Good News :)

Hello there! I’ve been completely slacking on NaNo, but that’s okay, because guess what? THE NEW VERSION OF STARLING IS OUT! XD

If you already had it, or want a review copy, shoot me an email at ebthompson93_author@aol.com and tell me if you want a kindle or a nook copy.

Oh, and just because I’m slacking on NaNo doesn’t mean you can! Go forth and write! 🙂

NaNo 2014: Almost There!

Me again, checking in! Hello! Can you believe it’s week three of NaNo? Time has really just flown by! Not that this is a bad thing, but…I’ll miss NaNo when it’s over, ya know?

Anyways, my progress has been fairly consistent. I’m meeting my daily word count, give or take a thousand words. Some days I’ll write several thousand and some days I’ll only write several hundred. Such is the way of it. I’m still pretty happy with it, considering. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, any amount of writing is good.

Oh! And I have other news on the writing front!

Tomorrow, I am reuploading Starling. So if you haven’t read it yet, give it a chance! And if you have it already and want the new version, or would like a review copy, email me at ebthompson93_author@aol.com and tell me if you have a Kindle or a Nook. I’d love to know what you think! 🙂

How’s your NaNo/writing been going? What are you writing?

NaNo 2014: It Continues

Hello again! It’s just me, checking in. Can you believe November’s almost halfway over? I can’t. It’s just flown by!

The first few days were a bit of a challenge for me, I have to admit. I wasn’t meeting my word count. Or if I was, putting words on the paper was like pulling teeth. Either way, it was not fun. So, basically, I stopped writing. Which is bad bad bad.

Then one day, I was bored and started writing. But it wasn’t what I’d committed to writing in November. It was something new and different, an idea I’d found on my flash drive when searching for something else.

Working on this new story, my word count soared. I couldn’t stop writing. Now I’m way ahead of NaNo’s projected word count.

Why? How? What?

I asked myself the same thing.

Here’s what I came up with.

With my first story, a perfectly good story, I’d outlined the entire story. Extensively. But I am undeniably and unequivocally a pantser. I do not do well with outlines. The better outlined something is, the more I have to force myself to write. Forcing the writing is bad bad bad. When I started writing the second story, I knew nothing. I was basically discovering where the story wanted to take me, letting it unfold on its own. The story was in charge, not me. (Or so it thinks, haha) I could write the words because I didn’t know where I was going, I didn’t have a plan or an outline, and I could let myself discover the middle. (I had a vague idea of the ending.)

I was reading Derrick Jensen’s Walking on Water today (part writing book/part education/teaching) for a class and I found a quote that pretty much sums it up.

“I still had too much control… My best writing comes when I give up control, let the piece lead me where it will.”

The quote’s actually a bit longer than that, and perhaps I’ll post the whole thing another day, but I found that it perfectly summed up what I’d been feeling and what I’d been experiencing.

So that’s my NaNo so far. What’s yours been like? Meeting your word counts? Working on something new, exciting, and unexpected? Horror stories? Funny stories? Stories in general? Share them in the comments!

And good luck with the rest of NaNo! May the words be ever flowing from your pen! 🙂

NaNo 2014: It Begins

Well hello there! Guess what? It’s NOVEMBER! Do you know what that means? I know you do! IT’S NATIONAL NOVEMBER WRITING MONTH!!! XD

I’m crazy and gonna do it while in school. And by school, I mean college. So far, it’s working.

The first day, I didn’t get any words written, but that was okay, because I usually just outline where I want the story to go and I’d already done that. And besides, Saturday was crazy anyways.

I think I *might* have written 3,000 or so words that Sunday night, so I’d pretty much caught up on missing the first day.

Yesterday, I had an hour and a half bus ride, so I wrote lots and lots of words, completely catching up to where I needed to be. So that was good. 🙂

Today is one of those “do it all” days. Basically, I’m editing and writing while I have the chance. Oh, and I’m probably beta’ing too. (With hot chocolate of course, because IT’S COLD!)

I’ll check in later, with progress on all the things. And I’ll try to be better about posting. After all, it is NaNoWriMo.

How has your NaNo been going? What’cha writing? Got any helpful hints or tips? Let me know in the comments. Oh, and I’m ebthompson on NaNo, so come be my writing buddy! Because, really, the more the merrier!

Happy writing!

Darkness Concealed

This is something I’ve been meaning to post for a while now. I wanted to wait until the initial reaction wore off, so that I could come in later and remind people that this existed. Of course, with college being college, it’s been a little longer than I had intended on waiting before posting.

But anyways, what am I talking about? Well, my good writing friend’s first book! It’s published! So you should read it! Why? Well, here’s my review. 🙂

Official synopsis: “50 years ago, the dawn did not come. Again. Everyone in Telthan knew it would happen. Monsters roamed the land, killing virtually everyone in their path, laying waste to anything in their way. Only a precious few survived to rebuild the wreckage of civilization, just like last time. No one questions the Darkening. Not even the children. That is, until four strangers set off in search of answers, braving a forbidden city, a forgotten library, and foreboding mountains for the truth that has to exist. But the past does not give up its secrets easily, and the truth is far darker than the blackest night.”

