Reading Friday: The Power of Voice

Today’s guest blogger is Mikaela Lind. Mikaela lives outside of Stockholm, Sweden. She lives in an one room apartment with too many books. When she isn’t working on one of her books, she can be found reading books that others wrote. Or at Twitter as @mikaela_l. If you are curious about her upcoming releases, you can visit her webpage.

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shifting-shadowsWhen I was a kid, I loved to read. In fact, I loved it so much that I had mastered the skill of reading while walking. Before you think I am insane, I lived in a calm suburb, and I only did it away from streets. As I grew up, I dropped the habit. In fact, until last week I was certain that I had lost the skill. And then I read Shifting Shadows by Patricia Briggs. I read it on the bus, I read it while walking from the bus. To say that I loved it is an understatement. But the most important thing it did was that it renewed my faith in her as an author.
Which in turn made think about the Power of Voice. I read a lot of genres, the only thing I don’t read is horror. It doesn’t matter what genre I am reading, when I pick up a book I want to be swept away.

Mikaela Lind's short story, Exile, is available from Kobo as a free download.

Mikaela Lind’s short story, Exile, is available from Kobo.

For me, a really good story is a Mix of character, Voice and plot. I have been reading for 25 years, and I have learned that I can ignore a weak plot and setting if I like the characters. Whether or not I like or love a book is the author’s Voice. Voice is something personal and what makes me trust the author, even if I didn’t like the previous book, because I want to feel the magic that made me love the author’s books. I am the first to admit that the magic wanes. Most of the time, the magic returns, but sometimes it doesn’t. I have no idea why that is the case. I do know that I am happy when the magic is renewed, and sad when it isn’t.

Tell me, which books have renewed your faith in an author recently?

If you would like to write a guest post for Reading Friday, contact me at planetpooks  @ gmail and let me know.

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Saturday a Dream Came True

I donated a hardcover copy of This Crumbling Pageant to a The Colony Public Library. This is the second time I’ve gotten to to donate one of my books to a library.

Is there a library near you having an event, or wanting a speaker, within driving distance of DFW? I love doing this!

Handing the book to Nancy Boykin at The Colony Public Library.

Handing the book to Nancy Boykin at The Colony Public Library.

Read more about the event here!

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Story Excerpt Sunday: From Razzmatazz by Patricia Burroughs

Razzmatazz

A Romantic Comedy

by Patricia Burroughs

“WHAT THE HELL?” Alex shot upright and rubbed his unshaven face. He surveyed the messy bed and did a double take when he saw his friend beside him. Chris rolled over more slowly, more agonizingly, …

via Story Excerpt Sunday: From Razzmatazz by Patricia Burroughs.

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Big sale!

The digital editions of my current epic fantasy, This Crumbling Pageant, Volume One of The Fury Triad, is currently on sale for only .99 through Sunday. That’s a $6 savings.

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That price is good at:

Amazon Kindle

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Kobo      iBooks

“This first in the Fury Triad series features a rich blend of fantasy, romance, historical fiction and mythology, and is bound to bewitch readers who favor any or all of these genres… This fantastic story, with an ending that hints of possible dark days to come in Magi England, will have readers eagerly looking forward to Burroughs’ next enchanting tale.”
RT Book Reviews  4.5 Stars

“This Crumbling Pageant is an exhilarating blend of court politics, folklore, romance, and mystery- the threads all woven together into one expertly designed tapestry. Persephone is a balanced, intriguing, and honestly fun female protagonist. She is not the prettiest, she is not the tomboy stereotype, instead she is delightfully difficult to pin down and define. The whole Fury family breathes life into the setting, pulling the plot through its paces.”
Wayward Drui, Amazon Vine Voice  5 of 5 Stars

“YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK! The plot is wickedly complex and I adored every time I got surprised with unexpected twist and turns. The elaborate web the author created is like an intricate musical composition: it transitions from a fairly simple rhythm into a complicated medley of every musical piece ever created. I’m still marveling how  everything I thought was right and wrong turns out to be far from what it really turns out to be.”
The Reader and the Chef   5 of 5 Stars

This Crumbling Pageant by Patricia Burroughs is an epic fantasy that ran me through the gamut of emotions: love, hate, suspense, apprehension, horror, relief, and wonder. I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much that I can’t wait to get a hold of the second one, as in I want the second one now.”   Once Upon a Chapter  5 of 5 Stars

And for the record, I am going to start updating this site every time I update the new planetpooks site. I finally realized that the only way I can have all my blog history in one place is to dupicate the 2 and a half years of new posts from there back to here, and then let this site keep going.

Got any questions? Ask!

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WWW Wednesday 9-10-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading, and is cross-posted at the Book View Café blog.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

• What are you currently reading?

kiss of deceptionI’m reading a library ebook–The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson, and I’m really enjoying it. This is the first in a YA fantasy trilogy. Yes, it’s yet another love triangle and I know that sends a lot of people screaming, people who are over-triangled-out since Twilight started the craze. That part isn’t bothering me yet, though I’m only about 25% in. I find the world-building fascinating and the main character, the First Daughter of the land [which translates loosely as princess, only moreso] is strong and crafty. I had forgotten everything I’d read about the book when I first stumbled across it, and so when I started reading I didn’t know what to expect. I’m glad it worked out that way, because I wasn’t prepared for the unexpected turn of events that started the ball rolling.

