Happy, Happy 2015!

Ah yes.  It’s that time of year when many of us start to consider what we really want and then set about the tasks required to achieve some meaningful goals.  After reflecting on what matters most in this New Year, I suspect I’m really not all that different from many when it comes to spending time on the Internet.  I mean, let’s face it.  Social media can be both a blessing and a distraction.

Some of you may have noticed I’ve taken some time away from my various social media accounts, which has allowed me to focus on the people in my life who matter most.  Needless to say, my daughter and husband sit at the top of this list.  My daughter has a fabulous sense of humor, and for the life of me, I’m not sure how I lucked out when the man I married twenty-five years ago approached me with a hilarious opening line – one which we still laugh about to this very day. The point I’m trying to make is how important I’ve discovered it is for me to have a balanced approach to social media.  Ironically, my A-Ha! moment occurred while a couple of events happened in our lives – one positive, and the other not so much.

Let’s just dive in and get the bad stuff out of the way first.  As we all know, many folks no longer feel secure in their jobs, and unfortunately, this issue has once again surfaced for my family.  Still, despite all of this unpleasantness, I can honestly say that while we’re not completely sure what the future may hold, my husband, daughter, and I have grown closer.

Also during this time, it just so happened that I was led to a potential publishing opportunity, which I’m still mulling over.  (Let’s face it, traditional vs. Indie publishing isn’t such a clear cut decision these days.)  And even though the publishing aspect is still undecided, I’m happy to report that by simply focusing on a few key things, I’m feeling a lot better about whatever tomorrow may bring.

Of course, since I tend to be rather introspective, the murky part in all of this lies in returning to social media.  The reason for this is because I believe it’s important for me to continue focusing on my spiritual growth while also making a point to spend quality time with my family and friends.  Additionally, as a writer, there’s the writing itself, not to mention, the myriad of  tasks which must be attended to on a daily basis.  I suspect many of you face similar challenges, and I freely admit I’m still grappling with this important life skill.  The good news is that I do believe I’m finally arriving at a middle ground – a place which makes sense both personally and professionally.  So today, I’m very happy to reconnect with my social media pals.  Please know I’d love to hear from you and here’s to wishing each and every one of you a beautiful New Year.

Happy writing (and reading!),

Danica

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Danica Cornell

Danica Cornell is the pen name of Donna Marie Manobianco.  To learn more about Danica and her adorable dachshund, Hugo, as well as her forthcoming DARK STAR sci-fi/fantasy series, please visit http://www.danicacornell.com.

Aoife Sheridan’s “Hunters” Blog Tour!

Hello everyone!  It’s my pleasure to host Author, Aoife Sheridan today as part of her Hunters Blog Tour!  Please help me extend a warm welcome to Aoife as she shares an excerpt from Chapter One of her latest release with all of us…

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Hunters – Taken from Chapter One – The Possession (Abigail)

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“Where is she?” I asked as I laid out my roll of equipment on a hall table; it was the only piece of furniture in the hall so it had to do.

Taking a cross out of my pack, I poured holy water over it, splashing some on the hall table and the carpet. A small price to pay for us saving his daughter’s soul. Rolling the rest back up, I placed it back into my jacket and tucked the bible under my arm.

“This way,” the man said looking ready to bolt but thought otherwise.

He stood at the third door down the hallway. Zee placed his hand on the door, and then gave me a nod, letting me know that we had the right house. I moved towards the door, but before I turned the handle, I turned back to the man.

“How long has she been like this?”

I asked as Zee got himself ready.

Father Peter didn’t give many details, he just needed me to get there as quick as possible.

Tears filled the man’s eyes. “A week, maybe two.” At least, it didn’t have a long time to fester.

I gave Zee a nod just as I turned the door handle and entered the darken room. Light hurts them so I switched it on and let it flood the space. It was a standard sized bedroom, nothing special about it. A wardrobe rested against one wall, it once had been white but with time, it had faded. My eyes moved to the locker that was pine. It was bare of any ornaments and sat tightly against the single bed that the girl lay on. Her body was partially naked and her long blonde hair was stuck to her neck with sweat, I couldn’t make out her features as her face was no longer human looking than the hands that rested on her swollen abdominal. I turned to the man to give him a piece of my mind for leaving such a small detail out, but he had bolted, leaving us here with his pregnant and possessed daughter.

