Looking at what I did last year, I thought it would be awesome to do another T-shirt-of-the-day thingy only with better quality video.
Only, I don't have a better quality vid-cam.
I totally need a better quality webcam.
Pictures of my T-shirts also came to mind. Instagram feed invasion!
But I didn't do any of that.
First, my crappy vid cam made crappy videos with crappy audio of crap.
Going through my old videos, I decided nope, these need a redo.
...when someone gifts me a new webcam.
And a new microphone.
Okay maybe the microphone isn't the big deal.
But wait! Stephanie we do all our video's on our phones!
Yes, well, that is something. And yet, I think I run into the same problem.
My crappy old phone makes crappy videos with crappy audio of crap.
But I do want to mention that over the course of the year, you guys have been awesome! Your acknowledgement means a lot to me. Even the thumbs-up emoji and nothing else. Even the I love your blog. Especially those grammar geeks who email me to tell me I spelled something wrong.
Half the time those misspellings are on purpose, but someone's always got to point that out. :) And I still do appreciate it 'cause it means your paying attention.
In any case... Love to you all and have a safe and happy Halloween!
P.S. Keep catching my spelling mistakes─your plan of making me a better grammar geek is working.
Catch none of my T-shirt-of-the-day in October and November
Loving Me For Me
Status: SM (saggy middle)
Reason: Sentence structure, unidentified time line, continuity inconsistencies
First, this was a phenomenal premise, but I didn't tag it with APPE because I felt that this could totally be my jam with a bit of editing.
It was grueling to read, not because of the scenes but because of the way it was said/written.
Basically, the writing could have been polished.
Snappy language (don't confuse that with word choice of the narration) kept me going, but the time line threw me off so much it was a distraction. I stopped several times trying to figure out where the couple were in their relationship.
I had no way of knowing when a scene was, as in, if this was past, present or future in any given place in the book which left my sense of connection broken.
There was no true way to tell what was happening when. The story seemed to jumble around from time-line to time-line. Or, the author didn't go back and fix the continuity of the story and just said, meh... they'll figure it out.
A second POV of the sister was not necessary and went nowhere. Not to confuse the character progression, but I saw the character grow without her POV. So it really, really was unnecessary.
I skimmed the epilogue because I was just done. It was all happy and was the happy ending we all wanted but I couldn't pay close attention because I wanted it to be over.
Sad, I know. That's not the reaction a reader is supposed to have.
I was not impressed with this writing so I won't be looking into other books from this author. Unfortunately, there are so many good books out there. I want to stick to authors I love and not have to "power" through.
The time it took to read this book slowed my progress down for all the books. In the time it took to read this, I could have read The Phy series in the time it took me to read this one book.
But, I want to leave on a good note.
This book was worth the read for the hero and how a woman should be treated. I liked the initial vibe of the story and at first it did catch my eye. From the cover I thought this book would be up my alley, but it wasn't. I liked the premise and would love to see one of my favorite authors tackle this type of story. It would have more impact on me if read from an author I adore.
Chariss K. Walker
Status: DNF (Did Not Finish)
Reason: too much back story, rape and violence
This is A Serena McKay Crime Novel, Book 1 and starts out dark, heavy but interesting.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get past the rape, the beating, the rape, the more rape and more beating and the more rape. This was all within the first three chapters.
It's not that I'm opposed to showing rape, torture, beatings and all the bad things that happen in real life, but it becomes less effective when that's all that is happening within the story.
I know, I know, your thinking, how do you know when all you did was read the first three chapters?
Well, I didn't finish because I believe in the promise of the author's delivery.
What's the promise of the author's delivery?
It means that more of the same writing in the beginning of the book will come throughout the story.
Basically, it started out as a kidnapping mystery and went headlong into the MC's abusive training to become a detective. I think she was raped every other day from the sounds of it.
There was not one decent man in the book that did not rape her.
It was dark, and I'm not in the mood for dark. At least not this dark. The cover depicts how dark this story is.
Also, the main character was an introvert with psychological problems that I just wasn't into.
If the main character gets over all the enormous things she has to get over, awesome. I just don't think I want to travel through it all to get to the main story of a kidnapped child.
Children in peril make emotional stories but going into the main characters background so soon turned me off.
When I did get to the point of the story that was promised in Chapter 1, I was no longer interested.
You could say I had to exercise the demon of this book out of me.
Annals of Alasia
Dracones Primalthorn (Prequel)
by Sheri-Lynn Marean
Status: APPE (awesome premise, poor execution)
Reason: too much back story, conflict came too late, writing style could not hold my attention
I skimmed this one after the point of what I call "no return".
Writing can only pull me in so much.
Phenomenal writing can make a story interesting but that's not the case here.
I felt as though the author wanted to show how happy the dragons were but it got to the point where nothing was happening.
Props to the cover, just like The Dragon Collector, but I'm afraid this dragon story too has left me bereft and has killed my love of dragon stories just a little more.
But I still have hope.
If a 15 year old boy can make a great dragon story (Christopher Paolini author of Eragon), then I know there are others out there.
