Friday, November 29, 2013

Animals as Characters

There are a lot of books out there where animals play an important role. Sometimes, they are major characters that contribute to the story.
Think of The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis. Aslan is a talking lion. Mr. And Mrs. Beaver help the children on their journey. These talking animals have human mindsets.
Why are stories like this one so popular? Why are we as readers drawn to animals that talk!? 

Well for one...how cool would it be if they really could talk! 

Most people have had a pet at some point in their life. The bond you develop with your pet is pretty special. If you could converse with them it would be super amazing! 

Since talking with animals isn't possible, having them talk in books is the next best thing. 




Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review of The Adventures of Molly by Justyn Simon



Review of the Adventures of Molly by Justyn Simon

So, for the next few weeks I will be reviewing books that all  have animals in them! I felt like this would be perfect to take a few weeks to not only do reviews of these books, but also focus on animals in books. This review kicks off the Animals and Books Weeks.

Here's a bit about this short story.

The Adventures of Molly is a dog adventure story, is about dogs in an imaginary alternative world where for the most part, the action takes place. Wrangler is a pit-bull with anger issues who wants to fit in, but Buddy the Beagle doesn't like pit-bulls. Will Molly be able to end the feud ?


So here's what I think:
*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This story was interesting. Everything seemed very straightforward. Once Molly, the pit-bull who ventures into doglandia, she encounters issues with others not liking her simply for being a pit-bull.

I used to have a pit-bull dog several years ago. He was a sweet dog. I like how this story uses dogs to showcase how humans act towards pit-bulls, or any animal really that society feels might be too dangerous. For me, stories like this one help get the discussion going on is it the animals fault for being mean, or their owners? 

If you like stories that help bring up questions, and want a quick read, then this book might be one to add to your list.

Goodreads  /  Wattpad








Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Blog Tour: Review and Giveway of Scion of the Sun by Nicola Marsh


ABOUT SCION OF THE SUN:

Title: SCION OF THE SUN
Series: THE SOLAR SNATCHERS SERIES
Publication date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
ISBN-13: 978-0-9850294-3-2
ISBN eBook: 978-0-9850294-2-5
Author: Nicola Marsh

When she least expects it, sixteen-year old Holly Burton’s unremarkable life is shaken to the core. A vision of the mother Holly never knew leaves her questioning everything she believes.

Eager for answers, Holly enrolls at a boarding school for highly gifted students in Wolfebane, New Hampshire. But things will get worse before they get better, as Holly accidentally transports to a parallel existence where she's confronted by a dark and ancient evil.

With the help of Joss, a sexy alpha warrior sworn to protect her, and her new BFF, the equally swoon-worthy Quinn, Holly faces her fears and an unlikely adversary in a showdown that is worse than anything she could’ve possibly imagined …

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

This book was awesome. Just plain awesome. It was a fun read and full of excitement and adventure. I will totally read the next book when it comes out. The characters were well developed, the writing was great, and I could tell a lot of research went into this book. 

Yes, it is a teen book, but it reads nicely. I enjoy lots of teen books and I feel the fact that I'm not a teen anymore doesn't matter. The adventure and romance in this book is enough for me. I could care less how old the characters are. 

If you like escaping to other worlds and adventures (aka your a reader of fiction) you will like this book. 


ABOUT NICOLA MARSH:

Nicola currently writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon Romance and Riva/Presents series, Entangled Publishing, Month9Books, Harlequin Teen and Crimson Romance, has published 39 books and sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. She’s a Bookscan, USA Today, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Waldenbooks bestseller, has finalled in several awards including the prestigious HOLT (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent), Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, Booksellers’ Best, Golden Quill, Laurel Wreath, More than Magic and won several CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Awards. Nicola loves the hip, vibrant, cosmopolitan vibe of her home city, Melbourne, where she’s set the bulk of her novels, highlighting  fabulous cultural and food havens like Acland Street (St. Kilda), Brunswick Street (Fitzroy) and Lygon Street (Carlton). When she’s not writing she’s busy raising her two little heroes, sharing fine food with family and friends, cheering on her beloved North Melbourne Kangaroos footy team and her favorite, curling up with a good book!

