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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 10 Awesome Book Chicks of 2011!


Okay.  So today's post is the Top 10 Characters of 2011 so I decided to theme mine and make it the Top 10 Awesome Book Chicks of 2011!  So to start, check out this video and just keep it playing while you read :) (And yes I will admit I did.  I could not help myself, haha!)


Thank you Beyonce.  Yes, girls do run the world and my post is about to show it.  This list contains both leading ladies and side kicks from across the board.  These chicks are, yes, badass and they know it.  They are fighters, contenders, and underdogs.  I love them so and hope you do too!  So just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.


10.  Aech

This chick is so awesome that she is one of the top virtual fighters in Oasis, a program that has now taken over a post apocalyptic United States where everyone now lives their lives online instead of in the miserable real world.  She rules the online world.  She's got the money, the fame, the power, and the respect.  She literally runs the world :)


9. Erin Blackwell

Erin got stripped of her inheritance, put herself through college, all while battling the ass who took her inheritance from her in her creative writing class.  She's tough, independent, and isn't afraid of a challenge.  She literally looses like a million jobs while trying to put herself through school, but she keeps going and never stops fighting.


8. Kate

All around "bestie" of the leading lady Anastasia Steele.  Kate is the epitome of the best friend.  She's the shoulder to cry on, which believe me is severely needed for Anastasia in this book.  She's intelligent, funny, and isn't afraid to tell off leading male "Fifty Shades" himself Christian Grey.


7. Johanna Mason

Johanna doesn't even like Katniss yet she's willing to die to keep her safe for the cause.  Nothing is braver than that.  She fights for the greater good despite how she feels about the situation.


6.  Meg

  Meg has seen some stuff.  I mean she's been through some serious crap and she deals with it.  She doesn't let it get her down.  Sure, she's got some issues, but she figures them out and stands up to her Officer After and gets him to fall for her.  She's a criminal and gets a cop to fall for her.  That's saying something.


5. Kira

Kira is as plain and boring as you could possibly be.  She's your normal average, "wears leg warmers" girl, but do you see who's she's kissing in that photo?  That is Carlos Fuentes, a gun holding, gang affiliated tough man's, man.  And guess what?  Kira got him to change his ugly ways and fall for her.  That's some serious awesomeness.  


4. Evie

Evie has not one, but two awesome men fighting over her.  She's the one who comes out fighting in the end and she's doesn't fit the stereotypical super model beauty.  She's completely normal.  She's 5'9" and averages between a size 12-14 and rocks what she's got and does it damn well.    


3. Art3mis

If Aech got the award for top contender of the Oasis then Art3mis gets the award for owner of the Oasis.  This chick annihilates her online competition and has all the virtual guys fawning for her and they have never even seen her face.  She's just that good.  She fights with the best of them and kills at it.  She leaves the guys in the dust and our poor hero Wade Watts at her feet.


2. Rue

Oh, Rue.  How I love this little girl.  She is completely stellar.  The girl is only 12 years old and proves herself to be a serious contender in the games, more so than some of the best of them.  And she gets the all around award for "bestie" of all time to our leading lady Katniss Everdeen.  This girl has got skills!


1. Anastasia Steele

Remember earlier when I said that Meg from Going too Far had "seen some stuff"?  Well, that is an understatement for Miss Steele.  You have to read the book to find out what I'm talking about, but Ana has literally got nerves of "Steele."  Do read at your own risk, but believe me she's been through some stuff and comes out fighting.  She deals with the most destructive, powerful man in history, our leading male Christian Grey.  She's a normal senior in college, no one particularly special, but she holds all the cards and keeps her man on his toes.  She's the strongest chick I read this year and I can't wait to follow her journey into 2012 with Fifty Shades Freed.



So, that's the list.  The Top Awesome Book Chicks I read of 2011.  It was hard to choose because there were so great ladies and if I could have made my list longer I would have.  It was seriously awesome to see so many awesome ladies in books this year and I can't wait to see what next year holds.  We wrap up tomorrow with Most Anticipated Books of 2012 and as you can see from my previous post some of these ladies will be showing up again!

(All book covers from Goodreads.com)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 5 Book Boyfriends of 2011



Okay.  So, I know today's post is supposed to be the Top 10 Boyfriends of 2011, but if I'm being honest with myself most of the guy characters I read this year were complete tool bags and that's being nice.  So I decided to do only 5.  These book men are completely worthy of this nod and I'm happy to share them with all of you beautiful people!  So, I will be posting the book covers with each one and if the book covers don't have a picture of the wonderful men on the cover, I will choose an actor to go with it that I think looks like them, yeah!  So here we go.

5.  Daemon Black

Daemon is on this list because well...look at him.  His chosen human skin has done him well.  He's funny, smart, and knows how to save a girl just in the nick of time.  Why is he at number 5?  Well, he's a bit of an asshole and doesn't really stop being one, but I looked past that and he made my list :)

4. Alex Fuentes

Alex isn't on here because of his dashing good looks, (though they don't hurt) he is here because he is a badass. He literally risked his life for his lady and fought hard for her. I would be safer with no one else, but this Romeo. And he knows how to handle a gun and what girl wouldn't love that?


3.  Alex Night

Actor Ben Barnes is my inspiration for Alex Night from Eternal Starling, just without the facial hair.  So why is Alex Night here and not the other love triangle member of "Starling"?  Well, Alex feels like the real deal.  He is Evie's protector quite literally and well...Emil Stone belongs to a society that is trying to kill Evie and that was kind of a downer for me.






2.  Christian Grey

My inspiration actor is Chris Pine.  So this one was a little tricky because Christian is "Fifty Shades of F** up" and those are his words not mine.  He's a poor tortured soul with a lot of issues, but in the end he's just so freaking hot!  He's passionate and exhilarating and if he could leave his issues at the door, count me in!




1.  Peeta Mellark

Ah...Peeta, Peeta, Peeta.  Need I say more?  Peeta is so sweet and kind.  He risks it all for Katniss and had been looking out for her since they were kids.  I mean the boy took a beating just to feed her so she wouldn't starve.  He's such a sweet heart and deserves the top spot in my heart.  I can't wait for the movie.












So those are my Top 5 folks.  Until tomorrow!

-V

Monday, December 5, 2011

1/2 Way There and Still Trucking Along!

So bare with me, it's finals week next week and this could get messy...haha!  I might be MIA for a bit and I thought I'd post an update.

So as you can see by the title this 20 something is half way through the 2nd draft of edits my friends!  AND...might I add that I just made the steamiest Ariel and Luca scene of my career (which I guess isn't saying much considering I have only been writing since September, but whatever)  it was great and now I think I might have to take it down a notch, it was so hot!  Did I mention that I cannot keep my character's of off each other enough yet?  lol.

Also, my hubbie just got me this mad software that will help me when I start the third part of the book series featuring the godsend that is the snowflake method that I spoke about in an early post by the For Dummies author himself Randy Ingermanson, which I should be able to start using right around next month when I start the third book if all goes well on these edits.  I plan on making about two drafts of "Bringer" on top of this one before going back to revise the first book so we shall see.

Also...I am writing a novella!  For all who don't know a novella is shorter than a novel, but longer than a short story at around 12,000 to 50,000 words.  I actually am writing it about an absolutely scandalous hook up between two side characters in the sequel The Bringer's Quest.  I was just writing and then all the sudden these characters had hooked up and I was like WTF?  How did that happen?  So, I thought about it and as I did it completely made sense and now?  They are getting their own story.  The timeline starts rights in the middle of "Bringer" over the course of a week and it will be S.T.eamy!  I can't wait to write it.  Did I say steamy enough tonight?  Oops, well what I can say I warned this could get messy I got finals on the brain I guess.

Until next time!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

About to Attack the Demon!


This is where, contrary to popular belief, writing starts to suck...the editing phase.  I technically started last night on the sequel and my structure or framework for the story worked out really well since I used the snowflake method I discussed a week ago, so now I get to rip apart my dialogue and fill in those plot holes, yeah!!!  Yes, that was sarcasm.  Another reason why this is so hard for me is that I am so new at this still that I am still unclear if I'm doing it right.  All I can really do is the best I can and when I feel its as good as it gets move on to the next project.

I recently attended a meeting for a local chapter of the RWA or Romance Writers Association to see about getting a critique partner, but I am not joining until January so I guess until then my edits will have to do.

I also plan on going to Spring Fling! in April.  It's a writer's conference where I can get tips and tricks on how to write better.  Also one of my new favorite author's Simone Elkeles will be there, so I can get my books signed as well.

My focus for this edit is to fix, fix, and fix some more the Ariel and Luca sex and lovey dovey scenes.  I am totally horrible at this since I am so new and it needs some major help.  Also it seems that Luca has gotten a bit sensitive which I don't like.  He needs to be strong enough to tackle the beast known as Ariel Richmond my heroine!  {Oh and I meant figuratively not literally, when it comes to the sex Luca's got some major game ;)}  So wish me luck, more on this later.

-V

Thought I Post my first Winner's Badge!

So, it's official...I am a NaNoWriMo Winner!  Since I completely my word count I got this fancy badge!  I am so excited it's been a great experience and if I happen to be starting another book around next November I will definitely do it again.  Good luck to all who are still doing it, the finish line is definitely in sight for you all!

-V

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I finished!

So the sequel is DONE!  I finished it last night and almost cried the whole time, mostly because the whole process was over.  The end results ended up being about 94,000 words so not bad for the first draft and not bad for my first NaNoWriMo experience!  I can't wait to submit the bad boy to the contest :)  I am going to wait until I edit the sucker a bit before I start on the final book of the series which I have a working title so hopefully the ending with be epic for Ariel and Luca are two star-crossed lovers.

Oh, NaNoWriMo.  I guess I never really went into detail about that.  Well, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month which is all of November.  The challenge is to write a 50,000 word novel, which is I guess considered a novella, starting on November 1 and finishing by November 30.  You can write more which I did or just stop at the 50,000 words which is what most people do.  So I finished and its been an excellent ride and might I just add the ending was just a tiny bit EPIC if I do say so myself.

By the end, I finally got my characters to keep their hands off each other enough to focus on the task at hand and that is to fight the evil that has been coming after them so thank you to my characters for their focus and determination!  I also created a surprising love twist between a couple different sets of couples this time and I am happy it ended up working out for all of them in the end as well.  As for what's next, a full read through for enjoyment and then the edits begin!  After that I plan on going back to The Crimson Hunt and doing another edit.  Eventually I shall get to the third book, but it's going to take so much research that its going to be put on the back burner for at least a couple of months.

Other than finishing the novel I just joined Romance Diva's forum  which is an excellent community and I very happy I found it.  The people there offer a lot of advice on publishing and writing so if you're writing a romance I recommend checking it out.

Well, that's all for today folks.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving and a plentiful Black Friday.  I plan on blogging about both.

Laterz!

-V
 
   

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