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text 2015-08-15 19:40
Of Book Covers and Changes

I try not to post too much personal stuff on here and I also try not to mention my work-in-progress of a novel too often. First and foremost, I'm a reader. There are places for marketing and this isn't it for me. I do really love this community though. You are all a really supportive bunch so I like to share a bit of what goes on in my life from time to time, progress with the novel included.

 

Life has been quite the prickly pear lately. There are a lot of changes that have happened the past couple weeks and a lot more to come. I'm pretty equal parts happy, sad and overwhelmingly excited for what's to come.

 

Things with the novel have been flying right along and I'm still stupidly excited about getting it done and sharing it with everyone. All the hours I spent as a kid fiddling around in Photoshop finally paid off and I managed to save myself a pretty penny and designed my own cover. I'm pretty happy with it and just couldn't help but share it with you all! What do you all think?

 

Aside from finishing up my novel, I've been wrapping my head around the fact that I'll be moving back to Texas in April! I've lived there twice in my life but both times it ended up not working out and I moved back to Oregon. But this time, this time it is happening and I'll be there for more than a year, damn it! I've banned myself from leaving until I have gotten the full experience of living in a new place. I'm a very different person from the last time I lived there, so I think this time I'm going to have a lot more fun as I'm more willing to go adventure without feeling like I'm going to die at every turn.

 

I'll have to re-learn this whole pump your own gas jig you guys do in other states. I'm going to be that poor soul that sits in my car for ten minutes waiting for someone to come do it for me. I'll also have to get this y'all thing down. And change my customary greeting to howdy. If I can't do those three things I'm pretty sure nobody will hire me.

 

As for reading, I'm currently working my way through A Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson and I'm actually really liking it. It's not something I'd normally read but her writing style is delightful and unlike the last book I read, I actually like the main character! I'll have a review for that coming up soon!

 

Side note: Is anyone else excited about the fact that fall is right around the corner? And that there will be pumpkin? PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!!!!! OMG!!!!!

 

Other side note: Anyone else already planning Halloween stuff? :D If so, what are you dressing up as? I'm being Poison Ivy this year and am slowly getting all the stuff together. It's going to be so fun!

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text 2014-08-06 02:03
Another Reading Marathon... sort of
The Girl of Fire and Thorns - Rae Carson
The Shadow Cats - Rae Carson
The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson
The Shattered Mountain: A Girl of Fire and Thorns Novella - Rae Carson
The King's Guard - Rae Carson
The Bitter Kingdom - Rae Carson
Tuesday's Child - Dale Mayer
Hide'n Go Seek - Dale Mayer
Maddy's Floor - Dale Mayer

It's not quite a marathon because I have planned the books to be read spaced out between few other books (the other three books pictured above) I've checked out from the library that need to be turned in before others.  I don't like strict itineraries, but I have a thing for making lists of the books I'm planning to read in a very tentative, yet particular order.

 

Yea.  I'm kinda a nerd.

 

Anyway, I've read some reviews for this series and the general concensus seems to be that, while it's not the best series ever, it's worth the read.  I'm hoping it'll be enjoyable as well.  I've had this hankering to read a full YA series from beginning to end that has had a good impression on the reading community, as well as a series I've been interested in for some time.  And since I have a love/hate relationship with paranormals, a lot of series got eliminated.

 

So it was a (fairly biased) competition between Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, or Legend by Marie Lu, once I went through my options.  Also, there was a very big emphasis on the whole "series of which I am currently very interested in" persuasion.  So these two were really the only ones along with some other very "close second" contenders listed below that may be chosen as my next marathon after the above two listed series.

 

Skylark by Meagon Spooner has been on my radar since the first book came out, but I'm limited on monies and every time I check the library, someone has it checked out.  Also, the last book still has two months until release, so I'm just going to have to wait this one out.

 

Sirantha Jax by Ann Agguire sounds interesting, but it's six books long and I'm not quite interested in a long series at the moment, though I DO own the first book and have had it on my TBR pile for some time.

 

Other books series I'm interested in are under the same category as Skylark--the last book has yet to be released for another couple to few months.

 

Anyway, I'm gonna see how well I enjoy Fire and Thorns--I do like a good high fantasy.  And this one boasts a less than standard main female character who is supposedly not the usual "gorgeous but doesn't know it girl-next-door with a courageous heart of gold".  In fact, she's been consistently referred to as fat already and seems to enjoy her fair share of food.  I can totally relate with that.  If anything, I think I'll enjoy it for that alone--an author willing to break out of the typical character molds. 

 

Anyway, in between my "marathon" of Fire and Thorns, I'll be reading some paranormal mysteries and more romantic suspenses such as Dale Mayer's Psychic Visions series and a few Kay Hooper and Lisa Jackson books.  I know I said that I have a love/hate relationship with paranormals, but that seems to exclude paranormal mysteries.  Everything else paranormal doesn't always get along well with me with few exceptions.

 

Anyway.... Happy Reading!

 

 

On a side note, I keep glancing at the hardcover books of Fire and Thorns I borrowed from the library and realize that this would be a very pretty set to own on my bookshelf, whether or not I like the series.  And this is just from glancing at the spines of the books sitting together on my shelf right now.  Something to consider, I guess.  I don't always buy hardcover books, but this might be one to consider.

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review 2013-09-24 00:00
The King's Guard - Rae Carson Another enlightening and emotional journey!
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review 2013-09-21 00:00
The Shattered Mountain: A Girl of Fire and Thorns Novella - Rae Carson This one actually made me cry a little. :'(

(That never happens!)
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review 2013-09-19 00:00
The Shadow Cats (Fire and Thorns, #0.5) - Rae Carson I wasn't planning on purchasing anymore ebook novellas, because nothing ever seems to happen in them. Besides [a:Lauren Oliver|2936493|Lauren Oliver|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1291156327p2/2936493.jpg]'s Delirium short stories, I've never been happy with a novella purchase...

That is, until now. I loathed Alodia almost as much as Ximina, but this story helped me respect her. She's strong and capable, and not as much of a bitch as I had previously thought. Alodia even earned a spot on my "kick-ass-girls" shelf, which is no easy feat.

And stuff actually happened. It seems Carson has put just as much effort into her novellas as she has into her books.

Plus [b:The Shattered Mountain|16148644|The Shattered Mountain (Fire and Thorns, #0.6)|Rae Carson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1358467156s/16148644.jpg|21983379] being about Mara, and [b:The King's Guard|16148645|The King's Guard (Fire and Thorns, #0.7)|Rae Carson|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1368700639s/16148645.jpg|25037375] being about Hector, there is no way I can not read the next 2 short stories!
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