Edit on Entwined, book three in my series, are coming along. They're due at the end of the month, so I'm going to keep this post short. But before I go, I wanted to let you know I'm over at Uncommon YA, chatting about how Embrace turned into a series. Click here to learn more.
Writing news: I finished the first draft of my young adult realistic fiction in time to take a couple days break from writing before receiving the editorial notes on book three in my series. I looked a lot like the pencil on the left. I'm way over my targeted word count on the WIP, but I'm not too worried about that. I can decide if I need to cut several thousand words in a month or so when I go back to it. For now, I'm focus on the first round of revisions for Entwined. The timing for this is perfect, because with my WIP done, I can place one hundred percent of my focus on Entwined.
I went through the editorial notes. There are no major plot changes needed (Yay!), I already accepted small tweaks to sentence structure and word choice. Those are the easy changes. I'm now working on things that need to be clarified. I enjoy this part of the process, even though sometimes it can be daunting. There's one scene early in the book I want to revisit later. I reread it so many times, I'm now not sure I like it. That's usually my queue to step away from my laptop or move on. I guess, since I"m typing this post, you can say I did both. :) But I am looking forward to getting back to Madison and her friends.
I'm deviating a little from insecurities for this post, but I have a feeling many of you will relate.
Being an author has
reinforced a few things I sort of knew about myself that, well, I hadn't been willing to admit, until now.
Let’s start with the
first and biggest. I hate waiting, and there is a lot of waiting that goes on
in this business.
I also hate not being
in control, because usually that means I'm waiting on others.
I like things done a
certain way. See above for the problem with this.
When I’m excited about
something, I want it done now. Tomorrow is just too late. But, since I'm not in control of when and how things get done, I’m waiting
It’s a vicious circle that often drives me crazy. And I know the reward for patience is often worth it, but it's still hard to let go of the reins and let others drive, so to speak. Burying myself in other projects only helps for so long.
How about you? Any dark secrets about yourself that being a write has made you admit? What do you do to keep your mind off projects that are with beta readers, your agent or editors? Did you participated in NaNo... how'd you do?
Congrats to L.H. Nicole on her upcoming release of Claiming Excalibur, book two in the Legendary Saga. Be sure to check out the teaser and enter the giveaway at the end of this post.
Claiming Excalibur by L.H. Nicole
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: December 16, 2014 Synopsis: Aliana Fagan has done what many thought impossible: she’s awakened King Arthur from his fifteen-hundred-year sleep, reunited the Knights of the Round Table, and even beaten Mordrid and Morgana LeFay in battle.
But the Destined One’s quest has only begun. Before the knights can "unearth and reclaim their lost relics" they must survive the trip to Charleston, South Carolina and meet the newest member of the Round Table. If King Arthur’s men thought Aliana and Lacy were tenacious, they'll be even more surprised by Dawn, the third member of the fem-trio. Deadly secrets, unexpected allies, and a traitor lurking in the shadows await Aliana and the new Round Table as they continue their search for Excalibur. Their only clue is a beyond confusing poem from a mysterious book that speaks of a terrifying creature guarding the legendary sword. Trying to build a somewhat normal relationship with Sir Galahad adds a whole new level of complexity to Aliana’s task, especially when several among them suspect the White Knight may not be wholly himself. Her friendship with King Arthur grows closer, and when circumstances become intense, he may finally get the chance with Aliana that he’s been pining for.
Mysteries, legendary quests, and haunting memories will either unite the members of the New Round Table or fracture their bonds. Aliana and her crew only have seven months before the planets align and Mordrid can seize the power he needs to conquer the seven realms. Can the Destined One keep her new family together and lead Arthur to his destiny of saving the realms? Or will a centuries-old plot for revenge finally spell the king’s end?
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“Being back is hard for you.” Aliana nearly smacked
into the doorframe when Galahad placed his large hands on her tense
“You scared me!” she said,
placing her hand over her heart.
“I though you would have heard me
coming.” His warm hands massaged her tight shoulders. “But you seem lost in another world.”
Leaning into his touch, she shook
her head. “I was just thinking.”
Galahad sighed deeply, his hands
squeezing her shoulders before turning her to face him. “I understand how
you’re feeling right now. My parents were murdered when I was young.”
Aliana looked into his blue eyes,
surprised. “You never told me that.”
“Sir Belvoir and his men found us
just after it happened. He raised me as his own, trained me to be a knight.”
His hand rubbed light circles on her back.
