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Challenge: 2011 Reading Challenge from Goodreads

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2011 Reading Challenge




Heidi has


completed her goal of reading 25 books in 2011!


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This was a good reading year!! I set the goal of 25 books back in January not knowing if I could make it, and I surprised myself with 30.



Why is less than one book a week such a big deal? Because after grad school, I had a difficult time balancing reading and writing...and being overly critical. Every book I picked up would be like an assignment to me, rather than a pleasure. I used to go into critiquer and editor mode immediately upon starting a book, and quite honestly, it never allowed me to see the story for all of the criticisms I had.



But this year was a break-through for me. I let head-hopping slide--for the most part. I skipped over grammatical errors and forgave copy editors. I smiled at what I considered silly language and kept my focus on the plot and characters. I reminded myself that, even if I would have chosen to have a plot point play out in a c…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Cary Caffrey

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Cary Caffrey

1. Which of your characters is your favourite?
Ooh...! You can't ask that! Isn't that like asking which of your children is your favourite? Each of them are so dear to me. But if I have to pick...

Sigrid is the obvious choice. She's the main character in The Girls from Alcyone, but that's not why I picked her. When I first started writing TGfA, Sigrid was a secondary character, but from the moment I put her on the page I started asking all these crazy questions. I realized I wanted to know all about her and how she became the hero that she clearly was. I instantly tossed everything out (I'd already written about 20k), and started writing Sigrid's origin story. It was only supposed to be a short story; something I could use as the prologue to the existing novel. But even that idea got scrapped. The 'short' story was suddenly 25k, and I realized that this was the book.

So, I'll definitely pick Sigrid Novak as my favourit…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Jennifer Allis Provost

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Jennifer Allis Provost

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
In Heir to the Sun, my favorite character is Caol’nir. He’s young, impetuous, short-tempered, and lazy. He hates his role as a temple guard; in fact, the only reason he remains in the position is because his father is the Prelate. Then Caol’nir meets a priestess from the east, Alluria, and realizes that if he wants to be near her, he must leave his childish behavior behind. When it is made apparent that priestesses are in danger he takes matters into his own hands, and is instrumental in saving Parthalan.


2. Tell me about your travels.
I’ve been up and down the East Coast, as well as to California and Las Vegas. (No, I didn’t win big) I’ve also been to Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, The Czech Republic (back when it was Czechoslovakia), Lichtenstein, and the Virgin Islands. The places I’d most like to return to are Prague and Ireland, the former because it’s such a rich destination, the latte…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Eric B. Thomasma

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Eric B. Thomasma

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.

3. Coffee, tea, or milk?
Coffee. Black. Unsweetened. Decaf.


4. What else can you do besides write?
I’m pretty good with computers. I have a half-dozen active computers running in my home, and I set up and maintain the computer network at my church. I do some computer programming, although I haven’t been able to keep up with the ever changing (and costly) development software, so it’s mostly just applications to help me with my own needs. My most recent project was to help me track and prepare tweets in support of other writers on Twitter. There are now over 1100 writers that I give introduction and promotional tweets for, and more are added every day. I can only do a portion of that list every day, so the software helps me track who’s been done and who hasn’t, to make sure everyone gets their turn.


5. Who are you reading right now?
Technically no one. But I just finished Carl As…

ASK THE REVIEWER: My Tower of Books

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My Tower of Books

This is the seventh in a series I'm hosting where I talk with reviewers who have reviewed my books. Today I welcome Jackie Miller from My Tower of Books! She was kind enough to take time out of her reading and blogging schedule to answer some fun questions about herself, her blog, and about my novel Ambasadora.

To read My Tower of Book's full review of Ambasadora visit: http://mytowerofbooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/review-ambasadora-by-heidi-ruby-miller.html

ABOUT THE REVIEWER

1. What types of books do you review most often?
My reviews vary pretty widely. Mostly I review Paranormal, Sci-Fi and Fantasy within Young Adult and Adult. I like to mix things up :-)

2. Are there any types of books you won’t review?
I don't do non-fiction. It has its place . . . but it just doesn't interest me. I prefer to escape to another world when I'm reading.

3. Do you review more books you've come to on your own or those from authors/publishers?
I started out review…

SFFS: Snippet from GREENSHIFT #2

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SFFS Snippet


TALES FROM THE AMBASADORA-VERSE: GREENSHIFT

Greenshift is a novel set in the Ambasadora-verse one month before Ambasadora begins.

DESCRIPTION: David Anlow, a fleet captain forced into early retirement and jaded by an ex-lover, now spends his lonely days shuttling around a group of scientists for hire.

Boston Maribu, Mari to her friends, is one of his passengers, a young botanist who is as beautiful as she is naïve and innocent. When Mari asks David to teach her about more than just piloting the Bard, nights on their ship heat up and their feelings for each other mature into a relationship neither expects. But a suspicious new client shows up with wicked plans for Mari, and the soldier inside David comes alive, ready to fight for the young woman who stole his heart.

Click on this link for SNIPPET #1.

