Becausible Writations

A book and writing blog from a woman who needs a little creativity in her normal day.

Interview with the Dragon Queen March 1, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Nikki @ 2:28 pm

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Hi Nikki. You are sometimes called “The Dragon Queen”. Can you tell us how you came to have this nickname?

When The Dragon’s Rocketship was born someone started saying I was the Queen instead of just the owner. I don’t recall who said it first but someone called me The Dragon Queen and since then I have loved it! I mean who doesn’t like dragons and want to be royalty?

That’s cool! So, what is The Dragon’s Rocketship, and how can our readers board it?

The Dragon’s Rocketship is a Facebook group that was created on February 6th, 2014. It was a place that was created to provide a home for fantasy and science fiction lovers, geeks, writers, readers, and what not, where rules everyone was welcome to share practically anything that interested them. You can join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/thedragonsrocketship/

But that’s not all. Just recently, you created The Dragon’s Rocketship…

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Silver Shackles Revelations Trilogy: Book Two, Blog Tour Day #2 June 16, 2015

Filed under: Blog,blog tour,Reading — Nikki @ 9:00 am
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When you steal from faerie queens, the consequences are painful and sometimes deadly.

Were-jaguar and TV personality, Riley O’Rourke, has been looking over her shoulder ever since she stole from the Dark Queen of the Unseelie faeries. When Riley is contacted by an informant with knowledge that can blow the lid off the story of the year, she can’t pass up the opportunity to investigate. What she finds instead is something that puts her at the mercy of the Dark Queen, who is not known for her compassion.

When Riley’s boyfriend, David, realizes she’s missing, he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back, including starting a war with the Unseelie. The balance of power among the Fae courts is shifting, and if David makes one wrong move, Riley could end up crushed in the struggle. But after being the subject of the Queens’s legendary cruelty, will there even be anything left of Riley to save?

The second book in the Revelations Trilogy continues the story of Riley O’Rourke, David Lo, and Neve MacAlpin. Buy it here.

Taming Shadows is the first book in the Revelations Trilogy and introduces us to Riley, David, and Neve. Buy it here.


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I took another step closer and was suddenly in the vampire’s arms. He enfolded me, held me close against his marble chest. The coolness of his skin and the silence of his dead heart were a balm for my frayed nerves. I closed my eyes and clutched at him, willing this to be real. Onyx kissed my cheek softly as he held me. He’d come for me; somehow he had heard me and had come for me.

Laughter, a voice like nails on a chalkboard, came from the doorway. “Very good, vampire,” Neve cooed. “Now bring her to the arena. Her appearance has been requested.”

My head snapped up, eyes growing wide with fear. Onyx’s face did not change as he held me tighter, crushing me against him, and dragged me towards the door of my cell. I planted my feet and struggled in his arms, but I was weak from torture and the poisonous silver that was now polluting my bloodstream.

“No, Onyx. Don’t take me to her again. Please,” I begged, tears streaking down my face. The vampire did not respond to my pleas; instead, tiring of my struggles, he picked me up bodily and carried me over his shoulder towards a part of the sithen in which I had never been. It was cavernous and windowless. There were banks of chairs on all four walls and a circle had been painted on the floor in the middle of the room.

Onyx threw me into a heap in the middle of the circle. “Get up,” he said, no trace of emotion in his voice. He retreated, walking backwards away from me, to the edge of the circle and drew a sword that a faerie guard held out to him. “Get up and pick up your weapon.”


About Fiona Skye:

Fiona Skye is a fantasy author, currently living in the deserts of Southern Arizona. She shares a home with her husband, two kids, three cats, two rats, a betta fish, and a Border Collie.

Fiona’s passion for story telling began early in life. She loved playing make-believe and inventing elaborate fantasy worlds for her friends and her to play in. At age twelve, she wrote her first short story, which was based on a song by a 1980s hair band. After giving it to her English teacher for editing and rewrites, she learned to love the entire writing process, and has dedicated her life since then to writing, only to be occasionally distracted by her insatiable love of yarn and crochet, and the dogged pursuit of the perfect plate of cheese enchiladas.

