I’m alive!

Hey guys! So sorry for not posting a lot recently, I’ve been sick and therefore miserable not wanting to do much of anything. I wanted to give you an update of things to come so you all know I’m still here.

Books I recently finished:
The Survivors by Amanda Harvard
Point of Origin by Amanda Harvard
Timepiece by Myra McEntire
Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier

Currently reading:
Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart

I’m currently on the lookout for more books to get reading! Last month when I was sick I wanted nothing to do with books so it makes me happy to get back into it! All of the books that I’ve finished will be getting reviews soon!

I am also part of two blog tours:
June 3- Amanda Harvard Point of Origin
June 26- Rebecca Hart Call of the Sea

If any of you have some good recommendations on what to read next let me know!

Hannah

May 14 Event- Don’t Be a Nutbag

This post is long overdue and I apologize! Every time I tried to write it something would come up. On May 14, I was super lucky to be able to travel to Nashville once again for a book signing but this one was really special! A few months ago when I began organizing the Between Shades of Gray blog tour I emailed several bloggers to see if they wanted to join.

One of them was the amazing Marla from Starting the Next Chapter. Since then we have become good friends and talk every single day. We had never really met in person (although if you go look at my Ash2Nash pics from WAY long ago she can been seen creeping in the background lol) so the signing was going to be the first time! Marla came up with the idea to have a blogger meet and greet before the event, which took place at Parnassus Books in Nashville.

As the day for the event drew closer and closer more and more bloggers said they were coming and I was so excited to get to meet others! So on Monday morning I started off bright and early among a dreary haze and began my journey to Cookeville. I was heading to Cookeville, which is 2 hours from my house, so that I could carpool to Nashville with Marla and another blogger named Nikki. From there it was a little over an hour to get to Nashville. It was super fun getting to hangout with Nikki and Marla but the downside was instead of 2.5 hours to Nashville it took 3.5 hours total.

After a stop at an amazing cupcake shop in Cookeville Marla, Nikki, and I made it to Nashville and met up with the other groups of bloogers at Parnassus before heading over to Panera Bread across the street. Unfortunately the Georgia bloggers who came in for the event couldn’t make it to the dinner.
At Panera I got to meet Shalena aka Writers Quirk, Lauren aka The Housework Can Wait, and Megan who has a personal blog, of course Marla and Nikki were also there. We all got to say hi to each other, hang out, and learn Shalena’s life history. Seriously she is so funny and I can’t wait to get to hang out with her again. Trying to convince her to come to Yallfest this year with me.

When we finished with dinner we went back across the street to Parnassus where we tried to claim seats but of course there wasn’t one for me. So I pouted, went to the front to buy my books, came back and Marla had saved me a seat. Thanks Marla!

Now the moment you have all been waiting for! The event! It was Amy Plum (Die for Me) and Myra McEntire (Hourglass) leading the talks. I’ve been able to see Myra in person before at the Ash2Nash tour but I hadn’t read her book yet (and didn’t have a blog yet either) so I didn’t speak to her and I was so happy to get to this time. I hadn’t read any of Amy’s books yet but they sit on my shelves at this moment calling my name. I got to learn some really great things about their books but what really stuck out to my the most was Myra’s love for Doctor Who, she even shouted at the BBC cameraman who was there to see if she could meet the Doctor. Then of course they talked a lot about their writing process, which I loved!

For anyone writing a book out there it’s always special to get to hear an author talk about their process. One of my favorite parts about it is learning that you’re doing okay. I love hearing about how titles have changed, plot points the author thought was essential really turned out not to be, and how many drafts they have to go through. Recently I acquired a critique partner in the form of amazing Marla and probably my favorite line in the whole thing was “Don’t be a nutbag!” from Myra. Be a good critique partner but don’t go crazy. That is advice I take very seriously while reading Marla’s work and want to tell her when she reads mine (although she never gets crazy on me no matter how horrible it is).

I was also able to get some swag at the event but since there are already so many giveaways happening I am going to wait until later this summer and do a big swag event so keep watch!

Hannah

The Ash-Born Boy

It’s May 15th!

Not only does THE NEAR WITCH by Victoria Schwab come out in paperback TODAY, but, to celebrate its release, “The Ash-Born Boy” is finally up over at Disney*Hyperion’s website!

So, what IS “The Ash-Born Boy”?

It’s a free story Victoria wrote as a thank-you to her fans, and she wrote it to answer ONE question: “Who was Cole before he came to Near?”

Now, if you’ve already read THE NEAR WITCH, “The Ash-Born Boy” is guaranteed to change the way you see Cole.

And if you haven’t read THE NEAR WITCH yet, don’t worry, “The Ash-Born Boy” won’t spoil anything!

So basically, either way, you should go read Cole’s story ;)

And if you want to wait and read THE NEAR WITCH first, don’t worry! Cole’s story will stay up on Disney*Hyperion’s website, and if it ever comes down, Victoria will carve out a space for it on her own site. It will always be available somewhere, and it will always be free.

And!

Cole’s story isn’t the only goodie to go along with the paperback release. In the back of the paperback itself, you’ll find the first chapter of Victoria’s new book, THE ARCHIVED, which doesn’t come out until January!

So what are you waiting for?

Help Victoria celebrate today by taking a look at “The Ash-Born Boy,” and don’t forget to buy/order/pick up your own paperback copy of THE NEAR WITCH!

Check it out HERE

The Near Witch Blog Tour 2



I’m back again with another post on The Near Witch Blog Tour! Today I have a list of Victoria’s favorite books.

A short list of the books that tried to slay Victoria with their awesome.

The ones I’m always cooing over:

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
Morbid.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Magical.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Po.

Series Favorites:

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Fabulous.

The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassie Clare
Hot.

White Cat by Holly Black
Flawless.

Realism at its best:

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Wrenching.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Swoon.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
Unputdownable.

Recent loves:

Born Wicked by Jessica Shea
Divine.

Legend by Marie Lu
Compelling

The 2012 debut:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Stunning.

And now I also have something very awesome for you! I don’t have a picture (yet) but I am so excited to tell you that Victoria will be giving away the first piece of swag from THE ARCHIVED!!!! OMG! It is “a one-of-a-kind”set of key earrings. Lets all get excited!!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hannah