Wednesday, November 28, 2012


my dear friend and awesome author, Darby Karchut. She has so much going on it's hard to keep up with her. It is my pleasure to host Darby today and let her tell you about the exciting stuff in her life.

Darby writes for MG and YA readers with male point of view characters. And she does it very nicely, winning many awards for her books. Her first book is GRIFFIN RISING.

And if you haven't read these two in the Griffin's Series, you should, because look at the next one that I'm reading now, GRIFFIN'S STORM.
I'm so excited to finally see what Griffin looks like. Just right for a guardian angel, don't you think?
As if this series isn't enough, look what else Darby has in store for her readers.
A whole new series, with a new hero, due out in 2013. So why are Darby's main characters teen boys? Here's what she has to say:
Bev, it’s wonderful to be back visiting you and your followers today! *waves from Colorado*
Writing for teen boys is a passion of mine. I’ve now written five books, all with male protagonists: my Griffin series (with Griffin’s Storm being the latest) and my Finn MacCullen series (Finn Finnegan will be published by Spencer Hill Press in March 2013 with the next book in the series, Gideon’s Spear, scheduled for February 2014).
Today, I thought I’d share some tips for writing for boys. These tips are in no particular order and do not necessarily need to be used in every book.
Elements to think about when writing a boy book:
· Male protagonist
o Duel protagonists popular right now
o m/m or m/f; teen/adult
o Side kicks
· Boy questions are asked and answered
o How do I position myself with other boys?
o How do I become a man, whom do I model myself after?
o What do I aspire to do and to be?
· Action, but not action for action’s sake
o Internal
o External
· Write up, not down (honor their intelligence)
· Use smart humor: body fluids/sounds can only go so far
o Appeal to their sense of mischief
o Make them laugh, especially after an intense scene
· Life-expanding appeal (ideas worth discussing/arguing/defending
o What is real power?
o How do you do the right thing even when it’s hard?
o Does good always overcome evil?
o What makes a real hero?
· Relationships with friends, parents, siblings, girls
· Trust
o Whom do I trust with my feelings?
o Whom do I trust with my hide?
· Sense of justice (bad guys got theirs)
· Sense of assurance that I can have some control in my life
· Weapons and tattoos are always cool
· Start with a bang (physical, emotional)
· Always include at least of the senses on every page:
o smell
o taste
o sound
o sight
o touch
o temperature
o dizziness/balance
o others?
· Physical reactions to emotions
o his gut clenched, sweat broke out on his face, etc.
o I always start at the top of the head and work my way down, then choose an area of the body
o Boys act and talk side-by-side, girls face-to-face
· Have your MC make dumb choices once in a while
· Don’t cut foes or friends slack
· Always have your friend’s back
· Jockeying for position in various peer groups
o Consistent; the pressure never lets up
o Close friend he can relax around
· Girls: boy doesn’t know if he wants her, but doesn’t want others to have – likes to keep options open
· Strong desire to fix things
One of the greatest gifts I’ve been given as an author has been the opportunity to be part of a weekly book club made up of 7th and 8th graders (half boys, half girls). We’ve met faithfully for two years now during the school year. Last year, one of the books was Griffin Rising. This year, we are currently in the middle of Griffin’s Fire. Listening as teens talk about books has been immensely helpful to me as a writer. Therefore, the last piece of advice I can give anyone who writes YA or middle grade is to find a way to get out amongst teens. Visit a mall. Join a youth group. Hang out at a library in the teen section. Go to a “teen” movie. Watch. Listen. Take notes. And most important, enjoy the process of writing!
Thanks again, Bev, for hosting me today. To all the followers: please feel free to ask me any questions. I love chatting with fellow writers and book lovers.
Thank you, Darby, for giving such good advice about writing for boys.
Learn more about Darby Karchut and where you can purchase her books at her blog. If you have teens on your Christmas list, especially teen males, though the books will appeal to the girls too, pick up a copy or two.
Happy Reading

Monday, November 26, 2012


I love putting up Christmas decorations, even now though our children are grown and away. The tree is my very favorite. Once upon a time we always went to the tree lot and bought a live tree. The fresh scent of the evergreen added to the Christmas spirit. Now, I put up an artificial tree, but miss the "real" thing. I don't miss cleaning up the dropped needles if the tree was decorated too early, which I usually did.

