Monday, August 29, 2016

I DON'T Take You...

It's so hard when you can totally tell where an author is trying to go in their book, but they just can't quite get there. You can see the idea that they had...what made them want to write the book. You can see that there was a point, and one that the author probably feels passionately about...but she doesn't quite make it. That is how I feel about the book I Take You by Eliza Kennedy, which I received to review from Blogging for Books and Broadway publishing.
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I Take You is a story about Lily Wilder, a young New York lawyer engaged to marry Will, a charming archaeologist...and the week leading up to their wedding in Key West. You see, Lily isn't quite sure she should marry Will...and her multitude of moms agree with her. She just enjoys sex, alcohol and the occasional lines of cocaine too much. Is it possible to stop all the carousing and settle down? Does she even want to??

Okay, before I really get into my review I feel like I need to politely place a little disclaimer for the folks who are reading this and haven't met me in real life. I do not have a prudish bone in my body. There, I said it. I have zero problems with sexual content in books. Clearly, by the name of my blog, I am no stranger to an alcoholic beverage. Cocaine? Eh...I have been married to a military member for almost 23 years so that has definitely tainted my thoughts on illegal substances...but to each his own, right?

So when I tell you that this book was a little overboard with EVERYTHING, you know that it's not just because I have a problem with the "sexy stuff". But even the characters felt overdone...they felt like caricatures of characters. It was all just a little bombastic for me...like every line out of their mouths should've been in ALL CAPS.

Within the first chapter...Saturday...the affianced Lily, makes out heavily with a guy at a club, then goes to her work place and has kinky sex with her boss, THEN goes home to her fiance to snuggle in his lap.  The entire book is like this. Just one sexual encounter after another, with almost a frantic pacing.

I believe this section sums up what Eliza Kennedy was trying to get through to her audience:
"If you were a man, Nicole wouldn't have the vocabulary to judge you. All the words for women who like casual sex are negative. All the words for men who like casual sex are positive." 
"That can't be true."
"Slut. Whore. Ho. Skank. Tramp. What else?" Freddy pauses. "Floozy. Hussy. Now we have to get kind of old-timey. Trollop. Strumpet. Harlot. Can you come up with any positive terms--or even any neutral ones?"
I think about it. "No," I admit.
"But men who sleep around? They're Casanovas. Don Juans."
"Romeos," I say. "Lotharios."
"See?" Freddy says. "Talk about a double standard. Men get Shakespeare, and women get the gutter."


I believe this is true, although maybe the double standard is getting a bit better. We are now in a post Sex in the City era...complete with Amy Schumer and Chelsea Handler, etc. But this point is totally lost in a lot of brash grandeur. The dialogue was unrealistic, and I'm not sure I liked any of the characters.


In the copy I was sent there is an interview with the author in which they compare this to the Bridget Jones books and Where'd You Go Bernadette...two books I really liked...but I fail to see the comparison. Both of those books were clever, and this is just basic.


I hope y'all don't feel I'm being too hard on it, but the sex wasn't sexy...and the supposed witty dialogue just didn't cut it for me. If this book would've hit it's mark, I think I would've enjoyed it. A woman not afraid of her sexuality, successfully living her life and struggling with settling down in marriage and monogamy. So, if you have read THAT book, let me know what it is so I can add it to my to-read list. But I can't in good conscience recommend this one, unfortunately.


Do you have any sexy SMART books you think I should check out? If so, let me know in the comments here or over on my Facebook page.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sharp Objects...

I think that the surest sign you've enjoyed a book is whether you talk about it afterwards. If it is still on your mind...and in this case, disturbing the hell out of you...surely it has to be a 5 star book. I have felt this way about a couple of reads recently, but the latest was such a disturbing mind f**k (I tried for ages to find a different word to use, but alas...I failed) that I'm having trouble figuring out exactly how to describe it!
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The book that has me all distressed is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I originally gave it 4 stars but went back and changed it after discussing the book with anyone who would listen to me during my work picnic today. If it has me harassing strangers, it should be 5 stars.


