What’s new, pussycat?

Well HELLO there.  It’s so nice to see you again.  How are you?  How’s life?

Me? Oh, I’m fine.  I’m great. I’m MARVELOUS.

Why?

Well, it might have something to do with my own website or something. Maybe.

I know it’s not the fanciest thing in the world but it’s mine and I love it so much.  THAT makes me a happy girl.  (It doesn’t take much to make me happy actually….)

I’ve been trying to finish up The Ice King’s Heart, but as per usual I can’t work around a few of the last scenes.  This happens with almost every book, but none have been more difficult than this one.  I was originally aiming for an August release, but that isn’t going to happen.  I’m sorry!

However, there will be a September 5th release for Kadenburg Revealed, book #4 of the Kadenburg Shifters Series.  That one has been complete for a while and I decided it’s time to push it out to join the first 3.

OH. And we finally figured out the muse for Arnold Goult.  He’s been quite tricky, that one.

^If you aren’t familiar with Arnold he is Presley’s uncle.  He’s raised her since she was a small girl and he’s kinda sorta really hot in his own way.  A bear-shifter that most of us consider to be a silver fox. Yum.

ANYHOO.  OH YEAH.  I am so thrilled and humbled to tell you that I won an award!  Actually-I won two.

The Queen of Cliffhangers and Best Paranormal Romance have been so graciously bestowed to me by Indie Authors & Book Blogs. Thank you so much to everyone who voted. <3

So it’ll be back to the writing cave for me soon.  I really need to get my butt in gear and finish at least 3 books within the next month.  They are all so, so, SO close to completion.  The internet is my kryptonite…..

I hope you all have a wonderful day and we’ll talk again soon! xx

 

Ridener Ramblings

Sometimes I have a lot to say and sometimes I don’t.  As I begin this post I’d just like to say it could go either way at this point.  Once again I’ve been up all night because I mean, really, what’s sleep anyway? I still can’t get my characters to cooperate so I’ve decided to ramble on here.  Yay for rambling.

Since joining the indie author community almost 3 years ago I have learned many things.  Some of these lessons were learned the hard way, and some of the pointers were given from the kindness of someone else’s heart.  Like I said, this is just rambling, but I feel like making the post today.

It’s okay to write five books in a year if you want to.

It’s okay to write one book in five years.

Not everyone is going to love your work.

But some people will and they will become the loyal readers you simply adore.

Writer’s block is a frustrating thing, but you will prevail.

Writing a synopsis is the devil.

You will make amazing friends along the way and they will be loyal to you.

Be loyal in return.

There are snakes in the grass.  Be careful.

Write what you love.  Write what you know.  Write what you want to read.

Be kind to everyone.

Reviews are for readers.  Don’t sweat the bad ones. You know what? Just don’t even read them.

Coffee will be your best friend. (Or Mountain Dew.  Or tea.)

It’s okay to walk away from time to time.  

Always remember the story of the little boy who cried wolf.

If you’re only in this to make money then you’re doing it for the wrong reason.

Always remember that you DO have something to offer in the writing world.

You can achieve anything and everything your heart desires.

Dreams do come true.

A Writer’s Mind is a Scary Place.

I’m in that place again.  You know, the place where fifty million story ideas hit me at once.  There are hundreds of characters yelling at me to write their story, and then there are a few quiet ones who I desperately want to write for but they won’t talk. -_-

This isn’t fun or easy, folks.  You think it’s easy? HA.

“But Tonya, why don’t you just pick a story and write it?”

Seriously.  That’s what I’m thinking every time someone says that to me.  Oh, I wish I could pick a story and stick to it, believe you me-I REALLY do, but that is impossible.

Every now and then I may get lucky enough to focus on a story for a full month before someone else decides to claim residence in my head….

I’ve been stuck on a particular novel for the past while so I decided to pull up an old book to edit and make brand spankin’ new.  All was going well, you see.

Until…..

New story:

Me:

New character:

Me:

New storyline:

Me:

New character:

Me:

….And that’s basically how it goes.  I give in and yet another story moves into my head, waiting patiently (and sometimes NOT so patiently) to be written.

