#BookBlogWriMo Day 20 – Best Books of 2014 and Thanks

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I have read so many wonderful books this year. I’ve included some of them below, in no particular order. This in no way covers all of the awesome books I read this year, just touches on them. Click on the books to view the corresponding blog page (if there is one yet.) Enjoy!!

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 12 – Advice for Newbie Bloggers and Thanks

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 12 – Advice for Newbie Bloggers

  • Make sure you have the time to dedicate to blogging. It’s such an easy “hobby” to lose track of and forget about.
  • Come up with a theme of some kind. I am a book blogger, but I will begin dabbling in other things at some point. I used to be a writer, so I’m hoping to bring that back out again. Some people have cooking blogs, some have scrapbooking, some have parenting advice… the list goes on and on.
  • Decide if you want to write for an audience or write for yourself. This will give you focus instead of being all over the place.
  • Join Facebook groups that have to do with your theme. I am a part of The Book Blogger’s Resource on Facebook and this page has helped me immensely as I’ve decided the path I want to take this blog.
  • Don’t try to do too much at once. It’s so easy to get caught up in the fun of signing up for blog tours and things (especially as a book blogger), but you are one person. If you are starting your blog with multiple people, plan it out. I do this alone, so my time is far less.¬†Keeping a planner helps keep everything in line.
  • Schedule posts in advance. Or at least try to plan out what you want to post about. This is something I’m working on improving. It’s a work in progress. ūüôā
  • Network – there are so many people out there who do what you do, do what you want to do, and can help you grow. There are great friends to be made, as well. I’ve met so many wonderful people through this blog that I wouldn’t have originally.
  • Stay true to you. If you don’t want to post about a specific subject or market certain product, you don’t have to! I don’t post certain things on here even though I know it will bring in more of an audience. It’s just not¬†my thing. If you want to gear your blog to only cooking desserts, well power to you! If you only want to do cover reveals on your blog and you will NOT post reviews, go right ahead. ūüôā You do you, kid.
  • For the love of all that is loved, please check your spelling and grammar. There is nothing less sexy than a poorly produced post.
  • Keep a journal – either a real one or in your phone – to plot down ideas for posts. I used to find myself coming up with great ideas, but didn’t have anywhere to put them. Now I have Little Red – my mini journal that I keep track of everything in, from book reviews to blog post topics to story ideas.
  • Try to post at least once a week. This was something I struggled with and that’s why I try to sign up for a blog tour a week. I tend to lag behind a bit or hit a slow patch, but I’ve been adjusting. Looking back, I’d definitely have planned out some more posts in the beginning before I launched. Non-blog life does get in the way, of course. That’s ok. You don’t HAVE to post a certain number of times, but it’s better if you want to have consistent follows.
  • Do what you love so that you love what you do.¬†If not, then what’s the point?

30 Days of Thanks – Day 12

Today I am thankful for journals. I’ve always had one, ever since I was little. I started collecting them a few years ago and haven’t stopped. I’m picky about my journals because I want to make sure they have a purpose in my collection. Sometimes I write in them, sometimes I give them away as gifts, and something they just sit there like something beautiful on my journal shelf. Journals are a wonderful place to jot epiphanies, keep your secrets, water your ideas, and keep the brain juices flowing. They’re a friend to look back on after many years, and they’re an enemy when you don’t want to remember. They’re small enough to tuck away until the time is right, and they’re a lifesaver. They’re that thing your little sister tries to find under your mattress to read your deepest adolescent secrets, and they’re the thing that you can trust when you’re little and don’t know who to turn to. They’re what you tell your first crush to and they’re what you throw across the room when you’re really angry. Journals are pretty awesome. Unless there’s an angry wizard soul hiding in one… then you’re in trouble.

Blog Review Tour: “Captivate Me” and “IRIS” by S.J. Pierce

 

 

IrisCaptivate Me       AND       IRIS
By: S.J. Pierce
Copyright: 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance
Format of Book: E-Books

*I received free ARCs of Captivate Me and IRIS from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review.

