Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Kait Nolan's Riven, CC Humphreys' Jack Absolute, Whisky Trench Riders on CBC Songquest, and Blogging Buddy Links

Quite hectic in daily life lately, and I've fallen rather far behind in blog comments. I visit everyone, but hardly seem to have the extra few minutes to log in and leave a reply.

So I thought I'd share a few interesting posts from recent days right here:

Zan Marie has a lovely Thanksgiving post and a set of links to some helpful tips for authors

Sara has a great idea for a Thanksgiving tradition and also shared the hilarious Pearls Before Swine cartoon about refreshing Amazon feeds...

Pam's got an adorable dog, great photos of Montreal's history, and a link to a new book about Laura Bradbury's adventures owning a vineyard and guest houses in France

Lara's got snuggly kitties, fun photos, a contest, and a gorgeous award from Al/Father Dragon

Lynne's got some great book quotes. My wishlist keeps growing!

Susan has a new book coming! Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian: "A teenage boy who has a power he calls tunneling -- he can sense where anyone in the world is (and what they're seeing) by holding something they own -- comes under the uncomfortable attention of the U.S. government, and suddenly has to balance normal life with psychic-spy life."

Jo has some awesome technical tips about craft and Regency research

Finally, Will shared a video of the recent commemoration of C S Lewis in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey, featuring Doug Gresham, Michael Ward, and Walter Hooper

I've read two great books this past week:

The Blooding of Jack Absolute by C C Humphreys




I've read about the adult Jack Absolute, but discovering him in his youth somehow endears me to the character all the more. Humphreys captures the feel of the era, starting with Jack's childhood in Cornwall, then moving to his teenage years in London, and then to Canada, so well.

It's always a treat to read books set in a landscape I'm familiar with. I suppose readers who live in London or New York feel this way all the time, but I don't often get to read a book set in Montreal and Quebec! Humphreys' characters come alive on the page; you feel both immersed in the historical time period yet as if you might run into any of these characters on the street tomorrow. Loved the way Jack confronted his parents with his desire to become a poet!

Riven by Kait Nolan


A new book in the Mirus series! It was exciting to have followed Kait's progress on this book from drafting through revision hell, on her blog, and then to see it all come together. This is just the sort of romance I enjoy reading, sweet without being over the top and obvious (love it when the characters have some real tension going on), and full of twists that make me think 'I never saw that coming!' or 'now that's an intriguing choice!'

For you writers out there, this story is a great example of seamlessness - every scene flows into the next, with revelations and tender moments coming naturally out of the storyline. I hope I can pick up on this when I enter my own revision hell next month...

And yes, Kait is the creator of A Round of Words in 80 Days, and that's going to be my goal as soon as NaNoWriMo is over (I'm hoping to write the last 3,000 words tonight!) - edit the life out of Druid's Moon. My NaNo story will need at least another 30,000 words, though, so I'll keep drafting that. And I've also got to pull Captive of the Sea out of the text file I typed it up on, into Scrivener, and start shaping it into chapters. Then print it - and more editing!

Speaking of books I'm reading, I also got a lovely birthday present!





And look! Terry Lynn Johnson has a new book coming:


"Victoria Secord, a fourteen-year-old Alaskan dogsled racer, loses her way on a routine outing with her dogs. With food gone and temperatures dropping, her survival and that of her dogs and the mysterious boy she meets in the woods is entirely up to her.
The author Terry Lynn Johnson is a musher herself, and her crackling writing puts readers at the reins as Victoria and Chris experience setbacks, mistakes, and small triumphs in their wilderness adventure." (from Amazon)

I pre-ordered it and got a box of swag (how I love that word), including a puppy!

Cascading Swag

Voting has begun in the CBCMusic Hockey Night in Canada SongQuest!

Please vote for Whisky Trench Riders (just click on the blue 'vote for this artist' button every day from now until 11 December) to have their song chosen as the next great hockey song!

"The winner will record a studio version of your song with Canadian rocker Joel Plaskett. Then, their track will air in a prime-time montage at the beginning of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast."

Whisky Trench Riders have already been featured as a pick of the week, and had a snip of their song played between double header games the other night, with Ron MacLean praising it!

