Tuesday, December 13, 2011

For Papa who influenced my writing

Today is twenty-four years since I lost my beloved grandfather. It's hard to put into words what he meant to me and what he still means to me all these years later. Since he had an effect on both me as a person and a writer, I'm memorializing him in this blog post. He is one of the reasons I’m the writer I am today.
Although I only had Papa eight and a half short years, he is certainly one I give credit for honing my writing gift. When I was little, he would always put me on his knee and tell me stories from his childhood. The favorite one was of Skippy, his loyal hound dog who warmed his feet on cold winter nights and was the best dog in the world, until a mad dog bit him, and they had to shoot Skippy. Yeah, I begged to hear that one over and over although I cried through it most of the times.
Or we’d go sit in the little swing below the house, and he’d make up stories. They were usually all about a wonderful, sweet, kind, beautiful Princess named Krista. And in the stories, Princess Krista was always doing good and helping others. His favorite story was about an ogre of sorts called a “Whatchmacallit” that was shunned by society, but who Princess Krista(of course!) made friends with and brought it out of its shell. He taught me not only about storytelling, but how I should treat others,especially those less fortunate than me.
Papa was a writer himself. After my father passed away, I found some of Papa's stories among his belongings. They were stories about growing up and were homespun in the vein of Lewis Grizzard and Garrison Keilor. He would have had some amazing stories to tell of his time in the war, his faith, and his family.
He was a WWII veteran. He served in the Navy on the USS Kenyon destroyer in the Pacific. One of his favorite things to do was to kid my grandmother about my father’s birth. Although he was gone for many years, he had leave up in Massachusettes(I believe...up north somewhere!), and she took my aunt and went to visit him. On that trip, my father was conceived, and he was six weeks old when Papa came home. Papa loved to joke he’d been away for over three years and came home to a six week old son!
*Papa was quite a looker, huh ladies? LOL
My favorite story of Papa is one of faith. When my dad was in Vietnam, Papa said he stayed close enough to God that he could reach out and touch him. One evening on the news, he watched as an elderly Vietnamese man was taken from his home and forced to flee from his village. That unknown man an ocean away touched my grandfather, and he fell down on his knees and began praying for that man. Even with my dad in a foreign land, Papa never forgot that Vietnamese man, and he prayed for him every time he prayed. Every time I tell that story, tears come to my eyes, and I hope to have the same faith that he did.
Papa was also a preacher, and he was the pastor of both Turniptown Baptist Church in Ellijah, GA as well as New Hightower. In my church, Riverdale, his sweet, humble presence as a towering man of faith is still remembered to this day.
He was also a stellar athlete. He won a basketball schorlship during the Depression to Snead College in Alabama. However, he had to come home because times were tough. Not only did he play basketball and football at Nelson High School, but he was a very talented baseball player. He had a tryout with the Atlanta Crackers pro Baseball team. Although he had the opportunity to play, he turned it down. He cited the fact he’d been away from his family too long during the war to leave them again.
One of the greatest aspects of his character was his tender-heart. Things touched him, bothered him, and worried him deeper than they did other people. He had a sensitivity that touched people. He couldn’t stand to see people or animals mistreated. When I was little, there was a hound dog up the street that was skin and bones. I named it Big Dog, and everyday we would feed Big Dog and try to fatten it up. I know I’ve inherited my tender-heart from Papa. Sometimes it’s both a blessing and curse.
Papa loved his grandchildren. He even had a tag on the front of his car that read, “Let Me Tell You About My Grandchildren”. My cousins, David and Stephen, were twelve and eight when I was born, so they had a lot of years being spoiled rotten by Papa, but he wasn’t burned out on spoiling by the time I came along. Papa was the type if you wanted to get up at 2 in the morning and play Little People, well then, you just got up and played Little People!
From time to time when the ache from missing him gets so hard I can’t breathe, a feeling will come over me. It’s as if he’s saying, “I’m still here with you, and I love you and I’m proud of you.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Yes, guys and gals, I have a new agent for my Young Adult books!!!!

It is the ever fabulous Leigh Feldman at Writer's House. Leigh represents one of my all time, hands down FAVORITE YA authors, Sarah Dessen. She also helped to bring Charles Frasier's Cold Mountain to bookstores as well as Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha.