 

Synopsis of Captivate Me

‚ÄúMy mom had always told me ‚Äď when you meet ‚Äúthe one‚ÄĚ, you‚Äôll¬†know; they‚Äôll captivate your heart the moment you lay eyes on them. I¬†had always wondered, though, if my¬†mom‚Äôs words of wisdom were finite ‚Ästif they applied to everyone. Maybe those who had found their one great¬†love were the lucky few, and maybe the rest of us would have to¬†settle¬†for less than earth-shattering.‚ÄĚSeventeen-year-old Kat Walsh is a Gifted ‚Äď a human with paranormal¬†abilities. With her mom a former Angel and her dad a dream prophet, it‚Äôs¬†always been in her genetic¬†make-up to be extraordinary. But,¬†unfortunately for her, the world can‚Äôt handle the strange or unusual. So¬†when she slips up and uses her powers at her high school in¬†Ireland,¬†the entire student body treats her like a freak ‚Äď even the ones she¬†thought were her closest friends.

Broken, but hopeful for a fresh start, she allows her parents to¬†enroll her in a boarding school buried deep within the forests of a¬†small Colorado town. At Midland Pines,¬†School for the Gifted, she feels¬†as though she can finally be herself; she makes new friends and even has¬†the attention of the most popular guy in school ‚Äď Levi. Everything¬†feels normal again‚Ķ or does it?

Not long after her arrival, weird dreams of an alluring boy whom¬†she‚Äôs never met surface during the night, and the eerie, shadowy trees¬†encircling their school seem to call to¬†her. As these disturbing, yet¬†enticing developments intensify, other bizarre occurrences happen ‚Äststudents and staff turn up missing, and mystery visitors leave gifts¬†while she¬†sleeps. With all of these other things fighting for her¬†attention, a desperate Levi has to fight even harder to keep her¬†interest. But with the dreams of the attractive boy slowly¬†captivating¬†her heart, Kat has to make a choice ‚Äď will she settle for ‚Äėgreat‚Äô Levi,¬†or will she search for her elusive dream visitor, possibly stumbling¬†across ‚Äėamazing‚Äô?

From the author of the Alyx Rayer Chronicles, comes a refreshingly different Young Adult series with plenty of love, suspense, and a new take on the Paranormal.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

Synopsis of IRIS (#1.5)
by S.J. Pierce
Publication date: September 1st 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

***This book is meant to be read after Captivate Me***Set¬†before the events in Book One of the Captivated Series, “Iris” explores¬†the depths of family bonds, new bonds, and the lengths a person would¬†go¬†to save the life of a dying sibling. In this novella, get to know¬†Iris and her two sisters more intimately, as well as Gabriel, the first¬†angel-human hybrid¬†who agrees to live under her protection.

Recommended for readers 16 and up due to mature content.

Welcome to my stop on the Captivate Me/IRIS Blog Tour! Below is my review of the first book with a teaser about the next AND a giveaway! Click on the image at the bottom of the screen for the rafflecopter!

The Final Countdown
Characterization
– 3.5/5 Stars
I really enjoyed reading the various characters in¬†Captivate Me and then learning more about some of them in¬†IRIS.¬†Kat is a well-created character who has quite a bit of learning and growing up to do. This obviously sets the stage for some pretty interesting things to happen. Kat is just learning to be herself after hiding her Gift for so long. She’s quickly sought after by a very nice and popular guy named¬†Levi. I also like Kat’s roommate¬†Anna; she and Kat are a perfect pair. There is also a mess of other characters who I deeply enjoy,¬†Gabriel,¬†Iris, and a few others.. but you’ll have to read to learn more. Pierce does a good job creating her characters and giving them enough backstory to move the story along, but leaving enough up in the air for the reader to want to learn more.

Dialogue¬† –¬† 3/5 Stars
The dialogue in Captivate Me is realistic and fitting for the Young Adult reader. There is nothing overly stand-out, but it does help move the story along. I like the internal monologue, as well.

I found the dialogue in IRIS to be a lot more fun. Perhaps this is because of the characters and personalities of those involved in this particular novella.

Plot¬† –¬† 3.5/5 Stars
This was a fresh take on the typical paranormal young adult books that are floating around. I haven’t seen this story before, which is part of the reason I found it so much more enjoyable. All of the characters have their own sub-story, which enables a novella like¬†IRIS to work so well.

