Tuesday, April 19, 2016

RT Recap

RT BOOKLOVERS CONVENTION - LAS VEGAS 2016

Photo credit: Vegas Seven

OMG...where to begin? That's right...I'm in there somewhere! With over 600 authors and over 3000 reader attendees, RT16 is one for the books! (Ha...see what I did there?)
I'd like to thank Kathryn Falk, Ken, Jo Carol, Carol Stacy, Chantelle, Ashley Martinez, and the rest of the amazing RT staff for organizing such a fantastic event! (Trust me, putting up with just my questions alone gets these ladies pretty close to Saint-hood.)

All set up for the RT Giant Book Fair


 What I Learned at RT ~

1. RT has panels, workshops, and parties for everyone. There's so much going on at the same time, you're bound to find something that you'll be interested in attending.
Author Cross Promotion and Marketing panel
with Brynn Myers, ME, KR Wilburn, Amy Daws, and Mary Ting.


2. While all of my shoes were comfortable, it was the fact that we walked at least 3-5 miles a day, to and from the convention center, that had my dogs barkin'. Seriously...Ouch!


3. Jamie McGuire is so kind and the most adorable person I've encountered in a while.
Me & the super sweet Jamie McGuire

4. PC & Kristin Cast are AWESOME people!!! I'm really sensitive to other's energies and auras and I LOVED how they felt to me! (If you're my kinda of peeps, you'll know what I mean.) Plus, it kinda blew my mind when PC bought my book at the Giant Book Fair. I hope we can still be friends even if they think it sucks! Hehehe.


PC, ME & Kristin Cast                                                             ME & PC Cast


5. I finally got to meet my friend, Darynda Jones, and yes, she's as cool as you think.
Me with the infectious Darynda Jones


6. I met Alys Arden over a pizza buffet and it was awesome! LOL. Hopefully next time we'll have more time to chat! ♥


7. I had no choice but to stick my butt in Vilma Gonzalez's face when I was trying to escape the jam packed bar at the Rio! It was awkward, but she was awesome and kind. Again, just wish we would have had more time to chat! ♥

(Did I mention that there's ALWAYS something going on? It's non-stop, go, go, go and it was AWESOME!)

8. Having Larissa Ione read your tarot cards at a Cirque de Punk party was EPIC!!!
ME & the enchanting Larissa Ione at the Cirque de Punk party

9. The Voodoo rooftop nightclub was my favorite! Amy Daws and I rocked out, and Scott Nova and I danced the night away! He was a great dance partner and the perfect gentleman. I had a BLAST!!
ME & Amy Daws gettin' our groove on, high above the City of Lights


10. Anne Jolin is positively delightful and I will miss her until we meet again! Love you, you adorable little sushi roll! ♥


11. Ashley Martinez is little ball of fire. This woman never stops working and that's something I can relate to! Can't wait to see her again! XOXO


12. It wouldn't have been a party without all my Fairy Tale Confession sisters: Brynn Myers, Amy Daws, Mary Ting, and KR Wilburn. Thanks for coming and supporting our cause! ♥ Our little Mixer/Pop-Up party was so fun! (We missed you Sarah J. Pepper!)
Amy Daws, Brynn Myers, Me, Anne Jolin, Ginger Scott & KR Wilburn
at the Fairy Tale Mixer

13. I missed getting a picture with EL James, because I was stuck in panels but am currently debating photo-shopping my head onto my friend's picture instead to make myself feel better. Amy, would you mind? LOL. JK... #theresalwaysnextyear



In conclusion, there's no way I can mention everyone and everything here, so please follow me on Instagram to see all my amazing friends and our pictures! 

And oh yeah... Hope to see you in Atlanta! #RT17

Monday, April 4, 2016

RT Booklovers Convention Schedule

RT Booklovers Convention



Oh. My. Gosh!!! In one week I'll be heading to Vegas for #RT16.  This will be my first trip to not only RT, but to Vegas itself, and I couldn't be more excited!!! If you'll be in attendance, here are the places you can find me during the convention:

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS - GAME NIGHT
Tuesday April 12th - 4:30pm to 5:45pm


AUTHOR CROSS-PROMOTION AND MARKETING
Wednesday April 13th - 4:00pm to 5:00pm


CLUB RT APPEARANCE
Thursday April 16th - 11:45am to 12:10pm


TWISTED FAIRY TALE MIXER
Thursday April 16th - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
(This is not on the schedule, as it's a casual Mixer located in the RT Bar. Find any of the participating authors before the Mixer to receive your FREE drink card--while supplies last--and join us for a chance to win some amazing gift baskets. Costumes are optional!)




