Wednesday, November 30, 2011

WIP Day - NaNo WINS and Proof Copies

It be WIP Day.
Again.
As every week.

And what updates we do have!

First, and pretty awesome (in case you missed my random post about it on Monday)...


I am a NaNoWriMo 2011 WINNER!

That's right.  At around 1:15 AM Monday morning, I crossed the 50k line and secured myself a NaNo win. I had planned to write enough to finish Monday evening, but as the word count got closer, I just couldn't stop.  Luckily, hubby had Monday off, so I was able to stay up late and type like mad.  He was even sitting next to me on his computer as I crossed the line.

I literally raised my arms in the air and cheered.  It was awesome.
And he got to see it.

I was starting to worry about if I would win this year.  It was tough.  The story was being mean to me.  My kiddos became anti-let-mommy-write soldiers.  I still had a photo backlog to catch up on, and honestly... sleep started to sound better to me than most anything.

Three wins in a year.  So pretty!
Gosh, do I love my #writeshove friends on Twitter.  And my awesome Portland NaNo region.  And my friends who nag me nonstop (Yes Kimmel and Keary... majorly you.)

I feel great.  I accomplished my goal.
Though I might not be in love with RS right now.  While I know it requires MUCH editing and many gaps to be filled in before I potentially fall in love with it someday...  I am proud.  This was my third book I have written in one year.  My third rough draft brought into creation.  Three novels in a year. This is just nuts.  And regardless of my exhaustion and always messy home...
I feel great!

If you are out there and doing NaNoWriMo: HIGH FIVE.  Perhaps you have already won.  If so, I now throw confetti in your direction.  Perhaps you are still racing to the end.  If that is the case, KEEP GOING.  You can do this.  And perhaps you gave it a try but this year just didn't go right.  I still high five you.  Many people out there didn't even try.
You are amazing.

Whats next?:
A break.  That's right.  For at least the month of December, I am setting these WIPs aside and letting them simmer.  Maybe I will catch up on my photo editing.  Maybe I will read much to many books.  Maybe I will give in and not stick to this at all.  Either way, that is what is next.  Come January I plan to pull ITB back out of the drawer... and see what happens.

PN Update:
Have I mentioned?  I ordered my proof copy.
That's right!  It was shipped last Thursday, with an ETA of the 5th... such a long wait.  And I am going nuts.  But it should be worth it.  I am really hoping that it arrives and looks great and I can approve it.  As nervous as I am right now about releasing it to the world... I just need to get it done.

My Kindle version is all ready to go as well.  All it is waiting for is the paperback... and Prison Nation will enter the world.

In Other News:

  • Did you see the interview Writing in Wonderland posted... of me?  So surreal to see the word "author" next to my name...
  • Don't forget to follow me other ways other than GFC, especially if you do not have Blogger.  Big GFC change coming in the future, and I love you all too much to lose you.
  • I officially own a Kindle now.  It's true.  Don't get me wrong: I still opt for good old paper pages LONG before I turn to the ebook.  Still... It is nice to get my NetGalley books to read.  And to now offer book reviews for people who can only send ecopies.  


That's about it for this Wednesday!  How is your day going??

Happy Writing!

Monday, November 28, 2011

GFC is Changing (and I don't want to lose you!)


Many of you no doubt have heard by now:
Come March of 2012, GFC (Google Friend Connect) will no longer be available to NON-Blogger folk.  They claim it is not popular enough to upkeep for the other sites, so are nixing it.  In my oppinion, a stupid choice.  It seems pretty darn popular to me!  Still, it is happening.

Now, this presents the issue:
I may be losing some of you!

*very very sad face*

Though many of you are Blogger folk, and should be fine, I know some of you are not.  I do not want to lose you!  You, my followers, are what make me stick to my schedule and keep on blogging.  You are my friends I may never meet.

So, I am posting this now in hopes that all of you will have time to protect yourselves from disappearing from my blogging world come March 2012.

There are many ways to follow me, other than GFC.  Please, take a moment to follow me in one (or all!) of them.

Email subscription 
(Just punch your name into the little box in the left side bar!)

