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Saturday, December 31, 2011

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NetGalley Month Read {Done}

I have read a few books on NetGalley this month! 
The Netgalley titles I aimed to read this month are:
Flyaway (Done)
The Shattering (Done)
Bleeding Hearts (Done)
Exclusively Yours (Done)
Touch of Power (Done)

I've also cleared a few out:
The Breakup Bile (Couldn't read it)
Under The Moon (Couldn't read it)
Getting Lucky (Couldn't read it)
Spells for though times (Couldn't read)
Eat your way to sexy (couldn't read)
Saving June (Couldn't read)

Declaring myself for January's Netgalley Read-a-thon.
What I'm doing it for another month in a row??? Yup! I have a little under 26 books to read just in January! I better get on it! Also, Lemme know what needs to change for the new year on the blog.

The Challenges

Kati and Moujnir will be participating in three challenge's 
They are as follows:
DAC 2012 Hosted by The Story Siren
DAC Fantasy 2012 Hosted by Book Cellar
Completely Contemp Challenge 2010-2012 Hosted by Chick loves lit

Link to Kati's possible book reads.

One book I can't wait to read in 2012

This may surprise you. It's called Quiet.

It pretty much describes me and why I am the way I am but it also tells of how people like me helped shift the world. Lol.

I'm looking forward to many other books but this is on I thought I would share since it will be published on January 31, 2012!

Summary: At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts--from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a "pretend extrovert."

Review: Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey

TitleExclusively Yours
Author: Shannon Stacey
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Received: For Review
Rate: 5

Summary: When Keri Daniels's boss finds out she has previous carnal knowledge of reclusive bestselling author Joe Kowalski, she gives Keri a choice: get an interview or get a new job.
Joe's never forgotten the first girl to break his heart, so he's intrigued to hear Keri's back in town—and looking for him. He proposes an outrageous plan—for every day she survives with his family on their annual camping trip, Keri can ask one question.
The chemistry between Joe and Keri is as potent as the bug spray, but Joe's sister is out to avenge his broken heart, and Keri hasn't ridden an ATV since she was ten. Who knew a little blackmail, a whole lot of family and some sizzling romantic interludes could make Keri reconsider the old dream of Keri & Joe 2gether 4ever?

Review: Exclusively yours is of Lori Foster perportions. It got a family you just can't help but love. Character's that you can instantly connect to and a story line that you just can't help but be in love with. I can't wait for another book by this other which will be in January. This is a must read.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Review: Bleeding Hearts by Alyxandra Harvey

Title: Bleeding Hearts
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: December 20, 2011
Received: For Review
Rate: 5

Summary: As vampires from all over the world descend on the Drake farm for the Blood Moon gathering, security is ramped up. Lucy has been temporarily banned, for her own safety—and to allow Solange some time to adjust to her new existence. But their enemies realize how much Lucy means to the family, and plan to abduct her to use her for leverage against the new royal family. Instead, Lucy’s cousin Christabel is kidnapped by mistake—and Connor Drake immediately heads off in pursuit, but isn't in time to prevent Christabel’s infection by the Hel Blar. He can’t save her human life, but he can still try to save her new vampire life, and is willing to put his own life on the line for the girl he has grown to care so much about. Can he save Christabel, the Blood Moon, and his mother’s newly forged Vampire Alliance?

Review: I absolutely love this series but I dislike the fact that its told in more then one perspective or the fact that it's written in more then three perspectives. Sigh but ignoring that fact I love love loved this book! Great beginning, middle and, end. I know this was just published but.... When's the next one?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

*Note: Thoughtful Thursday is for those books that we have yet to review and have been published more then a year ago.... No worries we will still review it but were just spotlighting it.*

Soul Catcher by Leigh BridgerPub date: October 20, 2009
Publisher: BelleBooks, Inc.

Summary: From the gothic eccentricity of Asheville, North Carolina to the terrifying recesses of the Appalachian wilderness, from modern demonology to ancient Cherokee mythology, SOUL CATCHER follows the tormented journey of folk artist Livia Belane, who has been stalked through many lives by a sadistic and vengeful demon.

Livia and her loved ones, including her frontier-era soulmate and husband, Ian, a Soul Hunter, have never beaten the demon before. Now, in this life, he s found them again.

