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Five Good Things #9 (Recent Finds from the Ethersphere) from fantasy author Robin Lythgoe

Five Good Things #9 (Recent Finds from the Ethersphere)

The ethersphere is full of fantastic goodness—and by that I mean there are a lot of cool fantasy-type things and fantasy-seeming things out there for us to discover! Sometimes it’s hard limiting myself to just five pieces of awesomeness, but if I didn’t we’d all be down an endless rabbit hole.

Away from the ethersphere, I’ve been rubbing my hands together as I plot new tales — and toil away at the rewrites for book two of The Mage’s Gift. Watch this space for more news on those!

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In the meantime, here are some recent good reads from the Ethersphere: Continue reading Five Good Things #9 (Recent Finds from the Ethersphere)

Cover Candy #08: The One with Dragons

Cover Candy #8 (The One with Dragons)

Are you ready for a little Cover Candy? Sometimes cover art is so yummy you just want to eat it up—and that’s a good thing!

Well, maybe not physically. There are better ways to get your fiber, and digital munching might be… electrifying.

But admit it: if the cover art on a book whets your appetite you’re much more likely to have a taste of what’s inside.

What do you say to these covers with dragons? Continue reading Cover Candy #8 (The One with Dragons)

Cover Candy #07: Three (more!) Beautiful Book Covers

Cover Candy #7

It’s time for a little Cover Candy book lovin’!

What does it say that I haven’t read any of these yet? They’re all on my humongous TBR list. That’s a step, right?

I usually end up spending more time writing than reading—though once I start reading I’m likely to keep right on going and forget to write! January has been rough. I’ve been sick. Ugh. On the bright side, it opened up some reading time, and my towering stack is now seven books (and a half!) shorter. I’m taking part in the 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads again—that gives me a push, too!

So. Covers. Continue reading Cover Candy #7

Cover Candy #06

Cover Candy #6

There’s nothing like looking at some good Cover Candy to get me inspired to read! I have to be careful, or I’ll end up with even more books in my TBR Pile.

The ones I’ve chosen this time are wildly different: gritty, whimsical, and classy. They’re all dark-colored (does that make a theme?). I like them for completely different reasons, but I find each of them intriguing.

As usual, I can’t vouch for the contents of the books represented below. We’re only here for the eye candy!

Cover Stars

Cover Candy #06


~Emma Pass~
Kindle, 386 pages
Delacorte Press
March 11, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction, YA
Artist: Larry Rostant

Cover Candy #06

The Chaos of Stars 

~Kiersten White~
Kindle, 293 pages
September 10, 2013
Genre: Fantasy
Artist: (unknown)

Legacy of Kings, by EleanorHerman

Legacy of Kings: Blood of Gods and Royals #1 

~Eleanor Herman~
Hardcover, 432 pages
Harlequin Teen
August 18, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Myths and Legends
Artist: (unknown)

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Your Hoard: How to Care for Your Books

When I was a fledgling my wonderful mama taught me a lot about cleaning, but I do not recall a lesson about how to care for your books. Dishes, bathrooms, bedrooms, laundry, cooking—yes. Books? No. Maybe it was obvious to her. Or maybe she was so busy enjoying her stacks and boxes of books that it just slipped her mind. Or maybe I’m taking my book obsession to new heights.

But really—how do you care for your books? They look marvelous lined up on the shelves, but I don’t have a magical force field to keep off all the dust. Do you? If so, where can I get one, too?

I want my darlings to last forever and ever, so I jumped on the Google Train. Want to see what I learned? Continue reading Your Hoard: How to Care for Your Books

A Drift of Quills discusses movies made from books we love—which did we like better and why?

Movies Made From Books We Love

Welcome! It’s the first-Friday-of-the-month and time for A Drift of Quills! Patricia and I are talking about movies made from books we love—which did we like better and why?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

Yanno… I don’t often watch movies made from books I’ve read. In my opinion, something seems to get lost in the translation. I was just talking about this in the first installment of A Drift of Quills discusses movies made from books we love—which did we like better and why?Geeking Out on Steampunk, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi with Epic Authors with fellow authors Leeland Artra, Wendy Van Camp, and H.M. Clarke. Movies can’t get into the characters’ heads, and books can’t perfectly show the action. Movies take away from my imagination: they put fully formed characters and settings in the place of my own visualization. However … Wendy pointed out that books, movies, and radio plays each have a certain feel. “You get a strength from each medium.” Each version is a little different and adds layers of interest.

I agree.

And so, from my limited exposure to “movies made from books,” I’ve selected The Princess Bride, by William Goldman. I’ve chosen this one because my experience with it was so funny to me. My brother-in-law loaned the book to me, telling me I simply had to read, I’d love it, yada yada yada. It was a good recommendation. I read it. I disliked it. A lot.

Then I was forced to watch the movie at a family gathering.

And you know what? It was great. It made me laugh.

The way it looked when I read it…

So I went back and read the book again, and I loved it. Go figger. The movie was wonderfully true to the characters. The same clever sense humor prevailed. True, the movie could not possibly hold all of the brilliant storytelling of the book. It can capture only a hint of the superb prose, but it was a movie. (See comments above!) It is my favorite book-to-movie adaptation.

The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, the Narnia books, the Harry Potter books, Hunger Games, The Bourne Identity (See? I DO read some non-spec-fic books!), Timeline — were all better in book form, but I will say that I enjoyed the movies, too. I have to compartmentalize, though. In my brain it’s like they’re completely different tales.

On the positive side, consuming them in multiple formats inspires me to really think about the stories. And that’s a good thing!

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Author of Oathtaker
Patricia’s website

In my experience, people seem to have strong feelings about whether books should be turned into movies.  Some can’t wait for the film while others claim the movie version of a story ruins the written one. For my part, as much as I love a good read, I also rather enjoy stories that take form in pictures and sound.  So, while I agree that often when a truly good written story is turned into a motion picture, things are lost, there are exceptions.

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What’s your favorite book-to-movie adaptation?
Which one do you loathe the most? Share below!