Reading for the Weekend (February 28)

February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

February 28, 2014

Checking out eBooks from the library is really cool—until the book expires and other patrons put holds on it, preventing me from checking it out again, and I was just getting to the good part, the part of the budding forbidden romance. Augh!

So I haven’t finished The Secret Life of Bees.


I am probably not going to get a whole lot of reading done this weekend, anyway, because I usually do most of my reading on Sunday and this Sunday is the Oscars.

I am almost done with Finding It, though, and will probably check out the follow-up novella, Seeking Her, because this is one of the instances where I am actually interested in re-experiencing the story through the other half’s perspective.


Maybe I can sneak in some reading during the commercials.

Reading for the Weekend (February 7)

February 7, 2014 § 1 Comment

February 7, 2014

I started Finding It (Losing It #3) by Cora Carmack. I really enjoyed the previous two books in this series, particularly Faking It, but I was a little hesitant to start the latest because it features Kelsey and she was not one of my favorite characters. She was always trying to push her friend Bliss into doing stuff that was just not Bliss’s scene. But now that Kelsey has her own story and I get to be inside her head, I like her a lot more. She is like the wild child I wish I could be, but would never be able to pull off.


What are you reading this weekend?



Reading for the Weekend (September 13)

September 13, 2013 § 2 Comments

September 13, 2013

I am almost done reading Someday, Someday, Maybe and I am getting a real kick out of it. Franny’s soap opera audition sequence made me throw my head back and laugh out loud, which is saying something, considering that I was suffering from a pounding headache at the time (something to do with stress at the day job and substituting food with liquor and my usual TMJ nonsense).


I started reading Afterburn by Sylvia Day, the first in the Cosmo Red-Hot Reads series by Harlequin.


Next I will probably start  Wait for You (Signed First Edition!) by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I put this on my Goodreads list a few months ago when it was on the NYT list, based on the synopsis alone. Then I went to the New Adult panel at RWA13 and this author was one of the panelists.  She said that Avery and Cam’s story came to her out of nowhere when she was taking a shower.


I love those kinds of stories. That’s really how it happens sometimes.

What are you reading this weekend?

Reading New Adult, Waiting, and Binging on Breaking Bad

August 14, 2013 § 2 Comments

I have been reading a lot of New Adult (NA) books. It turns out that this relatively new genre is what I’ve been writing in all along. College-aged protagonist experiencing first true love, first real relationship, first split from family, and trying to figure out what the heck to do with her life. I love this genre. Here are some NA books I’ve read, or are currently reading, that I really enjoyed.

Losing It

Losing It by Cora Carmack—(Read). Light, hilarious, fun.

Fallen Too Far

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines—(Read). Spunky heroine. Great premise. Great voice.

Faking It

Faking It by Cora Carmack—(Currently reading). Love. Love. Cade is my dream man.

Entwined with You

Entwined with You by Sylvia Day—(Currently reading). Just as sexy as the first two in the series.

Three days after I returned from RWA, I submitted the requested material to the agent I pitched to. Yeah, I jammed on it right away. I didn’t spend the last several months holing up every weekend and not getting enough sleep for nothing! Now, I play the waiting game. It’s not a bad place to be. I can do some supplemental research. Sketch ideas for the next book. Read—a lot. Re-invigorate my social life. And I really have to get on the social life thing. I hermitized for so long that my beta reader Dia is threatening some elaborate schemy-scheme to get me hooked up. And that sounds like a disaster and a half.


Dia and me. Don’t let that smile fool you.

I was one of the 5.9 million viewers who tuned in for the final premiere of Breaking Bad on Sunday. After I spent the last few months frantically catching up on the series via Netflix. Now I know what the infamous “Box Cutter” episode is all about, the one that Steven Michael Quezada brought up during the Breaking Bad panel at Albuquerque Comic Expo (ACE) in June.

Giancarlo Esposito said that filming THAT scene in the season four opening was tough. “I had to try to elicit some compassion somewhere behind my dead eyes.”

BTW, in person, Giancarlo is a very handsome, gregarious, charismatic man with an amazing, resonant voice. Not like Gus Fring at all. When an audience fan announced breathlessly to Giancarlo, “I love you,” he replied, “Did you just say I’m a handsome cat or what? Yeah! I love you, too!”


l-r: Steven Michael Quezada (Gomez), Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring), Jeremiah Bitsui (Victor). Breaking Bad Panel at Albuquerque Comic Expo, June 22, 2013.

Steven Michael Quezada told the story of his audition, when Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan asked Steven what he thought of the script. Steven didn’t know who Vince was, so he said, “I read it twice. This shit’s so crazy, it just might work.”

When Vince said he was the one who wrote it, Steven thought, “Shit. I just blew it. I just did the opposite of what I tell my students to do. Just go in and read the lines. They don’t care what you think about the script. I don’t know what he [Vince] saw in me to give me the part.”

Giancarlo said, “You know what it was. You. You were being yourself. He saw you. When you go in, they want to see you. Who you really are.”


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