Words of another language and another time came out of the girl’s mouth, more than likely cursing us into the ground or into hell.

Zee’s hands moved robotically, taking items out of his trench coat. He placed two small white candles on the window sill, but didn’t light them – they were a just in case. He stayed close to them, but leaned against the wall. He looked so large in the small room.

“Do you want to do it or shall I?” I asked.

I always gave him the option; he did most of the work, but I hated tiring him out.

He gave me the once over, considering if I was strong enough. “You go ahead. I’ll observe,” he finally answered.

Moving towards the girl caused the demon inside her to rev up, making the girl’s body move at all the wrong angles.

I splashed her with the holy water. It bubbled up on her skin, the vapor rising and disappearing. A hiss left her mouth and more words followed. Taking out the bible, I turned to the page where the most powerful prayer lay, holding the cross steadily in my hands I started,

We drive you from us,

Whoever you may be,

Unclean spirits,

All satanic powers,

All infernal invaders,

All wicked legions,

Assemblies and sects.

In the Name, and by the power of Our Lord Jesus Christ,

May you be snatched away and driven from the Church of God,

And from the souls made to the image and likeness of God,

And redeemed by the Precious Blood of the Divine Lamb.

The sound of laughter made me stop. As the demon overtook the girl’s face completely. My heart rate elevated. Zee, quick to act, lit two candles, knowing what was to come as the light bulb brightened, casting a blinding light in the room before it exploded and small shards of glass flew across the room. I covered my face, protecting it from the onslaught of the flying glass. Small cuts across my hands stung and warm blood slid slowly across my fingers. I took my hands away, ignoring the pain. The flames from the small candles that Zee had lit danced across the room but gave little light. Not being able to see fully, always made a possession more frightening, no matter how many times I did it, it never got easier.

“Aaabbbiiigggaaaiilll,” the demon hissed inside the girl, slowly stretching my name, but I heard it. My body responded, causing me to stumble back, never before had a demon or spirit spoke my name. I stood paralyzed.

“Abigail,” this time it was Zee who called my name and I could hear the warning in his voice.

I needed to continue. I sucked in a deep breath and wiped the blood from my hands onto my jeans. I started the prayer again, saying it faster, and louder. My voice trembled slightly. I felt shook up after hearing that thing say my name. The demon inside the girl roared to life and squirmed with a voracity that shook the bed savagely. The bed’s thin, wooden legs slammed into the carpet, the noise drowning out my words, but I didn’t stop, I couldn’t stop for fear of what might happen. I continued as a few pictures fell from the walls, their frames snapping with the impact and the glass shattering across our feet. The curtains billowed now from an unseen wind. The bed continued to move rapidly. And the large wardrobe shook violently. Its doors swinging open and closed, the sharp bang lifting my heart every time. Zee stood protecting the candles from the breeze that raced through the room, carrying the foul stench of an unwashed body. I spoke louder closing my eyes, forcing myself to stay focused, even against the activity in the room. I clung to the cross. As my grip tightened it caused my cuts to bleed, coating my hand once again. I could feel the cross slipping and soon my hand was empty. The slamming of the wardrobe doors was getting faster and louder. The bed hit the floor harder, the wood snapping against the strain, small splinters of wood breaking free, and scattering across the floor.

Then everything ceased, silence fell upon the room, my breathing moved in and out of my nostrils, sounding so loud in the dead silence.

“Dad?” The one word was filled with fear and confusion and had come from the young girl; her voice broke through my numbness and fear.

I moved towards her slowly, looking at her face. She looked normal again, pale yet terrified, but normal. I smiled the best I could at her confused face, hoping to give her comfort. She met my eyes with big blue ones of her own, ones she must have inherited from her mother as her father had those muddy brown eyes, a ray of freckles covered her nose and cheeks making her look like she was only about sixteen. She was so young to be pregnant.

“Hi, my name is Abigail your dad called us, you were sick,” I said

She looked around the room for her father. I gave Zee a nod to go get him and he hesitated, looking at the girl for a moment.

“It’s fine, Zee. She’s okay,” I assured him.

He left hesitantly at my words.

“What’s your name?” I asked, moving closer, trying to halt all the questions that I knew must be going around in her head right now. Once someone was possessed, they could never remember the ordeal. It was for the best or lots of people would never sleep again.

