Thursday, May 31, 2012

Top Interview Questions.

So, since I recently had an interview (TODAY) I had been looking up some questions that I may be asked, and found a lot of useful info to help me prepare. I thought I would post some of what I learned, even though this will be a random post, not about writing or getting published at all. Everyone has to interview at some point in time --before you get rich and famous when your book gets publish and you no longer have to have a job  ;)
1. Tell me about yourself:
This is one of the most common questions to ask in interviews. And its often the first one asked. You should prepare a short statement about who you are and why you would be the best fit for this position. Make sure not to list your whole life events, and a lot of not important information about your personal life.    


2. Why did you leave your last job?You should stay positive regardless of the circumstances of your last job. Never talk about about your previous managers, the previous companies you worked for or any co-workers, It will only make you look bad. You should probably say something about the future, or trying to grow.
3. What do co-workers say about you?This is another one that is often asked, sometimes “co-workers” or “friends” or even “previous managers”  but the point of the question is to explain how others perceive you.
4. What do you know about this organization?Hopefully, before going into an interview, you have done some research on the company you are applying with.
5. Do you know anyone who works for us?
This is giving you the opportunity to show if you have someone who works there already as a reference. But be honest. And make sure you are aware of the policy on relatives working for the organization.
6. Have you ever been asked to leave a position?If you have not, say no. But if you have, you must be honest. However you want to keep the answer short and make sure you don’t say anything negative about the people or organization involved.
7. Explain how you would be an asset to this organization
This is a great question for the interviewee. Be ready for it though, make sure you list all your best points as they relate to the job you are applying for.
8. What is your greatest strength?
You can basically say anything here. List only one though, and you can even give an example of how or why this is your greatest strength.
9. Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor
Watch out for this question. They are testing you to see if you will speak negatively about your old manager. Just stay positive, and explain that you have never really had any issues with managers in the past.  
10. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure.
This is a good time to give an example of when you were I a lot of pressure and how you handles it, make sure to explain how you still were successful, despite the pressure.
11. Do you have any questions for me?This is usually they last question right before the interview is over. Make sure you always have some questions prepared.

That being said, I am a hypocrite!! I did NOT have this last question prepared! And unfortunately I did not ask a question back!!  Wish me luck, though. Thanks

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Book Review- Gift



Title: Gift

Author: Andrea J. Buchanan 

Rating: 4 stars


Summary from Amazon:
High school sophomore Daisy Jones is just trying to get by unnoticed. It doesn’t help that she’s the new girl at school, lives in a trailer park, and doesn’t even own a cell phone. But there’s a good reason for all that: Daisy has a secret, unpredictable power—one only her best friend, Danielle, knows about. 

Despite her “gift” (or is it a curse?), Daisy’s doing a good job of fitting in, and a gorgeous senior named Kevin even seems interested in her! But when Daisy tries to help Vivi, a mysterious classmate in a crisis, she soon discovers that her new friend has a secret of her own. Now Daisy and her friends must deal with chilling dreams and messages from the beyond. Can Daisy channel the power she’s always tried to hide, before it’s too late?

Review:
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Gift, is a YA paranormal romance. The story revolves around two best friends, who begin to experience supernatural phenomenon.  As soon as Daisy and her best friend, Danielle, start hanging out with Vivi, another high schooler, things start changing in their world. They get haunted by a ghost, and start having coinciding dreams from their past lives. This is extra strange in Daisy’s already strange world; Daisy can affect and control electrical energy. There was a nice twist in the story, and when you find out who the bad guy is, you will be pretty shocked.
The dialogue was very young, and at times annoying. I understand these girls are in high school, but sometimes I felt like I was reading about girls who were still in middle school or younger…
The writing was good. I was instantly caught up in the story and didn’t put the book down until I finished reading it! The plot was unique, not only did it deal with ghosts and past lives, but also about superhuman powers, which normally I would think is a bit much… ya know? Either make it a ghost story or a superpower story, but not both. But in this case, it went well, and there was a point to it all.
Overall I give this book a solid 4 stars!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review- Fairytale, Fairies of Rush



