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Friday, August 28, 2015

to be honest bltiz

Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Date Published: July 21, 2015

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T.C. Booth’s latest novel, To Be Honest, is a heart-warming young adult contemporary romance that focuses on cyberbullying, diversity and the struggles of living with a handicap, from the point of view of a teenage girl.

The book features Starla Emerson, a girl whose self-esteem vanished almost overnight when a freak accident left her with a deformed hand. When her family moves and she can no longer rely on her best friend and boyfriend for moral support, she finds herself all alone one hundred and twenty miles away home.

Starla tries not to stand out at her new school, but when a stranger posts pictures of her on the internet, this puts her in the spotlight against her wishes. And when the cyberbullying threatens to destroy her relationship, things take a turn for the worse.

To Be Honest has received glowing reviews on Amazon.


 I left one shelf bare for my memory boxes. I stacked the shoe-sized cardboard boxes so their labels showed. Freshman Year, Sophomore Year, Junior Year. The first two boxes were filled with memories that I collected to keep safe. My Junior Year box felt empty. I removed its lid and took out the orchard ticket stub, the pictures of the guys wrestling in the dark, and a dried purple rose. Jared handed me the rose at school the morning of Sweetest Day. I could only guess what might fill my box the rest of the year. Will I even make any new friends? How would people react when they saw my hand? They’d probably think I’m the creepy new girl and be grossed out by my claw. I took a deep breath and put the box back.
A piece of paper stuck out from between the pages of one of my books. I tugged it free and unfolded it. It was a note Jared wrote to me about two months after we started going out.

Please don’t be mad at me for the whole TBH thing. I just didn’t know what to say to Jan. I shouldn’t have said anything. I like you a lot! You are my girl. I don’t want anyone else.
Love, Jared

A sigh escaped me. I never got the whole TBH—to be honest—thing. You opened yourself up for drama if you posted a picture with the letters TBH online. A girl named Jan did that and Jared took the bait. He had to honestly say something about her, so he commented under the picture that she was cute. My phone blew up with text messages telling me about it. I cried and sent Jared a text telling him I wanted to break up. I felt so stupid. The entire student body of Cedar High knew Jared told another girl she was cute. He slipped me the note during Algebra class the next day. I forgave him.

About the Author

TC Booth was born and raised in a small town in Northeast Ohio where she currently teaches. She lives with her husband and four children ranging in ages from 13-23. Her pets include one dog named Sammy, and two cats- Sheldon and Sasha.

TC Booth views books as the best form of entertainment and her escape for life’s stresses. She prefers reading a book over watching a movie, and writing over almost any other way to spend her time.

When not attending her children’s sporting events and running them around, you’ll see her writing on her laptop, iPad, and even jotting ideas down on her phone apps.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Kickstarter Project: A Star-Reckoner's Lot

About the Project

Greetings, and welcome to the Kickstarter for A Star-Reckoner's Lot, historical fantasy novel set in an analog of 6th-century Sasanian Iran.
Only a brave few storytellers still relate cautionary glimpses into the life of Ashtadukht, a woman of enormity. A woman who commanded the might of the constellations—if only just, and often unpredictably. They’ll stir the imagination with tales of her path to retribution. How, fraught with bereavement and a dogged illness, she criss-crossed Sasanian Iran in pursuit of creatures now believed mythical. Then, in hushed tones, what she wrought on that path.

About the Story 
In its nascency, A Star-Reckoner's Lot was only the idea of a character and her struggles. It began with an unnamed, grieving, unwell yet intelligent and capable woman who would eventually be called Ashtadukht—but that was a ways off. Thanks to books like theShahnameh, the Hamzanama, and One Thousand and One Nights, a mystical world began to take shape around Ashtadukht. Inspired by the Shahnameh in particular, I chose to consolidate the mystical by consulting the ancient history of Iran, eventually zeroing in on the empire of Sasanian Iran.
Someone once mentioned (I think it might've been a tweet by Guy Gavriel Kay) that a lack of knowledge in a given subject can be especially glaring in writing. I took that to heart, devoting one and a half years to research. The path was staggering at times, but it was illuminating all the same. From poring over Zoroastrian religious texts to page-by-page readings ofEncyclop√¶dia Iranica volumes, I sought to soak up as much about Sasanian Iran as possible. What came of that is an appreciation for a powerful, thriving, culturally rich late-antique empire—an appreciation that enriches the story, and will hopefully inspire readers to learn more of the history behind it.
Now, I turn to you for support in getting Ashtadukht's tale out there. It is by no means the conventional sort of epic fantasy I'd feel comfortable pitching to publishers (if I felt inclined to kowtow to them to begin with). But I strongly believe it is a story that deserves to be told—a sentiment shared in earnest by my beta readers. It's also finished, editing notwithstanding, which means you won't be backing a ghost of a cause to be completed years from now. If all goes well, A Star-Reckoner's Lot will release by January 2016.
Click here for a sneak peek!
About the Author
When not dutifully scrawling novels, Darrell can be found petting his wife or bathing with his frolicsome cat. They're both spry and easily beguiled by green beans, so he often confuses the two when typing his biographies in third-person.
If populating a map for military conquest, it would be accurate to neatly place his tiny walnut idol—artillery, maybe—somewhere in Toronto, Ontario. His ammunition would be writing, reading, gaming, slumbering and catting; not the naughty whipping sort but activities involving cats. Catting.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Legend, en Espanol

Wahoo! So, I've officially finished reading my first Spanish novel. Personally, I'm just proud I didn't skip any pages--I mean, who cares if a I had a breakdown halfway through? ("It's too hard! I'm never going to finish this!")  

As I might have mentioned in my previous posts, Legend, written by Marie Lu, is one of my all time favorite books (even after . . . 4? 5? years) So it was only natural that I chose Legend to be my first Spanish reading endeavor, yeah? (<-- did="" haha="" i="" p="" see="" there="" what="" you="">

In a nut shell, it took me about two months to complete this novel. The first 25% of the book was very slow going . . . I couldn't do more than 1 chapter at a time (even had to break up chapters to give myself a mental break.) To be honest, I bribed myself with food to finish each chapter ^_^

Luckily, things started to pick up after the first quarter of the novel, mostly, I think, because I was finally getting familiar with the commonly used words (quedar, tirar, gritar). And yes, I did learn new vocabulary! So that's always good!

One thing I found particularly helpful was writing down the English translation of unfamiliar words/phrases directly within the book, as you can see in the picture below.

Trust me, searching up the translation via Google translate actually took more time/effort than I expected. Fortunately, many times the meaning of an unfamiliar word could be deduced from context, which saved me some finger tapping :P  Granted, the fact that I read Legend way too many times for my own good probably helped.

Well, that's all there is for now! Cheers!
The last page!!!