Who is the better doctor?

I find that I am very opinionated on this subject. No matter how much I try, I can't get used to the new doctor. His facial expressions, his mannerisms . . . he just seems to lack the depth of character and the range of emotion that I got used to with David Tennant.

David Tennant could do insanity. "I mean what could possibly go wrong!!!" as if he's hoping everything will.

He could do angry. Like when he cursed the Prime Minister for destroying the alien ship when the aliens were retreating.

He could do sad . . . mischievous . . . curious . . .

So I thought I'd put it to a vote . . . WHO IS THE BETTER DOCTOR?

MATT SMITH or ....


What do you think?

Book Review: The Raven Boys

I love Blue and Gansey! I can’t begin to tell you how impressed I was with this story. Maggie Stiefvater just soared to my top 5 YA authors, along with Holly Black and Libba Bray.

She doesn’t know it, but I’ve been stalking her online the last few weeks, ever since I finished reading Raven Boys. Let’s just say, her blog is a whole lot of fun! I was hoping I could find a way to get her for an interview, but it doesn’t look like it’s very easy to get time with her.

Anyway, I love Blue. She’s so down to earth and pragmatic. She’s the only teenage girl in a house full of women: her mom, her mom’s two best friends, her two aunts, and her mom’s half sister. And everybody in this house is a psychic except her.

Her mom is so laid back, treating Blue more like a mini adult than a teenager, which is why I think Blue is so mature. Until Blue meets Gansey, Blue’s mom has never given Blue a direct order or a restriction before, but after, Blue is banned from ever seeing him again.

I love this dialogue between Blue and her mom:

[Mom:] “Way back before you were born, Calla and Persephone and I were messing around with things we probably shouldn’t have been messing around with ——”

[Blue:] “Drugs?”

[Mom:] “Rituals. Are you messing around with drugs?”

[Blue:] “No. But maybe rituals.”

[Mom:] “Drugs may be better.”

[Blue:] “I’m not interested in them. Their effects are proven –— where’s the fun in that? Tell me more.”

And Gansey. He’s just so complex. One moment, he seems like a haughty rich playboy, and the next he’s just an insane scholar searching for his one, all-consuming passion. This description of his apartment (a refurbished, abandoned old factory) also depicts Gansey’s personality pretty well:

The high ceiling soared above them, exposed iron beams holding up the roof. Gansey’s invented apartment was a dreamer’s laboratory. The entire second floor, thousands of square feet, spread out before them. Two of the walls were made up of old windows —– dozens of tiny warped panes, except for a few clear ones Gansey had replaced –— and the other two walls were covered with maps: the mountains of Virginia, of Wales, of Europe. Marker lines arced across each of them. Across the floor, a telescope peered at the western sky; at its feet lay piles of arcane electronics meant to measure magnetic activity.

And everywhere, everywhere, there were books. Not the tidy stacks of an intellectual attempting to impress, but the slumping piles of a scholar obsessed. Some of the books weren’t in English. Some of the books were dictionaries for the languages that some of the other books were in. Some of the books were actually Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions.

And the story! So well played. Just enough information given to keep us asking questions, and the more I learned as the mystery / adventure unfolded, the more addicted I was to Gansey’s search for the missing King.

Have you read this one yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Book Review: Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

I loved reading Dash & Lily Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

It starts with Dash finding a notebook next to his favorite book in a bookstore and opening to find a dare and a puzzle. He has to find some obscure books to piece together clues, and his trip around the store takes him from beautiful poetry to a YA book to The Joys of Gay Sex. Then the instructions tell him to pick a book and leave it along with the notebook with the kid at the Help desk.

He adds a pamphlet for a pizza joint / video rental store, and when Lily retrieves her notebook, she runs through the movies, finding clues, before she sends him to Macy’s to brave the Christmas shopping rush.

The game is on, taking them all over New York City. Back and forth, they leave clues, trade stories, and swap the notebook, leaving it in public places and never meeting. But the dares turn into something more as they begin to share their deepest secrets and most heartfelt emotions with each other. Getting to know Dash and Lily

At one point, he asks her what she wants for Christmas, and she answers with three pages of introspection:

I want to believe that despite all the evidence to the contrary, there is a reason to hope… I want to believe that even though I hope for things that are so magnanimous (good OED word, huh?), I am not a bad person because what I really want to believe in is purely selfish.

