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Awesome Indies: Scarred by Joanne MacGregor

Awesome Indies: Scarred by Joanne MacGregor

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page 1.What inspires you? What fills my tank of energy and well-being is having some alone-time (I’m an introvert), reading and being in nature. My inspiration for stories comes from anywhere and everywhere – something interesting I see on TV or hear on the radio, an overheard tidbit of conversation, an intriguing news item or a stray thought that just pops into my head. The inspiration for Scarred came to me in the wee hours of the night when I was lying, jet-lagged and wide awake, in a Bed & Breakfast in England. An image of a scarred girl standing in front of a class of kids, where the cute guy is staring back at her with hatred, just appeared in my mind’s eye. I knew that she thought he was repelled by her scar, but that he had a different reason, though what it was, I didn’t yet know. My stories begin their life when I start combining ideas and situation, and then ask the magic words, “What if…?” As a writer, I find I need both types of inspiration. I can’t write if I’m feeling exhausted, depleted or burnt out, and I obviously can’t imagine a story without the kernel of an idea. 2. How do you develop your plots and characters? I spend some time just allowing the ideas […]

Posted April 29, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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#BHPChat April 2016 Wrap up

#BHPChat April 2016 Wrap up

  First of all, check out the awesome blogs who participated this month! https://twitter.com/thebooktraveler/status/725127833421492225 Q2: As a blogger, how do you decide on what book to read next? #BHPChat https://twitter.com/bookstacksamber/status/725129389805953024 https://twitter.com/byersj09/status/725129396558778368 https://twitter.com/MeliRobles/status/725129500866924544 https://twitter.com/GrangerLiv/status/725129501122920448 https://twitter.com/hesaidbooksorme/status/725129541438468096 https://twitter.com/TheReadingBird/status/725130856793276417   Q3: Have you participated in a street team? What was that like? If not, would you like to? #BHPChat https://twitter.com/bbookrambles/status/725131739975286785 https://twitter.com/MeliRobles/status/725131891779604481 https://twitter.com/midwestbooknerd/status/725131904614289413 https://twitter.com/kcmmp13/status/725131929486503938   I promised that this would become a part of the official #BHPChat record. https://twitter.com/readatmidnight/status/725132385709334528   Q4: Blogging Memes: LetÂ’s brainstorm! For fun, make up with a new idea for meme! (It could be Caturday Coffee, seriously ANYTHING!) #BHPChat https://twitter.com/bbookrambles/status/725133552594079746 https://twitter.com/MeliRobles/status/725133665060016129 https://twitter.com/AlyssaC_HK/status/725133752028921856 https://twitter.com/midwestbooknerd/status/725133793074384896 A4) Fandom Fridays- Where you make a fun/discussion post about your favorite Book Fandom 😄📚💕✨#BHPChat — 24hr.YABookBlog (@24hrYABookBlog) April 27, 2016   Q5: Do you use WordPress or Blogger? Did you purchase your template? If so, any recommendations? #BHPChat A5. I use Blogger. I really like it! I did purchase my template from https://t.co/ceXTLhJWY5! I want to get a new one soon! #BHPChat — Cyra Schaefer (@cyraschaefer) April 27, 2016 A5) I use https://t.co/xq9BTUra38. I haven't purchased a template yet, but I kind of do want an overhaul to my blog look 🤔 #BHPChat — Nicole Lynn Hoefs (@nicolelynnhoefs) April 27, 2016 I want to switch to WordPress but I don't know how to go on about it. I want all my posts to carry over. #BHPChat […]

Posted April 27, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features / 0 Comments
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Crystal Crowned Cover Revealed

Crystal Crowned Cover Revealed

by Elise Kova The final installment of Elise Kova’s Air Awakens series is finally here! Earth’s End comes out next week and it is glorious. Merzilla Chan’s covers have gotten more and more intricate over the course of the series. Elise loves to brag a little about how she hides spoilers in every image. She’s just loves to break our hearts. So, whatever you do, study this cover. Inspect every little detail. Don’t overlook anything because every speck could be important. I’m anxiously awaiting these books because I have to know what is going to happen. If there’s even a tiny clue in this cover, I’m not going to miss it! Long live Solaris. One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn? Release Date: July 12, 2016 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Posted April 19, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features / 0 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Rhew 2 Rhew

