Musings of Emily Martin

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Hello Everyone!

In honor of Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the U.S., we decided it might be better if we posted this week’s Musings of Eternal Dreamers today, once everyone is starting to calm down and relax for the rest of the weekend. Sorry for the late notice! This week we have an amazing debut author whose book is being published by Simon Pulse in January of the new year. You may have already even heard of this phenomenal writer and her book… Please help us welcome Emily Martin, author of The Year We Fell Apart!


Why I Will Always Love Sia Furler
By Emily Martin, Author of The Year We Fell Apart

I’m the kind of writer who needs music, especially to help me power through early drafts. And while I drew inspiration for THE YEAR WE FELL APART from all kinds of places, it was a song that changed everything.

“Breathe Me” by Sia.

This song, you guys. If you’ve never heard it before, give it a listen. I’ll wait.

It’s just so honest and aching and full of want and regret. Exactly the emotions I wanted to capture when I sat down to write the first draft of THE YEAR WE FELL APART. And it affected me the way I hoped my work might one day affect someone else—it made me feel less alone.

Over the next few weeks, I must have played this song a hundred times. And each time I heard it, Sia’s lyrics and her beautiful, raspy voice brought visions of a girl haunted by the choices she’s made. A girl desperately searching for a way to undo her past. I saw this girl punishing herself for all her mistakes, especially when she can’t seem to stop repeating them.

So I started asking myself questions. Why might someone feel this way? What could have happened between two best friends to cause this kind of regret? To make a young girl believe she’s no better than her bad decisions? And perhaps most importantly, what would it take for her to find a different path?

This song helped shape Harper’s history and her many flaws. It also provided the foundation for the first scene I ever wrote—an argument between Harper and her childhood best friend, Declan. This scene comes late in the book (who says you have to start at the beginning?) and in a way represents everything they’ve been through together—and apart.

This song is more than just a song for me. It’s a friend to fall back on when I need support. It’s the inspiration I turned to when I lost sight of the heart of my story. And because of this (and for so many other reasons), I basically worship the ground Sia walks on.

Find me on Twitter @thatEmilyMartin and let me know what inspires you!


About Emily:

Emily Martin lives and writes in the Greater Boston area, though she will always call Michigan home. She has a penchant for impromptu dance parties, vintage clothing, and traveling to new places. When not writing, she can be found hiking New England’s peaks, searching for the perfect cup of hot chocolate, or baking something pumpkin-flavored.

Emily’s debut young adult novel, THE YEAR WE FELL APART, comes out January 26, 2016 from Simon Pulse.

Her work is represented by Lara Perkins of Andrea Brown Literary.

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The Year We Fell Apart

The Year We Fell Apart

In the tradition of Sarah Dessen, this powerful debut novel is a compelling portrait of a young girl coping with her mother’s cancer as she figures out how to learn from—and fix—her past.

Few things come as naturally to Harper as epic mistakes. In the past year she was kicked off the swim team, earned a reputation as Carson High’s easiest hook-up, and officially became the black sheep of her family. But her worst mistake was destroying her relationship with her best friend, Declan.

Now, after two semesters of silence, Declan is home from boarding school for the summer. Everything about him is different—he’s taller, stronger…more handsome. Harper has changed, too, especially in the wake of her mom’s cancer diagnosis.

While Declan wants nothing to do with Harper, he’s still Declan, her Declan, and the only person she wants to talk to about what’s really going on. But he’s also the one person she’s lost the right to seek comfort from.

As their mutual friends and shared histories draw them together again, Harper and Declan must decide which parts of their past are still salvageable, and which parts they’ll have to let go of once and for all.

In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.

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That’s it for this week! A huge thank you to Emily for being so wonderful and flexible this week during the holiday season! You’re incredibly awesome.

Another huge thank you, as always, to everyone who has participated or will participate in this feature. We appreciate all of your time spent giving new writers advice and sharing your stories and love of writing with people who need it. Your kindness doesn’t go without gratitude!

