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>BOLO: Be On The Lookout – For These Fantastic Tales!!!!!

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I made a new lol. You like it? *cheesy grin*

Well, lolcats may have minions to do all their proofreading and editing and revising, but the rest of us don’t. For a lot of us, just getting a basic rough draft completed is a miraculous cause for celebration.

At this point in my writing, I have one rough draft in surgery, and another in the birthing room. Whew! No wonder I’m dizzy and absent minded lately :))

I feel fortunate to have many of you as blogging friends because I learn from you. You inspire me because you don’t give up. Your determination in the face of countless rejections, your faith in what you’re creating, and, mostly, your openness about the whole journey – is what keeps me going. You provide stepping stones, handholds, and candles to light up the dark and murky places.

Where am I going with this? Right here. Many of you have announced upcoming releases of your books and short stories. Others of you have announced that particular books or stories have generated great interest and that the outlook is promising. And I know of at least one sequel in the works that’s going to be a definite ‘must have’ for me…..so without further ado, here is a list you may be interested in – in no particular order:

Theresa Milstein of Substitute Teacher’s Saga has two short stories being published. ‘Daisy’ will be published in the anthology 100 Stories for Queensland. ‘Allured’ will be published in a YA anthology entitled Fangtales, a Wyvern publication. You can read all about it here.

In addition to his wonderful Bear With Two Shadows (now available as an e-book), Roland Yeomans of Writing in the Crosshairs, has also e-published Rites of Passage – the first recorded adventure of the amazing Samuel McCord….
….as well as Adrift in the Time Stream, the second book chronicling Sam McCord’s adventures. All three of these books are available for purchase at amazon.com. For more information, click here. Be sure to check out the awesome book trailer on Roland’s blog!

Elliot Grace of So close, but….. is just about to announce the official release date of his long awaited book, South of Charm. The young man in this picture is his son, reading the promised first copy. Get more details here.

Simon Kewin of Spellmaking received some very exciting news – a publisher is seriously interested in his novel, Hedge Witch. He is currently making some suggested edits and we all hope to hear good news soon. Click here to read an excerpt.

Aubrey Dionne of Flutey Words has just signed a contract with Entangled Publishing. Her space opera series, The Star Odyssey – a three book deal! Read about it here.

Nicole Zoltack of Where Fantasy and Love Take Flight just announced the May 1st release of Champion of Valor, the third book in her Kingdom of Arnhem trilogy. She is currently organizing a blog tour with prizes at each stop. Read here for more details.

 Alex J. Cavanaugh has sent his as yet untitled sequel to CassaStar to his crit partners. The next installment takes place 20 years after we first meet Byron, our hero. I’m told that Byron will meet his match on an alien planet – a woman! Alex hopes to have the sequel to his publisher by the end of June, so let’s all keep our fingers crossed! For more info about CassaStar, and to watch the incredible book trailer, click here!

Talli Roland is following up her delightful debut, The Hating Game,with Watching Willow Watts. As with her first release, Watts will be available on Kindle a few months before the paperback release in November. To get a glimpse of the upcoming mayhem, click here.

E. Elle at The Writer’s Funhouse is hosting a unique and fun blog contest. Here are the rules (copied and pasted):

So, here are the rules for A Song in the Words:
1) Be a follower of the Writer’s Funhouse.  You know how to do this.  Just click that follow button over on the left.  Come on, you know you want to.
2) Pick a song.  Any song.  Seriously, any song in the whole wide world.
3) Write a scene in 750 words or less, inspired by the song you chose.
4) Email the title of your song (along with the artist) and your scene to me atthewritersfunhouse(at)yahoo(dot)com by 6:00 PM Eastern time on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.  If the song you chose is kind of obscure, please provide a link to a place where I can hear it (i.e. YouTube or MySpace [is MySpace still around?]).  If attaching the file, please attach as a .doc, not .docx.  I still operate with Word 2003, lame-o that I am.
That’s it!  It’s that easy!  I’ll take a few days to read the entries, then announce the winner on Wednesday, May 25, right here at the Funhouse.  The winner receives a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble.  Wouldn’t you like a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble?  I would like a $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble.
Any and all promotion would be appreciated.  So feel free to grab the button and post it on your blog.  The more entries, the greater the competition, the sweeter the victory. 
What are you waiting for?  Dig into your playlist, get your writing groove on, and enter!


