Posts Categorized: Musings

Apr 20
Dear Secret Sister #2

Dear Secret Sister #2

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. Dear Secret Sister: Hiya! Hope all is well with you. I heard you’ve been under the weather so hopefully, you’re feeling better. I failed to properly thank you for my first official gift, the Kindle copy of Bruce Holsinger’s A Burnable Book. I haven’t read it yet, but funny enough a friend recently gifted me a hardcover copy. I laughed because obviously it should… Read more »

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Mar 11
Dear Secret Sister #1

Dear Secret Sister #1

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. . Dear Secret Sister: First of all, I’m so excited to participate in this round and can’t wait to FINALLY meet you when the time comes. You have been so kind and generous and I want to fangirl with you over things. Thank you for the wonderful Valentine’s package! I adore Jessica Lemmon’s writing and I’ve always wanted one of her heroes (my heart… Read more »

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Dec 08
Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

It’s been rather quiet around here and I wanted to explain why. Four weeks ago, we were notified that my grandmother was ill and probably wouldn’t see the end of the year. I prayed and hoped for a miracle, but someone upstairs wanted her to spend Christmas and ring in the New Year with them. On Thursday, December 4th, my grandmother, Elena, died. She was born in 1927 to a family of well to do farmers. During the Great Depression, her family did not experience the hardship and hunger that many families did and in fact many neighbors often came to her father where they would barter work for food. My grandmother often told the story of her family knowing Mexican Revolutionary General, Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Rumor has it; he… Read more »

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Sep 04
When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

Yesterday, one of my favorite authors had a very public Facebook meltdown. It quickly escalated from there and soon everyone who blogs about books was talking about it. I’m at a complete loss as to what to say. I’ve made no secret of my love for her and her series, but at the same time I can see where she was coming from. In a nutshell here’s the Facebook post: What brought it on? I’m asking the same question as many of you. I feel that in some ways, Cain was misunderstood. Now, don’t get me wrong-the way she went about it wasn’t the best way. But sometime last week she posted how One Kick didn’t make the New York Times best sellers list and it was the first time… Read more »

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Apr 14
Overcoming Blogger Guilt

Overcoming Blogger Guilt

I have a confession…I have blogger’s guilt. Mostly, when it comes to the frequency of posting. It’s not that I’m not reading, but rather my mojo when it comes to writing reviews or discussion posts has gone missing. Maybe my blogger’s mojo is on some island enjoying an umbrella drink and the warm sunshine, but I’d like it back. I have a stack of books that I read, but reviews need to be written and there’s zero inspiration. Then…there’s the whole guilt regarding being a book blogger and keeping up with the world of publishing. Before when I was unemployed, it was easy to keep up and see what was going in the world. Now? Not so much. I feel so guilty when I miss book related events in the… Read more »

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Apr 10
Happy Birthday + Giveaway

Happy Birthday + Giveaway

Eeek! I’m not one to make a HUGE fuss over birthday celebrations and since I’ve decided to be a little more open so you all get to know better, celebrating a birthday should be known. Right? So many moons ago on an extremely hot day in El Paso, Texas I was born and the next day apparently brought snow to the area! I was delivered by a Doctor Love and yeah I always get a kick out of seeing his name on my birth certificate. As part of you all getting to know me, here are some random facts (this post is totally inspired by Gillian over at Writer of Wrong’s post because I had a different post made up and decided this was more fun). 1. I have a… Read more »

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Mar 13
Encountering Your Profession in Books

Encountering Your Profession in Books

I always find it interesting how others perceive one’s own profession and it’s even more daunting at times when reading a book that mentions it. I have a master’s in medieval history (my primary area is the legality of war and the law of arms with a focus on 14th century England) and at some point I do have plans to get a PhD (it’s more of a personal goal than a need). Lucky for me I don’t encounter very many medievalists mentions, but once in a while I do and I have to scratch my head. This one is from Jennifer Laam’s The Secret Daughter of the Tsar and I laughed so much because it was so odd to see a medievalist described in such away. Are we nuts?… Read more »

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Mar 05
Me & Exotic Cuisine: The Truth

Me & Exotic Cuisine: The Truth

In the February wrap up post I mentioned doing a bit more personal blog posts and this is one of them. I wish I was adventurous when it comes to my palate. I’ve often thought I’d be that person who wouldn’t turn up her nose at some foreign dish, but alas I’m not. I’m not going to be that girl who announces “I’m ordering Ethiopian for lunch. Do you want anything?” You may be asking yourself what brought this on and it was yesterday’s lunch. A co-worker was saying he was craving a sandwich from this Vietnamese restaurant that another co-worker took him to. Being the admin assistant for a non-profit means I’m often stuck having someone pick up an order for me if I forget lunch or wait until… Read more »

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Oct 25
Contracts Between Authors and Readers: What Are We Owed?

Contracts Between Authors and Readers: What Are We Owed?

Warning: links contain spoilers. Click on them at your own risk! They say breaking up is hard to do. And when an author ends a series a particular way or kills a beloved character is trust broken? Some readers believe the contract between the author and reader is broken once this happens. Reading is personal and we bring a character to life in our own mind. We have ideas on what they look and sound like. We are emotionally tied to a book or a series and form an attachment. Books allow us to experience a variety of feelings while we read. So when an author decides to kill a character then it’s perfectly normally to feel angry or disappointment. It’s difficult for readers of a series because these characters… Read more »

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Jan 28
An Open Letter to Jane Austen

An Open Letter to Jane Austen

Alyssa Goodnight and Stiletto Storytime teamed up to host a Pride & Prejudice 200th Anniversary Party Hop. There are over 70 blogs participating and I encourage everyone to check out the participants since each post will be slightly different and a few are hosting giveaways as well! How do you plan to celebrate the occasion? Dear Jane: Congratulations! Today marks 200 years of Pride and Prejudice‘s publication. 200 years in which girls have fallen in love with Darcy and wishing we had our own. Generations of women have formed friendships because of their love for the book. Mothers and daughters bond over discussions and of course seeing the adaptations. One cannot forget the first time we read Pride and Prejudice nor can we forget our very first screen Darcy (mine… Read more »

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Oct 31
Meeting Gretchen Lowell

Meeting Gretchen Lowell

I normally don’t read the serial killer genre, as it’s not something that appeals to me. So imagine my surprise at falling in love with Gretchen Lowell. I still remember the day I met Gretchen; May 8th of this year. She was thrilling and beautiful. Once we were introduced I couldn’t let go. You, dear reader, probably think I’m crazy at this point. Let me explain how I met Gretchen and who my true love really is, but if you’ve read my fictional men I love post then you’ve already met him. As previously mentioned, on May 8th I met Gretchen Lowell. I came across news announcing FX had bought the rights to develop a series based on a beautiful serial killer and a damaged police detective. My interest was… Read more »

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