To write a book????

I want to write a book that inspires while making people laugh.  My fiance just deployed and one of my friends said I had to read the book “Confessions of a Military Wife” by Mollie Gross.  Now I am only part of the way through the book but I am in LOVE!!! I can completely relate to the author in some very creepy ways; not only because of having some similar experiences but also we fell in love with our Marine for the same reasons.  So of course, immediately I am comfortable and interested in reading about what she has to say, because I want to know what I have to look forward to!  The best part of this book is that she makes everything so funny and the same things that she finds funny are the same things I giggle about, which make them hysterical!!!

So I guess in order to write a book that will inspire along with making people laugh, I need to make a book that will inspire me and make me laugh.  Now, what to write about????  I can’t do the military thing because I barely understand it myself, in fact I call myself a military illiterate!  Maybe I can write a book about trying to survive ……..  Well I guess you’ll have to wait and find out what I survive!!!  And hey if I don’t then maybe it can be a book about how not to survive!!  Wish me luck!!

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Who knew!

So I was packing up my bookcases because I will be moving soon, and I started looking through all the different books that I have.  Most of them romances (I know shocker!!) and I realized how many different kinds of romances there actually are.  I have some that are the, I guess traditional romances; you know the ones you picture with Fabio on the cover; though I really don’t have a lot of those (I’m really not one for the damsel in distress kind of book). Then I have some that have a bit of Sci-Fi to them, you know dragons, supernatural powers and vampires.  Then I have my favorite which a comical and have a bit of mystery in them.  Those make up the majority of my collecting.  While I was packing them  up (all 3 huge boxes worth, I feel sorry for the person that will be lifting those boxes) I realized that I have books to fit my every mood.  I can go to my book cases and immediately pick out the book that will best suit the mood that I am in.  I have my own mini bookstore!!  Which I love because I change moods on a daily bases (this can also be a problem when it’s the end of the week and time to clean up cause I find 5 books scattered throughout the house)!!  My mom always says that I should just go to the library to get the books because I read them so quickly and then buy some more that I am just wasting my money but honestly I love my books.  I love to come home from a long day go to my bookcase and pick any book off the self and dive into a new story.  I may already know the story but it is still a great story and oh so perfect for the mood that I am in.  If I’m feeling a little lonely I’ll pick out a book that will either make me laugh out loud (because who cares I’m alone!!) or a book that will make me feel comforted.  If I’m feeling a little vengeful (rarely happens I swear!) I’ll get a book with a lot of mystery where the female leads gets the bad guy in the end!!  I am telling you I never realized how perfect it was to have so many different types of romance novels.  They each have a different flavor to them but in the end they all have some romance too, (because of course every book needs a little romance)!

Published in: on 30/05/2010 at 02:35  Leave a Comment  
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What a character . . .

If you could be a character in book what kind of character would you be??  Would you be the hero, the wimp, the women, the child, the nerd, the hottie, the victim??  I think that when you write about a character in a book you take pieces of who you are or who you wish to be and incorporate them into that character.

If I were to be character in a book I would want to be a strong, confidant female that is smart and knows what she wants in life.  I wouldn’t mind a little sex appeal because I just think that’s something I don’t have.   I would want to discover something (not like a treasure, but maybe just something about myself), I would want to make a difference in someone’s life.

I know that’s a lot for one book, but no one says that a character has to be limited to one book.  I mean think about life, you can think about it in terms of chapters in a book or even in different books.  I just graduated college and I consider each year that I devoted to school as a different chapter and I have finished the book on that part of my life.  I am currently starting a new book.

Ok so now that I know what kind of character I want to be in a book, what kind of book do I want to be in??  Not a horror or thriller that is for sure.  I think I would like to be in a mystery or feel good book with a little romance mixed in there.  Everybody’s got to fall in love!!!  There most definitely has to be humor in the book because what am I without laughter.  I know what I want now I just need to write it!!

If you could be a character in your own book what would you be like and what kind of book would it be???

