Friday, September 30

October Releases


Okay, so here is a list of the books I want in October. I've also included a late September release, since I haven't been able to pick it up yet.
  1. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins--September 29th (yesterday, in fact!)
  2. Home Sweet Home by Bella Andre writing as Bella Riley--October 1st
  3. Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick-- October 4th
  4. The Viper by Monica McCarty-- October 18th
  5. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater-- October 18th
  6. Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt-- October 18th
Are any of these books on your list? Do you have any other recommendations?

Thursday, September 29

Fall Workshop with Deidre Knight

Alright, so I'm going to divide the information I gathered at the CaRWA Fall Workshop into two posts. Today I'm going to talk about agent and author, Deidre Knight. Next Friday I'll do a post about what HQN editor Emily Ohanjanians had to say.

Okay, so for those who haven't heard of her, Deidre Knight founded the Knight Agency in 1996. Since there are multiple agents at TKA, they represent almost everything. Deidre is personally very interested in historical romance right now (mostly Regency and Victorian), as well as contemporary romance.  She kept repeating that she’s “really looking,” so if you want to send her a query, now is the time to do it! Just be sure to check out the agency website for preferences and guidelines before you submit.

 Now, on to the good stuff!

Deidre gave a PowerPoint presentation (her first ever!), about what sort of agent she was and what she thinks makes a good agent. To begin with, she classified herself as a “full career” agent, meaning she wants to work with you throughout all stages of your writing career. Now, if you’ve already been published with a traditional publisher, or even self-published, that’s fine. This just means that she expects to represent you, rather than just your book. 

She then went on to say that a good agent should be like a midwife, and that the relationship between agent and writer is like a marriage. And like all good relationships, communication is key! She wants to know if you’re having a down week, or if you don’t agree with one of her suggestions. Since she’s a hands on agent during the writing process (meaning she’ll help you plot, brainstorm, and even help you come up with a title), you have to feel comfortable with each other. Like communication, respect is a must.

Now, TKA is based out of Georgia, so Deidre relies heavily on the internet for communication. If that’s not your cup of tea, then this agency might not be the best choice for you. However, if you prefer using the internet, then definitely check her out!

Alright, so for those hoping to pitch or query Deidre in the future, she gave six points sure to impress her:
      
1. Voice! Almost every agent lists this at their top, and Deidre is no different. Writing is all about voice, and if she likes your voice, she’s more willing to overlook other errors. However, that doesn't mean that you should skip the editing process. She still wants to see a good manuscript.

2. Be authentic!  Don’t try to write to the market. Write what you love to write--it'll come through in your story.

3. High concept! I think that’s pretty self-explanatory.

4. Clean manuscript!  This one is also pretty self-explanatory. Don’t send in a submission with spelling errors all over the place. It gives the impression that you can’t be bothered to edit, and if you can't be bothered to edit, why would she want to sign you on as a client?

5. Be nice! This goes without saying, but Deidre says a lot of writers don’t think they need to be polite to an agent. However, this is a business. You have to be polite and respectful of your colleagues, whether they be agents, editors, or fellow writers.

6. Last but not least... To truly impress her, your story has to sweep her away.  She wants to forget she’s reading a submission. In other words, she has to be sucked into the story.

So there you have it! From the conversation I had with Deidre, she was funny, nice, and very laid back.  I think she’d make the publishing process very comfortable for a writer, which is a good thing since it can be so stressful!

Any comments or questions? I didn't post everything she talked about, since it would make the post too long, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll see if I can answer them!

Wednesday, September 28

WIP Wednesday


Hello all!

Well, a lot has changed since last week. My word count is still pretty low (I wrote 1500 words yesterday and Monday), but my mindset has changed drastically. I attribute this 100% to the Fall Workshop I attended on Saturday. I'm still just as busy with school--if not more so--but I had so much fun hanging out with writers this weekend. I loved getting to know my new CaRWA group, and I adored meeting Deidre Knight (from the Knight Agency) and Emily Ohanjanians (editor with HQN).  They're both absolutely delightful. Deidre was hilarious, and Emily was so sweet! I'll talk about some of the stuff they discussed tomorrow, so be sure to check in!

