Saturday, August 24, 2013

FeedMyReads: Q&A with Glenna Maynard

FeedMyReads: Q&A with Glenna Maynard: Here is a little Q&A with Glenna Maynard - hope you enjoy :D Who is your favourite author and why? I absolutely love Charlai...

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Interview with Author Nickie Seidler

Interview with author Nickie Seidler



















Hi Nickie thank you so much for stopping by to chat with us!



1.)    You recently released your first book A Lucky Second Chance, tell us about it.
A Lucky Second Chance
A Lucky Second Chance is book that will keep you turning the pages. It touches on some strong subjects of abuse and love. So far it has 18 5 star reviews! I’m so proud of this book beyond words. I never thought I could finish this book and perfect to the vision I had but I did! I’m happy I’m getting so many people contact me and tell me that they loved it and it really was an emotional ride for them because it touched base close to home. I’m glad I can give people the positive outlook and encourage them to be strong. It’s a suspenseful romance you won’t want to miss!
2.)    If you weren’t writing what would you be doing with your life?
Honestly, I’d probably take up photography. I’ve always said for years and years that I should do it with my love for taking pictures. I hope to one day take a picture and use it for a cover of my book! It’s a far fetch idea though but its always in the back of my mind.
3.)    Hot alpha males love them or hate them?
I’m in between on this one. Yes, eye candy is great to look at but let’s be real here, not everyone marries the hottest guy on the planet. It’s what’s inside that counts and if they have the full package then that’s awesome too! My husband may not have a six pack but I love him to pieces and he’s my hot alpha male haha
4.)    Who are your top 5 favorite book couples in any order?
My all time favorite book is The Last Victim by Karen Robards. I was hooked instantly and can’t wait to read the second in the series. She’s a great writer and I hope to meet her some day!
Fifty Shades inspired me to write so I guess that needs to be on the list as well.
Loved Hunger Games
Now for some INDIE authors books I’ve read that I absolutely loved would be Taming the Bachelor, by MJ Carnal, Reaching out for you by S. Moose, Battlescars series by Sophie Monroe those are just a few believe me! I have lots of favorites!
5.)    One book you would love to see made into a movie?
Oh gosh I don’t even know! I’d probably have to say Taking Chances by Molly McAdams
6.)    Do you have a WIP (work in progress) that you would like to tell us about? 
My current wip in progress is A Tattered Love! I can’t wait to share this book with everyone because it’s so different then ALSC! I’m in love with this book and the characters! Here’s the synopsis: Riley Miller wants nothing more than to leave her past behind and never speak of it again. The damage of what’s happened has made her build walls to keep people out. Starting over isn't easy. After a move to Cape Cod to escape the dark and haunting secrets, she meets Abby and Evan, who instantly become her best friends. Riley is shy and quiet, trying to break out of her shell with her friend’s help. Just when life settles into a comfortable routine, Riley meets Evan's friend Dustin and life as she knows it will never be the same.
Looking for love is the last thing on Dustin’s to do list, if it’s even on there at all. Living with some pretty big secrets of his own, Dustin tries to keep from getting in too deep with anyone. But, he finds himself drawn to the timid but stunning Riley. Can they accept the past and develop a relationship? Or will the skeletons in their closet keep them from ever moving on?

7.)    You are deserted on an island who is the one person you would want to be there with you?
My husband! For sure
8.)    And finally boxers or briefs, which is sexier?
I think briefs are sexier but I prefer boxer briefs haha
 Author Bio
Born and raised in the Chicago-land area, Nickie Seidler is a up and coming young author. Her new-found dream of being a writer has led to the completion of her first book "A Lucky Second Chance". She is currently writing her second book to be released fall 2013

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Adventure in Self-Publishing Part 2

Now I am a little over a month into this adventure and man what a ride it has been. I want give a huge thank you and hug to everyone who has supported me thus far! You all rock! So here is where I am at, I am updating my cover and reformatting my paperback. I feel like I hit publish on the paperback too soon. So now I am correcting everything I hated about it. That is a perk of being self-published, you can always correct your mistakes and resubmit your files. Though I will advise you to try to get it right the first time. I am always learning something new everyday.  My book Beautiful Strangers will also be getting a new synopsis, the current one just doesn't feel right. So I am taking the steps necessary to be the best I can be. I want people to get what they pay for. I don't want to just cram shit down their throats. I want them to have a great experience when they put their faith in me to give them a great read.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cover Woes

So when I designed my first cover I was super excited. I was feeling oh so proud. Then I release my book and a few weeks go by and then I see them, other books with the same cover. How did I feel? Devastated! I poured weeks into getting the first one right, but hey everything has a reason. Or I like to believe at least. After some heavy thinking and debating. I made the decision to give Beautiful Strangers a new cover! I am very excited to say that W. Solomon Mitchell has designed a gorgeous new cover for me. I can not wait to show it to you. I feel like Beautiful Strangers is unique and original so why shouldn't it have a cover to match! So this coming Thursday is the big day for the new cover reveal! I can not wait to share it with you!