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Guest Review on The Book Cove Blog!

Today I did a guest book review for the fine ladies over at The Book Cove!! I was happy to read a book from their amazing list and I really enjoyed it!!

I got to read Ithaca by Mark Aragona. It is an awesome science fiction book!!

CLICK HERE to see my review!!


Friday, November 22, 2013

Book Release! The Fountain of the Earth by H. L. Le Roy

Today is the launch of +H. L. Le Roy's new book The Fountain of the Earth!

I will be doing a review of it in January, but this book sounds so amazing I wanted to post a little something highlighting it and celebrating it's release!!

Book Details/short biography
Book Information
Title: The Fountain of the Earth
Author: H. L. LeRoy
Format: Trade paper, E-book
Trade paper page count: 272
Publish Date: November 22, 2013
Series: The Fountain of the Earth
Series Number: 1
Publisher: Tranquille Press
ISBN 978-0615710082
Genre: Young Adult - Dystopian

Book Description:

The first in a planned series, The Fountain of the Earth is set on the West Coast following a catastrophic solar flare that has destroyed civilization, leaving only a few people struggling to survive. After witnessing the vicious murder of her mother, Terra Vonn (15) has a singular focus—exacting revenge on the killers. But before she can complete her plans, savagery intervenes and she is cast alone into a brutal post-apocalyptic world. As she trails the men south through a land filled with cannibalistic criminals, slave traders, and lunatics, the hunter becomes the hunted. Terra quickly learns that she is neither as tough nor as brave as she thinks she is. Worse, she may be the only one who stands between what little remains of civilization and destruction.

Tagline:
Terra Vonn is fighting to survive in a destroyed world,
surrounded by unspeakable horror . . .

and things are about to get much worse.

Excerpt from The Fountain of the Earth


Ike Shaw, the clan leader, tried to put a stop to the charity toward us by threatening the other women. Thinking, I guess, it would force us to take husbands. It didn’t work, and a little food continued to show up at our hut. I was grateful, but it made Mom embarrassed. We had never needed charity before. It apparently made Shaw angry, because one afternoon he ordered us out of our hut and made us stand in front of the clan.
“You will both take husbands. It is unnatural for you to live without men in your hut.”
Mom tried to push me forward. I shrugged off her hand and walked back to our hut.
After his little speech, a couple of the men in the camp tried to take me as a wife by force, probably believing I was weak and the clan leader would approve. Once, I was able to fight my way free, but the other time, Carson came to my aid.
All of that stopped when Delon attacked me after I had returned from a hunt. In the couple of years since my friend Leslie died, he had turned into a fat drunk with two wives.
I had just walked across the camp center from the latrines when he lurched from between two huts and stood weaving in front of me.
“I have an idea,” Delon said, his breath thick with the smell of alcohol. “I’ve got room for you in my hut.” He reached for my arm.
I jerked back. “Get away from me,” I said.
Apparently, it took him by surprise, because he just stood there with a stupid look on his face. I took the opportunity to walk past him. But I wasn’t quick enough, and he grabbed me from behind. Wrestling me to the ground, he flipped me on my back and pushed his huge, sweaty gut onto my face to hold me down. I could barely breathe.
“You’ll like being my wife,” he said.
Then he touched me.
I bit down as hard as I could on his belly and twisted my head until a big chunk came off in my mouth. Delon jumped up, screamed, and ran into the forest. I stood and spat the bloody gob into the fire pit where it sizzled, smelling a little like roasted pig. That same day, I started carrying Dad’s gun everywhere I went. It would be far worse for him if he ever came near me again. Delon knew it too, because he ran whenever he saw me.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Review of Concurrent Relationships by Lee DeBourg


Concurrent Relationships by Lee Debourg



Following college Frank is comfortable in his bucolic little hometown of Collins. Beth Ann calls, announcing her divorce will be finalized Friday morning...and she is driving the two hours to Collins from the City immediately thereafter.

