Reading into the Wee Hours, Starting the Return, and Man of Steel Let Down

June 19, 2013 § 2 Comments

June 18, 2013

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I stayed up until one in the morning reading Reflected in You because I got to the last quarter of the book and I just had to see what was going to happen next. Compared to the first book, Reflected was in some ways more romantic, in some ways a lot darker, and the sex scenes were even more intense.

Reflected in You

Saturday morning, while I was making my coffee, I kept replaying the book in my head. It brought up a lot of issues. I really liked how this story played with the theme of trust. Next, I’m reading Entwined with You.

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I finished the Dark Moment and, yes, it involved a lot of Vodka. I had promised myself a comedy run when I finished so I rewarded myself with a The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air marathon. That show is still hilarious, and the chemistry between the family, particularly Will and Uncle Phil, is gold. Now, I am on to the Return. It should be in pretty good shape because it is the section that I worked on extensively last year. It should be in pretty good shape. We’ll see.

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Laughing, remembering the ridiculous “I think he’s kind of hot” line. Of course he’s hot, you idiot, he’s Superman, but you don’t have to act a fool in front of your commanding officer over it. Save it for the beers with your girlfriends.

Man of Steel movie night. Remembering the ridiculous “I think he’s kind of hot” line.
Of course he’s hot, you idiot, he’s Superman, but you don’t have to act a fool in front of your commanding officer over it. Save it for the beers with your girlfriends.

I was super excited for the Man of Steel movie, but—and I hate to say it—I was disappointed. Henry Cavill did a great job of filling (and I do mean filling) the role of Superman/Clark Kent, but Amy Adams’ Lois Lane lacked the quirky spunk I’ve come to expect and love in that character.

HENRY CAVILL as Clark Kent in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Source: KryptonSite - http://bit.ly/18YwAJH

HENRY CAVILL as Clark Kent in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo source: KryptonSite 

There were so many cool ideas that would have been great for the character development and chemistry building if those ideas had actually played out. Like Clark Kent working under the radar as a laborer, saving a bunch of people from an industrial disaster, and then disappearing, while Lois Lane chases after this mysterious hero, this urban legend. They could have done more with that, and many other scenes that put Lois and Clark in fresh and interesting situations, but were cut short for, oh, let’s see, ANOTHER childhood flashback.

AMY ADAMS as Lois Lane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo source: KryptonSite:

AMY ADAMS as Lois Lane in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “MAN OF STEEL,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo source: KryptonSite

While it’s pretty much expected that Superman and Lois are going to kiss, because they’re supposed to kiss, I still need to see why they’re supposed to kiss. I need the chemistry, the build up, the “yes, kiss, dammit, you’re made for each other!” moment.

I guess I’m just going to have to keep watching my Smallville Blu-Rays for my Lois and Clark fix.

Man of Steel topped the box office this weekend. What did you think of it?

Week Thirty-Two: eReaders, LERA’s Golden Heart Winner, and Grimm

August 16, 2012 § 4 Comments

August 13th, 2012

14 down, 11 to go on Goodreads Challenge

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I finished reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ The Great Escape (here’s my review) and am now 56% towards my Goodreads Challenge. I started reading Going Cowboy Crazy by Katie Lane, and it is just great sexy fun. I am stoked to start reading Rogue’s Pawn and Sharing Hailey, the first two eBooks I have ever bought, but I don’t have an eReader to read them with. I know, pretty ridiculous. I paid off some credit card bills this month and have not bitten the bullet yet to purchase an eReader. I considered the iPad about as long as it took me to absorb the price—that is too big of an investment for me right now. Everybody seems to be getting tablets, so now I am considering the Nook Color or Nook Tablet. Barnes & Noble just dropped the price on both and I like the idea of walking into one of the few remaining book stores and trying the devices out first hand. How about you? What do you use to read your eBooks?