Leigh fell in love with my latest book....which is somewhat a YA version of the Stephanie Plum books by Janet Evanovich. More like paying homage to my love of Dog the Bounty Hunter along with Savannah, Georgia high society!!

I know I'm going to work so well with Leigh because we've been through a round of revisions already, and I love her vision.

It's been a long 5 months since my agent left the business, and I was forced to start the dreaded querying again. I won't lie that it hasn't been soul crushing, mind numbing, panic inducing, lose your mind kind of ride.

But it's great when you can finally see the purpose of it all. Of course, it throws a wrench into my publishing RTD, but it's all worth it in the end!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

YOWZERS! I'm baaaaack

Holy smokes, peeps. I just realized my last blog was June 25?!!! How can that be? Oh yeah, life...it happens.

So, I'm excited to say that I did get a fabulous job! After four years in high school, I've gone back to teaching MS or 8th grade specifically. I did five years of 8th grade(and one year of 7th) before moving on up to HS. I love, love my new school. It's only 35 minutes from home. The kids are great, and I love my coworkers. MS kids have a lot more time for reading--Language Arts/English and Reading are two separate classes, and they also participate in Reading Countst through Scholastic. So, I'm looking forward to being able to share my writing, along with the writing of my writer buds and peeps in the YA community, with the kids.

Thanks to everyone who sent me prayers and love and support when my job got cut!! I couldn't have made it without you guys cuz it was some dark, dark times!!

As for the agent front, I'm still waiting. Have come close...working on some R&R's. I feel like at any mintue there will be good news...while other days, it feels like I'll never be agented again!!! You know, the normal agent agnt or submission angst!! It's also weird that we're still waiting for the final nos(okay, or maybe yes's!) from some pubs, so it feels weird to be agent searching and be on sub. PASS ME A DRINK AND SOME CHOCOLATE!!!

I know I've lost a couple of followers for not blogging. Sorry guys, but life just got in the way. I've had illness in the family as well, so that's made it hard to blog and keep up with blog. I even turned my back on Twitter for awhile.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

When Things Go From Craptastic to Utter & Complete Kaka

So, I haven't blogged since Easter, and I've been meaning to rectify that one for awhile. However, the events of May have bogged me down to where I just couldn't function, least of all blog.

I guess I should be more specific and say the Week of May 3-8 was one that crippled me emotionally, and I'm still recovering from the aftershocks.

And here's why:

(1). My Agent Has Left the Building

Sorry, I love Elvis, and I had to go there! Anyway, my beloved agent is leaving the publishing business to begin consulting full-time, rather than half-time, with Technicolor Film. She was so sweet and so caring in her call, and she wanted to give me the heads up to begin querying(we're actually still out to a couple houses for my YAUF). No two weeks notice or anything because she wants it to be the smoothest transition for me. How can you not love that?

Business wise, Fonda was one of the best. She was great with communication(most of the time calling, rather than emailing), and she was knowledgeable of the business. But I've had more than just a business relationship with Fonda. She's been a cheerleader, a champion, and a friend. I don't think I could have made it through the "deal that was not meant to be" with Don't Hate the Player if it hadn't been for her guidance, support, and love. She was even there for me in the dark days that followed. And we even came close with The Guardians a month ago, but alas, another "almost but no cigar" type situation.

So after eighteen months being agented, I'm back in the saddle again....fortunately, I've had some agented friends do referrals, and I hope to be back and agented very soon.

(2). The Education Budget Sucks Ass

After getting the depressing news on Sunday night that I would soon be agentless, I was called into my Principals office the following Friday to have a bomb dropped on me. Five positions were being cut from my school, and as the latest hire, I was losing my job. To say I was stunned was an understatement. It's one of those moments where you want to go, "But I've been teaching ten years and I have a Masters degree and I've even won a teaching award and been on the news and I've even taught college English courses! NOOOOOO, you can't do this!!!"

But alas they did. The following Monday my principal(who had 30plus years) was also cut b/c he was making so much money.

So lets recap: I lost my agent and my job in the same week.

That picture pretty much sums up what that week was like as well as what the last few weeks have been like. Job searching and agent searching at the same time is kinda like being in the 7th Ring of Hell. More so on the job front because of the epic hiring freeze.

But you also get to the point where you think, "Damn, I'm already at rock bottom. I can only go up from here!"

So I'm bracing myself for GOOD & WONDERFUL things...

