January 24, 2014

New website and blog!

When I've poked my head out of the writing cave, I've been working on my new website, and it's finally here! Yay!

» http://www.lorimlee.com/

This will be my last "official" post on this blog, which is kind of unfortunate because I am literally 800 views away from hitting 100k pageviews. And now I've gone and switched blogs. *shakes head*

If you'd like, please follow me over on the new blog! *hugs*

January 20, 2014

Giveaway: AVALON by Mindee Arnett

As part of the New Year, New Books feature on Fiction_TheNewReality, a book blog run by the lovely Jayne, I'm giving away a copy of AVALON by Mindee Arnett.

But since AVALON releases tomorrow, I want to bring back that post I wrote when Mindee first announced she'd sold AVALON (then titled Finding Eden). I just love this book so much, and it's already garnered Mindee her first starred review from School and Library Journal. (CONGRATS AGAIN, MINDEE!)

Also, I just finished the sequel, and you guys are going to be blown away! I'm constantly in awe of Mindee :)

(Parts of the rest of this post is from a 2012 post, with updated gifs and title!)

OMG GUYS. This book. THIS BOOK. AVALON is legit one of the best YA scifi I have ever read. Ever. I love Jeth to ridiculous proportions. I am not even kidding.

This book is intense and clever and at times deliciously creepy, and I had so many FEELINGS while reading it.

At first I was like:

Ooh, I think I like you.

Then I was like:


And then:

Whoa, this is kind of creeping me out here o_o (in the good way!)






And it was around this point that I realized I srsly LOVE this book:


But I kept alternating between


and by the end, I was completely emotionally exhausted.

BUT IN THE BEST WAY! Because, guys. I love this book.

And tomorrow, you guys get to share in the love.

For a chance to win AVALON, enter at Jayne's blog here. (Also, it'd be cool if you read my answer to Jayne's question too haha.)

January 17, 2014

A Game of Tomes

A Game of Tomes is a group blog of 11 fantasy authors talking about our favorite fantasy books/movies/artists, gorgeous covers, anticipated fantasy releases, guest posts, interviews, world building, various fantasy subgenres, archetypes, linguistics, and literally anything else fantasy-related that strikes our fancy. If you're as much a fan of fantasy as we are, please consider following us on tumblr :)

The blog launches Monday, February 3. Each weekday for 2 weeks (+1 day), there will a post introducing one of our authors along with a giveaway. Fun times will be had, and we hope you'll join us :)

"As the crows sing" by Enayla

January 15, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 14

What I'm Reading

Finished reading Avalon 2. Planning to start a draft of The Wrath and the Dawn. Crazy excited for this one.

By the way, I'm running a 2014 January debut giveaway over at OneFour KidLit. This will be a monthly giveaway so make sure to check every month for a chance to win a debut novel. Come by and enter if you'd like! ♥

What I'm Writing

Getting antsy about diving back into my sequel outline. But I still don't know how to end this blasted book!

What Else I've Been Up To

1. A group of amazing fantasy authors and myself are launching a fantasy-focused blog in a couple weeks called A Game of Tomes. We launch February 3 with two weeks of giveaways! Follow us on tumblr so you don't miss it! ♥

2. The newest issue of YA Interrobang came out with a great article featuring some of this year's debut novels (click on the authors' names to learn more). Including mine! Pretty cool :)

3. The first OneFour KidLit twitter chat will be held Sunday, January 26 at 8PM EST. We'll be introducing ourselves and talking location, atmosphere, and the importance of setting the scene. Come join us!

What Inspires Me Right Now

I don't know that it's any one thing, but reading my CP's amazing work and seeing everyone on twitter talk about their word count goals is making me crazy with the need to get back to my own writing :)

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme that helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends. If you'd like to join in, you can find the link widget on Jaime's and Erin's blogs.

January 8, 2014

What's Up Wednesday 13

What I'm Reading

A draft of the amaaaazing sequel to AVALON by Mindee Arnett. CP privileges. Mwuahaha.

Aside from that though, I've also got an ARC of Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor. Super excited about this one!

What I'm Writing
Not much at the moment because I'm critiquing Mindee's ms, but soon, I will get back to work on that sequel.

What Else I've Been Up To
I have an official-ish (which means it can still change) blurb for Gates of Thread and Stone :D I wish I could share it with you guys, but alas, it must wait, probably until the cover reveal. (I have no idea when that will be.)

What Inspires Me Right Now
The cover reveal for my Christina Farley's GILDED went up on YA Books Central, and it's gorgeous. Check it out, and enter for a chance to win some fabulous swag or a Kindle Paperwhite! :)

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme that helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends. If you'd like to join in, you can find the link widget on Jaime's and Erin's blogs.

December 30, 2013

2014 Goals and a Brief 2013 Review

Holy cats, I can't believe a year has passed already. So much has happened this year.

