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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Checking In...

Happy Monday Everyone,


As we approach the end of November, I'm already enjoying Christmas specials on TV. This is my favorite time of year. I love Fall and Winter--I love sweaters, comfy blankets, and warm drinks.


Those of you who haven't heard, I'm doing a big giveaway in December! So far, I have at least 6 authors signed up. I've got thrillers, suspense, romance, and YA lined up. You don't want to miss this.


I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I was at my parents' house and had a nice time.


So what do you like about the winter season?

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Guilt Means You Get Gifts

Happy Monday All,

Well, it's Thanksgiving Week, if you can believe it! Where did November go?

I know some of you all aren't on Twitter, but like I said, you can check out my Twitter feed in the margin of this blog. The Twitter feed will show you the posts (or "tweets") I put up on Twitter. So if you've been following the feed (by coming here and reading it). You know a little of what's going on.

I've been feeling guilty about not updating this blog. But, I truly do have good reasons. I've been working on some other stories and querying agents for SURREAL. Plus, I'm a wife and mother, so I have had things going on with that.

However, I DO plan to make it up to you, my readers/blog followers. In December I'm planning a humugus in-print book giveaway! There's more than one day, because there's more than one author particpating in providing the prize. I haven't set the dates, but I'm lining up the authors/books and nailing down details. There's at least 4 authors involved, and I've sent out emails to others to ask if they'll be a part of this.

In short...it's gonna be BIG.

Now I don't have the exact dates...except it will all happen BEFORE Christmas.

So...don't be strangers! Don't give up on me coming back on here to update because this gigantic giveaway is coming up.

If I don't talk to you all before Thanksgiving, I hope everyone has a happy, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving Day--even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope that day is great for you anyway.

So, what food are you looking forward to most this Thanksgiving?

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I Return, Bearing News...

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

Life has been a bit on busy side. I was doing some edits and now I've been working on another novel. Offspring is dealing with weather changes and respiratory annoyances, but I think offspring should be okay. (And yes, I have started my Christmas shopping).

Most often you'll find me on Twitter. I'm finding that there's a lot going on there. Whatever you think of Twitter (good, bad, indifferent) it's definitely often where you get information first. I find out about blog posts, give aways and releases that way. You'll find the posts I post on Twitter in the margin of this blog under the header: Twitter Feed.

Tuesday C.C. Hunter posed a question on her blog regarding her Shadow Falls series. If you've read them, are you Team Derek or Team Lucas. I answered on her blog (I am so Team Lucas I could start a cheer!) Anyway, go ahead and check it out--it's lots of fun.

I'm so far behind on things for this blog, I don't even know who I'm going to have on here for a December Author Interview. Not even sure if I will have an author interview for that month. I'm thinking of trying to have a give away--maybe 2 or 3 instead. You tell me what you prefer. There is a possible January Author Interview, but I have to talk to her and see if she's still interested.

Awesome news:  Tera Lynn Childs is going to have a 3rd book in her mermaid series called Just For Fins. I loved the first two, Forgive My Fins and Fins Are Forever.

I'm seriously having trouble keeping myself from begging Josephine Angelini to send me an ARC of Dreamless. I'm nuts about Starcrossed and would love to read and review on this blog, Dreamless.

I'm currently reading Jane Austen Made Me Do It, which is an anthology of short stories written by authors who have been inspired by Jane Austen. I'm almost done with the second story. It's really fun. You've heard me talk about Syrie James, and she has a story in this anthology (I enjoyed it).

My pile of books to read is huge...I'm trying to catch up, honest, it's just with everything else I've got going on, I've gotten slow. I have  a library book that isn't real long so I should have it done, soon.

I have become a big fan of ABC's Once Upon A Time. It airs on Sundays at 7 p.m. Central and 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Of course, you know I just love fairy tales, so it's no surprise that this show has me riveted.

What TV show (if any) are you into?

Have A Winsome Wednesday!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Spotlight On Author: Lauren Oliver

Happy Friday Everyone,

I'm delighted to introduce November author interview to you, Lauren Oliver. I read her YA Dystopian novel, Delirium, and it was very thought provoking, imaginative, interesting, and kept me on the edge of my seat.

Me:  In Delirium love is viewed as a disease. What made you decide to write a dystopian YA dealing with that possibility?


Lauren:  The idea for Delirium came from an essay I read by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in which he wrote that all great books were about love or death. The next day I was thinking about that quote--particularly about how and in what form a modern love story could be told--while I was on the treadmill at the gym. I was simultaneously watching a news story about a flu outbreak that had everyone freaking out about the possibility of a pandemic, and I was kind of marvelling that people so easily go into panics about reports of these diseases, and at some point the two trains of thought--love, and disease--just sort of combined in my head.