We hope you all had an amazing holiday week (for those of you in the U.S.), and an amazing week, nonetheless, wherever you may be. Stay tuned for next week’s Musings and some really awesome events happening here at Live, Love, Read. =)

❤ Kelly, Melissa, and Lauren

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Ten Characters We’d Invite to Thanksgiving Dinner

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a Thanksgiving freebie!  We decided to pick who we’d invite to Thanksgiving dinner.  As always TTT is hosted by the lovely ladies of The Broke and the bookish.

 

Melissa’s Picks

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Kelly’s Picks

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Lauren’s Picks

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Who would you guys invite to Thanksgiving? Leave your comments below! We love hearing from you!

 

❤ Melissa, Kelly & Lauren

*Giveaway* The Anatomical Shape of a Heart – Sunday Street Team

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Hello lovelies! Today we are lucky enough to welcome Jenn Bennett, author of The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, here on Live, Love, Read. Jenn decided that she wanted to do a post about some of her favorite books in her book stack, so she picked some random favorites and is going to tell you all about why she loves them so much. =)


 

Jenn Bennett’s Book Stack

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Today, just for you, dearest reader, I pulled twelve random books from my bookshelf. You’ll find them here, as seen with my handsome pug. (Don’t trust that sweet face, for he is truly wicked and most evil. Trivia: he was named after one of my favorite literary characters, the armored bear from the His Dark Materials series.) Some of the books in my stack are related to my YA debut, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, and some are not:

My Crowd, Charles Addams

Dry wit. Hilarious stuff. My character, Bex, mentions the Addams Family. (People at school call her Morticia because she likes to draw anatomy, and therefore assume she must be gruesome. She’s not.)

Infinite City, Rebecca Solnit

This is a terrific compendium of San Francisco atlases. A wonderful Bay Area author, A.J. Larrieu, gave this to me. I could stare at it for hours.

Colored Pencil Bible, Alyona Nickleson

My first love is art, and I do a lot of colored pencil drawings. This is a great resource.

Reading Egyptian Art, Richard H. Wilkinson

I’m a fanatic about Ancient Egypt and have been since I was a wee tike.

Struwwelpeter, Heinrich Hoffmann

I was born in Germany (my father was in the U.S. army and was stationed near Frankfurt when my Swedish mother was knocked up with me), and this book of cautionary tales for children scared the bejesus out me when I was a kid.

Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley, Peter Guralnick

In my book, my hero, Jack is obsessed with rockabilly music. Cool, young Elvis (we’ll forget about bloated, old bedazzled Elvis for now) wasn’t just a brilliant musician, much like my hero, he also had a great pompadour.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, J.K. Rowling

Yes, I have them all. Yes, I own all the movies. No, I have never dressed up as Luna Lovegood, I mean, uh…

Perfect Chemistry, Simone Elkeles

Man, I loved this YA romance. The Latino hero is total swoons.

Graceling, Kristen Cashore

One of my fave romantic YA fantasy books. Only, I wish the ending had turned out differently. (Look, I’m a hopeless romantic, okay?)

Howl’s Moving Castle, Diana Wynne Jones

Love, love, love this book. Total charmer. Old favorite of mine.

Shiver, Maggie Stiefvater

I like her Raven Cycle the best, but I have those on my e-reader. (I swing both ways.)

Flapper, Joshua Zeitz

I write books for adults about the Roaring Twenties. I’m mad about that era, so I have a whole collection of books about it, if you ever need to borrow one.


Jenn Bennett

About Jenn:

Jenn Bennett is the author of the Arcadia Bell urban fantasy series with Pocket and the Roaring 20’s historical paranormal romance series with Berkley. She lives near Atlanta with one husband and two pugs.

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The Anatomical Shape of a HeartThe Anatomical Shape of a Heart

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

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Giveaway!

Luckily for all of you, Jenn is kind enough to be giving away 10 copies of The Anatomical Shape of a Heart to 10 lucky entries! There’s only one week left in this giveaway, and sorry international peeps, this is U.S. only!

Click here to enter to win a copy of TASOAH!


 

Well, that’s all for today, lovelies! What did everyone think? Has anyone read the books Jenn picked out for us?

