Denise Jaden Blog Tour: FAST FICTION

Posted on 03. Mar, 2014 by in Author Visits

Rather than doing a traditional interview-filled blog tour, Denise Jaden is celebrating the release of her new nonfiction writing book, FAST FICTION, by dropping tips about writing quickly at every stop of her blog tour, and offering some awesome prizes for commenting on any of these posts (including this one!)

The more you drop by and comment, the more chances you have to win these great prizes:

Denise’s Fast Fiction Tip: Always Write Forward

If you’re looking to get from the beginning to the end of a draft
quickly, my best advice is to always keep forward momentum with your story.
That means no peaking back to see if your story so far is truly working. Trust
that it is. Chances are, while your head is in all the little details of the
story, you won’t be able to see the arc of the big picture clearly anyway. So don’t look
back—not even a page. Each time you sit down to write, start on a fresh page,
or at least a fresh paragraph, and then work your way forward, forward,
forward. You can fix things later, once you have a clear picture of the story
as a whole, but when you’re writing a first draft, think of it like a snowball traveling downhill, picking up speed and momentum. Think of how good it will feel to type “The End!”



The Prizes:

  • Compliments of New World Library: They will be giving away A BOX of copies of FAST FICTION by Denise Jaden and GET IT DONE by Sam Bennett (US and Canada only):
  • Compliments of Denise Jaden, TWO BOXES of great fiction (US Only). Details on Denise’s blog.
  • Audiobook copies of NEVER ENOUGH by Denise Jaden!
  • A critique of your first five pages, compliments of Denise’s agent, Michelle Humphrey from The Martha Kaplan Agency!
All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win (at the bottom of this post, I’ve included links to all of the other blogs where you can comment for more chances to win).
About Fast Fiction:
Writers flock to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each November because it provides a procrastination-busting deadline. But only a fraction of the participants meet their goal. Denise Jaden was part of that fraction, writing first drafts of her two published young adult novels during NaNoWriMo. In Fast Fiction, she shows other writers how to do what she did, step-by-step, writer to writer. Her process starts with a prep period for thinking through plot, theme, characters, and setting. Then Jaden provides day-by-day coaching for the thirty-day drafting period. Finally, her revision tips help writers turn merely workable drafts into compelling and publishable novels.

A portion of publisher proceeds will be donated to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)


Praise for Fast Fiction:

“Fast Fiction is filled with stellar advice, solid-gold tips, and doable, practical exercises for all writers who want to draft a complete novel.”
— Melissa Walker, author of Violet on the Runway
“Being a ‘pantser’ I have always resisted outlining, but I have to say that Fast Fiction changed my mind! Denise Jaden takes what I find to be a scary process (outlining) and makes it into an easy and, dare I say, enjoyable one. Fast Fiction is a hands-on book that asks the right questions to get your mind and your story flowing. I know I’ll be using Fast Fiction over and over again. Highly recommended for fiction writers!
— Janet Gurtler, author of RITA Award finalist I’m Not Her
“Fast Fiction is full of strategies and insights that will inspire and motivate writers of every experience level — and best of all, it provides them with a solid plan to quickly complete the first draft of their next novel.”
— Mindi Scott, author of Freefall
“Fast Fiction provides writers with the perfect mix of practical guidance and the kick in the pants they need to finish that draft. This book is a must-have for writers of all levels.”
— Eileen Cook, author of The Almost Truth
Practical and down-to-earth, Denise Jaden’s Fast Fiction makes a one-month draft seem doable, even for beginners, any month of the year.”
— Jennifer Echols, author of Endless Summer and Playing Dirty
“One of the greatest challenges any writer faces is getting a great idea out of one’s brain and onto the page. Fast Fiction breaks that process down into concrete, manageable steps, each accompanied by Denise Jaden’s sage advice and enthusiastic encouragement. And anything that helps streamline the drafting process is a-okay by me! Fast Fiction is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox — I’ve got it in mine!”
— Catherine Knutsson, author of Shadows Cast by Stars
“Forget the fact that this resource is directed at those wanting to complete a fast draft — if you’re out to get your novel done, period, Jaden’s Fast Fiction will be the kick in the butt that gets you there, from story plan to ‘The End’. . . and beyond.”
— Judith Graves, author of the Skinned series for young adults
Where you can find Fast Fiction:
Blog Tour Stops:
Comment on any of the following blog posts celebrating Fast Fiction’s release to be entered to win prizes galore!
(All Fast Fiction blog posts should be live by March 9th, or sooner. Contest will be open until March 15th.)
GCC Blogs:
Additional Participating Blogs:
Remember, all you have to do is leave comments to get lots of extra entries to win some great prizes.
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YAC Conference

