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Wed Words : Fictive Crushes

Edit: So apparently I got this week’s topic wrongish. I thought we were only talking about fictional crushes in books. But as you’ll see, I was the only one who did that. LOL so yeah, I could’ve made this way easier if I included tv and movie crushes. Oh well…

It’s almost Wednesday which means I’m once again sitting here with my iPad treating to figure out what to type to fit this week’s topic for Wednesday Words. I don’t know why these are so damn hard for me! 🙂

This week we’re supposed to be talking about crushes we have on fictional characters. So of course I’ve drawn a total blank. LOL Don’t get me wrong, I fall in love with characters all the time, I’m just having a hard time thinking of who those characters are.

“Jace” from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare – Yeah, he can be kind of a selfish dick, but I admit, I love the kid. Plus I loooooved Jamie Bower’s portrayal of him in the City of Bones movie.

“Ron Weasley” from Harry Potter – I heart Ron. I loved him when I read the books and loved him even more when Rupert Grint brought him to life.

“Alcide” from the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris – I loved Alcide before I fell in love with Joe Manganiello. I tend to love the warm blooded shape shifters. 🙂

“Peeta Melark” from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I’ve always been Team Peeta! Gale just sort of annoyed me. LOL

“Graf” from American Vampire by Jenny Trout – I thought Graf was awesome. He’s a vampire who is totally ok with being one instead of the tortured soul so many paranormal writers have made vamps.

“Augustus Waters” from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Oh, Gus! I love him so much, it’s ridiculous. So many great quotes from him in the book and he’s just so damn easy to fall in love with!

“Devin” from Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen – I love to write quirky kid characters into stories and Devin was a great example of that. Devin was a kid I would love to know and hang out with because she’s just so cool. I loved everything about the little girl.

“Bear” from Donut Days by Lara Zielin – A big bad biker who knits… What’s not to love?

That’s all I can think of. I’m sure once this posts I’ll think of a ton more. LOL

Do you have a Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend or a character you just adore?

Bronwyn Green | Jessica Jarman | Kayleigh Jones | Jenny Trout | Gwendolyn Cease | Kris Norris

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Wednesday Words Favorite Things: Books

Today we’re talking about our favorite books.  Asking me to do that is like asking a parent which is their favorite kid… aka very hard!  I kind of have ADD when it comes to listing my favorite things.  In random conversations I can rattle off my faves easily, but when someone asks me to make a list I’m all, “Uh… well… you know…”  Then afterward I’ll suddenly remember everything when the time has passed. Like the other day I was having dinner with friends and one of them asked me who I liked to read.  I couldn’t list them.  I read all the damn time and I couldn’t make a list!  I was like, “I read a lot of YA, vampires and stuff.”  Seriously?!  Geesh…

But yeah… my favorite books (that I can remember at this moment, LOL).

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Ohhh this book!  This book broke my heart and made me laugh at the same time.  I’ve only ever had two books make me cry and this wasn’t one, but I was definitely touched.  I read this book in two sittings and it’s calling me to read it again.  That alone means that I loved it because I rarely re-read books.  I did figure out where the plot was going to go early on, but I think maybe that’s just the writer in me.  I try to figure out what’s going to happen and think about how I would make it go if it were my book.  This was the first book by Green that I’ve read and I just fell in love with his writing.  I’ll soon be reading all of his books.  Oh and, 29 days til the movie! I can’t freaking wait for the movie! 🙂

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This was one of my favorite books growing up.  It’s so cute and sweet Grover is so clueless you can’t help but love him. 🙂  If you haven’t read it, do so.

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I had to read this for a book club I used to belong to.  I was too busy at the time to sit and read so I got the audio book from the library and holy cow it was amazing.  The dude who read the book did different voices and accents for people and just did a phenomenal job.  Then of course there is the story itself which is all kinds of awesome.  I’m so pissed that the movie didn’t get much publicity (so little that it came to and left the theaters without me knowing) because it looked like it was going to be great too.  I’m sure it’s a great read, but I highly suggest getting the audio book for this one.  🙂

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I’ve been looking through my goodreads history for five star books to put on this list.  Every single one of Jen’s Blood Ties books have five star ratings from me and I read them years before I met her in person and started hanging out with her.  So yeah, I’m a fan!  I remember reading these books and thinking, “Cool! They’re in Michigan!”  “Cool! The author is from Michigan too!”  “Son of a bitch, she’s younger than I am and has already been published!”  LOL  I adore Jen’s writing.  She has a way of pulling me into books that I never would have thought I’d liked.  For example, I’m not a big fan of historical romance, but I’ve read some of Jen’s stuff that she’s written as Abigail Barnett and have loved it.  Basically, Jen rocks and if you haven’t read her books you need to. 🙂

1201149Neil Gaiman rocks my socks.  I have loved every novel of his that I’ve ever read.  I got turned on to him though through Backstreet Boys fanfic, believe it or not.  A friend of mine was writing this amazing fanfic that blended the Boys with the Endless and as I read the fanfic I was like, “I need to read this series…”  So I started buying the twenty dollar volumes slowly and totally fell in love with the series. I own the whole set and it’s the only graphic novel series that I’ve read from start to finish.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt is supposed to be trying to bring it to the screen and holy wah, if he gets it done I’ll love him even more than I already do!

