Teal Trick or Treat: Bookish Halloween Costume

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Teal Trick or Treat is a 10 day feature leading up to Halloween with a variety of posts dedicated to the paranormal and horror of the holiday’s history, culture, films, and books, as well as a giveaway hosted by Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books.

I’d like to thank Nori @  Read Write Love for bringing the Teal Team together under this wonderful projects known as the Book Bloggers Creativity Project.  The goal was to work as a group to create a fun new feature.

 



HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! This is one of the final posts on our blog hop! Each of us had to choose a bookish character we would want to dress up as for Halloween!  I decided to go with one of my favorite series, The Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and dress as a Squaller.  A Squaller is a summoner who can manipulate air pressure to create storms. They belong to the Etherealki or The Order of the Summoners who focus on different elements.

Squaller colors are blue and silver and I have two different options depending on what the temperature would be like on Halloween.  On the left is a more modern approach whereas the right is more traditional if I decided to wear kefta. A kefta is a robe only the Grisha wear.  I thought the cuff bracelet/ arm band would be a nice touch to represent air.

 



Be sure to check out the rest of the Teal Team’s posts & bookish costumes!


Check Out All of the Posts:
10/22 – Elizabeth @ So Long and Thanks for all the Fish shares the books that gave her nightmares
10/23 – Lucy @ The Reading Emporium shares her Halloween 2015 Bucket List
10/24 – Maryam @ Once Upon a Story has some Halloween horoscopes
10/25 – Melissa @ Live, Love, Read imagines YA characters at a Masquerade
10/26 – Bea @ Beatrice Learns to Read interviews author Mindy McGinnis
10/27 – Nicole @ Nicole has read… tells us who is on her supernatural guest list
10/28 – Stephanie @ In Wonderland has delicious Halloween treats and drinks
10/29 – Nori @ Read Write Love shows us the creepiest YA covers
10/30 – Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books talks about horror movie tropes and cliches
10/31 – Stop by all our blogs to see our bookish Halloween costumes!

HALLOWEEN GIVEAWAY!


❤ Melissa

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Musings of Kisa Whipkey

 

eternaldreamersBeta Readers, Critique Partners, Editors: They’re all the Same, Right?
by Kisa Whipkey
Acquisitions and Editorial Director, REUTS Publications

Beta Readers. Critique Partners. Editors. These are all terms that swirl around the writing community, and authors are encouraged to collect them all, like Pokemon. But that advice, while true, rarely includes the order in which you should use them. And there is an order, trust me. We’ll get to that in a minute, though. First, let’s look at what each of these important roles entails and how they impact your journey as an author, because, contrary to what some believe, they are most definitely not the same.

I’ve written about the different types of critiques several times on my own blog, so feel free to check out that article as well. For now, here’s a small preview detailing the three review types pertinent to today’s discussion.

The Critique Partner

Every writer should have at least one of these. Seriously! Every. Writer.

Critique partners are an amazing blend of friendship and writing ability. Typically writers themselves, these are the people you can be your absolute strangest with. The people who won’t just smile and nod when you start talking about your characters like they’re real people, but actually join in! They understand all your writerly eccentricities because they have them too. But the best part about a critique partner is that they’ll give you brutally honest, valuable feedback. Listen closely to them. Critique partners are a step away from the professionals, and their suggestions are usually right. They can be the difference between handing an editor the equivalent of dog-poo and a beautiful, ready-to-publish masterpiece.

Beta Readers

Next to the critique partner, the beta reader is probably the most hailed tool writers turn to. However, they are not the same as a professional editor. Don’t be fooled by their lengthy reports and the marked-up manuscript they hand you. These critiques fall under a wide range of possibilities on the helpfulness scale. A conglomeration of every category I’ve listed in the aforementioned article, their feedback can range from exceedingly helpful to downright missing the mark. So your best strategy is not to rely on any single one.

The beauty of beta readers is that they’re most valuable in groups, like a pack of wolves or a pride of lions. (Yes, those are meant to be slightly ironic choices.) Though beta readers are best in large numbers, they’re also more likely to corroborate the things you didn’t want to hear when in a group, tearing your book apart limb by limb until you feel thoroughly mauled. So comb their feedback carefully, looking for the recurring things that consistently pop up. Those are the problems you might want to consider addressing. The rest? Well, take it with a grain of salt.

The Professional Editor

Editors fall into two categories (which is another topic I’ve covered at length in this article here: Storytellers & Grammarians: The Different Types of Editors) — developmental (a.k.a. structural) and line (a.k.a. copy). So let’s quickly look at each.

