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Book Signing and Smashwords Sale

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It’s been way too long, but I have news, so it’s about time I posted something.   As a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association I get the wonderful opportunity to have a shared book signing with some other Science Fiction and Fantasy authors.  We will be at the Writer’s Cottage in Gilman Village in Issaquah, Washington.  If you happen to be around on March 18th from 1-3pm, please stop in and say “Hi” and buy a few books.  I’ll have all three paperback books available for sale.

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In addition, Smashwords is having their annual “Read an eBook Week” from March 5-11.  I have the first Shredded Orphans book, Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans on Smashwords special for 50% off. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/434508  just enter the code RAE50.

Hope to see you all soon and Happy Reading!

GoodReads Giveaway winners of Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans!

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Thanks to all 544 people who entered the GoodReads giveaway for Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans.   I wish I could send you all a copy of the book.  The two lucky giveaway winners are Melissa and Sheri.

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I’m so thrilled with the response to this giveaway.  It’s the first GoodReads giveaway that I’ve done in celebration of the release of The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates, book two in the series.  I’ll definitely think about doing another giveaway for book two at some point in the future.

Thanks again to all who entered.  I really appreciate your interest in my books!

Happy Reading!

Sonya

13 Days Left in the GoodReads Giveaway! #Freebook

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Win a paperback Copy of Space Tripping!

Celebrating the release of The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates I have a GoodReads giveaway for book 1 in the series.  See where it all began.

There are 13 days left (and counting) in the Goodreads Giveaway for Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans.  I have two actual, smell-the-new-paper, paperback copies to send to a lucky winner.

Click here to enter!

Then scroll down and click on the “Enter Giveaway” button.  Good luck and Happy Tripping!

Looking for Beta Readers – Shredded Orphans book 2

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Hello readers!  Above is just the beginning of the cover that Bri Nobile has been working on for Book 2 of the Shredded Orphans series.

I’m finished with rewriting to the point where I could use some beta readers, or if you prefer you can be called my “street team”.  If you are interested, I will e-mail you a copy of book 2 in .Mobi(Kindle), ePub or PDF format.  Just drop me a comment HERE to let me know.

Happy reading!

Sonya

3 Days, 3 Quotes: Day One

Thanks go to Liz Fountain for tagging me in the 3 Days, 3 Quotes challenge.  She has two great books out, An Aliens Guide to World Domination and You, Jane, which you can read an excerpt of on her site.  Also, be sure to check her site for the 3 quotes she posted.  She has a great sense of humor and compassion and it’s always a delight to read her blogs.

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One of my favorite books is Griffin Loves Phoenix.  It was adapted from the TV movie Griffin and Phoenix, starring Peter Falk and Jill Clayburgh, which is also good.  It is a humorous look at two people with cancer (as funny as that can be.)  Apparently, this was also remade as a movie in 2006, which I did not see.  I love this scene and I know it’s not exactly a quotable quote, but it was just great.

Phoenix: [while they’re sitting on a bench waiting for the sun to rise facing west] You ever not want a new day to start?

Griffin: Why do you think we’re facing in this direction?

I will nominate three people who may or may not choose to accept it.  (Even if they don’t post a quote, their sites are worth reading!)  For my first tag of three other bloggers for the challenge I nominate:

Bianca Bowers  – She has a great blog with life, writing advice and poetry.  Definitely worth checking out!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all you Space Trippers!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Book two of the Shredded Orphans series will be here soon (just not quite done yet.)  Book two will be called The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates.  Check back here to see when it will be released and for when I will be looking for beta readers.

Here’s a “love” poem (song lyrics) from book one.

Love Bomb

Ticking away at our lives, little by little

Each on a side and a love bomb in the middle

You talk to me like a high priced lawyer

I watch you undress like a filthy voyeur

You take me by surprise

I smack you in the eyes

Do you think it’s wise

To tell me all those lies

Baby, I’m a weapon of your destruction

Don’t try to fool me with your false seduction

Being with you is like playing with fire.

Rubbing us together makes the sparks go higher

You like to add the fuel that puts you in danger

Why are you surprised when my actions get stranger?

