Read this book!!!


This book is called Earth by Taeya Adams. It sounds good to me. 


Since the 1900’s a dome stood over head, watching and protecting New York. Now it traps its people leaving them to die.

For all of Forres Tanner’s life, she got her medicine the easy way and went through doctor after doctor. Her latest doctor, Doctor Greene, decides to have fun and make a four level game for her. Forres would have to look for her medicine in the big maze of New York before time is up.


If it sounds good to you, here’s the link:

If not, sorry for wasting your time. 

Etiquette & Espionage ~ Gail Carriger

Hey guys, happy summer. So I haven’t posted in a while but now that i have free time, I can post more. ENJOY!!


Etiquette & Espionage ~ Gail Carriger

Fourteen year old, Sophronia Temminnick  is the trouble some of the Temminnick Family. She loves to climb, see how mechanics work, as her “adventure spirit” lacks the interest of the latest appearances. Desperate to have her daughter on the “right track”, she is sent to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

Everything happens rather fast as Sophronia is sent to the school. She finds her in a situation of flyway men in the carriage with Mademoiselle and two other children: Dimity Plumleigh-Teighmott and her brother, Pillow. Mademoiselle Geraldine reveals herself as an other student in disguise, whom was sent on a finishing mission no only to collect three new students but also to collect a prototype in order to graduate.

With the help of nine year old inventor, Genevieve, a boy from the boiler room, Soap, and her new friend, Dimity, Sophronia is determined to figure out what and where the prototype is.

Set in 1851, Gail Carriger sets her new YA series in the same world as werewolves and vampires. Carriger wrote it all too well.

Ann Brashares

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The author who brought readers The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsseries is back with another unforgettable novel! Ann Brashares’ THE HEREAND NOW is a romantic thriller about a girl who immigrates from the future. Not only must she save the world, but she must stop herself from falling for Ethan Jarves. We were lucky enough to chat with the talented author about how she came up with such a unique premise, and her tips for writing and getting published. You won’t want to miss this interview!


ANN BRASHARES: The first idea was placing a boy from the future into the life of a regular girl. Eventually I swapped the genders. I started thinking about why this person would come from the future. I didn’t want to go big into science fiction. I wanted to keep it on a human scale. I once heard this musing from the physicist Stephen Hawking that went, roughly: we know there’s no time travel, because where are all the tourists from the future? And I thought, what if there were travelers from the future, but they were hiding here? And then I thought, why are they hiding?THE HERE AND NOW unspooled from there.


MISS LITERATI: In the novel, readers get a glimpse of what life is like in the 2090s, as Prenna can’t believe that things like the mall and computers existed in 2014. How did you come up with your ideas of how life in the future will be like?

ANN BRASHARES: I did some research. There is a lot of interesting writing about the future. People speculate about big things, like how the climate will change, and smaller things, like the ways our language will shift over time. But mostly I just used my imagination. One nice thing about writing about the future is, though you can be preposterous, you can’t be wrong.


MISS LITERATI: We love Prenna and Ethan’s relationship! What tips can you give to Miss Lits who want to add romance to their novels?

ANN BRASHARES: Try to write from inside each of the characters, feel it and see it exactly as they do. I find it hard to write these kinds of feelings looking down on them from above.


MISS LITERATI: It was very brave for Prenna to question the priorities of Mr. Roberts and the others who immigrated from the future. Is she based off of yourself or anyone else at all?

ANN BRASHARES: By that point in the book, she’s pretty much her own girl. I love to write brave. It’s easier to write brave than to live brave, though I aspire to that too. When you write it, you get to control the consequences and reward your characters as they deserve.


MISS LITERATI: The novel has a lot of twists and turns! How do you go about pacing in your novel to ensure that the book isn’t moving too fast or too slow?

ANN BRASHARES: That was not easy. I really struggled over it. When you are deep, deep in a book, it’s tough to take yourself out of it and pretend you are reading it for the first time, so you can check that you are depositing the right amount of information in the right places at the right time, and check how the actual reading experience is going. That’s one reason why a good editor is so valuable.


