In the spotlight with Miracle Austin

And interview with the awesome Miracle Austin.

Nerd Fest

If you been hanging around Nerd Fest over the past couple of months there’s no doubt you’ve seen Miracle Austin, an artist who great talent is only surpassed by her incredible personality. Today we’re putting this talented woman in the spotlight. Check out her great interview and feel free to drop a question or comment of your own.

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James Chisum: Miracle I have to admit I very excited to interview you today. For the handful of Nerd Fans that don’t know you how would you best describe yourself?

Miracle Austin: First of all, James, I want to thank you so much for giving me this amazing opportunity. Means more than you’ll ever know.

Okay, back to your question…

I’m a giver with boundaries and love empowering others.

By day, I work as a medical social worker; I work with non-dementia and dementia residents/families in a rehab long-term care facility.

I’m…

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Giant P.A.W.S. Sale!

Giant P.A.W.S. Sale

Hey folks, it’s almost the end of summer here. Hey, my kid actually went back to school last week. Anyhow seems like a good enough time as any for an awesome huge P.A.W.S. Sale. So starting today you can pick up ALL 4 books in my series for a steal!

P.A.W.S. – 99 cents/99p

Argentum – 1.99

Umbrae – 1.99

Londinium – 2.99

PLUS Come out and hang with me tonight at 8pm ET online at the I love YA Book Event on Facebook for some fun games and giveaways.

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Meet YA author, Megan O’Russell

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome prolific writer, Megan O’Russell.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Megan.

I am a Young Adult author with three series currently available: Girl of Glass, The Chronicles of Maggie Trent, and The Tale of Bryant Adam. I’m also a blogger at LifeBeyondExaggeration.com and the playwright/lyricist for Princess Camp: The Musical.

  1. When did you first start writing?

I first began seriously writing about seven years ago. I was in a show where I was really miserable, and I needed an outlet to keep me sane. Writing became a normal part of my life, and now I can’t imagine giving it up!

  1. Who are your favorite authors?

Madeline L’Engle is my all-time favorite author. I grew up reading her books, and they really shaped how I associate with fantasy. My more recent obsession is Leigh Bardugo. Her Six of Crows series is impeccable.

  1. What inspires you to write?

I really love storytelling. Bringing an audience into a world they haven’t experienced before is a truly amazing thing.

As for bits of inspiration that actually float into stories, those come from everywhere. I once made my husband stop at a gas station for twenty minutes because I couldn’t think of the right words to describe the way the flag was hitting the flagpole. I have a huge case of wanderlust, so things from Thailand, Ireland, and tons of other places both in and out of the United States have wiggled into my books.

  1. Tell us about your latest release?

Boy of Blood is my most recent release. Book two in the Girl of Glass  series, Boy of Blood dives deeper into a mid-apocalyptic world of chemically-induced vampires and explores the end of the world from the point of view of the privileged one percent.

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  1. I see you write both fantasy and dystopian. Do you have a favorite of the genres? And what is the main challenge when switching hats so to speak?

I love dystopian and fantasy, but if I had to choose one genre to write in for the rest of my life it would have to be fantasy. There are just too many enticing possibilities to give up magic and new lands.

The hardest part about switching genres for me is the subtle change in voice and mood. Finding first love while the end of the world is looming is a very different story to be told than finding love at a masquerade of fairies.

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  1. So when you’re not writing you do musical theatre I see? What has been your all-time favorite role?

That’s a tough one.

If I had to pick just one it would have to be Mavis in Stepping Out because who doesn’t love a play with tap dancing?

  1. If you could play any role what would it be?

I would love to be anyone in Come From Away. The music and story are both so compelling, I would be honored to be any role in that production.

  1. So what’s next? What are you working on?

Right now, I’m editing a new Young Adult manuscript for my agent, editing book two in The Tale of Bryant Adams, and working on the script for a new children’s musical. It’s a lot to have going on, but I am having a ton of fun.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

You can find me on my website: https://www.meganorussell.com/

Blogging my little heart out: https://lifebeyondexaggeration.com/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORussellauthor

On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8061709.Megan_O_Russell

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MeganORussell

On Instagram as: ORussellMegan

And all links to audio clips from my lyricist work can be found at: https://www.russellcompositions.com/shows-music

Second Chance – Because every animal deserves a second chance at a furrever home

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Every year seven million companion animals enter animal shelters and are later euthanized. Here at Rock and Roll Saved My Soul, we want to help decrease that number. We believe every pet deserves a second chance. This anthology is a collection of stories about rescue animals, strays, and the animals that have saved us. All proceeds benefit Pet Partners. Together we can save lives and help animals everywhere get a second chance.

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I have two stories in this anthology that releases today. One about my current kitty, Miri Billie Joe and one about my old companion who sadly crossed over the Rainbow Bridge a few years back, Cecilia (or Cici as we liked to call her).

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Please pick up a copy to read their stories and the other wonderful stories of rescue animals and come by to FB later today for a special event with the authors of the anthology. I will be hosting from 7-8pm Central time and will be giving away some audio book copies of Cecilia’s Tale.

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Second Chance release event on Facebook.

 

 

Sins of the Fae Submission Call

Call for submissions – Horror stories from the world of the fae.

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Sins of Time Anthology: Volume 4
Theme: Sins of the Fae

Sins of the Fae. Stories should be based around the world of fae. Keep in mind that stories should not only contain the fae element but also an element of horror as well.

Word count between 1,000-5,000. All stories must be edited to the full extent of the writer’s abilities. Stories need to have indentations of .2 (if you use the tab feature for indentions that is fine, we can fix that quickly to reflect the appropriate indentation.) 1.5 spacing between lines. Typed in Times New Roman, 12-point font. All stories need to have the title and author name in the beginning as well. Also if you break between scenes please include either bullets, asterisks, even chapters so that we know where the breaks are, because all stories will be formatted in the end to reflect the same…

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Publishing 101

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I participate in a bunch of writing groups on Facebook and every couple of weeks a newbie writer usually joins and asks a general question about the best route for publishing. I’ve answered this question so many times online that I decided to make a blog post about it for others who may just be starting out on their publishing journey.

First of all – if a so-called traditional publisher wants you to pay them money, run away. In publishing money should flow to the author, not the other way around. There are a lot of vanity and subsidy presses out there and in general that is not a good way to go. The main advantage you get from traditional publishing is not having to pay for editing, covers, illustrations, etc. If they are charging you might as well pay directly to editors, artists, etc and retain control over your books.

Among genuine trad presses there are different kinds. On the top tier are the big 5 and to get into those and other high quality large distribution publishers you will usually need an agent and the process is likely to take a while, but it may well be worth it for you to at least try. Send out some queries to agents, see if they bite. If they don’t you can still apply to smaller presses or self-publish.

And now we come to small press. Small press is generally good for those who don’t feel comfortable doing everything themselves. Usually you don’t need an agent and you apply directly and have more chance they’ll accept you. But the problem is there are a gazillion small presses out there and a lot of them are not very good, so definitely do your research if you go this way. Check the books the publisher has published and get someone to look over any contract you’re offered.

I began my publishing journey with a small press, that has since closed its doors and today I self-publish. I’m happy both with the start they gave me and with the control I have today over my books. At the beginning I knew nothing about publishing, so the small press was a good way to start. I learned so much in the last few years from other indies in various groups I participated in both in real life and on Facebook that now I feel confident self-publishing and would only go back to trad if it was with one of the big boys.

Remember though it is your journey and your book, so what worked for me may not be the same for you. Good luck and happy writing!

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