Friday, December 28, 2012

Author Quotes - Writing Tips from Famous Authors

Famous Author Quotes, Writing Tips from Famous Authors 

I thought this would be a pretty cool post: quotes from well known authors. Some writing tips are helpful, some funny and some interesting. Here's the list I've compiled. Enjoy!

“If you want to be a writer,” says Stephen King , “you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”


When asked what was the most frightening thing he had ever encountered, novelist Ernest Hemingway said, “A blank sheet of paper.”


Erica Jong–who in “Seducing the Demon” defined a writer as “someone who takes the universal whore of language and turns her into a virgin again”


Kurt Vonnegut: “Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.”


James Patterson’s method is simple: “I’m always pretending that I’m sitting across from somebody. I’m telling them a story, and I don’t want them to get up until it’s finished.”


Show, don't tell. This advice comes out of most every writing class taught. Chekhov said it most clearly when he said, "Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass."


John Steinbeck:  "I’ve always tried out material on my dogs first."

Prioritze your writing. “Let the grass die. I let almost all of my indoor plants die from neglect while I was writing the book. There are all kinds of ways to live. You can take your choice. You can keep a tidy house, and when St. Peter asks you what you did with your life, you can say, I kept a tidy house, I made my own cheese balls.” ~ Annie Dillard.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Theme: Top Ten Tuesdays

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Favorite Books

I've decided to start a new theme every Tuesday called "Top Ten Tuesdays". It could be Top Ten anything. I'm starting off easy with Top Ten Favorite Books. Here we go:

1. Vampire Academy Series, Richelle Mead

2. Seduction and Snacks Series, Tara Sivec

3. Twilight Series, Stephenie Meyer

4. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

5. Fifty Shade of Grey, E.L. James

6. The Host, Stephenie Meyer

7. Delirium Series, Lauren Oliver

8. Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell

9. Perfection, R.L. Mathewson

10. Divergent, Veronica Roth

Honorable Mentions:
Beautiful Disaster, Jamie McGuire; The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough; Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs Series, Molly Harper; Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse Series), Charlaine Harris.

Okay, okay I'll stop. There are just so many that I love. Share with me your top ten. I'd love to pick up a book I haven't discovered yet!

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Tara Sivec Does it AGAIN! Love her!

Troubles and Treats by Tara Sivec

Drew and Jenny have spent years being the envy of their friends with their out of control sex lives - well, not really. Mostly it makes their friends want to throw up in their mouths a little.
With two little kids and two busy lives, for the first time, Drew and Jenny aren't on the same page in the bedroom. Drew will stop at nothing to get his previously amorous wife back in the sack and Jenny will do anything for a full night of sleep.
Carter and Claire, and Jim and Liz are their usual (un)helpful selves and are full of advice for the disconnected duo, wanting nothing more than to help restore order to the usually happy couple's lives.
In the third and final installment of the Chocolate Lovers Series, will Drew and Jenny find the spark that's been missing in their marriage, or will the trouble they're having cause a stickier situation than the time Jenny poured honey all over Drew and he fused himself to a tree?

My Review:

Is it wrong that I love her so much I want to have her babies?

Her books are so laugh out loud hilarious I can't get enough of them. They are so mind-in-the gutter crazy with the dialogue (which I love, wish I had the guts to spew some of the sh*t she does in published works) and some of the craziest antics ever. I was dying laughing the whole time that my son turns to my daughter and asks, "what's wrong with mommy?" Yes, it's that hilarious. She is def one of my fav authors and the series is one of my favorite of all time. I thought the series was over ending with Claire and Carter, but Tara Sivec comes back around 4 years after the last book ended and uses Drew and Jenny as the main characters who were probably the craziest and most hilarious (seriously, how many more times can I say hilarious, but sorry it's just so hilarious, I can't think to describe it any other way) characters in this series. I'm glad she did a take from their perspective.

At the end of "Troubles and Treats" there was a sneak peek at Tara's new book, it seems like a serious one not with all the out-of-this-world humor. It comes out in January. I will get it since I love Ms. Sivec sooo much, but I don't know if it will be the same, but I will give it a shot. Who knows? It could be better!!!!!

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On Dublin Street: Review

On Dublin Street

Four years ago, Jocelyn Butler left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Edinburgh. Burying the grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without any real attachments has worked well for her so far but when Joss moves into a fantastic apartment on Dublin Street, her carefully guarded world is shaken to its core by her new roommate’s sexy older brother.

Braden Carmichael is a man who always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Jocelyn in his bed. Knowing how skittish Joss is concerning any kind of relationship, Braden proposes a sexual arrangement that should satisfy the intense attraction between them without it developing into anything ‘more’. An intrigued Jocelyn agrees, completely unprepared for the Scotsman and his single-minded determination to strip the stubborn young woman bare…to the very soul.
My Review:

Definitely one of my new favs. The beginning started off so tragic but it made the main character much more realistic so you can envision her better and understand her struggles and borderline craziness. The love story between Joss and Braden was so hot! I didn't want it to end. I kinda love that alpha male but sometimes sweet guy. 5 STARS!!!! Great all around!


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Random Topic Thursday: Awesome Recipe

Christmas Dessert Recipe: Easy Peasy Oreo Cookie Balls

This article is from another blog I manage. Since I love to cook and bake I decided to start a cooking blog, The Silly Sicilian. I made these the other night with the kids and they turned out soooo yummy, I had to share. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Easy Peasy Oreo Cookie Balls

Christmas Cookies - Oreo Cookie Balls

These are soooo yummy and so (as my son would say) easy peasy lemon squeezey. Kids love to help with this one. Get them involved with baking around the holidays and you'll have a cherished memory to last a lifetime for you and your children/grandchildren.

Here's what you need:

1 whole package of Oreo cookies
8oz. tub/package of cream cheese
12 oz. package of chocolate rounds/morsels/bits (whatever you'd like as long as you can melt it)

Here's what you do:

Crush the Oreos in a food processor or blender or with a potato masher like I did the day I couldn't find either of the first two (the kids had fun pulverizing them), then fold in the entire pack of cream cheese until well blended.

Next, you will use your hands (remove all will get quite messy), roll the cookie/cream mixture into 1 inch balls and place on a wax-papered cookie tray. Pop in fridge for about an hour.

Before you pull out the balls, you must melt the chocolate. Melt in 10-15 second increments (stirring each time) in the microwave until well melted. Drop one ball at a time into the melted chocolate and fish out with a fork. Drop it on the wax paper and repeat the process with the next cookie ball (lather, rinse, repeat...LOL). After all balls have been dipped, pop 'em in the fridge to harden, then eat as many as you'd like. I forgot to mention...they are calorie-free....because you know calories don't count between Thanksgiving and New Year's...So enjoy as many as you'd like. jk.

Be creative by using different chocolates or by drizzling white chocolate over these (use food coloring in white chocolate for a cool Christmas-themed cookie ball). Chopped nuts are good to sprinkle on top of the still warm chocolate before they harden. But if you want to keep it easy peasy lemon squeezey, just stick to the three ingredients. They look and taste awesome. Adults and kids alike will love these!!!!


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