I know I’m not alone on this.  I know it.

Romance in Rodney is getting a makeover!

So several months ago I let everyone know I’d be pulling Romance in Rodney and The Rochester Reaping to edit and update to make them the best they can be.  I’m happy to announce that since a certain Icer is being as stubborn as all get out I’ve been able to focus on RiR.  I’m about 37% in right now and all is going well!  It even has a new cover. <3

Yes, this is one of my ‘human’ books and it’s loved by many readers, but I want it to be the best it can be and let’s face it: It was one of my very first works to be published back in 2011 and it can be better.  So that’s what I’m doing.  I don’t think it’ll take long to edit and there are a few additional scenes I’m adding in.

I hope you’re as excited as I am!  I’ll make an update on when it is re-released. xx

Obligatory “I’m still alive” post.

Hiii again. It’s me!

So, how’s life your way?  Mine’s going great as usual (I think).  I had to visit the dentist today and the last of my dental ouchies are OVER. Shew.  And the best part is my dentist was hot.  I never get a hot dentist….

My characters are still fighting among one another on who gets to be written about next.  I’ve basically been bouncing back and forth between bear-shifters, dragon-shifters, and fairies for three weeks.  I tried to pull my elementals through for a bit, but wouldn’t ya know I got stuck on the fight scene? Again.  That always happens.  Not even the super intelligent fairy known as Pike can help me out of this one.  He tried, believe you me, but I think I need to go re-work a few scenes before I’ll be fully satisfied with moving forward.

Why yes.  Yes, this is a rambling post.  That tends to happen from time to time, and no…I’ve not had any coffee yet. O_o

There isn’t much else to update on at the moment. Just trying to choose a book and finish it at this point.  Maybe tomorrow will be the day.

I am not a thief.

As most of you know, soon after Guarding Abigail’s release some stuff happened.  It went quiet for a while and I suspect this was so I could be caught off guard.  Allow me to be very clear of one thing; I have been patiently waiting for said ‘side by side comparison’ because I knew you’d have to work very hard to make it believable.  I have stated on more than one occasion that all books have a particular formula they follow.  Everything from the hero, to the flawed leading lady, to the evil man, and how it all turns out.  You have finally sent me this side by side comparison of which you wish to post tomorrow.  I am posting it today because I am innocent.  I have nothing to hide.   For each sentence you have posted, I will post my rebuttal.
Tonya,

I promised that I would send the review to you first and it is below. This will be posted on my blog and Amazon and BN. I am so very sorry that it has come to this. If there is anything you think we should discuss before it’s live I’m open to that. You have all of my contact information including my phone number. I will be posting this tomorrow. And truly, it’s very sad to me that it’s come to this. I never imagined in a million years that I WOULD BE bullied the way you have on your posts because I called out something that is disgraceful in my mind. I wish you nothing but success. Truly. I just wish it hadn’t been at the expense of our friendship. Let me know if you need to discuss the below.

I do not believe you.  There is no sincerity in this opening.  If you were really saddened over any of it, you wouldn’t have acted as you did.  Instead of messaging me you blocked me.  I didn’t stand a fighting chance of clearing the air, which I presume all of this came from someone blowing things out of proportion.  As I said-I’m going to be calm and collected about this situation, but I promise I will counter everything you have to say.

