Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The 11 Best Books I Read in 2015

I read and read and read.  Reading books on my phone has become one of my favorite non-writing past times.  Using my subscription to Scribd, I read, on average, 4 or 5 books a month.

Going through my Scribd Library, I read some great books, some okay books, and some that I never finished.  Here are the 11 best books I read this past year.  I gave all these books 4 stars or higher on Goodreads.

No particular order.  I kept series together.  Enjoyed them all.

Clockwork Heart (Clockwork Heart, 1) by Dru Pagliassotti
Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind (Clockwork Heart, 2) by Dru Pagliassotti
Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire (Clockwork Heart, 3) by Dru Pagliassotti
Calling On Fire (Fire and Stone, 1) by Stephanie Beavers
The Watcher’s Keep (The Triadine Saga, 1) by Timothy Bond
The Dragon Rises (The Triadine Saga, 2) by Timothy Bond
Riddle in Stone (The Riddle in Stone, 1) by Robert Evert
Betrayal in the Highlands (The Riddle in Stone, 2) by Robert Evert
Blood in Snow (The Riddle in Stone, 3) by Robert Evert
The First Dragon (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica, 7) by James A. Owen
Warrior (The Blades of the Rose, 1) by Zoe Archer

Worth mentioning:
Fire Within (Fire and Stone, 2) by Stephanie Beavers
Just finished it.  Well done.

My taste in books leans heavily towards fantasy of some sort, as indicated above.  I do sometimes forget to add books that I’m reading to Goodreads.  But, I get them there eventually.  And I do tweet about books I read—what I’m reading, what annoys me, what I like, etc.

Recommend a book for my 2016 reading pleasure in the comments, on Google+, or on Twitter.  I’ll add it to my to read library on Scribd.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Top 10 Favorite Songs of 2015 (with vids)

I discovered so many new songs this year.  Which ones kept the best company while I wrote, panicked, and danced in the kitchen?  I pared it down to the top ten songs on my phone’s playlist.

10.  Angel of Small Death & the Codeine Scene by Hozier  (Hozier)

9.  I Am by Awolnation  (Run)

8.  Smoke and Mirrors by Imagine Dragons  (Smoke and Mirrors)

7.  Black Cadillac by Shinedown  (Threat to Survival)

6.  Drown by Bring Me the Horizon  (That’s the Spirit)

5.  Ghost of Muskegon by Pop Evil  (Up)

4.  Ten Tonne Skeleton by Royal Blood  (Royal Blood)

3.  Could Have Been Me by The Struts  (Have You Heard)

2.  Superpower by X Ambassadors  (VHS)

1. Human Race by Three Days Grace  (Human)

Honorable Mentions:
Landmine by Three Days Grace
I Am Machine by Three Days Grace
Run by Bring Me the Horizon
Footsteps by Pop Evil
Who We Are by Imagine Dragons
Renegades by X Ambassadors

I think I might lean heavily towards rock.  Any suggestions for discovery in 2016?

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Shhhh… Whispers Is Coming

Magical manipulation—the anti-imperialists’ advantage over the Empire.

“Imagine an unknown, unseen entity watching your every move, listening to your every word….”

Can the Whispers be stopped before the anti-imperialists invade every corner of the world in-between the portals?

Whispers, Book 4 of the World In-between Epic Fantasy Series Releases Dec 23rd

The book that almost didn’t.

Originally, Whispers was supposed to be out in October.  Deadlines zoomed past.  My characters weren’t ready to be finished with this one.  Even on the way to the final plot point, they took a detour.  But thanks to my sheer determination to make the year’s final deadline and an even bigger thanks to my editor and betas for getting through it on turbo, Whispers just edged under the wire.

Let’s break Whispers down by the numbers:

1  Word title: Whispers

2  Pens to ink the first draft

4  th Book of the World In-between fantasy series

6  Pieces of masking tape to mend my series note keeping folder

18  Months from start to finish (with other writing in-between and life and stuff)

24  Chapters with titles like: Accident Training, Into the Fog, and For the Betterment of the Empire.  Sacrifice, A Magical Misadventure, and The New Normal did not make the cut.

80  Pages of handwritten manuscript

94  Thousand words

371  Pages of pure book

Now that all the book needs is for all the retailers to produce pre-release product pages (looking at you, B&N), I thought I’d do a little relaxing.  I haven’t quite decided what I wanted to do first. 
Here are my selections:

Fallout 4
Planetside 2
Hot cookie gorging
Binge watch tv shows
Catch up on movies
Deck the halls

Here is what I have done so far:

Read the forward to Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Played Decipher Me on my phone
Thought about the second installment of my Fantam Squad serial
Continued writing Hope, Book 5 of the World In-between series
Forgot to buy ink refills at the store the other day

However I decide to relax over the next week or two, I know these to be a certainty:  I will disregard any outlines I may have written.  Hot chocolate will pass my lips.  And I will watch for snow, waiting for winter to begin.


Whispers can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Kobo, Google Play, Apple iTunes, Barnes & Noble