News Update: CampNaNoWriMo Part 2!

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Camp NaNoWriMo – April 2014 Session

That’s right folks, I’ve signed up another month of Camp NaNoWriMo!

For those of you unfamiliar with this particular camp, Camp NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge billed as “An idyllic writers retreat, located smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.” It is a completely voluntary online writing challenge where the “Campers” set a goal of writing 50,000 words in one month. Yes, that’s only ONE month.

But wait! I already won Camp NaNoWriMo! And the 50,000 words I wrote during the August 2012 session completed my third book, Blinded. What a bonus – make goal AND finish my book.  And here’s where it gets good: Blinded was released in December 2013 and the trade paperback will be available from Amazon.com on April 1st.

What’s the plan this time around? I’m going to throw down 50,000 words on my fourth book, a Sci-Fi Thriller tentatively entitled Slipping Off The Grid. Here’s the working blurb:

It’s January 2030 and there’s a war taking place over privacy rights. It’s bloodless combat waged across net connections between governments and the citizens who fight to remain anonymous.

In the fight to control the world’s data, there are winners and losers. A survivor of the Moral Monday Riots, Derek Reynolds is both. He’s won the war, obtaining an elite position with the Security Ops Group, yet a year ago, he suffered loss when his sister slipped off the Grid. Using the tools at his command, Derek begins a search to find Gemma and bring her home under Amnesty. That’s when he meets Callie, an Off-Gridder hiding from her abusive political family. Callie has everything to lose – including her life. Can Derek convince her to take him to his sister?

In a culture where every statistic is quantified, every behavior predicted, the metadata of life itself cataloged and indexed, Derek has to know, will the probabilities prove correct? Will Callie defy the odds and risk her own freedom to help him? And when he finds Gemma, will Derek be able to leave Callie behind? For despite data to the contrary, Derek cannot deny his feelings for Callie…

Exciting, right? I can’t wait to see how it turns out! To stalk my wordsmithing progress, follow my daily progress here.

Blinded Now Available – In Trade Paperback

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More good news! Blinded is now available on Amazon in trade paperback. So if you’ve been waiting to hold this story in your hot little hands, here’s your chance.

Heart, hand, and sword – that’s what I promised Jules.

I was nineteen years old. What did I know? 

Sure, I’d noticed Jules was slightly unusual. Like she always knew where I was and how I felt. Yeah, it was odd, but it was also kind of romantic. One day, I’d even caught her fighting telepathically with Nick, her trainer. Not that I was surprised, because she was different from other girls – and who wouldn’t find something to fight about with that guy? Frankly, the only one who needed training was him, starting with manners and ending with butting out. But Jules made it clear they were a package deal and that was that.

Then a creature from Nick’s past attacks Jules. She won’t rouse from sleep, her coma a reaction to a magic spell. It gets worse. She pulls me into her dreams – old memories that reveal her secrets. I fear Jules might be alone in them forever unless we find a way to remove the magic dagger wrapped around her wrist.

There’s only one thing I can do.

Get in the car with Nick and pray we get help in time…

With a length of 272 pages, the trade paperback version is now available at Amazon for $12.99.

Thank you for your support and happy reading!

News Update: CampNaNoWriMo Winner!

Camp NaNoWriMo, August 2012 Session

I have done the unthinkable. I signed up for the Camp NaNoWriMo August 2012 Session the day before it started yesterday, I met the goal of writing 50,000 words in less than thirty-one days. I finished with a day to spare. Yay, me!

For those of you unfamiliar with this particular camp, Camp NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge billed as “An idyllic writers retreat, located smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.” In other words, it is a completely  voluntary online writing challenge where the “Campers” set a goal of writing 50,000 words in one month. Yes, that’s only ONE month. And I signed up on July 31st, silly me!

Nifty writing stats? They’re right here.

And best of all, I hit a secondary goal I set for myself. With the exception of one technical fencing scene to be completed (you knew there had to be at least one, right?), the rough draft of book two of The Tenderfoot Series, Blinded, is complete!

