What’s Up Wednesday

What’s Up Wednesday is the brain child of Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk. Join the fun on WUWApple2your own blog and then go to Jaime’s or Erin’s to add your link – it’s a great way to share what’s going on in your life and get to know other bloggers!

What I’m Reading

My book club read POPULATION 485 by Michael Perry this month. I couldn’t finish it. Ah well. On the other hand, my older daughter insisted I pick up ROT AND RUIN by Jonathan Maberry and it was awesome. It’s zombies but really not your typical zombie book. I’m jumping into the next in the series now: DUST AND DECAY. Also in between there somewhere I finally read THE GIVER. I may be the last person left on the planet to have not read it. My younger daughter was the one who insisted on this one. 🙂 It’s so fun when they get excited about a book and want to share it with me.

What I’m Writing

In the last week, I got the first three chapters of THE WITCH OF HIGHLAND FALLS revised. And I cut out the prologue. That hurt – really, really bad. But after being told by very smart people that it just didn’t belong, I knew it had to go. Talk about killing your darlings! I hope to fit bits and pieces of it back in elsewhere but, for now, it’s gone.

What works for me

Inspirational fellow writers! There’s been several book birthdays in the last couple weeks of people I know either IRL or online. I’m so excited for all these folks! So, allow me to shamelessly plug for some people who totally deserve it. 🙂 (In no particular order – the descriptions are from Goodreads and the links go to Goodreads.)

THE HIT LIST by Nikki Urang: The Los Angeles Conservatory for the Arts is supposed to be a new beginning for Sadie Bryant. Moving across the country is exactly what she needs to escape the gossip surrounding her injury, the devastating betrayal of her ex-partner, and to rebuild her career as a solo dancer.

When the school announces that the annual Fall Showcase, a performance that secures a spot studying in London, will now require each dancer to have a partner, Sadie’s fresh start is a nightmare. Now she has to dance with Luke Morrison, the school womanizer with a big ego. Sadie doesn’t know how to trust Luke enough to dance with him after her last partner left her broken, but Luke is determined to change that.

Then, The Hit List comes out. A game of sexual conquest where guys get points for all the girls they hook up with—and it seems like every guy at the school is playing.

The girl worth the most points? Sadie.

BRIGHT COIN MOON by Kirsten Lopresti: Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Allen is an A-student who has her heart set on becoming an astronomer. But first she must break away from her mother, an eccentric failed beauty queen who has set up a phony psychic reading shop in their Oregon garage.

Lindsey is biding time until she graduates high school, reading tarot cards for the neighbors in her mother’s shop and recording the phases of the moon in her Moon Sign notebook. Her life changes when her mother, Debbie, decides they should move to California to become Hollywood psychics to the stars. As they pull out of the driveway, Lindsey looks up at the silver morning moon. It’s a bright coin moon, which means only one thing: what you leave behind today will rise up tomorrow.

When mother and daughter arrive in Los Angeles with new identities, they move into a leaky, run-down building and spend their nights stalking restaurants and movie premieres to catch that one celebrity they hope will be their ticket. When it seems they will never make it in LA, Lindsey is assigned a new mentor through her school. Joan is a lonely, wealthy widow who can’t get past the death of her husband, Saul. Debbie is convinced they’ve hit the jackpot, and plans for a future séance commence.

As Lindsey grows closer to Joan, guilt over the scam consumes her, and she must make the ultimate decision. But can she really betray her mother?

FEAR’S TOUCH: A DARKWORLD NOVELLA by Emma Adams: Freakish powers and staring demon eyes aren’t part of Claudia’s plans for the future – and neither is ending up stuck at the gloomy, isolated University of Blackstone. But bad life decisions are the least of her problems, when a split-second decision to help out another magic-user puts her in the crossfire of both the shadow-beasts and the creepy organisation which hunt them down.

