Yup! Its that time again. Here's today's #writinginspiration post. Hopefully its sufficiently spooky to jog your writing juices. As always, I'd love to hear what you think of these. Are they useful? Do you want to see them every week?
This is actually the third and final book of a series, and if you haven't read the others, its a great series of books. I'm interested to see how the author will wrap up all the different plot threads, and see what happens to Salome when things finally come to a head!
On the eve of the winter solstice, Salome receives word of a family tragedy in the human world, and an urgent request to return home. But after a failed attack on Winter, and the whereabouts of the Winter Court unknown, Nevin forbids her to go, declaring it too dangerous. However, Salome knows she needs to be with her family and can’t sit by to wait for the inevitable.
Gwenn has been a royal guard most of her life, and although she’s not a fan of humans, she has to admit Salome’s growing on her. So when Salome begs her to cover for her for a few days so she can be with her family, Gwenn can’t refuse. Gwenn soon finds herself creating diversions to keep Nevin from discovering Salome’s disappearance. Problem is the Council is growing suspicious of Salome’s absence, and has started making threats about Nevin’s removal as king. With her lie on the brink of discovery, Gwenn needs to find out what’s taking her brother and Salome so long to return. When she discovers the portals are closed, and someone within the Council has betrayed Summer, Gwenn knows the kingdom’s in jeopardy. But before she can confide in Nevin about helping Salome leave Faerie, Gwenn finds herself at the enemy’s mercy, fighting for her life.
When Salome arrives in the human world, she finds everything in chaos. Grisselle, the Winter Queen, has done the impossible and brought war to Salome’s world. And Kadie is acting as her right hand. Monsters born of man’s worst nightmares roam the streets—dark faeries and ghosts bring terror and destruction. And to her horror she discovers an old enemy is back from the dead, while a new one lurks in the shadows—watching her, hunting her—preparing to make its move. And this time they mean to finish what they started.
I know, best laid plans and all that. But here's your #writinginspiration post for today. I actually will have some free time this week to set up blog posts *gasp* so you might even see some more regularly! :) I'd love to see what you write from this!
I waited forever to read Cass' SELECTION series, and I loved them when I finally did. THE SIREN also looks pretty amazing, so I have high hopes that this will be something just as good (or even better). I was also really happy to see that its a stand alone, just because its nice to read something that ISN'T part of a series sometimes. The idea of the ocean as its own character is also really intriguing. Can't wait to read this!
Love is a risk worth taking.
Years ago, Kahlen was rescued from drowning by the Ocean. To repay her debt, she has served as a Siren ever since, using her voice to lure countless strangers to their deaths. Though a single word from Kahlen can kill, she can’t resist spending her days on land, watching ordinary people and longing for the day when she will be able to speak and laugh and live freely among them again.
Kahlen is resigned to finishing her sentence in solitude…until she meets Akinli. Handsome, caring, and kind, Akinli is everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. And though she can’t talk to him, they soon forge a connection neither of them can deny…and Kahlen doesn’t want to.
Falling in love with a human breaks all the Ocean’s rules, and if the Ocean discovers Kahlen’s feelings, she’ll be forced to leave Akinli for good. But for the first time in a lifetime of following the rules, Kahlen is determined to follow her heart.
Witches and darkness and the cover just looks creepy! I'll be marking this one down on my to read list as well.
Seventeen-year-old Maggie Ellmes is dogged by a case of chronic bad luck. She figures that’s just her lot in life—that is, until the psychic at Blackheath’s annual carnival reveals that Maggie’s problems are caused by more than just ordinary misfortune; she’s actually been cursed.
Desperate to shake the hex, Maggie has no choice but to seek out the help of Joel Tomlins, a rebellious classmate who’s descended from Blackheath’s most powerful line of witches. After breaking all of his coven’s conventions to help her, Joel discovers that the curse isn’t as bad as Maggie fears. In fact, it’s much, much worse.
A Sherlock Holmes based book that is a retelling with teenagers, but not really? Yes, please! This is a bit out of my normal reading, but I'm willing to give it a try. The book trailer looked pretty cool too - so I included it after the goodreads link. :) I have really high hopes for this one. While I have an on again/off again interest in Sherlock, I could get behind a YA version!
