1. what books are on your to-be-read list this summer?

    I’m looking forward to reading Solitaire by Alice Oseman, How to Love - A Novel, Take Back The Skies by Lucy Saxon, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, and Before I Die by Lauren Oliver to name a few! xo

     
  2. Top Ten Thursday: my top ten moments from #YALC!

    So after finally finding that there’s a more ‘official’ top ten Tuesday for book bloggers and deciding to do that, I’ve also decided to do my own top ten Thursday posts, about anything and everything - often book-related, like this one, or maybe sometimes about movies or TV shows :)

     

    1. Having quite possibly the most-talked about panel
    2. BEING ON A PANEL
    3. Meeting Malorie Blackman (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
    4. Non Pratt saying on the panel that she ‘hammers out’ sex scenes in her books and every other innuendo from our panel
    5. Freaking out Lena Headey because I’m young enough that she ‘could be my mother’ and the fact that she said she could ‘just take me home’ (um, yes please?!)
    6. Lunching in the green room with Bernard Cribbins (literally. He sat with us for like an hour.)
    7. BEING ALLOWED IN SAID GREEN ROOM WITH ALL THE FAMOUS PEOPLE AND FREE TEA AND CHOCOLATE BARS (I am never one to turn down tea, or free food, so don’t blame me for the compilation of that sentence)
    8. Having a VIP pass that let me stroll past the ginormous queues outside and wander into Earl’s Court through a side door. When I wore my sungalsses I felt super powerful and kinda famous. Don’t judge me…
    9. Seeing the back of Stan Lee as he disappeared behind a wall of minders/security guards to his photo shoot
    10. Meeting so many fantastic authors and hanging out with them as one of them and not just a total fangirl and having them sign my books and my YALC planner and just having a fab time with them?!

    I know YALC was a little while ago now, but man, I’m still so excited about it and I hope this feeling never wears off! With any luck there’ll be another YALC next year and I’ll be there again :) xo

     

     

  3. so it’s one am but I hit 30,000 words and threw in a pretty hefty plot twist so I’m happy with my writing today (or rather, yesterday) :)

     

  4. Anonymous said: Hi Beth! I see you're writing again - is there anything you can tell us about a new project? :) xo

    It’s another YA romance, but I don’t want to say too much about the storyline at this point in time - until I am happy to divulge more info about the book itself I’m gonna stick to just posting about my progress on the book. But keep an eye out for any other info about it :) xo

     

  5. mariecasgam said: Hi Beth! My name is Maria and I'm Mexican. A few weeks ago I was searching a book to read for my vacations (I always buy lots but they're very boring so I forgot them) I saw "mi primer beso" - My first kiss haha I saw if and read the prologue so I find it cheesy and cute so I bought it. I arrived to the beach last Sunday, today Wednesday I finished my favourite book ever! It was a mix of a lot of emotions. Y laughed, I cried (the last 30 pages) I wanted to kill shelly sometimes. I love it :)

    Hi Maria :) supongo que hablas español (has leído la traducción en español de mi libro) – ¡estoy feliz que disfrutaste de “Mi Primer Beso”!

    My second and third books (Rolling Dice and Out of Tune) aren’t available in Spanish but if you feel happy to read them in English and decide to buy them, I hope you enjoy them, too!  xo

     

  6. hvghwalls said: hi! im a 15 year old student whos looking to publish a book. I have a story on wattpad which has reached over 150k reads and i want to know the process of getting publish. How did you do it? (CONGRATS BTW, omg well done x)

    Wow, well done on reading over 150,000 reads, that’s brilliant!

    The traditional route for publishing is as follows: you find a literary agents accepting submissions for books in your genre (you can Google, and use the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook to find some) and when you find one you like the look of, you send in a submission to them. They usually ask for the first three chapters, a cover letter and a synopsis of your book, but the guidelines differ depending on the agent so make sure to look at their website!

    Agents don’t ask for money upfront. They make their money by taking a commission (usually 15% or so) from what you earn from your books, and they work to get you a publisher. That’s how you usually get published.

    I went a very unconventional route in that an editor from Random House Publishers got in touch with me directly on Wattpad to offer me a three-book deal, and I didn’t have an agent. I’ve recently got an agent, though, since I’ve now finished my three-book deal. The agents do more than just get you a contract with a publisher though - they also do a lot of author care, and help you out with any issues, and more.

    There’s also self-publishing, like on Kindle (you can’t do this if you’re a minor, though) and various routes of indie publishing but this can often cost you. With traditional publishing, you don’t pay out.

    If there’s anything else I can advise you on and help you with then let me know :) xo

     
  7. The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, by Amy McCulloch

    “Fifteen-year-old Raim lives in a world where you tie a knot for every promise that you make. Break that promise and you are scarred for life, and cast out into the desert.
    Raim has worn a simple knot around his wrist for as long as he can remember. No one knows where it came from, and which promise of his it symbolises, but he barely thinks about it at all—not since becoming the most promising young fighter ever to train for the elite Yun guard. But on the most important day of his life, when he binds his life to his best friend (and future king) Khareh, the string bursts into flames and sears a dark mark into his skin.
    Scarred now as an oath-breaker, Raim has two options: run, or be killed.”

