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2013 Book Pre-Orders

There are some books I just must have on their release dates every year. Either they’re part of a series I’m in-love with or by an author I like a whole lot and want to show my support for. Usually there’s about 10-20 of them and last year I did pretty great at not buying that many more books outside of my pre-order purchases. As my TBR pile continues to live over a hundred, I hope to be even stricter with my purchases this year. So far this year, I plan on pre-ordering the following:

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Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Clockwork Princess (Infernal Devices, Book 3) by Cassandra Clare

Inferno (Chronicles of Nick, Book 4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

The Dark-Hunters: Infinity, Vol. 1 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Dead River by Cyn Balog

The Rules by Stacey Kade

Icons by Margaret Stohl

School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins

The Lost Sun: Book 1 of United States of Asgard by Tessa Gratton

Styxx (Dark-Hunter, Book 18?) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

*Not all of these books have covers yet*

I know there will be more, like Maggie Stiefvater’s Requiem, but there isn’t an active link/release date for it yet. I imagine a lot of the fall 2013 releases haven’t popped up yet so there will likely be a part 2 of this further into the year.

What books are you most looking forward to in 2013? Do you pre-order?

Books in my Mailbox

March: The Walking Dead (Comic Book 1), Spell Bound (Hex Hall, Book 3) by Rachel Hawkins, and Infamous (Chronicles of Nick, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

April (this week): The Walking Dead (Comic Book 2), Wander Dust (Seraphina Parrish Trilogy, Book 1) by Michelle Warren, Purity by Jackson Pearce, Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross, and The Fault in our Stars by John Green

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2011 In Review: Books

Like so many of my goals this year, I even failed at meeting my reading goal. The only true thing I accomplished this year in regards to books was reducing the amount I acquired. Reading requires time and sadly time is something I had very little of this year. Also, I’m not a fan of reading a book that takes me a month of more to complete. If I can’t start and finish it in a week’s time (which is still pushing it honestly) then there’s no point in starting it at all for me.

However, despite not meeting my goal for the year, I did read quite a few awesome books. The list below reflects the order in which I’d rate them, the first being the best and the last being the worst (although none of them were actually horrible reads – picking a favorite was actually hard). At some point in the middle of the year I started writing mini reviews for all the books I was reading via GoodReads so if there is a review available for the book, I’ve made the title a link to my GoodReads page. Check them out, you might find a book worth reading. Feel free to ask me about any of the books that don’t have reviews. I’d be more than happy to share why I did or didn’t love it!

Books Read in 2011

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion

Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton

Rampant (Killer Unicorns, Book 1) by Diana Peterfreund

Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

After Obsession by Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel

The Mortal Instruments Series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, & City of Fallen Angels) by Cassandra Clare

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Daughters of the Moon Vol. 1 & 2 (Goddess of the Night, Into the Cold Fire, Night Shade, The Secret Scroll, The Sacrifice, & The Lost One) by Lynne Ewing

Forever (Wolves at Mercy Falls, Book 3) by Maggie Stiefvater

Demonglass (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins

Trapped by Michael Northrop

Fins Series (Forgive my Fins, Fins are Forever) by Tera Lynn Childs

Other Series (Other, Bloodborn) by Karen Kincy

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Beastly by Alex Finn

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Retribution (Dark-Hunter, Book 20) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Passion (Fallen Series, Book 3) by Lauren Kate

Jenna & Jonah’s Fauxmance by Emily Franklin & Brendan Halpin

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers

Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph

Miscellaneous Other

For the Love of Gods by H.R. Holden (Unpublished)

Dark-Hunter Vol. 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Manga)

School Bites Vol. 1 & 2 by Holly G! (Manga)

Archie’s Christmas Stocking (Comic book)

Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, Book 3) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

Infinity (Chronicles of Nick, Book 1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Re-read)

What did your reading list look like in 2011?

