Chocolate, It’s What’s for Dinner

For the past three weeks, I’ve been hard at work on the first official round of edits for Fortitude—the developmental edits, direct from my shiny new editor at Anaiah Press—and I’m now done! That is to say, I’ve been hard at work in between homeschooling, family emergencies, and other assorted life happenings. And that translates to eating lots of chocolate.

No, I haven’t actually eaten chocolate for dinner, but the consumption of the confectionary delight has happened with breakfast, before, during and after lunch, midafternoon, evening, dinnertime, and all hours of the night. And in all forms: liquid, dark, square, round, crunchy candy coated, I’ve ingested it all.
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This next week will be detox time:
More exercise, less sweets.
Extra hours reading for pleasure, and a little less time at my standing desk.

To start things off, I’m celebrating this milestone with a girl’s night out tomorrow. And to make things even more exciting, one of my friends involved has no clue what we’re going to do. Maybe maintaining the upper-hand over someone is a sign I’m not ready to release control over my book world. After all, knowledge is power.

Chocolate is pretty powerful, too. What’s your favorite way to eat it?

Happy Release Day: Bricks

Now that I’m part of a publishing family, I’m hosting more book release promotions. In less than a year, friendly Anaiah Press authors (and others) will be doing the same for me. Lets share the love and excitement of new books!

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Anaiah Press is proud to present John Davidson’s YA novel BRICKS which releases today!

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Sixteen-year old Cori Reigns learns that not all tornadoes take you to magical places. Some take your house, your school, and life as you knew it. Struggling to put the pieces of her life back together, Cori learns to rebuild what the storm destroyed by trusting a family she didn’t know she had and by helping friends she never appreciated.

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About the Author:

Married to my bride for twenty-four years, I have an amazing son and a wonderful daughter.
Born and raised in central Oklahoma, I work in education, first as a teacher now in technology curriculum. I write. I read. And in the summer I make snow cones. Find John on Twitter @jdavidsonwrites or connect with him at his website and on Goodreads.

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Bibliophile Problems

If you couldn’t tell from my previous posts, I’m a book girl. There are a lot of books in my house. I’m talking more than dozens, more than hundreds, probably a couple thousand. I’ve never counted them all—that would mean math, and me and numbers don’t always get along.

This afternoon, after answering yet another a post on a homeschool page for recommendations for books set in a specific time period (happens regularly, and as a children’s literature connoisseur with a passion for historicals, I have to respond.) This time, it was a call for Civil War books. So, after going to my “favorite author” shelf in the hall, I returned to my desk area to look over my general middle grade collection for more titles. But then I remembered my middle child’s quest for all things military, and that I’ve allowed him to adopt many of my middle grade novels dealing with war, so I had to go check the bookcase in his room.

I circled all around the house to gather information I could have grouped together. What’s a bibliophile to do?

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I’m seriously contemplating putting all my books in chronological order. Even though that would mean splitting up the Katherine Paterson, Avi, Richard Peck, and Laurie Halse Anderson novels, I think at this point in my life (hello, homeschool!) it would be beneficial. But then I’d have to worry about the fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary… where would they all fit? Group the contemporary at the end of the historicals, with books like Bridge to Terabithia (and it’s 1970’s references) toward the beginning of that section. What about classics, like Charlotte’s Web? Do I place it in the era it was written?

The stress!

But it’s a happy, first world problem to deal with. Now I just need to decide if I take the plunge. Photographic journal blog will follow if it comes to pass.

Week of Mondays

It’s only Wednesday, but it’s been a week of Mondays here. And I mean that in the best possible way. I’m one of those people who love Mondays.

Mondays are a fresh start.
Mondays are productive.
Mondays are inspiring.
Mondays are peaceful (usually, in part, because I rarely have anywhere to rush off to, which leaves me to…)
Mondays are pajama days (most of the time—see above.)

This week has qualified as a week of awesome because:
1. FORTITUDE, my debut novel, will be out in one year. (Hooray!) 100_6830.1

2. Europe (Favorite. Band. EVER.) is releasing their US tour dates this Friday. (Hello, bucket list item number one—see Europe live!)

3. The Shannara TV series (first season based on my favorite Terry Brooks novel, The Elfstones of Shannara) keeps releasing cast news and pre-filming has begun (in New Zealand, of course.) 100_6841

4. I finally got to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

5. I’m on schedule for finishing my edits of CORRODED, so I’m closer to sending it back into Query Land.

It’s been exciting in my little corner of the world. What bits of awesome are filling your week?