We hope everyone has a great week and we can’t wait to talk about this weeks Top Ten Tuesday with you all! See everyone tomorrow! =)

❤ Kelly, Lauren, and Melissa

Interview – Eoghan Kerrigan and Keira Gillett

Hi everyone, today I have the pleasure of hosting Keira Gillett and Eoghan Kerrigan, the author and illustrator respectively of Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword, which is the second book in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy. It released on November 6, 2015. There’s a lot of exciting stuff being shared below.

Keira Gillett (Author): Thanks, Kelly! We’re so glad to be here. Hi Eoghan! Let’s dive right in. This is your second time around for the Zaria Fierce trilogy. Were there any differences in how you approached the second book compared to the first?

Eoghan Kerrigan (Illustrator): There really wasn’t much of a difference other than using a different colour pencil for the under drawings! I began with the cover this time as well.

Keira: The first time around the underdrawings were blue, this time they were orange. That’s cool. The colors disappear completely when scanned and converted to greyscale. It’s always so much fun to see your artwork in person. There’s so much detail! What were some of the challenges of continuing in a book series compared to starting a new story or series?

Eoghan: Consistency. The characters should look and feel that they belong in the same world from book to book.

Keira: Well, I think you did a fantastic job at that. The world you’re helping to depict is gorgeous. What did you like best about returning to the Zaria Fierce world?

Eoghan: The opportunity to draw more trolls! But seriously, seeing what new and interesting characters I get to draw.

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Keira: I love your trolls. In fact, one of the original developmental drawings for book one inspired a troll character for the second book. I knew I just had to find a way to include him. Which are your favorite illustrations from Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword?

Eoghan: I’m rather pleased with how quite a few of the illustrations turned out. Bjarke was fun to draw and I really like the King Flein drawing. Some of my favourites are actually the tall ship and the well. I don’t draw set pieces as often as I should, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed doing them.

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Keira: All of those are in my favorites as well. I thought the ship and the well were just stunning. Looking at them, I would totally expect that you draw things just like it on a daily basis. You provide such realistic textures with your shading. Was there anything unexpected in your experience with Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland Sword?

Eoghan: I could probably give the same answer as the previous question. Drawing things I find difficult or rarely draw and being satisfied with the results.

Keira: You have a lot to be satisfied with then! Me too! You’re extremely talented and I’ll leave off by saying how much I love what you did with Koll. I am so pleased you could join me on the next set of adventures with Zaria and her friends. Thanks again, Kelly, for having us today! It’s been a whole lot of fun to take over Live, Love, Read.

Zaria Fierce and the Enchanted Drakeland SwordBook Two in the Zaria Fierce Trilogy

Summary: If Zaria Fierce had her say, being a princess would mean you’d never have to wait for news. In the eight months since Olaf tricked her, Zaria has felt a near constant mixture of restlessness, listlessness, and hopelessness. When the time comes to fix past mistakes, she is more than ready to climb aboard the ship sailing towards the giants. Summertime in Norway promises many more adventures, but also many more perils… something sinister lurks beneath the surface following her every move, haunting her, disturbing her dreams, and stealing her peace. Can Zaria figure out what it is and stop it before it’s too late?

Release Date: November 6, 2015

Available in E-book, Paperback, and Audiobook (Coming Soon)

Praise for Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest (Book 1):

“Are you in the mood for an old fashioned magical jaunt? Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett is a classic “perilous adventure” book for middle grade readers.” Jennifer Bardsley, The YA Gal

“A captivating blending of fantasy storytelling with today’s technology. At the base of this tale is deep, abiding friendship that stands the tests of time, adventure and even danger.” Kathy Haw, Goodreads Review

“A great book with a lovely story and amazing characters. It’s a fantasy and adventure book that will be the delight of Narnia fans and those looking for a bit of Norwegian folklore thrown into it.” Ner, A Cup of Coffee and a Book

“If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure dipped in fantasy, look no further. This book kept me on my toes with its many cliffhangers and plot twists; it was quite hard to put down at times.” Meredith, All ‘Bout Them Books and Stuff

“I love when a story jumps right in and hooks me like this one did. I highly recommend you look into it if you are in the mood for a fun adventure. I also recommend that you get it for any book loving middle schooler you know.” Emily, Midwestern Book Nerd

Excerpt:

Filip slung his window open and tossed out his backpack. It landed in a thump in the hedgerow. Aleks pulled it out and slung it over his shoulder with his own bag.

