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    Wattpad Weekly Wrap-Up: Most Popular Posts


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  • 03/06/12--08:00: My Three Favourite Assassins
  • Wattpad brings you a guest post from David Callinan, our newest Featured Story writer. His mystery thriller, The Immortality, stars Ex-US government assassin and Hong Kong Police martial arts enforcer Mike Delaney. Check out what he thinks of assassins and his top 3 favorites below:

    My Three Favorite Assassins

    by Mike Delaney

    Assassins exert an almost primeval fascination for many people, especially when characterised in fiction.

    Which got me thinking and pondering.

    I tried to think of a few literary assassins that still lived in my memory. The very idea of a ‘favorite’ assassin does beg a few interesting questions. Some folks like to glamorize these types of characters so you can see why they have such a visceral attraction.

    Partly, I realised, trying to come up with a list of favorite assassins had more to do with  those I could remember. I went to an online source and was staggered at the sheer number of so-called assassins that confronted me - most of whom I had never heard of.

    Then again, I suppose people will confuse murder for assassination, well, yes, it’s still murder…but not quite the same. I had to make sure that I wasn’t using the term ‘favorite’ in the wrong way. The assassins I selected had to be convinced that what they were doing was justified or that they were gaining something for themselves whether it be money, glory or the satisfaction of exercising their professional skills. Oh, and not getting caught (although self-sacrifice is acceptable).

    I couldn’t put comic book heroes into the ‘great assassin’ category. If you have superpowers and you obliterate ordinary folk that haven’t that’s not quite the same thing.  I would have included The Terminator but he does have futuristic powers that give him a supreme advantage. Ditto The League Of Assassins.

    In no particular order of preference the three assassins I have selected are:  

    1. Silas (Da Vinci Code) - Paul Bettany brought obsession and tormented realism to the Catholic Opus Dei assassin.

    2. The Jackal (The Day Of The Jackal) - The ultimate professional who manages to elicit sympathy and admiration as well as praying he never comes after you.

    3. John Keller (Lawrence Block) - There is something beguilingly human about the stamp collecting hit man that I find hard to resist.

    Want to read more about assassins? Check out The Immortality.


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    Congrats to the winner of the Cloud Prophet Trilogy Giveaway!:


    Writer Megg Jensen has announced the winner of her Cloud Prophet Trilogy giveaway! Congratulations to FragileasGlassKenzie!


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    Listen to this podcast interview with Scottish author Gillian Brown on Blog Talk Radio. Gillian is currently sharing her first book Amber Diaries on Wattpad. Check it out!
    Leo and Amber are a special kind of brother and sister. Brought together through tragedy, their bond is blood-tight. As extraordinary talented musicians they are part of a band that is destined for greatness, yet trouble never seems to be far away. Will they ever find out the truth about the family secret that has haunted them all these years? Can there ever be any room for anyone else in their lives, apart from each other? Follow their rise to fame plus every adventure along the way - let Leo and Amber tell you how it all happens.

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  • 03/07/12--08:30: Contest on Wattpad!
  • Contest on Wattpad!:

    You could win The Rock Star’s Daughter prize pack! Enter now! Contest ends March 31st.


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    Wattpad Podcast: Steampunk & The Superhero Complex

    Listen to our podcast with Darrell Pitt, author of The Steampunk Detective and Diary of a Teenage Superhero. He talks to us all the way from Melbourne, Australia about writing, the history of Steampunk, and teenage superheroes!


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  • 03/08/12--06:00: Reading Kills: Spoof Video
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  • 03/08/12--14:00: Cover-Off: "On The Road"
  • Which version of Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” do you like better - 1, 2, or 3?


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  • 03/09/12--10:00: Friday Find: "Wolfsong"
  • “Not just another werewolf book! Wolfsong tells the story of our reluctant hero, Kia, who is swept into a world of werewolves and war. Although he’s to be the next Alpha, he falls hard for the beautiful Omega, Arii, but is she exactly who she says she is? Laced with tension, romance, and a light spattering of mythology, Wolfsong is a perfect read for all ages. Fans of the supernatural will enjoy this book!”