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The Bad Side to Romance Novels

I know that I haven’t posted anything recently but that is all because I have been trying to make it through this semester in school.  I am almost done 2 more exams and then I have one more semster before graduation!  Woo Hoo!!  Even with all that going on I have still found the time to read a few books.  I found this series written by an author that I have read before.  Her other books were great so I had no reason to bought that these wouldn’t be good too.  But WOW!  This book was not a romance novel it was a sex book.  In every chapter there was sex and once you to got to the end there was still more sex.  I know that I like romance novels but there still needs to be a story there.  Not just two people meet and then there is sex going on.  I skipped reading half the book because I was just trying to find the story in the book.  If I could I’d like to get my money back.  Anyone can write a steamy sex scene but it takes an author to write a romance novel.  There has to be a memorable meeting and a building attraction to one another, there should be a fight for affections.  That’s what makes a good romance.

I like mine to have a murder mystery vibe to them too.  Rachel Gibson wrote a great short series which was about 4 authors that were friends and each book goes into one of their lives.  The best part is that each book is written in the style of that particular author, a True Crime, Murder Mystery, Romance and Science Fiction.  These are great books! At least in my opinion.  That is the beauty of reading though, what I like others might not.

However if there is no story to follow then you might as well just call the book porn.  It’s books like that, that give Romance Novels a bad name.  That is what most people already think about Romance Novels, so books like that are just perpetuating the cycle.  Come on authors do you really think that is a good book?  Having read other stories that are soo much better than this book to me it just seems like laziness on the authors part. I need a book with more substance than just sex.  Books like this are the bad side to Romance Novels.

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Jumping Back Into a Book!!

Unlike sHappy Hourome people I love to re read books!!  That is why I like to buy books instead of get them at the library, because I know that I am probably going to re read it at some point.  Several of the books that I have are falling apart at the binding because I have read them so many times.

The thing about re reading a book is that you always find something new that you previously didn’t find because you were too busy trying to figure out the plot of the story.   The details are what really get me into a book and most of the time I miss them the first time because I am reading so quickly to find out what’s next.  And that’s the great thing about a good book, the details are always there for you to find them. You only have to look.  That’s why I love to jump back into a book!!

Published in: on 10/11/2009 at 01:53  Leave a Comment  

A very sensitive subject…

SO I want to write about a very sensitive topic, but before I say anything I want to preface with the following.  Everyone is allowed their own opinion and views.  I am by no means trying to press my opinion on anyone else.  In fact I encourage everyone to figure out your own beliefs and be proud of what you believe.angelsanddemons

Religion is one of the most sensitive subjects there is.  I have studied religions in college and listened to people talk about their own beliefs.  For all of my experiences I have come to have strong beliefs in my religion.  However, I am always open to new interpretations and new ideas.  I think that is very important for everyone.  You should always want to learn and grow, there is never a limit to the amount of knowledge that one can obtain.  Religion is one of those same things that you can never have enough new knowledge on.

With the new Dan Brown book coming out, I started thinking about all the religious controversy that surrounded his last two Robert Langdon books.  In some ways I can see how Catholics may not enjoy the subject matter that he chose to write about (The Catholic Church), when I read his books they only strength the faith in my beliefs.  “Science and Religion support the same thing – pure energy is the father of creation.” – Dan Brown, Davinci codeAngels & Demons

My boyfriend, who is Catholic, refuses to read the books just on principle.  I tend not to talk about this with him because he is so strong in his beliefs.  But I did ask him, “Would it really hurt you to read what someone else writes about your religion, especially if you are so strong in your beliefs?”  He refused to answer and walked away, so I dropped the subject.  I believe that many people that are upset by his books feel the same way that my boyfriend does, but have they ever read the books? There are many things that I very much admire about Catholicism, but I do try to keep my mind and heart open to other ideas.  “Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves.” – Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

