Good question.

Found this on Tumblr and it made me laugh: “Do you ever wonder about how an author would describe you in a novel? Not only your appearance but the way you talk and laugh and hold yourself and all the expressions on your face…”

How would an author describe you?

Catch and Release.

While the movie was apparently not well received by critics and audiences, I did like Catch and Release the first time I watched it. In approaching ongoing researching for my current manuscript, I thought it deserved another viewing. (Don’t worry, I’m reading books to – my research is not limited to just movies).

I enjoyed the film just as much the second time. There was a great supporting cast (Kevin Smith and Juliette Lewis, I’m looking at you), the setting made me want to move to Colorado (could be because I live in a completely opposite city) and I liked how things focused on the ‘after.’ While my story picks up a little later in the grieving process, Jennifer Garner’s portrayal of Gray gave me a number of things to think about for my own protagonist.

Book Review: Big Girl Panties

Continuing on my research of widows (both actual and fictional), I picked up Stephanie Evanovich’s Big Girl Panties (not sure of any relationship to Janet Evanovich – although, bonus on the last name to cash in garner interest – even if using the surname has caused some confusion). Anyway, ugly terrible horrible title aside, I settled in for a novel in which the protagonist has recently lost her husband to pancreatic cancer. Guys, I’m here to let you know, she’s fat. It’s the first thing we learn about her.

Work all day, market all night.

Ever since Life After Joe came out, I’ve tried to put at least an hour day into some effort towards marketing.  The timing of this is usually after work when I always have tons of energy #sarcasm.  As I’m easily distracted, this time almost always devolves into putting time towards many of my other sevenprojects and I keep wishing there were more hours in a day!

Book Review: Rebel Queen

I downloaded this book as research for the third book in my Queen of England series and I’m so glad I did.  Not only have I been introduced to a part of Indian history I had no idea about (thank you Western education), I’m also now aware of a fantastic author whose other books I can’t wait to read.

Rebel Queen tells the story of Queen Lakshmi, a Joan of Arc type figure in Indian history (which I am woefully ignorant of).  The presentation of this amazing TRUE story is a fascinating one and very well told.  That there were women warriors who defended their rami and traveled to seek audience with Queen Victoria is an incredible journey and definitely a story that deserves attention.

Personality Insights from my writing (Room 702)…

Same test again, this time with the first page of Room 702.

You are heartfelt, rational and strict.

You are imaginative: you have a wild imagination. You are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them. And you are calm under pressure: you handle unexpected events calmly and effectively.

Experiences that make you feel high efficiency are generally unappealing to you.

Life After Joe: Book Club Questions

I did this exercise with Room 702 and although I’m fairly certain no one read it, I thought I would try again. I am nothing if not an optimist. Also, for the first time in my publishing experience, I’ve included these questions at the end of the book – kind of a little bonus piece for my readers. FYI – while these give some indication of themes and characters in the book, there are no true spoilers.

Shall we get started then?

Book Review: Rebel Mechanics, All is Fair in Love and Revolution

Finally! I’ve been long searching for an exciting YA steampunk novel and at long last have a good one to share. As ongoing research for my Queen series (I’ve just started working on book #2 of the trilogy over the weekend), I was glad to settle down with an inspiring novel.

Author Shanna Swendson imagines an alternate reality where the American Revolution did not happen, and through magic, the British Empire remains strong. Like Gail Carriger, the world building is strong and the supernatural elements quite easy to accept. As I look at my own draft, there are a lot of similarities and plot devices Ms. Swendson does quite well, many that I would like to involve in my own novel. The book is an easy read, balancing a solid cast, romance, steampunk elements and revolution. I have to imagine there will be a sequel and I would definitely pick it up.

Anti molii

O modalitate de combatere a daunatorilor autohtoni este de a instala capcane anti-molii. Tipurile de dispozitive folosite pentru controlul insectelor sau capcanele pentru molii, sunt dispozitive folosite pentru capturarea si distrugerea insectelor adulte gata pentru reproducere. Exista mai multe soiuri de astfel de adaptari.

Tipuri de capcane

Anti-molii cu feromoni. Cea mai sigura modalitate de a scapa de o infectie a moliilor alimentare, este de a folosi capcane bazate pe feromoni. Astfel de produse sunt complet naturale, nu contin substante otravitoare sau chimice. Anti-moliile de acest tip sunt fabricate din carton cu un strat de adeziv foarte lipicios de feromoni de molii de sex feminin , pe care le emit in timpul perioadei de pregatire pentru imperechere. In unele dispozitive, componenta de feromoni este prezenta in adeziv, iar in altele, momeala este plasata intr-o punga separata pentru plasarea pe partea adeziva a capcanei. Insectele masculi se napustesc asupra  dispozitivului si cad in capcana, ceea ce impiedica posibilitatea reproducerii, distrugand, astfel, ciclul de viata al daunatorilor. Este ideal pentru lana, blanuri etc.

Conferences I would like to attend.

In addition to the unlimited budget that I would require for fictional book launches, if I had all the time and money in the world, there are a bunch of workshops and conferences I would like to attend:

  • The Travel Convention
  • Travel Bloggers Unite
  • The Hotel Show
  • ATM Dubai
  • Boutique Hotel Summit
  • World Travel Market
  • Any TED event
  • I’m sure there’s at least 10 more but I don’t feel like researching them right now
  • I’m also fairly certain I should probably have at least one writing conference on this list