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Happy Again

All is right in my world again…

My replacement copy of THE REPLACEMENT arrived and I finished it last night. It was awesome! I expected it to be given how much I love Brenna’s short stories and memories of the past, but it was so good that I really didn’t want it to end. I know she’s already submitted a second book, but does anyone know if it’s a sequel to this or is Mackie’s story just over? I would really love to read more. He was a seriously lovable character (whether he thought so or not) and he has an amazing group of friends surrounding him. Even his family was quality people.

While I waited for that book to arrive though, I started & finished BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS (the second book in the CASTER CHRONICLES). Again, I was not surprised by how much I loved this book. I loved Ethan in the first book and loved him even more in the second. And this one had so many twists and so much adventure I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m glad there will be 4 books in this series, but I hate having to wait for their release. I hope whenever they get around to making these into movies that they don’t butcher the stories. They are so awesomely written.

Question for LJ friends: Are there any books you’d recommend about or involving Christmas for me to read in December? I know what books I intend on reading next month, but I only have one slated for December so far (ENTICE by Carrie Jones), which will not involve Christmas at all. But I love Christmas and I’d like to read a Christmas themed book come December to keep my spirits high. Suggestions would rock!

So now that I’ve fulfilled my monthly goal reading wise and there aren’t too many other “scary” or “creepy” reads in my possession I think I’m going to dedicate the rest of the month to working on my writing goal. It feels like forever since I put a decent dent into my WIP and since the bulk of my story takes place in fall and it’s so wonderfully fall outside now I should really use it to my advantage.

I’m having a slight problem with my book though. I’ve been stuck on these two in between chapters for what feels like forever now and I think today (after re-reading almost everything I’ve already written) I realized it’s because during this re-write I tried to speed things up and reduce the word count and in doing so I lost the room I once had to really show the growth and depth of Teagan and Bryce’s friendship (which for the story is really important for Teagan in particular because she’s never had friends). I don’t want to lose this aspect of their character building, but before it took so long to cover and I’m so aware of the word count now that I don’t want it to drag on. Still, I don’t think it can just be summarized and have the same affect as it was meant to. I have to include a little more, but I’m undecided on how much more and how to really cover it all so the reader grasps how influential it is to Teagan. I hope I figure something out soon.

Peace – Sarah

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Random Stuff on a Wednesday

As to be expected, I’m feeling sad after finishing NO MERCY (Dark-Hunter, Book 19) (Also known as the last book in the series until February 2011). I tried to stretch it out as long as possible, but we all know how fast I blow through books now and it was impossible to pace myself to make it last.

BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS arrived yesterday and I still have THE REPLACEMENT to read this month as well, but I think it’s time I take a small break from books to work on my own.

I’m pretty sure I’ve officially made my characters angry as they’ve been visiting my dreams far more frequently than they had been with new ideas. I think they’re intimidated by my love for the Dark-Hunters. And that plot bunny that struck me this weekend about the elements didn’t help their ego. It’s time I give them some love too before I thrust myself into another story that doesn’t involve them. Hopefully some great writing will come as a result. *Fingers Crossed*

As you may have noticed I vanished from the internet world again. I really don’t understand it. I will open my email, FB, and LJ, but never look at any of them. I’m not even sure why I waste the time to open them. I just can’t stay focused online these days. So, once again I will be playing catch up, just not today because unfortunately I have other matters to tend to. ::Sigh:: (One of these days I’ll finally be back on pace.) I hope to be caught up by tomorrow – I promise I’m not ignoring you. And I’ll even have a special post tomorrow.

I’m a little crabby at the moment because I started a strict diet that does not satisfy how hungry I constantly am. I feel ravenous for food. I know it will pass as my stomach shrinks to the size it should be, but right now it’s making me crazy. Yesterday I swore I was going to eat my arm because it was 2:30pm and I was already starving, all the while knowing I couldn’t eat again until almost 6pm and even when I ate that it’d be the last thing I’d eat all day. Diets suck.

Peace – Sarah

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EDIT (@11:46pm): Okay, so I ended up *catching up* tonight after all. I still have a few “famous” friends to catch up on, but I’m pretty sure I covered all I missed from the active LJ friends. If I missed it I will hit it up tomorrow when I finish the rest of what I’ve missed. I’m feeling determined at this point!

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Book Crazy, that’s me!

So I’m back to that addictive nature in regards to new books, adding so many to my wish list it’s starting to get out of hand. (Not to mention buying a new one once a week now, and I am by no means wealthy enough for that, but that’s a whole different issue.) There are quiet a few coming out soon that I’m ecstatic about and I feel the need to share them with you.

