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IMM In My Mailbox & Mailbox Monday!! 3/27

Well, so much for one book at a time! I have read until my eyeballs fell out this week <–not really, don’t worry. I’ve loved every one of these books. I hope you will too! Yippee Hooray doesn’t even begin to cover the fun I’ve had this week…

Let’s start with three words. Evil. Pixie. Kings. The first two books I read this week are books two & three in the Carrie Jones series which began with Need.

Captivate by Carrie Jones

Zara and her friends knew they hadn’t solved the pixie problem for good. Far from it. The king’s needs grow deeper every day he’s stuck in captivity, while his control over his people gets weaker. It’s made him vulnerable. And now there’s a new king in town.

A turf war is imminent, since the new pixie king, Astley, is moving in quickly. Nick nearly killed him in the woods on day one, but Zara came to his rescue. Astley swears that he and Zara are destined to be together, that he’s one of the good guys. Nick isn’t buying it, though Zara isn’t as sure — despite herself, she wants to trust the new king. But it’s a lot more than her relationship with Nick that is at stake. It’s her life — and his.

Entice by Carrie Jones

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not quite how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he’s been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it’s taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla? And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there’s that other small problem: Zara’s been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn’t turned into just any pixie. . . She’s Astley’s queen.

DemonGlass by Rachel Hawkins – book two follows Hex Hall

Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Acher to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

Amelia O’Donohue is SO NOT a Virgin by Helen Fitzgerald

I Never Tell Other People’s Secrets…

Amelia O’Donohue was stunning. We all knew we were in the presence of tremendous beauty, humbled by her eyes and by her expensive designer clothes. We all deferred to her, waiting for her to initiate conversation, and hanging on every word she said.

So when Amelia asked for my help, What was I to do? Did I have a choice? It’s not like I could tell everyone that she sneaks off in the middle of the night in her pink silk nightie to sleep with her boyfriend. Right?

But this one favor leads to a secret so big it just might change everything—for Amelia and for me…

Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich

Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down—and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.

In My Mailbox is a meme from the Story Siren designed to help book lovers unite, meet, greet and follow one another in our quests to find the next most awe inspiring, tear jerking, mesmerizing or just entertaining new tome.

Mailbox Monday is a meme hosted this month at I’m Booking It. This is one more incredible way to get to know one another, build your following and find great new sites to add to your dashboard.

What was in your mailbox this week?

Bloggers! Be sure to follow me if you like what you see. I always follow back!!  & I love making new bookish friends!

Time for the Blog Hop & Follow Friday!!! 3/25

It’s time for the Blog Hop & Follow Friday again! I love this part of the week because  I’m meeting so many awesome bloggers, writers, readers *sigh*. So to all of you hopping with me I’m smiling widely like a doofus and waving frantically as always!!

Blog Hop is hosted over at Crazy-for-Books and Follow Friday is hosted at Parajunkee. These memes were created to help make the web smaller, and introduce us bloggers to one another. We can find sites and meet people and follow those we love! We increase our followers and we get some fun new sites to add to our dashboards too. Its a big win-win and I am thrilled to be taking part again this week.

So the question this week at Crazy for Books is: If you could physically put yourself into a book or series, which one would it be and why? This is my LAME ALERT. I like my life, like alot. I read tons of books but they’re almost all YA and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. The backdrop is often barely that, so none of the places seem more appealing than my town. I’d never be a teenager again for a billion gazillion dollars. The gfrown up stuff I read doesn’t do ti for me either. If I really stretch this out to any fictional place instead of only book places, then the town where the show Gilmore Girls took place is somewhere I could live, probably because I sort of already do. I live in small town Ohio and I love it. I wouldn’t trade it. I’m happy. I am also very boring. I feel like I should’ve said “I want to live at the Shire! Be a Hobbit!” or “I’d want to move to Nu Joisy and be Stephanie Plum’s sidekick, take Ranger off her hands, ya know, help a sista out.” Nope. I like it here and now. B-o-r-i-n-g. LOL


Parajunkee’s question of the week is : Give us five fun book-related facts about you.

This is an extremely difficult question. I sat and stared at my screen for so long I’m like last on Parajunkees list. Here it goes:

  1. I read voraciously, about 4 YA novels a week, sometimes more
  2. I write like a crazy addict. In the past 2 years, I’ve completed SEVEN novels (I am not saying they were super good ones LOL) and have significant starts on lots of others. Plus, I freuently write shorter pieces for online contests, anthology submissions, and magazines. I like to write as much as I like to read. I guess I could’ve said this and saved a lot of words. LOL
  3. Twilight brought me back to reading – something I set aside for several years while I was having my babies. Knowing Stephenie Meyer was a mother of 3 young ones inspired me to try to write something –> wow did that idea take root.
  4. YA is my obsession. I love all YA. The tension. Discovering themselves, finding love, learning to be strong, confident worthy people in their own eyes inspires me.
  5. Tuesday is my favorite day of the week because the Bookmobile comes to my neighborhood. I ditch my hole family, take co-coa or coffee to the librarians on board and I stay a while, catching up on things, leafing through books and breathing in the smell of real life tangible books.