The Last Stored Release Day

The Last Stored by Sonia Poynter

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Blurb:

After the sudden death of her parents, making it through the day is a
struggle for Amber Megan Peel. In the midst of her grief, an exquisite
bird perches on her garden fence and shows her visions of a vivid
landscape and a dark lord slouching upon a throne. She thinks the visions
are tied to her sorrow. But when a boy flies through her kitchen window to
tell her she’s the Last Stored, she wonders if she’s just lost her mind.

Cree of Din is tasked with one job: Bring Amber home. For seven years,
Cree has trained as her protector and it is the ultimate responsibility.
Failure means Amber’s certain death, and that’s not an option for Cree –
especially since he’s falling in love with her.

The Returning has begun. Now all Amber and Cree have to do is enter Tali,
a world of unimaginable splendor and equally unimaginable horror, and
defeat Lorthis. If they can’t, not only will Tali plunge into darkness,
but so will Earth.

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January 6, 2015

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Excerpt:

Cree climbs onto the railing and extends his hand to me. “Your choice,
Amber, you can come or you can stay!” he yells over the roar of the
water.

“This is nuts. You expect me to jump?”

“Nuts? No, merely the door.” He beams with anticipation. He seems fine.
In fact, his eyes sparkle with the moon’s glow.

My heart skips. My choice. I had another choice. I grasp his hand and
crawl onto the railing. My feet slip, and I waver. Cree steadies me with
his hand. The water falls in torrents in front of me. Am I really about to
do this?

“You can’t go back once you enter. Are you ready? You can do this.”

He looks into the raging waters, then back at me. His cloak swirls
around him like Superman’s cape.

“Yes, I can do this!” My heartbeat bangs in my throat. I’m about to
jump off of Lovers Leap with a boy I don’t know, along with two little old
men who have vanished below my feet. This is crazy, but I’m supposed to do
it. Part of me knew it every time my mother and father looked over this
very railing. I’m at the door.

Cree squeezes my hand, nods, and we jump. He howls. The feeling of
dropping over a roller coaster comes on fast. The water rushes by, cold
and wet. I fall.

My chest tightens like I’ve had the wind knocked out of me. I choke and
cough, spitting out water. I see darkness, and I feel Cree’s hand holding
mine.

Then, a bright light shimmers and glows at my feet, reflecting upward.
The sound of the water fades. My lungs fill with sweet air. The light
expands, covering me. Wind swirls and holds me up. I no longer fall, but
glide upward. A light from above warms my face, and the aroma of fragrant
honey hangs on the air. We twist and turn, Cree’s cloak coils around him,
my own clothing flapping in the wind.

I giggle loudly and squeal like a child.

Cree crinkles his face and laughs along. The wind continues pushing us
through a tunnel. I lift my free hand and try to feel the mist forming
around us; it scatters with my touch, only to form again when I retreat.
We have increased our speed. Far above me, Dartlin and Fink’s feet come
into focus, and they’re whooping with joy.

Then we stop.

We stand in a brick wading pool a few inches deep. Stone replaces the
air, which moments before surrounded me. I take in a deep, fragrant
breath.

Cree continues to hold my hand. He looks at our fingers still entwined
and laughs. “You can let go.”

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Author Bio:

Sonia Poynter grew up traipsing through the thick woods of Kentucky. The
magic of the forest made her want to write. Currently, she lives in the
sleepy community of Pittsboro, Indiana, with the love of her life and God
has blessed them both with three amazing kids.

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Publishing News

Last week there was some exciting news on the internet. Anaiah Press has acquired my young adult historical novel, FORTITUDE, and it’s set to be published January 12, 2016.

There’s much to do in the year ahead: revisions, line edits, cover reveal, and so on, but it’s a journey I’m most looking forward to. I have an editor and publicist, as well as a fabulous “family” at Anaiah to help me along. (Not to mention my family and friends who have championed me along all these years.)

A Merry Christmas to all, and a terrific New Year, too!

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The Chill in the Air

Christmas is about stories. The stories you make into memories with friends and family, those you read in scriptures to highlight the reason for the season, and the sometimes funny or heartwarming tales of winter that can be found in books of all sizes.

Rather than focusing on presents, for the weeks leading up to the special day my kids look forward to reading and hearing their beloved holiday books that we keep displayed under our tree. Each year they rediscover their favorites and enjoy new books in the collection.

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What is one of your special Christmas traditions?