A New Beginning

I think I may have finally gotten my shit together. Okay, not really. But enough that I’m being productive and writing again. Every morning after I take care of the dogs, I plant my butt in the chair to write.

After some feedback on my previous WIP, I’ve decided to shelve Violet the Monster Hunter for the time being. There’s something not gelling with it, so I’m taking time away. But, that means I can move on to another new and shiny idea.

This time, I’m working through my issues. No, this WIP won’t become one of those “issue books”, but it will help me deal with a few things. I don’t think I’m the only writer out there who does this. We write to tell a story and sometimes it hits closer to home than others. Unless you know me and know everything I’ve been through in the last year, nothing in this story will hit you over the head. It’s small nuances and one liners that will get my point across and help me to move on.

And if you’re wondering if I’m angry about something, the answer is no. I’m not angry. Or sad. Maybe a lot confused, but this also isn’t going to be a hateful story. In fact, it is about love. Secret love. Love that knows no bounds until the very end. It’s something I’m in search of and hope to find one day.

So this horror writer is working on a YA contemporary romance. I know. There is a serial killer piece in the works too, so don’t write me off yet! Lol.

For those who like to get a little tease…here is the opening paragraph…

“And what would you say if she were here?”

Knowing I only want to gather her into my arms and convince her to love me like no other before, I lie. Lie straight through my teeth, because to do or say anything other than, “You stupid, stupid bitch. I hate you.” would make me look weak. And I cannot afford for anyone to know how she makes me jelly in the knees.

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Happy New Year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

2015 has been an exciting year for me and although I’m sad to see the year end, 2016 is full of possibilities.

My Year in Review

  1. I published my first novel–The Bleeding Heart. What a learning experience this has been. I’ve become better for all the bumps in the road and know that this is just mile marker #1 for me.
  2. I had a short story published in a horror anthology–Until now, I never wrote a short story before. This one came to me quickly and I wrote it in about an hour. I’m not sure that I’ll ever be able to recreate this ease again, but it was fun.
  3. I became an intern for Entangled Publishing–this has been an exciting and exhausting new venture. I am learning A LOT!!
  4. My CP–Valia Lind–moved to New York City!!
  5. I was lucky to meet a few of my blogger friends in person. I am surrounded by people who love the very same things that I do and love meeting them IRL. Priceless.

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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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Graveyards, spirits, witchcraft, black cats, candy, and haunted houses.
Strange things happen on Halloween. All Hallows Eve is the single night where the veil between the living and the dead is opened. And now spirits, monsters, and candy will collide!

Seventeen authors and illustrators set out on a horrific journey to set the record straight. What really happens on Halloween night? Trick or Treating is not all fun and games. There are more tricks than treats scattered through these pages. Sure, All Hallows eve can be a scream. But sometimes, it’s straight-up murder.

Halloween Night: Trick-or-Treat is a middle grade and young adult horror anthology that takes place on Halloween night.

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Cover Reveal: Halloween Night

I never thought I’d be able to write a short story, let alone get one published…but I did! Just a few days before Halloween, the anthology Halloween Night: Trick or Treat, will be live on Amazon! I thought I’d share the cover and a little about the stories that will be included. And BTW…I’ve seen some of the artwork and it is AMAZING!!!

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Book Genre:

MG/YA horror anthology

Book release date:

10/27/15 from Hocus Pocus & Co.

Blurb:

Graveyards, spirits, witchcraft, black cats, candy, and haunted houses.

Strange things happen on Halloween. All Hallows Eve is the single night where the veil between the living and the dead is opened. And now spirits, monsters, and candy will collide!

Seventeen authors and illustrators set out on a horrific journey to set the record straight. What really happens on Halloween night? Trick or Treating is not all fun and games. There are more tricks than treats scattered through these pages. Sure, All Hallows eve can be a scream. But sometimes, it’s straight-up murder.

Halloween Night: Trick-or-Treat is a middle grade and young adult horror anthology that falls on Halloween night.

Read if you dare! You’re in for a scare!

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Stories & Illustrations Include:

Big Brother Zombie by Evan Purcell

Give Us Something Good to Eat by Rie Sheridan Rose

Halloween Ritual by Amy Giuffrida

Haunter by Ryan Bartlett

Hello Annie by Tiffany Morris

It’s All a Bunch of Hocus Pocus by Violette Ulalume

Knock, Knock by Jennifer Moore

Ms. Holstein’s Special Halloween Treat by Chad P. Brown

Night of Monsters by Matthew Wilson

Something Good to Eat by Patrick Hueller

The House of Sam Hain by Betty Rocksteady

Sweet Nothing by Julie Hutchings

The Ghost by David N. Smith and Violet Addison

The Peeping Trick-or-Treaters by Kevin Lewis

Tricks and Treats, and Chicken Feet by Shawn Anderson

What Lurks in the Darkness by Kathleen Palm

More from the Publisher

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Hocus Pocus & Co. believes in in all things scary. We are a small publishing house that wishes Halloween was all year long and loves what goes bump in the night.

Hocus Pocus & Co. is headed by Jolene Haley, who noticed that horror was an unrepresented category in MG, YA, and NA and is working hard to change that!

