Friday, September 30, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Hooked on Hooks by Zook Book Nook

Now I dare you to say that 5 times.  I couldn't manage two times before getting a case of the twisty tongue followed by a fit of giggles at myself.

But more seriously, this is a little blog hop baby courtesy of the ever-wonderful K at Zook Book Nook.  Click here to participate.  And here are the details:

Writers Link Up Your Hooks and Start Commenting!

Post a link to your blog through the Hooked on Hooks linky that is available at the end of this post. To do so, just add type the name of your blog and the URL for the specific post in the box below!

The only requirement is to stop by at least three other campaigners blogs to give them comments about their hooks. The WIP may be any piece of writing (short story, essay, fiction, children's book, MG, YA, chic lit, fantasy, article, poetry, blog post, etc) that you are currently working on. The first few sentences (your hook) may be for the beginning of your WIP, the beginning of a prologue or chapter or sequel. If you write poetry, it may be the first few stanzas. You may share one or two hooks on your blog, because you're more likely to get feedback on one or two rather than several.

This event is made possible through Rach Writes Third Writers' Platform-Building Campaign!!

Here's my Hook for my work in progress, EVERVEIL, a YA Paranormal


I didn’t know how to play well with others-- still don’t, honestly-- but Vivvie seemed happy with me, just as I was.  She left me at summer’s end, bright pink hair draped over my arm as I held her close.   She whispered a strained goodbye with her last breath.  As her chest fell for the last time, I finally told her that I didn’t want to be her best “guy” friend anymore, that I loved her.  Like the emergency crews that arrived five minutes later, I was too late.  That made losing her even worse.  But we’re both just sixteen…and she wasn’t supposed to die.

Just Squint Your Eyes and the Weekend Will be Here

Okay, so maybe not.  But, if you squint your eyes, it may look closer.  Or, if you took today off from work then I envy am happy for you :-)  That means you get an early start on the relaxing or the partying, whichever suits your fancy.

To wrap up this week, I'd like to thank those who recognized my blog with awards.  I am thrilled to know others enjoy stopping by to share in the bits of craziness I tend to impart.  I've been given the Versatile blog award by Myne Whitman, the Liebster Award from Cynthia Lee and the One to Follow blog award by Jenna Cooper.  As a rule for each award, you have to recognize the person who awarded you.  I shake my head at that rule since I consider it a pleasure and an honor to thank anyone who would think of me.  So thank you my fellow bloggers.  And to my other visitors, commentors, regulars, please check these ladies out.  Great blogs.

Here's who I'd have presenting the awards if only in my dreams:

Now it's the other two rules I'm going to break bend to fit my need.  First, I'm to tell a few things about me.  There's little to share except for my LOVE of anime.  Yes, I am a grown woman who enjoys Bleach, Blood+, and so much more.  Yes, Hayao Miyazaki rocks!!!!!  Howl's Moving Castle, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Princess Mononoke.  Here are a couple of intro (Gunslinger Girl)/outro (Vampire Knight Guilty) songs I fell in love with because of watching anime.

Second, I'm also to mention 15, 10, 5, 7 or some other number of blogs.  But that was so difficult the first time around (because I really enjoy all the blogs I visit), I've decided to pick out a few posts that stood out for me over the last week or so.  No deep explanations or anything, just something about these posts left their mark with me, in a positive way.  One exception.  Brodi is out of her mind crazy and I get a kick every dog gone post she does.
The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment - Let's Take it Back to the Old School
Finding the Write Way - A Very Important Revelation
Michael Haynes - A Writing Blog - The Value of Ideas
High Aspirations - Remember Where We Came From
E.R. King-Get Busy Writing - The "Why" Game
David Powers King - The Cosmic Laire of Science Fiction and Fantasy - Aspiring Advice: Uncurbing Enthusiasm
Christine Fonseca, Author, Opening the door to new worlds - Why Write
Brodi Ashton, Writer - Top Five Signs you have a Book Coming out in Three Months
Books & Nooks - Recreate a Cover Contest

The insight, the comedy, the depth is remarkable.  As a writer, I'm proud to be among the ranks of those highlighted here and the many others working, reading and writing every day to share your story.
Thursday, September 29, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Chicks, Cancer, Crazy and Courage

Okay, so it's that time to figure out something to do for the weekend.  Hang out with your friends (at the movies).  Hang out with your family (at the movies).  Hang out with your girlfriend or boyfriend (at the movies).  Oh heeeey, maybe you can check out a new movie this weekend.

