Category: Adult Fiction
Hey again. So it’s probably no surprise to you that I have a youtube channel. I mostly chat about books on it, but lately I’ve been sort of branching out, and incorporating things like tv, movies, my writing… as there are only so many things about books I can, you know, talk about. Kinda gets exhausting after a while. (But I love books…I really do!)
Anyway, I thought for this week’s update I’d do something a little different – not to mention it kinda helps to add more to my channel – by, yep, you guessed it! (if you didn’t, that’s okay. I forgive you.) I made a video! It’s all about the things that I…er…well I call it ‘confessions’ but really it’s about what I don’t do that others do? I don’t really know how to describe it. It’s not serious as such, I mean, I realise I won’t be the only one to do things the way I do. And not everything’s set in stone.
Before I let you watch the video I shall attach hereafter (I got that right…right?) I just thought I’d tell you how things are coming along!
My current story word count (as of when I am typing this) is 26,820 words. Not too shabby, eh? I hope to achieve at least 5k a week, at most 10k a week (because doing 20k in a week was a fluke and no way in hell will I ever get that done again…well….I guess never say never. Damn you bieber!)
I’m still no more wiser as to where the story is heading, besides the obvious romance plot, but all is well…I think I’m just going with the flow. It’s a contemp…I can do that.
AAAAANYWAY… enough rambling. I hope you enjoy what I have to say in this video (and I am sorry if a lot of it is stuff I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts. It’s mostly for the benefit of the watchers on my channel – not that I have many.)
In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls – the first and second times – and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.
“This book contains some stories from my life: the awkward growing up years, the confusing dating years, the fulfilling working years, and what it was like to be asked to play one of my favorite characters again. You probably think I’m talking about my incredible achievement as Dolly in Hello, Dolly! as a Langley High School junior, a performance my dad called ‘you’re so much taller than the other kids.’ But no! I’m talking about Lorelai Gilmore, who, back in 2008, I wasn’t sure I’d ever see again. Also included: tales of living on a houseboat, meeting guys at awards shows, and that time I was asked to be a butt model. A hint: all three made me seasick.”
Alright, you know I have a thing for autobiographies. I think it’s like…you’re getting to know the person behind the media? I don’t know, but it’s bloody fantastic. I love Gilmore Girls, though I’ll admit, I only got into it last May? It’s amazing, and I want to binge it all again soon. Of course then there was the revival series, which was kinda…brilliant but short. Too short.
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Lauren Graham is the best; so funny, so wise and just…well, great. I read her book in two days? Pretty short for me, and not a surprise since this was a short book and still seemed to go on forever…in a good way? I don’t know, it’s complicated. Come back another day.
There was so much I didn’t know about her and when you think of how she got to where she is now it’s incredible. I’d never have the strength, to be honest. There’s a chapter where she gives advice about how to get more writing done which I think I’ll cherish forever, and another where she pretends to be ‘Old Lady Jackson’ which is just hilarious; it’s a character she made up so she could be all ‘oldy worldy’ to young folk and still be all “but I’m cool with it, really”. Honestly, the things “Old Lady Jackson’ says is SPOT ON. And I urge you all to read it and dare you not to agree. Maybe I’m just getting old in my head, but I couldn’t help but want to hold this book up like Simba and claim it as the new King (er..Queen?).
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The way this book ended, after a diary of her on set for the Gilmore Girls revival, was kinda abrupt but also completely right. I wish they’d do another series, because I miss Rory and Lorelai and Logan and, pretty much everyone (even the ones I’m not keen on!). This book will give you ALL the GG feels and so much more. I must make an effort to read Lauren’s other books which are fictional.
Oh and one last note:
A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers. Victor and Eli started out as college roommates?brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognised the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find?aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge?but who will be left alive at the end? In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.
I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I’ll admit, I’d not read anything of V.E. Schwab’s before Vicious and I had heard wonderful things about it. I knew it was an adult book, but I didn’t expect the back and forth “flashbacks” as it were, with the characters Victor and Eli. It helped me, because I think if it had been purely “adult” I might have struggled. I don’t know. It usually has nothing to do with the writing style, but more because I generally PREFER YA.
In any case, Vicious was a great tale of super heroes gone rogue. Or something like that. Eli and Victor didn’t always start out as enemies, but something happened when they both took on an experiment. How were EO’s (ExtraOrdinaries) created? Were they born or made to become through death? It was truly fascinating the research that went into this on the characters behalf. Please humour me, it felt like Victor and Eli were REAL. It’s such a thrill to find a book that does that to me. To make me so invested in the characters lives. I don’t usually like superhero stories, either. Not like this, anyway. It had an element of ‘Steelheart’ by Brandon Sanderson to me, but at the same time, the story was SO much better than that.
