Monday, April 22, 2013

The Host

I scheduled this to post yesterday, and have no idea what I did wrong. I was driving from Dallas yesterday, so I knew I wouldn't have time to post.  Sorry about the delay...

A couple weekends ago I went to see The Host with my bookie bestie, Jessa, while she was in town from Dallas.  We both had read the book years ago and neither of us bothered to refresh our memories before going to see the movie. 

In some ways I think not having the book fresh in your mind is a wonderful way to enjoy an adaptation like this.  It can be a rediscovery of sorts, and even better, changes made to the book hurt less when you can't really remember if what you just saw was a change or not.

Going in, each of us remembered different aspects of the book and neither of us really remembered more than the general outlines of the story. There was frequent whispering throughout as different scenes jogged different memories for each of us. It was fun to share the experience that way, although if the theater had been a bit less sparse, we'd probably have been shushed a lot.

It's interesting because Jessa tends more towards Romance type novels than I do (although i love me a good romance) and I tend more towards U/F and SciFi than she does (although she loves her some good fantasy). Before the movie when we were sharing our recollections of the book, based on what we had seen in the trailer, she thought it looked like they had played up the romance more than she remembered and i thought it was pretty much on track.

Her recollection was that the book centered more on Melanie's internal fight to throw off the "Soul" and the external "war" to liberate the human race.  My recollection was that it was essentially a story about Melanie's strong desire to reconnect with her lost love.  I've heard a lot of people say that they felt the romance angle was played up, but to me it didn't feel that way.

On the whole, I liked the book, but it wasn't the second coming or anything. It was a solid three stars for me, fairly mediocre SciFi, but it was written far better than the Twilight Series was (which although not really comparable to the Host, I did actually enjoy more despite the problematic writing). I'm pretty sure Jessa gave the book three stars as well.  Good, but nothing to write home about.

As far as the movie itself goes. I really enjoyed it.  Some of the acting was below par, but that's true of all of the Twilight movies as well. I'm not going to say I liked the movie better than the book, but I do think the movie got a boost from my foggy memory of the written work and low expectations.  Jessa didn't like it as much as I did, but she didn't hate the movie.  All in all, I think it was a fairly successful and faithful adaptation.

So, have you seen it? What did you think?

Trailer available at:


Thursday, April 18, 2013

So lately I've been looking into volunteering again because I could use experience in certain places and more importantly I miss doing it. Helping out others or donating to charities is an amazing thing to do. This thought came up because from April 20-27 is the huge book sale here in Winnipeg and all proceeds go to the Children's Hospital. I've been going to this sale my entire life! I just donated two bags of books and throughout the week I will likely buy just as many to replace them. I have a serious book addiction as I own more books than I will probably ever read! One of these days I will hopefully get onto a reading spree again and get that tbr pile down at least a little bit. But anyways, back to the concept of charities, do any of you have these sales for books for charity or is it only a Winnipeg thing? Also what do you do to help your fellow  people out or what would you do if you could?

Monday, April 15, 2013

Monday Madness

Yet another rambling of an ADD author.

Incase you don't know what ADD is, it means I can not concentrate on something for more than.... oh look something shiny.

You know that dog on the Disney movie Up, where every couple minutes he would yell "SQUIRREL"? 

Well that is pretty much me, except with things that flash (The TV) anything shiny (my ring catching the sunlight), noises, things moving, and just anything that happens to catch my eye when I am trying to do something else. 

Cleaning is ridiculously hard.  

I will put something away in one of my kids rooms, then realize something else needs to be picked up, then somehow I will be dusting the bathroom. Then the phone rings so I pace as I talk on it, finding other things to do then the mailman rings the bell and I go to get the package. Then on my way back to my kids room I realize my dishes need to be put in the dishwasher and I have to change laundry loads, so on my way to the basement I sit down and have tea with my two year old and before I know it my hubs is walking through the door wondering what I did all day and why water is boiling on the stove... water I didn't even realize I started for noodles for my kids.

Writing is one of the few things that is pretty easy for me to concentrate on. Until something shiny passes by or my kids run into the room...

