Friday, June 6, 2014

Blog Tour + Guest Post

Blog Tour & Guest Post

by S.R. Johannes 

After everything that has happened, Grace moves to the Everglades to live with her grandmother, Birdee, and hang out with old man Rex, Birdee's "friend with benefits". Grace quickly befriends Dylan, Rex's nephew, and Dylan's girlfriend, Sadie, who is a die-hard teen activist. Sadie spends her time leading protests against the roadside zoos that run rampant in Florida with a total disregard for animals or the flimsy law. 

One day while out in the marshes of the Everglades, Grace and her friends rescue an abused—and endangered—Florida panther. She and Birdee spend time rehabilitating the animal. But when the panther runs off, Grace follows it to Uncle Bob's, a large roadside zoo they all have been protesting. One that is illegally filled with a variety of endangered and exotic animals. Before she can rescue the panther, she and her friends are kidnapped by the ruthless owner and dragged deep into the Everglades for a hunting challenge.
Only this time, Grace is the prey.
During a sick game of cat and mouse, Grace and her friends are offered one chance at survival, but only if they reach civilization before being caught. With a small head start and very little supplies, only time and skill stand between the hunter and the hunted. But out in the Everglades, there may be more dangers that Grace realizes.
Against all odds, Grace must make it out alive and win, or everything she holds dear could be lost. 

This is book #3 in the Nature of Grace Series--finally! I've hosted tour stops for both of the previous titles HERE and HERE . I love them and highly recommend you dive into this series if you haven't already.  Today, I am honored to once again host Shelli and share her writing wisdom with all of you.


Guest Post
by S.R. Johannes

 Create the Perfect Writing Environment for You

Writers can be picky and many have had their quirks.

·         Charles Dickens was partial to blue ink because it dried quicker.

·         James Joyce wrote lying on his stomach in bed, with a large blue pencil, clad in a white coat.

·         John Steinbeck liked to write his drafts in pencil and always kept exactly 12 perfectly sharpened pencils on his desk.

·         Truman Capote wouldn’t begin or end a piece of work on a Friday, would change hotel rooms if the room phone number involved the number 13, and never left more than three cigarette butts in his ashtray, tucking the extra ones into his coat pocket.
Whatever your literary habits, creating the perfect writing environment is important. But if you ask any writer what they need to write, each will probably list different things. Different music. Different lighting. Different computer.

No matter what you need, you don’t want a space to ever work against you or your creativity.

Here are a few tips to make sure your space is creative and comfortable:

1.    Create a space you love. This could mean using certain colors. Maybe a special place in the house. Whatever it is that makes you want to stay there and write.
2.    Keep your space clutter and distraction free. It is a known fact that the more things around, the more distraction possible for your poor brain. Make sure it works for you.
3.    Be comfortable. What do you need to be cozy? A wweater. Coffee. Tea. A bowl of jelly beans (okay, maybe this is just me J) Make sure you have what you need when you sit down so you don’t want to get up. Evah again.
4.    Do you need music?  Or do you need quiet? If you need music, make a play list that inspires you while you write. If you prefer the peace and quiet, consider noise reduction headphones. These have saved my life and my writing (and probably my kids’ lives too ;)
5.    Organize what you need and keep it close. You don’t want to keep getting up for information/research etc.  Have it at your fingertips for quick reference.
6.    Set a time limit and write. The amount of focus time is different for every writer. Some can write for hours, some only for 15 min at a time. Find what works for you, set a timer, and keep your butt in the seat until it goes off.
7.    Organize your social media time. Maybe use a computer in another part of house – a place out of your writing space – to check email or Facebook. Be aware of the time you spend. It can easily get away from you.
8.    Find the best time of day to write and grab it – no matter what. We all know when we work best. Make sure you protect it if you can and when you can.
9.    Make sure you have the right equipment to be productive. This can be about the best lighting, the best desk, the best chair, or the best computer software. This can help you maximize your productivity.
10. Create a system and process that works for you. Don’t be afraid to change it up if it isn’t working.
Now, go and write on!


Unstoppable is on sale as an ebook now. 
The paperback releases later this month. 

 If you haven't read Untraceable or Uncontrollable
you can get them in paperback and ebook at all major booksellers including:
 AmazonAppleSmashwords, and B&N.
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    This is a don't miss series. ENJOY!



Tyrean Martinson said...

Unstoppable sounds like a great book! I think that creating a comfortable writing environment is important, although sometimes I have to write on the go. Even in those cases, I try to have some comfort zone standbys like tea and a journal next to my laptop.

Susanne Drazic said...

CONGRATS, Shelli! Great guest post.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I can't wait for Shelli's book to come out in paperback! I know I could get it on my nook, but I love having books that I love in the paper version. I loved the other two in the series!!!

Joanne R. Fritz said...

This is a fun guest post. I love learning what quirks authors have, like John Steinbeck's pencils. Hemingway always had a bunch of sharpened pencils too.

Congrats to Shelli on the new book!

Joanne R. Fritz said...

This is a fun guest post. I love learning what quirks authors have, like John Steinbeck's pencils. Hemingway always had a bunch of sharpened pencils too.

Congrats to Shelli on the new book!

Rosi said...

Fun post. Thanks! Unstoppable looks good.

Jenni Enzor said...

Congrats, Shelli! I loved the first book in the series, so I'll have to check this one out as well.

Reader Noir said...

Thanks for the review and the tips.

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SA Larsenッ said...

Hey you, just dropping in to see how you are. Miss you!

AND a major WOOT for Shelli!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

My hard copy arrived in the mail today! So excited!!!

Allyn Stotz said...

Unstoppable sounds like a great read. And thanks for all the writing advice!

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