If you haven't read this book, let me warn you...the content is incredibly disturbing. So if you would prefer your fiction not be filled with sex and violence, pass this one up. I will try to keep the shadier details to a minimum in this review, but know that the book is filled to the brim with them. It is a short read at only 254 pages, but Flynn packs a lot into those pages.
Camille Preaker is the Chicago reporter sent back home to Wind Gap, Missouri to cover the story of two young girls who have been murdered. She hasn't been back in years and isn't very happy about the assignment. You see, she is a cutter fresh out of rehab with a bit of an alcohol problem. And there is no good way to describe the relationship she has with her mother, Adora. Not to mention the half sister she doesn't recognize when she comes across her...twice. But Camille desperately wants to get the story.


I am trying so hard to keep spoilers to a minimum, but I'll apologize in advance if I ruin any major plot points for you!!


Camille is a very flawed and disturbed woman who has covered her entire body in carved words. This fact is relied on heavily to relay her emotions and mental state throughout the book. The words describing how she feels tend to throb..."nasty on her kneecap, whore on her ankle" etc. The shame and disgust she carries around is almost insurmountable. When you meet her mother, you can see how she got where she is today. In trying to get the scoop on the recent murders in her hometown, she descends farther and farther into the dirty black mess she thought she'd left behind.


The mental illness described throughout the story felt very real to me. You can see how bad beget bad...and how past ills can show up in your future. There is no happy ending really. The familial drama is an amped up Prince of Tides...or what Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood could've been if written by Stephen King. I have always enjoyed dysfunctional family books, but this takes it to a whole other level.


Perhaps I should've just written disturbed me for the review! Just a photo of the book cover and those two words. DISTURBED. ME.


The discussion fodder is large with this one.


Needless to say, I definitely recommend the book. I would LOVE to hear what everyone else thinks. I figure this has to be one of those books that you either love or hate. I wanted to shake characters by the shoulders and scream "WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!?" so I'm dying to know if any of you felt the same way. Please leave a comment either here or on my Facebook page because I really need to know if I'm the only one who felt this way about the book. :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Releases To Look Out for

Summer is just about over with, and most momma's have dropped their little ones off for their first days back at school...so I figured it was time to do another installment of future book releases that have caught my fancy. We'll call this The September Edition.
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I really enjoyed both Room and Frog Music by Emma Donoghue, so I'm very excited to check out The Wonder. This new book should be on shelves September 20th. It tells the story of Lib Wright, a nurse trained by Florence Nightingale herself. Lib is sent to check out the validity of 11-year old Anna O'Donnell's claim to be living off of only a few tablespoons of water a day. 

I love Donoghue's way of transporting you to different locations and times with panache. You could feel the confines of the Room Jack lived in. Her 1876 San Francisco of Frog Music really came alive. So I imagine the small Irish village setting of The Wonder will be even more fascinating, especially considering Emma Donoghue is from Dublin. So I will definitely be checking this one out.
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I received an Advance Reader Copy of The Real Liddy James by Anne-Marie Casey from Netgalley back in June and gave it 4 stars. You can read the full review over here...but in short, I thought it was a fun story of a supermom who falls from way up high and has to rebuild her life. Look for this on shelves September 20th also.

          
Okay, my inner Harry Potter fan was immensely satisfied with the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child that was released on the 31st of July (you can find my review here). So you can imagine how happy I am to see that select short stories from Pottermore are being released in book form, along with some new additions.

Much to my children's dismay, I never really returned to the Pottermore site after being sorted into Hufflepuff...so I have missed a lot of the stories that were embedded in the site. I'm sure my oldest probably relayed what he deemed most important to me, but I am looking forward to reading these myself.
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I have read a couple of Gayle Forman's Young Adult books (thanks to Aneliya) but on September 6th she is releasing her first Adult Fiction novel. I am really curious how it will read...and the story sounds like it would be great Book Club fodder.

