Trying Something New

Hello!

Welcome to October! Where has the summer gone? And half of fall? Someone let me know, because I have  no idea!

Anyway, I saw a tweet last night about prompts and, silly me, I checked it out because I thought was daily writing prompts – but no – it was something much better! FatMumSlim hosts a monthly challenge to post a photo a day on twitter, instagram or Facebook – whatever. I’ve seen people posting pictures on FB with tags about ‘picture a day’ or whatever and thought it was cool, unfortunately I’m not usually cool enough to know where the prompts come from – but this time I am! And I’m going to try it! I think I’ve convinced a couple of friends to do it as well! If you want to join us – here’s a link to the October prompts and some basic FAQ’s about #FTSphotoaday.

I’m going to add a header for this so it doesn’t clog up my WP – like that could happen – I’m still not really down with this blogging gig! – but here’s my photo for day 1. 🙂

1. Where I Stood: Next to my parking spot

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I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few years buried in fanfic. Sure, I’ve read a book here and there (A Discovery of Witches, Chicagoland Vampires, Generation Kill) but for the most part I’ve been reading SVM or Twific.

Over the past six months however, I’ve somehow created extra hours in my day and started reading real books again too – well, ebooks, but you know – published stuff  – from big publishing houses to self-published books. And you know what? I like books, too. I kind of miss reading them. It’s nice to get away from reading about Edward and Bella or Eric and Sookie (though I’d much rather READ E/S than WATCH them on the fuckery that is TB, but I digress).

I’ve been recommending some fics at the end of my AiL updates and it never ceases to amazing me that: 1) people read my shit, and 2) they remotely care what I’m reading, but they seem to. Or maybe they don’t care and they just want to check out the links, cuz if you “know” someone who is reading something and you tend to like the same things, then you might like it, too. IDK, but it’s flattering as hell and I’m enjoying paying it forward to some other authors.

Anyway, this week I included two book recs in my authors note and I was thinking about sharing them here, too. Then I saw a tweet this morning about a great chart, If You Liked ‘The Hunger Games’, with YA book recs from the Lawrence, Kansas Library that was created by a fandom friend, Molly. It even got picked up by The Hollywood Reporter – how freakin’ cool is that?!  (Seriously, we are some cool chicks in these fandoms.)

So I’m going to tell you my summer reading rec’s and then you can take a look at the awesome chart below (if you haven’t already clicked the link).

I just recently read and loved Overseas by Beatriz Williams, and I devoured the first three books in Amy Bartol’s Premonition series. I’m currently, slowly, reading the first book in The Taker trilogy by Alma Katsu. 

Overseas

Overseas is a little bit of time travelly romance with a bit of mystery as to how all of the time connects together. I really enjoyed it, though I admit to an obsession with all things time travelly – Dr. Who, the Outlander books, the movie Timeline… I’ve given this book a spot in my re-read rotation and find myself opening up my kindle to read a little when I have a few minutes to kill. The other day I saw someone tweet that they’d listened to the audiobook and OMG I might have to get that too!

Here’s the summary from Amazon (note there’s no word limit like on FF. LOL)

A passionate, sweeping novel of a love that transcends time.

When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

The answer is beyond imagining . . . at least at first. Kate and Julian’s story may have begun not in the moneyed world of twenty-first-century Manhattan but in France during World War I, when a mysterious American woman emerged from the shadows of the Western Front to save the life of Captain Julian Laurence Ashford, a celebrated war poet and infantry officer.Now, in modern-day New York, Kate and Julian must protect themselves from the secrets of the past, and trust in a true love that transcends time and space.

Follow this link to read an excerpt of Overseas.

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Inescapable is the first book in Amy Bartol’s Premonition series. I was hooked from the very beginning, but part of that was that I had no idea that it was set in my home state of Michigan. I was so giddy reading about places/a landscape that was familiar that I just dug in. The book summary doesn’t really give away what sort of supernaturals you’ll be reading about and I really kind of liked the “oh, whoa” moment I had when it’s revealed.

Someone asked me if (based on the summary) if it was like Twilight, but set in college. I struggled after she asked me that because when I thought about it, there were a few things that could be considered “like” Twilight. In the series as a whole though, I think they’re very different. Anyway – I just wanted to get that out there if anyone else had the same thought.

Books 1 – 3 in the Premonition sereis are: Inescapable, Intuition and Indebted. Book 4 is Incendiary.

Here’s the long summary for Inescapable – My name is Evie Claremont and this was to be the making of me–my freshman year of college. I had been hoping that once I had arrived on Crestwood’s campus, the nightmare that I’ve been having would go away. It hasn’t.

