Teaser Tuesday: Dune

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teasers:

I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

- Dune by Frank Herbert

Succinctly Yours: Irene

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 140 characters.

She loaded the car with their bags and cast one last long look behind. Waves already pounded the beach. She prayed their home would survive.

Note: This post is scheduled because I may not have power tomorrow. Or this week. It is inspired by both the picture and the rain presently pounding the streets outside. The picture seems particularly appropriate. Or maybe I just can’t help but see Irene everywhere just now. Be safe everyone!

Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign

So I have signed up for the Third Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign.  It runs from August 22nd, 2011 to October 31st, 2011.

It looks like a lot of fun. There will be Campaigner Challenge, based on genres. I signed up for urban fantasy.

I will do these things:

  • follow other Campaigner in your Group(s), pop round to their blogs, and introduce yourself
  • if you wish, pop round to some or all of the other Campaigners and introduce yourself as well
  • join in on the Twitter chat at #amcampaigning
  • join in on the Yahoo Campaigner Group
  • keep an eye out for the Campaigner Notice-Board on Fridays, where I’ll post about blogfests and other announcements concerning Campaigners
  • put the Campaigner button on your blog sidebar and link it back to my Writers’ Platform-Building Campaign page at the top of Rach Writes…
  • keep an eye out for posts by other Campaigners in your Campaign Group, and do your best to comment on as many as you can, as often as you can. This is one of the key ways Campaigners will help each other out and pay it forward
  • join in the Campaigner Challenges if you wish. It’s a great way to get to know the other Crusaders and have fun at the same time, and there’ll be prizes too!

Sadly, Irene will probably prevent me from doing any of that this week. Possibly the week after. After Irene, though, we’ll see.

Friday Flash: How To Become A Warrior

Another drabble for Friday Flash!

To become a warrior you must do five things.

First: master the whip and the knife.

Second: Acquire a noble steed. Mind, acquire it yourself. No fit warrior buys his sandworm. You must trek into the desert and find a sandworm nest. Be easy. Almost no one loses a limb or an eye acquiring a sandworm babe.

Three: Train your young steed. Take no heed of the legends; sandworms are docile, loving creatures. They merely require a firm whip.

Four: Learn a riding bow from your sandworm’s back. Be diligent; this might be your most important weapon.

Five: Find a worthy cause to serve. Only brigands serve their own ambitions.

Book Review: Blood Rock by Anthony Francis

From Amazon:

Graffiti comes to life in the dark heart of Atlanta’s oldest cemetery, slaying one of the city’s best loved vampires before the eyes of his friend Dakota Frost. Deadly magick is at work on the city’s walls, challenging even the amazing power of Dakota’s tattoos to contain it. The hungry, graffiti magick loves to kill, and the Edgeworld is no longer safe from its own kind.

Dakota begins a harrowing journey to save those she loves and to discover the truth behind the spreading graffiti-even if that truth offends the vampires, alienates the werekin and creates police suspicion of her every action.

Saving Atlanta may cost her everything, including custody of her “adopted” weretiger daughter, Cinnamon. But failure is not an option. If the graffiti isn’t stopped, Cinnamon could be the next victim.

I got Blood Rock as an ARC and I was so so so excited about it. It’s out now if anyone wants to look for it.

You don’t need to read the first book, Frost Moon, to enjoy this one. It would be helpful, but isn’t really necessary.

Blood Rock is fast-moving and action-packed. It has tender moments, too. But has vampires and werekin and a lich, too. I really didn’t expect to see a lich; you see them more often in traditional fantasy than in urban fantasy.

So . . . one of things I love about this book is the magical system. The tattoos, well-thought out magical theory, the vampire and werekin culture. Okay, yeah, that’s a lot more than magical system, but the world-building is really fantastic. The description is very vivid and pulls you right in. The magical theory in particular is better thought than in other urban fantasy, I think. He compares it to circuits; I got the distinct feeling that magical theory uses as much math as other engineering type fields.

That’s where Cinnamon comes in. For all that she has no formal schooling, this were-kin girl is a mathematical genius. I had no idea from the last book. Either it wasn’t mentioned or I just don’t remember. And her math teacher! :o See, I did not see that twist coming. Did not see it at all.

So . . . Dakota’s love life. A lot of urban fantasies have a love triangle going on. This one, well, she does have two beaus but they don’t quite work out. At least one will not show up in the next book. By the end of the book, the other might not be a beau at all. So I guess it is not a continuous love triangle. Not sure if that counts.