Alex J. Cavanaugh is hosting a fun blogfest, too. Again, here are the rules, copied and pasted:


Itโ€™s All Fun & Games Blogfest, June 6, 2011 – list your three most favorite games and why. Board games, card games, RPG, video games, physical games, drinking games – even mind games! If itโ€™s a game you enjoy playing, itโ€™s worth sharing.

Well, that’s all the news I have time for right now. I hope you all have had a great week. Just as an update, I do feel much better. Thank you for all your well wishes!!!

And for the hopeful releases, let’s all keep our fingers crossed!!! Much congratulations to all the e-book releases and paper/hardback releases, GO WRITERS!!!

Lydia Kang from The Word is My Oyster is co-hosting this blogfest. Copied and pasted rules right here:

Rules are pretty lax. This is fun, after all!
1. Post a joke that pokes fun at yourself, or writing, or your job (including parenting, of course!), or anything personal. Or if that’s too much work, any joke that you think is funny will do.

The point is to laugh a little. And the posts ought to be quick and fun, so you can hop from post to post and lower your stress level a little.

Because let’s face it. Laughter is good for you and has very few side effects (aside from shooting out food particles from your nose or spraying coffee at your computer screen).


All I can say is, you’ve been warned. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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>E is for EDGAR Allan Poe

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I remember being in elementary school and reading some of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories. They terrified me and thrilled me at the same time.

It wasn’t until high school that I learned to appreciate the themes he wove into his works. Tragedy, betrayal, loss, decay of the body and the spirit, guilt, and so many more.

Some of my favorites are The Tell-Tale Heart, The Fall of the House of Usher, Annabel Lee, The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, and, of course, The Raven.

Barnes & Noble has a book with all his works in it. It’s on my wish list because there are so many of his short stories and poems I haven’t read.

I always think of him as a haunted and tragic person who, in turn, has haunted the rest of the world like no one else…..

As you may, or may not, know, since 1949, a visitor has left either cognac and roses or notes on Poe’s grave. Every year on January 19th.

Last year, 2010, the visitor didn’t show.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we writers manage to touch people’s lives enough to cause them to remember us….in some fashion?

both photos from google.com

>B is for BILBO BAGGINS

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Bilbo Baggins is one of my favorite hobbits. (My absolute favorite is Pippin – and he was not the incompetent fool Peter Jackson made him out to be!)

He was adventurous, brave, clever, insightful, and generous.

Elrond had a high regard for Bilbo, as did all of the elves, and Aragorn considered him a friend.

He translated and recorded many elvish tales and songs, and pieces of his own works became part of Aragorn’s identity.

And Bilbo, alone, in the whole of Middle Earth’s history, was able to relinquish the One Ring of his own accord. 

That’s something!

>Blog Tour: The Bear With Two Shadows – Part 2

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Welcome back, everyone. Today, we will continue our interview with the fabulous Roland Yeomans, author of the new book, The Bear With Two Shadows.

Let’s give a warm welcome to our wonderful guest!

*applause*

Roland, so glad you could join us again today! Now, some of our newest audience members may not be familiar with your current occupation. 

Ladies and gentlemen, Roland is a blood currier. He transports the vital cargo to almost anyplace, works 32 hours a day and is on call 9 days a week. *winks at audience*

Which brings me to my next question.

What is your writing schedule like? Seriously, you do work some crazy hours and are on call an awful lot of the time…..
Well, the ghost of Marlene Dietrich persuades the ghosts of Raymond Chandler, Roger Zelazny, Mark Twain, and William Faulkner to “ghost” write for me.  LOL.  If only!
I carry a pad with me at all times.  If I find a slack time while waiting for a blood hand-off in a rural area, then I use that.  I stay up too late, get up too early, but the writing gets done.
If something is important to you, then you find a way to do it, right?
You’re absolutely right, Roland. You’ve definitely got your priorities in order and it always shows in your stories. 

I’m curious. You blend mythologies from different cultures, seemingly with little effort. Do you have to do research or are you able to just pull all of your mother’s stories from memory?
Many of the tales of Hibbs are from my mother.  Mostly, it is a distillation of my years of reading mythologies, legends, and dreaming them together into one rich tapestry.
When I first started writing, I thought how grand it would be if all my novels would happen in one connected universe.  I shaped it carefully, tailoring the world different mythologies into something that might have actually happened … in Rod Serling’s and Stephen King’s imaginations!
That’s an interesting combination, for sure! Adding reality to mythology makes a story seem so much more relatable and real. 

