near really!)?
Paranormal Romance
Q 3) What actors would you choose to play the characters in the film version of your book?
I can't cast my own characters without my Beta readers describing my picks as "interesting."
Q 4) What is the main outline for your book?
Damaged, foul-mouthed nineteen year old Maggie Lane manages the weirdest estates ever. She's always been weary of the majority of the residents she calls Shadows, then Damon Charles moves in. She wants more than anything to be on the other side of her painful past and finally experience love, but not with a Shadow. Too bad because her life is about to take her back to her past to unravel the ultimate question, why? The answer will shred her world as she knows it.
Q 5) Will your book be Indie published, self published or represented by an agency and sold to a traditional publisher?
Q 6) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Three weeks.
Q 7) What other books in this genre would you compare yours to?
Morganville meets Succubus Blues, then throw in a dash of the Kinsey Millhone mystery series 
Q 8) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The character that became Maggie Lane sat on my shoulder for a while before I found the right storyline for her. My college best friend had this edge when I first met her. I was a total kid who danced around and talked to too many strangers. She said the "f" word with feeling and flipped people off like she still lived in New York (and we were in Hawaii). 
Q 9) What else about the book might pique the reader’s attention? 
There's adventure, snark, and steamy romance. 
Q 10) Thank goodness!! Phew I've ran as fast as I can and these are the author's I've caught (and any who don't have a Blog of their own are welcome to have a sleepover at mine and post their answers here)
Jennifer @ Donnie Darko Girl
E.J. Wesley @ The Open Vein
Rivie @ Bookshelf
Jennifer Anne Davis (author of The Voice)
Amber @ Book Geek Speaks

Hey, if you're a writer/aspiring writer and want to play, drop me a line and I'll tag you. No one gets excluded on my watch...on purpose.


  1. I can't wait! Shadow Town sounds like my kind of read and Maggie my kind of girl. I love that you admit that you can't cast your characters without getting slack back from your beta readers LOL. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. Oh, it's terrible Jaclyn. My mom tries to be nice, but I've had enough terrible hairstyles in the past where she tried to be gentle to know when she disagrees with something I think is spot on. I can't wait to get Maggie to you. Having stories on the back burner just waiting there for my attention feels like the best secrets you want to share but have to wait!

    2. I enjoyed being a beta test reader. I know several people who also can't wait for Shadow Town.

  2. Wow...your story sounds amazing and so your MC. I hope you can publish it soon.
    What you do with the editing? I am struggling with it forever! Any advice?
    I wish you the best and keep writing. :)

    1. Hi Athina! I have no editing tricks. I read Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (2nd edition) by Renni Browne and Dave King. Then I did nothing but pleasure reading after that because the tips are so matter of fact, all black and white and we're supposed to know when to follow their advice they offer as law and when to think we're clever enough to be above the rules. I still say it's a great book to have in a writer's skill set. After I do as much as I can, I turn my novel over to people who have a sharper eye. But there were still grammatical errors in my two published books. I read errors in books by my favorite authors. I think we all struggle with edits. I do know it's been a while since I've had a good run of writing because I've been wearing my editing hat for too long. I miss the days when I wrote 10k words in one day.

    2. I know how you feel. I'm wearing that hat almost a year and I have a long way ahead of me yet. Sometimes this takes me down and I don't know what to do. I wish there would be an easier way.
      Thanks for answering me.
      We'll talk again.:)

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    1. I certainly enjoy writing/editing Maggie. She gets into my head and I tell you I am so...sassy.

  4. Well, well, well...a new series eh? Can't wait! ;-P

    1. Texxie! Yep, it's slated for a fall release. I think I'll even be organized enough this time to send out ARCs. hehe.

  5. OMG this is such a cool game.. You book sounds really interesting :)

    Amber @

    1. Thanks Amber! It is a cool game. Finding others to tag was the only hard part because I'm not sure who all out there has writing aspirations. Maybe I should add that to my post, that if I missed someone who wants to be tagged, drop me a note and I'll add them. Hmm. Thanks for stopping by!

    2. I get that.. thats how I feel sometimes about the blogger awards.. i get one than I look at the rules and go CRAP- who fits this ???

      If needed you can tag me :)

    3. Ha! I just tagged you, Amber. Thanks for volunteering!

    4. LOl thanks.. I will work on that this weekend and get it up on Monday (fingers crossed!)

  6. Wow! Three weeks to finish the first draft of your manuscript? And 10k words in one day? That's super cool! :) Your WIP sounds really interesting and I know Maggie will be a interesting character. I hope you'll think of me when you send out the ARCs.

    Thanks, Robyn. I'm glad you participated in this. :)

    1. Thanks Kaykay! I haven't come close to 10k in one day in a long time. They say when a writer has a huge life change it can affect their writing...throw a 4 year on top of all that change. I can barely get a few hundred words written these days. I know it won't always be like that, but for now I feel trapped inside my head, spinning stories until I'm dizzy. I will absolutely contact you when it's ARC time! Thanks for the game of tag!