I picked up this meme from Book View Cafe. I’ll post my answers here. If you want to play, go ahead and post on your blog or leave a comment with your answers. If you post on your blog, let me know in the comments that you did it!
• What are you currently reading?
Firebird by Jack McDevitt. This is not quite true, since I’m not reading it at this time. Let’s say I’m reading it, but taking a break. This is because it’s on my husband’s Kindle, so if I want to read it, I have to wait until he’s reading a printed book. I started it several weeks ago, but when we went on vacation, my husband needed his Kindle back.
This infuriates me, so PUBLISHERS – are you listening? It’s total bogus nonsense to not let people share their OWN purchased ebooks with members of their family. After all, we are sharing the book with each other. You’ve just made it difficult for us to do it. And guess what? We’ve only purchased one print copy of earlier Jack McDevitt books and we shared those. You didn’t make us each buy a copy before both of us could read it. Why are you trying to do that with the ebooks? Which, by the way, you aren’t selling for very much less than the print book.
For the record, the publisher in this case is Ace Publishing. A hearty Pfft to them.
Wow. So sorry about the rant. I had no idea I was going to do that when I started this. On to the second question!
• What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished Craving by Kristina Meister. I gave it 5 stars, and I don’t do that very often. I won’t say it was perfect, but that’s not what 5 stars means. It means I thought the book was amazing. It’s a fascinating twist on vampires. For a minute or two, I was afraid it would turn out to be horror and I’d have to put it down. But nope – just suspense, a little gore, and a lot of interesting characters.
• What do you think you’ll read next?
While I’m waiting for my husband’s Kindle (ahem), I’m going to start reading Morrigan’s Cross by Nora Roberts. I’ve never read anything by Nora Roberts, so this will be a new experience for me. I’ll let you know what I think!
Okay, your turn. I want to hear from some of you quiet people, too. No hiding behind your mouse!
Tomorrow, we run away to Kauai. Then we hop over to Maui. Yes, you can expect pictures, but not necessarily of sunny days. Looks like we have a lot of cloud cover in store. But it will be warm cloud cover!
For now, I’m making slight progress on The Dryad of Durry Woods. I’m writing a scene that’s making me cry and I needed a break. I keep asking myself if this story is going to have a happy ending. Because, y’know… I don’t know. Weird, huh?
Oh, and I decided I’d try Scrivener. Durry Woods (the sequel to Donamorgh) and Honor System (the sequel to Bridgebuilders) are both requiring a good bit of planning and rearranging on my part. I needed a program that would help me keep things straight. We’ll see how well Scrivener accomplishes that.
Let’s not forget about Worlds Apart – it’s with the editor. I’ve ordered the cover, which is always exciting. Can’t wait to see what Laura comes up with! Can’t wait until you all can read the book!
The Goodreads Giveaway has ended. As promised, there are three winners, each to receive a signed copy of Moon Over Donamorgh. The winners are:
Morgan Eckstein of Denver, Colorado
Eunice Adeniran of Essex, Great Britain
Sharlene Munday of Whitecourt, Alberta
Congratulations! Your books will be the mail very soon!
By the end of the contest, 1,076 had entered, and over 500 have added it to their To-Read List. I hope all these people like Seamus as much as I do!
I just finished a book. It was the second book in a series. I really enjoyed the first book and I was looking forward to the second one. It was every bit as good, so I was quite happy with it, and certain that I would want to read the third book.
Until I got to the end.
In the last page or two of the last chapter, the author did one thing that made me swear off this series. This is strictly a subjective thing – there’s no reflection on the writing or the story. But I’m curious about how others feel about this.
It’s basically the typical love triangle. In the first book, we have a smart and stubborn heroine, her long-time male friend, and a hot new friend who makes her nervous system do interesting things every time he walks into the room. There is a lot of “history” between the heroine and her Old Friend (O.F.). Their relationship has not always been platonic and they both harbor a deep love for each other. Throughout the first book, they dance around this situation, coming close to it, only to move away again. It always comes smack down in between the heroine and her New Friend (N.F.) – she can’t truly let loose with him, because the O.F. is always in her mind.
Each man is aware the other man has feelings for her. But they are good friends with each other, too, and both of them tend to step aside magnanimously, with a no you go ahead. I insist, kind of thing.
The triangle provides some heat to the story, racketing up reader interest in a “who-will-she-end-up-with” way.
At the end of the first book, N. F. leaves to resume his job in another city, while Heroine and O. F. get really close to confessing their feelings for each other. But once again, they back off, as they get into the cliff-hanger for the second book.
Okay. I can live with that.
Second book: more of the same. Only as this story unfolds, I root more and more for Old Friend. Their relationship is long and complex, rooted in deep respect and friendship, along with a healthy dose of realism: they’ve seen each other at their worst and always helped each other through it.
