Happy Again

All is right in my world again…

My replacement copy of THE REPLACEMENT arrived and I finished it last night. It was awesome! I expected it to be given how much I love Brenna’s short stories and memories of the past, but it was so good that I really didn’t want it to end. I know she’s already submitted a second book, but does anyone know if it’s a sequel to this or is Mackie’s story just over? I would really love to read more. He was a seriously lovable character (whether he thought so or not) and he has an amazing group of friends surrounding him. Even his family was quality people.

While I waited for that book to arrive though, I started & finished BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS (the second book in the CASTER CHRONICLES). Again, I was not surprised by how much I loved this book. I loved Ethan in the first book and loved him even more in the second. And this one had so many twists and so much adventure I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m glad there will be 4 books in this series, but I hate having to wait for their release. I hope whenever they get around to making these into movies that they don’t butcher the stories. They are so awesomely written.

Question for LJ friends: Are there any books you’d recommend about or involving Christmas for me to read in December? I know what books I intend on reading next month, but I only have one slated for December so far (ENTICE by Carrie Jones), which will not involve Christmas at all. But I love Christmas and I’d like to read a Christmas themed book come December to keep my spirits high. Suggestions would rock!

So now that I’ve fulfilled my monthly goal reading wise and there aren’t too many other “scary” or “creepy” reads in my possession I think I’m going to dedicate the rest of the month to working on my writing goal. It feels like forever since I put a decent dent into my WIP and since the bulk of my story takes place in fall and it’s so wonderfully fall outside now I should really use it to my advantage.

I’m having a slight problem with my book though. I’ve been stuck on these two in between chapters for what feels like forever now and I think today (after re-reading almost everything I’ve already written) I realized it’s because during this re-write I tried to speed things up and reduce the word count and in doing so I lost the room I once had to really show the growth and depth of Teagan and Bryce’s friendship (which for the story is really important for Teagan in particular because she’s never had friends). I don’t want to lose this aspect of their character building, but before it took so long to cover and I’m so aware of the word count now that I don’t want it to drag on. Still, I don’t think it can just be summarized and have the same affect as it was meant to. I have to include a little more, but I’m undecided on how much more and how to really cover it all so the reader grasps how influential it is to Teagan. I hope I figure something out soon.

Peace – Sarah



Frustrated Much? Yeah. GAH!

So I’m sitting in the living room reading THE REPLACEMENT and I’m on page 282 of a 343 page book (so obviously I was fully intent on finishing it today… like within the hour).

It was at this super intense spot and as my eyes leave page 282 to finish the last sentence a new one begins on the next page without finishing the previous thought. The new sentence seems completely irrelevant to what I’d just been reading. Out of context. And it’s then that I discover the page number is 315 and 33 pages are missing from my copy!

I literally screamed, “NO!” angrily. As if somehow screaming might make the missing pages suddenly reappear.

Then I paced, not sure what to even do about it. I wanted to complain to someone. I wanted to demand it be fixed immediately. I WANTED to finish this book today!!!!

But who do I complain to? Amazon, who I ordered it from? The publisher? Do I let Brenna know? No one else complained about this error so it had to just be my copy.

So I called Amazon. They apologized over and over again and assured me that I must have just received a rare botched copy. Which they are replacing at no cost to me and not even requiring me to send back the dud. I’m grateful for this, but it won’t get here until Wednesday now. Three days! I have to wait three days to finish this awesomely intense book.

I just want to scream right now. Grrrrr….

– Sarah



Today… was a Good Day

… But it was long. And exhausting.

I woke up at 6:30am after only 4 1/2 hours of sleep. It was rough waking up with so little sleep, but I had plans to meet my mom to have my truck worked on and finally go clothes shopping (for my birthday, which is seriously late).

I showed up at my moms around 7:30am with laundry in tow, half awake and shaky. I flopped down on the couch and covered my eyes with my forearm while she finished her make up. She said, “You’re not looking very chipper this morning.”

I mumbled, “I’m not entirely convinced I’m not still drunk from last night.” Which I wasn’t. I had stumbled the entire time getting ready. I domed an entire bottle of water in that first hour alone to rehydrate, but I wasn’t sure it was working. I wondered if I got pulled over if I’d even pass a test.

My dad, who was sitting at the PC, laughed breathlessly and said, “Wow…. nice,” sarcastically.

