Monthly Archives:: May 2012

Reading: May 2012

Reading: May 2012

I don’t review books, but I rate them on my GoodReads profile. It had been a while since I last read a craft book, so I decided to start the month reading one.   The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass   The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross   All I Want For Christmas by Ros Clarke   No Dress Required by Cari Quinn   The Darkest Night by Gena Showalter   Traitor by Rachel Morgan   Switched by Amanda Hocking   Cheers,

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Links about Writing – part 3

Here are more links of posts (old and recent) about writing that I found pretty helpful or/and good or/and interesting. You can see my other posts like this one: Part 1, Part 2, and also the Links About Inspiration.   Twelve writers woes and the books to cure them.  Developmental and Structural editing. Writing toward your midpoint. Save the Snyder: The Blake Snyder Beat Sheet. Making depressing character likable. Ten things you should know about endings. Reasons agents stop. 25 Reasons I hate your main character. Writing advice from C.S. Lewis. Stress Less, Write More. Man up! Writing male POV. What about characters who don’t match stereotypical male and female qualities. Women are from Venus, Men are annoying. Male POV…. Read more »

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Holy Cauldron-bats, is it the caped crusader…Merlin? by Priya Ardis

Holy Cauldron-bats, is it the caped crusader…Merlin? by Priya Ardis

Today I have Priya Ardis on the blog talking about her new book MY MERLIN AWAKENING. A young Merlin has woken and must manipulate a high school girl so he can wield Excalibur to stop a devastating natural disaster, but then falls in love with her. Take it away, Priya: Holy Cauldron-bats, is it the caped crusader…Merlin? You’ve heard the legends. His name pops up everywhere. Merlin. He’s some old dude with a long white beard, pointy hat, and robes. But does the most powerful wizard in the world really have to be a cartoon character? Well, I thought, why not trade in the robe for…tights? While the Legend of Arthur is a classic story and the underlying themes of… Read more »

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#ROW80 and NTS Check-in 05/27

#ROW80 and NTS Check-in 05/27

If you’re here for my entry for the Curiosity Quills contest, click here. Hello friends! Here are my goals and how I’m doing: Organize my new home and my new schedule. Done. Once my life is normal again (or almost), find a gym and exercise 3 times per week. Done. Participate on Crafting the Sensual Novella Workshop from April 9th to May 6th. Done. Finish revising my novel, DESTINY GIFT. Done. BUT IT’LL COME BACK NEXT WEEK! Start a new novel or novella and get as far as I can with it. I finished the novelette, revised it, sent it off to betas and CPs (got back from one already). This week I plotted, outlined, revised and revised again, and also wrote a total of 4800 words toward… Read more »

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Being Opposites, by Jacqueline Gardner

Being Opposites, by Jacqueline Gardner

If you’re here for my entry for the Curiosity Quills contest, click here.   Today I have Jacqueline Gardner here on the blog talking about her new book, MUTINY, book 1 of the M.E.R. series. Eric’s life aboard a top secret stealth submarine as a member of the government’s M.E.R. program has been about discipline, cunning and survival. As both a soldier and a natural born regenerator, he can heal from any wound, but to stay alive he must accept a vein-burning serum that prevents his DNA from over-mutating.  In exchange Eric must follow his Chief Commander’s every order.  And never ask questions, no matter the assignment.  When he goes ashore on his first solo mission he runs into a complication he didn’t… Read more »

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Entry for Destiny Gift

Entry for Destiny Gift

The lovely Sharon Bayliss is hosting a great contest with Krystal Wade, one of the editors from Curiosity Quills. And this is my entry for the contest:   Query: Nadine Sterling’s world is covered in darkness. Natural catastrophes, disorder, and crime run wild. Humanity believes God has abandoned them. Even in this chaotic world, Nadine’s life is normal—NYU student, barista in a coffee shop, talented singer, and dutiful daughter—except for her visions of Victor Gianni, her imaginary boyfriend. She has excuses for her visions: exhaustion, daydreaming, and hallucinations, but is forced to confront them when she bumps into a real Victor, one who doesn’t know her and shuns her away. After the encounter, Nadine’s visions change to those of eerie fates, gods… Read more »

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Cast for the Destiny Series, by Laura DeLuca

Cast for the Destiny Series, by Laura DeLuca

I have Laura DeLuca today on the blog, talking about her new book, DESTINY UNVEILED, book 2 of the Destiny Series. Gabriella and Darron thought their magickal battle was over when they defeated the evil warlock, Richard. When her Aunt Donna seeks Gabriella’s help in rescuing her catatonic daughter from the Dark Coven, Gabriella discovers that her cousin holds a power within her that would be catastrophic in the hands of the evil witches.  Gabriella’s coven sets out on a journey that may be their last. Along the way, they meet new allies, face devastating treachery, and battle not only the Dark Coven, but the darkness within themselves.  When Gabriella finally comes face to face with the cousin she never knew existed,… Read more »

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Cover Love: Succubus Lost

Cover Love: Succubus Lost

Today I have the honor of revealing the cover for SUCCUBUS LOST by Tiffany Allee, book 2 in the series From The Files of the Otherworlder Enforcement Agency, coming from Entangled Publishing. First, let me present to you book 1, BANSHEE CHARMER, which I read last month and loved: When she’s sent to a crime scene and finds her second dead woman in as many weeks, half-banshee detective Kiera “Mac” McLoughlin is convinced a serial killer is on the loose. Incubi are extinct, her boss insists. But what else can kill a woman in the throes of pleasure? When her partner is murdered after using witchcraft to locate the killer and Mac is thrown off the case, her frustration turns… Read more »

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