Truthwitch characters as you’ve never seen them before… and a Truthwitch preorder giveaway!!

Truthwitch blog tour

Did you know there is only 60 days until Truthwitch is FINALLY out!!! I can’t
believe it, it has been the most excruciating wait ever, with so much excitement and fan-love dedicated to  this book! The lovely Liran over at Empress of Books asked a group of us to participate in this Truthwitch Secret Blog tour  (cue fangirling) and I was, of course,  ecstatic to join–this book you guys, this epic novel,  it is so SO worth the wait (the opening chapters are magnetic, you will not be able to put this book down).

In case you aren’t aware of what I’m talking about (where oh where have you been hiding?? And can I get a desk there so I can get some writing done!), this is the synopsis for Truthwitch by the lovely and talented Susan Dennard, and the beautiful UK Cover:

On a continTruthwitchent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

Truthwitch characters as you’ve never seen them before…

So many witchlanders have done super amazing blogposts about Truthwitch, and I was wracking my brain about what I could do a little differently… so I thought, you know what? I like the Simpsons, I like Truthwitch, how about a mashup!

Truthwitch characters as they may appear in the Simpsons:

Safi final (2)
iseult final (2)
Merik Simpson (2)
Aeduan (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately there were not many options for changing up what they were wearing, but you get the picture! (excuse the pun) These were created using the Simpsosmaker.

Also a Truthwitch Preorder Giveaway!!!!

This is international so long as the Book Depository ships to you. All you have to do is retweet here and follow!  Competition ends 30 November 2015, I will tweet who wins.

You can check out the rest of the Truthwitch Blog tour below:

November 1
Liran | Empress of Books
Alexandra | Literary Legionnaire

November 2
Kit | Let The Pages Reign

November 3
Hedvig | Sunroadreads

November 4
Em| Piplup’s Shadowy Bookshelf
Angel | Avid Reader

November 5
Stacey | Write All About It

November 6
Jaimie | Jaimiesam

November 7
Casey Marie | Little Red’s Reviews

Thanks for stopping by.

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My Muse Monday – 27 July 2015

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A weekly writing round-up for all of those in the writing trenches.

This is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them.

Specifically you can answer all OR any of the following questions:

  • Name of your WIP (Only if you want to disclose)
  • Goals for the week ahead
  • Stats for the previous week – how much did you write or revise, were you happy with it?
  • Biggest challenge that you faced or/and biggest success
  • The biggest thing that surprised you–it may be a plot-bunny (taking your plot in a different direction), an unplanned character, an unplanned location that’s going to take your plot in a different direction… anything!
  • Any helpful tips/tricks you learnt? – feel free to post a link to the article/blog/vlog

Alrighty, this weeks ‘My Muse Monday’…

Name of WIP: Why I exist or The Reason Why

Where I am at with it: Yay, an improvement on last week – where I wrote ZILCH but recharged the muse with a bit of reading, and watching some epic shows (also put the apartment online to rent, yay, everything is getting sorted for our impending move to the UK – and we had some very interested people come and view it, so hoping to have people all signed up by the end of this week!). Now onto this week, I finally tackled that scene that was bugging me – by deleting it and starting again. I needed to remove the thing that wasn’t matching the motivations of my character (where Ollie did something for the sake of it,  without there being a reason) and made his actions make sense, and made his emotions make sense, and the story is all the better for it. Tricky scene conquered.

Stats for the Week: After cutting the scene that did not work, I wrote 1200 words of the new scene. Not huge but I’m just glad to be writing again, and feeling the love for the story.  Stats: 1200 words roughly, around the 20500 word mark.

Goals for next week: I want to keep my goals modest, I think they were overwhelming me. So lets just say 2000 words. Achievable (come on Stace).

Biggest challenge:  Making the decision to remove the scene that wasn’t working, acknowledging the reason why it didn’t work, and overcoming almost two weeks away from writing. My biggest success is rewriting a scene that made sense, that was filled with tension and conflict between Spero and her best friend Ollie, and that showed a side of Ollie that the story hadn’t seen (giving him some added depth). Yay and just writing again, creating, it feels wonderful after a dry spell.