Did you know that clown fish are all male until you separate them into pairs... then one will decide to be a female and one will be a male. 

We have a clownfish, we had two actually, but one got sick and had to go back to the pet store to see the "Fish Doctor"  my kids have been naming all our fish after Disney characters. So our clown fish are Jessie and Buzz Lightyear (Buzz is the one who keeps getting sick, so he is away at the "Fish hospital" right now)

We have some weird blue fish named Lightning McQueen. 

I am waiting for Walle, Doug and Kevin.  We have four snails and two hermit crabs that need names.


The hermit kind that live in the fish tank... not the umm.. other kind.

Mother nature is a bitch... yes I said it. So what? Someone has to be honest with her. I woke up yesterday and there was snow on the ground.   ON APRIL 14th!!!  Mother Nature is either going through mentalpause or she is having one wicked case of PMS. 

I want it to be Spring! So that way Summer can come and I can go outside!

I am almost done reading Iron Queen, although because I know the titles to all the books I am pretty sure I know what happens and that bums me out. I hate titles that give the book away by the halfway point.

I will always name my books something elusive. Maybe I will name my next book Bob. Because I can and you can't stop me. And it will be about Fairies in the imaginary world of Bob. But you wont know what happens because Bob means nothing to anyone except that it is a place, that you don't even know about, because it is imaginary and in my head and you cant see it , because technology isn't like the Matrix or any other Sci Fi movie like that.

Who likes Sci Fi? Anyone excited for the new Star Wars movie?  

Did you see the Catching Fire Trailer last night on the MTV awards. I hate that it is just a teaser though, I want the movie NOW!  

The TMI movie looks good too. 

I have a fine at the library that I have to pay, so I can borrow more movies and audio books. 

I should go finish washing the crayon off the walls so we can paint.

Did you know that you can not paint over crayon? The wax in it will just bleed through to the new layer of paint. 

Watching the Little Fockers movie right now. I love these movies. 

We are painting the blue room a move neutral blue color... it is currently electric blue and white and sky blue striped on one wall and then sponge painted in the three colors on the rest of the walls.

I like bright colors but my green room glows at night, so we need to change it. 

Alright, I have rambled long enough.

Back into the realm of chaos.

I have to sew today too.. three baby blankets.

Okay really going, thanks for reading along.

If you have read this far, you should comment with the following things....

1. What book are you reading? (Because this is a book blog afterall)
2. What the weather is like by your house.
3. One goal you have for the week.
4. A random tidbit about yourself.

Until next time!

Monday, April 8, 2013

It's Monday! What are You Reading

Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

As part of this weekly meme, Shiela at Book Journey encourages others to visit participating memes, by offering a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling her how many you visited.  **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments.  Just make sure to post on her blog and tell her how many in the comment area.
She offers a $5 Amazon gift card to the weeks winner.

This week I'm reading Kushiel's Dart (Phèdre's Trilogy #1) by Jacqueline Carey. I'm not very far into it yet, but it seems pretty interesting so far. It's nice to step away from PnR/UF from time to time. And this book feels very grown up which I don't always feel when reading PnR/UF or more traditional Fantasy, even when the book I'm reading is not Young Adult. Just prior to starting it, I finished Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder. It's a perfect example of what i'm talking about.  Overall it was a very enjoyable book, but despite violence, death, and sexual inuendo, the book just didn't seem very grown up.

I'm listening to KD as an audible title and i'm not really sure how I feel about the narrator yet. Anne Flosnik has a British accent which isn't a horrible thing but I'm not sure it's right for the setting.  More, she sounds a little too old and gentile for the PoV that is the focus, but as I said, I'm still early in the book.

I'm not making much progress, but i'm still working my way thru Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi. Sadly, I'm not sure I've read ANY of it since my last blog post. I really need to get on it. I have Unravel Me (Shatter Me 2) waiting in the wings and I am very much looking forward to starting it, but prioritzing ACTUAL reading is really very difficult.  The book is a novella tho, so I could probably read what's left of it in an evening if I would just set aside a night to do it.