(These 5 are my top recommended following choices)


(Though I still am rarely on there... but it still exists!)

All of these options are also listed in the LEFT sidebar of my blog.  Yes.  That one.  Over there.


I do not fully understand this change, or agree with it.  But, being as this is the internet, we just have to bite down and go with the flow.  Again, I do not want to lose any of you!  So please, make sure you are following me in other ways other than just GFC.  I hope I get to see ALL of you for many many months to come!

And as always...
HAPPY WRITING!

I am a WINNER!

Psst... PSSSSSSST...

It is now about 1:40 AM, but I just didn't want to wait on my sharing this.  Ready for awesomeness?  Yes?

I WON NANOWRIMO 2011!

That's me.  I'm a winner.

Yup, that is right!  I sat down, wrote 6,505 words, and rolled in my Winners certificate about twenty minutes ago.  My husband was gaming on his computer next to me, and got to watch as I literally lifted my arms in the air and cheered.
I am wired!
And feeling good!

I will most likely (okay, definitely) rant about this more come WIP day.  But I just had to share this while still beaming with happiness.  (And honestly, I have lost track of how many times I have now watched the congratulations video.  They are cheering... for me!)

You can go back to your normal schedule now.
I am too busy being giddy.

Friday, November 25, 2011

I've Been Interviewed

Just wanted to share real quick:
Sylvia over at Writing in Wonderland has posted an author interview of yours truly.  Wow... so surreal to see the word "author" next to my name...

Is it true?  Oh, it will be very very true, very very soon.  (If you do not follow me via Facebook or Twitter... I have ordered my proof copy of PN, and it is already shipped and on its way to me!)

Go on over and check out the interview!
Click HERE.

And as always... Happy Writing!

Book Review: Warm Bodies

Warm Bodies
by Isaac Marion

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
A zombie who yearns for a better life ends up falling in love—with a human—in this astonishingly original debut novel.

R is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. He doesn’t enjoy killing people; he enjoys riding escalators and listening to Frank Sinatra. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Why I Picked this Book:  I had seen this book floating around, but hadn't thought to give it a try once.  Then I met Isaac Marion at Wordstock... and I knew I wanted to read it.

My Thoughts:
What a book.  Yes, that is how I am going to begin this review.  I didn't know what to expect from this book.  To be honest, I am still very new to the whole Zombie genre.  Only a few seconds into Warm Bodies... and I was more than hooked.

R is a zombie.  Yes, a zombie.  He shuffles, he groans, he can't remember who he is.  He goes into the city with his buddy M and other fellow zombies and eats humans.  Yes, eats.  As in brains and all.

And that is where the story really gets going.  R always seemed a bit different than the other zombies.  Then one day on a hunting trip, while snacking on a man's brains, he experiences the man's memories.  Now he is intent on protecting the dead man's girlfriend, Julie.  R is changing.  For good or bad, he will stop at nothing to keep Julie safe.

First... I love this idea.  The thought that something of the human survives.
Second... I LOVED the writing.  Marion has a poetic justice with his words, and I wanted more.
Third... Zombie in love?  Heck yes.  Zombie changing?  Even more heck yes.

I didn't know what to expect with this book.  I had no idea where each chapter was going to take me.  And I honestly enjoyed every step of the way.  Though it did have its weaker moments, its patchy spots, I barely noticed.  The characters were full of personality, even the ones who barely spoke because they were too busy being... well... zombies.

Note: Julie has a very strong love for the F-word.  It appears much more than once in this book.

This zombie book is a fresh new take on a very old tale.  Do not expect the typical "mindless zombie take over and doomsday is here" book.  Marion twisted and reformed zombies and I have to say: I want more.  I highly look forward to what he has up his sleeve next.  Looking for a new zombie novel full of action, humor, love and guts?  Give Warm Bodies a read!

Now I just wish I had my copy of this book when I met Marion....

My Rating:
(5 out of 5 stars)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

I Am Thankful

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I am stepping away from the food prep, snacking, family chatting, and crazy writing catch up to wish you all a very very Happy Thanksgiving.  And to all of you who aren't Americans chowing down nonstop on turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, rolls, pumpkin pie... I am wishing you a great day as well.