Helpful tips: I really love this blog post from Ruth Harris, Speed Kills – Or does it? How to write fast(er), it helps me to let go of the nit-picky, inner-editor, and those little voices, and just write. I especially loved this tip, because its so SO true:

Writing fast increases your chances of gaining access to your sub-conscious or what Stephen King calls “the boys downstairs.” Those “boys”—or girls if you’re of the female persuasion—are the source of creativity. They are the ones who come up with the unexpected (even to the writer!) plot twist and dazzling solution to a problem you thought unsolvable.

Okay writers, if you feel like it, feel free to leave a url to your blog post telling us all about how your Muse performed this week in your own ‘My Muse Monday‘.

Can’t wait to chat with you all and see your writing progress.

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Waiting on Wednesday… for The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This meme highlights upcoming releases that we can’t wait for!
Author: Kerry Kletter
Release Date: March 2016

“A keep-you-upThe First Time She Drowned-all-night heart-wrencher that is both beautiful and raw, painful and uplifting. An incredible read.” –Jennifer Niven, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES

Cassie O’Malley has spent her whole life trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically. It’s been two-and-a-half years since her mother dumped Cassie in a mental institution against her will for something Cassie claims she didn’t do. Now, at eighteen, Cassie enrolls in college, ready to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.

But as she struggles to find her way forward, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie’s childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is the truth? And more important, whose life must she save?

A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.

This story sounds heartbreaking, but bold and beautiful, I expect a raw look into the mother/daughter relationship and look forward to reading how Cassie learn’s to stand on her own two feet, to kick against the current, despite everything that is trying to weigh her down. Also 20 per cent of my current WIP is set in a mental hospital, so these books intrigue me.

Can. Not. Wait.

If you’re a reader and a writer come check out my weekly writing meme called My Muse Monday, where like-minded writers can share how the writing week has gone for them.

Tell me, what are you guys dying to get your hands on  right now?

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Teaser Tuesday… The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can join just:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

Title:  The Winner’s Crime

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Winner's Crime“She’d felt it before, she felt it now: the pull to fall in with him, to fall into him, to lose her sense of self.”

And…

“I don’t mind being a moth. I would probably start eating silk if it meant that I could fly.”

You guys know how much I gushed about the first book in the series, oh and this one, it is actually better! I can’t put into words any better than Robin LaFevers (author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy) who said this: “Brilliant plotting and absolutely gorgeous writing combine to make The Winner’s Curse a standout, but it is the complex, deeply layered characters with their gut-wrenching dilemmas and impossible choices that cracked my heart wide open. It left me breathless and craving more–I don’t know how I will be able to wait for the final book. A truly unforgettable read.”

Oh I so agree Robin!! Waiting for the third and final installment will be absolute torture (though I have 200 glorious pages left to read first).  Everyone, EVERYONE needs to read these books they are… I just have no words. They are perfection.

If you’re a reader and a writer come check out my weekly writing meme called My Muse Monday, where like-minded writers can share how the writing week has gone for them.

Tell me, what are you reading right now?

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My Muse Monday – 20 July 2015

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A weekly writing round-up for all of those in the writing trenches.

This is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them.

Specifically you can answer all OR any of the following questions:

  • Name of your WIP (Only if you want to disclose)
  • Goals for the week ahead
  • Stats for the previous week – how much did you write or revise, were you happy with it?
  • Biggest challenge that you faced or/and biggest success
  • The biggest thing that surprised you–it may be a plot-bunny (taking your plot in a different direction), an unplanned character, an unplanned location that’s going to take your plot in a different direction… anything!
  • Any helpful tips/tricks you learnt? – feel free to post a link to the article/blog/vlog

Alrighty, this weeks ‘My Muse Monday’…

 

Sorry guys, I ended up taking a break from my WIP this week. My Muse was crying out for a break, and I had ignored the signs for a while, and eventually, with a huge amount of work piled on in the day job, and prepping things for our move to the UK, including getting our apartment ready for tenanting, I realized I needed to break from writing. I kind of crashed and binge watched a few new series (Empire and Wayward Pines – both are really good!) So I ended up writing zip. I trust you did better than me!

