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June, 2012

  1. Sloppy Writing 101.19

    June 29, 2012 by Suzi

    Another word I overused was probably. Probably isn’t a bad word. And I wasn’t using it wrong. I just didn’t need it.

    I went into FROSTY recently and did a search. I found 72 probablys. So it’s not on par with my overuse of just or that, but writing experts say every words counts. And if I don’t need that probably, I should take it out.

    Here are a few examples.

    -I had probably broken most of her rules during my time with her.
    (Sydney did break most of those rules, so why use probably?)

    -She’d probably make fun of them, all hoity-toity, which is what she called people who thought they were better than us.
    (Sydney knows darn well her mother would make fun of the Claytons. I don’t need the probably.)

    -Maybe, but I’ll probably die from your driving long before smoking kills me.
    (Sydney’s being snarky here, the probably lessens the impact.)

    -Corbin’s all-brick house was monstrous—probably three times the size of Brooke’s.
    (We know she’s guessing; she doesn’t have the floor plans and square footage, so no need for probably.)

    After I deleted all my unnecessary probablys, I had 39. Not a huge change, but if I want to make every word count, this is a good word to start with.

  2. The Big Reveal

    June 27, 2012 by Suzi

    Welcome to The Big Reveal.

    I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.

    Do you read/write book reviews?

    Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
    I absolutely read book reviews! I often base the books I chose on their reviews. I’ve written a few book reviews myself and I also use to rate all the books I read.

    Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
    If someone I know does a book review, I’ll usually read it. And I’ll take recommendations from people whose opinions I tend to agree with. But I rarely seek out book reviews, except sometimes when I read one-star Amazon reviews of books I love. It’s interesting the reasons people give (or don’t give) for not liking books.

    Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
    I actually don’t read reviews. Doesn’t just go with books, goes for movies too. Because everything is subjective. :) I’m not going to like everything someone else will. I’ve written a couple reviews, but again, only as favors and I don’t expect everyone to have the same opinion as moi. 😉

    Jade Hart, Un-agented author
    Yes, I read reviews and it does sway me if I want to read it or not. No, I don’t write them myself, I can’t bring myself to leave negative feedback.

    Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
    I often look to the rating to decide whether or not to read something, but rarely dig into the actual review. I haven’t yet started writing my own reviews, but I recently joined Goodreads and may start writing a few here and there, at least for the books I really enjoy.

    Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
    Yes, I read reviews, but normally it’s just to see what other people are saying. It’s all so subjective and everybody has different criteria. I don’t usually base my decision on whether to read a book or not on a review. Sometimes I’ll read the reviews after to see if I agree.

    Joelene B. Perry, Published author
    I could do a WEEK of posts on book reviews, so I’ll TRY to not be too long-winded. Book reviews mean jack. Seriously. A good friend of mine rates books she likes 3 stars. I rate books 3 stars if I really didn’t like it much, but think other people will, and just mark “read” the books I hated. Or I don’t finish, I just delete them off my shelf because I have ZERO business writing a review on a book I didn’t finish. One and two star reviews are almost never helpful, and in my opinion, the only thing a one or two star review should say was “this wasn’t for me.” The ONLY time I’ve looked at reviews in whether or not I should read a book is when I already own more than one of the books I check, and want to know which to read first. I find that the three-star reviews are the most helpful, because most of them show both the good and bad. If you’re an author – three pieces of advice. ONE – don’t read any bad reviews. TWO – read the one-star reviews of books you LOVE. THREE – SAVE YOUR FIVE STAR REVIEWS FOR A BAD WRITING DAY 😀

    Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
    I rarely read book reviews, and even more rarely do they affect whether or not I read a book. (Though sometimes several stellar reviews will sway me to pick up a book.) I mostly go by recommendations from friends and trusted readers whose tastes are similar to my own. I used to write book reviews like crazy on Goodreads, my blog, and Deseret News, but stopped when I got my book contract. There were too many conflicts of interest, and I simply don’t feel comfortable with it any more.

    Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
    Sometimes I do, I won’t be reading ones for my own though. I only write positive book reviews on my blog, and I call them “Book Talks,” as I don’t really critique the writing so much as I do a librarian-ship “book sell” to the reader.

    Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
    Yes, I’m always swayed one way or the other by reviews. I read them if I’m purchasing a book I’ve never read before, but I’ll check out books from the library without reading reviews. Less risk involved, I guess.

    Melodie Wright, Agented author
    I don’t read book reviews but I do pass on a recommendation on my blog or Goodreads if I enjoyed something. I don’t write about books I didn’t like. I decide on whether or not to read a book based on the author, cover and blurb. Book reviews generally don’t affect me one way or the other.


    So do you read book reviews?
    Do you base what you’re going to read off of them?

  3. Cool Author Story

    June 24, 2012 by Suzi

    First, thank you to Hope Writing With Hope for the Kreativ Blogger Award. You can go here to see what I posted. I’d also like to send a special shout to the lovely ladies at Falling For Fiction. Cassie, Hope, Jade, Jenny & Kelley. I got to make an appearance 3 times on their blog in about a week, which was just a coincidence. Jenny interviewed me on a Friday. I got to say some nice words about Jolene Perry (another very cool author btw) on Monday, and Wednesday I gave my little blurb on critiquing. I’m pretty sure I won’t be on their blog for a while now, except maybe in the comments. But if you haven’t checked them out yet, please do. They are a supportive and fun bunch, and I love them all.

    Now on to the cool author part.

    So one day I hope to be a cool author too. Not too long ago I mentioned that I didn’t really know many authors until lately, mostly because I never followed writer blogs or websites until this past year. Now I’ve got my little collection of books that have been autographed. And it just grew by one.

    And I’m really excited.

    And this author is so very cool.

    So here’s the story cause I want to share it.

    Not long ago Stephanie Campbell tweeted that there was a review of the book she co-wrote with Jolene Perry, My Heart for Yours, at a book review blog. And that they were giving away a paperback copy.

    Now I’d already read this book and loved it. Delia and Tobin are the kind of characters that I want to read on about after I close (or shut off in my case) the book. So even though I already read it, I wanted to try win this paperback copy.

    So I went to the blog and registered on the rafflecopter. The FIRST thing you had to do, before you could earn other points was to go to Goodreads and mark My Heart for Yours as a ‘to read.’

    Well I don’t have a Goodreads account. I use it to read reviews, but I have no desire at this point to start an account. And try keep up with listing books I’ve read. And rating them… etc.

    But, I was gonna start the account just so I could try win the book. Before I did that, I went back to Twitter. Now I don’t really know Stephanie well, just kinda through following her blog and maybe commenting every once in a while. And I e-mailed her when I was reading My Heart for Yours to tell her I liked it. But that’s about it.

    And since I consider myself to be funny (sometimes), I was gonna send her a tweet. So I typed this:
    @stephcampbell_ Damn. Now I have to join Goodreads cause the 1st thing in the giveaway requires a GR account and I’d love to have this book

    The first things I thought after I sent it was…
    1. Damn. I hope she realizes I’m kinda kidding. I’m not really upset or anything. And I’m gonna join Goodreads.
    2. Maybe I should’ve used darn. (Oh well—too late now)

    So seriously, less than 15 minutes after that, she replied and said to give her my address, and she’d send me a copy.

    I was dumbstruck.

    And I now have myself a Stephanie Campbell signed copy of My Heart for Yours.

    Isn’t that sweet?

    So this is what I mean by cool authors. I know an author can’t be successful without their readers, but no author HAS to do this kind of stuff. And some day when I become a published author I will do the same type of thing and hopefully make somebody’s day, like she did for me.

    So thank you, Stephanie.

    Do you have any cool author stories? Or have you heard of authors doing similar things?

  4. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Blog Hop

    June 22, 2012 by Suzi

    Thank you to Jaycee and Victoria for hosting the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Blog Hop.

