Thursday, February 28, 2013

Follow Friday--Oops


Today's Blog Tour Stop is Review at Oops I Read a Book Again 


Follow Friday
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Gain new 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.

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 po.st that has the #FF image). You follow them, they follow you. Win. Win. Just make sure to follow back if someone follows you! 


Q: Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you've done, that as you gained more experience you were like -- oops?




Um, not too much, actually. I know when I started, I wasn't sourcing the photos I was using (oops) so I was lucky I never used any hot-button ones that got me into trouble. Beyond that, I'm sure I was naive in the way I was writing and talking to people, but that's about it. No massive regrets, thankfully. :D

Beautiful Creatures Movie Review + Thoughts for Thursday and Blog Tour Stops

Blog Tour Stop for Today: 
Review and Excerpt at My Library in the Making 

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Beautiful Creatures Movie Review

I read and reviewed Beautiful Creatures very recently (review here) and I loved it! It was such a great, engrossing story with great characters. I was very excited to see the film because, from the commercial  it looked like they were doing a good job, and most reviews I heard about the film said it was really good.

I must admit, I was a bit disappointed. But, let me explain. My disappointment definitely stems from having read the book first. Now, I'm someone who generally reads a book before seeing the movie, and I totally get that there's tons of stuff lost in the transition. In fact, one thing I like to see and muse on is how they handle things differently. So, while I might wish they hadn't cut a certain scene or cool character line, I'm not generally so bothered by it as to have strong, rant-inducing feelings.

For example, I wish there had been more of Ethan's friend, Link in the movie. He was a hilarious, lovable side character in the book. Yet, going into the film, I figured a lot of stuff with him would get cut. While he was really fun, he also wasn't central to the story so, from a creative standpoint, it made sense to cut him. The same was true of Marion, the librarian. While I loved her in the book, it made sense to cut her from the movie. I totally get that this was a 563-page novel and all those pages had to be boiled down to a 2-hour movie.

That said, there were just a lot of things I couldn't write off so easily. They pretty much changed the entire ending, for one thing. And they, shall we say, under-did the climax? Okay, I get that filming a dramatic, game-changing scene amidst torrential rain/thunder/lightning while still keeping the audience clear on what's happening might be difficult, but they didn't even try! Can we all say Lord of the Rings? Technology and CGI do happen, people. There are ways of doing things. I'm sure it had to do with budgeting concerns or something, but I really felt like they undercut some of the most important scenes in the story.

Other things, like Lena's room, were done differently as well. I didn't find this aspect bad, just different, but overall I wished they'd spent less time/effects trying to make this scene magical where it didn't especially need to be, and spent more time on more important parts of the story.

I also wasn't a huge fan of the relationship between Ethan and Amma (Viola Davis). In the book it was so sweet. He was so loyal to her and it was refreshing to see. It wasn't bad in the film, but they just didn't capture the closeness to my satisfaction. Not to mention, Ethan's father was completely left out except for one passing reference at the beginning. That was such a huge part of Ethan's character development! I can't believe they cut it completely out! Okay, done ranting.

Don't get me wrong. If you haven't read the book, you'll probably like the film. My sister hadn't read them and loved it. She even asked me if I had the books so she could borrow them. (I don't, as I read BC on my kindle.)

And there are some good things. The actors did an excellent job. Alden Ehrenreich shines as Ethan, lovable and funny. Lena, played by Alice Englert actually comes across stronger in the film than she did in the book, which I found neither good or bad--just different. Jeremy Irons makes a great Uncle Macon, and I wished he'd had more scenes. And Emma Thompson personifies the annoying southern busybody/evil witch in her role. Love that woman!

*Mild Spoiler* They also did this whole he-forgot-about-her thing at the end, which was completely fabricated--not in the book at all. While I wasn't a fan for the most part, I will say the very ending of that aspect was pretty cute. (I swooned a little.)

Overall Beautiful Creatures was a good movie, just vastly different than the book. And, if you hadn't figured it out yet, I liked the book much better. But, to each her own. This one is still worth seeing.

Thoughts for Thursday--Einstein

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!

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

Today's subject is quotes by Albert Einstein! Now this guy was a genius, not just at physics but at life. Usually I go through quotes on a certain subject and find my favorite. Often, I'm even hard pressed to find enough for the post. Not so with my buddy Alby. Everything he ever said was deep! I didn't use all the quotes I wanted, because the post would have gone on and on, but even these barely scratch the surface. I have different ones at LKHill.


