By Jennifer Bosworth
Publication date: May 8, 2012
Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR, 373 pages
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.
Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.
Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.
— Goodreads.com description
Stuck by Jennifer Bosworth was electrifying! This book got me back on the paranormal bandwagon. Suspenseful, exciting, unexpected—it was so unexpectedly great. It was full of fun forbidden romance (never get sick of that!), apocalypse action and, best of all, CULTS. What?! I know.
You have my recommendation, but check out today’s guest post from author Jennifer Bosworth for even more motivation to check out Struck…plus enter for the chance to win your own copy!
By Jennifer Bosworth
STRUCK is not my first novel. I have a few other manuscripts gathering dust in drawers. But I learned more writing STRUCK than I did on all those other books. Actually, I probably learned more on STRUCK than I did in college, high school, and grade school combined.
Without further ado . . . the top 5 most important lessons I learned writing STRUCK.
1. Outlines are for suckers. Except when you reach draft 7 ½, and your manuscript is still a mess. Then outlines are for winners!
2. Self-indulgent writing is the first thing that gets cut. For all you writers out there, if you have a prize sentence that makes you smile smugly every time you read it, the kind of sentence that you know is going to impress other writers, don’t get too attached to it. My prize sentence was this: “She was like Lolita without the innocence.” I loved the irony of this sentence. It was one of my favorite lines in the whole book. My editor did not love it nearly as much as I did, and ended up asking me to cut it. I refused. Then she told me it would take people out of the story because they’d have to think about it. So I cut it.
3. With every book, there will come a point when you hit a wall. You have nothing left. You can’t write another word, and you start to hate everything about your creation. Those moments are when you’re about to break through that wall like the freaking Kool-Aid Man. Remember, it’s always darkest before dawn. You can’t get to the end of the story without passing through that “moment of darkness.” But that’s only fair, right? I mean, we put our characters through that moment, so why shouldn’t we have to suffer it ourselves?
4. Every writer needs someone with whom they can discuss their story. Out loud. Using your mouth, not your fingers on a keyboard. When you get stuck, sit down with that person and talk through your problem. Talking jars things loose in your head in a different way than writing does.
5. Please abide with me while I deliver this sports metaphor. Do you water ski? Wakeboard? Surf? If so, you know how hard it can be to stand up for the first time. You might fall twenty times or a hundred, but once you get up just once and you learn how it feels . . . it’s that much easier to do it again. Eventually you’ll get to the point where it feels as natural as walking.
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