Posted on October 7, 2013
So excited to share the dream cast for THE STORYTELLERS with you today. In THE STORYTELLERS, four women writers’ stories all come true for each other when they fall under the spell of an ancient Mayan idol. Their lives and loves depend on surviving each other’s stories, defeating an ancient demon and solving a centuries old mystery. Here is the dream cast for the four storytellers:
DR. ALEXANDRA ABERNATHY
Here are some of characters that populate their real & fictional worlds:
plays CARL (Julia’s husband) in the real world / plays BLAKE in Julia’s fictional world
plays HAL (Tamara’s husband) in the real world / plays MATT in Tamara’s fictional world
DR. YURI KNOROZOV
plays RONNY in Alex’s real world/ plays DRAKE in Alex’s fictional world
Plays Brian in Rebecca’s real world
plays Lars, Alex’s Summer Man
Posted on September 26, 2013
The Storytellers is my latest release and my first adult paranormal romance. It was so much fun to write and came as a bit of a surprise too, when I least expected it. Did you know there are upwards of 50 characters in the book? At E! I had a few opportunities to work on the show E! True Hollywood Stories for eonline.com. I always found the episodes so fascinating. For me it’s really fun to know the story behind the story. I hope you you do too. So, here’s 10 top secrets about The Storytellers, so just keep it between us, ‘kay? At the end of the post you’ll find the list of giveaway winners, congrats all!
Posted on September 25, 2013
You know how sometimes the perfect quote comes along at the perfect time? When I read this a few weeks back it breathed new life into me. This quote made it very clear that I am exactly where I need to be. I hadn’t been paying attention to my own bliss for a very, very long time. Life is too short to give your bliss away. Are you following yours?
I’ll announce THE STORYTELLERS giveaway winners tomorrow….
Posted on August 30, 2013
YA Indie Authors are starting a new monthly series, Toni’s Big Six Journey. It one
where a starting-out and talented new author, Toni Lombardo, will share her trials and
tribulations as she makes her way to the Big Six. She’ll talk about pitches,
writing, conferences, social media, and/or anything else she sees and does on this
LIGHT ‘EM UP
I guess I should start off with saying who I am: My name is Toni Lombardo. I am a writer. I am going the traditional route (ya know, “The BIG six”, I want to be affiliated with Penguin/Random House, but for right now, I am in the transition state.)
The transition state. I am working with a great guy named David Henry Sterry (The Book Doctor). I met him and his wife Arielle Eckstut in the beginning of October 2011. I went to a book convention and met them and hit it off. Since then I have been working with him on my book. I sent a copy of my book and he said it wasn’t ready yet, then I edited it a little and he said that it wasn’t ready for the world. He asked what I was doing in writing now and told him all the stuff I am working on. I told him that I felt like my writing had improved since I was sixteen when I first finished the original copy I sent him (started it when I was fifteen). He told me it was FANTASTIC for a sixteen year old writer but not ready for publishing.
Now, before I get to the good part here is the great thing about David, he is wonderful and gets writers because he is a writer. He started to say something, “Have you considered…” and paused. When he hesitated I said “rewriting it?” He said yes. The thing I loved about the hesitation it showed that he didn’t want to crush my dreams. I mean really how if I went the traditional, traditional route, you know…edit sent to query, would that have ended up? I would have gotten rejection after rejection and never have known why…I mean ask any author there are millions of horror stories. I had one friend who burned her only manuscript because of an agent. This guy David approached the topic carefully and caringly. He told me what needed work; he didn’t shoot me down and crush my dreams and tell me I was untalented (or true story talked to an agent she said no. Then told someone she didn’t like me or my book.)
The rewrite turned out to be the best thing that could happen. The book is part 1 in a 5 book series and I have written through the halfway mark in the third novel. In doing that my book changed so much. Not enough for a reader to pick up on, but enough for me the author to cringe over.
Like I said I was fifteen when I started the novel and there were things I was afraid to write. I was afraid what people would think of me, what judgments would be made. Some people told me I was a bad ‘Christian’ because of the content of my book. Now, hold up right there—advice—NEVER, NEVER let anyone get away with saying that! You’re writing doesn’t make you more or less of whatever religion you choose. You’re writing doesn’t make you a good or bad believer of your faith. Back to what I was saying, I was afraid to write certain scenes. But as I got older and my characters aged the book had to mature. I had to write those scenes, and you know what they turned out great. So in the rewrite I was able to have the foundation down of the book, but the knowledge of what my characters decided to do in their lives and the maturity to write the scenes in ways that would create tight bonds between every word, sentence, and book. I think every writer should have at least the second book in the series written before trying to publish the first. Because no matter how hard you try to stay to your plot your characters will make their own decisions and mess everything up, but that is the beauty of writing.
The rewrite has revealed to me so many things that were just cringe worthy, where if that book was published I would have gone into hiding and never write anything ever again, not a grocery list, not a birthday card. Yeah, that is how bad the first go around was. It is truly embarrassing. I had and have supportive friends who loved the first edition, because they didn’t see my full potential, but David did. And now when they read what I am doing now they kind of laugh that they thought the first edition was good, (they aren’t being mean, it was that bad, like really) and tell me how much I have improved.
I keep getting off topic. In rewriting you will find ways to make your book better in ways you couldn’t have imagine for 5 reasons: 1- you have matured in life and writing, 2-your life experiences have influenced you and made you better, 3- your characters have aged in the books, 4-your story is becoming more complex and real and lastly the most important, 5-you know your characters better!
Knowing your characters, loving, hating, crying for/with your characters is what makes your book great, because if you don’t do all that, then there is a possibility that your readers won’t either. Your characters have to be real, and I don’t mean realistic, they have to be real to you before they can be real to others. Because when they are real to other people—that is when you have truly have succeeded. Having a best seller is great, having a movie made is great, being in demand is great, but the true test of success is what I said above, when your fictional character takes on a life for a person who doesn’t know you, just bought your book, your reader then you have succeeded. It doesn’t matter if you sell one or countless books; true, true success is when your characters become real to someone else. I know I said that what three, four times, but it is important. And my next post will talk about the importance of connecting with characters.
Toni’s Listening to: Fall out Boy, My Songs Know What You Did in The Dark (Light Em Up)
Posted on August 28, 2013
“If your life ain’t worth living, and your ready to give in…just remember, it’s only love” -Tina Turner
Hey all, in two weeks THE STORYTELLERS releases. It’s my first adult novel–a Raiders of The Lost Arc meets Thelma and Louise romantic suspense story. There are twists, and turns, hot sex, trips to far away places, and through it all there’s a mystery that needs to be solved when four women begin to tell stories that all come true for each other. Will they survive until the end? I’m really excited about this novel and can’t wait to share its inspiration on the blog tour which will highlight exclusive content including the dreamcast, book trailer, character interviews and more, including giveaways! Wanna hear what’s on the rest of the playlist? Listen here.
Have you added THE STORYTELLERS to your TBR on Goodreads yet? http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18289410-the-storytellers?ac=1
To check out book tour and contest updates click here. Thanks so much for all your support & good wishes this year, it’s meant so much! <3 Some stories have a life of their own…