Thursday, May 31, 2012

Memory's Wake Book Reveiw

For many years I have been a huge fan of Selina Fenech's beautiful artwork and until recently, I had no idea she had any interest in literature. That is, until I realized she was writing and illustrating her own young adult novel. Her debut book, Memory's Wake, was well worth reading!
From page one, this book not only hooked me into the story, it grabbed me by the wrist, yanked me into it's pages, and demanded I pay attention until I'd read the very last few sentences. To say it was good, would be a gross understatement. It was amazing! The characters were all extremely well thought out, the imagery was absolutely delicious, and the writing was down right beautiful! Even the illustrations, which are done by Selina herself, are gorgeous!
Full of fairies, dragons, and just a bit of magic, this book is a satisfy read for any fan of fantasy.

Have I been gushing? Well you tell me! :)

My Rating (on a scale from 1 to 5): *****

"In a culture of cravats and corsets, a troubled sixteen-year-old stands out in her t-shirt and torn jeans. She takes the name “Memory” because hers are stolen, and she’ll do anything to get them back. Lost in a world not her own, where magic and monstrous fairies are real, Memory has enough to handle just trying to stay alive.

Chased by wizard hunters, hunted by a dragon, stalked by a strange, handsome savage, despised by the fae and wanted by the king himself – everyone is after Memory, and she suspects it’s not just for her eye-catching outfit. Her forgotten past holds dangerous secrets that will change everything.

Memory will fight to get back to a family and home she can’t remember but desperately desires, even at the cost of new friendships and romances. On the run with no name and no memories, she thinks she has nothing left to lose. She couldn’t be more mistaken."

Memory's Wake is a self published, young adult novel 300 pages in length(80,000 words), is suitable for ages 12 and up, and contains violence, alcohol consumption, kissing, light swearing and death.

You can find Selina's Website for her art and writing here. Or you may visit the official Memory's Wake website here.

(On blogs is it necessary to include that you do or don't own copyrights to images posted?)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Diplomas, Rings, and Writing...

     Every time I opened my mailbox for the past month or so, I couldn't stop that itching anticipation as I cracked the lid open and peered inside for that big, crisp, white envelope to arrive, and yesterday, it finally did! I can't tell you how cool it was to finally rip that envelope open and read,

"In recognition of successful completion of the requisite Course of Study Special Publishing..."
     I think I did a happy dance at that point. ^^ It was so good to see the results of all my hard work after so long and I want to thank my instructor Carla for all her patience, advice, and instruction over the duration of the course. You are AWESOME Carla!!! ^^ For anyone looking to maybe take a class on writing for children, I would highly recomend the Institute of Children's Literature. All of thier instructors are highly accomplished and work with you one on one. :)
     More exciting news this week, my uncle turned 40 today and my brother is engaged! So many happy occasions going on! We had my uncle's party last night full of good natured 40th birthday party pranks and my new sister-in-law-to-be got to show us all her gorgeous new engagement ring. Congratulations you guys! :D ^^
     Well in between all the birthday parties, engagements, and diploma dances, I've been plugging along on my novel and made kind of a big decision. I switched from first person POV to third person POV. I mostly write in third person so I think that helped. What POV do you prefer to write in? :)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Yesterday was Mother's Day so to all those moms out there, I hope you all had a wonderful day and know that even though Mother's Day is only one day in 365, know that we appreciate you all year round! J And in honor of that one day when we tell you how much we appreciate you, I thought I'd share a special video my own mom found. J

Happy Mothers Day!!!!! J

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Backworlds have arrived!

The Backworlds is here!

The first story in the Backworlds series by M. Pax. A vision of how humanity might colonize the galaxy some day in the distant future.

The Backworlds

After the war with Earth, bioengineered humans scatter across the Backworlds. Competition is fierce and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to hoard his fortune by destroying his son. Cut off from family and friends, with little money, and even less knowledge of the worlds beyond his own, Craze heads into an uncertain future. Boarding the transport to Elstwhere, he vows to make his father regret this day.

Available from: Amazon / AmazonUK / Smashwords / Feedbooks

Other links to more outlets can be found at either Wistful Nebulae or MPax

The Backworlds is an ebook and a free read. All formats can be found at Smashwords and Feedbooks.

It’ll take a few weeks to work its way down to free on Amazon Kindle. It will also be available on B&N and iTunes. Sign up for M. Pax’s mailing list to be notified the day it does go free on Amazon, and when the book becomes available at other outlets. You’ll also receive coupons for discounts on future publications. NEWSLETTER

M. Pax’s inspiration comes from the wilds of Oregon, especially the high desert where she shares her home with two cats and a husband unit. Creative sparks also come from Pine Mountain Observatory where she spend her summers working as a star guide. She writes mostly science fiction and fantasy, but confesses to an obsession with Jane Austen. She blogs at her website, and at Wistful Nebuae. You’ll find links there to connect on Twitter, Goodread, FB and other sites.

The sequel, Stopover at the Backworlds’ Edge, will be released in July 2012. It will be available in all ebook formats and paperback.