Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Book Roundup - August



I managed to read another Kindle Scout winner's book this month. Yay, me! This isn't the one that she won her contract with, but it's a damn good book! Beauty and the Barbarian by Amy Jarecki touched on old superstition and phobia regarding birthmarks, which is something I've never seen in a historical romance. The hero is an outlaw who committed a crime for a good reason, and is gravely injured when the heroine finds him on a beach. She is a skilled healer and lives with her father on a remote strait away from the prying eyes of villagers who would burn her as a witch. I loved this book, so so much. This one is third in a series, and I've already added the rest of them to my wishlist. Can't wait to read more from this author.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Teaser Time!

It's TEASER time!!!
I've never done a teaser for a book in any way. It's usually all or nothing with me, but this new book has got me so excited I just can't stand it! 
My editor, AKA Shanna, will be paying me a visit in September, and we'll get down to business editing. Or sitting around the house bullshitting. We'll decide in the car.

I'm hoping for a Christmas release right now, but we'll see.
 
For now, I think you guys will enjoy the little piece of the cover image I'm giving you today.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Writing Tips: Subjunctives

I hate subjunctives. They sound wrong, they feel wrong in the mouth, they just suck. I will explain them here and see if I can help make sense of them for you. They are, after all, Correct Grammar, albeit a Grammar Rule not widely used anymore.

A subjunctive is defined as 'relating to or denoting a mood of verbs expressing what is imagined or wished as possible.' WHHHAAAAT?!?!?!


Seriously.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Words Lesson 2: Emotional vs. Intellectual

It's been awhile since I did a word lesson. These aren't going to be a frequent thing, anyway, as there are more pressing matters. But every once in awhile I think of some piece of sound advice that's related specifically to words.

Emotional words and intellectual words have their rightful place in every book. They both serve different purposes and can change the way the reader feels about what they're reading. 

Intellectual words are pretty obvious, they're just the smarter cousins of the emotional ones. Both types of words are interchangeable, but there are times when one will work better than the other.

'Attractive' is intellectual, but 'good-looking' is emotional. The intellectual word will better be used in description, while the emotional word will serve a reactive sentence better. 

'Elderly' is intellectual, and is better used in a sentence like this one:

Shady Pines was a home for the elderly in central Florida.

'Old' is emotional, and is better here:

Sophia Petrillo was a mean old lady.

You can switch them around, of course, but if you do, they just don't sound right, do they? Using 'old' in the first example makes the sentence almost judgmental about age. Using 'elderly' in the second makes me sound pedantic.

There are millions of examples I could use, but I think you guys get the picture.

-S

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Love Letter - Favorite Movies

I believe every once in awhile a person deserves to talk about something that makes them happy. Movies make me deliriously happy. These are, as most of my lists are, in order of importance....sort of. Depending on the day, the order may change slightly, but this list pretty much does it.

8. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - I know, I know, everyone loves Raiders best, but this one has SEAN CONNERY in it, for Christ's sake.
7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - the fourth film is the best in the series, but really this spot is reserved for all of them. Because #HarryPotterForever

I like classic films like Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind, but I wouldn't put them on a list of favorites because I'm not going to watch them on a regular basis. The films on this list are the ones that make me happy, that I watch several times a year, and that I don't feel like a pretentious tool proclaiming my love for.

What are your favorites?
-S