Friday, December 9, 2011

14 This Week for Writers 12/9/11: Our Favorite Articles and Blog Posts


We're looking for more intrepid blog readers!
Sadly, the blog reading is getting to be a little much for us, and Clara and I are getting worried that we are missing too many of the newer blogs that deserve recognition, and even some of the wonderful posts from blogs we have followed for years. This isn't for lack of will. There simply aren't enough hours in the day. SOOOOO. We would like to invite one or two friends, old or new, to help us out by spotting and reading blog posts and articles and suggesting them for our weekly round-up. If you're interested, please e-mail Martina.

The winner of last week's MY BEATING TEENAGE HEART is Christy Lenzi!

This week's giveaway is: BEAUTIFUL CHAOS, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's wonderful third book in the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Caster Chronicles series. Wow. These just keep getting better, and the southern gothic setting is pure deliciousness.

Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending.

Are you ready? Enter by 12/15 to win. Fill out the form at the bottom of the page!

This Week's Round-Up

Clara's Favorites
Martina's Favorites

Book Reviews and Giveaways

Craft of Writing

Issues, News and Trends

Inspiration and Smiles
Social Media
Author Marketing, Book Promotion, and Self-Publishing
To Market

Other Weekly Round-Ups:
Did we miss anything? Anyone? Please leave a comment!

Happy reading and joyous writing,

Clara and Martina


  1. Great round up. You might want to add that I'm giving away a copy of Wildefire by Karsten Knight and Untraceable by Shelli Johannes-Wells at Literary Rambles.

    Congrats on your award! You deserve it.

  2. Awesome links, as always. :) Thanks for sharing and for taking the time to find them for us!

  3. I'm not surprise at the call for readers. I've always been amazed at how you keep up with all the posts. And then there's the time it takes to put this post together.

    Thanks for the great links and all the hard work you put into this, ladies!

  4. Oh wow, so many great posts I missed! I'm taking my kids to school but tackling those awesome posts when I return. Thanks!

  5. So many great posts! Thanks :) Enjoy a great weekend!

  6. The usual THANKS for all this! I enjoyed the article on Villains vs Antagonists, as well as Jami Gold's article on how to make the most of a scene. :)

  7. Thanks everyone! Yes, Martina and I absolutely LOVE reading all these writing blogs! There's so many out fantastic ones out there that we can't keep up with them all. It literally HURTS when I realize I've missed someone's excellent post and didn't link to it for you.

    If anyone is interested in helping out, I can tell you that you will learn a lot about the craft of writing and the industry.

    Let me repeat that: You. Will. Learn. A. Lot. Your brain will explode with new writerly wisdom. Doing Favorite Articles for this blog is the best thing I've done to educate myself about craft and the publishing industry. You will also learn how wonderful the writing community is.

    And Martina, well, all I can say is she's one of the best people on the planet, and I'm jealous that I will have to share her. BUT! I'm willing to do it for all of YOU, so we can continue to link to all the best articles!


  8. Thanks so much! Great list. (Still gotta say I miss the old setup though :( )
    Thanks for the giveaway. Can't believe I still haven't read Beautiful Chaos...

  9. Yay! -digs into round-up with vampire teeth-

  10. Another great round up! You always make it easy for us with these posts :)

  11. Another bounty of information! Thanks!

  12. Thanks for the round up and the chance to win Beautiful Chaos. I loved the first two books but I haven't read the third one yet.

  13. Thanks so much, everyone, for the comments and encouragement. And yes, Natalie! Definitely that post should have been included. Riv Re, we miss the old setup, too. This is such a massive pain to do with Google now.

    And Clara, WOW. You are so beyond sweet. And seriously? You make these round-ups not only possible, but enjoyable. If anyone hasn't met Clara on twitter yet or in person, she is AMAZING. I can't believe that I met her through this blog and SHE literally is one of the best people in the world. An amazing writer with an amazing heart. Big squeezy hug, Clara. THANK YOU for all you do for me and for the blog, and for all the other writers out there whose lives you enrich.




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