Hello everyone! For those of you new to my blog, my name is Camille, and I am a Author Mentor Match R7 mentee hopeful. A full-time uni student, I find my escape in writing. When I'm not, you can find me reading (a given for any writer), fostering a new litter of kittens, or volunteering at my local book festival. I've been writing for 8 years, but only seriously in the last 5. What I have to show for this is one shelved project that I worked on in TeenPit and Die For Me, which I plan to submit to AMM.
Some of my favorite books are The Fever King, by Victoria Lee, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, Half Bad by Sally Green, Wilder Girls by Rory Power, and Vicious by Victoria Schwab. Some of my favorite shows are Doctor Who, Black Mirror, the Flash, and a wide array of anime.
So, what exactly is my manuscript about? Die for Me is a YA speculative with sci-fi and dystopian elements. In an effort to combat overpopulation, Kat and Nic's government established the Vouching system, where one’s consciousness decides whether they would give their life to save another using advanced simulation technology. With a Vouch, you get perks. Namely, the right to live. Vouchless, or UnDesired, Kat is sent to a community with those like her and tasked to find someone who would give their life for her before she is forced to give her own. Desired by many, Nic is awarded the title of Immortal, and made the ruler of their country. Yet he is trapped, stuck between the fear of someone discovering he didn't really earn his position and the pressures of a group biding for power. With shaky alliances, unclear motivations, and a thirst for power, their simulations might soon become reality.
I think I would make a great mentee because of my dedication. This isn't my first time applying. That was back in Round 5, when I submitted with Die for Me with the belief that it was near it's final form. It wasn't until a rejection and about a year later did it finally click. The plot, the bones on which my story stood, weren't strong enough. With empty holes and storylines that lead to nowhere, I realized I had to make a change. So, I gutted all but 8 chapters of it and completely rewrote it from scratch. Though some of the original story still shines through, it has finally become something I am proud of.
It isn't without it's faults. I am apply for AMM because I know it has the tools to help me work through my patches of dry dialogue, deepen my characters, and give my manuscript a much needed coat of paint. I also hope to gain new insight into the publishing industry, especially as I've never queried before.
I'm excited to get to know everyone in this wonderful community. Happy writing!
Hello everyone, today I am please to say that I will be taking part in the Give the Dark My Love by Beth Revis blog tour, featuring a guest post from the author herself! I am so excited to be part of this tour as I love helping authors promote this book, plus this book is described as a dark fantasy where the hero turns into a villain which I absolutely love. If you love this just as much as I do, check out the guest post and the book, I promise you won't regret it!
A young alchemist turns to dark magic when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland in this epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis.
Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen.
Until she meets Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the north, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life--and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens--on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.
Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners--and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.
Give the Dark My Love Releases on September 25th, 2018
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Beth Revis is the author of the New York Times bestselling Across the Universe series, the twisty contemporary novel A World Without You, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: Rebel Rising. Beth lives in rural North Carolina in a house full of boys--her husband, son, and two massive dogs--and she forces them all to watch reruns of Firefly and Doctor Who. Visit her at bethrevis.com and follow her @bethrevis.
Tell us about the research you did for the book because of how scientific the premise is, and how you incorporated it into your fantasy world
The world of Give the Dark my Love is one where alchemy has replaced science. This isn't that far-fetched, historically--during the Middle Ages, alchemy worked hand-in-hand with science. The only difference is, in the world of my story, alchemy actually works.
Although, truth be told, alchemy worked in the medieval era, too. It's a precursor to chemistry, and some discoveries that happened along the way were legitimate chemical discoveries. Although we tend to think of the big "failures" of alchemy--the quest for the philosopher's stone (which could provide immortality) or the attempts to turn lead into gold--alchemists during the Middle Ages were actually doing science. They refined methods of distilling, they explored and observed chemical reactions, and they applied the scientific method to their work. In 1669, Hennig Brand was attempting to create the philosopher's stone when he discovered phosphorus. (Look up the ingredients he used...I mean, they were at least golden in color...)
