Getting to know you

Sometimes when I’m sitting and reading I get a little tap on my brain. Other times it’s a loud knock. But either way I open that door to hear what my characters have to say. I have to say the person on the other side had me stunned!

I’ve been wracking my brain for the perfect male for my story. What is his name? What does he look like? And when I try to force myself to imagine him he would just disappear around a corner.

But apparently my subconscious had been keeping this guy a secret until now. And I was quite glad it did.

Today he decided to let me get to know him. To show himself to me and my main character (she’s thrilled by the way and angry I told you that). He has decided to tell me his part of the story. He wants me to tell you that he can’t wait for you guys to meet him in my book.

So without further ado, I’m going to go have coffee and chat with these two. May you reap the benefits!

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Awakening

By Lisa Wiedmeier

It’s been a long time coming but the final battle has come.

Cheyenne made this decision for a reason. Now she needs a plan. Callon is gone and she has more power than she knows what to do with, let alone control. But when she needs to train everyone is afraid she will open a link to Marcus, her new husband.

Feeling as if all hope is lost her family confirms what her mother’s journals said, she’s alone. Or mostly so. And while hiding out in an abandoned house she keeps hearing him. It’s as if he’s biding his time. Slowly planting fears, doubts, and lies into her heart.  Where is Callon when she needs him?

When an accident causes her to flee into her husband’s claws everyone is afraid. Can she save what’s left of Matt? Is there anything left worth saving?

As her mind darkens from her fears and disappointments Cheyenne must learn how to break Marcus’ hold forever and somehow save everyone she loves. Will she be able to handle the pressure? The power? How can she do this alone?

Maybe she doesn’t. Maybe all faith wasn’t lost. Maybe she needs a little boost.

The final battle is now. Her moment has come to extinguish the evil that for so long has plagued the Timeless race. In this she knows that her strength comes not from one but from many. Strength through the love of a family.

Join the crew as Cheyenne faces her final battle in Awakening.

I give this story a nine out of ten. Lisa Wiedmeier does an excellent job tying it all off with a touch of flair. The battle is quite detailed and isn’t just a quick couple of pages. She writes it out beat for beat and utilizes every talent perfectly. I hope you copy me in finishing this series. And don’t forget to read the accompaniments, Fated parts 1-3 are available for purchase.

Have a great one!

Good Morning!

At least it is here in the USA.

Anyway, I’ve created a new category for the site. It is my blog, so I’m allowed to do that. 🙂 It’s called Personal Thoughts. Now, don’t be dismayed this is not going to be another popular hot topics rant page. This is for fun and you may learn a little something about me.

First, I am a hairdresser and a writer. And secondly, I love fall.

Not any normal love. No, fall for me is an obsession. The clothing, the food, the scent of dying leaves. I can’t get enough!

Where I live we experience four seasons and our trees change color. We have reds and yellows and oranges… ah the view. It changes from around 98 degrees F in summer to 60 in fall. You can breathe again. I just love going to the park and walking in the autumn leaves. Wearing a cozy sweater and some blue jeans. It couldn’t be more perfect. I got married in the fall, was born in the fall, take all the best pictures in the fall!

I adore the pumpkins, the lattes, the hoodies, the fires, the shorter days!

I can’t wait until it comes each year. It’s usually not until October but I have a feeling this year it will be here early.

Here’s your infusion of fall loveliness!

 

 

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I must be a hermit!

To accomplish anything I’d have to be a hermit.

I’ve recently been getting acclimated in a new job, which I love, and have had zero time.  *tears* From getting in touch with everyone to ordering business cards, it has been a journey.

So as I fall into my routine I’m trying to read all of the books on writing I can. (And all of the novels occupying my stacks as well if my Kindle would stay charged. ) I’ve clearly fallen behind however, I have gotten all of my story plotted out!

One of my major hang ups is everything that’s in between those plot points. If I’m not careful I’ll end up doing exactly what bothers me, as a reader, most.

