Books, Teaser Tuesdays, Writing, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Stars of Fortune and The Immortal Heights

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Yay for two books I recently got from the library. This one I just finished…

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts

Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
ISBN# 9780425280102
Page: 233 – 234

She kept up, well enough, but squats, lunges, jumping jacks with Annika smiling, even letting out an occasional laugh, as she herself struggled through them — without even a single hit of coffee — made Sasha want to try out her right jab on her friend’s beautiful face…

“I hate you.” She could barely pant it out. “Especially Doyle, but all of you.”

“That’s a start. Who’s on breakfast detail?” Doyle asked.

“The chart’s in my room. Someone who can still walk should go get it.”

“I’ll get it.” Annika, barely winded, dashed off.

From her prone position, Sasha bared her teeth. “Maybe I hate her even more than Doyle.”

(LOL, that is so me when exercising!) Now, this one I just started!!

The Immortal Heights (Elemental Trilogy, #3) by Sherry Thomas

Hardcover, 432 pages
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Release Date: October 13th, 2015
ISBN# 9780062207357
Page: 30

Behind them, Kashkari had set up a spectacle: a dozen carpets floated end to end in midair, and several rebels made tumbling passes across the length of this makeshift stage.

“I’m tempted to neglect my task and watch that instead,” said Fairfax. “And my life is on the line here.”

 

Books, Children's Literature, Teaser Tuesdays, Writing, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Shadow Study and Rising Darkness

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

So I love Yelena and Valek, I really do. But seriously, I get the most excited for the other two guys in this teaser. They are so much fun!

Shadow Study (Soulfinder, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Mira
Release Date: February 24th, 2015
ISBN# 9780778317401
Page: 29

“He told me about it later, Valek,” Ari said. “Nothing I could do about it at that point.” His long-suffering tone said more than his words.

“Your prank failed to work.” Valek ladeled stew into a deep bowl.

“Oh?” Janco didn’t sound convinced.

“Captain Broghan recognized you from your basic-training days.”

Janco stabbed his fork in the air. “I knew he looked familiar, didn’t I, Ari?”

“You said her resembled your second-cousin.”

LOL! And here’s one from a series I just started, but I’m already getting into it. It’s not what I was expecting!

Rising Darkness (Game of Shadows, #1) by Thea Harrison

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
ISBN# 9780425248454
Page: 13

Early on that bright spring morning, Mary continued with obvious reluctance toward her ex-husband as he stood in front of her house.

“Oh that’s flattering of you,” Justin said with a grin. “Good thing my ego is so preened and shiny. Good morning, and screw you too.”

Books, Children's Literature, Teaser Tuesdays, Writing, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Angels’ Flight and Archangel’s Shadows

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Here are a couple teasers from a new series (well, new to me) that I’ve fallen in love with: The Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh!

Angels’ Flight (Guild Hunter, #0.4, 0.5, 0.6, and 3.5) by Nalini Singh

Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: February 28th, 2012
ISBN# 9780425246818
Page: 43

This teaser comes from the 1st of the 4 short stories in the collection: Angels’ Pawn…

Janvier shifted up a gear as they raced over Callan’s manicured lawns and crashing their way through a hedge or three.

Ashwini used the chance to reload her gun and twist her head around to check if Monique was still alive. The blonde vampire stared at her with eyes so round, the whites showed on every side. “You’re both insane.”

 

And here’s some more fun with Ashwini and Janvier, who get more viewing time in this latest novel of the series…

Archangel’s Shadows (Guild Hunter, #7) by Nalini Singh

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Sensation
Release Date: October 28th, 2014
ISBN# 9780425251171
Page: 20

Ashwini met the angel’s gaze. “Shall I plug my ears?” Hunters had fought alongside immortals in the battle to hold their city, would do so again should the situation call for it, but when it came to everyday existence, getting involved in Tower business could be perilous to a mortal’s health. “Or I can jump on the subway,” she offered, taking her hand of Janvier’s shoulder.

“No,” he said, at the same time that Illium spoke the word.

“There, cher,” Janvier added. “You would not break both our hearts, would you?”

Books, Children's Literature, Teaser Tuesdays, Writing, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: Vision in Silver and Magic Breaks

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

I’m so in love with both of my books this week. Anne Bishop has been my favorite author for over a decade, and Ilona Andrews is a new favorite (but is just as wonderful.) I’m squeezing all the awesome I can into this post!

Vision in Silver (The Others, #3) by Anne Bishop

Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Release Date: March 3rd, 2015
ISBN# 9780451465276
Page: 13

 “I see.” And he did see. Label anyone who wanted to keep peace between humans and the terra indigene as a Wolf lover, especially if that person directly interacted with the Others in any capacity, and force those people to choose between having a job and feeding their families, and opposing the fools who would provoke a fight that would end with many, many humans dead or driven out of the city.

And here’s a slightly longer teaser from Magic Breaks, because the whole scene just made me crack up:

Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels, #7) by Ilona Andrews

Hardcover, 348 pages
Publisher: Ace Hardcover
Release Date: July 29th, 2014
ISBN# 9780425256220
Page: 78

Robert gaped at me. Desandra make a weird face: her right eyebrow crept up, her left went down, and her mouth got stuck somewhere between surprise and the beginning of the word “what/” Derek’s mouth opened and didn’t close until we came to a halt next to him.

“What the hell is this?” Desandra asked.

“This is Cuddles. She’s a mammoth donkey.”

Derek grinned, leaning on the fence. “Do you have any self-respect left?”

