So excited look what arrived in the mail today thank you so much @panterapress @lynettenoni
So excited look what arrived in the mail today thank you so much @panterapress @lynettenoni
In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.
No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.
But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.
This was a really interesting idea for a story. A world where time is used as currency, extracted from the blood and turned into blood-iron coins. Sara creates a world where the rich tax the poor, ultimately ending up with them having centuries to live, while the poor are left struggling to survive.
Jules and her father have not always been poor. She grows up in the castle alongside the princes. But after she witnesses, an incident between the 2 princes her and her dad a forced to flee and live in hiding. or at least that is what she thought.
There are may layer to this story and at times it felt like there was so much going on. i can imagine that more of these layers will be explained in the next book. Having said that I did find the ending a little rushed and slightly predictable
This is one of those stories that you are either going to love or hate. Though I must admit I am still on the fence
Beth’s life hasn’t been the same since her sister died. Her parents try to lock her down, believing they can keep her safe by monitoring her every move. When Beth sneaks out to a party one night and meets the new guy in town, Chase, she’s thrilled to make a secret friend. It seems a small thing, just for her.
Only Beth doesn’t know how big her secret really is…
Fresh out of juvie and determined to start his life over, Chase has demons to face and much to atone for, including his part in the night Beth’s sister died. Beth, who has more reason than anyone to despise him, is willing to give him a second chance. A forbidden romance is the last thing either of them planned for senior year, but the more time they spend together, the deeper their feelings get.
Now Beth has a choice to make—follow the rules, or risk tearing everything apart…again.
I received an ARC copy of One Small Thing by Erin Watt in return for an honest review
Wow. This was another amazing and emotional journey, brought to us by the talented Erin Watt.
As this is an ARC I am going to do my very best not to give anything away.
Beth is your typical teenage who is struggling to not only find herself but to also find her independence. The only difference is that 3 years ago Beth sister was killed in an accident and as a result her parents have become extremely overprotective.
For 3 years Beth has lived in the shadow of her sister, with her house becoming a shrine and her parents acting’s as if she will walk in at any moment.
Beth has tried her best to do everything that her parents ask of her. She has reached her breaking point and all she wants is her freedom to be seen as more then Rachel sister. But when a night out results in her parents taking away everything she holds dear including her bedroom door, Beth can not imagen her world will get any worse.
Chase was the guy from the wrong side of the tracks someone she would never see again or at least that is what Beth thought. Then on the first day of school he is there and her world will never be the same.
This is a beautiful writen story that will take you on a journey full of twist and turns. Though there are aspects of this story that some people may find hard to read. Everything is written with such care and detail that it will have you thinking about forgiveness in a whole new light.
The last author in the summer interview series is the talented C.L Gaber.
Welcome C.L Gaber
Synopsis Seventeen-year-old Flora Banks has no short-term memory. Her mind resets itself several times a day, and has since the age of ten, when the tumor that was removed from Flora’s brain took with it her ability to make new memories. That is, until she kisses Drake, her best friend’s boyfriend, the night before he leaves town. Miraculously, this one memory breaks through Flora’s fractured mind, and sticks. Flora is convinced that Drake is responsible for restoring her memory and making her whole again. So when an encouraging email from Drake suggests she meet him on the other side of the world, Flora knows with certainty that this is the first step toward reclaiming her life. With little more than the words “be brave” inked into her skin, and written reminders of who she is and why her memory is so limited, Flora sets off on an impossible journey to Svalbard, Norway, the land of the midnight sun, determined to find Drake. But from the moment she arrives in the arctic, nothing is quite as it seems, and Flora must “be brave” if she is ever to learn the truth about herself, and to make it safely home. Review The One Memory of Flora Banks is the kind of book that will leave you appreciating the small things in life. This story is about Flora, a young girls who is no longer able to make new memories. Until a encounter changes her life and leads her to go on a journey in the hopes that she can create another new memory. The thing that is very interesting about this story is the different layers to the story that are revealed as the story progresses. Flora has a form of amnesia, leaving her unable to create new memories for herself. From notes in books, on post it notes and on her arm , She has to remind herself who she is and what she’s doing every few hours. However, after kissing her best friend’s boyfriend, she is able to retain that memory. When her parents have to leave her at home Flora Reaches out and tells him that she remembers. But is it real or is it just all in her head? Feeling like she has no choice Flora decides to follows him to Norway where he is studying in the hopes that he can help her. Another aspect of the book is the bond between Flora’s brother, Jacob, and herself. Jacob is the ideal brother. Due to issues in the past he is living in another country, but he will do anything to help her. This story does deal with some big issues in terms of her parents, and the question of whether are they really doing what is in her best interest? This is a wonderful and though provoking story
The next author to join us in our Summer interview series is Deborah Biancotti. Welcome Deborah, thank you for joining us.
