Friday, December 23, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
A lot of people have asked me lately if I have any tips to help beat writer's block. Because, seriously, being trapped in your own writing, with a tiny view of the story ahead, is miserable! Sort of like being all dressed up with nowhere to go. Or being stuck in a fortress with the most amazing forest just around the corner . . . and you can almost see it! So here are a few tips.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
I had someone ask me (hi Janae) what the editing to publication process was like for me. Let me just say--being an author isn't so much about writing. It's about editing. Or rewriting. Take your pick. The smallest part of publishing a book (for me at least) is the initial writing of it!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
That's right. My book is released today!!! So to celebrate I'll tell you five interesting but totally random facts about the journey that led me to today.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
So something you don't know about me is that I used to snowboard. A lot. I could tear it up . . . er, the mountain tore me up.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
If someone would have sat down with me on January 1, 2011 and said, "This is what your year is going to have:
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Shana Silver serves up a Maureen Johnson double feature of The Last Little Blue Envelope & The Name of the Star
Scott Tracey is awed by Anna Dressed in Blood
Carrie Harris is in a frenzy over Stupid Fast
Gretchen McNeil is spellbound by Witch Eyes
Carolina Valdez Miller is passionate about Possess
Matt Blackstone blogs From Bedside
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I got online today and found a surprise that made tears come to my eyes. GOOD tears. JOY tears. GRATITUDE tears.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
LiLa Roecker shivers over A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie
Christine Fonseca is wowed by The Near Witch
Beth Revis loves The Last Little Blue Envelope
Carolina Valdez Miller gushes over The Girl of Fire and Thorns – with arc giveaway
Rosemary Clement Moore is enraptured by Entwine
Stasia Ward Kehoe applauds The Predicteds
Bookanistas=We are a group of writers in various stages of the publishing process who have banded together to recommend/review the special books of our peers.
Combined, we reach over 10,000 followers. (Crazy right?)
We recommend and review all kinds of children's books, but focus mainly on YA, middle grade and now, picture books. (yes picture books too! Shocker!). As fellow writers, we have decided to only recommend books we absolutely LOVE, therefore, we do not post anything negative!
Yes, that's right! We give nothing but love! There's enough negativity in the world.
We post every Thursday covering a variety various book topics– upcoming ARCs, books we love, diamonds in the rough, classics, and even dish out some cover love from time to time.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I have heard of all sorts of crazy things writers do in an attempt to finish their manuscripts. Things like:
- Don't put on makeup, don't brush your hair, and wear a robe all day so that you can't go out of your house (Erm . . . that would me be. Downside is when someone knocks on the door and you answer it).
- Shave half of your head so that you look too horrible to be seen in public until the hair grows out. Spend housebound time writing.
- Send your modem to school with your kids (before wireless) so that you can't get online for eight hours a day.
- Handcuff yourself to your desk and send the key to work with your husband.
Monday, June 13, 2011
My first congrats goes to Veronica Roth, author of DIVERGENT (and fellow Bookanista). The Bookanistas made a celebration video of creative genius because, well, Veronica's book is AWESOME! And it is #6 on the NYTimes Bestseller list! Wow. So deserved.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
All right, first of all I must respond to my anonymous commenter who informed me that because I have nothing negative to say about the books I am reviewing, my reviews aren't really reviews. So, just for the record (and I have said this many times before) I ONLY REVIEW BOOKS I LOVE, BOOKS ABOUT WHICH I HAVE NOTHING BUT GOOD TO SAY.
Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steriods are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town . . . and stay hormonally human.
LiLa Roecker adores Hourglass
Christine Fonseca sings high praises for Possess – with giveaway
Shannon Messenger applauds A Need So Beautiful – with giveaway
Megan Miranda has a passion for Possession
Carolina Valdez Miller sees beauty in Between Shades of Gray
Shana Silver celebrates A Need So Beautiful
Stasia Ward Kehoe delights in Delirium
Carrie Harris thinks Wrapped simply rocks
Rosemary Clement-Moore is giddy about Hourglass
Sarah Frances Hardy finds the awesome in Okay for Now
Myra McEntire welcomes Blood Magic author Tessa Gratton into the Fort
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them….starting by brainwashed Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous: everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn.
This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.
What I like about the characters: Their personalities. They are each so individually developed that they feel real. Vi (the MC) is tough--way tough. And she thinks for herself (when she isn't being brainwashed, LOL).
And Jag. Can I just say Totally Swoon-worthy? That sums him up in a nutshell. (Plus he sorta looks like my dear husband ;-D)
What I like about the writing: Voice, voice, voice!!! The voice is what sets this book apart from every other dystopian novel out there. Vi is the narrator and she's hilarious. Hers is a voice you don't forget and you could recognize anywhere.
The other thing: Elana does such a masterful job of weaving mystery and uncertainty into this book that you'll not be able to put it down once you pick it up. She's BRILLIANT!
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Hello fellow bloggers/blog readers! I must apologize for the lack of blogging this month. Me and mine have had a difficult month (for a hint at our hardships, see the chicken). But now that we are all healthy again, it seems like the sun is shining a little brighter, the flowers are blooming, and the weather has turned warm. Then again, it could be that spring arrived while we were quarantined to our house!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves… or it might destroy her.
And in the words of fellow Bookanista Veronica Roth--via Amazon again (these are precious words so read them twice!)
Q: What advice would you offer to young aspiring writers, who long to live a success story like your own?
Roth: One piece of advice I have is: Want something else more than success. Success is a lovely thing, but your desire to say something, your worth, and your identity shouldn’t rely on it, because it’s not guaranteed and it’s not permanent and it’s not sufficient. So work hard, fall in love with the writing—the characters, the story, the words, the themes—and make sure that you are who you are regardless of your life circumstances. That way, when the good things come, they don’t warp you, and when the bad things hit you, you don’t fall apart.
(By the way, this book comes out May 3!)
For more Bookanista reviews, check out:
Elana Johnson visits Dark and Hollow Places
LiLa Roecker gets silly over Spoiled
Christine Fonseca has a passion for Possession – with giveaway
Shannon Messenger marvels at Moonglass – with giveaway
Jamie Harrington adores Invincible Summer
Shelli Johannes-Wells is in the grip of Possession
Scott Tracey bathes in Blood Magic
Carolina Valdez Miller interviews Invicible Summer author Hannah Moskowitz
Jessi Kirby praises Playing Hurt
Shana Silver presents a Guestanista gushing over Between Here and Forever
Gretchen McNeil parties over The Anti-Prom
Carrie Harris sings out about Shift
Rosemary Clement-Moore applauds Abandon
Sarah Frances Hardy enjoys Me Jane
Matt Blackstone loves Like Mandarin
Corrine Jackson delights in The Duff
Stasia Ward Kehoe discusses Displacement
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Carrie Harris is mesmerized by Memento Nora
Matt Blackstone visits The Ninth Ward
LiLa Roecker wonders What Happened to Goodbye
Christine Fonseca wants to be Like Mandarin
Jamie Harrington falls for Falling Under
Shelli Johannes-Wells visits Dark and Hollow Places
Beth Revis discovers Lost and Found
Carolina Valdez Miller is wild about Wither
Megan Miranda swoons for Anna and the French Kiss