I’m Baaaack & Guess Who is Going to the RT Convention!!!

Hey bookworms! I’m finally back! We’re in the new place and although I’m still melancholy over losing my childhood home, I’m trying my best to adjust to the new place as best as I can. I’ve even made myself a … Continue reading

BEA Armchair Day 3: The Fictional People Who Have Never Left My Side (Character Chatter)

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Hey Bookworms! It’s day 3 of BEA Armchair! I do still wish I was at BEA, but maybe one day. For now it’s blogging and watching/ listening to the ABC Family HP weekend in the background. Honestly blogging and books are one of the few things keeping me okay lately. There was two Topics for today Blogging 101 and Character chatter. Since I am a still a newish blogger I don’t feel too comfortable yet giving tips because I am still figuring thing out myself, so I am doing the latter: Character Chatter or as I call it:

The Fictional People Who Never Leave My Side

Honestly characters are the reason I read and write. They allow me to walk along side them and get away from my own problems a bit and face theirs with them. I get to be a part of their lives and they get to silently stay by mine. Feeling my tears on their pages or screen until I can find a calm once more. Their has even been times that I have cried for them wanting to hug them and ease the pain of their problems. I miss them when I reach the last page and the book is done. I think most characters are diverse. They can show you different sides of lives, but you the biggest sense of Diversity you can still relate to these characters. Do I like every character? No some characters can get on my nerves, but I can understand why. Characters wouldn’t be diverse if we liked every one of them! Now I will put the spotlight on my favorite characters!

My Favorite Characters

 1. Hermione Granger from The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

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She is the most loyal character I know and she embraces her brains. She is also a bit bossy which I love, but will do anything for the ones she cares about.

2. Luna Lovegood again from Harry Potter

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She doesn’t let anyone make her feel bad for her beliefs or the fact she is different. I also love how sweet she is and although she shares her beliefs she doesn’t force them onto others. We all could stand to learn how to be strong from Luna

3.Calla from The Nightshade Series by Andrea Cremer

She is just a strong character and a strong leader. She does what is best for her pack and I love how she supports her members. Again she is a very strong girl

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4. Poppet and Widget from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

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They are mischievous and playful, but again are protective of their loved ones. They won’t hesitate to let you know they don’t need to be protected. Plus their way with Kittens, their hair, and outfits, I just adore them!

My Favorite Couple

Adrian and Sydney from the Bloodlines series

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My favorite ship they are kind of a long distance couple for a bit if you think of it, and both have their weaknesses. They help each other find strength though in their choices. Plus I think they have some of the best kisses ever written!

Least Favorite Cliches

I really only have three: 1. Naming a character Hope when they are supposed to be the hope of the story. It just seems over used. There are other ways to use that name make it the meaning of their name. Hope can also mean light and other things. Play with the meaning please!

2. The overly innocent virgin: I understand waiting to have sex. Not feeling it with anyone else, but to have the character state that, or be wide eyed or scared of sex is ridiculous. Whether it’s YA or NA characters have hormones and they are going to be curious and think of it!

3. The overly perfect Male/female character: I feel this sets a bad example for readers trying to find love. I want to be able to find people similar to my book boyfriends. I don’t want the bar to be ridiculous and make me lose hope in finding my fairy tale. Give them a physical flaw or three it’s not a horrible thing to do!

Wrapping it Up

I think what makes a character well written is being able to find a facet of ourselves in them. Whether it be a sliver or a chunk. Something we like about ourselves or hate. I like feeling like the characters could walk through life with me if they were brought from the page. Well bookworms that is my BEA post for the day! Who are your favorite characters? Your favorite couples? Do you agree with my cliches? Let me know in the comments please I love to talk! Happy reading!

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BEA Armchair Day 2: Social Media and How I Use It to Reach You From My Little Corner

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Hey Bookworms! It’s me again with another post for BEA Armchair! I am so excited to see how much it is bringing bloggers together. I blog best at night and on my coast at least it is still Day 2, so here I go with the Topic of Social Media!

Social Media and How I Use It to Reach You From My Little Corner

Honestly before my blog I only used Facebook to be social with the internet, Pinterest to look at pretty pictures, Goodreads to admire books, and an occasional tweet here and there. Now that I’m blogging these platforms mean so much more to me. Facebook allows me to share with friends and family I do know. This is a subtle approach to either coaxing them into reading, and/or maybe sharing with their friends who do read. It is just nice to give them a glimpse of what I’ve been working so hard on for 8 months now! Words have always been my outlet and safe haven this is the way to show them my passions have never changed. Facebook also allows me to like publisher and author pages to see new books I may not have found otherwise.

