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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Have A Cookie!

Happy Thursday Everybody,

Today I'm thinking of cookies...no, not the computer website ones, but the ones you eat. Specifically Oreos and Chocolate Chip Cookies.

In my head the Oreo jingle plays merrily while warring with the parody Weird Al Yankovich wrote.

I don't remember if I put any kind of cookie in my stories (I could be wrong, but I don't have any memory of doing that) but how many of us would identify with a character who sits down with a glass of milk  and a cookie (be it an Oreo, Chocolate Chip or any other) dunking the cookie into the milk just like a kid? (especially if said character is an adult). I know I would. Or take a Chocolate Chip Cookie and dunk it in coffee (if you haven't tried that and you like both Chocolate Chip Cookies and coffee I recommend it!)

Yes, I'm a dunker of cookies. I like when they're soggy and heavy with coffee or milk (well, in my case creamer--because I don't drink regular milk too often, but that explanation is a whole different post).  I always liked it when cookies tasted soft--you know, the chewy ones.

My Dad (yeah, even over 30, I still like my dad's cooking and baking--brings back very happy memories plus it's just plain good) makes these really big, soft chocolate chip cookies. My Dad and I agree that Chocolate Chip Cookies should be big and soft. Now, I know several people who prefer less soft Chocolate Chip Cookies, but, I really like my Dad's way of making Chocolate Chip Cookies.

So what about you? What cookies do you like? Are they homemade or a particular brand? Are you a dunker or just prefer the cookie by itself?

Have A Tasty Thursday!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It's Party Time!

Hey Everyone,

Today's March 29th! Release day extraordinaire.  

So, let's crack open those books and get this party started:

Kerrelyn Sparks' Vampire Mine is now available. She's also having a launch party at Katy Budget Books.  Available at Amazon / Amazon Kindle  / Barnes & Noble / Nook / Borders  / Katy Budget Books

C.C. Hunter's Born At Midnight  is on sale, too. Her launch party is scheduled for Friday. You can get a copy of her novel at Amazon / Amazon Kindle / Barnes & Noble / Nook / Borders / Katy Budget Books

Exciting times around here. Let me know if any of you are going to be at either party. Even if you can't make it to the party(ies) you can always purchase your copy of the books.

Do you know of any other releases coming out today? Be sure to share them...include the author and title :-)

Have A Tremendous Tuesday!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Dancing Dogs, A Gorgeous Website & TV

Happy Monday All,

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! My weekend was fun, was yours?

During the weekend I finished a novel by Susan Donovan entitled Take A Chance On Me. I really enjoyed this book. It had a disco dancing Chinese Crested dog in it. An attorney and a vet were the romance part of it. The vet was an animal behavorist. Horses were mentioned, which was very fun for me (I used to take horse back riding lessons). The only thing missing was a couple of fluffy opinionated cats...oh well...maybe the next Susan Donovan book I read? Either way, I plan to read more books by this author. The book was funny, suspenseful, romantic, and imaginative.

As for the Gorgeous Website part of the title...that refers to my critique partner, Tess St. John's website. Tess is amazing. Not only is she a wonderful critique partner, good for discussing ideas, but she's also a  talented author. She'll be putting her work out soon, and I hope you all will take this opportunity to see this woman's imagination. Oh and don't forget to check out Tess St. John's website...like I said, it's gorgeous.

Oh and I did mention TV, didn't I? Late Sunday night (into the very early hours of Monday morning) I was watching The Wonder Years and Doogie Howser M.D . Some shows are still fun to watch. I still remember hearing people in high school singing the theme song to The Fresh Prince Of Bellaire and talking about Family Matters.

So, question for the day:  What are some of your favorite TV shows--ones you like now and ones you grew up with?

Don't forget to go to Tess St. John's website :-)

Have A Merry Monday!

Friday, March 25, 2011

In Your Dreams

Happy Friday All,

Nina Cordoba has a new release. Not Dreaming Of You is something I've been looking forward to being released because I was quite curious about this one and it looked like fun. I've purchased my copy, now I invite you to do the same. It's available on Kindle and Nook.

