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Paper Hearts: Tour Stop

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If you haven’t heard of the Paper Hearts series, today is your lucky day! NYT bestselling author author Beth Revis surprised us all late last year by releasing a trilogy of advice books perfect for those of us working our way into the world of authorhood. This week we’re celebrating Volume One: Some Writing Advice which Beth was originally posting over on Wattpad, where you can still check out some of the awesome entries from the finished product. And while there’s a lot of great content there, the final version of the book has expanded into every possible area of writing you could dream of, with a special focus on YA.

Not only is it easy to see why the Paper Hearts series would be a fantastic series to any writer’s craft library, but if you’re just starting to build up your reference books the Paper Hearts books are a great place to begin as there is so much great advice between the pages of these books covering the entire writing and publication process, right through to marketing your books after they’re out in the world.

And don’t forget to make your way all the way to the bottom of the post as there’s a great giveaway going along with the tour. Enter for your chance to win signed paperback copies of all three books in the series! And as an added bonus, Beth Revis has been sharing some great tips on writing all week, and now it’s my turn to take part. Be sure to check out the earlier tips as well as to keep following the tour for more writing tips, plus insights into both publishing and marketing. Let’s check out tip #4!

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When building the world of your story, make it dirty. Add in history and scars—and then use those to develop the characters and the plot. Those extra world details can give you direction for your plot, or help you make your character have more background. Show scuff marks on the floor, and then later show how they got there. Show trash in the corner, and then show the character who threw it…or the one who cleaned it up after. Make your world lived in, and every aspect of your story will be richer.

Great advice! Every little detail makes the story just a little bit more real. It makes things come to life on the page for your reader.


 

Bird by Bird meets Save the Cat in this new writing advice book by NY Times bestselling author Beth Revis. With more than 100000 reads on Wattpad, this newly expanded and rewritten edition features 350 pages of content, including charts and a detailed appendix.
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paperhearts1Fight the blank page.

When it comes to writing, there’s no wrong way to get words on paper. But it’s not always easy to make the ink flow. Paper Hearts: Some Writing Advice won’t make writing any simpler, but it may help spark your imagination and get your hands back on the keyboard.

Practical Advice Meets Real Experience

With information that takes you from common mistakes in grammar to detailed charts on story structure, Paper Hearts describes:

-How to Develop Character, Plot, & World
-What Common Advice You Should Ignore
-What Advice Actually Helps
-How to Develop a Novel
-The Basics of Grammar, Style, & Tone
-Four Practical Methods of Charting Story Structure
-How to Get Critiques and Revise Your Novel
-How to Deal with Failure
…And much more!

BONUS! More than 25 “What to do if…” scenarios to help writers navigate problems in writing from a NY Times Bestselling author who’s written more than 2 million words of fiction.

Learn more at BethRevis.com

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Self Publishing VS Traditional: Let’s Move On

No seriously, let’s get over this thought that there is only “one true way” and if you “insert way of publishing here” you’re a loser who will never amount to anything. That was SO 2015.

I really thought we were making progress, since I hadn’t seen any scathing articles about traditional or self publishing in a while. I thought, “Gee, maybe people are finally realizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution and every writer is different”.

And then ANOTHER article came out. You may know the one I’m talking about, it’s been doing the rounds lately, circulating. In this article the author basically claims that you’re going to be broke and unhappy if you go the traditional publishing route, but that she would NEVER EVER self publish because that’s for hacks (essentially, I’m summing up here).

Not only is it depressing for writers thinking about going EITHER route (seriously, what a downer) it’s a return to the same backwards thinking that was so prevalent over the past few years.

At first I was all, “Ugh, I give up.”

 

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But then I decided I’d do something better than sulk and angrily eat all the contents of my snack cupboard.

So I put on my ranty pants and made a video. YOU’RE WELCOME.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Query Process in Harry Potter Gifs

When you finish your manuscript and it’s time to email agents!

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When you learn what a query letter actually is and that you have to write one.

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When you first start trying to write one and realize everything you write sucks.

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When revisions have driven you insane but you realize you’re FINALLY ready to send this bitch OUT.

 

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When you hit “send” and then have to wait forever.

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When you get your first partial request…and it turns into a rejection the literal MINUTE you send the pages.

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When the feedback is all rejections and you feel like the agents are all like

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When you get your first actual feedback from an agent

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When your revised manuscript actually starts getting full requests

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When you finally get “the email” asking for “the call”

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And then realize you have to actually talk to a real life agent on the phone

 

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But then the call goes great, and the agent offers!

