My Mission For You:

Don't let #Doubt extinguish your #Sparks. Find the #Sparks you need to ignite your stories, dreams, and life.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Helping My Mom Publish + #BooksAndSpooks17 + MASSIVE GIVEAWAY!





Helping My Mom:

My mom lives with me. Earlier this year, she had a nasty fall, though thankfully no broken bones, and has been struggling to walk now due to bad arthritis in her knees. I help her as much as I can. And in one way I've been helping her is to self-publish. I want her to be able to see her stories in print. 

And her first children's book is now available as a paperback. (We may or may not do an ebook version later.) Even my nephews helped out! They did the cover art and are the models in the interior photography, which are photos I took and altered a bit to make them look animated. Even the turtles are a part of the family, so this was a real family effort. :)



BLURB: Slow Poke is the slowest turtle. He's slow for everything. One day, a little boy needs him to be fast. Slow Poke doesn't want to disappoint Tommy, but can he be fast? Can he win a race?

Elaine Kaye has given the classic story The Tortoise and the Hare a modern take with two turtles racing against each other. Slow Poke gives a sweet look into the friendship a child can have with a turtle, or any animal, and celebrates positive thinking. If you believe you can do something, you will! 




INSTAGRAM CHALLENGE:

I love Instragram, and I love the book/author challenges that people host there. So much so that I have created my own challenge relating to books and Halloween.



If you're on Instagram and you want to participate, share the above graphic on your Instagram profile (you can even tag me @ChrysFey) and post pictures on the designated days with #BooksAndSpooks17 

The day's theme can relate to the book's cover, title, content/characters, or the Halloween decor you add to make the picture awesome. BTW, for Day 9 I meant book titles. ;)


Let's have some spooky bibliophile fun!



BOOK CLUB:

For October/November, the IWSG Book Club is reading:

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger


In a poll in our group, structure was voted #2 for what our members want to learn more about, and this book is a great example of story structure that works.


The discussion will begin November 22nd.




MASSIVE GIVEAWAY:


My very own ebook Ghost of Death is part of Prize #1! :)


Carry Me Home Release Day Party!
CARRY ME HOME is AVAILABLE TODAY for $0.99!



To celebrate the release of her latest novel, Carry Me Home, author Jessica Therrien is hosting a HUUUGE BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK GIVEAWAY! The giveaway includes nearly 50 books, all from different authors. Keep scrolling for prize info and how to enter the giveaway.


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PRIZE #1 (5 winners)
WINNERS of this prize will take home one of FIVE 10 Book Bundles.

*Each 10 book bundle is guaranteed to have at least 1 paperback book.

PRIZE #2
A signed hardcover of
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by Jessica Therrien


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A signed hardcover of
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Diverse Characters - S + T + U



INTRODUCTION:

There’s been a lot of talk about adding diverse characters to fictional books. Most of the time, this is about including people of color if you’re a Caucasian writer, but all writers can add diverse characters to their books. And why stop at race? In this series, I’m going to list all sorts of diverse characters.

Note: I'm not knowledgeable about all types of people, so I'm skipping my usual tips in favor of letting others share their knowledge. See below 

**I won't be able to list them all, so here's a list of ethnic groups...with a list of even more lists at the bottom of the page. lol




Here are the diverse characters for S:



Satyrs (fantasy)

Individuals with Schizophrenia

Scottish Individuals

Serbians 

Single Mothers/Single Fathers

Slovaks

Slovenians

Smokers

Social Workers

Sociopaths

Somalians (Somalis


Public Domain
Southerns (US)

South Africans

South Americans

Spanish Individuals (Spaniards)

Individuals with Speech Impediments

Surfers
Bethany Hamilton! 
Stunt men/women

Swedish Individuals

Individuals with Synesthesia (can hear, smell, taste, feel colors)



Here are the diverse characters for T:


Teachers

Teenagers

Texans

Thai Individuals

Titans (mythology)

Transgender Individuals

Transsexual Individuals

Trolls

Turkish Individuals

Twins
Photo Credit

Here are the diverse characters for U:


Ugandans

Ukrainians

Unicorns
Public Domain
Underdogs

U.S. Marshalls

U.S. Presidents




SHARE: If you can come up with more diverse characters that start with S, T, U, let me know and I will add them to my list.

QUESTION: Do you have tips or Do's/Dont's for one of the characters I mentioned above? Share your advice for writing about those characters in your comment.


Have you written about a character from my list?



*All images are free to use.

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Book For EVERYONE - Your One Word




NOTE: If you're seeing this message, that means I don't have power. I will return comments and visit blogs when I am able. Stay safe!

Update: I have power, and my house is safe.





