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.
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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!
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Here are some of the pics that helped inspire this book.
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!
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Oh, and only 14 days left! Squee!
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!