Love giveaways? Here are two!

There’s no better way to begin the week than by announcing some giveaways. Am I right, or am I right?

Here are two ways you can enter to win my NA psychological horror, The Bleeding Heart:

1.  Goodreads Giveaway

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                                  The Bleeding Heart by Amy Giuffrida

The Bleeding Heart

by Amy Giuffrida

Giveaway ends July 31, 2015.

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The Bleeding Heart Release Day!

Today is the day my precious NA Psychological Horror, The Bleeding Heart, releases into the world. I have learned so much about, not only the self-publishing process, but also myself.

Here are my TOP 10 THINGS I LEARNED WHILE SELF-PUBBING:

1. I thought I knew all about technology, but I know squat–the most frustrating thing about self-publishing is having to format documents. I love my Mac, but Pages is so limited. Having to purchase Microsoft Office just seems so wrong!

2. Talking about myself to people I know is so nerve wracking–but telling friends and family about my book elicited so much wonderfulness I have no idea what the angst was about in the first place!

3. Without my CP, this whole thing would be dead in the water–Valia Lind often took precious writing minutes of her own to help me through the technical difficulties. Truly, without her and her whole cheerleading thing I’d be lost. Plus, she knows a lot about comma placement, and apparently I know nada:)

4. Accepting that I am not anyone else, but me–Jennifer Armentrout writes something like 9 books in a year. I am not her. I work 2 jobs and have 2 kids. I write when I can and when the muse hits. For me, writing a draft in a year is good. I accept that (and envy Jennifer of course).

5. Traditionally published authors are very supportive–when posting about my release and cover reveal, many traditionally published authors were very kind and showed their excitement for my achievement. Self-publishing has definitely shattered the barriers between itself and traditional publishing!

6. No matter what, I did what I set out to do–I’m a realist. My book may never become a best seller. Do I wish it would, of course! But I know that there are so many books out there that mine may never make it past the 375,000 ranking. For me, I’m proud of myself for writing a book and publishing it. It’s a dream come true!

7. I want to write more–writing is freaking hard work, but it’s something I love to do. And I definitely have MANY more stories to tell. In fact, I have a short story that will be featured in a Halloween Anthology, October 2015!

8. NEVER do something you aren’t good at–pay someone to design your cover. Pay someone to run a cover reveal or blog hop. These people know what they are doing! Sarah Henson from Okay Creations created something that was no where on my radar. THIS cover is all her and she nailed it! Lydia from HEA Blog Tours took care of me and got my book out there. I blog and have a lot of blogging friends, so her knowledge was so helpful!

9. Don’t rush–I would have loved to have my book finished, so I could sign at BEA this year. It didn’t happen. I knew that that deadline wasn’t reachable, so I took my time.

10. Some people will love the book. Some people will hate the book. The end.

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 The Bleeding Heart

by Amy Giuffrida

Paperback: 316 pages

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 21, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1511927828

ISBN-13: 978-1511927826

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Brooklyn is a talented artist with an obsession for blood; one that she satiates at her uncle’s tattoo shop. It’s here at The Bleeding Heart that Brooklyn practices the art of dispensing pain onto others. Yet, nothing can dull the desire running through her veins, especially since the man she really wants to torture rots in jail for murder.

When Daniel comes into her life, Brooklyn’s obsession with tattoos and blood quickly turns into desire for him. She dreams about getting him on her tattoo table as her first official customer, marking him as her own. But Daniel has a different idea as to what they should be doing with their bodies.

As Brooklyn spirals out of control, her sanity begins to slip right along with whatever is left of her humanity. Daniel may be the only one left to save her, if she lets him in. In the end she will have to choose between exacting vengeance, staying alive, or loving Daniel.

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June 6th!

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Rules: Only those who are 18 years old and live in the USA are eligible to win.

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Cover Reveal: THE BLEEDING HEART

This is a really exciting day for me–It’s cover reveal day! I have been mesmerized by the cover that Sarah, from Okay Creations, designed for me. So much so, that it’s already my screensaver! She totally created the feeling I wanted for the cover and found something that I never, in a million years, would have come up with. I hope you like it too!

✤✤✤ #CoverReveal ✤✤✤
#TheBleedingHeart by Amy Giuffrida
Genre: #NA #PsychologicalHorror
Publishing Date: May 25, 2015
Cover Designer: Okay Creations: www.okaycreations.com

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✤SYNOPSIS✤
Brooklyn is a talented artist with an obsession for blood; one that she satiates at her uncle’s tattoo shop. It’s here at The Bleeding Heart that Brooklyn practices the art of dispensing pain onto others. Yet, nothing can dull the desire running through her veins, especially since the man she really wants to torture rots in jail for murder.

When Daniel comes into her life, Brooklyn’s obsession with tattoos and blood quickly turns into desire for him. She dreams about getting him on her tattoo table as her first official customer, marking him as her own. But Daniel has a different idea as to what they should be doing with their bodies.