Title: Fairytale, Fairies of Rush
Author: Maggie Shayne
 Rating- 3 stars
Summary from Amazon:
As a boy, Adam Reid stumbled into an enchanted forest-and met a magical lady who showed him his destiny. Now he is a sober and serious adult. And memories have faded of a childhood event that could not possibly have occurred...could it?
Brigit Malone is on a mission-a dangerous, larcenous quest that leads the mysterious lovely into Adam Reid's home...and heart. For sparks fly when her warm ebony gaze meets his sapphire stare--and a passionate enchantment binds them with invisible chains. But it would be insane for Adam to believe Brigit's arrival had been foretold--or that the sensuous minx is truly half-fairy--even as they travel together down an impossible path toward a dire peril only the magic of love could overcome.
Review:
When I bought this book, I thought it was a YA novel. I don’t know why I thought that, I suppose because I have been reading so much YA, and it’s a fairy novel… Im really not sure though. That being said, it was NOT a YA novel. There are some curse words, and there is some sexuality, so be warned.
As far as the plot, I loved the plot! The story was unique, having a long lost twin sister that you aren’t even sure exists… That was different and great. The romance was nice… Bridgit had been dreaming about Adam since she was 9 years old, which really is creepy to have love dreams about a man when you are only 9. And Adam had been dreaming about her, since he was 7 when he first entered Rush, where he saw a vision of his fate and of Bridgit. So when they finally meet, they instantly fall in love. Which usually I don’t like, but since they had “known” each other for years before, it kinda made sense.
The writing was really good, but there was just TOO much of it. I skimmed over many pages because everything was so repetitive. So much of the same… I love him/her, but I can’t love him/her. And even though I love him/her, nothing will change. It was too much. The author could have cut out SO much of that.
Overall I would have given this story a 4 or more based on the story line, but since I skimmed such a large amount of the book I have to drop it down to 2.5 stars. I was very let down, and though there is a sequel, I will not be reading it.


Friday, May 25, 2012

FEATURE FOLLOW

Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by ParaJunkee & Alison Can Read. The purpose is to meet new people and gain more followers in the book blogging community.

Follow Friday question this week:

Q.Activity! Dreamcast your current read!

A. So, I just finished reading Fairytale, Fairies of Rush, by Maggie Shayne. (which was NOT at all what i expected it to be!! Definietly not a YA novel)
But I suppose this would be my current read. I would cast the characters as follows:
Vanessa Hudgens would be Bridgit
Taylor Swift would be Bridin
Joshua Jackson would be Adam
Clint Eastwood would be Raze

And Billy Zane for The Dark Prince


Please comment below and add your Feature Follow, so I can follow you back!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New Series

So, I have already explained that I finished my first novel. Though I had originally thought it would be a YA novel, I think I have recently decided to revise it again and make it more for an adult audience. (the main character is a little too old to be in a YA novel, and I cant make her younger) That being said, I will need to go through and revise it a little, I think.
Since I finished it, I have been working on the second book in the trilogy. I haven’t gotten very far, only 20,000 words or so. But it seems that it is a struggle to make myself write in it. Mostly because I have been reading these 2 books so much, and have revised and edited so many times, that I am getting a little tired of it. (I guess that’s what happens when you re-read a book 30 times…) Not to mention, I came up with another idea for some more books, and this new story seems to be taking over my mind.
Today, I didn’t even open my trilogy books; instead I decided to devote some time to my new series. It will be called The Fae World Romance series and each book will be a separate romance about different characters. However, each book will have a main theme and be a part of the same back story. These books will be YA paranormal romance novels and there will be 5 total. I just outlined the entire series, and am pretty excited to start writing them!
So… I think I will put my goal of getting my first book published on hold for a little while, give my mind a break from the trilogy, work on this new series a little, and then go back to my trilogy to try and get it published. Before I revise it (again…) I am getting several people to review it and give me some feedback, so hopefully I can revise it for the last time!
If you would like to critique my book and give me some feedback, PLEASE let me know!! Thanks

