Jennifer Lyon
Monday, June 1st, 2009
Do You Like Twists?

Saturday was hectic, we celebrated one of my kid’s birthdays and that required some effort on my part–baking a cake, cooking dinner, cleaning house…where are my witch powers when I need them?”

Sunday was quieter which was great for me! I needed to catch my breath.

So have you guys heard some of the talk about Linda Howard’s book DEATH ANGEL? I finished reading the book last week and it left me unsure how I felt about it. I absolutely commend Linda Howard for doing something different, and I’m glad a read the book.

The book is about a woman of questionable character who is the mistress of a drug lord. Basically, she’s a bimbo. The drug lord “gives” her to a stone cold killer for sex as payment.  The killer ends up being the hero of the book. I was totally into this story for two thirds of the way through.

Then the story takes a dramatic and shocking twist, causing first the heroine to have an epiphany that significantly changes her. When the hero finds her again, he too has a life changing epiphany. Oddly, I wasn’t quite as engaged in the last third of the book, but I did still want to finish it.

I think the book was different and interesting. While I saw that some people were angry in reviews (I read them AFTER I read the book), I personally love it when authors go for it, try something different, twist the story into a whole new surprising direction.

So have any of you read the book? What do you feel about author trying new or different stories? And finally, how was your weekend?

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Coffee or Tea Witch?

witch-coffee-and-broomI’m a coffee witch!  I love coffee.

Some people (cough-husband-cough) might say I’m addicted to coffee. Why does he say that like it’s a bad thing? So weird.

Anyway, yesterday I was running errands, and one of those stops was Target. Which has a Starbucks. And I, thanks to my kids, have Starbucks gift cards. So I got a Nonfat Raspberry Latte. I used to get Raspberry Mochas, but then decided the nonfat latte had fewer calories.

So…back to my story. I’m standing there waiting for my coffee when I see some brochures, and one of them said, “Nutrition By The Cup.” I really should have turned my back, but like a fool I grabbed the brochure.

 Sigh…near as I can figure my Venti Nonfat Raspberry Latte is at least 250 calories. That’s with skim milk and no whip cream. WHY do I feel compelled to read this stuff?

For you tea drinkers, a Venti Green Tea Latte is 300 calories.

At home, I just drink black coffee.

So what about you witches? Tea? Coffee? Water?

Thursday, May 21st, 2009
Happy Witch

puppy-loveI’m in love!

Want to guess why?

It’s not a puppy…although I do love puppies.

If you’ve been on my facebook page, you know the answer!

So guess what’s making me happy today, and tell me what’s making you happy!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Reading Slump

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Normally, I’m a Fast Reading Witch.

But lately…I’ve been in a slump. Tried a few books, put them aside, just couldn’t get into anything.  Oddly, I’ve been in a writing slump too, but I’m not going to talk about that. I’m superstitious that way.

My husband was traveling for work last week, a time when I stock up on books. But I had only one book on hand that I thought I wanted to read,  Susan Andersen’s CUTTING LOOSE.

cutting-loose1For the first few chapters I kept picking it up, and putting it down. In fact, the entire time he was gone, I only read about four chapters.

Weird.

My husband came back, and THEN I got into the book. It was fun, and I enjoyed it. So I thought my slump was over.

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Then today, I made myself leave MY blasted book, and take one of my favorite authors, Susan Elizabeth Phillips out back to read. I read 20 pages of GLITTER BABY then put it down.

I. Am. In. A. Slump.

The question of the day: Does that ever happen to you?

Monday, May 18th, 2009
Geeky Witch!

Yesterday, I was hanging out with my sister.  She went with me to look at a laptop, and then laughed because I am super excited.

Over a laptop.

Yeah…My name is Jen and I’m a geek. So sue me.

Then I came home, pulled up all the specs on the laptop and showed my husband. (He knows more about computers than I do and he’s great at thinking of something I missed.)  I bounced around the house, chatting about the laptop, plus the new desktop being built at Dell, and how I’ll need a router and..

Yeah, I’m a geek. Only about computers though. My sister showed me her super-awesome phone.  It has a great screen, a slide out keyboard, AWESOME, except I don’t care. Love the phone for her, but me? I have a simple flip phone that calls, texts and takes an occasional picture.

But I’m soooo gonna buy this laptop! Soon!

What bout you all? What brings out your inner geek?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Workshop Question

witchesalter8I’m probably going to give a workshop very late in the year to my local Romance Writer’s of America chapter. So I’m wondering, what would you all like to hear about? Worldbuilding? Reinventing yourself? Creating magical characters?  I’m just throwing ideas out.  If you’ve read BLOOD MAGIC, what would you like to know about how I wrote the book? Or how I transitioned from mystery to paranormal? Anything? Help a witch out!

And in other news, we’re ordering a new computer but it’ll take a couple weeks…keep your fingers crossed and the spells coming that my computer stays alive until then!  It got hot yesterday and did the Blue Screen of Death  again. I finally got it back up after it cooled down.

Monday, May 11th, 2009
Oddest Book You’ve Read?

worm-readI had insomnia Friday night, so I got up at 1:30 am and figured I’d read.  I picked up MONSTER: The Autobiography of an L.A Gang Member.

Not my usual choice of reading.  Not a book I’d ever buy for myself.  The book was about a Crip Gang Banger, taking us through getting into the gang around 12 and into his 20’s.  I only read the book because one of my (adult) sons read it and wanted me to read it.  It’ s not light reading, often depressing and frustrating.

Surprisingly I am glad I read it. I’ve always read a variety of books. I’ve read FBI profiler books, cop books, and sometimes it’s interesting to get the “other side” point of view.  As a writer, I find it useful. I don’t want a steady diet of this kind of reading though!

What about you guys? What unusual (for you) books have you read?

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