Embracing the Flames Print Version.

embracing2_fullHello once again, readers!

You heard right! Embracing the Flames is now available in print! You can order from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, 48fourteen, or me personally! I’m still waiting for my shipment to come in the mail. It should be any day now. But in the meantime, I also have physical copies of Born in Flames, book one in the trilogy for sale. I am selling them for $12 + shipping and it includes the signed copy, plus two bookmarks. If you’re interested, you can find my contact information in the ‘Get to know me’ section on my page.

Here are the links:

Born in Flames Amazon

Embracing the Flames Amazon

Also, I will be holding a giveaway here soon. Keep a look out for that. :)

That being said, Echelon out ♥

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How To Gain Traffic To Your Blog

Hello once again Readers!!! Welcome back! And to my newest subscribers, welcome, and thank you for subscribing!!

So, as promised, I’ve spent most of my morning digging around the internet and on Author Media for tips on blogging. I’m down to the last few sips of my red bull.

*frowning*

But on a good note, it’s been such a wonderful week of free knowledge here on my blog.

Now let us begin. The first blog I stumbled upon was 50 Things to Blog About for those of us who commonly get writer’s block. I must admit, there are days when I’m like, uhhhhhh, staring at the computer screen with a blank face. It could be because I have yet to devour my red bull, or it could be because I have that evil, infamous Writer’s Block. (Click on the link to read my blog on how to defeat this illustrious beast). I digress, so the above mentioned blog with 50 ideas is magnificent for overcoming those sort of days.

But that’s really not what I was looking for on my quest for knowledge on how to gain blog traffic. I wanted something meatier, thus I have found: How To Build A Community. This blog has great ideas such as being honest with your readers and inviting them to share their thoughts. For me, this was a no brainer which in turn means-more digging.

*another frown*

Ah ha! I have found it! 21 Tactics to Increase Blog Traffic! Finally, a blog that teaches me something that I haven’t already learned on my own. There are some great tips and even example pictures (my fav-o-rite) to go along with the tips. You can’t go wrong in reading this if you are looking to build your audience…like moi.

Some of my favorite tips are:

  • #10-guest blogging. I have yet to guest blog or have a guest on my blog, but I am open to it and have even been trying to figure out how to get started. This blog explains in detail how to get started, so look out bloggers!
  • #16-use your email signature to promote. It’s a great (and free) way to silently spread the word.
  • #22-A bonus tip! Be consistent. I love this tip because it applies to not only blogging, but writing as well. Practice makes perfect and working hard will eventually pay off.

So what do you think? Did this help you? It helped me! *happy dance* My only hope is that I can apply what I’ve learned, and plant the seeds of my thoughts amongst you all in hopes that they will one day sprout heartily, leaving me with a lovely audience that I can interact with. :)

Now to leave you with a question: As a fellow blogger, what tips do you have to offer for gaining traffic? If you’re not a blogger, what brings you back as a reader and what bores you?

‘Til next time (Most likely Monday)…Echelon out ♥

Marketing Ideas for Authors

Hello once again Readers!!! Now before I get to the good stuff-tips on marketing-I wanted to let you in on a little secret about myself. You see, I have this little problem…I get hooked on something and become obsessed with it until it bores me. This usually lasts about two to three weeks. And right now, I’m hooked on learning as much as I can about how to market myself as an author. This of course will benefit you as a reader because I will share everything I learn, thus cutting back on the time you will have to spend on research. Yay!

So today I stuck to reading about basic marketing strategies. Yesterday it was learning how to use Twitter to your advantage. Again I’m using Author Media for my research because they have so many versatile blogs that appeal to striving authors. So let us begin.

First thing’s first, the blog that will change your life-89 Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life. Like that, eh? I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot with this particular blog because there are tons of great ideas and they are all broken down into categories. I’m a sucker for organization. I digress. A few of my favorite points are:

  • Create a book trailer-I have been meaning to do this! It’s a great way to show your audience what’s inside your mind.
  • Create a fan page for your main character-It would give the reader something to look forward to when the story is over. I myself love to look for ways to continue my connection with a character that I fell in love with.
  • Ask different newspapers and radio stations in your area to interview you-I guess branching out and rolling up your sleeves is the best way to make yourself known. Personally, I’d have to get over my shyness in order to do this.
  • Find places to give book readings. Coffee shops, bookstores,videos online, libraries. Use your imagination!
  • Donate! It’s called Karma!

The list goes on and on, 89 times to be exact. There are a lot of helpful ideas and some that I need to read up on because I am not that good at understanding technology. I will be bookmarking all of these for when my book is finally published. For now though, I will continue to edit my second novel and play around with my social media sites.