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Leave a comment and tell me if you follow! I always follow back!!!

The Literary Ladies Guide: Review & Giveaway!!!

The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life

Have you ever been asked the old question “If you could invite 12 people—living or dead—to dinner, who would they be?” Author Nava Atlas’s latest book, The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life, is the literary version of that dinner party. Using their letters, memoirs, journals, and interviews, Atlas has compiled writing advice from a dozen successful female writers. Her “dinner party” includes Lousia May Alcott, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Willa Cather, Edna Ferber, Madeleine L’Engle, L.M. Montgomery, Anais Nin, George Sand, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf. This inspirational book is also punctuated with photographs, letters, drawings and other illustrations.

I had the pleasure of reading the Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life.  The book is crammed full of loveliness. I was excited to see the center cover text “Inspiration and Advice from Celebrated Women Authors Who Paved the Way.” Immediately I got comfortable and started reading. It was so much fun. I have to admit, I don’t read the classics these days, but they’re where I started, In college a proessor made a joke and it went over my head. As a classic over achiever, I approached him after class to ask about the joke. He told me it was a reference to a classic, Wuthering Heights. I bought it on my way home and came back for more. I got a list from the professor of all the books I needed to read. That year was filled with everything from A Tale of Two Cities to Lady Chatterly’s Lover, Fanny Hill, and Pride and Prejudice. I was enchanted and my reading obsession took off into a full on frenzy for more material. 

My writing obsession came later, but those classics are etched in my heart and mind forever. They are where it started for me. So, reading the Literary Ladies Guide to Literature was so much fun. I smiled and hooted for those women who had it so much harder that we do and they persevered! They felt like I do. They said things I say, thought things I think about the industry, writing, publication and our private minds. The feeling was wondrous. To read something I think and know Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte experienced the same thing is overwhelming and humbling and a blessing to be sure.

I think every woman writer needs this book. Lucky us, the fabulous author of this compilation, Nava Atlas has given me a copy to give to you. So, please leave a comment here if you’re like the opportunity to read it as well, and I’ll send this book to one randomly chosen commenter. 

I’d like to leave you with this quote from The Literary Ladies Guide, it was given by Willa Cather in an interview with the Lincoln Daily Star , 1915. I think it hits home and you’ll all be smiling in a few moments. She gets us.

The business of writing is a personal problem and must be worked out in an individual way. A great many people, ambitious to write, fall by the wayside, but if they are the discourageable kind it is better that they drop out. No beginner knows what [she] has to go through with or [she] would never begin.”

Amen sister.

We have no idea when we begin, yet, once we have begun, for those of us truly bitten by the writing bug, we cannot stop. We will carry on, persevere, power through and triumph.

Leave a comment for your chance to win this book.

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The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life

Nava Atlas has stopped by today as part of the Wow! Women on Writing Blog tour. She’s here to tell us about her new book The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life AND she’s blogging about rejection, something we all know plenty about! So please welcome Nava Atlas!

Rejection and the Literary Ladies: Overcoming the Hurt, Recognizing the Blessings

Rejection, we’ve been told, is part of the path to publication. We’re told to grow a tough hide and accept that most rejections are nothing personal. Even so, rejection still stings—even the bland “not looking at this time. That’s because it’s difficult to separate the rejection of one’s work from the rejection of one’s self. Every “no” plants a seed of self-doubt. Occasionally, even in longtime relationships with publishers and editors, I’ve had book proposals quashed as not having enough commercial promise. Though I understood these to be purely business decisions, and not about my ability, my immediate reaction was always a resounding “Ouch!”.

In my new book, The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life, I explore the writing life through the experiences of twelve classic women authors. How comforting it was to learn that, even among classic authors, the experiences of self-doubt, fear of failure, and rejection, are universal. A few of the Literary Ladies were spared the blows of rejection, while others were positively hammered by it.

Madeleine L’Engle’s early literary life was famously marked with rejection. Her most iconic classic, A Wrinkle in Time, beloved by generations of children and adults alike, was rejected by some forty publishers as being too dark for children. Her faith in the book held fast. After nearly giving up, it found a home and sweet vindication in the form of millions of copies sold and numerous awards.

