Word Wars Blogfest Sign-Up

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A couple of years ago, I came across two well-known authors having what was called a word war with each other and live-blogging it. I loved it. I followed along in anticipation of seeing who would come out the victor. Since then, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of having a word war and live-blogging it just like they did.

But I wanted to do it on a grander scale. So, I got in touch with a good friend of mine, Sarah Chafin at Simply Sarah, and we decided to host a word war of our own… as a blogfest!

In June we hosted our very first Word Wars Blogfest. We had so much fun doing it that we decided to do it again, and maybe even make it a twice a year thing=) 

How it works

A word war is when two or more writers set a goal of a certain number of words that has to be written. The first writer to reach the goal is the winner.

Live-blogging is when someone updates a particular blog post throughout some event, whatever the event.

For the Word Wars Blogfest, we aren’t going to limit ourselves to a particular number. The goal is to write as many words as you can throughout the three-day event. Every once in a while, get on your blog and update your status. Kind of like this:

June 11, 8:05 AM – Just got up and ate breakfast. Let’s get this party started!!

9:34 AM – Spilled my coffee all over my lap. Time to get dressed, or just change into different pajama pants? 1372 words.

11:56 AM – Mom called and had an emergency that wasn’t an emergency. Spent the last two hours calming her down. Word count the same.

Update as much or as little as you like throughout the three days. It’s totally up to you.

When it happens

The linky list will be up starting today (December 15th) until December 30th at 11:55 PM EST (US). The actual Word War will take place from January 1st through 3rd. This gives you plenty of time to sign up and a day to get everything you might need ready before the live-blogging begins.

What you need

Most of this is completely up to you, but a blog would most certainly help. Even if you don’t have a blog, you can use Facebook Notes and just link to that. Don’t have either? See if a blogger friend will let you take over for a couple of days.

As for anything else: your favorite writing snack, some good music, a sign for your door so your family or friends know not to bother you, etc. Basically, whatever will make this fun for you!

Why you should sign up

The writing community is one of the best parts of being a writer. Even with a name like Word War, this is a great way to go out and support your fellow writers and allow your fellow writers to support you. You win by writing. You win by making new friends. You win by taking part in something fun and productive.

You might also come up with some great insights into your own writing schedule (when you’re most productive, when you’re least productive, and when you are more often distracted).

Okay, I’ve signed up. What now?

There are a few things you could do:

  1. Grab the badge at the top of this post. You’ll want to display it somewhere prominent during the blogfest.
  2. Let others know you’re taking part. A signal boost on Facebook, Twitter, or a blog post will get more people involved and create better opportunity to meet even more writers.
  3. Get rid of CAPTCHA. Because it’s really annoying to anyone who wants to comment on your progress. Most blog platforms are really good at filtering spam or you could turn on comment moderation.
  4. Join in the Twitter Chat on December 31st. We’ll be talking writing, reading, and everything in between using #STARTWRITE.

Even if you can’t participate all three days, that’s okay. This isn’t about who writes the most words, it’s about sitting down with a group of like-minded people to get some words on paper (or screen) in a fun and supportive way.

Hope to see you there=)

PS – A special thanks to Carrie Butler for creating the amazing badge for the Word Wars Blogfest!

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Review: Anyone? by Angela Scott

Today I’m reviewing* ANYONE? by Angela Scott. Stay tuned after the review for a Rafflecopter Giveaway!

About the Book

The end of the world? That’s the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters and deep philosophical exercises in school. No need to sweat it. So when sixteen-year-old Tess’s doomsday-dad builds a bomb shelter in their suburban backyard, everyone thinks he’s gone crazy….

…Until fire rains down from the sky, sinking whole cities into colossal craters and setting much of the world ablaze.

Tess’s dad gives her a few short minutes to gather her emergency bag and her freaked-out kitten, then leads her outside and into the underground shelter. Terrified, the last thing she expects is for him to leave her there all alone, but he has no choice—he must find her missing brother.

