Thursday, August 29, 2019

Writing workshop -- Making Research Personal

Hello, writers! I'm presenting an online writing workshop-- Fun Facts: Making research personal.  The class will be held 9-20 September 2019. 
Williamsburg, VA

About the workshop

For authors, our writing process can become so absorbing that it steals time away from our families and friends. By inviting them to become our partners in research, we gain some of that time back through multi-tasking.

In this class, we'll discuss more efficient, personal, and fun ways to research our historical or contemporary stories by:
  • improving the results returned by search engines;
  • creating an inventory of the passions, experiences, and expertise of our family and friends;
  • "living" the research with our loved ones as sidekicks;
  • the etiquette of involving our family and friends.

This online workshop will take 6 lessons over 2 weeks and costs 20 USD.

Register by Sept 14

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Packing for a conference

I'm attending a conference for writers at the end of July. The first two days will be filled with workshops and events to help us all be better writers. The final day has a Book Signing with 250+ authors in attendance!

Whether you're heading to a conference to learn, network, or just have fun, here's a packing checklist for your trip.

What to Pack for a Writing Conference

  • Travel clothes
  • Professional clothes
  • Undergarments, socks, hose
  • Formal attire for dressy occasions
  • Lightweight sweater, jacket, or wrap
  • Sleepwear
  • Casual or workout clothes 

  • Comfortable, professional shoes
  • Shoes for dressy occasions
  • Casual shoes or flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes

  • Jewelry
  • Scarves or shawls
  • Purse(s)
  • Computer bag
  • Evening bag
  • Umbrella
  • Professional pins or badges

Toiletries and Sundries
  • Cosmetics and skin care
  • Deodorant and hygiene products
  • Hair care
  • Dental care
  • Nail care
  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Safety pins, clothes pins, and duct tape

Important Documents
  • Passport or photo id
  • Business cards
  • Conference receipts and confirmations
  • Conference app or handouts downloaded
  • Tickets for travel, events, and entertainment
  • Notes for pitching manuscript
  • Promotional materials

  • Spare pair of glasses or shades
  • Cash, especially one-dollar bills/coins for tipping
  • Credit and debit cards
  • Laundry bag
  • Electronics (headphones, computer, cell phone)
  • Power cords for rechargeable electronics
  • Backup battery
  • Leisure time content (books, music)
  • Digital copies of ID card, credit cards, etc.
  • Thumb drive for saving images and documents
  • Pen and notebook (if electronics fail)
  • Pedometer

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Sussurros em queda

Livro 1 da série Whisper Falls
por Elizabeth Langston (Autor), Lia Andrade (Tradutor)

Por de trás das quedas de água espera o ano 1796 - e a rapariga que está lentamente capturando o seu coração, mas se Mark viajar no tempo para salvar Susanna, seu mundo cruel o prenderá também?

Nos seus percursos de treino pela floresta com a bicicleta de montanha, Mark Lewis vê uma misteriosa menina vestida com roupas estranhas, de pé atrás de uma cachoeira. No momento em que ela comenta sobre a máquina estranha em que ele está montado, ele suspeita logo que algo não está certo e quando Susanna afirma ser uma empregada contratada desde 1796, ele se pergunta se ela não será louca e vê-se obrigado a descobrir mais.

Mark começa um relacionamento de “longa - distância “com Susanna através da barreira temperamental de Whisper Falls. Curioso sobre seu mundo, Mark procura através da história da sua cidade, aprender sobre a vida brutal em que está presa. Mas o conhecimento pode ser perigoso. Ele vai ter que escolher entre mudar o passado - ou condenar a rapariga de quem não consegue parar de pensar, a uma vida de miséria.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Un desiderio per te

È finalmente disponibile il secondo volume.

Secondo Libro Della Serie "Trenta Desideri"
 di Elizabeth Langston (Autore), Laura Forlani (Traduttore)

Lei è una ragazza che non riesce a ricordare. Lui è il ragazzo che non riesce a dimenticare. 

È il suo ultimo semestre al liceo e Kimberley Rey è curiosa di scoprire cosa succederà dopo. Deve scegliere un’università, ma i suoi problemi di memoria complicano la scelta. I suoi sforzi per ricordare le renderanno impossibile lasciare casa?

 L'aiuto arriva attraverso un regalo inaspettato e soprannaturale. Grant è un “genio” con delle regole. Può donarle trenta desideri (uno al giorno per un mese), a patto che siano umanamente possibili. Kimberley sa bene cosa chiedere: lezioni per imparare a vivere contando solo su di sé.

