Thursday, 17 April 2014

Release Day - Divide by Jessa Russo


Today we're celebrating the release of DIVIDE--Jessa Russo's upper young adult fantasy fairytale redux of Beauty and the Beast (what a mouthful!)! 

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From senior class president to dejected social outcast, with just the flick of a match.

After accusations of torching her ex-boyfriend’s home are followed by the mysterious poisoning of her ex-best friend, seventeen-year-old Holland Briggs assumes her life is over. And it is. But not in the way she thinks.

As Holland learns the truth about her cursed fate—that she is descended from the Beast most have only ever heard of in fairytales—she unites with an unlikely ally, good-looking newcomer Mick Stevenson. 

Mick knows more about Holland’s twisted history than she does, and enlightening as it is to learn about, his suggestion for a cure is unsettling at best. Holland must fall in love with Mick in order to break the spell, and save their future generations from repeating her cursed fate. Having sworn off love after the betrayals of her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend, this may be difficult to accomplish. 

Complicating things further for Holland and Mick, time runs out, and Holland’s change begins way before schedule. With Holland quickly morphing into a dangerous mythical creature, Mick struggles to save her.

Should they fail, Holland will be lost to the beast inside her forever.


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Welcome to What's Up Wednesday, a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow. Here's what I've been up to this past week!

What I'm reading

This week, I read Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, which I really enjoyed, and also Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta. I love me some good fantasy! :) Then I read In the After by Demetria Lunetta, because I was in the mood for something post-apocalyptic to get back in the mood to work on mine. I really enjoyed it! Finally, I read The Wicked We Have Done, and wow. It's certainly...intense. I'm not sure I enjoyed it as much as I just couldn't stop reading it!

What I'm writing

Still working on my sequel! :) As I said in my Spring Bootcamp Update, I'm also working through the second-last round of edits on my YA post-apocalyptic, Indestructible. The idea of this book actually being finished is kind of scary, though... Funny thing is, this is a book I never actually intended to write, but the idea grabbed hold of me and refused to let me go until I wrote it. And the sequel's the same. It's something that hasn't happened since I wrote the Darkworld series. Not that I want to jinx it, but the words have come out easily compared to most of the other books I've written. And now I'm attached to it. Oops.

I also had an idea for a new MG book, which I added to my never-ending list. And did some brainstorming based on another story concept, because I apparently don't already have enough to do... :P

What inspires me

Spring is finally here, and after 6 months of nonstop rain, it's more than welcome! :D *basks in rays of much-needed sunshine* 
What else I've been up to

I've actually been outside properly for the first time in months! A friend and I went to the Nature Centre to see the otters and meerkats. :)
 I also dyed my hair again. ^_^


But of course my immune system decided to strike me down with a flu bug, so I'm currently stuck indoors shivering and drinking lemsip. *grumpyface*

Monday, 14 April 2014

Release Day - Destruction by Sharon Bayliss

Introducing a new dark wizard family drama, Destruction by Sharon Bayliss, Book One in The December People Series.

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David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything. Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn't a choice.

Eleven years ago, David's secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without. 

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David's wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.  

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

Destruction (Book One of The December People Series)

The Author

Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.

Spring Bootcamp Update #6


I'm forging ahead with my sequel! :) Now at 21,000 words of the draft (19K for Camp NaNo), which means I'm be hitting the halfway point of Camp NaNo today! I'm glad I've actually managed to stay on target with this, because NaNoWriMo last year was a disaster, but it helps that I've had a working outline for this sequel since December.

Meanwhile, I've been writing the dreaded synopsis for the first book, and also working through more CP notes. :) Only a couple more rounds of edits left!

Friday, 11 April 2014

Review - Three Wishes by Deborah Kreiser

Three Wishes
Tall and lanky, Genie Lowry is only noticed at academic awards assemblies—until the day she turns 17 1/2, when her body changes from Kate-Hudson-flat to Katy-Perry-curvy—and she finds out she’s a real, live genie. Suddenly, every guy at school is paying attention to her, including Pete Dillon, her never-in-a-million-years crush.

But to gain her full powers and keep her new body, Genie has to find a master, and she’s not sure if Pete’s Master (or Mr.) Right. With help from her dead mother’s interactive diary and an imposing mentor with questionable motives, Genie uncovers the family history and genie rules she never knew. She grapples with her new powers and searches for the perfect master as she tries to make her own wishes come true.

My review

This is a fantastic contemporary fantasy with a really cool concept. Gawky “ugly duckling” teenager Genie finds out she’s actually a genie, and is transformed into the girl every guy wants. Even Pete, her crush. But she has to learn the rules of being a genie if she wants to keep her powers, which include finding a “master” before her eighteenth birthday and granting three wishes for them. Is Pete the one for her?

I loved the use of her mother’s diary and the way the words only appear if she wishes for them. Genie is a very relatable character and her story will appeal to teen readers of all ages. The other side characters, including her crush, Pete, and her best friend, Joel, are believable teenagers. I don't think I've read another novel with this concept before, and I think this is a must for teen fans of contemporary fantasy with a dash of romance!

Rating: ****


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

What's Up Wednesday

Welcome to What's Up Wednesday, a weekly meme run by Erin L Funk and Jaime Morrow. Here's what I've been up to this past week!

What I'm reading

I read Pantomime by Laura Lam, which was absolutely fantastic - I'm now reading the sequel, Shadowplay. Totally unique YA fantasy!

I also read Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews, an urban fantasy that's been on my Goodreads list for over a year. I really enjoyed it, and I'm going to have to pick up the rest of the series at some point!

What I'm writing

I'm still Camp NaNo-ing away with my YA post-apocalyptic sequel (while the first book is in the hands of three other readers! *eek*). :) I've not yet reached the dreaded sink-hole in the middle where the story starts disobeying my outline, so the hard part lies ahead...for now, I've been enjoying re-acquainting myself with the characters and the world. And preparing to torment my poor characters in the next 60,000 words. *evil laugh*

What inspires me

Dare I say...this book? I had one of those wonderful days yesterday where I just typed 2000 words without getting discouraged or distracted. Those days are rare at the moment, which made it doubly precious.

What else I've been up to 

Freelance work, editing for Entangled, answering a never-ending heap of emails, beta reading and critiquing... Not much else! It's been another challenging week with a fair few disappointments, so I've been trying not to dwell on things and just get on with what I can actually control...which is the words on the page.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Cover Reveal - One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij

One, Two, Three...BOOK & AUTHOR INFO:

One, Two, Three… by Elodie Nowodazkij
Publication date: June 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult

When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.
Last year, Natalya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.
But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.
At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present, and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.
But when upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.
Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

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The short story: Young adult author, Elodie Nowodazkij writes the stories swirling in her head during her commuting time.

The long story: Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and use her commuting time to write the stories swirling in my head. She's also a serial smiley user.
ONE TWO THREE is her first novel. 

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