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Client Spotlight: Alaska or Bust w/ @ErmaOdrach

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Erma Odrach is the author of Alaska or Bust, a collection of short stories about one of the world’s last frontiers–Alaska and the Yukon. I admit I went through an Alaska phase after reading Erma’s book and binged on Alaska reality shows till it was past my bedtime. Living off the grid always appealed to me, but it takes a certain type of person to thrive in Alaska and the Yukon. Erma used to live there herself and I wanted to know all about it. She was kind enough to tell us more about her fascinating life and work. Read on!

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#BookReview: Roses are Red by @CarrieGreenBook

The SICK Series has been dubbed as horror by quite a few bloggers and reviewers, but I’d never even read modern horror! I was curious, so one late night, I began investigating on the internet to seek out fellow female horror writers. That’s how I discovered author Carrie Green, who was kind enough to send me a review copy of her book. Here’s my review of her Top 100 Amazon Bestselling collection of short stories, Roses are Red.


Roses are Red: Not Just for Horror fans.

Screen Shot 2016-06-09 at 10.55.27 AMThis book was like a dark chocolate sampler of Carrie Green’s writing. Each story is unique in plot and theme. Her writing is descriptive without unnecessary gore, and her characters are all too human, which is why they are so chilling.

Green gives us an impressive amount of information within the brief space of a short story without bogging us down with details. Not only does she cleverly reveal her characters’ flaws, we know exactly what motivates them.

A Long Distance Relationship starts off as a brutal murder, but becomes much more than a crime story. I found it tantalizing because you could view it as a ghost story or one where guilt executes the ultimate revenge.

A Lucky Human surprised me. I’m not familiar with scifi, and this turned out to be my favorite tale. Green’s vision of the future was realistic and believable, and the concept of the story was brilliant.

Cash Only focuses on one of my favorite themes, discovering the ugly truth about oneself and deciding whether or not to accept it.

What I found most charming about Carrie Green’s stories is the understated delivery of the denouement. It takes a minute for the complexity of the endings to sink in. When they do, you just sit back and go ‘Wow.’

Not only will horror fans love this collection of horror stories, readers of literary fiction will appreciate them too. I’m excited to read more of Carrie Green’s writing. It is a horrific pleasure to read.

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TIPSY LIT: We want YOU. The real you.

 

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“Tipsy Lit is an online publisher that encourages writers to dig into “the deeper” and leave the bullshit at the door. We don’t want the warm and fuzzies. We want the heartbreaking, the brutally beautiful, the grit and grime that leave us wanting more, more, more. We want YOU. The real you. The person you tuck away when you meet someone new for the first time. The person you’re only now discovering.”

 

I’m thrilled to have Ericka Clay, founder and editor of Tipsy Lit on My Sweet Delirium.

I first noticed Tipsy Lit on Twitter. When I visited the website I found a community of gutsy writers who shared my love of adult beverages and ballsy literature. Within the year, Tipsy Lit has evolved from a cool blog hangout into an online magazine and publisher. And Ericka Clay is here to tell us all about it.

 

Ericka, when did the idea for Tipsy Lit sprout in your mind and how has it evolved since?

I actually started Tipsy Lit over a year ago as a Goodreads book club. We were basically small group of readers (and drinkers!) who discussed a book a month in the comfort of our own homes, drink in hand. From there, I created the blog to accompany our book club, but soon the blog became its own force, so to speak, and really helped to form a close community of readers and writers. I knew it would be pretty sweet if we could get into publishing on some level, so from there I launched our literary magazine which introduced me to an entirely new group of writers. Their incredible work inspired to look into publishing longer compilations and here we are!

 

What writers made you interested in literature?

I’ve loved books since I was young, and after reading stories like Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, The Giver by Lois Lowry and pretty much anything ever written by Judy Blume, I was intrigued by how words could heal me. Of course there were a million other YA authors (S.E. Hinton comes to mind), who also knocked my socks off. It’s hard for me to make a list like this. It could go on forever!

 

You’ve become a hybrid of a writer and editor. What do you enjoy about each role?

Writing plays to my creative side while editing allows me to be the Type A freak I am at heart. Usually writers are all over the place (and don’t worry, I have my moments), but I love lists and calendars and checking things off my lists and calendars, and editing allows me to do that.

