Archives for December 2015

Book Tuesday: Top Books of 2015

Like last year, I thought I would try and narrow down my top ten favorite books of 2015.  And like last year, there was no way I could narrow it down to 10 books.

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What?! I read over 100 books this year! You try narrowing them down to 10…

I might also have grouped a series together and counted it as one…

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Book Tuesday: Can’t Wait Books of 2016

Can you believe 2016 is just around the corner? Craziness! To get you revved up for 2016, I’m giving you my highly anticipated books for the upcoming year!

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January 19                                         May 3                                                   February 2

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“Sooo how does this work?”

This is one of the questions the bro and I constantly get asked whenever we meet with someone about the show.

Person looks at us, gestures back and forth and asks, “Sooo how does this work?”

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Book Tuesday: ARC – Truthwitch

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Title: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)
Author: Susan Dennard
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: January 5, 2015
Pages: 416
Buy:Amazon

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Which Came First: the Book or the Song?

Currently, the bro and I are doing a Christmas show out in Bristol, PA for the month.  It’s a great little gig, with some fantastic people.  Most of the rehearsals are at night however, so we’ve taken this opportunity as a mini writer’s retreat and trying to write/finish Musical 2 (for lack of a title).  It takes place in Italy during WWII, specifically toward the end of the war and the northern occupation.  It’s a fascinating topic and one that most people haven’t really explored.  It’s one even I’m learning about as we continue to research and write.

We’re slowly getting through it (we’re up to about 4 scenes in Act 1) and we have to finish the whole show by the end of the month for a deadline.

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Book Tuesday: The Song of the Lioness Quartet

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Title: The Song of the Lioness Quartet
Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: Orig. published 1983
Pages: each book is around 250
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Alanna: The First Adventure

And so young Alanna of Trebond begins the journey to knighthood. Alanna has always craved the adventure and daring allowed only for boys; her twin brother, Thom, yearns to learn the art of magic. So one day they decide to switch places: Disguised as a girl, Thom heads for the convent; Alanna, pretending to be a boy, is on her way to the castle of King Roald to begin her training as a page. But the road to knighthood is not an easy one. As Alanna masters the skills necessary for battle, she must also learn to control her heart and to discern her enemies from her allies. Filled with swords and sorcery, adventure and intrigue, good and evil, Alanna’s first adventure begins — one that will lead to the fulfillment of her dreams and make her a legend in the land.

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