Tuesday, December 8, 2015

ALL THINGS WRITING: BOOK DEAL: Final Countdown for AND THEN HE $2.99

ALL THINGS WRITING: BOOK DEAL: Final Countdown for AND THEN HE $2.99: It's the Final Countdown for AND THEN HE! Writer friends, time is running out on AND THEN HE's Book Promotion Sale. I won't be a...

XPRESSO BOOK TOUR GUEST POST & GIVEAWAY: Love Dies Hard by C.C. Cartwright


I love to share writer love whenever and wherever I can. I also love to help promote fellow authors, so check out this Guest Post & Giveaway.



Love Dies Hard by C.C. Cartwright 
(Billionaire Romance, #1) - Includes Bonus of Love Dies Hard 2
Publication date: May 17th 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Love Dies Hard TEASER:
My name is Marcus Hunter. I own Hunter Investments, a billion dollar hedge fund.

I admit it, I’m a total womanizer.  A player, a serial-seducer, call me what you like.

I enjoy a variety of women and I don’t do love.

I work hard, and I play even harder.

I rarely dip into the office pool.  That was until I became intrigued with Sophie Shawn. She is a high-flying money manager like myself and we’ve had to work closely together.

Sophie’s my equal, she’s smart, sharp-witted and of course she has to be sexy-as-hell.

The way she shakes her little ass in her tight, short skirts has me wanting to bury myself deep inside her.

We’re enjoying a drink together after work.

She doesn’t know it yet, but I’m going to bed her tonight. I want to hear her beneath me begging for more. When I’m done with her she won’t be able to utter a single coherent word.

Little did I know, I would be the one in for a surprise from Miss Sophie Shawn.


WOW! Sounds intriguing AND sexy, right?!?! But who is C.C. Cartwright?!?!



C.C. Cartwright in her own words:
My passions lie in reading and writing sexy contemporary romance novels.  I love writing in the genre I love to read. Personal experiences are often the inspiration for my sexy romances, so you will find a little bit of me in every story I pen. I will leave you to guess which parts are true and which parts are fiction!

Listening to my favorite music while writing inspires me to create my characters and makes their love stories come alive. I believe in writing about heroines who are strong, smart, sassy, sexy and have a sense of humor.

I cherish my family and am a hopeless romantic. I believe in finding your happily-ever-after and that each day is for living, loving and laughing.



C.C. Cartwright Author Links:

Behind the scenes guest post by C.C. Cartwright:

     My Love Dies Hard Series is very near and dear to me, because the inspiration for the Series came from my own personal experiences. I write from the heart, so I become the character while I am immersed in writing her love story. My readers often tell me they experience every emotion the main character is feeling and it thrills me to hear that I’ve accomplished my goals, engaging and captivating my readers with my sexy and romantic love stories. 
     If you read through all of the books in the My Mr. Romance Series and the Love Dies Hard Series, you will see that my characters are often whisked away to a romantic city in Europe. That’s because my love affair with Europe began on my first trip, fresh out of college, visiting eight countries in twenty-five days. It was quite the whirlwind tour, but it opened my eyes to countries rich in history, culture and beauty. London, Paris and Venice are truly the most romantic cities in the world.

XO,

Christine

If you're still not convinced if you should buy the book... PRESS ME for Love Dies Hard Goodreads link

If you're TOTALLY convinced...


Purchase Love Dies Hard Book 1 here


Oh, WAIT?!?! I mentioned GIVEAWAY didn't I?!?! Well, here it is and good luck! Love Dies Hard by C.C. Cartwright Giveaway

Check out this sexy New Adult and let know what you think!

Write on,
Kim  Briggs

BOOK DEAL: Final Countdown for AND THEN HE $2.99

It's the Final Countdown for AND THEN HE! Writer friends, time is running out on AND THEN HE's Book Promotion Sale. I won't be able to offer a sale again for a while--Amazon rules, not mine, so grab it today!