Oh, mercy. Not Beth Ann, again.
amantes sunt amentes
Lovers are lunatics.








*I was given a copy of this book en exchange for my honest review*

I feel like this book was a fresh take on romance. The main character was a man, and seeing things through his eyes was different, at least for a romance novel. I liked this aspect a lot. 

This book had a nice flow to it, I wasn't always sure where it was leading, by when I got to the end I understood and was happy with how things turned out. 

I could not hate Beth Ann more if I tried. I got mad at Frank a little for keeping her around. I don't think (thankfully) that I've met anyone as self centered as Beth Ann in real life. 

I can't help but think of this book as a coming of age book as well. We meet Frank when he's out of college, but he thinks back to his college years and over the course of the book we see him grown and learn what he wants in life. Frank is such a likeable guy.

This book was an easy read and fun to read. If you are into romance novels and want something different then pick up this book! 

Goodreads /  Amazon 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

My Goal is Set!

So I did a post last week about how I'm finding less time to write now that I'm working and going to school. I've been thinking about what kind of goal I want to set for myself to finish my novel. I don't want it to just sit there like it has in the past. I want to complete this project.

I graduate in May 2015, and that is now also my deadline for finishing the novel. Not just the first draft, but I want to be ready to either publish it myself or have it ready to begin querying agents.  Since I don't go to summer school I really think this is doable!

Since I've became an English major I've noticed a huge improvement in my writing abilities. It's the main reason I became an English major,so I could become a better writer. Everyone in my family has a degree but me, so I'm excited to finally have a light at the end to keep me pushing hard!

As always I will post updates on my progress. I will be writing several short stories for one of my classes and I'm going to post those stories on here too. I'm really excited about it!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Book Review on The Peasants Revolot

As you know I also am a blogger for The Peasants Revolt blog. Today I did a review of the book, Obscura Burning by Suzanne Van Rooyen. This book was very hard to put down!! Please go check it out!! :)

Friday, November 15, 2013

Slow and steady wins the race

I haven't written on my novel in a week. Adjusting to my work schedule has proven harder than I thought. When I get home from work I eat dinner, do some homework and then spend time with my husband.
I love the story I'm writing!!! I want to write! But I want to graduate and I want time with my husband! What's an aspiring author to do!? 

I'm not sure. I know I'm not going to make my Nanowrimo goal...and I'm ok with that. I still feel a bit guilty for not working on it this past week, but I had higher piorities. 

I feel like I need to set some realistic writing goals for myself. Maybe a 1,000 words a week? 

For all my other writer friends out there? How do you manage? Working and going to school full time is kicking my butt! 

For now, I'm content with the fact that I have an awesome novel in the works. I know it will get done, no matter how long it takes. 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Guest Post: When Research Meets Plot by Susan Sloate

