#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 06 April, 2016

First of all, thank you to those who stopped by on Saturday and helped me celebrate the release of A More Complicated Fairytale! I’ve put a link to the GoodReads and Amazon pages in the sidebar there so you won’t have to hear me banging on about it all the time in the future.

wednesdaybannerNow it’s Wednesday, and that means a WIPpet. Where we left off last week, Ginny was being threatened by a scary man who spoke a different language. She’s now been carted off by him and discovered that he and his cronies have a whole bunch of Nardowyn folk that they’ve taken prisoner for seemingly no reason whatsoever. Now I have ten sentences (6th of the month plus 4th month) following on from there:

They walked for a long time, before emerging out of the forest. Ginny looked around. It was like they had left the city all together. There were buildings around, but they were all single-storey, and not crammed side-by-side the way the ones Ginny and her family lived in.

A wagon with two horses hitched up was waiting between the edge of the forest and the closest path. Three other horses were tethered nearby. The captives were rounded up the stairs and inside the wagon, and then the door was slammed and locked from the outside. Heavy footsteps could be heard crunching away from the wagon. Ginny wasn’t sure but she had wondered if the building they were behind was some sort of inn. Were they to be left here in the cramped space while their captors went drinking?

If you’re unfamiliar with WIPpet Wednesday and are curious, it’s a blog hop we writer types do each week, in which we share snippets from our WIP that somehow relate to the date. I shared six sentences by adding the two and the four of 24 together. You can find our linky by clicking the blue link to the right. This might be my last WIPpet Wednesday for a while. I have three WIPs all in various states of completion, and I have decided for the next little while I’m going to focus on ironing out the kinks, figuring out how they end, and just generally planning in more detail.

Next up is WWW Wednesday, a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

  • What are you currently reading?

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I’ve started Air Awakens, which I think Kay mentioned on a couple of WWW posts. The main character is a library apprentice, which I figure is close enough to librarian for me to use it for the “a book where the main character has the same profession as you” prompt on my 2016 reading challenge. So far it’s not too bad, though the MC does read a bit more like a 15/16-year-old than an 18-year-old. That’s okay though.

  • What have you recently finished reading?

Captive Prince: Volume 1 by C. S. Pacat. Yeaaaaahnope. I was not a fan. This is my (ranty and spoilery and triggery) review.

After that, I read The Black Orchid by Celine Jeanjean, with which I had a much better experience. This is the second in the Viper and the Urchin series. I maybe didn’t love it quiiiiiiiiiiite as much as the first one, but I think it would be an impossible task for an author to write two books in a row that I loved as much as I loved the first one. My review of The Black Orchid goes up this Friday; in the meantime you can read my review of Book 1 here.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I keep saying The Bloodshade Encounters/The Songspinner by K. C. Finn but I think at the moment I’m more in the mood for something like A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating, which I got from NetGalley and which sounds nice and lighthearted. But we’ll see what the week brings.

That’s it from me for this week.

~ Emily

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#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 30 March, 2016

Hey, guys! Hope you’re having a good week so far! This is just another reminder that A More Complicated Fairytale will be released this Saturday. If you have a Kindle/use a Kindle app, you can pre-order it here. You can also shelve it on GoodReads.

First up on today’s post WWW Wednesday, a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

  • What are you currently reading?

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Captive Prince: Volume 1 by C. S. Pacat. This was originally a web serial that was then picked up by publishers. I’m only a couple of chapters in and so far, it’s quite good, though I haven’t got to the rampant sex scenes yet. Of the two heroes, I like one but the other one is the douchebag to rule all douchebags. The reviews keep saying its a testament to the skill of the author that by the end of the book, you sympathise with this character, so I’m curious to see if that happens to me. At the moment, I can’t see any reason for these two guys to fall in love (I’m assuming I haven’t misunderstood and that it’s not all about the sex and violence), so I’m wary.