MISS LITERATI: You are best known for your The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Can fans of the series expect any similarities to THE HERE AND NOW?

ANN BRASHARES: Yes, I think there are. This book has a provocative premise, but it’s really about love and friendship, loss and family, just like the Sisterhood books. I seek the same emotional intimacy in all of them.


MISS LITERATI: What is your writing process like? Do you outline?

ANN BRASHARES: I do outline. Not extensively, or structurally, but more to get a feeling for who the characters are and where they are going. This gives me the initial confidence to push off the dock. I don’t try to stick to the outline, usually. I cherish the detours. The deeper you go with the characters, the more fit you are to understand their stories. What I do at the beginning is kind of a placeholder until I understand everything better.


MISS LITERATI: What are some of your favorite YA novels?

ANN BRASHARES: As a kid I loved Judy Blume’s YA novels. I love Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. I’m also loving John Green’sLooking for Alaska, Franny Billingsley’s Chime, Chris Lynch’s Angry Young Man, and Gary D. Schmidt’s Okay for Now.


MISS LITERATI: Many of our Miss Lits want to become published authors. Can you give them advice on how they can accomplish this goal?

ANN BRASHARES: Set a realistic writing goal (a story, a novella, a novel, an epic) and meet it. This will give you confidence. Take yourself and the fictional worlds you create seriously. Believe in them. If you don’t, no one else will. And put your heart into the writing, and don’t think about the publishing part until you’re done.



~Peggy S. Walker.

(I’ve been busy with school but I’ll be posting more in the summer!)


Between trying to find an original idea, to suffering from writer’s block, completing just one novel can take forever. Could you imagine writing over 40 novels? We got to chat with the talented Lisa T. Bergren about how she came up with the idea for her newest novel, REMNANTSSEASON OFWONDER, how she finds inspiration and more helpful tips you won’t want to miss! 

MISS LITERATI: How did you come up with the premise for REMNANTS:SEASON OF WONDER?

LISA T. BERGREN: I love epic stories and also love the idea that we are all born unique, with our own gifts. As I started to think about writing a dystopian novel, but also incorporate hope, it seemed like a natural connection.


MISS LITERATI: When did you decide that you wanted REMNANTS to be a series?

LISA T. BERGREN: It was always too big of a story for a stand-alone novel. I knew it’d need to be a trilogy.


MISS LITERATI: There was so much suspense throughout the novel! Can you give our users advice on how they can add suspense to their novels?

LISA T. BERGREN: I’ve read advice from other editors and writers who say you should have some sort of tension on every page (emotional, physical, relational, etc), and when things are lagging, have the worst possible thing happen to your characters, and watch them dig themselves out.


MISS LITERATI: From forests to deserts, we loved reading about all of the different locations in the novel! How do you go about describing these destinations?

LISA T. BERGREN: I was trying to visualize a world that had been impacted by war, nuclear fall-out, and climate change. I had a cross between the “Mad Max” movies and medieval life when it came to describing villages and cities. The locales themselves were loosely based on the SW United States.


MISS LITERATI: We can’t wait for Remnants: Season of Fire to come out in January! Can you tell us what we could expect from book two of the series?

LISA T. BERGREN: Things get rough for our Remnants in book two (thus the name). They are put through terrible trials. But things get more exciting too.


MISS LITERATI: We loved getting to know your characters. What goes into character development?

LISA T. BERGREN: I’m so glad. I like to develop characters that the reader will care about and therefore will laugh and cry with them. I hope I’m successful at that. When I laugh and cry with them, I think I have a better chance at my readers feeling the same.


MISS LITERATI: What do you hope readers get out of your novel?

LISA T. BERGREN: A solid understanding that we’re ALL born to make the world a better place, and we’re all gifted, as the Remnants are.


MISS LITERATI: One of our users wants to know what inspired you to be a writer?