I have one more surprise to add. Because I started the Camp NaNoWriMo challenge with 30,000+ words already down, and the rough draft came to 74,000+, I was short words. To meet the full 50,000 word goal, I took the liberty of beginning book three of The Tenderfoot Series, which is titled Riposte. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about the conclusion to Jules and Andrew’s story. If that’s whose story it is…

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News Update: The CampNaNoWriMo Halfway There Update

Camp NaNoWriMo, August 2012 Session

Remember that crazy person who signed up for the August Session of Camp NaNoWriMo? She’s still here and on her behalf, I am checking in with a status update report on her progress.

For those of you unfamiliar with this particular camp, Camp NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge billed as “An idyllic writers retreat, located smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.” In other words, it is a completely  voluntary online writing challenge where the “Campers” set a goal of writing 50,000 words in one month. Yes, that’s only ONE month. And I signed up on July 31st, silly me!

Yesterday was Day Sixteen of the Thirty-One month challenge. So where do I stand at the halfway mark? A pretty good place it would appear! According to my daily progress here, I am ahead of target. When I started on August 1st, Blinded stood at 30, 367 words. As of today, 61,017 are down, which means I have written a grand total of 30,380 words since August 1st. Yes, that’s write, I wrote 30,000 words in sixteen days! I’ll let you do the math on that, although the link above breaks out some pretty nice stats.

I feel pretty good about the challenge. I’m not surprised the words are coming – they came like this for Tenderfoot – I just find it remarkable that the house is still standing and the kids have made it to school, with lunches even. Sure, we’ve all had to make sacrifices. For example, I have given up cooking for the month of August. Oh, wait… that’s not a sacrifice! My family prefers take out or frozen/pantry dinner, not that you’d believe me now when I say I am a great cook. Meh! Meh, I say!

And that’s the latest. There’s a quote from my favorite vulgarian author (I warned you!) Chuck Wendig that I like to keep in mind: “I am a writer, and I am done fucking around.” 

Bring it August 31st! I’m ready for you!

News Update: CampNaNoWriMo!

Camp NaNoWriMo, August 2012 Session

I have done the unthinkable. I signed up for the Camp NaNoWriMo August 2012 Session the day before it started. Am I motivated? Am I ambitious? Did I watch wayyy too many hours of the Summer Olympics last weekend? Yes, yes, and yes!

For those of you unfamiliar with this particular camp, Camp NaNoWriMo is a writing challenge billed as “An idyllic writers retreat, located smack-dab in the middle of your crazy life.” In other words, it is a completely  voluntary online writing challenge where the “Campers” set a goal of writing 50,000 words in one month. Yes, that’s only ONE month. And I signed up on July 31st, silly me!

That’s why I am writing this post AFTER I have met my daily goal of 1,620 words a day. Naturally, I will have to write more than that per day given the “crazy life” obstacles each day will present. Tomorrow’s goal shouldn’t be hard to meet, but various weekend commitments will pose some nice hurdles. You know, just to get me warmed up for the challenge of making my goal the three days my family will be out of town at a water park. Sploosh.

My plan is to draw on inspiration and caffeine. Lots and lots of caffeine. I will be sucking downs barrels o’ Diet Coke. As added incentive, when I have 30,000 words in the bank, I get to order Camp swag from the store to hang on the inspiration board that resides above my home pc. One nice thing is that I was assigned to a cabin of six other “Campers.” So I can see how they are doing and meet some new people while foregoing a daily slathering of sunscreen and mosquito blood donations.

So wish me luck in my endeavor to add 50,000 words to the existing 30,687 that currently make up the manuscript that is Blinded! You can check my daily progress here.

Summer Splash Blog Hop

WELCOME TO THE SUMMER SPLASH BLOG HOP!

Thank you for stopping by my site. It’s nice to meet you.

My name is Amy Tupper and I am the indie author of Tenderfoot, a paranormal romance set in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Tenderfoot is about a girl who leaves what’s left of her family to start a new life in college – only she finds out she is never going to be normal when someone from her family’s past follows her there. And he’s really annoying. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

I wrote my book in 2010 and was lucky to join the ranks of many who self-published during the transitional year of 2011. Along the way, I revised and revised my book again, sent it to a copy editor, worked with a professional graphic artist on the cover, figured out the formatting (!), and uploaded it to several different websites to make it available as an ebook and as a trade paperback. What a lot of work!

