Week’s Top 5 Nerd Alert Moments

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The Big Book of Magic is super, freaking, awesome if you haven’t played it!! #cooperativeboardgames

So, I have decided once a month to talk about some of my other MAJOR nerd interests. I’m a ginormous anime fan, gamer, martial arts buff, cooperative-board-game-player, research-junkie, KDrama fanatic, etc. Each week, I’ll catch you guys up on my top 5 nerd alert moments for the week. I am a crazy busy gal, so I don’t always have time to enjoy ALL of these things in one week’s time. I tend to cycle through my hobbies and interests (except for martial arts, which requires constant vigilance. I am a black belt in both Hapkido and Taekwondo, so I make sure to make it to at least 2 classes per week, usually more). Without further ado, this week’s top 5, ladies and gents!

THIS WEEK’S TOP 5 NERD ALERT MOMENTS

1. ANIME: My obsession with Gintama grows with every watching session // Seriously you guys, if you haven’t been watching Gintama, how can you call yourself a true anime fan??? Gintama is a hilarious parody of anime-viewers, anime-tropes, and general archetype commentary. It is also a simply amazing, entertaining, and light-hearted show that can surprise you at random moments with heartstring-pulling moments. I am obsessed with it right now. It’s a great show to just sit back, chill, and relax into a groove of comedy and endearment.

2. GAMING: My husband and I are both big MMO players. My current MMO-obsession is The Secret World // Do you love weird, arcane, and urban fantasy environments? Do you have a quirky interest in random lore of various quacky-things that real-honest-to-goodness people believe in the world? Do you like podcasts like Welcome to Nightvale? Then you’ll be a HUGE fan of The Secret World. It takes place in real environments all over the world, but focuses on the unseen underbelly of the secret organizations that pull the strings of the entire world! It’s amazing fun and my hubby and I have the good fortune of being lifetimers.

3. KDRAMA: I just finished Gu Family Book recently and then Personal Taste, so I’ve been on the hunt for something new! // Any suggestions? I’ve started a cooking-related drama (that I can’t for the life of me remember right now!) but I’m also open to hearing people’s favorites!

4. RESEARCH: So, I got it into my head this week that I wanted to upgrade my old-AF netbook that I used to use for writing and work back in the DAY (like 2011-2014). // It served me well, but once I got a hold of my gaming laptop, it sort of sat collecting dust. I’ve really started to like writing in different places around my town and I don’t love lugging around my giant, heavy normal laptop and thought it would be good to see where “Nessie” stood on upgrades, operating system, etc. My husband is a freaking IT god, so I had his help, but have also been researching on my own. It took us (no-joke) a full four days to update the 200 or so Windows updates on it. Now my pet-project is getting it upgraded to Windows 10. The memory on this thing is abysmal, so I started uninstalling a bunch of bloat-programs and unneeded games and stuff. My goal is to make this sucker something like a light-weight Chrome Book type feel (since I write almost exclusively on Google Docs now). It has been a challenge getting my sweet little netbook to even download 10, so my next try will be to download the OS onto an external drive and install it that way. Wish me luck! We’re like 5 days into this project and I’m more determined than ever.

5. READING: Currently reading several books at a time, as I tend to be a poly-reader. // Heartstrikers Book One: Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron has been a delightful fantasy / sci-fi read that I definitely don’t want to put down.  // The Blade’s Memory by Lindsay Buroker is one that I’ve had a bit of a harder time getting into. I’m such a giant fan of her Emperor’s Edge series, that I have been a bit resistant to her Dragon Blood series (buuuuut I’m on the 5th books, so I’m certainly not giving up). // The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J. Maas has definitely intrigued me enough to continue reading the Throne of Glass series. Can’t wait to finish all the prequels so I can go on to the main event!

So there you have it folks! I have been pretty crazy busy with my Secret Series Project. I’m currently over half-way through Book 2 and in the middle of revisions on Book 1. On track to finish my #CampNaNoWriMo numbers by April 30th! Huzzah!

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Elise Kova’s Crystal Crowned (Air Awakens Book 5) Cover Reveal

I am a GIGANTIC nerd-fan for Elise Kova’s Air Awakens Series. For real, you guys. If you haven’t read this series yet, YOU NEED TO GO OUT RIGHT NOW AND GET THAT STUFF. NOW. Go. I’ll wait. It’s a YA Fantasy romp of wonder, romance, war, and personal growth. Get the kleenex. Tons of cry-your-eyeballs-out moments. Without further ado, I give you the cover reveal for her fifth and ultimate book for her series, Crystal Crowned.

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Long live Solaris.

One bloodthirsty ruler has been overthrown by another, casting the shadow of death over the Solaris Empire. Vhalla Yarl stands upon the stage of fate, prepared to do battle one final time. Fragile alliances will be tested and new bonds will be formed as the world is reshaped. She fights as the champion of peace, but when the night is darkest will she be able to pay the price of a new dawn?


GAAAAAH! It’s so beautiful! I can only hope to have covers as glorious as these some day! Meanwhile, while I keep grinding away on my Secret Series, here are some exciting goodies you can participate in for Elise’s series!

 

PREORDER CRYSTAL CROWNED HERE:

 

GOODREADS LINKS FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES:

 

About the Author

View More: http://radred.pass.us/joseph-wedding-2015-jpegElise Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade. Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.

Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook.

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My Website: http://www.EliseKova.com

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As a fellow YA Fantasy author, I am SO proud of Elise for the success of her debut series and for how much her books have touched my little reader heart and so many others. I am SERIOUSLY pumped about the release of Water’s Wrath (Book 4) later this week and for the release of the last book this summer! I WANT IT IN MY HANDS NOW!


