Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wordless Wednesday (July 31)

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WWW Wednesdays (July 31)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My Answers:

Taking Back Forever (The Kindrily, #2)Curently Reading: Taking Back Forever by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1)Recently Finished: Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper. This was a terrific book. I can’t say enough about it. Here is my review Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Next for me?

Enchantment (Channie, #1) Shift (Shade, #2)Enchantment (A magical YA Paranormal romance) by Charlotte Abel Shift(Shade #2) by Jeri Smith-Ready are still waiting for me but other priorities seem to bump them….arggghhh! too many books not enough time!

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

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Teaser Tuesday (July 30)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teaser:

His dark brown eyes softened. “And promise me we won’t lose you too.”

I pulled his hood up over his head and flicked his chin dimple. “I swear it on all my lives.”

(7% Kindle)

Taking Back Forever (The Kindrily, #2) Taking Back Forever (Kindrily #2) by Karen Amanda Hooper

The first book Grasping at Eternity (Kindrily #1) was fabulous and a review is posted here Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

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

Teaser Tuesday is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

Grasping at Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper

Grasping at Eternity (The Kindrily, #1) Grasping At Eternity by Karen Amanda Hooper.  Published May 21, 2012 by Starry Sky Publishing. CDN $3.06 Kindle edition.

Leave it to Maryah Woodsen to break the one rule that will screw up eternity: Never erase your memories.

Before entering this life, Maryah did the unthinkable—she erased. Now, at seventeen years old, she’s clueless that her new adoptive family has known her for centuries, that they are perpetually reincarnated souls, and that they have supernatural abilities. Oh, and she’s supposed to love (not despise) Nathan, the green-eyed daredevil who saved her life.

Nathan is convinced his family’s plan to spark Maryah’s memory is hopeless, but his love for her is undying. After spending (and remembering) so many lifetimes together, being around an empty version of his soulmate is heart shattering. He hates acting like a stalker, but has no choice because the evil outcast who murdered Maryah in their last lifetime is still after her.

While Maryah’s hunter inches closer, she and Nathan make assumptions and hide secrets that rip them further apart. Maryah has to believe in the magic within her, Nathan must have faith in the power of their love, and both need to grasp onto the truth before they lose each other forever—and discover just how lonely eternity can be.

X-MEN meets MY NAME IS MEMORY in Karen Amanda Hooper’s latest young adult release. (Goodreads Excerpt)

Original, thought provoking and wonderful to read are the first words that come to mind when I finished this book.  I mean I was blown away with how well this story was put together.  The beginning of the story is a little confusing with the many characters that are introduced and the first chapter on Nathan is a little vague, however after about chapter four it all made sense and I loved every minute of reading.  I couldn’t put it down I was so mesmerized by the characters, the development and the unique story.

I loved the tension between Nathan and Maryah and felt the characters were true to form.  I was so immersed in the story that I felt sorry for Nathan and his predicament of being unable to tell Maryah what they mean to each other.  He is so sweet and kind and I love the romantic gestures and old world charm that befits his many years of reincarnation.  All of the characters were unique and very true to the story.  Maryah, being erased is still very young and immature and very confused by the events in the story.

Reincarnation is something that I have always been fascinated with and Karen has done an amazing job with her version of what happens when we die.  I love the idea of the Kindrily and all it represents.  I don’t want to give anything away but this was a fantastic read and I can’t wait to get started on the next book, Taking Back Forever.

I really enjoyed the uniqueness of this story as well.  I love stories about magic or supernatural powers.  The Kindrily all have special powers and reasons for them.  The bad guys have power too and the conflict is real and believable.  There are still a lot of unanswered questions in the story but I knew going in that it was a series so I assume they will be answered in the next book.  I am looking forward to a big showdown of supernatural powers.

5 stars for me.

The Personal Apocalypse—When are We REAL Writers?

Awesome post Kristen. I am amazed and awed by your perseverance you have a knack for inspiring me and others like me. Keep writing. I am glad you didn’t stick with law school. You would have been bored or held in contempt if court a lot. Lol. Love your posts. I am rebel logging this to inspire others with your words.

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It would be lovely if, when we decide to pursue our dream to become a writer, that friends, family and acquaintances would roll out the red carpet of support. Maybe some of you are fortunate enough to have had this happen, but I’d wager most of us could have joined a cult of UFO worshippers in New Mexico and received a better response.

New Level, New Devil (Thank You, Joyce Meyers)

Any time we seek to do something remarkable, something that deviates from “normal”… expect rejection. I was “fortunate” to experience a personal apocalypse so massive, that up was the only way to go. With a misdiagnosis of epilepsy, I’d lost my job, my home, my savings, my health, my identity, and my pride. I’d suffered such a sweeping personal extinction that I very literally had nothing left to lose.

Why not become a writer? I’d always wanted to, but…

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Friday Finds (July 26)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Friday Finds this week was discovered when a friend of mine mentioned this book.  She said she has been dying to read it but  could not find it in Canada nor on Amazon, Kobo etc.  I emailed the author via Goodreads and she put me in touch with a supplier in Australia who will ship the book to me for free.  So I will patiently await its arrival.  Looks very promising.

Bitter Greens Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

An utterly captivating reinvention of the Rapunzel fairytale weaved together with the scandalous life of one of the tale’s first tellers, Charlotte-Rose de la Force.

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens…

Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death, sixty-four years later. Called La Strega Bella, Selena is at the centre of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition, retaining her youth and beauty by the blood of young red-haired girls.

After Margherita’s father steals a handful of parsley, wintercress and rapunzel from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off unless he and his wife give away their little red-haired girl. And so, when she turns seven, Margherita is locked away in a tower, her hair woven together with the locks of all the girls before her, growing to womanhood under the shadow of La Strega Bella, and dreaming of being rescued…

Three women, three lives, three stories, braided together to create a compelling story of desire, obsession, black magic and the redemptive power of love. (Goodreads Excerpt)

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Friday Finds is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Check out their blog!

The Bookpocalypse–What to Do When You Realize Your Story Might Be DEAD

Awesome article by Kristen Lamb author of Rise of the Machines- Human writers in a digital world!

Rise of the Machines--Human Authors in a Digital World

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Since I am dedicating this week to the apocalypse to support my friend, Piper Bayard, I thought we’d take a day to look at the Bookpocalypse. What IS a Bookpocalypse? The Bookpocalypse is when you realize that first book you’ve been working, reworking, taking to critique, etc. is a train wreck and, for all intents and purposes, unsalvageable.

I went through this, too. Back in the 90s, when I began my tome, I mistakenly believed that making As in English naturally qualified me to be a best-selling author.

Yeah, um. NO.

And there comes that point that we need to be honest why our book is being rejected (or, in the new paradigm, not selling). This can be a very depressing low for any artist. I still remember the day it dawned on me my first book was mess and it was time to pull the plug. This is…

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