Sunday, November 28, 2010

Trevor's Song and Demo Tapes Giveaway - Winner!



And now the moment you've all been waiting for... the winner of a signed copy of each of Susan Helene Gottfried's Shapeshifter books, Trevor's Song, Demo Tapes 1 and Demo Tapes 2 is... (drumroll, which turns into a flashy solo, which has the rest of the band turning around to look at Daniel and prompting Trevor to step to the mike and ask "Is the book called Daniel's Song? No, I didn't think so...")

Jasmine148


Get ready guys, it looks like you're about to kick off an Australian tour!

Remember everyone, Musical Hanukkah is still going on until the drawing on Dec. 6th. Also continuing through the month of December, Susan is donating 50% of her royalities on any book purchased from her to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, so check it out here!

Congrats Jasmine! I hope you enjoy the boys as much as I did!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

WWW Wednesdays 11/24/10



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

Then head on over to Should be Reading and leave a comment with a link to your post so others can see!


I'm currently reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comA Rogue in a Kilt by Sandy Blair -- Angus McDougall is in search of a wife, to win a wager and the keys to castle Donaliegh, but so far the pickings are slim until he runs into Birdalane, a young witch with healing powers who lives alone with the animals of the forest as company. She is mostly blind, and feels completely helpless as Angus, in a misguided attempt to help her, plucks her out of her familiar world and tosses her headlong into his own. Cute so far!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comHouse of Rain by Craig Childs -- a book about the Anasazi people of the American Southwest. Very good so far, kind of slow going, just because it's been a busy month.


Since last Wednesday I finished reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comSlightly Settled by Wendy Markham -- Tracey is still having a hard time finding herself, though there's a little less of her to find now, and she looks fabulous in things she'd never have considered wearing before! She's gone from having one bad boyfriend, to two good guys she can't decide between and some awful timing! Poor girl! I admit I had to look at the blurbs on the rest of the books to try and figure out who she ultimately ends up with, but I'm not sayin'!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comI'm listening to Stalking Darkness (Nightrunner #2) by Lynn Flewelling -- A very good Epic Fantasy, one of the friends is lost, and Seregil comes to fully understand what the oracle told him. This is the second book in five now with these characters I think. I will definitely be continuing the series.


Probably up next:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comFablehaven #3: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull -- This is a fun kids fantasy series involving a fantasy creature preserve, wouldn't you love to go visit your grandparents if that's where they lived? But it's a pretty wild place, literally! They also have shiny pretty covers heehee! Yes, I may have been a crow in a former life. ;)
Free image hosting at imagecave.comHarper Connelly #3: An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris -- A very interesting series, looking forward to continuing it! I don't think I could handle having Harper's talent!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Paranormal Romance Challenge for 2011

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Well this one shouldn't be hard, I've been reading a lot of these anyway. Could be famous last words, eh? So this is the Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge hosted by Bitten by Paranormal Romance, wherein we must read 20 Paranormal Romance books between January 1st 2011 and December 31st 2011. Here I go getting challenge crazy again! I'll keep track of my reads on my challenges page. Come on and join us!

Teaser Tuesdays 11/23/10


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “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!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

A couple from this cute Scottish Historical Romance:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comAs Angus sheathed his claymore, the surface of the pool rippled again, this time with far larger waves. Blessed Mother! What manner of fish could possibly make such a wake? Before he could ponder further, a dark shape broke the surface on the far side of the pool. -- pg. 23

* * *

He was about to tup the stuffing out of the woman he'd craved for days, and thereby consummate the handfasting he'd sworn to break. God's Teeth! What was he thinking?

And there it was... the truth. He hadn't been thinking past comforting her, not at all. His brain had deserted his head, and run to his bag o' sweeties. -- pg. 132


A Rogue in a Kilt by Sandy Blair


Please also take a minute to check out my giveaway for Trevor's Song and it's companion volumes the Demo Tapes 1 and 2. I presented a couple of teasers from Trevor's Song a few weeks ago. Trevor's Song Giveaway

Thursday, November 18, 2010

2011 Historical Romance Challenge

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Yep, I found another challenge.