"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb trees, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid."

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."

"If you can't explain it to a six-year-old, you don't understand it yourself."

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them."

"I want to know God's thoughts. The rest are details."
What do you think? Which is your favorite? Do you have one to add?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wednesday Blog Tour Stop Review!

Hello, All!

Let me apologize once again for my lack of posts, lately. I had car troubles getting home so got back even later than I expected, but I'm here now and things should get back to normal, soon. I do have some catch-up to do, so if you've been trying to get a hold of me and I haven't answered, please try again. I promise I'll answer this time. :D

For today, I want to highlight the blog tour stops of the last few days because I haven't been promoting like I should. If you missed any of these, will you do me a favor and hop through to check them out? These bloggers have worked very hard! Thanks so much, and have a wonderful day!

1) Review at The Secret Life of a Bookworm
2) Review at The Cosy Dragon
3) Guest Post and Review at Shhh...Not While I'm Reading
4) Author Interview at Mad Hatter Reads
5) Review and Author Interview at Project Read and Review
6) Guest Post at The Book Babe
7) Guest Post at Viviana Enchantress of Books
8) Review at Dab of Darkness
9) Guest Post at Tumbling in Books
10) Character Interview with Maggie at Manhattan Reader

Monday, February 25, 2013

Monday Blog Tour Stops

Happy Monday, Everyone! I am still out of town but should be home late tonight (Monday). I spent a couple extra days in Modesto to be by my grandmother's bedside when she passed away. She was always such a huge supporter of my writing and told me how proud she was before she passed. I love her so much and plan to dedicate my next book to her.

Regular blogging will resume later this week. For today, here are the blog tour stops:

1) Review at Dab of Darkness
2) Guest post at Tumbling in Books


Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Great Hunt Read-Along, Week 1 + Blog Tour Stops

Today's Persistence of Vision Blog Tour Stops include:
1) Guest Post at The Book Babe
2) Guest Post at Viviana Enchantress of Books


The Great Hunt Read Along, Week 1

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Welcome to the first week of The Great Hunt Read-long! This is Book 2 of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy saga, The Wheel of Time! Hosted by Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings and Nrlymrtl of Dab of Darkness!

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1) That prologue was pretty intense. If you haven't read the book/don't remember, any wild guesses as to who all these spooky characters are? If you know, feel free to make snarky comments.

Okay, I can't really answer this because I have read the series but suffice it to say, after getting to the end and finding out about some (very shocking) evil characters, it's interesting to go back and read things like this. ;) It's still not possible to pinpoint exactly who they all are, but the Shienaran and the Aes Sedai he saw there stand out in my mine in particular.


2) Hehe! What do you think of all of Rand's attempts to escape from the keep?

Hysterical! I think Rand is the typical American: he hears countless warnings about something (I.e. from Lan) but doesn't heed them. He procrastinates, waiting until the last possible second, then is shocked to his toenails when things don't go his way. Typical guy. ;)


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3) What do you make of Egwene's visits to the dungeon and to specifically visit Padan Fain? 

I think she needs to be careful. She's meddling in things beyond her pay grade. She thinks she can handle them but they may get her killed. If it were me, I think I'd be more afraid of Moiraine finding out than of Padan Fain himself.


4) We have a shift in point of view pretty quickly in this book (as opposed to The Eye of the World). Has your view of Moiraine altered any by riding around in her head? 

I think Jordan does an excellent job of keeping an air of mystery about Moiraine, even after going into her head. The way she holds herself, the very way she thinks, seems in keeping with what the kids have observed about her. If anything, reading from her POV has solidified her character in my mind. 


In contrast to that, he also manages to make her more human at the same time. I thought the scene from her POV was masterfully done. We find out about a scheme that's been going on for twenty years, hear a little about her past, including a best friend from the tower and the fact that she grew up in the "royal palace" in Cairhien, and we see that her life may be even more dangerous than we realized before. Yet, it all flows naturally. There's no feel of an information dump. Loving it! And I'm glad to meet Siuan Sanche. She's not always a mainstream character, but we'll see her off and on constantly through the series. She's a character I've come to really love. :D


5) We finally get to meet some more Aes Sedai - in force. What are your impressions?

