In 2013 there were two books vying for the Bookgasm Award: Wool by Hugh Howey and The Charge by Sharon Bayliss. It was a tough choice - the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy that's earned the author over 500,000 Kindle sales and a six-figure print-only contract, thus breaking new ground in the literary world, or a science fiction, alternate history book set in the aptly named Texas Empire.
In truth both books gave me a bookgasm, and I could write a long list of reasons for each. But why do that, when you can go read them for yourself? Why take away the pleasure of discovering two exceptional works of fiction?
Both books were unique. Both were books I couldn't put down. Still, there has to be a winner. One of them has to be worthy of the ultimate luxury - 800-thread Egyptian sheets. Drum roll please. The winner of the 2013 Bookgasm Award goes to:
Why? Because there are two more installments you won't be able to resist reading. Sharon Bayliss - we need a sequel. Yesterday!
What about you? What was your 2013 Bookgasm?
Write 1 Sub 1 returns for it's fourth year. Can you believe it? If you've never heard of W1S1, here's a link to the site. In short, participants aim to write and submit one story a week (or one a month) during 2014. It's an exciting challenge, and has an awesome team behind it.
David Powers King treated us to 'An Adventurous LEGO Recap of 2013's Knights of the Cosmic Table'. What a merry a gathering it was. Beam on over to find out what I and my fellow Knights got up to in Lego form.
Finally, are you taking part in Start the Year off Write? I discovered Sharon Abercrombie's genius idea to start the year off the way writers should, by writing, yesterday. There are 21 days of 21 writing exercises for picture book writers, middle grade writers and young adult writers. For every challenge you complete, you stand a chance of winning some awesome literary prizes. Don't worry, you have until January 31st to complete each entry.