31 October 2014

Nanowrimo Kick-off!

Oh! It’s that time of year again! Beginning of winter and perfect for staying inside and feel cozy with a cup of coffee- in my case, tea, hehe :) and sleepless night!

This is my second year of doing Nanowrimo! Woohoo, yes! I’m so excited, especially because a good friend decided to also join the challenge this year. Nothing is better that sharing the joy (and the sweet pain) of writing with someone.

This November I’m going to write a genre that I’ve never managed to complete before. Sci-fi!

It will be written in the point of view of the heroine “Neona.” There will be a romance (naturally, haha :D) but unlike most of my fiction, this story won’t just revolve on the love story but on the broad subject.

I battled inside for days whether I should write it under a male pseudonym or not because it’s like there's this unspoken words out there that only men should write sci-fi, same as only women should write romance. But you know what? I’m up for the challenge and decided to face this head on using my name. After all, one of my favorite romance writers is a man. (Besides, handling more pen names will be a pain in the ass)

So, here are my gears for a good start.

My lucky cup! Ball pens! Memory notes & Miracle box (aka: anti-writer’s block jar)

A photo posted by Jessica Larsen (@jessica.larsen) on


Ready, set… I’m off!
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24 October 2014

NightDrake by Lara Adrian

NightDrake My rating: 5 out of 5

Summary:

In this FREE post-apocalyptic romantic urban fantasy short story, a tough mercenary known as Nisha the Heartless is hired to transport mysterious cargo from exotic New Asia to a well-paying client.

But things are never what they seem in a dark new world now populated by humans and the Strange: shapeshifters and telepaths, nymphs and hobgoblins. It is a lesson Nisha learns all too soon - one that puts her on a journey with a dangerously sexy, enigmatic man who will force her to confront the nightmares of her past, and risk her heart for a future she never dreamed could be hers....




My Review:

I just found a new favorite! However, just as another reviewer in Goodreads said; it would have been better if the story was longer. The ending of this short story isn’t exactly a cliffhanger, but it leaves so much room for more events. I definitely would be happy to read a sequel of this story. I’m so hungry for more that I think I’ll read more of this author’s work.
If you like short but fulfilling fantasy story you should give this a chance.
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12 October 2014

Save the date


Save the Date (Better Date than Never, #4)
My rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary: 
(Better Date than Never series, Book #4)

Kristen knows men hide things. Case in point, her last boyfriend turned out to be married. Just like anyone else, Kristen is devastated. However, since Kristen evaluates people for a living, her ex’s duplicity has her searching for a new career as well as swearing off men.

Touring history museums with her sexy friend Ethan doesn’t count, because he has a girlfriend, and has only shown friendly interest in Kristen. He even helps with her career counseling tasks. Although Kristen has a secret crush on Ethan, spending time with him is safe. Until she discovers he’s actually single. Gasp. And now he’s flirting with her, too.

Suddenly, Ethan is way too dangerous. Not to mention tempting. Sure, he seems like sixty shades of perfect, but how’s a girl with bad judgment supposed to detect what skeletons he has in his closet?



My review: 

This is a very very interesting read for me because it has Kristen, the most annoying in the Better Date than Never series that I've read and Ethan, my most favorite hero ever since I've read about him in Truth or Date.

It's not that I don't understand Kristen problems, but she really managed to annoy me almost throughout the whole book. It was really tiring to "hear" her deny her feelings for Ethan almost to the point that I wanted to reach in and pulled her out of my kindle (not that it's possible of course. Haha :D) She was so determined to ignore the obvious, yet still clinging to him deep inside and keep suspecting him to be with this or that woman when Ethan is wearing his heart on his sleeve. But doesn't matter how much I dislike her attitude, it simply made Kristen realistic (nobody's is perfect and everyone has a downfall sometimes) and besides, I was so relieved with her realization and honesty of her true feelings for Jake and Ethan that all my irritation toward her completely evaporated.
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10 October 2014

All's fair in Blog and War

All's Fair in Blog and War
My rating: 5/5

Summary:

Twenty-something travel blogger Five thinks she has hit the jackpot when she gets invited to glittering Macau for an all-expense-paid bloggers tour. Think majestic old churches, sparkling casinos, exhilarating bungee jumps, and the world's most unforgettable egg tarts. The trip is practically perfect, except for one little glitch. She gets assigned to be travel buddies with Jesse, the world's most infuriating photo blogger, and it's definitely war at first sight.

Will Five let Jesse turn her dream vacation into a total nightmare? Or will falling in love be on the itinerary?



