16 April 2016

The Fresh Files

I’m back on the blogging scene with author interviews! Two years ago I closed YA FRESH, interviews and talk about young adult fiction. The blog had lasted 7 lovely years, but it had run its course.

I really haven’t written much in the last 2 years. Now I’ve committed myself to start writing again, and blogging has always helped me to do just that. Sharing, writing, researching and yes, talking with other writers.

So I have launched my new baby, THE FRESH FILES. Books. Authors. Freshness.

Yes, I had to get my “fresh” back in there. It’s such a fun word, people. *wink*

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My first guest is YA author and Literary Writer, Sean Beaudoin! Fun stuff and cool guy! Comments are open on The Fresh Files so let me know what you think!


9 January 2014

Chatting it up with Kristina Springer

Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer—on the first day of school she’s tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Tori knows that she’s totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna’s in every way. Things are going great—unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing—until everyone insists Tori and Sienna bring their boyfriends to the back-to-school dance.

What is it about the art form of writing that you love the most?

Kristina: I love seeing where a story is going to go! The first draft for me is always very freeing. And I love surprising myself too. Often when I reread something I wrote I’m shocked that I actually wrote it.

Many writers describe themselves as “character” or “plot” writers. Which are you? And what do you find to be the hardest part of writing?

Kristina:I’m definitely plot driven. Once I get a story in my head I’m writing it as fast I can and then I go back and add in the quirks and details. I’d say the hardest part for me is revision. It always takes me awhile to see how something should be different or could be better.

Any advice for writers working toward publication?

Kristina: Don’t get discouraged and don’t quit. If you’re persistent and always believe in yourself you’ll eventually get there. You need to write as often as you can, know that there will be TONS of revision so don’t expect to be perfect on the first draft, and also read a lot of books that are in your genre so that you know what’s going on in your field.

Thanks again for chatting with me, Kristina, what’s up next for you?

Kristina: I’m currently working on a fun middle grade book and don’t want to jinx it by talking about it too much. It’s my first middle grade since the hard cover release of MY FAKE BOYFRIEND IS BETTER THAN YOURS, which was a Scholastic bestseller, so I have a lot to live up to! My middle grade fans have been asking me for something new and I want to deliver.

KRISTINA SPRINGER holds a master’s degree in writing from DePaul University. She is the author of The Espressologist, which Publishers Weekly called “a cheerful, breezy romance.” She lives with her family outside Chicago, Illinois. Visit her website, www.KristinaSpringer.com


29 September 2011

The Orchard: A memoir by Theresa Weir

The Orchard by Theresa Weir.

Reading Theresa’s story was like reading about someone I didn’t know. The writing was so involving and exquisite that I had to stop reading, telling myself this is a real story. These events happened to someone. Someone I’ve known for years.

The truth is I’ve never met Theresa in person. We’d become friends on-line. And like many of her on-line friends, I’d learned bits and pieces of her life, learned some of her likes and dislikes, read her wonderful books, and now reading The Orchard, I felt I didn’t know as much about Theresa as I had thought. In fact, turning every page I felt like I was invading her privacy.

But she is sharing her private story with everyone. And I can’t tell you how incredibly brave that is.

I told her before I read the memoir that I was worried about crying. And knowing what the outcome would be, I thought I would get through it without shedding a tear. But once I reached the near end, I felt uncontrollable sadness.

I couldn’t not cry. I couldn’t stop myself from feeling.

If my husband hadn’t been next to me, I would have cried harder than I had in a long time. You reach an age where you learn to hold back your emotions, and as it was I let the tears roll down my cheeks as I wiped them with my hand. Again and again.

Even now I feel like I shouldn’t be sharing Theresa’s secrets, and I’m not. Yet this is the experience you will receive from this memoir. As if you’re sharing in her past, like you were there, watching over her shoulder all those years as she speaks to you about innocence lost, love gained, cherished, and pain endured, while the apple farm surrounds every aspect of one woman’s family in a way that is never forgotten…just like the memoir The Orchard.


30 April 2010

"Blogging Today at Carina Press!"

My Carina Press countdown day is here! I’m blogging today at Carina Press.

First with my journey to Carina Press here.

And introducing Ana and Jonas and the SIDE team! Read it here with small excerpts!

If you comment on either blogs, you will be entered to win a digital copy of Criminal Instinct. One of the blog, one of Facebook, and one on Twitter. I’m also giving away a CP launch title to blog visitor, winner’s choice.

So please stop by and leave a comment and share the news.

Thank you!

~Kelly


13 April 2010

"Theresa Weir’s (Anne Frasier) Rerelease of Bad Karma!"

I just wanted to point you to an exciting digital rerelease for my friend and author, Anne Frasier/Theresa Weir OUT TODAY. Anne is rereleasing her award-winning paranormal romantic suspense novel, Bad Karma, with Samhain Publishing writing under Theresa Weir.

But this is not just any reissue. Anne and Samhain have edited and polished this baby up and added a new gorgeous cover. Check it out!

I just downloaded my copy from Amazon to my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. You can read an excerpt on Samhain. Samhain also releases books in print at a later date. Here’s the blurb:

She had no idea what she was looking for…until it found her.

Officer Daniel Sinclair can spot an outsider a mile away. He ought to know—he’s the worst kind. A natural-born native of Egypt, Missouri, who left home and came back citified. Even before he lays eyes on Cleo Tyler, his L.A.-honed suspicions tell him the psychic hired to locate Egypt’s missing master key is a fraud. She also possesses a soft, exotic kind of beauty that sets him on edge.

Cleo’s used to dealing with skeptics—in fact, she is one. She longs to believe abilities like hers don’t exist, yet she can’t explain the odd glimpses into other people’s lives, nor the terrible flashbacks from her own past. She’d like nothing better than to put on a good show, collect the money, and hit the road. But behind Egypt’s quaint façade is a chill she can’t shake, and a powerful attraction to Daniel that’s stronger than her increasingly desperate need to run.

Cleo more than makes Daniel uncomfortable. She sets him on fire—and sees right through him. And right through the town’s charming veneer at something so deadly, her next vision could be her last.

This book has been previously published and revised from its original release.

Warning: Contains explicit sex, explicit fantasies, explicit visions, a to-dream-for alpha hero and a heroine who teaches him to lighten up.

Truthfully, I’ve been a fan of Anne’s writing for years and I’m especially excited to read more of her older titles. Anne continues to awe me with her unique and realistic characterization and page-turning action. I hope she’ll be reissuing more with Samhain.

Best of luck, Anne!