SST: Fear The Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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Sunday Street Team is hosted and run by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28! Thank you Nori for the opportunity to be a part of this tour! We all adore this book!


Fear the Drowning Deep

Fear the Drowning Deep

Witch’s apprentice Bridey Corkill has hated the ocean ever since she watched her granddad dive in and drown with a smile on his face. So when a dead girl rolls in with the tide in the summer of 1913, sixteen-year-old Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her granddad to leap into the sea has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, villagers are vanishing in the night, but no one shares Bridey’s suspicions about the sea. No one but the island’s witch, who isn’t as frightening as she first appears, and the handsome dark-haired lad Bridey rescues from a grim and watery fate. The cause of the deep gashes in Fynn’s stomach and his lost memories are, like the recent disappearances, a mystery well-guarded by the sea. In exchange for saving his life, Fynn teaches Bridey to master her fear of the water — stealing her heart in the process.

Now, Bridey must work with the Isle’s eccentric witch and the boy she isn’t sure she can trust — because if she can’t uncover the truth about the ancient evil in the water, everyone she loves will walk into the sea, never to return.

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What we liked:

The World Building
Fear the Drowning Deep takes place on the Isle of Man in 1913. The beautiful prose in this book definitely allows you, as a reader, to be transported there. Not only do you feel the creepy sense of mystery and darkness creeping in on a town where mythological creatures are very much alive, but you also can hear the waves crashing against the side of the cliffs and the mysterious creatures calling your name from the depths below. It’s so incredibly descriptive to the point where you feel as if you’re there once that book takes a hold of you.

The Family Support
This is something that you don’t see too often in YA books, but I believe it’s becoming more and more popular over time. She has a large family. A few sisters, a mother, and a father. All of these characters play a pretty vital role in this story and in supporting Bridey through her days working and as an outcast. Though they fight a lot, because what family doesn’t, they still have a beautiful underlying love for each other. I loved seeing this family’s strength throughout the novel!

The Mythology/Folklore
Eastern Europe is riddled with many folklore and mythological creatures of the sea. It was wonderful to see them really come alive and have the fear for this town really become yours. You not only hated the creatures and felt immobilized under the weight of this mystery, but you also found curiosity and a true fear of what was below the surface. The tension built around these creatures was real, folks! I also loved to see how Sarah really entwined the myths and folklore to make it work wonders for her novel. She created something all her own while basing it off of true told stories from a time long ago.

The Romance
Though Fynn and Bridey seemed a little rushed in their romance, I  guess that you can’t really have too many options on an island, can you? I can’t blame her! He’s hot, mysterious, and definitely needs her help. I do wish I could have known a little more about him earlier on, as you don’t really learn anything for a few chapters. I would have loved to be able to really see the character development for him come alive after a chapter or two. Overall, I think the romance in here is a definite shoe in for paranormal romance readers. You want a hot guy who has a bit of a damsel in distress situation mixed with a bit of hot alpha male with a purpose, you just found him. Obviously though, it’s a YA book, so don’t expect too much steam!

What could have been improved:

Tying Up Loose Ends
There were a few questions left open and a few loose ends I felt needed to be tied up by the end of the book. I can see how this might lead to a nice mysterious feel and continue the tension of the novel all the way to the end, but I also wish I was able to tie up the loose ends that are still hanging around in my brain. Sarah, I may be coming to you with some questions!

Overall, I think this was a wonderful YA paranormal with historical elements. Sarah’s lyrical prose is beautiful to read, and her world really comes alive for you. She knows how to build the tension and keep it there through the novel, even if it may take a little bit to really get you hooked in there. It’s a highly recommended book for readers of YA paranormal, mythology intellects, and fans of the sea alike! Four very full hearts!
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Sarah Glenn Marsh

About Sarah Glenn Marsh

Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since. She lives in Virginia with her husband and four rescued greyhounds. When she’s not writing, she’s often painting, or engaged in pursuits of the nerd variety from video games to tabletop adventures and dungeon crawls. Her work is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh and Otis. Visit her online at http://www.sarahglennmarsh.com

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Sarah is just the sweetest person, and I’m so happy to have been able to meet her last year! It is always so much fun to chat with her! We’re ecstatic that your book has finally come out and we can’t wait to see more of your work. =)

We hope you all have a great Sunday!

