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Merry New Year

Jillian here.  Sorry I missed December’s post. I was out of town and knew it was my day, but I figured I’d post some pictures when I got back. By the time I got back (after experiencing a flat tire … Continue reading

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“Mish-Mash”

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I have found it difficult this month to write a blog! I had loads of random thoughts (Mish-Mash) about various activities I have done in the past month and cannot focus enough on any of them to develop them fully. … Continue reading

Book Recommendations-

Jillian here!  I was going to do a book review today and I know we all have massive TBR piles so I decided just to throw a few titles of books I’ve read lately and either really enjoyed or didn’t like so much.

For the not so much crowd, I offer I, Ripper.  It’s by Stephen Hunter. It’s another Jack the Ripper lore story and although I am intrigued by the legend, this one was a new take on it that was both interesting and dull at the same time. Kind of weird, I know. It didn’t move fast and thus it took me a while to read it. A chapter here, a chapter there. It wasn’t compelling but it wasn’t bad – so I give it a Meh rating.

The Other Daughter, by Lauren Willig was poignant and I cried a lot about the last third of the book.  That always means a good read to me- UNLESS I’m crying because it’s so awful and I want it over.  Not the case here. It’s set in the 1920s in the UK and just a nice tale.

Royal Street and River Road are by Suzanne Johnson. They are the first two books in her Sentinel series and even though they are marketed as Urban Fantasy, something I never, ever thought I would like, I love, love these books and have ordered the next two in the series. They are set in New Orleans and the author, having lived there many years, has absolutely captured the city in her descriptions. The first one takes place at the time of Hurricane Katrina and the author nails the way the city was hit and how it was for many months post storm.

So, if you have room on your TBR list, here’s a few choices. If anyone wants me to send you any of these, let me know. I try to donate when I’m done so I can have room for more!

Book Review- Second Sight by Dax Varley

Jillian here. I’m posting a book review since I will  be in Paris when this is due to post. I’m afraid I’ll forget to post so I figured I’d share a book I’ve read lately. It’s more a novella but it was a quick, fun read.

I picked it up as it was a story about a teen with a bit of a magical gift and I’ve recently published one so I wanted to compare a little bit about the teen “voice” –  The main character in this story buys a pair of funky sunglasses in a resale shop and starts to “see the future” – chaos ensues.

It took me less than 2 hours to read this one and it was really an amusing break in the day. I know we all have huge TBR piles but this one is fast and moves at breakneck speed. 51kJs06+xOL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

 

Here’s what I said on Amazon about it:

 

 

 

 

I loved the sassy heroine. Her dialogue was great and her relationship with her friends was a neat facet of the story. I adored how she interacted with her dad. They were so cute and witty.A quick read but lessons are learned and the heroine does grow in her maturity. A great teen story

New Year, New Moon, New Calendar, New Journal- It’s all New!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hobbes' goal:  Catch that stuffed mouse.

Hobbes’ goal: Catch that stuffed mouse.


So, I hear that this year’s first day also has a new moon and that rarely happens. It seems that the people who watch the sky think this is an auspicious beginning to 2014. A new blank page on the calendar, a brand new moon for the month as well as a new year all point to a clean slate to build dreams and goals. I also will be cracking the spine on a new journal. I use about 5-6 a year and I couldn’t tell you the last time I had one that I filled in the last page of on a December 31 so I’m calling that an auspicious beginning as well. All this blankness facing us and I’m ready to fill in some goodness into that space. Are you?

Imagine if the whole world looked at this day as a brand new beginning. We could do so much as a planet if we all gave due respect to the opportunities facing us with all the newness abounding all around. Wouldn’t it be awesome if we all dove in to good things and not the bad that seem to teem all over the globe?

What goals do you have for this year? I don’t do resolutions as I always crash and burn with them but I do set some goals. Pretty nebulous ones, for sure, because then I am less likely to fail. I have this character flaw that won’t allow me to back down from a challenge so I make sure I don’t set the bar too high (kind of self-defeating, I know).

My main goal is to try to focus more on being in the moment as opposed to fretting about the future. I tend to worry about things that never happen and I’d like to learn to stop that. I also set a goal of two new novels written this year as well as building the legal practice back up since it suffered a bit this past year with one big case that ate up my time. What about you? Any firm goals or are you a vague goal-setter like me?

True Blood

Do any of you watch True Blood? I don’t but since we got a free HBO weekend and one of my friends is absolutely obsessed with it, I decided to give it try. I watched one episode about two years ago and thought it was silly but I decided to give it another go since it was the season premiere this weekend.

I also read book one of the series way back when it came out and didn’t really care for it but I’ve been assured by people who watch the show that it’s not the same as the books.

I’m here to tell you that I don’t care for it. It’s a bit too cheesy for me and is also a little too weird. Now, I’m a fan of weird vampires- after all, I was a die hard Dark Shadows fan as a kid but for some reason, I can’t get into this show. I guess that’s good since I don’t want to add HBO to my already too expensive satellite bill. LOL

How about you all? Can any of you explain the appeal to me? I really would like to “get” it. Help?

Craziness In the House

So, this week is a double release week for me and I’ve also got (to use a cliche) a tiger by the tail. I need to update my website with all my new stuff and lots of other things need doing but I am in the throes of a crazy whirlwind of a story. It will not leave me alone. My house is a wreck. I haven’t cooked in days and in fact, never ate dinner tonight and it’s 10:30 as I’m popping over to get this post ready. I love a story that wants to tell itself, but dang, I need to do other crap, too.

My first novel that sold was set in Italy and it still sells to this day. Every royalty statement has some sales of it on it and several people have said it’s their favorite book of mine. That caused me a little angst as i like to think that my writing has improved since then but I finally figured it out. People love Dario, the hero. The macho, alpha, arrogant count is a wonderful character (even if I wrote him myself- lol). So, I decided to return to old Italia for the new story.

My inspiration was Venice and the water taxi driver who took me and my son to the train station. He was a beautiful man. Absolutely divine. I also adored the city. It was lovely and so unique. I can’t wait to go back someday, but til then, I’ll hang out with the hero in my imagination.

This thing has taken over my life. Send aid. Chocolate, a chef, a maid and maybe a lawyer who can do my day job so this Italian man will let me work in peace from 8-5. Have a wonderful September and see you on the other side of this fast draft!