Goals for this week: get back to writing, even if it’s just one scene. I’m pretty sure I need to rework the last scene that I did which is probably one of the reasons why I needed space from writing, at least I’ve got a bit more perspective on that now.

Helpful tips: Another SUPER helpful article on the Fiction University webiste on how silence between dialogue can be powerful: Don’t speak: the power of what’s left unsaid – by Bonnie Randall

Okay writers, if you feel like it, feel free to leave a url to your blog post telling us all about how your Muse performed this week in your own ‘My Muse Monday‘.

Can’t wait to chat with you all and see your writing progress.

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Waiting on Wednesday… Where Futures End – by Parker Peevyhouse

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This meme highlights upcoming releases that we can’t wait for!
Release Date: February 2016
Where Future Ends

Perfect for fans of innovative storytelling, like Marcus Sedgwick’s The Ghosts of Heaven and David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks, Where Futures End is a collection of five time-spanning, interconnected novellas that weave a subtly science-fictional web stretching out from the present into the future, presenting eerily plausible possibilities for social media, corporate sponsorship, and humanity, as our world collides with a mysterious alternate universe.

 Five teens, five futures. Dylan develops a sixth sense that allows him to glimpse another world. Brixney must escape a debtor colony by finding a way to increase the number of hits on her social media feed so she’ll attract corporate sponsorship. Epony goes “High Concept” and poses as an otherworldly being to recapture her boyfriend’s attention. Reef struggles to survive in a city turned virtual gameboard. And Quinn uncovers the alarming secret that links them all.

These are stories about a world that is destroying  itself, and about the alternate world that might be its savior.  Unless it’s just the opposite.

Wow, this story sounds so completely unique, it has me utterly intrigued, I wonder how the author will weave the five stories together.  What will link them? What does it all mean? I feel like this story will be an amazing blend of unique characters but with the thrill/excitement of sci fi. LOVE me some sci-fi, I hope there is way more of it in the YA space in the future.

Can. Not. Wait.

If you’re a reader and a writer come check out my weekly writing meme called My Muse Monday, where like-minded writers can share how the writing week has gone for them.

Tell me, what are you guys dying to get your hands on  right now?

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Teaser Tuesday… Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can join just:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Title:  Anna Dressed in Blood

Author: Kendare Blake

“But hey, at least we’ll have this strange story to tell, love and death and blood and daddy-issues. And holy crap, I’m a psychiatrist’s wet dream.”

 

And…

I can feel that photo of Anna staring at me from sixty years ago, and I can’t help myself from wanting to protect her, wanting to save her from becoming what she already is.

Book Blurb…

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

This book is such a fascinating read, the voice of the main character, Cas, is just so cool, he has such a weird and spooky life.  And the story keeps you on tender hooks the whole time, I really enjoy it! 

If you’re a reader and a writer come check out my weekly writing meme called My Muse Monday, where like-minded writers can share how the writing week has gone for them.

Tell me, what are you reading right now?

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My Muse Monday – 13 July 2015

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A weekly writing round-up for all of those in the writing trenches.

This is a fun meme where writers can meet other like-minded writers and share what they’ve been working on and how the week has gone for them.

Specifically you can answer all OR any of the following questions:

  • Name of your WIP (Only if you want to disclose)
  • Goals for the week ahead
  • Stats for the previous week – how much did you write or revise, were you happy with it?
  • Biggest challenge that you faced or/and biggest success
  • The biggest thing that surprised you–it may be a plot-bunny (taking your plot in a different direction), an unplanned character, an unplanned location that’s going to take your plot in a different direction… anything!
  • Any helpful tips/tricks you learnt? – feel free to post a link to the article/blog/vlog

Alrighty, this weeks ‘My Muse Monday’…

Name of WIP: Why I exist or The Reason Why

Where I am at with it: It was a very social week at our household, with lots of lovely people staying over throughout the week and weekend, which was a lot of fun but meant that writing took a back seat. But, for the rest of July there are no social occasions in the calendar so fingers crossed I will be able to write like the wind and complete  Camp Nano. I am roughly 25 % through my novel and have just hit the point of no return. Yay! Actually, I am in the middle of writing it, and it is a lot of fun, but I’m also weary of getting things right. (Though I can fix things in revisions I keep trying to tell myself!)

