Lists of 2012

Every year my brother and I strive to read as many, if not more, books than we see movies. I wanted my book number to be higher by one, but I’m only 3/4 of the way through George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings. How was your year?

Movies:

  1. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace; George Lucas (1999)
  2. Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones; George Lucas (2002)
  3. Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith; George Lucas (2005)
  4. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope; George Lucas (1977)
  5. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back; Irvin Kershner (1980)
  6. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi; Richard Marquand (1983)
  7. Super 8; JJ Abrams (2011)
  8. Moneyball; Bennett Miller (2011)
  9. Princess Mononoke; Hayao Miyazaki (1997)’
  10. Avatar; James Cameron (2009)
  11. Hunger Games; Gary Ross (2012)
  12. The Avengers; Joss Whedon (2012)
  13. Men in Black III; Barry Sonnenfeld (2012)
  14. Snow White and the Huntsman; Rupert Sanders (2012)
  15. John Carter; Andrew Stanton (2012)
  16. Tangled; Nathan Greno & Byron Howard (2010)
  17. A Hard Day’s Night; Richard Lester (1964)
  18. Rocky; John G. Avildsen (1976)
  19. Captain America; Joe Johnston (2011)
  20. Bridesmaids; Paul Feig (2011)
  21. Magic Mystery Tour; George Harrison, Bernard Knowles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, & Ringo Starr (1967)
  22. Pitch Perfect; Jason Moore (2012)
  23. Les Misérables; Tom Hooper (2012)

Books:

  1. Poison Study; Maria V. Snyder (YA) 409
  2. Magic Study; Maria V. Snyder (YA) 443
  3. Fire Study; Maria V. Snyder (YA)
  4. Wishful Drinking; Carrie Fisher (Biography) 156
  5. The Vespertine; Saundra Mitchell (YA) 293
  6. Fixing Delilah; Sarah Ockler (YA) 308
  7. The Name of the Star; Maureen Johnson (YA) 372
  8. Twenty Boy Summer; Sarah Ockler (YA) 290
  9. Darker Than You Think; Jack Williamson (F) 266
  10. Anna Dressed in Blood; Kendare Blake (YA) 316
  11. The Girl of Fire and Thorns; Rae Carson (YA) 423
  12. Starcrossed; Josephine Angelini (YA) 487
  13. Through My Eyes; Tim Tebow with Nathan Whitaker (Biography) 257
  14. Tempest; Julie Cross (YA) 334
  15. Bad Taste in Boys; Carrie Harris (YA) 201
  16. Hollyweird; Terri Clark (YA) 229
  17. Curses!: a fucked up fairy tale; J.A. Kazimer (F) 292
  18. Moonglass; Jessi Kirby (YA) 232
  19. In Honor; Jessi Kirby (YA) 235
  20. Close to Shore: the terrifying shark attacks of 1916; Michael Capuzzo (NF) 308
  21. Black Heart; Holly Black (YA) 297
  22. Bitterblue; Kristin Cashore (YA) 539
  23. Switched: a Trylle novel; Amanda Hocking (YA) 318
  24. Torn: a Trylle novel; Amanda Hocking (YA) 324
  25. Ascend: a Trylle novel; Amanda Hocking (YA) 326
  26. Bittersweet; Sarah Ockler (YA) 378
  27. Marley & Me: life and love with the world’s worst dog; John Grogan (NF – Memoir) 289
  28. The Curiosities: a collection of stories; Tessa Gratton, Maggie Stiefvater, and Brenna Yovanoff (YA – short stories) 291
  29. Purity; Jackson Pearce (YA) 218
  30. Vanish: a firelight novel; Sophie Jordan (YA) 294
  31. Sweetly; Jackson Pearce (YA) 310
  32. Beauty; Robin McKinley (YA) 325
  33. When You Were Mine; Rebecca Serle (YA) 334
  34. Code Name Verity; Elizabeth Wein (YA) 332
  35. Foretold: 14 stories of prophecy and prediction; ed. Carrie Ryan (YA) 351
  36. The Night Circus; Erin Morgenstern (F) 387
  37. Girl of Nightmares; Kendare Blake (YA) 332
  38. Hidden; Sophie Jordan (YA) 260
  39. Throne of Glass; Sarah J. Maas (YA) 404
  40. The Crown of Embers; Rae Carson (YA) 410
  41. Valkyrie Rising; Ingrid Paulson (YA) 352
  42. This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (The Dark Endeavor Chronicles Series); Kenneth Oppel (YA) 298
  43. Such Wicked Intent: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (The Dark Endeavor Chronicles Series); Kenneth Oppel (YA) 310
  44. The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Stephen Chbosky (YA) 224
  45. A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1); George RR Martin (SciFi) 720
  46. Wake; Amanda Hocking: a watersong novel (YA) 309
  47. Cloud Atlas; David Mitchell (F) 528
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A Reason to Stay – Cover Reveal!