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The Long Winded Sum of Things

I realize it’s been a super long time since I made a post that had to do with something other than music. I guess part of my lack of posting is due to the fact that for the most part only one person replies to my posts and I talk to her everyday anyway. Still, I was so active on here in 2010, even when there was no one reading and so it’s stupid to be so inactive in 2011 just because the blogosphere is quiet. I will try harder to be around more often in case there are any of you left wondering about my life.

I apologize in advance for how long this post will be.

Writing:

It’s been slow, I’ll be honest. Some days there is a lot going on in my mind, but others it’s completely silent. As much as the days where the chatter’s too much to decipher are difficult to deal with, the silence scares me even more.

My current WIP has had some improved scenes created, but the majority of the work completed on it in the last month was reviewing and revising. While this is partly because my characters have been off “playing with” my crit partners characters, it’s also because the next big series I will work on has been demanding my attention.

When I say demanding, I don’t just mean a few ideas either, I mean like whole books being fleshed out, characters with names and completely defined physical characteristics, their voices, the first two books prologues, actual narration that goes down in book 1 and more. It’s blowing me away how ‘alive’ they’ve become in my mind now, but it’s also exciting me.

It was an idea I had briefly a while ago, but really didn’t know what sort of direction it’d take and certainly didn’t think it’d be the next book I’d work on, but I’m pretty confident that after my Cleaphytes series is complete (2 books), I’ll be jumping into a 4 book series right away.

In fact, if my current characters don’t start “playing” in my mind again soon, I may just start this second series and attempt to write two stories at once (even though I swore that was something I was incapable of). I guess we’ll see what happens.

Reading:

Since my last “real” post I’ve read quite a bit. Not as much as I’d hoped by now exactly, but I’m 13 books into my to-be-read pile for the year so far. That’s not terribly bad.

I’m currently reading CITY OF BONES (Mortal Instruments, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare, which I will no doubt be finished with by the evenings end. I intend to read all 4 of the books in the series plus CLOCKWORK ANGEL (Infernal Devices, Book 1) this month in a challenge against a friend of mine to see who can finish first. At this rate, with the way I’m loving the story so far, I’m pretty positive I’ll win. I’d like to take a moment to give a shout out to alice_vd for turning me onto the series. Alice, I can absolutely see why you love it so much! It is quickly becoming one of my favorite reads!

Other books I’ve read since the last post include:

INVINCIBLE (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon – You all have to know by now how much of a Sherrilyn Kenyon fangirl I am, so obviously I swallowed this book whole the second it arrived in the mail. I absolutely adore how it connects to the Dark-Hunter world and the build up that’s being created in this YA series so that Nick can finally have his own Dark-Hunter book in that series when he’s grown. My only gripe is having to wait a whole year for more!

DEMONGLASS (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins – When I read HEX HALL last year it was just something with a pretty cover that *looked* interesting at the library and I honestly had no intentions of reading it quickly, but that’s exactly what I did. Rachel Hawkins writes from a teen’s voice spot on and the clash of characters oddly work so well together. In DEMONGLASS the bulk of the book takes place in London, but since the general story is boarding school based it really doesn’t matter where they are in the world – they issues they face are similar. It was a book I had a hard time putting down, but I expected that honestly. I can’t wait for Book 3!

FORGIVE MY FINS by Tera Lynn Childs – This was my first Tera Lynn book and also my first modern twist of Mermaid lore book. I blew through this book. It was a short read that moved at steady pace with all this wonderful water/fish like talk and a really cool take on mermaid life (which being a super fan of THE LITTLE MERMAID growing up, I thoroughly enjoyed). The characters were snarky to the max which was highly entertaining. I liked this book so much I even convinced my 50 year old mom to read it and she finished it fast too. It’s definitely a book I’d suggest picking up!