Posted on 21. Feb, 2014 by in Author Visits

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I’m heading to Edmonton this weekend for my annual trek to the Young Authors Conference: “This writing conference is held annually for students in grades 4 to 9 at F.R. Haythorne Jr. High School.  Each year over 370 selected students from both Elk Island Public and Elk Island Catholic Schools are invited to spend the day with a variety of well-known children and young adult authors, illustrators and graphic artists; working with them and learning “tricks of the trade.”

It’s a fantastic opportunity to rub shoulders with Alberta’s finest authors and illustrators, as well as be inspired by the amazingly talented students who attend. I’m presenting two sessions, one on screenwriting and another on writing horror. I always leave this conference on a high. Can’t wait!

Judith Graves (A) (1 Session) Bones of the Story

Young adult paranormal author, JUDITH GRAVES shares her experience writing spec scripts for network television and feature film, as well as offers tips on the craft of screenwriting. Graves will delve into how to plot a script using her outline structure, The Bones of the Story. From gripping logline to epic showdown, she’ll provide you the foundation you’ll need to create your own dreadfully cool scripts.
Judith Graves (B) (1 Session) Fiction to Die For

Young adult paranormal / thriller author, JUDITH GRAVES, helps you dig deep and unearth the killer themes lurking in your horror and thriller fiction. This genre isn’t just writing tales of blood and guts – it’s creating fiction to DIE for. Learn how to get under your reader’s skin, play on their primal fears, and hold mirrors up to their own inner monsters. These FANGtasic tips will keep your readers turning the page…to the dire end.
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Killer’s Instinct: It’s ALIVE

Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by in Author Visits

Whoot! Thrilled to announce the print edition of KILLER’S INSTINCT, the monster-hunter tale I co-wrote with Dawn Dalton, is available now for purchase online! Here’s the blurb:

Where there is NO life – there’s Hope… 

Hope has always been a bit of a freak. But when her mother crawls from her grave and her undead corpse goes MIA, Hope’s last thread of normal snaps with a vengeance. Enrolling in a militia-style school for monster hunters seems her best bet for tracking down Mommy-dearest and putting what’s left of her mother to rest.

But the stakes are raised when she’s partnered with three unique male recruits – each with their own personal demons to slay if they want to survive basic training. But does Hope have a true killer’s instinct? If she finds her mother, will she have the guts to do what must be done to save her soul? In a place like Le Manoir, all bets are off.

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Extracted Blog Tour

Posted on 13. Nov, 2013 by in Author Visits

Now this is a fun day. I’m excited to be part of the EXTRACTED Blog Tour and introduce two authors you’re gonna love. I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of their smart steampunk tale and thoroughly enjoyed my time in the Tesla Institute. Without further ado – I give you…

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.

Sherry D. Ficklin is a full-time writer and internet radio show host with more mouth then good sense. She has a serious book addiction, but continually refuses treatment, much to her husband’s chagrin.

Tyler and Sherry met one fateful day and bonded over their love for books, science fiction, and donuts. Their first co-written novel came shortly after. Now, they still do all those other things, but also go to various steampunk conventions and events under the guise of ‘research’. They can often be found lurking on the Lost Imperials Facebook page or over on the official website, www.thelostimperials.com.

EXTRACTED Blurb:

Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it. The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream. Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both again.

GUEST POST from Tyler and Sherry:

Being an author, there is a certain level of expectation from the people we meet. As soon as they find out what we do they assume we are rich and famous, or at least rich. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Early on in most people’s careers they have these preconceived notions about the life of a writer. (Read: Fame and glory) but the truth is a little slower coming. Writing isn’t easy. Fun, yes, but it still very much work, very much a job.

Not to burst anyone’s bubble, but the sad truth is we still have to clean our own houses (well, Sherry does. Tyler’s wife usually gets stuck with that particular task), pick up the doggie poo in our yards, and drive ourselves to book signings (though we are still lobbying for a tour bus). The life of a writer isn’t a glamorous one. Actually, it’s exhausting. But we do it because we love it. Which is lucky since the odds of becoming a best-seller are, statistically, the same as being struck by lightning.

