Julia Nelson Blog Tour Launch! Thing! Interview! *thumbs up*

Whatever day this is, hopefully you’re enjoying. Because if not, then.. Uhh, I’m sorry.

There goes my attempt at a catchy intro.

Today I get to help out with a blog launch for a growing teen writer and blogger: Julia Nelson! 😀 So without further ado, Julia Nelson everyone!

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Hi Julia! 🙂 Thanks for letting me interview you! So to start this off, when did you start writing, and when did you start writing seriously?

Hi, Jo! Thank you so much for doing this! 🙂

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I started writing seriously when I joined the Young Writers Workshop in January 2018. It’s been a terrific and life-changing experience!

*nods* That sounds wonderful! So since last year. Now, how did you decide, “alright, I’m ready to do this, let’s start a blog”?

I remember wanting a place where I could share my writing with the world. After joining the Young Writers Workshop, I realized that starting a blog is important to start growing my platform as a writer. So a few months later, I started my first blog, Willowcreek Pines.

Julia NelsonNow, as I’ve continued to improve in my writing and blogging, I’ve realized that my current blog needs an update. So I’m launching my new blog, Julia Nelson! I believe I will be able to better serve my readers with this new blog.

That’s really cool! 😀 What are you looking forward to through writing and blogging?

I’m looking forward to serving, helping, and encouraging fellow writers, bloggers, and Christians. I love posting every week and using words to tell a story or a message that God has laid on my heart.

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Stories are beautiful. And so are words. XD It’s a funny thing with writers- if you had to choose between reading or writing, which would it be and why?

This is a tricky question, Jo! I know that you can learn a ton from books, but to be honest, I don’t make reading a priority (like I probably should). So I’d probably choose writing because I love making stories and characters come alive. It’s just something inside of me that I can’t get rid of. Even if I couldn’t read and didn’t know how to make a great story, I would still be able to write my own stories–even if I was the only person who liked them.

 Oooh, I so get that! Writing your own stories is something pretty special. Uh. Anyway. What’s your opinion on YA books- and do you hope to write one in the near future? 😀

I don’t think I’ve read many YA books, so I’m sorry that I can’t give an opinion. And no, I don’t plan to write YA in the future. I enjoy writing books like Lynn Austin (one of my favorite authors)–Christian, historical fiction novels.

Those are lovely genres too! I always like reading (or writing) these with food, since for some reason I work better with sugar. XD All that to say, what’s your favorite writing snack? 😉

I like to eat all sorts of things. Here are a few of my favorites: chocolate, dates, apples, peanut butter + honey, and sparkling water + juice. The latter two are delicious combinations, and if you haven’t tried them yet, you should!

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Ooh, I think I will! That sounds really good and now I’m hungry. XD. Anyway, back to topic. Are you a fan of writing to music, and if you are, what’s your favorite songs?

I love music, and I can’t concentrate on my writing when there’s music in the background. It’s distracting, so I end up paying attention to the music instead of writing when I should be XD

XD I do that too! I think it’s a thing- but it’s a ton of fun nonetheless. Music helps me with ideas. Oh, speaking of, where do you go to for inspiration?

Great question! I actually wrote a guest post on this very thing, which you can find here. In this post, I tell you of three things that keep me writing when my “inspiration well is dry.”

Neat! And even neater you wrote it as a guest post! 😀 So you have some pretty good experience with writing. For the newbies (and for all writers, to be honest), if you could pass down a piece of advice about writing that’s helped you in huge ways, what would it be?

Never give up. Three small words with a huge meaning. Whenever I’m in a slump, I need to remember that every writer has gone through this. Every published author has had fears and struggles, so it’s completely normal–and completely okay–if I also have writing struggles.

So again, never give up on your writing dream. Just because you aren’t a “perfect” writer, doesn’t mean you can never get published.

*sniffs happy tear* That was.. beautiful. 🙂 And I’m bookmarking that and looking at it whenever I’m tired of writing next month. XD To end, lastly, if you could go to any fictional world, but had to stay there for the rest of your life, where would you go?

I would go to Narnia. 😀

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A very wonderful answer. 🙂

*applauds* I had a great time Julia, and I can’t wait to read more of your writing and your blog! 😀 Thank you so much for letting me interview you!