    Every Friday, we bring you an undiscovered gem to read on Wattpad. This week, our secret Wattpad Talent Hunters recommend Wolfsong, a werewolf romance:

    Wolfsong by Kodilynn Calhoun

    17-year-old Kia has spent his entire life being a wallflower—he’s not leader material, but when his wolf-dog turns into a beautiful girl, he’s not given a choice.

    Arii’s been recruited to bring Kia home, back to her realm, where werewolves are real, the supernatural exists, and tension between the two wolf packs is threatening to erupt into a full-scale war. With his father missing, Kia is the rightful Alpha. Stolen away from all he knows, he’s thrust into a world where rank is dictated by the color of your eyes and where the pallid light of the full moon transforms you into a powerful beast.

    All Kia wants is to go home, where his only worry is not flunking calculus. He soon realizes that the only way to return to the real world is to end the war—but not everyone wants Kia to succeed…


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    Share some of your amazing Wattpad comments and reviews for Glide on Amazon and you’ll have a chance to win a black 2GB USB Bracelet imprinted with the Glide logo and filled with Glide goodies including the Glide eBook, invention imagery, and interviews with me, the author, talking about Glide I’ll be giving away THREE bracelets.

    Click Here for Full Contest Details! This contest will run from February 22 to March 21, 2012.

    Thank You Wattpadders!!!

    Glide on!


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    First Steps by Brittany Geragotelis

    My life has changed so drastically over the past month that I barely recognize it anymore. Mind you, it’s all in a good way—an incredible, unbelievable way, actually—but still, sometimes I can barely believe it’s my life!

    Let me backtrack a bit. I’ve been writing books since I was 15-years-old and woke up in the middle of the night with an outline for what would become my first novel called The Guardian. Since then, I’ve written six other books, most of which have been read and rejected by agents, publishers and industry people universally. The reason? “It’s a great story, but it’s not for us,” or “You’re a skilled writer, but we already have something similar.” I’ve also had my fair share of, “I know I’m going to kick myself for saying no, but…”

    Continue reading on IndieReader


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    Wattpad Weekly Wrap-Up: Most Popular Posts


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  • 03/13/12--06:00: Top 5 Female Sleuths
  • Wattpad brings you a guest post from Milda Harris, author of Adventures in Funeral Crashing:

    When I sat down to write Adventures in Funeral Crashing, my general premise was that I was writing a book about a girl who liked to crash funerals and somehow in the throes of the 3-Day Novel Contest that I was writing it for, Kait Lenox also turned into a female teen sleuth solving a murder mystery. While I had always been a fan of female sleuths, I had never really thought about writing a mystery book. Now, since I have, I have a secret to share - it’s really great fun to write them! Female sleuths rock!

    And, here are my top five favorite female sleuths:

    1. Veronica Mars, played by Kristen Bell, from the television show of the same name that aired from 2004-2007: Not only did teenage Veronica solve mysteries every episode, the most well known one being a season arc where she solved the murder of her best friend, but Veronica also always had a great witty line to make the dialogue super snappy and snarky. One of my favorites - “98 out of 100 people at that party would walk over my corpse for free gum.” Hilarious…and true.

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    2. Nancy Drew from the books published under the name Carolyn Keene, but ghostwritten by a number of authors: Nancy Drew is a teen detective and so many books have been written about her over the last eighty some years that she has undergone a lot of changes, depending on which books you read. Still, Nancy was my childhood favorite and Nancy Drew mysteries were the first mysteries I ever read. I even remember the name of the first one I picked up and couldn’t put down. It was The Hidden Staircase where the teen detective solves the case of mysterious happenings in an old stone mansion. I was hooked after that and made my dad buy me a slew of subsequent Nancy Drew books.

