Autographed Books and Free Shipping!

The blog tour may be over, but there is still a lot going on! The day after the last day of the tour, I was interviewed on A Blue Million Books by Amy Metz. Thanks, Amy! I have another interview coming up on October 1st – can you believe it’s October already?! – and I will let you know when it’s posted.

I now need to get back to working on my works-in-progress. I think I’ll add to Freedom from Fat after I finish writing this. Chronicles of a Troubled Girl is up next to be published. I also need to compile all of my articles into Articles for the Mind, hopefully by December.

Is anyone interested in an autographed paperback copy of Freelance Writing Guide? I can order you one, sign it, and mail it to you myself (shipping will be on me) for only the base retail price ($14.99). If you love paperbacks and want to learn all about starting a freelance writing career, this is a great opportunity. So far, there’s been mostly 5-star reviews!

You can let me know by commenting below or emailing me at: christine_rice@charter.net. Pretty soon I will have my own author email, since I have my own domain name now 🙂

Have a great night!

Blog Tour Surprise!

Good morning to all!

Today, the Freelance Writing Guide Blog Tour stops…here! This is the last day of the tour 🙁 If you haven’t seen it yet, check out my interview from yesterday with Christine Henderson on TheWriteChris.

If you didn’t see or notice the layout of my blog yet, yesterday I redid it so that the blog is on its own page, and now there is a homepage. I also changed the title and subtitle from Christine Rice, Author: All About Writing and Books to Christine Rice: Author. My reason was to make this a website that has a blog, instead of it being only a blog. I also created one page for my books, instead of a page for each book. I also moved the widgets in the sidebar around so that the pages of this website are listed at the top rather than a few widgets down. It was complicated before, but now it is simpler and easier to navigate. I hope you like it!

Back to the blog tour… This blog tour has been the best experience I’ve had in regards to getting the word out about my books. I have truly enjoyed meeting so many new people – many of whom are writers and authors – that have been so friendly and helpful to me. Thank you all so, so much!

I am very happy to have spread the word about Freelance Writing Guide, a book that I worked on steadily for eight months. It was fun to write and edit, and I’m glad that now more people know about it. I think it is a helpful book to those who are interested in embarking on a freelance writing career for the first time. I hope you will find it helpful too. I also hope you will contact me and let me know if it has helped you. I’d love to hear your stories about becoming freelance writers and if the book was accurate for your experiences.

Now, onto the surprise! First of all, thank you so much for visiting the blogs on the blog tour during the last month. The bloggers and I are grateful for your support. To show my (our) gratitude, I will give free copies of Freelance Writing Guide to all who comment on this post today and tomorrow saying what you like best about writing and/or how you decided to become a writer. I share about myself most of the time, so now I want to hear your stories. After you post a comment below, email me at christine@christinerice-author.com telling me what ebook format you want, and I will reply to your email with the free book!

I can’t wait to see your comments and hear from you! Thanks for helping to make the Freelance Writing Guide Blog Tour a success! I truly appreciate you!

I’m sad to see you go…

My month-long blog tour is nearing its end. I feel like I’m losing a friend. It’s been fun seeing all the posts about Freelance Writing Guide and keeping in touch with the blog tour participants. It took me one month to organize the tour and one month for the tour itself, and now, it’s coming to a close. I will miss all of the fun I’ve had. I hope you’ve had fun too – learning readers’ opinions about my book, getting to read an excerpt from the book, learning more about me, and reading some guest posts I wrote of tips for freelance writers. I really appreciate your participation in my blog tour. I know some of you are following along and reading the posts. My husband is too!

In addition to enjoying the experience, I’ve learned a lot. A blog tour is a fun time and helpful for promoting one’s book, but it is A LOT of work. First, I had to find bloggers who would be willing to participate in my tour. During that time I also finished the edits of my book and published it. Then I sent out the ebook copies to the bloggers. Then I was answering interview questions for a bunch of different interviews. Then the tour started. I answered more interview questions and wrote some guest posts. Almost every day, I promoted each of the bloggers’ posts in up to 10 places on the Web. I also published a few blog posts here to keep you all included in the tour.

