I'll join the crowd with my 2014 wrap-up post. A lot happened this year, one of which is keeping up with this blog (thank you). :-)
Early in the year I lost my job as a Technical Writer. Hey, don't look at me like that. The company kind of went belly-up, so it's not my fault. Regardless, I had a little more free time suddenly open. So, I signed on with Anaiah Press as a Senior Editor which has kept me plenty busy. I signed two authors and finished editing their books this year. The Last Stored comes out in a few days (January 6)! And Grit of Berth and Stone will be out in March.
I also submitted SCHISM to a few small presses, and MuseItUp took me on! My debut book will be out in the spring, so of course I've spent this year doing some edits for my own work. I've also wrapped up the second draft of UNITY (the sequel to SCHISM) and will be ready to send that out to beta readers soon.
In non-writing stuff, I've kept busy taking care of my adorable, wonderful daughter who is now 3.5 years old. I believe kids are so cute at this age because they can also be so naughty. It's gotta balance out, am I right? I've also helped the hubby and encouraged him by cooking lots of cookies at various times. We all need more cookies.
Has anyone else had huge changes this past year? Here's looking forward to 2015!
December 31, 2014
December 30, 2014
Hey everyone! I've invited Sonia Poynter over to the blog to share some insight into Amber Meghan Peel, the main character in her upcoming debut novel The Last Stored. Sonia, take it away!
I first want to thank you for allowing me to share on your blog. For those who don’t know it Laura was my editor and she rocked it. I’ve never worked so hard on something, but learned so much. Laura’s keen insight was a goldmine for me. I was truly blessed to work with her!
1. Who are you, and can you tell me a little about yourself? My name is Amber Peel. I’m eighteen and recently graduated from high school. But before all of that, my parents died on an unseasonably warm November night. Now, I work at the Clothing Emporium. I’ve never fit in, I’ve always felt different.
2. What weird or freaky thing happened to you recently? What weird things haven't happened to me lately? But I’ll pick one, this crazy looking bird showed up in my backyard. Its feathers were the colors of the rainbow and its beak pure gold, but that’s not the bizarre part. The bizarre part was the way it sang, not like a bird’s song but actual music. Somehow it showed me things. It showed me a world I’d only dreamed of. It showed me Tali. The bird was called a Wonderlunk.
3. You say you never fit in, can you tell me why? I’m not sure I can put my finger on it. I’ve always felt different, felt I didn’t belong. The kids at school seemed to have friends, but for whatever reason I didn’t. I always thought it was because of my mom and dad. They were odd like me. I suppose that’s because I’m their daughter. My parents would whisper to each other then shut up when I came into the room. When other families were going on vacation to Disney World, my family would hike to Brave Rock Falls and camp for the week. I can’t ever say I had a rotten childhood though, because I loved the forest. I always felt safe there.
4. When and where were you happiest? Oh, that’s an easy question. I love the forest and have always felt at home there, something about it eases me. I took some classmates there once, but they couldn’t be still and just listen. They spent more time on their cell phones than they enjoyed its beauty. Just looking up into the leaf canopy, and taking in the fresh air lifts my spirit.
5. Do you think you will ever find love? Maybe, my father always said, “you should never look for love, but it will find you. Love is like a hunter, one day you’ll feel it’s arrow through your heart. You won’t be expecting it, but you will feel it down to your marrow.” He always said funny things like that. Now that my dad is gone. I think often of his words.
6. What is your earliest childhood memory? The forest. I was just a child, but I remember my dad racing through the woods with me in his arms. For the longest time I thought it was just a dream, but now I think it was real. Something chased us, black and greasy. It smelled of rotten meat. I cried almost as loud as the creature’s dreadful screams. Who knows, maybe it was just a dream, my dad said it was, but I swear I saw him shudder when he said it.
The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter
Surge Anaiah Press
After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.
Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years, Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility. Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree – especially since he’s falling in love with her.
The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali, a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness, but so will Earth.
Release DateJanuary 6, 2015
Anaiah Press: www.anaiahpress.com
Cree climbs onto the railing and extends his hand to me. “Your choice, Amber, you can come or you can stay!” he yells over the roar of the water.
“This is nuts. You expect me to jump?”
“Nuts? No, merely the door.” He beams with anticipation. He seems fine. In fact, his eyes sparkle with the moon’s glow.
My heart skips. My choice. I had another choice. I grasp his hand and crawl onto the railing. My feet slip, and I waver. Cree steadies me with his hand. The water falls in torrents in front of me. Am I really about to do this?
“You can’t go back once you enter. Are you ready? You can do this.”
He looks into the raging waters, then back at me. His cloak swirls around him like Superman’s cape.
