Tuesday, January 31, 2012

AJ Nuest's Jezbel's Wish

Jezebel's Wish by A.J. Nuest

my review copy given to me by the author. (Thanks, AJ! :))

In AJ Nuest’s debut novel  Jezebel's Wish, she tells the story or Jezebel a who comes home to Wisconsin to try and heal from the scars left behind in Chicago, scars caused by the accidental death of her fiancé. She has a hard enough time trying to fit into her mother’s life, let alone acclimate herself to the horse ranch her mother’s purchased since her last visit home, Redemption Ranch. She’s also acquired a love for a very noisy, somewhat ornery, heart-stoppingly handsome horse by the name of The Reverend, who at first, drives Jezzy up the wall with his penchant for noisy morning calisthenics.

Add to that, the arrival of sexy veterinarian Matthias (Matty) Saunders who drives Jezzy crazy with his boyish charm, and penchant for answering her questions with a question, and Jezzy wonders why she ever came home to begin with.

On the other hand, Matthias sure is irresistible and he can’t seem to stop thinking of Jezzy either.

However, Jezzy just can’t seem to let go of the horrific accident, nor her guilt over the thought that her wish to be rid of her fiancé might have caused it. Can Matty find a way to convince her she’s wrong, and that indeed she can survive to find love again, with him? You’ll have to read to find out.

Part romance, part Women’s fiction, AJ Nuest’s fabulous, heart wrenching story, Jezebel’s Wish should please fans of both. I do warn you, though, keep the tissues handy. You’ll need them!

If you'd like to try it out it's available at Amazon.


Monday, January 30, 2012

Q and A with author Calisa Rhose

On my other blog, today, I'm interviewing friend and debut author Calisa Rhose.

We're talking about her new book from The Wild Rose Press HOME. If you'd like to stop by, you can see the interview here.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: Telling Details

So y'all know I got a Kindle for Christmas and have been having mixed feelings about it. One of the things I like is all the neat stuff I've stumbled on for the thing. One book I finished this week was, and this is for the writers more than the readers. Yes, yes, I know. I don't usually review the non-fiction stuff I read, but I'm making some exceptions this year.

I picked up a copy of Telling Details by Kat Duncan.

The book is primarily written for aspiring writers, with advice on how to make the story compelling to readers and the all-important editor. Advice includes things like, using sensual detail, ways to simplify instead of complicating your manuscript, and including certain details that anchor the reader into your book and how much , really, to use. Some is like sensual details (touch, hearing, sigh) and such like that. Things most of us use every day--erm (apologies to hearing and sight-impaired readers.

There’s a lot of “workshop” wisdom here, much of which is, in this reader/writer/reader’s point of view some useful, some, well, I don't know. The useful bits I found were her suggestions on action sequences and how to deal with them effectively, to slow down the scene so to speak, without slowing it down. I also found her take on mannerisms, and telling vs. showing quite interesting. Also, the section on eye expressions and locations.

While I find some of her suggestions worth trying, some... I don't know. For instance she mentions my friend Marilyn's workshop 11 senses, which, um go beyond the five, into an esoteric realm--which isn't bad, it just depends on how literal you want to be, I suppose.

She also cautions the writer not to use “ten cent words”. She offered an example that included the words Kinetic and cordovon and alfresco--which, I don't know, I maybe weird, but made the scene seem more alive to me because of those words. (But then, I'm a geek with an English degree)

I must say, of the whole book which I did find some interesting tidbits in, this one bothered me. I’m sorry. I like the idea of stretching my readers’ minds—and, oh, learning something I read. Learning a new word is cool. *tsk* And to move out of the Romance genre, to another... You know, Science Fiction and fantasy are often rife with unfamiliar words, almost all of which add flavor to the books.


Gandalf: Ash nazg durbatulûk, ash nazg gimbatul,

ash nazg thrakatulûk agh burzum-ishi krimpatul.

Translation: 'One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the Darkness bind them.'
Think about it. Somehow it seems way more powerful and sinister when Gandalf speaks the Elvish version doesn’t it? (Or maybe I am just a geek. ;))

So, there are some tidbits one could find useful in the short tome, and I must admit, I did make a few notes that I thought useful for my own work, and if you're curious as to why your favorite writers make something of the editorial and narrative decisions they do, this book might give you a glimpse into their thinking. So I'd give it maybe a 4 out 5 pearls.

If you want to give it a shot, it’s available for Kindle, free at Amazon.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

A writer's take on SOPA

Cross posting, sorry...just want to make sure it gets seen. ;)

I'm sure you can't go anywhere online today without seeing the blacked out sites. Rather than blocking ourselves out, however, shouldn't we be discussing this subject?

As an artist, I have mixed feelings about this. Ya!!! for being down on pirates, but... a lot of sites and artists offer their stuff up for free (ya!! to them for being aware of the fact that not everyone's last name is Rockefeller). See that lil ole sexy security guard I have hanging out on my writing site? here. That came from a Free to Use (for certain terms of use) stock photo and art site called Freedigitalphotos.net. And its terms stated, yep, it could be used, so there he is to look all sexy and hot and catch any bad guys that slip past my guardian dragons. *weg* In fact its tou states: This royalty free image, "Security", can be used in corporate, personal, charitable and educational projects: it may be used in web design, printed media, advertising, book covers and pages, music artwork, software applications and much more. For more information please read our terms of use.

