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Thankful-for-Readers Giveaway #sundayblog #yalit #giveaway

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This November, I’m again reminded of all the things I’m thankful for.

My husband. My children. My grandchildren. All my family. Friends. Home. Service Dogs. Pets. The mountains. My job. My faith. The scent of fresh rain after a storm. The satisfaction that comes from hard work. My love for writing and the written word. Books. Having a book published and another coming soon. The list goes on and on.

But today, I’m especially grateful for the readers who purchased my book, for all who left me a review on Goodreads and Amazon, and for the readers who’ve yet to meet (and hopefully fall in love with) Bethany and Jeremiah.

So to say thank you for the amazing people that you are, I’m giving away a signed copy of Butterfly Bones with swag and a $20 Amazon gift card on Thanksgiving Day.

How do you enter to win? Simply follow me on Facebook, Twitter, my blog, or Instagram, and post a GIF of a turkey, or if you already follow me, instant message me on Facebook or DM me on Twitter and tell me how Bethany spends her Thanksgiving (from the story), and I’ll enter you into a drawing for the prize.

May the best turkey win!

Gobble, gobble, gobble!                     turkey

Rebecca’s social media links and buy link for Amazon

www.thecaterpillargirl.wordpress.com

Twitter handle: @Carpenterwrites

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008366882974

https://www.amazon.com/Butterfly-Bones-Metamorphosis-Rebecca-Carpenter/dp/0994451172/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484193252&sr=8-1&keywords=butterfly+bones+rebecca+carpenter

Also available at Barnes and Noble

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My First Year as a Traditionally Published Author

A First-Time Published Author’s Year-in-Review

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November. One year ago my young adult contemporary science fiction, Butterfly Bones, was released to the world. It was one of the highlights of my life. I had worked toward the goal of becoming a traditionally published author, as well as revised and perfected my book, for five years. The rush that followed was a tidal wave of adrenaline and pure happiness. I had an amazing launch party at our local botanical gardens and butterfly house. A few days later I sat in Barnes & Noble for a book signing. The sky was the limit.

But then another book signing fell through—and then a date to speak with teens at a local school library was canceled. Nothing my fault. Just a conflict of schedules. My hopes weren’t crushed. I had many more opportunities to look into. But between my sixty-hour-a-week day job and the reality that due to state regulations I have to be in my classroom at all times, my opportunities dwindled—right along with my spirit.

That’s okay. I can move to social media. I can turn this around.

In came a wonderful publicist to help, hired by the press that signed me. The woman had wonderful, proven ideas: blog monthly; set up a newsletter for followers; interact on Face Book, Twitter, and Instagram; Look for any opportunities to swap blogs with other writers and do promotional giveaways; Enter my book into contests; Set up an Amazon author profile, as well as one on Goodreads; Interact with people on those sites; Create an author brand; The list went on and on.

At first I tried to do it all. I busted my butt as much as I possibly could, even having the publicist comment several times what a great job I was doing, but I couldn’t keep up with everything, and slowly, little by little, I gave up on everything. I was a failure. And with that failure came depression—the worst I’ve ever experienced in my life.

But that’s not the worst of it.

Not only do I work 60 hours a week, I also work part time as a copy editor and do the final edits on all books coming through the press, and I was writing my second book in the series. On top of that, I have a spouse who is in poor health and can’t be left alone for long periods of time. But that’s still not the worst of it.

In my drive to sell myself and my book, I became bitter and cold—pushing aside my husband, my children, and my beautiful grandchildren—all because I was “too busy.”

The depression settled even deeper. I found myself in a black hole, choking, sputtering for any semblance of a life—of happiness. I no longer liked who I was. Even my husband said I had changed.

And he was right.

At rock bottom, I determined the only way to find myself again was to step back from everything and reevaluate my life goals, separating the things of most value from those of least importance. It was during this process that I was slapped across the face with a “Ghandi” moment: I’m the hero of my own story. I determine my own happiness.

With this newfound outlook, I created a plot twist. I put my family where they need to be—first. I lessened the amount of copyediting jobs that I’m taking on each month, and I try not to feel guilty about turning down opportunities if they aren’t right for me and my family.  I still have a long way to go with marketing myself, but I decided in order for me to move forward without becoming “overwhelmed” again, I’m going to take one thing at a time.  And I’m not going to punish myself for what I can’t do.

