Chasing the Tide Update! (And Excerpt)

I know I was supposed to hand Chasing the Tide over in 19 days but…it’s officially with Rosemi! Crazy, right?!

Duty last night was long and everything I wrote, I hated. It wasn’t until I got home, slept for three hours and showered that I got exactly what I wanted. I am so excited. It’s been tough. This book has taught me a lot. Mostly, it’s taught me that some stories will make you face your own demons. I love all of my characters. You’re definitely going to learn a lot more about each of them. In the cases where you don’t, you’ll at least see them grow.

There is a reason for the things my characters do. When we meet Liza, she is meant to be a nobody. She is meant to be a caterpillar. The evolution of Liza is definitely something I have had immense pleasure witnessing. She’s amazing.

There is still work to do before the manuscript is publishable. But I feel better knowing that this step has been completed.

I hope you all love Chasing the Tide. It was a challenging write but there are moments that just take your breath away.

Here’s a small piece of what I’ve been working on. Remember, it’s in the editing process and may not make it into the actual book. Thanks so much for your support and my amazing readers!

I could still hear him as he tried to show me how to bewitch others. You have to want it more than your next breath, Elizabeth. Believe that without it, you are nothing. That passion, that need, it will pass onto them. And you will have succeeded.

Now playing I Forgot Where We Were by Ben Howard.

All my love,
Cynth

The Army Posted An Article About Me!

Hello. This post is late. I’m sorry. The story ran Friday night and I’m only posting the link here Monday night. Apologies.

Here’s the link!

I love being interviewed, mostly because I can talk about my characters, writing, my ideas, forever. I gave the interviewer a LOT more material than he ended up using, but I love the story as is. If we touched base on everything I mentioned, it’d be a very long article!

I have duty tomorrow. Remember those nights in Afghanistan where I’d use my time on duty to tackle my rather large word count jumps? I intend to do the same thing tomorrow. I just stopped myself from getting too into Chasing the Tide because I really need something to work on tomorrow.

I’m realizing just how sad Chasing the Tide is but the growth in my characters…it’s amazing. I can’t even begin to tell you just how excited I am. We’re nearing a lot of anniversaries this fall/winter. Look at how far we’ve come! I was hoping to participate in NaNoWriMo this year but I’ve got too much going on. Maybe next year? I hope you all enjoy the article and make sure you check out my other social media platforms. I tend to post little excerpts and things on those sites.

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Now playing Roo Panes’ Tiger Striped Sky. :)

All my love,
Cynth

Sales, Marketing, and Other Profanity

As human beings, we’re always evolving, always learning. So, wouldn’t the same thing be said of our writing? I think the same thing could be said of our entire authoring experience.

I’ve evolved from someone who knew nothing about publishing a book, with just an idea in my head and the hopes that someone would listen. Here I am today, a published author working on the sequel as well as the third book and another project. Juggling all of these things, I began to feel pressured to sell. Selling your book means success. It means the nights that I stay awake writing when I could be resting before another full day of work at 0630 actually meant something, right? I thought this. And I thought that I wasn’t doing enough.

I’ve always told Rosemi that I wanted to make it organically. I wanted to be the book, the author, that someone stumbled upon. That I didn’t want to focus on sales because it wasn’t about that for me. I think I became a stranger, even to myself, the last few weeks. I don’t want millions of readers because I want millions of dollars. That’d be nice but the reason behind my struggle was, I wanted people to care about the words. It’s my first book! And it’s even dearer to me because of the situations I was in when writing the book.

But I’ve finally come full circle. I’ve realized what I wanted again. I think each author will have to come to terms with this and ask themselves an important question: Why do you write and what do you want from it?

Figure it out early on. Because not everyone is going to like your work and some people just aren’t going to care. And you have to be all right with that.

This doesn’t mean I won’t offer my book to bloggers for reviews. It just means that sales aren’t going to be my priority. I’ve done my part, I constantly post something or other about my book because I’m obsessed with my work. But I refuse to let it bother me that I don’t have as many readers as the next author. All in due time. And if that times doesn’t come, I’m fine with that. I’m fortunate enough to have made it this far.