I’m pleased to be able to help reveal the cover of fellow Musa Publishing author L. S. Murphy. Her new novella A Reason to Stay releases November 2 from Musa Publishing. Take a moment to hop over to her blog and congratulate her on her most recent success.

Blurb: Within minutes of arriving in her hometown after a six year absence, Julianna Markum runs into Pace Carter, the last person she expected to see. Pace was her best friend during high school, but she left town without telling him, knowingly breaking his heart. Now that she’s back to help care for her ailing aunt, Julianna wants to make things right with Pace. If she could only find the words to explain why she left and why she didn’t tell him goodbye.

AM: Does your upcoming release A Reason to Stay foreshadow any of your other works, or is it a stand-alone novella?
LSM: A Reason to Stay is a stand-alone novella.

AM: Is your writing process the same for novellas and novels? If so, how do you reign in your novel brain for a shorter work? If not, how do they differ?
LSM: Actually no. I’m a pantser when it comes to anything short. My novels are outlined… well, I outline now anyway. It helps me keep my thoughts in order. With my shorter works, I just wing it and see where it takes me.

AM: Where’s your favorite place to write?
LSM: Starbucks, but I can’t afford it. LOL. I have an office in my basement where I do 75% of my writing. The other 25% is done wherever I can fit in word sprints.

AM: With a novella releasing next month and a novel releasing in January, what are you working on now?
LSM: Well, I signed with literary agent Julia Weber in June for a contemporary YA romance. I recently finished a first draft of another YA contemporary romance. Now, I’m in the process of outlining my next project before I go back to revisions.

AM: What are you currently reading?
LSM: Downside Girls by Jaine Fenn

Bio: L.S. Murphy lives in the Greater St. Louis area where she watches Cardinals baseball, reads every book she can find, and weaves tales for teens and adults. When not doing all of the above, she tends to The Bean (aka her daughter), her husband and a menagerie of pets. A Reason to Stay, a contemporary romance novella, will be released on November 2, 2012. Her debut novel Reaper will be released on January 7th, 2013.

She is a co-rep for the Southern Illinois region of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild.

Repped by Julia A. Weber of  J. A. Weber Literaturagentur.

You can find L. S. Murphy around the web including: her blog (Banshees, Books, & Baseball), Facebook, Twitter, and Good Reads.

Musa Publishing First Anniversary Blog Hop — Winners Announced!

Musa Publishing Anniversary Blog HopBefore I announce the winners, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who participated in the Blog Hop. We had over 80+ blogs giving away prizes and swag! My mini-contest collected 228 entries! Thank you Rafflecopter and Random.org for making it so, so easy to create, run, and generate the winning numbers.

Without further adieu, congratulations to:

Mer ($25 Amazon gift card)
Jennifer (copy of “La Dame à La Licorne”)
Donna (copy of “La Dame à La Licorne”)
Catherine (copy of “La Dame à La Licorne”)

I emailed all of the winners this morning. You have 72 hours to reply back with the information requested in the email, and I will send out the prizes. If for some reason I don’t hear from you in the next 3 days, I will pick a new winner. For those of you that didn’t win, you can still download your copy of “La Dame à La Licorne” for the low, low price of $0.99. (And I would love you forever if you did!)

Musa Publishing Anniversary Blog Hop

La Dame à La LicorneOn August 23 of this year, Euterpe YA (an imprint of Musa Publishing) published my short story “La Dame à La Licorne.” To help celebrate my release and Musa Publishing’s First Year Anniversary, I’m holding a mini giveaway. Enter to win a copy of my short story (3 winners) or a $25 Amazon gift card (1 winner). This prize is open to US & International residents. The winner of my mini giveaway will be announced on October 9th. The winners have 72 hours to send me their email addresses to claim their prizes.

Enter here to win a $25 Amazon gift card or a copy of “La Dame à La Licorne”

(My mini-contest opens for entries Oct 1 at 12:01 EST.)

An overview:

“Always obey your father. That’s what Katherine’s done her entire life. She studies dead languages and practices knife-throwing. Now Pappa’s listening to a virtual stranger, and she’s convinced the stranger cares more about killing monsters than her own safety. Pappa won’t even tell her what they’re going after. He says it’s because if she knows too much, then she’s tainted by that knowledge and it will spoil the hunt.

