Thursday, December 29, 2011

Congrats to Nadia Lee on THE LAST SLAYER!

I've had a busy week, but I feel like I'm finally catching up! Woo hoo! I'd like to congratulate, Nadia Lee on the release of her book THE LAST SLAYER from Carina Press!

BLURB: Ashera del Cid is a talented demon hunter, but when she kills a demigod’s pet dragon, the hunter becomes the hunted. Her only potential ally is Ramiel, a sexy-as-hell demon. Now the two must work together to battle dragons and demigods…and the chemistry crackling between them.

Ramiel has his own reasons for offering Ashera his protection. He knows her true identity and the real reason the demigods want her dead. What he can’t predict is how she’ll react when she discovers he knew who she was all along…

Ashera is shocked to discover that she is the only daughter of the last slayer. To claim her destiny, she and Ramiel must join forces to face down danger and outwit their enemies. Only then will she be able to truly accept her legacy…

Check out THE LAST SLAYER online: Amazon Kindle ~ B & N Nook ~ Book Depository ~ B-A-M ~Carina Press

If you like what you just read, I'm giving away on the Magic & Mayhem Writer's Blog!




Monday, December 12, 2011

Read the First Two Chapters of COVETED

Happy Monday, all!

If you're like me scrambling to figure out how the holidays are approaching so fast, you're not alone.  :)

For anyone who has been curious about COVETED and my holiday-ornament hoarding heroine, Natalya Stravinsky, here's a fun preview of my book.

Hope you like it.

Coveted by Shawntelle Madison (Excerpt)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

SHAEDES OF GRAY Comes Out Today!

First of all, I want to say congrats to my good friend Amanda Bonilla! Her book, SHAEDES OF GRAY comes out today from Penguin's Signet Eclipse imprint. I'm so proud of her. We both traveled on the publishing road together and actually made our first sales a few days apart. (Same week. Seriously.) She's been there to help me with my messy words and I'm pleased as punch to be reading her book.

So... go forth to your nearest bookstore or buy that sucker online!

Amazon · B & N · Book Depository · B-A-M · Chapters · IndieBound · VRoman’s


Blurb: In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind—an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian's next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she's taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished...

If you like what you just read, I'm giving away a copy on the Magic & Mayhem Writers Blog tomorrow. Just leave a comment to enter!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope your holiday is a joyous one this year! :)


Thursday, November 3, 2011

NANOWRIMO 2011 - Day 3

Well, I haven't hit the wall yet, but I did need some help to get there. I only use something like Dragon Dictation when my hands hurt from writing or I've hit a wall. But well, my hands don't hurt and since I'm at the beginning of a story, I've got plenty of words waiting to come out. My problem is that my internal editor is talking pretty loudly cause I'm in edit-mode. What is edit mode, you ask? That is when my mind is constantly thinking of ways to strengthen the manuscript. To make better sentences and story flow. It sits like a nagging child asking  the question, "Are we there yet? Are the cookies/book/cake/manuscript done yet?" This isn't helpful when I should be spitting out words without abandon.

So in came the Dragon on my iPad to save the day. While I worked with source code this morning I spoke into the Dragon for the first 1K. After that everything flowed for a while this evening which was nice.

Final total for today: 1,805 words. I'm hoping to clear at least 2K again on Friday.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NANOWRIMO 2011 - Day 2

Today's been hard. I've been battling headaches lately and most of my time goes to editing. But I still managed to snag nearly 1200 words!

Onward to day 3!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NANOWRIMO - Trying again

Every year I prepare for it. I plot out the book and get to know the characters before I write. But based on past experiences from the last few years. I've failed miserably at NANOWRIMO. But I'm not the kind of person to give up. Tenacity is something every writer should try to have so I'm giving it another go.

Day 1 will be over soon and I've already got a little over 2,900 words done. Hopefully tomorrow I'll post more words or feel guilty for stopping so soon.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

New Release Tuesday - The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams

I'm so pleased today to give a Happy Book Birthday shoutout to my Magic & Mayhem Blogger sister Sandy Williams for her book, THE SHADOW READER. Be sure to check it out!

