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.

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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.

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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? 

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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.)

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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? 

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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.

Synopsis:
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!

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

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Mad About Undead You

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M – Miranda Preston

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I’m happy to introduce you to my main character, Miranda Preston

Age:  18

Birth Place:  Denver, Colorado

Current Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Occupation: Freshman in college at UT Austin

Major: Piano Performance Major

Favorite Piece to play:  Rachmaninoff’s Preludes, especially No. 5 in G major.

Physical Description: 5’7, 125 pounds, dark brown hair, light brown eyes, really long fingers, great legs. She recently lost a about 60 pounds.

Personality: Very quite, an introvert, but wanted to give off a new persona as she moves to a new town for college. Not comfortable talking about herself. Classical pianist. Very smart and reads a lot. In the past, she spent a lot of time alone.

Habits/Mannerisms: She rarely looks people in the eye unless she is angry and provoked. Not comfortable with people touching her. She is very comfortable being alone. Not very happy with herself even though she spent the last year working on herself and preparing herself to be normal. This idea of normal is important to her.

Background: When Miranda was 8-10 years old, something bad happened to her. Her parents moved her to another city and from that time forward, she has not been normal. She was strangely promiscuous during high school and was the SECRET (that’s not THE secret) f–k buddy for some of the popular boys at school.

Internal Conflicts: Can she every be normal while her past still haunts her?

External Conflicts: Can she build a life with her childhood best friend and still keep her secret in the past where it belongs?

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What do you think of Miranda Preston? What’s more important when you create a character, physical attributes or internal motivation? 

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L – Love and a Giveaway

LI had a short post for L, so I decided to share a give away. I would LOVE for you to win $50 and introduce you to a novel about secrets, which is the central theme to Another New Life.

First LOVE – Miranda used a Jedi mind trick to get Troy to profess his love for her:

I watched the shape his lips made when he said my name. I placed my fingers on his lips as he said my name over and over again. I loved the sensation on my fingertips. I loved the way it sounded coming off of his lips.

I loved the way he held me and looked into my eyes. I loved the way he made me feel.

My thoughts stopped when he leaned over and whispered, “I love you, Miranda.”

Did he just read me mind?

Have you used any Jedi mind tricks in your relationship?

Win $50!

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Bound by Time

by A.D. Trosper

It’s her destiny to break the seal and his to keep her alive…

Isobel Moore is looking forward to spending her summer break alone while her parents are overseas. Until she returns from college to find her home isn’t quite the welcoming place it used to be. The stained glass window her parents installed is more than just a beautiful piece of history; something sinister is sealed within the colored glass.

When Isobel meets her new neighbor, Damien DeLuca, she discovers the gorgeous and mysterious stranger has plenty of his own secrets. Including the knowledge of what’s happening in her home.

As her world spins out of control, she unravels a past that not only tests her limits, but also everything she thought she knew. The darkness within the window yearns to be free and it will do anything to escape—including killing Isobel.

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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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K – Kiss

KMy favorite scenes to write in any novel is the first kiss scene:

Troy’s proximity made it hard for me to breath normal. My heart raced, and a drop of sweat started at my neck and slid all the way down my spine. As it descended, the panic ascended to my throat. The anxiety attack was inevitable. He grabbed my arm with more authority and moved closer, our faces inches apart.
He hesitated for a split second, but it was all the time I needed for my anxiety to get the better of me. I seized the opportunity to escape and headed for the door, but after one step, the grip on my triceps grew stronger. Troy had no intentions of letting go. When I turned back to protest, there was no hesitation this time. His lips landed on mine.
At first, it didn’t register. My surprise prevented me from kissing him back. He must have noted this, too. He pulled away. My stress level rose again because for him to stop kissing me seemed like the worst idea in the world. A hurricane, earthquake, and volcanic eruption combined didn’t seem as big of a disaster as Troy’s lips leaving mine. So I kissed him back.
I felt the relief in his lips as he relaxed.
I was keenly aware of the way his lips tasted, all smooth and wet and there was a hint of peppermint. Maybe I imaged it, but it made me giggle. I stopped when Troy stopped kissing me.
“What’s so funny?” he asked.
“I thought you would taste like peppermint, and you do.” 

Do you have a favorite first kiss scene (reality or fiction) you would like to share? 

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Available June 2nd, 2014!

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J – JuNoWriMo 2013 Journal

JThe first novel I ever wrote was during the first year of JuNoWriMo in 2012. It’s called I’m Coming Home and I wrote the first draft, 75,000 words in 30 days. I felt such a sense of accomplishment and have been hooked on WriMo’s ever since.

JuNoWriMo holds a special place in my heart. Another New Life was written during JuNoWriMo 2013. Each WriMo, I kept a daily journal about my writing process.  You can read the entire journal, here.

One of my favorite excepts from Another New Life’s journal:

Today’s Date: June 8, 2013

Word Count: 2,191

Observations: After a long day running around town and pontificating with my cousin, I thought I would be to mentally tired to write, but I wasn’t. I did a two hour session and added a couple of scenes tonight to clean up some holes in the story. Very productive writing session. I am getting an average of 2,000 words per scene and I feel like each scene could be so much more with description and more emotion both good and bad from the MC. It will be another lesson in edits and rewrite on this one. I am actually looking forward to it. Not sure why, it could be the wine talking. Tomorrow, I hope to get into the ‘time to make a decision’ scene. Should be a good one. Hope to have a first kiss and more before the days out. My characters are so luck.

Do you keep a journal about your writing process? Do you drink when you write? haha!

JuNoWriMo 2014 is coming soon. If you have a story you need to get on paper, JuNoWriMo is the most supportive and encouraging program to join. I’ll be writing book #2 of a series I am working on and running some sprints from the @JuNoWriMo twitter handle. I would love it if you would join me.

Sign up, now!!!

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