Monday, August 13, 2012

PUBLISHED!! DARE TO BELIEVE, REALLY.

My dream has wings, and now I'll watch it fly.

I truly have dreamed of being in print forever.  But times change and digital is new medium, so now I'm dreaming in 1's and 0's, and frankly couldn't be happier.
Please join me in celebrating the release of Dare To Believe. 
Only If You Dare to Believe

The Pulitzer prize winning writer …

Catherine Hemstead Malloy had it all – riches, glamour and happiness – or so it seemed. When her husband dies in an accident, she discovers she never really had anything at all. Now with nothing but a dismal bank account and her precious daughter, Cate fights to rebuild her life—until her daughter is kidnapped. Cate has no money, no resources – why would someone target her child?
 And the knight in shining armor …
Jason St. Pierre doesn't think of himself as a knight, just a man who does what must be done, lives by his rules and damn the consequences.  He'll move heaven and earth to protect the innocent, and his heart—he loved once and lost and won't risk it again, especially to Cate Hemstead.
Their reunion pits them against a kidnapper who is always one step ahead and takes them on a hunt from the majestic mountains of Colorado to the idyllic beaches of Hawaii.  Can they solve the who-dunnit turned why-dunnit kidnapping in time to save Cate's daughter?

AVAILABLE NOW AT: 
Amazon: http://amzn.to/Qjzzgm               
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/QNQCh2 
Smashwords: http://bit.ly/MlYSSA
And at your favorite e-reader store.

Print copy coming soon.
It's been an interesting journey, choosing to publish Indie, and I love talking about it.  I have a few blogs coming up, and I'll post the links here when they happen.  Want me to blog with you?  I'd love it.

And please visit my website http://bit.ly/Msu6J8

Thanks for celebrating with me. 

I'd like to send a copy of the book, either digital or when it comes out in print, to someone who comments, using that good old random number generator. 

~LA 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Winners for Romancing the Script and a Recap of Scriptscene's Mini-Con

First, the winners of the 2012 Romancing the Script Contest.

1st Place: Dream Dancer by Neringa Bryant

2nd Place tie: Peace to the Pied Piper by Leslie A Sartor w/a C. St. Pierre
&  Nick of Time by Tawny Stokes w/a Vivi Anna

3rd Place: Blood Oil by Neringa Bryant and Maureen Sheehan.

Congratulations to all!!

The mini-conference in conjunction with
RWA's conference.

Pamela Jaye Smith talked about Making Your Stories Sizzle With Symbolism, using techniques that were totally new to me.  I love it when something new is presented and makes me think and wonder about why I didn't realize this before. I have a new tool for my arsenal.

Kathie Fong Yoneda talked about The Do’s and Don’t’s of Adaptation .  In this case adapting a book to a screenplay.  This is normally a full day workshop, and she had 45 minutes, but we were treated to an actual book, Straight from the Heart and the changes that were made in the adaptation to the screen.  It was eye-opening.

Zac Sanford from Suntaur Entertainment shot straight from the hip in his talk about Hollywood and How to Make Connections.  Forget the blind submissions, they don't work, find the assistants in the company you're aiming for and then get to know them.  There was a ton of information straight from a guy in the trenches.  Perfect!  He is one of the founders of #Scriptchat, Sundays at 5pm PT.  Check it out, I do, it's crazy and fun and you make those valuable connections.

Then there was a panel discussion following.  Great questions and interesting answers.

If you want to see Pamela's, Kathie's and Zac's bio's: http://www.scriptscene.org/events/

The mini-con was great.  Not only I can put faces to people I've only talked to online, I was stimulated by new ideas.

I'm going to see if I can get Pamela Jaye, Kathie and Zac to do guest blogs for me.  Stay tuned.

~LA