TRAPPED by Michael Northrop – I loved this book, especially with as cold as it’s been this past winter. There was nothing supernatural about it, just a handful of kids trapped in school during the worst snowfall on record. The panic the book builds as the days pass and trouble arises as a result is perfect! I just kept thinking – Are these kids gonna make it out alive?! My only gripe is how suddenly it ended. According to websites offering the book it claims it has 240 pages, while mine only had 232. I couldn’t help but feel like there could have been 8 more pages of the story I was missing. Receiving a second version of this book disproved my theory though so I guess it just ended and not in a bad way, just quicker than I expected. It was definitely a worthwhile read and if you’re someone who goes for cool effects in books, one of my favorite things was watching the height of the snow rise with the beginning of each chapter until the page was completely submerged!

After my Mortal Instruments reading challenge in April, I plan to read the Daughters of the Moon series (or at least the 2 volumes currently out (aka first 6 books)) for Heather’s (edgyauthor) birthday month. She loves this series so very much and since we pretty much like ALL of the same things, I have no doubt that I’ll enjoy it just like her!

I’ve also acquired quite a few books since the last time I actually took pictures of my beauties (which was what, Christmas?). I’ll do a separate post to glorify them all after my birthday in case I get any more. 😉

Life in General:

Remember that weight loss goal I set at the beginning of the year? Yeah, well I’ve failed, miserably. So bad that I actually gained weight and now that my sisters wedding is about 5 months away there’s no time like the present to finally take this serious. In an effort to make something happen, Mom made me actually join Weight Watchers with her. I’ve done a WW like diet before, but always on my own. Mom swears when you go to classes you take it more seriously. Maybe she’s right, I don’t really know. Right now though, all it feels like is an AA meeting for fat people. I don’t mean that in an offensive way. I know those sorts of things are the saving grace for some, but for me it just feels humiliating. *Sigh*

Work has been super stressful and draining. Do you remember The Mayo Thief AKA my nemesis at work? Well at the very end of February they finally let him go which made me happy because A: I wouldn’t have to deal with him or cover for him anymore –AND- B: Getting his workload dumped on me could mean a much needed raise. All that’s really happened though is that my workload is so tremendous now I’m barely ever getting on top of it no matter how hard I push myself. And the errors in the work he left behind are terrifying. It’s a constant struggle to set things right and so frustrating that my bosses let this nonsense go on for so long that it is at the point it is. Not to mention, a month later now and still no mention of a raise. I’m starting to wonder why I work so hard. He’s evidence of getting away with half assed work for years and he made at least 20,000 more a year than me. I make chump change and haven’t had a raise in 4 years. Work makes me angry more than anything most days now. *Sigh*

The weather here is driving me mad. I’ve lived in MD all of my life so it really shouldn’t surprise me how schizophrenic it can be, but its April, Earth. Don’t you know that means its spring? Why is it still cold enough to snow here? I mean, I love cold weather (Lord knows I hate being hot), but even I’m at my end with this dreary cold air. I want spring, I want flowers, and I want warm sunshine with a slight breeze. Is this too much to ask in April? SMH…

Speaking of April, it will be a rather busy month for me. I’ve got a hair appointment this weekend, my birthday next weekend, my sister’s baby shower next weekend, an unpleasant doctor’s appointment the following week, and that whole reading challenge (which equals reading 5-500 page books in 4 weeks). But even with all that I plan to really try and be active on here more than I’ve been so far this year. I feel bad for being so behind and while I know it will take me a while to catch up on all of your blogs, I plan to make a strong effort to do it!

One last thing before I go. I’ve always wanted an awesome piggy bank and while out shopping with my mom recently we stumbled upon one that was just calling my name. It was such an awesome pig that some old lady actually tried to take it from me. No joke. She crept up on me and threatened, “You’re lucky I didn’t see that first because it would be mine!” I was like, whoa omg! LOL! Funny/scary old lady. Anyway, without further ado I introduce to you Haywood Hall, possibly the coolest pig ever. (Just saying)

Until Next Time – Sarah

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Let’s Talk about Books

Not only the books I’ve read, but the books I’ve acquired recently!

Yeah, I know… you’re thinking – Sarah, you got like 37 books for Christmas. You can’t possibly need more! – But you’d be wrong. There is always room for new books in my heart. True, I have plenty to read, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be able to totally resist the urge to buy books as they come out or pass up opportunities like the last few I’ve had to purchase books without it costing me a thing. You want an explanation, right?

