Fanfic Friday Presents: She-Who-Nailed-It from Tumblr

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Hello everyone!

It’s no secret that I have a slight loving obsession for fanfiction. After some brainstorming I’ve decided to have a fanfic friday feature, once a month, where you can meet some of the awesome writers I follow on Tumblr and reconnect with some of the characters that you may have forgotten about.

If you know of any fanfic writers and want to nominate them for a feature, just send me a message.

Otherwise, enjoy and happy Fanfic Friday!

Hello it’s She-Who-Nailed-It from Tumblr!

And I’m here to give you some info about myself and whatever else crappy things I do.

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My name is She-Who-Nailed-It and I’m the sarcastic shrew behind some surprisingly so-called “popular” Newt fanfics on Tumblr. SWNI is a proud Slytherin (always) who likes to think people like her, but is in fact just an average 18 year old kiddo who’s kind of (a lot) lame and likes to make fun of herself when she is bored, as you can obviously tell.

Poking fun of myself isn’t just for my amusement, but for yours as I attempt to make you smile. Or laugh. Or that you’ll just hate me, which is always possible.

Aside from writing fanfiction,I’m also an artist who draws both digitally and traditionally! I’m basically that artist/writing person with the messy life style, minus those hipster glasses.

You will never find me no matter how hard you try, because I will always be hiding in my room, under a thousand layers of blankets, writing those crappy fanfic stories that people pretend to like.



Social media links
(literally just three. I’m a simple person) : Tumblr  deviantArt  Instagram
Link to the story I’m featuring –  Sleepless

The Perfect Tear Drop Promo

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the-perfect-tear.jpgThe Perfect Tear
by Connie Lansberg
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: November 11th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Eleanor, a timid orphan, is a Singer. Her songs keep nature in balance, but when they are stolen from her the grey mist descends, and her world fails to thrive. This timid orphan is forced into a course of action she never asked for, nor envisioned.
Eleanor grapples with crippling self-doubt and fear until she learns these are far more perilous than the physical dangers she faces moment to moment on her terrifying, puzzling and often funny search for The Perfect Tear, a crystal which contains the Third Vibration and able to heal the land. She is horrified to discover that she must defeat an inter-dimensional being or become his accomplice in the destruction of she loves.
But Eleanor is no savior, just a simple girl with strong instincts and she must learn to trust them. Just like the notes of a song must form connections to create a melody, Eleanor must discover the connections needed to create the harmony required to truly save her world.

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connie-lansbergAbout the Author

Connie Lansberg is a singer/songwriter and now author based in Melbourne Australia. She’s had her original songs placed in some of Australia’s best loved TV shows that play around the world and The Connie Lansberg Quartet is a fixture in the Melbourne jazz scene. Her most recent original musical project is Tsera’s Gift, written especially for The Perfect Tear and she performs these songs throughout Melbourne. This is Connie’s first novel and the movie is coming. The record will be out soon.
Connie has received several grants from the Victoria Council of the Arts for the development of mobile phone games that she created.
Connie joined the Melbourne Writers Group in 2010 to work on ideas and scripts and during this time the idea for The Perfect Tear began to develop and take shape. She continued her education by taking scriptwriting classes at the Australian Film and Television School in Melbourne. She has two more stories to complete The Perfect Tear Trilogy and is hoping to have the second book finished in 2017
“The first thing anybody tells you about this business is to say what makes you unique and different, but I couldn’t and the very idea of it never sat well with me and after much deliberation, I finally realized why.
Because, I’m not unique or different-I’m exactly like you and I love that. We each have a unique filter through which we interpret the world, and with this filter in place, I write stories and songs and you might find them surprising or intriguing or confronting, you may relate or you may not. They may make you laugh and sometimes, even cry.
You may or may not understand what I’m trying to say and you may not understand me, however, rest assured, once we get past the filters, at our core, we are wonderfully and beautifully, exactly the same.”

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The Edge of Brilliance Promo + Guest Post + Giveaway

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**Reader Advisory: This book contains strong language and also includes scenes involving drug use, rape, violence. This book also includes a frank exploration of mental illness and loss of autonomy.

the edge of brilliance cover.jpgThe Edge of Brilliance
by Susan Traugh
Genre: YA Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Release Date: July 19th 2016
Finch Books

Summary from Goodreads: 

Volatile and unstable, Amy stands at the precipice. Will she fall into the chaos and despair of insanity or ascend into brilliance and redemption?

Amy Miles is fifteen and crazy. Or, at least that’s her greatest fear. Her severe bipolar disorder, with its roller coaster manic and depressive episodes, is ruining her life. Yet in Amy’s mind it is accepting the pills and therapy—not the disease—that will brand her as ’crazy’.