Follow Julia here: JULIANELSONAUTHOR.COM

And catch the rest of the blog tour here! I’m happy to be a part of it.

life is a highway, Jo

 

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*gasp* A Blog Tour! You Don’t Say! The Daily Life Of Hailey Grace blog tour: interview with the author!

 Happy last day of January, everyone! It’s the 31st day of the year. Can you believe that? Cause, no, I can’t. It seriously feels like I was still binging on The Two Towers ridiculously late at night, and now, here we are. Doing a blog post.

I’m honored to be one of the last in a long line of bloggers for The Daily Life of Hailey Grace blog tour- huge thanks to Livy Jarmusch for reaching out! Livy’s a YA author herself, and she’s organized a group of people to help promote a newly published author, Beloved..

Beloved is a ministry leader and Christian Romance Author born and raised in Miami, FL. She spends much of her time studying the scriptures and has a gift for sharing the Gospel. Through her debut novel, Beloved hopes to inspire youth to seek God whole-heartily, knowing there is nothing impossible with Him on their side! 

And her novel!

For Hailey Grace, birthdays suck! She hopes with all her heart that her big day passes without gifts, or even a birthday wish. But with loving parents and two witty best friends who keep her on her toes, there’s no telling what adventure Hailey Grace will be forced to explore this time. Unexpectedly, her best friend Alex challenges her to do something she’s never done before. With that comes a whole new set of rules, and another life Hailey isn’t sure she’s quite ready for. Now questioning all that she has ever believed, she takes Alex up on the dare by asking for something that no one but God can give her. Her request also comes with a twenty-four-hour deadline. As the minutes slowly but surely tick by, Hailey’s life shifts into overdrive and she wonders if she has asked for too much too soon.

· Now, if you’ve seen the whole schedule, you might be expecting a book review as well as an interview. Due to some (technical) difficulties, and some confusion with links, I wasn’t able to get a copy to review in time for the post. 😦 But I’m looking forward to reading it nonetheless!

And now, please welcome Beloved up to the imaginary stage! 😀


So, to start things off..What’s the best thing about being a writer so far?

The best thing about writing is creating a world that readers can escape into to make their life that much more enjoyable.

·  That’s so true! I think that’s the joy of fiction, escaping. Uh, anyway..Where did the inspiration for this story come from?

The inspiration for The Daily Life of Hailey Grace came from Jesus. I remembered Him giving me this image of this little girl and the name to call her. I fell in love with the story, and the setting. There’s so much more behind that, but overall I just had to tell Hailey’s story.

·  That is so awesomely cool! I’ve heard people gain inspiration from like, looking at  random people, but never one like that. So what do you hope your readers will take away from this novel?

I hope readers will take hope away with them. I know everyone is coming from different walks of life, and we’re not all in the same place. But I believe everyone can use a little bit more of hope to get them through every day. I pray readers will draw such hope from The Daily Life of Hailey Grace.

· Amen. everyone can use hope. 🙂  Favorite ever writing snack? 

My writing snack is potato chips! All kinds.

· Ooohhh, chips! I’m hungry now. 😛 Who was your hardest character to develop?

My hardest character to develop was Prince, because of who he represents.

· Sounds like a character I can’t wait to read about! Are you planning on publishing any more novels?

Oh yes! I plan on publishing many novels. There will be two more in the Hailey Grace Series. And I have quite a few things in the works that will follow afterwards.

·  Eep! Looking forward to it! How’d this writing journey start? When did you know you wanted to write a book?

I knew I wanted to write books for years now. Probably since I was a teenager, but only seriously pursue it about three years ago.

·  Ooh, that’s great! I’m glad you got to achieve that goal! 😀 Alright, was wondering, if you had an audience full of people and you could only tell them one thing, what would it be?

I would tell that audience that Jesus loves them and there’s nothing they could do to ever change that.

·  And that’s probably one of the best things you can say. 🙂 What did you do when you were so tired of writing (if you were)?

When moments of weariness occur, I would take a little break and pray and read my bible. It never fails to ignite my passion again to write and lose myself in the story.

·  *claps* Wow. It’s kinda funny, I don’t remember to do that until like, editing. XD But you do it throughout writing too. That’s.. pretty inspiring. 🙂 Finally, what’s the first birthday you remember? 

I would say my 17th birthday, when my mom surprised me with having balloons delivered to my high school with gold fish crackers inside the gift bag. That was like one of my favorite snacks in high school and one of my favorite memories.

