Archive | December, 2009

Let the Countdown Begin!

31 Dec

Opening The Door on a New Year

I know what you’re thinking, you think I mean the countdown to New Years Eve, but nope, you are way wrong! Today starts the countdown to Book Three: Raven! In just weeks, Raven will hit the market, fewer if you’re a Kindler! I find it fitting it should start today, but why not? Feather: Book One was released in January one year ago, and now here we are, at the end of the series!

Once Raven is over, and the angels and demons of that book are put to rest, I will then release an all new series which I believe will be bigger and better! Knight Angels Series. While finding influence from The Hunger Games, Supernatural, and other great movies like Sherlock Holmes, I hope that this new series provides an array of exciting adventures, love stories, and of course tragedy!

With an expanded vocabulary, and a deeper understanding of what a makes up a great book, I believe they’ll just keep getting better!

In the new year, I hope to continue working toward my dreams of literary fame, and fun. I love helping people, and it has, and still will be my mission to reply to all those that ask for advice/or just plain say hi! So say hi!

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What I’m Reading Now: The Hunger Games

29 Dec

Took me a while to finally get around to reading this book. It’s been floating around my house for close to nine months now! My friends Amber and Kenny lent it to me, raving about how great and twisted it was, and so far I agree!

I didn’t really know what to expect, especially considering the fact that it’s a young adult read. So far I’m only on page 35, but already I’m feeling anxious. I wonder what it does to young people? Wouldn’t it perhaps freak them out? Because it freaks me out.

Very excited to read more into Suzanne’s world…

Abra E.

My Top Three Picks for the Best Books of the Last Decade…

26 Dec

So, I’m going to take a stab at this. These are my three top picks from the last decade, but you’re more than welcome to give me your own opinions. They’re in no particular order, so don’t judge me there 🙂 I just really like these books!!!

We’re coming into a new age in the world of reading. With the gaining popularity of books like Twilight, and the fact that reading has once again become trendy with the Kindle, being in the book industry is no longer shrouded by those wearing tweed coats with leather elbow patches! Writers are quickly becoming celebrities, and the pandemonium of boy bands now seems to be rolling over into Book Characters like Edward!

The last decade has lended us with an array of great books. I see more and more movies “based on the book by…” then I believe I ever have! And it’s great! What author wouldn’t want their books acted out and visualized??

So feast your eyes on my all too familiar three picks, all books I will continue to read for the rest of my life…

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Inkheart

AMAZON REVIEW:

Meggie’s father, Mo, has an wonderful and sometimes terrible ability. When he reads aloud from books, he brings the characters to life–literally. Mo discovered his power when Maggie was just a baby. He read so lyrically from the the book Inkheart, that several of the book’s wicked characters ended up blinking and cursing on his cottage floor. Then Mo discovered something even worse–when he read Capricorn and his henchmen out of Inkheart, he accidentally read Meggie’s mother in.

Meggie, now a young lady, knows nothing of her father’s bizarre and powerful talent, only that Mo still refuses to read to her. Capricorn, a being so evil he would “feed a bird to a cat on purpose, just to watch it being torn apart,” has searched for Meggie’s father for years, wanting to twist Mo’s powerful talent to his own dark means. Finally, Capricorn realizes that the best way to lure Mo to his remote mountain hideaway is to use his beloved, oblivious daughter Meggie as bait!

Cornelia Funke’s imaginative ode to books and book lovers is sure to be enjoyed by fans of her breakout debut, The Thief Lord, and young readers who enjoyed the similarly themed The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley. (Ages 10 to 15) –Jennifer Hubert –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

WHY I CHOSE IT:

I loved this book, and not only that, I loved the movie. Wildly imaginative, and a literal classic. How could you not love it? Enough said.

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Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)

AMAZON REVIEW:

Say you’ve spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand, and jellybeans that come in every flavor, including strawberry, curry, grass, and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in J.K. Rowling’s enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In the nonmagic human world–the world of “Muggles”–Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is famous as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously refined sensibilities, and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he’s quite, yes, altogether different from his aunt, uncle, and spoiled, piglike cousin Dudley.

A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence: “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.” Of course, Uncle Vernon yells most unpleasantly, “I AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL TO TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS!” Soon enough, however, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his owl Hedwig… and that’s where the real adventure–humorous, haunting, and suspenseful–begins. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, first published in England as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, continues to win major awards in England. So far it has won the National Book Award, the Smarties Prize, the Children’s Book Award, and is short-listed for the Carnegie Medal, the U.K. version of the Newbery Medal. This magical, gripping, brilliant book–a future classic to be sure–will leave kids clamoring for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. (Ages 8 to 13) –Karin Snelson

WHY I CHOSE IT:

Do I really have to explain?? But basically, not only did Rawlings come up with SEVEN great hits, she also created a whole new world, whole new characters, and a movie series that’s KILLER! and will be for years to come. This author is a literary heavyweight.