LISA T. BERGREN: I always loved books and writing. I was the kid who stayed up late, reading under the covers with a flashlight. To share my stories and have somebody else actually care about reading them is hugely gratifying.


MISS LITERATI: You’ve written over 40 books! How do you get inspiration to write? Do you ever experience writer’s block?

LISA T. BERGREN: I suffer from writer’s laziness, but hardly ever a block. I just have to get my rear-end in the chair, computer on, soundtrack playing in my ears and I roll forward!


MISS LITERATI: What are some of your favorite YA novels?

LISA T. BERGREN: Ooo, good question. Some of my favorites: DIVERGENT (trilogy), ELEANOR & PARKTHE FAULT IN OUR STARS, and SHADOW AND BONE

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~Peggy S. Walker (Changed my penname!)

View Collective Inkwell’s Author Hangout (And See Me)

Falls Into Writing

Sean Platt and David Wright, both of the Self-Publishing Podcast, offered an Author Hangout on Wednesday, March 26 that focused on their works together under Collective Inkwell. I was one of the lucky ones chosen to participate in the Hangout.

Like the Self-Publishing Podcast, the Hangout was a little NSFW, so be prepared. Some of the topics covered include writing what excites you, the origins of Collective Inkwell’s use of serials, the benefits and drawbacks of writing and selling serials, and Sean’s ability to juggle many projects at once.

You can find Sean & Dave’s books on the Collective Inkwell site and sign up to be a Goner to receive direct news and information from them! Personally, I’ve started Yesterday’s Gone through their audiobook, which I’m enjoying. I’ve also started their Kindle Serials series Z2134 and will finish their series with Z2135 and Z2136 when…

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How to Write a Spy Novel

Scribbling on the Computer

A few days ago, a friend (who will probably be among the first to comment) shot me a message, wondering how to write a spy novel:

Hey Katty!

So… you said you really like spy stories, and I just got an idea for a spy story. 😀 The problem is, I know diddly squat (er… my mom says that; I’m not sure if anyone else does! 😀 ) about spies and spy stories. 😛 Is there anything I need to know about them… or should I just wing it and see what I end up with? 😉

Love in Christ,

First off: DON’T WING IT! Whatever you do, do not wing the spy novel. I winged my first spy novel plot and ended up with so many twists and subplots with no resolutions that you couldn’t see the main plot (OK, slight exaggeration). If you get an idea…

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How to Write Steampunk

Scribbling on the Computer

I found a thread on steampunk over on one of my writing forums, and made the mistake of doing the asker’s research. I got intrigued. In an attempt to get it out of my system, I am now writing a post all about steampunk, but more specifically on how to write it.

What is steampunk?
Steampunk follows an alternate history route, asking, “What if the Victorians had more advanced technology using steampower?”  It can be based off real science, and thus be science fiction, or use anything to make a good story, and be fantasy.  Steampunk stories usually take place in the underside of society and have a gritty feel to them, matching the typical wood and brass of the apparatuses around which the stories are woven.

Subgenre Staples has an excellent list on the staples and ploys of steampunk. I highly recommend it as one of the first…

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Steampunk for Beginners


I thought I posted this “Steampunk Primer” before, but I can’t find it, so here it is again…

Steampunk is a term that there’s been quite a bit of buzz about.  But, what is exactly Steampunk? 

 Steampunkers party like it’s 1899 (and what happens when Goth’s discover the color brown, lol.)  Steampunk is set in a world where steam and natural gas, not coal and electricity is still the primary power source.  It’s a world abounding with airships, gas lamps, gears, cogs, and brass goggles and populated with mad scientists, philosophers, adventurists, and air pirates.  HG Wells and Jules Vernon are huge inspirations for Steampunk.  Examples include League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Stardust, Treasure Planet, and the Golden Compass.

Even though there’s a heavy Victorian influence and feel to Steampunk, there could still be extraordinary technology all done with Victorian materials and in Victorian styles.  There can even be…

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