Well for one, I received a $50 gift card to Amazon from one of my best friends and I still had a $25 gift card to Barnes & Nobles left over from Christmas. In addition to those gifted cards, I received two offers from Deal of the Day and Groupon for a $20 gift card to both Amazon and Barnes & Nobles for half the price. I couldn’t pass up these opportunities. So do the math… that’s a total of $70 to Amazon and $45 to Barnes & Nobles… we’re talking lots of books here guys. And so this is what I bought and have already received or can expect to receive over the next two months!

First I purchased and received I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies, Book 1) by Pittacus Lore, Fire (Graceling, Book 2) by Kristin Cashore, and Darkfever (Fever Series, Book 1) by Karen Marie Moning.

I’ve already read I Am Number Four and of the 5 books I’ve read in 2011 so far, it was the best. It has a great family element to it, innocence that’s rare in most YA, and the alien world-building part of the story is really well done. I’m really looking forward to the second Lorien Legacies book, The Power of Six, coming out this summer and even though I know it will be different than the book, I can’t wait to see the movie (though Alex Pettyfer could have something to do with that, just saying). Check out the trailer (in case you’ve missed it):

My next book purchases, which I can expect to arrive sometime this week, were Trapped by Michael Northrop and Unearthly by Cynthia Hand.

And the rest of my book purchases were books I know I will just have to have on their release dates so I pre-ordered them. At the end of February/beginning of March I will receive Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, Book 5) by Melissa Marr, Demonglass (Hex Hall, Book 2) by Rachel Hawkins, and Dark-Hunter Manga Vol. 4 by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Then towards the end of March/beginning of April I will receive Invincible (Chronicles of Nick, Book 2) by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Daughters of the Moon Vol. 2 by Lynne Ewing, and City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4) by Cassandra Clare.


I know the next two months are likely to be filled with re-reading some of these series continuations predecessors instead of some of the still new books I have waiting in my to-be-read pile, but I just can’t help it. Some of these new arrivals I’m anticipating so much that it’s taking everything I have to actually wait to re-read their series now. While I wait for them to arrive though, or be close to arriving, I will continue to plow through my to-be-read pile at the steady pace I’ve been keeping. Today I picked up Other by Karen Kincy. I didn’t really intend on reading for long, but 40+ pages later I still hadn’t put it down. If I keep reading tonight at that rate, I will likely finish it tomorrow which in my world equals good book!

Until Next Time,
Sarah

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*Sorry for the size difference in pictures, there were too many to edit…

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Thursday is the New Friday (this week at least)

Four things for ya’ll today :)

First and foremost, Happy Birthday to Anne (aka gracious_anne)! I hope it’s been fantabulous :)

Second, I have the next three days off of work and I’m ecstatic! Sure, tomorrow is going to be spent trying on brides maids dresses which I’m not exactly ready for, but it will be nice to see my sister and she’ll be trying on wedding dresses too so hopefully it won’t be all that bad. If pictures turn out okay, I’ll be sure to share. Plus, there are plans to go to a Haunted House Saturday with our neighbors and I really hope we actually end up doing so. It’s been too long since I’ve been to a Haunted House and the last time I went to the one we’re going it was AWESOME!

Third, what makes me even MORE ecstatic (and has been all week) is that I’m now part of a crit group along with Heather (aka edgyauthor (who was already my crit partner)) and Patricia (aka poseiwriting). We’re currently calling ourselves “The Ring,” though I’m not sure that will hold? Heather’s comment behind it sold me completely though… and I quote: “When people ask, “What, like the movie?” we can respond in our best creepy-voice, “No, SCARIER, because we’re WRITERS.”” It’s so true!

Anyway, I’m super stoked to have a solid support ring and hope that it only encourages me more to finally finish this darn novel and release it to them. Their excitement over just the synopsis means the world to me and I really hope to not disappoint in the end!

