Something’s Amiss Is Officially A Paperback Now!!!

My newest release, Something’s Amiss, is now available in all formats: ebook and paperback. I’m really excited! Here’s my pretty cover for the paperback version:

21795800.jpg2It fits because the main character, Poe, loves daisies. In fact, they are her favorite flower. Plus, blue is my favorite color.

All formats available:

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

If You Could Travel Anywhere In the U.S., Where Would You Go?

If you’re a writer or any other type of artist, you’re probably a dreamer. Right? I know I am. Daydreaming is my escape when I’m bored. One of the things I always ask myself is: “Where can I see myself living if it’s not in West Virginia?”

One day last year I googled the best places for writers to live or make a substantial earning. After much research, my first pick ended up being Asheville, North Carolina. I told myself when I turn 32, I should consider leaving West Virginia if nothing’s holding me back. In a few months (July), I’ll be the big 3-2! Yikes!!! I’m getting old LOL.

Up north has always fascinated me. I would love to say I’ve been to Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, and Massachusetts (hello I have to try a Wahlburger) at least once in my lifetime. And, I’m obsessed with Rhode Island, Maryland, and Delaware–the smallest states. There’s something fascinating about living in a seaport town, yet I don’t even like water!

New York City will always be my favorite place in the whole wide world. I know I can visit there anytime I want; I’ve already visited the place 5 times.

For some reason the south, midwest, and west has never really caught my attention. But, I would consider Portland, Oregon because my aunt lives over there.

The only reason I’m thinking of places I’d like to travel to–Amtrak is offering a writing residency! I can picture myself in my sleeping car, staring out the window and typing away at my desk. I believe the chosen writers can stay aboard between 2 to 5 days. This is a very cool opportunity.  Your job probably wouldn’t like you away from work, but everyone deserves a vacation.

I would love to be able to write full time. If I got accepted into the program, then it would give me a taste of freedom and adventure. I’m definitely signing up. Writers have to fill out a form and download a sample of their work. The program runs through next year, and I want to say Amtrak will pick about 24 lucky writers.

For more information, click here: Amtrak Residency

Good luck to anyone who signs up!!! If I get accepted, I’d totally travel to Maine or Vermont 🙂 Somewhere I knew that it wouldn’t take longer than 5 days (I’m not trying to get kicked off the train or pay extra LOL).

For all the writers out there, do you think this is a great opportunity or a waste of time? Where would you travel to?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Interview With Diana L. Wicker, Author Of The Age of Awakenings Book Series

Please welcome my special guest, Diana L. Wicker, the author of a young adult fantasy series called The Age of Awakenings. Please enjoy her insightful interview.

161333391.  Did you always want to become an author?

I have to say, before a few years ago I had no thoughts of being an author at all. I do think I have always been a storyteller though. I remember making up magical lands and grand adventures within those lands as a child, and sharing these stories with my younger cousins during sleep overs. As I got older I remember filling pages and pages with stories I created about my favorite books, television shows, movies, and role playing games. I guess I was a writer of fanfic long before I knew there was a word for such.

Now, what caused me to finally publish a story is a separate question. My daughter and her friends were participating in a very active interactive story telling role play group, and I wanted to create a little world where they could play and write new stories. After a lot of encouragement, I took a deep breath and self-published the first story.

2.  What genre do you write for? Your favorite aspect? Your least favorite aspect?

I write Young Adult Fantasy. I love writing stories for youth who may not have had a lot of exposure to fantasy writings yet, and the young at heart that want to remember that sense of wonder they felt when they first discovered fantasy books. I have also found that smaller children seem to enjoy listening to the stories read aloud.

I’d say the most difficult aspect of writing Young Adult Fantasy for me seems to be the “age group” cunundrum. Younger readers do not necessarily have the money or ability to shop online to buy books. Older teens and adult readers may look at the story and think it is meant for “kids” and not pick it up.

3.  What are your current/next projects?

Currently available works:

The Dreamweaver’s Journey: The Age of Awakenings Book 1

In this story the reader is introduced to Feyron, the realm of magic, and some of the clans living there. We meet the first Dreamweaver to come of age in three hundred years and follow her on an adventure across the four Realms of Light in search of missing friends and the lost Guardians of the realm of magic.

The Guardian Child’s Return: The Age of Awakenings Book 2

Old faces return and new ones are introduced in this tale that leads the youth Beyond the Realms of Light for the first time. Lord Grypos, the great golden griffin, Keeper of Knowledge, sends the youth on a quest to bring back that which he has lost. Along the way they find unexpected danger and adventure.

