Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Tears and Fear . . . But Surprisingly Secure + Beta Readers Wanted

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Tears:

On the day 30 Seconds was released, I had to put down my beloved cat Rosie. She was nineteen years old and had been in my life since I was a kid. I picked her out of the litter of seven and knew she was destined to be my baby girl. I named her Rosie because I thought her black fur was as soft as rose petals. When I was twelve, I even made her into a character in my book. She was Aunt Rosie with long black hair and vibrant green eyes. She drooled when you’d pet her, love to chewed on plastic wrappers, and would steal Doritos from you. I miss her!


Fear:

Back in May, I mentioned I had a big day in June that could change my life for the better if it went my way. Well that day has come and gone and I am still jumping through hoops. I have another big day, hopefully the last, on the 9th of this month, and I am praying it goes smoothly. 

Secure:

I did everything I could to make 30 Seconds as good and exciting as I could for my readers. I know there will probably be some people who will nit-pick at this or that, but I have no control over that. I do have control over what I do and how I stay sane. I’m not looking at the Amazon ranking, or the reviews that come in. I am ignoring it all while promoting the heck out of it and working on my three work-in-progresses. That is all I can do. But if you do read 30 Seconds, I still would very much appreciate a review

BETA READERS WANTED: 

(I think I have enough takers now. Thank you so much to everyone who offered their services!)

Do you like witches, magic, death and detectives? Then I'd love for you to beta read "Witch of Death", my short story of 32 pages.

Do you like ghosts, crime scenes and murder? Then I'd love for you to beta read "Ghost of Death", my other short story of 30 pages. 

If you're interested in beta reading both, they have different styles. "Witch of Death" is in third person, and "Ghost of death" is in first person.

*Please email me at ChrysFey(at)yahoo(dot)com if you'd like to be my beta reader. Thank you! :D

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Reading: 

I read Butterman (Time) Travel, Inc by PK Hrezo and her newly released, Induction Day. I love, love, love these books! I am such a big fan that I read the prequel: Diary of a Teenage Time Traveler, which is free! In these books we go to Woodstock, Titanic, and the future. They are so much fun and exciting. I highly recommend them!

I also read Moonless by Crystal Collier. I couldn’t read this book fast enough! The romance is breath-taking. The suspense is nail-biting. The mystery is intoxicating. And book two, Soulless, is available for pre-order now!

Giveaway: 

My September blog tour went swimmingly. To everyone who had me on their blog: YOU ROCK!!! As a thank you, I put all of your names in my witch's cauldron and picked one name to win a free e-copy of 30 Seconds. 

I like to do it old school.

And the winner is:
Kimberly Afe! 

Her paper actually stuck to my finger when I was mixing them up.

Publishing: 

How I Found the Write Path: A Compilation of Letters With advice from 60+ authors, every article/letter in this eBook offers such great wisdom. There is something for every writer, in every stage of their career, to learn. I am honored to be one of the contributors and to be among such wonderful writers. A huge thanks to Carrie Butler and PK Hrezo for bringing this compilation to life. FREE!

And in case you're wondering...I have submitted something for The Insecure Writer's Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond. My contribution is a mega article all about character development. :)


QUESTIONS: Did you experience tears or fear in September? Are you feeling secure or insecure? What awesome books did you read last month?



90 comments:

  1. So sorry about Rosie. It's awesome that you had so many years with her, though. Pets are amazing additives to our lives, bringing us unconditional joy and love. ((Hugs))

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    1. Thank you, SA! I was blessed to have her so long. She was the last of her litter.

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  2. I'm so sorry about Rosie. She looks a lot like my Rocko. I hate having to make that final trip to the vet.

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    1. Thank you, L. Diane! That trip to the vet was the hardest.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your loss=( We had to put down one of our cats a couple of years ago. He lived until 21 years old! Had such a warm soul.
    Rosie looks like my Luna! I have to get up my next blog post where I will be sharing pictures of her=)
    September was rough for me. I feel like there is never enough time and I'm so behind. October, I'm hoping, will be better!
    I still have to read How I Found the Write Path and get some reviews up. It was awesome to be part of such an amazing project.

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    1. Your Luna is adorable! I already miss have kittens. My four are big grown cats now! lol I can't wait for that blog post. :)

      It seems September was a rough month for both of us. Since we both love October so much, I hope it's better all around!

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear about Rosie. It's never easy to lose a furbaby.

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  5. Hooray for old school! Love those pics.

    Rest in peace, sweet Rosie. Good luck with that fear next week. You've done everything you can quite well & good on you for keeping up with not one, not two, but thahree works in progress!

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    1. I like to do things old school. :D

      Thank you, Nicki!

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  6. So sorry about Rosie. I really need to read more books. I always make it a goal to read 100 books in a year. I've made it to 11 so far. Yeah, it's pretty pathetic.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! My goal for reading was 50 and I managed to pass it, but not all the books I read were novels. Sometimes we go through ruts, even with reading.

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  7. My sympathies about Rosie. She was beautiful. My tears and fears in September centered around me breaking my wrist. Thankfully I didn't need surgery, but I'm behind where I want to be with my writing. October and November will be catch-up time!

