Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wisteria Book Blast

Wisteria by Bisi Leyton:

Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.

Praise for Wisteria:

“I love the buildup of this story, getting to know the characters and watching their connection grow. I had no idea which way the story was headed and I was kept in suspense right up to the very end! It has plenty of action and a fascinating plot and I can’t wait to see what Bisi Leyton has for us next!!” 

“There are a lot of great things in this book, so much more than zombies and a struggle for survival. At it’s base core it is about star-crossed lovers, literally and the supporting characters roles… Ms. Leyton brings to Wisteria a mixture of science fiction, fantasy, dystopic world with a twist to the paranormal romance angle!”

“The book was full of nonstop action from the beginning until the end, and I did not put it down until I had finished it. I loved the book.” 


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Author Bisi Leyton:
Bisi Leyton was born in East London in 1978. She grew up in London, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters.
She lives in London, but has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels.


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Monday, January 7, 2013

Bare Knuckle Bucket of Does or How To Make Progress on Your Work-in-Progress

When the deadline looms, I'm one of those people who put it in gear and gun it hard all the way to the finish line.  I work great under pressure.  Of course, right now, most of my deadlines and the pressure that goes with them come from the day job, but that's another story.

So, if it's such an important piece of me, why am I not more productive as a writer?

Many writers are wired to think in stories.  Their brains are cluttered with story ideas, lines of dialogue, quirky characters, and flowing descriptions that would make angels weep.  Yet, until they make it to the page, all they can possibly be are possibilities.  Until a writer has an editor or critique partner putting on pressure to give over finished products, stories are often left not started or unfinished.  Lately, I'm soooo there.

Once again, the question is how to change that.  However, the reality of it all is this--there is no easy solution.  I'm the only one putting pressure on me to get writing done, and apparently I'm not twisting the screws tightly enough.

The only way a writer can push toward those lofty publishing dreams, whether it be to publish traditionally or independently, is to begin and finish the damn book.  It's time to become a bare-knuckle bucket of does.

But what does that mean?

It means setting goals and sticking with them.  It's one thing to set a long-term goal like getting published.  In order to achieve that lofty goal though, what you do in the short-term really, really matters.  So, what are some good short-term goals?

One of the first goals has to be about writing time.  Writing time has to be priority.  Determine how much time you really can devote to writing each week.  I thought I could devote seven hours a week.  One hour a day, right?  Reality check--not possible with my day job.

Try to be as realistic as possible when setting writing goals.  Dean Wesley Smith suggests you set a goal you think you can meet and then cut it in half.  So, my current writing goal for each week is three and a half hours.

Unfortunately, I'm a slow writer.  I don't like to plot ahead.  When I do, my brain thinks I've actually written the piece, but I've learned a trick.  I fool my brain by only plotting a few scenes at a time.  If I only plan a few steps ahead, it gives me direction but not satisfaction.  This doesn't change the fact that I can only write about 750 words in an hour.  Most writers aim for 1000, and I've hit that and gone over before, but I know I can hit 750 words, so that is my goal for now.  As my schedule frees up, this might be one goal I re-think, but for now, it will work for me.  This means, I will complete 2,625 words weekly.  Sounds small, and it is, but I can make it work.  In a year, even if I only write fifty weeks in the year, I'll write 131,250 words.  For me that's two novels and a short story.

Hopefully, you find some good, realistic information you can use here.  There is more to being a bare-knuckle bucket of does, but I'll continue with that next time.

For now, happy reading and writing,

Cherie Marks

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Might as Well Make a Few Resolutions

Call it a fad, call it peer pressure, call it being responsible...whatever you call it, I'm breaking my resolution to never make resolutions and...well...resolving to accomplish a few things this year.  Nothing fancy, just gonna try to accomplish a little here and there.  2013 is shaping up to be my lucky year, so here are my 2013 resolutions that will get me started:

1.  Blog regularly, and to that end, make Saturday my day to get blogposts written and scheduled.
2.  Journal at least five times a week so that I have something to blog about.
3.  Carry my journal with me everywhere because my brain doesn't have an on/off switch, more's the pity.
4.  Finish my current projects--two full-length YA's and a fantasy romance novella by the end of July.
5.  Write one hour, five days a week, about 1000 words a day.
6.  Schedule four fun, interesting, and informative writing meetings for KYRW for 2013 (somehow they got into their minds I could be the president of the organization)
7.  Don't get discouraged.  When things don't go as planned, pick up and keep moving forward.
8.  Continue to explore options.  Both trad and self-pub are viable in today's market.
9.  Marketing will be a tool, not an obsession.  I will interact with my social media about thirty minutes five days a week and most of that will be actual interaction.
10. I will read six books this year, at least three outside of my genre of choice.

So there it is.  My plan for 2013.  Nothing about working out or eating more nutritionally.  Just highly-motivating, ambitious goals of heart-nudging greatness-unearthed.

Join me if you'd like.  Comment on some thangs you're planning to do to change your life into a rhythmic swirl of awesomeness this year.

Happy Reading and Writing!

Cherie Marks