A Tale of Two Books

A two for one book review! Along with a discussion on what not to do in a paranormal romance.

 

On the update side, working on a new steampunk project and trying to still work out plot issues with VH. It’s always lovely when your villain can’t get his act together to bother the protagonists.

 

Anyway, struggles with writing leads to reading and I ended up with a few new books. I was initially going for Marshall Ryan Maresca’s new book The Holver Alley Gang, but the first bookstore I visited didn’t have it. But I ended up seeing this: God Save The Queen by Kate Locke. A long wait a few days later had me downloading Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews.

 

The last two basically became a study in opposites and are the focus of today’s review.

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NaNoWriMo: Rebellion Year

I have, ridiculously, decided to go for NaNoWriMo again. This year, however, is a rebellion year.

That’s right; I am casting off the traditions and embracing another path! One that hopefully ends with a solid 2nd full draft of my NaNo project from two years ago. I was stalling on the second chapter of the draft, so NaNo writing is picking up from there. Sometimes you just need the little bit of extra motivation.

It’s working to an extent. I finally figured out how to start the chapter 🙂

Anyway, feel free to follow my word count here: http://nanowrimo.org/participants/deeva

Book Review: Celtic Moon by Jan DeLima

So state of things: still working on my novel, but hitting a funk; trying to work on blog posts for the Fable Online; there was a small hiccup in the formatting of Volume II, but it should be on the way soon; oh, and I’m working on a poem for some crazy reason. We’ll see if I end up doing anything with it.

But even with all of that, I needed to take a break and do some reading. Seeing as my job is near the main library (w00t!), I decided to head down there and find something to read.

Now, one of the things I do like doing as a writer is grab things that aren’t necessarily in my precise writing genre but still fit within the larger genre/sub-genre mold I’m going for. Basically, since I write romantic fantasy (or romantasy) in a spec-fic/urban fiction specific way, I like going for romantic fantasy that’s rural or epic. I want to see how others work with the tropes, but don’t want to steal plot ideas, you know?

Reason why this is important is because I went directly to new fantasy paperbacks section in the library. And found this:

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Looked pretty neat. The blurb intrigued me too:

For centuries, Cormack has lived between worlds—a man trapped in the body of a wolf, shunned by humans and shifters alike. Only one person has ever welcomed his company: Elen, a kindred outcast who is feared by others of her ancient Celtic race for her strange healing abilities. Cormack has always valued Elen’s kindness and understanding, but after a desperate act of friendship causes Elen to free him from his curse, he realizes he wants more. He wants all of her—completely and forever.

Except before Cormack can win Elen’s heart, Pendaran, the evil leader of the Guardians, captures her, determined to manipulate her incredible power to aid him in his twisted war against the shapeshifting tribes. Now Cormack must use all of his skills as a warrior and a wolf to save the woman he loves—before Pendaran’s vile schemes destroy them all…

Okay. So probably a bit more romantic than I was going for, but it sounds pretty epic here.

But. It’s not the first book of the series. And I’m one of those that has to read the rest of the series. I hate picking up in the middle. But hey! The library has the rest of the series.

…it’s here that I must confess my own idiocy. So taken was I of that first blurb, for book three, that I didn’t look at the blurbs for the rest of the series. That probably would have saved me a lot of headache here.

Which is how I ended up reading this:

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Saturday Music: Tell Me Lies (and a NaNo Update)

Week 1 of NaNo is wrapping up and I’m 5K words behind. Discovering I’m not really digging this project and I’m trying to figure out why. Maybe I’m taking the wrong direction with it. Hopefully it’ll connect for me soon.

For today’s music, this song kind of encapsulates the MMC’s thoughts on trying to enter a relationship with the FMC. Given he thinks it’s impossible since he’s a complete social pariah, it’s rather understandable I think.