Blog Tours and Giveaways

Shadows of the Hersweald Blog Tour

Hey everyone! As promised, here is my part of Hope Anns Blog Tour for her newest release Shadows of the Hersweald. I’m sorry for that early email that went out when it wasn’t supposed to. Don’t know what happened there. Sometimes technology thinks it knows what you want.

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~ Interview ~

Do you write by hand or on the computer? The computer, almost all the time. I’ll jot down notes on paper and then transcribe them to idea documents and files. When it comes to my stories, I type them out straight away. The only thing I sometimes write by hand is the random piece of poetry that I keep for my eyes only.

Is your writing inspired by other authors? Well, I have a friend who isn’t published yet, but I’m reading one of her books right now as she writes it and I absolutely love it. The characters, descriptions, emotions, theme and plot… it’s lovely. It’s better than a number of published works I’ve read and I’ve been learning a lot just by reading her stuff. She is probably my greatest inspiration when it comes to writing.

What does your writing day look like? I get up around 6:00 and start writing around 7:00 in the morning. I get an hour of writing done before breakfast. After breakfast and school, around 10:00-10:30, I start writing again and work for another hour. After lunch, starting at 1:00ish or so, I sit down for another hour of writing. Then I’ve chores, work, blogging stuff… Sometimes I’ll get a fourth hour of writing in before supper, sometimes after supper. Then, around 8:30ish, I’ll generally word war with a friend for around an hour. On a good day, I’ll get around five hours of writing in, but sometimes it will only be around three or four.

Thanks for stopping by! Here are the other stops if you are interested!

Monday, March 27

Brie Donning – Review, sneak peak

Erudessa Aranduriel – Interview, quotes, sneak peak

Tuesday, March 28

Catherine Regitz – Book review

Raechel – Quotes

Tasha – Review, interview, quotes

Wednesday, March 29

Audrey Caylin – sneak peek

Ivy Rose – Quotes

Thursday, March 30

Marrok Macintyre – Interview, sneak peek

Rebekah – sneak peek

Friday, March 31

Elle – Review, interview

Hannah Whatley – Review, interview, quotes

Saturday, April 1

Sarah – Review, interview, sneak peek

Wysteria Campion – Review, interview, quotes, sneak peek

Rebeca Morgan – Interview, quotes

Life, OYAN, ~ Wordcount Wednesday ~

OYAN Summer Workshop, Wordcount Wednesday, and Life

Hey again everyone.  It’s been quite an interesting week. I went to an LSU baseball game, and I’m going to another one tomorrow as a matter of fact. I’m insanely happy with this picture that I got. Can you believe that my cheap phone captured thus? Me neither. But I am in love.

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I also passed my World Religions DSST test, which is a huge relief.

The OYAN Summer Workshop is coming up and I am so excited. I’m gearing up to actually pitch my novel to Steve Laube, which is exciting and nerve wracking. I need to stop procrastinating ad actually prepare for what I want to say.

Besides Steve Laube, there is, of course, Daniel Schwabauer,  Jeff Gerke, Robert Treskillard, Nadine Brandes, Mark Wilson, Stephanie Morrill, John Otte, and Jenn Bailey. Lots of awesome stuff happening.

But you want to know about my writing. So Beauty and the Beast. It hasn’t changed much since the last Writing Wednesday. I have been so confused about why a story I loved so much and that is near and dear to my heart could be so hard to edit. I so badly want to send it to friends, but it is definitely in no such shape to do so.

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My answer came last week from author Anne Elisabeth Stengl in her fairy tale Facebook group. She mentioned that maybe we have trouble retelling dearly loved fairy tales just because of that— we love them. We want to do them justice, and that’s hard. And I want to do this story justice. It is the first story that really stuck with me. That time I saw the Beast dance with Belle and I knew I wanted something just like that one day.  To little me that movie was very much real. Little me could see the love the Beast had for Belle, and I didn’t know how to handle that feeling. I still don’t.  All I know is that I want this retelling to be the best it can be.  My dear friend Adrienne wrote a sweet article on how she felt, which I enjoyed reading. 