Stats for the Week: Again, not as productive as I would’ve liked (Curses, I’m starting to sound like a broken record), I only really wrote one day, yesterday, and wrote almost 2000 words. Not the best, but it is progress. Stats: 1700 words roughly, around the 20500 word mark.

Goals for next week: Okay, without people staying with us this week I have high HOPES for a big writing week. Come on, Stace. Goal: 7000 words, not too high, not to scary, I can do this.

Biggest challenge: Again, this week was finding time, it felt damn near impossible all week. Also, I faced a challenge of when to drop in certain info into my story, I think I’ve brought it in too early and as a result the motivations of one of my characters doesn’t quite make sense. I’m going to check this with my lovely alpha reader Diyana. I’ve got a big inkling that it will need to come in later, or I need to have (create) a damn good reason for why it happens now.  My biggest success was getting to the point of no return for my character, which means a change of scenery for Spero – Yay – no more psych ward. Plus, Spero gets to meet Aquila for real SOOOON. Yay. These scenes are my favourite. Also, Spero and Ollie had a scene together again, there friendship is possibly my favourite part of this story.

Helpful tips: Another SUPER helpful article from K M Weiland on one of the biggest mistakes authors make with character arcs, take a read here: The Hardest Part of Writing Character Arcs.

Okay writers, if you feel like it, feel free to leave a url to your blog post telling us all about how your Muse performed this week in your own ‘My Muse Monday‘.

Can’t wait to chat with you all and see your writing progress.

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The 7/7/7 Challenge

Thanks so much for nominating me for this challenge Kyrosmagica, you should check out her wonderful and inspirational blog on writing and books.

So what is the 7/7/7 challenge?

The rules are simple:

  • Go to page 7 of your WIP (Work in Progress)
  • Scroll down to line 7
  • Share the next 7 sentences in a blog post.
  • After the excerpt tag 7 other writers to continue the challenge.

From my current WIP – The Reason Why

Quick description:

Spero Blackburn—an epileptic misfit who experiences other world’s when she seizes—knows their is something unique about her. And she will do almost anything to find out what, even if it means stopping her medication for good. But after her foster mom finds out, Spero winds up in a psychiatric ward and must escape before the memories cease and it’s too late to learn who–or what–she is.

The excerpt: 

I shrug. “Purple flying-toads.”

“No way,” Ollie’s eyebrows perk and I love how much this intrigues him. How much he doesn’t look at me like I should be in a loony-bin with padded walls. He is my safety. I grab his arm and squeeze it, and he locks his lanky limb around my shoulder.

We grab our sketchbooks from our lockers and head to the Bit-monster, I have to get everything down before the memory dulls.

Before it all slips away.

Here are my nominations. Share a 7/7/7 of your current WIP 

Sorry, I don’t have seven, but join in if you’d like!

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Waiting on Wednesday…for The Girl from Everywhere – By Heidi Heilig

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This meme highlights upcoming releases that we can’t wait for!
Author: Heidi Heilig
Release Date: 16 February 2016

Heidi Heilig’s debut tThe Girl From Everywhereeen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend.

Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance

Wow, this book has it all–adventure, time travel and high stakes if things get changed in the past that impact on the future, OH and a hot Persian thief! GIMME. GIMME. This sounds so good, and I love the eyes in the cover, it took me a while to notice them!

Can. Not. Wait.

If you’re a reader and a writer come check out my weekly writing meme called My Muse Monday, where like-minded writers can share how the writing week has gone for them.

Tell me, what are you guys dying to get your hands on  right now?

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