Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jesus & Bring on the Snow!

Can you imagine being an unwed, virgin teenage girl visited by an angel and asked to carry your god's child? Keep in mind the ridicule you'll endure, the possibility that your fiance may withdraw his proposal, and that no one will believe that you didn't give in to premarital sex. I admire Mary for the kind of faith it took to know what would happen, but to say anyway, "I am the Lord's servant. May it be as you have  said."

As a mother myself, I know that she didn't regret her choice. I also cannot imagine the pain she must have experienced as she watched him sacrificed for the souls of an ungrateful people.

As you celebrate Christmas with your family, give your own children an extra special hug and send up a prayer or two of thanks to a God who loves us so much as to provide salvation in Jesus to an unworthy people and for sending such an amazing example of a mother's love and strength in Mary.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

We have a huge snowstorm forcast for Christmas day here in Oklahoma, and while I doubt it looks quite as good as the picture above, I hope we have at least enough snow for the snowman! I look forward to being holed up with my beautiful little family, hot cocoa, and the new video game from Santa that my 5 year old will have to play all day. What are your plans for Christmas? Will you be enjoying the same snowstorm this Christmas?

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Next Best Thing Blog Hop

The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I was very kindly nominated a while back for The Next Big Thing Blog Hop by Melanie D. Sokol. It's taken me a bit, but I am finally getting this post up. I hope you enjoy learning about my newest WIP.

What is the working title of your book? Diomere's Prince

Where did the idea come from for the book? One of my very odd and detailed dreams after watching a documentary on Mermaids on the Discovery Channel, I believe.

What genre does your book fall under? Fantasy/YA

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? A misplaced prince must discover his true heritage and find his way home to present himself before a magic gate by his 16th birthday to prevent the destruction of his people and an entire world.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Chris Hemsworth as my protagonist

 Mark Addy as my Antagonist

Angus T. Jones as my protagonists' brother.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? An agency, I think, though I'm not as determined on using this path as I once was.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Still working on the 1st draft and it is coming along very nicely.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? Has a merman protagonist like The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Cordova and separate worlds like Harry Potter. I'm sure I could find elements that other books have,but his is the best I could do off the top of my head.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? My main character was kidnapped at birth and raised as a different king's bastard.

For the Next Big Thing Blog Hop, I nominate: Erin York

I've recently discovered Whipped Cream Vodka. This may seem trivial until you think of what I thought of upon this discovery: Hot Cocoa. Enough said. *grin* Some days just require your hot cocoa, tea, or coffee to have a little something extra...just saying!

What do you think of my NaNo novel? Sound interesting? Like me, are your opinions of self-publishing changing? Have you tried whipped cream vodka hot chocolate?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cheers, Cavanaugh Blogfest


Ever attended a Christmas party where you bump into the person who was always there for you during the last year? You'd thank them for being such a RockStar, right?

If there's one person in the Blogosphere who you want to say cheers to, who would it be?

For us, it was a no-brainer. Alex "no hyperlink needed" Cavanaugh.

Alex is an awesome blogger who's helped hundreds of us via book releases, guest posts, guest interviews and always positive comments. While we can't have a live part-ay for the Ninja Captain, we can host a BlogFest:

Welcome to the "Cheers, Cavanaugh BlogFest."

Hosted by Mark Koopmans, Morgan Shamy, David Powers King, and Stephen Tremp, the BlogFest runs from December 10-12.

Two winners – chosen by Alex – will each win one prize:

FIRST PLACE: A signed copy of CassaStar.

GRAND PRIZE*: A picture of Alex and a download of him playing the guitar.

(*One caveat: Alex asks the picture or download NOT be shared online.)

In +/- 20 words, what does Alex look like?
Tall, dark, and handsome. What? He's my bloggy hero and as such, looks like any of my dream heroes.

In +/- 20 words, who could play Alex in a documentary? (Living or dead.)
Christopher Reeve (see answer to question #3)

In +/- 20 words, who does Alex remind you of?
Superman. Science fiction loving, glasses wearing nerd by day, bloggy friend saving hero by night! If I need help finding out about something in the bloggy world, Alex saves my day.

In +/- 100 words, (excluding the title) write flash fiction using all these prompts:

Dangerous Favors

Serena slid through the corridors of the Cavanaugh Caverns like a ninja in the night darting from shadow to shadow. Stopping at an intersection, she glanced left and right. Voices echoed from the left as she noticed the letters IWSG on the wall for the right corridor. She turned left. Better to face whoever those voices belonged to than to chance running into any of the Imperial Wards of Space Genetics. Genetically enhanced with superior reflexes and to be absolutely loyal to the emperor, the wards flew the imperial fleet of Cosbolt ships. Serena knew that if any of them spotted her red skinned face, they'd take her into custody without question. The voices coming toward her were more likely to be acolytes in the temple of the goddess. They'd ignore her if she was lucky. Sighing, she stood straighter and began to walk as if she belonged in the cool stone hallway of the temple. Next time Argo came begging a favor, she'd tell him to stuff it. She'd much rather be home playing her guitar.

For Bonus Points:

In +/- 40 words, leave a comment for Mrs. Cavanaugh - thanking her for sharing

Thanks so much for allowing Alex to give so much of his time to the blogosphere. He is such an amazing fount of information to knew bloggers and writers. I know it must seem a huge sacrifice sometimes, but know that we truly appreciate you.

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Anyone else think french fries in soft serve icecream is the best snack ever? Mmmmm...

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Guest Post-Erin York's Review of PRODIGY by Marie Lu

This week I have the honor of having writer, poet, editor, and friend Erin York as a guest on my blog.  She has a fabulous review to share with you AND a chance for you to win a copy of that same book. So without further ado, please welcome Erin. *wild applause & happy dancing*

Take it away, Erin!!!
Because I work at Full Circle Bookstore in OKC and because I met a wonderful YA (young adult) salesperson from Penguin Books there, I've come into many advanced reader's copies of books. I was lucky enough to receive a copy of PRODIGY, the second book in Marie Lu's dystopian series, Legend. 

Here's a quick synopsis of PRODIGY, which will come out in January 2013:

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—-June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengence, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong? 

If you go to Marie Lu's WEBSITE, you can read the first chapter of the book there. If you follow my blog from now until the end of December, you will be entered in a raffle for this advanced reader's copy. But if I don't have twenty followers by then, the raffle will be canceled. So be sure to tell all your friends to stop by! 

As for my thoughts on PRODIGY, I just finished reading it this morning, and it left me in tears. Bittersweet, heart-wrenching tears. Marie Lu's writing has improved drastically from her first volume to this one. Her story-telling skills are much better as well. 

She tells the story once more from both Day's and June's points of views. And there are several twists in the story that I certainly didn't see coming. The love tangle gets far more tangled, as does the fight for loyalty and the Republic/the Colonies. 

I felt Lu developed this futuristic world much more fully in this story. We learn more about the plague, more about the world at large (not just the fragmented United States), and we delve deep into the corrupt governments and those who are trying to fight it. 

You will not be disappointed in this second volume. It's a terrifying, exhilerating, thrilling second volume. I can't wait for the third volume to come out. Really, I'm going to go nuts between now and the third one. I hope Lu's writing lots over this holiday season.

Thanks, Erin, for being my very 1st guest post! I appreciate you. 

Has anyone else read Marie Lu's 1st book? Know of a new book that you were so blown away by that you think I should read it? Anyone else feeling a bit rushed into the Christmas season this year? I have no problem with Jesus' birthday being here, but the pressure to get gifts is always stressful.