April 25, 2012

Witch Hunt (The Witch Game #2) by K.C. Blake – Guest Post

Thanks for stopping by my Tour Stop for Witch Hunt (The Witch Game #2) by K.C. Blake!
Today, we have K.C. stopping by and talking to us about what she’s learned from different books.

A magical game of Hide n Seek begins.
Find the missing player and win.
The game resets; everyone forgets and starts to play it again.

Starr Hughes hasn’t believed in magic since her mother died. As a reporter for the school paper, she believes in hard facts. Hiding under the headmaster’s desk, planting bugs, and breaking into a fellow student’s home are all on her to-do list. So when she hears the mysterious group known as the It-Squad are about to start playing a secretive game, she wants to know more. She’s especially interested in the group’s gorgeous leader, Dylan Winchester.

With her boy-crazy best friend at her side, Starr is going to discover that not only are witches real, they need her help. Someone is using the game to steal their memories, their powers, and perhaps their lives.


What I learned from books

As a writer I like to read a lot.  Sometimes I read for fun, and sometimes I read to learn how to be a better writer.  You can learn many things just from reading.  So I thought I would make a list of books and what I learned from them.  Maybe you have a similar list.

  1. Stephen King:  I won’t single out any one of his books, because they are all brilliant.  King has a splendid way of making even the most outlandish tales seem possible.  I attribute that to the incredible level of life he breathes into his characters.  In “Needful Things” a boy is thinking about how his mother loves to eat junk food while drinking diet cola.  He thinks it’s stupid but knows if he says something he’ll get hit.
  1. Twilight:  A lot of people have nasty things to say about this book and roll their eyes when you say you liked it.  What did I learn from reading it?  Stephanie Meyer managed to capture the teenage heart.  It’s that fragile first love teetering on the brink of destruction that hooked the reader.  The girl is vulnerable, and the boy is a bigger than life, take action guy.  She can’t stop thinking about him, can’t walk away even when she learns that he’s a vampire.
  1. Mortal Instruments:  This series by Cassandra Clare is incredible.  I’ve learned so much from reading these books.  The characters relate to each other on infinite levels that keep me interested from start to finish.  Also, I enjoy the imagery.  Clare has a great way with details.
  1. Books that suck:  You can learn from these as well.  If you are deep in the story and something yanks you out, look to see what it was that ruined it for you.  Did the writer use the wrong words?  Did they say something that wasn’t believable?  Did they use flowery prose that made you laugh?

I love to read a book the first time for the simple enjoyment, but if it’s good enough to read several times, I usually go back with a pen and underline the best parts.  That’s right.  I mark up my books.  Some people wouldn’t dream of doing something like that. Honestly, it helps.  Then you can glance through the pages and read the underline parts, helping to build your vocabulary, and maybe some of it will sink in, making you a better writer.

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