So let’s celebrate! I am giving away two signed paperback copies as well as three ebook copies of Tenderfoot. Yes, I will ship the paperbacks anywhere in the world. Having lived abroad during my formative pre-Internet middle-school years, it’s the least I can do for someone who lives somewhere besides the Continental U.S. The ebook can be downloaded from anywhere, in any format, at Smashwords.com.

Would you like to enter my contest? Great! Just go to the top of this webpage and look for the green button that says “Subscribe.” Click on that. Once you’ve filled out the form and subscribed to my very infrequent, very private mailing list, you’re all set! See how easy that was?

Now you’re ready to visit another website in the Summer Splash Blog Hop, where all the blogs are run by authors – 80 talented authors! – who are pleased to make your acquaintance and introduce their books. So head to the Summer Splash Blog Hop website and visit another blog where you can win more author giveaways including signed books and ebooks. Don’t forget there are also several grand prizes, including brand new Kindles, up for grabs. You enter to win the grand prizes every time you tweet using #summerhop. Best of all, this is a great way to meet more authors from the Indie Writers Unite! group on Facebook while adding fresh new books to your to-be-read list!

Now go HOP!

News: Short Story Anthology

New: one of my short stories has been included in a short story anthology of independent authors put together by the Indie Book Lounge, called fittingly enough, Short Story Anthology. It is available in paperback for $5.95 at Amazon.com. As you can see from the cover, the short stories cover sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal genres.

That short story, The Backahasten, was also posted on my blog if you’d like to read it for free.

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Summer Splash Blog Hop

COMING SOON: THE SUMMER SPLASH BLOG HOP!

Hey! That sounds fun! But what’s a blog hop?

If you are unfamiliar with what a blog hop is, allow me to explain. A blog hop is when multiple blogs organize to send the reader around the internet visiting specific blogs who have formed a group, all just by clicking a hyperlinked icon. This icon will route you in random order to one of the participating blogs. The picture you see above will be the magic button that sends you on your way from my site to another site once the Hop starts.

For the Summer Splash Blog Hop, all the blogs are run by authors – over 75 authors! – who are pleased to make your acquaintance and introduce our books. We are all offering giveaways on our own websites. These giveaways include free signed books, free ebooks, and lots of other goodies. Participation at these blogs will enter you in individual contests to win prizes. There are also several grand prizes, including brand new Kindles. Best of all, this is a great way to meet talented authors from the Indie Writers Unite! group on Facebook while adding fresh new books to your to-be-read list!

I personally will be giving away two signed copies of my book, Tenderfoot, shipped anywhere in the world, as well as three ebook copies available in any format from Smashwords.

Mark it on your calendars – the Summer Splash Blog Hop runs from Monday, July 23rd to Tuesday, July 31st.

Get ready to HOP!

ParaYourNormal Interview Today

As announced previously, today I will be interviewed by ParaYourNormal on at 6:30 eastern on Blog Talk Radio about my young adult paranormal coming-of-age book, Tenderfoot.

If you’d like, you can call in and ask questions about the book, or catch the recording at a later time.

ParaYourNormal also posted a lovely interview on their blog which you can find here.

Thanks so much to ParaYourNormal for the opportunity!

Help Me Find Jules’ Voice

I need your help.

I am making a book trailer for my book, TENDERFOOT, and am looking for a young woman who would be interested in lending her voice to my project!

Yup, I’m looking for Jules!

Specifics: I am looking for a young woman in her late teens to early twenties who would be willing to record several paragraphs, spoken from the perspective of Jules, the main character in the book.

I would request that it be recorded using iProRecorder App for iPhone, available for $4.99 on the iTunes store. This app creates a nifty audio file that is emailed.

And it will take a whole five minutes to do!

