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Catching Up and My Neighbor’s Backyard Voodoo

13 Aug

Helllllllllllloooooo!  It’s been so long!  My life is finally beginning to settle down – a smidge at least.  🙂  So, while I was in the middle of traveling and moving and pulling out my hair, I managed to read a few books.  I thought I would just go ahead and post them on here but first, let me catch you up on my writing.

So, when it comes to erotica, there’s going to be a new kid in town soon, Lynn C.   She’s awesome – trust me.  (wink!)  I’ll keep you posted as to when she releases something.  She has a novella undergoing editing at the moment so, in other words, hot sex and major domination coming at you soon!

As for writing by yours truly, moving and changing facilities for the day job has really set me back.  I’m still working on the sequels for “The Missing Chapters” and “She Knows Something You Don’t Know”.  I don’t have any solid dates yet, but I’ll keep you up to speed.  I may even offer a teaser every now and again.  🙂

On the personal side of things, my new home is adorable!  North Carolina is beautiful but it will not stop raining!  It’s crazy!  I have a new neighbor  – which I’m not used to, and my dog keeps barking at him.  Now, I don’t want to stare, but he seems to be playing with a box in his back yard.  Yes, a box.  I absolutely cannot figure it out.  Maybe he’s aspiring to be a magician.  I’m just not certain.  I would ask him, but since we haven’t met yet, it seems a little odd for me to holler at him across the fence and ask him whats in his little box.  I may not want to know!  All I DO know is that he’s making my dog bark with his backyard voodoo. 

Moving right along.  Let’s talk books!  I gave 4 stars to:

The Festival of the Moon (Girls Wearing Black #2)

by Spencer Baum (Goodreads Author)
Spencer Baum has surpassed the first novel of this series with leaps and bounds by writing “The Festival of the Moon”. The writing style is fantastic and you are brought much more deeply into the story. You also really begin to identify with characters as well as just really hate others. I was completely into to this second installment of the “Girls Wearing Black” series. The plotting and scheming, the lying and manipulating…it was all great fun. I look forward to reading the third installment very much now that I know Baum can deliver like this! While it’s a YA series, it takes on a rather adult feel through much of it – not a bad thing considering the storyline. It’s still safe for the older kiddies but the adults get to enjoy it too. I wouldn’t mind following these characters through their lives as they turn into the same bastards that their fathers are and manipulative witches that are their mothers. Bring it on Spencer, I can’t wait!
 
Get it here:

I gave 3 stars to:

Tilly Lake’s Road Trip

by Francis Potts (Goodreads Author)

First let me say, the writing is superb and I thought the plot was incredibly original and intriguing. So many areas of the book had me laughing out loud and saying, “What the…?” I also really thought that Tilly was going to turn into a full blown switch hitter – she may yet I suppose. All in all, this was a fun and fresh story that I enjoyed very much. 

Why only three stars, you ask? Allow me to explain.

Where the story grabbed me was with the characters. I love them. They are so fresh and unexpected. The humor was very good and the writing was amazing. Also, the plot was unlike anything I have ever read – the overall plot that is. I love the idea of turning the worst time in your life, into the best time of your life, in such an unexpected way. Tilly’s naivety was also quite endearing for most of the story.

Where the story really lost me was the idea that every single woman that Tilly comes across has secret dreams of taking topless photos, fondling/showering/making out with other women and demanding to have topless photos of themselves on stranger’s phones. It made it seem like it was more of some old man’s fantasy than a novel that’s supposed to be heartfelt and funny. 

I was also quite irritated and bored with the constant repetitiveness. I was at the point where I wanted to skip over the phone calls between Tilly and Anka because it was the same conversation over and over and over and over – literally. It was always Anka asking Tilly if she was going to sleep with Johnny, and that it would make her happy if she did – all in broken English. It was funny the first few times but after that, it became annoying as it seemed to happen at least two or three times a chapter. 

The other major repeat offender was Johnny telling Tilly she was a bad woman and Tilly telling Johnny that he was a bad man and demanding kisses from each other. I mean Jesus – if you want to kiss, just kiss. It was charming at first because they were working through the awkwardness of wanting to do it, but after a while, it seemed like they were saying it every few pages through the entire book. It definitely lost that charm. 

