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The Next Big Thing Blog Chain

Published October 27, 2012 by S. E. Myers

Thank you to Jeremy Bates for including me in this!

Awesome!  This is my first real Blog Hop thing.  If your name is listed at the bottom of this blog post, copy and paste these ten questions into your blog, answer them referencing one of your works, either a book or WIP.  Then whomever reads this post will hop on over to your blog and so on, and so on, and so on…   And if you want to hope aboard –just contact one of the bloggers at the bottom of the post and they will likely add you to their five-author list.

My TEN questions are going to be about the next book in the Revelation Series.

TEN QUESTIONS:

1. What is the working title of your book?

Dark Inhibition.  I think the title really delves into the psyche of Ryleigh and where she is after her battle with Finar.

2. Where did the idea come from for the book?

It is the second in the series.  Originally, I wanted to write a stand-alone YA novel.  But then, this story I have brewing has become pretty large.  I’ve semi-outlined the third and final installment, but I’ll talk about that another day.

3. What genre does your book fall under?

YA Supernatural (Paranormal as it is written) OR under Amazon guidelines, Children’s Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I’ve actually thought about this.  Is that weird?  I love love LOVE, Emma Stone.  I think she would make an awesome Ryleigh, but my children think she might be too old.  I think she is just right to be honest.  I also like Alex Pettyfer for Tristan.

5. What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

It’s time to fight the darkness inside.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Hopefully through Master Koda, they’ve accepted the first installment for re-release and will hopefully not pass on the 2nd.

7. How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I’m still working on it.  I want this completed by Christmas or shortly after.

8. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Beautiful Darkness-ish.

9. Who or What inspired you to write this book?

My children.  My family.  The support of my small fan base.  I love you guys!  And the support of all the indie author’s I’ve connect with ❤

10. What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you liked the first one, you’ll love the second.  More romance, more turmoil, and … you-know-who is coming back, bigger and badder than ever!

YAY!  Now, five awesome writers that I am tagging in this tour!

Todd Brown

Nicole Storey

Donna Dillon

Rich Meyer

Ey Wade

Book Giveaway!!!!

Published October 21, 2012 by S. E. Myers

For the flash fiction contest I am entered in and for those who vote: May December Publications is donating a signed copy of “Zomblog Snoe” by Todd BrownDonna Dillon-Truckenbrod is donating a signed copy of “Through the Gloaming”, I am donating a signed copy of “Dark Revelation”, and Master Koda Select Publishing is donating one Joe McCoubrey and Brad Fleming‘s books. Please tell your friends and promote this post.

Here is the link to vote for my flash fiction piece: http://www.facebook.com/grubstreetreads?v=app_306225262780703&rest=1&app_data=essay%3D29913

Once you have voted, please comment below to enter into the drawing!

My list of awesome friends that have offered to contribute books in a drawing for those who have voted for my flash fiction piece mentioned here are listed below:

Here is the list of contributions so far!!

         A signed copy of Zomblog Snoe, T.W. Brown from May December Publications!

                 A signed copy of Through the Gloaming, Donna Dillon!

                       A signed copy of  Dark Revelation, S. E. Myers (that’s me!)

                    A book from Joe McCoubrey from Master Koda Select Publishing.

                 A book from Brad Fleming from Master Koda Select Publishing.

 

Thank you,

Steph

 

and now for something personal…

Published October 16, 2012 by S. E. Myers

Typically, I try to stay away from true life events on my blog.  I figure that those that do read it are more curious about the next step in my book and possibly a sneak preview of the 2nd book.  Maybe.  Or I am fooling myself completely.

As a mother, I want the best for my children.  I try to be reasonable, accommodating, the voice of reason, a confident, disciplinarian, etc…  I’ve been a single parent since October 2000 when my ex-husband and I separated.  It truly has been me and my children.  I’ve been single since September 2005.  I tell myself I have spent the last seven years taking care of my children.

My efforts have been spent creating a career to support my family.  Then, in 2010, I lost my job because of the mortgage crisis.  I’d thought about writing years before that.  Wrote a screenplay, poetry, and whatnot but did not actively publish anything.  I didn’t have enough confidence in my ability as a writer.  I didn’t have enough confidence in my imagination to push through an entire book.  But that is beside the point.

For the past two years, I have struggled. My unemployment income was 65% of my prior income.  Because my job was off shored, I had the opportunity to go to school and get a degree with a Federal grant.  Or rather, a diploma in Business Administration.  I did that, graduating in April 2011 with a 4.0 and a diploma.  What does a diploma do?  Nothing.  So, I decided to continue my education.  At the same time, I started a temporary job.  For the past year, I have been working a full-time job and going to school full-time.  I also released a book and am now working on my second.  All of this, while trying to take care of my family.