I had liked Eli and first, but then after a while he started getting a bit too…I wanna say preachy? I think my non-religious mind was getting too “eye-rolly” of his attitude. The whole “He made me like this for a reason.” nonsense. Um…no. Sorry but that got annoying. He did nothing. YOU did this. Anyway, my ranting apart, it was nice to have a bad character have their reasons, as opposed to just being ‘evil’. He thought HE was the hero of his own story, and he really wasn’t. Neither, admittedly, was Victor. They both had their reasons for doing what they did, and it intrigued me. At one point I was getting restless, I just wanted to know what was going to happen. But I didn’t want to skip any pages. I was HOOKED!
Sydney and Serena were like opposite ends of the pole. I instantly became attached to Sydney. I felt for her on every level, I understood her (though not from personal experience, but because she was so well written) and I stuck by her when her sister, Serena, became someone to be feared.
Serena irritated me. She seemed to think she was the exception and though she apparently hated her power, and wanted people to fight back, she still continued to do bad things. It bugged me to no end.
Every other character was so…well done. Mitch was a person I didn’t expect to like so much, but like with the others, he made a mark. Same with the investigators. They all became important to this story. I was left stunned at the ending. I was like “What? That’s it? No!” Because of how it ended, I thought there might be a sequel. I thought this WAS a series, or something.
Anyway, I am so glad I gave this book a shot. I think it’ll be one to reread in the future. I give this 4 stars. 1 star knocked off because of the irritating Eli and Serena. Everything else was perfect. 🙂
The Charleston Haven Series (stand – alone)
New Adult Contemporary
Release: December 2, 2014
Published by Penguin/InterMix
Kara Marcus is desperate to forget the past and move on. But she can’t escape her choices—especially when she finds herself falling in love…
Since the first day she stepped into her childhood Southern Baptist church, two truths have been engrained in Kara Marcus’s head: sex before marriage is bad and murder is a sin. And that’s why Kara can never forgive herself for what she did at the age of sixteen.
Now, as second semester of freshman year comes to a close, Kara has stood by her high school boyfriend, Ethan. But as they seem to grow further and further apart every day, Kara realizes that she has feelings for someone else: Ethan’s roommate Colt.
Suddenly, Kara’s clear-cut world shifts out of focus, and she’s torn between what her head tells her is right and what her heart is desperately pushing her to do—even if it means committing another undeniable sin…
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Colt took a step in my direction. “Can I ask you a question, Kara?”
My eyes drifted up to his. He was so close now, close enough that I could smell his woodsy scent. Most guys smelled like cologne or soap, but Colt was all earthy. All male. It was too much. “Maybe,” I said, unwilling to offer more.
“Why do you stay with him?”
Of all the questions I expected to hear out of his mouth, that wasn’t one of them. It was the one question I couldn’t answer, even to myself. I drew an uncomfortable breath and shook my head, my gaze finding the floor. “What do you mean?”
Another step. “You know what I mean.”
“Why do you care?”
He paused, his arms still at his sides, his heart beating noticeably in his chest. “I don’t know.”
Our eyes met, and in his gaze I saw the same war that brewed in my heart. This wasn’t right, yet I couldn’t keep myself away. The moment drew on, an electric charge building all around us. Every nerve in my body ached to close the distance between us, to see if his skin felt as warm as it looked. I wanted to trace the lines of his tattoos. I wanted to hear and feel his breath on my face. I swallowed hard, my resolve to be the good girl my mom raised me to be faltering.
About the Author
Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.
The author is giving away (1) Copy of PIECES OF OLIVIA and (1) $10 Amazon Gift Card – International
Check out the beautiful cover for Pippa Jay’s No Angel below!!
How far would you fall for love?
Centuries ago, guardian angel Lucien committed a terrible sin. He gave into his own desires and revealed himself to the mortal woman he’d been charged to protect. By kissing her, he condemned himself. Torn of his wings and his angelic powers, thrown down into the City Below, Lucien now serves Satan as an incubus who claims souls for his master from the City Above, and who feeds on the energy stolen from his mortal lovers. Dark, sexy and charming, he’s been top of his league for decades uncounted.
Until His Infernal Highness decides to send Lucien looking for a lost angel. Lucien has no idea what he did to deserve such a punishment, and the touch of an angel could destroy him. Yet the challenge and the potential kudos of seducing one of his former heavenly kin leads him on.
But when he finds the angel, he learns he still has more to lose than his already forsaken soul.
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.
Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, a YA paranormal romance—Restless In Peaceville—published by Lycaon Press, four self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, Reboot and Hallow’s Eve), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).
Fancy doing something different for August?
Why not do what I’m doing? Sign up to Bout Of Books 11!
Don’t know what it’s about?
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
It’s gonna be so much fun and it’s non-competitive so don’t feel like you have to read more than others (although, that would be super cool if you did!) and dig through that pile of books you’ve been dying to get read!
I’ll be taking part. Will you?