Friday, February 5, 2016

Updates

Hey all! It's been awhile since I did a state of the union address. Heh. As for life around the Wallace casa, there's not been anything too exciting, as of late. Work, grocery store, and house cleaning is pretty much where it's been at. 

There is an ice skating party my work is sponsoring that is coming up at the end of the month. Which I am super excited about! My one claim to athletic fame (besides being a pretty decent swimmer), is my ability to cross my feet while skating. Maybe there is a term for this? Dunno. But anyhoo, you know when you go into a turn while skating, and it looks like this:

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I can do that. Except...not nearly as fast or professional looking. Or as leaney and low, lol! Is it weird to be proud of this? Oh well, I am. We're taking the kidlet, and I know he's going to have a blast. We'll just have to make sure to snag one of those little walkers for him to use on the ice. I'll try to remember to take pics.

I've also been doing a lot of reading. There are numerous nights where I know I should write, but I just want to get lost in a good book instead. I've reread the entire Lockwood & Co series, and man, oh man. These books are AWESOME. Ghosts in London, w/kid agents who fight them, b/c adults can't see them. If you've not put these books on your TBR list, I suggest you do so like super fast. The humor in these books is fantastic, nice and droll and sarcastic, which is just how I like it. 


I designed the above on Canva. I'm thinking about printing out three different quotes that I love from the books, framing them, and hanging them somewhere. My office would be the normal space, but I'm kind of out of wall space. There's a perfect spot in the hallway I'm deliberating on, but I'm just not sure if I'll really like them there or not. 

On the writing side, I'm still getting in feedback on Chain Gang, my dystopian novel. Then I'll be sending it off again for one final read-through, making changes, and then hopefully, I'll be querying it this spring. I'm also writing a short story, an adaptation of The Princess & the Pea, to submit to the Circuits & Slippers anthology. That's going about as well as you'd expect first drafts to go...*wry grin*

One last thing, McDonald's is giving out books in their Happy Meals! At least in my neck of the woods anyway. The kidlet got the cutest little Pete the Cat picture book, that came w/stickers and valentines, that we're going to give out to family for VDay. It's nice to get something like that for a change. So if you have kidz, might wanna get 'em that Happy Meal they're always clamoring for. ;) 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Drinks at the Racetrack...#TitansThursday

Today, Victoria Scott, discusses some racetrack dirt (heh, couldn't resist) from the world of Titans, which will be here soon (horses! racing! robots! eek!)...


1. A fav drink of choice at Churchill Downs is the mint julep. If Cyclone Track from Titans were to have a signature drink, what would it be called?
How cool is that? Cyclone Track would have a drink called the Blue Jam.
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2. The best drinks have yummy toppers you can eat. What tops ​the Blue Jam?
I imagine it'd come with a plump maraschino cherry. But the men that frequent the tracks would pluck them out and throw them away. Maraschino cherries would litter the ground.


3. Is it served in a nice glass or plastic cup?
​ Plastic cup, for sure. ​


4. Would your main character, Astrid, love/loathe/or feel meh about this drink?
​ I think she'd like it because it'd bring back memories of her and her best friend, Magnolia, sneaking to the tracks when they were younger. The Blue Jam would have a virgin version, which Astrid and Magnolia would have both tasted, and loved. ​


5. And finally, the question we're all dying to know (okay, me...) do the Titans eat or drink?
​They actually have a snack they eat--oil sticks! ​

Blue Jam






If you'd like to try your own blue drink, I suggest this recipe:

  • 2 liter lemon lime soda
  • 46 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 gallon blue Hawaiian Punch 
For a fun addition (especially at a party) add scoops of vanilla ice cream. Yum!

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Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves and the way they're programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she'll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid's who wager on them.

But when Astrid's offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year's derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it's more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT Cover Reveal!