The Historical Romance Challenge is being hosted by Romance Book Junkies, the sign up is here, and the object is to read 12 historical romances between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2011.

There is also a monthly giveaway that you can be entered for if you're a good little reader and post your reviews. Come on and join us, you know you want to! ;)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WWW Wednesdays 11/17/10



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

Then head on over to Should be Reading and leave a comment with a link to your post so others can see!


I'm currently reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comSlightly Settled by Wendy Markham -- Tracey is still having a hard time finding herself, though there's a little less of her to find now, and she looks fabulous in things she'd never have considered wearing before!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comHouse of Rain by Craig Childs -- a book about the Anasazi people of the American Southwest. Very good so far, kind of slow going, just because it's been a busy month.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comI'm listening to Stalking Darkness (Nightrunner #2) by Lynn Flewelling -- Probably one more week on this one and I'll be done. I do like the story and the characters, and the reader isn't bad, he does try to do some different voices, but overall his voice is just too upbeat for many of the darker scenes!


Since last Wednesday I finished reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.com Free image hosting at imagecave.comThanksgiving by Janet Evanovich -- and because it's funny, I had to post the picture of the original cover too! Okay, so this one was not fantastic, I got it because I'm an Evanovich fan. It's cute, and kind of funny in places, but don't expect a lot.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comThe Great God Pan by Donna Jo Napoli -- Pan is a half human/half goat god from greek mythology. It was a quick read, not my favorite of hers, but still a good story, though I didn't care for the ending. However I'm not up on my Pan mythology, so I can't criticize it, I just wish it had ended a bit happier for him. I'm all about fictional suffering so long as it ends okay!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comHandbags and Homicide (Haley Randolph #1) by Dorothy Howell -- It took me awhile to warm up to Haley, but she gets herself into some funny situations, I can also sort of sympathize with her adventures in retail, exaggerated though they are. It's cute, I might read the next one if I run across it.


Probably up next:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comFablehaven #3: Grip of the Shadow Plague by Brandon Mull -- This is a fun kids fantasy series involving a fantasy creature preserve, wouldn't you love to go visit your grandparents if that's where they lived? But it's a pretty wild place, literally! They also have shiny pretty covers heehee! Yes, I may have been a crow in a former life. ;)
Free image hosting at imagecave.comA Rogue in a Kilt by Sandy Blair -- Really the title says it all, doesn't it?
Free image hosting at imagecave.comHarper Connelly #3: An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris -- A very interesting series, looking forward to continuing it! I don't think I could handle having Harper's talent!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays 11/16/10


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “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!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This teaser is kind of silly, but it made me laugh, and since that's what I need this week, I figure others might too! It's a tad long, but you have to have the whole thing! Enjoy!

Free image hosting at imagecave.com"Did you sleep with him?"

"No! We just kissed," I hiss. "But everyone saw. And he's my boss's roommate," I point out for, like, the third time. "How can I go out with him? I mean... what if I slept over at his house and ran into Mike walking around in his underwear?"

"I don't know... it might be good for you," She says.

"Spinach is good for you. Seeing your boss in his underwear is not good for you. Or maybe it's good for you, but it isn't for me."

I shudder at the image of a scantily clad Mike.

Okay, he probably doesn't wear Spider-Man Underoos in real life, but still.

Pg. 77 Slightly Settled by Wendy Markham


Please also take a minute to check out my giveaway for Trevor's Song and it's companion volumes the Demo Tapes 1 and 2. I presented a couple of teasers from Trevor's Song a few weeks ago. Trevor's Song Giveaway

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge

I found my Christmas Reading Challenge for this year! *happy dance* I was hoping I would find one soon, and this one works great! The Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge is hosted by The True Book Addict, you can check it out and sign up HERE

This challenge takes place from Nov. 26, 2010 through Jan. 06, 2011 and has a few different levels:

--Candy Cane: read 1 book
--Mistletoe: read 2-4 books
--Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books

I would like to say that I'll hit the Christmas Tree level, but I'll probably fall more in the Mistletoe range, we'll just have to wait and see! Come on along and join us to get the Christmas Spirit!

