Archive | January, 2013

YAAAY – My First Bad Review! LOL!

19 Jan

So you’re probably wondering why I’m saying yaaay about it. Well, why not? Not every story is for every person and evidently, mine wasn’t for her. No big deal – especially since her average rating for books overall is only like a 3. I say this now, after having picked myself up off of the floor, having cried hysterically and pounded my fists on the floor until they were bloody. Seriously though, there is something that she mentioned that I would like to address because it may affect you, Dear Readers, if you have an old version of “The Missing Chapters”.

This was the first book I ever wrote and the first book I ever published. I did this on my own, knowing nothing about which services were good and which weren’t etc… I was, indeed, the proverbial “babe in the woods” when it came to publishing and editing services. On the first draft, I had several people helping me with it and I made the mistake of not proofing it myself. Needless to say, I should have. When I realized there were issues, I sent it off to an outside company to have it edited and proofread. Once again, I trusted that they would get the job done and I put the new file back out there without checking it (late October timeframe). Yes, I know, DUMB! My only defense is that I have an incredibly demanding day job, which leaves me little time for editing myself. Well, as you may have guessed by now, that service was bogus. I don’t even think they did anything to it at all. I did end up getting my money back from them. Third time was finally the charm. I found another service and this time, I proofed it myself before putting up the new file. This final version was completed and uploaded in mid-December. That being said, for anyone that received a prior version, you’re going to have some minor grammatical errors in your copy, which I profusely apologize for. They were hardly the type of errors that ruin the story, but they were there nonetheless. My only solace is that most of the people who received the prior copies, got it for free. This was a HUGE lesson for a new author, a lesson that I am helping another author with at present. I don’t think I’ll ever trust a service enough to not check the file myself again. It’s just not worth it no matter how long it holds up publication. So there you have it, my painful and extremely embarrassing lesson in how NOT to handle your editors.

The rest of her review was about how my characters showed too much love for each (did I mention it’s a romance?) and it took too long to get to the climax (aren’t climaxes normally at the end?), and my favorite, I put too many details in the story (huh?). LOL! Seriously, I’m only poking at this review because it’s my first 2-star, so it’s a pretty easy target. I read some of the other author’s comments on GR about how you’re not a real author until someone gives you a 1 or 2 star review and fillets your book for you. I guess I’ve crossed over! I truly do appreciate all feedback, even the bad stuff. I can’t get better without it. I also have to keep reminding myself that I will never be able to write a book that everyone loves – it’s impossible. As much as every author would LOVE to do that, it simply can’t happen (sniff). We’ll still keep trying though! 🙂

So, if you would like to see what this woman was bitching about, check out “The Missing Chapters”. The Kindle and Nook versions are on sale for $1.99 because I want everyone to read it so they are ready for the sequel later this year. Maybe I’ll send this reviewer a copy of the sequel just for shits and giggles! 🙂 I jest. Again, it was the first one – this HAD to be done. Wait until I get my first 1 star! It will be game on for that MF! LOL!

Enough about me, I totally want to tell you guys about this band that I met through twitter. They asked me to listen to their album and since I was going to be on my computer for a while, I thought, why the hell not? WELL, I listened – then I bought it! It is really, really, really fantastic! I love music and I love to turn people on to new bands so you guys have GOT to check out this band! I’m not kidding – I bought the damn CD before I had even listened to all the songs. My favorite song is Dreamer but I love them ALL! The band is called The Amends and this is their 2nd album. It’s called “What We Could Be” and it’s awesome. I want to emphasize that no one asks me to promote their stuff and I wouldn’t do it if they did to be honest. I only promote what I personally like. And I REALLY love this album!

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Chasta

Stuff I Like and Stuff I Don’t Like

12 Jan

Hello readers! I thought I would pop by and share some stuff with you today. No, you haven’t asked me what I like and what I don’t like, but hey, it’s my blog after all! Besides, I’m very wise and you should listen to me! Ha ha! No, but really, you should listen to me…

Let’s talk about some books first because well, not only do I write them, I happen to love them too! I’ve really gotten into reading other Indie Authors lately but I still adore the classics! Did you know that you can get most of the classics for free on Kindle? Check out the Jane Austen links! I mean really, who doesn’t love Jane Austen? Persuasion
Pride and Prejudice
Emma
Love and Friendship
Mansfield Park
Lady Susan
Northanger Abbey
Now, oddly, Sense and Sensibility is 99 cents, but why buy the plain one when you can get this cool Kindle version that is illustrated for the same 99 cents? Sense and Sensibility: Premium Edition (Unabridged, Illustrated, Table of Contents)
If you don’t have a Kindle and you want a nice hardcover for your shelf, check this one out instead! Plus it’s on sale! Sense and Sensibility: Premium Edition (Unabridged, Illustrated, Table of Contents)

I really like to watch Jane Austen’s novels come to life on film too. One that isn’t as popular is “Northanger Abbey”. Now, I happen to really, really like this story. It’s silly and fun and addresses all kinds of lessons to the reader without your even realizing that you’re learning the lesson! There are, of course, several versions of this on film just like all the other stories that have been remade a million times, but I think Masterpiece Theatre did my favorite version. The casting was perfect. While the actors aren’t popular, they really portrayed the characters better than any of the others I have seen. Check it out – this one’s on sale too!

