Monday, 30 June 2008
Sunday, 29 June 2008
In the town of Morganville, vampires and humans live in relative peace. Student Claire Danvers has never been convinced, though—especially with the arrival of Mr. Bishop, an ancient, old-school vampire who cares nothing about harmony. What he wants from the town’s living and its dead is unthinkably sinister. It’s only at a formal ball, attended by vampires and their human dates, that Claire realizes the elaborately evil trap he’s set for Morganville.
Man, I just finished reading this about ten minutes ago and just had to type up a post for it. I LOVE this series, have I mentioned that before? I think I may have. ;) This book was as fantastic as the other ones, btw. :)
Anyway, Rachel Caine totally rocks and just gets us more and more involved into the very complicated place that is, Morganville. If you thought Claire, Shane, Michael and Eve had gone through a lot of stuff in the first three books, then you're not going to believe what happens in this one. It's set things up for the next book, and I can't wait. Speaking of which, Rachel Caine posted the cover on her website the other day. You can check it out here. It's lovely.
If you haven't started reading this series yet, you seriously should consider it. You won't be disappointed...
Monday, 23 June 2008
Sunday, 22 June 2008
A breakout novel is one that rises out of its category--such as literary fiction, mystery, romance, or thriller--and hits the bestseller lists. Maass explains the elements that all breakout novels share and shows readers how to use these elements to write a novel that has a good chance of succeeding in a crowded marketplace. They'll learn to:
* create a powerful and sweeping sense of time and place
* develop larger-than-life characters
* sustain a high degree of narrative tension from start to finish
* weave sub-plots into the main action
* explore universal themes that will interest a large audience of readers
Then, using several of his clients' experiences--including best-selling novelist Anne Perry--as case studies, Maass provides real-life, insider examples to show how this type of novel can generate agent and publisher interest, creating or enhancing a novelist's career.
Have any of you guys read this? What did you think?
When she was sixteen, Joanna Archer was brutally assaulted and left to die in the Nevada desert.
By rights, she should be dead.
Now a photographer by day, she prowls a different Las Vegas after sunset – a grim, secret Sin City where Light battles Shadow – seeking answers to whom or what she really is ... and revenge for the horrors she was forced to endure.
But the nightmare is just beginning – for the demons are hunting Joanna, and the powerful Shadows want her for their own...
This is the first in The Signs of the Zodiac Series. Once again, I read this about a week ago and absolutely LOVED it. Wow. I got totally caught up in this story and couldn't wait to see how everything would unfold. Honestly, things got so bad for Joanne so many times, that I just didn't know how the hell she was going to survive this book.
The concept is intriguing. A mix of the superhero mythos with the paranormal, and a good dose of horror. Man, this story is fantastic, and even heartbreaking in many sections. Also, the biggest change that happens to Joanne (sorry, I can't tell you what it is!) is something that I've never, ever seen done to a novel character before. And once it happened, I couldn't wait to see how it would come across.
Well, it came across awesome. I've got the other two books already, so I can't wait to read them. Man, Vicki's on my auto-buy list now. :) Honestly, regardless of what genre you usually read, this book is worth reading. I loved it.
Investigating a noise in the attic of her historic home, Maggie Holliday encounters a handsome man in a Civil War uniform. He calls her "Isabel," seduces her in ways the shy academic had never dreamed of…then literally vanishes.
With every fleeting visit, Maggie's mysterious lover—Ethan—takes her closer to the edge of ecstasy and madness. Is he really a ghost? Far from chilling her, his touch is incendiary—it all feels so real and so very, very good. And so very familiar…
Ethan insists Maggie's the reincarnation of his long-lost love. And after a few incredible nights in his arms, Maggie is inclined to believe him. But does she dare surrender to a passion that transcends time, tragedy…and even death?
Wednesday, 4 June 2008
The hubby and I got through the first season of DEXTER this morning. What can I say? It really got under our skin. We just had to know how it would all turn out. And those theories we had at the beginning, nothing. They weren't even close. Still, as it moved along, we guessed who the bad guy was.
Yep, I'm a fan. :)
Tuesday, 3 June 2008