Waiting on Wednesday: Witch’s Pyre

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

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Title: Witch’s Pyre (The Worldwalker Trilogy #3)
Author: Josephine Angelini
Genre: Ya, Fantasy
Page Count: 352
Release Date: September 20th, 2016

Summary:

Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, chosen to face battle again, and (after losing her first love and being betrayed by her new love) she has learned more about loss and grief than she ever wanted to know.

Thrust once again into a society different from anything they have ever seen, Lily and her coven are determined to find answers―to find a new path to victory, a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices . . . and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian’s side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

Internationally bestselling author Josephine Angelini takes us on another emotionally wrenching thrill ride in the stunning conclusion to her Worldwalker Trilogy.

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About the Author:

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Josephine Angelini is a Massachusetts native and the youngest of eight siblings. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in theater, with a focus on the classics. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband.

 

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TTT: Back to School Edition

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For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday we were asked to pick any Back to School related topic. We decided to do a mix of favorite required reads we enjoyed plus a few books we’d like to suggest to replace books.

Kelly’s Favorite Required Readings

1. The Giver – Lowis Lowry

2. To Kill a Mocking Bird – Harper Lee

3. Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

4. A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen

5. The Witch of Blackbird Pond – Elizabeth George Speare

Lauren’s Favorite Required Readings

1. A Separate Peace -John Knowles

2. Number the Stars -Lois Lowry

3. Sideways Stories fro Wayside School -Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley

4. Bud, Not Buddy – Christopher Paul Curtis

5. I Heard the Owl Call My Name – Margaret Craven

(Sorry guys Melissa did not love any required readings)

Books We’d Add to the Curriculum

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or 2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – We’d choose this over Lord of the Flies, The Giver, and 1984.

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Addresses bullying and suicide

4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell – Addresses domestic/child abuse, body image, bullying,

5. Under a Painted Sky OR 6. Out Run the Moon by Stacey Lee – unlikely friendship, survival, diversity, loyalty

7. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli  OR  8. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo  OR  9. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – friendship, identity, LGBT, coming of age.

10. Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand – family, anxiety, depression,

Bonus Books: Salt to the Sea or Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Alanna by Tamora Pierce


 

What did you guys do for the Back to School freebie? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Musings of Meredith Russo

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Advice to Young Writers: You’re a Good Writer Without Your Mental Illness

by Meredith Russo

There is a pervasive idea in artistic and literary circles that mental illness (“madness” if you’re a romantic) is essential to the proper functioning of a creative mind. Dysfunction makes it easier to view systems, cultures, and people from without, to think in lateral ways, to drum up new ideas and new modes of communication. Creativity, when used as an outlet for internal pain, is infinitely more valid and valuable than when it is done for personal fulfillment, political/ethical expression, or (gasp!) money. Or so certain people would have you believe – and since, for whatever reason, creative people all seem to come pre-packaged with at least some form of mental illness, and because those illnesses often find ways to convince us of their necessity, we’re often inclined to believe them.

I’m here to tell you this is wrong.

I’m bipolar, and it’s had as much effect on my life as gender dysphoria ever did. For every day I spent huddled up in my room, unable to function because I hated living as a boy, there was a day I was too burned out by depression to function. For every night I sat up on the verge of tears because I was afraid I could never be a wife, a mother, or a daughter, there was a night I was so manic that sleep was basically impossible. And yet, while I worked on stamping out my dysphoria through transition as soon as I figured out what it was, celebrated my new identity, and even wrote a book about it, I actively resented and occasionally even resisted treatment for my bipolar disorder – all because I thought it made me a better writer.

