The cover is being worked on, literally right this moment. And, honestly, I can’t say anything but one thing: It looks amazingly badass. I might be a little biased seen as my best friend is drawing it, but, well, let’s say our friendship is built on honesty, so.
We’ve talked over multiple ideas, discarded the ones we had initially, and then came up with something way better.
The strange thing about seeing someone for first time in nine years is the way they look totally different, just for a second, a split second, and then they look at you the way they always have, as if no time has passed between you.
‘ I’m headed straight for the castle They wanna make me their queen And there’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying that I probably shouldn’t be so mean I’m headed straight for the castle They’ve got the kingdom locked up And there’s an old man sitting on the throne that’s saying I should probably keep my pretty mouth shut’
The company that’s distributing my book (lulu.com) did.
They sent me an email, letting me know that the book is printed and shipped off. From this moment on, it’ll be in a bus or a train or an airplane, back in a train, and in a van. I don’t know. All I know is I’m very excited.
Then once it’s here, I will finally get to share it.
**New Young Adult Paranormal Romance Novel** Seven Seeds of Summer follows the story of Summer, a college art student who has grown up in a house full of Greek mythology and legends. Summer grew up with a love for the darkest of all Gods: Hades, which caused tension between her and her mother. Summer comes home to Point Judith, Rhode Island, to find a mysterious figure on their family beach. The figure comes to her with questions about a familiar myth of her childhood: of Persephone and Hades. He proceeds to tell her of a new version of the story with a different ending that Summer never knew; an ending that includes herself. A trip to Greece leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of the strange figure whom she had met before. He takes her on a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, to the lowest point of Greece where his lair awaits: The Underworld. Determined to find out the secret of herself and her piece in the story, Summer goes with him, and tries to make herself at home in his world. Summer has to decide to follow her heart or follow the same footsteps of the mysterious woman in her past life.
Available now as an Ebook, and will be available as paper-back on June 3rd, 2014.
This newest book by Marie Lu, The Young Elites, actually left me speechless. Like right now…I’m sputtering while typing this —lasoijwvaor;mnlkafjsadlfj alsdfjawefoiajf— sorry, that was me sputtering again.
With this problem, one can imagine that my attempt to string words together for a review has failed miserably. So instead I’ve decided to draw my emotional journey I had while reading this book. Here I go…
Yeah, I think that about sums it up. Basically, marielubooks, you are a friggin’ master of storytelling and world building and pulling the reader in and probably making really delicious grilled cheeses. In summary, I know I definitely need a couple of days before I pick up another book, because this one *lets out giant sigh* still has me in its web.
Disclaimer: due to excess- enthusiasm and extra excitement, there may be lots of typos in this post. My apologies in advance.
So. As the book and the cover and all the information are all done and set and checked and submitted, I can actually tell you something.
Actual information indeed.
Today I have ordered my own copy to check if the printing is right, if there aren’t any mistakes I may have missed, etc etc. Buuuuut since I live in Holland and all online-publishing businesses seem to be located in the state of North Carolina in the USA (at least the two companies I’ve been working with), it’s going to take a while before the book reaches me (especially since me and my family do live up to the stereotype of the Dutch being cheap and we thus opted for the cheapest mailing option).
Once my book is in and I’ve seen that everything (/most of it) is as good as I want it to be, I’m a few mouseclicks and sighs away from my book being public for all of you. I’m thinking it may take three to four weeks.
It’s going to be great. The cover is seriously amazing, I am proud of the story, I feel professional, and I can only hope you will like it too.
In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.
Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.
Here’s what I think:
This book was good for its plot, for its world building but not so for its writing and characters. What kept me going was the need to know the ending, but other than that this book didn’t really provide much to be remembered about. From the start this book came on the dull, dreary side, probably because it revolves around suicide. But still so I felt it didn’t quite meet the mark.
Firstly, Sloane was very dependent on boys. She depended on James to get her through Brady’s death, she depended on Realm to get her through the program, and she even depended on Roger to help her remember one memory. And that memory was about two boys. Secondly, Sloane doesn’t love Realm, she states that to the reader but she stays with him and lets him call her “sweetness”. Even after she is reintroduced to James and starts to have feelings for him, she stays with Realm. It is like she wants to insure one boyfriend before she leaves the first.
Lastly, besides from boys Sloane’s character wasn’t that great. She couldn’t even figure out how to not eat the pills she was given when she knew they were erasing her memories.
A little snippet-
“It’s not good to have fears like this. It only makes it more likely that you’ll die that way—a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
This book was a fine read, I guess but it definitely won’t make it anywhere close to my favorites.
I know this is probably going to sound so annoying, but this is going to mean SO much to me. Unfortunately today I found out that in order for me to do Author Interviews, I’ll have to pay my publisher $500. I really don’t have that sort of money to just fork over. (I really truly wish I did.)
Because of this, it’s less likely that my book, my baby of “Seven Seeds of Summer” won’t get out to the people the way it should; or the way I imagined or hoped.
I know that all of you — or most of you — Are Disney Fans. And you all know the importance of Dreaming, Doing, Creating. . Following your Heart. I’m just going to ask if all of you could reblog my post, which will follow after this, on your pages. Share with your friends on Facebook. If you’re REALLY interested in my book, after you’ve shared/reblogged, you can message me and I can GIVE (*FREE GIVEAWAY*) a copy of my E-Book.
I just want to share my story, my characters.. with everyone. After having them put away for 4 years, It’s really time to give Summer and Hades a chance to be read and loved.
I’d appreciate every little bit that you all can do for me.