Saturday, November 30, 2013

Gratitude Giveaway Hop! The winner of this giveaway is...

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the Gratitude Giveaway Hop! I loved reading your comments and getting to know what you guys are doing for Thanksgiving!


Random.org was used to find the winner of this giveaway.
Congrats to Stacie McAdams! 
You get a signed paperback of choice!
*If you don't get an email Stacie, please email melissapearl.pa@gmail.com to let me know your choice of book and mailing address! Congrats!


I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday!

xx
Melissa

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christmas Giveaways - Week 1!

Welcome to the start of my Christmas Giveaways. This is my favourite time of year. I love giving gifts and spreading some holiday cheer around. It's an awesome excuse to celebrate. I would love it if you would join me by participating in four fun giveaways.


Can't wait to show you guys my first surprise! Eeeppp!
So much fun!

Please help me spread the word. The more the merrier.
Let's spread some Christmas love and enjoy this awesome season.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

True Colors Release Day Blitz and Masquerade Ball!

I am so excited to announce the release date of my next book True Colors!
I really wanted to kick off this new release with a bang! I wanted to do something special!
So...
I have decided to make a Masquerade Ball Event on Facebook!
(Facebook is in no way affiliated with this event or its giveaways).


To join the event, click the beautiful photo above!

*If you are a #blogger and would like to sign up for my cover reveal on January 16, 2013 please do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CADA82CA02-cover3

*#Bloggers can also sign up for the Release Day Blitz Post on the day of the Masquarade Ball! To sign up to post on February 16, 2013 please do so by clicking on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040F4CADA82CA02-release2

Thank you so much to everyone for stopping by! I hope to see all of you at the event! There will be tons of news and updates leading up to the event, so make sure you join asap! :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Release Day Blitz: Indie Inked Samplers


GET INKED!



Get Inked Indie Inked Contemporary Romance Sampler

Description:
The Inked Inked Authors have come together to give you a taste of their contemporary romance titles. Discover a range of books in the YA and NA genres, all with a splash of romance. Get Inked and fall in love.

Purckase Links:

Get Inked Indie Inked Fantasy Romance Sampler

Description:

The Indie Inked Authors have come together to give you a taste of their fantasy titles. Discover a range of books in the YA and NA genres, all with a magical twist. Get Inked and go on a fantastical adventure.

Purchase Links: 

Bio:

Indie Inked is a collective of top selling Indie authors bringing the best in today's fiction and trends.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop!

I am so happy to be taking part in this year's Gratitude Giveaway Blog Hop! 

I am so thankful to everyone who reads my work. 
I am so honored to be writing and doing what I love!

To show my appreciation for my readers, 
I would like to giveaway: 
A signed paperback of choice!

To enter to win, 
all you have to do is comment on this post! 
I want to know what you are doing for Thanksgiving this year! 

That's all you have to do to enter. 

Thank you so much again!

To check out the other blogs doing this blog hop, 
click the photo below:


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Indie Life - It's All About Collaboration

I'm very excited to be part of The Indelibles Indie Life series. These posts run on the second Wednesday of every month and include ideas and articles from a wide variety of indie authors. Check out the links below to learn more about INDIE LIFE.

This year I was lucky enough to join together with an excellent group of authors. We have formed a group called Indie Inked and have become quite close knit as the months have passed by. It has been an unexpected blessing and made this year so much more enjoyable for me.

Our goal is to support each other in writing as well as help promote each other's work. To do this we have made an effort to share each other's releases and promotions through Facebook and Twitter. We've also gone into giveaways together and really tried to spread the love through each of our own fan bases.

Another thing we've put together is a couple of samplers called Get Inked. One is a fantasy sampler and the other is a contemporary romance sampler. The samplers release on November 18th and include four chapters from each of our books. Our intention is to make the samplers free so that everyone can access them. We're hoping to all gain some new readership and give readers the chance to test out our books, free of charge. If they like what they find, they can go on and buy the rest of the book, but at least it's a risk free download to start with.

I'm not sure how successful these samplers will be yet, but either way, it's been a fun collaboration project. Working with others can be hard. Sometimes you have different views and opinions on things, but this group of authors have been so lovely and I've enjoyed each step of the way. I am really proud to have my name next to these amazing ladies.

Another form of collaboration that I've seen coming through is box sets. Many authors are pulling together and making box sets of their books then putting them on sale for readers to snaffle up. I think it is an excellent marketing technique and one I hope to try next year.

So, I encourage you. If you're not already involved with a group, maybe you should join one or form one with other writers you know. It's a great way to get your work in front of different audiences...and make some solid friendships at the same time. Indie Inked has become a very special group to me and I love them.

What do you think about collaborating with others?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Melissa Pearl: Author Interview and More

I am so excited to share this article from examiner.com. 

I am thrilled to be featured on the site. 

I would love for you all to check it out. 

You can do so HERE.

Thanks!

Countdown to Christmas Giveaway!!