I mumbled some more to my dad about White Rabbits and the youtube link I sent him of “Lionesse” and how the pianist reminded me of my Uncle Bob. He said he’d check it out today since his fishing window was already lost for the day. When I finally returned home for the day I had an email that said he agreed they reminded him of my Uncle Bob and that he’d watched all of their videos and would see them live. Both my parents really have great taste in music sometimes. I love it.

Anyway, Mom and I headed out to have all 4 tires replaced on my truck by my to-be Brother-in-law at Mr. Tire. He gave us a seriously awesome discount which had me feeling ultra grateful considering it was coming out my Mom’s pocket. Plus he clarified for me the other things I need done on my truck to make it last which gives me a better feeling about the longevity of my dying machine.

Mom and I hit up a series of stores, mostly stores like TJ Max and Ross because you get more for your money for the same good products. And we stopped by the Verizon Wireless store for blue tooth upgrades since Maryland law enacted Oct. 1st requires hands free while driving and since my Mom is the only person I ever use my phone for and it’s while I’m on the way home from work every day hands free was kind of necessary. I also was at my 2 every 2 with new phones so I got a fancy new phone as well for free. Free is always nice.

We had Panera Bread Asiago Bagels for breakfast and I consumed more water throughout the morning than I normally do to subdue the lasting effects of last nights festivities. It worked, but by almost 3pm I was spent. My feet hurt so bad I could barely keep my shoes on so we finally called it a day.

I made out with several new awesome shirts, sweaters, and those cool long sweater vests I’ve been wanting. As well as a wickedly cool jacket (because you all should know by now that I love jackets like most women like shoes) and 2 new pairs of shoes (that are exactly the same except one is brown and one is black because I’m a creature of habit that way).

When I got home it took me an hour to remove all of the tags and “clean out” my closet of summer clothes, replacing them with my new additions (because it is officially colder here now (despite my Mom’s constant “I’m HOT!” comments all day. She’s clearly in the early stages of menopause.)) I took a 2 hour nap after that to make up for the all the lost sleep and have since been re-reading what I wrote last night for my book (which is a scene I’ve re-written six different ways, but *think* I may have finally written the one I want to keep) and reading THE REPLACEMENT (which BTW is sickeningly fabulous!).

I hope everyone’s enjoying their Saturday as much as I did, despite my poor state at it’s beginning and the exhausting nature of it. I made out like a winner today and I have my awesome Mom to thank for that (love you, Mom!).

Peace – Sarah



Random Stuff on a Wednesday

As to be expected, I’m feeling sad after finishing NO MERCY (Dark-Hunter, Book 19) (Also known as the last book in the series until February 2011). I tried to stretch it out as long as possible, but we all know how fast I blow through books now and it was impossible to pace myself to make it last.

BEAUTIFUL DARKNESS arrived yesterday and I still have THE REPLACEMENT to read this month as well, but I think it’s time I take a small break from books to work on my own.

I’m pretty sure I’ve officially made my characters angry as they’ve been visiting my dreams far more frequently than they had been with new ideas. I think they’re intimidated by my love for the Dark-Hunters. And that plot bunny that struck me this weekend about the elements didn’t help their ego. It’s time I give them some love too before I thrust myself into another story that doesn’t involve them. Hopefully some great writing will come as a result. *Fingers Crossed*

As you may have noticed I vanished from the internet world again. I really don’t understand it. I will open my email, FB, and LJ, but never look at any of them. I’m not even sure why I waste the time to open them. I just can’t stay focused online these days. So, once again I will be playing catch up, just not today because unfortunately I have other matters to tend to. ::Sigh:: (One of these days I’ll finally be back on pace.) I hope to be caught up by tomorrow – I promise I’m not ignoring you. And I’ll even have a special post tomorrow.

I’m a little crabby at the moment because I started a strict diet that does not satisfy how hungry I constantly am. I feel ravenous for food. I know it will pass as my stomach shrinks to the size it should be, but right now it’s making me crazy. Yesterday I swore I was going to eat my arm because it was 2:30pm and I was already starving, all the while knowing I couldn’t eat again until almost 6pm and even when I ate that it’d be the last thing I’d eat all day. Diets suck.

Peace – Sarah


EDIT (@11:46pm): Okay, so I ended up *catching up* tonight after all. I still have a few “famous” friends to catch up on, but I’m pretty sure I covered all I missed from the active LJ friends. If I missed it I will hit it up tomorrow when I finish the rest of what I’ve missed. I’m feeling determined at this point!



