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If you haven’t read any Kelley York books yet, you’re totally missing out. She writes emotionally charged contemporary young adult novels that you must read. She has a new story coming out this winter, and you should definitely add it to your to-read list.
All London Noble wanted out of her senior year of high school was anonymity. The complete opposite of Jasmine, her emotionally unstable baby sister, London has worked hard to stay out of the spotlight.
Then she discovers that Wade, one of the most popular guys in school, is gay like her and their new-found closeness based around their shared secret has half the student body convinced they’re hooking up…and a lot of girls aren’t happy about it. Rumors are flying about “Dirty London” and her inability to keep her clothes on, and London is pretty sure she’s developing a crush on the only girl who sees through it all.
If she could admit why stealing boyfriends is the last thing on her mind—not to mention find out what’s going on with Jasmine and her rapidly disappearing psych medications—her life would be a much brighter place. But if her and Wade’s truth gets out, and if she doesn’t find a way to help her sister, London faces losing a lot more than her obscurity.
Release date: February 2014 (tentatively)
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Kelley York was born in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, step-daughter, and cats, while fantasizing about moving to England or Ireland. She has a fascination with bells and animals, is a lover of video games, and likes to pretend she’s a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or to at least write about them.
Kelley is a sucker for dark fiction. She loves writing twisted characters, tragic happenings, and bittersweet endings that leave you wondering and crying. Character development takes center stage in her books because the bounds of a person’s character and the workings of their mind are limitless.
A few weeks ago I talked about cleaning up my Kindle, including getting rid of stuff I’d gotten for free, but now know I’ll probably never read. And I did some organizing by creating several collections (folders).
-Short stories/novellas (because when I want something short, it’s easy to find)
-Books on writing (it’s good to reference these every once in a while)
So proud of myself. But also kicking myself for not doing this long ago.
Now on to Goodreads. I look at reviews of course, but I haven’t used it much other than my to-read and read list. And really, I just add books to my to-read list, I don’t have them in any order.
But now I’ve realized I should be using GR to categorize books I want to read, because I so often forget what’s waiting to be read. So I set up a folder to show these to-read books
-Books I can get at the library, whether e-book or real.
-Short stories/novellas on my Kindle
-Novels on my Kindle
-Books (real) I own
This will help me better keep track of what’s available, because my to-read list includes many books that aren’t currently available to me. (Mostly because I’m not ready to buy them, cause you know… I got too many books waiting to be read and don’t need to buy more.)
So do you use the categories on Goodreads for more than just to-read and read lists? What categories have you set up?
I apologize if the blog looks goofy. I’m trying to figure out why this is happening.
Today I’ve got someone fun here to talk about writing novellas versus novels. Rachel Schieffelbein just released her second novella, Run for the Roses, a super-sweet fun story that takes place during a horse showing competition.
So I’ll turn it over to Rachel now, and then you can see more about her story at the end. Welcome Rachel.
Suzi asked me to talk some about writing novellas, what I like about them, which is easier-novels or novellas, and other such things.
First off, as far as which is easier, I think it just depends on the writer. For me writing novellas and short stories has been easier, I like to keep things focused and get to the point. But I know others who have a hard time keeping their word counts short enough for novels even, so it all depends.
I’m not going to lie, one of the reasons I enjoy writing novellas is that they are faster. There’s never any instant gratification in the world of writing, but novellas get you there faster. It’s like knitting a washcloth versus knitting a blanket. Sometimes you just need a project you can finish.
I do have a few novels I’m working on as well, and it has definitely been fun filling out the characters and storylines a lot more. When you have characters you love, it’s really nice to get to spend more time with them. But I will continue writing novellas and short stories as well, when I’m just not in the mood to knit a whole blanket.
I wrote one NA novella, but right now it’s just sitting, tucked away into a deep dark folder on my computer. Sometime it may see the light of day, when I have time to get there. But I think I’d enjoy writing novellas. Just haven’t had any ideas except for that first one.
Thanks, Rachel, for stopping by. And now, here’s all the info on Rachel’s newest release.
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Run for the Roses by Rachel Schieffelbein
Published by Swoon Romance
Abigail Conrad has spent her whole life training for one goal: to win the roses at the Arabian Youth Nationals. She’s given up friends, a social life, and doesn’t have time to even think about guys — much less date!
Now that she’s headed off to college in the fall, it’s her last chance to be a Youth National Champion, and she won’t let anything distract her from that dream.
Except maybe Chase, the older brother of Abigail’s biggest rival. He’s charming, funny, and possibly Abigail’s biggest problem. How can she focus on riding when her mind keeps wandering to Chase’s green eyes and confident smile?
With her dream on the line, Abigail had better learn to fight her growing attraction to Chase, or she might end up losing the roses and the guy.