In the world of Give the Dark my Love, I used vessels instead of chemicals to create alchemy. "Crucibles" are, by definition, a container that can melt metals or other substances. The crucibles in Nedra and Grey's world are used to conduct power.
Early on, I decided to play with the idea of certain metals being linked to certain powers. I chose to focus on three: copper, gold, and silver.
Copper crucibles are used for transactions--put something in, get something else out. You can hide something in a copper crucible and it will only be revealed when you pay the price to retrieve it.
Silver crucibles are for transformation. You can--at least temporarily--transform one object into another by putting it into a silver crucible. The change isn't permanent, particularly if you're transforming one thing into something very different.
Golden crucibles are used to transfer. Specifically, medicinal alchemists use a golden crucible to transfer pain from a person into a lesser creature, such as a rat.
There is a fourth crucible, although it is forbidden throughout the lands. This crucible is made of iron. Iron is an amazing metal. It exists in the land--those of you whose soil is reddish-brown or red clay walk across iron-rich ground. It exists in your blood, giving it red color. Legend has it that some battlefields of ancient wars are found by geologists thanks to the high concentration of iron from the bloody fighting.
A crucible made of iron is for transcendence.
A crucible made of iron raises the dead.
I hope that you enjoyed this post! I am so happy that I was able to be a part of this tour. Thank you so much to Penguin Teen for including me! If you are interested in this book, don't hesitate to check it out!
Until next time,
Hello everyone! Today I will be posting something a bit different from what I usually post about. As some of you may know, I love to write, and hope to become a published author one day. What I talk about less though, is the fact that as both a book blogger and person living in Los Angeles, I have had a lot of opportunities to meet local authors and learn about writing and the publishing process through them. I've even arranged for authors to speak about their craft at my local high school!
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Until next time,
Hello everyone, today I will be closing the blog tour for Blood Will Out. This is the first dark thriller I have read in awhile so I was very excited when I found out I was able to take part in this tour! And after my review, stay tuned for a guest post from the author herself!
About the Book:
Ari Sullivan is alive—for now.
She wakes at the bottom of a cistern, confused, injured and alone, with only the shadowy recollection of a low-pitched voice and a gloved hand. No one can hear her screams. And the person who put her there is coming back. The killer is planning a gruesome masterpiece, a fairytale tableau of innocence and blood, meticulously designed.
Until now, Ari was happy to spend her days pining for handsome, recent-arrival Stroud Bellows, fantasizing about their two-point-four-kids-future together. Safe in her small hometown of Dempsey Hollow. But now her community has turned very dangerous—and Ari may not be the only intended victim.
AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY
About the Author:
Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Canada. She spent many years in Oakland, California and New York, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for a punk magazine, and owned a gangster rap/indie rock record label. Her novel Ashes, Ashes, a YA post-apocalyptic adventure published by Scholastic Press, was a multiple award nominee and bestseller. Her acclaimed novella Love You Like Suicide, appeared in the Fierce Ink Press anthology Becoming Fierce: Teen Stories IRL and as a limited edition of the long-running zine Cometbus. Her most recent YA is Blood Will Out, a psych-thriller, published by Penguin Teen (2018). She has a second yet-to-be-named thriller coming from Penguin in the summer of 2019.
Photo credit: Madeleine Kendall
Blood Will Out is the bloody and dark horror thriller by Jo Treggiari that will take everything you thought you knew about YA thrillers and throw it away. The book follows Ari Sullivan, a girl who wakes up at the bottom of a well injured and alone. With no one to hear her screams except the person who put her there, she’s not sure she will be able to get out. But as someone who used to spend her days fantasizing over her crush and their future together, Ari begins to realize that she might not be the killer’s intended victim, and that getting out of the well may be the least of her worries.
This was definitely and interesting book. Treggiari wrote a plot perfect for those aspiring sleuths who love examining every angle of the crime. From the start, she flings potential suspects at the reader, adding to the atmosphere of confusion that the author built up. I loved how the author kept this tone consistent throughout the book, making sure everything had her signature touch. Even the flashback scenes of happy times the author included, had this dark air to it.
