Friday, June 28, 2013

Team Dank - for the YA Crush Tourney

Hi everyone! I am so excited to representing Dank today! I started reading about Dank about a year ago I would say, and well, let's face it. He's hot; he can sing and he's death. Yeah - Death - talk about bad ass.

Personality: He's pretty honest and upfront. For the most part, each character who has a run in with Dank knows where they stand with him. The only time he withholds anything is when it might effect/affect Pagan in some way. He writes music from his heart. Dank has a sarcastic side, that isn't abrasive, but just enough to tease Pagan. He takes his "work" seriously and after his love with Pagan, understands what he is doing more clearly, so he is willing to grow (how many guys really are?) 

Looks: Bluer than blue eyes. So blue that they have been referred to as gems. Look at the covers. Those babies pop. He also has black, not too long hair, that curls on the ends. A sultry smirk reserved only for Pagan and a dimple. Just one, sinisterly cute dimple. Smoking hot body. Did I mention his blue eyes? 

Talents: Besides easing people into their deaths? He serenades (and well, like soothingly and sensually) his girlfriend Pagan with a guitar and lullabies that he has written about how she has saved him. I mean, what girl doesn't want that? I do. 

Special Attributes/Best Qualities: One of my favorite qualities about him is his compassion. He can be a tough, I know that, but he can be so sweet and he doesn't have to be. For example, there was a little girl in EXISTENCE and he talked to the little girl and tried to make dying easier and made it a beautiful process. He didn't have to. His compassion extends farther than Pagan. Then there is that whole he is Death thing. Ya know - no biggie. Or the fact that he is a deity. 

Anything else? This year, with the help of my street team (WHO ARE AWESOME) and the great Abbi Glines, I have added some other reader's favorite qualities, moments, and quotes. 

One of my favorite quotes: “He's already proven he'll defy Heaven to keep her. If Hell wants a piece of him too, then bring it on.”  SWOON!

Two Responses from Abbi Glines! 
What are some of your favorite things about Dank? 
He holds the key to life or death in his hands yet he becomes as weak as a human when he falls for Pagan. There is something about watching a Deity act like a mortal because of love that gets to you. One of the reasons I love Greek Mythology. 

And why was he a fun character to write? Because he wasn't a man. He was something that every human fears but they know they will meet one day. Writing him with emotions and giving him a voice was almost comforting in a way. 

From the Greedy Booker - (and a quote I love) - “I’m not a man so I do not have a heart that loves as a human does. I’m an immortal god that dwells with supreme power because I hold the keys to Death. But you are my existence. I am yours.”- Existence

From Jorie SusConfronting Ghede with the Warriors threatening to destroy voodoo if he doesn't release Pagan's soul - (I have to say I loved this too. BAD ASS and it reminded me of how tough Dank is.)

From Erica Cope "It's the scene where Pagan is home from dress shopping and Dank comments on the pale pink dress then....

Both his hands gripped my waist pulling me hard up against his body. "You tempt me. I can't be tempted. I'm not made to be tempted but you, Pagan Moore, you tempt me."
Then he goes on to say:
"I didn't understand it at first. But now I know. It's your soul calling to me. Souls mean nothing to me. They aren't supposed to. But yours has become my obsession."
Totaly swoonworthy moment for me. :)
What's better than having a sexy rockstar serenade you in your sleep? :)

Kayla -  Okay, seriously, this year's tourney is full of total hotness & it was hard to choose which fella I wanted to support. I decided Dank was my man this year to support because, well, what's hotter than the baddest guy ever (hello - he's DEATH) who also plays the guitar plus sings & loves fiercely! <3 font="">

Willow D - “I realised you owned me one night in this room. I was singing to you and you were sleeping. You made a little noise in your sleep like you were distressed and I panicked and ran to your side. You grabbed my arm in your sleep and pulled it up against your face and went back to sleep. I didn't want to ever move.”

So if you love Dank or just fell in love with him, support us! Tweet for #TeamDank, on facebook, on your blog and where ever else!

BIG NEWS!!! Abbi is donating 15 copies of Existence for the Tourney with some swag AND has agreed to write a novella for Dank and Pagan after Ceaseless. It will be free if Dank wins the tourney. And people, lets be honest, if you have read the series, why wouldn't you vote for him?  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Editing diseases

When completing a manuscript, there is no greater feeling. Truly. I feel like I climbed Mount Everest without oxygen. It's amazing. Can my writing friends agree? What do you feel like?

