Cover Art that Kicks A$$

December 11, 2006 at 8:21 pm (Cover Art That Kicks A$$)

fb.jpgHaven’t done a CATKA in a while, and I can’t quite name why this one works for me other than the fact that it’s just beautiful — something I might hang on my wall. It’s The Falcon’s Bride by Dawn Thompson

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The Da Vinci Code – DVD

December 10, 2006 at 8:16 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

dvcode.jpgStarring: Tom Hanks

My normal opinion on novel-based movies has not been altered by The Da Vinci Code. The book far surpassed the flick. Now, I don’t necessary blame the movie-makers for this blunder. TDVC is a book full of details that move the story forward. Those details were what kept me reading page after page, not the story itself. Because of time restraints, the movie obviously could not include all of the historic details that made TDVC a page turner. A pity, because I love Tom Hanks. But the movie fell short. I believe it also made the mistake of assuming all watchers would have read the book and therefore understand the plot movement. But, having read the book at the height of its popularity, I tried to pretend I was watching as someone who didn’t know the story. Had that been true, I think I would have been a bit confused by all of the “findings” and “clues” along the way. If you didn’t read the book and you watched the movie, let me know whether you followed along easily or were left with questions not answered. I’m really curious!

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Come visit me

December 7, 2006 at 9:58 am (Gab)

I’m chatting at Between the Covers today. Stop by and say Hi!

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Finding Neverland – DVD

December 3, 2006 at 11:25 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

fn.jpgStarring: Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet

The story about the author of Peter Pan. Wonderful and endearing. I fell in love with the little boy who played Peter, and of course, how could you not fall in love with Johnny Depp? As much as I love Kate Winslet, however, she was barely noticeable in this movie. Overpowered, perhaps, by the grand “adventures” the other characters took part in.

It was nice to find a movie that I didn’t mind watching with my kids. A grown up movie, that is. My 8 year old son enjoyed it, so that’s saying something. Especially since there were no explosions!

DH fell asleep though. Also saying something.

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Imprisoned By Free Time

November 28, 2006 at 4:25 pm (Gab)

Free time can be a blessing, but the saying “Idle hands are the devil’s plaything” didn’t come out of thin air!

I just turned in book 2 to Berkley last week. This past weekend, I felt light as a feather, elated that I was obligation free in the writing department. That feeling didn’t last long. I’m itching again, eager to move on to something new. But, at the same time, I really want to take advantage of being deadline free by catching up on reading, cleaning, and several other things I neglected these last couple of months. Wanting to do both has prevented me from doing either. When I sit to write, I get up to clean. When I pick up a book, I put it down and reach for my laptop. Sigh. A vicious cycle, this free time. I don’t like it much.

 To my editor should she ever visit here… another deadline please. It keeps me sane!

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The Break-Up DVD

November 26, 2006 at 10:25 pm (Movie/Media Reviews)

bu.jpgStarring : Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn

I loved, loved, loved this movie! Of course, I adore Jennifer Aniston anyway, but I think this is her best movie yet, with the possible exception of Bruce Almighty.

The Break-Up centers around a couple who live together and go through a messy break up, where neither truly want to be free but their pride forces them to go to great lengths to irritate the other into leaving the condo they both own and love. A not-so-happily-ever-after movie, but still worth a watch or two. I laughed out loud throughout the whole thing, and have to admit, Vince Vaughn steals the movies. He’s hilarious.

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Gratitude Day 5

November 24, 2006 at 8:06 am (Gab)

As a writer, it’s only appropriate that I end the 5 days of gratitude with all the things that make a writer’s life easier.

1 – My laptop. If it had a heartbeat, I would sleep with it at night.

2 – My alphasmart. If you don’t know what this is, you’re probably not a writer. If you ARE a writer and don’t know what this is, I advise you drop everything and go here now. I don’t know a single author who doesn’t have one and love it. It’s the next best thing to, well, books.

3 – Bookmarks. I LOVE bookmarks. Not the kind you spend 4 dollars for at the bookstore. The kind that authors make to promote themselves. I loves signed ones. I collect them, I suppose – as well as the magnets of the book covers. Love those too!

4 – Excel. Nothing can make my day zing by like working on my writing schedule, which is set up in Excel. I love this hobby so much, I even do it for others. Can you say geek? It does mess with my actual writing schedule sometimes, but whatever. It’s fun.

5 – Last but definitely not least – Movie scores. Not the soundtracks with the songs that have lyrics. The actual movie scores, the songs you hear in the movies. Because I write historical novels, anything with lyrics tends to snap me back to present day. But give me the score to Troy, Tristan & Isolde, Lord of the Rings, and I’m set to write all day long.

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Day 4 of Gratitude

November 23, 2006 at 8:52 am (Gab)

As today is officially Thanksgiving, I give thanks for the most important aspect of my life. That is, of course, my family.

My husband. 12 years of being together sometimes feels like 12 days. Sometimes like 12 decades. He’s my polar opposite – everything from his personality to his family to his upbringing is infinitely different from mine, but our core values and morals are the same and that’s what counts. I’m thankful for not just the peaks of our marriage, but also for the valleys. Those valleys remind me to appreciate the peaks!

My children. Growing up so quickly! Yesterday, I was changing your diapers, and now you’re 10 and 8 years old. You two have the ability to bring me all the pain and misery in the world and somehow enjoy every minute of it! You make me laugh more than anyone else, which makes up for the fact that you also make me crazy more than anyone else.

My parents. Soon after I got married, they moved away. But they didn’t realize I’d stuck a homing device in my pocket, the cause of their return a few years later. I’m blessed to have them nearby, as the rest of my family seems scattered around the world. I’ll be spending this T-day with them, eating the best pumpkin pie in the world. What could be better?

My sister. Even all the way across the country, I never quite feel like she’s very far away. Growing up, our 8 year age difference was a gaping chasm that I could never quite leap across to get close enough to know her very well. But now, 8 years is a petty number with no importance at all. I’m thankful for that. Thankful that, through her, I have a real best friend for the first time in my life.

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Gratitude – Day 3

November 22, 2006 at 10:42 am (Gab)

Back to the frivilous today. Hey, sometimes the frivilous is just as important as well, the important stuff. So today’s Ode to Frivolity is to two different websites I love love love. Amazon.com and Librarything.com

 Amazon.com is wonderful. The nearest “new” bookstore from my house is about a 20 minute drive. On top of that, it’s located in the mall, which I avoid like the plague. Too many people, too many people “smells”. I stay away when I can. Amazon lets me order any little book that makes me happy and delivers it right to my doorstep. On top of that, the shipping is free if you save up to buy several books at once instead of one at a time. Another great thing about Amazon is the wishlist. I dont have to keep track of books I want anymore. I can stick them all on my wishlist, organize them into many different lists if need be, and then just move them to my shopping cart when it’s time to buy. This goes for movies and music, too. I read my Romantic Times magazine each month, find the books that look good, and add them to my wishlist right away. Then I never worry about forgetting! It’s a wonderful thing, Amazon.com. Check it out!

Librarything.com is another FABULOUS site that needs to be shared with everyone! Ever go to order a book by a favorite author and can’t remember whether you’ve read it or bought it already? You can enter every single book you own into library thing and have your own, personal, online bookshelf that’s simple to get to for reference. You can store up to 200 titles for free, or pay (I believe 10.00) to store an unlimited number. I adore this site! Check it out!

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Come Visit Me

November 22, 2006 at 8:05 am (Gab)

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Come visit me at Between the Covers where I’m blogging with the gals at Berkley today.

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