I have been in a funk lately. Can’t seem to write. Can’t seem to get any blog posts done. Haven’t been keeping up with Twitter. And I barely post on Facebook. And I can hear people saying, “Oh, you sound like you’re depressed.” But I’m not. (I think it’s an aversion to the computer, or self-doubt, who knows, but the one thing I have been doing is; READING! In fact, I have been devouring books right and left since December 26th, 2014. :-)
Here’s the list.
- Eden Baylee “Stranger at Sunset”
- James Smith “The Shoe Box “A collection of short stories
- Stephen King “Joyland”
- Dean Koontz (Dean R. Koontz) “Midnight”, “The Bad Place”, “Strangers”,”The Door to December”, “Cold Fire”
- Clive Cussler “Night Probe”
- John Saul “Shadows”, “The Unwanted”
- Michael Connelly “The Fifth Witness”, “The Black Box”, “The Scarecrow”
- James Patterson “First to Die”, “Cat and Mouse”
- James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge “I, Michael Bennett”. “Step on a Crack”
- James Patterson and Mark Sullivan “Private Games”, “Private Berlin”
- James Patterson and Maxine Paetro “Private #1 Suspect”
- James Patterson and David Ellis “Guilty Wives”
- Plus 2 Readers Digest “Select Editions” Which contained 4 short stories each. And I’m almost finished with a 3rd one.
That is a grand total of 24 (almost25) books.
Now to tell the truth I’m getting burned out from reading. :-) At least reading too much and I am finally getting back to writing (YAY!) and blogging.
Will see you soon! Hugs till then!
I forgot to say that all, (except) for a given few) books will be donated to the Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda, CA.
If you have books sitting around that you’ve read and that are collecting dust, check with your local Veterans Hospital and see if they have book exchange shelves that you can donate to.
I have read three novels, starting on Christmas day and finishing on new year’s day. A total of 1,111 pages! (I like that number) If I had made any resolutions, one would have been, pace yourself. :-) I’d like to attempt reading one novel a week to get caught up, but…We will see how that works out. Okay, well on to the three books and what I thought.
But wait! I have to introduce my reading companions.
First off they were all crime thrillers/mystery novels. Whodunits, so to speak.
First one, “First to Die” By James Patterson.
You know what? This was the first book that I have read written by James Patterson? I enjoyed it! Now I’ll need to get another one. In fact, I was just reading the Happy New Year email from Mr. Patterson and it had a link titled the only calendar you’ll need this year, and he has 16 books being released in 2015! Geez! That’s a lot. How many are you planning on releasing? :-)
The second book was, “Joyland” by Mr. Stephen King. :-) I wasn’t too sure about this one before I read it, but it turned out to be a fantastic read. It wasn’t scary or gory at all and fell more into a murder mystery category.
And last, but not least I read “Stranger at Sunset” By the lovely and talented Eden Baylee. This was Eden’s first attempt at writing a full length thriller novel.
I will do the review of “Stranger at Sunset” separately. You can find “Stranger at Sunset HERE!
See you soon! And till then, HUGS!
I had asked for a graphic tablet for Christmas, but didn’t get it until my birthday. Anyway, I got the Wacom Intuos.
Anyway, I am fascinated by the puddles in my back yard and I wanted it so that I could create the pictures that I see in the puddles. Can you see the witch in the puddle?
How about now?
I know, I need some practice, but… :-)
How about this one? What do you see?
I see a cow. :-) A funny looking one, but a cow just the same. Or maybe you see a dog?
Another neat thing about it….
It also works with Microsoft Word. When I start a story, I grab a notebook and an ink pen. I love the feel of writing by hand. This is a little slower, especially since I keep having to look at the screen to see what I am writing, but I was surprised by its accuracy whether I was printing or writing in cursive. Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of a 1-5 scale.
Do you have one? Do you use it? What do you use it for, drawing or writing? What do you think?
I will be back in a couple of days to share a review of three books that I read the last week of December. (Yeah, I know, I’m a little behind. :-) )
Till then; HUGS!
Well, the holidays are pretty much over. Phew! They make me happy and sad. The end of the year always brings me down. First it hits you. You’re getting older! Another year has come and gone. What did I accomplish? What did I miss? What should I have done? So many questions, without many answers.
So now on to a new year. New adventures. New quests. New goals.
I don’t make new year resolutions. To me they are like broken promises and rules that are made to be broken. I’d rather wing it! :-)
I have set some goals for my writing, though. I have so many things in the works and last year I just couldn’t seem to get it in gear and move forward.