AND THEN HE for $2.99 Final Sale Link

Still not convinced? Here's the latest reviews:

By Helen M Porter on December 6, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I have never read anything by this Author and I was stunned by how good this book is. 
It is very dark a woman's worstnightmare brought to life. I very seldom rate a book 5 star. 
It must really touch me emotionally. 
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

on December 7, 2015
Just finished this book. I'm exhausted. What a great read. Could NOT put it down. 
Loved it from beginning to end. 
Can't wait to read your next book Kim.

Enjoy!
Write on,
Kim Briggs

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Kim Briggs SLASHED Ebook price on AND THEN HE, her New Adult Dark Thriller!!

For the next two days, Wed., Dec. 2 to Thurs., Dec. 3, Kindle Version of AND THEN HE will be only $.99. (WHAT?!?!?) 



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AND THEN..., Fri., Dec. 4 to sometime Saturday, Dec. 5, the price will be only $1.99. (OH YES?!?! I am not joking.) 

AND THEN..., Sunday, Dec. 6 until sometime Monday, Dec. 7th, it will be $2.99. 

AND THEN..., like all things too good to be true, the price will return to $3.99 (STILL A GREAT PRICE, BUT NOT $.99!) 

Best to get your copy, sooner rather than later! Here’s the Amazon link: 


Not sure if you should splurge? Here’s the pitch: An innocent night of flirting with a handsome strangers turns into a nightmare Tiffani can’t escape. AND THEN HE combines sex and evil in all the right ways. Pick up your copy NOW!! 

Happy Shopping!

AND..., can I BEG and GROVEL at your feet for a RATING & REVIEW? I pay in sending good MOJO your way! 

Hugs and anticipatory thanks!!

Write on,

Kim

Monday, November 30, 2015

NEXTLIT.com: Coming of Age and Book Release info for AND THEN HE by Kim Briggs


So, there's a new site for all those Coming of Agers and Wanna be Coming of Agers (Young Adult to New Adult to Adult), it's called: 



NEXTLIT.com shares relevant articles, book releases, agent, editor, even publisher information on their site. It's super helpful and a tremendous resource to both the Writing Community and anyone interested in reading books, so that means ALL OF YOU! 

Last week AND THEN HE was featured in the New Release Section. I've made it REALLY easy for all of you to follow NEXTLIT.com. First click on the link below, AND THEN read the great article, "5 Coming of Age Moments: Hunger Games Edition" by EJ Wesley, an awesome writerly dude, AND THEN check out all the FABuLOUS Books Coming out including AND THEN HE. 

READY, SET, GO!   Click here for NEXTLIT.com AND THEN HE Book Release Details plus other cool stuff

WRITE ON,
KIM

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Literary Rambles: KIM BRIGGS GUEST POST & AND THEN HE GIVEAWAY

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Hope your day was filled with stuffing and love! I am ECSTATIC to share with you a Guest Post of mine from LITERARY RAMBLES. If you don't follow their blog YOU MUST DO IT NOW! Their site is a MUST for all writers! Enjoy the post and let me know what you think!

Literary Rambles: KIM BRIGGS GUEST POST & AND THEN HE GIVEAWAY: Happy Monday Everyone! Hope you're having a great start of the week and a fun holiday weekend planned. Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Fir...

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Literary Rambles: RYAN DALTON GUEST POST AND THE YEAR OF LIGHTENING ...

A Super Helpful Blog Post from Author Ryan Dalton about Building Sci-Fi and Fantasy Worlds that Captivate Readers AND a shout out for MY GUEST BLOG POST on NOV 23



Literary Rambles: RYAN DALTON GUEST POST AND THE YEAR OF LIGHTENING ...: Happy Monday Everyone! Today I'm excited to have debut author Ryan Dalton here to share about his YA fantasy THE YEAR OF LIGHTENING that...

Friday, November 6, 2015

KIM BRIGGS HAUNTING READS BOOK REVIEW: The Merciless by Danielle Vega




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The Merciless author, Danielle Vega looks innocent enough. Don't be deceived. This Young Adult Author knows how to scare with a capital S! Don't let the pretty in pink book cover fool you either.







