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Stuff I Like and Stuff I Don’t Like

12 Jan

Hello readers! I thought I would pop by and share some stuff with you today. No, you haven’t asked me what I like and what I don’t like, but hey, it’s my blog after all! Besides, I’m very wise and you should listen to me! Ha ha! No, but really, you should listen to me…

Let’s talk about some books first because well, not only do I write them, I happen to love them too! I’ve really gotten into reading other Indie Authors lately but I still adore the classics! Did you know that you can get most of the classics for free on Kindle? Check out the Jane Austen links! I mean really, who doesn’t love Jane Austen? Persuasion
Pride and Prejudice
Emma
Love and Friendship
Mansfield Park
Lady Susan
Northanger Abbey
Now, oddly, Sense and Sensibility is 99 cents, but why buy the plain one when you can get this cool Kindle version that is illustrated for the same 99 cents? Sense and Sensibility: Premium Edition (Unabridged, Illustrated, Table of Contents)
If you don’t have a Kindle and you want a nice hardcover for your shelf, check this one out instead! Plus it’s on sale! Sense and Sensibility: Premium Edition (Unabridged, Illustrated, Table of Contents)

I really like to watch Jane Austen’s novels come to life on film too. One that isn’t as popular is “Northanger Abbey”. Now, I happen to really, really like this story. It’s silly and fun and addresses all kinds of lessons to the reader without your even realizing that you’re learning the lesson! There are, of course, several versions of this on film just like all the other stories that have been remade a million times, but I think Masterpiece Theatre did my favorite version. The casting was perfect. While the actors aren’t popular, they really portrayed the characters better than any of the others I have seen. Check it out – this one’s on sale too!

Now that we have talked about some likes, how about some things I don’t care for as much – but you might! Here’s a complicated one. Have you ever read The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien? Well I have. And let me tell you, it is a hard read! Now, I did review it a long time ago and I gave it 4 stars – but not because I enjoyed it. It was simply because I was astounded by it. It literally read like The King James Version of The Bible where everyone begat everyone else… It was tough to get through but it was the explanation of how Middle Earth began and being a huge fan of those stories, I HAD to read it. I have a collector’s edition that is no longer available so I was checking out online to see what’s available for you – it’s not a very popular book so there aren’t a lot of choices unless you want a used one. But here is a link so you can at least check it out. Heck, maybe you will even understand it! It’s definitely a challenge but it really is a work of art. It is amazing what that man produced and the details that he gave. No stone was left unturned! This version’s almost half off right now if you want the hardcover. I like hardcovers because they look nice in my library – yes, I have a library in my house. I converted my largest bedroom into an office/library. It is my sanctuary! 🙂

OK, talking about stuff I really like is more fun. I really like art. Rodin is probably my favorite sculptor. I have this book in hardcover – it’s beautiful. It also has one of my favorite sculptures right on the cover -Danaid (I own a marble replica of this sculpture and it’s gorgeous!). This has up close and personal photographs of his greatest work. You can see The Gates of Hell like never before. It is really a gorgeous book. I’d get the HC if I were you, but here is the Kindle version that’s only 4 bucks. Take a look!

I think I have one of the broadest spectrum’s of interests out of anyone that I have personally known. I love so many different things. I can go from talking about how much I love Rodin to telling you how much I love the Sookie Stackhouse novels – yes, you read me right. They are truly addictive. Even with the inconsistencies throughout the different novels, I JUST DON’T CARE! I adore them! I am impatiently waiting for May, when the latest novel will be sent to me because OF COURSE I PREORDER! If you are itching for the next one too, allow me to hook you up with the preorder page so that you too can get the latest Sookie story the first day that it’s available without having to set foot in the store. I’m ready to cry because this is supposedly the FINAL Sookie Stackhouse novel and quite frankly – that really sucks (no pun intended)! So that is another thing I don’t like – the end of the Sookie Stackhouse stories. 😦

If you have been living under a rock and you have never read them, here’s a link to help you get started. There are 13 books in all including the May release – so you have some catching up to do! Here are the first 8!

OK, I think I will wrap this up for now. Thank you for joining me in my one-sided discussion about stuff I like and stuff I don’t. You’re comments are always welcome here, so if you have something to add, spit it out! 🙂

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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ON SALE – 2 DAYS ONLY!!! DON’T MISS OUT!

28 Dec

Hey gang! I wanted to send out a quick message that this weekend only (Dec. 29, 30), you can get my latest novel for ONLY 99 CENTS (Kindle and Nook versions only). Stop on by to amazon.com or Barnes and Noble online to pick it up! Don’t miss it!

Book 1

FREE PROMO!

29 Sep

Today only!  Get The Seducion of Amara and Project Breakpoint free for Kindle!

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Flashback!

10 Sep

Hello Readers!  In a moment of nostalgia, I have come across one of my poems that was published by my college when I was an undergrad.  It represents my coming out of a very difficult time in my life and I thought I would share it with you!  I hope you enjoy it!

When a Door Slams Shut

My ears vibrated with the slam of the door

My body shook like never before

The world had turned over with nothing the same

My identity lost, my being, my name

Total devastation enveloped my soul

My life was drowning without any hope

Numbness overwhelmed me, it crept and it hummed

The throbbing in my head pulsated and drummed

I remembered a saying, a small glimmer of hope

It kept me going and helped me to cope

That’s when I saw it, that small speck of light

So far away, nearly swallowed by night

The door that had slammed was left slightly ajar

A window of new life, yet it seemed very far

As I fought for life, it grew larger with will

Until finally I reached it and clung to the sill

As I thrust it open, I breathed a deep breath

Felt the grip loosen, the hands of hope’s death.

Chasta Schneider

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