Awesome Indies: Rhew 2 Rhew

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Thanks to Emily for hosting us today, and a big hello to her readers! <waves> We’re Deek and Erin Rhew, and we’re here as part of the Rhew 2 Rhew tour! Deek wrote a thriller called 122 Rules, published by Pandamoon on April 5! In addition, Erin’s publisher chose the month of April to feature her trilogy, so we teamed up and decided to make a thing of it. And the Rhew 2 Rhew Tour was born! 😉 Stay tuned because there’s an opportunity for you to enter a Rafflecopter drawing for a chance at a $50 Amazon gift card! 1) What were you like in school? D: I know this might shock you, but I was the class clown. Especially in elementary school IÂ’d do just about anything to get a laugh. Cracking jokes to the teachersÂ’ questions, tacks on chairs, whoopie cushions, you name it. In high school, I still liked to make people laugh, but I was more serious. Serious about music and literature and…girls! I had a job and a rock band and an old car that was in constant need of repair. Basically, I had it all! E: Deek STILL loves to make people laugh. As for me, I fell somewhere between popular and nerd, though I got along with people in both groups. I […]

Posted April 15, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 1 Comment
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Awesome Indies: Maids of Wrath by Josh Vogt

Awesome Indies: Maids of Wrath by Josh Vogt

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page What inspires you? A handful of things tend to inspire my storytelling. First is a love of wonder and imagination, and simply the joy of asking “What ifÂ…?” and seeing where it leads me. I enjoy taking “normal” people or situations and seeing how I can twist them in weird ways. IÂ’m also inspired by themes of hope, redemption, perseverance, and the idea that weÂ’re all a bit flawed in our own ways, yet that doesnÂ’t mean any of us are of more or less value than anyone else. Also, fight scenes. I love writing fight scenes. How do you develop your plots?  I use a tweaked version of a process known as the Snowflake Method. Once IÂ’ve got an idea and brainstormed and done a fair bit of worldbuilding for it, I then prep for the first draft. To do so, I essentially boil the story idea down to one sentence. Then I expand that sentence into a paragraph, that paragraph into a page, and then into a 4-page synopsis. Then IÂ’ll usually break it down into a chapter-by-chapter outline so I know the main plot points from A-Z. I create character profiles for all major characters, and then figure out the main subplot(s). Once I do all that, IÂ’m pretty set to jump into the story. Though the […]

Posted April 8, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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Monthly Wrap up: March 2016

Monthly Wrap up: March 2016

  I only read 11 books and I read them all from the first to the eighth and then on the twenty fourth I finally read a book again.. I didn’t read at all from the ninth to the twenty fourth. I was too busy moving and doing house stuff.  So these are the books I read, in reverse order. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard Night Broken by Patricia Briggs Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat Prince’s Gambit by C. S. Pacat Kings Rising by C. S. Pacat Where You’ll Find Me by Natasha Friend Chasm by S. Usher Evans I totally didn’t do this at all this month. I’m now 60 comments behind with 90 comments to do to catch up before April 30th. If I’m going to catch up, I need to do so now. Otherwise it will never happen. None of the books I read this month were from my TBR shelf. Some were ARCs. Some were from the library. None were books I was expecting to read. I got distracted but it was worth it.   I finished all of the Captive Prince trilogy this month. I also am all caught up with Mercy Thompson and finished The Reckoners! So I still fulfilled […]

Posted April 4, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features / 2 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Nobody’s Goddess by Ann McNulty

Awesome Indies: Nobody’s Goddess by Ann McNulty

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Tell us about your book. My upcoming release, NobodyÂ’s Lady, is the second book in my YA romantic fantasy trilogy The Never Veil Series. Out April 12, it deals with the repercussions of the huge changes that occurred at the end of the first book. This time, everyone around Noll is in emotional turmoil and sheÂ’s doing okay, instead of the other way around like it was in the first book. If this book is part of a series, tell us a little about it? The story begins in a remote medieval-like village surrounded by mountains. For a thousand years, the men in this village have worn masks. Magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she cannot or will not love him, he remains masked forever. Originally, Noll, my main character, hasnÂ’t found her “man,” and no one worships her as his goddess. SheÂ’s also upset because her best friend, the man she fell in love with, found the goddess in her sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever loved her. She is in […]