“I was just remembering how
things used to be,” Aliana confessed, hoping that sharing some of her pain
would help lessen it.
“Why were you looking through
your father’s things before you came to London?”
Aliana turned in Galahad’s arms,
leaning her back against his chest. She studied the office until she found her
voice. “I was in New Orleans working on a photo commission several months
ago. I was walking the French Quarter when I came to a fortuneteller’s stand. I
took a few pictures, and she called me over. I thought she was going to be
upset with me, but she sat me down at her table. ‘You feet mus’ be achin’ after running so hard, chère,’
she told me. ‘Folks thinkin’ the’ can
run from de past and they ghosts never find peace’.”
Aliana laid her hands over
Galahad’s, remembering the feel of the woman’s cracked, dry hand on top of hers
and the smell of sweet tea on the woman’s breath. “I tried to ignore her, but
she kept insisting that I needed to stop running and face what was haunting me.
She said I’d never again know what a real life ‘filled with love, happiness,
and adventure’ felt like until I faced my past. It took me another two weeks
before I came home.”
Galahad hugged her tighter, his
chin resting on her shoulder, silently supporting her. “When you returned home
you discovered your adoption.”
Aliana nodded, turning her face
toward his. “I guess she was right. I never would have been in London if she
hadn’t pushed me to come home. I never would have been in Avalon’s forest, and
I never would’ve found you or Dagg or Arthur." "Do you regret it?" Galahad asked, a worried kind of seriousness in his eyes.
While I'm always grateful to be surrounded by so many amazing people, I would like to take a moment to thank my wonderful readers for whom I value more than words can say, my friends (both cyber and close) for your continued support, my family for believing in me even when I don't believe in myself, and my publishers for helping me share my stories with the world. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Where my travels took me:
I had the pleasure of being a part of the University of Whitewater Wisconsin Creative Writing Festival. Over 700 high school students attended this day long conference. Susan Gloss, author of the novel Vintage, kicked things of with a keynote speech to a standing room only crowd. Next were the workshops, of which I lead two. The day ended with an award ceremony. Congrats to the winners! The young talent at this festival was amazing, and I'm truly honored to have been a part of the event.
I've been chatting with my fun and amazing publicist about cover options for Entwine. We both loved the same images. Total plus! She passed our thoughts on to the design team at Omnific Publishing. Now for the waiting part, which many of you know is one of the hardest parts of publishing. I'm a big fan of Omnific's covers. They really do a great job. I can't wait to see what they come up with for this book. =)
I'm still oh so close to finishing the new first draft of my YA realistic contemporary romance. What's slowed me down. Unexpected visits from my stepsons, which was worth setting my laptop aside. See, with our boys being in their late teens and twenties, it's a rare occasion to have more than one under our roof at the same time. So when three of them are home, I'm happy to let time slow down and enjoy it. I figure I can knock out the last two chapters... yes, I'm that close... before the weekend.
That's it for me today. What do you consider welcome interruptions when you're in the writing zone? Are you doing NaNo? Have you met your word count?
Last week, my writing time was divided between working on my YA realistic fiction and critiquing the submissions for the U-WI Writing Festival I'm participating in this week.I really enjoy these events, because I get to meet teens who not only love to read, but are aspiring authors. Each submission I received showed great imagination and I'm looking forward to meeting the teen writers.
As for my work-in-progress... I'm close, very close, to finishing the first draft. My goal is to have it done before I receive the first round of edits for ENTWINED, which I've been told are coming. (If my wonderful editor happens to read this, feel free to take an extra day or five. I won't tell.)
I put a paranormal twist on research in the blog post I did for Uncommon YA. You can check it out here.
In other news:
Congratulations to Michelle W, Lisa V, and Betsy D, winners at my stop in the Books I'm Grateful I Read Giveaway! Didn't win? Watch my sidebar for announcement of future giveaways.
Next week I'll be figuring out Thanksgiving dinner. This is my favorite holiday. Of course, there will be turkey and stuffing and yams and a yummy dessert that will include way too many calories.
How's your month going? Are you participating in NaNo? Cooking Thanksgiving dinner?
I'm super excited to have Katie Sparks, author of middle grade novel, Reality Natalie, with me today. Katie's not only a talented author, but she's a good friend of mine, so I've had the pleasure of seeing this story take shape. Katie does a wonderful job of capturing the voice of an eleven-year-old in a fun and entertaining novel.