 Has Said: Soul Catcher is creative and full of reincarnation theory that allows Leigh Bridger to place the hand full of characters in different time periods, which she does through visions and dreams the main character has. There is a Harry Potter-like feeling to some of the creature descriptions but the profanity that is appropriately used ensures that readers will not think the main characters are running around in Potterville. The concept of a soul hunter (Ian) and a soul catcher (Livie) is interesting even though I feel that soul banisher might have been a more appropriate title. The struggle that Livie must go through personally to come to grips with the unseen (by most) world she now finds herself in and to learn how to reclaim her soul catcher abilities keeps the story moving forward. The book is fast paced and full of action that will keep you reading. If modern-time fantasy is your thing, then you will definitely want to pick up Soul Catcher.

Review: The Future of Us by Jay Asher

Title:The Future of Us
Author: Jay Asher
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: November 21, 2011
Received: Borrowed
Rate: 5+

Summary: It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future. 
 By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.

Review: Jay Asher does it again! Another book I just couldn't put down until I had completley devoured it! I would love to see my future. Although I would also probably drive myself banana's trying to make it amazing! This is a definate must, absolutely, possitivly read! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (7)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title & Author: The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date:  June 19, 2012
Summary: Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students - children of the wealthy and powerful - carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought. 
What books are you waiting for?

Interview with Ghost Island Author

Book buying available – Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords
 The next blog stop: December 29 – Breathing Books http://diaryofacambridgestudent.wordpress.com

Bonnie Welcome to Jagged Edge!
Would you like to tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a former newspaper editor who began as a copywriter for one of the country’s largest rock radio stations. I’m the author of six thrillers for MIRA books, a three-book young adult astrology series, and my newest, GHOST ISLAND. I also mentor and teach authors, which gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

What inspired you to write? I was born knowing that’s what I was supposed to do. I won my first writing contest—25-words-or-less; why I serve Coke at my parties—when I was in the fourth grade.

What authors influenced you as a writer? Poe was the first, then Shirley Jackson. Joan Didion is still one of my favorite authors. Her books set in California define so much of the lifestyle here. I also love the work of Walter Mosley and Larry Watson. That may seem an odd mix, but not if you remember that all of these writers have strong, original voices.

What is your favorite quote? “If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you might as well make it dance.” That’s Shaw. Isn’t it wonderful? It kind of explains my philosophy of writing.

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? I love to visit different worlds in books, but I wouldn’t want to live in any of them.

What is at least one thing that every writer needs to have or do? Every writer needs a sense of humanity. Next to that, I would say honesty, an ability to look at oneself.

Are your books different than your personal favorite books by other authors? I write many different types of books, so probably, but not by design.

What led you to writing in this genre? My current book is a paranormal love story, and I wrote it because I really wanted to write about love, and about what we are willing to do for love.

What is your favorite part of the writing process? I love it all even when I hate it. The first draft is probably the most fun, even though I’m riding the bicycle up the mountain.

Least favorite part of the writing process? Trying to second-guess myself in the editing process. Hoping that I’ve written as honestly as possible.

What are you currently working on? A novel set in the past.

Where readers can find you? I’m on Facebook as Bonnie Hearn Hill, and my website is www.bonniehhill.com. I answer all e-mail, and I hold frequent book giveaways on Facebook.

Was there a question you wish I would have asked but didn't? Perhaps advice for those who wish to write. My advice is always to turn off that editor brain and write your passion. You can fix anything but a blank page, and passion is the one element you can’t edit in later.

Thanks so much for hosting me today.

Happy Birthday to you by Brian Rowe

Ok! This book was so incredibly amazing, I'm not sure where I should even begin. Happy Birthday To Me I enjoyed, Happy Birthday To Me Again had a terrible cliffhanger (and by terrible I mean that it was almost a "cruel and unusual punishment" to have to wait so long for book 3 to come out...Yes it was that good) and finally, Happy Birthday To YOU was in short, nothing of what you would have expected, and everything you wanted. Brian Rowe was so unbelieveably creative with this final book. Once again Brian Rowe creates this entire world with an abundance of detail and draws you in so deeply that for a second, I forgot all about my surroundings and felt completely sucked into the world he painted. 

We start off were book 2 finished, and from the very beginning the action developes fairly quick:

1. Cameron and Liesel are married, and she gets pregnant almost immediately.

2. Liesel's diabolical sister Hanna is out for revenge against EVERYONE by casting a spell that makes the entire world age.

