Thursday, 22 March 2018

Long Live Dead Reckless by Safari Spell

Title: Long Live Dead Reckless
Series: Long Live Dead Reckless #1
Author: Safari Spell
Publication date: July 19th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Talor Gardin may be a princess, but her life is no fairy tale.

A year ago, her mother died and her father burned down their house. Now with a father in and out of a mental ward, she’s working a minimum wage job to finish her last semester of college. To make matters worse, she gets itchy every time a guy makes a move on her. The itch could be anything, really: a desire to escape her haunted hometown, a financial windfall, the name of some vampire…or all the above. Whatever the reason, she thinks the answers are written in the freckle constellations of her cute new coworker, Sage Talis.

Sage is the quiet, polite type with plenty of secrets – like fangs and a price on his head – and Talor can’t figure out what makes him so irresistible until she hears him sing. But when cryptic letters appear on her wrist, Talor is thrust into a world where fantastic creatures lurk just below the skin, strangers keep calling her a princess, and everything she’s been through is nothing compared to what’s coming.

Guest Post by Safari Spell:

The Best And Worst Things About Being A Writer

To me, the best thing about writing is being able to disappear in your own imagination. Here there be magic, my friends! There are few things as wonderful as getting lost in a really good book, and if we do our job as writers, that’s what happens to us when we write, too! If we aren’t absolutely obsessed with our characters, we aren’t going to incite anyone else to be, either. I think the possibilities are what make being a writer bearable. Not only can we write about anything we imagine, but we never know what influence our vision will have on a total stranger.

Most of us know we’ll never be a bestseller or even make a living wage from our novels, but that doesn’t stop us from sealing a bit of our souls inside a book that might never be read. Creating is what we do, even if no one ever reads a single word we write. And though it costs a good bit of our sanity and a whole lot of coffee, it’s just worth it.

The worst thing about being a writer is literally everything else - editing, revising, bad reviews, and rejection. You’ll want to write something you don’t feel qualified to. You’re always going to be aware of your limits and they’ll frustrate you. Editing is tedious work and you still end up with typos (every.single.time.). Your success can be dependent on a dozen things you can’t control, like moody publishing trends and whether or not you have a marketing budget.

Bad reviews will burn because your heart is made of paper by the time you expose it to the world. Agents will reject your work and never say why. Those closest to you might not be supportive of your writing. Being a writer is painful and tough, and getting better at it is a long process.

While it may seem like the negatives far outweigh the positives of writing, never underestimate the power of a single devoted fan. Authors benefit a lot from reader reviews, and you’ll never know how much we appreciate them. There have been several times I was so discouraged I nearly deleted everything I’ve ever written. I hardly have a substantial fan base, but right about then a glowing review would pop up or a sweet fan letter would nestle in my inbox. Kindness is powerful stuff, and you don’t even have to be a writer to wield it.

See? Magic.

Author Bio:

Safari Spell is a native of Albany, Georgia. She has a BA in Journalism from Valdosta State University. She currently lives in North Georgia with her husband, hilarious daughter, and a backyard jungle harboring all the dinosaurs everyone thinks are extinct. Her dreams include chasing autumn around the globe, owning a wallaby, and riding a camel for at least nine seconds.

1 comment :

  1. Negative reviews would be so hard for me who has a hard time with even constructive criticism lol! But I guess it's part of the deal. It def is worth it to hear the kind words of a raving fan, though! Great post! :)