When Amy lands in a residential psychiatric program, she befriends take-charge Mallory and the two create family and try to salvage the shards of their broken minds. There, Amy discovers that her illicit drug use has robbed her of her ability to dance and she is forced to weigh how hard she is willing to work to reclaim her lost talent and potential. But, despite a promising beginning, when Amy falls back into denial, the tragic consequences cannot be undone.

Amy is left to decide whether to give up altogether or accept her diagnosis and the tools she needs to battle her disease, to learn to dance again and forge a new and improved version of herself. Will she step up to the edge of her brilliance and shine?

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Guest Post: Writing about mental illness

I love people with mental illness. Truth is—I’m surrounded by them!

When I married my husband, I thought he was a moody artist-type. By the time we discovered his mood swings were caused by bipolar disorder, we’d had three kids. My son has an anxiety disorder, my oldest daughter has Asperger’s and bipolar II, and my youngest daughter is severely bipolar I and is the model for ‘Amy’ in The Edge of Brilliance.

Not only does my entire family suffer from mental illness, but because birds-of-a-feather tend to flock together—everyone’s friends are also either mentally ill or are quirky individuals who live on society’s fringes.

But, I write about mental illness because that’s not all these people are. They’re complex, unique, funny, talented, intelligent, creative people, and, in the end, just like everybody else. And that’s what I want readers to understand. I want my readers to feel a full range of emotions as they step into the lives of Amy and her tribe and come away with an appreciation of them as wonderfully complex individuals who are more like them than not. I want readers to follow Amy’s journey and say to themselves, “Oh, I can relate to that—this could be me.” I want readers to see these characters as more similar than different and as much more magnificent than a label.

The Edge of Brilliance does address the issue of mental illness. But, first and foremost, it is the story of a teenaged girl who combats her challenges to find the hero within herself—and isn’t that just a universal story?

 

susan traugh.jpgAbout the Author
Award-winning author, Susan Traugh, has been writing for over thirty years. Her Daily Living Skills workbooks are used in classrooms all over the world and her stories have appeared in periodicals nationwide along with several stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul. With husband, Steven, Susan won Learning Magazine’s Teachers Choice Award for Mother Goose Brain Boost.
Now, Susan is venturing into the world of young adult fiction. Her latest novel, The Edge of Brilliance is an exploration into the heroes found within struggling young people. The manuscript was a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards.  Today, Susan lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and daughters, a cat, dog, fish and near her grown son who doesn’t visit enough.
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Simon Hardman Lea’s How to Be…

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Meet Simon Hardman Lea.

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I’m Simon Hardman Lea and describe myself on my author pages as a cynical romantic who tries to write novels. (My day job is as a hospital based doctor). The background to my books is France during the years 1916-1922, the characters are a mixture of British, American and French, but although the whole sequence (The Lost Intensities novels) is set in and around the First World War, I don’t write war stories, or even historical novels really. I think of them as being stories about how men and women act under the extremes of pressure and danger, living in a time when history, heartache and high emotion meet.

The first book in my series – The Sins of Soldiers – was published in 2016, with the second – The Sorrow of Nurses – due to appear at Easter 2017. There is another four at various stages of research, preparation and writing. (I’ve also put out a collection of short stories abut the same characters – First Encounters – which is available as a free gift on my web site.)

I’d be delighted if anyone wanted to ask me anything about my books. It’s easiest to contact me at shlnovelist@gmail.com, or http://www.simonhardmanlea.com.

 

Guest Post – How to be a cynical romantic – with apologies to two great heroines.

What the heck is a “cynical romantic”, anyway? It’s a question I get asked a lot, which is fair enough because those are the two words I use to describe myself on my author pages on Goodreads and Amazon. And it does sound like a contradiction in terms.

If you look up “cynical romantic” on line, you’ll find blogs and sites talking about the difficulties of looking for love in the face of having been let down many times before. Which is a dilemma we can all sympathise with. After all, there are probably not many of us who have escaped that one to some extent.

But that’s not really what I mean when I the phrase cynical romantic to describe myself as a novelist. Sure, it’s true that I do write books about the emotional complexities of lives lived in dangerous times, but that’s only half of the story.
Let’s just go take a look at the words themselves: cynical means being mistrustful of other people’s motivation; always suspecting that people act from low motives. And romantic? Well, there’s a more tricky one. Does it just mean wanting to find physical or personal love? Take a look at the covers for all the books you find listed in the “romance” genre, and you’ll think that the obvious common factor is either men or women wearing a minimum of clothes – often leather, sometimes lace, depending on your own taste. Now that’s got a sound basis in the erotic, and I’m not knocking that at all. But romantic? I’m not so sure. It’s a bigger issue than that.  A romantic person is someone who had a grand, optimistic view of the world, who always wants things to turn out for the best.

