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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Days Like This...

 So,



I know it's been awhile. Been crazy busy, released three more books in the last month, but I may have a break soon lol. With finals being last week and this week, preparing my students for some prime chaos...muhahaha, j/k.
With this being the holiday season, I'm rushing to get the 11 books from the TBMD series out there. Great stocking stuffers, (I know, shameless huh? LOL). Anyway, I think with my birthday coming up, Christmas too, my wish is to learn how to be an AUTHOR!
I take criticism pretty well, but what bugs me is when people think one thing, when it’s totally the opposite. 
So, you guys know pretty well I write both the vamp/were and Fae series. My characters have accents, and I just loooove to use British slang. Nothing sends it home like “He’s Tuppin what? Moses just got shanked by Dobbie!" Lol.
Anyway, because of the accents people seem to mistake them for typos, then either berate my books, or score them low. Now, I wouldn't have a problem if they were crap ( and you guys seem to think not), and it was an honest review; like the story didn't work for me, the time was off, the characters were hard for me to identify with, or the like. That's fine with me, because I know you can’t please everyone. And with me getting into this business this last year, I'm learning to accept that. However, what I do have a problem with is when it is a mistake on the readers part. 

So,
what I've done, is as thick as it may seem to you guys since you already know my style, I've put a word list on the first pages of the book; and maybe this will help. I won’t change it, because I just feel like, the accents, slang and what have you give the Characters…CHARACTER.
As a teacher it truly bugs me, because this is a learning business. I know if it was one of my students, I would point out why I thought these things. 
What I would really love, is if instead of emailing me to tell me how much they think my book truly sucks, they would send me an email pointing out where I could find the typos/ off sentences, why they hated the character, what they though the time difference should have been, or why they thought the time travel seemed off. To me, that is helpful. Not just a tyrant or tangent of why the book sucked, or didn't suck. (Especially if they decide to email me.)

One reader said my TBMD was “Riddled with grammatical & spelling errors." 
That just hurt, because it's posted on a certain site, so I'm pretty much stuck with it. When I put the list on the first couple of pages, she sent me an email saying basically, "My Bad", because she saw that she was wrong, but didn't bother to change the review. 
Another reader gave me three stars on one of my historical, then commenced to go through the book with a fine tooth comb, and what she pointed out, just seemed so trivial to me. Because she said she really enjoyed the book, that just kinda seemed like an oxymoron to me. Anyway, this is a learning game, and I just felt kinda jaded today. I'm trying to hold onto the adage "You can't please everyone", but what reviewers and readers seem to forget, is that we bleed red as well. Harsh comments hurt us as well. So, I can honestly say I'm learning, swallowing, and dealing. (Needless to say, my sales for that book plummeted I was at 500 out of 200.000 historical romance authors, then dropped to 2,000 just from that one review, and I’m only just recovering now) Because another reader loved the book and rated it 4 stars, I'm back to where I was rated. 
Much Love Pgirl!
What I hear most often is, " then get out of the business, suck it up, or you need to learn how to deal!"

Albeit, that may be true but cruel is cruel, whether author or reader; like the woman who said "Interracial romance sucks, the people who write it are delusional, and they should stick to their own kind." 
Humm, and we're just suppose to accept that because it is a readers opinion? 
Here in lies the conundrum. 
And yet I do, because as the author, to comment on something like that is seen as unprofessional, immature, and not graceful at all. 
At least that's what readers tell me.
But I digress,
As I’ve said, this year my Xmas/B-Day wish, is to Learn to be an Author.
Charlaine, Laurell, Anne, How y’all do it gurl! I seriously need some help!!! 
Alie out!
I truly hope this post didn't offend anyone, just what I felt like today...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ummm...so yeah...


Updates for the month of Aug…

Well hey guys…

its been a while since I’ve actually had time to blog; but since then I got into a tit with my publishing company, and unfortunately we parted ways. I know that sounds terrible, but in the end I believe it is to my benefit. We still have some hiccups, and I hope they’re ironed out soon; because I seriously don’t wanna haf to get ghetto!

Anyway,

Other than that, I’m on a high. Datin a new cutie with the most amazing grey- blue eyes, and lashes that would make any woman just hate, (younger than me I mite add too tee-hee. Lovin that hahaha) but above all its his sweetest disposition.

Also, published my first title myself, and I am telling you; when it was done and I saw what I could do, I did my own lil jig lol.

So, since my tit with my company I’ve released Midna’s Farie Tale, Mendacity, Fire &Ice,  A Lad’s Trousers and A Slow Time to Love; 
 all on Amazon so you guys check em out.

As well, I’ve added three new sites besides the www.poisonedpin.webs.com
  www.alieinfante.webs.com,
www.farietalewish.webs.com 
www.contemporarylove.webs.com

I was over on LinkedIn and there was this thread about websites, and it never dawned on me that I could have one site for each genre; so hence the three new sites hahaha. So head on over and check them out.

On a personal level, I guess I’m inclined to agree with my horoscope for this month, because I have been a busy lil bee. I plan on looking for a new pub company, and have already started soliciting some new ones. Nevertheless, for now I’m just gonna stick with Amazon till I find the right one this time. It was a nightmare, but I won’t bore you guys with the details.

Reviews this month are coming in for Mendacity, Midna’s Farie Tale and Fire & Ice. I’m really stoked by them too.

So far 4 and 5!
Teach Me the Night; kissing cousins is out next month, so look for it to guys. And don’t forget, this month’s contest for a chance to win any of the above.

