Oh, man…

…Where do I begin?

Long time no see…uh, read! As usual, work has been crazy, but it’s been crazier than usual lately. Only just last week have I been back to brainstorming on novels, jotting down ideas, and still trying to decide how to end the sequel to Ice, even though I’m at least ten chapters away from that.

I’ve also been working on two other books…or three. (Cue awkward laughter.) I can’t help but jump around like that. I still haven’t decided which one will follow the Ice books…I’m about to end the insanity and just write them all simultaneously. Yes, I am aware that would be diving into greater insanity. Obviously I will have to consult the people who I usually run my ideas past, which fortunately always have completely different opinions. Perhaps they can talk some sense into me.

Don’t worry, guys: somehow I will get that sequel to you soon!

I know you’re all thinking, “I’m not worrying, because I don’t care about your book! I stumbled across this blog, and I think it’s stupid! I mean, you call yourself writer and you type ‘lol’ and use emoticons?!”

Okay, back on topic:

Up until this week, it had been especially hard not being able to write. I have fond memories of writing in October on cool, rainy gray days. The newly turned leaves are beautiful in the rain. I remember coming home from work, leaning back on the couch with my little HP netbook and writing all day long. The setting of the story was in the exact time of the year I was living, so I was drawing my descriptions from what I was experiencing at that moment. I have never forgotten how pretty the orange pumpkin was on the porch, sprinkled with little rain drops.

I wanted to do that again this year, working on that same book. I didn’t get to. ):

You all have probably gathered by now that I have put the Ice trailer on hold. But not for long!

In other news, I have another book signing coming up at Decopolis! Come by the store on Black Friday to get some unique Christmas gifts, and a copy of Ice signed. I am not sure on a time yet, but it will be in the evening. More news on that as I get it. Another way to follow the latest on the book signing is via my Facebook page.

I am also working with a photographer, Misha, for a new cover of Ice! Here’s a link to her blog where she has posted about it. She’s really nice and I am so excited to be working with her! More on that soon!

Okay, there is one thing I have gotten done: the Secret Lives of Characters series! First up is Kavick, then immediately followed by Christine. In the character bios I will be revealing not only how I created the characters, but insight into the writing process of the story, such as why I use the term “Eskimo,” which I’m sure some people probably find offensive. When you learn why I use it you will see that it’s actually not used in an offensive way.

So here I go to start posting their “secret lives”. Enjoy!

-EL

Also, if you are new to Ice, you can buy it from a variety of places: Amazon.com (you can also purchase the Kindle version there), barnesandnoble.com (where you can request a nook version, too), createspace.com; you can also order it from your local bookstore, and purchase it at Decopolis, located onS Boston in Downtown Tulsa. Don’t forget, it’s in the Kindle Lending Library, too! Happy reading!

Correction on Promo and BOOK SIGNING!

Okay, first off I have a correction to make on the numbers of the free promo: Ice was actually downloaded 246 times! I had forgotten to check the sales from the Amazon sites of other countries. It’s a mistake I’ll never make again, lol!

 

Now, my upcoming book signing: On September 14th, in Downtown Tulsa (that’s in Oklahoma, for those of you who don’t know), there’s going to be this cool festival going on called “Chalk Fest”. Not only will there be chalk artists, but there will be bands playing. During all this, I will be having a book signing in Decopolis. It’s a unique store on the corner of 6th and Boston. It’s so cool. It doesn’t just carry books; there’s paintings, and other miscellaneous items. It really is awesome, and the owners are really nice, too. (THEY SELL A DISAPPEARING TARDIS MUG! I swear, my inner Doctor Who fan/child died and went to heaven when I saw it.)

 

Okay, here I was going to talk about some stuff in my personal life, but I felt like it didn’t really fit with everything else, so I’m going to end this post here. If you want to read my random ramblings, just click on to the next post.

 

Bye for now!

Elissa

149…?! Say whaaat?

149…I love that number now. And here’s why.

(Well, that’s a very rude way to start. Hello everybody, and welcome!)

(Now back to 149…)

I have exciting news to share: recently the Kindle version of Ice was on a free promotion for two days…and was downloaded 149 times! That’s so much more than the number of sales thus far, so that is a pretty big deal to me. Though Ice is no longer free, it is only $2.99.

Thank you to everyone who downloaded it! Please leave a review on Amazon.com so that people will know your thoughts on the book.

 

In other Ice-related news, I am planning a contest in the VERY near future! Here’s a preview for you: one of the prizes will be a gift card for Amazon.com! Yay for free money!

And after the contest, I will start work on the first trailer for “Ice”!

Which means I need to start looking for actors. O_o  (Just a bit worrisome…just a little.)

 

Okay, I think I’m going to leave things here so I can work on the sequel. I will start two series of blog entries soon: one will be about each character in Ice and how I created them, and the other will be about commonly misused words and their confused spellings. (Can anyone say ‘BLOND’? Or should I say, spell.)

 

See you soon!

-Elissa

Buy the Kindle version of Ice here, or buy the physical copy from Amazon.com and CreateSpace.