I’m also listening to the audio of The Knife of Never Letting Go again. It’s fun picking up on things that become important later in the series. “I am the circle and the circle is me” is referenced in Chapter 2, but did any of us pay attention to that then?! I actually don’t know whether I’ll listen to the whole series again, but for now, it’s good being back on New World.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Chameleon in a Mirror by Ruth Nestvold. I really enjoyed the rich details of the time period that were woven into the book, especially those about how the theatre operated at the time. You can read my review here.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Either on The Bloodshade Encounters/The Songspinner by K. C. Finn or The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.

wednesdaybannerNext up is WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop we writer types do each week, in which we share snippets from our WIP that somehow relate to the date. You can find our linkup by clicking the little blue guy to the right. Today is the 30/3/16, so I’ve subtracted six from 16 and have 10 sentences for you. Ginny has been separated from the people she was with, and is now confronted by a strange man in a forest.

For a long time, they just looked at each other, until another voice from the undergrowth called out in a language Ginny didn’t recognise.

The man in front of her took a step towards her, calling back. The way he kept his eyes fixed on her as he replied made Ginny feel that he was saying something about her to his friend. He continued making his way towards her, and Ginny stood, frozen, letting him get closer. When he was within reaching distance, he reached out and grabbed her by the arm. This jolted her into action, and she tried to wrench her arm free so that she could run, but he was strong, too strong. He pulled her around to face him, and a horrible smile was on his face. He raised his finger to his lips. They may have not spoken the same language, but it was a universal gesture.

Ginny decided to do the opposite of what he said, and opened her mouth and screamed.

That’s it from me for now. Have a great week, everyone!~ Emily

#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 16 March 2016

First up today, some really exciting news! The cover reveal for my novel, A More Complicated Fairytale, was yesterday. If you missed it, you can go sneak a peek here. If anyone fancies a review copy, let me know your email address and preferred format and I’ll send you one. Or if you’re like me and sometimes prefer to pay for a book because then you’ll feel less bad if you don’t like it, you can pre-order the ebook here. You can also mark it as to-read on Goodreads!

Onto more regular Wednesday things, next up is is WWW Wednesday, a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

  • What are you currently reading?

Finally, after having it on my Kindle for goodness knows how long, I am reading Chameleon in a Mirror by fellow WIPpeteer, Ruth Nestvold. I only started it today so I am not very far in, but I am definitely enjoying it so far, especially the descriptions of the 17th Century theatre.

I’ve also got back into the Doctor Who audio books, and am listening to The Blood Cell by James Goss. It’s a bit different to most of these novels, in that it’s got a first person narration from a secondary character’s POV. It does mean we’re a bit distanced from the Doctor, but it’s not too bad. I’m about 30% in and things are picking up a bit.

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  • What did you recently finish reading?

I read a lot this week! Firstly, I finished Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil. It was a really cute book, though the love interest, Camilla, did strike me as a bit Manic Pixie Dream Girl, which annoyed me a bit. Review goes up on Friday.

I spent Friday night reading Unmasking: Lemon’s Thesis by Gloria Weber. This is the start of a fun superheroes series, and I recommend it! My review is here.

I was trawling through Borrow Box trying to find an audio book to listen to and found Animal Farm, read by Simon Callow. I didn’t enjoy it as much as 1984, but I appreciated what Orwell was doing. I had it in my head that each animal in the book represented a different political ideology, rather than the whole thing being an allegory for Stalinism, so it wasn’t quite what I expected.

And then, over Sunday and Monday (we had a long weekend here), I finished Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I’ve got to admit, while it was pretty good, it didn’t really feel like a thriller to me, more a standard crime novel.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m hoping to read The Bloodshade Encounters/The Songspinner, which combined make up Book 2 of the Shadeborn series by K. C. Finn, and then move onto The Potioneer, which is Book 3. I reviewed Book 1 back in January. Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat also arrived at the library for me today, but I’d like to finish some of these ebooks first.  I also picked up two other Doctor Who audios, as I decided to start at the start of the 11th Doctor ones and work through them. My library has at least the first five, so I’m hoping they have a lot of them.

