Wednesday, December 3, 2014

THE SUN'S RIVAL by Danielle E. Shipley: Blog Tour Day 2! (Giveaway link included!)

The war was long and hard, but believe it or not, readers, these pictures decided to wage war with me as I attempted their upload. Alas, here they are, for they won the first few battles but I won the war. Hurrah! As it is, here we are on Day 2 of the blog tour for The Sun's Rival by Danielle E. Shipley, Book 5 of The Wilderhark Tales!! As for that final picture, here is the link to the rafflecopter giveaway---

Danielle is a fantastic writer who can weave together worlds you had no idea existed until you read about them, and then when you try to move on with your everyday life you find yourself wanting to go hang out with Edgwyn and Villem Deere. 

Guiltily, I admit, I'm not up to speed with the Wilderhark Tales, but after reading other works of Danielle Shipley (One More Day [A Morrow More] and Inspired - go read them as well!) I can always expect her to show her characters with as much life and love as they truly possess.

Good luck with the giveaway and may you all fall for the world of the Wilderhark Tales shortly! By the way...these books would make great Christmas presents! (;

~~~On Another Note~~~

I'm sorry I didn't reply with more posts throughout NaNoWriMo. As you might expect, I was writing away as well as trying to stay on top of homework. Well, the end is in sight: Next semester my classes will not be as looming-over-my-shoulder as this one, and NaNo is both gratefully and regretfully over, so I will post regularly throughout December even if it leaves me weeping at 2 AM over a blog post. Flame Writer's still alive!

So, now, go get your copy of THE SUN'S RIVAL BY DANIELLE E. SHIPLEY!! 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014

How goes it? Are you above the quota? Below? Straddling the quota? That's my position.

I am currently at 7k. I miss writing regularly like this! I remember when I was in high school my schedule was thus---

Wake at 7AM and write until 7:45 until I had to go to school.
At lunch at 11:30 write and eat until 12:15
Get home and slack off for the early evening
Eat dinner
and then afterward I would write until I went to bed.

College and work have definitely changed that. I'm at least trying to slip in morning writing sessions - writing for at least half an hour after I first get up. Of course, I'm starting to straddle the line between procrastinating my schoolwork and keeping on top of it as well, so it's a tough balance.

I'm also hoping NaNo will help me finish this book that's been in progress since very early 2013. (Yes, I started in the middle of a book, don't judge me! I've only counted what I've written since November 1st. (: )

What are your hopes from NaNo? Are you expecting to finish your book or just get a good headstart? Are you in it to win it or just to have fun? Share your thoughts and your word counts. Keep it up, my friends, and do your best! You're still a winner even if you don't make 50k. Like one of the pep talks I read... If you only wrote 1000 words, hey, that's 1000 words you wouldn't have wrote otherwise if you didn't participate in NaNo. So keep at it, and have fun!

Word Count: 7,036
Day 4/30

Monday, October 27, 2014

Random Monday: Only Two Posts in 2014 - How Uncool!

A year with no posting?! For shame!

Since my creator has such a terrible time keeping up, I'll contribute a post. Hi, I'm Ashley, and I'm the protagonist of the Flame Cycle Saga, which this blog is so named for. So, to keep this short, here's a Random Monday, which used to fit the schedule so well. By random I mean my author only wants me to do a general update of stuff. So, here goes.

A list of happenings in the author's life -
- School
- More school
- Lots of school
- Work
- More work
- Almost getting electrocuted/set on fire at work
- Other life matters

A list of happening in the character's life -
- Illegal cross-ocean journeys
- Heart-to-hearts
- Exploring places unseen for 2000 years
- Talking to Greek gods and goddesses
- It seems fun, but it's not.

So, with that, there's the update. If anyone still reads, lemme know in the comments what's going on for you characters and your authors! Also, another well-wishing for NaNoWriMo. My creator desires to offer an extension for writing buddies, so her profile name is:


Some others you might buddy up with areeee -
Mastermaid22 []
ZG Writer []
and Kela McClelland - she's not doing a NaNo project this year that we know of, but it'd be fun to buddy with her regardless! []

Have a happy Monday, friends!! Ashley Vaandere out!
[There's a formatting issue that hasn't been solved quite yet. Why does a double-space look like a triple-space? No fun.]

Saturday, October 25, 2014

NaNo's Write* Around the Corner!

*All intentional, my friends.

NaNoWriMo is a week away.

I've signed up this year, but given how well I've done in keeping up with all my social media and writing in general...

*Glances awkwardly at blog and brushes cobwebs away*

Well, we'll see.

I wish you all the best of luck and if you want to add a writing buddy on NaNo, I'm kconine57715. Good luck again, and may the words be ever in your favor?

[Y'see what I did there?! Mockingjay Part 1 is coming soon too, yay!]

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Book Review: Inspired by Danielle E. Shipley (& Where Have I Been!?)

Title: Inspired
Author: Danielle E. Shipley
Number of Pages: e-book
Rating: 4/5
Date to-be Published: March 17, 2014
For a muse like Lucianíel, one story’s end is another’s beginning.

In the wake of his author’s sudden death, Luc takes ownership of her surviving creations—four fantastical characters with tales yet to be told—saving them from unwritten lives crumbling around them and giving them a second chance at a literary future.

Luc finds that chance in the unsuspecting mind of Annabelle Iole Gray, a quirky teen with her head in the clouds, nose in a book, and imagination ripe for a brilliant muse’s inspiration.

