Thursday, December 10, 2015

December Review: WICKED PATH & DEADLY DANCE (The Daath Chronicles Book 2 & 2.5) by Eliza Tilton

I only need three words to describe how amazing the Daath Chronicles book 2 (WICKED PATH) and 2.5 (DEADLY DANCE): I consumed them. As in, couldn't put them down. As in, ignored household chores and daydreamed about what would happen next between retail shifts and stayed up into the wee morning hours to finish them. They are that good!

I don't regret a moment of it.

I searched through my blog posts for the post where I'm sure I went on and on and on about how incredible book 1 was, and *gasp* I never wrote one. So you all get a triple whopper today!

What I love Most: The characters are so vivid, so genuine, so differently voiced. Anyone who reads a chapter of each of the POV characters will easily be able to pick any random page and know exactly who's narrating. Also, I love that all angles of the situations in these books are presented so that no characters are all good or all evil. Can you say #morallycomplicatedYA? There is understanding and stakes for all of them, even if the reader doesn't like a character, there is sympathy there.

Also: The unique, epic setting and world building is STUNNING!

You Should Read Them If: You love epic fantasy, multi-POV, and a well-developed world to fall in love with.

Eliza Tilton: Please write and edit quickly so I can get my hands on book 3 ASAP!


Now, onward to the specific reviews and blurbs for all three of the Daath Chronicles books currently available.

BROKEN FOREST (DAATH CHRONICLES #1)

Blurb from Goodreads: Hopeless he'll never be more than the boy who didn't save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.

And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.

His shape-shifting brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn's golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino's world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.

He failed his family once. He won't fail again.

My review: It started out slow for me, but by the time I figured out how complex the characters were, and started rooting for each one (except Lucino's sister Lucy), I was hopelessly in love with the story. The racial tension and scattered foreshadowing lead me on with excitement and the ending felt satisfying despite the fact that it was the start of a series. I paid for this book after a friend mentioned it and multiple literary blogs raved about how awesome it was. I wasn't disappointed.


WICKED PATH (DAATH CHRONICLES #2)

Blurb from Goodreads: In Wicked Path: Book Two of the Daath Chronicles brother and sister are forced to opposite sides of Tarrtainya on a fast-paced adventure where the wildlife isn’t the only thing trying to kill them.

Three months have passed since Avikar defeated the Reptilian Prince, and he still can’t remember his battle with Lucino. On the hunt for answers, he returns to the scene of the fight and discovers a strange connection between his family’s dagger and the mysterious kingdom of Daath, and it seems only his distant father can reveal the truth behind it all.

Before Avikar can travel back home, Lucy assaults him in the market and forces him to flee to Nod Mountains—a place few dare to enter, and even less return from. With Raven and her childhood friend by his side, they must survive the treacherous journey through the pass with a vengeful Lucy hunting them. If they don’t, they’ll never see home again.

Jeslyn’s new life in Luna Harbor is the perfect remedy for her confused and broken heart. But when a group of mercenaries kidnap her beloved Grandfather, interrupting her daily routine as his jewelry apprentice, she's forced to join forces with the one person from her past she tried to forget.

And his assistance comes with a price.

My review: I received an ARC of this book for an honest review. It's safe to say that I loved this book even more than the first one. I believe it comes from the varied settings. In book one, most of the journey takes place in a relatively similar setting, mostly forested or mountainous. But in book two, we see swamps, giant trees with cities inside them, a port town, the open sea and a small island, and more. Literally stunning world building. Top it off with the same #morallycomplexYA cast and you've got a heart-pounding, unimaginable plot that I couldn't put down, even though I needed desperately to sleep, to feed my family, to work, to write my own manuscript. I gobbled it up in less than weekend 36 hours which is unheard of in the month of December. This novel ranks in my top five favs of 2015. I'm so very, very excited for the final book to be released!


DEADLY DANCE (DAATH CHRONICLES 2.5)


Blurb from Goodreads: Talk of war has reached Lakewood and Derrick is busy day and night crafting weapons and armor for his father, which keeps him from thinking of Jeslyn and how she left. When Lucy shows up at his shop, smirking, and talking about Jeslyn's mysterious disappearance, he's ready to slice off her head; instead, he decides to see if her claims about Jeslyn and Lucino vanishing together are true.

