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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Interview A Villain

Happy Thursday All,

Tuesday I talked about spending time with your favorite heroes and heroines, in keeping with the theme of spending time with favorite novel characters, I thought we'd shake things up and go with villains.

Villains come in all shapes and sizes. From not completely evil to downright scary.

Some of them have short attention spans, like Idris, in Shanna Swendson's fantasy series (starts with Enchanted, Inc.). Idris is trying shady things with magic that are frowned upon. He'd be a bigger threat if his attention span wasn't so short...which means when people who concentrate longer than 5 minutes join up with him he becomes a formidable foe. I think I could handle meeting Idris...as long as he was by himself.

I wouldn't want to be caught in a dark alley facing some of the monsters found in YA author, Tera Lynn Childs' Sweet Venom.

Ever get the shivers over the One Ring in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings? The people who rally behind Sauron and the ring are rather ghoulish! (I REALLY would NOT want to meet them or see the ring...just saying...too scary for me).

In Lesley Livingston's Wondrous Strange trilogy you're never quite sure if the fae kings and queens are truly good or truly evil. They are such shades of gray, that you're not sure if you can trust them, or if you're better off remaining wary.

However, you ever wondered what it would be like if you could sit down and ask them why? Was it only world domination? Power? Wealth? Boredom?

Or perhaps the villain/villainess you thought was most well written is too scary to even say hi to them.

Either way...what villain/villainess would you want to sit down and talk with if you could?

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

An Afternoon With Your Favorite Hero/Heroine

Happy Tuesday All,

Before I get into today's post...don't forget...today is Kerrelyn Sparks' release of Wanted: Undead Or Alive and her launch party (which I talked about in yesterday's post).

They're the stars of novels. They're the ones who you wonder "What will happen to them next?" Oftentimes they're the "good guys", although sometimes there's shades of gray.

We're talking heroes and heroines!

Everything from contemporary genre to paranormal, there are heroes and heroines in pretty much every novel.

Some of my favorite heroes were super-heroes, like Spider-Man and Super-Man...yes, Batman is cool, too.

Some of the ones from the contemporary genres were unlikely heroes, like Simon in Debbie Macomber's The Perfect Christmas.

Prefer a little mystery in your life? Check out Theodosia in Laura Childs' Tea Shop Mysteries.

As in real life, sometimes a contemporary genre hero is a lawman, like in Christie Craig's Shut Up And Kiss Me.

Then there's the ones that are supernatural. Like angel, Malcom, in Suzanne Selfors' Coffeehouse Angel.

Or, you might take a trip in the YA paranormal and find Jinn (a genie!) from Jackson Pearce's As You Wish. Or while you're in the YA Paranormal section, check on Kylie Galen from C.C. Hunter's Shadowfalls series.

Vampires, you say? Glad you asked...head into General Fiction and look up Syrie James' most romantic, and talented, Michael, in Nocturne. Or you can hunt up Vanda in Kerrelyn Sparks' Forbidden Nights With A Vampire.

The point is, whether you're in general fiction, thriller, mystery, romance, or YA, heroes and heroines exist everywhere. Some of them become like friends, even if they are fiction. They are real to us and to the writers.

So, that brings me to today's question...which hero or heroine of a book you've read would you want to spend the afternoon with?

Have A Tip Top Tuesday!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Party, Fairy Tales, & Fun

Happy Monday All,

Tomorrow Kerrelyn Sparks' newest vampire romance will hit the shelves...that's right Wanted: Undead Or Alive will finally be available. Kerrelyn is going to be at Katy Budget Books for a launch party from 6 to 8 p.m. (central time) signing books and celebrating Phineas's story's release on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

ABC's Once Upon A Time continues to unfold...this time they gave a nod to Alice In Wonderland. I thought it was a fitting tribute and the plot is definitely thickening!

So did everyone have a good weekend? I went out with some friends of mine on Saturday. It was a lot of fun. 