Maribeth Klein is a 44 year old harried mom of twins who doesn't realize she's had a heart attack until she ends up in the ER. Upon returning home after bypass surgery she decides to pack her bags and leave her family and obligations behind. I am salivating already just thinking about all the topics that could be discussed over this one!!
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Okay, my last new release for September is Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon, which comes out on the 13th. The Story Time crowd always enjoys David Shannon's books...and I thought Duck on a Bike was cute, not to mention the naughty David books. So I'm fairly certain Duck on a Tractor will cause giggles galore when read aloud to the munchkins!

Are you looking forward to any new books that are coming out in September? Did I miss something that should be on my radar? Let me know in the comments, or over on my Facebook page!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Pixie dust in awkward places...

I hope everyone has had a fabulous weekend, I know I have! Last night I pretended I wasn't 41...and did shots of fireball while yelling at MMA fighters...thinking to myself how much we haven't changed from the time of gladiators (a whole other blog and topic right there!). But today I was a responsible book blogger, and finished I've Got Sand in All the Wrong Places by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella.
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As I mentioned over here, I have read another of mom Lisa and daughter Francesca's nonfiction essay-style books and really enjoyed it...so was happy to see this new selection show up at the library in July. I immediately added it to my To Read pile, as I think they are terrific summer books. Plus the short 3-5 page essay format makes it easy to squeeze in between other more serious tomes.

If you haven't ever picked up one of this mother-daughter duo's previous books, let me introduce you. Lisa Scottoline has written something like 26 fictional thriller books, and then has a column in the Sunday edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer that she writes with her only child Francesca Serritella called Chick Wit. These essays have resulted in their 7 nonfiction books...with titles like Meet Me at Emotional Baggage Claim and Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat? (You can read their most recent column over here)

The essay format makes these an incredibly easy read...and the normally light-hearted tone is perfect for the summer, although this one did contain a very serious story about Francesca being mugged and beaten on her way home one night. But even that story was written in a conversational and pleasant manner, although you could tell it was hard for her to write about it, and it definitely impacted the rest of her year.

This book just made me want to hang out with the two of them...as I find their humor endearing. The subjects of their essays include dating in the age of Tinder, female arousal pills, dogs, a fear of driving over bridges, yoga pants, corneas torn by dogs...and the Squatty Potty. The Squatty Potty essay is titled "Game of Thrones"...which I find even more funny because I have a neighbor who pulls out his Iphone and shows folks the ad for it every time we're drinking around a fire pit. I was ecstatic when it got a mention in the book.
This is an easy read, and one you can pick up and read at your leisure. I was about to say it would make a good bathroom book, but I think that's because I was just talking about the Squatty Potty.

Anyway, I thought this was a good one. I would definitely pick up their next collaboration as soon as it shows up at work. And I will seek them out on Twitter because I bet their tweets are a hoot. What can I say, I'm a fan of good mother/daughter relationships.

Have you read anything by Lisa Scottoline? Are her fiction books as good as her nonfiction? Do you like reading essay books? Is Lisa Scottoline the new Erma Bombeck? Let me know what you think either here or over on my Facebook page!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Case for Christ..

Okay...I feel so much guilt in writing this review. Netgalley sent me the New and Revised edition of The Case for Christ...and I didn't even finish it.
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I know, I know...the guilt is weighing me down!

This isn't going to be a bad review though, as I really don't think it's a bad book per se. I read enough of it to feel comfortable saying it's a solid 3 to 4 star book...but it just wasn't for me.

As you all should know by now, I actually love reading Christian nonfiction books...and I am always looking for a new one to add to my collection (let me know if you have any recommendations!). The Case for Christ had previously been recommended to me, and I believe I may have a battered second hand copy hiding in the back of my closet somewhere. So when the opportunity came to read a new edition, I jumped at the chance.

The book, by Lee Strobel and first published in 1988, is an investigative piece written by a reporter interviewing leading scholars on the evidence of Jesus Christ really being the Son of God as told in the Bible.