Finally, Jessa and I are still skype reading Outlander (Outlander 1) by Diana Gabaldon.  Unlike Destroy Me, we are making pretty good progress with it. It's a huge book tho so it's just going to take time.  We skype pretty regularly, but of course things often come up in either her schedule or mine, and distractions are rampant when we do get to skype. So far it's been a really good book made even more enjoyable by sharing it with my bestie in this manner. We're getting close to half way done and I'm pretty sure we're going to read another one after.  This is just too much fun ;)


Friday, April 5, 2013 read or not to read

Today I wanted to talk a little about serials. Not serial killers but book serials. It seems like serials are slowly becoming the next big thing. Authors will release short bursts of a story every week or so. The serials I’ve been seeing everywhere lately are the Debt Collector serials.

Summary of Delirium (Debt Collector 1)

What’s your life worth on the open market?
A debt collector can tell you precisely.

Lirium plays the part of the grim reaper well, with his dark trenchcoat, jackboots, and the black marks on his soul that every debt collector carries. He’s just in it for his cut, the ten percent of the life energy he collects before he transfers it on to the high potentials, the peoplw who will make the world a better place with their brains, their work, and their lives. That hit of energy, a bottle of vodka, and a visit from one Madam Anastazja’s sex workers keep him alive, stable, and mostly sane… until he collects again. But when his recover ritual is disrupted by a sex worker who isn’t what she seems, he has to choose between doing an illegal it for a girl whose story has more holes than his soul or facing the bottle along – a dark pit he’s not sure he’ll be able to climb out of again.

Contains mature content and themes.

Delirium is approximately 12,000 words or 48 pages, and is one of nine episodes in the first season of The Debt Collector serial. This dark and gritty future-noir is about a world where your life-worth is tabulated on the open market and going into debt risks a lot more than your credit rating.

Susan Kaye Quinn's website
Debt Collector series on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

Even the book description explains that these serials are divided up into seasons. The first season will have 9 episodes. So that's essentially 9 novellas in just the first season alone. I have a very hard time convincing myself to start reading these. It's not like reading a book then moving on until the next book comes out, you're pretty much in limbo constantly. Imagine reading a normal length book but only reading one chapter every two weeks. I'm sure a lot people have no problems doing this, or even prefer it, but it's not for me.

Rhiannon Frater is also doing something similar with her In Darkness We Must Abide episodes. As some of you may know I'm a huge fan of Rhiannon Frater BUT (there's always a but) I haven't been able to talk myself into reading the first two serials she has released. Luckily she also plans to release the serials in an omnibus later this year.

Summary of Death Comes Home (In Darkness We Must Abide #1)

In Darkness We Must Abide is the epic saga of one young woman caught in the dangerous world of the creatures of the night.

Already living in the shadows due to her albinism, Vanora is just a little girl when her older brother inadvertently unleashes a terrible evil from the family crypt that changes their lives forever.

As she grows up in a world where beautiful deadly beings hunt by night, one captures her eye and her heart. Yet, can she trust this mysterious Armando? For there is a powerful entity plotting to claim her shen she reaches adulthood in order to fulfill an ancient prophecy, and her enemy has enveloped her in a web of deceit, casting doubt on all she believes to be true. Soon, she will have to fight not only to save those she loves, but also for her very soul.

Rhiannon Frater delivers a chilling adventure once again with this multi-part epic serial with a dynamic cast, old school vampires, bloody action, a smoldering forbidden love, and a terrifying villain set against the backdrop of a modern day vampire war.

Each episode will be between 10,000 and 20,000 words with new installments being published every 2 to 3 weeks.

Rhiannon Frater's website
In Darkness We Must Abide on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

What you think about serials? Do you love them? Are you hesitant to jump right in like I am?

Thanks for reading!
Greep Jen

Monday, April 1, 2013

Monday Madness

Ramblings of a not really starving, but not really making any money either, author. 

The second installment of Monday Madness.

What if I am not as good of a writer as I want to be?

I know my grammar skills are rusty, Honors English has failed me. I have forgotten everything I learned back in high school. 