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    1. Thank you, Christine! Ouch! I'm sorry about your wrist. That would've been my fears and tears, too! I'm glad you didn't need surgery. I hope you can catch up with your writing! :)

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  8. Oh, I'm sorry to hear about Rosie! Jeez that's hard. She was beautiful. RIP, Rosie.

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    1. Thank you for your sweet comment, Mina!

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  9. I'm sorry to hear about your dear sweet Rosie. I hope she's happily playing at the Rainbow Bridge now.

    My insecurity in September was finding my way back to editing, revising, rewriting, and polishing my first Russian historical. I was happily surprised when I no longer felt sick of looking at it, after enough time away, and that I found a lot of stuff to take out and fix. My confidence in myself as able to edit my own work honestly has been restored.

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    1. The vet officer gave me a poem about the Rainbow Bridge. It was very sweet.

      See? Stepping back is always a good idea to give our brains a rest. I'm glad you were able to get back into editing your story, and that you have your confidence back. :D

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  10. so sorry about your cat :-( ((((hugs))))

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  11. Some sad balanced by so much excitement. Chrys, you rock. =) Thanks so much for the mention...and I found it kind of funny you read PK's books and Moonless in the same time frame...since we both released our first book on the same day. =) Ah, good memories.

    I've got my fingers crossed for you on the 9th!

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    1. You're welcome, Crystal! I didn't even realize your books came out at the same time. Gosh, I was late at reading both! lol I'm definitely not going to wait that long to read Soulless! ;)

      Thank you!!!!

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  12. Yes grief and starting to write go hand in hand. Good luck with your book.
    Take care.

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  13. Very sorry to hear about Rosie. So sad. Good luck with your big day coming up! I hope it works out the way you'd like. 30 Seconds is on my list. I'm looking forward to reading it. And I hope October goes better for you.

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    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment, Lori! I hope you like 30 Seconds. :)

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  14. Sorry about your kitty. That just sucks.
    You have other projects - just focus on them and promotions and don't worry about the rest.
    And congratulations to Kimberly.
    Thanks for sending your piece for the book!

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    1. It really does suck...

      Thank you for your support, Alex, and you're welcome! I couldn't pass up the chance to be part of the first ever IWSG book. :D

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  15. What a month you're having - birth and death on the same day. I'm so sorry about your cat!

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  16. Hi Chrys, My goodness you are a busy lady! I'm so sorry to hear about Rosie, your kitty. That is never easy. I want to read 30 seconds so need to get my butt in gear and order it on Amazon! Yes, I've had tears and laughter in September. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your October 9th date.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! No, it's never easy. It seems to only get harder.

      I hope you enjoy 30 Seconds when you do read it. :)

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  17. So sorry for your loss. She'll be a part of your memories now forever. And I love how you made a her a character.

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

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    1. Thank you, Madeline! As long as I don't get Alzheimer's I'll always remember her. :)

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  18. I am sorry about your cat. I know how much it hurts to say goodbye to our animal friends.
    I also wish I had more time in my claws. I would love to beta read for you but right now I wish my days were made of 30 hours.

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    1. Thank you, Al! And it's okay. I understand having to do so much and there not being enough hours in the day. I appreciate your comment, though. :)

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  19. Sorry to hear about Rosie - 19 is a great age. I'll email you about your beta request :-)

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    1. Thank you, Annalisa! And thank you so much for emailing me. :D

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  20. Chrys, so sorry to hear about your cat! And I hope your big day on the 9th goes well. Fingers crossed for your. Right now I'm feeling insecure about being able to juggle my family life with my writing. Time management has been so tough for me but I won't give up! (I'm too stubborn, lol.)Wishing you the best of luck with your upcoming releases:)

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    1. Thank you, Quanie! Juggling family and writing is tough. Especially when you have a baby or little ones running around. I'm stubborn, too. ;) I hope you can find a way to include writing into your family life.

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  21. September was a very bad month for me. Now I need to show my resilency, but I'm insecure about both myself as an author and career woman. Well, it can only get better, right.

    I read Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King. I enjoyed the story, and the ability not to think about a review or anything except the story. I need to get back into reading my blogger friend's books and writing reviews though.

    So sorry about your cat. They are such precious companions. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you on the 9th.

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    1. I'm sorry September was a bad month for you, too. I hope October is a better month for both of us!

      I've gotten used to writing reviews. While I'm reading, if something good (or bad) hits me, I write it down and use those notes for the review.

      Thank you, Dolorah!

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  22. No. I've been feeling pretty good. I always feel good when I'm writing, but I must submit before Oct 31st. Then I'll be looking for support. I hate the waiting game. :-/

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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    1. I'm glad you're feeling good and secure, Anna!

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  23. Sorry to hear about Rosie, but she had a really long life. Doesn't make the loss any easier though.

    Yeah just ignore the crap and carry on, there will always be nitpickers.

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  24. Wow, Chrys, you had quite a month in Sept. So sorry about your cat. That is so sad. Sept wasn't that great for me and I struggled with the edits for my latest book. I'm sure the advice was given with good will. Doesn't make it any easier to swallow. I hope October is much better for you.

