St. Patrick’s Day Facebook Hop

St. Patrick's Day Facebook Hop!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Whether you’ve got Irish roots like me, or none at all, stop by the St. Patrick’s Day Facebook Hop. Over 100 authors and book bloggers are offering prizes: books, gift cards, and more. Plus a grand prizes of an Amazon Kindle and Amazon gift cards.

Here’s the link to my Facebook post where I’m giving away a copy of my YA romance ALTERATIONS! Go ahead and Like my author Facebook page if you haven’t already. I always post updates on my books plus deals and other bookish things.

The hop runs from Friday, March 13th at 12pm EST until Sunday, March 19th at 12pm EST. Easy entries. Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs. Most of all…have fun!

The St. Patrick’s Day Hop starts here:

http://lovekissedbooks.com/2017/03/15/join-the-st-patricks-day-hop/

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New Giveaways for March!

You can always trust me to share some giveaways. Who doesn’t love free? Here are two giveaways going on in March related to my book or young adult books:

Contemporary Young Adult Books Giveaway! Go to this link here to enter. (Open Internationally!)

Love drama and romance set in the real world? Then this contemporary YA giveaway is just what you need! We’re offering a book pack featuring these fantastic new or upcoming books: Ann Brashares’s The Whole Thing Together (pre-order), Sarah Dessen’s Once and For All (pre-order), Abbi Gline’s After the Game (pre-order), Ellen Hopkins’s The You I’ve Never Known, and Kasie West’s By Your Side. Open worldwide!

Young Adult books giveaways contemporary YA

This giveaway is sponsored by YA authors Lisa Brown Roberts (The Replacement Crush), Ann Hunter (To Bottle Lightning), Stephanie Scott (Alterations), Liz Czukas (Throwing My Life Away), and Rachel Bateman (99 Days of Laney MacGuire). By entering you’ll also be signed up to hear book news from each of them.

Sponsoring Authors

 

But wait, there’s more!

Win a super cute spring scarf by stopping over at author C.M. McCoy’s blog. Plus, you can see how the first page of ALTERATIONS changed from draft to final published copy!s

Alterations themed scarf giveaway

 

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Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Reworking An Old Story

Insecure Writer's Support Group

 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a monthly blog hop where writers share their insecurities support each other. Easy as that!

Check out the IWSG Facebook Group and the list of participating blogs.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 

Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

My second attempt at National Novel Writing Month in 2012 was a story with too many ideas and no real focus. A classic Nano disaster! But hey, I learned more about myself as a writer, what I wanted to write, and what I didn’t. (For the record: if you want to write sweet and funny young adult books, maybe don’t try writing a psychological thriller. I blame Gone Girl.)

Gone Girl: Hello, Amy. Who are you?

My manuscript didn’t know its identity either.

I decided to take one of those too-many ideas from my messy Nano draft and turn it into a short story. Guess what? That story will be published in a young adult anthology later this year! Woohoo!

You could say it worked out, but I have to be honest here. It was really hard to take chunks of that old manuscript and turn into something new. After taking several chapters worth of content and revising it into its own complete 4,000 word story, my critique partners and two rounds of editing from the publisher morphed the prose further. I doubt much, if anything, was left from that original draft other than the character’s names.

So, was it worth it to even try to take the existing manuscript and form it into a new story? It was essentially completely rewritten. Then again, it’s hard to edit a blank page, right? The existing characters and setting and premise still exist, but different words tell their story.

My advice to anyone trying to do this is to not stress to hard about keeping the original content. Take your ideas, your characters, maybe your setting, and then go ahead and rewrite.

Happy March everyone! What goals do you have for the month? 

 

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Valentine's Facebook Hop

 

Valentine's Author Facebook Hop

Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Author and Blogger Facebook Hop!

Hosted by Steamy Book Bargains

Hop around to author Facebook pages to win prizes from over 90 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it’s a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day Weekend!

Meet some new authors! Discover awesome blogs.

Most of all…have fun!

Here is my author Facebook page to get started:

Stephanie Scott Author

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GUARDIAN OF SECRETS Release Day!

Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake | Release Day Launch | JenHalliganPR.com

I’m so excited to celebrate the release of Brenda Drake’s GUARDIAN OF SECRETS (Library Jumpers #2), today! Check out the teaser excerpt, and be sure to enter the giveaway via Rafflecopter below!

