Monthly Archives: March 2014

ERAMANE’S IndieReader Discovery Award Review!

I finally received the review of ERAMANE from the Independent Book Publishing Association. It got three stars!!! Four would have been nice, I would have been eligible for that pretty gold sticker they put on your book, but…the review is great! I’ve pasted it here so that you may pleasure/punish your eye holes with it.

ERAMANE, by Frankie Ash, is an imaginative and exhilarating work of fantasy. With suspenseful story-telling and modern themes, this novel compels the reader to join Eramane on her thrilling adventures into the supernatural.

ERAMANE follows the story of seventeen-year-old Eramane Fahnestock as she transitions into young adulthood in her village. After years of feeling unsatisfied with her quiet life as part of one of the wealthiest families in her community, Eramane finally gets the change she has been hoping for. But with the arrival of a mysterious visitor comes the question: Is this change for the best?

Though set in a fantastical world, the elements at the core of this story are in fact highly modern. Perhaps one of the most progressive ideas can be found in the way Eramane and her family view marriage. While other heroines are often pushed to marry as quickly as possible, Eramane’s family decided long ago this would not be the case for her. Her parents declined four proposals because they “do not believe that a girl should marry someone she does not know and cannot possibly love.” Such a modern view about the importance of love in matrimony is particularly striking, as it is starkly contrasted against the rustic village setting. This theme helps modernize the work, making it more accessible to young, contemporary audiences.

In addition to modern ideas about love, this work also challenges social class differences. In Eramane’s world, all public conduct is strictly dictated by a social protocol. Since the Fah[n]estocks live with hired help, Eramane often must face the way she is expected to act around servants. In these exchanges, Eramane once again shines as a modern young woman, disregarding social cues and acting instead on her emotions. In one poignant scene, Eramane tries to convince Oriana, the daughter of her servants, that Oriana is worthy of a man of higher class. Telling her that she “is not a servant,” that she is “[her] friend,” and that she loves her, Eramane reassures Oriana that she “will find a prince one day.” This conversation defies the social norms reinforced by the members of her community, but Eramane, a modern woman, chooses to follow her heart, regardless. With her inspiring independent spirit and passion, this strong young woman serves as an excellent role model for the young adult reader.

Ash skillfully creates the feeling of suspense that draws in the reader, especially through use of flashback in the beginning. Ash’s choice to describe two exciting events before launching into Eramane’s personal story starts the work with a bang, which only hints at the pages of action and excitement to follow. Despite minor problems, Ash’s writing style ultimately serves the story well by creating an atmosphere of imminent danger.

Ash combines modern themes, relatable characters, and suspenseful storytelling to form a compelling work of fantasy likely to appeal to a wide range of readers.

WIP

I’ve been absent for a few weeks, and here’s why.

My awesome puppaaayy!

My awesome puppaaayy!

 

 

No joke, it’s been crazy having an eleven week old golden retriever. I think I’m still wearing the clothes I wore the day we picked him up. I kid…no but really.

So, I assume I’ve been pardoned by you all and am moving on. I’ve been working on a book of the sci-fi sorts, and thought that since I am nearly finished with it, it’s time for a teaser. I don’t know if it’s a good move to throw out teasers of unfinished/unedited works, but whatevs…I do what I want…fellow Chivers?? Anybody??

Anywho…here it is…a couple sentences of my work in progress. Lemme know what you think.

            Nova catches Haylun’s reflection in the window, and she stops thinking about Earth. She watches him, sure that he hasn’t noticed she’s not looking out anymore. Instead she watches him run his fingers through his thick black hair before assessing her own reflection to make sure her hair is…decent. It looks as it did this morning when she braided it, a long, brown braid hanging over her right shoulder. She fidgets in her dark-red Medical Cluster uniform, not having yet returned to her quarters to change into her “other uniform” as she calls it: a white shirt and white pants, standard issue clothing to everyone on the ship.
Nova turns to face Haylun, hoping to conceal her moment of lament, praying that he is as excited to see her as she is him. She looks into his hazel eyes and wishes she could hug him instead of just stand there, but that would be a bad idea since today is the end of their separation orders, and if Inspection and Enforcement spot them in the middle of a friendly hug, they are likely to report it, and the Commanding Officials have little tolerance.
Haylun lightens the awkward moment, “What do you have for me today? Leave out…”
“…the gory details, yes I know,” Nova interrupts.
“You know that stuff gets to me Nova, especially before I eat.”

 

 

 

“I’m curious as a cat, that’s why my friends call me Whiskers”

will ferrell

 

If you guys remember that Saturday Night Live skit from Will Ferrell and Jeff Goldblum…awesome! If not, watch it here before reading this post. No, it’s not insightful, or even necessary for you to watch before continuing on. It’s just that’s it’s so freakin’ funny and I weep for those who haven’t laughed their pants off watching it.

Done? Ok.

So, as I said…I’m ever curious, always researching and because of this kitty cat characteristic (say that five times fast) I have stumbled upon yet another beneficial writer’s site.

Beth Revis, author of Across the Universe, has a Reddit hangout, YA writers, and I go there from time to time, check out what peeps are asking, offer my opinion, and leave. But today, a post is up and it offers authors an opportunity that I feel is extremely important, manuscript critiques!

But it’s not just any critique site, it’s operated by YA authors! How awesome is that!? They have a website that offers services for manuscript critique, editing services, and query development.

It’s super important to make sure you have all your ducks in a row before submitting to an agent, and this site is your one-stop-shop for doing just that, (gah what a cliché…apologies) and you know the quality of work is Grade A, prime cut, FDA approved, wait! I’m pretty sure I’m wrong about that one, you get my drift. These gals know their bizz and any author wanting to perfect their manuscript before submission would do their work a great service by at least checking it out.