Another point that I found irritating was that I was forced to read the entire play-by-play of a foreign film that they were watching in the story. Was that truly necessary? It went on and on to the point where I finally just started skimming through it until I could get past that part. There was no reason to do it, it had no relevance later. A quick synopsis would have been just fine.

While these things took away some of the enjoyment of the story for me, it’s definitely worth the read. I don’t want deter anyone from reading this book, I truly liked it and am happy that I read it. I just didn’t love it – though I could with some minor editing. The characters are so enjoyable and fun, they make me want to run out and find a Welshman, a Russian and some English women to pal around with – sans lesbian fantasy picture-taking sessions and make-out fests. Potts should truly feel proud of this accomplishment. It was a pleasure. 

Get it here:  

I gave 5 stars to:

A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

What can I say? I love these books! However, I am at the point where I find myself wanting to skip certain character’s sections because they bore me. I force myself to read them though because before I know it, the storyline takes a turn that sucks me in! 

If you haven’t read the first three books, for God’s sake don’t start here. You will be utterly lost. Go get book one immediately and dive into a world that is magical, brutal, sensual and sometimes downright fricking sick. One thing’s for certain though, it’s always entertaining! 

If you have already read the other three books, what the hell are you waiting for? START READING book four!

 
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I read more, but that is plenty to get you started!  

I’m currently reading:  

I’ll let you know how well I like it next time.  In true “telling you stuff I like” style, I want to share the most awesome thing with you.  Since I moved into my new house, I really am anti-hole-in-wall where decorating is concerned.  I never used to be like that, but then, this is my first brand new house.  Well, I decided to try out these Command strips to hang my pictures.  HOLY CRAP!  I now have about every product they make!  They are amazing!  If you want to hang stuff with no holes in your wall, this line of products is what you’re looking for!  There are different weight capacities, so make sure you look at that before you hang something or you may not have success.  Check ’em out!

See you next time!  Happy Reading my friends!

No, I Haven’t Finished my Taxes – I Am NOT Procrastinating, I’m Too Busy Reading, Working, and Writing Reviews

23 Mar

OK – maybe I am procrastinating. So, normally I have my taxes done rather early. For some reason this year, I have not touched them. I don’t know why this wave of procrastination has come over me regarding my taxes this year… It’s an inexplicable mystery. BUT – I am determined to finish them this weekend. The fact that I have not touched them yet but have found time to finish a book, start a new one and write several reviews that I had yet to do as well as write a new blog post, will not deter me. Besides, it’s only Saturday…I have a whole day left in the weekend to do them. Maybe it’s NOT procrastination after all – it’s TIME MANAGEMENT! I like that explanation better.

Let’s take a look at some of the things I have been allocating time to! There are a few so let’s get started.

I was contacted by someone regarding a charity where they ask authors for books for a couple of pretty great causes. Here are the details. Fellow authors, I encourage you to check it out!

One program centers around adult recovering patients in local hospitals. After I read a book I lend them to patients in the hospitals and before they go home they give them back to the nurse and the process continues on to other patients.

The second program promotes literacy in regards to lower-income at-risk youth. We help to provide free books to children-teenagers-most of these families can not afford to purchase books for their children.

We are asking authors if they would donate copies of their books to our charitable organization. We can use signed books for fundraising (to help our youth program-100% of any funds raised go into the program as we have very low over head and all of our organizations members volunteer their time and are not paid) OR we can use unsigned copies of books to use for our adult hospital program. Would you consider donating to this worthy cause?

Every donation to our programs are 100% tax-deductible and we can send a receipt for any donation that is made.

If you have any author friends who might be interested in donating please let them know about us. I offer special thanks on our Facebook page for donations as well as a link in which people can see the generosity of the author and possibly purchase their books! I am also willing to read any copies sent to me personally and post a review (if the author requests that I do-some reviews take a little longer than others depending on how many books are donated in which a review is requested-but I promise to write a review if requested with the donation)

Any donated books can be sent to:
Wee Care Community Outreach Inc
C/O Dawn Lowery
2873 Wells Drive
Dalton, Georgia 30721

Thank you for your time

Sincerely,
Dawn Lowery
Founder
Wee Care Community Outreach Inc
Federal ID Number 20-5077011

So there’s that. I think it’s a very worthwhile cause – both of them!
Moving on. I have some reviews for you!

