Thursday, June 30, 2011

Book teaser trailer #4

The call crackled through the phone system. “Raylene?” it was Harold. I listened, eyes widened, closely to the urgency he displayed. However, his voice was breaking up over the phone. “We…are…crack… being under attacked…crack.”

I focused on the road and the heavy traffic ahead. People were in a hurry to get to work and school. It would suck if a demon were to attack me. At least I would have an excuse why I was late to work. Harold couldn’t get mad at me for that. I smiled, thinking how it was one part of my life that I didn’t have to worry about. The call kept cracking although I focused on our conversation. “Where?”

“Zip code…crack…93704...”

My eyes widened. “That’s Fresno High School!” I exclaimed. “Is Alex..?”

“She just…crack…called me,” he interrupted. “The principle had canceled school for the safety of the students. There was no other way to resume. She is fighting…”

The information didn’t make sense. “Why would Saain want to attack a school?”

“No idea,” he said. “Do you have any weapons on you?”

“Not my guns…” the glove compartment opened, pushing a tray with twin Beretta Storms on it. Ah, good old Tigris and Era, I thought smiling. I love transporters. Just what the good doctor ordered. “Tell Derek I said thank you.”

“Will do, just get there!”

“Roger!” the phone hung up. I focused on what to do next, reaching a hand to one of the guns. “Heng-O, take over the controls and engage cycle mode.”

“Engaging now,” she responded.

The car roof opened as I unbuckled my seatbelt. I climbed onto the roof, when I heard several guns go off. I ducked my head quickly, missing them by a few inches. Ah, Saain has hired new recruits to try to take me out. I cursed at the newest assassins behind me. The bullets flew into the Wendy’s windows next to the university. Ah wonderful, I thought and turned around, firing a few shots at the truck behind me. This just completes my day. My non-firing hand rattled on the rooftop. The car responded by speeding up. Once my legs were through the hatch, I leaped backwards into the air. The gunmen continued to fire. I landed on the truck and smashed the roof in with my fist. I fired and reached a claw in to grab one of them. I threw him out, watching the body hit the car behind us. I needed to be careful on what I was doing because the demon inside wanted out.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Let's Book It: Interview with Bobbie Pyron author of A Dog's Way ...

Let's Book It: Interview with Bobbie Pyron author of A Dog's Way ...: "As promised, Bobbie Pyron has graciously answered some of the questions I had after reading 'A Dog's Way Home' (review is here ). She is an ..."

Monday, June 27, 2011

Writer's Block

This is an interesting subject to talk about. Many people want to know how to overcome this when it does happen. The one thing that some people don't understand is that writer's block doesn't just happen to writers. It plays on essayists, poets, script writers and others who work in the field of writing. It's a skill that just happens and you have no idea how to avoid it. You can't to be honest. Granted, there might be some who claim they know how to "overcome" it, but really? I can go around to say that I know how to combat this, but I would be a hypocrite. I have no idea how, but that's because really, we all have our own ways of pushing through this. For me, when it comes to dealing with this, I try to let things sit. Few days pass and I'm back to writing. Then there are some days where I'll have an idea and start typing it as fast as I can. Other days, the idea doesn't come. Just how it works I guess. Quite the little bugger.

It is frustrating to have writer's block in the middle of working on something. Trust me, been there, done that. It happens more frequently while I'm working on a paper for school. Far as my novels, off and on. Right now, I'm working on the second book to a work in progress series using two point of views. Talk about major writing blocks. I had some major struggle with one of my characters, so I asked a friend what to do. She said to think about how I would want my children to become. I thought about it for a second and some ideas came. That is one technique that I use. Another one is that I watch things that represent characteristics that I want to develop in a specific character. That has always been one of the strongest source of inspiration. Anime, if you like it. Not the ones where the plot seems absolutely pointless, but ones where the storyline is well developed. For an exercise, I try to imagine the storyline as a novel. The I pick it apart and try to rearrange what I have back into a story. That way I know how the characters are and what I need to do to make them more realistic. I learn about setting along with trying to develop world maps if I'm starting completely from scratch. Language is also something since it is something that's a part of our lives. We need language to communicate what we're feeling and how to get things done.

But what do you do to combat writing blocks?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Meet Aleja Bennett

     Today I had the pleasure of speaking to Ms. Aleja Bennett who is really a remarkable woman. Aleja Bennett was born in East Elmhurst Queens New York by her unknown biological mother. In 1976, she was raised in East New York Brooklyn by her church attending adopted parents who still serve as a deacon and deaconess. From the age of two through nineteen they physically-verbally and mentally abused her. She was tortured, starved and neglected all through her childhood. She has also been homeless when her adoptive parents pushed her out in the streets. She looked for all the wrong places for love. “When you’re adopted, you’re looked down.”