November already? This year has gone by so fast. I love the crisp cool fall weather and the changes in the leaves on trees. It is also a little reminder that Christmas is almost here!

So by now you should know what is coming next...
For those of you who don't, I mentioned in September, I have some really cool things planned for December that I am excited about. 
To celebrate this, I decided to do some Countdown to Christmas Giveaways. There are a bunch of cool eBooks to win this month! Discover some new authors and books while helping me celebrate the fact that Christmas is less than 2(ish) months away! Whoopeee!!!



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Friday, November 8, 2013

Taking The Day Off

I've decided to take the day off blogging so I can continue reading CHAOS by Taylor Longford. It's too good to put down.

If you haven't checked out the Greystone Series yet, I can highly recommend it. I have enjoyed every book so far...

Think you know about gargoyles? The beautiful winged race disappeared eight hundred years ago. When they last walked the earth, they traveled in close-knit packs, their throats marked with ancient runes. Their greatest enemies were the ugly and brutal harpies that people today mistake for gargoyles.

The first book - VALOR - is FREE!!

THE GREYSTONE SERIES ON AMAZON.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

How Important Is Planning?

I was raised by a mother who loves to write lists. As a teenager, I'd roll my eyes and groan every time she grabbed for her little notepad and got my lazy-self organized.

Now, as an adult, in a job that has my brain struggling to contain all it needs to, I am forever grateful to my mother for getting me in the habit of writing out lists.

I love lists. I love seeing what I need to get done and then that satisfaction of crossing it off. With running my own little publishing business - which face it, as indie authors, that's exactly what we're doing - I find lists essential. So far, I have yet to miss a deadline and hopefully I never will. Lists keep me on track and organized. Being planned makes me a better business woman...and a better writer.

I know all writers have their own style for what works for them, but I am finding with each new book I write, that planning the story in detail not only makes my story stronger, but gives me an edge when it comes to the editing process.

One of my critique readers got back to me the other day with some lovely comments about how my work is always so easy to read. It's not perfect, she finds holes and always has great suggestions, but she finds she can breeze through my books, because the story structure is solid.

I put that all down to pre-planning.
When it comes to story structure and character development, if I have it all sorted before I even start writing the manuscript, my work is half done. Sure, my story can change and evolve as I write, but I tend not to deviate too much. All my thinking and working through story glitches goes on before I start draft one. I can avoid writing scenes I don't need to. Yes - I go back and sometimes add scenes in later, but at least I'm never deleting huge blocks of text - something I always find incredibly painful.

Last night I was thinking over the planning I'd done throughout the day. Something wasn't quite working and it wasn't until I'd walked away from my computer that it came to me. I was coming at one character's motivation from the wrong angle. Today I have spent time adjusting the scenes I'd mapped out to give my character a more realistic backstory and motivation for why she was doing what she was doing. Because of this change of tact, one of the other characters in the story has gone from a soft, almost lovable character to a bit of a hardass, but it's made the story better. I'm so glad I thought of it now and not in the middle of my draft. Having to go back and do rewrites is time consuming and sometimes really awkward. My mind is constantly whirring during the planning stages and I relish the little things that come to me, especially when I'm not working at my computer.

With each new book I seem to refine my system a little more. I think I used to plan too much, go into too much detail that I wouldn't read over again. I've just finished planning for a new series I hope to publish early 2014. I've cut back on my planning a little this time around and I'll be interested to see how this effects my first draft.

Until you press publish, a story is an ever evolving thing, as is the writing journey. I have gone from a non-planner to a thorough planner to someone who now plans what they need in order to get a decent story going. No doubt once this project is done, I'll refine my methods a little further.

How do you work?
Are you a planner? A panster?
How has your writing style evolved over time?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fun Friday - Cover Love

Having become a part of the YA Storytellers Club, I am now happy to partake in their fortnightly Fun Friday Feature. This fortnight is all about Cover Love. So I thought I'd take a minute to show off some amazing covers... and why not feature a few YA Storyteller authors.

So - here are few, from some of the authors within the group, that really caught my eye.


Patti Larsen is a prolific writer and one I very much look up to. I am currently enjoying one of her books at the moment - Exit Stage Left. This new cover of hers is quite stunning and I'm sure readers are anxious to get their hands on this Hayley Coven Universe Novel.


This cover is so unique. It jumps out at me every time I spot it. I haven't read any of Stacey Rourke's work yet, but this cover has me completely intrigued. 


Doesn't this cover take your breath away? I just love it. This is a Christy Sloat novella and one that I am adding to my reading list on the cover alone. 

Now there are plenty more authors in this YA Storytellers group with plenty more amazing books and covers, but I just wanted to highlight a few today. Sometimes too many covers in one post can be overwhelming and I wanted the above covers to really shine this week. If you'd like to find out more about YA Storytellers, visit the WEBSITE. You won't be disappointed.

You'll also find more cover love on the Fun Friday Page, where other authors from the group are posting their own thoughts.

So - which cover jumps out at you?
Do you have a favourite of the three?