Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Books and Books! Win LOTS of Books!

One of the coolest parts about being an author, is the fantastic community that you get to be a part of. Due to this community I somehow get a chance to be included in a giveaway like this one. Just look at ALL these fabulous authors with their crazy amazing works! And I'm in there! Both Fraction of Stone and Road to Somewhere.

I can promise you, you'll enjoy all these books in these bundles. So please, please enter.

Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

Valerie Biel's Circle of Nine - Beltany

I think my most favorite place I've ever been is Ireland. There are just no words to describe how GREEN it is (I know green is a word, but honestly, it doesn't do it justice.) The mixture of the people, the pubs, the history and the landscape... it's perfect. I HIGHLY recommend everyone go.

So when I learned that a fellow Wisconsin author, Valerie Biel, wrote a book heavily influenced by Ireland, I had to jump on the blog tour. And I'm really glad I did.

The concept behind this tale is that Brigit is given a gift, a book, that's been passed down through all the women in her family. We learn along with Brigit, her family history, and why she has certain abilities (like reading people's thoughts!). 

The story switches between first person present tense (Brigit) and past tense (depending on the woman Brigit is reading about in the book). Circle of Nine explores the concepts of family, love and trust. I thought the characters were well developed and the look back into the history was really fun. I'm very happy that I was able to get to review this book.

For me, my favorite parts of the tale were the short poems that Brigit read at the beginning of each chapter in her ancestor's book. Here's an example:

How to do this, how to tell?
I write this now my fear to quell
Of how I fled into the night,
Away from what I thought was right,
To save me an one tiny other
From an evil, dark with hunger.
Beware the signs, learn the lesson.
You cannot trust every person.
Watch the scene unfold wholly
If your gift makes you worthy

You can get your copy here!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Here's to 2015! (And a look back at 2014)

Happy New Year!

I don't know about you guys, but I'm PUMPED for 2015. Lots of movin' and shakin'. Writing and editing and submitting and PUBLISHING! Whoot!

It's always kind of fun to go back and look at what I thought was going to happen last year. Turns out I was fairly close.

Here's the list of goals I had for 2014. 
(I've highlighted the things that did happen.)

Start submitting THE INFORMANT 
Start the search for representation for THE PRINCESS AND THE THIEF
Release of ROAD TO SOMEWHERE (Bloomsbury Spark)
Release of FRACTION OF HOPE (#2 in The Fraction Series)
Write and release the third book in The Fraction Series
Release of ONE WISH AWAY (Bloomsbury Spark)

I pretty much achieved the goals that weren't attached to The Fraction Series. (At the end of 2013 I realized I had to get the rights back for the series which took most of 2014). 

2014 was SUCH a learning year for me in terms of everything writerly. I'm really excited to put all those things to use in 2015 and beyond.

Speaking about 2015... here are my goals for this year!
Publish all four books in The Fraction Series. (First one comes out January 6th!)
Publish NO TIME FOR LOVE, my collab with the super duper Cassie Mae!

Continue submission with PRINCESS AND THE THIEF, collab with Jessica Salyer

Finish RAINBOWS & RAINDROPS with my collab author bud, Jenny S. Morris
Write BEST FRIEND WARS with another collab author bud, Jessica Salyer
Write the first book in a YA Dystopian series, working title, WINDOWS TO THE SOUL

So that's what 2015 looks like right now. Like I said, I'm really excited. By the end of 2015 I should have eight published books and hopefully a few more with their feelers out there. 

So how about you guys!? Got a lot of exciting stuff happening in 2015?

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