Fourth, yesterday Rachel Hawkins (author of the HEX HALL series) announced an ARC giveaway for DEMONGLASS (HEX HALL Book 2) HERE in honor of “Small Son’s” 5th Birthday. I entered (naturally) and you should too! The cover is awesome and I already read book 1 and LOVED it – one of my favorite books of the year honestly. You won’t be disappointed. The contest is only open to the US (sorry everybody else), but there are 5 ARC’s being given away and all you have to do is hit enter to win on Goodreads.

Alright, that’s all for the night. Now I really need to try and finish this Halloween short story so I can actually post it in the next three days for you guys!

Peace – Sarah

P.S. A really inappropriate plot bunny will NOT leave me alone these days. That ever happen to you guys? Something you DEFINITELY wouldn’t write following you around like a sick puppy?

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Productive? Yay or Nay?

So while I’ve only worked on my book once so far since the 7th (which is bad), I have been getting quite a few others things tackled. Whether they are getting accomplished because I’m avoiding my own book or because I’m really trying to stay dedicated to my monthly goals, I do not know, but nonetheless they’re getting done. Now if only I could get back to my book… :(

Anyway, here’s where I’ve been for the past couple of days: FanNook

I finished reading “Linger” by Maggie Stiefvater and completed my review. Since books.fannook.com will not be launched until at least the middle of August I will share this book review here tomorrow and re-post there when it’s up and ready. It was easily one of my favorite books of the year and I’d be surprised if many others can knock it off its pedestal. You will see why tomorrow.

I also finished writing my review for “Hex Hall” by Rachel Hawkins, but I will save that for the site launch. Even though I was only aiming to have 2 reviews completed this month in the way of goals, I’ve already finished one more than necessary and I’m thinking that there should be at least 5 on the site when it launches so it doesn’t look empty. So I’ve been working on reviews in my down time at work a lot.

In addition to the reviews I’ve also been plotting design ideas and sketching like a fool. I have 4 different header designs I’m playing with right now and I know what kind of script I’m looking for; I just need to find it (which means possibly hours of searching through wordpress templates – boring!).

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In other news, I called a gazillion doctors last week and finally found one today that was accepting new patients & takes my insurance (you wouldn’t think it’d be that hard, but apparently it is). My apt. is next Wednesday. I also scheduled a dentist apt. because it occurred to me that it’s been a while since I’ve seen them too. I figured if I was on this health kick I might as well go all out. That apt. will be in the beginning of August.

I also started reading “Need” by Carrie Jones. I haven’t gotten far into yet, but that’s because I’m trying to be strict with myself and only allow myself to read it in “free time” like lunch, while I’m waiting for dinner to finish cooking, etc… If it takes me all week to read then oh well.

Now, a great deal of my time this last weekend was spent trying to work around my cat, Tay, who is either way too cute not to notice and/or trying to fit in inappropriate places (ex: places she doesn’t belong, places she doesn’t fit, places that make working impossible, etc…). Getting her to move from these types of locations always results in a war of some sort and a lot of back talking on her part (she thinks she runs the show in this house apparently). She’s lucky she’s so cute, otherwise it would drive me mad.

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And last but not least. Wanting this makes me a total dork, right? Oh well I still want it.

Description from Amazon: The Merriam-Webster Vocabulary Builder allows you to enjoy informative and entertaining discussions of English words derived from Greek and Latin roots–and expand your working vocabulary at the same time. Words that share the same root are grouped for easy study. Quizzes let you test how much you’ve learned.

Peace – Sarah

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They’re SOOO Pretty

I must show off the beautiful new additions to my book collection. They weren’t even supposed to arrive until Friday, but they are all here early!!! I realize this is far more than I said I was allowed to buy this month and for that I will fail that goal come the 7th of August, but maybe if I read more than I anticipated in my goals I can somehow justify them balancing each other out?

I wanted to take a picture of how pretty all of their covers were, but my camera mixed with the poor daylight coming through the window wasn’t cooperating very well so this is them, my new pretties. 😉 I seriously just smile looking at them. I know, so nerdy.