~The Developmental Editor~

Developmental editing focuses on the actual elements of storytelling, the underlying framework of your story. Critiques of this type will talk about things like character/world development, pacing, dramatic tension and suspense, to name a few. They won’t go into detail on the mechanics of writing, but will go into heavy detail about what’s working and what isn’t, and most importantly, why. This is one of the most valuable critiques you’ll receive during the pre-publication phase. Often, your book won’t go to press until the issues found by a developmental editor are taken care of. So they’re definitely good people to pay attention to.

~The Copy/Line Editor~

Where the developmental editor’s domain is everything storytelling, the copy/line editor lords over all things technical. They will go over your manuscript with a fine-toothed comb (and this handy little thing called a Style Guide — an editing bible, so to speak), providing valuable suggestions on everything from word choice to sentence phrasing to punctuation usage. These people are masters of the English language and will help you refine your work into it’s most clarified form. Also similar to the developmental editor, they tend to stand between you and your final goal of publication, so it’s wise to listen to their advice.

Okay, so as you can see, beta readers, critique partners, and editors, while definitely similar, all serve completely different functions. And the astute among you have likely already noticed the sequence in which I put them. That wasn’t an accident; this is the order in which you use them, the sequence where you’ll glean the most value from each type of critique. But I often see authors reverse the order, hiring editors before employing beta readers, and using critique partners and beta readers simultaneously. Don’t do this. It defeats the point and hinders the natural progression of your story.

Each layer of the process is meant to add something to the one before it. Critique partners are supposed to boost confidence while keeping you from falling on your face, beta readers are test subjects whose mission is to give you a glimpse at the kinds of responses your readers will have, and editors are the creatures who usher your work through the gates of publication and into the hands of readers. If it were the wolf pack mentioned above (I adore wolves, in case you couldn’t tell), it would look like this: critique partners = subordinates, beta readers = the beta (or second in command, for those who aren’t as familiar with wolves), and editors = the alphas. Anything employed after an editor is considered an advanced reader, not a critique partner, not a beta reader. Because after the editor, your book is published and no longer in development.

And there you have it, the roles, definitions, and order of usage for three of the most prominent critique types. May the knowledge serve you well. 😉


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About the Author:

Kisa Whipkey is a dark fantasy author, a martial arts demo team expert, and a complete sucker for Cadbury Mini-eggs. She’s also the Acquisitions & Editorial Director for YA/NA publisher, REUTS Publications. She developed a passion for storytelling at a young age and has pursued that love through animation, writing, video game design, and demo teams until finally finding her home in editing. She believes in good storytelling, regardless of medium, and applauds anything featuring a snarky lead character, a complicated narrative structure, and brilliant/uncommon analogies. Currently, she lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest with her husband and plethora of electronics.

Her personal blog — featuring sarcastic commentary on all things storytelling — is located at www.kisawhipkey.com.
Or connect with her via Twitter: @kisawhipkey.
And, of course, to learn more about REUTS Publications, please visit www.reuts.com.

You can find more of Kisa’s work on her Goodreads page!

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A huge thank you to Kisa for being such an amazing person, editor, writer, director, and all of the above! I’m so happy to have “met” you through this feature. You bring such wonderful advice to the table and are just so incredibly kind. Who knows, maybe one day we will even be working together in the publishing business.

As always, a giant “Thank You” to everyone who has, is, and will be participating in this feature! You all are wonderful people and I can’t thank you enough for everything that you do for new, beginning, and struggling writers.
Never forget how incredible you are!

❤ Kelly, Lauren, and Melissa

Waiting on Wednesday: Unforgiven

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As always, Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by the lovely Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Unforgiven (Fallen #5)
Author: Lauren Kate
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count: 400
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Publication Date: November, 10 2015

Summary:

It’s the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.

High school can be hell.

Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.

Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails…there’s a special place in Hell just for him.

Tick-tock.

Spread your wings and cry as bad boy dark angel Cam finally reveals his anguished heart in the epic new FALLEN novel, UNFORGIVEN.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York.
She is the author of Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf.
She is currently at work on the sequel to Fallen.

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WHY WE ARE WAITING:

(Since Lauren has not read this series it’s only going to be Melissa and Kelly waiting this Wednesday!)

Melissa: When I heard Cam was finally getting his own story I was jumping for joy!! It’s been a few years since I’ve read the entire Fallen series, but Cam was always my favorite. I’ve always wanted to know more about his character or at least what happened to him after the series ended.  Now it looks like I’m getting it all in Unforgiven! I absolutely love it when the “bad boy”character gets their own novel!  I haven’t been this excited since Maggie Stiefvater announced and released Sinner. Bring on the swooning!

