October 23, 2014

Booking Through Thursday #65: For A Friend

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This week’s question:If someone you know has just published a book—do you feel obliged to buy a copy? Even if it’s not the kind of book you’d normally read?

I don’t have any friends that write, but if I did, I would buy the book to support him/her.

And then promptly give it to someone I knew who read that genre.

That probably sounds rude, but I don’t give a shit. That’s how I roll. I read erotic romance (contemporary and some paranormal). The only non-fiction books I read are writing-related and just about anything by SARK. If my friend didn’t write a book in that genre–and they’re sure as hell not SARK–it’s not going in my Nook or on my bookshelf. Period.

I write YA under a different name. When I indie published those two books, my parents bought copies and put them on a shelf.

And I’m cool with that.

Even though they don’t read YA, they bought them because their daughter wrote them.

Even if they’d bought them for someone else’s kids, I still would’ve been cool with that. Because they would’ve done it to support me.

I’d like to think that my friend would understand and would do the same for me, because even if he/she doesn’t read the genre I write, they know someone who does. A friend of a friend, if you will.

What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

 

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October 23, 2014

Life as a Blogger #8: Origin of Your Name

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It’s a weekly feature (on Thursday’s). Each week Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat will choose a subject and talk about that subject in her life. The topics will be non-bookish so that you can get to know her on a more personal level! She definitely encourages everyone to participate, too. She wants this to be meme style with a linky for you to add your posts to. She wants to know more about you guys as well!

This is funny, actually. As you all know, I’m an aspiring erotic romance author. To that end, since I write YA fiction as well, I needed a pseudo name for this genre. Hence the name Evolet Yvaine. And even though it’s a pseudo name, it has its origins.

The name Evolet came from the movie 10,000 B.C. (2008). The female character’s name was Evolet and I thought “That’s pretty. I’ll add it to my list of names for female characters.”

10,000 BC

2008 – Starring Steven Strait and Camilla Belle

 

The name Yvaine is actually not from a movie, but from a book that was adapted into a movie: Neil Gaiman‘s STARDUST.

 

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I never knew it was a book until I saw the movie. Claire Danes was quite lovely. The fallen star’s name was Yvaine and again, I thought “That’s pretty. I’ll add it to my list of names for female characters.”

 

2007 - Starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, and Michelle Pfeiffer

2007 – Starring Claire Danes, Robert De Niro, and Michelle Pfeiffer

 

When I was throwing pseudo names about, I’d had something else in mind; Like Storm was either going to be the first or last name.

But for some reason, those two names stuck with me and when I put them together, it just sounded good.

So there you have it.

What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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October 22, 2014

Review: Vicki Lewis Thompson’s RIDING HIGH (Sons of Chance Series)

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Pub. Date: June 1, 2014 Publisher: Harlequin Sold By: Barnes & Noble Format: NOOK Book, 224pp Series: Sons of Chance Series ISBN-13: 9781460333068 ISBN: 1460333063

Pub. Date:
June 1, 2014
Publisher:
Harlequin
Sold By:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book, 224pp
Series:
Sons of Chance Series
ISBN-13:
9781460333068
ISBN:
1460333063

 

Saddle up!
There ain’t a rider that can’t be thrown. And large-animal veterinarian Regan O’Connelli was thrown hard when he discovered his fiancée with his best friend. Now he’s starting his life over at the Last Chance Ranch, run by the tightly knit Chance clan. But damned if his libido hasn’t perked up over the spirited redhead who looks a lot like trouble….
Lily King is the queen of anti-structure. Turns out, that makes running a horse sanctuary a challenge. Regan’s help is exactly what Lily needs—not to mention the seriously sexy sparks that are flying between them. Now she just has to convince this fallen cowboy to dust himself off and get back in the saddle…and into her bed!

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 8-22-14 through my Nook.

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any? The fact that Lily made her money from a video game she’d created. I think that’s pretty cool seeing as how that field is very male-oriented.

What scenes will stay with you?

~ Regan teaching Lily how to show the horses who’s in charge

~ The love scenes

~ The interaction with the other members of the Chance family from the previous books. I like seeing that.

What characters will stay with you? Mostly Lily. It was clear from the get-go that she didn’t know what she was doing. She had the money that she’d made from her video game and she wanted to give back and do something nice. Her heart was in the right place, she just needed to learn the business. And you could see that growth throughout the book.

Have you read anything else by Vicki Lewis Thompson? Yes, I have, though all of the titles have not been reviewed on this blog. But you can check out the other one I did below:

CASUAL HEX

What will you do now with this ebook? Delete it – Not Lendable

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

1/2

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties

Evolet

 

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October 21, 2014

Currently Reading: Melissa Foster’s SISTERS IN LOVE (Snow Sisters Series, Book #1 – Love in Bloom Series, Book #1)

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From male strippers to sisters in love. Quite the subject change.