Anyway...it's a new week, hope it's a great one!

Have A Marvelous Monday!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Have You "Hugged" Your Favorite Author Today?

Happy Friday All,

Congratulations goes to Nikki N. for winning the Kerrelyn Sparks giveaway yesterday! Kerrelyn will mail your copy of BE STILL MY VAMPIRE HEART, soon.

Today I want to talk about outside-the-business-support/encouragement for writers/authors.

A writer can have his or her critique group, but what about outside the business support? Some authors don't have a lot of people outside their critique/writing groups supporting/encouraging them. Some people have a misconception about what writing and publishing actually entails. Some people don't understand the emotions that surround a writer as he/she works on their craft.

Writing and publishing are real jobs. It's not always lucrative financially, but it's still a career. It take time, talent, energy, and dedication. There are writers who work 12-14 hours a day writing and editing to get their work in on time to editors, agents, and publishers.

There are writers who suffer health issues and family issues while they're working on that next novel for their readers. Some writers are parents with young children who have to balance family responsibilities with the demands of their craft.

But unlike most jobs, for many writers it's not just a job, it's a passion. It's love of the written word and love of imagination and creativity.

So, having the in-the-business support (i.e. writers' groups and critique groups) are very important, but also having the support of friends and family is also extremely important. That's why so many authors are so appreciative of their fans. It's the people who encourage them, build them up, and help them on those days when Writer's Block hits and they have to push through to get the story done.

If you have a favorite author, see if they have any contact information on their website. Send them a little note telling them how much you love their work. Even if they can't write you back because of their workload, they will appreciate so much you taking the time out to say "Thank you for putting out the novels I love so much." Tell them which novels are your favorite and why. Like I said, even if they don't have time to write you back, you will make their day.

Writing can be a very solitary experience sometimes. So, it's always good for writers to know they're not alone; which is one of the reasons why I'm always thanking my blog readers! Your comments and emails responding to questions, or just telling me what you like about the blog make my day!

So please, if you can, take the time to contact your favorite authors and tell them how much you enjoy their work.

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Paging Dr. Phang!

Happy Thursday All,


Well everybody, you're in for a rare treat. Not only is it an official blog book review day, but the author is also giving away one of her previously released books to ONE lucky person (I'll put details on how to enter near the end of the post...be sure to read them carefully!)

Kerrelyn Sparks has done it again! On March 27, 2012 you will be able to own Phineas’ story, Wanted: Undead Or Alive

In her usual good-humor fashion, Ms. Sparks immerses us in Phineas’ story…from the son of an abused mother, to desperate-for-cash, to Vamp and the “Love Doctor” we see all the many sides of Phineas.

However, those things don’t even define this vampire. Wanting to shuck his careless “Dr. Phang” image, Phineas is in search of something real and lasting. The one-night stands are meaningless. And really, who takes Dr. Love seriously? Even Phineas realizes it’s not the image he wants to portray anymore.

If only he could get werewolf princess, Brynley out of his head. Number 1, she’s irritating. Number 2, in what universe would her controlling father give Phineas, a wrong-side-of-the-tracks vampire the time of day, let alone his daughter?

No, it’s better if Phineas just continues his work on the Blardonnay commercials in hopes of helping MacKay Security and Investigation flush out self-proclaimed Queen of the Malcontents, Corky Currant.

Yet, when he and Brynley are forced together will Phineas’s head or heart win out? And, what about Bryn? Will she ever escape the clutches of her father and his plans for her?

Find out March 27, 2012 when Wanted: Undead Or Alive is released at Amazon and Amazon Kindle also at Barnes & Noble and on Barnes & Noble Nook.


Okay...now you've read the review and pre-ordered (or at least marked your calendar for March 27th) Here's a chance to win the first book Phineas is mentioned...Book 3 of Kerrelyn Sparks' Love At Stake series, Be Still My Vampire Heart.