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And you realize you HAVE AN OFFER. Time to celebrate!

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And you brag for days to all your friends, who are all like, “that’s great, shut up about it already”.

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And then your awesome new agent says it’s time to go on submission

 

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The end (but not really).

 

 

 

 

 

 

E.-Latimer2E. Latimer is a young adult fantasy writer  and literary intern. She was was born and raised in Victoria, BC and recently moved to Vancouver. She writes books, makes silly vlogs about writing with the YA Word Nerds, and reads excessively.

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12 Signs You Might be a Writer

Afraid you might be a writer? You are not alone, there are many others with this difficult condition. Here are some signs and symptoms to look out for:

1) Frequent Daydreaming.

You may drift away in the middle of an important lecture at work, or phase out in the middle of a boring conversation. You can’t help but dream up fantastic, twisting plots and heroic protagonists whenever you get a spare second. People may accuse you of not listening, or having your head in the clouds.

2) Everyone is a Potential Character.

You stare for too long at that old bag lady walking by with her shopping cart, and your knobby-kneed neighbor makes you jerk your little notepad out of your pocket and start scribbling. Strange people fascinate you, and every word out of their mouths is whisked away into your memory bank for future dialogue.

3) You Spend More on Books Than on Essential Items.

You don’t need food that badly, and that sweater is hanging on by its last threads, but it will be fine. That new book is coming out on Monday, and you can survive on Mr.Noodles for a few more days.

4) Office Supplies Make You Strangely Excited.

You spend too long in the aisle at Staples, and the clerk is starting to eyeball you. But you’re not causing trouble, you just want to run your fingers over the blank pages of that beautiful white notebook, and test out the new ball point pens they got in yesterday. You’ll just sign your name a couple times on the sample page. The clerk can sell it later when you get famous. He’ll be grateful then, won’t he?

5) Neil Gaiman is Your Brad Pitt.

Wait, who is Brad Pitt?

6) You Would Rather See a Book Signing Than a Rock Concert

Because writers are your rock stars.

7)You Don’t Sleep

Your brain is too stuffed full of brilliant ideas, and you have to keep getting up to write them down.

8) You’re Slightly Mad

From lack of sleep, food and obsessing over a single thing for 90% of your life. For a complete list of WHY you are mad, click HERE.

10) You Both Love and Hate the Internet

Because it’s a time-sucking vortex. It allows you to interact with fans, helps with questions and provides hours of entertainment when you SHOULD be writing.

11) You’ll use ANYTHING For a Bookmark

Bills, money, pencils, other books…if your cat would sit still long enough you’d shove him in there. As long as it marks your place while you make lunch. Occasionally an actual bookmark will be put to use.

12) You Narrate Things Occasionally

This dinner is burnt, I say angrily, as I throw the pot roast in the sink. I’m not eating it. Oh look, my husband comes in the door and looks at me strangely. Why am I talking to myself? he asks.

If you feel that you match one or more of these symptoms, you can report to any bookstore or library for treatment. You cannot be cured of writing, but you can manage the symptoms over your lifetime so you remain sane, healthy and happy.

Mostly sane, anyways.

If you have any symptoms that are not listed, please report them in the comments below.

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Announcing: Teens Who Read

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For those of us who write fiction for teens, there’s a great resource out there when you’re looking to do some research. And by that I mean…real teens! And real teens who read the type of books YOU want to write. New to the blog is TEENS WHO READ, a monthly interview with avid teen readers.

Please welcome our very first reading teen, Rachel Sargent.

Today’s Teen:
Rachel Sargeant is a Canadian model who has read more books in her nineteen years than most people have in their entire lives. A large fan of tea, thrift shopping and Marvel comics, she can usually be found writing novels in coffee shops or walking runways in shoes that make her feet hurt. Rachel can communicate in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Sign Language, Swearing and Sarcasm. She prefers reading high fantasy and dystopian, and is quickly running out of shelf space.

Q1What are your top five favorite YA books?

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, the Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Strange Angels by Lili St.Crow, and Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (I Hunt Killer by Barry Lyga and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld are honourable mentions. Does this count as cheating?)

Q2- What do you love about YA?