Twitter is now a place to reach out to my favorite authors! I always get excited when they favorite my tweets. It’s a place to socially get support when Participating in Readathons which I am addicted too. As well as meet and show bloggers what I am working on with the use of this ‘#’ little symbol. It is where I share my posts the most! It amazes me how quick new trends catch on. My favorite hashtag to use is #bookworms or #bookworm problems when I blog them. It lets me see who’s blogging about what if I am in a rut and lets me know I am not alone. It is also a great way to communicate with my favorite bloggers even if the character count can get in the way of actual words sometimes. It is also where I update what I am reading the most if I am away from my computer

Goodreads is a place for me to link the reviews I have done allowing me to slowly feel more confident about them. It also shows me to what my fellow bloggers are reading that I may not discover on my own. Since I don’t follow release dates it also reminds me when a book will be release when it’s on my To Read list! There is also the use of groups that allows you to find other bloggers or people that favor my genre of book.

Pinterest hasn’t changed much with my blogging, but occasionally I stumble upon some awesome posts! Tumblr has always been a bit confusing to me since I am not the most tech savvy. It always seemed the most complicate. As for Instagram one as well, but plan to fix this problem once I come into a phone with a better camera!

So if you’re curious to follow me or get a hold of me my information is on my Contact Page! Bookworms that’s it for the night! I plan to read fellow bloggers posts and plan tomorrow’s. This post isn’t late if we have the same time zone! I hope you all enjoy and happy reading!

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BEA Armchair Introduction: Or as Close as I am Getting to New York at the Moment

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Hey bookworms! Look what I found! BEA is one of the biggest Book Expos there is, but not all of us are fortunate to be able to afford flying all the way to NY or if closer have time for it. So they came up with Armchair BEA for the bloggers who are unable to attend. This is pretty exciting for me to do! So the first post is my introduction post where they asked us to pick 5 Questions out of 20! So let’s get started!

My Introduction Questions

1.Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are you from? How did you get into blogging?

My name is Chantal or CK whichever you guys prefer. The second was easier for a blog name because that way my name can’t be misspelled. I have been blogger since September of 2014, but technically my first blog post was in October. This blog actually started as a class project for my Advanced Composition class for University and I kept it going with no regrets. I am from Las Vegas, Nevada, but am hoping to move somewhere a little greener within the next few years. I just have an itch =)

2. Why do you loving reading and blogging?

I have a physical disability called cerebral palsy (no it is not who I am, but it is a part of me) and reading has always been my escape. It allows me to do things I can’t do in the real world. For the longest time books have been my safe place and home. I have called a few of these characters my loves and best friends. I have cried for them and told them my secrets and they have let me know I am not alone. As for why I love blogging has become an outlet and a way to keep my mind busy. I have also met friends and people I can gush with. I don’t have a lot of friends in my near me who read, so being able to reach out in this community and find someone to share my thoughts with. Also I really love to talk and blogging lets me talk to the world =)

3.  What is one book everyone should read?

Hands down it is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern yes the writing is a bit slow, but the world building is amazing and beautiful. The characters are some of my favorite and let’s face it the concept is AMAZING! If you can’t get yourself through the slow pace of the writing, I definitely recommend the audio book the narrator paints the setting so vividly! Plus the cover is pretty!

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4.Share your favorite blog post on your blog. (aka written by you!)

Honestly it’s my werewolf recommendation post because I am a complete wolf lover and I have been for as long as I remember. Strong, solid, and loyal creatures who inspire me every day. That post is here if you’re curious.

5. What book are you most looking forward to reading this summer?

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson! I have had this book for a while, but Peter Pan retellings feel summery for me. I have also been hearing about the beautiful writing it has lately. So I hope this will take me far into Neverland and let me get lost for a while.

So there you go bookworms there are my answers for my BEA Armchair introduction AKA as close as I’ll get New York! Hopefully I will get to BEA one day, but for now I still hope to meet and talk to awesome bloggers from this. Link me your intro or let me know if you are participating or even going so I can enviously gawk at your pictures. Happy reading!