GENRE: Young Adult horror

When there’s a warning on the first page of a book for Mature Audiences only—you know, NO, you expect to be scared out of your mind. The Merciless does not disappoint.

The pitch: Mean Girls meets Carrie... I know, right?!?! Why even bother with back copy, just tear the book open.

Danielle Vega brings the horrifying aspects of human nature to The Merciless

The Merciless begins like many young adults novels. New student in new town hoping to fit it. New student meets new group of Barbie/Martha girls who decide the social ranking of every student in the school, and new student becomes the 'it' accessory of the month, and of course, there's a cute boy who has potential.

Within the first couple pages new student, Sofia meets Brooklyn, a bad girl who seems a bit satanic but maybe she’s just misunderstood. We, as readers, really don’t know what to make of Brooklyn, but we develop strong expectations about the Barbie/Martha girls, led by sweet as molasses, Riley.

Early on, Sofia stumbles upon a skinned cat set up in a pentagram with candles lit. Riley accuses Brooklyn of the sacrifice, but we’re kinda wondering if Riley and her friends did it--you know, as an experiment or something.

Questionable event after questionable event leads up to the night of the Exorcism. Yes, Exorcism. I refuse to discuss anything that happens during the Exorcism, and whatever you think is going to happen is WRONG, so, so WRONG.

Danielle uses an easy story-telling style that sucks you in slowly and orbits you in a vortex of terror until she’s ready to spit you out. Enjoy the ride.

Write on,

Kim

Monday, November 2, 2015

The Storyteller's Scroll: Interview with NA author Kim Briggs

I got interviewed by Gayle Krause over at her blog:

The Storyteller's Scroll: Interview with NA author Kim Briggs: Go over and visit! Thanks!

1.      When and where do you write? That ’ s the trick of it, isn ’ t it? I steal time throughout the day — first thing in the morning...

Friday, October 23, 2015

HAUNTING FRIDAY READS BOOK REVIEW: Duplicity by N.K. Traver







  
                                 







GENRE: Young Adult Contemporary Science Fiction Thriller (I think I just made that up but it works.)

N.K. Traver is awesome. First, she took her knowledge as a computer programmer and combined it with her talent as a writer and voila’ Duplicity was born. Second, because she mentee’d Alison Green Myers, my kick ass Ink Sister in #PitchWars. Alison sings her praises and I do pretty much whatever Alison tells me to do;)

Traver nails the Male Protagonist Point of View (POV) in Duplicity—and I don’t admit that often. I scrutinize dialogue, body language, and inner monologue when a female/male writes the opposite genders POV. Most times when an author tries a different gender he or she uses stereotypical characterizations that make me cringe, but when the author gets it right? Well, that’s time for a Happy Dance.  

 I heard murmurings of a hacker/cyber purgatory prior to Duplicity. I was intrigued by this mythical place—was it a black hole that sucked you in and never spit you out, was it an alter dimension where hackers walked among us yet could no longer interact with the real world? 

When I read Duplicity I thought, yep, that’s what it is. That's exactly what it is.

Natalie slowly changes the main character Brandon. Actually she strips away layers of his appearance then his persona one by one. Brandon doesn’t know what’s happening or why, and he can’t control any of the changes. When he starts to physically fit the mold of a grounded, well-respecting teenager, she rips him out of his hacker/kind of jerk life and throws him into Cyber purgatory. Brandon must hack his way out of this cyber purgatory or the Good Brandon will take over Brandon’s life banishing Brandon to this in-between cyber dimension forever. 

Often we don't recognize a good thing until it smacks us in the face. In this case, its our reflection in the mirror.

Great read—I highly recommend it!