A Houston college student, McKenzie Lewis can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind. For years she has been working for the fae King, tracking rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn't her only secret. She's in love with Kyol, the King's sword-master-but human and fae relationships are forbidden. When McKenzie is captured by Aren, the fierce rebel leader, she learns that not everything is as she thought. And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.
Amazon  ·  B & N  ·  Book Depository  ·  B-A-M  ·  Chapters  ·  IndieBound  ·  Mystery Books CA  ·  VRoman’s

Friday, October 14, 2011

COVETED Cover Reveal!

I've been waiting so long to reveal the cover to my debut novel to the world. Now that I've been given the go ahead from my editor Tricia Pasternak, I'm so stoked for you to see Nat and Thorn on the cover:


Coming April 24th, 2012 from Ballantine Books!

SOMETIMES WHAT YOU COVET IS IMPOSSIBLE TO KEEP.
For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she’s stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home, and Nat and Thorn discover that old flames still remain intense.
Before Nat can sort out their relationship, she must face a much hairier problem. Her pack is under attack from the savage Long Island werewolves—and Nat is the first target in the turf war. Toss in a handsome wizard vying for her affection, a therapy group for the anxious and enchanted, and the South Toms River pack leader ready to throw her to the wolves, and it’s enough to give anybody a panic attack. With the stakes as high as the full moon, Nat must summon all her strength to save her pack, and ultimately, herself.

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If you haven't yet, be sure to add COVETED to your GoodReads TBR list or pre-order it.

And yes, I do wish I was at NYC Comic Con right now. LOL


Friday, September 30, 2011

ARCHON Bound and Some Writing Thoughts

On Monday at Wicked Authors, I talked about my upcoming ARCHON fun here in St. Louis. On Saturday I'll be presenting at two panels there.

Wednesday, I was at Magic & Mayhem talking about what I wish I knew about the writing process when I started. I was lucky enough to have Sarah Bromley to get me started, but if I didn't have that helping hand I would've loved to have been given the information I gave in the post.

If you missed it, I'm giving away an ebook copy of THE SHADOW READER at Magic & Mayhem. The winner will get it as soon as the book comes out! Just leave a comment with a tip or question and you're entered!

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kept is Done and DragonCon Recap

Curious to know how my DragonCon trip went? This awesome picture is just a snippet of the awesomeness that occurred!



Fan girl squee! That's me and Charlaine Harris!



If you don't know that this guy is Ming the Merciless, that's okay. ;)

I have more photos and a recap of my adventures at Romance at Random! You can find my DragonCon photo gallery on my website as well.

In other news! MY SECOND BOOK, KEPT, IS DONE!

Okay, I'm so glad to get that out of the way. Now that KEPT is done I plan to relax for a while until the next writing binge hits. (Hopefully that will be a few months from now...)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

May the Winner be Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered!

Congrats to the winner: Ceridwen83!

Shoot me an email through here! It looks like a lot of folks love Kevin's work so I'll definitely have another giveaway closer to the launch of COVETED!

Everyone have a great and safe weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Galley Proofs are Done!

The past week has been so busy for me! First of all, I got my galley proofs for COVETED! It was so wonderful to see my book in the format that readers would see it when my book is released. I had to do a final read to make sure all my werewolves, goblins, and dark elves were lined up and behaving right. In the meantime, I'm wrapping up work on KEPT, the second book in the series.

Even though there are several months until my book comes out in 2012, a lot still needs to happen. (In particular, I need to mentally prepare for the madness to come.)

What's in the pipeline:
  • Promotion, promotion, promotion
  • Cover reveal
  • Advance reader copies
  • Book launch contests
  • As well as some other geekery yet to come!
I'm also excited since next weekend, Labor Day weekend, I'll be at Dragon*Con in Atlanta! In particular, I'll be participating in a panel for the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Literature track called "What's Coming from Del Rey/Spectra." Not only do I get to experience my first Dragon*Con, but I get to talk about my upcoming book and reveal the cover art to those in attendance. And no, the cover art hasn't been shown anywhere else so any attendees will get to see it first. :D


Due to my busy schedule, it's been quiet on my blog, but to celebrate completing my galleys I'd like to have a giveaway. A rather nice one! To one of my lucky commenters, I'm giving away all three of Kevin Hearne's books from the Iron Druid series so far: HOUNDED, HEXED, AND HAMMERED. The books are amazing and I'd love to further share their awesomeness with someone. Book 4 is coming out in April 2012! ;)

No need to leave a deep and meaningful post, but if you've attended DragonCon before I'd love any tips! :D So just leave a comment and I'll pick a winner next Thursday.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Coveted is available for pre-order!