GIANT BOOKFAIR
Saturday April 16th - 10:30am to 2:00pm
Titles Available: The Witches of BlackBrook, Raven's Breath, 
and Scent of a White Rose


FAN-TASTIC DAY PARTY
Saturday April 16th - 6:45pm to 7:30pm


RT ROUNDUP
Sunday April 17th - 11:00am to 2:00pm
Titles Available: The Witches of BlackBrook, Raven's Breath, Fairy Tale Confessions, and the complete Rose Trilogy (Scent of a White Rose, Blood of a Red Rose, Death of a Black Rose) as well as other short-story companions.





In-between my scheduled appearances above, I'll be attending a slew of panels, workshops, and parties throughout the event. Please follow me on Instagram or Twitter at @TishThawer and #ComeFindMe.





Monday, February 29, 2016

Let's Get Real!

As a paranormal romance writer, most of my days are filled with magical, far-away places that you either want to live in forever, or run away from at the speed of light. Today, however, I'd like to talk about something very REAL in the writing world. 


What to do when there’s too much to do!
Authors...How do you go on when real life gets in the way?


“Honey, I’ve been transferred...again. I have to be in Colorado the first week of January.” This was the statement my husband made to me at the end of last year. To say it was devastating was an understatement.  We had just moved into a new house and my kids were settled in their schools, one heading towards his senior year. To uproot all we had in place and move from warm Arizona back to frigid Colorado was a huge undertaking, more so than you’d ever think.

The small college town we were headed to was packed with students, therefore leaving nary a rental in sight, and we had to move fast! Thankfully, a family friend offered a place to stay, which turned into a semi-permanent solution after some chaotic packing and moving of two households.

Needless to say, I’m still surrounded by boxes and a long laundry list of have-to’s in order to get my family settled again. The one thing that's been missing from that list, however, is writing.  I spent most of 2015 wearing my “business hat” and haven’t opened my laptop in over a month (only working from my phone), and not one single word has made its way to my grossly-overdue manuscript. Authors...how do you go on when real life gets in the way?

For me...it starts with not beating myself up over the downtime that is inevitable when life throws you a curveball. I KNOW I’ll get back on track soon and the words will start flowing again, and when that happens...look out! I type 93 wpm and have a wicked long book list that needs to get finished. I have stories that are already plotted and ready for me to jump into. And most importantly...I’m excited again!

Keeping yourself pumped for the stories you know are coming can be a major hurdle. As authors, we can have a tendency to get bogged down in the “have to write” stigma, instead of the “I’m excited to write” mindset. I’ve seen post-after-post about “How to get back on track” or “How to stay inspired” suggesting that it boils down to just making yourself write something every single day. And while that is sound advice that works for many, I find that it’s just not plausible for me at all times. And. That’s. Okay!


Life happens, and while I could wallow or even eye that damn towel that wants to be thrown in, I never will. I know myself well enough to realize that all I need is time. Time to attend to my family’s needs, time to organize and regroup, and time to let that excitement build again. When the dust finally settles the spark will return, and I’ll be happier for it. In my first year of being published, I put out seven books! No, it hasn’t happened again since, but I know it can, and that in and of itself is something to be excited about and strive for! In the meantime, I’ll allow myself to be human and take the time I need, knowing my readers will be there when I return. A great piece of marketing advice I received from a friend was “just write your next book,” but I think I’d like to add, “when you can.” Write your next book when you can! As a mother of three, the owner of a full-time business, and a part-time bookkeeper, adding those three little words takes away the pressure and leaves all the pleasure, and that’s definitely something anyone could get excited about! 


(Originally published on Tish's Two-Cents column for Gliterary Girl Media)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Update

I've been receiving a lot of questions lately as to what book I have coming out next, which is great, as I'm so thankful you're wanting more. But, with that being said, I have soooo many things I could be working on, but the one my agent, Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo, Helin, and Fountain Literary Management, has requested of me is Handler. 

I'm so thrilled to announce that Handler will be going the traditional route and will be submitted to NY publishers and Hollywood producers. Therefore, my sole focus will be to get Handler into my agent's hot little hands by mid-January, and then I'll be moving onto Dark Abigail (The Women of Purgatory #2). After that, The Witches of BlackBrook #2 will be on deck and OMG...I can't wait to show you the cover for this one! I am so in LOVE! (Regina killed it as usual!)

So...that's the quick and dirty of it and I couldn't be more excited! Thank you for your patience and continued support. 2016 is going to be a great year! Good things are coming...


 Our world was perfect––until we broke the law: Don't go out at night.



Utopian by day, dystopian by night; this is the world I recently discovered. I now struggle with the fact that our whole society has been based on a lie. There's only one way to change it––conquer the darkness we've all been raised to fear.



Live the lie; fight to the death; become a Handler. It's the only way.



A sci-fi/dystopian novel.