Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wrap It Up!-May

   Where do I even begin with this month? Not much happened...*tries to post about it* Pft! Here we go!

   So firstly, I finished Camp NaNo, and I had gobs of editing to do. Superheroes was just uhhhhh! Like, I actually kept most of it, but had to add, edit, and re-write a few chapters...#wierdestbookever.

   Iris was feelsy! There was so many parts where I was just stabbed through the heart! That had one chapter change, but I luuuurved it! And then Shadows was just edited for typos. *sweeps all of my stories up*

   We went to bro's swim meet, which required driving, which required reading, which required A Time to Die. xD I put it down and didn't finish the last two pages because HORRORS! Ack! THE FEELS! I was about to cry!
   Anywho, bro did a good job, then we went to a state park the next day but got rained out. I did get some pictures of the dam though, one's the cover, and here's another one.

                                                    If you can't tell, there's a rusted bridge in the back.

   We got ice cream the next day and watched a horrifying movie called Run Boy Run about an escapee of Warsaw because #memorialday.

                                 Posts
   I did a couple posts here,
   A tag squish
   A villain's post
   Espionage Blog Tour
   Samara's Peril Blog Tour
   Defy Blog Tour


   Posts that my buddies people I stalk and like to think of as buddies did:

   Alea posted about Banishing the Self Published Cover
   Cait's blog turned five!
   Hannah posted about The Woes of Word Warring

   This was a shorter post than usual, but next month, you may or may not get to read a post about...
  
   Girls in YA books...
   A surprise...
   And that's all I can tell you!

   Thank you so much for reading!
   Rachael

Friday, May 27, 2016

100000 (7) Reasons Why You Need To Read the Blades of Acktar

   Deeeefy! Defy came out! Defy's out! SILKJSDKHJ!!! I luuuurve this series so much! I did a post a while back on them, and today's going to be a review of Defy, book three.



   1. Assassins

   Come on peoples! It's a book series about assassins, why aren't you reading this? *looks pointedly at stubborn bro* Assassins are the most epic ever and OIULJKDSHK!

   2. Leith AKA Dream Guy

   Leeeeeith! He's perfect! He's an assassin, green eyes, and he has a little Blade person to train! He's amazing! And and and! And! He has mystery pasty stuff that you wonder about and he stabs people!

   3. Vane

   I mentioned him in a villains post, he's epic! He's so creepy, and he has scary eyes! he has  scary voice, he's scary!

   4. Martyn

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   I'll be super honest with you, although I loved the first book, 89838471% of the reason I read Deny was Martyn. xD The cliffhanger was great, but MARTYN! He's the most amazing confused young curly blond haired scary guy ever!

   6. Knives

   They have knives, peoples! Knives with initials on them, how cool is that? *goes off to tell blacksmithy friend to make me one*

   7. The Intensity

   When you're on your seat for 99.9999% of the book, it means that it's great! Therefore, you should read this book.
  

   SO BASICALLY YOU NEED TO BE READING THIS RIGHT NOW GO BUY IT!!!

   And like all of the cool blog tours, this one comes with giveaways!

   Dare

   Deny


  

   Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursuing backwoods adventures across the country.
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   Have you read this series? Do you like assassin books? Favorite assassin book and character?

Friday, May 20, 2016

All About Ilyon

   One of my favorite series EVER is the Ilyon Series, by Jaye L. Knight. I am doing the blog tour for the third/fourth book(third, but there was a novella in-between books) Samara's Peril. I almost didn't make the signup, apparently I accidently signed up to review it on Amazon and not the blog tour, but Jaye was super kind and said I could do it anyways. xD
   I luuuurve this series, for a ton of reasons, so basically this post is going to be three posts in one. xD


  

                              8 Reasons Why I Love Ilyon!

   1. The coffee

   I am a coffee fanatic, like, I live off of coffee, and there's quite a lot of coffee in the books, so walaa!

   2. The dragons

   I think we can all agree that DRAGONS ARE AWESOME! WOO HOO! And in The King's Scrolls, they have DRAGONS! Therefore that makes the series 100 times better.

   3. The fight scenes

   Jaye does such an amazing job with the fight scenes! I can visualize what's happening in my head, and that's ways a super good thing.

