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Waiting on Wednesday: This Is Not a Test and First Comes Love

Nov 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. I haven't done one of these in awhile, but I thought I should take a short break from all the NaNo talk to do one.


I fell in love with the prose in Cracked Up to Be. I loved how it was so raw and real. As one of the most anticipated books of 2012, This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers I'm sure will live up to the hype. Zombies and Courtney Summers = win, win, win in my book.


It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. 

As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually want to live. But as the days crawl by, everyone’s motivations to survive begin to change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life–and death–inside. 

When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?




There are some books that sound so sweet they make your heartache. That's how I felt after reading the blurb for First Comes Love. I love the cover as well.
Like his name, Gray is dark and stormy. Dylan, a girl always searching for what's next, seemingly unable to settle down, is the exact opposite: full of light and life. On the outside, they seem like an unlikely couple. But looks can be deceiving and besides, opposites attract.
What starts as friendship, turns into admiration, respect and caring, until finally these two lone souls find they are truly in love with each other.
But staying in love is not as easy as falling in love. If Dylan and Gray want their love to last, they're going to have to work at it. And learn that sometimes love means having to say you're sorry.


What books are you waiting to get your hands on?

Another NaNo Update

Nov 17, 2011
About 10k into my MG ghost story I decided to switch projects. Something extraordinary happened, and I fell back in love with a historical WIP I started in August. Now, I'm still behind, but thankfully since I already had quite a few words already written the entire manuscript comes in at almost 21k.

Participating in NaNo has been great. It really has encouraged me to write consistently. This is the first time I've written this many words in such a short amount of time. And it's the first time since completing my last historical novel that I've felt this strongly about a project. Guys, I think writing historical/contemporary fiction might be my thing. While I have dabbled here and there in other genres it seemed like there was always something wrong with either the voice, plot, or pacing. 

My current project, Songbird, takes place during the summer f 1962 in a fictional town called Riverdale. My main character Christine Taylor's father has just gone missing, due to constant smoking her mother's health is failing, and on top of all of this she's struggling with her feelings for two boys.

I'm having a blast engrossing myself in anything 60s related. I've found a cool site with 60s slang, watched The Apartment featuring Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine, which is a great movie by the way, listened to some great music, and watched An Education for the second time. 

Here's one of my favorite scenes from An Education : 


I hope you guys are enjoying NaNo as much as I am. I really enjoy reading everyone's updates. And I would like to thank all of you who read, comment, and follow this blog. I really appreciate it.

NaNoWriMo and Teaser

Nov 8, 2011
I'm struggling along with NaNo Just like last year. I'm at about 5k, but that's only because I started late and changed projects. So instead of working on something brand new I'm being a major rebel. Although, I'm only counting the words written in November.

The project that I'm speaking of is a middle grade ghost story written in third person. I was greatly inspired by a certain author to give this POV one last shot. Last year's NaNo novel was another middle grade fantasy written in third person as well. Even though I'm behind, I will continue to write until the very end.

Happy NaNoing.

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