“How’re you getting down?”

“Hopefully with your stargazer.”

“Then why toss down your bag?” Aleks asked, exasperated.

“Just in case,” Filip said with a wink at Zaria.

She suppressed a smile. She looked to the others, “Does anybody have rope?”

Aleks and Geirr both nodded. Then Geirr unzipped his bag and pulled out a neat coil from on top. He tossed it to Filip, who snatched it up as it sailed by the window. He disappeared into his bedroom and reappeared moments later slinging the coil out the window. It unraveled to the ground.

“Good,” Filip said briskly. “It’s long enough. Now let’s see if it holds.”

Filip quickly scaled the side of the house and they gathered their belongings preparing to dash. Without warning, Mrs. Storstrand stuck her head out of a bottom window and shrieked at the sight of them.

“Just what do you think you’re doing?” she demanded.

“Run!” Filip shouted, grabbing his friends’ sleeves and rushing for the street.

Aleks cursed and threw Filip his backpack while slinging his own around to the front and unzipping a pocket. He looked frazzled as he dug inside the opening. Mrs. Storstrand was quick. She was already out of the house and chasing after them. She threatened life and limb and the most terrible of all – letting Filip’s father know what he was about.

At last Aleks found the stargazer – a shiny purplish egg-shaped object perforated with stars – and almost dropped it in his haste. After a brief fumble, Aleks located the largest star, and hastily jabbed his finger into the hole. Just like that, Mrs. Storstrand froze mid-run. But so too did Christoffer, Filip, and Geirr.

Aleks looked at Zaria and to the others. “Damn,” he hissed. “Wait! How are you not frozen too?”

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Keira Gillett author pictureAuthor Bio: Keira Gillett is a technical publications librarian, book blogger, world traveler, artist, and now author. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Drawing and Painting. From an early age her mother instilled a love of the written word, as such she has always been a big reader. Her first book, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, is about a young girl who must complete a quest to save her friend from a nasty river-troll.

Website: http://keiragillett.com

Social Media: Twitter (keiragillett), Facebook (zariafiercetrilogy), Pinterest (zariafierce)

Eoghan Kerrigan IllustratorIllustrator Bio: Eoghan Kerrigan is an illustrator from Kildare, Ireland who draws primarily fantasy characters and creatures. He studied illustration in Ballyfermot College of Further Education and has produced work for various independent projects. He has two cats and a soft spot for trolls.

Website: http://eoghankerrigan.blogspot.ie/

Social Media: Twitter (eoghankerrigan), Facebook (eoghankart)

Musings of Megan O’Russell

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Pushing Past the Difficulties of Writing
by Megan O’Russell

I love the mountains. I know dizzying heights may not be for everyone, but they are for me. Looking up into the sky and seeing something that’s thousands of feet above you, protecting you and daunting you all at once. Mountains create valleys and challenges. They keep the storm from coming and hold the thunder over your head when it arrives.

As an author, I’ve been on the brink of tossing my laptop from a mountain peak a hundred times. No more hours of writing, forget the pain of editing, just toss the computer and watch it smash. I’d never have to worry about preserving the integrity of a character’s storyline or a new promo event ever again.

But it’s the climb to the top of the mountain that saves you and your stories from destruction. Your legs are aching and your lungs are on fire. You think the peak is just over the next ridge, but you reach the ridge only to find the summit is still hours away.

But you keep climbing, because the top is where you promised you’d be. And that next ridge isn’t nearly as long as the last one you crossed. You put one foot in front of the other because you’ve come too far to give up now.

And then, close to tears and more exhausted than you had ever thought possible, you reach the peak. You look down at the valleys all around. At how tiny the trees look from way up in the sky, and you realize that it wasn’t that bad at all. That every gasping breath and shot of pain was worth it. Because you made it to the top. And every step you came was one step farther than the person who gave up.

You take a deep breath and decide not to toss your precious laptop filled with the stories you created and the characters you’ve molded over the edge to watch it smash to a hundred pieces a thousand feet below. Because you’ve realized the climb was worth it. Seeing the view from the summit was worth every step it took to get there.