DID SOMEONE SAY GOLDFISH YUM.  That is a pretty sweet birthday! Well, thanks for letting me interview you, and I can’t wait to see where writing will take you! 😀

Concluding remarks:

Check out Beloved’s weblinks here!

Website: www.belovedauthor.com

Facebook: belovedchrist

Instagram: @belovedforever2018

Twitter: beloved4jesus

And if you’re interested in The Daily Life Of Hailey Grace, you should get the book from Amazon, and mark it on Goodreads if you can. 😉

Ooh, oh, there’s also a giveaway for an autographed copy of The Daily Life of Hailey Grace, as well as a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card! There will be 3 book winners, and one Grand Prize Winner will receive the Gift Card in addition to their copy.  Excited yet?

*****ENTER THE GIVEAWAY HERE :D*****

Go. and.  join. and read! ‘Nuff said. 🙂

Life is a highway,

 Jo

 

 

 

Reveries Co! (An amazing company that needs all the attention it can get + interview with one of the head brainstormers and co-managers)

 

First, don’t you love that header? 😀 If you don’t go back and look at it again. If you still don’t, I am concerned. XD

Today is the day I hop on the blog tour for Reveries Co, a new company for writers, by writers! And boy, what a lovely day it is too!

But how did Reveries Co. even start?

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As you know, Kellyn Roth is an amazing author of several historical fiction books (one of which I’m reviewing and dying because it’s so good) and her book covers are l o v e l y. Kellyn makes many of her book covers herself and for other people too.

Now, see, when Kellyn was making a website for her cover design business.

It needed a tagline, see.

And thinking about the tagline made Kellyn think about design, and editing, and marketing, and all that important stuff an indie writer and all writers in general have to think about. But Kellyn can’t do everything herself.

So what if there was a team of people with different skills, who got together to offer their services?

One thing led to another, and now we have this.

And that team is now, after months of hard work and careful planning, this:

It’s amazing how many skilled people are in this, many of whom are just teenagers. Which is awesome, because we need more Christian teen writers in the world!

But now to the important part of this post, the interview with Angela R. Watts, manager, head brainstormer, and author!

SP Spotlights - Angela R. Watts

  1. What inspires you to write, and what was the very first thing you wrote?

I have been a storyteller since I was very young, so the gift of writing is just in me. It is something that comes from my heart and I really can’t stop doing it when God moves me to. The first thing I ever wrote, besides some little short stories in a notebook, was a story about picking blueberries. I illustrated that story and binded it, as well!

  1. What’s your absatootely-ootly-wunderbaar-ootly favorite thing about the whole writing process?

As strange as it sounds, everything. I love the brainstorming after the initial ‘I HAVE AN IDEA’ stage. I love the writing the first draft without caring what anything looks like. I love the rewriting, too, and the editing. I enjoy working with beta readers and an editor. I love the publishing process, even if it is (to me) the most frustrating part because of technical details that are often tricky. So, yes, as weird as it is, I do love the whole writing process, just for different reasons!

  1. How did you know you wanted to join forces with Kellyn with this company for writers?

Kellyn came to me with the initial idea and we spent plenty of time brainstorming. I immediately knew Reveries Co. was what I wanted to do, because I’d asked the Lord to show me how to go about offering my own editorial services. Discussing the plans for Reveries Co. with Kellyn was the open door from God.

  1. As a writer, what’s something you wished was around to make selling books easier?

Whether you market online the most, or have the ability to do book conventions and author signings, selling books is often hard to do. If I could have a magical little tool that helped me sell books, it would be a teleporter, I think. That way I can go to people, chat with them, and give them a copy of my book. And, hey. I have a teleporter. That’s bound to get attention… Thus, probably more attention on my books, yeah?

  1. Where do you gain inspiration for writing?

Inspiration for stories come from God, and the motivation to keep on writing through it all comes from God, too! I do find motivation from talking to family and friends, listening to music, focusing on other things, and noticing the world. As a writer, it’s fun finding bursts of inspiration from random things.

  1. Are you planning on releasing any new books, and if so where can I read them?   Aw, thank you! I do plan on publishing in 2019. Prayerfully, at least two novels: JUMP, a YA supernatural novel, and the first book of The Infidel Books, AWAKE. They will be published through Amazon. If you follow my blog or subscribe to my newsletter (newsletter pals get BONUS content/news!), you won’t miss any updates for when these babies release!