Mania gave me a work ethic neurotypical people could never achieve, I thought. Psychosis allowed characters to come alive inside me, I thought. Depression kept me true, kept me from buying into pleasant illusions. But you know what? The work I produced when I was manic was rushed and sloppy. The realism of my characters was an illusion, as I was so convinced of their reality that I neglected making them come alive on the page like I should have. And depression? All depression ever did was make it impossible to work when I wasn’t manic and give my work a sort of easy, immature cynicism. True art requires madness though, right? That’s what I’d been told by much older, established, celebrated authors and poets! Why would they lie? The truth is they weren’t lying, just repeating lies their mental illness was telling them. The most insidious thing about mental illness is that it doesn’t want to be cured. It wants you to come up with ways to explain it or, better yet, to justify it – and who is better suited to that task than the writer?

Why is this important, though? Because, young writer, I want you to write well and often. It’s important because, for whatever reason, many of us are prone to these illnesses and I don’t want the flippant words of some older writer who didn’t know any better to drive you into unnecessary suffering. And, finally, it’s important because the literary world doesn’t need more suicides. Imagine how many more books John Kennedy Toole could have written. Imagine if Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath had grown old. Think of David Foster Wallace, John Berryman, Ernest Hemingway, Hunter S. Thompson, Anne Sexton, and so many others. Think of them and get help.

Don’t suffer for your art. Live for it.


About Meredith

Meredith Russo was born, raised, and lives in Tennessee. She started living as her true self in late 2013 and never looked back. If I Was Your Girl was partially inspired by her experiences as a trans woman. Like Amanda, Meredith is a gigantic nerd who spends a lot of her time obsessing over video games and Star Wars.

If I Was Your Girl is her debut novel, but definitely not her last. When she’s not busy writing she can be found reblogging pictures of cats and babies, reading high literature (and definitely not fanfiction and fantasy novels), arguing with strangers about social justice, and, of course, raising her two amazing children, Vivian and Darwin.

You definitely, absolutely should not be shy about contacting her, even if it’s just to talk. She’s always open to new opportunities and chances to speak with new people.

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If I Was Your Girl

Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.

And then she meets Grant Everett. Grant is unlike anyone she’s ever met—open, honest, kind—and Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself…including her past. But she’s terrified that once she tells Grant the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.

Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that she used to be Andrew.

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I was absolutely thrilled when Meredith agreed to write a post for us back in February. I was really looking forward to If I Was Your Girl. Let me briefly say I was not disappointed one bit! It was well written and I definitely made a strong connection to Amanda. It was raw, real, emotional, and eye opening.

So THANK YOU Meredith for this book and for writing about your personal experiences as an author! I know it’s not always easy talking about something so personal, but I know the young writer who’ll read this will appreciate it. You are truly an inspiration!

As always, a huge thank you to everyone who has and/or will participate in this feature. You’re helping so many writers and authors succeed and follow their dreams. We appreciate it more than you know!

We hope everyone has a great rest of your week and a wonderful weekend!

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Shadow Bright and Burning

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Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire #1)

Author: Jessica Cluess

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Hist. Fiction

Page Count: 416

release date: September 20th, 2016

Summary:

I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she’s brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

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TTT Rewind: Characters We’d Name Our Children After

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This week we decided to go back and pick a different topic for Top Ten Tuesday.  Here’s a look at the potential names of our future children if we named them after literary characters!

 

Lauren’s Picks

Girls:
1. Annabeth (Percy Jackson) I fell in love with this name the first time I heard it. It’s a nice change from the popular Elizabeth.
2. Tessa (Infernal Devices) Something about Tessa just sounds so pretty to me.
3. Violet (A Series of Unfortunate Events) Pretty name and also one of my favorite colors!
4. Elicia ( Air Awakens)- I have always liked the name Alisha, but I know too many girls named that. I like how this is a bit different but sounds similar.
5. Josie (Out of the Easy) Another name I have liked since I was young, but even more after reading this book!

Boys:
1. Noah (The Raven Boys) Old name, yet still like it! Just something about it, not sure why.
2. Kaden (Kiss of Deception) I don’t know many Kaden’s out there, so at least I know this would be a different name.
3. Jax (Air Awakens) I feel in love with this character while reading the books and I know I would have fun naming my son this!
4. Liam (The Darkest Minds) Liam just sounds like an epic name. i would expect great things from my son with this name!
5. Cas (anna Dressed in Blood) Not only did I like this name in this book, I really like it from the show Supernatural!

