#YABkLove Day 24: Long-Running Series

#YABkLove Day 24

What long-running series have you read and enjoyed? Something longer than just a trilogy or even just four. I rarely devote myself to long series, and for a time they were out of style. Everything was a trilogy. Now, with series likeĀ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, it seems like long series may be making a comeback.

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Which ones are worth the time?

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#YABkLove Day 23: Comics or Graphic Novels

#YABkLove Day 23

I recently have been reading more and more graphic novels so I’m excited about this day. There are great adaptions of classics done in graphic form out there, but also amazing original stories with beautiful art that I hope people will experience.

Here’s a few that I’ve enjoyed that could be considered YA:

#YaBkLove Day 21: Laugh Out Loud

#YABkLove Day 21

What books get you rolling with laughter? It takes a lot for a book to really make me laugh out loud but I’m always open to suggestions of funny books. One that has been recommended to me over and over again as hilarious isĀ Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison.

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What other funny titles do you recommend?

#YaBkLove Day 20: Summer Settings

#YABkLove Day 20

In case you aren’t getting enough summer where you are (it’s at least 95 degrees here in Texas), let’s talk about books set in the summer time!

Summer love, no school, beaches, vacations, whatever summer means to you. What books do you know that are set in summer? I’ll be honest…I can’t think of any right now for this one. I know there must be tons. I’m thinking that back in the day I read a Sarah Dessen book set in summer but there must be others.

Someone, enlighten me with some great summer settings!

Pitch Wars 2017 #PimpMyBio

This is my first year participating in Pitch Wars or even knowing much of anything about it. This time last year I was completely out of the writing loop, as I had given myself the summer off of my MA in English and Creative Writing program and decided to skip out on Camp NaNoWriMo because my work life in the summer is wild. So I was ignoring all things writing while I focused on Summer Reading Club and keeping my library afloat while we were short a manager and two other staff.

This year things are (somewhat) more balanced so I am taking a whack at Pitch Wars!

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Now, on with it.

C’est Moi

Hi! I’m Haley Kral!

I’m a children’s librarian at a public library, which means I spend my day reading picture books, doing storytime, helping people use the computers, and any number of random things that come up. People think being a librarian means sitting somewhere very quiet and maybe reading but that is not the case! My job is often noisy and stressful but I love what I do. In a given week I help people apply for jobs, teach STEAM programs to children, give reading suggestions, and clean up messes.

For fun I read, watch TV, go to live shows when I can, eat with friends, do pub trivia, spin yarn, and my boyfriend and I are building a witchy dollhouse.

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Some random facts in no particular order:

  1. I love Alice in Wonderland (in the above photo I have on an Alice dress, bow, and necklace and was going to see a ballet version of the story).
  2. I collect tea pots.
  3. I now own 6 spinning wheels.
  4. My house is also occupied by two black cats, a large dog, and two hamsters that look like mice.
  5. I grew up on a small farm and I’ve lived in Texas my entire life.
  6. I’m an occasional book reviewer at AllAboutRomance.com.
  7. I met my boyfriend on the internet.
  8. I speak French well but not fluently.
  9. If you’re around me in real life, I swear. A lot.
  10. I love all things witchy.

The Book

Or Rumpelstiltskin meets fae meets romance meets trouble.

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This is a YA Fantasy retelling of Rumpelstiltskin set in the fictional country of Wilhelm. I wrote the manuscript as the thesis for my MA Creative Writing program, and it tells the story of Alary Mueller who, while trying to save her father from the king’s dungeon, gets embroiled in a fae plot to bring down the king.

In a mentor, I am looking for someone who can help me tighten my writing and fix issues like overall pacing and plotting. I have taken this story through peer and professor workshops so I am used to taking and using critiques. I’m not afraid to hear what needs to be fixed and work on it.

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