Where_the_Sidewalk_EndsThis and A Light in the Attic are books I read so much as a kid that I memorized a bunch of the poems and page numbers.  I recently got my Where the Sidewalk Ends out to share with my youngest nephew and it just warmed my heart to see him enjoying the poems and pictures as much as I do. 🙂

 

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Sarah Addison Allen is brilliant.  I’ve loved every book that I’ve read that she’s written.  When I read her books I think to myself, “I want to write like her when I grow up!”  She’s just, magical.  In fact, she has a new book out that I need to get badly. 🙂  It was sold out the last time I was at the book store though.

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Last but not at all least… Lara Zielin.  I’ve read all of her books and loved them all but this was the first one read thanks to Bronwyn’s suggestion.  It’s wonderful.  Lara herself is all kinds of amazing and she’s a Michigan author so yay for that!  She just quit her job to write full time too so yay for more wonderful Lara books!

There are tons of other books that I love, but I can’t simply name (or remember) them all. 🙂  I’m curious to know if any of these are books that you love!  Let me know in the comments, then check out what favorite books my girls have on their lists!

Bronwyn Green | Kris Norris  | Jenny Trout

Gwendolyn Cease | Jessica Jarman |Tess Grant | Leigh Jones


Cover Reveal!

Today, authors Bronwyn Green, Jessica Jarman, and Jenny Trout unveil the cover of their upcoming anthology:
If Ever I Would Leave You
(July, 2014)
Keep reading for a chance to win an Arthurian-themed DVD prize pack or a $25 Amazon gift card!

Surfacing
Bronwyn Green
A year after Tabby Nolan’s sister vanished from the Lake Michigan shore with her boyfriend, Liam, Tabby visits the spot where the two were last seen– and finds herself pulled into the crumbling world of Avalon.
Since his disappearance, Liam has been trapped in the mythical land, with no link to the world he knew. Now, their shared memories of Tabby’s missing sister are all they can cling to as Avalon dies around them.
But Tabby doesn’t want to be a replacement for her sister, and her growing attachment to Liam feels like a betrayal. As Avalon fades around them, Liam and Tabby must rely on each other– or be lost with the ancient kingdom forever.
Albion’s Circle: The Deepest Cut
Jessica Jarman
For nineteen years, Anna has been plagued by dreams of lives lived only in legend. Finally free from the family that believed her hopeless and worthless, she’s ready to start her life over—alone.
When Anna meets an enigmatic stranger claiming to be the legendary wizard Merlin, she is forced to question the very reality she’s struggled to accept. With the mythic figures from her dreams intruding on her waking life, Anna learns that she’s been reborn to fight an ancient evil alongside King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
Caught in an ages old conflict, Anna is the key to stopping a dark magic that will destroy the world—and Merlin wants to make sure that this time, Anna isn’t alone.
A Choice Fit For A Queen
Jenny Trout
writing as
Abigail Barnette
For perpetual overachiever Madison Lane, a summer studying Arthurian mythology in the Welsh countryside with professor Thomas Evans is a dream come true, and the adventure of a lifetime.
Of course, the enormous crush Madison developed on the professor after a semester of his lectures at U of M has absolutely nothing to do with her desire to learn more about the enduring legend of Camelot. At least, that’s what she’s telling her parents.
When Madison meets fellow student Rhys Crewe, sparks fly, throwing her plans for wild fling with Professor Evans completely out of whack—as do her unexpectedly complicated feelings for Thomas. With tales of Arthur and Lancelot haunting her every waking moment, Madison has to make the most difficult choice of her life.

Jessica Jarman is an author, blogger, and rather
obsessive fangirl. Having grown up in Upper Michigan and currently living in Minnesota, she is a Midwestern girl through and through. And wouldn’t have it any other way.