When Research Meets Plot
By Susan Sloate

     There are wonderful benefits to researching a novel. Good research provides you with information to draw on in creating the world of your story (something that’s important in a lot of novels but critical in historical). It adds flavor and anchors the reader firmly in a time and place. (this is especially true if your research turns up small unknown details readers can drool over).
    For me, I believe that the more research you do, especially on a historical novel, the less you actually have to come up with in the way of important plot points. Do enough reading on an arcane subject and you can blend your research with your fiction to create a seamless story tapestry. The reader won’t know where fact ends and your imagination begins.
     Want an example? My latest novel, FORWARD TO CAMELOT: 50th Anniversary Edition (co-authored with Kevin Finn), is about the JFK assassination (a timely subject this fall, with the 50th anniversary of that event). I will admit we spent years researching this one, but I believe in the process, we turned up stuff that became gold in the story.
     For instance, we learned in studying JFK’s life that his father Joe was worried that Jack’s various illnesses, especially his Addison’s disease (a weakness of the adrenal glands), could hit the headlines and destroy his political career. And while an aide always carried a bag of medicines when JFK was out in public, what would happen if he ever got separated from them?
     Turns out Joe Sr. had considered that possibility. His solution? He took safe-deposit boxes in bank vaults all over the country and stashed medications for Jack in all of them. The idea was that no matter where he was in the US, if he ever ran out of medication or got separated from that black medical bag, he could still get fresh refills, and most important, it could be kept a secret.
     As soon as we learned that, we knew we had to use it. I mean, how fantastic is that for a plot point? An incapacitated president being chased by assassins who’s also desperate for meds but can’t tell anyone? LOVE it!
     So in our story, at one point all three of our intrepid heroes go to a bank vault to get into one of those special safe-deposit boxes. NOBODY who has ever written fiction about JFK has ever used that. But we who had done the research—we could, and did.
     A much smaller point involved Lee Harvey Oswald. In our research we learned that he was a surprisingly good dancer, that at his wedding, his wife’s aunt taught him to waltz and he picked it up at once. We used that. It was a great character moment, totally unexpected and led to the next big emotional moment.
     We couldn’t make this stuff up. Some of it so stretches credibility that no one would believe it. But finding that basis in fact gave us the confidence to go out on a limb, because we knew it had actually happened. And because it was fresh material, stuff no one else had woven into fiction before us, it made us look like creative geniuses. There’s far more truth than fiction in FORWARD TO CAMELOT, I promise you.
     This is, of course, a two-edged sword. For years after we published the first edition in 2003, we heard wonderful compliments about our original and exciting plot. People would point out story points they especially enjoyed and ask how in the world we came up with them. And we would have to (painfully, at times) admit that actually, we hadn’t: it came out of our research.
     Funny, they would then look disappointed and murmur something about the great research, but it sounded far less enthusiastic. Ah, well.
     It’s amazing how many wonderful ideas you can get from delving into the research, which you can use to push your plot forward in a unique way. And believe me, you’d never have thought that stuff up yourself. No fiction writer is that creative.
     Yeah, it takes hours from the actual writing.
     But on the other side of the coin, when you let the facts drive your story, think how many hours it saves.
    
    

     

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Interview with author Susan Sloate!

So yesterday I gave my review of FORWARD TO CAMELOT and to sum it up, I loved it. I was able to ask +Susan Sloate some questions regarding what it was like to work with another author, as well as researching for a novel. As an aspiring author myself I was really interested in what she had to say!

1. What was it like writing with another author? How did that work?

Kevin and I talked through the entire story, step by step, before we began the manuscript, which wasn't easy as we didn't even live the same state, so we worked entirely by phone and email. When the outline was completely written, we chose scenes to write individually based on our own skill set and interests. I was more involved with the character-driven scenes and the setup of Cady herself. Kevin created most of the actions scenes and the time-travel method (which I think is brilliant). Then once we'd both written the scenes we were best at, I rewrote the entire manuscript so it would have a consistent feel from beginning to end. It took a long, long time, but I think the results are justified, and we told the story we set out to tell.


2. I know you guys did a lot of research for this book. What was the oddest place where you found a source?

The oddest place was probably the LBJ Presidential Library, and we didn't go there till the original edition of the book had been out for about five years. Turns out the entire premise of the book--our heroine Cady traveling back in time to pick up President Kennedy's Bible--was flawed, because the Bible had never actually been missing (even though we got that information from a bestselling book about the assassination). In the novel, Cady goes back in time to retrieve the President's Bible, because it was the book on which LBJ took the presidential oath on the afternoon of November 22, 1963, after JFK's death, and it was supposedly missing after LBJ took the oath. 

We found out years later (on JEOPARDY!, of all places) that the book was actually in the LBJ Presidential Library. I called and spoke to the archivist there and she explained how it came to be in their possession. Fascinating story. We tell it in the Afterword in FORWARD TO CAMELOT. 