Also, my library has A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab on order! And guess who is at the top of the queue for it? Meeeeeeeeee! Not that this means I will get to read it in the next week, I just wanted to squee.

wednesdaybanner Next up is WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop we writer types do each week, in which we share snippets from our WIP that somehow relate to the date. You can find our linkup by clicking the little blue guy to the right. I’m sharing three lines for the third month. This follows on from last week; Jasper is being interrogated by Eli Masden.

“Would I be correct in assuming that it is you and your associates that the Princess has had dealings with in the past?”

“Is the Princess in the business of running away? I would have thought you’d have a better eye on her than that. Especially as it seems the King’s laws regarding magic are rather lax around here.”

Out of the corner of his eye, Jasper saw Helena cringe and look down at her hands. She always did object when he used sarcasm, and he supposed she would consider him using it here to be worse than usual.

That’s it from me this week! Let’s see if the new goals I set myself at the start of this week regarding blogging will mean that I actually get to your blogs this week! Fingers crossed.

~ Emily

#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 09 March, 2016

 First up is is WWW Wednesday, a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

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Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil. I read her other novel, The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl (review here) last year and loved it. There are quite a few similarities between the two (the most obvious being that this has an MC who is an aspiring filmmaker, while Cinnamon Girl had an aspiring comic artist, and they’re both struggling to write), but her narrative voice is just so great, so I’m overlooking it. I think I’m finally out of my reading slump!

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Seraphina by Rachel Hartman last night. I really enjoyed it! It had been too long since I read something with dragons. I would dearly love to read the second book, but I’ve had several people warn me that while they loved the first one, they found the second one severely disappointing. There are lots of GoodReads reviews to that effect, too, so I don’t want to risk it.

I also completed the audio book of Matthew Flinders’ Cat by Bryce Courtenay on my way to a meet-up with my writing group tonight. It’s not the sort of book I’d normally read, but I did enjoy it, in spite of some really tough subject matter at times. My mum is telling me I should read The Potato Factory and its sequels, also by Bryce Courtenay, but I haven’t quite decided yet whether or not I will. Humphrey Bower is a very good narrator, though, and he did all of Courtenay’s books, but to be honest this has has given me an urge to listen to his reading of the Chaos Walking series again.

I eventually gave up on Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek last week. It just got too boring. I also read a review that said there was a scene where one character was imprisoned and possibly being sexually assaulted, and their solution to that was not to take down the people doing the assaulting, but just swap out their friend with a homeless girl no one would miss. I’m sure the homeless girl really appreciated that.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I haven’t decided yet, but I have a few books to choose from. To be honest, I should be putting reading on the backburner for a bit while I start on my uni work. Semester started on Feb 15, and I have my first assignment due March 16… do you think I’ve done any work yet? This is the one disadvantage to studying online/via correspondence.

wednesdaybannerNext up is WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop we writer types do each week, in which we share snippets from our WIP that somehow relate to the date. You can find our linkup by clicking the little blue guy to the right. Please feel free to join in! Today is the ninth of March, so I’m sharing nine sentences. This follows on from last week’s scene. Jasper Cortain and his wife have been brought to the Palace to be quizzed about the Princess’ whereabouts by the Captain of the Guard.

Two of the guards pushed the doors open and led the way into the room beyond. The room had no windows and Jasper started when he realised the room was lit by a glowing orb floating at about eye-level at the back of the room. He may have suspected the use of magic in the palace, but it was still a surprise to witness it. Below the orb was a desk, and a man in red robes behind it. His had his fingers linked together and was resting his chin on them, watching as the guards parted to give him a view of Jasper and Helena.

“Gentlemen,” he said, addressing the guards. “What have you brought me?”

“Witnesses saw the princess being led to this man’s house,” said the guard who had first spoken to Jasper at his front gate. “He’s as much as confessed to being a
magician on the way here.”

“Did he indeed?”