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The Twilight Saga Collection

AMAZON REVIEW:

Stephenie Meyer’s life changed dramatically on June 2, 2003.  The stay-at-home mother of three young sons woke-up from a dream featuring seemingly real characters that she could not get out of her head.  “Though I had a million things to do (i.e. making breakfast for hungry children, dressing and changing the diapers of said children, finding the swimsuits that no one ever puts away in the right place), I stayed in bed, thinking about the dream. Unwillingly, I eventually got up and did the immediate necessities, and then put everything that I possibly could on the back burner and sat down at the computer to write—something I hadn’t done in so long that I wondered why I was bothering.”  Meyer invented the plot during the day through swim lessons and potty training, then writing it out late at night when the house was quiet.  Three months later she finished her first novel, Twilight.  

Twilight was one of 2005’s most talked about novels and within weeks of its release the book debuted at #5 on The New York Times bestseller list.  Among its many accolades, Twilight was named an “ALA Top Ten Books for Young Adults,” an Amazon.com “Best Book of the Decade&So Far”, and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.  The movie version of Twilight will be released by Summit Entertainment nationwide on November 21, 2008, starring Kristen Stewart (“Into The Wild”) and Robert Pattinson (“Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”). 

The highly-anticipated sequel, New Moon, was released in September 2006 and spent 31 weeks at the #1 position on The New York Times bestseller list.  Eclipse, the third book in Meyer’s Twilight saga, was released on August 7, 2007 and sold 150,000 copies its first day on-sale.  The book debuted at #1 bestseller lists across the country, including USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.   The fourth and final book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn, was published on August 2, 2008, with a first printing of 3.2 million copies – the largest first printing in the publisher’s history.   Breaking Dawn sold 1.3 million copies its first day on-sale rocketing the title to #1 on bestseller lists nationwide. 

Meyer’s highly-anticipated debut for novel adults, The Host, was released by Little, Brown and Company in May 2008 and debuted at #1 on The New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. 

Stephenie Meyer graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English Literature.  She lives in Arizona with her husband and sons.

WHY I CHOSE IT:

I know, I know, duh, right? But really, when it comes down to it, Stephanie threw gas on the fire that is the supernatural literature relm. We’ve always loved our supernatural reads, but now it seems I can’t go anywhere without hearing about vampires. Even alcohol commercials are banking on it! Aside from the fact that they’re a good read, they’re also a godsend to all the supernatural writers out there, including me. Literacy is once again POPULAR!!!!

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Special thanks to all those out there that have helped to make this December my best book month yet! When I released my first book last December, I never would have imagined that I’d come this far in only one year! 2009 has been a year of discovery for me, and after all is done, I will look back on this year with fond memories. I stumbled into this career choice, but I now know that I would never have it any other way! Suprises are what life is all about, afterall.

Here’s to another great year!

Christmas Countdown!

21 Dec

Hey Everyone!

So it’s the final week before Christmas! Unfortunately the weather warmed up around here, so I don’t think we’ll be having a white christmas 😦 My husband already got his present (A bowling ball) and I got mine! (A 32″ TV for above the foot of the bed!)

My editor got done with Raven: Book Three of Feather Book Series just yesterday! So, not long until that book hits the market! I’m looking forward to being done with the series! I just hope I ended it the right way 🙂 My editor said she cried, lol. So that’s a good thing!

I’m hoping to get all I need finalized on that project before my sister in law’s wedding on Jan. 9th. Her wedding is going to be gorgeous! I bought these heels, and I’m beginning to question my choice, and fear that I might just fall on my butt. But falling on my butt will take the stress off her, so I guess that’s my Matron of Honor duty…

Matron of Honor, makes me feel so old!

I’m not that old…

Other things I’m working on are a few new book covers for my editor’s new books! Looks like she turned her attention from romance novels to Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, and Vampire romance at that! I haven’t read any of her book yet, but I have a feeling it will be good! So, for all you Vampire lovers out there, watch for that! I think I myself will throw a vampire in my New series Knight Angels, but just a secondary character…

Well, two cups of coffee down, and it’s time to start my day:

Pilates

Running

Market

Post Office

Office

Writing

Make Dinner (Teriyaki chx and rice)

and then bed!

Difference Between Daemon and Demon…

11 Dec

I’ve been doing some research for my upcoming book Knight Angels: Gifted, and I came across and interesting idea. The term Dæmon has been used before, and you may know it from the popular P. Pullman series and The Golden Compass. In his book, a Daemon is the small creature beside you, that is essentially your soul and personality.

In Knight Angels, I am going to use it as a term for the good angels, or Guardian Angels, and then Demon to denote the dark angels. Demon vs. Daemon.

Official Definitions: Provided by Wiki

Demon: In religion, folklore, and mythology a demon (or daemon,[1] daimon from Greek: δαίμων daimōn) is a supernatural being that is generally described as a malevolent spirit. A demon is frequently depicted as a force that may be conjured and insecurely controlled. The “good” demon in recent use is largely a literary device (e.g., Maxwell’s demon), though references to good demons can be found in the work of Plato as well as Hesiod and Shakespeare.[2] In common language, to “demonize” a person means to characterize or portray them as evil, or as a source of evil. In modern usage, “personal demons” refer to an individual’s tormenting fears.

