Category Archives: Reading

Tag! I’m it (GUTGAA style)!

Hello all! 😀 I have officially been tagged by my new friend Rhiann! And I now have some questions to answer…

What is the working title of your book?
TERRA INCOGNITA

Where did the idea come from for the book?
A dream… a lot of my ideas come to me that way. I dreamed of being in a building (like an old school) with a group of people, and we were being chased/hunted by someone/thing. Somehow, we made it to a safe place where she could see us but not get to us… and she touched a large, rusty piece of chain, bringing it to life as a snake… it slithered over to me. Everyone else was scared, no one came to my aid… but I reached out to touch it (I don’t know why – it was a dream!) and it turned back to its true form. Everyone was amazed and the one who originally turned it ran away. And that was the start of TERRA INCOGNITA.

What genre does your book fall under?
This took me a while to figure out… 🙂 But I have settled on YA post-apocalyptic paranormal with romantic elements… a mouthful, I know.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
That’s a tough one… but something I have considered, I’ll admit, because I like to work with images. I’m a very visual person and like to see my characters. Based a lot on looks (ages might be an issue) I would choose either Chloe Moretz or Rachel Hurd-Wood to play Haylee and (this one is tough for me) maybe someone like Taylor Kitsch (a little younger probably) to play Derik.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
When Haylee wakes to a post-apocalyptic future, she discovers the Pale Ones – creatures that can kill with a single touch – have propelled her through time to claim a power she didn’t know she had.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Agent, please?! Pretty, pretty please….?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Well… I started writing it in the summer of 2005 but stopped for a while. I pulled it back out in 2009, wrote during college classes (yes, I know, for shame… but I couldn’t stop!) and finished it in time to submit it to Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest in early 2011… needless to say, that didn’t pan out… it was a first draft after all. So, there were a lot of starts and stops by that point… Unfortunately, that’s how I wrote up until recently… now I have several unfinished stories and, when I feel I’m burnt out on one, I can move to another.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Other than my uber-cool Pale Ones (the basis of all supernatural creature legends, especially the vampire)? Well, because these creatures reign in the future, humans have developed some incredible abilities (almost everybody has a superpower) in order to survive. Haylee arrives there going from average teenager to feeling less than inadequate amongst all that power… But the Pale Ones want her for a reason, right….?

And Tag! You’re It!

All right… now it’s my turn to tag someone!

I have chosen some of my new GUTGAA friends:
Liz
Cynthia
Diana

All right, girls! Have fun and happy tagging!

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Review of Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator

Spookygirl: Paranormal InvestigatorSpookygirl: Paranormal Investigator by Jill Baguchinsky

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator and loved it! It was smart, funny, and had it’s scary moments. Though I don’t know much about paranormal investigations and all of the equipment involved, I have read and seen my fair share of books and shows about them, and it seems as though Ms. Baguchinsky has done her research. Violet is an awesome MC – I loved her immediately – and the secondary characters were fleshed out enough to make them likable and interesting enough to make me want to know more. The story was structured and paced well, and the main mystery was very compelling – I wanted to find the answers almost as much as Violet did.

I would definitely recommend Spookygirl: Paranormal Investigator. Anyone who loves ghost stories and mysteries will enjoy this book. I am rating it at 4.5 stars (though that’s not technically possible on here) because I more than “really liked it” but reserve “it was amazing” for only a select few reads.

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To-Read List…

Since this is (mostly) a writing blog, I thought it only fitting to include a post about the books I’m looking forward to purchasing and reading in the not-too-distant future.  So, here we go:

Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness, realeased 10 July 2012 (if you haven’t read the first book A Discovery of Witches, and you like that sort of thing, check it out)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, released 1o July 2012 (she was born in Kentucky, so that’s exciting to me, since I went to college and lived there for a while — and where I live in southern Ohio might as well be Kentucky anyway… I’m just sayin’)

Odd Apocalypse by Dean Koontz, released 31 July 2012 (whether or not you like Dean Koontz, you may want to try out the Odd Thomas series — paranormal mystery/thriller — they are a lot of fun, so start with the first one… Also they’ve made it into a movie coming out next year, starring Anton Yelchin — I’m totally going to see it!)

The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle, released 25 September 2012 (this is definitely an interesting concept — sounds fantastic!)

There are a ton more, I’m sure… and a lot I still haven’t read that’ve been out for a while already (like book 2 in the Chemical Garden trilogy, Fever by Lauren DeStefano — if you haven’t, you should definitely check out her website, facebook, and twitter… very entertaining and helpful for readers and writers alike — I love her!)  And because it’s coming out next year:

Sever (Chemical Garden Trilogy #3) released 12 February 2013

If I think of more, I’ll add them!

Enjoy!