A Writer's Journey: Finishing First Draft

I'd like you to join me on a journey to becoming a published Young Adult fiction author. Mostly because I don't do anything by myself. I have a huge family with whom I do ministry. I have lots of kids who hover over me while I'm writing. And an ever-present Love who guides my way. I'm not sure what lies ahead but I think the end result will be amazing. I'm warned that there will be rejection and disappointment, but I'm up for the challenge. Let's blow this popsicle stand and get published!

Supernatural Superheroes by Heather Trim

Supernatural Superheroes is booklet for kids and teens to learn practical information about God, His angels and how some became demons. Heather Trim does a superb job at bringing the truth about who the devil is and and the role he and demons play in the world today through demonization. 

She presents Jesus' Escape Plan of deliverance and how to heal the wounded soul on a level young people can understand.


Review: SUPERCELL by H.W. Buzz Bernard

TITLE: Supercell
AUTHOR: H.W. Buzz Bernard
AUTHOR WEBSITE: http://buzzbernard.com 
GENRE: Adult, Thriller, Suspense,
PUBLISHED:  November 1, 2013 – Bell Bridge Books
MY RATING: 4


SYNOPSIS: 

(Courtesy of Goodreads)
They’ll pay him a fortune to find a killer tornado for their movie. 

He knows the risks all too well, but he never imagined just how dangerous the perfect storm could get.

Chuck Rittenburg was one of the most intrepid storm chasers in the country until a bad decision resulted in the death of a young couple who’d paid to ride along. A decade later— broke, divorced, and estranged from his college-age children—he’s got nothing left to lose. When a film producer offers Chuck one-million dollars to help find and photograph a deadly tornado in Oklahoma, Chuck sees a chance to earn his kids’ respect again—and maybe his own. 

Review: SLAMMED by Colleen Hoover

TITLE: Slammed
AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover
AUTHOR WEBSITE: colleenhoover.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
PUBLISHED: January 4th 2012 – Simon & Schuster
MY RATING: 5


SYNOPSIS: (Courtesy of Goodreads)


Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope.

Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

World Rocked at Writers Workshop


I attended the Southeastern Writer’s Workshop on June 17th through the 22st at Epworth by the Sea on Saint Simon’s Island in Georgia. It is an experience I will never forget. Their motto is “writers helping writers” and it felt more like getting together for a family weekend than anything. They were so welcoming and helpful—just what this writer needs.

Review: WINTER by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 4)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.MarissaMeyer.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantacy, Sci-Fi, Romance
PUBLISHED:
 November 10, 2015 - Feiwel & Friends
MY RATING: 4

SYNOPSIS:

(Courtesy of Goodreads – No Spoilers!)

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Review: FAIREST by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles-Prequel Novella)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.MarissaMeyer.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantacy, Sci-Fi, Romance
PUBLISHED: January 27, 2015 -
Feiwel & Friends
MY RATING: 3

SYNOPSIS: 

(Courtesy of Goodreads – No Spoilers!)

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Review: CRESS by Marissa Meyer

TITLE: Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3)
AUTHOR: Marissa Meyer
AUTHOR WEBSITE: www.MarissaMeyer.com
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantacy, Sci-Fi, Romance
PUBLISHED:
 February 4, 2014 Feiwel & Friends
MY RATING: 5

SYNOPSIS:

(Courtesy of Goodreads – No Spoilers!)

In the third installment of the Lunar chronicles, Cress, having risked everything to warn Cinder of Queen Levana's evil plan, has a slight problem. She's been imprisoned on a satellite since childhood and has only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress a great hacker. Unfortunately, she's just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.