Not sure about taking Before You Hit Send? Read some reviews!

The next Before You Hit Send writing and self-editing workshop starts on Monday. If you’re still wondering if it’s worth it, I gathered a few reviews for you to read. Registration will remain open through next Wednesday, and you can easily catch up with the missed lessons, via the workshop forum.

Register here: www.b4youhitsend.com

Reviews at:

From Fact to Fiction

"If you write, if you edit, this class is for you. It could be a semester long class at a college, and you could pay several hundred dollars for this class."

Jodi Ashland

"If you’ve never worked with an editor or publisher before, this workshop is extremely insightful. I enjoyed Angela’s humor throughout the course and she is honest when you post examples from your manuscript."

K.M. Jackson

"So far, just a few days in and though painful in the light of day, I’ve already learned so much and seen some of the errors of my ways (don’t let the poor punctuation of this post fool you)."

Lit Central O.C.

"Not only did I learn how to self-edit in a better, more effective way, I also came away with a brighter outlook on the state of traditional publishing. It’s thrilling to know there are people like James on the other side of the editorial wall who will fuss about the nuances of a word or the necessity of this or that comma. People who flat-out love language, with all its quirks and idiosyncrasies. People who care deeply about all of it, but in the end, care most about telling strong, compelling stories.

Ultimately, James said, ‘it’s not about editing your book. It’s about loving your book.’ “

Kiera Soleore

"I took this workshop two years ago, and I loved it. I learned so much from it that I kept all my notes. Since then, I have noticed the workshop has only improved."

Carina Press audiobook giveaway!

I have too many credits at Audible and I haven’t been listening to enough audiobooks recently for there to be anything I HAVE to have. So I’m going to gift to three people your choice of any Carina Press audiobook from Audible. Unfortunately, because of our contract restrictions, this is for North America only. All you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter below and I’ll choose three winners randomly tomorrow evening.

Note: You’ll receive a claim code from Audible to redeem for your specific title of choice.

A full listing of Carina Press titles at Audible is here.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’ve been singing along to this song from Halestorm every day for weeks. It’s my current anthem. I kind of love it.

Here’s to Us

"Here’s to us
Here’s to love
All the times
That we messed up
Here’s to you
Fill the glass
Cause the last few nights
Have kicked my ass
If they give you hell
Tell em to go fuck themselves”

Holiday anthology giveaway

Every year I edit several holiday anthologies for Carina Press. It’s the one special project I hold on to, even while needing to pull back from editing in general. I love the holiday anthologies. This year, I was fortunate to be able to do four very different anthologies, with incredibly talented authors who wrote seriously amazing stories. I’m giving away TWO sets of the four anthologies. That means two winners will each get four holiday anthologies.

If you’d like to see more about the holiday anthologies, as well as check out previous years’ anthologies, visit: http://www.ebooks.carinapress.com/holidaybooks

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest is open internationally. Winners will be gifted their prize via their choice of Kobo, Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Prize must be claimed within one week of email or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!

It’s clear I’ve always been a bad mommy…

9 years ago today, Brianna was born and I thought the doctors had sucked the top of her head off because of a broken suction and blood splatter. Wow, did I feel like a bad mom right off, letting those hack doctors suck the top of her head off. Thankfully, her head was intact and she’s grown into quite the beautiful kid who’s smart, funny, sarcastic and just so much fun to be around. But you know, that feeling of being a bad mom is one that’s so persistent. Last night I was convinced I was awful because I couldn’t remember what time she was born and I went back in my blog archives to see if I’d written about the blessed event with that much detail (I did. Same post where I explain about thinking her head was gone.)

During that search, I also found another blog post, quoted below, that I wrote nearly 9 years ago, when B was about 3 months old. Reading this made me laugh kind of hard, it’s so totally me. In case anyone was wondering if I’ve changed in 9 years, this quoted post is proof I haven’t changed at all. Still parenting irreverently and talking about alcohol. Welcome to the bad mommy table! Pull up a seat if you feel you belong.

10. Keeping my daughter out past her bedtime so I can go shopping.

9. Drinking a margarita while holding my daughter.

8. Drinking a maragarita despite the fact that I’m breastfeeding (although not both at the same time)

7. The red mark on my daughter’s forehead from where she whacked herself on the margarita glass (see number 9) when she did a swan dive towards the pretty green color.

Love this #writeideas from @damonsuede because I can hear him saying it in my head.

"Being an artist is not a disability. Kick your own ass every day, get better every moment, dream hard!”

Damon Suede is an author of male/male romance. I recommend his book Hot Head. It has fantastic character development, very readable voice, great sexual tension and two wonderful heroes.

New Adult contemporary romance Running Back by Allison Parr

Available now. I loved editing this book! Features a smart, strong heroine who’s an archeology grad student, and a hero who’s a running back for a pro football team. Don’t worry if you don’t like sports, this one doesn’t feature sports as a key theme. And most of it takes place in Ireland!

Buy now:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1fQ7sqP

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1azA3JL

Kobo: http://bit.ly/1a7qc0S

Apple iBooks: http://bit.ly/1h0a7NJ

Carina Press: http://bit.ly/1h0iucb

Audio version! http://bit.ly/17454s0

Natalie Sullivan is on the verge of a breakthrough most archaeology grad students only dream of: discovering a lost city. Her research points to a farm in Ireland, but to excavate she needs permission from the new owner: the Michael O’Connor, popular NFL running back.

On TV Mike seems so charming and good-natured that Natalie figures getting his cooperation will be a breeze. So she’s not prepared to deal with the arrogant—and adamantly opposed—man she meets in person. Or the way one look from him sends shivers down her spine…

Determined to kick-start her career, Natalie travels across the Atlantic and finds herself sharing an inn with Mike, who has come to Ireland in search of his roots. She tells herself her interest is strictly professional, but the more she gets to know him, the harder it is to deny her personal attraction to the sexy sports star. And when Mike confides why he refuses to allow the dig, Natalie must decide if she can follow her heart without losing sight of her dreams.

Today’s #writeideas is via the beach!

"Taking even a 5 minute break can positively effect your creativity. Hard work is important, but so is down time."

Today’s message is compliments of my beach vacation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from earlier this summer. But it’s so true, and I hope you’ll remember to take time away from your work for both your own mental health, but also the health of your relationships!

shannonstacey:

Taken With You #WIPLines

shannonstacey:

Taken With You #WIPLines

Some of you will probably disagree with today’s #writeideas from @smartbitches

"A negative review is a GOOD THING!"


I’ll bet some of you are probably cringing at this thought from Sarah at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, but Sarah’s in a position to know that negative reviews really do sell books!