Visual Imagery  Р 3/5 Stars
There are some really great visual moments, such as those in the woods, but I felt this story could have used more in the visuals. This would have helped drive the story farther. I wanted to “see” more colors and patterns. This is not a complaint, just a suggestion, however.

Ending  4/5 Stars
I definitely enjoyed the ending of this book. There was a lot to be said, but it was done in a wonderful way. Captivate Me ended wonderfully, opening the door to Book 2, and IRIS introduced what will be happening in 2, but should be read AFTER Captivate Me.

Total: 17/25 Stars

Why read this book?

I am a big fan of YA Paranormal books and this one was done very well. Definitely worth a shot.

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Susan James Pierce has a degree in Marketing Management, works for a Fortune 500 company in Atlanta, Georgia, and devotes her precious, spare  time to writing Fantasy, Paranormal and Sci-fi novels.Author Links:
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Review: The Lilith Scroll by B.L. Marsh

 The Lilith Scroll
By: B.L. Marsh
Copyright: 2014
Genres: Urban Fantasy/New Adult
Format of Book: E-Book

*I received a free ARC of The Lilith Scroll from N K Author Services in exchange of an honest review.

Please see this post for the book spotlight and more information on where you can find it!

Synopsis
What if you discovered there was time before time began? What if everything you thought was true, was not? What if there was a beginning before, ‚ÄúIn the beginning‚ÄĚ? What if another story was unfolding within our time? A story steeped in loss, love, betrayal, and secrets?

On her twenty-third celebrated birthday, Lilith arrived in Scotland, following clues she had secretly collected about her past. Little did she know that her arrival at the Rosslyn Chapel would reignite one of the oldest wars of all time- The Fall. Sides will be chosen, lives will be lost, and the secret kept all this time by the Illuminati will be exposed.

Welcome to Eden. The place where magic was born, trees are gateways to other realms, and Angels aren’t what you think they are. Meet Lilith. A young woman with an incredible story; one she isn’t supposed to know, much less tell. Meet Sam. A man with an unknown past and powers that rival Lilith’s.

Go back in time. Back to the garden. Experience the magic of creation, the wonder of nature, and the betrayal that destroyed it all.

The Final Countdown
Characterization
– 4.5/5 Stars
I found the characters in The Lilith Scroll to be incredibly complex and well-developed. Marsh does an incredible job weaving character webs and she hooked me very quickly. Lilith St. Claire¬†is our main focus and I found myself wanting to join her in her adventure to find out about her past. Oh, and Sam…¬†I’ll just leave it at that. Part of what drew me in to each of¬†the characters is that there was a reason they became how they did and Marsh placed motivation into each of their actions, regardless of how small.

Dialogue¬† –¬† 3.5/5 Stars
There were moments in The Lilith Scroll¬†where I fell completely in love with a character because of their various monologues and speech patterns. Marsh creates a beautiful dialogue, especially between Sam and Lilith. There’s a moment toward the end where I had to re-read just so I could live the moment again. The dialogue is realistic and appropriate¬†for the time at which it takes place. The dialogue and the plot work hand-in-hand to create a wonderful story.

Plot¬† –¬† 4.5/5 Stars
I was unsure, at first, how I would feel about this story. As a personal preference,¬†I don’t usually gravitate to stories that appear¬†to be about religion, but this was such a wonderfully different story than what I expected. It was a bit slow to start and slightly confusing as I adjusted to Marsh’s style, but once I did, I fell right in line and enjoyed the adventure. I loved that I understood the shorter Hebrew phrases. Marsh did a fantastic job weaving her educational studies into this impressive novel.

Visual Imagery¬† –¬†¬†4/5 Stars
There were many times during The Lilith Scroll where I felt like I was right there, experiencing the sights, smells, and feelings. Moments in the Garden had me reliving my own studies when I was younger. Marsh describes everything as I pictured them, but so much better.

Ending  3/5 Stars
I wanted a little bit more, but considering the rest of the novel was at such great length with such hefty detail, the ending was a bit of a relief as it closed the loop. I look forward to seeing where Marsh takes this story and what is to come.

Total: 19.5/25 Stars

Why read this book?