Can you explain how the writing process works with when you are writing with other authors?
If you ask me, (and you have!), two things are most important when you’re writing with someone else:
1)WHAT are we writing?
So, yeah, that means: what kind of story is this; what format are we working with (novel, graphic novel, screenplay, etc.); what kind of world are our characters living in. Big questions like that.
But it also means: what happens in this chapter; what happens in the next chapter; what is this character like; what will she do next; what are the consequences in a world like this one?
You need to know this stuff—in detail—if you’re writing with someone else. Otherwise everyone’s waiting around for you to do your piece & no one can move forward.
2) WHO is responsible?
This question is about how your team works. Who’s writing which chapter? Who’s doing the final edit? Who’s going to fact-check the world-building or fix the grammar?
So you need to do a lot of planning if you’re working with another writer. I like to plan when I’m working solo, too, but I plan EVEN MORE on collaborations.
With Zeroes, we worked out WHO was writing which character, then we worked out the character arcs (like, ‘how does this character change?’ and ‘what can we put this character through that will really mess with her/him?’) – and then we built those arcs into our WHAT, our plan for what was going to happen in the book.
If you’re writing alone, you can choose to plan it out or ‘pants’ it. But with a collaboration, you all have to be on the same page. Pun intended.
I mean, there’s other questions that happen in collaborations. Like: HOW are we going to pull this off, exactly? WHEN am I ever going to get my life back? But those two questions I mentioned are the biggest.
How did this partnership come about ?
Back in 2013, I did a workshop in TV writing & I was enthusing about the awesomeness of the experience, basically to anyone who would listen.
Little did I know, Scott had an interest in TV writing, too. So he said, ‘what if we used the same collaborative model to create a novel?’ Like, get a bunch of writers together & come up with a trilogy & all write together. It seemed pretty crazy, but also GENIUS, so I immediately agreed. I kind of thought it wouldn’t happen, TBH. I mean, who does that?
Scott already had the idea that the trilogy should be about brand new superpowers that were specific to people growing up with the internet in their lives (that’s right, people! some of us grew up pre-internet – a terrible time in history). And I’d been writing short stories about people with powers (but not these powers). So it was like our interests combined.
Then we dragged Margo in to be part of our team, because she was sane & also smart, & these are good qualities in a colleague. And lo! The Zeroes were born.
Can you give us any sneak peaks on what you are going to be working on next?
I can tell you what I’m working on, but I can’t tell you if it’ll ever be published, LOL. Publishing is a competitive market, where few novels survive. It’s like THE HUNGER GAMES for writers. But without all the killing. I hope, anyhow.
Currently I’m writing a solo YA novel that’s a contemporary caper, with two teens who are in over their heads from page 1. No, paragraph 1. It’s a kind of ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ (awesome movie, btw, you should totally look it up if you don’t know it) meets road movie meets Sweet Vicious. Which you should *also* look up if you haven’t seen it.
PLUS I’m doing another collaboration: a YA vampire book that I’m planning with a friend. I LOVE this book! It’s creepy, scary vampires, not attractive, melt-your-heart vampires, BTW. Mostly. We may mix it up a little. So fun.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Some days are great & you’re bubbling over with excitement at what you’ve just experienced *in your own head*. And some days are like dragging yourself through wet cement. By your teeth. Where everything you touch sucks and why did you ever start this story? Clearly you suck at writing it.
And then there are worse days, where the cement has hardened around you and you’re completely stuck in one position while your whole body cramps up. If that makes sense. I feel I could take that cement analogy even further if I had to.
What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Yikes. Good question.
I know I was way more into books than real life when I was a little kid. I found stories totally transportive. (I’m sure transportive is a word, even though my spellcheck disagrees.)
I was in love with The Famous Five and Charlotte’s Web and the Silver Brumby Series (talking horses! how’s that for the power of language?). I loved being on my own so I could spend time with my imaginary friends or hang out in imaginary worlds. And all those worlds and friends existed just in little ol’ library books. It was pretty amazing.
But to pick one experience? Hmm, that’s hard. Let me think about that.
If you don’t find an answer here, then I’m still thinking about it.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I *really* like THE DEAD I KNOW, by Australian YA writer Scott Gardner. The protagonist is Aaron, a vulnerable, troubled teen who gets a job at a funeral home while he wrestles with his inner demons. I was rooting for Aaron the whole way through. This book has so much heart & clarity. It’s funny & sad & tense & poignant & heartbreaking. That’s a pretty boring summary of the book, so maybe just go read it for yourself. 😉
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
Are these questions getting harder? It’s like an exam! I really have to think about these.
I guess one big change is that I think about readers more. Now that I’ve actually seen how readers react, it means I can envision what will work in a story better. I often find myself saying, ‘The readers will love this!’ or ‘I’ll clarify this, for the readers’. Or even: ‘Readers will find this boring, delete, delete, delete!’
