Friday, July 22, 2011

"Love in the Time of Cholera" = Torture

I picked up "Love in the Time of Cholera" to read because it was a title that stuck in my head of one I've heard before. When I first started reading for enjoyment a year ago, I started reading books I've heard of but never read or pick one of the classics (which I've never read as well). The title of this book, that I believed was a classic, is what drew me to it. I started reading it, hoping that it was a great story.
It was excruciating! I don't know if it was from the translation from Spanish to English that caused the characters to be named with full names each time their names were mentioned. It was too wordy for me. The pages barely had any paragraph breaks and there were black letters sprawling from one edge of the page to the other. It was exhausting. 

The book spans a time span of about  80 years. It lost my interest 3/4 of the way through and I was not able to find it. It was torture and I found myself putting the book down to clean the house. That's saying a lot for me. I hate cleaning. 

The original version in Spanish written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez may have been a little more "readable", but the English version was torture. I hate to write negative reviews on books I've read. But to be honest, I believe this story is a waste of your time. Pick something else to read.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"Waiting and Typing"

Well, I just recently finished reading the last of the books I have in stock at home. I recently purchased a few more and put a bunch on hold from the library. I think they are going to be truly pissed when they see how many I've requested for them to hold for me.

While I'm waiting for my new stock to come in, I've been writing. For about a week, I've been uninspired. It's not exactly writer's block, but lack of  inspiration. This morning a bright new idea for the next scene of my novel struck me. Since this morning, I've been hitting the keys. I've been typing for hours and just can't stop. I think I typed constantly from 9-5 today. A full day's work. Well, except for the occasional break to fill sippy cups, feed children, take out toys, clean house, and put on another episode of Dora.

I'm currently working on two projects at the moment. Both are fiction and both are of the romance genre. One is geared more towards young adults and the other is for everyone. I've got a lot of ideas and have been putting them to work over the last few hours.

Over a week ago, I kind of wrote myself into a corner and have been thinking desperately to come up with a solution. Many sleepless nights have contributed to this past week's of lack of inspiration and now it's over. Finally.

I've recently spoke to my Aunt, who happens to be a self-published children's author. She has given me some insight of what to expect and how to try my hand at being published. She's now taken a break from writing, but my children love her books and they have earned their recognition at book signings. Her books are titled Hamster Cheeks and Parrot Pizza Pie  written by Cathy Delittle.

I hope I can take her advise and to also use the love and support of my friends and family to fuel me to a complete one piece of work. Things are rolling. I've set a personal deadline for myself on at least one piece by the end of the summer. The deadline is for the writing, not the editing. That will take a little longer. For now, since I'm waiting...I'll be typing.

"The Sweetest Thing" by Jill Shalvis: Review

"The Sweetest Thing (A Lucky Harbor Novel)" by Jill Shalvis is hot, hot, hot. Shalvis' play with words when it comes to sexual tension and love scenes is extraordinary. The entire book is loaded with them. I was surprised to see it throughout the entire book. I thought maybe it might get overplayed...but, nope! It stays hot and heavy until the end. If that's your sort of thing, give "The Sweetest Thing" a try.

Here's a description of what you'll find:

"Tara has a thousand good reasons not to return to the little coastal town of Lucky Harbor, Washington. Yet with her life doing a major crash-and-burn, anywhere away from her unfulfilled dreams and sexy ex-husband will do. As Tara helps her two sisters get their newly renovated inn up and running, she finally has a chance to get things under control and come up with a new plan for her life."

"But a certain tanned, green-eyed sailor has his own ideas, such as keeping Tara hot, bothered . . . and in his bed. And when her ex wants Tara back, three is a crowd she can't control-especially when her deepest secret reappears out of the blue. Now Tara must confront her past and discover what she really wants. If she's lucky, she might just find that everything her heart desires is right here in Lucky Harbor."

Lucky Harbor is a fictional location, but the characters seem so real and I love the different personalities of the sisters. I love the antagonism and the heat between the characters. You'll find you love it too. I definitely recommend it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"Cliff Hanger"

Okay, so I've never actually started reading a series of books that aren't all completely relased. I guess I hate waiting to get the next installment to the series, so I choose to read complete series that have all been released.

That was all true until I started reading Richelle Mead's novels. There are 3 and soon to be 4 series that she has written.

*Vampire Academy Series
*Dark Swan Series
*Georgina Kincaid Series (Succubus)

and soon to be released

*Bloodline Series ( a pin-off of Vampire Academy)

They are all urban fantasy adult/young adult novels. A genre that I never really related to until lately. I'm addicted to them. I find myself putting off housework and guiltily ignoring my children to a small extent just to finish a paragraph, chapter, book.

But in series that I've read in the past, all the books in those series were released already. When I read "Vampire Academy" in the past few months, that was the case. Since then, I've started the Georgina Kincaid (Succubus) Series and the Dark Swan Series. Both of those series haven't had all their books released yet and now I'm anxiously waiting for the final books in these series to be realeased. For more information about these series, go to http://richellemead.com/books/books.htm

Also, I can't contain myself about how excited I am about the new series, "Bloodlines". It's a spin-off series to Vampire Academy, with the same characters I've grown to love. It comes out August 23, 2011.

Released August 23

So now I have to experience the true cliff hanger in waiting for all the releases on the three series that I haven't finished/started. I can't wait to dive in. In the Georgina Kincaid (Succubus) Series, I still haven't started "Succubus Shadows" (the fourth book in a five book series). I've ordered it and am waiting on the shipment to come in, you can read an excerpt from the book here.

Happy Reading,

Nette