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Cabin Fever

13 Apr

Yeah. Cabin Fever.

Everytime I finish a book, this is me. I run out of things to do, and I’m so used to being inside, that the thought of even approaching my door seems daunting

and the car is getting an oil change, so I have no car.

I feel like I need an adventure! And not just any adventure, but Indiana Jones, James bond, go on a vacation, adventure.

But I don’t have my car.

So a walk around the neighborhood in the rain will have to do.

Knight Angels now Available on Kindle and Amazon. Barnes and Noble. And others to come… (nook, sony e-reader, iPad…)

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Thank You!!!

1 Feb

I wanted to thank all my Feather readers for making this past December and January my best months yet!!! I am truly shocked, but also touched to have so many people out there becoming a part of my world 🙂 I am so excited with the job (I hardly see it as a job, it’s more like fun) I do everyday – so excited that people like you, also enjoy my work!

I promise many more GREAT stories to come, including my upcoming new series Knight Angels starting with book one: Book of Love, a teen romance sure to tickle your fancy, and disprove the cliché of most teen romances hitting the shelves these days. Something fresh, yet familiar, with no lack of all the things you came to love about the Feather Book Series

I’ve already finished the rough draft of the manuscript, and I’m sending it off to those that give me positive criticism and editing 😉 I expect to be ready to release it in March. After all, March is my birthday month!

Don’t forget that I’ve changed blogs, and I don’t want you to miss out!!!

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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!

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

Writing Her Way To Success: by Chey Scott…

2 Dec

A local journalism student did a piece on me for class! I wanted to share it with all of you so that you could see what a great writer she is! Her name is Chey Scott, and she got an “A” on the project. Yay! I’ll include the spreads she made, and then also the story below…

Success comes quickly to self-published WSU alum

By Chey Scott

Less than four years after graduating from Washington State University, alumna Abra Ebner has already self-published five young adult novels. While attending WSU, she studied for a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts, having no idea that by the time she was 25 she would be working full-time as a writer.

“I read Twilight and thought I could do better,” she says, referring to the hit-sensation vampire romance series that has taken teenagers by storm.

Pulling a stack of books that make up her writing resume out of a chic, yellow purse, Ebner modestly lays them on the table in front of her. All five have been published in the span of about one year, starting last December. The young author doesn’t brag about her success, but seems more surprised at herself that she has been able to accomplish all she has in such a short time.

Ebner’s first novel, part of a three-part series, called Feather, she describes as similar to the Twilight series due to the quality of romance. Right now, Feather is Ebner’s top-selling book having sold over 1,000 copies on Amazon.com. The second book in the series, Guardian, is not far behind in sales.

When Ebner began writing Feather in 2008, she was working at Washington State University as a graphic designer for the athletic department. She designed the artwork that is on the bottom of the practice tanks for the rowing team as well as the color-coded parking signs around campus.

During her down time, Ebner says she worked on Feather at her desk, originally emailing the story back and forth to herself. When she left her job at the university, Feather and Guardian had both been released and she was making enough of an income to pursue her writing dream full-time.

During the writing process Ebner says she had to write down all of her ideas as soon as she had them so she did not forget, one of the reasons she was able to write each book so quickly.

“I only do a loose outline and then just write and see where the story goes,” she says.

Because of the current economic recession, Ebner says that many publishing companies stopped taking new writers, which has forced her and other “indie” writers to publish on their own.

A branch of Amazon.com called CreateSpace gives budding writers the opportunity to self-publish their work to be sold through Amazon at little to no risk or cost. The difference between CreateSpace and other publishers is that a writer doesn’t risk losing thousands of dollars if their work doesn’t sell.

Instead, Amazon prints copies on demand. By selling her books online, Ebner gets to keep forty percent of the profits and Amazon gets sixty. However, if a customer also buys something else on Amazon’s web site, like a Kindle or a boxed DVD set, she still gets ten percent of the total sale because her book was included.