The book I’m highlighting today was written for entrepreneurs and small business owners, but anyone can use the concept of One Word for their website, blog, business, etc. So why not discover the secret power of Your One Word?

I did!

First, what is One Word?

It is one word that defines you (who you are), your business, what you strive for in all you do, and what you want to give others. Just one word. It’s core selling at its best. Core selling is not talking about the features of a product (or book, such as page count, genre, etc.) or Benefit Selling (“an exciting afternoon’s read”), but what values you have and what you believe.

For Evan Carmichael, his one word is #Believe. It’s his core value, his personal mission statement.

Evan says, “Your one word is your core. It’s your guiding light. It makes all decisions easier…When you know your one word, you can make decisions that support your path…it will also help you to stay motivated.”


In this book, Evan demonstrates how other entrepreneurs discovered and used their one word to kick-start their businesses, make money, and (more important) make an impact.




I found my one word for my blog. It was actually always there, I just never realized how powerful it could be. My blog’s one word is #Sparks. When I started my blog, I wanted to provide sparks of inspiration and motivation through writing a novel, editing, publishing, and marketing. And that’s what I did, without even realizing it. My first blog post was “Catching a Spark,” and I even use sparks on my banner and my business cars, but I never truly embraced it. Until now. Check out my About page for an in-depth explanation on this.


To find your one word, read this book.



QUESTION: What do you think your One Word is?

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Stressful Month / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


NOTE: I'm having a horrible day. It'll take me a while to reply back and visit blogs. Sorry.


Award:


I got this a week ago from 10greatest.com: 



You might notice a few other familiar names/faces on the list



August: 

August was a tough month. 

I went about 5 days without an AC for my house. In Florida heat.

I had to do car repairs right after my AC was fixed. Then I decided to sell my car and get another used car.

The good news is I started writing a new book (new idea) and wrote over 100 pages in 10 days, but with the car issues and editing, I haven't done much on it in over a week.

Now I am attempting to start a street team. Not trying to get sympathy sign-ups, but I'm wondering if this'll work. This is my current insecurity.

Anyway, here are some perks if you're considering joining Fey's Sparklers:

- Free ebook when you join
- Prizes awarded for missions
- Random prizes/giveaways 
- Advance Reader Copies
- Name characters and places
- Come up with book titles 
(and get credit in dedication)
- See cover art first
- Share ideas
- Chat

I plan to make it a lot of fun.


Fey's Sparklers Sign-Up Form:






GOODREADS GIVEAWAY:  I'm doing my first Goodreads giveaway for a print copy of Seismic Crimes. The giveaway will end on September 11th.

Click to enter the Seismic Crimes Goodreads Giveaway


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EEEK!: I did a LIVE YouTube interview with Evan Carmichael for the IWSG. Just before, I found out my webcam wasn't supported by Google Hangouts. Enter panic mode. Evan was waiting. We could hear each other, and I could see him, but he couldn't see me. So I quickly booted up my laptop. Thank goodness it worked, and with seconds to spare, too. The lighting on my end would've been better otherwise. I also had to shoo away two of my cats during his answers. Those pesky creatures! lol


You can watch the video and get great advice for authors here.

Or here:



Monday, August 28, 2017

Join Fey's Sparklers! / Monthly Mishmash






Radio Interview:

I did my first radio interview on Off The Chain, hosted by author Yvonne Mason. We discuss my pen name, how I started writing, the Disaster Crimes Series, and I share fiery details about Book 4. 


Recorded Interview:

I did this recorded interview back in June. It was posted earlier this month. Check it out and witness how terrified I am. LOL!



I'm starting a street team! :D

Fey's Sparklers

WHY SPARKLERS? Because they are cool. lol And because a spark can ignite a blaze, and that is what a street team does. They ignite blazes for authors and books.

SPARKLER GOALS: The members of Fey's Sparklers will have missions. Maybe two a month, to start. If you complete a mission, you will get a prize. Or if the mission is a big one, the person who completes the mission with the highest score (details later) will get the grand prize.

The prizes could be...ANYTHING!

I'll also offer advanced reader copies (ARCs) to Fey's Sparklers and do fun contests. For example, you could help me name characters and get credit for it.

WHERE: Fey's Sparklers will have a private Facebook Group for all of this to take place, so I'll need to be able to add you there. All members will get one of my ebooks (of their choosing) as a gift when they join.

If you're interested in being a Sparkler, please fill out THIS FORM. Or use the one below.

NOTE: If you don't know your FB URL, make sure we are friends so I can find you. Here is my personal FB.






GOODREADS GIVEAWAY:  I'm doing my first Goodreads giveaway for a print copy of Seismic Crimes. The giveaway will end on September 11th, so enter now! 