   4. The family

   Kaden, Kyrin, Micheal, Ronny, Liam, and Marcus are an awesome family! There are parents, but hey, just the kids for now. :D Kaden's my me, when I took the personality quiz, I got Kaden! Kyrin's an amazing mix between brave and reasonably unbrave. Liam's sooo sad and pitiful, he needs a hug. And Marcus is my soulmate! When I took that quiz, I got him, so ha.

   5. Kaden


   Kaden get's his own paragraph. HE'S SO ME! Always hungry, sarcastic, and yes! AHH! Anywho, he's epic with a sword and dragon, and he loves Kyrin, his twin.

   6. The feels

   When a certain character died, I curled up in a ball and cried myself to sleep and then woke up, re-read it, curled up in a ball, and cried again. THE FEEEEEELS!

   7. Davira

   Deadly, vicious, and terrifying. Yup, sums her up. Creepy eyes and stuff. I hate her soooo much!


   8. The tension

   Oh. My. Gosh. THE TENSION! I think we can all agree that we're on our seats most of the time, especially involving a certain character...*coughs* Marcus in TKS *coughs*

                                     The Review

   Ok, so Samara's Peril was a good book! I really liked it, but there were a few things that weren't my favorite. Here's the back first.

   When news arrives that Emperor Daican has been in contact with his chief war strategist, it signals potential doom for the country of Samara. Determined to intervene, the resistance in Landale, headed by Lady Anne, embark on a covert mission in hopes of unearthing further information. However, a shocking discovery leads to complications no one could have foreseen.



   Armed with their newfound knowledge, they set out for Samara to warn the king. War is inevitable, and they must face two desperate battles—one on the walls of Samara’s great stronghold, and the other on the battlefield of Jace’s heart, where victory might only be achievable through great sacrifice.
  
   I looooved the characters all over again, including the new ones. There was a scene where someone was taken to the Palace, and I was on the edge of my seat! There was a speech in there given my Daican that was kind of cheesy, typical villain.  
   There was an impulsive kiss that I was not happy about. I'm one of those people who only enjoy right-before-death-kisses, not before a wedding or anything.
   Also, the plotline was old. It seemed like a Truth and Trust repeat, it's been done before. The characters though! *flails happily*


   Enter the giveaway! The book's amazing!



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About the Author


Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure, Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.


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Friday, May 13



·        Tour Introduction at Jaye L. Knight

·        Review at Pencils Can Change the World

·        Book Spotlight at Fictionally

·        Review and Author Interview at Written Rest

·        Review at However Improbable

·        Review at Meagan Davenport

·        Review and Excerpt at Gabrielle-Soli Deo Gloria



Saturday, May 14



·        Character Q&A at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes

·        Author Interview and Excerpt at And Then There Were Three

·        Review and Author Interview at Lakeside Publications

·        Review and Author Interview at Reviews by Soleil

·        Review and Author Interview at Red Lettering

·        Author Interview at alivemasterpiece

·        Review at Sutori no Hana

·        Book Spotlight at Fishing For Ideas



Sunday, May 15



·        Review and Excerpt at Melody Jackson, Author

·        Book Spotlight at God's Peculiar Treasure Rae

·        Review at The World Of The Writer

·        Review and Author Interview at Running In His Reign

·        Review and Excerpt at Inklings and Notions

·        Review at My Bookcase and I



Monday, May 16



·        Character Q&A at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes

·        Review at Reality Calling

·        Review at Backing Books

·        Review and Excerpt at Haddie's Haven

·        Book Spotlight and Excerpt at Rachel Rossano's Words

·        Review and Excerpt at Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections

·        Review and Author Interview at A Heart Redeemed



Tuesday, May 17



·        Review and Author Interview at Reading Anyone

·        Review and Author Interview at Honey Rock Hills

·        Author Interview at Morgan Elizabeth Huneke

·        Review at Shire Reviews

·        Review and Author Interview at 26CountlessPossibilities

·        Excerpt at The Overactive Imagination



Wednesday, May 18



·        Character Q&A at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes

·        Review and Excerpt at Thriving Hope

·        Book Spotlight at The Destiny of One

·        Book Spotlight at Letters from Annie Douglass Lima

·        Book Spotlight at The Writer's Window

·        Review at To Be A Person

·        Author Interview at Leah's Bookshelf



Thursday, May 19



·        Review at A Writer's Heart

·        Review and Author Interview at Scattered Journal Pages

·        Review and Excerpt at Elvish Pens, Fantastical Writings

·        Review and Author Interview at Tricia Mingerink

·        Review and Author Interview at The Book Hound

·        Review at O. Scarlett! Reviews

·        Author Interview at Knitted By God's Plan



Friday, May 20



·        Character Q&A at Ilyon Chronicles - Behind the Scenes

·        Book Spotlight at A Sapphire Chamber

·        Review at Leah's Bookshelf

·        Review at Looking Through My Lens

·        Review and Author Interview at Zerina Blossom's Books

·        Review and Author Interview at The Warrior and the Writer

·        Review and Author Interview at Thoughts of Anna S. Brie



Saturday, May 21



·        Tour Conclusion at Jaye L. Knight


   Rachael
   Have you read any of the books? What's your favorite fantasy? Favorite fantasy character?

Espionage

   I'm here today to review the book Espionage by Morgan Elizabeth Huneke.




“Sir Roland has invited us to visit for the Autumn Feast.”

“Do we have to go, Papa? I couldn’t feast with the most crooked politician in all of Briznom.”

As the daughter of a Briznomian vassal lord, Vannie Cumberland has spent her childhood immersed in the world of politics. Relations between Briznom and the neighboring country of Calhortz are strained due to the tyrannical rule of the strytes. A proposed alliance could calm relations between the two countries, but would come at the cost of Briznom’s freedom.

When her father’s political archenemy invites them to the Autumn Feast, Vannie uncovers an evil scheme endangering the life of someone close to her. Personal enmity comes to a dangerous head as Vannie struggles to expose the corruption and stop the alliance. Time is running out.

Events are becoming too big for her to handle. Will Sir Roland’s son help or will things finally spiral out of control?

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                          My Review
   I wasn't super interested, to be honest. The characters felt...flat. The whole story felt flat.

Characters
   Vannie was frankly annoying. She was the typical why-is-my-family-making-me-be-a-lady princess and she was super annoying to her elders and servants how wanted her to act like she was supposed to.
   Kyle was cool! I have to admit, I didn't like him at first, but he was the only good character in the whole book. He was actually one of the only reasons I kept reading, he knew what he needed to do, and he acted like he was supposed to: a lord.
   Kermit is Vannie's betrothed, and he was so stereotypical it wasn't even funny. He was fat, annoying, and sarcastic. That's always how they are, why can't we have a normal betrothed?
   Sir Roland was awesome! I found myself rooting for him...and he's the evil guy! When he broke down at the end, I was like, "You're a conniving murderer, what are you doing?" He wasn't realistic at the end at all.   
Overall
   I wasn't a fan of the book, maybe it had something to do with the POV, but it was so flat and boring. I give it 2/5 stars.


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About the Author


Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.



Friday, May 13, 2016

All About Villains

   It's WIP day for the Art of Writing for Him! Today's book will partially be about WIPs.
If your book is not funny, adorable, epic, or contains a super awesome/creepy villain, chances are I will either not finish it or won't like it. Sorry! That's what I like in a book, and I'll go over these things sooner or later, but today, we'll be talking about the villain in books.



   Creepy!
   Creepy is awesome, peoples. Creepy villains are sooo cool! I've gotten into this mode where creepy villains are cool! When they're calm, then they seem so much more dangerous then when they're mad.
   I found a pin somewhere that I'll probably whip out sometime. *nods*
   Anywho, here are my top three creepy villains!(from books).
   1. Brenden
   Ok, this is from Sierra and I's book that's almost finished, but he's my baby! I've compiled all of the best qualities into him! Here's the best one!
  •    Creepyness
   Sierra and I both agreed that he's...creepy. He's always super calm, talks in low voices, and he gets up behind people with knives, which is creepy. It is! Like, I shiver and stuff.
   2. Jayzen
   Thank you to Sierra for letting me do this one! He's by far my favorite non-written-by-me villain! He's soo creepy, and he isn't even like calm! He just has a low voice and he's...violent. Very violent. In an role play, he may or may not have stabbed someone. In another one with one of my equally violent characters, he may or may not have insulted her, then when she made him see a ghost from his past (she messes with eyes and makes them see things), he may or may not have punched her(several times) and slammed her against a wall(also several times). Can I get another PSYCHO here? That's what I call him!
  
