Thursday, January 31, 2013

Follow Friday--Tasks in Favorite Books + Blog Tour Stops


Announcements:

1) Thanks to all those who participated in my Persistence of Vision launch party on Tuesday! It was a blast! Remember, you have until Monday, February 4th to buy the book. Send me your receipt or conirmation email and you'll be entered to win one of three $20 Amazon gift cards!

2) Thanks to all those who participated in the Persistence of Vision Goodreads Giveaway. The winners of an autographed copy are Tiffany Ban, Angela Rary, and Michele Freeman! Congrats! The books are on their way!

3) Today's Blog Tour Stop is a mini-interview at Read It. Reviewed it. Do me a favor and hop on over to admire Lani's blog. She's awesome!

Follow Friday Post

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The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!
How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Q: What is the first thing you would do if you woke up to find yourself in your favorite book?


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Recently my favorite books have been The Song of Fire and Ice series, and I've made no secret of the fact that Arya is my favorite character. I love her because she's independent and really intelligent. She can out-smart just about everyone, even adults (she's only twelve) and people that are technically much smarter than her. I don't want to give too many spoilers, but let's just say the one thing she totally isn't getting is the feelings a certain armorer's apprentice might have for her. Sometimes I just want to smack her over the head so she gets it. If I suddenly found myself in that world--well, first I'd find myself a short sword and a decent horse. Then I'd go find Arya, give her a swift kick in the pants, and make sure she understood the whole Gendry situation. ;D

After that, I'd probably high-tail it to the Wall and see if Jon Snow would be interested in a make-out session. ;D

How about you? What would you do in your favorite book?

Thoughts for Thursday--21 + Blog Tour Stop



Today's Blog Tour Stops are:
1) Guest Post at Ginger-Read Reviews
2) Review at Girl in the Woods Reviews
Hop on over and see what you think! :D


Thoughts for Thursday

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Thoughts for Thursday is a new meme hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Readers may respond by either commenting on the quotes I put forward or contributing a quote of their own. Leave it in the comments or a link to your quote in the linky. Whoever comes up with the best one will get some swag and be entered to win a bigger prize later on!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

In honor of my the release of my debut novel, Persistence of Vision, this week's theme is Dystopia!


"'You' were the dead; 'their' was the future. But you could share in that future if you kept alive the mind as they kept alive the body and passed the secret doctrine that 2+2=4."--George Orwell, 1984.

"Without the [dys]topians of other times, men would still live in caves, miserable and naked;...[dys]topia is the principle of all progress, and the essay into a better world."--Anatole France

"Human reason can excuse any evil; that's why it's so important that we don't rely on it."--Veronica Roth, Divergent

"Perhaps the greatest utopia would be if we could all realize that no utopia is possible; no place to run, no place to hide, just take care of business here and now."--Jack Carroll

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours."--Ayn Rand

What do you think? Do you have a favorite dystopian quote? Which of the above is your favorite? I'm a big fan of that last Ayn Rand one. It seems to apply to literature especially well. What do you think? ;D

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

POV Blog Tour Stops--Day 18


Today's Blog Tour Stops Include:

1) Review and Author interview on Megz Madd Reads
2) Promo Spotlight & Interview at Jeanz Book Read n Review


Hop on over there to leave your comments. Be sure to thank my awesome hosts for their hard work and beautiful blogs. Thanks so much! Happy Wednesday! :D

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Persistence of Vision Officially Released--Yea!!!

Today is the official release date of Persistence of Vision! Yea!!! Tour stops today include:

1) Character Interview with Joan at Strands of the Pattern
2)  Guest Post on The Howling Turtle
3) Author Interview on Second Book to the Right


*Also, I'm doing a virtual launch tour for Persistence of Vision which starts today! The idea is, if you plan to buy the book, please please do it between 1/29 and 2/4. We want as many as possible bought up in the first week so we can get it on as many top lists as possible.

Of course, there will be prizes! Anyone who can prove they purchased the book in this first week (a picture of a receipt or a confirmation email will do) will automatically receive book swag and be entered to win one of three $20 Amazon Gift cards!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)!