About the book:
by Katie Sparks
The most popular kids' TV show, Kidz Konnection, decides to hold auditions for
a guest host spot, and the show’s BIGGEST fan decides to audition.
[Cue Natalie Greyson]
is determined to overcome her habit of turning into a tongue-tied, air ball
burping, runny-nose disaster whenever something embarrassing happens in front
of an audience so she can audition for the coveted role. As the show’s biggest
fan, no one could possibly deserve it more than her. Except a giant obstacle
stands in her way: her parents, who deny her permission, think she is too young
to be on TV. To make matters even worse, Natalie's naturally talented best
friend, Kailyn, decides to audition too, and will stop at nothing to win – like
lying during a practice session and tearing up their friendship pact.
With their friendship
suddenly in question, Natalie turns to her blog, In A “Nat” Shell, to vent her
frustrations about Kailyn's spiteful actions, but Natalie’s emotional
outpouring and lies only creates more anxiety for herself. With the stakes
high, Natalie goes against her parent’s wishes and decides to audition, but
Kailyn has her own secret plan to be Number One, even if it means doing so at
the expense of her best friend. Can Natalie find a way out of the drama and
into the spotlight? Or will the competitive pressure cause her to lose her
ultimate dream along with her best friend?
Without further ado, please help me welcome Katie Sparks.
Cherie: Tell us about
your book, Reality Natalie.
Katie: Reality Natalie follows the adventures of 11-year-old Natalie
Greyson as she auditions for a guest host position on her favorite kid-hosted
TV show, Kidz Konnection. When big obstacles
stand in her way, such as her parents denying her permission to try out and her
best friend, Kailyn, choosing to, Natalie decides she’ll do just about anything
to get what she wants. But at what cost?
Cherie: I like Natalie
already, and I love that she wants to be a talk show host. How did you come up
with the idea for this book?
Katie: About 5 or 6 years
ago, I was completely enthralled with all of the reality shows that were popping
up on TV. They ranged from singing competitions and talent shows to cooking or
bake offs and clothing designer contests. The list became endless. But one
thing I noticed was that none of them were for little kids. At the time, I
believe the youngest person who could audition for American Idol, had to be 16.
However, I knew that despite these rules, some of those watching these shows were kids! From that realization, I thought about a girl
who was obsessed with reality television. Thus, Natalie was born.
Cherie: What is your
favorite (or least favorite) thing about writing for this age group?
Katie: I take what I write
about seriously – sometimes too seriously. I really want to make an impact on
young readers, whether it’s to make them laugh, gasp, sigh, get mad -- any type
of emotion – I want to move them. But
sometimes I over think it and it prevents me from simply writing down the
story. I’m always asking myself, “Is this how a kid would say that?” “Is that
how they would react?” It’s smart to
keep these questions in the back of your mind, but not smart if it prevents you
from capturing the story. I have to keep
reminding myself that first drafts are tough and that I can always go back
later and add in more detail.
Cherie: Your dedication
to get Natalie right shows. Can you share with us something about Natalie that
we don’t learn in the book?
Katie: In the very beginning
of the book, she puts off doing her math homework. Natalie is not one for homework unless it’s
writing on her blog. Math is her least favorite subject, and reading is her
favorite. Her homeroom has SSR (sustained silent reading) and she loves it so
much, she wishes it could be the whole day! She’d get some many books read! She also takes weekly visits to the local
library, and loves the smell of the old pages. She mainly goes for her twin
siblings but also because she needs to check out books from the reading list at
school. This year, she hopes to join the
Battle of the Books club with her two best friends.
Cherie: I’m with
Natalie, only I wish I could read all day at work. What are you working on now?
Katie: I’m always working on
a million things at once. (Okay, maybe not a million, but a lot!) Right now I’m
participating in NaNoWriMo and working on a challenging story about two
12-year-old girls battling asthma and how it affects their lives. It’s such a
new story that I don’t have all of the details figured out yet, but I’m having
a wonderful time getting to know them as I go.
I’m also a picture book
writer so at any given time, I’m jotting down ideas or working on a story. I
work as an editor for a parenting consumer line so I’m constantly around
parents who have the cutest, funniest stories about their kids and it sparks so
many ideas! Hopefully one day one of
these ideas will come to fruition.
Cherie: Sounds like you
have a lot of fun projects in the works. I can’t wait to hear more about your
NaNo book. The next questions are for fun to get to know you better.
