Monday, March 20, 2017

Hey #Authors! #WWoW! Discounted Memberships AVAILABLE for the @NetGalley CoOp!

The Romance Beckons Cooperative is offering DISCOUNT MEMBERSHIPS.
We are a group of independent authors teaming up to display our books on NetGalley at a reasonable cost. NetGalley is a website frequently used by publishers to distribute advanced review copies (ARCs) and previously published books to bloggers, reviewers, media, booksellers, librarians, and educators. The pool of reviewers on NetGalley is VAST!

Our Cooperative embraces all genres and heat levels of romance. We will gladly include New Adult, Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal, Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy. Mainstream, sweet and erotic books are all welcome. The only requirement is that it have a strong romance component.

Our cooperative puts the power of reviews in your hands. Requests are handled by each individual author, on a case-by-case basis. Each reviewer is vetted using an author's personal criteria which could include: a high number of followers, genre match, quality reviews/feedback, active accounts on Goodreads or Amazon. With a hands-on approach for our members, authors have all the decision making. Authors will have on-line access to all feedback from reviewers.

Invoices are sent via Paypal and must be paid in full prior to listing your book(s).
3-month discounted membership: $90
6-month discounted membership: $150
10-month discounted membership:  $275

If you’re interested in signing up, contact us soon. With these deep discounts, space might go fast!

Friday, January 27, 2017

#WWoW! Do You Have Common Writing Mistakes? Here's Mine... #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge

My Most Common Writing Mistake.
The worst writing mistake I make is moving from present to past tense throughout my manuscripts. In the beginning, I'd go back and fix it with every scene and it bogged down my writing time. I've recently begun proofreading by chapter, editing the tense and other errors I find. If I had a penny for every time I made this mistake, I'd be a rich woman.

I've made this same mistake since I can first remember. I still have papers from my high school creative writing class where the teacher pointed it out. Then in college, I struggled with correcting the habit. Now here I am, years later, making the same mistake.

Any ideas how to fix it?
Despite writing a monthly editing post -and working as an editor for some years- I've never come across any tips of the trade for this error so I'd love to hear any ideas you might have. This time, I'm looking to you for tips on the Author's Craft.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Two Men and a Baby on #TantalizingTuesday

"She's perfect," Trent says over my shoulder.
I smile without taking my eyes off the baby I hold in my arms. I haven't stopped staring since the nurse handed her to me. The fragile little piece of me, now born and in my arms, has shaken me to my core. Her dark lashes lay against her chubby pink cheeks. Her soft skin is warm against mine as I cuddle her to my chest.
Trent bumps my shoulder with his own, growing impatient with me. "Stuart, let me hold our daughter."
My hands tremble as I place her in his arms. A wave of peace rushes over me seeing her tiny body in his strong hands. Together, we will care for this sweet girl. No harm will come to her. She'll want for nothing. We overcame insurmountable odds to get her here, and now she's the most important thing in our lives.
"She looks like her mother," I whisper.
But Trent is mesmerized. He's not taking his eyes from her. I know the feeling all too well so I stand near him and watch as she finally opens her beautiful eyes. They're the color of the sky just like our Lilly.
(c) Paloma Beck, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Author's Life: #MenieresDisease and Anxiety, Living in a War Zone

I was diagnosed with Meniere's Disease in 2015. I likely developed it in 2002 with the initial onset of vertigo, but went undiagnosed because I was outside the normal range of diagnostic criteria. Since my symptoms were mild, life went on in a haze of normalcy until I began losing my hearing and experienced severe vertigo episodes twelve years later.
Two statements that were spoken in the midst of several important medical discussions stuck out to me like booming thunder. "Meniere's Disease is one of the worst diseases you can have that won’t actually kill you." and "Meniere's is a disease of random punishment."

I've heard Ménière’s Disease compared to living in a war zone, i.e. you know that you'll be under fire at some point but you just don’t know when. Having a disease that makes you feel as if you could be attacked at any moment causes psychological distress. A study conducted by Dr Kirby and Professor Yardley at the University of South Hampton found that those with Ménière’s Disease have a much higher incidence of post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), health anxiety and intolerance of uncertainty to distress than non-sufferers.

My last severe vertigo attack occurred over five months ago, thanks to finally finding a medication that helped. My restricted activity level has been lifted, I have only mild background vertigo and I can resume normal activity. Most days I’ve been vertigo free, but still I haven’t been able to fully enjoy these days. I'm constantly anticipating an impending attack. I’m on edge which leaves me irritable, anxious, argumentative and insecure.

I realize its the anxiety... the worry that an attack will occur is nearly as debilitating as the actual attack. While I'm trying to take advantage of these good days, I'm also on guard waiting for the onset of more vertigo. The fear of vertigo, of this random punishment, prevents me from living a normal life. This is what is meant when the symptoms of the disease include anxiety.

Seeking help for the anxiety is important. Each Meniere's Disease sufferer is treated through a wholistic approach since the symptoms vary for each person, but all should be sure to address the reality of anxiety. I find relief from the anxiety by journaling and quiet meditation. I also challenge myself to do something every day I couldn't do while on restricted activity. Anxiety may not go away entirely but it can be manageable.

Friday, January 20, 2017

My Name is Paloma Beck and I'm a Binger. #MFRWauthor #binging #AmazonPrime

I Must Confess... I'm A Binge Watcher.

I don't watch tv often but when I get the inkling for idle distraction, I'll binge watch shows and watch entire seasons in a few days. I like how immersed and connected I feel to the show when I watch it this way.

Some of my favorite binge-worthy shows I've discovered have been:
Sons of Anarchy  -  The Tudors  -  Ray Donovan  -  Vikings  -  Kingdom  -  Reign  -  Game of Thrones  -  Nashville  -  True Blood  -  The 100

Thanks to Amazon Prime -and my Amazon Fire Stick- I can watch nearly anything I desire any time I want. Tack on a basic subscription to Hulu and Netflix, and my busy schedule doesn't stop me from binge-ing whenever I get the chance.
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