Alert: Questionable Terms of Use in HBO's Game of Thrones Compendium

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareIf you’re an artist and a Game of Thrones fan, you may have heard that HBO is inviting contributions to “the ultimate compendium to Game of Thrones.”What exactly is the Compendium? According to the FAQ:The Ga… [...]

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Garden, Mid-November 2014: The Colors of Fall

Usually the garden is destroyed by frost by this time, but we’ve had an unusually long, slow fall, so there’s still quite a lot of lovely color to be seen, especially with my gorgeous Japanese maples. We’re expecting hard frosts over the next few days, though, so this is really the last gasp before everything goes to sleep for another year.

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Kindle Scout: The Pros and Cons of Amazon's New Crowdsourced Publishing Program

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer BewareYesterday, Amazon’s brand-new crowdsourced publishing program, Kindle Scout, opened for voting by the public.The concept is pretty simple:Kindle Scout is reader-powered publishing for new, never-before-publis… [...]

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Garden 2014, Early October

The garden is almost done for the year, but there’s still plenty of bloom to enjoy, as long as the frost holds off. This year has been one of the best garden years ever, with moderate temperatures and plenty of rain.

 

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The Fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt is Here!

Welcome the Fall 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt! I’m Victoria Strauss, and I write fantasy and historical fiction for adults and teens. My most recent book is Color Song, a YA historical novel with a dash of magical realism set in Renaissance Venice.

The bi-annual YA Scavenger Hunt was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes!

At this Hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author (content that’s [...]

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It’s Release Day for COLOR SONG!

My new young adult historical novel, Color Song, releases today! A tale of art, intrigue, and romance set in glorious 15th century Venice, it’s a followup to Passion Blue, but can be read as a standalone.

I’m incredibly excited to have Color Song out in the world at last, and for the wonderful reviews it has been receiving on Goodreads and elsewhere. It’s published for the older teen market, but there’s plenty of crossover appeal for adults.

I’ve got a virtual book tour scheduled for the next few weeks, with interviews, reviews, and more. The full schedule [...]

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Ebook Giveaway For Color Song

 

To celebrate the release of Color Song on September 16, I’m giving away 10 advance Kindle ebooks! In addition, one winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

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What Friends Don't Do

I just lost a friend.

I don’t know why. When I went to her the other day, after over a month of sudden and unexplained silence, to ask her what had gone wrong, she told me that nothing was wrong: things were exactly as they should be, with me out of her life. When I asked what I’d done, she wouldn’t say. She didn’t want to explain herself, she said. She said: “I’ve got a tendency to talk too much, so I won’t say anything.”

It’s always been a troubled relationship. My friend—D—is funny, compassionate, generous to a fault. She’s [...]

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