Today’s theme for 1 Line Wednesday, sponsored by RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter is smell or taste. Something not many people know about me is that I was born without a sense of smell. I spend a lot of time googling “What does ____ smell like.” And because smell and taste are very closely tied (or so people tell me, but I’m not sure I buy that), I’m going with a smell this week. This is also from my current work in progress, The Ruins, book 2 in The Union series.
The address is a warehouse in an enclosed portion of the Union that’s gloomy, dank, and smells like feet.
You can see previous week’s themes and lines here.
Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created by The Broke and the Bookishbecause as they fully admit, they love lists. This week’s theme is your top ten books from the past three years I would classify as all time favorites.
This is really tough, because for me, all-time favorites would be my list of all time. And I don’t know that I read ten books released in the last three years that would make it to my all-time favorite list. But that is the challenge and I’m always up for a challenge. Ultimately, I decided to list the books I’ve read more than once, and were released during the past three years.
10. Elsker by S.T. Bende. This modern day retelling of Thor is just plain fun. It’s also a quick and easy read which makes it great for reading more than once.
9. Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. This is one of the darkest dystopian novels I’ve read, but I was fascinated by the story of Chase and Ember and the world they inhabit. Kirsten Simmons took The Handmaid’s Tale to a different dark and scary place.
8. How to Say I Love You Out Loud by K.A. Cozzo. While it doesn’t officially release until later this summer, this fantastic young adult story about acceptance and learning to find your voice is already a classic in my mind. With strong characters, an angst-filled romance, and deft handling of an autistic sibling, this will be a must-read for teens and adults alike.
7. Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone. This time travelling young adult romance hooked me on the genre, and now I can’t get enough. And as with all good time travel stories, once I knew what was going on, I had to go back and reread to find the clues the author had so cleverly placed there for me.
6. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout. The fourth book in the Lux series is by far the best, but the whole series is really good. I’ve read all the books in this series more than once, but this one fits the three-year timeline requirement and is my favorite.
5. Pepped Up and All Pepped Up by Ali Dean. The Pepper Jones series is one of my favorite contemporary young adult series and I’m anxiously awaiting the third book, rumored to be released in May.
4. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern. This story of a boy with OCD and a girl with CP befriending and ultimately falling in love with each other is as real as it gets. Author, Cammie McGovern, handles the story with care but never coddles her characters.
3. Her Dark Places by Kelly Killarney. A new adult romance wrapped in a mystery done incredibly well. The characters are as strong as the mystery they’re embroiled in. I can’t wait for more from this great series.
1. The Problem With Crazy by Lauren K. McKellar. Weeks after I finished this book, it still affects me. One of my favorite fictional characters of all time can be found inside the pages of this new adult romance wrapped in tragedy, but in a way that left me wanting more, not bereft of hope.
A special thank you to author, Jennifer Iacopelli, for today’s guest post. To find out more about Jennifer and her book, Losing at Love and the Outer Banks Tennis Academy Series, see below.
Guest Post: When the Characters are in Control
Sometimes as an author, you make all these grand plans for your characters. She’s going do this or he’s going to say that, this’ll be the eventual outcome. There are outlines and synopses, running things past your agent and your editor, getting feedback from beta readers (or in my case my little sister who bugs me for updates), but in the end, what you realize is that your characters are in control.
I’ll give you an example. In my first book, GAME. SET. MATCH. Penny Harrison, tennis’s new golden girl, wasn’t supposed to take any notice whatsoever of the new recruit coming to train at the Outer Banks Tennis Academy, Indiana Gaffney. Indy would be training with the junior girls and would be totally off Penny’s radar, but as the story developed, Penny’s voice was in my head during Indy’s scenes, muttering about how she’d want to help out the new girl, save her from the freeze-out perpetrated by the other girls jealous of Indy’s natural abilities, how she wouldn’t want Indy to suffer in the same way she had when she first got to OBX.
Those little mumblings by a fictional character in my head somehow developed a backstory for her, one that I hadn’t even considered before sitting down to write the book, since it had all happened four years before the start of the story and it sent GAME. SET. MATCH. on a trajectory that it was never supposed to travel. It forced me to introduce a character, Indy’s love interest and Penny’s older brother, Jack Harrison, an entire book early and created two of the most popular relationships in the OBX series, Penny and Indy’s friendship, a saving grace for both girls and Jack and Indy’s romance, something that wasn’t supposed to happen AT ALL.
It’s amazing how one little writing decision, to have Penny give Indy a little pep talk in the locker room, completely changed three whole books for the better!
Losing at Love (Outer Banks Tennis Academy #2) by Jennifer Iacopelli
About the Book
Title: Losing at Love Series: Outer Banks Tennis Academy #2
Author: Jennifer Iacopelli Release Date: February 24, 2015 Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Links: Goodreads |Amazon|Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo
Synopsis Grass courts, tennis whites and the fiercest competition in the world. Wimbledon. After two crazy weeks in Paris, the girls of the Outer Banks Tennis Academy are headed to London with just one thing on their minds: winning.
Indiana Gaffney is fresh off a surprise win at the French Open junior tournament. Sponsors are clamoring for her attention, but what she wants more than anything—aside from a wild card to Wimbledon—is to be with Jack Harrison, but international fame and a secret relationship rarely mix well.
When Penny Harrison dreamed of playing at Wimbledon she never imagined agonizing pain shooting through her ankle with every step. With just a month until the tournament and the whole world expecting her to win, she’s determined to play, with or without the support of her coach or the love of her life, Alex Russell.
For the first time ever, no one expects anything from Jasmine Randazzo. After a crushing first-round defeat in the French Open juniors, the tennis world has given up on her, but worse than that, so have her parents, her best friend Teddy and maybe even her coach. With everyone writing her off, can she find it within herself to go after her dreams?
Game.Set.Match (Outer Banks Tennis Academy #1) by Jennifer Iacopelli
About Book 1
Title: Game.Set.Match Series: Outer Banks Tennis Academy #1
Author: Jennifer Iacopelli Release Date: May 1, 2013 Publisher: Coliloquy, LLC Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Links: Goodreads |Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo
Synopsis Nestled along the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the world’s most elite training facility. In this pressure-cooker environment, futures are forged in blood and sweat, and dreams are shattered in an instant.
Penny Harrison, a rising female star, is determined to win the French Open and beat her archrival, Zina Lutrova. But when her coach imports British bad boy Alex Russell as her new training partner, will Penny be able to keep her laser-like focus?
Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. The daughter of two Grand Slam champions, she’s hell-bent on extending her family’s legacy and writing her own happily-ever-after…until her chosen Prince Charming gives her the just-friends speech right before the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.
With a powerful serve and killer forehand, newcomer Indiana Gaffney is turning heads. She’s thrilled by all of the attention, especially from Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and hot older brother, except he keeps backing off every time things start heating up.
With so much at stake, dreams—and hearts—are bound to break. Welcome to OBX: Where LOVE is a four-letter word, on and off the court.
Author Jennifer Iacopelli
About the Author Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave…ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass.
She got a Bachelor’s degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master’s in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.