This is just a quickie:
I hope that everyone celebrating Thanksgiving had a happy, safe, and healthy holiday.
I was thankful to have been included in Portergirl’s list of The Best Indie Authors You’ve Never Heard Of! True to the title, I’ve never heard of the other authors in the post, but I’ll have to check them out.
A bit of promotion for someone else too:
That’s all for now. Please be healthy and safe this holiday season!
For That Artsy Reader Girls Top Ten Tuesday:
May 19: Reasons Why I Love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here]
I decided to go with what I know and what I write. Fairy tales!
1. They can be scary: Example: The Changeling by Victor La Valle made the familiar and beloved things seem alien and menacing.
2. They can be intricate: Example: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth is a Rapunzel retelling that weaves together three narrative strands, like a braid.
3. They can create new worlds: Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier launches Marillier’s Sevenwaters series. It’s a six book series set partially in Ancient Ireland as well as an Otherworld based on Celtic mythology. These should be read in order. Following Daughter of the Forest, there’s Son of the Shadows and Child of the Prophecy. Then the second trilogy that makes up the series is Heir to Sevenwaters, Seer of Sevenwaters, and Flame of Sevenwaters.
4. They can give us new looks at old worlds: Example Mercedes Lackey’s Elemental Masters series is set in an alternate version of the history we know, similar to what we know in many ways with a bit of extra magic thrown in. These don’t need to be read in any order, but I recommend the early books in the series, which are much better than the later ones. My favorites are The Fire Rose, The Serpent’s Shadow, The Gates of Sleep, and Phoenix and Ashes.
5. They can be romantic: Example I found Juliet Marillier’s Beauty and the Beast retelling Heart’s Blood to be beautifully romantic in addition to having great historical and fantasy elements.
6. They can be funny: Example Sarah Pineborough’s Tales From the Kingdoms (Poison, Charm, Beauty) trilogy made me chuckle at several points. They probably work better if they’re read in order, but you can probably still understand everything that’s happening even if you don’t.
7. They can be tearjerking and heartbreaking: Example: Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan is a beautifully written but harrowing tale (trigger warnings here) with an ending that is ultimately bittersweet but in the moment may seem more bitter to some readers. Not all stories have happily ever afters, and even in the ones that do, those happy endings don’t apply to all.
8. They can be innovative: Example: I first discovered Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber in a college class I took called “Innovative Contemporary Fiction.” I’m glad I read this for the first time in an academic setting because it gave me a chance to really dig into the text and notice things I would have otherwise missed. There’s a lot happening between the lines of these stories!
9. They can be beautiful: Example I found Katherine Arden’s Winternight trilogy to be beautiful in terms of story, setting, and prose. It satisfied on almost every level. These should be read in order. It’s The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl In the Tower, andThe Winter of the Witch.
10. They’re what I do: Example: Once again it seems I’m not above promoting my own book. My first novel, Beautiful: A Tale of Beauties and Beasts is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. It’s my first published novel. I’m working on a follow up right now, that’s based on The Snow Queen.
Last week, I recorded an episode of Write Away podcast with Natalie Lockett. She interview me about writing Beautiful, Nanowrimo, publishing, fairy tales and more. It was a new experience for me, having never been a guest on a podcast before, and it was a lot of fun. Take a listen on iTunes, Spotify or here
I’ve been working on a reader’s guide to Beautiful. I had initially planned to have it out by the book’s first birthday but some other things go in the way. But it’s coming soon, so keep an eye on the “books” page of my website. I’ll also share on my blog when it’s up. But it’ll have:
- Discussion questions
- Background information
- A sneak peak of Frozen Heart
Plus it’s free!
A year ago today I published my first novel, Beautiful: A Tale of Beauties and Beasts. It’s been a good year as far as writing goes. I learned a lot about publishing and I think that I’ve gained some confidence as I work on my second novel. Here are some posts that I’ve written over the year about my journey with this book.
Hopefully by this time next year Beautiful will have a book sibling!
Finn from Beautiful was selected as Epic Faerytales’ 14 Fairy Tale Book Boyfriends To Get You Through February. I got such a kick out of being mentioned on the same list as authors such as Sarah J. Maas, Diana Gabaldon, Kristin Cashore, and Grace Draven! You can check out the list at the link, and get Finn for yourself in Beautiful.
Yes this post was shameless self promotion. Sorry for not warning you! Happy Valentine’s day!
But only a bit, I promise!
I’m featured in Unread magazine’s new issue. Take a look:
Also, Beautiful is a part of http://www.yafantasybooks.com weekend promotion. It, and the other books included in the promotion, is only $0.99. But the deal won’t last long, so take advantage of it now! You can get Beautiful here.
Have a great weekend all!
I know I promised to slow down with the shameless self promotion and I will. Just one more post…
I’ve blogged about my book, Beautiful, but I realized that I hadn’t actually told you why you should read it. So here, in random order, are the reasons you should read my book:
- It features two protagonists who are sympathetic but flawed. Both grow in significant ways over the course of the novel. No Mary-Sues or Gary-Stus here.
- It actually features a healthy YA romance. No triangles, no insta-love, no possessiveness, no mind games.
- It explores aspects of a popular fairy tale that are aren’t often addressed in retellings.
- We see two characters who have both grown up with a certain degree of privilege try to stand on their own two feet for the first time. They are successful in some ways. Other ways are harder.
- There is a brief introduction to two of the characters featured in my follow-up novel.
- Reviews are good. According to Amazon reviewers, it is “compelling,””vivid,” “a delight to read,” and “sweet.”
- It’s free on Kindle Unlimited and only $2.99 to own.
- Make a great gift for fantasy/fairy tale lovers this holiday season.