Tag Archives: writing

A Quote to Begin Your Day…

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

~Maya Angelou

What are some of your favorite Children/YA Books?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Leave a Comment

Filed under Quotes

A Quote to Begin the Day…

“Good books don’t give up all their secrets at once.”

                                  ~Stephen King

How much truer can this quote get? An amazing book draws you in, keeps you guessing and forces you to live in that world! Just a few of the authors whose books have kept me searcing for their secrets up until the very end: Dan Brown, Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and the duo, Chris Almeida and Cecilia Aubrey. I thrive on hunting down the clues and trying to guess the outcomes, before the characters figure it all out. Very few authors have been able to write books that continue the suspense through the last few pages and I do a dance each time I discover a new “Clue Master.” (Remember, Nancy Drew was one of the first series that I read as a young child, and yes, I may have become a bit obsessed with solving “mysteries”!)

Tell me in the comments below who are some of your favorite authors that keep you on your toes!

Have a wonderful day!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Leave a Comment

Filed under Quotes

A Quote to Begin the Day…

“The thing about fictional characters from literature is that they completely speak to what makes people human.”
       ~Kiera Knightly

I wonder if this is what allows us, the readers, to escape so vividly into a character’s world… What do you think?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Leave a Comment

Filed under Quotes

A Quote to Begin Your Day…

“I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them.”
   ~Emma Thompson

I am very grateful for certain titles that have changed my life. I have to agree with her, I can remember specific times that I found a book, or was given a book and the joy that I gained from reading it. What’s the last book that you read during a time of need?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

2 Comments

Filed under Quotes

And the Winner is…

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to everyone who checked out the Author Spotlight last week and thanks to those who participated in the drawing. A special thanks goes to Author, Luciana Cavallaro, for participating in the Interview and offering a giveaway. Three people participated in the drawing, I went to Random.org and entered the parameters of 1 and 3.

Drum roll, please…

 

Congratulations goes to … Commenter #1. Congratulations Dawn H.!!! You are the lucky winner of an ecopy of Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro. I will be emailing to find out which format you prefer. Congrats again!

 

Thanks again to all who participated. Make sure to be on the lookout for future Spotlights and Giveaways. In the meantime, I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with great books.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, Giveaways

A Quote to Begin the Day…

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”
~Oscar Wilde

 

Continuing with the theme from yesterday, I have re-read To Kill a Mockingbird numerous times. I love re-reading books. I have an entire shelf dedicated to books that I have re-read so much that I can pick up a book and immediately go to my favorite passages, for a quick pick-me-up. However, I have met several people that wish to only read a book once and then move on.

What about all of you…do you enjoy re-reading books? If so, which stories top your list?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

2 Comments

Filed under About Me, Quotes

A Quote to Begin the Day…

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

~Harper Lee

 

Did you hear the news??? Author Harper Lee will be publishing a new book this summer. It seems this book was her original idea for a story, but due to suggestions she changed the POV and age of the main characters to create one of my absolute favorite books: To Kill a Mockingbird! This story will about an adult woman named Scout who travels to her hometown to visit her father. I am so excited!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see this “new” book. I feel like even though I have read To Kill a Mockingbird a dozen times, I should re-read it again this summer.

How many of you are as excited as I am about this news? Who was your favorite character from To Kill a Mockingbird?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Leave a Comment

Filed under About Me, Quotes

Sasee Review

Waterline

By: Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

Virginia Ross’ life has been turned upside down. Now living on her beloved Chaucer, she is determined to document all of her husband’s assets in order to have a fair divorce settlement. (It is the least she deserves after discovering his affair.) However, when she returns home to her boat she is greeted by the shocking news of her soon-to-be-ex’s death. Now under suspicion as a person of interest, Virginia must learn to balance out her new life with the help of her old friends. Along the way, she stumbles across some horrifying details that may connect her husband’s case to some unsolved mysteries. As she tries to make sense of everything, Virginia’s own life becomes hazardous and she must put her own safety, first.

Waterline gives readers of every genre something to appreciate. There’s the suspense with the murder plot, there’s the details of boat life, some romance, and even a feisty, adorable cat. Huntsinger weaves multiple incidents and storylines into one fascinating page turner. Readers who enjoy suspense stories, with a hint of romance will enjoy this book. The story seamlessly envelops the beautiful South Carolina coast and the rich history of its culture, in a contemporary mystery.  Right from the start with the unique quotes that foreshadow Virginia’s twisted life, this book flows quickly. Readers will be swept up in the author’s passion about boats, South Carolina and historical reenactments.

 

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Notes:

This review was written for Sasee Magazine. To learn more about them, please visit their website.

Leave a Comment

Filed under Fiction Books, Southern Lit

Author Spotlight and Interview

Good Morning Everyone,

Today’s Author Spotlight is on Luciana Cavallaro! Luciana has kindly participated in an interview AND she is giving away one ecopy of her Accursed Women book to one lucky commenter! I absolutely love Luciana’s unique take on Greek Mythology. You can read my reviews of Luciana’s previous work by clicking on the following titles: The Curse of TroyAphrodite’s Curse, A Goddess’s Curse, Boxed in a Curse.
I hope you enjoy this special treat. The directions for the giveaway are listed below the interview. Good luck to you all!

