First, some fun stuff to share then not-so fun writing tidbit.
1. Betrayed was chosen as one of the favorite Books of the Summer by author Kelly Hashway. Not only is Kelly an avid reader, she writes amazing YA stories and children picture books.
I can't wait to read her latest book: TOUCH OF DEATH (You can pre-order it now)
2. The lovely Minnie of Sunsetreaderreview, who also runs Read 2 Review and Author's Little Corner on Goodreads, had her girls read both Awakened and Betrayed and posted their reviews on Goodreads. Here are a few of them.
Bran is a good kisser...Elle said so and Lil agrees
As I was reading this, I didn't really think "oh, this is an angel book" like you sometimes do with vampires or werewolves. It was so seamlessly written in that it simply makes sense... Melanie's Reviews
Normally second books aren't that great - Hi, New Moon (don't get me wrong, I love the Twilight series, but New Moon was just... not that great) - but Betrayed just blew me away.
I can't believe I hadn't heard of this author before, but now I am a legit fan...Maria Stanica's Reviews.
My thoughts: OMJB! I loved this book, Ednah Walters FREAKING DELIVERED! It was fantastic and it kept getting better from there...Annie's Reviews
3. I encountered the dreaded sagging middle of my WIP, the one I finished a few weeks ago, and needed inspiration to fix it. As any author would tell you, it doesn't hurt to look at the ending of your story and work backwards to fix the middle or check your secondary characters and make them shine.
So I went with the secondary characters and realized why they were so bland. I didn't make them sound authentic enough. How do one go about making mid-western folks sound authentic? Do they have distinct accents like Texans, New Yorkans or Bostonians? Maybe not but their language is pretty corlorful
Rural mid-west people say the darnest things like (Check the whole list here):
-so ugly she had to sneak up on a glass of water to get a drink
-slick as the deer gut on a doorknob
-nuttier than a crapper at a peanut festival
-their INGs have no Gs, walkin', smokin', you betcha
-Top of the morning to yah
- Mad enough to chew horse shoes and spit nails- Grinning like a mule eatin' saw briar
- Grinning like a possum eatin' sour persimmons
-So skinny she had to jump around in the rain to get wet
-Got beat with a ugly stick when she was born
Do you have some more to share. Not necessarily from mid-west