Renegade by L. A. Wilcox | Available April 1

Hello again, friends! I know, I know. It’s been a while since my last post. But I have a perfectly good, knock-your-socks-off reason that you definitely want to know about! A while back, I wrote a post called “Why Writing a Book is Probably a Lot Like Having a Baby“.  Hopefully from the title you inferred that I am, in fact, writing a book. Well, folks, I have my literary due date.

Renegade Final Cover

You ready for it? My very first novel, a science fiction piece named Renegade, will be available on Kindle and paperback starting April 1! HOORAY! I know, this is totally crazy. How am I handling it, you ask? With a healthy dose panic, washed down with an enthusiastic high. Altogether, it looks like this:

Anyways, you’re probably wondering what it’s about, right? Here’s the gist:

There are just three rules to being a time traveler.

1. Do not, under any circumstance, interfere with your environment during travel.
2. Do not attempt to carry other persons or large articles during travel.
3. Keep your talisman on your person at all times.

When time traveler Andrew Simmons loses his talisman in pre-revolutionary Boston, he must race against the clock to retrieve his only way home. Everything is on the line – family, love, freedom, honor, and quite possibly the future. But as time reveals a long line of dark secrets, Andrew realizes he must save more than just his skin. He must also save his kind.

Captivating stuff, right? Anyways, of course I will be posting more about Renegade as April 1 draws closer, but I just wanted to let you know so you can circle April 1 in your calendars and buy a Kindle for the sole purpose of supporting me. Selfish? Eh, maybe a teensy, tiny bit. Okay, yes. That’s a horrible thing to say.

Anyways, if you want to stay in the loop about Renegade (or if you’re competing for friend of the year), please please please like the Renegade Facebook page and share with your framly! Note: Framily = Friends + Family. I would absolutely love to have your help in spreading the word. Pretty please? With sugar on top? And a cherry? And sprinkles? And whipped cream? And ice cream, somewhere?

Sundae

I hope you didn’t make your sundae in that order. What a mess, right? Anyways, I’ve still got some revisions to make, so I will leave you to eat you with your hypothetical, upside down sundae. So goodbye for now, and I’ll be looking for you on the Renegade Facebook page!

Wake: A Book Review

To kick off a (hopefully) book-filled summer, I began with a novel that’s been making a splash in the publishing world. Amanda Hocking, a recently-emerged self-published author, sold over one million copies of her Watersong trilogy, all on e-reader.

That’s right. These books aren’t even available in print, but that hasn’t stopped Hocking from making a mint. Hoping to someday publish an e-book of my own, I heard about her incredible pioneer efforts into the word of virtual literature and decided to see what all the fuss was about. If you’re looking to lose yourself inside of a new novel, check out my review and see if Wake is for you!

Wake by Amanda Hocking

Wake

Summary

Wake, the first book in the Watersong trilogy, revolves around a young high-schooler named Gemma who is absorbed in the world of competitive swimming. Gemma’s life consists mostly of typical teen angst until three strange, mysteriously beautiful newcomers appear in her quaint, oceanic town. For reasons unknown to Gemma, the three girls seem to pursue her attention despite her frequent rejections. She continues to deny them, much to the delight of her overprotective sister, until one fateful evening on a late-night swim, when a series of bizarre and mystical events are set into motion. Suddenly, as she begins to develop her own mythical powers, Gemma must choose between two very different worlds: the life she has always known and the life of a siren.

Review

Although the book is clearly intended for a younger, Twilight-adoring audience, it certainly packs a thrill for adults too. At times the plot can be very predictable, but just when you think you’re getting bored…BAM! Hocking throws a curve ball at you that prompts another thirty page binge. Much like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, these unexpected bursts of surprise make the lulls worthwhile. Hocking does a magnificent job creating unique, relatable characters, especially in capturing Gemma’s mentally ill mother. I’m not going to give away the end, but…I would love to hear your thoughts on the final chapter. I’m still not 100% how I feel about it, but it didn’t defer my enjoyment of the novel as a whole.

You Would Like Wake If…

You enjoy fantasy, young adult novels, the supernatural genre, Greek mythology, and things of a whimsical nature.

Conclusion

Not an intellectually stimulating gem to discuss with your professors, but a perfect light read for traveling or curing summer boredom. You can find a copy for Nook here and for Kindle here.

If you’ve read Wake, tell me what you think of this review! I’m always up for a good literary discussion.