This movie is fantastic March 23, 2013 5 Stars
By Chasta Schneider
I watched this by chance when it was on a pay channel when I thought it was a different movie. It’s not often that I’m so glad I made a mistake but this is one of those times.

I cannot even tell you how hard this movie made me cry – and I am NOT the crying type people. It is absolutely heart wrenching and tragic and beautiful all at the same time. I don’t need to tell you what it’s about, you can read the description. What I will tell you is that this movie is one of the best I’ve seen. Out of the blue, unexpected, raw emotion. It makes you understand how sometimes letting yourself just feel without analyzing everything is the true gift and the way we should live. If you fall in love in a day – embrace it rather than question and doubt it. JUST LIVE! Don’t miss this emotional rollercoaster ride – and grab the Kleenex!

I hope book 4 is almost finished!, March 23, 2013
By Chasta Schneider “Chasta”

This review is from: Released Souls (Witch Avenue Series #3) By Karice Bolton (Kindle Edition) 4.5 stars
I really enjoy the books I’m reading by Karice Bolton. This series has really sucked me in. Even though book one was not my favorite, I knew I had to continue the series because the story itself was simply intriguing – and I’m so glad that I did.

I’ve got one gripe for you Karice. Either make your books longer or write faster! 🙂

If you enjoy paranormal books that contain witches, warlocks, magic and fairies with a pretty great love story thrown in the mix, do yourself a favor and pick up this series. Bolton gives you quality writing with superb story-telling ability.

In this particular installment, our characters have matured and their relationship is stronger than ever – or is it? There are a few unexpected twists and turns that I truly appreciated. I would talk more about them but I don’t like to put in spoilers. JUST READ IT!

Chasta Schneider rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Pink Lemonade Diary (Pink Lemonade Memories, #1)
byJuliette Hill

When I think of this story, the word that comes to mind is CUTE. It just is. It’s a quick, entertaining read about a young teen who is angry that she has to stay with her great-aunt for a couple of weeks one summer and it ends up being the best time she ever had.

So why only 3 stars? Well, the story seemed really rushed and not a lot of detail about what was going on with the characters. There were all kinds of details about what they were eating though. I found that bits odd since so little details were given to the characters. I would have liked the story to have been about her having to stay the whole summer there. It would have given more meat to the story and would have allowed more time for character development. Not to mention the main character has her first crush and only gets to see him for a week. Bummer!

All in all, very charming characters and plot. If you are looking for something you can finish quickly that makes you smile, this one’s for you.

The Sea of Tranquility
by Katja Millay
Chasta Schneider’s review
3 of 5 stars

I liked this story but I didn’t love it. There really is a lot of “nothing” going on most of the time and I found myself wishing it would hurry up and end. Not because the writing was poor, I was just bored a lot of the time. When the ending finally came, I realized that I was inevitably very glad that I had read this story.

The author uses suspense to keep you going and it simply becomes a quest to keep going so you can find out what the hell happened to the girl that screwed her up so badly. I really didn’t care for how the no talking situation was handled though. The fact that she began to pick and choose who she would speak to turned her situation from damaged to childish in my opinion. Yes, I get why she started talking to certain individuals, it just didn’t play right with me. However, some of this is explained later when she admits that she was actually only feeling sorry for herself rather than mourning her losses – but you don’t get that explanation until the end, so it’s simply annoying up until then. At that point, you can finally let it go because the character is at least admitting she went about things the wrong way and the reader is not expected to condone it.

The writing itself has a nice style and flow. The characters that Millay offers up are both complex and witty, albeit they all seem to come from planet gorgeousandgifted. I appreciate the details that the author incorporates as well. The details help to draw you into the situations and you can really appreciate the emotional gauntlet that the characters are going through – and I do mean gauntlet.

I have to say, I did really love the last few chapters. The disappointment of not having things turn out the way you want – learning to accept and move on. That’s how things really happen and I love that the author doesn’t offer the “magical” ending where all of the characters are instantly “fixed” and everyone gets exactly what they want.