“Lucy,” she said, still looking around the room that was only lit now by candle light.

“Lucy, that’s a pretty name,” I said, she was looking at me as if I was crazy.

“What are you doing in my room? And why is everything such a mess?” she asked, looking at all the frames and shattered glass on the carpet. A logical question, yet I had no logical explanation.

“How far are you gone?” I asked, looking at her stomach, trying to distract her until her dad got there and he could come up with whatever story he wanted to. She looked down at her belly after hearing my question and her cheeks lit up when she realized she was half-undressed. Fear and confusion filled her face.

“It’s okay, Lucy.” I didn’t get to finish as she started to scream while kicking her legs and pulling the remaining blankets off her, blood started to soak the sheets.

“My baby!” she screamed as Zee and her dad entered the room. I rushed forward, grabbing the blanket; I needed to stop the bleeding, her stomach rippled and I had to blink twice to make sure I was seeing what I was seeing. A hand formed, pushing its way against her stomach, reaching out to me, stretching her skin almost to breaking point. I fell back off the bed, away from the hand, while pulling the blanket with me. The bed started to levitate.

Lucy’s screams and her father’s pleas to save his daughter made the room swarm around me. “Abigail, Abigail,” the voice danced around me, I covered my ears. “No. No!” Zee’s feet rushed past me and he jumped up on the bed, fighting the hysterical flailing arms that Lucy threw around as her stomach stretched and moved at abnormal angles. The demon had attached itself to the child’s soul. I snapped out of my daze. The cross lay on the ground, its gold surface now tainted with my blood. I grabbed it and jumped up while holding onto the cross for dear life as Zee placed his hand on Lucy’s stomach, a gust of air ripped through the room, throwing everything into chaos. The candles hit the carpet and distinguished almost immediately, leaving us in darkness. I couldn’t move for a moment, but could only watch as light poured from Zee’s fingertips, blinding all of us. Sound ceased to exist at that moment, while everything around us continued to shake. I could feel the ground under my feet vibrate. Through the light, I could see Lucy was still alert, her mouth open as she screamed in fear and agony. Her eyes wild, the veins bulged in her neck as she continued to scream soundlessly. It was like watching a movie with the sound on mute. A large crack raced down the wall behind the bed, just stopping at the skirting board, and then the room went dark. The world stopped shaking.

“Lucy, sweetheart, talk to me,” her father’s frightened whispers reached my ears. I opened my eyes as Zee came to me and his strong arms pulled me into a tight embrace. His smell, his warmth calmed me. His heartbeat pounded against my ear, bringing me back. I looked up at him.

“Are you okay?” he asked.

I nodded, but I was anything but okay.

I pulled away and stood on trembling legs, making my way to the bedroom door. Once I opened it, light flittered into the room. I looked at Lucy, her body lay still. She looked snow white against the blood soaked sheets.

The father’s face turned to us tears stricken and red with anger. “What have you done to my baby girl?”

I didn’t reply, but took out my phone, ignoring the trembling in my hands, pausing before making the call. I turned to Zee. “Did we lose the baby?” I asked, he nodded his head, and a pang twisted my heart. “The girl?”

“She’s alive,” he answered and left the room.

I pushed the button and made the dreaded call.

 

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REBLOG: Guest Author, Danica Cornell

Reblogged From:   A Word With Traci

Hi Everyone!  Just wanted to share my recent guest post on Traci Sanders’ blog about the UFO and Alien Abduction Phenomenon.  Hope you all enjoy reading about this fascinating and important topic…

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I am pleased to announce my new guest this week, Danica Cornell, author of the riveting Sci-Fi novel, Dark Star! Danica is a governing board member of Rave Reviews Book Club and an incredibly lovely person. I had a blast doing my Spotlight Chat with her recently. Without further ado, Ms. Danica Cornell!

One Sci-fi Writer’s Thoughts on the UFO/Alien Abduction Phenomenon By Danica Cornell

Before I begin, I’d like to thank Traci Sanders—a fellow RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB member—for inviting me to post here on her blog today. Also, I’m thrilled to share with all of you that Traci’s scheduled to appear on my blog in the near future as well, so keep your eyes peeled!

