Saturday, September 22, 2012

Merry Hobbit Day!

 In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit", this week is known as Tolkien Week!  It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

Today is "Hobbit Day", which is Frodo and Bilbo's birthday!  I spent the day teaching my little sister, Aly, about hobbits and eating like hobbits, kinda.  We fudged a little, but we ate six meals!

First breakfast!

Still a little sleepy!

Second breakfast!

Hobbit feet!  We went barefoot all day!

I love her!

Even Lacey enjoyed our day!

Me!

Luncheon!

Afternoon tea!

Dinner!

Supper!

Ready to watch "The Fellowship of the Ring"

I'm ready too!

My hobbit day card!

The inside of my card

We had a great day celebrating and will spend the rest of the evening watching "The Fellowship of the Ring"!!  Hope you had a merry Hobbit Day!

Did you celebrate "Hobbit Day"?  I will reveal the winner of my Tolkien Week Giveaway tomorrow!  Have a great rest of the night!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Tolkien's Funny Cast

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit", this week is known as Tolkien Week!  It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

Today I am sharing my favorite moment between members of the cast of "The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy!  Enjoy!

I LOVE THEM!!

Remember, you can still enter my Tolkien Week Giveaway until Saturday at midnight! 

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What did you think of their hilarious behaviors?  I wish I could have been a part of the cast, just to see the pranks and the silliness!  Have a great Friday and tune in tomorrow for "Hobbit Day"!!! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tolkien Week Giveaway! :)

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit", this week is known as Tolkien Week!  It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

Today I am announcing my "Tolkien Week Giveaway"!!

In honor of this week celebrating an inspirational author, I will be giving away an Amazon giftcard for $20.  I thought of giving away a copy of the books, but I only have one copy of "The Lord of the Rings" and I can't bear to part with them. :)

But, it's a very short giveaway so you better click it quickly!  The winner will be announced on Sunday!! :D

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Good luck!  Tune in for a funny video about the cast of "The Lord of the Rings" - it's my favorite!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Hobbit Trailer!

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit", this week is known as Tolkien Week!  It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

Today is the release of the new trailer for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" coming out on December 14th, 2012!!  I am super excited.


I am incredibly excited!! :)  Also, I love New Zealand and I hope to visit someday.  Seriously, watch the video again and tell me it isn't a beautiful land.  You can't do it!  I better pick out a costume to wear to the midnight release. :)

I have decided I will definitely need to reread "The Hobbit" before December.  It has been almost ten years since I read it! 

What did you think of the new trailer?  Are you a fan of the book being split into three movies?

Come back tomorrow to find out about my special Tolkien week giveaway and about my favorite audio version of "The Lord of the Rings!! 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Favorite character from Tolkien


In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit", this week is known as Tolkien Week!  It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

Today I will be sharing my favorite character who Tolkien created!!

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"There is always hope."
- Aragorn, son of Arathorn

He is my favorite Tolkien character!  He has such a rich history, being born to a broken line, refusing to be king and being raised by elves.  His lineage was hidden from him and Aragorn was actually called "Estel" when he lived in Rivendell, until he was twenty and Elrond told him the truth.  He's a noble character and possessed an elven wisdom.  He is also a skilled healer.  Although Aragorn doubted his own strength to become king, he knew it was his destiny to become King.

I love the rich background Tolkien wrote for Aragorn and the trials of his life.  He fought in many battles, and saw so many things.  He fell in love with Arwen and eventually married her.  Their love story is breathtaking and if you've never read it, you should read it in the Appendices of "The Return of the King".  (There's so much information back there!)

I love how Aragorn presents himself as Strider to the hobbits and the mystery surrounding him.  Such a wonderful character who changes so much throughout the story!  Arwen is a lucky elf. :)

Also...

Viggo Mortensen - yum! :)

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Who is your favorite character from Tolkien's works?

Stay tuned for tomorrow, Peter Jackson will be revealing his new trailer for "The Hobbit" and I'll be sharing some more wonderful Tolkien stuff! :D

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lines from Tolkien

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit", this week is known as Tolkien Week!  It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth.

Today I will be sharing some of my favorites lines from The Fellowship of the Ring. :)

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"Many that live deserve death.  And some that die deserve life.  Can you give it to them?  Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.  For even the very wise cannot see all ends."

"All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king."

"A hunted man sometimes wearies of distrust and longs for friendship."

"'But I am the real Strider, fortunately,' he said, looking down on them with his face softened by a sudden smile. 'I am Aragorn son of Arathorn; and if by life or death I can save you, I will.'"