I like reading YA best of all is because of the excitement factor. The stakes are always high, the action is always intense, and while the emotions of the main characters may sometimes be over-dramatic, they at least make me feel something. I find regular fiction or crime novels don’t have that level of freshness to them; YA novels pick you up and slap you around until you can’t do anything but flail around when the villain comes back from the dead and cry at four in the morning when the author kills off someone you’ve grown to love.

Q3Is there anything that bothers you about YA?

While I do have some complaints about types of character development or love triangles, what bothers me the most is the stigma attached to YA. I always feel like I have to hide the cover if I’m reading in public, or that I’m prattling on about this girl in love when I talk about it to my friends. I wish that when I say the book I’m reading is YA, people wouldn’t look down on me and tell me to read ‘better’ types of novels instead. I understand where the stigma comes from since I have seen the repeating patterns of girls hopelessly in love with the mysterious boy and the main character being the chosen one, but at the same time there are so many more books that don’t use these cliches that I want to share with the world.

Q4- Is being able to talk to the author important to you?

Yes! I love being able to see the process as much as the finished product, and meeting/taking to the author is a way to not only meet the character but the driving forces behind the story that you know and love. Getting to know the author as a person I feel makes me like the book more, since I get to see who I’m reading.

Q5 If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?

This is really difficult, but I would say Sarah J. Maas, author of the Throne of Glass series. This series has to be my favourite (or at least in the top 5) high fantasy YA series and I would love to meet and interview the heck out of her. I want to know how she came up with Celaena’s story and pry some hints out of her for the next three books! The world she invented draws you in so completely you forget there’s an outside world where buying food is a thing and taking out the garbage has to happen.

Q6 If you were to write the perfect YA book, what would it be like?

A6 – I don’t think there is a way to write a perfect YA book! I know what I always look for (some good action sequences, a slow build for romance, and an equal balance between dialogue and action) and attempt to write those threads into my own novels. I am also leaning towards writing alternative type characters, such as a girl with tattoos, a boy with a mental disorder, or same-sex relationship partners. Plus a bombshell-drop of information that leaves me jumping around in excitement or bawling my eyes out at 3AM is always accepted, so I feel like it’s only fair to give that to my readers as well. It’s fun playing God.

Q7Do you read ebooks or paper books?

I only own paperback books. I love the feeling of a physical book with pages that flip and that new-book smell of ink and paper. It’s also oddly satisfying to place a bookmark into the pages to count your progress!

Q8Romance: Yes or no?

Yes, but only if it’s done realistically. YA usually writes romance in a super ‘fluffy’ way that makes me either roll my eyes or gag a little, so if there is a romance thread it has to have a steady build up of emotion and the characters have to have a good reason for falling in love besides the fact they are the opposite sex.

Q9Are you bothered by YA tropes? (ie, love triangle, bad boy, useless best friend)

The answer to this is a maximum YES. I am so tired of the same five characters with different names. If I pick up a book and within the first chapter can identify one of these tropes, I usually put it down. However there are ways in which these can be done right, and I think the trick with that is to write them in unconventional ways. Cassandra Clare gives us the dreaded love triangle in the Infernal Devices series, but (spoiler!) it works here because of the mutual love, trust and friendship all three characters have for each other. Laini Taylor gives us a conventional ‘Mary Sue’ character in Karou, but it works because of Ms. Taylor’s writing style and the harsh development Karou goes through in the second and third books.

Q10Mostly important question: Coke or Pepsi?

Coke. DUN DUH!

Find Rachel Online:

Model FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/RachelSargeantModel?ref=hl

Website: http://rachelredmodel.wix.com/rachelsargeantmodel

Youtube, Instagram and Wattpad: AModelWhosRead

Twitter: @TheGingerModel

If you have questions you’d like to see featured on TEENS WHO READ in the future, or you know know a teen who loves to read who would like to be interviewed, feel free to email me at erinRlatimer@gmail.com

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Suffering From SNIS – Shiny New Idea Syndrome

The pen-muggles, they're everywhere.

In 2012 I wrote a blog post about SNIS. Since then, I’ve switched over to a new blog (this one) but I still get this question all the time.

I keep getting great new ideas in the middle of writing my book. Do I drop it and start the new project?

The answer is no. Control yourself! Just kidding….mostly. But here’s your prescription if you’re suffering from SNIS:

One of the first things that many writers get asked is “where do you get your ideas from?” Some authors get so tired of this that they come up with amusing answers like “K-Mart, twenty-five dollars for five novel ideas, they have a sale on, better get going!” Perhaps the people that ask are wondering if writers pull these ideas out of thin air, or have some elaborate ritual involving the sacrifice of a non-reader (my husband better watch out, since he limits himself to the instructions on a can of Chef Boyardee). Or perhaps writers get together every year and go on an African safari type trip, hunting down the wild idea, armed with only notebooks and pencils.