The most important thing an author can do to sell more books, is write more books. So that’s my focus. The rest will fall into place.

So have I had a stellar year of book sales, and did I become a famous author? Not even close. But I did find myself along the road, tattered and beaten, and I pulled myself up, brushed myself off, and now I’m moving in the right direction. The journey might be slow, the path difficult, but it’s my journey—my story.  Baby steps. And I’m totally fine with that. #writer #writerslife #sundayblog #amwriting #yalit

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Book Cover Release – The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me

 

The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me
Barbara Quinn
Published by: Lakewater Press
Publication date: October 24th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary

Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another woman is the last thing Sofia expects—and on today of all days. But, after scratching an expletive into his Porsche and setting the cheating bastard’s clothes on fire, she cranks up her beloved Bruce and flees, vowing to never look back.

Finding solace in the peaceful beachside town of Bradley Beach, NJ, Sof is determined to start over. And, with the help of best friends, new acquaintances, a sexy neighbor, and the powerful songs of Springsteen, this may be the place where her wounds can heal. But, as if she hasn’t faced her share of life’s challenges, a final flurry of obstacles awaits.

In order to head courageously toward the future, Sofia must first let go of her past, find freedom, and mend her broken soul.

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Author Bio:

Barbara Quinn is an award-winning short story writer and author of a variety of novels. Her works have appeared in print, online, and in audio form, and her stories have received honors that include nominations for the Pushcart Prize and being chosen as Best of the Web. She’s a Founder and former Publisher of the Rose & Thorn Journal.

Barbara and her husband love to travel and have visited 47 states and five continents. She’s ridden a camel in the Canary Islands, hiked on Machu Picchu, attended the opera in Vienna, and spent time in an absinthe bar in Budapest. When she was 19, she hitched across Europe with a backpack. For a time, she owned a motorcycle, and a pink-suede biker jacket.

As a lawyer, she held the position of North Salem Town Attorney, and Westchester Assistant County Attorney, and spent time in private practice, writing everything from zoning ordinances to manure pile rules. Before that, she worked at many jobs including, process server, lingerie sales clerk, waitress, and postal worker. She’s a native New Yorker, born in the Bronx, and raised there, on Long Island and in Westchester. She enjoys spending tiime with her grandson Ammo, her son Bret, and Gianna. Barbara welcomes email at BAQuinn7@gmail.com and would love to keep in touch via twitter.com/BarbaraQuinn

Her novels include: 36C, chick lit/women’s fiction, Slings and Arrows, paranormal romance/dark humor, Speed of Dark, inspirational fantasy/coming-of-age, and Hard Head, suspense/romantic and paranormal elements.

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Music’s Influence and Bethany’s Playlist

Music. It moves me. Annoys me. Makes me want to get up and dance. Helps me to sleep.

And sometimes it speaks to me–opening the valve and unleashing a river of creativity. When writer’s block hits and I’m stuck, the right kind of music can be a muse of sorts, unlocking scenes which had previously eluded me.

Butterfly Bones was no different. To set the mood of a teenager, I turned to current music, often listening to Breaking Benjamin, Hurt, Flawed, Underwhelmed, Blue October, and a favorite from my teen years, The Cure.

Music is my friend–my co-writer.

Bethany’s “Official” Playlist for Butterfly Bones

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After hashing it out, Bethany told me this was her playlist, and she didn’t want a play-by-play for the book, but rather a collection of favorites pulled together from Bethany, her father, Dr. Keatley, and of course, Jeremiah.

Starred songs are directly linked to the book. Song picks rotate in order starting with Bethany, then her dad, and last Jeremiah.

