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text 2017-01-16 21:53
The Sex Lives of English Women: Intimate Questions and Unexpected Answers - Wendy Jones

I first learned of this book from having listened (online) to an interview the author gave BBC Radio London last summer. What she said about her book, "THE SEX LIVES OF ENGLISH WOMEN: Intimate Questions and Unexpected Answers" was enough to pique my curiosity and induce me to buy the book. I read it at a leisurely pace over several months and came to appreciate the candor with which the women in the book spoke about their sex lives and views on sexuality. Among the women interviewed were: a nun, a lesbian, a transexual, a student, a trapeze artist in her 30s, a veiled Muslim woman in her 20s, a burlesque dancer, a feminist into BDSM, a pianist, and a 94 year old widow (who, before marriage, admits to have had a variety of enjoyable sexual experiences as a land girl in Britain's Land Army during World War II).

Frankly, I think any man who wants to understand women as they really are would benefit from reading "The Sex Lives of English Women." It reinforced my belief that a man can never know enough about women. Indeed, a man should value, cherish, and appreciate the relationships he has with them, either in the bedroom or outside of it. That means making an effort to establish meaningful connections with women, provided they are receptive to him. What's more, there is a quote from one of the women interviewed for this book that really stood out for me, and it is this: "Sex is a massive risk and adventure because you don't know who you're going to reveal in yourself."

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text 2016-11-23 10:55
Movie Vs Book - Fault In Our Stars

So I'm about 30 mins into the movie and really enjoying it so far. The book was brilliant, no doubt, but I had fears the movie wouldn't live up to my high expectations. So far it's not letting me down. (yay)

Anyways the whole point of this post is you know when your watching a movie and something happens and you swear a detail is off and it really bugs you. Especially because your not sure if your right or wrong because it's been so long since you've read the book?
Well I'm having that moment but with something a bit bigger than a minor detail..... I was totally under the impression that Augustus was well... of colour. (Which personally I would totally dig) Now I know this was a giant issue with Hunger Games and maybe that was reflected while I was reading The Fault In Our Stars? It has been quite a few years.... I don't know. :/

Did anyone else feel the same in relation to this book? or have a similar thing happen to them?

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review 2016-08-28 17:32
Twenty Questions for Gloria - Martyn Bed... Twenty Questions for Gloria - Martyn Bedford I liked the premise of this book at first. Gloria is a teenager who has been missing for over two weeks, and the story starts out with the detectives interviewing her to uncover the whole story. It's a psychological thriller like that. The focus of the mystery is on Uman, the mysterious boy who turns up at school one day and whom she eventually ends up falling for. It's a slow, subtle thing, but the two of them end up running away together. And it spirals out of control, they start running out of food, run out of money, start stealing... Overall I did like it but I don't think this is exactly unique. I guess Uman is a unique character, but in the beginning he is VERY annoying. He talks like a smart-arse and acts like he's better than you, says stuff like "that teacher has lost her pedalogical mojo" I mean...what?? Maybe teenage girls find this attractive in guys or something? I honestly can't tell. Well, once you get halfway through the book and realise Uman has a tragic backstory and actually has more depth to his character, then he stops being so annoying. They make out that he lied to Gloria about various aspects of his life. And...he probably lied about one or two things, but it's not that drastic? So I don't know what they were getting at there. It is kinda romantic, the relationship between Gloria and Uman, and it did give me that bittersweet feeling of when something perfect and beautiful is split apart. I did really enjoy the ending too as well. But ni the end, it felt like nothing that dramatic happened anyway. They ran away together, they took it waaaay too far, and then...she finally came to her senses and came back home. I liked it, but Martyn Bedford has much better books.
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text 2016-08-28 07:50
How did you come to write your first novel, Saving Spirit Bear?
Saving Spirit Bear: What Price Success? - Rod Raglin

Many sites I post my books on have a question and answer component - the readers ask the authors questions. I've never actually asked a question of any author whose work I've read, though sometimes I pose them in my reviews, and I've never received a question from a reader.

Most of these are stock questions generated by the site.  The questions that aren't I've come to believe are also bogus - asked by a friend or even the author themselves with hopes the answers will spark some sort of dialogue or?

We are a desperate lot, aren't we.

Here's a question I often ponder and so I asked myself and am sharing the answer with you. If you find this exercise slightly distasteful than consider yourself partly to blame for not asking me your own questions.

How's that for rationalization?


QUESTION: How did you come to write your first novel, Saving Spirit Bear?

I had a plan to become a successful, published author.

I would begin writing romance novels because they have the most readers of any kind of fiction and are the easiest to get published. This is not to say authors of genre fiction aren’t good writers. I have subsequently learned writing within the confines of genre is more difficult than doing otherwise.
Back to the plan.