Before leaving, he makes Tess promise to keep the hatch door shut, not to open it for anyone but him, and to stay put until he returns.

But he forgot to tell her one thing: What is she supposed to do if he never comes back?

 

The Review

There were several things I loved about this book. First is Tess. She really is a teenager and Angela Scott did a great job of portraying her as such. Second is Cole. An interesting character with an interesting view of the world now that there’s no one around for miles. Third, I loved the tension between them. There’s an incredible love/hate relationship that sparks in all the best ways. Fourth, I loved the cat as an important character. Last, I loved the adventure and the mystery of what happened. The mystery of what happened is reminiscent of The Road… No one really knows. There are hints at possibilities, but it’s never really discovered. Of course, Tess’s main worry is finding her Dad and brother. The why of what happened doesn’t matter to her.

There are other things that sat wrong with me. Okay, really only one thing… The ending. Poof! No answers. Not to who or what Cole is, not to what exactly happened (this is a double-edged sword with me), and not to where the government is. Why is the weather freaky all of a sudden? I’m usually all for ambiguity, but there’s a certain limit that I can handle. There should be answers to most of the questions that come up during the book, but I was left with only an answer to why the ONLY animal still alive is Tess’s kitten. I contacted Angela to find out if there would be a series because that was the only possible explanation to leave so many open questions. She replied that no, this isn’t a series (though she hasn’t dismissed possibly coming back to write more about this world some other time).

This book pulled me along and I couldn’t put it down. When I did put it down, it was not with kindness. I still think about the story–about Tess and Cole–but most of it is disappointment that I don’t know the answers to so many questions.

I give this book 3 stars.

 

The Giveaway

Angela is hosting a Rafflecopter Giveaway with some amazing things up for grabs like…

This 72 hour survival kit:

A Callie Cat:

This bracelet:

And an author signed paperback copy:

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

About the Author

I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author. For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.

I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.

As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.

You can subscribe and follow me on my website, where I blog obsessively about my writing process and post updates on my current works. I’m also on Twitter and Facebook, but be forewarned, I tweet and post more than a normal person.

Where to find ANYONE?

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes

#IWSG: You Should Be Writing

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, which means it’s time for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. The brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh, the IWSG is a place where you can share your insecurities, or inspire others. Join the monthly support group via the linky list and the Facebook group.

I had an entire post written out that took me all freaking day to write and WordPress decided to fail me. When I hit publish, the entire thing disappeared. So, instead of writing out an entirely new post, I’m going to leave you with these motivations…

 

The Death of the NaNo Goal (and Picking Up the Pieces)

It’s the last week of NaNoWriMo and many people are still plugging along, either having completed their goal and still going, or they’re just words away from completing.

I am not one of those people.

It all started when my daughter got sick. Then I got sick. Then my daughter got sick again and my son got sick at the same time. Then, when they were better, my husband got sick. Add in a birthday for Little Man, a trip to the doctor for the kids, and another trip to the doctor for the hubs and you’ve got two weeks worth of getting very little done. Okay, there was a lot of reading, but that’s for fun and the house looks about like it would if I were still doing NaNo. (Not toxic, but don’t worry about stepping on the clothes all over the floor and throw those used paper plates lining the counter away while you’re at it. The Legos are just a part of having kids, not NaNo, so you’re on your own if you step on one of those.)

I was doing quite well during the first week. I got my counts in and was keeping up with the daily goal. I was chugging along nicely, even though I wanted to stab every word like the cake in Taylor Swift’s new video. But I still wrote with the mantra “Fix it later!” playing on repeat in my head…

I will run this place!

So, it’s kind of a blessing that I got behind and decided to step away from NaNo this year. I still feel the guilt of failure. Oh, do I. But I’m not going to let it stop me. You see, I went back and read a bit of what I’ve written and discovered that if I continued any farther than where I stopped, I wouldn’t have wanted to fix it. I would have wanted to just throw it in the trash and never bother with it again. Which is sad because I’m absolutely in love with the idea of this book.

