Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Ghost and The Goth by Stacey Kade

Release Date: June 29, 2010
Publisher: Hyperion Book CH
Series: The Ghost and The Goth #1
Characters: Alona Dare, Will Killian
Age Group: 17+
Pages: 288
Format: Kindle
Source: Friend
Buy the Book: Amazon

Synopsis: After a close encounter with a bus, Alona Dare goes from homecoming queen to Queen of the Dead. She’s stuck as a ghost in the land of the living with no sign of the big, bright light to take her to a better place. To make matters worse, the only person who might be able to help her is Will Killian, a total loser outcast.

More than anything, Will wishes he didn’t have the rare ability to communicate with the dead, especially the former mean girl of Groundsboro High. He’s not filling out any volunteer forms to help her cross to the other side, though it would bring him some welcome peace and quiet.

Can they get over their mutual distrust -- and quasi-attraction -- to work together? Readers of this spirited paranormal comedy won't want this odd couple to ever part.

My Review: This book was absolutely nothing how I expected it to be. It was sooo much better. this book was awesome. When I first read the synopsis I thought it'd be a bit lame and totally clich├ęd, to be honest. I read it though because I was really bored and I had nothing else. After I started reading it I just couldn't stop. It had completely taken me by surprise. So Will has this thing that he can talk to and see ghosts and I thought they would be all "Oh he has super powers, and his mother never noticed or blah blah", right? Totally typical. But no! They thought he had schizophrenia because, like a normal little boy, he told his mother he saw things (I loved that aspect of realism!) and she took him to a doctor. Anyway, I'm not gonna keep telling you. So, back to why I love it. because of the whole mental disorder aspect, because it was so suprisingly emotional and just... wow. I definitely recommend this one to, like, everyone.

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Trading Faces by Ann Herrick

Release Date: September 29, 2012
Publisher: Books We Love Ltd.
Series: N/A
Characters: Darcy Doane, Cybil Sheffield, Devon, Joey Doane
Age Group: 13+
Pages: 175
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
Buy the Book: Amazon

Synopsis: What if you went to sleep plain and woke up beautiful--or vice versa?

An "Ugly Betty" and a Popular Beauty wind up trading faces--and lives--and the situation is not what either one expected!

When 15-year-old Darcy Doane wakes up as Cybil Sheffield, she is thrilled. Cybil is everything Darcy has ever wanted to be. Pretty. Popular. Only... all the attention isn't exactly what Darcy expected. Especially when her own brother, Joey, is crushing on her. Gross.  But then there's Devon, the real Cybil's boyfriend....

Cybil is shocked when she looks in the mirror and sees a face she totally doesn't recognize. She thought not always being the center of attention might be a good thing, but being invisible is hardly bearable. Even her boyfriend, Devon, looks right through her! How can she survive when the only people (except a family of strangers) who even know she's alive are three dipsticks she can't remember ever seeing before? And why hasn't she ever noticed her new "brother," Joey, before?

With the school play, potential boyfriends and an A-List party coming up, Darcy and Cybil have a lot to work out. There's a learning curve for both of them, especially after they are caught fighting at school and forced by the principal to help her at a Return-to-Work project for displaced women.

Trouble is, how do they get their own lives back? And who ends up with what guy?

My Review: In this book we have out typical girl who wishes she wer more popular and had this amazing boyfriend and the girl she wishes she were like is dating him. What was pretty atipycal was that the popular girl wasn't all that hot on the attention. I liked that twist from the start and I think this novel is definitely a decent read. it's a quick 2 hours maybe 3 read. It's definitely fun and I liked the way the girls expressed themselves. I liked the whole Freaky friday swapping thing except... well I liked how we really got to see the issues that teenage girls face every day and how they handle them. I also really liked the aspect that they could wear. quite literally, someone else's shoes and maybe next time they won't be so quick to judge.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Query is a Four Letter Word—Jennifer L. Armentrout Guest Post!


Guest Post from Jennifer L. Armentrout :)

Guest Post:

Okay, Query really isn’t a four letter word, but it ranks right up there with more widely known four letter words for authors. At least for me. Nothing makes me want to go hide in a closet faster than having to write a query, and guess what guys, getting an agent isn’t the end of queries. There are queries written for submissions to editors and they are just as scary as the one you send to agents.
Summing up a 100k book in about 150 words seems impossible. It’s not. But it’s not easy. There is blood, sweat, and buckets of tears.
During my writing career I’ve probably sent well over 150 queries. Yep. You read that correctly. Some of those queries were for agents, others for the agent to submit to editors. I’ve written a total thirteen, unique queries for different books. Each of those thirteen has been rewritten so many times I cringe to even think about it. Out of all those rewrites, there’s only one query that I’ve ever been truly proud of and that was CURSED.
Giving advice on writing queries is as scary as writing them. I don’t think there is ever one perfect way to write a query or a format guaranteed to hook an agent or an editor.  Queries are a lot like writing in general. They are like the Big Mac secret sauce of the literary world. No one really knows what makes one more successful than the other, because like everything else in writing, queries are truly subjective.  I personally think it’s a mixture of talent/skill, luck, and timing.
Since you can’t really do anything about luck and timing, here are some of the things I think helps during the query writing process.