So a toast to the new year and to moving forward!
Happy New Year, everyone! May it grace you with love, kindness, compassion, and prosperity!
I love Halloween. The costumes. The decorations. The wind. The smells. The trick or treating. :-) And THE CANDY!
I also love the scary stories.
Give me anything by Stephen King and you’ll lose me for hours, not to mention that I’ll keep you up all night listening for things that go bump in the night. :-)
My house is haunted so there are plenty of noises.
Anyway, since this is the last day of the month and Halloween, and I wanted to share a few books for your enjoyment.
My favorite by Stephen King is “Cell”
But there are plenty of books by new and indie authors that will keep you up at night! Check out the slide show below.
And a paragraph from one of my short stories that will be in my collection, “Prompted by a Photo”,
“Tag You’re It!”
With arms wrapped around each other, the giggling girls wave goodbye to the old witch and walk along the path towards town. They see the old man in tattered clothes step out from behind the rotting oak tree. His once black fedora, now dingy and gray, sets cockeyed on his balding head. Deep lines etch his face and his scraggly white beard almost reaches his belt. Curious the girls follow him as he moves into the clearing, the dead leaves crackling under their feet. He turns and lifts a gnarled finger to his cracked, dry lips and in a raspy voice he whispers, “What took you so long? Did you talk to her?”
Still a ways to go and I will be doing some revising, but hopefully I will have the book out before the end of the year!
Now, Go put on your costume and get out there, Trick or Treating, whichever is your pleasure. :-)
See you soon and till then; HUGS!
Great review of Emily Guido’s, “The Light Bearer” Series and an update to the release of the next in line, “Seditious”!
Originally posted on A Mixed Bag:
Last year, I had the privilege to receive a book my Emily Guido. I found her blog and her books looked interesting. They were about a Light-Bearer and Blood-Hunter. They are Angels and Demons. Having read all three books, I was enthralled, and caught up in them. There are enough twists in it to keep you wondering what is coming and how it will plan out. With surprises aplenty.
Take a look at my review of Charmeine, the first book in the series.
Then I reviewed Mactus.
The third book is Accendo.
Soon, the fourth book, Seditious is coming out soon. If you want to catch up on what the story is before the release, then here are the links to the books on Amazon. The image is for the UK Amazon, and the link below is the US Amazon.
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And welcome once again to Karen’s Different Corners.
Thanks for joining the Devil’s Nightmare Halloween Blog Tour and hosting me on your site today. So, what’s new with me? Well, something you may not know is that I’m about to participate in National Novel Writing Month for the first time, so I’m a bit nervous about the idea of attempting to write 50,000 words in only 30 days. Wish me luck!
For fans of Devil’s Nightmare, I’m excited to announce that the sequel Devil’s Nightmare: Premonitions is now available worldwide in print and for Kindle and Kindle reading apps.
Evil knows no boundaries.
Sequel to the Amazon bestselling horror Devil’s Nightmare, Robert Pruneda brings fans of the first novel another horrific thriller full of twists, chills, and a shocking conclusion. Two years have passed since Aaron Sanders retired from the Austin Police Department after what the media has called The Saint Hedwig Massacre. He moves his family out of the capital city to start a new life as a small town cop in Lost Maples, Texas, where the population count is updated more often than the murder rate. That bit of reputation is about to change when Aaron is once again caught in the middle of a mysterious investigation that has an eerie familiarity. This time, however, he is certain what is responsible for the violent deaths . . . Or is he? Evil knows no boundaries and it is up to Aaron to figure out how to protect the residents of his community, and his family, from becoming its next victims.
Visit the book promotion page on Robert’s website
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Thank you Rob, for sharing what’s new with you. I wish you much success with the sequel to Devil’s Nightmare!
And don’t worry about National Novel Writing Month, I’m sure you’ll do great.
And if you, my wonderful followers, have something new you’d like to share email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Till then: HUGS!
I won “Stranger At Sunset” on a Facebook contest Eden had.
I Love the Cover, Eden!
(You can get the ebook for just 99 cents right now on Amazon. Just click on the title :-) )
And I purchased “Devil’s Nightmare Premonitions” from createspace for the paperback or you can get the ebook from Amazon.
I personally love paperback books over ebooks and am excited to read both!
Don’t forget to stop by next Monday, October 27th. Robert Pruneda will be stopping by and talking about Devil’s Nightmare Premonitions and sharing what’s new with him!