Monday, January 23, 2012

New Project? I think so!

Hello, pretties! I hope this finds all of you well!

I'd like to start by cursing Mother Nature. Today was spectacularly beautiful outside! A tad overcast, windy, but I found that a light jacket was more than enough to keep me comfy. Reminiscent of Spring.
It's only January. I have at least 3 more months of cold, nasty weather waiting for me. Cruel. Just cruel. Still, I was determined to make the most out of my afternoon.

I was visiting my best friend in another city, so after I slept in (till 11am!), I had to pack up and prepare to head back home. Although I'll see him in only a few short days when he comes to visit me this weekend, I still wanted to say a proper goodbye. I'll admit, I hate being apart from him--not fun. He was scheduled for a meeting at work and promised he would text as soon as the meeting was done, so I decided to sit at Starbucks (on the patio to enjoy the day, naturally!) and study for a bit. Oh, yeah...I've decided to finish school, so I'm a week behind classes since I signed up late this semester. Never fear, I'm plunging into the subject fervently! I love it!

But today, after taking only 2 pages of notes--waiting for Matt's text--I found myself writing something else that had been on my heart for a long time. I have already written the first three chapters and I have never been so pleased. It wont be the chunky novels I have been spitting out and it isn't a Paranormal Romance. I don't even think it's a Young Adult's cup of tea.
But it will have it's place in the world of novels. And I've already titled it. Releasing Kayleigh.

I promise to keep everyone updated on the projects I am working on. ShadowShifter is in the last stages before its release date. Lycanthrope (the sequel book to ShadowShifter) has just started being edited and will hopefully get a 1st edition release in October of this year. I'm scratching away at book #3 (which I may actually hold a contest/poll for you to come up with the title!!), and I'm still messing with my untitled zombie apocalypse book as well. Releasing Kayleigh, I feel, will be taking a top priority through the next few months. I am also in talks about turning "My Mid-Life Do Over" blog into a book. I almost feel like my projects are all in a race to see who will finish first.

Till then, keep reading, keep watching this blog and my website (www.MelissaDEllis.com), or follow me on twitter. I'm also on Facebook...but then again, who isn't?

Friday, January 13, 2012

ShadowShifter Update!

Happy Friday the 13th!
As my best friend Matt says (in reference to Jason Voorhees): "Nothing like a night of lumber-jacking after a hockey game." - That guy makes me laugh at even the dumbest of things. Everyone should have someone in their life who makes them laugh easily.

I usually spend this holiday in front of the television watching a few of my favorite Friday the 13th movies. (Yes, I just called it a holiday.) Of course, the remake would make it in that mix. I can't pass up an opportunity to watch Jared Padelecki! *Swoon*
But no. Today I will not be sacking out like a bump on a log, watching stupid blondes being hacked by a machete. First off, it's a snow day; my boys have claimed the television for their Wii-time. Secondly, I'm in the last round of edits for ShadowShifter!!

Here are a few of the things I have learned about myself in this particular round of the editing process.
1. I have put my editor through ellipsis hell, using those wonderful little "dot, dot, dots" everywhere - even when it wasn't used correctly. I had no idea how truly fond I was of those little guys...
2. I can't decide (apparently) if Joey's last name is spelled Baret, Barrett, or Barret. I need to pick one and stick with it.
3. However his [Joey] last name is spelled, I need to stick with it in Lycanthrope (book #2) as well.
4. If art is any indication of life - you know that whole "the truth is stranger than fiction" thing - I'm a horrible kisser. The few paragraphs have been taped off as "disaster areas", it's the romance/kissing paragraphs.
The horror sections are perfect.No wonder my love life is almost non-existent.

Truthfully, I have very few revisions to make. Very few. ShadowShifter, though no date has been officially confirmed yet, will be released in late Spring/early Summer. Right now, along with ShadowShifter revisions and early editing of Lycanthrope, I'm scheduling book-signing dates and planning out swag, such as bags, bookmarks and book thongs. I pray that my release is a huge success and really makes a huge impacting dent in the Young Adult/Paranormal Romance community. So here is my quest to those reading this blog or who have read ARCs - PLEASE, spread the word about my book. It's not so much for my success, though I'll admit that a paycheck for my 3 1/2 years of dedication to just book 1 would be nice, but I believe in this story. I think it offers so much more than many Young Adult books that have been made available and want to give readers some awesome entertainment. Time and again, the general consensus is that this is a FRESH STORY in an OVERCROWDED MARKET. That is my ultimate goal. But extra money would be nice too.

I finished my first draft of Lycanthrope back in November and then felt as though it was missing something. So I went back to finish it (again?). Found what was missing! I added it and now I am completely done with the STORY. Is it novel ready? Nooooooo. Three of the new chapters needs flesh on its bones and that is what I'm currently doing now. I'm not sure how other authors work, but I approach my writing much like I do life - blindly, all in a disarray and spur of the moment. (ha, ha!)
Since ShadowShifter's release has been pushed, it will now only precede Lycanthrope's 1st edition release by about 6 months. Exciting about the double whammy in 2012!

Until then, I will keep plugging away - taking out a million ellipsis and many em dashes from ShadowShifter. Learn how to kiss (apparently). Choose Joey's last name. Throw some meat on Lycanthrope's bones.
2012 is going to be a huge year for Julie Taylor and Broderick "Brody" Cooper, so stay glued to this blog, my official website, my tweets, or my Facebook for continued updates.

Remember, it's not about my name getting out there or gaining fans. It's about telling and sharing a good story and that's what I am doing with you!

And speaking of sharing. If you have not read The Hunger Games, then do yourself the favor. That book should be the staple of Young Adult novels, not Twilight - in my humble opinion. An amazing story that should be experienced before the movie comes out in March!