Vacation Locations & Book Locations

I’m heading off on a much needed and very exciting vacation and I started to wonder at the places I’ll be going as well as the books I’ve read that took place in the areas in and around where I’ll be.

Have you ever gone on vacation to places that were spoken about in the books you’ve read and did the thought cross your mind – as it has mine – to visit or find those spots covered in your favorite novel?
Or what about this: Did you *purposely* go to those places *because* they were in your favorite books?

I’ve yet to write a book that took place long enough in current day to have to have the specific details of exactly/kinda sorta where my characters were so I’m wondering at those of you who have gone to specific locations to see how accurate the description was.
I am working on a trilogy that does mention the city and state’s names – but no street names so that doesn’t really count – especially since the trilogy takes place mainly in a foreign country in another time.

If you keep up on my blog, you will note that I’ve spoken with a rather well-known author and as told that their daughter actually flew to a specific place to get an idea of the area for an upcoming book.
I’m not sure if this place was a city with street names and shops or if it was out in the mountain ranges since she writes with both those backdrops and didn’t think to ask that specific question.

So, when in a country/state that has been used as the main area in your favorite book(s), have you found that the details in the book were spot on, pretty accurate, a general idea or disappointing?

When – or if – you go to see these places, would you expect spot on details or would you just be pleasantly surprised if it was generally correct?
I get that there are many variables and authors need a little leniency here and there to help the flow of their story but how much are you willing to accept?

Oh! I thought of something else. What if you lived in the general vicinity if the location? Would it perturb you if they didn’t keep to the truth of the area – especially if it was in a current day setting? Because we all know that, if it’s futuristic, things change and, if it’s in the past, how much do we really know about the changes that did occur between then and now.

So many things to ponder and I’d love to hear what your mindset is!

Well, off jet-skiing ~ enjoy!!

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Do Readers Like Novellas?

I’m pretty much thinking that writers are as avid a reader as any other. I certainly spend a lot of time looking for books I enjoy cuddling up to – especially when in the bath or ready to doze off in bed.
I have to admit that there have been many late nights in which I’ve gone well past the time I should have been dreaming but the book was just too good, dagnabit!

Because of this, I’ve gotten some stand-alone novellas so that I could enjoy a story without getting up the next morning with a foggy brain that just won’t wake up.
But I have to admit, that most novellas just don’t have enough to them to grab my attention. Seems as if there are parts missing that I’m not getting and, surprisingly, I stay away from erotica’s because they are too much like porn where they get right to the sex without a back story.
Not that I haven’t come across those with regular full-length books but, of the 4 ebook novellas I’ve purchased, I stopped reading one before I finished the first chapter, 2 left me feeling as if they were incomplete and I haven’t started the other because I’ve lost interest in wasting that time I find so enjoyable on something that is so deflating.

As a writer, I have to admit that, if I am at 60,000 words, I’m thinking it’s not enough.
I’m more comfortable with getting a complete book out around the 70,000 plus word range but I’m not a Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lora Leigh, or any other of the amazing authors that are out there so it might be just me.

Now, I understand novellas that you find during a series that mainly have regular books.
With a series, you have a back story, you get what’s going on and the author just needs to get a particular character’s story to the masses because … well … the character demands the attention – I get that.
There isn’t the need for a lot of information past the main characters with some of the others possibly thrown in because it’s already been filled out with the other novels… but what of the others?
What of the ones that are what I mentioned? A stand-alone book with less that 40,000 words (give or take, depending on who you talk to)?
Is it just the ones I’ve picked or are there others that agree? What about the ones that disagree with me? What books are you reading that I should look into?

Then there’s another question that I just thought about … what about the price?
Are you willing to spend $3.00 or more dollars on novellas? I mean, they are half the size of a novel, right so why pay full price?
Or are you thinking that half the price is half the necessary story and you only go for full-length books?

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Don’t Forget Your Bag of Salt

When you enter an event for the first time, nerves can cause those butterflies to turn into gremlins clawing to get out and all one can think of is a huge desire to be liked.
Afterall, who doesn’t want to be liked? Who doesn’t care?
Probably those people that have a ton of folks hanging onto their every word so they could care less if they piss so-and-so off.

Where am I going with this and what the hell does it have to do with salt??
I added my thoughts to a discussion in the making about how people *say* they are a certain way and talk the good talk and when it comes to the reality of it, they are anything but.
The amazing part is how they have a huge following … so they must be what they say, right?

