Friday, March 26, 2010

The Friday 56, Part the Fourth

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I found this via Shiloh Walker's blog. She found it at The Bookaholic Zone, who found it at Storytime With Tonya & Friends, which - as far as I can tell - seems to be the originator.

Today it's easy for me to find a book without worrying about things falling on my head. I just finished writing my review of this one last night. (Which should be up at The Season and TuraLura's Picks soon.) Today's selection is from Charming the Devil by Lois Greiman. (Great book!)

"Faye's heart beat like a drum in her chest. The enemy had been reduced to one now."

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Friday 56, Part the Third

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I found this via Shiloh Walker's blog. She found it at The Bookaholic Zone, who found it at Storytime With Tonya & Friends, which - as far as I can tell - seems to be the originator.

Among the piles of books around me, I'm trying to figure out what I can reach without making other books fall.... Still looking... Okay, found one! And nothing fell. Yay me!

Today's selection comes from The Stirring by Robert Moeller. I received this book as a Christmas present 3-4 years ago, but haven't actually read it yet.

"Dr. Ray, can you come?" He hated to pressure his old friend, but Steven felt he had no choice.


I included the sixth sentence as well to give some reference to what's going on in the scene.

Unfortunately, this small quote stirs no interest in me. I will eventually read this book, but it's not jumping up and down screaming for my attention. So it will be a while before I do read it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Friday 56, Part The Second

The Friday 56

Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I found this via Shiloh Walker's blog. She found it at The Bookaholic Zone, who found it at Storytime With Tonya & Friends, which - as far as I can tell - seems to be the originator.

Today's selection comes from Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre, which I was lucky enough to win - just last week - as part of a contest among the author's followers on Twitter. It arrived this past Monday. Thanks again, Miss Ann!

"He'd never gotten there with me, and I'd figured it was somehow my fault."


Interesting... Especially following the first four sentences on that page. Now I'm looking even more forward to reading this. Good thing I'm planning on starting it as soon as I finish Libba Bray's Going Bovine. ^_^

Monday, March 8, 2010

I Love Twitter

Ever since I joined in late October, I've made quite a few contacts. Maybe even friends. I've actually talked to several writers.

I've talked about writing, gotten help with cooking - and I still failed to make brownies - and just had random conversations. It's awesome.

Plus, twitter has helped me with my writing. Having to fit what I want to say in only 140 characters is tough. I'm getting better, though. I'm learning to be more concise.

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Another benefit, which I discovered earlier this evening during the Oscars, is not having to actually watch the Oscars. Oh, wait, I wouldn't watch them anyway. But I did find out about the only two awards that piqued my curiosity: Best Animated Movie (or whatever it's called), and Best Actress.

Up was nominated for Best Animated Movie. I was thrilled when it actually won!

Sandra Bullock, one of my favorite actresses, was nominated for Best Actress. She also won!

I found out moments after the awards were presented instead of waiting until the next day - or whenever I finally remembered - to look it up somewhere. That was really cool. I liked that. ^_^

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Friday 56



Rules:
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

I found this via Shiloh Walker's blog. She found it at The Bookaholic Zone, who found it at Storytime With Tonya & Friends, which - as far as I can tell - seems to be the originator.

Whew. Okay, let's get to it!

Today's quote is from A Lady of Persuasion by Tessa Dare, the third book in her historical romance trilogy. I haven't actually read this one yet, despite the fact that it's been beside me for months. I somehow lost my copy of book two. I'm only about halfway through it, but I can't find it. It's just gone. (Insert "Twilight Zone" music here.)

Anywho...

"Indeed, never in his life had he been so determined to succeed at any venture. It was what he did best, keeping ladies smiling."


I included the sixth sentence because it flows so well and makes the fifth one make more sense.

I adored the first book in this series. As soon as I find the second one, I will be finishing it. Then, THEN I will finally read this one.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Teaser Tuesday? Pashaw, It's Teaser Thursday!

As promised, a short excerpt from my current project.

Unedited as yet, so please no comments about my spelling or grammar. Thanks!


Rosa leaned up and against Darrec to steal a quick kiss. Which he didn't return. Again. "What is wrong with you? Why do you not kiss me anymore?"

Darrec stifled his groan. "You know why, Rosa. I don't love you. I never really did." Now she would cry, and he would feel bad and apologize. She would beg him to hold her until he gave in. Or walked away, which he kept threatening to do. Today he would.

Rosa lowered her head and nodded. They'd had this conversation before, multiple times. It still hurt. "Less than two months ago, you swore you loved me. You spoke of marriage. Then she came home. Now you love her. So fickle." She looked up into his eyes. "I expected better of you."

She took a step back ans turned away. Her eyes were dry. If they were to stay that way, she had to leave. "I can't compete with a memory." Two steps. "That's all she is, you know. A memory. She's changed since we all played together as children. She's not who you think she is. Kaliani is a princess now, not the girl from your memory." One more step. "Why choose a memory over flesh and blood, warm and willing me?" Her resolved shattered and she ran. Away from him, away from their special place, just away.

Not until she reached her tiny attic bedroom did she stop running. She would be punished for shirking her duties, she knew for certain. She needed a good cry first. Then she would return to work. Maybe.

Darrec watched as Rosa began to walk away. He stiffened when she called Kali a memory. It had been no mere memory that had shyly kissed his cheek. Her resulting blush had taken his breath away. She was beautiful, even more so when she blushed. He'd wanted to take her into his arms and kiss her senseless. Luckily for him, he'd remembered their relative positions and stopped himself. A guardsman seen holding the crown princess would lose his head. if he were lucky.

So why did he remain loyal to her? They could never be together. He didn't fully understand his own reasoning.

He came back to himself as Rosa said 'warm and willing.' Willing? That was new. She'd only teased before. Before he could ask if she were serious, she fled. Not that it would be hard to find her. She would either be in the kitchen ratting on him or in her bedroom.

Her bedroom. Now there was a thought. It should have stirred him more. Had it, he would have gone after her. His lack of real reaction told him all he needed to know. Warm and willing was no longer enough. he wanted what his parents still had, what he saw every time Da looked at Mum: love. Mere companionship would not do. Only love.

After all, love was what separated man from beast.

He was no beast. Not anymore.

Now he was a man.

Welcome!

Welcome to my new blog of random goodness! Here I will talk about whatever pops into my head! I'm not going to try to post every day, but I hope to do at least two a week. Most will be short little rants or raves, but some will be longer.

And a few will even be about writing: what project I'm currently working on, maybe even a teaser or two.

In fact, I believe my next post (coming shortly) will be a teaser to celebrate the launch of my new blog!

Be warned, I am working on a header image for this blog. It shall be piratey!