Featured Author: Elisabetta Dami

elisabetta damiElisabetta Dami was born in Italy in 1958.

At the age of eighteen, Dami started working as a proofreader for Dami Editore, the publishing house owned and started by her family.

She has a wide collection of works, but her most popular (and my favourites of hers) is her Geronimo Stilton series.

The first book was published in the year 2000 and are targeted at children six to twelve years old. Since being published over 100 million copies have been sold all over the world in many different languages.

Dami has written over 100 books.

I love the Geronimo Stilton books. I remember being in elementary school and I had the same teacher for two years and she used to read us these books every day.

I don’t remember everything about them, it was a long time ago and I’ve read a lot of other books since then, but I do remember looking forward to that time in the day when she’d grab one of the books and sit at the front of room.

I think part of the appeal was that she never asked one of us to read it she would always just do it herself which definitely made it more enjoyable as she could pronounce everything.

These books are great for children of all ages, not just the age group they’re aimed at. I’d definitely recommend these for anyone with kids, whether you’re a parent, a siblings, a babysitter, or ever a summer camp councillor.

I guarantee the kids you know will enjoy these books.

Have you read any Geronimo Stilton?

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Fan Expo 2015: Friday!

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Where do I even start? This was my first time going to Fan Expo and it was all pretty spontaneous. I only actually got my tickets the Monday before it was happening and originally planned to only go on Sunday. Then I was looking through the schedule and there was a lot going on on Friday and decided, why not?

And you know what? I’m so freaking glad I went! Friday was pretty much non-stop for me. I took the train in and, since I’d bought my tickets online, I had to go exchange them for wristbands which wasn’t nearly as confusing as I thought it would be as there were tons of signs all pointing to where people needed to go for certain things.

So, skipping all the boring stuff about trying to figure out the map and me getting lost, the first panel I went to was The Boondock Saints panel with Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco.

Sean and David for BlogThis panel was amazing! If any of you have read my review about the first Boondock Saints film then you know I’m a huge fan of these guys so seeing them in person had me completely freaking out (internally of course). The panel lasted for an hour and was better than I could ever have imagined.

Both these guys are hilarious! Rocco (David? That sounds weird to me) sat back for most of it, but when he did talk it was golden with discussions about peanut butter and salad dressing.

Sean was amazing and answered every question genuinely. Also he likes Tim Hortons which, as a Timmy’s addicted Canadian, this made me very happy.Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco 3

They talked about various projects and antics they got up to, Sean talked a bit about his book coming out next year, and it sounds like Boondocks 3 is definitely in the works so I’m incredibly excited about that.

Also at this panel I met the two girls who run boondock_girls on Instagram and you guys should definitely go and check them out!

From there I went to a panel called “Steakpunk 101”. I didn’t actually learn what Steampunk was until recently and I didn’t really understand it at all until I went to this panel. However, I have an idea for a novel that I’ve kind of unintentionally been incorporating Steampunk in to and am glad I now understand it better so things make more sense.

There was a Steampunk vendors booth there and when asked where it was located they told everyone:

“[It’s between the Daleks and the Stormtroopers. Listen for the Daleks, but if you hit the Stormtroopers you’ve gone too far].”

Amazing.

It was a really interesting panel featuring several members from different Steampunk societies and groups and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot and am looking forward to exploring this topic more for my novel.

After that it was on to another celebrity Q&A, this time with Graham McTavish from The Hobbit and Outlander. Now I’m going to be totally honest and say that I didn’t know he was in Outlander as I haven’t watched. I want to, it definitely looks like a great show and I hear all these great things about it, but I just haven’t had the chance yet.

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That didn’t make any difference to how fantastic this panel was. I’m not sure what I expect to happen in these Q&As, but I definitely don’t expect the actors/actresses to be as funny as they are. He spoke a lot about both The Hobbit and Outlander and the crazy stuff that had happened both on set and off. Two stories in particular stick out in my mind:

After being asked what the most physically demanding scene he’s had to film was, Graham McTavish said that it happened during The Hobbit. In the scene where they’re running from the Wargs in the field they’re loaded down with all this heavy gear and shoes that are too big to add dwarvish proportions, they had to run. For weeks.

Yes, apparently filming this scene went on for weeks and they would run and run as fast as they could in all this gear and these shoes he said felt like flippers and they’d get to the end, feeling like they were dying, and Peter Jackson would go, “Alright, that was great, but can we do it a little faster?”