There are a few choices such as What's Your Number, a movie inspired by the chick lit 20 Times a Lady.  It's a comedy about a woman on the quest to revisit her past lovers and discover which of them was the "one who got away".
You could take your comedy with cancer.  That's pretty much what the writer of 50/50 did.  It depicts the humorous yet "heartfelt" way this young man, his friends, and family dealt with something that has a tendency to pull out the melodramatic in many of us.  And the writer should know since he based it on his true life experience.

If comedy doesn't suit your mood, you could always fill your mind with something suspenseful, like Dream House.  Don't let the title fool you.  This is one of those things where you learn that if something is too good to be true, it probably comes with dire consequences, like discovering you live in a home where people were brutally murdered....or do you???
As a personal note, this one screams "scary" to me and me and scary are not good friends so I'll leave this movie to braver souls.

But inspiration may be your desired course of action.  That's where Courageous comes into play.  Four cops, faith in God and the trials they endure in work and with their family.  This one seems like it may have a more family-friendly tone to it.
As a personal note, the movie trailer touched my heart but that was not a sniffle and a tear.  That was a - erm - uh - an allergy.  Yeah, allergy.
Anything of interest?  Anything catch your eye?  Do you think you could be as brave as the writer of 50/50 and take your most painful tragedy and give it a humorous spin so you can share it with the world?
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | By: Angela Brown


First, I want to thank Cynthia Lee, YA Writer for recognizing my blog with the ever wonderful Liebster award and Jenna Cooper at Finding the Write Way for the One to Follow award.  Please visit their posts for some wonderful recommendations for blogs to check out.

Normally, I would do my pay it forward, however, I want to use this courage to discuss a book I've sort of put off because, honestly, I wasn't sure if I could really handle talking about it.  It's a book that could make its way onto the Banned Book list.  And a part of me can't say I'd blame the list makers for adding it.

Here's the book:
Find the e-book at Amazon
Speak, by Laurie Anderson.  Real easy title, very potent subject matter.  It deals with a young girl harassed at school and unable to open her mouth to truly express herself after getting a few people in trouble.  It's nothing she intended, nothing she asked for and something she learns to deal with through the course of the book. She's in a tough situation since this is all brought on by the trauma she experiences at the hands of her rapist, who also happens to attend her school.

I haven't read the book but just reading about it brought back a painful memory from my teenage years, one of those things that sits at the fringes, delighting me with taunts that it will leave - which I wish it would - then thrusting it's way back when something like this comes along.  Thankfully, the years have been kind and some raw emotions are massaged into ease of handling with age and maturity.

Oddly enough, that tiny part of me that can agree with this being on the Banned Book list contradicts itself by agreeing with all the rest of me when I think on how much I would have wanted a book like this when I was fourteen.  From the little I've read, this character endured sooo much more than I did.  I don't know how well I would have handled being ostracized by everyone.  The violation that comes with that event is beyond enough to have to deal with.  From reviews I've read, the author did a great job of gripping the reader and making it a really good read.  I've added it to my TBR list and look forward to reading it myself.

Speaking of Banned Books, are there any books on the list that you just look at and wonder "Really?"  If so, please share in the comments.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Unrequited Love or Jilted Lover - A love letter to Internet

Maybe it was my fault.  I don't know yet, still thinking about it.

Me and Internet, well, we've been good friends of late.  I slide into his WWW and we cruise through e-mails, blogs and research for shiny new ideas that successfully sometimes distract me from my two works-in-progress.

This weekend, a new guy hit the block.  He's named McAfee.  I thought he would just be a good friend, too...but something happened and Internet, well - it hurts to say this - he just *hiccup*, sorry, the mojitos kicking in - shut me down.  I knocked on his door repeatedly.  But he ignored me.  I threw acorns at his window.  He snapped the blinds shut.  Did he think I didn't care about him because McAfee had a nice firewall?  How do I convince Internet that what we share is special?

I'm working on it, sneaking here to drop this note.  Internet, if you're listening, please - *hiccup*, oohhh...sorry again - please forgive me.  We can work this out.
Friday, September 23, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Fractured Fairy Tales and Going for the Great Teen Hook

Yesterday was a very busy blog day.  I published 3 posts.  Not my norm.  And now my brain is paying for it.