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

 

Hi Luciana! Thank you for being here today. Can you please tell everyone here a little bit about yourself and your books?

Thank you Nicole. I am honoured to be here with you and your readers.

Sure. I am first generation Australian Italian and was the first in the family to graduate from university. I am a secondary teacher of Information Services and Social Science which includes teaching Ancient History. I also evaluate pre-service teachers for Edith Cowan University.

My books are steeped in Ancient History and mythology, though are contemporary in style.

 

What made you decide to become a writer?

I dabbled in writing while in high school but didn’t pursue it but loved to read. It was after university the interest in writing was rekindled following the aftermath of a car accident. I was off work for 3 months and it was a difficult time recovery wise, physically and emotionally. I needed to channel my thoughts and writing was my outlet. Mind, that manuscript will NEVER see the light of day! I think I may even have shredded it. ;D

 

How did you fall in love with Greek Mythology?

I was 15 when I read Charles Berlitz book on Atlantis: The lost continent and from there my love affair with Greek Mythology was born. I kept telling my parents I was going to Greece one day and I did! It was the most exciting experience in my life travelling through the mainland and the islands. I have a feeling there is Greek heritage somewhere in our family DNA.

 

What inspires you to write about the strong mythological women?

That I must say was accidental, sort of :D I was part of a writing critique group and it was suggested I should write short stories. I didn’t read a lot of short stories, I felt they didn’t fulfill my thirst for the story or characters the same way as a novel did. At the time I was reading Euripides, and was inspired by his play Hippolytus. That’s when I wrote Aphrodite’s Curse. It wasn’t until a few weeks later the idea of writing about famous and strong mythical women was conceived. Women from the Ancient Greek world weren’t treated very well even Hera who was a powerful goddess. I wanted to change the perception of these women and offer readers a different point of view. The women I chose to feature in the Accursed Women collection were deliberate because of their fate and the vitriolic historicity that emerged in later stories.

 

If you could trade places with a Goddess, which one would it be and why?

This is a tough one. Each goddess has aspects which I admire and parts that I dislike. They really had nasty streaks. Certainly wouldn’t want to get on their wrong side! Though if I had to choose it would be Artemis. She was youthful, intelligent and protector of the environment and animals.

 

What do you like to read when you aren’t writing?

I read a wide range of genres with the exception of erotica, and horror that is overly gratuitous. I read historical novels/fantasy of course and lots of non-fiction sources. At the moment I am reading a book by Vince Flynn Act of Treason and indie author Ana Calin’s Blacksmith. I had just finished Fatherland by Robert Harris, brilliant book and one of my favourite authors and The lady of the Pier: the ebb by Effrosyni Moschoudi, an indie author. I try to read both traditional and indie authors.

 

Do you have a favorite scene or character from your books?

In Cursed by Treachery I like the scene where Medousa and her sisters are playing a game of aerial chase. It shows the sort of child she was and the family life she had. In A Goddess’ Curse, there is no particular scene but I did enjoy the repartee between Hera and Drake Drabbler. I had fun writing that story.

 

If you could ask readers one thing, what would it be?

To please leave reviews, they help authors more than they realize, especially those who are just starting out, which includes me. Even if it is no more than two sentences. I’m going to be cheeky here and add an extra point, please try new genres and authors. You just never know you may find a book and author you like.

 

Do you have any future books planned?

I do! At present I have a novel about to be published, the first in the Servant of the Gods series. It’s titled Search for the Golden Serpent and is about a reluctant hero from the 21st century who is transported back to 6th century BCE to prevent the downfall of the Olympian Gods. I am also working on a novella series, contemporary story based on a short story I wrote for my editor, who’s compiled an anthology based on keepsakes due out very soon. My novella series is about a family heirloom with unusual properties.

 

Where can readers find you?

Readers can get in touch with me via my:

Website http://www.luccav.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Luciana-Cavallaro-Writer/304218202959903?ref=hl

Twitter https://twitter.com/ClucianaLuciana

Google+ https://plus.google.com/102236012274331554847/posts?hl=en

Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/chindamo/boards/

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=242021145&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile_pic

 

Giveaway Time:

To enter for your chance to win a free ecopy of Accursed Women by Luciana Cavallaro, leave a comment below telling me one thing that you like (or remember) about Greek Mythology. Winner will be selected using Random.org and announced on Monday, Feb. 9th at 1pm EST. Good luck!

9 Comments

Filed under Interviews

What are you Reading?

Hi Everyone,

Yes, I know, I normally declare Sunday as my Reading Day. However, my back is aching and it is raining, so instead of sitting at the computer all day, I will be reading in a comfortable chair today.

How do you all like to read? Do you have one perfect spot for ideal reading? As for me, I read anywhere, except the car, but we do have this one cozy chair that just suits all comfortable reading positions!

I have my three books stacked up that I hope to conquer today next to my water. So, I am ready to spend my Friday traveling the world through reading.

How are you all spending your Friday? Is it raining or snowing where you live?

Enjoy!
~Ariesgrl

2 Comments

Filed under About Me