    3. Heather Wells from the books by Meg Cabot, starting with Size 12 Is Not Fat: Heather is a former teen pop star who lost all of her money and fame and is now in her twenties and working in a college dorm, when a murder takes place, and her sleuthing skills kick in. What I love most about Heather is that what goes through her mind is just what goes through yours - she’s not a hardboiled detective, she’s just a girl in her twenties trying to figure things out as she goes along from money to romance to mysterious murders at the dorm she works in. Heather makes me laugh. The books are funny.

    4. Kinsey Millhone from Sue Grafton’s books starting with A is for Alibi: These are old school structured detective novels and Kinsey is serious about the work she does as a private investigator. No laughing matters here and the crimes are very serious, but I really enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on along with Kinsey as she pieces a case together. She’s very methodical.

    5. Stephanie Plum, created by Janet Evanovich, starting with the book One For The Money which was also just made into a movie starring Katherine Heigl: Stephanie Plum is a female bounty hunter and is called a spunky cross between Nancy Drew and Dirty Harry. I’ll admit it. I haven’t actually read the books yet, but I’m dying to. I want to see the movie too, but am conflicted because I so want to read the book first! I have heard from numerous sources that the books are laugh out loud funny and great reads. Actually, in writing this article and talking to my cousin Lauren who absolutely adores mysteries, I found out that she is appalled that I haven’t read this series yet because years ago I got her to read it when I gave her one of the books as a Christmas present! Go figure! So, Stephanie Plum is on my list because she’s the next female sleuth that I’m really, really looking forward to reading.

    That’s my top five favorite female sleuths! I hope you enjoy the sleuthing ventures and wacky teenage ramblings of Kait Lenox in Adventures in Funeral Crashing!


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    Listen to our podcast interview with KatRocks247 on Wattpad, author of “Bleeding Royalty” and “Death Is My BFF”. We discuss how she got started writing, her writing inspirations (including Twilight and the tv show Supernatural), and more.


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  • 03/15/12--03:00: See You Soon, Manila!
  • Wattpad Meetup in Manila, Philippines

    Join us for a fun afternoon with other Filipino Wattpadders on Saturday, March 24th. We’ve got lots of food, games & prizes, Wattpad shirts, and more!

    If you’d like to come, please email us at meetup@wattpad.com. See you there!


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  • 03/15/12--14:23: Cover-Off: "The Gunslinger"
  • Which version of “The Gunslinger” by Stephen King do you like better - left or right?


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  • 03/16/12--02:03: You Know You Want This Shirt
  • Wattpad in Manila

    Free shirts, food, swag, and a ton of fun - join us for the very first Wattpad Meetup in Manila on Saturday, March 24th. Email us at meetup@wattpad.com if you’d like to come and to confirm your RSVP. A few spots are still open!

    See you soon!


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  • 03/16/12--06:27: Friday Find: "Singularity"
  • Every Friday, we bring you an undiscovered gem to read on Wattpad. This week, our secret Wattpad Talent Hunters recommend Singularity, a thrilling sci-fi:

    Singularity by Isaac May

    A time when man has the potential to become immortal, where nanotechnology allows for people to manipulate the world and their surroundings at their whim, when a virtual reality, can become one’s true reality, and when anyone can travel the universe as gods.

    But the line between humanity, and something potentially much greater has become blurred, and those unwilling to take that final step, to evolve, find themselves left behind in a world technologically far beyond the point where they can live out a normal, human life.

    For better or for worse, this is the end of humanity as we have known it, a result of a single event… The Singularity.


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  • 03/16/12--10:52: Ready for the London Meetup?
  • Hey Wattpaders,

    We’re coming to London!

    Join us on April 14 for The Official Wattpad London Meetup. We’ll have some snacks, giveaways and mingle the afternoon away in the beautiful city by the Thames River. If you can make it, RSVP here with a link to your Wattpad profile and let us know if you’ll be bringing a guest.

    We’ll be sending confirmation emails out beginning April 2.

    We’d be chuffed to bits if you can make it out to see us :)

    See you in London,

    The Wattpad Team


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