Brenda Drake's "Can we guess your character's age" Contest Entry

Hello everyone! I am participating in Brenda Drake's contest where we are supposed to post our first 250 words and people try to guess the character's age and see if the voice matches the age. Thank you everyone for any and all comments, and without further ado, here's my entry:

The two initiates gawked at me as one would at a gutted animal dying in a corner — with equal parts revulsion and pity. Both girls wore their hair pulled back, exposing the swirling gold tattoos at their temples that flaunted their standing as Nobles of Hel’s Court. The blonde one met my eyes and sneered – delicately, of course, nothing more than a curl of her lip.  

I arched an eyebrow, daring her to give breath to the word lurking behind her teeth.

Come on, say it. Say it to my face, you little brat.

Bastard. The word everyone thought but never said. The word I’d been reading in everyone’s eyes since I was five, that shone through despite their graceful manners and false smiles.

The blonde, proving she did have some sense, dropped her gaze and turned to her companion. And yet I could still hear the unspoken words like a whisper scuttling through the dark corners of the Sanctuary’s antechamber.

The Stark bastard.

The wooden door tucked in the corner, invisible if one didn’t know where to look, opened. The attendant who’d been ushering initiates since early morning stalked out. He glanced at the scroll containing the list of all those who’d scheduled their Pledges for today. His icy gaze raked over us from under his thick glasses. 

“Liese kerrah Mayre?”

The blonde sprang to her feet, grace forgotten in the wake of excitement. Of course she was a Mayre. I thought I recognized that particular shade of blonde and patronizing disdain.

Please, guess away, and good luck to all contestants!


A - Z Book Challenge

And another book challenge for 2012! This one sounds cool, and is hosted by MamaMunky at Babies, Books & Signs. Here are the rules:

• This challenge will run from January 1st, 2012 until December 31st, 2012.
• You can join anytime
• If you are blogger, leave the link to your actual post about this challenge
• If you are not a blogger, leave a link to where you will be keeping track of this challenge.So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z challenge.

A - Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A - Atonement B- Black Beauty C - The Count of Monte Cristo D - Dances with Dragons etc.


B - The lazy way (how I do it) : Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Hope that by the end of the year you have read one book for each letter. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

Each month, I will add another challenge to this main challenge. It might to read a book with both A and Z in the title or to read a book with 3 words that all start with the same letter. I might host a few random giveaways too for good measure. If you've got some idea for the mini-challenges, send them my way!

Since it is really hard to find titles beginning with X, the letter X just needs to be in the title somewhere.

So to join along....
1. Write a blog post about this challenge and whether you are going go with A or B.
2. Add the button to your blog.
3. Attach yourself to the linky.
4. Follow my blog so that you can see when I post the monthly challenge!
Here's my list for the challenge, I'll be adding to it as I progress (yes, I'm doing it the lazy way, does that surprise anyone? ^^)

  1. Ascendant by Diana Peterfreund
  2. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  3. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  4. Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  5. Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
  6. Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
  7. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
  8. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  9. Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
  10. J
  11. K
  12. Lothaire by Kresley Cole
  13. M
  14. Need by Carrie Jones
  15. O
  16. Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas
  17. Q
  18. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  19. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  20. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  21. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  22. Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell
  23. Wither by Lauren Destefano
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z


2012 YA Mythology Challenge


Hi everyone! Time to sign up for a few book challenges for the brand new year! Hope I don't go overboard like last year and sign up for every challenge under the sun ^^ Anyway, this challenge is to read 10 YA or MG novels that incorporate any type of Mythology in the story line. Sounds like fun!

Here are the rules:

• The challenge will run from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012.
• You can join anytime by filling out the form below
• Books must be read in 2012
• If you are a blogger, you must write a sign-up post that links back to this challenge page (Please use the image above in the post).
• If you are not a blogger, just leave a link to your account on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, LibrayThing, etc.

Not sure what to read? Check out the YA Mythology Challenge Goodreads List

And here's my list for the challenge:

1. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
2. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
3. Wildefire by Karsten Knight
4. Need by Carrie Jones
5. Fury by Elizabeth Miles
6. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
7. Destined by Jessie Harrell
8. Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
9. Abondon by Meg Cabot
10. The Goddess Hunt by Aimee Carter