“I couldn’t begin the playlist any other way than with the song that started it all—the song that brought my character to life—CATERPILLAR.” –Bethany Keatley

*Caterpillar – THE CURE –All Mixed Up

She Blinded Me with Science – Thomas Dolby

With You – Underwhelmed

*Timber – Pit Bull and Kei$ha

Silent Lucidity – Queensryche

Curses – Bullet for My Valentine

*Broken – Seether (featuring Amy Lee)

Thunderstruck – AC/DC

Into the Nothing – Breaking Benjamin

*I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred

Let My Love Open the Door – Pete Townsend

Staring At It – Safety Suit

*Apologize – One Republic

Missing You – John Waite

Lifeline – Papa Roach

Escape – Kongos

*Always Something There to Remind Me – Naked Eyes

Without You – Breaking Benjamin

*Best Day of My Life – American Authors

*Brick in the Wall – Pink Floyd

Country Song – Seether

*Suffocate – Cold

Under Pressure – Queen

One Thing – Filter

*Lights Out – Breaking Benjamin

Forever and Always – Bullet for My Valentine

Dig – Incubus

*Rain – Breaking Benjamin

Our House – Madness

Something in Myself – Underwhelmed

*Sound of Silence – Disturbed

Start Over – No Love Lost

*Something’s Gotta Give – One Republic

*Learning to Fly – Pink Floyd

Hanging by a Moment – Lifehouse

*Dear Agony – Breaking Benjamin

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Superhero Dream Cast for Butterfly Bones

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Marvel Comic Characters

The role of Bethany Keatley will be played by Wasp. “Playing Bethany will be a cinch. I can shrink to make myself small and helpless, but still carry a kick with my sassy words. But I’ll definitely have to teach this girl a thing or two about fashion.”

The role of Jeremiah Wright will be played by Thor. “I’m not comfortable trading my hammer for a football, or going to high school with a bunch of snotty kids, but I’ll do anything to right wrong. I will defend Bethany until the end.”

The role of Zoey Margold will be played by Satana. “Zoey’s been compared to Satan’s spawn. But I am a devil’s daughter. And even though Zoey’s known for her promiscuity, she’s a pussy cat compared to me.”

The role of Dr. Keatley will be played by Black Panther. “I might be a scientist, but I’m no nerd. And I don’t need a hormone to send you into metamorphosis.”

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Chocolate, Peeps, and Characterization

 

chocolateWith Easter here, I thought it would be fun to play a characterization game. If my main character, Bethany, was a type of Easter candy, what kind would she be, and why?

“I would totally be anything chocolate. Dark. Milk. Cream-filled. Doesn’t matter which kind.  Chocolate is my drug of choice—my addiction—and I self-medicate whenever possible. I have stashes in my drawers (dresser, not panties, lol), under my pillow, in my backpack, and I’m not above consuming a warm and gooey bar from my pocket (or AA bra when a pocket is unavailable). Chocolate is my friend, my comforter, my ‘holy crap, it’s shizztastic!’ But I’d give it up for Jeremiah … as long as I could still smell it on occasion—or lick the wrapper.

“Hey wait. I just had a thought. Can I pick the kind Zoey would be? Because I’d seriously make the heartless bully-of-a-wench a Peep’s bunny … and bite her head off!”

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Since we’re having fun, let’s keep it going and do another characterization game, meeting the cast using the gang of Scooby Doo!

Butterfly Bones Dream Cast #1

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Scooby Doo and the Gang

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The role of Bethany Keatley will be played by Velma. “Do you think I’ll get to solve the mystery of the butterflies? Jinkies!”

The role of heartthrob, Jeremiah Wright, will be played by Fred.  th

“Hey! I thought Daphne was cast as the leading lady. I won’t have to kiss Velma, will I?”

The role of Dr. Keatley will be played by Shaggy. “Look, Scoob! I get to wear a lab coatshaggy and act smart. Hey, check out these mouse pellets. Do you think they taste good? Only one way to find out; Bottoms up!”

The role of Zoey Margold will be played by Daphne.daphne “I’ve always wanted to play the bad girl. And check out this girl’s wardrobe. I’m in mini-skirt heaven.”

The role of the mice and the butterflies will alternately be played by Scooby Doo. “Uh, uh. I’m not wearing a stupid butterfly costume. No way. I have my dignity.” scooby

“… Would you do it for a Scooby Snack?”

“Uh, uh.”

“… How about two Scooby Snacks?

“No way!”

“… How about three Scooby Snacks?”

“Three Scooby Snacks? Yum, yum, yum! Mmmhmm.”

Gulp. Gulp. Gulp. “Rooby, Rooby, Roo!”

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