3. Cameron finds out more secrets Liesel had been hiding from him and also learns of things about himself that he didn't know.

In Happy Birthday To YOU, you run into some of the characters from the other books, and while some encounters are brief, others you read about again later. Each and everyone of those characters are very important to this book no matter how short and brief their moment may have been. There were numerous surprises in this book, many of which literally made my jaw drop in shock, and as for the ending?? As readers, we tend to think of how books will end while we're still reading. I do this all the time. Sometimes you guess right, other times you were close, and on rare occasions you are completely wrong. For me, I was 100% WRONG! I had imagined hundreds of ending and never expected what I got. Obviously I'm not going to say what it is, but I will tell you that I cried. Yes, that's right, I CRIED!! 

I have a couple of series or trilogies that I can say are my favorite, but Brian Rowe's Happy Birthday trilogy is definitely top 3. (I'm not saying which of the 3 he is, if you want to know for yourself, READ THIS TRILOGY!) 

5 of 5 stars. I dont even have to think twice about it. Brian Rowe, you did an amazing job with the series. 

I will definitely be looking out for any more books he might have coming out next.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

The Shattering by Karen Healey

Publishing date: September 5, 2011
Teaser: "Oh, yeah," Aroha said. "And the druids burned people, right?"

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Keri likes to plan for every possibility. She knows what to do if you break an arm, or get caught in an earthquake or fire. But she wasn't prepared for her brother's suicide, and his death has left her shattered with grief. When her childhood friend Janna tells her it was murder, not suicide, Keri wants to believe her. After all, Janna's brother died under similar circumstances years ago, and Janna insists a visiting tourist, Sione, who also lost a brother to apparent suicide that year, has helped her find some answers.

As the three dig deeper, disturbing facts begin to pile up: one boy killed every year; all older brothers; all had spent New Year's Eve in the idyllic town of Summerton. But when their search for the serial killer takes an unexpected turn, suspicion is cast on those they trust the most.

As secrets shatter around them, can they save the next victim? Or will they become victims themselves?

Review: Heart at stake

Title: Heart at Stake
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Received: Borrowed
Rate: 5

Summary: On Solange’s sixteenth birthday, she is going to wake up dead. As if that’s not bad enough, she also has to outwit her seven overprotective older brothers, avoid the politics involved with being the only daughter born to an ancient vampire dynasty, and elude Kieran Black—agent of an anti-vampire league who is searching for his father’s killer and is intent on staking Solange and her entire family.
Luckily she has her own secret weapon—her human best friend Lucy—who is willing to defend Solange’s right to a normal life, whether she’s being smothered by her well-intentioned brothers or abducted by a power-hungry queen. Two unlikely alliances are formed in a race to save Solange’s eternal life—Lucy and Solange’s brother Nicholas, and Solange and Kieran Black—in a dual romance that is guaranteed to jump start any romance-lover’s heart.

Review: I really thought I wouldn't like this but... Wow, just wow. I loved it of course I won't be reading the next one because it doesn't follow the same characters (although it does follow the same family). The end was pretty blah to me but I loved the rest of it!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Review: The Fire by James Patterson

Title: The Fire
Author: James Patterson
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: December 5, 2011
Received: Borrowed
Rate: 4

Summary: Whit and Wisty Allgood have sacrificed everything to lead the resistance against the merciless totalitarian regime that governs their world. Its supreme leader, The One Who Is The One, has banned everything they hold dear: books, music, art, and imagination. But the growing strength of the siblings' magic hasn't been enough to stop the One's evil rampage, and now he's executed the only family they had left.
Wisty knows that the time has finally come for her to face The One. But her fight and her fire only channel more power to this already invincible being. How can she and Whit possibly prepare for their imminent showdown with the ruthless villain that devastated their world-before he can truly become all-powerful?
In this stunning climax of the epic Witch & Wizard series, the stakes have never been higher-and the consequences will change everything.

Review: I liked this book way better then the second one but less then the first one. It was good but it wasn't "Like OMG! best book ever." Maybe it's just me though maybe a lot of people LOVE it. Guess you'll just have to read it to see where you stand!