Can she trust Pappa’s judgment or leave her future in the hands of the stranger? With only her wits to protect her, she joins them in the most terrifying night of the year.”

You can purchase it directly from Musa Publishing for only $0.99. It can also be purchased from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Smashwords. Good luck to everyone who enters!

To win the Kindle Fire (and even more prizes) there are 80+ different blogs with their own prizes and chances to be entered into the grand prize drawing. Click the Anniversary icon to be taken to the list of eligible blogs.

Musa Publishing Anniversary Blog HopOfficial Rules:
1) HAVE FUN!!!
2) INVITE ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!! SPREAD THE WORD!!!
3) THIS TOUR STARTS: October 1, at Midnight (PST)
    THIS TOUR ENDS: Monday, October 7, at Midnight (PST)
    Winners will be drawn and posted October 9th! ***
Come Join the Party on October 7th at The Romance Review Forum to enter to win more prizes. http://www.theromancereviews.com/forum/index.php?board=41.0
4) PARTICIPATION AT ALL BLOGS IS RECOMMENDED, BUT NOT REQUIRED. REMEMBER, THE MORE BLOGS YOU HOP and COMMENT ON, THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING PRIZES. EVERY AUTHOR & BOOK PAGE IS WAITING TO MEET AND INTERACT WITH YOU, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SHOW THEM SOME LOVE!
5) Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire is for US and Canada mailing addresses only. International winners will receive a $50.00 Musa Gift Card. Winner will be announce on October 7th  2012 at 11 est at The romance review forum.
6) DID I MENTION TO HAVE FUN?
***Authors & Book Pages have full discretion to choose an alternate winner in the event any winner fails to claim their prize(s) within 72 hours of their name being posted or after notification of win, whichever comes first. Anyone who participates in this blog hop tour is subject to these rules***

Tagged!

My Wednesday Writing friend, Audrey, tagged me for an eleven question writing meme. I’m going to get this done before we meet this week.
1. What snack (if any) do your prefer when writing?
Gummi Worms. They’re delicious and fat-free, or so it says on the package. Plus, if you eat half of one and half of another, you can stick the two remaining halves together. It’s Gummi Frankenstein’s Monster.
2. What is your next major writing goal?
To sell something bigger than a short story. I’m working on something with potential. Too bad the rewriting is taking longer than the writing.
3. How would you feel about your book being made into a movie?
I’d be extremely excited. Like, Tebow!Excited. I’d also want to be a producer, then I’d have a say but not have to take my book and reduce it into a two-hour script.
4. What is your dream writing space?
Before they passed, my grandparents owned a house on the beach. I think sitting on the deck, looking out across the Atlantic Ocean would be it. Until then, I have a laptop and love to travel.
5. Where do you go to scope out ideas for characters and dialogue?
Ideas are everywhere. I get ideas for things right before nodding off to sleep. The best/worst time I get ideas is in the shower. For a time, I had this soap crayon to write on the wall when a particularly good idea struck. Dialogue’s the same way. In most public situations, I say little and listen. Be a sponge!
6. What are you doing to become a better writer?
I’m reading a lot in my genre. I’m reading a lot outside of my genre. I’m writing on a schedule now instead of when the muse strikes. And two of my writing buddies and I started a writing blog. You can find us at Cimmerian Tales, where we write a short story every week on a common prompt.
7. Do you outline before you start a novel?
Yes. What I’ve also noticed is that within the first few chapters, I’ve already veered widely from that outline, so I readjust. Nothing’s set in stone, but it’s nice to have an idea of where I want to end up.
8. What was the last book you read?
Tempest by Julie Cross. I thought it was fantastic but much too short. Can’t wait for the next two books in the trilogy.
9. What is your biggest distraction when you write and how do you deal with it?
In the best of circumstances, I’m distracted by shiny things. At home, it’s Brody bringing his leash, or needing to be pet, or fed, or told to get out of the trash for the five-hundredth time in an hour. On Wednesdays, it’s getting free pie, or talking to all of you about things not necessarily writing-related, making jokes, etc. I do much better under the pressure of a deadline. Being accountable works for me.
10. What is your favorite sentence you have ever written?
This is a mean question. For now, here’s one that keeps me up at night: “The boys of St. Thomas of Aquinas Day keep disappearing”.
11. What should the title of my YA paranormal romance be?
I am the worst at titles. You want something short but meaningful. Something that gives away the story but also causes mystery. I’ll help, if I can.

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