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Wednesday, 4 May 2016

BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & #GIVEAWAY - Hope (Indigo Dreams #2) by Grier Cooper

Book & Author Details:

Hope by Grier Cooper
(Indigo Ballet Series, #2)
Publication date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult


Indigo is living the life she’s always imagined at the famed New York School of Ballet. Or is she? Although she hopes she’ll be chosen for the company, her ballet teachers aren’t talking and their silence is confusing.

When Indigo is singled out for a coveted solo she feels her dreams are finally within reach, until she finds out she’s dancing with Felipe Gonzalez, the school’s smolderingly hot rising star. In the days that follow, Indigo questions everything she thought was true and finds herself making surprising choices.

After a fateful piece of paper reveals the truth, Indigo must ask herself the hardest question of all: can she take control of her own future to create the life she wants?

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5 out of 5 (exceptional)

In the second book of Indigo Dreams, we are with Indigo as she goes to the school in New York. Not only does she have to contend with room-mate that she has nothing in common with, but also strict teachers, self-doubt and an inner core that needs strengthening. 

Indigo's character changes throughout this book, as she learns more about herself and sees what she has allowed herself to become. Be warned, there are parts when I didn't like Indigo at all, and I was glad that she and Jesse weren't together as I didn't want him to see her like that! However, through a series of life lessons and help/advice given, Indigo is able to turn that around and become the person she wants to be, rather than one driven by her own fears. And yes, Jesse has a helping hand in this way too.

Grier Cooper in no way glamorises the hard work that goes into being a dancer. The descriptions are raw and real, managing to show the hard work and dedication that is needed. Exceedingly well-written, with no editing or grammatical errors that I found, this was a thoroughly enjoyable second book. I am hoping for more from Indigo, as I really don't want her dreams to end. And, of course, if Jesse could feature some more, I would be very happy ;)

For anyone with an interest in Young Adult Contemporary Dance stories, then I can highly recommend this book and this series, although I would recommend you read Wish first to get Indigo's full story.

* I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. *

Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 10 Tips for Becoming a better Writer

by Grier Cooper

Read. A lot. Reading helps authors in so many ways. The types of books you're drawn to indicate your areas of interest and your favorite genres. This is a great starting point. Reading is also educational, because it shows you what makes a great book, and inspirational because you'll get ideas for your own stories.

Get feedback on your writing. There are many ways to accomplish this. You can take a class, join a critique group, or start your own critique group. You could swap chapters with friends, attend a writer's conference and get a paid critique...the list goes on. It's important to have others (people who know what they're doing, not just anyone, and definitely not your cat) read your work because they will pick up on things you won't or can't. My critique partners ask questions that force me to clarify things I thought made sense (but didn't) and offer insight about how to improve my writing. My books are so much better because of their help.

Start small and be consistent. Lots of people say they want to write a book...far fewer actually do it. Begin with smaller projects, like short stories, first, then go on to the bigger projects after you've built skills and confidence. Whatever route you decide to take, develop a routine and stick with it.

Butt glue. As silly as it may sound, this one is super-important. The only way any writing gets done is if you actually sit in a chair and do it.

Read your work aloud. I'm always amazed by how much easier it is to identify parts that don't flow well or words that don't fit when I read my work aloud. Try it for yourself and see.

Practice, practice, practice. In his best-selling book Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes 10,000 hours to master something. That's a lot of hours! The good news is that not only do you become a better writer over time...writing is something you can do for the rest of your life.

Give yourself deadlines. A deadline is a solid goal, a tangible finish line to move toward. Many people find deadlines to be helpful, a source of inspiration that prods them towards completion. Just be sure you make them achievable and realistic.

Look for opportunities to submit your work. Enter contests, get involved in your local writing community, submit to anthologies. Contests and small projects are a wonderful way to have a little fun with your writing and keep your creativity alive. You never know what other opportunities may arise when you put your work out there.

Follow other writers you admire. You can learn so much from other writers! For example, take a close look at the books you love and analyze plot points, structure, transitions and character development. Then think about how you can apply these techniques in your work. Reading their social media streams will teach you a lot about what works and what doesn't, and can give you ideas for developing your own approach when you're ready.

Continue your education. Read books, take an online webinar, polish up your skills in a weekend workshop.There's always something new to learn about the craft and business of writing.

May you write like the wind and enjoy the writer's life!

Tour-wide giveaway (INTL) - ends 12th May

e-book copy of "WISH", book #1 of the Indigo Ballet Series, and a $10 Amazon giftcard

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Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.

Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.

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  1. Thank so much for hosting HOPE today!

  2. Thanks for hosting today! Glad you liked it this series sounds great overall! :)

  3. What a beautiful cover! Can't wait to read it!