Beautiful cover, too.

For My Lady's HeartI’m also listening to a different book, oddly enough, another book about a princess in a somewhat similar situation, though she’s on the run for a different reason–For My Lady’s Heart. Laura Kinsale is a fabulous writer, and Nicholas Boulton is a fabulous actor/narrator, and they are a match made in heaven.  I am so loving the story of Ruck and Melanthe, a medieval tale with a wonderful gyrfalcon as a character. I’d never heard of them prior to reading this book when it first was published years ago, and ever since have longed to see one. Instead I’ll share a picture.

gyr_whiteThe characterizations, as always with a Kinsale book, are complex and  rich, and the world she describes is formed by the religious interpretations of the day as well as political intrigues, all twisting and twining their way around two hearts in the best romantic fashion.

 

 

• What did you recently finish reading?

firebirdI recently read The Firebird by Susannah Kearsley, which happened to win a RITA from Romance Writers of America this year. I have puzzled over this and discussed it with a friend, another writer, and I have very mixed feelings about it. I found the two love stories interesting and even compelling, and yet the magic that binds them fell flat for me. The heroine is gifted with psychometry, meaning if she touches something, she can see images from its past–who held it, where they were, etc. The hero is also gifted with even stronger psychic gifts, and together they are tracking down the provenance of a carved piece of wood that takes them from London to Scotland, across Europe to St Petersburg. I loved the historical sequences, but they are also what left me unsatisfied.

Was it because I wasn’t reading, and was listening? Katherine Kellgren* is another amazing narrator, and I generally love her narration, but that doesn’t mean that perhaps a bit of the “woo-woo” factor didn’t quite come across the way it might have if I’d been reading. The problem? When we went back in time, we were in the point of view of the young girl [and as she aged, woman] who lived then. We are in her head, experiencing everything through her, including her thoughts–and this is NOT the way the psychic gifts are described. The hero and heroine should only be able to observe, not inhabit the mind and body.

Was I, the reader, supposed to read this the way I would any book that tells two stories, and just go back and forth between them, and not expect the pieces of the past to be written as they would have been experienced by our contemporary hero and heroine? Perhaps. But that feels like a cheat. Because everything about the flashes back in time, including when they are interrupted abruptly, is written as if we are really going back and forth WITH them, experiencing it WITH them. Which means, we should not be able to know what the character in the past is thinking and we should not be living those scenes through her.

However, I am in the minority. It won the RITA! Congrats to Kearsley, who wrote an awesome book. I did really enjoy it, for all my quibbles. I may have to pick up some more Kearsleys now. Yeah, I know, I’m late to the party. She’s been a best seller for years.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

gothgirlrisingAnother cool cover, huh? Remember a couple of years ago when I read Fanboy and Goth Girl  by Barry Lyga? I really loved it, and just figured out that a sequel came out, Goth Girl Rising. So I nabbed it. But reading the description, I am confused. I don’t remember much about the first book other than loving it a lot. I don’t remember how it ended. And the beginning of Goth Girl Rising talks about something that I don’t remember happening. Maybe it did.

So I am going to have to skim the end of the first book to remind myself what happened so that I’m set and read to read the new one. I really enjoy the YA I’ve read that is written by guys. They bring a different voice to it, and it’s a voice I enjoy. Earlier I mentioned reading My Girlfriend Bites by Doug Solter, which totally fits into the niche and is another book with a voice I loved a lot. Oh, the girlfriend in question is a werewolf, so yeah, she bites.

 

What about you? What have you been reading lately? Put the link to your WWW Wednesday entry in comments, or just tell us!

 

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See You at the Library Saturday Afternoon!

Saturday afternoon, September 13, 1-5 pm, drop by The Colony Public Library for a ‘meet the authors and illustrators’ event.

Sales will partially benefit the library programs, and we–the authors and illustrators–will be there to chat, answer questions, and if you’re interested, sell and sign books.

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This Crumbling Pageant by Patricia Burroughs

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A new review that makes my heart squee!

Originally posted on So Many Books, So Little Time:

Regency England is divided into two worlds, that of the Ordinary that we are familiar with and the one of the Magi, filled with those who are graced with the gifts of the Gods. Persephone Fury is the youngest of a family graced with the gift of music, descendants of the man who originally pulled the Magi world from the Ordinary, to keep them safe. Apart from music that can twine through the soul, Persephone’s magic shifts and twists with shadows, something dark and unfamiliar, too strong and untamed for fine Magi society.

But in a time of unrest, when the old Magi king steps aside in favor of a regent and both lowborn rebels and court Magi frantically try to use the prophecies of Merlin to support their cause, perhaps something a bit dark, a bit wild, is exactly what is needed.

This Crumbling Pageant is an exhilarating blend…

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