Then reality - your manuscript is no where close to being done. In fact, it's never done. EVER. Insert sad face - (OR I'M GOING TO GO INSANE face). But if you are like me, you have multiple wonderful beta partners who help you shape and fill in the gaps while you edit and get your dreams for your "baby" back on track.

I have been talking about my dream walking novel for a year now. It's done. It was edited by my dear friend Nadine, and I have been dilly dallying with editing, because it's my least favorite part, but I am pushing through. But while editing, I have had to check back in with my doctor about "That-itis". For those of you who are unaware of what this disesase is: Its the overuse of the word "that". In most cases the word "that" is only a filler and is unnecessary to the sentence's structure, but the writer cannot help herself but put it into the sentence. THAT being said - Nadine was happy to report that I still show signs, but am getting better.

Something else I have noticed this writing process is my use of commas. I know the (million) rules for comma usage. I teach English for crying out loud. I harp on my students pretty hard. I am confident I know when to use a comma, EXCEPT when I write. I think I might be developing a case of Comma-itis. Be careful, I am not sure if it is catchy.

What do you "suffer" from? What do you notice about your writing during the editing process?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sunday Series (4) Night Shade Series

Remember the big vampire trend? Yeah I am a vamp lover - have you read my first book? But like all trends your tastes changes, and I jumped on the werewolf (shapeshifter) trend.

Andrea's series is about a girl named Calla who, within the first pages, bites a boy names Shay. Her bite  is to save his life, but she also turns him into a wolf. This is a big no-no for the whole race. But she was drawn to him. And attraction is attraction.

The laws of Calla's pack are pretty clear. There are alphas in each generation. The other wolves have to submit. They are to follow The Keepers and protect what The Keepers find important and do this obediently. As an alpha female, Calla is to marry Ren. Ren in the first book is a cocky, arrogant, but sexy jerk. It's clear that Calla is rebellious and unwilling to follow the rules of the Keepers, just because it's supposed to be that way. Her rebellious side is further prompted by her developing feelings for Shay and figuring out a way to be with him.

But The Keepers aren't who they say they are. And the The Searchers, the sworn enemy of the series, isn't who they say they are. But it throws Calla's world even more off balance.

What I loved about this series:
Ren - yeah this happens to me. The winner of the love story isn't who I want to be the winner. Ren does a lot of maturing in this series. I love his description. And once he gets over that cocky attitude, he actually is very much in love with Calla. This was right before I got over love triangles.

Calla, in a lot of ways, is like Rose Hathaway. She thinks for herself. She isn't afraid of a fight or what to fight for. She acts impulsively at times, but does it with the best of intentions - to save the people she loves. She's smart. She's beautiful. She's a leader.

"Ren watched us as he leaned casually against the table, holding a pair of scissors. I'd never seen a classroom tool look so dangerous."  (Obviously I would start with Ren)

"This is where you belong, Calla.” He pulled me closer, tilting my chin up. “Be with me. Tell me it’s what you want.”
I couldn’t tear my eyes from his. “What I want?”
“Yes. Anything, everything you need, I’ll give you. Always. I promise. Just tell me one thing.”
“That you want this, us.” His voice dropped so low I could barely hear him. “That someday you’ll love me.”
My hands began to tremble where they rested around his neck. “Ren, you know we’re going to be together. We’ve both known that for a long time.”
He gave me a hard look. “That’s not what I’m talking about.”
“Why are you asking me this?” I tried to pull back, but he held me against him.
The glimmer of a smile appeared on his lips. “Why not?”
My temper flared. “Are you trying to say that you love me?”

"Silas?" I glanced from Ren to the mad-haired scholar. "He was your company?" 
"Still jealous?" Ren winked at me. 
"I was not jealous," I said. 
"Really?" Ren said. "So that harpy-ish tone was your normal speaking voice?" 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Series Sunday (3)

My intentions when I started this Series Sunday was to only post Series that were done. But the TOO FAR series is almost done as of tomorrow, so I feel I can publish this one now. 

Holy cow. 

I found this series through my dear friend Komal. I had just read her wonderful novel Impossible (Sigh) and I wanted to read some contemporary novels like hers. She told me about the fabulous Abbi Glines. 

FALLEN TOO FAR was the first of all Glines books that I picked up and then didn't put down.  The series follows a young woman, who just graduated, lost her mom to cancer, her twin sister died when she was young, and is now going to live with her father who walked out on her family after her sister's death. Yeah, hard life, except, her welcome to this new home is anything but. 

