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:
- Burning Bright comes out on the 25th
- finish editing Flight and get it out to betas
- 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 :).
- work on edits for Flight
- run through Harbinger- send it out to betas
- send Flight out for another round of beta love
- get Harbinger back and edit it, send to another round of betas
- 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?
Burning Bright hits the shelves on January 25th, 2016! I’m so excited for you all to read this book! It’s a dark, contemporary YA with a heroine who has more secrets than the CIA! (Well, not really, but she does pack a doozy, and she’s not your typical good girl, either)
Here’s the blurb:
Three years ago, Samantha Gray killed her parents.
Haunted by their deaths, she hides her scars behind sarcasm and vintage t-shirts, counting the days until she can escape her foster home in Alegria, Arizona. Then she meets Ben, a California boy whose filmmaker parents constructed a big cat sanctuary outside of town. She’s hesitant to get close, terrified he’ll learn her secret.
When Ben introduces Sam to Solomon, a Bengal tiger on borrowed time whose gruesome history eerily mirrors her own, she must decide whether she’s strong enough to overcome her past and save not only Solomon’s life, but her own. And to do that, she’ll need to tell Ben the truth.
I am completely in love with this series! There’s so many dystopian novels out there that are very similar in some ways however the plot in this series is different to the majority in this genre. The story focuses on Mira, a girl who should be dead but in a huge turn of events has managed to survive. As she is forced to impersonate Socrates, the man who should have taken over her body we follow along as she tries to stand up to the government to save her people. The story is full of action and heartbreak and Stafford does a brilliant job of making you feel a mix of emotions whilst you read the story.
Read the rest of review on Kirsty’s Book Blog here
Thank you so much for taking the time to read/review both of my books!
If you haven’t picked up copies of either First or Imposter, here’s your chance! First is on sale right now for only .99 cents and Imposter will soon follow suit!
First is available on Net Galley for review. If you’re interested in getting a copy, please use this link: Net Galley
Author: Chanda Stafford
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
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Review: I was given a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
When I first started reading this book I was a bit unsure of what to expect and I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it because it didn’t have me hooked from the start. However, I kept on reading and it I’m so glad I did! This book was so good! The story was different and unexpected, the characters were likeable and there were many emotions while turning the pages.
I’ve never read a novel with the storyline this book had. At the beginning I didn’t quite get it but the more I read it the more everything clicked in to place. It is told from two points of view; Mira and Socrates, making it easier to find out what is going on in both Character’s heads. There were parts in the story that were quite similar to ‘The Hunger Games’ for example, when all children have to go and someone is chosen to be a Second but apart from that the storyline could not be more different. Mira could be a slightly annoying character at times but the more you read the book the more you like her. Socrates was a great character. He was respectful and treated Mira like she was human unlike the other Firsts.
There wasn’t much I disliked about this book apart from the love story. I feel like any teen dystopian novel includes some sort of predictable love story and this one was no different. Mira seemed to fall for Will instantly (again, similar to some other dystopian novels I’ve read). Thankfully it never took up most of the story and was only brought up every so often.
I highly recommend this book to all the teens and young adults out there who enjoy a good dystopian novel because this book is so different and unique. If at first you don’t really get it and feel like giving up please don’t! I promise you won’t regret it! I’m looking forward to reading more of this story as I know that there is a second book out. I’d just like to thank Chanda for giving me a copy of this book for a review and I can’t wait to read more of her work!
Thank you, Kirsty, for taking the time to review my book!
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I follow the gravel path past the cages toward one on the end separated from all of the rest. A massive white and black-striped creature lounges on top of a raised platform, his tail flickering at the end. Solomon. Lines radiate from his face, along his back, and down his legs. My fingers brush the raised ridges zig zagging across my own wrists. Are his stripes so different than mine?
I love this book and can’t wait for you to meet Sam, my troubled heroine with a past she desperately tries to keep hidden.
Right now I’m over 30k into book three and it’s awesome! Since my first drafts tend to run a bit short (as in they usually increase dramatically during editing), I project that this draft will finish around 50-60k. I just finished this amazing scene that I really wish I could share with you all, but it would completely spoil the book. Let’s just say things aren’t going well for our main characters. I’ve definitely amped up the action in this one.
In other words, my YA paranormal that’s in the first round of editing right now is getting good reviews, so I’m pretty pumped about that. I love it when the stuff I write down actually makes sense and to those who read it and they enjoy it! It’s so different from the Live Once world, and has great series potential. I haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to do an agent search for that one, or self-publish, so we’ll see what happens when I get it back and make the necessary changes.
But before that, I have to finish Harbinger, and then do some more editing on Burning Bright. So, I guess that means I have a lot of work to do and better get to it!
Sorry I’ve been so absent lately! I’ve been finishing the edits for one project, tentatively titled and then he fell and preparing for my next one, which will be a Camp Nano book. Because, of course, I don’t have any other pressing matters to attend to during the month of July, right? The good news is, this book is the last one in the Live Once trilogy. Right now book #3, called Harbinger, is definitely going to take you guys on one hell of a ride. If you’re interested in tuning in for any/all of the journey, I’ll be live tweeting my progress (without too many spoilers) on Twitter. Click here to go to my home page and follow me. I’m a lot more active on Twitter than anywhere else, anyway.
Oh, and don’t forget, the trade paperback versions of Imposter are also out (I know, I suck at letting you all know as soon as they come out), but you can pick up your copy here.
And, as always, if you’re a reviewer/blogger and you’re interested in reading First and/or Imposter, please let me know, I’d love to send them your way!