The book is definitely worth reading, but I can’t say I agree with all the hype – but that’s just me and every person sees a book in their own way. However, as I said, the ending is fantastic and I’m glad I read it just for that.

And there you have it. My most recent reviews. Forgive the difference in how they are listed. I pull them from different sites that I review on. I’m currently reading Bad Apple by Barbara Morgenroth. I have just started so I don’t have any ideas on it yet.

Random thought – Is it just me, or does it seem like Gerard Butler has some sort of impediment that makes it hard for him to speak? Oh well, he’s hot as hell when he’s being quiet.

Well, I’m going to wrap this up. I hope you enjoyed!

Until next time,
Chasta

PS – WINTER IS COMING!!! 3/31/13 CAN’T WAIT!!!!!

A Wretched Read and a Trip Where I Was Beat Over the Head With Jesus

24 Feb

Hello Gang!

So, I’m back from another visit to North Carolina where every time I turn around I see a new church and everyone I speak to “God Blesses” me. While it’s all very nice, I happen to be agnostic. Therefore, the multiple daily doses of Jesus tend to get my eyes rolling. Still, it’s more amusing to me than anything how people set so much store in a religion that is merely compromised of the stolen elements of several other older religions – including many of the Pagan beliefs. Just saying! However, I don’t want to start a holy war on my blog and I am open-minded enough to feel that people should believe what they want – just don’t try to shove it down my throat. 🙂 That being said, the area and the people of North Carolina are simply beautiful and I look forward to moving there – churches and all. LOL!

While I was there, I took a book with me that I had just started to read. It is entitled “Comprehending Columbine” and it was really disappointing. I have read about Columbine extensively, books, the reports, the journals, websites, you name it. This book, which was supposed to be a scholarly research project was completely subjective and many liberties were taken so the author could support his own theories. It was a very irresponsible publication in some aspects if you want to be blunt about it. Anyway, here is the link, and here is my review. Do with it what you will!

Chasta Schneider’s review
Feb 24, 13 ·
1 Star on Goodreads, 2 Stars on Amazon (due to the different meanings of the stars on each site)
Comprehending Columbine
by Ralph W. Larkin
Oh boy… This author is a bit confused as to what kind of project he was attempting to do. It is marketed as a researched, scholarly type of work, one based on research and facts. It ended up being more along the lines of Capote’s “In Cold Blood” genre in that the research was mixed with the author’s assumptions, opinions, omissions, and storytelling.

I am not an expert on Columbine, I am however, extremely well-read on the subject and I don’t just mean the books. I have read the boy’s journals, the police reports and thousands upon thousands of documents that go with them, studied the websites, have researched bullying, etc… That being said, this is why I have a lot of problems with this book. Not only are there inconsistencies, there seems to be a blatant disregard for facts. Some examples of this would be anything from the small details such as saying that Eric threw a rock at Brook’s windshield when in fact it was a snow/ice ball – not an important detail, but if you are going to report on something, be accurate. A more glaring example would be how Dylan is continuously portrayed as a bi-sexual simply because some reporter said he had met him on a chat room and Dylan had told him so. Really? You’re kidding me right? (Sigh) I did read about the claims the reporter made regarding having been chatting with Dylan in some random chat room where he told him he was bi-sexual – why the reporter would have even asked a teenage boy about his sexuality I don’t know (eyebrow raised). It was in one or two of the countless reports on this case – and may have been touched on in another book – I believe it was. Anyway, the story was discounted because there was no proof and they were unable to find any records of it ever happening. Also, as everyone knows, you could be talking to anyone in a chat room and they certainly don’t need to tell you the truth. The consensus was that the reporter was working an angle for his own glory and it was disregarded completely. The other half of that, that I find terribly troubling, Larkin was supposed to be researching, yet he latches on to a story that all involved agreed was fictitious and he says nothing about the actual things that Dylan was conflicted and depressed about that you can see all over in his journal. Dylan was in fact, rather girl crazy. Unfortunately, girls were not crazy about him and as the rejections piled up, you can literally see the steps of the changes he goes through from elation, to depression, to suicidal, back to elation(new girl), and so on, until he ultimately becomes hateful and bitter. While not as full as Eric’s, Dylan’s journal is extremely telling and should have been considered for this work. Larkin also makes some sort of statement about how once their planning had begun, they were determined to follow it through. He also calls Dylan nothing but Eric’s disciple. Again, not true. Dylan writes in his journal after being hurt and rejected once more that maybe going NBK with Eric is the only answer after all (implying by the context of the entry that he was not as serious about it as one would think when they were planning it). Immediately after that sentence, he wrote “Gawd” as if the thought of it was ridiculous. I would highly recommend that people read Dylan’s journal – especially since Larkin has completely ignored it in this book. Probably because it would greatly contradict his “confused about his sexuality” theory.