Posted April 1, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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#BHPChat Wrap up March 2016

#BHPChat Wrap up March 2016

  Like always, check out who participated by looking at who replied to Q1! https://twitter.com/Emren/status/714980762051682304   Q2: Did you participate in an event this month? #readathon #bloggiesta #bookevent  https://twitter.com/LindaWonder/status/714988621674074112 https://twitter.com/HauntedOrchid/status/714988019309273088 A2. I didn't join any challenges unless the #nerdybookchallenge on instagram counts! And a few buddy reads #BHPChat — Jessica (@NovelCravings) March 30, 2016 A2: book-event wise, I went to #PenguinTeenOnTour yesterday AND had dinner with the authors! It was amazing as it sounds. 😉 #BHPChat — Sasha Nanua (@sashananua) March 30, 2016   Q3 Quarterly challenge check up, how is everyone doing on their challenges? A3: Really random questions are my favourite. Like, if you were a pirate, what would your name be? #BHPChat https://t.co/haF98Y6asH — annika (@hidingbooks) March 30, 2016 A3: I'm doing great on my challenges. A ton of reading so a ton of things checked off! #BHPChat — Annalisse (@Hopeful125) March 30, 2016 A3) I've passed my goal of 15 books, but I haven't been making much progress on #RockMyTBR b/c of so many new releases 📚😂💕 #BHPChat — 24hr.YABookBlog (@24hrYABookBlog) March 30, 2016 @Emren A3: I haven't been keeping as much track as I should but I'm almost on track for my GR goal for the year. #BHPChat — Heather 👻🎃 (@hermitlibrarian) March 30, 2016   Q4: What kind of Twitter chat would you like to have? What would you like to see in […]

Posted March 30, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features / 2 Comments
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Awesome Indies: Ash and the Prince by Katie Doyle

Awesome Indies: Ash and the Prince by Katie Doyle

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page CHAPTER ONE I stared at the candlewick and pretended to will it to light. Honestly, I probably spent more energy pretending in my magic lessons than if I actually used magic. I didnÂ’t want to though. “Ashley, will you please light the candle?” Mom asked. “I know youÂ’re not really trying.” She sat across from me with her hands folded on top of the table. Her normally blue eyes swirled acid green—something visible to other people with magic—and her blonde hair, clipped back out of her face, moved as if touched by a light breeze. “You know I donÂ’t want to be here.” “And you know you could be one of the most powerful witches in the world if you just put forth a little effort.” “So youÂ’ve told me every day of my life,” I leaned back in my chair and scrubbed my face with my hands. WeÂ’d been in the library for two hours. My butt had pins and needles from the hard chair and my legs were like ghosts. “Why is it so important to you?” She stood up and took the candle from the table. “I want you to live up to your full potential.” It was the same line of BS she fed to me every time I asked. She used to tell me I was going to be the most powerful witch […]

Posted March 25, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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MEGP: Iridescence

MEGP: Iridescence

I’m moving! Not the blog, actually me! This week and next week I will be working hard to move into our new house and unpack. Luckily the book blog community is beyond awesome and supportive. I put out a call asking for help to keep my blog running for the next two weeks to give myself a buffer while I won’t have internet and you all jumped to help me. I can’t express how grateful I am to have such wonderful friends. Today, I’m so excited to share with you a piece of short fiction written by one of our own! Sumedha (also known as Iridescence), 17, is a reader, writer, blogger, music addict and an average teenager. Check out her blog lightuptheshiningnightstars.wordpress.com to know more about her. Recently, she has also started an audio blog where she posts podcasts.Here is the link to it. The Willow Tree The only beautiful thing in Harktok was the willow tree. None of us knew how it managed to survive and grow when every other sign of greenery perished. In a small circumference around the base of its trunk, hardly two feet, grass grows. That was the sign of seasonal change for residents in the town for residents in the town. When you live near a mining area, and a little distance from metal factories, your day is filled with fog, smoke and dust. We hardly ever have a clear […]

Posted March 24, 2016 by Emily in Events and Features, Review / 0 Comments
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