 The Captain’s name is Eli Masden, and you met him back in December. He’s the psychopath I mentioned last week, though in some of his scenes he has tried to convince me that he’s really a sympathetic character underneath it all. I don’t trust him at all.

I’m going to love and leave you all now. As I mentioned above, I had a meet-up with my writing group tonight, which means time has got away from me, and I should be heading to bed pretty soon. See you all later!

~ Emily

#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday – 2 March, 2016

Hey, guys! Hope you’re having a good week so far! I have to apologise once again for not getting around to many of your blogs last week. I don’t know how time keeps slipping by me!

First up is is WWW Wednesday, a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

  • What are you currently reading?

wwwwednesdayI’m about 50% or so of the way through Cogling by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek. But, well, it’s so boring! It has such great reviews on GoodReads so I had really looked forward to it, too, but the main character is annoying and the world-building is very clumsy.

I have also started Seraphina by Rachel Hartman but I am contemplating placing a hold on the audio book instead, as it was recommended to me. Seraphina is a musician and apparently the music is really well incorporated into the audio book.

I’ve started listening to Matthew Flinders’ Cat by Bryce Courtenay. There’s some language in it that was acceptable in the 90s when it was written but isn’t really now, which makes me cringe. And while I’m sure it’s an accurate depiction of the homeless population of Sydney, every second word of dialogue being “fuck” and variations thereupon does wear thin after a while. But hearing things from a cat’s POV is very cute, so I’m holding out for the parts where Billy is recounting Trim’s life.

  • What did you recently finish reading?

I read Trim by Matthew Flinders, which is about the titular cat in the above book, and was very cute. Matthew Flinders is known for being the first to circumnavigate Australia, and Trim was his beloved ship’s cat. He wrote this little essay (it was really short) while he was in prison on Mauritius. The State Library of New South Wales has a quite a lot of Flinders’ papers, and there is a bronze statue of him on one of the outside windowsills. The cafe there is also called Cafe Trim. A doctor my dad sees quite regularly is on the same street as the library, so my parents eat there quite often. I’m actually thinking of getting my mum this book for Mother’s Day, as I asked her if she’d read it and she said no, but I think she would love it.

I ended up not finishing The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson, as the heroine’s stupidity outweighed my desire to know the ending. Also, the first book was all fun with murderous ghosts and then in the second book it became more about a weird cult and in the third book there’s all this Greek mythology and Celtic mythology or something and it just wasn’t the series it started out as.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Since Seraphina is the last thing I have out of the library (apart from audio books), I’ll probably try to get to my own copies of Dear Fatty by Dawn French and Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn before I take anything else out. I mentioned them several posts ago as potential next reads, then all my holds came in at the library. I finally gave in an purchased the ebook of The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, since my library doesn’t have it anymore but I want to continue the series, so that’ll also be sometime soon.

wednesdaybannerOnce again, not the greatest reading week! But I was able to keep a steady stream of writing up so it’s not all bad. Next up is WIPpet Wednesday, a blog hop we writer types do each week, in which we share snippets from our WIP that somehow relate to the date. You can find our linkup by clicking the little blue guy to the right. Today is the second day of the third month, so I’m sharing five paragraphs that follow on shortly after last week’s excerpt, where Jasper notices royal guards outside his house. He and his wife have both been arrested (his wife is for leverage). On their way to the palace to be confronted by the King (because the suspicion is that Jasper knows where the missing princess is), Helena tries to get Jasper to tell her where the hell their daughter is.

“Were you teaching her about magic? Is she in trouble?”

“She’s not in trouble. I’ve… sent her out of the Kingdom. Somewhere she won’t be bound by the King’s laws.”

“Magicians caught fleeing the country incur higher penalties than those who turn themselves in,” said a guard.

“I never said she was a magician,” Jasper replied. “And what could possibly be a higher penalty than death?”

“It’s not the death itself. It’s what comes before it.”

I discovered in writing later parts of this scene that the Captain of the Guard is really quite psychopathic and happy to leap straight to torture without any sort of middle-ground. That part is currently still in a handwritten state, I think when typing it up, he and I might have to have a chat about unnecessarily drastic measures.