    Title: Savannah (working title), Adult Contemporary
    When Mike and Savannah meet in the Bahamas, they both know they want to spend the rest of their lives together. They just might make it despite the disapproval of family and friends, Savannah’s ex-lovers that won’t go away and Mike’s inner demons. But just as Savannah is about to get everything she’s ever wanted, a killer seeking revenge threatens to take it all away.

    Minka Kelley as Savannah

    Kiera took a sip of her beer and studied the burgundy strips in Savannah’s dark hair. She could definitely pull off that look. It was their first time speaking alone all night. Was Mike really going to marry this girl? Mr. Commitment-Phobe who said he’d never settle down? How had he gone to the Bahamas for a little re-cooperation and returned with a fiancée?

    “So how did you guys meet anyway?” Kiera asked, her eyes dropping down to the necklace showcasing Savannah’s cleavage. Wouldn’t that be nice?

    Savannah closed her eyes and smiled. “Fishing charter. I helped out a friend one morning. I only figured it’d be a one-night stand.” Her grin widened. “Or one-morning stand I guess you could say.”

    Kiera’s mouth dropped. “You didn’t?”

    This shouldn’t have shocked Kiera, but it did. Even after what Savannah said earlier. Lila had been so pissed. One part of Kiera felt bad for Lila, who’d been in love with Mike for years. The other part said Lila should’ve known Mike never loved her.

    Savannah raised her eyebrows. “Oh yeah. Down below while everyone was fishing. I slipped him my number after, but I didn’t think he’d really call.”

    “He call you right away?” Mike wasn’t the type to chase girls. He usually sat back and waited for them. It never took long.

    “That night. Asked if I wanted to get together the next day.” She glanced over at the table where Mike was playing poker with the others. “Shush, don’t tell him this. But I told him I only had lunch open that day even though I knew why he was calling.” She leaned back and grinned mischievously. “I figured if we could talk a bit, he might be interested in hanging out the rest of the week.” She twirled the engagement ring on her finger. “I never thought he’d end up asking me to marry him.”

    “It’s a surprise to us all.”

    Savannah leaned forward, tucking her long dark hair behind her ear. “You know what the funny thing is? The first time I met him we have sex, but our technical first date… just lunch. No kiss.” She grinned. “Not my typical first date.”

    Kiera chuckled at Savannah’s candidness. Mike was the same in some ways, although working undercover in the narcotics unit had made him cynical and jaded. Savannah definitely held a more positive outlook on life.

    Savannah let out a long sigh. “Sometimes I feel like this is all a dream. The last few years have sucked in the love department, and I still wonder if this is truly happening. I can’t tell you how freaked out I was about meeting everyone tonight. And other than Lila, you guys have all been so wonderful.” Savannah dropped her eyes to her beer and swished it around. “Well and…”

    “And what?” Kiera sat up.

    Savannah stared intently at Mike. “I don’t think his sister likes me. She was a little cool towards me today.”

    Not a surprise. Savannah was the opposite of Elena in every way. Elena played the part of successful business woman. Savannah worked odd jobs in the Bahamas. Elena’s guarded and disciplined personality would conflict with Savannah’s frank and laid back attitude. Both were strong women.

    Kiera could imagine the fireworks.

    She patted Savannah’s arm. “Don’t worry about her. Mike’s been through a lot of crap, and Elena only worries about him. It’ll work out.”

    “I hope so.” Savannah sighed.

    Kiera did too.

     So What by Pink

    The song I chose for Savannah is So What by Pink. I think it’s a good portrayal of Savannah’s attitude. On the outside, she’s brazen and gutsy, but inside she’s just as vulnerable as everyone else.

  5. My So Called Teenage Life Blog Hop

    June 21, 2012 by Suzi

    Thank you to Amy Sonnichsen and Christa Desir for hosting My So Called Teenage Life blog hop.

    So we’re supposed to post our journal entries or bad poetry from our teenage years. Mine comes from my journals and all of these stories are true.

    I’ve seen this issue come up when it comes to fiction. That teenage boys are sometimes are portrayed as over-sexed. Some people don’t believe this to be true. And I had kind of forgotten it, until I started re-reading my old journals. I was a little shocked about some of the things that were said to me. So here’s a little taste. (I tried to be true to my writing. I typed it as I wrote it, unless the spelling/grammar of a word confused the story. All these happened in 9th grade. All names have been changed to protect the innocent… or guilty.)

