Meet Tricia Drammeh, author of “Spellbound”

Tricia Drammeh:

Thank you, Janni, for featuring me on your beautiful blog! What a great way to start the week.

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Hello, everyone, please welcome Tricia Drammeh, successful author, mom and studious professional who shares some of her latest achievements here with us today.

Tricia Drammeh writer of Spellbound

Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m a wife, mother of four kids, and an indie author. I live in New Hampshire with my family.

When did you begin writing?

As a teenager, I wrote (and even won a couple of awards for) poetry. I started writing what was meant to be a novel several years ago, but never finished. Five years ago, I finished writing my first novel. It has now been rewritten, re-titled, and re-released as Spellbound, the first book in a young adult paranormal series.

Can you tell us about your most recent release?

My most recent release is Firebound, Book Two in the Spellbringers series.

If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you…

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Another Freebie

Just in case you missed it the last time, Spellbound is free on Kindle again. This time, it’s free all weekend long.

Here are the links if you’d like to download a copy:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MCZ23WY
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MCZ23WY
Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00MCZ23WY
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00MCZ23WY
Amazon DE: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00MCZ23WY
Amazon FR: http://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B00MCZ23WY

Happy reading, everyone!

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When Things Don’t Pan Out

Tricia Drammeh:

This post is probably the most inspirational post I’ve read in ages. For me, there’s so much guilt and angst wrapped up in writing. When I first began writing, before I worried about publishers and submissions and readers, I felt pure joy every time I looked at my manuscript. I couldn’t wait to add words to the page. With submissions came disappointment, and with publication came guilt for not doing enough to promote and worry about how readers would review my work. Now that I’ve got a folder full of unfinished projects and half-baked ideas, I’m constantly berating myself for bouncing from one project to the next. Does leaving a manuscript unfinished make me less of a person? Does a bad review mean I’m a bad writer who should never open my laptop again? It’s time to set aside the negativity and rediscover my joy in writing. Thank you, Misty, for writing this post and for sharing your aha moment with the rest of us.

Originally posted on Creative Inspiration:

Hello, my glorious readers. I’m going to start this off by telling you a personal story.

Recently, my husband and I have been trying to get a car. Nothing is panning out in our favor. We’re hearing no, or being ignored by various factors. It’s been devastating. The Hubby Man is starting to slip into a bout of depression from it all. I have found happiness among the factor. Sound odd? Sadistic, maybe?

Not really, let me explain. 

Nothing has changed in my life. It’s not that I’m afraid of change…well mostly. I’ve just come to the realization that we’re not worse off for being told no or ignored. We have survived years without a car. It isn’t like we lost anything. Yes, a car would make life easier, but it isn’t a requirement. We are still in the same financial situations. We still have three beautiful children, and two…

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IWSG: Celebrate

iwsgIt’s the first Wednesday of the month, and if you’re a regular follower of this blog, you’ll know what that means. Time for another Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) monthly post! If you’d like to learn more about this sometimes neurotic (but always fun) group of writers, click HERE to be directed to the IWSG site.

Today, I’m going to talk about celebrating our accomplishments. Like many insecure writers, I’m not very good at promoting myself. As a child, I was raised to be modest. I was taught that bragging was a Bad Thing and that people wouldn’t like me if I talked about myself. I’ll bet many of you were taught the same lesson growing up.

As authors, we’re put in a tough spot. We’re business owners. We have a product to sell. We have to tell people about our book and we have to give them a reason to want to read it. When we see other authors obnoxiously spamming on Twitter, telling others their book is the best piece of literature of our time, we roll our eyes and snuggle deeper into our introverted shells. We don’t want to be THAT person, even if it means not selling many books.

I released my fifth book on Friday. As part of my “promotion,” I tweeted about it twice, blogged about it once, and posted something on my Facebook page. Then I sat back and felt neglected because my family and friends didn’t care about my new book. Gee, I wonder why. Maybe it’s because I didn’t tell them?

With each new release, my family has become less excited about my books. So have I. Promotion is difficult and uncomfortable, so instead of killing myself with blog tours and begging for reviews with my last two releases, I just hit the “publish” button on Kindle, tossed a couple of posts on social media, and got to work on the next book.

What the hell is wrong with me?

I should be CELEBRATING every book release! Celebrating is different from marketing and promotion. Celebrating isn’t bragging–it’s sharing. I’m excited about my newest book, and if my family and friends care about me, they’ll want to share in my excitement. Not everyone will necessarily read it or buy it, but a “like” on a Facebook post or a congratulatory phone call is all I need to put me in a celebratory mood.

Writing a novel is a huge accomplishment. It deserves more than a lackluster blog post and a vague Tweet. With my first book, I celebrated every step on my journey, from finishing the first draft to holding my paperback for the first time. There were pictures, Facebook events, and parties. I need to rediscover that feeling of accomplishment and feeling of pure joy, even if I’m the only person celebrating.

When my friend, Greg, published his first novel, I shared the following video on his Facebook page. So, insecure writers, this song is dedicated to all of you. Celebrate your accomplishments. Whether you’re halfway through your first novel, or you’ve published twenty books, let’s celebrate your awesomeness. You’re a writer, dammit. That’s something to celebrate!