Katie: A cat. More
specifically, my cat, Moe. I have a feeling if I didn’t say her, she’d attack
me in my sleep!
Cherie: M&M or
Kaite: Skittles (but not the
Cherie: Are you a
morning person or an evening person?
Katie: I used to be a night
person but lately I’ve become a morning person. There’s nothing better than
getting up around 7am or 8am when the whole world is still quiet and you can
make breakfast and relax. The best part about the morning is being able to brew
some coffee and write or read. My weekdays are very busy at work, so it’s super
nice to slow down on the weekends.
Cherie: Favorite movie
or television show?
Katie: It’s a tie between
the movies Independence Day and Breakfast Club.
Cherie: Breakfast Club
is one of mine, too. J
Do you have any guilty pleasures that get you through the writing/revising
Katie: Not sure this is a
guilty pleasure but if I get stuck, I read! I know that sounds cliché but when
I’m in love with a story or characters, not only do I get some quality reading
done, but it pushes me back into the motivated mind-set to turn my characters and story into something
that someday a reader will love. Reading gives me the kick in the pants that I
Cherie: Do you have a
favorite place to write?
Katie: One of my favorite
coffee shops is The Wormhole in Chicago. It has a great retro vibe to it with
an 80s and 90s flair. Oh, and superb
Cherie: Who is your
mentor (or hero)?
Katie: My Mom. J She’s a children’s librarian, so we always have so much in
common to talk about! I enjoy listening to stories about what kids are checking
out these days and what things they are looking for. I also love catching up on
reading as many of the Rebecca Caudill books as I can!
Thanks, Katie, for
taking the time out of your busy schedule to be here with us!
About the author:
At a very young age, Katie Sparks discovered the magic of books. She counted on weekly library visits and treasured receiving her first library card at the age of five. At six, she wrote her first story called Baby Carrie (still in her collection today!)
Katie knew then that writing would be in her future. By day, she is an editor for the parent consumer line at a non-profit medical association and enjoys working closely with authors and industry professionals. Immersed in the publishing industry in both her professional and personal life is a dream come true. On weekends you will often find her writing and sipping coffee at one of the many unique coffee shops in Chicago, spending time with family and friends, or curled up with a new book.
Katie has been an active member of SCBWI for the past seven years. She lives in Chicago with her devoted and extremely vocal cat Moe. Her upcoming MG Novel, Reality Natalie, published by Firedrake Books, is her first novel.
Congrats to Wendy Russo on her new and gorgeous cover for January Black!
Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn is the son of The Hill’s commandant. As such, he’s expected to conform to a strict, unspoken code of conduct. Small acts of defiance over years—such as walking on the grass—have earned him a reputation for being unruly. When sarcastic test answers finally get Matty expelled from school, King Hadrian offers him a diploma if he can answer a deceptively simple question, and then dismisses the only answer.
To prove his worth to society, Matty wrestles with the king’s word games, the kingdom’s historical record, and laws that don’t make sense. He meets Iris Locke, a street smart gardener, along the way. After enchanting him at a glance, Iris helps his research, keeps him out of trouble, and finally breaks his heart.
Alone again, Matty finds himself on collision course with a deadly law, one he will have to break to answer the king’s question. Was Hadrian challenging him, or teaching him a lesson? Without Iris, it won’t matter, because Matty won’t stand down for anyone else.
January Black is the 2013 Readers' Favorite Silver Medal winner for YA-Coming of Age.
January Black will be available for pre-order on Amazon 11/28/2014.
About the Illustrator
Liliana Sanches started studying Visual Arts at the age of 16 and soon felt attracted to the Romantic artwork from the 19th century. The Pre-Raphaelites and Friedrich were her biggest inspirations at the time, and she felt compelled to explore this graphic language of desolated landscapes that were the reflection of the painter's emotions.
After graduating college, specializing Graphic Design, she created her own business under the name of "Princess of Shadows." Her style had now evolved and had technical knowledge to support it. Intricate concepts with a much better grasp of image composition and visual balance, and also used color and shape psychology to imprint her work on the viewer.
Along the years she has been working with musicians, authors and even other designers who have allowed her to express her creativity, develop visual communication skills and explore different graphic styles to better suit each project.
Nowadays, here personal work has been exploring the human psyche, imbuing it with a dark surreal feeling. Her biggest inspirations are J-Horror movies, dreams/ nightmares and mental health pathologies.
Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.
