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Bookworm Update!

See!  How can anyone feel bad after seeing this cutie?!

See! How can anyone feel bad after seeing this cutie?!

So posts have been a little slow here the past couple of weeks or so.  That doesn’t mean the Bookworm hasn’t been hard at work to deliver you awesome content about indie/small published books and authors.

But here’s a picture of a happy baby to brighten your day.

Don’t you feel better now?  Good!

But seriously here’s an update on what’s coming and what you can expect!

  1. Contacted the winner of the Stephen King On Writing Giveaway on Sunday. Waiting till tonight (48 hours) for a response before picking another winner.  In all honesty, the random number generator ended up landing on one of my twitter followers who probably even forgot they were following me and she is probably like “Who the heck is this person and why do they want to give me a copy of a book?”. So if any of you actually know @wendyyoung, let her know that the contest is legit and I will totally send her the book if she wants it.
  2. Upcoming interview with Rosemary Lynch, author of Kainan, should be posted by no later than Thursday.  You can read the Bookworm’s review of Kainan here.
  3. Upcoming interview with Ron Vitale, author of Cinderella’s Secret Diary, should be posted next week.  You can read the Bookworm’s review of Cinderella’s Secret Diary here.
  4. I am currently in the process of a copy edit to help an indie author/mom out.
  5. Currently reading:  Sanctuary by Kris Kramer (for the New Podler Review), Force of Habit by Marian Allen (for Bookworm’s Fancy), Guardian of the Realm by Krystal Mclaughlin (for Bookworm’s Fancy), and Riddle in Stone by Robert Evert(for the Bookworm’s Fancy).

So take heart!  If all goes as planned, the next week or two will have more content than you can shake a stick at!

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The Liebster Blog Award: Shameless Self-Promotion

So Tracie McBride over at the Exquisite Corpse blog nominated me for The Liebster Blog Award.

liebster2So the rules of this “award” are as follows:

  1. You must post the picture of the award on your site (done!)
  2. You must post provide 11 random facts about yourself and answer the 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you (see below!)
  3. Nominate some more people to answer the same questions (see below!)

Eleven (11) Random Facts in No Specific Order

  1. I have watched every season of “Survivor” since it first aired over ten years ago.
  2. My left elbow is double-jointed.
  3. I am one of eleven grandchildren.
  4. My son is named after my father and grandfather.
  5. I love every show that Josh Whedon has done.
  6. I would give almost anything to meet Stevie Nicks.
  7. I’ve been a gamer since the ninth grade and still game at least monthly with two of my friends from ninth grade.
  8. I am procrastinating writing the novel that is stuck in my head.
  9. If I had to eat only one snack for the rest of my life, it would be Nutter Butter Creme Patties
  10. I cook a pretty awesome chicken gumbo.
  11. I used to be pretty athletic at one point in my life.

Eleven (11) Questions I Must Answer

  1. Before now, had you ever heard of the Liebster Award? Nope.
  2. Before now, had you ever heard of me? Yep.  I love the Exquisite Corpse.
  3. How long have you been blogging? Since December of 2012.
  4. What is the primary purpose of your blog? Book reviews on books by independent authors (mostly).  Musing on writing and the publishing industry.
  5. Where do your blogging ideas come from? The books I read, twitter, the internet.
  6. Do you blog according to a schedule or is it more random? I try for twice a week (sometimes more!)
  7. If you have a day job, what is it? If not, just say something interesting. I’m an administrative assistant too two (2) marketing managers for a large marine company.
  8. Which search engine is set as default on your browser? Chrome.  Is this a trick question?
  9. Did you have to check your browser before answering #8? Nope.
  10. What is the title of the last book you read? The Northern Star: The Beginning  by Mike Gullickson.  I’m currently reading Kanian by Rosemary Lynch.
  11. Have you ever met a famous person? Not really.

My chosen recipients are:

  1. Impressions of a Princess
  2. Word Blurb
  3. A Life Among the Pages
  4. The Letter Vy
  5. Ella Quinn – Author

Ellipsis Tirade

el·lip·sisnoun \i-ˈlip-səs, e-\

  1. a : the omission of one or more words that are obviously understood but that must be supplied to make a construction grammatically complete;  b : a sudden leap from one topic to another
  2. : marks or a mark (as …) indicating an omission (as of words) or a pause

The above definition is taken from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

Since I’ve began to read indie author works, I’ve noticed that writers seem to be in love with these three little dots.  So much so that they misuse them all the time.  At first, I thought it was just one book or author but after ten plus books where 75% of them misuse the ellipsis, I feel the need to step in. 

The main use of an ellipsis is to shorten a quotation or to show a trailing off in speech.  Here is an example of each.  For the quotation, let’s take a simple quote from Cicero:

Original – “A friend is, as it were, a second self.”

Ellipsisfied – “A friend is . . . a second self.”

Notice that is replaces an unnecessary portion of the quote.  The addition of the ellipsis does not change the meaning of the quote.  Now let’s use it to show a trailing off in speech or thought in dialogue.

“Fiddlesticks!  Where did I leave those darn . . . ?”

But what about using an ellipsis to build tension?  Even though it seems to be a widely used (and accepted) practice to use the ellipsis this way, I cannot find any book/site on writing styles that states that it should be used this way.  But I’m not going to fight against the stream here.  Language and grammar are ever changing creatures.