 

  1. What exactly is your part in this awesome new venture?

Kellyn and I are both managers at Reveries Co., so my job is to keep up with emails, advertise, plan things with Kellyn, and make sure our customers are given the best service we can provide. I also offer my own services, such as developmental edits, manuscript critiques, line editing, as well as consulting!

  1. How do you hope Reveries Co can help Christian authors succeed?

I understand how difficult it can be to enter the self-publishing world, whether you struggle with a budget or don’t know how to find readers. I pray Reveries Co. is a way for authors to not only strengthen their story’s interior and exterior quality, but also find support from other Christian authors.

  1. What are some of your favorite aspects of Reveries Co…?

I adore the fact so many services can be reached on one responsive website, so not only can a person find what service they need, but there are more than one service providers at hand! I also like how supportive the service providers are, so even if you do not have a story completed for and editor, you can contact a consulter and gain publishing insight. Reveries Co. is for authors to gain confidence, strengthen their skills, and support other authors. I’m glad to be a part of that!

10. Does Reveries Co. work for both independent and traditional authors?

Reveries Co. offers quality services that both independent and traditional authors can benefit from. If you have intentions of self-publishing or plan on submitting your manuscript to an agent or publisher, we can help you prepare your book.

11. If I wanted to contact Reveries Co. but wasn’t quite sure if I needed help with editing or proofreading or blog tours or alpha reading, what should I do first?

If you are unsure what stage of editing your manuscript needs, I advise contacting Reveries Co. so we can get and idea of what service will fit. It can be hard deciding if you need a manuscript critique or developmental edit, or a line edit or proofread. However, we can help you decide, and look forward to helping!

For things like deciding on which blog tour package would best fit you and your book, contact us with your thoughts and wants! We’ll get you fixed up with what you need.

If you need consulting on other things, like wanting to know the pros and cons of alpha readers, you can contact one of our consulters. We’re friendly and love brainstorming with you!

Thank you so much for letting me interview you, Angela! 😀 I can’t wait to see where this is gonna go!

Now, like with all the best blog tours, this one has the works: giveaway,

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Facebook party,

The official Facebook launch party will be at the end of this week (Saturday the 5th) from 12 PM to 3 PM PST.

Kellyn will be hosting a live video and taking your questions, among other things.

CLICK TO JOIN!

Discounts,

Book Them Now!

And blog tour schedule:

Schedule

Tuesday, January 1st

Interview with Founder // Kendra E. Ardnek @ Knitted by God’s Plan

Spotlight // Abigail Harder @ Books, Life, and Christ

Announcement from Founder // Lila Diller @ Creating Romance

Wednesday, January 2nd

Announcement // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

Spotlight // Mukta A @ Born Free

Interview with the Co-Manager // Jo A @ The Lens & the Hard Drive

Announcement from Founder // A. Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes

Guest Post from Founder // Emily Yager

Interview with Founder // Dawn Dagger

Announcement from Founder // Eva-Joy @ Coffee, Classics, and Craziness

Thursday, January 3rd

Interview with Co-Manager // Michaela Bush @ Tangled Up In Writing

Spotlight // Jessica Greyson

Interview with Founder // Parker Hankins @ Pencils and Pianos

Guest Post by Founder // Merie Shen @ Imperial Scribis

Announcement from Founder // Jana T. @ Reviews From the Stacks

Announcement from Founder // Hanne T. @ Losing The Busyness

Friday, January 4th

Announcement from Founder // Deborah @ Reading on the Edge

Announcement from Founder // Katherine Brown Books

Guest Post from Founder // Julia Witmer

Announcement from Founder // Jessie Bingham

Spotlight // Loretta @ Just Writing

Interview with Co-Manager // Isabel Olivetti @ Chasing Fantasia

Saturday, January 5th

Spotlight // Abigayle Claire @ The Left-Handed Typist

Spotlight // Gracelyn Buckner @ Literatura

Announcement from Founder // Faith Blum @ Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

Guest Post from Founder // R.M. Archer @ Scribes & Archers

Wrapup // Kellyn Roth @ Reveries

*wipes brow* Phew! You should totally check out those other posts, they’re way better than this one, lemme tell ya. XD Have a great Wednesday!

OH OH OH AND THE LINKS TO THEIR COMPANY ONE SEC

Website // Instagram // Facebook // Twitter

There ya go. Bye!