 3. Vane
   Oh. My. Gosh. Has anyone read the Blades of Acktar? If you have, ohhhh yeah, Vane's one of the creepiest villains ever. He has a low voice, and he's just so...ack! How do I describe him? Um, here's a quote.
   Something cold and sharp pressed against her neck. She stiffened. A body radiated heat behind her. Chills spiked into her toes. The Blade had returned to kill her.
   "I will enjoy killing you." The tenor crawled down her spine like a hairy spider creeping along her skin.
  
   Yes! It's creepy! He's super creepy! And he has like the pale blue, deadish eyes, which leads me to my next point.

   Appearance
  
Now I'm not saying that your villain has to look out of the ordinary, but it's super awesome and I love him/her more if he/she does! I've compiled a list of some appearances that I've enjoyed in characters.
  •    light eyes (like Vane, they're creepy!)
  •    piercing eyes (they bore holes into you!)
  •    tall (it makes it so much cooler when they tower over your hero!)
  •    wearing normal clothes (like hoodies and jeans)
  •    wearing black (more assassins have this)

   Family Members!
   Can I just say, I am so tired of the villains being orphans. SOME PARENTS ARE STILL ALIVE! Yes, it's true! And sometimes they actually choose to be bad! Sure, Everest, Zane, and Trystan were taken and trained, and I'm not saying that you should never have an orphaned/stolen character, but Brenden was ten and decided to run away. He was found and totally chose to be an assassin for a company.
   VILLAINS DON'T CARE ABOUT THEIR FAMILY!
   Whenever I'm reading a book, and a supposedly evil character suddenly decides to help their family, I'm over here like:
                                                    
                                            I haven't watched Supernatural, but I've been a fan of the Winchester
                                                                     brothers for a while now! Sooo funny!
They have been after their family and others and even killed some of them! Why are they suddenly good? That happens sometimes when they've been doubting, but not all of the sudden, that never happens!
  
   Awesomeness!

   Villains who can beat the stuffing out of just about anyone are my favorite! Vane, from Dare! Marcus, An Ember in the Ashes! Cato, the Hunger Games! THEY'RE SO COOL SOMEONE HELP ME! It's sooo intense in battle with the hero, when you're on the edge of your seat and practically sweating! BUT! One warning I have, do NOT pull a Kylo Ren!
   "What? Rachael! You love everything about him! You raved about him! You're in love with him!
   Ha ha, not everything. When Rey whipped out the Force and started beating on him, I was just like, "Oh. My. Gosh. Whyyyyy?" It was more of George Lucas' fault, it shouldn't have been like that! You wrecked it! She should not have been able to beat him that badly! I do give him a shot and stab wound though, I give him that. And that he knew she was Forcy and being cautious. 
   Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they should be all powerful, the hero should be able to hurt him, but if he was raised to be evil and spent half of his life training, a scrimpy hero with no past experience should not be able to beat the crap out of him by channeling the Force.

   That about wraps it up. These are my favorite qualities in villains and suggestions. Thank you so much for reading!
Rachael


   Who's your favorite villain and why? Did you know any of the ones I mentioned? Did you agree with any of the qualities or things that need to change?


  
  



  

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tag Squish

   Oi! I've been tagged for three tags, so I'll combine them. xD



                                                    Q and A

   Sarah Beth tagged me to do this Q and A thingy mabob, so here we go!
Rules.
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to their blog in your post.
2. Answer the questions that the blogger who nominated you has provided.
3. Nominate up to 10 other bloggers.
4. Create ten questions for your nominees and notify them of their nominations.

How do you organize your writing projects?
   That is a super hard question...I don't. xD They're all a mess right now, but I just got Scrivener, so that should help!

Has an author you formerly respected/loved ever disappointed you somehow?
   Not yet...we'll see though! -_-

What is easier for you to develop, your characters, or your plots? Why?
   Characters. I am not quite sure, they're just so much fun!
Do you have a Fandom? If so, what is it?
   *laughs* Do I have a fandom... *chuckles* I will have to do a blogpost on this...