Hocus Pocus & Co. on the web: http://hocuspocusco.com/

Hocus Pocus & Co. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hocuspocusco

 

Join the book buzz using hashtag  #HocusPocusReads

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Summer in NYC

It’s been quite a while since my last post. Sorry. Life has been forever busy, but I’m hoping to get back on track. As you may know, I am a city girl at heart and I visit NYC as often as I can–which is typically every month.

August in New York is skin-meltingly hot, but I never care about the heat. I’m an August birthday girl and I figure if I’m sweating, so is everyone else. But you New Yorkers who wear jeans when it’s 90+ outside–I applaud you. And if you wouldn’t mind sharing your secret to staying cool, that’d be great. That is, unless you’re hiding an icepack in your pants. Soooo not doing that!

Sightseeing is always my favorite past time, so going to new places while visiting my writer friends, we always try to plan something new. This time, we went to family movie night in Hudson Park. It was absolutely beautiful outside; what with the breeze off the river and all. And believe it or not, I had never seen the movie Hook before. I was thrilled to watch a great movie, spend time with friends, and just chill (although by the end my butt was sound asleep from sitting on turf).

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A lazy Friday aside, I spent the rest of the weekend ISO my Grumpy’s family home (totally in a sketchwad area of Brooklyn), eating at a fabulous cafe named Fabiane’s Cafe & Pastry, touring Williamsburg, and writing in a cute little coffee shop in Harlem, named The Chipped Cup. Writing 1105 words while sitting across from my CP was amazing. I’m hoping that this story turns out to be just as amazing.

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I’ve posted some of my favorite lines from Violet the Monster Hunter on Tumblr and Facebook, along with some pics of who I’d cast as the characters. The plan for now is to finish by the end of September, but we’ll see. For now I’ll leave you with a little banter between Violet and James…

“Aw! Well, there’s no award for winning or losing tonight. This is supposed to be a fun game to pass the time until our food is ready.”

He winks at me and says, “If nothing else, I hope to be able to king you.”

“I see you’re back to sex and porn being the only thing on you mind.”

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Time to Try New Things

This month I am trying a few new things. I think it’s time to get out of my comfort zone and just go for it. I’m not just talking about writing, but also life.

Sitting at my computer this morning I signed up for Stitch Fix and an Amazon giveaway! This means other people will be working to make my life a little easier. Novel idea, eh? This comes at no surprise to those who know me and how little time I have for myself. I’m hoping that these two services will give me a little more room to write. After all, this is what I need to be doing–adding words to the page–right?

As for writing, I mean I can’t truly write a post and not update you on this. If I did, I’d be a very bad author! I have a new book in the works and am currently calling it Violet the Monster Hunter. I’m quite confident that this will NOT be the ending title, but who knows. This one is a little off the horror track, instead adds a little fantasy and magic into the mix. Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Supernatural. And as with anything I write, there will be a smidge of romance.

The biggest news of all is that this is the first in a series!

I know. Amazing! This equals 3 new things this month! I swore there would never be a series in my writing future, so I know you’re wondering “why now?” The quick and dirty answer is because I can see it. This is a story that cannot be told in one book. Can you imagine BtVS in just one episode? How about only one night of Sam and Dean? NEVER!

When will VtMH be finished? Hmmmm, that’s a tricky question. I’m hoping by November, so that I can use NaNoWriMo to edit and polish. We shall see. It may be finished sooner, but I’m not rushing it. For now, how about I share the first page with you???? And if you like what you read, let me know in the comments. Don’t forget, I can be bribed to post more teasers;)

Violet the Monster Hunter (VtMH)

Chapter 1, Page 1

I trace my finger along the thin line of his upper lip. “Come on, Sam. Close your eyes.”

“Violet, this is ridiculous.” With a dramatic sigh, he does what I ask and closes his eyes.

Old reliable did exactly what he was expected to do, like always. “Pick up your head, so I can get this bandana tied behind you.”

“There’s no need for a blindfold. I promise not to peek.”

“No way I’m trusting you. Remember what you did at Lucy’s party in tenth grade?” Sam sits up wide-eyed, gripping his chest in mock horror. “Oh don’t even. You were born nosey and you know it.”

He flops backward onto the bed and lays like a bump on a log. It takes a minute, but I finally roll his big head onto my lap and tie the folded red square of cloth around his closed eyes. Before letting him go, I give a good tight yank on the knot.

Seeing him lay there in my bed is enough to drive me crazy with lust. Sam is so hot laying there in his tight t-shirt, which accentuates his lean frame. Two of his six pack peeks out above his loose jeans and I want to see more. Watching to make sure he doesn’t peek, I work to make as little noise as possible as I undress and slide the little outfit I picked up at Victoria Secret over my head. I take a nervous look in the mirror, and am pleased that the clingy fabric appreciates my luscious curves.

I settle myself right in front of him, so the first thing he’ll see is me. I want him to get a good look before I pounce. “Okay. You can take it off now.”

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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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2.  Rafflecopter giveaway on WhoRuBlog

 

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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.

How about a giveaway? Want this…

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Enter the Rafflecopter and I’ll announce the winner on

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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