GUARDIAN OF SECRETSGuardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake | JenHalliganPR.com (Library Jumpers #2) by Brenda Drake Publisher: Entangled Teen Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens. Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it. And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him Dzex,dz since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia. Maybe. If she survives.

Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1):

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2):

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

 

Be sure to add GUARDIAN OF SECRETS to your Goodreads to-read list,
and grab your copy today!

Guardian of Secrets by Brenda Drake | JenHalliganPR.com

Brenda DrakeAbout Brenda Drake

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest | Instagram

Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment). Look for her upcoming novels, Thunderstruck, Seeking Fate (Fated Series #3), and Assassin of Truths (Library Jumpers #3) coming soon from Entangled Teen.

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HUGE YA & NA ROMANCE GIVEAWAY

My recent release ALTERATIONS is included in this huge Young Adult and New Adult Romance book giveaway! Here’s how to enter below. Make sure to read the rules before entering.

Happy Reading!

February YA and NA Book Giveaway

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Insecure Writers Support Group: How I Read Now

Insecure Writers Support Group

 

Hello, February!

If you’re new to Insecure Writer’s Support Group,  it’s a monthly blog hop where writers support each other. Easy as that!

Check out the IWSG Facebook Group and the list of participating blogs.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

 
 

How has being a writer changed your experience as a reader?

Did you know Stephen King gave every writer permission to your ignore friends? In his book On Writing, King stresses the importance of reading. In order to write stories, you have to understand storytelling, and you do that by reading. Even if it means skipping lunch with coworkers to squeeze in a few chapters. Since I began writing, the number of books I read has tripled–no, quadrupled! I used to read around 10 or 20 books a year. Now I regularly read 50 minimum. In 2016 I read 90!

All that to say learning writing has changed how I read. Here’s a handy Top 10 List!

Writing Book Collection, Author Stephanie Scott

Photo: Stephanie Scott 2017

 

HOW I READ NOW:

TOP 10 WAYS BECOMING A WRITER CHANGED HOW I READ

  1. I no longer have “guilty pleasure” reads. I believe writers can learn from ANY book.
  2. But sometimes ANY book isn’t so great. I’ll give a not-great book 50 pages, then move on.
  3. If it’s a really great book, sometimes I’m simultaneously geeked and frustrated–can I ever write this well?
  4. I often skip to author acknowledgements to see who the writers thank–inspiring!
  5. Also thoroughly scoped out: the copyright page, dedication, and author notes.
  6. Enhanced trope radar. Plus, I’m impressed when an author spins a trope with a fresh perspective.
  7. I read more widely. People shower me with book recommendations. You like to write? Read this.
  8. In a matter of pages, I’ve analyzed point of view and storytelling technique.
  9. Oooh. That’s a great idea. Maybe I could … (IDEAS!)
  10. Buying books is research. Buying bookcases and decorating a reading nook: enhancing research!

If you’re a writer, how did writing change how you read? If you’re a reader, what’s your personal reading quirk?

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Win a Copy of ALTERATIONS!

My debut young adult book ALTERATIONS has been out for one month (+ a few days). The reviews are coming in:

 

ALTERATIONS book cover

 

Great representation of empowerment and owning your own style. -Goodreads review

Sabrina retelling- yes, please! I loved Amelia and her vulnerability and loved seeing her gain confidence and her own style as she sorted out her fashion goals – Amazon review

This book was EXACTLY what I’ve been needing. Fun and unique, and a beautifully woven story.  – Amazon review

December is always a great month for lighthearted romance, and this book definitely has crushes and kisses in spades. – Forever Young Adult for Kirkus Reviews

 

 

Here’s your chance to win a copy from Amazon:

ALTERATIONS AMAZON GIVEAWAY

ENDS JAN 22

CLICK HERE TO ENTER

 

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Insecure Writers Support Group: How to Set Realistic Writing Goals

Insecure Writers Support Group
 
Purpose:
Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a place to share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance.
It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
The Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG. 

This Is The Year To Set Realistic Writing Goals

Every change of the calendar year, most of us set resolutions. We make writing goals, many of them grand (write two-thousand words a day! Every single day!). By March, we’ve often lost momentum, or have given up entirely. Maybe we’re so tired of the idea of goals and planning our eventual resolution is NO GOALS.

