November Musings

This is a catch-up post in which I’ll babble about general goings on this month. First, check this out:

Cool, right? Someone (sorry, I can’t remember which one of you) linked Wordle to me a few months ago, and it was on my list of neat stuff to do when I finished my book. You paste any text you want into the box and there’s a bunch of settings you can play with to get a cool looking collage with font size based on word frequency. This one is of the full text of Broods, set to remove common words (and, the, etc.). I love it! I’ve got to figure out if there is a way I can make a print quality image out of that. I’d love to have one for each of my stories I can put in a photo book or something.

Thank you to everyone who has offered me a place to blab on their blog in the coming weeks. I’ll be working on my posts over the holiday.

I’ve officially given up on NaNoWriMo this year. I’ll chalk it up to piss poor timing with the power outage and me wanting to get Broods up for sale before Christmas. I’ll still be working on finishing that story over the next few months, it features a sassy main character that I just adore, so her story definitely has to be told.

Something I wanted to share a few weeks ago, but I forgot: David Farland is holding a short story contest. 2500 words or less, contest runs until March 1st. The prize is super amazing. $1000 and a spot at the front of his next release, PLUS his publishing company will consider a novel submission from you. Here’s the linky. Fly my pretties! I’m not sure what I’m going to submit yet, possibly a short featuring Brand in colonial times that I’ve been dabbling with for a few weeks.

And just for a little bit of eye candy, check out the final version of the Broods bookmark, coming to a blog tour near you soon as swag prizes:

I have another idea for some awesome swag prizes, but I’m not sharing it yet. Look for an update on that after the first of the year.

I’ve got an interview coming up this Tuesday with the wonderful Katie Salidas. After that you’ll notice a slowdown of hosting here for a while as I gear up for my own blog tour, but if you’d like a spot at some point, don’t hesitate to ask.

Last minute addition: I’m begging for like clicks on my new Facebook Author Page. It slipped my mind to start one earlier and now it’s the only part of my media empire online network way behind the others.

Love, hearts, and puppies,

-C

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Author Interview with K. S. Brooks

Today I host an interview with author K. S. Brooks. She’s here to talk about her book, Night Undone.

Here’s the blurb:

Former Special Agent Kathrin Night is not adjusting to civilian life. More than a year after her career-ending injury, she still can’t get the hang of it. This is wearing thin on her lover, Russian FSB Agent Aleksey Khovechkin, who tricks Kathrin into seeing a psychiatrist specializing in post-military/espionage patients. The therapy doesn’t go exactly as Aleksey hopes, but before he can react, Russia recalls him to make him an offer he can’t refuse. Before his departure, Aleksey reveals his deepest, darkest secret to Kathrin. Had he, in fact, used her to escape his duties in Russia, or was his allegiance to her genuine? Determined to see justice served, Kathrin hatches a scheme to help Aleksey while at the same time reviving her career in espionage. The Vancouver Winter Olympics could be the perfect venue for her plan, but can she pull it off without destroying their relationship, causing an international incident, or getting either of them killed?

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It’s Alive!

Broods of Fenrir has been spotted in the wild!

Amazon (UK Version)

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble

Read an excerpt here.

Because I love you guys, you get a sweetheart deal. Until December 1st, Broods is available for only 99 cents at Smashwords if you enter the coupon code UB98X after you add it to your cart.

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Desperately Seeking Guest Blogging Spots

Hello my little chickadees!

I’ve finally picked a release date for Broods, November 25th. I think it’s good timing on my part, but it’s also a little horrifying for me because it’s coming up so quick! Keep your eyes peeled because I’m going to offer limited time discount coupons here right after the release so my buds can pick it up on the cheap–an idea I’ve stolen from Alan Ryker. Shh, don’t tell him.

So, this is me asking you for the opportunity to appear on your blog after the release of my book. I can do anything you would like, from original Broodsworld (yes, I just made that a thing) story content, to author or character interviews, to guest posts about whatever you think your readers would like (werewolves, Norse myths or language, speculative fiction, etc.). I’m offering eBook giveaways at every blog I guest at before the end of the year.

Thanks for putting up with my probably increasingly manic posts/tweets/rants. It’s been a great ride so far, and I’m hoping this is just the beginning!

-C

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Review for A Visit from the Goon Squad

A Visit from the Goon SquadA Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I read this for a Seminar in Fiction class. Unlike some of the other books I’ve read for this class, this one I’ve enjoyed.

I’m conflicted about what rating to give this book, however. For me, the ending was not satisfying. I won’t go into details, because I hate to spoiler, but that hurt an otherwise really great story, for me anyway.

This is a novel made of short stories, which is an interesting concept. At first I was a little put off by the changing writing style and point of view, but I quickly became accustomed to it. I think the writer was trying to make sure each story had its own voice, because it came from a different character, and honestly I can’t think of any other way it could have worked. It did hang together well and really made sense once you got into it.

I loved some of the characters, and wasn’t too fond of some of the others, as was probably the intention. Perhaps what I liked most about this book was that it dealt with deep themes without making a show of it. There’s a chapter near the end, done entirely as a powerpoint presentation ‘journal,’ that the reader might feel inclined to skip over it, but I’ll warn you that you shouldn’t or you’ll miss out.

Would I have read it on my own? Probably not. Am I glad I read it? Yes. If I had half stars to give I think it’d be 3.5, but it just can’t get that extra half from me to bump it up to 4 because of the ending.

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