Congrats to my agency sister, Juliette Cross, on not one, but two amazing covers! I'm not sure which I like more. They're both amazing!
The Vessel Trilogy, Book 2
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Sin can look an awful lot like heaven.
prince may be festering in the bowels of the soul eater Cocytus, but
Genevieve’s troubles are far from over. Prince Bamal, demon lord of New York
City, still wants her. But this time, he wants her alive, to control her
inherent power as a Vessel of Light.
With Jude Delacroix off searching for the
prophecy, Thomas—a guardian angel with sea-green eyes and an aura of winter
woods—steps into the gap, offering her the power to protect herself.
hesitates, for the transfer of that power comes through a kiss. While Gen’s
love for Jude is true, Thomas stirs a desire where there should be none. Thomas
also knows Jude’s darkest secret and plans to use it, if necessary, to win Gen
for his own.
While her Vessel power grows and more demon
spawn creep from every dark corner of the world, one thing is certain—the Great
War between the angels and demons is quickly approaching. And Gen is in a race
against time to awaken her full power before the storm breaks.
Warning: Contains a demon hunter with dark secrets, a sexy angel with
ulterior motives, and demonic creatures running amok.
Drake is on a dangerous mission to find the soul collector, Lethe, and enter
the deepest, darkest level of the underworld. No one has ever returned alive
from the belly of a soul collector, but she will let nothing stop her from
going after the precious treasure Lethe stole from her.
she is tested against demon spawn and foul creatures of the underworld, each
triumph strengthens her Vessel power—and drags her closer to a breaking point
that could forever doom her to the abyss.
with the full prophecy hurtling toward completion, the Dominus Daemonum
strategize for the day Gen will battle Prince Bamal’s Vessel to the death, when
the Great War between heaven and hell will begin.
Bamal has a secret weapon. When he reveals it—and Thomas reveals his own hidden
agenda—Gen may not have the strength to resist the temptation to fall into
darkness, forsaking the fate of the world for her broken heart.
Contains malicious demons, sinister spawn, and a vengeful heroine with plans to
send them all back to burning hell.
Author Bio— Juliette calls lush,
moss-laden Louisiana home where the landscape curls into her imagination,
creating mystical settings for her stories. She has a B.A. in creative writing
from Louisiana State University, a M.Ed. in gifted education, and was privileged
to study under the award-winning author Ernest J. Gaines in grad school. Her
love of mythology, legends, and art serve as constant inspiration for her
works. From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with
the Gothic romance—brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering
heroines, and dark, sexy heroes. Even then, she not only longed to read more
novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.
Author's note: This is toward the end of the first
chapter. Our main character, Jansin, has never seen the sun. She lives in an
underground city-state called Raven Rock. Her dad, a general, has just arranged
for the family, plus Jan's boyfriend Jake, to go to the surface on holiday for
the very first time. She's never been inside a mole before but she knows how
they work: back end a simple pod with seats, front end a boring machine that
drills through rock and dirt and whatever else gets in its way.
Jansin doesn't know it, but this vacation is about to
go wrong in ways that will change her life forever…
"Beverage?" the attendant asks, and I thank her and take a
soda. We're an hour or so in, and the trip is actually turning out to be kind
of boring, just like Captain Dan said.
The red-headed kid is across the aisle on my left, hammering away at
a game. His parents are nursing cocktails. The mood has gone from apprehensive
to lethargic and half-drunk, by the glassy looks of some of the passengers. The
mole is very smooth, soundproofed as promised, no hint of the rock being
explosively vaporized a few feet away. Just a slight upward tilt to my seat.
I doze off, thinking about the sheep and the valley and the sun
breaking through the rainclouds. It's become my favorite daydream.
Then I feel Jake's hand on my arm. "We've stopped," he
And I realize that there's no hum under my seat anymore. It must
have just happened, because no one else seems to have noticed.
"Is that normal?"
"I have no idea."
We wait. I keep expecting Captain Dan to get on the intercom, but he
doesn't. Half the passengers are asleep, the others reading quietly or watching
the cane network. Tracking the storms is something of a national obsession.
Then a guy toward the back yells, "It's not moving. Why is it
His voice slurs a little, and there's an edge of panic there.
Uh-oh, I think.
"Now sir," an attendant says, gliding down the aisle with
a fixed smile on her face.
But the cat's out of the bag now. A low murmuring begins, as people
start to grasp what's happening. The attendant holds up her hands. She's young
and pretty and immaculately groomed.
