Advice on writing from Genevieve Iseult Eldredge & Moribund Giveaway

Moribund (Circuit Fae #1)

  • By Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published: September 12th 2017 by Monster House Books
  • Genre: FxF Young Adult Urban Fantasy / Romance
  • Disclaimer: The author and I exchanged copies of our books to provide feedback/blurbs to each other.
  • Source: review copy
  • rating-system5

    Dark Fae. Romance. Evil Plots. High school. Our heroines could be in for the greatest adventure ever.
    If only they could decide whether to kill or kiss each other.
    High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth alt-rock star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.
    Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl.
    With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.

    ~ Xpresso BT

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    Fluttering Thoughts:

    Worldbuilding: Delightful world of fae – the Underhollow dark fae world – plus magic and fun steampunk influences in the form of living dark magic circuits.
    Characters: Syl is a sweet kid doing her best under unfortunate circumstances. I loved her loyalty and dedication to the family. Rouen is a victim of her circumstances, but she rebels as much as she can. I loved that about her – you know me, I love rebels. I also loved how protective she gets about Syl and how committed they are to one another throughout the many obstacles they face.
    P.S.: Good name for Agravain who is soooooo aggravating, lol!
    Plot: The action is engaging and intriguing, and the sweet teen romance is slow burn and actually worked for me, despite my less-than-enthusiastic attitude when it comes to teen and sweet romance. But yummy angst, because reasons I won’t disclose here to not spoil the read xD
    Writing: First person, present tense narrative, her/her POV. I enjoyed both their voices; particularly Rouen’s though, because she’s more sarcastic (for the win!)
    Curb Appeal: Kickass cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my FxF UF moods.

    I recommend Moribund to fans of original fae lore when it comes to their Urban Fantasy cravings, engaging stories about self-discovery while juggling almost-crushing responsibilities, and overcoming adversity in adrenaline-fueling life and death situations. It comes with a good serving of sweet and angstylicious FxF teen romance plus strong, kick-ass (and snarky-ish) heroines you’ll love both as a couple and on their own.

    Guest Post: What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?

    by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

    1. Do it. Start right now. There is no later.
    2. De-ritualize the act of writing. Rid yourself of the idea that you need a special time, a special notebook, a special pen, a special anything. You don’t. The magic is inside you.
    3. Write. Write, write, write. Write some more. Turn off your inner editor and let yourself write crap. You can’t edit a blank page.
    4. Surround yourself with people who support you and your writing. Writing can be very isolating. It helps to have a support system or at least a friend you can goob to about your writing.
    5. Learn the rules of writing. Break them.
    6. Get a critique group. Listen to them. Sometimes
    7. There’s no magic formula to getting published, staying published, and being successful. There is only the passion to write. Do it for the joy and not the money you think you’ll make, because really? It’s a whole lot less than you’re probably thinking. Writing is a labor of love.
    8. Come to your writing every day with passion, tackle those tough drafts, tackle those revisions, be mindful as a Jedi when you work, and be thankful for your creative outlets. Some folks don’t have them. Or the time for them.
    9. Celebrate other author’s successes and leave jealousy at the door. There’s room for everyone in publishing, and no one likes a jerk.
    10. Self-edit. Read your work aloud before someone else does. You’ll improve your chances of getting that acceptance letter. Continue to self-edit even when your work has been accepted. Your editor is not there to clean up after you, and if she spends all her time picking up your trash, she has less time for big-picture things—which is what you want her to focus on.
    11. Perception is everything. Because most writers interact with readers on the Internet, writing requires a brand and an authorial identity—who you are and what you write extrapolated from how you interact with people on the Internet.
    TL;DR: You are what you post on social media. If you post negative garbage, your brand will be perceived as negative garbage.
    12. Act professional when engaging with others in the industry. Ask politely. Apologize when you’ve overstepped. Use formal greetings on email. Thank people for their time.
    13. Don’t try to duplicate another writer’s path to success. You can do all the same things JK Rowling did and still not end up in the same place as JK Rowling.
    14. NaNoWriMo is EvRyDayO. Butt + chair = productivity
    15. Read in your genre.
    16. Get over the idea of writer’s block. Learn your weaknesses. Work on them. Tackle every obstacle mercilessly. If you want to make a career of writing, you don’t have time for that shiz.
    17. Learn to read like a writer
    18. The best way to learn to write anything—a good fight scene, a tense dramatic scene, a horror reveal—is to find an author that does it well, study their technique, and learn from them.
    19. Never think you know everything. A good writer is always learning.
    20. For the love of all that is holy, get off the Internet.


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    About the Author & Links:

    Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance–where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.

    She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she’s clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.

    She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.

    GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.

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