Hello again! Today, as part of the 2018 Ch1- and Ch21-Con Blog Tour, Mr. Liam Wood of Ch21Con is stopping by to offer a fresh perspective on a subject that's fresh on my mind as I put the finishing touches to my second chapter book, Cliche. Take it away! <> <> <> Revising for the … Continue reading Revising for the Lone Writer, by Liam Wood
Passover was officially PassOVER as of Sunday, which gave me a little crunch-time to work on book-related things in relative peace and quiet. It's amazing what you can do in a few days' time, if motivated! I went through the last significant portion of beta-reader feedback from the second round and made changes to the … Continue reading Book covers (and a surprisingly optimistic Cliche update)!
The Gauntlet is Karuna Riazi's debut middle-grade novel from the Salaam Reads imprint of Simon and Schuster. I won an autographed (!!!) copy of this book from a giveaway earlier this summer by the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, and it's one of the loveliest middle grade stories I've read this year. It's Farah Mirza's … Continue reading The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (2017, Middle Grade)
Scythe follows two teenagers, Citra and Rowan, through their apprenticeship to the Honorable Scythe Faraday. (All Scythes take on new names, after "Patron Historics," aka historical personalities, when ordained.) Neither want to join the next generation of population-controlling killers, which is why they are deemed perfect to be trained; however, only one year of training … Continue reading Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Hey guys, guess what? I read a YA book and actually loved every page of it! Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson had me riveted to the page, and I'm not just pulling a book reviewer phrase out of a hat here. I read the entire book in a day, stopping only for … Continue reading Book Review: Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
All this time, I said I was writing something, and you've all been very good in believing me. Now for some proof. 😀 Whenever he thinks I’m asleep, Dad takes this picture of my mother that used to hang on our wall out of the truck’s glove compartment and just stares as it, sadly. Tonight … Continue reading So, what *have* I been writing?
Sometimes, I design mock-up covers just for the fun of it. I can't draw to save my life anymore, so this is like the best way for me to produce "concept art" for my story without breaking the bank by commissioning others to do it for me. 😛 What do you guys think? A couple … Continue reading After the Fall – Book Cover Mock-Up #1
I read this book as part of a review exchange with the amazing Claire Banschbach, published author of two other YA fantasy novels, The Rise of Aredor and The Wildcat of Braeton. She kindly reviewed my novelette, Secrets in Seaport, and the wonderful things she had to say about it immensely relieved much of the … Continue reading Review: Adela’s Curse by Claire Banschbach