Pay It Forward Friday: Elsie Elmore

Pay It Forward Fridays came from this post by Emily Guido. The idea is to feature a blogger or author on Fridays and give them a little shoutout. Anyone goes as long as they’re interested.

I’ve received an incredible amount of support from bloggers, authors and people I’ve met on line who didn’t know me and were just very kind, supportive souls. And, when I read that post by Emily Guido, I thought: time to give back.

I loved this quote from Emily’s mother:

“I cast a couple of pieces of bread on the water and the waves bring me back a ham sandwich.”

Karma is a beautiful thing.

Today, I’m focusing on Elsie Elmore.

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A bright young writer who’s just starting out but is full of promise, Elise is also an incredibly kind person. She, however, describes herself with the following ‘factoids’.

Favorite color? Red, all shades. Always has been, suppose it always will be.

Favorite adult book?   There are just too many to list. But here are a few of the titles and authors I enjoy: Middle Sex by Jeffrey Eugenides, Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyDracula by Bram Stoker, the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.  And of course, Stephen King. That’s just to name a few.

Favorite young adult book? Michael Scott’s Alchemist series, The Heir series by Cinda Williams, Looking for Alaska by John Green were all wonderful reads. I also enjoy reading Stephanie Meyers, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Simone Elkeles, Sarah Dessen and Aprillynn Pike. And of course, J.K. Rowling.

Why do I write?  I love to breathe life into the stories drifting around my head. It’s an obsession, a passion, and an escape.

What am I working on now? THE UNDEAD, a paranormal romantic story of a 16 year-old’s encounter with the grim reaper, is complete and will be published by Curiosity Quills this fall (my official release date is September 3, 2014!!).  My Nanowrimo baby, a fairy tale retelling called RYDER AND WOLFE, is patiently waiting for me to finish edits for THE UNDEAD.  SEREN’S HEART, a magical realism story of a witch burdened with the rescue of her society, is in the rewriting stage.

Favorite season? Thanks to being raised in the south, I prefer fall. I love the crisp air and brilliant colors. But when the air becomes too crisp and snow falls, I hibernate.

Elsie has an awesome site: http://elsieelmore.com with everything from resources for writers to her books, to awesome quotes.

She has written the book titled: The Undead: Playing for Keeps

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Here’s a little blurb:

When an undead woman with serious de-comp issues stalks sixteen-year-old Lyla Grimm, her hope of rescuing her rock-bottom reputation takes a back seat. Especially once Lyla’s new talent of resurrecting the dead draws the attention of Eric, a Grim Reaper with a guitar and a chip on his shoulder.
While Lyla navigates the gossip-ridden halls, Eric works to gain her trust and discover why Death’s clients aren’t staying down. If she passes on her gift, his death-messenger destiny might be altered. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are way easier to deal with than the living.

Gossip explodes, the Grimm family implodes, and desperation sets in. Death wants the gift and a soul. Lyla and Eric face hard choices with hidden consequences. Sometimes life’s choices aren’t really choices at all.

Click here to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.uk or here to go to her site and check it out.

A bright new writer, full of talent. Why not check out her book?

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Blogger Award

Sourcerer nominated me for this award, and since it’s Sourcerer, that’s high praise.

I never thought much about blogging before I started but I find I’m liking it. It’s fun to create these little posts and shout out my two cents out into the vast internet. It’s even better to meet nice, supportive and interesting new people. It turns out, bloggers are all those and more. I’ve been lucky. Not one troll (fingers crossed!).

Here are the only two rules of this award:

1) The nominee shall display the Very Inspiring Blogger Award logo on her/his blog, and link to the blog they got nominated from.

2) The nominee shall nominate fifteen (15) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

Voila, la award:

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Please note, accepting this award is entirely optional. Don’t feel any pressure because I’ve named you. I just like your blog and your posts. To put your name on the list, I sat and actually thought of blogs that inspire me with either the quality of their writing, the humour they add, facts they pass on, great ideas they come up with or because the mind behind the blog is just simply awesome.

The Mighty Trebuchet – because the idea of this blog is outstanding.

Crystin Goodwin – because of the amazingly supportive things you do.

Winter Bayne – One of the kindest people I know, who also happens to work incredibly hard.

J.W. Manus – because of his amazingly helpful and kind posts.

Writers Life For Me – One of the kindest, most supportive people I know.

Nancy H. Doyle – Funny posts that somehow still show just how kind Nancy is.

Amos M. Carpenter – Helpful and talented…plus, he has a soft spot for animals. Lovely new kitten!

