Friday, May 19, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things

It's Fabulous, Fantastic Friday! After skipping CTST posts during the A to Z Blog Challenge, I've got so many things to celebrate, it's hard to know where to start. Hmm...well, obviously, I must recognize our wonderful host, Lexa Cain, along with cohosts, L.G. Keltner and Tonya Drecker. Thank you for running this hop.

Image: marek.sotak

1. I worked on my historical novel this week for the first time in over a month. I want to have it in good shape by the end of July so I can participate in the IWSG Twitter Pitch. One slight problem: I've never sent a tweet. So that gives me about two months to figure things out. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...

Image: Connie Ma

2. I get to go on vacation soon. Every year my parents rent a house on Kiawah Island, SC. It's about thirty minutes south of Charleston. We build sand castles on the beach, dodge jelly-fish in the waves, and bike all over the place looking for deer, alligators, and the illusive bobcat. As if that wasn't enough, my mom does most all the cooking and it's the best. I'll probably gain at least five pounds, but it will be so worth it. 

3. It's cover reveal time!

MARKED BEAUTY by S.A. Larsen, Digital Cover Reveal Information

Title: Marked Beauty
Author: S.A. Larsen
Publisher: Ellysian Press
Release Date: October 2017

Uncovering hidden secrets can sometimes kill you . . . or worse, steal your soul.

Anastasia Tate has a secret. She can feel the emotions of others through their life energy auras. Not a welcome gift for a teenager. Especially when a sinister presence begins stalking her.

Viktor Castle also has a secret. He’s tasked with protecting humanity yet cursed by an ancient evil to destroy it.

After Viktor saves Ana’s life, her abilities grow stronger. Drawn together, she senses Viktor has answers to lifelong questions. Only he shuns her at every turn, knowing he has saved her only to put her in more danger.

As Ana struggles with her attraction to Viktor, he tries everything to bury his unexpected feelings for her. But they must find a middle ground. For only together can they combat the dark forces threatening both their lives . . . and their souls.


About the Author

S.A. LARSEN is the author of the award-winning novel Motley Education, the first book in a fantasy-adventure series for middle grade readers. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Marked Beauty is her debut young adult novel. Find her in the land of snowy winters and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty-five years, four children, a playful pooch, and three kittens.

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This is a #hashtag giveaway, where two lucky winners will receive a FREE eBook of Marked Beauty upon its release.

To participate:
  • Share one of the premade images via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Or write up a blog post using one of the images.
  • Include #MarkedBeauty in your description.
  • Optional for extra entry: include Add to Goodreads (with link) in your description.
***Posts MUST contain the hashtag #MarkedBeauty for entry into the giveaway or we won’t be able to find you.

Twitter Image 1

Pre-made tweets (you add the image)

"A lust 4 life energy. An ancient curse. One soul's journey thru death 2 find the cure." #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal

"Uncovering some secrets can kill you, or worse ... steal your soul." #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal #YAlit

An ancient race. A timid girl. And a journey to the in-between. #MarkedBeauty #CoverReveal #YAlit

Twitter Image 2

The giveaway begins May 17th and will be open until May 23rd. Winners will be announced May 24th via social media.

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Have you ever participated in a Twitter pitch? Any advice? Going on vacation this summer? Are you in tune with the emotions of other, a bit like S.A. Larsen's Anastasia?


  1. Twitter's real easy! You can do it! I don't think I'll have anything ready for the Twitter pitch. Maybe next time!

  2. Good luck with the novel and the Twitter Pitch! I've never sent a tweet either so I hear you about that, but you can - and will! - totally figure it out. :)

  3. Twitter is easy! Just sum up your novel in one line and don't forget the hashtags.
    You are going to have a great time at the beach.

  4. Have fun on your vacation!
    You can do the Twitter pitch. It's easy. Just start typing until you run out of characters. ;)

  5. I have no idea what a 'twitter pitch' is either. July, hunh. I'll be looking for it!

  6. I didn't know a thing about twitter and had to ask an author friend, who talked me through it. Afterwards it was easy.