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YA Fantasy / Fairytale retelling of The Swan Maiden with a blood feud twist like Romeo & Juliet? Say whaaaat?
Welcome to the cover reveal for
Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey
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Dating isn’t easy when you’re in the middle of a blood feud.
Anastasia Vila’s family can turn into swans, but just once she’d like them to turn into responsible adults.
After hundreds of years, they still cling to the blood feud with the Renard family. No one remembers how it started in the first place—but foxes and swans just don’t get along.
Vilas can only transform into their swan shape after they have fallen in love for the first time, but between balancing schoolwork, family obligations, and the escalating blood feud, Ana’s got no time for love. The only thing keeping her sane is her best friend, Pierce Kent.
But when Pierce kisses Ana, everything changes.
Is what Pierce feels for her real, or a byproduct of her magic? Can she risk everything for her best friend? And when the family feud spirals out of control, Ana must stop the fight before it takes away everything she loves.
Including, maybe...Pierce.

This Entangled Teen Crave book contains language, violence, and lots of kissing. Warning: it might induce strong feelings of undeniable attraction for your best friend.
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Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey Publication Date: February 22, 2016 Publisher: Entangled Teen Crave
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Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream. Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with her husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.
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Thursday, January 21, 2016

FORTUNE FALLS Q&A, Giveaway, & Book Launch Inspiration Photos!

Jenny Goebel's MG novel, Fortune Falls, has recently released and I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a book w/more of a mix of lucky and unlucky on the cover. Which since this MG book is all about luck (or unluck, rather) and superstitions, it couldn't be more perfect!

After an author Q&A, and some party decor (you know I'm all about that!), make sure to enter the giveaway to win a signed paperback copy of Fortune Falls, and a four-leaf clover magnet! 
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Have you ever found a four-leaf clover?

If by “found” you mean scoured the internet until I came across a charming website and ordered four-leaf clovers in bulk, then, yes, yes I have!


Have you ever owned a black cat?

No, but not for lack of trying. As a child, my home was, at times, a haven for stray animals including: turtles, horned lizards, a skunk, a magpie, salamanders, a number of dogs, a tarantula (don’t ask) and several cats—one of which was black. Many of the animals I cajoled my parents into letting me bring inside were malnourished, injured or a combination of the two. We then nursed the animals back to health, let them go, or found suitable owners. However, I must confess that not every animal I swooped in to rescue was actually in need of my assistance—as was the case with the black cat. She didn’t refuse my offering of tuna, but, after that, she was happily on her way. Much like the black cat in FORTUNE FALLS, she was only interested in owning herself.


What's the 'luckiest' thing that's ever happened to you?

That’s a difficult question to answer. Topping the list would certainly be: meeting my husband and becoming a mom to three wonderful boys, and getting an agent, my first book deal, and the others that followed. But it’s impossible for me to narrow it down to the “luckiest” thing unless I go with a completely glib answer like: being born. Incidentally, the odds of that happening for anyone are one in 400 trillion. So, yeah, being born was the “luckiest” thing that ever happened to me. It’s probably the luckiest thing that’s ever happened to you, too. I say we try not to waste it.


What's the 'unluckiest'?

Well, since I’m basically an accident waiting to happen, that list is pretty long too—getting kicked in the head by a horse, falling from a tree swing and breaking my arm, being dragged up a ski hill by a T-bar with my face planted in the snow. . . I could go on and on, but I guess I should pick one . . . Hmm . . . When I was in second grade (in addition to taking in stray animals), I enjoyed making plastic canvas crafts. I made bookmarks and refrigerator magnets and these little triangular-faced critters that when you squished their cheeks the mouth popped open and you could slip a Hersey’s Kiss inside. Anyone else make those? Anyway, the quilting needle I used to thread the yarn through the plastic canvas slipped off my dresser and landed just so in the carpet. When my mom called and I raced to see what she wanted, my foot came down and the thicker end of the needle (the one with the eye) was driven into my heel bone. It took a persistent doctor and a pair of pliers to finally dislodge the needle. Perhaps not the “unluckiest” thing that has ever happened to me, but it has to be right up there.


Do you consider yourself a superstitious person?

Oh my goodness, yes. I don’t want to say more for fear of jinxing myself.


And lastly, what was the most enjoyable aspect for you when writing Fortune Falls?