But seriously, what if my writing is only good enough to be okay. Never going to be good enough to get a contract, have a company fall in love with it, get an agent, get published, get anything other than sent to a few of my closest online friends?

I guess this all comes from watching my favorite up and coming authors making it big, while I am still just sitting here, on my couch, watching my minimal sales of my self-published e-book get to fewer and fewer and finally stop completely.

What if everyone was right? That I would never make it as an author? That I would fail miserably and have to go get a real job… you know sitting at a blank gray desk in a cubicle, failing at yet another office job that I don’t care about and have no passion for?

I love the characters in my head to much to let them go. But am I ever going to get to that point where I will be awesome? Or will I always just be mediocre?  I have gone through my first book so many times that I could probably recite the entire thing.

I know this is a down in the dumps blog post, but that is just how I feel. Down.

I want to prove all those people wrong, the people who said I was just going to fail at this just like everything else I think is a great idea to try and do.

I just want to give up, but I owe my characters more than that. I need to keep at it.

Rejection letters suck. They really do eat away at you.

Tomorrow I will pick it all back up and start to edit and rework my books, but today, I am going to be upset.

So what's under your hat today?


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sequels that drive you crazy and not in a good way

First off I just want to apologize for not getting a post out for so long. As Ashley said Mondays had become pretty much impossible for me as I never seemed to be anywhere near my keyboard! Life's been pretty busy for me again of late with a possible job opportunity and a new relationship. Therefore I have had much less reading time than I would like.

However what I am currently reading is a sequel, and it is driving me crazy. So this post is a rant to those sequels that annoy the daylights out of you. I'm sure you know the type, the first book is fantastic or at least really enjoyable and then the second one... it feels like a different series altogether! The characters you have come to love are now just irritating.

That Boy (That Boy, #1)That Wedding (That Boy, #2)
The book that has me feeling this way right now is That Wedding by Jillian Dodd. The first book, That Boy, I really enjoyed. I liked the main character JJ, she was a girl who went after what she wanted, played sports with the boys and enjoyed life to the fullest. Then we get her in the sequel and she is nothing but a whiny brat who has to get her way in everything and cannot deal with any type of conflict. She must be right about everything and win every fight or the person she is arguing with is stupid. I realize the author had to do something to make the book interesting, but this was not it! I am finding it difficult to read more than a chapter or two at a time and the chapters are really short.

I know there have been more of these than just this but I can't seem to think of them right now. So what about you, what is a sequel you wish had been done differently or maybe never even written at all?

Monday, March 25, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

As part of this weekly meme, Shiela at Book Journey encourages others to visit participating memes, by offering a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling her how many you visited.  **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments.  Just make sure to post on her blog and tell her how many in the comment area.
She offers a $5 Amazon gift card to the weeks winner.

Hi all! Ashley, here.  In the past this has been Britt's slot, but life tends to happen a little bit harder to her on Mondays than it does the rest of the week... go figure... I'm pretty sure most of us can relate to that.  So, I'm trading spots with her! She'll now be posting on Thursdays.  Make sure to check her out in her new time slot later in the week... in the mean time, I'm starting my inaugural Monday with a meme... yeah, yeah... I wanted to do something extra special too, but I've been on vacation for the past 11 days and didn't get in until after midnight last night.

Just this morning, I started Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson, Book 7) by Patricia Briggs on my drive in.  No worries, as bad a driver as I am, I'm not making it worse by ACTUALLY reading during the drive.  Instead, I'm listening to the audio version of the book via audible.  The narrator is Lorelei King.  I'm not certain whether she has narrated the other Mercy books as I have actually read all of those, but so far I'm enjoying her narration of this installment.

In addition to Frost Burned, I'm also picking at Destroy Me (Shatter Me 1.5) by Tahereh Mafi. It's a novella and I don't have a very good excuse for not having finished it yet.  The major reason is that I don't have much time for independent reading of actual text right now. My social calendar has been wild of late, but that may have to change due to financial considerations in the near future, so maybe I'll get some additional reading done.