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Retelling The Little Mermaid is at 38,188. Loving this more and more each day. My new map is drawn and I have some more character sheets to make. This retelling is much easier to write.  And I believe it is because I don’t like it as much. The Disney movie creeped me out as a child (cough, Ursula) and the original is depressing, so I wanted to have a happy retelling. Yes, it has its downs, and depressing times, but it is definitely different. *evil grin because I’m not sharing any details*

Want to see my inspiration board for The Little Mermaid? Click here.

How is your writing this week?

See you next Wednesday.

Book Reviews

Book Review of Shadows of The Hersweald & FREE Short Story

My friend Hope, over at Author Hope Ann, is releasing her third book March 28, entitled  Shadows of the Hersweald. I’ll be participating in the blog tour on April 1st, where I’ll be interviewing Hope, so be sure to swing by! You can pre-order your copy of Shadows of the Hersweald, here

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They would have to come that afternoon. Haydn glared at the rutted road twisted away from the gate beneath him, slithering into the shadows of the Harsweald. And what was the flaming idea behind leaving him in charge? Tregaron in the hands of a criminal… that would put them all in the good graces of the province governor, no questions asked.

A battered soldier from a defeated army, Haydn knows there is only one end to the arrival of the Prince’s governor. Except he hasn’t counted on the Prince himself. Or the pardon which his recent foe has declared to acquit all those who fought against him.

A pardon Haydn detests.

A pardon that refuses to punish the rebels now threatening his own village. And his sister.

Guilt-ridden from his own actions during the war, Haydn knows there are others who have no conscience at all. Others who are using the freedom of the pardon to forward their own desperate schemes.

With enemies closing in on all sides, a pardon that refuses punishment, and nightmares of murder and fire haunting his every thought, will Haydn recognize the truth or will his fear condemn everything he loves to destruction?

First Impression ~ Cool cover.

Characters  ~ Haydn. Great name, but equally was his character. He was a real piece of work, and it was great to see him grow and change through the story. His sister Gorawen seemed a little flat but I loved Haydn’s devotion to her. 

Writing/Plot ~  I loved this story, and Hope didn’t disappoint. Much like her other fairy-tale retellings (which I also loved) this book sucks you in with it’s theme, setting, and great writing. The plot seemed a little rushed at times to me, but it doesn’t take away from the story.

Bad language ~ None

Inappropriate Content ~ None

Overall Rating ~ 5/5

A little treat. Hope said on her blog, “This is Haydn’s song. I like finding songs to match my characters. Haydn was very difficult. I’d given up before I found it by accident. They lyrics aren’t perfectly him, but the spirit of the song very much is his own struggle.”

I can’t agree more. I love Casting Crowns, and this was my favorite when I was younger.

And I thought of this song, which is one of my favorites.

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I enjoyed this little bit of back story of Haydn’s we get to see. Backstory is what I always think of when I pick up a book, or start to write my own. It’s important, and drives me crazy for days if I don’t know. I’m very glad Hope wrote this and put it in there for us who love backstory. Want to claim your FREE copy? Click here to snag your copy of Mercy of Fate.

~ Wordcount Wednesday ~

Wordcount Wednesday

I haven’t done a good job keeping up with this, mostly because I have such little time to write and my word count doesn’t get very high as fast as I like. But hey,  I’ve finally got it through my thick skull that that doesn’t matter, really, (unless my snail process drives y’all crazy) because I’m where God wants me, and that’s really all that matters.

Beauty and the Beast retelling ~ I started edits on this, and I’m going by pages on this, because there doesn’t seem to be a better way to track it. So far, I’ve done 29 pages out of 137. I’m happy with the pace I’m going at, though I do have a sense of urgency because  I want to finish it up and have it sent to friends to critique. I was hoping to have edits done by now, but it’s not gonna happen, and that’s okay.

Retelling The Little Mermaid ~ This is at 33, 733 words. This has come a long way  since my last Wordcount Wednesday. I bought a large poster board and drew out my world’s map. I’ve also made seven character sheets, filled with details about my characters. Strangely, believe it or not, I’ve never made these before. These sheets have been so helpful–I’ve had to glance back at them several times. I really don’t know how I wrote so long without them. They’ve been invaluable.

So friends, how’s your writing looking this week?

See you next Wednesday.

