Thursday, July 30, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

13 Quotes about Love After a hard couple of days, I needed some inspiration and chose it in quotes about love. What could be more inspiring than that? Amy Bloom: Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle. Amy Tan: I am like a falling star who has finally found her place next to another in a lovely constellation, where we will sparkle in the heavens forever. Carl Jung: Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve: Tell me who admires and loves you, And I will tell you who you are. Elbert Hubbard: The love we give away is the only love we keep. Elizabeth Barret Browning: Whoso loves, believes the impossible. Francis David: We need not think alike to love alike. Franklin P. Jones: Love doesn't make the world go 'round; love is what makes the ride worthwhile. Henry David Thoreau: Love must be as much a light as it is a flame. Jeanne Moreau: Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age. Jimi Hendrix: When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace. Karl Menninger: Love cures people -- both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. Lisa Hoffman: Love is like pi - natural, irrational, and very important.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

I read a lot. So, for today’s Thursday Thirteen, I’ve decided to list Thirteen YA/Teen book series on my book shelf that I really love. 1. Final Friends by Christopher Pike -My first and favorite book series. I can still remember all the character’s names and everything about these stories. I first read them in 8th grade. 2. Secret Circle by L.J. Smith -Anything by L.J. Smith I love and have loved since the first time I read them in High School. This was probably my favorite of hers. I heart Nick in this story. 3. Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith -I really enjoyed these stories when I was young, but I can’t say I much like the new 5th book that came out. I read more than half of it before giving up and switching to something new that I’d been wanting to read. 4. Dark Visions by L.J. Smith -Another favorite, although I’d place this as second to Secret Circle. 5. House of Night by PC Cast and Kristen Cast -Even though the main character is the definition of a mary-sue, I really love these books. 6. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead -I enjoy these because the main character isn’t a vampire, which is a nice change from all the other vamp books. 7. Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz -It took until book two for me to really start to enjoy these, but I’m hooked now that I’ve found out who the Silver Blood is. Want next book now! 8. Generation Dead & Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters. -Don’t love the man’s writing style, but by the end of the first book, he had me wanting to read what happened to next one, so I guess he did his job. 9. Secret Society Girl by Diana Peterfreund -Ok, not technically YA/Teen, but this series was pretty fun and I devoured them all in about two days. 10. Evermore by Allison Noel -I don’t love this one as much as many of my friends do, but I did enjoy it. 11. Oh.My.Gods & Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs -Cute stories. Really liked them. 12. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling -Duh! 13. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares -Read all of these the year I first started teaching, when I was looking for books to rec to my middle school students. I like them better in the books than I do the movies. Honorable mentions: Twilight (a guilty pleasure), Tithe (et.al), Wicked Lovely Series (haven’t finished, but will), and I’m in the middle of reading the Mortal Instruments Series (which I don’t love yet, but I’m hoping will happen soon).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Contest with a great prize!

THE TAGLINE/TITLE/TEN LINES AGENT READ CONTEST Submit the tagline, title, and first ten lines of your manuscript, and you could win one of two critiques of your partial + synopsis from Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency! The contest is divided into three phases and runs from July 23 to August 10. Refer a friend, and you could win a box of spa/author goodies! For more information, visit Dawn Halliday's Website.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

I've decided to join in on Thursday Thirteen this month. You always hear people say, “Write what you know!” Well, for Thursday Thirteen, I’ve decided to write about thirteen things I know a fair amount about and could easily apply to the novels I’m interested in writing. 1. Scuba Diving 2. Teaching 3. Photography 4. Cheerleading 5. The writings of Shakespeare and Jane Austen 6. Web Design 7. Art/Art History 8. Sociology of Sexuality 9. Psychology 10. U.S. History and Ancient Civilizations 11. Cooking 12. Editing a news publication 13. Greek Mythology

Friday, July 10, 2009

Excerpt Monday

Read about excerpt monday HERE The following is from the same story I posted from last month, but concerning my minor characters, again from my first draft. Enjoy! ----- REMOVED SINCE I'VE CHANGED MUCH OF THIS ----- Mel Berthier, Urban Fantasy (PG 13) and Bria Quinlan, Rom Com (PG) Joining us this week: Kinsey W. Holley, Paranormal (PG) Caitlynn Lowe, Epic Fantasy (PG) Dara Sorensen, Paranormal (PG) Babette James, Fantasy Romance (PG13) Christina DeLorenzo, YA (PG 13) Nika Dixon, Romantic Suspense (PG 13) Bryn Donovan, Paranormal Romance (PG13) Kaige, Historic Romance (PG-13) Julia Knight, Fantasy Romance (PG 13) Adelle Laudan, Contemporary Romance (PG 13) Jeannie Lin, Historical Romance (PG13) RF Long, Paranormal (PG13) Rebecca Savage, romantic suspense (PG 13) Crista McHugh, Paranormal Romance (PG 13) Michelle Arroyo, Historical Romance (PG 13) Jax Cassidy, Contemporary Romance (R) Maya Doyle, Paranormal Romance (R) Cate Hart, Paranormal (R) Ali Katz, Historical Erotic Romance (R) Inez Kelley, Romantic Comedy (R) Aislinn Kerry, Paranormal Romance (R) Elise Logan, Fantasy Romance (R) Cherrie Lynn, Paranormal Romance (R) Alina Morgan, Urban Fantasy (R) Vivienne Westlake, Erotic Historical (R) Stephanie Adkins, Erotic Romance (NC 17) Evie Byrne, Medieval Paranormal Romance (NC 17) Kim Knox, Erotic SF Romance (NC17) Lauren Murphy, Erotic Romance (NC 17) Kirsten Saell, Erotic Romance (NC 17)

Monday, July 6, 2009

Bad Borders, Good for me!

Due to Borders breaking the set street date of Blue Moon by Alyson Noel, I now have a copy a day early! :whistles: Off to read.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Release dates I'm waiting for...

*Chasing Fire by Suzanne Collins (Sequel to Hunger Games) September 1 *Van Alen Legacy (Blue Bloods) October 6th *Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4) by Richelle Mead August 25 *Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning August 18 *Blue Moon: The Immortals by Alyson Noel (Paperback - Jul 7, 2009) *Tempted (House of Night Novels) by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast Oct 27 *A Touch of Dead (hardcover), Ace; anthology of Sookie Stackhouse short *Bad Blood (Blood Coven) by Mari Mancusi by January 2010