Thursday, May 29, 2014

Follow Friday: Characters and Plot vs. Writing

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!


How important is good writing to you? Which do you prefer: 1) Great characters and plot with lousy writing or 2) Middling character development and plot but gorgeous writing?


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Hmm, that's a tough one. I think I need the awesome characters and plot over the writing. If I can't relate to the characters or get into the plot, the writing doesn't make a whole lot of difference to me. I appreciate beautiful writing, but I'm always all about the story and what you can learn from it. 

Of course if the writing or editing is horrible, it can ruin great plots and characters, but I'm not someone who gets super bent out of shape over a few mis-typed words either. So, I guess I fall into group #1. 

How about you? Which do you prefer?

Thoughts for Thursday: Historical Fiction

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature 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!

My historical fiction debut, Citadels of Fire is available now, and the launch party is this Saturday! In honor of that, this week's theme is Historical Fiction!


"I have always regarded historical fiction and fantasy as sisters under the skin, two genres separated at birth."--George R.R. Martin

"I am not a fan of historical fiction that is sloppy in its research or is dishonest about the real history."--Kate Mosse


"When I was growing up I loved reading historical fiction, but too often it was about males; or, if it was about females, they were girls who were going to be famous like Betsy Ross, Clara Barton, or Harriet Tubman. No one ever wrote about plain, normal, everyday girls."--Kathryn Lasky


"Concentrate your narrative energy on the point of change. This is especially important for historical fiction. When your character is new to a place, or things alter around them, that's the point to step back and fill in the details of their world."--Hilary Mantel


"I got nice rejections explaining that historical fiction was a difficult sell. But I kept trying..."--Anita Diament


"Knowledge of our past is our inheritance. What we do with that knowledge will shape our destinies."--L.K.Hill

So many of these apply to me or to my historical fiction novel! That last one is mine! Head over to my other blog to read some more amazing quotes about historical fiction!

What's your favorite quote about historical fiction? Do you have one to add?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Words of Radiance Read-Along, Week 9



Welcome to week 9 of our Words of Radiance Read-Along. This week we read chapters 75-81. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk! 


1. What did you think of Dalinar's tactics, proving Kaladin correct by catching Amaram in a lie? What will happen, do you think, when they attempt to "try" him?

That was just freakin' awesome! I loved that Dalinar found a way to prove to all present what had happened. Smart man. That way he wasn't just making unfounded accusations against one of his closest friends. It is good to know that he didn't just ignore Kaladin or brush him off. He was thinking and trying to solve the problem. Could have kept Kaladin more in the loop, of course, but...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Launch Day for Citadels of Fire!

Today's the day you all (or at least I) have been waiting for!

Citadels of Fire is available for purchase today at all major retailers! 

Get it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and most other major retailers, and let me know what you think!


In a world where danger hides in plain sight and no one aspires to more than what they were born to, Inga must find the courage to break the oppressive chains she’s been bound with since birth.  
As a maid in the infamous Kremlin, life in 16th-century Russia is bleak and treacherous. That is, until Taras arrives. Convinced that his mother’s death when he was a boy was no mere accident, he returned from England to discover what really happened. While there, he gains favor from the Tsar later known as Ivan the Terrible, the most brutal and notorious ruler ever to sit upon the throne of Russia. Ivan allows him to take a servant, and to save Inga from a brutal boyar intent on raping her, Taras requests Inga to stay in his chambers.  
Up against the social confines of the time, the shadowy conspiracies that cloak their history, and the sexual politics of the Russian Imperial court, Inga and Taras must discover their past, plan for their future, and survive the brutality that permeates life within the four walls that tower over them all, or they may end up like so many citizens of ancient Russia: nothing but flesh and bone mortar for the stones of the Kremlin wall.
If you're in the area, the official launch party will be held in the Layton, Utah Barnes & Noble this Saturday, the 31st, at 1:00 pm. I'd love to meet you!