    Today in Global Ed, J asked M what we did in English. He (M goes) Oh we ran around naked and did a worksheet. He goes yea, I saw Suzi run naked 5 times. D goes Yeah, me too. M goes J/K Suz—I only saw you 3 times. How embarrassing. J is so cute. He’s going to Hawaii. He’s been lying in tanning beds. He’s really tan!

    (I guess I wasn’t too bothered by this incident.)

    Yesterday I wore black spandex. (Yes, it was in then.) D goes in global ed—would you pull up your shirt. It wasn’t tucked in. I said only if he’d pull down his shorts. Too bad.
    (So apparently, he didn’t do it. Not that I would have.)

    I would just like to say, of all that teasing these guys did, it was mostly innuendo, and it never seriously embarrassed me. I didn’t consider it harassment. That Global Ed class was the most fun class I had during my freshman year.

    On the way to French I stopped to talk to B. He asked me where I was going. I said French. He goes no I said where are you going, not what you want to do. Little pervert. 

    (This was a 7th grader. A cute, charming 7th grader. I was a 9th grader. I wonder what he was like in high school.)

    This next one was at my older brother’s hockey tournament.

    This weekend was the hockey tourney in Wahpeton. We had to stay in Fargo. Girl 1 and Girl 2 & I didn’t go to the 1st 2 games. We got 4th place. On Sat the guys had to be in their rooms at 11:00. There was no pool only hallways. Anyways we 3 were sitting out in the hallway playing “B.S” card game. Everyone but some parents were in their rooms. We were listening to music. LB the assistant coach walked by. He goes “What are ya playing, strip poker?” Girl 2 goes (he didn’t hear) “Yea, we are, can’t you tell were gay.”

    (So the thing about this is that LB, a 20-22 year old man (I’m guessing), said this to 3 girls, a 9th grader, and 8th grader and a 7th grader. Yeah, kind of creepy.)

    This last thing is unrelated, and it happened in 10th grade. SWEET SOPHOMORE GIRL was a classmate, and no, this wasn’t me, thank goodness, and MAJOR HOTTIE was just that. I was not there to witness it, but I was there for the aftermath.

    SWEET SOPHOMORE GIRL was walking down the hall (with someone) eating cheetos. She dropped a big one. Just as MAJOR HOTTIE, a sr. was walking by. She goes ‘Whoah, that was a big one.’ Just when MH walked by. He turned and looked at her and she blurted out – The cheeto, I’m talkin about the cheeto—Funny.
    MH – Gorgeous.

    I’m pretty sure we had a big laugh at poor SSG’s expense… for quite a while. It still makes me smile.

  6. The Big Reveal

    June 20, 2012 by Suzi

    Welcome to The Big Reveal.

    I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.

    Do you overwrite or underwrite on your initial drafts?

    Melodie Wright, Agented author
    I’m an underwriter. My first draft is all about plot; once that’s in place, I develop characters during revision. I generally end up adding scenes and other info then. The most I’ve ever cut has been a chapter or two.

    Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
    I under-write. My books usually come out really tight and through editing I tease out scenes, let tension simmer between the characters a little longer, add scene imagery and internal thoughts/ feelings. The first draft is just all about getting down on paper what’s going to happen, then when I re-read it, I lengthen as I go, adding lines here and there to further flesh the scene out.

    Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
    Oh, I like this question. Story time. I wrote and rewrote one novel three times. It peaked at 140,000 words, and then I cut nearly half of that. It ended up about 75,000 words and from a different point of view. After I get sick of my current project, I’m going to go back and rewrite the whole thing again. If you count all the drafts that I’ve thrown out, (which you probably shouldn’t,) I’ll have cut about 200,000 words! (But that’s just throwing out three entire drafts.) I learned my lesson, and my last two novels were slightly under-written. One gained about ten thousand words, and the current one will gain less, I think.

    Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
    I underwrite most of the time. Not saying I don’t cut anything, but I usually have to beef it up because when I write dialog I have floating heads until I go back and add some action to the scene. The most I’ve cut is 15,000 words but it was an entire rewrite so it felt like I was just writing another book entirely.

    Jade Hart, Un-agented author
    I tend to overwrite in description when I write my first draft and cut about 5,000 words in my final edit, however I under write in voice and feeling so those 5,000 words are topped right back up again! :)

     Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
    I tend to under-write and add in layers over time. I realize that I write like I’m building a house –I start with the foundation and the frame, and slowly build outward until finally I’m focused on the aesthetic details of the story.

    I wouldn’t say that I cut things from my story – I typically rewrite them to make it fit better, but the general content is the same. Although I recently cut an entire chapter from my WIP and rewrote something completely different…it was hard to do, but I think the story is better because of it.

    Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
    I tend to overwrite, and usually end up cutting. On the flip side, I’m not good at description/setting, so I have to try hard and usually end up adding more with that. But overall, overwriting is my problem. It’s just all those unnecessary words I use. One of my early WIPs started at 115,000 words, which wasn’t gonna work for a debut YA author. I cut it to 92,000, but more will come off when I get into the heavy editing.

    Joelene B. Perry, Published author
    When I first started writing, I thought over-writing was the way to go. Cutting is way easier than adding. I do not feel that way at ALL anymore. Chapter four of Save The Cat has totally changed how I write. I’m totally unbothered when a first draft comes in at 42,000 words. I know there’s no extra fluff. That everything I’ve written is not only important, but crucial to the story. THEN I go in and add layers – layers to my characters (which always results in more scenes) and layers to the setting, and find a few quirks. I’m always afraid I won’t make word count, but I always do. So yes. Less is more. In my opinion. (I’m guessing that you have a LOT of different answers for this one…)

    Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
    I mostly underwrite and then sometimes nonsense-write. (I can’t really call it overwriting so much as pointless writing.) My writing “process” is so haphazard, some days I add 20 pages and the next I cut 40. It’s a mess, but that’s how I roll.

    Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
    Overwrite, all the way. I cut over 25k from one of my YA’s.

    Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
    I’m a little extreme, but I don’t think I’m alone. My first few “revisions” are usually complete rewrites. I feel like I get to know the characters better every time I rewrite a book. By the last writing binge, I would say I’m pretty balanced. When I’m to the point where I’m finally just revising, I add a bit here and take a bit away there.

    My word count stays approximately the same. With that said, there was one revision in which I was determined to pick up the book’s pace, so I did end up cutting a total of about five thousand words. It felt like being on a great diet. I walked away so energized by the experience!

    Are you an overwriter or an underwriter?

  7. Clichés

    June 17, 2012 by Suzi

    Jenny Morris from Falling For Fiction interviewed me on Friday. It was my first blog interview, and I was impressed with the research Jenny did to prepare her questions.
    So thank you, Jenny. It was a lot of fun.

    Falling For Fiction
    So back to clichés.

    No, these aren’t the stupid little clichés that show up in your writing. These are the ones that appear in your plot or your characters. I just got hit in the head with mine. I’ve been learning so much these last six months, but I guess something I kinda ignored was the clichés, because I have two big ones in Frosty.

    Clichés don’t bother me as a reader, but apparently, they are a big turn off to agents. So we as writers are NOT supposed to use them. Although some writers argue that almost everything is becoming cliché these days. But that is an argument for another day.

    So what clichés did I use in FROSTY?

    Corbin is hot. Rich. Captain of the basketball team.

    Brooke is beautiful, a cheerleader dating the captain of the basketball team, and although she ISN’T a mean girl, she does a few not-so-nice things to her foster sister.

    After I realized this, my question became, do I fix/change them?

    With Corbin: no. He has one big thing going against him, that contradicts what you would expect out of a kid like that. So I left his. Besides, it’d make changing major parts of the story—which I didn’t want to do.

    With Brooke: yes. I got rid of the cheerleader part because it wasn’t really an important detail for the story. Only took me 10 minutes delete all the cheerleader references. I had to adjust one minor scene, but it didn’t really affect things much.

