The average teenager spends a wopping 30 hours on the internet per week. So what the heck are they doing? The average writer spends a wopping 4 billions hours on the internet per week while avoiding work. So what they heck are we doing? And why aren’t we connecting with those teenagers? Hmmmm. Lets analyze […]
A few online contests are up and running. There are some great prizes to be had, and the requirements to win are practically nill. Super Mom Writes Contest reason: Holly reached 50 followers! Yay. Contest bounty: A ton of books plus Holly is gonna hook the winner up with a prize from the Wizarding World […]
5 out of 5 stars. Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall is amazing, amazing, amazing. One of the most powerful book I’ve read this year, and easily the most satisfying ending of the year. It’s Donnie Darko meets Groundhog Day. I know — you’re thinking WTF? How does that work? Well trust me. It works.
5 out of 5 stars. Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life As We Knew It was a read-in-one-sitting, stay-up-until-3-AM book. Though it’s classified as science fiction, it’s more a survival tale than anything else. A survival tale where I really didn’t know if the main character and her family would live or die.
5 out of 5 stars. If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. Well, since it’s my rubric, I suppose I can. So make that 6 out of 5 stars. Not since Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn has a book touched me in quite the same way as Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. […]
4 out of 5 stars On Anne Osterlund’s site, she describes her novel Academy 7 as Stars Wars meets The Outsiders. I like The Outsiders; I obsess over love Star Wars; and I thought “cool, I’ll read that next.” Yeah, it’s not like The Outsiders. It’s nothing like Star Wars. I’m not entirely sure where Osterlund […]
I finally got around to creating a website for my novel, The Spirit-Hunters. The Spirit-Hunters is a young adult novel set in a steampunk version of 1876 Philadelphia. Hauntings, inventions, and tough heroines abound.
4 out of 5 stars The first of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, Vampire Academy, was a highly entertaining, fast-paced read. I’m not big on vampires, but I enjoyed this vampire world — Mead did a good job making it unique, tangible, and dark, but still 100% high school. Rose Hathaway is a 17-year-old Dhampir […]
5 out of 5 stars Bitter Seeds, a debut novel by Ian Tregillis, takes you to WWII, but to a WWII in which Hitler has a super-hero fighting force. Klaus (my favorite character) is the invisible man with some arrogance issues and a down-right terrifying sister named Gretel. Gretel’s power? She can see into the […]
The thing about researching for a novel is this: it’s critical. Unless, of course, your novel takes place in A completely fantasy world you made up. (Now your concern isn’t research but in-depth, consistent, and believable world-building). Your story is basically your own life (i.e. your character has the same job as you, lives at […]