Sunday, September 30, 2012

Stacking the Shelves (22)

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme, hosted by Tynga's Reviews, where bloggers share the books and goodies that they've received over the week.

Edwin Didn't Get Anything To Put On His Shelves This Week

Emily's Stack for the Shelves:

For Review:
Big thanks to Riptide Publishing!
They are celebrating their one year anniversary this month! 
Look out for some giveaways and features here!

From Library:
I've been wanting to read this for a while. I'm starting it tomorrow!

I'm sorry, I don't even know why I said that.
These are from my lovely mother.
Bridesmaids (2011)

What did you get for your shelves this week?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Book Review: Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: April 12, 2011
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
259 Pages


In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first Deuce thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.


Guys, Ann Aguirre really knows what she's doing. Her Razorland series is a scary view into a futuristic society, where some people live underground hiding from the horrors of the outside world.

Enclave is a terrifying novel about a young girl who was born in an underground society. Girl15 is now Deuce, the Huntress. In College Enclave, she helps the other hunters get food and kill threats that linger in the tunnels. Growing up, she was made to believe that her enclave and those like it were the only places that were safe and going Topside would immediately result in death. That doesn't keep her from questioning how Fade, a fellow enclave member, made it safely inside. No one trusts Fade. He may be Deuce's partner, now that she's a Huntress, but she's not sure if she can trust him either. When circumstances in the enclave change, Fade and Deuce will be fighting for their lives against more than just what lurks in the tunnels.

My only really issue with the book was the way gang rape was discussed and handled. I understand that for the world that Ms. Aguirre makes, it is a common occurrence, but the main character's acceptance of it disturbed me. I can understand it, but I wish that the main character, Deuce, would've had a bit more sympathy and the situation would've been handled with a bit more grace. The whole scene just made me uncomfortable.

Besides that one issue, this book was excellent. I'm a big fan of dystopian young adult fiction, especially novels with zombies. While the creatures in this series are called zombies, but "freaks" "eaters" and "muties," they are just as deadly and just as horrifying. The action in Enclave is addicting. I couldn't get my eyes to leave the page as Deuce, Fade and their companions took on the Freaks and other threats. I almost wished that I could be Deuce for a bit and have her mad fighting skills. See "almost." I'd probably die in a few seconds.

I, overall, really liked the characters. Fade and Deuce are great as partners, though at times the relationship seemed a bit forced on Deuce's side. She has never been allowed to love before, so her reluctance is understandable, but sometimes, I wanted to shove her and be like, "FADE. AND. YOU. NEED. TO. GET. TOGETHER. NOW." The tension was obvious, even if Deuce didn't understand it. The minor characters are likable, but I didn't really love any of them - until I read the novella, Endurance, which takes place later in the novel Enclave, but from the perspectives of Stone and Thimble, Deuce's bratmates. I would love to see more of those characters!

Speaking of bratmates, the language in this novel is a bit different. Stick with it. The longer you read, the more you understand and the less it confuses you. Bratmates, in Deuce's enclave, are the people you grow up with, your peers.

Luckily, this novel doesn't end on a cliffhanger. Ms. Aguirre ties up the novel to the point where you will be happy with the ending, but desperate for the next book. It's a relief since many books that have been released lately leave you on a cliffhanger that would make you want to sell your soul for the next book. (I know I'm not alone in that feeling!) If you haven't already, you should definitely read this book. It is full of heart-pounding adventure, a strong female protagonist and a brooding, protective love interest. There are three books in the series and a novella. The novella, considered book one and a half, is called Endurance. It stars Stone and Thimble, Deuce's closest bratmates and was released in July. Book two, Outpost, was released earlier this month. The final book, Horde is due to be released in 2013.


Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review: Necromancing the Stone (Necromancer #2) by Lish McBride

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
342 Pages

With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?

Well . . . not really. He’s pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for one thing, and he can’t help but feel that his new house hates him. His best friend is a werebear, someone is threatening his sister, and while Sam realizes that he himself has a lot of power at his fingertips, he’s not exactly sure how to use it. Which, he has to admit, is a bit disconcerting.

But when everything starts falling apart, he decides it’s time to step up and take control. His attempts to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of which is more than a little alarming: Is Douglas really dead?



