The Awakened Has Officially Been Submitted to Swoon Reads!

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And I could SUPER use your help.

As most of you know, what is ed I wrote a novel called The Awakened. It is a science fiction romance in the YA category (of course) and it is my baby. Read the synopsis here:

Eighteen year old Zoey Valentine is concerned with two things: surviving the multitude of self-defense classes her dad makes her take to keep her safe in their New York City neighborhood and avoiding her school bully, Ash Matthews, whose latest transgression includes dumping glitter on her during fourth period. College is just around the corner and she’s ready for it. 

That’s when the virus hits, wiping out a third of the population in a matter of weeks. If that weren’t frightening enough, the bodies of the victims disappear and suddenly reappear, awakened from their dead state. They’re like zombies, but worse: faster, smarter, working together to get the one thing they crave, human flesh. 

The United States is in a panic and then the government decides the unthinkable: to bomb every major city overrun with these awakened victims. Now Zoey is on the run, with her dad and Ash, desperate to find a place of safety amongst the ruined remains of the country.

I worked hard on it for over nine months and I’ve been working hard for nearly a year to get it published. 

It is NOT an easy road. It’s not. But I’m not giving up. It’s just too important to me to do that. So I’m going another route, in the hopes that I can find a way to get this from my computer and into YOUR hands.

Swoon Reads is an incredible publishing company, and they are a part of Macmillan, which is a DREAM company for me. Legitimately a dream company. And they do this absolutely incredible thing: they allow you to upload your manuscript (as long as it’s romance!) and let the audiences (YOU) choose what books to be published.

I’ve read a TON of their books. I’ve actually just recently gotten a few more in the mail as ARCs. You guys pick amazing books and they publish him and I think its just completely fantastic. Its a wonderful thing and I thought, you know what, why not try that for The Awakened?!

So that’s what I’m doing.

And that’s where YOU come in.

What I need you guys to do…what I would absolutely LOVE and APPRECIATE if you did, is to head to the link below (you can also click the cover of The Awakened above) and go and read it and rate it and help me get this thing published :)

Now if you don’t like it, that’s okay! Its not for everyone, I know that. I hope you don’t give me a bad rating but don’t EVER feel obligated to give me a GOOD rating. I just know that there are a TON of you that have expressed interest in reading the book and now you can in. And if you like it, you can help me out. And that means a LOT to me.

SO if you can, if you’d like to, if you want to, head over to this link:

http://www.swoonreads.com/m/the-awakened

and read and rate The Awakened. I would so appreciate it!

Thank you guys :)

Happy Reading!

Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite TV Shows

Hello, this all. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Mine started off on a sour note but turned out to be okay :) I kept myself busy spending time with my boyfriend, my friends and a few books!

But now its that time again, time for the Tuesday Top Ten.

I’ve always told myself that I’m not a big TV watcher, that I’d rather read books. And while that is definitely true; I would rather pick up a novel and read it than turn on the TV and watch, that doesn’t change the fact that there are some seriously awesome TV shows out there. So today’s Tuesday Top Ten is

My Ten Favorite TV Shows

Honorable Mention: Glee

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The reason that Glee gets an honorable mention on this list is this reason: I adored the first two seasons. I own the first two seasons. The first season had a bunch of awesome songs and a fantastic quirkiness to it. Lea Michelle is just plain BRILLIANT in the first season as awkward but talented Rachel Berry. I like season two as well because it retains that quirkiness, and my old celebrity crush, Darren Criss, before fame got to his head and he broke my heart. Now, the show lost its quirkiness, the songs aren’t good (I mean, seriously, they did Rebecca Black’s Friday!) and Darren Criss just isn’t the Starkid that I used to know…Alas, this show just ended way too soon for me. Moving on…

10. Switched at Birth

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Okay, so this show is seriously cheesy as hell and all that. For the most, ABC Family does have its share of cheesy shows. But I really like this one. Bae Kennish, dark haired and dark eyed, convinces her family to undergo genetic testing with her very light haired, light eyed parents and POOF! She learns she doesn’t actually belong to her parents. Instead, she was switched at birth and her birth mother, Regina, took home the Kennish baby, named Daphne Vasquez. Daphne, of course, looks JUST like the Kennish parents and doesn’t fit her Latina name in the slightest. To shake things up a bit, Daphne is deaf, due to illness when she was a toddler. Regina, her mother and Daphne all move into the Kennish’s pool house and drama breaks out as the two families learn to live with each other and live with the mistake that was made. Its juicy and drama filled and completely addicting.

