Monday, March 31, 2014

The End of Entranced Publishing

So, I know I haven't posted recently. And, as usual, it's because my life has been crazy lately. I'll go through the points one by one, because life is nuts and I believe my readers deserve to know what's been happening.

Winter quarter at university ended, with finals week being the easiest week for me during the entire thing. At the end of this, I had to pack up my dorm room and move out because I'm studying abroad in London this quarter. So a good amount of time was spent unpacking and repacking at home so that I could leave the country. Which I did last week. I am now ensconced in England, going out every day exploring. So I haven't had any time to read whatsoever.

Now for the horrible stuff.

Entranced Publishing, my employer and publisher, has closed its doors. For the entire shady story concerning how the owner scammed everyone, including myself, see the Writer Beware post here. So, suffice it to say, I am seriously disappointed. After 10 months of prep, and only 2 months on the market, Balancing Act is no longer for sale. So I'm back to where I started: querying agents. And, honestly, I'm kind of excited to do this. My book deal with Entranced happened so quickly I'd barely queried it, and now that it's been edited I know it's better than ever.

I want it out there that I never received any money for my work with Entranced, and have yet to receive any royalties for my book either. I've spent time going through my blog and taking down Entranced covers as well as my own. I may have missed placed, so if you find any please let me know.

I also want the world to know how much respect I have for the staff of Entranced. This was entirely on the owner's head. Every author and editor I worked with was amazing, and I hope to keep in contact with them after the dust has settled.

This is a hard time for everyone at Entranced, but we're surviving.

Hope you're having a good week :)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

These Broken Stars

It's finals week around here, folks. Which this quarter turned out to be a piece of cake. I have one more final on Thursday, but other than that I'm in the clear. So what have I been doing with all this luxurious free time? Why, reading of course! I started These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner two days ago, and finished it off yesterday. It's been great, spending hours on reading again. I haven't done that in too long (okay, it's only been a few weeks, but it feels like a lot longer). Anyways, onward!


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It's a regular night aboard the luxurious spaceliner, the Icarus. The rich and powerful are gossiping, and Tarver Merendson is exercising with the other military personnel aboard. Then, tragedy strikes. The ship is pulled out of hyperspace and plummets to the nearest planet. The only survivors are Lilac LaRoux, the daughter of the richest man in the universe, and Tarver, a war hero. They hate each other, but must rely on each other if they're to survive this mysteriously terraformed yet deserted planet. It doesn't help that Lilac hit her head while hot wiring their escape pod, and is now having visions. But this tragedy may end up being a blessing in disguise as the two grow closer.

This story has been described as Titanic in space. It was also blurbed by Beth Revis and Marie Lu, two authors I have some serious respect for. So, I was pretty excited to read this book. And, it is kind of a Titanic story. The ship crashes early on, leaving these two people with very different backgrounds stranded. But it's more a story of survival, and I like that. I found it more engaging than Ashfall's survival story, certainly. And I honestly grew to care for Lilac and Tarver. I won't give away any spoilers, but there is one portion later in the story than honestly had my heart wrenching. That's pretty hard to do, folks. But anyways, I didn't have many complaints with this book. It was a satisfying read and I'm looking forward to This Shattered World when it comes out in November. I did have one thing: I really wanted to know more about the world outside the planet they landed on. This story was quite unique, but I was seriously interested in the society outside the crash. Maybe in the next one?

Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
Up Next: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Assassin's Blade

Okay, I actually finished this book a few days ago, but things have been crazy and I haven't gotten around to a review. What kind of crazy, you ask? Finals. Already. When the hell did that happen? This quarter has gone by faster than any of the ones before it. And I finally took some time in between my multiple projects and papers to read this series of 5 novellas that act as a prequel to The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.


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Calaena Sardothien is one of the most deadly assassins in Adarlan. Her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn, and the Assassin's Guild. Calaena trusts no one, not even her fellow killer Sam. But things start to change when she's sent to make a deal with a pirate lord. Suddenly Calaena is forced to make choices about what she believes in. And she has no idea the kind of ripple effect those choices will have.

It's no secret how much I love the Throne of Glass series. I'm also glad I waited for these novellas to be packaged in hardback before I bought them. It looks so pretty, sitting up on my shelf next to the other ones. I greatly enjoyed these stories. It also gave me insight into some of the things Calaena talks about in the novels. Things which made sense in context, but that I'm really glad I know more about now. I loved seeing Calaena's evolution from mindless assassin to having a tenuous moral center. The Assassin and the Healer was the only one that felt slow to me, but I'm hoping to see the healer in future Throne of Glass stories. And the ending got me right in the feels. I knew what was going to happen, and I couldn't stop it. I even grew to love Sam, even though I'm firmly in camp Chaol. Can't wait for Heir of Fire to come out!

Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars
Up Next: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Retribution Blog Tour

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Retribution by Virginia Brasch. Virginia Brasch is published by Entranced Publishing. This blog tour runs from 3rd March 2014 until 16th March 2014.

Retribution (The Artemis Series #1) by Virginia Brasch

Genre: Romantic Suspence
Release Date: March 3rd, 2014
Buy on Amazon here!

Blurb:


An eye for an eye. Bailey Russell is an assassin on an Artemis Agency assignment that is both business and personal: take out Amir Fahad, the arms dealer, who killed her partner. She’s put together an ideal plan that includes using herself as bait. Grieving the loss of her former partner and her team’s faith in her she vows the only way this mission ends is in death: hers or Fahad’s.