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Last week's RMQ was: "I could get used to a view like this. Yep, I'm used to it. Guys I want a castle." This was said by Eugene/Flynn Ryder in the Disney movie, Tangled. Charming film! This was guessed by Alex Cavanaugh. Great job, Alex!




Today's RMQ is:
Loosen your corset and have a drink. 
One point for film, one for character, one for actor. Any guesses? 

Monday, January 28, 2013

POV Blog Tour Stops and Launch Party!!!

Persistence Of Vision Blog Tour Stops:

Today I'm doing a guest post on the great Alex J. Cavanaugh's blog entitled, Top Five Ways You Know You're an Action Movie Villain. Hop over and check it out! 


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***Reminder:


I'm doing a virtual launch tour for Persistence of Vision on 1/29, it's release date. The idea is, if you plan to buy the book, please please do it between 1/29 and 2/4. We want as many as possible bought up in the first week so we can get it on as many top lists as possible.

Of course, there will be prizes! Anyone who can prove they purchased the book in this first week (a picture of a receipt or a confirmation email will do) will automatically receive book swag and be entered to win one of three $20 Amazon Gift cards!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Eye of the World Read-Along Week 6 + Blog Tour Stops

Today's blog tour stops include:

1)Review and Guest post at The Book Twins
2)Review and Spotlight at Reese's Reviews

Pop on over and see what these amazing bloggers have cooked up!


Welcome to week 6 of the Eye of the World read-along, hosted by Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings and Nrlymtl of Dab of Darkness.

1. Looks like Rand and Mat met another ally finally. What do you think of Master Gill? Do you think his hope in Thom is well placed?
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The gleeman is still so mysterious that it's hard to say whether Gill's trust is well-placed. I definitely hope it is. He seems like a good, loyal ally but I don't think we know him well enough to know for sure. But the fact that he's not skinny definitely bodes well. :D

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2. Loial the Ogier! How adorable right? We only get a brief glimpse into this new race, but what do you think? What part do you think he'll play in the story?

I freakin' LOVE the Ogier, especially Loial. His name is indicative of his character and he manages to be sweet and one-with-the-land without going all environmental-tree-hugger on everybody. The Ogier race is one that the more you get to know them, the more you love and respect them. I really like the description of how his eyebrows hang down to his chin. :D

3. During the rescue of Perrin and Egwene, did it seem like Lan was overly concerned about Nynaeve to anyone else? >.> <.<

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LOL. Kudos to you for picking up on this. The first time I read this in high school, I didn't pick up on it at all. Close to the end of the book there's a chapter where it's in-your-face obvious and I remember wondering if I'd skipped a chapter or something. Re-reading it, there are tells all over the place, but they're subtle and I was just too naive to catch them.

I did think the part where he almost went back for Nynaeve and Moiraine stopped him was very interesting. She used all his titles against him. As an author, I can totally see that that was a way to give the reader a glimpse of the awesomeness that is Lan. In terms of the story, though, it comes off as an insecurity thing on Moiraine's part. He's been by her side for twenty years, and after knowing Nynaeve only a few days (or is it weeks, now?) his loyalty is called into question to such an extent that she has to bring up all his oaths and titles of honor. Even that didn't make him snap too. It pulled him up short but he was saved from having to make an actual decision when Nynaeve came crashing through the trees atop Bela. (Yea Bela!) Very interesting indeed.

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4. The Dark One has been blamed for all sorts of things lately. Do you think that the Dark One is the root of Perrin's power like Moraine fears? How about Rand's?

Not according to Lan, and he seems to be in know about such things. I think he's right that things people don't understand or are otherwise afraid of get pigeon-holed as products of the Dark One. For me, I have trouble believing that anything not inherently evil--which neither Rand or Perrin are--is of the Dark One.

5. Very briefly Rand encounters a beggar who is obviously determined to find him specifically. Who do you think this is? What do you think is going to happen with this beggar in the future?

I can't remember for sure but I'm thinking Padan Fain? After their first encounter in Emond's Field before Bel Tine, Padan Fain doesn't remember to bathe very often ever again. He always seems content to slog around in the gutters with the rodents.

6. We learn a whole lot about Queen Morgase in this section, including getting to meet her in person! What do you think? Do you like the tradition of sending the royal children to study with the Aes Sedai and Warders?

