One thing I love about flash fiction is how it lets me sneak back into worlds I've created but left behind because I had no more story ideas. My curse is I mostly write stand alones, and no matter how hard I try, I can't come up with good ideas for series. This piece is a repost from my old blog. The prompt was write something that included To the moon and the story formed so easily it was like I wasn't writing it but Cyc and Jacob were.
I'm joining yet another monthly feature created by Michael D'Agostine of A Life Examined. This one is called Flashback Friday (click the link to see the other participants since the html doesn't want to work for me. D=) and it's about, you guessed it, flashing back to previous blog posts. Some might call it lazy, but Michael calls it giving love to old posts that never got the attention they deserved. We all have them too. A brilliant post that got, like, one comment. Boy, that stings. I thought it'd be fun to participate in because I have new followers and I don't expect them to go back through years of posts. Hopefully, you like this month's pick. It's about the dreaded insta-love trope.
I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day, so of course I'd sign up for Sarah Foster's bloghop! Since it fell on the 3rd Monday of the month, which I designated as my monthly promo day, I had to decided to combine the promo post with the blog hop. Now, it's just a matter of who to drag to the party...
In the end, it only made sense to these two characters come. Which brings us to the first question Sarah posed.
The holidays are here and what better time to spread the joy and love of reading. I'll be offering Snapshots for free on Amazon. It's my gift to you for being awesome. Why are you awesome? Because I said so. =P When you're done consuming Snapshots like Santa consumes cookies and milk, head over to Wattpad where I have a short story called Influence of Love that you can devour like cookies too.
Okay, so I may be exaggerating a bit. The world isn't ending, at least not anytime soon.... well, I hope not any time soon. That would really put a damper of things, eh? Anyways, this week Snapshots is entered in not one, but two, TWO, cover contests. And Cyc needs your help with it. He needs YOU to vote for HIM. And why wouldn't you? Look at that cover!
Isn't it gorgeous? Or creepy if you back up and look from afar, but trust me, that's the point. Cyc isn't your average guy after all.
Also, is that a tear in the corner of Cyc's eye? Is he sad you're considering not voting for him? Has he foreseen it in your future? QUICK! There is no time to waste, go vote for him. Only you can change the future. His fate is in your hands.
Voting at Author Shouts ends Saturday. If Cyc wins, then he competes again. (Also, if you don't see the images, AdBlock is blocking them and you have to allow ads for that page.)
Over at Page Curl, the first round of voting ends Saturday. Don't let Cyc be eliminated in the first round! Think of the tear in his eye. Don't make him cry, he'll be embarrassed. In fact, if you want to make him happy, why not pop over to Amazon and buy Snapshots for less than a buck. Of on Nook if that's your poison.
When I published Being Human, I knew, without a doubt, that someone would read it and be disappointed it wasn't anything like the TV show. And it happened. I chuckled at the review and got on with my writing. Then, when I published Snapshots, again, I knew there would be reviews that did not like the fact that Cyc starts the story off saying he's gay, but ends up with a girl. They would point out that he is gay. The thing is...
he's not gay.
As I said, in the beginning it's what he thinks, but at one point in the story, with a little help from Amber, he figures out he's really bisexual. I even get into why Cyc thought he was gay and not interested in girls. I don't mind telling you this because it's not really a spoiler. In fact, it's something I want known. Whenever there's interviews about Snapshots, I say it's an LGBT story that focuses on the B. Part of the inspiration was a Twitter chat about the lack of bisexual main characters.
I thought this sounded like a fun blogfest. The rules are simple. Post the badge, a picture of a book you love (and it can be your own) with a food and/or recipe from the book, or a food from the MC's region, or any food you just like! Link back to the three hosts, Beth, Media, and Lexa. There will also be a giveaway of their books, so make sure to enter! (I have a giveaway going on too BTW.)
So, what do I have. Badge: Check. Link to hosts: Check. Book... uh, let's see. Oh! Snapshots has a scene that talks about food, and I found a recipe to go with it! Check and check!
A little background on why I picked Italian Pasta Salad for this particular scene. For one, I needed a food that you would find at a gathering like this, but it didn't need to be fancy. Cyc does live in a bad neighborhood filled with gang members. They don't do caviar. But the main reason was my mom used to get Suddenly Salad Pasta Salad. The one she bought wasn't called Italian, It was simply labeled Classic, but it was yummy!
Snapshots Relaunch Blitz has come to a close, but it's not the end. Hopefully, in the future, I will find blogs and promo sites to be a guest on and I can talk about the book some more. Or I may just do it here. That would probably be a good idea, eh?
I would like to say thank you to all those who helped me spread the word. Below I am linking to their blogs. They all have great content that's worth checking out. Also, I'd like to thank my hubby for helping me out with the HTML. Boy, he had a fit when he was trying to check it in Weebly's blog editor.
I also want to give an extra big thank you to those who donated to the giveaway. You blew my mind with your donations. It was a messy clean up. ;)
Lastly, I want to say thank you to everyone who stopped by and commented, retweeted and shared, checked out Snapshots, put it on any wish lists or to-read lists, and bought it. I <3 you all.
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