I can fix what I’ve written so far, but from now on, I’m going to focus on what I’m writing instead of how much I’m writing. Because, even with an outline, I started going off on too many damned tangents and they are tripping me up. Sure, I filed them aside and put them in the “deleted” folder and went back to my outline, but they were/are a distraction that I don’t need. I’ve got enough of those.

I never stopped writing words, I just didn’t have time to pump out the 1667 words a day that was required. Some days, I got as many as 500 words. Other days, I got a sentence. And that’s what helped me realize that this book isn’t a fast-draft kind of book. It’s a take-your-time-and-do-it-right kind of draft. I’ve fast drafted before and it worked for what I wrote, but there have been other projects that took me months to write. Not because I didn’t write, but because I took my time to really think about what came next and how I was going to write a particular scene.

So, while I may have failed NaNo, I haven’t failed my book. I can live with that.

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo? How’s your last week?

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ALL THE THINGS!

Yesterday was kind of a crazy day full of Things Happening. Some good, some bad, and some full of WTFery. I’m going to recap in case some of you missed the happenings.

First, the ESA (European Space Agency) landed a probe ON A COMET! This is a huge thing. Before, we’ve only ever take pictures of them or had things crash into them (on purpose). But yesterday, we actually landed a probe on one! This is exciting and worth many more exclamation points!!!! The New York Times has a long list of photos that tell the story quite well, so I’d suggest checking it out. And another more comprehensive article about what happened yesterday is right here, but be sure to start from the bottom of the page, because the updates work their way up instead of down. Then, if you want to watch an incredible short film inspired (and produced) by the ESA about the importance of the Rosetta mission, watch this (Also, watch it if you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, because Aidan Gillen):

Another good thing that happened yesterday was the announcement of cooperation between Women, Action and The Media (WAM!) and Twitter to produce a form for people to report harassment based on gender bias. It’s not limited to women, but it is focused on women. So, even if you are not a woman, you can still fill out the form. I’ll let Buzzfeed’s Tasneem Nashrulla explain it, since she does a much MUCH better job than I could. This is a huge thing. For years, people have complained about the harassment policy on Twitter and how little gets done when it is reported. The block feature is minimalist and isn’t meant to actually block people from viewing your profile. It’s just a stop gap so harassers can’t follow you, but they can still seek you out via search. They still see everything you post and they can still @Tweet you. Twitter recently added the Mute feature so you can mute people you don’t want to hear from, but that doesn’t stop the harassment, it just makes it harder to see… Which is a double edged sword. You may feel safer, but people you’ve muted can still threaten you and dox you. And they’re more likely to get away with it (unless you have friends watching your mentions for you and can catch it). This new partnership  has the potential to make Twitter a safer place for everyone.

Now I’m going to delve into the WTFery real quick to get it done and over with. Because ugh.

Yesterday, Time Magazine online posted a poll for words that should be banned in 2015. Among then were basic, kale, literally, and… feminist. And the reason feminist was on the poll?

You have nothing against feminism itself, but when did it become a thing that every celebrity had to state their position on whether this word applies to them, like some politician declaring a party? Let’s stick to the issues and quit throwing this label around like ticker tape at a Susan B. Anthony parade.

Of course, it’s leading the poll with the most votes, and The Mary Sue can tell you why. TIME, I just… I can’t even.

I’m not linking it because it’s already gotten enough attention due to the WTFery of it all. A lot of people assume it’s click bait, but that doesn’t remove or excuse the insult. I am a feminist. And the more celebrities that do identify themselves with this “label” the merrier. The word represents an idea that all people–no matter their gender–are equal, and feminists fight for that equality. Anyone who thinks feminist is a buzz word needs to read up a bit more on Women’s Suffrage.

On to a bit of bad from yesterday that hit closer to home… literally:

 

That’s the town square where I live. In all, three businesses were destroyed and several others damaged. It’s not certain, but it’s believed the fire started with a spark from a glue gun.

