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CLARIEL by Garth Nix ARC Giveaway

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 26 September 2014 · 56 views

<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4VxvAtAF-Dg/VCV25hd8MZI/AAAAAAAACvg/RRIC0CmTlsg/s1600/IMG_0584.jpg"]http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4VxvAtAF-Dg/VCV25hd8MZI/AAAAAAAACvg/RRIC0CmTlsg/s1600/IMG_0584.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" [url="src="]src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4VxvAtAF-Dg/VCV25hd8MZI/AAAAAAAACvg/RRIC0CmTlsg/s1600/IMG_0584.jpg"[/url] height="320" width="240" /></a></div>I've had an influx of ARCs lately, some of which I know I won't get to before release date, so I thought I'd see that someone else gets the thrill of reading something special to them before it's available in bookstores.<br /><br />I'm plowing through my TBR pile, so stay tuned as I read and giveaway from the mountain of books by my bed. Current giveaways include 5 e-books of <a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2014/09/gearing-up-for-in-handful-of-dust.html"[/url] target="_blank">NOT A DROP TO DRINK </a>and <a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2014/09/gearing-up-for-in-handful-of-dust.html"[/url] target="_blank">5 Paperbacks of DRINK</a> with bonus content, an ARC of <a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2014/09/book-talk-arc-giveaway-endgame-calling.html"[/url] target="_blank">ENDGAME: THE CALLING </a>by James Frey, and below you'll find a giveaway for an ARC of CLARIEL by Garth Nix -- enjoy!<br /><br /><br /><br /><a class="rafl" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b80/"[/url] id="rc-2071810b80" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script>

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Book Talk & ARC Giveaway: ENDGAME: THE CALLING by James Frey

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 26 September 2014 · 56 views

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1411272821l/20510241.jpg"]https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1411272821l/20510241.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" [url="src="]src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1411272821l/20510241.jpg"[/url] width="212" /></a></div>Endgame only has 12 players, each descended from the original twelve tribes of humanity. For ten-thousand years the Players have kept their identities secret, some hoping Endgame will be played during their ages of eligibility, some relieved when they age out and the Player status moves on to their child. Every player is an assassin, a codebreaker, a linguist and a liar. Each player has the ability to win Endgame, ensuring that their line of humanity inherits the Earth when the Sky People return.<br /><br />Their return is heralded by 12 meteors, each one raining devastation onto the hometown of a Player, an obvious sign that Endgame has begun. A globe-trotting game of cat-and-mouse ensues from Iraq to Stonehenge, with every Player determined to be the last one standing. But even the last living Player must hold all the keys in order to save their line. Uneasy alliances form, false friendships and honest relationships bloom while each Player tries to solve the clue embedded in their minds at the Calling, kill one another, race to find the key, and most of all - be the one to win Endgame.<br /><br /><a class="rafl" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b79/"[/url] id="rc-2071810b79" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script>

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The Epic Reads Girls Pack A Survival Kit

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 25 September 2014 · 26 views

The awesome Margot and Aubrey of Epic Reads packed a survival kit this week. Kind of.<br /><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/ueQR9PyC_ZI?list=UUSRwwQb-oMNAWWAnw0bh27w" width="500"></iframe><br />

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Happy Birthday to NOT A DROP TO DRINK!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 24 September 2014 · 43 views

Yes, my firstborn book baby turns 1 today. Well done, little one, well done.<br /><br />Enter to win e-books and paperbacks with extra content below!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="[url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6Ro5PFBVGMY/VCLIbxsuR3I/AAAAAAAACs0/6NRf_sIcDsE/s1600/Happy%2BBirthday%2BDRINK.jpg"]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6Ro5PFBVGMY/VCLIbxsuR3I/AAAAAAAACs0/6NRf_sIcDsE/s1600/Happy%2BBirthday%2BDRINK.jpg[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" [url="src="]src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-6Ro5PFBVGMY/VCLIbxsuR3I/AAAAAAAACs0/6NRf_sIcDsE/s1600/Happy%2BBirthday%2BDRINK.jpg"[/url] height="640" width="422" /></a></div><br /><a class="rafl" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b76/"[/url] id="rc-2071810b76" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script><br /><br /><a class="rafl" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b77/"[/url] id="rc-2071810b77" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script><br />

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And.... We're Live. IN A HANDFUL OF DUST Available Now!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 23 September 2014 · 30 views

