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51 Books I Can't Wait to Read

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So there's something I've been thinking this blog needs more of, and that is BOOKISH POSTS! Because it is obviously impossible to talk about books too much.

Today, I want to share with y'all fifty-one books I can't wait to read. In no particular order, here are the books near the very top of my TBR pile:

1. DARE BY TRICIA MINGERINK
I have heard so many good things about this series! I've already read the first chapter, and ALL THE ACTION!!!! THIS BOOK SOUNDS SO EPIC.

2. THE LADY & THE LIONHEART BY JOANNE BISCHOF
Circuses, gypsies, romance, and the Victorian Virgina? Yes, please!
3. LOCK & KEY BY SARAH DESSEN
Sarah's first few lines hooked me on this one. I can't wait to read it!
4. WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI BY SANDHYA MENON
This book looks soooo cute! And I'm all for reading stories about arranged marriages in which things work out. 😊
5. UNRAVELING BY SARA ELLA
I wasn't the biggest fan of Unblemished, but Sara Ella writes with such a beautiful, Rio…

How to Discover & Harness Your Writing Voice

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So I totally missed last week's post AND I AM SO SORRY, MY DEAR DRAGONS. Unexpected company, a multiple-hour-long SAT practice test, attempts at Camp NaNoWriMo, and just life in general kind of laughed at me and poked me with a stick.*
*Rude, right?
So today we're going to be talking about writing voice.*
*Oopsies for missing that, last week! Again, I'm terribly sorry! 🙁

I have a confession to make: I don't like Jane Austen's books. Don't get me wrong; I love the era and the romance and the drama and all the pretty books and dresses and such. Having thrived upon BBC's Emma, Pride & Prejudice, and Death Comes to Pemberley -- as well as the 1990s Emma Thompson version of Sense & Sensibility -- for the past few years, I cracked open Emma last December, expecting all the fun and sweetness of the miniseries. In truth, I hated it. (*runs screaming and hides behind stack of Rick Riordan books* *dislodges Austenites' arrow from ribcage* *dies a slow, pai…

REINTEGRATION // Cover Reveal

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'Morning, Dragons! As you've probably noticed, I'm here this Tuesday morning to share the cover for Reintegration, Ashley Bogner's debut novel! I'm so terribly excited to share it, so let's get straight to it!






Oh, wait.







You didn't honestly think it would be that easy, did you? 😉







I'll wait.








And keep waiting...









It's time!










Just kidding. I'm totally going to make you wait.










Almost there (and I'm serious, this time)!











And here we are!!!!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A perfect citizen. A captured rebel. One decision could destroy them both.
As a Regulator, seventeen-year-old Katherine Holliday's duty is to protect the people of the Federation from a group of violent rebels who have exiled themselves to the mysterious wilderness. When one of these rebels is captured within the Federation, the government leaders propose an alternative to execution, a procedure they call Reintegration. The procedure involves erasing the rebel's memory and attempting to make h…

ENDING FEAR // Blog Tour & Guest Post

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My dear Dragons, today I am proud to present author Deanna Fugett, who is with us today to share with us about her writing process, in celebration of her debut novel, Ending Fear's, release! Ending Fear releases in one week's time and I'll be telling you more about it in a moment, but for now I'm passing the mic to Deanna! 😄

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What does my writing process look like, you ask?

That question actually makes me laugh. Why? I have four kids and I'm a big disorderly mess. Yeah, you heard that right. A mess, I tell ya.

I wish I could say I have a straightforward process, one I follow every day. Some sort of pattern, or schedule or even some sort of semblance of order for my writing. But I don't. Creative types tend to be pretty scattered and chaotic. I've always said that I thrive on the chaos. But that's not always true. Sometimes chaos is to my detriment. Sometimes it can be a very bad thing when I miss deadlines or forget something super important. I hate whe…

CHILDREN OF THE FORGOTTEN // Cover Reveal

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Good morrow, Dragons! Today I'm delighted to share with you the cover for author Charles Franklin's debut novel, Children of the Forgotten! Without further adieu...






HAHAHAHAHA. (Yup, I'm totally going to make you wait.)








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Just keep scrolling, just keep scrolling...









And here...








...we...









...are!

ABOUT THE BOOK

In a post-apocalyptic world, most people by age thirty have succumbed to the Sickness, a mysterious deadly illness. But the Sickness is not the only enemy for Collin Mann's city. Hordes of deranged killers live in the hills around it. With few trained protectors, the future of the little city looks bleak.

Collin, fifteen years old, buries those the Sickness consumes. Slight and awkward, he shuns warrior training, avoiding the example of his big brother and guardian.

When killers attack at the watering hole, he's called to step forward and defend. Instead, he freezes.

He's ashamed. His people need him to fight. Can he do it? Or would a clumsy person…

How to Design a Business Card

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Hello, my dear Dragons! So I kinda totally forgot that, whoops, THERE'S SUPPOSED TO BE A NEW BLOG POST, TODAY. 😲 I guess that would've been good to remember.

So! Today I'd planned on talking about writing voice. Change of plans. That'll probably be coming next Saturday. Today we're talking about business cards! 1) Because it's conference season, and 2) because I GOT MY FIRST EVER SET OF PERSONAL BUSINESS CARDS IN THE MAIL LAST WEEKEND, YA'LL.
Look! Just look how pwutey they are! 😍

Eeeeep!
Anywhozens, on to designing. Or constructing, rather.
During my template-choosing process (I used Vistaprint), I WAS LOST. I mean... what was I supposed to put on there? But thanks to this helpful post I found via Google, I gots ideasez. ApparentlyYour business card's background should relate to what you have to offer. Me? I'm a fantasy author with a love for historical elements, so a glowing, Neverlandish pirate ship seemed the right fit for me. 😊
1. YOUR NAME …

Happy Independence Day!

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Happy US Independence Day, my dear Dragons! I pray you all have a fun, festive, and safe Fourth of July! 💕

❤,


June Highlights

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Hello, July! Ah, it has been a fantastic summer thus far, and I'm looking forward to what you have to bring. 😊

Almost every day this June since school got out, I have been social. Like, what? It's so awesome, because oh my word, I NEVER HAVE TIME FOR THESE THINGS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.

Speaking of social and awesome things, guys guys guys!!!! I met Sierra Abrams!!!! You know that young author from the GTW community whose debut novel, The Color Project, is releasing in seventeen days? (Click here to check out her Twitter page and here to pre-order The Color Project.)

Sierra is one of the most amazing peeps on the face of the planet, and she has such a sweet soul. 💜

We met at a Barnes & Noble, walked around, fangirled over books and blogs and fellow authors, and drank coffee. And oh my word, I am SO SO SO SO SO excited for Sierra and TCP!!!! In case you haven't pre-ordered it since I last gave you the link (*coughs* fifteen seconds ago), then here it is again. 😉

Oth…