Monday, September 30, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turn-Offs

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here 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 we 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 10 Bookish Turnoffs--Things That Completely Turn you Off to the Book, Story, or Characters.

In no particular order:

Ice Dragons and Exiles!

When I first started blogging, nearly a year and a half now (has it been that long?!) I, like most greenie bloggers, struggled to come up with content for my blog. One thing I did several times was issue creative challenges based on images or phrases. So, for example, I would write a phrase that evoked an image and ask people to tell me a story about it. I would usually do part 2 the following week and put down my answer to the question.

Now,when I first started doing these, I didn't get many page views. Not more than a handful over two weeks. Now, when I look back to those on my stats page, they've garnered some of the highest numbers of page views of any of my posts over the past year.

Example 1, Part 1   Example 1, Part 2   Example 2, Part 1   Example 2, Part 2

Example 1 garnered a total of 200 pageviews. Okay, not that impressive, but most of those happened in a three month period. Example 2, however, garnered a total of nearly 1,000 pageviews. That's awesome! :D

So, today, I decided to return to them. Take a look at this awesome image:



I love to pin images like this on Pinterest. I have a board called "Landscapes for Inspiration." These kinds of pictures get my creative juices flowing. I always stop and think, what kind of story would take place in this picture?

So, you tell me. What kind of story or scene do you envision taking place in this scene?

I'll start by telling you mine. As many of you know, I'm currently writing book 1 of an epic fantasy, tentatively titled Dragon Magic. It's medieval with, that's right, dragons! I found this picture some time ago and am already planning to use it as a location in my story. I won't hit this location for many volumes (not in book 1) but let's just say it has to do with a young girl who has the power to inspire loyalty in both men and beasts, a forced exile, and Ice Dragons.

But that's all I'm saying. *Does evil laugh*

How about you? What does this picture do for YOUR creative juices?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Fires of Heaven Read-Along, Week 8


Welcome to week 8 of the Fires of Heaven Read-Along. This week, we covered chapters 44-49. Remember that everything up to and including those chapters is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!


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1. Seems like Mat has made himself the unwilling hero of the day, now with his personal army. What's in the future for him? Will he ever come to terms with his fate?

Gotta love Mat's army. I think he's already coming to terms with it, in his own way. He definitely doesn't WANT to, but the fact that he just kind of shakes his head and walks away shows that, on some level at least, he's got some inkling that there's no running from it. He will accept it more consciously as the series goes on, but not for a long time, and he'll always fight against it at least somewhat. 

Colavere
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2. Three books later, and we're back in Cairhien. How did Rand handle the nobles? Who do you think he means to put on the Sun Throne?

I think he's doing just fine handling the nobles, better than most people would. I totally know who he wants to put on the throne, so I won't say. I did think it was interesting to see Colavere mentioned. Keep an eye on her, as she'll figure in more heavily as the story moves forward. 

3. With two nations and the Aiel behind him, Rand should be more than a match for anyone. Who is next?



Hmm. Can't remember for sure. Eventually we'll move into Illian, but I don't think that's until book 7. I think for now he's going to try and juggle what he has, and deal with what Forsaken show up, what Aes Sedai show their faces, etc. 

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 This moodiness and snapping from Elayne and Nynaeve, is it from the pressure of hiding or something else? Maybe some of the female audience can chime in…



LOL. It's a little of everything, I think. Being cooped up, and the fear/pressure of having to hide is definitely part of it. They're climbing the walls, even if they're outside all the time. It's the psychological equivalent of being forced to stay in a small hotel room for weeks at a time. The world starts to close in and you feel helpless to stop it, so you just lash out. I know for me, when one thing is really weighing on me, I tend to get snappish about other things, especially with other women. Suddenly everything they do is annoying, things that normally wouldn't be a big deal are, etc. I think Jordan does a good job with this part. Nynaeve rages in her mind against everything and everyone, including Lan who is hundreds of miles away and who she hasn't seen in weeks (or months?). I thought this was hilarious, but also very true of stressed out and/or menstral women. Jordan doesn't mention moon cycles (what man would?), but I'm thinking that probably played a role here too.

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Looks like Nynaeve sparked quite the mess by having both Galad and Masema look for a boat. Was this at all avoidable?


