Monthly Archives: September 2012

#ROW80 Round 04 of 2012 – Goals

Hello friends! Tomorrow starts the next round of ROW80.

Don’t know what ROW80 is?

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

We are all different and we all have different demands on our time.  Why should we all have the same goal?  The simple answer is that we shouldn’t.  If you want to be a writer, then you have to be able to roll with the punches and adapt to your changing circumstances.  If that means changing your goals when your life blows up, so be it.  ROW80 is the challenge that champions the marriage of writing and real life.

And the best part? The friends we make. The support. The sense of belonging to a tight group. Good stuff.

Anyway, I should talk about my goals, right?

My writing/revising/editing schedule is a wreck, so I’ll stick to weekly goals set every Sunday—which is also the day I post my check-ins. So I’ll state here the goals for this week, and next Sunday I’ll tell you how it went and state the goals for the next week. Okay?

Here it goes. The goals for the first week of ROW80:

  • Writing: work on DESTINY GIFT pre-edits. The deadline is Nov 20, but I want to send it to my editor at least a month earlier since I have too much on my plate … also, HHSW next set of edits should drop in at anytime and those need to be work on asap.
  • Reading: read book #56 of the year and finish critiquing my CP’s manuscript.
  • Social media: I want to spend LESS time on twitter and blogging—so I can get more writing done!
  • Exercising: at least 4x.


How about you? Even if you’re not on ROW80, what are your goals for the last three months of the year?

Let the fun begin!


Tinker Bell in 15 Beats

Blake Snyder’s beatsheet is my new blog feature. I’ll try to have posts like this every two weeks or so, Name of movie or book in 15 Beats, and I hope this helps you too.

Two things to keep in mind: I watch most of these with my kid and that means most of the movies will be kids’ movies and I’m not paying 100% attention to the movie. Second, I’m sorta new to the method and still struggle with the Theme, the All is Lost and Dark Night of the Soul beats. In case you have better suggestions, please do so on the comments. We can discuss the points and, if I end up agreeing with you, I’ll change my beats. Deal?

 Tinker Bell in 15 Beats

1. Opening Image: London changing seasons by fairies.

2. Theme Stated (4.5%): Hm, still debating this one … Such a rare talent. Rosetta says something like they should expect great things from Tinkerbell.

3. Set-Up (1-9%): Birth of Tinkerbell.

4. Catalyst (10%): Tinkerbell becomes a Tinker fairy but she’s not very happy about it.

5. Debate (10-22.5%): Tinkerbell finds out she can’t go to the Mainland. What to do now?

6. Break Into Two (22.5%): Tinkerbell decides she wants to try other talents.

7. B Story (27%): In doubt here. Tinkerbell and the girls. Or, Tinkerbell and the lost things (since they help her gain confidence and become a real tinker by the end).

8. Fun and Games (27-50%): With Silvermist, and Iridessa and Fawn trying to become a fairy of some other talent.

9. Midpoint (50%): When Tink brings a hawk into their village and Vidia ends up being messed with.

10. Bad Guys Close In (50-68%): Tink is hopeless. She thinks her friends are against her. She turns to Vidia for help.

11. All Is Lost (68%): Tink “brings” sprinting thistles into the spring preparation area and messes everything.

12. Dark Night of the Soul (68-77%): She’s the reason spring won’t come in time. She feels worse than ever before.

13. Break Into Three (77%): Tink realizes she can fix everything, so she steps up besides the disappointment everyone feels toward her.

14: Finale (77-100%): With lost things and the help of her friends, Tink brings Spring on time. She’s allowed to go to the Mainland.

15. Final Image (100%): Tink in London with the other fairies, after bringing Spring.

*Note that the percentages are approximate. 


RTW: Best Book of September

Road Trip Wednesday is a “Blog Carnival,” where YA Highway‘s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week’s topic:

What was the best book you read in September?


Couldn’t decide between two, even though I’m still reading one of them.

From Goodreads:

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.


From Goodreads:

When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero.


What was the best book you read in September?


TTT: Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

Today’s topic is:

Top Ten Series I Haven’t Finished


So. I’m gonna cheat. Again.

I started a list of the series I didn’t finish and it went well over ten. Of course. But I noticed the reason were repeated …

Here’s how I’m gonna do. Point out the reason, then list the series that fits that reason.