Finally, I'm also reading Outlander (Outlander 1) by Diana Gabaldon with my bestie Jessa via skype sessions.  This is a new experience, but one I'm really enjoying.  Most of us have buddy read books before and I'm sure ALL of you fellow parents out there, especially those of you that bother to frequent blogs about books, read to your kids.  This is like that only combined.  Jessa and I are buddy reading the book to each other and O... M... G.... it is such a fun thing to do. We don't always get very far in the book, but oh the conversations that the readings spawn!

She loves it when I try to read in a Scottish accent and I love her running commentary on the events of the book (for her, this is a re-read of her favorite book and let me tell you, girl, you should see the light in her eyes when she reads about Jamie!). If you ever get a chance to read a book like this with one of us, I highly suggest you take it because we are soooooo funny.  Seriously, grab a friend and try some skype reading of your own... it's a great experience!


Monday, March 18, 2013

Monday Madness

I am starting to think my sanity is leaving me.

My microwave has a help button... not quite sure what it could actually help with. I am tempted to push it to see if it will clean my house.  Perhaps that is where the cleaning elves have been hiding.  Even the sock elves have taken a vacation, I have found all my sock pairs in the last two weeks. 

Perhaps its the garden gnomes we put in our house plants, they must be the trick to getting the elves to behave, I will wait one more day to see if the cleaning elves fall in line. 

I have been babysitting for my neighbors while one of them is in Jamaica with her friend and the husband is at work.  So I have four kids under the age of 6 for three days this week, and three of them for the other day left this week.  

Last week I had them painting a huge piece of white paper, surprisingly all but a few fingerprints of paint made it onto the paper.  We also made chocolate raspberry cupcakes and managed to completely destroy my house. 

This week, I am spending the week cleaning and reorganizing. I am hosting a baby shower at my house on Sunday, so I also have to make food, and did I mention the four under 6 children I am watching? Yeah this will be fun. 

I am hoping those cleaning elves come visit every night after my kids go to bed, I wouldnt even mind if they made the beds with the kids in them. It would save time really.  

Next week, I am started to scrape all the texture off the walls in my family room so we can repaint it.  

And I want a puppy.  And a purple unicorn.  

My daughter can spell her name, she is two. I am impressed.  My son can add double digit equations.  He is five. Again, I am impressed. 

I have to paint my house this spring. I have never painted the outside of a house, it should be fun, right?

Every night before bed I talk to a fictitious character from the series I am writing, he tells me what to write the next day.  He does not like to be ignored either, when I ignore him, he invades my dreams and makes me dream weird things like mac and cheese houses and alien invasions... I also had a zombie apocalypse dream the other night.

So, after all this rambling, I am still pretty sure I am going crazy.

Hope your Monday isn't so mad.

Maybe I should start wearing hats.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Feature & Follow Friday

Alison Can Read Feature & Follow

Q: Activity! Hopefully warm weather for most of us is here soon…so tell us about your favorite outdoor reading spot. Or take a picture.

Good question! Since I just moved last year, I haven't quite discovered my favorite outdoor reading spot at my new house! But I planned to do that just this weekend since it's going to be 75 where I live :D 

However, at my parents house I always loved to sit under our big willow tree in the front yard with a blanket. I also had a tree house in it, but eventually it was too old for me to climb into and read.

What about yours?!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day

In honor of the one day of the year -- this Sunday -- when everyone is Irish, I present you with a collection of many things Irish:

The song "Irish Rover," performed here by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem

A cross-world fantasy trilogy, The Fionavar Tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay -- it's awesome and you should read it

Plus, here are some more Ireland-themed books if you're interested

A little bit of Irish step dance

A curse to use on the next person who pisses you off

May the curse of Mary Malone and her nine blind illegitimate children chase you so far over the Hills of Damnation that the Lord himself can't find you with a telescope.

And in parting, a St. Patrick's Day blessing

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mmm... Brains...

Let's play a game. I'm going to say a word and you tell me the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Here it is...


I would hazard a guess that a lot of you immediately thought of this...