 

Are you working on any novels right now?

Yes, I’m working on a novel called White Smoke about a family in modern day small town Arkansas who comes unglued due to the father’s secret affair with a local male resident. The story continues to follow their daughter, Wren, as she grows older and reconnects with her mother after her stint in prison that’s related to her husband’s affair years before.

 

What kind of writing is Tipsy Lit looking for?

We’re open to all genres, but we’re not fans of erotica or gratuitous violence. Really, we want something that makes us think, changes our minds, gives us those “feels” everyone is talking about. I want to see literary quality no matter what the genre.

 

Where is Tipsy Lit published?

 Tipsy Lit is published through Wattpad. I chose Wattpad as our sole distributor because it speaks to my social media marketing heart. There are over 35 million Wattpad users ready to read your work, and the platform makes it uber easy to share stories, so just imagine the exposure an author receives when publishing through us. Not to mention the Wattpad app. I kind of adore it. You can add it to your phone or tab and read free stories ASAP. Reading and free are two of my favorite things, if you haven’t noticed!

 

What do you envision for the future of Tipsy Lit?

Right now, I’m going day by day. I’d like to concentrate on growing our readership and maybe one day look into starting a more mainstream small press. But I don’t know. I’ve still got the laundry to do! 🙂

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Thanks so much to Ericka Clay for joining us on My Sweet Delirium. Leave any comments or questions you have for her below, and don’t forget to hook up with Tipsy Lit using the following links.

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The Wrong David #Free on #Kindle: Last Chance to Spend the Day in France

The Wrong David by Christa Wojo free on Amazon Kindle

Spend your Sunday on a hot Marseille beach. Click photo to download.

 

Spend your Sunday morning or afternoon in Marseille with a bottle of wine. David finally gets Vanessa, his best friend’s wife, alone in a hotel room. Will they behave like honorable adults?

My first published novelette, The Wrong David is in the Top 10 Bestsellers in the Free Kindle Store for Literary Short Stories and Literary Romance. It also just received a 5 star review!

Today’s your last chance to get it for free.

 

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The Wrong David: My KDP Experiment

The Wrong David by Christa Wojo

The Wrong David, my first published work!

 

It’s official. I am a published author now, albeit self-published, but published nonetheless. I promise to decide on a pen name one day. For now, I’m still Wojo.

Get a copy now! 

ABOUT THE WRONG DAVID

The Wrong David is the story of David, who has never really felt at home in the world. He’s awkward and cynical, and stumbles through life medicating himself with alcohol and cigarettes.

His only friend is his oldest buddy from high school, Brian, who is handsome, out-going, and loved by all. Brian has always taken David under his wing and appointed David as CFO of his wine company.

They meet up in Marseilles to tour vineyards and source new wines. There, David indulges in his most powerful vice of all, Brian’s wife, Vanessa.

Vanessa is a goddess in David’s eyes. She is the only thing that makes him want to be part of the world, but he has never shared his secret with anyone.

As the threesome drink themselves through The French Riviera, David is losing his ability to hide his feelings.

 

THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY

I wrote this story three or four years ago. The Hubs was out of town and I was getting my Eurochannel fix when this unbelievably romantic French video came on and sparked the whole story.

I opened a bottle of Cabernet and wrote through the small hours of the morning.

Since that night, poor David has been buried in my computer files. A few months ago, I decided it was time to introduce him to the world. I sent the story to my editor and then to Kindle Singles.

My pride winced when I never heard back from Kindle Singles. I didn’t know if I should wait for a rejection email, or if they were too busy to even send one. Come to find out, getting into Kindle Singles is kind of a big deal. At the time, I was also switching all of my devices and computers from Windows to Mac OS X, so my ego likes to think maybe the email was lost in the shuffle and Kindle Singles didn’t even receive it.

My back-up plan was to use The Wrong David as a test book. I have been working on a series called The Sculptor of New Hope that I plan to publish within the next few years, and I wanted to check out this self-publish biz for real. I was told many horror stories about self publishing, so I wanted to experience the whole process. I’m the type of girl who learns by doing. The Wrong David has become my Amazon Kindle guinea pig.

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