Whether you are celebrating today or not, it is still a day to be thankful.  Every day is.

And I am thankful for you.
All of you.

You encourage me, lift me up, root me on.  You are all too awesome, I really am thankful every day that I have gotten the chance to "know" you.  And I look forward to many, many days to come.

I hope you all have a great day!  Don't eat too much.
(Oh, we all know we will...)

Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

WIP Day - Hello CreateSpace...

I almost forgot it is Wednesday.

Honestly.  I was checking all of my many time wasters online, and kept getting that nagging feeling that I was forgetting something.  Then I started to think about Thanksgiving, and all the yummy food waiting just around the corner... and WHAM, I remembered today is Wednesday.  And therefore: is WIP Day!

I finally have an update on PN.  I do I do.
Last night I officially submitted it to CreateSpace for printing.
AH!

It's true.  Now I am just waiting to hear back from the review, where they will tell me if they caught any issues with my interior and cover files.  Once I get the thumbs up from them, I get to order my proof copy!  So close!  If all goes right, I am hoping to officially release Prison Nation to all of you come early December.

Have I mentioned how jittery I feel?  It is as if some one has injected nervous caffeine straight into my system, and it won't stop!  I am excited.  And scared.  And very very tired.  But man, this is a trip!

Let me add, the new online reviewer is pretty nifty!  In fact, I took a very short vid of me flipping through the pages, and I just might have to share it... now:


Oooo... Just imagine how pretty the real book will be!

NaNoWriMo:
Well, the month is almost over.  I am pretty happy that I got the huge word cushion at the beginning of the month, because man has my writing slowed.  I am pretty much riding along the gray line now, which means I am right on track to finishing by the end of the month.  Slower than I had planned, but at least it is happening!

I am looking forward to getting some good writing time tomorrow amidst the turkey chaos.  Along with that, Kimmel and I have planned a writing night this Friday.  It has been harder to write with her this year, being as she has moved literally across the US from me (Oh, three hour time difference... I don't like you) but this Friday we WILL make it work.  Will you be writing?  Find me on Twitter and yell at me to write!

That's it for now.  Time to go check my email over and over like a crazy nut.

How is your writing?  Have any plans for the holiday?  Do tell!


Happy Writing!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Take a Break to LOL

You might have noticed my lack of a post this last Friday.  And my almost lack of a post today.

With NaNoWriMo in full swing, I have found it hard to even remember how to type lately.  I will update more on how my NaNovel is doing come WIP day, but for today I thought it a good idea to share some chuckles.

All you writers out there, take a break to laugh, clear your head, give your fingers a rest... You know your head will only explode if you push it too much.  As amazingly creative and talented as we all are (hey, we all need the compliments right now), we do need to take a break every so often to... well... not write.

Don't stop too long though!  There are only 10 days left!

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A Nanowrimo participant and her daughter were out trick or treating. A man opened the door and said to the little girl, "What are you supposed to be?"
"A ballerina," she said as she twirled in a circle. He dropped a piece of candy in her bag.
"And what are you supposed to be?" he asked the older woman who was wearing vampire teeth, had quotes pinned to her shirt, and was carrying a dictionary.
"I'm the Word Count," the woman said with a thick, fake accent.
"Aren't you a little old to be trick or treating?"
"Probably, but I'm going to need all the chocolate I can get."

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A hungry lion was roaming through the jungle looking for something to eat. He came across two men.     One was sitting under a tree reading a book; the other was typing away on his typewriter.

The lion quickly pounced on the man reading the book and devoured him. Even the king of the jungle knows that readers digest and writers cramp.

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Q. How many mystery writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Two.  One to screw it almost all the way in, and the other to give it a surprising twist at the end.

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A screenwriter comes home to a burned down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asks. “Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in second. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Poor Fluffy is–”
“Wait, wait. Back up a minute,” The man says. “My agent called?”

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There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define great, he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!” He now works for Microsoft writing error messages.
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A salesman walked up to a Nanowrimo participant's house and rang the doorbell. No one answered.

