In LA with 310 Nutrition

IMG_20170421_183125_330We are living it up in LA this weekend as the guests of 310 Nutrition.

Today we are touring the 310 Nutrition headquarters, exploring Manhattan Beach and eating fish and chips while we watch surfers. Life is good :)

In exchange for the royal treatment, tomorrow Mr. Smith and I will be working with 310 on videos about their new 310 Gym line of work-out equipment and how I lost 50 pounds last year. Tomorrow we will be off to play in Hollywood and Little Tokyo.

As if just losing the weight wasn’t enough… 310 Nutrition has somehow made it even more awesome.

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Lit Lizard Makes SWEET Debut

Gina Marini made an amazing Literary Lizard cake for the Edible Book contest held at the NWFSC LRC as part of their READS week.

Thanks to my good friend Gina for making a Literary Lizard cake for the Edible Book Contest at the Northwest Florida State College LRC.

Her cake was massive in size, amazing in detail and quite tasty. A GORGEOUS job from an amazing, multi-talented woman. Her cake won “Best in Children’s Books” and “People’s Choice!” More information about the contest.

Later, we donated the cake to Twin Cities Pavilion, an assisted living facility, for all the residents to enjoy.

Gina Marini is also the director of the Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida, a wonderful museum dedicated to bringing the history of Northwest Florida to life and preserving it for future generations. Located in Valparaiso, the museum is one of our local treasures that needs to be preserved with the same care and dedication given to the community.

Offering craft classes, heritage skills, informative lectures and detailed displays, be sure to visit the museum soon. April 29 will be the annual Saturday in the Park event, something I look forward to every year. Click the image below for details.

Billboard SITP 2017

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Horror Panels & Cover Wars

Escape Claws on Joe Live 2Today was the last day for Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo and it was far from winding down. The panels were lively discussions of all things genre related, and beyond.

I was happy to participate on the horror panel, but some technical difficulties made the panel a real life horror experience for me. All I could hear, for most of it, were garbled robot voices. Still, you can see me at the beginning, and my faulty tech clears up just enough at 1:06:13 for me to join in for a brief plug of Escape Claws… and make horror sound effects.

More excitement came shortly after the show as all the cover designers competed for the coveted “Best Cover” spot during the Cover Wars. When I popped over to check on how Escape Claws was doing, I saw we were in third place. A quick post on Facebook lit the fire and we shot to first place, winning by a landslide. Now, my cover designer, Kyra Kile, can boast about being an award winning designer… and she deserves it. She does all my recent covers and they are all brilliant.

If you missed the horror panel with Joe Compton, here it is archived. I watched it afterwards and there is some good discussion on horror, what defines it and the genre as a whole. And windchimes.

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B2BCyCon: Escape Claws is Available Now!

Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book ExpoEscape Claws front is happening now, and here’s all the details on how to participate and win stuff!

At the B2BCyCon, you can find me in the Book Expo, the blog hop, the horror genre tour and in the cover wars. I’ll also be on with Joe Compton and Karina Kantas on #GoIndieNow this Sunday as part of the horror crew.

For the genre tour, visit here and scroll down until you see horror. You can also hop over to Debbie Christiana’s blog to read my guest post Penning the Darkness: The Therapeutic Benefits of Horror. She did a gorgeous job with formatting—thanks Debbie!

For the Book Expo, click here to see some of the best new books in the genre on display. The blog hop landed here yesterday, but I invite you to join in with a Walk with the Monsters Blog Hop by clicking here. Girl Zombie Authors is the next stop.

Finally, the Cover Wars! All the excitement of WWE Wrestling, intergalactic battle and high school drama caught up in one contest. A circle is drawn in the sand… two covers enter, one comes out… 

Maybe a little less dramatic than that, but the artists of our covers get to compete with their designs and the winner gets cash. What’s a book without it’s cover? This is one way authors can show our appreciation for those that make our books beautiful. Follow this link to vote up Escape Claws, and make my cover designer happy :)

My cover designer is Kyra Kile. Her work has been featured on a number of books including… Bipolarity, In Favor of Pain, The Heaven Grift, Christmas Lites III, The Braid, Karmic Circle and Pirantulas. This isn’t all the covers she has completed, just the ones I know about. Thank you to Kyra, and graphic artists everywhere, for making covers worth judging.

Finally, the Stalk the Monsters Horror Scavenger Hunt: Here’s your challenge. On this blog find an image of a girl climbing out of a well. What is the name of that book’s title? Submit your answer HERE ONLY on the Horror blog hop page.

As part of the festivities I’ve released my second collection of poetry as well. Escape Claws, a study of four haunted houses from my childhood written in narrative and poetry.

As always, please share, read, review and be loved by authors everywhere. #B2BCyCon2017

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B2BCyCon: Horror Therapy

BloodSpring2Fiction, particularly horror, allows us to handle our real life monsters. Think of it like role play therapy—if you are afraid of spiders, writing an apocalyptic nightmare of spiders forming a hive mind and taking over the world would be cathartic. It’s overkill of your fear, but you are in control.

To write my latest book, Escape Claws, I went to a hypnotherapist and underwent brainspotting to locate a writing block. I can write thousands of words on cue on any topic, but I have never been able to write about personal events.

