Monday, May 20

Interview with Space Coast Book Lovers Event Planner, Teri Dees Edney



Teri Dees Edney is the marketing manager for author Robbie Cox, and she is also the much-loved and deeply-respected event planner for Space Coast Book Lovers, a unique and special experience for readers and authors that takes place on the Space Coast of FL every year in June. I have been an attending author (along with M.J. Fifield) since it's debut year (2017).

Welcome, Teri!


1. In your own words, what is Space Coast Book Lovers?

Space Coast Book Lovers is the must-attend event of the year for readers who want to meet with authors of all genres, connect with other like-minded readers, and have access to tons of books. It is a very fun book lover centric weekend!


2. The first Space Coast Book Lovers event took place in Cocoa Beach, June 2017. It was my first book event ever, and it was great. What made you want to (maybe ‘possessed you’ is a better way to phrase that? lol) create a book event like this?

In 2013, we went head first into the book world with Robbie Cox’s first release, Reaping the Harvest. Through that I started planning his marketing and book tours. After attending several events the same size or bigger than SCBL, I would leave thinking this is something needed on the Space Coast. After several family discussions on the commitment it would take and if we were up for it, we started planning #SCBL2017. It took us two years to plan the first event.


3. Did you fashion SCBL after any other book events/cons? Which ones inspired you (for the good or as what not to do)?

I think we took the basic con foundation that was in place for most of the multi-day events – meet & greet, book signing, after party; however, I would like to think that SCBL is unique in that we focus on both the author and the readers to ensure that both are getting the ultimate experience. Our goal is to always create a memorable connection between the featured authors and the attendees and everyone have fun while doing it.


4. Tell us about SCBL 2019. What do you have in the works for readers to enjoy?

#SCBL2019 we are launching our very first BOOKnique Adventures. Because not every reader is the same, we have created 15 unique reader experiences that are hosted by featured authors. Each premium ticket holder is able to pick three experiences to attend on Friday. They range from a tea party, painting with mimosa, making jewelry, learning to line dance, and many more exciting choices. This is one additional opportunity for the readers to connect with the authors and have fun doing it.


5. At SCBL 2019, there will be workshops for authors, too. Can you share the schedule with us?

Of course, we have several workshops that will be going on during the Friday morning session of the event. The schedule focuses on the latest trends and ideas that are out there. These sessions are for both entry level and experienced level authors. If you would like to see the breakdown of the schedule, you can visit our website to get the details.



6. Let’s talk tickets! How can readers get a ticket, what kind of tickets are available, and do readers need to have a “free ticket” to get in the day of the signing?

We have three reader tickets:

Book Work Reader Ticket is a FREE ticket that allows the reader to attend the book signing on Saturday, June 29th from 11:00am – 2:00pm. By letting us know they are coming they will receive a #SCBL2019 Tote bag with some exciting swag from our attending authors. It is not required that you have a ticket but recommended to ensure access to the event, should we reach capacity.

Book Lover Reader Ticket is a $30 ticket that entitles the reader to the Early VIP entrance on Saturday, June 29th. This allows them to visit with the authors prior to the general admission entrance into the event. They are also invited to attend the after party on Saturday night. This ticket also receives a special #SCBL2019 event tote put together especially for the VIP attendees.

Book Fanatic Reader Ticket is a premium ticket that cost $85. The gives access to everything the Book Lover ticket offers on Saturday; however, in addition, they are given access to the Meet & Greet on Thursday and all the events on Friday, including the BOOKnique sessions.

You can get tickets by visiting https://www.spacecoastbooklovers.com/2019-tickets.

80 authors attending this year, which includes me, my mom (Elaine Kaye), and M.J. Fifield!

7.
What would you tell authors who are interested in possibly attending next year’s event to convince them to become a featured author for SCBL 2020?

I would encourage them to attend #SCBL2019 as an attendee to get the feel of the event and fill out the interest form for #SCBL2020. Attending gives you a great opportunity for networking, socializing, and breaking the ice in meeting readers.

