T – Troy Anderson

THere is the character sketch on my male MC – Troy Anderson.

Role in Story: Miranda childhood best friend and love interest in college.

Physical Description: 6’2, 200 pounds, quarterback for the UT Longhorns.  Dirty blonde, shaggy hair, athletic build, vivid green eyes and beautiful hands.

Habits/Mannerisms: Polite, well mannered guy. Treats women very well. Focused on his craft, drama turns him off, and he sees the good in people, first.  He doesn’t handle conflict well, as avoids it.

Background: He red shirted his first year and in his sophomore year, he is the back up quarterback and gets to play a few games when starting quarterback get’s injured.  Highly recruited in high school and everyone expects him to go to the NFL.  He isn’t close to his family and his friends are his family.  He has an older half brother, but they haven’t seen each other in years.

Internal Conflicts: Living up to expectations

External Conflicts: Get Miranda to give them a chance and forgive him for not protecting her when they were kids.

My favorite Quote: “Well, it just makes sense.” He rubbed his lips against mine. “We’re supposed to be together.”

What do you think of my male MC? Do you do character sketches? 


S – seven, seventeen, and seventy


I’m not sure why I am having such a hard time with S. S is a great letter and Another New Life is full of ‘S’ themes to talk about. 

I could have written about the secrets in the book, but if I did that you wouldn’t need to read it.

I could share a sex scene, but the idea makes my cheek turn red and that takes some effort. I can write a pretty good sex scene, but I’d rather leave you to read it in the context of the book and in he privacy of your own Kindle/Nook/iPad.  No need for gratuitous sex scenes on my blog. haha.

I could writer about siblings, but my main character is an only child and if I talk about other siblings in the book, then I would be revealing a secret and then I would have to delete the whole post and start all over again.

So, how is this for a random fact about Another New Life. I reference the number seven, seventeen & seventy more then any other numbers in the entire MS. Not sure the significants, my favorite number is 8.

What has been your hardest letter during A to Z, so far? 


R – Relationships

RI mentioned before how Miranda’s roommate, Darcy is a hopeless romantic and is looking for love. She has a pretty idealistic attitude when it comes to this love thing.

Some of her relationship advice:

“Never date Arkansas boys, only date Texas men. Arkansas boys may have farming money and ranching money, but Texas men have oil money. Enough said.” 

“I may be from a small town, but even I know better then to try and intellectualize love. Love is love. That’s it.” 

“This is the first big social situation for the soon-to-be epic relationship that is Troy and Miranda. It wouldn’t hurt you to wear something with a little color in it.” 

“Get it over with; come on, Randa, this is supposed to be fun.”

“I ‘ve dreamed of finding the perfect guy to sweep me off my feet since I can remember. And I know that makes me sound totally pathetic, but I don’t care. I want a boyfriend who loves and adores me. Someone who not only wants to hang out with me, but prefers it.” She stared off into the unknown. “I want someone who inspires me and who’s proud to be with me.” 

What do you think about Darcy’s ideas about relationships and love? 

Check out my friend, Rebecca J. Campbell’s Blog where I visit for the day discussing my Road to Publication for Another New Life.  


Q – Quotes by Troy Anderson

QI was going to share my MC’s greatest quotes, but I decided to help Paige Rion out and turn my Q post over to her.  Check it out here. I get her back by taking her U post, next week.

But, I still have a few choice quotes from my male MC Troy Anderson to share with you.

“I remember everything you say to me.” 

“I haven’t heard your voice in eight years, and I like the way it sounds.” 

“I can’t believe we waited so long to do that.” 

“We’ll… work… something… out,” Troy spoke between kisses.  “We’ll steal Ryan’s notes.” 

“That I want to be with you.” 

“If you ask me, we haven’t moved fast enough.” 

“Listen, if it takes you a little while longer to get to where I’m at, that’s fine. I’ll wait.” 

Troy is such a great guy, but trust me, he’s not perfect. Do your favorite lines still get to you, even after you’ve read them 400 times? 



AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2014!!!!

P – Production and Public Relations

PThis post will be shameless plugs for two very cool companies run by two very cool people who helped on the front and back end of Another New Life.

Black Firefly – Shedding the Light on the Darkness of Publication

Jade and her connections in finding the right beta readers, editors, and cover artist made the production of my book relatively stress free.  Even though she was on the other side of the world, she answered my questions in a timely manner and even when things didn’t go smooth, her support and quick action, eased my mind.

One of the reasons I picked her was, I needed guidance and support in the production of Another New Life, but I didn’t want to sacrifice uniqueness. I am 100% in control of the way my book looks, Black Firefly helped my make it a reality.

Mark My Words Book Publicity

I choose Rachel Marks and Mark My Words Book Publicity because they choose me, too. Again, I wanted some support in marketing the release of Another New Life. I sent her my manuscript and she loved it and her team loved it. They were just as excited about it as I was and we worked together to a create a plan for my book release. From our first conversation, Rachel and I hit it off and she’s been on top of it ever since. The cover reveal was a huge success and I am excited for the Release Day Blitz and the blog tour.


If you need help with bringing you book to life, I highly recommend Black Firefly and Mark My Words.

If your an indie writer, do you do all of these things yourself, or are you like me and need a little help? 



To Reserve your Spot on the Blog Tour ( May 26th- June 1st ) sign up HERE.

To Participate in the Release Day Blitz ( June 2nd ) sign up HERE.

O – Original Title – Return to Love

OThe original title of Another New Life was Return to Love. In fact, the original file and Pinterest boards still contain the original title.  It got me thinking whether this was common or not. Apparently it is. Check out these famous books by their original title:

George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four –The Last Man in Europe (I guess it wasn’t specific enough.)

Ernest Hemingways’ The Sun Also Rises — Fiesta (Was it a book about Spain or China?)

Leo Tolstoy’s War & Peace — All’s Well That Ends Well (Mouthful.)

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird — Atticus (I could see that.)



And, my favorite book The Great Gatsby – Gatsby, Among Ash-Heaps and Millionaires, Trimalchio, Trimalchio
in West Egg, On the Road to West Egg, Under the Red, White and Blue, Gold-Hatted Gatsby or The High-Bouncing Lover (I think they choose correctly. Gold-Hatted Gatsby, really?)

Do your titles last from idea to publication? 

To Reserve your Spot on the Blog Tour ( May 26th- June 1st ) sign up HERE.

To Participate in the Release Day Blitz ( June 2nd ) sign up HERE.

N – New Adult Author C.A. Williams and a Giveaway

NOne of my goal at sydneyaaliyah.com is to bring attention to the world of New Adult. With that said, I wanted to introduce you to C.A. Williams. She has written several New Adult novels including, Chaotic, Book #1 in the Imperfect Perfection series.

Contains mature content, recommended for 17+

Adelaide McGregor was spinning out of control, in a world of pain that no one knew anything about. She put up a front, displaying a picture perfect girl that everyone wanted to be, but no one was truly there for her. Then she was sent away to live near her grandparents, due to bad behavior when her mother decided she didn’t want to deal with her any longer. Without a penny to her name and no where else to go, her life was uprooted to North Carolina. Everything seems to be changing for the better with her fresh new start until she meets a guy who flips her world upside down all over again. Sometimes you have to make it through the struggles of imperfection in life for everything to come out as complete perfection, but Della hasn’t quite learned that lesson yet.

The follow-up, Twisted Bliss, is also available!



Now for the fun part, I have a Giveaway! Who wants to win a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card.


April Giveaway sponsored by:

Forever WITCHed

The Forever Girl


Fractured Light

Fractured Truth

Fractured Soul

Call Sign Karma

The Breakers Code


Finding June


Another New Life

The Grave Winner

After the Fear

Made to Forget

Mad About Undead You

How to Save a World from Dying

Soul Taken

Bound by Time




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