Pendragon’s Heir

PHBanner1It’s always exciting when a writer friend has news about her writing, and today, I get to announce the release date of Suzannah Rowntree’s debut novel, Pendragon’s Heir.

I met Suzannah when I was living in New Zealand. She was visiting from “across the ditch” (Australia). When I first met her, we fell into easy conversation about genealogy and the English Civil War, of all things. There we were, an Australian and American in New Zealand, talking animatedly about history and our English roots.

So, it’s no surprise that Suzannah has a passion for the “olden days” which is displayed in Pendragon’s Heir. Here’s a bit of what we may expect from the book:

Blanche Pendragon enjoys her undemanding life as the ward of an eccentric nobleman in 1900 England. It’s been years since she even wondered what happened to her long lost parents, but then a gift on the night of her eighteenth birthday reveals a heritage more dangerous and awe-inspiring than she ever dreamed of–or wanted. Soon Blanche is flung into a world of wayfaring immortals, daring knights, and deadly combats, with a murderous witch-queen on her trail and the future of a kingdom at stake. As the legendary King Arthur Pendragon and his warriors face enemies without and treachery within, Blanche discovers a secret that could destroy the whole realm of Logres. Even if the kingdom could be saved, is she the one to do it? Or is someone else the Pendragon’s Heir?

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Bookshelf Challenge

file000123053959I have been nominated for the Bookshelf Challenge by Donna L. H. Smith. (Check out her blog here.) It sounds like fun, and hope you enjoy.

The Rules For the Bookshelf Tag:

Answer the following questions about books, and then tag five other bloggers. You can answer the questions any way you want, whether it’s on your blog, in a video, or a combination of the two. Then remember to let whoever tagged you know when your post is up so they can read it.

1) Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry? Continue reading “Bookshelf Challenge”

Divergent the Movie: Better Than the Book

If I had a list of movies that I thought were better than the books they were based on, it would say, “Lord of the Rings” and not much else.

Until now.

This weekend, a group of friends and I saw Divergent, which is based on Veronica Roth’s dystopian, YA novel by the same name. The story, set in a futuristic Chicago, where society is divided into five factions, is a New York Times bestseller–why, I haven’t yet figured out.

But artistically speaking, with all critiquing aside, while the book never gripped me (getting under my skin doesn’t count), it did serve to help the viewing of the movie, oddly enough. Unlike some films based on books, where knowledge of the plot ruins the tension the screenwriters try so hard to keep (especially by throwing in extra elements and thereby Continue reading “Divergent the Movie: Better Than the Book”

Why Some Books Make Me Wonderfully Dissatisfied

blogpicI like to say that the best books are the ones that make you dissatisfied with your own mediocre existence.

I have had the privilege of reading some very good books over the past year. It was not a year in which I could boast a long list of books read, but the small stack I did read nourished my mind and soul.

There are some books you seize from the shelf for the sake of entertainment or escape, and they in turn seize you. When you part the covers, you unveil a mirror. Not a reflection of things seen, but of things unseen. The words between the lines whisper to your soul, and Continue reading “Why Some Books Make Me Wonderfully Dissatisfied”