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Starting book 3 in my own series, my mouth hung open a little as I saw this list and how many books were in each one.

Lengthy Young Adult Fiction Series: INFOGRAPHIC | GalleyCat

Long YA Series Infographic (GalleyCat)

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imagesI’ve just completed a crappy first draft of a new short story. I have a few questions, and would love feedback.

My protagonist is a senior in high school and 18 years old. She has a mouth, she swears. There aren’t any F-bombs, but plenty of other words. Also, she thinks one of her teachers who is fresh out of college, is gorgeous. There isn’t a relationship between them, she just enjoys his class because he’s good eye candy. Here’s my dilemma. When I shared some of the pages with a friend, who I trust with my really crappy first drafts, they expressed their dislike and concern with those two issues. I am considering cleaning up the swearing, but I don’t find an issue with a young woman thinking her teacher is good-looking.

So, for those of you who remember being 18 years old, or who read YA or New Adult books, I’d love to hear what you think while I consider what changes to make.

Thanks in advance!

Until Next Time…

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Oh yea, I said it…Vampire. I’m tired of the same ‘ol vampire books, but this series is different.

My kids tease me about reading young adult books, but sometimes I need a change in pace from the mystery/thriller books. I’ve found there are some good young adult series available. I also like to know what is interesting the teens these days. There is certainly no shortage of Vampire books to choose from. For the most part I burned out on Vamps and Werewolves, but this series promised something good.

I picked up book one “Vampire Academy” while I was looking for something light and fun. I read it within a few days and honestly, I liked it, but wasn’t completely sold. I decided I’d try the second book, “Frostbite” and within the first few pages I knew that I’d finish the series. Two weeks later I finished book six. Three days of the two weeks I spent painting so maybe it was technically one and a half weeks. I had to ask myself why. Why were these books so good that I ignored my family and for a brief time lived in the story world? One word: Emotion. The storylines are thick with emotion.

There are six books in the Vampire Academy Series written by Richelle Mead. You have the common teens in school theme, love and good versus evil.  The “Vampire Academy” books are all told from the point of view of Rose Hathaway, a young damphir (part vampire part human)  that’s training as a guardian. Her goal is to graduate and become her best friend’s (Lissa a Moroi princess) guardian.

The story line grows with love and friends, unexpected twists, good action scenes and overall real page turners. This series had several differences than other teen books I’ve read. I’ve noticed that a lot, not all, young adult novels contain a snarky, rude, disrespectful teen. It might be realistic, but it’s a turn off. Rose also has those qualities and I often wanted to smack her for being so snarky. BUT, these characters also believed in something other than themselves! They genuinely cared about each other and others on a whole. They sacrificed themselves, fought for their morals and beliefs, had convictions and still remained teens. They had goals and ambitions, weaknesses and strengths. It was refreshing to see something other than teens defying responsibility, authority and always blaming someone else for what they need to take responsibility for. It was refreshing to read.

I won’t go into detail concerning the books, but if you enjoy reading I recommend them. Richelle Mead is a great author, she taught me some things for my novel. They carry her books at Barnes and Nobles and Amazon. If you decide to read them let me know what you think.

Until Next Time…

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It’s been cool this week in Portland, low 70’s and cloudy. Although we are warming up this weekend to 90 degrees I know that Fall, my favorite season, is right around the corner. A season of change as well. I welcome it. I love the rain, the crisp air and the leaves changing color. I also love the Slatkin & Company candles from Bath & Body Works. I haven’t found a candle that can touch them. If you like to bake or have a sweet tooth, I DO NOT recommend the food scented candles. They will make you hungry and I can attest to this since my husband had to drag me kicking and screaming from the cookie section at the grocery store. I wanted to bake cookies, and lots of them. I look back and chuckle, he is so good to me even when he has to put up with my nonsense.

There are several times a year I reevaluate my goals, what projects I’d like to complete, maybe a new writing class, home projects etc. We are painting this Labor Day weekend, starting the season with a fresh coat. Symbolic in a way. I’m seeing so many people on new paths and plenty of cross roads that require difficult decisions. Depending on the situation and stress level I deal with change several different ways. This time, I’m almost embarrassed to admit, I have stuck my head in a Young Adult series by Richelle Mead. I started book one last week, and today I’m beginning book five. Darned things have sucked me into another world. However, sometimes I need that. It rejuvenates and stirs my creativity. I’ve also needed a break from writing my novel. I hit a major road block, creativity took a vacation to Maui. However, my characters are beginning to talk to me again, so whatever dispute we had is getting resolved. After this weekend I’m ready to dig in again.

Speaking of weekend, I hope everyone enjoys Labor Day and has time to relax and enjoy. Be Safe!

Until Next Time…

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