Monthly Archives:: October 2012

That Little Something, Something

That Little Something, Something

My favorite book is not a romance but I love the main character because of a romance that never actually happens. Sounds weird, right? Well, it is and it isn’t. You see my favorite character in fiction is a ruthless, cold-hearted killer named Takeshi Kovacs. He’s not a good guy, he’s not a nice guy, he’s not a romantic guy, and he’s not even a reliable or trustworthy guy. And as far as being a boyfriend goes? Well, he’s not a relationship guy either. You’re probably asking yourself why I’m even talking about him in terms of great fictional relationships, right? Let me explain. 😉 Kovacs stars in a three book series that begins with his “partner” and himself being blown to bits during a police raid. You see, they’re criminals and they got caught. No worries though, this is science fiction so he just gets uploaded into “storage” which… Read more »

October 13, 2012 Uncategorized 0

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Feature & Follow #2

Feature & Follow #2

Feature and Follow Friday is a blog hop hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Gain new followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! This is my second FF – so far so good! When did you start blogging?I started this blog About October 1, 2012    But I have a host of other blogs and websites.  This is my first book blog though. What is your favorite part of book blogging?Pretty covers!  No, really – just finding new books to love. What is your favorite book(s)?I am a SF junkie – the Takeshi Kovacs series (Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies) by Richard K. Morgan are all my favorite books.  But I also love me some paranormal romance.  What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?Meeting other cool book loving people. Q: What book do you… Read more »

October 12, 2012 Uncategorized 18

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Fall from Grace by Christine Zolendz

Fall from Grace by Christine Zolendz

Fall from Grace by Christine Zolendz is anew adult novel that kept me up all night flipping page after page to see what happens.  This is sign of a really good story. I wish every book I picked up had this effect on me. I thoroughly enjoyed Grace and her BFF, Lea.  The story begins with a heartbreaking loss for Grace when her brother, one of only two people who know the secrets she been hiding, dies of cancer.  We do learn fairly early that Grace is no stranger to sadness and loss, although this does not get elaborated on until later. We also meet Gabriel in the first few pages, giving condolences, but who he is, and what he wants, is not explained until later.  His true motivations really don’t come until the very end. Grace has been living at the hospice with her brother for six months, and… Read more »

October 10, 2012 Uncategorized 0

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The Forever Girl – by Rebecca Hamilton

The Forever Girl – by Rebecca Hamilton

In The Forever Girl – Sophia’s Journey by Rebecca Hamilton, Sophia is a twenty-two year old woman, let’s call her a woman, who lives alone in her familial house after her mother died.  She lives in the Rocky Mountains, near Denver. She’s a Wiccan and apparently is (or thinks she is) responsible for her mother’s death and possibly another person in town. First what I liked about this book: Sophia.  I really did enjoy this character.  She’s tough, she’s interesting, and she drives a Jeep!   She’s not afraid to be herself, although she is afraid to tell her secrets even to her best friends.  She has some fun dialog in the exchanges between herself and Charles, unfortunately, most of these come early on in the book and it doesn’t keep that same charm throughout.  I also liked the setting – as someone who lives in the Rockies, not very far… Read more »

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Why We Love Fictional Characters

Why We Love Fictional Characters

I’m obsessed with understanding why I like a character. Why I like a story as well, but mostly what makes me drawn to one character over another. I think about this a lot when I’m reading, partly because I’m a writer and partly because it will help me find more books that I enjoy. Knowing why readers connect to, say, Eric Northman in the Sookie Stackhouse novels, is important. Why Eric? I love Eric, far more than I ever loved Bill. Bill is just…not Eric. And apparently Sookie agreed. Bill is good-looking, he’s a vampire, he’s sorta old, which makes him powerful. He’s rich, he’s compassionate, and he gave Sookie his blood (creating the blood bond) just like Eric did. So, ya know. You’d think Eric and Bill would be on fairly even ground. But it’s never been that way, for me at least. Eric Northman stands out as a… Read more »

October 8, 2012 Uncategorized 1

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Feature and Follow

Feature and Follow

Feature & Follow #1 This is my first FF – so far so good! When did you start blogging?I started this blog last week!    But I have a host of other blogs and websites.  This is my first book blog though. What is your favorite part of book blogging?Pretty covers!  No, really – just finding new books to love. What is your favorite book(s)?I am a SF junkie – the Takeshi Kovacs series (Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies) by Richard K. Morgan are all my favorite books.  But I also love me some paranormal romance.  What has been the best thing that has happened to you because of book blogging?Meeting other cool book loving people. Q: What do you hope to accomplish with your blog? Is it to one day become an author yourself, just for fun, maybe get some online attention, or maybe something very different? … Read more »

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New Blog…

New Blog…

The new adult genre is braking out as you read this article!  It’s hot, it’s fun, and it’s got all the stuff you wish your favorite young adult novels had, but can’t due to, well, the simple fact that they’re geared for those under eighteen. In the past, Big Six publishers weren’t interested in books with main characters that were over the age of eighteen because that was clearly out of bounds for the young adult market.  And they weren’t very interested in books about characters younger than 25, because that was…well, who knows why.  Only them, I suppose. But it turns out that new adults really are interested in reading about characters their own age.  Go figure. New adult, as defined, deals with main characters who are eighteen or older, or at the very least, out of high school.  Many deal with college as a substitute, but the books… Read more »

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