Thursday, September 10, 2015

Good morning, World!

I now have four chapters up on Wattpad of my story, The Forgotten child. I had the entire story complete before going in. I was tweaking it a bit as I went, trying to make improvements, even if only slight. Well, funny thing happened. At the end of Chapter three, I added in a whole new character. So, obviously, that throws out pretty much the rest of the story I already had written. It just will not make since to leave it as is. I began writing chapter four being slightly stuck. I had to really think how I wanted to shape the rest of the story. I like where I think it is going, but I have to tread carefully so that the title and cover still make sense! I typically do not title my stories first. It almost limits where it can or cannot go. Anyway, that is my latest update on the story. Read if you like, if not, that's fine too. :)

The Forgotten Child

If you want to start reading from the beginning, you just have to go to the top left of the page and click the little arrow by Chapter Four and click on the title or one of the chapters. (This is after you click on the story link above and are in Wattpad.)

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

WattPad Story

Today I decided to try out the world of Wattpad. I have absolutely no idea what I am doing on there and spent at least an hour trying to figure out where to find the link so I could share it.... but I got it, at least I think I did! We'll see if it works here shortly, no promises though!

Anyway, I created an account or actually I went and found the account that I created some three years ago or something ridiculous like that. I don't remember doing it, but there it is. I only have one chapter up, but it looks like that is how people do it on there? So...one chapter at a time. That means I have to break my story into chapters which I think is kind of a good thing because then maybe I can organize it better.

A bit of my story is published in the world and that terrifies me. And I have no views or followers or any idea how to even get them! Ha! I think I am ok with that for the moment. So blogger followers, if you have any idea how to use Wattpad, I am all ears.

If you read it, I hope you like it! And I hope the link works! If not, well, I will try again tomorrow.

The Forgotten Child < Click there.


Monday, October 29, 2012

I Am Phoenix - By Millie Lee

Exciting news! I Am Phoenix is published and available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  But for just this week, it will be available for free for Kindle users.  It will be free from 10/30 - 11/3! So as an early birthday present for me, please take advantage of the free status and read/leave a review if you don't mind! I would be ever so greatful!

I AM PHOENIX




I Am Phoenix 

As always, happy reading!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I am Phoenix

Exciting news that I need to share here! The big editing project that I've been working on with a new author is almost complete!  The book is currently in the self-publication process and should be ready by the end of August! The wonderful book, I am Phoenix will be available on Amazon shortly.  I am so very excited about this book and it's potential.  I'll be sending out query letters soon for agents/publishers as I'd like to see it published by a well known publishing house as well.  The author has worked so hard on this story and I am so proud and honored that I have been able to partake in this journey with her.  Below is what the cover, front and back, will look like.  Isn't it pretty?!


Here is a synopsis of the book, which is on the back cover, but as the picture is a bit small, I'll copy it below so you can read it.


ARISE FROM THE ASHES AND BE REBORN.
I AM PHOENIX; MAGGIE PHOENIX; BORN OF THE GODS OF ATLANTIS.
MEMORIES OF MY PAST; I HAVE NONE.
SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH BEHIND MY BEST FRIEND'S MURDER, HIDDEN SECRETS WILL SOON ARISE.
WITH THE HELP OF HYPNOSIS, I START TO REMEMBER; I HAVE LIVED MANY LIVES, BUT THOSE LIVES ARE BURIED DEEP AND FORGOTTEN.
REMEMBERING THE PAST IS TO MAKE WAY FOR THE FUTURE AND THERE IS NO FUTURE WITHOUT THE PAST.
SOME MEMORIES ARE BETTER LEFT FORGOTTEN...

This is a lovely fiction novel full of mystery, sci-fi, suspense, drama, and romance all wrapped up into one package!  If you are interested in Atlantis and the Gods, reincarnation, figuring out a huge mystery, and finding out deep buried secrets than this is a book for you! It is a wonderful journey of discovery into ones past and how that will ultimately shape the future.  There are wonderful sensory details and images all throughout the book.  You feel like you are in the mind of the main character and can feel what she feels, all the raw emotions that come to play with each obstacle that she must overcome in order to figure out her history and her past.  It is truly a wonderful story and I can't wait until it is out in the world for everyone to enjoy as much as I have!  

(A more in-depth book review to come, once the story is available for everyone else to enjoy!)

As always, I'll leave you with a quote. 

Happy Reading!

"...but for my own part, if a book is well written, I always find it too short." ~Jane Austen

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review and Book News

I've posted a book review under my book review section.  It is about the book The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson.  I just finished reading it and was quite happy with the choice.  It was a bit slow in the beginning, but once I got past that, it was a wonderful story and had a pleasant ending.  No spoiler alerts so feel free to go check it out!

I am happy to say that there are quite a few books that will be coming out in the near future that I am super excited about...
Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio comes out on September 25th.
The Shadow of Horses by Susanna Kearsley comes out October 1st.
Is It Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt comes out October 7th.
One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern comes out October 11th (from amazon uk though).
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton comes out October 16th.
(lots of book reviews coming!!)

As my birthday is in the beginning of November, it looks like I'll be treating myself to a handful of early birthday presents....because, if you know me, I will not be able to wait! :)

My current book that I am reading is Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.  I'll let you all know how that goes!

As always, I'll leave you with a quote!

Happy reading!

"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!" ~Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I've done it!

Well, I've done it! I have gone and attached a story on here for all to see... (panicking just a bit), so if you care to read it, please go to the writing section and read away! Feel free to leave any feed back! But please be nice as this is the first of hopefully many more stories to come!