So, as a reminder, please check out my submission for the Writers Platform-Building Campaign 2nd challenge.

If you happen to like it, please click here and Like #8.

If you are a Campaigner and want to participate, here are the instructions.


Please feel free to check out my submission for the Can You Hook a Teen Blogfest.  I was going super-procrastinator with this one but I think I got it in under deadline.  I'm not a teen and I know I could use the benefit of teenage eyes.

If you want to check out other First 250 word submissions, click here and blog hop.

For now, I think I'll call this a Chill Friday.
Thursday, September 22, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Can You Hook a Teen Blogfest

Call me super-procrastinator.  Cutting it close on this one...seriously.

Here we go.
Click here for blogfest info
Thanks for coordinating and judging:  Brenda Drake and Teen Eyes.

Now, to my submission.
Word count: 236
Title: EVERVEIL Book 1 of Uncommon Chronicles
Genre: YA Paranormal

Chapter One


Summers are supposed to end with a bang.  Mine ended with Vivvie dying in my arms, leaving this emptiness inside of me.  I was too chicken to tell her how I really felt.  That made it worse.  But at sixteen, death was the furthest thing from our thoughts. 

I didn’t know how to play well with others-- still don’t, honestly-- but Vivvie seemed happy with me, just as I was.  Now I’m doing extra work at school because my guidance counselor thinks it’ll help me deal with the grief.  Kids who never looked my way shot me second glances, not the kind that made me feel appreciated.  Others whispered to one another when I passed by.  None of them said a word, not even a, “Sorry for your loss.”  I knew what they’re thinking.  I think it as well.

I was in the accident, too.  I should have saved her.

Better yet, it should have been me.

Mom’s been extra clingy lately, the only person who’s glad I survived.  I’m still not sure how and can’t help questioning why.  With longer mixed martial arts sessions, I shouldn’t have any time for this grieving business.  But it’s there.  Nothing I do fills the void.  The absence is unbearable.  Her smile, her laughter, her head on my shoulder whenever she wanted to talk.  I never realized I’d miss the smell of apricot shampoo so badly. 

Where did Rach get those words???

So it's Challenge #2 for the Writer's Platform-Building Campaign and I'm dazed and confused.  Where did Rach find these words?  Here are the instructions:
The Challenge is:
Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:
  • include the word "imago" in the title
  • include the following 4 random words: "miasma," "lacuna," "oscitate," "synchronicity,"
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post.
For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY!

I've completed mine.  I think my brain was on "fried mode" but I hope you can at least enjoy what I threw together.  In the end, this was actually fun to do :-)

Fractured Imago

The wicked queen?

That tired old hag?  She’s got nothing on us.  Mirror, mirror on the wall told her so.  But he got it wrong.  Snow White’s a toad stool.  My sister saw to that.

After Cinderella married Prince Charming, we had to leave.  Staying in her happily ever after would never work.  Fairy godmother created a lacuna in the section of our fairy tale just before The End.  Such a dear, she loved those mice.  It only took ending the squeals of one to get what we wanted, our exit and her wand.

We arrived in the queen’s chamber of conceit.  Seriously, how often does a girl need a pair of milky eyes and copper toned lips to appear in a miasma of fog to tell you how gorgeous you are?  Surprised, the queen oscitated.  Her blood red lips formed a round O.  Her hesitation made it quick work to steal the kingdom.  The good fairy’s wand dispatched her to a fitting fate, forever encased in gold and glass with that ego booster of hers.

We forever claimed the land’s already existent good fortune on the synchronicity of our arrival and lived our own happily ever after.

Lies, Money, Killing and Inspiration

Step right up!  Pick your poison so you can sit on down.

Post-Twilight has probably been an interesting time for Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team We Hate Bella.  But have no fear, Team Jacob can get their fix by watching Abduction, which opens this weekend.  Taylor Lautner stars as a teen who makes the haunting discovery that his life is a house of cards.  Finding his parents are not his real parents is the imbalance that topples his world and sends him running for his life.  Not alone, of course.  There's always a pretty girl.

