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Taking Time to Refill the Creative Well

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April 30th, 2019

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I blogged about my writing journey. I didn’t write a lot in April. I did, however, spend time planting flowers, walking on the beach, and reading books.

In April, I noticed I was starting to feel stressed out about my novels. The words weren’t coming. I felt like I was scribbling empty words. I would write a chapter and go back and delete it. I know some people suggest you have to write something down so you can revise it. This time felt different.

I needed a creative break.

I took time off from my seafaring project, THE LOST SAGES, and dabbled in another story world for a bit. I wrote snippets of dialogue and explored the setting. I heard back from my wonderful critique partners who read TLS. I have a pile of notes 🙂

Now that we’re on the cusp of May, I’m working on a plan for revisions. I don’t feel burned out but instead excited to dive back in. What do you do when you’re feeling drained?

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Hopewell Rocks, NB (little Maggie May in the corner, haha)

I enjoy going to the beach and walking. I especially love finding sea glass.

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Happy writing, friends ❤

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Smoke and Key Blog Tour

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Smoke and Key

by Kelsey Sutton

Release Date: April 2019

Entangled Teen

Summary:

A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

My Review

I really enjoyed Smoke and Key. I found it quite unique and different from the beginning of the novel. I love novels where you feel immersed in the new story world. With Smoke and Key, from the first page, I felt like I was there. There is a lot of atmosphere in this book and I think Kelsey Sutton is a masterful storyteller.

The magical world of the Under is super cool. If you’re looking for something romantic, mysterious, and creepy, definitely consider picking this book up. I think this novel shines in its uniqueness 🙂  4 stars.

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About the Author

Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She will soon have a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore. You can visit her online at www.kelseysuttonbooks.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.
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Two Thousand Years Special Edition

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Woohoo! My friend M. Dalto has a special edition of her debut releasing in April! It will include two novellas and a sneak peek at book two. I’m so excited 🙂

● Publisher: The Parliament House

● Book Title: Two Thousand Years (Special Edition)

● Series: The Empire Saga

● Author: M. Dalto

Two thousand years ago, the Prophecy of Fire and Light foretold the coming of the Queen Empress who would lead the Empire into a time of peace and tranquility. But instead of the coming of a prosperous world, a forbidden love for the Empress waged a war that ravaged the land, creating a chasm between the factions, raising the death toll of innocent lives until the final, bloody battle.

Centuries later, Alexandra, a twenty-two-year-old barista living in Boston, is taken to an unfamiliar realm of mystery and magic where her life is threatened by Reylor, its banished Lord Steward. She crosses paths with Treyan, the arrogant and seductive Crown Prince of the Empire, and together they discover how their lives, and their love, are so intricately intertwined by a Prophecy set in motion so many years ago.

Alex, now the predestined Queen Empress Alexstrayna, whose arrival was foretold by the Annals of the Empire, controls the fate of her new home as war rages between the Crown Prince and Lord Steward. Either choice could tear her world apart as she attempts to keep the Empire’s torrid history from repeating itself. In a realm where betrayal and revenge will be as crucial to her survival as love and honor, Alex must discover whether it is her choice – or her fate – that determines how she survives the Empire’s rising conflicts.

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Book Covers I Love

Hi everyone,

I’m part of Kelly Coon’s street team, the Skeleton Crew. We are celebrating her book cover that went live last week with GetUnderlined. Kelly is a wonderful YA fantasy author and I cannot wait to read Gravemaidens!

Today, I’m switching things up on the blog. I’m going to share some of my favorite book covers. When I was fourteen, I perused the teen section at my local bookstore. I stopped when I saw Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty book cover. The young woman on the cover wore a beautiful corset and it just caught my eye. I bought it and quickly flew through the book. Cover art gives the reader a glimpse of what’s beyond the front page.

Let’s dive in!

1. Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

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This is one of my all-time favorite book series. Tamora Pierce is such an inspiration. I first discovered this series when I was thirteen years old. I couldn’t put the first book down, and flew through the last three. I love everything about this cover: from the colors, to Alanna, and her super epic sword.

2. Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

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This cover is so cute! I love the white details, they really stand out against the pink. The two characters on the front cover convey a lot with their body language. Super awesome cover! Also, the title is a lot of fun:)

3. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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This was the first book I read by Naomi Novik. The cover stood out to me in the fantasy section at my local bookstore, so I ended up purchasing it. I love the font, color scheme, and the main image. This is a fantastical cover that catches your eye for sure.

4. Immoral Code by Lillian Clark

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This is a really intriguing cover. I really love the pink and blue color scheme against the ebony background. It feels slightly ominous, the way the characters are cut off. Super eye catching! Also, the tagline “Payback’s a glitch” is really clever 🙂

5. Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

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I loooove this cover. It is so beautiful. The blue color in the bottle, the details of the flowers, and the moths stand out to me. The sentence at the top made me shiver. This cover, while stunning, gives off a slightly ominous feeling. Eep!!! Can’t wait to have this book beauty in my hands!

Happy Wednesday, friends!! What’s your favorite book cover? I’d love to hear below!

Until next time,

Loie xo

 

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Submit Your Stories: Grumpy Old Gods Anthology

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March 6th, 2019

Hi friends, how are you making out?

Today, I’m going to share a fun submission opportunity. I shared about the first Grumpy Old Gods Anthology during #24DaysofWriting. Well, they had nearly 100 submissions and 11 spaces to fill! They’ve decided to send out a call for volume 2.