I got a surprise this morning when I noticed COVETED is available for pre-order on Amazon.com. You can also add it to your to-read list on Goodreads. :)

I announced the winners today on Wicked Authors for two books. If you didn't win you can still leave a comment on my August 5th post at Romance at Random. On Friday the 12th I'll pick a winner for a $15 Amazon.com gift card.

Have a great Monday!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Well Hello There August!

This has been quite a busy week!

On Monday, I posted on the Wicked Authors blog about the wicked weather. Leave a comment about how you spend the day keeping out of the heat to either win Stephanie Rowe's TOUCH IF YOU DARE or Tamara Hogan's TASTE ME.

On Wednesday, I posted on the Magic and Mayhem Author's blog about my writing process. Or as how some might thing I lose my mind and jump into the Write or Die pool of mayhem. ;) When I write I prefer to sprint. In the post I talk about how I go from start to finish.

To add in more fun, on Saturday I'm presenting at WordCamp St. Louis at Maryville University. I'm so excited to learn more about Wordpress and talk about how I use Wordpress as an author.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

August Heat and Fast Drafting

My writing has been going well, but this week I plan to turn it up a notch and do some fast drafting. If you happen to see me walk by mumbling, "Oh, dear! I shall be too late!" and I'm looking for a rabbit hole, just point me in the right direction 'cause that meant I wrote too much. And like Martha Stewart says, "That's a good thing!"

Yesterday it was 102 degrees--at dusk! I think this is a sign that I should be inside somewhere writing instead of pondering how I could do a weird experiment cooking cookies on the sidewalk. (Nope, I didn't do it, although I should've tried.) I remembered going to the store and seeing this poor guy trying to run in this heat! He didn't have any water and he was trying to run up a hill. At first I was like gee that looks painful--and after I passed him I was like--he is so hard core. I'm gonna be like that tomorrow. Hard core writing in the heat. Inside my house outside the heat hard core.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

RWA 2011 Conference Day #1 - Exhausting Monday

I've been back for a few weeks from NYC and I must say, the trip was exhausting! I had a 6 am flight from St Louis to New York so I had to get up quite early. I'm a morning person, but I'm not that much of a morning person.

The morning should have gone without a hitch. Well, that was until I saw the epic-ridiculously long line at the airport. Everyone and their cousin Lenny had an early flight that morning. I had checked myself in early that morning, but being the genius of the world that I am--I didn't print out my confirmation number for Southwest. So I had to wait in three lines before I reached the plane. One line was to get my check-in paper, the next was to check my bags, and then the final one was the security line from hell. I could have stood in two lines, but the line to check in was ridiculously long and the kiosk line was...manageable. Naturally, when I got to the kiosk line, I discovered that I got the jacked up kiosk that wouldn't take my credit card or driver's license. I had a ticking clock in my head and all I could think about was how embarrassed I was with the long line and how I held everything up with my twentieth scan. The girl at the opposite kiosk finished and she let me jump on hers. It worked. The line in security was never-ending once I reached it. I was in line so long that Amanda Berry started texting me with lovely updates: the doors are opening, we'll save you a seat... It wasn't fun at all! I did make it on the plane, but my adventures were just starting.

I'm one of the unlucky souls who does take jerky motions very well. I'm prone to tension headaches and the flight's bumpy flight around Baltimore and NYC didn't help. I took some headache medicine and hoped for the best. (Nope, the drugs didn't work.)

We took a shuttle to the hotel and got to experience a fun ride (not according to Amanda) under the Queens Midtown tunnel. This was my first visit to NYC and I definitely enjoyed my first view. The air is quite different compared Saint Louis though. It wasn't the heat, but a stuffiness in the air. We reached the hotel and prepared to check-in. I got my first ride in the Marriott Marquis elevators. And I must say...it made my headache much worse. Okay, bump that, it made my headache go nuts.

