The Secret Lives of Writers

I’m a contributing writer to this lovely anthology about what it’s like to be a writer – while doing everything else… I feel sometimes like a hero with a cape at night getting my word count in and finishing a great scene, that is until early morning school time – then I feel like the dead in need of a strong caffeinated beverage. Get your copy it’s only $0.99 until 9/1 if you want to know more about the glorious life behind the page –🙂

The Secret Lives of Writers

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My 1st Novel – DONE!

I took a little hiatus this summer from my blog.  The main reason was to finish and polish my first novel and enjoy the summer with the family.  I’m happy to report, the novel ‘Magick’ is being published Sept 16, 2016, and is available for pre-order now.

Yahoo! MAGICK is here.

It’s been such an experience and an exciting time for me so far, although I tend to dread the marketing piece of being an indie author, none the less, I’m jumping on the train.  It’s also providing the momentum of writing the 2nd book – I ended up with a series on my hands!

I write under the pen name, Mira Monroe.  A story for another time as to why…  It’s a YA (Young Adult) fantasy novel for ages 14 and up.  If you enjoy a fun adventure check out it out.

Avg. 4-star reviews on Goodreads thus far in ARCs; as one reviewer said:

…I love a good ending and usually, I either remove or add one star to my final rating because of it. It was very tensed, full of action and magick and it all went really well. I was really excited at the end and this fact speaks for itself… – Reviewer

Well worth checking out this new author Mira Monroe!! I was lucky to get an advanced readers copy, but it comes out soon. Magick sets up a delightful maze of alternative realms. It’s ingenious. And just when you are truly frustrated (but in a good way like on the edge of your seat) the story unfolds beautifully. I’d almost describe it as a psychological mind teaser with alternate planes and realms set in the current day and with an almost fairy tale style… – Author of First Born, Janelle Gabay

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MAGICK

Willow and her best friends, Emily and Lucy, are making plans for a great senior year and daydreaming about life away from sleepy Chepstow, Massachusetts. Willow tries for a life under the radar, where her biggest adventure is dating Daniel – voted best all-around guy. Her life is perfect, until a long-lost grandmother reveals that not only does she come from a long line of Wiccans, but she’s also part of the royal family – and next in line for the crown! Not everyone is happy to discover this outsider is about to take the throne, and Willow’s life is in danger – along with those around her. Willow’s world is turning upside-down, as a new realm invades, complete with rogue Guardians and a handsome warrior who’s sworn to stand by her side. Rhydian knows everything she doesn’t, and Willow must learn to use her magick to uncover the dark secrets about her family’s past in order to save the Edayri realm and everyone she’s ever loved before it’s too late.

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Pre-order and join my author page – Mira Monroe that’s where you’ll get the scoop and stay in the inner circle.

Thanks to all my fellow writing peeps for the support over the last 9-12 months.  It’s a fantastic community of support and I love it.  Cheers to a great weekend!

Awe Me? A Liebster Award

I was nominated and received the Liebster Award from the talented Diane Lee.  I’m blushing, a big hug to Diane for thinking of me.   I was fortune enough to be a beta reader for Diane and fell in love with her honest writing about her experiences with love and relationships.  Certainly check out her collection of stories here, definitely worth your time and money.

I have nominated two bloggers (see below), and for nominated bloggers, these are the guidelines to keep the award going if you choose to accept it:

Display an image of the award and write about your nomination.liebster-award
Thank and link the person who nominated you for this award.
Answer the 11 questions prepared for you by the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate some awesome bloggers who you think deserve this award (<10), and create 11 questions of your own for your nominees to answer
List these guidelines in your blog post.

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Here are my answers to Diane’s questions:

  1. What are you reading right now?

(non-fiction) Book Marketing is Dead by Derek Murphy

(fiction) Shearwater by Derek Murphy

2. Why are you reading that particular book?

I just finished my novel under my pen name and I am looking at my next steps for self-publishing and what my DIY options are, so that is the reason for the first book by Derek.  In the same vein, I love YA and supporting my fellow indie authors and I picked up his book, which was free on Amazon the other day.  Plus when was the last time I read about mermaids? Yep, I’m intrigued.

In the same vein, I love YA and supporting my fellow indie authors and I picked up his book, which was free on Amazon the other day.  Plus when was the last time I read about mermaids? Yep, I’m intrigued.

3.  Would you recommend it others? Why or why not?

For self-publishing authors, definitely worth the read.  Lots of good information in there and helps you figure out your pathway in planning for sure.  I literally just started Shearwater, so I can’t say yet but based on reviews I saw it should be worth wild.