The gang is back for round two in Necromancing the Stone! We meet up with Sam, Ramon, Ashley, Brooke, Frank and the wolf pack six weeks after the end of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Now Sam's in charge of Douglas' old possessions, which includes his assistant, James, Douglas' house, his cars and the lawn ornaments that want revenge on Sam for reasons he can't understand. As the novel begins, we see that Sam and Brid's relationship is blooming and while it isn't accepted by all of her pack, they are more serious than ever. Let's all swoon at our sweet Sam being happy. I just dreamy sighed all over you guys. 

While book one evoked some emotion, Necromancing the Stone will yank at your heartstrings. Sam just can't seem to catch a break. While going through some issues of his own, he's got to solve a murder, run a household, deal with the aftermath of Douglas' death and try to succeed in love. As if it wasn't rough enough when Douglas was alive.

Sam is just as likable as ever. He's such an easy character to care for. You really see him grow into a strong-willed man throughout these books. It's amazingly fluid. Sam feels like a real person. The reader will want him to succeed and continue to stay strong through all of his troubles. Sam cares for his friends, his family and even wants the best for the people who seem to be out to destroy him. His wit and genuine personality continue to make him a beloved character. As much as I wanted to hate Brid at some points, I found myself unable to. The relationship between Sam and Brid isn't easy and won't ever be, but it's real and impossible not root for. 

…Guys, I have a new favorite character in this series, James. James played a minor role in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, but he is way more involved in this novel, to the point where I'd consider him a MAJOR character. In Necromancing the Stone, we see many sides of James, but by the end, I'm pretty sure I've got him worked out and I adore him. All of his actions are understandable at the end. The audience will be able to feel his anguish and desperation. He's one of several new characters that we are introduced too and they all fit in very well with the story. The cast of this novel is one of the best I've ever read.

Lish McBride is seriously awesome. She writes a plot that could take less than a hundred pages to resolve, but pulls it into an almost four-hundred page novel without making it drag. If anything, I wished there could've been more. It doesn't take long for you to fall in love with the characters and the plot to the point where you are sad when the book is over. That is a true skill that the author has mastered. And fear not! Ms. McBride is writing a third book! It won't be released until she's finished two other books, but hey, we can't wait… Maybe… 

If you enjoyed the first book in this series, I definitely recommend you immediately picking up Necromancing the Stone. It's the perfect companion. Where Ms. McBride will take us in the third novel is beyond me, but I'm really looking forward to seeing what trouble Sam will get into next. And of course, I want everyone to get their happy ending! (Especially James.) I know that the author will do it justice and continue to write a strong, humorous, awesome, totally cool series.


Follow Friday (33)

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee's View and Alison Can Read.

Q. What is the BIGGEST word you've seen used in a book lately - that made you stop and look it up?Might as well leave the definition and book, too.

A. Wow, this is a good question. I can't think of a "big" word. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out meanings based on the context that they are used in.

Right now, I'm reading Ours is Just a Little Sorrow by Gwen Hayes, a novella with steampunk elements. So there is a lot of "futuristic slang." There are a few words in it that I haven't heard before. One is stalwart.

Stalwart [stawl-wert]:

  1.  strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust
  2.  strong and brave; valiant; a stalwart knight
  3.  firm, steadfast, uncompromising; a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
Definition as seen on

Never heard it before, but it's a good word for to describe a hero in a romance novel, eh?

What's a "big word" you've read lately?


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (29)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!
This week's theme is: 
Top Ten Series You've Yet to Finish

1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare -
I've only read through book four. I should pick up book five, but I'm waiting on six's release because honestly, I'm not happy with the expansion of the series. City of Fallen Angels was dreadful, in my opinion. The series should've ended after the third book, but I will definitely be picking up the next ones soon!

2. Jane Jameson series by Molly Harper -
I really enjoyed the first three books in this series, but I have yet to pick up the fourth.

3. Naked Werewolf series by Molly Harper -
Again, book one was awesome. I finally bought book two a couple of weeks ago. I just need to find the time to read it!

4. Lorien Legacies series by Pittacus Lore -
I read and LOVED the first book. I can't even tell you why I haven't read the next books, because I own copies.

5. Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie -
I liked the first book well enough, but these books aren't really my priority right now. I would like to continue with them one day and reread Matched.