    Have a great vacation.

  7. I'm getting ready for a vacation too! I'll have to do all the cooking myself, but cooking at the beach is way more fun than cooking at home.

    I love historicals! Hurry up and finish so I can read it.

  8. I'm confident that you can tweet because I can tweet. If I can do something, then anyone can do it.


  9. Your vacation sounds like it will be awesome! Tweeting is easy. Just put the person's Twitter name (not the part in front of the @, but the words after = @NAME) and off it goes. The slightly hard part is remembering to put hashtags. I'm sure IWSG will have one - it's the #WORDS. If you put the hashtag in "search" you'll find everyone tweeting with that hashtag. Good luck! Congrats to Sheri on her cover. Yay!

  10. I love the catch phrases that S.A. uses for her book. For example: "An ancient race. A timid girl. And a journey to the in-between." Skimming her descriptions, this caught my attention. I wish her much success.
    Your vacation sounds about right...building sand castles and jelly fish - perfect!

  11. Okay, so I assume you have a Twitter account. Right now, go into Twitter and type: This is my first tweet.

    You can follow it with something else. Then just hit "Tweet". If you like, you can address it to me (@ZiziRho), and I'll reply. You can do it.

    1. I will do this, but probably not for another week. ;)

  12. Awesome that you're entering the Twitter pitch. You'll get the hang of it and have the time to do so. Have fun on your vacation!

  13. No I don't tweet but I'm sure it's quite easy once you get going as everyone else seems to!! I too am off to S.C. (all the way from little old England) to meet up with an old university pal - will be my first time in that state so really looking forward to it :)
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  14. Congratulations to SA Larsen! Exciting to see the cover for her upcoming book.

    Your vacation sounds like it will be a lot of fun!

    Congrats on the work you did on your book. Tweeting isn't hard- just getting the word count down on the tweet can be tricky- but after that it is easy. I know you can do it. :)

  15. I've been seeing Larsen's book everywhere and can't wait to get my fingers on it.
    Have fun on your vacation!

  16. Tamara,

    Vacation time sounds lovely! We haven't been to the South Carolina beaches in a long time. The last we were at Myrtle Beach was in 1997. It would be fun to visit again. I'm not a beachie kind of gal but it's kinda fun to do ever little bit. I'm glad you got to work on your historical novel. I hope to get some writing and illustrating done now that the A to Z Challenge is behind me. I'll send out one of the custom tweets for the author's newest release but I'll pass on the giveaway. Thanks for sharing what the story is about and the best luck to S.R. Larsen! Have a good week, my friend!

  17. So happy to hear you're going to be pitching with #IWSG! Congrats again to Sheri.

  18. YES! I've participated in a few Twitter pitches. The trickiest thing about it is keeping it short enough to fit into the 140-character limit with all the required hashtags. You can usually pitch once an hour, so I like to preschedule my tweets for the day well in advance.

    If you can write several different tweets for each book, you're golden. You never know what might catch someone's eye.

    Enjoy your vacation! Sounds fabulous.

  19. Tweets are definitely easy, once you get the hang of things. I'd recommend watching what others are doing for a while and maybe practicing with a few tweets first. You'll catch on fairly fast, though!

  20. Yay on going back to writin after a month! the IWSG Twitter Pitch sounds fun and of course you’ll do great

    I visited Charleston once and loved it. SC just makes me think of romantic nostalgic things… like building sand castles! Which is one of my fav hobbies in the summer  I hope you have a great time  That cover I awesome!

  21. A week at the beach, I am so jealous. Enjoy yourself and write about it! It is hard to resist mom's home cooking.

    I find myself in a funny position. My mother now comes in the kitchen to find what I am cooking. Then she gives me her dinner order. At her age, she eats very little and mostly fruits and vegetables. I always give her a large portion of meat. She has two small dogs she shares with. I want mom to eat a little meat.


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