Wednesday, September 28, 2011

News, Passing Along An Award, and RTW!

First, the news: After two years (at least) of writing, I have finally finished the first draft of The MirrorMasters! Now the editing begins.  There are spots that need a lot more work than others, and I'm still working on figuring out how to rid the manuscript of about 35K words, as well as common errors. Still, it's an awesome feeling, and I can't wait to see how it all shapes up in the second draft.

Now it's award time! Thank you so much to Sara at Crow River Writer for awarding my blog the Leibster Blog Award. You made my day :).

The idea of the Liebster Blog Award is to showcase bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. Once the Award has been bestowed upon your blog, pay it forward and recognize five other bloggers. So, here are my five picks:

(Aaand now I realize I misspelled the name of the award when passing it along on these blogs. So sorry about that!)

Kate Bennett - check out her awesome book, Inevitable.

This week's YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday asks what your best September read was. I didn't get a whole lot of reading done this month, but I have a start on The Hunger Games. So far, I'm loving the story and can't wait to read more.

Can't wait to see what everyone else's September reads were!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cover Eye Candy

This week's YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday is all about gorgeous book covers. So, here are my all time favorites:

(Lauren Oliver gets amazing book covers, doesn't she?)

(I love the original cover for this book, too. It's absolutely beautiful. But this one is gripping.)

And there you have it. There are so many gorgeous covers out there, and I'm sure I'm neglecting more than a few.  What's your favorite cover eye candy?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Deja'vu: Common themes and Places

This week's fabulous YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday prompt asks:

What themes, setting, motifs, scenes, or other elements do you find reoccurring in your work?

Ooh, great one! I think for me the common themes are rebelling against authority and finding your purpose in life.  The troubles the characters get into--or the triumphs they achieve--as a result make for powerful stories that resonate. There's just something so fun about writing them.  I also love creating settings from my own imagination rather than setting stories in an actual place I've been, and bringing in paranormal, fantasy, sci fi, or dystopian elements to the plot.

The beach is a place that keeps popping up in some of my stories. I just love tropical locations, palm trees, soft sands, and calm waters you can get out an swim in.

I can't wait to see what everyone else has chosen!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

When They Were Young

This Week's Topic:
What non-YA character would you love to see star in a YA book as themselves?

I would love to see a prequel to the Darkangel Trilogy that focuses on the White Witch. A young, innocent girl who gazes up at Oceanus (Earth) from her home on the moon and just wants to go there. A mother who won't tell her the truth, that the moon was nothing but a playground for the Ancients who came from Earth and later abandoned them--only to destroy themselves and their world. 

It would be amazing to read the story of how as a teen, these secrets and lies fueled her hunger to get to Oceanus. To watch her descent into madness and her self-destruction as she turns to evil to fulfill her dream. To hurt with her, to cheer her on, to hope that someone could save her before it's too late...

What adult MC would you love to see star in their own YA novel?

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Announcement and Awards!

The Announcement

It's September, and on the Novelty Fiction group blog, it's time for our second monthly microfiction contest! Check it out and participate. Just create a story in 100 words or less, using the five words in this month's writing prompt.  Last month, there was an honorarium and publication offer for the winner, as well as for each entrant, so it's an exciting opportunity. Have fun, and good luck!

The Awards

A huge thank you to Aimee Renee, who nominated me for two wonderful awards: the Versatile Blogger Award and the Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award.  I'm just blown away by the honor, and the awards are so cute :).

Here are the rules for accepting the awards:

1) Thank and link to the person who nominates you.
2) Share seven random facts about yourself.
3) Pass the award to five more blogger friends.
4) Contact and congratulate the blogs nominated.

So, here are seven random facts about me:

1) I can't grow my fingernails long because they peel and break.
2) I'm not political at all. Yet a bit of politics somehow ended up in The MirrorMasters. No idea how that happened!
3) I'm an only child. And always wanted a sibling.
4) Big Brother is my guilty TV pleasure. I'm watching it as I write this.
5) I'm not sure what my Hogwarts house would be, but I can't wait for the official sorting on Pottermore next month to find out! If there were an equivalent of Divergent, that's what I'd be.
6) Desserts are my weakness. I have such a sweet tooth!
7) I have been married for three years. Time has flown by...

And the awards will be passed along to...

1) Stephanie Allen at My Personal Fairytale
2) Lisa Fee at Tall Tales
3) Peggy Eddleman at Will Write for Cookies
4) Peaches Ledwidge at Conceive Writing
5) HowLynn Martin at HowLynn Time