The fact is every writer is a bit different. New ideas may straggle in a bit at a time, the last bits like late party-goers who shrug and say they got stuck in traffic, or they may bust into your mind fully formed, intrusive and demanding your attention.

Personally, I tend to get the latter, and though I love being absolutely pumped to begin writing, I face a very difficult problem – one I’ve heard other writers complaining about as well. Imagine you are sitting at your desk typing away, the book you’re working on is almost finished – or maybe it’s only halfway – and then suddenly…wham! An idea hits you like a smoking comet.

Good, right? You can jot it down, put it aside and work on it after you’re done your current book. Or…you can try. You put the notes into a drawer and turn back to your work, but something seems to be in the way of your computer screen. Oh, it’s that genius idea that keeps popping up, hopping around like a ferret on caffeine, eager to tell you that it would be way better than the story you’re writing now. It would be more fun to write, it would make more money, and your agent (or the agents you are querying) would like it better. There are a million reasons you should stop writing that book and start on your new book.

This has happened to me twice now, and what I’ve realized is this: if I give in to the urge and put down the old idea, and pick up the shiny new idea, it’s immediately gratifying (it is, I gave in once). However, if I continue to act in that pattern, it stands to reason that I will NEVER FINISH A BOOK AT ALL.

So the next time this happened, I wrote down the idea, stuck it in a drawer and then shoved the insistent thing to the back of my mind (quite violently I might add). From there, I continued to write my book, finishing the rough draft. I thought that when I’d done that, and told myself firmly that I was NOT going to be starting that other story, that somehow the idea would cease to niggle in the back of my brain. That it would lie down like an obedient little doggy and go to sleep until I needed it.  It didn’t.  It continued to wag and bark and run in circles, nails clicking on the tiles, tracking mud over the insides of my brain. It was driving me crazy.

For those of you that suffer from SNIS (Shiny New Idea Syndrome) there is hope.  You have to power through the first draft of your original (and the current idea will stay shiny until at least halfway, until three-fourths of the way if you’re lucky) and then when you’re finished the first draft, you have that time, the time where you put the rough draft in the drawer in order to gain a little perspective. Most writers do this anyways, those that don’t have the symptoms of SNIS. We leave our work unread, sometimes for months, so that we can come back to it with fresh eyes. The good news is that when that manuscript is sitting in the drawer becoming more and more foreign to you, you have the opportunity to break out that shiny new idea and finally use it.

I am beginning to learn a number of coping techniques, or ideas that will help me ignore that shiny idea for just a little longer while I finish the last bit of my current story. Writing every new facet of that new idea helps, every bit that comes to you, make sure you write it down. I believe that a part of what makes writers itch to begin it immediately is the fear that they might somehow lose it. I’m scared the ideas might slip away and never return, leaving me bitter and confused.

So write it down, power through the first draft, keeping in mind that you WILL get to use that shiny new idea, but have patience. Remember that the story you’re working on NOW was once a shiny new idea, try to remember what you felt for that idea when you first had it, the enthusiasm. Rekindle the romance, don’t dump your old idea for the handsome new one. Not yet.

What about you, do you have any tips for powering through and finishing the old idea? Are you a sufferer of SNIS? If so, how do you cope with it?

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Cover Reveal: Polaris Awakening

So very excited to announce the cover reveal for Polaris Awakening!

Polaris Awakening

ZEUS PROTOCOL 000101:
REBOOT, SCAN.
DANGER DETECTED.
THREAT LEVEL: UNKNOWN.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: INCREASE MILITARY PRESENCE.

 

There’s trouble brewing on Polaris. Under the watchful eye of the space station’s supercomputer, Zeus, the lower classes are awakening to the corruption of their wealthy, privileged, and protected leaders. When the quiet voices of protest get louder and alliances form, change dawns on the horizon. But the small acts of resistance won’t be enough to subvert the system for long. Zeus is alert to the growing threat level, and he will do whatever’s necessary—including purging the lower levels of Polaris—to preserve stability for all.
Inspired by the mythology of the constellations hung around Polaris, the seven stories in Polaris Awakening reimagine the classic characters in a futuristic world where alien creatures are commonplace, combat arenas are used for entertaining foreign dignitaries, slaves and soldiers stand side by side, and music orchestrates a revolution. And their first acts of defiance are just the beginning. Polaris will never be the same.
ZEUS PROTOCOL 000099: ENGAGE THREAT.

