Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Blog Hop: Chameleon by K.T. Hanna

Chameleon Releases Today!

CHAMELEON Domino Project Front with Text 2
"Wow! A fast-paced, science fiction delight with fabulous action, a seamless world, and the most unique characters I've read in a long time." Elana Johnson, Author of the Possession Series.

What I learned writing Chameleon:
How not to headhop
Actually – I didn’t learn this while writing Chameleon, I was simply far more aware of it during the whole process.
Yes, this was my other horrible weakness. You don’t want to see the 113k monstrosity (that I still secretly love and one day vow to resurrect in – coherent prose), with approximately seventeen (17 – yes, you read that right) different points of view that all blended together. Headhopped like a troop of kangaroos.
Once my dear CP pointed out that she wouldn’t read it past chapter three because the headhopping gave her headaches… I examined it – cringed – and went over it again. So when it came time to draft Chameleon, I was hyper aware of headhopping.
Not only do I (mostly) manage to avoid headhopping now, I can spot it at 50 paces. It’s become one of my pet peeves. Basically – being aware of the trainwreck of my previous manuscript made it easier to correct headhopping in Chameleon.
At least I’m pretty sure I got it all…

The Blurb:
When Sai's newly awoken psionic powers accidentally destroy her apartment complex, she’s thrown into an intensive training program. Her only options are pass or die.
Surviving means proving her continued existence isn't a mistake--a task her new mentor, Bastian, takes personally. Her abilities place her in the GNW Enforcer division, and partners her with Domino 12, who is eerily human for an alien-parasite psionic hybrid.
After eliminating an Exiled scientist, she discovers nothing is what it seems. With each mission more perilous, Sai must figure out who to trust before her next assignment becomes her last.
Available at:

Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | IndieBound

If you'd like a signed physical copy, Watermark Books has them in stock.

CELEBRATION!
We're having a blog hop, and an e-card & mega swag Rafflecopter giveaway!
The blog hop stops are noted below. Each day has a different theme and you can find out about the process, the idea, and the evolution of Chameleon, and even a bit about K.T. by visiting each blog, when their posts go live.

4-Aug 5-Aug 6-Aug 7-Aug 10-Aug
Fun facts about the book What I learned writing Chameleon Author Interviews The world of Chameleon The Evolution of Chameleon
Manuel Soto Marlo Berliner Leatrice McKinney Rebecca Enzor Patricia Lynn
J Elizabeth Hill Stacey Trombley Dawn Allen Sharon Johnston Bex Montgomery
E.L. Wicker JC Davis Suzanne van Rooyen Mandy Baxter Madelyn Dyer
Jessie Mullins Andrew Patterson Heather Rebel Jessica Therrien Carissa Taylor
Emma Adams Lady Jai Elayna Noreme Kendra Young
I’m giving away e-cards of your choice from B&N, iTunes, & Amazon – one to the value of $25, and three to the value of $10! Each prize includes a swag pack of a magnet, sticker, bookmark, postcard, and mousepad!
Just follow the options listed on the giveaway and you'll be entered!full swag pack

About the Author

Me Squared
KT Hanna has a love for words so extreme, a single word can spark entire worlds.
Born in Australia, she met her husband in a computer game, moved to the U.S.A. and went into culture shock. Bonus? Not as many creatures specifically out to kill you.
When she's not writing, she freelance edits for Chimera Editing, interns for a NYC Agency, and chases her daughter, husband, corgis, and cat. No, she doesn't sleep. She is entirely powered by the number 2, caffeine, and beef jerky.
Note: Still searching for her Tardis
MUG

Saturday, August 1, 2015

LI832 -- Reflection Journal Week 10

So I'm stepping out of the format of the previous nine weeks. It's the end of the semester and I have read around 23+ books this summer. I wasn't able to keep up and this week's topic was non-fiction. I only read one of the books, Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White by Lila Quintero Weaver. The other book I started, but then had to put down. It was The Freedom Summer Murders by Don Mitchell. Both books were amazingly written, but I think I hit the metaphorical wall. In addition both dealt with horrors closer to home than the Holocaust. I'm talking about the Civil Rights Movement.

An interesting article appeared recently. The study suggested that more Americans have been killed by White Supremacists than by Muslim Extremists since 9/11. Going back to the Civil Rights Movement makes the number of people killed a truly staggering number. In some ways that may be why I just couldn't finish the Freedom Summer Murders. It was the casual discussion of the murders by the people involved. There was no remorse.