    I’d been looking forward to reading Amy’s debut novel since meeting her at a Random House Christmas party back in 2012, and the premise for this book sounded so cool. Promises forged with knots, scarring you for life if you break them?

    I haven’t read any fantasy for a while, so I was excited about this book, and it didn’t disappoint.

    Raim was a fantastic protagonist – despite his mistakes and reactions to events, he’s unfailing in his attempts to do the right thing, by himself as well as by others. I liked him more as the book went on, and after he’s exiled.

    It was easy to get wrapped up in the land Amy creates in the novel – especially when it’s set in a desert, and it’s been stiflingly hot the last few days! I also thought the other characters in the novel were great – Wadi was brilliant, Kareh was full of surprises – and the book had enough trouble for Raim thrown in to keep me hooked.

    This book did take me a while to read, and it took me a while to get into the first half – but not so much because of the book, but because I wasn’t in the mood to read much of anything the last few days (I was more in the mood to binge-watch season four of The Tudors on Netflix and do some writing of my own). That said, I devoured the second half of the book completely; twists were thrown from every angle – and handled really well, too! – so I was gripped.

    I liked the pace of the book, and the ending was FANTASTIC. Definitely keeping an eye out for the next instalment!

     

  8. up to 25,554 words on a new story I’m working on. Yay!
    (For reference: TKB was about 90,000 and Out of Tune around 75,000, so I feel this is about a third of the way through the book I’m trying to write.)

    I also have about 13,000 words in other scenes to slot in to the book at some point so that takes the total to closer to half of where I want to be! Double yay!

    It’s also about 10,000 words written in the last few days alone so if I carry on like this I should get most of this book finished by the time I’m back in uni! (I also have other projects to work on though so may take longer than a couple of weeks as I don’t have the luxury of devoting absolute weeks to writing this book.)

    Not saying anything about the story itself, but expect a few posts when I hit a new goal with my word count! (I just want to share my excitement - it’s nice to do that sometimes)

    I’m also on holiday next week, and since it’s tricky to pack enough books to tide me over the whole holiday, I’ll end up (hopefully) getting some writing done, poolside, too.


    It feels so GOOD to be writing again! I haven’t written anything new and anything I feel this passionate about in months because I was so busy with uni and fixing up Out of Tune (I adapted it from something I was writing and never finished last summer so to me it wasn’t really new, you know?) and I’m feeling so pumped about this novel!

    xo

     

  9. Anonymous said: Hi, Beth. I'm a book blogger, and I was wondering if it would be possible to contact you in regards to an interview for my blog. No worries if that's not possible.

    authorbethreekles:

    Hi there :) that’d be absolutely fine, I’d love to do an interview - if you’re on Twitter, follow me and let me know that it’s you. I’ll follow you back and DM you an email address so you can send me the questions :)

    if you’re not on Twitter, let me know via my Tumblr ask box like with this message and we’ll figure something else out. I’d just rather not give my email out publicly, I’m sure you understand :) xo

     

  10. Anonymous said: Have you gotten any snail mail fan mail?

    No, but I don’t have a PO Box or anything for people to send snail mail to :) xo

     

  11. Anonymous said: Hi Beth!! I'm just wondering, how do you stay motivated? I mean, I love writing, and sometimes I can sit there for hours without once checking social media or whatever, but other days I spend two minutes writing and spend an hour making a cup of tea and cleaning my room! Like, what?! So yeah. Thanks!! xx

    Hey anon! :)

    I totally get where you’re coming from, because I can do exactly the same (except maybe without the cleaning my room… I tend to get that done as quickly and swiftly as possible haha!)

    Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to write, and that’s okay - I think there’s no point in forcing a few thousand words (unless there’s a tight and serious deadline to work to!) because you won’t have as much fun, and your work might read a little bit forced.

    But if you are looking for motivation, think of some end goals! Maybe this will be the second book you’ll have finished. Maybe you’re posting it online and you know your fans are enjoying it and you want to work for them. Maybe you’d like to send this one off to a publisher and you really want to finish it so you can start editing and working to send it out to a publisher to maybe see it in the bookshops one day…

    And as for inspiration, my biggest thing is soundtracks. God, they’re the best thing ever. Usually ones without lyrics - like Pirates of the Caribbean, or Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones, because they can make you feel melancholy or totally badass, and you can apply them to your characters however you want. I also find it helps to read books or watch movies in a genre similar to what you’re writing, because they’re a great source of inspiration.

    I hope I’ve managed to be of some help, and let me know if you have any other questions - but seriously, if you have an off day and you’re not feeling motivated to write, then don’t beat yourself up about it too much. You’ll make up for it when you’re so into writing that you can’t even get up from your laptop to use the loo! xo

     
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  13. authorbethreekles:

    today’s Top Ten Tuesday (via The Broke and the Bookish) is: Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books Of!

