Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cover Reveal: Taste by Kate Evangelista


At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.

When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.

Taste is to be published by Crescent Moon Press and its release is slated for Fall 2012.

For more information, you can visit Kate's website here.

Add this book to your Goodreads shelf here.

I love this cover and the story sounds intriguing. Congratulations, Kate, on this accomplishment! I can't wait to get a chance to read it!

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Perfect Gift for a Book Nerd

What is the best gift for a book nerd like me? Well, the picture above says it all. I cannot possibly think of what better present I would like to have than a couple of books and an iTunes card so I can download an awesome reading time playlist. I will often put my headphones in and play some music so that I can drift off into whatever world the book's characters live in. My boyfriend knows me well. I have already read Stephen King's On Writing, but this is the perfect gift because I will read this book over and over again (and he knew this from the many times I said, "I wish I had that book."). The way Stephen King writes about his craft is captivating. I am in the process of reading Cathching Fire by Suzanne Collins, which is the other book he gave me for this special occasion. I believe I could read these books over and over again as well. I wish more people thought of books for gifts. I know I have tons of books on my wishlist. What books are on your wishlist? What songs are on your reading time playlist?

Photo: Copyright (c) Emily D. Wood

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Writing Decisions

I have finally made the decision to push myself forward and become a more dedicated writer. I find that nearing the end of my "career" as an undergraduate student has ignited some type of flame within me. I know that every person who feels that they were born to write has the similar dream of becoming a famous author. I would love to see my name etched across a book cover along with a title of a best-selling novel that I wrote. I know that if I ever want to even get near even publication consideration that I must never give up. Life can be incredibly distracting and difficult. I have a full-time 40-hour-a-week job, 5 undergraduate classes, and basically zero free time for myself right now. The time I can devote to just me, I have decided to give to my writing. I feel that if I can write just one page per day or just a few lines of poetry, I have succeeded in some small way. I know that if I push myself forward I can gain so much more than simply becoming a famous author can give me. Writing seems to teach me things about myself that I am not even aware of until they come out on the page. It is as though I am introducing each side of me to another side of me. I find that being able to paint colorful pictures on a page with words alone is more freeing than anything else I have ever done.

With that said, I leave this page with a couple of awesome quotes:

"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say."   ~Ana├»s Nin

"You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you." ~Ray Bradbury

Write your heart out!

Copyright (c) Emily D. Wood

Photo by: Photl
Quotes compliments of Quotegarden

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Positive Words

As a writer, sometimes finding words with positive connotations can be a bit difficult. I am not a negative person, but there are times when I feel as though all of the words I am getting down on paper practically bleed impending doom. I have been attempting to encorporate a few positive words in conjunction with my fire-and-brimstone ones in order to add a bit of balance to my poetry while still maintaining my personal style. I found a link to a site that provides an entire list of positive words.

I also find that just reading some of these positive words do create positive thoughts. Sometimes writing can be difficult and discouraging. I feel that we all need a bit of positive thinking in our lives from time to time. I find that it helps me pull myself back up and realize that the struggle is worth it.

Happy writing, everyone!

Perhaps this list can be of some use in the future.

Photo: Photl