The truth is, zombies are mainstream cool now, thanks to The Walking Dead. Because of that, I've been seeing more and more zombie books popping up. But, to be honest, The Walking Dead has sort of ruined me for all other brain-eaters. I have a hard time reconciling the nasty, decomposing, gooey "Geeks" with any sort of love interest in a book. All I can think of is, "eeeewwwwww...."

But, I'm proud to say that this week I started my very first zombie book:

I know it's a bit of a cop-out, what with the movie and all. Baby steps, y'all. I'm ready to overcome my preconceived notions and give the living dead a try. 

So, let's hear from you. Have you read any good zombie books lately? What are your favorites? 

And, just cause this is my post and I can do what I want, here's one of my favorite pics from The Walking Dead. 

Oh. Yeah.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Guess How I Died Winner

Two weeks ago I posted about Pas De Death by Amanda Brice and asked you to guess how I die in the book. Well the contest is over and we have a winner.

I also wanted to share my favorite entry because it made me equally amused and scared when I read it, haha.

Julie @ Bookaroo-Ju said...

"You slip on a blob of ice cream that someone has spilled on the floor of the local ice cream 
parlour and land with your eye impaled on a rather rigid waffle cone."

- - - - -

Pas De Death (Dani Spevak #3) by Amanda Brice
Releases March 22nd!! 

Goodreads Summary:

Aspiring ballerina Dani Spevak is back home in New Jersey for the summer. What was supposed to be a simple day trip into New York City to visit her friends at the Manhattan Ballet Conservatory turns deadly when Dani discovers that the world of professional ballet can be cutthroat - literally.

Book Links:
Codename: Dancer (Dani Spevak Mystery #1) on Goodreads, Amazon, & Barnes and Noble
Pointe of No Return (Dani Spevak Mystery #2) on Goodreads, Amazon, & Barnes and Noble
Pas De Death (Dani Spevak Mystery #3) on Goodreads

Author Links:
Amanda Brice's Website
Amanda Brice on Goodreads

Thanks for reading!
GReep Jen

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Booking Through Thursday- Current Events

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme hosted at A blog over at wordpress of the same name. This week's topic:

Current Events

One of those quick, easy questions that I ask periodically because the answer is always changing:
What are you reading right now? (And, is it good? Would you recommend it? How did you choose it?)

Right now I'm reading Outlaw of Gor.  I'm nearly halfway and I would have to say, Yes! I would recommend it... with some caveats.
First off, this is the second book in the series, so you really need to read Tarnsman of Gor before you read this one. 

Personally, I think this one is better than the first so far, but it's a bit different from today's fair and it certainly can't be considered PnR or UF.  It's really more Scifi/Fantasy taking place on Gor "The Counter Earth" a planet orbiting the sun directly opposite our own.  It's more sword and sorcery than Scifi although it's not long on the sorcery... Think Conan (although I've never read a Conan book).

The world building is quite extensive and some will find the content highly objectionable.  I've often heard this series described as soft core porn, but at a book and a half in, I've yet to see it.  Maybe at the time of original publication in 1967 I would have felt differently, but then I hadn't been born yet. I certainly wasn't reading back then.  I wouldn't call it a romance either although the first book did have a bit of a love story... it's really more action adventure.

Where the series causes controversy is in it's treatment of woman as objects and sex slaves. The rules governing Gorean society are extensive and well developed and honestly, it works for me in the fictional context, but I can totally understand why it might get under some people's skin.

If you like D/s style reads, you MIGHT like this, although again I caution that after a book and a half I've yet to see any sex.  There are a ton of books in the series tho, so I imagine at some point it will earn it's "pornographic" reputation.

I've heard about the Gor series for years and thought I'd give it a try.  I read the first book about a year ago and like it but put the series on the back burner. It has the same sort of feel as a Tarzan book... often rediculous but fun nevertheless.