Tomorrow I will be blogging about blogging tips and how to gain traffic to your blog so be sure to check back in. Since I’m still new to the scene, I have a lot to learn. 

And I leave you with a question: If you are published, what way of marketing have you found the most successful? If you are a reader, what appeals to you? What catches your attention and makes you purchase a book?

Until tomorrow, Echelon out ♥

Is the sky really the limit?

Hello once again Readers! How have you been? I’ve been busy editing my second novel (the same thing I do every day). I always love doing the first round of editing. For me, I always find new things inside the story that I hadn’t thought of when writing the first draft. More description, added fight scenes, deeper connections to the plot, even new characters. The story really becomes a story as you re-read and add to it. But that’s not what I wanted to blog about, so I digress.

Lately I’ve found myself thinking a lot about my dreams and aspirations. I’m 25. Time is not moving any slower for me. I’ve been thinking a lot about how it’s said that you have to go through the dark to find the light. I know that I’ve been through these times when it comes to becoming a published author. After receiving enough rejection letters to wallpaper my bathroom, I had hit the plateau of depression. You know, that moment where you feel your dream slipping through your tear-stained fingers? I remember bawling my eyes out, repeating the words, “I want this so bad,” over and over again, hoping for someone to give me a shot. To believe in me. To see the potential. And then BAM! The next day is when I received the email from my publisher offering me a contract. Had my deep yearning shaken something open for me in the universe?

Which leads me to my point. You know the saying, “The sky’s the limit”? I think that is the silliest saying ever. The sky is not the limit. You are the limit. You are the only thing holding you back from your dreams. If you believe that it can happen and you work hard enough for it, then it is bound to happen! It has to! Maybe it won’t happen right away, but it will eventually as long as you don’t give up on yourself. You have to believe in yourself in order for others to. You have to want it bad enough and then go after it like a mad person. At least that’s what I believe.

I’m not really sure where this blog is coming from, but lately I’ve been yearning for more. For greatness. I want it so badly that I can’t keep my fingers from twitching for the need to pour my soul out onto the word document of my current WIP. Crazy right? Do you ever feel this way? Do you ever feel like you’re on the edge of your dream, dangling by your last strain of hope? The dream is just in sight, but you still have that last hill to climb? If so, don’t give up. It’s right around the corner. Anchor your confidence deep down inside of you and don’t let it go. You CAN do it!

That being said, Echelon out.

Oh! And one more thing! I went to Epcot the other day with my bestie and look what I found!!!

What a restless mind can do.

Hello Readers!!!

Last night I tossed and turned for hours because I couldn’t stop thinking about writing. I started out thinking about the many stories swarming through my mind and which project I should dive into next. Should I enter writing contests with them or remain focused on my second novel? Should I go back to school? Could I handle it right now with my two kids, writing, and my business I’m trying to jump-start with my bestie? The thoughts plagued my mind as tossed from left to right, opening my eyes every so often to find that another 15 minutes had passed. What was my deal?! 

Then my thoughts formed into an image.

What was it that I saw behind my closed lids? A blank page. How would this appease my restless mind? Well…so much can be done with a blank page! A new story, a sketch, a painted picture, a grocery list, a list of chores that I so need to do. The possibilities are endless! What’s my point? My point is, I love the thrill of starting fresh. I love blank pages, blank walls, a blank canvas. I love pushing myself to branch out creatively in ways that I thought I couldn’t. The unknown doesn’t scare me, it compels me. I tackle my novels with the same thinking. I have a smidgen of an idea of where I want to go with it and then I sit down behind my laptop, fingers itching to glide across the keys. It always starts out the same. One word, two words, pause, a few more words, pause, and then BOOM! An avalanche of words pour out of me as my fingers race to keep up with the sentences forming inside my head. It’s almost guaranteed that I will have spelling errors and grammatical errors due to the fact that I don’t stop until it’s all out. I don’t want to lose a good thought due to trying to be perfect. That’s what drafting is all about. Edits come after the words are spilled onto the paper.

How will this affect your daily life? It won’t, at least I don’t think it will. I try to make sure that every blog I write has some sort of meaning to writing, or at least some sort of advice or encouragement to be a better you. This one, I feel, is more of a journal entry. Something I would write in my personal journal. But last night as I laid in bed, trying so very hard to fall asleep, this was all I could think about. I almost got up, just to write this out, but stopped myself because I knew once I was up I would never fall asleep. So if I am to scrounge up any sort of advice to make this an inspiring blog, it would be to not be afraid of the unknown. If you are an artist…JUMP! Always jump for what you hesitate on because sitting back and wondering what if will drive you mad. Practice makes perfect with a side of patience (something I’m still working on.) And if you aren’t an artist, I would say to you: Why aren’t you one? Doodling is art. Painting a wall in your livingroom is art. Clipping coupons is art. Raising children is art. Art is all around us and inside of us. Once you realize that, you will be unstoppable! So rather than leaving you with a question, how about you list the things you are good at below. Share your art with me!

