Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sulan Blog Tour - Recap Day 4

Fly to Fiction says: "As I mentioned above, what really got me interested in this book was the blurb. The first thing I noticed when I read it was that the main character is Asian (or at least has an Asian name). I then found out that the author, Camille Picott, is actually a Chinese American. Yay for diversity! "

Jiha's File says: "I haven't read anything like this book, and I think it's amazing!
This Dystopian/Cyberpunk novel takes place during a crisis that hit the US, and the main character is Sulan, a 16-year-old math prodigy. No kidding you guys. This girl can solve any complex equation without using a calculator, and she does it in less than 10 seconds. Cool, isn't she?"

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sulan Blog Tour - Recap Day 3

Orange Owls & Books says: "Another thing, the protagonist here is a math prodigy right? And you know how in all of the books the author will keep saying that the protagonist is a math prodigy but never really show you how the character is a prodigy? Yeah, Camille doesn't do that. She shows exactly how Sulan is a prodigy. Her math skills are put on display in an intense moment. Goodness I loved that part. I was almost squealing."

Mary's Cup of Tea says: "This book hits on a subject that we have all been wondering about lately and that is if the U.S. dollar collapses and countries that we owe money to are demanding we pay the loans back to, so it's not as far off as you might expect. The book doesn't really give a time frame but because of some of the technology that they are using, it's a safe bet it's in the future, long after I am gone for sure. "

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sulan Blog Tour - Recap Day 2

Melissa at The Reader & The Chef says: "Sulan is a great character and I didn't have trouble liking her right from the start. She is smart, a great friend and a true fighter. I liked that she has her priorities straight and is focused on surviving, on striving to learn how to fight, and on protecting those she loves the most. It's weird to meet a character who is not looking to fall in love, like Sulan. Despite the worthy candidates she has in front of her, Sulan is just too busy with more important stuff than to waste a second on romantic drama. I really, really liked that about her."

Paperrdolls says: "I’m not one of those people who typically visualize what im reading I wish I were. Perhaps with my sickness my mind opened up because I totally just saw everything and it was A-W-E-S-O-M-E.I cant wait to read the next book there were some many things left unsaid and undone. It was a HUGE cliffhanger which I appreciate but Picott DEFINITELY leaves you wanting more. And I feel like a huge ass because I want to share so much more im struggling to contain a great many things but trust me this book is one you need to read."

Nay at Nay's Pink Bookshelf says: "The world was impeccable and the characters were outstanding. For a new genre I was highly impressed by this novel."

Savings in Seconds says: "...Sulan has an engaging theme that will keep readers interested.  If you’re into books that make you think twice about what’s going on in real life, check out Sulan!"

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sulan Blog Tour - Recap Day 1

I seem to be running perennially behind these days! The amazing Candace over at CBB Book Promotions organized a wonderful blog tour for Sulan, Episode 1: The League. Thank you to Candace and all the wonderful bloggers who took the time to read and review my book.

The tour ran last week, but due to some health issues with a close family member I am only now getting around to blogging about it. So here's a recap of the tour!

Day 1:

Natalie at Book Lovers Life says: "With its superb writing and vivid images, Sulan is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The authors style of writing is amazing and she easily makes you a part of the story. From its entertaining characters to its captivating story Sulan is a must read. I love Dystopian books and would highly recommend this unique book to everyone."

Brenda at Daily Mayo says: "Sulan is a tough girl, ready to do whatever  she can to defend her home. I think the literary world could stand to have more strong female characters, so I was a big fan of Sulan and her mother. I also loved that Sulan works to solve problems both on her own and also with her parents. It’s nice to see a strong family bond in a YA book."

Amanda at My Tangled Skeins Book Review says: "Sulan was a pleasant surprise for me. I went into this book thinking that I would probably like it just enough to finish it. I was wrong. I devoured it in one sitting. It is well paced and each chapter ended in such a way that I just had to read the next one. The author did very well in drawing me into the story and keeping me wanting more."

Friday, July 11, 2014

Writer's Report - Slow & Steady Wins the Race

It's been ages since I've posted! The good news is that I'm still alive and I'm writing, albeit the words aren't coming as quickly as I'd necessarily like. Writing has taken a back seat in the game of life, but I still manage to write several thousand words every week.

I'm 53K words into Sulan 2, which is tentatively entitled The Dome. This is my third draft and the first one that doesn't feel like a complete gut job. Yay! With any luck I'll have this draft wrapped up before the end of the year. I was hoping this novel would clock in somewhere between 55K - 60K words, although it appears it will probably be closer to 80K before I finish.

I've also had the privilege to critique several novels for friends of mine during the past few weeks. It's always fun to share the creative journey with my fellow writing buddies. Critiquing always brings a new awareness to my own writing and helps to keep me sharp. And what's more fun than talking about characters and story plots with friends? It's the stuff that keeps my soul warm.