Author-Meme

Now playing California Rain by Betty Who. I’m oh so obsessed with her album.

All my love,
Cynth

When I Dream of You by Rosa Sophia (Review)

This review is covering the novella, When I Dream of You. I was gifted this book in return for an honest review.

When I Dream of You

Blurb: Nina Archer battles memories of a trauma that occurred twelve years ago…

With plans to move to North Carolina, she hopes to separate herself from her mother, whose excessive drinking is becoming unbearable. Then suddenly, fate steps in to help her heal in a way she would never think possible. While running a race in Juno Beach, Nina finds herself next to a man whom she’s immediately attracted to.

Wes Ladner, the same man she dreamt about one year ago… 

Wes is focused on his writing, and has no time for a woman. But the night before they met, he dreamt of Nina. Although they come from two very different worlds neither of them can deny the sparks that fly between them.

As her time runs out to make a decision, Nina wonders if she’s been given the chance to come to terms with her past, and accept a gift that some never receive–true love.

This book is 68 pages long. In those 68 pages, Rosa Sophia managed to pull at my heartstrings. Her writing style isn’t one I’m used to. I felt like the entire time I was watching it happen, which I didn’t mind. It was refreshing. Usually I want to feel like I’m standing in the middle of everything. With When I Dream of You, it felt like I was almost watching it on television or off to the side. There was a certain distance which I felt was needed because Nina’s struggle was so intense. You know, you get close to the fire and you get burned.

Wes was amazing. Even in the short amount of time that they had with one another, he was patient and understanding. He knew Nina had baggage but he understood that his connection with her trumped all else. And he wasn’t afraid to be vulnerable and show that he cared about her. Everyone knows, feelings are kind of scary. Especially when involved with a woman who has been damaged the way Nina has.

All of this, in 68 pages. The only drawback: I wanted more. I wanted to see what else happened! This is a heavy read. But the pleasant ending gave me hope. Thank you, Rosa Sophia. And a job well done! :)

*Side note and completely unrelated to this review but I feel like I need to post this.
Help one another. I am not known. I am not important. But I help authors. And writers. And those who need what I have. If there is anything you can do in this world, it is help one another.

Now playing A Night to Remember by Betty Who.

All my love,
Cynth

If I Could Explain the Magic of Writing

So, I had this really great idea. I want to attempt to explain to you all what writing is like for me. In no way am I saying this is good writing. At the end of the day, I know less about writing than a lot of people (Certainly less than Rosemi–she’s a genius). But I want to share the experience with you guys.

Writing, for me, is like the moment Liza is transitioning for the first time. In a lot of ways, when I settle down and my fingertips hit the keyboard, I know I’m experiencing something amazing. Similar to what Liza experiences when she finally lets go and accepts her mermaid form. In the beginning, I was timid, my words a little less sure. But over time, the quicker your fingers fly, the better the high. I can sit at my desk, clacking away at my keyboard, with some sort of facial expression. A sinister smile, a frown. There are moments where I even chuckle. Juan has learned to ignore me.

As writers, we are constantly battling ourselves and our work. Similar, again, to Liza’s journey. But I have found that comfortable point in my writing career where I’m writing for my characters. I’m not writing for readers and I can’t even say I’m writing for myself (although it gives me extreme pleasure). Some of you may think this is wrong. And in some ways it is. But I have Rosemi.

Rosemi is the angel on my shoulder. She reels me in. And she is my conscience. My books wouldn’t sell at all if it weren’t for her. Because although I write for my characters, Rosemi edits for my readers. What do I mean by that? There are scenes where I’m not as detailed as I should be or I skip over giving information because my characters already understand. Equipped with her witty and, most times, funny remarks, she makes my work sparkle.

Writing is draining. It takes so much from me. But if you’ve ever had a reader sit down with you and discuss their favorite characters with you–the characters that were once just an idea swimming around your brain–you know that being tired isn’t sh*t. We’ll get over some emotional fatigue. We’ll even weather physical fatigue. Because it’s just that wonderful…it’s that damn magical.

