Jul 8, 2014

The Writer Within (Looking for writers)

Hey there, fellow bloggers and writers!  I'm looking for a few good writers for my new blog series.

I'm currently in the process of curving my blog toward writers and aspiring authors.  I hope to include more posts on the writing process as well as getting published, finding an agent and all other areas of the industry.  
But mostly, I want to open up a discussion on the topic.  In an effort to include as many perspectives and stories as possible, I am starting a series on my blog entitled, The Writer Within.  The idea here is to share our stories as writers, authors and poets no matter how much you write or if you’ve published or not.  

There is a certain pressure placed on writers and it causes many of us to hesitate before proclaiming our scribe status.  Maybe you're a hobby-writer, or a career-driven writer.  Are you a secret writer keeping journals and stories hidden in the closet...or are you an outed public writer?  Do you blog about writing, and if not, here's your chance.  The idea here is to unveil the writer within.  No pressure.  No judgement.  Just writers supporting other writers.

It will be as simple as answering some interview-style questions and hopefully sharing some insight and/or experience.  

So if you're a writer, or an aspiring one, I'd love to have you!  If you’d like to answer a few of the questions and be showcased on The Tangerine, please let me know!  The beauty of it is that you will also have the chance to promote your work and yourself!

Won’t you join me?

Email me and include in the email:
A little about yourself, the writer.

I cannot wait to hear from you!

Jul 1, 2014

Book Review: Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Title: Adaptation
By: Malinda Lo
Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal / Sci-Fi / Contemporary
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Source: Netgalley (Thanks!)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

The story:
Reese is about to get on an airplane when the world goes nuts and birds start taking down planes all over the world.  Suddenly, it turns into a post-apocolyptic nightmare and Reese and David are on the run until they crash their car near Area 51.
From there, life returns to mostly normal...that is until Reese meets Amber.

My thoughts:
Adaptation had a great start!  For the first quarter of the book, I was hooked.  It was fast paced, mysterious, intriguing and a little bit scary.  Then, there was an entire change of pace.

This book is really broken into three parts: thriller, contemporary, paranormal.  The crazy, action packed first part.  The goose-bump inducing romantic and rule-breaking second part.  Then, the dystopian, strange and un-expected third part.

I liked each part independently.  I liked the action when there was action.  I liked the romance between Reese and Amber (yes, two girls).  I liked the tension between Reese and David.

I can't wait to see where this story is going and I want Amber back!

What I didn't like...

I spent most of the book not knowing what was going on.  What are we dealing with here?  Aliens?  Robots?  Super humans?  But honestly, I was so distracted by Amber and Reese that I didn't care about aliens or adaptations or whatever.  And I probably should have.

Malinda Lo is a great writer with a great story here.  I love, love, love that she fearlessly ventured into a girl/girl romance.  I connected with Reese and empathized with her struggle.  Lo proved that a female love connection can be just as hot as a male/female and that the female love interest can be just as swoon-worthy.  For every reader.

Fist-bump, Malinda.

Find it here:
Goodreads / Amazon / B&N