Wednesday, February 25, 2015

On the Mountain Playlist

The following are the songs that inspired me while typing, revising, and editing On the Mountain during the frigid winter last year...the chilly temps may have influenced my selections a bit, having been in my writing cave on an actual glacier mountain and all. Although the story is pure fiction, you can bet your frozen toes the depiction of storms, snow, and gusty wind is torn from the pages of real life. *Shudders.*

Keep warm my friends! Spring isn't far off...okay, if you live above the 37th parallel it is, but if you cozy up by the woodstove with Baskia and Trace, you're sure to warm up.

Enjoy!





Saturday, February 14, 2015

Spread Some Indie Love Blog Hop & Giveaway





To celebrate Valentine's Day and the release of Sweet Indulgence (click for more details on each of the books and authors) we're hosting a giveaway! Sweet Indulgence is a clean steam, new adult fiction box set and we're offering a copy of the collection along with some sweet book swag! 

And if that isn't sweet enough, we're also participating in B00k r3vi3ws Blog Hop! Thank you Debdatta for hosting and supporting indie authors! Check out her blog for all the bookish indulgences to keep you warm this Valentine's day. What's a blog hop? Keep reading...



If you have a bestie who'd LOVE a copy of some clean steam, sweet and salty, and lyrical fiction. Or if you just can't wait to find out if you win, Sweet Indulgence is available for 
Kindle and Nook 
for only .99¢ You can't beat that. (See what I did there? I never said I'm not a nerd.)




...And did you hear? We're donating 100% of the proceeds of the sale of this collection to the American Heart Association. So your purchase goes to a cause you can feel good about... 

Here are the author prize packs showing you what else you could win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And if you're looking to spoil yourself this Valentine's Day join the blog hop below. It's a list of  fantastic websites/blogs who are spreading the indie love. You can read reviews of indie books and have the chance to win more prizes!

Also, please share your favorite Valentine's reads in the comments.

Best of luck and Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In the Desert on Wattpad


I was recently contacted by Wattpad, the social media site for writers and readers. Yes, I was appropriately flattered. In fact, I have a dance for such occasions. No, you may not see it. *Note, never let the glow of kindness go unnoticed. They asked if I'd be interested in having In the Desert included on their Featured List. Everything suddenly got all shiny and sunny-like.

Would I? You mean, get my fun, sassy, and smart new adult novel into the hands of more readers? Why yes, yes I would! Queue glitter and confetti please and thank you! 

(Also, check out this recent 5 STAR review from a top-notch blogger who calls it like it is so I had to, you know, see what she said and you should too, if you need convincing that In the Desert is the shizz.)

Back? Okay, so in case you're wondering, In the Desert is a rock and roll road trip taking Brighton Holmes and an unexpected passenger cross country, collecting states in an effort to find a place called home. She's not in fact collecting commemorative spoons or shot glasses for the sole purpose of collecting dust on her bookshelf. (Okay, maybe some shot glasses are involved.) 

Our intrepid and fiery red head, along with the bad boy musician she picks up along the way leave nothing but overturned furniture and wreckage in their wake. Dun, dun, dun. Chaos ensues, but it's a wildly fun ride I recommend you take from the comfort of your favorite spot on the couch. Plus, it's FREE, in it's entirety, on Wattpad, right now. 


If you're already a Wattpad member let's connect. My user name is @DeirdreSpark...
If you're not, get your booty there! Pronto. I mean, it's super cool so you should check it out.

The thing I love about Wattpad is it's totally DIY, meaning writers are getting mighty creative about how they post their work. And there are some fun features like casting and dedications. There are loads of books, in every conceivable genre, notably 1D fan-fic, short stories, and opportunities to gush and gab about all things literary. Go on, check it out!



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

My 140 Top 40 (Tweet Tweet)

Twitter is my jam, more so say than ALL the other social media sites I use. (Sorry Instagram, you're cute, but you're no blue birdie.) For me it is intuitive, engaging, straightforward... There's also the byproduct of thinking in 140 char quips and hashtags. Doh! We don't need to think about that. In the meantime, here are 40 of my favorite (and top favorited) 140 character musings, questions, and comments in the last year or so...
*Note, I said my top 40...I've retweeted about 9,999 awesome thoughts that belong to other people.



40Little two just asked, "Why don't they make a movie (book) where the princess saves the princess (or prince.) Word.



39. That feeling, when writing, when you don't even realize two hours have passed and all the while it's been like you're playing...Yeah, that.