 

 

Series: Polaris Anthology #1
Published by Patchwork Press
Release Date: May 26, 2015
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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Announcement: A Patchwork Press Anthology

I can proudly say that I’ve joined the spectacular authors at Patchwork Press to collaborate on a YA science fiction anthology.

Today, Patchwork Press revealed the title, the authors involved, the constellations the stories are inspired by, and the mythology behind each star cluster. Lets begin with the title reveal. Drumroll please…

Polaris-Awakening

Polaris Awakening is the title of the newest Patchwork Press anthology! Each of the seven stories in the anthology take place aboard the space station of Polaris. The station of Polaris is the brightest star in the galaxy, with it’s shining technology and renowned space academy. But not everything on Polaris is perfect — there’s a tilt of balance in social classes, and those below are beginning to awaken to the injustice of their leaders. A rebellion is thrumming through the ship, and the characters of each story all play a part in the ripple of discontent.

There are seven stories contributing to the anthology. And our authors (in order of appearance) are: Kellie Sheridan, Erin Latimer, Erica Crouch, Janna Jennings, Hannah Davies, Terra Harmony, and Meghan Jashinsky.

Zeus

Kellie Sheridan‘s story will not only open the anthology, but it will be peppered throughout the anthology, interspersed between the other pieces. Kellie’s story doesn’t focus on one particular constellation or origin myth, but rather she is writing as the embodiment of Zeus (you know, Mr. Lightning Bolt, the Big Guy in the Sky). Zeus is personified as the supercomputer operating Polaris, and he’s more aware than you’d expect, which could lead to some danger for our characters…

Ophiuchus

After Kellie Sheridan’s introduction, we have our first full story from Erin Latimer. Erin’s story centers around the constellation Ophiuchus. The constellation represents the god Apollo struggling with the huge snake that guards the Oracle of Delphi. After Apollo slew the snake, he was ordered by Zeus to host the Pythian Games as a form of penance.

Lyra

Next up is Erica Crouch with her story based on the constellation Lyra. In the original myth, Orpheus — a musician with almost supernatural talent — falls in love with Eurydice. But their love is doomed, and Eurydice dies, stolen away to the Underworld by Hades. When Hades hears Orpheus’s mournful music, he strikes a bargain: Orpheus will be returned his love if he continues playing his music. Eurydice will follow him from the Underworld, but if Orpheus doesn’t trust Hades and turns around to check that Eurydice is still with him, he will lose her forever. The deal is made, and Orpheus plays his lyre, but when he walks over pine needles and can no longer hear Eurydice’s footsteps, he turns around and Eurydice fades away, gone forever.

Gemini

Following Erica’s piece is Janna Jennings‘s story of the constellation Gemini. The Gemini twins, Castor and Pollux, were both born from Leda, the Queen of Sparta. Their sister is Helen of Troy and there are several myths about them, including sailing with Jason and the Argonauts to find the golden fleece and fighting in the Trojan War to bring their sister Helen home. Castor is a renowned horseman, and Pollux is a great boxer.

Scorpio

Then we have Hannah Davies‘s story, inspired by the constellation Scorpio. Scorpio has a few different mythologies to chose from, but the one Hannah chose was a story about Orion and Artemis. Orion boasted that he was the greatest hunter in all the land and could kill any animal. Artemis — Goddess of hunting and also protector of beasts — sent a scorpion after Orion to defeat him. The scorpion stung Orion’s ankle, killing him. Zeus was impressed by the scorpion, so he made a constellation for it. In the sky, the scorpion is at the opposite side of the horizon to Orion to keep them apart.

Virgo

Terra Harmony‘s story follows next, and she was inspired by the constellation Virgo. Persephone, beautiful daughter of Zeus and Demeter, is tricked by Hades who carries her off to the underworld to be his wife. Her mother was so upset by this, she completely neglected her duties as goddess of agriculture, and famine spread over the entire world. The solution was for Persephone should be with her mother for half the year, and go to the underworld with Hades for the other half of the year. When Persephone is gone, agriculture essentially dies until she returns again six months later.

