YA Scavenger Hunt: Erica O’Rourke

Thursday, March 29, 2012
The YA Scavenger Hunt is now closed. Thanks for participating!
Winners of Witch Song: Melody Straka and Sarah Kalait
 And don't forget to stop by next week, as I'll be giving away two more books. Intrinsical by Lani Woodland and Eternal Starling by Angela Corbett. Check out their blogs for a chance to win a copy of Witch Song.


You simply must read Chime

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Every once in a while, I read a book and think: I could never write this well. Such a book is Chime. It's exquisite from the first word to the last. It's deliciously dark, a mystery as well as a complicated love story and bildungsroman.

Back Cover: Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.

Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.

There really isn't anything Franny Billingsley doesn't do perfectly. The prose, humor, voice, pacing, intrigue . . . it's all there, but my favorite element is Briony's voice. She's certain she's wicked--evil even, though she doesn't mean or want to be. But her actions and thoughts contradict her negative self image.

She meets a self proclaimed "bad boy" who isn't really a bad boy at all, but she's convinced she's incapable of loving or being loved, that those she loves always come to harm.

Must read. Must own. Must track down Franny to get a signed copy.

The end.

My Manuscripts Listed Chronologically

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This post might be more for my sanity than for all my dear readers. I'm having a seriously hard time remember what book I wrote when. So without further ado:

The Priestess Prophecy
Began January 2006
Status: Permanently shelved. I may recycle my magical system though. It was super cool.

Priestess 2
Began late '06
Status: Permanently shelved

Priestess 3
Began '07
Status: Permanently shelved

Witch Song
Began late Summer of '07
Status: Published by Rhemalda Publishing 2011

The Brotherhood
Began '08
Status: Coming Fall of 2012

Winter Queen
Began '08
Status: Coming sometime 2013. First in a trilogy.

*Insert new baby here*
The Forbidden Forest
Began March 2010
Status: First draft is up to 60K. First in an expected trilogy

Witch Born
Began spring 2011, shelved numerous times because I wasn't sure I would write it.
Status: Coming soon.
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