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HAPPY WRITING!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

WIP Day - Suiting Up for Half-Way

It's Wednesday!  Again!

Why does my head hurt?  For the last few days it has just been aching, and this is getting old.  I literally cheered when I wrote that it was Wednesday, now I am regretting it.  Ouch.

NaNoWriMo is now half done.
(Or is it half begun... hmmm...)

I am doing alright.  I have slowed on my word count, but am still ahead of the curve each day.  I grumble since this time last year I "won" with Prison Nation.  Then I remind myself that this book is complete different and just may take longer.  That's okay.  As long as I hit 50k by the 30th, right?

Tomorrow night I am going to the midnight showing of Breaking Dawn with my sister-in-laws.

(Yes, I am going.  I am not a fan of midnight showings, since I tend to totally zone out, or just fall asleep.  Tired mama. But it is a tradition with my sister-in-laws and must be done!  We are even suiting up this year, ala Barney Stinson!  We will be going with style.  Because you know... nothing suits me like a suit...)

We go early.  Very early.  Gotta get that good seat!  I plan to bring my netbook as we wait in line.  It should get me some good writing time to plug in some decent word count.  If any of you are in my area and see me there (I will be the suited up one in glassed being as my contacts are dead, with a netbook covered in NaNoWriMo and Stumpy stickers) make sure to tell at me to WRITE.

Word count as of last night: 28,789
Words to go: 21, 211

Now, time to remind myself that I am not a horrible writer who should never type another word... and just keep typing those words!

Prison Nation:
Did you see my cover?  I revealed it this last Monday, and got some very very nice comments from many people.  You all make me happy.  Really, you do. Can I hug you?

Release date is still... tentative.  I am rushing to finish my final sweep, while writing RS, while editing photos, while being mommy... Why are days only 24 hours long?  It just isn't fair.  I was hoping to get it released this month, but who knows.  It may be December.  It may be January (though I have "threatened" by friends to not wait that long...)  I will keep you all updated!

How is your WIP Day?  Have you written a word?  Folded laundry?  Read a good book?

Happy Writing!



Monday, November 14, 2011

Prison Nation Cover Reveal

It is time for me to stop dragging my procrastinating, perfectionist feet.
It is time for me to show the final cover for my soon to be self-published novel, Prison Nation.

*gasp*

I have worked on it, alot.  Gone through many ideas, many.  Took tons of photos.  Got awesome help from my talented sister-in-law and great opinions from close friends.  And the final product... I am pretty dang happy with.

It is funny how the idea that you start with ends up being a completely different product.  I had a very clear idea of what I wanted, but it just wasn't working the right way.  I am so happy that my sister-in-law brought this image forward for me to think about, and am very excited to finally see it in print!

So, without further ado... 
*clears throat nervously* 
Here is the cover for Prison Nation:


In the Nation, no one is innocent — not even the children born behind bars. Millie 942B has spent her entire life locked away with her criminal parents and countless other inmates. She believes in the Nation, in its strict laws and harsh punishments.

But when Millie is released on her eighteenth birthday, she finds things are nothing as she was taught. People vanish, never to be seen again. Lies cover every word. Trust is as fragile as ice.

And then there is Reed. Born and raised outside the Prison walls, his dreams and thoughts cause Millie to doubt everything she has ever believed.

What is truly worth fighting for?  If she pushes too hard, she could lose her freedom. If she stays silent, she could lose herself. The clock is ticking, and Millie must find the truth before it is too late.

Well, what do you think?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Book Review - Eternal Starling

Eternal Starling
by Angela Corbett

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
A love so strong, even eternity can’t separate them. 
Evie Starling has lived a relatively uneventful life hanging out with friends, gossiping about boys, and driving her 1966 Mustang. All of that changes when she moves to Gunnison, Colorado, to start college and meets two mysterious men. 
For centuries, Alex Night and Emil Stone have yearned for Evie—but they each have their own reasons for wanting to be with her. When both men claim to be her soul mate and tell her about an unbelievable past, Evie learns that she’s not the person she thought she was. Soon, Evie finds herself in the middle of an age-old battle between the Amaranthine Society—the soul protectors, and the Daevos Resistance—the soul destroyers. With a past she doesn’t understand, and a future rife with danger, Evie has to decide who she can trust. But Alex and Emil aren’t the only ones who want Evie, and her soul is about to become the rope in an eternal tug-of-war.