I want to believe there is somebody out there just for me. I want to believe that I exist to be there for that somebody… Belief. That’s what I want for Christmas. Look it up. Maybe there’s more meaning there than I understand. Maybe you could explain it to me?

He responds with this:

We believe in the wrong things… That’s what frustrates me the most. Not the lack of belief, but the belief in the wrong things. You want meaning? Well, the meanings are out there. We’re just so damn good at reading them wrong…

Two people who are deep thinkers—one who has grown weary of life and the other who is still in love with the wonder of every day—and they discover each other and find themselves in the process.

However, the bed of roses has a few thorns. They each develop their own expectations of the other, and when they do meet for real . . . well, let’s just say it wasn’t the best circumstances. They have to push past their disappointments and find friendship and understanding.

And it is this discovery that made me love this book so much.

Birthday--Scratch That--Christmas Wishes

I'm a day late and a dollar short this month.

Everything is all messed up.

The world is upside down.

Christmas and the New Year have come waaaay too fast this year.

My birthday was over a week ago and I planned to do this post and never got around to it. Sooooo, my birthday wishes turns into Christmas wishes.

Wish #1. An eReader.

But I don't really know what kind I want. Nook or Kindle. Fancy or simple. But honestly, I think I prefer the wanting of one to the getting of one. I like keeping my options open because once I make a purchase that's it. It's over.

Wish #2. Jennifer L. Armentrout Lux series!!! I've been aching to read this!!! Frustrated that my library doesn't have it. (Thus the desire for an eReader.)

Wish #3.  Abbi Glines books!

Wish #4. Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Wish #5. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Wish #6.  Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Wish #7. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

What books are on YOUR Christmas wish list?

Discussion: How long should review posts be?

Reading this post on Melissa's Bookshelf, I got to thinking: Bloggers are underappreciated and overworked.

So much is expected from bloggers. I once asked a blogger for a review of Transcendent, but she couldn't commit to it because her reading time was booked three or four months in advance . . . and so were the other reviewers who contributed to the site.

And I've seen Sunday "In My Mailbox" posts where bloggers are picking up 20 books a week from giveaways and ARC and the library and their own shopping. Assuming that they bring in that much of a haul every week, how do they get through all those books?

Plus there's the writing of the reviews and all sorts of daily work it takes to maintain a blog. Not every post is a review, but you have to keep up with all the book information traveling through

After a while, I think I'd come to hate reading if it was such a chore.

Honestly, my favorite posts to read are cover reveals and Waiting on Wednesdays, and my favorite reviews are the short ones that give me a taste of the book without making me spend a lot of time reading.

Simple and easy to read is the trick for a good post, IMO.

Maybe I'm lazy (which I refuse to admit to).

Or maybe (as the case may really be) I'm busy.

Either way, I think short and sweet, simple and easy makes for a great blog.

What do you think?

Author Interview: L.P. Dover

Thank you to author L.P. Dover for joining me for this interview! I'm really excited about sharing her answers with all of you.

Oh, and check out the book review & giveaway for her book Forever Fae here on my blog!

Author Bio from Goodreads:
I am an avid reader that loves my collection of books. Writing has always been a passion of mine and now I am glad that I get to share my passion with the world. I live in North Carolina and I absolutely love being a southern girl. I spent several years in college starting out with a major in Psychology and then switching to dental. I worked in the dental field for eight years and then decided to stay home with my two beautiful girls.

I spent the beginning of my reading years reading suspense thrillers, but now I can't get away from the paranormal/fantasy books. I knew ever since then that if I wrote anything it would be in a paranormal aspect. Now that I have started on my passion and began writing, you will not see me go anywhere without a notebook and pen.

RITA:  What are 5 adjectives to describe yourself?

L.P.:  Funny, dorky, caring, happy, loud

RITA:  Please give me a one sentence synopsis of your book Forever Fae.

L.P.:  The fate of the Land of the Fae rests in the hands of the Summer Court
Princess who is destined to save it from evil....will she succeed, or will
she turn towards the darkness?

