November, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: A Million Suns

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“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

My selection for this week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is: A Million Suns by Beth Revis.

I have two reasons for this: 1) I really enjoyed the first book and I can’t wait to see what Amy and Elder are up to in this one and one of her crit. partners is also one of mine and she says this book is awesome.  How can you get a better rec than that?!  Amiright?  and 2)  Because I keep getting told I look a lot like her.  Since I think she’s very pretty, I’ll take that as a compliment.  I hope I’ll be able to meet her in person one day and verify it for myself.  😀

Godspeed was once fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It’s been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He’s finally free to enact his vision – no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that’s growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.

And, as a continuation to my crit partner post last Monday, I’ve posted on the Oasis about where to find crit partners. 

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Happy Book Birthday, Amaranthine!

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Another one of my friends, Leah Crichton, had her book birthday recently.  Yesterday in fact and I’m pleased to be able to spread the word.

There’s been a lot of ups and downs with this book, but I was lucky enough to read an earlier version of it and it was great.  I can’t wait for my copy to come so that I can see how great it is now.

Sixteen year-old Ireland Brady is sure she’s losing her mind.

After a horrific car accident leaves her barely clinging to life, she wakes from a coma with a renewed sense of gratitude to a world more surreal than she could have imagined, a world which includes Orion Alexander.

Darkly handsome, Orion is cool and confident and has his sights set on her, something she’s never experienced and she finds herself falling hopelessly in love. But when Orion’s betrayal sends her straight into the arms of his rival, Damien, things go from bad to worse.

Despite Orion’s warnings, Ireland is attracted to Damien. He’s strong and protective, and harbors an intense dislike for Orion, which makes him…perfect.

But Damien is not one to be crossed.

When all the secrets are revealed, will Ireland trust the boy who broke her heart?  Or is she doomed to suffer a fate worse than death?

About the author:

Leah Crichton began writing at the tender age of five. She was fortunate enough to grow up with two teachers for parents, so she’s used to being constructively criticized which has some serious perks when you live in the real world. Her father is also an author and the rest as they say, is history.

She lives in organized chaos in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with her husband and children, who surprisingly not only put up with her but maybe even love her. She has a few obsessions including but not limited to: coffee, writing, reading, photography, lip gloss, vacations and music. She works full time in a very technical job, so she welcomes the voices inside her head which are fighting to get out and puts them on paper. Sometimes they turn into decent stories. Other times, people just assume she’s crazy.

Amaranthine is the first novel she ever finished. The feeling of reaching the end sparked a desire to do it again, so she’s currently working on her second novel (the first in a series). What happens next remains a mystery.

She can be found on her website, wattpadd, twitter, and facebook.

Amaranthine can be found on amazon.

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Monday Musings: Crit Partners

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I’ve talked here before about crit partners, but in the last two years that I’ve been serious about writing, I’ve never been as thankful for my crit partners as I am today. Or this year, really. 

I’ve been blessed with having found AMAZING crit partners.  We don’t always agree on things.  I have one who HATES (maybe that’s too strong of a word, I’m sure she’ll correct me. :P) when my heros carry my heroines around.  I like it. Not ALL the time, but when I think there’s a need for it.  Another of my crit partners is more on the innocent side and doesn’t like my more steamy scenes.  And yet another loves both of those things, but hates other things. 

The thing about them all is they all have their strengths.  The one that hates all the sappy, sappy stuff, is the one that knows me the best. I can talk to her about any little idea that pops into my head.  And not only does me encourage me to try it, she’ll run with it and come up with something even zanier!  Also, she’s not afraid to tell me when something isn’t working.  We’re both so honest with each other that sometimes, I’m TERRIFIED of opening my crit notes from her.

Like last night I got my latest notes from her, knowing she would “Tear me up”  (I specifically asked her to and she did!) But I also knew that I would probably agree with all of the things she saw as problematic.  I was right.  In fact, if I thought about it, we’ve been together so long I could have easily pointed out the areas that she had a problem with. 

And she’s awesome because she doesn’t mind spending 2 hours on skype with me while I whine and hem and haw in her ear about the things she doesn’t like.  Especially those heros of mine.  ; )  (LOVE YA!)

Anyway,  moving on.  Another is excellent at pointing out movements and is PERFECT for helping me stage my characters. She’ll point out each time she can’t get a feeling of where my characters are or how they’re moving.

But the thing is, for me crit partners are essential.  They help me brainstorm.  They tell me when things aren’t working, and they encourage me when I feel like my book is crap and it’s “all wrong. Every thing is WRONG!”  LOL.  And yes, sometimes the only nice thing they have to say about a story is what’s up in the little picture, but then that’s what they’re there for, right?

But my crit partners are more than that.  They’ve become friends. In some cases,  my best friends and I seriously don’t know what I’d do without them.  Even when I want to pull my hair out and go, as I’m saying, “But now I’ve got to change EVERYTHING!” 

Thanks, guys!  For everything!

So, question for you.  What’s your thoughts on crit partners?  Problematic or Godsend?