Charlotte Brontë was as peeved as any author would be when her first novel, The Professor, met with continuous rejection, or cold silence as it made its way around the London publishing circle. Galling as this was to her, she didn’t sit idly by. Instead, she busied herself on her next project, which is what every sensible writer should do. When finally a publisher saw enough merit in The Professor invited Brontë to submit a different work for consideration, she had Jane Eyre at the ready. The publisher printed and published it in mere weeks, whereupon it became an immediate sensation, and a best seller.

L. M. Montgomery, best known for the Anne of Green Gables series, wrote in her memoir, “At first I used to feel dreadfully hurt when a story or poem over which I had laboured and agonized came back, with one of  those icy little rejection slips. Tears of disappointment would come in spite of myself…But after a while I got hardened to it and did not mind. I only set my teeth and said, “I will succeed.” I believed in myself, and I struggled on, in secrecy and silence…”

Gaining courage from eventual acceptance of shorter works, Montgomery began submitting her first full-length work, Anne of Green Gables. Demoralized after a slew of rejections, she stashed the manuscript in a hatbox, and left it to languish. After a year or so, she steeled herself to try again. Though she struggled mightily with depression, Montgomery was clear in her mission to bring joy to others through her work, and that she did accomplish, not only with her most iconic Anne series, but her subsequent books as well.

Years later, musing on her path to publication, Montgomery recounted how a book she wrote early in her writing life, but clearly not from her heart, was soundly rejected. Though and it hurt at the time, in hindsight, she recognized how lucky she was to have escaped getting locked into a niche that was wrong from her.

To be rejected for not being yourself, as Montgomery found out, can be a valuable gift to a writer, especially one just finding her voice. From Brontë’s experience it’s clear that it’s wise to continue working, rather than pining away for acceptance (in her case especially wise, as The Professor was published only after her death). And from Madeleine L’Engle’s experience we can take away a message that perseverance, coupled with faith in our work (accompanied by absolute honesty about its merits) is a path to eventual success.

The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life

Have you ever been asked the old question “If you could invite 12 people—living or dead—to dinner, who would they be?” Author Nava Atlas’s latest book, The Literary Ladies Guide to the Writing Life, is the literary version of that dinner party. Using their letters, memoirs, journals, and interviews, Atlas has compiled writing advice from a dozen successful female writers. Her “dinner party” includes Lousia May Alcott, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Willa Cather, Edna Ferber, Madeleine L’Engle, L.M. Montgomery, Anais Nin, George Sand, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf. This inspirational book is also punctuated with photographs, letters, drawings and other illustrations.

You can learn more by checking out these links:

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Get Yourself Some Cheerleaders

I hope to encourage and inspire someone today.

I’ve been writing and editing and fretting over the industry for a couple years with no interest returned in my direction. LOL. Then, earlier this month, I told you about the romance I contracted with Turquoise Morning Press.  <– My author page on their site SQUEEE!!! Eh-hem, *smooths hair* About a week later, I was offered a contract on a humorous women’s fiction I penned over a year ago, Death by Chocolate. I was offered a three book deal. The editor loved it and thinks readers will want more, so now I have two more books to dream up and juggle (uh-oh). The first installment won’t be on shelves until August 2012, so I’ll provide deets on that series when it’s closer to reality. For today it just feels so far away. BUT – my point is, I found someone who loved it. You have to find someone who loves your work and you can’t find them if you lose confidence or quit. No amount of silence means there will never be interest. It only means you haven’t found the cheerleader you need.

We need cheerleaders to push us on and remind us its okay to flounder sometimes. Cheerleaders give us inspiration and information and keep us moving forward. Without them, we’d quit trying. I don’t think we’d quit writing because, well, we’re all sick with some undiagnosed illness which compels us, but we’d probably stop putting ourselves out there.

Get yourself some cheerleaders. While you’re at it, make sure you’re cheering for others too. You know what it’s like. I’ve met amazing mentors and friends on Twitter. I highly encourage you to open a twitter account and follow me, then look at who is following me, or who I’m following. You’ll find thousands of people just like us. Then, follow them. Following writers, agents, and editors on twitter will help you meet people who can and will get behind you. I met my crit group through twitter. I met my awesome writer bestie that way, fellow TMP authors, superior betas, book reviewers, you name it. Twitter is a free and incredibly valuable resource. If you have any questions about it contact me. I love helping out. Granted, I’m a total newbie, but I might have something to offer an even newer newbie and if you need it and I have it, its yours.

Make some connections. You’ll be so glad you did!

Tweet me @JulieALindsey

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