When I was a little, I spent about as much time outdoors during my summers as I could possibly get away with. I mean, what kid doesn’t like hanging out at the pool or playground, right? Still, as much as I enjoyed my neighborhood friends, I have to say that one of my all-time favorite things to do was to munch on a couple of smores while gazing up at the stars in the night sky. After all, what better way for a kid, (or at least this kid) to end the day than by speculating about who or what resides out there in the great beyond?

With this in mind, it’s probably no great surprise that I always had the sneaking suspicion that life really does exist elsewhere in the Universe…

To read more, go to: http://awordwithtraci.com/?p=966.

Applying Information Theory to RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’s Phenomenal Success (And Why You Should Join!)

By Danica Cornell

The early part of the 21st century has been hailed as the Information Age—and with good reason.  The advent of high speed Internet access has enabled us to live in a time when information, learning, and the acquisition of new skills are readily available to billions worldwide.  And with so many tapping into this wellspring of data and knowledge, it’s not an overstatement to say this disruptive technology has had transformative socioeconomic impacts globally—the likes of which haven’t been seen since the industrial revolution.

As a science fiction writer, UFO researcher, futurist, and nanotechnology business owner, I end up spending a considerable amount of time on the Internet.  I’m talking, a lot.  So it’s not surprising it was through some research I conducted a few months ago, that I was able to make the connection between information theory and RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB (RRBC). 

Say what?

It may sound strange, but time and again, I’ve found myself drawing parallels between the evolution of this illustrious organization and of all things, information theory—or more specifically, to a term used by information theorists known as phase transitions (PTs).  In short, a PT is the movement of a disordered state  into a an ordered, productive, and beneficial state.  (I’m using “disordered” loosely here, as even in RRBC’s formative days, things were never truly disorderly.)

I know, I know.  Applying information theory to a book club of all things sounds a little over-the-top.  Simplistic.  Maybe even downright laughable.  But stay with me, because as we explore this concept further, I think you’ll see this idea is anything but simple.  Or ridiculous.

A Brief Moment in Time

One can only speculate about whether or not President, Nonnie Jules was thinking about the idea of PT when she formed RRBC at the end of 2013. However, since the club’s inception, it’s become increasingly likely; (statistically speaking) that RRBC would experience such a phenomenon.  And in fact, it already has!  Allow me to explain…

In its earliest days, RRBC was like most new organizations: random-appearing from the outside and sensitive to small internal and external variations.  In other words, to the casual observer, the first few weeks at RRBC may have appeared disheveled.  But, it’s precisely during such initial states when literally anything and everything is possible!  In fact, RRBC’s writer-members will likely appreciate that the Board’s first interactions tended to mirror the steps many authors experience during a novel’s conception:  the initial spark of an idea followed by excitement/enthusiasm; the focusing of efforts; and lastly, getting to the task at hand—which, as every author knows, is when the hard work really begins!

For those more comfortable with structure and routine, the “chaotic” nature of such an undertaking may feel disconcerting until  you consider that RRBC itself could be viewed as a disruptive innovation because of its potential to displace or transform established book clubs which offer fewer services/support to their members.  In other words, just as high-speed Internet access transformed global communications, RRBC could have a similar transformative impact on the indie author community—especially as its membership continues to grow over time!

Information Sharing and RRBC

Things get really interesting—at least in terms of information theory and PT, as we look beyond RRBC’s very early days.  That’s because with each new RRBC member who becomes indoctrinated into the Club through information sharing, (via a variety of Internet-based communications) they’ll learn about our culture of writing, reading, and reviewing books, as well as that of Profiling, Promoting, and Propelling our fellow authors.  This means that over time, a growing number of members will continue to engage in this type of behavior, which represents a PT, which is to everyone’s benefit!

Another way to look at this is, if the basis of every society/group/organization is information, then RRBC is the perfect example of how organizations can apply information optimization in transitioning towards a more orderly and productive state.  The fact that RRBC has achieved a PT in less than a year is a testament to its strong leadership along with its awesomely wonderful 500+ members!