Claudia’s never had to worry about making the right choice before, but every decision matters when you have a Darkworld connection. Soon, she’s going to have to make a choice: turn her back on the crazy and try to live a normal life, or take the monsters down.

But in a world where everyone seems to have secrets, can she really trust her fellow magic-users – or even herself?

What Else I’ve Been Up To

Oh, the kiddos are so busy, I can hardly see straight. My eldest is in the school play this weekend and when that’s done, it will take a big load off her schedule (which means a big load off my schedule). It’s also youngest’s birthday on Sunday and then mine on Monday! 🙂 So this weekend will be busy, busy, party, party.
Have a great week everyone!

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18 Responses to What’s Up Wednesday

  1. Thank you for sharing my book! ^_^

    Killing your darlings – ouch! It can make such a difference, though!

    Have a fantastic week! 😀

  2. Jaime Morrow says:

    The prologue thing was an issue with my first WiP too. I had the hardest time parting with that thing, I tell ya. I felt like it sort of captured something that would be difficult to weave into the rest of the story, but in the end it was the right decision. It’s so hard to do, isn’t it? Hopefully you’ll find ways to use bits and pieces of your prologue in your story.

    I’ve decided to drop out of the book club I joined over a year ago. I feel like every single book members choose has been a DNF or a “I don’t even want to start this” sort of scenario. It sounds as though most of what your club reads has been not too bad though? I don’t know anything about POPULATION 485. It sounds like your kids are good at recommending books to you, so that’s awesome! Hope you have a great week, Kitty! 😀

    • Kitty says:

      Oh, bummer about your book club. I have struggled with the last couple books, but I only joined a few months ago so I’m going to stick it out for now. I had quit my previous book club, though, for the reasons you mentioned. Also, they all liked to knit and all of a sudden we were reading all these books where the main characters were knitters, or knitting was worked into it somehow. Lol! 🙂 This new group is mostly people I don’t know and I’m enjoying that even though it’s way outside my comfort zone! I hope you can find a new book club. Have a great week!

  3. Good luck with all your revising, even if you do have to kill your darlings!

    Have a great week. 🙂

  4. Miss Cole says:

    Happy Birthdays to you and your child ^_^

    Killing your darlings can be the hardest thing, but I’m sure it works out for the best.

    Have a fantastic week.

  5. I haven’t read The Giver yet either. One of these days…
    It’s hard to kill your darlings sometimes, but good luck with it all!

    • Kitty says:

      The Giver was a really easy read, so that helped. I’m debating about jumping into the next book. My older daughter said she was really disappointed by the sequel. Have a great week, Melanie!

  6. Killing your darlings is horribly painful, but all the best writers do it. It takes a week or two to fully recover though, at least in my experience. Drink some hot chocolate with marshmallows in front of a fire while watching GIlmore Girls, or whatever you do that makes you feel better, and have a great week!

    • Kitty says:

      Yah, I think it is going to take a little more time to recover! Lol. A glass of wine and tonight’s episode of The 100 should do it. 🙂 Have a great week, Melanie!

  7. Thanks for the shout out. Hope the play goes well and you have a great birthday!

  8. First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and yours!!!! *sends 32 layer cake* *and a fire extinguisher for the candles*

    And I am sorry to hear about the death of your prologue. Killing darlings is hard. Also, “Killing Darlings” would be a good band name.

    Hope that you have a wonderful week!

    • Kitty says:

      Woo! 32 layer cake! Thanks. 🙂 And I’ll definitely need that fire extinguisher.
      When your band “Killing Darlings” plays, let me know. I’ll come and do some crowd surfing. Y’know, assuming it’s that kind of band!
      Have a fantastic week, Kris!

  9. You are not the last person who hasn’t read The Giver – I haven’t even touched it yet!

  10. Kitty, Happy belated birthday!

    Could you send me your email address so I can get you the information for my book cover reveal? Thank you so much, and I hope you have a wonderful day!
    My email address is thecrousefamily @ yahoo . com

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