If I Knew Then What I Know Now (Plus pic for BIBPC, carol, and linky to more of the blog tour yikes this title is long)

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You’re not the only one, kid.

Not by a long shot.

There is only one you you of course, the dorky quirky awkward weird laughing kid who’s just not the same from everyone else, but there are other people with your dreams. Your quirks. And your alarming obsession of Adventures in Odyssey, good gracious.

You’re an annoying little midge of energy, so yes, the haters were right.

But you’re lovable. Sorta. So the haters were wrong.

Also, the haters’ opinions don’t really matter, so keep that in mind.

I don’t know how to tell you, kid. I don’t know how to tell you that people will break your heart and what you thought was right is wrong and that things will change with the snap of a finger and you’re gonna have a lot of curve balls whizzing your way, so please learn to catch, kay?

Your “friends” are shallow, but be nice. Don’t collar the big kids even though you know they’re being jerks. If you do, don’t lie about it. Lying is evil. And don’t think you’re all that smart, why don’t ya? But do learn more. You’ll need it.

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Remember how you said you had nothing to live for? Ohhh boy, you be wishing you could take that back. Look around you. Look at the little miracle baby of the C’s, that little tiny thing that everyone thought was a dangerous tumor. Her? She’s gonna grow up to be a sweet little terror, and you’ll be chasing her around a hall more times then you can count. Good on ya for not wearing high heels.

Books are portals to another world. I’m glad you spend your head off in them. Also, pick up a pencil soon- you’ll be writing your own before you know it.

Love your family. Love love love them. They’re broken and not perfect, but still good. Also you’re a part of it.

Bacon crumbles exist. You’ll love them.

Good gracious, stop assuming things are gonna be carved out for you, like an easy puzzle. You gotta start doing things yourself and get it done. People are gonna depend on you whether you like it or not. And if not now, definitely in the future. So get used to it.

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You’re gonna meet people in ways you didn’t expect and you’re gonna pour your heart and soul into projects you would never have dreamed of doing. So attack that homework while you still have energy.

It does get worse.

It will. It will hurt so bad you can’t breathe.

But it will get better. I can promise you that. Don’t take my word for it. Take God’s.

Also, never ever ever skimp on the Bible. Ever. You’re gonna need that weapon. You’re gonna need to be armed and dangerous.

Uh, no, no, I didn’t mean to practice knife throwing, especially because that’s our last good knife. Thank you.

Things are gonna change. Not all of it will be good, but there will be good changes. You’re gonna meet people you can’t imagine life without and yet don’t like.

Okay admit it, you like that person.

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Write, my friend. You’ll love it. You’ll love making up stories and charries and daydreaming and plotting terrible deaths. Surprising, I know. And it’ll help you. So much.

No, no, screaming because of jogging pants and not jeans isn’t normal, no matter how much everyone thinks it is. Don’t be emotional when you respond. Calm down. count to ten. Punch that meanie in the nose. Don’t do the latter one because it won’t make you feel better. Instead… uh… I haven’t come up with how to handle that guy, but as Jesus says, treat them like you would a tax collector.

Run for your life!

Sorry, wrong context, friend. Speaking of, you do need to understand contest very, very well. But you pick your battles, and you stand up to that guy. To your fears. To that goal. To that line. You got this. Life won’t give you a bowl of opportunities and tell you to pick, so keep your eyes peeled for anything you find, and take it.

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Connie and Mitch break up. Tom Riley dies. Old Yeller gets shot. Iron Man gets hurt. The Baudelaires are confusing. The stories and life are similar in a way: they don’t go the way you expect.

Unlike the stories, your life story is being written by the Perfect Author, so never fear.

There is always a reason to laugh. I know there will be days when you’ll feel like drek, but trust me, you can find something to smile about. Care for something other than yourself, and do it a lot. Pray constantly. Pray continually. Don’t get out of touch with God.

Get stronger. Practice your high kick, especially on your right foot. It’s terrible. Push yourself to excellence, but stop for water. take care of yourself, and learn how to braid so nobody objects to your ponytail for the hundredth time in a row.

Observe people. Note their reactions, their fears, their movements, how they think.

Don’t be creepy about it though.