There’s something different about this story from anything else I’ve read. If you enjoy reading Tolkien, this is a great option for you.

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Blog Tour and Review: Crystal Magic by Madeline Freeman


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Crystal Magic CoverCrystal Magic (Clearwater Witches #1)
By: Madeline Freeman
Copyright: 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult, Romance
Format of Book: E-Book

*I received a free ARC of Crystal Magic from Xpresso Booktours in exchange of an honest review.

Synopsis
Nothing is safe around Kristyl Barnette. Windows break. Books rocket across the room. Lights flicker. Strange occurrences follow the sixteen-year-old everywhere.

When tragedy forces her to move to the small town of Clearwater,¬†Michigan, with her estranged aunt Jodi, Kristyl tries to leave her past¬†behind. But¬†Clearwater has secrets of its own‚ÄĒa mystical history that¬†intersects with Kristyl‚Äôs life and might shed light on the inexplicable¬†events that plague her.

When a mysterious illness threatens her aunt’s life, Kristyl will do anything to cure her. Enlisting the help of witches could save Jodi, but is dealing in magic worth the consequences?

Welcome to my stop on the Crystal Magic Blog Tour! Below is my review of the book and a tour-wide giveaway (follow the link) for a signed copy of Crystal Magic. (This giveaway is open to US and Canadian readers.)

The Final Countdown
Characterization
– 3.5/5 Stars
The characters in Crystal Magic are very lovable. Kristyl (Krissa) is really genuine and I found myself wanting to reach through the pages to hug her at times and others I wanted to high-five her for just being awesome. She’s genuinely curious and resilient. She’s had a lot to adjust to, as we find out at the beginning of the book, but that’s only the beginning for her. I enjoyed following her through her journey and finding out how she adapted to each curveball thrown at her. Krissa’s aunt, Jodi, is endearing and caring; it’s apparent early on that there’s something about her we don’t know.

Another wonderful character is Owen – ugh, love him. I did find myself wanting to know more about him. Luckily, this is a series, so I may get my wish.

One character I couldn’t stand is Crystal. (Imagine having to share your name with someone who is just an all-around bully.) She is developed well and has a nice bite to her.

Dialogue¬† –¬† 3/5 Stars
The dialogue in Crystal Magic is realistic and fits the Young Adult genre well. I enjoyed the back and forth between Owen and Krissa. There was something refreshing about finding dialogue that can read aloud and on the page easily. The arguments aren’t forced and the monologues aren’t heavy.

Plot¬† –¬† 3.5/5 Stars
This is a fun story with some nice twists. Between finding out the backstory of our main character and sifting through the crazy in the town of Clearwater, I was pulled right into the story. I look forward to seeing where this all goes in future books.

Visual Imagery  Р 3/5 Stars
There are some really good moments throughout the book. As this wasn’t a visual-heavy¬†story, I found myself drawn to Jodi’s store, Hannah’s Herbs. I could see the stones and jewelry. Having been in places like this before, I could practically smell the incense burning. I also enjoyed “seeing” the town of Clearwater and adventuring through Krissa’s new home.

Ending  4/5 Stars
Well, as far as endings go, this one was pretty great. I sort of saw it coming (just a teeny bit, and only by a hunch) but not to the extent that it did. I have to say it was VERY well done. (Yay for cryptic reviews, huh?)

Total: 17/25 Stars

Why read this book?

If you enjoy Young Adult Paranormal books, Crystal Magic is a pretty great choice for you. This may be my powers of seeing the future kicking in, but I have a feeling that this is a series to keep an eye on. I look forward to finding out what happens next.

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Madeline Freeman lives in the metro-Detroit area with her husband, her daughter, and her cats. In the time she should spend doing housework, she rewatches Fringe. She also loves anything to do with astronomy, outer space, plate tectonics, and dinosaurs, and secretly hopes her daughter will become an astronomer or a paleontologist.
 
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I: Interview with Michele G. Miller

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Michele is the author of the Coming of Age Fantasy Trilogy The Prophecy of Tyalbrook –

Never Let You Fall, book one (May 2013) and Never Let You Go, book two (Jan 2014) as well as the New Adult Romantic Suspense, Last Call (Oct 2013). 