*****

This post may seem a bit unlike me and it really is for a number of reasons. First, I never imagined that I would need to ever post something like this. Those of you that know me well know that I have the utmost respect for all authors, indie and traditional and this world that we work so hard in is very cutthroat and difficult for the simple fact that we are up against millions of other authors. So many good books, so little time. New authors emerge every day and there is so much wonderful talent out there. As an author that is well seasoned in both the traditional publishing world and the Indie world, I can tell you that this post is so very difficult to write, but it must be said because it’s eating at me like poison and Ms. Sage doesn’t do poison. She does love. So, here we go, purging this crap once and all from my heart and soul.Recently I had one of my biggest fans and first and foremost a friend, release a book. I suppose it is relevant to also mention she was also on my street team. It wasn’t her first book release but I was concerned with the title and her lack of participation in the recent month on the team while she was writing it. Turns out, I was right to be concerned.
This is ridiculous.  I am not active in a lot of my groups while I am writing.  I get lost in  my worlds and if I’m determined to finish something, I do.  I don’t know how you got it in your head that I was hiding away from you while I stole your work.  That is seriously the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard in my life.  Strike 1.
On her release day I read the sample and shit literally hit the fan in my head. Not only had an author taken my terminology (words, there are millions of them…choose your own and make it ORIGINAL)…but I soon learned she had taken concepts, scenes and much of my worlds that it took me years to create.
And this is the part where I said you were obviously blowing something up to be bigger than it actually was.  I stole nothing from you-again, I repeat, I stole NOTHING from you.  Do you really think I’m the only person who uses Guardians or Guardian Angels or DEMONS then please take another look around the author world. 
Not cool.
I can agree to all of this not being cool.
This authors writing does not compare to mine. But her words were taken from my worlds. And on that note as well I would like to add that it is both unprofessional and immoral to ask people for money to fund book covers and editing, etc. As a single mom who actually does work full time, every cent of every cover and editing has come out of my pocket. It is disgusting to see someone who claims to be a professional author asking others to pay for their work. If your work is worth anything it will pay for itself. If it doesn’t you need to work on it more. Again, this is my own personal practice and trying to support my family and my dreams has given me quite an opinion on this. I don’t believe that anything worthwhile is easy. As Indie authors we have to make it work or find a publisher that will for us. But we ask only for support from our fans by them buying and reviewing our work. Not paying for its production. But perhaps that’s a generational gap.
How dare you.  My GoFundMe page was set up several, several months ago before I found my way in the world.  The people who donated to me are FRIENDS and FAMILY.  Was it wrong of them to want to support my dreams? Absolutely not.  You won’t see me ever attempt to bring someone down for asking for help supporting their dreams.  I do now have a way of making money and I am doing a fantastic job of it.  But seriously…how dare you.  Bringing up what -I- do on my -personal- facebook page?  You’re really trying to play dirty here.  THAT is disgusting. 
So I bought the book and read it. Not only was the writing terrible in the sense that it seemed like a first draft rather than a final work (see previous blog), but it also was just extremely juvenile. Between the dialog that ranged from proper (used loosely) english to terms like “ya dig”…it was both confusing and frustrating. I say with full facts that she did steal from me. But her work is NOT comparable because this author clearly cares more about releasing work than the quality of it. Oh dear, that’s me becoming a bully. Another thing I’m quite sick of reading on her blog. I am not a bully. I’m a well respected author and person that called you out for stealing from me. I am NOT a bully.
Oh my god. HERE WE GO AGAIN.  I have always said “Ya dig” among other things.  So interesting you should mention this as the review from one of your fans is on GA (ironically with 1-star), and all she could do was complain about ME and MY book instead of actually REVIEWING it.  Hmmm.  So who put her up to that I wonder?  Seems like a damn good way of bullying someone to me.  YOUR street team members attacked ME.  That. Is. Bullying.  Ya dig?
I should mention here as well that this friend/ fan/ street team member won or was gifted by me ALL of my work before she ever released anything other than her mini books. I even gave her copies in every format of all my books for her release parties to give away as she needed. Because that is who I am. I’m always willing to gift anything for another authors release party.