WWW Wednesdays 11/10/10



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

Then head on over to Should be Reading and leave a comment with a link to your post so others can see!


It's been a bit of a slow reading week for me, busy at work, and got the bright idea to try NANOWRIMO for the first time, so the reading has suffered some. I've only truly finished one, but started two more, just can't get settled and finished with anything it feels like!

I'm currently reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comThe Great God Pan by Donna Jo Napoli -- Pan is a half human/half goat god from greek mythology. Promises to be a quick read, but so far it's just not drawing me in like I'd hoped. I think it's just because I have so much going on right now, but I have found like I like DJN's historical fiction more than her fairytale/mythology retellings.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comHouse of Rain by Craig Childs -- a book about the Anasazi people of the American Southwest. Very good so far, yesterday's teaser is from the first few pages. He has several other books that I want to investigate.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comHandbags and Homicide (Haley Randolph #1) by Dorothy Howell -- from fantasticfiction.com: Witty, smart, and always chic-to-die despite a less than glam checking account balance, Haley Randolph has it all--Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Coach, Burberry--and she'd kill for the newest Louis Vuitton handbag. It seems she's not the only one. When someone's passion for designer purses leads to murder, Haley goes shopping for a killer to clear her name... -- was just in the mood for a cozy mystery!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comI'm listening to Stalking Darkness (Nightrunner #2) by Lynn Flewelling -- Probably one more week on this one and I'll be done. I do like the story and the characters, and the reader isn't bad, he does try to do some different voices, but overall his voice is just too upbeat for many of the darker scenes!


Since last Wednesday I finished reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comTwilight Fall by Lynn Viehl -- Some interesting new twists come out in this one, only one more full length book to go! I do like this series a lot!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comTrevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried -- I actually already reported this one as finished last week, but I wanted to leave it on here for people to see since I now have my review and giveaway posted HERE. I'm giving away not only Trevor's Song but also the two Demo Tapes volumes which are collections of short outtakes about the same characters. Please check it out! All you have to do to enter is comment on my post and tell me what your favorite rock band is, international is okay!


Probably up next: I changed my mind a little from last week.

Free image hosting at imagecave.comSlightly Settled by Wendy Markham
Free image hosting at imagecave.comThanksgiving by Janet Evanovich -- and because it's funny, I had to post the picture of the original cover too!
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Monday, November 08, 2010

Teaser Tuesdays 11/9/10


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “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!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This book is of great interest to me because the Anasazi people and Chaco Canyon were subjects I'd studied in college during work on my Anthropology degree. I never dreamed I'd get to visit Chaco, but I did, on our honeymoon. It was a very profound experience. I've only read a few pages in and so far I'm really liking the writing style, and the reverence with which the author treats the subject. I think this teaser demonstrates that beautifully.

Free image hosting at imagecave.comSunlight receded, and a field of stars overtook the sky as I sat on a rock shelf over the granary, the dark gorge gaping below. Summer heat was still rising out of the rock. My head rested on my knees, arms drawn around my legs.

I would be so careful with this if I entered it. I said this out loud. Going through someone else's treasure, I would be cautious with my fingers, my words, my thoughts. When the first stir of air entered this masonry chest, I would not even breathe.

But the granary was not mine to open. It was left by other people, a stockpile waiting for their return. -- pg. 7 House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civiliation Across the American Southwest by Craig Childs


Please also take a minute to check out my giveaway for Trevor's Song and it's companion volumes the Demo Tapes 1 and 2. I presented a couple of teasers from Trevor's Song over the last couple of weeks. Trevor's Song Giveaway

NANOWRIMO - one week down!