    But now that I know about this cliché issue, I’ll take a harder look at my other manuscripts and make sure I don’t fall in the same trap. I want my characters to be original, so why not switch things up a bit.

    Do you worry about clichés in your story?
    Do they bother you as a reader? If so, which do you hate the worst?

  8. Falling For Fiction

    June 15, 2012 by Suzi

    No Sloppy Writing today because
    it’s been a busy week with the First Kiss/First Fight Blog Hop.

    But Jenny Morris from Falling For Fiction interviewed me today
    –my first blog interview–
    so go check it out.

    Falling For Fiction

  9. First Fight / First Kiss – Day 2

    June 14, 2012 by Suzi

    Entertaining Interests

    Day two of The First Fight/First Kiss blog fest hosted by Danielle and Jackie.

    June 12 – Share with us your 1st FIGHT scene on your blog. It can be physical or verbal, fists or magic. Whichever you want to share.

    June 14 – Share with us your 1st KISS scene on your blog. It can be a peck on the cheek or a full fledge kissing session. Whatever you would like to tell us.

    Title: Beyond the Wake (WIP)
    A contemporary young adult novel.
    One summer. Two lives. Who will be the one to change?
    When 17 year old Jason unexpectedly falls for his best friend’s younger sister, he must decide if he can give up his partying ways to be the guy that Alexis needs. Fifteen year old Alexis is flattered by Jason’s attention, but as the summer progresses, she must decide if she’s willing to surrender her values for the guy she’s fallen for.

    Just a reminder. Day 1 was actually their first kiss and first fight. This is where they make up and have that special first kiss. It’s a little rough, since it’s waiting to be editing, but enjoy.

    “Al, wait.” I grabbed her hand and pulled her towards the dock. I wasn’t going to let her go this time. “I need to talk to you.” We climbed into the boat, but when I sat next to her, she slid away, refusing to look at me. “Al, please. I’m sorry. Really. I’m sorry for getting drunk. It was dumb. I don’t do it all the time.”

    “You were drinking again tonight.” Her lips were pursed as she stared off toward the water.

    “Yeah, but just a few. I’m not drunk, not even buzzed.” She was making this so hard. “And I don’t smoke pot. That was the first time.”

    “Whatever.” She crossed her arms and squeezed her eyes shut.

    “I’m telling the truth. You can ask Mack. Sean offered it and I was curious. If I’d been sober, I probably wouldn’t have, but I did. And I’m sorry. Please, believe me.” She rolled her eyes. “You know I thought about what you said, about taking away what should’ve been a great memory. Instead of something special, I gave you a cheap forced kiss. And I get it. I was drunk and didn’t think. All night long I wanted to kiss you. Since we talked about it at the fair. The beer made me a little over eager. And I’m sorry. I’m sorry I ruined it for you.”

    She sighed and finally looked me in the eyes. I knew then she was going to forgive me. The relief spread.

    “I guess I missed out.” She offered a small smile.


    She bit down on her lip. “I was so uptight about the whole kiss thing, I didn’t get to enjoy it. And after what I heard, I probably should have.”

    “What do you mean?

    “Randi said that Tangi said that you were the best kisser.”

    Holy shit. Best kisser? If Tangi said something to Al, I would kill her. “Tangi said what to you?”

    “Nothing to me. She told Randi, who told me.”

    Damnit. Two girls I’ve pissed off. One I’d had sex with. Both I’d refused. Alexis couldn’t know I’d slept with Tangi. “I don’t want to talk about Tangi.”

    “So are you a good kisser?”

    “Beats me. You want to find out?” My heart pounded. Was she as nervous as me? When I kissed her the other night, I just did it. But now I think she wanted me to kiss her. What if she didn’t like it? What if I have beer breath? This is so much easier when you’re drunk.

    Her smile was her answer.

    I leaned in and pulled her head to mine and kissed her. Not a hot and heavy make out kiss. No tongue. No hand under her shirt. Just a kiss. A nice sweet kiss.