I will be publishing a blog post this week with tips on how authors can successfully run their own blog tours, so keep an eye out for that if you are an author who is interested in having a blog tour someday. Now, I will share with you where the tour has been during the last few days and where it is going to be in the next, and last, two days. Boohoo 🙁

Last Wednesday – September 19th – Chris Eboch published my guest post on “Tips for Writing for Content Websites.” If you are interested in writing for Yahoo, Suite101, Helium, or other sites, you should check out this post! On Thursday, Ansuyo reviewed Freelance Writing Guide on her blog: Writing with Both Sides of my Brain. Her review is detailed, honest, and well-balanced. If you’re interested in writing professional book reviews, you should check out my guest post from Friday, “Professional Book Reviewing Tips,” on YaminaToday.com. Yesterday, my guest post, “Three Important Tips for Freelance Writers,” was posted on Literary Lunes Publications.

Today, there is an interview with me and Sandra of JeanzBookReadNReview. The interview questions are pretty unique, so check it out for new information about me and my books! Tomorrow – Monday, September 24th – I will be interviewed by Chris at TheWriteChris. Check out that interview to learn my takes on publishing, promotion, and writing groups, and my advice for new writers and what I’ve learned as a freelance writer. Tuesday – the last day of the tour – will bring you back here where there will be a special surprise!

Have fun at the next stops of the tour and please come back here Tuesday! Have a great day!

Interview with Patty Apostolides

Today I will be interviewing author Patty Apostolides. Patty and I met on our Facebook pages. She was having a giveaway for her books and I ended up winning a copy of Lipsi’s Daughter (which, by the way, I will be reviewing here in November)!

Patty Apostolides is a Greek American biologist and classical musician who decided after years of being a career woman to marry her adorable husband. Shortly after, she became a stay-at-home mother to an equally adorable son. Besides cooking, cleaning house, sharpening pencils, and homeschooling, she has penned three romance novels: Lipsi’s Daughter, The Lion and the Nurse, and The Greek Maiden and the English Lord. Her other writing includes, but is not limited to: a poetry book and medical articles.

How, and when, did you decide to become a novelist?

I have always wanted to write a novel, and the opportunity presented itself twelve years ago when I became a stay-at-home mother with time on my hands. Prior to that, I was too busy working as a research scientist in the healthcare industry, and co-writing medical articles. I have also penned poetry, and played viola in different orchestras.

What interests you about writing fiction?

What I love about writing fiction is that it provides an avenue for my imagination and creativity. It is an art form, just like music and painting, which utilizes the right brain. Writing fiction also allows me to utilize my left brain when I research different cultures, time periods, and facts for my stories. I am constantly learning about life when I write. It is quite an adventure.

How much time do you spend working on your novels each day/week?

I spend approximately three to four hours a day researching, writing, and promoting my novels. My schedule varies, so I don’t have a set time, but my favorite time is in the evening, when all chores are finished and my son is tucked in bed.

What genre do you write, and why?

I write sweet romance novels, and more recently, historical romance. My inspiration for writing romance stems from my marriage. I love my husband dearly, and many times when I write about my heroes, they have qualities that I admire in my husband. I love happy endings, and all of my stories have happy endings.

How do you come up with an idea for a new novel?

That is a good question. Sometimes I remember movies or stories in the past that inspired me or that I loved, and I’ll draw ideas from them. For example, Lipsi’s Daughter was inspired by the Cinderella story, where the poor girl marries the prince and lives happily ever after. Other times, an idea or image will come to me as I’m traveling, visiting art museums, observing people around me, or even watching the news or a movie. It can come from anywhere. Then I will play with the storyline in my mind, turning it over, trying to picture where it will lead. When I am comfortable with it, I’ll sit down and begin writing.

What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.