Not to be dissuaded by reality, we are working hard to make that dream a reality.

And with that in mind we’ve compiled a list of the stuff we are gonna do if ever we become HUGE WOLRD FAMOUS AUTHORS.

10. Cry on Oprah. A LOT. We’re talking ugly tears. Tyler does this anytime the Notebook is on TV, but Sherry only cries during PBS.

9. Refer to ourselves in the third person. (Though it looks like some of us already do…) AND use WE as in the royal We. Example: We really need to stop and get sandwiches. Translation: Mary really needs to stop and get us sandwiches.

8. Sell our used crap on Ebay for a small fortune. (See this pen? Tyler Jolley once chewed on this pen. Buy now: $500)

7. Buy a tiny dog and carry him around like a purse. (Or better yet, buy a LARGE dog and carry him around like a purse.)

6. Use our names to get better tables in restaurants. (A thirty minute wait? Don’t you know WHO WE ARE?)

5. Throw a diva tantrum about the actors playing us in the lifetime bio-pic. (Starring K-Stew and Jason Lee? Can’t we at least get someone who’s won an Oscar??)

4. Hire someone to throw confetti whenever we walk into a room. (We will pay extra for making trumpet sounds with your mouths)

3. Have haircuts named after us. (Preferably ones that drop out of fashion in like five days, but everyone is stuck with them for another three months)

2. Walk into McDonalds and demand two Whoppers with cheese.

1. Sneak into random bookstores and sign copies of our own books. (Oh, wait we already DO that!)

Thanks so much to Judith for having us today and to all of you for coming out! We can’t to hear what you guys think of EXTRACTED!  Was a pleasure to have you both and I wish you many, many keen readers. ;)

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Killer’s Instinct Giveaway

Posted on 01. Nov, 2013 by in Author Visits

A few copies of KILLER’S INSTINCT are up for grabs on Goodreads. Enter today!

Where there is no life, there’s HOPE

Hope has always been a bit of a freak. She sees beyond the veil to where the dead walk amongst the living, their semi-corporeal forms appearing like creepy flashes from a never-ending macabre dream. But when her mother crawls from the grave and her zombified corpse goes MIA, Hope’s last thread of normal snaps.

Enrolling in a militia-style school for monster hunters seems her best bet for tracking down Mommy-dearest and putting what’s left of her to rest. But the stakes are raised when she’s partnered with three unique male recruits – each with their own personal demons to slay if they want to survive basic training.

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Killer’s Instinct

by Dawn Dalton

Giveaway ends December 01, 2013.

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at Goodreads.

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Crossroads Blog Tour….and go!

Posted on 20. Oct, 2013 by in Author Visits

Wicked. It’s the first day of the Crossroads Blog Tour. Over 20 young adult paranormal authors, 7 bloggers, and one hell of a grand prize. Follow the blog posts, discover new authors and SPOOKtacular titles, enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a FREE Kindle – and for a bonus prize….answer all the daily research questions!

For contest rules and the blog tour schedule, see you at THE CROSSROADS! Here’s where I’ll be appearing during the tour:

October 20: A Simple Love of Reading

October 21: Confessions of a Bookaholic

October 23: Jennzah’s Blog

October 24: A Life Bound By Books

October 25: Erika Knudsen’s Blog

October 26: Little Library Muse

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What’s Yer Poison?

Posted on 24. Sep, 2013 by in Author Visits

Things are really coming together to make this a SPOOKtacular October. I tell you I’ve been drinking down the creative goodness. Here’s a bit of the low down. Pick yer poison or partake in them all:

INHABITED

Rehearsals for the Halloween-themed play I co-wrote with two amazing women from my home town who run Grande Parlour Productions – Teresa Pettit and Julie Waage – are in full swing. We’ve been out shopping for costumes, doing a radio interview, and even speaking at City Hall to inform Cold Lake of it’s first immersive theatre experience. If you’re close by – tickets are now on sale at Lots-A Books and Value Drug Mart in Cold Lake. I’ve been so impressed with the talent we have performing in the play. The actors are donating their time and do indeed prove that community theatre is a MUST in any town….no matter how big or small. People want to flex their creative muscles and I hope we’re providing that opportunity.

