Mar 30, 2010

Notice the Bumble Bee

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~ Ashley Smith

Mar 23, 2010


I can't believe it has taken me until now to read Rachel Vincent's Shifters series! I'm already into book two Rogue and eating up every page. It took me until halfway through Stray before the protagonist, Faythe, grew on me. I'll let you know what I think of the series once I'm done reading, but so far so good.

Mar 20, 2010


Alright, I have been reading up a storm this week. I finished Hourglass by Claudia Gray. Hourglass is the third installment in her Evernight Series. I read this novel super fast---it definitely kept my attention. I was surprised at the end and what happened to Bianca and Lucas---don't want to spoil it for you. If you read the first two installments Evernight and Stargazer think about picking this novel up at a local bookstore. I don't believe it is available to upload on a Kindle at this time.

I also finished reading The Return: Shadow Souls. Shadow Souls is the latest installment of The Vampire Diaries series, by L. J. Smith. Seriously, this book had me from cover to cover. It's not short. Okay, it's actually shockingly long for a young adult novel (599 pages), but I finished after reading until the early hours of this morning. The story is mostly about Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert's relationship and her bid to try and free him from his own mistrust of friends and family. I have always found Elena's connection with Damon more appealing than her relationship with his brother, Stefan. Other readers surely share the same sentiment after watching The Vampire Diaries television series. Be warned that the CW show is fairly different from the books.

Spoiler: The end of Shadow Souls has a twist that makes Damon even more complex...and lovable (if that was possible).

Mar 19, 2010

It Snowed

I have to agree with Mr. Reiner.

"A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water." ~Carl Reiner

Mar 8, 2010


Hello from snowy Calgary. El Nino has been friendly this winter, but our stretch of warmth has officially ended with the arrival of a mammoth dump of snow. I'm still wishing for an early spring.

My plan: Write for an hour, then cuddle up in a hoodie and pull a blanket up to my chin.

Have a Great Night,


Mar 5, 2010

Book Trailer: ONE LIFE

You can also watch a longer version of the trailer on YouTube:

Mar 3, 2010

Supernatural Love

There are many topics to write about but hands down love is the overwhelming favourite. Who doesn't like to watch a movie or read a book about love? Don't we all want to be loved? The most successful works of our time are largely love stories. Including: Titantic, Avatar, Star Wars, and even Harry Potter. I always have been a sucker for love stories with a supernatural element; hence, why I write young adult novels. I'm also a strong believer in the tortured love triangles where both characters have a preternatural abilities. Current examples of successful works along this line are: Stefan and Damon (The Vampire Diaries); Bill and Eric (The Southern Vampire Mysteries a.k.a TrueBlood); Edward and Jacob (Twilight). All three examples are commercially successful Vampire novel series but the concept works with zombies, werewolves, ghosts, angels, etc. There is a large and still hungry market of readers who want to crush on supernatural characters. These love stories are popular because readers (women in particular) don’t feel guilty or embarrassed about obsessing over characters they feel may not exist...or are not attainable (Hello! TwiMoms). The love triangle is a bonus because readers, notably young adult readers, want to have a choice to be on a 'team'.

"All dream but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was in vanity, but the dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible." T. E. Lawrence