Friday, 27 April 2018

Weekend Blog Hops: 27 April 2018

It's the weekend once more. That means it's time for my book blogger hopping....
http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2017/01/book-blogger-hop-january-13th-19th.html
Have you ever thought of writing a respectful but angry letter to an author to ask them WHY they killed off one of your favorite characters in a novel?
Not to a 'big-name' author, no. Naturally, I'm upset when it happens, but that was the author's choice, and often, when you look at it objectively, you can see that it was necessary for the plot. So, sad as it is, what can you do? The exception would be if it was a book by one of my author friends. Then, I wouldn't write a letter, but I might mention it while chatting to them, along the lines of "I can't believe you killed off NAME." But that would only be in a friendly, conversational way, not as an angry demand for an explanation. As an author myself, I understand how the process works. Sometimes beloved characters have to die to advance the story. That's just the way it goes.

http://www.rosecityreader.com/ http://www.fredasvoice.com/
Opening sentence:
I woke up right when the teeth clamped down on my arm, which made me crank and wheel and almost ram into a guardrail before I realized I was driving.





From page 56:
Most of the creatures inside reminded me of Mom, close to human but a little bit off.





My Current Read 
Bones and Bourbon
Dorian Graves
 
Half-huldra Retz Gallows is having an awful day. First, he wakes up in the middle of driving to who-knows-where with an angry unicorn head in his passenger seat. This is almost normal, thanks to a lifetime of sharing a body with Nalem, a bone-controlling spirit with a penchant for wicked schemes and body-stealing joyrides. It’s probably a bad idea to ask what else could go wrong.

Jarrod Gallows left home with plans to rescue his little brother from possession. Instead, he got saddled with a dead-end job as a paranormal investigator, a Faerie curse, and a daredevil boyfriend who might be from another world. At least he’s got a new job—except why is his brother Retz here and why does this sudden reunion feel more like a bane than a blessing?

This day’s going to get worse for the Gallows brothers before it gets better. To survive, they’ll have to escape the forces controlling them, as well as the wrath of carnivorous unicorns, otherworldly realms, and even their own parents. Only time will tell if they’ll make it out alive…or sober.

22 comments:

  1. I don't write letter either. This is a bit outside my usual genre but I do love the beginning and the 56. It sounds like the narrator has an interesting voice. Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Thanks. Finished last night. A 4-star read.

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  2. What an intriguing story! Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE NEW NEIGHBORS”

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  3. I'm definitely curious for more! Sounds wicked good! Happy weekend!

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  4. I read the opening as a comedy. It is meant to be? The cover doesn't imply funny but the line about the unicorn head had me in stitches. My Friday Quotes

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    1. Yes, there is an element of humour to the tale, though it has it's serious side too.

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  5. I can usually understand why the character had to die. So I've never considered writing an angry letter. This book sounds quite strange. I hope you are enjoying it. This week I have Better Off Read by Nora Page. Happy reading!

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    1. Yes, it was certainly a bit different, but fun.

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  6. I'm really curious about this book. A new author for me and that title and cover are awesome.

    My Friday 56 from Shadowfall

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    1. It was something a bit different. I enjoyed it overall.

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  7. I'm very intrigued by that excerpt. Hope you enjoy!

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  8. Completely agree. Even though we sometimes love characters and hate to let them go, it has to be done to progress the story or for the plot to unravel further. It's the author's work after all, and they get to choose what they do with the characters that they have created, even if we don't always agree.

    Feel free to check out my Book Blogger Hop answer if you wish! :)

    - Charlotte (InkBlottings)

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  9. That's a great beginning! It definitely has me intrigued. Happy reading! :)

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  10. That is a pretty good question. It could lead to intriguing conversation.

    Lauren @ Always Me

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  11. I love the sound of Bones and Bourbon. That opening is an eye opener! Can you imagine?

    I agree with your thoughts on the blog hop question. I might be sad to read a favorite character died, but I can usually see the sense it in from the writer's perspective. And it really is the author's choice. I can't say it would spur me to write an angry letter.

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