9. Pokemon-Season One

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When I was twelve years old, this was the coolest thing in the world…to every kid out there. Not only was this a exploding hit show but it came paired with a card game AND a video game…not to mention a few movies that hit the actual theater, instead of just straight to DVD…or was it still VHS back then….Anyway, the story falls Ash Ketchum as he journeys away from home (at ten years old!) to become the greatest Pokemon master there ever was! He has to catch them all, all 150 Pokemon and train them the best he can, to fight in battles (which seems a little cruel…) so he can win all the badges he can in the Indigo League. Now, if you’ve played the game, you want to curse the show…how is it possible that Ash has a Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Squirtle AND a Charmanader? Ridiculous haha. But it still remains one of my absolute favorite shows, one that I actually own on DVD, and I continue to enjoy watching it, even if it isn’t the best show in the world.

8. The Vampire Diaries

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This is a VERY recent development in my TV love but it already is included in one of my favorites of all time. Its unbelievably cheesy and of course it has my least favorite plot device ever: the love triangle. But its sort of guilty pleasure, you know? Elena Gilbert leaves the ordinary life in her town, before vampires Stefan and Damien reappear after decades of traveling and it doesn’t take long before she falls in love with Stefan. Of course, falling in love with a vampire doesn’t mean things are going to be easy. Combine that with the fact that Elena is special on her own; she is a doppelganger and her blood holds special powers, and you have a TV show just chock full of very attractive people and a ton of drama. I’m not one for vampire stories but this one is seriously addicting, and its much easier to stomach when you consider that Elena is a much better female character than Bella Swan.

7. Madoka Magica

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Another recent addition in the past six months, thanks to my brother and an extremely fun trip to Anime Expo to meet the voice actors of the English dub version. So far, its only the one series, where young Madoka goes to school with her friends Sayaka and Hitomi until she meets the strange creature, Kyubey. Kyubey comes from another world, and he can grant any wish you desire, ANY wish, and the trade is that you become a Magical Girl, a girl capable of defeating the witches of the world. Sounds like fun, right? Sounds like a great trade…you get a great wish and you basically become a super hero in the meantime. But, of course, this isn’t how it ends up. Kyubey is sharing secrets from the Magical Girls, and Madoka begins to learn of them through Sayaka, and other Girls like Kyoko, Homura, and Mami. What looks like a sweet and bubbly anime turns out to be a heart wrenching, action packed, dramatic anime that leaves you floored. I just recently went and saw it on the big screen, in its movie version and it was announced that a second installment, a second season/movie will be coming sometime this year. Excitement!

6. The Walking Dead 

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Okay, I’m sure there aren’t a lot of people out there who actually DON’T watch this show and there’s a reason for it. We’ve all seen the zombie movies; there’s only about a thousand of them in there. And the thing about this show is that it really isn’t that different from the others. The basic premise is still the same. But there are small things here and there that make it different; the fact that everyone has the zombie virus, that Lori gets pregnant, that Shane basically goes insane. Its more than just a zombie show. Its a character study. Sure, the world is overrun by zombies and you need to survive and everything is simply just going to hell. But its the characters that get you in, its the characters that keep you watching because you watch them as they make decisions and screw up, and go insane or stay calm and then go insane. Sometimes the best stories are told in the characters in themselves and The Walking Dead is proof of that, and that is what keeps me watching.

5. Sherlock

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I started to watch Sherlock because I had just finished watching Doctor Who and I was ready to watch a ton of British television. That combined with the fact that Steven Moffat was the writing brains behind it, was enough to get me to watch it. And I LOVED it. It only has two seasons so far, and each season is only three episodes, though they are long episodes. For those of you who have no idea what this is, its an updated, modern version of the stories of Sherlock Holmes. And no, I’m not talking about the completely uncomparable US version, Elementary. Forget that show even exists. Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes is extremely smart, extremely lacking of any kind of tact and extremely obsessed with solving crimes and riddles that others can’t. Paired with his trusty sidekick, John Watson, they solve crimes and have a blast. And get into a TON of trouble, of course. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman have a great chemistry together and you completely believe in their partnership and friendship. Its been AGES since season two has premiered and we probably won’t get season three until 2014. Sad. Face.

4. Firefly

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Is there anything that Joss Whedon does that isn’t instant magic? I highly doubt it, and if there is, I don’t want to know about it. Think about it; this TV show aired a decade ago, and people still love, the Browncoats are still out there in large numbers and their numbers are constantly growing. The show never gets old. There’s something about the hodge podge crew of the ship Serenity that can keep you watching. There is someone for everyone on that ship. Captain Mal. Zoe. Wash. Inara. Jayne. River. Kaylee. And on and and on. I think Joss really had something going with this show and that maybe the time wasn’t right for it. Science fiction has always had its fan base but in the last few years, fantasy and science fiction has grown immensely in popularity and it contributes to Firefly’s surge in followers. Its a fantastic show; it has politics and human interest and love and action and drama and humor. So much humor. It is one of my favorite shows because of how quickly you are able to become attached to this rag tag crew and how sad you are when you realize that all you have are those fourteen episodes and a movie.