RITA:  Please tell me about your next book.

L.P.:  The next book is called Betrayals of Spring and it focuses on Meliantha
which is Calista's sister in the first book, and also Kalen which is
Ryder's brother. This book is different from the first because Meliantha
and Kalen already know each other and you get to see them grow together in
this one. But of course, the dark sorcerer is lingering by waiting to take
Meliantha's power to make himself stronger. Not everyone is who they seem
in Betrayals of Spring.

RITA:  What advice do you have for writers?

L.P.:  No matter how difficult or how cruel some people can be about your
writing you have to keep going. Writing is supposed to be fun and about
getting your creative thoughts on paper. Pace yourself and never give up.

RITA:  Why did you choose to self-publish/traditional publish?

L.P.:  I chose to self-publish because I like taking care of my work myself.
I like being able to make all the decisions. I will most likely
investigate the thought of a publisher one day, but for now I plan on doing
this on my own. It costs a lot of money, but in the end I honestly think
it will all be worth it.

RITA:  What book do you want for Christmas?

L.P.:  Hmmmm....there are so many books I want for If this
book was out for Christmas I would have to say Twice Tempted by Jeaniene
Frost. It's the 2nd book in her Night Prince series and I am so inlove
with Vlad Tepesh.

RITA:  What is your New Year's wish?

L.P.:  My New Years Wish would be to have a successful first novel. I worked
hard on Forever Fae and I would love to see it soar.

RITA:  Thank you for visiting and answering my questions!

Hello to all of you! Please share this interview on Facebook and Twitter (you can use the button bar at bottom of post). This is an awesome up-and-coming writer.

Help her New Year's Wish come true!

Book Review & Giveaway: Forever Fae by L.P. Dover

Blurb from

He leans down, lips parted, and then our lips connect……….We didn’t know that this one kiss has FOREVER changed the Land of the Fae.

According to the Prophecy proclaimed many years ago, Princess Calista of the Summer Court is destined to change the Land of the Fae from the evil determined to destroy it. Her powers are phenomenal, and she secretly trains for battle with her handsome warrior friend, Merrick, who unbeknownst to her protects her heart as well, in hopes of keeping it for himself. At least, until the seductive Prince Ryder attends the Guardian Ceremony and instantly sends a fire burning through her veins and a connection so deep they both discover a love above anything imaginable.

No one knows how Calista is destined to change the kingdoms, but there is one that does. He not only craves Calista’s power, but her body as well, and his goal is to steal her power, make her his Dark Queen, and take over the Land of the Fae.

Will the evil succeed in claiming Calista’s soul? Or will the two men that fight for her heart save her from despair, and help her fulfill her destiny to become what she was meant to be.

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and violence. Mature readers only. Not intended for young adult readers.***


Cute and sweet romantic tale!

I’ve read a lot of fiction featuring faeries, including kids lit, YA, and adult: Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Tithe by Holly Black, Spiderwick Chronicles also by Holly Black, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, Cold Days by Jim Butcher, and Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.

Everybody handles the fae in a slightly different manner, and I had to put aside my pre-conceived notions. L.P. Dover has a fresh way of depicting the fae. Certainly not quite as dark as I am used to (even the kids lit like Fablehaven and Spiderwick Chronicles portrays the fae as a menacing force, not always evil, but definitely uncaring to the human plight). L.P. Dover’s Forever Fae is different in that it is not about human interactions with the fae, but more about the fae in their own world.

I was reminded of a high school setting without the angst: from the parties and dresses to the dialogue. But this is by no means a YA book. The love scenes are a bit too racy, though not beyond anything you’d normally find in a romance novel.


Awesome ending. The plot was certainly tight. Pacing was good. And the evil villain is certain nasty enough to get my hackles up.

I liked Calista. She loved to read and was kind to those around her. She also was thoughtful—not in being caring, but in that she thought about things. But then, people who read usually do think more about things. She understood the people around her, what made them tick, and who they were on the inside. And yet, I could totally see why she’d miss the fact that Merrick (her best friend) had been in love with her for years.

I liked Ryder too. He was a good depiction of a Winter warrior prince, cold and calculating.