Man, there’s too much I wanna tell ya. Too much. Too much about loving and hurting and living and dying and reading and writing and fighting and resting and the time of day and how the year’s gonna fly by before you know it and Aragorn is brave and courageous but he is broken too and broken pieces can be fixed and people like Blackgaard will be defeated and-

…and you’ll find your way.

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Love,

Jo

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Well, another sign of my past is the above picture, friends, ^, which is also my picture for BIBPC. This category was so much easier, thank you Megan, tradition. And here’s mine. See, every Christmas Eve, we go on a marathon of AIO’s Back To Bethlehem, and it’s something I hope to be doing til I’m old and gray (and with those same cassettes XD)

4 days until Christmas Chances, people! Ahhh. You can catch more of Audiosmiths with Hannah and Enni’s lovely posts. Well maybe not Enni’s because she messed up my name. 😛 For now, though, I’ve taken a break from editing the audio drama and worked on a carol. I hope ya enjoy, bad though it may be. 😉

https://www.dropbox.com/s/anjxh0voag0qvid/Oh%20Holy%20Night.m4a?dl=0

(And if the linky doesn’t work, then uh.. lemme know)

 

The Trouble Of Innovation (But the good things of it, too.)

 

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I wonder if Thomas Edison’s mother thought he was crazy way back when.

This is the story of how I got into trouble, you see.

But don’t worry, I got out of it! I mean, if I didn’t I’d be stuck in Peru with some angry water buffalo, you know? (I don’t either)

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See, my parents have been asking for the longest time what in the world I’ve been up to.

I.E. Christmas Chances, i.e. the secret thing I’ve been working on, i.e. the thing I just finished today and I can’t stop screaming about but have to keep my cool about it, that.

But, see, I couldn’t exactly tell my parents because…. well, not only is it a debut for the Audiosmiths, but it’s also a sorta a surprise gift, I guess you could say, to my parents, in the hopes that maybe they’d like it. (And well, Mom, now you know. :P)

If. From the suspicious glares I’ve gotten and the prying comments and the averse reaction to my suspiciousness- worthy evil grins, (which was the trouble I got into but thankfully got out of- suspense is not a strong suit here) I’m not sure if they’ll think it’s worth all the fuss I’ve made over it, or if it’s worth anything. Maybe it’s just a big flop.

Maybe everything new I try to do is a big flop. Maybe I should just stick with what’s comfortable and well-known, something everyone else has done.

But that’s not original, novel, or creative. And that’s not an innovating way to help put smiles on people’s faces, which happens to be my preferred line of work. And that’s just plain boring!

Yes, innovation is a risk. Doing anything new that nobody’s done before is an exciting, semi scary risk. Can it get you some weird looks? Yup. Will people understand you? Nope. Is it possible you could accidentally make yourself explode? Definitely.

Is it worth it?

I’m inclined to think so.

Hey, if Edison didn’t perfect the light bulb, we’d all be sitting in the dark. Ford didn’t work on the automotive line-thingy, cars would be crazy expensive.

We’re not doing anything even equal to the light bulb or the line, but maybe, just maybe, sparking inspiration in your head.

You know, like a domino line of ideas. Maybe our attempts at audio drama can give you that boost to do something you never thought you could. Maybe you can inspire someone else to reach for the stars.

And with enough people, maybe someone can smile tonight. Tomorrow. The next week.

Ya never know unless you try.

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Christmas Chances releases on the 24th, my friends. In the meantime, check out Rose’s and Cat’s posts, and be on the look out for more posts to come!

And of course, Christmas Chances itself. 😛

Seeya!

 

The Secret’s Out. Done. Revealed. (Or, in which I talk about Audiosmiths)

Happy Monday people!

Why did I even say that. It’s Monday, for crying out loud.

*sighs*

It’s time I came clean about something I have been waiting to come clean about in…. forever, really. Destiny’s here, my friends. Or rather, the Audiosmiths are here.

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But what are the Audiosmiths?

I’ve been hinting at this for quite some time now. Both here and here, I mention secrets. In fact, you may have seen it on other blogs, but we’re here. Again, what are we?

Well, there was an idea, Liz knows this, called the Audiosmiths’ Radio Theater. The idea was to bring together a group of amateur actresses, bloggers, writers, and designers, see if they could become something more. See if they could work together to produce wholesome amazing entertainment the real showbiz never could.

