Monday, October 31, 2011
Looks like a few blogs out there are starting off the week with giveaways so I just wanted to shout out a few:
Steph Sinkhorn at Maybe Genius is giving away several SIGNED books including Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor and the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld. Check out her blog for a chance to win some books as well as critiques.
Theresa Milstein is hosting a Halloween Haunting where you can advertise yourself a little and maybe pickup critique partners/blog followers. You can also win a copy of the Fangtales anthology.
And lastly, Shelli at Market my Words is also giving away books and giving bloggers and opportunity to network so be sure to check it out.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Today also kicks off the Casting Call bloghop where we get to visually introduce our characters. I did a group image of the main characters of my last novel, so here goes:
I wanted to have a colored, finished piece but I lacked the time, so if I do get around to it this week I'll post it. (UPDATE: Managed to get the coloring done, I thought it'd be cool to have them all wear the same color, so I chose shades of red.)
I don't want to give away too much info on my characters, but I will say that we have one human, one witch, and two demons. And here are some other vague facts:
- One of them discovers something about them that irrevocably links them to another one.
- One of them betrays another in a big way.
- One of them makes an ultimate sacrifice to save another.
- One of them is definitely not what they seem in a major way.
Maybe you can figure out who is who =) Looking forward to seeing everyone else's character visions.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Anyway, I received an award from Elizabeth Varadan (thanks a lot!), which is very cool, be sure to check her blog out.
The rules are to thank the person who gave you the award and pass it on to fifteen recently discovered blogs. I've decided to pass it on to my most recent followers:
1. Something to Write About
2. Reading, Writing, and Lovin' it!
3. Cheryl Reif
4. Jenny Kaczorowski
5. Mind Writer
6. KT Hanna
7. Can't Fight the Write
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Behind me, I felt like the synbatec poison of an abandoned life was trying to seep into my soul. It was a rotten, putrid thing that I refused to ever face again. What reason did I have to be a functioning part of this world when I was just the smallest, most forgettable part of it?
A wind that didn’t yet know if it wanted to be cool or warm picked up, tickling my bare legs. When I looked down though, it wasn’t the wind that had touched me. The tiny crab had crawled onto my knee and seemed to be staring straight into my eyes as it held up a small, white, perfectly whole seashell that glinted in the sunlight. I stared at it for a long, long time. Then, I smiled.
Reminder: you can win a singed copy of Lia Habel's debut novel, Dearly, Departed, as well as a copy of Across the Universe by Beth Revis by commenting on my blog post here.
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
There were also a lot of book stalls, publishers like Penguin and Carina press were there, and it was actually the books that weighed my swag bag down and subsequently broke my shoulder. I got a signed ARC of Lia Habel's debut novel Dearly, Departed, and I also got C.E. Murphey's autograph. I wanted badly to get Tamora Pierce's but her signing clashed with a panel for one of my favorite shows, Nikita, so I had to make a tough choice there. The Nikita panel was also a highlight, the stars Shane West and Maggie Q were there. Another highlight was getting to chat briefly with James Marsters (Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer). And of course there were tons of great, not so great, and kooky costumes around. Here's an example of not so great:
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I know that NanoWrimo is coming up and although I've just finished a book I have been thinking about doing it this year, though of the course the issue will be having a book I want to write. I grouped up all the viable book ideas I made note of and came away with eight possibilities, which is good, but the hard part will be choosing one and seeing if I can plot out a book, since I need an outline to get me started. Anyway, we'll see, if I don't do Nano I'll at least have my last book to keep me busy. Anyone planning to do Nano?
If you aren't aware of the 2nd annual Baker's Dozen Agent Auction hosted by Miss Snark's First Victim then definitely check it out. Next week submissions for adult fiction open. It's a great opportunity to have agents looking at and bidding on your work.
Have a great weekend all!
Monday, October 10, 2011
Also, I want to share again about Lisa L. Regan's Hook for Your Book contest that's being judged by her agent Jeanie Pantelakis of Sullivan Maxx agency. The contest runs from today (Oct 10th) to Oct 17th and is open to fantasy novels, the prize being a full manuscript read and possible representation by Sullivan Maxx. To enter the contest you need to post a 50 word pitch for your book. It's a great opportunity, so check it out!
Something else that Lisa L. Regan is a part of, along with Melodie Wright at Forever Rewrighting and Carrie Butler at So You're a Writer is the Casting Call Character bloghop, which sounds like it's a lot of fun because we get to showcase our WIP characters the way we see them. Check out their blogs for more info.