Blog Tour: DIVERGING CADENCE by Katie Hamstead

Diverging Cadence Blog Tour

Endings are difficult. I’m never sure how to feel about a book that leaves me with more questions than when I first started. You know, the type of questions like, “But what ever happened to Blankity-blank?” It usually boils down to “But what happens next?” There’s always that part of us that doesn’t want a story to end, that wants to know what happens next.

Deceptive Cadence ended on a cliffhanger. Some readers were not aware of this when they picked it up. Having worked on Deceptive Cadence and Diverging Cadence, I got spoiled and was able to read both books back-to-back and edit both books back-to-back. If you read the end of Deceptive Cadence and found yourself sputtering, “But what happens next?”, the only consolation I have to offer is that there was a two-month wait to find out, and it will leave you satisfied in the end.

Katie Hamstead’s Diverging Cadence picks up right where Deceptive Cadence left off. Cadence Anderson, now eighteen, is off to university across the country, but she finds herself questioning this choice. Before, in Deceptive Cadence, she sets out to correct her past mistakes with the goal of saving her husband (Austin) and daughter (Melody) in the forefront of her mind. In the process of doing so, she started forging a new path in her life, a path that included James, her high school sweetheart of three years.

Now, in Diverging Cadence, we see Cadence’s struggle of how to reconcile saving her family and saving her relationship with James. Cadence’s whole motivation to go back in time was to save Austin and Melody, and while she clearly loves James, she can never stop loving or thinking of Austin and Melody either. They were her life, and she lost them. Even though it’s never explicitly said, you understand that James’s love can’t replace that, which is why we follow Cadence to the university where she met Austin.

At times it’s difficult to watch Cadence make the choices she does throughout the book, to the point of heartache. While her family and friends seem to direct her toward the path with James, by holding on to life as they currently know it, Cadence feels the pull of her original life constantly, and you begin to wonder if she’ll undo all her efforts of the previous book entirely to make her relationship with Austin come about again. Ultimately, Cadence makes her choice and must deal with the fallout from that decision.

I still stand by what I said in my review of Deceptive Cadence: I am not a romanc-y kind of reader, but I love Hamstead’s characters and the world she created. If you look at Deceptive Cadence and Diverging Cadence as one massive book*, you get to follow Cadence’s journey to a satisfying conclusion. She isn’t a perfect character, even if it seems like everything’s coming up Cadence in the first book – you can see her grow and develop, from her good choices as well as her bad ones. For all the damage her poor choices cause, you still get to see the underlying impact her good choices had on others long afterward.

And hopefully, once you reach the end, you won’t be asking “But what happens next?” for Cadence. You’ll know.


*Which you really should – don’t let the two-month span between releases throw you off. But I’m not advocating duct taping the covers together either – the artwork’s too pretty.


About Diverging Cadence:

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When Cadence Anderson woke to find her husband and infant daughter had been killed, she thought her life was over. Instead, she was offered a second chance and sent back in time to do it all again.

She’s made the most of this opportunity, repairing her relationship with the best friend she lost the first time, avoiding the romantic mistakes she made originally, and even bringing her family closer together. But she’s also done something she wasn’t planning on — she’s fallen in love with someone other than her future husband.

Stepping onto a plane and flying across country to attend university is the hardest decision she’s had to make. But unless she follows through with it, her future with Austin might never happen. And what becomes of her beautiful baby if she stays with James, the man she was never supposed to love?

The only thing she knows for certain is that she has to see Austin again, and she’s intent on reliving that part of her previous life exactly like she did the first time. Even if that means she has to lie to James to do it. Because, deep down, she can’t quite bring herself to let him go.

Now, past and future are about to collide, and Cadence has to make her final choice — follow the uncertain path of a life with James, or the one she came back to save . . . with Austin.

In this emotional conclusion to the story that began in Deceptive Cadence, relationships will be tested, identities revealed, and the past will overshadow the future, putting the finishing touches on an unforgettable tale of courage, sacrifice, and, above all, love.

Get Diverging Cadence from Amazon or other retailers today!

About Katie Hamstead:

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Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter and their dogs.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She now works as an Acquisitions Editor to help support her family. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

Find Katie Hamstead on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.

Cover Reveal! NOT-SO-LOCAL LEGENDS OF TRIUMPH & TERROR

The new Project REUTSway book cover is here! It’s really here! I am trés stoked about this anthology on a couple of levels, but man oh man, this book is gonna be wicked. I can’t wait to get my mitts on it!