She is currently working on the third book in The Prophecy of Tyalbrook Series, a Last Call novel and a YA Realistic Fiction series entitled From the Wreckage that has her super excited!

Having grown up in both the cold, quiet town of Topsham, Maine and the steamy, southern hospitality of Mobile, Alabama, Michele is something of a enigma. She is an avid Yankees fan, loves New England, being outdoors and misses snow. However she thinks southern boys are hotter, Alabama football is the only REAL football out there and sweet tea is the best thing this side of heaven and her children’s laughter!

Her family, an amazing husband and three awesome kids, have planted their roots in the middle of Michele’s two childhood homes in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Hi Michele! Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. You will be my first. Let’s start out with something easy. What have you written?
The Prophecy of Tyalbrook series is a YA Fantasy Romance trilogy. Book Three will be out sometime in 2014.
Never Let You Fall, Book One
Never Let You Go, Book Two

Last Call, a New Adult Contemporary Romance with some suspense

From The Wreckage, a Young Adult realistic fiction is coming in June (tentative release date)

What are you working on at the minute? What’s it about?
I am currently working on books two and three in the From The Wreckage series. From The Wreckage is about the immediate aftermath of a life changing event in the life of Jules Blacklin. Books two and three continue on from there. The series deals with the loss, love and hope we find after our worlds are torn apart.

When and why did you decide to become a writer?
I’ve always been a writer. I started truly writing, scripts and plays, in the seventh grade as a way to cope with a difficult move and life changes. Before that, you would always find me acting out stories in my playtime. My Barbies lived fascinating lives ūüėČ

I quit writing after graduation when work and marriage, and eventually my first born, became my life. It took the emergence of self-publishing and e-books for me to realize that perhaps I could create stories on my own. There isn’t really a ‚ÄúWhy did you become a writer?‚ÄĚ answer. It’s more of a need. A need to tell the stories of the people talking in your head – I want to tell them. It’s not to be a bestseller or to travel the world, make movies or be famous. (I’ll happily accept that if it comes knocking though!) It’s just to tell stories; hopefully people will like them and find some escape for the few hours they are reading.

What is your favorite genre to write in and what draws you to this genre?
Romance. Without a doubt, I am a romantic at heart. Whether I write fantasy, suspense, YA or NA, I will always include romance. I believe in soul mates, fate, love at first sight; I’ve experienced it, so I want to share it with others.

Out of all the characters you have created, who are you most drawn to?
Honestly, I think that changes with each book. I love Xander! I also fell HARD for Nickoli (Never Let You Fall, Tyalbrook #2). He was a character I didn’t expect to love, but there was something about him that drew me in and made me write his story.
Gage, in Last Call, is another character I had fun with. Apparently, I fall for all of my own book boys!

What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing your first book?
My poor husband had seriously tried to tell me to write a book for years. Really, truly years! I hemmed and hawed about how I couldn’t do that… and then if I did, what would I do? It took some random things happening for me to end up at the house of Nancy Straight for Y’all Fest 2012 in Charleston. I began grilling her about how it (self-publishing) all works and her words gave me the push I needed. Those words of wisdom that finally did me in? Write.

So simple, right? Just write two thousand words a day for three months and you’ll have a book. Voila!

What/who are your muses?
Music plays a huge role in setting tone. My characters are often times bits and pieces of people I know. The snarky comments from one friends, the fierceness from another. The idea of a knight in shining armor from my husband (cue the sighs). I often look at pictures of models, celebs or “normal” people shots on Pinterest for physical muses.

What is your writing process typically like?
Very random and not explainable. I write what I feel like writing. I know people who are waiting on books hate me for this, but I can’t write what is expected of me. I have to ‘be in the mood.’ So while, right now, I SHOULD be writing my last Tyalbrook book, I can’t. It’s not speaking to me in the way that it needs to for it to be what I need it to be. I write out of order a lot too, or I write dialogue only because I can visualize a conversation so clearly. I then go back later and fill in the details of the scene or insert the dialogue where I think it should go later.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
This is probably funny, but my new motto is when in doubt write a sex scene. *grins* I don’t mean some full-on erotic scene; it can be a lovely, sweet scene. For me, I find writing love scenes is easy and intimate and it helps me get into my characters heads. Therefore, it pulls me into the story when I’m having a hard time feeling them.