Kelly: Oh. My. Goodness… “I can’t even” right now! I LOVE the Fallen series and I continue to recommend it to everyone who enjoys fantasy/urban fantasy/angels. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about this series, Lauren Kate’s writing, and the slow burn type of romance that lies within this series. And now… NOW WE HAVE A CAM STORY! Everyone’s favorite bad boy is back with his heart wrenching story of love lost. I just want to cry thinking about it. I love a villain with a back story! And goodness is he a swoon worthy male character… I have to repeat Melissa here, “Bring on the swooning!”

❤ Melissa and Kelly

Top Ten Tuesday Halloween Freebie: Paranormal TBR

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday was a Halloween freebie!  We were going to start book recommendations, but then we went in the opposite direction.  Kelly and Melissa don’t normally read horror, so we thought we’d come up with a list of paranormal books we want to read.  As always Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1) A book about  Vampires

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is on both Lauren & Melissa’s lists of books we want to read! I mean who wouldn’t want to read a vampire book inspired on really bad reality television?

2) Books about Zombies

This steampunk historical fiction series with zombies is on Kelly & Melissa’s lists of books to read.  Actually Melissa’s already read Something Strange and Deadly, but can’t wait to continue the series

3) A book about Frankenstein

This glorious steampunk Frankenstein re-imagining is definitely one Kelly and Lauren need to hurry up and read!  Melissa’s a bit impatient waiting for the girls to read This Monstrous Thing.

4) Books about witches

The Hex Hall series is on our To Be Read list. We’ve heard nothing but great things about this series full of witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

5) Books about Angels

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is one that Kelly adores, but Lauren and Melissa haven’t got a clue.  Hopefully soon they’ll be able to share Kelly’s love for them.

6) Books about Ghosts

If you want a book about ghosts, Lauren recommends Anna Dressed in Blood.  She thinks it’s not overly creepy, but Melissa is skeptical.

7) Books about Faeries

The Iron Fey series is everyone’s talking about, yet we haven’t started it.

8) A book about creepy dolls

Doll Bones is a book on our list that we’ve heard is pretty creepy for a middle grade novel.  Lauren begs to differ though, but guess Kelly and Melissa will have to find out for themselves.

9) A book about Monster Hunters

Don’t let this eye-catching cover fool you. Darrows pitches Awesome as a feminist Supernatural novel involving a mother-daughter team of monster hunters.

10) A book with a bit of everything mixed in

We’re all at different stages in terms of reading The Mortal Instruments series. However we still have a long way to go before we reach the end with the prequels and the new spin-offs coming out.  There’s also the new TV show so we’d want to finish the series quickly.

What did you choose for your Halloween freebie this week? Leave your lists in the comments below!

❤ Melissa, Lauren, and Kelly

Teal Trick or Treat: YA Masquerade Ball

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For the last few months I’ve dedicated time to a wonderful project started by Nori (Read, Write, Love).  The Book Bloggers Creativity Project gathered various bloggers together to work on a group project.  We were split in teams and I’ve been fortunate to work with a lovely group of 10 other bloggers.  Teal Trick or Treat is a 10 day feature leading up to Halloween with a variety of posts dedicated to the paranormal and horror of the holiday’s history, culture, films, and books, as well as a giveaway hosted by the lovely Rachel.

I had to do a little reinvention for my blog post, so I decided to plan Halloween masquerade ball.  I was reminded of the Cinderella movie, Ever After featuring Drew Barrymore.  Everyone at the ball was dressed in elegant animal costumes, and Drew’s character makes it to the ball as a beautiful butterfly.

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With a bookish twist I came up with costume ideas for popular YA couples who’d attend the ball together.  I had too much fun on Polyvore creating these outfits for the women in charge.  The men have say when it comes to deciding what to wear. Well with one exception, but you’ll just have to find out who I’m talking about.


Aelin Ashryver Galathynius & Rowan Whitethorn


                                   Tan Choo dress

Rising from the ashes, Aelin walks away from her old life and embraces her new role as Queen of Terrasen.  She’s determined to take back what is rightfully hers and release magic back into the world. What better way to show it off than by embodying the phoenix which symbolizes rebirth, strength, transformation, and immortality. Rowan may not be keen on wearing such a ridiculous mask, but would most likely be met with a knife thrown at him if he objected. After all, Aelin is a fire-breathing bitch queen and bows to no one.

Alina Starkov & Mal Ostrev


                          dress by Alexander McQueen

The white stag represents strength, grace, peace, and leadership. The people of Ravka turn to Alina to lead them out of the darkness and bring about peace by eliminating The Fold and later the Darkling.  Alina, being the Sun Summoner and wears the antlers of Morozova’s stag, it felt right to mask her as a white stag. Mal probably would counter she should be the doe and he the stag, but he’d probably get in some trouble.