I also recommend checking out another author. He is the hound at Four Foxes One Hound Blog. He posted on Thursday about books and their influences on a writer, which is a really great post (and yes, I did comment there). 

Question of the day:  What do you dream about?

Have A Fantastic Friday!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The Parade Keeps Marching On...

Happy Wednesday All,

Congratulations to Tess on being the winner of yesterday's C.C. Hunter giveaway! Thank you to everyone who participated in the drawing and a special thank you to C.C. for donating a copy of Born At Midnight for that drawing.

So...here's the scoop...

We got some awesome, awesome stuff in the works. C.C. Hunter's Born At Midnight and Kerrelyn Sparks' Vampire Mine both come out on March 29th. 

April is going to see another official review (can't reveal just yet the author or the novel) and another author interview (not revealing that author's name on here, yet, either). Plus I'm going to be plugging a new website, and gearing up for a huge give away for probably some time in May (this give away is massive!)

I'm working on my own novels, of course. Buffing, polishing, writing, brainstorming.

Okay, today's question: (in light of yesterday's review) which do you prefer: shape shifters or vampires?

Have A Whimsical Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Extreme Identity Crisis

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

THE CONTEST PORTION OF THIS POST IS NOW CLOSED!


At last! The day I review C.C. Hunter’s YA series, book one, Born At Midnight is here. Some of you (that I’ve talked to personally) know how I feel about this book; others, are unaware. Either way, I plan to give you a taste of what C.C.’s Shadow Falls series (well at least book one) is like:


Teenage years are hard enough, but when you face your parents’ divorce, losing your boyfriend (just because you wouldn’t have sex with the jerk), a therapist who recommends some camp you never heard of, plus you and your best friend aren’t exactly as close as you used to be all at once, it can be a recipe for a really bad day. For Kylie Galen, it most definitely is one heck of a crappy day.


Kylie soon learns that Shadow Falls, the camp she's sent to, isn’t quite what she thought it would be. Vampires, werewolves, shape shifters, and fae running around…straight out of the imagination. How can such things be real? Why do they keep insisting Kylie is a supernatural like them? So what if she sees ghosts? Whoop-de-do that she was born at midnight. She’s still human…right?

But a stalker soldier dude, her vampire and witch roommates, and a fae camp counselor, beg to differ.


What will happen to Kylie if she accepts she just might be one of them? And if she is, what the heck is she? And why, when people know she sees ghosts, are they afraid of her?


Come join C.C. Hunter on a most unique identity crisis journey in a whole different spin on the paranormal in this brand new incredible YA series. I love this book and can’t wait to read Awake At Dawn (book number 2 in the series, being released in October of this year).

CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!If you aren’t sure about whether to embark with us, then let C.C.’s giveaway help change your mind.

One lucky winner will get a copy of Born At Midnight (you wouldn’t have to take my word that this is an awesome book, you could find out for yourself--how cool is that?)


Here’s how the giveaway will work:


Yesterday I talked about the free e-novella (short story) C.C. was giving away for Nook and Kindle, entitled Turned At Dark.  Or you can read it: http://us.macmillan.com/CMS400/uploadedFiles/custompagecontents/titles/Turned%20At%20Dark_Story.pdf

So, step by step this is what you’ll need to do:

FIRST: Download your free copy of Turned At Dark and read it (it’s about 40 pages, you can do it!) Or you can read it at the site I mentioned above.

SECOND: Email me the answer to the following question:   What kind of supernatural/paranormal creature is the doctor who sees Della in the hospital in the story Turned at Dark(You have until 10 p.m. Central Standard Time tonight to email me your answers).

THIRD: If you email me with the correct answer to the question above I’ll enter you into a drawing to win a copy of Born At Midnight. I’ll email the winner and reveal the winner’s name on tomorrow’s post.