Or so he hopes.

Neither Luc nor Annabelle, however, realize all they’ve undertaken. Even with a to-write list including accounts of a shape-shifting cat creature, gentle knight-in-training, vigilante skater girl, and a mystery boy smothering in unspoken fear, the most remarkable saga created between author and muse just may turn out to be one stranger than fiction.

Their own.

Summer classes started when I said I started this, and I didn't have time to read... Let me tell you what, cramming five months worth of classes into two months is no walk in the park.

I finally sat down to read this yesterday, and the first few chapters were, surprisingly, a bit grueling for me. Trying to keep up with each different character's personality and Luc's rushed explanations were a bit daunting, up until we meet Annabelle. From there on, I could not put this book down. I laughed. I despaired. I wanted to hug each and every character. Each one had such a different charisma you felt a different love for each and every character, and THAT is why I love Danielle Shipley's books. Her characters are so DIVERSE! I'm sure she'll blush if/when she reads this, but I could very honestly say her characterization is on par with JK Rowling.

I didn't even know Yves' backstory yet, and I already just wanted to hug the crap out of him every time he spoke. Uri's attitude, Wilbur's amity, Luc's openness, Abishan's love for Annabelle (that was adorable!!), and Annabelle's - well, everything about her was terrific. The pacing of the story was fantastic, as usual, and the twists and turns were both expected and unexpected - enough to keep the reader on their toes.

I'd be a liar if I said this book didn't have its cons, though. Some points got a bit rambly, and those mainly belonged to Annabelle's writing. I can understand why, and how, for that was just her character and she was learning. That didn't change that I had to fight not to skim a few times.

I also felt like the main premise of the story was... I don't really know how to explain it. I feel cruel to say that Luc was acting parasitic, but I don't know how else to say it. I understand, I mean, and I LOVED the premise, but I just felt like it was almost cruel. MAINLY because Luc seemed to, I don't know, kick Annabelle's old muse(?) out and he was never heard of again. Despite that, the ultimate relationship was symbiotic, so it wasn't exactly a horrible point, but it had its moments where you just wonder...

Somewhat branching off of that, Annabelle's and Luc's relationship deteriorates later, and it struck me as odd as how Annabelle was willing to ignore her characters so quickly, and how easily Luc told her she was replaceable. I never once saw my characters like that - but hey, that IS just me. I've always loved my muse and always looked forward to seeing him (for I do have a muse that often pops up in dreams!) and I don't think I could just toss him in a pit of darkness like that - though, if he spoke to me as Luc had to Annabelle... *Shrugs* I'm not sure what I'm trying to say here. Maybe just that Annabelle's sudden cruelty to Luc and vice versa was unprecedented. Luc's demand that Annabelle write his story and Jean's seemed unreasonable to me. THIS, however, is just my problem as a reader, and should not let any possible readers detract their possibility of reading it. Because if you haven't read it yet and plan to, why are you reading this? Get out of here, there are spoilers here! :P

Final nag: I felt like Yves' arc went too fast. The end of the book itself went too fast. I got...very lost. What I essentially understood was that Yves and Avelaine were one and the same, but were his three short stories one and the same as well? If Avelaine was a dancer because of his parents, when did Yves fall in love with Lucille and get Streetcar? Were they separate beings for the sake of Annabelle's lesson? (Which was AWESOME, by the way, I loved her learning the hard way that some characters have sad endings.) I also lost sense of where the mask came into it in the circus blaze. Maybe I was reading too fast? No doubt I'll reread this later, so this opinion could change.


Altogether, this book was fantastic. As I said before, the characterization was out-of-this-world, the pacing was phenomenal, as both are expected from Danielle Shipley at this point, the premise was well-thought and creative, and the story itself was just enchanting. The tale did have a few stalling points, as mentioned, but with the overall quality of the book, they could be forgiven, as seen from the four-star rating. As always, my expectations have been exceeded, and I eagerly await Danielle's next addition to her family of characters.


Where Have I Been?!

School, work, scholarships, procrastination? All are valid answers. My writing is getting a little bit more into the flow now. As mentioned above I took some summer classes, and those were time-consuming. Work has been hectic as we've been undergoing massive staff changes and been shorthanded, so I've had to take several hours. I'm preparing to go to a university, so I'm doing what I can to fill out scholarships in hopes of avoiding loans I worry I won't be able to pay back. And then, yeah, laziness/procrastination. Why write blog posts when I could, I don't know, watch Orange is the New Black or play the Sims? Haha... Yeah, that happened.

I'm not going back into posting on here with high expectations. What I'm going to try to do is just make SMALL posts. And by small, I mean maybe one or two paragraphs. Maybe this will work out for the better of us. Those of us who are busy will only have a little to read, and maybe - just maybe - I can keep up. Not making any promises. We've seen where that gets us (:

I hope everyone who sees this is doing well and let me know how you are in the comments if you so desire! Let's try to keep the rest of 2014 semi-productive!