All my heroines and heroes in my stories are my favorite characters, like Ipatia and Tony from Lipsi’s Daughter, or Cassiani and Leo from The Lion and the Nurse, or Lily and Edward from The Greek Maiden and the English Lord. In these stories, the heroine is kind and caring, and somewhat naïve. She experiences difficulties in life and tries to overcome them. The hero tends to be gentle and noble, with high ideals. They have strong belief systems that pull them through difficult times.

What is the title of your most recently published novel and a description of it?

The Greek Maiden and the English Lord is a historical novel that takes place in the 19th century in England. The story revolves around Lily, who was captured by gypsies as a child during the Greek war of Independence. When she is sixteen, she finds out that her real parents are an English Lord and a Greek heiress. Her journey to England in search of her real parents is not only a physical journey, but a coming-of-age journey of self-discovery. She is sent to a boarding school by relatives to await her father’s return and to learn to be a lady. There, she meets Edward, whom she loves, but he is engaged to another. When Lily visits her familial home, she encounters traumatic memories buried deep inside of her. Will she be able to overcome her hidden past in order to accept the love that awaits her?

Where can we find your novels?

More information about my novels can be found on my website: www.pattyapostolides.com

Also, my novels are available on Amazon.com and other online bookstores.

Do you have any advice for other authors?

Yes, just keep writing. Persistence really pays off. The more you write, the more you publish, and the more people will read your books. Also, if you don’t get a traditional publisher at first, self-publishing is another option. The important thing is to get your books out there to your readers.

Thanks for joining us, Patty. It has been nice getting to know you and your books!

Blog Tour Updates

Good morning!

The Freelance Writing Guide blog tour is still going great and I feel humbled by the positive reviews I’ve received so far. It has been a pleasure to work with every one of the bloggers. The blog tour has been an enjoyable experience, and I hope other authors will be inspired to run their own blog tours (don’t worry, because I’ll be publishing a post on how to do so in the near future). It is a good feeling to be directly involved in the blog tour process, to get to know new people, and to answer interview questions and write guest posts. Without further ado, here are updates on the tour and what will come in the near future, as we approach the end of the tour.

Adelle, on her blog, Honesty…in writing shared a wonderful review of my book on September 15th. The next day, Karen, at Karen Elizabeth Brown, interviewed me on her blog. Yesterday, there was a thorough review by Theresa at Theresa Leschmann, Author. And today, Sage posted a touching review on her blog, My Name is Sage. Thank you, everyone, for your great work and for participating in my blog tour!

Tomorrow, there will be a guest post from me called, “Tips for Writing for Content Websites,” on Chris Eboch’s blog. Thursday, September 20th, Ansuyo will be reviewing my book on her blog, Writing With Both Sides of My Brain. And on Friday, there will be another guest post from me, this one called, “Professional Book Reviewing Tips,” on YaminaToday.com.

I hope you will take a look at these blogs and visit them on the tour. Thanks for your interest in this blog and for your kind comments. I appreciate all of you!

Regards,

Christine

Interview with Amy Metz

Amy Metz

Good morning, everyone! Today I will be interviewing author Amy Metz. I met Amy on Book Blogs, where she was interested in interviewing authors on her blog. I volunteered to be interviewed, but I also wanted to interview her. It is my pleasure to welcome Amy Metz, author of Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction.

How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

I started writing in 2009 as a form of therapy when my mother was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia. I decided to write a memoir about the trials and tribulations of taking care of a parent–especially one with dementia. It was good therapy, but it also was like living the experiences twice. I needed to escape from the real world, so I started writing a humorous mystery novel. I’m still writing, and I’m still escaping into my fictional world.

What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

Because of mom duties, I write off and on all day, in between errands, picking up my sixteen-year-old son from school, making dinner, and being distracted by Facebook and Pinterest. I work best at night, and usually stay up until one or two o’clock writing. Or surfing Facebook and Pinterest.

What interests you about writing fiction?

I like creating places where I, as the writer, and you as the reader, can escape. I love creating characters who do and say things I never would, and I love creating characters who say and do things I wish I could. I saw a quote recently that struck a chord with me: “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.” Sometimes I feel that’s absolutely true!

What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them.

Oh now, I can’t pick favorites, but I will tell you about a few who are fun to write about.

Pickle is a sixteen-year-old whose brain waves don’t quite reach the beach, but he tries to do the right thing, even though he suffers from CDD (Clue Deficit Disorder). He’s known for his collection of funny t-shirts, of which he wears a different one every day.

Louetta is almost eighty years old, but she’s full of life, never met a stranger, and is just flat out good people. She just makes you feel good to be around her.

Those are two main characters, but I also love Tank, who is a no-nonsense, rough and tumble biker dude. But he plays a small role in the book. And sadly, I had to kill him off.

What is the title of your most recently published novel and a description of it?

Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction was released in August. It’s the first in a humorous southern mystery series. The town is full of good and bad people, some who are a little quirky. Most of the conversations in Goose Pimple Junction are sprinkled with southern colloquialisms (AKA goosepimpleisms.) This first book is centered around a seventy-five-year-old murder, which newcomer Tess attempts to solve. As she and Jack investigate, murder and mayhem occur.

Where can we find your novels?

Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction is available at several online stores, the two biggest ones being Amazon and Barnes & Noble:

www.amazon.com/dp/0985138874

www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-and-mayhem-in-goose-pimple-junction-amy-metz/1111849687?ean=9780985138875

What do you like to read?

I love reading mysteries, thrillers – if they’re not too gruesome (suspense and scary are okay, cruel and gruesome are not) – and chick lit. I particularly love books with humor in any of those three genres.

Who are your favorite authors?

My all-time favorites are Robert B. Parker, John Sandford, and Nelson DeMille. They are three authors who are excellent at writing mysteries with a little humor.

Do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

(Cringing) I am so guilty of that. I can’t help it. It’s a sickness! I suppose from that answer, you can deduce that it mostly bothers me. It’s hard to read just for pleasure when I constantly stop reading and think, “There should be a comma there.” Or, “That word’s misspelled.” I do it to my kids in everyday life too, which drives them crazy, of course. But I still do it. Sigh. Is there a support group for people like me?

Where can we find you on the Web?

My website: www.amymetz.com
My blog: www.abluemillionbooks.blogspot.com
My Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AuthorAmyMetz
Twitter: http://twitter.com/authoramymetz
Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/user/show/4790665-amy-metz
Book trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vIbieSgVjk

Thanks so much, Amy, for being with us today!

Blog Tour Progress

Good morning, everyone!

I hope your day is going well so far. I just want to take a moment to update you on my blog tour.

My interview on Jess Resides Here went well. I also enjoyed writing the guest post on From the Boothell Cotton Patch, which is an author bio and an excerpt from chapter 8 of Freelance Writing Guide! Chapter 8 is about blogs and websites, so if you’re looking for tips on how to design a blog or website, put up great content in the right places, and make it successful and profitable, you should check out this post!

Today, I am at RD Meyer Writes where there is an honest and thoughtful review of my book and an interview. In the interview, I talk about freelance writing, my book, my works-in-progress, my take on the change of the publishing industry, and more! You should check it out!

The next few days involve a book review on Honesty…in writing, an interview on Karen Elizabeth Brown, and a review on Theresa Leschmann, Author. There will be many more blog stops after that. In fact, for the remainder of the tour – until September 25th – there will be a stop every day! Join me in on the fun, and don’t forget to come back here on the last day of the tour for a special treat for all of you!

Have a great weekend!

Christine

Review of “Blood Faerie”

A well-written, well-crafted novel – 5 stars

Blood Faerie by India Drummond is a fast-paced, dark fantasy adventure. It is based on a fantasy world where there are faeries and druids that have special gifts. What makes it “dark,” is that one of the characters, an evil and insane faerie, is murdering many innocent humans. It is also an adventure, because the main character, Eilidh, who is an outcast faerie, must learn about her powers in order to stop the evil faerie from taking more victims. To do so, she travels to dangerous parts of the country, and she earns the friendship of a human, which threatens her anonymity.

