Y – Yes!!! Tattoo Tuesday – Special Addition

YOne of my favorite scenes in the book happens at the very end. You know that thing about the best way to ensure a relationship won’t last is the get the persons name tattooed on you body.  Well, Troy found a way around the rule. Let’s hope Miranda doesn’t freak out:

I walked back into D&D, coffee in hand, ready to lecture Dan on his lack of directional skills, but I stopped when I noticed Troy’s right hand. I almost dropped the coffee.

He had words written on the space between his thumb and index finger. It spelled Miranda Preston in a beautiful cursive, but it wasn’t just written, it was tattooed.

“What did you do?” I looked at Troy. He looked quite proud of himself, but his face fell when he saw my expression. “Why did you do that?”

He took the coffees out of my hand and sat them on the counter.

“Okay, before you freak out, let me explain.”

He grabbed my hand. “I didn’t get the name of my girlfriend tattooed on my hand. I got the name of my best friend.”

“What?”

“You’ve been my best friend my entire life, and that’s never going to change.”

“What?” I understood but wasn’t sure whether to kiss him or smack him for doing something so stupid.

I couldn’t believe he did that. He had my name … tattooed on his skin … forever.

How could I possibly express to him how crazy and stupid and precious and amazing he was to me for doing that?

“I want one too,” I said.

“Yes!!!! She bought it,” Dan said as Troy pulled me in his arms and kissed my lips.

I still don’t recommend it, but if you’ve been friends since you were four years old, it might be ok.

Anyone ever got a significant others name tattooed on their body? Are you still with the person? Is the tattoo still there? 

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My new ink inspired by Another New Life!!

New InkThank so much to Manny from Bob Shaw Tattoo! He is my tattoo guy for life.

 

X – XOXO – Acknowledgements

XTHIS is my favorite part of the writing process.  Acknowledging all those who have contributed to making Another New Life happen.

First, I have to thank God for his grace and patience. It took me a while to find my gift and now that I have found it, I am forever thankful for His blessings.

To my family for putting up with my hair brain schemes, this one I actually finished. Mom, Dad, Kevin, Jimmy, Patrina – Love you!

Pk Hrezo, Tianna Doyle, Emily Robertson & Vanessa Aapiah. The most honest, supportive and enthusiastic beta readers I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  You all brought a unique perspective and made my story better.

A big thank you and your the best, to Jade at Black Firefly who answered all my questions and guided me through the whole production process. We created a beautiful book, don’t you think?

Huge thank you to Rachel Marks and the team at Mark My Words Book Publicity. They took on my book like it was their own and helped me navigate the world of marketing.

Thanks to Allyson Whipple and her editing assistance.

Special shout out Jenny Sims at Editing 4 Indies. She proofread Another New Life, but will be my editor of choice for future projects.

Another special shout out to Arijana Karčić at Cover It! Designs. She is a vision personifier (is that a word). She made my characters come to life in the form of book cover genius.

An enormous amount of gratitude goes to Suzanne Van Rooyen for being my musical guru. She shared her extensive knowledge in piano and musical performance and helped me make Miranda a true music prodigy.

A special shout out to some of my favorite, most inspirational, and motivational bloggers who I have gotten to know over the last three years.

 Alex J. Cavanaugh
Arlee Bird
Nicole at Madlap Post
Katie Cross – my most consistent commentor
Kitt Crescendo
*Many more that I could name, but I only have a page to work with. 

All the members of the New Adult Authors Unite! Facebook Group

All the members of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group

My fellow inked up writers featured on Tattoo Tuesday

And, finally, I wanted to acknowledge a few NA authors with recent releases who blogged, Facebooked and tweeted about their journeys and made me feel like I could do this, too. (Note, I’m not even sure if I am allowed to mentioned them in the book, but I want to make sure and mention them here.)

Claudia Bradshaw – Sin for Love
AJ Pine – If Only 
Brianna Lee – Rush Into You
Paige Rion – Written on Her Heart
Faith Sullivan – Hold me Tight
Cassie Mae – How to Seduce a Band Geek

XOXO Kisses and Hugs to everyone. If I forgot anyone, please forgive me, this is my first time. Thanks to the A to Z Challenge bloggers, as well. Do you like writing your acknowledgment page or do you worry you might forget someone? 

W – What Others Are Saying About #Another New Life

WI can’t believe it did that. For some of you, you already read my X post. I skipped right over W and I am so sorry. W is a great letter. It didn’t deserve that. I should never work past 1:00 am.

If you read X, great. You will get to read it again on Monday, but here is W.

There is no better felling for a writer then when you receive positive feedback about your work. Over the beta and critique process, these are some of the things others said about Another New Life.

“Great pace.”

“I am so loving this right now.”

“I’ve read the first chapter and I really like it!!! Main characters definitely likable.”

“The characterization and writing are great.”

“First and foremost, I LOVED IT !!!!!!!!!!”

“I absolutely loved it.”

“LLLOOOOVVVEEEEDDD IIITTTT!!!”

If you want to hear more, check out my reviews on Goodreads!

What’s your favorite compliment you ever received about your writing?  

Related post:

Author Spotlight on Who’s Reviews
ANL Excerpt & Teaser on Nevaeh’s New Adult Book Blog

V – Vomit

VEvery one know what feels like to vomit, but did you know there are three different types of vomit triggers?

There is the spoiled food or drink trigger. 
There is the inebriated or hung over trigger. 
There is the emotional trauma induced trigger. 

Miranda experienced the later.

I lost it. My insides clutched together like in a vise and my whole body convulsed as I threw up breakfast and lunch. After I had emptied my stomach, my body continued to dry heave and shake. I willed myself to stop before I hurt myself. I wiped the sweat out of my eyes and tried to stand up straight. Dizziness took over, and I grabbed the tree again.
When the dizziness and panic subsided, all I had left were tears. Hot, thick tears fell from my eyes. I didn’t bother wiping them away. I took one step forward while still holding on to the branch for support. I took another step and confident I could walk on my own. I let go. I walked past the party and down the street. I turned left at the corner and then took off in a sprint. 
 

What triggered the last time you . . ., you know? 

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? 

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