We Have a New Contributor . . .

Had to reblog this because it’s SUCH good news. One awesome blog getting an amazing writer as a contributor. This is going to be the start of something big. BIG! I’m so excited!

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. . . and his name is Luther. You’ll want to read his every word!

Luther M. Siler, who writes awesome books about space gnomes, has joined us.

A little story now. I started this blog a year ago, and Luther is one of the first bloggers I met. I met him and Taylor Grace  on the same day by browsing the writing tag and looking for bloggers who answered my comments. I can’t remember which way it went, but I met one by leaving a comment and the other by following a gravatar link from the thread. Both of them answered me, and we’ve all had quite a blogtastic year.

Answer your comments, bloggers!

LutherAnyhow. When we first met, I did not know Luther had a name or a face because he hadn’t put any personal stuff on his blog yet. I knew him as Infinite…

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From the dew drops to the incredible shades of white, this flower caught my breath and I couldn’t look away. Absolutely breathtaking.

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Meredith Duran

Amazing author. She writes historical romance and she does it with class. I love her books because they’re not just your typical historical romance. They always have something extra; either they take place overseas or there’s an unusual twist to the characters, something’s different. And they’re sweet but not sugary–if that makes any sense.

She’s only written a few books–she’s not like Mary Balogh who’s written hundreds–but they all manage to stand out and her characters are not to be missed. And the love story is heart-wrenchingly good. Sigh.

On the plus side, she also has a book coming out soon: Fool me Twice. Comes out the 25th of March. Here’s a little blurb:

“All Olivia wants is the chance to make a home for herself. When she realizes that the infamous Duke of Marwick might hold the key to her freedom, she boldly disguises herself as the newest and bravest in a long line of the temperamental duke’s housekeepers. Little does she know that the wickedly handsome Alastair de Grey has very different plans for her. . . .”

“Alastair de Grey has suffered a betrayal so deep that he will use whatever means necessary to destroy his enemies — even his brazen and beautiful housekeeper. But his vengeful plan fails to account for his single weakness: an irresistible and growing passion for the enigmatic Olivia…”

Here’s the cover (click on it to find her website).

My favourite Mark Twain Quotes

Mark Twain was literary genius and wrote incredible books but, what I didn’t know, was he also had a great sense of humour. These quotes are all his. I chose them because they’re also surprisingly funny.

1. “Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.” Love it. I love that one.

2. “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” Isn’t it hilarious? Ha! Still chuckling over that one.

3. “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.” I don’t smoke but I find this one hilarious.

4. “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.” Another hilarious and really good one.

5.  “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.”

6. “Familiarity breeds contempt – and children.”

7. “All generalizations are false, including this one.” Ha! It’s that twist he does at the end that makes his quotes so funny. They look like they’re going one way, then quickly turn.

And, my all-time favourite: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.”

Isn’t he great? Love those quotes!

Signs you were meant to be a writer

L.M. Montgomery’s book was rejected over and over before it got published. Apparently, those editors didn’t think Anne of Green Gables was good enough to go into print. Herman Melville’s Moby Dick suffered a similar fate. What if those authors had given up? How did they know they were writers worth publishing? Come to think of it, how do we know?

I think there are signs. Here are ten I can particularly relate to.

1. You like instructions written rather than told. Seeing them on the page is important to you. They make more sense when you actually see the written words.

2. You read all the time. All. The. Time. The owner of the used book store is a good friend you’ve known for years and you know the phone number to Chapters by heart.

3. Your reply emails are massive. And so are your sticky notes, and your tiny notes-to-self and your shopping lists…

4. Writing actually calms you down. When you’re upset, you go and write it down and feel better afterwards. Or maybe, you journal and leave that anger behind on the page. Or perhaps you already have a story going and you get some of that angst out through some great antagonists.

5. When you need to figure something out, you use paper and pen and write it out. Pesky plot issue? You head for your computer and type it out. Trying to figure out when things should happen in your story? Out comes a sheet of paper and you’re writing like mad.

6. When a person acts strangely, you don’t frown like everyone else, you think: great quirk for a character! Same goes when someone gets upset or when they over react or…

7. You research odd things online. Like baby names when you don’t have a child or history facts when you’re not a historian, or strange fighting techniques used by the military but you’re a pacifist…

8. You tell the best stories. And never let something as unimportant as the truth get in the way of those stories. And you watch your audience, see how they react and tell your story accordingly.

9. You love books the way some people love their children. Passionately, irrationally and very, very defensively. Others put them down at their own risk.

10. You read this list and said yes to at least 5 signs!

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The awesome J.R. Ward

How I love this author. Let me count the ways.

1. She managed to create a series about vampires that was so cool, it actually made me fall in love with them all over again (and I was pretty over the entire vampire thing, let me tell you).

2. Her writing is not only easy to get into and fresh (she has great references to things happening in real-life), it’s also funny. I’ve literally laughed out loud.

3. Her books are thick. Thank the good gods above, she writes nicely filled books. I usually don’t want more than 100 000 words but, with J. R. Ward, I want as much as I can get. And she delivers

4. I love her heroes. They’re tough, mean, nasty sons of guns but so incredibly protective and possessive over their ladies, they just make me sigh with instant adoration (sighing right now). Plus, they’re fully fleshed heroes, with issues, flaws and defects.

5. One-liners that I want to memorize and use at work functions. J. R. Ward has one-liners that I want to print and plaque onto my wall. They’re just awesome…or hilarious. Depending where you are at in the book.

6. Multiple story lines. I like knowing more than one perspective and more than one layer in the story. I find it enriches the experience. J. R. Ward does that in spades.

7. Her stories are gripping. There are some (I won’t say what happens in them) that I had to read in slow bits because they were so emotionally powerful…then I had to read them again. And again.

8. Her books are paranormal romance. The love story isn’t forgotten, it’s the main attraction but the writing is amazing enough that I’ll get into the other story-lines.

9. She’s written another series The Fallen Angels…which means there are more books to love. And she writes as Jessica Bird too!

10. Her next book is coming out April 1st. And I CAN NOT wait. Just check out the incredible cover. It’s months away and I’m already drooling over it. Can’t wait…can’t wait…itching to get my little paws on it…

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Review…and a new book! Yeey!

So I finished Call me irresistible. I gotta say I really liked it. Really liked it. It brings up the great point, how did I miss this book by one of my favourite authors? And the answer is, I have no clue. But I’m heading back to her website to see if I’ve missed any others as soon as I finish here.

I reviewed it in detail in Goodreads and you can read it here.

The best part is…I have another book on the go…Yes, yes. I got pretty lucky at the second-hand book store and didn’t just find one gem. I got two. YUM!!

I’m reading Tangled up in you by Rachel Gibson. I’m on page 10. So, I’ve only just started…and it already looks great! (ridiculously large grin).

Two new books…Its like Christmas came early!

Oh, by the way, you can click on the book and it’ll take you to her site.

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