I preordered my copy of The Lost Symbol and it’s here!  I know I can’t open and read it yet because onlost symbolce I do I won’t be able to put it down and currently I have too much on my plate to stop and read. (And those of you who have read my previous stuff know I LOVE TO READ.)  I cannot wait to be taken into a new world and open my mind up to new and exciting ideas.  I hope that you will too!! “Science tells me God must exist. My mind tells me I will never understand God. And my heart tells me I am not meant to.” – Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

Drawn to Distraction

I have ADD and I am an avid animal lover.  SO when I read a book that has a dog in it, I am definitely in to it!!! Well I just finished reading a book and in this book the women gets kidnapped! While she’s walking her dog!!!.  I am sorry but after that scene knowing they didn’t take the milo-and-otis2dog, all I could think about was where is the dog!!  Please someone go back for the dog!! (Yes I am well aware that this is a book.)  I don’t think that I paid attention to anything that was said until the guy sent someone to find the dog.  I wonder if this happens to other people as well.  I do it with movies too.  I will fast forward to make sure that the animal will be ok.  But if a person is in that same situation I just keep watching.  Is something wrong with me?  I mean I cannot watch that Milo and Otis movie cause it is just too much for me.  Also that movie Homeward Bound, even though I know that everything will turn out ok because I’ve seen it before. I just can’t!!  This book that I was reading was a Vampire book so it had a lot of interest but all I could think about was WHERE WAS THE DOG!!!!  There was this movie I saw on tv, I can’t rememeber the name but this woman had two weimarane0810091315-00r dogs.  The woman, the dogs, oh and the other people that were with them had to go under water and swim to get out of this place.  The people and the woman came up but the dogs didn’t make it.  (I started crying, Yes that’s right!) Then the woman went to save them, the dogs came back up but the woman died. (I didn’t shed a tear for her.) Seriously is there something wrong with me!!!!!!  In case you didn’t know I do have a dog and a cat.  They entertain my life, along with the books.  I can’t help that I have a huge soft spot in my heart for animals!!  So I guess you could say that I am easily drawn to distraction!!!

If you can be a sex-addict why can’t you be a book-addict?

I learned something about myself today.  I thought it was pretty interesting.  I have been going through somethings in the last couple days and I needed to escape.  So what did I do, I picked up a book to read and a world to escape into.  I love reading! I can’t help it and I wonder if people have the same thoughts.  I actually think that it is an addiction.  If you can be a sex-addict why can’t you be a book-addict?

I constantly find myself escaping from my world to get into a good book.  Whenever I am lonely I find company in the characters I read about.  Whenever I am bored there is always something interesting to find in a book.  And whenever I need a good cry I can just pick up a book and cry it out along with the other characters.  I’m not crazy I swear, but this is the passion I that I have for books.  I get so tired of people saying that they’d rather watch a movie because it takes less time.  Puleease!!!  You are just too lazy to use your own imagination that is needed when reading a book.

This is why I want to write! I want to be able to allow some one to escape for just a little while.  I want some one to read my books and feel the same way I feel about the books I read.  I can’t guarantee that I’ll be a great writer but I will try my best.  I have to try and see what I can do.  I think that my passion for reading comes from the fact that I almost couldn’t read! Reading changed my life. Through wonderfully observant parents and teachers, I was identified as having dyslexia. I was tested for it and received help from the school system to get treated. I could not read until the second grade. I spent a summer going to Furman University, having a private tutor, and getting tutored in school. There were many privileges because of my dyslexia; longer time on tests, a person how would fill in my answer sheet for me so I didn’t put the wrong thing, and many other privileges. You are never fully cured from dyslexia; it stays with you all your life. I still catch myself reading the numbers backwards or writing down the wrong letters, I always have a little anxiety about reading aloud in class, because it is so hard for me. Since I learned to read you almost never find me without a book I am currently reading. So now you can understand why I think reading is so special.

When people ask me if I have ever read a book that changed my life I simply say yes. I have read so many that have changed my life it would take all day to explain which ones and why. The important part in reading is finding a book that you enjoy. Mystery, Horror, Drama, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Historical, Romance; as long as you enjoy reading it, it really doesn’t matter what it’s about. Reading can teach you new words, new cultures, new ideas and new things you never knew about yourself.