1. Didn’t LOVE it enough to keep going (and really, I got to LOVE LOVE LOVE it to keep following a series): 

  • The Mediator by Meg Cabot
  • Darkest Powers by Kelley Armstrong
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis
  • Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Beautiful Demons by Sarra Cannon
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr


2. Too many books on my kindle already. Dying to finish/read the next one but don’t want to spend more money:

  • The Dark Sawn series by Richelle Mead – She’s my idol. I can’t believe I didn’t read all her books yet. But there it is.
  • The Inheritance Cicle – the ebook costs $13.99, can you believe that?
  • Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  • TMI by Cassandra Clare *hides under desk*
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Archers of Avalon by Chelsea Fine
  • Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore


3. Procrastinated. I have these on my kindle but didn’t get to them yet, and not sure when—if—I will: 

  • Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
  • Firelight by Sophie Jordan
  • House of Night by PC Cast and Kristin Cast


What about you? Which series did you drop and why?

To participate on the meme, or visit other participants, click here.


Cover Love: LOSING IT

Today I bring to you (with the help of the YA Sisterhood) Cora Carmack and her upcoming new adult book, LOSING IT, which releases October 16th.

LOSING IT is about Bliss Edwards, a college student sick of being the only virgin among her friends. She decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose her virginity quickly and simply— a one-night stand. Her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she chickens out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed. Already embarrassed, it only gets worse when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, and recognizes her new Theatre professor. She’d left him naked in her bed about eight hours earlier.

Add LOSING IT on Goodreads

About the Author :

Cora Carmack is a twenty-something writer who likes to write about twenty-something characters. She’s done a multitude of things in her life– boring jobs (like working at Target), Fun jobs (like working in a theatre), stressful jobs (like teaching), and dream jobs (like writing). She loves theatre, travel, and anything that makes her laugh. She enjoys placing her characters in the most awkward situations possible, and then trying to help them get a boyfriend out of it. Awkward people need love, too. Her first book, a New Adult Contemporary Romance called LOSING IT releases October 16th. You can follow her on twitter @CoraCarmack or her blog.



#ROW80 last check-in of round 03 of 2012

Hello friends! It’s ROW80 update time. The last update of the round. This post was supposed to go up on Thursday (or Wednesday?), but I had one too many posts scheduled for this week, so this is going up today, Sunday.

By the way, if ROW80 sounds like something you would like (I know you would like it), check the website—the next round starts October 1st! You can sign up here for it.

My goals for the last week and how it went:

  1. Writing: revise the novella (HAHP). There was no school Monday and Tuesday so my daughter stayed home, which means I got nothing done. Then, the other days, I did revise HAHP and worked on my CP’s manuscript.
  2. Reading: finish book #53, read book #54, read a prologue from a friend, and at least half of a friend’s ms (I have to critique it too). I’ve read book #53, book #54, read the prologues and critiqued half my CP’s manuscript.
  3. Social media: blog at least twice and hop on Twitter from time to time. Done.
  4. Exercise: 4x at least. Six times.


ROUND 03 (July 2nd to Sept 20th) achievements and thoughts:

I feel like I didn’t do much, but I know I did. It just seems that, if I don’t add words and finish manuscripts, it really isn’t progress …

– I revised a novelette and send it out for a publisher.

– I got two publishing contracts—a novelette out in Dec, and a novel out in August.

– I wrote a short story that is up online for a very awesome contest. Winners will be announced next month.

– I revised an entire manuscript, then decided to shelf it for a bit. I realized I need to rewrite the whole thing but I need some time from it first.

– I revised half of another manuscript and sent it out for the first critique. Got it back two days ago and I’m still disgusting all comments. Quite a bit …

– I revised a novella.

– Worked on pre-edits of the novelette with my editor (the one that will be out in December), and received last night the next edits.

All I see is revising and gosh do I hate revising! But it’s a necessary evil. I wish I learned how to like it, at least a tiny bit, so it would be easier on me. Perhaps with time and practice … One can only hope ;)

Overall, a good round.

Want to check out the other ROWers? Click here!

Have a great week, everyone!


Cover Love: If I Let You Go

Title: If I Let You Go (Novella)
Category: New Adult (NA)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 22nd 2012


Madison Connor is about to lose it. Her job, that is. For three years, she’s taken care of Dominic Hartley’s five year old daughter, Tilly, but her world is flipped on its head when Dominic tells her his latest promotion is taking him to New York. With Tilly having a meltdown over the move, Madison and Dominic get into a fight that changes the entire nature of their relationship, causing Madison to ask herself a big question. Can she let him go?


Kyra Lennon was born on the South coast of England, and to this day, still lives by the sea. Fiction writing has always been her passion, but she also has numerous articles on a variety of topics published on prolific websites.

Kyra’s debut novel, Game On, was released in July 2012 and the second book in the series, Blindsided, is due for release in November 2012.

Where to find Kyra:




Cover Love: OPAL

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

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 USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

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