Month: July 2014

We’re moving!

We’re moving!

Anne and I have been working on migrating our site to a self-hosted platform and redesigning our site. We’ve begun the migration and our site may be unavailable or in transition for a short period of time. Don’t worry, we’ll be back and better than ever! Thank you for your patience and we’ll see you on the other side.

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TTT: The authors whose books we own the most of

TTT: The authors whose books we own the most of

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is the authors whose books we own the most of. I don’t own many physical books, and in some cases, two is an impressive feat. So I took into account all of my eBooks, that definitely makes it more interesting. 1. Rainbow Rowell — 3 books I listed Rowell first because I just bought these three physical books in the last three weeks or so! I read a library copy of Fangirl earlier this year and knew that I wanted a copy of my own. Recently I was at a used bookstore and found a cheap copy of Eleanor & Park, and grabbed it up. After reading it, I knew I would want Attachments too, so… Read more »

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SIBS: Fantasy worlds I’d love to visit

SIBS: Fantasy worlds I’d love to visit

I’ve been reading and watching tons of fantasy/supernatural novels and shows, so I’ve been in an otherworldly mindset as of late. The reason why fiction is my favorite genre (and I use this term broadly) is because I get to escape in to another world and use my imagination. I have a relatively boring desk job and, well, your mind tends to wander throughout the day. Instead of towering grey cube walls, I might find myself drifting off in one of my favorite character’s worlds. Because this is meant to be a quick, fun post, I narrowed my list down to five. Believe me, I have way more than that! Narnia Talking animals, witches, Father Christmas, a friendly lion, and magical pathways through time and space, need I go on? Plus, not only would I get to travel to unknown worlds, but also to the 1940s, which would be pretty… Read more »

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Lit Lover Logic: Does predictability make you lose interest?

Lit Lover Logic: Does predictability make you lose interest?

A few weeks ago I finished a book that had taken me months to read. Now, that’s a pretty unusal habit for me, I typically stick to one book until I’m done. It wasn’t really a bad book either, the writing was good, the world building done well and interesting, but it took me MONTHS to finish. Something was up. After I was done I realized I had successfully  predicted the ending, as well as some key plot points along the way. I’m not usually the type of reader who likes to predict what will happen (though I really don’t mind spoilers, sometimes I even seek them out), and I didn’t intentionally try to solve the plot as I was reading. The next steps just seemed obvious even though it was even a fantasy story with a really interesting premise.  Then I started wondering if plot predictability was the reason it… Read more »

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Review: Prince of Fools

Review: Prince of Fools

Well kids, that was fun. Prince of Fools was billed as good ol’ George RR on speed, and for once, the comparison didn’t disappoint. Mark Lawrence’s novel has the same grit, debauchery and violence as GOT, but it takes half the time, and you really get to see the baddies up north. Jalan Kendeth is a minor prince, tenth in line to the thrown and pretty pleased with himself and his situation. Too far from reign to be serious, Jalan runs around town sleeping with women, gambling and just being an overall ass. This all changes once the Red Queen, his grandmother, brings in slaves to give their testimony about what’s happening in the north, and it is not good. Rumor is, there’s necromancy at play, and the Red Queen doesn’t want to chance it. After being cursed by the Silent Sister, a witch that only Jalan can see, Jalan’s… Read more »

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Wednesday Writing Workshop | July Beautiful People Linkup

Wednesday Writing Workshop | July Beautiful People Linkup

Last month I participated in the first Beautiful People linkup from Notebook Sisters and Further Up and Further In. The idea behind the meme is that us little writers get to know our characters better by answering 10 questions about them. Last time I introduced my MC Sara from my WIP The Regenerist’s Third Life, and today I’m continuing to focus on my  reluctant regenerating hero. I had a burst of energy over the last week and have made some good strides on my draft, which is amazing since I’ve been so busy at work. Seriously, ten minutes here or there is actually good progress for me right now. So this little post? It feels fantastic to be working on it! What’s her favorite food? Any food that’s real! Most people in Sara’s future eat modfood, a factory-grown food substitute that supposedly tastes like the real thing, but Sara knows better…. Read more »

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Characters we’re spending time with on that deserted island

Characters we’re spending time with on that deserted island

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s list is pretty fun: the ten characters we’d like to bring with us to a deserted island. Strangely, this is a “game” Ashley and I have played before, but it’s typically how we rank our favorite actors. Ask me who’s on my island and I could give you a running top five list. This time though, we’re looking at this from a survival/comfort standpoint. 1. For the eye candy: Eric Northman from the Sookie Stackhouse series. Okay, I can’t survive without something pleasant to look at. Thankfully, True Blood was a book series first so I can include my favorite vamp on the list. I’m sure an island would be a less-than-ideal for a vampire, but I’d… Read more »

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Monday Movie Magic: The Queen’s Exiles

Monday Movie Magic: The Queen’s Exiles

We’ve been on a MMM hiatus, but I’m here to correct that! I’ve been raving about The Queen’s Exiles by Barbara Kyle, and while there aren’t any plans to turn the novel into a film or television series, I’ve already found my dream cast! For the purposes of this post, I’m only focusing on Fenella, Adam and Frances. Fenella Doorn: Ali Williams I broke my own casting rule and ran a Google search for redheaded actress. Which can also yield some scary results, by the way. In any case, I was immediately struck by Ali William‘s IMDB profile picture. Obviously she’s gorgeous, but I couldn’t peg her in anything I’d seen. So, in reviewing her page I discovered she not only has a lengthy resume but also quite a few notorious characters under her belt (e.g. Poison Ivy, Jean Grey and Mary Jane Watson). Plus, if you check out her… Read more »

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Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Favorite games of the non-video variety

Stay-in-Bed Sampler: Favorite games of the non-video variety

When trying to think of a topic for this weekend’s SIBS, I kept coming back to hobbies that I love outside of reading. And while I do like myself a good video game, there’s something satisfying about playing an old-fashioned board or card game. And its also an activity that requires friends, which isn’t necessarily the case for videogaming. Here’s a look at some of my favorite games of the non-video variety: Settlers of Catan Lovingly called just Settlers or Catan amongst my college friends, this is the game that always comes out when we all meet up. Settlers is a resource-collecting game where the ultimate goal is to build roads, settlements and cities for victory points. What I love about this game is that there is a bit of strategy with some luck thrown in the mix. Each game you get a new board, constructed at random with different resource… Read more »

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Writing Workshop Wednesday: What’s your blogging routine?

Writing Workshop Wednesday: What’s your blogging routine?

Every Wednesday Anne and I have committed ourselves to providing discussion topics, tips and tricks or writing exercises. Last week, Anne and I made our book blogging confessions, and while the positive responses were overwhelming, it got me thinking about the various ways people blog. So, I’d like to expand upon this idea. Knowing we are all at different stages in our lives and have more or less responsibilities than others, I’m still curious. What’s your blogging routine? As Anne and I have said before, we are hopeful and aspiring writers, so we originally started the blog to gain some traction and credibility in the field. And, possibly some trusted beta readers. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. We’ve discovered wonderful, courteous and encouraging people with similar and dissimilar opinions are plentiful in this community. So, it’s no wonder this whole blogging thing has been rather addictive. With that said,… Read more »

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