    “So?” I asked, holding my breath.

    She nodded and I kissed her again. And then a third time.

    Alexis sat back and stared into my eyes for what seemed like forever. Then jumped up and pulled on my hand. “Come on.” She climbed out of the boat and waited for me.

    “Where are we going?” I wanted to stay in the boat. I wanted to stare into her dark brown eyes. I wanted to kiss her some more. But that was enough for her. She’d gone as far as she could right now.

    “Let’s go swing.”

    We rocked back and forth silently, her head on my shoulder. I longed to her kiss again, but I knew we were done for tonight. After ten minutes she stood. “I’m going to bed. Goodnight, Jason.”

    I sat out by myself a while longer to give her some space. Maybe she was in there thinking about our kiss. Hopefully she was smiling. After twenty minutes, I went inside and bushed my teeth. She was already sleeping, and I climbed in to bed.

    And just for those of you who really dislike Jason–I have to explain that he didn’t cheat on Alexis. The other girls came before her, but he’s worried that she will think less of him if she knew the truth.

  10. The Big Reveal

    June 13, 2012 by Suzi

    Welcome to The Big Reveal.

    I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.

    Do you like to re-read books?

    Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
    I’ve read the Narnia series a number of times, as well as the Little House books, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and Anne of Green Gables. Most novels I read only once, however.

    Melodie Wright, Agented author
    I’m a re-reader, it goes with my revisionist tendencies. I don’t buy a book unless I really really LOVE it, which narrows the field considerably. Every book I own I’ve read multiple times. If I haven’t read it more than once, I’ll give it away or donate it to a book sale or something. Right now I’m re-reading UNSPOKEN, by Sarah Rees Brennan (comes out in Sept.), I love Household Gods by Judith Tarr and Michael Turtledove. The entire Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters. All of LM Montgomery’s books, Kristin Cashore’s books, the list is too long…

    Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
    Nope. I don’t typically re-read books. I’m the same with movies. Once is usually enough and then I’m onto the next thing. There have been a few books I’ve read bits and pieces of twice, but nothing comes to mind.

    Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
    Yes, but only some books. I like the Chronicles of Narnia every few years, and also Ray Bradbury’s novels. Mostly, I like to re-read my own books and congratulate myself on being such a good writer.

    Cassie Mae, Un-agented author
    Yes! Especially certain parts in books. Like in Lola and the Boy Next Door I read the kissing scene about fifty times. (swoon) And I’m on about the 27th time through the Harry Potter series.

    Jade Hart, Un-agented author
    I’ve read a few multiple times. It has to be a rich story that I enjoy. I’ve read The Sword of Truth twice, and Jean Auel twice. However the book I’ve read the most is Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor. I just love the way she writes so I get lost in the writing as much as the story. But those are the exceptions, normally I speed read and on to the next, some I only get past the first chapter before I put it down. I’m not a patient reader, if it doesn’t grab me… see ya! (bit harsh I know)


    Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
    Recently I reread some of my favorite YA books from back when I was a YA. It’s a great way to reconnect with the stories that were relevant to me, and keeps me in touch with my inner young adult.

    Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
    No. I don’t re-read books. My only exception would be that sometime I’d like to re-read my favorite kids/ya books now that I’m an adult.

    Joelene B. Perry, Published author
    The only books I’ve re-read are Harry Potter and the classics. I can’t even count how many times I’ve read Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice. Or any of Austen’s, really. There are a few modern books that I know I WANT to re-read, but so many new books come out every month, that I end up not re-reading.

    Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
    I re-read several books when I was young, some as many as four or five times— Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn, The Boxcar Children (#1) by Gertrude Chanlder Warner, Matilda by Roald Dahl, and The Fairy Rebel by Lynn Reid Banks. It’s not as common for me to reread a book now; there are just so many I want to read. But every now and then I like to re-read a good classic like Jane Eyre or To Kill a Mockingbird. They never cease to give me wonder.

    Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
    I’ve read THE STAND four times. Was ill (physically) every time. Totally psycho-somatic.

    So do you re-read books? If so, which ones?