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

My first Book Review- Open Minds


 
Title: Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)
Author: Susan Kaye Quinn
Summary by Amazon:
Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can't read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can't be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf's mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she's dragged deep into a hidden underworld of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.
Review:
This story is set in the future, where after many generations, almost everyone in the world develops the ability to read minds at puberty. It follows a 16 year old, Kira, who is one of the rare exceptions to that rule, and never developed that ability.
Come to find out, she has a new ability, which the government is trying to keep secret. She cannot read everyone’s mind, she can control them; she is called a mind jacker.
It follows her as she gets captured by the FBI, sent to a camp specifically for jackers, attempts to escape and tries hold the government accountable for their actions.
I only started reading this book after I saw a friend on goodreads had reviewed it, and when I looked at it, I fell in love with the cover! (AMAZING cover!) The book immediately captured my attention and held on to it. There were many twists and events that I had never expected to happen. The book was very well-written, and I just couldn’t seem to put it down. It had action, humor, sadness, and even some romance. Not to mention, the premise of the story was unique and captivating!
I give this book 4.6 stars and if you like some YA sci-fi/paranormal dystopian romance, you will love this book!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Plans


Well…

So far the only people who have read my book have been my mother and a friend. So… That being said, they are both biased (though they may say they are not)
In order to try and get unbiased opinions and feedback, I have decided to do a few things.

#1- I am sent a small excerpt from my book to a fellow blogger who will be critiquing it in about a week or so (VERY MUCH looking forward to this!) (If you are interested- her blog is http://carolriggs.blogspot.com/ and she has a pot in the sidebar with an explanation of her critique services) 

#2- I have sent my manuscript to an aspiring editor. Yes, she is only an aspiring editor, but we all start somewhere. So far I am only an aspiring author… so, I’ll take what I can get. Worst case scenario, I don’t like anything she suggests and her feedback is completely useless- no harm done. Best case scenario, I get great feedback, with awesome editing for FREE! Either way, I want SOME sort of feedback!

So… I will be updating this as I get the feedback im hoping and anxiously waiting for.


On another note…   tomorrow I am sending out 3 snail mail queries to more agents… they all three require the query letter and first five pages. So HOPEFULLY, even if they ultimately decide they do not want to represent me, I can at least get some sort of feedback!

In the meantime, I want to thank all of you who have come to my page and started following me!!!

FEATURE FRIDAY


Follow Friday 5/18/2012

 FF 2012 Feature & Follow #97



Q: Summer Break is upon us! What would be the perfect vacation spot for you to catch up on your reading & relax?


Im pretty sure i could set up a chair right here, with a glass of wine and read and relax!!!
Would be glorious!
However, there is the little issue of the kids and hubby... haha
it WOULD be nice to have a little time to myself though :)

Dont forget to leave a link to your FF, so I can follow you back :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

POWER- Book 1 of The Descendent Trilogy

So…
I decided that since so many people have asked what my book is about, I should go ahead and make a post related to my book and what it is about.
Below is the Summary:
In this world, there are many unknowns to the normal observer. There is a battle between good and evil, waging since before time began.  After Lucifer was cast from the heavens, he decided to get revenge and steal as many humans as he could. He, along with his most vile demons, came to earth to breed evil in humans. To counteract this treachery, God sent his right hand, Michael the Archangel, to bestow upon 9 human women Power, the essence of good, and strength… pure power.  The only hope left for the world, is a prophesy, that one day a woman will be born, who has descended from all of the first 9 women, and this woman will rid the world of all evil.
Thousands of years later, on her 21st birthday, Allison Stevens is thrust into this battle.  Despite being unaware of life outside her small town in Texas, she realizes that she has power, more power than any one person should have. And as an old friend comes back into her life, she has to accept that the world is not as normal as she once thought. Not only does her life turn upside down, but she has the leader of the Rising, the collection of all evil beings, dedicated to destroying her life.
She sets off to learn how to control and use her power, so as to be able to defeat the evil threatening her and her family’s lives.  She travels to the Compound, a structure buried deep within the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where she meets her teacher, David Donnelly, who will not only teach her how to master her skills, but also how to open her heart to love again. During her journey, she learns of the prophesy and has to face the realization that the entire fate of the world rests on her shoulders.
POWER, the first book in THE DESCENDENT TRILOGY, is a young adult paranormal romance novel completed at 70,000 words. HOPE and TRUTH are both plotted and in the process of being written.


Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rejection


So, I heard back from that agent already, the one that filled me with meaningless hope by asking for the first 5 pages of my book. And unfortunately, she has decided to reject me. She didn’t even offer any feedback or explanation. So very sad…
Ill let that hopeless feeling of worthlessness wash through me and then move on.
I will keep hope, because, after all, this is only my first round of agents. And I understand that even the famous authors were rejected many times before getting accepted.
That being said, it doesn’t really make the sting hurt any less.
Moving on to a lighter subject, I will keep blogging and trying to build up a following.
Hopefully, over time, this blog will help me to have an audience who will want to read my book when (and I say WHEN not IF) my book is published!
My idol right now is Amanda hocking, who couldn’t get published, so she self-published her AMAZING books, and now has since been published and has a movie deal in the making for her Trylle trilogy.
I’ll keep the dream alive!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Agents

So, its pretty amazing the amount of excitement and disappointment trying to get published brings into your life. I sent out 7 email queries to agents on Saturday and I am mailing out 3 snail mail queries today. I was told you start with a group of 10 agents at a time, that way, if you get some feedback-even if they reject you- than you can edit your query and try again.
So, since Saturday, I have already received 2 rejections. OUCH. Its amazing how much it stings. However, last night I received an email from an agent requesting the first 5 pages, which just happens to be basically the first chapter. And you would be amazed at how AWESOME it makes you feel to get a request like that. She may very well read the first chapter and decide she doesn’t like it, which would probably hurt worse than if she had never asked for it. But, still, there is a sliver of hope she could request a partial. (in the writing world, a partial is the first 3 chapters, or the first 50 pages…) And the hope that would inspire would be contagious.
Anyways, I was super excited, to say the least, to get that email. I made Chris get off his silly Yu-Gi-Oh game so that I could reply right away. And now the waiting game starts again.


I wonder though, do these agents have ANY idea the emotions they cause? Sadness, rejection, insecurity? But also Hope, joy, excitement! Maybe I should have been an agent! haha
So that’s my update for today… I want to thank everyone who has read my blog so far!! And I would greatly appreciate it if you share it!

Monday, May 14, 2012

THE BEGINNING

Well, today is the day. I have finally decided to start a blog. This blog will mostly be comprised of book facts, things I’m writing about, my journey in trying to get published, and also about books that I read that I think are amazing.
That being said, I will probably at times post about my life, family and circumstances that may have nothing to do with writing or reading.
SO, for my first post, I’ll just do a general rundown of everything I have been doing in trying to get published. But I’ll start at the beginning. I have always loved reading. At one point I was being homeschooled, and instead of doing my work like a good kid, I would instead go to the local library and bring home as many books as I was allowed to check out, only to return again in a few days and check out more. I think that because of my love of books and reading, even at an early age, I started coming up with my own stories. I never really thought I could write them though. I am not a patient person (which is really bad when you are trying to get published!) so it is hard for me to take them time to write the story, instead of just thinking it or telling it.
That being said, I had so many stories to tell, that I couldn’t NOT tell them. I finally decided that I had a story good enough, that I wanted to write it and so my journey began. It was 2009, and I started writing my first novel. I wrote in between phone calls at work, (I was working for a call center in the town in lived in) but because I was a single mother, working full time, and taking online college courses, I really didn’t have much time to write.
I ended up writing about half of the book before stopping for about a year and a half, during which time I fell in love, got married and had my second child. When I came back to work after having my son, I decided it was time to finish my book, and I did. I finished it in about 2 months. (still only writing on any downtime at work)
After I finished it, I started writing the second book of the Trilogy. I also came up with other ideas for books. And decided maybe I should try to get published. I have read about many authors who became famous by self publishing their books as ebooks on either amazon or goodreads, and considered going this route first, but instead I decided I wanted to actually TRY to get published first, self publishing will just be Plan B.
I started researching HOW to get published, and ended up reading every single post on AgentQuery.com.  Then I sent out my first 10 query letters to agents. Lets all keep our finger (and toes) crossed for me.
In the meantime I have been reading a lot about building an audience and decided I should start my own blog!
so here it is.
I will post any news on my books, and ill make sure to add anything about any other projects I work on.
Ill also make sure to post about all the AWESOME books I read!
Thanks

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