You didn’t give up because the mountain wouldn’t let you. And you won’t give up your stories because the writing won’t let you.

I love mountains. The struggle brings sanity. And from the top every problem looks so small.

Find a mountain, my loves. Even if the mountain is flat ground or a rushing river. Find something tangible to challenge you. Meet the challenge. Conquer it. And suddenly finding a way to exist in the imaginary won’t seem so impossible.


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Megan’s published works include Young Adult fantasy series The Tethering books one and two of which are currently available with book three out in spring 2016. Megan’s Christmas novella Nuttycracker Sweet will be release by Fiery SeasPublishing this holiday season. Megan is also a featured author in the Athena’s Daughters 2 anthology of women in speculative fiction.

Megan is a professional performer who travels the country living out a thousand lives on stage. Her wonderful husband and frequent dance partner is always by her side.

For more information on Megan’s books, you can visit her website at meganorussell.com

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The Tethering (The Tethering #1)

All sixteen-year-old Jacob Evans wants is to win the heart of Emilia Gray, but with order in the magical world crumbling, war threatening, and Emilia’s boyfriend living across the hall, he may never have the chance.

Jacob Evans loses everything he has ever known and is tossed into a world of magic. The Dragons, a group of rebel wizards, are threatening to expose the existence of magic to humans. Jacob is determined to find a way to fit into Emilia’s family, but as his powers grow, so does the danger. With the death toll mounting, Jacob is accused of acts of rebel terrorism and must fight to stay in a world he’s only just beginning to discover.

When Emilia’s life is threatened, Jacob must risk everything to save her. Does he have the power to rescue her in time? And what could their survival cost?

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The Siren's Realm (The Tethering, #2)

The Siren’s Realm (The Tethering #2)

Jacob loves Emilia Gray, but things aren’t always that simple in the world of Magickind…

The war has begun.

The Dragons are gaining power, and the Gray Clan stands alone. Desperate to find a way to stop the Pendragon, Emilia is forced to seek answers from someone who hasn’t been seen in seventeen years . . . Her mother. Embarking on a magical journey filled with witches, wizards, centaurs and a dangerous and powerful Siren, Jacob and Emilia must take a leap of faith to a land neither could have ever imagined . . . and hope they can then find their way home.

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A huge thank you to Megan for being an amazing writer and person! Even through my disorganization, she was kind enough to write two guest posts for this blog. As a “thank you” to her for her time and generosity, her other post will be up on December 31st! I’m so excited to present this one to you all as well! =)

As always, THANK YOU to every author who has contributed, and will contribute to this feature. Your advice is priceless and your time is appreciated.

Waiting on Wednesday: Fire Falling

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

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Title: Fire Falling, Book Two of Air Awakens

Author: Elise Kova

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Page Count: 378

Publication Date: November 19th, 2015

Summary:

Soldier… Sorcerer… Savior… Who is Vhalla Yarl?

Vhalla Yarl marches to war as property of the Solaris Empire. The Emperor counts on her to bring victory, the Senate counts on her death, and the only thing Vhalla can count on is the fight of her life. As she grapples with the ghosts of her past, new challenges in the present threaten to shatter the remnants of her fragile sanity. Will she maintain her humanity? Or will she truly become the Empire’s monster?

You can find links for Fire Falling at the following sites:

You can add it on Goodreads by clicking here!
You can order from Amazon here!
Here is a UK Amazon link for those that may need it here!
You can find it at Barnes and Noble here!
You can find it at Book Depository here!

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About Elise Kova:

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Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook.

You can also follow Elise on Goodreads and Amazon!

If you don’t know Elise yet you need to fix that now! For the past few months I have had the opportunity to chat and get to know Elise and I have learned what a wonderfully sweet and amazing person she is! She is always there when I have a question about writing, life, or maybe a quick comment/question about her books. She is such a lovely person and a great friend.

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Why I Am Waiting:

(Sadly, I am a lone wolf this week since Kelly and Melissa has not read the first book yet.)