She counts Diana Gabaldon and Jim Butcher as her favorite authors and biggest influences. Joining these two on the list of people she would wait in queue for a week to have a coffee with are Neil Peart, Kevin Hearne, and Brandon Sanderson.

Fiona is online –
Website & Blog: http://fiona-skye.com/
 

Book #17: The Fault In Our Stars June 2, 2015

The sevententh book that I read for my 50 book challenge was The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. This book covers my “A book that makes you cry” and I finished it on 05/06/2015.

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Overall I give it:

5

I was hesitant about this book. Hesitant because I heard a lot of rave about it, and the last book I had read (City of Bones) that I read due to the amazing following I was sourly disappointed in. I was also concerned because it wasn’t my normal read, it wasn’t presented as a funny, scary, fantasy, or thriller novel, which is usually my go toos. I was concerned to read a book that was revolving around cancer, and my first instinct (especially when everyone said it made you cry) that it was going to a be a weeping sorrow filled book that was mushy and just had all the cliches of any book out there.

I admit now that I was so very wrong.

The Fault In our Stars was well written, and balanced with happiness, sadness, and character growth. I love that John Green focused on different view points of how people deal with cancer whether they are the patients or the family members. I also enjoyed that the main character, Hazel Grace, built friendships and accomplished her dreams despite having cancer and wanting to shy away from the world.

I fell in love with the characters, the story, the sorrow, the happiness, just everything. I also adore that a lot of it is based around books, and the release that the characters get into the world of the books that they read. That explains how I feel when I jump into these books and dive into their worlds. I feel like I’m a part of the story, and Hazel explains that perfectly with how she feels when reading her favorite book.

If you haven’t read this, I seriously recommend it. It will make you cry, it will tear at your emotions, it will make you want to go “aww…that’s so sweet”, but you will be a better person (I think) at the end of the book for reading it.

John Green, if you ever read this, well done, Bravo, and please keep up the fantastic world changing works you have written, and the education you and Hank bring on YouTube on vlogBrothers.

 

Book #16: Aslyum May 26, 2015

The sixtenth book I read for my 50 book challenge was Aslyum by Madeleine Roux. This book covers my “A book with a one-word title” and I finished reading it on 5/5/2015.

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Overall I rate this:

5

I read this book because my friend Rachel and I are working on a creepy novel and I wanted some inspiration. Of course the cover inspired me to pick this book, as did the title, since I wanted something that was twisted, and involved people breaking. While it didn’t fit perfectly with what I was looking for it was still a very good book. The characters were well written, the world’s history was believable and interesting, the twist at the end was suprising (to me at least). There were moments where I felt the anxiety that the characters were feeling while looking at things they shouldn’t look at.

I adore the fact that they used pictures to bring the world to life as well. I absolutly adore this, just as much as I did in Miss Peregreine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I want more books to do this, to bring life through pictures into their story. It makes a world of a difference to me to SEE what the author is seeing.

I will definitly be buying the second and third book in this series.

 

Nikki’s Top Five Favorite Books in Paperback May 24, 2015

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I like a mix of both paperback, ebooks, and audiobooks. While each have their own purpose, paperback is my personal favorite. There are some books that I bought on ebook first (faster and cheaper to get when I just HAVE to read it now) then there are some books that I just had to go buy the paperback to show it on my beautiful bookshelf.

This is my bookshelf.

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See, isn’t it pretty?!

These are all my books in beautiful alphabetical order.

Now on that shelf, I have or am getting a few books that I have to have in paperback.

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1. Lord of the Rings

Of course, I have to have this on my shelf. This lovely leather bound box set was a gift from my best friend for my birthday. The font is small, but it is gorgous. I started reading this book when I was in high school but had never finished it, because I had the largest version in the history of books and it kind of terrified me. I watched the movies later and I fell in love, but never got around to finishing the series. My friend bought me these copies when she found out I hadn’t read it. I am going to read them while listening to the audiobooks and immerse myself into Middle Earth.

