Daily Archives: June 17, 2013

Change—Resistance is Futile

Awesome inspiring article by Kristen Lamb author of We Are Not Alone:  The Writer’s guide to Social Media

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and Rise of the Machines: Human Authors in a digital World (Soon to be released)

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Change is scary. Okay, TERRIFYING. Yet, as writers, we should seek to always be pushing ourselves to the next level. It makes us stronger. Makes us grow. But, there are a few things about “going to the next level” I’d like to warn y’all about.

Yesterday, I finally sent my new book, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World off for formatting. This book has been almost two years in the making and you have NO idea how happy I am to finally reach this part of the journey. I’m not quite to the summit—physical book in hand and for sale—but I can see it….

…..so close….nearly THERE…..*grunts*

A Brief History of ROM (Rise of the Machines)

Two years ago, I scored a big-time agent and was over the MOON. Like many of you, I, too, dreamed of having a traditional deal. Not that my publisher…

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Feisty Female YA Tournament 2013 – Round Two still Open!!!

Feisty Female YA Tournament 2013 ~ vote for Katniss!     

    It’s that time of year to vote for the females that have carried their many weapons with care, have taken out more bad guys than you can count on both hands and have shown the world that women are not to be messed with!
It’s also a chance to acknowledge that heroines don’t have to be simpering, weak or girly – they can have iron backbones and save the day better than any man can 😉

Voting will be open 31 May – 31 July. There will be 7 Rounds:

– Round 1 – top 15 move to Round 2
– Round 2 – top 10 move to Round 3
– Round 3 – top 6 move to Round 5
– *Round 4/Gatecrashers* – top 6 move to Round 5
– Round 5 – top 6 move to Round 6
– Round 6 – top 3 move to Round 7
– Round 7 – WINNER IS ANNOUNCED 31 JULY

CURRENTLY IN SESSION: ROUND 2 (open until June 20)
VOTE HERE (click)

This tournament will be going on here, on Goodreads, and via Twitter.

My support (and hopefully my fans) goes out for Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins  – She is one tough Female with alot of spunk!  Let’s all get out there and show our support -vote for Katniss!    

                                

“We had to save you because you’re the mockingjay, Katniss…While you live, the revolution lives.”

You Are Mine – Janeal Falor

You Are MineYou Are Mine by Janeal Falor.  Published by author, sold by Amazon digital services.  CDN $3.04.

Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly. (Goodreads Excerpt)

I was given a free e-copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.  Let me start off by saying that I absolutely loved the book.  It was very different and inventive and a refreshing change to what I was expecting.  I used to read a lot of historical romance and this book reminded me of that, however when you throw in all the magical elements it was much more intriguing and enjoyable.

I loved the word building created in that practically everything was run by magic, electricity, heating, cooling, reading a person’s blood for magic.  Everything was infused with magic.  If it wasn’t for the fact that women are treated like dirt I wouldn’t mind living there for a while.  The only flaw was that we have no idea what time period this is or where it is located.  It didn’t affect the story so I won’t say too much on it.

I loved the main character Serena.  She was the type of kick ass heroine that wanted so badly to emerge from her oppression.  She pushes the limits and does whatever she can to protect the ones she loves.  I truly hope that there is a sequel and she discovers that she has power and learns to break out of her shell and overthrows the male regime (This would take a few books but I know she has it in her.)  You can feel her inner power and spirit that is just aching to get out.  I was rooting for Serena the whole time.

I really enjoyed the romantic aspect of this story as well.  There was no “oh my god I love this man that owns me” kind of stuff you often see.  The relationship was building and the feelings were growing on both sides.  It made sense and was real and I really wanted them to find a way to be together on their terms.  I hope this is what the author is leading up to.

I must say that this was truly a joy to read and I would love to have a ‘spelled dress’ like the one Serena wears to the ball.

5 stars for me.

Musing Mondays (June 17)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!


My Musing: 

In the world of technology we have many new ways to read books.  The traditional paperback in either hard or soft cover, the many ebooks Kindle, Nook, Kobo etc.  You can download onto your PC or IPhone or tablet or pretty much endless devices.

My question is what do you do most of your reading on?  And what do you prefer and why?

I will always love the traditional Hardcover books.  There is something about the smell and feel of these books that makes me love them.  However the price for these is a little steep, therefore I do most of my reading these days on my Kindle.  It is funny actually that I bought a kindle (which is an american product) when I live in Canada.  When I downloaded a book I had to do the conversion from American to Canadian on my credit card.  This was a big downer which influenced my buying a KOBO for my kids.  I love the kindle more.  More variety, more free books etc.  I was delighted when Amazon came up with an Amazon.ca with all the same features.  I now avoid the whole money conversion and absolutely love my Kindle again.  I just wish it was a Kindle fire or one of the newer versions with a back-light.  Can’t have everything I guess…lol

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your musing in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

Monday Musing  is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!