In this particular case, I didn't know what I wanted to read next so I offered up an anonymous poll to my fellow GReeps and this is what won.  Much to their chagrin when they discovered that Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder was in the mix.  I'm not sorry tho :)


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Dear Kate | Recommendations

Do you know what the book world is missing? If you said jet packs, I'm with you 100 percent, but unfortunately that's not what I'm going to talk about today. As crucial to book blogging as jet packs should be, what the book world really needs is more advice columns. Where is the book blogger version of Dear Abby, or...okay, that's actually the only advice column I know. But still, we need one that applies to book bloggers. To that end, I have decided to start a new feature here on GReeps Through the Shelves, which I have plumbed the very depths of my creativity to name Dear Kate. In this feature, I will happily answer questions that readers may or may not have actually submitted and provide advice on a variety of pressing issues.

By a stunningly fortuitous coincidence, I just happen to have a question right here, even though I only came up with this idea five minutes ago. It's weird how the world works, right?

dear kate,

there are just, like, so many books that i, like, really, REALLY love :) only my friends think they're dumb, so, like, how can i make every one of my myspace friends read, like, all my favorites?????

thx soooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
billie sue

Dear billie sue,

While there's no way you can make your friends read the book you want to recommend (short of tying them to a chair and making them read aloud, prompting them with increasingly strong electric shocks when they falter, but when I suggested that, my lawyer assured me that it is illegal. Who knew?), you can certainly make your suggestion more palatable. It just takes three simple steps.

First, send recommendations to every single person you know. They should all read this book! You like it so much, it's obviously the greatest thing since sliced bread, so there's no doubt every one of your friends (and acquaintances (and enemies that you're still Facebook friends with)) will like it too. You're suggesting a romance book and they only read nonfiction? No problem! You'll broaden their horizons. That's what friends are for!

Second, bring it up every time you see them; otherwise, they might forget what a great book it is, since they haven't read it yet. Remember, there's no such thing as bad publicity! If at first you don't succeed, try, try again! A stitch in time saves nine!*

*I actually have no idea what this means, but I needed three sayings for flow and I couldn't think of any more that applied.

Finally, if all else fails, offer jet packs. I would read The Catcher in the Rye, part 2, independently published by Stephanie Meyer, if you gave me a functional jet pack. And I hated The Catcher in the Rye.

Best of luck,

Monday, February 25, 2013

Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday is an original meme hosted at Broke and Bookish! The top ten of this week:

Top Ten Authors That I'd Put On My Auto-Buy List (basically an auto-buy list is no questions love this author so much that no matter what they wrote next you'd buy regardless of genre or subject matter)

In no particular order:
1. Kathy Reichs everything she writes is well researched and the plots are awesome
2. Kelly Armstrong while I am not completely caught up on her stuff I am working on it and will continue to read anything she writes.
3.Katie McGarry she wrote Pushing the Limits, enough said
4. Gayle Forman, after reading If I Stay and Where She Went I will pick up anything and everything this woman writes.
5. Jim Butcher I am working on reading his Codex series but after the job he has done with Dresden he will be on auto-buy forever.
6. Patricia Briggs love the way she writes and I am looking to finish gathering all of her earlier series
7. Juliet McKenna fell in love with her Einarinn series and have been looking for the rest ever since
8.Michelle Sagara writes one of my favourite ongoing series right now the Cast series. If I can ever find them I will read anything that has her name on it

I guess I only really have 8, there are a whole bunch of others I really enjoy but it pretty much has to be part of a series of theirs I am already reading for me to pick it up without looking.

What about you guys? Who are the authors for you that it doesn't matter what it is, just that it is written by them?

Moody Monday

This weekend was filled with excitement and fun... now that it's Monday, I am kind of sad. 
Mostly because my DVR did not record Walking Dead, so now I am waiting for it to come on again so I can watch it... how sad!

But I also have some great news.... the WIP I have been working on it done! I wrote the last words of it yesterday afternoon and now today I start the tedious task of editing it and making sure all my duck are aligned in it.   Then I send it off to a few good friends to edit it and then they send it back and I edit it again with their changes and then it starts the long, nerve-wracking task of being submitted to literary agents and small presses.

For those of you keeping watch, I have not heard back from Spencer Hill Press about Neophyte yet, but no news is good news, right?

Anyways, here is a little excerpt from my new book (yes I can finally call it that because it has a beginning, middle and an end!). Remember it's still a rough cut!
Hope you enjoy it!

