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    Google yourself, seriously.

    What do you do to while the time away when you should be doing something worthwhile, like editing your next novel? I google myself. It sounds vain, yes, but how else was I supposed to find out I died a couple years ago in Arizona, have quite the criminal record in Florida, or write terrific poetry (spoiler alert: it’s not really me. I write terrible poetry).

    Anyway, back to writing. Flight is due at the editors on the 22nd and the book won’t finish itself! (another spoiler alert: you’ll like this one, a lot).

    What a crazy summer this has been!

    Oh, I had great plans for this summer! I wanted to finish Flight and get it edited, finish Harbinger and start the second 3/4 draft, and then get that out to betas and then start finding a cover artist and/or an agent for Flight.

    I didn’t get any of it done. I could go on and on about excuses, such as having a baby in June, to navigating life as a mom of two, to re-working my curriculum for the fall (didn’t do that yet either, but I still have a few weeks before school starts, right?).

    I still plan on getting Flight (Gah! I sooo need a new name for that book, but nothing fits, willing to take suggestions) edited and have  a slot scheduled the third week of September  with what looks like a great new editor. Then it’s back to Harbinger, book 3, that I really wanted to get finished this year, but… life. After that, I have a great adult paranormal romp planned called Cursed! which I hope is the start of a new, fun series.

    But only time will tell!

    Bookciology review for Burning Bright!

    It’s been quite a long time since I last read a book. To say that I have been in a mild reading slump would be the best way to put it. My college schedule became too much to handle that I couldn’t even stay true to my “one book a week” agenda. Other than that, I also have a lot of books I’m currently working my way through, and I’m glad that Burning Bright has been the first one I finished reading from that lot.

    Starting off with the novel, it actually wasn’t hard to get into Samantha Gray’s world. It felt so real that it turned out to be really easy knowing everything that occurred in Alegria, Arizona, which is where our main character lives in. One of the good things in the novel is that it readily discusses timely issues, those that happen in real life and can’t really be denied no matter how hard the society tries hard to hide it. Another is its discussion on the importance of animal shelters, and of the knowledge that animals should not be treated any less than how humans are treated. We are all created by one Creator after all. We all deserve life and we should never be neglected nor killed by another.

    However, I might have found some issues with the overall pace of the story. It took more than half of the novel before what might have been the climax of the story was discussed, and a little amount of pages wherein the event was discussed itself. Although the development of Sam and Ben’s relationship along with Sam’s very frightening relationship with her foster father Daryl was more than enough to keep the story going, and me, reading. Sam and Ben’s relationship was adorable, to say the least. It didn’t feel rushed, and how Sam slowly opened up about herself to Ben kept me glued to my seat and turning pages on my e-reader. Daryl, however, frightened me. I felt Sam’s fear every time she’s in the same room as him, making me feel wanting for him to be in jail or anything else, as long as he won’t get his hands on Sam. His depth as a character felt so real that I have chills every time his name gets mentioned in the novel.

    Sam as the main character was really interesting to read about, considering that she had a very rough past, and she wasn’t exactly the ‘nice girl who everyone from school likes’ character. There were times when I was frustrated with her, but all her other actions make up for those moments. She is a really strong girl, and her relationship with Ben somehow showed a completely new side of her. We discover who she is through Ben, and she develops  as a character with Ben.

    On the other hand, Ben as the main male character was swoon-worthy. He helped us get into Sam’s walls and he helped Sam during her hard times. He is sweet and loving, although his indecisiveness at the beginning of the story was kind of aggravating. But all the things he did for  Sam did make up for his shortcomings in the beginning of the novel. And Emily, Sam’s best friend was alright. She came of annoying to me at some points of the story, but the way she stood up for Sam and understood her all throughout the novel made me think that she was a good friend after all.

    Overall, the story proved to be a good, unique, and interesting. The pace of the story might come off slow to those who like fast-paced novels, but the content and the story itself make up for all those other shortcomings. This novel is not your usual YA contemporary read, and I find it recommendable  for those who love complicated, deep, and dark contemporary reads.

     

    Thanks Jaymee! Check out her blog here!

    YA Scavenger Hunt 2016!