This book also offers up a lot of regurgitated material – constantly in fact. Not only was it the research of others, many instances were quoted repetitively throughout the book.

One thing I did like, were the student interviews. It was interesting to read their thoughts and experiences. Clearly, there was bullying that was rather brutal to a certain part of the population, but it seems that a large majority of the students were not subjected to how violent things could really get. While these interviews were interesting, Larkin takes a lot of liberties with them. He also seems to freely diagnose people and situations – enter the fiction.

This is a troubling book in that it is inconsistent, subjective, and in some cases fictitious. Larkin seemed to be focused on Eric only, and ran rampant with his personal assumptions. If he wanted to write a subjective book regarding his assumptions regarding Columbine, perhaps he should have chosen a different title, perhaps something like, “My Assumptions Regarding Columbine.” I could offer a lot more as to why I have issues with this one, however, you get the gist and I’m ready to shelve it. Be careful here if it’s your first read on Columbine – it’s not the most accurate information and there is way too much omitted in order to benefit the author’s own theories. It’s rather misleading.

When I returned home from my trip, I decided to take it easy and finish some of the other stories I’ve been trying to get through. I finished the prequel named Final Destiny by V.K. Ramsey finally. I think this series has a lot of potential. I’ve truly never read anything like it. It could use some editing, but the story is compelling. Here is the link and the review.

Final Destiny: (GUARDING THE LIGHT Part 2.)
by V.K. Ramsey
Chasta Schneider’s review
Feb 24, 13 ·
4 Stars
Read from February 03 to 24, 2013

I really like the overall concept of this story as a whole. It is very complex and contains elements of spiritualism, martial arts, paranormal, and teen angst. You find yourself more wrapped up in this one as opposed to The Third Key, probably because you get to meet Jason as teenager and you get to know his character much more intimately.

The scope of the story is infinite. It has endless possibilities and has the potential to be an incredible series, full of adventure and nail-biting suspense. My only suggestion to the author would be that when writing about teenagers in America, it would be better to research how they talk – especially in Jersey. Through all of Jason’s dialogue, I felt that he was foreign. I feel that this book would really gain a following with the benefit of a bit more editing.

The Guarding the Light series is an original, action-packed, good vs. evil, spiritual, paranormal, push-the-limits-of-the-imagination, James Bond meets Pin Head (Hellraiser) type of story. It has so many elements to it that I’m not sure exactly how to categorize it. If you are looking for a read that is any genre except romance – this one’s for you! I look forward to seeing this series mature.

Well, I’m back to taking it easy and reading some more. I’ll check back soon!

Chasta

A New Review and a New Read

1 Feb

I have just finished reading “Beyond John Dann” and I found that it made me recall things from my past – both good and bad, that I had completely forgotten about!  So many memories came flooding back.  It was more like remembering old times with friends than reading a book written by Thurman Banks Jr.  Allow me to share my review with you.

