I decided to start sharing my opinions on some of my latest reading adventures. Be warned, a lot is YA fantasy or urban fantasy because that’s what I write, so I’ve been doing a lot of research into the market. Today I’m going to start with Melissa Marr. She has two books that have done extremely well. The first was “Wicked Lovely.” (Side note: the cover is beautiful, and I have to say, isn’t that the best title ever?) I like this book a lot. There was just enough romance but just enough true urban fantasy. I never want to give too much away, but it is about a girl who can see faeries and then gets caught up in their world, changing her life. I would reccommend this book. Ms. Marr’s second book is called “Ink Exchange”, and it just came out a few months ago. I also liked this book but, have to admit, not as much as the first. I’m not even exactly sure why, but it wasn’t as fulfilling at the end. Still, if you read the first, you should read the second (some of the characters show up in both).
Now to the second part of my post title. It took me almost two months to get to 1000 hits, and it’s only taken me a few weeks to get an additional 500. Yea!!! Everyone keep reading and commenting.
Finally, it has come to my attention (it’s come to almost everyone’s attention) that the sixth Harry Potter movie has been moved from November 21, 2008 to July 17, 2009. That’s quite a delay!! And while I was really excited about seeing it in a few months, there is one good thing to come of the move. With a great pre-Thanksgiving spot opening up, the Twilight movie has upped its release date three weeks to take the now vacated Harry Potter spot. So while I have to wait an additional eight months for Harry Potter, I get to see Twilight three weeks early.
I have an update on my beta reader that had to stop. She decided to take a long break, but she’s still going to beta for me!!!! I am very excited. Her and one other of my betas are my favorites. They actually give me great advice.
In other news regarding betas, while I didn’t know if my first beta was going to be able to finish for me, I found another beta reader willing to fill in for her. I sent the new beta the first five chapters, all which had been gone over by the two other betas, and then edited in detail by me. I just got back her comments. They are just so fabulous (at least I think so), I thought I’d post them.
“Your story is great. I do not read a lot of fantasy stuff, but am broadening my reading horizons. I enjoyed this. I think it will sell when it is done. Who ever beta’d for you before did a good job.
Your MC is believable and I root for him. You have done your job writing him well.
I would read more if you like or need future betas, even if they are rougher drafts after this one.
If you are done and ready to submit, let me know where I can buy it and when for I do want to finish the tale.”
So that just about made my day. On to more editing…
I just wanted to point out the cute little counter thingies on the sidebar. I know, I know, lots of people have them. BUT, I haven’t. I think they’re kind of nifty. Anything that gives me a visual is fun.
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Just FYI, I’ve added some quotes to the “Quotes” page. I hope you all like them.
On a sadder note, one of my best beta readers just emailed me and said she has to quit because her life has gotten too hectic to keep up. I am devastated. She was so great and had the best advice and insight. I don’t know what I’m going to do without her.