Get Ready…WriteOnCon 2013!!!

Hey Y’all!

Have you ever wanted to attend a writer’s conference but didn’t have the money, time…?  Or Maybe you have attended a writer’s conference but want to attend another one.  Well, on May 28th some very exciting news was announced…WriteOnCon 2013 IS GOING TO BE FROM AUGUST 13-14TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Yipeeeeeeeee!!!!

What’s WriteOnCon?

Only the coolest online conference.

Online Conference???…idk how I feel about that

Don’t worry, I had my doubts when I attended last year,  one big one was how would I actually connect with agents, authors and fellow writers?  Well, it’s easier than you think:

At WriteOnCon these wonderful agents are invited (see the list from last year) as Ninja Agents to prowl the conference, where you’ll post your complete manuscript, and if they like it and want to request a partial or full…they’ll let you know.  In addition it’s a great way to get feedback on your completed MS or WIP from other writers, agents and many other industry peeps.

There’s also tons of contests and giveaways for an agent to critique the first page of you manuscript or to win a copy of a newly released YA debut, just to name a few of the ones I participated in last year.

Many of the writers I met during WriteOnCon have continued to be valuable writer buddies to me, it gave me an opportunity to connect with some many people, especially as someone who had just completed her first manuscript and wasn’t sure how all of this worked yet.  I got so much amazing advice, I got my query torn to shreds (a good thing, I promise, it wasn’t too good), and I was able to get my first “behind the scenes” glance at what it really takes to be a writer.

What about workshops and panels that are typically found at other conferences?

WriteOnCon has those too!  There are tons of blog posts (that stay up forever!!!) with words of wisdom from authors, editors, and agents on querying, writing, revising, characterization…you name it WriteOnCon will probably have it.  Also there’s these live chats where a group of editors and agents, for example, might get together and answer you questions about various topics.  So, so, so, so, so helpful!

So stop your worrying, get to polishing that manuscript (who knows, maybe this will be the motivation you need to finish it), and sign up for the WriteOnCon mailing list so you can stay up to date on the shenanigans 😉  Also while you’re waiting, why don’t you go digging through the archives…I promise it’ll be fun 🙂

–FYI, although WriteOnCon is mostly for MG & YA authors, it definitely has useful information pertaining to all writers–

To get you started, here are a couple of my favorite posts/events I blogged about from WriteOnCon 2012. Can’t wait to see you there!

WriteOnCon!  – A post with the schedule of events from WriteOnCon 2012 as well as a list of the wonderful agents who were disguised as ninjas!!!

Authors Lenore Appelhans and Phoebe North on Blogging Pet Peeves

How do you know when your MS is ready to query? Lara Perkins from the Andrea Brown Literary talks about the mystical query(ing process & when to know if it’s time for you to start)

If you attended last year’s event (or a previous one) what was your favorite part???

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

Advertisements

The Versatile Blogger Award!!!

versatile-blogger-award

I love blog awards, they really make me feel so proud of the work I’ve done/am doing, and thanks to Lauren at the blog, ‘Books, Tea, & Me’, I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award!!!

Out of my three blog awards this is the one I’m most happy of because as you all probably know I blog about any and everything and for Lauren to say my blog is inspiring just goes to prove that you don’t have to limit yourself in the paths you choose, take whatever paths you want and let yourself and your passion do the talking.

So without further ado, here are seven things about myself!

  1. Amethyst is my birthstone as well as my favoriet stone.  I have two Amethyst rings which I wear daily, the first of which I got as a graduation present because I could really care less about a high school graduation ring which leads me to my next fact that…
  2. I really didn’t like high school, sure I fit in and sure I had a pretty good “social status” but I never really was able to feel like I could be myself, the closest I ever got was while doing theater and during my senior year (new school, new town) which is funny because I was practically a loner for most of that year.
  3. I want to live life like really live life, not work in some job I hate for years only to have it “pay off” when I’m forty but by that time I’m too complacent to take risks and really live…I used to think I wanted it all, big house, luxurious lifestyle, everything but now, I’m not so sure, sometimes I think I’d be happiest spending my days in a little cottage by the sea writing and travelling
  4. Going off that, I think what I really want to do is write, forever.  And I know forever is an awfully long time and it’s hard nowadays for writers to support themselves with just writing but my faith in myself has gotten me this far so I don’t see why I shouldn’t try
  5. I’ve been through some really dark times, done some things that made me unable to even look at myself, and it has taken a while and I’m still not completely there yet but laughter really has been my best medicine
  6. I love my family.  Love them so much it hurts because often I feel I can’t tell them things about myself for fear of disappointing them, again but that’s the crazy thing about love continue to feel it, even when it hurts, knowing that the sun will rise each day giving us the strength and ability to go on
  7. Last night I finished rewriting and restructuring my WIP, BLOOD OF ISIS.  It’s still not there yet, the ending isn’t just right and the word count has decreased significantly, so significantly I know I’m not truly finished yet but I’m one of those writers who enjoys revising and editing just as much as writing and way more than rewriting.