Perhaps, but I don't think there was any way to know that before hand. She wanted two different groups searching for a ship for her, which makes a certain amount of sense, especially considering that Masema acted as though he'd forgotten the request the moment she left his presence. There was no way to know that they'd both fight for the same ship and come to blows over it. If she'd known that both would be so diligent in their searches, she could have avoided the situation by just assigning one of them, but again, there really wasn't any way to foresee that. Besides which, we have angry, starving people who pretty much hate one another's guts. they were going to riot over something eventually. The "situation" may have been inevitable at some point, whether Nynaeve was involved or not.

6. Who do you think could take Galad on in a swordfight?


Right now? Not many. Lan could. Maybe a few of the great generals like Agelmar of the borderlands, Gareth Bryne, perhaps, and I'd venture to guess Davram Bashere, though we haven't officially met him yet. One of the Forsaken perhaps? As time goes on, other characters (I won't name names because that would be indescreet *coughs* Rand) will become blademasters in their own rights, but the list is pretty small right now. I'll admit that I did enjoy seeing Galad kick some butt with his sword and earn the respect of the Borderlanders, even if I don't agree with his political ideas.

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Totally loved the Aiel celebration after the battle. Thought that was awesome! This quote: "A Celebration of still being alive. One more time they had walked under the Dark One's nose and survived to tell the tale. One more dance along the razor's edge finished. Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive today." (pg. 717)

Anybody else loving the Jack o' the Shadows songs? They always make me smile. 

I really liked that Nynaeve stood up for the refugees, forcing the captain of the ship to take them to safety. The three who decided to follow her and Elayne were interesting. Keep an eye on those names for the future. And they're finally heading toward Salidar, which I'm excited about. There's bound to be some braid-yanking in the future, don't you think? :D

How did everyone else like this section?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

End of Quantum Entanglement Blog Tour

Happy Saturday, Everyone! I'd just like to profusely thank and bow down to all the wonderful bloggers who've participated in my tour. Thank you so much for taking the time out to host me and especially to read and review my book. It's greatly appreciated!


Thanks also to all those who've read, entered giveaways, and of course to those who've bought the book. I love you tons and hope you enjoy book 2 of Interchron. Of course reviews and word spreadage is always appreciated as well.

While we're on that, make sure to enter the Goodreads Giveaway if you haven't yet. It ends today and there are free copies up for grabs!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Quantum Entanglement by Liesel K. Hill

Quantum Entanglement

by Liesel K. Hill

Giveaway ends September 30, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win
As a final stop on the tour, check out my guest post at Girl in the Woods Reviews. She'll also be providing a review of the book.

I hope to get book 3 of Interchron out in the first quarter of next year. I'll give you all a little nugget: I'm entitling book 3 of Interchron Dark Matter. Thanks again, and have a great weekend! :D

What have you thought of the Quantum Entanglement tour? What do you think of the title for book 3?

Friday, September 27, 2013

(Pen) Ultimate Blog Tour Stops!

For my Follow Friday post for this week, CLICK HERE.

The Quantum Entanglement Blog Tour is coming to a close tomorrow. To finish off with a bang, there are two tour stops today. They are as follows:

1) Guest Post at Dab of Darkness entitled, "If I Couldn't Write, I'd be a Time Traveler."

2) Guest Post at Reading...Dreaming, entitled "3 Steps to Collectivist Conversion."

Also, I did a REVIEW of the delightful middle-grade release, One Shark, No Swim by Lehua Parker, as well as Follow Friday on my other blog if anyone's interested. (Just click links.)


If you could visit one or all and leave your comments there, I'd really appreciate it! Happy Friday! :D

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Quantum Entanglement Review!!!

Happy Thursday, Everyone! I hope everyone's having a great weekend. For today's blog tour stop, hop over to Worlds Fueled by Love. The lovely Holly Harris is hosting me for a guest post and giveaway for Quantum Entanglement. If you could hop on over there to leave your comments, I'd really appreciate it. And remember, tomorrow's Friday! (Squee!)

(BTW, Thoughts for Thursday will return to this blog next week, but if you just can't wait, there are Thoughts about hard work on my other blog LKHill. Click over to see them! :D)



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Book Review: City of Ashes + Blog Tour Stop


For today's blog tour stop, hop over to Vicariously! for the wonderful Rebecca Alora's Review! If you could all hop over and leave comments on her review, I'd really appreciate it! She's such a wonderful person! Thanks a ton, Everybody! :D



Book Review: City of Ashes

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After finally reading book 1 of the Mortal Instruments series a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to pick up book 2. And City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare does not disappoint!