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October 20, 2014

Wet Panty Society – A Little Trivia About: David Boreanaz

Did you know that he loves to cook healthy meals? He discussed his culinary abilities while cooking sardines with Martha Stewart as her talk show guest.

I love a man that can cook.

Especially if he’s cooking while dressed like this.

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Evolet

October 19, 2014

Wet Panty Writing Process #11: First Feedback

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All writers dread criticism, but in this business, you have to suck it up, buttercup and get a tough skin. In my Other Life as a YA writer, when I was in the midst of going the agent route for the WIP trilogy I put aside, all I got was rejection.

But it was good rejection.

Granted, most of the time it was a standard rejection letter. But more than once, I actually received real criticism from agents. And when it was consistent, I was like, “Okay. This isn’t too bad.”

Through an e-newsletter, I found out about Mash Stories. Quarterly, they have a flash fiction contest. 500 words or less using three keywords. Winner gets $100. They also “provide a podcast that narrates all of our shortlisted stories as gripping episodes.”

I just decided to jump in.

I took the short story I used for The Sketchbook Project’s 5×5 Series and tweaked it so it was exactly 500 words and used the required keywords for this round: love, oxidation and alphabet.

I wrote it up, proofed it and sent it off.

I didn’t get shortlisted.

I’m not gonna lie, I was bummed. But it was naive of me to think that I would be on my first try. It’s not like I’ve written flash fiction before, so get real, Evie!

The one thing I was smart enough to do when I entered was choose to get feedback from the judges. If I ever do this again and don’t get shortlisted–again–I know that I will always ask for feedback. My responses are in italics.

- It seems like there might something special here – interesting plot, curious main character – but I have some logistical questions. How are the spa and the club going to help stop human traffickers? How were Poe and Rico available to drop everything and take these jobs? These two seem pretty important to the plan yet they don’t receive any identifiers for the reader to distinguish one from another. [Those are good questions, judge, and at one time, my immediate response would've been "I have no idea. Still fleshing that out." Presently, though, it's a different ball of wax and I now know where they fit in. I'm just not going to explain it here. Heehee]
– This is a promising start, but I don’t think you’re quite there yet. [Waaaaa]
– This is an interesting story that covers a great deal of plot. [Good to know. But waaaa.]
– I think the problem is that you’re trying to put too much information into a short piece. There’s so much plot that it takes away from your ability to develop a sense of three distinct characters. [Yes. I have this thing about description. LOL.]
– I believe this piece would benefit from a proofreading to tighten up word choice and language, or some fleshing out (making it a longer piece). [It was proofread, but it will be definitely be a longer piece. It'll be part of a series. Which will be proofread many, many times. Guaranteed.]
– There are some problematic language issues. Puerto Rican isn’t a language: Spanish is the official language of Puerto Rico. Also, be careful throwing phrases like “Dios Mio” and “chiquita” with Spanish-speaking characters, as it can seem stereotypical without further development. [Had a brain fart regarding the whole Puerto Rico thing. I know it's a country, not a language (so maybe it wasn't proofread as well as I thought.) However, I disagree about the whole stereotypical comment. Only because Rico's character will be further developed in the series, so the words he throws out in his native tongue won't seem stereotypical.]
– I agree that there’s too much information for a short piece, but that gives you so many options for revision. [Indeed]
– For instance, instead of trying to bring in all the characters, pick one. Focus your story on that character and his or her group. Put your audience in the middle of a scene. Give us little hints, but don’t explain the back story too much. As you already have sketched an idea for the Nemesis Group and their purpose, perhaps start there, possibly with a scene that shows Remyngton at work. [Now, that's a thought.]

What I liked about this was that it reminded me of those agent search days. Once again, some of the feedback was consistent: interesting story, too much plot. For flash fiction it seems you just need one to two characters and one scene.

Duly noted.

While browsing this site, I came across an interview with Calum Kerr. The content of that interview intrigued me to the point where I now want to buy his indie book on how to write flash fiction. Not to mention one of his collections. I don’t know if I could write a story everyday like he’d done for his Flash 365 Project, but maybe I could work up to that. And I like the idea of a monthly theme. If anything, I think this would provide practice for writing a scene that could later be used in a novella.

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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October 17, 2014

Currently Reading: Talia Surova’s DRAW ME IN

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From colorful farmhouses to art and fermentation.