Why I Picked This Book:  I recieved a free ARC of Eternal Starling, in return for a fair and honest review.

My Thoughts:
Eternal Starling seemed very promising to me.  The idea of not one, but two loves that have come through more than one life time.  Reincarnation.  Evil secret organizations.  It pulled me in and made me want to read this book.

Evie was an intriguing character.  Her sarcasm.  Her lack of a supermodel body.  Her love for awesome cars.  I could tell from the get-go that this main character would be a strong one, with her hidden weak points.  Everything in one Evie package.

Then the story started.
Everything to me just felt... uhg.  

Alex, this hot stranger who finds Evie in the woods and leads her to safety is suddenly fixed on getting to know her better.  Evie is stand offish, but gives in.  Then of course falls in love.  This is all the reader gets to hear about for some time.  Alex.  And his favorite phrases of "I will tell you later" and "You just don't know."  Okay Alex, fill me in already... so I do know.  

In comes guy number two.  Emil.
Sly, sarcastic, and always calling Evie "sexy," he is pretty much the stark opposite of Alex.  (Yet still utterly handsome, of course)  Alex hates Emil, and Evie is drawn to him.  And of course, Emil will stop at nothing to get Evie to be his. Who cares if he is a soul who has been hunting her for life times.

For me, those bits: the "love" part, stretched much too long.  Every new chapter I found myself hoping the actual plot would finally begin.  Who is the bad guy?  Where is a twist?  Why are they fighting for Evie?  I was just confused.  At too many times the two guys blended and I had a hard time telling them apart, leading me to have a very difficult time leaning towards one or the other.  Or liking either.  

I even had to go look up the synopsis again, just to make sure I was reading the same book. 

To be honest: I ended up putting this book down half way through to read a different one.  Then I came back to it.

The plot finally did kick in.  Bad guys.  Secrets revealed.  Decision time.  It all felt rushed and almost unwanted, as if the love story was trying to take over.  Granted, this book is based on love.  Love that lasts through reincarnation.  Through life times.  It is about finding your soul mate and fighting for all its worth. 

I just didn't feel like it executed that awesome sounding plot.

This is Angela Corbett's debut novel.  She is very talented, with many moments in the book that did pull me along happily.  While this book might have fallen short for me, I do look forward to finding what she has up her sleeve next.

If you are looking for a book based solely on love triangle mania, hot men fighting over a lady, and more love triangle, pick this book up.  While I may not have enjoyed it nearly as much as I hoped, I know others out there just may eat it up.

My Rating:
(2 out of 5 stars)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WIP Day - Week One of NaNoWriMo

Hello bloggers and followers!
How is your week going?

Mine?
Insane.

This post will be short and sweet, being as my mind is barely working and my fingers are hosting a typing revolt.

Week one of NaNoWriMo is now past.  That's right.  Today marks day 9 of the crazy writing month.  My first week went by fairly well, I must say.  I rocked the first couple days, hit my stride for a few, fell into a total slump that only allowed a smidge of words to make it to screen, then made up for it with a final hurrah.

My word count, as of last night (November 8) now stands at: 20,006

That's right.  I broke the 20k mark.  Only 5k away from that half-way line.
Needless to say, I am tired.  There have been moments where my fingers literally stop working and start typing complete gibberish that is supposed to be words but passes as... uh... *brain fart*

Now, though I am not at the same awesome mark I was at this time last year, I am still fairly happy with this story I am creating.  It is creepy.  Fantastical.  Eerie and hopeful.  It is so completely different than last year's NaNovel it is hard to believe I wrote that one in this same madness.  I am enjoying Redone Shadows, and anxious to see where it pulls me next.

