Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Summer Reading & a Blogging Break!

Writing is an adventure ~ a way to take myself someplace else and meet people of the average to paranormal persuasion I'd never normally meet. It forces me to explore our world in altered lights. Reading has similar benefits. I journey, explore, meet, and ponder.

Since signing with my agent last summer, I've had to make many changes to my writing life; this summer will be no different. This will be my last post until September. Originally, I'd committed to finishing the sequel to my YA novel that is currently out on sub with four houses (YAY!); I'm 23,000 words into that sequel and my agent is starting to pitch two of my picture book manuscripts; double YAY! But, after chatting with her last week, we've decided I should work on one of my MG projects. So that's what I'll be writing. I'll also be helping my husband with his new business. (If you remember, I mentioned back in February that he'd decided to open his own car dealerships; we have two now. Phew...)

I'm also planning to read some and for the mere pleasure of it. Here's a list of the physical books (potential summer reads) I have in hand - well, on my nightstand.


Here's the list of intended reads already downloaded on my Nook:

THE DRAGON EMPIRE - Heather McCorkle (Actually, I just finished up with this one.)
DRAGONFLY - Leigh T. Moore
NEW PRIDE - Laura Diamond
DEBT COLLECTOR Episode 2 & 3, at least - Susan Kaye Quinn

Surely something will toss a wrench in my plans, but at least I've set a plan of summer writing and reading in action.

TWO quick SPLATS!! 1) Make sure to choose your award for being a follower or simply stopping, which I posted yesterday HERE. Your visits mean the world to me. 2) Sarah's Reviews is offering up two YA novels & 1 MG novel by the fabulous C.Lee McKenzie. Make sure to enter HEREHERE, & HERE Until the first week of August!

Happy, Happy Summer & Happy, Happy FOURTH of JULY to all my US friends!!! I'll miss you, but I will be stopping in on Monday, July 22, to participate in the Summer Sizzling 50 Authors Blog Tour! Loads and loads of prizes. Can't wait!

Have you outlined your summer writing or reading? What's on your reading list for the summer?

27 comments:

  1. What a fun blog. And congrats on being on sub. That's actually not a fun time for me. :-P And it's great that you're taking a break. Have a wonderful summer.

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  2. Enjoy your break, Sheri. You deserve it!

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  3. Have a wonderful break and best of luck with all your projects! Love your TBR list--there are some great ones I've read, and a few I've been meaning to!

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    1. I hear you about that never-ending TBR list! I'm hoping to get through at least a few of them. :)

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  4. Have a great break. Good luck with the writing and submissions. Keep me posted. Fingers crossed for you.

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    1. Thanks so much, Natalie! I won't be totally gone. I'll be back in two weeks for that special author tour and then I'll pop in now and again.

      Enjoy your summer and I will keep you posted.

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  5. You are one busy, busy lady! That definitely calls for a break. ;)

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  6. You are incredibly busy. I don't blame you for taking a blogging break. I love the list of book reviewers. I have not had good luck in the past, so your compilation is incredibly helpful!

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  7. I understand why you've stopped posting until September. Ever since I took the job editing I've been swamped. I love it, but trying to balance writing and editing is crazy. Enjoy summer reading!! See you in September.

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  8. Enjoy your time.off! I take up.to a.couplw.months a year off to relaxe, write,.and read.

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    1. 'K. Now that makes me feel better. Thanks!

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  9. You have some serious reading to do!
    No plans for writing, but I am going to finish off some books this summer.

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    1. No doubt, huh? I have a ton on my Nook and Kindle. Not sure I'll ever get to those.

      Have fun reading. Make sure it's in the sun (wear sunscreen, of course), and with a drink in your hand!

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  10. Enjoy your break...and good luck with the sequel! :)

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  11. You have a nice selection of books to read for the summer. Have fun with the MG story and enjoy your summer!

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  12. Good grief. Will you ever get to the beach if you read all of that? Amazing goal. Good luck.

    Thanks for the link to my giveaway. I really do appreciate that.

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  13. Enjoy the break! I can't say I'm taking a break because I haven't been blogging that much. I'm off until july 15th. I plan on writing and reading all of my BEA books!

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  14. Enjoy your time doing your thing! You've got lots of things set. I'm mainly going to be writing and enjoying a bit of a vacay in a couple of weeks :-)

    Wishing you the very best with your MS's out on sub.

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes! I'm really excited, but it just takes time. lol Looking forward to finishing your PB.

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  15. My goodness, you are going to be sooo busy this summer! Remember to have fun! And good luck with your manuscripts.

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    1. Thanks for the reminder to have fun. I so often forget that part. lol Enjoy yourself, too! I'll be floating around the blogosphere a bit though. Sure I'll see you.

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  16. Happy 4th to you too. Wow, it sounds like your agent really has your diversifying. So exciting! I wish you the best.

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  17. Wow, you are busy. I have a huge TBR list, and I want to read some classic and new sci-fis as I am developing a spec lit course!

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  18. Have a fantastic break. I have my writing goals set for the summer. Happy reading with all those amazing books.

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  19. It's good to be busy when it's about writing! Still grab some sun time for yourself.

    Thanks for the wonderful SPLAT. You're the best, Sheri

    Happy Sunday.

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  20. Have a great break, and get some awesome writing in, eh? I'm never going to get through my TBR list, but my minimum is 4 genre books a month, so I never have to binge read--except for the end of each month to meet my goal. Still, I'm envious of your stack.

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    1. Dang, I know right? My pile continues to grow in stupid amounts. Wish we could read books intravenously.

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