I thought the romance could have used more time to develop. A little less lust and falling in love at first sight, and a little more friendship and more conversation.


I can’t wait to see how this author grows. As she adds depth to her characters and plot lines and strengthens her writing style (like learning how to show more and tell less), she’s going to be an awesome writer.

  • Winner will receive 1 eBook copy of Forever Fae by L.P. Dover
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The Next Big Thing: Wendy Amazing and the Girl's School for Mad Science

Thanks to Helen Maryles Shankman for tagging me!

And as usual, I'm running way behind. Finally, I'm getting around to posting this.

What is the working title of your book?
Which one? I always have several books to work on, or I’ll get bored.
But my current favorite is Wendy Amazing and the Girl’s School for Mad Science.

Where did the idea come from for the book?
Wendy Amazing and the Girl’s School for Mad Science came from a dream. I dreamt of a girl whose parents were inventors and someone in the army wanted their most recent invention. When her parents were arrested, the girl had to hide the invention in the forest.

What genre does your book fall under?
Steampunk Alternate History for ages 10 to 12

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Abigail Kathleen Breslin

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A 12-year-old girl saves the world with a time machine, a strange group of friends, and a whole lot of luck.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Published through Robot Playground Inc

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two months so far, and I’m half way done.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I don’t know of any books that are like this one. If science were magic, this would fit in with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone or Spiderwick Chronicles or Fablehaven. However, there is no magic in this book, but some awesome, magical things do happen.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My mother-in-law. She had been a school librarian when her kids were still in school, and she told me that there weren’t many books out for kids ages 10 to 12. It was hard to order books for this age group, and I wanted to fill the gap.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
The pets are super smart! A cat who reads. A Venus fly trap who pouts. A gerbil who does tricks. A lizard who writes bad words on his aquarium when he's angry. A guinea pig who can escape every cage. And an ordinary dog who can wag his tail.

Tagging the following authors:
Renee Miller, author of Writer's Companion
Susan Griscom, author of Reflections
S.M. Carrière, author of  The Dying God and Other Stories

Who is your favorite VILLAIN?

Some of the books / stories / movies that have awed me the most are the ones with complex villains.

Villains who make you love them.

Like Dr. Horrible in Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. He's a better person than the hero, and his fall into darkness . . . well, let's just say it's a beautiful, sad romance. And don't tell me you haven't seen it yet. Go download it from iTunes now!

Or Villains who make you squirm, they are that evil.

Like Sylar from the TV show Heroes. Seriously, this serial killer was downright creepy. And nearly indestructible and all powerful. But at least, after season 3, you learn that he doesn't eat brains.

In this picture of him, I have to wonder why he's bothering with a gun. He can cut through people's skulls with his telekinesis.

Or Villains that leave you confused.

Like Allie Beckstrom's dad in Magic to the Bone (Allie Beckstrom, Book 1) by Devon Monk. He's manipulative. He warps her memories with magic. He lies and cheats and sneers at everybody. He wants power and immortality, and he doesn't care if he hurts his own daughter in the process.

But he also wants to save magic, purge the taint out of it, and better the world. And along the way, he helps the good guys. I love the complexity.

Who are your favorite Villains? Tell me what I want to know, or I will swipe your cookies. Mwahahaha!

Concussions and NaNoWriMo

I'm perfectly fine.


A little bump on the head made me loopy *whee* for a short while, gave me 2 weeks of headaches. I never knew how painful sunlight could be. The plus side is that I got to spend a lot of time in books to hide from my pain.

It was a hit and run accident. He bumped my car from behind and left me concussed on the side of the road.

And ruined my NaNoWriMo goals! The jerk.

I didn't even bother trying to catch up, but I'm really happy with my 18K words. *sniffs, sniffs* I'll be all right. I'm only 32K short. *sniffs*

Being a writer / publisher / marketer is a hell of a lot of work. Clearing the time to just write felt so soothing to my soul.

But here's for you:  another excerpt from the first chapter of Wendy Amazing and the Girl's School for Mad Science. Here's where the plot kicks in and her happy world goes to Hades.

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Papa clears his throat. “What news have you of the band living west of the city?”

Indians living just outside our city walls? They might raid us in the middle of the night. I shiver with excitement.