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Authors are Our Rockstars

Hey fellow bookworms! I am so tired and excited to be writing this as promised at the end of my last post, a book review (which I hope you enjoyed), this week’s post is about me going to the Las Vegas Valley Book Festival! I was so very excited to go and hear our rock stars speak and bring one of my very best friends along with me! This is my second year going, and it is just something that sparks my love for reading and writing each time! It is the kick and pick me up that reminds me never to give up on my dreams! I mean maybe one day I will be up there on that panel! This post will discuss things that were there, pictures (sorry if they not the best) from panels that I went to see and hear amazing authors, as well as some of their Q&A, and books I got!

Stuff to Do!!!

            My readers I am by no means a morning person, but the book festival is not something I will ever complain about waking up for. We left my house and got there 30 minutes early so, we had time to scope out the lay of the land so to speak. There were many independent booths set up, some selling and others giving out information about organizations. I even saw one for the public library. We strolled through the kid’s section and where we saw the scholastic books being set up and that brought up some nostalgia! All the book fairs at school were literally my favorite time of year. They had activities for kids at least one involving balloon creations, they had food trucks at the entrance at the festival in case you get hungry/thirsty before, during, or after a panel. In the YA section which this post will be focus on there was also a section set up by Barnes&Noble to buy books and get them signed by an author after their panels at the signing tent. This year under the book tent what I really loved was that the books were organized into groups by the panel, so you could find the author that you had been listening to; find it, as well as other books in the series!

Panels I Went to

Sadly I was not able to go to all the panels I had planned to and only got to catch part of another, but I got to learn and know these authors on a whole new level which was awesome! These are the ones I was able to attend this year though I will break it down listing the panel, then author, and then try my best at 1-2 questions depending on each panel(each panel was an hour long I was worried doing every question is a bit much) of the Q&A from each panel (because I am not a fast writer I used my phone to record a voice recording of each panel) abbreviating authors names by first initial and last name.

The Future so Bright

The Future’s So Bright, We Have to be Saved: Elizabeth Fama, Demitria Lunetta, Lynne Matson, Mindy McGinnis, Jodi Meadows, Lissa Price, Karri Thompson, and Amy Tintera

Q: What do you guys do when you’re not writing?

J Meadows: I spin yarn and I’ve learned to write calligraphy

Mindy M: I play softball and am a librarian that works for the school district

Lissa P: I like waters sports, but I also did something really amazing I went to writers police academy

Demitria L: I watch a lot of tv

Amy T: I write for fun when I am not writer for my publisher because that is what I did before I was published

Q: What’s you’re writing style? Are you a pantser or a plotter? (A pantser for the readers that don’t know is people that go by the seam of their pants when writing, and a plotter outlines their work before starting the writing process)

Jody L: I used to be a pantser that is writing naturally without a outline and there are plotters, but there is a broad spectrum of writers. When writing Incarnate I was a plotter and have been that way ever since

Elizabeth F: It depends on the book (sorry if I shorten answers it is a lot I recorded)

Mindy M: I write linearly I lay down in bed and write. I just write THE book

Lissa P: I start with an outline, so I know the beginning, middle, and know where it’s going to end

Demitria L: I wrote a really long outline for the second book, but I prefer to type and hope for the best

Amy T: I am what they call a first draft outliner

Discover A New World Panel

Discover a New World: Sara B Larson, Christina Farley, Renee Collins, Tessa Gratton , Lori  Lee, Kathryn Rose, Sherry Thomas, and Sarah Raasch:

Q: What advice would you give for people wanting to write a grand universal story for their fantasy novel?

Sarah R: Give yourself time because world building takes a lot of work so don’t rush yourself, my book was 13 years in the making, now not that much time, but fantasy is a lot of work

Sherry T: My advice that you have universally tremendously emotional themes through your book

Lori L : I think it’s important to look ahead and writing outside of your character and to know the history of your novel. To have a lush history

Tessa G: I was going to say something similar know the history even if you don’t use it all because history shapes the future of your books

Renee C : You can think up as many details as you can for your world but understand a lot of that is going to stay in the mind palace

Kathryn R: Make sure you have parameters and checks and balances

Sara B L :  I would say travel somewhere as much as possible notice your surroundings ask how and why people dress the way they do for the climate. Everything we do is world building

 Paranormal

The Magic of the Paranormal: With Brodi Ashton, Sarah Rees Brennan, Tracy Deebs, Nancy Holder, Brigid Kemmerer! Sadly this was a panel that I only caught part of so I wasn’t able to read or tell which author was speaking, but I did love the writing advice at the end! So here is some of it: “Just don’t give up, keep going back to the book, keep sending it out, don’t give up. There are two things that can happen two an writer, you can get published, or you stop. You don’t have control over when you get published, but you do have control over when you stop. Keep going!”