If you're up for a little budget advice, follow Brad Pitt as he stars in Moneyball, a based-on-a-true-story movie about a baseball team manager who used statistical data to build a winning team at the cheapest cost.  There you go...get the most bang for the buck.  Maybe I should have the real-life-guy take a look at my finances OR...maybe I could just ask if Brad Pitt could take over my finances.  I'm not too old to be adopted if you add the two numbers of my age together ;-)

Perhaps you just want to backhand the person next to you (please don't do that for real!!!) and snarl, "I don't want no stinking sappy crap."  If so, you're in luck.  Clive Owen, Robert DeNiro and Jason Statham star in Killer Elite where everybody - or most everybody - is trying to kill somebody.  I'm guessing there will be blood as well so go ahead and smirk.  A gritty person like you won't smile.

Of course, the kids need something to watch - or rather, the parents need something they can comfortably take their kids to and know that when their kid acts up, they're not alone.  Enter Dolphin Tale, the story of a rescued dolphin with no tail who ends up with a prosthetic one. and the adoration of many people.
Come on, you know you were touched just a teensy, eensy bit by that last trailer.  Or maybe you've had a week like mine and you're feeling like a little Killer Elite in your life.

So what say you?  Team Jacob?  Team Brad?  Team Jason OR Team Dolphin?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

"Who is the fairest of them all?"  Translation: You BETTER tell me I'M the fairest of them all!!

Most have heard the fairy tale.  The wicked queen, most beautiful and conceited fair, required her regular dose of ego boosting from a magical mirror.  The mirror gave the name Snow White as the answer one day, unbeknownst to the innocent little thing.  A note here:  If I were Snow White, I'd hunt down the darn mirror and break it for all its worth, seven years bad luck be darned after planting a target on my back like that.  Of course, in fairy tales, everything works out happily ever after.  Right?

But what about having the story told from the wicked queen's POV?  Laura Biggs and Sarah Steinbrenner team up to do just that in FIRST BITE: THE WICKED QUEEN'S TALE.

Available at Smashwords and Amazon 

I've noticed a trend of remakes of some of the old classics, like PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES taking on the brain eating walking dead.  A note here: Me and zombies don't get along on account of my preference to keep my brain parts just where they are in my head.

FIRST BITE is taking a bite of Snow White.  Here is it's short description:
The first volume in The Dark Woods Trilogy explores the sinister origins of one of the fairytale world’s most frightening villains–The Wicked Queen. Her quest for unmatched power and beauty seems unstoppable – unless the destiny of an innocent girl is something more than meets the eye.

I decided to give this one a try because it would be interesting to see what happens when the tables are turned and I'm faced with seeing this tale through the eyes of the queen.  What of you?  Have you noticed any remakes of interest?
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

"If"...Such a Small Word with Big Possibilities

Gatorade has one: "Is it in you?"  Nike tells us all to put on a pair of their sneaks and "Just Do It."  Today's Book it to Hollywood show had a catch phrase of it's own: "What did you see?"

FLASH FORWARD was written by Robert J. Sawyer and published in 2000.  Flash Forward the series, loosely based on Sawyer's novel, was a TV show I followed almost faithfully during 2009-2010.  I was sad to see it end.  For those who never saw it, here's the premise:

What would you do if you were given a glimpse of the future? Would you accept what you saw and live life to its fullest, or would you do everything in your power to change your destiny? When the world's population is given a glimpse of their future, it forces everyone to come to grips with whether their destinies can be fulfilled or avoided.

It places that jumbo shrimp of a word in front of us all and dangles it like a jackpot winning lottery ticket before a throng of struggling citizens:  "If..."

Check this out.  This trailer brought back memories of stuffing my face with popcorn and wondering, "What's going to happen to my John Cho???"

And speaking of "If"s, here's one for you to try in the comments:

If I hadn't [insert phrase here], I wouldn't be [insert phrase here].

This is my "If" statement - If I hadn't met and married my now ex-husband, I wouldn't be happily blessed with my rambunctious chipmunk, whom I love dearly.

So what's your "If"?
Monday, September 19, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

What's Your "A"bility and the Worst Movies Ever Blogfest

Writing is an ever-journey.  There's no real place that you can sit down and say, "I have arrived."  At least if you do, you won't sit there long if you intend to have a lasting career.

Write the novel>edit the novel>get some critique on it>rewrite based on responses and balancing that with staying true to your writer's voice so you don't end up with a carbon copy of someone else's story (being very similar is to be expected but if everything is the exact same as another book out there...may have to reconsider a few things)>query agents/editors OR prepare for e-publishing formatting and book cover design>get agent/publisher>build platform and market>work on next book (if you haven't already begun this during one of the previous steps)> then repeat, working hard so the next book comes out just as good as, if not better than, the last.