They are more human than I would have thought. I kind of envisioned an entire order of self-possessed, mysterious women, but they have a wide range of personalities and temperaments that makes them very relatable. ;) I love that there are political factions, gossip, and even cliques within the White Tower. As women, it may not be our most shining quality, but it is there and Jordan handles in a way that makes it feel real. He's also not preachy or high-horsed about it. I respect him more for that.


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6) Trollocs! Any guesses as to how they got in? Anyone else amused that the overall atmosphere is abruptly jarred by the unexpected appearance of Trollocs in both The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt?

Maybe through a Waygate? Didn't someone mention that there used to be one in a destroyed city? An then there's the one Moiraine and the boys came through. I honestly can't remember the answer to this one. ;) It's interesting that you mention both beginnings being the same. Perhaps this is a symptom of it being the beginning of the series but, personally, I don't think it's a bad thing. It's common for Book 2 of a series to start with the very thing the character faced in book 1. Granted, usually it's to show that the threat from book 1 has been bested and is no longer a big deal, and that the MC will have much bigger challenges this time around, which is not the case here. (Rand's nowhere near besting all the trollocs in the world. :D) But even so, it didn't seem out of place to me. It just goes to show that the threat is still there and, while Rand has changed and will continue to grow, well, there are thirteen more books in the series, right? :D


Finally, feel free to add anything else that stood out for you. 

It's fun to see some characters now that are important later. Keep an eye on Ingtar and Masema. We'll see more of them later on. It's especially interesting that Masema pretty much hates Rand at this point. :)


Other than that, loving the feel of Book 2 and learning more about the world and the people in it. How is everyone else liking it?

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Quick Note and Blog Tour Stops

Today's Persistence of Vision blog tour stops include:
1) Author Interview at Mad Hatter Reads
2) Review and Author Interview at Project Read and Review


Sorry for the lack of post today. I unexpectedly had to go out of town for a family emergency, but should be back on track by tomorrow. I hope everyone has a great and safe weekend. 

**Cherish your loved ones. You never know how quickly things can change.**

Friday, February 22, 2013

No Follow Friday but Blog Tour Stops

No Follow Friday for me today as I'm out of town with limited internet access. That means I won't be hopping/commenting much either. Everyone have a fun Friday and a wonderful weekend! Cheers! 

Lots of Blog Tour Stop Stuff going on today! Make sure to check out the reviews and my guest post on villains and cover images!

1) Review at The Cosy Dragon
2) Guest Post and Review at Shhh...Not While I'm Reading
3) Review at Beth Art From the Heart


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thoughts for Thursday--Dreams and Nightmares + Blog Tour Stops

Today's Blog Tour Stop is a Guest Post on my deviation from contemporary New Adult at Take Me Away. What do you think of it?

Thoughts for Thursday


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!

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

This week's theme is Dreams and Nightmares!


"Literature boils with the madcap careers of writers brought to the edge by the demands of living on their nerves, wringing out their memories and their nightmares to extract meaning, truth, beauty."--Herbert Gold
"I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams."--Jonas Salk
"My sleep wasn't peaceful, though. I have the sense of emerging from a world of dark, haunted places where I traveled alone."--Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
"There are many who don't wish to sleep for fear of nightmares. Sadly, there are many who don't wish to wake for the same fear."--Richelle E. Goodrich, Danelions, The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher
"Nightmares exist outside of logic, and there's little fun to be had in explanations; they're antithetical to the poetry of fear."--Stephen King
"Your nightmares follow you like a shadow, forever."--Aleksander Hemon, The Lazarus Project


What do you think? Which quote is your favorite? Do you have one to contribute?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Beautiful Creatures Book Review + Blog Tour Stops

Today's Persistence of Vision Blog Tour Stops are as follows:

1) Review at The Cuckoo's Nest
2) Spotlight and Giveaway at For the Love of Film and Novels
3) Guest Post at Reading Between the Wines


and if you missed it yesterday, check out the review on Page Girl's Page!


Beautiful Creatures Book Review


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So, as many of you know, I'm someone who always likes to read the book before seeing the film. I picked up Beautiful Creatures the book about a week ago because I wanted to read it before I saw the film. To my surprise, it was...let's call it unconventional. First of all, the book is 563 pages long. No way my publishing company would have been cool with that! Not that I'm complaining. It was 563 pages of awesomeness, but I was kind of surprised at the length. Secondly, the narrator is a guy. Now, I keep hearing people talk about how most readers are women and therefore most readers (at least in YA) prefer a female narrator. Now, I don't necessarily share that sentiment, but I do sort of understand it. That said, some of the best YA books I've read in the past year have included male narrators. Just sayin'.