The story picks up right where it left off, with Clary avoiding Jace and the two of them still having seemingly inappropriate feelings for one another.

Of course we jump right into the action, with big changes for um...their friends, and new relationships all around. 

The climax of this story was great! Talk about epic demon battles! Totally loved it! 

And, can I just say, Valentine? Awesome villain! Totally loving him. He's a great example of how villains truly believe they're on the right side of things and are the heroes of their own stories. And yet, you love to hate him. 

So this review is kind of short, but I don't think it needs to be long. For anyone who hasn't read it, I don't want to give spoilers, but most people have so they don't need much explanation anyway. In a nutshell, it's a great 2nd installment that doesn't sag or slow down at all, and I can't wait to start book 3. :D



Has anyone else read City of Ashes? How did you like it?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

5 Things You Don't Know about Interchron

Happy Tuesday! For today's  Quantum Entanglement blog tour stop, I'm getting a review and guest post over at Project Read and Review! The post is 5 Things You Don't Know About Me + 5 Things You Don't Know About Interchron. The blog tour is going splendidly! If you could all hop over there and leave your comments, I'd really appreciate it. Or click over to L.K.Hill to see my Top Ten Tuesday list! Cheers!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Award-Winning Manuscripts + Character Spotlight

For today's Quantum Entanglement tour stop, I'm doing a character spotlight over at JC's Bookhaven. Hop on over and check it out if you feel so inclined. :D


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As you know, I attended the League of Utah Writers' annual conference last weekend, and it was fabulous! I got to be instructed in the craft of writing by the likes of Sophie Littlefield, Maxwell Alexander Drake, and the great Gerald N. Lund.





I'm not sure if I actually announced how I did in the contest on this blog. So, here goes!

In the published book contest, Persistence of Vision came in at 2nd place, winning the prestigious Silver Quill Award! Yeah!


Quantum Entanglement, which came out only days before the conference, also won 2nd place in the unpublished manuscripts category. And Dragon Magic--a manuscript that is still in progress and I will probably put out early in 2014, won an honorable mention.
So, there you have it! I need to head over to Goodreads and Amazon now and add the phrase "award-winning novel" into the description. I'm really quite excited. :D

So, have you entered any writing contests lately?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Fires of Heaven Read-Along, Week 7



Welcome to week 7 of the Fires of Heaven Read-along. For this week, we read chapters 40-44. Remember that the series up until now along with this section are fair game for spoilers, so read at your own discretion!


Galad Damodred
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1. As usual, things have changed quite rapidly and Nynaeve now knows the location of the rebel Aes Sedai and has gained a personal ‘army’ of Shienarans. Do we really believe that Galad intends to let the girls leave without telling his superiors in the Whitecloaks? What reception do you expect them to receive when they reach Salidar?

With Galad, it's actually hard to say. I think Jordan does a good job of defining this character well enough that you really don't know for sure. Normally, I would say, since he's a relatively decent guy, that he'd never betray his sister in that way. But it's been drilled into our heads that he always does what's right to a fault, and now he's donned a white cloak. (See what I did there? :D) So, it's anyone's guess what Galad will choose. 

In Salidar, chances are they'll go back to the normal chores and routine of Accepted. I think that will be difficult for them as they've been running around for so long pretending to be full Aes Sedai and doing as they please. If they're resistant at all (and let's face it, this is Nynaeve we're talking about) the reception is sure to be chilly.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Feature and Giveaway!

Happy Saturday, Everyone! I hope everyone's having a great weekend. For today's blog tour stop, hop over to On Starships and Dragonwings. My good friend and blogger buddy, Anya, is doing a feature and giveaway for Quantum Entanglement. Check it out if you have a minute. And have a fantastic weekend! :D 
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Follow Friday: Favorite Kid Book Memories!



For Friday's Quantum Entanglement Blog Tour stops, we have an Interview at Rally the Readers and I'm also guest posting about Maggie and Marcus's Top Ten Significant Memories over at Bookworm Brandee's blog. Check those out if you have a second. :D




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!


What were some of your favorite picture books as a kid? If you have kids, what are your favorites to read to them? (All covers courtesy of Goodreads.com unless otherwise linked.)

The ones I remember reading the most as a kid are: 






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(All of them. Not kidding.)

Don't Forget the Oatmeal by B.G. Ford



and the lost gem, The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward.


I don't have kids of my own, but I do live with my sister and her two-year old. I read her everything I love--Dr. Seuss, Clifford, Arthur, Disney princess books, etc. But I really love to read her Winnie-the-Pooh books. They always make me laugh.



