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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blog Goods

I had an idea to make a tee shirt for the blog though I’m not sure for what. At first I was thinking to wrap giveaways in when they ship as a cool freebie, but then I thought maybe I should put a donate button up to help keep it running and give these away with every donation of 15$ or more. So really, it’s still up in the air what I’m actually going to do with these if I can find a screen printer to print them reasonably anyway. >_< (I wonder if I could do this with a couple of iron ons… *ponders* might have to attempt that.)

p.s Obviously the copyrighted books in the trees would have to be blanked out minus the ones I have permission to use. In which they’ll be featured on the back of the shirt as well, as seen in the design.

I also had ideas for bookmarks,  unique blog related jewelry, etc... Just not sure what to do anymore.

What are your thoughts?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sneek Peak (2)

It's no secret that I'm writing a novel. I've spent so much time writing though, that I've only been posting reviews for authors/publishers and books that really stick out at me.  I am still reading anything I can get my hands on though. (I've decided to hold contests for my favorite series in July. Keep an eye out for that news.)

In the meantime here's a little snippet of what I'm writing as I'm writing it. A teaser if you will. I'll probably do this every Sunday as that's my word count deadline too. ^_^ (For the curious this weeks' word count goal was 50K.  I'm over by 500 words.)

The story is called Of Gaea and here is today's snippet:

He looked thoughtful a moment.  “Perhaps.  You want me to walk you home?  It’s getting dark."

“We live in a less than two thousand person community.  Do you really think someone is going to come out of the dark with a knife and stick me in a few hundred feet?”  I was joking but his face was not amused. 

“I’ll walk you home.”  He took the bow from me and stepped aside so I could get by.  “It’s getting late.  We best be off.”

From Chapter two.  ^_^  What do you think?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Book Review: Florence

Author: Ciye Cho
Expected Publish Date: July 1St 2012

Seventeen-year-old Florence Waverley is out of her depth. Literally. Kidnapped and taken below the waves to the mer world of Niemela, she is the ultimate gift for merman Prince Kiren: a human familiar tied to his side. But nothing is what it seems amid the beauty and danger of a dark ocean.

Every Niemelan has a role to play, from the mermaids who weave towers out of kelp to the warriors who fight sea monsters. But in trying to survive, Florence will end up in the middle of a war between the mer and the Darkness. A conflict that will push her between two brothers: Kiren, the charmer inexplicably drawn to both her and the monsters; and Rolan, the loner who has been pushing her away since the day they met. But in order to take a stand--and find out where she belongs--Florence will have to risk it all: her life, her heart... and her very soul.

I’ve not yet read any mermaid or mermaid like stories.  I’ve been a little leery of them because of the whole it’s in water so is the writer’s imagination good enough to pull off an underwater civilization. Thus, my trepidation is easily understood.

It’s beautiful. The world that is. The everyday world that is briefly engaged is, well, everyday. However the environment of the Neimelan described is beautifully created. It could very well exist on the bottom of the ocean somewhere secret from the rest of the world. 

Florence is a decently developed character to me. She’s a bit withdrawn, and even in the strange new world she doesn’t move out of the introverted attitude she has. She is a constant – there’s really nothing out of character that occurs - and because of it, I found her to be slightly predicable but not in an annoying OMG I can’t believe she’s doing that when it’s clear she shouldn’t be way. 

The other characters the reader encounters, her classmates -that I would personal sock in the face for their ignorance- and the Niemelan, -whom don’t really treat her much better but at least have a valid reason to be suspicious- are also just as well developed. Everyone stays in character. There are no weird attitude breaks that leave the reader confused as to why that just happened.

The story flows in a steady stream. It doesn’t jump around between characters or leap back and forth through time.  There’s a steady flow of activity that moves from one point to the next in a clean even segue. 

Overall, I enjoyed reading.  There was nothing obnoxious about the writing and there were no moments of confusion that left puzzlement or disinterest in its wake. It’s a very solid read and it is certainly a recommended reading. 

My Rating:
 P.S. Thanks to the author for providing the ARC for review. ^_^

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sneek Peak

It's no secret, for anyone that knows me, that I'm writing a book. I've spent so much time writing though, that I've not had time for reviews though I'm still reading anything I can get my hands on as well. (I'll be doing completed series reviews for Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready once I finish Shine and a series so far review for Mythos Academy after reading Dark Frost.)

In the meantime I thought maybe I should post a little snippet of what I'm writing as I'm writing it. Sort of a teaser if you will. I'll probably do this every Sunday as that's my word count deadline too. ^_^

My story is called Of Gaea and here is today's snippet:

"All my problems began with the orgasm incident.  Well, no, that's not entirely true.  All my problems escalated and came into brutal clarity with the orgasm incident." Pg. 1

 I thought perhaps I should start y'all out at the beginning. ^_^ Have a great week!