Now playing The Goo Goo Dolls’ Without You Here.

All my love,
Cynth

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Review)

It is true. This blog post is a review. I know, I know. I haven’t reviewed a book on my blog in a very long time. But, after reading as many as ten books in the last two weeks, and writing Chasing the TideUgly Love has left a most lasting impression. So, round of applause for Ms. Hoover. Your words caused me to want to tell the world about them.

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Blurb: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

I opened this book, began to read Tate’s POV and instantly loved her. I wanted her to be real so I could take her out for drinks and we could talk about how HOT Miles is but also, how genuinely effed up he is. As an author, I know this is what Colleen Hoover wants. And she was successful in making me root for her character.

Ms. Hoover was so successful, in fact, that I rooted for both sides. That rarely happens! One person is good, the other is bad. We all grow up with this in mind. But, even though I loved Tate and hated that Miles was hurting her, I couldn’t hate Miles himself. Because his character was so well-built, so well-written, that I fell for him too. And his story was just so sad.

I give this book a big, fat five star review. I love the characters, I love the flow of the story, it didn’t feel forced, and the sex scenes weren’t absurd. Everyone writing romance is trying to beat out 50 Shades for raunchiest scenes, I swear. But these scenes were actually bearable. Great job, Colleen Hoover.

Now playing True Love by Coldplay.

All my love,
Cynth

The One Thing I Forget to Say

This blog was intended to give writers a sense of direction. I attempt to honestly give my experiences within the writing world. But if I’m being honest, I forget to say a few things.

A few months back, I took a leap of faith, as did my editor/agent/publisher, Rosemi. We decided to give Mystic Waters life and a fighting chance. Thus started the publication of this book under Anterior Books.

But I noticed I have yet to really tell the world what I think of Anterior as well as what my experience has been like with them. This post is meant to remedy that.

Small publishing houses are not for everyone. Know that before going into the querying phase. There are pro’s and con’s to each type of publishing situation. Self-publishing might work better for someone who wants less hands in the cookie jar. A bigger publishing house can offer you better marketing with less money in your pocket.

Despite whatever con’s may come with small press, I have loved Anterior Books. They’ve given me freedom, which is ideal because I don’t have a lot of free time to meet deadlines. I am with the book every step of the way, which I need. The perfectionist in me needs it. Anterior took my dream and made it a reality.

Editing? I was in every aspect of that. Nothing was changed unless I signed off on it. The cover? I told them what I was looking for, we went back and forth with minor details and they executed. Anterior works so hard for me and with me and I am forever grateful for that.

If you are looking to get rich quickly, writing as a whole is not for you, let alone signing with a small publishing house. But I can tell you, I am blessed, fortunate, and favored to have been picked up by Anterior Books and I can’t wait for you all to see what we have in store for you with Chasing the Tide.

I think, a small part of me wanted to keep how awesome Anterior is to myself because I was keeping the world’s best kept secret. I wanted Anterior to myself! ;) But they are currently accepting submissions, should your story be complete and edited (and AWESOME). And, as always, if you’re looking for an editor, contact Rosemi Mederos. I hear she’s pretty great.

Now playing You and Me by You+Me.

All my love,
Cynth

We Have A LOT to Catch Up On!

Hello! I’ve been missing the writing world. The Army world has been busy, taking all of my free time. I hope you all understand.

First, I’d like to announce that a blogger has posted a review of Mystic Waters. On her blog, we’re giving away a kindle version of the book. Check it out and enter to win.

Second, I have realized that even though I finished the book, the work isn’t complete. That’s the most difficult part of being an author for me. I do not have copious amounts of free time to actively engage readers or broadcast my work. I’m working on my next projects. So, this is me telling all aspiring authors, once the book is complete, the work still isn’t done. If you go with a large publishing house, maybe. But in my experience, with a small press, no. Which I understand and knew this going in. But it is definitely different knowing it and going through it. I’ve been contacting book bloggers but Mystic Waters will not be a sensation. In order to make a name, I have to produce more work.