I think it's an awesome tradition! I'd totally love to go do that. It seems to me that they're the most powerful people in the land, so sending would-be rulers to study under them would be prudent.

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7. Rand had quite an adventure in the palace there, wow! And we finally get to meet another Aes Sedai. What do you think of Elaida and her dark assessment of Rand's future? 

I still think it's hilarious that he fell into the palace garden. It's such a country-boy thing to do. Both bumpkin-headed and also kind of adorable in its innocence. (Sorry for hokey picture, but there isn't much fan art of this scene. :D)

Elaida's words to Rand gave me chills. What a disturbing thing to learn! That said, Elaida seems self-possessed and creepy to me. She doesn't seem like much of a Darkfriend, but she seems like the kind of person that's dangerous in spite of not being one. After all, she has the ear of the ruler of one of the most powerful nations in the world.

So glad they made it to Caemlyn! And the wolves slinking among Whitecloak ranks? Awesome! I remember the next couple of chapters...and I remember the ending, but I can't seem to remember how they get from A to B. I'm excited to re-discover it! :D

What are everyone else's the adventures in Caemlyn and among the Whitecloaks?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Blog Tour Stops--Day 14

Hello Everyone! Happy Saturday and welcome to Day 14 of the Persistence of Vision Blog Tour. Today's stops include:

1) An interview at Beth Art From the Heart and
2) An interview at Auntie Spinelli Reads.

Last night I went to a friend's baby shower which was a blast, but driving home the fog in Salt Lake was so thick, it was like the entire valley was full of white, diaphanous spirits, just floating around.


Anyone else done anything fun, eerie, prudent, reckless, or in any other way awesome this weekend? Or will you?

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Follow Friday--Late Night Reads + Blog Tour Stops


Blog Tour Stops today are:


1) Author Interview at Lite-Rate-Ture!  AND
2)Spotlight & *awesome* Giveaway at JC's Book Haven



*Also, I'm doing a virtual launch tour for Persistence of Vision on 1/29, it's release date. The idea is, if you plan to buy the book, please please do it between 1/29 and 2/4. We want as many as possible bought up in the first week so we can get it on as many top lists as possible.

Of course, there will be prizes! Anyone who can prove they purchased the book in this first week (a picture of a receipt or a confirmation email will do) will automatically receive book swag and be entered to win one of three $20 Amazon Gift cards!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me!


Friday Follow


Increase Blog Followers, gain Book Blog Followers and make new friends with the Book Blogger Feature & Follow! If this is your first time here, welcome! You are about to make some new friends and gain new followers — but you have to know — the point of this hop is to follow other bloggers also. I follow you, you follow me.
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The Feature & Follow is hosted by TWO hosts, Parajunkee of Parajunkee’s View and Alison of Alison Can Read. Each host will have their own Feature Blog and this way it’ll allow us to show off more new blogs!
How does this work? First you leave your name here on this post, (using the linky tools — keep scrolling!) then you create a post on your own blog that links back to this post (easiest way is to just grab the code under the #FF picture and put it in your post) and then you visit as many blogs as you can and tell them “hi” in their comments (on the post that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you!


Q: What is the last book that kept you up late into the night just to finish it?


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I just finished reading A Memory of Light of Robert Jordan.This is the 14th and final book in the Wheel of Time series, which I've been reading since I was sixteen. It was an amazing, epic final chapter. I loved everything about it, teared up often, and simply could not stop reading it! It was beyond awesome! I really could gush about the epic battles, awesome characters and tragic plot threads...but I won't. Check out my full review here.


How about you? What was the last book that kept you reading into the night?

A Memory of Light Book Review, Thoughts for Thursday 20--Warriors + Blog Tour Stop

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Check out the Read and Review Hop, hosted by Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings!

I finally got to read A Memory of Light! And let me tell you: it was FREAKIN' AWESOME!!! 

