They say news comes in two forms: Good and Bad.
The Good: I’m working on Last Light.
The Bad: It’s gonna be huge and my fingers are bleeding.
Sometimes I’m stalled in my writing by simply needing to come out of the story to do research so I can feel my way through a setting or scene. And, if you’ve ever read my stuff, you know I’m a big setting addict. I literally want the setting to become its own character, and to pull that off, I need to be eyeball-deep in concept photography and art.
I thought, since y’all are being so patient, that I’d share some concept photos for
Faust, which is once again a big player in Eila Walker’s life. The monster models & drawings shown here were ones I used when developing the Lessers, including Bane (drawn as a human on the left), who works for Faust. Though I modified the monsters pictured here, it was a starting point for me.
So sit back and scroll through some of the photos
and graphics I use to keep writing.
This is Faust:
So, you asked for a Kindle for Christmas, eh? Maybe an iPad too, ’cause, “what the heck,” right?
As you wait to see whether Santa brings you those items from your list (and whether or not the Elf will rat you out to the Big Guy or not), I wanted to point out that Undertow e-book will be FREE on Amazon from December 25-29th.
Author Blog Hop with Beth Rodgers
I am thrilled to share that my second novel, ‘Sweet Fifteen’ – the sequel to ‘Freshman Fourteen’ – is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle! The release date is Wednesday, December 7th! Check out the cover and a link to the pre-order page below!
Also, if you’re looking for an AWESOME Cyber Monday deal, check out this one: http://amzn.com/B00PIWYU92 – follow that link to pick up your FREE copy of ‘Freshman Fourteen’ on Kindle – FREE today through Friday, December 2nd! Get a head start on being ready for ‘Sweet Fifteen’ by getting up to speed on main character Margot’s ninth grade year! Share the link with friends and family!
The pre-order link for ‘Sweet Fifteen’ is: http://amzn.com/B01MTSHL0H
Sophomore year starts off on a positive note, with Margot Maples enjoying a circle of new friends, an influx of confidence, and the attention of the oh-so-cute new basketball player, Kirk. But she quickly finds herself stuck in a rut, battling mean girls, and getting caught up in Kirk’s past. Margot’s friendships, heartaches, and presidential campaign lead her on a path to self-discovery, making sophomore year one to remember.
Come along on Margot’s journey in this sequel to Freshman Fourteen that has new faces, backroom politics, and a few twists and turns along the way.
This is such a cool giveaway and EVERYONE is a winner! Nineteen Young Adult authors are offering up their books (ebooks) plus some paperback and swag. One lucky winner will run away with a freakin’ KINDLE!!
Why, WHY wouldn’t you enter!??!?!
EXACTLY!! DO IT NOW! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!
Here are the books up for grabs! Click a title to be zoomed over to the author’s site!
Today my blog is being visited by Young Adult fantasy writer J.A. Culican, whose book The Keeper of Dragons: The Prince Returns, just got a reboot with a new cover. I thought I’d pick her brain and offer up her answers here on my site, so read on!
1. Give us your stalking deets – where people can find you online . . .
There’s a trend among young people right now to dye their hair gray. And if you’re dark haired, it takes a ton of work to get that perfect combo of seaside overcast / silver tarnish to shade your locks. By the time you’re done perfecting this “hey I’m old as dirt, but not really” look, you could probably have paid for a 5-day trip to Disney World.
BUT, there is a faster way to go gray! It’s called “moving.” In fact, it’s probably the surest way to an early grave, so you can perfect that whole “I’m gray AND dead” look.
But here’s the thing: buying and selling homes does not have to be a free pass to the nut-house IF you have Wonder Woman on your side. Ours was blonde, about 5’5”, with a sweet smile that hid a total Thor-like determination. And though she didn’t have a fancy, alien-esque hammer or fiery-whip, she did have a “sold” sign tucked in her trunk and she was determined to sink the sucker into our lawn like a meteor.
Truth is, Jamie Derouen of Upper Cape Realty, entire changed our lives. She knew, from day one, what was at stake for us in selling our home – a home we had loved and cared for, for nearly 20 years. She knew why we were selling and how much we were relying on her to get us out of an extremely stressful situation.
She also knew that there was only ONE house in ONE area that fit us. ONE. She knew how much we wanted it – she knew I’d watched it for years, praying someday I’d own it. She knew that the new house represented peace and happiness for my family – a chance for our children to grow up among their friends and walk to the beach every night. She knew that we needed a huge garage to replace the one we had and she knew that NOT selling our house wasn’t an option. On top of all that, she knew that we had 60 days to not only get our home ready to go on the market, but also get it SOLD. Nailing Jell-O to a tree would’ve been easier.
Jamie managed to broker the deal to buy the house of our dreams contingent on selling the house we had loved for years, all while dealing with the same tough situation that we’d been caught in for nearly a decade (and getting the deal done on a tight time frame). On top of that, our home was part of a multi-home deal that required an army of attorneys and realtors, buyers and sellers. She kept in contact with them ALL to make sure our deal – the last of the deals – went through seamlessly.
She was such a blessing to us. I have NO DOUBT that any other realtor would never have been able to get the job done. She got us the price(s) we needed, the contingencies we wanted, and she constantly, constantly was in touch with me every step of the way. In fact, I think we shared more texts (and memes) over those months than my husband and I did in a year. For every set-back and unseen hurdle, she’d reply “Don’t worry – I’ve got this,” and she always did. Without FAIL, she fixed it, tracked it down, got it done, and was on the ball.
Our new home is everything we wanted – it has a heartbeat that welcomes us, it has the flow and breezes we adore. We breath freely here, we smile more and laugh all the time. The weight that crushed us at our old home is gone, replaced by a contentment and happiness that we didn’t think we’d ever get back.
We owe so much to Jamie – more than words can say or a simple review could ever convey. She changed OUR LIVES. Not just addresses, but our very well-being, and for that, we are eternally grateful.
She’s more than a Realtor – she’s a superhero.
I have eight of the brightest, wildest teen writers this side of Hogwarts. They are tackling everything from twisted retellings, to high fantasy dragon shifters and dream thieves, to awesomely wicked horror and family murder and magic, to bookworms-turned-assassins, to glorious contemporary dramas. I look at my class and each writer there is dedicated to their story, their characters, and (amazingly), one another.
Thank heavens there isn’t a story-slam at the end of this because my clan of teen writers would wipe the floor with ya!
In just a couple of days, they have joined forces to pull the best stories and voice from each of their manuscripts, offering twists and turns and solutions to one another that the creator never saw coming. I’m showing them my personal tricks of the trade and they are intent on getting it right. They are determined. Fearless. They are true story-crafters and can write circles around many adults.
Because all writers should indulge in a few tools of the trade, I am listing a couple awesome apps and toys for my class here on my website. Of course, you TOO can steal a peek . . .
Lists For Writers: http://thinkamingo.com/lists-for-writers/
Index Card: http://www.denvog.com/app/index-card/
A fabulous post about the strength of the human soul :)
Interview by Michelle Lynn
A lot of awful things are happening in the world right now. We see them every day. No matter where we live, no matter who we are, we are being continually touched by tragedy, our worlds dimming each time. There’s not a lot we as individuals can do to fight these bigger problems and we all deal with them in different ways. As writers, most of us here at the YA Author Rendezvous use our words to try to make a little sense out of all the madness.
Despite a feeling of overwhelming darkness that sometimes seems to be covering our planet, this past week has reminded some of us that maybe we can still make a difference. Most of us will never be on the front lines fighting terrorism or saving babies from burning buildings, but this week…
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