Monday, July 14, 2014

Something exciting brewing...

As I said last week, a lot of things have been happening lately. One thing that I'm really excited about is my near completion of my latest novel... Okay, so, I've written another novel. That is pretty exciting, but what makes this on-the-edge-of-my-seat, nail-biting, pulling-hair-out exciting is that I didn't do it alone.


Yeah, you heard me right! I have been hard at work collaborating with my brother and sister to bring out a fantastic story, and soon you'll be able to read it.

Let me introduce you to Shinigami Eyes. A novel that I've co-written with my brother, Adam, taking all of his Japanese expertise (Yep, we're co-writing half-way around the world with me in Australia and him in Japan), and even being illustrated manga-style by my very talented sister, Kristy. I think I'm taking the phrase 'family business' to the next level... but I'm so excited for this story and I know that the more heads the better to put this little baby together.

And now, just for those wondering what this little precious is about, here is the blurb:

Most children hope to grow out of their imaginary friends, for 17-year-old Rin Waters, she only hopes hers doesn’t kill someone. Especially when her imaginary friend puts a boy in a coma. Now she finds herself shipped half-way around the world (to Japan of all places) to live with grandparents she hasn’t seen for ten years and a cousin she can’t remember.

Rin would rather just forget about that one night that ruined her life, and pretend that her imaginary friend doesn’t exist - if it was only that easy - but she finds that hard when manga-obsessed otaku, Matt won’t stop pestering her about manga that sees the future and the tragic accident she’ll be involved in if she doesn’t listen to him.

When mysterious accidents begin to happen to the students around her, Rin has to wonder what length Matt would go to prove his manga is real, or is there really something that wants to see Rin and her new friends dead?

Don't believe it's coming: It's even got a page on Goodreads. Go on, I know you want to add it to your to-read list. And stay tuned for lots of things that are going to be happening as we prepare for the release.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Been doing plenty of self-reflection

As I said yesterday, I have been extremely busy, but I have also had a lot of time available to self-reflect and prioritize my objectives and goals. I know I need to allow more time to writing, and less time to procrastination (oh, sweet procrastination thy name is Facebook).

I have discovered that I can become very obsessed with my work... I always set out with a timeframe and schedule in mind, but once I start doing a project that I'm interested and involved in I sort of go from spending 1 hour to 10 hours working on it... and that's not an exaggeration. I have spent the entire day writing because I was so into the scenes, and sort of forgetting to eat along the way.

I know that in order to become more efficient I need to eliminate my crazy obsessed mind, well at least make sure I stick to limits so that I can ensure I get more done in the day.

But I bet I'm not alone with this habit... who else out there can become obsessed with a project that they're doing that they completely forget about everything else around them?

 Well, from here on, I'm going to promise to stick to schedules, and make sure I complete everything I need to before the deadline looms. At least I can try to... until the next time I get sucked in deep into one of my projects.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Life's not just full of fun and games

Yeah, I know... I've sort of been neglecting my responsibilities here a bit. All I can say is that life took over and soon week was passing week and I didn't know where my time was going (really, someone should petition to have more hours added to the day).

Now I'm going to promise to be around here more, but I'm going to take a more casual aspect with the blog. I'm still going to talk about my writing journey, but I'm also going to talk about life in general.

Sometimes life can become too hectic that one can forget to leave a little time to relax. Yeah, that's what I'm struggling with at the moment. Apart from working, I'm also tackling a graphics design course and photography course... and since I'm currently on holidays from uni, I've decided I need to also pick up a web development course (yeah, I just love studying). One thing that doing the photography course has taught me is that you need to love what you're doing... and I do love taking photos... and by loving that, I'm able to also relax by getting out with my camera.

Well, it's great to finally be back behind my keyboard. I can say that there are some interesting developments in the works that I've been working furiously on.

PS... Let me introduce you to my sister's little pup Riku... He'll probably be making a constant appearance on my blog as I strive to keep this blog alive with new and interesting content, both written and visual.

So, what has been happening with you?

Monday, April 28, 2014

Bogged down in Revisions

Wow, I can't believe it's almost the end of April. I know I haven't been around here much (and I promise that is changing), but I have had a lot of things on my plate. This includes completing university courses and working.