Book 1 of The Wheel of Time series was published in 1990, which means it's a series nearly twenty-three years in the making. Now, back then I was attending first grade in good ole Taylorsville, Utah. I didn't pick up this series until the summer of 1999, just before my sophmore year in high school. Still, I've been reading it for more than twelve years. It's been a huge part of my life. I've said this before, but I've learned more about story-telling, characters, plot, writing style, and compelling events from this series than most other things I've read combined! The characters all feel like old friends. To have so many prophecies, so much foreshadowing over so many years and volumes, and now to see them all fulfilled is just surreal.

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Am I a little pathetic? Yeah, probably. But that unfortunate truth doesn't change facts.

The book is fast-paced and packed with stuff. (Nine hundred pages people. That's right!) It's difficult to talk about the plot in the fourteenth book of a continuing series, but suffice it to say that it's comprised of events leading up to the Last Battle, the Last Battle, and a few small things right after. The battle is the bulk of the book and I found myself completely immersed in it.

It was fabulously written. Sanderson did a great job of staying on track. There were so many characters doing so many different things all at once, but I never felt confused. I haven't picked up a WoT book in more than two years--since book 13, Towers of Midnight was released--but it took all of two chapters to make me feel like I'd read it only yesterday.

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I can't even say how awesome this book was! It was full of nostalgia between old friends, inspiring pre-battle speeches, the tragedy of war and losing friends (characters) that we love, and the epic climax that's been promised since book 1. Yet, it was never condescending, quaint or sentimental. It simply was. And that made it all the more tragic.

We got to see everything we've wanted to for a long time. Perrin will face Slayer a final time; the wolves will join in the Great Hunt (totally awesomesauce, by the way) Mat will get to make (fantastic!) use of his battle knowledge; Egwene will lead the sisters of the White Tower into a battle that dwarfs the Seanchan siege of Tar Valon; and Rand will march into Shayol Ghol.

All the characters we've grown to love--Tam, Davram Bashere, Galad, Gawyn, Gareth Bryne, Brigitte and more will be at the head of armies. Of course many of the women--Min, Elayne, Aviendha, Siuan, Cadsuane and others--have even more important roles in the war. 

And don't even get me started on the awesomeness that is al'Lan Mandragoran. I will be in love with him forever! Yeah, he's just that studly.

I, unfortunately, am a weeper, and yes I teared up during huge sections of this book. Most often when they were busy killing off characters that I loved, but also because some of it was so powerful, it took my breath away.

For example, there's a part where Aviendha is put in charge of several teams of channelers that will guard the entrance to the Pit of Doom. This is because Rand is sure when he heads in, the Forsaken will try to head him off. The teams are there to make sure he isn't bothered and can focus on fighting the Dark One. Check out this excerpt:

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High above, the sun shone in a turbulent sky. Some storm clouds, in patches, some deep black, others brilliant white. It wasn't a cloud that suddenly obscured the sun, however, but something solid and black sliding into place.
Aviendha felt a chill and found herself trembling as the light slipped away. Darkness, true darkness, fell.
Soldiers across the field looked up in awe, and even fear. The light went out. The end of the world had come.
Holy crap! Doesn't that just give you chills?

The final line of the novel (and therefore the series) is tied to the opening paragraph that is used for every volume, which I thought was beautifully done. The final prophecy at the end of the story was written by Loial, which is heart-wrenching in and of itself. So many times I had to just put my hand to my chest and sigh. Then keep reading.

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Okay so I really need to be done gushing now. I've waited a long time for this book and it did not disappoint. I'm so sad to see the series end and dearly wish that the late Robert Jordan had survived to write more books, prequels, and spin-offs. I would have cherished every one. Now the world of WoT goes the way of Middle Earth--with nothing more to be written by the original author, and the literary world is a sadder place for it.

*Special thanks to the wonderful Brandon Sanderson for taking up the gargantuan mantle and finishing the series in Jordan's stead. He did an amazing job!

The final chapter of the Wheel of Time saga is everything we wanted it to be, everything we secretly feared it wouldn't be, and everything I could have imagined. Here's to Robert Jordan and the wonderful, sprawling monstrosity he created, and the obsession it created in so many millions of readers. May the wheel weave as the wheel wills.


Today's Blog Tour Stop is a Review over at Defiantly Deviant. Hop on over and see what she thought!