What’s that Feeling?

It’s a mixture of sadness and happiness…. Is there a name for that?

I finished SEIZE THE NIGHT (Dark-Hunter Book 7) this morning at work (yeah I know, I should have been working), and while I was elated over the ending and almost everything about this book, I felt this terrible sense of sadness that it was over and I hadn’t brought Book 8 with me to read during lunch. Boo.

This book though, may have been my favorite (I know, I say that almost every time, don’t I?). There was all sorts of drama in this book though – alliances with enemies, reconciled differences, and crazy betrayals. Shit seriously went down in this book for real. Every time my mouth fell open, a few sentences later it fell open a little wider. I had a ridiculous amount of OMG moments and I loved it. Heath however, overhearing my gasps and laughter, was getting just a bit annoyed. I keep trying to explain to him that if this were a TV show or movie he’d be reacting the same way, but it’s not coming across well. I’m REALLY wondering why this series isn’t a TV show or movie series yet. It’s baffling to me.

I keep thinking that I’ll be disappointed soon, but 7 books in (about to be 8) and I’m still eating up every bit of this world within our world that Sherrilyn has created. I’m actually glad I got into this series after most of it has been released because Lord knows there’s no way I’d be patient enough to wait. Good thing the woman releases like two books a year for once I finally catch up. I mean just the series that turned me onto her (CHRONICLES OF NICK) is slated to have 12 books of its own and then Nick will finally get his own Dark-Hunter book!

On impulse, because I can’t help myself and was tempted by just the mere discussion of how/why we buy books over at merry_fates, I ordered the next two Dark-Hunter books which should be here tomorrow, just in time for me to read book 8 and not have to wait for 9 & 10. After that though, I may take a break to read THE REPLACEMENT which should be arriving next week and then finally get some more writing accomplished.

In writing related news, I don’t really have an image of Bryce to relate to like I do with Teagan (Aly Michalka), but after this season of TRUE BLOOD and working out a family moment when the Quinn’s meet Teagan for the first time over dinner I realized who Levi (Bryce and Brynn’s dad) looks like. Joe Manganiello. What, you don’t know who he is? Let me grace you with his hotness.

In my story Bryce is nearly a spit image of his father (obviously a little younger looking though), and he won’t have his facial hair… well maybe eventually he will, but not as much. And his hair is long-ish, but maybe styled a little different? More stylishly sloppy, I think.

Also in writing news and in relation to said dinner scene an awesome new idea spawned itself to give more history/mystery to the story. Coincidences’ they may seem, but I assure you they will not be. ::Laughs evilly while you wonder::

Well, I suppose I should get something accomplished. Or maybe just start reading SINS OF THE NIGHT. Hmmmm… ::taps finger to lips contemplating:: Probably going with the reading… Come on, you know me by now. I have no will, remember? And like Artemis owns the Dark-Hunters souls, Sherrilyn Kenyon currently owns mine. 🙂

Peace – Sarah



Book Crazy, that’s me!

So I’m back to that addictive nature in regards to new books, adding so many to my wish list it’s starting to get out of hand. (Not to mention buying a new one once a week now, and I am by no means wealthy enough for that, but that’s a whole different issue.) There are quiet a few coming out soon that I’m ecstatic about and I feel the need to share them with you.

The Overton Window – by Glenn Beck (Release Date – June 15th)

I’m not sure how I just found out about this book yesterday considering I watch the Glenn Beck show almost everyday during dinner, but I’m ridiculously eager to read it. I know you’re thinking, wait a minute – Glenn Beck is a political commentator – and you’re right, but this book is NOT his political opinion, it’s his first thriller! It is based on an actual concept developed by Josef P. Overton, that is truly happening in our society today. I can already see this as a movie and I just know it’s guaranteed to be controversial. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

For Noah Gardner, a twentysomething public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome, and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country.

But all of that changes when Noah meets Molly Ross, a woman who is consumed by the knowledge that the America we know is about to be lost forever. She and her group of patriots have vowed to remember the past and fight for the future–but Noah, convinced they’re just misguided conspiracy-theorists, isn’t interested in lending his considerable skills to their cause.

And then the world changes.

An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way. Amidst the chaos, many don’t know the difference between conspiracy theory and conspiracy fact–or, more important, which side to fight for.