Uncle Nathaniel nods solemnly. “I got what you were wanting. I’ll show it to you after dinner when we go down to your lab.”

Mama glances at me and then frowns at Papa. “Boys, not at the dinner table. Little ears and all that.”

“My ears are not little. I can understand—”

“My point exactly. You are too young to get involved in something dangerous, and too old to not keep your nose out of it.” She scoops mashed potatoes onto her plate and pours gravy (from the antique gravy boat that she inherited from her disapproving grandmother, along with our old house. If my great-grandmother could see the refurbishments—like our solarium in the library, the stairs that were torn out for a room that moves up and down, and the pantry which organizes itself, which is why we can’t ever find anything—she’d rise from her grave and scream like a banshee.)

Mama gives me that glare that says this-conversation-is-over, but I’m even more determined to not be left out.

“You always leave me out. I’m old enough—”

A pounding at the door, so loud I think it will break our door in half, and Mama shoots to her feet, her hand over her mouth, and stares at Papa.

“The police. Open up.”

Papa, lips pressed into a thin line, stands and sets his napkin by his plate. “Sit down, Mary. Nathaniel, take Wendy and Molly through the secret passage.”

Chewing his lip, Nathaniel glances at me and then at the door. Then he nods.

“No, I’m not—”

In one step, he is at my chair and has slung me over his shoulder. Molly scurries behind us.

My last view of my parents is upside down as Papa calmly goes to open the door and as Mother wipes the worry from her face and steadies her shaking hands.

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What about you? How is your project going? Just 4.5 days left!

Discussion: Blogging Alone

The headaches of book blogging:

#1. Providing fresh content on a mostly daily basis

#2. Reading all the books for review (Book Bloggers have their reading scheduled months in advance)

#3. Keeping track of the giveaways and special events

#4. Spreading the word. You have to be more marketing savvy than an author

#5. Organizing the information

#6. Making it all look pretty

#7. Being excited and chipper about books even after you no longer want to blog anymore

Blogging with a partner means you share the chore. Blogging alone means you get control over the structure and ideas.

So the question is would you prefer to blog alone or with a friend?

On the Crazy Man in my House

TJ throws his book down and huffs. "I wanted her to kill the son of a bitch!"

"Really?" I say.

"I hate vampires."

"How very werewolf of you." (See, I may be married to him for 13 years, but I'm still convinced he goes furry when I'm not looking. And for his part, he's never denied it.)

"What can I say? They suck."

He thinks he's funny. And well, I love him, so I agree.

And that is the crazy man I share my bed with. Isn't he adorable.

NaNoWriMo Updates, Excerpts, and Slavery

I've been working long crazy hours for my day job. Sad thing is that I'm on salary and get no extra money for the time spent. I'm paid to get the job done, even if the deadlines and work load are humanly impossible. So in October I squeezed in an extra week of work. Actually, I did 48 hours of overtime for $0.

Yesterday, I worked 12 hours. Which left no time for writing. I'd get a new job, but the stress of job hunting would be worse than getting through this month.

I'm 10K words into my story and still loving where my character is going. She's loads of fun and feisty.

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Here's another excerpt from Wendy Amazing and the Girl's school of Mad Science, Chapter One:

The door to the cellar flings open, and Dad steps out. His goggles are still pushed up on the top of his head and his curly brown hair sticks out all over, but he remembered to leave his apron and work gloves downstairs and he scrubbed his arms up to the elbow just as Mom had told him to.

And he’s got a happy spring in his step and a smile across his face. That means today’s work inventing whatever it is he’s inventing right now. The contraption that they won’t tell me anything about. Grrr.

“Mrs. Amazing, I unlocked the mystery of the—”

Mom leans into him and kisses him on the nose. “Mr. Amazing, however much I’d love to hear, there are small ears with big minds. You can show me tonight.”

“I can hear you. I’m standing right here.” I fold my arms across my chest. “And why can’t I know? It’s not like I’m still two and will knock over the chemicals anymore.”

That had been a disaster. I’d turned my hair blue for a month, and Mom and Dad crowed about my first chemical concoction. Not that any of us could figure out what chemicals had combined in the mishap.