Do you read fast or slow?
   I am a notoriously fast reader, like, I read both Dare and Deny in one afternoon. *nods*

Describe your most recent Work in Progress in one paragraph
   Superheroes with twins and a whole bunch of coffee and old buildings and explosions.
Why do you write?
   Because I have a story to tell and I'd never sleep. :D
What inspires you to write?
   Other writers mostly. I'm usually talking to my writing friend while writing, so that helps.
Name a bookish pet peeve that you have.
   Nein! I'm a rebel, remember? I shall give you my top three!
   1. Love at first sight.
   2. Girl dresses up as a boy.
   3. Sarcastic I-Can-Protect-My-Boyfriend girl. Katniss, ok. But not everyone can do it?!



                                         Infinity Dream Award

   Hannah tagged me for this one, I did it before, but Raechel tagged everyone, so I'm doing it again!

What is your favorite name that starts with K?
   Hannah said Kate, and I have to agree! It's an awesome name! Katie is a cool name too, my cousin's name is Katie.
  
Do you collect anything?
   Scary, but yes Hannah! I collect books and coffee mugs too! *sips out of cool one*

How long have you had your blog, and what is one tip you would share?
  I've had my blog since...September of last year, and I would have to agree with Hannah, COMMENTS! I comment on every blog post I read, it makes the blogger happy and it makes me happy!

If you could visit one fictional world, which would it be?
   Ack, um, maybe...Sierra's NaNo project's world because her main male character is my favorite ever and he's cute, so...yeah. xD

Where/in what conditions do you write the best?
   This is scary! Also agreeing with Hannah, my room!

What is a country you would like to visit?
   New Zealand, *high fives Hannah* I mean, Hobbit anyone?!

What is your favorite dessert?
   Coffee with ice cream in it.

What is your happy place?
   My room, I looove my room. xD Oh introverted me.

If you could pick one author/screenwriter to meet, who would it be?
   Nadine Brandes! Uhhhhhhhhh, *flops* Well, either her or Sierra, since Sierra actually had a story published, so both! Ha, I'm a cheater!

If you were given $100, what would you do with it?
   Same as Hannah, save for a laptop.

What is your favorite stage of writing?
   First drafting!

                                               Quote Thingy

   Hannah E. tagged me for this thingy about quotes, and I'm going to cheat and post all three of them at the same time. xD





   I tag Hannah, Faith Song, and Shelby to do this! Here are my questions. Just choose a tag. xD
1. What writing program do you use?

2. Do you listen to music as you write?

3. How many novels have you finished?

4. Favorite writing drink?

5. Do you have a writing buddy?

6. Name your top three blogs.

7. Do you ever stay up late writing?

8. What is your favorite book you've written?

9. Have you ever met an author?

10. Coffee or tea?

Rachael

Friday, May 6, 2016

Beautiful People #17

   I've decided to start doing this thingy that Cait and Sky put on, Beautiful People! Check out the other blogs for this one. I'll be using my character Evie for this one.



How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?
   She smiles a lot, actually, but only when she's around her brother or Barrett. Yes! She knows what it's like to be upset and someone smile, it makes her day, so she smiles at strangers all the time. 

What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
   That is a super hard question, maybe that she had no choice but to be a villain by like an ultimate villain.
  

What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
   That she had a choice to be a villain or a hero, that she wasn't made to be either. She was doubtful at first, but grew to believe it.

What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
   When she was about five, her parents left for two weeks, and she had to stay with her neighbor. She always wondered where they had gone.

What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
   The Hunger Games, it helped Barrett out. ;)

Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?
   One time she had a broken arm, strained muscle, and a bloody nose, so yeah. xD She had a lot of adrenaline and stuff so it wasn't super painful at first and she managed to escape.

Do they like and get along with their neighbors?
   Her only neighbor is Everest her bro and Barrett, and she and Barrett are best friends, so yup.

On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?
   Oooh, hard one. Seven, she's pretty difficult at first, but you get to know her sooner or later.

If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
   She stays in her room all day, she doesn't like traveling, but it would have to be their field by the SADT HQ, that's her and Barrett's spot.

Who was the last person they held hands with?
   Barrett. xD

 Thank you so much for reading!
Rachael

   Who is your current main character? Have they ever been seriously injured? Explain about it. Who was the last person they held hands with?