Chasta Schneider’s review 5 Stars

If you were born in the 70’s, you need to read this – that is definitely the target audience for this story. So many memories have come flooding back to me – even ones that I don’t care to remember – but quite honestly, I’m simply ecstatic over the fact that I am able to recall so much. Remember when having HBO was a social status? My family was very poor and boy let me tell you, when my single mother was able to shave our budget enough to get the HBO I had been begging for, it was HUGE! Even the dialogue of the times brought me back – like how if you were headed to a friend’s house, you would say, “I’m goin over John’s house” instead of “I’m going over to John’s house”. I recalled the joy of going everywhere on my bike. Our parents never knew exactly where we were but all of us neighborhood kids were always somewhere together so, they weren’t worried because they knew we’d be home before the streetlights came on. I remember spending lots of time at local bars BEFORE I was 21, because it wasn’t nearly as big of a deal then to the hometown establishments. Most of all, I am relieved after reading “Beyond John Dann” because I realize that my family is not the only one who puts the FUNC in dysfunctional.

This is an amazing tale that isn’t about anyone famous or extraordinary – they are real people with depth and imperfections and it is so easy to substitute yourself into the story because it seems so familiar throughout the entire telling. There are no heroes, only realistic and imperfect people living their day to day lives, narrated by thought provoking and beautiful writing. One of my favorite passages in the story is when John is describing the death of Maggie and how her eyes looked when she settled them on him before taking her last breath. It went: “It was heaven, and it was hell. It was everything, and it was nothing. It was the infinite magnitude of the stars, and the infinitesimal seeds of life unseen. In all that is considered good or bad, from beginning to end, from the end to the beginning, her eyes held it all.”

You will laugh, you will cry, you will remember. You will love “Beyond John Dann”.

Here’s a link so you can check out this fantastic story for yourself.

I am now reading a fantasy story by V. K. Ramsey entitled “The Third Key”, which is part one of his “Guarding the Light” series. I’m only about 23% through but so far so good! It’s very original – and disturbing (in a good story way). I will keep you posted! Here is the link if you want to check it out before my review.

On a personal note. Things are hectic as ever at the day job however, I must be doing something right because my role was re-evaluated and I was given a very nice raise. My best friend said that was good because now I can have more money to promote my books. I laughed at that. My response was that, no, I would have more money to pay off student loans from my Master’s Degree. I hate having debt. My boss also told me to start thinking about making the move to North Carolina in order to advance in my company. Looks like I may be coming south in the next year and a half. I love the south so it will probably happen. 🙂 That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

Chasta

YAAAY – My First Bad Review! LOL!

19 Jan

So you’re probably wondering why I’m saying yaaay about it. Well, why not? Not every story is for every person and evidently, mine wasn’t for her. No big deal – especially since her average rating for books overall is only like a 3. I say this now, after having picked myself up off of the floor, having cried hysterically and pounded my fists on the floor until they were bloody. Seriously though, there is something that she mentioned that I would like to address because it may affect you, Dear Readers, if you have an old version of “The Missing Chapters”.

This was the first book I ever wrote and the first book I ever published. I did this on my own, knowing nothing about which services were good and which weren’t etc… I was, indeed, the proverbial “babe in the woods” when it came to publishing and editing services. On the first draft, I had several people helping me with it and I made the mistake of not proofing it myself. Needless to say, I should have. When I realized there were issues, I sent it off to an outside company to have it edited and proofread. Once again, I trusted that they would get the job done and I put the new file back out there without checking it (late October timeframe). Yes, I know, DUMB! My only defense is that I have an incredibly demanding day job, which leaves me little time for editing myself. Well, as you may have guessed by now, that service was bogus. I don’t even think they did anything to it at all. I did end up getting my money back from them. Third time was finally the charm. I found another service and this time, I proofed it myself before putting up the new file. This final version was completed and uploaded in mid-December. That being said, for anyone that received a prior version, you’re going to have some minor grammatical errors in your copy, which I profusely apologize for. They were hardly the type of errors that ruin the story, but they were there nonetheless. My only solace is that most of the people who received the prior copies, got it for free. This was a HUGE lesson for a new author, a lesson that I am helping another author with at present. I don’t think I’ll ever trust a service enough to not check the file myself again. It’s just not worth it no matter how long it holds up publication. So there you have it, my painful and extremely embarrassing lesson in how NOT to handle your editors.