I’ve missed things.  I really have.  I’m at a point in my life where I am not sure what I need to do.  My oldest daughter is 19 and has decided to drop out of her culinary school.  Now mind you, she isn’t quitting at the beginning, but rather the end.  So, 17k later, she has decided she hates it and is now starting a community college.  At least she is going to another school, but I think what is most disappointing are all the other secrets she is keeping from me.

In order to stay in touch with her, I have to read her tumblr.  What is that?

She says she is afraid to tell me because I’ll get mad.  Um, I get mad and upset because I care.  Isn’t that what parents do?  Am I supposed to smile and commend her.  Clap her on the back and congratulate her on growing a set of cajones?  I don’t think I would be doing a fair job as a mother if I did that.  I told her I get mad because I love her and am upset.  If I didn’t care, I wouldn’t say anything.  There are other things going on to continue my disappointment.  I sometimes wonder if I’ve done enough.

With parenting, you can’t ever tell.  I know that when I grew up, I wouldn’t have done or said half of the things that I hear.  Not necessarily from my own children.  There seems to be some sort of entitlement with this generation.

I did my best, I really did.  I will continue to do my best for her, my son, and my youngest.

She is an adult and needs to learn from her mistakes.  But it really hurts to watch her make them and not ask for advice.  It kills me a little inside

Flash Fiction (Unwanted Gifts)

Published October 8, 2012 by S. E. Myers

I’ve entered two flash fiction contests this weekend.

One through Grub Streets, that if I win, I could win a Kindle Fire.  I want one of those.  Terri-bad.

Here is Unwanted Gifts: << click this and vote for me!!!

I hated this time of day.  The moment before ownership of the sky passed to the moon.  This was when they were strongest.  Whispering to me.  Taunting me.  Begging for my help.  If I gave in to the pleadings of spirits passed, they would never leave me alone.

Mama always told me I had a gift.  I had a knowing.

There were moments I was tempted to reach my voice out and console them, but fear clamped my throat shut.  I watched without watching.  I couldn’t give in and allow them to know I could see them.

The aerial acrobatics they displayed was an intricate web of dance designed just for me.  An infinite sadness grabbed hold of my chest and pulled its reigns tight.

The light shifted and more apparitions seemed to appear.  I must have stumbled upon some gathering place.  It wasn’t intentional.

I had taken my evening walk and instead of taking my normal route, I took a short cut through the park.  As the sun cast its colors across the sky in shades of pinks and orange, my heart increased speed.  I knew I might get caught in that glimmer.  It never lasted long, but if caught in it, it could last an eternity.

I continued to watch them.  I realized I wasn’t pretending any longer and could sense they were onto me.  A white cloudy tendril drifted toward me and sang a sad melody.  Images flashed through my mind of its last moments.  All it wanted was one last goodbye.

I could feel the tear roll down my cheek leaving a trail of guilt behind.  I closed my eyes for a moment willing my voice to come.  It still caught in my throat.

“I’ll do it,” I whispered.  “I promise, I will.”

Holy cows and sheep!

Published October 6, 2012 by S. E. Myers

SO much going on!

Finals are finally over.  I have about a week break before the next take on the quarter but that leaves me only 6 months out until I achieve my accounting degree.  It is an associates but you know what?  Two-years of hard work and determination.  I’m almost done.

This next quarter will find me home doing online courses. I’m glad for that opportunity because it affords me the time to continue to work on my book, promotion, AND hang out with my family.

Last month was a pretty good month for Dark Revelation.  Thank you to all of you who helped promote, tweet, youtube, Facebook, and WOM (word-of-mouth) my baby to your friends and acquaintances.  It would be most awesome for you to continue doing so.

I am excited for Dark Inhibition.  I think you will be too.  Between work and school, Ryleigh has been patiently waiting for her story to continue.  I hope you won’t be disappointed in the direction she is going.

My laptop is still slowly being restored back to its former glory.  I still have to load all my Skinny Puppy albums.  hanDover is the last one I need to re-itunes.  I miss that album already.

I listen to a lot of ebm/synthpop/industrial.  I actually am a former goth – I always thought being goth was more an attitude than an outfit.  I still love the music and love to dance.  I haven’t been dancing since Club Anthem.  I kinda miss it.

I am going to try to get another Vlog up this weekend so I can show off my new glasses and shades.

Until then!