As Derrick and Lucy embark on a hunt to find Jeslyn and Lucino, their hatred will turn into mutual acceptance as the trail will lead them into Nomad's land and straight into war.

My review: Derrick is the humblest, most loyal player in this series, and he gets the worst end of the stick in the first two books. I was surprised not to have him come running back to help his ex-fiance or best friend in book two, and so happy that the novella Deadly Dance was written to let us know that he did in fact do this. The shift in both his character and Lucy's is refreshing and rounds out the plot for true fans of the Daath Chronicles such as myself.

Enough with my fangirling. Go buy these books by Eliza Tilton and check out the others in Curiosity Quills December Release Review Tour.







 

Monday, December 7, 2015

How to Protect Yourself Even If You Trust Your Editor (Plus, an editing service discount!)

Let's talk about intellectual property a moment. There are no exceptions when it comes to who owns their ideas. If you wrote it, snapped a photo of it, painted or created it, then its yours under federal or state laws.

So what happens when you hire an editor and there's a major collaboration during a rewrite? This is the question posed to me by a friend back in my Laramie Writers Group. He asked if there was anything he needed to be aware of or if he had to give up a portion of authorship when he won an editing package through a contest. My answer was an unsure "I don't think so." Then I went straight to my agent because I realized that this may be a question or concern for anyone that wanted to hire me as a editor in the near future. (Shameless plug: Check out my rates here.)

Turns out that while the above statement about your creation is true, a paper trail keeps things very black and white. "Depending on the depth and level of collaboration, if the ideas for character changes originate with the editor, the editor may have ground to bring suit against him if he benefits from publication. However, in all reality, any suit would most likely be won by the author. I would still recommend that they sign a contract, though so your friend has peace of mind. The biggest issue with copyright is that while the copyright remains with the author, he or she can’t bring suit to protect it. (I.E. If the editor were to go rogue and try to publish it him or herself) unless the author has filed with the U.S. Copyright Office. To me, it’s better to just have a contract that specifies that all intellectual property stays with the author," stated Jessica Schmeidler, agent extraordinaire of Golden Wheat Literary, via email.

So my friend is reworking his awesome manuscript with the help of an editor knowing his work is his own, and now I know what people may be thinking as they consider me for an editor. As a result of this awesome conversation, I've restructured my editing quoting process and written up a simple contract for my editing clients' peace of mind. I have only the desire to help great writers put out the best pieces of their creativity they can.

Have you ever been in a situation where you were concerned about your rights as an author or artist? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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NANO's over, now what?

Hire me!

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The first two(2) people to hire me for editing services in December will get $5 off!*
Check out my editing services page for more information on receiving a quote. Then let's get started!

*Excludes query critiques

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

On What To Do With People's Story Suggestions



I've read many post by authors who've discussed how annoying it is when someone suggests ideas for them to write about. After all, as writers we pride ourselves on not only thinking up the best/ most marketable/ things we know ideas. We all know that at some point we're going to have to love an idea to stick with it for the long haul. Writing, editing, editing, editing, pitching or querying, editing, and then the real work begins with publishing and marketing. If it's not our idea, we may not be 100% invested, right?

I'm here to challenge these arguments. I'm one of the weird ones that don't mind people's suggestions. In fact, I embrace them. Sure, they may not come fully fleshed out or tied into my experiences, but they still have their value.

Why I Keep Others' Ideas
The bottom line for me is that at the end of it all I want to publish my work. The destination is as important as the journey for me. Taking others ideas or suggestions is a wonderful way to get a feel for what type of stories are wanted. Granted, I need to back up the demand with other similar requests or trends in the market, but suggestions almost always come in the form of something that person wants to read.

Another great use of other people's suggestions when they find out I'm a writer is for brainstorming sessions. As mentioned above, I may not be invested in their suggestions. However, if I write that scrap of an idea down or include it in brainstorming sessions later on, it may just morph into a brilliant idea or fit perfectly into a story I'm already engaged in.