 

Kelly’s Picks:

Girls:
1. Safiya because I would always want a daughter of mine to be as passionate and independent as Safi is in TRUTHWITCH. Plus, Safi is a pretty awesome name. 🙂

2. Aelin (Heir of Fire) because it’s such a powerful name, and she’s seriously my book hero. If I could raise a daughter to be half the woman that Aelin Galanthynius is, I’d be one proud mama bear!

3. Calli (The Short Life of Sparrows) because that is a character that knows how to live her life in a way that’s best for her. No one else determines her fate or her happiness. She made her life her own, and that’s something I would want for my daughter too.

4. Sorcha (Daughter of the Forest) because though she may not be powerful in physical strength, she makes up for it in moral righteousness, determination, and pure love. She barges through her obstacles and tackles them all while still somehow managing to hold herself together.

5.Jane, the sweet and naive sister in Pride and Prejudice, because she values her kindness, sincerity, and sweet heart over all else. Never letting the world carve her into a hardened version of herself, she holds strong to who she is despite heartbreak and despair. I would want my daughter to hold steady too.

Boys:
6. Akiva (Daughter of Smoke and Bone) the strong, kind, and loving man from Laini Taylor’s books. He’s what any man should aspire to, holding to morals, finding bravery in love, and being true to who he is despite what others may think of him.

7. Elias (An Ember in the Ashes) broken, scarred, and constantly working to heal himself. He redefines power and determination to fit his needs and continues to prove that he is more than what people see him as. He is more than the protector. He is a good man.

8. Rowan (Heir of Fire) how could I ever forget Rowan. Not only do I just adore this name, but his love spurs from friendship, protection, determination, and hard work. This is a man that knows life isn’t easy and works every day to try and make it better for himself. I would want to instill this in my son.

9. Jace (City of Bones) I won’t even lie by pretending that people won’t hold this against me, but I adored his character, even more so than Clary. He’s so flawed, real, and down to earth. I’d want my son to know that he’s not perfect and to be able to work through his problems with bravery and a little bit of help, just like Jace.

10. Daniel (Fallen) because he knows that despite putting up a wall and hitting failure after failure, there’s always hope. Love conquers all. I’d hope my own son would understand something like this deep down.

 

Melissa’s Picks

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Girls:
1. Alanna (Song of the Lioness) – She is a strong, independent, persistent woman who broke barriers as the first female knight! She had a huge impact on my life and so will my child.

2. Reyna (Heroes of Olympus) – You don’t really get to know the real Reyna until 4 books later, but she is strong willed, loyal, and compasstionate. As a child of Bellona and Praetor at Camp Jupiter she’s great leader.

3. Eleanor (Something Strange and Deadly/ Eleanor and Park) – Both Eleanor’s are independent and loving. Both have gone through many obstacles, but have come out stronger in the end. Both girls  wouldn’t let anything hold her back and wanted something better for themselves even if it came down to defying society or moving away to start over.

4. Felicity (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue) – Smart, fiesty, and unafraid to speak her mind. Doesn’t take crap from her brother or any other man. Another strong independent woman who wants to defy society’s standards.

5. Amanda (If I Was Your Girl) – If I name my girl after Amanda, I want her to be true to herself and she can overcome anything life throws at her . I want her to understand that she will have my unconditional love and support. Also if she will be a huge nerd like me!

Boys:

6. Nico (Percy Jackson) – Similar to if I named my child Amanda, I want my son to know hes never alone. I want the very best and I want them be whoever they were meant to be.

7. Corey (The Year We Fell Apart) – The perfect gentleman and boy next door. He’ll learn to respect women and be a loyal friend and confidant.