2020 Author Interest/Wait List: https://goo.gl/forms/JtasOFbps5UhuQbT2


8. What are your hopes for SCBL in the future?

We’ve already started planning #SCBL2020 and are excited about what is to come. I would share, but it would spoil the surprise for the August announcements. Join our attendee group to make sure that you do not miss out.



Teri our fearless event planner.

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Thank you, Teri, for all you do and for answering these questions. See you at #SCBL2019!

Please leave Teri a comment.

What do you think of SCBL?


Wednesday, May 1

Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 8 (Alternative Hobby) / IWSG

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


What is writer’s burnout?

Burnout is very different from writer’s block. It’s worse. Writer’s burnout is something you feel deep down…bone-deep. It’s just like when athletes burnout from working themselves too hard and too much for too long. They can lose their love of the sport, physically and mentally. You can get writer's burnout from doing anything related to being an author.


To read my story and the tips I previously shared check out:

Sometimes, the best thing we can do is not write, to not even try to write. Yes, I said it. As I mentioned before, trying to write can make things worse, especially if you apply force. And there are times when we really do need to put our time, creativity, and soul into something unrelated to writing.

BACTINE #20: Find an alternative hobby.

That’s why, when you’re burned out or blocked, I strongly suggest you invest your time and creativity in another hobby.

I understand that many writers only have writing as a hobby, and I encourage them to find another outlet. Dig deep.

What else interests you? Surely there is something. Even the tiniest fragment of interest can expand into an activity that can fill your creativity need when you’re struggling with writing.

What have you once thought would be fun to do? Or you’d do if you had more time?
Well, it’s time to start doing it!

It can be anything, too.

- Photography
- Fashion Design
- Scrapbooking
- Gardening
- Baking/Cooking
- Painting/Sketching
- Calligraphy
- Origami
- Yo-yoing
- Gaming
- Yoga
- Cross-stitch/Knitting/Crocheting/Quilting
- Hooping
- Axe Throwing

Anything!

You don’t have to be a pro, either. You just have to enjoy it.

We can all use more hobbies. Why? Because hobbies relax us and fill us with joy, and we need that. We need something to relieve our stress. We need something to sink into outside of our stories’ worlds. And when we spend time with a hobby that’s not writing-related, we are opening ourselves to sparks of inspiration. While you’re scrapbooking or gardening, an idea can pop into your head on how to fix the plot you were stuck on or a character that wasn’t turning out right.


BACTINE #21: Try another form of writing.

Maybe writing is the only hobby you want to do. Well, then I suggest trying another outlet for writing other than fiction writing, or even non-fiction writing, such a poetry or song-lyric writing. These two forms of writing offer a sense of freedom that writing a book may not. They also up the caliber artistic-wise. Writing a poem or song can engage a different part of your creativity, inspire you, and invigorate you, possibly even motivate you to get back to work on your book.

Write poems/songs about anything.

I’ve written songs about events that have happened in my stories, about my characters, and their love stories.

You can write poems/songs inspired by your characters and the plot events in your story, too, as a way to stay in the game while also exploring another creative outlet.



Another Bactine post for Writer’s Burnout coming soon!



QUESTIONS: What hobby do you want to pick up? And I know the IWSG asked this earlier this year, but what other hobbies (creative outlets) do you have other than writing? You can share your answers here. :)

Monday, April 22

Rescuing Mara's Father by Diane Burton / Character Interview for Lukus



Today I am hosting Diane Burton for her Rescuing Mara's Father blog tour, and she is sharing a character interview for her character Lukus.

Welcome, Lukus (and Diane)!


Hi, Lukus! What is Rescuing Mara’s Father about?

