Friday, October 9, 2015

Repost Article: Why you should date a girl who reads

I read this excellent article that I wanted to share with you all. Considering that most of my post are reading related or writing related you will understand why I thought this was EPIC!

The article can be found here \/ \/ \/

“Date a girl who reads.
 Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes.
She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. 
Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. 
You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. 
She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? 
That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. 
Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. 
See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. 
Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. 
Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. 
Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. 
Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. 
Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. 
That you can always write a sequel. 
That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. 
That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. 
When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. 
You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. 
You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. 
She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. 
You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. 
You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. 
If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. 
If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.”
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Author of the month Jovee Winters Interview

Welcome all. 

Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Jovee Winters author of the latest book The Sea Queen, the first in her Dark Queen series. 

Hi Jovee, thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Tell us a little about yourself ?
Jovee: I’m a military wife and mom. I’ve been writing for close to 20 years now, and love what I do.

 What are your ambitions for your writing career? 
Jovee: I’d like to become the next Nora Roberts, barring that, I’ll settle for becoming the next Stephen King.

Which writers inspire you?
Jovee: Classic fairy tale authors. Love ‘em all. 

So, what have you written, and where can we buy or see them?
Jovee: I write fairy tales, right now I only have the one book out and it’s a mashup of fairy tales and Greek mythology. It’s mostly set in a world I call Kingdom, but also takes place on Mt. Olympus now and again. I had way too much fun writing this book. The first book of my series deals with Calypso the Sea Goddess and Hades her Dark, Sexy, and Mysterious Lover. 

What draws you to write in this genre?
Jovee: I write books I’ve always wanted to read but couldn’t find. My love of fairy tales and mythology pretty much bled through every page of this book. 

How much research do you do?
Jovee: Not a lot because I’m a fairy tale and Greek mythos nerd. I’ve been “studying” them ever since I was a very little girl. Many of the stories I twist into fractured fairy tales are stories that I know intimately in some form or another. 

What made you decide to sit down and start writing something?
Jovee: I was looking for a book to read and just couldn’t find it. So I wrote it. 

Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
Jovee: I try to write about 2000 words a day Monday through Friday, but really I just write when the muse hits me.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Jovee: My sense of timing in a scene has really evolved. I understand now that you don’t always need to show the character getting out of their car, locking it up, unlocking their apartment door, and turning on the lights. Sometimes you just need to say you parked, got out, and once you got in the house you started thinking about Mr. Sexy Mc. Sexy pants.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Jovee: Forcing yourself to do it, even when the muse isn’t providing inspiration. Some books are so easy to write, because it’s literally like transcribing a movie in my head into words, other books I have to pluck each word out of nothingness and craft it into something that tells a story. Those books are always the hardest to write, but usually the most rewarding when I finish them.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Jovee: It can take me anywhere between one week (if the muse is just pumping me full of information) to 5 months (if she’s not cooperating). 

Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Jovee: Often I do, yes.

Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Jovee: Go out and take a walk around the block. Watch a movie. Read a book. Do something to take your mind off the project. I usually find that when I’m not actively thinking about the story or obsessing suddenly I’ll get struck by inspiration.

 Your current book The Sea Queen is part of a series, tell us a little about it?
Jovee: It’s a series of books based on the dark Queens of fairy tales. The Evil Queen, Ursula (who Calypso is based off of), Maleficent, Baba Yaga, The Red Queen, the Ice Queen. Because of copy right I can’t write about Ursula, or Maleficent exactly, so what I do is I twist them and turn them into something you’ve never heard of before.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors.
Jovee: Karen Marie Moning and Kresley Cole are my authors who I’ll read just about whatever they put out.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Jovee: Write a lot. Just don’t think about it. Write to learn your craft, write because you love it, write, write, write. But don’t publish any of it until about your 5th or 6th book, your pride will cringe if you read your first few books years later and realize just how awful they really are. The first few books are really just a way to learn your craft and figure out what your writing voice is.

What is the Sea Queen about?
Jovee: The Sea Queen is the story of Calypso and her romance with the god of the Underworld Hades. All the stories you thought you knew of Persephone and Hades are dead wrong. Calypso is a wild, tempestuous creature who’s both ancient and yet in many ways very young and naive. She’s lived most of her life as her elemental water form, only recently deciding to take on human form. The book focuses mainly on her adventures as she tries to figure out, not only how to be human, but how to love someone else. The book is light-hearted, sexy, and was a lot of fun to write.

Thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

If you are interested in The Sea Queen check it out on Goodreads at

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Book OF The Month: The Sea Queen


Calypso, Queen of the Seas, is mad. Spitting mad. Ghosts of the dead are fouling her waters. She wants this problem fixed, and she wants it fixed now. Rushing off in search of Hades, Lord of the Underworld, to demand answers, she’s soon shocked to discover him bound and standing trial before a jury of his peers—for nothing less than murder.

Calypso normally despises the beastly gods, all of them, but there’s something about seeing Hades bound as he is that gives her an evilly clever idea. Tired of being a virgin queen, she wishes to shed that boring image once and for all, and no one seems quite as fit for the task as the gorgeous and brooding Hades. Of course, there is the minor problem of murder to deal with, but Calypso is bound and determined to have her way.

And when a dark queen gets an idea, nothing and no one can stand in her way… 


This is not your daughters fairy tale, it is twisted, sexy, and funny. If you have never read a book set in the world of kingdom, you can still read this book without problem. The sea queen is the first in a new series called "The Dark Queens" set in the same world as two other amazing series.  Everything about this book was interesting and made for a great read, but the best were the characters. Hades was a very multi-layered character that you just could not help but love by the end of the book.(yep, he's my new book boyfriend, for now) Calypso was chaotic and hilarious all the way through. If you are looking for a book that you wont want to put down until the end, then this is the book you are looking for. Fast paced, great characters, funny, and sexy. Sometimes the bad guys really are just misunderstood. 

About the author: Jovee Winters loves fairy tales. But she especially loves twisting up the fairy tales you thought you knew. You can visit her on the web at

If you are interested in more of these twisted faerie tales I will leave the links below to a page on goodreads with the others series.

Kingdom Series:

Dark Princesses:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Fashion Trends Spring/Summer 2015

Fashion Trends For Spring and Upcoming Summer

Ladies it's that time. Spring is here soon to be followed by a glorious summer. It is also time for NEW fashion trends!

So lets just jump right in with number one!

1. According to Trend Bohemian 80's look is in style for spring. Everything from clothes to jewelry. So ladies time to get out those jellies and friendship bracelets. The 80's is back!

 2. Another trend for spring and summer is the minimalist boho look already being spotted on celebrates and fashionistas everywhere. 

3. For the upcoming summer quirky surfer wear and accessories is the trend to look for.

4. One of the odder trends on the top 100 fashion trends is safety pin jewelry.

5.  And for the last one in my countdown, it seems lunar is the way to go. Moons, Moons, everywhere moons.

Thats our countdown for fashion trends, and don't forget to stop by The Rusty Goblin for all your fashion accessories!