Do you personally prefer to read e-books or traditional paper/hard back books?
I typically read at night before bed – so e-books. My Kindle really is my very favorite thing ever! I buy a lot of paperbacks at events, but I get them signed so I hate to touch them. For traditionally published books, I often find paperbacks to be about the same price as e-books, so I do prefer to buy them in paperback form but I end up taking forever to read them that way. The Kindle is just so much easier to carry with me or to use at night.

Who are your favorite authors?
I’ve met so many authors I admire, I can’t really list them for fear of leaving someone off. I will read any book by the fabulous Amy Bartol who, along with Nancy Straight, set me on my path to self-publishing. I have old school love for Jane Austen, Judith McNaught and Mary Higgins Clark, VC Andrews – those are the books I grew up reading.

What books are you currently reading?
I just finished Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher.

I’ve also been catching up on some older releases – Tragic by JA Huss and Crush by Lacey Weatherford. I am on some panels with authors this summer at a few book conventions, so I am trying to catch up on their books as well.

Do you let the book stew ‚Äď leave it for a month and then come back to edit it or do you prefer to finish it all at once?
I let some things stew, but for the most part when I finish it (or think I have) I read over it one last time before I send it to my editor.

Your covers are always so eye-catching. What goes into your cover-selection process?
For the Tyalbrook series, I randomly came across a picture from a California photographer that I fell in love with for Skye. I contacted her and she went through all of her shots and pulled out other pictures for me to look through. Those became the covers for 1 and 2. The original shot I loved will be on book 3.

For Last Call – I had someone do a custom photo shoot because I knew I wanted a bar shot. It’s not what I was originally going for, but I think it turned out very intimate and sort of sexy. The guy POV that will come from that series later this year has a very sexy shot – because it’s his POV. ūüėČ

The From The Wreckage series covers came from my desire to have something totally different on a YA book than what is currently being done. I didn’t want a girl in a prom dress, or a couple kissing, shirtless, hugging…etc

It’s 1am and you’ve been writing all night. What three items are on your desk?
Tumbler with sweet tea, twizzlers or pretzle sticks and my scratch paper and pen to jot reminders when something pops in my head.

Do you have any advice for other authors on how to market their books?
Toughest part of this job!! I signed on with a PR agency (Red Coat PR) in February because this is such an integral part of the job. I think in self-publishing you market yourself more than your books. I tend to buy books from other authors who I know on a personal level before others. I think teasers are great but you have to get bloggers, fans and FB sites to share them. That is hard if you’re not willing to have personal relationships with people. I love connecting with people – I am VERY grateful for the help and support everyone gives me.

When you aren’t writing, where can we find you?
Not writing?? On those few hours you will find me watching sports on the weekends during football season. You’ll find me hiking or enjoying the Carolina mountains in the Fall and Spring and playing by the pool with the kids in the summer.

What is your favorite book and why? Movie?
I really don’t have a favorite book. I love a lot of books. I’ve read many many books multiple times and never get sick of them. Classic historical romances by Judith McNaught are some of my favorites mostly because of the person I was when I first read them. They were my introduction into regency and highland romance when I was scarcely 20.
There are classics, like Pride and Prejudice and Lord of the Flies, contemporaries like Easy (T Weber) and Slammed (C Hoover) and paranormal stories like The Premonition Series (A Bartol) and The Infernal Devices (C Clare)

My standing favorite movie is Gone With the Wind. I always use this as an answer because I love the epic story. I love period pieces and the drama and humor.

Where can you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
Probably right where I’m at now. I love my family (3 kids and hubby). My oldest will be in college (holy wow!) so I’ll be crying at being that old. I know I will still be writing – regardless of the monetary/ranking success I have, I will always be writing.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
The same I got – write! Also, write for you. Don’t try to follow a trend because they change, and I feel like often times you can tell when someone forces a story just so they can sell it. Make sure you research who you use and who you give your money to. Self-publishing doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg., you don’t have to pay for review and tours, or formatting – learn to do things yourself. Pay for a good editor but have referrals, read a book they’ve edited. Oh, and covers matter. Like really, really matter!

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