KILLER’S INSTINCT

KI is set to launch at the end of October if all goes well with last minute revisions and production timelines. This zombie hunter tale, co-written with Dawn Dalton from Edmonton, is a wild ride. We have a ton of monsters featured as our four main characters battle out the first weeks of basic training at an elite monster-hunter academy – Le Manoir. Set in Old Quebec City and filled with action, laughs, and scares – KI should be just the thing for some Halloween reading. Get more details on the Most-Wanted Monsters Novels site.

The Crossroads Blog Tour

Crossroads authors are madly filling out their interview questions from the keen Crossroads bloggers. Swag arrives in my mailbox daily and soon I’ll be mailing out the blogger prize packages. If you love paranormal fiction and want to meet 22 amazing authors – this tour is for YOU! The grande prize is TO DIE FOR! A free Kindle, preloaded with titles from our author rosters. NOT to be missed.

SPIRITED

If you haven’t yet purchased a copy, please consider digging into SPIRITED: 13 Haunted Tales, an anthology featuring 13 authors / 13 tales of the paranormal. We’re talking stories from: me (lol), Maria V. Snyder, Linda Joy Singleton, Shannon Delany, Candace Havens, Dawn Dalton, Halli Lilburn, Kitty Keswick, Jill Williamson and more! All proceeds go to a literacy-based charity.

Judith Tewes

I’ve also created a new pen name for my edgy young adult fiction, Judith Tewes. I’m thrilled to announce I signed with Bloomsbury Spark with a release set for 2014. If you’re into contemporary / new adult titles, you might want to follow me there – no magical hijinks – just dysfunctional families, quirky – yet hot – romance, and characters who aren’t afraid to tell it like it is.

 

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Killer’s Instinct Trailer

Posted on 21. Aug, 2013 by in Author Visits

Check out the trailer for KILLER’S INSTINCT, a monster-hunter / zombie novel I co-wrote with Dawn Dalton and set to be released this October:

 

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A Wicked October

Posted on 21. Aug, 2013 by in Author Visits

I’ll either lose my mind this October, or somehow manage to pull all this crazy-amazing stuff off. Halloween is my favourite holiday – bet you can guess why – but this year just might be the best one ever. Not only will I be celebrating the launch of KILLER’S INSTINCT, the monster-hunter / zombie novel I co-wrote with Dawn Dalton, organizing the 4th Annual Crossroads Blog Tour, and attending the Surrey International Writers Conference – I’m also be witnessing the birth of my first stage play, INHABITED.

INHABITED was co-written by me, Teresa Pettit, and Julie Waage – local actors, writers, and owners of the Grande Parlour Productions, theatre production company – right here in my small town of Cold Lake, Alberta. The show will run for two nights at the end of October and auditions begin this Saturday.

Talk about a wickedly full plate, eh? But I’m excited to see how this production unfolds. I’ll learn so much from Teresa and Julie – and already I’m amazed at the show of support from within the community. People are offering to help backstage, with set design, sewing costumes, manning the “ticket booth”, and more.

INHABITED is intended to be an immersive experience. Part old fashioned “haunted house attraction” and full, three-act stage play. It will be for a mature audience – lots of thrills / scares. Can’t wait! Here’s a teaser from the script:

“Your own demons, your own darkness…your very own horror story…we all have one, whether we admit it or not.”

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4th Annual Crossroads Blog Tour

Posted on 10. Aug, 2013 by in Author Visits

Whoopa! It’s that time of year again. I’m crazy busy organizing this year’s Crossroads Blog Tour and oh my word…what a tour it’s going to be. We have 23 authors participating (a record number!) and 7 keen bloggers who are going to feature them during the week of October 20-26th.

Lots of best-selling authors, debut authors, bloggers and publishers for you to discover. Plus – there will be a Grand Prize giveaway of a FREE Kindle (loaded with ebook titles from participating authors) which ANYONE can enter (will be a Rafflecopter draw made available at the start of the tour), as well as a BONUS prize giveaway (prize TBA) for those who answer all of the tours “research” questions.

For more information on the tour, please check out THE TOUR PAGE. Also, feel free to use the badge below (linked back to the tour page: http://judithgraves.com/events/the-crossroads-tour/crossroads-2013/) on your blogs and social media sites to help us promote the 4th Annual Crossroads Blog Tour:

 

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