          There’s this girl in my class that I kind of like. Her father is our teacher. He is really smart and encourages me to think, analyze, learn. I love it, but Mara doesn’t. She’s always angry with Teacher (as we call him in class). One night I was working in the café when Basco—this mechanic from spaceport—rushes in to get me. Mara’s father has been captured by an evil queen’s (Bormella) henchmen and taken off our planet. We find Mara in the caves where my brother, Jako, and I live. Basco says her father’s instructions are for him to take her farther out on the Frontier and give her a new identity. I think that’s a great idea to protect her. Not Mara. She’s determined to mount a rescue. My brother won’t let her go alone. Neither will Basco. I figured I’d better go, too. So, the four of us set off on a quest to rescue Mara’s Father.

1. Who would play you in a movie?

Jeremy Irvine. He was “young Sam” in Mama Mia Here We Go Again.

Jeremy Irvine (Author Provided Photo)

2. What is your job?

I have three. In the mornings, I clean rooms at the boarding house; afternoons, I work in the zircan stables; nights, I work in the café.

3. What do you do for fun?

Fun? What’s that? Even though it’s part of my job, I get to exercise the zircan. I love racing across the plains around our outpost. Going to class at Teacher’s study is what I do in my spare time. I have to earn enough credits to get away from Raythos Outpost #3, actually off Raythos. In two weeks, I turn sixteen. That’s when I (and all orphan males) are conscripted to work in the brilium mines. I have enough for passage for myself. I just need a little more for Jako. I won’t leave him behind.

4. What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who take learning for granted, who don’t care—like Doctor’s daughter and Mara. They don’t realize what a privilege it is.

5. How did you meet Mara?

She and my brother are best friends. Usually, she’s a good influence on him. She’s always trying to give us food and stuff like that. She means well, but I take care of my brother. I don’t need her help. When I found out her father was teaching her, I made sure Jako went to school, too. I go whenever I can.

6. What was your first impression of her?

She’s a spoiled brat. Here she has this great opportunity to learn about the world beyond our outpost, and she doesn’t care.

7. What kind of trouble do the two of you get into?

It’s more like she and my brother get into trouble. Like the time those two took on the three Dunpus Brothers. Those guys are mean and nasty, and they don’t fight fair. I don’t want either Mara or Jako to know it, but I’m proud of the way they cleaned those guys’ clocks.

8. What kind of trouble does Queen Bormella cause for you?

It’s more like Bormella causes trouble for Mara. The Queen captured her father, but the person she really wants is Mara. None of us can figure out why she’d want a little nobody kid from the Outer Rim. We think Basco knows, but will he tell us? No.

9. When did you know you were in love with Mara?

I’m not sure I am. I mean, I have my own plans. As soon as I get off our planet, I’m heading for Quad Six, join an exploration team, and make my fortune. Besides, she’s only fifteen, a year younger than me. Still, she is cute, and I like her. A lot.

10. What moment of Rescuing Mara’s Father was your favorite?

When I realized I could get off Raythos if I helped Mara. Not real gallant of me, is it?

11. What moment of Rescuing Mara’s Father caused you the most fear?

When Basco left us. I know Mara was scared. In fact, we all were. Here we were, three kids, on our own. He’d told us often enough he had to leave. We didn’t think he would do it. He’s supposed to protect Mara, not leave her. On top of that, I was just knifed in a fight. Not exactly my finest hour.

12. Is there anything you did in Rescuing Mara’s Father that you would change if you could?

*big smile* I would kiss her sooner.


Lukus' Favorites:

Food: Mongberry pie. Chef makes it once a week at the café. Delicious.

Drink: Sheelonga tea. Refreshing, keeps me awake so I can study.

Book: The History of the Coalition of Planets. Teacher gave me a copy for my birthday last year.

Animal: Zircan. You might think they look like horses, with bigger heads. They’re faster than almost anything, except a speeder, of course.

Color: Deep brown, almost black—the color of Mara’s hair.


RESCUING MARA’S FATHER
A Middle Grade Science Fiction Adventure
By D.M. Burton
Approx. 75,000 words
ISBN:  978-0-9990452-4-4 (ebook)
ISBN-13: 978-0-9990452-5-1 (print)
Blurb:

Her father is gone! Taken by the Queen of Compara’s agents. Mara has to rescue him before the Queen tortures and kills him.

