Katie L. Carroll’s YA book, Elixir Bound, is on sale! She’s a mom to a toddler and a newborn, like moi [Anyone who is breastfeeding and trying to market their book deserves a friggin medal. (Is all I’m sayin)] so send her some love and get her book. It’s 99 cents on Amazon. (I just bought my copy!) You can’t go wrong. Also, enter to win a signed copy of Elixir Bound on Goodreads!
Elixir Bound by Katie L. Carroll
Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone.
It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.
Katie L. Carroll began writing at a very sad time in her life after her 16-year-old sister, Kylene, unexpectedly passed away. Since then writing has taken her to many wonderful places, real and imagined. She wrote ELIXIR BOUND and the forthcoming ELIXIR SAVED so Kylene could live on in the pages of a book. Katie is also the author of the picture app THE BEDTIME KNIGHT and an editor for MuseItUp Publishing. She lives not too far from the beach in a small Connecticut city with her husband and son. For more about Katie, visit her website at www.katielcarroll.com and follow her on Twitter (@KatieLCarroll) or Tumblr.
Lately, social networking and all things internet have been destroying my productivity. Let me rephrase — I am letting social networking and all things internet destroy my productivity. Ever since I had my baby in May, I have been constantly scrolling through Facebook reading news. And seeing what’s trending on Twitter. And checking my author email a thousands times a day hoping for blogger review requests to come through. What I haven’t been doing is writing much. I’ve made a bad habit of not writing. During the day when I can’t focus, I think, I’ll write tonight. But then 8pm rolls around and I’m tired as all hell. My brain feels like one of my boys stuck his hand inside and smooshed it between his fingers.
Having young kids has been my excuse for not writing consistently for the last five years. I managed to write one book but it took a long time to do so. I’m halfway through drafting another and I don’t want it to take another bazillion years to finish. There are a ton of author moms who write, work full time and raise their kids. I can do it too.
So, if this isn’t irony, I’ve been searching writing forums on clever ways for distraction-free writing and I think I’m going to bid on an AlphaSmart Neo on ebay. It’s a friggin word processor with no internet connection. I just write and that’s it. It turns on with a button and I just write. And it’s portable. I can take it to the park. Theoretically.
Anyone have one of these things? The kids at NaNoWriMo swear by them.
Last night I signed up for Wattpad, a large social network for writers to share their work and read. At first, I was hesitant. Did I really want to sign up for another social networking site? I have 3 kids that I feel like I ignore regularly in favor of Facebook and Twitter. (I jest…kinda) But a friend suggested I sign up in order to network directly with teen readers. I could upload an excerpt of GG&G and I could share a short story I wrote years ago that has yet to find a home. Better on Wattpad to be read than sitting on my computer languishing. So far, I’m like Wattpad…a lot. In addition to the prologue to GG&G and my YA short, I uploaded two pieces of flash fiction that I loved but had no place, other than here, to share.
So I now have a Wattpad account. Please follow me so I’m not all by my lonesome.
I’m super excited because GG&G is in Mad Magazine! My book is part of the long-standing Mad Letters giveaway. I’ve loved Mad Magazine since I was a kid. Whenever I got sick, my mom would stop by the local convenience store and pick me up Pine Bros. lozenges and Mad Magazine. They always made me feel better. And this, this right here, makes me feel awesome!
It’s been so cold in Northeastern PA, it feels like September is here already. How about easing into the new school year with EIGHT awesome YA novels? One winner gets them all. Click HERE to enter.
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