About Audiosmiths_ Radio Theater

It’s my personal belief that the world needs good stuff again. It seems that a lot of people believe the only way to make people interested in a story is to add too much violence, too much not-kid-or-adult-appropriate stuff, and ignore plot, theme and story entirely. My Literature teacher would sigh at the popular stories now that aren’t much more than drabble, if you come to think about it.

What makes a story good or bad is the story itself.

And we’re here to offer new ones.

The art of storytelling is a gift, a gift anyone can practice to use for good. But there’s another gift, almost better. The gift of imagination. The ability to dream and to think and to laugh. Both were given by God, and it’s a sad day when these gifts are stifled and left dusty.

This is where we come in.

Our Crew

We’re not up there pros, (don’t I wish!) we might come a wee bit flat, and we’ll write stuff we dread editing sometimes, but we do love a good story. And we do love acting a good story.

So what are we gonna be doing, specifically? Audio dramas that we script, record, and splice ourselves. Our first drama was Izoria’s Choices, which you’ve probably already heard. It was more of a prequel, if you will. But our real, official, waaaayyy better sounding drama is an all new short called Christmas Chances, written by Madi and edited by yours truly.

Audiosmiths Christmas Chances TeaserYessiree, as our Christmas/Winter break gift to you, we’re debuting the first drama right before Christmas, for you and yours to enjoy, appreciate, suffer through, or utterly utterly hate. It’s all up to you!

We’ll be putting up our dramas on YouTube here, and for those of you who don’t use YouTube because reasons, I’ll be putting them up on a page on this blog, so no worries! 😀

It’s my hope that our attempts at making our stories come to life will give a boost to your imagination, and that in the end, we can put a smile on your face. We might put on tears too, hey, but you never know, right? 😉

Look out for various posts on your Reader (I.E. we’re doing a blog tour) to find out more about us, and get ready for our debut drama. We do hope you enjoy.

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10 Questions With Rowan, And A Review Of Hide And Seek

Hide and Seek Blog Tour

Hello, people! Happy dreary slow moving traffic Monday, and all that wonderful homework. Ahem. Anyway, today is the day I get to interview a character. You see, Mya Gray has published her first ever book. Indeedy she has, and I get to review and interview! This should be good. If it’s not, I probably messed it up. 😛

About the Book:

Amara Clark is haunted. When her childhood friend, Asher, vanished during a seemingly ordinary game of hide and seek, she was left bewildered and alone.

Now, eight years later, memories of Asher are coming back to haunt her and she struggles to decipher the meaning of his disappearance. In a terrifying sequence of events, she comes to the deadly realization that a simple game of hide and seek can be much more dangerous than one might think.

Before they know it, Amara and her best friend, Rowan, are whisked away on a journey to find Asher and take down the sinister group that is holding him captive. But time is running out, and saving one friend could mean losing another.

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About the Author:

 

Mya

Mya Gray is a teenager with a knack for words: when she isn’t penning a story, she can be found reading, taking photos, or blogging. Her dreams range from becoming a well-known author to fostering shelter kittens. Mya is a homeschooled high school student who resides in the Midwest with her parents, three siblings, and cat, Cupcake. Stay up to date with her and her writing on her website, lifefrombehindacamera.com.

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Review 📖

Hide And Seek just became a little..spooky.

Poor Amara. Only a little kid, and she has to watch her childhood best friend Asher disappear before her very eyes, plus run into an owl to boot.

But that was years ago. Now, all Amara has to worry in her tiny town of Silverton is being late for school and getting detention. But even that’s not bad, considering that her best friend Rowan is there to suffer with her.

So why, why on earth is there a note for Amara telling her to finish her long abruptly stopped game?

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And without knowing much about the danger ahead of her, Amara and Rowan set out to find Asher- and hopefully make it back alive.

Hide and Seek, without spoiling the book, is about waay more than hide and seek. There’s disappearances, tiny towns, snow, and cloaks to boot. But it’s mostly about Amara and Rowan, and the action is primarily on them. I would’ve liked to have more background on the two of them, because without fully connecting with the characters, I wasn’t engaged in the actual adventure.

That being said, the adventure was well described and written, and I enjoyed that part very much, even though *cough cough* it may not be a good idea to sneak off on a train with no parental permission? 😉 we all know that but just thought I’d throw that out there. The settings were all nicely written, and it wasn’t hard to see the places in my head. There’s also a mystery revolving around Amara, Asher, and another girl they find. It involves a bit of the supernatural, which I found was an interesting but hard to grasp element.