Percy Jackson & Annabeth Chase


dress by Elie Saab

Percy would definitely try to take control of outfitting Annabeth as a water nymph for the masquerade, but would be met with some hostility. Annabeth would be outraged and refuse to fulfill whatever crazy fantasy Percy had. (Not that he would, but being the son of Poseidon who knows)  Percy will just have to get over himself even though he was the chosen one.

As a daughter of Athena, the goddess of Wisdom who is represented by an owl, it makes perfect sense for Annabeth to choose this over a water nymph.  However, part way through the night, Annabeth would definitely ditch the heels and dance barefoot.

Blue Sargent & Richard Gansey III



dress by Zac Posen

There really was no question as to what Blue and Gansey would go as.  The raven represents wisdom and knowledge.  It is also believed that ravens foretell the future as well as reveal omens and signs.

I think Blue would definitely recreate this dress herself to be cost efficient, though something tells me she’d have to fight Gansey about it.  He clearly doesn’t stand a chance.  She also would definitely join Annabeth and  kick her shoes off after all of five minutes.

Eleanor & Daniel Sheridan



dress by Badgley Mischka

I’ve recently met Eleanor Fitt in Something Strange and Deadly this year, so I wasn’t too sure how to best represent her.  Fellow Truthwitch Street Team member Julia was kind enough to lend a hand. Because of Eleanor’s rebellious behavior and breaking societal norms, she could be best represented by a salmon.  She’s feels suffocated by her overbearing mother, the confines of her house, and corset; she wants to be free. It’s the perfect fit for Miss Fitt (haha) as salmon symbolizes determination, transformation, and courage.  She’d also be thrilled there is no need for a corset with this dress. I’m sure Daniel would mutter something about dressing all fancy, but would suck it up anyway.

Rhoma Grace & Hysan Dax


dress by Badgley Miskcha

This was also a no brainer, because Rho is from House Cancer so obviously she’d wear blue and represent the ocean and the crab zodiac. I think Hysan would be all for the flashy mask and wearing fancy duds.

Feyre & Tamlin


dress by Monique Lhullier

Fell in love with this sexy silver dress that I had to use it! Basically created the outfit first before assigning it to Feyre.  Since Tamlin can shift into a wolf, this costume made the most sense.  Like wolves, Feyre remains fiercely loyal to Tamlin, is intelligent, and compassionate.  Now I know in the book Tamlin already has a mask he cannot remove, however this is my made up fantasy ball so he’s switching masks.

Simon Spier & Blue


tuxes by Versace

Including Simon and Blue was a must for me!  I chose both of them to represent the badger because Simon is a huge Harry Potter nerd. According to the quiz he took for Stefani’s guest post (Caught Red Handed), Simon’s in Hufflepuff. Hufflepuffs are known to value hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play. This is definitely Simon in a nutshell.  I think the boys would have a lot of fun at the masquerade ball.

Laura Jean Song-Covey & Peter Kavinsky


dress by Oscar de la Renta

For Laura Jean, I was debating between a cat or a rabbit.  After confirmation from my co-podcaster Juliana, I went with a cat.  Laura Jean definitely has the attributes of a cat. She is clever, independent, and selective. I had to put Peter in a black cat mask because when I first met him, I felt he was completely opposite of what type of guy Laura Jean would fall for.  I was definitely wrong about that he surprised me in the end.

Scarlet & Robin Hood


dress by Versace

I picked the fox for Scarlet because she is stealthy and her skills come in handy when breaking into places in the series.  She is always cunning, clever, adaptable, and focused while on the job. Scarlet is also very passionate, which is why I chose the red fox. She may not be a fan of the heels though, and would take them off at some point in the night.


Well I hope you had as much fun reading about the couples and their costumes as I had when styling them!! Oh and you can bet that several of the ladies are armed to the teeth under those evening gowns.

Also here’s a special bonus from my original blog post idea asking authors to have their characters pulling pranks on each other. Many thanks to Becky Albertalli for taking the time to fill this out !!

Prankster: Blue
Victim: Simon
Location: Spier family residence
The Prank: Toothpaste in place of Oreo creme
Reason: To encourage kissable breath

hipsterdBecky Albertalli is a clinical psychologist who has had the privilege of conducting therapy with dozens of smart, weird, irresistible teenagers. She also served for seven years as co-leader of a support group for gender nonconforming children in Washington, DC. These days, she lives in Atlanta with her husband and two sons, and writes very nerdy contemporary young adult fiction.  Her debut novel, SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA, from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins is out now!

