October 28, 2011

A Love Rekindled by Myne Whitman

Ten years ago, Efe Sagay dreams of winning the United States Visa Lottery, until she meets Kevwe Mukoro in University. Kevwe is happy to remain in Nigeria; only he wants Efe by his side. Over time, Efe finds true love with Kevwe, and promises to marry him. Their dreams unravel when Efe wins an American Visa, and fresh violence erupts between their warring ethnic groups. Now, Efe is back in Nigeria, and she knows it’s a matter of time before Kevwe returns to her life. They finally meet again, but renewed desire is no match for bitter memories of heartbreak. Efe wants the traumatic events of the past resolved before she gives in to rekindled love.

October 27, 2011

New-I Mean Old Review of Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology

Here's a review of my anthology Everblossom: http://hampton-networks.com/book-reviews/everblossom-by-larissa-hinton/#comment-261

I find this review detailed but yet I can't really understand it. It's interesting. I'll leave you to read it and puzzle over it like I did. It's a shame I didn't find this earlier, but I sort of tripped over it going: WHAT?

But a review is a review and there are some positives in there.

Anyway, if you haven't noticed, I have actually finished with all of the editing of this fabulous anthology!

*happy tap dance*

Thanks to my new found friend and editor, Ricki, Everblossom is back and better than ever. I took out a story and did something new and I am completely happy with it.

One down, one more to edit: Iwishacana/Acanawishi.

October 26, 2011

Runner by Carl Deuker

Runner by Carl Deuker: Book Cover


When a new job falls his way, Chance jumps at the opportunity, becoming a runner who picks up strange packages on a daily route and delivers them to a shady man at the marina. Chase knows how much he will earn—what he doesn’t know is how much he will pay.

Suspenseful, fast-paced, and timely, this novel avoids easy answers as it examines issues of terrorism and patriotism, fear and courage, and lives of privilege and poverty.

October 21, 2011

Switching Genres: A Difficult Choice for a Writer

For the longest time, I wrote romance novels. That was my love and my passion. The first book I wrote was science fiction dystopian.

I know, weird right? Especially since I haven't written any type of novel like that again. 

However, I can feel some changes occurring. It's like an ocean wave just slowly starting to creep up then consumes you. And for a moment you panic. You're like Holy Crap I'm going to die and never get to do the long laundry list of stuff that I've wanted to do but never had the time to do.

Then you resurface and even though the world hasn't changed: you have. You start to realize how freaking short life could be. You realize that maybe things above the surface weren't so great then you start to wonder. If I died, would I be in peace? A.K.A: Would I haunt anyone just out of the pure frustration of my life and ruin someone else's?

I know this is a weird analogy, but go come on, drift with me here.

October 19, 2011

Tips and Tricks: How NOT to Request a Book Review

That's right my fab followers, it's the most wonderful time of the week: Tips and Tricks!!

Woo hoo!

*dances in a celebratory manner*

I know, I'll cease it. Your poor little eyes can't take anymore, can they? Anyway, recently, as you may very well know, I've been writing a lot of book reviews, and recently I received one book review in my email and it really got me thinking . . .

Do most authors even know how to request for a book review?

October 17, 2011

Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs

Cover Image


Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it's not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you're a normal teenage girl, but when you're half human, half mermaid, like Lily, there's no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily's mermaid identity is a secret that can't get out, since she's not just any mermaid—she's a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn't feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she's been living on land and going to Seaview High School ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems—like her obnoxious biker-boy neighbor, Quince Fletcher—but it has that one major perk: Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren't really the casual dating type—the instant they "bond," it's for life.

When Lily's attempt to win Brody's love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily ever after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

October 14, 2011

My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, A Prairie Teacher by Jim Murphy

My Face to the Wind: The Diary of Sarah Jane Price, a Prairie Teacher, Broken Bow, Nebraska, 1881 (Dear America Series) by Jim Murphy: Book Cover

In the late 1870s, many young teachers traveled West to earn money and make a new life for themselves, despite the schools being inadequate at best. Some returned home, unable to endure the hardships of prairie life, but others were more committed to their work. Sarah Jane Price stayed, braving the rough conditions of the West. Written by Newbery Honor Author Jim Murphy, this is Sarah Jane Price's story.

October 12, 2011

Crochet Mama Strikes Again

I wield my crochet stick like a magic wielding thing. And this time I would like to show you a video to make easy peasy fingerless gloves. Even though the temps dropped for last week, now they are back up.

I know. It's Virginia for you. Now it's like summer outside for some reason.

Anyway, before I knew the weather would flip flop, I made some fingerless gloves! Woo hoo!

October 11, 2011

Everblossom Featured on Short Story Symposium!

I'm so excited about it! There's even an excerpt of College Life on there, so please feel free to read it. At least now you can probably see why I need an editor. :) Anyway, enjoy! 

October 10, 2011

More Changes

If you look to your left side of the bar, you'll notice some interesting changes.

I now have a Facebook and a Twitter.
I know some of you are going, "FINALLY!!! What took you so long to join the 21st century?!" 

Well . . . :D I'm part of the wave of new technology. Even though normally, I don't think I would have joined twitter in a million years, but now that I think about it, it's a whole HECK of a LOT easier to tweet something then to post a whole thing. 

So cheers to Twitter and Facebook! 

Now what do I put on it?! 

October 6, 2011

Omg You Guys! Another Book Review!

I received another book review and boy was I surprised! They loved it! :)

I can't stop smiling and . . . Omg, I can feel it coming.

You guys know what time it is!?

Salsa time!!!!!!

*dances in a celebratory manner!*

Check out the review here: http://networkedblogs.com/o7aJR

Editing Frenzy

You know that game, Feeding Frenzy?

If you haven't played Feeding Frenzy, then you are missing a treat! :) Awesome game! Anyway, I'll stop promoting Feeding Frenzy and get to the main point.

Lately, I have been discussing my frustration over finding an editor within a reasonable price and getting that high quality. Well, I found an editor that's reasonable and I got the results back from his editing my whole book.

And guess what? Great news: I need to completely revamp it!

October 4, 2011

The Truth About Traditional Publishing

I know some people still hold out on the vain hope on landing a traditional publishing deal. I can hear the groans now, "Why is she messing with the traditional publishing companies? Why can't she stay with self-publishing and leave the rest of us alone?"