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2. The Dresden Files

I absolutly adore this series, so much. It is my favorite series of all time. I bought the ebooks, the audiobooks, and now I am slowly buying the paperbacks. I say slowly because buying all of them would be almost two-hundred dollars in one go. These books are amazing though, there is a wide range of characters, a story arch that lasts through the entire series while each book has it’s own goals and ending, plus each book always ends in a damn cliffhanger which leaves you wanting to practically beg Jim Butcher for another book. This is honestly one of the only series I have read more than once, all of them, which with fifteen in the series that’s a lot of reading.

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3. Shel Silverstein Books (Falling Up and Where the Sidewalk Ends)

These two books were gifts from my grandparents for christmas in 1999. I  have read them so many times that I lost the covers, but I adore them. I love Shel Silverstein, his poetry is amazing, and while some are silly others can be pretty deep if you think about them. I’m pretty sure that everyone has read a little bit of Shel Silverstein, and if not you should, you honestly should. It’s pretty hard to explain how awesome his poetry has been.

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4. The Dragon’s Rocketship Anthologies (The Scribe’s Journal, The Ship’s Log, and Winter Wishes)

In my group The Dragon’s Rocketship we have created three anthologies, and I am a part of two of them. The stories are all by extremely talented authors that are all members of the group. The Scribe’s Journal is our fantasy anthology, The Ship’s Log is our science fiction anthology, and Winter Wishes was put together by Bob Franks who donates the earnings to Make-A-Wish. I am so proud of all the authors who donated stories and helped create these, it makes me happy every time I see my own name in print, and I love helping others have that feeling as well. That’s why we’re working on our fourth anthology now.

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5. Indie Authors from The Dragon’s Rocketship

Now, this is more than one book, and I know that, but…I can’t choose. One of my favorite types of books to own are those of my friends and members of The Dragon’s Rocketship. I love to support my friends who poured their hearts and imagination onto these pages. A lot of these I read in eBook forum and I’m slowly adding to my paper back shelf. All these books are written by friends, and I cannot wait until I have more to list. So far I love all of the ones on my shelf and highly recommend you check them out.

From left to right:

  1. Emo Boy by Courtney Beaudry
  2. Unjudged by Courtney Beaudry
  3. Elemental Reality by Cesya Marae Cuono
  4. Controlled Descent by K.M. Herkes
  5. Flight Plan by K.M. Herkes
  6. Love Me Do by by H.A. Kay (Humeira Kazmi)
  7. Early One Morning by Aubree Lane
  8. The Bazaar by Jennifer Ponce
  9. Slip Song by Jennifer Ponce
  10. Demon’s Cradle by Jennifer Ponce
  11. Bug Queen by Jennifer Ponce
  12. A Time to Build by Rick Rossing
  13. A Time to Mourn by Rick Rossing
  14. Embers at Galdrilene by A.D Trosper
  15. The Raging One by Lexy Wolfe
  16. The Knowing One by Lexy Wolfe
  17. Retribution by S.J. Wolff (Wolff’s Realm)
 

Anya’s Ghost May 19, 2015

I read Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. I finished it on 04/28/2015. It doesn’t fall under any categories because I already read my graphic novel.

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Overall I rate this book:

5

This graphic novel was a short little read but I honestly really liked it. I feel like a lot of girls can relate to Ana, especially the outcasts. I didn’t expect the ending, that’s for damn sure. While it’s short it packs a punch and a deep meaning behind it, that I think a lot of girls should read at any age. A reminder that not everyone has their shit together, and not everyone who is polished and poise on the outside is perfect on the inside.

One saying that I read today that fits perfectly is:

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Read this if you need a bit of a pick me up, or a reminder that you’re awesome.

 

Nikki’s Top Five YA Novels May 17, 2015

Please note that this is purely in my opinion. If you disagree so be it.

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**Thank you to Rachel Bostwick for making me the logo! (Check out her Fiverr for some awesome deals)**

Lately, thanks to BookTube mainly, I have been on a young adult book kick. They stories are short and sweet, I get to finish an entire book in a day or two and I’m usually happy with the outcome. While not every YA book I’ve read has been good here are the five that I personally liked the most in no particular order.