I may be an inexperienced seventeen-year-old, but I’m grounded…sane. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he is near, I feel an attraction to him–a magnetic kind of force pulling me towards him. I know what you’re thinking…that sounds fairly awesome. Yeah, it would–if he liked me, but Reed acts as if I’m the worst thing that’s ever happened to Crestwood…or him. But, get this, for some reason every time I turn around he’s there, barging into my life.

What is the secret he is keeping from me? I’m hoping that it is anything but what I expect: that he is not exactly normal…and neither am I. So maybe Crestwood won’t be the making of me, but it could be the breaking of me. I have been left to wonder if the dark future my dream is foretelling is…inescapable.

Amy is busy finishing book 4 and it should be out in a few months. In the meantime I think I’ll re-read 1-3 so I’m ready. Though I need to set aside some time for the Chicagoland Vampires book that comes out in August. Oh, who am I kidding – I’ll read that in a day.

The Taker

I’m currently reading The Taker by Alma Katsu. I’m enjoying it, but have slowed down and am taking my time with it. I’m not sure why, because I really like it, maybe I’m just savoring it…

Here’s the summary on Amazon:

True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price. . . .

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. But the minute Lanore McIlvrae—Lanny—walks into his ER, she changes his life forever. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her . . . despite the fact that she is a murder suspect with a police escort. And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.

Her impassioned account begins at the turn of the nineteenth century in the same small town of St. Andrew, Maine, back when it was a Puritan settlement. Consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, Lanny will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for all eternity. And now, two centuries later, the key to her healing and her salvation lies with Dr. Luke Findley.

You can read the first chapter here. And, holy crap, there’s a reading guide? I”m all over that!

Okay… so now that I’ve overwhelmed you with my summer reading – take a look at Molly’s chart. If you haven’t read Divergent yet, get on that… then see what else you might enjoy on the list. I’ve had Matched (near the bottom of the 3rd page of chart) on my to read list for a bit. I’m kind of digging the arranged marriage stories right now, so I might have to start that… Dang. There’s not enough time in my day!

What are you reading this summer? I’d love to hear!

Accidentally in Love Nom’d for Fic of the Week at The Lemonade Stand!

 

Exciting news! My new story, Accidentally in Love, has been nominated for ‘Fic of the Week’ on The Lemonade Stand blog! This is really exciting for me, since I tend to mine TLS for fic rec’s all of the time! Feels crazy that they would be rec’ing little old me! (Sorry for all of the exclamation points. LOL)

Anyway – there are nineteen stories rec’d and you can vote for five.  Head on over there when you have a minute to read through the list for some ideas for your TBR list and vote!

Thanks!

Busy, Busy, Busy! No Really, Busy!

It seems like forever since I’ve posted here when really it’s only been two months. I guess that is sort of forever.  Anyway, it seems like there hasn’t been much going on for me fic-wise, but when I think about it, there really has.

Let’s start at the last thing I posted, then I’ll tell you what’s been going on recently and finish up with what I’ve been working on fic-wise (so jump to that if it’s all you care about. LOL)

So, my last post here told you all that Halo Effect was nominated for a Fangreaders Award in the Rev. Newlin category and encouraged you to vote. Update: Halo Effect was voted third place! Holy crap, right?! I was really excited!

Thanks so much to anyone who voted and the Fangreaders site for hosting the awards!

While we’re talking about HE…

Shortly after the awards, but totally unrelated, the talented jaxg reviewed Halo Effect on the new Random-Fandom site (for fanfic readers/writers of any fandom).

Take a look at what she had to say and leave your two cents if you’re so inclined. I have to admit that her kind words made me a little teary and made me think about writing a nice HE outtake…She keeps reminding me that I said that, so it might have to happen. 🙂

Concept by @NikkiWindland, Design by @TKegl

Meanwhile, on the other side of my fic life in Twilightland…

In the end of February I attended IndyTFMU, a twific reader meet-up in Indianapolis, with twenty or so super-amazing fic-chicks who I’d never met before outside of tweets and DM’s.  We had a great time talking about fics, eating, drinking (much drinking) and laughing (even more laughing).

It was a great opportunity to talk about fics we love and ask questions about fics we were curious about. It was cool to be able to say, “I’ve been hearing good things, but I don’t get it from the summary – tell me why I should read that story.” or “OMG if you like that, you have to read this!” My fic life is mostly secret in RL, so it was great to let it all out and really dig into fic talk. It was a really fun weekend and I’m looking forward to having more adventures with these fic-hOOrs in the future.

Before that, in preparation for IndyTFMU, I spent a lot of time reading fics rec’d by all of the ladies who were planning to attend. We started with a list of over 200 fics about a month before the meet-up, and by the time we left Indy we had over 400 fics listed that we liked, loved, and wished would update.