Behold! The cover for REUTS Publications‘s latest anthology, NOT-SO-LOCAL LEGENDS OF TRIUMPH & TERROR:

So exciting! ☆*・゜゚・*\(^O^)/*・゜゚・*☆

Check it out on Goodreads!

The second annual collection of short stories presented by REUTS Publications. Authors competed weekly with their unique twists on world myths. Congrats to this year’s winners:

  • Felicia Anderson
  • Shawn Thomas Anderson
  • CC Dowling
  • N.H. Fennecus
  • Drew Hayes
  • Michelle Hoehn
  • Scott Hughey
  • Shannara Johnson
  • Jennifer McCoy
  • Kathleen Palm
  • Alexandra Perchanidou
  • Debra Vega
  • Summer Wier
  • Melody Winter

Release Date: Fall 2015

**On a personal note, I’m honored to have a short story selected for this book. It’s beyond amazing to be featured with so many other fantastic writers. Congratulations, you guys!

This book is also extra special because my best friend since high school, Felicia, is also featured in it, and she’s the one who let me know about the Project REUTSway competition two years ago. It’s all your fault, Felicia. I heart you forever.**

Blog Tour: OFF BOOK by Jessica Dall

Off Book Tour

It’s May 4th, and other than it being one of the high holy days for Star Wars fans, it’s my turn on the book review tour for OFF BOOK by Jessica Dall. So let’s get started, peoples!

Ideas are dangerous things, aren’t they? They can breed until you’re overrun with plot bunnies, they can niggle in the back of your mind until you start acting on them—but at the end of the day, what harm can a simple little idea do if it’s just kicking around in your head?

Off Book -- Jessica Dall -- REUTS

In the case of OFF BOOK, any main or supporting character you’ve ever dreamed up, exists—not just in your head, but in an entire world full of characters thought up by other authors. And they’re waiting for you to get off your keister and write your story.

I haven’t had a book mess with my head, well, ever, if I recall. Not like this. I’ve had book hangovers and heavy cases of the feels, but much like Toy Story’s question of “What do my toys do when I’m out of the room?”, OFF BOOK asks the question of “What do my book characters do when I’m not working on my manuscript?”

The answer has me paralyzed with fear and uncertainty. Most writers I know treat their characters like real people. In OFF BOOK, they are real people—they go to school to learn everything there is to know about the literary world, from genres to tropes (oh, the tropes! Easily one of my favorite aspects of this book.) The life of these pre-storied characters is spent getting prepared for the day they are called up to be in an author’s work. If you manage to survive the author’s story intact, you get to semi-retire and reside back in the character world. But if the author of the book you’re meant for never gets writing, you slowly fade until you no longer exist.

I found myself falling in love with the mechanics of the characters’ world. World building can be difficult, yet Dall had to create multiple ones (the characters call them ‘sets’), ranging from levels of great detail to minimal explanation, mimicking authors of all level of experience. My favorite detail of all about the sets—if the author didn’t write it, it doesn’t exist, much to the chagrin of the characters forced to work there until the story is done.

OFF BOOK is quite satisfying, whether you know a lot about writing or not. Having just discovered TV Tropes last year, any time a trope was mentioned, I found myself cackling with delight. Dall’s level of detail on characters and the worlds they found themselves in were amazing—oh, this is a Tolkien-eqsue story? Film noir? Historical romance? It’s all in there, and everything you love to hate or hate to love about these particular genres comes shining through.

All in all, a highly enjoyable book—I recommend getting your hands on it. REUTS Publications has yet another glorious book in their collection.

May the Fourth be with you!


About OFF BOOK:

Twenty-year-old Eloise has learned all she can from the School, where characters live until joining their novels. No one knows genre and plot structure better than her, but despite her knowledge, she’s yet to be assigned to her own story. All her friends are off starting their lives with their authors—and if Eloise doesn’t get assigned soon, she’ll fade away, forgotten by all.

When she is suddenly offered a job at the Recording Office, she takes the chance to write her own future. Suddenly living among the post-storied, Eloise meets Barnaby Fitzwilliam, a former romance novel hero who hasn’t lost any of his in-story charm. But just as their relationship begins to get serious, everything Eloise has been taught gets turned upside down when she’s sucked into a novel she was never meant to be part of.

Now, caught where the only rules are made by the authors and truly anything is possible, Eloise must find her way back home—or else her life might end before she ever gets the chance to live it.

Set in a world dictated by Authors, OFF BOOK explores the story beneath the stories we all know and love, taking readers and characters alike on an adventure just waiting to be written.

Start reading today!