Now that we have talked about some likes, how about some things I don’t care for as much – but you might! Here’s a complicated one. Have you ever read The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien? Well I have. And let me tell you, it is a hard read! Now, I did review it a long time ago and I gave it 4 stars – but not because I enjoyed it. It was simply because I was astounded by it. It literally read like The King James Version of The Bible where everyone begat everyone else… It was tough to get through but it was the explanation of how Middle Earth began and being a huge fan of those stories, I HAD to read it. I have a collector’s edition that is no longer available so I was checking out online to see what’s available for you – it’s not a very popular book so there aren’t a lot of choices unless you want a used one. But here is a link so you can at least check it out. Heck, maybe you will even understand it! It’s definitely a challenge but it really is a work of art. It is amazing what that man produced and the details that he gave. No stone was left unturned! This version’s almost half off right now if you want the hardcover. I like hardcovers because they look nice in my library – yes, I have a library in my house. I converted my largest bedroom into an office/library. It is my sanctuary! 🙂

OK, talking about stuff I really like is more fun. I really like art. Rodin is probably my favorite sculptor. I have this book in hardcover – it’s beautiful. It also has one of my favorite sculptures right on the cover -Danaid (I own a marble replica of this sculpture and it’s gorgeous!). This has up close and personal photographs of his greatest work. You can see The Gates of Hell like never before. It is really a gorgeous book. I’d get the HC if I were you, but here is the Kindle version that’s only 4 bucks. Take a look!

I think I have one of the broadest spectrum’s of interests out of anyone that I have personally known. I love so many different things. I can go from talking about how much I love Rodin to telling you how much I love the Sookie Stackhouse novels – yes, you read me right. They are truly addictive. Even with the inconsistencies throughout the different novels, I JUST DON’T CARE! I adore them! I am impatiently waiting for May, when the latest novel will be sent to me because OF COURSE I PREORDER! If you are itching for the next one too, allow me to hook you up with the preorder page so that you too can get the latest Sookie story the first day that it’s available without having to set foot in the store. I’m ready to cry because this is supposedly the FINAL Sookie Stackhouse novel and quite frankly – that really sucks (no pun intended)! So that is another thing I don’t like – the end of the Sookie Stackhouse stories. 😦

If you have been living under a rock and you have never read them, here’s a link to help you get started. There are 13 books in all including the May release – so you have some catching up to do! Here are the first 8!

OK, I think I will wrap this up for now. Thank you for joining me in my one-sided discussion about stuff I like and stuff I don’t. You’re comments are always welcome here, so if you have something to add, spit it out! 🙂

Procrastinating

6 Jan

(Sigh) I was planning to get some writing done this weekend. Instead, I find myself procrastinating. As any writer knows, if you’re not in the right state of mind, writing is virtually impossible. You may as well just do something else because you are not going write anything worth a darn. So, I’ve found myself reading, posting on Facebook and playing around on Twitter. I figured I would update my blog – at least I’m writing SOMETHING this way. Who knows, maybe it will put me in a mood to work on my novel.

So let’s talk!

First and foremost – if you haven’t done so already, you need to go and purchase my newest mature YA novel. Ha ha, just kidding – no but really, She Knows Something You Don’t Know (Death’s Gift to Sabrina)
Don’t forget to leave a review! You will start to see direct links to things that I like on my blog. There are a lot of people bashing amazon right now, but they really do have some phenomenal tools out there. Even if you don’t like them, you can still use their site to find just about anything you might be looking for. I have not personally had any issues with amazon, I’m actually a big fan. If they mess with me though – they will hear about it – and so will you!

So, I watched “The Painted Veil” today. It makes me cry every time. If you have not seen it, do watch. It is the most heartbreaking love story, ugh! So emotional! I have actually never read the novel, but I finally ordered it. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. Here is the movie link. The Painted Veil
Here is the book: The Painted Veil

I’ve also been doing a lot of reading this weekend – I read all the time though. You have to read a lot to write well – fact. Currently I’m reading this: <Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing
It is quite graphic and quite horrific. I think it’s important to remember these events. With all of the new horrors in the world, and how everyone acts as if these types of atrocities are new to this generation, this will be quite eye-opening. These types of crimes have been happening for a long, long time. Even back then, people never saw it coming from those that committed the crimes. In hindsight, you can see the signs leading up to these events, yet, we spend such little time reflecting on those signs so that we recognize them going forward. We need to start learning from these events. That is why I thought that “If Only I Had Known” by Dr. William H. Dodson is a rather important novel. He gives us tools to identify the possibility of this type of crime BEFORE it is carried out. This is why history is important – learning from our mistakes and improving what we did right. You can get this novel here: If Only I Had Known: A True Story

On the lighter side of things, I think I offended some of my Facebook followers. 😦 Actually, I think that their parental monitors kicked in and severed their ties to my page. As everyone knows, I write everything from mature YA to erotica. Well, I made some jokes about my erotica novella and the words sex and porn were used, which immediately led to me losing some likes… Ooops! I have a lot of young folks following my page from the new YA novel, which is great, but it is a mature YA novel so, I don’t think those words were inappropriate. Everyone has heard them and everyone who should be on my page knows what they are. I don’t write for 14 and under so they should not be following me without their parents consent anyway. Those internet monitoring things are pretty cool actually.

I am now following Ricky Gervais on Twitter. He is my favorite comedian ever. He tweets a lot which is awesome because right in the middle of a crap day, I get something like this: “When I see a fat mum in leggings & a drunk shirtless dad shouting at 6 kids under 8, I want to go up and ask to see their child license.” God I love him! In fact, he is tweeting the worst movie reviews I have ever heard right at this moment. HILARIOUS! If you wonder what kind of sense of humor I have, just listen to him some time – that’s what it’s like. Or read my books – it’s all over the place in there. Sarcastic and smartassed, it’s who I am. I’ve learned to embrace it. 🙂

“Sucker Punch” has got to be one of the worst movies ever created. Did I mention that I sometimes blurt out seemingly random statements?

I’ve now come to the conclusion that writing this isn’t putting me in the mood to work on the novel. So, I’m going to give it up for today. I hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend. I am going to wrap this up and got take some Advil. See you all later!

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