That's right.  I do not know.  I have a faint idea, a hope.  But pantsing tends to allow the book to write itself, and I am discovering it all as it unfolds.

Here is a little sentence I wrote last night, that I do like if I may say so myself:
“This entire world isn’t safe, Siri. If we wait for it to become safe, we will rot away in the shadows.” - Lux, Redone Shadows

PN Update: Oh, wouldn't you like to know...

In Other News:
Awesome writer and friend Keary Taylor just released some cool news.  Vindicated, book three of the Fall of Angels trilogy, is about to be released.  I love Keary, and you need to love her too.

The surprise?  Along with Vindicated, she is releasing a novelette of a companion to the final book.  WHAT?  She didn't even tell me about this.  I was mega surprised, and am very excited to read Afterlife.  Make sure to check it out!  And if you haven't read her books yet... Do it!
Way to totally surprise us all, Keary!  What do you have up your sleeve next?  One can only wonder.

How is your writing going?  Any bragging out there?  Whining?  Head bashing?  Do share!

Happy Writing!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Writer's Block? Ride a Bike!

At my region's NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party, a fellow writer shared some very inspirational words.  Today I want to take the chance to share those thoughts with you (of course, paraphrased and tweaked since I failed to record everything he said.)  Thank you Grand Poobah for this inspiration!

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Raise your hand if you experience Writer's Block.
Come on, raise it high.

There may be many reasons for Writer's Block.  But one of the leading factors that stop your fingers mid-word and halt story production is simply not knowing your characters.  Yes, you created them.  Of course you know them.  But how well?  

With NaNoWriMo in full bloom, we are all approaching our own personal bouts of the Block.  So what can you do?  Bash your head on the desk?  Mourn the loss of a potential New York Times Best-seller and move on to some minor plot you could care less for?  Stare blankly?

How about this:
Teach your character to ride a bike.

Such a simple thing.  We all know how to do it.  (Well, most.  I didn't personally learn how to until I was twelve.  But we don't need to get into that story at this time.)

You have been stopped with your story, blocked on what to say next.  Could it be that your character has gone silent... because you simply do not know them?  Pull your character out, plop them on a bike, and tell them to ride.

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Want more?  Don an elephant suit and
 put them on a unicycle.  Oh my...
Consider this:
  • Is this their first time riding?  Did they learn once but it has been years?  Are they a pro?
  • If they fall, how would they react?  Anger?  Enough tears to fill the ocean?  Belly rolling laughter?
  • Would your character insist on trying until they succeeded?  Would they give up and vow to never ride again?
  • How long would it take?
  • What happens?

As you set your character on this bike and tell them to ride, you will be given the chance to explore who this character truly is.  You will learn their quirks, their buttons, their inner fears and jokes.  Let your character take over, and watch as they pedal you into their mind.

Let your character write.
(And don't forget to count the words!)

Then, when the bike trip is over, go back to your story.  Remember everything the bike ride just taught you, and who knows what words will come.  The story is nothing if the author doesn't know the setting, the general plot, and most of all: the characters.

So when you are hitting that wall and have no where to go...
Teach your character to ride a bike.




Happy Writing!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Book Review - The Death Cure

The Death Cure
by James Dashner

Synopsis: (from Goodreads)
Thomas knows that Wicked can't be trusted, but they say the time for lies is over, that they've collected all they can from the Trials and now must rely on the Gladers, with full memories restored, to help them with their ultimate mission. It's up to the Gladers to complete the blueprint for the cure to the Flare with a final voluntary test.
What Wicked doesn't know is that something's happened that no Trial or Variable could have foreseen. Thomas has remembered far more than they think. And he knows that he can't believe a word of what Wicked says.
The time for lies is over. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas could ever imagine.
Will anyone survive the Death Cure?

Why I Picked This Book:  Come on.  It is book three in an awesome trilogy I have been devouring.  I don't think I even had a choice.

My Thoughts:
Oh James Dashner, what a world.  What a world.

The Death Cure is the final book in the Maze Runner trilogy.  It is jam-pack pull of action, upon action, with a little more action to quench your thirst.

