It doesn’t matter how many times you release a book the cover reveal is always an exciting affair. That first glimpse of how the designer interpreted your words, the anticipation of seeing it on a bookshelf, and the fear that you actually might not like it all wrestle for room in your already overcrowded brain.
I have total faith in the design team at BHC Press and so when my phone pings with a notification telling me ‘it’s ready’ I get goose bumps. I dash over to my computer and wait for the messages to trickle in. You see, my fabulous publisher loves to draw out the suspense with some ‘tried this, tried that, changed this, changed that’ messages first, by which time I have no fingernails left! Then, when I think I might burst from excitement the image loads…
I read a great post recently written by Cathy from Between the Lines book blog. Cathy shared some of the opening lines from books she’s read over the past twelve months that drew her in. It was a wonderful collection. You can read it HERE.
With the release of my new young adult urban fantasy book, Oath Breaker on the horizon (8th June 2017 with BHC Press) I thought I’d do a twist on Cathy’s post and share some of my favourite opening lines from YA fantasy books.
Every day, Jess Brightwell passed the Spartan warrior statue on his way to and from his quarters. It was a beautifully made automaton, fluid and deadly, with a skin of burnished copper. It stood in a dynamic pose on its pedestal with a spear ready to thrust, and was both a decoration and a protection against intruders. Continue reading “Opening Lines #YA #AmReading”→
Reading is a favourite hobby of mine, not just as a way to escape the daily grind but it also helps evolve my skills as a writer. It was Stephen King who told us “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others. Read a lot and write a lot.”
Losing yourself in a good book is the perfect way to relax and unwind. It’s thought that reading for just six minutes a day can reduce stress levels by 68%.
I’m unfamiliar with the original fairy tale that this novel is based on, The Twelve Dancing Princesses, so I can’t comment on the uniqueness of this re-telling. However, I can say that it is a thoroughly enjoyable book in its own right. I did keep expecting the sisters to disappear into a magical land but I think this was down to the book being placed under the myths and fairy tale category. I think it would be better suited in young adult romance.
The Goodreads Choice Awards were announced recently, and I was happy to see YA author, Sarah J. Maas scooped another win in the YA Fantasy & Science Fiction category, this time for A Court of Mist and Fury (great book!). In 2015 it was her Queen of Shadows novel that secured her win, however, this year she was able to amass an astounding 57,000 votes!
The fact that I’m 44 years old and a huge YA fantasy fan has never seemed odd to me. I’ve been a fan of this genre for many years and plan to remain a loyal YA reader for a long time to come. I know I’m not the only ‘oldie’ who likes to read young adult tales and I see this in the number of likes and comments I receive on my blog posts when a young adult title is featured. Continue reading “My Top Ten #YA Reads #amreading”→
I created the Friday Book Share Gameto help search for that ideal novel/author.
Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you enjoyed reading (old or new) and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare – Simples!
First line of the book.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.
Introduce the main character using only three words.
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Your favourite line/scene.
I’ve had this book on my TBR pile for a while and only recently managed to start it – so far, I’m loving it! If you want to know more about Ally Condie’s books you can follow her on Twitter @allycondie
My twin sister, Bay, and I pass underneath the brown-and-turquoise banners hanging from the ceiling of the temple. Dignitaries perch on their chairs in the gallery, watching, and people crowd the pews of the nave.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb –
Set within a civilization that lives deep beneath the sea, twin sisters, Rio and Bay, are about to make the most important decision of their lives.
Will they choose to stay Below, sacrificing their soul but living in happiness, or to go Above, keeping their soul but living in weakness and misery.
No one could have predicted their choice.
Introduce the main character – Rio is confused, dedicated, and scared
Delightful Design –
Audience appeal – Perfect choice for fans of YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, and Dystopian.
Your favourite line/scene –
My mother’s sister.
The siren woman some people call a witch.
The one I think might have killed my mother.
How else to explain her crumpled figure on Maire’s doorstep? Or why Maire never said anything, never offered a single word of explanation as to why my mother might have come to her?
“Maire wouldn’t have killed her,” Bay said, when I told her about my suspicions. “A sister couldn’t do that.”