Are you into historical fiction? Does Citadels of Fire interest you? 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day's Historic Origins

We cherish too, the Poppy red

That grows on fields where valor led,

It seems to signal to the skies

That blood of heroes never dies.--Moina Michael

Happy Memorial Day, Everyone! I hope everyone has some fun plans. I've got a busy day, so I probably won't be on much until later this evening. Today, I thought we'd go over the history of this wonderful holiday!

Did you know...

That Memorial Day has it's origins in the Civil War?

It's true. More than 360,000 Union soldiers were killed during the war, and that added to the Confederate casualty count of 240,000. Half a million Americans died during this terrible time, so that all Americans could live free.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Crossroads of Twilight Read-Along, Week 1



Welcome to week 1 of our Crossroads of Twilight read-along. (We made it to book 10!) This week we only read the prologue (it was 100 pages long)! Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!


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1) We have a meeting of the minds of Arad Doman. Lots of new side characters were introduced at this meeting. Was it a bit tangled for you? Will this strategy negatively affect the Aiel, and hence, Rand? 

Yeah it was a bit muddled, but it helps when you've read it more than once. It's hard to say whether or how this will affect everyone. One thing Jordan does very well is to show how everyone--every ruler and noble in every country--makes their own plans and believes whole-heartedly that it will work out for them. I think only Rand and his ta'veren-ness will decide the fate of the world, though. 

2) We have the questionable pleasure of riding around in Valda's head (Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light). Since Morgase slipped through his fingers, her step son Galadedrid (Galad) is no longer a useful tool for him. What do you think Valda will do with him? What do you think it would take for Galad to sever ties with the White Cloaks? 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Follow Friday: Bookish Persuasions

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!


Have you ever convinced someone to read a book, a series, or a whole genre? What book(s) and who was it? Did they like it?

Uh, yeah, I kind of do that all the time! I got most of my family into the Wheel of Time series once I started reading it. I suggested Divergent to my sister, who of course couldn't stop reading and loved both the series and the film. And even now, I give my teenage brothers suggestions, and they totally read what I tell them. One in particular has read The Book Thief, The Fault in Our Stars, and Anna Dressed in Blood/Girl of Nightmares. All from my recommendations, of course. :D

How about you? What books/series/etc. have you recommended to others?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Words of Radiance Read-Along, Week 8



Welcome to week 8 of our Words of Radiance Read-Along. This week we read chapters 66-74. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk! Our wonderful host this week is Books Without Any Pictures!


1) What did you think of Adolin voluntarily being locked up while Kaladin was locked up? Then Adolin's little reveal of trust later while marching on the plateaus. Do these two have a chance at friendship? 

Yes, I think they definitely do! And I'm so glad. I thought it was impressive of Andolin to do what he did. It shows how much he's come to respect Kaladin, and also that he's a decent guy at heart, much like his father. Hopefully this is just the first of many displays of loyalty between the two men.
2) Kaladin turns down the Shards, instead giving them to Moash. How do you see this affecting his friendship with Moash in the future? 

Game of Thrones Episode 4.7 Recap

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Welcome to my Game of Thrones Recap. I love the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I'm loving (for the most part) how HBO is handling turning it into a live action series. In these posts, I recap the most recent and discuss what I thought of it, how it relates to the book, etc. Warning: This post is pretty much 100% spoilers, so read at your own risk!


Episode 4.7: Mockingbird


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This episode starts out with Jaime talking to Tyrion in prison. He claims he cannot be Tyrion's champion because he isn't good enough with his left hand yet. Tyrion decides to ask Bron to fight for him again. (He previously was Tyrion's champion at the Eyrie and won.) Days later, when Bron finally surfaces, he informs Tyrion that he won't be his champion. He doesn't think he can win against the Mountain (whom Cersei has chosen), and Cersei has arranged a wealthy match for him. Tyrion is very forgiving of Bron, more so than I remember him being in the book. I was always so disappointed that Bron abandoned Tyrion in his time of need.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Friendship

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 Books About Friendship (All covers courtesy of goodreads.com unless otherwise linked.)

Most of these are books or series that have friends/friendship I greatly admired or enjoyed reading about. 