Now, admittedly, my first fandom was SVM, so I was reading like a mo-fo to catch up with a lot of these girls. LOL They introduced me to some flat out amazing stories and authors. If I had to rec three of the fics I read for the meet-up (and I randomly picked that number)… I would say (in no particular order):

Elemental by TallulahBelle (Edward/Bella I’m not even sure how to explain how much I loved this fic. Just. Yeah. Read it. No vampires – but supernatural goodness for sure.)

Volition – by RochelleAllison (Edward/Bella in Belfast, N.Ireland in 1972. UNF. My friend who rec’d this says it’s the one twific she’d like to see made into a movie.)

Leaves of Grass by Nauticalmass (Jasper/Bella – It’s got this time travel/parallel universe thing going on that realigns with canon and just… I loved it. This fic made me fall HARD for the Texan. Seriously, ya’ll.)

So, needless to say, I’ve been kind of ADD about writing because I’ve fallen into some amazing stories (and I’ve been obsessing about all things Jasper). But, believe it or not, I have been writing!

Banner by time_lights

In early January I entered the TwilightofCraigslistContest based on the prompt July 4th Party Weekend by ShinyVolvoLurver. I didn’t win or place, but I did get the idea for a fluffy little fic that I’ve been working on called Accidentally in Love.

I posted the first chapter (the contest entry) at the end of January and have been trying, slowly but surely, to get written ahead (while reading and drooling over Jasper). I’ve finally decided that part of my ADD issue is the fact that I don’t HAVE to write because I haven’t committed to posting…so I’ll be putting chapter two up next week and forcing myself to buckle down and get this thing outta my head!

I adopted an awesome banner (above) from time_lights. And, while I love my banner – I really do! It’s so cute and perfect for the fic – I want someone to fic this banner that is on her LJ page. I mean – I cannot. Someone – write this.

Banner by time_lights

Am I right? This is begging to be written. Anyway…there’s that ADD I was talking about. LOL

Last, but certainly not least, I’m participating in round six of The Twilight Twenty-Five challenge. Between February 1, 2012 and May 31, 2012 (fingers crossed) I will be posting twenty-five chapters of a multi-chapter fic (no less than 1,000 words each) based on prompts provided by The Twilight Twenty-Five. I’m working on ch4 already of what I’ve been calling in my head Fire and Rain.  I’ll probably break down and post the first chapter in the next day or so.

I think somewhere around eighty authors have signed up for the challenge this round, it will be interesting to see what comes out of it! (The challenge is, based on provided photo/word prompts,  to write either twenty-five unrelated drabbles of EXACTLY one-hundred words, twenty-five unrelated one-shots (no less than 1,000 words) or a twenty-five chapter fic (no less than 1,000 words in each chapter).

What this post tells me, is that clearly I’ve been busier than I thought and I still have a lot to do! I hope everyone’s 2012 is progressing nicely and I’ll see you all when I get a minute to poke my head out from the cave I’m going to have to hide in to get all of this writing done.

Kidding. Well, not really. Thanks for listening to me ramble!

Halo Effect is Nom’d for a Fangie!

The Fangreaders Awards
Awards in Excellence in the SVM/TB Fanfic Fandom

Public voting is now open for the Fangreaders Awards and Halo Effect has been nominated in the Steve Newlin Category for best All Human fanfic! I’m honored to be nominated among a great pool of authors and stories!

Please take a minute, well maybe two or three, to head over there and vote for your favorite fics, including HE – if you want. 🙂

List of Fangreaders Awards Nominees

Voting

Stories for the Fangies were nominated by the Fangreaders, but voting is open to the public. Voting opened on Sunday 15th January 2012 and the ballot will close on 19th February 2012 11.59pm GMT. That leaves you plenty of time to catch up and read any of the stories nominated that you might have missed. Remember – you can only vote ONCE – the Fangies say their goal is to award excellence in writing and not just be another popularity contest.

If you don’t know who the Fangreaders are, they are an active group of over 200 readers and writers of SVM/TB fanfic who have been chatting together since January 2011 in the Fangreaders Chatroom Central blog site, Fang_Readers Community on LiveJournal, and the Caffe Trieste forum. If you’re not already a member, they would love it if you stopped by and checked it out!

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! Here’s hoping you have a great 2012!

I found this little gem in my gdocs and decided I should finally post it (see the a/n, I’ve had this for a while LOL).  I originally wrote this for Alisonbynumbers when she wasn’t feeling well. You can thank her for the inspiration.

Forever, Now

Summary:
He distances himself to protect her, but what will he do when he’s all she has left? Eric/Sookie. AU but Canon-ish. Historical.

The True Death: The Final Week

It all comes down to this….vote for your least favorite. And vote often.

(Repeat votes allowed for this round.)

True Death Week Seven: Who would you kill?

Week seven – isn’t that crazy?

Hope you’re still enjoying the story. It’s a boys club this week…vote below and tell us who we should kill this week!