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What’s Your Real Story? from Juliana Spink Mills Author of NIGHT BLADE

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on November 8, 2017 in Books, Fantasy, Guest, Writing, Young Adult |

It’s always fun when a writing friend has a new story out and I get to share it on the Observation Desk. Let’s give a big welcome to Juliana Spink Mills as she celebrates the release of her latest book, the YA urban fantasy NIGHT BLADE.  What’s Your Real Story?  by Juliana Spink Mills So you’ve written […]

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Why Is It Taking Me So Long To Write The Second Elixir Book?

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on March 24, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Elixir Saved, Family, Kylene, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

It’s been over four years since the ebook version of ELIXIR BOUND came out and over three years since the paperback version released (so forever in terms of publishing a companion novel). I’m sad to report that I’m only about 2/3 finished with the draft of the companion novel ELIXIR SAVED. And even once the draft is […]

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January #InkRipples: The Cover Process for ELIXIR BOUND by Katie L. Carroll

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on January 9, 2017 in Art, Books, Elixir Bound, Fantasy, Ink Ripples, MuseItUp, Young Adult |

I originally wrote this post back when I did the blog tour for my YA fantasy ELIXIR BOUND. I don’t think I’ve ever posted it on my blog, and I thought it would be fun to highlight the cover process of my book during the January #InkRipples theme of book covers. I was lucky enough […]

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January #InkRipples: The Allure of a Book Cover

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on January 2, 2017 in Art, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Fantasy, Ink Ripples, Middle Grade, Writing, Young Adult |

Welcome to #InkRipples 2017! It looks like it’s going to be a big year for #InkRipples with lots of new bloggers joining Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and me (Katie L. Carroll) in our monthly meme. We’re starting off the year by talking about book covers. The rise of online shopping and ebooks have changed the way […]

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NaNoWriMo and ELIXIR SAVED Sneak Peek

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on November 21, 2016 in Books, Elixir Bound, Elixir Saved, Fantasy, NaNoWriMo, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

NaNoWriMo is in full swing! As I’ve mentioned, the book I’ve been working on is ELIXIR SAVED, a companion novel to my published YA fantasy ELIXIR BOUND. I thought as little treat, I’d share the working blurb (i.e. jacket copy) for the second Elixir book. The Elixir has a way of entwining the lives of […]

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