Okay, I’ve babbled on enough lol. Thanks for reading my ramblings.

Until next time, Echelon out ♥

Roses are red, and so are the edits!

 Hello once again fellow readers!!! I’m back!

So I’m proud to say that  after a few tiring weeks, I finished approving the notorious crimson revisions from my editor! Woohoo. I don’t know why editing has such a bad rep. I had a lot of fun, even when I smacked right into a wall time and time again. It only puts me one step closer to being fully published. *Silently cheers*

That being said…I’m now ready to talk about my book. After years of hardwork and struggle and doubt, I’ve made it to this point. Drum roll please for I will now reveal the title…….

Born in Flames

That’s it!!! That’s what I have literaly poured my heart and soul into. It’s a Trilogy based on the main character Aurora Megalos. I have a small blip written to give you an idea of what it’s about:

Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack as if breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. What were The Fates thinking? Have they doomed me?

I haven’t prepared the full description…this is just a sneek peek for all my loyal friends and family off the top of my dome. There’s definitely more to come! My publisher and I are working on the tagline as we speak. Who would have thought that taking an entire novel and scrunching it into a mere sentence would prove to be daunting? Not me. But it is, only because it has to be perfect and catchy. And my brain officially hurts because of it.

The cover art is in the works! I’m really excited to see the potrayal of the girl who has lived inside my head for the past three years. I can finally set her free and share her fiery magic with the rest of the world. It’s a nailbiting sort of excitement…which is why I don’t have any nails. It’s a small price to pay…:)

So yea, it’s been crazy, and now I must dive back into my second novel. Hopefully I will have more to tell soon! Maybe even a cover to share!

‘Til then, Echelon out!

Finding inspiration when your Muse takes a vacation…

Hello once again fellow readers!!!!

 So for those of you that don’t know, I’m a sucker for inspiring quotes. Especially quotes that pertain to bettering yourself. I have a hoard of them taped in various places on my desk…things that make me smile when the flames are roaring high in Purgatory. 

And I don’t know why, but somehow total strangers seem to have the ability to sum up exactly what I’m feeling or longing for in two sentences or less. This ability to sit back and observe outside the box is one I try to live by day after day.

I digress –so I wanted to share a quote with you this week that totally hit home with the fork in the road I took a few years back. The fork to my inner artist. Drum roll please…….

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot (real name Mary Anne Evans).

I know right.

It’s inspiring for so many reasons. One being the fact that he is really a she. And in the 1800’s she chose to pursue her dream of becoming an author despite the stereotype women harbored. And two being the simple fact that there are so many people out there that don’t realize that it’s never too late!!

In my case, I didn’t go to college. I just wasn’t ready for it. Freedom flew beneath my wings and I found it hard to be bogged down by more schooling. Instead I chose to build a family. I’m one of those that when I want something, I simply go for it. But as I said in my previous blog, I was still missing something.  After battling with the initial lack of self-esteem most people hide deep down I thought, why can’t I do it?

I couldn’t think of any reasons. At least any that weren’t really just excuses. Nothing in life happens without taking risks or chances and putting in hard work. So I went for it and I wrote. And that was the day I chose to go left instead of right. So what does this have to do with inspiration?

We’ve all felt it one time or another whether you’ve noticed it or not. It’s in the crisp, starry night air twinkling above you as you walk hand in hand with a lover, or the golden-orange colors that seem to ignite the horizon at dawn as the sun begins to rise. It’s in the serenity that comes with the toss of your favorite fishing pole into the crystal blue waters that hold the promise of your next catch. Or even the excitement of bringing life into this ever-changing world.

The fact is, inspiration is all around us. And inspiration can do so much for you. It can change your outlook on life-make you appreciate the everyday. It can help mold you into a better person. It can push you to pursue what you thought was no longer possible. It’s what drives us forward.

So I ask you…take a moment to stand still and just listen. Whether you’re in a bustling kitchen or on the couch at home. Close your eyes and breathe. Think about what it is you love. What your heart wants. Step outside and look up. Find the brightest star in the sky and make a wish. Then make that wish happen. You can do what you set out to do. As I tell my bestie, “Pain is beauty.” Not in a superficial sense, but in real life. You always seem to find yourself inside the deepest pit of pain. And with finding yourself comes surety in who you are and what you are capable of.

With that being said…What inspires you?

Echelon out ♥