Renumeration: Whether I use the file or not, I will reimburse for the app download via PayPal. If I choose your voice, I will give credit at the end of the book trailer in a BIG FONT, post it in a million (literary) places on the Internets, and make you rich and famous! Okay, not so sure about that last one, but would you settle for a $25 gift card to the store of your choice?

Interested? I knew you would be! Contact me at amymytupper (at) gmail dot com for more deets.

Thank you!

First 5 Star Review!

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There comes a time in every author’s life when the first review comes in. Mine was June 3rd, 2011. That was the day when Valentina at Carabosse’s Library posted her review of my book, TENDERFOOT.

 
Let’s see if I can do proper justice to that moment: my hands trembled as I read it. She loved the book! I was vindicated! Somebody got it. I might have a real shot at this book writing stuff! Who knew! I could say I did, but hey, let’s be honest here. I hoped. We all hope. This is the kind of review that vindicates an author and their vision, hopefully even my writing. Glory!  And then I did my little Sally Fields victory lap jabbering at the cat, the disinterested children, the plants, the paint drying on walls next to my computer. It was a fine, fine moment.
 
Naturally, I sent her an email almost immediately where I gushed with appreciation. I really should post it on here, but even I have hit my threshold for embarrassment!
 
After I emailed the link to my husband and my parents, I had second doubts. Was the book that good? I checked another review Valentina wrote after mine. This book did not pass muster. Hooray! She’s wasn’t lying to me! I could believe wholeheartedly in my little project! Because no matter what anyone says after this, I have one fan! One true fan! In the end, isn’t that all any author needs to keep going?
 
In any case, go see what Valentina had to say at Carabosse’s Library. No really, click that link! The least I can do is send her some traffic as a thank you. FYI, Valentina posts new content daily, her book review blog is well-organized, and the graphics are pretty cool. It’s a great blog.
 
In closing, I hope her review of TENDERFOOT will make you feel warm and fuzzy too! 

Operation eBook Drop

Thanks to Smashwords, I became aware of a great program for deployed troops. It’s called Operation eBook Drop. It is a website that links deployed troops to authors who want to share their work for free. I am making this book available to deployed troops as part of this program.

Here’s why:

For three years in the ’80s, my family was stationed in Paris, France. This was my introduction to different cultures. Cultures with a long and varied history of war. You can’t walk around Seattle and see bullet holes in buildings from World War II like you can in Paris.

We visited the US Embassy often. To get there, we walked by the French gen d’armes on patrol with machine guns and passed through the blastproof guard tower staffed by US Marines. My school had bomb drills instead of fire drills. Early in our stay, one of the kids at school was shopping in a grocery store with his family when a bomb went off. He was lucky. I started paying attention.

I have fond memories of visiting the American military base SHAPE in Chievres, Belgium and Ramstein AFB in Germany, to stock up on food, clothes, and of course, books. (And boy, did we buy alot of them! This was when I did a bulk download of Stephen King to my adolescent brain.) Without base privileges, I would not be the writer I am today.

I drew on my experience living abroad for Tenderfoot. The main character, Jules, is a Swedish-American teenager who has lived most of her life abroad and moves back to the States to go to college. She wants to be normal and fit in with her friends but then things get interesting!

In summary, as a military brat who lived abroad, I appreciate every day of service our deployed troops spend away from their home communities and loved ones. I hope my little book will help them pass the time until they return home safely.

If you are a deployed troop or know someone who is, please email me at amymtupperatgmaildotcom for a free download coupon from Smashwords.

Amy

Blinded – May 1st!

As promised, I began page 1, chapter 1 of BLINDED last night!

The outlines are complete. Outlines, you ask? Why yes, this book has two outlines. TENDERFOOT was told in chronological order with some flashbacks and summaries thrown in. I wanted to challenge myself and try something new for Book 2. And my little idea requires two outlines!

With the opening paragraphs written, I’m off to throw a little action into page 2!

Good News!

First page, first chapter, Tenderfoot. This is why all writers must learn to edit!

 

The writing for BLINDED, the second of four books in the TENDERFOOT series will begin by May 1st.

Based on how long it took to write and edit TENDERFOOT, I anticipate the release of Book 2 by November 1st, 2011.