“This is different, Wendy. We all know you are capable, but this one is . . . dangerous.” Shadows of worry flicker in Mom’s eyes.

That does it. I’m just going to have to sneak down into the lab tonight. I can’t protect Mom and Dad from whatever is so dangerous if I don’t even know what it is.

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How about YOU? How's your NaNoWriMo project going???

Wendy Amazing and the Girl's School for Mad Science

Middle Grade Steampunk.
Excerpt from my WIP:

My windows face the southwest, and as the sun sets, I sit in my window seat and read the book assigned for my biology homework: How to Increase Brain Power in Animals. I’ve already done all the experiments in the book.

Along one wall of my room, shelves hold the glass houses where I keep my pets:

(1) a gerbil who performs tricks like somersaults and walking on her hands,

(2) a lizard who writes bad words on the side of his cage if I don’t feed him soon enough, but will give me kisses if I bring him strawberries,

and (3) a rat who has found every conceivable way to escape his cage. He always comes back when his food supply grows low. He likes mushrooms, sautéed in butter and drizzled with Swiss cheese, and he hasn’t learned how to cook for himself yet. I refuse to teach him because then he’ll never come back. And Mom is concerned he’ll burn the house down.

My NaNoWriMo Project

I hadn't planned on doing NaNoWriMo as I already have two project I'm working on.

But then I realized that I haven't really been working on one of those projects. The outline is sitting on my hard drive collecting dust. Seriously, you should see how much dust is on it.

So I decided having a deadline would keep me motivated and kick my cute little tushy into gear. I know it may be cheating to use something that already has a few lines written in it, but I'm not in this for the prize. Just the deadline.

This year, I'm working on a Middle-Grade Steampunk story, set in an alternate history. It's called

* drum roll please *

Wendy Amazing and the Girl's School for Mad Science

Opening Paragraphs:

I open the door and peek inside, checking for traps, fly-away experiments, and explosive devices, before sneaking in.

The piano in the music room to my right plays me a Welcome Home fanfare—Dad modified it last year as a Christmas present for Mom so that it plays by itself—and to the left, books piled up on every conceivable surface, the parlor has been remade into a library.

I tiptoe past Mom’s solarium (which used to be the library), but Eva, the gigantic Venus fly trap, seems to be sleeping. She is so large she can reach through the doors and snatch me up, and though I’m too big to fit in her mouth, it doesn’t stop her from trying. Dad put locks on the French doors to keep her inside, but then she learned how to unlock them.

He gave her a right good scolding when she nearly scared the church ladies visiting for tea, but Eva only listens to Mom and so she pouted in the corner, turning her back on him.

So what are YOU working on for NaNoWriMo?

Vampires, Ghosts, and Shapechangers, Oh My!!!

TRANSCENDENT: TALES OF THE PARANORMAL has a Halloween bite story for everybody.
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now ON SALE for 99 cents:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Love vampires?

Try Ryan's Wish by Melanie Marks or Spectre by Wendy Swore

Want a ghost story?  

Read Shadows of Promise by Heather McCubbin

How about the Headless Horseman?

Check out The Pumpkin Thief by Evan Joseph

Wish you could spread your wings and fly?

Read Feather by Rita J Webb

3 Little Spiders out Trick or Treating

3 Little Spiders went trick or treating tonight

{{Pun intended. *ahem* We're the Webbs after all.}}

One Spider was a wood elf. Nice pointy ears.

One Spider was Puss in Purple Boots. Sword & feathered hat included.

And the youngest Spider was Bat, a new superhero. Sass and attitude.

And I was Mom Spider. No costume needed.

So who were you for Halloween this year?

Hip Hop Dancing

In my Tuesday & Wednesday night dance classes, I'm learning some choreography to this song.

Is Homosexuality Sinful???

I’M CLEAN. MY hands glow, and my skin is soft against the robe. Like the woman in the water, a light burns inside me, radiating through my skin. I search for the beautiful lady, but only priestesses surround me now.

“What's your name, child?” The priestess’s voice is gentle and kind. Not quiet and good. But I don't want to be quiet and good anymore.

I lift my chin and smile. “My name is Peaches.”

“Welcome, Peaches, daughter of Araphia, goddess of light.”

