2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 13,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Virtual Blog Tour

Warrior Rogue

Join me on my virtual blog tour and have some fun! Tweets and Shares would be appreciated.

Grand Prize Drawing from all blog tour commenters for a $25 Amazon or BN gift card and multiple giveaways of Keeper of the Rings!

Please leave a comment at each stop! I’ve worked hard on these interviews and promise you’ll learn something new at each one.

May 6 Spotlight and Book Review
Jessica Loves Books
http://www.jessicalovesbooks.com

May 7 Author Interview
Pembroke Sinclair
pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com

May 8 Spotlight
2 Bibliophilies Guide to Seriously Awesome Books
http://2bibliophiles.blogspot.com/

May 9 Author Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

May 10  Author Interview
Roxanne’s Realm
www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com

May 13  Author Interview
Fang-tastic Books
www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

May 14  Book Review
Musings & Ramblings
http://judy-ree.blogspot.com/

May 15 Spotlight
Eclipse reviews
http://totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com

May 16 Guest Blog: Meet the Drift Lords
Paranormal Romance Fans for Life
http://paranormalromancefanforlife.blogspot.com/

May 16 Spotlight
Faerie Tale Books
www.faerietalebooks.org

May 17 Guest Blog: Legend of Sigurd
Preternatura
suzanne-johnson.blogspot.com

May 20 Spotlight
Brianna Lee Book Reviews
http://www.briannaleereviews.blogspot.com

May 20 Book Review
Eclipse reviews
http://totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com

Nancy J. Cohen’s Blog Tour

Today begins my online blog tour to celebrate the release of Warrior Rogue. Leave a comment to be entered into my grand prize drawing for a $25 Amazon or BN gift card. Two runners up will each win a signed print copy of Wicked Women Whodunit. And at each stop on my Bewitching Blog Tour sponsored stops, I’ll do a drawing for a free ebook copy of Keeper of the Rings. So please follow me around the Web and show your support by sharing the sites and leaving a comment.

April 30 Guest Blog: Brain Games
Terry’s Place
http://terryodell.com/terrysplace/?p=2770

May 2 Interview
Love in a Book
http://www.loveinabook.com
Commenter Drawing: Ebook copy of Circle of Light

May 6-20, Bewitching Book Tours
Commenter Drawings: Ebook copy of Keeper of the Rings

May 6 Spotlight and Review
Jessica Loves Books
http://www.jessicalovesbooks.com

May 7 Interview
Pembroke Sinclair
pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com

May 8 Spotlight
2 Bibliophilies Guide to Seriously Awesome Books
http://2bibliophiles.blogspot.com/

May 9 Interview
The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

May 10 Interview
Roxanne’s Realm
www.roxannesrealm.blogspot.com

May 13 Interview
Fang-tastic Books
www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

May 14 Review
Musings & Ramblings
http://judy-ree.blogspot.com/

May 15 Spotlight
Eclipse reviews
http://totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com

May 16 Guest Blog: Meet the Drift Lords
Paranormal Romance Fans for Life
http://paranormalromancefanforlife.blogspot.com/

May 16 Spotlight
Faerie Tale Books
www.faerietalebooks.org

May 17 Guest Blog: Legend of Sigurd
Preternatura
suzanne-johnson.blogspot.com

May 20 Spotlight
Brianna Lee Book Reviews
http://www.briannaleereviews.blogspot.com

May 20 Review
Eclipse reviews
http://totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com

 

Shine On Blog Award

Thanks so much to David Fernandez for nominating my blog for the Shine On Award. David discusses writing, sports, movies, and more at his entertaining site, so stop by for a visit. Thank you, David, for the nomination. It’s always nice to know people are reading my posts!

The Shine On Award

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The Shine On Award Rules

  1. Link back to and thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Post the badge on your blog.
  3. Answer the questions posed to you.
  4. Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day and notify them.
  5. Ask five questions for your nominees.

David’s Questions for Me

(1) Are you a Plotter or a Pantser?

I develop my characters first, and then I’ll plot the story. I write a complete synopsis before I begin writing. This acts as my guideline, but that’s not to say the story doesn’t change as I write it. When I finish the book, I’ll go back and revise the synopsis accordingly. So I am definitely a plotter. I need to know where the story is going from the start.

(2) When you’re in a rut, where do you go for inspiration?

I’ll keep working out the plot in my head until something comes through. I might talk it out with my critique partners. Sometimes you just need a sounding board. Ideas may come to me when taking a walk or in the shower. The mind relaxes and allows a new connection to come through. It’s important to acknowledge these roadblocks as part of the writing process and to have faith that you’ll get through them like you do each time.

(3) What writer, living or deceased, would you compare your work to the most?

My work has been compared to Janet Evanovich for her humor. However, the humor in my mysteries is more wry and less slapstick. Also, my books are whodunits while hers are more adventures at heart. Jill Churchill’s humorous series is what first inspired my mysteries so my books could be compared  to her Jane Jeffry stories with the funny titles. There are many other humorous cozy writers out there whose work has a similar tone. As for my romance series, Alyssa Day comes to mind for her Warriors of Poseidon series.

(4) What is your story writing process?

For a mystery, I decide on the victim and then determine the suspects. I’ll do character development sheets at that point to help me figure out each character’s possible motive. Preliminary research is done at this stage too. When I have these elements in my head, I write a synopsis. This acts as my writing guideline although the story might change. For a romance, I develop the main characters and then the plot. After the synopsis is finished, I put myself on a writing schedule of five pages a day. Once the book is done, I do several read-throughs for line editing, consistency, repetitions, and smoothness.

(5) What is your blog writing process?

When I get an idea, I’ll either jot it down or write the entire blog at that time. When I’m working on a book, I may note possible blog topics to use later on when I’m doing a blog tour. I don’t have set dates when I blog except on The Kill Zone, where I am a regular contributor every other Wednesday. I encourage reader feedback on my blogs.

And I nominate

Mudpies and Magnolias for the writing life by Maggie Toussaint: http://mudpiesandmagnolias.blogspot.com/
Terry’s Place for tips and strategies on writing by Terry Odell: http://terryodell.blogspot.com/
Scams & Cons for updates on scams by Terry Ambrose: http://terryambrose.com/category/scams/
Hasty Tasty Meals for easy-to-make recipes by Cheryl Norman: http://chefcheri.wordpress.com/
It’s Not All Gravy for life’s absurdities by Maryann Miller: http://its-not-all-gravy.blogspot.com/

My questions for the nominees are

What genre do you read for fun?
Do you revise as you go along or wait until your first draft is done?
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Do you have beta readers and who are they?
What’s an interesting item you’ve researched for your current work in progress?