Neighboring communities banded together to help send more firefighters (around 100!!) and more trucks to battle the fire.

A flower shop, a t-shirt and gift shop, and a salon were completely destroyed. An ink store and law office were badly damaged. Several other businesses suffered smoke damage.

It’s a small town of about 3,000 people. Everyone knows everyone and no one is unaffected.

Before

After

The fire started around 10am Wednesday morning and was still going in the evening. Even now, as I write this 24 hours later, smoke still rises and the structures still smolder. One of the main roads had to shut down for most of the day creating barely contained chaos on the side streets as people who needed to pass through town turned off the highway.

Anyway, I don’t want to leave you on such a dour note, so I’ll leave these right here:

 

 

And one more…

 

NaNoWriMo, Writing Hangovers, and Scrivener

 

The first full week of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is done and I managed to end it barely on target. I think I had only 200 words left to reach the stats page goal for the 9th, so I consider that a win for the week. Most of my writing happened with the #writeclub sprints from Thursday morning through Saturday night. They dedicated that time to a NaNoWriMo marathon and I was able to get about 10K words written thanks to that. Ten thousand words in three days is pretty good considering I had some major distractions in the form of family. I couldn’t participate in all of the sprints, but it gave me enough motivation to write when I could, even if I couldn’t report in my word counts. I was there for the first sprint and the last sprint though, so I feel good about that.

Oh, but the hangover. I didn’t even know it was possible to get a writing hangover, but it is. By Saturday morning I was a freaking zombie. It was like Death decided to make me his plaything and have a little fun in the form of drawing and quartering me. I wouldn’t be surprised if the words I wrote all Saturday were the same words over and over (“Oh God, it hurts! Oh God, it hurts!”). My brain just kind of shut down and didn’t care what I wrote. Which, is good for a first draft since NaNo is all about just getting words down and turning off your inner editor. I think mine died sometime between Thursday and Saturday morning. Or went into a coma. If that’s the case, I should thank Death for his help, but maybe next time just work over the editor and leave the rest of me out of it? Because ouch.

At one point during the sprint marathon my computer decided to fritz out on me. She’s getting old, and showing it more and more. It’s about time for me to pick up a new laptop, but that’s going to have to wait until I can save up for it. Even if she quits on me before I can get a new one, I’m so thankful to Scrivener’s auto backup. When she glitched, I had to do a hard restart (eek!), and when I clicked my Scrivener icon, I freaked out a bit. Every word I’d written since the start of the marathon was gone… And then I remembered I’d changed the name of the file. The words were still there, just under a different name. Even the ones I’d written just before the Black Screen of Doom.

Anyways, I’m off to get more words written and hope that my computer doesn’t fry any time this month.

I hope you have a wonderful day!

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?

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Guest Post: Casting Catch Me When I Fall by Vicki Leigh

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a fun (and scary) blog hop called My Worst Nightmare. It was all about the participants worst nightmares (obviously) and it was inspired by Vicki Leigh’s book Catch Me When I Fall. Today, I’m pleased to have Vicki here to talk about casting the characters in her book.

Casting CATCH ME WHEN I FALL

One of my favorite things about planning a new novel is casting my characters. See, I have this weird writing quirk where I ask each characters’ picture what they would do/say whenever I get stuck on a piece of a dialogue or a scene. Kind of weird; I know. But I also attach the pictures to post cards and make a character board for quick reference with character traits, physical features, etc. on the back.

So, when I start casting my characters, I begin by jotting down their personality traits and flaws, as well as what they look like. Then I hop on to Pinterest and Google and find the celebrities/models that most resemble the characters in my head. Today, I thought I would share my casting choices for CATCH ME WHEN I FALL.

Of all my characters, selecting Daniel was, surprisingly, the most difficult. I had a very specific, detailed image of him in my mind; I even put a call out on Twitter for suggestions. But he still went through three casting changes until I finally found the perfect Daniel — The Tomorrow People star, Luke Mitchell.

