I am so excited to announce that The Fallen: Part Two paperback is live on Amazon! The Kindle edition is available for pre-orders and will go live on the 19th. Note: The Kindle edition is discounted through the first week of release.
I have a special guest on my blog today. She’s no stranger here, but it’s been a while since I’ve hosted her. Please give a warm welcome to novelist, Robin Woods, author of The Watcher Series. She’s sharing about her latest projects, giving some author/writer tips, and letting us know a bit more about her life. Enjoy!
Yes! I am usually listening to music when I write. I have playlists for certain types of scenes, as well as, specific characters.
Bowen’s theme music is easy, “Hysteria” by Muse. I listen to this song almost every time I begin to write a Bowen heavy scene. “Hysteria” on Spotify or “Hysteria” on Youtube (the video itself is no inspiration)
My theme music for Rosemond and George is “To Build a Home” by The Cinematic Orchestra. I probably listened to this song 150 times while writing Allure. The yearning tone in this is perfect for the novel. To listen on Spotify: click here.
For both The Fallen Part 1 & 2 I have been listening to a lot of Hozier. Spotify.
I also have playlists for some of my books. The Nexus Playlist on Spotify: click here. (more…)
I was recently given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.
Book Description from the Publisher:
Everyone is exactly like me. There is no one like me.
Ven wrestles with these contradicting truths every day. A clone of wealthy eighteen-year-old Raven Rogen, Ven knows everything about the girl she was created to serve: the clothes she wears, the boys she loves, the friends she loves to hate. Yet she’s never met the Authentic Raven face-to-face. Imitations like Ven only get to leave the lab when they’re needed—to replace a dead Authentic, donate an organ, or complete a specific mission. And Raven has never needed Ven . . . until now.
When there is an attack on Raven’s life, Ven is thrust into the real world, posing as Raven to draw-out the people who tried to harm her. But as Ven dives deeper into Raven’s world, she begins to question everything she was ever told. She exists for Raven, but is she prepared to sacrifice herself for a girl she’s never met?
What I enjoyed about this book: Hildenbrand creates a socially relevant fantasy that explores the unsavory side of cloning. This suspense-filled, dystopian novel has great pacing, and keeps you interested to the last page.(more…)
Forget finding recipes, advertising my books, and procrastinating from writing (gulp), I really use Pinterest as a research tool. I am a very visual person and I can never seem to remember what I bookmarked where. It’s kinda funny since I can plot an entire novel in my head and keep track of all the threads without really writing anything down. Maybe my brain is too full of plots and dialog to smoosh in anything else, but I digress.
1. I can use a secret board to research a novel; and after I publish the book, make it public.
This is an instant extra for my fans. They can look at the actual content I used to create my book and pictures that helped inspire me. Examples: The Watcher Series and Allure.
2. Beautiful pictures inspire me. Simple, but true.
3. I can create an ongoing list of reference tools that can be used over and over again.
I have these boards so far, but I am adding new pins on an almost daily basis.
Writing Reference: Characters
Information for character looks, descriptions, word lists, fashion, and more. (Pretty much everything having to do with the external appearance of characters, including facial expression).
Writing Reference: Weapons & Weaponry
This not only has references to knives, guns, and axes; but how to stand when throwing a knife or shooting a gun. I want my characters to be as realistic as possible, so I look up information like blood splatter patterns.
Writing Reference: This and That
A growing list of random resources like the “Psychology of Color”, “How to Write a Magic Spell,” and “Offbeat Nature Names.” So, basically, it is my miscellaneous board until I have enough pins to copy a group of pins to a new board.
Eras: Victorian Age 1837-1901
I have started keeping boards on different historical era’s for the future. My two most deveoped boards are for the Victorian Era and the 1920s (see Allure above).
Are you a Bowen fan or a Joshua fan? Theoretically if you didn’t know how this series was going to end, who would you want Ali to end up with?
Ummmm…both (shrugging shoulders). I adore both of them in completely different ways. There isn’t really a love triangle per-say, but I understand people taking sides.
Bowen is that bad-boy with an air of mystery. Despite being the “bad guy” he does have a sense of honor. He genuinely cares for Aleria.
Joshua represents safety and home. I was chatting with Trudreamr, who runs my fan site, and she said this: “I am more drawn to Bowen. I like Bowen more, but if I was choosing someone for Ali, I choose Josh for her.” This too, is a valid thought. I must note at this point her friend Sarah chimed in and said she was team Peter and fist pumped in the air.
So, in response I am going to say that I am a Gabriel fan. I know, I’m evil. I seriously couldn’t choose. I do know how the series is going to end…and I can’t promise she will end up with anyone. How is that for a non-answer?
I really like your Watchers series, but I’ve been curious: do you have plans in the works to release a separate project?
Yes, I do have some brainstorming done for three different projects. I’m not sure which one I will do first. I have a Hollywood producer wanting me to write a few novellas that can be turned into scripts. One of those projects is a reboot of a fairy tale.
I am also planning on writing a few more extras and putting all of the shorts together into one book.