8. James (The Orphan Queen) – Yes contrary to the books, if I name my son James he’ll be loyal friend and sibling. Respectable, caring, and humorous.

9. Xander (The Distance Between Us) – I want my son to be well rounded and free to make his own choices. He’ll have my support in whatever career he chooses. As long as he is respectable and thoughtful.

10. Max (The Start of Me and You) – If my son grew up to be smart, dorky, and caring then I’ll be over the moon. In TSOMAY he was supportive of Paige’s fear of swimming and tries to help her overcome that fear. I hope my son can be that for someone.


This was a lot of fun to think about, but also super hard to narrow down! Have you guys done this topic yet? Can you pick your Top 5 literary names? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Books With Friends Challenge!

As any reader could probably tell you, they have one book (or more) that they absolutely love and wish they could get everyone to read. That book you are dying to talk about with others, especially if they’re friends. You need someone to fangirl/fanboy with you.

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There is also that moment of enjoyment when a new book is pulled off a shelf to read. What new adventures will I go on? Who are the new people I will fall in love with? Will this book become one of my favorites? Will this book keep me reading all night? All the excitement is there, but there is something that makes reading so much more! Friends!

Knowing these two feelings and wanting to combine them I have decided to create a challenge! So I give to you:

Books With Friends Challenge!  

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There are a few reasons I decided to do this challenge:

  1. To tackle my HUGE TBR pile!- I have SO many books just sitting on my shelves waiting to be read. Some are very popular titles, others are some I really hope to get to soon.
  2. Enjoy books my friends have enjoyed.-Yes, I have read books my friends have enjoyed. However, this challenge is going to be slightly different. I want the top books from my friends!
  3. Maybe find new titles. – Some of my friends may recommend a book I have never heard of. Just because a book is not popular doesn’t mean they are not loved.
  4. Expand my reading choices.- I usually have a go-to genre when I read. A few friends I talk to I know read outside my usual area so I’m looking forward to getting out of my comfort zone.
  5. Connect with more friends!- Sometimes it takes a love for something to help build a stronger friendship. What could be better than getting to fangirl/fanboy about a favorite book?

The idea for this challenge started a few months back with the help of my friend Mackayla (@mackayla_hearon) on Twitter. She was my #OTSPSecretSister and she sent me a copy of her favorite book. She left notes throughout Clockwork Angel that I could read. The book was really good, but just getting to experience it with a friend made it 10x better! That was just the initial thought for starting a reading challenge like this one!

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My co-bloggers Kelly and Melissa were the final reason for me to create the challenge. After a conversation, Melissa and I decided to read a book Kelly really enjoyed, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Once again I found myself enjoying a book recommended to me from a friend. That is how this challenge was born!

I really look forward to getting to enjoy new books, and I hope others will join me in the challenge! The challenge will run from September 1st to October 31st.

Not sure what to do? It’s Easy!! Just follow these steps:

  1. Pick a friend who enjoys reading. (It may help to have a list to know who you have already asked.)
  2. Ask the friend to recommend a book they want you to read. (It can be more than one. Up to you if you want to read more than one book from this friend.)
  3. Read the book! (Hopefully you will enjoy it and can talk to the friend while reading.)
  4. Repeat Step 1. (Keep going until the end of the challenge!)

Keep going and see how many books you can read!

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I will post a picture of my current read and the name of the friend who recommend it to me on Twitter and Instagram. If you wish to buddy read with me, please let me know!

If you see I am reading, or have read, a book you really enjoyed and want to discuss it, send me a message on Twitter or Instagram!

Are you thinking of joining the challenge? GREAT! You can sign up with your Twitter/Blog  using the linky below. If you already own many of the books , you can create a sign up post with the book and name of the person who recommended it. You can start off with 1 or more and then ask as you go! Be sure to use the hashtag #BooksWithFriends on social media! Just so others can keep up with what everyone is reading!

Best reading to you all and remember to HAVE FUN!!!!