I REALLY need a bookshelf soon, these little piles every month are really starting to add up. They need a proper home!

Alright, now to fight the urge to continue reading “Linger” since I’m scheduled to be writing tonight. Let’s hope I succeed!

Peace – Sarah

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Frivolous Spending

If I didn’t love getting mail so much and didn’t equally love getting new books consistently I wouldn’t have a problem. But the fact remains that I do. It’s as simple as that. Books have such a hold on me that even just seeing pictures of other people’s bookshelves gets me excited. (How ridiculous is that, right?)

Hi, my name is Sarah and I am a bookaholic.

That being said let me share my latest book purchases with you. Initially “Hex Hall” by Rachel Hawkins was waiting in my shopping cart, but it is so good that I know I won’t be able to stop reading the library copy I currently have in my position, therefore the need to own it right this minute is not necessary (it can wait for a little while). So I swapped it out for something else and purchased the following books last night on Amazon.


The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

Description from Amazon: He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects — the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

P.S. Sophie and Josh Newman are 15 year old twins… you would think the description would say that. Also this is book one of six, four of which are already out.


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Description from Amazon: What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all: the world’s most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

Description from Amazon: Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, and doomed to an arranged marriage. Finn is determined to escape the prison, and Claudia believes she can help him. But they don’t realize that there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye. Escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know.

P.S. The sequel to this book is entitled, “Sapphique” and is scheduled to be released December 28, 2010


Need by Carrie Jones

Description from Amazon: Zara collects phobias the way other high school girls collect lipsticks. Little wonder, since life’s been pretty rough so far. Her father left, her stepfather just died, and her mother’s pretty much checked out. Now Zara’s living with her grandmother in sleepy, cold Maine so that she stays “safe.” Zara doesn’t think she’s in danger; she thinks her mother can’t deal. Wrong. Turns out that guy she sees everywhere, the one leaving trails of gold glitter, isn’t a figment of her imagination. He’s a pixie—and not the cute, lovable kind with wings. He’s the kind who has dreadful, uncontrollable needs. And he’s trailing Zara.

And lastly because I’m fairly paranoid about the end of times and/or convinced troubled times may be fast approaching our country due to the current administration I’ve decided it’s important to educate myself on survival techniques. The first book I’ve purchased is “Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook: Everything you need to know to keep your family safe in a crisis.” I figure that even if it’s really nothing more than paranoia it can’t help to learn a thing or two about these sorts of things. Maybe they will be useful to me in writing one day (I do have that plot bunny called “Post Hope” about the end of the US from a teenagers POV so…)

Also arriving this week because the release date has changed and I pre-ordered it months ago, Maggie Stiefvater’s “Linger” which I’ve already talked about HERE.

In conclusion I have to add how badly I want to read the “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” series now after seeing “The Lightening Thief” last night. I already had the box set in my wish list, but it’s rather expensive and will have to wait to be purchased until a holiday like Christmas or my birthday so it will be a while. Anyway the movie was fantastic, for anyone interested in knowing.

Peace – Sarah

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Books make me giddy AND drive me insane

Initially this post was going to strictly be about my writing woes, but I realized during lunch today that reading “Infinity: Chronicles of Nick” is making me far too happy to be in a negative state of mind in regards to my own book. (Which is actually a REALLY good thing!)

So, first let me reiterate how amazing “Infinity: Chronicles of Nick” is. It has been a long time since a book made me feel so revved up (well I guess not that long, Terry Goodkind’s “Law of Nines” had a similar effect, but this one is even more exciting). It has such a great pace and such a perfect mixture of doom and humor all with this southern twang to it! I’m already disappointed to know that its sequel “Invincible” won’t be released until February 2011. (Ugh! That seems too far away). This is the only young adult novel Sherrilyn Kenyon has written so far (although this series is slated to have 10 books), but she has a multitude of adult novels with the same characters only as adults and since I’m enjoying her writing style so much I really think I might dive into them as well while I wait.

