Jan 15, 2014

DARK PARADISE by Angie Sandro Cover Reveal

Hello everyone! Today I'm honored to take part in Angie Sandro's cover reveal blog hop. This is the first cover reveal I've done here and hopefully not the last. Angie and I have been visiting each other's blogs for a while now, so of course I jumped at the chance to be a part of her reveal. Woot!

Angie Sandro
July 1, 2014
Grand Central Publishing/ Forever Yours


Mala LaCroix has spent her whole life trying to escape her destiny. As the last in a long line of “witch women,” she rejects the notion of spirits and hoodoo and instead does her best to blend in. But when she finds a dead body floating in the bayou behind her house, Mala taps into powers she never knew she had. She’s haunted by visions of the dead girl, demanding justice and vengeance.

Landry Prince has always had a crush on Mala, but when Mala discovers his sister, murdered and marked in some sort of Satanic ritual, he starts to wonder if all the rumors about the LaCroix family are true. Yet after Mala uses her connection to the spirit world to identify his sister’s killer, he starts to form his own bond to her . . . a very physical one. As they move closer to each other and closer to the truth, Mala and Landry must risk everything—their families, their love, and even their lives.






VoilĂ ! Congratulations again, Angie!

Angie Sandro was born at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Within six weeks, she began the first of eleven relocations throughout the United States, Spain, and Guam before the age of eighteen.

Friends were left behind. The only constants in her life were her family and the books she shipped wherever she went. Traveling the world inspired her imagination and allowed her to create her own imaginary friends. Visits to her father's family in Louisiana inspired this story.

Angie now lives in Northern California with her husband, two children, and an overweight Labrador.

Angie is giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card.

Jan 6, 2014

Something Shared

It's always a struggle to come up with decent posts come Monday morning. Lately I've been filling my Pinterest boards with quotes, poems, and lines from books. I figure they're good enough to share here too. This one by Jeanette Winterson reminds me that all we need is a bit of courage. 

If you want something badly, go ahead and take it. Go ahead and create it. To find a boat is easy, but will you be brave enough to sail?

Jan 2, 2014

Write to the Moon

The night before last I read parts 3 and 4 of Susan Dennard's series: How I Plan A Book. I had these posts saved in Pocket for weeks now and I'm so glad I finally read them.

Magical cookies? Screenplays? I'd never been so entertained by one writer's method in my life. I think anyone who mentions cookies will forever have my undivided attention. If you haven't read these posts yet, magical cookies are what makes you want to write that particular story. She says every scene should be a magical cookie scene. As they say, if you're bored then your readers will be too.

I've now passed the 10k mark in my MG fantasy, WE ARE SHINING. The current chapter opens with my main characters at a flower shop. The original purpose of this scene was to introduce another character who dislikes one of my main characters. The tension would have been great if only I hadn't wimped out. I convinced myself to save the tension for a later scene, which one should never do. One should never save the goodies for later when their readers are hungry now. As I read through that scene, my anxiety grew. I couldn't wait for it to end. I couldn't wait to move on to the good stuff.

Of course readers might not be as patient. My entire book should be one big magical cookie, funfetti preferably. So rewrite I shall. Hopefully the story will be better for it. One of my 2014  resolutions is to write every day. At least 500 words. I tend to back-pedal a lot while I write. The magical cookie analogy will help a ton. If I can't think of one reason why I want to write a scene then I won't. Easy-peasy!

I did come up with three reasons why I want to write this book:

  • I loved making wishes as a child, especially on stars. 
  • I love the sweet, innocence of childhood.
  • I love the idea of having a friend like Axel (the star).

The good thing is -- and I can tell by how warm and fuzzy I  feel -- I will love this story to the end.

"To the moon and back, remember?"

I truly hope your 2014 is off to a wonderful, writerly start.

Photo credit: Merelize 

Dec 11, 2013

Quick Thoughts on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I began reading The Book Thief sometime in October. I sped through the first few hundred pages and petered out when I couldn't muster up the enthusiasm to deal with anything that had to to with words. After two months, I've finally finished. My eyes are probably a bit swollen and the tears, though dry, are still on my cheeks. I have a confession: I hate crying over books. I feel so silly when I do.

At one point, while I read the last few chapters, I asked, "Why are you doing this to me?" I will miss these characters. It sucks that they only exist in this book. I had to remind myself that Liesel Meminger isn't a real person. She felt so real. They felt so real. I hope I'll get to see the movie soon.

"She tore a page from the book and ripped it in half. 
Then a chapter. 
Soon, there was nothing but scraps of words littered between her legs and all around her. The words. Why did they have to exist? Without them, there wouldn't be any of this. Without words, the Fuhrer was nothing. There would be no limping prisoners, no need for consolation or wordly tricks to make us feel better.
What good were the words?"

Oct 30, 2013

A Month of Faves: October

I'm not so good at posts like these. It's mostly because I discover so many wonderful things on the web daily it's hard to keep track. This month, however, I made a conscious decision to take note of everything that my eyes lingered on for more than a few seconds. And here we are. These are a few things I enjoyed this month.

My love affair with The Lumineers is still pretty strong. I've listened to a few songs from their 2012 album. My newest favorite is Big Parade. It'll make a great road trip song.

My most recent favorite blog is Local Milk. I've been a follower for a little more than a month, but I just can't get over the stunning food photography and the creator Beth's way with words. I'm a sucker for beautiful photos and beautiful writing. I loved her Muscadine Rose Hand Pies post. Yum!

Beverage wise, I've mostly had ginger tea. This Warm Coconut Milk with Almonds recipe does look and sound delicious.

When it comes to beauty, I like to keep things simple. My go-to beauty blog is Into The Gloss. I've been a long time fanatic for their Top Shelf posts. I more than enjoyed Poppy King, Lipstick Queen's refreshing take on beauty and working with what you've been given. It's hands down my favorite Top Shelf ever.

Joanna Goddard from A Cup of Jo recently shared a super cute post called 9 Crazy Things About NYC. It comes with illustrations.

Speaking of Illustrations, I discovered a new blog yesterday called Kris Atomic. If you like backstage shots of fashion shows, street style, and illustrations, it might be a cool place to hang out. I'm looking forward to future posts.

I've recently acquired quite a taste for illustration and art in general. Christian Schloe's work is incredible.

James over at Bleubird Vintage has a keen sense of style. I loved how she styled the ace&jig Oxblood dress in Worn/09.

Some of my favorite posts on writing this month were Susan Dennard's posts on how she plans her books. You can read part 1. I also really enjoyed Taryn Albright's post on writing 50k in a day called #50kKillMeNow. It gives me some ideas.

I'll have to stay away from Netflix next month during NaNoWriMo. After marathoning Breaking Bad, I've become hooked on Orange is the New Black. To make things extra exciting, Wattpad is hosting a NaNo contest. There's a huge prize involved.

I'll still be reading The Book Thief through November, but I'll definitely be finished by the movie's release.

My favorite quote this month:

"I eat cake because it's somebody's birthday somewhere."

Photo: Deer Feeding