Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The Insecure Writer's Group Guide To Publishing and Beyond, Schedule and Policy, and Lots of Gratitude!

Remember those incredible IWSG posts from a couple months back? Well, the anthology is finally here and available! Let's give a very special thanks to Lynda Young, Susan Gourley/Kelley, L. Diane Wolfe, Joylene Nowell Butler, Michelle Wallace, Joy Campbell, and (of course) Alex J. Cavanaugh for putting this thing together.

If you'd like a truck load of free, valuable tips from bestselling and up-and-coming authors, click one!

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Now to the insecurity ... expect I don't exactly have much to go on this month. I may be too busy to be worried! Woven is coming in two months and it looks like I'll be making a big local splash all next year. Take a look at my updated schedule to see what I mean. This doesn't include what my publisher may plan for us. This should be fun!

To my surprise, I was invited to review quite a few Advance Reader Copies this year. 10 to be exact. That's a new record. And while I enjoyed them, it's unlikely I will be able to do that many next year, so I included a review policy to my contact information. Time is limited and I need to write myself. But it never hurts to ask!

Even with all this going on, I'm entering this month on a note of gratitude. I'm finding myself and I'm continually reminded that by some miracle (or other astrophysical anomaly), I am blessed. I've said it before; it merits repeating: I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of the writing community. You gave me a place to find my voice, and took me in when I had no clue what I was doing. In some ways I still don't. That should take care of itself.

Thank you my friends, a quadrillion times over.

Now with the holidays upon us, I am taking a leave of absence from the bridge. I still have some 500 blogs to visit from the promise I made last month, so I will keep that up and make my report in January. I wish you well, warm and safe. See you again in 2015.

I'm David, and I'm going Into the Woods and home before dark!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November Reviews: Interstellar, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Big Hero 6, and Remember Me!

November is just about over with impressive box office numbers to go along with it. The biggest players turned out to be science fiction, which is awesome! And with The Hobbit's conclusion and Into The Woods coming soon, fantasy looks primed to dominate December.

So what's the buzz? This is what I've been watching this month:

The earth is dying. The only way for humans to survive is to race against time, and space, to find a new home in another galaxy. Say what you want about Christopher Nolan's sci-fi odyssey, but I loved it. When movies make me think, it wins. Films like this inspire the mind and fuel the imagination. And cool things were depicted that film has never shown before, too. I'm excited to see what space travel has in store for us. You won't want to miss this on the big screen.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

The penultimate chapter of The Hunger Games finds our Katniss wedged in a political struggle as war is eminent. Fighting President Snow is only the beginning. I can't see why the third book had to be split, but if that reason was to give greater depth into the process of how a revolution begins, Part 1 did an amazing job. This is a super smart political drama. If you have been following this series, then you won't be disappointed.

Big Hero 6

Stricken by the loss of his older brother, young Hiro enlists his brother's creation, Baymax (a personal medical companion) and his friend to find the super villain responsible. And kick some butt. It has been too long since we last had a good animated superhero movie, and this adaptation of a Marvel series footed the bill, fun and surprisingly heartwarming. This is one Disney movie that I would love to see a sequel for.

Remember Me

In 2084, Neo-Paris is the battle ground for a war on memories, where a consensual dictatorship controls us. Only Nilin, a memory hunter, has the power to stop it. She just has to find her stolen memory first. This game came out a while ago, but it was Shallee's book that made me hurry and play it. A world where memories are weapons is a scary scenario, which makes for an intense game. Some deep themes, well worth playing.

And that's a wrap for now! The long weekend is coming. I'm hanging my writer's cap and will be enjoying some family time and a berry pie. Yes. I love berry pie.

Seen any of these movies yet? What did you think? Playing to visit your local theater over the weekend? What's your favorite pie?

I'm David, and when the turkey is done, the Battle will come!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Mid-November Catching-Up-To-Do Hiatus (Plus A Publisher's Weekly Review and Giveaway Results)!

Short post today. I have a lot of catching up to do on two ARCs I'm reading and a cup full of life. With an averted medical situation thrown in. All is well, just got thrown off my grove a little bit.

I do have some cool news. Publishers Weekly reviewed Woven, and it's another good one! I want to thank everyone who participated in and spread the word about the giveaway on Goodreads. We had over 1,100 requests, which is downright cool. The winners are posted. If you signed up, go see if you won. The book has also found its way onto a few lists; feel free to check them out. The buzz is building!

Let's see if I can squeeze a few hundred blog visits before next week. Up to 300 so far. A little behind. I'll get there. See you next time!

How's your November treating you? Exciting plans? Exciting books? What do you think about the Publishers Weekly review? Exciting?

I'm David, and don't forget to support the rebellion this weekend!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Unhappening Of Genesis Lee: A Sci-Fi Debut From Shallee McArthur That Will Make You Lose Your Mind!

Today we're making room on the bridge to welcome science fiction author Shallee McArthur! Her first book just came out, called The Unhappening of Genesis Lee. Shallee was kind enough to lone me an early copy, and I'm so glad she did. Because I have nothing but love for it. Scroll down and see what the commotion is about!

Seventeen-year-old Genesis Lee has never forgotten anything. As one of the Mementi—a small group of genetically-enhanced humans—Gena remembers everything with the help of her Link bracelets, which preserve memories perfectly. But Links can be stolen, and six people have already lost their lives to a memory thief, including Gena’s best friend.

Anyone could be next. Which is why Gena is less than pleased to meet a strange but charming boy named Kalan who claims that they’ve not only met, but that Gena knows who the thief is.

The problem is, Gena doesn’t remember Kalan, she doesn’t remember seeing the thief, and she doesn’t know why she’s forgetting things— or how much else she might forget. As growing tensions between Mementi and ordinary humans drive the city of Havendale into chaos, Gena and Kalan team up to search for the thief. And as Gena loses more memories, they realize they have to solve the mystery fast.

Because Gena’s life is unhappening around her.

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Turn a concept that's as intricate and mysterious as a memory and change it to something tangible and everlasting, with a caper thrown in, and you have The Unhappening of Genesis Lee. Just the thought of losing your memory is scary, so when there's a society who can store their personal memories in jewelry, which can be easily stolen like any other item, it makes McArthur's sci-fi concept even more terrifying. The solid pacing, likable characters, and excellent psychology made this a blast to read. Grab your copy now:

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Congratulations, Shallee! I will gladly read your next book.

Doesn't this sound neat? How cool would it be to wear memories and never forget them? How scary would it be to have them stolen?

I'm David, and look who had their launch party at my library!