The rest of her review was about how my characters showed too much love for each (did I mention it’s a romance?) and it took too long to get to the climax (aren’t climaxes normally at the end?), and my favorite, I put too many details in the story (huh?). LOL! Seriously, I’m only poking at this review because it’s my first 2-star, so it’s a pretty easy target. I read some of the other author’s comments on GR about how you’re not a real author until someone gives you a 1 or 2 star review and fillets your book for you. I guess I’ve crossed over! I truly do appreciate all feedback, even the bad stuff. I can’t get better without it. I also have to keep reminding myself that I will never be able to write a book that everyone loves – it’s impossible. As much as every author would LOVE to do that, it simply can’t happen (sniff). We’ll still keep trying though! 🙂

So, if you would like to see what this woman was bitching about, check out “The Missing Chapters”. The Kindle and Nook versions are on sale for $1.99 because I want everyone to read it so they are ready for the sequel later this year. Maybe I’ll send this reviewer a copy of the sequel just for shits and giggles! 🙂 I jest. Again, it was the first one – this HAD to be done. Wait until I get my first 1 star! It will be game on for that MF! LOL!

Enough about me, I totally want to tell you guys about this band that I met through twitter. They asked me to listen to their album and since I was going to be on my computer for a while, I thought, why the hell not? WELL, I listened – then I bought it! It is really, really, really fantastic! I love music and I love to turn people on to new bands so you guys have GOT to check out this band! I’m not kidding – I bought the damn CD before I had even listened to all the songs. My favorite song is Dreamer but I love them ALL! The band is called The Amends and this is their 2nd album. It’s called “What We Could Be” and it’s awesome. I want to emphasize that no one asks me to promote their stuff and I wouldn’t do it if they did to be honest. I only promote what I personally like. And I REALLY love this album!

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Chasta

Procrastinating

6 Jan

(Sigh) I was planning to get some writing done this weekend. Instead, I find myself procrastinating. As any writer knows, if you’re not in the right state of mind, writing is virtually impossible. You may as well just do something else because you are not going write anything worth a darn. So, I’ve found myself reading, posting on Facebook and playing around on Twitter. I figured I would update my blog – at least I’m writing SOMETHING this way. Who knows, maybe it will put me in a mood to work on my novel.

So let’s talk!

First and foremost – if you haven’t done so already, you need to go and purchase my newest mature YA novel. Ha ha, just kidding – no but really, She Knows Something You Don’t Know (Death’s Gift to Sabrina)
Don’t forget to leave a review! You will start to see direct links to things that I like on my blog. There are a lot of people bashing amazon right now, but they really do have some phenomenal tools out there. Even if you don’t like them, you can still use their site to find just about anything you might be looking for. I have not personally had any issues with amazon, I’m actually a big fan. If they mess with me though – they will hear about it – and so will you!

So, I watched “The Painted Veil” today. It makes me cry every time. If you have not seen it, do watch. It is the most heartbreaking love story, ugh! So emotional! I have actually never read the novel, but I finally ordered it. I’m sure I won’t be disappointed. Here is the movie link. The Painted Veil
Here is the book: The Painted Veil

I’ve also been doing a lot of reading this weekend – I read all the time though. You have to read a lot to write well – fact. Currently I’m reading this: <Bath Massacre: America’s First School Bombing
It is quite graphic and quite horrific. I think it’s important to remember these events. With all of the new horrors in the world, and how everyone acts as if these types of atrocities are new to this generation, this will be quite eye-opening. These types of crimes have been happening for a long, long time. Even back then, people never saw it coming from those that committed the crimes. In hindsight, you can see the signs leading up to these events, yet, we spend such little time reflecting on those signs so that we recognize them going forward. We need to start learning from these events. That is why I thought that “If Only I Had Known” by Dr. William H. Dodson is a rather important novel. He gives us tools to identify the possibility of this type of crime BEFORE it is carried out. This is why history is important – learning from our mistakes and improving what we did right. You can get this novel here: If Only I Had Known: A True Story

On the lighter side of things, I think I offended some of my Facebook followers. 😦 Actually, I think that their parental monitors kicked in and severed their ties to my page. As everyone knows, I write everything from mature YA to erotica. Well, I made some jokes about my erotica novella and the words sex and porn were used, which immediately led to me losing some likes… Ooops! I have a lot of young folks following my page from the new YA novel, which is great, but it is a mature YA novel so, I don’t think those words were inappropriate. Everyone has heard them and everyone who should be on my page knows what they are. I don’t write for 14 and under so they should not be following me without their parents consent anyway. Those internet monitoring things are pretty cool actually.

