Monday, June 9, 2014

Overpowered Cover Reveal--Most Dramatic Post EVER!!!!!!!!

OVERPOWERED will be released on August 1, 2014

(There are spoilers below if you haven't read book 1!)

After rescuing her twin sister Nova from a life of evil, Maci fears she's made a huge mistake. As if she didn't have enough trouble fitting in with her fellow Supers, Nova outshines Maci in personality and power. 

In the midst of this one-sided sibling rivalry, humans are dropping dead from a powerful drug that originates in the underground tunnels of King City. Someone is a traitor and Maci wants to capture the villain before anyone else—especially Nova.
With Nova in the spotlight, Maci needs to set aside her jealousy before more humans die and the future of King City is changed forever.

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Cheyanne is a native Texan with a fear of cold weather and a coffee addiction that probably needs an intervention. She loves books, sarcasm, nail polish and paid holidays. She lives near the beach with her family, one spoiled rotten puppy and a cat who is most likely plotting to take over the world.

# I don't think I used enough exclamation points on the title.

From that title maybe you figured out I'm talking about dramatizing--and OVER dramatizing!!!!  Just imagine someone shouting most of this post at you.

About a month ago now I read Thunderstruck and Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken, one of my favorite authors.  If you can remember my original blog, through process of elimination I decided I would save her of all my favorite authors in event of some global catastrophe.  But now that I know thanks to the Twitter that she's married and has kids maybe I'd choose differently.  Or not.  It's not like it matters.  I mean she's in Austin, TX and I'm in Detroit, MI so if there's a catastrophe I'd probably never be able to get there in time and even then she'd think I was some creepy stalker--of which only one part is true; I don't stalk people.

Anyway, the thing I both liked and didn't like was the lack of drama in the stories.  The titular story especially I commented could have made a good Jodi Picoult novel that would then be adapted into a Lifetime movie where there'd be a lot of sobbing and wailing and teeth gnashing after a couple's daughter has an accident that puts her into pretty much a vegetative state.  Instead in the story there's not a lot of crying and no wailing, "Why God, why?  Take me instead!!!!"  Or any melodrama like that.  Which I thought was a good thing because it makes the story seem more realistic and mature--basically something no one ever accuses me of being.

The problem is sometimes it felt like a little more drama would have been a good thing.  Or really I think it was intimacy that was often lacking.  In professional circles it's referred to as "distance."  The reason 3rd-person omniscient fell out of favor is that it's too stand-offish; you as the reader don't feel like you're there with the character so much as floating above them.  When 3rd-person limited wasn't enough then 1st-person became all the rage.  That way it's like the character is talking to you!  Which is sometimes great and other times not.

The majority of the stories in that book are 3rd-person omniscient I think, which is largely I'm sure what gave me that feeling that I was hearing most of these stories third-hand rather than experiencing them myself.  It's like your second-cousin you only see sometimes telling you something that happened to your first-cousin you hardly ever see.  Or one of those awful family letters someone will send around at the holidays that you immediately throw away.

And sometimes I might have appreciated a little more melodrama worked into it.  But then if you listen to some people I have characters cry on every page of a story.  I also label my novel Where You Belong as a "literary soap opera."

So what do you have to say?  You talkin' to me?  Are YOU TALKIN' TO ME???!!!


  1. This post sort of confused me. It felt like the post was commenting on the book but then, it wasn't? Or is it just that I was up until midnight last night? Probably the latter.

    Anyway, the book sounds good but a bit YAish and while I I'm not in line with Slate''s thinking (and now won't do my almost-post on IWM because everyone else in the world already took down Slate for their stupid clickbait YA article) I'm also not that into YA, ironically for the very reasons the Slate jerk thought adults shouldn't be.

    Don't get me wrong: people should read what they want, and this book sounds like lots of people would like it.

    As for third person omniscient, I find it hard to write that way. I have trouble jumping from character to character, but I do like books written that way.

  2. Hmmm...for dramatic books, 1st person does work best. That's why a vast majority of YA is written in that POV.

    I personally write in 3rd limited, it's intimate, yet you get to see all perspectives.

    3rd omniscient has kind of fallen out of style, but it also depends on the kind of 3rd omni. If it's objective, it does tend to read a little cold. Maybe it works best for murder/mysteries.

  3. Great looking book! I love the eye-catching title.

  4. The font is incredible! Very eye-catching.

  5. I'm with Maurice, I like the font. It reminds me of those rock shock bands, and how they write their band name. I actually put the Holiday Family pictures on the fridge. It reminds me that there are people worse off than me.



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