So how the heck do those terms together, when they seem to be so contradictory? How can you be both optimistic and mistrustful at the same time? Actually, in literature at least, it seems to me it’s exactly that clash of the two sides of nature that makes for some of the most memorable characters. Try these two great classic heroines.

First up: Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind. On the one hand, we love her for her looks, strength of mind, her courage and her search for fulfilment.  On the other, we also know that she’s a calculating, manipulative and hard-hearted schemer. Wow! – it’s hard not to be a cynical romantic when you read GWTW. Even at the end, I never know whether to be relieved that the calculating side of Scarlett’s nature has been paid out, or to be sad that her romantic character has been so thoroughly disappointed.

Second: Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice.  Now while any reader with a romantic disposition will be rooting for her to find her man in the saturnine Mr Darcy, those of a more cynical bent might wonder whether she is actually being very clever (and we know that she is very clever) through the whole story, in playing hard to get and therefore being much more intriguing and desirable to a wealthy man used to getting his own way. The cynic might be sceptical about motivation, while the romantic cynic can still revel in the fact that the two get married, however that came about.

Really, there’s nothing that stops you being able to look at the world both ways round at the same time. Try a game you can play by taking a detached look at your friends or family members or public figures. What would a cynic think about the way they act? But how does a romantic hope that things will work out for them anyway? Put the two together. It’ll still make sense.

See what I mean? Although the two terms sounds like contradictions, they’re not. The key is that in real life people are complex – their actions can be viewed in a number of different ways at the same time. And if that’s true for life, it’s got to be true for the characters in novels as well.

Simon Hardman Lea
Author The Sins of Soldiers and The Sorrow of Nurses
http://www.simonhardmanlea.com

Interview with Melissa Landers

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Meet Melissa Landers.

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Melissa Landers (melissa-landers.com) is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio,” where she writes science fiction and fantasy for Disney Hyperion.

starfalllaunchSTARFLIGHT (book 1)
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Now onto the interview!

Both of your series touch upon or evolve around the themes of space, aliens, and the universe as a whole. What was the inspiration behind that? Why space?
As a little girl, I was raised on a steady diet of Star Wars and Star Trek. (I still have my original Millennium Falcon ship, action figures, and C3PO carrying case!) So it’s no surprise to anyone who knows me that I chose to write sci-fi. Everything is more interesting in space.

Tell us about your journey from teacher to author. How did it feel to get the first contract?
I was quite happy teaching junior high and had every intention of returning to the classroom when my babies were school-age, but during my time as a stay-at-home-mom, I grew intellectually restless and needed a creative outlet. That’s when I started writing fiction. I didn’t write Alienated with the intention of pursuing a career in publishing, but I’m so grateful that it turned out that way. I love being an author! I’ll never forget the elation of getting The Call, learning that Disney wanted to buy my book. I was so happy that my feet barely touched the ground for the next year.

How do you tackle world building and setting in your novels? Do you use any particular area, such as a park, city, etc., as a foundation point to branch off ideas?
Typically I make a list of the world building basics: government, religion, culture, economy, and then go deeper from there. I’m writing high fantasy now, and the world building is so much more intensive than any of my sci-fi novels required. For my current project, I downloaded a “fantasy world building questionnaire” from the internet and filled it out…all 120 questions! Even if I don’t use every detail in my manuscript, knowing the details helps.

Congrats on your latest release, Starfall. What was the best part about finishing your Starflight duology? Would there be anything you’d change, if you could?
The best part about finishing any series is giving my characters the endings they deserve. I loved seeing Doran, Solara, Cassia, Kane, and the rest of the Banshee crew grow into the people they were meant to be. For an author, there’s nothing more rewarding than that.

 

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The Last Shadow Gate ebook.jpgThe Last Shadow Gate
By Michael W. Garza
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: March 3rd 2017
NeverHaven Press

Summary:

Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad’s home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.

THE SHADOW GATE CHRONICLES:

Book 1: The Last Shadow Gate

Book 2: A Veil of Shadows (Coming 2017)

Book 3: The Shadow of War (Coming 2018)

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Advance Praise for THE LAST SHADOW GATE:

“If this book had been around when I was a kid, I’d have held it right up there with The Chronicles of

Narnia and Lord of the Rings.” – Sunshine Somerville, Author of THE KOTA SERIES

“You won’t want to miss out on the thrilling yet perilous world beyond the shadow gates!”  – J. Cornell Michel, Author of JORDAN’S BRAINS

*If you love fast-paced, YA Fantasy, THE LAST SHADOW GATE is the book for you.*

mwgarza.jpgAbout the Author
Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.

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