It sickened me.

I couldn't read it anymore.

I had to stop.

Moving forward

This semester was brutal, to say the least. I have never struggled this hard in a class. I learned a lot and I have a list of books and movies I want to read and watch but I am glad this semester is over. I need a break.

That's all for now. I have other homework that needs my attention.

LI832 - Reflection Journal Week 9

Textbook

Cart, Chapter 12
Fink, Chapter 7

Books

The Arrival by Shaun Tan
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
Black Butler, Vol. 1 by Yana Toboso

Film

Howl's Moving Castle (2004)

Textbook

I...um...er... *hides*

Books

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

Tan could have written this book with text explaining the awe and fear of an immigrant arriving in a new world. Use language would have worked, but Tan decided to immerse the reader even more into the mind of the protagonist by using only pictures. This left all the dialog up to the reader.

We are as confused as the immigrant in this new world as he is. Language, words, customs, food, society. Everything is surreal and magical and sometimes overwhelming. Several times, he gives the reader the big picture with the protagonist barely larger than a dot on the page.

The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

This story is about Spiegelman's family and their struggles surviving Nazi Germany and the concentration camps. It is a hard story to read. Spiegelman uses animals instead of people. Mice represent the Jewish while Cats represent Germans.

The story is biographical and also autobiographical as Spiegelman wrestles with presenting the horrors of the Holocaust that does the memory of those who died justice as well as accurately representing how people act when their survival is the foremost on their mind.

Black Butler, Vol. 1 by Yana Toboso

I love the Anime that is based on this series. It's funny and at the same time dark. I've always resisted reading manga. Not because I don't like the subject, but it is difficult to adjust to the structure. Manga are translated from the original Japanese, and as a result, are read right to left, instead of the Western left to right. It took some time to adjust, but I did enjoy it. The other reason I haven't read them is that the are completely in black and white. However, that did not detract from the story at all.

Sebastian is one simply one hell of a Butler.

Film

Howl's Moving Castle (2015)

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the best animators ever. His stories are always unique, magical, and beautiful. Howl's Moving Castle is one of those stories. I have watched a lot of his movies and have enjoyed every single one of them.

This story is about a young girl who is cursed by an evil witch to be an old woman after it is discovered that the young girl has met Howl (an enigmatic wizard of considerable power). She flees to Howl's castle where she meets a fire demon who powers the castle as well as Howl himself (who struggles to maintain his sanity and his humanity).

A beautiful, visually stunning movie with great voice acting.

LI832 - Reflection Journal Week 8

Textbook
  • Cart, Chapters 10-11
Books
Film


Textbook

These aren't the chapters you're looking for. Move along...

Books

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I loved this story. I loved that these two people started as friends, struggled to maintain that friendship when Dante moved away, and then reinvent that friendship when he returned. It's a story about growing up and finding yourself and learning how love actually works.

I loved that the characters were diverse. Both Dante and Aristotle are Hispanic and SPOILER they are both gay. However, neither of these things are so overt that they interfere with the story which is about friends and discovering one's identity.

It's a good book and one that I have repeatedly recommended to people.

Beyond Magenta : Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

I'm not usually one to read Non-fiction books, but this one was a subject I wanted to learn more about. Not only as a writer, but also because I have friends who fall outside of the binary gender spectrum and I wanted to understand them better.

One of the things I've learned is Gender does not equal Sex nor does either of those determine Sexual Orientation. Also, people who fall outside the typical binary concept are not broken or wrong. They are people just like you or me.

This book gave a very personal perspective of people who are outside that binary. Reading about their struggles in understanding themselves really opened my eyes. I would definitely encourage people to read this.


Ash by Melinda Lo

At it's core, this is a retelling of Cinderella. Except that the fairy godmother is a Fae prince who has fallen in love with a young witch, Ash. Oh, and Prince Charming doesn't get the girl. That isn't to say that this story doesn't have a Happily Ever After. It does. But the story has a lot of depth and sometimes the boy doesn't get the girl. The girl gets the girl.

Also, be careful when making deals with seductive Fae princes. They have their own agenda and only their interests in mind.

I loved this story. The evil stepmother and step sisters were not nice people, which is to be expected. So it's a fairy tale with a big twist...or two.

Film

The Fault in Our Stars (2015)

This is supposedly an amazing film. Unfortunately, I haven't watched it yet. Mostly, I was too busy reading. You'd think it would be easier to watch a movie than read, but not for me it seems.