You can pick up a copy of Born At Midnight on March 29, 2011 from any of the following bookstores:

Amazon  Kindle
Barnes & Nobles  Nook
Borders
Katy Budget Books

And be sure to check out the author interview I did last week with C.C. Hunter for information on her upcoming appearances and release party :-)

Have A Thrilling Tuesday!

Monday, March 21, 2011

FREEBIE FREEBIE!

Hi All,

Yes, I'm double-posting (let's say it'll make up for any day/days I've missed).

C.C. Hunter has a novella (short story) out that you can get on Kindle and and Nook for FREE! It's called Turned A Dark.

I've got it downloaded and I'm reading it--so far all I can say is that it's definitely a good addition for those of you who are waiting on the ShadowFalls Born At Midnight to be released (it'll tide you over until March 29th--for a little while at least).

It's a win-win situation for everyone :-)

Have A Merry Monday Afternoon/Evening!

It's Reading Time

Happy Monday All,

Recently I read Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Ain't She Sweet? I know what you're thinking...it's the same thing I think each time I read the title...that song by the same title. The book was funny and fun. I enjoyed it. 

So what have you read lately that's funny or fun (or both)?

Tomorrow I'm posting a book review--some of you know what it is--the rest of you, here's a BIG hint:  it has to do with the author who's interview I posted last week.

I've been looking forward to this review for awhile. I won't go into the reasons (I'll save that for the review), but I'm telling you...well, you'll see.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Hey Look, I Blend Into The Wallpaper!

Happy Friday All,

I'm sorry I'm late putting up a post, but I hope I can make it up to you with this one.

You probably wouldn't believe me if I said this, but there's a lot of authors in the biz who are very shy. Happily ensconced in their rooms/offices writing, they can let their heroes be brave, bold, incredibly macho men, and the women are soft, sweet, but also with a fire in their hearts (whether it's at the beginning, middle or end). But they have to take several deep breaths and push themselves forward when approaching the unknown.

The thing is, we can't live our lives on the sidelines. Authors especially can't do that because we have to network, we have to pitch, we have to greet fans and readers. We have to constantly put ourselves out there. Our stories and online presence are the ice breakers, but we're the main event--we're the ones who have to take that step and put the story out there first--for if we don't, it won't get out there.

It's okay to be a shy person, but you can't let it freeze you up. Sure shyness is there, but you can't let it get in your way (I'm going to keep saying that because it's true). You'll never take that first step if you don't say "All right, I'm shy, but I gotta do this, so here I go."

I don't remember what movie this was in, but the line is:  "Courage isn't the absence of fear. It's the belief that something is more important than the fear." (If any of you remember what movie that's from, please let me know!)  Edit: 3/18/2011 2:41 p.m.:  Thank you, Dakota, for helping me remember...the quote comes from the movie, The Princess Diaries (the first one) and it was Mia's father who said it in a letter.

Courage doesn't mean you're not shy, doesn't mean you're not afraid, it just means that you know that in the business of writing and publishing that networking, pitching, putting oneself out there is more important than the shyness or the fear. Your love of your craft and your story take center stage.

Don't let shyness slow you down--if you're a writer--grab those opportunities. If you're a reader, go ahead and approach your favorite author (unless the author is in the bathroom--that's awkward; or has said please don't disturb--but generally authors are available to their fans and readers). Most likely the author will be delighted to talk to you. Even if you stammer, even if you blush, trip all over your tongue, even if your hands shake, go up and say "Hello."

So, what about you? How do you get your courage and "step up to the plate"?

Have A Fantastic Friday!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick Green

Happy Thursday All,

A very Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone. Hope you're wearing something green!

As far as I know, there's no Irish in my blood; but I do have an appreciation for the Irish people--I've met a few and they're fun, funny and wonderful folks.

There's often a lot of myth associated with St. Patrick, but EWTN.com tries hard to give factual information about this elusive man (who was a real person, by the way). Wikepedia has some information as wellThe Catholic Encyclopedia also has information on St. Patrick.

So what green thing are you wearing today?