Daniel Graham
Played by: Luke Mitchell
Age: 17
Hair: Blond
Eyes: Blue
Height: 6’0”
Build: Athletic
Ethnicity: British
Traits: Alert, Ambitious, Analytical, Courageous, Decisive, Focused, Honorable, Intelligent, Mature, Proper, Protective
Flaws: Cynical, Controlling, Grumpy, Impatient, Withdrawn

The others weren’t as difficult, but it still took time. Regardless, I always have a blast playing casting director, and I’m excited to share whom I chose for each character. (For the sake of length, I won’t list the traits and flaws for the rest of the cast.) So, without further ado, here are the rest of my casting choices for CATCH ME WHEN I FALL:

Kayla Bartlett
Played by: Lyndsy Fonseca
Age: 16
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Hazel
Height: 5’4”
Build: Curvy
Ethnicity: American

 

Seth White
Played by: Fred Tolliver, Jr.
Age: 18
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’10”
Build: Muscular
Ethnicity: American

 

Samantha (Sam) Turdall
Played by: Katrina Bowden
Age: 16
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’9”
Build: Athletic
Ethnicity: American

 

Tabitha (Tabbi) O’Neill
Played by: Liv Moore
Age: 12
Hair: Red
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5’1”
Build: Thin
Ethnicity: Irish

 

Ivan Antonov
Played by: Anton Yelchin
Age: 17
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Brown
Height: 6’1”
Build: Athletic
Ethnicity: Russian

 

Lian Zheng
Played by: Arden Cho
Age: 16
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Height: 5’5”
Build: Athletic
Ethnicity: Chinese

 

Nolan Wells
Played by: Matt Cohen
Age: 18
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Brown
Height: 6’2”
Build: Average
Ethnicity: American
What an amazing cast! I can see them all fit perfectly in their roles too=) Thanks so much to Vicki Leigh for stopping by and sharing her cast, and don’t forget to check out her book, Catch Me When I Fall!

Catch Me When I Fall, by Vicki Leigh

Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy, paranormal-romance

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: October 23, 2014

Cover Artist: Conzpiracy Digital Arts

About Catch Me When I Fall:

Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

Find Catch Me When I Fall Online:

Goodreads | Amazon  US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About The Author:

Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.

Vicki is an editor for Curiosity Quills Press and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Find Vicki Leigh Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

My Worst Nightmare Blog Hop

Today, I’m taking part in Vicki Leigh’s “My Worst Nightmare” blog hop, to celebrate the recent release of her young-adult, paranormal-romance/ urban-fantasy, CATCH ME WHEN I FALL, which centres around seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham, a Protector of the Night, who has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears.

Rules:

  • On 03.14 post about your worst nightmare, and what form the clawed, red-eyed creatures would take if they fed off your fears.
  • Visit the other participants of the blog hop, and comment on their worst nightmares

At the end of the blog tour, on 11.14.14, Vicki Leigh will pick one of the participants at random and award them with a Catch Me When I Fall Swag Pack, containing a dreamcatcher hand-made by Vicki..

Participants:

Cassidie Jhones at Rebook424 – Cassidie’s Reviews | Tawney Bland Twinning for Twins

Laura Rueckert | Katie Teller at Katie’s Stories | Ayden Morgen at A.K. Morgen Writes

Sharon Bayliss | Emma Adams at From the Writer’s Nest | The Writer Diaries

Katie at Writing, Reading, and Life | Robyn Koshel at Elder Park Book Reviews

Jenny at J. Keller Ford – Fantasy Author YA Junkie | S. K. Anthony

Merisha Abbott at Blissful Book Reviews | Sarah at Ink of Blood

Amy at Home Is Where the Wine Is Book Blog | Zoraida Cordova at Wonderlands

Ryan Hill at Ryan Hill Writes | Christie Gibrich at A Geek In Librarian’s Clothing