Me:  What sort of "teasers" can you tell us about the sequel(s) for Delirium and how many books will be in the series?


Lauren:  There are two sequels to Delirium—Pandemonium, which comes out March 2012, and Requiem, which comes out March 2013. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can say that Pandemonium takes place in two difference time frames, while Requiem gives voice to two narrators.


Me:  What other genres do you write, or do you stick with YA Dystopian?


Lauren:  I’ve written in a bunch of other genres. Before I Fall, my first book, was YA contemporary; my first book for middle-grade readers, Liesl & Po, just came out in early October. I have a second middle-grade book coming out next fall, and I also write adult stuff. So I’m definitely all over the map.


Me:  What's your favorite Season of the year?


Lauren:  Fall! I love the changing trees…and my birthday is in November.


Me:  What advice do you have for aspiring authors/writers?


Lauren:  Read and write as much as you can! Carve time to do both every day.


Me:  What drew you to write YA Dystopian novel(s)?


Lauren:  Oh, I didn’t intend to write YA, or dystopia. All of my books begin with character and theme; the genre and audience kind of emerge organically from the story. I just go where the ideas lead me!


Me: What's your favorite Holiday?


Lauren:  Christmas or Passover! I’m half-Jewish and half-Catholic, so I get to enjoy both.


Me:  What's your solution to writer's block?


Lauren:  Writer’s block, I think, is what happens when you give in to the feeling of not wanting to write or not having anything to say; so the solution is simply to resist giving in to that feeling—to resist the resistance, in other words. If you can force yourself to write even a sentence—even a sentence that’s bad, ungrammatical, or nonsensical—you’ll find that more sentences emerge from it.


Me:  Are you a "pantser" or a "plotter" type writer? (Do you outline or do you just go with whatever inspiration comes?)


Lauren:  It’s kind of a combination of both, and it somewhat depends on the book. Usually, I write about 5,000-10,000 words to see whether the world and the characters take hold of me, whether it’s a book I feel I’ll be able to commit to for the next year. Then I sit down and try to generate a rough outline, a general sense of the large conflicts and tensions. As I continue writing, I keep working the outline as well, and revising both as necessary.


Me:  What's on the horizon for you and your novels (what do you have coming up)?


Lauren:  Right now I’m working on the last book in my Delirium trilogy, Requiem. After that…who knows!


Me:  Anything else you'd like to add?


Lauren:  Just thank you for having me!


Thank you, so much, Lauren Oliver, for agreeing to appear on my blog! I can't wait to read Pandemonium. Best wishes on your future releases :-)


Have A Fantastic Friday, Everyone!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

We Interrupt This Blog Feed For Special Announcements...

Happy Thursday Folks,

Two announcements:

1.  Tomorrow, Nov. 11, I will be posting the author interview. Yep, you read that right...it's FINALLY going to be posted :-)

2.  Also, tomorrow, author Josephine Angelini, the author of the amazing and awesome YA Paranormal novel, Starcrossed is having an ARC give away of her sequel, Dreamless. Dreamless isn't supposed to come out until 2012, in MAY if I'm not mistaken. This is quite an opportunity (yours truly is totally ecstatic about this...desperately wants ARC of Dreamless so she can read it and review it on her blog, but that shouldn't stop you from throwing your hat in the ring).  (If I was feeling totally better I'd be jumping up and down...as it is, I'm doing that mentally).

By the way...how did I find out about Josephine's give away? I was on Twitter. You can either follow me on Twitter @WriteByBethany (Bethany Averie) or you can check out my Twitter Feed in the margin of this blog.

Other than that...just plugging away at the things I have going on.

Do you have any announcements? Fun things? Give aways? Let me know in the comment section :-)

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Replaying The Story

Happy Tuesday All,

Offspring and I are on the mend from this crazy virus that seems to be making rounds.

Yes, I still plan to post the November Author interview this week, I just can't say what day because that's a surprise.

I just finished RE-reading Josephine Angelini's YA Paranormal, Starcrossed. This was my second time through it (I got a copy of it as a birthday present and wanted to reread it). I am still very much looking forward to the sequel. All I can tell you is that if you like Greek Mythology and you're familiar with the Helen of Troy story (and the Trojan War) this might be something you'll enjoy (You won't know until you read it). I absolutely love this book.

There's a few books I love re-reading and I thought that I'd mention a few of them:

Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice. I have not read this as much as one of my sisters (who, I think, reads it almost every year). But I have read this novel 3 times. Great story, great characters, and definitely witty lines.