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy.
The last two weeks have been challenging for me as a writer. I won’t go into the gory details – they just have been. But out of all of the frustration, anger, and disappointment came something good. I had to think about why I write, and what I would do if I couldn’t. I thought about throwing in the towel and walking away. Really. In the end, though, it didn’t feel right. I’ve been writing stories since I could hold a pencil. And making them up for longer than that. So just walking away wasn’t really an option. Even if no one else ever gets to see them (though I really, really hope that’s not the case) I will write my stories.
That being said, I realized I haven’t done much in the way of writing lately. At first, over the weekend, I didn’t want to. There’s been so much going on – we just bought and moved into our first house (two weeks ago!), so we’re still unpacking and setting up shop. I’m also in the last three weeks of school for us, and on top of that I’m leaving my current school to go be a high school librarian in another district next year. It’s amazing all the stuff you have to do, and all the things you collect in a classroom after 8 years.
To try and help get myself back on track, I’m starting up an old idea – a writing inspiration post each week. I’ll post it here and on FB and Instagram, with the hashtag #writinginspiration. I may not always include the excerpt I write based on the prompt, but I will do my best to post the prompt each week. I hope that you will share if you decide to post anything inspired by the prompts, and feel free to share the blog post!
Inspiration and the act of writing are, for me, linked. I feel more inspired to write if I make myself write everyday. Even if all that comes out is total garbage. It’s so hard to get back into the groove after a break from writing, so my new goal is to keep a word count going every day. Right now, I’m just not into any of my current WIP. Maybe this will help!
So here's your #writinginspiration post for today:
What do you do to keep yourself inspired and writing?
I love retellings. Especially when they are something really unique, both in what they are retelling and how. This one looks pretty good, being a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. I can never make up my mind about the story of the Phantom of the Opera - sometimes I think its great, but mostly it leaves me a bit, meh. (Fans, please don't get upset!) This does look interesting though, and I can't wait to read it and see how it all turns out!
In this modern day spinoff of Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn -- an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.
I'm not always a scifi fan, at least in books, but this one looks pretty spectacular. I enjoy the idea of humans living elsewhere, fighting for tickets to Earth, and danger lurking just around the corner. The description looks pretty awesome, so I can't wait to see what happens!
Facsimile - Vicki L. Weavil
For a ticket to Earth, seventeen-year-old Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano is willing to jettison her birth planet, best friend, and the boy who loves her. Especially since all she’s required to do is escort Dace Keeling, a young naturalist, through the wilderness of the partially terraformed planet Eco. Ann‘s determination to escape the limitations of her small, frontier colony never falters, until Dace’s expeditions uncover three secrets. One offers riches, one shatters Ann’s perceptions of herself, and one reveals that the humans stranded on Eco are not its only inhabitants.
Ann’s willing to sacrifice friendship and love for a new life on Earth. But when an entire species is placed in jeopardy by her actions, she must make a choice – fulfill the dream that’s always sustained her, or save the planet she’s never considered home.
As part of her tour for her new book, TRAITOR, I've asked Nicole to talk about the ups and downs of writing a series, and what the best (and maybe worst) part of writing the last words on the last book would be.
I never imagined I’d be writing a series this long. Of course, I never imagined actually getting published at all. We’ve come a long way! The “ups” of writing it are that you get to build . . . and build . . . and build some more! The world grows, the characters develop, and the story becomes more and more complex. One of my favourite things to do as an author is to take a detail or a character that seemed minor in a previous book and have them reappear later and be hugely significant.
The “downs” would be that sometimes, I would just get sick of dragonriders and feel burnt out or eager to work on something else. During those times, I’ve found its okay to let myself step away, take a break, and come back to it after a while. If I force it, then I won’t have any fun writing it and the readers most likely won’t enjoy what they’re reading, either.
That being said, writing those last few words of the very last book is a strange feeling. It’s a relief, in one aspect, because it is a huge accomplishment. But it’s also sad because you’re saying goodbye to those characters who have become like old familiar friends. So yes, writing an ending to a series is a bittersweet thing. After putting the last few touches on IMMORTAL, I simply had to sit back and have a moment of quiet and reflection.
Traitor by Nicole Conway
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