Once we got into the suite, I took a few photos:

Jeannie Lin and Shawntelle
Jeannie Lin and I

Amanda Berry
Amanda Berry

We could've seen the sights that day, but everyone was sapped or in a world of pain. I was in the world of pain camp. We got a bite to eat late that afternoon at Juniors, a nice restaurant that serves 24hrs a day right next to the hotel. (You'll see Juniors mentioned several times this week. ;-) I ate there a lot.) The food was good, but it was hard to eat since I felt like major crap.

Like last year, we got out bags early. They were from Sourcebooks and they were quite nice with pockets on the sides and a zipper to close the top. :D

Since we had Romance Divas Pitchfest in the suite that night, we took a trip to Walgreens in Times Square. This was my first visit to Time Square and whoa, that place is pulsing with life. I heard so many foreign languages, saw so many people with cameras taking pictures. It was a really cool place--but I didn't take any pictures cause I was in pretty bad shape. :(

While the others got supplies, I stopped next door with Megan Kelly at the Subway Metro to get a Metrocard. I needed to pick up the Magic & Mayhem booklets from Penguin the next day so I needed to have a way to pay for the subway.

Once we got back to the room we lounged and hung out until Pitchfest. I took a few pictures.

Romance Divas Pitchfest
Romance Divas Pitchfest in the Suite

Pitchfest in the Suite
Romance Divas Pitchfest in the Suite

Pitchfest was a blast! It was so nice to see everyone from last year or the previous year. :)

It was a damn shame I took that headache to bed with me.

Tomorrow, I'll post how the second day went.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Two Weeks Until RWA 2011!

Today it's a bit dreary outside, but I'll take a bit of rain over dry heat any day. All day I've been editing and writing. Enough to make me think that I might be surgically attached to this laptop...

The countdown has begun! Less than 2 weeks until RWA in NYC! Woo hoo! Last year I tried to do a blog post from each day. It was a lot of work and I plan to do it even bigger this year! (Both video and photos!) Hee hee! (To see more of my repetitive summer activities, check out my post over at the Magic & Mayhem blog. For some reason, I do the same thing every summer...)

In other news, I blogged today over at Wicked Authors. I talked about how I think books fit us like a perfect pair of jeans. I also made note that I visited Coldstone Creamery for the first time. The place is divine! And pure scrumptious evil! LOL

I'm ashamed to report that it took me many months to finally finish MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins. My Goodreads review is here. (Take note, I did put down for the Goodreads challenge that I'd read 50 books this year. Sadly I am quite behind!) At least I know how the trilogy ends, which is a good thing since the movie comes out next year! I can't wait! I can't wait!

I've finished the first Anita Blake book by Laurell K. Hamillton and now I'm moving onto THE LAUGHING CORPSE.

Another fabulous development that came to my inbox today: I got a preview of what my cover might look like! Woo hoo! Even though I can't show off anything it's cool to see my characters come alive! I can't wait for you to meet Natalya and Thorn!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May Ran Me Over - Ouchie

Okay, so I've gotten a little behind on things. Just a little.

So far things are going great in KEPT.

If you've missed some of my blog entries, I blog over at Magic and Mayhem:

A Programmer's Confession - This is where I talk about how much of a geek I am. (Seriously, look in the dictionary at the word geek and you will see me kicking it there.)

I also talked about how I critique since the M & M bloggers gave away a crit for the Brenda Novak Diabetes Fundraiser Auction.

I will start to post more, I just need to get control of my multiple projects. *sigh*

Monday, April 25, 2011

April Will End Better

I posted today about my weekend on the Something Wicked Blog. I won't repeat what I wrote there, but I've definitely had an...interesting April. Around the beginning of the month all three of my kids got influenza A. Then one of them caught a stomach bug. To add more fun to the mix then a set of horrible storms rolled through the neighborhood on Friday. :(

I think I'm due some really good news this week. Maybe a lottery win? A contract to write a book about how annoying it is to be exhausted, yet still wake up around 7 because you're a morning person? I will admit last week did include a nice package. I got my Round 5 prize from DABWAHA! And it included the Jaci Burton poster too. (All I can say about that is...oh my...)

Last week on the Magic and Mayhem blog I talked about my copy edits as well as my growing TBR pile. (No progress on that front either...)

