Tuesday, July 22, 2014

...And Another One!

First off, allow me to say that I am sorry for not posting anything at all last week. I can use the excuse that my birthday was last Tuesday but I guess that doesn't suffice, does it? Anyway, I have some pretty good/exciting news! ...Maybe...

As you all know, my second novel RED is still in the editing phase and won't be ready until some time in December. It's the second part to my debut novel, A Tragic Heart. I mentioned before that this book series is a trilogy with Turn It Off following after RED. Well, it looks like this trilogy just turned into a four book saga!

I wasn't going to go there initially but after a couple of readers took an early look at RED, they didn't want to settle for Turn It Off being the final book in the story. The newest one I am working on is already titled but I'll leave the name out for now just in case I decide to change it. I'm already over 21,000 words into the novel and I just started it last Thursday.

The novel is written in a similar style to A Tragic Heart and RED but it incorporates a lot of the style from Turn It Off as well. Point is: You'll have to read all three books before reading this one to fully understand it (Hello! It's a book series!).

Well, that's all I have for you for today. I don't want to give away too much too soon. I'll reveal more when the time comes but for now, back to RED. I'll post more on RED later on in the upcoming weeks. The reviews have been good so far!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

But Mama, I Want To Be a Feminist!

Here's the link to this month's blog post for I Am That Girl! I hope you all enjoy it. Be sure to check out the rest of the website & take the pledge while you're at it. It's a great organization to be a part of. 

Band-aid Smiles

These are lyrics that I wrote to a song back in 2011. I think it's pretty self explanatory so I won't go into much explanation about it. Honestly, I mostly just remember being really sad when I wrote it. I always just heard the sound of the acoustic guitar being the only instrument to support the song. Hopefully someday I can make this song come fully to life. For now, here are the lyrics:

Band-aid Smiles

I smile everyday & everyone sees it

It doesn’t have to be genuine to be pleasing

Cuts & wounds can never be seen

Is it faking if you pretend it’s a dream?

Band-aid smiles

We’ve all had them

The world is cold so we have to grab them

Blanket dreams

Are now all nightmares

Teddy bears & sugar canes are no longer here

That little girl with the ribbons in her hair

It was so black & white

Now there’s color everywhere

The red is so blinding & the pink is too sweet

I’m hoping someday we’d collide on a two way street

Life is passion & love is fear

What I would give for you to stay here

I’m running out of band-aids

No more bandages for the damages…

Band-aid smiles

We’ve all had them

The world is cold so we have to grab them

Blanket dreams

Are now all nightmares

Teddy bears & sugar canes are no longer here

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Character Profile for RED: Peyton Giordano

Remember last week when I said I was going to write up a character profile for each character for RED, until the release? Well, here is the first one and it's for the main character, Peyton Giordano. I'll release a new character profile every month up until the release of the novel. That's enough time to catch up on the action that led to RED by picking up or downloading A Tragic Heart. Here we go:

Full Name: Peyton Hayley Giordano

Birth Date: April 4, 2010

Gender: Female

Age During RED: 16-18 years old

Eye Color: Green

Hair Color: Red

Height: 5'6

Weight: 130 lbs

Relatives: Taylor Caldwell (Mother-Deceased). Peyton Giordano (Father-Deceased), Mason Taylor (Cousin), Adalyn Voyvodich-Taylor (Cousin-in-law), Jackson Caldwell (Uncle), Nick Taylor (cousin), Ryan Taylor (cousin), Lila Taylor (cousin)

Relationship Status: It's complicated....don't ask! 

Interests/Hobbies: Singing, Guitar, Piano, Songwriting

Positive Character Traits: She's compassionate although she rarely shows it. She has a strong attitude and stands up for herself. Peyton tends to lead her own life without caring what others think. She's extremely talented and smart.

Negative Character Traits: She self-sabotages frequently, she can be quick to anger, and she's a bit of a martyr at times. She's also impulsive.

Choice Quote from RED: "When we want something bad enough we tend to only look at the positive side of things. We ignore the negative because we don't want to go there."

That's all for now! If you want to learn more about Peyton, you can pick up your copy of RED when it is released in the Winter of 2015. For now, you can learn about some of the other characters in RED by reading part one to the novel, A Tragic Heart.

By the way, if Peyton were a song she would be The (After) Life of The Party by Fall Out Boy.