I figure being a selling writer falls me under the corporate thing although technically at the moment, I'm hosting and selling other folks. So either way, I'm good with regards to that babe above.

There's also a FTU section of Dreamstime.com (which is where my gravitar fox came from), and various other FTU sites and artists. Gods bless these sites for having the artists willing to, basically, share their art and photos with the world for things like, websites, book covers for, you know, books that'll end up for sale, and other sundry uses. I've watched the FTU/PTU (pay to use) image use debate for a long time, in the Paint Shop Pro community and I always, always try to find the terms of use on pictures I display for that reason. When in doubt I often don't use it. (Like mama always says, "When in doubt, throw it out!")

(Curious about this subject? You can read about it on sites like Copyright Corner and Bel's Safe Graphics School. The terms for use on art under pay to use art sites like MPT, CILM, AMI, Up Your Art, and the like usually go something like this: buy the tube for a nominal fee, and certain restrictions apply--usually that the art is *not* allowed to be used to make a profit--like for a book cover or a graphic on an author website. So you're paying to use it for personal use only (like making an wallpaper for yourself that you won't share with anyone else--possibly icons but again, I think putting them on an author site violates those tou, so I avoid it).

So, no buying and downloading the pic and putting it on your professional site or a book cover. No taking that cute half-naked guy you spotted on the web and posting his pic for a bit of eye candy. Think you can claim fair use exists? Not hardly. Not the way so many on the net think. (I could tell you a story about that that goes back decades, but I don't have the space).

What bothers me most about this SOPA thing, I think, is that I wonder how they will note those sites that use FTU/Free for Commercial use stock art, legitimately, in their "block out" logs. I'm thinking the artists and website owners who use them will have to prove the TOUs of said pic or poem or what-have-you after the fact. So I'm supporting this, on the one hand for myself and my writer friends who've been struck by book pirates, but for the users who know about and follow TOUs, to the letter? Not so much. I'm a little worried this is going to hurt them too because this SoPA thing might cover all in one big wet blanket and put the burden of proof on us, the users.

We could debate all day what constitutes copyright infringement and what doesn't, so I don't see that there's a middle ground in this debate. On the one hand, I thank the authors and artist who offer up their works FTU, on the other hand, heck, no one wants to be a thief, right? And certainly we don't want the government to make that decision for us. So what do you do? Damned if you do, damned if you don't? But happily, I found a ground of artists who seem to agree. Don't know what I'm talking about? Check out this site: An open letter to Washington from Artists and Creators.

(For the reviewers, I don't think posting book covers as part of reviews falls under this block out thing, not that I've heard, anyway. If I hear anything otherwise I'll share it, or if you hear anything otherwise, I'd be curious to know.)

So for whatever good it'll do, that's my three cents.Whatever side of this debate you're on, I wish you all the freedom make that choice for yourselves. blog BUY JULI'S BOOKS NOW AT AMAZON

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Author Q and A with romance suspense author Rachel Brimble

author Rachel Brimble
Yes, that's right. I'm hosting Romantic Suspense author Rachel Brimble today. You can find our Q and A on my other blog, here. Oh, and did I mention? She's giving away a copy of one of her backlist books to one lucky commenter. So pop on by!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Rosalie Lario

Any lovers of Paranormal Romance here? Rosalie's new work, Heart of the Incubus, has just been released (she blogs about it here), so I say, if you love PNR, and supernatural beings (in this case, an incubus) battling it out and finding love, do go check her new one out, at Entangled Publishing!

Congrats, Rosalie!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year, new goals

So...what are you all up to this year? Aside from the Goals I posted on my other blog, I do have a couple reading related things I'd like to accomplish this year. ready?

I want to...

Finish Jezebel's Wish by AJ Nuest (so good, AJ! :)) and Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell (almost done!).

Though I flopped on the Gothic Reading Challenge (only for lack of time, I assure you), I'd like to try to read a few more titles under that category.

I'd like to read the Game of Thrones series--or at least the first book, and of course *squee* Melanie Rawn's The Diviner is top of the list too. (I like to hope that, now that this one's out, *ducks* the Exiles series end isn't far away--or at least that Kate Elliott, and Jennifer Roberson's contributions to the Golden Key saga aren't far off. *fingers crossed* Although, in other news, I see Ms. Rawn has a new series beginning. Touchstone, book one is called, is due out in February. (*pokes hubby* Guess what I want for my birthday! ;))

If I can I'd like to try to squeeze in some Asimov. I've been eying the Foundation series for awhile.

I also hope I can get back to my self-imposed challenge of reading a few more Virginia Woolf titles (a goal started a few years ago and interrupted by the You Know What thing I don't want to talk about anymore :p).

I've also got quite a few new Kindle pieces I hope to get to. Yes, I'm finally getting used to the stupid thing. :(

All these will be reviewed here, when I can, if I can. but of course, my writing has to come first.

So what are your reading hopes for this year?

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