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The monthly LERA (Land of Enchantment Romance Authors) meeting was last Saturday, and the topic was the RWA conference in CA, which many LERA members attended. It sounds like it was a total blast, and I might have to save my pennies (well, more than that) and go next year. The really exciting news is that one of the LERA members, Tamra Baumann, won The Golden Heart® in her category this year! The Golden Heart is a big achievement. It’s a national contest that recognizes outstanding manuscripts by unpublished authors in the romance genre. Best-selling novelist Darynda Jones (and LERA member) got her start when she won the paranormal romance Golden Heart in 2009 for First Grave on the Right. There are so many talented writers in this group, and I really look forward to the meetings because everyone is so friendly and helpful. I’m sending in my membership application this week.

As for my own writing, the timeline I am working on is marching along.

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I checked out the season 2 premiere of Grimm on Monday, and I think I might be hooked. This striking promo poster intrigued me a lot, and my fellow Front Row Diva, Dia, recommended this show. I like the fact that the hero, who has to be all badass and fight all these monsters, is a really good guy. I’m kind of over the bloodthirsty murdering psychopath as hero thing right now. Bring on the boy scouts, like Clark Kent, Captain America, and, now, Nick Burkhardt. How about you? Any Grimm fans out there who can tell me that I missed a lot first season?

Grimm on NBC Season 2 Poster

Week Twenty-Eight: LERA, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and The Great Escape

July 23, 2012 § 4 Comments

July 15th, 2012

This week’s post is ridiculously late. What a crazy week. Romance author Susan Elizabeth Phillips was in Albuquerque last Saturday to promote her latest book The Great Escape. She spoke for an hour at the July Land of Enchantment Romance Authors (LERA) meeting. Then we had an early dinner at El Pinto restaurant before her book signing at North Valley Library. That was my Saturday. I spent the rest of the week frantically wrapping up my seven character bios.

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My Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, signed by author

I started reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ new book The Great Escape and I am really enjoying it. In this contemporary romance novel, Lucy Jorik abandons the perfect man on their wedding day. Fleeing the church, she hops on the back of a motorcycle and takes off on an interstate trip with a rough, damaged stranger. Her adventure becomes a journey to discover who she is and what was missing from her life. So far, I might even like this book more than Natural Born Charmer, which I bought back in 2007 and loved. I now have both books autographed by the author.

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I finished my character bios, right down the exact day and year of their births. At the LERA meeting, I asked Susan Elizabeth Phillips if she herself does character bios. She said she used to do detailed “what’s their favorite flavor of ice cream” bios, but now she sticks to basics –day they were born, what they look like, the car they drive. The super-detailed method doesn’t work that well for her. That bit of advice gave me the freedom to stop worrying about the items that don’t click for me, such as clubs and superstitions, and focus on what does matter, such as what are their past failures. So thanks to all that, now I am done! On to the timeline and character arc table.

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Susan Elizabeth Phillips and me at her book signing in Albuquerque, NM

I thought hanging out with all the single ladies at the clubs in my bar-hopping days used to be rowdy good times. That was nothing compared to hanging out with a group of romance writers from all ages and backgrounds and stages in their professions. We drank Margaritas and ate chips and salsa and swapped stories. Lois talked about being the first woman to work in a bar in New York legally after 6:00 p.m. (Of course, after 6:00 p.m. was the time when all the money was to be made by the bartenders because the high rolling night time crowd spent more money and tipped considerably better than the daytime lunch crowd.) Sarah recounted working in a liquor store in Alaska at age nineteen and having to face off against the local motorcycle gang. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, the classy guest of honor, made the rounds and talked to everybody at the table, and I babbled to her about how great Balloon Fiesta is in October. I compared cute cat pictures with Jeffe Kennedy, who just published her book on Carina Press, the fantasy romance Rogue’s Pawn. I talked politics with Samantha Ann King, who just published her debut novel on Carina Press, Sharing Hailey. Caliente! Now I’m going to have to buy e-books.

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