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Musings of Becky Wallace

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Making Every (Writing) Minute Count
by Becky Wallace

I have four kids. Four little kids. I love them. They are wonderful. I never question why I had them. They do, however, require a LOT of time. There’s a lot of laundry, meal prep, and practices (and cuddling and story time), but that leaves me with very little time to write. I can usually sneak an hour of writing during naps or maybe at bedtime (if I can keep my eyes open).

Up until this summer, I managed about 500 words per day. For me, for all the stories taking up space in my head, that pace gave me a little anxiety and a lot of frustration. So I set out on a mission to become a faster, more effective writer. I read books and talked to authors and studied best practices. And I found a secret for tripling my daily word count. Three secrets, really. Maybe one of them will work for you.

MAP IT

I’m typically a pantser (meaning: I don’t plot out my books in advance). I like my characters to develop as I write them, to discover their ticks and personality quirks as I work through the story. Pantsing means that I may fumble around for a while before I really figure out where my story is going. This method is not usually an effective way to use my writing time, but I do end up with clean-ish first drafts—strong characters, clear setting details, working semi-polished sentences—but I may have plot holes or pacing problems.

I want to keep that sense of character discovery, but move faster. Instead of doing a full in-depth plot, I make an actual map. With one sheet of blank paper, I write my character problem in a box in the top left hand corner and what I think the ending will be in a box in the bottom right hand corner. (For this example, I’m using a story I tell my kids at bedtime. Maybe someday I’ll actually write it. I mean who wouldn’t love a middle grade story about a princess named Ellemenopea and her pet Troll? 😉wallacemap1

Then I connect the dots, or boxes, with more scenes that lead from Point A to Point Whatever. I end up with a very general scene list that still allows me to develop the story elements, while having a clear picture of where the story is going. For my current work-in-progress (a light fantasy that will probably be 90K words), my mind map took a little over an hour to create and has been well worth my effort. Plus, it’s painless to change if you decide the story is going to go in a different direction.

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SKETCH IT

Once I have my map and I’m ready to get to work, I write a one paragraph summary of the chapter I’m going to work on, focusing on the most interesting/most exciting part of that scene.  If I was going to work on Princess Ellemenopea’s story, my chapter sketch would say: Princess Ellemenopea follows her father into the woods, wanting to help rid her country of the viscous, evil trolls. Her father doesn’t want her help, commands her to stay behind. She disobeys, follows the group, but gets lost in the forest. She knows she can follow the river home. Hears a noise in the brush, finds a baby troll hidden in the brush. His skin is soft, his hair is downy, his eyes are enormous. She can’t imagine hurting something that is so harmless. Determines to take it home and see if she can teach it to not be like its vicious, evil family had been.

The foundation of the character arc is there (the princess learns that the trolls were starving, intelligent, generally misunderstood. She decides she will always make her own decisions, searching out the truth on her own) and some of the character quirks, but I don’t get bogged down in the details. It’s quick, easy, and never takes more than five minutes.

TIME IT

Now it’s just a matter of actually writing the words. Shouldn’t be too hard, right? Wrong. If I try to write when my kids are awake, I always get interrupted. The stopping and starting totally kills my hourly word totals. That hourly part? That’s the problem. Studies have shown that the human mind is only capable of focusing on one specific task for twenty minutes at a time. Chris Fox, author of 5K WORDS PER HOUR, goes into depth in his book about this subject (which I am not sponsored by, but did find very helpful) and has a great app for tracking work sprints. He also gives a lot of good advice about getting into a distraction free zone, but if you want that information you can read his book. 😉

When I write for twenty minutes, with my scene sketch at my side, I get more done than I usually do in an entire hour of work. Let me repeat that with stats: 20 minutes of focused writing = 600 words > one hour of unfocused writing = 500 words.  In one hour of actual work, with breaks between every twenty minute word sprint (where I change the laundry, make beds or pack lunches), I average 1800 words.

From 500 words per day to 1800 words per hour. Boom.

Even on days when I only get 20 minutes to write (or fifteen if I spend five minutes sketching the scene), I get more than when I had a whole hour to write. One LeapFrog video is 23 minutes long, meaning I can actually sneak writing time when my kids are awake.