I've made it through week one! It's been an interesting experience, I like the pep talks from authors, and also from my region's leaders, in fact I have to credit them with keeping me going on the second day! I wrote every day of the first week except for Saturday, but even missing a day didn't seem to hurt me too bad as I watched my stats during writing on Sunday. Which is good, because I'm probably missing today as well. I've crossed the 10,000 word mark, so I'm about 1/5th of the way done, and today I just don't have any motivation, or ideas. My story has gone in a bit of a different direction than it's taken in my head for years, there just isn't room for a character that was an integral part originally, and the characters that I would have thought I'd have an easier time writing, just aren't saying anything to me, so their parts are relatively short and boring so far. Ah well, it's all part of the process, and even if I don't write another word this year, I've at least proven to myself that I can sit down and create, which is something I was a little concerned I'd lost as my real world job has become more challenging and required more of my attention over the last few years. I'm not ready to throw in the towel yet, I just need to think about things for awhile, and see what comes! Hope everyone else is doing well and enjoying themselves!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Review, Giveaway and Musical Hanukkah: Trevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried




There will be a lot going on in this post, so hang in there with me, it's worth it!

First of all, I'm so excited for Susan that her story Trevor's Song is finally printed and available to us! It's been a few years in the making, and I know Susan did a lot of soul-searching before finally deciding to self-publish. Trevor's Song speaks to me because I enjoy writing myself, and even though I'm an avid reader of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, Romance, Historical Fiction and Mysteries, what I've always been able to write are stories about rockstars, and the trials they face on tour. Since I became aware of heavy metal music, I've been fascinated by these musicians and their lifestyle, and have felt compelled to write about it. Now, most of my attempts are fan-fiction and will never see the light of day, but Susan has created a band that feels every bit as real as our favorites that we'd go see in concert.

The Review

Trevor's Song focuses primarily on the bass player of Shapeshifter, Trevor Wolff, and how he deals with some life changing things, right as the band has achieved their dream of fame. For years Trevor has had his best friend, Mitchell Voss, mostly to himself, from the time he was taken into the Voss' home, but now the unthinkable has happened, Mitchell has met a girl. THE girl in fact, and Trevor just knows it will be the end of everything. As if this wasn't bad enough, he's also hiding a huge secret from the rest of the guys, because he doesn't want it to interfere with their dreams coming true. Throughout the story Trevor's complex personality comes through, the bold, take-no-prisoners rockstar, who can't seem to completely escape the insecure, abused and degraded boy he'd been. His attempt at protecting the band from his problem is noble, though misguided, and at the climax of the story, his hand is forced and his secrets revealed, as his life hangs in the balance.

Susan has also compiled two great companion volumes to Trevor's Song, the Demo Tapes 1 and 2 which are collections of the outtakes that she has written on the West of Mars blog, and that give us even more of a feel for the guys, and their gals, along with some humorous, and some poignant scenes. There is even more on the blog than what is in these two additional volumes, I may have heard rumor of a Demo Tapes 3, I'm not sure, but I know there are many other pieces on the blog that have not yet made it into print, so you should definitely head on over and spend some time with the Shapeshifter gang.

The Giveaway and Musical Hanukkah

Here is where we get a little complicated and have a lot going on!

I myself am going to give away a set of all three books, Trevor's Song, and both Demo Tapes volumes, signed by the author, to one lucky winner. To enter please leave a comment on this post telling us who your favorite rock band is. I'll get you started, mine are Queensryche, Dream Theater and Savatage, just to name a few. I will choose a winner on November 27th. This giveaway is international.

But wait, there's more!

Susan is hosting her own event, Musical Hanukkah, a drawing set to take place on Dec. 6th. You can find a list of the prizes offered so far here. You can enter this drawing by making a donation to the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation through this special link at First Giving that Susan has set up for the event. Then be sure to send your receipt to Susan so she can enter you in the drawing! Contact Susan Here. I've already made my donation, so come on over and give me some competition. This sounds like a wonderful charity, I was a band geek myself, and it was such a huge part of my junior high and high school experience, in which I made some life long friends. Every child deserves the chance to make music, and this charity tries to make that happen by supplying musical instruments to under-funded music programs.