I’m a gamer. I love playing detective games. So, naturally, I picked up Nancy Drew. As I have played through it I loved the places you’ll find clues, the story that accompanies it, and the different characters. But I swear…. Every time I need to travel to a different room, or anywhere, it’s the longest journey! Two steps-two steps-two steps. … On and on and on! It’s a miracle I get anything done!

*maddening*

When I’m writing I tend to do the exact same thing. In the dialogue book I’ve been reading they stress that dialogue serves a few purposes. First, and most important, it moves the story on. Second, it points to later events. And third, it tells you how a character is feeling. Tell don’t show. By that I mean have a character talk about their location, their plans, their friends.

What does every villain do? Monologue. They have the hero tied to the rail road tracks and they tell them EVERYTHING. That’s what we as writers must do. Otherwise everything becomes two steps. “She walked to the fridge. She opened the door. She looked inside. She found the juice. She grabbed the juice” yada-yada-yada!

So, how did I fix my two step issue? Obviously I used dialogue. But I also created more plot points to connect. Less of that blasted in between.

At the end focus on your next big idea and map it out. Then enjoy the trip there. Talk it out. Don’t over think it, just chat with your characters. Take out some time and just drop your characters in crazy situations and have them talking through it. What if an intruder broke into your main character’s home? What would that 911 call sound like? Now up the stakes. Then up them again. That’s what Gloria Kempton uses in her book Dialogue.

Read it!

Top 25 Reads

So, I wanted to give you some insight into my brain and the playful friends there. These are the stories that happened to fall into my life and never really left. There are many more but here’s the bunch I would recommend you add to your library.

1) Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah –

This is the true life story of a young Chinese girl who becomes despised by her family and grows to be an amazing woman. I gave this title a ten out of ten.

2) Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice –

This is the tale of a vampire named Louis as he journeys from natural birth into unnatural birth as a vampire. I would rate this novel a nine out of ten.

3) The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice –

This is the story of the vampire Lestat. Need I say more? Nine out of ten.

4) The Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice –

This story from Lestat’s perspective elaborates on the vampire’s history. I’d give this one an eight out of ten.

5) The Parasol Protectorate Series books 1-5 by Gail Carriger –

These novels are quirky, funny, romantic, and mysterious. I gave each one a five out of five on Goodreads.

6) The Jane True Series by Nicole Peeler –

These books are amazingly funny and sexy. If you like the Parasol Protectorate series you’ll love these, and vice versa. Nine out of ten on all of them except the second to last which got an eight for the ending.

7) The Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick –

This deliciously dark series is awesome. It follows Patch and Nora through many trials. A nine out of ten.

8) Divergent by Veronica Roth –

This dystopian novel is by far the best! It follows a teenage girl through futuristic America. A nine out of ten.

9) Insergent by Veronica Roth –

Following Divergent this story continues where we left off with Tris. An eight out of ten.

10) Allegiant by Veronica Roth –

This ending to the Divergent series flips previous ideals on their heads. A nine out of ten.

11) The Timeless series by Lisa Wiedmeier –

This series follows Cheyenne Wilson as she becomes Timeless and discovers her true destiny. A nine out of ten for the series.

12) Fated By Lisa Wiedmeier –

Each one of these accompaniments adds so much to the Timeless series. I have to give a heart felt nine out of ten. Hot guys, what can I say?

13) A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb –

This novel follows the spirit of Helen as she discovers what it means to be human and move on. A five out of five on Goodreads. A very sweet story.

14) The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Shiver, Linger, Forever) by Maggie Stiefvater –

This story follows Grace Brisbane as she meets the wolf she’s had her eye on for years. Discovering that werewolves do exist. An eight out of ten for the series. They are beautiful visually.