How I Protect Myself
Now some of you might be saying, "But Emily, what about creative ownership?" It's true that keeping these ideas can be a short walk to a long problem later down the line. Which is why I keep a detailed notation on each idea that I'm offered. Knowing who suggested it, when they did so, and any contact info is important to protect against issues later. I don't want legal action cluttering up the already difficult publication process.

So far, I've only used family stories with the okay from my in-laws, so I'm safe there. If in future I was ever to truly utilize the dozens of story snippets I have in a file on my computer, I'd be sure to contact that person and get written permission to actually go there. This eliminates any issues later down the line, and I like to think the person would be honored that I've still been thinking about their suggestion. Instant fans via a shameless marketing ploy? Maybe. I don't mind if they don't.

At the end of the day, I'm honored that people want to share in my journey. I think of those suggestions as interest in who I am as a writer, the expertise I have in the field, and respect for what I do.


Do you find other people's suggestions for story lines annoying or do you embrace them?



Please tell me in the comments below or Click to Tweet about it!

 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Giveaway Winners Announced!

Well over a month ago, I officially opened up my freelancing business for fictional edits and freelance coaching! To celebrate, I had a big ol' giveaway and over 30 entries were received! So thank you to everyone that participated, retweeted my posts, and encouraged me to undertake this journey. My editing time is full up through mid December, but if you're still considering hiring me, please don't hesitate to reach out via email and snag a spot of my future time. (For details, see the link above.)

BUT enough of my marketing ploys, let's get to the fun part! The WINNERS are....

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  Query Helper Critique #1
Saratu Buhari

Query Helper Critique #2
Nicole Zoltack

Query Helper Critique #3
Shari Schwarz
 

A Post-NANO Rough Draft Critique and Skype Brainstorming Session
Rob Slater
 

A $10 Amazon Gift Card
Alison Downs 
 
Winners, look for an email from me tomorrow!
 
Everyone else, THANK YOU so much for supporting me.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Post-Release Blog Tour for WINELL ROAD: BENEATH THE SURFACE by Kate Foster

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When my friend and fellow YAtopia contributor Kate released her book WINELL ROAD: BENEATH THE SURFACE back in April, she didn't embark on a great deal of promotion because of a lot of 'things'. So, to make up for that and to kick off the festivities for her favorite time of year - Christmas! - she's taken Winell Road on a little tour, hoping to spread the word and introduce lots of new young readers to what she believes is a great big dollop of sci-fi fun and adventure. I've read some of her work and know that this story is one every middle grader will enjoy! Here's a little info... 

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Twelve-year old Jack Mills lives at 5 Winell Road and probably has the world's weirdest neighbors. Like freakishly weird. And to top it off, he lives with Mum: nosy, interfering, a hideous cook, and Dad: unsuccessful inventor of the Camera Belt and Self-Closing Window. All in all, it's a boring, embarrassing, dead-end place to live. So when Jack arrives home from school one day, a close shave with a UFO is the last thing he expects. But the fact it doesn't abduct him, and that no one else, not even Mum, sees the gigantic flying saucer hovering over the street, adds a whole new layer of strange. Soon after, an alien encounter threatens Jack’s life and he becomes embroiled in a galaxy-saving mission. With the assistance of his new neighbor, frighteningly tall Roxy Fox, he discovers Winell Road is hiding secrets—secrets Jack might wish he'd never uncovered.


REVIEWS!
If you're still not sure whether this book is right for your young reader (or you!), here's a couple of reviews...

'Winell Road: Beneath the Surface is a fast-paced middle-grade adventure story with the feel of Men in Black. Jack is a smart, resourceful boy with more abilities than he’s ever dreamed off, and he finds out that the world is a far stranger place than he imagined. The action is non-stop and will keep readers riveted.' ~Examiner.com

'This book will work wonderfully read aloud in class. There are enough cliff-hanger chapter endings to keep them begging for more. It will also promote discussion about making snap judgments while providing plenty of scope for related art projects.' ~Buzz Words Magazine 

Go to Goodreads to see a few more. 

