Shel Delisle spends her days with her imagination, which involves angels, genies,and dolphin swims. She thinks hearing from readers is one of the best things ever--even better than sea salt caramel gelato.
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Hi! Kai Strand here. Shel is gracious enough to share #MusicMonday with me, which is sort of ironic because I’m totally a 70’s rock and roll chick and I thought, “No one’s gonna want me to go there.”
So first off I’m gonna thank Shel for the inspiration to step outside my comfort zone and get a bit more hip, because while looking for a song to represent my newest release, WORTH THE EFFORT: AYDEN’S STORY, I found this amazing song by this fan-frickin-tastic artist. I’ve loved Ada
What you got cookin’? Now, that’s a question, isn’t it?
The answer is cookbooks.
It started with one just for friends and family. Every year at Christmas I bake cookies almost non-stop, and so I compiled a book of all the goodies I’ve made at that time of year with some tips and a little history about why I cook these things. It was supposed to be a gift or a replacement for greeting cards, but I got involved with marketing a boxed set last year at the holidays and that took p
This post was originally written in February of 2012 right after I’d gotten myself into self publishing. I decide not to publish it because it felt like I’d gotten on a soapbox, and I didn’t like how it sounded like I was ranting into the wind. Now, more than two years later, there’s been some progress made in attitudes — though not as much as I’d hoped for — and my thoughts don’t seem as out of line.
As you read the post I quote some numbers from indie musicians. at the bottom of th
The first time I heard this song by Fort Minor was when my oldest son showed me a video of people doing all these crazy athletic feats. Not the kinds of things that people can make a living with, but rather things that they did for love. Skateboarding tricks. Freestyle. The most unlikely basketball shots ever. The afternoon that he stumbled upon it, we watched that video over and over and over, because it was mind blowing. Then we showed it to my other two sons. And my hubby. And anyone
While I really like Sting’s music, both from his time with The Police and from his solo career, this isn’t my favorite song of his. (That would be “Message in a Bottle”)
But this is the right song for today’s Music Monday post, because I’ve set Winging It! free. Not for a day, or two, or five.
I didn’t want Grace, my quirky and misguided angel in training, to be a beast in a gilded cage. So you can download the first book in the series from Amazon, Ba
Every time I watch this video, it reminds me of my time as a writer.
For years (and years) I’d always written just for myself, as a way to be creative. Then I got bit by the what if? bug. This led to buying and devouring books on craft, and the market, and publication. Some suggested I find a critique group, and the thought terrified me. What? Let others read my writing? Oh, yeah. Duh. If you’re going to be published, people will read your writing.
I spent some time debating what song to play for a Music Monday post on St. Paddy’s Day. I’d already talked about the Dropkick Murphy’s I’m Shipping Up To Boston a couple years ago on Facebook, and U2 is one of my favorite bands, but one of their songs could work any time during the year on almost any subject.
I listened to The Cranberries and couldn’t decide between Linger or Dreams or Zombie. I love all of those songs, but none of them suited my mood today.
The only one
There’s a lot to love about this song. Here are eight reasons. Simple lyrics. It’s absolutely an earworm kind of song, but that doesn’t really do it justice. Some of the best songs ever have one simple idea behind them, and this is one of those songs. It’s original. The first 24-hour video ever. What a crazy cool idea. I’m embedding 5 am, just because I like the idea of waking up happy, and because Magic Johnson dances around with all his Lakers’ gear, but go to YouTube and pick a time of
Sending out Happy Valentine’s Day wishes to readers and friends. Here’s a little about what’s going with my books:
For Valentine’s Day the eBook Bundle TEXT ME: 8 Novels of First Love has been discounted to 99 cents. I’m one of the authors in the bundle, along with Shana Norris, Amanda Brice, Juli Alexander, Elle Strauss, Cindy M. Hogan, Kate Avery Ellison, and Kat Brookes. We’ve been featured in FKBT, over at the new web-site for Ultimate YA and in posts at Cindy M. Ho
Putting writing out into the world is a scary, scary thing. Some people will love your work and some may hate it. Not that long ago one- or two-star reviews could tie my stomach up in knots. It bothered me that someone had paid to read a story of mine and disliked it so much that they felt compelled to leave a horrible rating.
When I got my first low-star review, I wanted to contact the person and give them a refund. It seemed like good customer service to me, a chance to
Years ago my hubby gave me a copy of Bartlett’s Quotations, which I can lose myself in for hours because there are so many wise and thoughtful things said throughout the ages. It’s tucked onto the “most important” reference shelf on my desk along with my Flip Dictionary. But, the other day, I read a quote on-line about “doing.” I loved what it had to say and instead of reaching for Bartlett’s I stayed on the computer. Using Google, I ended up at brainyquote.com and found out it was attr
So today’s post is an a capella version of “Because” by the Beatles.
Because…I really wanted to do a Music Monday post.
Because…I wanted to do something about the Grammy’s but had dinner at someone else’s house, missed some, watched a little, then fell asleep early.
Because…I recently learned that John Lennon composed this song after Yoko played Mozart’s “Moonlight Sonata” backwards.
Because…this voice-only version is (IMO) more beautiful
Sometimes research is one of the best parts of being a writer, because you get to stumble upon all sorts of amazing things.