And lastly, my nominations are:

FYI, nominees, for the Versatile Blogger award, you must:

  1. Post the logo above.
  2. Accept the nomination and link back to the blog that nominated you.
  3. Share seven things about yourself.
  4. Nominate blogs and inform them of the nomination.

Thanks again, Lauren!!!

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

It’s Here!!! Release Day: The Super Spies and the Pied Piper

The third book in the Super Spies Series is finally here! Below are the cover, blurb, and an excerpt!

To celebrate this new release the first two books are on sale for $.99! (I’ve posted links to my reviews of them below) It’s a really fun series of friendship, mystery, and adventure you won’t want to miss!

Book Cover

by Lisa Orchard

Book Blurb

Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents’ cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation.Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker.”

But when Sarah learns he’s connected to her parents’ disappearance, she’s determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake.

Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before it’s too late?

Excerpt

Chapter One

“What do you mean you lost them?” Sarah Cole fidgeted as she waited for Agent Gray to answer. I can’t believe it! He lost the only clue to our parents’ location. What is wrong with this picture? Agitated, Sarah shifted in her seat and chewed on her lip. She was uncomfortable in the folding chair and rearranged her petite frame so she wouldn’t feel the cold metal against her bare legs. Shivering, she glanced around the all-too-familiar room.

The gray cement block walls no longer gave her that creepy, closed-in feeling she’d used to get when she first came to the interrogation rooms. She remembered the first time she’d been in that tiny space. It had been the day she’d discovered the Cat Lady’s dead body. Sarah shuddered at the memory and then smiled when she remembered forming the Super Spies and bringing the Cat Lady Killer to justice. Glancing around the room again, she realized she’d been in this room quite a bit these last few weeks, not only during the Cat Lady investigation, but the High School Bomber investigation as well. Shivering again, Sarah rubbed her arms but she really wasn’t cold. Her mind filled with the image of the bomber the Super Spies had helped apprehend just a week earlier.

Wow! Was it just last week?

She tugged at a lock of her honey colored hair, then brushed it away with an impatient hand. She sighed and glanced at her younger sister. Lacey sat beside her with her legs crossed, jiggling her foot at such a rapid rate it seemed like her whole body was electrified. She caught Sarah’s eye and for a moment her eyes glittered like emeralds before she shifted her gaze to Aunt June, who had placed her hand on Lacey’s leg in what appeared to be an attempt to quiet her. Sarah shifted in her chair and sighed again. Are we ever going to find Mom and Dad?

A commotion out in the hall drew everyone’s attention. Sarah leaned forward

and craned her neck to see what was happening.

“Chief, we’ve got an OD!” An officer yelled.

“What?” Chief Johnson yelled as he rushed by. “An OD on what? Give me the details.”

“The parents found their son unconscious in his room this morning, and an empty bottle of prescription medication on his bedside table.”

“What was it?” Chief Johnson asked.

“It’s Myodine.”

“Who makes it?”

“Ah… Piper Drugs.”

“Call Poison Control with the name and manufacturer and ask them what to do about an overdose. Instruct the parents to get their son to the hospital pronto,” Chief Johnson ordered.

“They’ve brought him here.”

“What?” Chief Johnson exclaimed.

The sound of policemen rushing through the hall pulled Sarah and her sister out of their seats. They hurried to the door, unable to stifle their curiosity. Peering down the corridor, Sarah caught a glimpse of a young man sagging between two officers as they desperately tried to keep him on his feet. One officer gently slapped his face while the other officers held him up. The young man blinked and then gagged, puking on the officer in front of him. The rancid stench of fresh vomit filled the air. While plugging her nose, Sarah ducked back inside the interrogation room, followed by her sister. Sarah closed the door, hoping it would keep the smell from penetrating the room.

“Did you hear that, Lace? Piper Drugs! That’s the company Dad works for,” Sarah whispered in her sister’s ear before proceeding back to her seat.

Lacey opened her mouth to speak, but closed it when Agent Gray cleared his throat and motioned for them to sit down.

He continued his conversation as if they hadn’t been interrupted. We were on our way to the location of the ping… but before we got there it disappeared.”

“So, what does that mean? Did you find our parents or what?” Sarah blurted out as she sat down. She stared into Agent Gray’s icy blue eyes, trying to read his mind.

What are some new books you’re excited about reading?

For more information about the wonderful author and her other books check out these links!

Interview with Author, Lisa Orchard – Whimsically Yours

Book Review, The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer – Whimsically Yours

Book Review, The Super Spies and the High School Bomber (bk. 2) – Whimsically Yours

Social Media Links:

Facebook

Twitter

Website

Where to Buy?

