How to finish your novel: Guest video at The Write Life

Wow! I am such a fan of Roz and her book ‘Nail Your Novel’. I’m in process of the steps right now on my first elusive novel and it’s helped me a great deal.

This post and her interview with Laura Pepper Wu has many great tips for writers at any level. Also if you haven’t checked out the online magazine ‘Write Life’ you’re missing out and need to check out it as well. Top notch information and tips to incorporate.

I love it when I find a gem and both of these I am compelled to ensure you find too. Whether your a novel writer, business writer, or poet we all can use some insight in the process to refine our own.

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Nail Your Novel

pepwu pepwu2 You started writing a book… but will you finish? Laura Pepper Wu of The Write Life Magazine invited me to her series ‘7 Superstars in Writing & Publishing’ to answer that question.

I’m thrilled to be on this because her other superstars are steampunk author and marketing guru Lindsay Buroker, Bestseller Labs founder Jonathan Gunson, Writer’s Digest editor Brian Klems, prolific series novelist and podcaster Sean Platt, magazine journalist Linda Formichelli … and she’s rounding off the series with literary agent Rachelle Gardner! (I’m usually sparing with exclamation marks but I think such a well-connected bunch deserves one…)

In a 20-minute video Laura and I discuss drafting, fixing, beating writer’s block, getting better ideas and writing with CONFIDENCE! And if you scroll through you’ll find the other guys’ interviews too. Come on over… 

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Illusion by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Illusion (Chronicles of Nick #5) By Sherrilyn Kenyon

Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is book 5 in the Young Adult series by Sherrilyn Kenyon focusing on a well loved (especially by me) character from artworks-000074210454-qmgxad-originalher adult series Nicholas “Nick” Ambrosius Gautier (pronounced Go-shay). Nick has always wanted to be normal kid and avoid his demon biological side that’s fated to end the world, and in this book he gets to see the flip side of what his normal world would look like. Of course normal isn’t always what it seems cue all other characters from the adult Dark-Hunters Series and twist them into polar opposites. This makes for a heck of an adventure and many laugh out loud moments from a typical sarcastic witty male teenager that is written to perfection. Great addition to the series so far!

If you haven’t read the previous books, I’m not sure how you could love this book, the way die-hard fans such as myself would. So many characters so many twists and turns and fun throughout the series. I really get tickled with this YA series and enjoy the paranormal series that author has weaved so perfectly that we get a second sight of seeing Nick grow up and possibly change plots in future DH books.

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Rumor has it, movie and TV deals are in the making for this series… I pray they (movie and TV Gods) get this right, it’s too good to not pay it the right attention. None the less, I would highly recommend you enjoy the books prior to the visual entertainment, the mental entertainment is top-notch if you enjoy a good paranormal.

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“There was a reason why there was only a single stairway to heaven, but an entire highway to hell.” ― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Illusion

“When the going gets tough, the tough gets napalm. -Nick” ― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Illusion

“By the power of Grayskull. . . I have the power!” Nick
“By the power of Grayskull, I’m going to cleave your skull from your shoulders if you don’t take this seriously.” Caleb”
― Sherrilyn Kenyon, Illusion

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April Showers Bring Book Releases and Crutches

Wow, I’m on a reading frenzy lately.  What is it, the spring season for book releases?

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I actually had to decide which favorite author/book series I would read first because they were released on the same day!! Seriously.  Any avid reader feels my pain and struggle.  Unless your the type who can read more than one book at a time (reference books don’t count by the way) and I am not that person.

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I’m a one story at a time kinda gal, old fashioned I know.  It was quite diabolical, and a choice was made.

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I really enjoy a good fiction story that takes me on an adventure in my own private movie showing.  Those stories are the best, especially as TV winds down all the season finales.  It’s also part research for me, because as a writer you should be a reader as well – or so says Stephen King and I agree.

My problem lately is that it seems to be a crutch not to write, cause I’d rather read.  I suppose it’s a fine line.

Comment below on your crutches or book releases – on the same day *shaking fist 

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Rating 3 stars out of 5 stars

This is a YA story that is a sci-fi retelling/reimagined Cinderella story. Cinder is a story with a sci-fi background set in New Beijing. Cinder, the main character is talented mechanic and a cyborg, I say heck yea! How fun is this ride going to be? Well, I wanted it to be awesome. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it mostly due to some drag time in moving the plot forward in the beginning. The author picks up pace mid way and ends on a high for the next CinderCoverArtbook.

Cinder is blamed by her step mother for her step sister’s illness, which is a pandemic. Cinder meets Prince Kai, where he is seeking her talents to fix his android. There is the royal ball coming up in part for the announcement of a marriage for Kai and the Lunar Queen, for political purposes of course. There are lots of interesting conflicts with twists and turns.

For more see my offical book review (click the link): MY BOOK REVIEW CINDER

My favorite quotes from the book:

“Even in the Future the Story Begins with Once Upon a Time.” ― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

“I’m sure I’ll feel much more grateful when I find a guy who thinks complex wiring in a girl is a turn-on.” ― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

“But if there was one thing she knew from years as a mechanic, it was that some stains never came out.” ― Marissa Meyer, Cinder

Show and share the love.  Did you read Cinder? If so let me know your thoughts – it’s all about sharing and reading.  So many books…