Really?  Are you running out of steam here?  Hmmm.  I deleted all of your books the night this happened.  Every single one is gone and I was happy to do it because I just -knew- you were going to pull this card.  I was ready for it.  I am not as naive as you may suspect.  I appreciated the gifts that you gave to my parties.  Hmmm. Only my mini-books were released before you gave me these?  False.  You gave me those books 2 months ago and they’ve been sitting in my documents ever since.  I never touched them. Never bothered them.  Try harder.
One of my signature roles for any human in my work is that they are never really human. They are typically hidden by their parent who is supernatural to give them a normal life. When I read the first book by this author that she gave me, I noticed the similarity but that in itself was not enough for me to care really. In fact, I thought she did really well creating her own niche in the market with the world she created. I emailed her after I read that and told her that it was good but that it lacked heat for me. The climax was nowhere near where it needed to be if it is adult romance and I DID email her that. I was very proud of her for doing something that was her own. I wanted success for her. Now, I am wondering if I am not the first person to make this statement. Wait…I’m not the first person to call theft. I commented on a post a few months ago where she was accused of the same thing. Hmmmm….
Hmmmm.  So let’s go back to the similar formula used in EVERY paranormal book?  I can find links if you like.   Once again I will say you’re downright delusional if you think I took ANYTHING from you.  I read Keltor and your Immortal series before November of 2013.  Guess what?  I’ve not touched them since.  Haven’t even cracked them open.   You need to take a step back and reevaluate the situation.   Also, please link me to this post where someone else accused me of stealing from them.  This is the first I’ve heard about it.  I’d like to see a screenshot at least. 
So….here we go….Other than the human being hidden by her real Mother/ Grandmother, (Immortal Dreams and Keltor) we also have a letter (Immortal Dreams) found in a box (Immortal Dreams) from her Mother (Immortal Dreams) in which she is explained this new world that she has been thrust into. (Immortal Dreams.) Oh wait…there is a letter, in a box, from the heroines mother in this book…to tell her about her heritage. Wait what?
I can agree this is a similarity, but I didn’t take it from you.  -gasp- OH MY GOD, what?!  I didn’t.  When I got stuck on this particular part, I actually talked to my sister-in-law and a friend of mine who is completely detached from facebook and the author world.  They helped me with these ideas, and oh…OH.  Let us talk about how I ran with the ideas of my betas.  Wasn’t there a time when I gave the name MALACHI to use in Dante?  I think so.  Hmmm.
I wrote “The Guardian Archives” in which Immortal beings protect the earth. Her name of this book even has the same initials, “GA”….and of course, they are “Guardians”…((Keltor))
This is utterly stupid and I’m not even going to dignify it with a proper response.  You’re so full of yourself if you think I was trying to mirror it after your Guardian Archives.  When I was trying to title the series, people recommended something with Guardians in it several times.  Guess what? I said, “No, that sounds too much like Jennifer’s series. Let’s find something else.”  This even happened when someone mentioned Chronicles.  I didn’t want that in the series title because I felt it’d be too similar to a fellow author’s series.  So pray tell, do you really think I’d be stupid enough to publish a blatant rip off if I was worried about my series title sounding too much like someone else’s?  Think about it.
While my Guardians are Alpha, hers are weak and even the saving grace of that work, Rolfius, is not much of a Guardian. In my opinion only of course. We see nothing of her Guardians making a true difference…being Alpha…being anything other than weak. If you are going to steal from me, take note of what an Alpha male is. Yes, there is an ACTUAL definition in the dictionary…look it up.
Interesting.  Once again, this was discussed in the ‘review’, and I use that term lightly, from your fan.  I don’t care about your definition of an alpha.  
Also, the reading of mortal minds. All of my humans have this disability. Higher beings can hear them. But my females learn to control that. Because they aren’t really human. This happens later in her book that it’s noticed the secondary character can hear her lusting after him (eww?) but not originally? And how can she see the Angel? Why can the hero who has fallen from heaven and is no longer in Gods grace able to see him? This is a hole that could have been tied up if the author wanted to make her work shine. Plot holes destroy work.
