Saturday, January 25, 2014

One of the best e-books I have read!

There is a group on Goodreads that work together and help writers' stories get out into the world. I have read a few and found that these people really do want feedback and do work hard to write the best story they can.

I came across "Breaking Ties" by Jo Grafford and the synopsis had me hooked. I emailed her, asking if I could read it and in return I'd leave reviews.

I was so happy that I contacted her.

The story is rich in detail from the late 1500's, as a group of English men and women set sail for the New World. You can tell this area of history is a passion of Jo's and that she researched her you-know-what off to get the facts and details right. From the first paragraph, I had a vivid scene building in my head of what was happening. The writing was rich and vibrant and even though there were alot of characters to keep track of, I enjoyed almost every one of them.

If you like colonial American History, strong-willed women, clean romance, action and sailors then I recommend downloading her story Breaking Ties.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Flowers, Thorns, Seeds...Oh, My!

Who remembers "Flowers in the Attic" by V.C. Andrews? Who remembers taking that book and devouring it in just a few days while you were in middle school or junior high? Whispering about it to girlfriends? I remember, somehow, finding the book and reading it when I was about 13. I read all subsequent books in the Dollanganger series and then moving on to a few of Andrews other books, but not being able to quite get into those as much as the Dollanganer series.

I remember when the movie came out in 1987 and begging my mother to let me go. If my memory serves me correctly, a friend of mine and her mother took me. I had to look up the year on IMDB, and next to the year it says it was PG-13; luckily we were 14 so we didn't feel like we were being "bad" by going to see it. Although, you know THAT scene with Christoper and Cathy was a bit embarrassing with a friend's mother sitting behind you.

 Anyway... 2014. Lifetime Movies. I saw an ad that they had made another "Flowers in the Attic" movie, so I recorded it. When the kids were at school, I turned it on and found I had to fast forward through many of the scenes. The ones I did watch? The acting was, well, mediocre. Except for the evil Grandmother, played by Ellen Burstyn. She was a force to be reckoned with! The twins were cute and had some great lines/emotions. However, as I watched bits and pieces, I felt the need to reread the book. The first place I looked was our local library. They didn't have any of them. It wasn't that they were checked out, they didn't have them at all in their library and I'd have to place a hold on one from another library. I thought to myself, "Well, I think I want to own them. Again." Naturally, that led me to the used bookstore up the street. I had to ask where the V.C. Andrews books were and the cashier mentioned there was a huge run on them in the last few days and all she had were other series. I didn't want any of them.

Now, I was able to justify playing full price and went to Barnes and Noble. (It seems to me, every time I want a book from there and I look on their computer it says, "ORDER ONLINE".) They only had Andrews' other series as well. Sigh. Now what? I wanted them now (instant gratification!) so I could begin reading while I had the time waiting for my son at a trombone lesson. I used my smartphone to find other "Used Book Stores" and I found a small one in the town next to mine, so I checked it out. They had the third one and when I asked about the others, the cashier laughed and said in the last five days, there has been a run on the "Flowers in the Attic" series. But, would I like Andrews' newest book? (Andrews is dead, but I guess her estate is still publishing them.) Nope, I didn't want any other series, so I paid $2 for the used copy of "If There Be Thorns" and came home.

My last ditch effort was to look on Amazon. I didn't need anything fancy, just the paperback copy. But, guess what? TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT. The only other avenue I had was to buy used copies--for the same price, or just a bit less than the mass-market paperback copy. Which is what I did. So, the other four books that I do not own will be arriving in drabs and droves over the next 7-14 days.

Still in the zone of being 13 and 14 years old, I went into my Goodreads account to make sure I added these books to my shelf "Books-I-Loved-As-A-Teen" and then I read some of the reviews of "Flowers in the Attic" just for fun. It seems many others had the same idea as me, to reread what they loved back in the 80s when they were a teen. The reviews now, written as adults, are hilarious. If you have a chance, go over to the GOODREADS site and type in "Flowers in the Attic" and if you've read the book, read some of the reviews and see if you agree with the comments.

Why oh why did I get rid of the series when I had it back in the 1980s?