Announcing Tainted: A Demon Within Novel!

I’m so excited to reveal the cover of Tainted, the first novel in my new Demon Within series! Tainted will tentatively release in June, 2016. The novel had originally started as a novella that I had never published years ago, and Cami’s story has stayed with me for so long that I just couldn’t ignore her or the Veiled Realm, the demon and creature world nestled secretly within our own human world. So, it turned into a a full length novel and the start of a trilogy.

I hope you look forward to it! If you love young adult paranormal, stories of demons and demon hunters, romance woven throughout, and a hot book boyfriend or two, then Tainted is the perfect novel for you.

And now without further ado…

Tainted by Ginna Moran for web

 

Seventeen-year-old Cami Anders uses one word to describe her life: Purgatory. What she doesn’t know is she’s closer to Hell than she thinks.

On the run from the demon that killed her parents, Cami struggles to find her place on the fringes of the Veiled Realm, the part of the world where demons and other creatures lurk in the shadows. Striving to find a normal life in the care of a former demon hunter, who would punch even an angel to protect her, is harder than Cami ever imagined. There’s nothing ordinary about sipping holy water like it’s her beverage of choice, having stare-downs with animalistic demons, and relying on a hunter with enough secrets to fill an ocean to keep her soul safe.

When the demon from Cami’s past arrives to collect her soul, which he believes is rightfully his, she must unravel the secrets her protector has spent the last three years keeping from her. She finds herself questioning her existence and learns that running isn’t the answer. The only way to find normalcy is if she fights for it. But is it worth the risk of losing everything, including her soul, in the end?

 

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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Lexie Lumins

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Name: Lexie Lumins

Age: Mid-twenties

Physical Features: Long black hair, blue eyes, petite, 5’4”

Style: Maxi skirts, bold patterns, colorful, full-length dresses, lots of jewelry

Strengths: Matriarch of Luminous Sisterhood, sensibility, independent, empathetic

Weaknesses: Always puts others first, bound by Enchantress Sisterhood law

Quote: “The mind is a powerful thing.” I love this quote because it sums up enchantresses. They understand the mind because their power influences it. They have to know just what to say to get an everlasting effect on someone. Physical commands are easy, but changing the way a person thinks takes a master. It’s why Lexie is the matriarch of her faction of the Enchantress Sisterhood.

Fun Facts:

  • Lexie is responsible for helping Alyssa Callaghan, from the Destined for Dreams series and Escaping Fate, leave the hardships of her life.
  • Lexie has no living biological family.
  • The book she shows Mira with the history of the HPA is one of four in existence. Only the other matriarchs of the sisterhood have a copy except for the Ever Sisterhood, since there isn’t a matriarch. The remaining copy resides with the Creature Council’s enchantress from the Destined for Dreams series.
  • The different factions of the Enchantress Sisterhood are Luminous, Crescent, Midnight, and Ever.

I hope you’ve enjoyed an in-depth look at the amazing enchantress, Lexie Lumins! Sign up for my newsletter to read about Lexie’s first appearance in the creature world that the Destined for Dreams series and the Finding Nate series share.

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**Giveaway!**

With less than a week until the release of my debut novel, Destined for Dreams, I’d like to celebrate with a giveaway through www.goodreads.com. So from now until Dec 8, 2014, enter to win a free *signed* paperback copy of Destined for Dreams.

All you have to do is hit enter to win on the widget below. Good luck!

 

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Breathing Life into Characters

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One of my favorite things about writing a novel is breathing life into my characters. It’s not every day that you get to give someone a name, an appearance, and a personality. But there’s more to it—you want your characters to be authentic, to feel as real to your readers as they do to you. So, when creating a character, I always think about what makes them real to me.

Is it how I imagine they look or is it the way they sound? Is it their struggles or hopes and dreams? What makes a character real to you will make the character real to your reader. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when you’re imagining your characters.

 

 

 

What is your character’s full name?
That’s right—they need an identity.

Does your character have a nickname?
Nicknames can show a character’s personality or portray their relationship with another character.

How old are they?
Age isn’t only a number—it’s an important factor for your character’s voice.

What do they look like?
Physical descriptions help readers imagine your characters. Writing your character’s physical description down for reference also helps, because you don’t want your character’s eye color to switch halfway through your novel.

What is their clothing style?
Everyone has a style and you want it to be consistent, so get to know your character’s closet. Jeans and T-shirts? Dresses? High fashion? There are so many possibilities.

What are your characters word choices?
Word choice helps aid your characters voice. Each of my characters has their own vocabulary and keeping a list of words and phrases can be helpful.

What habits do your characters have?
If someone were writing about me, I’d expect my signature move to be tucking my hair behind my ear because I hate it in my face. What do your characters do that sets them apart from each other or brings them together?

What else do you want your readers to know about your characters?
You can write about their interests, fears, hopes, favorite color, favorite food, jobs, family, etc. Let the reader really get to know your character. It’s what they want and expect.

Another hint for creating characters is to not force yourself into a box. It’s okay for your character to grow and change—it’s what they’re supposed to do—so take the time after you write your novel to answer the questions again to see the progress of your character. It can also help in the editing process. Know your characters like you know yourself…or better.

What questions do you ask yourself when creating your characters? If you’re a reader, what do you like to learn most about a character?

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Stories Deserve to be Read

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I’ve debated with myself over the last few years about self-publishing and whether or not it was for me. It was always my dream to snag a great agent who loved my books as much as I did and have my books sold to a publishing house that could nurture and grow my career.

After spending five years in search of that perfect agent, it just hasn’t happened yet. The publishing industry is so subjective that you could have a well-written, fabulous read that goes unnoticed for one reason or another. It happens.

So with that thought, I’ve decided that I can’t let my novels—these stories and characters I love so much—stay locked away in a folder on my computer.  They deserve to be read, it’s why I wrote them. I hope you enjoy my novels as much I do. I’ll post more information soon about when my first novel will be released. Stay tuned.

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Rejection—I’m just not into your book

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You’d think after being rejected over a hundred times, that it’d get easier, but rejection is and always will be hard. Whether you get turned down for a date, a job, an idea, or a novel, no likes to hear no, sorry, you’re just not what we’re looking for. It makes you question yourself, hinders your confidence, and after being rejected, it’s hard to put yourself out there again.

The truth about rejection is that while it’s disappointing, it isn’t about you as a person, and while it’s easier said than done, you shouldn’t take it personally. Take the opportunity to grow from it.

What I learned from rejection:
1. Opinions are subjective and no one is going to like everything. It’s just a simple fact. I don’t like everything myself, so I can’t expect someone else to.
2. You can do everything right and still be rejected. Rejection occurs for many reasons—another client has a similar piece of work, the genre is impacted, just not interested, etc. Rejection happens. Don’t let the circumstances define you.
3. Sometimes you need to take a break. If rejection starts making you want to quit, it’s time to take a vacation. Write something new, relax, and remember why you love your novel.
4. Never give up. If you give up, you can never succeed.

To help get through rejection, I find that discussing it with someone else helps ease the pain of it. With saying that, what has rejection taught you?

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