Top 5 Painful Put Down Moments of 2012

This list is a little late in coming. It’s more the sort of thing to post on New Year’s Eve or maybe New Year’s Day. But I read most of these books in the summer of 2012, kept a running list, and then just plain forgot about it until I started cleaning out my drafted […]

Book Review: Crossroads of Twilight (Wheel of Time Book 10)

Last week, I finished REreading the Wheel of Time. Now, I work towards the end, beginning with Crossroads of Twilight, the 10th book in the epic series. Winter’s Heart involved a huge turning point, one that I had hoped would spell a new direction for the series that had begun to slow to a crawl. […]

Book Review: Iced

14-year-old Dani from the Fever series is super-speeding through Dublin, living large and generally trying to be a superhero. But she isn’t the fastest or strongest thing on the streets, and one of those faster/stronger things — Ryodin — forces her to work for him. Something is icing people and fae alike. Who? Why? And […]

Follow Friday: Songs Like Books

Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book?   “Welcome to the Jungle” reminds me of The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. It may be partly because Butcher released a collection of short stories called “Welcome to the Jungle” based on those […]

Cassie Scot Video Trailer

It’s becoming more and more popular to make a video trailer for novels these days. I’m not sure how much marketing influence they have, but it came with my Pump Up Your Book tour (beginning next month) so here it is! I put a lot of work into this in the end. Most video trailers […]

Rereading Wheel of Time: Winter’s Heart (Book 9)

And now, I fear, I must recant something I’ve been saying in my reviews of the past three books. I called it “the slowing of the plot.” But as I reread this book, the last of my rereads before I move ahead into new territory, I realized something. It’s not that the plot slowed down […]

Rereading Wheel of Time: The Path of Daggers (Book 8)

My opinion of this particular book has improved upon reread. Maybe it helps that sense of impatience that I don’t have to wait several years for the sequel to come out, because for certain things are still edging forward slowly, but there was something compelling about the hard lessons Rand had to learn over the […]

Rereading Wheel of Time: A Crown of Swords (Book 7)

And the slowing continues… This book only covers about two weeks, shorter than any span of time in the other books. Ebu Dar is a big focus, where Elayne and Nynaeve are trying to find the bowl of the winds. Mostly though, it was a nudge here and there, ending with a big push that […]

Wait? Did I see Cassie on Amazon/B&N already?C

Why yes! Yes you did! One of the things I do to promote my work is to enter it into contests. This worked exceptionally well for The Immortality Virus, which won two awards and was a finalist in a third. Last week, as I was compiling the list of contests I wanted to enter, I […]

Rereading Wheel of Time: Lord of Chaos (Book 6)

And so begins the slowing of the plot… I say this from the perspective of someone who was fond enough of this story to be willing to reread these long books in order to finally see how it ends, but let’s face it, the number 1 complaint of readers when it comes to The Wheel […]