My resolution for 2013 was to write two books. I did not succeed. *sigh* Last year's excuse was the long weeks of pregnancy-induced nausea that made me want to do this:

This year's excuse is closely related: new baby! I couldn't have predicted how exhausted I would be. (No, really, even though everyone says it's exhausting, I honestly thought I'd be fine because the last one wasn't so bad. Note: having a baby at 20 and another one at 30 are vastly different experiences.) But anyway, I somehow managed to find a way to write exclusively during the hours of 10pm and 2am, and cranked out a first draft.

And then I got my edits back for Gates of Thread and Stone, and I sort of went *shrug* at that other book I was supposed to write because OMG EDITS!!! Oops.

I'm not going to learn from my past mistakes because I'm making 2 books, yet again, my 2014 resolution. Maybe this time, it'll work?

Here are some 2013 highlights:

♥ Wrote a book. Too bad it wasn't the sequel I'm contracted for >_> *gets on that*

♥ Had a baby! I think he's a keeper :)

♥ Completed edits on Gates of Thread and Stone. It's been sent off to copyedits. Woo!

♥ Edited two books for the digital-first publisher I'm working with. I'm insanely proud of both of them.

♥ A bunch of my favorite people had their debut year! Mindee Arnett's The Nightmare Affair, Amy Tintera's Reboot, Amy Christine Parker's Gated, and A.G. Howard's Splintered. All such fabulous books.

♥ I got to announce my book deal after over 6 months of waiting! Whew lol.

So, overall, not as productive as I would have liked writing-wise, but I think it was okay given my time constraints :)

Happy new year, and here's to 2014 when I can finally say, "My book comes out this year!" Aaaah...

December 18, 2013

What's Up Wednesday 12

What I'm Reading
Still trying to push through this book. It alternates between some fairly gorgeous descriptions to awkward and unrealistic dialogue, which leaves me completely baffled.

What I'm Writing
Plot, plot, plot!

What Else I've Been Up To
When GATES OF THREAD AND STONE releases August 8 next year, it will be available in all formats--hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audiobook.

So however you like to read (or listen to) your books, it should be available :) Woot!

Also, a couple weeks ago, I suggested posting the first lines of our mss on twitter with the hash tag #firstlines, and enough people jumped in that we trended! That was so much fun.

Scroll through the hash tag for some awesome first lines! (Including mine :P)

What Inspires Me Right Now
*points up* :D

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme that helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends. If you'd like to join in, you can find the link widget on Jaime's and Erin's blogs.

December 4, 2013

What's Up Wednesday 11

What I'm Reading
I finished Champion a while go. Then I read Angelfall and World After in quick succession. Quite enjoyed both! I began a new book a couple days ago, but I haven't been able to pick it back up. I can't stand any of the characters. The MC is obnoxious, and the writing, particularly the dialogue, reads almost like fanfiction. Disappointing so far, but I will persevere because the book came very highly recommended. I'm hoping the plot will win me over or that the MC becomes more bearable.

What I'm Writing
Edits have been completed and sent to Editor Awesome. Now, I'm looking over a friend's ms while picking at the plot to Gates 2 again. Sequel writing is fun times. /sarcasm

What Else I've Been Up To
My online friend of many years is visiting me this weekend, which means we get to geek out IN PERSON for the first time. It'll be awesome.

Also, I went to see Thor 2: The Dark World as well as Catching Fire. I loved The Dark World (Oh LOKI, why do you hurt me so?), but Catching Fire was awesome beyond belief. MUST REWATCH ASAP.

What Inspires Me Right Now
I just love reading to refuel. I've already gotten a couple new things to weave into the plot of Gates 2. Woot!

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme that helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends. If you'd like to join in, you can find the link widget on Jaime's and Erin's blogs.

November 6, 2013

What's Up Wednesday 10

What I'm Reading
Finishing up PRODIGY by Marie Lu so I can jump into CHAMPION, which released yesterday. Woo!

Also, I got this fabulous ARC in the mail yesterday, and I can't wait to read it! That's TWO Sarah Fine books on my queue now. *squee*

What I'm Writing

What Else I've Been Up To
I also got these ARCs! But in all honesty, I doubt I'll get around to reading them any time soon, and I hate wasted ARCs.

So if any of YOU want them, LET ME KNOW! Otherwise, I'll throw them up for a giveaway later this week.

-THE WELL'S END by Seth Fishman

What Inspires Me Right Now
All you amazing pple NaNo-ing. GO YOU! ♥

What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme that helps readers and writers touch base with blog friends. If you'd like to join in, you can find the link widget on Jaime's and Erin's blogs.

November 1, 2013

November Films

HAPPY FIRST OF NOVEMBER! Hope you guys had an awesome and spooky Halloween!

November is going to be AMAZING in terms of film releases. And obvsly because a bajillion people worldwide are writing or typing with the force of a great typhoon to meet that 50k mark. *waves pompoms*


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