Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kiss of Midnight -- Final Discussion

Okay girlies, here's our last discussion for this month! 

Give us your personal overall review of Kiss of Midnight and give it a grade (A+, A, A-, B+, B, etc....)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kiss of Midnight -- Discussion #3

I want to talk about our our fearless heroine today! We were talking in the previous thread about how Gabrielle followed her instincts to rogue lairs and vampire shelters without knowing why. She thought the photos she took were interesting pieces of art, which they no doubt were! I sort of wish there were pictures in this book, I'd love to see her photos!
Do you think it was foolish of her to leave after she let Lucan drink from her? He was upset with himself, having thought he'd killed her because of his bloodlust. She mistakes his anger for not wanting her there and leaves the compound to go back home, to where she thought she "belonged". With all she knew about vampires, rogues, and minions, was she silly to leave the safety of the compound? What would you have done?

Monday, March 21, 2011

Change for the May book

Hey everybody, wanted to duck in and let you guys know that our book for May has changed. Kristy wanted to change it to something else so check out the schedule on the right column. Hopefully no one went out and bought the previous book, but if you have, well...you can never have too many books:)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Kiss of Midnight -- Discussion #2

Okay girls, I took Billy to the airport this morning and I'm just too upset today to come up with a discussion prompt, so lets just talk about what we DID like and what we DIDN'T like about the book. I can't think of much I didn't like, lol! How about you?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Kiss of Midnight-Discussion #1

Hey Chick-lits and friends! Sorry the discussion is starting so late, I have a few things going on here on the home front;)

I realize some of you may not be finished yet, so I want to start out discussing things we've all read by now to minimize spoilage;)

Let's discuss the mythology behind the Vampires existence in this book/series. What do you think of the origins of the Vampire species, as described in Kiss of Midnight? The Vampires (even though that's not what they called themselves, that's what they essentially were) crash-landed on earth many many years ago. Their digestive systems were far too advanced to survive on human food/plants and therefore had to survive off of human blood, the only thing they could find with the proper nutrients to sustain them. Did you find these origins more or less "believable" than some mutant race bent on the slaughter of mankind, drinking blood to humor themselves?? Also, wasn't it interesting that these ancient Vampires were supposedly responsible for all the missing civilizations of times past, like Atlantis and the Mayans?

Monday, March 14, 2011

Everybody close to being done with KOM?

I'm trying to get a feel for when we've all read the book so we can start discussing it without worrying about spoilers. Please post here and let me know if you've read it or not. If you're not finished, no rush! As long as you've STARTED the book, we can discuss the beginning of the book:) I was wanting to start discussion questions on the 15th, but I may push that back a few days depending on who still isn't finished...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Celebrity for a Day!

Since we're all talking books, I hope it's okay if I share this... (And if it's not, Amber, please tell me and I'll take it down, k?)

I write children's books. The current series is about a guinea pig and his owner, Zamboni and Billy. The big joke between me and Amber is that I get nightmares from the paranormal genre, and Amber gets nightmares from books about guinea pigs and little kids! LOL So not true on Amber's part, but definitely true on mine!

I feel so honored that Pedrito, the son of our sweet friends Paloma and Pedro, chose to use my book, Zamboni's Bath, as the basis for a school project. He invited me to watch his presentation. On Wednesday Emma (my 4-year-old granddaughter) and I drove to RI to celebrate Pedrito's project.

The event turned into an "Author's Visit." The teachers asked about my background, how I became an author, what my writing process is, etc. The kids asked lots of questions about being an author. Then they asked me to read my book. I have not read to a group of children since I quit teaching 8 years ago~and I must say that I've really missed it! They wanted to know all about my other Zamboni books waiting to be published. So I shared the titles and let them guess at the plots. It was so fun to hear their ideas! They were all so excited and begged me to come back when the next one is published. The whole thing made me feel so happy~watching children enjoy the book and feeling excited to write their own stories is a far greater reward
than royalties!

After I read the book, Pedrito did a fabulous job presenting his project. He used props that he made from clay to retell the story. I was quite impressed~especially since he's only six! Here we are with his copy of the book and his project.
The really hilarious part about all of this is that the kids think I am a celebrity! LOL They kept saying, "Wow! You're a real live author!" (Yes, I am thankful that I'm not a dead author! Ha ha!) They really think I am famous. They have no idea how anonymous and unglamorous I am~and happy to be that way. Though a million-dollar bestseller would be nice...

Thanks for letting me share!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Think I'll stay busy while Billy is gone?

So this is a total fluff post, but one I thought you'd all get a kick out of! While I was back home for a visit, I did some MAD book shopping since I don't get a good selection of what I like here in Okinawa. Amazon started shipping our books media mail so as of today I'm STILL waiting on the rest of my BDB books that I ordered the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS! So you can see why I felt the need to stock up while I was home:)

Some of them I bought new, but I did get at least 20 from a used book store called "The Book Exchange"!!! I was SO excited to see all my beloved paranormal books for more than half off, I was in HEAVEN!!! As you can see, I loved the March book SO much that I got the rest of the series!!;) Right now I'm reading the Morganville Vampires series and loving it!

What are you guys reading this week? Working on Kiss of Midnight or are you reading something else (don't worry, I won't tell on you!;)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Kiss of Midnight...March Book Reminder

Hey girls. This is just a reminder that our March book is Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian. Amber is going to be leading our discussion this month, which should be starting mid-month so you still have plenty of time to locate the book and read it. I hear it's a REALLY good one!!

Here's the story overview to whet your appetite:

He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell’s deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night—or this man—is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed—a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

Lucan Thorne despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind—and the unwitting humans existing alongside them—from the mounting threat of the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to bring her into the dark underworld he commands.

Here, in the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures of all. . . .