When Jessica isn’t working to get words on the page, she passes the time with her amazing husband and four children, attempting to be crafty (and failing miserably), squeeing uncontrollably over her favorite shows or curling up with a good book.
Bronwyn Green is an author, blogger and compulsive crafter. She lives Michigan with her husband, two sons and three somewhat psychotic cats. When not frantically writing, she can be found helping in her youngest son’s classroom or binge-watching Netflix while working on her latest craft project.
Abigail Barnette (Jenny Trout) is a writer, blogger, and funny person. She has written award winning and bestselling erotic romance as Abigail Barnette. Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online. She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to strangle her. Visit her on twitter (@Jenny_Trout) or at her blog, jennytrout.com.

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Review: Fairytale

Fairytale
Fairytale by Maggie Shayne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I really wish Goodreads would add a half star option. This book for me wasn’t really a two star book but it wasn’t a three star book either. I’ve heard that this was Maggie Shayne’s first book (which explains why it’s being offered as a free book through Smashbooks). It’s okay. Not great, not awful, just okay. I haven’t read any of her other books so I can’t compare, but I know people who love her stuff and so I’m guessing that like any good author, her work has grown since writing her first book. I certainly hope that’s the case.

This one was just really slow. Downright exhaustingly slow at times. But I still managed to care about the characters and wanted to know what was going to happen to them, so I kept reading. Sadly though, when the book was just getting good and it looked like there were 100 pages left to read, the book ended with a horribly quick finale that was ridiculously rushed. (Haha… Rush pun not intended.) Then there were 100 pages of another book to tease readers with. I read those pages too and have no desire to seek out that book. I might be interested however in checking out the next book in this series. Maybe.

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Review: Rapture

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Rapture by Lauren Kate
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was going to wait until this was available in trade paperback but then I saw that it’s a free lendable ebook through my library so I just had to read it. 🙂

As with the previous books this one still was a little too long for my taste, however it was quite possibly my favorite of the series. Luce transitioned from a Too Stupid to Live (TSTL) character in books 1 & 2 to tolerable in book 3 but in book 4 I actually liked her! In fact, I liked everyone in this book. Daniel wasn’t the moody pain in the ass he’d been in book 3 and this book did a great job at FINALLY explaining the big secrets that have been going on for the last three books. Some of it was pretty obvious a few books back, but other details caught me by surprise. I also absolutely LOVED the epilogue. Had that not been included I would probably have knocked the book down to three stars, but I think the way this book ended was by far the perfect way to end the series (I don’t count the 5th book as part of the series but rather a sidecar).

Great book, great ending. 🙂

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Review: The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a hard one to rate. On one hand I wanted to give it four stars but on the other I was aiming more toward three. I guess that means it’s a 3.5. I liked this book… I enjoyed the characters and situations. The idea of a shrink for teens who is completely unaware of her own children was kind of brilliant and quite realistic. What I didn’t like about the book though was that it seemed like Ginny’s problems all got solved over night. One day she’s miserable and self mutilating and the next she’s all outgoing and making huge changes. It just felt too rushed. I still think it was a great book though despite the poor pacing.

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Six Sentence Sunday

ImageI’ve mentioned a few times lately how I feel like I’m in a bit of a writing slump.  I only wrote 10,741 words in June and although that’s not a horrible word count, it’s definitely not even close to what I’d like to see at the end of a month.

I did, however, meet all of my writing goals that I set for myself for June.  I finished writing and posting a fanfic that I’d been working on for years and started a new novella that I plan on submitting for publishing when it’s done.  It’ll be my first submission and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t freaking out about it… but I have some pretty awesome published friends around me to keep me going and make sure I don’t give up. 🙂

This new novella is quite a challenge for me because I’m used to writing long drawn out novel length fanfic, so a novella is kind of scary.  It’s also a challenge because for some reason instead of my usual first person I decided to try this one in third person.  I really struggle with third person for some reason. I love writing in first person because I can really get into the head of the main character and it’s like I become the him/her and I’m writing my own story even if it’s not something that I’ve experienced.  It’s not that I don’t like third person, it’s just not what I’m used to, ya know?

Anywho… today is Sunday which in the world of blogging writers means Six Sentence Sunday. So here, is a little sneak at my newest novella in it’s totally new and unedited form.

He’d found out about three weeks ago that he was finally being released from the medical center he’d called home for nearly a year since his accident in Afghanistan.  After countless surgeries and hour upon hour of physical therapy he was finally cleared to go home and as soon as he told Mike, a plan to surprise Maggie had begun.   He’d been doing his best to avoid talking about when he’d be home because he didn’t want to lie to her.  But in just one day all of the secret keeping would be over.  He would drive from his parent’s house up to Crystal, MI where he’d spent every summer of his childhood with Mike and Maggie.  He’d surprise her, and hopefully not piss her off too much, and get the hug he’d been waiting over a year for.


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