Book Launch Day

The day has come and I'm beyond excited! I'll keep it short and to the point. Below you will find the description of my story followed by the links of where you can purchase it. Happy reading and please help me out. If you do not want to buy share this so someone in your acquaintance can.

"Dare" by Lisa Borne Graves It all started with a dare. A kissed note slipped into the locker of Mia’s longtime crush managed to capture Gray’s attention, but how to get her first-ever kiss from him proves more problematic. With every dare there’s a second option. Will truth give them a shot at romance or will her kiss sputter out on the page?
"Then, feeling very much like a fool, I kissed the corner of the paper and pulled away. A solid, seductive, pouty kiss mark was irrevocable evidence that I had lost my mind over a boy."
You can buy this story with seven others in the Kissed Anthology in digital or print forms. Click on the following link for a universal place to see all …

Tips for YA Lit: Heroes

Where heroines seem sometimes blank for readers to insert themselves into for YA romances, the heroes are drastically different. There is a bigger range because frankly girls are attracted to different kinds of boys. There are so many stereotypes that I'm dedicating two posts to males. Unlike the quandary of the heroine being simplistic and dull--too normal--boys in these novels seem to have much more to them to make readers want them. But since all girls have different preferences, what type of guy character is the best?

The two most popular heroes I've come across in young adult literature are...

1. The Byronic Hero--this one is my favorite for two reasons. He has recognizable boy behavior that seems realistic and there always is a reason or backstory (and these vary) for why he acts the way he does. It's fun to create a backstory of your own making that gives him such depth and vulnerability that your readers swoon. Named after Lord Byron, because he was a brooder and ha…

Tips for YA Lit: Heroines

In 2005, Twilight came out. It was a smashing success and movie franchise. As a grown woman, I got sucked into it. I was straight out of grad school wanting to read some fun YA fluff, tired of analyzing capital L literature. But of course, there never is the ability to turn off your analytical brain once it is well-trained. I found I abhorred the heroine Bella. I almost hated her. However, at the same time, the characterization was a marketing genius move. I admire although look down upon Stephanie Meyer's heroine.

First, the story and reinventing of vampire mythology is what got me reading. But Bella Swan is weak, insecure, and lacks any personality traits except strange slang "Holy Crow!" and clumsiness. But here is the genius move: having no personality and being told in first person allows the reader to be Bella. She's a cardboard cut-out readers can invert themselves into. One could also argue a lot of teenage girls are realistically weak and insecure as they nav…

Tips for YA Lit: Dialogue

Those who know me personally acknowledge I'm a talker. One way my skills at being a conversationalist help me is it carries over into writing. I feel as if my dialogue is my best asset when it comes to my writing. Dialogue is one of the most important aspects in a novel giving it authenticity, propelling the plot along, revealing character, and more. It's a vehicle to get everything and anything across. Think Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants," which is all dialogue and symbolic setting; it has so much meaning through the characters' words. This is an exemplary work, but it can go very wrong for some authors. There's nothing worse than contrived dialogue where you scratch your head as a reader and think, who talks this way? Or what guy would actually directly admit that? What girl would say this? Or could the writer get anymore stereotypical? When it comes to YA, as an adult writing it, things get difficult because we aren't young and our under…

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Back when the internet came out, I was one of the first kids to have a pen pal via email who I met in a chat room. This was back with dial up where each time you posted something in the chat room, it took a good minute for someone to be able to respond.

In more recent years, social media filled that void. I joined a couple groups to discuss motherhood and children. Because my son has special needs, I needed people to talk to who could actually understand and give real advice which I wasn't finding in my own physical community. It does wonders for your piece of mind, particularly the giving part. I love trying to help these other parents when I know how to.

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So going with a traditional publisher was key for me. I do have to partake in some marketing, as all publishers expect these days, but these things I can handle and do--promote via blog, social media, word of mouth. Eventually, if I'm lucky enough to publish a standalone book, I will need to do book launches and book trailers, but for my story I'm enjoying this experience of getting my feet wet.

Here is my first experience with marketing. A marketing rep asked for the following things:

1. Brief blurb on your story--A book blurb is usually what appears on the back of the book or inside cover to let th…

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The editor simply asked for me to make her suggested changes and resubmit. But, feeling almost embarrassed with myself, I went through it all again looking for any places I could improve my writing. I went crazy changing lots of things. I almost thought she would object to so many changes. However, she countered back with another edit and this time not much was there and she seemed impressed and talked more as if we were a team rather than her correcting me. These suggestions were not…