The Hawthorne Legacy (The Inheritance Games #2)The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was cute. Not amazing. The love story felt forced. There were far fewer games or puzzles in this book than there were in the previous installment, which was disappointing, because without the puzzles and with a cringe-y love story, there simply wasn't a lot to keep readers wanting more. The characters showed very little growth or depth and the prose was just okay.

Overall, an adequate follow-up to the Inheritance Games.

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The Great Self-Publish Debate

I attended a panel at Kansas City's Planet ComicCon over the pros and cons of self publishing, and I think I'm ready to bite the bullet (cliche) and do this. There are a lot of steps to the process and I'm still having a hard time taking it all in, but I know I have a good start. I have a novel written, and I've sent it to one beta-reader already, as well as a couple of friends. While I wait for feedback (and chew my nails in the time being) I need to start looking into professional editors, copy-editors, formatting, cover design, and real indie publishes.

Just say "no" to vanity publishing.

I want this to be the real deal.

My biggest hiccup is the sheer upfront cost of it all - editing doesn't come cheap. Worth it though, if I come out of the process with a real published novel. One that people will actually want to read.