Thursday, May 22, 2014

Reviews for Birthright Unknown

From the Amazon page:

3.0 out of 5 stars A Cute Read for Young Adults April 3, 2014
Format:Paperback
Birthright Unknown spins the tale of one fairy hidden away her entire life until her eighteenth birthday, and then gets the most explosive present of her life.

Resistance movements, betrayal, high-flying dragons all set the mood for a fast-paced adventure. Match that with witty dialogue and well-developed characters and you have a decidedly fantastical tale.

Unfortunately the fast-paced adventure made things a little easy for the main character. There was conflict, but she easily overcame it, much to my disappointment.

Also, the romance aspects were very predictable, occurring too fast to develop any real chemistry and therefore seemed incredibly unnecessary. That being said, it did harbor one twist at the end that I did like.

Overall not a bad read, but definitely geared towards the YA audience.

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Thanks, Loretta! I appreciate the feedback; I know I tend to go too fast and burst through action sequences, so I definitely need to learn to let my characters breathe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars loved it! April 18, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Anyone will enjoy this book. From smaller children (my daughter is 9) to adult. I wasn't able to guess what would happen next which is rare for me. I enjoy reading other books by Shelby!

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This one was a surprise for me! Almost a year ago, I went to Canada with my husband for his cousin's wedding. We somehow ended up as Pied Pipers of sorts, and one of his cousin's daughters just attached herself to us and followed us around. It was adorable!

So imagine my surprise when she messaged me using her mother's Facebook to let me know she'd read it! 

I love reviews, but hearing from kids is a special treat for me, especially since I write to a young audience.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

No Worries, Y'all, I'm Employed Again

I think my favorite part about working from home is the fact that I get to go to work in my pajamas.

Seriously, I roll out of bed, pull up my laptop, check to see if there are any blog posts that need editing for the creativity blog I proofread, then start my shift proofreading for a news site as their stories go up.

At some point, when there's a lull or a break in between shifts or when there aren't any projects on my plate, I'll do the dishes, make the bed, make dinner, and even write, that sort of thing. I get so much done in between projects, and I get to play my music while I'm working and stay in bed all day if I don't feel like leaving.

I like freelancing.

Don't get me wrong; it's not for everybody. I definitely make less working from home than I used to when I worked at an office. But I love it. It's perfect for me.

Now if only we could get our contract sold. We have a place to live; we just have to get rid of our old one. So if you know anybody in Provo, UT, looking to rent married housing, let me know!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Interview

I was recently interviewed by the blog Keep Calm and Write On about Birthright Unknown, and I thought I'd leave a link here so you can all go check it out.

Here's some of the highlights:

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Research how and where you want to publish. Sometimes it’s fun to try self-publishing (if you have the resources to pull it off), but sometimes you need a little more guts behind your writing. Always always always learn what the publisher has done in the past so you don’t get pulled into a scam and never never never submit somewhere that you haven’t researched. If they’re legitimate, they’ll be annoyed that you aren’t following their guidelines, and if they’re not legitimate, you’ll be devastated that your baby is in the hands of crooks.

Is being a writer a curse or a gift? Both. I feel like it’s a curse when it’s 3am and I’m trying not to wake my husband up while I’m desperately writing down the latest inspiration. But it’s a gift when your seven-year-old cousin asks you to sign her book and carries it around like it’s her greatest treasure.

If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? Lucy Liu would be Mae. Definitely. Sass and charm. Perfect. I think maybe Josh Hutcherson as Ezek. A younger Smallville-era Jensen Ackles as Doran. Can I de-age them?