That being said, hold on to your hats, because with regard to relevancy and excitement, all of this is about to take a quantum leap…

Writing and the Distribution of Wealth

Ultimately, most writers come to realize they acquire readers through their own actions which include: the quality of their work; their marketing efforts; and the connections they make within the industry.  With this in mind, many may be under the impression that in terms of acquiring readers and reviews (what we’ll term here as wealth), writers tend to follow the Gaussian or bell curve, which is used to describe distributions in nature.  However, instead of the Gaussian curve, what’s typically seen in such groups is what’s known as the Power Law.  Simply put, this means more often than not, the number of “wealthy” writers is very small, while the number of “poor” writers is large.  Make that colossal.  Why?  It seems that wealthy writers gain more wealth in a manner that is multiplicative, rather than additive.

Okay, let’s backtrack for a second.

If you think of book clubs in terms of societies consisting of authors and readers, and if you consider that most societies are either very connected or unconnected—what’s termed as small world networks, then the multiplicative effect of the Power Law makes more sense.  The reason for this is because highly connected (better informed and better aligned) book clubs—like RRBC—will yield the best wealth-building results over time for their members.   By the way, it’s interesting to note that the Power Law is used to explain many different types of social phenomena, including one many people like to talk about these days: the rich getting richer!

Why Authors Should Consider Joining RRBC

  • Active, well-informed, well-connected membership;
  • Awesome Mentor Program;
  • Writing and Other Cool Contests;
  • Extensive Twitter support through our Tweet Support Team and general membership;
  • The option of promoting your blog and website on Twitter by using our club’s hashtag;
  • A virtual V.I.P. Lounge for our most supportive members;
  • A Conference and Book Expo scheduled for Summer 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri;
  • Numerous author promotional opportunities including “SPOTLIGHT” Authors; Member of the Month, Books of the Month, #PUSHTUESDAY and #PUSHWEEK Winners;
  • And so much more!

Your Personal Invitation

With all of this in mind, I’d like to personally invite you to visit RRBC at http://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/ and tell them Danica sent you. And while you’re at it, please check out all of our members’ fabulous posts for our Blog Recruiting Day Contest at http://wp.me/P49Fi9-GG and vote for your favorite one!   🙂

Coming Up…

Before I sign off, I’d like to add that I have some thought-provoking posts related to UFOs and extraterrestrial/ interdimensional beings in the works.  This is an area I’ve extensively researched for my DARK STAR series, and as such, I truly believe these topics are worthy of serious discussion and debate.  I hope you’ll come back and join me for what promises to be a lively and spirited exchange.  Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog today!

Until we meet again…

Happy reading,

Danica

 

ABOUT DANICA CORNELL

Danica Cornell

Danica Cornell is RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB’s PR/Marketing Director.  She’s also the author of the DARK STAR Sci-fi Series, a UFO researcher and futurist, nanotechnology business owner, and dog lover.  To learn more about Danica and her work, please visit her website at www.danicacornell.com.

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Guest Post: SHATTERED DAYDREAMS Blog Tour

Hello Everyone!  Today, it is a distinct  honor and privilege to introduce all of you to a dear friend of mine,  Author, Nonnie Jules.  Nonnie, is not only a talented writer, she is also the Founder and President of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB!  Take it away, Nonnie…   

Hi and welcome to Day 6 of my SHATTERED DAYDREAMS Blog Tour!

Before I get started, let me give you a little background on me first.  My most important job is being a Mom!  It is the hardest and yet the most rewarding job one could ever hope to have.  (Men, so sorry you will never get to experience what I’m talking about).  After having produced two of the most special daughters in all the land, I knew that I would somehow become an advisor to other parents, so becoming an author of Parenting Guides, was almost a given.  That was my niche but I also wanted to tell another kind of story.  It was still going to be about children, but it would have a darker side to it, while still conveying a message that I wanted to bring attention to.

In November, 2013, I published my debut novel “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND.”  Now, I know most of the novels you probably read are romance and fantasy, light, airy tales, but this one was going to take you to a place that some of you had never been, and unfortunately, some of you have.  This story was going to pull you down before it brought you up.  It intentionally was meant to make you cry before it made you smile.

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We all have a purpose here on earth, even child molesters, murderers and the other monsters who offer nothing but horrid havoc to our society.  And although I don’t know for sure WHAT their purpose could possibly be, it is my belief  that GOD makes no mistakes, so in my mind, they are here to teach us lessons…to keep us on our toes, to remind us to be more mindful of our children and loved ones.

