Tuesday, December 31, 2013

To the New Year - 2014 Goals

Happy New Year's Eve! Today's my birthday! :) I'm twenty-five and 1/4th of a century old today. I'm not incredibly excited, but I do love having cake.

Goals for 2014

Writing Goals –

* Complete another round of revisions by February
* Hire editor/cover artist
* Self-publish

“Somebody to Love”
* Complete revisions by June
* Send to critique partners
* Finish another round of revisions
* Query

“Defiance/The Damned”
* Complete another round of revisions
* Consider self-publishing series

NaNoWriMo – November
* Write a new novel

Personal –
* Finish rereading “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy
* Read at least 40 books
* See “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”
* Get a tattoo

Those are my goals for 2014 - hopefully they go well and I really hope to be published this year! :)

Happy New Year to everyone! Happy Birthday to me and Happy Birthday to Lord Voldemort!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Wrapping up 2013

It's almost the end of the year... wow, I feel like this year went quickly! Parts were a bit slow, but every year feels a bit faster. It's time to wrap up my 2013 goals. I do goals every month, but I also have overall goals for the year. It's my "Things to Do" list, instead of resolutions.

Goals for 2013
Writing Goals –

* Finish writing “Unless” by February
* First round of revisions
* Send to critique partners
* Another round of revisions
* Query

* Complete first round of revisions by June
* Send to critique partners
* Decide whether to self-publish or seek an agent

“Project K”
* Write a first draft by October
* First round of revisions

NaNoWriMo – November
* Write a new novel!!

Personal –

* Reread “The Lord of the Rings” – The Two Towers
* Find a literary agent!
* Get a tattoo
* Read at least 40 books

I didn't get all of the work done I hoped to do on this novel. Hopefully, I'd like to rewrite the two books into one draft from the POV of Princess Dalia. Right now, the first part is from Edom's POV and I think it reads stronger from a female POV.

I'm very happy with the progress I made on this novel! I did have two full requests on it while querying, though both turned it down afterwards. I'm grateful to have the experience there. There's more revisions to be made. I wrote the second in the trilogy and I'm excited to revise it! 

"Project K"
This project turned out beautifully! It's actually called "Breathless" and I'm hoping to self-publish it next year or to find a small press publisher for it. :) I really love my twist on The Little Mermaid! Naked merman, yes. Yummy!

NaNoWriMo novel - "Somebody to Love"
My first full length fantasy romance! It was a bit rough to write, but I really enjoyed how it turned out! It was a very successful month. :)

One of my new author photos!
 I didn't get to all of my goals this year, but I enjoyed what progress I made! How did your overalls goals for the year go? I'll be sharing my new goals tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Allegiant - A Review

Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: October 22, 2013 

Genre: YA Dystopian
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Allegiant" from Goodreads - The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

I admit I took a little bit longer to read this book than the others, meaning it sat on my shelf for 3 weeks after I purchased it. I'd heard some mixed opinions about this book, but I actually did enjoy it. Tris is forced to survive under a new leadership, which isn't any better than the last. Her only choice is to escape and live outside the fence, though she had no idea what is going to happen out there. Like the third book in "The Hunger Games" trilogy, this book did have more of a political feel to it and wasn't the most thrilling in the series. A few of the explanations seemed a bit lax, but I accepted it.

The romantic element between Tris and Four was strained, as it should be. He made some stupid decisions, which I wanted to slap him for, but it wasn't a fairy tale story and the romance was very sweet, also a bit steamy at times.

The ending wasn't exactly how I wanted it to be, but it was a fitting ending to the series and it made sense for the character. I won't spoil it for you. I do recommend "Allegiant", even though I only gave it 3 stars. It is the last book in the "Divergent" series and it does make you think.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Faerie Series - New Cover Reveal!

Today I am super excited to share the new ebook covers for Rachel Morgan's thrilling faerie series! I love her series and if you haven't read them yet, you really should! :) I'll let Rachel take it from here!

Creepy Hollow Series Cover Reveal

If you're a fan of the original Creepy Hollow covers, you'll be pleased to know that the print editions of the books are keeping those original covers. But the ebooks are about to get a facelift! Here are the brand new covers!
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Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day’s work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone—she’s about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is, until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the fae realm. Now she’s broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

The last thing Vi wants to do is spend any more time with the boy who got her into this mess, but the Guild requires that she return Nate to his home and make him forget everything he’s discovered of the fae realm. Easy, right? Not when you factor in evil faeries, long-lost family members, and inconvenient feelings of the romantic kind. Vi is about to find herself tangled up in a dangerous plot—and it’ll take all her training to get out alive.

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The magical world is a dangerous one...

The fate of the fae world is in her hands...

A little bit about Rachel ...
Rachel Morgan was born in South Africa where she 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 most of her time creating fictional worlds for young adults. When she isn't writing, she's reading (duh!), catching up on addictive TV series, and baking things that almost always include chocolate.


Rachel's Facebook page has recently reached 1000 likes, and she's holding a giveaway to celebrate! You can enter by filling in the Rafflecopter form below.

Congratulations Rachel on your new covers! They are gorgeous. If you haven't checked out her series ,make sure to do it today!

Dark One's Mistress - Interview with Aldrea!

Today I am happy to host Aldrea Alien on her tour and celebrating the release of her book, Dark One's Mistress. Aldrea is sharing six fun facts about herself!

#1. I once fell asleep with my nose on the keyboard, causing me to have a door with twelve pages of Os... It was a big door, ok?

#2. I want to hug a dalek. Really. They are the most adorably insane, homicidal creatures I've ever seen ... I need to get me a dalek. Why are there no daleks in this house?

#3. In my youth, my friends and I used to make "horsetails" from wool, stick them on our shorts and pretend we were ponies. I'm in no way ashamed about this despite the sniggers we got back then.

#4. I've never read any of the Harry Potter books and have watched only some of the movies. Yet I still find myself having arguments with my seven-year-old daughter who must have the movies memorised and is obsessed about the books. I claim knowledge by osmosis!

#5. I practically had 'Monster' by Paramore endlessly running through my head whilst writing the last quarter of Dark One's Mistress.

#6. My real name is Suzanne Thomas. Google it (along with author) and you'll see why I opted to write under the alias of Aldrea Alien.

Thanks for sharing about yourself! :) Congratulations on your book release! I'm off to get myself a copy! Be sure to enter her giveaway for a copy of the book!

Title: Dark One's Mistress
Author: Aldrea Alien
Genre: Fantasy Romance

For centuries, the people have lived under the protection of their so-called Dark Lord. Now, with news of his death reaching the quiet village of Everdark, rumour whispers that his son, Lucias, is hunting for a mistress to beget him an heir. Clara doesn't put much stock in village gossip, until she finds herself forcibly taken to the Lord's fortress. Escape is not easy. She has no way out and, against a man with magic, little chance of fighting back. But the Lords are still men and the death of Lucias' father is proof that they die just the same. And yet, if Lucias dies heirless, his army will be free to terrorise the land. Such is the goal of Lenora of Ne'ermore, an old enemy and ex-prisoner of the kingdom. She is sending a man to slaughter Lucias and, to ensure there's no chance of an heir, his mistress must die as well. Caught between regaining her freedom or losing it for the good of the kingdom, Clara struggles to decide her path before certain death breaches the gates.

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Author Bio:
Born and raised in New Zealand, Aldrea Alien lives on a small farm with her family, including a menagerie of animals. Since discovering a love of writing at the age of twelve, she hasn't found an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind.