Tuesday, November 29, 2011

NaNo 2011 Days 28-29



50015 / 50000
(100.03%)

Winner! Cue "We Are the Champions." ;)

I passed the 50k mark just after midnight, so now I will very quietly do my victory dance.

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I also finished the first draft when I crossed the finish line. No, I'm not giving you the last line, though if you've read Blood, Smoke and Mirrors you probably have an idea that Michael and Emily end up together. For a very looooong time.

Conveniently, the first round of edits for last year's NaNo, Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered arrived in my inbox today. So I'll have something to keep me busy for a bit. ;)

And now, I bring you the final favorite Emily Quote of the Day:

We stepped into a room filled with tall, broad cabinets. Dr. Bennett crossed to one and unlocked it, revealing a variety of weapons within.

“May I have a pistol?” I asked, and received a chorus of “no”s in reply. “Why not?”

“Because you have no training with firearms, or weapons of any sort,” Simon replied.

Michael chose a more diplomatic answer. “You are just as likely to hurt yourself, or one of us, without proper training.”

“Then may I receive proper training after we rescue [spoiler!]?” I asked.

“Yes,” Michael replied, much to my shock. I had been expecting another automatic no.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

NaNo 2011 Days 22-27



44323 / 50000
(88.65%)

You guys, I can't tell you how amazing it is that I've managed to make this word count. A drama bomb went off in my personal life, something enormously painful that I'm struggling to deal with. (Those of you who know me IRL are aware of this, and I'm grateful for all your support.) I didn't write for several days, but in addition to the help of my friends and family, my writing has been a lifesaver, and it's keeping me sane in this epically sucktastic time.

I'm hoping to cross the finish line today or tomorrow. Emily's story has continued to be awesome in many ways, and there are so many quotes I'd like to share with you. So here is my favorite Emily Quote of the Day:

Can you tell us what you most often use your abilities for?”

My cheeks heated with a blush, and I cleared my throat. “I use my abilities every day. I’m not certain what you are asking.”

“You mentioned aiding in solving a murder years ago. Have there been no other crimes that you could have assisted in solving since then?”

“I am sure other murders happened in England, but I was not present for them,” I replied.

Monday, November 21, 2011

NaNo 2011 Days 14-21



32692 / 50000
(65.38%)

So...yeah. I'm behind. But not far behind, and I'm filled with determination to not give up. I may not win this year, but hey, that word count ain't shabby. And as any sports fan knows, it's not over til it's over, so I plan to keep chugging along.

And now, my favorite Emily Excerpt for the Day (it's too long for a quote, but it's adorable):
Aside from the mandatory extra helpings of guilt, I did feel better after eating, and I was even brave enough to venture into the library. Though not quite brave enough to do so on my own, but Robert solved that problem for me by gluing himself to my skirts and then screaming bloody murder when I tried to remove him. One day we would cure his over-attachment to me. Today was not that day. I picked him up, noting that my healing arm did feel much stronger now, and marched into battle.

The library was silent when I entered, but my seer’s senses picked up on the tension in the air as though it had a pungent odor. Simon and Michael were working at opposite sides of the room, but when he spotted me Simon crossed to my side, looming over me like a spindly gargoyle.

“Why is the baby here?” he asked.

With a sigh I handed Robert to Simon, sure that my son would instantly burst into wails and prove my point more solidly than any other explanation would. Much to my shock, Robert stared up at Simon with placid interest, and then slowly reached for a lock of the chronicler’s hair, as though fascinated by the color.

“That’s amazing,” I whispered, afraid that my voice would break whatever spell Simon had cast over him.

“What is?” Simon asked.

“He isn’t screaming. He always screams when someone else holds him. How are you doing that?”

“I am not doing anything.” Simon rescued his hair before Robert was able to discover if red hair had a flavor, and I smirked as the baby squealed in protest.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

NaNo 2011 Days 8-13

So every November during NaNoWriMo I without fail experience a mandatory NaNo plague. This slowed down my word count, but I'm feeling better now and I'm still on track.



21679 / 50000
(43.36%)


I also had a much more entertaining distraction in that I have officially signed a contract with Mr. Sam Hain for my last year's NaNo, Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered. It will be out in spring. :) Soon I will have edits, and I'm very excited.

But for now, I bring you my favorite Emily Quote of the Day:

“Where did you hear of this?” Simon asked.

For a moment I considered lying, or at least misleading, but then I decided the truth would be worth watching his reaction to it. “I spoke with Lady Brigid, of the necromancer council.”

Priceless. I’d never seen Simon so instantly animated.

Monday, November 7, 2011

NaNo 2011 Day 7

I started feeling off last night, which developed into an icky sore throat cold. I've had a lot of hot tea today (which I hate, by the way), and countless cough drops, and I'm hoping the worst is over.

But there is good news: The new, shiny contract for Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered, a sequel to Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, has been signed, sealed, and delivered. So the further adventures of Catherine Duquesne will be available in ebook in 2012, and in print in 2013. Unless the zombie apocalypse happens in 2012, but then we'll have a completely different set of problems...

Anyway, I managed to write a very small amount today thanks to the plague. Luckily I was ahead from yesterday, so my word count stands at:



12299 / 50000
(24.6%)

And now, my favorite Emily Quote of the Day (and bonus English major points to anyone who gets the reference):

No, I would soldier on like a proper English wife, and do whatever my husband asked of me, while I slowly withered away like a dying flower, and Michael persisted as he was, forever frozen in time. I pondered composing a poem about my dilemma; an elegy for my soul mate, who is undead.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

NaNo 2011 Day 6

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I'm not gonna lie, I have based characters on people I know. Like Mac, who is based on my awesome friend Scott.

I'm pausing to post my current word count while watching "Once Upon a Time." This show is pretty awesome, I'm really enjoying it. Of course after this I'll be watching "The Walking Dead," ensuring a fresh round of zombie nightmares for this week. Clearly I am a glutton for insomnia.



10448 / 50000
(20.9%)


Right on track. Hopefully I'll be a little ahead after I scare myself senseless watching zombies. (Seriously people, this show is bad for my health, but it's so damn good I can't help myself.)

And now for the Emily Quote of the Day (I was so mean to her today, you have no idea):
The majority of my problems with Simon revolved around his plans for Michael, and not with his preferred source of food. Blood might be essential to his existence, but said existence revolved around study, not feeding.

As such, I was not at all prepared for the experience of a necromancer gathering.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

NaNo 2011 Days 3-5

First, some inspiration! Or at least entertainment. Or a song that'll get stuck in your head...
Mmm, David Tennant...what was I saying? Oh. Right. NaNoWriMo.

So I was ahead, then I was behind thanks to the Saints Row: The Third release party last night. My husband, better known as the hippy, is a writer for the game (along with our buddy Steve, the head writer, who is one of my favorite people and was a groomsman at our wedding). So thus I got to attend the release party, which was awesome and a lot of fun, but kept me from writing yesterday.

After attending the write-in earlier today, my word count now stands at:



8730 / 50000
(17.46%)


Not bad. I'm just about right on track, and I'm going to write a bit more yet tonight. Which brings me to my favorite Emily Quote of the Day:

Jo sighed, wringing her hands. “What would your husband say?”
“Well if he was here, we could ask him. Note that he is not, and at the moment I do not care what he would say. If he was truly concerned about our welfare, he wouldn’t have become a chronicler.”
“You’re being unfair, Emily. It is a great honor to serve the Order as—”
“Spare me another lecture on how it is more important to be a chronicler than it is to be a husband and a father. I have heard it enough,” I exclaimed. The shrill note in my voice sent the baby into a chorus of shrieks, and I winced. Apparently he had heard it enough as well.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NaNo 2011 Day 2

Pausing for a NaNoWriMo update. Today I started Chapter 2. With a dream sequence! Rather like Chapter 2 of The Importance of Being Emily. But Emily wouldn't be Emily without a dramatic dream or three.



5187 / 50000
(10.37%)

Which brings us to my favorite Emily Quote of the Day:

Folding my hands in my lap, I squared my shoulders and related the details of the dream. Miss Dubois listened with rapt attention, reminding me a bit of my little ones listening to a story. Young librarians take story time quite seriously.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NaNo 2011 Day 1

I'm still writing, trying to finish Chapter 1, but I wanted to pause for a first day NaNo recap. I started writing at midnight, because I'm usually up at midnight anyway so it made sense. It's put me pretty far ahead. :)



3625 / 50000
(7.25%)

So not bad. Allow me to share my favorite Emily quote of the day:
We stepped into a small circle of light being cast by two men holding lanterns, likely also necromancers by the severity of their frowns, and as we approached a woman in a light pink gown I became sharply aware of two things. First, that poor Dr. Bennett was madly in love with Miss Justine Dubois, and second, that she was completely oblivious to how he felt.

Well. I would just have to do something about that, wouldn’t I?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy NaNoween!

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I don't have any big Halloween plans. Basement Cat and I will be hanging out tonight, watching the Ghost Hunters live event on SyFy (okay, I may be a little excited about that, because I LOVE the TAPS crew). I do, however, have National Novel Writing Month plans starting at midnight. This will be my sixth NaNo (I know!). As you may already know, Blood, Smoke and Mirrors was my first NaNo. I should have good news to share soon about last year's NaNo, Bewitched, Blooded and Bewildered, or more popularly known as the second Cat book.

This year, I'm working on a sequel to The Importance of Being Emily, titled Poison in the Blood. This is my terrible blurb for it, but I'm not going to worry about it's awfulness, because it's NaNo and that's how we roll during November:
“Would talk about the haunted glen, the wicked quaint fruit-merchant men, their fruits like honey to the throat, but poison in the blood.” --“Goblin Market,” by Christina Rossetti

Mrs. Emily Black is mourning the loss of her husband and soul mate—to the Order of St. Jerome, who has just added him to the ranks of their immortal chroniclers. While Michael adjusts to his new blood-thirsty condition, Emily and their children are sent away to London for their own safety. But wherever Emily goes, trouble is not far behind.

Young ladies have been vanishing from their homes, only to be discovered days later completely drained of their blood, and magician society is in an uproar. Though the necromancers claim to be innocent, the murders continue, and tensions rise as whispers of war between the factions increase.

When an old acquaintance invites Emily to add her seer’s powers to the investigation, she joins forces with guardian Justine Dubois. The ancient and powerful magicians of London frown on the women’s involvement, but together they will face unimaginable dangers as they hunt the killer stalking the night.
So, anybody else doing NaNo?

Oh, that reminds me, I have a minor aside rant: Some authors are NaNo haters. I'm not sure why they drank the haterade on this subject, but the consensus seems to be that they think that to be a real writer one must write year round. Which is true. I write and/or edit just about every day, unless I'm taking a break between projects to clear my brain. I do encourage people who are serious about writing to write all the time.

But that's not the purpose of NaNo. NaNoWriMo is a shared insanity event, where people around the world experience the "joy" of writing a novel, all at the same time. It's a community thing. I love meeting other people during NaNo, because it's a chance to meet people who want to give writing a shot but who aren't quite sure they can do it. They're not ready to take the next step of seeking out organizations like RWA or a critique group--yet. I wasn't at that point when I did my first NaNo. But because I did NaNo that first time, I realized I really could do this. I could be a writer. As Obi-Wan Kenobi might say, it was my first step into a much larger world. And that is why I love NaNoWriMo.

Monday, June 6, 2011

So Much Conference, So Little Time

You guys, you don't even know.

So this weekend BFF Diana and I ventured forth to the strange, mysterious land of Cincinnati to attend the 2011 Lori Foster Reader and Author Get Together. I've never been to Cincinnati before, and most of my travel is around Illinois, so I was understandably disturbed by the trees.

I mean just look at them. All green and menacing. And the hills! What is up with that? Life in central Illinois has taught me that the earth is clearly flat, and covered with corn and/or soybeans, so all this rolling green nonsense was just disturbing. My poor minivan near had a seizure.

And in other news, judging by the insane highway construction going on around Indianapolis, I'm assuming that the zombie apocalypse happened there and the government covered it up, because damn, it is messed up. It was like someone decided to do road planning using the Super Nintendo version of Sim City. I swore. A lot.

But we made it to Cincinnati in a safe and timely manner, managing to avoid the temptation of the three Waffle Houses we passed on the way, and arrived in time for hotel check in. It was a very nice hotel, and fairly hugenormous. Which was good, because there were a lot of people attending the conference. Seriously. A lot. I heard something like 400ish people, which is much larger than the Spring Fling I'm used to. I was not prepared.


This was the line for conference registration. Just the A-L people. I was flashing back to Disney World and the lines for Splash Mountain. (There's an "everybody wants to ride" joke in there somewhere.) I have to give major props to the conference volunteers, because they worked their butts off and did an awesome job. Everything I saw went smoothly, and the attendees had a great time, myself included.

Let me go off on a tangent for a moment about how the intarwebs can screw with your brain, especially if you're tired: I follow 295 people on Twitter, without lists. It's a strange mashup of authors, bloggers, reviewers, geeks, nerds, actors, TV shows and so on and so forth. I also have many authors friended on Facebook, and I read several writing-related email lists, blogs, and forums. This seriously messed with my head at the conference, because I saw so many people that I recognized their name but had no idea where I knew them from. Samhain author? RWA member? Romance Diva? American Idol? No idea. It was killing me. (Though I had no problem recognizing the agent who provided me with my first rejection.) I tried to meet as many Samhain authors and Romance Divas as I could find, but I could barely find anyone, because it was an endless sea of people. So if I saw you and didn't recognize you, I apologize. I met a ton of people and they were pretty much all very cool and awesome, and I probably won't remember half of their names, because my brain was overloaded.

Moving on! So after registration we received our tote bags with epic amounts of promo items, and then Diana and I chilled for a bit. We met up with our friend Chandra Ryan (who is a member of our critique group, a fellow Samhain author and Embrace the Shadows blogger, and a snazzy dresser). And then I got to meet Anni, who is a reader I've been tweeting with for a while now. She loved Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, so thus I love her. ;) Now I love her even more, because she brought me a gift bag with a lovely note saying how much she enjoyed my book, and homemade baked goods. Specifically cake balls (and if you've not heard of this delicious treat, here is an example from the Pioneer Woman). It made my weekend. :)

There was dinner, and then Diana and I went to the bar for a bit and I had almost too much to drink. I hadn't eaten enough that day so it hit me harder than expected, so we didn't get to stay up late and hang out. That's probably for the best, because breakfast was early the next morning. And then we went to the Keri Stevens workshop on QR codes. I had no idea what a QR code was before, but now I'm very interested and will be trying some out in the future. It was very cool. (Don't ask me to explain it though, because I'll end up babbling something about a thingie that links to the intarwebs, and there's an app for that.)

After that we went to a workshop with Leanna Renee Hieber about creating different, out-of-the-box characters. First, I must say that I loved her outfit. It was gorgeous. Diana has a pic of it somewhere, which I demanded that she take so we could show to our friend Rebecca, who will also love it. Her talk was very compelling, and I want to learn more about her books. (Diana bought one and had it signed, and she later started reading it and couldn't put it down.)

Speaking of the signing... I'd been terrified of it for weeks. Constant nightmares. I had legitimate fear that no one was going to buy my books, and I'd be sitting there alone, looking sad and forlorn. Luckily I was sitting between Sidney Ayers and Leah Braemel, who were friendly and chatted with me. Leah is also a Samhain author, and I bought the first book in her series on my Nook while we were talking. (Apparently they don't have Nooks in Canada, and she'd never seen one before.) I signed more than one copy of Blood, Smoke and Mirrors, so my worst fears were not realized. Overall it was a good experience, and I'm willing to try it again some day...just not anytime soon.

There were a boatload of Samhain authors at the conference, and a group of us were able to tour the new Samhain office (so gorgeous!) and have dinner there. And we got Samhain loot, including the fleecey blanket that I've been desirous of since I first saw pics of one on Twitter. It was pretty much made of win. I also rode in the Samhainmobile, and listened to Samhain authors who will remain nameless singing along to hits of the 80s. (But there would totally be a video of it on Twitter if my phone battery hadn't died, dang it.)

We came back and hung out, and by the end of the day everyone was too exhausted to move. Thus I did not get to spend more time in the bar, and went to bed instead. We left early the next morning, and the drive back was fine until we hit the Illinois state line, at which point the skies opened up and threw lightning and sideways rain at us all the rest of the way home. One day Diana and I will have a road trip that doesn't try to kill us with rain.

The weekend is all kind of a blur now. So many people. Seriously. I'm beginning to wonder how anyone survives RT or RWA National. It was fun, and I'd like to attend again. Good stuff.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Huzzah for the New Release!

The Importance of Being Emily is out now! And she's doing rather well. I'm trying not to obsessively check the Samhain store best seller list, but she was on it for a bit. I did break my "Thou Shalt Not Read Reviews/Ratings on GoodReads" commandment and was promptly crushed, so I will not be doing that again. It's a commandment for a reason. Emily did get her first official review from Long and Short Romance Reviews, and it was great. :)

In other news, Blood, Smoke and Mirrors is a finalist in the Light Paranormal/Urban Fantasy category of the 14th Annual Prism Contest for Published Authors. It's pretty cool. And fellow Samhain author Sheryl Nantus is a finalist in the Futuristic category for Blaze of Glory, which I loved and is awesome.

Next week BFF Diana and I will be attending the Lori Foster Reader & Author Get Together. I'll be signing copies of Blood, Smoke and Mirrors at their ginormous book signing. It'll be my first book signing, and I'm very nervous. I have a serious fear that no one will want my book and I'll just be sitting there, reading Twitter on my phone... But it is open to the public, so if you or anyone you know lives in the Cincinnatti area and has some free time on Saturday June 4th, feel free to stop by and say hi. ;)

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Big Bad Crazy Mad iPad Contest! w00t!

May is filled with lots of awesome book releases. To celebrate, Vivian Arend and Team Moira Rogers are hosting the Big Bad Crazy Mad iPad contest. And the prizes are fabulous. You totally want to enter for a chance to win this goodness, people. I donated to the loot for week 2, including a signed copy of Blood, Smoke and Mirrors and an e-book of The Importance of Being Emily. (Notice how my book is gently snuggled between Dawn McClure and Keith Melton in the photo, aww yeah.) ;)

So go enter already!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Intarweb Tuesday: Giant Piano Win



So awesome.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Intarweb Tuesday: So Much Cute



Dolphin: "O hai! Friends nao?"
Kitteh: "Hmm. My food is problematic."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Updates. I has them.

As you may have noticed, I didn't do so well at the epic TBR quest. :( I did, however, manage to read The Zero Dog War by Keith Melton, and I am SO JEALOUS of how awesome it is. If you love urban fantasy and enjoy things that are awesome, you must read this book. Right now. Do not pass GO, do not collect $200, go directly to your favorite ebook store and buy it.

I will continue to attempt to whittle down my TBR pile, and I'll update you as it goes. But for now, I have other distractions. For example:

Next month will be Emily Month here at the blog, because The Importance of Being Emily releases on May 24. I'll be posting excerpts here leading up to the release date, and also participating in some contest goodness with other Samhain authors who have fabulous books releasing in May too. A good time will be had by all. ;)

If you've been going into Robyn blog withdrawal, remember that every Wednesday I'm over at Embrace the Shadows talking about all things writing and paranormal romance. I've been saving my epic blog on what I thought about Dragon Age II just for here, and I should post that some time this week. Because I have opinions on it, and they are epic. Or at least cranky.

In other news, yes, I will be attending the 2011 Lori Foster Reader and Author Get Together in June, along with several other fabulous Samhain authors, including the awesome Chandra Ryan. (So you can all pester her questions about the upcoming sequel to Dragonborne.)(I know I will, I may demand an ARC.) I'll be singing, dancing, drinking, and signing copies of Blood, Smoke and Mirrors. You know you want to be there.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Blood, Smoke and Mirrors Virtual Book Tour


Tomorrow, March 1st, Blood, Smoke and Mirrors is officially available in print. (Though if you ordered it from Amazon, you probably already received your copy, like my Mom, who texted me a photo of it.) Anyway, tomorrow also begins the virtual book tour. And there was much rejoicing. I'll be at a different blog every day, talking about various things from my favorite food to revenge against my freshman English teacher. Good times. And if you stop by and leave a comment you're entered for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

TBR Quest: Week 6, In Which our Heroine has the Brain Worms

More or less. Last week with fraught with migraines. And snow. Lots and lots of snow. (The two were not related.) (Except for my adventure moving my car while experiencing a migraine.)

No, I did not finish the Deanna Raybourn book, due to the migraines. Really all I can do when I'm having a migraine is be in the dark with a pillow over my head and listen to the TV turned down low. This meant that no writing occurred either, so last week was altogether unproductive, with the exception of baking a batch of cookies for work.

Thus the TBR quest continues. (Are you getting an idea yet of why the TBR bookcase is so full? Yeah.)

In other news, if you haven't voted for the February Cover Clash at EtS, please take a minute to stop by and vote for your favorite cover of the month. They are shiny. ;)

In other other news, yes, I will be appearing at the Lori Foster Reader & Author Get Together in June. (Sweet!) I'm very excited about this. BFF Diana will be attending with me.

And one more thing, I am now in the NaNoWriMo published authors list. Go me!

Anyone else have any cool updates? Or hellish experiences with snow and/or migraines that you'd like to share?

Monday, January 31, 2011

TBR Quest: Week 5, Progress!

Yes, I am reading a book. No, it's not the book I said I'd read. Instead, it is Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn. I had such success with The Dead Travel Fast, I figured I'd try another book by her. It's very good so far. I need to sit down and focus on it, but this weekend became promopalooza as I try to set things up for the print release of Blood, Smoke and Mirrors. (It's out March 1st!)

This weekend was also covertastic, as I was able to review the drafts of Emily's cover. You guys...well, you'll see when I'm able to share it. So good! I'm seriously naming my firstborn after Kanaxa.

Monday, January 24, 2011

TBR Quest: Week 4, yeah...

As you may have noticed, like many people, I am having a difficult time getting my New Year's resolution off the ground. I thought it was simple enough. I mean, I love reading. It's not like I'm trying to lose weight or quit smoking. I have books that need to be read. It's not rocket science.

But I'm stalled at one book read. I'm not going to give up. I will read those books. I just need a new strategy, and this is a good time to try one. I recently submitted my fantasy novel to my editor (fingers crossed, people), and I'm between projects at the moment. Of course my muse, who has the attention span of "ooh, shiny!" immediately became distracted by a manuscript I've been picking at for awhile. (No, it's not the second Cat book. That's in a state where I hate everything and it's endingless.) All I need to do is rein my muse in and read.

Piece of cake, right?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Intarweb Thursday: Talk British to My Kids



I love Law & Order. I've been watching Law & Order UK on On Demand, and I love it. I'm still pissed at NBC for canceling old school L&O, because I hate the new one. But anyway, thank you to Diana for sending me this video. :)

Monday, January 17, 2011

TBR Quest: Week 3, made of fail!

So Robyn, you say, what excuse do you have for not reading your book for last week? Several! Namely, I have edits for Emily. I've also seen the blurb (OMG! so good!) and filled out the cover art sheet. I did work! Honest!

In other news, I've also been polishing up my shiny fantasy romance to send to my editor, and the dreaded synopsis monster is dragging me down. We hates the synopsis. Forever. But I love this story. Let's hope that my editor loves it too once I get it out the door...

As far as the TBR quest, my goal continues to be to finish reading Princess of the Sword. If I can do that and get my edits and my submission done, I may reward myself by reading another book. We'll see what happens.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Intarweb Thursday: Your Princess is in Another Castle



It makes perfect sense now... And hey, you know I'm totally with them, because I love villains. ;)

Monday, January 10, 2011

TBR Quest: Week 2

I accomplished reading The Dead Travel Fast. Yay! My review is over yonder at Goodreads, but in summary, I really enjoyed it. Very atmospheric.

For my next book I'll be continuing to cheat by reading a book I've already started, namely Princess of the Sword by Lynn Kurland. It's the third book in the trilogy, which I have enjoyed (I am so in love with the hero, you have no idea).

In other news...actually there is no other news at the moment. Off I go to do my homework!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Intarweb Tuesday: Now on Thursdays!

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I figured, if I'm going to be conquering the TBR bookcase on Mondays, then I should move my Intarweb day to Thursday. Isn't he cute? Not as cute as my Basement Cat, who is fluffier, but still.

Anyway, don't let me forget to post about my Christmas paranormal experience sometime soon. Everything I need to know about debunking I learned from the Ghost Hunters.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Read In the New Year

It's that time again. ("Time to blow bubbles with our spit?") No, it's the obligatory New Year's resolution post. You're thrilled, I can tell.

But wait!

This is not a "this will be the year I lose 50 pounds" post. No! (Because honestly, we all know that's not going to happen.) Instead, this is the year I finally do something about my massive To Be Read pile. And lo, it is massive. You've probably heard me mention it before. I may have commented on the fact that it is not a pile but in fact a bookcase. Or that there are books on it that have been there from before I was married.

Behold! The To Be Read Bookcase!


Yes, there is a samurai sword with a phone charger draped over it next to the bookcase. No, I'm not sure why that is. (We <3 swords.)

So, as you can see, there's a variety of stuff crammed into those shelves. Most of it's romance--paranormal romance, fantasy romance, romantic suspense, even some contemporary. There's also some urban fantasy, I think some sci-fi somewhere, and epic fantasy. There's also a book my mother gave me called "I Can Make You Sleep!". It is not by Charles Dickens, nor is it about Ambien, so I am dubious about its effectiveness.

And, as you can also see, those books are double shelved. It's a lot of books. A whole lot. So much that I've started piling new books on the kitchen table because I can't fit them in the bookcase.

Thus my 2011 TBR Quest is born: I will read at least one book a week. Every Monday, I will post that book here, and I'll keep you all updated on my progress. Reviews will be posted over at Goodreads, so if you're not my friend there yet, go friend me now. ;)

To start off in an easy, slightly cheaty way, I'll be finishing off a book I've been reading for a while: The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn.

So Robyn, you ask, what's your motivation for sticking to this quest? Well, I'm glad you asked. I will not buy a new print book until I clear off one of those shelves. That's madness, you say! It would be, but note I said print book. Ebooks are fair game, as my Nook doesn't take up room. And you know I love print books. eHarlequin knows I love print books, because they send me emails with discounts to lure me to their site, and then convince me to buy more to qualify for free shipping...

Anyway, the TBR bookshelf got out of control because I don't read when I'm writing. And there's no good reason for that. I know I can do both, and I'm missing out on fabulous books by not reading on a regular basis. So now it's on like Donkey Kong!