    YASH PINK TEAM SPRING 2016

    I’m so excited to have the opportunity to participate in this year’s YA Scavenger Hunt! Today, I’m hosting NYT and USA Today best selling author Dawn Rae Miller. I’ve heard rumors that she has plans for 39 more books, but I’m not certain.

    Ms. Miller was awesome enough to provide a deleted scene from Crushed , a YA/NA Contemporary Coming of Age, and the Pinterest page created for this book. You can also check out her book on  Amazon.

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    Here is the synopsis:

    For seventeen-year-old serial womanizer Fletch Colson, life is a game and if he plays by the rules, he’ll win it all: his dream college, his parents’ money, and a hot (if a little vapid) girl on his arm. Really, it couldn’t be easier. All he has to do is get good grades, live a privileged boarding school life, and try not to mess up too much.

    However, when he accepts the seemingly impossible bet to change his ways and be “just friends” with smart, beautiful, tempting Ellie Jacobs – a girl who seems hell bent on confusing him – Fletch’s whole world is turned upside down.

    Suddenly, what seemed simple and clear, no longer feels right and Fletch must decide if winning it all is worth losing a piece of himself.

     

    According to Ms. Miller, this scene was cut because the book went in a completely different direction, focusing more on Fletch’s internal struggle and less on the day-to-day lives of a group of boarding school kids.

     

    The lull between Sarah exiting the stage and the first beats of the music stretches on

    forever. The sound wafts around me, and I freeze staring out at the hundreds of eyes watching

    Brady shoves me forward. “Sing you prick. I know you have this damn song memorized.”

     

    He lowers his sunglasses. “C’mon, don’t wuss out. Sing it for Ellie.”

    Hall & Oates You Make My Dreams Come True fills the air. Reid and Brady crowd around

    me, singing back-up.

     

    I focus on Ellie. She smiles, and I shift into normal Fletch mode – the cocky guy people

    expect me to be. In my mind, there’s no one else in the room but her. Who cares if I’m not the

    best singer? Hell, I probably sound like cat stuck in washing machine, but Ellie doesn’t seem to

    notice.

     

    When I’m done, I sprint back to my seat.

     

    Ellie leaps from her chair and plants a kiss on my cheek. Over my shoulder, she says to

    the guys, “Thank you. That was awesome.”

     

    Brady laughs. “Seriously, it was nothing. He listens to that song all the time.” I toss up

    my hands to stop him, but he smirks. “It reminds him of you.”

     

    I groan.

     

    Ellie slaps my arm. “Hey, none of that. I loved it.”

     

    Shortly before ten, Sarah takes the stage again. “You all know who I am – I mean, who I

    am am – not my costume. I’m dressed up like Lita Ford, but I’m not singing a Lita Ford song. I’m

    going to do a little Joan Jett.”

     

    She lifts a finger and Do You Wanna Touch Me blasts from the speakers.

     

    “Oh damn!” Brady yells as Sarah struts across the stage, pausing only to gyrate.

    Libby convulses in a fit of laughter, and Ellie’s laughing so hard she can’t breathe.

    Mr. Jensen, not knowing what to do, ping pongs his head from the stage to the crowd

    back to the stage.

     

    Ellie jumps up and claps her hands over her head, keeping the beat. “Go Sarah!” she

    screams.

     

    Libby, with Brady and Reid, join Sarah on stage in her flagrant flaunting of what the

    school deems “acceptable behavior.”

     

    Oh what the hell, if they’re going down, might as well make it group effort. I rush the

    stage.

     

    It’s the longest three minutes of the night, and not because she sucks – she actually has

    a great voice – but I can’t stop wondering what in the world possessed Ellie and her normally

    calm friends to do something so out of character.

     

    When the song ends, the crowd goes ape-shit crazy, and Sarah blows kisses until Mr.

    Jensen yanks the microphone from her, covers it with his hand and gives her what seems to be

    a few choice words. Sarah recoils for a second before blowing one more kiss and running back

    to our table.

     

    “What’d ya think? Was it legendary?” she asks between breaths.

     

    “Totally!” Libby says.

     

    Ellie leans closer to her. “What did Jensen say?”

     

    “Oh, the normal, I suppose. I have detention next week.” She shoots Brady, Reid and me

    a dirty look. “Not that I’m a stranger to detention.”

