Saturday, January 29, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Recently I read a book called Behind Green Glass by Amanda Von Hoffmann and the whole time I kept seeing one person.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
I love being a book reviewer. Each month I'm sent a list of hundreds of books and, depending on what I'm in the mood for, I choose a few books to read and review. It's great! Except when it isn't. The book, that is. I can't just chuck the book in the corner and say, "I'm not reading this anymore." The editor is expecting me to deliver 200 words by the 22nd. No excuses. Being a writer and a mom (mom's want to hug you and make everything OK) complicates being a book reviewer. I usually go through a few stages as I'm reading a book that isn't very good.
- It'll get better - I'm a hopeless optimist when it comes to books. I'm sure there's only that one mistake or the dialogue will get better. Whatever the problem is, I'm sure things will get better if I just keep turning the pages. Sometimes they do. Sometimes they don't.
- Maybe it's just me - Am I not getting the humor? Is it that I don't like the book or am I just cranky overall because I had to shovel 5 inches of snow? Let's take a deep breath and be objective. IS it really the book? Sometimes it is.
- How could you put your name on this? - I'm embarrassed. Did the author not see the final draft? Did some horrible editor rip it to pieces? How did this happen?
- Why you and not me? - Now I'm mad. You can get this published and I can't get an agent to look at my stuff. Where is the justice?
- What will I do? - I live my life trying not to hurt anyone's feelings. Being an author I know about super-sensitivity for your work. Maybe I should just say I like it and not devastate some poor, hard-working writer. Who would know?
- But what about the readers? - I buy books. With three kids (one in college), two dogs, a house, etc. I have limited funds for filling my bookshelves and limited time for reading for fun. I don't want to waste either. How would I feel if I shelled out $24.95 because all the reviews praised a book and it, well...stank.
- Balance, balance, balance - Reality sets in. I have to write a review. I have to find something good about it but I also have to warn readers about the not so good stuff, gently to protect the author's fragile ego.Reviewing books is like juggling: authors, readers, editors, the writer in you. They all have a stake in the review. People refer to reviews as good and bad. What about fair? That's what I try to write. Reviews that are fair, pointing out the good and bad, allowing readers to make an informed decision. Good luck to all you budding reviewers out there!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Firstly I would like to thank you Mike for allowing me the opportunity to come to The Subtle Chronicler and tell you about my writing. My name is Vampirique Dezire and I am a writer of Erotica. I don't have a sub genre that I deal with only but tend to try my hand at all of them.I first started writing Erotica about ten years ago and it was mainly for friends who enjoyed the fact that I was writing a story catered to just their fantasies. Word got out pretty quick and I was soon writing stories for all these different people. This was back in the days of MSN chat. It was a while after I started my own group site on there, which I began to write for my own enjoyment of writing. Being a hobby and never thinking I was a good enough writier, I didn't even dream about looking to be published. That didn't come until the beginning of 2010 when I met this wonderful woman on Facebook, called Gina Kincade. Gina, an Author and owner of Naughty Nights Press, had created a writers group and invited me to join. Part of being in the writers group was Gina encouraging us to submit stories and critique each other's work, to the point that it would be polished to send for submissions. It was actually through this that I submitted my first story to Rachel Kramer Brussel's call out for an anthology, which I did and to my amazement my story was accepted and the anthology, Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex, is due for release on February 1st.To be honest, when I first started to write, I seriously had no thought of becoming a full time writer, now...I love it. I have 2 more stories due out in July through Naughty Nights Press and working on my first book as well as penning more short stories for submission. This is probably the best time of life at the moment, doing what I love.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today Michael.
Reading is a huge part of my life and so is writing. My kids always see a book around me. It’s either stuffed in my purse when we leave or sitting next to me in any room I go. Often times they like to sit next to me with their own books. My daughter Brooklynn is four and she isn’t reading yet. She loves to look at chapter books such as Junie B Jones and tell the story in her opinion. My son Ethan is six and he is a great reader. He is currently in first grade and reading at almost third grade level. He often lays in bed at night and sneaks books under his pillow to pull out once he thinks I have tip toed off to escape to my own book. Books are important not only in my life, but also in theirs. I am so glad to see the relationship that they have with books. They love taking trips to the book store and picking out books. I think our house is overflowing with children books. I actually have a huge box hidden away to donate and it’s probably about time to clean out again.
My children as I stated above are used to seeing me with a book. They know it’s my escape from the world. I don’t want much TV. My kids love to see how long it takes me to read a book. If I am ever reading a book for more than a few days, Ethan will ask if it’s any good. Sometimes since he is the one who is such a good reader, he likes to have contests with me to see who finishes reading first; however he always wins, since most of his books are much shorter. Sometimes I think he cheats too. That’s ok, because I love seeing the look on his face when he has finished a book.
It warms my heart knowing that my kids enjoy reading as much as I do. They have a whole world opened up to them and knowledge to keep them busy. I hope as they continue to grow up that they will keep books close to their hearts and continue to love it the way they do now.
Thanks so much again Michael for having me on your blog. I enjoyed taking a time out and getting to stop and think about my children and how books affect their lives.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
On the subject line say, Book Blog Guest Post
Saturday, January 8, 2011
- The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
- Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
- Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare
- Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms - Mark Whiteway
- Inside Out - Maria V. Snyder
- Tyger Tyger - Kersten Hamilton
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1 - John Vornholt, Arthur Byron Cover, Alice Henderson
- The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins
- The Hunger Games
- Catching Fire
- Seven Realms Series - Cinda Williams Chima
- The Demon King
- The Exiled Queen
- Sword of Truth Series - Terry Goodkind
- Wizard's First Rule
- Stone of Tears
- Blood of the Fold
- Temple of the Winds
- Soul of the Fire
- Faith of the Fallen
- Pillars of Creation
- Naked Empire
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Last Book Read In 2010:
- The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer - 178
- The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold - 372
- The Inferno - Dante Alighieri - 179
- A Lesson Before Dying - Ernest J. Gaines - 256
- Frankenstein - Mary Shelley - 166
- Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - Rachel Cohn & David Levithan - 260
- The Girl on the Dock - G. Norman Lippert - 132
- Clockwork Angel - Cassandra Clare - 476
- Incarceron - Catherine Fisher - 442
- The Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins - 374
- Catching Fire - Suzanne Collins - 391
- Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins - 390
- Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms - Mark Whiteway - 278
- Inside Out - Maria V. Snyder - 315
- Tyger Tyger - Kersten Hamilton - 304
- Bitter Frost - Kailin Gow - 235
- The First Escape - G.P. Taylor - 278
- The Secret of Indigo Moon - G.P. Taylor - 291
- Bitten - Kelley Armstrong - 436
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1 - John Vornholt, Arthur Bryon Cover, and Alice Henderson - 678
- Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure - A.R. Shickman - 148
- The Demon King - Cinda Williams Chima - 506
- The Exiled Queen - Cinda Williams Chima - 586
- Bogus to Bubbly - Scott Westerfeld - 224
- Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind - 820
- Stone of Tears - Terry Goodkind - 979
- Blood of the Fold - Terry Goodkind - 623
- Temple of the Winds - Terry Goodkind - 822
- Soul of the Fire - Terry Goodkind - 788
- Faith of the Fallen - Terry Goodkind - 785
- Pillars of Creation - Terry Goodkind- 725
- Naked Empire - Terry Goodkind - 725