Anyway, I'm very excited about my writing right now. I think I've solved my chapter 3 problem, but we'll see *crosses fingers*

So how are you guys doing? Any exciting news?

Tuesday, September 27

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme. Anyone can play along, just do the following:

* Grab your current read.

* Open to a random page.

* Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include spoilers - make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others!

* Share the title and author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.
 
 
MY TEASER

"He didn't remember her. That truth disturbed Stephen more than he could voice with words, because if there was anything about the past two years that he should have remembered, it should have been her--or at the very least her eyes. An unusual shade, they reminded him of whiskey. But they were haunted, no doubt by things he couldn't even begin to imagine, but with which he should have been intimately familiar."

-page 24 of Pleasures of a Notorious Gentlemen by Lorraine Heath

I know I included more than two sentences, but I loved this paragraph so I broke the rules.  Lorraine Heath is one of my newest favourite romance writers. Her books are amazing. However, I must warn you that they tend to be really emotional books, especially her newest series (of which this book is number 2). Regardless, I highly recommend you check out her books.

Friday, September 23

Friday 56: Kimberly Derting


1) Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Don't dig for your favorite, the coolest, or most intellectual book. Use the closest book to you.
 
2) Turn to page 56
 
3) Post any sentence from that page (plus 1 or 2 others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog. If you don't have your own blog, feel free to post in the comments section of this blog.

MY FRIDAY 56
DESIRES OF THE DEAD
Author: Kimberly Derting
Genre: YA Paranormal
 
 
"She listened to the chatter going on around her as Jay's arm slipped over her shoulder and he steered her toward the lunchroom. She heard Chelsea and Jules. She heard Claire giggle. She heard the deep voice of the new boy--Mike, she remembered--deep like Jay's. And she heard Jay.
She didn't hear the girl, but she knew she was still there.
They were all just noise to Violet.
Background.
She felt Jay squeezing her hand with his. It was warm. It made her feel safe and attached to the world.
He reminded her that she was still alive."

Thursday, September 22

Medieval Movies

As most of you know, I write medieval romance. It’s my favourite genre to read and watch.  Unfortunately, there aren’t that many medieval movies out there. I’m always doing research looking for more, but I’ve reached a dead end. So I thought I’d ask you guys. What are some of your favourite medieval-esk movies?  Below is a list of all the medieval movies I can think of. Not all of them are strictly medieval, but you get the idea =)

Movies I Own:
  1. A Knight’s Tale
  2. Beowulf  (meh)
  3. Black Death (meh)
  4. Braveheart 
  5. Centurion
  6. Elizabeth
  7. Elizabeth II
  8. Ever After
  9. Gladiator
  10. In the Name of the King (awful)
  11. Ironclad
  12. King Arthur
  13. Kingdom of Heaven
  14. Lord of the Rings 1-3
  15. Man in the Iron Mask
  16. Monty Python and The Holy Grail
  17. Monty Python's Life of Brian
  18. The Musketeer (awful)
  19. Pirates of the Caribbean 1-4
  20. Princess Bride
  21. Robin Hood (new one)
  22. Robin Hood Men in Tights
  23. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
  24. Spartacus: Blood and Sand
  25. Shakespeare in Love
  26. Sword of War (awful)
  27. The Tudors: Seasons One to Four
  28. 10 Commandments
  29. 300
  30. Troy
  31. Tristan and Isolde
Movies I Want To See:
  1. Arn: The Knight Templar
  2. The Borgias (tv show)
  3. The Eagle (I'm not sure about this one...)
  4. Game of Thrones
  5. The Last Legion
  6. Pillars of the Earth
  7. Red Cliff
  8. 13th Warrior
  9. Valhalla Rising
Movies I Refuse To Own:
  1. Camelot (TV show): Arthur looks like a rat. IMO, the trailer made it look awful. However, if you can convince me otherwise, I might check it out.
  2. Clash of the Titans: I saw this and HATED it.
  3. Prince of Persia: The main girl is in Clash of the Titans and I despised her lol.
  4. Robin Hood (TV show): I started it and lost interest--it was cheesy IMO.
  5. Rob Roy: GAH! I hated this movie. No, I loathed it.
Can you think of any other medieval movies I should try? I'm open to TV shows, too!