You take me by surprise

I smack you in the eyes

Do you think it’s wise

To tell me all those lies

Baby, I’m a weapon of your destruction

Don’t try to fool me with your false seduction

You wait and see that it ain’t no use

I don’t even have to have a good excuse

A sideways look will send me into orbit

You’re responsible for the acts I commit

You take me by surprise

I smack you in the eyes

Do you think it’s wise

To tell me all those lies

Baby, I’m a weapon of your destruction

Don’t try to fool me with your false seduction

Okay, maybe “Love” isn’t the right word here, but I think Lix has been hurt before.  He doesn’t always talk about it.

Happy Reading!

Sonya

Why I Write | Blog Hop

I have to thank B.G. Bowers for tagging me in this Why I Write blog hop.  She’s a wonderfully honest and insightful author and poet.  If you haven’t read her writings yet, please take the time check them out.  They are well worth the read.  Her blog post was two weeks ago and I have been slow in getting to my writing, so apologies for the lateness of this post.

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I would say that writing is like breathing, only it’s not.  Maybe for some people it is.  For me, life so often “gets in the way”, as they put it.  I have been struggling with finishing my second Shredded Orphans novel.  It should have been done in June, but that didn’t happen.  I think I may be stifled by the fear that the second book may not be as good as the first… and the first has not “sold like gangbusters”.  But really that doesn’t matter.  If I’m going to be true to my writing, then I have to learn to ignore outside influences and write for myself.  In my head I know this, but it’s infinitely harder to really convince myself of this truth.

I think it would be a lot easier to write if I lived a solitary existence.  I would not have to plan birthday parties, family vacations, memorial services, and holiday gatherings.  There would not be needs I required fulfilling, like volunteering at school, checking on break-ins at a parent’s house, dancing, sewing costumes, baking, cleaning, driving people here and there, taking care of my spouse after a bike accident, etc.  Life would be easier… but much less rich.  Life always seems to get in the way.  I know, I see the finger pointing, it says if I really wanted to write I would find the time.  I have also read so many authors say that you can’t really be a writer unless you write every day or write at least two hours every day.   Well, sometimes life gets in the way.  I cannot write in this way.  Maybe someday I can hope to achieve this, but for now, it’s not really possible.

Even still, I feel like a writer.  To me, written words are the best form of communication.  I can be eloquent, because I can re-read, go back, correct, re-write.  My writing may not always be perfect, but it’s easier to express myself if I can check it before it leaves my presence to its intended audience.  Still I am not really sure why some people feel the need to draw a line about whether or not one is a “real” writer.  Where would you in fact draw that line?  If you write a blog, a book, a novel, literary fiction, financial success, number of books written, critical acclaim?  I much prefer the answer – if you write, you are a writer.

So why do I write?  I enjoy it.  I love playing with words, creating characters, working plot, building worlds.  I love poetry for the rhythm and sound and building something with words.  I love coming up with situations and finding where my characters go from there.  I love inventing new stories and trying to see where they will go.  I like getting inside a characters head, because what they say or do may be completely different than what they think.  (I guess that’s the Psych major in me coming out.)  I have no deep dark past that I need to write about for therapeutic reasons, but writing is escapism for me.  I love to be taken out of this world and transported into another.  I have not been in a war or a victim of some violent act, where I might be suffering PTSD.  Still, writing or reading or any way to lose myself in a good story is a way to relieve the stresses and sorrows that everyday life brings.  I guess that’s why I tend to write more humor in my fiction, although this blog tends to be more an outlet for serious considerings.  (Yes, I know, not a real word.)  Sometimes I just write to clear my head of thoughts that won’t seem to go away.  Writing is freeing in this way.

Is writing the same for me as breathing?  No.  Writing is more like dancing.  I enjoy both and wouldn’t want to give up either.  Why I write…  I write for the love of it.  I write for joy.

 

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Also, I forgot that I should tag someone.  I have a very difficult time asking people for things, especially like this.  So, if this idea appeals to you, consider yourself tagged and put your blog info in the comments.  Happy Writing!  🙂

 

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