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1. Cinder

This put a very interesting twist on Cinderella. I adore Cinder and her partial robotic part humanself. I love that sci-fi twist! When reading through the books there are a lot of times where you’re like ‘Aha! Just like the regular story!’ and you smile because you know where the comparison is coming from. It’s a futrastic world with two different races on the planet, humans and robots. Robots are beneath humans, so Cinder being a partial robot also makes that true to her character. You get to see her grow and learn that she is defined more than by her parts, and that her past is going to come back to bite her. I have finished the first book, and own the second book Scarlet and third book Cress but have yet to read them. I am interested in seeing how Cinder’s story plays out though.

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2. Hunger Games

Well of course this one had to be on here! The Hunger Games was one of the first YA novels I read and feel in love with the story. I was a little hestiant at first because a lot of the books that get a lot of love and turn into movies so quickly aren’t that great, but I picked up the first one and dived into the world. Thankfully in a metoporical way otherwise I’d probably be dead rather quickly. I read each book before the movies (I am really glad I did, some key parts were missing in the movies), and I really did enjoy this trilogy. Suzanne Collins builds a believeable world of how society can just roll over and accept their fates because it’s how it’s always been, and the way the sections are sepreated I can see how each of them would think the Capital is all high and mighty. What I think I enjoyed the most about this series is that Katniss wasn’t a push over who would just let anything happen. She was badass, and stood up for herself, and didn’t necessarily need a man to save her in every instance. I enjoy seeing a heroine who is stubborn, strong willed, and not girly.

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3. Uglies

Another series where I read the first book, and own the others, but have yet to read them. While I don’t think it was meant to be deep I felt like there was a deeper meaning into this series. I like the fact that it’s how the world has found a way to rid itself of all hatred of others, by making them all the same. But that turned out to actually make it so that people who were too young to have the surgery hated those who had the surgery, while others looked forward to it just to be “normal”. I like how there are two view points and they are basically debating whether it’s worth it to stay the same and be a pretty, or to remain an ugly and break away from the norms. It kind of goes into normal life where you have to realize that just because you don’t fit in, doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you, even if society disagrees. The one thing I don’t like about this series is the titles, but I understand why they’re named Uglies, Pretties, etc.

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4. The Fault In Our Stars

This was the last book I read, and I had it on my shelf for a few months before I read it because I was concerned that because it had made so many people cry it was going to be mushy. I’m not a huge fan of mushy books. I did final read it though after my friend Rachel (check her blog out she’s awesome) said it would be a good book to get my mind off the scarier book that I had just read, Aslyum. I finished it in less than five hours, just reading straight through. I have a review that’s going to be up in a few weeks for this book so I don’t want to give too much away, but I loved the characters, and the goals of Hazel Grace through her life with cancer. John Green showed a multitude of ways to deal with cancer, including from the parent and loved one’s perspective, which I throughly enjoyed. I bought Papertowns yesterday because I love John Green’s writing style, and I hope I enjoy his other books as well.

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5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

This, honestly, is my favorite book and series right now (next to The Dresden Files, but that’s not YA). I bought the book based off the cover origianlly, because I am writing a novel that involved creepy doll like humans, and the cover kind of had that vibe. I placed it on my shelf though to read later because the thought of actually reading about something that may horrify me wasn’t too pleasent after the fact. While I was searching throught the internet a few weeks or months later I found a YouTube video that explained the making of the Book Trailer and I wanted to read it, now. So I did, and over the nexet few days I engulfed the book and fell in love with the world, the pictures, and the story. Ransom Riggs did a very good job on this series, and I cannot get over how he took those old pictures and made them into crazy characters that fit into his world. It’s perfect, it’s amazing, and it’s believeable despite it being unbelieveable. I did a book review, so check that out for my score, but honestly I recommend this book to everyone.

Do you read Young Adult books? Why or why not? If you do, what are your favorites? Maybe I can add them to my list.

Do you like the Top Five? I’m thinking of doing some more. Thank you for the suggestion Emily (check her blog out, she’s awesome)! 😀