My favorite memory of decorating a tree was in 2006 when all the grandkids and great grandkids were here and they hung the decorations on the tree. The lower branches were heavy with angels and mice, horses and cowboys. The upper branches were a little bare, except for the angel that I put on the top. The tree was beautiful because of the little hands that worked their magic turning it into a special tree.

Do you have a special memory of your favorite tree? If so, please share with us. Thanks.

Also, if you have young children you're shopping for, may I suggest my book TUMBLEWEED CHRISTMAS?

Christmas is the time for miracles, but sometimes a child must make her own miracle and one for her siblings. An early reader.

Available at the publisher: 4rv publishing , Amazon , and Barnes and Noble.

If you know children that love animals, they might enjoy my picture book FRANKIE'S PERFECT HOME, for ages 4-8.

Frankie Armadillo has too many brothers. His burrow is too crowded, so he sets off in search of the perfect home, just for him. But every place he likes is already occupied, sometimes by fierce looking creatures.. Will Frankie find the perfect home?

Available at the publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing , Amazon , and Barnes and Noble.

Books make great stocking stuffers.

Have a super week.

Happy shopping.

Friday, November 23, 2012


MuseItUp Publishing is having a super sale. November 23 until midnight November 25. And don't forget, with each $25.00 purchase from our bookstore from now until December 7, we'll send you a $10.00 MuseItUp Gift Certificate within 48 hours to keep or give to someone special in your life.

For the entire month of November, with any purchase made from our MuseItUp Bookstore, we will donate 10% of the purchase price to the Red Cross toward the devastation caused by Sandy. Thank you for your support.

Check it out at the MuseItUp Bookstore.
The ebook of my MG/Tween paranormal, A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat, due out January 4, 2013, is available at a discount for $4.40. Watch for the cover reveal.
I hope you got the bargains you shopped for on Black Friday. I stayed home. Hate crowds. :)
Happy reading,

Friday, November 16, 2012


I haven't posted this week because my husband has been in the hospital. He's home now and doing fine so I have "A Bit of Fun" for you to start the weekend. These links are from Lee Chambers, author of The Pineville Heist that will soon be a movie. Have fun. Feel free to tweet them if you want to.

Free free to use these Sample tweets:

Morgan Freeman in The Pineville Heist? Wow! @pinevilleheist

Patrick Stewart in The Pineville Heist? Wow! @pinevilleheist

Reading The Pineville Heist screenplay with Andy Garcia @pinevilleheist

Good or bad casting? Morgan Freeman as Sheriff Tremblay in @pinevilleheist

Good or bad casting? Patrick Stewart as the Principal in @pinevilleheist

Good or bad casting? Andy Garcia as... Amanda??? in @pinevilleheist

Campaign: Don't let Woody Allen direct @pinevilleheist

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Today I have the pleasure of hosting Amy Lignor on her Virtual Blog Tour for her novel GILDED WINGS. Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

Amy Lignor
Gilded Wings Summary
The Beloved Angel-Warrior Team from Until Next Time Returns!When Matt and Emily are sent on their second mission they have no idea how truly dark human nature can become...

Emily never wanted to face humans again. With the heartache that went on down below, she’s still trying to figure out how to save souls that don’t deserve saving. The only one she wants to see again is Jason - the young man she fell in love with who became the soulmate she simply can’t forget...

Matt was trained to protect and defend the souls down below. Longing to feel the heartfelt emotions that come from being human, Matt wants nothing more than to have just one life - one chance - to live and love the girl of his dreams...

