Friday, June 21, 2013

Writer Beware ® Blogs!: Beware of Book Publishing Spam

Writer Beware ® Blogs!: Beware of Book Publishing Spam

if it's true about AuthorHouse, I'm a victim. ehhhhh I don't care. I'll go publish a story/book I don't much care about.

/deleted long post 'cause it doesn't matter

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Slow Heat in Heaven by Sandra Brown

February 26 to 28, 2013
genre: Romance

I hated Cash from beginning to..near the end. And even on the second to last page, I still hated him even then. Hate's a strong word, so maybe I just disliked him. To all these romance writers, are men gods or something? Anyway, all of the characters were dislikable, actually, but a good part of that made them all so human and real.

I rather cared more about the romance between Gayla and Jimmy Don than the main characters', though the HEA was still a nice touch.

What I noticed about Sandra Brown's somewhat flawed writing here, however, that I never noticed before in her previous books I've read, were that the things she compared using similes were completely unnecessary or bad comparisons and the dialogue had terrible word choices at times. One that stuck out was when Schyler said about Gayla, "She moaned while I was washing her." I would've said "she made a sound" instead of 'moan', though if that's just how Southern Cali people speak (as in me, not the author), I don't really know.

The point is, I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone... If you want to read it, go right ahead. I do recommend Sandra Brown's other books, though. I liked them much better than this one.

Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle

May 20 to 28, 2013
genre: GLBT
What was truly remarkable about this book was how real it was, though also unbelievable on many points. There were well written characters if not fully developed, the conflict of denial and process of coming out, thoughtful setting of school and home environment if not very detailed, and a realistic story. I know it is a light and humorous read, and that's how I felt about it!

I thought the legend of the dog date Kelly being taken to prom was a bit unnecessary, and also Rachel's support of a "visionary" figure. You'd expect the girl best friend to be way more helpful for the main character, but she lacked very much in this area. Hey, though, life isn't perfect like that.

I liked the turn in how Steven had to go on a quest to seek support for his sexuality, though I would have preferred the book ending after he and Carp meets and talks (not necessarily for any romantic interest.)

Do read this if you need a true and light reading into the experience of "coming out".

Saturday, June 8, 2013

All Through the Night by Suzanne Brockmann

January 2010
genre: Thriller, Suspense, Romance, etc.

note: I have not and do not plan to read any of the other books in the Troubleshooters series. Please also note that this review (if this crap can even be called that) was written three years ago, so it is not as detailed or thorough as I would really like to review books. I promise to edit when I've reread the book again.

the first gay romance book i read, and my favorite all-time M/M (male/male) book! it's my fav even when i haven't reread it at all in the past 3 years.

this story is like any other romance fiction, mystery, adventure, action, and suspense genre tales, except, of course, for the fact that the two main characters are gay men.

this gave me an interest in gay fictions, and throughout this whole reading, i didn't even give a single thought to the sex orientation except when the characters mentioned it from time to time. well, that's not much because i never had an issue about it, but this made me finally think about it.

instead, i felt as if i was reading any other regular romance book (such as straight - boy and girl - romance). i always thought as long as it's love, boy-boy and girl-girl didn't matter one bit. if this story was based on female and female main characters, i'd still say it's like any other romance book, depending on how the story went.

the only thing i'd have wished to exclude was Dolphina and Will's part of the story and Adam's point of view. nothing against any of them, but i'd rather not have so many perspectives packed in a book.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How to Be Human, Hypnotist Marc Savard

i love this guy~ not technically for this speech he gave, but his looks and sense of humor too. 8D
you guys should totally watch his hypnotist comedy show!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My first official blog post ever is a complaint

yeah, you read that title right. this isn't really so much pointless as it is seeking answers.

i really dislike book covers with nudity. seriously. i'm like, so what if they sell? you still can't just simply show everyone, especially conservative parents or family, in the freaking entire world the book you're reading if it has full-on nude models on the cover. sure, some people won't mind, but 'some' doesn't mean 'all'. people will think you're a total pervert or something.

so how about it? why, besides the opinion that they get books to sell and the models are hot, on earth do authors let their books (whether or not it contains sexual content) have naked people on the covers?

authors who write about delicate sexual subjects like rape or BDSM or whatever don't count! i can understand why they have nakedness goin' on.

if you feel like telling me, would you as a reader be willing to buy such books and show it off to the entire world? not me, though i would read the book itself. ;p hopefully in private, of course. OR, as an author, would you use book covers like that?

i'll wait for comments even 50 years in the future (if i'm still alive that is), so please don't feel like this is too old a post years later. i'm a curious girl.
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