Saturday, April 28, 2012
This is for anyone who would like to be a guest on my blog. You can talk about any thing you want (please no sex, drugs or rock and roll related post). Authors if you want to talk about your latest book or future book(s) you can. Or if you just want to talk in general you can also.
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Monday, April 23, 2012
I'm blogging from my phone today. Oh the joys of technology. I was sitting here think about my little cousin going to his prom. He was so handsome looking on that day just a few weeks back. I was so happy for him. Most of my family came out to support him. It reminded me of my prom some decade ago. Well we won't go there today...lol!!
I post some pictures of him below. It seems like it was yesterday when he pooped on his mom when he was a baby. Awww....
My prom memory is when my senior prom fell on my birthday May 17, 2002. It was boring but the most fun part was when we went to the city (San Francisco, CA.). I didn't get home till 12:00 and boy was I tired...lol!!
Just thinking about the good old days. Feel free to post about your prom memories :-).
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I do not feel that way. I feel like I am very slow. I mean sure my last book (Purr Island Book# 3 of the Lukos Trilogy) was published in January, I still feel like I am being lazy about my writing. I guess I deserve to be lazy since I published 3 books in a 6 month period (novellas). So I guess I can be a little slow :).
But in any event Bloody Rose (hopefully) will be out within the next month, month and a half. Below is a little teaser.
“Look at what we did. We are never going to get away with this. Everything I have worked hard for is going to go away.” I shook as if the temperature had drop a few degree, but it was fear that we might get caught that gave me chills. Catlian stood up and grabbed my face holding on to my pudgy cheeks that was probably now red.
“You listen here,” the psyco path spoke, “you’re going on to be the best swimmer in the world. Joise is going on to study medicine, and Marcy is going to be the fastest runnier you hear me?” Her words came out as more of a demand than comfort. I nodded my head in agreement. I was still shaking from the hard cry.
“Let’s all promise we will never speak about this day ever, you hear me?” Everyone’s head was down and nodded silently in agreement. “Agree?” Catlain repeated to emphasis that we were all in on this together.
“Agreed,” we all said in unison. Little did we know we just made a deal with the devil.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
But, no on a more serious note I think about all of the different authors (indie and major published) and say to myself, “Candice… what the heck are you doing?” I am pretty sure at one point or another major authors and writers have said the same thing to themselves.
“Should I give up or should I just keep chasing pavement even if it leads nowhere?” (Adele 19)
The answer to Adele’s song is NO! I will not give up. I will just keep chasing pavements. And who cares if it doesn’t lead nowhere. That’s where my faith comes in at. Faith that one day I will get to the point where I give my notice to my job. To tell them you can have your Saturday hours, because I will not be working them. That’s my only grip with my job.
So my advice to those who are started out in this writing game and feels intimidated by the authors that are hitting 6 and 7 figure numbers in sales, is don’t worry. After a while your day will come. Success does not happen over-night it happens over-time. And only time will tell if you can make writing your career, or just a hobby.
Thank you for reading my blog today. Feel free to comment :)
Saturday, April 14, 2012
I am super excited because this will be my first blog tour. I have read about different indie authors doing it, and how it is a great way to promote your book. I though to myself it is worth a shot, so I signed up with www.yanovelreader.com. Whom the host, Rachel Marks, has helped me out tremendously with the tour. Big thanks to her and her bloggers for helping me. I will give out the dates and blog sites soon.
Just to let everyone know that the printed copy of The Unsacred Gift is now up on Amazon (click the cover below to purchase a hard copy). I will be giving away sign printed copies on Goodreads soon so be on the look out for that as well.
Feel free to comment.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
I started a Gen Y blog in 2007 called Twenty Set. It actually gained quite a bit of steam early on, but eventually I moved away from Gen Y topics. The reason I started that blog, though, is because I couldn't clear my mind! I literally just needed to get things out of my system. So I wrote that blog 4-5 times a week for about six months until my ideas stop churning so quickly. My love for writing as an adult grew out of that experience.
2. How did you come up with the idea for The Social Punk Trilogy?
Socialpunk is a bit like The Truman Show meets The Terminator, except Mark Zuckerburg is president of the world. I wanted to do a cyberpunk and Socialpunk is classically cyberpunk, down to its roots. I loved the idea of being trapped in a virtual reality, and then acclimating to the real world.
3. If you had a chance to collaborate with any author who would it be?
You know, I feel like I would have a hard time collaborating. I'm just a control freak about writing. I hope in a few years I could humble myself to take another writer's criticism. So, can I pick a director instead? I'd love to collaborate with James Cameron (and yes, I realize this will never in a million years actually happen). I pretty much love every movies Cameron has ever done, and he did Terminator, and Avatar, and he's just an incredible visual artist and world-builder. So yes, he would be amazing. I could learn so much from him.
4. What do you do in your spare time when your not writing?
I do a lot of marketing and promotion for my books and my editing services. For example, right now anyone can get a free "First 1000" email consult if they have a manuscript. I give the person detailed feedback on how marketable and hooking the first 1000 words of the book are. You can learn more at proseonfire.com/free-consultations.
