I wanted to welcome the new visitors from the NaNoWriMo site. The Office of Letters and Light asked me to write a Portland-themed article for their blog tour this year and today they launched my post “Roadtrip to NaNo: Keep Your Novel Weird” today.
I’ve been a huge proponent of NaNo ever since I started. It’s a great way for people who want to challenge themselves to write a first draft of a novel, to actually do it, and do it with others who are attempting the same thing. I’ve done it 11 years in a row now and am currently seeking a home for one of those drafts (my non-fiction Tarot manuscript).
This site contains inspiration, stories, and real life struggles of a 30-something author trying to find her home in the writing world. Thanks for stopping by and if you have questions, drop me a line at innowen at shadesofmaybe.com. I’m always willing to cheerlead those on to victory.
Good luck Wrimos, you can do it!
So, a few months ago I received an ARC for a YA series called Runes by author Ednah Walters. I was blown away by the series, set in my home state of Oregon. A week later, I was asked to join the book tour. And here we are! Today’s the last stop, so I recommend that you visit the others on this tour to read their reviews, more sneak peeks at the second book, IMMORTALS (due out August 2013!), and sign up for the fabulous giveaway.
Book info from amazon.com:
Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James, a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her. Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run. Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.
I must say that it was very enjoyable. The characters felt more real than most YA books. These kids had well rounded lives that involved equal measures of school, modern day internets, and high school participation. The story felt a bit rushed but it was a good opener for a promising series. The supernatural bits kept me guessing and I can say that I look forward to learning more about the world that Walters has created. As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, I loved that this book was set in Portland, Oregon’s backyard. I also enjoyed how Walters used runes in her story. I don’t read runes but I love divination types and seeing that the runes were made into a magical system, that also doubled as a type of tattoo, got me really excited. I can’t wait to see how this system develops and morphs later in the series. If you want a good, fun and fast read, then Runes is that book.
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As for the giveaway, 5 lucky winners will win one of each item shown below:
One copy of the Book
Pens, Mouse Pads, T-shirts
As a bonus, here’s two excerpts from Runes as written by the love interest Torin:
Tarot Inspired Life was written in 2011 as my first non-fiction (nano rebel) entry for NaNoWriMo. I am currently editing this book for publication. Usually I attempt to keep posts of my adventures through the month but as you can see, this was the first month I was a NaNoWriMo ML, which meant that I wrangled the cats during this month. Writing a novel, helping 100 Wrimos, and trying to keep up with everything isn’t an easy task.
Download inspirational NaNoWriMo Macbook Air Desktop (featuring artwork from the Steampunk Tarot)
Spirit Guides, Inc was written in 2010 as my NaNoWriMo entry. I used to publish the entire drafts of my works to the site but as I’m editing to get them published, I’ve pulled the stories down. Instead I am offering downloads of the first drafts as ebooks. Once I edit them for publication, you can return here to download and Purchase the finished volume.
Download the first, unedited draft here
Purchase a copy of the book here
Download the desktop image here
Title: Spirit Guides Inc.
Genre: paranormal, young adult
One Line: The adventures of Julien as he learns how to become a spirit guide for Tracy Springer.
Tagline: Turn to them when you need help
Where do our spirit guides come from? How are they assigned to people?
Welcome the world of Spirit Guides, Inc. (a clouded company) that handles spirit guide counseling between the spirits of our ancestors, animals, and other creatures, and their corporeal Earthbound companions.
This novel follows the adventures of Julien as he learns the ropes of becoming a licensed Spirit Guide. His first assignment, to protect Tracy Springer who’s soul is slowly being destroyed by a member of the rouge organization called The Shadow Group.
I got interviewed in the June 2010 MuseCraft Museletter (the monthly eNewsletter of my friend and creativity coach, Kim Switzer). Anna asked me all sorts of thoughtful questions about writing, fire spinning, and having creative passions across the board. Click here to view the PDF of the full interview.
The latest issue of New Renaissance’s newsletter features Shon Clark’s Fire from the Cauldron. I’m excited about this book because it’s the first book I edited for Megalithica Books/Immanion Press.
In this review, I gave some tidbits about what makes this book so important and special. Click here to go read it online. Thanks Erin Donley for allowing me to lend my voice to the review.
Last November I entered TOUCHED into the Gotham Writers’ Workshop YA Novel Discovery contest. They announced the winners today. I was not one of them.
However, they had about 1,700 submitted entries which is pretty impressive. I’m not bummed, I know that when the time is right TOUCHED will enter the scene with force. Which means, I need to get off my butt and work on revisions.
Congratulations to all the winners!