3. Arrested Development

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I would like to thank my boyfriend for this one. I had never even HEARD of this show when we started watching it together five years ago. I didn’t watch a lot of TV five years ago, mostly because I didn’t realize what was out there amongst all the crap that is on TV. My boyfriend, who was not my boyfriend at the time, and I were hanging out, had nothing to do and so we started watching Arrested Development because it’s his favorite show and he insisted I watch it. It’s about the Bluth family, living in Orange County, California (where I’m from!), going from a rich family to a poor family and the hilarity that ensues. When I first watched it, I didn’t get it. I mean, sure it had its moments where it was funny but I just didn’t get it. But then we started watching it more and thats when it really started to be funny. The hilarity of the show is in the characters and the “inside jokes” if you will. Once you know these characters, the jokes about them become 100 times more funny adn the show is just pure comic brilliance. It is so very sad that this show only lasted three seasons (how is this possible when crap like Jersey Shore lasts for YEARS?) but happily, the show will return to Netflix in a new season this spring. I definitely am counting down the days.

2. Once Upon a Time

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Finally, a show I found on my own, with no help from anyone and that I’ve been watching since the beginning. I remember seeing a commercial for the show and wondering what the hell is this and wow it looks so awesome! It tells the story of Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, though she’s unaware of this. She’s living in our world as a bailbondsperson, until the son she gave up for adoption comes looking for her and brings her back to his hometown, Storybrooke. Storybrooke is the home of all the fairy tale charcters that you’ve grown up with: Snow White, Prince Charming, Jiminy Cricket, Red Riding Hood, Belle, Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, and on and on. But the bad thing is, they don’t know who they are because the Evil Queen is there and she brought them there as punishment. Its brilliant. The best part of it is the alternative fairy tale that comes along with this; its so different from those Disney classics that we all grew up with. But it also brings in a lot of themes and story points from the original stories that were passed on down through oral traditions, in folk and myth tales, before they were ever thought of as children’s stories. Its fairy tales for grown ups and it rocks.

1. Doctor Who

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LONGEST RUNNING SCIENCE FICTION TELEVISION SHOW EVER. 2013 will be the 50th year of this amazing, amazing show. And while I have yet to go back and enjoy the awesomeness of the original series, I am so in love with the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors and I can’t get enough of this television show. It took me years to sit down and watch it, even though people were telling me for years that I would enjoy it. I finally sat down, queued it up on Netflix and literally watched six seasons of Doctor Who in about a month. It was amazing. And its because its so addicting and so much fun. The Doctor is an alien from the planet of Gallifrey, and he is a Time Lord, with a blue police box called the Tardis, that can travel anywhere in space and time. And where the Doctor goes in the Tardis, there is bound to be some universal catastrophe going on and the only person who can ever save the day is The Doctor. He’s serious and he’s brilliant and brave and hilarious and still very, very flawed as well. And he always has a band of companions that both help him and keep him from being lonely. Even though I’ve only been a Whovian for about a year, I can’t imagine what my life would be like without the Doctor.

So, that’s my list of favorite TV shows. I hope that the list changes over the years as I discover more shows and more shows hit the TV. There’s so many awesome ones out there that I love that I didn’t put on this list, like Game of Thrones and Gossip Girl, and my newer shows like Suburgatory and Arrow. There are great stories out there and I can’t wait to see more of them.

What is YOUR favorite TV show?

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The Tuesday Three

Sorrrrrry guys, order my Tuesday Three post is going to barely make it into the actual hours of Tuesday haha.

I was watching the presidential election. I literally was biting my nails down to basically nothing, cheap watching the election.

Obama won :D And I’m happy. And I will leave it at that.

So welcome to the Tuesday Three.

1. The Walking Dead, this Episode 4

Okay, I think I may be done with this show. So many people watched this episode (SPOILER ALERT) and felt something. THE FEELS. Yeah, there were no feels from my end at all. I seriously felt nothing…except once. I was really pissed when they killed off T-Dog. Man, that was one character that had been around for soooo long and I really liked and they didn’t give him enough of a story and then they killed him off! The one black man! So lame. So lame! Ugh, and then they give Lori this, like, noble death. I hated Lori and I didn’t care at all that she died. The baby should have died seriously. Ugh and then Carol might be dying and Rick suddenly is like NO, LORI! It’s just such a messy and dumb episode. Honestly, I’m seriously over this show. Ugh. Its only on my mind and on this Tuesday’s Three because it was so damn horrible and it made me mad.