The search continues.
And, I will give Sheri-Lynn Marean one more chance with her other dragon book that I got for free because I'm hoping this was just a "oh my gosh I need a magnet to get leads" type of thrown together story.
Because that's how this felt.
I hope her other story will make-up for this one.
4 Readable, 4 Uninterested
Next month I'll bring you more as I plow through all these lovelies!!
Even though I might not like all of them (and my blunt honesty might seems like I'm book bashing) I DO APPRECIATE what these authors are doing.
That's what these authors have.
I'm evaluating the ones I want to continue with and those I don't. It's all a matter of taste.
I will say that they don't have to have a series in the freebies, but it does help. I look for writing style and story.
Until next time...
♥ ~ Stephy
Alfred Pennyworth is a boyishly handsome and charming young man from London.
As he was a special forces soldier in WWII, Alfred doesn't know how to reconcile the kindhearted boy he used to be with the calculated killer he was forced to become.
He is instantly likeable with his respectful manner, polite overtone with a toughness that is often underestimated.
Bazza was in the same corps as Alfred and they are lifelong friends.
Highly proficient at logistics, he's a valued member of Alfred's team. He often is the "realistic one" of the three man group of Alfred's security company.
I would say he's the most stable of them all with what they've all had to endure during their time in war.
He's also a dashing dresser, I might ad, and I gravitate to his calm demeanor.
Dave Boy is a wiry, haggard, Highland Scotsman. An unpredictable force of nature and a bit trigger happy, he's a close ally of Alfred and Bazza.
He's also very strong and can handle himself in a fight (as expected by a Highlander). His first answer to problems is usually violence but I see him as lonely and having the hardest time reconciling with his time with the special forces.
Lord Harwood is an upper-class Englishman. Cultured, urbane, brilliant, a little mad and supremely sure of himself.
In Jason Flemyng's words, the character he plays is an aristocratic, arrogant, wealthy, pain in the ass, head of the Raven Society and far-right lunatic. Believing England for the English.
He believes in his cause and that it is just.
I love the accents and the words they use for the everyday language. I have no idea if it's accurate for 1960, but I love it all the same. It's very different and yet completely understandable─not just "getting the jest of it" speech but presents new words and a new way of speaking (at least to me).
What did make my noodle twirl was the setting. I couldn't tell if this was after WWII, before, or if there ever had been one. There were horse drawn carriages AND cars (not horseless carriages but actual 1930's type cars) so I didn't know this was supposed to be the 1960s until I found the blurb.
Still, I carried on and enjoyed the action, adventure and the ♥ story!
Arguably, Batman is the only successful show and movies D.C. knows how to do.
Smallville was an exception.
Don't think so? Fuming and naming off shows that you love from D.C.? Well, in light of the cancellation of Swamp Thing, I'm going to stand by my argument that Batman is the only successful superhero D.C. can do.
Mind I say successful as it seems more movies and shows in the D.C. world are not as successful as Marvel.
Aquaman you say?
You have to be a hardcore bun-hating blind man not to love that guy. Srsly. D.C. done good when they cast him. He's perfect.
As The Dark Knight is what D.C. does best, Pennyworth came up on my radar and I said, "Batman? Hell yeah!"
But I reserved dissatisfaction because─D.C.
After watching the first episode, I knew they had a winner. Each hour of Pennyworth is a mini movie. Jammed with hardcore fighting, brutal realism, death-defying rescues, gruesome torture, all surrounding a love story makes every breath with Pennyworth swoon worthy.
Seeing the life of Bruce Wayne's loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth, with the kind of heart-wrenching action makes one forget there is romance within the story.
So yes, D.C. still "gets" Batman.
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Until next time...
Why I wrote The King's Thief
Johnny pulled out a map of Inestra and pointed to the two references on the map. The Dragon Highlands and Quenarre.
"What are the dragons like?" I asked.
"Do they talk?"
"They have their own language but it's not a spoken one."
"Okay." My mind furiously thought about the writing logistics of that. "Do they have riders?"
"They can. But that's like... taming a wild dragon."
Hmmm. Eargon has that angle surrounded and whatever I wrote, I wanted to have my own twist on it. "Tell me about Quenarre."
That's when Johnny launched into the war between Randisar and Quenarre. Within half-an-hour I had an idea.
"What's around Quenarre..." and I was told about wizards, Inestra's magic and all the different things for the game they had created.
This all started as Johnny's quest to build a roll playing game based on this world. He wanted a story for it and asked me to write it.
I had it back to him in two months and at the time they were moving ahead with the game. But as the years passed, Johnny put the whole project on hold, indefinitely. That gave me the permission to publish this on my own and let others read it.
So this all started as a collaboration of Johnny's world and still continues today with The King's Thief. I have permission to write more about Inestra and things may come about it, but as of today, things are up in the air.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
I'm grateful because it set me off into ghost writing and I've written plenty for others. It helps me in my own writing and I love it!
Hopefully, you'll be inclined to take a look at The King's Thief and I invite you to download the book!
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