Write on,
Kim


Thursday, October 22, 2015

WRITE HABIT: What's Your Tense BY KIM BRIGGS

YOUR PAST, YOUR PRESENT, YOUR FUTURE

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**For the sake of brevity, I’m not going to give a Grammar lesson on all the sub-categories of tenses, but I will discuss each tense and provide a few examples of when it’s used well, as well as, useful tips to take your writing to the next level.


PAST TENSE
Most books, both fiction and nonfiction, tend to be written in the PAST TENSE. It began thousands of year ago with when hunters returned home with their kill slung over their shoulders. Following the feast, villagers sat around the bonfire and listened to stories about the hunt, and so began our oral tradition of retelling a past event.

Eventually, inspiration struck, and someone decided to record these stories. First through pictures, then through words.

If you pick up a book, whether it’s from the bookshelf at home, at the library, at the story, from your neighbor’s coffee table, it’s probably written in the PAST TENSE. It’s a writer’s GO TO POV.

Rainbow Rowell weaves past tense verbs into a believable and top favorite young adult novel.
“Do you have more stuff downstairs?” he asked. “We just finished. I think we’re going to get a burger now; do you want to get a burger? Have you been to Pear’s yet? Burgers the size of your fist.” He picked up her arm. She swallowed. “Make a fist,” he said. 
—excerpt from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I too spun words into a story in my first version of Starr Fall, my Young Adult Thriller, but when I finished, I knew it was lacking something. It didn’t have the gusto and immediacy it needed, so I wrote one chapter in present tense, then another, then another, and decided to change the entire novel. Starr Fall was meant for PRESENT TENSE just as Fangirl was meant for PAST TENSE.


WRITER TIP: Experiment with different points of view with your story and see what works. What you find might surprise you. 


PRESENT TENSE
I love PRESENT TENSE. I love the urgency. I love how I jump into the story and become the character. I love that my heart pumps and I don’t know what’s going to happen when I open that locked door. 


Laura Halse Anderson in Speak, Veronica Roth in Divergent, Suzanne Collins in Hunger Games, all use PRESENT TENSE. It’s no coincidence that they are three of my favorite authors or that their books have been made into movies.

Laura Halse Anderson handles PRESENT TENSE with such skill that few can rival her. She uses 1st person PRESENT TENSE in Speak, but she often shifts the attention away from the main character and onto and/or into her surroundings.

The cheerleaders cartwheel into the gym and bellow. The crowd stomps the bleachers and roars back. I put my head in my hands and scream to let out the animal noise and some of that night. No one hears. They are all quite spirited.
excerpt from Speak by Laura Halse Anderson

Suzanne Collins places most of the focus on her main character, Katniss, but balances that focus with time on other characters and happenings in the Hunger Games.

I bite my lip, feeling inferior. While I’ve been ruminating on the availability of trees, Peeta has been struggling with how to maintain his identity. His purity of self. “Do you mean you won’t kill anyone?” I ask.
excerpt from Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 

AVOID THE “I” TRAP: I run towards the soccer field. I feel sweat pool at the base of my back. I think I should stop running.
ACK! ACK! ACK! 


Because we as readers are so entrenched in the PAST TENSE, it’s difficult to make the shift to PRESENT TENSE the first few times we try it. Our writing feels choppy and less polished. It’s difficult to slide into backstory or a flashback without jarring the reader. As writers, we must create just the right set of events/scenes/circumstances in our passage for the literary device to work. 


WARNING: Be careful not to flood your reader with flashbacks and backstory—they’ll get confused, tired, annoyed, miffed, and put down your book. And that my friend will be the death of your book. (Sorry I slipped into FUTURE TENSE, but I felt it was warranted.)


If you find you’re using a lot of literary devices such as flashbacks and backstory, try writing a scene in PAST TENSE. More than likely, you’re probably not using the correct tense for the story you want to share.


I find that I revise a considerable amount more when I use the PRESENT TENSE vs. PAST TENSE. I try to vary my sentences, mix thinks up, reexamine paragraphs, and rewrite them often so I can move the story forward without too much BLECK. I’m not going to lie. It’s a load of work, but the end result is well worth it.