How about you? What are your favorite kids books?

Reviews for Quantum Entanglement

Happy Thursday, Wonderful Readers! It's almost Friday, and I have some links for you. There are two new Quantum Entanglement reviews to check out today. One is over at Bound by Books (thanks Reeka!) and the other is at Shhh...Not While I'm Reading (I really appreciate it Tara!)

So, if you could head on over and leave your comments at one or both of those sites, I'd really appreciate it. Beyond that, do me a favor and have some fun today! Don't forget, it's almost the weekend. (Yea!) 

Are YOU doing anything fun today?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Science of Time Travel + Launch Day Results

Hello Wonderful Readers!

Yesterday was the Release Date and Launch Party for Quantum Entanglement and it went great! If you want to see the results and winners, just pop on over to the Interchron Facebook page. Special thanks to all those who dropped by, commented, or otherwise participated! It was tons of fun!

I worked all day, though, and as a result, I'm a little burnt out today. But no worries! I still have links to send you to. :D

I'm guest posting over at Mad Hatter Reads about the Science of Time Travel! If all you lovely readers could pop on over and leave your comments there, I'd really appreciate it! :D

Mad Hatter Reads

Thanks so much! And happy hump day! :D

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Quantum Entanglement Release Day!

Quantum Entanglement, Book 2 releases today! Yea!

For a limited time, it's $0.99 on both Amazon and Smashwords (for the ecopies) so get them while they're cheap! Just click the links!

It's being reviewed over at The Cozy Dragon today, so hop on over and check that out. Rose is a fabulous reviewer!

Also, don't forget to drop by my INTERCHRON FACEBOOK page between 2pm and 7pm MST this afternoon. There will be lots of fun things going on and prizes given away every half hour! Hope to see you there!

Also, don't miss the Goodreads Giveaway going on throughout the tour! Free books up for grabs!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Quantum Entanglement by Liesel K. Hill

Quantum Entanglement

by Liesel K. Hill

Giveaway ends September 30, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Monday, September 16, 2013

CassaStorm by Alex J. Cavanaugh

Author Alex J. Cavanaugh
My blogger buddy, Alex J. Cavanaugh is putting out the third book in his trilogy tomorrow! In preparation for the release, he answered lots of questions about his writing. Below is the one I asked:

MeHow did you conceive the idea for your series? Was it a long, evolutionary process did it come to you all at once, and from where?

Alex's AnswerIt didn’t begin as a series, that’s for sure! The first book came from an old manuscript that was heavily influence by Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, and Buck Rogers. Writing the first book wasn’t that hard, as I just re-imagined the story. The second one came from a short story, and I just expanded on the idea. The third was the most difficult, as everything came from scratch. I spent more time working on the outline than I did writing and editing the story!


Comment on Alex’s blog this week for a chance to win a Cassa mug, mousepad, magnet, and swag!


Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Fires of Heaven Read-Along, Week 6



Welcome to week 6 of our Fires of Heaven Read-Along. Remember that everything up until and including this section is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk! 


Nynaeve al'Meara
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1) The first thing we see in this section indirectly, more cat fights between Nynaeve and Cerandin. Nynaeve ends up with a black eye. So, Wheel of Time death match! Who wins?

In a death match, I gotta say Nynaeve. You know she'll get pissy eventually, and then the One Power gloves will come off. Cerandin's gonna be toast. :D

2) Elayne believes she can make a'dam and other objects of the One Power. Do you think this is a good idea? What do you think she'll do with this ability?

This is another thing that shows how closed-minded the women of the Tower has been for so long. Elayne's smart--all our main characters are--but she's not a genius or anything. Obviously she just used a combination of brain powers, the One Power, and outside-the-box thinking, and figured it out. How many thousands of years since anyone knew how? All I gotta say is...wow. Granted, maybe we should cut the Tower Aes Sedai some slack because there hasn't been anyone as strong as Elayne or Egwene, much less Nynaeve, is a long time, but still. They never said, "There's no one strong enough to make angreal." They always said. "No one knows how. The knowledge has been lost." There's this thing called scientific curiosity, ladies. Maybe you should try it out sometime.

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3) Nynaeve and Brigitte eavesdrop on a meeting of Forsaken, where they hear talk of linking. What do you think these arrogant baddies are planning?