I made it through 2016 and all I got was this lousy half finished novel draft

 

All of us have dreams. We want to see our names on a byline, or a book spine, or on a top Amazon list ranking. If we want to achieve things through our writing, then for starters, we have to write.

  1. What’s the BIGGEST goal you have for 2017? Name it specifically and write it down.
    1. > Example: sell a book to a publisher or self-publish a book
  2. Now, list the smaller components of making that goal happen.
    1. > Example: a draft needs to be written, polished, critiqued, edited. The draft needs to be submitted to publishers/agents and if self-pub, the book needs to be produced with a release timeline
  3. This is where you turn these components into S.M.A.R.T. goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. You can’t control whether a publisher buys your book, but you can control all the factors leading up to it. No publisher will buy your unfinished, unpolished draft. Ditto for self-pubbing a draft with no ending. 
    1. > Example: self-pub deadline: 60k novel will take X number of weeks/months to write. Set a deadline to complete along with a first pass revision. Set a deadline to send to critique partners. Deadline for beta readers. Deadline to schedule editor, cover designer, budget for marketing/ads. These dates are able to be measured, and they are specific. This is where reality and achievable comes in. Looking at these details, you start to see what’s needed. Is it feasible to publish this year? Is it feasible to publish multiple books? Are your deadlines reasonable given work, family, and “life” factors?

But wait! This is getting complicated!

It’s OK. That’s why you have the IWSG-ers. That’s why you have a critique partner or a writing group or a soft kitty who can’t tell you in human words that you’re failing at life. You are not alone!

If you have a paper planner, a phone calendar, or your favorite post-it notes, take a few minutes at the start of each week to make a 1-2 item task list to do each day that works toward your #1 yearly goal. Maybe it’s as simple as emailing a writer friend about a question. Or spend a half hour on research. Read a writing craft blog. Do 1 writing sprint. Maybe it’s scheduling writing time each weekday and making it a priority.

Aim for specific, achievable tasks that focus on your main goal.

We all get busy. We all have days where work is crazy, the car needs new tires, dinner ends up being take-out, and our creative life gets cast aside. The problem becomes when your goals are entirely forgotten and everything else takes first place every day. In that case, either life is truly too busy and your goal needs to be readjusted, or you might need to schedule a chat with a writer friend for some straight talk.

This is the year of no excuses. You want your writing goals to happen? Make them happen!

2017 Planners for Goal Setting

Author Life Planner and Passion Planner photo by Stephanie Scott

Here are two resources currently helping me with my goals. My daily planner with step-by-step goal setting strategies, and this super awesome new workbook created by author Bria Quinlan called the Author Life Planner. This includes time management and planning activities tailored specifically for writers. One of my critique partners bought this for me (and I’d already had my eye on it!). I do not personally profit from this planner, but I think it’s a great resource–go to BriaQuinlan/2017authorlifeplanner to buy or download the workbook.

Thanks for reading! I love the IWSG community and hope to get to know more of you each month. Make sure to check out other blogs on the hop linked here!

What are your goals for 2017?

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Amazon Gift Card Giveaway on Instagram!

December 16 – 19

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Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Amazon gift card giveaway Instagram see @StephScottYA

 

Good Tidings, readers! I have great news for you: I’m part of another fantastic giveaway, this time on Instagram. This is for an Amazon gift card worth $100! Wouldn’t you love a hundred bucks to spend on books? Or to spend on bookish things which are related to books, or maybe a few more books? 😉 Regardless, here is your chance to win big.

It’s easy to enter, and I’d love for you to say hello over on Instagram! Here are the details:

How to enter:
1. Follow all 11 bookstagrammers (that’s book lovers who use Instagram!) via the Rafflecopter giveaway linked below.
2. For extra entries, post two of your friends in any of the hosts giveaway posts – this counts as two entries! Include your link in the Rafflecopter giveaway below. This can be done daily!
3. For extra entries, repost the giveaway and include your link in the Rafflecopter giveaway below. This can be done daily!

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Must be 18 years of age or older to enter contest.
Void where prohibited.
*This giveaway is in no way associated with Amazon, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media it may be shared on,.*
Winner will be confirmed before announced (must be following all 11 hosts when winner is announced).

Make sure to say hello over on Instagram! And speaking of Instagram, if you’re just getting started, make sure to grab the freebie tips I put together:

Ten Minutes a Day Instagram Download
Three pages of tips to focus and streamline your Instagram experience!
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