"'Oh, that won't do!' Bilbo said. 'Books ought to have good endings.  How would this do: and they all settled down and lived happily ever after?'
'It will do well, if it ever comes to that,' said Frodo.
'Ah!' Sam said. 'And where will they live?  That's what I often wonder.'"

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I could go on, but I won't. :)

Tolkien wrote such beautiful lines.  He definitely was a very poetic author.

Tomorrow I will be sharing about my favorite character in "The Lord of the Rings"!!  Stay tuned!

What are some of your favorite lines from Tolkien's works?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Merry Tolkien Week!


 In honor of the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Hobbit", this week is known as Tolkien Week!  It celebrates the author, J.R.R. Tolkien and his wonderful literary compositions dealing with Middle Earth; The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord the Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, The Return of the King), Unfinished Tales, and The History of Middle Earth

The actual publication date of The Hobbit is September 21, 1937. I read it out loud to my brother when I was twelve years old.  He actually listened to the entire story and my brother doesn't care for books.  It was a great experience.  It was a nice brother/sister moment too. :)

Pic from a few years ago, I am 4 years older than him
I have loved Tolkien's works since I was a child and he is one of the authors who inspired me to write.  I write fantasy because of J.R.R. Tolkien.  I know I can never create a world with such beautiful creatures, rich characters, and a world beyond my imagination, but Tolkien did it.  I can only aspire to be 1/3 as good as him and that will be more than enough. He's my favorite author. (If you've followed my blog for any period of time, you've probably discovered that.) :D

So, in honor of such a fantastic author, I am dedicating my week of blogging to him and I'll be celebrating Tolkien week with people around the world!  I'll be sharing some of my favorite book passages from The Lord of the Rings, quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien, favorite clips from the movies, and other little interesting facts!  It's gonna be fun!

AND - on Saturday, September 22, which is Hobbit Day, celebrating Frodo and Bilbo's birthdays, I will be honoring that day!  I might even show you a picture of my hobbit feet.  Seriously, I have small hairy hobbit feet.  My brother tells me I have hobbit feet all the time. 

Today, I will be sharing my favorite Tolkien quote:

"A single dream is more powerful than a thousand realities." 

Beautiful words. :)

You are more than welcome to join me or to just enjoy this week of celebrations and cool stuff!  There might even be a giveaway...

MERRY TOLKIEN WEEK! :)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

11 years ago...


 
Dear America,

I was twelve-years-old when I saw what happened to you.  I had a delayed start for school that day.  My mom and older sister were out for a drive as my little brother and I sat on the couch trying to watch cartoons.  It only took us a few moments to realize that something was wrong.  There was a building, burning, on every channel and we couldn’t even watch Arthur.  I knew something was wrong and I grabbed the telephone, calling my mom.  I couldn’t look away.  I can remember watching in horror as another plane hit the tower, and as the towers burned.  I saw the little figures jumping out of the windows and at first I didn’t realize they were people dying.

For days we watched the news constantly and people didn’t even try to shelter us children from what happened.  Teachers played the news in the background as the images were engrained in our small minds.  We mourned with you, not even fully understanding.

Eleven years have passed and I am not a child anymore, but I will forever remember.  You have been stained with the blood of innocent lives, and the dust of the Twin Towers.  You will never remember this day without pain and the fear that someone could hurt you again.  But don’t fear for us.   Your country has united and vowed to protect those living in this land.  We may make some mistakes along the way, but we will protect you.

I’m sorry that we were all hurt that day.  But we are not like wounded puppies, cowering under the name of what happened.  We licked our wounds and fought back, fighting for freedom.

September 11, 2001 will be a day of sorrow and loss, but we will remember those that perished, so they didn’t die in vain.  America, we are strong together.

Your daughter,

Krista

Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Next Big Thing!

I've been tagged in "The Next Big Thing" by Laura, over at her adorable blog, My Baffling Brain.  You should definitely check it out! :)

It involves answering questions about my latest project, so yay! :)


What is the working title of your book? 
"Unless" - it is the companion novel to my book, "Nameless" - can you see I have a less theme? 

Where did the idea come from? 
Um, I'm not sure where the initial idea came from, other than it is the second book.  I've always loved fantasy and I though I would try my hand at writing an idea.  Oo, wait!  It had to do with the holocaust.  That's a strange sentence, but I had a random thought about a world where children were hunted, this was after someone asked me my favorite period of history which is the 1940s because of the rich history of WWII and the holocaust.  It's a tragedy and an interesting time to learn about.  So much happened then! 

