31 March 2011

Follow My Book Blog Friday Feature

Hi guys!!! I'm excited to say that I was featured on Parajunkee's blog for Follow My Book Blog Friday.  I just want to thank her for featuring me and I want to thank all my commenters for all the lovely comments!  I hope you enjoy Books Ahoy and don't forget to submit in some things for our Literary Spotlight :)
30 March 2011

Literary Spotlight

If you are an aspiring writer Books Ahoy has started a new event called Literary Spotlight.  We will take original poems, excerpts from an original book you are working on, or any other literary writing, but you have to be a follower.  Every Monday me and FantasyBookLover will pick the top 5 and feature them on the blog so if you have anything you want to submit email us at booksahoy15@gmail.com (please make the subject of the email Literary Spotlight).  Looking forward to seeing all the great literary works.  :)

29 March 2011

An Interview With Rachel Ward, Author of Numbers and Numbers: Chaos

Hi!  Today I have for you an interview I had with the author Rachel Ward.  Rachel Ward has written Numbers and Numbers: Chaos.  Her new upcoming book, Numbers: Infinity, will be released soon.  I have personally read the series and I love it, and I can't wait for the third book to come out.  For more information on Rachel Ward you can visit her at http://www.rachelwardbooks.com/

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I pretty much loved writing all of ‘Numbers.’ The whole book challenged me as a writer and I was excited by the central idea and the two main characters. With the second book, ‘The Chaos,’ it was more of a struggle. I wrote the whole thing from one point of view (Adam’s) to start with which didn’t really work, so then I tried writing the whole thing from Sarah’s point of view, and ended up with alternating viewpoints. It was really hard work, so I’d say I liked writing the last few chapters best because the end was in sight…

How did you come up with the title?
I came up with ‘Numbers’ really early on, more or less as soon as I had the idea for the book. It sums up what the first book and what the whole series is about. Luckily my UK publisher liked it and kept it. They decided the titles for book two (‘The Chaos’) and book three (‘Infinity’). I wasn’t a hundred per cent convinced about ‘The Chaos’ to start with, but now I think it fits the book really well. I love the title ‘Infinity’ and just hope that the book lives up to it.

Where did you get your inspiration for the Numbers series?
Well, I think writing Numbers was really a way of dealing with my mid-life crisis. I found that I was thinking about mortality more than is usual and probably more than is healthy and so I thought I should write about it and try and come to terms with things. Also I’d just read Phillip Pullman’s ‘Northern Lights’ in which the main character had a gift – I wondered what would happen if someone had a gift who was in the UK today and right at the bottom of the heap, someone who would not normally be listened to. I was also influenced by the US TV series ‘Six Feet Under’ which was so creative and mind-boggling in dealing with death and mortality.

If your book were made into a movie, who do you picture playing each characters part?
I think because my main characters are so young that the actors would have to be new and therefore relatively unknown. There is a small part in ‘Numbers’ which I’d be perfect for as I wrote myself a walk-on part towards the end of the book, but I think I’m probably too shy to act.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I’ve learned that I’ve got more persistence than I thought I had. Writing and particularly rewriting and editing is actually quite a hard grind. In the past I’ve been quite good at giving up on things, so I’m proud that I’ve produced 2, nearly 3, books now.

What does your protagonist think about you? Would he or she want to hang out with you, the author, his creator.
In ‘Numbers’ my main character, Jem, does actually meet me when she’s sleeping rough in the fields overlooking Bath. We don’t have much to say to each other and she tells me to ‘eff’ off! Little does she know that when I leave her I’m walking back to my house to finish writing her story. I don’t really have much in common with my main characters, apart from their raw emotions. I definitely draw on the emotions I had as a teenager and use them to fuel my characters. I’m very fond of my characters, but in real life I don’t think we’d get on.

Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
I think writing is about persisting and learning as you go along. I didn’t do any writing courses and I’m not a member of any writing groups. My first two books were rejected by every agent and publisher I sent them to, quite rightly as they weren’t good enough. But I was learning as I wrote them and so they served a purpose. Even rejection spurs you on to be a better writer and prove to everyone that they are wrong. If you’re serious about writing, then I recommend writing something every day, even if some days it’s only a few words. Also, write something that engages you, fascinates you, challenges you or frightens you – write something that you would like to read. Play with your writing. Try different styles and subjects until you find what you’re really good at.

28 March 2011

Giveaway at The Ending Unplanned

The Ending Unplanned is hosting a giveaway of Holly Schindler's Playing Hurt.  Be sure to drop by there and check it out :)

27 March 2011

New Co-Blogger!!!!!

Here's just a quick post to welcome my new co-blogger FantasyBooklover!!!

Upcoming Giveaway!!! (and Review)

Hi guys! I am excited to say that I have won my first Good Reads giveaway which is good for you guys because that means that there will be a giveaway and review here coming up soon.  What book you ask?  You'll just have to wait and see =D

As you know I am currently reading Water for Elephants (which is coming out in theaters soon feat. Robert Pattinson) so I will have a review for that coming out really soon!

25 March 2011

Review: ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor

I just finished reading Frank Beddor's ArchEnemy, which is the last book in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy.  This series gives the classic tell of Alice in Wonderland some major upgrades, for instance the Mad Hatter is not some hat maker. Instead, he is Alyss's bodyguard and has major fighting skills.  Here's a summary: "

ArchEnemy by Frank Beddor
The Heart Crystal's power has been depleted, and Imagination along with it. The people of Wonderland have all lost their creative drive, and most alarmingly, even Queen Alyss is without her powers. There is some comfort in the fact that the vicious Redd Heart seems to be similarly disabled. Amazingly, she is attempting to team up with her enemy, Alyss, in order to reclaim Wonderland from King Arch. Alyss might have no choice but to accept Redd's overtures, especially when she begins to receive alarming advice from the caterpillar oracles" (Books A Million).
  If you love the original Alice in Wonderland then you will definitely love this book.  This book is a whole new take on the classic tale of Alice in Wonderland.  The key people from the orginal story are brought over into this action packed novel, but with a few tweaks here and there to make them more interesting and fit better with the novel.  One of my favorite things in this novel that is not in the original story of Alice in Wonderland is the power of imagination.  Imagination is a key part of this series, giving Alyss and Redd the ability to conjure up anything just by imagining it and providing the basis for the whole novel.  Not only is this novel filled with action for the adventure loving readers out there, but it also contains romance.  I won't spoil who the romance is between, but if you have read The Looking Glass Wars and Seeing Redd then you know who I am eluding to.  Overall, I love how Frank Beddor provides us with a whole new take on a classical story while still keeping key components from the original story.  I give this book two thumbs up!


To visit official Looking Glass Wars website click here.

To purchase this book from Amazon click here.

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