And as a person who their faith is the most important facet of their life, I'm shaken but not broken. I mean, I don't consider myself a steel magnolia for nothin'.

I will persevere....I just might whine a little more before I get there!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter & Good Friday

I just wanted to take a moment to wish you many blessings on this Good Friday.

And these picture of the crucifixion come from St. Peter's Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. It is special to me because my great-grandfather, who was a master stone carver, helped to create it. At home in the photo albums, I have a picture of him working on it. Cool, huh?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Where She Went

Jill over at Breaking the Spine created the Waiting on Wednesday meme for us bloggers to showcase books we're waiting on.

This week the book I've been waiting on for a long, long time is Where She Went the highly anticipated sequel to Gayle Forman's If I Stay.

Is that cover not GORGEOUS! Simple but so powerful from the model's expression to the background.

In case you aren't familiar with the first book, here's the blurb about If I Stay from Publishers Weekly

The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents' corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state (Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia's thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager's life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia's singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold's adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: Please don't die. If you die, there's going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school, prays Mia's friend Kim. I know you'd hate that kind of thing. Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living.

And then here's the blurb for Where She Went

It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future-and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.

If I Stay was AMAZING! I found myself laughing and crying through the story. The way Forman captures the essence of grief and loss and love and romance is phenomenal. The characters were so memorable from Mia and Adam to Mia's grandparents. I also enjoyed that we got to know the parents and brother in reverse through the flashbacks. It made the pain of their deaths all the more evident.

With that said, I can't wait to see what happens in Where She Went....Frankly, I'm gonna pitch a fit if she and Adam don't end up together in the end.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Hourglass

Jill over at Breaking the Spine created the Waiting on Wednesday meme for us bloggers to showcase books we're waiting on.

There are a lot of books I'm waiting on, but there's one that's *cues the Pet Shop Boys and/or Willie Nelson* Always on My Mind. Just kidding.

Here's a summary of Hourglass.

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn't there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents' death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She's tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson's willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he's around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

If after reading that summary, you're not completely stoked and pumped, then let me give you a few more reasons!!

(1). Kickass Cover....I mean, how does that not just suck you in?

(2). A Southern setting and Allusions to the old South. I'm a life-long Georgia native, and I love the culture of the South--both new and old. Books like Beautiful Creatures & The Magnolia League really rock my socks with the Southern cultures of cultured ladies, sipping sweet tea, and old family skeletons.

(3). The Author....srsly, this should probably be the first reason because Myra is so amazing. When I first started on Twitter, Myra was a very approachable and hilarious author. I had the pleasure of meeting Myra at the Decatur Book Festival. She's just as funny and approachable in person. She's also got a great heart because she was one of the organizers of the Do The Right Thing for Nashville auction to help benefit flood victims.

So, there you have it. The reasons why May 24 can't come fast enough!!

What books are you waiting on this fine Wednesday?

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Must Read Reviews: Wither

*I received this arc through Simon and Schuster....and boy am I grateful!*

Here's a quick plot summary for Wither in case you've been under a rock and not heard about the premise!!!

When scientists engineered genetically perfect children, everyone thought it would ensure the future of the human race. Though the first generation is nearly immortal, a virus causes all successive generations to die early: age 20 for women, 25 for men. Now, girls are kidnapped for brothels or polygamous marriages to breed children. Rhine is taken from her hardscrabble life and sold with two other girls to Linden Ashby. Though they live in a palatial Florida home surrounded by gardens and treated like royalty, the girls are sequestered from the outside world, and Rhine longs to escape. Her growing affection for her sister wives, her pity for Linden, and her fear of Housemaster Vaughn, Linden's manipulative father, keep her uncomfortably docile, until she falls for servant Gabriel.

I'll have to admit when I first started reading Wither, I wasn't sure exactly what to think of it. It hooked me in from the first chapter with a Dystopian edge...the next chapter moved into a more Historical novel feel. Then it yo-yoed between Dystopian, Sci-Fi, and Historical. While I do think there could have been a wee bit more development with the "world" of Wither, it didn't effect my appreciation of the story. In fact, it might have aided it a bit since we're just as clueless as Rhine is. I loved the aspect of "sister-wives" and a love quad, rather than triangle. It's just a different kind of book than I've read in a long time.

