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Making the most of time on your hands…

I had an interesting conversation with one of my friends not that long ago. He knows what I’ve been going through, and urged me to use all of my churning emotions, and channel them into a story. We talked for a long time; or rather, he talked and I listened. He’s a great friend, and I came away feeling better about myself, and my situation. I also had an idea for a new story.

Being a writer of paranormal romance and urban fantasy leaves the field wide open when you want to extract a little verbal revenge. What better way to deal with your ex-boss than to turn him into one of your characters? I’m not finished with the story yet, but it’s been interesting so far. If nothing else, this has been a great writing exercise. It’s keeping me busy, and focused on writing again. If I have time on my hands, the least I can do is get some writing done. Who knows? My Sully and Larke short stories may yet be compiled into one volume before too much longer. I just need to finish them.

I also decided to reclaim my beast desk. I’ve moved myself out of my bedroom and back into the area between the living room and kitchen. I now have an open writing space. Worry and depression are bad enough to deal with. Isolation only makes it worse. I can write, but I can also interact with my family. It makes for a healthier frame of mind, I think.

I’ve also been reading a lot. My Kindle app is getting one heck of a work out. I’ve developed a pattern. Write for a bit, read for a bit, repeat. So far, it’s working.

Till next week,

~Madison

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Rolling with the punches…

Roll with the punches

 Slang

To cope with and withstand adversity, especially by being flexible.

True to form, I was unrealistic to think I would be back on track within a week. No such luck. I find myself searching daily for a new job, hoping to find something fast because this single, older woman needs a paycheck to survive. With time on my hands, you would think this would be the perfect time to get some writing done. It would be, if I could manage to focus long enough on writing. Unfortunately, my head isn’t in a good place, and to write anything at all, it seems to be a requirement.

I’m hoping I find something soon, however, because I still want to get my novella published in December, and my third Kindred novel is set to be released next Spring. But, that takes money. Money to pay for cover artists and editors. Right now, those things have to take a back seat to rent, groceries, and bills. Such is life. No one ever said it was fair. I’m not complaining, either. I take full responsibility for my actions, and am trying to remedy my situation.

I watch my newsfeed on Facebook, and realize that on life’s path, I have simply stumbled. I haven’t committed suicide. I have my health. I’m not homeless. I have family and friends. I could mention a couple of other things, but I’m not here to ruffle feathers. Seems I’ve already done enough damage in that department. I’m strong-willed and stubborn, I will get through this, one way or the other.

And, I will get my head out of my arse, and start writing again. I’ve discovered something about myself in the last year and a half. Now that I’ve started writing, I need to write. It’s become an integral part of me. Which reminds me, I have a novella that needs to be finished before I worry about cover art and editing.

Until next week,

~Madison

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Not my best performance…

I had a blog planned for today. Unfortunately, something happened yesterday to change everything. No, I don’t want to talk about it. It’s enough I have to deal with it, and the consequences of my actions. Today, I need to regroup and think. I need to focus on my priorities, and figure out how best to solve my problem.

Hopefully, next week’s blog will be back on track. I give you my apology for today.

Till next week,

~Madison

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Learning to format… fun times.

This past week I have been attempting to learn a new skill, the art of formatting. Formatting is basically setting up your manuscript in book form to get it ready for publishing. My publisher came down awhile back to teach me the basics, and my first try was Eternal Embrace. While I did format the book, it wasn’t without her guidance. She also did the initial set-up, and corrected the tail-end glitches. It’s a very detailed and tedious job. Usually, I don’t mind this kind of work.

When she sent me an email to give me a heads up that I was going to be formatting a book in June, and to get some practice in, I took her at her word. My novella, Save the Last Dance, is not truly complete, but close enough for a practice run to format with. I added the extra pages; Title page, Copyright page, Acknowledgments, Dedication, etc. Took me a couple of tries, but I thought I was off to a good start. Until I ran into a brick wall. For some unknown reason, I couldn’t get the page numbers to work out.

I emailed my publisher. She answered me promptly, but it still wasn’t working. I reached out to my Facebook friends. Two of my author friends sent me their work guides. I went through them. While they were helpful, they didn’t quite line up with the way my publisher explained how to do it. I was beating my head against the wall by this time, ready to chunk my pc out the window. Not an option, can’t afford another one.

Then I remembered my friend. He’s played with formatting before, while working on his own books. I called him, and the true friend he is, came right over. Together, we struggled with the page numbers. We’d get them just so far, and run into a glitch. We watched tutorial after tutorial, and our comments went from comedic to scathing. After two and a half hours, he went home, but we had made some headway.