Though I’m not NEARLY as cool and amazing as Elise, if you want to hang out with my on my social online life, come hang out with me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook! I’m super chill most of the time and love connecting with readers and fellow YA fantasy folks. Also, I’m now on Snapchat @lmsherwin, so come follow me if you like dorkiness and general geekery. Also, if you want to be the first to hear about book news and potential exclusive offers, sign up for my newsletter!

Do You Read Multiple Books at a Time?

2016-04-08 11.20.04Ever since I was a kid, I have been prone to reading multiple books at a time. I just can’t help it. It’s an instinct I have to actively fight against if I want to read one book all the way through before picking up another. Sometimes, I’ll exercise that discipline muscle and actually grit my way through a single book before moving on, but those cases are rare. Most of the time, I just go with my poly-reader flow and end up reading several fiction and nonfiction books all at once.

 

To give you an example, I’m currently reading the following:

 

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (audiobook / ebook)

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron (ebook)

The Blade’s Memory by Lindsay Buroker (ebook)

The Hope of the Gospel by George MacDonald (ebook)

God: A Guide for the Perplexed by Keith Ward (print, hardcopy)

 

In the past I have had more books going than this, but this seems to be about as much as I can reliably handle without getting swamped with reading. Now, in order to manage all of these books, I have to be a very active reader. I have been known to read something like 10 books in a month when I’ve really got my groove on. Not as many as some prolific readers out there, but when you consider that I have a day-job, a side contract job, and my work as an author…it’s a lot. Trust me.

 

Pros of Being a Multi-Book Reader:

 

Getting to experience new worlds and exciting stories more quickly.

Never growing bored with a story. You can simply take a break when you sense a burn-out coming and switch to another story before eventually rotating back.

Street cred. Most people are baffled by poly-readers.

 

Cons of Being a Multi-Book Reader:

 

It takes far longer to finish books, but once you’ve finished you have several under your belt (maybe a hybrid between a pro and a con?)

Sometimes plotlines and characters can blur together.

You can get major reader burn-out if you aren’t taking proper reading breaks.

 

My takeaway? I often try to read one book at a time before moving on to others. I am not always successful with this and when it grows too difficult to swim against my natural stream, I just go with it and enjoy myself.

 

What about you? Do you read multiple books at a time? What are you currently reading? I’m always up for book recommendations!

 

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#WIPWednesday: Secret Series + Sarah J. Maas Train + Research

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Happy WIP Wednesday, peeps! It has been a SUPER busy couple of weeks. I’ve had tons of day-job work, some sickness issues, and general life business going on, BUT thankfully I’ve also been hard at work on a secret project. One of the hardest things about 2016 so far as been prioritization. Because I have a day job and don’t have a super great handle on marketing stuff, I’ve brought in some outside help to encourage me in the right directions and to help me prioritize appropriately. I’m great at writing books FAST, but I’m not so great at organizing the bag-o-cats that includes: deadlines, marketing plans, market research, publishing and preorder deadlines, etc. I am SO glad to say that I now have some help with these sorts of things and I have big, big dreams for my books in 2016 and beyond.

Current Projects:

>Night Bells is currently getting its first beta read. When I published in 2012, I didn’t even know what a beta reader was. This book is definitely one of my babies, because it was the very first novel I finished and published, but it has some real problems that need addressing. It is with my beta and once I get it back, I anticipate some very real updates for its second edition. Information about the second edition will be heading your way soon.

>Ancestors & Immortals Book One is currently with beta readers. I am working on Book 2, but I have set it on the back burner while I work on my secret project.

>The Secret Project…Is by its own name, SECRET. But! I can tell you that it will be within my YA Fantasy genre and I am ridiculously excited about working on it. My goal (currently) is to write all the books in the series before talking of dates and stuff, so it may be a little while, but I’ll try and throw some teasers your way as I go about my first drafts.

Reading:

>I’ve read 9 books so far in 2016. Not too shabby when I think about how crazy busy I am. I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting Water’s Wrath by Elise Kova and cannot WAIT to find out what happens to Vhalla and Aldrik!

>I am currently reading The Blade’s Memory by Lindsay Buroker and The Assassin’s Curse by Sarah J. Maas (yep. I’ve totally jumped on the Throne of Glass train…and I’m loving it so far).

Playing:

>I’ve been hard at work catching up on my tower defense gaming with Defense Grid. I LOOOOVE me some tower defense gaming. For reals.

>I’ve also been playing through Skyrim again. I never finished the Thieves Guild chain and would love to see where that ends up. In my last Skyrim play through, I was a hardcore Dark Brotherhood assassin and also pursued the Companions chain.

My hubby has me trying out Vermintide and so far I’m really enjoying it! It’s a style I don’t normally play, but I’ve been enjoying it. Hubs and I are also playing Diablo 3 together when we have the time.

Watching:

>I’ve been breaking with my KDrama and anime kick right now with a binge-watching of House MD. I freaking LOVE that show, man.

 

What are you working on, reading, playing, and watching right now? I’d love to hear and geek out! I’m also always up for great recommendations, so let me know in the comments if you have seen any great KDramas or anime you want to recommend. Or books. Always with the books…

** Come hang out with me on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook! I’m super chill most of the time and love connecting with readers and fellow YA fantasy folks. Also, I’m now on Snapchat @lmsherwin, so come follow me if you like dorkiness and general geekery. Also, if you want to be the first to hear about book news and potential exclusive offers, sign up for my newsletter!**

 

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