QUESTION: Will you sign up?


Monday, August 21, 2017

Diverse Characters - P + Q + R



INTRODUCTION:

There’s been a lot of talk about adding diverse characters to fictional books. Most of the time, this is about including people of color if you’re a Caucasian writer, but all writers can add diverse characters to their books. And why stop at race? In this series, I’m going to list all sorts of diverse characters.

Note: I'm not knowledgeable about all types of people, so I'm skipping my usual tips in favor of letting others share their knowledge. See below 

**I won't be able to list them all, so here's a list of ethnic groups...with a list of even more lists at the bottom of the page. lol




Here are the diverse characters for P:



Pacific Islanders

Pagans

Palmists (palm readers)

Peruvian Individuals

Pilgrims

Pioneers

Pirates

Polish Individuals

Portuguese individuals 

Pregnant Women

 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PregnantWoman.jpg

Priests

Priestesses 

Princes

Princesses

http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=20641&picture=princess-diana
Princess Diana


Polio Survivors

Poor Individuals

Prostitutes 

Psychics

Puerto Ricans 



Here are the diverse characters for Q:


Quadriplegics

Quadruplets

Quakers

Queens

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elizabeth_II_in_Berlin_2015.JPG



Here are the diverse characters for R:


Ranchers

Rappers

Redheads

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Wild_%26_red_hair_day.jpg


Rednecks

Republicans

Riders

Robots

Image from Pixabay

Romans (Rome)

Romanians (Romania) 

Russians

Rwandan Individuals 




SHARE: If you can come up with more diverse characters that start with P, Q, or R, let me know and I will add them to my list.

QUESTION: Do you have tips or Do's/Dont's for one of the characters I mentioned above? Share your advice for writing about those characters in your comment.


Have you written about a character from my list?




*All images are free to use.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Empowering Women - Angelina Jolie



Before I get to the post, I want to share some news...I did my first radio talk show on Friday with author Yvonne Mason. I was nervous but ended up having a blast. You can listen to it here: Off The Chain - Chrys Fey

Or here:



Every month I am highlighting an empowering woman. This month it is:


Angelina Jolie
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Angelina_Jolie_2_June_2014_(cropped).jpg

Angelina Jolie is far more than her looks (or her marriage/divorce to Brad Pitt). She is a major humanitarian and has received several awards for her efforts. She advocates for various causes including women’s rights, education, and conservation.

She joined forces with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and started visiting these areas to see what it was like for the refugees. She’s completed more than 40 field missions. To help ferry aid workers and food supplies, she got her private pilot license. In 2001, she became the Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR. And in 2012, she became Special Envoy to the UNHCR’s High Commissioner.

“I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.”

What else does she do? 
- Pushes legislation to aid child immigrants
- Co-Chairs Kids in Need of Defense
- Has funded a school and boarding facility for girls at Kakuma Refugee Camp in NW Kenya.
- Jolie Legal Fellowship, a network of lawyers and attorneys who are sponsored to advocate the development of human rights in their countries.
- Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, a campaign against sexual violence in military conflict zones .
- Centre for Women, Peace and Security, which aims to contribute to global women’s rights issues including the prosecution of war rape and women’s engagement in politics.
Plus more!

All of this is on top of adopting three children and giving birth to three more, acting, and directing (In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken).

Unbroken:

I want to talk about Unbroken for a moment. I thought she was robbed when she wasn’t even nominated for Best Director. When I watched Unbroken, I was amazed at the power of it, the story, and the craftsmanship. Angelina directed a powerful movie.

I remember hearing her in an interview that she was going through a hard time when she read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, and it changed her. Unbroken is about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner, a Lieutenant in the US Air Force and a POW. (Jolie and Zamperini were actually neighbors!)

Cancer Prevention:

Angelina has also spoken out for cancer prevention. In 2013, she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after finding out she had an 87% risk of developing breast cancer. She also had an oophorectomy (removal of ovaries) due to a 50% risk of developing ovarian cancer.

She wrote about her decisions in The New York Times:

“On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”

“The Angelina Effect” started soon after as women all over the world did the BRCA gene testing. To further help at-risk women, she advocated for wider accessibility and lower costs. June 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court greatly reduced the cost of the BRCA gene test.

Maleficent:

Angelina’s role in Maleficent won her a Kid’s Choice Award for Best Villain.

“I wanna say that when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told I was different, never good at fitting in. And then I realized something, something I hope you all realize—different is good.”


Angelina is a humanitarian, business woman, fighter, and mother. She’s a force to be reckoned with.



INSPIRING SONG:




QUESTIONS: Have you seen Maleficent or Unbroken? Are you a fan of Angelina Jolie?



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