About The Author:

Jessica Dall

Jessica Dall, author of OFF BOOK

Jessica Dall finished her first novel at age 15 and been writing ever since. She is the author of such novels as Grey Areas and The Bleeding Crowd, the Broken Line Series, and a number of short stories which have appeared in both literary magazines and anthologies. When not writing, she works as a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Washington, DC.

Find Jessica Dall on twitter, facebook, and goodreads.

In Which I Blog about Past Learnings

Poor, poor neglected blog. I haven’t tended to it since Halloween and I can see the dust bunnies frolicking all over it. Shoo! There is writing to be done!

When last we met on October 31, I was in the middle of my first official editing project. I started this blog with the intention of scrawling out editing tips and things I’ve learned. Now, I’m still pretty green at this whole editing thing – editing one book does not a professional make – and there is plenty for this padawan editor to learn.

You may be familiar with structural edits and line edits. These concepts were completely foreign to me. Before this last project, if you handed me a manuscript, I would’ve read it (a few times, to let it marinate in me noggin for a wee bit), then circled back to Chapter One and just edit anything and everything – this is spelled incorrectly, why is the character acting like this when…*scrolls ahead*…5 chapters later they do this? – and I would do this until I reached the words ‘The End.’

For the love of all the literary gods, DO NOT DO THIS TO YOURSELF, EVER. This makes for a painstaking editing process. I did this originally because it was the only process I knew. At the day job, I typically work with content that averages about 400-500 words or less. Just plow through it, right? The process should translate well for a project that’s 75,000+ words long, right? Right??

Oh my heavens, no.

Enter the blessed structural edit phase. Sure, you may open the manuscript and see a grievous misspelling on page one. It calls out to you. Taunts you. “Fix me, if you dare!” But steel yourself, friends…ignore its siren call for correction. You’ll deal with it and all its ilk later during the line editing phase.

When you’re at the structural edit phase, you need to go big before you go small. You’re looking at the story, from beginning to end, and quality testing it. You ask things like:

  • How’s the pacing? Is it rushing? Dragging?
  • How are the characters? Are they acting out of character?
  • How is the plot? Does it logically make sense?
  • How are the characters talking? Do the conversations make sense?
  • How’s the POV? Are we switching heads at all?

If anything strikes you as a red flag, now’s the time to address it. Maybe there’s a scene missing that you didn’t consider before. Maybe you don’t even need a scene any more. Just focus on the big picture of your story first before you start messing with the nitty-gritty details.

Once you’ve addressed all the red flags, break out the fine-toothed comb, because it’s line editing time. Now you can correct that page one misspelling – the one that’s been mocking you for days (that dick). But there are other things to look for:

  • Does your dialogue sound okay?
  • Are you overusing words or phrases?
  • Do you favor super long sentences (that start to get distracting)?
  • Is your voice consistent throughout the manuscript?

Line editing is the phase where you really pay attention to what you’ve written. If you have the time after the structural editing phase, take a break before you get into the line edits. It’ll help give you a new perspective on your project if you look at it with fresh eyes.

Also, bring chocolate (or equivalent noms). It’s not safe to edit without it.

Cover Reveal! Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After

I have some fantabulous news – it’s the cover reveal for REUTS Publications’ short story anthology! Read on, happy readers!

It’s Cover Reveal Time!

When it comes to fairy tales, there are plenty of things that go bump in the night. Things so morbid and grotesque, so sinister and diabolical, they haunt your imagination; warnings from generations past that still manage to terrify.

In 2013, authors came together for the annual Project REUTSway writing competition, penning their own interpretive twists on stories we’re all familiar with. Seventeen were chosen, bringing twenty-five new versions to life. From The Brothers Grimm, to Hans Christian Andersen and beyond, these tales are not the ones you grew up with. They are, however, Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After. Dare to find out what happens when “once upon a time” ends in the stuff of nightmares?

Fairly Twisted Tales for a Horribly Ever After‏‏‏‎ cover art from REUTS Publications

Behold the prettiness! BEHOLD IT!

 

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More About Project REUTSway

Project REUTSway 2014

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The 2013 organization was Reading Tree/Discover Books, a “green” charity which promotes literacy in the US by keeping books out of landfills, funding library sustainability, providing books to low-income families, and more.

For the 2014 season, we’re giving you the chance to decide where proceeds will go! The new year also brings with it a new theme. So brush up on your histories, legends, and cultural lore, because we’ll be looking for the most original, fantastic versions of tales that have braved the centuries.

Learn More About Project REUTSway.