Works in Progress:

I do have a couple of projects in the works for Feyron currently. A third book is in process for the set of stories during The Age of Awakenings. An older era of Feyron’s history, The Age of Fading, has been outlined and lore is in development. A potential first story from that era is in process. I also have a short story set in the works that contains tales of lore such as the children of Feyron might learn of their own history. I plan to tie the different sets of stories together under the main series title, Tales from Feyron – The Ripples of Power.

4.  What inspired you to write your latest book? What is the book about?

Now that is an interesting question. Let me see if I can explain how I ended up with so many works in progress at the same time. I have been creating background tales of lore from the very beginning, because every world needs tales of lore. As these tales gathered, and the historical ages of Feyron took shape, the Age of Fading began to poke at me. What caused the loss of magic? What happened to those Worlds Beyond where the gateway went dark?

As I worked on background lore for the Age of Fading, a story started to form around the magical item found in The Guardian Child’s Return: The Age of Awakenings Book 2. Story 3 will follow some familiar characters, as well as introducing a few new ones, as the youth visit a World Beyond for the first time. Visiting a World Beyond which fell during the fading turns out to be a different sort of adventure than in the previous two stories. The setting is a bit darker, but when the magic of light is lost, well, things are bound to be dark, at least until someone can find the light.

I found as I worked on story 3, that I really needed background lore for that specific World Beyond, because when you’re writing the ending story of a world, it sort of begs the question of, “How did we get here?” And thus was born the first story outline for another potential story set, The Age of Fading. This historical era has more of a feel of dark fantasy about it, but I intend for the stories to still be enjoyable to my original Young Adult audience.

5.  Do you prefer to work alone or with critique partners/beta-readers?

I think beta-readers and story critiques are a very necessary part of the writing process when planning to publish. I find that I do so much prep work for my stories–outlines, character sketches, setting sketches, maps, background lore–that I forget what I have told the readers, and what I just know in my head. I depend upon my beta-readers, both the youth and adult participants, to call me out when I’ve missed key details and left them in the dark.

I also enjoy co-writing stories with writers that I know well. It is a wonderful experience to have a shared world and a set of characters that are known and loved by both writers and to just watch the stories unfold as you work together.

6.  Do you write the beginning/opening first or do you tend to write out of order (with whatever scenes interest you the most)?

I suspect that I’m sort of an oddball in that I generally have multiple documents per story. First I have my outline for the story which tends to become more detailed as I write. Then I have my notes list which includes the who, what, where, when, why of the story–all the little details you don’t want to forget like hair color and eye color and descriptive passages for locations. I also usually have a map for the story as well.

Once I have all of my accessory writings together, I’m ready to start the actual story. I usually set up my three act play sections for the story and copy the outline into those sections. Generally I start from the beginning, but if there’s a specific scene that calls to me, I have learned to stop and write it down before it is lost, no matter what time of the night it might be. Sometimes I end up not using the scene at all, or by the time the story is finished the scene has changed so much it is hardly recognizable, but I have learned the hard way that those 2am great ideas will be gone by the time the alarm goes off in the morning, so it’s best to grab them while they are fresh and get them on paper.

7.  While you were writing, did you ever feel like you were one of your characters?

Oh, definitely. I think there’s no doubt that I am the Storyteller. I do my best to put myself in my characters’ places as I write, to meditate on what they would think or feel as the story unfolds around them.

8.  Which is the easiest for you–novel, novella, or short story? Why?

I’d have to say novella, as neither of my published works quite reach fifty thousand words. I find the short story range of five thousand words feels very constrained. I’m very much a leisurely storyteller. I like to build a world and set the mood and flow through my story until the tale feels like it is done.

9Have you ever hated something you wrote?

Oh, to be certain, after I think I’ve finished a story, or if it has been set aside for some time waiting to be finished, when I pick it up to read straight through from the beginning, sometimes there are passages, or even entire chapters, that make me cringe. So I cut them out and start again anew until everything feels like it flows better.

10.  Any blogs, websites, social media you’d like to share?

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Congratulations To Pam For Having Her Poem Published In the Local Literary Magazine!!!

The Procrastinators are still making news for ourselves 🙂 Pam’s poem was published in the literary Fluent Magazine. I’m very proud of her! She’s in the Spring 2014 Vol 2 No 4 Issue…checking out the website, it looks like the entire magazine is in a PDF format. Pam’s poem is on pg. 38.

