I'm going to start out by introducing myself and letting you know what to expect to see here on my blog.
I'm Yolanda Allard, also known as The Book Siren on many a' website over the past decade or so. I did have another blog on blogspot a few years back, also called The Book Siren's Grotto. What can I say, I know what I like, and who I am. As for me, Yolanda Allard the person; I'm just a fun-loving adventurous Mermaid who writes. Any thing I like I pursue with fangirl like obsession.
So that's me! I like sparkles, daisies and anything magical. I hunt for Wisps at night in the woods when I'm not writing. I'm friendly, quirky, and I love all manner of beings. So whether you're a fellow Mermaid, any manner of Fey, Unicorn, Wizard, Beasty, Adventure enthusiast, shut in bookworm, or *gasp* even human you are all welcome here!
Now let me explain some of what you can look forward to finding here.
I believe blogs are like us, always changing and growing. They're living things that sometimes have a mind of their own. So to an extent I'm keeping mine open to change as changes are needed. For now what you'll find is me just describing my journey with writing, being an author, and going through the maze that is the publishing world. I did recently get picked up by a Publisher *YAY!*, I signed with Feather Dreams Press of Bella Tulip Publishing. My debut novel, ILLUMINOUS comes out next month. *EEK!* I will be talking about all manner of what's going on with me, my writing, and my journey as an Author. This Grotto will be full of all things bookishly me.
I will however, from time to time, talk about other authors, books, covers, and whatnot. I'm not going to be reviewing books. Let me say it again for those in the back: **IM NOT REVIEWING BOOKS** SORRY! My TBR pile is ever growing, thanks in part to my friend Kelsey *Hi Kelsey!*, who keeps introducing me to amazing new books. So no reviews from me. I don't have time. What I will have is honorable mentions from time to time or I'll talk about stories I am willingly reading. I'm an ever developing fan of new stories and I must share. I will also have giveaways, prizes, and links to free books if they fit in with this blog. You wont find any links to free ebooks about erotica, thrillers, or detective stories, ect. I like thrillers and detective stories, but they're not my genre here.
For the other Writers and Authors, I will have Word Count Wednesdays. It's something a friend of mine and I started doing years back to be accountable for our writing. I'll post my weekly word count here every Wednesday. I encourage anyone who wants to join, to do so. There may be something in it for those with the highest word counts. Ill post the rules and such when it comes to that.
On Fridays we write flash fiction. Here's the thing, I suck at it. I don't like writing it, but I enjoy reading it and I'm determined to get better at it. So I'll post a small Flash Fiction piece every Friday for you all to read. Eye bleach can be found in your nearest e-store.
Book Cover Lovers!
Every once in a while I will feature my newest favorite book cover. I love book covers! It will be at random, but I will scour books I see, pluck a cover from either the best selling shelves or obscurity and feature it here for everyone to bask in its amazing-ness. Why? Because I can.
So that's it. In between blog posts about how my writing and author life is going, I'll have contests, drawings, giveaways, shout-outs, and fun themed days of the week! I wont even make anyone lift weights with me to win either... or will I?
I hope you all enjoy!