Have A Tip Top Thursday!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What A Beast!

Happy Wednesday All,

I know, I'm posting later in the day than I normally do. I was having trouble coming up with a topic when I would've normally posted.

Most of you all know I'm a huge fairy tale fan. I've read a bunch of them, I've read a ton of re-tellings and I've got fantasy and paranormal elements in my own stories.

Recently I saw the movie Beastly. I had first heard of this re-telling some time ago when I found it in the library (find out more about the book here). I liked it so much I ended up getting my own copy. I've read it more than once. Then I found out it was going to be a movie. The author, Alex Flinn, saw the movie and liked it and I decided to go with a friend of mine. We really enjoyed the movie.

Now, of course several things were changed (minor) because it's hard to compact about 300 page book into an hour 1/2 to 2 hour movie. Let's face it, for the sake of condensing things will get changed or dropped. However, that didn't affect how much I like the movie. I could really see the spirit of the book there. The story was still a re-telling of Beauty And The Beast and it was still Alex's re-telling. The elements were there, and particular aspects were there in some form or another. Of course, I still like the book best (and I'm re-reading it for that reason) but I can honestly say the movie can hold its own right beside the book.

A little trivia about Beauty And The Beast. It's originally a French fairytale. I've read versions where Beauty (or Belle) has 2 sisters and ones where she has more than two. Robin McKinley has a retelling called:  Beauty: A Retelling Of Beauty And The Beast.

Another favorite version of mine is Cameron Dokey's Belle. That retelling was wonderful and I've read it over and over.

Of course, we all know Disney's translation.  (Which, I do like, by the way--it's fairly close to the storyline).

In any case, I believe fairy tales have a place in our lives.

What fairy tales (aside from Beauty And The Beast) are you fond of?

Have A Wondrous Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spotlight On Author: C.C. Hunter

Happy Tuesday All,

Join me in welcoming C.C. Hunter...whom you might remember as Christie Craig.

As C.C. Hunter, she's entering the world of YA Paranormal series and I'm pleased and honored to be able to introduce this side of her to you.

Me:  What made you decide to change genres to YA paranormal?



C.C.:  I’ve always loved ghost stories. I actually wrote one romance with a ghost story subplot. Then, several years back, before I sold my first humorous romantic suspense to Dorchester, I had written a humorous paranormal romance. I loved writing it. And while it didn’t sell, it caught the attention of several editors. One of those editors was Rose Hilliard with St. Martin’s Press. A couple of years later, Rose actually approached me and asked if I would be interested in trying my hand at writing a YA paranormal series. The thought scared the poo out of me and that’s what closed the deal. I mean, anytime something really scares me, it sparks my stubborn spirit and I feel as I have to give it a shot, or I’m a wimp. And I’m not wimp!


Me:  When do we get to find out what Kylie's special powers are (aside from talking to ghosts)?


C.C.:  In book two, "Awake at Dawn", Kylie starts getting more and more powers. They scare her, they excite her, but mostly, they confuse her. Just what the heck is she? The answer is yet to be uncovered, but for sure, Kylie is getting closer to unearthing all her secrets.

Me:  Will we see Lucas again?


C.C.:  Oh, yes! He will definitely show back up in Book 2, and in a big way, too. Even before he returns to Shadow Falls in person, he visits Kylie in her dreams. And, wow. Are those dreams intense! Poor Kylie is more confused than ever.


Me:  For Fun: Biscotti or regular cookies?


C.C.:  Regular cookies. Chocolate chip with pecans, please!!!


Me:  How many books are going to be in the Shadow Falls series?

C.C.:  I get asked this question a lot and I wish I could give you a definite answer but I can’t. So, I’ll tell you what I tell everyone else. Namely, that I’m currently working on Book 3 and, right now, my publisher and I don’t have any plans to end the series. A lot really depends on how well "Born At Midnight" does when it releases. Let’s just say I see so many possibilities for expanding the Shadow Falls world, and I’d love to stay with these characters for as long as the readers want me to do so.