The mother in DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND, missed the mark on all of the above counts.  She was truly one sad excuse for a parent.  Actually, I count her among those monsters mentioned, and from this point on, you have my permission to refer to her as anything other than a MOTHER.

Today, I’d like all the focus to be on the book trailer for DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND.  If you haven’t seen it before, please, take a look and take in the message that’s being conveyed.  Let it resonate with you so that you are moved to join my crusade to stop the abuse of our children.  If you have seen it before, please take the time to click the link, share your comments and LIKE it before you leave.  Whatever you do, you’re already so appreciated just for stopping by.

I thank you so much for having me today.  I ask that you follow each leg of my tour (click HERE for the line-up) as each day I will offer a bit more insight into the lives of children who are abused, as well as the mothers who sit back and allow it to happen, or are the culprits themselves.  I will also share excerpts from the book for your reading pleasure.  Ladies and Gents, this week, you’re invited to partake of SHATTERED DAYDREAMS, as shared through the eyes of my main character, Maiya James.

If the EXCERPT above peeked your curiosity for more, please pick up your very own copy of “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND.”  The content inside is enough to put you on the right track if you even remotely resemble (God forbid), this kind of mother.  But if you’re just in the mood for a really good read, I guarantee, you won’t go wrong with this one!

From this day forward, let’s do our best to ensure that all the Maiya’s of the world are taken care of, loved and protected.  Dani, I love you for always welcoming me to your blog!  I can’t visit here often enough but that’s only because you always make me feel so welcome.  Guests, please share your comments below.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Nonnie Jules is the mother of two beautifully kind daughters, who along with the help of her husband, have turned out to be two of the greatest assets to this world.  THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS is her first published piece of work and two weeks after publication, it hit Amazon’s Top 100 list, where it reached the #7 mark.  With all the violence which is being exhibited by some children today, it is her vision and goal to get THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE…into the hands of everyone who breathes around a child.  She feels the only way we can make this happen, is if we are all working from a common blueprint.  Ms. Jules strongly believes that every opportunity we are given with a child, should be a teaching one for us and a learning one for them.

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So far, Nonnie has authored two other books:  a novel which she released in November of 2013, entitled “DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE’S FRIEND” and “SUGARCOATIN’ IS FOR CANDY & PACIFYIN’ IS FOR KIDS!” where she shares her no-holds-barred style of teaching us all about support and social media.  Her second parenting guide {THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO BULLY-PROOF KIDS} is due for release the beginning of January, 2015 and the sequel to her debut novel, DAYDREAM’S DAUGHTER, shortly after.  (Both have been delayed due to her extensive workload with Rave Reviews Book Club).

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She is a fan of the well-written word, and so along with 3 partners, she started 4WillsPublishing Co. in November, 2013 to assist other writers in putting out their best work ever.  By December, 2013, she had founded the RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB where in less than a year, the membership has rapidly grown to well over 500.  If you’re not a member yet, this is your personal invitation to JOIN US!

As you can see, she is an Author on the move and if you’re interested in keeping up with her, here is her contact info:

Twitter:  @nonniejules

Facebook:  Nonnie Jules, Author

Blogs/Websites:

4WillsPublishing.wordpress.com

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ABOUT DANICA CORNELL:   

Danica Cornell is the PR/Marketing Director for Rave Reviews Book Club who’s busily penning the forthcoming DARK STAR Sci-fi/Fantasy Series, soon to be published by Cool Geek Books.  To learn more, please visit Danica’s website at www.danicacornell.com.

 

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An Interview with FSF Net Author, Lauren Lynne

Hello Everyone!  Today, I’m delighted to present my recent interview with the lovely and talented, Lauren Lynne, author of The Secret Watchers series!  Lauren and I happened to meet a few months ago through the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network.  During this time I’ve grown not only to respect her as a writer, but I’ve also come to think of her as a friend.  So, without further ado, here’s, Lauren…

 

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Lauren, it’s wonderful to have you as a guest on my blog!  Can you tell us a little about your latest book?  My latest book is Perceptions, the fourth book in The Secret Watchers series.  I am writing book five right now.  The protagonist is Owen Ryer.  The series begins when Owen is an average eighth grader until one day it all changes.  Owen has a special ability he never knew he had, but figuring out how to use it is the least of his problems.  By Perceptions Owen is a junior in high school, his grades are slipping, he’s having girlfriend problems and people are trying to kill him.  He is used by people who should be helping others and has to face the darkness he holds within.