Saturday, December 24, 2011


So camera's hate me! It's official! I've gone through 4 camera's just this year! With these IMM's So until I get a new one I have to do it this way... Sorry all.

For Review:
Goddess Test
Angel Evolution
Save the Pearls

Shattered Souls
Stupid Cupid
The Fire
Blood Fued
Heart at stake
Hard Bitten
The Future of Us

Kiss of Frost
Touch of Frost

Review: Shattered Soul by Mary Lindsey

Title: Shattered Souls
Author: Mary Lindsey
Publisher: Philomel
Release Date: December 8, 2011
Received: Borrowed
Rate: 5+

Summary: A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny and danger
Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.
Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

Review: The book by Mary lindsey was beyond words. I'm so glad I read it. I sugguest it to everyone. It just might be my favorite book published this year! 
It's totally not what I expected. I was very surprised that I enjoyed it actually. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Review: Hooked

Title: Hooked
Author: Catherine Greenman
Publisher: Delacorte Books
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Received: Borrowed
Rate: 5

Summary: Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she's a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.
Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school and give both teenagers a comfortable place to raise their child. But when a freak accident leaves Thea shaken and threatens to upend their little family altogether, Thea is forced to turn to the last place she would have chosen for comfort: her stiff, uncompromising father.

Review: Hooked was... Amazing for a lack of a better word at first I kind of hated Thea for her stupidity. But towards the end I just loved her. She was strong, brave and a bit too stubborn. This book is an amazing example of a good mother. At times I questioned her sanity but i still loved her. Will on the other hand beginning to end I held a strong dislike for him. Amazing book. 5 stars.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thoughtful Thursday

*Note: Thoughtful Thursday is for those books that we have yet to review and have been published more then a year ago...*

Secrets of Transformation by Eva Dillner
Pub date: November 10, 2008
Publisher: Divine Design
Summary: It Started like a Fairy Tale... He was Prince Charming. At first. The abuse came later, when he thought he owned her. It started with verbal attacks. She had done something wrong, he screamed. She couldn't do anything right, it seemed. Other days, Prince Charming was back. One day he raped her. On two occasions he tried to kill her. She survived. She went on a quest to heal, to understand, to gather the pieces of the puzzle, to make whole. Her inner and outer journeys took her deep into a chain of ancestral pain. Along the way she learned the secrets of transformation. She left the past behind and changed her life. Are you tired of tripping over your past? Do you keep repeating the same relationship scenarios over and over again? Do you wonder why some people manage to move past the dreadful things that have happened to them? Find out how to quit your whining, leave your baggage behind and create a new you. Eva Dillner is a writer, artist and teacher working with creative and therapeutic processes for inspiration and transformation. Originally an engineer, she turned to alternative therapies when life skidded to a halt in the early nineties. She trained with the best in the business from Seattle to Edinburgh and beyond. In the last five years she's published five books and has toured Europe and the United States to hold Eva Parties - instead of Tupperware, you get Eva live and in the moment.

Iona Tamsin Has Said: I received this book free in return for a review.

I prefer not to write negative reviews, but, unfortunately, this book is not for me. It is more like something the author has disgorged over various periods for the sake of therapy, and in fact it apparently was written for this purpose. 

I find the book a bit too intense, since it deals solely with the author’s subjective, negative, experiences. I didn’t find it to be particularly well written, since it contained grammatical errors, such as an incorrect use of apostrophes, which is a particular irritation to me. For instance, she writes at one point: “Teenage lust at it’s best”. 

The book deals with Eva Dillner’s various relationships, including one with her abusive husband, her parents’ emotional neglect of her, and the work she carried out to resolve her resultant problems. 

I do admire her constant work with herself. Her life appears to have been one long therapy, and obviously it helps to write about one’s problems and process. 

The book seems confused, and is confusing. At the beginning Ms Dillner refers to Shen therapy, which she has used extensively, but not until much later in the book is this form of therapy explained. Part of the problem is probably due to the book not being written from beginning to end but at varying times, the author then later attempting to collect the various writings and diary entries together to form a coherent work. 

The final section, “Secrets of Transformation”, concludes the book, although the book as a whole has been given this title. The few good insights, in my opinion, are contained in this section. 

I can’t recommend this book, but some may get something out of this account of Ms Dillner’s various problems and how she worked to turn her life around. She states that she received much praise for one of her earlier books, so there must be some fans of hers out there. 