I also fell in love with the murder’s point of view. Though it did feature some animal abuse, which readers easily triggered should be weary of, the rest of their perspective was still quite entertaining. This is especially so as the author wrote those gruesome details to add to the realism of the book (which I later found out through her guest post featured below). I loved getting into their mind as they told their story, something the killers of stories don’t often get to do. It was also interesting to follow them as they got to where they were during the events of the story, with Ari.
Lastly, I loved the setting of the book. Set in a dark and mysterious small town where things were bound to go wrong, I love how the author put a new twist on it. Because of her writing style, things just felt so much more real then they often do with other small-town set books.
If you are a fan of spine tingling thrillers, this book is definitely for you. But be warned that there are scenes where blood and gore are mentioned along with graphic descriptions of animal abuse. Though, these themes are not frequent through the book, they do occur in a few significant spots. Because of this, I would recommend this book for older readers of at least 16 years of age.
How to write an appropriate psychological thriller for younger audiences
What I tried to do was write suggestively. Meaning that although there are dark themes in the book (which there had to be since this is partially the story of a serial killer told in the first person!) I write around actual occurrences. The action skips from the beginning to the end of some of the more graphic scenes and the reader fills in the space in their own mind. The animal torture scenes in particular were very difficult for me as an animal lover and long-time vegetarian but I knew from my research that animal abuse is a commonality in the serial killers that have been studied. There is a trifecta of warning signs and that is one of them.
A serial killer who is just starting out was one of the scariest things I could think of. The book had to be terrifying—because no one wants to read about a cuddly, charming psychopath— and getting inside the killer’s mind helped me to achieve that. It was important to me that their character be well-developed so that even though they were becoming a monster (as society sees it) there were moments the reader could connect with. Instances where the reader could think to themselves: ‘Well I’ve felt that way.’ Or, ‘I would react that way too.’ Just a tiny hook that brought the reader on side. I needed to cultivate some kind of understanding of what could make a person behave like that.
It was hugely important that the strongest thread through the book was the fierce friendship between my main character, Ari and her best friend, Lynn. I wanted to capture that love, that loyalty, the lightness that comes from sharing all the moments in your life with your closest companion. Through flashbacks I was able to show how solid and strong they were with each other and incorporate some humor and levity. And later it is the impetus Ari needs to act and to take control of what is happening to them. Their bond was a good true thing and it directly counterbalanced the darkness in the rest of the book.
Check out the other stops on the tour:
I hope that you enjoyed this post! I love getting to post things like this to help promote authors books. Reviewing is the best way to help an author, and I am glad that I am able to do that.
Until next time,
Hello everyone! Today I will be participating in the blog tour for Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky! If you love book inspired playlists, stay tuned for the list below!
Hello everyone! Today I will be participating in the nerd blast for Tell Me No Lies by A.V Geiger. If you did not already know, A.V Geiger debuted last year with Follow Me Back, a massively popular Wattpad novel that was later turned into a full-fledged book. Follow Me Back is a suspenseful thriller told in direct messages and prose between a girl and her idol. It is definitely not a book that want to miss. Tell Me No Lies is the sequel to Follow Me Back.
Hello everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Genesis, the second book in Project Nemesis series. I hope you enjoy the guest post from the author himself, Brendan Reichs and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of the post!
Hello everyone, today is my stop on the blog tour for Hooper by Geoff Herbach! Stay tuned for an amazing guest post from him and a review from me! And of course, don't forget to enter the giveaway!
Hello everyone! Today I will be taking part in the blog tour for Amanda Hocking's From the Earth to the Shadows, the sequel to Between the Blade and the Heart. Now without further ado, here is my post!
Hello everyone! Today I will be starting off the blog tour for A Penny Lost by Aspen Barrett! I hope you enjoy my stop on this tour and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end and check out A Penny Lost!
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