Book Trailers: Endymion Spring

Every Saturday I share a book trailer of new releases, books we (other readers and myself) love, want to read, and anything that fits in with BA, in the hopes of helping readers find something new to enjoy.

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Guest: Talking Cats and Creating Villains with Kathryn White

Today author Kathryn White stops by BA and shares how she came to create two of the villains in her newest novel, Cats, Scarves and Liars. Add it to Goodreads. Connect with Kathryn via her website, Goodreads, and Facebook.

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It is a truth, universally acknowledged that not all characters in fiction are created equally. Oh. Wait. Perhaps that is in actually my truth and something that may or may not be universally true for all authors and worthy of a parody of a famous line by Jane Austen. In any case, my latest novel, Cats Scarves and Liars is one where the two main villains in the piece were equally as much fun to create and write about as my main character, the tattooed and occasionally ditzy redhead Peppa Grove. The set up is this: Twenty-three year old Peppa was widowed several months ago when her husband, Tony, was killed in a hit-and-run. Tony’s killer has never been caught. And widowhood isn’t something that is sitting easy with our young heroine. When the novel opens, we find her sitting in a messy flat, wallowing in self-pity. Empty wine bottles and dirty dishes suggest that Peppa is not taking care of herself as well as she could be. There is the question of a disappearing, reappearing iPhone (suggesting that she may be suffering lapses of memory,) but the most disturbing symptom of Peppa’s current state of mind occurs when the black and white cat she and Tony adopted several months ago, reveals that can speak perfect English and insists on being renamed Charles. He also refuses to speak to anyone else, despite Peppa’s insistence that he can do so, which causes some worry for her former mother-in-law and Julian, Tony’s best mate. Continue reading

Guest: Let’s Try Optimistic Futurism! I Did (Sort Of) by Jordan Smith

Will The Future Be Entirely Bad? Can A Good Book About The Future Say Otherwise?

If you’ve read any stories about the future you may be a very gloomy person. After all, isn’t it hard to think of stories about the future that aren’t overall very depressing? In books about the future we see dazzling technology, interesting characters and plot lines, but mostly pervasive negativity, from the classics of Orwell and Huxley, to newer titles like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games. But what if the future is going to be more complicated?

There’s a problem I have with the way in which a lot of these books are looking at the future. In a sense what dystopian authors are saying is that our societies have certain good qualities and they are beginning to slip away. But how do they justify that prediction? Why are they saying we will become the society they claim we will? Or put another way, why is the prediction they’re making about the kind of society we will be salient or likely to be in the near future? The more you can answer that question about the predictions in a dystopian story the more powerful it is.

All of my thoughts in this line of reasoning were of course a great theory about the way dystopia ought to be. But now I’m in the process of writing my own dystopian story, and I’m finding it’s not so easy to take my own advice! When I began writing it I set out to make the predictions I was conveying really have a basis in what was most likely or plausible. This included making some pretty optimistic predictions I believe are fairly likely about society. However, as I was writing I was finding that the story really needed a heavy dose of darkness to come off as something I thought readers would enjoy. Writing optimistic predictions seemed automatically unserious. Writing gloomy predictions seemed automatically cerebral and relevant. Why is that? Isn’t the good news sometimes among the most relevant? Certainly I’d say it is. Continue reading

BAsPC: Blogging Tools and Aides

BA's Posting Challenge 2013-14Welcome to BA’s Posting Challenge for book bloggers! In an effort to consistently create content on BA I thought I would take part in a 30 day blogging challenge (I have to mix it up or else I get bored), but realised I don’t want to, nor do I have the time, to create a post every single day. Instead I decided to attempt to create a post once a week with content other than a review.

This is how BA’s Posting Challenge began.

Now BA’s Posting Challenge has become an annual event spanning the year’s busiest time. November for Wrimos everywhere, December for the holiday season, January for New Year’s and recovery, February for the lovers, and March to finally wind down after all the craziness.

BA’s Posting Challenge is for those book bloggers who want content and can’t think of anything to post, want a break without their blog dying, and just want to join in somewhere with the blogosphere community. This  challenge has a focus on books, book blogs, and personal topics scattered throughout. Find all the topics here. Continue reading

BA Post Challenge: Obsessions, Obsessions

BA’s 26 Posts Blogging Challenge

BA's 26 Posts Challenge for Book BloggersWelcome to BA’s 26 Posts Posting Challenge for Book Bloggers! The aim of this challenge is to create one post a week, focusing on books, book blogs, and a scattering of personal topics, for 26 weeks. You can learn more, or be kept up to date with topics here.

Posts will go up every Sunday, but you can post any time during the week (all topics are pre-listed), and share your posts in the comments for others to find. Please refrain from targeting individuals, bullying, or slandering in your posts. Share your opinions, but keep it diplomatic if anything negative comes up so this can be, and stay, a fun challenge.

This Week’s Topic

Obsessions, Obsessions: We all do it; get carried away by something new or revisit something we once loved. What have you been obsessed about lately?

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Author Interview: HarlequinTEEN Speaks to Julie Kagawa

When I was putting my review of The Eternity Cure together last week, I came across this interview with Julie Kagawa. Why hadn’t I seen it yet? Why not share it with everyone? These are the questions I asked myself so here we are. Sharing! Enjoy Julie Kagawa fans.

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BA News: Post Change, Blog Tour News, and NaNo Update

Hey lovely readers! Well, it’s safe to say it’s November and NaNoWrimo is well under way. I’m updating over at my writing blog, twitter, and my other FB page, so won’t go on about it here too much. I’ll add something a little later in this post though, first up there’s been a change to what I announced in the last BA News update.

For those keeping an eye out for my Iron Fey reviews, I’ve made it to the end of The Iron Queen, but I’ve put a hold on the rest. I’m still going to be reading The Lost Prince, but the review won’t pop up until December some time. I will be finishing the iron fey part of the series at a later date.

Another thing that’s coming up though, and was in my last update, are blog tours. I want to share which ones they are so you can see what’s going on.

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