You know, I grew up listening to stories told by my mom and my grandmother.  Even as a child, I cherished those stories and would sit forever, listening to them, and always beg for more.

Today, we live in a very mobile, disconnected society with families scattered all across the country and even the world.

As a result, the art/tradition of oral history and story telling is fading away and children are growing up without a foundational sense of their history and their heritage.

What impact do you think this is having (or will have) on our society?
A famous city girl of the 1930’s, Anita Loos, the author of GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES, strangely believed as you do.  She wrote :

     “Today there are no fairy tales for us to believe in,
and this is possibly a reason for the universal prevalence of mental crack-up.
     Yes, if we were childish in the past, I wish we could be children once again.” 

That was in the 1930’s how much more starved for spiritual magic are we? 





That’s actually a great quote and your question, and the answer, has the potential to be downright scary. Do you see your book, and other books like it, as having a role, a purpose other than being ‘just’ a great story for children?
Yes, I do.  In fact, I wrote it for a reader to come to love at one age, then to re-read it from one life stage to another, gaining new insight as the reader matures and thinks in new ways.

JK Rowling appeals to adults because she wrote a good story, rich with hidden meaning if you only but look.  Rudyard Kipling in KIM wrote a tale that every reader could enjoy no matter his or her age.  Classics are meant for all ages to enjoy on differing levels.

I set out purposedly to write a classic.  I set the moon as my target.  Why not?


I wanted to tell a tale that would speak to the questions we all ask ourselves in the dark of the night and in the dark of the soul.

I had once been asked by a mother of a dying girl to write a fantasy that would speak to her daughter’s fears of pain and death, while telling a rip-roaring fantasy.

I ended up writing four novels for that young girl as I operated my bookstore.  They were tailored for the girl’s dreams and fears.  But they got to thinking I could do that for a wider audience. 

When a dream murmured to me about Hibbs in my exile caused by Katrina, I decided to take aim at writing a classic, based on my mother’s tales told to calm her fears as well as mine.

If you’re wondering about that young girl I mentioned … some sleeping beauties never awaken.

Wow. It would seem that the tapestry of your life rivals the tales you tell. How wonderful that you’re able to take from all the light and the dark and weave together tales of such beauty and that we can now have one of them for our very own.

Don’t forget, ladies and gentlemen, that The Bear With Two Shadows is for sale on amazon. Remember that you don’t have to have an actual Kindle to purchase it. Amazon offers a free kindle for pc download


Also, Roland is having a contest. There are four amazing books up for grabs and they’re each signed by the author. How cool is that?





For one entry in the drawing, leave a comment. For two, link his book to facebook or twitter. Be sure to email Roland at rxena77@yahoo.com.  For three entries, write a legitimate review on Amazon. 


Now, tomorrow, March 12, Roland will continue his book tour in beautiful, exotic Australia. Sort of. Denise of L’Aussie Writing will be hostess and you won’t want to miss it!

>Some Sad News

>Please play this as you read…..

Ah, my bloggy friends, my heart is broken…..

The lovely Lola Sharp left some sad information on my previous post, and I feel I should pass along the news.

I don’t even know how to begin…..

Lisa Madigan, award winning author of The Mermaid’s Mirror, died today. I only ‘met’ her when someone else posted about her diagnosis (stage IV pancreatic cancer) and her last blog post, which you can read here. It’s an amazing post, especially considering everything she was going through mentally, physically, and emotionally at the time. I was so moved by it that when the weekend finally came, I went to B & N and bought their last copy of Mermaid’s Mirror.

I went back occasionally to read the post and prayed that she would be healed, that she’d beat the beast that had invaded her body. I hoped with all my heart that she’d have a chance to write the sequel to M’s M, visit more sunny beaches….have more time with her husband and son (read her post).

I never actually ‘met’ her. But she was a fellow blogger. She was a fellow writer. We’re a part of the same wonderful ‘family,’ the same supportive and incredible community…….and because of that, I feel a sense of loss.

My thoughts and prayers are with her husband and her son…..

And if mermaids are real, a mournful chorus will be heard across the seas tonight……

>Roland Has Published An E-Book!!!!!!!!!

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Happy Happy Joy Joy….. Guess what? Roland published his first e-book!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!

For those of you who may not know the fabulous Roland, you should check out his blog. His writing is beautiful, evocative, wrenching, filled with humor and pathos by turns.