Here's the official band video of the song:



Meanwhile, here are some 'artsy' photos my mother took. So pretty!








What's your favourite sports song?


Have you read Kait's Mirus series (she's also got a new contemporary romance out!: Be Careful, It's My Heart) or a book my Humphreys (his Constantinople is still on my wishlist!)?

Gotten any good swag lately?

14 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Will go vote!
Very cool he signed happy birthday to you.
And Terry's trailer is great.

dunmurderin said...

Thanks for the book recommendations, Tunnel Vision and Ice Dogs in particular are ones I'm going to look for. Good luck getting the last 3K in!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

Yay! glad you got the swag! Enjoy and thank you!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

Cool swag, especially the puppy! I don't have a favorite sports song, though, seeing as how I don't play/watch sports; I have enough trouble walking without falling down. The few times I tried to play sports it was a disaster.

Lara Lacombe said...

Just voted! Thanks for all the great links! :)

Denise Covey said...

Hey Deniz. I feel like I've risen from the dead. I hardly commented at all during November, so I'm doing the rounds now. I didn't finish NaNo...I just had too much research to do that I hadn't had time to do before I began. I've been continuing my research, not my word count. Stopped at 30k.

Onwards and upwards into December. I take off in a few days so will be shivering with the rest of you soon.

Denise

S.P. Bowers said...

Aw, thanks for thinking of me!

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah I recently won SK Anthony's Kinetic, as well as a notebook, pen and bookmarks. :-)

Michael Di Gesu said...

HI, Deniz,

Congrats on making it through NaNo! Love your mom's photos… super creative.

Hope all is well!

Happy Holidays!!!!!

Deniz Bevan said...

Yay, thanks for voting Alex and Lara!

Thanks dun!

Aww, thanks for coming by, Terry Lynn!

Ha ha, Neurotic, I suck at sports too. But you can't avoid hockey in Montreal - I guess it's similar in Chicago :-)

Me too, Denise - I fell so far in blog commenting. I read a lot of posts, though - it's great to see how wonderful everyone's doing. Book releases galore!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Sara!

Ooh, awesome swag, Misha!

Thanks Michael! Hope you're having lovely holidays too!

Kathrese McKee said...

I'm catching up on reading blog posts, and I really enjoyed yours. Love the swag! How often do you get a dog in the mail?

Have a great week!

Medeia Sharif said...

I'll go vote.

I love your mom's photos.

Great stuff here. I hope you have a fantastic December.

Jack said...

This holiday season seems more busy than usual. Everyone in the blogging world seems to be running left and right and everywhere.

I now want to read the Jack Absolute book. The cover alone looks exciting!

Deniz Bevan said...

Thanks Kathrese! Hope you're having a great week too.

Thanks Medeia!

I don't think I've ever used the term seriously before, Jack, but this was definitely a swashbuckling book!