Thomas' world is only flipped upside down more than ever in this final installment.  Kept in isolation for who knows how long after completing the Scorch Trials, he is finally let out.  All of his friends are there, even Theresa who he still isn't sure he can trust.  Then they find out: All of them don't have the Scorch, the deadly disease that turns people into crazed, zombie like beings.  And the trials are not done.

At first I was like "What?  How can the trials not be done yet?  Give these kids a break!"
Then I was like "Oh, alright.  Let's make them work a bit more."

I know, a bit sadistic.  But hey, aren't we all?

The kids, both the Gladers and Group B are then told: They are getting their memories back.  Yes,they won't be blank slates anymore.  Most go for it.  Why wouldn't you want your memories back?  All except for Thomas.  And Minho.  And Newt.  Newt, who by the way, does actually have the Flare.

This will result in a mass break out, hiding out in a walled in city, and secret upon secret.

What I loved:  The action.  Man this book had action.  I love how Dashner describes a scene.  I get so pulled into I forget I am even reading it.  I am living it.  You never know who to truly trust.  You never know what is waiting around each corner.  This world full of Cranks and overly controlling WICKED is terrifying, horrific, and I want more.

And, I will admit, my heartstrings were tugged.  A few times.

What I didn't love:  Thomas not getting his memory back.  In the previous two books they talk non stop about how he was involved in creating the Maze.  How he did things, how he created things.  Heck, in book one a Glader gets his memories back and tries to kill Thomas for what he did.  I want to know!  Then... he refuses to remember.  I get why.  He didn't want to face what he might have done before this whole mess started.  But still... hinting so much at that past then never fully letting us in on it, that's just mean.

Along with that, the relationship between Thomas/Theresa/Brenda.  Don't worry, a mass love triangle doesn't take over this book.  I just wish those loose ends had been tightened.  Whenever those two ladies were mentioned, I became lost in what the heck Thomas was feeling about them.  Did he love them?  Trust them?  Hate them?  I don't know... I do have my pick of the ladies, but to avoid spoilers, I won't get into it right now.

The ending was nice.  Though I almost feel that ending could have been added into the end of The Maze Runner to seal it is a perfectly awesome single standing work of YES.  I still thoroughly enjoyed it regardless.

Overall, I did love The Death Cure.  If it weren't for some unexplained questions, the memories, and the strange woman issues, this book would have warranted a 5 star from me.  As it is, I am still giving it a very strong 4.  If you enjoyed the first two books, make sure to pick this final installment as well!

Thank you for the awesome trilogy, Dashner.  What's next?

My Rating:
(4 out of 5 stars)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WIP Day - It Has Begun!

Caffeine.  Sugar high.  Sore back and aching fingers.  Early onset arthritis.  Loss of coherent speech.  Racing mind.  Insomnia.

Must be NaNoWriMo!

*sings* 
"Must be WriMo.  Must be WriMo.  Must be WriMo, WriMo time!"
(I think my sanity is already shot...)

That is right, people.  It has begun!
Yesterday marked the first day of NaNoWriMo.  I had meant to stay up until midnight and write as soon as the clock allowed.  Well, as soon as 11 pm hit, I was out.  Lucky for me though, my hubby stayed home the next day.  He was sick, but still was amazing by keeping the boys in the living room and out of my hair.

And I wrote.

By the end of day one, I managed to bust out 5,132 words.  Whaaaaaaaat...  So awesome.
I am pretty happy with that word count.  For the first thirty minutes or so I just sat staring at the screen.  But the words finally came... and my fingers took over.

It feels good.

Here is to hoping today can be awesome as well!

PN Update: So, I am trying to get my synopsis just right.  You know, the one for the back of the book.  For Amazon.  The one that will hopefully get someone to actually want to read this thing.  Have I mentioned how much I totally hate writing this blurb? Really do... this one thing is what will put off my book being published.  Grr to it.

Well, off I go to get my mind in gear and squeeze some more word count out amidst diaper changes, dance fests, and kiddo cuddles.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo?  How is your word count?
Any tips on writing that blurb??


HAPPY WRITING!



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