38Quick, if your main character were an animal, which would it be? (Unless of course, your character is an animal.)



37. Here's a post... I've been gobbling up reminisces lately. You too? Er. U2?...



36. For some of us, creating fiction is like breathing or taking water, it constitutes a basic need in our lives.
35. "From the steam, Julian appears black and white, colorful, a mutinous uprising of images against bare skin and hazel eyes." SPENT



34. "Life is too brief to shortchange happiness.” (Young adult contemporary novel, Spent.)



33. I cringe when I have to take out commas to make a tweet fit 140 characters.



32. Breathe life into your sentences, think and write in active verbs.



31. Twitterverse, thank you for supporting & promoting (s) It means the world.



30. being a storyteller, a damn awesome job and privilege.



29. Leisure, what a luxury.



28Sometimes the best thing to do is detach from book sales and reviews...and keep on



27You know you're a writer when...the desire to work on a manuscript electrifies with urgency, passion, and excitement.



26Why we need to READ (& write) YA "The communion of words on the page binds us to..."

25. That moment of possibility when you crack open a new book. 
24no apologies for being yourself, 'kay?
23. Readers, if you get a free book from Amazon or a giveaway, please review it and support . Thank you!
22The world of fiction is a good place to vacation.  
21Pay attention, things are about to get awesome.  
20. "By day, the weather reflected my mood; the dreamy, foggy morning spread across the landscape like a still-warm sheet." 
19. "Hey, you there, writer, please, share your stories so they can become our stories."   
18You won this time chips & salsa. Well played.
17. Books make life rich.  
16When you listen to a song so many times, it's a part if your thoughts. That.
15I'm flattered (rocketing around with glee) that readers who bought THIS SKY by Autumn Doughton also picked up IN THE DESERT.
14. I have given up trying to make a 3D boxset cover. Hashtag DIY Fail. 
13What I want to know is what happens at a Hogwart's Graduation Ceremony?  
12. Take the time to be appropriately and adequately awed.   
11. Read, you'll thank yourself later.
10That head spinning heart bursting conversation with editors. That. *puddling on the floor.
9. Flat out Celeste: one of my fave books this year, more on the blog.
8Today, write a great book, or chapter, or sentence...or light bulb that exact right word.  
7You know you're a writer when...something major (or minor) happens & you're trying to figure out how to turn it into a story. 
6Does anyone else suffer from I-just-finished-a-book-and-don't-want-it-to-be-over remorse? This happened with  Sinner. Sigh.
5. If I could take a nap anywhere right now, I'd go to the Weasley's. 
4Checking flight info for a manuscript is such a fun pretend game to play.  
3. "She turned in circles as the stars flickered on, each one sending her a wish that she no longer needed." IN THE DESERT 
2I love my Kindle. Just saying. 
1. And now, I write a super-secret something for the new year! 
Hint...Hint...

  If you're not already hanging out with me on Twitter, let's connect! 

I'm thinking some of these could go on t-shirts. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sweet Indulgence


It's almost February! I know, I know, time marches on, but holy cricket 2015, slow down! February! Ack! 

I know Valentine's Day isn't everyone's favorite holiday (in fact, I wrote a fun anti-v-day scene in one of my novels) but I happen to love the holiday, the frills, the lace, the doilies...not so much the rampant consumerism, but Pinterest always has some unique DIY ideas for decorations, thoughtful gestures, and there's also the good, old fashioned bouquet of flowers, whether you have a valentine or not, be your own. I've been known to buy myself a bunch of blooms from time to time. Oh...and I forgot chocolate. Have a piece for me! PLEASE! 




Hallmark moments aside, I am all for having a day to recognize and celebrate LOVE! In an ideal world—or a work of fiction—we'd make grand gestures to our nearest and dearest (including ourselves) EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. But reality. So, yes, I'm all for a little Saint Valentine's in my life. This year especially, because I've collaborated with some wonderful authors to create Sweet Indulgence.




Here you have it, a sweet, new adult, clean steam collection of love stories (also a goose, high school crushes, music, surfing, and more!) All the novels are included in one box set.





Sweet Indulgence includes: 



All 5 books are just .99¢ on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. What's extra special about this is all the proceeds are going to The American Heart Association! You can't beat that. (Sorry, I had to.)




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winner Takes All Giveaway!

Check out this HUGE giveaway...
The winner gets all 53 ebooks, including In the Desert. This haul will keep you reading for a while! 

Please sign up below and good luck! 






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