Loren Chase

Blowing Lungs Like Bubbles

Hi guys! I am moving permanently to my blogspot blog now because I have more followers there and it will be easier to update one blog instead of three! Hope you'll join me there!


Giveaway Winner! Beauty Queens & Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
Congratulations to Jenny from the Supernatural Snark! You won my copy of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray as well as a copy of Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. I’ll send you an e-mail soon so I can get the books out to you asap! Thanks to everyone else for entering!
Winner selected by

WRITING: Outlining Your Story…

Does anyone else have a problem with this? Because I always feel like I’m the only one who grapples with writing scene after scene in chronological order in a list-like format. It just never happens, and when it does I lose all motivation to write the story (or novel) in the first place.

So I googled ‘Outlining Your Novel’ and came across links that I used a lot when I used to outline like crazy; and I think some of them could be useful for a few of you. Here they are:

The Ominous Snowflake method:

This method… (Probably the most well-known) takes an astronomical amount of time (for me), which can be good, get to know your characters… But I’m impatient, very impatient. And by step 3 I’m on to the next outline website…

The Writer’s Digest Outline:

I really like this way of outlining but I never feel like I have enough information to use when I’m finished, but for some people this has worked miracles!

Notecard Plotting:

This one is probably one of my favorites and I love Holly Lisle so I guess I’m a bit biased. She has great articles on writing and plotting and character development; just google her name and all of her websites will pop up!

Outline Your Novel In 30 Minutes:

This is another favorite, not only does it only take 30 minutes (it actually took me a little over an hour) it helps me to flesh out my characters motivations and that helps me to think up more scenes.

Do you guys have any recommendations on how to outline? Or do you not outline at all?

Giveaway Winners! DUST CITY by Robert Paul Weston


As in TWO winners. I couldn't help myself! This is such a wonderful book and it should be read by as many people as possible! So I’m giving away both of my copies of DUST CITY (Yes… I own two) to the winners:)

Congratulations Brittany Hale and Kourtney Heintz! You’ve both won a copy of DUST CITY by Robert Paul Weston! I’ll send you guys an e-mail soon so I can get the books out to you asap! Thanks to everyone else for entering!

Winners selected by

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Beauty Queens ARC by Libba Bray

Another book giveaway so soon…? Yes! Because I need to get this book out before its release date on May 24th! I’m giving away the ARC for BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray. Here’s the blurb from goodreads:

…The story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island. Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

It’s funny! Believe me:) But I can’t post my review until it comes out, so! All you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address to be entered.

This giveaway ends on May 15th at Midnight! Happy sunny days!

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Dust City by Robert Paul Weston

***Contest Closed***

This book didn’t receive ENOUGH hype. I loved it from the first lines:

“Once upon a time, fairydust came from where you’d expect. From fairies…”

To the last line. DUST CITY features a smart heartwarming main character that happens to be a wolf. This summary from Goodreads sums it up pretty well:

Who's afraid of the big bad wolf?

His son, that's who.

Ever since his father's arrest for the murder of Little Red Riding Hood, teen wolf Henry Whelp has kept a low profile in a Home for Wayward Wolves . . . until a murder at the Home leads Henry to believe his father may have been framed.

Now, with the help of his kleptomaniac roommate, Jack, and a daring she-wolf named Fiona, Henry will have to venture deep into the heart of Dust City; a rundown, gritty metropolis where fairydust is craved by everyone and controlled by a dangerous mob of Water Nixies and their crime boss leader, Skinner.

Can Henry solve the mystery of his family's sinister past? Or, like his father before him, is he destined for life as a big bad wolf?

This book was gritty and had me cringing at some moments but the mystery, the description, the way Weston easily leads you from one page to the next kept me riveted. I loved this book and I think it deserves a lot more attention than it got. So I’m giving away my copy!

All you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address. This giveaway ends on Sunday, May 8th at Midnight!

Check out the authors website

BOOK REVIEW: CRAVE by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

When I picked up CRAVE from Borders I was ecstatic, I’ve been waiting for this book forever and it took me long enough to finally get it. And that wait was completely worth it. I loved every moment of CRAVE even though I wanted to shake Shay the main character more than once. It drew me in from the beginning and it’s definitely a quick read; it took me less than a day. But once you start reading you won’t want to stop.