I tend to agree with the Writing Forward Blog which states:

“We can also use an ellipsis to indicate a pause or unfinished thought. At the end of a sentence, an ellipsis represents trailing off into silence.Using an ellipsis to represent a pause can get a writer into trouble.

We tend to pause a lot in speech. Pauses give us a moment to collect our thoughts or add emphasis to what we’re saying. But in writing, a page peppered with ellipses wreaks havoc on the eyes.The same applies to unfinished thoughts.

A lazy writer might use ellipses to indicate, “and so on,” or “et cetera.” In text messaging and social media, many people use ellipses where they believe the reader will implicitly understand what would be stated next. In professional-grade writing, we finish our thoughts, so ellipses used for this purpose should be rare.

However, when we are writing dialogue, an ellipsis can come in handy, especially if we want to show a character’s speech trailing off. Keep in mind, though, that ellipses, like exclamation points, should be used with caution and only when truly needed for emphasis. As a general rule, don’t use it unless you must.”

PLEASE, AUTHORS!  I BEG OF YOU!  When writing your novels, use ellipses sparingly! Also remember that ending a chapter in an ellipsis is redundant.  The tension builder is already there.  A well written story already has me thinking “Oh!  I so need to read the next chapter to find out what happens to [insert character here]!”.

Here are three great resources for using ellipses:

  1. Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  2. Capital Community College’s Grammar Page (with handy drop down menu)
  3. Writing Forward’s Ellipsis Page

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Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell (Book Review)

Dragon Fate by J.D. Hallowell follows the exploits of Delno Okonan, an army lieutenant looking for something more in life.  Trying to escape the political pressures of the city, Delno climbs a nearby mountain and finds himself face to face with a dragon.  Fate intervenes and intertwines Delno’s life with that of the young dragon hatchling Geneva.  The bulk of this book revolves around Delno adjusting to having a dragon around and to being able to use magic since magic is frowned upon in the northern kingdoms.  

J.D. Hallowell’s Dragon Fate!

Dragon Fate is a new take on the dragon rider fantasy stories.  Not as gritty as say Bazil Broketail but more enjoyable (in my opinion) than Pern (before you fuss at me, know that I love Anne McCaffery.  I just didn’t particularly like her Pern books.  I enjoyed her Tower and Hive books much more.).The interplay between Delno and Geneva is truly what drives this book and keeps it from dragging.  

This is a fantasy that is centered around the growth of the main characters.  The external conflicts serve to foster and illustrate that growth.  I found all the characters to be engaging and surprisingly not predictable.  I have to admit to being completely sure that one of the first characters that you met that is central to Delno was going to betray him at some point because isn’t that what happens in every fantasy book ever?  I was pleasantly surprised when he didn’t betray the main character but have a sneaky suspicion that the author is just setting you up for a greater betrayal in later books.

The characters are written in such a way that you truly do care for them (even the villain…okay maybe not the villain but definitely his dragon).  The plot twist toward the end of the book shouldn’t have surprised me but it did.  I was too busy being interested in Delno learning about his dragon to catch the gingerbread trail of clues that the author was leaving.

My biggest gripe (and it isn’t really a huge one) is the overuse of ‘dear heart’ and ‘dear one’ in conversations between Delno and Geneva.  I understand the closeness of their relationship and it is very well written.  However there were a couple of times that I wanted to punch someone if I read ‘dear heart’ one more time.  Other than a couple of minor formatting issues (which I suspect might be exclusive to the epub edition), it was an easy read.

I definitely look forward to the other books in the series.  I want to see what the author has in store not only for Delno and Geneva but also for Nat and other supporting characters.

The Bookworm gives this book 4.5 Stars out of 5.

You can visit J.D. Hallowell’s blog by clicking here.  On deck next is The Northern Star by Mike Gullickson.

The Bookworm Awakens

“Let every bookworm, when in any fragrant, scarce, old tome he discovers a sentence, a story, an illustration, that does his heart good, hasten to give it.”  –Samuel Taylor Coleridge

English: Draft of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's po...

English: Draft of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem Kubla Khan (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well I was never a big fan of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  He, like many English writers of that period, always seemed to bore me.  Yes, I know that it blasphemy considering literary greats such as Shelley and Byron hail from that era.  But I would definitely agree with him on the above sentiment.  A book to me is tool of infinite possibility.  It often is an escape from the mundane, a dainty flight of fantasy that gives a brief respite from the toils of the everyday world.  For this mommy, a book is often the savior of my sanity.
I’ve wanted to do this blog for over a year now.  I actually had the groundwork laid for it.  That was all thrown out the window with the news of my impending motherhood.  Many moons later, here I stand ready to finally proceed.  I was provided a much needed kick in the butt by Shen Hart and Literary+.  I was exploring Google+ and came across a contest run by indie-publish run Literary+ to win 19 free ebooks.  A couple of days later, Shen Hart contacted me to let me know that I had won and requested my email as the individual authors would be contacting me with their ebooks.  Soon my email was filled with goodies from up and coming indie authors.  So with a wealth of new literary escapes, there was really no reason to not start this review blog.
The first book that I decided to tackle was Brian Rush’s Goddess-Born: A Tale of Two Worlds.  This review will be posted soon.  In the meantime check out Brian and Shen’s pages for interesting morsels.  Also feel free to follow me on twitter @ErinEymard and browse the other pages of the blog.
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