10. The Once and Future King by T.H. White -- I haven't read this one in years and keep meaning to re-read it, but it starts off with Arthur and the boys who will become his knights and punk kids, and follows them into adulthood, where they become loyal knights of the round table, and proceed to get themselves mired in all kinds of drama and tragedy. And then of course there is the legendary friendship between Arthur and Lancelot.



9. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia -- I loved Ethan's best friend, Link, in the books. He was largely left out of the film version, but he was one of my favorite parts of the first book. Always funny, loyal, and delightful to read about.




8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor -- Another best-friend-to-the-MC that I love. Can't think of her name off the top of my head, but she has some of the wittiest banter I've read in a long time. Love her!



7. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare -- Any book that features an ensemble of character is bound to deal with friendship. I especially like the friendship between Clary and Simon. It starts out as unrequited love on Simon's part, but they end up being close friends and very loyal. Love that!



6. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card -- This is generally praised for what it says about familial relationships and how complicated they are, but it covers friendship, too. Ender makes both friends and enemies and those are juxtaposed with his familial relationships which fall on different planes at different times. 




5. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis -- This deals not only with siblings, but with friendships between humans and animals/fantasy creatures. Lots of fun.




4. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent -- Another one where I loved the MC's BFF: Emma. I always enjoyed her scenes and liked her characters a lot.



3. Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan -- Another ensemble cast of characters. They each grow up, travel the world, and have to deal with their own issues and dramas. It's one of those things where you're constantly hoping we get more reunions, or that someone will wax nostalgic about their humble beginnings. We don't get nearly enough of that by story's end.


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2. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling -- I have a feeling this one will be on a lot of lists this week, and rightly so. I doubt I need to say much about the friendships in these books.





1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien -- Samwise and Frodo; Merry and Pippin. The ultimate loyal relationships. 'Nuff said.






What are your top ten books about friendship?

Finding New Perspectives on Dystopia

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Years ago, in a poetry class, I had an interesting lesson about looking at things from a new perspective that I've never forgotten. The lesson was really about titles. The professor arbitrarily wrote a few lines from a poem that he made up on the spot:

"The green light of the oppressor's boot
Bend your neck to the chopping block..."

Just with that much, he told us to throw out titles for the poem. Naturally people came up with words like "Slavery," "Fascism," "Revolution," "Freedom," and plenty of other negatively-charged political words. Then the professor posed a question. 

"What if the title was..."Romance?" Or "Unconditional Love?" 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 7



Welcome to week 7 of our Winter's Heart Read-Along. This week we read chapters 30-35 (the end). Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!

1. Mat helps a Seafolk woman being held as damane escape. She promises to remember his good deed. How do you think this will affect the plot of the story, and Mat specifically in the future?

I won't say much about how this will work out--honestly I don't remember much; just a few things--but it can't be anything but good to have Mat (a friend and fellow ta'veren of the Dragon Reborn) owed a favor by a Sea Folk channeler, right? Besides, karma's a real thing. With all the worries Mat is juggling, he needs to do as many good deeds as he can get his hands on.

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2. Mat finally learns who Tuon is. What did you think of this situation? Of Egeanin's reaction to his announcement? Predictions?

This was Robert Jordan at his best. "...and he shivered. Oh Light how he shivered." I think I kind of shivered the first time I read it. Kind of gave me goosebumps. Overall it was a rather amusing situation--things never work out the way poor Mat intends--but it kind of had to be that way, right? He wouldn't be Mat if things went perfectly as planned.

I don't think I noticed it the first time reading, but Egeanin's reaction was significant. Mat said, "She's my wife," and Egeanin freaked out. Her exact words were, "You can't say that!" I think we'll find out what she meant some time in the next book. Just keep in mind her specific reaction was significant.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Follow Friday: Non-Book Guilty Pleasures

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 are your non-book guilty pleasures? Like TV shows, food, websites, hobbies, etc?

Um, you know, all of the above? 