The Overton Window – by Glenn Beck (Release Date – June 15th)

I’m not sure how I just found out about this book yesterday considering I watch the Glenn Beck show almost everyday during dinner, but I’m ridiculously eager to read it. I know you’re thinking, wait a minute – Glenn Beck is a political commentator – and you’re right, but this book is NOT his political opinion, it’s his first thriller! It is based on an actual concept developed by Josef P. Overton, that is truly happening in our society today. I can already see this as a movie and I just know it’s guaranteed to be controversial. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.

But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future–but Noah, convinced they’re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn’t interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause.

And then the world changes.

An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don’t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact–or, more important, which side to fight for.

But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.

Linger – by Maggie Stiefvater (Release Date – July 20th)

Book 2 of 3 in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Linger is sure to suck me in the same way “Shiver” did. I read “Shiver” in two days and read it again as soon as I was finished. I love Grace and Sam and look forward to seeing them together again, but I’m also looking forward to being introduced to new character Cole and seeing his interaction with Isabel. I really enjoy Maggie’s lyrical style of writing and she’s very skilled at drawing distinct voices out of her characters so reading from 4 narratives shouldn’t be a problem. I’m positive I won’t be disappointed with “Linger”. Rather than post the preview from Amazon, I’ll post Maggie’s trailer because it leaves you salivating far better than Amazon’s description.

Infinity: Chronicles of Nick – by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Release Date – May 25th)

Amazon suggested this one to me based on my purchases and after reading the description it definitely seems like something I will enjoy. And apparently this author ties all of her series together, but the order you read them isn’t always necessary. I hope to enjoy this book & author because she has plenty to entertain me with when I’m finished with this one. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn’t hard enough now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

LOST Encyclopedia – by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry – Foreword by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (Release Date – August 16th)

I know you’re seeing this and thinking – Wow, Dork – but I don’t really care. I love LOST like no other TV show before it and I’m pretty convinced that there won’t be another one even close to the genius that was put into it for a long time to come. The writers of LOST have included so many details to the show that a lot of it gets overlooked. And as much as I have picked up on, I can’t wait to see what I’ve missed. I read another LOST themed book, written by youth ministers that focused solely on the religious undertone of the show and all of the direct links to bible verses, or stories from other religious beliefs. It amazed me. I would love to live in Damon Lindelof’s head for a day just to see the workings of such a creative mind. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Featuring more than 400 pages and over 1500 images, the LOST Encyclopedia will be a comprehensive guide to the characters, items, locations, plotlines, relationships, and mythologies from all six seasons of the landmark series aired on ABC-TV and produced by ABC Studios. Created in full collaboration with ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, this will be the first and only fully licensed and comprehensive reference to all things LOST, and it includes a foreword by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

The Replacement – by Brenna Yovanoff (Release Date – September 21st)

I came across Brenna’s writing on Merry Fates via Maggie Stiefvater and I could tell already that I liked her style of writing. Then I watched the trailer for her debut book on Amazon and was completely convinced I’d be a fan. I’m really looking forward to the dark element she brings to her stories and I hope this book has such a success that she writes more. There’s no text to share as a preview, but here’s the trailer:

Beautiful Darkness – by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Release Date – October 12th)

This is book 2 of 4 in The Caster Chronicles and I’m extremely stoked for it. I loved, loved, loved “Beautiful Creatures”. I loved that it was from a male perspective, I loved all of the war history tied to it, and I can not wait for book 2. I find it very fitting that it’s coming out in October, near Halloween, since it’s got quite a dark edge to it. It will be a perfect month to be in that sort of mood, although I wish I didn’t have to wait so long for it. When I read series, I prefer to read them straight through and often times wait until all of the books are out before even reading them. But I couldn’t resist “Beautiful Creatures” when I read about it and so now I wait, impatiently I might add. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – by Stephenie Meyer (Release Date – June 5th)

I’m not actually ecstatic about this one like the others because Stephenie was very adamant about not continuing the series, possibly not even finishing “Midnight Sun”, meanwhile she was writing this novella. I hate liars and right now that’s what she feels like to me, but since I did love the saga I know I will read this. I just hope my attitude towards her right now doesn’t get in the way. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

I realize now that I probably should have sorted them in release date order and maybe warned you about how long this would be, but oh well – what’s done is done. For all you out there who’ve influenced my reading choices, I hope maybe I will have influenced you a bit now too 😉

Peace – Sarah

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The younger version of me looks at me now and laughs because it can’t believe how giddy I am over books as an adult. I tell my younger self how foolish it was for not knowing the joy they bring back then and my younger self stops laughing because it knows, deep down, that I’m right.

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