Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Author Friends

What am I reading now?  The Queen's Choice (Cayla Kluver)

Annnd. . . what do I think so far? Anya is the next in line to the faerie throne, but possibly only by default. Her aunt, the Queen of Chrior, will name her as heir instead of her own son, who ran away to live the the human world, or her cousin, who should be next in line to him, because she is a human-hater.
     Although Anya sees the reasoning behind the choice, she isn't sure she wants the responsibility of the kingdom. The cousin is sent off to find the missing Prince and Anya, disobeying orders to stay in Chrior, also sets off to find him, believing that she can convince him to  return and serve as the next king.
     Anya has visited the human world many times, but this time she meets with mutilation, abduction, abuse, political corruption and betrayal! All the things that make a book a great read. Yes, Friends, I think you'll enjoy this one!

Release date is January 28th. Even though I've read the ARC, I'll pick this one up because this is a series I'll be purchasing.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

First Lines

What am I reading now?  Endless (Amanda Gray)
Annnd. . . what do I think so far? Jenny lives with her dad. Her mom died when she was 6, but she's more like her mom than she ever knew. Lately, she is  seeing visions of the Romanov family in Russia. She knows the visions feel important, personal. But can she unravel the mystery that link her to them, to Nikolai and Ben before they lose their lives?

The blurb on the book states she can see other people's lives when she touches them. I don't think the book fulfills that promise. From what I read, she only sees her own life. Even so, I enjoyed this book and will look for the next one in the series.

First Lines
Jacob M. Appel wrote an article for Writer's Digest and gave a list of ways to start a novel, ways to write first lines really. Here are the 7 categories he named and an example of each that he gave:
1. A statement of eternal principle.Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
2. A statement of simple fact.Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: “It was a pleasure to burn.”
3. A statement of paired facts.Carson McCullers’ The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter: “In the town there were two mutes, and they were always together.”
4. A statement of simple fact laced with significance.Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind: “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful. …”
5. A statement to introduce voice.Anthony Burgess opens A Clockwork Orange: “What’s it going to be then, eh?”
6. A statement to establish mood.Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar: “It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.” 
7. A statement that serves as a frame.English storytellers have been doing this since at least the first recorded use of the phrase “Once upon a time” in the 14th century.
(The full text is in the Writer's Yearbook Fall 2012)
My goal this week is to work on the opening lines for our finished books, try on different types of first lines.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

I believe...398.2

What am I reading now? The Offering (Kimberly Derting)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far? This is another 3rd book to top off a trilogy. I've enjoyed this series. Here's just a snitch about it:
True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.

Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

Yes, she might think that, but I don't! This is going to be good.

I Believe in Fairy Tales (398.2)
398.2 is the Dewey Decimal number for the Fairy Tales section of the library. I remember learning about that system in middle school and thinking how fairy tales were numbered like the non-fiction books. To me, that elevated the importance of fairy tales--they were very nearly true!

When I read them to children (Or, let's be honest, to myself with no children in sight too!), there are many things I believe to be true about them.
•Magic can be found everywhere and in anyone's life
•What's in your heart matters
•Sometimes you have to make your own family (out of gnomes, forest animals or a coven of witches)
•Even if you don't think you are special, there is something only you can do
•Big, bad and evil doesn't win if you refuse to give up
•There is a hero inside all of us