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October 22nd- Elizabeth @ So long and Thanks for all the fish shares the books that gave her nightmares
October 23rd – Lucy @ The Reading Emporium shares her Halloween 2015 bucket list
October 24th – Maryam @ Once Upon a Story  has some Halloween horoscope readings
October 25th – Melissa @ Live, Love, Read imagines YA characters at a masquerade <<
October 26th – Bea @ Beatrice Learns to Read interviews author Mindy McGinnis
October 27th – Nicole @ Nicole has read… tells us who is on her supernatural guest list
October 28th – Stephanie @ Steph in Wonderland has delicious Halloween treats and drinks
October 29th – Nori @ ReadWriteLove28 shows us the creepiest YA covers
October 30th – Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books talks about horror movie tropes and cliches
October 31st – Stop by all our blogs to see our bookish Halloween costumes!

Win a Halloween Prize Pack!

Melissa

Musings of Emm Cole

 

eternaldreamersI hope you all will excuse me for this super long intro, but I just can’t help it. I feel like I’ve been Emm’s number one fan since the day she won my J. Armentrout signed series and I discovered that she had a published book. I immediately scoped this book out, read the summary, and went about approaching her, asking her if I could review it for my blog. I think I took her by surprise because I was supposed to just be sending her a package. Instead I ended up asking her all of these questions, trying to play it cool and NOT be a complete psychopath fan girl flailing all over the cover of The Short Life of Sparrows. I don’t know whether it was obvious or not to her, but next thing I knew, I was so madly in love with her book that I was sending her insane messages asking if she had an agent and assuring her that if she doesn’t have one by the time I work my way up, that I WANT HER… That’s not creepy at all… Anyway, long story short, Emm is still somehow talking to me and I approached her about doing a guest post for Musings of Eternal Dreamers and here we are.

I can assure you all that if you read this post and give The Short Life of Sparrows a chance, you won’t regret it. I’d be shoving this book into every single one of your hands if I could reach through the computer. I’m not even kidding. With that said, BUY HER BOOK! I mean… uh… here’s Emm. =)


The Ultimate Reason I Love Being an Author
By Emm Cole

Ever since Live Love Read extended an invitation to do a guest post for their blog, I’ve been thinking long and hard about what exactly it is I love about being an author. There are a great many perks to consider, but writing also has its challenges.

 I live for getting the first proof copy in my hands after a year of starts and stops, torched drafts, and rewritten pages. It’s a pretty awesome feeling reading your first positive review where a reader truly identifies with a character or idea that you worked tirelessly to craft.

It can be a sweet gig when each new project is completely up to you. Imagination is a fun and quirky boss. You grab the reins and can take things in any direction you choose. There’s an adrenaline rush when an idea sparks and lights a fire beneath you, or when a plot grabs you and won’t let go.

And let’s face it, despite any author that whines about edits and deadlines, it’s work that you can mostly show up for in your pajamas. The job description entails your own choice of uniform and your preferred music at whatever decibel you enjoy. Nobody is the wiser if your hair is tangled in a topknot. I don’t think I could so easily sport my fleece snowflake pajamas or my unicorn sweatshirt if I were a public employee. I’d more than likely be asked to turn the Rolling Stones way, way down.

But writing isn’t always easy, and even after three books I still have those weak moments where I question why I do it. It’s a lot of unpaid hours up front. You have to be emotionally invested, and that can be very draining. The more you learn about how to write, the more you begin to realize you’ll never be done perfecting your skill. When you write something new you’re putting all of yourself out there with the hope that months of work will be warmly embraced instead of torn to shreds—that people will choose to pick up your book when there are endless shelves of choices before them.

 Basically, writing is a job where you have to be vulnerable for your work but thick-skinned after you send it into the world. Even the classics we love receive some scathing reviews. The more readers that take note of a book the greater the chance of internet trolls slashing holes in your optimistic little sails. No author is an exception to this, and at times a low blow might sting more than you expected. It happens even when your overall reception is great. So why? Why write and put your heart out there to be cherished or trampled on by the masses?

There is one ultimate reason that makes me love what I do so much. It’s people. Regardless of the fear of failure or a bad critique, people continually fuel me to keep typing. It’s undoubtedly the other writers who turn into friends—people you come to admire for their own unique talent. Writer friends who will make you laugh instead of cry when your male lead needs to finesse his dance moves to be more sexy and less like the hokey pokey. (Rowe, I’m looking at you. Thank goodness we worked that all out.) Writer peeps are also the ones who will have your back when the self-doubt sets in and you’re blubbering about a plot hole you just found that needs a major overhaul.