First off, I love character development. The more, the better. Distinct personalities, backstories, motivations, I love it all. And this story had loads of it. Analytical Ivan, who never uses contractions, shifty Liz, who battles an inner conscious, world-weary Alex, who’s tired of fighting, and small-town Caleb, who must grow into a leader the group will follow, these are the characters of the book. Of course, we don’t get all of their backstories, being the first book of 3, but we get quite a bit, along with personalities.

Oh! The personalities! I have to say, my favorite was Liz, who had me cracking up in laughter in nearly every scene she was in. But my absolute favorite had to be Caleb, who we saw, in my opinion, the most character growth and development in. If I could judge a book just for characters, this would be a five star book, easy peasy.

But, I also judge things other than characters. Things like setting, which was very well thought out, by the way. My favorite was the very hostile town whose name I forgot, (sorry Emery!) and the veerrry end of the book, which I won’t tell you, because the whole book is one big unraveling mystery and I don’t want to give anything away by accident.

Speaking of mysteries, the whole book was one big one, and it was unraveled very nicely. I still can’t believe that this is Emery’s first book, considering. I mean, not only was the characters, setting, mystery, and plot very well done, the writing itself was pretty darn good.

So, I give this book a four out of five stars. Good job, Emery, and congratulations on your first book being published! 😀

Restless in Peaceville

restless in peacevilleAdorable zombies? Is there such a thing? Well, yes, actually, I’m glad you asked.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Welcome to Peaceville, population 2067 and rising…from the grave…

Luke Chester has had enough. He’s the school geek, the girls laugh at him, he’s lost his dead-end job at the pizza place, and in the midst of the world’s messiest divorce his parents don’t even know he exists. An overdose of his mom’s tranquilizers and a stomach full of whiskey should solve all his problems…

But they don’t. Instead, Luke finds himself booted out of the afterlife for not dying a natural death, with nowhere to go but back to his recently vacated corpse and reality. How the hell is he going to pass for one of the living without someone trying to blow his brains out for being one of the undead?

And it just gets worse. He’s got to fight his own desperate craving to consume the living, evade the weird supernatural hunter who’s having a field day with the new undeads rising, and there’s this creepy black shadow following him around. Add to that the distraction of female fellow undead Annabelle burning to avenge her own murder, and clearly there’s no rest for the wicked. Jeez, all he wanted to do was R.I.P.

I have to say, I really enjoyed reading this book. It was filled with just the right amount of angst and sweetness and oh! That ending! It almost made me cry. Like, seriously guys, you have to read it just for that ending!
The story is quite realistic, and we see Luke continually questioning himself, his surroundings, his circumstances. It’s a nice breath of fresh air compared to books where the characters just accept similar changes and circumstances. And the character growth of Annabelle is very realistic as well as we watch her descend into despair and depression. I liked that the story was so realistic, it helped make me see it even better.
All in all, I would recommend this to anyone, zombie-lover or not. In fact, I give it 4 stars. Well done, Pippa! 😉

Bio: pippa
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, three self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, and Reboot), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
You can stalk her at her website http://pippajay.co.uk, or at her blog http://pippajay.blogspot.co.uk, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.
Buy links:
Lycaon Press
Bookstrand
Omnilit
Amazon US
Amazon UK
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Othella Blog Tour

Who is Therinknite? Well, according to her dictionary definition, she’s:

Therin Knite: n. speculative fiction writer, college student, and master of snark.

BUT! I know her as a wonderful, amazing writer. Seriously, I couldn’t put Echoes down. I laughed and cried and stayed up all night reading it. Not even kidding. While I’m anxiously waiting the sequel, I’m pleased to announce, and read, her next book, Othella. I’m looking forward to hunkering down and reading it to the light of fireworks tonight. 😉

So what’s it about? Glad ya asked. Here’s the official blurb:


 

Welcome to Arcadian Heights,
where the world’s brightest minds go in…and don’t come out.
___

Georgette

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Georgette McClain can’t resist a juicy tip. So when a rumored crazy ex-CEO gifts her evidence of a vast conspiracy involving the world’s premier scientific community, Arcadian Heights, she sets her sights on the story of a lifetime. And all she has to do to grab it by the reins is sneak into the most secure facility in the world—and expose it for the slaughter house it is.

Marco

Tech company CEO Marco Salt has it all. Fame. Fortune. Family. But not long after Marco’s beloved genius daughter is invited to join Arcadian Heights, a rogue agent reveals to him the horrifying truth about the revered scientific community. Forced to flee for his life, Marco finds himself on the run with a deadly secret in his grasp and a single goal in mind: destroy Arcadian Heights.

Quentin

Quentin Belmont has been the Arcadian Heights spokesman for the better part of two decades, and his singular motivation is to keep the community safe at all costs. So when an internal incursion leaks vital information to an outside party, Quentin preps a “cleanup” without a second thought. But what at first appears to be a simple task turns out to be anything but, and Quentin comes face to face with the unthinkable—a threat that could annihilate the community.


Doesn’t it sound COOL? Go check it out! 😀

 
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