Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Book and Her Grammarness Just Won't Let Up, Will She?

New Book

Book One of a Series

Anna Silver

Sapphire Star Publishing
Coming April 4, 2013

Confined within Capital City’s concrete walls, London keeps an impossible secret: she dreams. And she’s not alone. Her friends are seeing themselves in “night pictures” too, as beings from another world. Together they uncover the story of their avatars, astral shamans they call Otherborn
When one Otherborn is murdered and another goes missing, London realizes someone is hunting them. Escaping along the Outroads, they brave the deserted Houselands with only their Otherborn to guide them. Can they find their friend before the assassin finds them?

Anna Silver grew up with a passion for words, books, and storytelling. She began writing as a child and eventually landed at St. Edward’s University in Austin where she studied English Writing & Rhetoric. She has always nurtured a vivid imagination and a love for art, expression, and fantasy. Currently she resides in the greater Houston area with her family and pets where she continues to read, write, and dream. Otherborn is her first published novel.
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Excerpt  Read a bit of Otherborn.

What people are saying:

"Anna Silver weaves a dark new world full of taut suspense and characters that leap off the page." –Sophie Jordan, NYT bestselling author of the Firelight trilogy

"Travel to a world where dreaming is a radical act that can save the world… Anna Silver’s post-apocalyptic vision is rich with imagery and metaphysical ideas, grounded by vivid, three-dimensional characters. A truly fresh take on dystopian." –Nina Berry, author of the OTHERKIN series

“Silver built the right amount of conflict and tension to draw readers into her dystopian world, and created characters who are leery, yet determined to embrace New.” –Natasha Hanova, author of Edge of Truth.


Her Grammarness

We English speakers have done a lot to simplify our language over time. Take gender, for example. Unlike Spanish we don't have to remember things like choosing the right article for the noun depending on whether that noun is male or female.  We can say the table and the tree, but when we switch to Spanish, it's la mesa  and el arbol. However, we still have that thing called "case" that seems to confuse so many of us. So which is standard English? 

A. Between you and me, I hated that book. 
B. Between you and I, I hated that book.

A. He saw Amy and me slumped over the writers' conference podium.
B. He saw Amy and I slumped over the writers' conference podium.

A. Hello! You're an agent? Yes, of course, this is I.
B. Hello! You're an agent? Yes, of course, this is me. 

Now the BIG question is WHY is one wrong and one right? 


  1. Congrats to Anna. Her book looks good.

  2. Love the book cover and the blurb definitely caught my attentions. Wishing Anna well with her publication.

    And Her Grammarness...uh, I'm still puzzled about I and me since Me, Myself and I are so accustomed to having conversations lol!!

  3. Congratulations! I also love the cover. Very cool.

  4. Blurb and cover are both attention catching.

    The I and me thing...I is for the subjective case? Me is for the objective case.

    A. Between you and me (object of a preposition)

    A.saw Amy and me (direct object)

    now the last one, rules tell me to pick "this is I"...because is is not an action verb, but it sounds bad to my ear, so I happily ignore that rule.
    I would say, "this is me"...or for fear said agent would hang up on my slang loving butt, I might go with the proper, "This is she."

    Thanks for making me think before lunch :)

  5. Elizabeth said what I was also thinking - this is she works better.

  6. Well, Elizabeth wins the prize for sure. That is if there were a prize, which there ain't. Alex you get runner up!

  7. I think I will need one more extensive lesson with this one.

  8. Thank you Natalie, Angela, Julie, & Elizabeth! I'll have a BIG month-long Kindle Fire HD with custom case giveaway in April! Be sure to like me on facebook so you can attend the launch party and get your giveaway entries!

    Here's the link to OTHERBORN on Amazon:

  9. Hi Lee .. Good luck to Anna for her first published novel - sounds interesting based around London ...

    Her Grammarness - would have made me get it wrong - thankfully some whizzes like Elizabeth are around to put me right ... I'm grateful for the explanation ...

    Cheers Hilary

  10. Haha. Now I feel dumb. I would have only gotten one right.

  11. Congratulations to Anna, her book sound awesome and the cover looks good!


  12. Thank you Romance Reader and Hilary Melton-Butcher!

  13. Congrats to Anna! Her book sounds SO good! I loved the grammar question. I have been learning this rule as I write- because it was drilled in to me the wrong way growing up! But I was very happy to see that after careful consideration my answers ended up matching Elizabeth's (who would have won an award). :) Yeah!

  14. @Anna Keep up the good work with your launch!

    @DMS Love your support, as always. As to the grammar, I think you've got those rules down pat.

  15. Congrats to Anna on the new book, and thanks for the grammar question! Jogged my memory.

  16. From time to time, I still get confused with the above grammar usage... or could it be the ageing process...?
    That book cover looks good.

  17. What a lovely book. Congratulations. Best of luck.

    As for I and me. Totally confusing, and I have an English minor in college. :)

  18. Thank you DMS, C. Lee McKenzie, Talli Roland, Michelle, & Beverly Stowe McClure for all the compliments and well wishes!

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