The next night, I started over, from scratch. Thankfully, it all lined up, and the page numbers cooperated. While I still can’t figure out how my publisher was able to not post page numbers on the Chapter pages, thanks to my friend, I know a way around it. I learned how to hide things. Whatever works, right?

I’m not even close to having this down, yet. But I’m not quite as doubtful as I was at the beginning of the week. I’ll get this. Giving up is not in my vocabulary.

Till next week,

~Madison

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Fierce

Recently, a very dear friend of mine advised me that they love that I am ‘fierce.’ I take this as a priceless compliment. I think I am fierce too. I love fiercely, live fiercely, and charge forward with an untenable focus on my pursuits. It is no mistake that the Rhino is my logo and philosophy.

I am also fiercely loyal as a friend. I will interject myself into situations to defend when necessary, or to stand up in the stead of a friend who is not present to do so for themselves. I personally believe this is the hallmark of friendship, or at least one of them…brutal honestly, and sometimes being the director of shenanigans is also in the job description.

But…all this fierceness, makes the results fierce too. For example…the mad, crazy juggle often is the source code for a FIERCE headache, fierce disappointment, and fierce self-condemnation. I am angry and frustrated when I can’t run as hard as I feel I should, or learn something faster. I want to be better with each day, at everything I endeavor to accomplish. This is not always the reality.

As you have seen, I have been part of two recent sets with others. One was…for lack of a better description, Author Marketing 101 on crack. I have never learned so much in such a short window while at the time feeling like I dropped so many balls. I ran hard, and gave my all…and at the end of the crazy push – I am frustrated that I couldn’t learn more to do more faster. Add that everything else on my plate has sort of become soupy from running together as they got luke warm…and my frustration is ugly, and fierce.

Whatever comes next, there is a fierce pride commingled with the disappointment. Next time…I will be better, I will be faster, and I will contribute more if it kills me. Yes, I’ve said it to myself and the organizer…who assures me that growth takes time. I might believe her.

Until that, I’m re-evaluating my agenda. I still have every intention of releasing the other 5 works in 2017. The dates may juggle, but this is me being fierce…fiercely hard-headed & stubborn to achieve the goals. Which means, it’s back to the cave after I finish posting my promos for today, because juggling…often takes time that would be used for other things…and there are no more hours so NOW it is.

See you on the pages.
Sav.

Constructive criticism… making it work for you.

This past week has been enlightening, and a learning experience for me. I entered my novel, Eternal Embrace, to be a part of an event known as The Reviewers Roundup. It’s an interesting concept, and I look forward to using this platform again for other works. It’s straightforward and simple. Books of all genres are listed. You pick which one you want to read, and it’s sent to you. All you have to do in return is write an honest review. The event is set up for two weeks; the first week for novellas or short stories, and the second week is for novels.

I appreciated the readers who chose Embrace, especially as this was the second book in a series. Not all of them read Phoenix Rising first, and the reviews reflected it. It did, however, give me a lot of insight on how to deal with the remaining three books of my series.

First thing I realized, an introduction to The Kindred was imperative. Coming in cold, readers know nothing of my warriors and their history. I wrote an introduction that will be included in all future books.

Second, as repetitious as it is to me, and to readers who have kept up with the series, there are some details that require an explanation of some kind each time. I use the term, Kith, in my story. Unless you read the first book, you wouldn’t know that this refers to Torie’s personal bodyguards. I’ll try to keep details like this one in mind as I write.

The third item that was brought to my attention was that readers love conflict. Apparently, some were disappointed that Quinn and Torie had no personal struggles in their own relationship. Theirs is a unique bonding, and I have no regrets regarding their story. I couldn’t risk letting the cat out of the bag, but I knew Eternal Embrace was going to more than make up for it regarding conflict.

The most important thing I learned from this wonderful event, was that readers enjoyed my books. While I’ll never write the Great American Novel, I do feel like, for a little while, I provided a pleasurable escape from the mundane. It’s a good feeling.

Till next week,

~Madison

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TODAY IS THE DAY

You’ve been seeing me post for MONTHS about Prowlers & Growlers….

Now today – it is finally here.

Honest…I was beginning to think the calendar had conspired against us.

It took SO LONG.

But it’s here…

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Staying busy…

So, what have I been doing this past week? Let’s see… I’ve been promoting, marketing, revising, and writing. Did I mention that I’m Super Author by night? LOL Sometimes, that’s how I feel. My ultimate dream scenario is to be a full time author, but unfortunately being a single, working woman sort of prohibits that from happening any time soon. Though retirement is close, it’s still down the road a ways.

Eternal Embrace has been doing well, and I’ve gotten a couple of 5 star reviews already. Thank you so much for that! I’m hoping that will increase next week when Totally Talented Promotions starts the Roundup Review for novels. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity. https://www.facebook.com/events/1376581342401978/ Eternal Embrace will be one of the many books for you to read for free. The only requirement is to leave an honest review. That’s a hard deal to beat.

