$h!t My Girls Say – #5

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$h!t My Girls Say – #5

$h!t My Girls Say are sporadic posts where I include things that Monkey, and eventually Penguin, say that is just… well… you’ll see. They can be funny, sweet, and just plain wrong, but regardless, I love the little mouths they come from.

(Discussing with her sister how they will move out on their own someday.)

Monkey: “You’ll get your freedom… when you’re old.”

Momma is Scary

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 Whelp! I am officially the scary momma on the block. 

Driving down the street and a probably 12 year old girl saw me. She proceeded in front of her friends to stand in the middle of the road and make me wait while she not only danced, but twerked while I waited for her to move so I could drive by. This went on for a good minute until I put the car in park and undid my seat belt, at which point she strutted back to the sidewalk. As I passed she lifted her arms and crowed her triumph. 

“Okay, Princess,” I said to myself, “if that’s how you want to play it.” I finished my delivery a few streets over and came home. 

Poking my head in I told My husband if he heard screaming and sirens to come get me, because I might get in a fight with some kid’s mom down the street. He advised me to not tell other people how to parent. I explained that I only intended to tell the girl’s parents so that they would be aware of her behavior and because some younger drivers in the neighborhood speed down our street and would’ve hit her before they saw her. He let me go with a disapproving smh. 

Walking down towards the large group of children, one was a few houses closer and asked me if I was looking for my kids. 

“No,” I replied. “I know where mine are. I’m looking for somebody’s mama.”

“Oh,” the girl replied dubiously. Hopping on her bike she peddled toward the mass of children, yelling someone’s name. 

It seemed she was witness to the show earlier and was sounding the alarm to the young lady in question. As I was passing two teenage girls in their driveway, I asked if they knew the children. They did not. I explained why I was going to find this girl’s parents and asked them if I was way off base. They told me no, but looking back, could you really answer yes in that situation?

As I looked back down the street, the group had dispersed, with my Dancing Queen already rounding the corner on her bike. 

Guess she didn’t live on my street. 

Guess I’m scarier as a mom that I thought. 

This makes being over thirty a little less awful, I think. 

$h!t My Girls Say – #4

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$h!t My Girls Say – #4

$h!t My Girls Say are sporadic posts where I include things that Monkey, and eventually Penguin, say that is just… well… you’ll see. They can be funny, sweet, and just plain wrong, but regardless, I love the little mouths they come from.

(Monkey, returning from a visit to her Great Uncle’s House.)

Me: Seeing your uncle makes me miss your dad. (Who lives out of town.)

Husband: Yeah. He and my dad are a lot alike.

Monkey: Yeah. ‘Cause their they’re both old.

Us: … (Mentally: don’t laugh… At least not until you tell them both about her comment.)

“All we have to do, is tell the story right.”

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“All we have to do, is tell the story right.”

That’s a quote from the underrated John Travolta movie, Basic. It’s one of my favorites, and it sums up a fundamental difference my husband and I have when it comes to book to film/tv conversions. How close should the new media stick to the original cannon?

This is a spoiler alert. If you watch Game of Thrones and are more than one episode behind at the time of this post, spoilers are coming. Additionally, if you live under a rock and haven’t seen/read The Harry Potter series, or are at least unfamiliar with the characters involved in the upcoming Star Wars movie, stop reading. You have business to attend to. Same goes for Charlaine Harris’s True Blood/Sookie Stackhouse series.

Case in point, Game of Thrones, season 5, episode 4. I couldn’t find one thing that happened in the show that happened just as it did in the books. Jamie never went to Dorne. Loras was never arrested by the Sparrows. Jorah never said he was taking Tyrion to Danerys, (it was more implied.) Ellaria was not leading the Sand Snakes. Mellisandre didn’t pull her, “Let me show you the Lord of Light in my headlamps,” move, although that always gets me laughing. Oh, and last I checked, Selmy and Grey Worm… STILL ALIVE.

As the show wrapped up, I was on the edge of my seat, yelling at the tv. “That’s not right! That’s not how it happened!”

Thus began our argument.