SIDE NOTE: I’ve used PRESENT TENSE for so many years now that I find myself switching other authors’ tense to the PRESENT TENSE and I often feel that these books would grab the readers’ attention more if the author choice a different tense.


FUTURE TENSE: 
I will mention FUTURE TENSE, but it is not used often in books. In fact, a quick Google search came up with some antiquated novel that’s not worth mentioning. If you should find a book that uses FUTURE TENSE, let me know. I will revise.

WRITER TIP: If you're not sure what tense you want to use, pull your favorite books off the shelf and skim through them. Does the author's tense speak to you? Is it something you think you'd like to try? If yes, GO FOR IT. You gotta use what works for your story. Play around. Try new things. 

Most importantly, get writing!


Write on,
Kim Briggs

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

AND THEN HE Book Launch Happy Hour with Author KIM BRIGGS

I've been shamelessly promoting my new adult dark thriller, AND THEN HE, and I appreciate all of YOU dealing with me, so I want to invite you to my AND THEN HE Book Launch Happy Hour. Anyone can attend--it's online. All you have to do is LIKE my KIM BRIGGS, AUTHOR Facebook page and then post a picture of your favorite cocktail--and it can be a mocktail. I don't discriminate.
If you jump through these easy hoops, you might just win an autographed copy of AND THEN HE and a sexy swag bag filled with all sorts of goodies. (I'm sure I've mentioned my love of chocolate...)




I promise I won't overload you with a zillion posts a day--the page just gives me another way to reach out to all of you and share the Writerlove!

To attend AND THEN HE Book Launch Happy Hour Press Me

Looking forward to seeing you!

Write on,
Kim

Monday, October 19, 2015

ALL THINGS WRITING: WHAT TO DO WITH INSPIRATION by Kim Briggs

WHAT TO DO WITH INSPIRATION by Kim Briggs: My new adult thriller, AND THEN HE, went up for sale on Amazon on Thursday.  PRESS ME To Buy AND THEN HE It's exciting to watch my sal...

WHAT TO DO WITH INSPIRATION by Kim Briggs

My new adult thriller, AND THEN HE, went up for sale on Amazon on Thursday. PRESS ME To Buy AND THEN HE

It's exciting to watch my sales rise as more people buy my book. It'll be even better when they rate AND THEN HE and leave a comment. (OR worse, but let's be optimistic, shall we?)

I'm also hosting AND THEN HE Book Launch Happy Hour, and by the way, YOU, yep YOU, are invited and so are all your friends. PRESS ME FOR PARTY INFO ,

I'm ready to move on to the next project--I'm always thinking about the next project and the project after that, and so on, and so forth.

My creative process resembles something like this:

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1. INSPIRATION
An idea, a dream, a vision, or an image pops into my head. I might be talking to a friend, I might be at one of my kids events, I might be sleeping (that happens often), or I might be working on one or two other projects, when suddenly my eyes glaze over and I shift into a transcendent world of inspiration--sounds very corny but it's true.  

2. RECORDING THE INSPIRATION
Then, if I'm really organized, I jot down the idea in a journal. If I'm feeling especially ambitious and/or optimistic, I get out my laptop and start typing. More often than not, I grab the closest papery type substance (receipts don't work that well but envelopes do) and scrawl down some trigger notes. I might even use the voice memo function on my IPHONE--but I am VERY visual, so I gotta SEE it to believe it. 

3. ALLOW THE INSPIRATION TO TAKE FORM
After I've set the idea down on paper, I run with it. Seriously, I work out and mull it over and let it take shape while I try to keep in shape. Exercise makes me focus--I'm very energetic and exercise allows me to release some of my pent up energy and target exactly what type of story I want to tell. 

4. DON'T PUSH THE INSPIRATION
Seriously, you can jot down ideas and start writing, but you can't knockout a 40,000 to 70,000 word book with a few barely formed thoughts. Sometimes, it takes YEARS, yes years, before your initial inspiration takes shape. 

