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The Versatile Blogger Award

Hooray, my friend The Shameful Narcissist over at The Shameful Narcissist Speaks nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! If you haven’t checked out her Game of Thrones and Final Fantasy 7 ruminations as well as her weekly updated Aeris and Sephiroth fanfic, you should! Lovely stuff!

Here are the Rules!

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
    Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

1. Fireside Chats– An awesome blog dabbling in theater, movies, and with a cool focus on cosplay, not only from a final looks point, but also helpful articles and discussions of during the process as well.

2. Brenda Hiatt- Her blog has one of the most informative segments for a published author, or at least one who’s planning on submitting to publishers. The Show Me the Money section has a detailed list of different independent and traditional publishers, with compiled insight on what the actual pay breakdown would look like based upon submitted reports.

3. My Writing Life– One of my all time favorite blogs for editing. The ten step revision system is insightful, as well as practical. Whenever I have a new work that needs editing, this is one of the blogs I revisit every time.

4. Interesting Literature– Care to know five interesting facts about Ezra Pound? How about the origins of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? This blog expounds weird literary facts on a regular basis, and is a fun one for any book geek to tune into.

5. Erzabet’s Enchantments– Fellow Decadent Publishing author’s blog dedicated to book reviews and interviews!

6. Decadent Publishing– Speak of the devil, this is a fantastic independent romance publisher, and they run a blog featuring their releases and author articles. It’s well worth checking out, as are their books.

7. Caffeine Crew– Geek news and geek views, a website that both Shameful Narcissist and I write for, as well as a plethora of other talented folks!

8. Book Blogger Directory– If you’re an author, whether indie or traditional, book blogger reviews are essential. And this resource is a fantastic, comprehensive place to find all the book bloggers you need!

9. The YA Chronicler– Awesome reviewer. Not only is the site beautifully designed, but the reviewer is constantly updating with thorough reviews on the best and worst young adult books out there. One of the coolest things though that makes this blogger stand out are the re-imagined covers!

10. Gabriel Reads– Another fantastic book review blog. I did an interview with this reviewer, and I have to say, it was hands down my favorite interview I’ve ever done. The questions were thoughtful and really made me think, rather than some of the same old ‘when did you start writing’ ones.

11. The Bookcast– Audio interviews for the win! Want to listen to interviews with indie authors from a professional interviewer? Bill’s your guy. He’s been interviewing for years, and I can personally attest, when I did mine for Airship, his skills were evident, as all of my nervousness melted away the second we started talking!

12. BookShelfery– While other sites do this as well, I love the regularity of their Indie Author Excerpts. The site has changed names a couple of times, but they continue to put out quality reviews, excerpts, and other features.

13. Fiction Vixen– She’s a fixture in the book reviewer scene, and for good reason. Her content comes out with such regularity, and the Fiction Vixen is a fantastic resource if you want to delve into the indie romance scene.

14. Steampunk Tourist– This blog covers Steampunk, except it delves into much more than your typical “What is Steampunk” articles. Instead, it covers a lot more insight into the community with articles about steampunk and disability, as well as steampunk weddings.

15. Sandra’s Book Club– A fellow author, Sandra also covers book reviews! She’s got two YA novels out, so go check out her blog!

7 Facts About Me

*rolls up sleeves* I tend to be terrible at these sorts of things, but let me try!

1. The character I’ve most strongly empathized with between TV, movies, and books happens to be Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. I didn’t catch on with the show until later on, but once I did, I was hooked. And every time Leslie would overreact, have a neurotic episode, or generally act the way she did, my husband would look over and roll his eyes, because he’s seen the same behavior from me.

2. I have a hardcore obsession with Bioware games. I’ve played all the Mass Effect ones, went back and played Knights of the Old Republic, all because of how fierce my obsession with Dragon Age is. I’ve replayed that game more than is healthy. But for me, it’s one of the few ways I have to turn off my head and stop working, since I tend to jam out on marketing while I watch TV.

3. I never got tired of dressing up. Cosplay, sure. Steampunk events, Renaissance Faires, I’m there. It’s even to the point though that when I throw parties I choose themes, so that people will still dress up. I LOVE IT.

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4. I’ve dabbled in about a million hobbies, but aside from writing, the one that stuck was tea blending. I’ve had a tea business since 2013, and I’m constantly coming up with new blends, including the ones for my own books that I’ve recently started concocting.

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5. I have a really hard time connecting with people if they don’t talk feelings with me. While I know not everyone is capable of this, I find people endlessly fascinating–it’s one of the reasons I write–and I feel like I won’t know them entirely unless I’ve heard their life story and why they became the person they are today. Probably more than a little the ENFJ in me.

6. I’ve never been to a sports game in my life. I’m also quite okay with this fact–while I respect other folks’ enthusiasm, I’ve just never caught onto it myself.

7. My only tattoo thus far is a large one that I got when I was 18/19. It’s of Tim Drake (Robin from Batman). I chose that one not only because Tim Drake led the Teen Titans when I first got into comics–which was my first foray into comics that weren’t manga–but also because the artist, Jo Chen, does the Buffy comic book covers as well as a plethora of others, and I LOVE her art.