 

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October 17, 2014

Life as a Blogger #7: Favorite Toys

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It’s a weekly feature (on Thursday’s). Each week Jessi over at Novel Heartbeat will choose a subject and talk about that subject in her life. The topics will be non-bookish so that you can get to know her on a more personal level! She definitely encourages everyone to participate, too. She wants this to be meme style with a linky for you to add your posts to. She wants to know more about you guys as well!

Favorite toys back then:

  • Lite-Brite
  • Barbie dolls – although I didn’t have the whole house and car thing. I think my parents were really disappointed that there weren’t a lot of dolls of color back then. LOL
  • Playdough
  • Atari
  • Board games (Life, Operation, Candyland, etc.)

When I was young, I was always outside playing. The neighborhood where we lived was very family-oriented, 2-3 kids per house. My BFF, Amy, lived across the street. My Godmother, Susie, lived next door to us and she had three kids of her own (though I never played with them). My other BFF, Laura, lived on the other side of her. If I played inside, it wasn’t for very long. I was always outside playing or at a friend’s house playing. And I was reading a lot too, so we didn’t really need toys. Books, even back then, were becoming an addiction for me.

Favorite toys now:

  • Books
  • My laptop
  • My Nook

LOL. Not a whole helluva lot, but there it is. What about you?

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

October 17, 2014

Review: Elise Sax’s GOING DOWN (Wish Upon A Stud, Book #1)

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ub. Date: August 17, 2014 Publisher: Elise Sax Sold By: Smashwords Format: NOOK Book Series: Wish Upon A Stud File Size: 199 kB BN ID: 2940046114904

Pub. Date:
August 17, 2014
Publisher:
Elise Sax
Sold By:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Series:
Wish Upon A Stud
File Size:
199 kB
BN ID:
2940046114904

Marion MacAlister wants to nail her audition, not get nailed. Truly. Honestly. All right…maybe she does want to get nailed, but that’s just because her hottie landlord and local diner owner Mack Ryan is confusing her with his mouth.

Can friends become lovers? Especially friends who might not even be friends in the first place?

Going Down is the sexy and hilarious first novella in the five-part Wish Upon A Stud series.

Wish Upon A Stud…A happy ending is just a coin toss away.

 

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 9-23-14 through my Nook. This was a freebie ebook deal.

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any? I like the whole “admire from afar” kind of themes. Those are few and far between, especially when it’s from the male POV.

What scenes will stay with you?

~ The elevator scene.

~ Marion and Mack’s back and forth banter. It reminded me of MOONLIGHTING, which was one of my fav shows back in the 80s.

What characters will stay with you? I liked Marion the most just because she was a little quirky, had a great sense of humor, and is a creative being (wanna-be actress).

Have you read anything else by Elise Sax? No, but I plan to read the rest of the books in this series.

What will you do now with this ebook? Archive it – Lendable

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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October 15, 2014

Review: Amy Andrews’ NO MORE MR. NICE GUY

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Pub. Date: September 29, 2014 Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC Sold By: Macmillan Format: NOOK Book, 200pp Series: Entangled Brazen File Size: 2.8 MB

Pub. Date:
September 29, 2014
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Sold By:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book, 200pp
Series:
Entangled Brazen
File Size:
2.8 MB

 

He’s done playing the nice guy…


Newly single school counselor Josie Butler just made herself a Sexy To-Do list (featuring Bad Boys only). To her mortification, her best friend’s gorgeous older brother Mack finds it…and laughs. But when Josie goes looking for some sexy fun, Mack’s nice guy side turns all hot bad-assery, and suddenly she’s pinned against an alley wall. Hottest. Sex. Ever.   
Veterinarian Mack Kennedy can’t believe Josie wants to ditch her sweet, girl-next-door lifestyle. Even worse, that she’d consider doing it with anyone but him. When she leaves for London they’ll go back to being ‘just friends’ but until then, he’s going to show her just how bad nice guys can be. And it’s the perfect plan, as long as no one finds out… and no one falls in love.

Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

When and where did you buy this ebook? 9-30-14 through my Nook.

Did you finish it? Yes

What surprises did it hold–if any? The accents, or the lack thereof. This takes place in Australia, but the accents were hardly there.

What scenes will stay with you?

~ The moment when Mack discovers her list.

~ The Alley Scene

~ The Role-Playing Scene

In general, all the sex scenes were pretty hot. The panties were drenched.

What characters will stay with you? Mostly Mack, for being such a surprise. As a vet, you wouldn’t think he’d be so straitlaced and serious. He’s nice a guy, but can be bad.

Have you read anything else by Amy Andrews? No

What will you do now with this ebook? Delete it – Not Lendable

Is it available today? Yes

What’s the verdict?

 

 

 

Peace, lurve, and wet panties,

Evolet

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