Over the months that I’ve known him, I’ve fallen in love with a whole slew of characters-Victor, Sam, Death, Alice, the whole cast of Ghost of a Chance, and, my all time favorite, Fallen. And don’t forget about Gypsy!

I found the beginning of The Bear With Two Shadows on one of his earlier posts and was frustrated that I couldn’t read the rest of the story. Now, I can!

Here’s a bit copied from his post announcing the new e-book:

My mother was half Lakota Sioux and half Irish. She learned young the harsh truth that sometimes nightmares invade our waking hours to swallow our world. 


I, too, learned it early in my childhood. My mother and I found ourselves living in a basement apartment during one of the worst winters in Detroit’s memory. 

Money was scarse. Food, too. Warmth even more so. Then, the power went out.

For days.

To keep my mind off the numbing cold and my worsening cough, my mother told me tales spun from the legends of the twin worlds of her own youth.

As I lay shivering under my blankets in the darkness, a magical world slowly took shape within my mind. And I was lost in wonder.

Souix legends contested with the fae and foe of Irish myth. 

And the cold became only the chill embrace of Estanatlehi, the ghostly Turquoise Woman. Mother told me that while Estanatlehi’s touch was cold, her heart was warm.

So the colder I got, the more it made me feel loved, for I knew that an unseen someone was only hugging me closer. And within the shadows at the far corner of my bedroom, I could almost make out the hulking form of the guardian of all hurting children,

Hibbs, the bear with two shadows.

If you wish to buy a copy of the e-book and don’t have a kindle, don’t worry. Amazon has a kindle for pc’s, which is what I have. You just download it to your pc and it’s free. Yay!

The Bear With Two Shadows is available here. Go on, get a copy and find out why so many of us love his stories!

Congratulations, Roland!!!! And a huge shout out to Michael from In time…..  for helping with the cover design!!!  


****If you want to download kindle for pc, click here.****

>Theresa’s 400 Followers Fiesta!!!

>Most of you already know Theresa Milstein from Substitute Teacher’s Saga.. However, if by some chance you don’t, go over and check her out. Theresa posts about her adventures in teaching, writing, and life. Her writing is witty, humorous, insightful, and encouraging. AND, she’s having an awesome giveaway to celebrate 400 followers!

This is the Grande Prize!
query critique by Nicole Zoltack whose publisher is Desert Breeze Publishing!
Also up for grabs:
 A signed, hardcover copy of Alice Hoffman’s The Red Garden

A signed copy of Carleen Brice’s Orange Mint and Honey

 Across the Universe ARC by Beth Revis
With an Across the Universe Bookmark

 The Hating Game by Talli Roland
Your Choice:
The paperback version that will be released in March
OR
The e-book version now
 A paperback copy of Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief

A paperback copy of James Bradley’s Flags of Our Fathers

 A hardcover copy of Chuck Sambuchino’s How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack

 A paperback copy of James Woods’ How Fiction Works

 Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult
SWAG
 The Hunger Games Bag Clip Keychain in a bag

Two Nicole Zoltack magnets – Knight of Glory and Woman of Honor
Here is how to enter:
Must be a follower (old 2 points, new 1 point).
Tweet, post on Facebook, put on sidebar (1 point each), or devote a post (5 points).
Leave a comment telling her:
lf you want the query critique.
Your top 3 picks between books and swag.
How you promoted the contest.
Total your points.
Provide your e-mail address.
The winner will be chosen on February 4th!
Good luck!!!

>Does Anyone Win An Argument With Strider?

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In November, during nano, I finally experienced what most of you have known about for quite some time. I had a major character take the reins from my hands and assert his own will upon my carefully constructed outline. 
Of course, I was most unhappy about his sudden independent streak and I let him, and everyone else, know about it. As a result, I still haven’t figured out exactly how I’m going to end the book, but it turned out that the story is much improved. I refuse to give him any snaps or high-fives; I don’t want to encourage anarchy. He does have my respect, though….
So, okay. I can deal, to a point, with a character changing part of a story. But, lately, I’m feeling a bit like Mo (Inkheart for those of you who’ve never read it). Characters not of my own creation are calling out to me, demanding my attention.
You may recall that I had a whole reading list lined up. Ha!!! Let me show you how it’s turning out.
I did finish this book. For it’s time, it must have been very frightening and I think Wells was visionary in his depiction of the Martians and their probable advanced technology and physiology. 
Still, I was glad to finish it…..