“What happened to me?” I glance back at the other side of the pool where my dress and the filth have been washed away. How much was real? How much an illusion?

The priestess crouches down in front of me. Her eyes twinkle as she tucks a strand of her ginger hair—fallen from the tight bun at the nape of her neck—behind her ear. “We all have wounds, inflicted on us by others. Some by well-meaning people with callous words. Others by the evil-spirited who want to destroy all that is beautiful. Some by the jealous and envious. Others by those who mean to encourage, but lash out with critical tongues. The goddess has drained the poison from your wounds and brought healing to your heart.”

For the first time, I am whole.

--Excerpt from Daughter of the Goddess
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My story Daughter of the Goddess is about an abused and neglected child who is given as a slave to a temple of Araphia, the goddess of light. My character Peaches represents you and me, because we all have been broken and abused and are hurting inside. The abusive mother and the kind priestess represent people we know, those who tear us down and those who build us up.

It pains me when those who claim to be Christians say hateful things. When I was in college, I had some friends and acquaintances over to my apartment to play cards. Someone said a bad word. Oooh, how terrible. *sarcasm intended*

And someone said, “Don’t use that kind of language around me, or I just might have to hate you.”

I wish so hard that I hadn’t bitten my tongue and kept the sarcastic words to myself. I wish I had said, “Yes, because that’s exactly what Jesus would do.”

Jesus ate with social outcasts and sinners, and Jesus was never the nice guy either. He always put the self-righteous bigots in their place. They wouldn’t have crucified him if he was mild mannered and always courteous and respectful.

No, Jesus was wild and free. He was pure love. And he was a threat to the status quo of the lives of the religious elite.

It grieves me when people who claim to follow this man lash out with hatred toward those he wants to touch with his loving mercy.

The Bible says that we are to share the good news. So so-called Christians stand on their soap boxes and preach that we’re all going to hell. Um, where’s the good news in that?

So let me tell you my good news. When Jesus came into my life, he set me free from all the guilt, pain, and fear that plagued me. And I didn’t have to earn it. He did it for free simply because he loves me.

So is homosexuality a sin? I suppose that depends on your definition of sin.

Based on the teachings of Jesus, sin is what you do in your heart, not an action you commit. Based on the book of Hebrews, righteousness is trusting in God.

Sin is anything that you turn to to fill the empty hole in your heart that only God can fill. That could be church, money, career, TV, sex, food, sleep, reading, or writing blog posts.

We all have things in our lives that aren’t good for us, that we are addicted to and rather than filling us up, they drain our souls of every good thing. Homosexual or heterosexual, that could be a dysfunctional relationship you are in. Or maybe you have a loving relationship with your partner. That’s between you and God.

If you have a problem with how your neighbors live their lives, maybe you better start looking at your own soul a little more closely.

Daughter of the Goddess: Short but Good

Ms. Anonymous gave Daughter of the Goddess a 2-star rating and wrote a review on Barnes and Noble:

Its like 67 pages, good, but still, 67 pages.

Seriously? A 2-star rating for a book that is good?

I rate stories based on character, plot, world building, style, and writing skill. A story that is “good” gets at least 3 stars (though usually 4 or 5), regardless of length.

So let me just tell you now: Daughter of the Goddess is a NOVELLA. Novellas are longer than short stories, shorter than novels. I’m not advertising this as a full-length novel, and the 99 cent price takes the length of the story into account.

If you are looking for a full-length novel, don’t buy Daughter of the Goddess. Don't you dare. You are completely forbidden. No, don't click the sales links at the bottom. Bad things will happen.

If you are short on time, looking for a quick read, and are interested in a love story, Daughter of the Goddess just might be what you are looking for.

99 cents: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

The Heart.

The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.

The Soul.

Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

The Nightmare.

An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.

100 Books Sold this Month!

I'm celebrating with a cupcake. Mine is vanilla with chocolate frosting and sprinkles.

Here you can have a cupcake too. Yours is chocolate with chocolate chips and buttercream frosting.

And I'm putting the eBook for Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal on sale for 99 cents! You can get your eBook copy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble!

Happy Reading!