Sonia Lathem – Hilarious writer…with class.

Inky Tavern – Honest, gutsy writer who tells it like it is and has a fantastic sense of humour.

Elsie Elmore – So, so very kind and incredibly talented.

Katie Writes – She’s a blogger, mom and an awesome writer. Plus she’s a literacy advocate for kids.

DBCII – Awesome posts, great photography and an outstanding sense of humour. Plus, he’s a little bit geeky and I LOVE that.

Just Gene’O – I won’t mention how kind the mind behind the blog is. Quality alone makes this an outstanding blog. I never miss a post.

Outmanned – because she makes me laugh out loud.

Book Chick With Kick – Just those posts with upcoming releases would do it, but this blog has constantly outstanding material.

Rachel Mankowitz – A blogger who loves doggies and has a sense of humour to boot.

Kristen Luciani – Super-kind romance writer who has such an appealing way of writing, I feel like she’s talking to me alone.

Oops. I’ve gone over 15. It’s easy to find awesome blogs online. Really easy.

A big thank you to everyone on this list for the great blogs they’ve created full of those amazing posts.

Please note: Infinitefreetime, Part Time Monster, you were already nominated by Sourcerer or your name would also be on this list. 😀

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Taylor Grace in The Character Blog Hop

Oddly enough, I just participated on my first ever Blog Hop yesterday and here’s another! I was nominated by Crystin Goodwin for this one and I’d like to give her  a big thank you for thinking of me.

Here are the questions:

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

My character is named Klias and he’s most definitely a creation of my little mind.

 

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set after Klias finds out he’s probably going to die–mostly due to what he’s done. It’s  a paranormal story so the reason is somewhat magical or ethereal.

 

3) What should we know about him/her?

We should know Klias will help others even if it kills him–which it nearly did.

 

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

He had accepted that he was going to die…but then he falls in love. With Amy.

 

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Klias wanted to ensure that Amy was safe before he died.

 

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

It’s called Amy’s Courage.

7) When can we expect the book to be published? 

I’m doing the big edits now. Then come little edits. You can see my progress on the first page of my blog. You can read more about Klias in the first book, Olivia’s Choice. He’s a secondary character in that book.

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I also get to nominate five awesome blogs for this hop. I have five just in mind:

Infinitefreetime

InkyTavern

Heather B Costa

Elsie Elmore

Amos M Carpenter

I hope everyone enjoyed this Hop. I tried to keep my answers brief and sweet. If you have questions, please give me a shout.

Posts I loved this week

From the amazingly useful to posts that are just so well written I was in awe, this week’s posts speak for themselves.

A how-to for those interested in Twitter. Sourcerer is committing to a series of posts to teach readers how to not only Tweet but to also grow a following. You can find the first of those instalments here. They’re easy to read, short and uncomplicated. A great big thank you for Gene’O for being so giving and sharing the secret of his hard-researched success with everyone!

If you’re dealing with burn out, or are in the grip of that nasty Writer’s Block, check out this post by Winter Bayne. One of the hardest working people I know, she has a very unique way of dealing with the exhaustion that comes from tough deadlines and the demands of writing.

Six tips on how to write a surprise ending. A big thanks to Chris Musgrave for that great post!

A really interesting look back by a participant in the A to Z Challenge, this post highlights what Elsie Elmore has learned from the process and includes links to some awesome blogs!

On that topic, here‘s Amos M. Carpenter‘s perspective on the same challenge. He’s a newish author and has a very different take on the entire thing–though not any less interesting.

Trying to present a professional writing front is all good but there’s something to be said for honesty. I connect to other authors through their struggles and their triumphs, so I definitely enjoyed this post by Mishka Jenkins on the subject. And this interview giving me some insight into who she is.

If you’re looking for inspiration, check out this post by Monica M. Clark. She has four great tips I loved. What a great post!

I can’t thank Part-Time Monster enough for this post. So, so, sooo good. Thank you. It made my day. It also made me wonder why I waited so long to follow them. Nuts. I hate missing out on a great blog.

If you’re looking for narrating your story from a different point of view here‘s a great idea from  Liz Bureman.

Super-excited about this book coming to film. I hope they do it justice because the book is absolutely incredible and I think it would make such an amazing film–if done right. I had no idea this was happening until I saw Winter Bayne‘s post. It made my day.

Finally, I loved, loved this quote. It’s exactly what I want to do to my book Amy’s Courage. I’m going back and it’s going to be nasty. A big thank you to Serial Narratives for it.