I guess that's not the most exciting things that I've got going on at the moment though. I'm currently in the revision stage for my YA horror Shinigami Eyes, and planning to start subbing it to agents very shortly. I'm also writing another YA horror and am absolutely loving writing all of these creepy scenes. I've also been told that I'm good at writing the creepy scenes (which is good since I have absolutely no idea whether I am being scary enough when I write).

So what has everyone else been up to?

Thursday, April 3, 2014

The Romeo Club tour

Today I'm proud to be a part of the 'The Romeo Club tour', hosted by YA Bound. You can view the rest of the tour spots by clicking on the banner above. 

The Romeo Club
by Rebekah L Purdy
Release Date: 03/25/14

Summary from Goodreads:
THE ROMEO CLUB is Hitch meets The Secret of My Success.

What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone's surprise, he actually lands her?

And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?

Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.

She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.

There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.

But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.

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My Review

Delya has the looks, popularity and know-how to give her nerdy brother, Drake a makeover to win the girl of his dreams. When the makeover works better than intended, Drake's friends are all eager to get Delya's help too. That's when Delya decides to form the Romeo club - and earn a extra cash for the perfect prom dress as well - a club that will help teach boys how to dress and how to talk to girls. Things become a little bit complicated when Delya realises she's interested in Drake's best friend - and someone she's known practically for all her life - Trey. How can Delya keep giving him advice to win the girl of his dreams? Or will she do anything - even sabotage - to get what she wants?

Rebekah Purdy has created a light and entertaining read with The Romeo Club with bits of romance and tragedy tossed in with the humour, and this author sure knows how to work in the humour without making it see forced. Delya's and Trey's chemistry was pure electricity at times and I just wanted to keep turning the page to find out what was going to happen next.

I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a light romantic comedy to read, or anyone who loves watching the Big Bang Theory (I could definitely see some of that thrown in the pages). 

 About the Author
Rebekah Purdy

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

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Friday, March 28, 2014

I am Forever Tour

Today I'm proud to be a part of the 'I am Forever', hosted by Dark World Books. You can view the rest of the tour spots by clicking on the banner above. 

I Am Forever
(What Kills Me #2)
Axelia fought an army of vampires and survived. Once fated as the destroyer of the vampire race, she is now welcomed into the immortal empire and revered as a god.
But instead of relishing her victory, she faces a dangerous new world and an empire at war. Axelia is thrust into the position of supreme vampire and caught in the crossfire of battle. To make matters worse, her role alienates Lucas, the one vampire that she trusts.
Her power spawns evil enemies. And they know how to get to her — by hurting those whom she loves most.
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About What Kills Me (Book #1)
So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive.An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.
How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?
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How to avoid the curse of the bad sequel

No one sets out to do a bad sequel. But there are a lot of them. Especially movie sequels (The Hangover 3, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights).
So here’s how I tried to make I Am Forever a worthy sequel to my best-selling debut novel What Kills Me.

Make sure the story evolves. Readers love franchises because they want to spend more time with your characters and see what happens next. In What Kills Me, Axelia aka Zee dies and unwittingly becomes the most feared vampire in the world. She’s hunted across continents. At the end of the novel, a stunning revelation changes everything.
I Am Forever picks up from where we left off. It answers several key questions: How does Zee further evolve as the most powerful vamp in history? How does the vampire Monarchy handle her? What happens to her human family?

Don’t just redo the first. So many sequels are a rehash of the first story. What Kills Me was simply an introduction to a new world. The formula for Zee was simple: run, fight, survive. I Am Forever is so much more complicated. Zee stops running and her emotions and the weight of everything that has happened catch up to her. She faces new dangers, new powers and new rules.

Create new conflict. Conflict drives every story. A sequel needs new threats and more difficult struggles. Your characters may have overcome challenges in the first installment but as in life, there are always new surprises in store.

Stay true to the characters... The chemistry between Zee and Lucas is a fan favorite. I was careful to honor their connection in I Am Forever. But Lucas and the Monarchy don’t mix. So the more entangled that Zee becomes with the Monarchy, the more she alienates the love of her undead life.

