Literary Can’t Even Book Club

A few weeks ago, my daughter sent me a youtube link for this online book club called Literary Cant Even because they had done a book review of The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers. Yes, my book was reviewed and they really liked it! I mean, they were talking about hunting me down to make me write more of Laney and Kody’s story because they wanted more! I am planning to continue their adventures after my trilogies are completed. So, don’t worry, ladies. title (2)

I listened to their review of Mr.whiskers-many times-and these ladies are hilarious! There are six videos for book reviews so far and they are quite entertaining. Caution though if your listening to them at work, use your headphones. They are not PG. The videos are only audible so at least you won’t get too distracted at work.

The books they choose to review are what they consider outrageous and bizarre. Not sure how they found Mr. Whiskers, though I guess it’s a little off the wall. Not as bizarre as a couple other books they reviewed, but it’s different.

What I enjoyed most about listening to their chat was the banter of good friends. They didn’t try to censor themselves, just spoke their minds.  You could tell these women were good friends by the various tangents that took over the conversation. And I love tangents. I’m definitely looking forward to their next book review.

So if you want to learn about some bizarre books out there, give these friends a listen. You’ll find them at Audrey In June. Listen, Like, and Subscribe.

 

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Fresh new look for Pucker Up

A big thank you to Cover Design by James at GoOnWrite.com for the beautiful cover for not only Pucker Up, but the follow up books, Sucking Face and Lip Smacked which will be released later this year and next year, respectively.

I’m still in the process of changing the cover out over the various sites so if you still see the old cover, which I still love, that’s why. I’m just so excited about this fresh look that I couldn’t wait to share! What do you think?

I am also in the process of setting up a Goodreads giveaway of Pucker Up ebook to celebrate the new cover. And I’ll be setting up pre-orders for book 2, Sucking Face.

Stay tuned!

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Strong female characters are here to stay

For Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend took me to see Black Panther. It was actually on Saturday but we were busy with the kids, work, and life in general on Wednesday so we waited until the weekend. Anyway, I loved it!large_bLBUCtMQGJclH36clliPLmljMys

I was excited to learn about a new super hero that I really knew little about from the previous Marvel movies. I was not a comic book reader as a kid. I did love Wonder Woman from watching the 70’s TV series as a preschooler, but that was about my extent of comic books until Michael Keaton put on the bat suit. Even then, the comic movies weren’t a big draw for me. Until Marvel kicked it up with the Avengers movies. I still haven’t watched all the Iron Man movies but I saw the first one, fairly recently.

My favorite characters are Loki and the Winter Soldier. Yeah, I have a thing for a good anti-hero. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thor and Captain America too but there’s something about walking the fine line of good and evil that thrills me. Yes, I know Bucky wasn’t himself when he killed but he’s now wounded. And I love the long dark hair. A bit shallow but that’s seems to be my type. Can you say Severus Snape?

But what I really loved about this film were all the strong women!! They were all kick-ass, smart, not needing to be rescued characters. Even the king’s special guards were all women. It made my heart happy to see so many female characters in important roles, and not just as an accessory for the lead male. And these women didn’t compromise their beliefs or passion for love. They stayed true to themselves.

But my favorite is Princess Shuri. She was awesome! Just the fact that the head techno-geek for the country is a teenage girl is ingenious. Not only is she an intelligent young woman but she isn’t afraid to join the battle. No damsel in distress here. I really hope she inspires young girls to participate in STEM. There has been a great swell of women pushing forward into male dominated fields such as politics and engineering. We’re seeing more movies with strong female leads making tons of money at the box office like Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast. And of course you can’t forget all the fabulous characters like Katniss and Triss in our favorite YA novels.

IMG_3074My youngest daughter and I marched at the capital of California this January. We did last year too along with my oldest daughter. I really want them to understand that their gender isn’t a liability and that they have a voice and they need to use it. I’m excited for what the future holds for my daughters. And my daughter’s daughters. And my son because lifting woman up doesn’t mean squashing down men. We want equality, not superiority.

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It’s NaNoWriMo time!

It’s almost November and you know what that means…National Novel Writing Month! The goal is to complete a 50,000 word novel by the last day of the month. Or is your like me, the FIRST 50K words by the end. I’m very excited to get started on my project this year. It’s a story I wrote a couple years ago but never fully finished. A stand alone that wasn’t standing very well. It’s called What the Fae? One day, my dear friend Karen mentioned making it a series.crest_square-b23dbe8d9b80265765b27ccd9b5d4811

At first I was like…no, it couldn’t be a series. But then the thought wouldn’t go away, sticking around in my head, nagging me to take it seriously. And then I saw it. Not a series but a trilogy. My heart exploded with excitement. (not literally or I wouldn’t be here to tell you about it) The part I had already written was basically book 2, with the first scene of book 1 and the very last scene of book 1. So for NaNo, I plan to write the middle of book 1. I’m finishing up a class at SavvyAuthors.com where I plotted out all 3 books so hopefully the writing part will go smoothly.