1. Start off with your synopsis. And trust me, that sucks worse than a query, but typically you can pull a query out of a synopsis. Also, if you can’t write a synopsis for your book, you’re not going to be able to write a query. Why? Because you either don’t know your book well enough yet or there’s flaws in your book that still need to be worked out.
2. Make sure your query has your character’s voice. You query should read like your book.
3. Write your query in first person. GASP.  That was the Internet gasping at that suggestion. Keep reading. Writing your query in first person can help you get into your character’s voice. Once you have your query finished, go back and change it from first person to third person. Now the Internet can calm down. It’s a trick that’s worked for me.
4. Have unbiased, complete strangers reader your query. Not your beta partners. There are forums like Query Tracker that is a great place for this.
5. Rewrite your query until your eyes bleed. Don’t be like me and submit the very first version of the query you’ve written. It’s embarrassing.
6. Once you’ve written and rewritten your query and submitted your query, the next thing you need to do is prepare yourself for rejection because it’s going to happen. Some of the most popular writers have been rejected dozens and dozens of times. It’s just the nature of the process.

Queries are hard, but they’re not impossible. Just like writing a book, practice does make perfect.

Thank you to Jennifer! She's a super amazing author and I'm glad she could make some time to make this post for me and my readers!

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

USA TODAY BESTSELLING Author Jennifer 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 Russel 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. She is the author of the COVENANT Series (Spencer Hill Press), the LUX Series (Entangled Publishing), and the upcoming YA contemporary mystery/thrillers DON'T LOOK BACK (Disney/Hyperion Spring 2014) and yet untitled book (Disney/Hyperion tentative Fall 2014).

About 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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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Writing is Real Work—Jus Accardo Guest Post!

Hey guys,

Today I have a post from the awesome Jus Accardo :)

Guest Post:

Sometimes, when I tell people I’m an author, they get this kind of look in their eyes. It’s usually followed by something like, You’re so lucky you get to work from home! It would be so cool to watch TV all day! (huh??)
And sometimes it’s followed by silly questions like, Do you have a real job, too?
Writing is a real job. It’s my only job. This is a full time gig for me, and even though I love it, it’s still work.

Definition of Work

1. exertion or effort directed to produce or accomplish something; labor; toil.
2. something on which exertion or labor is expended; a task or undertaking.
3. productive or operative activity.
4. employment, as in some form of industry, especially as a means of earning one's livelihood: to look for work.
5. one's place of employment

I may not have to deal with rush hour traffic every day or trekking to the car in two feet of snow during the winter, but that doesn’t make it any less challenging or stressful than other job out there.
I’m generally at my desk between 6 and 7 each morning, and other than an hour or so for lunch, am usually there until midnight—sometimes longer. There’s a lot to do. The obvious—the writing. But there’s also editing, plotting, synopsis and query writing, emails to answer, social media to stay on top of, interviews and blog posts to write…
*comes up for air*
A friend once said to me being author must be awesome because you sit at your desk all day because you can watch funny dog videos or play Warcraft.
I’m not sure about the other authors out there, but I don’t have time for those things. Okay. Not true. There might occasionally be a funny dog video stuffed in there.
But only occasionally.
The popular misconception about working from home is that it’s easy. Yes. Most of the time when you’re working from home, you can make your own hours. This is sometimes awesome, but also has serious disadvantages. See, when you love your job as much as I do, and work is only a few rooms away, it’s hard to take a real day off. I can’t speak for anyone other than me, but I find it impossible to walk away. Even on the holidays, my brain is like, I can squeeze in a few minutes before company gets here, or Well I’ll just get a chapter or two done while you hit the food store. And those middle of the night sparks of inspiration? I can’t tell you how many times in the beginning (he’s used to it now) my husband came downstairs at 4 a.m. and found me glued to the computer with no concept of time.
Then there’s the stress. Everyone’s job has it. Being an author is no different. Trust me. Will the readers like my next book? Will my agent? What about my editor and the reviewers? I don’t think I’ve ever met an author that didn’t stress about how their work would be received by the public. That epic project you’ve been obsessed with at the office for the last six months and are about to unveil to your boss? Yeah. Same thing. There’s business travel (conferences and out of town signings). I’m a homebody at heart. Leaving my husband and four-legged kids behind is hard—but it’s part of my job and needs to be done sometimes. And deadlines? Don’t even get me started…
So you see, we’re just like everyone else—except maybe just a tad more caffeinated with weird sleeping patterns and conversations with people who aren't really there. We have our ups and downs and fair share of stress. What about you guys? What stresses you out at your job?

THAT'S A WRAP! And thanks a lot to Jus, who's never been anything less than kind and sweet to me. And for taking the time to write this. :)

About Jus:

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, Touch was released in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is currently working on the next book in the Denazen series.

To contact or know more about Jus and/or her work, visit her page. Click here.

About Touch:

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.

A secret Kale will kill to protect.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year, New Books, New Fun!

Hello! Happy New Year!

I am so happy to be writing to you guys. I hope you've all had a great year and will make this one an even better one. This new year will be filled with new opportunities, new chances and just new everything! Remember it's only 365 days so make the best of it! And for this years resolution make sure to include the following:

1. Have fun!
2. Go crazy—not too crazy though, you wildcat.
3. Read until your brain gives you a stern scolding.
4. Discover new things.
5. Stop by this blog again, tomorrow for a really cool guest post by Jus Accardo... ::wink, wink::
6. And another guest post coming this week by Jennifer Armentrout ::nudge, nudge::
6. Learn, dream and make sure to LAUGH A WHOLE LOT.

More on that number 5: What better way to start the New Year than with some awesome blog posts from our favorite authors with advice for us readers and aspiring writers :)
PLUS! Good news! I'm planning on doing a giveaway... you know you love those don't you? But I'm not sure what book to giveaway so I'll do a poll. Make sure to vote and spread the word! I love giving away goodies! :) It'll be an eBook though because shipping costs are pretty high and I'd like for EVERYONE to participate, plus I'm pretty much broke after all the Christmas gifts and stuff.

Anyway! Have a blast! Eat lots of yummy food and don't throw stones at me whenever I go AWOL again.

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