This morning I was working on a scene for the second book of the Angel in Training series. The scene is set in NYC’s Grand Central Station and I was looking at some very cool images and ran across this article in The Telegraph. Sweet serendipity! Grand Central is turning 100 this weekend. So there were all kinds of interesting facts, and rea
It’s at the heart of every good story. It can be the main character versus nature, or society, or themselves, but often it’s shown through conflict with another character. Recently, I’ve re-immersed myself into the POV of Grace Lightbourne, the impulsive and sometimes outspoken Angel in Training from WINGING IT! Grace seems to end up at odds with so many characters — Archangel Michael, fellow Guardian Aisha, her Dominion-roomie Faith. But, I was writing
I’d been trying for awhile to find the perfect song to link with Elle Casey’s anniversary promotion, and I found it just in the nick of time (Thanks to Janette Rallison’s blog.)
So, what’s the deal with Elle Casey’s anniversary. Well, she generously put together a promotion of indie authors and their books — over seventy books to be exact — to celebrate the publication of her first book one year ago. That’s some seriously good karma. Readers can enter to win in h
Is everybody feeling in the holiday spirit? I hope so.
I am (feeling in the holiday spirit, that is.), so I’ve decided to give away a sleigh full of books. If you have a Kindle Fire, or Paperwhite, or app feel free to stop by Amazon on the schedule below to pick up your copy.
Picture Books by Something Else Publishiing:
Seasons and Holidays – is FREE RIGHT NOW through 12/15
Colors – Will be FREE 12/18 – 12/22
Opposites – Will be free 12/16 – 12/17
Just a quick note to let you know I have a post today over at the group blog YA INDIE. I blogged about how writers can connect with readers on Goodreads. This is my second post over there. The first post dealt with why I like to blog and how to think about topics.
If you’re a writer you don’t need to be YA or INDIE to find useful ideas and tips, so head on over. I’m enjoying this group blog as a new way to connect with other authors, and if you’re a reader not a writer, yo
I really wanted to hit this milestone of 10,000 books sold in my first year and missed it by about a month. Oh, well.
It’s really small potatoes compared to a lot of authors, but it makes me happy. So…. thank you, readers!!
Wanna know how talented this week’s Five in Five author is? He’s talented enough to win both the William C. Morris YA Award as well as the Michael L. Printz Award for his debut novel, WHERE THINGS COME BACK. All in the same year, peeps. Totally unheard of. This guy rocks and we can’t wait to interview him. Ready, Corey?
First, whatcha’ reading now?
I just started “We the Animals” by Justin Torres. It’s beautiful. I recently finished Aaron Karo’s “Lexipros and Cons,”
I’m super excited about our Five in Five today! Donna Gephart is the funny, talented author of As If Being 12 ¾ Isn’t Bad Enough, My Mother Is Running for President and How to Survive Middle School. Last month, Olivia Bean, Trivia Queen hit shelves in bookstores and on-line. I can’t wait to read her new book, and as if being an award-winning author isn’t enough, Donna Gephart is a sweetheart, too.
So, Donna. Please tell us Whatcha’ Reading Now?
I’m overly lucky to interview the talented and brilliant-minded Veronica Roth. Her book Divergent was a smash hit and the sequel Insurgent pubs this May, 2012. Welcome Veronica!
1. Whatcha’ Reading Now?
V: I just finished XVI by Julia Karr, and I’m about to start When We Get There by Shauna Seliy. And after that, I’ll be reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.
2. If you could transport back to any decade for six months, where would you like to land?
Boy, oh, boy. Today we have the very talented (and very funny) Josh Berk with us. Josh is the author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin and of the new, like really hot off the presses, Guy Langman Crime Scene Procrastinator. Josh also claims that he is a procrastinator, but I know he’s kidding, because he got the answers back on this interview super fast.
Whatcha’ Reading Now? I just started reading ‘Why We Broke Up’ by Daniel Handler. That book is h
Hi Everyone! Are you ready for the weekend? Me too. And to lighten things up at the end of this week, we have with us the spectacularly gifted and talented Rhonda Stapleton, whose Stupid Cupid series was consolidated into one fantastic book that is three times the normal amount of sweet romance and laughs. The new book is called STRUCK and it went on sale everywhere in December, 2011. These books are seriously funny—I’ve read all of ‘em—and you should enjoy
Hiya WRN’ers! Today is, like, the best day ever for me. Why? Because I got to interview Matt de la Pena, author of three of my favorite books of all time, Ball Don’t Lie, We Were Here, and I Will Save You. So I’m going to need to take some deep breaths before I start. Whew. Okay, I’m ready. So Matt…
Here at Whatcha Reading Now, we’re always dying to know… Whatcha Reading Now?
Nothing! I just finished reading about 270 books in three months* — I’m a judge for this year’s Nation
Hey there WNRers, today we have S.R. Johannes, the author of the recently released Untraceable as our Five in Five victim…er…I mean guest!
Welcome Shelli! I was only teasing about the victim thing, we’re actually quite friendly. So, are you ready to get started?
1. Whatcha Reading Now?
I am reading A Million Suns by Beth Revis and Open Minds by Susan Quinn
2. Awesome! I loved Across the Universe. Your first book,
Today’s a huge, HUGE day for WRN? Why, because it’s the first time we get to interview one of our very own. SQUEEEEEEE!!!!!! Shel Delisle’s a co-founder and the brain-child behind our beloved Whatcha’ Reading Now? Her book Dolphin Girl is pure magic. It’s true. I wouldn’t lie to ya!
Dolphin Girl, A.K.A. Jane, is totally relatable. Feeling trapped by the cliques (A.K.A. pods) at school and her mother’s rules at home, Jane longs for freedom. So, when hottie Sam Rojas who, despite