Thoughts for Thursday

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Thoughts for Thursday is a new meme hosted by Musings on Fantasia and LKHill.  In this meme, we share thoughts or quotes that we know or have recently come across. Each week there is a specific subject or theme. These can be quotes from books, quotes by famous people, (quotes by YOU, perhaps ;D). Anything from anywhere is game, though we do ask that you keep your quote to a few sentences at most. Don't quote, for example, entire passages of a book or essay. These can be funny quips, cool sayings, hair-raising antidotes, movie lines, any kind of quote you can think of!

Readers may respond by either commenting on the quotes I put forward or contributing a quote of their own. Leave it in the comments or a link to your quote in the linky. Whoever comes up with the best one will get some swag and be entered to win a bigger prize later on!

Just have fun, collect awesome sayings by awesome people, and try to be inspired!

This week's theme is Warriors!


Victory is reserved for those who are willing to pay it's price.--Sun Tzu

It is a brave act of valor to condemn death, but where life is more terrible than death it is then the truest valor to dare to live.--Sir Thomas Brown

I know what I'm capable of; I am a soldier now, a warrior. I am someone to fear, not hunt."--Pittacus Lore, The Rise of Nine

It is much easier for warriors to fare well under conditions of maximum stress than to be impeccable under normal circumstances.--Don Juan Matus

I like to believe that I've got a lot of guardian warriors sittin' on my shoulder, including my dad.--Patrick Swayze


What do you apply these quotes to? Writing? Physical prowess? Something else? Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blog Tour Stops--Day 11: Character Interview + Review

Today's Blog Tour Stops are:
1) A character interview with David at All in One Place
2) A review at Paper Riot.

Hop on over and check them out! ;D

Smile, Everyone! We're half way through the week! Yea!



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Hobbit Movie Review, Top Ten Tuesday--Settings + Blog Tour Stops

Today's Blog Tour Stops are:


1) Review at A Bookish Whimsy
2) Author Interview at Downright Dystopian

Hop over and check them out! Be sure to thank the bloggers for all their hard work!


The Hobbit Movie Review

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So I finally got around to seeing The Hobbit film. (Yea!) I gotta admit, my expectations were kinda sorta low. I thought it would be good, but I didn't think it would be great. My thinking that had nothing to do with the actual movie or how good a job they were doing on it, but more with my own preference. While I loved The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, I only liked The Hobbit book, so I figured the films would produce a similar result.

Yeah...totally loved it! They did such a great job! The thing I loved most was that they didn't leave anything out. While the LOTR trilogy were awesome films, but they still had to cut a lot out because they only got one film per book. In this case, they get to do three volumes for one book, and it's shorter than each of the LOTR volumes was! That means they can go into a lot of detail and spend lots of time on each aspect of the journey. 

It's a long film--nearly 3 hours, but at one point (just when they were leaving Rivendale) I glanced at the clock on my phone and it had already been 2 hours! My mouth dropped open. It felt like 10 minutes. Maybe that's because it was so early in the adventure. I knew there was tons to come so I couldn't fathom that the film was two thirds of the way done already! 
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I was very impressed with Martin Freeman. At the very start of the film, we see a few minutes of old Bilbo (Ian Holm) and Frodo (Elijah Wood) conversing before it goes into Bilbo's story. I had to smile at seeing Ian Holm. I thought to myself that this was Bilbo and no one could be the character like he could. But Freeman does an awesome job! He's very funny and personifies the wide-eyed innocence and hilarious indignation of Bilbo wonderfully.


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And I gotta say, for a dwarf, Thorin Oakenshield was pretty hot. I know a lot of Tolkien purists took issue with that. All dwarves should be heavy-set and bulbous-nosed, and Richard Armitage's Thorin definitely better looking than that. But hey! I'm a girl. I didn't mind in the least! ;D

Anyway, great film. Does kind of cut off in the middle of the action, but that's to be expected when a book is arbitrarily chopped into three installments. The effects are great, the adventures exciting and straight from the novel, and they bring in a good amount of foreshadowing toward the trilogy, along with characters we love from it. (Elrond, Galadriel, Saruman). If you liked the trilogy, you'll love it! Can't wait for installment number 2! :D


Top Ten Tuesday



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week they will post a new Top Ten list  that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Top Ten Settings I'd Like to See More Of

(Totally love this topic, by the way!)