So far I have around a hundred pages left to go for my copy edits so I'm on schedule to finish them before my due date. I'm just hoping, hoping, hoping that nothing else happens so I can enjoy the rest of my month. Really. I'd like a break please.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Joy of Waiting No More - Auel in St. Louis

I've been so busy lately trying to finish my manuscript that I haven't had a chance to post on my own blog! Whoops! But as of Monday I had something fun to talk about! I met Jean M. Auel!! On the Something Wicked Blog I talked about how I couldn't wait to see her! About how I'd waited years for this next book to come out. Since she had a tour date scheduled for here in St. Louis, I jumped on the opportunity to see her in person.

Before Monday I've never met her in person. I'd seen her picture on television, on the the back of the books, but I'd never seen her up close or heard her talk. Of course before this book came out she did do online interviews, but it was nice to see her up close and personal. Answering jokes. Talking about her writing experience. One thing I learned was that she queried her book. (And then got a very very nice advance.) She went through the process every writer does and found the ideal fit in literary agent Jean V. Neggar. Also, just like other writers, she didn't have plans to become a writer. It just happened after the spark of an idea hit.

I got to the talk a little early, but not early enough. As you can see by this picture, in the end I sat against the wall in the back. But the cool part is that I was in direct line of sight to see Jean speak! Woo hoo!




Also got in the signing line and got my book signed. And I didn't go fan girl either. Well, I didn't think so!



Overall, falling back into her book is like reuniting with family I hadn't seen for a long time! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to read her books again and to actually meet her in person! I feel so lucky since several other larger cities didn't have tour dates listed.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

New Title!

For the past few months I've swam around in Untitled land. Even my Publishers Marketplace announcement didn't have a title. LOL. But, low and behold, after some brainstorming with the awesome folks at Del Rey, I have a brand new title and now I can reveal the news to you. HOARDING YOUR HOWLS is now:

COVETED

I'm so happy with the new one. The other one did convey the humor and werewolveness of the story, but that's not all there is to the book. Natalya is at the center of it all and the old title doesn't encompass everything about her. Hopefully in a few months I can show off this new title with an awesome cover!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Member of the Something Wicked Blog!

Hey all! This week started out busy for me. I'm the newest member of the Something Wicked Blog! My first post was yesterday. You can check it out here. I'm also giving away three books. In particular, Jaye Wells' new release GREEN-EYED DEMON. Make a comment there and you'll be entered!

I talked about books in general and why I love books that are quirky and different. As an adrenaline junkie reader, I want to be hooked early and to be honest, I watch scary movies for the thrill. Okay, I will admit it. Once in a while I do close my eyes. I cover my face with my hands. But most of the time I jump and then laugh with glee.

In case you missed it, I also blogged on Magic & Mayhem about the book I can't wait for this month: Wither by Lauren Destefano! I also have an author Facebook page. (I'm getting dangerous, people. LOL)

As far as my books are concerned, my first book has been approved and now I'm waiting for copyedits! I have a new title coming and hopefully soon I'll be able to unveil it to the world! The second book is coming along nicely. So far I'm 10K in and Natalya is waiting patiently for me jot down her quips!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Birth of a New Book and My Newest Addition

Well, my second book for my hoarding werewolf series has begun. So far its been so fun to swim around in Natalya's head. For me she has so many layers that I love to explore. When it came to starting the second book, it took me forever to complete my first page. On the Magic and Mayhem Writer's Blog I talked about some favorite first lines I found during crit group at Borders. For me personally, the first page is so important. I'm one of those impulse buyers. As an adrenaline junkie, I tend to be picky and want to be hooked immediately. I'm not ashamed to say that if a book does not keep me interested I tend to just put it down instead of wasting what little time I have as a parent and an author.

Since this isn't my first book, I feel a little more comfortable with the process, but what's different is that this book is a sequel. (Cue the ominous music...) As a rule, I don't write sequels to books that aren't under contract. Even when I was querying, I didn't write a second book to a second one I ever wrote. For the first book I wrote as a writer, I did write the first chapter of a sequel, but I never finished that particular book. That first book is also kicking it with the dust bunnies and may never see the light of day. Of course, there is the what if factor. What if the agent/editor liked it after it was sent and I could've had that second book ready to go? But well, I'm a suspicious person. I don't like to invest time in writing a book only to have it join the dust bunnies under my bed. I wish I could write a book for fun, but with all the time I have to give to write, I just can't write for kicks anymore.