I was supposed to read Of Mice and Men next, but this book kept calling to me; and I answered.
I loved it. Really. It’s beautifully written and one of my favorite things is how it treats families.
If you get a chance, I highly recommend this book for your TBR list.
I believe I read somewhere that L. K. Madigan intended to write a sequel.
I hope and pray she will get the chance…..
Honey wanted to watch a movie Sunday night. So, for dinner, we had breakfast and watched Despicable Me. Oh My Gosh! It’s adorable! We laughed out loud all the way through it. I actually like this movie better than Up, which is pretty awesome.
If you haven’t seen it, go get it and watch it!
Since I skipped Of Mice and Men, I intended to start that one next. 
Uh huh….
While flipping through channels before starting the movie, we came across Fellowship of the Ring. 
All I could see in my mind was Strider, sitting in the bar, watching the hobbits get drunk and forget to be cautious. 
Mind you, this isn’t the Strider from the movie.
This is the one from the book.
The one that can be a bit unsettling at times.
Okay. I can deal with reading change ups, too. What I’m struggling with, and don’t laugh too hard, is the time of year it is. 
See, I feel like Fellowship is an Autumn read. Not a Winter read. 
All evening, I told Strider that it’s just not the right time of year to let him and his companions out. 
He’s terribly stubborn. 
He narrowed his eyes at me.
I told him that I needed crisp, colorful leaves and frost on the ground. 
He pointed out that there’s plenty of snow right outside my window. 
I sighed.
I reminded him that all the colorful leaves were gone and that Rivendell would feel all wrong. 
He uncrossed his  ankles, removed the pipe from his mouth, and leaned forward, staring hard into my eyes. 
I sighed deeply. 
He settled back into his corner.
I guess I’m reading LOTR next….
Does this happen to any of you? To you talk to characters that others have created? Do ya reckon I need a huggie jacket?
Happy Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

>Winners, Updates, And Some News…..

>All right. Maybe it’s part of getting older, but I gotta tell you. I’m ready for the snow to go. I’ve loved winter all my life, but this year, I just can’t deal with it. Snow days are great. Except, I can’t seem to get back into the swing of things. And all this dry weather has wreaked havoc on my sinuses (and nearly everyone else’s I’ve talked to).

On a funnier note, the dry weather has caused a comical, but terribly frustrating problem. In the mornings, while getting ready for work, I can’t do anything with my hair. It has so much static, it literally stands straight up, and then plasters itself to my face. Un. Bee. Leave. Able.

All that to say this: I finally drew names Thursday night. Old followers got their names put in twice and new followers once. I printed off the names according to the sets specified, cut them out, folded them twice, and put them in a pot. Yep, a pot. Then I let Honey draw from each set while he watched Family Guy.

The winners are:

What the Night Knows-Val Zdero
Odd Thomas-Summer Frey
Harry Potter-Melissa Wideen
Narnia-L. Diane Wolf
Creeper Calendar-Lola Sharp
Steampunk Calendar-Lydia Kang
Zen of Zombie-Ellie Garrett
Watchers-Carol Kilgore

Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to everyone who entered. This has been a lot of fun for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Unexpectedly, I have had several things come up that I have to take care of tomorrow, so I don’t know how quickly I will be able to get to the post office. I will try to have everyone’s package mailed out by the end of next week, if not sooner.

Reading Updates:

First of all, Theresa encouraged me to join in the 12 Literary Resolutions for 2011. Ann from Inkspots & Quills found this great list of literary resolutions. And guess what? They’re doable!!!!! Theresa’s in and so am I. Evangeline (Co-Teacher) is also going to do it, yay!!! Why don’t you check it out and think about joining us?

 For the month of January, we’re supposed to read a classic novel. I’m reading these two (since they’re pretty short):

Wednesday night, I was exhausted. As soon as I got home, I got ready for bed. Literally. And, once I was snuggled under the electric blanket, Roo tucked under the covers beside me and Kitty Boss between my feet, I finished two books: 

This book, for me, was very different. And I loved it. Today, I loaned it to Assistant Director and I really want to know her opinion of it. It made me cry at the end (like a really good book should).

If any of you have ever read this, please let me know how you felt about it. I’m not going to do a review; I’m just going to recommend it.