Shay has lived with a blood disorder her entire life, she’s known as the “Sick Girl” to everyone in town. Her best friend is as obsessive about her health as her mother and her stepfather is a famous doctor. When her stepfather finds a new concoction of blood for Shay that seems to work miracles, Shay begins to take risks she was never able to before. But with the new blood comes visions, visions of Gabriel. And Gabriel is more than he seems.

I really enjoyed this book and the cliffhanger in the end definitely annoyed me because now I have to wait for the next book. Is it sad that I’m getting used to books stopping right in the middle of the action? Almost as if they intended to write a longer book but the word count was too high so they chopped it in half? Other than that this book was great, Shay is a relatable character (even though I wanted to yell at her sometimes because of her “I feel better, I can do anything without consequences” attitude) and her wants and dreams are recognizable. Although I did want to kind of roll my eyes at the romance aspect (which kind of just popped up) I would definitely recommend this book and the next one ARISE when it comes out in September.

Random Quote: “And it needed a home. So did all the other sad toys in big bin at the end of the aisle, but she couldn’t rescue everybody.”

Coming up: HUGE gift (not only books) giveaways… (I need to let go of some books…) And some giveaways for Vampire lovers... :)


I’m posting this in-between exams so I hope it’s coherent…

I fell in love with MATCHED, the dystopian 1984-esque world, and the two boys who fall for Cassia. I’m going to warn you now; huge complaints from people have been that the book was too slow, boring, and action was nilch. This reminded a bit of what I said about PEGASUS by Robin McKinley; the book was more like an introduction to the characters, the world, and the action to come. Except in this case, the action does not come until the last 30 pages or so.

Cassia lives in a world where everything is decided for her; her meal portions, uniformed outfits, and who she will marry. After her Matching ceremony a glitch on her viewscreen reveals another boys face for a moment, the boy she is not meant to be with. Or is she? And following the death of her grandfather, Cassia begins to question all of the rules and laws that govern her life.

When I first started reading I was able to put this book down several times and come back to it… until Ky entered the story. He is mysterious, intelligent, and he quietly rebels against the Society. Their chemistry is palpable and sometimes I wanted to yell at Cassia to DO something even though I know she can’t. It wasn’t until the end that I felt Cassia woke up and the story really began. I also fell in love with Xander, her Match, who seems to be more free-thinking than he lets on. The only complaint I have, which really isn’t a complaint, is that I wanted to know more about the Outer Provinces. There is so much information there and I know Condie will go into it more in the next book but the waiting is torture. I really fell in the love with the characters and the huge story that I know is coming, don’t let the comments on the pacing put you off! You can get MATCHED on Amazon today! (Or your local bookstoreJ)

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations Krispy! You won my copy of MATCHED by Ally Condie. I’ll send you an e-mail soon so I can get the book out to you asap! Thanks to everyone else for entering!

***Contest Closed***
I am having a giveaway on my BLOGGER and WORDPRESS blogs, check them out to enter!


I DO use livejournal:

"My first contest! And I’m giving away a copy of MATCHED!

I was planning on including this in my December giveaway but I want get it out before its release on November 30th. I’ll be posting a review on the day before it comes out. Here’s a synopsis:

“Do not go gentle into that good night.” Cassia’s feelings of security disintegrate after her grandfather hands her a slip of paper just before his scheduled death at age 80. Not only does she now possess an illegal poem, but she also has a lingering interest in the boy who fleetingly appeared on her viewscreen, the one who wasn’t her match, the man she will eventually marry. What’s worse, she knows him—his name is Ky, and he is an orphan from the Outer Provinces. How could she love him as much as Xander, her match and best friend since childhood? (Amazon)

All you have to do is leave a comment HERE (on livejournal) with your e-mail.

This giveaway ends on November 25th at 11:59PM so I have enough time to send out the book before its release.

Only open to U.S. Residents."


Log in

No account? Create an account