So, I’m doing my best to finish Lip Smacked, the sequel to Pucker Up, by the end of October. I don’t think I’m going to completely finish it but I’ll come close. In December, I plan to finish the missing scenes and then edit it so that I can send copies to my awesome beta readers.

Are you participating along with the thousands of other writers all over the world? I’m all signed up at NaNoWriMo.org so if you are participating and want to add me as a writing buddy, my username on that site is ruthless527. We can encourage each other on those days you just don’t think you got it in you.

Good luck to those brave writers taking up the challenge. Write on!

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My first short story

A couple years ago, I challenged myself to write something different, something out of my comfort zone. What came out was a dark, adult short story I titled The Collector. No humor or quirky situations like I’m used to writing with my YA but I thought I did pretty good and so did my fellow writers who agreed to read it. I wasn’t planning on doing anything with it. It was merely an exercise, an effort to improve my writing skills.

Fast forward to the beginning of the year when my dear friend, Daphne Rene, asked if I wanted to submit my little story to a YA anthology she was also participating in. Apparently, one of the writers had to drop out and there was a spot open. I of course said yes. All I had to do was modify it so it was a paranormal YA. It was actually easier than I thought. I’m really proud of this little story. It turned out better than I hoped. It’s basically a showdown between a badass witch and a hungry human/troll.19225069_10155352823098006_3085522473545214866_n

There are 10 stories in all in the anthology, Fragments of Darkness. It releases on September 13th but you can pre-order it now. You can get it at Amazon, AmazonUK, Kobo, Barnes & Nobles, and iTunes.

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I liked Passengers

When I first saw the preview for the Jennifer Lawrence/Chris Pratt movie, I was soooo excited! Two actors that haven’t let me down in SPACE! The premise looked awesome and the setting remarkable. I eagerly anticipated opening day so I could grab me some popcorn and let myself escape in their world for a couple hours.

Then I heard from a friend who had read a review that the movie wasn’t what we thought. The review had turned my sci-fi loving friend completely off the movie. I wasn’t sure what could possibly be so bad so I found a review she had read to see for myself.

mv5bmtk4mju3mdizof5bml5banbnxkftztgwmjm2mzy2mdi-_v1_ux182_cr00182268_al_The author of the article compared the plot to today’s rape culture, a topic that I find fight worthy. The actions of the Pratt character was compared to a rapist for what he did to the female character. Reading this, I too saw the connection to the recent headlines of rapist today getting little more than a slap on the wrist for the crime they committed. So then I was adamant that I was not going to spend my hard-earned money to see a movie that perpetuates the notion that men need to force themselves on a woman to make her realize that she loves him.

But then I talked to my sister who had just seen it. She didn’t see the movie as a reflection of our current rape culture at all. She said that other people can change the direction of your life, even for the worse, and it isn’t always rape. So I decided to actually see the movie and make my own opinion. What a concept, right?

As I watched the movie, part of me really wanted to hate the Pratt character, to vilify him for what he did. But I couldn’t. I understood why he did it though I didn’t agree with his decision. I think the biggest argument for the rape culture reference is the fact that his character doesn’t face any real consequences for his actions. He gets to be the hero at the end.

But I think getting so hung up on how Karma screwed up takes power away from Lawrence’s character. She got pissed, and rightfully so. What he did to her was wrong. He violated her, in a way, by totally derailing her future but that in no means equals the brutality that a rape survivor goes through. And she had the power at the end to punish him and she took the high road. He found a way to make it right with her and she made the decision to stay with him. I thought it was a sweet, hopeful ending that had me leaving the theater with a smile on my face. I prefer movies that affect me like that.

So many people were up in arms about how it should’ve ended differently but that’s life. You don’t always get the ending you want. That’s what I love about reading, watching movies, and writing. We get to witness the limits of the human experience. In my opinion, comparing this movie plot to the current rape culture is a bit much. Rape is such a serious crime that it shouldn’t be thrown around so liberally. And I don’t think that these two fine actors would sign up for a project that they felt glorified such a heinous aspect of our current culture.

So yeah, what he did was fucked up but it worked out in the end. What did you think of the movie?

 

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Happy 2017!

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January 1, 2017 · 12:17 pm