5. If you was to win the $360 million dollar lottery, what is the first thing you would buy?
I would pay off my student loans first! And then I'd probably buy some expensive jewelry. And maybe a downtown Chicago loft.
6. Are you a Twilight fan? If so are you team Jacob or team Edward?
I'm definitely a Twilight fan (though not a Twihard). I'm team Jacob because I never really got over Edward leaving in Book 2. I was so mad at him and then couldn't forgive him afterwards... and Jacob was pure sunshine. I think of the two, Jacob deserved Bella more (though it works out, of course).
7. Last question...What can your readers expect from The Socialpunk Trilogy?
Well, the first book centers on Ima and how she handles herself through essentially two different dystopian futures. The second book expands the world and trades off between Ima's POV and another character's POV (I won't say who just yet). I don't think I could say much else because I'd be spoiling things!
To find more information about The Socialpunk Trilogy go to http://socialpunktrilogy.com/ The Socialpunk Trilogy by Monica Leonelle includes Socialpunk (April 2012), Socialmob (July 2012), and Socialhood (October 2012).
Monday, April 9, 2012
Yes, we all have been bullied as a child growing up, but never in my life would I have imagined that bullying can be at the workplace. I have done some research on the topic and I thought I would share it with you all.
The Work Place Bullying Institute states that 35% of the U.S. workforce reported being bullied at work. Here is a brief description of workplace bullying: Bullying is a systematic campaign of interpersonal destruction that jeopardizes your health, your career, the job you once loved. Bullying and non-physical, non-homicidal form of violence and, because it is violence and abusive, emotional harm frequently results.
If you’re being bullied at work The Work Place Bullying Institute suggest that you use a three step method.
Step 1: Name it! Legitimatize Yourself
Step 2: Take time off to Heal & Launch a Counterattack
Step 3: Expose the Bully
For more detail information go to workplacebullying.org Please feel free to comment if you would like.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
Ima would give anything to escape The Dome and learn what’s beyond its barriers, but the Chicago government has kept all its citizens on lockdown ever since the Scorched Years left most of the world a desert wasteland. When a mysterious group of hooded figures enters the city unexpectedly, Ima uncovers a plot to destroy The Dome and is given the choice between escaping to a new, dangerous city or staying behind and fighting a battle she can never win.
Twelve cups of water sat on the table, four for each of them. Next to each cup sat a pill—yellow for fat, red for carbs, blue for protein, and green for vitamins.
Vaughn took the red pill, ripped it in half like a pack of sugar, and poured it into his cup. He set his cup into a contraption on the table and it whirled and hissed. When the machine finished, the cup had a pink, swirly liquid inside.
Nahum looked at the four cups in distaste.
“Not up to your standards?” Vaughn asked, shooting his drink. He swallowed the mixture in one large gulp. “I would get you something else, but we’re rebuilding our hash. We can’t afford real food, plus it’s bad for you anyway. Extremely difficult to maintain a balanced diet.”
“Synthetic food can’t cost that much,” Nahum countered. He grinned. “We had it in our little fake world, at least.”
Vaughn chuckled. “Synthetic food is even worse for you than real food. Shortens your life. We stopped eating that stuff at the turn of the century. It gave people long-term hyperactivity, which can kill you. LTH took out a lot of the population, kind of like cancer in your day, except a bigger deal because the population had dwindled so low already. Plus, people live indefinitely now.”
Nahum’s nose twitched as he laughed. “People don’t live indefinitely.”
But Vaughn looked genuinely surprised. “Of course we do. Have you seen anyone who looks over the age of twenty-five to you?”
“What does that mean, though?” Ima asked out of curiosity. “How could you live indefinitely? You may not look older, but you still age.”
Vaughn grinned. “Like I said before—there’s a lot you don’t understand about this world.”
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Just recently I have…well I don’t want to say the D word (dating) but that’s what is going on with me. How women authors juggle kids and husbands? I do not know. I am still trying to figure out the tricks of the trade.
But all in all please bare with me readers (if you are out there reading this). I am slowly trying to get my writing life back. It’s been on hold for a few months now, and I do not want it to die out.
In other news…oh yeah that’s right that’s it. I have no other news. Oh…wait yes I do. After I finish the slow edits for Bloody Rose and publishing it and stuff I will be working on my next project. The series that I will be working on is about cultic practices.
No, I am not going to write a How To Start A Cult Book or anything like that. But I am going to write about things that are more of religious base. It will be a series for young adults, but it will also be a Christian read as well.
I have been thinking about doing this series for a while now, and I think now is the perfect time to put it into action. I will post my research and progress in my blog, so stay tune for that.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
But on a serious note, I just discovered Scribd. I mean I have read where people talked about it, but I have never logged in and created any documents myself. In any event I have started (slowly) adding chapters of The Unsacred Gift to my documents, so that my future readers can get a taste of my writing style.
You can check out Chapter One below. In the mean time here is a pic of my cousins dog.
Isn't he cute??????
The Unsacred Gift (Young Adult Paranormal) Excerpt 1