I am now following Ricky Gervais on Twitter. He is my favorite comedian ever. He tweets a lot which is awesome because right in the middle of a crap day, I get something like this: “When I see a fat mum in leggings & a drunk shirtless dad shouting at 6 kids under 8, I want to go up and ask to see their child license.” God I love him! In fact, he is tweeting the worst movie reviews I have ever heard right at this moment. HILARIOUS! If you wonder what kind of sense of humor I have, just listen to him some time – that’s what it’s like. Or read my books – it’s all over the place in there. Sarcastic and smartassed, it’s who I am. I’ve learned to embrace it. 🙂

“Sucker Punch” has got to be one of the worst movies ever created. Did I mention that I sometimes blurt out seemingly random statements?

I’ve now come to the conclusion that writing this isn’t putting me in the mood to work on the novel. So, I’m going to give it up for today. I hope everyone has had a fantastic weekend. I am going to wrap this up and got take some Advil. See you all later!

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New Year News and Other Stuff I’m Rambling About

31 Dec

It’s hard to believe it’s New Years Eve again – how’s that for a colloquialism? It’s even harder to believe that we all survived the wrath of the Mayan calendar, I kid. I have been enjoying my ten days off from the day job. It has been very relaxing. During this time I have been writing and reading, reading and writing. Simply doing the things that I love to do. It has been GLORIOUS! I can only hope that everyone else has been able to do the same.

Now, down to some news. I have begun the sequel to my first novel, “The Missing Chapters”. It’s been easier than I thought to re-engage myself with characters that I created nearly four years ago. The big change will be the narrative of the story. It will not be in first person this time. The main reason for this is that there are a lot more story lines going on – many more characters insights and perspectives that need to be given. I think my readers will appreciate the change as switching from that many characters in first person would get pretty crazy! I don’t know a release date yet, but it will be 2013. As I mentioned on gr and fb, book two of “Death’s Gift to Sabrina” will be released first – no date on that one yet either, but look for mid-year more than likely.

With all of the reading I have been doing, I have also been doing a lot of reviewing. Some of the reviews, I think I will start sharing on here because some of the books I’m finding really deserve the attention. I’m going to start that now. Yesterday, on a whim, I borrowed a title from the Kindle Lender’s Library entitled, “Sometimes Never”. It is a mature YA novel but you do not have to enjoy YA novels to appreciate this one. It was amazing. Please check out my review below. Happy reading!

Sometimes NeverSometimes Never by Cheryl McIntyre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kudos to you Cheryl McIntyre. This is an amazing story on a very disturbing yet very real problem that is done with sensitivity and taste. I had to take a moment to collect myself before I could even write this review. I’m still at a bit of a loss as to what to say because this book has completely overwhelmed me – and that does not often happen to me anymore.

The complexity of Hope is magnificently crafted. Her vulnerability is consistently masked with her vicious strength, bitterness and sarcasm. You find yourself truly caring about what happens to her and at times, you want to reach inside the pages and shake her to get her to stop hurting herself. This character broke my heart.

Swoop in Mason, an equally damaged soul, who is trying to work out his own issues but realizes that Hope’s problems are much more serious than his own are. He makes it his goal to earn the trust and love of this broken girl knowing that he can help her and that she in turn, can help him. She quickly becomes the only thing that matters to him and the only girl he has ever loved or could ever love.

Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was always off a bit. I love that! I’m fairly certain that there were several times that my heart skipped a beat as the story unfolded. Truly well done. I was also enticed by the love scenes, definitely mature YA and very intense and realistic. There’s also some m/m going on with Hope’s gay best friend Guy, who happens to be completely adorable and enjoys public exhibitions in the movie theater apparently. You still have the same teenage angsts, twist and turns that are commonly found in YA novels however, this story touches on a much deeper and darker part of teenage life that is truly heart wrenching and disturbing. The writing is impeccable and I highly recommend this novel. I would give you more stars if I could. This novel truly touched me.

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