Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Critiques and a Launch Party for Closed Hearts!

So, I'm in the midst of my 4th revision. My characters and plot-line are finally feeling right to me but I've re-written my first chapter at least seven times and it's changed every time. I've gotten to the point where I can't even see my first page with any kind of clarity.

So, when I found two offers for free first page critiques, I wanted to shout out in thankfulness. By participating in the Oh, Those High School Dances Blog Hop, I earned a first page critique by Emily at Get Busy Writing and then I discovered that Carol at Artzicarol Ramblings gives away free first page cirtiques all the time (I just somehow missed that on her sidebar right under her picture). So, thanks to these two ladies, I'm seeing my first page with clear vision.

If you would like to see Carol's critique of my awkward first page and help me out by pointing out anything you think needs to change, I would greatly appreciate it. Just visit ArtziCarol Ramblings today.

Closed Hearts Launch Party

Susan Kay Quinn's second book of the Mindjack Trilogy is officially out today!!! Woohoo!

My daughters and I were eagerly waiting with anticipation for this book, and it did not disappoint.

What? I've read it already? Well . . .since I've been lurking around Amazon for this book, I discovered that I could have it delivered to my kindle a few days early, and we've been having an all out readathon in our house, as my kids and I wrestle over my kindle for the right to read this book. The bad part is . . .we've all finished it, and now want the third book . . . and now we have to wait again. No worries. We'll just reread Open Minds and Closed Hearts again in our wait time.

And yes, they are that good, and no, I can't really give details because I'm afraid I'll spill spoilers all over this post. Hmm. What can I say without giving up much?

Kira is a compelling character with flaws, and new, exciting abilities who must struggle to keep those she loves safe and find her place in a world of people who either fear her abilities, or want to use them for their own purposes.

Book Two of the Mindjack Trilogy by
Susan Kay Quinn

When you control minds, only your heart can be used against you.
Eight months ago, Kira Moore revealed to the mindreading world that mindjackers like herself were hidden in their midst. Now she wonders if telling the truth was the right choice after all. As wild rumors spread, a powerful anti-jacker politician capitalizes on mindreaders' fears and strips jackers of their rights. While some jackers flee to Jackertown--a slum rife with jackworkers who trade mind control favors for cash--Kira and her family hide from the readers who fear her and jackers who hate her. But when a jacker Clan member makes Kira's boyfriend Raf collapse in her arms, Kira is forced to save the people she loves by facing the thing she fears most: FBI agent Kestrel and his experimental torture chamber for jackers.
Check out Susan Kaye Quinn's blog for more information on the awesome launch party, and for rafflecopter prizes!!!

Oh, and if you missed my entry for the Flash Fiction Blogfest, check it out here or just scroll down to my last post.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Susan will be excited to hear that you enjoyed it!

Susan Kane said...

I love the idea of a mindreading world with mindjackers as a problem. Great creation.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Alex - I think she knows but I might tell her again.

Susan - I think it's a cool story.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

I am excited that you liked it! And WOW you guys read fast. :) I better get working on that third book...

Thanks so much for the post and the non-spoiler-ish review! :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Susan - We loved it! And yes, we do read fast!!! Plus, the girls read in the car, and in the dance studio waiting room, and all over the house . . and I lost some sleep over your book. It was worth it!

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Carol really does a fabulous job at critiquing. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Lynda - yes, she does!

Leovi said...

Well, sometimes we want to be just as perfectionists getting lost in the woods when at first we took the right path. Greetings.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Leovi - Greetings! And yes, I have to watch my perfectionist tendencies.

Pam Williams said...

Tyrean, isn't it amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can see in our work? Sooooo many times I have taken a piece to our writers' group and, with just a few word changes here or a rearranging of sentences there, they have improved the work immensely! Glad you have found critique partners to help you in this often staggering job of editing. Blessings!

Karen Lange said...

It is interesting how much work goes into our writing, isn't it? Those who think writing is easy are wrong. But the results are worth it. Wish you all the best with your revisions!
Karen :)

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Thanks to everyone who stopped by and made launch day awesome! :)