 

 

 

Book Reviews

For Love & Honor Book Review

This book has been out a week, so it’s high time I did my review. I pre-ordered the book, so I got it on release day and finished it a few days later.

 

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Wow. Just wow. I loved this book so much. It is definitely my favorite of the  An Uncertain Choice series.

First Impression ~ I want that dress. 🙂

Characters ~  My favorite character was Bennet, but they were all good. Everyone was authentic and strong with good character development.

Writing/Plot ~ Like Mrs. Hedlund’s other works in this series, we flip between the first person point of view of the main characters. It’s interesting and draws you into the story. The writing was so good, and in my opinion, the best of the series. The plot is well done–it’s well paced, not drawn out too long and not rushed. Just perfect.

Feels level ~ My heart is hurting and I want to cry and oh, my goodness I cannot handle it.

Bad language ~ None

Inappropriate Content ~ None

Overall Rating ~ 5/5

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From the back of the book:

Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed?

Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have?

As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

 

 

Want to see more from Jody Hedlund? Find her here.

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Life

Book Sale Haul & An Update

Hey friends, I know it’s been a while since my last post.I fully intend most days to do a blog post and…..

It doesn’t happen.

But I do have good intentions. 🙂

This week got me like Cogsworth falling down the stairs.

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Tuesday I cleaned out and straightened my mom’s curriculum closet. It took me six hours, but it was worth it. Everything has been organized and is easy to find. The rest of my week consisted of college, putting a new floor in one of our bathrooms, college, keeping up with laundry and dishes, and yet more college.

I haven’t been able to write any, so I’ve focused on making character sheets and organizing my writing binder. Taking notes of scenes I want to write is something else I’ve scribbled down on papers that are scattered I have no idea where.

Saturday I was able to go my cousin’s wedding shower and I loved getting to see and visit her. And then, what should happen that night but one of my best friends got engaged!

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Amongst all the craziness, I was able to go to a book sale with two of my brothers. We had a lot of fun and laughed and spent too much money.

This is live footage taken of me in the building.

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This was my brothers pretending not to notice. 🙂

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Don’t you love seeing people’s books? I know I do, so here are some pictures of what I bought.

 

 

 

Book Reviews

Book Review: Space Drifters: The Emerald Engima by Paul Regnier

It has been a busy time since I last posted. Lots of things going on, including losing a whole freezer and not realizing said freezer was gone till two weeks later. Yikes.  It was a fun four hours as I cleaned out the freezer with my family, and removed putrid packs of meat.

But hey, I know I have personal experience (for future books) now of what it feels like to smell rotten meat and the gagging that proceeds that. 😉 Wrong? That depends. But I also know what it feels like to faint, and stab one’s self in the hand (this was a rather unfortunate kitchen accident last year that I would rather not relive).

I’ve also been busy beta-reading a book for one of my favorite authors, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. Not sure when that’ll be, but keep an eye out!

Okay, on to the review (which is the best part, cause you’re in for a treat on this one). I received this book as a birthday gift from my good friend Hope (a fellow blogger and author, whose work you should check out–it’s amazing.)

 

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From the back of the book:

Captain Glint Starcrost is not having the carefree, adventurous life the space academy brochures promised star pilots.

Broke, with an unreliable star freighter and a bounty on his head, Glint is desperate enough to try anything. Even set out on a quest to find a fabled good luck charm, the Emerald Enigma.

Now for a crew. A passive aggressive ship computer, a peaceable alien warrior, and time-traveling teen from the past aren’t what he had in mind. But they’ll have to do.

The Emerald Enigma won’t wait forever and neither will the bounty hunter tracking him.

 

First Impression ~ That is one gorgeous cover.  🙂  And one handsome space man. 😉

Plot 4/5 ~ The plot did seem to drag a little sometimes, but that could have just been me, because it never lasted long and you could still follow along and understand what was going on. 

Writing ~ 5/5  Goodness. It was amazing.

Characters 5/5 ~ I really enjoyed this book. Really, really enjoyed it. Books with sarcastic characters are always my favorite and this book was filled with it. The chemistry between Glint and Blix is spot on and humorous.

Bad language ~ None

Inappropriate Content ~ None

Overall Rating 5/5 ~ As soon as I finish reading my other current reads, I’ll definitely be reading book two.

Have you read Space Drifters?