Nichole Giles at Random-ish | Kayl Hughes at Kayl’s Krazy Obsession

Rebecca at Sister Sinister Speaks | Kathy Kozak at Ordinary Girlz Book Reviews

Victoria Biram at Scribblings of an Aspiring Author | Vicki Keire at Vicki Keire Writes

Chelsea at To Each Their Own Reviews | Sarit at Coffee Books & Art

Jennifer Brooks at The Cubicle Escapee | Katja at Cautious

Cait Spivey | Lucy Lala at Book-A-Holic                   

My Worst Nightmare

When I was pregnant with Little Man, I had a really terrible nightmare.

I had just watched Sunshine the night before and then had the brilliant idea that watching The Mist would be okay.

(Yeah, don’t ever do what I did.)

I decided to banish these movies from my life with a nap, because I was pregnant and had already eaten all the chocolate in the house. And naps solve just about anything. So, I curled up on my bed, closed my eyes, and proceded to get the living crap scared out of me.

The nightmare starts off with me running from some animal. I think it was a werewolf, but I can’t be certain. Eventually, the werewolf goes away and now my daughter and I, then only a toddler, are running for our lives. The world had become dangerous, not because of people, but because of the weather. Mother Nature was pissed and decided to get her revenge out on humanity by freezing the environment.

We ran, my daughter and I, as fast as we could away from the people freezing around us. We were just about to a safe place when the unthinkable happened… I watched as my daughter froze right in front of me.

It’s the only time in my life that I’ve ever sat straight up in bed out of a dream. And being as pregnant as I was, that was one hell of a feat.

So, if my nightmares were to take any shape, it would be in the form of my daughter iced over. *shudders*

About Catch Me When I Fall:

Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.

Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.

A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.

Find Catch Me When I Fall Online:

Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About Vicki Leigh:

Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.

Vicki is an editor for Month9Books and Curiosity Quills Press, an intern at TriadaUS Literary agency, and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

Find Vicki Leigh Online:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

You can participate in this blog hop too! All you have to do is sign up on this linky list thing and post about your worst nightmare!

 

 

Happy Halloween!

No matter how you celebrate, I hope you all have a spooktacular day!

Goodbye already, Clara! and Rick In a Coma?

WARNING! If you haven’t seen the latest Doctor Who or The Walking Dead episodes, then you don’t want to read this.

First, I want to discuss Doctor Who.

Something changed. Last season on Doctor Who, Clara didn’t bother me. It seemed like I was the only person in the world who didn’t mind Clara as a companion. I saw her as an unlikable character, but it didn’t bother me. And then this year started and we got a new Doctor. I was iffy about him at first, but I’ve come to love his grumpy demeanor. Clara though. Oh, Clara. You’ve gone from unlikable to down right hate-able.

I know when it started too… It was the snap. THAT SNAP! I was under the impression that the TARDIS didn’t like her and then all of a sudden she has the ability to snap and the TARDIS obeys? No. Just no. (I’ve already discussed this, but I just can’t get over it.) Then, the final straw came when SHE CALLED HERSELF THE DOCTOR.

W.T.H.?!?!?

(I loved his response when she said it.)

A lot of the blame falls to Moffatt though. Is he trying to get people to celebrate when Clara leaves? Because if he is, he’s succeeding… But something tells me that’s not what it’s about. Something tells me it’s all about how clever he thinks he is.

And then this past Saturday’s episode. I thought it was one of the best so far, but one article I read (which I can’t link to because I don’t remember where I read it and I can’t find it now) said it was kind of bullshit. I mean, if you’re going to be absolutely literal about science and physics as it stands now, then sure. It would be difficult to suspend your disbelief. Then they brought up the whole time-line thing with the moon and all that. It was discussed in the show even, but does no one remember TIMEY-WIMEY? I mean, it’s only the most repeated phrase from the show ever. And it’s on the most suggested “first” episode ever (BLINK).