Me:  Do you have any appearances or book signings coming up?


C.C.:  Oh yes. I’m scheduling appearances and book signings almost daily, so the best way to know what’s happening is to visit the Events page at my website: http://www.cchunterbooks.com/events.html But here are a few of the places I’ll be:


My launch party is April 1st, 6PM – 8PM, at Katy Budget Books in Houston, Texas.
On, April 30th, I’ll be signing at Barnes & Noble, 5656 Fairmont Parkway; Pasadena, Texas, 2:00PM to 4:00PM
I’ll be in Los Angeles, California, in April signing books at the Romantic Times BookLovers Convention and in late June, you’ll find me in New York City at the Romance Writers Convention. Oh! Almost forgot, I’ll be in Dallas giving workshops to DARA – that’s Dallas Area Romance Writers – in October.
Plus, I’m doing a special event at the Gadsden, Alabama Public Library on May 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. I’m kicking off the GPL Teen Zone Summer Reading Program, and I’m really looking forward to the event.
Like I said, I’m adding events to my calendar frequently, so visit my website for the latest updates.


Me:  Do you have separate advice for YA authors as opposed to what you said in your Christie Craig interview for aspiring authors?


C.C.:  Young Adult is a different genre. Years ago, a romance author recommended that anyone writing a romance, tape a note to their computers that states, “It’s all about the romance, stupid!” That still works very well for me when I write romance, but when writing YA, I found that these books include more. They are “coming of age” stories. Yes, the romance is important but you need the family relationships, the angst of still trying to figure out who you are. They have that push-and-pull emotion of wanting to leave the nest but not quite being ready to do so. This said, because this genre is still growing by leaps and bounds, writers seem to have less restrictions on what is and isn’t acceptable. Some books are very fantasy-based, some or more romance, some are really dark, and some are very light. So, my best advice is to read widely and find the type of YA books that appeal to you. Then write the type of book that better suits your tone.


Me:  Do you have a particular way of distinguishing Christie Craig from C.C. Hunter, or is it all the same since it's the same person?


C.C.:  All I can say is that Christie Craig better not try to copy my work. LOL. Seriously, though, I think and write differently when I’m writing as C.C. Hunter than I do when I’m writing as Christie Craig. The humorous romantic suspense novels that I write for Grand Central as Christie Craig have a suspense subplot but the focus is on the romance between the hero and heroine. I usually include a secondary hero and heroine, too. The Shadow Falls series I’m writing as C.C. Hunter for St. Martin’s Griffin is a YA paranormal. So, Christie Craig books have a different tone than the C.C. Hunter books. But they also have a lot of similarities. For example, you’ll still find the same deep characterization and humor I’m known for as Christie Craig throughout the Shadow Falls books. It’s like a singer who uses the same voice when switching from country to rock, but just sings the songs in a slightly different key and style.


Me:  What's something that's the most fun about writing YA novels that's different from writing contemporary romances for adults?


C.C.:  Good question. The truth is I enjoy writing both but I have to say that I love revisiting my own past and remembering what it was like to be sixteen again. I love writing the paranormal angles and the sense of magic and how anything is possible. I’m having a blast.


Me:  For Fun: What's a favorite curl up-with-a-blanket-and-a-comfort-drink novel for you?

C.C.:  I really read across the board. I love novels that offer pure escapism. It’s not necessarily a genre, it’s a great book that takes me away. I want that book to come with a wide range of characters and emotions. I don’t want to read fluff, but neither do I want to be depressed. I want to read about characters who are struggling, but who never lose their sense of humor.

Me:  Anything else you'd like to add?


C.C.:  Absolutely. First, I’d like to thank you, Bethany, for having me at your blog to discuss my new Shadow Falls YA paranormal series. I always have a great time when I’m here.

I’d also like to share some news. To celebrate the March 29th release of "Born at Midnight", the first book in my Shadow Falls series as C.C. Hunter, I have two great giveaways.