This doesn't mean you should despair.  Instead, work on your "A" bilities.

Be an "A"mbassador - No one knows your novel better than you.  Strike up a fun conversation about what you do.  You never know who you may run into and how you and a new friend can help each other.

Be "A"ssertive - To do this, you must believe in your work.  Just make sure you don't drop off the -ertive and bray at those most helpful to you.  Donkeys tend to have prickly masters that run them into the ground. (If you own a donkey and treat that darling well, then this is not meant for you.)

"A"nchor yourself with good friends and family that believe in you and, at the same time, can and will keep you grounded.  It is important to believe in yourself, yet the support of those that matter can tilt the scales in your favor of dealing well with those who can't seem to do anything but seek to destroy others.  Plus, the writing world is like the vast ocean.  The currents are strong and can take you through lots of lonely,empty places if you un-tether yourself from a trust worthy base.

While you work on your "A" list, I'd like to point out a few movies that made me want to get my money back or demand the gods return that time to me - which never happened, of course.  There are so many other Worst Movies Ever (follow the blog hop to see what others have to say), but I wanted to go with the few that stuck out with me.  Maybe some others were so bad I swept them into that round filing cabinet in my mind where all useless things eventually go to die.  Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh for putting this together.

Here they are, in no ranking order:
1. Kazaam - Why?  Really?  I have no words.
2. Leprechaun - Couldn't they have just left Lucky Charms alone?  Jennifer Aniston's presence is probably the only redeeming quality of this film.
3. Showgirls - The movie was the definition of trying too hard.  The main character must have really wanted, BADLY, to slough off her Saved by the Bell image.  This travesty is the end result.
4. Eragon - I add this one grudgingly, mainly because I thought Rachel Weisz was a great voice for Saphira but the choppy way things happened in the movie irked me.  The scene where the Razac were called forth, I was like, "Uh, no, that can't be it."  Because I read the book, I could tell WAAAAY too much was skipped for the sake of putting it into a two hour film.  I was so heartbroken that I went home and cried for a brief moment over my book, then tossed it back on the shelf in a rather brat-like manner.  Very childish for a grown woman, but man was I upset.  I got over my anger and still bought the fracking DVD because I loved the book so much.  Talk about a love-hate relationship :-)
5. Baby Boy - Tyrese is so dog gone sexy it's ridiculous but this movie is not his crown and glory.  The attempts at 'hood abstract" were overdone like a turkey cooked 10 hours too long...and just as dry and brittle.  Again, this one had the choppy feel to it as well.
6. Soul Plane - I cringed through the whole movie, not what I expected since I was hoping for something funny to happen...and it didn't happen.  There were lots of comedic performers, but instead of pulling off a stereotype-filled hilarity (a good example of this that worked for me is Undercover Brother), Soul Plane was a train wreck.
***I just noticed a person both of my last two movies have in common:  Snoop Dogg.  Hmmm...***
7. Meet the Spartans - I LOVED 300, so I thought, "Cool,  a good spoof on that would be fun."  I happen to like spoofs, when they are done well.  This one...NOT.  Can't imagine what they were thinking.
8. Miami Vice - As  a fan of the TV show "Miami Vice", perhaps my expectations were too high.  When I finally got a chance to watch it, I saw them drive, then mumble, then drive some more, then mumble some more, make love with someone, then drive a speed boat and mumble some more.  Perhaps if they would have chosen a different title and not passed it off as Miami Vice, I would have gone into it with a mind for something else.  But it was billed as Crockett and Tubbs  and that is what we got in name only.
9. Batman and Robin - As much as I love the Batman franchise, I really could have done without this one.  I felt like I'd fallen into some meth head's freakish neon nightmare, restrained to my theater seat by the money I'd already paid for the ticket and popcorn and drink and my loyalty to Batman.  I don't think I can do that to myself ever again.  I forgave them and moved on to other Batman titles, but good grief, was someone on PCP when this was going through post-production, because, honestly, it shouldn't have made it that far.
A couple of movies I want to mention, though I haven't watched them myself, are Glitter, The Happening and Gigli.  I don't think I've spoken to a person about any of these movies without their lips curling into some disgusted  look like I'd cursed them.  There's something about the movies, mainly the lack of acting, that everyone comments on.

