Writing, Reading and Food.
I don’t know about you, but I love to receive books as gifts. Especially if those books are right up my alley, proving that the giver has been listening to me blather all year about what kind of books/authors I like.
Harry Potter, anyone? I could use a third set….
Anywho, if you can’t figure out what to give your niece, nephew, or weird Uncle Al, consider giving a book. Here are some great recommendations, by personality type:
The Fashionista Neice/Cousin/Daughter
Does the young woman in your life resemble any of the above girls in any way? Does she prefer cute heels to Nike’s? Accessorize to the max? Then The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Sheperd is right up her alley. Full of murder, mystery and top-notch fashion, this series is the perfect gift. Heck, even I love the series, and I’m about as unfashionable as my oversized Harry Potter sweatshirt that I’m wearing right now.
I was super cool in highschool, can you tell? Pick up the series today!
The Undying by Ethan Reid is a scare-the-crap-out-of-you tale of horror and zombie-like monsters in a post-apocalyptic world. Seriously, read this with the lights on. Any man in your life (or woman who loves thrillers and a bit of horror!) will love this exciting book. Set in Paris on the day the world ended, this book is a gripping tale of survival. Ethan is an excellent writer who really captures the voice of our fearless heroine, Jeanie. Plus, Ethan is super cool and can be found on Twitter. So pick up your digital copy today!
The Walking Dead Fan (Adult or Teen):
Does someone in your life wig out every Sunday night because The Walking Dead is on? Are you dead to them until the episode is finished? Then Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave is the perfect gift!
This is one of the best books I’ve EVER READ. For real, peeps, and I read a lot of books. This is being made into a movie, and I’m sure it will blow our collective minds. It’s present day, and the Earth has been invaded by Aliens. These aren’t the spaceship aliens from The X Files, but aliens that hide in human bodies and are systematically wiping out the human population. Cassie is on a mission to find her little brother and survive possible extermination. But when she falls in love with a boy who just might be one of those aliens, she realizes that the enemy might not be exactly who she thought it was. Yancey is a master of voice, and I guarantee the recipient will love this series as much as I do.
The Clever Girl
Do you know a young lady who is too clever for her own good? Is that even a thing? Never!
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a fantastic, twisty mystery set in the WASP-y Hamptons. Why can’t Cadence remember what happened last summer? Where are her cousins? What are her racist grandparents hiding? The stunning twit conclusion of this riveting book will have readers talking! Your clever niece/little sister will LOVE it!
You know that girl – dreamy, loves love, and is a sucker for a good romance. There are just so many options in the Contemporary Romance genre right now, so I’ll suggest Ms. Anne Aguirre. Her book, Mortal Danger, is an excellent romance with a scary twist of nightmares and urban legends come to life.
I’ve also just read The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things, which can be pre-ordered:
Your Nephew/Guy who still loves The Matrix
Check out this exciting series by the super talented James Dashner. Set in a virtual world with a cyber terrorist, this exciting and twisty ride is sure to please techies!
I’m going to throw out Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy for anyone who just loves plain good writing, a bit of magical fantasy and dark romance.
This series is so beautifully done and so exciting, I recommend it to pretty much anyone. While you pick up a copy for your friend, pick one up for yourself!
The 50 Shades of Grey Enthusiast:
And finally, for your friend who loves 50 Shades of Grey, might I suggest a visit to my friend Audrey Valiant’s short story that is FREE people. Go ahead. Click on it. Download a copy for yourself. I won’t tell…
That’s it for now! And of course, you should check out my gift guide from last year. It’s full of awesome books that your family and friends will love! And just because they came out last year, doesn’t mean people don’t want them this year!
The lovely Ann Aguirre, NYT bestselling author of The Razorland Trilogy and MORTAL DANGER, is releasing a new contemporary romance. I was lucky enough to win an Advanced Reader Copy from her on Twitter! Yay for authors interacting with their fans online! I was such a fan of MORTAL DANGER, I just had to get my hands on her newest book.
In a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, Sage is trying to put together a perfect life. She’s a good student, volunteers, helps her aunt constantly, and tries to brighten everyone’s day. Specifically, she leaves bright post-it notes on one student’s locker each day. You have a nice smile, or You tell the best stories are just the type of notes that people in her school find motivational – or ridiculous. That is, after all, why everyone calls her Princess. Little-Miss-Perfect-Sage tries to be everyone’s friend.
And if Sage keeps it up, no one will look too deeply into her past, or see the turmoil that’s bubbling right beneath her squeaky-clean surface. Everything has to be perfect, or who knows what will happen to her. Her carefully constructed life just might crumble right before her eyes.
Then Shane appears in her Geometry class, all long hair and bright blue eyes, and Sage is hooked. She’s recently gone through a fake/real breakup with her best friend, and Shane seems like the perfect antidote. Not only is he incredibly hot, but he’s musically gifted and smart. But Shane has secrets too, and if they get out, he may have to leave their tiny town forever. This is his last chance at a normal life.
So when they get together, everything seems perfect. Until Sage’s secrets boil over, threatening to ruin both her and Shane’s lives. Will her horrible past ruin their chances together forever?
THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT AND SHINY THINGS is an excellent choice for fans of contemporary romance, including THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. As always, Aguirre is a masterful storyteller who captures Sage’s voice in a captivating narrative. And what a great gift idea for the romance-addict in your life!
Hi internet! It’s good to see you again. Have you lost weight? Well, whatever you’re doing, you look great.
I know, I know. It’s been a long time since I posted. I was just so darn busy with writing/editing/outlining for my work and my critique partner’s work, that I haven’t had a chance to talk with you. But, the wait is worth it! I’ve added the revised first chapters of MY NAME IS 13 right there in the top right corner of your screen. Read it! Tell me what you think! I need feedback before I head back out into the query world!
I’ve worked a lot on voice during the past few months, so I am especially interested to hear thoughts on 13′s point of view. Thank you for your feedback in advance!
Hey all, here’s my weekly update. I’ve (FINALLY) started outlining a new book! If you haven’t heard, I’ve started and stopped two novels in the past few months. Nothing more frustrating than writing 20K or more words and then getting bored with the MS.
But, we have to keep going! I’m starting a new one and I’m very excited about that. Details to come soon. Also, I’m editing MY NAME IS 13 and BLEACHED after some wonderful agent feedback. My critique group has gone through 13 already with the edits, and I’ll be working on those. I’ve also spent time editing their manuscripts. Plus, I’m working on my usual Book Reviews for this site and TCBR. So, needless to say, I’m pretty busy.
And when I finish the edits to the last two manuscripts, I’ll be resending them to the agents. I’m not sure if they’ll look at them,but hey – I might as well try! We’ve got a long seven months until the PNWA conference next year and all of the agent awesomeness that it brings.
Happy writing, all!
Princess Lia should have the gift of “sight,” which would allow her to see into her future. All royal first daughters have it. There’s just one small problem … she doesn’t. But even though she can’t see the future, she knows what lying about it and marrying a prince for a political alliance would mean—a truly miserable life. And on the day of her wedding, she orchestrates a daring escape with her maid to travel to an idyllic village. She’s decided she’d rather give up everything than be married off to someone she’s never even met…
Best friends Jeanie and Ben arrive in Paris ready to drunkenly party away New Years Eve with their chic French friends. And what better place for Jeanie to forget her depression over her father’s recent death to cancer than the City of Light?
New Years day brings a cataclysmic reckoning – Paris is in darkness, and giant rocks fall from the sky, destroying buildings and killing everyone nearby. Was it a terrorist attack? A meteor hailing death and destruction? Amid the chaos, Jeanie and her friends attempt to escape the burning, ravaged Latin Quarter to safety. But strange, vampire-like zombies roam the streets, entrancing Jeanie with their magnetic glares. Kill, they telepathically call to her. And if that isn’t terrifying enough, Jeanie rescues a tiny newborn boy and vows to keep him safe.
Can Jeanie and her friends survive the apocalyptic firestorm from the sky while outrunning les moribund, who threaten to take over their minds – or worse – rip out their throats? Will she be able to outrun the terror and keep herself and the baby alive?
This gripping, terrifying thriller is an awesome choice for fans of THE WALKING DEAD and THE FIFTH WAVE. Crazy-scary zombies, sympathetic babies and a heroine that cannot be kept down, this book will have you biting your fingernails down to bloody nubs. I was terrified!
And if that wasn’t enough to get you to buy it, notice the fantastic price point: $4.99. I mean seriously, you can’t go wrong. Download it now!
Kayla has many talents, not the least of which is using her telekinetic skills to shoplift jewelry and cash from local stores. With her and her mom constantly on the run from her murderous father, she needs every penny she can get to help keep them safe. But when brooding hot-guy Daniel catches her red-handed, she’s really in for it…
Hey all! I’ve finished my latest round of edits for MY NAME IS 13. Go ahead, click on it. I dare you!
I received some wonderful feedback from an awesome agent, and I’ve tried to apply her suggestions here. You’ll notice the voice is a lot stronger here. Let me know what you think! And, as always, check out my latest book reviews!
Okay. Good. I was worried you weren’t listening.
Yancey weaves an intricate and emotional tale of survival in the age of alien invasions. It’s a beautiful account of Cassie’s survival and attempt to rescue her kid brother, Sammy. When she falls in love along the way, she’ll question everything she knows about the very essence of what makes us human. In this second installment, we learn the fate of her heart-throb Evan and what the aliens have in store for the few unlucky humans who have survived the invasion. Will Cassie and Ben survive the horrific next wave of confrontation? Will Evan return to Cassie, as he promised?
Yancey is a master of voice, and each first-person segment sings with gut-wrenching accuracy. Readers are pulled down into the trenches with the kid soldiers, eeking out survival. You’ll pull your hair out in frustration, hoping that your favorite character will survive! Yancey’s mastery of thrilling storytelling will have you reading until you turn that final page – I promise!
Read the review of The 5th Wave here. It’s the best book I’ve read so far this year! If you love post-apocalyptic thrillers or The Walking Dead, you will absolutely love this series!
When unpopular, ugly Edie steps out on the ledge, the last person she expects to stop her from jumping is the most beautiful guy she’s ever seen. But Kian isn’t just there to save her; he’s offering her a deal that will give her three wishes of anything she wants…