It’s way more fun to write for readers than to write for myself. It feels like a conversation. Whereas, when you’re writing & you don’t have a readership (note: I wrote a couple of unpublished novels before Zeroes – and they will REMAIN unpublished!), it can feel like you’re standing in a pitch-black room, shouting at a wall. And nobody can hear you. Actually it’s like a pitch-black padded cell. After a while (note: years), that kind of battle can really get you down.
Yeah, way more fun to have readers.
My first *published* book, BTW, was a book of fantasy short stories for adults. A way different readership to YA. Adults will rarely tell you what they think of your book. But teens almost always will. Which is cool, even when it’s negative, because they put so much thought into it. Teens are a great audience.
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
I’m pretty cynical, as writers go (& writers are often pretty cynical, as people go) – & I think one of the biggest traps is the sheer amount of advice out there for aspiring writers. ‘Do this’, ‘don’t do that’. Like, the people who say ‘write every day’ or the people who say ‘get up at 4AM & write for 3 hours’ – all that advice is the advice that worked FOR THAT WRITER. It’s totally okay if it doesn’t work for you. Or if it works for you for a while, and then stops working. Or something else works better.
The thing is – and this *isn’t* advice, because I hate trying to give advice about writing – the thing is, each writer has to discover her own path. And then discover it again. And again. And re-discover it every time one path becomes unclear or turns into a dead end.
The real work of writing is making that discovery, over & over. And being dedicated to the search.
And the other common trap is: quitting. The fastest way to stop being a writer is to quit writing. That’s a trap that claims a lot of capable, talented writers, because it’s incredibly easy to fall into.
How do you select the names of your characters?
Oh, man. This is about my favourite thing to do as a writer. I’m always googling baby name lists and ‘popular names for girls in Greece in the year 2001’. That kind of thing.
I start with a sound. Like, I want a long ‘oh’ sound, say. I choose my protagonist’s name first & then I fit every other character around her, sound-wise. Like, you don’t want all the names to have an ‘oh’ sound. You gotta mix it up.
And then, I have to admit, while I’m drafting & re-drafting my stories, I often do a global Find & Replace & swap out a name that’s stopped working for me with some other name entirely. Which makes looking over old notes pretty hard.
Names are really important to me. They’re one of the fun parts.
If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Well, in my most recent day job, I worked in project management. I kind of liked it – I even loved it at times – but it’s way too many meetings and way too many people complaining about way too many things.
I love working on my own. I wonder if I could just get a job as ‘professional loner’ or ‘person who sits quietly in a room and thinks stuff up’. Is that a job? I come up with a lot more story ideas than I can write (or know how to write). If only I could get a job selling off those ideas to people who’d do a better job writing them than I would.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I don’t seek them out, but I read them if I come across them. I feel like a ‘bad’ review is different to a negative review, though. For me, a bad review is thoughtless, arrogant, uninsightful or badly written. Those ones, I ignore. They’re mainly written by someone trying to show off how smart they are (& failing, ahem).
But a negative review *can be* thoughtful & insightful. You can learn a lot from someone who didn’t like your story, so long as they’re being analytical & honest. I’ve sometimes read reviews & thought, ‘wow, they’re right, that bit really was unclear’ or ‘I wish I’d thought of that when I was writing the story!’
No story will work for every single reader.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I do tell myself jokes sometimes. In my current solo novel, I put a whole bunch of references to old TV shows in the first draft. Then I deleted them all in the next draft because they were lame.
Who are your writing idols?
Oh, man. Another hard question!
See, I’m going to drift into old person thinking & say: Oscar Wilde, because he was such a witty writer & he deserved a better life. Tanith Lee, because TANITH LEE, she is so awesome (read SILVER METAL LOVER: a girl falls in love with a robot & is forced to question the nature of love itself). Holly Black, because I like her characters & her humour & always want to hang out with those guys. Angie Thomas, because THE HATE U GIVE is such a powerful book. Roxane Gay because her writing is so real & so smart. Rainbow Rowell because even though romance makes me barf, I love her romances, they’re so complex & ‘felt’.
I feel like I’m organising the world’s most awesome dinner party with this list …
Lastly is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
My fans?! I have fans? Aw, I love you guys! Hope you’re doing great. Be good to yourselves. You are awesome.
Thanks, Kylie! I appreciate you thinking of me. 🙂
Deborah Biancotti has published two short story collections. Her Aurealis-shortlisted ‘Bad Power’ explored ordinary people discovering their superpowers. All three authors live in Sydney, where they are part of the overlapping communities of writers of genre and young adult fiction. They meet at a pub to keep the Zeroes series on track and squabble about characters’ motivations.