The entire story was a great first start for Mya Gray, who wrote a book that was full on action and mystery, with maybe a little less on exposition, but nonetheless a good read.

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Interview 🎤

And please welcome Rowan to this here nice leather seat with a mic! To find out more about Rowan, read the book. 😛

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Roawn’s mood board. 🙂

1. How are you doing today? Good, thanks.

2. Great! Um. So. What’s life like in Silverton, and do you like that life? Life in Silverton is what I would describe calm, ordinary, and quiet. Well, except for Asher’s disappearance. There are less than a thousand people, so it’s really small. I like it, but in the future I want to try living in a big city.

3. Sounds like a nice life! Now, I gotta know, how’d you and Amara meet and stay close friends all that time? We’ve been in the same class since we started going to school (there are so few kids at the schools here that there’s only one class per grade level). But we only really started talking when some guys were making fun of me. She was the only one who stood up for me. I didn’t have any friends, and Amara thought all the girls in our class were annoying. We’ve stuck together ever since.

Amara Aesthetic Collage

4.  Ooh, puts the home in “home room”, then. And that musta been great to have someone’s stand up for you. But, uh, when Amara let you know what was going on, did you ever think it would be so serious? No. Hardly anything ever happens in Silverton, so I expected her to tell me she was being punished for getting detention or something.

5. Detention is pretty bad, but not this serious, I’ll bet! What was racing through your mind when you and Amara left town in the night? That I would do everything I could to keep her safe. I know how much she cares about Asher, so I knew she would give up anything to save him. Amara’s decisions can be a little crazy at times, so I wanted to make sure she uses common sense. *laughs because Amara is glaring at me right now*

6. XD Good on ya, keeping your friend alive! It’s for your own good Amara! Oh, speaking of her, why did you decide to stick with Amara, even with those *cough cough* people told you to stay away? I knew better than to believe them. They were trying to split us up, so it would be easier to snatch her away without having to deal with me. So instead I made sure I was being even more careful and staying with her at all times. And I came on the journey knowing that I would have to risk everything to face Asher’s kidnappers.

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And last but not least, here is the mood board for Rowan Wood, AKA Amara’s best friend!

7. Doing the exact opposite, I like it. But it must’ve been difficult. How did you survive despite the hard conditions? What made you keep going? My mom. I knew she wouldn’t want me to give up. I want to live life to the fullest before I’m reunited with her in the end. Plus, I needed to be there for Amara when she returned to Silverton.

8. That’s a great inspiration. 🙂 So how will you be living life to the fullest? What are your plans for the future? Anything like leaving town for good? I’m still not sure. I might want to be a doctor.

9. A doctor. Nice! I’m sure you have lots of time til then, which is good for dealing with everyday stuff. Like dentention. 😛 What other kinds of detention would you rather have? XD cause writing the same thing is tiring… Organizing Mrs. Cane’s desk. I peeked back there once and wow, it’s a wreck. I love organizing and I don’t know how she works in that kind of condition.

10. *gasp* Organizing a desk? That’s really hardcore man. You couldn’t pay me to clean my own desk, 😛 well, we have just one more question now. If you could say something so that everyone in the world would know, what would it be? Never give up hope. You are loved. I probably wouldn’t have made it without hope. And so many people believe that they are not loved, when it’s not true. You will never be alone.

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If you survived almost the way to the end, good on ya! As your reward, you get to sign up for the giveaway (last day folks!),  get the rest of the schedule, and get the book links!

Book Links

Amazon

Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Friday, November 9:

Intro // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Book Spotlight // Rose @ The Bright Bookcase

Character Interview with Amara // Bea @ The Treasure Within

Saturday, November 10:

Character Mood Boards // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Author Interview // Carlye @ Carlye’s Camera

Sunday, November 11:

Hide and Seek Book Tag // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Hide and Seek Book Tag // Rose @ A Purpose of Winged Dogs

Character Interview with Amara // Sapphire @ Simply Sapphire Song

Monday, November 12:

Q & A Live Stream // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Character Interview with Rowan + Book Review // Jo @ The Lens & The Hard Drive

Tuesday, November 13:

Hide and Seek Release! + Giveaway Winner // Mya Gray @ Life From Behind A Camera

Book Review // Lilian @ Green Tea With Books

Giveaway

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You guys are awesome. See ya later!