15 Nov 2017

October Footnotes

So time for another awesome link-up. That sounds sarcastic, but I'm not being sarcastic. This link-up is one of my favorites.


It was created by two very clever and wonderful people, Ashley and Emily 

For October the prompt is.

 a quote that defines or captures the essence of a favorite character



 -Kashmir from The Girl from Everywhere

Kashmir is my favorite character from this series. He is a thief, a scoundrel, and a pirate. His relationship with Nix develops well over the course of two books. He is also hilarious. Exactly what I think a young Jack Sparrow would be like.


Highly recommend 'The Girl from Everywhere', and 'The Ship Beyond Time'

8 Nov 2017

Beautiful Books/ How is the Writing Going?




My favorite link-up created by the blogging Queen's Cait and Sky


I love these things, because it lets me ramble about my books and characters. Something no-one usually wants to hear about, and maybe they still don't.


 On to the questions!


1. Overall, how is your mental state, and how is your novel going?


I'm running on bitterness and coffee. I have six thousand words left in my first draft, it's going.


2. What’s your first sentence (or paragraph)?

 I’m falling; The Mesmerizing Snow is falling. That is, of course, what snow tends to do. I saw the irony, even as I made another failed attempt for the bar.

 3.Who’s your current favorite character in your novel?

 Cynfael, my Prince Charming.



He came into existence with a fully established backstory and nuances I didn't expect. It was fun to see peoples reaction to him, as he is rather creepy. I get to see him from an entirely different perspective.  

4. What do you love about your novel so far?

The characters and circus setting. 




5. Have you made any hilarious typos or other mistakes?

 I would write something and then move it, but forget to delete it from where it used to be. Resulting in lots of double sentences.

6.What is your favorite to write: beginning, middle, or end — and why?

The end, for that amazing feeling you get before you start editing.





7.  What are your writing habits? Is there a specific snack you eat? Do you listen to music? What time of day do you write best? Feel free to show us a picture of your writing space!


Chips or sour patch kids. Music really helps me envision my story. Afternoons.


8. How private are you about your novel while you’re writing? Do you need a cheer squad or do you work alone (like, ahem, Batman)?

 I grew out of the 'my novel is top secret stage', if someone wants to to talk about it, I will. I have done it both ways. Both work.

9. What keeps you writing even when it’s hard?

My favorite authors, books, and a need to create.





10. What are your top 3 pieces of writing advice?

 Write what you like.

Don't be defensive about your writing, criticism will help you improve.

You have to finish.

















1 Nov 2017

End of Inktober


 I did it! I was actually surprised that I managed to do it, I didn't miss any days. I am trying to work on my dedication and follow through. This was a great way to do it. You guys said you wanted to see the rest, so here you go.

Also I forgot to put one on here last time so here it is.

#shy


 #shattered
 #Teeming



#fierce
#mysterious
#fat
#graceful
#filthy
#cloud
#deep
#furious
#trail
#juicy

#blind

#ship

#squeak

#climb

#fall

#united

#found


#mask




























25 Oct 2017

Hunting Prince Dracula ( A Review)

I snatched this one up so fast, I enjoyed the first one and the cover was gorgeous. Perfect for this time of year.


Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell are back together again, this time heading to an elite boarding school in Romania to study forensics. Which just happens to be in the castle that Vlad the Impaler took up residence, who was the inspiration for Dracula.

I was super stoked for this one. I love anything with vampires, or the promise of vampires. I was also in the mood for a spooky read.

It starts off with a bang, someone is staked on the train.


Once again beautiful visuals and settings. I loved that it was cold and desolate. I think I may have liked this one more then 'Stalking Jack the Ripper'. The suspense level was high and characters started dropping like flies pretty early on.

The one big complaint I had about the first one was fixed. The pool of suspects was huge this go aroundm as we had a school to contend with. Everything was new, settings and characters alike. I loved the school setting, the creepy castle, the otherness feeling of the it.


Audrey and Thomas were their usual witty selves. Their conversations, or rather flirtations were some of my favorite parts. Some of it could be a bit much, I thought they would be a bit more comfortable around each other this go around. Almost every conversation they had with each other was turned into an innuendo, which I usually don't mind. It started getting old. I swear, the number of times someone's breath hitched, or eyes fell on lips. I wanted to stab someone.

  They did have some key emotional moments that made it all worth it. Besides that, the murders were intriguing. I loved how Kerri wove the history and fantastical together, all the Romanian bits added a lot of depth. She used the vampire folklore with finesse. I love the creepy tunnels and death traps the castle concealed.

The nightly escapades, the family histories, and the long list of suspects kept the tension going. I went back and forth on the murderer, and was caught by a red herring.

I also loved how the author dealt with Audrey's emotional fallout from the first one. She had a bit of PTSD and I thought it was dealt with flawlessly. Also nice to see it acknowledged, as a lot of books tend to gloss over that kind of thing.

Instead of this sequel feeling like it didn't live up to the first one. I would say it exceed expectations and surpassed the first in both intrigue and story. 

It was appropriately creepy and bloody. In fact I think the amount of blood and macabre detail was doubled. We are talking 'Carrie' levels of blood here.


  So for those of you who are queasy of that sort of thing. Probably not for you.

 *spoiler*

There is this part involving a bathtub of blood and a straw, I told my friend about it. She was like "Have you ever tried to breath through a straw" we had a good laugh. So maybe that part was a little unrealistic.

*end of spoiler*

All in all I would give it four and half stars. This author is genius in her mix of fables, history, and gothic storytelling. Can't wait for her next book!







18 Oct 2017

Beautiful Books 2017

I was going to skip this one, because I'm not doing Nano. It gives me an excuse to talk about my Snow White retelling, so I thought why not.



 Beautiful books is one of my favorite link ups created by the ever fabulous duo Cait and Sky

On to the lovely questions.

1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I created this for the Roogle Wood Press contest, so it was inspired by Snow White, and I have had the idea when the contest was announced, so sometime in June.

2. Describe what your novel is about!

It's about Snow, who is a circus clown in a fae ran circus. She wants to become a trapeze in order to eventually leave. She finds herself wanted by an evil queen and caught up in a deadly game with two enigmatic fae Princes.

3.What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

Dark, grungy, with a wee bit of fantasy. I have a pinterest board for it  Falling Snow




4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

Snow- Tenacious and tough, was raised by a bunch of circus midgets and has never been handed anything in life.



The Queen/Madame

Beautiful and powerful, owns the circus and her workers. A fae queen, one should never trifle with. Doesn't mind getting her hands dirty.


  Chayse/Huntsman- The Queen's son, lion tamer, and fire dancer. Also some sort of were-cat, an enigma at it's finest.


Cynfael/ Prince Charming- A northern fae Prince with questionable motives and morals.



 Midgets/ dwarves



Moe, Lenny, Ted, Sean, Ben, also two unnamed ones who may or may not be included. A bunch of chain smoking, cursing circus clowns.

5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

Wallow in self doubt and pity for a couple hours, then type until I have to stop for a snack break which is every five minutes.

6.What are you most looking forward to about this novel?

The contest feedback and my readers feedback, as for writing it probably the end.

7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.

Bleak

Bloody

Hostile

8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?


 Snow's goal is just to find a better life, that changes towards the middle to just staying alive.

 9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Her whole life is turned upside down, and she sees the world in a different light.

10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?

wistful and hopeful. The only theme is probably overcoming fear, and fighting back.


Well hope somebody enjoyed this.