3. Where's the best place to start research for a novel? Library, internet?

That depends on your subject. If you're researching your own ancestors, you might want to read their diaries or visit the cemetery to see their gravestones before anything else. If you're writing about, say, an old crime, you might go to police records or talk to investigators before you try to find anything in the library or online. Where you do your research will depend entirely on what you're looking for and where that information might be found. In the case of CAMELOT, all our research was pre-Internet, so we haunted libraries, read around a hundred books, looked at news articles and film footage, went through lots of the Warren Commission exhibits (tons of really good information there, though the Report itself was so flawed).

4. Did you travel to Dallas to help in your research for this book? 

Yes, I was in Dallas several times. I spent a lot of time in Dealey Plaza and I visited the Sixth Floor Museum in the Texas Schoolbook Depository. In fact, I was in Dallas on the day in 1993 when they dedicated Dealey Plaza as an historic site. Nellie Connally, the widow of Governor John Connally, was there that day, as a special guest. She was the last surviving person who had been in the limousine with Kennedy when he was shot. Now, whenever I go to Dallas, I always spend time in Dealey Plaza, paying my respects to the president.


5. So I have to ask....do you think there really was a conspiracy in the JFK assassination?  

Joy, you've read the book. OF COURSE WE THINK THERE WAS A CONSPIRACY!!! Virtually everything in our story apart from Cady herself is based on facts we uncovered in our research (there is way more fact than fiction in this novel). There is no doubt in our minds that only a conspiracy could have murdered the president the way it happened, and that's the way we wrote it.


Thanks so much for hosting me today, Joy! I've really enjoyed being here!

Come back tomorrow to read a guest post by Susan! 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Book Review of FORWARD TO CAMELOT by Susan Sloate and Kevin Flinn

First I'd like to start off with a bit about this book. I wasn't quite sure what I was signing up for when I agreed with Susan to do a review, but I liked Stealing Fire so I figured I would like this book as well.

WHERE WERE YOU THE DAY KENNEDY WAS SAVED?
On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination comes a new edition of the extraordinary time-travel thriller first published in 2003 with a new Afterword from the authors.

On November 22, 1963, just hours after President Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President aboard Air Force One using JFK’s own Bible. Immediately afterward, the Bible disappeared. It has never been recovered. Today, its value would be beyond price. 

In the year 2000, actress Cady Cuyler is recruited to return to 1963 for this Bible—while also discovering why her father disappeared in the same city, on the same tragic day. Finding frightening links between them will lead Cady to a far more perilous mission: to somehow prevent the President’s murder, with one unlikely ally: an ex-Marine named Lee Harvey Oswald.

Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition brings together an unlikely trio: a gallant president, the young patriot who risks his own life to save him, and the woman who knows their future, who is desperate to save them both. 

History CAN be altered …


So here's what I think.

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

Growing up I never really knew or learned a whole lot about JFK. I knew he was a well loved president who was assassinated. Before I read this book though, my husband and I watched a documentary series titled "The Untold History of the United States." I learned a lot about JFK! This got me really excited to read this book.

I didn't even know this book had time travel in it. Any book with time travel is completely awesome on that fact alone. That wasn't all this book did though, it kept me on the edge of my seat, made me love and also at times dislike a character. My mind would be racing trying to predict what would happen next only to be blown out of the water! 

You don't have to know much about JFK to appreciate this book, you wouldn't even need to be an American! If you like books that are interesting, keep your attention, play with your emotions and make you overall can't wait till you can find time to read-this book needs to be on your 'to be read' list. 

