Book Geek Wednesday: Around the Blogosphere

There’s alot of noteworthy stuff happening around the blogosphere and I thought I’d share some of it with you:

For starters, Book Lovers Inc have a great interview with Caragh M O’Brien, author of Birthmarked.

After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents disappear.

As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she faces the brutal injustice of the Enclave and discovers she alone holds the key to a secret code, a code of “birthmarked” babies and genetic merit.

Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich with intricate layers of codes, BIRTHMARKED explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where a criminal is defined by her genes, and one girl can make all the difference.

Head over there for the chance to win a free copy and find out more about this unique dystopian novel!

Literary Agent, Nathan Bransford had a fantastic blog post yesterday about the difference between writing and storytelling. He mentioned the now famous Stephen King quote regarding Stephenie Meyer: “The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.” Are brilliant writing mechanics all that are required to create a work of art?

Though I think the sales and international success of the Twilight Saga answer that question, it is an interesting thing to ponder. Is it enough for a book to have ‘heart’? To tell a relatable story? Or does there also have to be a certain level of skill involved? Can a brilliant prose writer fail to tell a compelling story? What do you guys think?

Reading Rocks has an interview and CONTEST with Cassandra Clare, author of City of Bones, which I reviewed here.

Go forth and win books!

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Isabelle is a multi-published author who dabbles in 1950s romance, speculative science fiction, and more recently fantasy and YA. A twenty something dreamer who loves chocolate, romance novels, and heart wrenching movies, Isabelle is most comfortable on stage behind a microphone belting out her favorite karaoke tunes, or curled up in bed with a book and a cup of cocoa on a rainy night. View all posts by Isabelle

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