The Day Before NaNoWriMo

As I sit here writing this, there’s approximately eight hours until NaNoWriMo starts. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I’ve found a lovely writer’s group that meets twice a week during November. I’m really excited to get to write with them and share the sweat, blood, tears, and words that is NaNo. And I’m not the only college student in the group, so I’ll have support and a sympathetic ear when it comes to doing NaNo on top of homework, studying, and prepping for the ever-looming finals.

Plus, this NaNo is going to be very interesting. Right now, I’ve got three separate ideas vying for attention, so unless I can choose one over the other two, I’ll be flipping through three novels this November. It’s kind of funny, actually, because I’ve been in an “edit-all-the-things” mood recently and now I’m in a “write-all-the-things” mood.

The good side of the “edit-all-the-things” mood is that Crystal is almost ready to go. All that’s needed is editing and that’ll happen in December, so with any luck, Crystal should be published sometime in January. And if it isn’t, nag me incessantly because I’ve procrastinated on publishing that book for far too long. Really, I have.

After Crystal, I plan on taking a short break from the Anayldrisian world. Homesick and Inheritance, books 3 and 4, are both written, but I need to mull over them for a while. Especially Homesick. Of all the books I’ve written, it’s the one that’s giving me the most grief. I’ll still be writing, don’t get me wrong, but I’ll mostly likely be finishing up Cursed, Unwanted Gods, and Destinies Collide. All written and in need of revising. So there’s definitely some fun things in my future. I *might* even post some excepts as I revise.

Oh, and one last thing. Because Crystal is coming out soon, I’d like some more reviews for Starling. If you’d like to review it, shoot me an email and I’ll give you a copy in exchange for an honest review. Offer’s open now until Crystal is published. And I’m considering also offering the same deal for Crystal, so definitely let me know if you’re interested in that too.

That’s all for now! Happy Nano’ing! 🙂

The Yellow Hoods Book 1 Review

The Yellow Hoods is a cute romp with a nice twist on a well-loved fairytale. Its main protagonist is Tee, a spunky 12 year old who likes to invent things with her grandpapa and go as fast as she can in her sail cart. Along with her friends, Elly and Richy, she goes on an adventure to save her grandpapa from the dreaded LeLoup, or the Wolf. Along the way, there was some nice character development for Tee. I especially liked the bit with the “lala’s.” I felt that it was well done.

The setting was well realized and the steampunk aspect fit right in believably. The best part was the grandpapa’s house, full of secrets and surprises. It was so well described that you could see it easily. Following that was the tree house on the mountains, complete with its own pulley system.

Interestingly, the book has aspects of a fairytale embedded within. Specifically, the three little pigs and little red riding hood. And it works, as the embedding was done quite cleverly. It took me a while to figure out that the Cochon brothers were the three little pigs, I have to admit. (Cochon literally meaning pigs)

The pace was just right and kept the pages turning.

And that ending! Definitely makes me want to read the next book!
4 out of 5 stars 😀

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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Starling for Free

Hi guys!

So, following after Therin Knite (an awesome blogger, go check ’em out!) I put up Starling on Story cartel. Basically, you can get Starling for FREE in exchange for an honest review. I want to know what you guys think. And I want to know how I can improve, because you can only get better. And if you don’t feel comfortable sharing a review on the internet, you can always email it to me at ebthompson93_author (at) aol (dot) com . I always love hearing from you guys! 🙂