She could suddenly see the angel because she finally started believing.  I’m sorry you didn’t pay close enough attention to the book to realize that. Just as the little boy started seeing Jack Frost once he believed in him in Rise of the Guardians, that’s a concept I liked.  Darn.  Did I steal that too?  Nope.  It is no different than clapping your hands to bring Tinkerbell back to life, or watching a little boy hear a bell from Santa’s sleigh jingle because he BELIEVED.  (The Polar Express, by the way.)  OH, and he could read her thoughts?  Hmmm.  I suppose I took that straight from Edward Cullen, except I didn’t.
Enter BFF (Immortal Dreams) – Strong female…in my book not what she seems…in GA not what she seems. In Immortal Dreams my secondary female got her own book next. Guess what book 2 is in this series? Yep…
Again, this is seriously delusional.  A lot of people give secondary characters their own book in a series.  It’s called storyline progression.
Final scene (and do not get me started on the incest….George Martin can do that because his worlds are so damn huge and believable. A book you wrote in 30 days with no real thought…with your beta’s ideas…um no…you can’t do that.) Incest as a shock factor is great if you’re George Martin. He makes us understand WHY. We accept it because it is part of the magnificent world he created. You added it because she’s “pretty.”
I’m sorry if the incest bothered you that much.  I’m not the only author to write about it and I won’t be the last.  This doesn’t get dignified with a response either.
Not a good reason.Hell and all its minions could walk free on earth with a drop of her blood. But he has to molest her first? What? Why? How? Plot holes again.
Now let me get to the final scene. Villain is holding a knife to her throat..her back to his chest ((Immortal Dreams final scene with villain..exactly))….Only in my work my females are Alpha too and Isabel said “Fuck you” and threw herself off a cliff with the asshat. Yours had the secondary character save her and your hero RUN away with her.
How many villains have held knives to a woman’s throat?  (The Three Musketeers is coming to mind, among other books/movies.)  Cillian ran away with her because Rolfius made it HIS fight.  Cillian was human.  He didn’t stand a chance and Rolfius knew that.  He wanted to keep his best friend away from harm.  
**Sigh**Okay. There is so much more but it’s been so long since I read this and I don’t want to read it again just so I can mark the similarities…but there were more.I am not a bully. I am an author that has worked her ass off in this world to make my dreams come true and when someone steals my words it pisses me off. Your 30 day joke was years of my life. YEARS. The next book you write I do hope and pray that you take the time to come up with it yourself (not running with ideas from betas as your email to me said) and that you take the time to EDIT it. Writing 101…if it doesn’t move the story forward- DELETE IT. Which was a whole lot of the work that I read.
I love how you just had to add in another attempted insult.  It didn’t work.
Oh, and I see you’re on to faeries next? Shall I give you a map of Loveryn? Oh wait…you already have it. I GAVE IT TO YOU in my work.
That’s adorable.  I’ve been writing on my fairies for 3 years now.  Just because I don’t blast it on  my facebook page does not mean the ideas haven’t been there or jotted down in the past.  Don’t flatter yourself. 
Don’t bash me again. I am sick of seeing this shit on your blog when mutual friends send me there. Enough is enough. If I were you though I would seriously reconsider pulling GA and making it YOUR work instead of mine.
I never bashed you.  I am not pulling GA.  I did not make your work mine. I am innocent.  I’ve posted it for the world to see because I know I did nothing wrong.  I never thought anything like this would happen to me, but now that is has, I can thank you for helping me realize people aren’t as wonderful as we originally think.  I refuse to be one of the many talks of the indie community. There are so many of those already. Whoever VS whoever over whatever.  Nope.  I will not do that.  This is the only thing I am going to say.  This is the final post over it.  Unlike SOME people, my street team and fans will not attack anyone and I will not condone it.

This is the line.  It should not be crossed because I’m not going to allow someone to belittle me or slanderize everything I’ve worked for.  I may not have a full-time job or children of my own, but I have worked very hard to get where I am.  I have worked so hard and I refuse to let someone’s jealousy and delusions ruin my biggest dreams in life.  Believe it or not?  This world is big enough for the both of us and we can both be writers.  

My name is Tonya and I am addicted to Photoshop. In other news, Transition has a new cover!

My addiction pays off, thank you very much.  Due to recent discoveries, Transition has received a brand spankin’ new cover and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  Do you want to see?  Of course you do.

Need a bigger view? No problem.

Transition is my first ever ‘fantanormal’.  It’s probably the ONLY one.  Let’s be honest.

I’m so excited that the new cover is being put up as we speak, and guess what?  Book one of the series is underway.

You can get Transition for .99 on Amazon. <3