I finished a couple of projects, and have started book 4 of my Kindred series, Blindsided. What happened to book 3, you ask? *chuckles* It’s in the hands of my Alpha reader, waiting for Beta readers. Yes indeed, A Destiny Denied is finished. Of course, there will be many revisions before it makes it to being published next Spring, but I’m happy with the story, so far.

I’m not sure of the difference when it comes to writing my books. Phoenix Rising was my personal heart story, and it poured onto the paper in a rush. I struggled with Eternal Embrace. I didn’t like the female main character, and battled with her for a long time before we came to an understanding so I could finish the book. A Destiny Denied was a labor of love, and an emotional outlet for me. Blindsided is turning out to be fun, and has more twists and turns that I originally planned on. Deuces Wild, book 5 is going to be another fun one. As much as I want to hurry and write them, I’m going to be devastated when the series is completed. I love my warriors.

On that note, I have writing to do. Till next week,

~Madison Granger

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The frenzy continues…

Last week was a whirlwind. I’m here to tell you that it hasn’t let up yet. My Bookiversary Giveaway was a success in my eyes. I had to wait until the last minute to enter everyone’s name because there were so many, and they kept coming right up until the cutoff time. Congratulations to Heather Stoltz on winning a $25 Amazon gift card!

This week I’m running the Release Giveaway, and the prize is a Kindle Fire. Apparently, this is a pretty good prize, going by the number of entries I have already. And, they’re still coming in. People are sharing like crazy, and I love it! I’ll be announcing the winner later today. Good luck everyone!

I finally got notice yesterday that my shipment from CreateSpace is on its way. In a few days, I’ll have 20 copies of Eternal Embrace at my house. A handful of them are already designated as prizes, but I’ll have quite a few to sign and send out. It’s easy enough to get a signed copy, drop me an email @ mgrangerauthor@gmail.com or pm me on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/MadisonGrangerKindredSeries/ I’ll get your address, and we’ll square away the details.

Other than that, I’ve been busy working on one of my stories I wrote a while back. I dusted it off, and started working on it again. The story was completed, but I’ve learned a lot since I wrote it, and I wanted to apply some of my new-found knowledge to it. I also want to beef up the story in a few places, because I want to expand it from a short story into a novella. Being that the story-line revolves around New Years, I’m aiming to get it published this December. IF things work out, that is.

I also posted my Urban Fantasy short story, A Daemon’s Desire, on my website. http://www.madisongranger.com/ This one was published in an anthology last year, and it’s no longer in print. I have plans to write more shorts with the main characters, Sully and Larke. Eventually, I’d like to compile them into one volume. For now, check it out, and let me know what you think.

Till next week,

~Madison

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Return to the cave

I’m wrung out. Weirdly too. From Biloxi Mississippi to home is a 15 hour drive. I did that with few hiccups, though the drive to the gulf was nearly my undoing…15 hours on next to no sleep made the sway of the car far too soothing to easily continue. caffeine was my friend.  North Iowa Book Bash is a mere 4.4 hours away…should be able to do that blindfolded and in full zombie, but the return trip this time kicked my ass.

The great thing about it is that I sold out of 2 titles, and liberated most of my swag inventory….which means…I get to order books and choose new swag. YIPPPEEEE….it’s like a holiday all over again. My Mardi Gras connection is getting a call ASAP! I need more goodies with Book of Mysteries hitting this summer.

Seriously though, BFF Bookies do such a great job of putting on an amazing event. I swear – it’s like a reunion with all the folks that you shared the kids table with at Christmas and conspired with on how to liberate the desserts without the grown ups noticing. SO MUCH FUN! I will return every year they’ll have me. TRUTH. Normally, I’m a full table girl cuz I like to spread out. This year I had a half and shared which was fine…but I’d sit at a tv tray in the corner if I had to…if you’re in range – PUT THIS ON YOUR TO DO LIST! I promise you’ll thank me.

Other than a little library thing…I’m in the cave now. I’ve WAY overloaded my calendar and I’m raring to get on it. I’ve got a box set and an anthology releasing this month yet…but I’ve got FIVE more releases happening THIS YEAR…and after a brain detour in Clear Lake…I may be swapping a cover out yet for one of those (or quite possibly two) with a model whom I’ve come to respect for his professionalism and poise in the midst of the reader event crazy. It matters…and this guy has earned the marks…hope you agree when you see the covers. It makes me happy to give back to the community that shares this writing world.

So – keep an eagle eye on the horizon…there’s gonna be something popping up often. Til then, see you on the pages.  ~Sav