“No matter who you are in this business, this business is a cycle in this business you go up and down. So just work on it and hang on for the ride!”

College Has Never Looked So hot

College Has Never Looked so Hot: Cora Carmack, , Sohpie Jordan, Jen McLaughlin, Tracy Wolff, Monica Murphy , Jay Crownover

Q: What is the difference between new adult and young adult fiction

Cora C: Bridges the gap between young adult and new adult right now it is predominantly romance with people who are college age.

Sophie J: I agree with what she said anyone else want to add in ? (No one wanted to add in)

Q: What’s the best and worse writing advice you’ve gotten

 Jay C: The worst advice is listening to people tell you how to write. Your way is always right it’s your story tell it your own way

Cora C: There is a difference between business advice and writing advice. I am a very big proponent in the business side of it. Read what’s in your genre know what other other authors, but at the same time write what you want to write. You have to follow your heart

Sophie J: Never say never when it comes to writing

Jen M: Is do what works for you

Tracy W: The best advice that I’ve ever received is FINISH THE BOOK. The worst advice I’ve ever had is write to the market. Write what you want to write

Monica M: My advice is the same advice as Tracy. The worst advice is when people give me craft books

 

 

So my readers I am so sorry I was not able to write every question, but it was a lot and I did not want to overwhelm you with a super long blog post! I was so inspired so much and my spirits were lifted by EVERY author! I have only read one of these author’s works, but then I got to know new ones and was pushed too pick up books I have either wanted for a long time, or my curiosity was perked to check out ones I have never heard of! I was a little sad Abbi Glines was a no show since I did have questions for her, but I loved what I learned from others!

Books I Bought

            So normally I stick to buying books on my Nook because they are easier for me to carry and I can always have them with me, but that does not mean I don’t love paper books! I mean who doesn’t love new book smell?! So I caved and bought some books I mean we all deserve to be spoiled once in a while! So I bought 4 books for me, 1 for my sister, and I even got one for free!

  1. Reboot By: Amy Tintera! This is a book/series that I have wanted to read since I saw the book trailer, and hearing Tintera give a summary made me want it more! So I didn’t hesitate when snatching it up!
  2. Wolf Springs Chronicles Unleashed By Nancy Holder & Debbie Vigue! This book was one that I have had on my wish list for a while because I love anything werewolf or wolf based so I am hoping it lives up to the wait!
  3. The Probability of Miracles By: Wendy Wunder! I bought this book for the author’s awesome name and the gorgeousness of the cover! Oh and the summary was interesting too!
  4. Incarnate By Jodi Meadows This book I have been dying to read forever, but waiting was worth it because I got my copy signed!!
  5. Rome By: Jay Crownover This was my free book I got for asking a question! I got home after and looked it up on goodreads finding out it was the third book! Do you guys know if it can be read as a standalone? Some New Adults are

So I will not be posting pictures of the books because I got a glare from the covers, but I am considering doing a mini review for all of these books together when I finish them or at least 3/4  when I figure out what to do with Rome. I will include goodreads links at the bottom though corresponding with the number they are listed as! If any of you would want to read one with me let me know! I have already finished the Probability of Miracles and am currently on Reboot!

So that was my book festival experience it was amazing! I am so grateful for all their advice it helped me learn a lot! Which authors would you have fangirled over? What questions would you have asked? Have you read any of the books I got? Did anyone go to the festival? Have you been to any festivals in your city? Feel free to share because I want to know about others please. I promise to do better next year and try to get better equipment to record this was a first time reporting it, but I hope you all get something out of it.  Hope you enjoyed this post!

If you are interested in reading about another bloggers book festival experience at a different festival click here: http://loonachicklit.wordpress.com/2014/10/26/texas-book-festival-reading-roundup/

Goodreads Links

  1. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13517455-reboot?from_search=true
  2. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10890808-unleashed?from_search=true
  3. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10710505-the-probability-of-miracles?from_search=true
  4. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8573642-incarnate?from_search=true
  5.  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17798233-rome?from_search=true