And yes, you can get&nbsp;<a href="[url="http://tinyurl.com/o6hzlv5"]http://tinyurl.com/o6hzlv5[/url]" target="_blank">IN A HANDFUL OF DUST</a> today!<br /><br />Not a lot more to add to that particular piece of information... be sure to check out yesterday's post if you'd like to enter win an e-book of a paperback of <a [url="href="]href="http://writerwriterpantsonfire.blogspot.com/2014/09/gearing-up-for-in-handful-of-dust.html"[/url] target="_blank">NOT A DROP TO DRINK</a>.<br /><br />In the meantime, enjoy looking at my books side by side and watching the trailer.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a [url="href="]href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DuVFRIKcN7E/VCDJPuCxWJI/AAAAAAAACsg/20tjMnGR22E/s1600/SidebySideBig.jpeg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" [url="src="]src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DuVFRIKcN7E/VCDJPuCxWJI/AAAAAAAACsg/20tjMnGR22E/s1600/SidebySideBig.jpeg"[/url] height="301" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/tAQQt2zvq8s" width="500"></iframe><br />

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Gearing Up For IN A HANDFUL OF DUST Release With Giveaways!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 22 September 2014 · 56 views

Oh boy. So, today is the last day you have to suffer without IN A HANDFUL OF DUST, and tomorrow you can start suffering in all new ways.<br /><br />As a reader myself I know that sometimes you get excited about a book, but the TBR pile is huge, and you never get around to reading the first one. Believe me, I know.<br /><br />So, in order to help you out, I'm pre-celebrating the arrival of IN A HANDFUL OF DUST with some NOT A DROP TO DRINK giveaways.<br /><br />5 E-book copies are up for grabs, as are 5 paperbacks with extra content, including a short story.<br /><br /><a class="rafl" href="[url="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b76/"]http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b76/[/url]" id="rc-2071810b76" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script><br /><br /><a class="rafl" [url="href="]href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2071810b77/"[/url] id="rc-2071810b77" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script>

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The Saturday Slash

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 20 September 2014 · 48 views

Meet my Hatchet of Death (or, some other colorful description&nbsp;<a href="[url="http://www.rclewisbooks.com/"]http://www.rclewisbooks.com/[/url]" target="_blank">RC Lewis</a>&nbsp;and I come up with at any given moment). This is how I edit myself, it is how I edit others. If you think you want to play with me and my hatchet, shoot us an email.<br /><br /><a [url="href="]href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s400/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" [url="src="]src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oZ52KunZpiM/T_zy5Q521TI/AAAAAAAAArU/EQOi-3pr48Q/s320/NewestSatSlash.jpg"[/url] height="320" width="247" /></a>We all know the first line of a query is your "hook." I call the last line the "sinker." You want it to&nbsp;punch them in the face, in a nice, friendly kind of way that makes them unable to forget you after having read the 300 other queries in their inbox.<br /><br />If you're looking for query advice, but are slightly intimidated by my claws, blade, or just my rolling googly-eyes, check out the query critique boards over at&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://www.agentqueryconnect.com/"[/url] target="_blank">AgentQueryConnect</a>. This is where I got my start, with advice from people smarter than me. Don't be afraid to ask for help with the most critical first step of your writing journey - the query. My comments appear in&nbsp;<span style="color: #6aa84f;">green</span>.<br /><br />The Prophet's Daughter is a set in a post-apocalyptic world suffering from the consequences of orchestrated murder - an attempt at genocide. Sixteen years after the initial destruction and spread of the disease that ravaged the human race, Arin is thrown headfirst into the world without any skills of her own to keep her alive. <span style="color: #6aa84f;">OK - lots of questions arise here. If there's an attempt at genocide, who specifically was targeted? I assume this is set on Earth, so the question of genocide means you&nbsp;will be saying who was being murdered by whom, which has the possibility of raising sticky questions, at best. Also, is the disease the weapon? Or is this something else that followed on the heels of the human genocide? And why would Arin have no skills to survive? You say that she is "thrown headfirst into the world," so where was she for the 16 years before that?</span>&nbsp;The book follows her journey as she begins to discover the truth of how the world became what it has become and learn the true reason for her parent’s murder.<br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f;">This is a pretty short query, which is good&nbsp;because you have plenty of space to expand and answer all the questions above. As it stands right now this query is too vague -&nbsp;there are tons of already published post-apocs and I'm sure many more hopefuls on the desks of agents and editors. Get the&nbsp;details of what makes yours different and unique into the query.</span><br /><div><br /></div>

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Free Swag Pack For Libraries, Classrooms & Bookstores!