So, do you have a worst movie ever that you can think of?  Do you see one here that you agree or disagree with?  If so, please comment.  Perhaps you have an "A"bility you'd like to mention.  Please feel free to comment on that as well :-)
Friday, September 16, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Hitler's Thrust - The Power of Words

As a writer, I am not terribly surprised, though fairly saddened, when I think of the power that lies within a sentence, a fragment, a word.  Though he was a man loathed by countless, there are countless more who revere Adolf Hitler to this day.

You can add me to the loath column with a small caveat - he knew how to use words. He convinced normal, everyday citizens that it's okay to sterilize - or better yet - euthanize mentally deficient or mentally ill individuals (other living, breathing human beings) for the good of the master race.
Gas chambers
Then went on to order the experimentation and mass execution of men, women and children in his pursuit to create or genetically enhance the "subpar" humans into being part of the master race.
One of the less gut-wrenching pics of Auschwitz Concentration Camp
During research, I found the officers who carried out these orders did so believing in Hitler's words or by detaching themselves from responsibility since they were just "following orders".  And what kind of persuasive quotes are credited to him.  Click here for a  list, but here are a few:

“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”

“What luck for rulers that men do not think.”

“It is not truth that matters, but victory.”

“Words build bridges into unexplored regions.”

“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.” 

Don't those just make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside?

I mention this because, as a writer, I want to be aware of my words.  I know I have the freedom to "do what I want" and that's great.  Yet I also don't want to write things that are empty or filled with poison.  Maybe that's why I favor fiction.  Telling stories is okay, what you're supposed to do.  That lie isn't a lie, per se - says the woman trying to make a career of Fibbin for a Livin - but a tale, a fun adventure of the imagination shared with those around.

Ending this was a bit of a twist, let's take a look at something showing the beautiful power of words.  Sorry for being such a cry-baby, but this brought tears to my eyes.  Thank you Susan Kaye Quinn for pointing me to this.  You sooo rock!

What are your thoughts when it comes to the power of words?
Thursday, September 15, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Better than the Academy Awards

Blog awards are fun - to me.  They're cool to get because you get a neat little pic for your sidebar.  People can see that someone held you in high regard.  It's not the cute sidebar "pretties" that let people know this.  It's the work put in by the giver that let's you know you were worth a good click and a mention (Networking, baby!).  Let's face it, when an award is received, the receiving blogger doesn't HAVE to pay it forward.  But, the respect is plentiful among most writer bloggers and paying it forward is work worthwhile.  So, it is with a humble heart that I accept the following awards from K.T. Hanna of The Scribble Muse and Isis Rushdan:

Here's how to pay this award forward:
Irresistibly sweet-

1. Thank and link to the person who nominates you
2. Share seven random facts about you
3. Pass this award to five new blogging friends
4. Contact and congratulate the awarded bloggers
1. Thank and link to the person who nominates you
2. Share seven random facts about you
3. Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it!
I can come up with 7 random facts, and sadly, that's pushing it O_O
1. If you ever stumble across a book called SECRET LILIES by Rayven Godchild, yes, that is me.  And no, it is NOT a YA novel.  I won't let my chipmunk check it out until she's like 25 or something.
2. I have the hugest, long lasting crush on Johnny Depp (I love you JD!!!!!).
3. As a child, I made a bad habit of throwing my brother's football up in the air - inside the house.  Yeah, real smart move. One evening, after promising my mother I wouldn't throw the ball anymore, I stood beneath the living room light, lovely glass cover, and tossed that thing straight into it.  Like a doe in headlights, I tilted my head up and watched glass rain down around me.  One shard lodged on the outer corner of my right eye, half an inch from blinding me.  You guessed it, no more football throwing in the house.
4. While pregnant with my chipmunk, my two favorite things in the whole wide world turned against me - or rather - I against them:  Fried chicken and chocolate.  Thankfully, we reconciled our differences shortly after my little beauty came into the world and have remained the best of friends ever since. 
5. I am a middle child.  As far as I know, I don't have any syndromes because of this but I probably better leave that to the experts.
6.  In high school, I was a part of a singing group.  Nothing ever came of it, but it sure was fun.
7. I can swim just enough to dog paddle...that's it.  Yet, during summer, as a young teen, I taught my younger sister to swim in the pool  Before the end of the week, she was diving from the boards.  Go Figure.
Here are the wonderful folks I want to pay forward to:
The Irresistibly Sweet award:
2. Catherine Winn of The Writing Room
3. Katie Mills, Creepy Query Girl - how can you not award someone with a memorable name like that?
4. LD Masterson - The Groaners keep a stitch in my side
5. 1000th.monkey - ever since finding this blog because of the Campaign challenge, it has been a must-check.  Great posts.
The Versatile award
3. Nigel Vogler at A Writer, He Muttered - I was sold with the Johnny Depp movie trailer and the ukelele
4. Matthew McNish of The Quintessentially Questionable Query Experiment - try saying that three times.  Great posts and great advice.
5. Christine Tyler at The Writer Coaster
6. Candy Lynn Fite - speak your mind neighbor :-)
8. Reece Hanzon - great contest going on.  Check it out here.
10. Giles Hash, High Aspirations
11.Ellie Garratt - two thumbs up and a nod to Trekkie fans
12. Brooke Johnson - I look forward to when her steampunk novel breaks out
13. Sangu at Echoes of a Wayward Mind - The Big 300 Contest  (Hooty! Hoo!)
14. Alleged Author - still working out Jabba-ette in my head.  Curious?  Go here to see what I mean
It's moments like this that you wish you could give an award to all the blogs you follow because they're all so great in their own way.  But I do adore these blogs, those I've been visiting for a short time and those I just recently discovered.
Now that I've shared my thoughts regarding blog awards, I'm interested to here from you.  What are your thoughts?  Your opinion matters.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

Indie Author Spotlight at the Corner of Dystopian and Mythology

At first, it was a whisper.


I heard it after I joined the Writer's Platform-Building Campaign and came across an author and blogger named PJ Hoover.  Check out her blog.  I love her posts but this book, her book, I felt drawn to it:

Piper's world is dying. Global warming is slowly killing every living thing on Earth. She endures the endless summer and her suffocating mother, and does what she can to help, using her incredible green thumb. Until one day...

She opens a mysterious box, and everything changes.

Piper discovers a world of mythology parallel to her own. A world where gods battle for control, and monsters feed in the rivers of the Underworld. This dark world pulls her in and tells her she belongs.

She meets Shayne, who keeps secrets from her. And Reese, who makes her feel alive. But she almost loses her best friend and her life. She doesn't want to leave this new world. But can she choose the life she wants, without sacrificing the people she loves?

Then she gave an interview that made me really appreciate her path to publication.  The breathtaking book cover doesn't hurt.
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Now, it is no longer a whisper.  It is proclaiming , "Read me, Angela!"


Yeah, this book is already on my to-read list and is creeping up the Need-to-Read-Now list.  Maybe it's the fact that it's set in Austin, TX and we're suffering scorching heat and wildfires as we speak...maybe PJ is on to something...*cue eerie, creepy music*

Whatever the draw, she's definitely an Indie author with great ratings and reviews and a book with fantastic promise.  You can also find SOLSTICE on Facebook.  I also enjoyed her book trailer.

What about you?  Feeling a bit dystopian or maybe a step into the world of mythology?
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 | By: Angela Brown

The Red Suit Hides Blood Better

I remember reading a line like the title of this post in one of Terry Goodkind's books.  A former boyfriend - more moons ago than I care to count and waaaaay before the chipmunk - knew I loved to read.  I was new in my apartment, didn't like to do a whole bunch and hadn't wanted to spring for cable, so he bought me WIZARD'S FIRST RULE.  Before long, I was grinning and asking for the next book.  He bought, not just the second book, but the third and fourth books as well.  I devoured each one like my life depended upon it.  The last book I read in the series was SOUL OF THE FIRE.  By that point, I think I'd gone on Goodkind overload and needed a break.  But I can never deny I was enthralled with those books.  So it was nice to find out they did a TV series based on the SWORD OF TRUTH books.  The show, Legend of the Seeker, is said to be pretty good to watch, though I think 2010 was it's last year.

It goes to show how Goodkind's hard work booked it to Hollywood.  You can check out episodes on Hulu.  Here is a teaser:
What book, or book series, do you believe would make for great prime time TV?  What famous actor or actress could you see playing the main character?