DeStefano has a great grasp of character development. Rhine is an easy MC to embrace, to have empathy for, and to want a better future for. I found myself rooting for her each time she got manipulative and devious, lol. There were times when I loathed Linden and others when I found myself very drawn to him. The evolving of Cecily's role as a Sister Wife, as well as Jenna's, was also very well done. I found myself really caring for these characters....there's an OMG moment where I had to fight my tears. There's also lots of roller coaster moments where you'll be sitting on the edge of your seat.

I'm totally stoked for the sequel!!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Prayers for Japan

My heart is very heavy with the sad news from Japan. At times, watching the television reports felt like reading the pages of a Post-Apac novel. And after all the horrible things that have transpired from the earthquake, aftershocks, and tsunami, there are all the nuclear threats and fears as well.

So, in my heart, I stand united with the people of Japan.
I send them my thoughts and prayers along with some relief money.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Some Friday Funnies Twilight Style

So, I realized in the hectic dog eat dog world I've been having lately that I haven't blogged in a bit. I thought it best to search for a really profound topic....and then I failed at that to.

Thus, the reason why I give you Friday Funnies: Twilight Style! Enjoy!! :)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blogger Lovefest: ClockMonkey

As I find myself the somewhat eternal single girl on Valentine's Day, you can imagine I like to celebrate this holiday as much as a root canal. However, this year because I'm so much into the karma, Field of Dreamish mode of "If you build it, he will come"(sometimes I substitute "it", ya know, for the book deal and all, lol), that I decide to hop the bandwagon of Taherah, Sarah, Kate, and Kristen's Valentine's blogfest.

So without further adeiu, my Secret Pal Valentine is Clockmonkey

ClockMonkey is a book review site ran by Ella, who is an Argentine college student. Shes been reviewing books since 2009. While she loves reading anything, she is partial to YA, and she will only review YA books. Not only does she review books, but she's also interviewed authors like Becca Fitzpatrick, Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, and Terra Lynn Childs.

I love meeting new book reviewers, and I love reading reviews. I'm pumped to have ClockMonkey/Ella as my Valentine!!! So Happy Valentine's Day, Ella!!!!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The Writing Game: Are We All Just Stepford Wives?

There's been a lot of negative hoopla in the writing business lately. It all started back with Kidlitchat where it was revealed that an agent wouldn't sign a "would be" client if they'd given a bad review of one of their other clients. It kinda free fell from there into blog entries both for and against the idea as well as conversations on message boards and twitter.

So, now you're not supposed to give anything but 5 Star Reviews or it could come back to haunt you. This is coupled with how you shouldn't talk industry related stuff on your blog(for the love of God don't mention the sub process!) and it's probably not a good idea on Twitter either. There's a mentality that you almost have to constantly watch your back because the "Big Brother's" of the industry are watching you.

After some pondering and grumbling and resignation, this is what came to me the other day. To be a writer--published or unpublished--you kinda have to adopt a Stepford Wives mode of operation. And when I say Stepford Wives, I'm talking about the 2004 version, not the 1975. The 75' version really is a scary, psychological thriller that is not to be taken lightly(If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. The end scene is *shudders* scary!)

For those who haven't seen the movie(s), it's about a woman named Joanna whose family moves from the hustle and bustle of New York City to the quaint and overly idyllic Stepford, CT. At first, things look too good to be true. A vast majority of the women have perfect houses, perfect clothes, and perfect sunny dispositions. Have they deposited Lithium into the water supply? No, the robotic and programmed behavior can be attributed to the fact that the men of Stepford are killing their wives and taking up with identical robots.

Now, hold the phone....I'm not saying that the industry wants to make robots out of us--that's not the analogy I was going for at all. I do think an ideal is perpetuated where you're supposed to slap on a toothy smile and say how wonderful it is in Stepford---er, I mean, the Industry. And you're made to feel there's something epically Debbie Downer aka Un-Stepford about you for wanting to put negative aspects of the querying and/or submissions game on your blog or anonymously complaining about agents and editors in writing forums or finding fault with fellow YA writers books, etc. You're not supposed to notice that some authors get held to a different standard or there's a double standard with agents who maybe blog or tweet about negative things.

But dude. snap out of it! What are you thinking? Writers can't be human online....no wait, they can't always exhibit natural human emotions. You read a book with a million dollar advance that stinks or you get another rejection or you wonder why this agent hasn't gotten back with you--these are human emotions that you're supposed to keep inside. Or, talk to people outside the writing sphere. You know, the ones that have no concept of the game, lol.