Now that I’m getting more words down every day, I find myself less anxious and frustrated in general. I hope some of this will help you too!


About Becky

In second grade, Becky Wallace had to sit in the corner because she refused to write anything except princess stories and fairy tales (and because she talked too much). Her time in isolation gave her plenty of opportunities to dream up the fantasy worlds she’s been dabbling with ever since. She was lucky enough to find her own real-life Prince Charming. They have four munchkins and live in happy little town near Houston, Texas. She is also the award-winning author of two YA fantasy novels, THE STORYSPINNER and THE SKYLIGHTER. You can find out more about her at www.beckywallacebooks.com or on Twitter and Instagram at @beckywallace1.

And you can find out more about her books here.

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The Storyspinner

Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.

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The Skylighter

Johanna and Rafi are in a race against time to save their country before a power-mad Keeper destroys everything they hold dear in the “enthralling magical world” (Cinda Williams Chima, author of The Heir Chronicles) introduced in The Storyspinner.

As the last of the royal line, Johanna is the only person who can heal a magical breach in the wall that separates her kingdom of Santarem from the land of the Keepers, legendary men and women who wield elemental magic. The barrier protects Santarem from those Keepers who might try to take power over mere humans…Keepers who are determined to stop Johanna and seize the wall’s power for themselves.

And they’re not the only ones. As the duchys of Santarem descend into war over the throne, Johanna relies more than ever on the advice of her handsome companion, Lord Rafael DeSilva. But Rafi is a duke too, and his people come first. As their friendship progresses into the beginnings of a tender relationship, Johanna must wonder: is Rafi looking out for her happiness, or does he want the throne for himself?

With war on the horizon, Johanna and Rafi dodge treacherous dukes and Keeper assassins as they race to through the countryside, determined to strengthen the wall before it’s too late…even if it means sacrificing their happiness for the sake of their world.

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Thank you so much Becky for providing us tips on how to improve our daily word count. I know it’s not always easy to make your self plan out things if you’re not usually a plotter.

A huge thank you to all of the authors who have participated in this feature! Your words and kindness don’t go unappreciated. You are inspiring and helping hopeful writers everyday, and they are so much more thankful than you know!

We hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Diabolic

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

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Title: The Diabolic

Author: S.J. Kincaid

Genre: YA, Science Fiction

Page Count: 416

Release Date: November 1st, 2016

Summary:

A Diabolic is ruthless. A Diabolic is powerful. A Diabolic has a single task: Kill in order to protect the person you’ve been created for.

Nemesis is a Diabolic, a humanoid teenager created to protect a galactic senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The two have grown up side by side, but are in no way sisters. Nemesis is expected to give her life for Sidonia, and she would do so gladly. She would also take as many lives as necessary to keep Sidonia safe.

When the power-mad Emperor learns Sidonia’s father is participating in a rebellion, he summons Sidonia to the Galactic court. She is to serve as a hostage. Now, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia. She must become her. Nemesis travels to the court disguised as Sidonia—a killing machine masquerading in a world of corrupt politicians and two-faced senators’ children. It’s a nest of vipers with threats on every side, but Nemesis must keep her true abilities a secret or risk everything.

As the Empire begins to fracture and rebellion looms closer, Nemesis learns there is something more to her than just deadly force. She finds a humanity truer than what she encounters from most humans. Amidst all the danger, action, and intrigue, her humanity just might be the thing that saves her life—and the empire.

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About the Author:

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S.J. Kincaid was born in Alabama, grew up in California, and attended high school in New Hampshire, but it was while living beside a haunted graveyard in Scotland that she realized that she wanted to be a writer. Her debut, Insignia, came out in July of 2012. The second book in the series, Vortex was released in July of 2013. The final book in the trilogy, Catalyst, came out October 28, 2014. Her standalone novel The Diabolic will be released in fall 2016.

 

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A Darkly Beating Heart: Top Ten

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Welcome to the next stop on the A Darkly Beating Heart blog tour hosted by Irish Banana.  Lindsay Smith provided us with her Top 10 things or places that reminded her of her book.

 

 

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1.  A too-quiet forest as it starts to rain.