Lauren: Waiting for this book will not be too bad for two reasons: 1) It comes out TOMORROW!!! 2) I have actually had the chance to read an ARC of this one to do a review. (You can find that review here.) I have fallen in love with this series since page one of Air Awakens and I look forward to reading more of the story. Although I have already read this one, I can’t wait to go buy it and have a finished copy! The story is such a great ride of character development and interesting plot line. Plus, we have a handsome “dark” Prince (who is featured on the cover) and a main character who loves books! How can I not like that?

❤ Lauren

Top Ten Favorite Book Quotes this year

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday the girls at The Broke and the bookish asked us to come up with our favorite quotes from books that we’ve read within the last year or so.

“You could rattle the stars. You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it too. That’s what scares you most.” – Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass)

Melissa’s Picks:

“The most powerful magic of all is choice.” – Sara Raasch (Snow Like Ashes)

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.” – Jenny Han (P.S. I Still Love You)

“Go with what your heart tells you or you will lose all.” – Rick Riordan (The Lightning Thief)

 

Lauren’s Picks:

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing something that brings you joy” – Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

“There was something severed and rough about her, something tainted and, yet, at the same time those jagged pieces were the makings of something fearsome. She’d wanted to become someone the Senate would fear, why not shatter the sky?”― Elise Kova (Fire Falling)

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be” -J.K.Rowling (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)

 

Kelly’s Picks:

“The fault is not in our stars”, I whispered to the ceiling, “But in ourselves. This was my choice”  – Susan Dennard (Something Strange & Deadly)

“I think the purest of souls, those with the most fragile of hearts, must be meant for a short life. They can’t be tethered or held in your palm. Just like a sparrow, they light on your porch. Their song might be brief, not how greedy would we be to ask for more? No, you cannot keep a sparrow. You can only hope that as they fly away, they take a little bit of you with them” –  Emm Cole (The Short Life of Sparrows)

“Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and can hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” – Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)


Do you guys have any of the same quotes as we do? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

❤ Melissa Lauren & Kelly

Earth’s End Cover Reveal and Raffle!

I have been impatiently waiting for this day to come for months now! I recently had the pleasure of getting hooked on a wonderful new series by Elise Kova called Air Awakens, and I’m excited to be part of the Cover Reveal Team for the third book in her series!

Just so anyone that may want or need the information on the first two books, I’ll do a quick recap for book 1 and 2. I don’t want to make this part too long so that I can quickly get to the new cover and info for the the third book. So, I will add links to Goodreads so you can get information on the books, and also links if you want to buy.

Air Awakens (Book One)

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You can add it on Goodreads by clicking here!
You can order from Amazon here!
Here is a UK Amazon link for those that may need it here!
You can find it at Barnes and Noble here!
You can find it at iBooks here!
You can find it at Google Play here!
You can find it on Kobo here!

Fire Falling (Book Two)

Release Date is: November 19th, 2015!

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You can add it on Goodreads by clicking here!
You can order from Amazon here!
Here is a UK Amazon link for those that may need it here!
You can find it at Barnes and Noble here!
You can find it at Book Depository here!

Now time to get to the main reason for this post…

COVER REVEAL!!!!!!!

Earth’s End (Book Three)

Release Date is February 11th, 2016!

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Because this book is the third in a series, I don’t want to add anything that may be a spoiler to those who have not yet read Air Awakens or Fire Falling. With the possibility that this book will pick up right where Fire Falling left off, any information may be considered a spoiler. If you are interested in knowing more about Earth’s End, you can check out the link below!

  • You can find this book on Goodreads HERE!

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ABOUT THE ELISE KOVA

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Elise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook.

You can also follow Elise on Goodreads and Amazon!

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About the Artist

Elise Kova, may have created the world and characters for her story, but the credit for the amazing covers go to another special person. This talented person helped bring the amazing world of Air Awakens to life with art.

Merilliza Chan (Meril) has worked so hard to bring the readers a cover that is beautiful enough to frame and hang on the wall. (Which you can actually do! She has sold prints of the covers.) She has also helped add a little something special to this cover reveal. We have talked to Elise about how she created her story, now we get an exclusive look into the making of the covers!

Check out her Deviant page here! (zwxArt)

You can also find her at Twitter here! (@zwxArt)

Earth’s End Book Illustration: An In-depth Process
By Merilliza Chan

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The link to Merillza Chan’s interview is here!

