Monday, July 29, 2013

From the Vault :: Summer Writing


Every Monday, we post a reading/writing-related question for our followers, and at the end of the month, one lucky commenter is selected to choose a title from our Vault. Whatever we have available: ARCs, signed books, awesome new releases... OR the monthly winner may select any one book to be ordered for him/her from the Book Depository

(To enter, please follow YA Confidential and make sure your email address is linked to your comment in some way. We'll need to get in touch with you if you win.)


Today's Question: Tell us about your summer writing routine… How do you keep the words flowing when the sun’s calling your name?

Matt - Summer changes nothing when it comes to my writing. I just drink more Vodka tonics and less Whiskey.

Jaime - Honestly, this has been so tough for me this summer, but I’m still plugging away at it. From the time I started writing right up until now, I’ve been a morning and very early afternoon writer, which leaves a good chunk of the nicest part of the day to enjoy outside if I wish. I’ve tried to take the writing to my back deck, but so far that hasn’t been overly successful.

Leigh - Being on a deadline -- panic! Actually, I'm at a point now where I can take a break and relax until August. So be sure to give yourself a little holiday at some point in the summer so you don't burn out. :o) <3

Jessica -  It's not so much the sun that's been calling my name, it's the travel! I spent the past month traveling, and trying to fit in writing when you just want to sight-see is difficult! But I made it a priority and sometimes even got up early (ughhh) to fit it in.

Copil - The kids are home during the summer so I have to plan my time a little better. I also make good use of expressions like, "Daddy's busy right now," and "Can you please stop screaming," and "Daddy's drinking is NOT out of hand!" You know, stuff like that.

Katy - This summer I've tried to make it a habit to write at least 500 words a day (usually after my kiddo's gone to bed), with one or two days off each week. So far, I've been pretty successful. My WiP has grown from 9,000 words to about 35,000 words this summer!

Alison - Write early. Or late. Or when it's raining. Or let the laptop bake with me. 

Erica - I just always make sure to write every day - I usually do it right before bed, since it is now a habit, then I never forget and I am always moving forward. 

Your turn: Tell us about your summer writing routine!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

July's Comment of the Month Winner!

Great responses all around to our From the Vault Monday questions this month. As always, it was difficult to choose, and as always we could only pick one winner. The chosen commenter will receive a book of his/her choice from The Book Depository. 

We asked you: Which fun-in-the-sun YA novel would you recommend readers take to the beach this summer?

And our winner, STEPHANIE, said:

"I loved Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland. It's not exactly a light, fun read, though it is laugh out loud at times. But it's one of those stories that shows total growth for a character and has you rooting for them all the way through the tough times. It's the kind of story that makes you long for a ferry ride to a place that almost seems magical.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen is set in Colby, a beach side town where the locals thrive on tourism and they love and protect their small town life. This one is a really good read.
Lastly, and this one I recommend for someone looking for almost a satire, is the Vicious Deep. It's about a regular teenage boy who turns out to be a merdude, and incidentally, next in line to be the King of the Merdudes. The book is so funny and well done, and the author sucks you into this bizarre setting, and somehow makes it completely plausible that these outrageous things could happen to one person in a lifetime. This is light, fun beach read at its best. And the sequel was just published as well, so I'll be diving into that this week. (No pun intended:)"
Great recommendations, Stephanie! I'm especially intrigued by this merdude you speak of. Just send us a quick email to yaconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com to let us know what book you would like sent to you. Thanks again for taking part in our From the Vault Mondays!


