What I’m Writing:
I’m not going to lie. Between BFest, moving my office, and working my day job (that is also keeping me crazy busy right now), I wasn’t able to write as much as I wished to this week. That being said, I mainly worked on editing Dreammare some more, and I prepped Violet’s story, which you’ll read more about below. That being said, I did write a new script for my YouTube Channel – Coffee & Cats – and I released the newest video! That’s right, Coffee & Cats is back. This month, we discussed Romantic Female Tropes…We Hate. Next month, I’ll talk about male tropes, but let me know what tropes you’d like to see changed in fiction.
What I’m Publishing:
For those of you who missed out, Violet’s story released on the Bad Bloods Prequel via Wattpad. Why is Violet’s story particularly special? Well, Violet is directly connected to The Timely Death Trilogy, and you can now read how and why. You might also figure out why I never wrote an epilogue for The Timely Death Trilogy. Despite many requesting a happily ever after scene, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. The more and more I analyzed what would happen to Jessica and Eric after Death Before Daylight, the more I realized their lives would only continue to get more and more complicated. Even a wedding would’ve been a political sway. So, you might hate me. You might hate Violet’s story. But it is true to her. And I just had to share it, so when you read Bad Bloods, you will understand what she is. For those of you who read it way back when it was originally published in 2007, Violet was originally named Kati.
I was so happy to receive my first book review of the Bad Bloods duology from Crazy Beautiful Reads! (She included some of her favorite quotes, too!) I’ll share them in the near future, but you should check out what she said:
“The best duology I’ve ever read! Action packed. Fast paced. Heartbreaking. The ending brought me to tears and made my heart melt.”
If you’re interested in reviewing Bad Bloods on your book blog, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
The #1lineWed theme was “page 6, 16, or 160” so here is your weekly preview: (from page 16)
“Are you all right?”
“I am,” I managed. “Physically, I mean.”
“You’ll be all right, you know,” he said. “Mentally, I mean.”#1lineWed
— Shannon A. Thompson (@AuthorSAT) June 15, 2016
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November Rain, Part One, releases July 18, 2016
November Snow, Part Two, releases July 25, 2016
What I’m Reading:
Like my writing section, my personal reading time was also shot this week. But I’m in a bit of a reading tornado. I’m currently in the middle of Genesis Girl by Jennifer Bardsley, Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake, and Sea of Stars by Amy A. Bartol. AND I just bought Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee, The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, and Salt of the Sea by Ruta Sepetys during Barnes & Noble 3 for $30 sale on YA books. Save my wallet from me. All on top of the AWESOME sneak peeks Barnes & Noble handed out during BFest. UGH. So much to read, so little time.
— Shannon A. Thompson (@AuthorSAT) June 15, 2016
What I’m Listening To:
Amy Winehouse, you stole my heart.
What I’m Watching:
I watched A Girl Like Her on Netflix, which is a mock-documentary about a girl who is bullied then attempts suicide because of it. The film slowly unravels why and how everyone is involved in her life. While the film has received a lot of criticism over the cliché plot—the popular girl/shy girl situation—I think the cliché allowed the film to concentrate on the emotions of such a serious situation, because a cliché allowed it to be everyone rather than one specific character’s story. I really enjoyed it in an uncomfortable, emotional way. Definitely recommended, but could probably be triggering for some since it is shot, at times, from a first POV style of the girl being bullied.
I also watched a few episodes of The Hunt with John Walsh. He is one of my heroes. How he handled such a tragedy and set out to help the world because of it is beyond me. I’ve been watching him since America’s Most Wanted, and before that, I loved Unsolved Mysteries. (I used to get in so much trouble for watching Unsolved Mysteries in secret and would then have nightmares…because, you know, I was five and not even allowed to watch TV. But that’s another story for another day.) If you’re interested in crime mysteries still needing to be solved, I definitely recommend this show as well.
What I’m Baking, Making, and Drinking:
I’ve been making my little library. Okay. So I know I normally use this section for food, but I spent almost all week organizing my new library in my house…and it’s everything this author dreamed of. You see, when I went to college, I couldn’t afford to keep the books I had to buy for my English classes, so I’ve always wanted to get my collection back…but in 18th and 19th century editions. Two wonderful people surprised me with a HUGE collection I could never express my never-ending gratitude for. And they added a new kitten picture to my wall décor. I am in cat-book heaven.
What I’m Wearing:
Heels! And my feet feel it.
What I’m Wanting:
Thirteen Reasons Why is a life-shattering novel. If you haven’t read it, trust me, read it now, especially before the 13-part Netflix series releases! This week Kate Walph signed on to Thirteen Reasons Why Adaptation, and I cannot wait.
What I’m Dreaming Of:
A lot of dreams about bobcats and book signings. I’ll have to consult the dream experts on this one.
What Else Is Going On:
I hosted an author’s panel and book signing at TWO Barnes & Noble stores in the Kansas City area for BFest, and it was a blast! Special thanks goes out to the Barnes & Noble staff in Oak Park Mall of Overland Park, KS, and to those in Zona Rosa of Kansas City, MO.