Dex had gotten out and was sitting by me when he first saw the flashlights.  “Shit. Cops” He muttered.

Then at the same time, we both said in panic. “I can’t get caught.”

He looked at me carefully then stood up. “You know how to swim right?” he asked, pulling me to my feet.

“Yes, of course. I just didn’t….” I didn’t have a chance to finish he was picking me up and throwing me up in the pond. When I came up, I wanted no more than to yell up a storm at him, but he was beside me.

“Swim.” He urged, Bec and Duncan were already swimming toward the other side of the pond away from the lights. It was hard though, all my clothes weighed me down, and I fought them to keep going.

“Hey! The pond is closed, you need to get out of there! You’re trespassing!”  A man yelled from the bank.

“Just swim.” Dex coaxed me on. Fear rippled through me, and he must have sensed it, because he stayed at my side until we reached the bank on the other side.

The pond was only about 100 feet across, and when we made it to the bank, Dex crawled out and reached down and pulled me out easily.  “Come on.”

Duncan and Becs were no where to be found. Dex took my hand, my flip flops forgotten somewhere at the bottom of the pond and pulled me into the brush. “Keep going there is a path a little ways in.” he was whispering in my ear, that’s how close he was to me, and I wasn’t scared, not of him at least.

Once we were on the path, Dex slowed down, we were both drenched, and my pants sloshed with every step, it was so far from being attractive, but he didn’t seem to notice.  He just walked with my hand in his, a simple act, but it was the world for me.  I had never felt such kindness from a man, at least not since I was little.

We met Duncan and Bec where the car was parked, Bec had stripped out of her wet bikini and put on her shorts and tank top, Duncan too was dressed.  The trunk was open and Dex let go of my hand as he grabbed his clothes out of the trunk.

“Here.” He handed me his t-shirt to change into. Quickly though, I was realizing that I had a wet swimsuit on underneath my clothes and no bra or panties.  “You can change out of your wet stuff and we will get out of here.”

I stared at the shirt for a moment.

“We really do not have time to argue about it, and Duncan will not let you in his car drenched.”  Dex stated quietly.

I took the t-shirt, regretting this evening suddenly. How was I supposed to wear nothing but a t-shirt in the company of two men?  I felt like I was somehow cheating on Wyatt even though I had no intention to go back to him ever. After I had walked to where I was sure no one could see me in the dark night, I stripped down, wrung out my hair and slipped on Dex’s t-shirt.  The scent of him surrounded me and I felt my body responding to him, a feeling I don’t think I  had ever felt before, I knew I had never felt this way when I was anywhere near Wyatt.

When I turned back to the others, Duncan and Bec were beside the car, talking quietly. Dex was facing me, I was sure he couldn’t see me though.  His body was lit up by the dome light inside the car, he wore nothing but his jeans which hung low on his hips, showing off the definition of his muscles right down to the ‘v’ that led down into his pants.  I felt my mouth salivate and I blushed, glad he couldn’t see me staring at him.  One arm had a tattoo that started on his chest and went down half of his arm, the other had some words around the top of it.   I just stood there for a moment, watching him, drinking him in with my eyes.

“Anna, you alright?” Bec called into the darkness. “We have to get going before we are found.” That snapped me out of my haze and I walked back over to the others. 

“Yeah.” I tugged at the bottom of Dex’s shirt, it was as long as the average sundress, but it was the fact that I was wearing nothing under it that made me self-conscious. I was afraid that they would be able to tell the reaction that Dex had on me.

Dex walked toward me, "Damn Anna." he muttered under his breath in a slight groan, my eyes widened, his raspy voice doing nothing to calm the pulsing I felt deep in my abdomen. I tugged harder at the bottom of his t-shirt, hoping he couldn’t tell just what his ice blue eyes did to me when they looked at me like I was something he was hunting for dinner. "Relax, it’s not like you’re the first woman I have seen wet before.”

Definitely not prince charming.


Can't wait to share the whole book with you all soon!!!
Now back to the chaos!