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Sign ups close Sept 30th!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Empire of Storms

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

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Title: Empire of Storms ( Throne of glass #5)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Page Count: 704

Release Date: September 6th, 2016

Summary:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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About the Author:

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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TTT: Books with a Desert Setting

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday!! This week we were asked to think of 10 books that have similar settings whether it’d be the beach, boarding school, England, etc.  We didn’t want to choose a common setting so I decided to challenge us with the desert. Why? Because I’m crazy that’s why!  Not all the books don’t necessarily take place in the desert 100% of the time, but we still count it!

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

The Girl Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce

The Rebel of the Sands by Alywn Hamilton

Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard

The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury

Bound by Blood and Sand by Becky Allen

Though it’s now out yet! We’re all excited to read this one!

The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas

 Are there any books that we’re missing? We had a hard time with this, but managed to get 10!! Let us know in the comments below!

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Musings of Kerri Maniscalco

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Failure is a Plot Twist in Our Success Story
by Kerri Maniscalco

Whenever I see the word “failure” I automatically jerk back and squint at the screen. “What is this ‘Failure’ thing you speak of?” Is it measured by a certain amount of rejection letters? If so, goodness, have I failed before. As an eternal optimist—who’s faced a bunch of “failure” before getting that elusive publishing contract—I can honestly say that I choose to see failure as an important stepping stone in your career.

After all, what is failure other than an unexpected plot twist? As writers we understand that it’s the challenges our characters overcome that make for a fantastic story. The same is true for us.

Before I signed with my agent I’d queried her with a YA futuristic thriller. I was over the moon excited when she requested the full manuscript, but didn’t stop working on my craft. When I saw a Writer’s Digest webinar she was teaching, I took a chance (hoping she wouldn’t think I was stalker-y) and signed up for it.

Guys? It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Our communication door opened up, allowing us to chat back and forth and get to know each other over a few months…

So when I received a rejection on my manuscript, it was NOT the way I’d envisioned this dream unfolding. However, that “failure” was attached with an invitation to directly submit my next project. I took the positive from the heartbreak, hoarded the bright-spots like a miser with her shiny gold, and wrote the story of my authorly heart. The result? I directly submitted it and signed with Barbara a few weeks later.

Was it fortune and fame from that point on? Er, not exactly. You see publishing has all these hurdles and potential for “failure” that pop up when you least expect it. Editors who love your work get rejected too.

You better believe that I didn’t let that submission failure/plot twist stop me from writing my next work, a YA gothic horror that DID sell. Over a holiday weekend, no less.

There’s no easy way around it: failure sucks. But how you deal with it and what you choose to focus on doesn’t have to. Honestly? I don’t believe there’s EVER failure in trying. You might not succeed with your first project (or your fifth), but you are learning and growing and becoming this ginormous badass in the process. You’re staring Failure down and showing it who’s Top Cat. (I’m a total cat lady.)

If you’re getting similar rejections in the query trenches, then taking time to see what might be wrong in your query or opening pages, is succeeding. Or if you’re polishing up your words until their incandescence blinds you, it’s succeeding. And if you’re taking advice and criticism well and incorporating it into your art…you’re already succeeding.

How, you might ask? Because you’re coming at Failure with your arms open wide, saying, “Come at me, bro.” Like me, you know that failure is only a temporary plot twist on your journey toward success.


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About Kerri

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a small town just outside of New York City where her love of the arts was fostered from an early age. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food for her family, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, her debut YA gothic horror, is coming September 20, 2016 from jimmy patterson books/Little, Brown.

Hang out with Kerri online and discuss things like book boyfriends, cat videos, and watch her unapologetically post way too many Sherlock and Stormtrooper gifs.

Author Photo Credit: Kelli Maniscalco @ Dogwood Lane

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Stalking Jack the Ripper

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Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

STALKING JACK THE RIPPER was also a 2016 BEA YA Buzz book!

