Saturday, April 18, 2015

New Release in May!

May 28, 2015 I will release:

Barbaric Tendencies (Ciara Steele Novella Series #2)

Ciara is adjusting to her new life, but she still can't erase her feelings for Eric. As she trains under the watchful eye of The Council, she discovers that there are some tendencies that are hard to subdue and in this world it might be better to let them out to protect those that she loves.

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Check back for links where you can pre-order Barbaric Tendencies.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Cover Reveal and Pre-Order: Daughter of Lions!


Being a teenager is hard enough, but when your dad is an Alpha werelion it complicates matters even more. Victoria doesn’t feel like she fully fits in anywhere and things become more unsteady when she meets the new werelion in her dad’s pride, Brandon. Is there a way she can alter her genes to gain the ability to shift, or will she learn to accept who she is?


My new novel, Daughter of Lions, is available for pre-order! Below are a few links for pre-ordering. More available soon.

 
Add it to your Goodreads Bookshelf: Daughter of Lions
Releases June 26, 2015.

Pre-order yours and get the ebook on June 26th!

This is a new book not within any of the series I have previously written.
Cover by Thomas Moralez.

Thank you!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bloggers & Reviewers Needed!

I have 3 books I am releasing this year and I would like to send ARCs to book bloggers! I would also like to either do a guest post or interview on your blog!

Interested?

Contact me at nerdycatherinebanks @ gmail dot com. Put "Blog" in your subject and make sure to send me your blog/website's link.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Release your inner Wonder Woman!


Seriously this really works! It seems silly but with just a few minutes each day of power posing, in whatever pose you want, it helps boost your confidence. There’s science behind it! Science people!

I watched the video with my husband and laughed and thought how silly it was. Then I started trying it. I’m not saying that I have a ton of confidence, because I don’t, but with 100% honesty this helps me. I feel better during the day when I started off with my pose. I like to do it before writing too. It gives me an extra boost before I write and sometimes I do it specifically before writing a fight scene. It could be a placebo affect or it could really be working. I think it’s up to you guys to try it out. You don’t have to do it in front of anyone, heck I’ve done it in the bathroom stall at work before and even in my closet so my husband wouldn’t see me, but just give it a try. Remember, trying new things is good and healthy and whether it works or not, you will have gained new knowledge. Try it for a month and let me know if it worked for you!

Read this article and if you have time, watch the full TedTalk video with Amy Cuddy. http://blog.ted.com/10-examples-of-how-power-posing-can-work-to-boost-your-confidence/

What’s your favorite power pose? Mine is the Wonder Woman! Did it work for you? What differences did you notice once you started power posing?


Monday, April 6, 2015

The Power of Introverts


Probably not surprising to most is the fact that I’m an introvert. I prefer solitude or at least small groups to large groups or large social gatherings. I would rather sit at home playing video games or reading books than going to the mall or attending a party where I don’t know many people. There are times I like to go to a group event where I know everyone or at least most of them, but I have to work myself up to it and I have to mentally prepare myself. You know what? That’s perfectly okay. If you’re an introvert and people think that’s weird or strange, they’re wrong. Being an introvert is perfectly normal and fine. Watch this TedTalk by Susan Cain. Seriously it’s a great talk no matter if you’re an extrovert or introvert. The key things I took away from this talk are:

·         Being an introvert is not bad.
·         The world needs introverts.
·         Embrace who you are and what you like.
·         Take time to explore and try to occasionally open yourself up to situations that you may not prefer because life experiences are important in helping you grow.

I advocate to everyone I know that you need to accept yourself and the things that you love. You’re a grown adult and you like My Little Pony? Fantastic! I’m a fan as well! You’re a Whovian (Doctor Who fan for those who don’t know the term)? That’s awesome! Which doctor is your favorite? I’m not a Whovian, but from the episodes I’ve watched the 9th doctor is my favorite. You prefer anime to dramas or reality TV? Me too! Which animes are your favorite? I love Kill La Kill, Naruto, One Piece, Ranma 1/2, and so many others that I'll have to make a list!
The point is that it doesn’t matter what other people think about you. You like it and that’s great because it makes you who you are. I like all kinds of things people think are weird. I was teased for being a nerd, still am occasionally, and I just learned that it was okay. Some people like sports and some people like anime. We should all learn to accept it and stop with the labeling. Be who you are and be proud of yourself!



 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

FAN PARTICIPATION REQUESTED! SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS!


I need your help fans!

Do you have a question for Catherine that you’ve been dying to ask, but haven’t gotten the courage to? Do you want to know how she names her characters or how she chooses who lives and who dies? Submit your questions to Catherine and not only will she respond personally to your email, but it could end up on her FAQ (Fan Asked Questions) Page that is in development. So submit those questions no matter how trivial, small, or silly you think they are! In fact silly is fantastic! Send them in and have a chat with her in the process.

Email questions to nerdycatherinebanks@gmail.com with “FAQ” in the Subject line!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Cruelty to Characters

Sometimes it is difficult as an author to decide if you're going to be cruel to your characters or not. There are instances where the cruelty can help the character development, push them towards the final conflict, or any other direction you want them to go. Other times you do it because it rocks the story and causes something new, something you may not even know the end result to.

I most often write my stories without pre-planned steps and actions. That means that if I write that the character loses an arm in a battle, even though I hadn't planned for that, I have to see where they go from there. I try to let my characters write their own stories because I feel it creates a better tale. Sometimes I look at my characters and think "What the hell are you doing?!" There are many moments where I scream at them to knock it off or to change their path. Often times it doesn't work and they ignore me. Authors get no respect from their creations!

There are moments where I decide to be cruel to a character and I take my time thinking it out. What does this cause? Will it help or hinder them? Where do they go from here? I have written a cruel event for my main character and then felt too terrible about it. When that happens I most often go back and change the event. I have a heart and it hurts along with my characters. I am invested in their stories just like any other reader.

Just know, that those moments in my stories where you cried, I balled like a baby several times as I wrote, read, and re-read those scenes. So even though it is necessary at times, I usually feel bad.

On the flipside there are times where I laugh maniacally as the cruelty is written and when I receive the messages from friends who read it and curse me for making them cry. That is the life of an author. Mwahahahahaha!