...but flesh them out more. Zee’s been through a lot. I threw her down a well filled with blood and then sent vampires and soldiers with pointy objects after her. (And I’m not sorry!) In I Am Forever, she’s just as out of her element as she was in the first book. The Monarchy is a messed up place. And they’re at war with rebels. This place will test Zee like never before.
There's no cure for the pox, the deadly disease that's decimated most the population. Kat, one of the lucky survivors, trying to get to her last living relative, has decided the best way to stay alive is to stay alone. But that is until she meets Dylan who has no one else to live for. Convincing Kat that it's safer to stay in numbers, they start off on a journey through the barren wasteland to a new life. That's only if they can survive the disease, bands of armed and deadly children, and piles of burning pox-infested bodies.

Shauna Granger has written a different post-apocalyptic story and I was surprised at how the story turned out. Kat is also a different heroine in this type of story. She wasn't born and raised for this life. Far from it. As it does say Kat would 'rather drink lattes and read magazines' than be in a fight for survival. This is what I really liked about the story. She is just an average teenager who has really had to learn and adapt to her new environment in order to survive, which is especially hard since she doesn't have anyone to help her out but her own mistakes (which she can learn from) and instincts (which she develops).

Granger's writing is beautifully descriptive and she was able to describe all the settings and actions wonderfully, which kept me engrossed in the story. The only part of the story that I found a bit lagging were the beginning chapters where Kat is alone. I just wanted her to do something, but alas nothing much happened. And then two things occurred. Kat met Blue and Dylan, and the story really picked up the pace and held my attention all the way to the end, giving plenty of twists and turns with an ending that has me beginning for the next story.

I definitely look forward to the next story from Gardener, and I would recommend World of Ash to anyone who loves post-apocalyptic stories.

About the Author
Wynne Channing
Wynne Channing is a national newspaper reporter and award-winning young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Emily's Heart Book Tour

Today I'm proud to be a part of the 'Emily's Heart tour', hosted by YA Bound. You can view the rest of the tour spots by clicking on the banner above. 

Emily's Heart
Release Date: 11/26/13

Summary from Goodreads:
**The long-awaited final book in this popular magickal, action-packed teen series! Seventeen-year-old Emily Adams unintentionally unleashed a shadow god's dark energy power into the world and started an Apocalypse. But Emily is also the only one that can end the dark god's reign. Though the powerful faerie magic of the golden torc is still coiled around her arm, self-doubt threatens to undo her.

Emily wants nothing more than to feel the soft kiss of her one true love, but he won't even speak to her. Her first crush is still quite dead and her best friend remains a prisoner in the dark god's house of nightmares. A growing legion of black-eyed shadow people, devoid of conscience, roam the streets. Emily needs help now more than ever, but redemption seems far off indeed as she faces the expanding darkness alone. Emily will need an army of her own if she is to save the world from being taken over by pure evil.

But will a small band of Lucent geeks and freaks be enough to send the dark god packing? Amidst chaos and ruin, will love blossom in Emily's Heart?

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My Review

Natalie Wright has created a fantastic end to an exciting trilogy. Emily, now seventeen, has been isolated from all of her friends as the apocalypse has been unleashed. People are losing their souls, turning away from the light and being consumed by the darkness. Emily knows she needs to fight to end the darkness, but with only a small group of Lucents to help, she has her doubts whether she'll be strong enough. Will it be enough?

The one thing I really liked about this story was Emily. She's a strong heroine to follow through the series. She has really grown and evolved through the three books, and throw her into a daring situation and she is not afraid to do what needs to be done.

The strong action scenes, mixed in with teen angst and a hint of romance makes this story a thrilling page-turner with lots of twists and turns. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Emily's Heart, and would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good apocalyptic action.

 About the Author
Natalie Wright

Natalie is the author of The Akasha Chronicles, a young adult paranormal fantasy trilogy. When not
writing, blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, Wattpadding or eating chocolate, Natalie nurtures her young daughter, plays with her two young cats, and feeds her dog too many treats.

Natalie enjoys walking in the high desert, snorkeling in warm waters, travel, and excellent food shared with family and friends. She was raised an Ohio farm girl, now lives in the desert Southwest, and dreams of living in a big city high rise.

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