I maintain the written word by the author is cannon. Deviation from that isn’t correct. That doesn’t mean it’s not entertaining. It doesn’t mean I don’t like it. But it is not right as I see it.

My husband maintains that because the writers and producers of GoT have consulted with George R. R. Martin about the series and where the books are headed, these inconsistencies are no big deal. According to him, it’s fine because if they were important in the books, they’d still be in the show.

So here’s my deal. I’ve seen what HBO can do to a series. I watched four seasons worth of the True Blood train wreck happen. It started with Jason’s girlfriend. She was alright. I liked her, and it didn’t really change too much of the main plot. Then they saved Lafayette. I love Lafayette. I am Team Lala 100%, and I was so happy he didn’t die. And yet, by the end of what I watched, his plot line was as important as Sookie’s. After season 1, things went way off the reservation. To the point I just didn’t care anymore, and I’m leery when I see HBO leaning that direction again.

And Charlaine Harris was consulted on the show… at least in the beginning.

Given all this, I wonder if we let some things slide and some not, depending on how much we like them. Or is it the size of the change? I really liked Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban film, although I think I’m in the minority. What I remember striking me was the little things added in, like the janitor lady at the Leaky Cauldron. Not in the books, but her two lines helped sharpen the world when the time needed for world building was at a premium.

Another example is the fate of everyone’s favorite Wookie. The GoT argument is not the first in this series for the hubs and I. Up until Disney purchased the rights to the Star Wars universe, there were tons of books written on what happened after Return of the Jedi. My husband informed me that in one such book, Chewy dies.

Um. No.

Once again, his argument was that since George Lucas allowed for the licensing, it’s legit. Chewbacca is sleeping with the fishes.

I say again. Um. No.

If George Lucas didn’t write, Chewbacca dies and sign his name, with two witnesses and a notary public, I’m not having it. To me, it’s just excellent fan fiction.

Thank The Force for this:

So at least in this case, I’m allowed to do the “I’m Right Dance.” Chewy lives!

But what about the rest? Maybe, because I’m a writer, I feel more strongly about this. If I didn’t write it, in my world, it didn’t happen. Anyone want to weigh in on this? Am I way off base?

$h!t My Girls Say – #3

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$h!t My Girls Say – #3

$h!t My Girls Say are sporadic posts when I include things that Monkey, and eventually Penguin, say that is just… well… you’ll see. They can be funny, sweet, and just plain wrong, but regardless, I love the little mouths they come from.
(Monkey, after being asked to pick up her things in the living room.)

“How can you do this to meeee? After all I’ve done for you?”

(She’s five.)

Later: “Why are you treating me this way?!?”

So. Much. Drama.

Little Sneak Peek

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In the sequel to Second Death, there are some new faces. One of them talks so loud, I don’t even have to think about it. You’re going to love him, and he’s very much a character that you’d recognize. 

Here, I’ll give you a hint:

  

Anyone else as excited as I am?

The (Long Overdue) Review of Three Hours by Dannika Dark

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The (Long Overdue) Review of Three Hours by Dannika Dark

Have I told you lately how much I love this author? Probably. I tend to gush when it comes to her. I’m even more prone to now that she was okay with this review being late because, as of release day, I had to deal with a 10 month old in a cast. So, yeah, I’ll try to restrain myself.

One of the best things about being an author is the chance to review the works of fellow writers. I mean, all you have to do is tell the world what you think, and you could, say get a sneak peek at the eagerly anticipated next installment of your absolute favorite series.

I love my life.

Naya James is a confident woman who also happens to be an exotic dancer. She doesn’t care if people judge her, just so long as they don’t disrespect her. Life has been good, but when two dancers from her club are kidnapped, Naya puts her life on the line to uncover the truth.

Wheeler is the black sheep of the family, evident from his extensive tattoo collection to his dark personality. Nothing like his twin brother, Ben, who can do no wrong. Wheeler’s pack loyalty is put to the test when Austin orders him to act as a bodyguard for a woman he’s despised for years—one who presses his buttons every chance she gets.