Review: Stupid Cupid by Rhonda Stapleton

Title: Stupid Cupid
Author: Rhonda Stapleton
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: December 22, 2009
Received: Borrowed
Rate: 5

Summary: Felicity's no ordinary teen matchmaker...she's a cupid! Felicity Walker believes in true love. That's why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid's Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn't just a matchmaker...she's a cupid! (There's more than one of them, you know.) 
Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired--and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three.

Review: Stupid Cupid was ADORABLEEE! I really loved it. It was definatly the chicky flicky kinda book to bring me out of my rut. I think it would be fun to cupid. Maybe not for life but for a little while. I love, love so maybe thats why i was so drawn to this book.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Heir to Power by Michele Poague

Author: Michele Poague
Series: The Healing Crystal
Publisher: iUniverse
Publication Date: December 27, 2010
How Received: For Review
Rate: 3

Summary: (as quoted from Amazon) e colony of Survin has been hidden for centuries, protecting an ancient religious artifact called the Healing Crystal from men who would steal or destroy it. Kairma, heir to the Crystal, is destined to mate with the handsome Naturi and become the leader of the reclusive colony, but she is too young to realize the peril soon to arrive. At sixteen, Kairma is too young to realize many things ....
Kairma would rather go spelunking with her brother and his best friend than study ancient medicine and religious laws, but the discovery of a tomb containing ancient artifacts leads Kairma to question her religion and the true nature of the Crystal. To further complicate Kairma's ascent, a childhood illness has left her resembling a nearby race of men both hated and feared by the people of Survin. Because of this, Kairma's younger sister Kinter, who is in love with Naturi, believes she is the rightful heir.
Disease and infertility have decimated Survin, but bigotry and religious laws forbid the introduction of new members so things heat up when a traveling archeologist stumbles upon the reclusive colony and introduces a powerful new weapon. Forced into a larger world, the Survinees discover they hold an object of unimaginable power, a power other men covet, a power that might save or forever damn the human race.
My thoughts:
Heir to Power was an alright read. The story follows sixteen year old Kairma, and the trials and plight that come to her as she prepares to become ‘heir to the Crystal’. I admire Kairma’s strength, and I think that she is a very smart, yet vulnerable, heroine. There was definitely a long list of main characters and some really sweet romance throughout the story. But, for me, there was a little too much detail in the book. I felt as if I were reading a book about background settings in fantasy instead of reading a book that’s story was set in a fantasy world. Of course, this is simply my opinion, and I am sure many other readers will enjoy this book. But, for me, the descriptive writing and multiple points of view made it too hard for me to follow the story properly enough to enjoy it.

Waiting On Wednesday (6)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Title & Author: Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Publication Date:  June 12, 2012
What books are you waiting for?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Writing Tips for Aspiring YA Authors Guest Post

Thank you for having me on your blog to talk about writing tips for aspiring YA authors. After

writing my first novel, I learned quickly that becoming an author isn’t just about writing a good

book. I’ve included a list of 10 things I’ve learned over the years.

1. It is important to write what you love and it will show through your work.

2. Keep improving your craft and writing stories, even if you are in the query or submission

process. Just like anything else in life, the more you practice the better you get.

3. Find a critique partner and beta readers who are going to look at your work with a critical eye

and be open to making changes to your manuscript.

4. Read, read, read!!

5. Create a facebook “like” page for your writing and sign up for a twitter account so that you

can start making connections within the reading and writing community.

6. Establish a domain name and set up a website to highlight your writing and give potential

readers information about your books and yourself as a writer. Also, include your contact

information, including an e-mail address and links to your facebook, blog, and twitter addresses.

7. Use blogging sites like Wordpress or Blogger to create your own blog.

8. Stay open to anything. Even though I’m represented by an agent, I am also self-publishing

a series. I think authors are starting to dip their feet into both the traditional and self-publishing

worlds. The industry is ever-changing.

9. Getting published is a marathon, not a sprint, unless you get really lucky. Get your name out

there. With social media there are so many connections you can make in the reading/writing

world. I love talking with other writers, readers and bloggers. I learn so much from them and feel

like I’ve made wonderful friendships and gained an invaluable support system.

10. Most of all, never give up on your passion to write. There is no better feeling than sharing

your stories with others.

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