August 4th, 2008

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Book Reports and a Reader Call?...

I'm almost done with the revamped story of Nore (now Aria) -- it's exciting and scary all at once. Did I do enough? Did I make it fantastical enough? Is the mythology accurate and yet unique? Whew...anyway, I have one reader already (thank you, B) -- if anyone else is interested, I'd love more eyes, BUT...

Yes, I know, it's hard when I finish books too darn fast :) So if you all have more on your plates than you can handle already, or even if you're just thinking, "No way do I want to read another book right now" -- that's okay :). I feel very fortunate to have so many of you who've read and critiqued so much of my stuff...I'm blessed! So I put this out there just in case someone is dying to wade through another ms, hehe. For the rest, I simply say, "Thanks -- thanks for all the times you have helped, and thanks for the support you so freely offere on a daily basis!"

On to the book reports:
For those of you who happened to Google your title and ended up here, please know that one star is not a bad thing in Robin's world -- just the fact the I picked up your book and started it means that somewhere it's getting good buzz (or that your blurb was really cool). 'R' means it's a re-read.

* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and will read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good.
***** I read every word, and I loved it!

Something to Blog About, by Shana Norris *** This was cute. I can definitely see where the format will draw in many teen readers, and the main character was fun to know.

shift, by Jennifer Bradbury ***** I LOVED this!!! Definitely a strong rec from me for anyone -- it's another I will buy (as soon as I have the money, hehe). Male MC, mystery, slight romance, realistic...it's just a great, well-written book.

Found, by Margaret Peterson Haddix **** This was pretty darn good too, though it ended rather abruptly, imo. Now I can't wait for the next book, which I'm sure is the intention. She certainly left many things unresolved.

fragments, by Jeffry Johnston *** This was an okay story. A little grittier than I typically choose, but I liked the mystery element -- another male MC.

Bewitching Season, by Marissa Doyle **** Very enjoyable tale. I'm looking forward to her next book, which I assume will be about Pen -- but this was good, and I had fun reading it :) Nice romance too!
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Whoa, Fire...

This was the situation about 20 minutes ago:



All of our friends and my parents have called to be sure we're safe -- which we are...now. Since I took that picture, the wind shifted back to the south (blowing toward the south), and it even rained for a while. Not hard, but I'm sure every bit of moisture helps. Now I can't smell the smoke anymore, and that orange line you can see in the picture is gone. No more flames on this side of the mountain. We weren't even evacuated, though the houses further up the hill were.

Three hours ago, they thought this was contained. It was far from the houses, and the smoke was dissapating. But then, the winds came up -- in the meantime, DH went on a mountain bike ride...and they wouldn't let him back into the neighborhood. He's home now, and it looks to be contained. For just a couple of hours there, I knew what it felt like to be a S. Californian...yikes!
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