Under his therapy, I was able to locate the source of the block—a fear of being called a liar. I overcame that fear, and that block, and was able to finally record some of my memories regarding haunted houses I grew up in.

There were many experiences like these, but I have limited my focus to just four houses. I have published or been included in nearly 30 books, but Escape Claws is my first memoir. I’m tentative to share these things that come not from my imagination, but my experience.

Escape Claws frontWritten in impartial narrative to state the facts, I share the emotional states in poetry. Real photos of the houses are also included, though I did withhold addresses for privacy of the new tenants.

The purpose of this book is to open up the closet and show the boogieman for what he is.  “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less,” said Marie Curie. Here’s to light and understanding… if we dare.

Welcome Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo-ers! My name is Angela Yuriko Smith, and today I’m releasing my latest book, Escape Claws, a study of four haunted houses from my childhood written in narrative and poetry.

I will be giving away signed paperback copies of both Escape Claws and In Favor of Pain during the convention giveaways, the scavenger hunt and more. Explore, meet new friends and discover amazing new authors all weekend long.

Be sure to subscribe to my monthly newsletter for updates, follow me on Amazon and find me on Facebook. You can move on to the next blog in the Walk with the Monsters Blog Hop by clicking here. Enjoy Girl Zombie, and thanks for visiting and come back soon.

Stalk the Monsters Horror Scavenger Hunt: Here’s your challenge. On this blog find an image of a girl climbing out of a well. What is the name of that book’s title? Submit your answer HERE ONLY on the Horror blog hop page.

For the entire Blog Hop list you can check out the B2BCyCon Blog Hop Page (scroll until you find the horror listing)  or the B2BCyCon Horror Page.

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Prompts II: Poetry

Another fantastic class! Can you believe we only have two weeks left already? Time has flown by. Today’s prompt, for all those of you who need it—

I stand on the edge of the world— stars above, sea below….

The assignment is to finish this in a poem. Of course, be creative, break the rules, use this literally or figuratively. For inspiration, here’s an image quote I found online years ago I love.

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Rescuing Humans

If you are in need of rescue, New Beginnings Animal Refuge at Niceville Animal Clinic can help. There are dogs waiting to rescue you every day.

Rescued a Human

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Party Online: Brain to Books Cyber Convention

Brain2Books crpThis weekend the party will be online and you can attend in your pajamas. The Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo will be kicking off Friday, April 7 with all kinds of events ranging from mass book and swag giveaways to webinars on the craft. My new book, Escape Claws, will be one of the featured books and I’ll be making an appearance on GoIndieNow with Joe Compton.

Speaking of Escape Claws,* did I mention it will be available on Amazon April 7? This book has been one of the most involved and painful things I’ve written to date. Concerning this book, I oscillate between periods of elation and loathing. I am not new to sharing my personal details with the world, but as an author, this book feels like adolescence all over again.

I am offering advance reader pdf copies for anyone who may be interested in reviewing. Click this link to contact me and I will send you a copy. Below, is the title poem.

*it’s a writer thing. Forgive me. It’s like having a new baby.

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Weather Warning: Class Canceled

Due to inclement weather, this is where I will be spending the day. Fine by me.

Due to inclement weather, this is where I will be spending the day. Fine by me.

Everyone in today’s creative writing class should have a voice mail or a call from me canceling today’s class due to dangerous weather conditions. That means we all get a free day—not. Thanks to the miraculous power of blogging, here’s the homework assignment for next Monday.

Today’s work was to present a timeline based on the story element of plot. We will go over those next week, so anyone behind gets an extra week to catch up. The new story element we were going to work on today is conflict, presented as a poem.

“In works of narrative, conflict is the opposition main characters must face to achieve their goals. Traditionally, conflict is a major literary element that creates tension and interest in a story by adding doubt as to the outcome. A narrative is not limited to a single conflict.” —from Wikipedia

Since National Poetry Week just began, this assignment fits in with everything and we have achieved balance and harmony in our corner of the world. I finally broke down and bought a printer so I could bring some helpful information on building conflict to class. Instead, I’ll just link those below.

I look forward to seeing you next Monday. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your week.

Links for good conflict:

60 WAYS TO CREATE AND HEIGHTEN CONFLICT by Ian Irvine

Creating Conflict with a Purpose by C.S. Lakin

5 Tools for Building Conflict in Your Novel by  James Scott Bell

 

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The Grueling Week of “Claws”

Blood to inkI’ve been hard at work since last week finishing up the final work on Escape Claws, due to be released April 7.

I’ve gotten caught up in a few other projects over the past month,and Claws was behind schedule. Sometime midweek, as my blurry, computer strained eyes blinked feebly at the setting sun, I worried I’d finish in time.

Escape Claws frontThe good news is, yes, everything is good to go. Escape Claws will be making appearances all weekend long at the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo, including cover wars and a spot with Joe Live on his show.

Why do we publish? What inspires someone to spend 16 straight hours at their computer, enduring butt cramps and eye strain? T.S. Eliot said “The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.”

That’s how I feel tonight, as the final corrections upload to Amazon. Happy, satisfied but bled dry.

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