Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

Look what I just ordered!

I don't know if you remember (probably not), but back in 2011 (I can't believe it was so long ago!), I posted about an author whose book I'd read, and she was offered representation by an agent, AND her book sold.

That author was Mindee Arnett and The Nightmare Affair became officially on sale yesterday.

It's a thrilling, fun read and I can't wait to read it again.

So what's cooler than this nobody (me!) having read a real, live published book before it was actually, you know, published? How about a shout-out from Mindee herself on the Acknowledgements page?

Yeah, that's right. Mindee's pretty awesome, and so is her book. So go out and download it, or order it, or go into your favorite bookstore and buy it off the shelf. You won't be sorry.

Congratulations to Mindee!

Whew. There are a lot of links in this post. Be sure and click them all.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Dark and Hollow Places

I don't know if it's school starting or the fact that Halloween decorations are already on the store shelves, but I was hit recently with an intense need for a good, dark book.  And I remembered that I never read the third installment of the FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH trilogy by Carrie Ryan.

THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES filled my need. I said this with the other two books, but I'm going to say it again. These books are less about zombies and more about the people who survive in a world full of zombies.  It was perfect.  It may have been my favorite of the whole series.  Now that's something.

The main character, Annah, wasn't just faced with zombies. She was faced with a hard past, the inability to forgive herself for past mistakes, physical scars all over her body, OH, and an island full of corrupt and evil humans who watch people fight zombies in a cage for fun.

It was an impossible world and she was a strong character who didn't quit fighting for what she wanted. And the love interest, it was perfect. There was a perfect mixture of uncertainty and reasons why the two of them couldn't be together. But they didn't care about those reasons and fought for each other any way.

It's my recommendation for a fast, Fall read.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2012 Writing Endeavors

Hello 2012 blogging world. How are you?

I've been in a reading/writing slump for the past few months. The last book I read was technically in 2011. And it was the sequal to Paranormalcy; Supernaturally.

I really, really want to pick up The Scorpio Races and I can't wait until the sequal to Divergent comes out. Soon! So I'm hoping those books will get me out of my reading slump.

Onto my writing slump. Even though I haven't gotten any leads on publishing my only finished novel, Immersed, I came up with some really good ideas about the sequal to it. I've only written a few hundred words. I'm really excited about the storyline, but I just can't make myself sit down and write.

I think the problem is confidence. So to battle that, I'm planning to enter a few short story writing contests. I've never done it before and I'm really excited about entering.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

I detoured from the YA genre and jumped on The Help bandwagon. As expected, it was good. The parts about Mae Mobley really got me because my daughter is in that age-group right now. During the week I read it, I made extra sure I told her how beautiful and smart and sweet she is. I was already doing that, but a few dozen more times each day won't hurt :)

I began speaking with an even more exaggerating southern drawl while reading this. My husband would ask why I was talking funny and then I'd read him a passage from the book and he'd say "Oh" like that was the only explanation he needed.

I saw the movie two days after finishing the book and per usual, I liked the book better though the movie didn't do a horrible job. I'm just glad I also read the book so I understood the whole, detailed story.


One thing that really bothered me about the movie though is that they went to all the trouble of putting the actress who played Constantine in contacts so that she had hazel eyes, but then skipped the part about her daughter Rachel being high yellow. To me, the film makers should have done either both or neither.

Also I could have done without the love interest in the book and in the movie.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

This Month's Reads

This month I've read Divergent by Veronica Roth and Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. I can't really say much about either except they are very good and very different from each other which can be fun.

I can't wait for the next installment of Divergent and am sad to say goodbye to Sam, Grace, Cole and Isabel. Oh, Cole. He was awesome. Maybe my favorite character from the book.

Next on my "To Read" list: nothing.

Yes, nothing. I have been seriously procrastinating edits to my MS by reading and watching TV when I'm not working and parenting and sleeping. So I've decided I can't read another thing until I finish this round of revisions.

:( Do I have to? *Whine*

Thursday, August 4, 2011

No one is posting! Oh wait, neither am I.

Several weeks ago I read Undine by Penni Russon. I was at the library, perusing the Young Adult section when I spotted this cover:

With this blurb:
The magic. The girl. The ocean inside her.

And I had that heart-stopping aspiring author moment. This cover, this blurb is similar to my book. NOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooo!

But then I picked it up and read this synopsis:
Undine isnt your ordinary teenage girl. She doesnt like Tuesdays, has a best friend named Trout, and can cause storms to form out of thin air. She comes from a tight-knit family that includes her mother, brother, and aunt. She has always been told that her father died before she was born but a mysterious whispering voice convinces her that he is still alive. Trout, thanks to his love of Shakespeare, links the words that the voice is speaking with The Tempest. After the book itself appears in her house, Undine figures out where the voice is calling from and goes to meet her father. –June H. Keuhn, Corning East High School, NY

Not so similar. After I calmed down, I decided to take it home and give it a spin.

And I liked it. The writing was beautiful (unsurprising considering Penni Russon was a poet first and author second). It was also cliche-free and since she's Australian there was some fun lingo in there.

And while I enjoyed it, I liked it more for the writing than for the story itself. The end kind of confused me. I don't know maybe I just need to pick up the sequel.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

I faintly remember this book from childhood and vaguely remember liking it so the other day when I was looking for something "fresh" to read my daughter, I picked this up from my husband's huge pile of childhood memorabilia.

And I fell in love with it. It captures exactly the way children react when things don't go their way. And adults, too, for that matter.

My favorite line is Alexander's response to when his friend tells him he's his third best friend and it goes something like this (not an exact quote): "I hope you sit on a tack. I hope the next time you eat a strawberry ice cream cone, the ice cream part falls off the cone part and lands in Australia."

Perfection, right? Haven't we all wished the same on people who are frustrating us?

Seriously, even if you don't have kids, go out and purchase this book. Or at least browse it at the bookstore.