Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Worth Quoting



If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. – Dorothy Parker

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Another "DUH" Moment


Meet stupid response girl right here.  Yep. That's me. *waves*

Here's my latest DUH moment. 


My manuscript has been with publishers since April.  And I'm super impatient to have news -- positive or negative.  I just want things to move so I can organize my life and state of mind accordingly.   So, when my agent told me my novel was still out with several publishers, I freaked.  In my mind I was going,  Is this a good sign?  A bad one?  Is there anything I can do to make this go faster?  This is killing me!  Please help!  

Instead, I responded: Why are they so slow? Do they have a lot to read?

Um. Yeah, Katie.  They're editors at publishing houses.  If they don't have a lot to read something is really wrong.

No major damage done apart from a major mental eye roll on the part of my agent.  And a nice little facepalm to myself.  Again.

What's your latest DUH moment?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Celestial Anthology

Woot Woot!  I've been waiting to share this news with you.  I was lucky enough to get an invitation to be a part of a short story anthology with nine other YA authors.  We had a common theme -- a comet -- and then were let loose to write a story about it.  What came out is ten completely different stories to entertain and make you think.

Right now it's an e-book, but in a couple weeks the paperback will be out if you have to have a hard copy.  Check it out and tell your friends! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NCN1O3E

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Even Cloudy Days...

Even cloudy days can be beautiful.  Here's to becoming adept at finding the light in all sorts of darkness.  Yeah.  I'm working on that.




Monday, July 14, 2014

Guess Who's an Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree?

I opened my e-mail to some great news the other day: Untethered was awarded an Indie B.R.A.G. medallion! What does that mean, you ask?  The Book Readers Appreciation Group is an organization of readers around the world.  According to the website all books sent to them go through a serious selection process :

" ... an initial screening to ensure that the author's work meets certain minimum standards of quality and content. If it passes this preliminary assessment, it is then read by members drawn from our global reader group. They judge the merits of the book based on a comprehensive list of criteria, including;

  • Plot
  • Writing Style
  • Characters
  • Copy editing
  • Dialogue
  • Cover/interior layout
One final factor our readers use to judge a book is whether or not they would recommend it to their best friend.
On average, 50% of the books submitted to us fail to pass the initial screen and another 40% are subsequently rejected by our readers. Thus, only 10% of the books we consider are awarded our B.R.A.G. Medallion."

On their website they have a large list of books that have already gone through this process and been awarded a medallion.  Check them out and get some awesome indie books: http://www.bragmedallion.com/

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Chocolate Book Challenge

The absolutely awesome Wendy Storer tagged me in the Chocolate Book Challenge.  She figured with my living in Switzerland, I should know a thing or two about chocolate.  And I do.  Like most Swiss, I eat it all the time --the Swiss eat an average of 12 kilos of chocolate a year!

I also read books.  While eating chocolate (and popcorn!).

The challenge is to list one book for each type of chocolate -- dark, milk and white.  I'm going to list one book for each but add more chocolate types, because there's a variety of chocolate out there that deserves to be covered.  As for authors, I'm sticking with mostly indies here, but there are a couple more well-known ones thrown in.





Dark Chocolate is for the adult in us.  It's rich, but somewhat bitter.  Right away, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood comes to mind.  Adult in intelligence and theme, bitter in outlook, but sooooo rich in language.  A classic, but I had to list it here because it is a book that I read twenty years ago but that still sticks with me.









Dark Chocolate with Hot Pepper.  Adult in a very spicy way.  Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart combines mythology with some adult action.  It's hot and satisfying.
 


Dark Chocolate covered Caramel.  Less adult, but very, very dark.  You'll want to chew on it for a while.  Angelfall by Susan Ee is probably one of my all-time favorite YA books ever. It keeps you turning pages and it also makes your skin crawl.  






Dark Chocolate filled with Liquor.  A mix of taste and texture with an attitude.  Chasing the Star Garden by Melanie Karsak is a steampunk adventure that involves airships, absinthe and opium.





Dark Chocolate (can you tell I like dark chocolate?) with Lemon filling.  You'd think the two don't go together -- the super sweet lemon and the bitter dark chocolate -- but they're divine together.  Until the End of the World by Sarah Lyons Fleming is a zombie apocalypse novel that is full of lovable characters.  Zombie but not horror.







Milk Chocolate is all about indulgence and fun.  Obitchuary by Stephanie Hayes is a romp in the world of chic lit crime stories.







Milk Chocolate with Krispies.  Fun with some snap, crackle and pop.  Miss Hyde by Imogen Bold is an historical romantic YA take on the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story.  




Hazelnut Milk Chocolate.  Fun and a little nutty.  Waking Up Dead by Margo Bond Collins is about the ghost of a young woman who wakes up in Alabama.  It just gets crazier from there.






White Chocolate is for the younger crowd.  It's sweet but rich and good to savor.  Where Bluebirds Fly by Wendy Storer is a middle-grade novel about a girl in a school for kids with emotional problems.  Deep and heart-warming at the same time.




White Chocolate with Nougat.  Still young, but the nougat adds an adult aspect.  Someone Different by Kate Hanney is a tasty upper middle grade romance about two kids from opposite sides of the tracks.




So there you go. Go out, buy a variety pack of chocolate, and fire up your kindle.  Time to read....and time for me to tag the next round of chocolatiers:

I tag two of my favorite book bloggers, Lexxie at (un)Conventional Book Views and Toni at My Book Addiction.  And author Stephanie Hayes.