" imaginative landscape of mostly suburban young people whose PG-rated goals of nabbing that first kiss or talking to that cute boy go supernaturally awry..."

Kirkus Review

Musical Theater Class

Musical Theater class last night, we played the dating game for one of our improv assignments. (Yeah, I’m learning how to be an actor since writing hasn’t been enough to let out all those voices in my head.) We each picked a personality and acted it out, and the girl who was picking her “date” had to guess what our personality was.

So she asked me, “What do you like to do for fun?”

“I like to play golf because I like to hit the ball and it goes up, up, up, and then it comes down and goes into a little cup in the ground and but golf isn’t fast enough so I also like dancing because I can move so fast and the music is fast and everyone around me is moving fast and I like to go shopping and spend lots and lots of money and I buy shoes and clothes and books and I like to drink coffee, coffee, coffee, since coffee is my favorite and I drink coffee all day long and I like my coffee with cream and sugar—the more sugar the better—but I can drink it black too. Do you have any coffee?”

But then someone started laughing, which caused me to start laughing and messed up my speech. My instructor said, “Don’t stop. You’re doing good.” But it was too late. I’d lost my rhythm.

Can you guess what my personality was?

New Release: Daughter of the Goddess

Romantic retelling of the Greek myth of Eros and Psyche, set in a new fantastical world.
99 cent eBook: Amazon | B&N

The Heart.

The God of Love seeks a bride who is pure in heart and full of life—full of soul. Instead of a woman, he finds a child with laughter in her heart. Waiting for her to grow up, he befriends her, pretending to be nothing more than a blue-eyed boy with wild, tangled hair.

The Soul.

Left on the temple doorstep, a young girl turns the lives of the priestesses upside down . . . until one summer day before her eighteenth birthday, a traveling oracle tells her she is to marry a stranger in a foreign land.

The Nightmare.

An ancient demon—half-man, half-snake—wants to destroy anything the gods love. When she was a child, he haunted her dreams, but now he stalks her across the countryside. If he catches her, he’ll devour her.

Truth or Dare

Truth: Favorite Genre?YA or adult?

Dare: I dare you to read a book outside your comfort zone.

My Truth

Fantasy used to be my favorite, but now I love Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. Adult or YA, doesn't matter. However, over the past few years, I've been reading less and less YA and more adult books. Maybe the romance is more satisfying because it actually goes somewhere. Maybe the graphic content and dark, gritty elements appeal to me. Mostly though, I like the characters and the complex plots.

As I've looked over my reads from last and so far this year, I'm wondering about trying my hand at writing some adult stories . . . once I finish what I've already committed to.

My Dare

Books I've read that were outside my comfort zone:

Horror has never been something that interested me and likely never will. I was / am prone to nightmares, and with my vivid imagination, scary books and me just don't mix.

But this book didn't scare me, and I really loved the perspectives from the mom, dad, and child in this book.

And even though I handled this story, I still have no intention of reading this book again or any more like it.

Darkfever and the other books in the Fever series (by Karen Marie Moning) shocked my senses . . . and made me blush. But wow, what a great book.

I'll be checking out more of her books.

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Truth or Dare is a weekly meme hosted by Rita's World. I have found that many of my favorite blog posts by book bloggers I love were the ones that shared more about themselves. Book bloggers are so busy sharing about books that we get little time to know the heart behind the internet. Truth or Dare is an opportunity to pause from our weekly posts and get to know each other.

Want to participate? Copy and paste my Truth or Dare challenge into your own post. Be sure to post a link to your post in the comments here...

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Blurb from Goodreads: Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.

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We just got this book from the library! A year of waiting and anticipation, and of course, my husband gets to read it first.

He claims that I tell him all the juicy tidbits if I read it first. Totally not my fault that I have an eidetic memory and can still see the words on the page as I try to sum it up. Totally not my fault that I am not any good at summing up.

Totally not my fault that I gave away most of the plot line of the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. When I started talking about the book, I didn't realize I would be asking him to read it.

Anyway, I've been very excited about this next book. I haven't read any reviews yet, but I loved the first two books in this series. When I'm done reading the hardback, I'll likely get the book again as an audiobook.

Have you read this book / series yet? Are you a Holly Black fan? Do you like alternate history books?