 

For the Love of Geoffrey

I’ve never done this before, and I probably won’t do this again. I’m asking my blog followers to help my son’s dog if they can. Geoffrey is a five-year-old Corgi mix that is probably the most adorable dog I’ve ever seen. Since my son adopted him from the shelter four years ago, Geoffrey has led a very active life. Chris and Geoffrey surf together, take walks on the dog beach together, and enjoy Waffle-fry-Wednesday.

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Over the past four years, Geoffrey has been a regular visitor at the Vet’s office. He suffers from chronic skin problems and allergies. Chris has always been vigilant about seeking out medical care for his best friend and will ignore his own needs to make sure Geoffrey is taken care of.

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Now Chris and Geoffrey need our help. Two weeks ago, Geoffrey began having seizures and displayed a lack of mobility in his back legs. After a series of medical tests and x-rays, it was determined that Geoffrey has a ruptured disc and is now facing the possibility of total paralysis. The veterinarian has recommended surgery in order to save Geoffrey, but with a price tag of $5000 to $7000, this is impossible for our family to afford. Right now, Geoffrey is pain-free thanks to pain medication and steroid shots, but he is unable to play or enjoy the activities he used to enjoy. Unless he receives the life-saving surgery, Geoffrey’s condition is going to deteriorate. Chris faces the very real possibility of having to have Geoffrey put to sleep.

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My mother has started a Go Fund Me campaign in hopes that we can raise money for Geoffrey’s ongoing medical care. If we’re fortunate, we’ll be able to raise enough money for Geoffrey to have the surgery he so desperately needs.

Some people might think it’s ridiculous to go to such extreme measures to save a dog, but I disagree. If you’ve ever loved an animal companion, you’ll know they’re worth it. They’re family.

If you can help by donating even a dollar, my family will be eternally grateful. If you’re unable to donate, please consider sharing this post via Facebook or Twitter. Thank you in advance for any help you might be able to give.

Click here to donate: http://www.gofundme.com/dd2mi8

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Another Day, Another Book

It seems I’m always apologizing for my absence and then listing excuses for why I haven’t posted in so long. I’ve been busy trying to rewrite and edit Firebound (book two in the Spellbringers series), and I’m happy to announce I was able to publish the book to Kindle last night. Hopefully, I’ll have the paperback formatted this weekend and it will be available by mid-September. 

I’ve published three books this year. Sounds like I’m a fairly prolific writer doesn’t it? Well, I’m not. I haven’t written a book this year. Better than Perfect was written last year and published in May. Spellbound was previously published and Firebound was written three years ago, but on hold due to circumstances beyond my control. While I’m pretty excited to finally get these books out there, I’m also anxious to get back to writing. I have a feeling book three in the Spellbringers series is going to give me ample opportunities to stretch my creative muscles. I re-read the book a few weeks ago and it’s a mess. It’s going to require some extensive rewrites. 

It has been interesting returning to books I wrote three years ago. I’ve changed a lot as a writer. I’ve kicked some bad habits and developed new ones. My earlier works tend to be very wordy with scenes that add nothing to the plot or to character development. I don’t know if my writing has gotten better or worse, but it has definitely changed over the past few years. 

For now, I’ll cease my rambling and get to work on CreateSpace formatting. If you’re interested in grabbing a copy of Firebound, here’s the link:

http://www.amazon.com/Firebound-Spellbringers-Book-Tricia-Drammeh-ebook/dp/B00N5G8WFG/

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Monday Madness

Tricia Drammeh:

I just had to share this inspirational post from Misty Harvey. There’s some great advice here. Don’t compare yourself to other writers. Don’t compare your progress on your current WIP with your first book. Just write and celebrate your accomplishments.

Originally posted on Creative Inspiration:

Good morning, readers! It’s Monday. I hear the grumbles from the crowd all ready at that. 

While the world despises Monday’s I rejoice in them. Or at least I do this Monday. It is the beginning of a brand new week. A brand new chance to spend days chasing those dreams. We can reach for those goals, and dreams easier by putting last week where it belongs. All the rough days, and head scratching as we stare at blank screens, just leave it behind. 

Drink a cup of coffee, listen to upbeat music that puts you in a great mood. Or even listen to inspiring music. 

Once you have that cup down, get a fresh cup. Before you ask, yes, I live off coffee like a diet while I’m writing. Tons of the stuff every day. It might be recommended not to drink it during my diet, but oh well…

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Get Spellbound for Free

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I haven’t done many freebie promotions in the past, mostly because I’m not sure it really drives sales or helps with reviews. With my latest release, I’ve decided to do several days of free promotions, and here’s why:

Spellbound (Spellbringers Book One) is a re-release of a book formerly titled ‘The Claiming Words.’ For those who have already read it and would like to read the new version, I’d hate for you to have to pay for it again. My goal is to get Spellbound into the hands of as many of those readers as possible.