Instead of the kind, loving father she’s always known, he’s become demanding, critical, with impossible expectations—not just as Father but also as the only teacher in their frontier outpost. Mara would rather scoop zircan poop than listen to another boring lecture about governments on Central Planets. Give her a starship engine to take apart or, better yet, fly, and she’s happy. Now, he’s gone.

Never mind, they’ve had a rocky road lately.

Never mind, Father promised she could go off planet to Tech Institute next month when she turns fifteen, where she’ll learn to fly starships.

Never mind, she ran away because she’s furious with him because he reneged on that promise. Father is her only parent. She has to save him.

Along with her best friend, eleven-year-old Jako, and his brother 15-year-old Lukus, Mara sets off to find her father. Her mentor, old spaceport mechanic, seems to know why the Queen captured Father. In fact, he seems to know her father well. But, does he tell her everything? Of course not. He dribbles out info like a mush-eating baby. Worse, he indicates he’ll be leaving them soon. And Lukus can’t wait to get off our planet. Mara’s afraid they will all leave, and she’ll be on her own. Despite her fears, Mara has to rescue her father.


About the Author:

The first time D.M. Burton saw Star Wars IV: A New Hope, she was hooked on science fiction and space travel. The Star Trek movies made her want to travel to other planets. Alas, she is still Earth-bound. D.M. and her husband live in Michigan, close to their two children and five grandchildren.

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For more info and excerpts, visit D.M.’s website: http://www.dmburton.com

She writes adult fiction as Diane Burton, where she combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction. Besides writing science fiction romance, she writes romantic suspense, and cozy mysteries.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

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Wednesday, April 3

Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 7 (Don't Force Yourself) / IWSG + GIVEAWAY

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IWSG BOOK CLUB: 


Our book selection for April/May is: 

Method Acting for Writers: Learn Deep Point Of View Using Emotional Layers by Lisa-Hall Wilson

Interested in learning how to write in deep point of view? Join us in reading our April/May selection!

Discussion Day will be on May 22. 

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What is writer’s burnout?

Burnout is very different from writer’s block. It’s worse. Writer’s burnout is something you feel deep down…bone-deep. It’s just like when athletes burnout from working themselves too hard and too much for too long. They can lose their love of the sport, physically and mentally. You can get writer's burnout from doing anything related to being an author.

To read my story and the tips I previously shared check out:
Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 5 (Free Your Mind with Walking) Tips 14 - 15
Bactine for Writer's Burnout Part 6 (One Day at a Time) Tips 16 - 17


More Tips to Help You START Reversing Writer’s Burnout:


The worst thing you can do while suffering from writer’s burnout, in my experience, is to force yourself to write. Doing this will only make it that much harder to write. You will form a resistance to it.

What usually happens when someone forces you to do something you don’t want to do or you’re unable to do or are struggling to do?

You refuse.

You cross your arms and shake your head.

You snap. You bite. You tell them to back off and leave you alone.

Get the picture?

In this situation, you’re playing both roles.

The part of yourself that desperately wants to write and knows you “should” be writing (there’s that nasty ‘should’), is telling you to write. Come on, write something! It’s not that hard. You can work on another story, instead.

And the part of yourself dealing with the full brunt of your burnout is refusing. I’m exhausted. I’m not motivated. I tried working on another story, but it didn’t work. I tried, okay, I tried, but I can’t!

I had several people telling me to take a vacation from writing for a couple of weeks and then pick the story back up again, and then, like magic, I’d be able to work on it renewed. This is usually a tip I offer to people with writer’s block (the little brother to writer’s burnout), and it was something I tried before I publicly talked about my burnout, but it did not work.

Another piece of advice was to sit down (butt in seat) and force myself to write, which, again, I had done, and it worked for a day or two, but then my burnout would flare hotter and sink me lower than before.



BACTINE 18: Don’t Apply Force

Forcing yourself to write is not always the answer. It can certainly help with normal day-to-day writing when you have to stop procrastinating and being lazy. It can even help with writer’s block and those times when you have little to no motivation, but with burnout, it can have the opposite of the desired effect.