Amazon   Goodreads

Here's a bit about the authors:

Susan Sloate is the author or co-author of more than 20 published books, including STEALING FIRE (a mainstream love story published by Drake Valley Press, which shot to #2 in its category on Amazon within 12 hours of going live in July). FORWARD TO CAMELOT: 50th Anniversary Edition (with Kevin Finn, published by Drake Valley Press) is the revised and updated edition of their 2003 time-travel thriller, which in its original edition became a #6 Amazon bestseller, took honors in 3 literary competitions and was optioned for film by a Hollywood production company. REALIZING YOU (with Ron Doades) is a new genre entirely: the self-help NOVEL, which was published in September, giving Susan three major novels in different genres, all published within 90 days. She has also written 17 young-adult books, including five biographies, a history of Alcatraz, a book about baseball, one on pre-teen fashion, and entries in four different girls' book series. She has been a sportswriter and a screenwriter, has managed two recent political campaigns, and currently serves on the Culture, Arts & Pride Commission of the Town of Mount Pleasant, SC.

After beginning his career as a television news and sports writer-producer, KEVIN FINN moved on to screenwriting and has authored more than a dozen screenplays. He is a freelance script analyst and has worked for the prestigious American Film Institute Writer’s Workshop Program. He now produces promotional trailers, independent film projects including the 2012 documentary SETTING THE STAGE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and local content for Princeton Community Television.
 
His next novel, Banners Over Brooklyn, will be released in 2014.
 



Friday, November 8, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Making it Work

So, as I've mentioned a few days ago, I've started a new job. I'm still in the middle of my first week but I'm finally coming to the mindset of "I got this." 

My training lasts for seven weeks! My hours are kinda weird but I'm making it work! My lovely husband has dinner ready for me (I don't get home till about 8 pm) and we talk and hug, and then I do some homework, write for an hour or so, and watch tv or read. So exciting huh!? lol

I was worried though. Worried I wouldn't be able to juggle school full time as well as working full time. Top it all off with trying to write a novel on the side and it makes for some good worry.

I only had a few friends at my old workplace. I didn't seem to fit in really well, although I loved that job. I'm wanting to make friends at this job so I won't feel so alone! I am too!

I live in the middle of Kentucky though (for those who are not American's that means there are a lot of 'country' people in this area. Hunters, backwoods types.) and I'm a city girl. Although I don't understand everything they are saying, my being a city girl doesn't seem to throw them off to much. Though none of them seem to be as into science fiction or writing novels as I am. Who cares though? Live and let live right? I'm really enjoying myself and putting myself out there.

Today at work we talked about "the turtle man." Everyone seemed to know who he was, as he lives close to my workplace, but I had no idea.

This is what they were talking about!  (Please note this man does not represent everyone in Kentucky!!)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Interview with author Ch'kara SilverWolf

First, here's a bit about the author:
I live in the beautiful Yarra Ranges in Victoria, Australia with my ever patient partner and two beautiful Maine Coon cats.

My first full length novel is Daughter of Light & Dark.

I have written many short stories and a few not quite finished novels. I have always had a love of mystical and fantasy creatures. They are like old friends who come alive on the pages.


I love picking author's brains on how they got their story ideas and their writing process. Ch'kara was nice enough to answer some questions for me! 

This story has a folklore feel to it (to me anyway).  Was it intentional?

No not intentional, when I am writing it is as though I am being told a story and the characters take me on the journey they want to go.  I would guess my muse for this story wanted it to be this way.

Did you make up all or most of the names in the book?  They seem so unique.

I made them up, all except my main character.  As a character begins to take shape, their names just come to me.  I did have to change a couple in this book, merely because I used a version of names of a couple of people I know.  When I wrote them in, I knew it didn’t quite feel right.  My editor when he sent my manuscript back said that he thought those two names didn’t work.  When I looked at them again, the right names just popped into my head and everything flowed more easily.

What sparked the idea for this novel?

I had a few thoughts about this world, took some notes and played around with ideas.  Then one day I was in a bank, the teller’s name was Montayna, and it just hit me that this was the name of my main character and then from there everything flowed.

When do you plan to have the second book in this series published?

It is almost ready to go to the editor, so with luck it will be by the end of this year or very early 2014.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?