A dangerous web they weave. British Intelligence Operative, Ben Ambrose, is married to his job. And for the past three months that has meant living undercover as part of Fahad’s crew. Three month’s work blown when he feels compelled to risk his life to protect Bailey and her friends from Fahad’s men.


The best laid plans. Bailey’s plan ruined. Ben’s cover blown. Their entire professional lives consist of lies and subterfuge, but there’s one thing Bailey and Ben can’t hide from each other, their growing attraction. Still, each wants to complete their mission at all costs: personal and professional.


Payback’s a bitch and this time her name is Bailey.


You can add Retribution to your to-read list on Goodreads.


You can find more about Retribution on the Entranced Publishing website.


Interview:



  1. If you could tell anyone in the world five things about yourself that really define “you,” what would they be?
    Flip flops, a good book, the beach, margaritas, and laughing. They make up some of my very favorite things. They make up some of my very favorite memories. They’re my most treasured future plans. I’d say it’s a pretty accurate picture.
  2. What was your inspiration for Retribution?
    I thought of vacationers on a boat being over taken by pirates only they were no ordinary tourists. It was a case of, you really picked the wrong boat! The idea blossomed from there really. Who would these people be? Why would they be there? The Artemis Series was born.
  3.  How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?
    The first draft took longer than any other first draft since because it was the first novel length manuscript I had ever written. I worked on it for years. And trust me, it was terrible. So beautifully awful. I overhauled it countless times; I never gave up on it. It’s like working with clay. It’s hideous at first; you have to make it something worth looking at.
  4. What is your writing/editing process? Pantser? Outliner?
    Both. I might write a chapter based on a flash of an idea and go back and outline from there, or I’ll start with an outline and shape it before I jump in.
  5. How did you decide to go the indie/small press route?
    Self publishing is a great tool and a viable option for a lot of writers but I wanted the learning experience of working with a team. I wanted to make connections, meet other writers and industry professionals; I wanted to learn from people that had something to teach me. Self publishing is a hard road and I didn’t want to go it alone. Small presses have the ability to take chances on new writers and that’s exactly what I was. It seemed like a perfect fit.
  6. What are your favorite books overall? Recently?
    I loved Divergent and Insurgent, I haven’t read Allegiant yet. I’m going to start Gone Girl soon. I really liked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series (though the books and movies can be a bit graphic – fair warning.) Sandra Brown’s Envy is one of my all time faves that I re-read every so often. It’s sitting on my desk right now at this very moment actually, along with a Charlaine Harris Sookie Stackhouse novel and Elizabath Lowell’s Whirlpool. I’m eclectic I suppose. I’ll read anything that interests me.
  7. Favorite type of ice cream?
    I have no idea what brand it was, my husband grabbed it once on a whim, but it was this fabulous, rich vanilla with raspberries blended in it here and there. So delicious. Anything raspberry is a favorite with me. I’ll find it again someday.


About the Author
Virginia Brasch, author of Retribution, the first book in the Artemis Series is making her writing debut. The married Pennsylvania native has an inherited love of books. Virginia was tired of reading stories about helpless damsels in distress and started writing about her own kind of heroine.

She snorts when she laughs, has an unfortunate fondness for karaoke, a growing collection of books, and is drawn always to the sea. She was also once hit in the head by a small sailboat’s boom and tossed overboard. This taught her the importance of expecting the unexpected. She enjoys dirty jokes and swears like a sailor though claims to be “****ing working on it.”


Virginia is an adventurer who lives a wildly exciting life. Afraid to fly, she travels infrequently. She gets excited to spend a night in reading or snuggle up watching a movie with her husband. She likes hanging out with her mom or tentatively venturing out with girlfriends, lured by promises of wine and laughing until it hurts.


“Life is short. Have fun while you’re here.”


She writes suspense with a romantic kick and fully believes heroines should be a bit brash. For more romantic suspense fun, or just for a chat, you can find Virginia on twitter (@Virginia_Brasch), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/VBrasch), and her website (http://virginiabrasch.wordpress.com/). She encourages readers to go ahead and be a little bit Brasch.


You can find and contact Virginia here:


Website. Twitter. Facebook.




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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Okay, I Get it Now

In my youthier youth I read a lot of fantasy. And quite a few of those stories had elves. And one thing that seems to remain consistent with stories with elves is that they live a really freakishly long time. There's often talk of how decisions are made slowly because they don't have a human concept of time. It also brings to mind the Entmoot in LOTR. And while I understood it when I read it, I never really got it, ya know?

I apologize for how sporadic this post will seem. I'm running on very little brain power. This week is killing me and it's only Tuesday morning.

Anyways, I get it now.

Last night I spent most of my time working on a seven page analysis of the similarities and differences between knightly and clerical values in the twelfth century. I would be working on it for nary ten minutes when I would look at the clock and two hours had gone by. This is sort of what my life has been like lately. Working as much as possible so that I don't collapse under the strain procrastination would result in.

It's all worth it though. I do love my majors, and my short story class is a ton of fun. And I'm considering a minor in Geology. And in a month I'll be going to London for the spring! And I'm working on Saddle Sore again, hoping to send it to my awesome editor eventually to see if Entranced wants it. And I'm working on my work projects. And trying to spend time with my friends before I'm gone for a long time. And I'm applying to internships at the Big 5.

But in between I mostly just want to sleep. Life is going so fast, guys. And I sorta wish it would slow down enough for me to appreciate it more. And sleep more. And have time to finish my work.