Natasha McNeely's Author Blog

Never stop dreaming, 'cause the day you stop dreaming, is the day you stop living.


General Update: New Schedule

As most of you have noticed, my posts have been very irregular as of late. This is because of an increased workload at college, including an increase in lesson count as of Monday, due to exams approaching, my part-time job, and my writing and editing. To compensate for this, I’m trying to lessen my load.

This means that, until I feel I am able to pick up the Wednesday/Friday/Sunday schedule again, I will only be posting on Wednesdays and Sundays. While I will do my best not to miss any days from now on, if I do, you will know why it happened.

I just ask you to understand and recommend that if you want to stay updated on things as they’re happening, that you keep an eye on my Twitter and/or my Facebook Page. Any updates about delays will be posted there.

Thank you in advance for understanding and stay tuned for regular posts returning on Wednesday!



E-Book Giveaway: A Glimpse of The Dark

That’s right, folks. I’m starting off the new year with a giveaway of my book A Glimpse of The Dark. It is available only in Kindle format; if you do not have a Kindle, there are plenty of programs that allow you to read Kindle files!

This giveaway is a thank you to everyone who follows my blog and puts up with my sometimes irregular posts. Because of all of you, I passed 100 followers this morning; thank you so much!

There are three copies available.

Without further ado, here’s the synopsis and then your entry form:

A teenager’s taste of death.
A lover’s fall from grace.
A spiteful ex’s chance at revenge.
A fearful girl’s moment of peace.
An ancient heir’s breakthrough in magic.
A succubus’ memories of a painful past.
A scorned son’s night of fun.

Seven stories, seven topics. Seven tales fill this book and lurk in the darkest depths of fantasy. The dark is their common theme, while each individual story shows an entirely different view. The victim, the successor, the antagonist. Take a look through the eyes of each character and live their lives, feel what they feel, and find out what drives them.

Many horrors lurk in the dark. Are you ready to see them?

Fill this out to enter! Name and email gets you one entry. If you do everything, you have four!

Subscribe by adding your email on the right side of my page.

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Enter now and see if you’ll win! The deadline is January 29th and the winners will be announced February 1st.

You have two weeks to enter, so get to it! Please spread the word; let’s make this a great giveaway!


When do you work best?

These past few days, I have been incredibly busy. Sunday I studied and mastered Kindle formatting – at least enough to whip up a Kindle-formatted eBook. After that, I created a Facebook Author Page, studied HTML to learn enough to make a proper welcome page for it and create a new background for my Twitter Account.

Are these things all permanent? Probably not. I’m a writer, not a visual artist, but I darn well tried. That counts for something, right? It has given these pages a more personalized look.The Amazon Kindle 2

Today also marks exactly two weeks until the release of my eBook, A Glimpse of The Dark: A Collection of Paranormal Tales.Everything is right on track in regards to it!

Now, to the topic of this blog. As you can see from the first paragraph, business plagued me this week. Consider this: Between all those things, I also go to college every day and have homework. However, I work best when busy.

Admittedly, this schedule cut me off from my novel, but progress will resume once I finish the last details of the upcoming release. When I have a lot of things I need to do, I spend my time wisely to get everything done, whereas if I have nothing to do, I’ll intend to do something and then procrastinate, procrastinate, procrastinate.

Is this a familiar problem for others? If it is, tell me your experiences!

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Available Read: Tales of The Forbidden – Prologue

The first topic I’d like to talk about is that I missed Sunday’s blog post. Those who follow me on Twitter will have heard about it. If you don’t follow me on Twitter, I suggest you do as it’s the best way to get quick updates from me which I might not mention here.

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That aside, the reason I didn’t blog is because I got sick this weekend. That, coupled with no sleep Saturday night meant that I was about as understanding and able to focus as a wall. Or my cat. The little fur ball gets distracted easily. Too easily, really.

Syrah, a character in this series who has yet to be introduced, drawn by ~catgirlnekochan on deviantArt.

I ended up missing two days of college, but I’m feeling better now. I’m still not 100%, but it’s a work in progress and I did survive class today. A whopping two lessons. An hour and a half. Yeah. I’m proud of that accomplishment.

Moving on!

The point of this blog is a nice little surprise I made for you dear readers. Remember how I said I’d edit the prologue of my novel today and post it either Friday or Sunday for your reading pleasure? Well, I lied. I managed to do the first editing yesterday and gave it another once-over today. This beauty is now better than I thought it could be and ready for those interested. Without further ado, follow this nifty little link and see if it’s something you enjoy.


Please let me know what you think. I’m always glad to hear opinions, feedback and constructive criticism, so go for it!

One last thing. You’ll probably notice my blog has done a complete one-eighty. That’s because I’m finding out how I want my blog looking in the long run and this theme has a lot more options I like than the previous one.

Also, that header? My picture. I’m so horrible at pictures that it’s not even funny, but I did it anyway! It’s the only way to learn.

That covers everything I wanted to mention in this post.

Let me know what you think of the prologue and the new page layout and design! If there’s any advice you have, please feel free to tell me; it would mean a lot to me.


Rising to The Occasion: Social Media

As the title proclaims, I will discuss social media in this post.

In this past half of the year, I’ve begun building my platform on the internet. It started with Facebook and this blog and has grown ever since. Recently, I joined StumbleUpon and as of today, you can now find me in one more place on the internet.

Image via Wikipedia

That’s right. After weeks of deliberating and seeking out pros and cons and various opinions from people who use Twitter, I finally bit the bullet and decided to give it a try. Instead of trying to wonder if I should or shouldn’t, I simply did and that’s what counts. From now on, I will tweet and link and do all the fun stuff you can with Twitter.

I’ve gotten the hang of most of the basics now; it’s easy to use, so that makes my life a lot simpler.

This means that from now on, you can follow my endeavors on Twitter! Expect at least a few posts every day, depending on how each day progresses and if there is much worth mentioning on Twitter. Let’s connect!

How long have you had a Twitter and what do you think of it? If you don’t have a Twitter, do you intend to make one?