Reiko finds all kinds of secrets hidden in the mountainous woods outside the town of Kuramagi. I love that metallic wet scent on the air as the clouds just start to open up, and the dark gray sky contrasted with deep greenery, the way it goes eerily quiet and you can imagine all sorts of things tucked into the gaps between noises. Not that I particularly want to encounter what Reiko encounters!

2.  Crammed on the subway during rush hour.

I ride the Metro in Washington, DC as part of my daily commute, and it’s always fascinating to me that with so many people squeezing onto the trains, that for the most part, we all follow a social contract to keep to ourselves and shuffle about in our own little bubbles. Reiko dreams of smashing that contract to bits in parts of the book as she rides the Tokyo subway system.

3.  Onigiri (triangles of sticky rice wrapped in seaweed)

It’s better if I don’t explain why this common Japanese snack food reminds me of A Darkly Beating Heart. Trust me.

4.  The lightning-strike first instant after a rejection, betrayal, or loss.

For Reiko, that moment seems to stretch out forever. She has a hard time letting go of that initial fire of anger. She wants to let it burn and burn.

5.  Arts camp late at night.

Or any school/university/industrial building long after everyone’s left and it’s just you and the hum of the fluorescent lights and an eerie, distorted sense of time. Reiko fell in love with her first girlfriend at arts camp, and remembers striving and striving to impress her in one of those weird liminal hours by becoming a better artist than she really thinks she was.

6.  The Emperor Meiji shrine in Yoyogi Park.

This beautiful wooden Shinto shrine is embedded inside a lush forest right in the heart of Tokyo, though you’d never know it from the blanket of quiet that surrounds it. Reiko walks to the shrine after lurking around the Yoyogi Park bridge entrance, where all the cosplayers, gothic Lolitas, and aspiring aidoru hang out to be seen, and the contrast between the two settings overwhelms her.

7.  Traditional kimono, wooden geta, and tabi socks.

When Reiko finds herself dressed in historical Japanese clothing, she feels horribly out of place, but quickly accustoms to the wooden sandals and complex folds of the different styles of kimono.

8.  The glint of a blade.

Reiko sometimes feels that the only way to release her bundle of anger and frustration is against the edge of a razor. But there are many other sharp and dangerous things all around her the deeper she delves into the mysteries of Kuramagi.

9.  A photographic collage.

Before the incident that sends Reiko running to Japan, Reiko loves to make collages from her photography, creating strips of color and shapes that can put her thoughts and feelings on paper. Now, though, Reiko only picks up her camera to take publicity stills for her cousin, an aspiring aidoru.

10. The fog-shrouded streets of a historic Japanese village.

Reiko’s story came to me on a spooky Halloween walk through the historically preserved village of Tsumago. The only lights came from paper lanterns hanging in front of the low wooden structures that twisted around the hillside, bobbing like glowing eyes in the fog. It was too easy to conjure up all sorts of dark and sinister things that could lurk in the night between those lanterns.


27414389About A Darkly Beating Heart

A troubled girl confronts her personal demons in this time-travel thriller alternating between present day and 19th century Japan.No one knows how to handle Reiko. She is full of hatred; all she can think about is how to best hurt herself and those people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt at her home in Seattle, Reiko’s parents send her to spend the summer with family in Japan, hoping she will learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping backward in time into the nineteenth-century life of Miyu, a young woman even more vengeful than Reiko herself. Reiko loves escaping into Miyu’s life . . . until she discovers Kuramagi’s dark secret and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.

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6420147About Lindsay

Lindsay Smith is the author of Cold War-era espionage novels Sekret and Skandal, as well as the fantasy novel Dreamstrider. She writes on foreign affairs and lives in Washington, DC. lindsaysmith.net

 

 

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3 Finished Copies of A DARKLY BEATING HEART (US Only)

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TTT Bookish Costumes

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday was a Halloween freebie! We decided to go with our top picks for bookish costumes.

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Iseult from Truthwitch

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Lara Jean from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

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Inej from Six of Crows

Zoya from Shadow and Bone

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Safiya from Truthwitch

Jacky Faber from Bloody Jack series

Aelin from Throne of Glass

Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone

 

 

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Luna Lovegood from harry Potter

Vhalla from Air Awakens

Annabeth Chase from Percy Jackson

Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games


Are you dressing up as a book character this Halloween? Who’s your top pick that you’d want to dress up as?

 

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TRUTHWITCH Read Along

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Hello fellow readers!

