Friday, August 13, 2010

Thanks to the chicks who rock and any advice?

Well, It's Friday the 13th. Ohhh scary. Anyone superstitious? Actually 13 is my favorite number. It always appears in some form or another for me.

A couple of links to check out. You may have already read these. I'm behind.
One on editing from QueryTracker

The other from Novel Journey I can't get the article to just come up so you will have to scroll down to August 6th. Sorry for the work but it's about juggling family life and writing.

WriteOnCon is done and please go give the fabulous ladies who organized it some love. What a great idea and so very helpful. The link should take you to the founders page where you can click onto each of these awesome ladies websites. Thank you, thank you, thank you for all your hard work. It was a success and extremely helpful (yes I said it was helpful twice). Also, thank you to the amazing authors, agents and editors who conducted such great workshops/vlogs/posts/live chats.This is where I've been for the past three days.

So I have a problem. You probably know that I'm in a book club. A friend of mine started it and since I'm in love with books I joined. I figured it would help me read books I would probably never look at. I was right all of the books I have read for it-- I would have never picked up on my own. They have opened my eyes to other styles of writing and all of them were very good. Now, at the next meeting I have to pick two books for the group to decide on to read for the meeting in November (which I'm hosting). I can tell you that pretty much all of  the members do not read YA. YA is my thing-- it's what I love  to read and write. Throw some paranormal/scifi stuff in there and I'm in heaven. My thing is-- I want to pick two books that may appeal to someone who does not normally read YA. Maybe I'm looking into this too much but let me list the books we have read so far.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
A Soft Place to Land by Susan Rebecca White (this was my favorite out of the three)
I'm now reading --A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

So I'm looking to you guys on suggestions. What would your two picks be for a book club to read?(for a club that is not particularly YA).

Have a great weekend!


  1. was aweseome!

    Good writing, several good plot lines, and a moving story will suck in any reader. I'd choose The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman was another fantastic crossover book as well. I haven't found anyone who has read either of these books to not have been blown away by them.

  2. Hm, I'm not a YA aficionado but how about 'Prep' by Curtis Sittenfeld? It's kinda of a crossover book and I really enjoyed it.

  3. Happy Friday the 13th!! I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

    And yes, Writeoncon was the bestest! Can't wait for next year. :)

  4. I love Shannon Hale personally. I think her characters are relateable, no matter what your age.

  5. I always think Friday the 13th is a lucky day - or at least an ordinary one!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog - *smiling* -- I am trying REAL hard not to recommend my own book for your book club -- i hate self-advertising, even if we are supposed to -- lawd! So I'll just whisper it (Tender Graces has been well-received by book clubs ) okay, that's done....*laughing*

    Beyond that - I just read Catherine McKenzie's SPIN - a fun read (but it's hard to get here in states -had to order from AMazon CA) - also, read Two Years No Rain by Shawn Klomperens

    Those are the two last books I read, so they come to mind readily. Two Years No Rain is being featured on Catherine McKenzie's "we can make these books bestsellers" - which is a cool thing.

  6. WriteOnCon was amazing!!!!

    I had never read YA before but really enjoyed diving in. It stinks that the book club really isn't into that sort of thing but outside of that I always loved a good Sophie Kinsella, Susan Elizabeth Phillip or Jennifer McMahon book! Good luck!!!

    Reminder - Guess that Character Blogfest is this Thursday and Friday! Look forward to describing your character!