The article did bring up some good points though, all to do with a hypocritical person Clara is. Not to mention really, really terrible person if she was willing to LET ALL THOSE KIDS DIE RATHER THAN LET THE DOCTOR SAVE THEM!

I enjoyed the story though, even if the science part was a little off. Turns out the episode was written by someone other than Moffatt, though I would be surprised if he got his hands on the script in the end and adjusted to make Clara look like the ass she is. There I go, blaming Moffatt again.

Still, I liked the episode… Especially the sentient symbiotic protector of the earth bit. Little firefly like creatures that can grow trees over the entire Earth over night? I love the idea!

Okay, so I’ve abuse my capslock enough for one blog post. Let’s move on to something that probably won’t anger me enough to abuse my keyboard…

Let’s talk The Walking Dead.

I love this show. Seriously.

I recently tweeted about my love of the show:

 

It’s probably sad that this is true, but I don’t care. Sad or not, it’s pretty true. It’s just about the only show I get excited about any more. And The Talking Dead, but the two go together, so really it’s like a two hour long show about Walkers. The best two hours a week. I recently read an article that suggested people think Rick is still in a coma. Robert Kirkman shot that down, which is good because that idea makes absolutely no sense to me. It would be a ridiculous ending and basically insult every fan of the show and graphic novels. Then, he had to go and tweet this:  

Of course, he is joking, but people still freaked out.

Because the creator of The Walking Dead is totally going to tell you how things end before you get to the end… (sarcasm font enabled)

Anyway, I really want to talk about Garreth and the other Terminus people, Maggie and Glenn leaving the group, and Michonne getting her katana back.

Let’s start with Michonne. In the episode before Four Walls and a Roof, Rick asks her if she misses her sword. Her reply? That she didn’t miss it. That she had been a different person when she held it. That it was just something she found after it all began. That she missed Andrea and Hershel, but not her katana.

When she takes it back from the Terminus guy, you can see the riot of emotions in her. She might have said she didn’t miss it, but the truth is she did. It became an extension of her. At the same time, she didn’t miss who she was when she had it. It’s essentially her totem for terrible shit happening to her, but also of her survival.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wonder if they’ll explore that in any of the upcoming episodes, or just gloss over it. I’d like to see them really use this as a catalyst for more character development. The writer in me begs them to.

 Now how about a little bit about Garreth and the people from Terminus?

Of course, I knew that the group leaving the church were coming back. I mean, they’ve lived this long, and smart is why. Okay, lucky had some to do with it too, but mostly it’s their intelligence. Going to Terminus was because of need and hope. I mean, all the signs promised safety. The group(s, because at this point they were split) new there was a chance of danger, but I don’t think they envisioned cannibals. That’s extreme, even for a world filled with Walkers.

But, they got out of there. Thanks to Carol being badass, they escaped. Terminus was no more.

Unfortunately, Garreth and a few of his cronies survived. I’m sure at some point these people were nice and did help others. Then they saw and experienced some of the worst that humanity has to offer. It twisted them enough that they went dark side. Unfortunately for them, that meant facing off with Rick and company.

That church scene though!

Wow.

At the end of the episode, Daryl has come back from running after the people that took Beth. Carol went with him, but we don’t see Carol. All we see is him turn around and tell somebody that it’s okay to come out. If it was Carol, she would have been there, so WHO IS HE TALKING TO? I assume it’s people from the hospital where Beth is being held, but we won’t know for sure until the next episode. We also find out what happened to Beth.

But what gets me is that Maggie, Beths sister, has barely given a crap about her! After the prison and before Terminus, she was crazy with the need to find Glenn. Which, I get that. I do. But the only thought she had for Beth was after Daryl said he was with her, but that she’s gone. And then nothing again! Great sistering there, Maggie! This sums up my feels on the whole thing:

Anyways, that’s enough about my fandoms for now. I hope you are having a wonderful week!

What shows do you get excited about?