The powerful team find themselves in a brand new century, living in the Gilded Age of New York City. Emily takes over the body of Anya, a young Russian girl who arrives on Ellis Island after a hideous tragedy. There she meets up with a strangely familiar young man by the name of Drew Parrish, who helps Anya survive in an unknown world of luxury, snobbery and…obsession.

What Anya’s inner angel doesn’t know is that the soul she loves is also back. This time around Jason goes by the name of Max Carrow. Once a quiet and kind boy, he’s now part of the ‘Four Hundred Club,’ and wants nothing more than to be among the most admired as he climbs the shaky ladder of society’s elite.

As two worlds merge, Emily and Matt struggle under the weight of their “Gilded Wings.” Not only will they have to figure out who they should fight to save, but they must also face a romantic choice that could destroy them both.

Here is the portion of the excerpt for the read along.***

The passengers enclosed in the ship’s cramped quarters talked to Anya nonstop. The older couples spoke to Anya of a time long past that was filled with love and peace, while the younger group rattled on about what their new lives would be like in the birthplace of freedom—where the streets were paved with pure gold. They regaled her with the stories they’d heard of the riches that could be made there. All a man had to have in order to achieve success was a strong back, a sound mind and a dream. Anya returned their excitement as best she could. She, too, wanted to see the shores of the country they were already so enamored with, she longed to finally erase the memories of blood and death that sat like a demonic image inside her mind.

On the third day of the long journey, as the steerage compartment began to ripen with the scent of unwashed bodies, Anya bumped into a father and son. The older man looked lost, like a soul searching for nourishment. They sat down beside Anya on the weathered bench, and propped their bodies up against the wall, as the massive boat rocked back and forth in the waves.

“I am Gregori.” The young boy grinned. “I am ten.”

Anya returned his happy smile and ruffled the boy’s dirty hair; his curls dripped with oil and sweat. “You’re a good speaker of English, Gregori.”

He puffed out his small chest. “I’ve been practicing. I’m to be an American.”

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Building a Bond with Your Publisher!

When I wear my editor’s cap for The Write Companion, I come up against the same ‘belief’ a great deal of time when working for a debut author. They feel as if St. Martin’s or Random House or one of the ‘biggies’ should take their book no matter what. Problem is, when this doesn’t occur, they become highly depressed and want to simply walk away from the whole ‘being a writer’ dream. This makes me extremely sad because, yes, it is horribly difficult to get in with a huge publisher; but when you receive a ‘form’ response or a negative reply, that does NOT automatically mean you’re writing isn’t up to par. Especially in this economy.

There are daily stories about how publishers are closing their doors, being bought out, how authors (some extremely well-known) are having their contracts voided, whereas other big houses are simply going with the big names and will no longer even look at a debut author’s work because they can’t take the risk. This is the economy. These are the days when making a move, going out on a limb, daring to put support behind a new name - is something that the bigger publishers simply won’t do. BUT, as I tell all the authors I work with, starting with a small company is in many ways far better.

A while back I had the opportunity to go with a big ‘name’ in the publishing industry but chose not to. I know, some people will say this is ridiculous - BUT, you should have seen the contract. There were some loopholes and odd phrases where I knew that if I didn’t do well - and quickly - that I would be in the proverbial doghouse when all was said and done. In addition, I’m one of those really annoying people who want to work with people who love my characters as much as I do, or at least 80% as much as I do. If my story doesn’t affect them, then they’re not the ones I should ‘team’ up with.

When a wonderful lady by the name of Nicole and I fell over each other when working on something else, things happened and Matthew and Emily were brought into the Tribute family. Until Next Time, the first in this series, was new for me. I had never written a YA novel and I knew that Nicole was taking a chance on me. Not only did she turn out to be a friend, but she is beyond professional, works twice as hard than ANY ‘major’ publisher would on my behalf, and even provided me with the BEST cover artist in the industry who made the characters in my head come to life. I was beyond humbled and extremely grateful.