10. Castles--everyone knows I'm all about the medieval lifestyle. The more castles the better!

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9. Isolated Places--whether a deserted island or just the wilderness away from civilization, lots of great stories take place amidst great isolation. I think it's because places such as these hold both great adventure and a lot of inner reflection. Adventure plus literary fiction? I'm there!

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8. Grand Estates--Downton Abbey. Need I say more?

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7. Tel'aran'rhiod--This is the "world of dreams" in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. I so wish Robert Jordan hadn't passed away so he could write more stories about this place. It's freakin' awesome!

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6. Middle Earth--another one that will never be because the author has passed away, but what I can I say? I finally saw the Hobbit movie this weekend and it put me in a really Middle Earth mood. ;D

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5. By-gone Cities--I'm not big on contemporary or anything that takes place primarily in a city, but if we're talking historical fiction (or medieval fantasy for that matter), well that's a whole other ball game. Can't get enough of that!

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4. Winter's Heart--I'm a big fan of the ice wall in George R.R. Martin's A Song of fire and Ice series. Though I wouldn't want to live it, I always think stories set in frozen, snowy locations are dramatic and exotic.

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3. Ghost Cities--there are lots of dystopian films that take place in burnt out cities and ghost towns. I'd like to see more books with these settings.

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2. Space--I'd like to get back to some great, old-fashioned sci-fi. It's been awhile.

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1. Under Water--I'm collecting mermaid stories for my TBR and I'm going to go on a mermaid-binge of sorts during the summer months. Totally open to suggestions over here.

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How about you? What settings would you like to see more of?

Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)

Last week's RMQ was: "Grace has Bob's dead wife's heart!" This was said by Bonnie Hunt in the film, Return to Me. Great movie! This one was guessed by Christy of Christy Writes. Great job, Christy!

Today's RMQ is: 

"I could get used to a view like this. Yep, I'm used to it. Guys I want a castle."

One point for character, one for actor, one for film. Any guesses?

Monday, January 21, 2013

My Favorite Martian Blogfest + One Lovely Blog Award + Blog Tour Stops

I wrote my My Favorite Martian post a few days ago and then forgot to post it! Alex Cavanaugh reminded me and I squawked and had to go find it! Thanks Alex!

So I don't really have just one favorite alien! There are too many to love. I decided to focus on an old favorite of mine that most people may not remember. It came from my favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in season 5. I believe the episode was just called "Darmok." In the episode, the alien captain of another ship named Dathon kidnaps Picard in order to try and communicate with him. Because of his universal translater, Picard hear's Dathon's words in English, but not in the way we speak it. Dathon's people speak only in metaphor and allusion to historical events in his people's history. Picard has to figure out what these references mean (including one used over and over again, "Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra") in order to communicate with the alien captain and create peace between the two peoples. (Of course, there's also an evil monster on the planet they have to deal with, which makes for all kinds of stressed-out fun!)


I loved this episode and this alien because he seems like such a gentle giant, and he ends up giving his life so there can be peace between their two peoples. This episode was all about communication and empathy. What can I say?







Blog Tour stops for today are:

1) A review at Heather's Book Chatter and
2) A guest post on My Journey to Publication at Here's the Story
3) A review at Downright Dystopian




I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award. Normally I don't do awards on my blog, but with the blog tour, I need some fillers, so I decided to go for it!



Thanks so much to Megan of Megz Madd Read for nominating me! Here are the rules:


  • Include the blog award logo in your post
  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 15 other bloggers and let them know about it
  • State seven random facts about yourself
So I'd like to nominate the following. These are all new or up-and-coming authors so you'd do well to follow them and watch for their debut novels!
7 Random Facts about me:

1) I have eleven siblings, ten of them younger than me.
2) I've played the piano since I was eleven
3) I love to bake
4) I live with two of my sisters and my 2-year-old niece
5) I graduated from Weber State University
6) I'm going to Bear Lake for a week in May (yea!)
7) I love dark chocolate.

Off I go to let these bloggers know I've tagged them. Happy Monday, Everyone!