Wednesday, October 2, 2013

And Now For Something Completely Different... (An IWSG Post)

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is the brainchild of uber blogger and ninja captain extraordinaire Alex J. Cavanaugh. It offers writers everywhere a safe place to express doubts and concerns and receive some support, guidance and words of wisdom from other writers. Click on the above link for a complete list of participants...

As you can tell from my fancy smancy special badge (as seen above) we're doing things a little differently here today. Instead of me telling you about my rampant insecurities, I'm turning the spotlight over to fellow blogger and author Christine Rains who is celebrating the upcoming release of her 13th Floor Collection.

Take it away, Christine...

One year ago today, I was working on the first book of my series. I'd been working on it for a few months. Marc, the stubborn protagonist, didn't want to talk. He stood there with his big arms folded, glaring at me. Maybe I'd get a grunt or a growl, but trying to get his story was like wrestling a bear. I didn't think I was going to be able to do it. This whole grand idea I had for a series of novellas was going to be smacked down because the first guy wouldn't talk.

The villain of the book, Vetis, loved to talk. In fact, he wouldn't shut up. While that helped, he's a bit crazy. And as much as he insisted, it wasn't his story.

Thankfully Mae Hopkins came along, offered me a cookie, and sat down to talk. She's sweet, patient, and understanding. It wasn't her story either, but with her help, I started to hear Marc's voice. The book wrote itself very quickly after that point.

The characters in the next five novellas spoke loud and clear, but with each story, I stumbled at some point. (Or at several points!) My confidence faltered. I never thought I'd finish the series. With supportive friends, nagging characters, and quite a few cookies, I made it through the six stories. I'm still in shock that it's complete.

If I can do it, so can you. With each story, you'll face a different set of obstacles. No two will ever be the same. But if you're persistent, you will find a way. Maybe it will be with the advice of a critique partner, a chatty secondary character, or an inspiring article from your favorite author, but you can do it!

Curious to know more?

Title: The 13th Floor Complete Collection
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Blurb: 

Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn't exist.
Six novellas telling their tales.

A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can't find.
A banshee falls in love with someone who's death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.

All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.


Includes “The Shadow,” a bonus short story.

Places to Find the 13th Floor Collection:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo
Smashwords


About the Author:

Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she's not writing or reading, she's having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She's a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.

Other Places To Find Her:

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

So that's going to do it for us today. Thanks to Christine for sharing her words of encouragement with us. And thank you, readers, for stopping by. It is, as always, very much appreciated.

93 comments:

  1. Like Christine I let my characters write the book, they were not always easy to deal with either and they got me in to trouble more than once :)

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    1. My characters constantly get me in trouble. I don't understand why they just can't let me be in charge.

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  2. Thank you so much for hosting today, MJ! And yay for IWSG!

    Siv, our characters are much more capable than we think. Sometimes they know things I don't!

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    1. You're welcome anytime, Christine. Congratulations on the collection.

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  3. Characters who don't want to play are very annoying, but often they have the most fascinating stories to tell.

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    1. That's so true! The fight to get the story if most often worth it. :)

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  4. A long time ago, a fellow writer suggested I interview my characters--esp. the stubborn ones. Wow, what revelations. Granted it was like pulling teeth to get anything out of them but being persistent helped. Yes, they do know more than we (their creators) do. Best wishes on your series.

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  5. Characters can be a tricky bunch, and it's true that every book brings new challenges. Letting the characters guide the story is usually the best way to do it!

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    1. Emma, sometimes we have no choice but to let them lead the way!

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  6. Hi MJ - good to see Christine here .. and all that talk of characters that need to come to light .. I'm looking forward to reading all the novellas .. cheers Hilary

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  7. Christine's book sounds great. I agree that persistence is everything.

    I follow (again) with my new ID. My new blog is http://tonjamatney.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Tonja! Persistence makes all the difference.

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  8. Critique groups can be invaluable in getting past those hurdles. There have been times in my writing that I've had to go back and start over...maybe not all the way to page one, but sometimes you just make a wrong turn somewhere along the way. It can be difficult to delete hundreds/thousands of words, but the book is better for it in the end!

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    1. I know exactly how you feel. My critique partners are invaluable. I'd be lost without them!

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  9. No two obstacles will be the same - that is so true!
    You did it, Christine. All the books are done and in a nice set. Mission accomplished!

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    1. Woot! Thank you, Alex. Onward to the next one!

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  10. The Marquis is my favorite of the 13th Floor series so it was interesting to learn about how it started. I loved Mae so I think it's great that she helped pull things together. :) Also made me laugh that Vetis wouldn't shut up. :D

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    1. Vetis just keeps on talking! In fact, I even gave him his own guest post which will be this Friday on my tour. I'm so happy you liked the story!

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  11. I was trying to remember where I'd read about a book like this because it sounded so good! You must have posted about it before, so thanks for posting it again! Can't wait to check it out!

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    1. Thank you, Danni. I hope to be all over the place this month promoting the Collection. There's a giveaway every week. You could win your own copy!

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  12. So far I've only read two Of the stores in Christine's series, but those two were fantastic. I have got to get with it and read ' the rest of the stories'. Thanks for the remInder.

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    1. I still have to read the rest, too. I'm such a slacker!

