iPad Challenge for Autism

iPad Challenge for Autism
Help a wonderful little boy named Malcolm, earn an iPad, to help him overcome his sensory issues, his speech delays and difficulties, and to help with his other therapies. Just click the linked photo, then click the piece you want, and enter MALCOLM DENNIS in the "Challenger's Name" text box, and check out! It's super easy!

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Next Wave Begins!

Local area book signings are in the works! I'm working with an incredible guy who is helping me put together a large number of local area book readings and signings, to help get my book noticed. I am so excited to be entering this phase of publication. It's still very much like a dream. Very surreal.

I'll keep you posted!

Friday, May 21, 2010


My goodness but that was fast!

I SWEAR, the email I read just two days ago said, "As early as a few weeks." So imagine my utter shock and disbelief when I opened an email entitled "Surprise!" from PA, and read,

"Surprise! Today we are preparing to ship to you a free copy of NyteBeauti. You should expect it on your doorstep before too long, because the book is now ready for release! [...] This is an important moment in an author's life. To see your own book for the very first time is an unforgettable and unique experience, one that on behalf of all of us at PublishAmerica we wholeheartedly congratulate you on. Many authors tell us that they make it a day of celebration, befitting a life-long dream that has come true. We hope that you do, too! [...] And now, hang out the flag. Today is the day you can really say, "I am now a published author!" Congratulations!"

Before I continue I would very much like to thank everyone who has supported me, encouraged me, and walked with me on this journey. I am truly, and deeply touched that so many of you jumped on this roller coaster ride with me, and have stayed on throughout the process.

For now, there isn't much news about when, or where, the book will be released, into hardcopy for bookstores, but you CAN order a copy from the publisher's online bookstore. Just click the bookcover below.


Thursday, May 20, 2010

We have gone to print!

Yes, it's official! As of May 19th, the book that started out as a half a dozen college width, spiral bound notebooks, is on it's way to the printing press, where it will take on a whole new look. The 'hobby' that I spoke of in passing, the accomplishment that was mine alone to cherish, has no officially become a published piece of work, for the world to read, love, and critique.

Emotions are all over the place. On one hand, I'm SO proud, and ridiculously, over the top happy. On the other, I'm a nervous wreck. Until now, I could pick and chose who read my words. And make sure that those who did, would always be kind. Now, I no longer have that say. Anyone willing to order the book *when it's officially released* can pick up a copy and have their way with it.

Desta used to be MY character. Her image was mine alone to manipulate and mold, in the fashion that I saw fit. Now, she will become the main image, that everyone will associate with NyteBeauti, and image will no longer be mine to play with. Her adventures, and her life, were mine to enjoy. And now, her actions, her motives, her very nature, will be fodder for everyone to discuss, much the same as I have sat around the reading table, discussing why Acheron did the things he did, or why Frodo allowed himself to be sucked into a journey he wasn't prepared for. What sort of things will be said of my Sweet Desta? With people be kind? Or will people have no use for her emotional baggage? I suppose, the only thing I can do at this point... is just wait and see.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


I'm going to start obsessing over my email today, since I received one last night from the publisher. They have my text and cover proofs ready for my review!!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We're on our way!!

Final draft, photos, cover art, releases, story synopsis, and the mailing list have all been sent out! Soon, we will leave the pre-production stage... and enter the [dun dun duunnnnnn] Production stage! We are on our way!!!

The photo shoot went GREAT, and we got some really great shots! I'm really happy with them, and I'm getting a lot of positive feedback about the photos, as well. For your enjoyment, here are the three finished versions, that we've chosen.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Photo Shoot!

That's right! Things are moving at the speed of light!!! Sunday, I'm scheduled for a photo shoot, to start getting ready for promotional and marketing ads, banners, posters and the like, plus, my publisher wants to put one (*GASP*) on the back of the book! I'm... a little nervous about that. I don't want MY image... to get in the way of the image I tried to paint of Desta, or even Morrigan.

Should be fun though, if not a bit nerve wracking. It's just two days away, and I still have NO IDEA what I should wear... how I should do my hair... etc. etc.

I'll be sure to keep you posted, and to let you know how it goes!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Great First Week!

"Congrats - Your site with username kristin-roisin is in the Top 1% of all sites created this week!" - email.

What a great kick off we've had! Thank you to everyone who's visited, become a member, left their comments, signed the guest book, and signed up for email alerts! Your support means the world to me, and I could not do this, without all of you standing behind me, cheering me on.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

"NyteBeauti" is Official!! (My first Blog Post!)

That's right! You read it right! The contract is signed, and we are officially on our way to print! We have now entered the "Pre-production" phase of the book, and it's starting to look like the release will be in, or around, six months from now, which gives us a late Fall/Early Winter release. Just in time for Christmas! Haha!

It's been a long 6 years. But to finally see it come to fruition, has been one of the greatest pleasures of my life. Of course, my kids, and my husband are. But this is such a personal achievement. I can't even begin to explain it. It's on such a personal level, so completely different from anything else. Even Childbirth, while I will always consider that one of my greatest, is completely different from this. I shared that with my family. It wasn't mine, alone.

This book though.... is MINE. No one held my hand through it. No one offered me pain meds when it got tough. No one picked up the pencil for me and wrote a chapter here or there. No one pushed a button, and turn off the writer's block when it happened. It was ME. Is that to say I didn't have inspiration? Or support? Absolutely not. I did. TONS of each. But what it comes down to is this. The story. The time. The effort it took to put it on paper, and transfer to digital media. To track down, research and find a reputable publisher, and bring us to this point.... That alone is MY achievement. And now, I can sit back, and watch as those who SUPPORTED me and INSPIRED me through the process remain ever so happy for me, and those who doubted, and said I couldn't, or even shouldn't do it, race to catch up.

As I said on my Fan Page... I will remember those who supported me.