Everyone died. I feel so bad for the actors having to film this, but that’s absolutely hilarious. The other story also involves Peter Jackson.

Apparently Peter Jackson owns an old tank that he’s restored and Graham and some others were over at his place firing guns and just hanging out (the police had been warned beforehand) when Peter Jackson decided to take the tank for a spin. It started out innocent enough until he started driving it through Wellington!

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Now I tried to picture what this would look like and I couldn’t. I also couldn’t stop laughing. Just imagine being one of the people living in Wellington when this happened and you look out your window to see a massive tank driving down the road at night.

Apparently the police showed up later and Graham McTavish said they seemed kind of bored. I guess this is a regular thing with Peter Jackson which I think is something I should be surprised about, but after all these years of hearing and reading similar stories, I’m not.

After his panel I went to one called “Writers Unite!” Jim Zub, Ray Fawkes, and Charles Soule were the guys running the panel and they basically talked about comic book writing/designing, what that process is like, sending it off to people, making connections, etc.

Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m a writer of many things (mainly novels). But what some of you may not know is that I’ve been interesting in trying to create a comic/graphic novel/zine or something along one of those lines.

This panel helped me so much and the ideas haven’t stopped flowing. All of three of these guys weren’t originally looking at comic design as a job originally (one of them even went to law school!), but that’s where they are now.

This panel not only helped me with ideas and understanding comic book writing better, but it also really helped me with my novel writing since they talked about not making it right away and the different things they went through. Zub, Fawkes, and Soule were amazing and I highly recommend checking out their twitters which I have listed below with everyone else I talked about in this post!

The last panel I went to on Friday was for James and Oliver Phelps AKA The Weasley Twins!

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Even though I was there at the panel, it didn’t actually hit me until Saturday that I had been in the same room as two of the guys from Harry Potter! It was such a surreal moment.

These two guys are hilarious which definitely makes sense after playing two jokers for so many years (they did the first Harry Potter when they were just 14!). They answered a bunch of questions and told some great stories including one where none of their school friends believed they were in Harry Potter even when the dyed their hair red.James and Oliver Phelps Panel for Blog 1Another was the story of how *spoiler alert* James found out Fred died in the final book. Apparently they were given no heads up and they were actually on a train on holiday somewhere just after the seventh book came out. James was reading the book and got to the part where his character dies! How horrible would that be?!

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Someone also asked them which death was the hardest in all the films. Hmm, yeah, I wonder? Fred’s of course!

I would love to tell you more about all these panels, but I was a little too in awe and blogging was kind of at the back of my mind. The main thing I kept thinking was “I am mere feet from [this person]” and it was insane.

Of course it wasn’t just panels all day. I wandered around the vendors area in the North building for a while (which was crazy busy and amazing!) and I bought these:

Pop Vinyl and Shot Glass

This is a Connor MacManus Pop Vinyl figure from the Boondock Saints and a Walking Dead shot glass. For anyone who doesn’t know I collect both of these thongs.  So far my shot glass collection has far more to it than my Pop Vinyl collection which really isn’t saying much as I have this Pop figure and a Daryl Dixon one.

I also saw a lot of people in amazing costumes! I saw a lot of anime characters, a lot of Walking Dead characters, many bronys, and so a huge array of others! Including this guy:

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I don’t know how this guy was doing it. I was in a tank top and shorts and I was dying of heat so kudos to this guy for walking around in full Sauron gear.

I didn’t take anymore pictures of cosplayers because it was either too crowded or I was too in awe of what I was seeing and by the time I remember they’d already be gone.

Seriously though, to anyone out there who cosplays, well done. I applaud you. I don’t know how you do it. The amount of time and money that must go into these costumes is crazy and I can’t even believe it. Amazing job.

I had such a great time at Fan Expo on Friday! It was so much greater than I ever could have imagined and I’m so glad I decided to go.

I’ve never blogged about a convention before, but had planning on blogging about the Supernatural convention and decided to practice with Fan Expo! I’m hoping if I go to any conventions next year I’ll have a professional camera and know more about what I’m doing.

I’ll be posting about Sunday soon! Hope anyone who was also at Fan Expo this past weekend had a great time!

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September 2015 Book Releases

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I apologize for the wonky formatting. Once again everything was fine and then I added pictures and suddenly nothing was where it should be. I don’t know why this always happens, but the only way to make it somewhat readable was to flip sides for each one.


Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything, Nicola Yoon

Imagine having a rare disease that makes you allergic to the world. For Maddy, that’s her reality. She hasn’t been out of her house in seventeen years, but then something changes. Olly. The boy in black moves in next door and suddenly Maddy’s world is turned upside down.

Release Date: September 1, 2015

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A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1), Liz BraswellA Whole New World

A Whole New World depicts a reimagined version of the beloved Disney film, Aladdin. The first in a new series that twists these Disney classics, A Whole New World presents a darker side to the story in which Jafar is the first to get his hands on the lamp and summon Genie. With Jafar as sultan what will happen now? Where is Aladdin? Princess Jasmine? A new take on a classic story that will have readers on the edge of their seats.

Release Date: September 1, 2015

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Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between, Jennifer E. Smith

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between takes place over the course of one night. In the twelve hours before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan must make a decision: how temporary is their goodbye? In one night the couple will look for a sign on whether their relationship is meant to last or if they should say goodbye forever.

Release Date: September 1, 2015

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Vengeance Road

Vengeance Road, Erin Bowman

Every family has secrets, but for Kate Thompson, those secrets got her father killed. After disguising herself as a boy and teaming up with a pair of brothers, Kate must go on a mission for answers and truth, all while seeking vengeance on the men that killed her father, the Rose Riders.

Release Date: September 1, 2015

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The Next Together (The Next Together #1), Lauren James

Told through many different forms and many different time periods, Lauren James’ novel tells the story of a couple destined to be together and destined to be torn apart. Katherine and Matthew are born again century after century, saving the world time and time again. So why do they keep coming back? What do they still need to do?

Release Date: September 3, 2015

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Best Laid PlansBest Laid Plans (The Mercenaries #1), Stylo Fantome

“The Plan:

* Smuggle diamonds from Liberia to Morocco
* Make the trip in three days
* Don’t get caught
* Don’t kill each other
* Don’t have sex with each other
* Don’t fall for each other
* Stick to the plan”

That’s the plan. It’s simple, right? Apparently not as Stylo Fantome’s characters will soon realize in this first book in The Mercenaries series.

Release Date: September 7, 2015

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Fans of the Impossible Life

Fans of the Impossible Life, Kate Scelsa

Scelsa’s debut novel tells the story of three teens drawn together in times of hardship. Mira and Sebby are best friends, and when Mira starts at Saint Francis Prep in an attempt to start over, self-isolated art student Jeremy finds himself drawn to them. Together these three will form a friendship that will change all of them forever and bring them a new life.

Release Date: September 8, 2015

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The One ThingThe One Thing, Marci Lyn Curtis

Maggie Sanders used to dream of being a professional soccer player. She was going to lead her team – her friends – to victory. At least, until she lost her sight. Now Maggie’s rebelling has taken on a whole new level and she’s on probation. Angry at the world, Maggie’s eyes are suddenly opened wide when she realizes she can see. At least, she can see ten-year-old Ben. Maggie must figure out a way to accept her new life, especially when she learns the true reason why she can see Ben and why she can’t stop dreaming about Ben’s older brother, Mason.

Release Date: September 8, 2015

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Mirrored (Kendra Chronicles), Alex Flinn

Mirrored is a modern retelling of Snow White. Celine is a young girl forced to go into hiding with her friend, Goose, after her father, Greg, marries Violet, a wicked witch who wants Celine’s father all to himself. Now Celine must try and figure out her fate. How is the magic mirror involved? And where is Prince Charming?

Release Date: September 15, 2015

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Ash and BrambleAsh & Bramble, Sarah Prineas

In this retelling of Cinderella, Pin is a young girl who works as a seamstress in her Godmother’s fortress. One day she finally manages to escape with the shoemaker, but is captured again soon after. Now she has a new life to live, a perfect fairytale story created for her by her Godmother. Princeas’ novel presents a dark retelling of a classic tale in which the princes are not always what they appear and the princesses (or seamstresses) don’t always need rescuing.

Release Date: September 15, 2015

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The Summer MarkedThe Summer Marked (The Winter People #2), Rebekah L. Purdy

Kadie and Salome are best friends, so when Kadie returns home from college for Thanksgiving right after breaking up with her boyfriend all she wants is to spend time with her best friend. But Salome isn’t answering. Then Kadie is taken from her world by Winter Prince, Etienne, who brings her to a world she always thought was fake.

