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September 24, 2012 / Chersti Nieveen

Authorpalooza 2012

On Saturday, I went over to the Authorpalooza at my local Barnes and Noble. There were dozens of authors, and it was such an amazing event! I took a stack of books to get signed, and was completely bummed when I realized I hadn’t brought some of the books by authors who were there. Always next time, right?

Brandon Sanderson also showed up last minute to do a signing, and his line was ginormous.

That was just the last 1/4 of the line. See, I’m not making it up. And here’s me and my critique group buddy, Shallee McArthur, waiting in the line.

Okay, so really she waited while I went to get my books signed… since I didn’t actually bring any of my Brandon Sanderson books to get signed because I didn’t get the last minute FB post announcing he would be there. #TechnologyFail But I guess that’s okay, because that would’ve been ANOTHER big bag of books to carry, and I’m doubting my back could’ve taken it.

ANYWAYS, what are some fun things you’ve been doing in your life recently??

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September 18, 2012 / Chersti Nieveen

Writer Therapy Launch

Hey all!

Sorry I’ve been MIA, but you can find me blogging over at the Writer Therapy blog. The webseries is launching in TWO DAYS – yeah, I can’t really believe it’s actually happening. This has been a long time in the making, and sometimes it felt like it would never happen

Anyways, there are lots of contests going on at the blog, and on the FB page and twitter, so make sure you check it out!

You can check out the youtube trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=r79K75zVGVA

August 20, 2012 / Chersti Nieveen

Cover Reveal: CONJURE by Lea Nolan

CONJURE: Be careful what you search for…

Emma Guthrie expects this summer to be like any other in the South Carolina Lowcountry–hot and steamy with plenty of beach time alongside her best friend and secret crush, Cooper Beaumont, and Emma’s ever-present twin brother, Jack. But then a mysterious eighteenth-century message in a bottle surfaces, revealing a hidden pirate bounty. Lured by the adventure, the trio discovers the treasure and unwittingly unleashes an ancient Gullah curse that attacks Jack with the wicked flesh-eating Creep and promises to steal Cooper’s soul on his approaching sixteenth birthday.

When a strange girl appears, bent on revenge; demon dogs become a threat; and Jack turns into a walking skeleton; Emma has no choice but to learn hoodoo magic to undo the hex, all before summer—and her friends–are lost forever.

Lea’s website: http://www.leanolan.com/

So what do you think of the cover?

July 27, 2012 / Chersti Nieveen

Winner of DOWNBURST

So the winner of Downburst is Kevin Smith. Way to go!

I’ll be back to posting next week, so see you all then.

July 19, 2012 / Chersti Nieveen

DOWNBURST by Katie Robison: Review and Giveaway

Robison, Katie. Downburst. Quil Books, 2011.

Kit’s only goal is to stay alive. Right now, that means dodging brutal gangs while peddling fake I.D.s on the back streets of Winnipeg. But things get complicated when Kit sells a license to a girl named Aura—a girl who could almost be her twin. Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, Kit is plunged into an underground society with heart-stopping surprises at every turn. To protect herself, she’s forced to assume Aura’s identity. But storm clouds are gathering on the horizon, and when Kit learns the truth about Aura, she knows she has to get out before the storm breaks. There’s only one problem: escape isn’t an option. Suddenly, staying alive just got a lot harder.

The Review

While it took several pages to get invested in this book, I found myself thoroughly enjoying the plot once I got settled in. The book is well-paced and full of action, with Kit proving to be a competent hero. I didn’t really connect with Kit as the protagonist, but the way she handles herself gives much to admire. The biggest surprise was the ending, which kept me riveted on my seat until the last page when all I could think was ‘when does the next one come out?’

Overall, a very satisfying read.

CONTEST

Now for the contest, where you can win a copy of DOWNBURST! All you have to do is leave a comment below and you’ll be entered into the drawing. Mention you are a twitter follower, and you’ll get an extra entry (just post your twitter name).

Contest closes one week from today, July 26, and the winner will be posted the next day!