As always, I'll leave you with a quote!

Happy reading!

"O, to be sure, we laugh less and play less and wear uncomfortable disguises like adults, but beneath the costume is the child we always are, whose needs are simple, whose daily life is still best described by fairy tales."
~Leo Rosten

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rantings

Today I am choosing to rant for a bit as I recently "stumbled upon" a list of banned children's books.  So I think, yeah, ok, some books may be just a little inappropriate for children, but then I started reading the names of some of these books and the reasons they should be or are banned, I just have to shake my head a little.  Let me start off by saying that I read a lot.  Always have.  I was that quiet girl on the school bus with her face in a book.  I was that little girl that hid her book under her pillow with a flash light until Mom said good night so that she could then be sneaky and read until she fell asleep.  I am that girl. It is hard for me to picture how my life would be without all my stories as I grew up.  A good book to me is one that makes you think of all kinds of things, it sucks you into a whole different world.  However, it isn't real.  It is a story. I think most people, children included, understand that a story is just that.  They are smart enough to realize that a fictional book is not real. We don't have fairies flying around or unicorns grazing in the fields. Which will bring me to the first book on the banned list.

Harry Potter.  And the reason? "Promotes witchcraft and main character has no moral story." Seriously.  Well banned book people, I hate to burst your bubbles here, but it is a story.  It is made up. It isn't real.  Harry Potter is not a real person.  These books are not spell books. If your children do not know the difference between what is real and what is imaginary, then maybe you should be teaching them better. A story like this helps develop people's imaginations. It teaches people to be there for their friends and not to ever believe they are all alone, because even when you think you are, there is always someone there that has your back, however unexpected it may seem.  I believe there is a moral to each one of the Harry Potter books and it is ridiculous that it is banned.  It doesn't teach witchcraft.  The spells and all that are pulled out of the imagination of a writer.  These books teach children to have an imagination and I don't think there is anything wrong with that.

Another book on the list was Twilight.  I have to say that I am a fan of these books. However, I do think that these are inappropriate for certain age groups.  It is not a PG rated type of book.  I don't think it should be banned though.  I remember when I was in, I think it was middle school, my mom took a book away from me because the main characters were kissing and stuff.  I, being the one that enjoys talking about the books I am reading, was sharing some details of the book with my mom who proceeded to look at me like I was crazy and took the book and said this is not appropriate for you.  So I understand.  I recall not being happy about that because I was in the middle of the story, but I guess it is up to parents to make the choice for their children on what they are reading in a sense of something like that.  I didn't find it inappropriate at the time, but I was also a bit sheltered.  I don't think there is necessarily anything wrong with that.  I do believe you should have the option to read whatever you want and nothing should be banned.  That is just messed up.  But controlling things based on an age appropriate PG, PG13 rating would make a little more sense. The reasoning behind this one is, "inappropriate themes, explicit sexuality, and offensive language."  Again, I agree that maybe it is inappropriate for some age groups, but I don't think it should be banned from schools or anything like that.  You want your kid to grow and learn and all that so you shouldn't be taking away tools that can help with that process.  I am not saying that this story is necessarily teaching anything, but it still allows people to use their imagination and as someone who is aspiring to be a novel writer myself, I think this is a very important thing.

Another book is A Wrinkle In Time.  Reason: "Promotion of witchcraft and crystal balls and anti-religious undertones." Ok.  Well again, it is a story.  It is not real.  I don't see how it can promote witchcraft when it is not based on anything real.  It is completely pulled out of the imagination of a writer. I read this book when I was in elementary school.  It promotes anti-religious undertones? Is that really a good reason to ban a fictional story? Again, key word here is fictional. By the way, I happen to like this book.

Another is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.  Reason: "Profanity, racial slurs, and harsh depiction of racism in the South."  Well, as I recall, we had to read this one in school.  It wasn't a "fun" read.  It was one that the teacher made the class read.  Now it is banned? Really? I thought it was a story meant to teach people. It even won the Newbery Medal in 1977.  I don't know how people get on the "Banned Book" committee or who they are, but I think they need to reevaluate their list and their reasons.

There were many other books, but those were the ones that really stood out to me.  I don't think it is ok to ban books.  Everyone enjoys different types of books for different reasons.  The books that I love, you might hate.  The point is that everyone is different and has different likes and dislikes.  Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean that someone else might.  Someone else may take something completely different away from the story.  There are plenty of books that I don't like that are considered classics.  For example, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, I did not like at all.  Not even a little.  However, it is on the list of the 100 best novels of the 20th Century, as well as on the World Library's list of The 100 Best Books of All Time.  Just because I did not like it, doesn't mean others didn't.  What I took from that story, is not the same as others took from it.  Just because I don't like it, clearly doesn't mean it should be banned.  Do I think 5-year-old's should read it, no.  But it should still be made available to people as it is so clearly a classic. Everyone should have the opportunity to read it and form their own opinions.

I just believe that some people are crazy and when it comes to books, people should be able to choose what they read without any sort of restrictions.  Anyway, that sums up my ranting for now.  If you have any thoughts or opinions feel free to comment!

As always, I leave you with a quote!

Happy reading!

"Sometimes, people can go missing right before our very eyes. Sometimes, people can discover you, even though they've been looking at you the entire time.  Sometimes, we lose sight of ourselves when we're not paying enough attention."
~Cecelia Ahern