Monthly Archives: September 2014

Monday Musings: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

THIS!

I may not be finishing my current WIP in 30 days, but it wasn’t the hare that won the race. The tortoise won by thinking smarter and harder.

Perseverance.

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Yup. Had to use an Arrow GIF. I mean, Felicity and Oliver are meant to be together. They both know it, but still they fight those feelings and continue to work together. Eventually they will be together. I hope to have my novel ready for my CPs in November, but that time frame is flexible. As long as I do my best writing and tell the story that’s in my head, I don’t need to rush. This one is worth taking the time.

Five Minute Friday: THE HIT LIST by Nikki Urang

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The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? Sadie.

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What Did I Think?

I’ve held onto this beauty since BEA 2014. I met Nikki there and absolutely LOVE dance stories, so I had to have it–along with all the other Spencer Hill published books at BEA:)

Here’s the short of it–it was meh. Why?

1.  There was a lot of repetition in thought throughout the story.

2. The relationship between Sadie and Alex went from 0 to 10 in a ridiculous amount of time.

3.  I’ve totally read stories before with similar conflicts. So, not an original story line.

That being said, I still enjoyed reading The Hit List. It is a great pallet cleanser, if you know what I mean.

Teaser Thursday: FOLLOW ME THROUGH DARKNESS by Danielle Ellison

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Thursday Teaser:

Outside, the sky is overwhelmed with darkness. Around me, people are stirring. Little houses are busy with life. Children cry, and smoke from hearths billows up toward the sky. House after house is the same.

As we walk through the center of town, a little boy named Jacob runs past us, his black pants covered with specks of gray from the gravel dust. His mother yells after him, but Jacob doesn’t stop. Not until he sees my
father. Then he freezes, and his chest heaves.

“Jacob Teem,” my father says. His voice is rough and loud. It’s always rough and loud lately. “I believe your mother is calling for you. Tell me, Jacob, what is the punishment in your household for disobeying your parents?”

Jacob’s eyes expand three sizes. He gulps, and the freckles on his face seem to dance in trembling fear. “Director, sir, we must spend the day on trash duty throughout the Compound for each account.”

My father nods. “How many times did she yell your name?”

Jacob doesn’t answer. My father bends down toward him, and I swear the boy is about to pee his pants. Father whispers in the boy’s ear. With a nod, Jacob flees from us and back to his mother. I hear her say his name in the tone that mothers get. I’ve heard Sara’s voice change that way many times.

“What did you say to him?” I ask.

My father stands, straightens his shirt, and we walk on before he answers. “I told him the Elders were looking at his records, and if he continues to disobey, they would send him North to be a servant.”

“Father!” I say.

He doesn’t even look at me. “He will listen now. These are the cards we must play to teach the children right and wrong.”

“But you’re scaring him. How does a child running constitute a warning such as that? Since when is running forbidden? You aren’t teaching him. You’re threatening him.”

Father stops and looks at me. His face is contorted and red, very unusual for the way he’s always so composed. I miss his smile. Where is his smile?

“I will not have my own daughter questioning my authority in public or in private. You should learn to tame your tongue, Cornelia. It will get you into trouble.”

Dying to Devour: The Elemental Trilogy

“Dying to Devour” is a weekly event where I will post the books I’m super excited to read. Some will be books on my TBR pile, while some will be ones I’m dying to be released. This week, I’m totally excited to begin reading The Elemental Trilogy. Plus, Amy from Reading Teen has shouted praise for The Perilous Sea on social media. Guys, if you trust anyone’s recommendations–listen to her!

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It all began with a ruined elixir and a bolt of lightning.

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s been told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant sixteen-year-old girl with no training.

Guided by his mother’s visions and committed to avenging his family, Prince Titus has sworn to protect Iolanthe even as he prepares her for their battle with the Bane. But he makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the tyrant closing in, Titus must choose between his mission—and her life.

The Burning Sky—the first book in the Elemental Trilogy—is an electrifying and unforgettable novel of intrigue and adventure.

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After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother’s prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

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Come to me now my precious!

xoxo,

AMY

 

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