New Friend is great and all. He is not a shallow character, but there’s nothing in his relationship with Heroine to make me want to cheer them on. It’s mostly physical. Oh, I can see them loving each other, but… eh.
Nope, I’m rooting for O.F.
And at the end of the second book, N.F. has a possible new love interest, while O.F. and Heroine have been through Hell together and saved each other’s lives ten times each, and have just settled in for “the talk.” Let’s admit our feelings for each other.
And heroine backs off again, with the old standby reason: there are people watching her, and anyone she loves is in danger. For his own safety she must stay away. So she tells him it won’t work. There’s too much history between them (another old standby, and ghod, do I hate that one), and so she turns and walks away, breaking his heart completely.
And this author just lost me as a reader.
It’s not her fault, because the industry pretty much demands this type of ending in this type of book. But I could care less what the “industry” demands. By this point, two books into the series, I do not want to hang with these losers anymore. I’m not going to put myself through another book’s worth of these three people dancing around each other.
I want to know why is it that two main characters in a book can’t be in a committed relationship with each other, and still pull off a great story? Sure, in romance, they get together in the end – that’s a requirement for the romance genre. But why can’t it be done in mystery or adventure novels?
Is it because publishers insist that the heat and tension only exist when the couple can’t acknowledge their feelings? Because I’m here to tell you, that after two books, there’s no heat or tension left in that quandary. I’m bored with it, plain and simple.
For full disclosure, I do not intend to do this with the books I write. My couples will get together. They’ll explore each other as much as they’ll explore the universe. I think it can work to do this, and since I don’t have a publisher telling me I can’t do it… I’m gonna give it a whirl, in genres that are NOT romance.
So what do you think? Do you prefer the constant tension of unacknowledged love? Do you hate it when the girl gets the guy, hold your nose, and toss the book aside? Or do you enjoy watching a loving couple play off each other as they solve the mystery and save lives?
Progress is being made, folks. You can now, as of ten minutes ago, buy Moon Over Donamorgh over at Smashwords. Use this link.
I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about it!
Kindle and print should be available in a day or two. I will be sure to let you know when that happens.
You can buy for Apple, B&N, Kobo, etc. at Smashwords. And don’t forget, all my other books are available there, as well. Let all your Smashwords-buying friends know about them. I need more exposure over there.
And while you’re at it – if you’ve read Bridgebuilders, may I humbly request a review or two? Doesn’t matter where – Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc. I prefer honest reviews, so say what you really think. And if you really disliked something? Let me know here, through the contact page. Feedback helps me improve!
And thank you for all the congrats on the real baby that just entered my family!
I’m thrilled to report that, at last, the proof copy of Moon Over Donamorgh looks the way it should. I’ve ordered a print copy so I can see it with my own real eyes and feel it in my hands. Assuming all is well with the proof, you should see Donamorgh on online shelves within a week!
I solved the problem by using the “Start section break on next odd (or even) page.” That solution was staring at me the whole time, but I never thought to use it. It’s called “being in a rut.” We get so used to doing things a certain way (in this case, using section break to start on the next page), that we don’t even see the obvious.
Mind you, there is still NO REASON why Word should be placing extra blank pages in the document when it gets saved to .pdf. But since that’s what it was doing, I needed a way to work around it. Remember, this never happened with my first two books. It’s completely random.
Anyway! It’s done, and the book can be published. I hope you all ooh and aah over the professional-looking front matter, remembering what I went through to get it that way .
I couldn’t go to water aerobics yesterday at my usual time, so I went to the class at 7:00 pm last night. It was so cool to be jumping around in the water underneath the bright, full moon. I watched the moon as much as possible while doing my half-jacks and crunches.
That moon of ours is simply amazing. I never get tired of seeing it.
I have a character who feels that way, too. Let me tell you a little about him.
Seamus Firnan is one of those characters who is bigger than life. From the moment I first wrote him into a scene, he took over and handled the situation with strength and discipline. He fairly shook the rafters with his love - love for his Goddess, love for his land, and love for the people he called family.
He took my breath away, and I have to admit, he made my heart beat a little faster. It was probably the Irish accent.
The moon guides Seamus in planting and harvesting. His magic waxes and wanes in power with the phases. The moon represents his Goddess and he looks to its light for inspiration and comfort.
Especially after he’s shanghaied and left to the mercies of a sadistic first mate.
Seamus’s story is told in Moon Over Donamorgh. You’ll get to read it in a few weeks, as soon as I’ve perfected the manuscript formatting. It will be for sale at all the usual places. I’ll be sure to tell you when it’s ready!
You can read the first chapter here.
And get a preview of the awesome cover right here: