Worderella Around the Web

Dear Reader,

We’ve been busy here behind the scenes, researching and writing and preparing for contests and such.

I’m also continuing to do research for The Rebel’s Hero. As I learn, I’ve been going back through chapters to better describe the situation of the Civil War at the timeline of the book. This gives me a much more solid understanding of who the characters are, and why, which will help me write the best of the book. It stinks to backtrack, but it’s worth the effort.

And that’s everything that’s happening in my part of the world! Tell me, how are things going for you?



Guest Post and Giveaway

Dear Reader,

I’m doing my best to catch up with everything after my conference last week, and feel like I’m failing miserably. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer my tardiness! Check out my guest post at Word Nerd and leave a comment there to win a signed print copy of Haunting Miss Trentwood plus the coffin-shaped soap that goes with it!



Dreaming of Books Giveaway

Dear Reader,

I’ve been selected as January’s “Author of the Month” over at A Buckeye Girl Reads. Make sure to check out the interview and leave some love. 🙂 I like that idea, highlighting local authors (I’m on Ohio). Maybe I’ll do something similar, but with indie authors…

Now then. It’s a new month, which means we have a new giveaway! All you have to do is agree to sign up for my newsletter and agree to write a review for my upcoming book of short stories, Love or Lack Thereof. At the end of the giveaway, you will receive a 100%-off discount code to “buy” Love or Lack Thereof.

I am trying to get more reviews on Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon.com. Goodreads.com is always appreciated. I’ll send you the information through the newsletter when we get closer to the release date, which looks like it will be March.

Pretty simple, right? Happy new year!



Midwinter Giveaway Hop

Dear Reader,

We have another giveaway! It’s the holidays and there’s nothing better than free stuff.

This giveaway is super easy. Leave a comment on this post to enter the contest to receive a free digital copy of my first book, Catching the Rose. I am giving away three copies. I hope if you win you will agree to review it, but that’s totally up to you.

That isn’t all, though! Everyone who comments saying they agree to review my short story “Mad Maxine” will win a free digital copy of the story.

So really, you have nothing to lose! Comment and you will win something.

This giveaway will run from December 21 – 22, but I’m accepting submissions from December 20 – 22.

Want to see what other blogs are offering? Check out the participating blogs at the bottom of the giveaway hop page.

Happy holidays!


Spooktacular Giveaway Begins!

Dear Reader,

You are in luck. I am giving away three books in celebration of the Haunting Miss Trentwood book launch. This giveaway is in conjunction with the Spooktacular giveaway hop.

What do you win?

You have the chance at winning a free signed copy of Catching the Rose, or one of two signed copies of Haunting Miss Trentwood.

How do you enter?

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads and fill out this form. You are not disqualified if you already follow me on any of these networks. Make sure you chose the Facebook fan page, and not my personal profile.

Are multiple entries allowed?

Yes! You are allowed five additional entries after the Twitter follow. This means I will accept a total of six contest entries.

Acceptable additional entries include:

  • tweeting the contest
  • friending me on Goodreads
  • liking my page on Facebook
  • linking to the contest through your blog or Facebook

Each additional entry requires returning to this form to provide a link to ensure I saw it.

The contest will close at midnight on October 31. The winners will be selected using a spreadsheet and random.org to ensure fairness.

I do ask that winners post a review of the books on Goodreads, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

Best of luck, contest hopeful!


PS. Check out the other goodies in the Spooktacular Blog Hop Giveaway!

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Dear Reader,

It’s October, which means Haunting Miss Trentwood is coming to you soon! In celebration of this, I’ve joined the Spooktacular giveaway hop.

Details will come later, but as a teaser, I will be giving away a copy of Catching the Rose and two copies of my soon-to-be-released book, Haunting Miss Trentwood. There will be a number of ways to enter the contest. To qualify, you must follow me on Twitter @worderella. To submit multiple entries you can…

  • Comment here at Worderella Writes
  • Tweet the contest
  • Become my friend on Goodreads
  • Become my friend on Facebook
  • Link to the contest through your blog or Facebook
  • Leave a review on Goodreads, etc.

You may submit up to ten entries each day over the length of the contest, October 25-31. Unfortunately, only USA entries are accepted.

By the way, we’re 57% funded for Haunting Miss Trentwood. Pre-order your copy at http://kck.st/ck1n9t. We have ten days to go, and every dollar counts toward the $640 we need to raise!

All the best,


Stumbling Blocks, Workshops, and a Contest

“Nobody’s perfect, I gotta work it again and again ’til I get it right…”
Nobody’s Perfect sung by Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus

Well, Hannah Montana’s right on the money with this one. This song should be the theme for all writers in the editing phase.

I have been an editing machine, lately. That is, until I hit chapter 24, where the draft became muddy. Apparently I was experimenting when I wrote this chapter and the couple after it. The results from the experimentation are faulty at best.

Conclusion: I have to alter a major subplot of…oh, I guess I’d say the last third of the book.

This is a little frustrating. I don’t remember writing chapters clogged with internal dialogue, unnecessary angst, and way too much exposition. I’m cutting pages, chapters even, fighting through to get back to the essentials.

The Workshop

I’m holding an online editing workshop next week to contribute to Lynn Viehl’s Left Behind & Loving It (LB&LI) convention. I’ll tackle a different facet of editing each day:

  1. Monday: Put that shitty first draft away
  2. Tuesday: Be brutally honest
  3. Wednesday: Show, don’t tell
  4. Thursday: Tell, don’t show
  5. Friday: Focus on those nitty gritty details

There will be links to worksheets, websites, and books that should help you edit your own work. I’m providing a lot of these links because I know people edit in different ways, and I want to help as many people as possible.

The Contest

At the end of the week, I’ll give a free critique of the first three chapters (or the first 50 pages, whichever is shorter) of one commenter whose name I will pull from a hat. To be eligible…

  1. You must comment during the LB&LI week (July 28 to August 3).
  2. Your comment must be on an LB&LI post, following the theme of the day.
  3. You must comment here on the blog, http://blog.worderella.com. I can’t see your comment if you’re reading me on LiveJournal, for example.
  4. Your chapters/excerpt must be prose. Double-spaced, twelve pt font, Times New Roman or something similar.

The winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 5. I read all genres, so don’t worry if you’re interested but don’t write historical fiction or romance. I’ll try to be as fair and as honest as possible to help you. Whether you accept my suggestions or not is your prerogative, of course.

I’ll provide my comments using the Microsoft Word comment feature. If you don’t have a Windows machine, or if you don’t have Microsoft Word, we can work something out.