Top 5 Books on my To-Read List

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My reading list grows by the day, mainly because of my slow reading speed, but here are my top 5 for this year.

  1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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    I’ll admit: this is a book I only heard of because a good friend of mine, Stef, loved it. The cover is eye-catching, although the title doesn’t seem to give anything away.
  2. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
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    Again, one that caught my eye by cover alone. I have no idea what it’s about but, darn, is it beautiful. I’m in the majority of “judging a book by its cover” for sure.
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
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    Okay, so this came as a word-of-mouth from a lot of my Wattpad friends and readers. Then I saw the selling line of “What if Cinderella was an assassin and went to the ball not to dance with the prince, but to kill him?” The line certainly caught my attention, but not in a good way — my immediate answer was “Well, doesn’t sound much like a Cinderella retelling then, unless you still have the horrible step-family and fairy godmother” (read the published blurb — doesn’t sound like it does). But I heard raving things, so I’m going to check it out.
  4. The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
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    I really enjoyed Holmberg’s The Paper Magician trilogy with its steampunk feel and magic system, (reviewed here) so I was excited to hear there was a spinoff set in the same world. Eagerly awaiting my own copy!
  5. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
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    I’d read The Rithmatist by Sanderson before and, man, what a world. I loved it. Exciting, immersive, and left me breathless after I’d raced through the entire book (*spoilers* disappointed the MC didn’t succeed but never mind! *end spoilers*). I got a copy of this from the library and this brick is sitting on my nightstand right now.

What are your to-reads this year? Any recommendations?

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Wattpad Block Party Winter 2018

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As mentioned in a previous post, I shall be guest-posting in Kelly Anne Blount‘s Wattpad Block Party Winter 2018. After hearing suggestions from all my readers, I’ve decided to talk about fantasy story plotting, specifically regarding Rune Mage, including magic lore, character building, motivations, and the actual plotting process.

It’ll be heavily condensed, because there’s only so much I can squeeze into a single post! There are plenty of books published on a single topic alone.

Other suggestions from readers have included:

As promised before, I’ll work my way through these in blog posts. The alternative endings will likely take some time, because I only ever really plot for a single ending.

Be on the lookout for my post on plotting fantasy stories! We launch in February!

New Year’s Resolution

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Happy 2018! Wishing you all a safe, happy, and successful new year. I thought I’d start the year with a short list of resolutions. Although I’m not one for using new year’s specifically for resolutions — I’d rather have short goals throughout the year — it won’t hurt to make a grand end point, right?

  1. Finish Firestarter, my Asian Fantasy YA novella, and rewrite it (possibly as a full novel)
  2. Finish rewrite of Rune Mage, my high fantasy mass-sacrifice novel.
  3. Read more! My reading motivation has dropped down to zero.
  4. Pass my clinical exam retake in May.
  5. Brew at least one of the plot bunnies that have attacked me during my late night musings of my WIP. Either a full-length Asian Fantasy or Western Science Fiction — yet undecided

What are your new year’s resolutions? Share them here!

NaNoWriMo 2017: Week 1

marchcity2NaNoWriMo 2017 has officially kicked off! I have a loaded schedule this month, so I’m not sure how much I can actually get done, with two friends visiting separately from the other side of the world and six days’ exams at the end (and I still need to study for it!) but we’ll see.

March City: The Rebellion of the Gifted sees Ari breaking out of the simulated reality that was March City and struggling to cope with the real world, devoid of the technology she was used to, with a new enemy on the horizon and allies she could not trust.

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Chapter 1 is out on Wattpad; for earlier updates, check it out on RadishFiction.

Cover Reveal for NaNoWriMo2017 and the Next Project

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NaNoWriMo2017 draws near, as does the start of my second project. As promised, the cover reveal for my sequel to 2014’s NaNoWriMo, a science fiction-fantasy combining the ethics of simulated reality, human experimentation, and doing The Greater Good.

Welcome to March City: The Rebellion of the Gifted.

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Wattys2017: Vote and Support!

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Wattys2017 is upon us! The annual Wattpad contest where Wattpadders compete for renown and recognition, for the most-read books and most-beloved stories, for the title of the best of the best!

And guess what? Both March City and Rune Mage are entered! Want to support them?

Here’s what you can do, between now and 1st August:

1) Vote on the stories
2) Add them to your reading lists
3) Tell your friends to do the same!

Want to exchange shout-outs and reading list adds? PM me!

Are you in the Watty’s?

Wattpad Spotlight: Feeding Frenzy

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Book promotion! “Feeding Frenzy” by MaajaWentz.

Check out this witty supernatural thriller with witches and the undead and food obsession, a Watty2015 winner! Can I just emphasise the food obsession part, because after only two or three chapters it definitely got my stomach grumbling for more.

Feeding Frenzy is a supernatural thriller which explores our obsession with food. Sweet but chubby Tonya isn’t privy to her town’s darkest secrets, but when campus is overrun by a deadly obesity epidemic, only she can resist a hidden mind-controlling entity. Can Tonya uncover the mystery of its power before it’s too late?

It’s a witch’s brew of intrigue with a dollop of comedy, a teaspoon of romance, and a pinch of horror. Read on if you dare…

Are you a follower of mine and want your book or someone else’s book advertised? Post on my wall or PM me!