1. The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer ($.99)

2. The Super Spies and the High School Bomber ($.99)

3. The Super Spies and the Pied Piper (links to come)

  • Astraea Press
  • Amazon
  • Barnes and Noble

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

Reading Myths… a word from Rick Riordan

As some of you may know, I’m a little bit in love with Rick Riordan. Not necessarily in love, that’s a little weird but rather appreciative of him as a writer, the worlds he creates and so forth. I’ll never forget when he came to my high school and spoke to us, I hadn’t read The Lightening Thief (as a self-declared mythology buff I was quite reluctant), I’d just recently heard so amazing things from friends whose opinions on books I trusted. And let me tell you, the man is a genius, after hearing him read the first couple pages of The Lightening Thief, I almost wanted to start crying… I could just feel everything (now that’s how you open a book).

I LOVE mythology and in my opinion, Rick Riordan really brought mythology to the forefront for young readers. Deep, deep down I’m constantly afraid someone will, even though my WIP, BLOOD OF ISIS, is YA, will compare my book to some of his and say mine’s a copy, which is why I haven’t read The Kane Chronicles at all, even though I’ve really wanted to steal them from my brother several times.

Rick Riordan is the author I want to be, he inspires readers. I’ve always loved reading, anything everything I could get my hands on but my younger brother, not so much. Yet with Rick Riordan’s books, he couldn’t stop and it was wonderful to, for one of the first times, be able to connect with my brother about something we both loved.

That being said, Rick Riordan is always talking about the everlasting importance of mythology and in the first keynote address for the International Reading Association in San Antonio, he had some great words to say on “Reading Myths and the Myths of Reading”.

It’s a great speech I think all writers, lovers of mythology, teachers, and everyone would do well to read.

Oh boy, gosh, I can’t wait until one day (after many more revisions & rewritings) my books are able to inspire people the way his have. Please read the speech, it’s long but I wouldn’t share it if I didn’t think the time spent reading it was worth it.

What do you think about myths? If you write do you use myths in your writing?

Whimsically Yours,

PnC

P.S. The Hunger Games bit…gah!! How could I have not caught that, getting a little rusty… (for more on this topic, check out this blog post I found, quite interesting!)

-Patrice

The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Book Blurb

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

My Review

Owl rating

Wow!!! This book blew me away. The Selection hit bookstores on April 24, 2012, and I’ve wanted to read it since then. The cover captivated me and regardless of “not judging a book by its cover”, let’s face, it we all do (why else would publishers put so much effort into them??). However, something kept holding me back. I thought it was just going to tease me, not a real book romance but you know, those book you think you’re going to love that barely touch the surface…yeah, well I was afraid of that. But, earlier today, I bought it! And although it was the Kindle edition, those of you who know me, know I don’t just go and buy books (especially since most the books I read I get for free to review). The only books I really buy are the Urban Fantasy book series I read (yeah, cats out the bag).

But, I have digressed. The point is, I haven’t laughed, giggled, yelled, shouted all in the same, what, 5 hour span (if that) while reading a book in a long time. I absolutely fell in love with America (haha, what a name) yet there were times I wanted to jump in the book and yell at her. But I love/d her, she reminds me a bit of myself and when she said something about wanting to do what’s best for her, instead of “the boys”, I almost melted. Boy do I love me a strong female main character.

Also as someone who, while hating to admit it, loves reality TV, I loved this book because it was like reality book (not as catchy but way better). Cass has mastered a storytelling style that seemed so real. As someone who did theater for years, I naturally see everything as a sort of play and there were times I felt myself reading bits aloud because I could visualize everything so well… the smirks, laughs, slight actions, frightening situations, I saw it all through the eyes of America (haha).

The only part that jolted me a bit out of America’s world was the “history section”, I know, as a writer myself I definitely understand the want to share with our readers history and backstory but I don’t really think it was necessary, at least not for me. However, once again, as a writer, I totally understand now comments made in parts of my WIP about too much history or backstory, it just bogs down the story too much if it’s even a bit unnecessary Yet that just goes to show how amazing a book this is, yeah those couple pages were kinda eh, but the rest, was like living a dream.

Whew, I honestly don’t think I’ve given a book that much praise in a while. I know I say this a lot but I truly believe anyone can fall in love with this story, it just reels you right in. I love it so much that I can’t bear to to read the the next book in the trilogy yet for fear of going crazy since the last book doesn’t come out until May 6, 2014!!! WHY?!?!? 😦

That being said, I feel good about this series. Now with another similarish (big emphasis on ish) series, The Hunger Games, I was completely wrong about who Katniss ended up being with (yeah, can’t stand Peeta), I was also devastated with the ending, as in bawling especially since I have four younger siblings I adore…it hit way too close to home. Yet with this series, I have hope that however it ends, I won’t end up miserable because I really connect with the main character.

So if you’re in need or want of a funny, poignant, romantic adventure, I highly suggest The Selection and hopefully I’m right about the outcome, if not, no more reality books for me.

**This is a 100% honest review, I bought the book myself :)**

What’s some great books you’ve read lately?

Whimsically Yours,

PnC