I would say to read everything you can in the genre that you want to write in.  Get beta readers, they can give wonderful feedback on what works and what doesn’t.  And always get it edited.  There are many Indie authors out there now and it’s important to put out your work in as professional a manner as possible.  This is like your baby and you want to be proud of what you are offering to the public.




Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review of Daughter of Light and Dark by Ch'kara SilverWolf

Here's a little about the book to get us started:

This is the story of Montayna, a young woman born of magik from both sides of the spectrum. Never knowing her parents, Montayna was a slave until an act of bravery on her part secured her freedom. She is inexperienced and faces incredible dangers in the course of her quest. She must embrace her dark side to survive. Montayna’s quest leads her to discover her true identity and why she is the subject of ‘The Prophecy’.
Surrounded by a cast full of wizards, elves, faeries and wolves, she throws herself headlong into the fray to rid her world of the threatening evil.





So here's what I think about it!

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion*

This was a pretty cool story. It read like a folklore story, to me anyway. I got this feeling because some words or phrases were repeated throughout the novel. I felt this book overall was really creative. My kindle didn't recognize any of the name so I'm assuming the author make them up. 

This is a fantasy novel that has magik (love that spelling of it!) elves, evil and good forces. I like how the main character, Montayna has both dark and light magik in her, though in this novel the dark magik isn't really explored. It is said she will be tempted by the dark side and might turn to it. 

This book story line reminded me of Star Wars some, as the dark lord is Montayna's father. This book does not take place in space, but if you make magik the force, the similarities are there. 

The only thing that through me off about this book was sometimes it would jump to the past and tell the back story of a character. This took me a bit to get used to and even a small divider between the paragraphs when this happened would have helped. 

Overall I enjoyed this book and I feel people who like folklore and fantasy novels would enjoy this one. 

Goodreads  /   Amazon 




Monday, November 4, 2013

I'm Super Excited Beyond Mesure

What am I so excited about you may ask? My novel of course!!!

I've been writing it for three days now and my mind is going crazy with ideas on how to make it better! So far I've got a great start and I'm really hoping this feeling lasts as I want to push through and have this novel written by the end of the month.

With starting my new job this week it will definitely test me. I don't care though, bring it on! I'm so excited about my story that I really can't wait to write it all out!


When you tell anyone you are writing a novel the first question you get is "what is it about?"

So in order to not have to repeat myself over and over, I'd figure I'd just make a blog post about it.

Here's a blurb about my novel:


Rochelle is an alien living on Earth, she just doesn't know it yet.

Two forces set out to find her, each hoping to bring her to their side. Knowing nothing of her home world, Rochelle must sift through the lies and find the truth if she is to help the planet Alva find peace. Can this girl with only a high school education bring peace to the highly advanced people of Alva...her people?


Of course there is a lot more to it than that but you get the basic idea. I love science fiction and I find it so fun to write. This novel is turning out to be a remake of my remake. I'm writing it in third person which is new for me, but so far I really like it. I have a good feeling about this novel. I really hope I can get it published.

Help keep me positive friends because I really want this novel to happen! Writing is my main goal in life and as long as I keep my eye on the goal I know I can accomplish this!


Friday, November 1, 2013

Nanowrimo!!!!!

If you're a writer chances are you already know what Nanowrimo is. November is National Novel Writing Month. Writers from all over the world ban together to each attempt to write 50,000 words in one month.

On my left sidebar I've put my little widget that shows my own progress to reach 50,000 words! (For those that are not writers 50,000 words is as much as it seems. If a book only has 50,000 words it means it will be a little less than a 200 page book. 90,000 words make up most adult novels. Found this out here.)

I want my novel to be about 90,000 words, or at least 75,000 but we shall just see how the story plays out. I really want to win this year (winning means you write your 50,000) and I want to connect with you!

If you participate on the Nanowrimo site, buddy me up so we can encourage each other!! (My username is Joyfulperson!)

Happy writing!!!