But for Noah, the choice is clear: Exposing the plan, and revealing the conspirators behind it, is the only way to save both the woman he loves and the individual freedoms he once took for granted.

Linger – by Maggie Stiefvater (Release Date – July 20th)

Book 2 of 3 in The Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Linger is sure to suck me in the same way “Shiver” did. I read “Shiver” in two days and read it again as soon as I was finished. I love Grace and Sam and look forward to seeing them together again, but I’m also looking forward to being introduced to new character Cole and seeing his interaction with Isabel. I really enjoy Maggie’s lyrical style of writing and she’s very skilled at drawing distinct voices out of her characters so reading from 4 narratives shouldn’t be a problem. I’m positive I won’t be disappointed with “Linger”. Rather than post the preview from Amazon, I’ll post Maggie’s trailer because it leaves you salivating far better than Amazon’s description.

Infinity: Chronicles of Nick – by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Release Date – May 25th)

Amazon suggested this one to me based on my purchases and after reading the description it definitely seems like something I will enjoy. And apparently this author ties all of her series together, but the order you read them isn’t always necessary. I hope to enjoy this book & author because she has plenty to entertain me with when I’m finished with this one. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one: a world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
As if starting high school isn’t hard enough now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended. How in the world is he supposed to do that?

LOST Encyclopedia – by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry – Foreword by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (Release Date – August 16th)

I know you’re seeing this and thinking – Wow, Dork – but I don’t really care. I love LOST like no other TV show before it and I’m pretty convinced that there won’t be another one even close to the genius that was put into it for a long time to come. The writers of LOST have included so many details to the show that a lot of it gets overlooked. And as much as I have picked up on, I can’t wait to see what I’ve missed. I read another LOST themed book, written by youth ministers that focused solely on the religious undertone of the show and all of the direct links to bible verses, or stories from other religious beliefs. It amazed me. I would love to live in Damon Lindelof’s head for a day just to see the workings of such a creative mind. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Featuring more than 400 pages and over 1500 images, the LOST Encyclopedia will be a comprehensive guide to the characters, items, locations, plotlines, relationships, and mythologies from all six seasons of the landmark series aired on ABC-TV and produced by ABC Studios. Created in full collaboration with ABC Entertainment and ABC Studios, this will be the first and only fully licensed and comprehensive reference to all things LOST, and it includes a foreword by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.

The Replacement – by Brenna Yovanoff (Release Date – September 21st)

I came across Brenna’s writing on Merry Fates via Maggie Stiefvater and I could tell already that I liked her style of writing. Then I watched the trailer for her debut book on Amazon and was completely convinced I’d be a fan. I’m really looking forward to the dark element she brings to her stories and I hope this book has such a success that she writes more. There’s no text to share as a preview, but here’s the trailer:

Beautiful Darkness – by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl (Release Date – October 12th)

This is book 2 of 4 in The Caster Chronicles and I’m extremely stoked for it. I loved, loved, loved “Beautiful Creatures”. I loved that it was from a male perspective, I loved all of the war history tied to it, and I can not wait for book 2. I find it very fitting that it’s coming out in October, near Halloween, since it’s got quite a dark edge to it. It will be a perfect month to be in that sort of mood, although I wish I didn’t have to wait so long for it. When I read series, I prefer to read them straight through and often times wait until all of the books are out before even reading them. But I couldn’t resist “Beautiful Creatures” when I read about it and so now I wait, impatiently I might add. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – by Stephenie Meyer (Release Date – June 5th)

I’m not actually ecstatic about this one like the others because Stephenie was very adamant about not continuing the series, possibly not even finishing “Midnight Sun”, meanwhile she was writing this novella. I hate liars and right now that’s what she feels like to me, but since I did love the saga I know I will read this. I just hope my attitude towards her right now doesn’t get in the way. Here’s the preview from Amazon:

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

I realize now that I probably should have sorted them in release date order and maybe warned you about how long this would be, but oh well – what’s done is done. For all you out there who’ve influenced my reading choices, I hope maybe I will have influenced you a bit now too 😉

Peace – Sarah


The younger version of me looks at me now and laughs because it can’t believe how giddy I am over books as an adult. I tell my younger self how foolish it was for not knowing the joy they bring back then and my younger self stops laughing because it knows, deep down, that I’m right.