Also during the months of November and December (yes, RIGHT NOW!), Susan is donating 50% of her royalties from any purchases of her books to the foundation. So if you don't win in my giveaway, you can go ahead and purchase the books yourself while knowing that you're helping to make a donation to an awesome charity! For information on how to purchase the books, head on over here where clicking on the book covers will get you to purchasing info.

Check it out folks, 'tis the season, and this is a great way to kick off your giving for the holidays!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Negative Much?


Saw this rather mean-spirited article about NANOWRIMO: Laura Miller's take, and then Orbit's fantastic reply.

So tell me, who is Laura Miller again and why should I respect her opinion? Oh yeah, no one I'd ever heard of before who is writing articles on her own co-founded website, oh and she doesn't write novels, but she reads rather a lot of them. Yeah, whatever. You missed the point lady. I've written off and on since junior high, for one reason, because I enjoy it. If I ever get something published, that would be an amazing thing, but it's not the sole purpose of writing. What is a waste of time to one person may be a cathartic and healthy experience for another.

I'm a first timer, it's only day 4, so far I'm on track, and tonight, in an idea I've had floating around in my head for probably close on 5 years now, something I wrote completely opened a new avenue in the story I hadn't considered before, and believe me I've been over this story in my head a million times. Now that is magic, and I for one don't consider it a waste of time.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

WWW Wednesdays 11/3/10



To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?
* What did you recently finish reading?
* What do you think you’ll read next?

Then head on over to Should be Reading and leave a comment with a link to your post so others can see!


I'm currently reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comTwilight Fall by Lynn Viehl -- Such eyes on the cover! I was definitely interested in this book of the series, as I liked Valentin Jaus from the other books, I'm looking forward to seeing him fleshed out here, and getting to have something besides unrequited love.
Free image hosting at imagecave.comHandbags and Homicide (Haley Randolph #1) by Dorothy Howell -- from fantasticfiction.com: Witty, smart, and always chic-to-die despite a less than glam checking account balance, Haley Randolph has it all--Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Coach, Burberry--and she'd kill for the newest Louis Vuitton handbag. It seems she's not the only one. When someone's passion for designer purses leads to murder, Haley goes shopping for a killer to clear her name... -- was just in the mood for a cozy mystery!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comI'm listening to Stalking Darkness (Nightrunner #2) by Lynn Flewelling -- about a third of the way maybe? It's a pretty long audibook, not like Outlander long (30 some CD's!) but still when you only have about 30-40 minutes a day to listen to it. I'm enjoying it, but this is one where I wonder if I might have enjoyed it more if I had read it, the narrator isn't bad, he's just not terribly animated, and I think I might have fared better with the nuances of Seregil's character better in my own imagination. But I do recommend this series so far!


Since last Wednesday I finished reading:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comImmortals: Evermore by Alyson Noel -- Another great teen paranormal! Poor Ever, I would hate to go through life being able to hear everything everyone was thinking. As much as we might think we'd like to know, I'm sure the reality would be a nightmare, especially when you can hear the other kids who are making fun of you! Highly recommend!
Free image hosting at imagecave.comTrevor's Song by Susan Helene Gottfried -- All finished and I loved it! I plan to do a giveaway soon in coordination with Susan's own Musical Hanukkah event, so do check back because I will do an actual review and you might be able to win a Trevor of your very own! You can't have mine, cause he's autographed, and he ain't leavin' this house!
No coverGreat Gunfighters of the Kansas Cowtowns 1867-1886 by Nyle H. And Snell, Joseph W. Miller -- I admit it, I wussed and turned this one back in. Work is so stressful right now that I just couldn't concentrate on this one, it being primarily a resource book, a collection of historical newspaper articles on the people, tied with a bit of commentary, and TINY tiny print! It felt like it took an hour just to get through one page! lol!


Probably up next:

Free image hosting at imagecave.comSlightly Settled by Wendy Markham
Free image hosting at imagecave.comWolfsbane and Mistletoe A paranormal anthology with a Christmas theme, it'll be here before we know it! *tremble*
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