What genre does your book fall under? 
It falls under Young Adult Fantasy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie? 
Oo, that's a tough one!  I might have Emma Watson (Hermoine from Harry Potter) play my MC, Princess Dalia.  Edom would be played by possibly Josh Hutcherson (Peeta from the Hunger Games) and I would LOVE to have Stanley Tucci play Achieus, the captain of the Guard. 

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book? 
Princess Dalia has given up everything and become a traitor to her country, but nothing could prepare her for the war on the horizon and the heartache death brings.

Will your books be self-published or represented by an agency?
It's too soon to tell.  Right now, I could toss a coin.  I'd love to find my book in a library, but I'm leaning towards self-publishing. :)  It depends on the day you ask me.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 
It isn't complete yet.  I'm almost half-way finished with the first draft.

Who or what inspired you to write this book? 
I kinda already answered that one, but my sister inspired me to write initially.  She used to leave hand-written stories in her notebook on the bathroom floor and I would read them.  I was the little sister, so of course I wanted to be like my big sis.  I fell in love with writing after that. :)

What else about your book would pique the reader's interests?
Dalia kicks butt, literally and she's turns from a spoiled to a princess to someone who fights for what they believe in.  I think it's pretty awesome. :) 


Now, I am tagging five friends to participate in this awesome little meme!


Dawn at The Write Soil
Laura at Writing Off the Edge
Katie at The Fiction Dairies
Ink in the Book
Lynne at The Submission Process


HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND! :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Ravensborough - A Review

Wow, I've read two books by my blogging friend, Christine Murray and I have to say that this one is my favorite!  It's wonderful!  I just had to review it. :)

Title: Ravensborough (The Ravensborough Saga: Book One)
Author: Christine Murray
Publisher: Mermaiden Media
Publication Date: August 30, 2012

Genre:  Urban Fantasy
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Ravensborough" from Amazon - Scarlett has made a leap of faith, moving with her mother to the city of Ravensborough on the island of Avalonia. But life is complicated on an island divided between Pagans who believe in magic and the ‘Rationalists’ who control most of the country.  Living with her mother’s Rationalist boyfriend, and going to a Rationalist school, Scarlett finds herself torn: between her new Rationalist friends and her Pagan ones, between her loyalty to her mother and her conscience, and between her boyfriend back home and a Pagan outcast named Gethan. When she scratches below the surface of life in Avalonia, she finds darkness and danger that terrifies her – but still draws her in.  Ravensborough tells the story of a society and a young woman divided, with echoes of real life conflict and the challenges everyone faces as they become adults. To forge her own life in Ravensborough, Scarlett will need to find more strength in herself than she ever imagined.

"You can't play both sides, Scarlett.  Sometimes you have to choose." -Gethan

Scarlett is torn, forced to make a decision she doesn't want to make.  She decides to move with her mother to Avalonia, a country rich with history and a past which defines itself in curfews and prejudice.  It was hard enough trying to live in a new country without the mysterious boy, Gethan and her newly-discovered almost cousin-in-law Aradia entering her life.  She begins to question everything about the world she knows and the world which seems to call to her.  Scarlett has to make a decision, but it isn't one she can make lightly. 

Romantic Element: The relationship between Gethan and Scarlett is breath-taking and passionate!  I love the tension between the two characters, also the love triangle with Sam, Scarlett's boyfriend.  It isn't one of those fake love triangles; it feels real.  I've definitely a book-crush on Gethan.  He's pretty awesome. :)  The relationship has a mix of forbidden affection and chemistry.  It's so very well written!  No one really compares to Gethan, which I guess gives away that Sam isn't one of my favorite characters.  He's a bit of a tool.

OverallRavensborough is enthralling!  It only took me two days to read the entire book, leaving me with a strong desire to read more!  I was disappointed when I reached the end.  I need to know more about these characters.  Murray wrote a wonderful book, based in our world with a fantasy twist and a dash of romance.  The rich descriptions of the places were beautiful, not too much with just the right amount of description.  The reader gets a clear sense of the society in Avalonia and is gently immersed in the new ways.  The character development was great; all of the characters had something to give and take.  I loved the little twist towards the end!  I didn't see it coming and those are the best kind of twists.  I'm definitely looking forward to the next one in the saga.