Here's the thing....although I've never been rebellious and always wanted to do just what everyone else did, I'm NOT a Stepford wife when it comes to the writing game....I'm way more Joanna and her less than perfect sidekick, Bobbie. They question what's going on in Stepford, they don't like being squelched or having to look and sound like Mary Sunshine's all the time. They just wanna be their own person.

In the end when it all comes down to it, I certainly hope it will be me aka my writing that the publishers look at and not a 3 Star review or maybe a bad day when I blew off some steam. Hopefully, it'll be what the industry was started for and that's for great storytelling.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Another Epic Contest & Contest Recaps

Seriously, there's sooooo many great contests going on right now....it's like so many books and prizes, so little time.

There's a bloody awesome(I'm feeling a Ron Weasley moment taking me over, lol) over at the Bloody Bookaholic. Check this:

30 Books Up For Grabs....3 winners....maybe even some preorder fabulousness!!!

Don't forget these other contests....

The Lovely Getaway is giving away the fantastic sounding Wither. Head over there to enter the contest to win the ARC!!!

RACHWRITES is running a contest that has the best of both worlds. Here's the blurb:

We're happy, excited, and thrilled to announce our Trilogy Contest. Your chance to win one of a gigantic stack of amazingly awesome prizes.

And here they are*:

3 x query or synopsis
(max. 2 pages) critiques (winner's choice)
3 x first 300 words critiques
3 x first 3 pages critiques
3 x first 30 pages critiques

*For the picture book writers, I'll convert any of the above prizes into a picture book critique! And if you win a 30 page critique, I'll critique 3 of your picture book wips instead!!!

Rather have a book? We've thought about that too!
If more than 50 people enter the Trilogy Contest, we'll share some of our favorites/dying to reads.

So Marieke will give away a copy of... The Mockingbirds
Tessa will give away a copy of... Unearthly
And I will give away a copy of... Across The Universe

Writing Influences: In Memory of Cooper: How losing my 1st student led to an agent

I've had many writing influences in my life from family to friends to my spiritual life. However, one of the strangest influences came out of tragedy....in fact, I wrote the story that landed me an agent because of it.

As most of you know, I'm a teacher. If there's anything God called me to be besides a future wife and mother, it's a teacher(and writer too, lol). Sure, I had dreams in high school and into college of being a newsreporter, but that wasn't meant to be.
I taught eight years before I lost a student. When you teach older kids, especially high schoolers, you know that losing one is inevitable. Two years ago on January 29th, 2009, I lost my first. I'll never forget that January morning. I was running a little later than usual, so when I heard my name, along with some other teachers' names, called over the intercom, I thought I was in trouble! I rushed into the principal's office where I found one teacher already crying. That's when I was delivered the news that my student, Cooper, had died.

I'd only found out a few weeks before that Cooper had heart problems and had a pacemaker. Since he was a tall, healthy, strapping kinda kid in ROTC, it came as a surprise. He had missed my class the day before because he was going to get his pacemaker regulated. Although his mom really didn't approve, Cooper loved playing sports, and he was playing in a basketball game when he simply collapsed and died.

As I started back to my classroom, I began crying. I even called my grandmother before school started to ask her to pray for the family, my students, and myself that I might be a comfort to the kids.

I had pulled myself together by the time all the kids got to first period. But I had to step outside when they came over the intercom to make the announcement. That's when long dormant memories of my junior year in high school came flooding back. There was an announcement that morning too telling the HS population that one of its most popular and most hilarious students had been killed in a car accident. His name was Travis Appling....he would have been the next Adam Sandler. He was one of those guys who was nice to everyone and made everyone, including his teachers laugh. Distant cousins, Travis and I were in the same homeroom, and we were often chosen by our homeroom teacher as the errand runners. We also sat together at lunch. At that lunch table was another sweetheart of a guy named David Wheeler. Never during that time of grief could we imagine that six months later, David and his girlfriend, Shelley, would be killed in a car accident.

Two lives lost within 6 months of each other. It was devastating to my class and my friends. And on that January day what happened with Travis and David came flooding back.