When I emailed her - about anything - the response was almost immediate. When she needed something for the book - blogs, interviews, etc. - I did them for HER immediately. This was (and, thankfully is) the kind of working relationship I want for all my novels no matter what genre they are. In fact, Nicole has spoiled me; and, if possible, I have become even more picky after being a part of the Tribute clan and getting such professional service.

Writing is a lifelong career. It is also a lifelong struggle to be able to tell a great story that will entertain or effect reader’s lives in, hopefully, a great way. There will always be all-nighters, aggression with various social media networks when you want to throw your computer out the window and see if it will fly - all of that is part of the tough job of being a writer. But when it comes to the publisher, the partnership that you crave more than anything, make sure to NEVER discount the smaller presses, indie publishers, or eBook/electronic publishers. Chances are you will find a perfect partnership that you will be eternally grateful for!

Until Next Time, Everybody,


ISBN: 9780985792220
ISBN: 9781301335541
Pages: 275
Release: November 1, 2012

Gilded Wings: The Angel Chronicles, Book 2 buy links:

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Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1 Summary

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the 'life' they've been assigned. What they don't realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz's establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel's path and a warrior's plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that's ripping them apart.


Happy Reading!

Monday, November 5, 2012


Quote of the week:  A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.  George Bernard Shaw

Today, I have the pleasure of reviewing my friend and critique partner's new book for children, RIVER GIRL. Linda Jo Martin is a novelist and content writer living in Northern California. You can learn more about Linda at her website.

From the back cover of RIVER GIRL:

In 1918 Claire Welch moves from the San Francisco Bay Area to the coastal town of Eureka, far to the north. She must leave her dearest friend behind.

From there Claire heads toward a difficult life, traveling inland to Happy Camp, a small town in the middle of a huge forest.

Near Happy Camp, in the Klamath River Valley, she faces the pain of loneliness and learns the true meaning of friendship.


My Review:


By Linda Jo Martin

Have you ever had to move away from the only home you’ve ever known, to a new place where everyone is a stranger? How did you feel when you had to leave behind your best friend and most of your personal belongings? Were you angry or happy, sad or excited?

Author Linda Jo Martin’s novel for middle grade readers, RIVER GIRL, is the story of nine-year-old Claire Welch whose life is suddenly turned upside down when her father, Elijah, inherits an estate on the Klamath River, at a town called Happy Camp. Even the doll her mother gives Claire cannot make up for having to leave her friend, Emily, and her home. Worse trouble awaits them on the journey to their new home. Elijah dies, leaving his widow, daughter Claire, and son, Toby, to fend for themselves. The year is 1918 when life was tough for most families, but especially so for a young widow and her children. The author gently tells Claire’s story and how she and her family make a new life for themselves in difficult circumstances, including a new father for Claire and Toby when their mother marries again. As most children do, Claire sometimes makes bad choices; she also learns from her mistakes.

RIVER GIRL reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie books. Not only does the reader meet a family trying to survive through death, illness, and a new land, the author paints a lovely historical picture of a simpler life without TV, computers, iPhones, and other luxuries we take for granted today. RIVER GIRL would make a nice addition to school classrooms for discussion, especially in history classes. I recommend Ms. Martin’s book for not only children but adults, too, who love history and/or stories about families.


Happy Reading.

Friday, November 2, 2012


Have you made your Christmas shopping list yet? I have some great suggestions to help you out. My publisher 4RV Publishing LLC is having a gigantic sale on books. What better gift to buy for family and friends than a book? At 4RV you'll find books for all ages and all subjects, including nonfiction. See the deal below and then check out the bookstore for the titles you want. 4RV Publishing. Here's the link to my  books for young readers and teens.

Christmas Book Sale

15% off total order: 3 or more books

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5. Payment instructions will be included in your reply.
6. Books will be shipped as soon as payment is received.
7. Orders must be received by 4RV before December 10 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas.

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Happy Reading.