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TV is definitely a guilty pleasure for me. There are such compelling shows on TV these days. The writers do such a good job with plot arcs and character development. I excuse watching a lot (and I do mean A LOT) of them by saying it's good research for my own writing. *snickers* Totally legit, right? Just like this post is a totally legit reason to put a Walking Dead picture on my blog. :D

I talked in last week's post about my food hobby. Whenever I need a break from my computer, I can often be found experimenting with recipes in the kitchen.

Websites? My biggest guilty pleasure is Pinterest. More than Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or any other website, social or otherwise, I can waste HOURS on Pinterest. I look at everything from historical pictures to memes from my favorite shows (incidentally where the Walking Dead pic came from) to recipes on recipes on recipes. I really have to discipline myself not to get too carried away. Check out my boards HERE.


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The other one is listening to my headphones. I do this to unwind and often use it to think my way through snags in the plots of my own stories. I don't do a whole lot of listening to the actual music. Rather, I use it as a background for relaxing my mind and just kind of letting it wander. I do get a lot of great thinking and plotting done that way, but I can waste away hours doing it, too, so I have to give myself a time limit. I'm sure it looks crazy to anyone else--like I just stare at a blank wall with my headphones on for long periods. No wonder so many people think writers are crazy. Hehe.

What are YOUR non-book guilty pleasures?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Words of Radiance Read-Along, Week 7


Welcome to week 7 of our Words of Radiance Read-Along. This week we read chapters 58-65 and our host is Lisa at Over the Effing Rainbow. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!


1. So there are people with Radiant powers appearing the world over... What do you think of Lift and her "awesomeness"? And what about "Darkness"? Do you think Lift's part in the story will tie into the main plot at some point?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Almost DNF's

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 Books I Almost Put Down but Didn't(All covers courtesy of goodreads.com unless otherwise linked.)

So I have a bit of a finishing complex when it comes to books. It's very rare that I do not finish or even consider not finishing. So in a way, this is a list of books I just didn't like and actually considered not finishing.

Game of Thrones, Episode 4.6: The Laws of Gods and Men

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Welcome to my Game of Thrones Recap. I love the Song of Ice and Fire series, and I'm loving (for the most part) how HBO is handling turning it into a live action series. In these posts, I recap the most recent and discuss what I thought of it, how it relates to the book, etc. Warning: This post is pretty much 100% spoilers, so read at your own risk!


Episode 4.6: The Laws of Gods and Men

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We start out with Stannis and Sir Davos going to the Iron Bank in Bravos. They are asking for financial help with their war. They are categorically denied, based on how bleak their chances of winning the war are. Davos then gives a surprisingly compelling speech on Stannis's behalf. We aren't privy to whether the speech swayed the Iron Bankers, but after that, Davos goes into a bathhouse and invites his pirate friend to come sail with him. Davos seems pretty chipper, so I'm assuming something good came of it. This wasn't in the book, but obviously we're setting up Stannis's Next Big Move. 

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 6



Welcome to week 6 of our Winter's Heart read-along. This week we read chapters 24-29, and Susan over at Dab of Darkness is our host. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!

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1) Cadsuane has come home. What do you think it was like for her growing up in Far Madding and finding out she can channel? What did you think of the Counsel's reception of her? 

It gives me even greater respect for Cadsuane. Something like that must have been difficult. She's someone who was not only not welcome in her own country, but probably outright rejected. I think she handles their cold reception really well, with grace and confidence that makes them all look like idiots. But she's smart about it, too. She obviously has dirt on most of them and uses it to her advantage to keep them in line. Overall, I was very impressed with Cadsuane in this scene.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Follow Friday: Favorite Authors

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 living author or authors would you like to have dinner with?

There are so many!




First and foremost, Brandon Sanderson. He helped finish off my favorite series of all time--Wheel of Time--and now I am immensely enjoying his Stormlight Archives series. Would love to pick his brain!




I just finished reading the Soul Screamers series, and I'd love to dine with Rachel Vincent, who incidentally I'm friends with on Facebook. :D




Katie McGarry. I actually am not a fan of contemporary, but I think I'd read anything she ever writes. I'd love to talk to her about what makes her stories and characters so different, so much more compelling, than most in her genre.