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 19 September 2014 · 28 views

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Thursday Thoughts

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 18 September 2014 · 29 views

Thoughts lately...<br /><br />1) Cut my finger on a can the other day and realized that getting stabbed is probably just awful.<br /><br />2) When you do the, "My name is AIIEEEEEEEEEE....." reference from Splash and nobody gets it, it's incredibly awkward for everyone.<br /><br />3) I have no idea what it's like to live in a non-writer brain. The other day I was having a normal conversation with an acquaintance who had read an ARC of IN A HANDFUL OF DUST and in the middle of the convo she stops and says, "I'm sorry. I just can't help but wonder what you're actually thinking about right now. I feel like it's probably just awful."<br /><br />Well... <i>sometimes</i> it is, yeah.

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YA Author Emery Lord On The Second Book Baby

  Posted by bigblackcat97 , 16 September 2014 · 34 views

Welcome to another of my fabulous acronym-based interviews. The second novel is no easy feat, and with that in mind I put together a series of questions for debuts who are tackling the second obstacle in their career path. I call it the SNOB - Second Novel Omnipresent Blues. Whether you’re under contract or trying to snag another deal, you’re a professional now, with the pressures of a published novelist compounded with the still-present nagging self-doubt of the noobie.<br /><br /><a href="[url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vPga_hS9Dfc/U_py2gVIHpI/AAAAAAAAB5k/hzFAmExryH8/s190/authorpic.png"]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vPga_hS9Dfc/U_py2gVIHpI/AAAAAAAAB5k/hzFAmExryH8/s190/authorpic.png[/url]" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" [url="src="]src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vPga_hS9Dfc/U_py2gVIHpI/AAAAAAAAB5k/hzFAmExryH8/s190/authorpic.png"[/url] /></a>Today's guest is <a [url="href="]href="http://www.emerylord.com/"[/url] target="_blank">Emery Lord</a>, a 20-something Midwestern girl who writes stories about high school and best friends and weird families and the crushes that make you feel combustibly alive and also more awkward than you thought was possible. If you're not sure how to pronounce Emery, try slurring the name "Emily," and that will get you really close. Emery's debut,&nbsp;<a [url="href="]href="http://www.emerylord.com/2012/04/open-road-summer.html"[/url] target="_blank">OPEN ROAD SUMMER</a>, is available now from Bloomsbury. Her next offering, <a [url="href="]href="http://www.emerylord.com/2012/03/the-start-of-me-you.html"[/url] target="_blank">THE START OF ME AND YOU </a>releases March 21, 2015 from Bloomsbury.<br /><br /><b>Is it hard to leave behind the first novel and focus on the second?</b><br /><br /><i>For me, it wasn't. As daunting as it can be to stare down the blinking cursor of a blank page, I think- I hope- every new project is an opportunity to improve as a writer. I was ready for a fresh start and new voices/themes/settings to play with.</i><br /><br /><b>At what point do you start diverting your energies from promoting your debut and writing / polishing / editing your second?</b><br /><br /><i>You know, I ducked in and out, and I think I'll keep doing that. When drafting was making me crazy, I'd stop and take care of swag, return emails, do guest posts, etc. And when promo felt overwhelming, I'd go back to writing. And, actually, I believe the best promo you can ever do is honing your craft on a second book! So...one in the same sometimes :)</i><br /><br /><b>Your first book landed an agent and an editor, and hopefully some fans. Who are you writing the second one for? Them, or yourself?</b><br /><br /><i>Always myself first. Haha- that sounds terrible on its face! But it's because I can't hope anyone else will even *like* my book if I don't love it. Now that I have an agent and an editor/team of awesome people at my publishing house and readers who I really connect with, I feel all the more passionate about making sure I give them something I believe in.</i><br /><br /><b>Is there a new balance of time management to address once you’re a professional author?</b><br /><br /><i>Absolutely. The main thing is juggling multiple books. Still work to do for released Book 1, promo for Book 2, edits for Book 3 and drafting Book 4. And there are just...so many emails, haha. I'm still trying to figure out how to balance it all! (If anyone has figured this out, give me advice! And coffee. Give me coffee.)</i><br /><br /><b>What did you do differently the second time around, with the perspective of a published author?</b><br /><br /><i>I did two things differently. First, I used my "perspective of a published author" to make a huge rookie mistake. I was editing my second book while being publicly reviewed for the first time. And I kept letting those voices in- which was paralyzing. I could hardly make choices about my writing because I kept subconsciously lingering on what people would ultimately say. But, then, it finally clicked for me- the actual perspective of a published author that I needed: people are going to criticize me no matter what I write. So I might as well write balls-to-the-walls about the things I care about most. That's what I did differently for my third book. *shoots pistols into the air* No regrets.</i><br /><div><br /></div>

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