16 November 2012

The 2013 Debut Author Challenge Goal Post

In case you guys hadn't heard (though I doubt very much you'd be reading this if you hadn't), I have a book coming out next year (well three actually, but that's neither here nor there). It's not just any book however, it's my debut novel. My excitement is beyond words. As an author you only get one debut novel and I plan to enjoy the process as much as possible.

I've been stuck in my revision cave the last couple of weeks, working hard to make Game. Set. Match. the best book it can possibly be before it hits your Nooks, Kindles, iPads or Android Devices. While I've been revising, I've also been thinking about all the other debut authors out there going through exactly what I'm going through.The online writing community is a lot smaller than you'd think and many of us keep in contact on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads, so I know that my experience isn't unique to me. There are lots of nervous and excited 2013 Debut Authors. So keeping that in mind, I've decided to participate in the 2013 Debut Author Challenge, hosted by the wonderful Tara at The Hobbitsies book review blog.

My 2013 Debut Novels "To Be Read":

A Point So Delicate by Brandy Colbert

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

Dualed by Elsie Chapman

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey
Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

The Reece Malcolm List by Amie Spaulding

Praefatio by Georgia McBride

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Liddell

2013 Debuts I've already read through Advanced Reading Copies
Splintered by A.G. Howard (5 Stars)
Pivot Point by Kasie West (5 MINDBLOWING Stars)

06 November 2012

That one time when the hurricane hit...

*peaks her head out of the layers of blankets*

Hi everyone,

In case some of you were still unaware, Hurricane Sandy blasted the Northeastern United States early last week. I'm happy to report that me and mine are all safe and sound. I am, however, still without any electricity. So, no heat, no internet and no TV for going on 8 days now. My favorite books growing up were the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and over the last week and a half, I've been given just a small taste of what life was like before we could plug anything in. I've become accustomed to carrying around an LED lantern powered by 8 D batteries from room to room so I don't trip over anything. I still hit the light switch whenever I walk in to a room. Force of habit, I suppose.

It's...an interesting experience. Schools were closed in my area for a full week and many still are and thus I didn't have to go to work. In that time I found myself rising with the sun and heading to bed just an hour or two after it set. I'm not a coffee drinker, so I've stuck with tea and I've made my way through a box of Apple Cinnamon Spice teabags after having it in my cabinet for several months. Obviously, the storm interfered with Halloween and while there were some brave Trick-OR-Treaters, I found myself with a glut of candy and have thus been eating more than my fair share of Kit Kats over the last few days. I've made a significant dent in my To-Be-Read pile, reverting  back to my youth when I'd fool my parents into believing I was asleep by burrowing under the covers and reading by flashlight. 

I'm also in the middle of a major revision of Game. Set. Match. I was about five chapters into it when the hurricane hit. I now have more than ten legal pad pages (yes, back and front) of handwritten revisions to be typed up once power is restored. Let's hope I can decipher my own handwriting when the time comes.

The men working in my neighborhood said that power would be restored last night. This morning they said this afternoon. We'll see, but until then, I'm leaving links of places you can go to help people who've been hit a lot harder by Sandy that I was. People have lost everything, so if you can give anything at all, even just a dollar or two, it would be very much appreciated.

And last, but never least, those of you in the United States and over 18, no matter your political affiliation, make sure you get out and vote today! Make your voice heard in the most important way you can