Friday, November 22, 2013

The Heart Shaped Emblor by Alaina Ewing Guest Post

Young Adult Paranormal Romance/ Sci-Fi
Date Published: 10/11/2013

Hidden powers. Otherworldly boyfriends. FORBIDDEN SECRETS. 
For Aislinn Moore, attending college at seventeen isn’t a big deal. Not when compared to the difficulties associated with seeing ethereal beings and having prophetic dreams. 
As Aislinn learns to surmount the obstacles of her talents, she awakens something inside herself—an ancient memory, long forgotten. She senses there are reasons for her gifts, but remains unable to understand them. 
When Alexander Welch enters her life, she learns of the Ewlishash—the hope bringers—and thinks she may have found her answer. Alexander is sexy, sweet, and his talents are like something straight out of a Sci-Fi flick. Aislinn wonders if she may be like him, but the more she tries to fit his mold, the more her instincts scream that her destiny holds something even greater.

Alaina Ewing
Alaina Ewing lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two boys. She holds a degree in Multimedia Production and is the Assistant Chair for Cascade Writers, a nonprofit Milford-style workshop. She also makes jewelry, dream catchers, and enjoys working with herbs and essential oils. 

Her first novel, The Heart-Shaped Emblor, releases October 11, 2013 with Evil Girlfriend Media. The novel is the first in the Ewlishash Series. Read more about Alaina at

Twitter: Trinity1226 and/or EvilGMedia

                                      Alaina Ewing’s guest blog post for…

November 22 - Deal Sharing Aunt

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

1.      Don’t stop writing. Even when it seems like you’re failing miserably and your head is screaming, “Your writing sucks!” don’t give up. The truth is, we all feel our words are crap at some point, then we show them to someone else and find that we don’t really see ourselves clearly. So keep writing, even if you think you aren’t good at it.
2.      Join a critique group. Find one locally that you can meet with once a month (at least), but also not so much that you’re spending all of your time reading and critiquing rather than writing. Getting feedback on your story is key if you want to have it in good shape for submitting to an agent. Or even if you plan to self-publish, the manuscript should be in the best condition as possible before going to a paid editor.
3.      Get the book, The 10% Solution by Ken Rand and Patrick Swenson. There are a lot of great tips in there about cleaning up your manuscript before sending it out anywhere. I wish I’d had that from the beginning.
4.      For those you writing short stories already, this won’t apply to you. For those writing novels, one thing the pros suggested to me was to write some short stories and apply my new knowledge to them. I also played with first person vs. third, scene breaks to shift POV, and just using tighter writing in general.
5.      If you get writers block, save a copy of your manuscript so you have it just in case, but then go back to the last point in the story that things flowed smoothly. I’ve deleted three chapters at once before, just to get my flow back. This works well for me and keeps me writing when I’d normally be stuck and want to walk away from the project. In my opinion, deleting a few chapters was much better than giving up on the entire manuscript.
6.      Start socializing with other authors. Knowing people in the industry is a sure way to gain knew knowledge on how to improve your writing. I had an unexpected dinner with an author at a convention and I was surprised to find that just in our simple discussion, I was able to gain so much insight into world building. It has been something I’ve struggled with.
7.      Take part in larger writing events or workshops. There are several to choose from and the prices vary depending on how long the event lasts and what all is promised to the author. Some will involve pitch sessions with agents, others will allow you to get your work critiqued by an editor, and some will have your write while you’re there and give feedback right away.
8.      Go to conventions and attend the panels on writing. Even if you don’t know what something is yet, write it down and look it up later. You can get information on passive voice, head hopping, protagonists vs. antagonists, etc… I didn’t know what a lot of these terms meant when I first started out.
9.      Write what you know. This was told to me countless times, and at first, I thought people meant to write about space only if you’ve been. I figured that was completely illogical. No one would be able to write any genre fiction if that was the case. Eventually I figured out that wasn’t what people meant exactly. If you know something because you’ve lived through it, you can write about it. But if you want to write about space and have it be accurate, you have to study it first.
10.  Read your work aloud. Whether to yourself or someone else. Often times our eyes trick us into believing we’ve written one thing, but once we read it aloud, it sounds like something else entirely. This is one of the most effective ways that both my publisher and I go about fixing areas that feel problematic.  

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