Wednesday, December 19, 2012

All I Want Blog Tour Featuring Ten Things from Jolene Perry

I have a wonderful feature today for you from my guest, Jolene Perry. She is celebrating the launch of the new romance anthology, All I Want (Three Holiday Romances) . It's a perfect read for this time of year when you're craving something to heighten the mood of the season.

All I Want: Three couples. Three Stories. One Holiday Available in Paperback & Kindle


Pretty Near Perfect

by Jolene Perry

The last thing Norah needs is to be attracted to anyone – especially in her deceased fiancĂ©'s parents' home. Collin’s starting a new career, and has no business getting involved – especially while staying with his roommate’s family, who very kindly offered to take him in for the holidays. Unfortunately, you just don’t always pick the most convenient time and place to fall for someone.

Six Days of Christmas
by Kaylee Baldwin

When Natalie goes home with her best friend for Christmas, she expects plenty of quiet time to work on a winning ad so she can turn her dream internship into her dream job. Instead, she gets time-consuming Christmas festivities, a house full of children, and Jimmy, her best friend’s brother - someone who makes her question everything she’s always thought she wanted.

Twist of Fate
by Rachael Anderson

When a postcard meant for Kenzie winds up in Ty's mailbox, Ty's faced with a decision. Should he tell her that her fiancĂ© is breaking up with her and let it ruin her favorite holiday, or should he do what he’s wanted to do since he met her - make a move and hope that he can win her over before she discovers there won’t be a wedding after all.

Ten Things That Have Helped me Become a Better Writer.

1. Learn the rules and write by the rules before you start breaking them.
2. LISTEN to criticism, from sources you TRUST (and your close friends and family are supposed to like your stuff, so they're not always the best source - on the opposite end of that, your sister/cousin might be jealous you're writing and hack your MS to pieces for no reason)
3. READ. READ. READ. Read in the genre you want to write in. Read in genres you will never write in. Read a TON. Look at how the information is given in the story, read the dialogue, read the descrip...
4. Learn your strengths - mine is characterization.
5. Know your weaknesses - mine is description of anything that's not emotion. My rough drafts have almost ZERO setting…
(practice your weaknesses, and play on your strengths)
6. I know how it feels to finish a project. I know it seems like it's the best thing you've ever written. BUT - find a place to shut it away, push it away from your brain and work on something else for long enough that you can look at your own writing objectively.
7. NEVER think you're above learning more about how to be a good writer.
8. Read books on writing - I love Stephen King's On Writing, but Bird by Bird is amazing and so is Save the Cat - even though it has to do with screenwriting.
9. Go to writing conferences - agents like to see that in a query, you'll learn a ton, and realize that there are thousands of other people with as many imaginary friends as you have.
10. Relax. Writing is supposed to be FUN. You GET to write. You're not out hunting animals for food every day (most of you) and you're not starving. Don't let the joy of creating stories be taken away from you.

Thank you so much for letting me jump onto your blog for a day!

~ Jolene Perry

Author Jolene Perry

Jolene Perry is an enigmatic figure. She is most often seen behind her laptop, staring at the words flying onto the screen with reckless abandon.

She survived growing up in rural Alaska, driving like a lunatic, and her husband’s careers in the military, as a perpetual student, and an Alaska State Prosecutor. She also survived as a middle school math teacher using her degree of Political Science and French.

One day Jolene was playing her guitar (probably some-thing juvenile for her kids) when she wondered what it would be like to write a song for a rockstar, and her first book was born. (that book is shelved)

She now lives a very glamorous life as a stay at home mom, elbow deep in dirty dishes and peanut butter sandwiches. She doesn’t even attempt to keep up with the laundry because non-writing time is precious, and her family is sorta awesome.

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