Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Feeling a bit like Eeyore

*peeks head out of cave* Yep, I'm stepping out of my revision cave for a little bit. One, I have to escape the smell of burned popcorn from last night. Oops! And two, I'm seeking some company.

I've been pretty busy this month. I finished another round of revisions for "Defiance" and I'm quite happy with how they turned out. I'm also working on revisions for "Breathless". The incredible Cassie Mae, author of Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend and two other books soon to release, did a read-through of my novella and gave me some great tips on how to revise it!  Her comments were hilarious! I'm going to be adding a chapter or two, fixing my obsession with my MC rolling her eyes (it is seriously ridiculous and I'll never roll my eyes again), and beefing up the romance. I'm very excited to work on it!

The rest of my life... a bit complicated. Work is great and I love my littles. They are busy, but great and snuggles are my favorite part of the day. The other part is harder. We've had a little foster girl staying with us for a few months and she's eighteen months old. But she's gonna be going home suddenly after very few visits. It's hard because I've become quite attached to her. It's hard for me because I see a little girl who wouldn't smile or laugh or play and she's become full of life and personality. But she's going back with someone who couldn't even teach her to smile or show her happiness. It's really really hard. Is it best for her? I don't know and I don't get a say. It makes me think of how much I want to be a mother. I'm waiting patiently, but I want to be a mom so much that it hurts. It is just hard to be patient when I see a little girl who needs love and I want to give it, but I can't. What am I doing wrong that I have to keep waiting? Sorry, but it's really on my heart lately. I guess that's what I get for working with infants all day. God has a purpose for this part of my life, but I don't see it yet.  Sorry if that was too much. I'm usually pretty private about my personal life, but I just wanted to share my thoughts with someone.

Someday. I just have to keep reminding myself. Someday.

I haven't written anything new lately, but I did start the first chapter of my new novella, Twisted. It's like Breathless in a way. Breathless is a unique twist on "The Little Mermaid". Twisted is a twist on "Snow White". Hopefully I can find some time to work on it this weekend.

How are things going in your life?  How's your writing going?  To end this on a positive note, everyone needs some encouragement, and I want to say that I love all of you and you are all gonna make it someday!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Faerie Prince - A Review

I received an ARC from one of my wonderful blogging friends - Rachel Morgan!

I'm very pleased to be sharing my review of "The Faerie Prince" by Rachel Morgan as part of her "The Faerie Prince Blog Tour".  She's seriously an incredible writer and I love the world she's created!  The writing is flawless and unstoppable.

Title: The Faerie Prince
Author: Rachel Morgan
Publisher:  Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: May 30, 2013

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Plot: First, here is the summary of "The Faerie Prince" from Amazon - Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.

After messing up things, Vi attempts to refocus on her impending graduation and being top guardian in her year. When paired with her on-and-off-friend/enemy Ryn, her final task is just begun.  Nothing is as it seems. Nothing. Violet's world is rocked by a secret she never dreamed and feelings buried beneath the surface. With the introduction of a new character, the world she loves is about to become darker and smaller.  Vi will have to keep her wits about her before everything changes and her life will never be the same.

The relationship between... well, I can't even tell you about the romance in this book! It would ruin parts of the story for you and I can't do that.The betrayal in the first book leaves Vi vulnerable and guarded, but she can only protect her heart for a while before she begins to see what is right in front of her. 

The Faerie Prince is a dangerous and thrilling novel, complete with romance and a good deal of humor!  Seriously, I laughed and sat on my bed biting my nails as I read.  The beginning picks up right where we left off and this is a book you will not be able to put down!  I read it in one sitting and the next day I read it again.  The characters are very well written, with depth and wonderful dialogue!  The ending (no spoilers) - I was left yelling "No!" and will be desperately waiting for the final book!  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for action, a dark twisting tale, and an ending which might have you desperately stalking the author for information on the next book!  I will be. :)

About the Author:
Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa and spent a large portion of her childhood living in a fantasy land of her own making. After completing a degree in genetics, she decided science wasn’t for her—after all, they didn’t approve of made-up facts. These days she spends much of her time immersed in fantasy land once more, writing fiction for young adults.

You can find out more about her on her website and purchase her book from the links below!  Congratulations Rachel!  

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Favorite Faerie Tale Prince Blogfest

To celebrate Rachel Morgan's newest release, The Faerie Prince, she's asked us to name our favorite fairy tale prince (or princess).

My favorite prince is:

Prince Eric from "The Little Mermaid."

Why?  If you look at him one way, Prince Eric is a very flat character.  We learn nothing about his family or his past, other than he is looking for the right woman to marry. He falls in love with her quickly, even falling for a witch by a singing seashell spell. (Say that 5 times fast.)  I guess he's my favorite prince because I always wanted to be a mermaid growing up. I love how he waits. Prince Eric could have settled for a young lady of character and class, but he waited for the one true love. I'm also a sucker for his dark hair and beautiful blue eyes. :)

Since I'm single, I hope that my "prince" is waiting for me. Patiently and always watching the ocean for me. Maybe.  If not, I'll just get a beagle. :)

In celebration, The Faerie Guardian is on sale for a limited time!


There will be a giveaway running from now until the end of the blog tour (Sun 9 June). A giveaway where FOUR people could win something! The prizes are a signed copy of The Faerie Prince (or The Faerie Guardian, should the winner prefer that), an Amazon gift card, a mini book pendant and necklace, and a Creepy Hollow pin badge. Check out the pic below!
Giveaway is open internationally

Enter here or on Rachel's site!  CONGRATULATIONS Rachel!

Who is your favorite prince or princess?


Come back on Wednesday, June 5th - I'll be sharing my review of  "The Faerie Prince"!!!

June Goals

I can't believe it is June already!  May just flew by!  I realized today that I barely posted last month.  It was a nice break from blogging, but I better go catch up with everyone. :)

Here are my goals from May:
* Complete first round of revisions for "Breathless"

* Finish critiquing CP's book - "Black and White"
Call me a bad critique partner. I'm not done yet. :(  I've been so distracted - I just need to sit down and finish! :)

* Read "The Oracle and the Vampire - The 13th Floor #5 and #6" by Christine Rains
Wonderful book!  I didn't love it as much as the last one, but it was still great! :)  Four stars!!

* Relax

 Sadly, I only finished two of my goals for last month.  I didn't even get to the last one.  Relax.  It was a crazy stressful time at work, though it shouldn't have been.  I'm glad to have at least finished my first round of revisions for "Breathless".  I enjoyed rereading the book and I'd be very interested if anyone wanted to read it someday.

Goals for June:
* Complete another round of revisions for "Defiance"
Revising dialogue and "ing" verbs, making active not passive.

* Read "Wake" by Amanda Hocking

* Finish CP's book - "Black and White"

I gave myself on three goals so I can hopefully accomplish all of them this month! I've been itching to start a new novel, but I'm trying to hold myself off.  I need to get some of this done before I can start writing "Twisted".

How did your goals go for last month?  What are your goals for this month?  If anything exciting happened for you in May, please let me know - I'd love to congratulate you, even if you only wrote 100 words on a book! :)


Come back on Wednesday, June 5th - I'll be sharing my review of "The Faerie Prince" by Rachel Morgan and celebrating the release of her new book!