When you write you become forever friends with some of your characters too. As silly as that sounds, it’s the complete and sappy truth. It’s those imaginary people who you can’t get out of your head even if you wanted to. And it’s the people who reach out to you to express that said character gave them some kind of hope or respite from their real life junk.

It isn’t until you’ve written your characters that you sometimes realize the slivered bits and pieces that you’ve taken from friends and acquaintances in your own life. The players in an author’s story have to come from somewhere. You cannot make a reader believe unless the characters within it come from a raw source. No matter how many unmentioned people you draw from to mold each character—the people in your own stories become an amalgam of your own history.

Maybe not on the surface. Maybe you’ve never been a poor apothecary in love with a mysterious wanderer. Yet, you know exactly what it feels like to be an awkward teenage girl who crushes on the new kid at school. All of your smallest and biggest interactions with other people are the preparation for writing even if it takes place in another galaxy.

I can’t think of anything more fun than sharing villains, warriors, and unlikely champions with other readers. Humans are a curious species with limitless potential to become either monsters or heroes. The connections we make with those in real life might be the strongest, but the fictional casts in our stories are wicked powerful too.

I like to hope that in some small way my books will be a temporary sanctuary for someone, like the countless authors who’ve done so for me. People on paper are very often a source of comfort, humor and welcome distraction. On my worst days a good book and the people in it help to remind me that I’m never alone.

Being a writer and knowing there’s a chance I could maybe create an unforgettable character for another reader is really what it’s all about for me.


Emm Cole

About Emm:

Emm Cole is the author of THE SHORT LIFE OF SPARROWS, a Gothic Romance, which was an award winner for Readers’ Favorite in 2015 Supernatural books. She is also the author ofMERMINIA and KEEPING MERMINIA, a Young Adult Dark Fantasy duology.

Emm is a self-admitted night owl who likes sweaters, rainy downpours, crazy prints on socks, way too much coffee, high stacks of books, Johnny Cash & The Rolling Stones at hideous decibels, the ocean, and movie marathons. She thinks her favorite books are meant to be highlighted and the corners of pages with sentimental quotes should be worn. Although a declared perfectionist, she has discovered that being able to laugh at the things beyond her control is in fact the ultimate abs workout.

Her funky imagination tends to be equal parts whimsically pretty and morbidly sinister. Emm plans to keep developing unique magical realms, one book at a time.

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The Short Life of Sparrows

The Short Life Of Sparrows

The Nightbloods and Seers have many buried secrets, and some of them are deadly.

Beneath the light of a full moon, the coven is dancing. They are dancing as they await another Awakening, a dream that defines every witch’s destiny.

It doesn’t matter that the coven is cheering and anticipating her turn into womanhood, because Calli doesn’t want any of it. She doesn’t want to see the face of the hired hand Isaiah, nor does she desire the pursuits of a very determined Nightblood as she runs from a future with the Ordinary help. She knows that regardless of whether she taps into forbidden magic or not, an Awakening is rumored to hold ultimate power over the Seer who dreams it.

While the other Seers her age are given to their parties, their enchantments, and the lust of Nightblood suitors, Calli must choose how she’ll endure the worst of her visions. There may be a way to survive her sleep, but she’s not sure she can defeat the truth that will find her when she’s wide awake.

Does real love even stand a chance against the darkest of magic?

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Merminia

Merminia (Merminia #1)

In an underwater world that is as beautiful as it is ruthless, the mertribes are not about to make peace with each other. Selinne is a mermaid who is certain she can take care of herself. But when she is captured by the bloodthirsty Litiants, she finds unlikely help from Gabriel, a warrior who appears as indifferent as he is handsome. As Selinne struggles to make sense of the good and evil around her, she discovers that there is no escaping love or her place in the raging war of the sea.

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Keeping Merminia (Merminia, #2)

Keeping Merminia (Merminia #2)

In the concluding sequel to Merminia, Ulric and Selinne are both about to find out just how much they stand to lose.

Upon seizing Dencur with Adessia’s ring, Ulric leaves everything beyond the city walls in chaos. As Selinne tries to save Merminia from ruin, she finds a hesitant group to aid her in the perilous journey to Dencur.

But while Selinne works to stop Ulric from destroying all that she holds dear, friendships are tested to their breaking point. The final battle is brewing between Humans and Enchanteds.

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A huge “THANK YOU” to Emm Cole and all of the authors who are continuing to give their time, words, and heart to Musings of Eternal Dreamers and the future writers-to-be. All of you authors are wonderful and we are so happy to have you here at Live, Love, Read.