This is the book I won a while back in a contest Theresa hosted. I read it in an hour, but let me tell you, it’s a beautiful read. Lyrical. Haunting. Insightful. Dreadful. Healing. And, there’s a sequel! You know I’m gonna get it, right? Again, no review (it’s the middle of the night and I’m sleepy), but I’m going to highly, highly recommend it. Thank you so much, Theresa!

As soon as I finish my two classics, I’m going to read the book from Lisa Maliga, Notes From Nadir, woohoo! I’m making up for last year, for sure!

Okay, now for some news. Warning –  it’s some hard news. I was running through facebook and read a post Theresa had put up. Fellow blogger, and published author, L. K. Madigan was recently diagnosed with Stage IV Pancreatic Cancer. I read the author’s post, and I was moved to tears. What courage! What grace!

Theresa’s post on facebook (and I would link it but I don’t know how to link a post from fb) pointed out that Ms. Madigan had just published a book (her second) that came out in October, and perhaps her family would be aided by sales of the book. It’s called The Mermaid’s Mirror and I found my copy in the Teen section of B & N tonight after work.

I found out that her first book was well received, even winning an award, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one. She and her family will be in my prayers.

I’m posting about this and adding a link to B & N on my sidebar, hoping that curious people will either buy the book, blog about the situation, or both.

Also, please remember to keep our friends who live in Aussie-Land in your thoughts and prayers. Many of them have friends and family who have been displaced by the terrible flooding. Denise from L’Aussie Writing published this link on her facebook page. It’s an anthology of short stories, 500-1,000 words, any genre, any age. And, 100% of the sales profit goes to the Flood Relief Fund.

Please take a moment to read the link and consider doing a post, linking on your sidebar, and/or submitting a story for the anthology.

I think that almost catches everything up. I’ll be around sometime tomorrow. I really enjoyed visiting Monday and Tuesday (snow days) and I got spoiled. Sigh……

I can’t stop yawning now, so I’m off to bed. It’s 2:45 am, but I think I’ll schedule this to post later. I don’t know anyone who’d be awake at this hour……

Have a wonderful, and SAFE weekend!

>Snow Day!!! Gonna Catch Up And Do Some Readin’

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WooHoo!!!!
So far it doesn’t look like much…..but I think it’s supposed to get pretty bad. Charlotte has cancelled over 300 flights. I feel for those who’re stuck at the airport. The snow can come; I really don’t want the ice they’re predicting for later this afternoon, yuck!
Still, since it was a totally unproductive weekend (lots of little stuff), it will give me a chance to get caught up and to get something yummy cooking for this evening. Snow and cold outside, some hot comfort food inside, yeah….
Originally, I  had intended to do a post about the books I’ve read so far this year. I’m trying to read at least one a month, and the new year weekend gave me a head start…..
The Necromancer is the fourth book in the Nicholas Flamel series. I read this the first two days of the new year.
This is a great series and encompasses lots of mythological tales and characters, as well as historical people about whom legends and mysteries exist. 
I’ve loved this entire series, but I must confess: I’m not the most patient person when reading a series. I want to read the whole shebang. Straight through. So I want this wrapped up!!!!!
I never would have made it reading Harry Potter if I hadn’t had the whole set from the get-go. 
There are advantages to coming late to the ‘party.’
Did you know Nicholas Flamel was a real person?
I have several books started, but I just haven’t been able to get into them yet. I picked up The Gargoyle at B & N last weekend and didn’t even open it until Friday. I would have had it finished by now, but it’s been one of those weekends, and we were busy Saturday.
What can I say? It’s different, a story within a story, which can be boring.
However, this book is not boring. I’m completely hooked and, lately, that’s saying something.
It does contain some adult content, so be aware. It’s not played out as scenes; it’s simply stated as matter of fact and there’s no titillation. Instead, it’s a reflection of the main character. I don’t want to give anything away in case you pick it up.
I’m going to finish this today…..
I won Green Angel in a contest hosted by Theresa Milstein a while back. I was in school at the time and didn’t have a chance to read it. Now, with a snow day especially, it’s time! 
Thank you, Theresa!!!
I couldn’t steal the image for Notes From Nadir by Lisa Maliga when I went to amazon.com, so I posted the contest picture. I was lucky enough to be one of the winners!!!
I hope to get to this one today, too. 
Thank you, Lisa!!!

***I’ve put links in the book titles in case you want to read the reviews yourself***

So, whatchya doin’ today? Got snow? Workin’? In the middle of a good read? Spill!


Update: I got Safari!!!!