What’s Up Wednesday

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

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I have put off reading this book because I knew it was going to be sad, but finally I was in the right frame of mind to read it, and I am so glad I did. I think it will turn into a classic and it’s too bad kids can’t read books like this in school. It was a great book filled with deep messages that I can’t stop thinking about. Imagine the effect on kids when they read it. It opens the world up for heavy conversations.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is by Hazel,“life is not a wish-granting factory.” Ain’t that the truth?!?!?!?

2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I’ve crossed the finished line. “Never Far Away” is complete. I sent it off to the formatter yesterday.

I’m planning a release date of May 21st.

Here is my beautiful cover designed by Regina Wamba at www.maeidesign.com

Never Far Away

Never Far Away

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

The same as last week…Teaching Spanish. I’m thinking about a new character who is bilingual…

One of my favorite quotes, and I apologize that I don’t know who said it other than my professor in college, and if you know who said it please leave a comment, but here goes…

“To speak two languages is to have two souls.”

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

I’ve been driving my kids all around town this week and in a few short days it’s about to pay off. They are preforming in this year’s Sing-Out show. It’s always a huge success. The kids work so hard. It’s all about kids raising money for kids. It doesn’t get any cooler than that! My two daughters are playing in the band and I plan to attend the show both nights to support them and a great cause. I’m so proud!

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What’s Up Wednesday–a day late. Oops!

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What’s Up Wednesday is a weekly meme, started by Jaime Morrow and Erin Funk, which helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends to let them know what’s up. Join in by visiting their blogs and signing in on the widget.

This is what I’ve been up to this week…

1. 1. WHAT I’M READING…

I am reading kelly Mooney’s latest novel, book #2 in her Southern Comfort series.

Beautiful Innocence

Beautiful Innocence

2. 2. WHAT I’M WRITING…

I just finished my New Adult/Contemporary Novel entitled, “Never Far Away.”

Tagline: He’s the only boy she’s ever loved, but she pushed away.

3. WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW…

Teaching Spanish. I’m thinking about a new character who is bilingual…

One of my favorite quotes, and I apologize that I don’t know who said it other than my professor in college, and if you know who said it please leave a comment, but here goes…

“To speak two languages is to have two souls.”

4. WHAT ELSE I’VE BEEN UP TO…

I have to confess, I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. Something I rarely do. We recently got Netflix and I find myself addicted. I can’t seem to stop myself from watching one more episode.

Cover Reveal – Ruby’s Fire by Catherine Stine

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BOOK AND AUTHOR INFO:

Ruby’s Fire
Catherine Stine
Series: Fireseed, #2 (however, can be read as a stand-alone)
Publication date: June 26, 2013
Genre: YA Sci-Fi

Synopsis:
If everything about you changes, what remains?
Seventeen year-old Ruby, long-pledged to the much older Stiles from the Fireseed desert cult, escapes with only a change of clothes, a pouch of Oblivion Powder and her mute little brother, Thorn. Arriving at The Greening, a boarding school for orphaned teens, she can finally stop running. Or can she? The Greening is not what it seems. Students are rampaging out of control and as she cares for the secret Fireseed crop, she experiences frightening physical changes. She’s ashamed of her attraction to burly, hard-talking Blane, the resident bodyguard, and wonders why she can’t be happy with the gentler Armonk. She’s long considered her great beauty a liability, a thing she’s misused in order to survive. And how is she to stop her dependence on Oblivion to find a real beauty within, using her talent as a maker of salves, when she has nightmares of Stiles without it?

When George Axiom, wealthy mogul of Vegas-by-the-Sea offers a huge cash prize for the winner of a student contest, Ruby is hopeful she might collect the prize to rescue her family and friends from what she now knows is a dangerous cult. But when Stiles comes to reclaim her, and Thorn sickens after creating the most astonishing contest project of all, the world Ruby knows is changed forever. This romantic fantasy set in 2099 on earth has a crafty heroine in Ruby, and a swoonworthy cast, which will surely appeal to the YA and new adult audience.

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17970591-ruby-s-fire
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AUTHOR BIO
Catherine Stine writes YA, New Adult and middle grade fiction. Her YA futuristic thriller, Fireseed One, illustrated by the author was granted a Bronze Wishing Shelf Book Award and an Indie Reader Approved notable stamp. Her YA Refugees, earned a New York Public Library Best Book. Middle grade novels include A Girl’s Best Friend. More and more, she’s enjoying writing speculative tales. She teaches literature at the School of Visual Arts and creative writing at the Philadelphia Writing Conference and in her own ongoing NYC writing workshop. Catherine earned a double focus MFA in Creative Writing at the New School.
Visit her at http://www.catherinestine.blogspot.com and at http://www.catherinestine.com.

Author Links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

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Nanowrimo has come to an end.

Today is November 30th, the last day of Nanowrimo. Sadly I didn’t write 50,000 words, but I am happy with the 26,000 words I did write. Last week we had out-of-town guests stay with us, so I took a break. Since then I’ve had a difficult time getting back into the groove of writing. I will continue writing in December and hopefully I will finish my manuscript in the next month or two. How did you do meeting your goal? I want to congratulate all my fellow writers who did reach their goals. When I stop by your blogs, or see postings on YAlitchat and twitter, I am amazed by all of you. You inspire me! Keep it up!

For now I will leave you with another snippet.

“There is something else I’ve wanted to do for a long time too, ever since I met you.” He slowly dipped his head, kissing me firmly, but briefly. My heart sped up and I thought it was going to explode right out of my chest.
“So you’ve wanted to do that since the first day you met me?” I asked. He nodded. “What took you so long?”
“I have no idea. I must be a fool,” he joked. He dipped his head again, this time taking his time.