What’s the Call About?

The editors want stories about mythical Gods or Goddesses who are retired, missing from their post, waning, or ignoring their job responsibilities. They’re seeking speculative fiction at around 3000-4000 words.

The deadline to submit is March 30th, 2019. You can send your submission to grumpyanthology@gmail.com. Find out more information about the call here.

Why You Should Consider Submitting

Personally, I find these submission opportunities a lot of fun. I get to flex my creative muscles and work with a specific prompt. The story I wrote for the first call was a ton of fun. I wrote about Beira from The Winter Crone and created her origin story.

Even though this story wasn’t selected for the anthology, I know where I can use it someday. I’m hoping to research and outline a novel based on Beira and Alaor this summer when I get a chance.

These prompts are fun. You can take a break from editing/drafting novels 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

Until next time,

Loie xo

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Rewriting and Querying Update

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February 21st

Hi friends, it’s been a while since I’ve written a personal post. I’ve had a lot of interviews, cover reveals, and reviews so I thought I’d change it up today.

Firstly, how is everyone doing 🙂 ? Have you had a good winter/summer season so far, wherever you might be?

I’m going to share about my writing journey today.

Rewriting

Right now, I’m rewriting my creepy Bluebeard retelling. You can find one version of the fairy tale here.

This was actually the first novel I ever attempted to write. I began it when I was 20 years old and living in Toronto. I went to a local cafe every day, dutifully putting in my hours, haha 🙂 I remember thinking to myself, if I don’t start writing, I’m never going to!

I decided to try my hand at a fairy tale retelling. That year I had been inspired by Marissa Meyer’s ingenious futuristic fairy tale, Cinder.

I began writing that story but came to a dead end at around 30,000 words. That fall, I started a story that would later become THE LOST SAGES, my seafaring fantasy I’m currently querying.

Alas, as I query THE LOST SAGES, I’ve decided to rewrite my Bluebeard story. It’s been so much fun to dive back into that world. I feel excited when I get to the computer. It’s a nice change and helps with the querying angst, hahah!

Querying

Querying isn’t easy. It can be discouraging and upsetting at times. I have to remind myself why I write. If I forget, I get caught up in striving and ruminating about finding an agent.

I’ve read many interviews, and a lot of authors say it only takes one yes 🙂 Don’t give up, friends! Remember why you write ❤ Also, make sure you research the publisher or agent you’re sending your manuscript to.

I hope you feel encouraged. We’ve got this! We can ALWAYS keep improving our craft.  We can work hard and write the best story possible. Find critique partners and swap novels or chapters.

Yesterday, as I reread a chapter from the middle of TLS, I grinned to myself. It read like a real book 😀 What a nice feeling and boost to keep going.

Have a good week. I’m going to return to regular blogging. I’d like to keep posting more calls for submissions and interviews with authors.

Let me know what you’re working on in the comments below 🙂

Until next time,

Loie xo

 

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Cover Real for DANGEROUS ALLIANCE by Jennieke Cohen

Today Jennieke Cohen, Epic Reads, and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and a note from Jennieke about the cover for DANGEROUS ALLIANCE, her debut YA Historical Book which releases on December 3, 2019! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

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Title: DANGEROUS ALLIANCE

Author: Jennieke Cohen

Pub. Date: December 3, 2019

Publisher: HarperTeen

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Lady Victoria Aston has always been just as comfortable in a pair of breeches stolen from her father as she has in satin ballgowns decked in lace. And though she is perfectly capable of minding her manners in polite society, she doesn’t much see the point. With an older sister happily wed and the future of her family estate secure, she is quite content to while her time away in the fields around her home.

 

However, Vicky’s comfortable, idyllic life is overturned in the course of one night. Her sister’s husband is a terrible cad and now Vicky must marry, or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s season in a flutter of silks, dances, and pretty words.

 

But Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s particular circumstances: whether the gorgeous and roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend—the much-grown and very handsome Tom Sherborne—is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the bright-orange waistcoat.

 

Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her. Accidents that have her wondering if there’s someone trying to prevent a match from being made…or prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.

 

Note about the cover from Jennieke:

 

When I got the concept art for DANGEROUS ALLIANCE’s cover, I was thrilled with what designer Jessie Gang had come up with. I’m a little like Elle Woods from Legally Blonde in that pink is my signature color, so the palette was just what I’d hoped for. When the final cover made it to my inbox, my heart sped up as I saw how it had all come together. The artist, Kasi Turpin, did a beautiful job creating the font and I just love how the line through the “A” forms the top of an upside down heart and draws attention to the tagline. The cameo silhouette also happens to be perfect for my main character, Vicky, while still allowing readers to picture her for themselves! I can’t wait to see what it looks like on the shelves, and I hope people love it as much as I do!

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About Jennieke:

Jennieke Cohen (JEN-ih-kuh CO-en) is used to people mispronouncing her name and tries to spare her fictional characters the same problem.  She studied English history at Cambridge University and has a master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California. When not writing or researching little-known corners of history, you’ll find her singing opera arias and show tunes, over-analyzing old movies, or discovering the best foodie spots in her native Northern California. Read more on Jennieke’s website http://www.JenniekeCohen.com or find her on Twitter or Instagram @Jennieke_Cohen

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