Here's how to enter:


In your comment, tell me what vampire you'd want to meet, it can be any vampire from any author. IMPORTANT:  Please include your FIRST name and EMAIL ADDRESS. If you do NOT include a first name and an email address you will NOT be entered (the winner will be contacted by email).

*Keep in mind comments are published manually by me--that means when you leave a comment here it won't show up in the comment section until I've pushed the "publish" button. The reason it's set up this way is because people were having trouble with Blogger not publishing their comments, so I changed the settings and there's been almost no trouble since (I can't remember the last time a person had trouble commenting on here since I've changed the settings to post comments this way). If you don't see your comment up within 2-3 hours commenting, please send me an email at bethany.averie@yahoo.com


Send an email to me, Bethany, at bethany.averie@yahoo.com make sure you receive a reply from me so you know you've been entered. If you don't receive a reply within 2-3 hours of emailing me, resend your entry. IMPORTANT:  Please include your first name and what email address I can reply to, since the winner will be contacted by email.

GIVEAWAY will close at 11 p.m. Central Time TONIGHT (Thursday, March 22, 2012). Any entries received AFTER 11:00 p.m. Central Time March 22, 2012 will NOT be entered. 

Regarding International entries, I'll check with Kerrelyn (Thank you for your patience).  **UPDATE 10:22 a.m. (3/22/2012):  INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES WELCOME. SAME ENTRY RULES APPLY.**

Best wishes to everyone! Have fun.

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Ask A Vampire

Happy Tuesday All,

They're everywhere. Movies, TV, books, mythology. Some come out at night, some are around constantly. Some hate sunlight, some don't mind it.

Vampires. They've been a part of stories for a long time. From Bram Stoker to Stephenie Myers (and a bunch of authors in between and after Myers). Some people are fascinated by them, some are afraid of them and some don't care either way.

But what if you could sit and talk with them? What would you say? What would you ask them? What do you think they'd tell you.

So my question to you today is this...if you could spend time with a vampire and ask them anything you wanted, which vampire would you want to talk to and what would you ask?

Have A Terrific Tuesday!

Solo Or Jones?

Happy Monday All,

My husband is a great guy. He's also got a sense of adventure and loves great movie lines with equally great delivery. So it's no surprise to me that he's a big fan of Harrison Ford's depictions of Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, The Last Crusade, Crystal Skull) and Han Solo (Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi).

There's many similarities between Indiana Jones and Han Solo. Not just that they were both played by the same actor, but great lines with equal delivery, and sense of adventure.

Either one is handy in a jam. Han's got his blaster and Indiana is ready with his whip to to lay the smack down on the bad guys.

So, if were going on a dangerous adventure, which character would you want as your traveling companion, Indiana Jones or Han Solo?

Have A Monumental Monday!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Don't Forget To Wear Green!

Happy Friday All,

In honor of the fact Saturday (tomorrow) is St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd post in green colored font.

When I was a kid we had a couple of Irish ladies stay with us. It was a lot of fun. There was a few years where we got to ride in the St. Patrick's Day parade with them. It was fun.

There's a lot of legends centering around St. Patrick--one of the most popular is that he drove the snakes out of Ireland. Whatever St. Patrick did or did not do, I think for the most part, people agree he was a real person.

Of course, tradition has it that it's a day to wear green, and celebrate all things Irish. So, I wish you all a happy St. Patrick's Day and a safe weekend.

Have A Fantastical Friday!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fangs Or Fur?

Happy Thursday All,

Near the end of this month Kerrelyn Sparks will have a new release out and in April C.C. Hunter will, too. Both of these authors write paranormals (Kerrelyn writes Paranormal Romance and C.C. writes YA Paranormal).

I got to thinking about all that and decided to get you, my dear readers, involved in a discussion:

If you could choose which type of being your significant other was, would you choose werewolf or vampire?

In some stories, werewolves can turn into their wolf self anytime they please and in others, only during the full moon. In almost every case they have extra powers of some nature. Sometimes it's just extra strength, sometimes it's other things.