I love to inspire people to read, because it is so important to me. Whenever I can, I try and get a new person into a good book. A good book, if written well can help you explore your own emotions. A good book can make you laugh (go ahead and laugh out loud its ok) one chapter and tear up the next. A good book can help to develop your imagination; you can picture exactly what is happening in the book. I know that when I have a good book nothing can stop me from reading it, I am right in there beside the main character. A good book will change your life, even if it’s a small change.

* This is one of those tangents that I was talking about!!!

What Can I Say I am a BOOK WORM!!!

Ok so I definitely learned something yesterday.  Write about sex and anyone will read what you have to say.  So many people read my posting but how many read it because of what it said and how many it read because of the title, tags or the fact that it had sex in it.  I’m just curious because it makes me wonder. How do I follow that up?

But not just this one, anything.  How do authors come up with the next book in a series? How do they keep writing stories that make you want to keep picking up the books?  Some of the authors, that I enjoy,  write in the same series but instead of writing the same character they write from different character’s prospective.  In some ways I reKatie MacAlisterally like that, you never get tired of reading how the same person gets stuck in the same situation.  But in other ways I really want to know what’s going on with the original character.

Katie MacAlister as done something interesting, she has written about a “world*” and writes four books following this character through it.  Then she has switched and is writing about another character going through this same “world*”, while still interacting some with the previous character so that you know a little bit about what’s going on with the first character she wrote about.

I love series books because I get so involved in the characters that I that I get really into the world around them and through a series I get to see more and more into that world.  What can I say I am a BOOK WORM!!!!

* = I say world because I don’t know how better to phrase it.

Published in: on 01/08/2009 at 15:45  Leave a Comment  
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Is it Wrong to Like a Little Romance?

Ok so I don’t have a problem admitting that I like to read romance novels!!  My boyfriend makes fun of me because when he thinks about those kinds of books all he sees is the Fabio style books with a guy on a horse with no shirt and a helpless damsel.  But if you fabioread romance novels you know that they aren’t all like that!  Some have very strong women that with the help of a man figure out a problem.  Or in some cases a woman that deserves nothing but the love that she should be given.  I read romances because I am a hopeless romantic!! I can’t help but always see the good in people and see the romantic side to a story.

Some might suggest that reading a romance novel is the same thing as reading a Penthouse Magazine or Playboy.  I disaplayboy_covergree with this completely, a romance novel sparks the imagination you have to read the words and interpret them on your own to come up with your own picture in your head.  I think with Playboy magazines you don’t really have to picture anything, it’s all laid out there for you.  What is left to imagine?  I may be getting that all wrong it may be different for a guy, but that’s how I see it.  I won’t lie and say that some of the scenes in the books do make my blood pressure go up, but I figure it’s in a good way.  I mean I don’t look down on a guy that looks at those magazines, but please don’t look down on me for reading these books.

There is more to a romance novel than just the sex scenes too.  Some are about murders, and are very thrilling, some are about history and some are humorous.  You have to look beyond the cover and the title of the book.  Most of the time those are deliberately steamy as a way to draw you in.  If in fact you are ashamed of the book you are reading you can always tear off the cover of a not so steamy book and replace the one that is currently on the book.  Though I don’t recommend that you do that with a book that you borrowed from a friend or the library.  But I do hope that someday youCode Name Princess will not be ashamed that you read romance novels.

I do think it is quite funny to watch the women that are ashammed to be walking down the romance isle.  They will either use the hurrying method which is  walk as quickly through as possible and grab a book as they go without really looking at it, or they will use the hop method where they will hop in to the isle at the ends and grab a book before hoping back out.  I tell you people take more pride in what you reading, if your really that embarassed go online (they invited this great little website called amazon.com, you can order as many books as you want.) Trust me when I say it is worth it to find a book that you will enjoy and you can get it in the privacy of your own home!!

Published in: on 31/07/2009 at 17:37  Comments (5)  
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