BACTINE 19: Be Gentle

Sometimes, the best course of action in this situation is to be gentle. You always expect too much of yourself, don’t you? You tend to work yourself to the bone, right? Don’t do that now. You’re in this place because you did that. Now you need to reverse course, change your usual habits. Let your mind, body, and soul rest…for however long it needs.

During that time, keep doing the things I’ve laid out so far.

And believe.


QUESTIONS: Do work yourself too hard, too much? What happens when you do?




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Monday, March 25

Meet the Muse / The Co-Parent Project by Sandra Dailey / Guest Post



Please help me to welcome Sandra Dailey, a fellow The Wilrd Rose Press author. She's sharing her newest release with us and talking about her muse.

Title: The Co-Parent Project
Author: Sandra Dailey
Genre: Sweet Romance
Length: 276 Pages
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Format: Print and Digital

Buy Links:
Wild Rose Press: https://bit.ly/2EmYPGj
Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/2IrWA8V


1. Tell us about your recent release.

Luca Wolff and Joy Sullivan are competing for guardianship of their estranged, teenage nephew, Eric, after his parents are killed in a plane crash. Evidence shows the crash wasn't an accident. Neither was a recent explosion that destroyed Luca's house. When a fire is intentionally set in Joy's home, suspicion points to Eric--and that's not the end of their trouble. Eric has been in his share of mischief, but now he has a chance to clean up his reputation. That's hard to do when the only people who believe in you are the ones you're accused of targeting. Just as Luca and Joy give in to romance, new information comes to light that could tear them apart along with Eric's dream for a happy family. The three have to set aside their grief, personal issues, and disagreements to figure out who is out to kill them…and why.


2. Who is your muse?

Her name is Trixy. When I was six years old I was devastated to be separated from my twin sister in first grade. Trixy came to tell me stories and distract me from my loneliness. She got me into plenty of trouble with all my teachers, but I couldn’t resist her.


3. That is so cute! What does Trixy look like?

Trixy is a pixy. She’s very small and dresses in gold and green. She flits around with pretty wings. She could be mistaken for a fairy, but she’s not.


4. My muse has wings, too, but she's not a fairy or a pixie. Describe Trixy’s personality.

Trixy loves scary stories, but she also has a great sense of humor. She giggles a lot, which makes me laugh as well. We like to play the game what if....


5. How do you tempt Trixy to work?

There’s no need to tempt Trixy. She’s always by my ear. Sometimes I wish she’d give me a break.


6. When/where does Trixy inspire you the most?

Trixy loves long car rides. She’s told me she’d love to ride on a train someday.


7. Has your muse ever gone on strike?

Trixy avoids me if I get depressed, but she can’t stay away for long.


8. What would your Trix’s motto be to get your butt into gear?

She doesn’t have a motto. When she wants me to work, she sings annoying songs in my ear. Let me put it this way. She’ll never star in a Disney movie.


9. What was your relationship like with Trixy while writing The Co-Parent Project?

She was a little crazy. Sometimes I’d be in the middle of a scene and she’d land on my shoulder. “Do you remember that scene three chapters back? I’ve got a great idea to make it better.”


10. Are you and Trixy working on something new?

We’ve been discussing a five-part series that takes place in rural Florida. Each will be a standalone romance with a soft suspense, but there’s a hint of a mystery that runs through them all.


Bio:

From childhood I've moved from place to place, from Indiana to Florida, stopping in several places in between. I also moved from job to job; as a waitress, soldier, retail manager, dental assistant, etc… The one thing I never had to leave behind was my imagination. Storytelling has always been my favorite way to pass time. I've often been told I should write a book. Finally, I did. It was so much fun: I felt I must write more, so I have. I've been a student of Long Ridge Writers Group and once won a short story contest with Harlequin. I currently live in North Florida with my husband, whom I torture with crazy story lines and half written manuscripts.


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Thank you Sandra for sharing Trixy with us!

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