Top 5 reasons to read the book before seeing the movie

Sep 29, 2014 by

Teenager and cinema

1. Get more for your buck

When it comes down to the amount of entertainment you get for your money, there is no doubt that a book offers you many more hours of enjoyment than a movie can. So, if your strapped for money, snatch an ebook or go to the library and pick up the story in its printed format. The cost for your fun will come down from $5 or more an hour to $1 or less. Not to mention the fact that you get to keep the book to enjoy it over and over again, if you wish.

2. See the original work

In the end, a movie based on a book is just that. It isn’t the original work by the original creator. It is simply one interpretation of it. During development, the script writers, the producers, the directors, will inevitably change the story. While at it, they may very well dilute meanings, twist plots, misinterpret facts, butchers characters, add content *gasp*, etc. and . . . you will be none the wiser.

3. Fight dementia

Did you know that reading can help your mind stay younger? There was actually a study that showed less physical signs of dementia (lesions, brain plaques, tangles) in autopsied brains of those who were more mentally active. So yeah, help your dear old brain, it’s only who you are ;)

4. Be an insider

If you have read the book, your friends will be dying to hear your thoughts on the movie after you guys watch it together. You will be their source of information when they invariably ask things like “Was the movie any different from the book?” or “Was Peeta really that short?” :)

5. Imagine the characters as you want

This one is huge, especially for romance novels. When I imagine the hero of a story, he will always manage to “float my boat.” I mean, I’m imagining him, right? So he will be just what the doctor prescribed. Nothing less. In the movie, however, you get what you get. No room for imagining. So, if the casting director picks someone you consider butt-ugly . . . well . . . your boat won’t be floating anywhere.

So yeah, read before you watch!

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Is This YA Book For Me?

Sep 25, 2014 by

Don’t you hate it when the book you decided to read turns out to have a lot of elements you dislike? We all have pet peeves, things that make us dislike a book for one reason or another. I know I do. For instance, I get bored out of mind with books that spend a lot of time describing the setting. Things like furniture, clothes, weather, etc. Yawn! To me, in this department, a little goes a long way.

So I thought, why not do book reviews with this is mind? Why not try to help readers decide if a book is for them or not? Yep, why not? So here it is. I will vlog my reviews, using he haghtag #YA4ME wherever I can. As in: Is this YA book for me?

Let me know if you find this helpful. And what pet peeves you have that can make you dislike a book, so I can consider them when I do other book reviews.

Snow Like Ashes
The Raven Boys
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Meet Katherine Harbour

Sep 21, 2014 by

Katherine Harbour

Today on the blog, I’d like to introduce you to Katherine Harbour. She is a fellow author published by Harper Voyager Impulse. I decided to interview her and review her debut novel of my own accord and my opinion here is unbiased and honest.

To share a bit about Katherine, I can tell you that she was born in Albany, NY but now lives in beautiful Sarasota, FL. Jealous? I know I am :) She works in a bookstore and, once, her creative brain led her to want to be a painter, but in the end she wised up, dusted an old manuscript she’d written when she was seventeen, revised it and got a book deal with a major publisher. She was always meant to be a writer, I’d dare say! That old manuscript is, by the way, her debut novel THORN JACK.

After reading her work, I can also tell you that she can paint a picture in your mind like no one’s business. Her writing is evocative and full of imagery. You can read my short review on his novel on Amazon or Goodreads.

Now, let’s learn a bit more about Katherine and her novel:

How does a day in Katherine’s writing life look?
On my days off from work, I wake up at nine–okay, ten (I’m a night owl) in the morning, check my emails, and mess around on my social media sites. Then I shut off the computer, around twelve, and work on extras for my books (blog posts, interview questions, short stories), revisions, and outlines. About three o’clock, I take a break (during which I do life stuff, or go out into the world to socialize with actual human beings). I return to my desk around six and write creatively until one in the morning. This is what I call a good writing day, and it’s rare.

Sounds like heaver, Katherine! Who is your favorite character in THORN JACK and why? (I really liked Caliban. Yeah, I like villains :) )
My favorite character is Finn Sullivan, my protagonist, because, after awhile, she developed her own personality without much effort on my part and surprised me a few times. She started out as someone almost sleepwalking through life, then gradually developed into a fierce hero. It’s great when characters take on a life of their own.

Those sneaky characters :) So, I know you’ve been working on THORN JACK’s sequel, how hard is it to work on a series? Any advice?
I had planned the Thorn Jack series out earlier, with detailed outlines. I followed the traditional story arc with all three books. I guess my advice for writing a series would be keep one outline ahead of each book, just so you know where you’re going. Trilogies are traditionally one story told over three books, while an ongoing series is episodic with a recurring main character.

I’m a pantser and have such trouble with outlines, but I need to get better at them. Tell us, What plans do you have once the THORN JACK series is done? Any more fresh ideas?
After the Thorn Jack trilogy, I’ve outline a YA/New Adult steampunk trilogy about an impoverished young aristocrat, a soldier with no memory, and a mysterious young woman who solve occult mysteries in a massive island city. And then there’s the haunted house book I’d like to write, about a family of perfume makers and a sinister toymaker.

Ooooh, both sound super intriguing! Now for some fun, random questions…

Rapid Fire Questions

Winter in NY or Summer in Florida?
I remember winter, with vivid detail. But at least you could occasionally crack a window. Summer in Florida…you’re hermetically sealed into your home for at least four months. And you get air conditioner colds.

Salvador Dali or Van Gogh?
Salvador Dali, because I’ve seen his paintings at the museum nearby and I just saw a crazy movie where Robert Pattinson plays him.

Favorite YA book?
My favorite young adult book would have to be a triple-tie between Tanith Lee’s The Silver Metal Lover, Holly Black’s Tithe, and Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones. (With Francesca Lia Block’s Witch Baby and Tiffany Trent’s In the Serpent’s Coils as runner-ups) Is that cheating?

Favorite book to movie adaptation?
My favorite book to movie would have to be another tie, between the Harry Potter movies and The Lord of the Rings.

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“Under The Trees” Release Party Prizes

Sep 6, 2014 by


Under The Trees



On September 18th from 8pm to 9pm Central Time
I will be helping Ashley Maker celebrate the release of her book
in an entertaining and interactive facebook event.
Please join here. It will be a tons of YA fun.
While there, we’ll get to know each other, play a few games and several KEEPER prizes!!


*** PRIZES ***

Prize#1 ~ One custom KEEPER bookmark and bookplate (US Only)
Prize#2 ~ One KEEPER ebook (INT)
Prize#3 ~ One autographed KEEPER paperback (US Only)
Prize#4 ~ Surprise :) (US Only)

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