If you have any questions for Emm, or any of us, please feel free to leave a comment on this post! Feel free to engage us in conversation, express your fears, ask questions. This is a judgement free space where we can be ourselves, express our opinions, and get the support we need to continue doing and being a part of something we love: reading and writing.

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Waiting On Wednesday: Assassin’s Heart

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by the lovely Breaking the Spine.

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Title: Assassin’s Heart
Author: Sarah Ahiers
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Count: 400
Genre: Fantasy, Romance YA
Publication Date: February 2nd, 2016

Summary:

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

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About the Author:

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“I was born on a February afternoon 2 minutes before my twin sister. Angels wept or something, I suppose.

After a happy childhood filled with fun and family, I obtained a BA in English with an emphasis in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, during which I was a bookseller. I also spent a semester as the fiction editor of The Wayfarer, the literary magazine for the U of MN.

I am currently enrolled in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and am repped by Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media

I live in a suburb of St Paul, MN in a house I own with my twin sister. We share the house with our brother, 3 dogs, 4 guinea pigs, 2 cockatiels, fish and occasional foster animals from the shelter.

Besides writing and reading, I enjoy dogs, animals, my family, board games, yard games, video games, cooking, gardening and dressing up for the MN Renaissance Festival.”

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Why I’m Waiting:

Lauren: Knowing there is an Assassin is good enough of a reason for me to pick up this book. I love stories with assassins and even though there are books out there with assassins I still have not read very many. (Yes, I’m still trying to get time to read Throne of Glass series…*hangs head in shame*) The story itself sounds interesting and I can’t wait to see what this debut author has in store for us!

Is Assassin’s Heart on your list? Tell us why you’re waiting!

❤ Lauren, Melissa, and Kelly

10 Wishes We’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Us

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Wishes I’d Ask The Book Genie To Grant Me had us all in an uproar and we immediately started bouncing ideas off each other. We got pretty elaborate with some of our wishes. Hope you find them as amusing as we did! As always Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Wishes each of us would want to come true…

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1) A Magic Book Key – This key will let its beholder unlock any book, thus allowing the user to travel inside the book; actually experiencing the book itself as it happens (give or take). In addition, it will allow the user to bring anyone from the book world to the real world. Sounding familiar? That’s because we borrowed this idea from Once Upon a Time! This way we can visit many book realms / see all our beloved book boyfriends whenever we wanted. Maybe even throw in some magical beans for a safety precaution too.


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2) A Traveling Library That’s Bigger on the Inside – Okay we haven’t come up with a snazzy acronym for this one.  Kelly originally said she wanted a library for all the places she lived. Melissa transformed the idea into a traveling library that went with you everywhere and fit in any space in the house/apartment/hotel etc. no matter how big or small. Hence it being bigger on the inside! Just imagine a T.A.R.D.I.S / library/ walk-in closet, but you don’t use it to travel through time and space. It may or may not have a blue Police Box door with a flashing light complete with full sound effects.


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3) Psychokinesis. Let’s be real here, reading Queen of Shadows, City of Heavenly Fire, Winter, or any George R. R. Martin book will put a strain on our arms while reading. Having the ability to levitate books and turning the pages with our minds would make life easier. But really we all wanna be like Matilda.


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4) Freezing Time. We’d all love it if we were able to stop time while we read. This will give us the chance to read a book in one night and actually get some rest before our day starts! Or you know, just pause life for a bit to finish up a book that is really good.


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5) Great Adaptations. Having movies and TV shows that actually do the book justice. Is that too much to ask for?


Kelly’s Wish…

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6) The ability to speed read. She is the slowest out of the 3 of us so it makes sense she’d want to be able to read faster and retain the information.


Melissa’s Wishes…

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7) Spend a day with Rick Riordan. Not going to lie, this would be Melissa’s dream come true. Why an entire day? Well because she’d want to know what the day in the life of Rick Riordan is like: outlining, writing, editing. There’s also watching a Red Sox game, walking around Boston, asking endless questions about the Percy Jackson Series (especially Trials of Apollo) & Magnus Chase, and convincing him to name a character after her. Hopefully this will lead to the greatest author/ reader friendship ever! Of course Lauren will be invited to the party too because can’t leave a girl hanging! (btw my name is Greek just sayin’)


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8) Another published book by Kristin Cashore. I absolutely LOVED Graceling! I’ve been dying for another series by her. She hand writes all of her manuscripts and then uses Dragon speech to type them up.  I would love for the book genie to give her the ability to type her next book or speed up the process and publish it for her.


