Book recommendation: Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke

Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke

A book about books–is it any wonder that appealed to me?

I came across Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart many years ago, when I was either a pre-teen or in my early teens. True, I don’t remember exactly where I was when I spotted it. What I do remember is that I was hooked as soon as I read the description, and that I couldn’t wait to get home and start reading it.

I’ve read Inkheart a few times since then, and I’ve enjoyed it every time. I always find little thrills of happiness in it: details I’d forgotten, literary references I’ve since come to understand, that sort of thing. There’s always something that makes the book worth re-reading.

And if you haven’t read it in the first place? Well. There’s a whole lot more that you’re missing out on.

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Book recommendation: The Marbury Lens, by Andrew Smith

The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith

I won’t lie: The Marbury Lens, by Andrew Smith, is one of those books I had on my to-read list for a long time before I read it. I don’t even know why it took me so long; every time I saw the book, my desire to read it was renewed. I just never seemed to get to it, for some reason.

That changed recently. I was looking for something a little bit dark, a little bit literary, and a little bit fantasy. The Marbury Lens fit that perfectly.

True, that can be a bit of an odd combination, but it works for this book. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s your chance to check it out for yourself–I’m giving away a copy of the book. You can hop on over to my rafflecopter giveaway* now, if you like. Entering is as simple as clicking a few buttons.

Now, are you ready to learn a bit more about The Marbury Lens?

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Wednesday links: Books on writing, a book launch plan, writing a trilogy, and advice for young writers

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

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Book teasers: Enchant, by Micalea Smeltzer

Is it any surprise that a book like Enchant, by Micalea Smeltzer, caught my attention? It shouldn’t be. Not only is the cover gorgeous (seriously, that banner up at the top of this blog post should give you a good idea of what the cover is like), but the summary is so incredibly intriguing.

I mean, Wiccan powers, war, and hints of romance? What is there not to be caught up in? And how could I resist the opportunity to show off a few of the book’s teasers this week?

Plus, Micalea is giving a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. Make sure you stop by her giveaway for your chance to enter.

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Cover reveal: Stolen Enchantress, by Amber Argyle

Some artwork is just plain beautiful. Seriously. And “beautiful” was the first word that came to my mind when I saw the cover for Amber Argyle’s Stolen Enchantress.

Well, okay, so the first word that came to my mind was actually “Oh,” followed by “that’s so beautiful.” But I swear, “beautiful” was intended to be the first word.

Rather than try to explain what I mean, though, why don’t I just show you? Today’s post is a cover reveal, after all. So let’s get to the revealing.

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