I feel there is definitely an audience for this book, but I don't think I'm it. If you are on the fence as to your faith...your belief in God, etc...then perhaps you should spend some time reading this. Strobel delves into whether the Gospels can be considered a reliable source. It also discusses where Jesus was mentioned in other historical documents of the time (Pliny the Younger anyone?). So I feel that if you are really looking for information to back up your beliefs, you would probably find some solid info in the pages of this selection. If you are regularly getting into heated debates with folks over your Christianity, this book would probably give you some ammunition also. The book has citations and I believe solid research behind it.

But it was SO DRY. I really didn't feel any passion...there was nothing compelling me to keep on reading. It honestly felt like a chore to me. As a matter of fact, even writing this review has been difficult. And the guilt just keeps piling on!

I guess for some background I should state, I am not a regular church goer. I get most of my church from Youtube videos (I can go to my family's church in Dallas without leaving my couch!), podcasts and books...although I have been to services quite a few times recently. But although organized religion and I haven't been regular friends, I have a very strong personal Faith...and I think I have a pretty darn good relationship with my God.

So I guess the academic nature of this work just wasn't the right fit for me. Clearly I wouldn't have done well in Seminary school! I want my God surrounded by Love and Passion...not evidence and legal testimony. But I think I will keep The Case for Christ on my Kindle, and read bits and pieces every now and again. It did give me some information that I didn't previously have. I don't know...maybe it just didn't come into my life at the right time.

Here's hoping my next review is filled with glowing praise! :) Have you read The Case for Christ? Do you have any other spiritual books you think I should check out? Do you like your religion academic or filled with emotion? Let me know here, or over at my Facebook page.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Our Vacation Fairy Tale...

Well...we survived our cross country jaunt to visit our youngest at college!! I have been away for what feels like eons, so thought I would post a small review of the audiobook that my husband and I listened to for part of the trip (the rest was country for the hubster, classical as a nice medium, and Beastie Boys for me, while my husband rolled his eyes *hey, at least it wasn't the Bee Gees).


I feel I need to tell y'all right away that I didn't make much headway on my Goodreads Challenge. I am so ashamed. I really just spent the entirety of my time in the Annapolis area staring at my daughter, trying to memorize every ounce of her before sending her off to be "wrecked" again. It was actually quite pathetic, but totally worth the car time. Plus, seeing her excitedly sing her favorite songs in the back of our car, wearing her Summer Whites, is something I will cherish forever.

Okay, back to the book! I grabbed an Audiobook off the shelves of my library that I hoped would keep both the hubby and I interested, and selected Red 1-2-3 by John Katzenbach. We have previously enjoyed mystery and suspense type books on road trips, so I thought I'd stick with the same genre and hope for the best. (Three we enjoyed on other road trips are The Cuckoo's Calling, The First Wife, and I, Ripper)
                            
I haven't read any of John Katzenbach's other books, but I have heard of him...and I know he was very popular a few years back. And I'd heard nothing about this one, just read the blurb on the back and thought why not? So in between yelling over traffic and construction, we popped this in my car's CD Player and tried our best to pay attention.

Three women of differing ages and backgrounds have been handpicked for murder by an author who writes murder mysteries and dabbles in killing people. Their only connection is their red hair. He is The Big Bad Wolf and they are his Reds. He sends them each a letter telling them he's watching, and that somewhere...sometime...they will die.

He is going to be remembered and leave a legacy...writing a training manual for murder as he plots how he will devour the Reds. You see, his books aren't selling like they used to. Plus his wrinkles are starting to bother him, and his routine married home life has got incredibly boring. Now, what the Reds decide to do with the information that they are being stalked is interesting...and there are definitely a few twists and turns as the book goes along. But I really felt this book was all about The Wolf.