15) Uglies by Scott Westerfeld –

In a dystopian world Tally Youngblood is only wanting to live life as normally as possible. But when the future’s technology makes it nearly impossible she must change or suffer. An eight out of ten. It keeps my wheels turning.

16) Pretties by Scott Westerfeld –

After turning Tally into a bubblehead she must attempt to regain normalcy in a superficial world. A nine out of ten.

17) Specials by Scott Westerfeld –

Being changed so many times only makes Tally more anxious to stop the government and their heinous rules. A nine out of ten for creativity.

18) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’engle –

A book that follows three siblings as they travel through time and space to rescue their father. An eight out of ten. (Don’t watch the movie!!)

19) Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson –

This story is a rendition of Romeo and Juliet. An eight out of ten.

20) The Host by Stephenie Meyer –

When extraterrestrials take over earth one learns what it truly means to be human. A nine out of ten.

21) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte –

This classic tells the story of unrequited love and tragedy. A nine out of ten.

22) Holes by Louis Sachar –

When a boy ends up wrongly accused and sent to a camp to work his history may save his family. A nine out of ten.

23) Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene –

Every single one. You can’t go wrong. A ten out of ten for content and variety.

24) Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare –

The love story of two torn apart. A ten out of ten for making history.

25) The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri –

A poem mixing religion, mythology, and folk tales depicting moralistic stories and the journey from hell to heaven. I haven’t read the entirety of the book but I give it a nine out of ten.

 

All of these stories are amazing and worth adding to your stacks. I recommend checking them out. (I didn’t order them from best to worse or vice versa, just made the list.)

Lestat!!!!!!

So… How’s it going? Are you having a good day? Well that’s nice. What’s new with me? Oh well nothing except…..

A new Lestat book!!! Who doesn’t know who Lestat is? OH!!!!!

Okay for you little losers who don’t know who the vampire Lestat is allow me to enlighten you.

Back years ago a woman by the name of Anne Rice decided to write a little tiny book titled Interview with the Vampire. It was the autobiography of a vampire named Louis who details his journey from birth into being a vampire. It featured Louis, his maker Lestat, and a child vampire by the name of Claudia. It depicted Louis’ struggle to deal with immortality and his journey to becoming the ultimate immortal creature. The story didn’t stop there, however, it continued through Lestat’s perspective for quite a few more novels. Telling of his wild nights and his beginning.

Lestat’s escapades and crazy antics (including a rock star stint) spun off two movies and a few more side stories. All of these compiled together to form what the world has come to know as the Vampire Chronicles.

Lestat, the original blonde haired, blue-eyed sexy as hell vampire was a huge underground hit! To this day it is still the main of a cult of followers. But after reading the novels you can hardly blame anyone for falling for the aristocrat.

So, after introducing you to the devil himself I am here to inform you about the next in a line of amazing gothic literary novels. Prince Lestat.

It will be available for your reading pleasure on the 28th of October 2014. So a little wait but not too bad, considering we didn’t really know it was coming. According to Anne Rice the Vampire Chronicles were supposedly closed but after a statement in 2012 about wanting to “hear what Lestat has to say” fans have had hope.

This installment will be a ‘true sequel’ to The Queen of the Damned, the third volume in the vampire series. It will follow Lestat and the other vampires as he settles into his new role as ‘tribe leader’.

And… I’m super excited!!! I can’t wait!! These books busted open the doors of literature for me. They were a huge reason as to why I even began reading. I LOVED big books (and I cannot lie)! They are quite brilliant and beautifully detailed. The characters are amazing and captivating. These novels have caught many a vampire fan.

And if I may say so they really were the springboard for any vampire series since. They paved the way picking up where Bram Stoker left off. I cannot even consider anyone a true vampire fan if they haven’t read these books. These are what opened the door for series like True Blood and Vampire Diaries. Although, in my opinion they still blow the others out of the water. (Especially the “ending”. *cough-stackhouse-cough*)

So be on the lookout for your copy in bookstores this fall.