I literally just started Shearwater, so I can’t say yet, but based on reviews it should be worth wild.

4.  Who’s your most favourite author ever? Why?

How can anyone answer this – my most favorite ever? So many… in various categories.

JK Rowling.

I bought the first three Harry Potter books because she was getting a little buzz at my bookstore, and I figured my oldest daughter who was a toddler at the time, might read them and I should check them out.  I was in love with the stories and quickly my husband was reading behind me, nudging me if I was finished with the next book.  I was hooked, and my enthusiasm continued onward to the movies as well.  In fact, I saw the last movie with my bestie in London at a red carpet premiere!  We didn’t get the memo to dress up as characters, but we had a great time dodging the TV crews and getting our popcorn.  Then reminiscing over at a local pub.

5.   Is there one book you read that changed your life? Or got you thinking about changing your life?

Danielle LaPorte,  The Desire Map.  I actually read this book at the end of every year in preparation for the new year.  It’s freeing each time I read it and I find something new each year.  I love it and yes have given away copies of it.

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Me as a FanGirl of Danielle LaPorte’s – July 2014

6.  What writing (or other) project are you currently working on?

My YA book titled: Unwanted Magick under my pen name Mira Monroe.  I just finished it, May 31st!! It’s off to a few beta readers and my editor.  I’m beyond thrilled, it’s a huge accomplishment for me.

Check my Author FB page for latest updates: Mira Monroe  or at Twitter or on Instagram

(yep, slave to social media, because it’s awesome!)

7.  What’s the hardest thing about writing (or working on your current project)?

Getting over being perfect and judging myself as wrote.  I had started novels in the past only to rewrite and throw in the trash a few times.  Via, my Desire Mapping (see question 5) last year I hired a writing coach to get me through it – the hit you over the head Steve Windsor.  I needed it and I did finish my first draft of Unwanted Magick late 2015!

I sat on it and started my revision work in May.  He gave me the freedom to rewrite and secure the story I wanted in 1-2 edit reviews and then to get outta my way and move it along.  It’s interesting, I knew deep down what I needed to do, I’ve taken classes, read the how-to books, but I needed that personal touch to call me out on my crap like;

“Cassie, do you want it published or do you want it perfect?” Steve Windsor

“Cassie, are you writing or making excuses? What is your word count today?” Steve Windsor

I would love to be a coach for others one day, but that would be an excuse right now because I need to write.  I need to experience the road.🙂

Check out Steve’s Author Basics website, great tools for authors.

8.   If a movie was made about your life, who would play you?

Drew Barrymore.   I tend to like her roles in the past, I think she’d get my humor  while looking disheveled in my put together kind of way.

9.   If you could have any super human quality, what would it be?

I would love to have the gift of all languages.  To speak, to read, and to understand them all  with little to no effort – wow, what a gift and super human quality that would be awesome.  I always envy those who are multi-lingual.

On a side note, if I could have transporting skills and skip the airports, trains, and automobiles – oh yea that would be awesome too, must be the Trekkie in me.

10.   What is something that scares the pants off you that you’d like to achieve or do in the next 12 months?

I’m doing it – Self-Publishing scares me but excites me.

11.  And the most important question of all: puppies or kittens?

I guess saying both would be a cop-out, but dang anything baby is adorable.   Puppies – because look at my Finn, he is the cutest!Meet Mr. Finn (a.k.a. Bubba)

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My Nominations are:

Jean Cogdell – She just published her children books recently! She also has a great fun blog for indie authors.

and

Vashti Quiroz-Vega – Always provides some wise words and great inspiration weekly.

My questions for these lovely ladies, should they choose to participate in the nomination are the following:

  1. Where is your top vacation destination that you have yet to accomplish?
  2. What is the best advice you have received prior to self-publishing?
  3. What is your favorite song right now and why?
  4. Do you have any hidden talents you want to share?
  5. Who would play you in your life movie?
  6. What are you reading right now, do you like it?
  7. Can you play an instrument? If not, what would you play?
  8. What do you daydream about lately?
  9. Who is your favorite Superhero and what would you talk about at dinner?
  10. What is your favorite dish to make and eat?
  11. Lastly, sunrise or sunset?

 

 

What Is an ISBN Anyway, and Do I Really Need One?

This is a great breakdown about ISBNs for the self-publisher.  Great information I needed, therefore I’m sharing to others who might want the info as well.

Let me know in the comments below if you use this same technique for your ISBNs, or do something different.

Cheers,

Cassie

Expensive and totally NOT sexy, ISBNs can be a headache for self-publishing authors. Do you need one? What kind? And how do you get it?

Source: What Is an ISBN Anyway, and Do I Really Need One?