Dæmon: The words daemon, dæmon, are Latinized spellings of the Greek δαίμων (daimôn),[1] used purposely today to distinguish the daemons of Ancient Greek religion, good or malevolent “supernatural beings between mortals and gods, such as inferior divinities and ghosts of dead heroes” (see Plato’s Symposium), from the Judeo-Christian usage demon, a malignant spirit that can seduce, afflict, or possess humans.

As you can see, they are essentially the same, but a Dæmon is sometimes used more often as a good being and character. I am going to be leaning to the good side of this. It’s just a way for me to differentiate the two brothers of the story in a way that keeps them “related”…

I’m so sick of being sick!

8 Dec

For the second time in the last two months, I am sick again. I think it’s another flu, but not near as bad as that first one! I still contest that it was the Swine Flu: the coughing, the everything, it had to have been. This one is more a head thing, except for the first day. Despite the sickness, I did still get around to doing my pilates today, and my elliptical.

I finally saw what one of those hampster toy things, that’s all the craze for Christmas, actually does. It’s crazy what kids go nuts for.

I made the yearly batch of Chex Mix today! I love it homemade, because then there are no brown bagle chips, and a lot less salt. I also don’t use the whole wheat chex, yuck. I just use pretzels, Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Mixed Nuts, and then after I BAKE it (Microwave? Really, come on, yuck) I add a bag of chocolate covered almonds. I love chocolate and salt, yeah!

Book Stuff

I got a little writing done today, but what I’m really excited for is Raven to come back from editor so that I can get it finalized and released for January! My writing is doing really well, and lately I’ve been inspired by that new show on the CW, Supernatural. I had been watching Vampire Diaries, but there are no new episodes, and quite frankly, it’s a little cheesy if you ask me, but still, I consider it research.

Good stuff.

Abra

Holiday Cheer As Promised, My New Editions are Now Available!

4 Dec

They’re Here!

Hey everyone. So despite the frost that is lurking in my yard, threatening to freeze me and my failed car battery to death, there is still an upside! Between jump starting my car (nearly impossible to find a ground point in that thing) and making wedding shower invites for a friend of my mother’s, I have succeeded in getting my new editions of Guardian and Feather online and ready before Christmas!

I am also happy to say that my editor (between delicious glasses of wine that give her her amazing editing powers) is also feverishly working away on Raven! I know she is excited by the fact that my writing skills, grammatically, have vastly improved, because it makes her job easier! AND it makes it so that we can get the story to you sooner. EDITED.

I know that’s been my biggest battle through all this, but it’s nice to learn a little in life, and I have. If it wasn’t for my editor Christina Corlett (Spanish Teacher from New Jersey and author herself) I don’t know what I would do. The best part is that she returns my manuscripts to me in a fashion you would expect from a teacher. I consider her the English-class-I-never-took.

Let’s review some of my reviews!

Sara O’Neil “Anam Cara” from LaGrange, Indiana wrote:

            This book is very well written….. I am a media specialist…I buy young adult genre all the time, it’s my job,and this book is a keeper. The story and the characters have depth, and both have been well thought out. So many young adult novels today are very superficial… This novel makes you think about more than clothes, popularity, and boyfriends.
            It’s magical….you fall in love with Edgar. Abra makes you feel his pain and darkness. The emptiness that Estella feels is almost palpable. The idea behind this book is brilliant…I love the complexity of the world she has created!
            Books of this type help students learn to write better….this type of material takes them outside the box, lets their imagination flow! Kids aren’t using their imaginations these days….I see it all the time in our elementary school, and it’s sad. So many of the children that I read to want books that are “real”. I think because they have such a hard time with the concept of imagining they want material that doesn’t make them think.
            This is a wonderful book…..and I love the idea of having the unedited version….the true authors voice, what a teaching tool for students. They learn that you don’t have to be perfect the first time you put words to paper, what really matters is that you write, and write, and write…..

Now, this is a reader that gets it! This was my point, my entire purpose for this whole series! In third grade my teacher nurtured me to be creative, and so did my parents. They always said, “Never let go of your creativity, because it is the thing that sets you apart…” This is very true. My whole goal is to help people understand that creativity is not something to be afraid of. There is no such thing as a bad story, or a sloppy painting!

The world has become so desensitized, that we are afraid to set ourselves apart from all the rest. Don’t be afraid! I get some rather mean comments about my writing at times, but it doesn’t discourage me because in my heart I know that I am doing what I love, and what I love is to write stories! It’s whatever I want it to be, and that’s what makes it all so fun! If I want someone to fly, they will! There is no right or wrong…

Thank you Sara, I loved it 🙂

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Anyway, so if it’s an epic love story, magic, adventure, and mystery that you’re looking for this holiday season, don’t hesitate to fall in love with the Feather Book Series, now respectfully receiving the attention it deserves 🙂


Feather (Second Edition, Fully Edited): Book One of the Feather Book Series


Guardian: Book Two: (Feather Book Series)