 Ma i suoi desideri cambiano quando un suo amico riceverà una diagnosi devastante. Unendo le forze con Grant per aiutare il suo amico, Kimberley imparerà che la capacità di vivere nel momento – la capacità di dimenticare – forse può essere più preziosa di quanto potesse immaginare.v


Primo Libro Della Serie "Trenta Desideri"

Quello che le serve è un miracolo. Quello che ottiene è un genio con delle regole.

Lacey Linden è diventata brava a nascondere la verità sulla sua vita: una madre depressa, una casa che cade a pezzi e bollette troppo salate per poterle pagare. A scuola, è una ragazza con il sorriso pronto e buoni voti, ma di notte Lacey passa il tempo a sognare modi in cui poter salvare la sua famiglia. Durante una visita al mercatino delle pulci per ottenere contanti facili, Lacey si imbatte in un carillon che sembra quasi implorarla di portarlo a casa con sé. Lei cede, solo per scoprire che è abitato da un bellissimo “genio”, che le offre un mese di desideri, uno al giorno, ma c’è un problema: ogni desiderio deve essere umanamente possibile.

Grant appartiene ad un’associazione di esseri soprannaturali, dediti ad aiutare umani bisognosi. Dopo due anni passati a soddisfare desideri convenzionali, gli manca solo un incarico per ottenere la promozione a un nuovo lavoro con casi più impegnativi. Il suo mese con Lacey è esattamente ciò che si aspetta, eppure per niente come si era immaginato.

Lacey e Grant scopriranno presto che il compito più difficile di tutti potrebbe essere quello di dirsi addio.


Sunday, June 2, 2019

And somehow it all came together...

The strangest hair cut of my life proved to be an amazing metaphor for how I write.

After recently moving to a new town, I went in search of a new hairstylist. I combed reviews, sought recommendations, and settled on a salon in a strip shopping center not far from my home.

I walked into a packed house. Good sign, I thought. I was called back to the chair of an elderly woman who asked me in broken English what I wanted. "Neaten it up. Just a trim," I said firmly.

"I understand." She picked up a pair of scissors, grabbed a lock of hair, and hacked off two inches. (I have short hair--so that's a lot.)

"Um, wow, what are you doing?"

"It's okay." She smiled and continued hacking with exuberance.

Within seconds, I had huge chunks of hair missing on three sides of my head. Still, I sat there silently, watching in fascinated horror as my hair rained down on the floor, hoping she would be able to pull off a miracle--because stopping where it was would be far worse.

She used four types of scissors. Three types of electric razors and eight different attachments. My hair looked like a complete disaster, and I was already wondering if I'd have enough for someone else to salvage.

Then she nodded with satisfaction, calmly flicked a brush through what was left on my head... and somehow it all came together. The spiky strands spiked no more. The bangs feathered smoothly. The sides and back held its shape perfectly. It was the most adorable hair cut I've ever had.

She grinned. "I give you something new. Not what you ask for."

That's how I write. I hate first drafts. It feels like I hack away at the story, wanting it to go somewhere, having a vision but not sure if I'm headed in the right direction.

Then I reach revisions. I stare at the mess before me and dive tentatively in. I analyze, rewrite, prune, shift around, and argue with characters who don't turn out the way I expected. Slowly, the real story--the story that was meant to be--emerges. And somehow, it all comes together. Different than what I envisioned. Better.

My new stylist has given me a gift (in addition to the cute cut). She's taught me to be bold and confident. To trust the mess. To believe in myself that the outcome will be amazing.

Friday, May 24, 2019

La Cascada Susurrante y 30 Deseos

Dos de mis libros en español--

La Cascada Susurrante

por Elizabeth Langston y Alexandra García Galván

Su relación a distancia abarca doscientos años...

Mark Lewis, estudiante de último año de preparatoria, se está preparando para una carrera de ciclismo de montaña cuando ve a una joven vestida de forma extraña a través de una cascada en el bosque cerca de su casa, en Carolina del Norte. Cuando ella le hace un comentario sobre la extraña máquina que monta, sospecha que algo no anda bien. Y cuando Susanna le dice que es una sirvienta de 1796, se pregunta si está loca. Sin embargo, está decidido a averiguar más.

Mark comienza una "relación a distancia" con Susanna gracias a la barrera misteriosa y temperamental que es la Cascada Susurrante. Intrigado por su mundo, Mark busca a través de la historia poder descubrir todo sobre la vida brutal en la que ella está atrapada. Pero el conocimiento puede ser peligroso. Pronto debe elegir entre el riesgo de cambiar la historia o de condenar a la chica, de la que no puede dejar de pensar, a una vida de miseria.



30 Deseos

por Elizabeth Langston (autor) y Jose M. Visbal (traductor)

Lo que ella necesita es un milagro. Lo que obtiene es un genio con reglas.