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SNIPPET #2:
Killian and David's brother Ben had had a run-in last year at a bar here at the Hub. What was the name of that overpriced dive? The Atlas or Atlatl or something…

PATHS TO PUBLICATION: Patti Roberts

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PATHS TO PUBLICATION


Paradox - Progeny Of Innocence

Being a self-pubbed Indie Author, writing, marketing, designing covers etc. is a lot of long hours spent sitting on your PC. But in the end - so worth while and rewarding in so many ways. You certainly learn as you go!

-Patti Roberts
December 2011


On any given day you can usually find me sitting at my desk in front of my laptop pounding away at the keys writing another chapter in the Paradox series. That would be a run of the mill kinda day for me!

A packet of Cruskits and a water bottle, that is now at room temperature, is sitting on the desk beside me. There is also a mass of USB cables, notepads, bills to be paid, bills to be filed a bunch of pens and a printer that is forever running out of ink. Sound familiar?

On most days I have to remind myself to eat and drink. I should be thinner!!!

I am sure my housemates are very thankful that I still manage (usually at some ungodly hour) to bathe, brush my hair and clean my teeth.

I don&#…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Scott Nicholson

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Scott Nicholson

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
2. Tell me about your travels.
3. Coffee, tea, or milk?

4. What else can you do besides write?
I am a serious organic gardener and heirloom seed saver. That fits in my with my philosophy of compassionate self-reliance and ability to live outside the mainstream, and it allows a little more time for reflection.


5. Who are you reading right now?

6. Pop culture or academia?
I am usually 10 years behind the times, although I do have an addiction to funny memes like Pepper Spray Cop and Disaster Girl. I think they are a great way to bring up serious topics without taking yourself too seriously. My favorite is “Conspiracy Keanu” and I just started making my own memes. Who knows, maybe there’s a fun way to promote books that way.


7. What is the toughest scene you ever wrote?

8. Where do you find your inspirations to write?
Usually my own sense of mystery about the world is enough to get me going, and then I see injus…

SFFS: Snippet #2 from AMBASADORA BOOK 1: Marked by Light

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AMBASADORA BOOK 1: Marked by Light

DESCRIPTION:If everyone told you love wasn't real, would you still be willing to die for it?

Sara Mendoza is captured, tortured, and falsely accused of treason by the Embassy, but she is given a chance to win back her freedom. She only needs to charm information from one of the fragger leaders, then kill him. But by the time she figures out the Embassy's intel is flawed and that Sean Cryer is her true mark, she's already in love with him.

Sean knows why Sara is on his ship from the start, but as a lonely, anti-social doser, he doesn't value his life, only his ideology within the fragger organization. Against his better judgment, he becomes her protector, each day caring more about a future he was always afraid to hope for.

SNIPPET #1

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SNIPPET #2:
This little scene begins one of my favorite parts from my SF Romance novel Ambasadora because we'll see how much Sean cares for Sara, even though he knows she was sent to kill him.

The ligh…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Karen Toz

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Karen Toz

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
That is such a hard question because I really love all of my characters. Of course I love Nate, but I think Nate’s mom is my favorite. She tries so hard to cook and sew be the perfect mother and housewife, stumbling every step of the way. I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t a little bit of me in her.


2. Tell me about your travels.
I don’t travel very much anymore, but I was very fortunate to be able to travel a lot when I was younger. In high school, my parents took me to Israel on vacation. That was amazing. In college, I participated in a study abroad program. I lived in London for three months. I travelled all over England, visited Scotland, Ireland, Amsterdam, and Italy. Later I spent a week in Paris. I’ve also been to Jamaica, and many beautiful places in Canada, as well as here in the United States. There is a lot to see in our own backyards – sometimes it is just fun to play tourist in your own city.


3. Cof…

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: J. D. Stroube

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


J.D. Stroube

1. Which of your characters are your favorite?
This is a difficult question to answer, but one of my favorites. I've read other authors' answers to this question and many of them relate their characters to close friends and family, but in my case... I view them as a part of me. Each character is developed with a piece of my personality and filled with aspects of my loved ones. At some point during the writing process, I stop looking at them as characters and begin to view them as equals. Each character has aspects I favor in them, but choosing a specific character would be like choosing which of my toes is my favorite. :)

I have written approximately 12 novels, but I have only published the first. So, in the case of Caged in Darkness... Izzy's quirky personality and her ability to liven up any situation has a way of brightening my day. Willow's loyalty and responsibility makes me feel for her because she is always worried about everyone …

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Shawn Hopkins

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX


Shawn Hopkins

1. Which of your characters is your favorite?
Wow, that’s a tough one. I think I relate to most of my characters in some way or another so it’s hard to pick just one… I tend to like secondary characters more than the primary, maybe because we don’t get to see them in the same revealing light and so there’s more freedom to imagine what they are or are not. For some reason that I can’t explain at all, I really like the character Paul in Progeny. I have no idea why. Maybe because Paul is my cousin’s name and relate the two, maybe because he’s the complete opposite of me, maybe because I sympathize with him, maybe because I want to be him on some boyish level, I don’t know… He just intrigues me. In fact, he’ll most likely be the main character in the sequel.


2. Tell me about your travels.
My travels... Let's see. I've been to Bermuda twice, and it is by far my favorite place on the planet. In fact, I love it so much that I had to write about it, my no…