A dark secret unravels, uniting two enemies and threatening to fracture the brotherhood of the pack. A tortured soul, a violent past, a fiery romance, and a shocking twist that will leave you breathless.

Three Hours, book five in the Seven Series, is once again stunning. The previous installment, Four Days, was, for me, a real tear jerker, and I was happy not to cry through the last half of this one. That is not to stay that I didn’t read it cover to cover, in one sitting, late into the night. The plot never stops. The main characters, Wheeler and Naya, are like magnets made out of flint and steel: they can’t stop the attraction or the sparks. Without a single spoiler, I can say that some things that needed to happen in the series did, (fist pump for long time readers,) and it was great to see all of the Weston pack we’ve all grown to love. There are many more things I’d like to discuss, but there are too many ways to spoil Three Hours for you, and that’s something I’d never want to do.

Dannika reports the next installment, Two Minutes, is looking to drop around August, 2015. Somehow I will have to figure out what to do with my life until then… I’ll now begin taking suggestions.

Boom goes the dynamite!

My First Signing

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My First Signing

I just wanted to thank every one who came out to the North Texas Book Festival last Saturday. I’d had what has so far been the worst week of my life, so getting out, meeting other authors, and *gasp!* acting like just and adult and not a mommy… it was awesome.

Even though I did find a pacifier in my purse.

If you missed me, there will be a limited number of *signed* copies at the Dallas Book Festival, this Saturday, April 18th, from 12pm – 5pm at J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. After that, you’ll have to track me down to get your copy signed!

Wind Catcher Review

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WC ReleaseThis fantasy adventure series is steeped in American Indian culture

and so much more.

Winner: Mom’s Choice Award — Silver Metal
Winner: Awesome Indies — Seal of Approval
Recipient: Readers’ Favorite — 5 Star Review

Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her

eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be

speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.

When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be

involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and

her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred

years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her

grandfather has been telling her.

All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average-

couldnever be average.

Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her

destiny as the Chosen.

Wind Catcher is a suspenseful, wonderfully written story that will capture your attention

and hold it prisoner. A book that you won’t want to escape from. Brava!” – Stephen Fisher, Readers’

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In all 100%, complete, honesty: I was highly skeptical of this book. One of the authors is a teenager, (an exotic species of human I normally steer clear of, and have very little patience for,) and it’s about Native Americans, (and they’re from New York.) As a member of a southern tribe, (No, really, even though I’m this pale. Chitimacha tribe of Louisiana, look it up. We make awesome baskets,) there was no way, no way this could be anything but hokey, right?
Jeff, Erynn, there’s a little something in my family we like to call the “I’m Right Dance.” It’s thirty seconds of unadulterated booty shaking, finger pointing, every-think-you’ve-ever-hated-about-obnoxious-winners, free-for-all.
You may commence any time you’re ready. And since there is two of you, I’ll give you sixty seconds. Because I was wrong.
Wind Catcher is engaging and realistic, incorporating enough historical elements to make it original. (No small feat in the teeming masses of YA.) I wasn’t forced to deal with another stale love triangle, (thank you!) Best of all, the writing was consistently well crafted, especially since there are two authors. I never thought, “Oh, she wrote this part, because yadda yadda yadda.” It was all very well done, and a breath of fresh air. As it’s billed as “Chosen, Book 1,” I’m curious to see what the authors have in store for us in the next installation.

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What you can do to help my book

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What you can do to help my book

This week has been awesome. Release Day and the ensuing live chats were way more fun than I expected them to be.

Lately, I’ve been getting a bunch of “How’re your sales?” And right now, I can only guess. The major retailers give you end-of-month sales reports, so we’ll just have to wait and see. Which brings me to my next subject: reviews.

If you’ve bought my book, thank you. Thank you times 100. If you enjoyed it, even better. Now I need you to do one more thing for me. I need you to write a review. It doesn’t have to be huge or in depth. Just a little snippet about what you thought. Then post it to wherever you purchased SD from. And if you really love me, post them to other places. The most important being Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Goodreads. Any or all of these will be a great help in getting other people to check out SD.

Thank you all again for such a wonderful beginning to my writing career! Stay warm!