     Ms. Bennett is one of the everyday American heroes. Like so many of the U.S population, she has weathered through the storms of life. She is a child abuse survivor, a motivational speaker, a Singer, an Author, Song Writer, and a Poet. You have got to meet this woman. She was very nice to give me a few minutes of her time for an interview about her and her books. In 2006, her book, “Only The Strong Can Survive” was published by Published America. However, the company had messed up her reputation. The book was sold for 15.00. She decided to go into self-publishing and since has published 10 books. Before she became a writer, she was a security guard for 15 years and she had to continue to work because she only made $200.00 whereas the publisher was making more than her. “Things are changing now,” she said. It is always wonderful to hear those words. We all want to say those words when something is going our way. We all want to be like her and say, “Things are changing now.” Maybe we can and will. Ladies and Gentlemen, Ms. Bennett:

Me: Why did you become a writer?

Ms. Bennett: I believed that I had a gift. What I went through is very traumatizing and people don’t understand. Writing comes from me being scared and I was able to write.

I had to think about that for a moment, yet even as powerful as my mind is, I couldn’t comprehend just how much anguish she went through. What impressed me the most was when she’d said, “Writing saved my life.” Although I knew how therapeutic writing was, I didn’t think it could be also a tool to save someone’s life. I thought of all the reasons why I write, but to me, writing is a hobby. She had to write poetry to help her mind keep intact.

Me: What do you write?

Ms. Bennett: Poetry, self-help, true stories, bio, for all ages.

I loved how she’d stated during our conversation, “you can make it without a mom or a dad or adopted.” I started to think, “how?” Yet it is possible and she had opened my eyes to it. “I don’t write ghetto books, I write about my pain and my struggle," She said. It was fun to hear her say, "I’m getting more recognition now."
Why that particular subject?

Her answer was simple. Her goals are to encourage, empower, inspire and motivate the abuse victims, depressed and the unsaved. That is a woman who cares for much about what happens to people. “My life is still very painful, so when I help people, I feel good about myself." Shouldn't this be everyone's additude? Everyone goes through some sort of trial, so why don't we help others as well as ourselves?

Me: What age were you when you had your first book published?

Ms. Bennett: I started when I was 25 and went to an AA meeting.

Me: What’s your favorite animal?

Ms. Bennett: Fish, I love anything in the water.

She also loves birds because she feels they won’t hurt her.

Me: For fun: If you could say anything to your readers, what would you say?

Ms. Bennett: I would say, I know life can be hard, I know life can be painful I know that we will may all have to face some terrible ordeal in our life, but if you face the fear within yourself, you can find the strength to survive and stand.

Over all, this woman wants to speak to people. She continues to write and to speak out although there are people who say that she’s lying and tries to stop her. She wants to be heard and to share with others what she went through to help them.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Review Scale for Books

I decided today that I will try and add reviews for authors' books. If you've read them, then please feel free to add your comments. Always helps to have more than one comment. So, here we go:

My Scale:

5-Absolute WOW! Where can I develop this talent? I need to get with this author right away!

4-Entertaining, plot is well done and the characters are well thought out. Can see them along with the scene and recommend this book to anyone.

3-It was okay, still recommend to people, but not right away. Only if all the top recommendations are already read.

2-Meh, characters did not interest me, but not a bad book.

1-Horrible, don't recommend.

0-Don't even go there...

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Book teaser trailer #3

Alex knew who her superiors were, yet when it came to me, she would challenge me until I acknowledged her a fighter. She wouldn’t join the slayers until she beat their best. Her choice was the one she respected. Her brown eyes glistened a joy to them like she had done throughout the years. She reminded me of her mother when they did. Same innocence, yet she had a secret as I did. She was half demon and half mortal.

“You haven’t changed little sis,” I said.

She snapped her back as if she was offended. I waited for her to respond. “You’re the one to talk,” there we go.

That’s the Alex I know and love. Hmm…must be something on her mother’s side that was the cause of it.

Her eyes narrowed into a scolding. “Where’ve you been?” she asked. “I had to fight the monster all alone Ray.”

“Sorry Alex,” I said sympathetically. “I got caught up in something that couldn’t be avoided.”

She wiggled her nose. “What’s that smell?” she asked rudely.

“Blood,” I said quickly. She smelt the wound on my ankle that I didn’t cover.

“Naturally,” she sighed. “Knowing you, you always come home with more than one wound.” She stared at me more closely as if I was lying. “Dad called, he’d said the manager at Macy’s had called him. Parentally, there was a fight that had nearly wrecked the store. What happened?”

Characters taking over!

Okay, so I thought I would try something different in this second book I'm working on, but parentlly, one of my characters are either not happy with me or is trying to tell me that the route I want to take isn't satisfying them. Hmm, what to do, what to do. Maybe I ought to allow these characters to tell their story. After all, it is their story. I'm just writing it for them.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Reading, reading and more reading

Seriously, this is another well told story. Although it is shorter than the other Dragon Riders of Pern books, Anne Mccaffrey is an astonishing storyteller and that is who I want to develop into. Her dragons are full of attitude and act like I would imagine them to. Older, wiser and even dare I say it, sarcasic? Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern is still one of my personal favorites. Sad, but nonetheless good. Good inspiration for anyone who want to create a storyline that deals with dragons. Well done, hats off to the author of this series! xo