"There's nothing to worry about. The mole ahead of us snapped a
rotor on some bedrock. It's being repaired. We expect to be moving shortly."
"What does that mean? How shortly?" The man calls out.
He's half risen from his seat. The middle-aged woman next to him, wife or
girlfriend, puts a restraining hand on his arm and he shakes it off.
The attendant knows better than to tell him to calm down, which
usually has the opposite effect on people. "Why don't I just check with
the captain and get an update?" She disappears into the forward cabin.
No one speaks for a minute. I know it's my imagination, but the
temperature in the mole seems to go up a few degrees.
"How much air do they carry on these things?" someone
I sip my soda and share a look with Jake.
"Moles have redundancies built into their redundancies,"
he says quietly. "Foolproof."
I don't really want to be the one to say it, but we're all thinking
it anyway, so I go ahead.
Jake snorts and looks away, like he's disappointed in me. But before
he does, I see a flash of fear.
It happened six years ago. I was only ten, but I remember every
detail. My parents tried to shield me, unsuccessfully, since it was all anyone
talked about for weeks.
Five moles, twenty-five passengers and crew each. Departed from
Black Dome launch station on August the nineteenth. Fair skies above, a perfect
window for an excursion to Gallia Archipelago.
Ninety-three adults, thirty-two children.
The tremors started about halfway up, the mole equivalent of
turbulence on an airplane. Ice rattling in glasses, maybe a bag or two toppling
from the overhead bins. No one's too alarmed at first. But then they get
Subterranean quake, six point six in magnitude. The epicenter was
two hundred miles away, so the moles weren't just crushed like the glorified
tin cans they are. What happened was worse.
They got trapped.
For thirty-seven days.
The military tried to send in diggers, a smaller, more maneuverable
version of moles, to reach the stranded passengers, but the rock was too
unstable to get close. Their com uplink still worked, although after a couple
of weeks, people stopped talking.
Rescuers got in eventually. They're probably still in therapy…
I've been so absorbed in my current work-in-progress, I have nothing this month. So, I'll leave you with a few words of encouragement before I hurry back to my story.
It's easy to let doubt keep us from accomplishing our goals. What if we aren't good enough? What if we fail? What if our work sucks? But if we don't try, we'll never know what we are capable of. The only true failure is not trying in the first place. And if you aren't happy with a scene, revise (or start over) until you are. How are you doing this month? Any insecurities you'd like to share? Any words of encouragement?
Insecure Writer's Support Group is a group writers who share our doubts and encouragements on the first Wednesday of the month. A big thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and the wonderful administrators who keep the site running! Learn more about the group here.
Welcome to my stop on the Books I'm Grateful I Read! Giveaway Hop hosted by Stuck in Books.
There are so many books that I'm grateful I read, that I couldn't narrow it down to just one. Below are some of my favorites.
Books that make you think:
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is one of my favorite classics. It's a story of love and sacrifice with characters I love and hate. This one makes my list because it brings awareness to just how different live was in the 1800s.
The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown was not only a great mystery but does leave one questioning the roles of the Priory of Sion and had me looking at artwork in a whole new way.
Books that create awareness:
Thirteen Reason's Why by Jay Asher has saved lives by helping people recognize the signs of a trouble soul and has help those who were considering taking their own life to chose to live.
Books that feed the imagination:
One of my favorite children's books is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. I also love the movie. This makes my list because it captures the heart and imagination of children and brings an amazing world alive.
I'm a HUGE fan of fantasy and witches and devoured the Harry Potter books with the rest of the world.
If you like faeries, you have to read Melissa Marr's, Wicked Lovely. This one makes my list because of the unique twist on the story of the Winter King. And, come on, there're faeries!
The list goes on, but for the sake of keeping this post from getting too long I'll stop here.
Up for grabs at my stop is a $5 gift card and an Embrace series swap package, including a book bag for all the books you're grateful for, an official Embrace hemp bracelet, bookmarks and more. Good luck!
October has been a busy month, so I'm going to keep this post short but sweet.
I heard from my publisher. ENTWINED, book three in the Embrace series, has a target release date of Spring 2015. I'm super excited to get the first round of edits back from my editor. My guess is I won't see them for several weeks. More time to finish that WIP. =) Speaking of that, most my writing time has been devoted to re-writing my YA realistic fiction. I'm happy with the changes to the characters and the plot. I hope to have the first draft completed by the end of November. Find me and a couple demon friends: