Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Gasterland by Ansha Kotyk

Gasterland by Ansha Kotyk

When Jonathan Brooks moves in with his dad, he’s sure his life has hit bottom. Until the local bully causes him to discover an unusual skill: Jonathan can disappear into a book. The book requires him to solve a crime, rescue the girl and save himself…all before the final page.
Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!
READ the Chapter 1 and learn how the adventure starts…

Just a few of the things people are saying about GANGSTERLAND

Maddie -Gangsterland is a story that everyone (regardless of age) will enjoy and relate to. Ansha Kotyk seamlessly blends her vintage fantasy world with modern and poignant issues. The story is adventurous and fanciful – realizing nearly every *bookworm’s* dream to enter the world of fiction – as it tackles the real-world topics of bullying and divorce. It is a great read – for the middle grade reader (and grown-ups too).
RikiTikiTavy – I picked this book up for my 13 year old and we totally enjoyed reading this story. The author has conceived a charming story, including many elements that makes it an interesting read for kids 10 years of age and above. The story develops quickly and before you realize, you are at the end of the book and the plot is left open for the sequel. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Knowing When To Take A Break

This business of writing, trying to get published and marketing takes up a lot of thankless time. Time when you don't see the fruits of your labor for many many days.


Setting goals is a great way to map out what you want to accomplish. Dream big, it's okay, this is where you get to.

Then break up your goal list. Like, what's attainable now, soon, and later.


This is where you realize that squeezing too much into a day, month, or year can burn you. Space things out to be realistic.


Give yourself vacations from meeting goals, writing, and everything. It's nice to have mini-breaks where you get to sleep in, goof off, and relax.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Writer Burnout!

Oh yeah, this is me. About a few months ago I just got tired. Not of writing, but of the business side of the game. The marketing, selling, touring, signing, social media, pimping and fitting writing in there somewhere.



Straight out fatigue and loss of desire to even get on the internet. It was in perfect time for my long vacation where internet access would be limited.


Even after I'd taken virtually a month off. I still wasn't quite ready to come back to it all. So I decided to rework in my head a new plan. Something that was doable.

My problem is, I'm OBSESSIVE. Most writers are - it's why they actually finish what they sit down to write.


Now, I only allow myself 30 minutes a day online. I have to pick a place. Either Twitter of Facebook. Also, I'm taking a small hiatus from touring. It's a lot of work and I got to be honest, the crazy trip I took to BEA this year just about did me in.


This year I did 4 book releases. Yeah, crazy. Not only does that cost a lot of money, but it cost A LOT of time.

Next year, I'll be happy to release just ONE book. I know, I know, for those of you that know me, you don't think I can do it. You think I will spit out 2 to 3 ... well I might. But only if my writing picks up. Currently I have one book written that needs some serious editing. Another book I'm only 20K words into that I need to come up with at least another 60K to finish. Lastly, a short story that's taunting me I'd hoped to release next summer.


I have to admit, I've been a marketing hound these last few year. And you know what, some things worked, some didn't. I recently took some stock into what was working and decided to stick with just those few things.

Oh, and I'm not doing those things as often. I just am planning on taking the rest of this year easy.


Spotlight Replay with Dehumanized!

Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should -
Until he was attacked by an unknown assailer and awoke in the hospital with lycanthropy. Taken by armed guards and dragged away from everything he held dear, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those 'suffering' from lycanthropy.

They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.
Check out this Dehumanized preview!

Michael Loring was born in Bristol, Connecticut, but has lived in a variety of places such as Florida and Tennessee. He likes to think of himself as an amateur Lycanthropologist, studying werewolves ever since he was eight years old when he first saw An American Werewolf In London. He spent most of his life switching between home school and public school, always focusing on his passion of writing no matter what. His interest in writing was sparked in the second grade when his teacher encouraged him to write short stories for the class, earning him more than one award at school assemblies for Creative Writing. He currently resides back in his birthplace of Connecticut with a house full of women who like to drive him up the wall until he finishes his chores. Though they seem to avoid him during the night of the full moon for some unexplainable reason...
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Monday, August 5, 2013

Tips To Do IT ALL!