Wednesday, September 21

WIP Wednesday


Well, I'm not doing too well with my writing recently. School is kicking my ass already. It's not that my classes are particularly difficult (they aren't, trust me), but I'm having a lot of problems focusing. I think it's because it's my final semester and I no longer want to be here, LOL. On top of that, I'm exhausted. When I do have a few moments to myself, I don't have the energy to work on AHR. Instead, I've been rereading some of my favourite romances to try and keep my spirit from sinking.
It's been nice to get back to some of my old favourites. It isn't as good as working on my own story, but it's helping me from getting too depressed.

However, when I have found the time to work on my story, I've been trying to brainstorm ideas about my horrid chapter 3. I think it's helping, slowly but surely.  The Calgary RWA's Fall Workshop is this weekend, so I'm hoping I'll get inspired to write some more! Being inspired won't stop me from being busy, but it will make it easier to sit down and write even when I'm tired.

How are you guys doing? Any exciting news? What do you guys do when you're too tired to write?

Tuesday, September 20

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme. Anyone can play along, just do the following:

* Grab your current read.

* Open to a random page.

* Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include spoilers - make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others!

* Share the title and author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.


MY TEASER

 
 
      "He rolled onto his side, giving her room to breathe. "Where did you come from?"
      "I think I should ask you that." She struggled up on one elbow. "Who are you? What on earth are you doing here?"
      "Isn't it obvious?" His tone was grave. "We're bombing the sheep.""

-page 18 of A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
 

Friday, September 16

Friday 56: Samuel Park


1) Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Don't dig for your favorite, the coolest, or most intellectual book. Use the closest book to you.

2) Turn to page 56

3) Post any sentence from that page (plus 1 or 2 others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog. If you don't have your own blog, feel free to post in the comments section of this blog.


MY FRIDAY 56
THIS BURNS MY HEART
Author: Samuel Park
Genre: Literary Fiction

"Soo-Ja could still remember the sting of her friend's words the last time she'd spoken to her, when Jae-Hwa accused Soo-Ja of not really being in love with Min.  Soo-Ja hadn't told Jae-Hwa about her night of passion--Jae-Hwa would have been shocked."

Thursday, September 15

Classes

Alright guys, sorry I didn't post a WIP Wednesday yesterday. After getting home from school I had dinner then fell asleep at an embarrassingly early time lol. I'll do one next week, I promise!

Anyway, today I thought I'd post what classes I'm taking this semester. Since I'm likely to comment (or complain) about them on here, Twitter, and Facebook I thought you'd want to know what the heck I'm talking about!  As you'll probably notice, most of my classes are first or second year courses. Yes, I did this on purpose, LOL. I had four more electives to take, so I decided to make them super easy--and interesting ;)

In order of how my classes appear on my schedule:

History 2237: Modern European Intellectual History
  • Class Summary: In general terms, this class surveys the key ideas and thinkers who have shaped the European intellectual/cultural experience from the 18th century Enlightenment to World War II.
  • My commentary so far: I like my professor. He was actually my Ancient Greece professor last semester and he was great. Reminds me of Plato or Socrates. He's tall and plump, with a big white Santa Clause beard and old spectacles. He also has a deep voice, which tends to put me into a daze, unfortunately. Other than that, the subject should be interesting. I've already covered most of the people he plans on studying, but that's to be expected after so many years.
Anthropology 2270: Archaeology of Egypt and the Nile Valley
  • Class Summary: This course provides an overview of the development of civilizations along the Nile. Emphasis will be placed upon the archaeological evidence, history, and epigraphy in understanding two major civilizations of the Nile Valley: Egypt and Kush.
  • My commentary so far: I'm not quite sure what to say about my professor. He seems nice enough, but he's very anti-technology in the classroom, which in this day and age is just ridiculous.  As well, we've already had one quiz. I don't mind, but c'mon. One week in? Other than that, the subject is really interesting. I've covered Ancient Egypt and the several other Nile Valley civilizations in other classes, but I'm hoping I'll learn something new.
English 4440: Select Topics in Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century, 1790-1917: Pre-Raphaelite
  • Class Summary: Founded in 1848, the original Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood banded together in revolt against the classicism of the Royal Academy. An avant-garde movement, the PRB strove to create work that was more spiritually pure, more naturalistically real, and more emotionally authentic than that of their predecessor Sir Joshua Reynolds.
  • My commentary so far: UGH! This class is a slow, painful torture and we're only a week in. I didn't want to take it, but I need it for my major. The literature is soooooo dry. On top of that, I'm not a huge fan of the professor I have. I've had her before, and she's really snobby. God help me.
Anthropology 1105: Ancient Peoples and Places
  • Class Summary: This course is a global survey of the human past. All stages of human development will be covered, from the emergence of early hunting and gathering societies to the domestication of plants and animals, sedentism, and the emergence of complex cultures.
  • My commentary so far: Lmao, this class is a joke. I knew it would be since it's only a first year class, but I decided to take something easy. The only problem is, it might be too easy for me. I've already covered every single topic in other classes--there's not much to keep my interest. However, the professor seems nice enough, so I'm sure that'll help.
History 2207: Histories of Western Sexualities
  • Class Summary: This class will examine the various histories of western sexualities from ancient Greece to the present. Special attention will be paid to the the history of same-sex love.
  • My commentary so far: Do you remember my Plato professor from the beginning of this post? Well, he's my professor for this class too, LOL.  Anyway, I'm not sure about this class yet. I've heard such fantastic things from other history students, so I decided to take it. However, the subject matter is a delicate one. I just hope my professor deals with it appropriately.  I also have a feeling class discussions will get heated.

So there you have it! My last five classes as an undergrad!

*All class summaries were borrowed from the course outlines*

**Just a quick note... Vampire Diaries season three starts tonight! Woohoo!**

Tuesday, September 13

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme. Anyone can play along, just do the following:

* Grab your current read.
* Open to a random page.
* Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include spoilers - make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others!
* Share the title and author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.


MY TEASER

 "Spinsterhood was a word that tended to invoke either panic or pity, but Penelope was coming to realize that there were decided advantages to the unmarried state. First of all, no one really expected spinsters to dance at balls, which meant that Penelope was no longer forced to hover at the edge of the dance floor, looking this way and that, pretending that she didn't really want to dance."

-page 33/34 of Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

I've been rereading a lot of my favourites recently (especially in the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn). This series is fantastic and is undoubtedly a classic of the romance genre. If you haven't read these books, you're missing out.

Friday, September 9

Friday 56: Kris Kennedy

Another new blog feature! This one is also from Jena Lang at Passionate Scribbles, who got the idea from Freda's Voice.



1) Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Don't dig for your favorite, the coolest, or most intellectual book. Use the closest book to you.

2) Turn to page 56

3) Post any sentence from that page (plus 1 or 2 others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog. If you don't have your own blog, feel free to post in the comments section of this blog.


MY FRIDAY 56

DEFIANT
Author: Kris Kennedy
Genre: Medieval Romance


"Father Peter leaned forward and rested his forearms on his tunic-draped thighs, his face tired and knowing, and in that moment Eva knew she was right to have come for him, however he scolded her for it, however much danger ensued. One paid one's debts. Father Peter had saved her life. She would now save his."

Wednesday, September 7

WIP Wednesday





Okay, I'm going to keep this short and to the point!