Books I'm Reading and Finished Books

  • Arthur and George by Julian Barnes
  • ***Reading At Intervals***
  • The Peoples of Middle-earth - Book 12 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • Edmund Campion by Evelyn Waugh
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • A Woman in Arabia: The Writings of the Queen of the Desert by Gertrude Bell
  • 12 Anne and Avonlea books by L. M. Montgomery (skimming/reread (this was free on Kindle!))
  • Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford
  • 11 Doctors 11 Stories by various authors (including Neil Gaiman)
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien manuscripts edited by J. D. Rateliff
  • Creed or Chaos? by Dorothy Sayers
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Jerusalem Bible
  • ***Finished Books***
  • Career by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Human life in this century by Yevtushenko (poem)
  • Willow by Anna Akhmatova (poem)
  • Sonnet LXVI by Shakespeare
  • Sir Walter Raleigh to His Son (poem)
  • Fair Jenny by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • MacPherson's Farewell by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • World's End, the collected Sandman No. 8 by Neil Gaiman
  • O Wert Thou In The Cauld Blast by Robbie Burns (poem)
  • The War of the Jewels - Book 11 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • The Rolling English Road by G. K. Chesterton (poem)
  • The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes
  • A Tradition of Eighteen Hundred and Four by Thomas Hardy
  • The Hierophant by Lee-Ann Dalton (short story)
  • The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street by Helene Hanff
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (reread)
  • Lonely Planet guide to Switzerland
  • Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
  • beta read!
  • Ode on Venice by Lord Byron (poem)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Lucky by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Little Miss Trouble by Roger Hargreaves (reread)
  • Homage to Switzerland by Ernest Hemingway (short story; reread but I really don't remember it after 20 years)
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier (reread)
  • Sing a Long Children's Songs
  • Emily's First Christmas
  • Up At the Villa by Somerset Maugham (novella)
  • Telling Stories by Tim Burgess
  • The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Marble Collector by Cecilia Ahern
  • Sophie's Throughway by Jules Smith
  • Baby Animals (Little Golden Books)
  • The House That Jack Built (Little Golden Books)
  • Scuffy the Tugboat (Little Golden Books)
  • The Saggy Baggy Elephant (Little Golden Books)
  • Morgoth's Ring - Book 10 in the History of Middle Earth series by Christopher Tolkien and J R R Tolkien (reread)
  • A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Who's A Pest by Crosby Bonsall
  • Mine's the Best by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • The Case of the Hungry Stranger by Crosby Bonsall (reread)
  • extracts from the diary of John Evelyn (Volume 1 of 2)
  • extracts from Lord Byron's letters about Villa Diodati
  • Pippin the Christmas Pig by Jean Little
  • Ite Missa Est by Anthony Martignetti
  • The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • Prince Caspian by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Red Angel by G. K. Chesterton (essay)
  • Emily's Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary
  • The Boy Who Set Out to Learn What Fear Was by the Brothers Grimm
  • The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis (reread)
  • secret beta read!
  • Preludes by Wordsworth (extracts read aloud)
  • Little Miss Scatterbrain by Roger Hargreaves
  • Dance Me A Dream by Kait Nolan (ARC)
  • Once Upon A Coffee by Kait Nolan
  • England and Switzerland, 1802 by William Wordsworth (poem)
  • Once Upon A New Year's Eve by Kait Nolan
  • short story by Becky Morgan (http://forums.compuserve.com/discussions/Books_and_Writers_Community/Writers_Exercises/Becky_Morgans_December_X/ws-books/85291.1?nav=messages)
  • Blood In Blood Out by Brenda Novak (short story)
  • That Hell-Bound Train by Robert Bloch (short story)
  • Distraction by J. L. Campbell
  • Humble Bundle Peanuts collection (strips by Charles Schulz)
  • Peanuts Volumes I to VI (bought via Humble Bundle; very disappointing as it's mostly new strips -- how is that even allowed?!)
  • Sandals and Sangria by Talli Roland (short story)
  • Over the Hump by Talli Roland (short story)
  • issues of Journal of Inklings Studies and Amon Hen and Mallorn (Tolkien Society)
  • Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier
  • Babar and his Family by Laurent de Brunhoff
  • Illusions Lost by Byron A. Maddox (short story)
  • ongoing rereads of most board books listed last year!
  • Lost My Name book for Emily (https://www.lostmy.name/)
  • Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne
  • When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne (reread)
  • Neil Gaiman comics on Sequential app
  • Moranology by Caitlin Moran
  • see the 2015 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2015/12/annual-books-read-statistics.html
  • see the 2014 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ch/2014/12/books-read-in-2014-review.html
  • see the 2013 list and statistics at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2014/01/toast-to-professor-books-read-in-2013.html
  • see the 2012 list and statistics here http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-hobbit-review-and-year-end-books.html
  • see the 2011 statistics on http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011-statistics-fourth.html
  • see the 2011 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.ca/2012/01/books-read-in-2011.html
  • see the 2010 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2010/12/books-read-in-2010-listed-here.html
  • see the 2009 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-ii.html
  • also in 2009 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2009/12/books-read-in-2009-part-iv.html
  • see the 2008 list at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-ii.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-vi.html
  • also in 2008 at http://thegirdleofmelian.blogspot.com/2008/12/books-read-in-2008-part-iv.html