Her father isn't there 
Her stepsister hates her
It's not actually her father's house
She's not welcome by the owner of the house 
And her new step-brother Rush is less than likable - hot, but a jerk. 

All within the first few pages people.

So what happens eventually is Rush lets Blair live with him and come to find out, Rush isn't "immune" to Blaire's innocence. Believe me, he tries for the first novel, to be cold and distant and cruel, but Rush Finlay is intoxicating. Like delicious. And if he treated me the way he did Blaire, I wouldn't have stayed away either. All in the first book and talk about a surprise ending - POOR BLAIRE. 

Book 2 - Well, lets say there are some consequences to a steamy and sexy romance. 

Book 3 - June 10th! Buying it on my first official day of maternity leave. 

What I love about this series:
Rush! He's hott! HOTT! And sexy. He blunders through everything with Blaire and I mean everything. He screws it up and then has to fix it. Then there is the whole extremely loyal to his baby sister. She's a witch, but it is his sister. 

While I love the characters, I do. Rush is it for me. 

I love the third cover because of a tattoo and a ponytail. LOVE

What do you love about this series? Are you going out tomorrow to buy it? Who is your favorite character?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Calling All Abbi Glines Fans!

I have been chosen to be advocate for the steamy, dark, Dank Walker - aka - Death...

You know the saying Give me liberty or Give me Death? - Well - Give me Death first in this case! I pick Death! haha

Anyway - June 27th - I have my first match up. I have a buy the first round so I take on a winner from the first bracket. But I am looking for is a couple of things:

  • Someone to do a button for me (or however many you are willing to make) 
  • Be part of the "Street Team" where we go and promote Dank for 24 hours - Facebook, twitter, blog, instagram - you name it. You can also post up your own post about Dank or steal mine that will be up on The YA Sisterhood. Your choice.
  • Tell me something you love about Dank, a favorite scene, a favorite quote. (I really want to pick out his best attributes as voted by you guys!)
If you are interested, you can leave a comment here, tweet me at mflick729, or email me


Haven't read this series? Um, you should. :) I mean look at that man!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Series Sunday (2) The Vampire Academy Series

The Vampire Academy Series.

Where do I even begin? Rose - one of my top heroines. Dimitri - my favorite book love - I cannot honestly say that - he is. Wonderful plot line - 6 books and I hate everyone of them up.

A sum up - Rose Hathaway is a damphir who is bound to Lissa, a Moroi. They are best friends and have a very deep friend and an even deeper bond. Rose however, is a smart ass, bad ass, who is irrational and loyal to a fault. But her wild ways get her matched up with the Russian heart throb - Dimitri. I said Rose was bad ass, yeah there is not a word for how awesome he is.  The plot line involves murder, deception, bad choices, and a revolution for the damphirs and moroi.

Rose and Dimitri - wow are there some steamy scenes between the two of the dhampirs - like - Book 4? All of book 4 - Oh MY Lanta. But for as many ups as they have, they have equally the same amount of downs, and I mean downs - like Dimitri becomes a bad guy, Rose dates some else, Dimitri refusing to be with her.

Rose and Adrian - there are some people who prefer Adrian over Dimitri and I can understand why. Adrian is a lot like Rose in his irrational ways and smart ass ways. He is also so faithful and loyal to Rose, even when she turns from him. I will say there is a part that Mead writes, won't tell you which book, where my heart honestly broke for him.

Rose and Lissa - A true friendship - enough said.

Some of my favorite quotes:
"What's up?" I asked.
You tell me," he said. "You were the one about ready to start making out with Adrian."
It was an experiment," I said. "It was part of my therapy."
What the hell kind of therapy are you in?" 

"I don’t belong to anyone. I make my own choices."
"And you’re with Adrian," said Dimitri.
"But I was meant for you." 

"Don't blame us," said my mother. "We didn't blow up half of Court, steal a dozen cars, call out a murderer in the middle of a crowd, or get our teenage friend crowned queen."

"Don't touch her," he growled.
There was a note in his voice that would of scared me if it had been directed toward me. He shoved me behind him, putting his body protectively in front of mine with my back to the table. Guardians came at us from all directions,and Dimitri began dispatching them with the same deadly grace that had once made people call him a god." 

"I loved you!" he yelled. He jumped up out of his chair so quickly I never saw it coming. "I loved you, and you destroyed me. You took my heart and ripped it up." 

Have you read it? What was your favorite quote? Who is your favorite character? And- hey - did you see the casting - sigh!