I have a lot of time to work on this second book so I'm taking it slow and letting things flow as they come. I tend to write very fast, but only when I'm in the mood. I actually remember the days before I used to write. Scenes would come to me and I'd be like, that sure would be fun if I wrote it down. Right now things are coming slowly so I see that as a sign that I can recharge the battery and read a good book. Or in my sad case right now, I can endlessly watch a bunch of South Korean dramas and cry my heart out every five minutes. I promised myself I would stay strong and not watch. (Yeah, right!) For goodness sake, if you are a sucker for a cute romance with lots of angst do not click the link above. Just keep reading and stay strong! Don't fall into the black hole of quality entertainment... Oh man, I clicked the link.

Friday, February 18, 2011

My Big Fat Urban Fantasy Blog Post

Over on the Magic and Mayhem Blog, I had a post on Wednesday about creating casts for Urban Fantasy. I tend to just let my imagination go wild as you shall see...

Why yes, I did talk about creating a gun/knife dealer Grandma who got her granddaughters knives for Christmas. If you're concerned at least know that Grandma did tell them how to properly use it. :D

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Normally on Valentine's Day or during the weekend, I get to have fun and have dinner with the hubby or something like that. Well, since I re-injured my chest that pretty much got tossed out the window. So while I bid you a Happy Valentine's Day, I advise you to avoid doing things in college (like doing a spread eagle jump and landing hard enough to hurt your chest) which might haunt you for the rest of your life. Yep. I really did hurt myself in college and I'm still paying for it.

So far this week, things have been quiet. My edits are sitting with my editor so I'm in chill mode. That means recharging the writing machine and eating up ideas for Book II. I'm already getting lines from Natalya coming left and right, but she hasn't bugged me yet to work. The next major writing purge is coming soon. Just need to be rested up before the madness comes.

The Mad Scientist also has another writer tool in the lab that is bubbling away. If you haven't seen my other tools they are on the right hand side or on my website.

Hope everyone got what they wanted. I know I want more chocolate and any candy from today does not count toward diets. :D

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Editing Vacation is Over

Well, I've finished editing the first draft of Hoarding Your Howls a few weeks ago and now I'm back editing the second draft. I had a few fruity drinks and read a few great books--both adult and young adult. But now my imaginary beach vacation is over and now its back to work. I've had two weeks to "forget" about the words and come back fresh.

The first draft was...an experience if one could kindly use those words. It's amazing how the editing process is so different when you have an editor at a publishing house on the helm. There are so many things I miss or I could do better. I spent one hour once analyzing what she changed. Almost like I had to learn what my writing kryptonite was. The most interesting thing though was that I tend to hold back description and things since I don't want to slow down the pacing. I mean, who wants to spend a few years plowing through a long and drawn out description of the landscape of New Jersey? :D

Besides editing, I'm slowly, and I mean slowly, working on my futuristic young adult book. When I first thought of this book, I saw scenes from Blade Runner. (If you haven't seen that movie... Wow, you need to get the hook up from Blockbuster or Netflix! Stat!) I wanted the cities to be dark and have flashing ad screens like the movie. The whole process has been agonizingly slow, but like I've heard other authors say, it's not a race to finish a book. I'm competing with myself and my personal goal is to finish this book before I need to start writing the second book for Hoarding Your Howls. I have time, but it's easier to assume I don't have time so I will be productive. ;) Overall, the voice for this book requires for me to write slowly. I just can't rush it for some reason. It just flows differently than my other books.

Hopefully, I hear soon about the new title for HYH and additional cool stuff like a hard set release month. Woo hoo!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Book List - 2011

In 2010 I proudly read 25 books. Not as many as I wanted to do so this year again I want to read 50 or more. There are so many great books out there that I'm excited about (young adult and urban fantasy wise) and I can't wait to read them. So here's my list. Here goes nothin'!

  1. Educating Aprodite - Kimberly Killion (January 1-6)
  2. Everything I Was - Corinne Demas (January 1-10)
  3. Plan B - Charnan Simon (January 1-14)
  4. Five Flavors of Dumb - Anthony John (February 2-3)
  5. Seven Day Loan - Tiffany Reisz (February 2-15)
  6. Taking Care of Business - Kathy Lyons (March 3-13)