Moving on.

This book was great! Despite the length, it was a quick read because the writing flowed so well. Ethan Wate is a typical teenage boy who is bored with small town life and can't wait to get out of his home town and go off to see the world through college. He's smart, reads a lot (so I tend to like him) and has a typical teenage boy attitude about things. In short, he's hilarious. The one wrinkle in his life is that his mother passed away roughly a year before and since then his father has sunk into a deep depression. Luckily, he still has a housekeeper/guardian/butt kicker at home to both love and keep him in line. One of the things I loved about this story was his relationship to Amma. She's helped raise him and always been there, so he's unfailingly loyal to her. It was refreshing to read about.

Lena is a pretty good heroine as well. I think some people might find her less than a strong heroine. Nothing near as bad as a certain teenaged, vampire-loving heroine, but not the strongest female lead either. But, just as Bela never bothered me because--let's face it--she's a teenager, and having been an insecure teen myself, I have a hard time judging others for it, Lena didn't bother me. She was frightened by what was happening to her, just as any human being would be, and the way her emotions lashed out with breaking glass and tornadoes more than compensated for her vulnerability.

I especially loved the supporting characters in the story. They gave it so much spice! I've already mentioned Amma, but Marion the Librarian was an immediate favorite of mine (she likes awesome quotes too) and Uncle Macon was an enigma wrapped in an educated European gentleman. I wish we'd have been able to see more of him. 

And then there was Ethan's best friend, Link. He was hysterical! He always had something awesome to say, while still exercising best friend loyalties. I found myself smiling whenever he showed up because I knew the scene was about to get more colorful. Loved him!

So Ethan meets and is drawn to Lena, who is a Caster (pretty much a witch) but there's a whole complicated bit about whether her powers will be claimed for good or evil, who her family really is, and whether or not she has a choice in her own future. Add in tons of drama, an eccentric family, a gossipy small town, and plenty of teenaged angst, and you have a pretty great story.

If I had any complaints, it would be that the ending was so fast-paced, had so much action (if you can complain about that) that I wish that maybe at some point it could have slowed down and had just a little more explanation. But it was a minor thing. At no point did I feel confused. I just wanted some things clarified. Maybe I'm slow on the uptake. It left me wanting just enough to be excited to read book 2.

Anyway, overall this is a fantastic read! It's full of fun characters, intense plots, and pretty sweet good-vs.-evil show downs. Want to do me a favor? Go out and read this book! Then email so we can discuss! 'Cause, you know, it was awesome! :D Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday--Favorite Characters + Blog Tour Stops & RMQ!

For today's Blog Tour Stop, hop on over to Page Girl's Page for a review of Persistence of Vision!

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 their bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All they 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 Favorite Characters in the Fantasy Genre

A lot of these you guys have probably seen before because I tend to rave about them and use them a lot in my Top Ten lists. But what can I say? I love them and never get tired of talking about them! ;D

10. Eddard Stark of A Song of Fire and Ice--he was so sweet and always did the right thing. I loved him as a father, a lord, and an all-around awesome human being!

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9. Aragorn of The Lord of the Rings--Who wasn't rooting for him? And uncrowned kings? I'm kind of a sucker for them. (See #1)

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8. Reep-a-Cheep of The Chronicles of Narnia--So funny and loveable! Fearless, even though he's only a few inches tall with a sword the size of a toothpick. He always says the funniest things, too. I always looked forward to scenes with him!

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7. Zedicus Zu'l Zorander of The Sword of Truth--he's an old, white-haired wizard with a hysterical sense of humor, tons of power all on his own, and a healthy love for the ladies--even if they're his age. ;D

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6. Brienne of Tarth of A Song of Fire and Ice--Totally love this chick! In a world of medieval men and customs, she picks up a sword and fights for the weak and innocent. She's kind of Sir Lancelot's other half.

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5. Jon Snow of A Song of Fire and Ice--Totally swoon-worthy. He's a very decent guy--his father's son--and always worrying about doing the honorable thing. Love him!

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5. Perrin Aybara of The Wheel of Time--A blacksmith (a.k.a. very buff guy) and also very decent. He can talk to wolves and walk the world of the dream. "Awesomesauce!!!"