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Sounds like a great read!  What inspired you to write this?  My day job unexpectedly took a sharp decline in hours and I was left feeling frustrated with lots of time on my hands so I just started writing like crazy.  It was a great way to turn all the angst around.   I have always enjoyed young adult books but as a teacher and parent I wanted to keep up with what my boys were reading so if they read it… I read it.  The exception was Twilight – they won’t touch it but a friend gave it to me.  I liked it and when I discovered that Breaking Dawn, part one, was out in theaters I thought I better get caught up.  I loved what they had done with Jacob in the films; he was my favorite in the books, so my idea for Owen kind of began with him.  I wanted a humble hero, who cared for others more than he should sometimes.

Was writing this book an enjoyable experience, or did you find it difficult at times?  I wrote book one, Visions, in about six weeks.  It has taken me longer to write the rest.  Visions began as a stand-alone but I quickly realized that Owen’s story could not be done in one book I stretched it into a five book series.  I had never published before so it took me a year after I began writing Visions to release it to the public.  There is so much to learn about the publishing business.  It makes every day an adventure.  Now I have to fight for my writing time.  I often have more ideas than I can get down.

Care to talk about your protagonist?  How did you dream him/her to life?  I touched on this briefly but Owen is an interesting guy.  He is a bit of my own boys who were thirteen and sixteen when I began writing.  Owen is also a mix of many of my favorite young adult heroes from literature.  I wanted a protagonist that young people could relate to and would genuinely like despite his faults.  It was also very important to me that he have problems like kiddos in the real world.

What projects are you currently working on?   I am madly writing book five, Destiny.  I’m not quite ready to say goodbye to the characters I’ve come to love so in the future there will be other Secret Watchers books where some of my fans and my favorites will return in minor roles.  I have also started work in a new genre.  It’s a dystopian with a female protagonist.

Do you consider yourself to be a self-conscious writer?  Why or why not?  Interesting question.  I started out that way and was afraid that people wouldn’t like me.  I thought that I was a failure if I didn’t get all five star reviews.  Now I know better.  Today I write for me and my fans and if someone is a hater, that’s their choice because the only person I can ever really hope to change is me.  So… it’s okay if someone doesn’t like my books because there are plenty of other folks who do and they are the ones I really care about.

As a writer, are you a fan of the close-up view, like exploring a microcosm, a subculture?  Or do you prefer the wide shot—looking at an entire cosm, culture?   Strangely, I would have to say both.  To date, the books I have published have been from the protagonist’s perspective but you can experience the world around him from his point of view.  His life’s experiences skew his view but you can still experience his culture, class, ethnicity, etc.

What kind of environment do you write in?  A noisy café, a quiet library, at your kitchen table?  I do my best writing at the computer in my home office.  Don’t let that fool you – as a busy mom holding down two jobs and trying to write, I take a journal wherever I go.  In other words you can find me writing almost anywhere including, as a passenger in a car.  I just have to be careful because I get really motion sick.

What was the first thing you ever wrote?  How old were you?  I have almost always been a writer; I just didn’t recognize myself as one.  When I was in about fourth grade, I started a mystery version based around the filming of The Wizard of Oz.  My grandfather was part of the sound department at MGM and worked on the film so I’ve always had a special place in my heart for it.  I also read a book called Murder on the Yellow Brick Road by Stuart M. Kaminsky which also made me want to write something during the time of the filming.

Is there a difference between Lauren the writer and Lauren the person?   Nope.  That’s it… nope.  What you see is what you get!

What about Lauren the person versus Lauren the public figure?  Is there a difference there I try really hard to be the same person no matter what.  I try really hard to stay positive and encourage others.  It’s too much work for me to try to be a bunch of people.  It’s enough work just to be me.

What other writing have you done?  I have written curriculum for grades 4-12 and for adult learners.  Let me tell you… fiction is LOTS more fun.

What is the best and worst part of the writing process for you?  I love the writing so much.  Going over my work with my editing team is okay.  I love them dearly but the writing itself is magical.  I also love bouncing ideas off my kids, their friends and my students.  I want to make sure that Owen and my other teen characters have the right voice.