“Yes, I can do this!” My heartbeat bangs in my throat. I’m about to jump off of Lovers Leap with a boy I don’t know, along with two little old men who have vanished below my feet. This is crazy, but I’m supposed to do it. Part of me knew it every time my mother and father looked over this very railing. I’m at the door.
Cree squeezes my hand, nods, and we jump. He howls. The feeling of dropping over a roller coaster comes on fast. The water rushes by, cold and wet. I fall.
My chest tightens like I’ve had the wind knocked out of me. I choke and cough, spitting out water. I see darkness, and I feel Cree’s hand holding mine.
Then, a bright light shimmers and glows at my feet, reflecting upward. The sound of the water fades. My lungs fill with sweet air. The light expands, covering me. Wind swirls and holds me up. I no longer fall, but glide upward. A light from above warms my face, and the aroma of fragrant honey hangs on the air. We twist and turn, Cree’s cloak coils around him, my own clothing flapping in the wind.
I giggle loudly and squeal like a child.
Cree crinkles his face and laughs along. The wind continues pushing us through a tunnel. I lift my free hand and try to feel the mist forming around us; it scatters with my touch, only to form again when I retreat. We have increased our speed. Far above me, Dartlin and Fink’s feet come into focus, and they’re whooping with joy.
Then we stop.
We stand in a brick wading pool a few inches deep. Stone replaces the air, which moments before surrounded me. I take in a deep, fragrant breath.
Cree continues to hold my hand. He looks at our fingers still entwined and laughs. “You can let go.”
Sonia Poynter grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky. The magic of the forest made her want to write. Currently, she lives in the sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God has blessed them both with three amazing kids.
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December 16, 2014
Revenge by Paula Rose
As a job coach, it’s up to Olivia Foster to ensure her clients work in a safe environment, understand their positions, and serve their employer’s mission. The death of her brother drives her career choice, and she loves her job. It remains her only focus until one of her autistic clients goes missing. Then Olivia’s employer ends her position and adds her to the suspect list, but she makes plans to bring the missing young man home.
Meanwhile, Detective Lt. Phillip Landon is deep into second-guessing his career choice, but his well-honed instincts see major flaws inside this missing person’s case. Surprising contacts, mysterious happenings, and threats can turn deadly. Can he keep Olivia safe, protect his heart, remove the job coach from someone’s target list, and adopt a faith he never knew all while adjusting to the new lives of his old family?
December 16, 2014
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Paula Rose provides inspiration through Christian romantic suspense stories where "average" families come into extraordinary situations, brushed with life-size strokes of reality and a touch of humor. Born in Philadelphia, she lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and rescue kitty but often plays amateur photographer in both states.
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December 15, 2014
Back again with another book review! I had stumbled upon Natalie Whipple's work when I read Transparent, and low and behold, I needed something else to read while waiting for the orthopedist. (I tore my meniscus in Japan in 2006 and had surgery recently, LONG story.)
Anyway, back to the review.
Relax, I'm a Ninja follows the story of Tosh Ito, your regular run-of-the-mill nerdy high schooler, who happens to be a ninja. Oh, and his father is the clan master ta boot. He works hard to maintain his cover as a D&D playing geek so no one will ever know he actually kicks major booty. Ninja also has a really engaging love story that's very believable. Tosh tries hard not to have a crush on his best friend's crush, but love wants what it wants, and the inevitable happens. The D&D play-by-play of the angry dungeon master taking it out on Tosh was priceless.
Anyway, back to the review.
|This cover captures the feel of the book, spot on!|
The best thing about Ninja, is that it reads just like an anime. If you're not aware based on the eclectic nature of my blog, I have a love of anime. Even my own writing has been influenced by a couple of my favorite manga authors, Yu Watase (Fushigi Yuugi) and Nobuhiro Watsuki (Rurouni Kenshin).
The story has action, a little mystery, and a main character who is so utterly teenage boy that I wanna squish him all up. If you like Asian culture, gaming, and fun, I think you'll have a great time tearing through this book.
December 5, 2014
Well, it had some similar elements, but the show went above and beyond what I expected. I think I may have enjoyed it MORE than Hana Dan. If you know me, that's really saying a lot. What got to me was the subtle and amazing characterization throughout the show. They didn't hit you over the head with these things, but character arcs moved in beautiful ways over the course of the show. Small changes and steps forward illustrated the paths the characters were taking.
Yes, I loved the love story with the main couple, but there's plenty going on with the supporting characters to not only hold interest, but to sometimes steal the spotlight. The ever tension-filled odd enemy/friend/respect relationship between Kim Tan and Choi Young-Do blew me away. The ending is fulfilling, and the drama really gets to you at times. Also, the inclusion of the heroine's mute mother brought another dimension to the show I haven't seen before. Not only did it clue you in to how someone may live with this affliction, but her personality was surprising and awe-inspiring at times.
Essentially, go watch this show right now. It's on Hulu for free.