Monday, February 27, 2012

The Next Urban Fantasy Discussion

Guess what everyone, Melissa and I have decided on our next book discussion. What is it you ask? Well it's Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews.

We are both excited for this one. We have come to love the series and we're only two books in. We're splitting the book into two weeks.

The first week will be at my other blog, The Bookoholic Zone on March 8th. We'll be discussing up to the end of Chapter 17.

The second week will be at Melissa's My words and pages on March 15h. That will be to the end of the book.

Please feel free to join us. I can't wait to open up the book and get started.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day Two

Today we had the second day of the Women's Retreat and just like yesterday, I learned a lot.

There was a discussion on ebooks, which I found very helpful. Of course I would need to finish the book I'm writing. We also learned about being a writer for women's fiction which was another great discussion. I felt kind of sad to see the events of the day end. It went so fast. Tomorrow is a short day but I know it will be fun.

A couple writers tried to get me to go up for open mic but I couldn't. I told them maybe next year. We'll see if I can grow some guts by that time.

Now for the rest of the night, I shall write the night away or until I get into bed where I pick up where I left off in Hunger Games. Yup I'm finally reading that one, but that discussion is for another day.

Oh and of course it had to snow today. I thought how great it was that we had nice weather for the retreat and guess what happened. It snowed. Luckily, the roads were fine for when I needed to drive. I really hate driving in it. That's also another post for discussion later on.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. Wish the weekend would just go a little slower for me.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Day One

So the first night of the Women's Writer Retreat was fun. Tonight we just did a simple evening. We met at the Bed and Breakfast where we introduced ourselves and had dinner. As we ate, we got to know each other at our tables. Once that finished up, a speaker came to talk to us about her writing. Which as always, I found very useful and I wanted to write as soon as I got home.

Tomorrow is a full day event. We'll get to listen to authors, network, have lunch and dinner. Plus, there is open mic. Will I do that? I'm going to have to say no. I know I should just be brave and do it. Despite the fact I did a lot of public speaking classes in college, when it comes to my own writing, I freak out. If I know people well enough, I still get nervous. I guess I always feel like their eyes are watching me and judging me. Do they think I suck? Maybe I have a future career in writing? Maybe one day I'll brave it and get in front of people, but for now? I'll sit back in the audience and enjoy other writers.

More tomorrow about the retreat. Not sure if it will be in the afternoon or nighttime. We do get some free time tomorrow during the day but I have a feeling I'll be using that time to write.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Just my thoughts.....

So another author has come out and told another reviewer off. Why can't authors just leave it alone? Not everyone is going to like your book. If I see someone leaving a review on something I wrote, sure I'll be a little upset but I'll move on. I'll know what to work on maybe for next time.

I look at the reviews as something we can use to improve on, just like when we get something from editors, agents, etc.

Negative Reviews are going to come and go. You'll get those from time to time. Move on with your life. Don't sit there and type away about some reviewer. Because here is the thing, if you write mean things about a reviewer. That makes you look bad. Other reviewers won't even try your book due to what you have done. I can already tell you, I won't be reading at least five authors who have done this. Respect for an author goes out the window when they diss someone, at least for me.

As a reviewer, although I haven't done much lately, I will come across books I couldn't stand or thought were okay. But guess what? Other reviewers liked those books. So I might not like the book but someone else does. You still have people who love your book. Enjoy that. Also, if I read a review where someone didn't like it. It doesn't necessarily get taken off my to read pile. I just take their thoughts into consideration but I won't let it stop me from reading the book. I've had books where my book reviewer friends didn't care for it but I loved it.

Just to note, if I ever come across a book I don't like and I review it. If you don't like what I have to say, sorry, but that's my opinion and that's final. Not changing my thoughts to make you happy. You can bad mouth me all you want.

Okay, just had to get that out of the way. It just annoys me that authors are doing this. I'm also surprised authors are not realizing their mistake. Haven't you noticed that once an author bad mouths a reviewer and it comes out that many readers will discover this, they stick up for the reviewer? Just something to think about before you hit that send button on facebook, twitter, or your blog.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Silver-Tongued Devil Discussion Part 2

Hey all, just letting you know that Melissa and I finished Silver-Tongued Devil by Jaye Wells. As always feel free to join us in a great discussion.

Head on over to Melissa's blog.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

One step closer....

So today I got a little closer to cute balcony guy at church. I am starting to wonder though if maybe we're not meant to get to know each other. He usually comes in later and sits on the other side. Not too far though. I can still catch a few glances at him. Today at church, it was crowded so he had to sit in my area. He sat two pews in front of me.

I got so excited. Here was my chance. I could finally say hi. Well guess what? The couple next to me started to talk to me and of course I didn't want to be rude. Also noticed he didn't sign the attendance pad, so I guess I'll never find out his name that way.

On a positive note, I got to shake his hand and see him smile. I think I melted a little when we touched. Of course he had to turn and that was it. I didn't get a chance to say or just happen to be next to him as we went down the stairs because I had to rush out to make a movie since church ran late.

So should I take this as a hint or find other ways to at least get the man's name?

x-posted @ livejournal

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Silver-Tongued Book Discussion Part One

If you are a fan of the Sabina Kane series by Jaye Wells. Melissa and I are now discussing part one. Come join us if you have read up to chapter twenty or the whole book. I've missed reading about Sabina and crew. Click the image below to head on over to The Bookoholic Zone, my other blog.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

When is it too much?

Is it me or are more authors only tweeting about their book? I know we have to market ourselves and get out there but a few times should be enough. It's not just twitter either. Goodreads has gotten worse. I love adding people and making new friends but when I add new people, next thing I know I'm getting messages about their book. Why can't I just get a message about their love for books? I've even seen how authors like to brag about themselves in group discussions. We'll be talking about something and they'll say, "hey check me out."

Is it just me or is anyone getting bothered by this? I know I've tweeted my stuff a couple times but I tweet other things as well.

Thoughts anyone?