    1. Enid Blyton - 44 books. The Adventure series, The Famous Five, Mallory Towers and The Twins at St Clare’s make up a whopping number, the most by any author I own since my Jacqueline Wilson collection went to the primary school around the corner.
    2. Meg Cabot - 20 books! The Mediator and Princess Diaries series, as well as three Heather Wells mysteries and Avalon High. Gotta love Meg Cabot.
    3. Lemony Snicket comes in at 13 with A Series of Unfortunate Events.
    4. JK Rowling - 12 books. Aside from the seven HP, I also have Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the Tales of Beedle the Bard. I also own Chamber of Secrets in Spanish, and Prisoner of Azkaban in French.
      Philippa Gregory - 12. Mostly her Tudor Court novels, or the Plantagenet series with The White Queen. I have a fondness for her novels.
    5. Sarah Dessen - 8. I missed one of her books off the picture by accident (Keeping The Moon) - oops! She’s an author i always recommend to people.
      Cassie Clare - 8. I’ve got the whole TMI series, as well as The Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Angel (though I’ve not read the latter two yet!)
      Jenny Nimmo - 8 again. The Charlie Bone collection!
      Anthony Horowitz - 8. Most of his Alex Rider novels.
    6. John Green - 7. Counting his collab novels (Let It Snow and Will Grayson, Will Grayson) and my Spanish TFiOS ebook.
      George RR Martin - 7. The GoT collection so far!
    7. Melissa de la Cruz - 6. I adore her Blue bloods series. So interesting!
    8. Maureen Johnson - 5. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Maureen Johnson’s books and should probably invest in the rest of them!
      Malorie Blackman - 5. I consider this a pitifully small Malorie Blackman collection on my part. I just never got around to buying many of her other books outside of Noughts and Crosses.
    9. Rainbow Rowell - 4. All of her books so far, including my recent purchase of a signed copy of Landline. I was feeling a little stingy last week so didn’t splurge on special editions of Fangirl, but bought some other books instead.
      Alyson Noel, Becca Fitzpatrick, JRR Tolkien, and Maggie Striefvater all tie in at four, too.
    10. With 3 books apiece I’ve got: Sarra Mannng, Lauren Kate, Alex Flinn (modern fairy tale retellings are the BEST), Carrie Jones, Jane Austen, Victoria Lamb, and probably a lot more I can’t think of right now.

    Those are the authors I own the most books of (as far as I could see from my bookshelves, anyway) - who are some of the authors you own most of?

     
  14. today’s Top Ten Tuesday (via The Broke and the Bookish) is: Top Ten Authors I Own The Most Books Of!

    1. Enid Blyton - 44 books. The Adventure series, The Famous Five, Mallory Towers and The Twins at St Clare’s make up a whopping number, the most by any author I own since my Jacqueline Wilson collection went to the primary school around the corner.
    2. Meg Cabot - 20 books! The Mediator and Princess Diaries series, as well as three Heather Wells mysteries and Avalon High. Gotta love Meg Cabot.
    3. Lemony Snicket comes in at 13 with A Series of Unfortunate Events.
    4. JK Rowling - 12 books. Aside from the seven HP, I also have Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the Tales of Beedle the Bard. I also own Chamber of Secrets in Spanish, and Prisoner of Azkaban in French.
      Philippa Gregory - 12. Mostly her Tudor Court novels, or the Plantagenet series with The White Queen. I have a fondness for her novels.
    5. Louise Rennison, of course, with 10!
    6. Sarah Dessen - 8. I missed one of her books off the picture by accident (Keeping The Moon) - oops! She’s an author i always recommend to people.
      Cassie Clare - 8. I’ve got the whole TMI series, as well as The Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Angel (though I’ve not read the latter two yet!)
      Jenny Nimmo - 8 again. The Charlie Bone collection!
      Anthony Horowitz - 8. Most of his Alex Rider novels.
    7. John Green - 7. Counting his collab novels (Let It Snow and Will Grayson, Will Grayson) and my Spanish TFiOS ebook.
      George RR Martin - 7. The GoT collection so far!
    8. Melissa de la Cruz - 6. I adore her Blue bloods series. So interesting!
    9. Maureen Johnson - 5. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Maureen Johnson’s books and should probably invest in the rest of them!
      Malorie Blackman - 5. I consider this a pitifully small Malorie Blackman collection on my part. I just never got around to buying many of her other books outside of Noughts and Crosses.
    10. Rainbow Rowell - 4. All of her books so far, including my recent purchase of a signed copy of Landline. I was feeling a little stingy last week so didn’t splurge on special editions of Fangirl, but bought some other books instead.
      Alyson Noel, Becca Fitzpatrick, JRR Tolkien, and Maggie Striefvater all tie in at four, too.

    Those are the authors I own the most books of (as far as I could see from my bookshelves, anyway) - who are some of the authors you own most of?

     

  15. Okay, so I finally found the 'official' Top Ten Tuesday for book blogs (I know I’m not exactly a book blog, but I’m endeavouring to be more bookish on here and not just all about me) so I’ll be doing that

    but I’ve decided to also do my own Top Ten Thursday - I’ll just do a top ten of something, whether it’s books or movies or Harry Potter characters, or whatever. Just for fun. Do you guys think that sounds good? :)