I give this one a solid 3 out of 5 stars. I liked the fairy tale with a twist scenario, and I thought The Wolf's character was well fleshed out and intriguing for someone who enjoys books and authors as much as I do. The three Red's characters felt a little cliche though and at times confusing. Mind you, I was listening to it and not reading from the page, which can make a huge difference when it comes to reviewing something. But the ending also lacked that special something, which I kept waiting for. So, although a decent read (or listen)...it's not the best suspense book I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.

So, back to the same ole same ole for me...no more vacations for a while! I still have a giant pile of To Read books to get through, and should have another review up for you within the next day or two. Did you read anything good while I was gone? How do you feel about Audiobooks? Good suspense writers? Let me know in the comments here, or over on my Facebook page. And don't forget to follow the blog for regular updates!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Liz, Lisa and Your Perfect Life

I have always found books written by more than one person kind-of fascinating. I mean, do they alternate chapters? Do they each write for a character? How do the logistics work? Color me extremely fascinated if it's written by two best friends. But if it's written by two girlfriends and has a little Freaky Friday fun thrown in, I will read that puppy in one sitting on a lazy Sunday! Enter Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.
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This book was terrific, and I really think it would make a great book club selection as there's plenty to analyze in here. PLUS it has the added bonus of having one of the best first lines in literary history: "My mouth tastes like ass".

I was telling the ladies the other day how much I was enjoying reading books involving characters close to my age. This one definitely fits the bill. Rachel and Casey have been best friends since childhood. Casey hosts a celebrity gossip show on television, and sleeps with guys in their 20's who are looking for a way into the business. Rachel is a stay at home mom with 3 kids, married to her high school sweetheart. As they are reaching their 20th class reunion, neither's life is what they thought it would be.

So when the barman at the reunion offers them strange purple shots after they argue over their "Most Successful" and "Least Changed" awards, neither is expecting to wake up in each others much maligned shoes...but Freaky Friday it is!

Watching them stumble and then succeed in each others lives was highly entertaining for me. From Casey learning how to change diapers and help with homework...to Rachel fending off paparazzi and mean makeup artists. I just kept thinking what it would be like to wake up in say my sisters shoes...or one of my girlfriends in Oregon...or my high school best friend. We often look at other peoples lives and judge...or covet...without really knowing what their daily reality is. I think a lot of it stems from comparing our entire lives with other folks highlight reel on social media. I digress...

At 283 pages, this was a quick and lighthearted read. And since it was released in 2014 you should have no trouble hunting it down in your library or bookstore. I interlibrary loaned it since we didn't have a copy on our shelves. (If you don't know what that is, it's when your local library borrows a book for you from a different library...and it's amazing) I think it is a great summer read...nothing too heavy, but there is definitely discussion fodder in these pages.

According to the author's website they have written two other books together, and I've added them to my To Read list...as I'm convinced they will be just as entertaining as this was. Their "About Me" page tells me they are my kind-of people.

On a personal note, tomorrow I am headed on a cross country jaunt with the hubster to visit our youngest at college so I'm not sure I'll be able to post until I return....unless y'all want posts with zero photos or links! BUT I am bringing books and audiobooks galore on the journey...so I will have plenty to review when I get back. Hopefully I will be able to catch up on my Goodreads challenge a bit! In the meantime, be sure to follow the blog (there's a button on the top right of the page!) and my Twitter and Facebook pages for serious Book Addict fodder. Have a great week!!

Friday, August 5, 2016

My First Author Interview with Kaylie Newell!!!

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 I am so excited!! Just for you, I have an interview with author Kaylie Newell!!! YAY! LOL

Okay, I feel like I need to make another confession here. Back in the day I went to school with her in Southern Oregon, but I haven't seen her since I was 14. I have been wooing her pretty heavily on Facebook...adding her books to my library, liking the hunky man pictures she shares, laughing over her dog Pedro and snapchatting her best friend daily (Hi Amy!!)...in an effort to get her over here to chat with us. And it worked!! So for your reading enjoyment, meet my friend Kaylie...she writes books.