How do I do it all? Well to start, I am a mom of four kids. I work a full-time job as an Engineer, and I teach part-time at a University. Lastly, I am an author.
I learned a long time ago to manage my time. I’ll provide tips below, however, you must make time management work for you. I make it fun, by managing to do something I enjoy, which is writing every day. If I am not writing, I am usually imagining aspects of a story, because I am an proverbial daydreamer. Most of my friends or family would never think that I am working on stories while I am cooking dinner, taking a shower, driving or eating my lunch.
Steps to do more in a day than you ever thought possible;
Take time to evaluate what stimulates you to accomplish your goals.
I knew that in order for me to get anything done, I needed to have many things going on at one time. I know it sounds weird, but I write best when I am surrounded by my kids. I also need lots, and lots of breaks. Therefore, most times I write in 10 to 30 minute sprints.
Carry a calendar, pda, ipod or cellphone. I use all of these items to keep me on track.
You must have the tools of the trade. I use my cellphone and my pocket calendar to store all of my task, appointments, and goals for the week. That way if I am riding in the car, I know what I can do to pass the time, yet be efficient.

Update your pocket calendar or ipod, and set reminders for task or goals that you send yourself with your phone, email calendar, or notes in your pocket calendar.
I drive my family crazy with this. I set reminders for my writing time on my cellphone, and my calendars.
I prefer to say dream list. I believe that most people are more apt to complete goals that are in line with their dreams. Therefore, don’t create a DREAM LIST of stuff you have to do like, homework, pick up kids, cook dinner. Create a dream list (or bucket list) of things you want to accomplish before you leave earth. Then list the things you can do or have to do in order to check off your DREAM LIST.
My DREAM LIST included, write a book, snowboard, ride in a hot air balloon, scuba drive, hang glide, and travel. Of those items on my list I have completed over half by my personal deadline dates.
Use those boring, do nothing moments effectively. I spend a lot of time at my kid’s sports practice just waiting for them to get finished. Therefore, I usually carry my manuscripts with me, and while I am sitting there for two hours waiting for them, I edit my books. If I don’t have books to edit, I give out bookmarks or other promotional gifts. I also, take a notebook for writing notes, or snippets for any Work In Progress I have. I also use the time to check student’s assignments from my teaching job at the university. Also, when I am riding in the car on long trips, I bring my laptop and write while my husband drives.
Set realistic deadlines for your DREAM LIST. Then squeeze in time to reach those dreams in your everyday life.
I have accomplished and experienced so many things in my life. Some things I have attempted, and yet failed. Others, I have attempted and changed course, and some I have conquered and am satisfied. Imagine your time here on Earth is a gift, an adventure of which you want to taste and do all the things your can before you leave. You will be surprised and amazed at all you have experienced if you know yourself, love yourself, dream big dreams, map a path to reach them, and enjoy every minute along the way.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Science Fiction becomes Real Life

Okay, I admit it. I am an undercover geek. I love science, and it’s one of the reasons I love writing science fiction. Here are the nerdy facts about myself: I am in the IT field, heck I even teach IT courses occasionally, I write young adult science fiction novels for fun, and I read science journals for fun. Ooops! I’ve been exposed.

It amazes me when I read scientific journals of the leaps and bounds made in technology. One of the teasers I torment my students with is that most techie types that go into the IT field do so with dreams of grandeur. They want to build the next cutting edge technology or other. I personally wanted to go into Artificial Intelligence. However, I never seemed lucky enough to land a job where I actually was involved in a great science challenge like that. In most cases, newbie engineers realize that creating technology of any kind is actually rather boring. It consists of a lot of research, writing, planning, writing, research (oh, am I repeating – well that’s what it requires) before you ever start to create anything useful. So, what did I do? I started to write books about the gadgets and widgets that I had hoped one day to create.


Prosthetics: Did you know that sciencetist have created prototype prosthetics that can actually FEEL?! They can also pick up something as small as a grape? Well, let’s kick it up a notch, and say that the user can control the prosthetic by brain waves. There are current technological advances that prove that this is possible.

Human thoughts can control technology: Did you know that technology exist, that allow human subjects to speak mentally (using brain waves) to computers? Amazing!

Animated Holograms: Did you know that an interactive ecosystem has been made, that allows children to create trees or other objects with their body. Also this technology was utilized to create a giant sea monster in the Tokyo Bay to promote the film, “The Water Horse.” These are forms of Heliodisplay technology that projects video onto the thin air.

Cloning: Let’s not forget this! Currently scientist are working on perfecting the cloning of human embryos for study of stem cells which could lead to curing infertility problems of hosts, and curing other known diseases.

The list goes on and on. Soon as a science fiction writer I will have to push myself further and further to come up with new ideas that can shape the minds of young scientist of the future.