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Thank you so much, Kerri! Your words of wisdom and failure are so important in today’s world. We all feel like failures at one point or another and I see too much of the disappointment and inner turmoil in this business. You’re not failing… you’re growing. =)

A huge thank you to everyone who has participated in this feature! Your posts and words of wisdom help writers around the world find the courage needed to spend another day putting their hearts to paper. You’re appreciated more than you know!

We hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week!

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TTT REWIND: Most Unfortunate Character Names

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It’s time for a Top Ten Tuesday REWIND!  This week we’re given the chance to go back and pick from any topic we might have missed in the past 6 years! Which for us is a lot! We had a tough time narrowing it down, but couldn’t resist this one!

  1. Peeta from The Hunger Games – Come on! Really? A play on Pita bread is the best you could come up with?
  2. Four from Divergent – Shame on you Tobias Eaton! You had a chance to rename yourself and you picked a number. We get the reasoning behind it but… *SMH*
  3. Renesmee from Breaking Dawn – Yeaahhh… NO
  4. Lester Papadopoulos from Trials of Apollo – Yeah that’s what happens when you royally piss off the King of the gods.
  5. Cricket Bell from Lola and the Boy Next Door – Even though this is Melissa’s favorite in the trilogy, she really wishes that wasn’t his name.
  6. Albus Severus from Harry Potter – We completely understand the touching decision and reason behind this, but it’s a bad combination in our opinion.Since we’re on the subject of Harry Potter….
  7. Crabbe, Goyle, and Mudungus Fletcher -Perfect evidence that your parents don’t like you.
  8.  Princess Eadlyn from The Heir – Eadlyn… EEEDLINN… What in the world kind of name is this?! I feel like E.T. Seriously, “EEEEEEDLINNN PHONE HOME!”
  9. Wilhelmina & Tobiah from The Orphan Queen – Of course Wilhelmina’s nickname is really Wil, but Wilhelmina is the biggest mouthful of a name. It literally just looks like someone decided to combine William, Helena, and Mina all into one scrambled mess. And don’t even get me started on Tobiah. You’re not as good as Tobias Eaton… You fail by one letter.
  10. Ponyboy from The Outsiders – Ponyboy? Seriously? There really is no good reason for this name. “Stay gold, Ponyboy! Let me go ride off into the sunset on a pony-” wait… that’s not right…
  11. Eustace Clarence Scrubb from the Narnia series – Just, what? The poor soul who has the name Eustace… *moment of silence*
  12. Mare Barrow from The Red Queen – *neighhhhhh*
  13. Pasha & Vika from The Crown’s Game – It’s not a very princely name and just no. Seriously, Pasha kind of sounds like a female name to me. Am I the only one?
  14. Katniss from The Hunger Games – Yes we know she’s named after a plant, but still, what kind of name is Cat-niss?! *meoowwww hisssss*
  15. Luce from Fallen – It’s a terrible nickname for Lucinda. It kind of reminds me of Lucifer… Maybe that’s a sign…
  16. Darrow from Red Rising – It’s just arrow with a D. Maybe Barrow, Carrow, Farrow, Bone Marrow? Nope, still not working.
  17. Clary from The Mortal Instruments – First of all, Clarissa is just a bad name. Don’t name your children Clarissa. Secondly, Clary just reminds me of a clarinet. What am I supposed to do with a clarinet?! Stupid. *throws Clary the clarinet across the room*
  18. Caymen from The Distance Between Us – Loved the book just wasn’t feeling it. Too similar to Cayman Islands.
  19. Sloane from Since You’ve Been Gone – Something about this name just didn’t sit well with Melissa even though she LOVES the book and Morgan! However, Kelly is in love with this name.
  20. Sinjin St. Sinjin from Beauty Queens  – The worst of the worst we believe. Seriously, this is the name of a pirate in a book written as a parody. There’s a reason this name is so bad.

 

 

Okay we may have gotten carried away with these here… Is there any character we missed? What are your thoughts about these unfortunate character names?

 

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