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Most Anticipated August Reads

I am woefully behind on a whole multitude of summer releases (I just can't keep up*), but I do know of a number of releases next moth that I am way too excited about. The best part about it? There seems to be something for everyone. Here are my top six most anticipated August reads (all titles are linked to Goodreads):

Searing Social Issues
Canary - Rachele Alpine (August 1st)

Assault, power, privilege, idolatry, corruption, bravery...you name it, this book covers it. In light of the recent Steubenville case, this book feels both timely and important. "Rachele Alpine's Canary sings the truth about what happens when we put our high school heroes on a pedestal and give them the power to act like villains." (Erin Jade Lange, author of Butter)


Creepy Cults & Compounds
Gated - Amy Christine Parker (August 6th)

A closed post-9/11 community, a charismatic leader, and a girl questioning her place in the fight. "Parker skillfully explores the mindset and inner workings of an apocalyptic cult, steadily building toward the inevitable moment of truth...As for the apocalypse itself, Parker keeps things suitably ambiguous, resulting in a complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events." (Publishers Weekly)


Gothic Horror & Romance
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - April Genevieve Tucholke (August 15th)

A quiet seaside town, an old estate, creepy happenings, a mysterious guy... "Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying." (from Goodreads)



Tempting Contemp
The Infinite Moment of Us - Lauren Myracle (August 20th)

People-pleasing girl meets troubled but gentle boy and (sexy, sexy) sparks ensue. 

"In contrast to unhealthy depictions of sex and relationships that teenagers (and adults) are often exposed to in media and entertainment, Myracle offers up a passionate romance built on a bedrock of love, respect, and trust. And it’s difficult to see that as a bad thing." (Publishers Weekly)



Fantastic Fantasy FTW!
Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas (August 27th)

Kickbutt assassin turned king's champion despite her secret disloyalty to the crown, her worst enemy. This sequel to Throne of Glass promises to be every bit as bad ass and unputdownable. Also, get a load of that fan-freaking-tastic cover!



Bang-Up Boy POV
The Beginning of Everything - Robyn Schneider (August 27th)

Personal tragedies and new beginnings... “This thought-provoking novel about smart kids doing interesting things will resonate with theJohn Green contingent, as it is tinged with sadness, high jinks, wry humor, and philosophical pondering in equal measures.” (Booklist starred review)



No matter what you're into, there are plenty of good YA reads coming up in August and this is only a small handful. If I've forgotten to mention anything awesome, be sure to let me know in the comments! Happy Reading, friends!


* This is a first world problem if I've ever heard of one.

Monday, July 22, 2013

From the Vault - Writing Super Powers


Every Monday, we post a reading/writing-related question for our followers, and at the end of the month, one lucky commenter is selected to choose a title from our Vault. Whatever we have available: ARCs, signed books, awesome new releases... OR the monthly winner may select any one book to be ordered for him/her from the Book Depository

(To enter, please follow YA Confidential and make sure your email address is linked to your comment in some way. We'll need to get in touch with you if you win.)


Today's question: What’s your writing super power? (Gorgeous descriptions, fast-drafter, expert plotter, world-building whiz, etc…)

Matt - Hmm. My best writing talent is probably small picture. Cadence, rhythm, sentence structure. I always struggle more with big picture stuff.

Alison - Some people say I'm pretty good with the voice thing.

Jaime - This makes me feel like a braggart, but I think I’m pretty decent at dialogue. Also, I’m good at coming up with ideas and then planning the heck out of them. They don’t always come to fruition, but they’re awesome at the planning stage!

Alexandra - Academic papers. I once wrote a 10 page paper about chocolate for a philosophy class and aced it!

Copil - I am very proud of my ability to make up words. Like, unawkward, meaning, "to make a situation slightly less cringe-worthy." Yeah, maybe my super power isn't really a good thing?

Katy - I’m good at writing descriptions – people, scenery, emotions, whatever. I think I’m able to set a vivid scene that puts readers in the moment. (At least, I hope so!)

Leigh - Readers say I'm very good at writing "real" characters (good guys with flaws; bad guys you understand). *shrugs* I just say Thank You! <3
Jessica - People tell me I'm good at voice. :-)

Erica - Character Creator - Most of my WIPs start with an idea about a specific character and by the time I am just beginning to write, that character is so real to me and it makes everything else work so much easier.

Your turn! Tell us about YOUR writing super power...

 
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