Even though Ebner self-publishes through Amazon and sells her books on their site, she and her husband, Erik, own and operate Pullman-based Crimson Oak Publishing, the official company name under which her work is published. Crimson Oak is a family-owned operation; her husband’s parents also contribute. Other family members have goals of self-publishing as well, hoping to follow in Abra’s footsteps.

Also a graduate of WSU with a degree in business, Ebner’s husband mostly oversees the business and the financial aspects of Crimson Oak. She, meanwhile, writes and focuses on maintaining several Web sites, blogs, and social networking profiles to promote her work.

Many of her fans she has met online, through the popular social networking site Facebook, where she says she has fans from as far away as Africa. Applications on the site, such as the outrageously popular Farmville and its sister application, Yoville, are just some of the places online where Ebner has met followers of her work. She says she also personally replies to all of her fan mail.

 “There are so many unconventional ways to self promote your work,” she says.

When she isn’t writing, Ebner spends her time promoting her work online. One of the main sites Ebner runs, booksliketwilight.com, is where she promotes the Feather series, as well as supporting other indie writers she has met through the self-publishing world. Ebner met her current editor online, Christina Corlett, who also self-publishes, and the two trade material to edit. Ebner says she pays a fee up front for Corlett to edit her work, but also creates covers and a Web site for Corlett’s books as part of the payment.

Ebner’s artistic background also comes in handy for cutting costs and gives her the chance to create exactly what she wants for her books when it comes to cover design and internal layout.

As a fine arts major at WSU, Ebner focused the majority of her collegiate education on graphic design and the art of book binding. One of the most interesting projects she undertook – creating a book about ketchup – is still viewable on the WSU fine arts homepage under her maiden name, Abra Soehren.

Ebner also studied abroad in Australia during the spring of her junior year where she learned about book design and binding techniques. Her senior thesis project was a two by three foot book called “Infamous” about classic fairy tale characters. She created the project using Adobe Illustrator, which she still uses to design her book covers today.

After graduating in 2006, Ebner worked in professional tile design in Bellevue, Wash., creating custom tile designs for high-end clients in the area. Then Ebner got engaged to her husband, moved to Chelan, got married, and then moved to Pullman where she lives now.

Right now, Ebner is getting ready to release the third book in the Feather Series, called Raven. With this she also plans to re-release Feather and Guardian in more fully edited versions.

Between writing Guardian and Raven, Ebner wrote another book completely unrelated to the series called Parallel. She completed her draft of this novel in June of 2009, writing for about four hours a day every day for two months.

“I wrote all the books very quickly. If I don’t get it down, it’s all I think about,” she says.

For Parallel, Ebner says she was inspired by the best-selling novel The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, as well as the movie The Butterfly Effect. The book’s plot explores the idea of humans having the ability to go back and alter parts of their lives, thus creating parallel versions of their current life. The main character of Parallel discovers he can jump forward or backward in his lifespan and can change the outcome of his own life as well as that of others. He falls in love with a woman he meets on one of his journeys to the future and makes it his duty to change the less-than-favorable events in her past leading up to the time he first met her. The book ends with an interesting twist that readers will not see coming.

While Parallel won’t turn into a series, Ebner says she feels like she has improved her writing skills and wants people to say it’s one of the best books they have read since Twilight.

Currently, Parallel is ranked on Amazon as the 1,500th top-selling book, which places it in the top one percent of the millions of books that are sold on the site, Ebner says. 

Now that Parallel is out and Ebner has successfully promoted it through her web site and blogs, she says she wants to focus the next six months on expanding her Feather fan-base. Next she plans to create a spin-off series similar to the three Feather books.

“I thought they ended in a good place so I don’t want to write a fourth or fifth book,” she says. “I would rather move on and do better. A spin-off would be better,” she adds.

Long-term goals include having her work picked up by a mainstream publishing company and getting her books on the shelves of bookstores like Barnes and Noble.

