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The list goes ever on…

When faced with the question, “What’s your favorite book?”, I immediately draw a blank.

A bit of panic wells within me. What is my favorite? I have so many! My mind sifts through the list of books that I’ve read in my lifetime…and I’m a bit overwhelmed. There are a lot of books on that list, and I honestly can’t remember all of them.

(Side note: During the summers of ’06 and ’07, I did make an actual list of all of the books I read over summer break. I know that one summer I read just over 100 books. I think I’ve made my point.)

That being said, I think that trying to pinpoint just one book as your favorite is impossible for us readers. It’s like asking someone their favorite movie or flavor of ice cream…and we all know that really changes day by day! Especially the ice cream one.

Do you agree? Or are you one of the fortunate few that have a set all-time favorite? If so, I would love to hear what it is! Or, if you’re like me and have a long list of books, I’d love to hear that too. Maybe you’ll list some that will in turn become some new favorites of mine!

…If you’re curious, I can think of these lovely books off the top of my head:

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine,

The Great Good Thing by Roderick Townley,

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke,

and Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead.

Nothing very serious today, I’m afraid. I read all of these books years ago, and they are still some of my favorites when I’m feeling nostalgic.

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Posted by on September 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

NaNoWriMo 2013

  Ah, yes. National Novel Writing Month quickly approaches. A month full of feverish writing, loss of sleep, and caffeine crashes seems really fun…Right?

  For the past three years now, I’ve participated in the mad rush of creativity that is NaNoWriMo. I’ve always enjoyed the process of building a whole book and its characters through the course of a month; there’s something strangely exciting about tackling such an immense undertaking with no idea of the end result. In the past three years I’ve done NaNo, I’ve actually come up with some of my favorite characters and stories.

  Even so, I had planned to forgo the daunting task of 50,000 words in 30 days this coming November. Since I’ve only just gotten through the process of publishing my first book, I figured that I wouldn’t be up to the challenge this year. But, after much thought, I changed my mind.

  What can I say? I love a good writing challenge.

  I had already decided to wait a month or so before starting on the next book in my Caledonian Heirs series. So why not spend that month writing something else, something fresh to clear my mind of all of the stress and work of my publishing adventure? It sounds like a good idea to me…right now, at least. I’m sure I’ll be thinking otherwise once I’m 10 days into NaNo and 5,000 words short. But I’ll deal with that when I get to it, eh?

  Here’s to my fourth year of NaNoWriMo! May it be even more fun than the last.

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The King’s Heir by Hogan Stevens

The King's Heir by Hogan Stevens

There is only one true heir to the throne…but two have returned.

Follow the story of Zekian Ih’Lendin as he sets out to the one place he thought he would never see again–Castle Ih’Lendine. There is something about Rolan Wiloby that is far more dangerous than meets the eye, and he plans on having the throne–and all of Caledonia–to himself, no matter the cost. Can Zeke reveal the truth before it’s too late?

Buy your copy today at www.createspace.com/3750533

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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What I’ve Learned So Far:

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   Seeing as this is my first time publishing a book, I’ve been learning as I go. It’s been both an exciting and a nerve-wracking journey, and though I still have a little way to go I have already learned some valuable things that I’ll remember next book around.

  • Formatting is a headache inducing process. And I should have been doing the formatting as I wrote the book in the first place. My eyes will thank me for learning this.
  • A book launch party should be planned in advance. As my release date approaches, I am realizing that I should have planned out an awesome launch party. My book will be out in less than two weeks…which isn’t the ideal amount of time to get out invitations and inform any press. I’ve decided on a family/friends only party instead, so I guess I’ll plan a great launch next year instead. Lesson learned.
  • My family is the best ever! Through everything, my family and friends have been so great at showering me with love and encouragement. Their excitement helps me get through the stress of it all and keeps me uplifted. I’ve always known that I have some really wonderful people in my life, but it wasn’t until all of this with my book that I realized just how amazing they can be.
  • My characters are like my children. It feels like I’m prepping my firstborn child to step out into the world, and I have to admit that I’m scared to let the child go. But I know I can’t just mollycoddle forever; I know I’ll be glad that I let go out to the public.

   And lastly (and most importantly):

  • Nothing can compare to seeing my book for the first time. When I opened the package and lifted the first proof copy out of the wrapping, I felt such a joy that I felt like I was glowing. To hold the evidence of all of my hard work—the result of years’ worth of blood, sweat, and tears—was something that can’t be fully expressed aloud. A few days have passed since, and yet I still find myself staring at the cover in awe, running my hands over pages and soaking in the words.

   I’m not sure if I’ll ever really lose the sense of wonderment I feel when holding my very own book…and I don’t think I want to.

   The King’s Heir was the first book I ever started writing, and so it’s only right that it’s the one with which I started the fantastic journey of self-publishing. Though it’s pretty scary at times and there are days where I question myself, I know in my heart that this is what I’m meant to do with my life. And it feels so good to be doing something I really love.

   Now, on to the last finishing touches!

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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I’m now social!

"The King's Heir" synopsisIn preparation for my book that is to be published later this year, I’ve made a facebook fan page! If you’re interested in my book, “like” the page to stay up with my progress as I work to get published.

http://www.facebook.com/authorHoganStevens

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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The Traveler

Once upon a time, there was a girl that loved to read.

She spent all of her free time scouring the library in search of new stories. To her, books weren’t just ink and paper; they were the doorways to different worlds. And so she became a traveler, hopping from world to world and living the life of an adventurer.

One day, the girl realized that she had her own adventure to tell. And so she gathered her ink-stained thoughts, sat down at a desk, and began to write. She wrote of daring battles fought in crumbling courtyards. She wrote of the heartwrenching sadness of a brother losing a brother. She wrote of castles, of knights, of unwilling heirs.

She wrote.

And when the adventure was over and the last word was written, she smiled.

By giving life to her own story, she had created a new world for other travelers to explore, another quest for her fellow adventurers to complete. And she had found, after all those years of moving from story to story, her own world to call home.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Sometimes, I really hate my muse.

Don’t get me wrong! I love having all of these story and character ideas…but I really tend to get them at the most inconvenient times. Usually, right when I’m in the middle of editing a really important scene for The King’s Heir, I’ll suddenly come up with an awesome idea for a new book. And, of course, I have to set aside what I’m editing and quickly write out my new idea, else it will disappear as swiftly as it came.

Not too long ago, I went through and counted all of my books. I was surprised (and a bit chagrined) when I realized that I have sixteen in the making. Sixteen! How crazy is that?! And out of that many, only two are fully completed and another two are almost finished.

I’m the world’s best multi-tasker, apparently.

My goal is to get my best books finished and published but at the rate I’m going, I’m pretty sure it’ll take me quite some time! Isn’t that what coffee’s for?

If only I was a coffee drinker…

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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