A Highlander's Ransom:
  • I'm slowly trying to get back into the swing of writing again. Everything was going fairly well until I reached chapter three. To say I'm stuck is putting it mildly. Unfortunately, the exact same thing happened with Warrior Branded and Struck. Chapter three seems to be the Bane of My Existence and will be termed as such from now on.  I will work through it, it just might take me a little while, LOL.

  • I'm hoping to be done and ready to query AHR by January. I'm not sure how realistic that goal is with school starting tomorrow, but we shall see! If I'm a month or so behind, that's alright with me.
Writerly News:
  • I've just recently joined the Calgary Association of Romance Writers of America (RWA). I've been thinking about joining for a few years now, but finally decided to just take the leap and do it. So you are now looking at a PRO Member of RWA and a member of CaRWA. Woohoo!

  • As well, I plan on attending CaRWA's Fall Industry Workshop in a few weeks. Author and agent Deidre Knight from the Knight Agency will be there, as well as Emily Ohanjanians from Mira Books. I'm very excited to attend!

What about you guys? Any writerly news to share? Do any of you belong to RWA?

Tuesday, September 6

Teaser Tuesday

Okay, so I'm trying something new this week!  I got this idea from Jena Lang over at Passionate Scribbles (a totally awesome blog, by the way).

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along, just do the following:

* Grab your current read.
* Open to a random page.
* Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page. Be careful not to include spoilers - make sure what you share doesn't give too much away. You don't want to ruin the book for others!
* Share the title and author, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teaser.

MY TEASER

"There was no correlation between Elizabeth being gone and his shitty hitting streak. He'd just been a little preoccupied since she'd left the other morning, because he figured it was his fault she was gone."

-page 83 of Changing the Game by Jaci Burton

Friday, September 2

September Releases



Here is a list of books I'm looking forward to in September!
  1. A Night To Surrender by Tessa Dare (August 30th)
  2. Shut Out by Kody Keplinger (September 5th)
  3. Vanish by Sophie Jordan (September 6th)
  4. Home Sweet Home by Bella Andre writing as Bella Riley (September 27th)
  5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (September 29th)
Are any of these on your September list? Do you have any other books you're looking forward to?

Thursday, September 1

One Week Until My Final Semester of University!!!

That's right, the countdown is on!  In exactly one week, I start my final semester of university as an English major, History minor. Cue the screaming!  I can't believe I'm so close to the end now. It feels like just yesterday I was heading over to my first class, so nervous I could've peed myself (but I didn't!).  When I started, I was only 17 years old. Looking back, I can admit I was pretty naive.  University is so much more than textbooks and assignments; it's a way of life.  Having grown up in small town Alberta, I had no idea what I was in for.

That first year was the worst. I tried to fit in with my roommates, but I quickly realized I wasn't the party type. I didn't like to drink (drinking age in Alberta is 18), nor did I want to go to the clubs or hook up with boys. To my way of thinking, I was in university to go to class and get good grades. Unfortunately, this often put me at odds with my roommates. After three years living in residence, I made the decision to stay home for my fourth year.  Some people have asked me whether or not I hold any hard feelings towards the dozen roommates (plus their friends) that I had, but the truth is... I don't. In some strange way, I miss a few of them. In fact, I've even stayed in contact with one. But the others? I will never be friends with any of them, but I still wish them the best. In the end, we were completely different people. Not much you can do to change that.

Now I'm in my final semester of school. Truth be told, I have mixed feelings about this. In some ways, I feel like the cat in the picture. It's like, OMGTHISISTHEBESTDAYEVER! But on the other hand, I have a sneaking suspicion I'm going to miss school. University has been a major part of my life for 4 years (4 and a half by the time I'm done this semester). I'm going to miss my friends, my professors, and my classes. Then again, I'LL BE A UNIVERSITY GRADUATE!  Can't exactly complain about that, eh?  ;)

Did you guys have mixed feelings when you finished university?  How did you get through it?  Any advice?
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