Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cover Reveal for E. M. Fitch's At Woods Edge with GIVEAWAY!

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At Woods Edge by E.M. Fitch
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It’s only a matter of time before he gets what he’s come for.
Cassie Harris has turned her back on best friend Laney Blake. She had no other choice. Laney is one of them now, a creature of the trees. As Cassie’s senior year wears on, the woods grow quiet, snow blankets the ground, and the murderous beings who once taunted her have drifted away like the brittle leaves of Fall. Though the woods no longer stir with rushed whispers and wind-blown laughter, the fear remains.
No one understands this fear better than Cassie. She wishes she could tell them not to worry. After all, the shape-shifting men of the trees and the women who travel with them, seeking out girls to abduct from carnivals, are gone. And the one that stayed behind? He isn’t interested in anyone but her.
Now, Aidan’s interest in Cassie is a chilling reminder of the what lurks at woods edge. He stalks her home, her school, her bedroom. He won’t stop until he can find a way to lure Cassie into the forest to become one with him forever.
At Woods Edge (Of the Trees #2)
Author: E.M. Fitch
Release Date: March 27, 2018
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E. M. Fitch is an author who loves scary stories, chocolate, and tall trees. Her latest novel, OF THE TREES, is a Young Adult horror/fantasy inspired by haunted cemeteries and the darker musings of W.B. Yeats. Its sequel, AT WOODS EDGE, will be released in the coming year from Month9Books. She is the author of the Young Adult zombie trilogy: THE BREAK FREE SERIES. Her story, BETWEEN SHADOWS, was recently featured in the Fragments of Darkness anthology; and her new collection of short stories entitled THE VEIL: GHOSTS, GOBLINS, GHOULS is coming soon! She has been published in Pulp Metal Magazine, Under the Bed Magazine, and her short stories RELEASE and THE CREEP were featured respectively in CHBB’s Lurking in the Shadows and Lurking in the Mind anthologies. When not dreaming up new ways to torture characters, she is usually corralling her four children, or thinking of ways to tire them out so she can get an hour of peace at night.

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Review of Altered Carbon

First off, this show probably isn't for everyone. There is a lot of R rated stuff going on. If that doesn't bother you, then keep reading and get ready for quite the ride!

This series, in my opinion, is science fiction at its finest. It depicts a world that is cold and cruel, one that is far different than what we know, but plausible as being our future. Each episode builds on the other-no filler episodes here;  with new information for the viewer and twists as well.

One of the main themes explored in the show is the fact bodies are worn like clothes. Humans are not limited to their birth bodies anymore, and therefore, can live forever. Just let that sink in...yeah..pretty cool right? Yeah...

Unless it causes a world such as this story suggests. Only the top 1% of the 1% can afford to live forever, while the rest of the "grounders" tough out life.

I'm not big into long lengthy reviews, so just know that if you are a fan of science fiction then you have no reason not to watch this! If your not into sci-fi but have an open mind, and love mind-bending and challenging stories then this would be for you as well! You can find this show on Netflix.

Have you seen Altered Carbon yet? What did you think?

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Learning to Do vs. Waiting

Now that I know I want to craft stories and share them with others, I feel almost at a loss of where to start. So many new questions pop up, "Should I write a novel? Should it be a screenplay? Or maybe just start with a short story?" Then, which story idea makes it?

I've gotten so wound up in the questions that nothing is getting done. I still have story ideas come to mind, that may or may not get written down, but that is about it. It makes me upset with myself, for not pushing myself more when I take time to relax but not write.

Well, today I decided to take a step in the right direction. I joined my local writing group, Willamette Writers. I added their meetings to my calendar and signed up for a free online screenwriting seminar in a few months.

I know this isn't me actually putting words down, but it's getting me among people who can help me focus my mind on one idea and turn it into art. I know I have so much more to learn that in some ways, that makes me hesitant as a writer as well, "Why shouldn't I just wait till I've read more books and learned more science?" I don't think this way of thinking is the right way to go about it. And I'm ready to change that for myself.

I'm excited. I know change is coming for me, but with its awkwardness comes a whole new way of living. I know I can do this, I just have to accept that it will take one step at a time. And this is me tying my shoes.

Has connecting with other writers helped you on your writing path? What were your main takeaways? 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Review of Everless by Sara Holland

About the Novel:

In the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

My Review:

I absolutely adored this book! Best way to start a new year and a new reading goal is with a book you can't put down! I loved the creativity that went into this story. This world Holland has created is unique because time means something different than it does to us. 

Jule's is a great character to follow as she knows she is being very risky, but she feels the truth is worth that risk. This allows for a deep character that is relatable, even in a world with a different concept of time. 

One of the best things a book can do for me is be unpredictable. Everless did this! It kept me on my toes as a reader with plot twists throughout. This unpredictability is paired with Holland's amazing voice as a writer. She weaves the story in such a way you really can't put it down. 

If you are looking for a new fantasy/sci-fi mash-up story then this is the perfect book for you! I would give this book five stars! Can't wait to see what happens next!! 

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Why I Write

I love getting wiser. I think maybe gaining wisdom is just another way of saying your finding truth in things better than before.

For the past few months, I've been questioning what I want my life to mean. I can feel I am now in a position in life to move forward in any direction. I just wanted, needed to know which one.

And every once in a while an idea would form: I want to make a difference in people's lives.--Okay, but how?--What way can I make a difference that will also bring me the most happiness and contentment? This questioning would go on and on in my mind until a career path came to mind that answered all the questions. A librarian. A non-profit. A therapist. When the career thought would come to my mind I was filled with awe...but the same awe happened with each one, till..the awe faded and I was left knowing that while I have it in me to make it happen, my heart was still saying, "that's not quite it."

I was thinking about this idea some more when a clear and true thought came to my mind, I want to have an impact on people. I want to help cause them to question their reality, but in a way that is positive; which can be brought about by telling stories.

This whole time I've been questioning what I want my life to mean, I would also have large creative moments where I would get an amazing story idea. Awesome science fiction ideas. The kind that, if done right, could help people challenge their way of thinking.

My path is clear. I am a teller of stories. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Now Accepting Books to be Reviewed!

I'm ready to get back into reading whatever books come my way! I love working with authors and reading their works. If you want your book to be reviewed on my blog, please just fill out the form under the Review Request tab above.

I'm really excited for this little blog this year. I have a laptop again which for me means writing can become apart of my every day again. When I'm not writing myself though, I want to read!

So, if your book happens to be science fiction or fantasy, you have landed in the right place! All genres are welcome, but please be aware that I'm only going to accept to review books that really spark my interest.

I love helping authors though, so with that said, even if I don't end up reviewing your novel, we can still find a way to showcase it on The Aspiring Author.

I'm also debating the idea of starting a rating system to go along with my reviews. What types of things do you look for most when reading a book review?