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4. Egwene al'Vere of The Wheel of Time--She may have started out a somewhat snotty teenager, but she quickly develops into a determined, ambitious woman who knows what she wants and how to deal with people. No matter what happens, she always keeps her heart pure and her eye on the ball. So to speak.

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3. Arya Stark of A Song of Fire and Ice--Smart, adventurous, independent, and hilarious, she's my favorite character in this series to follow. The last book only had 2 chapters about her, which I thought was a crime so hopefully the next book picks up the story a bit.

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2. Nynaeve al'Meara of The Wheel of Time--I know I totally rave about her, but I can't help it. She's got so much personality, not all of it good, but she's got a good heart and is so brave and powerful! Love her!

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1. al'Lan Mandragoran of The Wheel of Time--Uncrowned king of a country swallowed by the Shadow when he was an infant, he's pledged his life to fighting the minions of the Dark One and perhaps losing it to keep the Shadow at bay. Love this guy! He's so honorable and, you know, perfect. Totally want to marry him!

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How about you? Who are your top ten favorite characters in your favorite genre?

Random Movie Quotes (RMQ)

Last week's RMQ was "It's a rare and beautiful thing when enemies share an enemy." This was said by J.R. played by Larry Hagman on the re-vamp series of Dallas. Evil as always, J.R. Beth of YA Vixen guessed this one. Great job, Beth! 

Today's RMQ is:


"If I'm right about this, I could save a man's life. Do you know what that would do for my book sales?"
One point for film, one for actor, one for character. Any guesses? 

The Many Causes of Dystopian Worlds

Today's Persistence of Vision Blog Tour Stop includes a Review and This-and-That Interview at Words Fueled by Love. Hop on over and check it out!

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Over the weekend, I read an interesting article about a book called The Miracle Inspector. The reviewer talked about how it is  a dystopia, but not a typical one. In this book, the thing that's bringing civilization to an end is a slowing-down of the earth's rotation.

Now, I've done blog posts about how almost every story is technically a dystopian because there's always some undesirable, about super-hero stories as dystopias, and about the basics of a dystopian plot, but this made me think of something I hadn't thought of before:

At it's core, dystopians are about the one versus the many. The loner vs. the government, the survivor vs. mother nature, the individual vs. the collective, etc. 

Most dystopian falls under the loner vs. the government, but what different kinds of things could be the cause of the dystopia? We should brainstorm. Think outside the box! I tried to think of an example of each, though this list is in no way comprehensive.



What do you think? What other causes of dystopia did you think of? Do you think any genre can be considered a dystopia?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Blog Tour Stop + A Quick Note

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Short and sweet today. No Wheel of Time Read-Along this week because we're taking a week off in between books so everyone can get a copy of The Great Hunt and get their ducks in a row. We're beginning the read this week, though, so I'll have more read-along posts starting next Sunday.

Today's Blog Tour Stop is a Character Interview with Doc over at Rally the Readers. Hop on over and see what you make of it. Do you like Doc's character? What do you think of his answers?

Enjoy the last day before it's back to the salt mines!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Weekend Plans and Blog Tour Stops!!!

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Happy Saturday, Everyone! Here in Utah, we're experiencing the 3rd straight day of sunshine and relatively warm weather. And by warm, I mean a few degrees above freezing. But that's better than we've had since October. Yea!

My sisters and I plan to go running today. They're training for a marathon. Me, not so much. I'm just trying to get myself into better shape, so I won't be running as far as they will, but still.

I also plan to get a chapter written this weekend to send to my critique group. Plus I'd like to get all my blog tour stops written for the final week in February (I'm a week ahead) and write all my regular blog posts for the coming week. If I can also schedule all my Facebook posts for the week, I'll be all kinds of on-the-ball! Wish me luck!

Today's blog tour stop is a Review and Interview on Book Club Sisters. Pop on over and see what you think. Other than that, have an awesome weekend! 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Follow Friday--Rant Letters + Blog Tour Stops

Today's Persistence of Vision Blog Tour Stop is a Guest Post about Music in Writing at Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance

Hop on over and see what you think!

Follow Friday


Gain new 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.

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: Write a letter to your favorite character. Rant, rave or gush…just pretend like they are real and you just want to let them know a "few things". - Activity courtesy of author, Kelly Walker


Dear Arya (A Song of Fire and Ice)

You really need to open your eyes and look at motivations. Don't consider what something means to you, but what it might mean to other people. For example, if Gendry is trying to elevate himself socially, even though he's never cared one way or another before, maybe it's less about abandoning you and more about something else. *wink, wink.* Just sayin'.

