Mailbox Monday – June 27th

Posted in Event at 12:11 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. June’s host is Bluestocking.

It was a week of ebooks at my house. The first book to arrive was an ARC of The Egyptian by Layton Green. It’s the second book in his Dominic Grey series.

The next two were the remainder of Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series – Torn and Ascend.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


A Round of Words in 80 Days

Posted in Writing at 3:10 pm by Amber

Earlier this year one of my twitter friends was using the #ROW80 hashtag. She was participating in A Round of Words in 80 Days and giving links to her update posts. In addition to blog posts she was tweeting about it.

It was my plan to take part in the last round but I’m making to round 3 which starts on July 4th.

My goal is to write 10,000 words on my unfinished NaNo fantasy project from a few years ago. This year it’s gotten an outline, some revisions, and some new words. But it doesn’t have enough new words. It really needs to be complete before it can get a thorough revision.


Mailbox Monday – June 13th

Posted in Event at 2:54 am by Amber

Mailbox Monday

A big thank you to Marcia at A Girl and Her Books for originating Mailbox Monday. This weekly meme is now on tour with a new host each month. June’s host is Bluestocking.

This week I added two new books to my to be read list. The first was Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison. It’s the third book in the Madison Avery series. I’ve reviewed the other books – Once Dead, Twice Shy and Early to Death, Early to Rise. It was a Reader’s Choice win from Suzanne Johnson. If you’re interested in paranormal fiction (including YA) she posts each week a list of the upcoming week’s new releases.

While in New York last month, I saw several stickers for the video game L.A. Noire. I don’t really pay much attention to what new games are available for our PS3 so my husband had to tell me about it. Tied in to the game is a collection of short stories titled L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories published by Mulholland Books. I didn’t know the contributors beforehand so I was happily surprised to find a new story by Francine Prose. It also has stories from Joyce Carol Oates and Lawrence Block. I’m about half way done with it and so far have been having a good time deconstructing the stories.

What arrived in your mailbox this week?


May 2011

Posted in Event, Status Report at 7:34 am by Amber

These statistics are all for short stories, poems, or contest entries. Book reviews and interviews are not included.

  1. Sales in May: 0
  2. Rejections in May: 0
  3. Submissions sent out in May: 0
  4. Total stories/poems/contests pending responses: 1

May was a writing challenge month. At NaNoLJers we did Writo de Mayo, Joely Sue Burkhart’s MayNoWriMo, and Savvy Authors had a May Writing Boot Camp. My goal was to write 100 or more words each weekday to get back into the writing habit. I didn’t succeed. But it’s June and I’m still finding writing time so that’s good.

I also took a Savvy Authors workshop on Writing and Placing Short Stories for Anthologies with Lisa Kessler which ends today. I received feedback on one short story and submitted two more for critique. It was neat seeing how the story arc or characterization tightened up in my classmate


Regal Literary YA Summer Giveaway

Posted in Giveaway at 6:08 am by Amber

Regal Literary Inc. is holding a giveaway. The May giveaway of Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard is over but it’s not too late to register for the other two books.

They’re Possession by Elana Johnson and A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie by Matt Blackstone. Stop on by – you may find something good to read by the campfire.


Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Posted in Review at 10:51 pm by Amber

Title: Water for Elephants
Author: Sara Gruen
Publisher: Algonquin Paperbacks
Source: My personal library

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

I’ve been interested in reading Sara Gruen’s books for years.  In one of the first interviews I read of hers, she mentioned she wrote the first draft of this novel during NaNoWriMo and it’s now a habit.

While I was off work last month due to a viral infection I felt like I had to read this before the movie was widely released in theaters.  This was a great book and I can see why people would want to read it with their book clubs.  The story alternates between the past and present lives of Jacob Jankowski.  He’s in his last weeks of veterinary school when he receives bad news from home.

It has a beginning that tricked me and an ending that worked. There are several themes running through the book which

The movie has been out for several weeks and I’ve managed to avoid any reviews of it. I’m really quite surprised. 🙂 Reese Witherspoon is older than her character but I think she’ll be able to pull it off. Robert Pattinson I’m not so sure about. Eventually I’ll get around to seeing it to find out.