Monday, March 31, 2014

Blog Hop! My Writing Process

It's time for a Blog Hop! I LOVE these things!

I was tagged by PA Warren who just published her first book LIFE AFTER.
It's pretty straight forward--just answer the questions and tag two other authors. :) Fun stuff! 

What am I working on?
Currently I'm working on the final installment of the Lark trilogy, Like the Dawn. I'm almost finished writing my first draft--like 5,000 words away!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Hmmmm.....well, I hope that my work is different because I'M different. :) I write YA Fantasy with a hint of comedy and romance. I also have two college-age romance books out right now (one I co-wrote with the amazing Komal Kant) and even though it's super popular right now, I can't make myself write a graphic sex scene--I blush and get all awkward about it so my NA books are clean with just a hint of steaminess.

Why do I write what I do?
Because I think I might secretly be a teenager in an *almost* 30-year-old body. I mean, my favorite shows are Teen Wolf, Awkward and Pretty Little Liars. Though I do like SOME grown up shows--I swear! I'm in love with Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead.

How does your writing process work?
I outline first. I'm the kind of person who NEEDS to look at an outline because I don't always write the story in order. So an outline is sorta necessary so I at least know what I'm supposed to be writing and how it relates to the other chapters. After I finish writing, I send it off to Heather Sloan for first round revisions and edits and then I send it to my beta readers and finally Maya Bentley for final edits. Then  I usually get too impatient to wait for the official release date and hit publish early!

Next Week on the Tour:
Michelle Flick, author of The Owens Legacy and Walker 
AND
Heather Diemer, author of the upcoming novel We Were Us


Thank you P.A Warren for tagging me! You can read her post here and you can find her at the following places:
Facebook
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Add Life After on Goodreads
Buy Life After on Amazon

Friday, March 28, 2014

A New WIP!

Don't worry! I'm not starting to work on this yet--I'm still finishing up Like the Dawn! BUT I did have an idea the other day that I had to write down for my next book because it wouldn't let me concentrate on anything else until I did.
You see, Lark is named after my youngest daughter. Mia started off as a "filler" name until I found the perfect name and then it ended up being perfect so it stuck.
Well, my oldest daughter was very upset that I didn't write HER a book. Sooooooooooo I told her I would some day, but I had no idea when because honestly, I didn't really have any inspiration for another fantasy story until recently.
The other day my husband forced me to watch this "documentary" on the Animal Planet about how mermaids are real and he was really getting into it. Like, seriously convinced that mermaids are real and everything so I teased him and said my next book I'd write about mermaids just for him.
I was mostly joking--I've never even read a book about mermaids before so obviously I've never really been interested in them but all of a sudden, I had an idea.
I laid in bed talking to Zach about my new idea (and he offered up his own ideas--none of which were any good) and found that I couldn't go to sleep (an all too familiar problem for me, if you remember this.). So I got up, got my notebook and the first writing utensil I could find (this time it was a blue Sharpie) and wrote down my idea.
The next day I wrote a two page outline and MAY have possibly bought the future book's cover already because my daughter saw it and loved it and since this one is her book, I figured she should get a say.
Remember how I said before that after I finished Like the Dawn I was going to take the summer off? Yeah, that's not going to happen now! I'll be working on a story about a girl named Addie who just happens to be a mermaid.
Now that this new story has a title, a cover and a good outline I'll be able to focus on Like the Dawn again (I swear I only took a day off! LOL) and crank out these last 5,000 words before I can officially start the editing process. But after I press "publish" on this blog post, you probably won't see me around much until I write "the end"--it's time to really focus on finishing Lark's story and making it the best of the three!

XOXO

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Like the Dawn (Lark #3)

          Time for another teaser! (Seriously can't stop staring at this cover...it's so pretty! I can't believe it's mine! Eden did an amazing job. It's totally my favorite of the three. The colors and the whimsical feel--I just adore it.)
Okay enough about my cover....scroll on down for the teaser!

         
          He smiles as though he's humoring me but I can tell he wants this. He wants to open himself up to me. And the more he talks, the easier it is to picture it—my life with him. He's good and kind and he loves me. I know that he would do anything for me, but I fear he may be right—because as easy as it is to picture being happy with him, I know that it's just as likely to end in heartbreak. Especially now that my heart has been changed and I'm not really sure where he fits any more.
        But it is still nice, being here with him right now under the stars.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Like the Dawn (Lark #3)

Unedited and subjected to change of course but................here's a little teaser from Like the Dawn!

“Of course you aren't required to take a husband—not yet anyway—but everyone knows that males are naturally more competent rulers so it just makes sense.”
“What's that supposed—”
“And on that note—Princess, shall I escort you to your seat?” Grey steers me away quickly before I do something stupid like punch Blaise in the face. Males are more competent rulers? Is he serious? There is just something about stupid boys that makes me turn violent.
Somewhere in the back of my mind I hear Jacoby chuckling.
I halt my steps and Grey turns back to see what's wrong.
“It's nothing. Just the voices in my head distracting me like normal.”
“Mia, you know that's not exactly 'normal',” he says with that crooked smile that I love.

Monday, March 10, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Giveaway!



Join your favorite YA and NA authors as we celebrate being Irish for a day and play on Pinterest. There will be over 45 e-book giveaways! 

You can join the Facebook party HERE!

You won't want to miss it!

Participating Authors:


Lila Felix   A. W. Exley  Melissa Pearl   
Jessica Gibson  Cindy M. Hogan  Sarah Ashley Jones  
Marie Landry  Rachel Morgan  Jennifer Snyder 
Stacey Marie Brown  Jessica Therrien  D.L. Raver 
Stacey Wallace Benefiel  Marilyn Almodóvar  Angee Taylor 
A.O. Peart  Devyn Dawson  Rick Chiantaretto 
Raine Thomas  L.P. Dover  Tamara Hart Heiner  
Leigh T Moore  Meradeth Houston  Amber Argyle 
Tawdra Kandle  Carlyle Labuschagne  Lisa Collicutt
Christy Dorrity  Stephanie Fowers  Kristina Renee
Faith McKay  Charlotte Abel  Jamie Ayres
A.M. Hargrove  Charli Webb  Amy Harmon  
Alyssa Rose Ivy  Kristie Cook  Lani Woodland
T.M. Franklin  Laura Howard  Sharron Riddle
Eliza Tilton  S. M. Boyce  Bethany Lopez 
Dawn Leigh  L.A. Casey  Emma Adams  
Amber Garr  Liz Long





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Friday, March 7, 2014

Confusion

Hey guys! I just wanted to clear up some confusion. Goodreads has listed two books by another Erica Cope as being mine. THEY ARE NOT.

"New Beginnings" and "A Heart full of Love" are NOT written by me.

I don't know why this is happening. I've had a Goodreads Librarian delete "New Beginnings" from my books twice now but it keeps popping up and today the other book popped up as being mine as well.

Just didn't want anyone to be confused! If it's not listed on my blog, it's not mine. :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Unfamiliar!


Unfamiliar just went LIVE! We hope you one-click it, read it and hopefully even leave a review it for us! We can't wait to hear what you think!