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Lost on Sunday

I’m sorry I haven’t written much lately. It’s been a nutty couple of weeks. By now I’m sure you’ve all seen that I finished “Breaking Through the Ice” and you can find all the chapters via the link to the right. I’ve also decided to give up my part-time summer job – I don’t know if I’d mentioned that before or not. The perks at that place were great, and I really did enjoy it, but it was too much. So I gave it up and now my weekends this summer are all my own.

Last weekend was still pretty crazy, as I participated in a charity golf tournament and dinner. It was a great time, good weather AND… I won the grand prize at the raffle. 🙂 It’s a pretty fantastic prize, something I never would have expected but I guess someone has to win the grand prize and the odds were something like 1 in 250 chances of winning something. I won!

So after all the excitement of that, work and family stuff, (who enjoyed their Father’s Days?) I came back around to my blog, thinking I should probably write something this weekend. And do you think I could come up with a topic? Of course not.

To be honest I get a little out of sorts at this time of year. The NHL playoffs are done and I have no hockey to watch. It sounds stupid but I really do enjoy watching the games. Not just my team, but any of it. I like the idea of never knowing how it’s going to end – except for that final Stanley Cup game. Gah. What was I talking about again?

Oh right, watching hockey, or any sporting event for that matter, you don’t know how it’s all going to work out. You could argue the same with most TV shows or movies but there’s something different about a live event.

So here I am, missing hockey and wondering how to fill the void. Maybe I should write about it? I tried. Something’s still missing. I need the sound of the game, that I miss. The noise of the crowd, the slice of the skates, the buzzer for every goal. So what to do?

I happen to have – don’t laugh! – the Vancouver Olympic hockey tournament on DVD. Well, what do you expect? I’m a proud Canadian. 😀

Here I am, just getting to the gold medal game and my heart rate is already up, even though I know the outcome. It never fails. And in spite of knowing how it ends, I am still going to stress about it until I see that overtime goal. *siiiiiiigh*

OK, so in my roundabout way, I wanted to ask if I’m the only one who gets excited about reruns of hockey, or any sports competition, for that matter. I mean, people rewatch TV shows, right? And favourite movies? I know I do; I have a collection of movies and TV DVDs that I go back to now and again, depending on my mood. There’s just something different about rewatching my hockey games though. (Did I mention that I also have the Heritage Classic game – the one played outdoors just this past February in Calgary? I haven’t rewatched it yet but I might get to it next weekend when I still don’t have new hockey games to watch.)

All right. I should stop now. I’ve probably bored some of you, maybe lost some others. I’m sorry. This is just where my mind is right now. There and on the fact that it’s already late on Sunday afternoon and I have to work tomorrow. BUT, next weekend is a long weekend for me so I’ll leave you with this:

Happy Birthday Canada! I’ll be there for the party on July 1st! Wahoo!!

Take care and happy reading.

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No time…

Sorry everyone. I just have had no time this weekend to write a blog entry. I’ve been busting my ass to get the next chapter of “Breaking Through the Ice” done and edited (ask PL, she’ll tell you how much editing it needs!) and posted so you all don’t have to wait long but as it is now, it’s going to be a couple extra days. Hey, y’all want me to make it the best it can be, right? 😉 Stay tuned. I’ll be back to a regular schedule soon.
Thanks, as always, for your kindness and support.
*hugs*
Take care and happy reading.

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Another Top Ten – Favourite Authors

A few weeks ago, I did my top ten movies and cars lists. It got me thinking about other ‘top tens’ I could blog about. Naturally, my mind went right to favourite books and authors. And of course, I could more easily count the stars than narrow down everything I’ve ever read.

I decided to start with a list of my top favourite authors, no matter what genre. Then I branched off into authors in specific genres; romance, science fiction, young adult. After that, I figured I might as well list my favourite books by author and genre… *sigh* I could have kept going until I’d listed everything on my bookshelf.

At last, I settled on the following list. Ten of my favourite authors, along with my favourite books by those authors. This doesn’t come close to every author or book I’ve enjoyed but it’s a good picture of what I do like. Some of you might agree, some might not, some of you might scratch your heads and say, ‘who the eff is that guy?’ Let me know what you think. 🙂

10.) Robin Maxwell – She writes historical fiction and most of her novels center on the Tudor era. I started with one called The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn. I’ve always found the Tudor era to be very interesting, what with the many wives of Henry VIII and the supposed virgin life of Elizabeth I. My favourite book by Ms. Maxwell though is To The Tower Born, the story of two young princes who were placed in the Tower of London for ‘protection’ only to never be seen or heard from again.