First, is "Turned at Dawn", a short story I wrote to introduce the Shadow Falls series. It’s Della’s story and it’s about how she became a Vampire. You can score a free download from my publisher or from an online site such as BN, Borders, Sony, etc. All the details are at my website.

The second giveaway is a contest I’m hosting. The grand prize is a free Kindle and all you have to do to be eligible is tweet about the release of "Born at Midnight" from March 22th- March 29th, There will also be other prizes, too, such as copies of Born at Midnight and an ARC of Book 2, "Awake at Dawn". All the details are at my website, too.

So, please swing by and visit me at www.CCHunterBooks.com. I’ve also got some fun stuff to read and download, too.

Thank you, C.C. for coming and being a guest! Always good to have you visit :-)
 
Have A Tantalizing Tuesday!

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Classics Never Die

Happy Monday All,

The Sy-Fy (that's how they spell it) Channel was doing a showing of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, so, of course, my husband, being a Star Wars fan sat and watched (I was in and out, because part of the time I was napping and the other part I was doing other things). But it occurred to me: we [my husband and I] don't always watch those 3 movies that came out in the 70's/80's (even though we own them on DVD) but anytime they are on, we'll watch. We can quote them almost word for word, we know exactly what's going to happen, but it doesn't change the fact it's a great story.

What is it about movies and books like Star Wars that invokes that starry-eyed "I LOVED THAT!" response in us? Sometimes we can say "Oh, great story, great characters." Other times it's something intangible.

When a person says ,"'Tis a far, far better thing I do..." immediately (anyone who's either seen the movies or read the book) will say "Sydney!" Sydney Carlton didn't start off the hero, but ended up being one. The name Charles Dickens is synonymous with characters like Sydney and Scrooge. We know the names, we can quote passages, and we can read them more than once and still think, "Wow!"

Another example...if I was to say the name Darcy you'd know right away I was talking about Pride & Prejudice. Some of you might even run and get your worn out copy of the book by Jane Austen. Others might start arguing over whether or not Colin Firth embodied the role of Darcy like no other actor. 

Either way, there's something about certain books and movies that invoke feelings in us. Three notes make us think of the famous shark from the Jaws movies. The word 'phantom' draws up the image of a man in a black cape and a mask. These things have transcended time and still thrill us to our very bones.

So my question to you today is, what books/movies of the last 10 years do you think will go on to transcend time and become a classic?

Have A Momentous Monday!

Friday, March 11, 2011

What To Call Yourself?

Happy Friday All,

I would've posted this earlier, but I wasn't feeling well last night. I'm doing better today, though. (YAY!)

Yesterday, NWHRWA's President, Jenn, was on Four Foxes One Hound Blog posting about calling oneself a writer. It's a great post, by the way, and I give Jeff (the hound) a lot of credit for hosting Jenn. She's smart and funny and most definitely a writer.

The other blog post I wanted to talk about was NWHRWA's Vice President, Stacey, being hosted by Jenn on Muse Tracks. Stacey is also very funny and smart. She and Jenn have a great dynamic working together to head up NWHRWA.

When I grow up I want to be a published author. I'm already an adult, so one down, one to go!

Question for the day:  What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you end up being what you wanted to be, or did you change your mind?

Have A Fantastic Friday!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

A March Release & Superman

Happy Thursday Everyone,

Another author who had a March release is P.J. Mellor.

P.J. Mellor released her new erotica, Island Nights at Amazon and Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble .  (Island Nights was released on March 1st, so it's available).

Apparently March is a big month for releases this year. I know of at at least four or five (including the ones I've talked about in previous posts) not to mention others that you, my readers, know about.

Now...onto the question for the day:  What actor do you think makes the best Super-Man? (There's been several --you have to arrow down awhile to get to the DC Comics table and then it's in alphabetical order). (You'll have to forgive me, lately I've been watching my DVD set of Lois & Clark: Season 4--I definitely love a good romantic tale...but anyway, that's the reason for this particular question of the day).