The end was a bit surprising, too. I knew she was going to get the bad guy (what self-respecting heroine doesn’t get the bad guy?) but I didn’t quite foresee the consequences. Not sure if they are good or bad, just sure Dakota will either grow into them or look for a way out. Possibly both in the next book. That sounds odd, but she might look for a way out, and then decide she doesn’t want out after all. Or maybe decide she loves it. I don’t know. Isn’t that exciting?

In any case, I have perfect faith the next book will be just as exciting. Plus, it might include more world-building type items.

Interesting side note: I read in an interview that Anthony Francis wrote both Blood Moon and Frost Moon during National Novel Writing Month.

Earthquake!

Computer shook, computer desk shook, the floor shook and I think I saw the buildings across the street swaying, too. Or maybe I was the one who was swaying!

This was my first quake ever and I am glad it was small. Small, because I am pretty far away from the 5.9 epicenter in Virgina. But, really, I would have been perfectly happy without the experience.

It was scary – I mean, the floor shook! It took a moment to realize what was going on. I mean, NYC doesn’t get earthquakes. This isn’t California where people expect to get earthquakes. So it took a moment to sink in and then I thought: Wow, I lived through an earthquake. I lived through an earthquake.Than, with relief: Glad it was a weak earthquake.

But I am fine. My building is fine (hopefully. Only inspections will tell.) My tomato plant survived it. Everyone is fine!

Virgina and the surrounding area probably isn’t fine though. I can’t imagine how much was destroyed and hopefully no one was badly hurt. Hope everyone is safe!

 

Teaser Tuesday: Blood Rock

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My Teasers:

“And that’s why I hope you’re wrong,” Doug said. “Magic gravity would be completely new – and the last time that happened in physics was when we realized matter was energy. No one ever thought we’d be able to use that, but a few years later, we had atomic bombs.”

I felt my eyes widen.

- Blood Rock by Anthony Francis

How I Fell in Love with Dragons

I love dragons. They remain my favorite fantasy creatures.

I don’t remember where I first encountered dragons. It could be on TV or in books. In fact, it was probably TV, because I wasn’t the biggest reader when I was 5. Or 6. Or 7. Or even 8. LOL

But I know the first time I read The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, that was when I fell in love with dragons. I read the story over and over and over again in 6th grade. It was different somehow. Dragons were different.

I don’t think I’d ever seen them as medium-sized pests before. They’d always been huge menacing beasts in my head. And, yeah, there is a big dragon in the book. But the little ones came first and that made all the difference.

The big one was pretty magnificent, too. But more normal, you know? More what I pictured when someone said dragon.

That same year I discovered the Enchanted Forest Chronicles by  Patricia C. Wrede and it turned every princess story I’d ever watched on its head. I never imagined dragons could be like that!

A couple of years later (when I had my adult library card) I found the Pern books. I’d never seen dragons like that, either. They could talk, they needed to chew something to make fire and they could travel back in time. You could fly on the dragon! They were genetically engineered, but that was a minor detail.

I wanted to fly on my own dragon. I read the dragon rider books and dreamed of what it would be like to ride my own dragon.

Writing is the closest I’ve ever come to that feeling. If that makes sense. Maybe it doesn’t; dragons aren’t real after all.

Succinctly Yours: Ghost On Guard

Succinctly Yours is a weekly meme by grandma. Of this meme she says:

How low can you go?

Use the photo as inspiration for a story of 140 characters OR 140 words. It doesn’t have to be exactly 140, just not more. This one is 140 characters.

Mice in my bedroom! They would destroy my home. I hit one; it shivered and started running. It ran outside through a hole in the shingles.

Friday Flash: Buying Supplies

Another drabble for Friday Flash!

Horses. She hated horses. Weak, flighty creatures. It wouldn’t last a week in her mountains.

She rubbed the horse’s leg regretfully. Horses were mighty tasty. Jamming her foot in the stirrup, she clambered on. That was another thing! It was so big she couldn’t vault into the saddle.

She gripped the reins and whistled. Her cat strolled up.

The horse tensed, legs quivering, but held still. It was well-trained.

“The produce wagon’s in the next town.” It was why she needed the horse. The cat was too proud to pull.

Home after? the cat asked.

“Yes.” They both missed home.