The interview was really interesting and quite a lot of fun to read! I hope you take a few moments to read it yourself.

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You have now read information on the first two books, got a look at the brand new cover for book three, and got some insight into the author and artist of the series. Now, it’s time for…

RAFFLE!!!

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you thought of the cover and tell me if you are going to want to read this series! If you have read Air Awakens, let me know what you thought!

Musings of Mackenzi Lee

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Old Manuscripts and Words Never Seen
by Mackenzi Lee, Author of This Monstrous Thing

I wrote four books before I wrote This Monstrous Thing.

That’s about 250,000 words that will never be seen by anyone but me.

And that’s not counting all the short stories, false starts, and time spent thinking about projects I never wrote.

It is really hard for me not to think of these words as a waste of time. I try to tell myself that it all counts. I could not have written This Monstrous Thing without first writing these 250,000 words no one will ever read. I learned a lot while I wrote them. I learned a lot from the things I did right–learned what was worth doing over again–and probably even more from my mistakes. You can’t think of all the words you write before you get to the final draft as a waste of time or energy or effort or brain power. You have to think that every words counts toward the final draft–even words of totally unrelated books that never have a life beyond your computer’s hard drive–because you could not have written that final draft without all those drafts of all those other things that came before it.

I struggle everyday to make myself stop feeling like the words that don’t end up in my book weren’t wasted time. But in the end, it all counts–rewriting, prewriting, free-writing, writing for no other reason than just to write. Think of it the same way you think of learning an instrument–it takes practice.


About Mackenzi:

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Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently lives in Boston, where she works as a bookseller and almost never reanimates corpses. Almost.

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This Monstrous Thing

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In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

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A huge thank you to Mackenzi Lee for being awesome and writing this, even while sick! I hope you feel better! This is definitely something that all writers think about. I know that as the type A personality that I am, I sometimes wish I could get back the time that I spent writing words that no one will ever see… but reminding myself, and everyone else that it’s the journey that counts, not the amount of words never seen. We could all learn a little bit from this post!

As always, THANK YOU to everyone who has participated and is continuing to participate in this feature by devoting some of your time to helping writers in need of a little advice. Your words are precious and well heard. Afterall, isn’t it words that changed all of our lives in the first place? =)

❤ Kelly, Melissa, and Lauren

Something Strange and Deadly: Discussion Two

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Today I’ll be addressing the second half of Something Strange and Deadly.  The read-along is hosted by Stephanie @  Steph In Wonderland.  There is still plenty of time to catch up with us and take part in the discussions and enter the giveaway.

Q1) I wasn’t surprised to learn who was behind the sudden zombie uprising. I think Susan did a great job leaving clues throughout the book that allowed the reader to figure out the answer beforehand. I was more disappointed when I found out because I was really hoping I was wrong, but the more I read it made the most sense.

Q3) Daniel’s answer to Eleanor’s question was complete bullshit! He was definitely lying! It frustrated me so much that he lied to her thinking it would protect her. This is one thing that I always disliked in books or movies. When one person feels the need to lie in order to protect the other because they think it’s the right thing to do.  Who cares if it would make things complicated if he told the truth! GAHHH!

Q4 & 7) My first impression of Jie was that she had spunk and stood by the choices that she made in order to protect herself and be free from what was expected of her. She’s definitely one of my favorite characters in the book. I hope in the second and third book she becomes good friends with Eleanor because I think Jie is a good influence for her.

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Okay from here on out there will be SPOILERS!

 
 
 
 
 
 
Q5) I was actually sad that Elijah died in the end. I was hoping that Eleanor would be able to save him from his madness. However it had it happen in order to set up the biggest twist in the book. At least I think so.

Q6) The biggest twist in the book was Marcus taking over Elijah’s body.  I had an inkling the rogue spirit was him after Joseph tells his story to Eleanor. However, when his spirit attacks Eleanor after that, it didn’t make sense. Why would he consistently target Eleanor and not Joseph?

 

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Hope you’ll be able to join the read along with the second book in the series, A Darkness Strange and Lovely

❤ Melissa