Nope, not going to happen

This week I was planning to release the King Arthurs and Her Knights drabbles, but sadly that is not going to happen. I’ve been editing Rumpelstiltskin so I can get it sent off to Editor tomorrow night. There’s a deadline because starting Friday morning I’m going on a three-day-weekend holiday/vacation. (Yay!) So I MUST finish it. The edit has been consuming me, which is why I haven’t had a chance to produce the drabbles.

The good news is that next week I will have plenty of time to write the drabbles and the MBRC themed short story, so you can expect a double dose of freebies then.

As long as we’re talking about books, though, I wanted to thank everyone for their book recommendations a few weeks ago. I did get a chance to read two Sherwood Smith books–Crown Duel and Trouble with Kings. They were the most highly/often recommended by you, Champions, so I wanted to try them out. I really enjoyed them! I think the heroine in Crown Duel made that book my favorite of the two. She was a little more spirited, and I sympathized with her initial awkwardness when she was introduced into noble-society. (High school, anyone?) However, I did enjoy the feelings of loyalty the second heroine seemed to inspire in everyone she met, and I thought her relationship with her brother was a nice touch. (Typically siblings are cardboard characters set up so the heroine/hero isn’t an only child. It was remarkable that in both books the siblings played important roles!) Both books did cause me to stay up late to finish them, which is an easy way for me to judge if a book is good or not. (Early to bed? Not a good book. Stay up so late I’m a zombie the following day? It was a very good book!) So, yes, thank you for the recommendations!

The most recent piece of entertainment I consumed, however, was going to see Big Hero 6 in theaters. Omgawsh. It made me laugh, it made me cheer, and it tore my heart out of my chest and made me a snotty mess. I thought Up was an emotional roller coaster? Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been topped.

And yes, I am referring to a kiddy-movie.

Tadashi Hamada: older brother to the main character, and my favorite Disney character EVER!

Tadashi Hamada: older brother to the main character, and my favorite Disney character EVER!

I particularly loved the characters in the film (surprise!) and I feel like it was a great example of how stark characters can be created without following typical stereotypes. After all, 4 of the 6 heroes were major geeks, and the movie still made the characters unique and individualistic.  I also really enjoyed it because I loved all the references to Japanese culture. I actually speak Japanese–or I used to, I’ve lost a lot of my speaking ability although my listening comprehension is about the same–and I admire and enjoy pieces of the Japanese culture.

If you haven’t seen it, give it a chance! (Just take a wad of tissues, because seriously. So much sadness!) Has anyone already seen it? What did you think? Also, because I am a book-hoarder, do any Champions have any additional recommendations?

12 comments on “Nope, not going to happen

  1. If you are looking for a witty, funny, and romantic series you should checkout the Angelbould series. Another good author is Kelly Oram. Her newest book ‘Cinder & Ell’ is to die for.

    • Oh my goodness, I never heard of Kelly Oram before but I just looked up ‘Cinder & Ella’ and the description is adorable! Thanks for the new author!

    • I LOVE Throne of Glass! I haven’t gotten a chance to read “Heir of Fire” yet and I’m slowly drying up into a husk as a result! I vowed to myself I couldn’t read it until after Rumpelstiltskin was released. That was not my best-thought vow.

  2. I love Throne of Glass so I definitely think you should read it. You should also check out *deep breath* The Specialists- Model Spy (Shannon Greenland), The Lunar chronicles (Marissa Meyer), Shatter Me (Tahereh Mafi), Eyes Like Stars (Lisa Mantchev) and the authors, Rachel Aaron (I loved her Eli Monpress series), Anna Katmore, Amber Jaeger, Maria V. Snyder and finally, Lindsay Buroker.

    • I read Shatter Me when it first came out, and I really enjoyed it! But book two wasn’t going to be released for so long that I apparently forget entirely about the series. So thank you for the reminder, Hazel. I was thrilled when I googled it and saw Mafi had written so many more books! (Hahah, it was like Christmas morning in November.)

  3. Chanda Hahn’s Iron Butterfly and Unfortunate Fariy Tales Series. A & E Kirk’s Devinicous Nex series. Rae Carson’s The Girl of Fire and Thorns. The Gaceling Series by Kristen Cashore. And the Woodcutter Sisters Series by Alethea Clontis.
    And if you haven’t read them yet The Alchemist/ Nicolas Flammel series by Micheal Scott was amazing; along with the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. Both of the series are completely written so you can power through them in a few days. 🙂

    But the way just wanted to tell you that the bonus chapter from the MBRC 2 was absolutely perfect! Thanks so much, you’re the author I recommend to my friends!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the free chapter! (I couldn’t resist writing about little Pookas.) Also, since seeing your advice I have obtained a copy of Chandra Hahn’s first book in her Unfortunate Fairy Tales series. I hope to crack it open this upcoming weekend–or at least over the Thanksgiving lull!

  4. I also ADORE Sherwood Smith books so I highly recommend her Lhind the Thief and a Posse of Princesses. Some other great books are *drumroll* Dragonskin Slippers series by Jessica Day George, the Princess series (princess of the midnight ball, princess of glass and princess of the silver woods) also by Jessica Day George, Sun Moon Ice and Snow again by Jessica Day George, Shannon Hales series Books of Bayern and also her series Princess Academy. These are all ENCHANTING books and I hope that you are able to read and enjoy them too.

    • High five for Shannon Hale fans! (I also love her Bayern and Princess Academy books. I think the new covers for Princess Academy are adorable and I can’t wait for book 3 to come out!) I will have to check out the rest of Sherwood Smith’s books–Crown Duel and Trouble with Kings were the two most recommended to me so I hadn’t thought to check out her others. Thanks for the recommendation. 🙂

  5. I recently read Gilded by Christina Farley, The characters and action involve a lot of Korean Mythology which was very interesting.And a very strong female lead. I also just read the Hex Hall series. That was fun. We went as a family to see Big Hero 6 and it was awesome. I was born in Japan and spoke Japaneses first but alas through total lack of usage after age 4 I cannot speak the language anymore. But you are definitely right. The movie was an amazing roller coaster of emotion. Thanks for the Freebies.

    • The idea of Korean mythology appeals to me–I love fairy tales of all cultures–so I’m going to place Gilded on my “must read” list! I’m glad you also enjoyed Big Hero 6. Myrrhlynn–my cover artist–questioned why I was all puffy-faced after seeing it. Now I can tell her I’m not the only one who thought it was emotional!

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