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Keep Growing

Happy Wednesday All,

Happy Lent to all who are starting that time of year. Hope you have a good one. I always thought that was an oxymoron (I love the word "oxymoron" by the way) until I understood what it meant to have a "good Lent". It means growing and learning about oneself and working on becoming a better person--so when you do that, it's a good thing, right? So, that's why I say Happy Lent.

And, even if you aren't a Lent practitioner, there's still something to be said for growing as a person. For learning from your mistakes and trying to be a better person.

Okay, so on another note, what are you reading these days? (if you look in the margin of this blog it'll tell you what I'm reading).

Have A Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Who's That???

Happy Tuesday All,

Well it's "Shrove Tuesday" or, some prefer to call it "Mardis Gras" which means "Fat Tuesday" (the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent). I really don't do anything to mark the day per se. I mean, I have a book with meditations and it has somethings to think about for this day, but I don't do anything big to mark the day. Do you?

Annette McCleave on SILK & SHADOWS blog, has interesting post about characters and what they look like, which has gotten me thinking about how I imagine characters when I read a book. Often times I don't have the same "vision" as the author of the book I'm reading, but generally, when I go back to the character description I realize I probably left out a detail when I pictured the character in my head.

It's funny thing, imagination. Sometimes it leads you down a great path and things "click" other times you wonder what went wrong.

Authors rely on their imaginations to picture their characters, stories, and even settings. Without it they wouldn't be able to describe things to you.

As for me, the hero of Surreal was something I thought of based on another factor, but then when I saw one of my brothers-in-law and thought about 2 others, I realized what I had essentially created was a morphed image of 3 of my brothers-in-law (which was all done subconsciously). Now, I'm not saying it's a literal translation, but it's as close to how my hero looks like in real life that I can get.

What about when you see movies that are based on books? Is the actor's portrayal how you pictured the characters?

When you see the models/actors that inspired an author, is that the image you had in your head when you read their novel(s)?

Have A Treat-Filled Tuesday!

Monday, March 7, 2011

What's That In The Snow?

Happy Monday All,

Before I get started on today's topic, just letting anyone who doesn't have a Nook or Kindle that Melissa Ohnoutka's Faithful Deceptions is now available in print!

Last week I started reading Cheri Jetton's Crimson Snow. Cheri has written a  romantic suspense that people who don't normally read suspense would enjoy picking up.

Ex-Cop Daniel Leeds thought he had left the horrors of the street when he moved into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan ("The U.P." which is what Michiganders call it--just ask my Michigan relatives and my parents, who are from Michigan). What he didn't expect was to find his neighbor's sister unconscious in the snow...bleeding.

Being a good guy, he immediately helps her (calls an ambulance, stays with her at the hospital until her brother and sister-in-law gets there, talks to her in a soothing voice).

While Sara is willing to explore her interest in him, Dan finds himself fighting his attraction to Sara. When you really think about it, they're just so different: she's an inner-city teacher for Detroit, determined to make a positive difference in high schoolers' lives; he's craving the calm of the U.P.

But when he finds out the shooter isn't done with Sara, he finds himself returning to the world he left behind.

Will he be able to save Sara's life? Can they find enough common ground to make the relationship work? Or are they doomed to be broken hearted no matter what happens? And will they all make it out of this in one piece for the question of their relationship to even matter?

I urge you, my readers, to pick up Cheri's book, Crimson Snow and find out. Available on Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook.  Definitely a good addition to your bookshelf :-)

Have A Magical Monday!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fiction & Reality

Hey Everyone,

Sorry about not posting yesterday. My offspring wasn't feeling well and didn't sleep very well in the night (consequently neither did my husband or me). Offspring felt better during the day. We went to the doc's office and ran some errands and today husband has off and is hanging out with offspring, which means I'll have a chance to finish reading Cheri Jetton's e-book, Crimson Snow, (41 pages left!) on my e-reader. It's good and I recommend it (you can get it on Nook or Kindle). I talked about Cheri's story on Wednesday.