Gaston Leroux's English translation of Phantom Of The Opera. I think I've read this 2-3 times. It's a rather eerie story, and the Phantom isn't as sympathetic as he is in the musical, however, there is a line that gets me. He visits a Persian guy he knows and is crying and talking about how Christine kissed him and begs the Persian not to look. Despite his crimes, that moment with the Persian makes him human. I'm rather fond of this novel. However, be warned:  When you start the story you're thrown right into a big chaos and it might take you a moment to get your bearings, but if you decide to stick with it, you're taken on a journey directly into the mind and past of the Phantom (and it's not quite what the movie and musical say it is...although, relatively close).

Maud Hart Lovelace's Betsy-Tacy books are some of my favorites. I've read the series I don't know how many times. It's based on the author's own life and it's fun, and innocent and just a joy to read.


C.S. Lewis' Narnia series and The Great Divorce. I've read Lewis' Narnia series over and over again because it's a grand adventure and the characters are wonderful. Many people have delved into it searching for all the meanings, but for me, it's just a lot of fun. The Great Divorce is a fascinating journey. I liked how he tied in faith and a story to come up with something very thought-provoking. I've read the book at least 3 times and the Narnia books, I'm not sure how many times. Probably at least twice.

Lynn Kurland's Stardust Of Yesterday introduced me to one of my all-time favorite Romance Novel knights, Kendrick de Piaget. I love this story--a Paranormal Romance (ghosts) and links into other novels she's written--time travels, ghosts, historical. What could be more fun?

There are so many others I've read more than once, that I wish I could mention them all--from Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophy and her Friday's Child to Shanna Swendson's Enchanted, Inc. books there are a load of tales I could tell you about. I don't have room in this post to tell you about all of them, but I'll list a few more and you can look them up if they catch your eye:

ROMANCE:  Georgette Heyer's The Grand Sophy (so funny) and Friday's Child (love Hero's innocence).

YA:  Jackson Pearce's As You Wish (a jinn--aka a genie--for a hero, count me in!) Suzanne Selfors' Coffeehouse Angel (Malcolm rocks and Ratcatcher is about the funniest cat).

Fiction/Fantasy:  Planning to re-read Syrie James' Nocturne (jam-packed with history and a fantastic vampire) / Shanna Swendson's Enchanted, Inc. series (Magic being real and set in NYC...come on, it's just great fun!)

I'm sure there's a bunch more out there, but like I said, don't have the space in this post to mention every single one. But, if you're looking for something to read, I hope I gave you some ideas.

What books have you read more than once and loved?

Have A Tremendously Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Please Accept My Apology...

Happy Monday Evening,

I'm sorry I've been MIA. There's been a lot going on in my world, so the blog got a bit away from me, but I promise I'll be making a come-back.

This week I'm going to be posting my November Author Interview! I'm excited about this one because the book that made me want to interview the author had me really thinking. It's a very imaginative premises and I can't wait to share it all with you through the interview.

Offspring got ill over the weekend so that put a wrench in what I thought I was going to do this morning...so I'm playing a little bit of catch up.

I hope all is well with you all and I'll do a better job at keeping this up :-)

Have A Merry Monday Evening!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jam Packed & Cruising Along

Happy Tuesday & November Everybody,

Wow! It's November ALREADY? What happened to October? I blinked and it was gone (does this mean I need to stop blinking, because that's really hard to do).

There is a lot going on lately--getting things out to those who requested them and playing around with other novel ideas (I still have to outline one that's been in my head for about a year, and I haven't been able to get it out on paper the way I'd like. The idea is good, the title is probably my best title idea yet and a lot of people like the story idea and title; it's just the execution that's lacking at the moment, but I intend to remedy that).

I'm also trying to catch up on my reading, so that's been another thing. I grab anywhere between 2-10 pages here and there.

I've learned I'm both a "pantser" and a "plotter"--I have to have a decent idea of what I'm doing and where I'm going, but enough room in that plan to let whatever inspiration hits me carry me.

Also, a relative of mine is doing a really cool thing called Movember. You can read all about it on their website. But I'm extremely proud of my relative for doing this.

A little birdie--okay it was Will Graham emailed me--said he's got a new novel out called PRODROMOS (prequel to Spider's Dance) you can find it on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.

I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Halloween. The Write By Bethany household celebrated with relatives and it went off pretty well. We're now gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas (although I started my Christmas shopping next month--yes, I start early. I come from a BIG family and you got to plan ahead LOL).

Did anyone dress up for Halloween?  I didn't dress up. I know, total party pooper--but I did help out with a Halloween Carnival, so I wasn't completely a stick in the mud. 

Have A Tantalizing Tuesday!