Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Top Ten Books on My Fall 2013 To Be Read List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish.  Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten List on something bookish.  Click on the link above if you wish to participate.

Top Ten Books On My Fall 2013 To Be Read List

Vortex by S.J. Kinkaid.

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The Slayers by C.J. Hill

Do you like how I just slipped this one in here?
Alchemy by: Sheena Boekweg, Melanie Crouse and Sabrina West
Publication date: October 11, 2013
Alchemy (Prophecy Breakers: Book 1) 

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)

Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett
Men at Arms (Discworld, #15)

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor and Park

The Get Yourself Organized Project by Kathi Lipp

The Outcasts by John Flanagan
The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, #1)

Ever After High
There are a bunch of these short stories, one for each of the characters that
are in Shannon Hale's upcoming book. At least that's how I understand
it. I'm excited to read them all!
Ever After High: Ashlynn Ella's Story

Monday, September 16, 2013

Cover Reveal for Alchemy

"Do you want me to be dangerous?" he asked, his voice husky and low.
I gulped, and for a moment I was incapable of speech. But he was quiet, waiting. "No. I don't."
"Then I'm not dangerous at all," he murmured. His gaze moved from my eyes to my mouth. "You've never been safer than you are at this moment." I shivered as his breath tickled my skin. Our lips were mere millimeters apart when the sky shattered in a kaleidoscope of colored light. 

We didn’t know how much we had to lose until we were infected with magic. Sam was in love, Juliette was the main caretaker for her siblings, and Ana and her dad planned the best parties in New York. But we lost it all when we were shipped to Chebeague, an exclusive school for newly infected mages.

Everyone knows about the mages, those who survive the infection and end up with magical abilities. We’ve seen the power of magic, the high-paying jobs, and the world fame. But we never saw the cost. We didn’t know we’d be forced to give up everything: sanity, family, even the right to talk on the phone.

We didn’t know mage was just another word for prisoner.

Add to goodreads!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group

I haven't written one of these for awhile. There are a lot of reasons for that...I've been focusing on my other blog, and I never get to post on Wednesdays on that blog. Then I was working on a novel, and then I was figuring out how to market said novel, and somewhere in the middle of all of that I was wallowing in apathy from all the editing. But I love this idea, and I love this group, and so every month, as I visit my favorite blogs and read their IWSG posts, I've really wanted to join. But something else was holding me back. More on that later.

Being a writer is a weird, weird thing. First of all you spend so much time trying to keep yourself off the internet while you write a book, and then, when the book is written, you suddenly have to force yourself back on to the internet to do this thing called marketing. The potentially most fulfilling way to market is unfortunately the most time-consuming. It works though, at least that's what I'm told. That is to find a group of like-minded bloggers and help each other out.

At least from the outside, that's exactly what IWSG is.It's a group of people who found each other at the right stage of their lives and who have bonded tightly. They are the first ones to post comments on each other's blogs, they critique each other's manuscripts and promote each other's works and participate in each other's cool blog events. And then there are the rest of us--the ones who came a little late to the party. We still gain from being part of the group, and with a little luck, maybe we'll bond the way those first members bonded. 

It's the same with some of the huge blog challenges and hops I see. They've gotten too big to be as useful as they were for the original participants. And yet somewhere, out there, I know members of my tightly bonded group are waiting. Will I find them at IWSG? Only if I actually participate.