6. Anna series by Kendare Blake -
Someone spoiled the end of this for me and now I'm scared to read it. Insert super, super sad face here.

7. Starcrossed series by Josephine Angelini -
Maybe. And that's a big maybe. I hate not finishing a series, but the first book... Excuse my horrified shuddering. *For the record, my taste in books is much different from others'. Hyped up books and I usually don't get along.

8. Maze Runner series by James Dashner -
I was told the end of this series would make me want to punch someone. I'm very hesitant now...

9. Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks -
This is my biggest guilty pleasure series. I haven't read the latest book yet. I need to and soon because my favorite character's book is next to be released! Eep!

10. Unfinished Hero series by Kristen Ashley -
Not gonna happen.

What series have you yet to finish?


Book Review: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (Necromancer #1) by Lish McBride

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
343 Pages

Sam leads a pretty normal life. He may not have the most exciting job in the world, but he's doing all right—until a fast food prank brings him to the attention of Douglas, a creepy guy with an intense violent streak.
Turns out Douglas is a necromancer who raises the dead for cash and sees potential in Sam. Then Sam discovers he’s a necromancer too, but with strangely latent powers. And his worst nightmare wants to join forces . . . or else.
With only a week to figure things out, Sam needs all the help he can get. Luckily he lives in Seattle, which has nearly as many paranormal types as it does coffee places. But even with newfound friends, will Sam be able to save his skin?



Meet Samhain Corvus LaCroix, or Sam, as everyone calls him. College dropout, fast food restaurant employee and… necromancer? 

Who knew a normal game of potato hockey could turn into a night that would Sam would never forget? Douglas Montgomery is the most powerful necromancer in Seattle, or so he thinks. He's a member of the Council, a group of paranormal beings who basically control the other paranormal beings within a certain area. He is also researching ways to become stronger. He's evil, through and through. When he discovers Sam, he believes the kid is no threat to him, but a necromancer with as little power as Sam has could still prove to be a real nuisance. So he gives Sam a couple of options that will change the course of his entire life - including his love life. Insert creepy eyebrow waggle here.

The first time I read this book was on a whim. I was at the library, perusing the young adult aisles and saw Hold Me Closer, Necromancer. Maybe it was the reference to Sir Elton John, maybe it was the paranormal aspect of the novel, either way, it was fate that made me choose to borrow Hold Me Closer, Necromancer that day. And there isn't a day where I don't thank John Travolta for allowing me to read it. Hahaha, that was such a weird way to explain it… but really, it's a good freaking book.

Sam is absolutely hilarious. His perspective is very easy to read from and his reactions are very realistic. He has great humor, but knows when to be serious. The reader can understand and feel his emotions clearly - there was more than one time that this book has me teary-eyed. All of the characters in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer are pretty great, except you know… the evil ones. My personal favorites would have to be Sam, Ashley, Brooke and Ramon. The chemistry between these characters was just natural. Their friendships never seemed forced and it was very easy to not just love Sam, but to love his entire gang. Brid and the other weres were also really interesting. I  loved the interactions and the way the family responded to each other. Reading this book felt like real life, except, ya know… the fact that almost everyone in this novel has supernatural abilities.

The plot of this novel is captivating. I found myself unable to put the book down, even during my second time reading it. Ms. McBride's writing will suck you in immediately and keep your interest 'til the very last page. I never felt like the plot was moving too slowly, or too quickly and it was very easily to keep up with! I JUST LOVE THIS BOOK, OKAY? And can I just say, these new covers are so swanky! Makes me like the series even more. Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of the original cover, but the new one is so shiny, dark and intriguing. LOVE IT! And it matches the cover of the sequel. That always gets a bonus point.

The point that I'm really trying to get across here is that this book needs to be read by everyone. It's got everything you need: paranormal elements, some dark action, a bit of romance, a ton of humor, great friendships and some villains that you will most definitely love to hate! I must read the sequel immediately. So while I do that, you should go and buy this book. Okay?


Teaser Tuesday: Outpost (Razorland #2) by Ann Aguirre

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading!
To participate all you have to do is:

•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 what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!) 

 Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"If I had known then, perhaps I would have chosen my course differently.
Or Not.
I was, after all, born to be a Huntress."
Patrol, Page 68
Outpost (Razorland #2) by Ann Aguirre



Monday, September 24, 2012

Cover Reveal: Losing it by Cora Carmack

Losing It by Cora Carmack
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: October 16, 2012


Bliss Edwards is about to graduate from college and still has hers. Sick of being the only virgin among her friends, she decides the best way to deal with the problem is to lose it as quickly and simply as possible-- a one-night stand. But her plan turns out to be anything but simple when she freaks out and leaves a gorgeous guy alone and naked in her bed with an excuse that no one with half-a-brain would ever believe. And as if if that weren't embarrassing enough, when she arrives for her first class of her last college semester, she recognizes her new theatre professor. She'd left him naked in her bed about 8 hours earlier.


This novel is considered "New Adult" and is not recommended for teenagers younger than eighteen years old. Read at your own discretion.

Blog Tour: Playlist for At What Cost by J Andersen

Today, Edwin and Emily are happy to be a part of the At What Cost Blog Tour
hosted by YA Bound.
Find the other tour stops here.

At What Cost by J Andersen
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: June 13, 2012
Publisher: Astraea Press
225 Pages

During her junior year, sixteen-year-old Maggie Reynolds expected to shop for prom dresses not maternity clothes. Now, instead of studying for the SATs, she’s reading, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Maggie’s ‘Mother Dearest’ lives in fear that Maggie will somehow taint the family name, so Maggie can’t turn to her for help. Meanwhile, her father is oblivious to anything but his 9-9 job. And her boyfriend, Justin? She’s pretty sure he’ll stay by her side.

While Maggie wrestles with her options, Justin offers a solution: abortion. It would solve all her problems quickly, easily, and effectively. And her parents would never know, which means they won’t throw her out and cut her off like they’d always threatened if she got herself knocked up. Now Maggie must decide which choice she can live with: abortion or teenage motherhood. Either way, it’ll be a tough road to travel.


Tour Wide Giveaway Details:
- Three winners will receive an e-copy of At What Cost by J Andersen
- Open Internationally
- Ends 10/6/2012

At What Cost Playlist:

Bring on the Rain - Jo Dee Messina and Tim McGraw

Secrets - OneRepublic

My Kind of Love - Emeli Sandé

I Won't Give Up - Jason Mraz

Jar of Hearts - Christina Perry

The Mountain Song - Vertical Horizon

Undisclosed Desires - Muse

A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall - Jason Mraz and Bob Dylan

I'm Yours - Jason Mraz

A warm thank you to YA Bound for setting up this tour 
and to Ms. Andersen for sharing!

Fierce Reads Signing Recap + Giveaway

Hi, guys! Emily here! Let me tell you what I did Friday night!

Fierce Reads authors: Ann AguirreElizabeth Fama, Lish McBride and Marissa Meyer were in Cincinnati, Ohio on September 21, 2012 for a discussion and signing. I cannot even begin to explain to you how awesome the event was!

A couple of weeks before the the signing, I was asked by Macmillan to be the featured blogger at the event. (I still can't believe it.) I was given the opportunity to interview the authors before the discussion and signing and given a set of the novels to giveaway!

Interview with the Authors:

1. When in your life did you realize that you wanted to be a writer?
Marissa Meyer: Always.
Ann Aguirre: In third grade, when I was eight years old, I entered a writing competition and made it to State Finals. I got to meet Shel Silverstein and realized that writing could be more than just a hobby. That you could get paid to do something you love.
Lish McBride: Always, though I had a stint where I wanted to be a vet. Then I realized you have to poke animals with needles.
Elizabeth Fama: I've always been academic. I wanted to be a professor. Even when in biology class, the best part for me was writing up the reports. That's how I knew.