If you want to check it out, here’s the link: Pam Mathison-Levitt’s Orphaned.

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!!!

You guys have a chance to win some fabulous prizes!!! UP FOR GRABS:

  • $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD (emailed to the winner)
  • FREE EBOOK OF YOUR CHOICE (sent as a gift through Amazon…the book can be any genre, by any author, any title as long as the price ranges from 0.99 cents to $7.99)

***If the winner chosen doesn’t own a kindle, then I can make arrangements to find their choice of book as a paperback and mail it to them ( book price can’t exceed $20). Plus, they’ll have the option of getting a physical gift card instead of delivered electronically***

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST:

  • WRITE A COMMENT answering the question: “What’s your favorite scene from your favorite book?” on this blog post, my Author Facebook page, or as a tweet. (5 entries)
  • HELP SPREAD THE WORD by reblogging this post, sharing this post on Facebook, or tweeting this post. If you don’t want to just re-post this blog (opting to share the information in your own words), then please make sure to include my handles on the different social media sites, so I’m made aware.  On Facebook–Yawatta Hosby. On Twitter–@yawatta_hosby (10 entries–you receive the points with every share so if you mention my giveaway more than once, you’ll get 10 entries each time)

***The contest is over APRIL 18, 2014!!!! I’ll randomly draw a name out of a hat. The winner will be announced on April 18th (Friday) so please make sure to check back in on that day.

Good luck!!!

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

For “Read An Ebook Week” Event On Smashwords, Both Of My Books Are Free!!!

Smashwords  is promoting “Read An Ebook Week.” From March 2nd to March 8th participating authors discount their books. I think that’s a cool concept. Who doesn’t like free stuff?

Today and tomorrow, Something’s Amiss and One By One will be free!!! The coupon code is RW100. Here’s the links if anyone wants to join “Read An Ebook Week”:

Sorry about the short notice. If I would have known about this special opportunity, I would have signed up on the first day! Better late than never though…

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

Book Review: Destiny By Cindy Ray Hale

Destiny Clark, a young Mormon girl living in Tennessee, is wildly infatuated with Isaac Robinson, the headmaster’s son at her Baptist high school. When they’re cast together in the school’s production of Les Misérables, Destiny is horrified to find that she has to be publicly humiliated by acting out her true feelings of rejection onstage.

As their rehearsals begin, Destiny realizes the unimaginable: Isaac has developed deep feelings for her despite their religious differences and the fact that he has a girlfriend.

But will they be able to find their place amongst the backbiters of their ultra-conservative world?

Weaving around Destiny and Isaac’s alternating viewpoints, Destiny is the first book in a series inspired by the characters of Les Misérables and explores heartbreak, self-discovery, intolerance, and love.

18744934I loved this novel. It was written through Destiny and Issac’s first person point-of-view accounts. My favorite lines: 1) “Rules are made to be broken.” 2) “How could I trust her if she didn’t respect my privacy?” 3) “I’m still here,” I called desperately. “This isn’t over.”

The author managed to write a realistic portrayal of teens falling in love. Some books make main characters the best thing ever, having guys fall over them. Having them dump their girlfriends right away for a chance to be with them. This story was realistic because Isaac was dating Aspen, the most popular girl in school. Even though he had a crush on Destiny, he didn’t pursue her. He stayed respectful to his girlfriend; as a reader, I really appreciated that.

I loved the slow build-up of Destiny and Isaac’s journey of becoming acquaintances. She always had a crush on him, but he hadn’t known it. Destiny and her brother were sort of outcasts because they were Mormons. Isaac and the other kids were judgmental and full of hatred at first.

My favorite characters were Hannah (she was cool because she was very open-minded; plus, I love my rebels), Destiny, Michael (Destiny’s brother), and Isaac. Cindy Ray Hale did a brilliant job with the setting. I could taste, hear, smell, and feel what the characters were going through. I felt the pain, betrayal, naivety, innocence, and all the other emotions that come with drama in one’s life.

If you want to know if Destiny and Issac ever got together, you’ll have to read to find out. I promise that the book is well worth the read.

I RECOMMEND this book to read.

For more information on the author or book:

Keep smiling,

Yawatta Hosby

P.S. Don’t you love the cover? I just have to say that I’m really proud of my co-worker’s daughter. She’s the model on the cover. It’s always cool to see fellow West Virginians getting their name out there 🙂