Me: I am so excited to do this interview with you...my first EVER on the blog! Thank you so much. Gonna get down to the nitty gritty here, but I have so many questions for you I can't think of what the first one should be.

Why don't you tell us a little about yourself? Such a goofy and basic first question, but I promise it will lead to other more interesting ones :)

Kaylie: Hi, Christina! Thank you so much for having me! I'm honored and super excited :)

I guess I should start by saying that I write romance- specifically paranormal/romantic suspense. But I've also been known to write straight up contemporary, too. Basically, whenever a character knocks me upside the head with an idea, I have to write it down. It's a compulsion. But the fun part is that a lot of times it'll lead to a book!

I live in beautiful Oregon with my husband and two little girls. When I'm not writing, I can be found on the couch watching Lifetime movies. Doesn't matter what they're about (they don't really have to have a plot as far as I'm concerned). I'm hopelessly addicted. I'm also addicted to donuts with extra frosting , hiking, Stephen King novels, and anti-bacterial wipes. (I think that last part's adorably quirky, but my husband just thinks it's annoying).
 Lone Wolfe Protector by Kaylie Newell, Interview by Tomes and Tequila blog Hunter of her Heart by Kaylie Newell, Interview by Tomes and Tequila blog The Moonshadow's Daughter by Kaylie Newell, Interview by Tomes and Tequila Blog
Me: Ahhh, Oregon...I miss it! So, when did you first start writing? Was it something you have always wanted to do?

Kaylie: I caught the romance bug the way a lot of us writers do. I discovered my mom's Harlequin paperbacks at a very young and inappropriate age, and read them (snuck them) voraciously. It was life changing. What was this sex stuff, and did it actually happen to real people? I was hooked.

But it wasn't until much later (about 30 years to be exact) that I took a stab at writing my own book. It was absolutely terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Again, I was hooked. And completely dumbfounded when I actually finished it.

Me: Who are some of your favorite authors, besides Stephen King? OH! And what is your favorite Stephen King book? I recently shared an article supposedly listing his top 10 best novels...but I find SK fans are very passionate about THEIR favorites.

Kaylie: I adore Lolly Winston, Liane Moriarty (she's an auto-buy for me), Harper Lee, Jetta Carleton, Alice Hoffman, Alice Sebold, Lisa Gardner, and Kathryn Stockett just to name a tiny few. The books that are related to this list are some of my all-time favorites.

I have to say my favorite Stephen King book would have to be Bag of Bones. I love the protagonist, Mike Noonan, and would have his pretend babies without an ounce of hesitation if anyone ever asked. The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon and 11/22/63 are close seconds. But I also loved Cujo and Needful Things. Actually, I love them all! It's so hard to narrow it down ;)

Me: Of course you would love Mike Noonan! I like your Stephen King list...but I have never read The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. Guess I am going to have to add it to my ever growing to-read list.

So, what are you working on now? Do you have a new release coming up? And, of all your books, do you have a favorite?

Kaylie: The book I'm finishing up now feels like the "big one" for me. Or, at least I hope it is ;) It's the first story in a four book series, called The Toes Up Funeral Home Series. It's light paranormal/romantic suspense (think Ghost, My Girl and Fatal Attraction all rolled into one). It's called Dropping Deadly, and features a heroine who can see the exact moment of people's deaths. Shy and introverted, she works in a funeral parlor to avoid the living. But her plan goes to hell when she falls for the sexy funeral director and sees a vision of his grisly murder.

I'm working on the final round of revisions now, and my agent will be shopping it around to publishers late summer/early fall. I'm very excited!

As far as my favorite book so far, I think most authors would say that would be like picking a favorite child, and I've found that's pretty much true. I love them all for different reasons. Taming Johnny features my favorite cantankerous hero, but Lone Wolfe Protector has the best suspense elements, I think. Each book has a special place in my heart. They're definitely like my kids! Except they're a lot quieter. And don't leave their underwear on the floor.
 A Death That Lingers by Kaylie Newell, Interview by Tomes and Tequila Blog
Me: It's funny...after I sent that I thought you would say it was like picking a favorite child! I know I feel that way just writing a blog, I can't imagine what it would feel like with a book.