I’m going to head off now and face the very unexciting prospect of cleaning my kitchen. I’ll try harder to get around to your blogs this week!

~ Emily

#WWW and #WIPpet Wednesday

Edit: I totally forgot to include this in the post when I was writing it last night, but if anyone would be interested in taking part in my cover reveal for A More Complicated Fairytale, or helping out with any other promo, please send me an email at fuzzyagent999[@]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au. I’m hoping to do the reveal and some promo throughout March, with a release some time in early April. I’ll get in touch with people over the weekend to work out specifics. Now on with the show!


It’s Wednesday! And I have good news on the writing front! Last week I was bemoaning having really had no drive to write for a quite a while. I think part of that was because I was trying to write in order, from beginning to end. And when I got stuck, I didn’t know how to deal with that. Writing linearly has never worked for me, so I don’t know why I was trying this time. So I’ve been writing a bit every week day. And I think I might be getting a bit too attached to some side characters. Usually when this happens, it’s with characters who are supposed to die, so then I get all guilty. At least that isn’t a problem this time. So I’m back to sharing from Worlds Apart.

This week I have six sentences for you. After Princess Adelyn came to see him, Jasper Cortain sent her off with his daughter, Carrie, as a guide, to find a magician who can help her get back the memories that have been wiped. Of course, it’s been noticed that the Princess is missing, and people have bewednesdaybanneren searching. Jasper’s just coming home from work now.

Jasper was fairly sure the figure was a member of the Royal Guard. He wasn’t surprised to see them outside his house. It had been nearly twenty-four hours since he had sent Carrie off with the princess, and they would have been searching for the Princess ever since. Someone would have said they saw her leaving, or perhaps Mary herself had told them she had brought the princess there to protect herself. Either way, there was no point in running. Better they capture Jasper and waste time interrogating him

If you’re unfamiliar with WIPpet Wednesday and are curious, it’s a blog hop we writer types do each week, in which we share snippets from our WIP that somehow relate to the date. I shared six sentences by adding the two and the four of 24 together. You can find our linky by clicking the blue link to the right. If this scene has confused and/or intrigued you, you can click on my Worlds Apart category to read previous snippets that I shared.

Next up is WWW Wednesday, a blog hop in which we answer questions about what we’ve been reading this past week. This is hosted by Sam over at A World of Words. You can join in by commenting on today’s post over on her blog.

  • What are you currently reading?

wwwwednesdayMadly reading Unwind by Neal Schusterman before it’s due back to the library tomorrow. I had it on hold at the library for months, and it finally came in, but I was not paying attention to the fact that it’s a high demand book, therefore I only get it for two weeks, not four. I’m enjoying it in spite of some implausibility, but I have a freakish talent for hand-waving implausibility in YA dystopians. I should finish this tonight or tomorrow morning.

I’m also in the middle of The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson, the third in the Shades of London series. I’ve read book reviews before where reviewers have referred to the heroine as TSTL (too stupid to live), and in those cases, I’ve always thought, “Oh, come on now, was she really that bad?” But Rory’s making some decisions in this book which have had me using the term, so… yeah. You’re on the run from everyone, but you’re going to go out by yourself, to a place you’re unfamiliar with, to try to contact a ghost you’ve never spoken to before, without telling anyone and leaving your phone in the safe house where you’ve been left because it’s freaking safe… yeah, I have no sympathy for you when bad things happen.

  • What have you recently finished reading?

Nothing this week. 😦 My weekend reading time was compromised by having my mum visit.

  • What do you think you’ll read next?

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is my next library read (my mum read the first few chapters before bed on the weekend, and was impressed, which is saying something because YA fantasy is way down the list of genres she enjoys, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign), and I also need to get back into Cogling, since that’s a Netgalley copy and I should probably read it soon.

That’s it from me for this week. My partner is hassling me to hurry up so we can go get some take-away for dinner. I’ll catch up with you all soon!

~ Emily