Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Editor Time: My Muse Author: Lisa Forget, The Leapling

Welcome to the last Editor Time of the month. 

These last days will be set aside to showcase those MuseItUp authors I've teamed with during the editing process. Starting with the earliest to the newest releases. Some I have shared over the past years, so those will be revisited a little later on.

In the meantime, here's Lisa Forget and her story "The Leapling"

 The Leapling
The Leapling Page

Every Leap Year, I celebrate my real birthday. Every time, it’s a near-death experience. Apparently, it’s my destiny. Destiny sucks. 

Tags: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, End of the World, Aliens, Fate of the World, Rite of Passage, Sweet Sixteen, Leap Year, Leaper, Leapling

Back Cover:

Fifteen-year-old Evey Jones is a Leapling — born on the leap day in a leap year. As she approaches her sixteenth birthday, she fills her journal with the strange and deadly things that have happened to her every February 29th, including her encounter with a Shadow, a terrifying creature haunting her dreams since she was a little girl. As she faces her fears, Evey finally finds out why she’s been plagued with near-death experiences every Leap Year, and discovers the role she's expected to play when an alien race puts into action their plan for the birth of a whole new world on Earth — that is, if she’ll except her destiny and Adam, the alien prince who comes along with the deal.


I awoke disoriented and in a fit of panic, too afraid to get out of bed, even with my tummy growling from the mouth-watering aroma of lasagna and warm bread, my favorites, wafting up from the kitchen.

“Come on down, birthday girl,” my mother called from the bottom of the stairs. “Gran’s here.”

It was all I needed to hear. The cavalry had arrived. My grandmother had the power to make everything right. I bolted out of bed, jammed my feet into my slippers, and raced down the stairs.

“There’s my favorite granddaughter,” Gran said, greeting me with a great big hug and a large bag filled with presents.

“I’m your only granddaughter,” I replied, beaming.

Gran radiated sunshine, and as she held me, she warmed me to the core. For a few hours, I didn’t think about the lurking Shadows, the haunting nightmares, or my fear that something was wrong with me. The love surrounding me melted all of those worries away.

Then Gran left, and night fell.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Poetry Starts - Questions


No, you do not have what I want.

No, my life is as I would have it.

Not for what is yours.

Nevermore, to miss what was is to want what wasn’t.

…not what changed but what was missed.




 What is Poetry Starts?

...poems and prose from now back to teen years
...remembering a first writing love
...pumping the creative well yet again
...silencing the internal critic

Monday, September 28, 2015

Roaming Idea: Photo Prompt

What do you see? Sets a mood or emotion? What genre would you use this for?


What are Roaming Ideas?

...random writings from now back to teen years

...writings free of editing and second looks

...pumps to my creative well

...shut downs and locking away of the critical mind

 What are Overly Done Paragraphs?

...more description then is ever needed

...snapshots of possibilities

What are Dear Diary?

...inserting myself into a fictional character, where does the path take me
What are Sentence Spurs
...think quickies to spur your idea

Friday, September 25, 2015

Reviewer: I know we don’t fit, so why are you arguing with me

Review requests are quite simple, really. You search up reviewers. Read their guidelines and their reviews. Read what they like and don’t like.

Next step – double check your genre is something they read.

Now submit and wait.






You’ve got a reply. Thank you, but no thank you.

Wait a minute! No?! But my book meets all the interests and guidelines and everything. No?!

Yup, reviewers decline requests, too. The reason? Your story just doesn’t sound interesting enough – to that individual. Okay, sometimes it could be because our review pile is overloaded. But most times it’s the simple fact we’re not interested in your book.

WOW! Really?! You’re so wrong! So going to regret missing out on the next ______________! You should change your mind NOW!

Yup, I’ve had people argue with me when I’ve declined their requests. Actually get quite nasty over it, calling me names.

If anyone should know what a reviewer will mix with it’s the reviewer. Arguing isn’t going to change their mind – won’t change mine. More likely I’ll put you on a no reply list.

Know you battles – I’m not one of them.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Reader: Blurbs

Sorry for missing you last week. Life has its way of shocking you into what’s real and what’s important. And for that, Thank You for being out there.

Back to what each section of your book’s package attracts me – The Blurb.

Almost reads like the blob (good movie BTW, the original that is) those words on the back cover meant to tell me the story, but not the whole story. Not enough to spoil surprises, but enough surprises to make me want to know more.

A vicious circle runaround to tell me everything and nothing.

Too short and it’s more a string of taglines. Too much and the reader moves on – too little time to read something so long…attention span and all that.

And yet Blurbs are probably the main pull to look further into your book. The truth is I want all the bits and bobs above. I want to be taken on a mini story ride and teased. I want the grab and pull. I want to relate to what you say is between the covers. I want the adventure you’re promising. And I want that moment of – no way, the author’s not serious?

Yup, those I love.