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DESTINED tour stop and giveaway

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Yay! I am SO pleased to be able to do this post!  One of my oasis sisters and close friends, Jessie Harrell, just had her debut book birthday!

In celebration she’s giving away an e-copy of the book and a prize pack giveaway!

Isn’t that awesome?!   Yay, Jessie. I’m so happy for you.

When Psyche receives a prophecy gone horribly wrong, she learns that even the most beautiful girl in Greece can have a hideous future. Her fate? Fall in love with the one creature even the gods fear.

As she feels herself slipping closer into the arms of the prophecy, Psyche must choose between the terrifyingly tender touch she feels almost powerless to resist and the one constant she’s come to expect out of life: you cannot escape what is destined.

Destined is a fresh and heartachingly romantic retelling of the Cupid & Psyche myth from debut novelist, Jessie Harrell.

And now onto the contest details.  She’s giving away TWO prizes: an e-copy of the book (this giveaway IS international) and a DESTINED prize pack. (This one is US only).  If you’re in the US you can enter both.

The prize pack includes: an autographed ARC, an autographed bookmark, Psyche’s ring and a Destined notepad.

If you leave your e-mail address in your comment, you’ll be automatically entered to win an e-copy of Destined. The contest will stay open for 48 hours after the post goes live, and then Jessie will use random.org to select a winner. Available formats include .mobu, .epub and .pdf.

And please be sure to visit the other stops on Destined‘s official blog tour for chances to win copies of Destined and other goodies.
Tour Schedule

1-Nov Once Upon A Twilght –  Book Trailer +Interview Ebook giveaway
2-Nov Books With Bite – Interview Ebook giveaway
3-Nov Living in Literary La La Land Guest Post Ebook giveaway
4-Nov I am a Reader, Not a Writer Guest Post Ebook giveaway
5-Nov Paper Hangover Interview Ebook giveaway
6-Nov Nikki Katz Interview Ebook giveaway
6-Nov Fictional Distraction Review Ebook Giveaway
7-Nov Daisy Chain Book Review Interview Ebook giveaway
8-Nov MundieMoms Review + Short Story Ebook giveaway
9-Nov Safari Poet Guest Post Ebook giveaway
10-Nov Good Choice Reading WOW CONTEST + Review Ebook giveaway
11-Nov LM Preston Guest Post VLOG – Read a Scene Ebook giveaway
12-Nov An Avid Readers Musings Interview VLOG Ebook giveaway
13-Nov Skyla11377 Review Ebook giveaway
14-Nov Dark Readers Interview Ebook giveaway
15-Nov Shortie Says… Character GUEST POST Ebook giveaway
16-Nov A Cozy Reader’s Corner Reviews Guest post – Sneak Peek Ebook giveaway
17-Nov Stuck In Books Character Interview Ebook giveaway
18-Nov From A to Z Review  Ebook giveaway
19-Nov Turning Pages Interview Ebook giveaway
20-Nov A Tale of Many Reviews Guest Post Ebook giveaway !
21-Nov Read My Mind – AliseonLife Interview Vlog Ebook giveaway
22-Nov S.A.Larson Review Ebook giveaway
23-Nov Starry Sky Books Prize pack giveaway + Guest Post Ebook giveaway
23-Nov Angels and Demons and Portals. Oh My! Prize pack giveaway Ebook giveaway  ***You are HERE***
You can find Jessie and more about Destined:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Destined-Jessie-Harrell/dp/0615500951/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1318901992&sr=8-8
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11778281-destined
Jessie’s website: www.jessieharrell.com
Jessie’s blog  http://jessie-harrell.blogspot.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JessieHarrell
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JessieHarrell.Author

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Book Review: DESTINED

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DESTINED by Jessie Harrell

Publisher: Mae Day Publishing (November 17, 2011)

Paperback: 368 pages

Reading Level: Young Adult

Rating: 5 of 5 feathers

Source: Author

Of course I have to give this book 5 stars because Jessie is awesomesauce, but seriously, you don’t have to believe me. I highly suggest you read it for yourself, because I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

DESTINED is a book that has something for everyone packaged into a delightfully sweet historical romance/mythology retelling that will have you turning pages until the end and leave you wanting more.

At first I was concerned about Psyche’s modern voice in an ancient Greecian setting (as it was difficult to tell when the story was taking place) and some of the freedoms and liberties she had that a girl (especially a princess) would not have had during that time period. However, I think it might really help teens who wouldn’t normally pick up this type of book really get interested in a historical setting. One of my own personal favorite time periods, BTW.

Psyche is an awesome strong, female character who was well-developed and had a great character arc through out the novel. I love how Jessie used the deepness of the 1st person POV to really show us what and how Psyche was feeling, which was a great foil for Eros’ limited 3rd POV.

Eros was the typical alpha male romance hero with a twist. He was a god. And not just any god, but Cupid, the god of love, whose Mother happens to be Aphrodite. Which, of course, left many interesting dilemas for poor Psyche.

All in all I really enjoyed reading this book (I read it in less than 24 hours) and I highly recommend it.

Also, stay tuned for tomorrow when Jessie will be here and giving away a DESTINED prize pack and an e-copy of the book.

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