9.) Christopher Moore – I’m not even halfway through reading all his books but so far, I’ve loved every one, so I’ve included him in this list. This man has the most demented, sick, brilliant mind of anyone I’ve ever read. His books are not like anything else out there and I mean that. I chose his book Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal for my book club one month and ever since, I’ve been a big fan, though the one I really loved was Fool.

8.) Morgan Llywelyn – I started reading this author when I was fairly young and I have loved everything I’ve read by her. She writes Irish historical novels mainly but she also branches into the slightly fantastical with fictional accounts of Irish and Celtic myths. They’re a wonderful blend of history and fantasy in most cases and I am continuously transported when I crack open one of her novels. My favourite of hers was the first I ever read, the epic about High King Brian Boru, Lion of Ireland, and it’s recently been rereleased in a new edition.

7.) Nicole Galland – She’s only written three novels that I know of, and again, loved every one of them. My fav was probably The Fool’s Tale but it’s a toss up between that and Revenge of the Rose. Both great. They’re historical fiction and again, she has that uncanny knack of capturing a period in time and sweeping you along for an amazing story that you can’t help but feel a part of.

6.) L.M. Montgomery – My mom bought me the complete Anne of Green Gables collection for Christmas when I was 11, I think. I still have that set. It took me about ten years to read them. I don’t remember why, I started in on them right away and made it through almost six before I lost track or whatever. I love those stories though and I’ve reread them a few times since. Another series I loved was Emily of New Moon, in fact, I may have even loved it more than the Anne of Green Gables series.

5.) Jennifer Roberson – She writes fantasy mainly but she also did a stand alone romance called Lady of the Glen, which was the first one of hers I’d ever read. It’s a really wonderful romance/historical fiction novel. Her fantasy series Sword Dancer is also great and a very unique series; I’ve never read anything like it. My favourite series is The Cheysuli Chronicles though, about generations of shape-changing royals.

4.) Tamora Pierce – I think this author is classified as a young adult author but the themes and subject matter of her novels can become very adult. She’s also one of the first fantasy authors I’d ever read. I started reading her when I was in high school, I think, and I still enjoy her work, new or old. She writes series of two or four novels, most of them taking place in the fantastical world of Tortall. They don’t have to be read in order, but I’d recommend it. Start with Song of the Lioness, but my favourite series was The Immortals.

3.) Dianna Wynne-Jones – Hands down, my favourite young adult author ever. Again, I still read her work now, and I’m long past being a ‘young adult.’ Dianna is an amazing fantasy and science fiction writer. Forget for the fact that most of her work is considered YA. If you are a true fan of fantasy/sci-fi, you need to give her work a try. I’ve loved everything she’s ever written and her characters make Harry Potter look like a whiny pipsqueak with a chemistry set. Her worlds are complex and her stories are original. I don’t know if I could pick just one as a favourite for her. Hmm…maybe… Howl’s Moving Castle or Fire and Hemlock.

2.) Jane Austen – She’s classic and timeless for a reason. Sure, there’s no bodice-ripping or gratuitous violence but she had such a fantastic way of capturing the romance of her time. I can sit down at any time with one of her novels and feel like I’m discovering the characters and their love for each other for the first time. My favourite Austen is Persuasion, followed closely by Pride and Prejudice.

1.) Guy Gavriel Kay – When I sat down to do this list, there was no doubt in my mind who my all-time favourite is. He writes fantasy and my favourite work of his is a trilogy called The Fionavar Tapestry; the first one you want to start with is The Summer Tree. He’s also written several stand-alone novels, my favourite of those is Last Light of the Sun. The stand-alone novels he writes are so different. He takes a period in history, for example in LLOTS, the Viking invasions of Ancient Britain, and creates a richly detailed fantasy epic out of those events and places. Here is a list of his novels and honestly, it was tough to pick a fav of any of these, aside from the trilogy I mentioned above. All his books are wonderful and I’d reccommend any of them.

So there you have it. I think next time, I might write about favourite books by authors not on this list. Like Hush, Hush or Interred With Their Bones or The Eight 😉

Go Canucks!

Take care and happy reading.

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