Ex. I have a post-apocalyptic story I've been adding to for well over a decade--I'm just waiting for the right form to take shape. I've tried to push and whittle something out of my notes, but it's just not ready yet.

On the other hand, I've had a story I've been dying to tell, but I couldn't figure out a unique way to share the story--some way that would make it stand out from the crowd. This past spring, during someone else's inspirational speech, lightning struck. My eyes glazed over--I barely remember the rest of the talk because I began churning inspiration round and round. I took notes and outlined and began to form a loose frame of a story. Then I put it back in the drawer. 

My post AND THEN HE plans included subbing a nonfiction picture book prepped and knocking out two young adult projects, but wouldn't you know it, during the craziness of the past two weeks, I found the form to the other story and the voice of the main character.

Now, I'm left with a dilemma--three solid young adult projects and only one me, but that's the best type of dilemma.

I'd love to hear what YOU do with your inspiration?

Write on,
Kim 





Thursday, October 15, 2015

AND THEN HE by Kim Briggs is LIVE!!!!!!

GUESS WHAT?!?! AND THEN HE, my New Adult Dark Thriller is live. Live BABY! You have the choice to purchase the ebook or the paperback version.


Oh please, please, please my dedicated readers and friends, please rate AND THEN HE and leave a comment. It means so much to me!

Write on,

Kim

AND THEN HE by KIM BRIGGS Cover Reveal

My New Adult Thriller, AND THEN HE cover reveal…





Excited? Turned on? Interest peaked? Good. The Book should go live soon. Just waiting for Final Go Ahead from Amazon.
Get Ready.
Write on,
Kim Briggs

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ALL THINGS YA and NA NAME CHANGE

Times are a changing.

Big things are happening in my writing life. My New Adult Thriller, And Then He, debuts Thursday on Amazon. Don’t worry—you’ll hear ALL about it. I will be shamelessly plugging myself on every social media outlet I’m a part of. 

Don’t miss the cover reveal tomorrow. It’s sure to warm you up on a brisk fall day. Hell, you might even overheat.

But there’s also more to my writing career then New Adult and Young Adult fiction writing. My writing and reading interests run the gamut of categories and genres—that’s why I’ve decided to change the name of my blog to ALL THINGS WRITING.

I’m excited about the change. REALLY excited.

ALL THINGS WRITING will allow me to interview and cheerlead for all my writing and illustrator buddies, and I’ve got A LOT of them. It’ll also gives me the opportunity to talk about different issues that don’t fit the old blog.

So, get ready because big things are coming your way!

Write on,


Kim Briggs

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WRITE HABIT: #NYSCBWI15 MYSTERY AND THRILLER WRITING EXERCISES By Ben Rosenthal, Sr. Editor at KT Books


I love me a good mystery. Thrill me and I’m yours ’til the end of the book, AND if my bookshelf is loaded with them, I’m yours 'til you stop writing.

But how do we, as writers, create these thrillers and mysteries? Last week, I spent some time dispatching Katherine Tegen Books Senior Editor, Ben Rosenthal’s words of wisdom, and now I bring you some writing exercises he suggested.


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WRITING EXERCISES from Ben Rosenthal, Senior Editor at Katherine Tegen Books

  1. Read the first line of your novel. Do you want to hear the next line? Write several first lines until you have one that screams, “YES!” to the question.
  2. Create multi-dimentional heroes and villains. Write down their defining qualities. Then, write down the opposite of that. Now, create a scenario in which your protagonist and antagonist demonstrate the opposite qualities you have identified.
  3. Write down a list of characters in your novel. Pick a character that is either an ally or enemy of your hero. Find a scene with both characters. Rewrite the scene with different motivation for the secondary character or the hero. You might just locate a plot twist.
  4. Write a dialogue in which each of the two characters has a secret. Don’t reveal the secret, but make the reader figure it out.


Good luck and let me know how if these exercises work for you or share some other techniques in the comments!

Talk to you soon,


Kim Briggs