2. What was your initial reaction to find out you where going to be published?
MM: I got the call from my agent and started doing some serious excited dancing and jumping around. When my husband, who was then my fiancée, came home from work, I broke down and sobbed with happiness.
AA: I wrote my first novel at fifteen, got my first rejection letter at sixteen. I, then, wrote a LoveSwept novel at nineteen that was again rejected. I wrote a historical novel at twenty-one that was rejected. The stories I wrote were constantly said to be "not market suitable" because they were darker and full of angst. After sixteen years of rejection, I wrote Grimspace at the urging of my husband. My agent at the time said no, so I got a new agent, who didn't even represent sci-fi novels. She actually represented romance, which is what I believe Grimspace to be. So we sent in the manuscript on my husband's birthday, which I thought was a good omen. I'm an international author, so I often conversed with my agent through the internet. She pinged me and let me know that someone wanted Grimspace. I broke down with excitement. Our housekeeper was worried that I was sick because of my reaction.
*As Ann discusses her long history with the publishing process, Lish says that she wanted to make a paper crane house of her rejection letters and then probably burn it.*
LM: As seen in the back of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer: I think I just ran around going, "Eeeee!" and then called every family member, friend, passing acquaintance… I couldn't afford to do much else. We'd just moved cross-country and I had only finished graduate school a few months before. Probably someone bought me a drink, perhaps even dinner. My friends are pretty awesome and they take me to dinner for things.
EF: When I got the call for my first book, I started crying while I was at Seaworld.

R - L: Marissa Meyer, Ann Aguirre, Lish McBride, Elizabeth Fama and Me

3. Why young adult novels?
MM: Because I started writing when I was sixteen. I wrote a knock-off of Lord of the Rings, only instead of a hobbit, my main character was a princess, who had to save the world. As I got older, my characters never did.
AA: My kids actually asked when I was going to write one that they could read, so I said that my next series would be a young adult series.
LM: I wrote my first book as my college thesis. I didn't even think about the age it was for as I wrote. If you can back up your information in a YA novel, like why there is a talking head in a box, publishers are willing to give it a try.
EF: Young adult novels have to be plot driven. Books changed me as a kid and shaped me.

4. If you could switch places with a character from any book/film/show, who would you be and why?
MM: Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. *scoffs* For Mr. Darcy, of course!
AA: Kaylee from Firefly. She's cute, perky, has a great sense of humor and is liked by everyone.
*Both Ann and Lish had trouble deciding. They said there were so many good characters to choose from!*
LM: Since we are in Cincinnati, Rachel Morgan from Kim Harrison's series. She's kickass.
EF: Irene from Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner. For Gen!
*Elizabeth Fama told me that Megan Whalen Turner lives in Ohio and I almost died.*

R - L: Me, Marissa Meyer, Ann Aguirre, Lish McBride, and Elizabeth Fama

5. What is a book you think is highly underrated?
LM: The Kingdom of Xia series by Cindy Pon - Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix

6. If you could claim a book as your own, besides the one that you actually wrote, what book would you choose?

Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder

6. Given the choice, would you rather read the same book every day for the rest of your life, or as many books as you could with only one day to read them?
MM: Same book from the rest of my life.
AA: As many as I could in a day.
LM: First choice.
EF: As many books as I could in one day.

7. What kind of music do you listen to when writing?
MM: I don't really listen to music, unless I'm in a café while writing. I do have a playlist, though. I listen to it when I'm brainstorming, like when I'm on the treadmill. When I listen to helps generalize a mood for when I start to write.
AA: For fight scenes, a favorite of mine is Bodies by Drowning Pool.
*Audiences laugh, and someone starts to sing the lyrics*
LM: I don't really listen to music because I don't really pay attention to it when I start writing. The music could finish after thirty minutes and I wouldn't notice. Though all of my chapters are named after songs. When I do listen as I write, my music is all over the place.
EF: I don't listen to music as I write because it interferes. I can't hear my own writing when I'm listening to music.

Ann Aguirre, author of Enclave and Outpost, the Razorland series

8. What author would you talk to, if you could, and what would you talk about?
MM: Jane Austen, just because I want to know what she was like. She was an unmarried woman in a time where that was highly unusual and I want to know what that was like for her.
AA: Sarah Teasdale. I'd like to know what made her write such heartbreaking poems and if she died with a broken heart because she choose financial stability over love. (She refused to marry the man she loved because he was a poor artist. They both ended up marrying other people.)
LM: Charles Dickens, just so I could punch him in the face. And Shakespeare, so I could ask about Bacon and whether or not he wrote the plays.
*When Lish stopped by just saying I'd want to talk to him about Bacon - the entire audience, including myself, thought she meant the food.*
EF: Jane Austen. My other would be Megan Whalen Turner, but I already met her and had milkshakes with her.
*I'm still so jealous over this!*

Elizabeth Fama, author of Monstrous Beauty

9. What is your guilty pleasure?
MM: Top Chef. If there was a Top Chef marathon, I could sit around all day and watch it instead of writing.
AA: Video games. Just because there are more productive things that I should be doing!
LM: I don't really know if I feel guilty. I just accept that I have a problem. I love really cheesy Lifetime and ABC Family movies, like that Christmas movie where Melissa Joan Hart kidnaps Mario Lopez? Yeah, I own that.
Elizabeth never told us hers.

