Love Illusion Happenings and Current Read

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Last weekend I had my first interview about Love Illusion, including a little about  me on Fiction Dreams. It was a great experience and I explained what  inspired Love Illusion and some of the places in the book. Check out the interview to learn more.

This week I started writing some guest posts in preparation for the book blog tour for Love Illusion that will start in April. I have a few more to write until I am finished with the prep work. I have already completed all of the interviews. There will be giveaways, interviews, guest posts, and book reviews. I will post the blog tour schedule the closer that the time comes.  I am looking forward to receiving some great feedback during the book blog tour.

 

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I am currently reading Revenge Wears Prada and hope to finish it over the weekend. I just finished reading The Devil Wears Prada  and I am enjoying the continuation of Andy’s journey. I can see the growth of Andy as a character in the sequel. The Plunge seems like a very realistic magazine in today’s society and something that I would like to read.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

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Studying The Craft: The Devil Wears Prada

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I just finished The Devil Wears Prada yesterday and I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the movie, which happens to be one of my favorites. While reading this book I studied the craft of writing. I believe that writers should always study the craft and that there is always something to learn. By reading, writers are continually gaining useful information and learning new techniques.

I decided to divide what I was looking for into two categories. Using post-it tabs I went about pointing out specific things. The  green tabs are good examples of  details/descriptions and the purple tabs are  good examples of dialogue. Lauren Weisberger did a great job of demonstrating both of these techniques. She has a clever way of introducing dialogue so that the material will be fresh and interesting to readers.

I’m sure that over time Weisberger developed her writing voice and writing style,  but it didn’t come right away. It came with hard work and by her studying the craft of writing.

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This is a great example of how Weisberger makes dialogue interesting. Elaboration is added between the responses, bringing the conversation between Andy and Christian to life. Andy’s reaction to meeting Christian is  also described. She is awed by being in his presence and knows his writing history.

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This whole page is a great example of details and description. Here Weisberger describes how Andy dresses in comparison to the employees at Runway. She also describes her decision to start dressing better at Runway.

I can’t wait to read the sequel Revenge Wears Prada and see how Weisberger has grown as a writer.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Love Illusion Happenings and Book 2 Preparations

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I am getting ready for  Love Illusion’s book blog tour to start next month with Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours. On the tour will be reviews, excerpts, interviews, guest posts, and even a giveaway. I just started working on answering the interview questions today and am having a lot of fun answering them. Love Illusion has been received well and it can only get better from here.

To learn more about Love Illusion visit my Pinterest board, which is dedicated to it.

Love Illusion can be bought on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I am planning for it to be available for order in paperback in May. My author cards arrived the other day and I plan to hand these out to those who are interested in learning more about my writings as an author. I designed them myself and I am pleased with the quality of the cards.

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I started the preliminary notes for book 2 over the weekend. I don’t have all of the story just yet, but I am researching what I do know. Italy will be one of the main settings of the story. I am excited about this because I am fascinated with the beauty of Italy and hope to visit there myself one day.

For the preliminary notes and location notes I am using Evernote so they will be accessible on all of my devices at any time. If I am in the grocery store all I have to do is open up Evernote on my phone and start typing away. It will automatically be synced with all of my other devices. This way I have no worries about losing my notes  and it is effortless.

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I hope that you are all having a great week so far. I am enjoying reading the book that resulted in a movie, The Devil Wears Prada. I will post my thoughts on it at a later date. It is definitely an entertaining read.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Cover Reveal – Pieces of it All

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Today is the cover reveal for fellow author, Tracy Krimmer. She is getting ready to release her second novel, Pieces of it All. The cover was designed by Stephanie Pajonas.

Publication Date: May 2014

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction

Blurb:

An alcoholic. A scarred man. A thief.

Harvey, a twenty-two-year-old high school drop-out arrives home, a brief stint in rehab behind him and ready to start his life again. Then he meets Beth and her innocence and her desire to have it all capture him completely.

A girl on the cusp of womanhood. Determined. A bright future.

Beth, a recent high school graduate among the top in her class, can’t wait to get to college and fulfill her dreams. Then she meets Harvey and with his mysterious past, he stirs feelings in her she can’t ignore.

The chemistry between them is unmistakable but Harvey doesn’t trust easily and refuses to divulge his past to Beth though she wants to be a part of his future.

The pieces of their lives lie broken all around them, but can Harvey put his life back together and win Beth over before she begins her new life without him? And can Beth find the strength to become the woman she wants to be without sacrificing her integrity?

Author Information

Books have always been a part of Tracy Krimmer’s life. When she was a child, her Book It! pin was filled with stars and she won many personal pan pizzas from Pizza Hut. Her writing passion began young, around fourth grade, when her class made a notebook of short stories. She still has that notebook to this day. She published her first book, The Jealousy Game, in 2012. Her second book, Pieces of it All will be published in May 2014. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, napping, or eating popcorn.

Website: http://www.tracykrimmer.com (more content coming soon!)

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tkrimms

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor

Author profile on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7153703.Tracy_Krimmer

 Book links

Coming soon to Amazon – MAY 2014
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20882169-pieces-of-it-all

 Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Blog Award – Liebster Award

I was nominated for the liebster award by fellow author Michelle Abbott. I am honored that she nominated my blog, which is still growing.
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The Rules:

You must link back to the person who nominated you
You must answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominee before you
You must pick 11 nominees with under 200 (or 2000 if you want to) followers to answer your questions
You cannot nominate the person who nominated you
You must let the people you nominate know they have been nominated
Here are the questions Michelle asked me:
1)  What is your favourite genre to read? Why?
My favorite genre to read is Women’s Fiction. I love the themes of growth, friendship, and community that are throughout these types of books.
2)  Who is your current favourite author?
Currently my favorite author is Emily Giffin. She has a way with words that makes you want to keep reading until the last page.
3)  Do you prefer e-books, or paperbacks/hardbacks?
I prefer both, but nothing beats an old fashioned paperback/hardback book. I love e-books because they are easier to travel with and take with you on the go.
4)  Do you judge a book by it’s cover?
Yes I do and I also judge a book by it’s synopsis
5)  What’s your favourite drink?
Orange Juice
6)  What country are you from?
United States of America
7)  Would you change anything about yourself if you could?
I would want to be more trusting of others.
8)  What goal do you want to achieve this year?
I would like to write and publish my second book by the end of the year, while connecting with and gaining new readers for my current book, Love Illusion.
9)  What’s your favourite season and why?
My favorite season is Summer. I love warm weather and the fresh flowers that are so pretty.
10) What did you hope to achieve when you began blogging?
Through book reviews I wanted to share my love of reading with others and I wanted to give updates on my writing progress.
11) If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I would want to  have a superpower of being able to read multiple books at one time.
Here are my nominees for the Liebster Award
Here are my questions for the above nominees
1) What was your motivation for starting your blog?
2) What have you gained from blogging?
3) Do you listen to audiobooks? If so what’s your favorite one?
4) When reading a book what are some things that you look for to classify it as a great read?
5) Do reviews sway your opinion on whether or not to read a book? Why or Why not?
6) What is your favorite book?
7) When is your favorite time of day to read?
8) Do you buy most of your books online or at a physical book store?
9) What is your favorite holiday and why?
10) What is your favorite thing to eat?
11) Do you prefer tea or coffee?
Happy Reading and Writing,
Chineka