All this time Salome has been trapped in this world where The Kingdom of Summer is falling apart. Left alone after her friend Gareth is forced to leave, Salome and Kadie must find a way to survive in a mythical world of death and destruction.

Release Date: September 22nd, 2015

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Blood and SaltBlood and Salt, Kim Liggett

“When you fall in love, you will carve out your heart and throw it into the deepest ocean. You will be all in—blood and salt.”

Kim Liggitt’s book is a romantic horror focusing on Ash Larkin, a girl who follows her mother to Quivira, Kansas, a small town with a lot of secrets. Plagued by memories and nightmares and drawn to the strange boy, Dane, Ash must figure out what is truth and what is lies as she tries to save her mother and herself.

Release Date: September 22, 2015

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Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Gold Seer Trilogy #1), Rae Carson

In Rae Carson’s new trilogy, heroine Lee Westfall must disguise herself as a boy after her entire life is torn away. Why? Because Lee Westfall can sense gold. Real gold, wherever it is. In this first Gold Seer Trilogy novel, Westfall will try to find sanctuary away from the man who wants to control her in a place where gold has been found before, California.

Release Date: September 22, 2015

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Megagerie

Menagerie (Menagerie #1), Rachel Vincent

A travelling carnival is a great place to escape the world for a few hours, but for Delilah Marlow it turns out to be much longer. After taking a trip to Metzger’s Menagerie, she is taken hostage and turned into one of the ‘attractions’, performing alongside mermaids, gryphons, and a whole slew of other strange creatures. Vincent’s novel explores humanity in a new light as Delilah attempts to reclaim her freedom while also trying to understand this new world she’s become a part of.

Release Date: September 29, 2015

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Madly

Madly (Potion #1), Amy Alward

Amy Alward’s novel tells the story of Samantha Kemi, a girl who comes from a family of extremely talented alchemists in the Kingdom of Nova. Sam must go on a quest to find a cure for a love potion after the Princess of Nova accidentally drinks the potion and falls in love with herself. Finding the cure would mean getting the reward that would greatly help her family, but in order to do so Sam may need to get close to Zain, her enemy and member of the Aster family of the ZoroAster Megapharma Company.

Release Date: September 29, 2015

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There we are, some of the books being released in September 2015! I’ll definitely be checking out a lot of these as they sound amazing and there’s even more books being released not included on this list, make sure to check those out too!

New list will be up on October 1st! If you know a book coming out in October and would like it included let me know! Or, if you have a book coming out let me know when and I’ll make sure to include it in the list!

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Featured Author: J.K. Rowling

J.K. RowlingThis is something new I’m going to try on this blog, a featured author. I’ll be doing this every month with a new author and just talking a bit about them and their work. Why? Because I love reading posts like these so I decided to try my hand at writing them.

To kick things off I thought I would start with my favourite author: J.K. Rowling!

Even if you haven’t read one of her books you probably know who J.K. Rowling is. At the very least you’ve heard her name. But who is she? Where did she get her start?

Well, the basic information is this:

Joanne ‘Jo’ Rowling was born on July 31, 1965 (The same day as Harry Potter) in Yate, Gloucestershire, England. Her father was an aircraft engineer, her mother a science technician, and she has one younger sister, Dianne.

She started writing from a young age and in 1990 dreamed up the idea of a young wizard boy on a train ride to London. Rowling taught English for a period of time in Portugal in night classes and wrote during the day.

She has three children: Jessica (with her first husband), David, and Mackenzie (with husband, Neil Murray).

Rowling used a lot of real life influences while writing Harry Potter. The death of her mother greatly influenced how she wrote Harry’s feelings towards the loss of his parents. Not only that, but for a period of time Rowling was clinically depressed and it was this period that inspired the dementors.

Harry Potter was rejected by twelve publishing houses when she first sent it out, but was eventually published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. Despite the initial reaction, it seems there’s a good chance J.K. Rowling already knew how the entire series would end as it’s been said (meaning I’ve read on the internet and seen in interviews, but can’t find the sources right now) that she knew there would be seven books and had already written the end of the seventh.

Harry Potter isn’t her only work. Since the series finished she’s written The Casual Vacancy (I have, but haven’t read yet) and has written other novels under the name “Robert Galbraith”.

But this is all just the basic stuff. What you might not know is that J.K. Rowling is the Twitter Queen. Or that she is a sassmaster and actively engages in debates about things she cares about online.

Seriously, if you don’t follow J.K. Rowling on Twitter you are missing out.