10. What is next in store for you?
MM: I'm working on Cress, book three in the Lunar Chronicles. Cress is based off of Rapunzel, only Rapunzel is a computer hacker, who the evil Lunar queen has locked in a satellite. I'm also about to start working on my national novel, which is a YA fantasy.
AA: I'm writing book three, Horde - that's spelled with an "H." This book is going to be the biggest, badest and most epic in every way, including page numbers. I'm also working on a young adult paranormal that sold as "Mean Girls meets Doctor Faustus."
LM: I'm working on a series that set in what is pretty much the same world as the Necromancer series. It's about a girl named Ava, who can set fires with her mind. She's being forced to work for a mob. This project is in dealing now. I swear, it's humorous like Sam's story. Though if you haven't read the book saying it's funny is like, "He raises the dead. Terrible things happen. Ha!"
EF: I'm writing an alternate history story that set in the present, but things happened differently during the 1918 flu pandemic. The public was divided into day and night. A night girl falls in love with a day boy. There is going to be some civil rights commentary, I hope. I'm also working on a historical fiction novel that I will probably be writing until the day I die. It'll be published posthumously.

R - L: Marissa Meyer, Elizabeth Fama, Ann Aguirre, and Lish McBride

11. What is the most memorable line that you've ever written?
MM: The last line in Cinder: "But they would be looking for a ghost."
AA: "All she had to do was the unthinkable. Stab him in the balls."
LM: "Even pure evil loves David Bowie."
EF: "I am a prisoner of the tides."

12. What is some advice you have for aspiring authors?
MM: You become a writer because you can't see yourself doing anything else. Keep your passion.
AA: Quit writing, if it's too hard. If it's what you love, don't quit. Those who say they want to write, but don't take the time to do so, shouldn't become writers.
LM: Don't be afraid of the blank page. Take it a page at a time. Use the time that you are given and have a schedule. Be committed and keep going.
EF: It's your work, it's not romantic.

Lish McBride, author of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone, the Necromancer series

Tidbits from the discussions:
*Marissa said if she has trouble figuring out how to end a book, she goes back and uses her first chapter to help her wrap up her book.
*Ann says her books are eighty percent action and fighting and fifteen percent kissing.
The audience questions about the last five percent and she replays, "Talking… Dialogue." We all joked about her math skills.
*Ann told the audience about Nora Roberts and how Nora said she's never read a book on writing because she would be pissed if she found out she was doing it wrong.
*Elizabeth wrote Monstrous Beauty on a dare from her kids. They dared her to write a young adult novel since it had been a decade since her last publication. They would toss ideas around during their jogs together.
*Elizabeth's daughter said to describe Monstrous Beauty as a combination of killer mermaids, Howl's Moving Castle and InuYasha.

R - L: Elizabeth Fama, Marissa Meyer, Me, Lish McBride and Ann Aguirre

These authors were hilarious, gracious and accepted my Sailor Moon cupcakes willingly. It was the first time I'd ever made cupcakes in my whole life. Marissa, Ann, Lish and Elizabeth were pretty much my test subjects. They went over pretty well… I think…

A huge thank you goes out to Macmillan for giving me this amazing opportunity and the novels of these lovely ladies to give away! And find the other Fall Fierce Reads tour stops HERE.

Now, want to win signed books by these phenomenal authors?

Giveaway Details:
- You may enter all giveaways, but you can only win one
- One Winner will recieve a signed physical copy of Enclave and Outpost by Ann Aguirre + swag
- One Winner will recieve a signed physical copy of  Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama + swag
- One Winner will recieve a signed physical copy of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride + swag
- One Winner will recieve a signed physical copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer + swag
- Open Internationally
- One Entrant Per Household
- Cheating results in immediate disqualification
- Ends 10/8/2012

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Have a great week!

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