Hope everyone out there in the blog world is well and enjoying journeys into books and writing.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Writer's View - Blown Circuit by Lars Guinard


Lethal Circuit (Circuit Series #2) by Lars Guignard and narrated by Russell Jonas
Genre: 16+ Spy/Techno Thriller
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Available Audio from Audible.com 
About the Book:
Michael Chase is back.WARNING: Blown Circuit, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the #1 spy thriller, Lethal Circuit, is here. If you don't like turbo-charged action adventure, then you'd better find some place to hide.
But now he has enemies. Deadly enemies.

Good thing Michael is in no mood to play nice.
Michael survived China. Barely. But now he's got bigger problems. A pair of coordinates broadcast on an obscure frequency have brought Michael to Istanbul, Turkey where credible chatter has emerged that a terrorist group plans to use a devastating device to hold the world hostage.
Designed by Nikola Tesla, arguably the greatest inventor of the Twentieth Century, the device is experimental, it is capable, and it has been missing for almost sixty years.
If Michael is to prevent a catastrophe, he'll need to get to the device before the Conspiracy or risk upsetting the global balance of power forever. Of course, finding the Tesla Device is one thing, knowing whom he can trust with it is another matter entirely.
To survive, he'll have to do both. If he doesn't, what started as a bad day is about to become a disaster.
Can Michael fight his way through the lies and deception to save the world?
If you can't get enough of the action of Lee Child and Vince Flynn, the intrigue of Robert Ludlum, and the adventure of Clive Cussler and James Rollins, you are going to LOVE Blown Circuit!

 Book can be found at:

 Audible |  iTunes | Amazon  | GoodReads

About the Author:
Lars Guignard is a former film and television writer and a graduate of both McGill University and the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His debut thriller novel, Lethal Circuit, has been

an amazon top 100 Technothriller since its release.

Guignard has wanted to write Indian stories for kids ever since he attended a boarding school in the majestic Himalayas. The time he spent in the “school above the clouds” affected him

profoundly, and once he returned home to North America he was struck by the lack of children’s stories from India available in our culture. Since India is such an incredible country, he decided

to write a series of action adventure books for young adults about India to introduce young readers to this magical, mystical land. So if you’re looking for a great book adventure for kids, try Ghost Leopard today!

Author Sites:
Website | Twitter | Facebook 

About the Narrator:
Headshot_Russell Jonas_Legit_01.09.2011 (1)Russell Jonas is thrilled to make his audiobook narrator debut with “Blown Circuit.”  Russell has worked in commercial voice over and television since 1999 and has appeared in forty stage plays in New York City and in 46 states, including the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre Company. Russell teaches The Art of Acting at Southern Methodist University.


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The Writer's View

Disclaimer: Due to some medical issues with a close family member, I was unfortunately unable to finish this novel before the blog tour. This review will be based on first 1/3 of the novel. My apologies to the author and narrator that I was unable to give a complete review at this time!

This novel falls outside of my usual genre, but when Candace recommended the first novel in the series, Lethal Circuit, I quickly found myself hooked by the high-octane action spy thriller.

The next novel in the series, Blown Circuit, continues in the same adrenaline-fueled pace.

Action Sequences

The strongest aspect of this book is the action scenes. They ROCK. As I was listening, I felt like I was in a movie theater watching a Jason Statham or Bruce Willis movie. I love action movies, and I love good action scenes in a novel. Each fight scene in this book is jam-packed with details that make you feel like you're in the scene, not just a spectator watching from the side lines. Hands down one of the best features of this book.

Exotic Locale

When I read, I love experiencing a new environment. The first novel in this series transported me to China. This novel took me to Turkey, a place I've always dreamed of going. I loved experiencing all the minute details of Turkey, which Guinard weaves expertly into every scene. After the action scenes, setting is the strongest feature of this novel. Readers should prepare to be transported!

Too Much Action

While I admire the amazing action scenes Guinard crafts, for me this novel was a bit too heavy on plot/action without the balance of character. I felt like I was being slingshot from one high-octane scene to another. Michael, the main character, is totally likeable, but other than his quest to find his father there isn't much going on in this book in the way of characterization. I like a novel with a bit more character study, but this is just personal taste.

Overall this is a well-crafted action book that I think will please fans of the genre.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Writer's Report - Sulan, Episode 2

I am happy to report that after scrapping the entire first draft of Sulan, Episode 2, I finally have a completely new and revised first draft! There is something amazing about completing a first draft. Like getting to the top of a really steep hill after miles and miles of running. I just printed it out last night and plan to spend the next few months frantically editing and re-writing, which are my favorite parts of writing. With any luck this book will be ready to go before the end of the year!