The world building was the most enjoyable. The imagining and exploration of a time and place much like the one we live in, only with slightly skewed parameters, was incredibly fun and even a little enlightening. Superstitions are widespread in real life, but they don’t dominant our world the way they do in FORTUNE FALLS. Creating an entire existence for my characters that revolves around this one aspect, gave me greater perspective on why humans sometimes hold such strange and irrational beliefs. Superstitions are, in most cases, generated by fear. The world is a big, scary place and superstitions give us a sense of control. This holds especially true for children. My hope is that Sadie and Cooper’s story of resiliency and friendship will resonate with young readers, and they’ll discover—as I did in writing this book—that there are far better things to place our trust in than lucky pennies and four-leaf clovers.

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Jenny Goebel is the author of Fortune Falls, Grave Images, and The 39 Clues: Doublecross Book 3: Mission Hurricane.She lives in Colorado with her husband and three sons who avoid stepping on cracks and walking under ladders, but have been known to consort with black cats.


Welcome to Fortune Falls, a magical town where superstitions are real. Four-leaf clovers really do bring good fortune, and owning a rabbit's foot is the secret to success.

However, there aren't enough charms in the universe to help Sadie Bleeker. She can't pass a ladder without walking under it, and black cats won't leave her alone.

That's because Sadie is an Unlucky. And things will only get worse as she gets older, which is why Unluckies are sent away at age twelve to protect those around them.

Sadie can't stand the thought of leaving home, so she and her friend, Cooper, devise a plan to reverse her bad luck. But when their scheme accidentally results in a broken mirror, the situation turns dire. Because for Sadie, seven years bad luck isn't an inconvenience-it's practically a death sentence.

Can a girl who's never so much as found a single lucky penny change her fortune? Or will she be forced to celebrate her twelfth birthday by saying farewell to everyone she loves? 


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And here's some party decor & goodies, themed to Fortune Falls. 







(Sources for photos found here & here.)

Now don't forget to enter to win! Good luck! ;)




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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Two DIY Blogs to Check Out

Besides following writing sites, I follow a handful of diy/home blogs as well. Not a lot, b/c I don't want to be flooded w/tons of stuff that I wish I could do, but know I don't have the time or resources for. But there are two that I really love, The Shabby Creek Cottage & Like a Saturday

Both have great breakdowns on their projects and home decorating, so you can scroll through and easily click on what interests you. On The Shabby Creek Cottage, there's even a page for free printables, and there are so many super cute ones on there (she even has Harry Potter ones!). I like these kitchen printables especially, and think they'd look cute clipped to my fridge. I, uh, might be running out of wall space...

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Like a Saturday has a project that I'm definitely going to get around to someday. I have this exact stool sitting next to the kidlet's bed. Just not yellow, or made into a table...yet!

And how pretty are these colors together?!
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You can find her super easy tutorial on how to make it here. I'm always needing more surfaces to put the kidlet's toys on, and all I need for this project is paint and rope. I can always borrow my sil's glue gun. =) 

I hope you'll check these sites out and maybe find something useful on them. Happy Tuesday!


Thursday, January 14, 2016

THE SECRET TO LETTING GO Cover Reveal



I'm happy to help reveal Katherine Fleet's gorgeous cover today! Love the colors, and as a pretty script loving girl, that title font is a definite keeper. =)



Book Title: The Secret To Letting Go
Author: Katherine Fleet
Release Date: Feb. 1, 2016

Genre: YA Contemporary
Book Synopsis:
One summer can change everything...

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.


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Entangled Page: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/the-secret-to-letting-go/



Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in CuraƧao. She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her at www.KatherineFleet.com.

Author Website: www.KatherineFleet.com
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

TITANS Preorder!

You all know I'm pretty excited for the release of TITANS-- see the countdown widget on the side of my blog?! It's getting closer, yay!! And if you preorder TITANS, you get stuff! 

Preorder: Amazon | B&N


Synopsis:

Ever since the Titans appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan's world has revolved around the mechanical horses. It's not just the thrill of the race. It's the engineering of the horses themselves and the way they're programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she'll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid's who wager on them.

But when Astrid's offered a chance to enter an early model Titan in this year's derby, well, she decides to risk it all. Because for a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, it's more than a chance at fame or money. Betting on herself is the only way she can see to hang on to everyone in the world she cares about.


 
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