As Brooklyn spirals out of control, her sanity begins to slip right along with whatever is left of her humanity. Daniel may be the only one left to save her, if she lets him in. In the end she will have to choose between exacting vengeance, staying alive, or loving Daniel.

Full Wrap

 

✤ ABOUT THE AUTHOR: AMY GIUFFRIDA ✤

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Amy Giuffrida teaches language arts to teens by day, while working nights as supermom and a bookseller. The teen in her is never far away, calling to her to crank the tunes and write stories about the darkness that surrounds us all.

Amy is known for taking the path less traveled, but can always be found on Twitter @kissedbyink or online at one of her haunts: amygiuffrida.com, kissedbyink.com, midnightsocietytales.com, or bookish.nu.

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/kissedbyink
WEBSITE: https://amygiuffrida.com/
KISSED BY INK: http://kissedbyink.com/
THE MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: http://midnightsocietytales.com/

✤ Tour Host: HEA Book Tours, PR & More: http://heabooktours.blogspot.com/

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The Journey

It’s been 2 years since I wrote the rough draft of The Bleeding Heart. Two years of twisting my heart and soul, pouring the voices from my head into the dark world of Brooklyn. Taking her words and mashing them together with Daniel’s had me playing the referee most days. Some days it was easy to take the light from Daniel and add in Brooklyn’s darkness. Other days, the only color I could see was grey.

Writing this piece was a test of endurance, one I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. I have written and rewritten lines, making them sing with tension (at least I hope that’s the feeling you get). I even went so far to take a young adult (YA) story and aged it to become a new adult (NA) title. Therein lies some extra humanity and connection between Brooklyn and Daniel.

Now it’s almost time to share TBH with readers; to let Brooklyn show you her demons. Don’t worry, Daniel will be there to smooth the waters and hold your hand through the rough spots. He held my hand a time or two. Always these characters are with me, Brooklyn especially. Her words no longer crowd my thoughts, and as difficult as they were to write…I kinda miss her.

On April 27th, The Bleeding Heart will have a cover. There’s nothing more real than this and I’d love to include you in the celebration. If you’d like to join me, you can sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19vNQ9x2QC-r9jRZyq-4R3J-XTjAI6-ktoWjS-PDuJEA/viewform

And if you’d like to be part of the blog tour and/or review The Bleeding Heart on your blog, here’s the link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1TdE7HZRTKc1ct_F9pzcxqTkM1MdH-T7QqmY8jPbfdyI/viewform

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Liebster Tag: 11 Questions and Random Facts About ME!!

LIEBSTER TAG: 11 QUESTIONS AND RANDOM FACTS ABOUT YOURS TRULY

Thanks to the fantastic Kira Butler, co-blogger at The Midnight Society, I have been TAGGED! Now, normally I would post this on my other blog (Kissed by Ink), but I figured since it really tells about who I am as a writer I’d share it here. I have to give it some thought as to who I’ll tag next…stay tuned for that…

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The Questions

  1. What is your favorite thing about writing horror?

There is just something about the shock factor that I can’t quite leave alone. The deepest recesses of one’s mind tends to be kept locked up tightly by most, which is why I write more psychological horror than the slasher stuff (even though I love watching this type of movie). With a syringe I go deep, extracting only the most disturbing of thoughts and write about them. I happen to enjoy watching the reaction I get when I tell people that I write horror. Priceless!

2.  Tell us about your writing process.

Right now I’m working in the revision cave, busy getting ready to publish my psychological horror—The Bleeding Heart (due out in May)—but let’s start at the beginning. For this story, the characters screamed their story at me. I could be in the shower, the car, at work, anywhere really and I’d have to stop and jot notes down. I don’t outline. I don’t write character sketches. I write what my pushy characters tell me to, then add my own two cents.

As for revising—I’m a total paper waster. I know. I apologize in advance to all trees for my bad behavior! I absolutely cannot revise on my computer screen. I have to print out whatever section I need to work on, then rip the thing apart with tons of notes.

Included in my process are a few fantastic writers who I swear enjoy using track changes on my Word documents. I don’t know where I’d be without my critique partners! They make me a better writer and are the best support system a writer can have.

3.  Where does your inspiration come from?

I sort-of mentioned this above, but I can elaborate more here. Characters take on a life all their own. Ideas float to me at the most inopportune times. I’ve been known to jump out of the shower, just to get an idea down on paper. I also use Seri to write notes for me when I drive. Sometimes I get inspiration from a song. I’ve used particular emotion or lyrics to start me on a particular idea. Other times, I pull from past experiences.