If you’re one of those readers who read the original version and are wondering how much has changed, there is quite a bit. And since it has been SO long since the original publication of TCW, it might be worth refreshing your memory. If you decide to skip Spellbound and plow on ahead to book two, you might experience a few “What…wait, I thought…” moments. Yes, there are new scenes, new chapters, and some significant changes in the ending. Overall, it’s the same story, but I think the changes I made will provide a smoother reading experience. At least, that’s the goal.

Spellbound will free on Kindle today, Saturday August 16.

Grab a copy on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Spellbound-Spellbringers-Book-Tricia-Drammeh-ebook/dp/B00MCZ23WY/

The end of an era

Tricia Drammeh:

Please read this post by Jane Dougherty, author of the Green Woman series. She is a wildly talented author and a wonderful friend. The third and final volume of her trilogy is set to release, so if you haven’t read the first two books in the series, now would be the perfect time to get started. Jane has also published a few short stories about some of the secondary characters, so if you’re looking for a quick read, these stories provide an excellent introduction to the world of the Green Woman.

Congratulations, Jane, on the completion of Beyond the Realm!

Originally posted on Jane Dougherty Writes:

Today I have been formatting the final volume of The Green Woman series, Beyond the Realm of night. Tomorrow it will all be done, blurbs and acknowledgements written, and ready to go. This should be a moment of great excitement. I should feel a great sense of acheivement. Do I? Not really. For one thing, like all good stories, it isn’t over. I am still writing stories about incidental characters, and have written 100k words of the follow-on series.

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But there is another reason for not feeling particularly excited about the ending of this particular chapter: a great sense of frustration. I look at how other authors promote their books, I read their promotional blurbs, their frantic tweets and FB posts. I sometimes even dip into some of the ‘awesome’ stories using Amazon’s nifty look inside feature. What do I find? A morass of mediochre, badly-constructed, unoriginal writing. I know…

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Work in Progress Feature

I’ve been invited to participate in the Work in Progress blog hop by Juliet B. Madison, author of the popular and well-reviewed crime series which follows DI Frank Lyle. In order to participate, I must link back to her excellent blog which you can find HERE, answer a series of questions, and nominate other participants (which I will do at the end of this post). Here are the questions:

What is the (working) title of your featured WIP?

Firebound: Book Two in the Spellbringers series.

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What genre does your book come into?

Young adult paranormal romance.

Provide a short blurb or an idea of what the book is about.

Rachel’s thirst for knowledge about the family she never knew drives her to keep a secret from the Alexanders that shatters Jace’s trust in her. With her renewed dream-relationship with Re’Vel, she walks on a razor’s edge, putting the entire Alexander family – and Alisa – in terrible danger.

Alisa and Bryce are more in love than ever, but his jealousy and possessiveness threatens to push Alisa away. With his Claiming Words ringing in Alisa’s ears, she tries to reconcile her sense of independence with her desperate yearning for Bryce.

A dark enemy from the Alexanders’ past is out for vengeance and uses Rachel as his target to get to the family he despises. When Alisa is caught in the crossfire, Bryce is willing to sacrifice anything to save her – even his own soul.

Is your book part of a series? If so what is the series called and what volume number is your featured WIP within this series?

Yes. This is book two in the Spellbringers series (formerly titled The Claiming Words series).

Who is your MC and what do you think is his/her greatest challenge in the featured book?

This book is written from alternating POVs from the two main characters, Rachel and Alisa. Rachel faces several serious challenges–discovering the truth about her past, an identity crisis of epic proportions, trying to keep secrets from her family and friends, and trying to keep her brother safe not only from the truth, but from the Demon who claims his magic.

Alisa is struggling with self-esteem issues while trying to find balance in her relationship with Bryce. Since Bryce is magically gifted and extraordinarily powerful, Alisa is at a distinct disadvantage. She is determined to maintain a sense of independence even while she’s falling head over heels in love.

What do you think is the most important lesson your MC will learn as a result of this book?

Rachel will learn the dangers of keeping secrets. She’ll also learn to accept help when it’s offered. Alisa will learn the meaning of true courage.

What social issues does your book series touch on/avoid and why?

This book is fantasy, but it does explore racism and prejudice.

Will you be writing any more books about this particular MC?

Yep. Firebound is almost complete. Just doing a quick rewrite and a tuneup before I unleash it on the unsuspecting public. Book three (Unbound) is next in line for a major makeover. There are other books, but they’re in bad shape. I might scrap them and start all over.

Have you written in other genres or do you plan to do so in future?

I’ve written teen horror, new adult romance, and literary fiction. Since I seem to have a hard time finding a genre and sticking with it, who knows what the future might hold?

When do you think your featured WIP will be released?

I’m shooting for September. Early September if I can manage it. I released Spellbound (Book One) a couple of weeks ago. (Surprised? Yeah, that’s because I didn’t tell anyone. Well, until now.) If edits go well, I might be able to eek out Firebound a little sooner.

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Okay, folks. Now I’m going to break the rules just a bit. Since I’ve already tagged authors in other posts similar to this one, I’m going to tag a few authors I haven’t picked on in a while, but I’m going to leave the invitation open to everyone. For those who would like to participate, please feel free to do so. The more, the merrier, right?

Tag, you’re it…

Maegan Provan

Jane Dougherty

Gregory A Hart

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