Thursday, May 25, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things: 26-5-17

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?

A new publishing contract!

I am thrilled to be able to tell you that An Unstill Life, my debut novel, will be back in print soon (July, I believe).  I am extremely happy to have signed a contract with Evernight Teen for it to be re-released.  Watch this space for the new cover and other details…  And fingers crossed, some other books.

We got a new car this week.  Our old one was really on its last legs and we had reached the point where we couldn't drive when it was raining because the windscreen wipers wouldn't work.   So having a new car with all the parts working is luxurious!  And I don't even drive!

It's been a long week at work, so looking forward to the weekend.  I still have a bit of unpacking and tidying up to do, but mostly I'm hoping to read and relax a little.

What are you celebrating this week?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Books I've Loved: The Upside of Unrequited

I really enjoyed this one.  There are a whole bunch of reasons why I shouldn't have liked it so much, but somehow,  I still did.  I guess thats the sign of a good author, right?

It's the story of Molly, an almost painfully awkward seventeen-year-old twin who has had 26 crushes, but never been kissed.  She lives in the shadow of her more beautiful, glamorous sister, but doesn't resent it.  She and Cassie are best friends as well as sisters.

But things change when Cassie gets a girlfriend and Molly doesn't love the convenient best-best-friend-who's-a-boy.

The book primarily follows Molly as she struggles with the changing relationship with her sister.  The story of her growing crush on the nerdy guy at the store where she works becomes almost secondary to the family dynamics.

And what a family!  Molly and Cassie have two mothers, and as soon as gay marriage is legalized, they decide to get married.  This gives Molly lots to do as she indulges her crafty side making decorations for the wedding.

Normally I hate books where the main character only finds the confidence to be herself once she's in a relationship.  But even though this was sort of the case here, Molly was such an endearing character, and her struggle to understand who she liked and even if she wanted a relationship outside her imagination was so real, I didn't mind it the way I usually do.

Both Cassie and Molly are occasionally self-centered and bratty, but what teenager isn't?  I liked that they were realistically flawed and that their moms called them on it.

So while I can see how this book might anger some people, personally, I liked it!

But don't just rely on me.  Here's the blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Weekly Goals 22-5-17

Only one goal this week, and that's to get back to work on my ghostwriting project.  I don't have a lot more material to work with now, but there are a couple of good parts I can knock out, and I'd like to do that this week.  Then I'll need to spend some more time with the subject.

Feeling much more organized in the new house, although there is still more to do.  I unpacked all the books, but just threw them on shelves to get them out of the way, so now I need to actually organize them.

What are your goals this week?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Celebrate the Small Things 19-5-17

This post is part of Lexa Cain's bloghop, Celebrate the Small Things. Head on over there to join up!

So what am I celebrating this week?

New house!

We're in.  We're about 3/4 unpacked and the old house is sold and settled.  It's a total relief.  And the new house is great!  Even with stacks of boxes around the place, it's more spacious.  Now I just have to get the little bits of work done to it that need doing, and finish unpacking.  Thank goodness we have a weekend coming up!

Now that the house hunting and the big move are over, I hope to get settled into my writing routine again.  I just need to find a place to work in this house.  The one thing it's missing is a writing room for me.  But it's big enough I'm sure I can find myself a wee nook somewhere.

What are you celebrating this week?