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  13. Interested to find out about your characters! I will check out your books and see what they are all about. Thanks, Sandy

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  14. There is always one character that talks - that's so true. Congrats Christine! Love the premise of the whole series.

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  15. Hi, MJ and Christine,
    I'm in awe that she managed to do so much over the year. I read the first in the series and loved it. Just haven't got around to reading the others yet. Wishing Christine every success.

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    1. Thanks, JL! I just got the print proof yesterday of the collection. It's so heavy! I was stunned I wrote that much too!

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  16. Oh, I so identify with difficult characters who JUST WON'T COOPERATE. I love this post :) Thanks, M.J. and Christine!

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    1. I do too. I was thrilled to find out that it's not just me!

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    2. I tend to have a lot of stubborn characters. Though they're fun to torture in stories!

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  17. Your post really points out how important it is to stick with the work. Congrats on finishing your series.

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  18. Oh my gosh, how on earth did you write so much in one year? If I didn't feel insecure before I do now... lol I'm kidding!!! It's so awesome. I do love it when characters scream their stories to us. :P

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    1. Thanks, S.K. I don't know how I managed either. I'm still catching up on my sleep!

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  19. I really appreciate your honesty and I can definitely see Marc as the character that didn't want to talk. You've accomplished so much and you have so much to be proud about, Christine! :)

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  20. Great post, Christine! What you went through while trying to write the first book of your series proves that all writers can complete a book they are struggling with as long as they don't give up.

    And it's funny that you mentioned cookies as my IWSG post is all about cookies. ;)

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  21. Thank goodness for cookies :) That was awesome!

    .......dhole

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  22. Thanks for hosting, M.J. :) It was great to get to know Christine.
    Christine! Terrific blog post - hearing your writing voice makes me excited to get to know your series. Congrats on such a success!

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  23. It's a good thing Marc started talking.

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    1. I know. I was ready to start torturing him, but even then, I'm not sure he would've talked!

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  24. The series is a great achievement, Christine, and very inspiring to us all. I can't imagine writing that many books so close together!

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    1. Thank you, Nick! Next time, though, I'll take it a little easier on myself. :)

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  25. I LOVE it. And can you guess what I'm reading right now? That's right. I put down the Industry-Produced-and-raved-over book because it couldn't hold my interest over yours, as it sat there staring at me from my kindle. Yay!

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    1. Yay! Thank you so much for that, Crystal. You made my day. :)

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  26. It must be great to hear your characters and have your story "take off." That doesn't ever happen to me. I just plug away slowly, like a tortoise. Congrats on your series, Christine! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Lexa. Yet you're still plugging away and that's what matters. :)

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  27. Great advice and something I need to hear. Thanks.

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  28. You did so good with this series. I love when my characters talk to me. Bad thing is, some of them lie like dogs.

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    1. *LOL* I have a few that do that too! Thank you.

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  29. Thanks for introducing Christine, M.J., always great to meet another writer.

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    1. And thank you for stopping by, Carole. :)

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  30. Congrats again on your latest book, and thanks for the words of encouragement. I have been stuck for so long. Your success is inspiring. I finally joined in at IWSG.

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    1. IWSG is fantastic. You'll find a lot of encouragement, support, and inspiration with the group. Good luck!

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  31. Ah yes, persistence is key for getting past those writerly obstacles.

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    1. Very true! Thanks for stopping by, Lynda.

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  32. Persistence is so key. Congrats on the book, Christine!

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  33. Huge congrats, Christine...I'm cheering you on:)

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    1. Thanks, Tania! I can hear you all the way from across the ocean. :)

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  34. What an inspirational post! And heh, characters can be so stubborn sometimes! Glad Mae and her cookies were there to help you for the first book in this series, Christine. ;)

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Mae did help a lot. And cookies. Cookies help with everything!

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  35. I really need to get my hands on book one. I don't normally like ghost stories, but for some reason these ones sound like a lot of fun.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jack. Book one in the series is free. A little something to hook you in!

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  36. Congrats, Christine! And I'm glad Marc finally opened up a bit more. He's one of my favorite characters of the series.

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    1. Thank you, Cherie. The series wouldn't be so great without you. Marc is stubborn and defensive, but it's funny how many people like him!

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  37. The characters always get you through to the end, don't they? Very creative and enjoyable post, Christine.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. Thank you, Michael. Have a great weekend!

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  38. How did I get here? Oh yeah, now I remember. Hi M.J. and hi Christine.

    I'm celebrating the thirteenth floor and well done to you, Christine. And no, I wont mention what "IWSG" really means.

    A good weekend to you all.

    Gary :)

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    1. Hehehe! Hi Gary! Thanks so much. I'm happy that you stumbled across us. :)

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  39. Great post Christine! Ooh, the 13th floor sounds like a fun series!

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  40. Congrats M.J.! You won my Spotlight Giveway for the month!
    Nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  41. Congrats to Christine on the new release.

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  42. Congratulations Christine, the 13th floor sounds like one hell of a floor to live on! I'm looking forward to reading your series! (:

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    1. Thank you, Elise! And just because I know you're the only one interested, the hornet nest is still in the tree. It's been too rainy to attempt to take it down. I haven't seen any activity either.

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