So, here's the question for the day (and weekend) does fiction mimic reality?

Obviously, as far as I'm concerned, not completely. I have a type of shape shifter in my fantasy romance (with paranormal elements) novel, but my husband isn't a shape shifter (at least I've never seen him do it). But he did do something the hero of my novel, Surreal does. He made a promise to be there for me and he has been. Monroe (the hero of my novel) doesn't come right out, but he's always there for Sasha--trying to "rescue" her from everything.

But have you seen instances where fiction and reality coincide? How so and which novels?

Please tell me about it :-)

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Much Ado About Big Happenings

Happy Wednesday Everyone,

Bear with me, there is a lot to talk about:

Robin Badillo has a brand new paranormal series coming out, the first one was released on March 1, 2011 entitled Blood Hunter: The Beginning  Her paranormal romance, Journey Of The Damned Triology books are available on Kindle .  The first 2 in the Trilogy are available in Multiformat from Fictionwise (Fictionwise is a Barnes & Noble company, but you can't search their catalog on the Barnes & Noble website). Or you can go to her publisher, Devine Destinies. (Her books are only out as e-books). (I'm working out how to get it on my E-reader so I haven't read her work yet, but I have it on my list of books to read--but let me tell you, she's told me a little about her work and it sounds intriguing!)

I am starting Cheri Jetton's new Romantic Suspense, Crimson Snow. You can get it on Kindle or Nook. (I can't tell you much about it because I just started reading it!) The synopsis sounded good and I've read Jessie And The Ranger so I'm really interested to see what she'll do with a Romantic Suspense.

Just finished reading Alex Flinn's Cloaked. Wonderful fantasy YA novel--lots of fun.  You can get it at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Borders / Kindle / Nook / Borders E-Reader/ Borders Compact Disc / From Barnes & Noble on Disc / From Barnes & Noble MP3 On CD

Did you pick up your copy of Scones & Bones by Laura Childs? If you like mystery and are a big fan of Theodosia and the Indigo Tea Shop (like me) you'll want this one--believe me, I know, I've read it and it's fabulous!

And what do I have to do to convince you to rush over and get on your Kindle or Nook, Melissa Ohnoutka's Faithful Deceptions?

March 29th will be the release of Kerrelyn Sparks' Vampire Mine and C.C. Hunter's YA Paranormal, Born At Midnight (the first in her Shadow Falls series).

Incredible things are in the works for this blog in March. I've got a review coming out later this month (an official one, like the one I did for Laura Childs' Scones & Bones; only this is a different author). Not to mention this other thing I've got up my sleeve--if all goes well in these planning stages (because I'm still working out some details) it will be one awesome deal!

I'm delighted that you, my dear readers, get to reap the benefits of everything going on here, because your comments, support, emails and returning here every day means the absolute world to me. Keep up the great comments!

And speaking comments...Got one you don't want to post on here or you have a question or suggestion? Feel free to drop me an email 
:-)

Have A Whimsical Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

You'll Never Know What's Next...

Happy Tuesday Everyone,

Over the weekend I read Melissa Ohnoutka's Faithful Deceptions, which, I talked about not too long ago.

Let me tell you...I was totally unprepared for the adrenaline ride her romantic suspense took me on. She grabs hold of you and refuses to let go until the last page. Entering this book takes the reader on one heck of a wild ride.

Author Melissa Ohnoutka opens Faithful Deceptions with a prologue where readers find Hailey trying to wake up from...? Is she in a coma? Also, what's with the green eyes?

As you get into the rest of the novel you find yourself wondering what happens when you take revenge into your own hands? And, will Hailey even live to find out? What about Roark--the mysterious man who claims to be her husband? Is a happy ending actually possible in the midst of everything? Or is it just another deception among many?

To find out, dear readers, you will have to pick up your copy of Faithful Deceptions either on Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook.  If you like suspense, action, and/or romance, then I suggest you do not pass this novel up!

Enjoy :-)

Have Yourself A Thrill-Filled Tuesday!