Vampires have a myriad of traits, depending on which author you read. In some books they have speed, strength, and hearing. In some stories, vampires never sleep, in other stories they sleep during the day. In some stories any kind of silver hurts vampires, and they burn up in the sun, in others silver and sunlight don't do anything to them.

In a lot of stories there are good werewolves and vampires that try to protect humans and bad werewolves and vampires that try to hurt humans.

Keeping all these things in mind, which one would you choose? (And if you already have a significant other, if you could choose which type of being they were, would you choose vampire or werewolf?)

Have A Thrilling Thursday!

Getting Rid Of The Echo

Happy Wednesday All,

Okay, I'm late posting this, and I apologize. But, I'm here, now.

There's a funny thing about ideas. Sometimes it's so hard to come up with something before hand. When you have to force an idea, it seems like it gets stubborn. You push, you pull, beg, plead, bargain...and nothing happens.

Then you sit down and suddenly ideas pop out of nowhere and it's all you can do to keep up.

That's the way it is with this blog a lot of the time. People ask me "How do you come up with ideas for your blog?" The truth is, sometimes I don't come up with anything until I start typing. Other times, an idea pops in and I write it down for whatever date I think it will fit.

I have a notebook that I started keeping this year. In it I write the day of the week and the date. Then I write down any blogging idea for that day. Some things I already know--for example, official book reviews. I know that later this month I'll be posting one, I know that next month sometime I have one (in fact, I'm working on finishing reading that book for April's official book review). Other times I have no idea until that day.

Blogging, like anything, is an exercise. The more you do it, the more you know what to expect. Sometimes it means it gets easier, sometimes it means it gets harder--especially when you start worrying about repeating yourself. However, like anything else, blogging doesn't get easier if you have a blog and you avoid it. Once you decide to blog, you owe your followers to post as often as you can--or at least as often as you say you will post.

I know lately I've been falling off the wagon on that. I am extremely sorry. Last week I was sick, and another time I had family in town. However, now I'm going to cut the excuses and work harder at providing a post for you Monday through Friday (I don't post on weekends, Holidays (like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter), and some days that are Holy in my faith). I'm not promising I'll be perfect at it, but I will do my best to have less "empty" days.

So, this is me, making an effort...and hopefully I can breathe new life into this blog, again.

Have A Witty Wednesday!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Watch Out For The Wolf!

Happy Monday All,

Golly! That is one mid-week through weekend I do not hope to repeat. My family came down with a stomach bug (seemed like some kind of stomach flu) and I don't wish it on anyone. We're doing much better, and I'm working on getting back to 100 percent feeling like my well self instead of my sick self, but I'm much better than I was.

I hope the rest of you have been staying well.

Sunday was my weekly watching of Once Upon A Time and the theme was Red Riding Hood, which was pretty interesting in and of itself, but the night before my husband and I had watched the movie of Red Riding Hood that came out awhile back, so it feels like I had a very Red Riding Hood weekend.

So in the spirit of that, I thought I'd also mention another retelling, in the form of a YA novel, called Scarlet Moon by Debbie ViguiĆ© which I have read more than once. It's a great retelling. Very inspiring and creative.

In the TV show it played with the idea that Red would be a wolf, and in the movie, someone else. In the book, it's yet someone else.

However, in the original story, "the big, bad wolf" isn't any person, but rather a talking wolf Red Riding Hood meets in the woods on the way to Grandmother's house. A good cautionary tale about not talking to strangers, but as evident by the show, Once Upon A Time and the movie directed by Catherine Hardwicke, and the book, Scarlet Moon, there's plenty of elements and ideas for someone to play with and reinterpret the story.

For myself, any of my regular readers know I love fairy tales. I find them inspiring, and I generally like most retellings. Rarely do I not like a retelling and sometimes I like the retelling better than the original.