2. City of Bones Teaser Trailer Announced. 

So the City of Bones teaser trailer has an official date of air; it will, indeed, be released and shown before Breaking Dawn: Part 2. Now, I had an inkling to see this movie. Why? Curiosity, maybe? I did read this books, I did enjoy them. They aren’t life changing books, they aren’t even well-written books but they’re entertaining enough. And I’m adult enough to realize that Edward Cullen is kind of psycho and no boy on earth acts like that. My boyfriend loves me a whole lot and trust me, he doesn’t act like that haha. But anyway, I decided to go and see Breaking Dawn Part 2 so now I’m insanely excited because the preview for City of Bones will premiere before Breaking Dawn. I seriously cannot wait to see this. If you guys hadn’t seen this yet, I got my TMI tattoo yesterday, I posted a blog about this here. So I’m really super excited about being able to see what they’ve done to my beloved Mortal Instruments series.

3. The Hobbit

Tickets for midnight premieres for The Hobbit come out on Friday, at least over where I live. I am super super super stoked about this! My friends and I over at the good ol LADA are going to have some serious Hobbit feasting before the movie and then see the movie at midnight. I have extremely high hopes for this movie: Peter Jackson rocked the Lord of the Rings series and I seriously think he is going to rock this movie as well. So I’m getting excited for hobbitness. I’m about to re-read the book again. Plus we have Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Benedict Cumbercatch is to make an appearance in one of the three films. I am more than happy to see these awesome guys. Now can they get back to work for Sherlock already?

What’s going on in your guys’ worlds this week? Any shows getting exciting? Let me know what you’re thinking!

The Tuesday Three

I know, healing I’m the worst blogger in the entire world. I totally introduce the idea of a weekly post called the Tuesday Three and I haven’t done it in weeks. I’m horrible. My only excuse is that I’ve been working hard in school and working hard to bring you awesome blog posts.

So here it is: The Tuesday Three :D

 1. Arrow: The Season Premiere

Okay, can I just say that my motivation for this show half about the fact that it was a superhero show and half about the main character, Oliver Queen, is portrayed by the extremely sexy Stephen Amell. I mean, have you seen the guy with his shirt off? No? Just look at the picture above and that will be enough to entice you at least a little bit. Not really into dudes? Okay, well, go ahead and look at Katie Cassidy, who plays the female lead, Laurel Lance. Now, of course, Oliver Queen is a billionaire playboy until a tramatic event (a shipwreck that leaves him stranded and preceived dead for five years) changes his outlook on life. He returns to Starling City, ready to right the wrongs that the rich, including his own family, have done to the city. The first episode follows him as he takes down Adam Hunt, a corrupt billionaire. The story is a bit cliche and corny so far but the action is there, the sexiness is there and the story has enough to keep me interested. So far, I’m ready to watch every Wednesday night.

2. The Walking Dead season 3 premiere

Season Two leaves us off with a super pissed off Rick. Rick did what he had to do; he had to kill Shane, his best friend. And yet everyone reacts like he made the biggest mistake ever, including his stupid wife, Lori (come on, I can’t be the only one who wants to punch her in face…). Rick is over being Mr. Nice Guy and he is taking over this group. Season three fast forwards a good amount. Lori is SUPER pregnant, ready to pop, the group has survived the winter, pillaging abandoned houses, Maggie and Glenn are still together and somehow, Carl and Carol are trusted with guns. I liked the beginning of this season because of all the zombie fighting, and the whole idea of the jail becoming a safe haven for them. I’m still annoyed at Lori; I kind of want to tell her to shut up. I miss Good Guy Rick. But I’m intrigued at how the prison is going to work out; its crawling with walkers and now there are actual surviving prisoners in there too. Can’t wait to see where it goes!

3. Once Upon a Time: Episode Three

The first two episodes of the season had made me very very nervous. I liked them, don’t get me wrong. I was all giddy at the awkwardness between Emma and Snow and Charming. I do entirely love this show. But Aurora was annoying me and Mulan was kind of a random, weird character. Episode Three, however, totally changed my mind. There were three different stories going on: Storybrooke, the Enchanted Forest and the flashback of the Enchanted Forest. Henry is spending his time in Storybrooke, trying to figure out a way to make the hat work again. Snow and Emma are trying to figure out a way to get back to Storybrooke, with the help of Aurora, Mulan and Lancelot and, in flashbacks, Snow and Charming are trying to take back the kingdom until Charming’s mother is poisoned. I loved the interlocking stories again; I live for those flashbacks. I also liked that Emma and Snow were finally starting to make a little bit of a connection! And Snow got to be badass again. That was great. I almost cried at the reunion between Jefferson (the Mad Hatter) and his daughter, Grace. THE FEELS! And the fact that Cora, Regina’s mother, is up to no good…well, I just can’t wait til next week.

See you all next week for the Tuesday Three :) Whats been rocking your nerd world this week?