Markus Zusak. The Book Thief is one of the most touching books I've read in a long time. I'd love to speak with the author about his inspiration, motivation, and process while writing it!





Cassandra Clare--Worldwide best-selling author. 'Nuf said.







I could probably go on and on--there's so many great authors writing today!!--but these were the ones that came to mind first!

What authors would you like to have dinner with?

Thoughts for Thursday: Rebellion

Thoughts for Thursday is a new feature 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 Rebellion!


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Words of Radiance Read-Along, Week 6



Welcome to week 6 of our Words of Radiance Read-Along. This week we read chapters 49-57. Remember, everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers so read at your own risk!

1. Shallan and Adolin meet up for a nice glass of wine and a pleasant chat!!  What did you make of Shallan’s winning conversational tactics and what do you think will eventually come of this ‘relationship’.  Narvani doesn’t seem to be warming to Shallan - do you think this will cause problems between Shallan and Adolin?  Also, Shallan seemed to be almost drawn to the storm and mentioned being able to see something in it?  Any guesses as to why and what?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Artful Book Covers

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 Book Covers I'd Frame as Pieces of Art(All covers courtesy of goodreads.com unless otherwise linked.)


10. A Monster Calls -- Haven't read this one but the cover is creepy, but fascinating. It's like a painting you could star at for hours.

Citadels of Fire Launch is Almost Here!!!

More than five years after finishing my first full-length novel, dozens of query letters and lots and lots and LOTS of revisions later, it's finally going to be published, courtesy of Jolly Fish Press!




Citadels of Fire, Book 1 of Kremlins will release May 27, 2014. You can pre-order it by clicking the Amazon button below.



The launch party will be at the Layton, Utah Barnes and Noble at 1:00 pm on May 31st. I know most people who read my blog don't live in Utah, but if you're in the area, consider yourself invited. The launch party will be a blast and I'd love to see you! 

I haven't decided whether I'm doing a virtual launch party or not yet, but I'll keep you posted. Of course I can use all the help I can get spreading the word once it's out, so stay tuned! If anyone's willing to give me an honest review, I'd be happy to give you a free ecopy of the book. If anyone's interested, let me know! 

Citadels of Fire, Book 1 of Kremlins


In a world where danger hides in plain sight and no one aspires to more than what they were born to, Inga must find the courage to break the oppressive chains she’s been bound with since birth. 

As a maid in the infamous Kremlin, life in 16th-century Russia is bleak and treacherous. That is, until Taras arrives. Convinced that his mother’s death when he was a boy was no mere accident, he returned from England to discover what really happened. While there, he gains favor from the Tsar later known as Ivan the Terrible, the most brutal and notorious ruler ever to sit upon the throne of Russia. Ivan allows him to take a servant, and to save Inga from a brutal boyar intent on raping her, Taras requests Inga to stay in his chambers.

Up against the social confines of the time, the shadowy conspiracies that cloak their history, and the sexual politics of the Russian Imperial court, Inga and Taras must discover their past, plan for their future, and survive the brutality that permeates life within the four walls that tower over them all, or they may end up like so many citizens of ancient Russia: nothing but flesh and bone mortar for the stones of the Kremlin wall.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Winter's Heart Read-Along, Week 5



Welcome to week 5 of our Winter's Heart read-along! This week we read chapters 18-23. Remember that everything in this section as well as everything that's come before is fair game for spoilers, so read at your own risk!

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1. Who knows what an illuminator might want with a bellfounder? Do you? Do you expect Mat to figure it out or will he have to keep seducing Aludra?

Yeah, I remember--uh, for the most part--so I won't say. What this leads to is pretty cool, though. I actually forgot that Mat actually made out with Aludra. I was thinking she always shut him down, so I had to laugh as I read this part. I'm sure Mat with figure it out eventually, but I wouldn't necessarily bet on the information coming from Aludra herself. She's digging her heels in and doesn't seem likely to suddenly be forthcoming.