Tuesday, June 20, 2017

10 Writing tips

1. Read as much as you can.  When you have a free moment, you should read.  When you're eating dinner, you should read.  When you're on the toilet, obviously you should read (because if you play with your phone, it could fall in the bowl).  When you're asleep, you should put a book on your face to read by osmosis. 

2. Always carry around a little notebook to write down ideas, and also to pretend to be a detective if the opportunity arises. 

3. Listen to constructive criticism of your peers.  Unless it's really stupid.

4. Don't use too many exclamation points!  Seriously!  Not every sentence needs them!  Use! Them! Sparingly!

5. Write what you know.  Especially if you're a space captain who fights zombies for a living and bangs beautiful aliens in your free time.

6. Don't write stuff that's boring.  Write interesting stuff.  Duh.

7. Make sure to write every day.  Except holidays.  And obviously not weekends.  Or that day that comes between Tuesday and Thursday. And nobody can write on Mondays, for God's sake.

8. It's been said that anyone can write a book.  But actually, I don't think that's true.  After all, a rat can't write a book.  A pig can't write a book.  A beetle can't write a book.  They don't even have opposable thumbs!  So I suppose you can modify that to say that any human can write a book.  But that's not true either.  A newborn baby can't write a book.  Hell, I don't think any baby could write a book.  I'm beginning to feel like whoever said that anyone can write a book just didn't think the statement through very well.

9. Don't let anyone see what you've written until it's finished.  Also, for the love of God, don't let anyone see your Internet browser history.  Especially your parents.  #life lesson

10. A good adage for a writer to follow is "show don't tell."  It's also a good adage for a stripper to follow.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Asking a Friend to Review Your Book (A Play)

Act I

Friend: "I really enjoyed your book!"

Author: "Thanks! Would you mind leaving me a review on Amazon? It would help me out a lot."

Friend: "Of course!!!! I'd be happy to. I'm really busy now but I'll get to it in the next couple of weeks."

Act II (Two weeks later)

Author: "Um. I know you're really busy, but you mentioned you'd leave a review on my book. If you could just leave a quick review, that would be awesome."

Friend: "Oh right! Sorry, I totally forgot! I'm really busy but I'll get to it in the next few days for sure."

Author: "You don't have to write anything much. Just like a sentence or two, tops."

Friend: "I promise I'll do it."

Act III (Two weeks later)

[Author is browsing on Facebook and sees 10,000 posts from Friend.]

[Author hovers on post from Friend on Facebook: "So bored today. Nothing to do."]

[Author lets out sigh.]

Act IV (two weeks later)

Author: "Hey, just wondering if you had a chance to write that review.....?"

Friend: [never writes back again]    

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

New Book: Forget You!

My new book, Forget You!, is now available on the Kindle!  Please buy a copy today!

Maggie McDaniels feels like the luckiest woman in the world. She’s engaged to a gorgeous lawyer who also happens to be a great guy, and they're about to get hitched, have like a million babies together, and generally live happily ever after.

Then Maggie faints before she can reach the altar.

When she wakes up, it’s three years later and she’s forgotten everything since her wedding day. And it turns out her life isn’t quite as perfect as she imagined it would be—her career is circling the drain and her gorgeous husband is… well, a gorgeous jerk. Things only get more complicated when an eccentric colleague in a wheelchair claims that he and Maggie are far more than friends.

Will Maggie ever make sense of the mess her life has become? Or is she doomed to have her past forgotten forever?

Buy it now!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Reviews of The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend

“Costa’s wild imagination and keen writing style will keep readers on their toes as they breeze through this book which is quite an emotional roller-coaster ride and guaranteed to produce giggles and possibly a tear.” -Jaime A. Geraldi, The Romantic Times

“The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend is a sweet and utterly charming tale about the lengths that people will go to in order to help the ones they love.” -ReadingReality.net Review

“This was a book I picked up and read straight through and wished it weren’t ending.” -A Chick Who Reads Review

“Claudia tries to correct a bitter past and with ample determination, which I admired, and a lot of heart…I enjoyed how everything came full circle and the author didn’t dive too deep into the paradoxes that can often come with time travel. This book was a fun trip into a “what if” universe rather than a scientific theory or having too much butterfly effect. I’d recommend this to women looking for an easy, enjoyable read.” -The Reader’s Hollow Review

Overall, this was a really cute story. You really grow to love both Adam and Claudia and really pull for them to end up together after everything that happens when Claudia revisits the past. I would definitely recommend this!” -LuxuryReading.com Review

When I picked up this book, I didn’t expect much from it. Oh, I expected to like it. I wouldn’t have agreed to review it had I not. But I didn’t expect to like it nearly as much as I did! What I expected was a light romance, but the time-travel had me a bit worried. I’d tried to make it through The Time Traveler’s Wife a few years ago and just couldn’t, so I though I had something against time travel…What I got was so much more!” -Time 2 Read Review

“You guys, I loved this story. I normally do not like reading a story about a character almost 18 years older than me, but I absolutely could not help but love Claudia and Adam. I fell a little bit in love with 39 year old Adam when she recounted her time with him and 22 year old Adam when she met him while traveling back in time. I just.. I loved the characters.” -Book Marks the Spot Review

“The characters were likable, and I found that I was quite attached to Claudia by the end of it. If you’re looking for a quick, start-of-summer read, check this one out!” -Bound By Words Review

The Time Traveler’s Boyfriend is a slightly more contemporary version of a classic format. Despite that, however, or maybe even because of it, it’s an excellent read, full of fun and flirtatiousness, and the fact that it is from a publishing house that focuses on love stories featuring characters with disabilities gives it a lot more depth than it would otherwise have had.” -Bibliotica Review

“…And speaking of aphrodisiacs, yes, there is some headboard rockin’. It’s fairly mild, but Costa wants you to know that a disability does not equate to not being able to be a lover.” -Cupcake’s Book Cupboard