Do you plot your novels (or plan your books) ahead of time, or do they unfold as you write them?  Both!  Visions began with very little planning; I just let it flow.  Once I was past the first book I couldn’t do it without the big picture.  I even put notes to myself highlighted within my writing so that I don’t lose track of time.

How do you go about creating dialogue?  I write from my characters head.  I imagine what they would say to another character.  When one of my boys or their friends says something I really like, I ask if I can use it and then I weave it in.  “Don’t flip a biscuit” is a phrase that my younger son used on me one day when he thought I was overreacting, so I had to reuse that.

Do you see yourself in any of your characters or do any of them have traits you wish you had?  I wish I was as brave as Owen and Lucie are.  I wish I was as smart as Marlo.  The characters that I am most like are Owen’s mom Lila and his friend Sarah.  Sarah was originally crafted after a dear friend of mine who was a grandma and Boy Scout volunteer while I was working with the Scouts for my own boys.  She had such a wonderful way of looking at the world.  I asked her if I could use her and she said yes.  Now Sarah is more like me because my model has moved to the coast and we don’t see each other as often.  The story also changed and I needed to make her a little younger than we had first intended.

Do you believe writers are born…or made?  I believe the best ones are born but I would never count out someone who wanted it so badly that they were willing to really work for it.  Right now, my writing isn’t work – it is my passion.  Life makes us who we are but we still somehow come into it with preferences.  I don’t think you can force writing to make you happy.

What genres do you read mostly and what are you reading now?  I am reading Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg’s The Heist and I am rereading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.  Why such fluffy stuff?  One, I love it and two, it gives me a break from heavy stuff like Learning in Adulthood and Learning and Change in the Adult Years.

Do you have any advice for those toying with the idea of becoming a novelist/writer?  Keep your day job but heck yeah, give it a go!  You may find you love it.  At least get that story down – it’s good therapy!

How many hours a week do you work these days?  At which job?  Ha!  It is all over the map.  I am a substitute teacher and I work for an organization that helps improve out-of-school time education.   Around my teaching of students and training of adults who work with students, I write.  Between them all I probably put in around seventy hours a week.

It’s been suggested that as a group, writers tend to be elitists.  Do you agree with this assertion?  You find elitists in every group, not just among writers.  So yeah, there are some but I’m not one and I know you aren’t so there you go.  It’s not just the two of us either.  I have met some of the most wonderful, charitable, helpful and friendly people since I started writing that I can’t imagine my life without them.  We are team indie and we are what we make of it!

What is your view of brand management?  Is this a positive or negative aspect of an author’s work and is this something you’re personally comfortable with?  I feel like it is very important to maintain your brand, to stay true to who you are.  I try to keep my work and sites no more than NC-17.  I never write anything that would embarrass me if my parents, children or students read it.  I try to remain true to myself.  I’ve made some mistakes along the way but each day is a new chance to do better, right?

Is there anything you’d like to add before we conclude this interview?  Big hugs, Danica, and thank you so very much for having me.  Happy writing to you and to you and all your fans… follow your dreams, you never know where they may lead you.

The pleasure was all mine, Lauren.  Thanks for dropping by today!

 

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Danica Cornell is the President of Mano Nanotechnologies, Inc., who’s busily penning her forthcoming DARK STAR Sci-fi/Fantasy Series, soon to be published by Cool Geek Books.  To learn more, please visit Danica’s website at www.danicacornell.com.

 

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The Hugo Reward – Guest Post by Danica Cornell

Here’s a fun post about my dog, Hugo, as well DARK STAR’s canine characters! Many thanks to author, Bruce Borders, for inviting me to be a guest on his blog. 🙂

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Today, it is my pleasure to welcome a friend and fellow board member of Rave Reviews Book Club, author Danica Cornell. Danica is a sci-fi writer and the creator of the DARK STAR Series. I’m happy to play host for this great author. And now, here’s Danica.


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Before I begin, I would like to thank author, Bruce A. Borders, for inviting me to be a guest here today.  Shortly after meeting Bruce on Twitter, I was presented with the opportunity to join Rave Reviews Book Club, where we both currently serve as members of the Governing Board.  During our time working together, I’ve grown to appreciate Bruce not only as a fabulous writer, but also as a caring colleague, mentor, and friend…
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