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: Critique groups and writing monsters

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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Updated book recommendation: Pure, by Julianna Baggott


(Note: This recommendation was first published in September of 2013. You can see the original version here.)

Let me start this off with a disclaimer: It’s been a few years since I last read Pure, by Julianna Baggott. It’s a testament to the book, however, that I still remember it well enough to write this updated recommendation.

There’s a part of me that’s still a bit surprised by how much I loved this novel. See, Pure falls into the realm of Science Fiction, which is a genre I generally don’t enjoy. Yet it’s a novel I very highly recommend.

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Cover Reveal: Ilavani, by Kaelan Rhywiol

I have a soft spot for multi-POV novels. I like getting more than one perspective of a plot, and I like providing more than one when I write. That said, the story needs to call for it, or the multi-POV aspect won’t work.

From what I can tell of Kaelan Rhywiol’s Ilavani, the story definitely calls for multiple points of view. I think that’s part of what’s drawing me in, and why I’m happy to help reveal the cover today.

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Trailer reveal: Age of Order, by Julian North

Every once in a while, I come across the summary of a science fiction novel that intrigues me. I mean, really intrigues me. One that makes me want to get my hands on the book as soon as possible.

That’s exactly what happened when I read the summary for Julian North’s Age of Order. This novel sounds fantastic, which is why I’m so happy to be helping reveal the trailer.

When you’re ready, you can check the trailer out here. Then you can come on back for a bit more information about the book–and a giveaway to help celebrate!

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