young adult*

Earlier this week, Bustle posted the first look at the cover of Morgan Matson’s Save the Date. The book will hit shelves on June 5, 2018, and not only does the cover look like there’s much to look forward to, Morgan will be signing every single first edition so there’s a great chance you’ll have a special copy. 

Another reveal is the news that some beloved characters from Morgan’s previous book will be seen in Save the Date. We have no idea who and why but right now that news alone is enough. Head over to Bustle’s to read an excerpt from the book (see source below), but not before reading the full blurb.

Billed as Father of the Bride meets Sixteen Candles (yes, please), Save the Datefollows Charlie Grant, whose older sister is getting married at their family home. And Charlie can’t wait, because, for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect. The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, a house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge. There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the awful girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo. Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage, and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

YA novel: this guy was the most badass guy you’ve ever seen. he could kick anybody’s ass. he was the leader of his own gang of misfits that nobody dared cross. he wore a lot of leather. he had a scar somewhere that looked really cool. he had this super deep sexy raspy voice no one could resist. he stood at a towering height of 6ft5 and was built af. everybody feared him.

me: alright

YA novel: and he was 16 years old

me: excuse me

My focus half remained on the High Lord whose hands and mouth and body had suddenly made me feel awake – burning. It just made me… alive. Made me feel as if I’d been asleep for a year, slumbering inside a glass coffin, and he had just shattered through it and shaken me to consciousness.

- Chapter 42, A Court of Mist and Fury

Finally finished! A project between commissions :) I even did a speed painting of this, so go check it out :) In the beginning youll see how I set up the scene. Its from a program called Daz Studio and I am absolutely obsessed with it. Expect more dynamic paintings in the future :) (once I finish this list of commissions).

Based off of course, the best Feyre and Rhysand out there, Barbara Palvin and Toni Mahfud.

Prints here!

Speedpaint! - PARTIAL (bullshit) NUDITY. Dont flag me please =-= i wasnt blurring out my painting for a pair of fucking nipples. 


***please dont repost on instagram until I have posted it already. 

How to Tell People About Your Book

1. Infer a Pitch Close to their Heart

When it comes to communicating your best story, you need the potential reader to feel something deep within that is relatable. Every one of us stands by a belief system when it comes to morals and sympathy. There’s also another great thing we all carry, and that’s nostalgia. These are significant factors to attribute to your pitch when people ask, “What’s your story about?” Before you begin going onto step 3. of this list, make sure to note that relevant and relatable first before the theme. “You know that uncertainty we all felt in high school?… Well…” and then continue with the rest of the pitch.

2. Short and Sweet

I have a sibling who loves to tell the story scene by scene, and she’ll speak of it for nearly twenty minutes. Longer the pitch, the sooner the potential reader will lose focus on the story. Combine the best parts and verbalize a cinematic trailer. Use sensory terms so the reader will know what to expect.

3. Tell the Theme not the Story

Whether it is politics or a memoir, a theme is a great way to generalize the story without giving away too much information. I don’t tell the title of the story because it’s an exclusive title we writers want to keep for the grand finale when the writing and binding are complete. Speak on subjects that the reader will know about and keep it in a time frame where the reader can also have time to consider why this theme is important to him or her.

4. Speak Your Inspiration

If you want to lose all tabs on the fictionalized characters and even the more delicate details, talk about your inspiration. Where were you?, what made you want to write this story?, How long did it take you to come to write this story? Answer those questions to the reader and let them know where it all began because that is a VIP backstage access to work they’ll want to have access to in the future. Hence, making the reader prone to reading your story.

TO WHATEVER END | Rowan & Aelin

Prints will be available for a limited time here: https://www.redbubble.com/people/starofvelaris/works/27858734-to-whatever-end-rowan-and-aelin?asc=u&p=art-print&rel=carousel

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“I remember exactly how it felt to see that first message from him in my in-box. It was a little bit surreal. He wanted to know about me. For the next few days at school after that, it felt like I was a character in a movie. I could almost imagine a close-up of my face, projected wide-screen.

It’s strange, because in reality, I’m not the leading guy. Maybe I’m the best friend.

I guess I didn’t reall think of myself as interesting until I was interesting to Blue.”

I’m honestly in love with the new Grisha covers. The originals are beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but these have something all their own. 

I’ll be honest, I’ve bought books just for the covers on occasion. It’s hard to resist. But when it’s a beautiful edition of a book I like?… Well my wallet knows what’s up 😂 

Have you ever bought a book just for the aesthetic?