Lauren’s Wishes…

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9) An unlimited credit card only for books. Well you’d think the obvious answer would just to be rich. However Lauren says there are too many books! No matter how much money she’d have, she would spend it all on books and that would leave her with nothing else. So if she had a card with unlimited money just for books that would be perfect! (Melissa might borrow this idea for her wish)


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10) Ability to actually read more than one book at a time without a problem. Lauren can do this already, but sometimes she forgets what happens in one book or forgets which book she’s reading.




Let us know in the comments below what your 10 wishes are!!

❤ Melissa, Lauren, and Kelly

S.F.D. Misson: Open Letter to Sarah Ahiers

The mission for the agents over at S.F.D. (Sassy Fangirl Debuts) is here! Because of some technical interference in the field, I’m a little later getting the mission completed compared to my fellow agents.

For more information on S.F.D. you can check out my previous post explaining what it is. The link is here!!

What’s the mission? If the agent (which in this case is me) wishes to accept the task (which I completely do!) Is an open letter to a debut author. This is an important mission, and I am highly trained to fangirl when necessary. (This is only for those trained. Fangirling without training can lead to embarrassment. Proceed with caution.)

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Person of Interest (Author): Sarah Ahiers

Following information for easier understanding of the PoI:

Retrieved from PoI’s blog. Link is here.

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“I was born on a February afternoon 2 minutes before my twin sister. Angels wept or something, I suppose.

After a happy childhood filled with fun and family, I obtained a BA in English with an emphasis in fiction writing from the University of Minnesota, during which I was a bookseller. I also spent a semester as the fiction editor of The Wayfarer, the literary magazine for the U of MN.

I am currently enrolled in Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and am repped by Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary + Media

I live in a suburb of St Paul, MN in a house I own with my twin sister. We share the house with our brother, 3 dogs, 4 guinea pigs, 2 cockatiels, fish and occasional foster animals from the shelter.

Besides writing and reading, I enjoy dogs, animals, my family, board games, yard games, video games, cooking, gardening and dressing up for the MN Renaissance Festival.”

Subject (Book): Assassin’s Heart

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Information on the subject:

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

Publish Date: February 2nd, 2016 by Harper Teen

Goodreads link is here.

Now that we have all the information that was in the file concerning the Person of Interest and the subject, it’s time to complete my mission:

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Open Letter to Sarah Ahiers

Dear Sarah Ahiers,

First let me say congratulations! You have done something special. You have published a book. I know it has not come out yet, but just knowing it will come soon is an exciting moment! I’m looking forward to February even more now knowing your book will be in stores that month. (It also happens to be my birthday so thanks for the early birthday present!)

Assassins is a special character to me. I really can’t explain why I love them, but I have for many years and I don’t see that changing anytime in the near future. The title of your book alone has me wanting to pick it up. Assassin’s Heart. Without looking to see what this book will be about, I already have these ideas of stories that could take place with such a title.

Then I actually read the summary, and it sounds much better than anything I was thinking! A story that will be full of love, betrayal, lies, and revenge! Everything needed for a great story. I am impatiently waiting to read your story!!!

I hope you are doing well, and look forward to talking more in the future (I hope)!

All the best from your reader,

Lauren W.

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Be sure to check out the other Agents’ blogs to read their letters!

Talina – Our fearless leader /Emily /Heather /Eileen /Karina /Deanna /Claudia /Kaitlin /Jasmine /Angel /Bex /Melissa /Kaitlin S. /Aila /Jess /Jaime /Stefani /Lizzie /Erin /Aimee

Agent Lauren, Reporting For Duty For Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts

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Hello and welcome to Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts a feature that was created by Talina over at Sassy & Dangerous! The S.F.D is a top secret organization (AKA a debut author street team!) that helps authors dominate the book world and succeed in brainwashing their readers…(just kidding…but who knows…)

Over the past few weeks, Talina has put together a team of highly trained professional debut supporters ad the S.F.D team has been planning a way to destroy reader’s TBRs and we believe, after careful planning and years of training, we have finally come to a conclusion: Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts.

Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts is a fun, unique way in helping readers to keep track of all the debut authors and their new books that are coming out, and is also a way for authors to promote their books and get readers interested. the feature, will include author interrogations, (interviews), confidential file exposures (guests posts) and the radioactive surprises (giveaways) which will all be posted on Agent T’s blog.

Agent T’s highly skilled team of agents will be going on special missions that will include fun, awesome posts, to feature these lovely debut authors and their books. Make sure to check out the list of agents below!

Agents:

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Emily

Heather

Eileen

Karina

Deanna

Claudia

Kaitlin

Jasmine

Angel

Bex

Melissa

Kaitlin S.

Aila

Jess

Jaime

Stefani

Lizzie

Erin

Aimee