Monthly Archives: September 2014

Spoiler Alert! SLO NightReaders Book Discussion – Storm Siren

A seventeen-year-old girl stands on an auction block, about to be sold to her fifteenth house. She is an orphan, a slave. But she’s also something more. When her long, white hair is revealed to the crowd, so is her true nature as an Elemental, as a girl with powerful storm-summoning abilities. She can control the weather with her emotions, but for her entire life that has meant that her anger has led to danger and destruction. When she cannot leash her tumult on the inside, the outside world suffers. Her ability is a curse – and now also a weapon.

In September we read a young adult fantasy book written by Mary Weber. What did you think? Let us know in the comment section! If you need help to get started, see our discussion questions below.

1. What did you enjoy the most – the characters, the plot, the magical world in which the story took place, the romance or the political intrigue?

2. Which character was your favorite? Why? Which one was your least favorite? Why?

3. Did you feel instantly transported to the world Mary built or did you find it confusing?

4. What did you think about the language, slang and made-up words?

5. Did you see it coming? (Obviously, we are referring to that ending! Obviously, we did not see it coming!)

If you have any questions for Mary Weber, please write them into the comment section below and we will ask her to answer them for you!

Thank you for reading and don’t forget to check back tomorrow for our October read announcement!

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See you tomorrow night!

Publishers Panel

Publishers Panel is scheduled for NightWriter’s September Meeting. Brian Schwartz, Jason Matthews, Jeannie Bruenning and Randy Ross will be prepared to answer your questions as well as offer their points of view on the current state of publishing. Join us Tuesday, September 9th at 6:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Social Hall. Come prepared with questions and our Publisher’s Panel will provide answers.

Unitarian Universalist Social Hall

2201 Lawton St. (near Corner of South & Broad) San Luis Obispo, CA
Brian Schwartz: Kindle Expert

Jason Matthews: Teaches a video course on self-publishing

Jeannie Bruenning: Silver Thread Publishing

Randy Ross

Marketing Specialist @ The Parable Group

Round Table 5:15 – 6:15
Critique Table: Terry Sanville will be available to listen and give feedback. For those wishing to be critiqued, please bring 2 copies of your work – one for you and one for those critiquing.  Observers are also welcome. If you would like to observe the critiquing process, join the group, watch, and learn.

Write it Right: Susan Tuttle continues the 6-month series on writing. Bring your notebook and ideas and get ready to write.

SLO NightReaders – September Pick

Dark forces, kingdoms at war, allies and traitors, flesh eating horses, storm-summoning abilities, love story, and messages of hope, grace and mercy – in September we invite you to visit the fantasy world created by Mary Weber in Storm Siren.

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse – and the girl – can be controlled. As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth – meaning, she shouldn’t even exist. Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed. Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight…not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons. But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for? Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives. In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking LA bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean.

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