August 2015 Book Releases

August

I decided to try something new today and talk about the books that are going to be released this month! Depending on how well this goes and how I feel about, I may try to do this every month.

Finding the books for this list was actually a lot harder than I thought it would be because there’s so many different lists with different information. It was also hard to describe books I’ve never read before. I obviously didn’t want to just copy and paste the description of each book right from Amazon or Goodreads so I did my best to describe it in my own way and am hoping it worked out alright!

Also, there are only ten books on this list, but in figure there would be many more.

I apologize in advance for the wonky layout of this post, it was the only way everything would stay where I needed it to without being weird sizes.

Court of FivesCourt of Fives, Kate Elliott

The first in Kate Elliott’s new young adult trilogy, Court of Fives follows Jessamy, an upper-class girl trying to escape her overbearing life to one of freedom. She finds this freedom in The Fives, “an intricate, multilevel athletic competition that offers a chance for glory to the kingdom’s best contenders”. Friendships will be made, loyalties tested, and hopefully lives will be saved in this exciting new fantasy novel.

Release Date: August 18th, 2015

Preorder Court of Fives on Amazon


The Creeping

The Creeping, Alexandra Sirowy

Coming mid-August, this thriller novels follows the story of Stella and Jeanie, two girls who vanished twelve years ago. While Stella reappeared, Jeanie was never seen again. Now, many years later, Stella is once again caught up in the mystery of what happened that day and apparently on many other days just like it.

Release Date: August 18th, 2015

Preorder The Creeping on Amazon


The Girl at the End of the World

The Girl at the Center of the World (Islands at the End of the World #2), Austin Aslan

Following The Islands at the End of the World, Leilani and her family must learn to live without many things, but they draw strength from each other and from their friends. But not everything is getting better. Leilani must make many difficult choices to survive in this new world and her strange connection to he Emerald Orchard isn’t helping things.

Release Date: August 4, 2015

Preorder The Girl at the Center of the World on Amazon


Legacy of Kings

Legacy of Kings, Eleanor Herman

From bestselling author, Eleanor Herman, Legacy of Kings combines fantasy with elements of real history in this novel based on Alexander the Great. Following Alexander, Katerina, Jacob, and Zofia, Eleanor Herman puts a new spin on a well-known part of history in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.

Release Date: August 25, 2015

Preorder Legacy of Kings on Amazon


Lord Fish

Lord Fish: Chronicles of Xax, Ted Cross

Lord Fish contains three short stories, “Dragon Play”, “Lord Fish”, and “The Stolen Castle”, as well as a novelette, “Dragon Play”

You can find the synopsis for each one here on Goodreads

Release Date: August 15, 2015

Preorder Lord Fish: Chronicles of Xax on Amazon


The Masquerade, and Altar, and a Fairy

The Masquerade, an Altar, and a Fairy, Kristin D. Van Risseghem

Sidelle Amistad is a Summer fairy and is desperate to prove herself. To do so, she kidnaps Finnegan, a Winter fairy, but the pair end up falling in love. This wouldn’t be so bad if their love weren’t forbidden, so now Sidelle must search for a new way to prove herself and for a way to stop the pain she is feeling.

Release Date: August 19, 2015

Preorder The Masquerade, an Altar, and a Fairy on Amazon


Mechanica

Mechanica, Betsy Cornwell

Cornwell’s re-imagining of Cinderella tells the tale of Nicolette, a girl who has been turned into a servant by her stepsisters despite being a brilliant inventor. But after she makes an amazing discovery, Nicolette realizes freedom make be just over the horizon, but is the happy ending she really wants?

Release Date: August 25, 2015

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Of Dreams and Rust

Of Dreams and Rust (Of Metal and Wishes #2), Sarah Fine

Inspired by The Phantom of the Opera, Fine’s sequel to Of Metal and Wishes takes place a year later. Wen is now working in a clinic and trying to get Bo back to health. When Wen hears word that Melik’s army is going to be attacked and, most likely, destroyed, she makes the decision to leave behind her old life in order to warn them. But just how much is she willing to give up?

Release Date: August 4, 2015

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Reawakened

Reawakened (The Reawakened #1), Colleen Houck

Lilliana Young has been chosen. She has been chosen to help Amon, a reawakened Egyptian prince who was mummified for a thousand years. Together, Lily and Amon must do everything they can to stop Seth, a shape-shifting God, who is trying to take over the world.

Release Date: August 11, 2015

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The Veil

The Veil (Devil’s Isle #1), Chloe Neill

In this new series from bestselling author, Chloe Neill, Claire Connolly is a girl struggling to hide her magic from the rest of the world. This fails though when she uses it to save a life. Thankfully, Liam Quinn is there and, after seeing what she can do, takes her to Devil’s Isle, a place where she’ll be safe and learn to control her magic. Now it is up to Claire and Liam to save New Orleans before the city is destroyed.

Release Date: August 4, 2015

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If I do decide to do more posts like these in the future they’ll definitely be up earlier than this. This took a lot longer than I thought and I was also doing something similar on my other blog which took ages and was harder than I thought as well.

I think the most difficult part was trying to paraphrase the synopsis. I’m not totally sure how copyright laws apply to the synopsis of books and films, but I’m just assuming it’s still plagiarism. Is it? Can someone tell me because I have no idea.

Let me know if you liked this and, if you’re a writer with something coming out soon, let me know and I’ll include it if I do this again!

Which of these books are you looking forward to reading?

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Where Do Your Ideas Come From?

IdeasWhere do your ideas come from? When JK Rowling first got the idea for Harry Potter, she was on a delayed train heading to London and she wrote her ideas on napkins. I’m betting that she was sitting on that train, scribbling down her thoughts about a boy wizard with round glasses and a lightening scar, she had no clue what would come of it. The same way you don’t know what will come of your ideas.

All great works of literature started with an idea. It may have been an idea for a character, an idea for a specific part, or even an idea for a place. These ideas may also come from different places. Maybe, Like JK Rowling, you dreamed up your idea. Maybe you met someone while you were out and they inspired that character. Maybe you went on vacation somewhere and the place inspired a whole new world for you to write about. Wherever you got the idea and whatever the idea may it be, the question now is: what do you do with it?

What do you do with your idea? Well the first and simplest thing is to write it down. You may not be able to do anything with your idea right away, but having it may lead to something great in the future. Of course, this itself can be a problem. Say you write down each of your ideas. You now have this list of things that may or may not be connected and may or may not make sense. While each individual idea might not make sense, if you connect it with a couple of your other ideas you may just start to get something solid to work with. This is where the next step comes in.

You’ve got all your ideas written down and you’re trying to connect them so now you need to organize them. I like to think I’m an organized person. My books and movies are in alphabetical order and my clothes are arranged by colour. However, when it comes to my writing I like to refer back to the saying that is, “There’s a method to my madness.” I have so many ideas written down and so many things in progress that sometimes it is a little hard to keep track of. However, this is always a way to have organized chaos if you assign things categories such as: ‘complete work’, ‘in-progress’, ‘future ideas’, and ‘ideas that came from dreams and I have no clue what it means’. Organizing your ideas can be a major help in figuring out what you want to do with them.

Well, now you have your ideas, you’ve written them down, you’ve organized them, now what? Now you write. Write a news article, a poem, a short story, or even the next great novel. Take your idea and run with it. Right now it may seem like just a bunch of scribbles, but those scribbles could just end up being the next number one best seller.

Where do you get your ideas from? How do you organize them?

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