2017 is fast approaching and that means Windwitch is almost here! There’s only 78 days until Windwitch is released into the world!  I had been talking about a Truthwitch re-read with my friends and fellow Aether Clan members Karina @ A Reader Under the Sea and Jen @ Library of a Book Witch for months and we finally decided to host a read along during the month of November!  We figured it would be the perfect time since everyone would be done with midterms and right before finals!!

Majority of the read along will happen on Twitter using the hashtag #TWReadAlong, so be sure to post all your reactions and thoughts as you read. There will also be 2 Twitter chats!

Truthwitch Read Along

Dates: November 1st – 23rd

Tentative schedule:
Week 1 Ch. 1-13
Week 2 Ch. 14-27
Week 3 Ch. 28-40

Twitter Chats: November 12th & November 27th (7pm EST)

We hope you’ll decide to join us in the Truthwitch Read Along to prepare for Windwitch releasing next month!

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Musings of Katrina Leno

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Have You Always Known How Your Story Would End?
Or Has It Changed Since You First Started The Book?
by Katrina Leno

One of my most favorite things about writing is diving into a blank page with an idea, an image, a sentence, or a word—just something that’s inspired me and gotten me to that place where I have to sit down and put some letters down on paper. I LOVE writing blindly (i.e. with no idea where I’m going or what I’m doing). Writing can calm me down, settle my anxiety, and greet me like an old friend—especially when I don’t think about it too much. So, I rarely know the endings of my books before I’m a good chunk of the way into the writing.

Take my second book, The Lost & Found, for example: I didn’t know until the start of the second chapter that I was going to have duel narrators. Louis came to me totally out of the blue, demanding that I put his story down on paper and give him equal screen time as Frannie. I knew who Frannie’s father was when I started writing this book (no spoilers!) but that was it. And it was SO FUN to discover both Louis and Frannie in this way; I wouldn’t have wanted to do it any differently.

Some writers outline obsessively, and that’s great, too! I’m a big believer that there’s no one right way to write a book. For me, I’m all about surprising myself and giving in to that ultimate joy of discovering as I go. So—if plotting has never really been your thing but you’re still itching to write a novel, might I suggest jumping right in and seeing what happens! (Much like the cover for my third book—Everything All at Once!)


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About Katrina

Hi! I’m Katrina. I write books for young adults, like THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE (out now!), THE LOST & FOUND (July 5, 2016), EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE (Summer 2017), AND some hopefully cool fourth book I haven’t written yet but (if all goes well!) will come out Summer 2018!

I am represented by Wendy Schmalz.

If you like writing and photography, might I suggest you take a peek at my blog.

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Everything All at Once

Everything All At Once
Coming June 6, 2017!

Lottie Reaves is not a risk-taker.

She plays it safe and avoids all the ways she might get hurt. But when her beloved Aunt Helen dies of cancer, Lottie’s fears about life and death start spiraling out of control.

Aunt Helen wasn’t a typical aunt. She was the author of the bestselling Alvin Hatter series, about siblings who discover the elixir of immortality. Her writing inspired a generation of readers. She knew how magical writing could be. And that words have the power to make you see things differently.

In her will, Aunt Helen leaves one writing project just for Lottie. It’s a series of letters, each containing mysterious instructions that are supposed to get Lottie to take a leap and—for once in her life—really live. But when the letters reveal an extraordinary secret about the inspiration for the Alvin Hatter series. Lottie finds herself faced with an impossible choice—one that will force her to confront her greatest fears once and for all.

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The Lost & Found

The Lost and Found

A charming and imaginative new novel about getting lost before you can be found.

LOST:
Frannie and Louis met in an online support group when they were both younger. They have never met face-to-face. They don’t even know each other’s real names. All they know is that they both have a mysterious tendency to lose things. Well, not lose them, exactly. Things just seem to…disappear.

FOUND:
They each receive news in the mail that sets them off on a road trip to Austin, Texas, looking for answers—and each other. Along the way, each one begins to find, as if by magic, important things the other has lost. And by the time they finally meet in person, they realize that the things you lose might be things you weren’t meant to have at all, and that you never know what you might find if you just take a chance.

