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Friday, June 14, 2013

Book Spotlight: The Pirate's Wish (The Assassin's Curse #2) by Cassandra Rose Clark

After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

Unfortunately, Naji has enemies from the shadowy world known as the Mists, and Ananna must still face the repercussions of going up against the Pirate Confederation. Together, Naji and Ananna must break the curse, escape their enemies — and come to terms with their growing romantic attraction.

From Goodreads.com

     The Pirate's Wish is everything book two should be. When I read an ARC of The Assassin's Curse last year, I wanted (needed) book two right away. And waiting this long, I was nervous on how the story will play itself out, considering this is a duology and there will only be two books. I was not disappointed. 
     The Pirate's Wish picks up where The Assassin's Curse left us begging for more. Ananna and Naji are stranded, trying to survive and figure out how in the world they're supposed to break the curse and complete the three impossible tasks. I really wish everyone has read this book already so I can speak freely and discuss all the fine points of the book, but I'm not a fan of spoilers so I won't do that to you, my dear readers. 
    However, I will talk about Ananna and Naji. Oh, those two. So frustrating. So exciting. The whole time reading this book I had to keep myself from hugging it to throwing it against the wall. Figuratively speaking, of course. I was reading this on my iPad. Either way, Cassandra did a fantastic job with those two. Each  is so developed, unique, and at times broken, that you can't help but cheer them on throughout the book. I loved Ananna as the main character. There was so much that girl had to go through, so much she had to learn about herself and the world around her. And kick some serious butt in the process. On the other side was Naji, who deserved to be kicked a few times, but still is plenty swoon worthy. I liked how he wasn't your typical main boy character. 
     Overall, this book was a great follow up to The Assassin's Curse and I'm sad to see the series end. Cassandra created a world that's full of danger and magic, full of self discovery and real heroism. I highly recommend reading this duology and discovering this world for yourself. 
     The Pirate's Wish is out June 18, 2013! Get it, read it, love it! 

    Happy reading, 


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The honeymoon stage.

Voices. There are voices in my head. 
You know, if you tell a non-writer (or non-reader) that there are voices in your head, they'd look at you weird. And then, they'll proceed to run away. But for someone who lives in a world of the imaginary, this is a typical statement. 
Lately, I've had a particular pair of voices hanging out in my brain. And to be honest, I'm quite in love with these two voices because I love love these characters. I love who they are and what they represent.  They're fun, exciting, and new. 
I'm definitely in the honeymoon stage. 

But what do you do once that's over? You continue with the writing and the loving and the working. 
Honestly, I get asked this question A LOT. How do you get over writing block? How do you finish a book? 
Well, the answer is simple: write. 
But at the same time, it's not simple because you need to write. 
The first love stage is exciting. You're figuring out your characters, you're finding what makes them tick. It's like meeting a new person. 
The honeymoon stage is fun. This is where you're having a blast just putting words on paper. Typing and typing away. Then, you hit that wall. I'm at that wall right now. Or I'm getting there. I'm about 20% finished with my new book and now, since it's coming up to that almost halfway point, I really need to start thinking about what I'm writing. And guys, it's work. It's a lot of work. 

When I'm at this stage, there are a few things that help me through:

1. Remind yourself why you love writing - I think oftentimes, when writing becomes work, we forget that we're doing this because we love it. Well, at least that's why I do it. And becoming successful in doing what you love, you have to work. However, once you remind yourself that you actually love the end result, the work won't be so much work. 

2. Take a break - as in walk away. I forget to do this, which may sound funny to you. There are times when I'm so focused on making myself write this or that, I forget that if I walk away for a few minutes, I can come back with a new perspective. This happens every time I walk away so I'm not sure why I keep forgetting it. 

3. Spend time outside - I know this one can go under walking away, but now that it's summer, I think we as writers forget that there is sunshine our body needs. So, go outside. Go sit in the sun (in a moderate amount), swim in a pool, play with your dog. Basically, go get some vitamin D. Seriously, you need it. 

4. Remember, you are not alone - there are writers everywhere that are in the same boat as you. Sometimes, the greatest encouragement is talking to someone who understands exactly who you are and what you do. Yesterday, I spent some time with two such authors and let me tell  you, it was the greatest encouragement. I'm all fired up now!

Nothing I've said here is new to anyone, but I feel like sometimes we need the reminder. At least I do. So hold on to that honeymoon feeling and keep on writing! 

Much love, 


PS What are some things you do when you feel bummed about your writing? Share below.