Jennifer Nielsen knows how to get the action started right away, and Mark of the Thief does not let up. There is a lot of action throughout the book and, of course, ends with a surprising twist. The journey of Nic from slave to being the most sought after person in Rome is wrought with adventure and high danger. Who can Nic trust when everyone has an agenda and he is a means to an end in their eyes?
It goes without saying. If you enjoyed The False Prince books, you'll certainly enjoy this one.
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Not sure I've told you about the writing group that I'm lucky to be a part of, but I need to publicly thank them for an incredible weekend last week. Our fearless leader of The Authorities (we're a punny bunch) organized a retreat at the East Canyon Resort, free from distractions, strong with mountain air, and an always-steaming hot tub. I wish I could've spent the whole time writing. Instead, I caught up on emails and developed the plots of a new story and a series.
Observing one of our members as they watched the original 1977 Star Wars (not special edition) for the first time was a treat, too!
But more than that, I was able to discuss issues that have plagued me for the last couple of months. All without judgement. And I thank them for hearing me out and allowing me to vent my frustrations. It cleared a lot of air and helped me realize how good things really are, and what my focus should be. All writers deserve a group like this.
Darren, LeChelle, Lindzee, Jacob ... you guys are rockstars.
For now, I'm drafting proposals and getting ready for my first time ever at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference next week. After that, a short tour east. I'll stop at as many Barnes and Nobles stores to sign their copies of Woven as I drive along the I-80, followed by a signing and library presentation in western Illinois (for details, check out my schedule). A month later, a small tour west to my hometown of Burbank, CA (signing copies as I drive west on the I-15). And many movies to catch up on. All in all, a full summer.
Back to work time. As always, thank you for visiting my blog.
What books are you reading right now? Ever go on a writing retreat with other authors? What's your favorite summer movie so far?
I'm David, and "the park is open..."