Wednesday, November 12, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

“What’s Up Wednesday” is a weekly blog hop by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. From Jaime: It’s similar in some respects to the Currently… post, but it’s been whittled down to only four headings to make it quicker and more manageable on a weekly basis. Be sure to visit Jaime's blog to add your post to the link list!

What I'm Reading: I just finished Creed by Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver. So good! Now I'm debating jumping back into my Harry Potter reread (book six) or finishing off the Something Strange & Deadly series by Susan Dennard.

What I'm Writing: On Monday I wrapped up a round of revisions on Stars & Stripes (my YA historical fantasy), which means I can get back to revising my ghost story!

What Works For Me:  This week? Fall is finally here. I woke up to this beautiful sight this morning. Unfortunately, we're in for some storms tonight so the rest of the leaves will probably fall much sooner than I'd like. I've also loved having Twitter writing parties this month. They have kept my so accountable!

What Else Is New: Nothing too fancy. Just getting ready for the holidays. I had a lot of vacation time that doesn't roll over, so I've been taking most Fridays off, which has been lovely!

What's up with you?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Badass Books: Creed

If you like horror stories complete with a full amount of creep, the kind of blood that makes your skin crawl and maybe even forces you to skip over a few paragraphs, plus a good bit of sarcasm, you need to check out Creed by Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver.

Just look a the cover!

Here's a summary to get you excited:

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house. But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

Why I read it: I do like a good, creepy story, and Lindsay Currie shared so many photos on Instagram leading up to Creed's launch, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

ZOMG Yes! This story left me feeling so...well how any good horror leaves you feeling. And it's not good (but of course the book is good). Beyond the plot and the terror and all that, the characters in this story felt spot on to me.

Our main character Dee has her own dark past that informs her decisions and thoughts in this book, and I felt they were spot on. There are several times where her fear, in a lot of ways, paralyzes her. As someone with PTSD, this is a completely accurate response to what's happening. Same thing with actions of another character we meet a little bit later in the story.

Okay so the ending. I'm not going to say much of anything about it, because the worst thing a person can do is spoil an ending to a story like this. But I will say that I sent some Tweets to Lindsay about it. It was well done for a horror ending, that's for sure.

kthxbai All that to say, go buy this book and read it. Just don't do it at home alone in the dark.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Badass Books: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

You guys. You guys. This book. This author. Maggie Stiefvater has done it again. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third book in the four-book series The Raven Cycle. I won't include a summary of this particular book, because I don't want to spoil anything. But if you haven't heard of this series or you have and haven't started reading it, you are missing out.

Here's a summary of the first in the series: The Raven Boys.

Blue Sargent, the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, has been told for as long as she can remember that if she ever kisses her true love, he will die. But she is too practical to believe in things like true love. Her policy is to stay away from the rich boys at the prestigious Aglionby Academy. The boys there — known as Raven Boys — can only mean trouble.

Spoilers in white.

Why I read it: I have fallen in love with this series. I love the idea of bringing magic into the real world, of creating a story where of course there are ley lines. Of course there are real psychics. And definitely ghosts. This is my jam, people!

ZOMG Yes! I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Maggie Stiefvater writes some of the most beautiful prose I've ever written. Then, she tops it all off with story.

I adored this book--one of my favorites so far this year. For those of you who've read some of this series: We got more of Adam this time around, and a lot more of Ronan. Maggie gave us some insight into one of The Dream Thieves big reveals--you know the romance one. She also gave us a lot more of Blue's family, which I loved.

And, of course, she gave us more plot twists! Especially: that big one at the end, with that one character coming back. And then the whole third sleeper thing...who the hell is this guy? Anyone else think for a good chunk of the book that it might be Glendower himself? MAYBE IT IS?!

kthxbai: Go read this book. Now. Unless you haven't read the first three. Then go read those. That is all.

Oh yeah, and all the Chiweenies to Maggie. ALL OF THEM.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

This November: Revising

The sun is bright, the morning's crisp, and there's energy in the air. I love, love, love November. I love the changing leaves, the early nights, the hot cups of tea or cider or coffee. And I absolutely love National Novel Writing Month.

I've only done it once, but that's not the point here.

I love the energy in the writing community this time of year, and I'm excited to draw from it. I won't be writing anything new (but I'll be cheering everyone on who is!). Instead, I'll be working up revisions on Stars & Stripes, and hopefully on my ghost story, too.

A friend shared this AWESOME playlist on spotify with me of Civil War songs, so you know what I'll be listening to.

Happy writing!