Third, I have a side project titled Crashing Souls. I figured, since I posted it on my other social media accounts, I’d post a piece of it here. :)

Crashing Souls

Are you excited? I am! I haven’t decided exactly what to do with this. Should I publish it and give it away for free? Should I create a web series, giving chapters away at a time? Should I try to go with a larger publishing house? There are so many different ways I could go with this. We shall see!

Fourth, Chasing the Tide is due to Rosemi November 10th! I think I saved the best news for last, guys. ;)

Now playing M83’s Kim & Jesse. But I’ve been playing Christina Perri’s Burning Gold for the past week!

All my love,
Cynth

So She Says – First Anniversary

Woah. We made it to one year. 365 days.
Let’s reflect on this year:

- I was still writing Mystic Waters when I started this blog.
– I was in Afghanistan.
– I had no idea if my WIP would even be anything. I knew what I wanted, but I had no direction.
– I didn’t even know Rosemi yet.

It’s been quite a year! I lost, I loved, I wrote, I laughed, I cried. Most importantly, I became a published author. And while I don’t have many readers, they are the best. I wouldn’t trade them.

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We’ve discussed so many things on this blog. My posts were a bit more in-depth during deployment (something I’m trying to get back into), sometimes I worry I’ll run out of things to talk about.

What I do want to mention is the fact that I have five more copies of my book in my possession. If anyone would like a signed copy, email me! If anyone would a copy in exchange for an honest review, email me!

I remember I posted a little about inspiration. I mention (always) how music affects my writing. But I really want to break down my writing process now that I’ve started my third book (no title yet).

Usually, I stop a book when I know a new story is about to begin. That’s the first thing I have to say. When writing a series, you really have to know when and where to stop off at.

The start of the next book has to be handled delicately. I know most authors will backtrack and give you bits of information about the previous book to jog your memory. I don’t. That style of writing isn’t mine. I can’t do that, in my opinion, because it takes away from the authenticity of my work. I would never stop and think to remind myself that I met my husband four years ago. So I won’t do it in a story that is told in the first person (past tense).

Back to discussing the beginning. It takes one song to give me the sentence, that one knockout first chapter, that I need. I do not plan when I write. I drive my car, I download music, I work, I wash dishes. During these times, scenes come to me. Sometimes they fit. Other times, I have to work them until they do.

Example: I was driving my car today, playing Maroon 5, and a scene smacked me upside the head. A scene for book three! This is how it happens. My brain wanders, songs play, scenes come, I write them, after a while, it all fits. Crazy, right?

And when I feel a scene coming, it’s like a curtain is being lifted and I’m witnessing this private move. I’m VIP. And then I’m scrambling to share the awesome-ness with you all! Somehow my brain connects the random dots that the story is (sometimes while I’m in the shower), leaving me with a complete story (yes, I usually jump out of the shower and write…mostly when my husband isn’t around to make fun of me).

I’ve missed writing longer blog posts. I promise to try harder!

Now playing Maroon 5 – Coming Back For You. Happy Anniversary, ladies and gentleman. It has been such a pleasure.

All my love (every last bit),
Cynth

Hello Again – Chasing the Tide Playlist

I’ve graduated WLC!

ASU

I posted a bit ago that when I graduated WLC, I’d post the tentative playlist for Chasing the Tide. I say tentative because the list may likely expand. The great thing about Spotify is that I only have to update the playlist and you all can check the link and listen for any additions!

Understand that in me posting my playlist, I’m telling you so much. No, that does not mean the exact lyrics of each song tell you what the story is about. But when you read the book, you can likely piece the scenes to the songs.

If anyone is interested, I also posted the Mystic Waters playlist on Spotify.

For those of you who do not have a Spotify account, I don’t think you’ll be able to click to listen. But I will post a by name list of the songs at a later date.

I hate to leave the most important news for last but I had to make sure I still had you all with me. The release date for Chasing the Tide has been bumped closer. The Army decided I had a bit more time left in Germany, so I won’t have to pack up and move in the middle of edits. Yay!

And here is the playlist.

All my love, from my warm bed in Germany,
Cynth