Taurus

And finally, to close the anthology we have a story from Meghan Jashinsky, based on the constellation Taurus. From the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the goddess Ishtar sends Taurus to kill Gilgamesh because he spurned her. In the sky, this is why the constellation Taurus seems to be facing off with Orion (who is representative of Gilgamesh).

Patchwork Press’s Polaris Awakening is going to be a whirlwind of a read! With so many spectacular myths interpreted into the science fiction world by an array of talented authors — all with strong, unique voices — we’re readying for an epic read. You can expect the cover reveal in March, and trust me, you won’t want to miss it! The release day is scheduled for April 28th

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Why I Didn’t Read The Selection (And Then Did)

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 I read a LOT. Because of this, I can be pretty picky about what I read. So when I kept seeing stuff about The Selection, and hearing it described as “The Bachelor” in a dystopian world, my reaction was somewhere along the lines of “Blech” and also “Ew, WHY?”

Can you tell I’m not a bachelor fan?

So for a long time I stayed away from it, even though it kept popping up in bookstores, and on Goodreads, and in a lot of the book blogs I read. I kept shaking my head and wondering, Why do people like this?

The description comparing it to The Bachelor, a bunch of two star reviews on Goodreads, and the skinny white girl on the cover in a ball gown was enough to turn me away (I’m a bit ball gowned out, to be honest). So when the Word Nerds announced they were going to read it for our monthly book vlog meeting, I reluctantly shuffled to my nearest Chapters bookstore and bought it, begrudgingly sat down and started reading…

…and didn’t stop.

I mean, I didn’t stop to eat, or make dinner for my husband, or really even look up when he got home from work. I didn’t look up when the cat started yelling at me that it was time for her to eat, dang it!

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Hey! Hey you! Yeah, I’m talking to you.

I could not put this book down. So this is officially the last time I’m judging a book by its cover, or Goodreads reviews, or my preconceived notions based on my judgement of crappy television reality shows. The Word Nerds will be talking about The Selection in greater detail in the next few weeks, during our live chat, but I couldn’t help but gush a little bit in advance.

I’m not a love triangle person, but Cass knows how to play the strings of your emotions like a violin. Do I love him? Do I hate him? Do I want them to be together? And the drama is more subtle than anything you would see on The Bachelor. Throw in some court politics and attacking rebels, and you have me for life.

I mean, I will admit to enjoying some of the drama, there were a few moments where I was all like, “CLAW HER EYES OUT!” and then I had to make sure no one was around to witness my violent outburst.

Oops

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Meet My Villain Blog Hop Contest

In honor of the spooktacular season of Halloween, I’m trotting out the Meet my Villain Blog Hop Contest! It’s a blog hop that is also a contest! Woah! If that didn’t blow your mind than nothing will. Below you’ll find the main blog hop part, and below that are the contest details.

And now, without further ado, something wicked this way comes…

 

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1) What is the name of your villain?
Nurse Daisy.

2) What motivates him/her?
Daisy, along with most of the others at the hospital, is driven by the need to “cure” young witches of their magic.

3) What is the villain’s relationship with the main character?
She both fears and hates Emmaline Black.

4) What is one thing your villain is afraid of? What is their weakness?
Failing. Also, spiders.

5) What is their greatest strength?
Manipulation and sweet talking. She also had a fearsome right hook.

6) Does your villain have any romantic entanglements?
Yes, a secret romance with a certain doctor.

7) List one random fact about your villain.
Nurse Daisy takes great care in her appearance. She won a beauty contest when she was eighteen, though she refuses to admit it to anyone.

 

Prizes:

Two lucky winners will get a five page critique.

How to enter:

Step One: Subscribe to the newsletter, or follow this blog.

Step Two: Comment below with a short (maximum 150 words) paragraph about your villain.

Step Three: This is optional (no pressure). Make your own “Meet my Villain Blog Hop Contest” using the questions above and tag me, or leave the link in the comments below and I’ll go check it out!

And now the blog hop part! To win more awesome prizes, hop on over to the next “Meet My Villain” blog hopper (and my partner in crime while planning this thing!) Kyra Nelson. If you don’t win a crit from me, you could win a crit from a real live literary intern! Woah!

Note: Contest closes October 31st.

Next stop on the hop:

Kyra Nelson

 

Kyra

 

Ya author and literary intern extraordinaire, Kyra is the next leg of the Meet My Villain Blog Hop Contest.

Check out her blog and enter the second part of the contest HERE.

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