March 31, 2010
The point of the game is to be the last person to post on the thread. So if you post and no one else puts down a post for 24hrs after you post, you'll win a free copy of the second book in the Berinfell Prophecy Series "Venom and Song". I have a gut feeling that this game is going to be going on for quite some time, so keep your patience rolling in at a high rate and you should be good. In the mean time, if you haven't read book 1 already, "Curse of the Spider King", I highly suggest that you read it. It's action packed and ... if you have a fear of spiders like I do (and I think most people do) then you'll probably want to start reading it waay before you go to bed. I made the big mistake of reading before I went to sleep. I kept waking up in the middle of the night worried that some crazy arachnid was going to pop up the side of my bed and bite me!! Aside from the slight scare it gives to all of us spider-haters, I must agree with most people that it has excellent morals and is an awesome book.
March 25, 2010
Donita K. Paul: A Writer Writes...Sometimes and Dragon Bloggin'
- Dragon's of Chiril: The Vanishing Sculptor; Dragons of the Valley (soon to be released)
- The DragonKeeper Chronicles: DragonSpell; DragonQuest; DragonKnight; DragonFire; DragonLight
- Picture Books: The Dragon and the Turtle
- Romance: Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball; Escape; To See His Way; The Heart of a Child; Out in the Real World; City Dreams; Christmas Letters; Woven Hearts; Kaleidoscope; The Prairie Romance Collection
- Teen Writing: Camp L.O.S; The Haunting Past; Where Love is Needed; The Wedding;
Bryan Davis: Dragon's in our Midst & Echoes from the Edge
- Dragons of Starlight: Starlighter
- I Know Why the Angels Dance
- Dragons in our Midst: Raising Dragons; The Candlestone; Circles of Seven; Tears of a Dragon
- Oracles of Fire: Eye of the Oracle; Enoch's Ghost; The Last of the Nephilim; The Bones of Makaidos
- Echoes from the Edge: Beyond the Reflection's Edge; Eternity's Edge; Nightmare's Edge
- The Image of a Father
- Spit and Polish for Husbands
Wayne Thomas Batson: Enter the Door Within
- The Door Within Trilogy: The Door Within; Rise of the Wyrm Lord; The Final Storm
- The Berinfell Prophecies: Curse of the Spider King; Venom and Song
- Isle of Swords; Isle of Fire
Remember that I don't know how long this book offer is going to stay the way it is, so do me a favour and check it out!! :)
March 23, 2010
So, I was sitting contentedly at my seat, editing my latest English 101 essay only to freak out and spastically swipe at my hair. After finishing “Curse of the Spider King” by WTB and CH, I was already paranoid about multi-legged arachnids creeping around my house...the funny feeling on my head rightfully sent me to the edge of bedlam. Thankfully, it was nothing major. My headband just slipped and tickled me...thus the fit.
Lately I’ve been gobbling up books by the two-fold. I finished “On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness” and “North! Or Be Eaten” both by Andrew Peterson...they’re part of the Wingfeather Saga. I also read “Curse of the Spider King” by WTB and CH and “I Know Why Angels Dance” by Bryan Davis. Four books in just three days! I’m telling you, I love my novels! (Now I have four more to add to my growing collection)
Which of the above four did I like the most? Well...I’d have to rule out the Angels Dance (it is really good though), mainly because I’m not too keen on topics of death. The Spider King was also very good but it didn’t move forward fast enough to my liking. The Wingfeather Saga series is so far the top on my list. I must admit that the personable writing style and funny characters have earned themselves a soft spot in my heart. I’m definitely looking forward to the third book!
What is it that I enjoy in books the most? Well, for one, I love good plots. If the story gets to the point and uses lots of detail and has lots of action then I’m satisfied. I’m finding lately that new authors tend to dish out the best stuff, mainly because they’re new, but also because they have fresh ideas. Once an author becomes ingrained in his or her genre, they tend to repeat what they’ve already said...except they use new backgrounds and characters. What I look for is something genuine and thrilling. Gore doesn’t impress me...a little bit is ok, but too much is not good. The Binding of the Blade series is an example of expertise gone slightly awry. I loved the overall plot and the characters, but the constant focus on gore and battle got tiring after a couple books.
Bryan Davis’s Echoes on the Edge series was absolutely excellent! Mr. Davis offered his audience new ideas and concepts, fresh characters, and intriguing themes. I was immediately hooked and have read the series three times already! To me, they’re like the new Chronicles of Narnia (not that there is anything similar between them, but I relate them because of how often I’m sure they’ll be read!).
The DragonSpell (and so on) series by Donita K. Paul was also excellent, although I haven’t read all of the books through twice. I loved the setting and characters...again, the ideas were fresh and captivating.
So if you’re planning on writing a book for me, please make sure that your ideas are original and the plot is complicated. That’s one thing that I didn’t find too much of in the Wingfeather Saga...complication. I could see right through to the plot about the Jewels of Anniera at about halfway through the book and I guessed about Peet the Sock man’s identity (correctly) by ¾ of the way through. On the other hand, most of Bryan Davis’s works have kept me on my toes.
Three cheers for all authors and writers out there who are working hard to please their readers and get the Word out to them! I admire you all and hope to see my own name mentioned alongside your own when I grow up :)
March 22, 2010
March 19, 2010
I've been writing ever since I could write :) Of course, my first stories were usually brief and to the point...one paragraph with the entire plot in about 15 words. Now those stories haven't gotten anywhere except my memoir books, but they're a good example of how much I loved the art of writing. It was only in grade 10 that I actually became interested in doing longer stuff. I was 14 at the time and my teacher said I had talent. My response? I started bouncing on my tiptoes, raring to write (mentally not literally). Both my English teacher and my Social Studies teacher realized that I had a knack for language and they encouraged me. I hope their encouragement wasn't in vain! I really would like to get published...if I ever can cooperate and finish a book completely!
Now, with a couple years behind me, I've begun to hone my skill under my new teacher (who happens to be super super picky on grammar...I'm talking like, if you've got college level grammar she wants more :S mhmm). Despite her pickiness, I think I can learn a lot about how important grammar is to writing. In grade 9 I was learning and using college level grammar, so my grammar is up to date but a little rusty from the bash it took in high school (I was doing a program from the USA; whoa Canada, you're behind the times!)