When I stepped back inside the classroom, I made the long walk to the podium in absolute silence. This morning there was not the usual noisy banter to quiet down. Staring out into the sea of expectant faces, my voice wavered as I tried to talk to them about what had happened and how we weren't going to do anything that day. And then I lost it....I'd never lost it in front of students before. Even during sad reading selections or movies when they would get teary, I would keep it together to be strong for them.

But this day, I didn't. And for the rest of the day, I became united with them in our grief. We cried, we talked about Cooper, and we even laughed. I feel especially close to that group of kids for what we went through.

Over the course of the next few days and weeks, the way the kids grieved, especially the boys, really hit me. I also thought back to the way my class and friends handled the deaths of Travis and David. Suddenly an idea came to me to explore how teenage guys handled grief. More specifically what would it be like for a guy, who has had the same best friend since kindergarten, to discover his friend really wasn't who he thought he was. Then the characters of Noah, the grieving best friend, and Jake, the dead friend came calling in my head! At first, it was much more a darker comedy with Jake, a manwhore, getting blown up on a tractor. There is still a lot of snark and humor, but at the same time, I tried to capture what becoming in touch with your emotions might do to a guy.
I guess I should go ahead and preface that Cooper and Jake aren't anything alike....Cooper was a good ol' boy who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing basketball. It's simply his death became a catalyst of what I explored before imagnation took over with the character of Jake Slater.
So, Don't Hate the Player....Hate the Game was written over the course of June 2009. I began querying it in mid July. It garnered a lot of agent interest, and then in October, three agents offered before I accepted my Agent of Awesome's offer. Although it came nail bitingly close to selling this past July, it didn't. However, I'll always have a spot in my heart for DHtP because of how the idea was conceived. And I'll always be thankful for teaching Cooper and having him touch my lfie.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Got ARCS? Pam and Quita Do!! Another fab contest

The very lovely and very talented writing duo of Pam & Quita are having themselves a little contest. They wanted to reach 100 followers before they had a contest, and now they're at 157.

So, these "kissing cousins", lol, are offering up ARCS for Across the Universe, Divergent, and Like Mandarin.

So head on over there!!!


Someone has a HELLA Awesome Contest: Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and Starbucks!!!

So, my good writer buddy, STEPHANIE, is feeling a little generous....

How generous you might ask?

Like the EPIC of EPICNESS generous.

She's giving away a KINDLE folks!!!

No, you don't need to adjust your computer screen or check your hearing. I did say KINDLE!!!

She's also got a 2nd prize winner getting Barnes and Noble Gift cards and then a 3rd Place Winner for Starbucks Winner

TOTALLY EPIC, right?!!! Go forth, comment and win big!!!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Book Review: Angelfire

Book: Angelfire
Author: Courtney Allison Moulton


*I received this book for review from NetGalley

Verdict: 4 Thumbs Up

From Good Reads:

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle...

he Good:

(1). Will....he is ultra swoonworthy!!! He's probably one of my favorite YA LI's. I totally love how serious he takes his job as Ellie's guardian. I thought he brought the best out of Ellie, and he pushed her to be not only a better warrior--or the warrior she was meant to be, but also to be a better person. His internal struggle between keeping everything "all business" between them was very noble...and very sexy! :)

(2). The action sequences. I haven't read a whole lotta kick ass fight scenes in YA, and Angelfire seriously delivers. Just when you thought Ellie and Will were down for the count, they were back with a vengeance. I love how varied the settings were for the fights as well.

(3). The Angel/Hebrew/Summarian Mythology....as a history fan, I really enjoyed all the mythology and how it all tied in together.

(4). The "not love at first sight" romance between Ellie and Will. It's nice to see their relationship evolve.

The Bad

(1). Sad to say, but a lot of times Ellie. I just couldn't take her personality....she was a little too immature sometimes The excessive obsessing about clothes and cars didn't endear me to her. Really this was only the beginning of the book....the more she remembered her past life, the better she got, lol.

The Daddy factor....just didn't feel like it enhanced the book and some of the scenes. I'm hoping it will be explained in the 2nd Book.

(3). The "Whoa" moment--I can't say too much about this b/c I don't want to spoil it, but I'm not really sure whether I liked or disliked it...still kinda mulling it over and seeing how it will unfold in the second book.

The Ugly

*The Reapers--most def were some pretty hideous and unfortunate creatures!!

So, go forth and read Angelfire when it debuts next month!