Now, onto my writing woes although I shouldn’t make it sound so bad because in truth I’m feeling much more positive about it this week than last. In fact I was happily acting out scenes this morning and afternoon opposed to listening music on the way to and from work. It felt good to be back in character.

I did end up deciding to can two characters. They were important characters, being the older-wiser ones of Bryce & Brynn’s family, the ones with the most back knowledge on the mystery surrounding Teagan. But essentially I decided the mystery would be more believable without their knowledge. I kind of like the idea of keeping my characters in the dark even about themselves until they absolutely need to know. It will also probably cut some thickness from the story if there aren’t two more people’s lives to tell you about.

A while ago I debated killing the dog in my story for two reasons: 1 – once things start going down, worrying about the dog will be difficult and 2 – I want something extreme to happen so the levity of one of the characters role sinks in. I’ve finally decided that the dog will live (I think, unless I kill him over natural causes because he’s old), but someone else even more important will –almost- or maybe –actually- die now. I can’t tell you for sure, although I know the answer 😉

Event though I dread doing so, I believe it’s time to re-write again. So bye, bye newly shaped chapters 1 and 2. Well maybe not all of chapter 1, most of it can be salvaged. Chapter 2 on the other hand is null and void now. And with all the chopping going on in my mind for the rest of it I really feel like the pace is where I finally want it. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll even be able to fit it all into one book!

Man, I feel like I’m running with a hatchet again. Only I’m not a depressed clown this time around! (Does anyone who reads this even get that reference? Probably not, but that’s okay… here’s a hint if you’re interested though Me – 2004.)

Okay so now I have some questions. I kind of enjoy doing things nontraditional as long as they are not immediately rejected, and I’m pretty sure what I’m about to suggest is not normal, but tell me what you think (if you don’t mind).

My book opens with a journal entry from Teagan’s perspective. There will be a few journal entries throughout the book and talk about this journal because it keeps very secret & disturbing events in it. The opening entry is dated 6 months before the book starts to give you some inkling of where she’s been and what you might expect next and I was just going to leave it like that. But I started thinking it might be neat to briefly add the perspective of the enemy and some hint about their plot far before you ever know who they are in between the journal and chapter 1. It wouldn’t be long, but it would give you that great sense of doom-to-come feeling that once said doom arrives you’ll go, oh yeah I almost forgot about that! This would basically be like having 2 prologues though and one from a perspective you’ll never see again. Would something like that ever work?

Also, how do people feel about the length of chapters? I ask because I’ve read some books where chapters were only a few pages long and others where the chapters were so long they could be short stories in themselves and then there are some that jump all over the place with short and long chapters. Does it really matter? I personally don’t care, but do some readers get bothered by this shift in sizes?

Alright, I’m too antsy about finishing “Infinity: Chronicles of Nick” now so I’ll end it with that. Oh yeah though, two totally unrelated side notes before I go (well not completely unrelated, but rather random).

1. My library actually had two of the books in my wishlist yesterday – which is extremely rare considering we have by far the worst selection of young adult books, not to mention the worst way of sorting. I found one of them in a section labeled “Teens” and the other in the “Middle School” section of the children’s side of the library. Anyway though, I won’t read their entirety because you know I have to own everything I read, but I am excited to read a bit of them to make sure I’ll actually like them first. Those two books are: “Hex Hall” by Rachel Hawkins and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.

2. I want an icon that’s book related, maybe like this beautiful pile of books one I saw someone use on Maggie’s blog. It would have been nice to use in this post. Maybe I’ll have to play around with some pictures of my own books and see if I am capable of making something cool. Everyone always has cool icons… I got nothing.

Peace – Sarah

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Edited Note: I almost forgot to mention one GREAT thing concerning writing. Someone agreed to be critic partners with me and this is making me oh so motivated to get my act in gear. It also makes me super excited, nervous, and a whole bunch of other mixed emotions, but overall just happy & grateful! 😉

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