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This is just one of the little gems you will find if you follow her. Not only that, but you’ll also be able to see the humorous and wonderful interactions with the Harry Potter cast. Her tweet to Matthew Lewis when he did some scantily clad photos was particularly wonderful.

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She has had a major influence on many people. One individual in particular was Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood). Lynch wrote to Rowling and told her about her struggles with her eating disorder and Rowling encouraging words back assisted in Lynch finding the strength to not only fight back, but audition and get a role in the film series.

J.K. Rowling has also been a huge influence on me. I’ve never met her (one day), but I can say completely, 100% that I would not be the same person I am today. Not only is Harry Potter a major part of my life, but she’s a big reason why I started writing. Who knows where I’d be if it weren’t for her.

So this was my first Featured Author post. I’m liking the idea, but I may try and change it up a bit in future. Unfortunately I don’t know any of the authors I’m talking about so most of my information has to come from the Internet or my other thoughts. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to talk to one of the people I’m talking about. Maybe I’ll interview one of them for this blog.

The possibilities are endless.

Let me know what you thought and what you’d like to see in future for these

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#TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter

Last week writers all over the internet took to Twitter to share their hardships as writers by using the hashtag #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter. These are 24 of those tweets that perfectly sum up things you shouldn’t say to a writer.

Anne Theriault“Have you been published in real life or like just on the internet?” – @anne_theriault

Bill Corbett“We can’t pay you but the exposure might be good.” – @BillCorbett

Butterfly

“Do you actually make money doing that, or do you also have a real job?” – @jesskristie

Cassandra Carr

“I downloaded your books from one of those torrent sites. Those sites are great, you never have to pay for a book.” – @Cassandra_Carr

Colleen Hoover

“‘You’re a writer? Oh, I have a GREAT book idea!’ (And then proceed to tell us your entire life story.) – @colleenhoover

Cristela Alonzo

“You’re a writer? But I’ve never heard of you…” – @cristela9

Daniel Parsons

“‘Can you help me with this? It’s not like you’re doing anything important.’ Yea, I’m not WORKING or anything…” – @dkparsonswriter

Dean Gloster

“‘That’s nice. But some of us have to work for a living.'” – @deangloster

Donalyn Miller

“You’re still working on _______? Shouldn’t you be done by now? – @donalynbooks

Dream Traveler

“‘I want to be a writer. Can you suggest a plot for my story?'” – @IamAlytoony

Esther RobardsForbes

“Oh, you’re not published? So, you’re not a real writer.” – @hungryjourno

Hugh Fraser

“Would you mind if I borrowed your laptop?” – @realhughfraser

Jacqui B

“You write for children? Is that because you aren’t smart enough to write for adults?” – @Jacquibwriter

Jarrid Wilson

“I just read a book really similar to yours…” – @JarridWilson

Jen Savran Kelly

“Person: So, where can I read your work?
Me: It hasn’t been published yet.
Person: Oh you’re THAT kind of writer.”
@savranly

Joanne Harris

“It must be lovely working from home. You can combine your writing with housework and childcare.” – @Joannechocolat

John Scalzi

“I’m worried you’ll die before your series gets finished.” – @scalzi

Lauren DeStefano

“You’re lucky you don’t have to work.” – @LaurenDeStefano

Lauren O'Neil

“A journalist? Wow. You don’t look like a journalist.” – @laurenonizzle

Laurie Boris

“You aren’t one of those ‘self-published’ authors, are you?” – @LaurieBoris

Madeline Ashby

“They pay you money for that?” – @MadelineAshby

Rachel Kennedy

“Poetry books don’t exactly become national best sellers.” – @RachelKennedy88

S.E. Hinton

“I thought you were dead.” – @se4realhinton

Sarah Dessen

“Told a teen I write YA. She hadn’t heard of me. Said, ‘It would have been so cool if you were Suzanne Collins!'” – @sarahdessen

These are only 24 of the amazing tweets in this tag. I highly recommend going and checking it out, especially if you’re a writer. It’s definitely one of the most relatable things I’ve read online.

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August 2015 Book Releases

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Happy Birthday J.K. Rowling!

J.K. Rowling

Happy birthday J.K. Rowling! Thank you for creating Harry Potter. It truly changed my life and I can’t imagine where I would be today without it.

Also, a big happy birthday to Harry Potter! Apparently he’s 35 and I’m not quite sure how that happened, but here we are!

Harry Potter Bday