Saturday, March 29, 2014

3 Wish I'd Written by Kim Miller

I love reading as much as I love writing. There’s nothing better than reading a book by a new author that amazes me. One of the best reasons to go to Book Expo America is all the great new talent!

The Twilight series is what got me started writing books for teens. I loved the strong emotion, the young love, the uncertainty over which boy was truly right for her. I also loved how, no matter what choice Bella made, she’d be giving something of her old life up. Personally, I was on Team Jacob and would have loved to see her end up with him. But, if that had happened, I honestly believe the books wouldn’t have held that amazing I’d-die-for-him love that made them so popular. Twilight is an older book by now, but I really would have loved to have written that story!

A few recently published books stand out as books I would have loved to write:

SANCTUM by Sarah Fine: When Lela’s best friend commits suicide, she does all she can to try to save her friend from a horrible afterlife she is familiar with—because she attempted suicide in the past and lived. Aware of her friend’s suffering, Lela has the opportunity to help her friend move to a happy resting place—but she goes through Hell to achieve her goal.

Sarah’s “Guards of the Shadowlands” series is a well-written YA series about friendship, love, and death. She especially does an amazing job dealing with the subject of suicide and how others may or may not be able to help. Most of all, I love the main characters she created and the deep emotional connection they develop to each other as they journey through a very dark part of the afterlife together. FRACTURED, the second book in the series, is just as amazing and has me dying to read the final book due out later this year.

THIS IS W.A.R. by Lisa Roecker & Laura Roecker: This is W.A.R. is written in a very interesting way. After a friend is murdered, four girls with four different motives to avenge her get together to make sure the murderer pays for what he’s done. The book is told from four points of view, and as each girl tells her story, the details and events are slowly revealed. I really enjoyed the way this book was written, starting with the murder, then backtracking and digging into the head of each character who wants to avenge her. As each character recalls the events of the night of the murder, we see more of what really happened as opposed to what they reported. We also see a reason each girl feels guilty about the murder. As the story unfolds, we see that not everything is as it seems at first. It's only after reading each section that you get the entire story of what happened the night the girl was murdered. The Roeckers did a great job of using those alternate points of view to keep readers turning the page and to allow us to get into the head of each girl.

About The Author

Kimberly Ann Miller received Bachelor's degrees from Georgian Court University and Rutgers University and a Master's degree from The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys true crime and young adult novels. She grew up in New Jersey and currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband and three cats. When she's not writing, she loves to travel to sunny islands where she snorkels by day and stargazes by night. She always takes her Nook with her.

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About The Book

A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?In the Bermuda Triangle--a lot.Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her fathers death years ago, her mothers medical problems, and the loser whos practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears shes gone nuts for more than one reason: that losers suddenly claiming theyre a happy couple... a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying Happy Anniversary... and suddenly, shes full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ships doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, shes warned that these alternate realities could become permanent.She just has to ask herself one question--how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

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  1. Thanks for having me today! :)

  2. Ah. More books for my TBR list. Thanks.

  3. Oh, I LOVE the premise of your book, Triangles.


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