For those of you in the US, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! For those of you not celebrating Thanksgiving and stuffing yourself with too much delicious food, have a wonderful day doing hopefully fun things (and still stuffing yourself with delicious food). It’s good to have a day set aside to remember and really think about the things you are grateful for. It’s very easy to take things for granted.
I am especially grateful this year that it’s not last year. I’m grateful for medication that makes my life easier, even if I’m not all the way better yet and maybe won’t really ever be. I’m grateful for my awesome kids and husband. I’m grateful for the time I got to have with the people I love and miss.
I hope you have things you are grateful for today too.
Also: there is currently a giveaway going on right now with more than 80 prizes from a ton of authors (including me!) including a cash prize. So head on over to the Rafflecopter and enter! I’m giving away a copy of Hunter’s Crossing and a pretty little Tinsel Spider (one of my favorite undertold Christmas stories – come back in a day or two and I’ll tell it!)
In a final bit of news I’m thankful for – Christmas in Bear Ridge has a pre-order link! Be among the first to get a copy! (I can’t say THE first as that’s already been awarded!)
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I hit 30,000 words give or take 5 and I’ve stalled out. I’m not liking the direction of the story at all but I’m not sure where it went wrong either. It’s a little infuriating though. Sometimes, no matter how clever, the bones fall apart just when the shape of your dinosaur is coming together you discover you’ve added too many carnivore pieces to your herbivore. bah. I’ve also had a small string of rejections and that doesn’t help. Ultimately, not every idea is going to work itself out. Maybe down the road, I’ll have an epiphany and bam – I’ll know why it went belly up on me.
I have too many irons in my fire as it is though with edits and marketing stuff and other deadlines I’m trying to meet so I’m not really terribly upset by the whole thing. Really, the answer might occur to me in a few days and 2 or 3 really hammering days, maybe I can still finish but I won’t be terribly upset if something happens that I don’t. I know I can finish a draft in pretty short order which is the most important lesson NaNoWriMo has to offer in my personal opinion. I’m not technically counting it as failed just yet but I am limiting my expectations.
Christmas in Bear Ridge by Sarah Wagner from Boroughs Publishing Group
Bear Ridge is the cutest little town that no one can remember. It gathers magic like faerie dust to a wand, especially at Christmas. Toni Bell hasn’t believed in magic since her parents died. She’s been on her own for more than a decade, driving from town to town, job to job, gig to gig, living out of her truck turned tiny home, making a point to never get attached. She’s on her way to the West Coast for New Year’s Eve, and plans to be on the road for Christmas, hoping to avoid the heartache being reminded of how alone she is brings. But a wrong turn, a loose dog, and a bollard pole change her world.
IT TAKES A LITTLE MAGIC
Stuck in Bear Ridge until her truck can be fixed, Toni decides to make the best of it only to discover everything she’s ever wanted, and never dared to wish for, were all within her grasp. Nicodemus Panait makes her want to believe in magic, miracles, and Christmas, but she’s afraid that all he offers will prove too good to be true. Nico knows what his forever looks like, but he has only until Christmas to make Toni see it too. Fortunately, he has fate and love on his side.
Christmas in Bear Ridge is coming very soon – just in time for an early Christmas present! I’m going to be doing a couple of giveaways and such soon too so, stay tuned!
This month has been quite the roller coaster. The downs were really low but the ups are pretty darn high!
Christmas In Bear Ridge will be coming this holiday season from Boroughs Publishing Group! I really like this story but it is something a bit different for me. All the myth and magic and romance and, somehow, nobody gets themselves murdered. There are a lot of parts that I really love and I can’t wait for people to get a chance to read it! You should meet Death’s favorite psychopomp too.
Seriously, this book has everything (and it takes everything in me NOT to hear that in Stefan’s voice), so, watch this space for release dates and such!
Review: Mystic by Gabi Stevens
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
I am an avid and voracious reader, and this is my favorite of the books I’ve read so far this year. There’s a little romance, a little action, a little intrigue, a little magic and a lot of heart. Ms. Stevens weaves an amazing story that sweeps you up and runs with you and you don’t want to put it down.
Allys is on the run, having escaped a horrible situation and unwittingly drags New York’s Sexiest Writer into the thick of it, running from a strange and powerful man hellbent on getting Allys back. Trask is exactly the kind of man you want to meet when you’re in a terrible pinch and Allys is a wonderful foil.
I do hope there will be a second book as I want to know more about Mystic.
For me, I would love to have Ms. Stevens’ Mal meet my Molly Mae in some pocket universe where two almost cats can solve riddles and be snarky to each other. Really, this book was a lot of fun and if you like my sorts of stories, you’ll like this one too.
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Today is my first ever table at any event anywhere and so we’re celebrating. I’m going to give away at least one book and the rules to play are incredibly simple!
First: Like my Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/sarahwagner53
Like me on Facebook, share this picture or this post and maybe win a book!
Second: Share this image (doesn’t matter where: Twitter, blog, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest. They all count.)
Third: Let me know you did both of those things – in the comments here, on Twitter, on Instagram, or on Facebook.
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I have now completed all the trailers for all my books so, until I have a new one out, I’m done making them! By the next round, I should be even more comfortable with the software and they’ll be that much better.
Thosha-Tol was chosen to be the protector of his goddesses. They know the Godkillers are coming for them. They trust Thosha to save them but will he still serve them when he discovers their betrayals?
Guardian of the Gods
We spend our days with machines in every pocket, on every wrist, jammed into every ear. We have become dependent on our technological wonders but, what happens when they start to wake? When they begin to talk back, to judge our actions. How will humanity measure up in the eyes of our creations? Follow these machines, or near machines, as they discover all that makes them human and what sets them apart. Standing on the threshold between man and machine, is it possible for a machine to be more more human than her creators?
Hardwired Humanity is a short story collection
I guess I need to get back to writing if I ever want to make more trailers.
Just about the only silver lining to a terrible, no good, very bad summer cold is that reading is about the only thing I’m capable of doing and I can get caught up on reading! One of the books in my read pile was Floating Loose by fellow Boroughs author, Jill Beck. I try to keep my reviews pretty spoiler free but sometimes a little one will slip in there.
There are a lot of good things about this particular story – Rylie is easy to get attached to, and not just for the reader. Before I had kids of my own, I would have identified with her on a different kind of level but I can’t separate out the mom now and I just want to wrap this girl up in the warmest blankets and hug her. It’s a sweet journey with a few pretty wicked curves thrown in there. At first, I was a tiny bit wary because of Rylie’s age but only because I have a teenager of my own. Honestly after that initial reaction, it didn’t matter and was, as it should be, just a little detail of the whole. It is, ultimately, the story of a lost girl who doesn’t quite know what it is she is looking for, or what she’s missing, until she has a chance to find it.
The changing of the heroine’s name off and on should be really confusing but it isn’t (kudos to Ms Beck on that one!). The characters are nicely well rounded but flawed enough not to be too good to be true. I get a little wary of private all girls school stories sometimes because they can be overwhelmingly catty but there’s only really two or three instances of bitchery and one of them you see coming from a mile away.
In short – if you also have a thing for lost orphan stories or sweet coming of age stories, you’ll enjoy it. It’s well written, sweet, engaging, and, best of all, full of growth across the board and not just for the main characters.
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There are varying opinions on book trailers but my goal is to make one for each of my books. I’ll be posting two more next week: one for Guardian of the Gods and one for Hardwired Humanity but today is for Eldercynne Rising. If you like murder, dragons, warriors, magic, and a little romance, it might be something you’d like.