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    1. Thank you, Diane! I hope your editing goes better this month!

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  25. Awww. I love cats! So sorry that your Rosie had to go, but she had good company. My twin sister's 15 year-old calico passed in September, too. Sounds like you are on to a new phase in your life, shedding old skin and moving into the future. Good luck with the novel. I'll definitely check it out!

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    1. Thank you! for your lovely comment! I appreciate it. :)

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  26. Your big day will go well, I'm sure of it! So sorry to hear about your kitty cat. Losing a pet is so difficult.

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  27. My biggest September fear was personal for my daughter as she studies overseas. It's very stressful with the world the way it is today. You really had lots of good news but I sympathize the loss of your cat. We also went through that in the spring with our eighteen year old lady.

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    1. I can imagine how stressful you are with your daughter overseas. I would be too. I'm sorry about your girl. I bet her and Rosie are playing together. :)

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  28. Sorry to hear about Rosie. :( Hoping and praying that everything works out well for you on the 9th.

    And congrats to Kimberly Afe for being the winner!

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  29. Sorry to hear about your cat. Yeah. I had a tear moment. I gave myself five minutes to feel sorry for myself and moved on. It's great to have a husband who gives you hugs too. I read The Eternal Prison by Jeff Somers. I do love Avery Cates. =) I hope everything goes well for you.

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    1. You are luck to have your husband, E! Thank you!!

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  30. So sorry to hear about Rosie. My heart cracks wide at your loss, Chrys. She was beautiful.

    When things are uncertain, remember to focus on what you can control or you'll make yourself crazy. Wishing you all the luck in the world.

    VR Barkowski

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    1. Thank you, VR! And thanks for that bit of wisdom. :)

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  31. Hello, Chrys! Virtual *Hugs* to you. Sorry to hear about your beloved pet.

    Would love to be one of your beta readers. Will send you an email.

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  32. love all those books! I beta read for PK and would love for you to unless a gazillion people just signed up. LOL!! email me! tammybr12(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You beta read for PK? That makes you a coveted beta reader to me! :D But i do have a lot of people already in line to beta read now. The response was great. I would love to ask you in the future though, if that's okay.

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  33. I'm so, so sorry about Rosie. Our pets are so important. Good luck on the 9th. I'll send some good cyber mojo your way!!

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  34. So sorry to hear about Rosie. It sounds like it has been quite a roller coaster month emotionally. I totally grabbed the free book :) thank you!! All the best with 30 seconds :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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    1. Thank you, Chene! And I'm glad you got PK's free book. :)

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  35. I am sorry to hear about Rosie. I know the loss you are feeling. I had to put down my fur baby about a year ago. So painful. My heart goes out to you.

    I will try to remember to email you about beta reading. I would be interesting in reading one or both... whatever you need. I appreciate you taking the time to CP for me:)

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    1. Thank you, Robin!

      And thank you for your offer. I might have enough people signed up to beta read, but I'll let you know if I can use your services. :D

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  36. Sorry to hear about Rosie. Its never easy losing a pet. It was super nice of you to immortalize her in your book.

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    1. Thank you, Rachna! Yes, she'll always be Aunt Rosie. :)

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  37. Sorry to hear about your Rosie, I know how heartbreaking it can be. Lovely that you made her into a character in a story.

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  38. Hi Chrys! I'm sorry to hear about your kitty, Rosie. That is such a painful experience. And I loved hearing how you chose her name. Good luck with your book. I think it's wonderful that you've come so far in the publishing process. Take care!

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    1. Thank you so much for such a lovely comment, Fundy. I appreciate it. :)

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  39. I'm so sorry about your cat. Congrats on your release. It's very cool you're participating in IWSG Guide to Publishing.
    Cheers!
    -Adrienne

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  40. Congratulations on a successful blog tour! I'm sorry about Rosie. She looks just like my Cleo. Very similar faces.

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    1. Thanks, Shannon. Rose was a beautiful cat. Hi, Cleo! :)

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  41. I'm reading 30 Seconds and really enjoying it.

    I'm so sorry about your cat. I'm always devastated at a loss, but I did provide a good home and have many good years with an animal friend.

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    1. That is so good to hear, Medeia! :D Thank you!!

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  42. 19 years...I think Rosie had a good life, and hung out for so long because she loved you. :)

    Lovely to always see you staying so positive.

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    1. Thank you, Colleen. She did have a good life. :)

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  43. Really sorry to hear about your cat. I hope you're doing okay.

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    1. Thank you, Cynthia. I'm better now. I like knowing she's with her brother and sisters.

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  44. I'm also sorry about your cat. Glad your blog tour went so well, and I look forward to reading your entry in the IWSG Guide!

    Julie

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  45. Oh Chrys, I am so sorry to hear about your beloved feline friend. My heart goes out to you. Been there so I know how it feels. *hugs* And, I commend you for being strong enough not to check Amazon rankings and reviews--not an easy thing to do! I'm also wishing you much success with your release and congratulations on being included in How I Found The Write Path. That's fantastic! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Gisele! Your comment made my day. :)

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