About Kate
 
rsnow pics 001Kate is an Englishwoman on the Gold Coast in Australia. A middle grade writer, freelance editor, the editorial director at Lakewater Press and all around lover of the written word, she is ruled by her three sons, husband and spoodle pup. Not one to have a quiet day, she spends her free time mentoring new writers in contests like Nest Pitch and Pitch Wars, judging writing contests and helping out at Writers Activation on the Gold Coast. Other than that, she likes laying in bed or by the pool with a book! If you would like to stalk Kate you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, where you can also find out about her editorial services.   

GIVEAWAY!
It would make a great stocking filler for children. BUT, if you're feeling particularly lucky, she's giving away three signed copies just in time for Christmas! Yippee! Click here to enter!

GO BUY IT!
If you don't win, then the book is available all over the virtual world. Amazon UK Amazon Booktopia Jet Black Publishing  

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Cover Reveal - FIVE: Out of the Ashes by Holli Anderson

If you haven't checked out the FIVE series by Holli Anderson, now might be the time to grab the first two books and add #3 to your to-read list (there's even a handy Goodreads button below!). Today, I'm showing off the cover for FIVE: Out of the Ashes which releases November 30th through Curiosity Quills Press. Go ahead and drool as you scroll down and read the description. I won't judge! Be sure and connect with the author through social media and leave a comment on what you love about the new cover! (I'm digging the ethereal glow around the arc!)



Their last battle ended with death and despair, but they have no time to mourn. One of their own has been taken and the Quinae Praesidia set out to find and rescue her. In this third and last installment of the FIVE series, the FIVE discover new powers, make a desperate run through the Netherworld, land on an island paradise . . . and find that Brone, always a step ahead of them, is becoming more powerful than ever.

Previous books in the series:




Author Bio:
Holli Anderson has a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing--which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on, but has a particular love for anything fantasy.
Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah--the same small town in which she grew up.



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Monday, November 2, 2015

How Do You Accomplish World Building?

Happy second National Novel Writing Month day! (If you're participating). I'm typing away with a really big goal this year: 75k-80k, completing my YA fantasy manuscript. That's somewhere around 3300 words a day, so I'm icing my wrists a lot. This post will be short.

I spent hours researching my craft in October, reading blog posts on character, tension, plotting, outlining, symbolism... you name it, I put eyes on it. One thing I noticed is how many different ways people world build. Some say only write what you need, others map it out. Still some fill out long questionaires, others snitch swabs and bits of real world places and call it good.

Me? I'm a memory builder. I picked a place I loved from several family trips and expanded on it. The images and sensory details give my world just enough atmosphere to know where my characters go in the outline and lets them figure out the rest.

How about you? Where do you get world building ideas, inspiration, or go about creating them?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Satisfaction

Tonight’s triple shot helped my tongue slur that iconic Rolling Stones tune as I watched her dance.

“Well,” Jim answered from the other side of the bar. “Either you can go over there and ask her this time, or keep buying whiskey.”
 
 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Now Offering Editing / Freelance Coaching Services + Giveaway!


Anyone who has known me for years will tell you that I have this drive to help people. I'm not bragging here; I love people and want them to succeed at whatever challenges they're facing in life. Over the last year, I've been giving away query critiques as the Query Helper for this very reason. At the recommendation of some critique partners, I've decided to open up for further editing and coaching services! Head on over to my brand spanking new editing page to see the line up and pricing. For the time being, I'd like to only work on 2-3 authors and writers at once, so contact me as soon as possible to grab your slot!

To celebrate the new division of E.G. Moore Freelancing and Fiction, I'm giving away some goodies! Fill out the Rafflecopter below and come back to tweet daily to win one of the following prizes:

One of 3 Query Helper Critiques

A Post-NANO Rough Draft Critique and Skype Brainstorming Session

A $10 Amazon Gift Card

  
Winners will be announced Monday, November 23rd!
 
 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Cover Reveal: GRUDGING by Michelle Hauck


I'm so excited for my friend and past Pitchwars mentor Michelle Hauck! She and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for GRUDGING, Birth of Saints Book One series which releases November 17, 2015! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a copy if the eBook!

On to the reveal! 




Title: GRUDGING
Author: Michelle Hauck
Pub. Date: November 17, 2015
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Format: eBook

A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power.  And time is running out.