Friday, April 12, 2013

My Adventure in Self-publishing

  So yesterday I went live on Amazon with Beautiful Strangers and I am so excited and nervous!
It was a bit of trial and error as I am learning as I go. Let me just say it is a lot more work than I ever imagined. Formatting and designing my cover was a challenge but I had so much fun doing it. It took me three tries to get my cover accepted but hey I did it, and on my own I might add!.
  It was also very surreal to me that my book was approved on the 11 year anniversary of my fathers death. I feel like he is smiling down on me this week and encouraging me to push forward. Formatting a book for paperback and e book is so different, I had no idea! It took a lot of research on my part to figure it all out, but hey if I can do it, you can too!
  I know that there will be some harsh critics along the way but I wanted to write a story that would piss the reader off, because I myself love when a book challenges me and takes me out of my comfort zone. I know a thick skin is needed when putting yourself out there to be critiqued and judged by the world.I may update this post later as I am only in day two of selling my book. A huge thank you to all my supporters, who encourage and inspire me to keep writing!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Winters Day

 Here I sit on a perfect winters days looking out the back window trying to find inspiration. I watch the leaves dance in the wind and nothing. I watch the tress sway to their sad song and nothing. I watch the tall grass as it waves at me and nothing. I glance into the woods and see a lonely Cardinal pecking for worms and nothing. I sit, I stare and I ponder yet nothing comes. Then finally in all the silence it hits me, music. I have forgotten to turn my music on.  My greatest inspiration comes from music. Ah sweet music comes to my rescue. What inspires you?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Just Do It

  So I finally did it today, I announced the title of my book. Now I just have to be patient and see how it is received  Patience is not one of my better qualities. But I decided to just do it. At least I can't say I didn't try.  Maybe one day I will be a best seller and maybe not. But I have to give it a shot and see where the journey takes me. I am so thankful for my family and friends for all the support they are showing me. And I have to give a huge shout out to my partner in crime Morgan Jane, without her I think I would be completely lost. I am so grateful to have a friend doing this with me.
    It is so hard just putting yourself out there for the world to judge you, but that is part of life. And well here I am take me or leave me, but I am gonna do me.So to get back on track the title of my book (drum roll please) Beautiful Strangers. I will be back on later today and actually post some sneak peaks of my work. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoy writing it.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Happy Endings

   As I sit here contemplating on where I want to go with the romance novel I am currently working on I find myself wandering about happy endings. I want to write about real life situations, I want what I write to be believable. Real life isn't a fairy tale, and yet most of the romances out there today have the fairy tale ending. Don't get me wrong I don't want to torture my characters but more times than not there won't be a white knight rushing in to save the day, more times than not we have to save ourselves. So I ask would you rather have the fairy tale ending or would you rather read about  real life?  I am trying to balance a happy medium in between the two. Only time  and writing can and will tell I suppose.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Confusion

  So I am trying to keep up in the social media world. Is it really necessary to belong to so many sites to get yourself out there. My thoughts yes. But it is so confusing at times I can barely keep up.  Guess I can count Myspace out,I logged in recently and I think I heard crickets chirping. Anyways now you need Twitter,a blog,Facebook,Pinterest, multiple email accounts and a Goodreads list. Oh and lets not forget LinkedIn. It takes so much time just to check into all these sites, a person almost needs an assistant to run them all. So I here I am in a world of confusion, feeling like an idiot trying to link them to each other and so on. I consider myself pretty smart so I am figuring it out as I go.  I try to keep up with all the sites I am a member of,but always seem to neglect one or the other. So I ask how do you keep up among the chaos and confusion of all the different social sites?

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

A journey into the world of writing

   After  a recent conversation with a dear friend, I decided to take a leap into the world of writing.  After reading quite a few books and wandering how they got published, I decided hey I can do that when I discovered a lot of them were self published. I am learning everything first hand on my own for the most part about self-publishing.. I am currently writing my first romance novel. I am taking it day by day and seeing where this path leads.  I thought why not start a blog to keep track of my progress, so here I am. I have been writing over the past few weeks and have made it to chapter 15. I find it much easier to write when I listen to music, but some may prefer complete silence. After doing research on word counts and chapter lengths I have decided not to put these constrictions or deadlines upon myself. you will only drive yourself crazy trying to maintain a certain amount of words per chapter. 
   But I do however think is important to be consistent in your writing, to keep a general flow in transitioning from one chapter to the next I have learned that I the words come to me more easily when I stick to what I know as far as subject matter goes. I have also started an Author page on Facebook if you would like to see sneak peeks of my work you can see it  here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Glenna-Maynard/458646394183267?ref=hl . I may post some of my work here in the future as well. I am trying to break into the Facebook author world, and some writers are very receiving and others not so much. One thing I have learned is if you don't promote yourself then who will? I am currently researching cover art for my book and trying to write a synopsis. For me personally writing a good synopsis has been very challenging, I am afraid of revealing to much or too little. But how do you really define how much or how little to share. I think it depends on the type of reader you are are trying to reach. And I prefer to be surprised, always leave them wanting more you might say.