Missed you guys
Alie out!
My  novels;

Monday, March 19, 2012

Definately Worth Reading...

My daughter put this on my page today, and if ever I was a proud mama; it was in reading this post. So I thought I'd share it with you guys...

I am the boy who never finished high school, because I got called a fag everyday. I am the girl kicked out of her home because I confided in my mother that I am a lesbian. I am the prostitute working the streets because nobody will hire a transsexual woman. I am the sister who holds her gay brother tight through the painful, tear-filled nights. We are the parents who buried our daughter long before her time.
I am the man who died alone in the hospital because they would not let my partner of 27 years into the room. I am the foster child who wakes up with nightmares of being taken away from the two fathers who are the only loving family I have ever had. I wish they could adopt me. I am not one of the lucky ones. I killed myself just weeks before graduating high school. It was simply too much to bear. We are the couple who had the realtor hang up on us when she found out we wanted to rent a one-bedroom for two men.

I am the person who never knows which bathroom I should use if I want to avoid getting the management called on me. I am the mother who is not allowed to even visit the children I bore, nursed, and raised. The court says I am an unfit mother because I now live with another woman. I am the domestic-violence survivor who found the support system grow suddenly cold and distant when they found out my abusive partner is also a woman. I am the domestic-violence survivor who has no support system to turn to because I am male.
I am the father who has never hugged his son because I grew up afraid to show affection to other men. I am the home-economics teacher who always wanted to teach gym until someone told me that only lesbians do that. I am the woman who died when the EMTs stopped treating me as soon as they realized I was transsexual. I am the person who feels guilty because I think I could be a much better person if I didn't have to always deal with society hating me.

I am the man who stopped attending church, not because I don't believe, but because they closed their doors to my kind. I am the person who has to hide what this world needs most, love. I am the person ashamed to tell my own friends I'm a lesbian, because they constantly make fun of them. I am the boy tied to a fence, beaten to a bloody pulp and left to die because two straight men wanted to "teach me a lesson"
-IF YOU BELIEVE THAT HOMOPHOBIA IS WRONG PUT THIS ON YOUR PROFILE
I'm just trying to spread this because I feel the world is filled with unnecessary hatred. People spend their lives miserable because other selfish people don't allow them to be happy with who they choose to be. Rest in peace to those who have lost their lives to homophobic hate. You are stronger then any one of these people who judged.

Happy Birthday!

So, 

Sat was my now 10 year old's birthday.

Well, it was completely insane, but she loved it anyway lol. I swear there must have been thirty kids there, because the 16 invitations that she handed out, they each brought a sibling or cousin! I ran out of goodie bags, but thank go the food and prizes were plentiful. But the best thing of all was the smile that continued to play on my daughter's face, the entire length of the party.

For that, 30 kids, spilled soda, wasted chili dogs on the sofa, and the clean up was all worth it, just to see that smile...

Friday, March 2, 2012

A New Day...:)

Well hey,

So, the drama of last week is over. And for that I am completely happy. So with all of the shite of last week, something kewl came from it. I was offered a new contract from my publishing company for Shards of Grey, my historical fiction book. To say that I was ecstatic would be an understatement lol, but I'm totally stoked.

This was the silver lining of last week. So, finally I'm done with book 11, but as I was going through them, I decided to put in more of the Council. I noticed that throughout all 11 books so far, that there was only a few incidents that they actually came face to face with them, so I decided to incorporate them through out the book, so that you, my readers can see how truly diabolical they actually are. I think you'll like what I've done, because I had so much fun writing it. I like the fact that i get to be devious, calculating and just plain evil, and have to answer to no one for it, because it's not really me haha.
So book 11 is done, and we have, enter the Titans. But Arieanna doesn't know that, and I certainly won't tell you who it is, you have to read it...

As for the reviews, (I'm over the Bitten by Paranormal Romance by Artemis) but I feel like the Coffee Time one had some valid points about the book that they didn't like, but then I feel like to each his own. I guess when we as writers write, we sometimes forget that we have an audience to write to. But at the same time, you can't please everyone. When I wrote Teaching Between Midnight and Dawn, I had a goal and a picture, or a filmstrip in my head that I could see rolling as i wrote. Maybe the fact that i am a teacher took over where the myths were concerned, but as for my fans they actually said that they loved it; despite what the Reviewer Artemis said about it being a snooze fest.

I think that's why i had such an aversion to what she wrote. I think there is a way to say that you don't like something, and being honest if fine. Just act like an adult when you do it. I take comfort in the fact that people actually championed my book on her site, and contrary to what they posted, I have no clue who those people are; except to say that i am truly proud that they stood up for me, and are my fans.
Stay tuned for new updates on the progress of Shades of Grey, as well as Teach Me the Night, the second book in the teaching between midnight and dawn series.

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Thanks guys
the pin :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

I think I like this...

Omg!
What a wonderful day this is for me today!


 So I've been bummed all this week because of one of the reviews that I got for Teaching Between Midnight and Dawn (you can read it on the blog).

So anyway, even wit this not so good review hanging over my head, I persevered, and my friends and Fam have been amazing in encouraging me. So I'm checking my email this morning, and low and behold. I get an email from my publishing company. I had submitted another book for publication some time ago, and since I hadn't heard from them; I figured it was a no go. Well, to my complete surprise, I got an email this morning from them informing me that they would love to publish the book, with attachments of contract and author review!! 

Well if that doesn't beat all get out!

Needless to say, I am so excited, and whatever I've been feeling lately is completely evaporated! I guess if you put out good Karma, you get it back!!! :)