Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday Reads

Friday Reads is a weekly meme supported by readers and other bookish folk from all over the world where everyone posts what they are reading this week. This week I'm tackling:
For some reason, I like the book covers from different countries better. The US book cover is too computer generated looking for me. This is more like how I pictured Georgia Kincaid to look. One of the great things about this succubus series is that the main character of Georgia Kincaid is a character you can't wait to hang out with, much like Anita Blake in Laurel K Hamilton's books. Or Raylene in Cherie Priest's "Bloodshot". (I can't wait until the second installment in the Cheshire Red Reports, coming out September 6th!!)
Needless to say, I can't wait ntil I get to hang out with Georgia later tonight!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Reads

Friday Reads is a weekly meme supported by readers and other bookish folk from all over the world where everyone posts what they are reading this week. This week I'm tackling:

I am addicted to this author and this series. I haven't made my way to the Bloodlines series yet, but like Laurel K. Hamilton and other authors I think are mega talented, once I read something I like, I have to read everything they've written.
A YouTube response to the Facebook "I Hate Reading" page:
Blaze Romances:
Have you joined the #scriptchat gang on FB yet?
Why to avoid Publish America:
Vachel Lindsay, performance poet

The Writer's Cafe Daily is out!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Trailer Thursdays, Writing Prompt and Links

Movie Trailer: The Woman in Black

Casting for The Company You Keep and The Gray Man

Top 10 lists for Book to Film Adaptations:

Macmillan: Videos for All These THings I've Done: (Birthright): Books: Gabrielle Zevin

Writing Prompt:
On August 18, 1817, a special committee was set up to collect evidence for the Gloucester Sea Serpent, which according to witnesses was between 80 to 100 ft. in length, with "a head as broad as a horse." Who doesn't enjoy a good lock ness monster story? Many writers begin writing with questions, the biggest of which is: "What if?" Who or What was the Gloucester Sea Serpent? Many times in doing research on a subject I find myself asking questions and developing a story in my head as I do. And really, the world needs more Sea Monster tales!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Writer Wednesday

Juicy linky goodness! Awesome links for today plus a writing excercize, mostly because I had a friend complaining of writer's block today.

Excercise to banish writer's block:
I've used this excercise before in my own blocked moments, and in my classes. I'm a huge fan of the cut up.
Write a bio of yourself in about a paragraph (that's 5-7 sentences). Cut the paragraphy down to individual words. Mix and match.You'll be surprised what you come up with--a completely different life history! You can do this with newspaper articles, magazines, old books you don't mind cutting up, poems, whatever...

In other news:
Book banning continues in VA:

BookLamp Launches a Pandora For Books

How NOT to open a novel is here.(tip 'o the hat to James Scott Bell)

@sf_fandom: Sci Fiction World: Science fiction iPhone and iPad apps:
SF Guide:

This is a free online conference for writers WriteOnCon (tip 'o the hat to Sara Megibow)

Cool Blog: Girlfriends Book Club:

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Links Galore for Teaser Tuesday!

Pennie Picks The Hangman's Daughter

Bluestockings Re-Opened in NYC

Your Child's Writing Life

Story Ideas: Culled from Twitter: Doesn't this seem like a GREAT story idea?

Five Tips for Writing Erotica:

Ms. Review of "The Help"

Blog What You Write About: Tide thinks your daughter is a big old lesbo because she plays with blocks and wears camo:

Re-imagining Angels: Paranormal Romance Blog: Michele Hauf

Bluestockings Re-Opened in NYC

Visions of Magic: The Awakening by Regan Hastings Review

I think its interesting the stuff you learn about yourself when you become a blogger/reviewer/professional reader.

For instance, in the case of this review, I've learned that I have more to say about books I dislike than books I love, which is a little weird, but I think someone once said you remember bad experiences more because they cause you so much grief you remember suffering more than happiness. And that's what I remember from this book: suffering.
Don't get me wrong, I don't like trashing books, or authors.Most people know once I start a book I can't abandon it, I have to read it all the way through.
I admit that from about the middle of the book on, I had to scan instead of read. It was a way to appease my conscience and "leave no book behind" policy.
The plot was thin. The characters were cardboard cuttouts. There was no danger, no sypmthay, no empathy, no ticking clock. I couldn't care about the characters, which were vague and one dimentional.
The main character (Shea) tried to be the independent female characteristic of paranormal romance, but her every decision and every move, even going to the bathroom, depended on her horny protector (Torin) whose sole goal in life is to have as much sex as possible in order to help them "gain more power". I found the male characters to be typically chauvanistic and the females typically weak. The main witchy opponent to the two main characters had no motivation behind her actions, only that she wanted Shea to join her, but the reason for that was never made clear either. Maybe a vague reference to "gain more power". Didn't feel it.
Also, my eyes hurt as I read the same line over and over and over in the book "He would do anything to protect his woman." or "He would let nothing stop him from protecting his woman." I couldn't take it. A feminist book, this is not. If you want lucid plot and strong female leads packed with action and adventure and high magic, look somewhere else.

Trailer Thursday (8)

Book News: Samuel L. Jackson Narrates "Go the F*** to Sleep"

Friday, August 5, 2011

I discovered Richelle Mead quite by accident. Sort of. I'd heard of her through different blogs and tweets, but never persued her until I saw a book staring at me (of all places) in the grocery store. So I picked it up. And I am so intensely glad that I did. I really believe she's one of the best authors to come into the paranormal fantasy/romance urban fantasy genre. It's a hard genre to write, I know, because I'm a writer too. It's so hard to avoid seeming too cutesy or cliche or self-deprecating in this genre, yet still maintain a style people can read and feel well-read at the same time. Put her on your wish list, to buy now list, kindle list, or challenge list, and I assure you you'll love spending time with this character!

Falling off the Challenge--It's all on Me

It's that long stretch of afternoon that usually gets me. Especially on Sundays. I always have things to do, but they're at war with...