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.




About Michelle: 

Michelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.

Her epic fantasy, Kindar's Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant's Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer's Double Edge. She's repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.



Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive an eBook of GRUDGING. International.


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hybrid is finally almost ready for release. S.P. McConnell worked magic again here.

Hybrid (The Domino Project #2) is the sequel to Chameleon. It's set in the wasteland of earth after a meteor shower causes ecological disaster, damages the atmosphere, and gives the gift of an alien parasite to the world. Book two furthers Sai, Bastian, and Dom's journey in their fight to live free from GNW imposed rules.

The goodreads blurb is as follows:

As Sai recovers from her life-threatening injuries, she struggles to piece together her damaged relationship with Dom. He fights the parasite within, suddenly freed from the interference of the other Dominos in his head.

Inside Central, Bastian’s Shine dosing has become a dangerous dance. Enhanced security protocols and endless meetings have him on a tightrope, with little room to move without revealing himself. When the GNW release the Damascus to begin their systemic hunt of the Exiled, the noose closes around the rebels and their allies. If they can’t disable the threat, the Exiled won’t be the Damascus’ only agenda
 
Without further ado - here's a teaser of the cover by the amazingly talented S.P. McConnell.


Go see the full cover at YA Interrobang!

Isn't it GORGEOUS!?!?!

Sit back and bask in this for a moment.
It's available for pre-order for $3.99 and will be available on November 10th, 2015!

Amazon Link
 
It will also be available in print via CreateSpace, Amazon, but best of all, my local indie is supporting me again and it's available for pre-order in print there!

Watermark Books

 

Haven't read Chameleon? There's still time to catch up!

Get it HERE!

About the Author
 
Me

KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.
Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.

When she's not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgi, and cat. No, she doesn't sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.
Note: Still searching for her Tardis

Celebration!

To celebrate, we're giving away a copy of books 1 & 2! With an Amazon e-card, and a SWAG pack!
Winners will be announced on Monday October 19th!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Sincerely Silly Question




I blinked at his oddly sincere question, struggling not to roll my eyes.



The class clown has lost his touch.



I pointed to the “Class of 2004 Ten Year Reunion” banner sagging above the gymnasium entrance.



I raised an eyebrow. He blushed.


Monday, September 21, 2015

Some of My Favorite [fiction writing craft] Things

It's been said that we are often the product of what we've studied. Or something like that. I got to thinking about what this means for authors such as myself that have an inclination toward writing but no formal education in it. I've been actively writing for almost three years now, and I've noticed that I'm strongest in the parts of writing and editing that I've read the most about on blogs that I follow and books that I've read. The helpful answers to my insistent questions from authors I've connected with have also shaped my writing.

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"It's been said that we are often the product of what we've studied. Or something like that." ~E.G. Moore (Click to Tweet)

I suppose the opposite is also true: what I haven't studied or read about are my weaknesses. Perhaps some self evaluation or taking the advice of my awesome critique partners and beta readers and finding tons of content to read on world building and grammer will help me do better at both.

Oh, and there's the whole writing thing. Practicing helps, too.

With all this in mind, I wanted to share some of my favorite craft-and-industry related websites and resources with my readers. Some may be more basic while others will be a novelty for the seasoned writer.


Show, Don't Tell
KathyteMean.Wordpress.com
Janice Hardy's Blog

Interviews, craft, advice, publishing industry:
http://www.writersdigest.com

Tons of great info on writing elements (voice, POV, sentence structure, etc...) on these sites:
Writability
www.kidlit411.com
Jami Gold's Blog
The Write Life

Query Examples/Critiques (This is where I learned to love them):
Query Shark

Another great article: 3 Ways to Build a Stronger Story

Author bio for query/signatures on blogs or articles: http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=cde4992358f2badd71896ea0b&id=bec21ebca3&e=0b01c9ca8b

Facebook Support Groups:

Have you used any of these to better your writing? Do you have other writing resources or blogs you love and want to share with others? Please tell us in the comments below!

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Check out E.G. Moore's mini-guide of writing-related online resources: http://ctt.ec/5sj0c+ (Click to Tweet