I highly recommend this book to others!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Not Your Average Fairytale - A Review

I have never had a love of fairies if you ask anyone who knows me, but I'm slowly starting to change my mind.  I just had to read my blogging friend, Chantele Sedgwick's book about a male fairy godmother! 


Title: Not Your Average Fairytale
Author: Chantele Sedgwick
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication Date: July 30, 2012


Genre: Fantasy/Fairytale
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Not Your Average Fairytale" from Amazon - Ash Summerland has it all–good looks, popularity, and the best grades at The Academy of Magical Beings. Ready to complete his last assignment in order to graduate, Ash is confident he will get the apprenticeship he wants. When he opens the letter from the Council, he is shocked to discover he has been assigned to apprentice Lady Shenelle, Keeper of Happy Endings. A.K.A. the head fairy godmother. Ash is forced to grant three wishes to a troubled human girl named Kendall, and ultimately give her a "happy ever after".  But Kendall turns out to be more than he bargained for. Still grieving over her father's death, Kendall doesn't want anything to do with him. And worst of all, she doesn't believe in happy endings.

Ash is in disbelief - he is the first male fairy-godmother.  Ever, like ever ever.  Complete with wings and a pink wand, which doesn't stay pink for long.  To say he's irritated would be an understatement.   He's stuck working with Kendall, a girl who doesn't believe in happily ever after.  An accident changed her life and she's stuck in a game of blame with herself, not wanting to move on.  Ash has an enormous challenge ahead of him.  The story is full of hilarious anecdotes and conversations between Kendall and Ash!  It's definitely a page-turner and an easy read! 

Romantic Element: The relationship between Ash and Kendall starts out quite rough.  He appears to her, claiming he can grant her three wishes.  Sounds like a bad pick-up line to me!  It takes a little convincing her to believe he's a fairy.  Neither seem to get along, but as they start to realize they have things in common, both become a little less stubborn.  I admit, I have a book-crush on Ash - he's protective and has pretty wings!  I love the developments between the two!  It isn't perfect; it's messy like romance is supposed to be.

OverallNot Your Average Fairytale is a wonderful book for all ages!  It is very enjoyable!  The descriptions of the characters are perfect and there's an air of magic the reader wishes for themselves.  I found myself wanting to check my bedroom for Ash and his wings.  Also, Sam.  He's a pretty adorable character.  This fantasy novel comes to life on the pages and finds home in your imagination!  I love the set-up for a sequel, complete with an enticing twist.  You won't regret reading this book!

I highly recommend this book to others!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September Goals

Another month has passed and summer is finally over!  It's time for my favorite season.  FALL.  I love yellow, orange, and red leaves falling from the trees in an almost constant trickle like rain.  It's so beautiful and fall really smells awesome.  The harvest is coming in and the air smells so fresh and just like fall.  I can almost smell the apple cider and pumpkin bread already. :)

Brach's Pumpkins - I love them and they are out! :)

Here's my goals from August:
* Write to 20,000 words on "Unless"
I made it to 21,101 words!  I wrote 9,976 words this month.  I didn't make it much over my goal, but I achieved it.  I'm really starting to get into this one and it's taking some twists that I didn't expect.  I'm not even sure how it will end!  I think I'm about 1/3 done with the first draft!

* Finish revising my query for "Nameless" and start sending them out
Done!  I am still revising, little by little, but I am starting to send out queries.  It's a difficult process, but I'm still imaging seeing my name in a bookstore. 

* Read "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth
FAIL.  I still haven't finished this one!  I did start and I'm about 200 pages in.  I just haven't had time to finish and write and have a life.  I really want to read it!  I love Four. :)

* Read "The Secret Beneath Bleeker Avenue" by Nessa Toale
Done!  It was very good.  You can find my review here if you are interested.  I love supporting my other writer friends! :)



I did much better with my goals for August.  July stunk, but August was much more productive.  (Sorry, I really love Avengers and those gif files!)

Goals for September:

* Write to 30,000 words on "Unless"
This should bring me to half done with the first draft!  I want this one to be a bit longer than "Nameless", though I'm still tossing around the idea of making it a trilogy, but I'm not sure yet.

* Finish reading "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth

* Read "Not Your Average Fairytale" by Chantele Sedgwick
I'm very excited to read this one!  I've heard great things about it!

*  Buy "The Avengers" on DVD on September 25th
This has nothing to do with writing, but I love them and I want to own them, but I'll have to settle for the dvd of those pretty men. :)


How did your goals for August go?  What are your goals for September?  

I will hopefully be catching up on all of your blogs soon! :)