So...what does your typical writing day look like? Do you have a specific area where you do the majority of your writing? And is your dog Pedro always by your side?

Kaylie: I started out writing mostly in coffee shops. I still love the atmosphere and the background noise, but lately comfort has won out in the productivity department. And usually that means writing at home, on my bed, with my favorite blanket over my legs. And yes, Pedro is always snoring happily by my side. The only problem with that is, he's got terrible gas. It's chronic. So I have to work REALLY hard at focusing on the story, and not wanting to run out of the room. It's a process.

Me: Okay, final questions (I think!) I am sure you love writing, or you wouldn't put yourself through everything that is involved in getting a novel published. But what is your favorite part of being an author? And then...since this is Tomes and Tequila, and we have already covered the favorite book part...what is your favorite drink?

Kaylie: One of my favorite quotes is by Dorothy Parker- "I hate writing, I love having written."
This sums it up for me. It might sound strange, but I really don't enjoy the act that much. It's hard, sometimes like pulling teeth. What I love is completing something, polishing it, and then finally reading over the finished product and getting to think, "I wrote that!" It's euphoric. I write stories that I'd want to read, so creating those characters and those worlds, and putting them into a book is just really, really cool. That's my favorite part about being an author.

And my favorite drink is wine! Pinot Gris to be exact, and preferably paired with something fattening.

Me: Thank you so much Kaylie for giving us this small glimpse into your life :) Do you have any parting words for my lovely friends reading this? Any words of advice for aspiring writers?

Kaylie: I had a blast! Thank you for having me on your lovely blog. I guess if I had any parting words of writerly wisdom for anyone who's new and working on a book out there, it would be keep it up. Dig in. Ignore the crappy days and embrace the great ones. There will be both.
If you dream of telling stories, do it. And do it with gusto :)

Head on over to Kaylie's Website or her Author Facebook Page, and give her some love! I'm a big fan of her Wolfe Creek Series, so consider checking it out. It's a fun, quick supernatural mystery. And don't forget to "like" my Tomes and Tequila Facebook page!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Harry Potter Love

This is going to be a fairly short review, because I really don't want to give up any spoilers...but I had to let y'all know how much I enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the rehearsal script for the West End play of the same name, written by Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and of course J.K. Rowling (who came up with the story). It was released Sunday the 31st of July with HUGE fanfare...and a lot of folks calling it "The 8th Harry Potter".

This is not the 8th Harry Potter book. This is a script, in play format, of a story meant to entertain on the stage. I believe a lot of the negative reviews come from people who either didn't pay attention to that fact, or were so blinded by their love of the franchise that they had hyped it up to unreachable heights. I tried to go into it with zero expectations and an open mind...and was highly entertained.

This book shows the gang as adults, with kids going to Hogwarts. I'm sure we can all imagine what it would be like to have parents with the notoriety and fame that these kids would have. How do you live up to a parent who defeated "The Dark Lord". Yes, we get some insight into Harry, Hermione and Ron's adult lives...but the story is all Albus Severus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy. And Scorpius Malfoy is by far my favorite part of this book.

It is a quick read. Of course, it's all dialogue...it's a script. Do I think this story could've been fleshed out and turned into a full blown novel? Absolutely, but I still think some hard core fans would complain. I think this is the problem of a book beloved in your childhood. It can be very hard to live up to the feelings the original instilled in you.

But I loved it. I give it a solid 5 stars. I devoured it in one sitting, discussing with my oldest throughout (he read it first, and practically threw it in my lap so that he'd have someone to talk to). I would love to watch it on stage. I have always been a fan of plays.

So, were you waiting for the midnight release? Did you immediately check it out from the library? Have you finished it? Or are you so sick of the hype that you haven't even touched it? I'd love to hear your thoughts either in the comments here or over on my Facebook page.