4.  Do you ever scare yourself? How do you break past the wall and dig deeper?

Oh, hell yes. I have 20k written of a story that I’m actually afraid of. Why? It’s dark. I mean really and truly dark. After my revisions are finished, I will be going back to this one though. I will break through the wall and get the story out. I think my fear is not just for the material, but also because it seems to be more adult, which is not typically what I write. I bet that your salivating, dying to know what it is I’m writing about. Well, I’ll give you a quick glimpse—female serial killer with dual personalities, one who’s the victim, and the other a killer who’s M.O. are females who resemble her dead mother.

5.  What’s your biggest fear?

Once upon a time I was afraid of dolls, clowns, and tornadoes. I’ve outgrown many of these fears, but still carry the tornado one with me everywhere I go. But I do have one HUGE fear…failure. I think we all feel this at one time or another.

6.  If you could summarize your writing style, how would you describe it? Paint us a picture.

I’ve been told that I write in a Poesque, macabre fashion. Seriously the best compliment I’ve ever received! I know when a sentence or scene is good if it makes me cry, cringe, or smile when I’m typing. If I don’t want to scream at the characters on my pages, I don’t want them in my story at all.

7.  What’s your recent most favorite sentence from a book?

Okay, if you know me at all you’ll totally understand why this is one of my favorite quotes.

John Green, Looking for Alaska:  “I just did some calculations and I’ve been able to determine that you’re full of shit.”

8.  What was the first horror novel you read and loved?

It. Stephen King is the sole reason I love to read. It’s his stories that brought me into the fold of horror. I’ve never been into the classics, so in high school when I was forced to read certain books, I rebelled. Using Cliff Notes got me through this relatively unscathed, but it did ruin classic novel reading for me. When I first picked up Stephen King, then subsequently Dean Koontz, I learned that reading was worth my time. And I held on fast to this genre.

9.  Describe your writing ritual.

Although I have a desk, I rarely use it to for writing (usually there’s all kinds of stuff covering it). Typically I sit in bed with my MacBook Pro, earbuds, a box of Gobstoppers, and my dog Sera. As I write, I constantly battle with the urge to jump on Twitter or Facebook. I swear I’m the world’s greatest procrastinator. But this summer I will finally have an office! Then, I will be able to sit at my desk and have space to write.

10.  If you could hang out with your favorite character for an evening, who would it be and what would you do?

This is a tough one! In every book I read, there is at least one character I’d love to hang out. I mean, both Jennifer Armentrout and Jaime McGuire created some really H-O-T characters—can you say Daemon, Roth, and Travis without drooling?! And I’d go salsa dancing with them.

Most of the gals from The Midnight Society love Harry Potter, so of course I’d give anything to hang with them, especially Hagrid and his dragon baby☺ One of my favorite YA series is James Patterson’s Maximum Ride. To hang out with Max and the crew would be so much fun, especially if they took me for a ride in the air!

11.  What’s your big dream as an author?

All I really want is for people to read and enjoy my books. It would be so cool to get to a point where I could be part of a book signing—although I’d rather do this with a group. I find that being with other authors makes everything so much more fun! Last year at BEA I finally got to meet some of my internet friends in real life. To do this again and truly hang out with my writer friends, would be the best thing ever!

Eleven Random Facts About Me

  1. I pierced my left ear twice by myself.
  2. I have a tattoo—it was done for $15.00 by an apprentice in his basement. To commemorate my first published book, I will be getting another tattoo. This time I will go to a real tattoo parlor.
  3. I LOVE BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. But of course, you already knew that about me.
  4. I teach 8th grade language arts. I could explain why this is totally ironic, but alas I will keep that to myself, or at least not put it in writing.
  5. I cannot drive the speed limit. Yeah, I have this lead foot issue.
  6. Over a year ago, I contracted Lyme Disease. Since then I’ve been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I have constant pain in my hips, knees, and muscles. I also have days when I can’t get myself out of the fog in my brain and my speech is affected. The medicine I take daily only helps so much. Before this, I was very active as a dancer. Now, I am winded when walking up a flight of steps.
  7. I am a TV addict! I love shows like: Supernatural, Reign, The Blacklist, American Horror Story, Shameless, The Walking Dead, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, and Arrow.
  8. I’ve seen a dead body lying on the side of the main road leading to my house (there was an accident and he was thrown from his car). Every time I pass that spot, I see it all over again.
  9. I believe that in my former life, I lived in Tornado Alley—which is why I have a huge fear of Tornadoes. We all know that Pennsylvania is not normally hit with these funnels!
  10. I love New York! For me, a fun day is walking around the city.
  11. I cook and host our family’s Thanksgiving meal every year. Usually we have 16-18 people in our small house. It’s the one time I get both my mom and dad together—they divorced when I was 13 years-old. This is my favorite day of the year!

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A New World

I’ve been a blogger for three years. An amazing feat, I know. What’s even more amazing–and admittedly freaking scary–is that THIS is my official author site. Here is where I’ll talk about my path through the self-publishing forest–all the stumbles, sticker bushes, grabby vines, and the open road. I can’t wait to share my journey with you!

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