In the case of Red Riding Hood, I felt the retellings offered some depth and ideas not found in the original tale. Things to spark the imagination and inspiration.

So, what do you think of Red Riding Hood and its retellings?

Have A Magnificent Monday!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Being MIA...

Happy Thursday All,

I'm not posting much these past couple of days (not sure about Friday, yet), the reason is I caught the illness offspring had. I'm doing better today--slowly improving and hoping to add more food. It's some sort of viral stomach bug and I don't wish it on anyone. It's not fun.

Offspring is much better and my husband has won the Husband Of The Year award for his help this past Sunday when Offspring came down with it, and then his help yesterday and today when I came down with it. I'm very blessed and lucky to have a husband with a strong stomach--mine isn't--and he cleans up yucky stuff without batting an eyelash.

Other than that I've been taking it easy. Today I'm still sort of weak, but trying to see if I can spend more time out of the bed (back is killing me from being so much in the bed). Yesterday I didn't do much besides sleep, eat a few crackers, drink some fluid, talk to a couple of people on the phone and go to the bathroom. Today I'm able to eat some crackers and sit on the couch. I'm hoping to stay awake a bit more today so that I sleep better tonight.

But I am getting better and I expect to be much better tomorrow. So, if I don't get to post on Friday, hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Have A Tip-Top Thursday!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

If History Was Alive

Happy Tuesday All,

In the movie, Night At The Museum historical figures, as well as natural ones come alive at night through a magical Ancient Egyptian stone and gold tablet.

So, if you had a hold of such magic, what history would you want to see come alive? What questions would you ask? Would you have to know a different language?

It also begs the question, what would historical figures think of today's countries and societies?

How about technology? If we're talking about ancient civilizations would what we have now scare them or impress them?

What do you think?

Have A Treat-Filled Tuesday!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

A Murder Most Fishy

Happy Monday All,

A busy week gave way to a busy weekend. My family from out-of-town made it safely home, and I approached the weekend a bit overwhelmed. However, other than the fact that Sunday afternoon offspring threw up, it was a nice weekend (prayers for offspring to get better would be wonderful and much appreciated!)

Since Offspring was sick Sunday afternoon, I'm not sure how often I will be able to check in during Monday, however, I will do my best. Please be patient--all comments are moderated by me before they are published in the comment section of this blog (for some reason this has solved some of the commenting difficulties people were experiencing when trying to post a comment on here).

Now, onto something happier and much more fun...an official blog review!

Some of you have seen some of my official blog reviews I've done for Mystery author, Laura Childs, and for those of you who have not, hope you enjoy my review of Agony Of The Leaves...

What’s better than a cup of tea and a scone? How about solving a murder? What about solving your ex-boyfriend’s murder?

That’s what Theodosia Browning, owner of Charleston’s Indigo Tea Shop finds herself doing when she discovers the dead body of her ex-boyfriend, Parker Scully floating in a tank at the Neptune Aquarium during a private party the tea shop is helping to cater.

While the police department first deems it an accident, things don’t add up for Theo. There’s no way Parker would’ve drowned in that tank. Plus there’s the marks on his hands…aren’t they defense wounds?

Theodosia makes up her mind that no matter what the Police Department thinks, or what Detective Tidwell says, she’s going to investigate.

But when she becomes the target of a black truck trying to run her off the road, and her dear Aunt Libby the target of a bee attack (which considering the circumstances of the bees’ attack, looks intentional), will Theodosia manage the solve the mystery of who-done-it in time to save her own life…or is she next?

Once again, Mystery author, Laura Childs mixes the comfort of a hot cup of tea, the sweetness of a pastry with mystery, crime, and a hint of suspense that’ll keep you guessing until the end.

Oh and here's a first:  Laura actually has a book trailer for this one! You can check it out here.

You can pick up a copy of Agony Of The Leaves, the newest Tea Shop Mystery, on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Amazon and also available at Barnes & Noble.
Have A Marvelous Monday!