“Nope.”

“I think she’s cute.” Desandra reached out.

Cuddles promptly tried to bite her. Desandra jerked her hand away and bared her teeth. “Donkey, you don’t know who you’re messing with. I’ll eat you for breakfast.”

“Where to now?” I asked.

Books, Children's Literature, Teaser Tuesdays, Writing, YA

Teaser Tuesdays: The Sin Eater’s Daughter and Writer to Writer

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB of the Should Be Reading blog. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

 

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Angel & Faith, #2) by Melinda Salisbury

Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 24, 2015
ISBN# 9780545810623
Page: 24

The servants realized, though, that I was a weapon. I can’t blame them for their hatred now; if I hadn’t been so naive, I might not have been so cruel to them. But it’s better for them if they do stay away, lest Tyrek’s fate befall them too.

 

 

This second book I’m reading for work, but I already think it’s a wonderful tool for writers who are just starting out in their craft. It’s meant for kids, but, as an adult, I think the advice is great, regardless of your age!

Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by  Gail Carson Levine

Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: December 23rd, 2014
ISBN# 9780062275301
Page: 13

If you don’t do this already, discuss books with friends. Join a book club if you can. Analyzing books and sharing opinions will open you up to new ideas and also solidify what you believe.

Books, Librarianship, Literary Criticism, Writing

When Book Reviews Go Wrong

When Book Reviews Go Wrong – ABC News.

“Such a widespread mistake is unusual, but it does make one wonder: How much trust should one place in the critic?”

So asks Joanna Prisco, the reporter who penned this article for ABC News. And to be quite honest, it’s a great question. How much should we listen to someone else’s opinion of the literature we are choosing to read. Isn’t personal interest enough to judge whether or not to pick a book up? Why else would the publishers put a blurb on the back or inside pockets of the book’s jacket?

To Read or Not to Read? It’s always a pertinent question.

Let’s be honest, there are so many things that could draw us to a book. The old adage that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover is a crock. At least to some extent. We’re supposed to judge the books by their covers, initially, and cover artists often work really hard to imbue a cover with some insight into the story or the information being given. It’s meant to draw you in and entice you to take a closer look. Once your there, the jacket copy is supposed to make you feel something; curious, intrigued, maybe even angry. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. If you’re an avid reader like me, this is often enough for you to formulate an opinion. You either want to read it, or you don’t. Nine times out of ten, I don’t want or need anyone else’s opinion to make me interested in reading a book. I could care less if the critics who read it hated it, or were indifferent to it, because if I like it, that’s all that matters to me. I don’t want someone trying to change my opinion before I even give it a try.

But for other people, that might not be enough.Professional_Reviews

There are a lot of readers who do rely on the opinions of “experts” or critics in order to deem a book worthy of their time and attention. So when these professionals mess up the details or mistake actions of the characters or the plot of the book they are reviewing, you have to wonder, did they make a mistake, or did they just not care enough to be thorough? Because, to my way of thinking, if you are getting paid for a review, you should probably be paying better attention to the text.

Now, I do understand that there are some reviewers who are doing this in addition to other jobs, and sometimes people make mistakes. Life happens. And there is the question of how often the public actually reads professional reviews from sources like Publisher’s Weekly, or Kirkus, which are more industry specific. But often, these are the reviews that librarians and booksellers use in order to decide whether or not to add a book to their collection. So when the reviewer gets things wrong, it could be affecting other people’s work. And when magazines and newspapers print incorrect information the damage can be more immediate and widespread. I think it might also be helpful for them to think about or remember why they are reviewing the book in the first place.

What About Blogs?

And then there’s the land of blogging, where I do extensive travelling, myself. What I enjoy about bloggers reviews, which is often not found in editorial reviews, is the level of enjoyment these readers are getting out of their reading, and there is a level of honesty that I think often gets covered up in professional reviewing situations. They don’t need to be polite. There’s no need to see blogger reviews as anything other than one person’s opinion. If you agree with them, great, if not, no big deal, or harm done, and you just move on to the next source of information. If they get something wrong, it seems easier to forgive their mistakes. There’s an understanding that the people reviewing on blogs aren’t bogged down by what their editors, publishers, and endorsers might want them to say. There’s a greater level of freedom inherent in this type of reviewing. I find it to be a breath of fresh air.

A Final Thought or Two

Now, from everything I’ve said, I sound pretty down on professional reviewing. Probably more than I meant to. But in fact, I know a lot of people who review professionally who I think are pretty great at what they do, and I know they care about what they read. It’s hard to think of them as making the blunders we read about in ABC News’s article. And on the whole, I don’t think every reviewer is making these mistakes. I’m sure it’s a small batch of bad seeds in a larger crop. As a librarian, and I’m sure this goes for booksellers and perhaps even teachers too, it’s impossible to read every single book that’s published ourselves. We have to rely on the accuracy and honesty of reviewers to tell us what’s good, what’s bad, and what falls somewhere in between. No matter where they are reviewing from, these men and women see a lot of books crossing their desks. Just because an occasional wire gets crossed doesn’t mean the whole profession should be discounted. I think the most important thing to remember after reading an article like this is that no one is infallible, and we should be taking every review, regardless of where it comes from, with a grain of salt.

Writing

Deciding between different ideas for the same story

keyboardsmashwriters:

Hello! I intended to write a story in one pov but I realized that there’s not one main character but two, and they are both equally important and relevant to the story. I’m doubtful about using two pov though, because I wanted…

Deciding between different ideas for the same story