Lacey Linden se ha vuelto buena escondiendo la verdad sobre su vida: una madre deprimida, una casa en ruinas y facturas demasiado grandes para pagar. En la escuela, ella es una chica con una sonrisa permanente y buenas notas, pero por la noche, Lacey pasa su tiempo soñando con maneras de salvar a su familia. En un intento por dinero rápido en el mercado de pulgas, Lacey tropieza con una caja de música que aparentemente le suplica que se la lleve a casa. Ella lo hace, solo para descubrir que está habitada por un magnífico "genio". Él le ofrece un mes de deseos, uno por día, pero hay un problema. Cada deseo debe ser humanamente posible.

Grant pertenece a una liga de seres sobrenaturales, dedicada a servir a los humanos necesitados. Después de dos años de cumplir con los deseos convencionales, está a un paso de ser ascendido a un nuevo trabajo con casos más difíciles. Su mes con Lacey es exactamente lo que él espera y nada como lo imagina. Lacey y Grant pronto descubren que la tarea más difícil de todas podría ser decir adiós.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

YA Scavenger Hunt 2019 with Julia Day

Hello, I’m Julia Day, your hostess for this stop on the YASH with TEAM PURPLE!

The YA Scavenger Hunt is a bi-annual event, first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! So enjoy your stop here and at the other 19 stops on Team Purple. Then check out the other 4 teams (blue, gold, green, and red). But play fast! This contest only lasts until Sunday, April 7, 2019.

First, a little about me.
  • I am an autism mom. My autistic daughter graduates next month with her Master of Arts (and then it's job time, baby!) Since April is World Autism Awareness Month, I'm featuring my book Fade to Us, a sweet YA contemporary romance set during a summer musical theater camp. One of the main characters, Natalie, is an autistic teen.
  • I have my own giveaway. See the end of this post for details on how to enter.
  • Traveling the world is one of my favorite things to do--and I especially like to see mountains. (See is the important word here. I do not like to climb.) Some of my favorites are in Switzerland, Iceland, New Zealand, and Antarctica.
  • I really hate cilantro. I cannot emphasize this enough.

Next, a reminder about the YA Scavenger Hunt.

For complete rules and instructions, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt - How to Hunt page. Directions: Somewhere below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on all the teams, add them up and enter (don't worry, you can use a calculator!).  Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.
Rules: Open internationally; anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by noon Pacific Time on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Basically, enjoy exclusive content on each stop on the hunt, collect clues, enter individual author giveaways, add up the clues (numbers), and return to the YASH site to enter for more prizes.

Here are all of the great books you could win from Team Purple.

Now, introducing my guest author, Carly Marino -- 

Carly loves writing and reading about love. Regardless the genre - paranormal, contemporary, fantasy--if there's romance--she wants to read it! 

She was born in Hawai'i but grew up most of her life in a small town in Michigan and the sunny beaches of Florida. After graduating high school, she returned to her island ohana for college where she wrote her thesis on how to write a young adult book. (Oddly enough)

Wife, mother, dog owner, and author, her hat constantly changes but she loves every minute of the hustle. Writing is her passion and the wonderful nagging voice in her head. She’s blessed to have amazing family and friends who've supported her from her first story, written in poor phonics and elementary chicken scratch, to her International best seller, Memory Walker. 

Now, let's learn more about her featured book  TARNISHED LIGHT.

Coy, daughter of an Angel and a Fallen, swore she would never submit to her darkness. Not like she has a choice. She has a big fat apocalyptic prophecy stamped on her soul. If she fails to keep her death-craving, evil blood in check, she’ll unleash a battle between Heaven and Hell. Alone in her struggle, she prowls the city streets, saving innocents and searching for a cure to change her fate.

When she loses control, the Nephilim drag her to their palace. Fearful for her life, Coy agrees to undergo demon-provoking tests to cleanse her blood. Her chances to escape seem slim. Until she meets Killian, who tempts her with his angelic looks and inner darkness. He offers a way out, but she’ll have to embrace the evil inside. Once she invokes the demon, though, she may never return.

Exclusive bonus content from Carly!

Buy this Book!

Thank you, Carly, for joining us!

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One last thing...

I'm giving away a print copy of Fade to Us (or any of the books I've written--winner's choice). Enter through the Rafflecopter giveaway below. You'll get your first point for knowing: What is my favorite team?

Hint: it's the color of my team on the YA scavenger hunt.

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(Privacy note: if you enter, your email address will be collected. I do not use use private data for any reason other than to notify the winner.)

P.S.  To enter for the grand prize, you need a clue from me. Mine is 26 (the number of letters in the English alphabet.)

For your next stop on the hunt for Team Purple, visit J. C. Welker.