Ebner’s other published work includes a writer’s workbook, called An Author’s Outline: A Simple Book about Writing. The inside of the book is mostly blank, lined pages for the purpose of filling with plot lines and character development exercises. Ebner says she pulled techniques from online when writing her own books, and decided to put them together in a workbook for other aspiring authors.

“I’m definitely a self-taught writer,” she says.

Paperback Editions Available From Amazon:

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

Estella’s magical life as an orphan was never easy, and at eighteen, she is finally free. In her desperate attempt to leave the city behind and unravel her strange talents, she flees to a secluded college nestled deep in the forests of the North Cascades. It is here that she hopes to escape her painful life, and forgotten past. As classes begin, Elle struggles to find her place, until she meets Professor Edgar. Young, handsome, yet terrifying, Elle is suddenly intrigued. Despite her fear of him, she finds the strange attraction mesmerizing, dangerous, and somehow familiar. As their acquaintance grows, she is suddenly drawn further into a life she never knew she lived, in a place that finally feels like home. As her happiness returns, so do the demons of her forgotten past. It is here that she finds herself faced with the sacrifice of her life, and the beginning of a journey deeply rooted in our existence. Book Two: Guardian, Available May 20, 2009 on Amazon. Available on Kindle now!

CLICK HERE: Parallel: The Life of Patient 32185

When six year old Jordan McKay dreams, he dreams big. Sitting in the park one day eating a popsicle, Jordan is suddenly launched into the future he had been manifesting in his mind. Finding himself lost and alone, he is shocked that he’d finally dreamed hard enough to make it come true. Found on the other side by a woman, she works to help bring him home, touching his soul in a way he will never forget. After dreaming himself back he learns to control this new talent, never forgetting what the woman had done for him and vowing to return the favor, even if it meant sacrificing his own life to do so.

Now bound to Jordan by fate, Kenzie Ashcroft finds her life riddled with bad dreams. Every night when Kenzie falls asleep, she wakes up to a parallel life where things are not only normal, but are eerily real. Struggling to keep the two worlds straight, she grows up wondering how this happened to her and why, wondering who the shadow of a man growing up beside her really is.

Thinking life is wonderful, Jordan begins changing Kenzie’s fate, giving her everything she ever wanted and making her the woman he always thought she was meant to be. As he delves deeper into his web of time and space, however, fate sends him a curve ball and he finds that he is not alone. Followed by a girl with turquoise eyes and skin cold as death, he struggles to learn who she is, what she does, and why she is here. As he gets to know this strange girl in the hopes of learning more about himself, Jordan finds that what he thought was the right thing was not in the end. In a desperate attempt to take back the wrongs he thought were right, Jordan takes the leap to trust the strange girl. It is then that Jordan’s world begins to fall apart, or does it?

Parallel begs to challenge the notion of luck and the idea that no matter what you do to force change, you cannot hope to change fate.

Finally, time to relax…

28 Nov

Hello!

Ah, it’s feeling really good to finally relax. I hope everyone who celebrates Thanksgiving had a good day! My husband and I were going to deep fry our turkey this year but when we went to dig out the fryer, we realized that we hadn’t exactly cleaned it out after using it two years ago…

Ew.

So despite our attempts to boil, pressure wash, and disinfect that nasty old grease out, we gave up and baked it instead.

My parents came for the holiday, and I got to try a restaurant I’ve been dying to try. Other than that, not much happened…

Book News

I got the Guardian Proof back from my editor! So the new edited Guardian will hopefully be out before Christmas! As you may have seen, the new Feather: Book One is now available! This is the final edit from my lovely and talented editor, and the new cover with photography by Christopher Soehren. He is good with dark and mysterious photography…

I can’t wait to get Guardian out as well. If you’re planning on getting a reading Feather, do wait until the newest version of Guardian comes out! The covers will all correlate, so you’ll know when it’s the right one!

Buy from Amazon Here: Feather (Second Edition, Fully Edited): Book One of the Feather Book Series

 

 

 

 

Re-Release Beginning November 2009!