The Lost & Found is a bighearted novel about connections (missed and found), family (the kind you’re born with and the kind you make for yourself), and unexpected journeys (on the road, and of the heart), from an author who Publishers Weekly called “a fierce new presence.”

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Thank you so much, Katrina! We appreciate your wise words of advice. I know that I personally am definitely a “pantser” and don’t really plot besides what’s in my brain. I know it will all change depending on what the characters tell me to do. =) I’m sure I’m not the only one!

As always, a huge thank you to all who have participated in this feature, and those who continue to do so. Your wise words of wisdom are immeasurable in helping beginning writers get their feet on the ground. You are all appreciated so much more than you know.

We hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Flashfall

waitingonwednesdayAs always, Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

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Title: Flashfall

Author: Jenny Moyer

Genre: YA, Dystopian

Page Count: 352

Release Date: November 15th, 2016

Summary:

Orion is a Subpar, expected to mine the tunnels of Outpost Five, near the deadly flash curtain. For generations, her people have chased cirium—the only element that can shield humanity from the curtain’s radioactive particles. She and her caving partner, Dram work the most treacherous tunnel, fighting past flash bats and tunnel gulls, in hopes of mining enough cirium to earn their way into the protected city.

But when newcomers arrive at Outpost Five, Orion uncovers disturbing revelations that make her question everything she thought she knew about life on both sides of the cirium shield. As conditions at the outpost grow increasingly dangerous, it’s up to Orion to forge a way past the flashfall, beyond all boundaries, beyond the world as she knows it.

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Jenny studied writing at Seattle Pacific University, and has written and voiced national commercial spots. She co-owns Luminary Creative with her filmmaker husband, Jacob. They have lived all over the U.S., and currently call Des Moines home.

She keeps busy with her three boys—who are steadily growing taller than her–and her three pound dog (who stays small, and mostly just sits on her legs while she types.)

One of Jenny’s dreams came true the day Sarah Davies invited her to join her list of talented authors at Greenhouse Literary. Now when she sips lattes at coffee shops and daydreams, she can call it ‘work.’

Writing young adult fiction is her passion, and she can’t wait to share Orion and Dram and flash bats with the world through her debut novel, FLASHFALL (Henry Holt/Macmillan, 2016)

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TTT: Charaters I’d Name My Pet After

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday we decided to pick Characters We’d Name our Pet After.  We already chose names of our children a few months back.

Lauren’s Picks

Sirius- Harry Potter

Jax-Air Awakens series

Percy – Percy Jackson

Rue-Hunger Games

Artemis- Percy Jackson & Ready Player One

 

Melissa’s Picks

Sturmhond – Grisha series

Padfoot – Harry Potter

Kamala – The Star-Touched Queen

Ronan – The Raven Cycle

Tyson – Percy Jackson

What did you guys pick this week? Who would you name your pet after?

Storming the Castle

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Part II

As I slip the paper out of the envelope, I cannot help but hope this will not be the time that the old saying “Curiosity killed the cat” comes true. Every book and movie about the consequences of opening mysterious things continues to run through my head as I began to read the letter.

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Dear Reader,

Some mysterious are better left unsolved, whilst others beckon to those who cannot resist the impossible. Least that is what everyone would have you believe. Are you the one who can solve the unsolvable?

The Society of Mysteries has selected you from a broad list of candidates to try your hand at solving the identity of one of our missing members.

What is known yet unknown?

~ U.K.

With their curiosity piqued, and their safety assured, they each journeyed from near and far to the abandoned castle to sleuth out the answers. Little did each know that upon arrival they would be met by others who had received the same invitation and challenge. From far and wide they travelled, assured that; yet as each of their paths brought them closer to their destination, through secluded areas that felt lost within time, they questioned the safety of their decision.

Like clockwork, five taxies pulled down a long, winding road that lead to their destination. Sleepily, each awoke from their worried slumber to discover that they were being ushered out of the car and in the front door of a foreboding castle. As they settled into the parlor, they could not help but wonder why each of them was selected. Was it a ruse? A trap? Before so much as an introduction could be made, a voice rumbled through the room, “If thou hast chosen to stay have a seat. If thou hast chosen to forfeit the game, please leave the way you came.” Just as abruptly as it had shattered the heavy silence, everything receded once more into silence.

 

If you choose to stay to solve the mystery, continue on.

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