     

    It goes right over their heads, but I understand. She’s still pissed at me.

     

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    I hope you enjoyed learning more about Dawn Rae Miller’s book, Crushed.  If you’re interested in even more YA Scavenger Hunt fun, enter my rafflecopter giveaway, and check out Karen Kincy’s website for your next stop!

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    New review for Burning Bright from Book Haven!

    Today I received an awesome review from Book Haven. It totally made my day! Thanks Caitlin :)

     

    Burning Bright is a story you’ll never forget. I never will, at least. It’s about a girl, Sam, who is haunted by her past and now lives with crappy foster parents (I mean, you read the synopsis, right?) They foster parents are so bad that she decided to live in a tent outside of the house… yeah.
       I love this book because until others, it really shows you from the protagonist’s present POV the physical and mental abuse a person is going through. Most other books tell it from a past-tense “this happened to me” but this book is in present tense “this is happening to me” and it just really hits you how terrible some people can be. How this could be happening to someone right now. And that’s sad to think about.
       I also really like the tiger idea. It’s so different from what I’ve read and I liked how she had someone (something..?) she could relate to, because then she didn’t feels so alone.
       What I didn’t like was Ben’s… hesitancy. Argh it’s so arduous to try to explain something without giving it away. Anyway, I’m always against disloyalty and I just felt like he if he wanted to go towards another… path, he should make it clear the other path is no longer going to be taken… I feel like Chanda is reading this right now, laughing at my struggle to explain this xP
       I also wish there was more of a suspense with finding out Sam’s past. You don’t know until the end, but during my reading, I sometimes forgot about her past because at times, there wasn’t anything to remind me of what she’s been through. I wanted more hints here and there to keep me guessing.
       Other than that, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It really sticks with you.

    Book Blast Tour for Burning Bright!

    From February 1st to the 5th, Burning Bright will be featured on over 35 blogs! Use this link to visit one of them, Please Pass the Books, to enter to win a 20.00 Amazon gift card!

    Burning Bright is LIVE!!!

    This one was very near and dear to my heart, so much so that I almost can’t believe it’s out there in the world. And, just the thought of other people reading it is awesome/terrifying/nerve-wracking/incredible! I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did writing it!

    Check it out while it’s on sale! Amazon

     

    Here are some of the pics that helped inspire this book.

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    Book Bub, here I come!

    Today I got the awesome news from my publisher (yay Lynn!) that First finally got a Book Bub ad! It’ll be featured in the Young Adult section and will be on sale for .99 cents from January 26th to the 30th. If you’re interested, please check out my Facebook event and say you’ll attend. It doesn’t cost anything, but it’ll help me get more exposure and hopefully sell more copies. Thanks!

     

    Book blitz tour!

    Bloggers, if you’re interested in being part of a book blitz tour, please click on the link below!

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    Oh, and only 14 days left! Squee!CYaBmo5WkAAlVEG

    New year, new goals!

    Do you set new year’s resolutions? I’ve done it for years, and I’ve always failed. Usually it’s the normal stuff, weight loss, take better care of myself, appreciate the small things in life more, keep a journal, blah blah blah. Every year, it’s the same thing. And every year yes, I fail miserably.

    This year, I’m going to do something different. Instead of making a vague list of things I want to do but know I’ll never achieve, I’m going to focus on my writing/publishing and make a plan with a timeline.

    Here it is so far, subject to change, of course:

    • January:
      • Burning Bright comes out on the 25th
      • finish editing Flight and get it out to betas
    • February:
      • finish the end of Harbinger, book three of the Live Once trilogy. It’s about 90 % done already, I just need to finish killing a bunch of people, sacrifice a hero, and tie up lose ends. I already have the outline and everything mapped out, and it’s sweet :).
    • March:
      • work on edits for Flight
      • run through Harbinger- send it out to betas
    • April:
      • send Flight out for another round of beta love
      • get Harbinger back and edit it, send to another round of betas
    • May:
      • while waiting for those two pieces, commission covers (after figuring out Flight’s final name, of course)
      • start the first round of edits to a NA contemporary superhero I wrote during Camp Nano that I’m super excited about. :)

    That’s it for now :) I have a bunch of other stuff planned, but I’ll wait until I see where I am by the end of May. :)

    What have you planned for next year?