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Thanks for tuning in, folks!

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Writing Outside

Just as with reading outside, writing outside can be wholly enriching. I actually find that when I’m sort of stuck on a section, or I’m having trouble focusing, when I go outside, it’s a lot easier to push out the next section of the story.

I’ve gone out with my laptop before and sat on our picnic table–that’s my ideal, because I can just type out there. But I’ve also gone out with a notebook too and jotted things down, or wrote whole sections while basking in the shade on a sunny day. (My skin is way too pale to do any sun-basking.) It’s a win-win situation–I get outdoors time, but I also get my work done!

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So today, this is my office!

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Sara Daniel

Time to cast the spotlight down on some hard-working and awesome authors! After all, those novels and articles you like to read don’t just burst forth into existence–it requires a lot of effort and craftsmanship.

So today, join us in welcoming Sara Daniel!

SaraDaniel_headshot_9-2012_cropped - smallDo you have a favorite quote about writing? Maybe one that motivates or inspires you?

My favorite quote is the legendary Nora Roberts quip: “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.” It reminds me that I just need to write. The words don’t have to be perfect the first time. I can always go back and fix them.

Everyone draws inspiration from different sources–where do you find yours?

I love happy endings and giving people hope for a bright, love-filled future. Every time I hear a story or read an article with a less than satisfying ending, I want to create a happy ending for that person/situation.

After spending so much time fleshing out these characters, do any stand out as ones you could write over and over again?

Willow from Captivating the CEO is probably my favorite character ever. She shares a medical condition with someone who is very close to me in real life, so her story is truly a book of my heart. But every character I write gets to be my favorite while I’m writing his/her story. Bringing them past their hang-ups and damaged past to the happily-ever-after they deserve is what I love to write about and I plan to continue doing so forever!

Every author needs a vacation. If you could escape to anywhere, where would you go?

My ideal vacation is relaxing near the water. Ocean, river, lake, or creek—I’m not picky! The constant flow of water calms me and restores my creative soul.

Are you working on any new projects? What one are you most excited for right now?

I’m really excited for the One Night with the Bridal Party series. Book 4 (out of 6), One Night with the Best Man, released on April 17th. The next two books, One Night with her Husband and One Night with his Wife, will release in mid-May and mid-June, respectively. This steamy set of one-night stand stories kicked off with One Night with the Bride two years ago, then One Night with the Bridesmaid and One Night with the Groom last year, so it’s been fun to revisit the characters from the earlier books and tie up the series.

Fantastic! I’ll have to keep an eye out. Do you have any shows you’re addicted to right now?

I’m not much of a TV person, but I’ve gotten hooked on Dancing with the Stars, which I watch with my daughter. I love the personal struggles and watching the contestants rise above their fears and limitations. I also find it fascinating to see how the show’s producers appeal to different demographics with the range of contestants. Just like in fiction, the character arc fascinates me, draws me in, and makes me care about the contestants and their partners.

What about in the book realm? Any recommendations?

I just finished reading 21 Marine Salute, a box set of 21 sexy Marine romances by Heather Long, which was wonderful and moved Marines to the top of my book boyfriend list! I also just finishing reading the middle grade fantasy series, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, with my daughter, which I’d recommend to fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson.

Now to my favorite question: What’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Leo. I’m not sure that all the qualities assigned to a Leo apply to me, but according to this site, creativity and idealism are among the Leo’s greatest strengths. I would say that those two attributes shape the romance writer in me!

Any huge pet peeves while you’re reading?

My biggest pet peeve is when the authors hasn’t created a reason or a connection for me to care about the character(s). If I care about what happens to the person and/or am rooting for her/him to succeed, I’m willing to overlook a weak plot or choppy writing. But if the author hasn’t convinced me I should care what happens to the characters, I have no reason to keep reading.

Where can readers find you and your books?

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Subscribe to my newsletter for notices of new releases, sales and giveaways: http://eepurl.com/rx_AL Also, check out my website http://www.SaraDaniel.com and the social media sites below:

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Also, check out the latest release, One Night with the Best Man!

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Will a one night stand give them the courage to face what they fear most or drive them apart forever?

Alejandro “Alex” Cortez vowed never to return to the family farm, but when his sister makes it the destination for her wedding, he has no choice. The farm’s new owner, sexy agricultural professor Dr. Susan Gundersen, is his only hope for a diversion from the haunting memories.

Susan knows better than to count on people sticking around for her. The farm gives her the roots and permanence she’s craved her entire life. As she helps Alex clear out his family’s mementos from the house, Susan is drawn to the raw and vulnerable man under his carefree exterior. A few kisses later, she falls hard and fast.

Despite their mutual attraction, Susan will never leave the farm and Alex will never consider staying. Will one passionate night with the best man give them the courage to face what they each fear most or drive them apart forever?

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Thank you Sara for joining us this week in Meet the Writer Wednesday! Tune in next week for a new interview!