October Wrap-Up

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In my personal life…

OMG GUYS I GOT MARRIED! Like holy what now? I’m a married lady! Whaaaaaaat? I still can’t believe it.

I also interviewed for an internship with Picador (a division of Macmillan). AND GOT IT! Can we talk about the craziness that was my getting this internship. TorTeen had posted on twitter that they were taking application for interns. I applied. And then I tweeted that I had applied. I heard back THE NEXT DAY.

THE. NEXT. DAY.

The woman I had sent my resume to had sent my resume to Picador and they wanted to know if I’d be willing to do their internship instead.

Yes. Duh. Of course. Experience is experience.

So I interviewed that Tuesday. Keep in mind, I was getting married that Friday.

They called me back within an hour of interviewing me. An hour.

Interviewed Tuesday, offered the position an hour later, married on Friday, started on Monday.

And I’m still just like… Whaaaaaaat???

In my writing life…

I’ve been working diligently on my WIP and I’ve been thinking of some great new scenes. I had a pretty hard depression session this past month and everything seemed to move a lot slower.

In my reading life…

I read ten books a month while I’m in school, so just know that I’ve read a lot this month. I have a formula: read a craft book, read a YA, read a MG, and fill in the rest with picture books. I always try to read more than one of each for each packet and just fill in my empty spaces with picture books the day before I turn everything in. That way I have maximum time to read the bigger books and I’m not sandbagging my reading.

Although, I should probably read more picture books in general since they’re a great resource for precise language.

ARCs I’ve Requested/Been Approved For

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Granted by John David Anderson

From the author of beloved novels Ms. Bixby’s Last Dayand Posted comes a hilarious, heartfelt, and unforgettable novel about a fairy-in-training.

Everyone who wishes upon a star, or a candle, or a penny thrown into a fountain knows that you’re not allowed to tell anyone what you’ve wished for. But even so, there is someone out there who hears it. 

In a magical land called the Haven lives a young fairy named Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophela is no ordinary fairy—she is a Granter: one of the select fairies whose job it is to venture out into the world and grant the wishes of unsuspecting humans every day.

It’s the work of the Granters that generates the magic that allows the fairies to do what they do, and to keep the Haven hidden and safe. But with worldwide magic levels at an all-time low, this is not as easy as it sounds. On a typical day, only a small fraction of the millions of potential wishes gets granted.

Today, however, is anything but typical. Because today, Ophelia is going to get her very first wish-granting assignment.

And she’s about to discover that figuring out how to truly give someone what they want takes much more than a handful of fairy dust.

Everless by Sarah Holland

9780062653659_19b0aIn the land of Sempera, time is extracted from blood and used as payment. Jules Ember and her father were once servants at Everless, the wealthy Gerling family’s estate, but were cast out after of a fateful accident a decade ago. Now, Jules’s father is reaching his last hour, and she will do anything to save him. Desperate to earn time, she arrives at the palace as it prepares for a royal wedding, ready to begin her search into childhood secrets that she once believed to be no more than myths. As she uncovers lost truths, Jules spirals deeper into a past she hardly recognizes, and faces an ancient and dangerous foe who threatens her future and the future of time itself.

On the blog…

I continued my Book Blogging 101 series to help newbie bloggers (and would-be bloggers) understand some basics as well as some more time consuming aspects of blogging about books.

We ran a submission period for our end of the year awards for books over at Booked All Night and we’ll be posting the top entries as well as the giveaway on Black Friday!

And I started doing a new weekly/bi-weekly/whenever I feel like it series called Cover Wraps. We used to run Cover Wraps on Round Robin Writes (a blog which we, sadly, let die toward the beginning of this year). It matches book covers with nail art products. (I post product links in every post so you can purchase any wraps, lacquers, or gels that you like)

My October Reviews

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