If men and women want to link, chances are they need a great deal of the Power--more than any of them has alone. I can't remember exactly what this particular plot leads to, but the most obvious answer is that they want to overpower Rand. If that's the case, it means they're obviously very threatened by him and he's probably more powerful than most of them are individually, which makes them nervous. Losers.

4) Brigitte is ripped from T'A'R and into the human world. What do you think of her as a mortal? Do you think she'll find Gaidal Kane, even though she wasn't spun out as she ought to have been? What did you think of Elayne's solution to save Brigitte's life?

I totally love Brigitte! I love her personality. Best line in this section: "Can I have a red dress, too?" (585). She's not afraid to be herself or flaunt what she's got, and she's always hilarious about it. Brigitte was all cool and mysterious in T'A'R. As a human, she's just got so much flavor and personality. I love the pages about her.

Brigitte Silverbow
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I'm not gonna say much about Gaidal Kane. I totally know things. And I always thought it was interesting that Elayne bonded her. It just put an interesting spin on the whole warder thing. I actually thought it was interesting that Elayne hadn't really known before this what ajah she would choose. As soon as she bonded Brigitte, she knew she'd have to choose green. It sort of decided things for her. I'd forgotten that. And the fact that it will be immensely frowned on by the Tower Aes Sedai makes it even better in my book. :D

Nynaeve, Elayne, Brigitte
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5) Nynaeve is not acting much like herself. What do you think of her reaction to Brigitte's plight? How about being talked into being a human target and wearing revealing clothes?

Okay, you know I always defend Nynaeve, right? Yes, her reactions lately have been less than graceful. In terms of Brigitte, I think it shows that she has a heart and some humility. Don't get me wrong, I think Brigitte has the right of it: no one forced her to help Nynaeve and Elayne or violate the precepts of T'A'R, but the fact that Nynaeve feels so guilty shows that she's not arrogant (about that) or presumptuous. I am glad Brigitte put a stop to Nynaeve's simpering sooner, rather than later, though. As for the clothing, I think she's making it worse with her larger-than-life reactions. If she just accepted it as a costume, and the price of hiding in plain sight, she wouldn't have so much drama all the time.

'Nuff said.
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6) Liandrin is not having such a great day. Are you surprised about where she's ended up? Where do you think she'll go from here?

No, not surprised. Ambition isn't a bad thing, but ambition to do evil stuff to good people always leaves you in the ditch eventually. Then there's the fact that she's just not very smart. From the beginning, she plotted to overthrow one of the Forsaken--not to fight evil and make the world a better place--but so she could take Moghedien's place in power. Now, Nynaeve is strong enough to take on one of the Forsaken. But we've never heard anything that says Liandrin is particularly strong in the power. At least, not anything out of the common way. But yet she thinks she can overpower one of the Forsaken? I think someone was absent the day they taught physics in the One Power Benchpressing class.

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7) We finally learn the identity of the Prophet, and he's someone we've seen before. Were you surprised? What do you think of his new-found faith?

Ah, Masema. You're so weird. You started off being crabby and sullen. Sometimes downright nasty. The only borderlander in all of Randland with a chip on your shoulder. Now you've graduated to all-out stupidity. He's like a cult leader or something. Men and women shouldn't be distracted by one another or dress becomingly? Everyone should slog around in the crap rather than bathe, eat well, or do anything enlightened? Really? 'Cause that'll be a big help the Dark One shows up. Filthy, rioting peasants with medieval mindsets will make great soldiers in the Last Battle, don't you think?

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Extras:

How hysterical was it to watch Uno count his sentences in trying to make Nynaeve happy about the cursing? You gotta give him kudos for even attempting it. This sequence was always one of my faves.

And how about Valan Luca chasing Nynaeve around the campfire. Obviously he doesn't remotely stack up to Lan, so there's little chance of him winning Nynaeve, but I always sort of wanted Lan to show up and just look at Valan. The guy would totally wet himself if Lan even glanced his way.

And kudos for Thom and Juilin. Elayne finally told them everything and neither even considered leaving. Gotta love courage and loyalty like that. I also really liked Thom's remark about teaching Elayne to play the great Game of Houses: "I mean to see you mistress of Daes Dae'mar..." Gotta love Thom.

P.S. I participate in the Follow Friday meme every week. This past week the subject was casting your favorite book for a kickstarter campaign. Of course, I had to cast WoT. I never find actor/actresses that I think totally do the characters justice, but I took a stab at it. If you want to see what I came up with, the post is HERE.

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How did everyone else like this section?