You’ve been Starred!

I love my Google Reader. I subscribe to a LOT of blogs, so it makes it really easy for me to catch up with all of them and make sure I’m not missing anything good. The only downside is that now that I can click through so quickly, I don’t comment on other blogs as much as I used to. But I am trying to be better about this! Promise! The other cool thing about Reader is that I can “Star” or bookmark the articles that I’m particularly interested in and that I might want to reference later. So I thought it would be fun to give you a peek at what I’ve saved lately. 1. Tangerine Marmalade from Circle B Kitchen. I am SO not a cook, but this just looked amazing, and fairly easy so I may have to try it one of these days. Hey! A girl can dream 🙂 2. Criterion for Evaluating an Agent – Kristin Nelson. Yeah, I’m a total fan girl – I’ve been following Ms. Nelson since she first started her blog and I *still* get amazing information from her. Needless to say she’s at the top of my dream agent list. 3. Staple this to your forehead – All writing tips are not created equal – Larry Brooks. One of my go-to guys for writing/plotting/story structure. Larry tells it like it is and doesn’t pull punches. 4. Fatbombs – Until the Thin Lady Sings. I’ve been thinking about trying low-carb again and with things like this to eat, how could I not?? 5. The New World of Publishing – No Balance...

Book Review – Torn by Erica O’Rourke

Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend’s murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she’ll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose? I can’t remember where I saw the recommendation for this one, but I’m SO glad I listened! I wasn’t actually holding out much hope – the description seemed like most of the other YA paranormals out there, but as soon as I started reading, I was hooked! The main character, Mo, is immediately sympathetic, and the story is full of mystery and suspense from the opening page. And of course, there’s the prerequisite love triangle. Except I actually cared about this one. Both of the guys interested in Mo are interesting, nuanced characters in their own right, and I sure wouldn’t have minded a whole story about Colin 🙂 I also loved that Mo was just ordinary. She didn’t have any magical powers, she didn’t know how to kick anyone’s ass. She was just Mo. And that’s what made her special. Even better, through the course of the story, she ends up realizing that she is more than she imagined she ever could be. She embraces her power and becomes strong and independent (Disclaimer: I am totally a sucker for this kind of story!) From what I...

Author Love – Mary Stewart

Writer Unboxed had a post last week about one of my absolute favorite authors – Mary Stewart. I was so happy to see the post that I think I did a chair dance 🙂 It was so nice to see an older author get recognized and to see all the Mary Stewart love out there. I don’t remember how I found her books at the local library when I was younger, just that I was lucky enough that they had almost all of her works. I devoured them, and then read them again. Her books were exciting and suspenseful, romantic and exotic, and more than anything, I wanted to be one of her heroines. They were always brave and smart, they were proactive and took charge, instead of always waiting for the guy to tell them what to do. And of course the heroes were always handsome and slightly tortured. Yum. And oh the locations! Greece and France and Spain and England and Syria – I could go on and on! Her descriptions brought them alive in a way that I’d never imagined. You felt like you were there until the location became as much a character as the heroine! I think her books gave me the insane travel bug I have now. Someday I’d love to visit all of the locations of her books! But, more than that, it was Mary Stewart who really inspired me to become a writer. I wanted to create the same feelings, I wanted to write the intense suspense scenes that she was so good at. I wanted my books to have all...

2011 Goodreads Reading Challenge

I can’t remember where I first saw this, but Goodreads has a Reading Challenge every year. I usually try to keep track of the books I read, unfortunately I read really fast, and when I go through six books in a week, they tend to blur together. Goodreads has been fantastic at giving me a place to record what I’ve read and what I’ve thought about it – I love having  all that in one place. So, I decided that it would be a good idea to join the challenge this year. I usually don’t have a problem reading 50+ books a year, but since I’m starting to really get into revisions and drafting this spring, I figured I should give myself a goal to make sure I keep reading a priority as well. It’s super easy – all you do is log into your GR account and join the challenge. You can specify how many books you plan to read, as well as update your reading list from here as well. There’s even a widget you can add to your blog! Looking at my poor, pathetic list, I’m definitley motivated to get moving on my reading for the month! I still have a long way to go to hit my goal for the year! What about you guys? Anyone else doing the Reading Challenge? What are your goals for reading for the year? And stay tuned for tomorrow when the fantastic Sophia is going to be here to talk about Prologues!!! Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati...

And the Winners Are…

Thanks so much for everyone playing along with my giveaway – and welcome to my new blog followers! I just want to thank you all for continuing to trek along with me on this long journey – I appreciate each and every one of you and I SO couldn’t do it without you! And now without further ado…the randomly chosen winners are: Romance Package:  Lo Hughes Urban Fantasy Package: Anne YA Package: Sherrie Petersen Congrats everyone! Please email me at greyjamie1 at gmail dot com  with your address and I’ll get these sent out right away! And for those of you who didn’t win this time around…I have some fun news after the first of the year so there will definitely be a few more giveaways! Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a...

This *IS* The Giveaway You Seek

Don’t forget to post a comment on this post to be entered to win one of 3 fabulous book packages!  Contest closes at midnight tonight!!! You wouldn’t want to disappoint Yoda, would you? Disclaimer: This is not my dog, but he was too cute not to post Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a...