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Friday, December 23, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
I follow Rachel’s blog and have been eagerly anticipating the release of her debut novel, Fractured Light. I am thrilled to have been able to read it before its release date of February 7, 2012 and to participate in her blog tour. Here’s the scoop on the book:
I’m dying, I thought. This was unexpected and not at all how I envisioned my death. I was supposed to die gardening in a flowerbed as a hundred-year-old woman, not as a seventeen-year-old trapped in a lake beneath inches of ice.
Llona Reese is used to living on the run. After the Vykens killed her parents, she knew they would eventually come for her too. She can’t take any chances. But when she starts to make friends for the first time in her life, she gets careless and lets her guard down. Big mistake.
As an Aura, Llona can manipulate light and harness its energy. But if she wants to survive, Llona will have to defy the Auran Council and learn to use her power as a weapon against the Vyken whose sole desire is to take her light. Now she’s caught in something even bigger than she can understand, with a power she can’t wield, and no one she can trust, except, just maybe, a mysterious stranger.
In this breathtaking and romantic adventure, Rachel McClellan delivers a truly mesmerizing story that will keep you guessing to the very end.
Pretty cover, huh?
*Adding that to my list of things I thought I’d never admit to the writing world.*
BUT, through it all, I became obsessed with light. From the study of optics and bending light to how it factored into space travel, I was intrigued by its extraordinary and often mysterious properties.
So—I was a sucker for this paranormal YA novel from the start. It portrays a world of light vs. dark, good vs. evil, which I believe is the most fundamental conflict of our existence and NEVER gets old. (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, um…the Bible, to name a few).
In this book, however, we are talking literal light and dark. The story line was familiar and at times predictable, but with the fresh concept of light manipulation, I didn’t mind. Again, if it ain’t broke…
I was hooked from the start and would’ve read it in one sitting if life didn’t get in the way. Many of my friends know I have to LOVE a book to want to continue in a series (Chamber of Secrets what???) and let’s just say I have already penciled in the release of a sequel in 2013.
This story felt reminiscent of Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and Need by Carrie Jones. No, there are no fallen angels or fairies, but there are male Guardians for the female Auras. And if you are a sucker for the cute, protective boy trying to shove away his feelings for the girl he is called to defend type of story like I am, then this book is for you. (And don’t worry, Llona holds her own and kicks major bootie in this book; we can save the Twilight bashing for another site, thank you very much.)
Here are some useful links if you feel so inclined...
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Monday, December 12, 2011
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Even though my posts of late reveal a roller-coaster ride of giddiness and angst, I must admit that in the end NaNoWriMo was worth it. Will I do it again? Probably, just don't tell my husband. He needs some time to adjust after a month's worth of no laundry getting done and eating cereal for dinner. I couldn't have done it without his support, and to add to my well of thankfulness for him, look what he made me for my nano book:Jealous much? You should be because it's gorgeous! It's funny how I can get so excited about a fake book cover.
Considering the language in day 3 and the attitude in day 6, I may not want to attempt any more middle grade novels for awhile...back to young adult books for me.
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Saturday, November 26, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
When I was 14 years old I was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and had to have surgery right away. After being implanted with two metal rods running the entire length of my realigned back, I learned how to swallow handfuls of pills in one shot and was bedridden to a hospital bed for three months in my home, unable to walk, sit up, shower, use the bathroom, etc. without assistance. From that experience, I learned I CAN DO HARD THINGS.
I have had several surgeries in my life (including removal of a breast tumor), completed triathlons, earned a BA in Physics, learned what it means to live off of the local food bank, survived a tornado, moved 11 times in the same amount of years, homeschool four amazing children and have even written 2 books. I CAN DO HARD THINGS.
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Friday, November 4, 2011
So last night while plugging away at my nano I got really really excited. Because as much as I might plan and outline and THINK I have the whole story mapped out in my mind, my characters or setting or even plot surprise me with new twists. This happens all the time in writing and is one of the reasons writing is so enjoyable. But last night I was clobbered with an idea that took a very traditional concept (in Hawaiian mythology) and turned it on its head. Guys, its so cool!
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Sunday, October 30, 2011
Every once in a while I need a small writing victory to keep me motivated. It's usually just positive feedback on something I have written, or the completion of a step in a project I'm working on.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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Friday, October 14, 2011
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
I had a unique childhood having grown up in Hawaii. I didn't realize how different and special it was until I left for college away from home. Not only did people make fun of my 'accent' (and my frequent use of the word 'yeah'), they would ask 'what are you?' when trying to determine my ethnicity, or spontaneously start speaking to me in Spanish in which I just stared, dumbfounded.
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Thursday, September 22, 2011
THE DEMON KING by Cinda Williams Chima is a high fantasy YA novel that was such a fun read. Han is a reformed streetlord struggling to support his mother and sister, and Raisa is a strong-willed princess longing for freedom. Their paths cross amidst fantastic scenes of adventure and suspense. And of course lots of magic.
I had a chance to meet Cinda Chima on Tuesday along with Jenilyn and Kathryn. We had so much fun at the Provo Library gossiping about books, authors, and writing conference rumors.
Sweet lady, you can find out more about her books here.
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Thursday, September 15, 2011
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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Thursday, September 1, 2011
When the moon is knocked off kilter by a huge asteroid, tsunamis, flooding, earthquakes and volcanoes ensue, bringing life on Earth to a whole new realm of survival-mode. As a bit of a preparedness junkie myself, I thought it was interesting to see the effects of this natural disaster on the world.
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Monday, August 29, 2011
Joining a critique group is one of the best things to happen to me.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011
My lovely friend Taryn is giving away an audiobook of THE FOX INHERITANCE. I have blogged about Mary E. Pearson's THE ADORATION OF JENNA FOX before. Love, love loved that book. Can't wait to read this one. Or listen to it. So go and sign up for your chance to win!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Sunday, August 21, 2011
BACK WHEN YOU WERE EASIER TO LOVE by Emily Wing Smith was a light, romantic , clean and easy read. It is about a girl, Joy, obsessed with an ex-boyfriend. She ends up going on a road trip to track him down and find some closure. Joy is LDS (Mormon) but instead of being a highly religious-influenced book, I think it just added to the small-town, naiveness of a teenage girl, which I very much could connect with--who's never had a major crush on a boy in high school? Be honest.It was light, yet introspective with beautiful language. And although I've read some complaints from other reviewers that thought it was too clean, I thought it totally worked. I appreciate an author who can build the romance and make my stomach flutter a little without having to go there...
The writing itself was spectacular. I recommend this one for a fun and entertaining summer read. And look, my copy is signed by the author...jealous?
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Thursday, August 11, 2011
Once a month I host a book club at my home with a select group of awesome ladies. We each take turns choosing the book and leading the discussions. This has been good for me because I have a chance to read books I normally wouldn't pick up for myself, and since I usually just read YA, it takes me out of the teenage zone for a change of pace once in awhile.
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I finally had some time to read FOREVER, the third and final installment of the SHIVER series by Maggie Stiefvater. The series is a YA fantasy romance about werewolves. Yes, I said werewolves. I know. But they are very likable and not corny werewolves. And I know we all said that about a certain clan of vampires back in the day, but still. I really liked this series of books.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
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