Review:

I bought this book and read a little, then put it aside for a long time. Thinking that I wanted to read other than graphic novels, I took my Kindle that I have neglected for a while and chose this story, thinking to read bit by bit, but it was unpredicted that I'll be sucked in by it after a few pages. I grabbed my Kindle to read each time I have a chance until I finish reading it.

Five, the MC, wasn't that special, in fact, her personality annoyed me a bit in the beginning, but she has this special charm that kept me hooked.

Jesse, the hero was a jerk! or so I though... I've grown to like him real fast, before Five actually.

Simon, well, I didn't really get to know him much but he seems interesting.

Megh, is my favorite! I love her style, her unique snob-but-not-really attitude. She's friendly too and...I don't know I just like her so much, I wish I could read her love story too.

This book is my favorite. And I'll probably read it again in the future. I especially love that ending, not cheesy but romantic in a sense.
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05 October 2014

Author Spotlight: Hildur Enola

In today's spotlight is Hilda Enola, an indie author who currently lives in our neighbor Denmark! It's probably why I got inspired have her today, even though I promised myself to do spotlight every Wednesday.


About this author

I´m Icelandic, live in Denmark. Fantasy is my favorite genre when it comes to writing, and it shows through in almost everything I write. I´m pretty good at spotting the creepy things, so, from time to time, I will write a horror story.

I´m a member of the Critque Circle both the Icelandic one and the English one. It´s helped me a lot with my writing and also to find like minded individuals who can sympathize with my need to talk excessively about writing, my characters, plot problems etc.

As you may have noticed I have an excellent writing partner, SirrĂ½ Sig. and together we just started our own self publishing, Nostri Publication.
In 2012 we self published our first collaborative work: One Thing Led to Another. It´s four connected short stories.

Find her books on:
Amazon:One Thing led to Another
One thing led to another Summary: The Blood Weeping Table, When Hafsteinn Died, Just the Facts, and My Rose

This is a small world. We all have effect on each other,
one thing leads to another in an unforeseen way.

The Blood Weeping Table
A fantasy about a pampered wife who finds more than she bargained for with
her new desk.

When Hafsteinn Died
A mystery about a woman coming home from a business trip to find her cat
dead, and her girlfriend missing.

Just the Facts
A drama about a down-to-earth family man who begins to suspect his young
stepdaughter of a cold-blooded murder.

My Rose
A realistic horror fiction about a man who falls madly in love with a girl.

“We Dare You”

and Icelandic love
Icelandic Love
Six Icelandic love stories, ranging from sweet romance, to the horrors people can do in the name of love.

Love can move mountains, but can it also cheat death? Can it get you to commit a crime? Would you leave everything to be with the one you love?

The Diamand Necklace
A sweet love story
Icelandic Honey – A Prize-Winning Tale
Creepy but tender
A Friendly Turtle
She did it for love
Mine Forever
A dramatic love story
Night After night
A sentimental love story
Somewhere Sometime Again
She couldn’t let him go

***Add her works in Goodreads and stalk her on Twitter
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04 October 2014

Yehey! Now let me brag ;)

Yes, yes, yes! I've finally done it! Yesterday night, (Oct.04) I finished the longest story I've ever written. It's 87,000 words. I know that's not much for some writers, but I've got to say that it's no joke to me. I wasn't one of the lucky one to be born with English, so writing a book that long (a paranormal/fantasy to top it off) really burnt me out. Now, for the rest of the day, I keep blanking out. I probably used too much my brain to dig out all my English knowledge to finish the book 3 months.

I didn't start and finish it inside that months, though, I wrote this book for NaNoWriMo challenge last year. I manage to write 50k+ in 30 days, but then suffered from writer's block and move on to write other books, it wasn't until 3 months ago that I dedicated myself into finishing it. I don't know how great the story is, as I'm not a good judge of my own writing. But sure great to finish it.

So here I am! Tired, sleepy, hungry but happy.



As for the book. I entitled it, "Fumes Variola" and the story is about a mysterious black smoke called Fumes Variola that could only be seen by those who had been possessed by it, it feeds on the negative side of any being. It could possess anyone and turn that person completely evil. Audrey is a thirty-five-year-old witch who decided to go back in time and stop her best friend, Nova, from being possessed by it and change the future. She failed on her first try and died in the past, but she was able to save Gretchen, Nova's daughter, with the help of her younger self. On her second try to go back in time, due to unforeseen circumstances Audrey, brought Gretchen back with her, and once again get killed, leaving the fifteen-year-old Gretchen in the past.
Now, with the help of a playful wood sprite, it's up to Gretchen to change the past, but what could she do? Other than making simple potions, she has no power to fight against her mother, and to make the situation more difficult, a celestial nymph seemed to have prophesied her arrival in the past, many centuries ago.
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