Sincerely,

Liesel

(and also)

Dear All Characters in The Wheel of Time,

You people need to get together and tell each other your stories! Granted, everyone would probably be shocked and horrified to learn each other's tales, but you'd also get much-needed answers to random, seemingly-unanswered questions. For example, Lan doesn't know about Isam, who's probably related to him and is running around doing all kinds of evil crap. Get together and swap stories! In detail! 

Thank you for your time.

Liesel

P.S. Lan, if things ever so south with Nynaeve, I'm just a hop, skip, and an alternate reality away. And I promise never to yank my braid at you. ;D

So, who are you writing a rant letter to this week?

Eye of the World Book Review, Thoughts for Thursday and Blog Tour Stops

Today's Blog Tour Stop is Valentine's Day Guest Post on the Elements of Romance in my Book at The YA Bookworm Blogger

Let me know what you think!

Eye of the World Book Review

Welcome to the Read and Review Hop, Hosted by Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings!

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So I just finished reading The Eye of the World as part of a read-along hosted by Anya of On Starships and Dragonwings and Nyrlmrtl of Dab of Darkness.

I first picked this book up two weeks before my sophomore year of high school began. I've always been a reader, and I was particularly bored that summer. Not sure why--just not much going on. Anyway, this was when the store Media Play was still in business. My sister and I developed a weekly summer habit: we would go to a movie, then walk over and shop at Wal-Mart, Shopko, Media Play, etc., then go get some food at Hardees (a fast food joint that hasn't been around for a long while either. :D)

One day I went into Media Play and there were big displays with a cool-looking book on them called Path of Daggers. I picked up the book, solely based on the cover art, which I thought was awesome, and found that it was Book 8 of a series. I probably saw that book two or three weeks in a row before going over to the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section and picking up book 1 and deciding to try it. Couldn't hurt, right?

Now these are long books (500-1000 pages each), but I read Volumes 1 and 2 in two weeks flat...and was thoroughly depressed that I had to start school and couldn't lay around reading Wheel of Time all day anymore. Thus began my love affair with Robert Jordan's epic series. I've said many times that it's had more influence on me as both a reader and a writer than most other things I've read in my life combined. Yeah, it's really that good.

So, onto the book. It's high fantasy. No sugar-coating that. If you're one of those people I can't comprehend who HATE high fantasy, it probably isn't for you. But hear me out. If you like historical fiction of the medieval variety, stories about paranormal magic, super-powers or some variation on one of the two, stories about interesting creatures, politics, epic battles, or just amazing plot lines and fantastic characters, you'd probably like the Wheel of Time. It has so many elements, but they're so seamlessly meshed that you start to feel like this world is real and the characters are old friends.

This is the story of Rand al'Thor, a farmer and sheepherder from a tiny town no one's ever heard of in a forgotten part of the world. But when strangers show up in his village, and then it's attacked by creatures from a nightmare, Rand's entire world is turned upside-down. He nearly loses his father, sees the desolation of his home town, learns some disturbing things about the truth of his own birth, and starts having horrific nightmares involving a man with furnaces instead of eyes and throat. And that's just Winternight!

What follows is an adventure of epic proportions that I simply couldn't put down. It's got adventure, powers, friends and foes, good and evil, kings and queens and puppet masters, wolves and Ogiers, swordsmen, story-tellers, unrequited romance (you've got to have a little of that) and tons of delicious angst. 

What would you do if you discovered you might be able to wield power beyond your wildest dreams, but that if you did, it would drive you mad?

Come find out! When the final installment of this series, A Memory of Light, hit shelves in January, it marked the end of Robert Jordan's epic story. You can now read the entire thing beginning to end. We're about to dive into the second installment over at the read-along, so come join us. I promise you won't regret it! :D

Thoughts for Thursday--Love


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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!

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

This is the week of Valentine's Day and you knew at some point was going to go all sentimental on you for the theme. What can I say? It's not easy being cheesy! This week's theme is Love!


"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." --Lao Tzu

"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature loves says: 'I need you because I love you.'"--Erich Fromm

"At the touch of Love, everyone becomes a poet."--Plato

"We come not to love by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly."--Sam Keen, To Love and Be Loved

"Love goes toward love as scholboys from their books. But love from love, toward school with heavy looks."--Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

What do you think? Which is your favorite? Do you have one to contribute?