This story has deep concepts that keep the intellectual reader satisfied. One of the main concepts is Eilidh’s growth in maturity throughout the course of the story. She starts by becoming less fearful of humans and building a friendship with one. Then she begins to learn about her unique talents, rather than remain ignorant about them out of shame. In the process, she realizes she is more gifted than she originally thought, and that it is better to accept and embrace herself for who she is than to give up her dignity and happiness.

I highly recommend this book to readers of fantasy, dark fantasy, paranormal, adventure, and even horror.  There is a delightful mix of genres in this book. The descriptions are not overly graphic, as far as the murders, so the book is suitable for most ages. It is a substantial book, but the length is not overwhelming. I was quite happy that it was a quick and enjoyable read. The book is well-written, and the storyline is well-crafted. I would like to read the other books in the series.

It is available in paperback and kindle at Amazon. Get yourself a copy. You won’t be disappointed!

What a Great Blog Tour!

I am having a blast with my blog tour! I have really enjoyed the reviews and interviews that have been posted so far. I feel blessed to have worked with so many great people on this tour, and the feedback on my book has been wonderful.

Since my last post, this is where my blog tour has been: I stopped at Teresa Morrow~Author/Writer/Poet and The Literary Review for great interviews. Thanks so much Teresa and C.M. Truxler! There have also been reviews at Shayna Gier, The Literary Review, Raven’s Art Shack, and Lgib-Bookreview. Thank you Shayna, C.M. Truxler, Ann, and Shalini!

Here is what is coming up next for the tour: I will be interviewed on Jess resides here on September 12th. There will be an excerpt from Freelance Writing Guide and an author bio on From the Bootheel Cotton Patch on September 13th. On September 14th, there will be an interview and a review on RD Meyer Writes. And on September 15th, there will be a review on Honesty….in writing. I am really looking forward to all those stops!

I hope to see you throughout this week at the blogs where the tour will be stopping. Leave me a comment on the blog posts to let me know you stopped by. I will update you again in the beginning of next week with details for the third week of the Freelance Writing Guide blog tour! Have a great week, everyone!

What is going on

I am very busy with work right now and that makes me really happy. I feel a little taxed from being at the computer all day, but I’m really enjoying the work I’m doing.

The blog tour is going excellently! So far I have been at the “Writers and Readers” group at Goodreads for three days doing a Q&A session, at Literary Lunes Publications for an interview, and at The Writer’s Block for an interview with Vanessa Eccles.

Tomorrow the tour will stop at Teresa Morrow~Author/Writer/Poet for another interview. Don’t worry; there are plenty of reviews of Freelance Writing Guide coming up towards the middle and end of the tour. In fact, on September 7th there will be a review on ShaynaGier.com. Other reviews to come will be on September 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 17, 18, & 20. There will also be guest posts, book excerpts, author bios, and a surprise – right here – at the end of the tour!

If all goes well for the entire tour, I will write and publish a blog post about how authors can effectively run a blog tour.

I’ve also been doing finishing touches on interview questions and guest posts for the tour. Fortunately, that is all taken care of now.

Actually, I’ve been so busy lately with networking, my blog tour, and writing that I haven’t read from a book in about a week! I miss it and will hopefully be back to it soon.

I hope to begin working on Chronicles of a Troubled Girl again by the end of the month. It pains me, because I am so close to finishing it, but I’m happy Freelance Writing Guide has been published, since I started writing it first.

I have been working on getting word out about my editing services. So if you or anyone you know could use having their writing edited by a professional, I do thorough editing and proofreading on all types of writing for only $1.00 per double-spaced page (250 words). To view my credentials, you can visit my website. I will even edit a sample of your writing for Free, so that you can evaluate the quality of my editing services and can decide if you want me to edit the rest. This is a great deal and you can’t lose! You can contact me through my email: christine_rice@charter.net

Thank you, everyone, for your support – for following this blog and reading my work. If you weren’t here, I’d have no one to write this to, so I am truly grateful. I hope I can extend the same support to you.