Once I had a bit of a publishing track record traditional publishers of mainstream, literary fiction would be more likely to consider me. Right?

Saving Spirit Bear was my first novel. The theme I wanted to explore was whether the end ever justifies the means? I wanted to present real moral dilemmas for both the protagonists and the antagonists not just the desire for profit or power. For example, is it all right to compromise your integrity if the goal is just and noble?

As well as presenting a satisfying romance, I hoped to address this issue by introducing a subplot about an environmental issue, in this case endangered species and destruction of their habitat, something I feel strongly about.

The story's about Kimberly James, an ambitious, young, junior executive in a New York corporate relations firm who sees an opportunity to advance her career by doing whatever's necessary to push through the development of a mega ski resort in Canada.

Jonah Baker is part owner of a lodge on the land of the proposed ski resort. He's an ardent environmentalist and not about to permit a development that threatens ancient rainforests and the habitat of the rare and endangered Spirit Bear for any price.

Kim begrudgingly respects his principles before profit, but cannot allow a tree-hugging, bear-loving zealot to derail her fast track to success. Jonah admires her determination and worldliness, but will fight to the end to stop a materialistic corporate climber from destroying something rare and unique.

You likely know the rest of this story because genre literature is formulaic and if you read romance you know what's going to happen. If you don't and you want to find out go to my Amazon Author's Page at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU and buy a copy.

Anyhow, after striking out with agents and traditional publishers I sent Saving Spirit Bear to three e-publishers. All of them wanted to publish it. I chose one and rationalized my failure to attract any real publishers by saying e-books were preferable - less impact on the environment.

It would be an overstatement to say sales were mediocre. Reviews were almost non-existent. No agents or traditional publishers came knocking on my door.

At the time I was a member of the local chapter of Romance Writers of America (eighty-five women and two men). Since I wasn't getting any significant reader response I asked the published writers in my RWA chapter what they thought the problem(s) was?

Saving Spirit Bear, I was told, was not popular with romance readers for a number of reasons. I didn’t introduce the love interests soon enough. My ‘Happily Ever After’ was lukewarm or not at all. I needed to ‘sex it up’. My subplots overshadowed the romance. My heroes lacked testosterone. My heroines didn’t show enough vulnerability. My words were too big, my plots too real, my characters too unlikable. My stories were out of control.

However, I was encourage by my publisher who dubbed the book Eco-Fi (environmental fiction) and asked for two more with a similar theme for a series entitled Eco-Warriors.

There was never any question about letting the lack of success of my first novel defeat me. I love to write - successfully or otherwise and during the process of writing Saving Spirit Bear I experienced glimpses of something very exciting - the story following it's own course and the characters taking on lives of their own.

I eagerly set about writing my second novel but I was worried. Would I find my next story and it's characters restricted by the confines of this genre?

Next Question: Did you find your next story and it's characters restricted by the confines of this genre?

The answer is forthcoming.

Stay calm, be brave, watch for the signs




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text 2016-08-13 17:38
Questions and Answers

I found this on Themis Athena's Garden of Books and I wish I'd found it earlier in the evening. I was just too tired to do it then and unfortunately after that I forgot about it. Still, I want to do it now, even if I'm very late. Better late than never, I guess.

How long have you been a blogger?

I can't remember anymore. Probably over ten years now.
At what point do you think you'll stop?

Who knows? At the moment I'm not planning on stopping any time soon.

What's the best thing?

It's a way to express myself, quite simply. And it's fun!

What's the worst thing?  What do you do to make it ok?

Feeling guilty about not posting as often as I'd like. Trying to post more often will help, obviously, but only if I have something to say. Posting nonsense won't help.

How long does it take you to create/find pictures to use?

Usually not very long. Wikipedia is my friend... :)

Who is your book crush?

As in book character? Author? The actual book? Interesting question. Character? Conrad in Conrad's Fate. Author? It depends. Relatively recently I've had contact with several different authors and fortunately, all were very nice. But crushing on them? No, not really. As for books - I'm pretty crazy about Anthea Sharp's Feyland series and I'm now looking forward to reading her Feyguard series set in the same universe.

What author would you like to have on your blog?

Pretty much anyone I like and admire.

What do you wear when you write your blog posts?

What I always wear around the house, sweatpants and jacket usually with a stretch top underneath.

How long does it take you to prepare?

Not as long as it should, but I usually write on the spur of the moment.

How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?

It's generally very nice but I don't feel that I have really come to know most of the people, unfortunately. Like in real life... Of course this is real too.

What do you think one should do to get a successful blog?

Write posts you are passionate about and to post regularly. Also, be nice to your potential commenters. I always thank them for commenting and usually comment back.

Source: themisathena.booklikes.com/post/1449233/well-if-these-are-all-the-secrets-i-m-being-made-to-share-here
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