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Reading Keeps Me Sane put up the first advanced review for Poisoned Apple! Check it out HERE
“Don’t tell me you’re nervous.” He arched an eyebrow as a steady stream of smoke escaped his lips. That man somehow managed to say the exact words to get under her skin.
“Not in the slightest.” She clenched her jaw before she marched inside.
Brendan and Neve banter! I love it the way they interact, even when it’s prickly.
In light of Poisoned Apple coming out, I wanted to explore the Snow White story. After all, my version is a contemporary romance that leans on the darker side of the emotional spectrum. Hilariously enough, darker and disturbed is closer to the original than the bright and cheery Disney version.
What I remember of the Disney Snow White:
Singing with birds in a high falsetto
Dwarves, now with musical accompaniment
The evil queen dressing as a warty old witch to trick Snow White into eating the apple
A lipsticked Prince Charming sweeping in at the end to kiss Snow White
Obviously, I’m missing a ton of details. While it follows the basic plot of the original, it’s the lite version.
In the original, blood is mentioned—a LOT. And each attempt to trick Snow White nearly kills her, like the laces making her pass out, the poisoned comb almost killing her, until finally the poisoned apple does her in. A note about the original–Prince Charming wants to take her home as his possession. Because keeping comatose women in boxes looks SO LOVELY in the trophy room.
The twisted ending involved the evil queen being forced to dance with red-hot iron shoes on until she combusts.
So cheery! However, the original is infinitely more badass.
Her neck itched from too much sun. She’d been out here two hours, pacing around her cul-de-sac one hundred thirteen times since she’d returned from her shift at the café and, so far, had accomplished nothing. Her stomach clenched with the stark hollowness of what would happen the moment she walked through that door. Inside, Veronica would be waiting. As much as she hated confrontation and knew in her gut trouble was brewing, she’d have to deal with her stepmother at some point and was better off handling this mess without a bad case of sunburn. Neve let out a weary sigh then trekked up the paved walkway to her front door. Time to face the beast.
Sneak peek into Poisoned Apple which will debut on January 2nd!
January 2nd, you can get a copy of your own!
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Snow White’s a goth and Prince Charming’s a jerk.
On Neve’s eighteenth birthday, her stepmother kicks her out. A group of diner rats offer her refuge—including Brendan, who offers his couch for her to crash on. But the more time she spends with him, the more he confuses her. One second, he’s kissing her. The next he’s pushing her away.
Believing her life has reached rock bottom, Neve struggles to ditch her “damaged girl” label. But when she uncovers the truth about her life, she’s rocked to her very foundation. Will Neve be able to hold on to the good things coming her way, or will her bad luck poison everything?
I submitted, but I wasn’t sure it’d be accepted, so when I got the email today, I was super happy! Thanks so much to these guys for such a cool feature. You rock!
Every writer has been through it–the dreaded rejection. Whether it be via query, via agent request, publisher submission, or even just rejection from peers, when someone gives a harsh critique on your work, etc. It’s never easy. I compiled a list of quotes regarding rejection, because sometimes what does help are words of empathy.
“A rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.” -Bo Bennett
“Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.” –Kurt Vonnegut
“I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours – so enjoy the view.” –Michael York
“There is probably no hell for authors in the next world – they suffer so much from critics and publishers in this.” –C.N. Bovee
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your dreams. Small people always do that, but the really great ones make you feel that you too, can become great.” -Mark Twain
“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” -Samuel Beckett
“You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you’re working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success – but only if you persist.” -Isaac Asimov
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas Edison
This year at Wicked Faire, I’ll be vending again! Don’t miss out on a reprisal of Free Words, the basket of tiny scrolls with quotes on them! And I’ll also be running a giveaway, offering one of my books for free. We’ve got a lot of fun on the horizon, so you should definitely swing by the Solstice Brews stand at Wicked Faire!
So, I just finished reading Odd Thomas for the Caffeine Crew Book Club, even wrote a review up over here. That was a book that made my heart hurt–and GOD, I love that. Beyond any crazy twists and gimmicks (while I sometimes find them exhilarating in a whole different way), nothing makes me remember a book like the characters. Give me a character to remember, one that struggles and fights despite the overwhelming circumstances and odds against them. One that lives despite tragedy, or cares too deeply. One who’s unafraid to bare their soul, or too afraid, and terrified of getting hurt.
I see so many posts about how people are disgusting, or the worst. And yes, there exist some pretty terrible individuals. But in this era of social media, it’s so easy to dehumanize people. It’s so easy to forget that there’s a human being behind the screen, that the username has a story, and that they’re struggling to survive, and live, just like the rest of us.
Here’s where books come in. They’re a reminder, people. They’re a reminder why humankind can be amazing. Why people are worth believing in, and also a lesson on how circumstances and life can build folks up or destroy them. I want to read books that make my heart hurt, and make me love our species. I want to care about the individual, not statistics, or data.
Hence why I always read.