It’s like the popular kid(s) in school – if you get in their click, you’ll be popular too and have it all.
As adults, once we’ve moved out of school and into the real world, we’ve come to realize this isn’t always so. It’s the geeks that have it all cause they looked passed the packaging and knew more about the system, the mechanics, or whatever it was they learned about without blindly following.
Well, and the bad boys that we love to drool over.
But I digress! (Talk of bad boys has me visualizing so many naughty things)

Let’s say, before you go to an event, you go into a website that has any number of forums to join because you want to know people behind the safety of your screen before you meet them head-on. The best thing to do is join those you want to know more about (or, if you know a lot about it, to share and to gain more knowledge because there is always something new to learn on something we’re good at).
Of course, if that forum has hundreds or thousands of members, it’s gotta be the best forum on that subject, right?!?

Maybe – maybe not.

We all want to be liked and be able to laugh and get along with people because then we are comfortable and happy – and who doesn’t want that?
But we should never walk into something with blinders on.
We all know that, if someone is behaving badly, they will be treated appropriately but what if the person isn’t behaving badly but they are just being blunt – or going against the flow?
Take a look at the rules, how the moderators (mods) handle situations, how the members treat comments they don’t personally like, or how those members/mods treat those that go against the norm.

Just because someone says they are a master, doesn’t mean they are one any more than believing someone is a slave because they say they are.

I am absolutely not saying that, as a slave, you can’t stand up to another or that, as a master you can’t back down from a disagreement.
What I am saying is that, if a person can’t be respectful – even with 50,000 members – do you really want to follow them? Listen and learn from them?

Whatever you see or hear, always take it with a grain of salt and, because yer gonna see and hear a lot, bring a bag of salt!

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Building Relationships & Building Houses

People need to build a relationship much as one creates a house.

First is the foundation – without a strong foundation the rest will eventually fall. So the foundation has to be built on Trust. All relationships are built with this foundation – the ones we have with our children, parents, mentors, spouses, friends – to not have Trust as the foundation leads the relationship to be a passing fancy – No one wants to be a passing fancy.

From there comes the frame – or the bones of the house – and, with a solid belief in Trust, this part will be created out of Love. The depth of Trust will depend on the strength of the Love. The structure for this relationship/home will be strong.

Because Love can be difficult at times, there might be days that the structure could waver because of outside forces or inner struggles but the frame will be strengthened with sheetrock and walls of Compassion and Understanding. These walls will be painted with Faith and the floors carpeted and tiled with Genuine Warmth and Mutual Respect.

The roof’s structure will be from Patience, and the shingles from Belief.

There will be windows created with Hope so that the wonders of what we are making together as well as what we are surrounded by can be viewed clearly.

There will be a front door made from the Soul that provides only two keys. There will be a back door made from Endless Possibilities for which no key is needed.

The rooms? Ahhh, well those are yet to be done because they are waiting for that certain person but I am sure they will be filled full of Dreams, Expectations, Excitement, Fear, Wants, Desires and all the things we have yet to discover …

…One day, the path to building that home will be open… But we just can’t walk that path alone … We can’t build that home without help.

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#Reviews ~ You’re Never Gonna Please Everyone

I don’t really keep up with the reviews on my book because I know I’m never going to please everyone but there are times I get a comment elsewhere that makes me look.
Maybe I really am a masochistic because the first thing I go for is the lowest ratings and it sux that I can’t respond to some (other authors have said it ends up turning into an argument and does nothing to help your cause) so why bother?
Actually, some had some good points that I needed to take into better consideration – and have
But there are some reviews that I have to wonder at. For example, those that have a point but then ruin it with their beliefs on how life was hundreds of years ago makes the book unbelievable.

So I’m gonna take the time to give a response here on a few of the disagreements that were brought up…

  1. “I mean c’mon, the dungeons back then were for torture, not consentual sex play”… If you’ve seen the TV series “Vikings” you’ll note that Count Odo has his own dungeon for his unique pleasures – why then couldn’t a Scottish man? Heck, have you noticed that people in BDSM call Home Depot ‘Dom Depot’? Kinky minds will turn the most normal household devices into something other than it’s intended use – who are we to say that people didn’t have the mental capacity to do so way back when?
  2. “And then at the end the heroine has her sister send her back pink lingerie and heels with fuzzy trim…like a guy from back then would no question find that sexy and not weird, having never seen heels before.” ... Well, Aiden was very captivated with the Kamasutra book Skye gave him – paper, color, etc and, when she came out in that negligee, you don’t think the fact that her body was exposed in a such a sexy way was more appealing than the ‘weirdness’ of the outfit?
  3. “It was hard to follow whose POV I was reading more than half the time. One small paragraph would be Aiden’s and the next would be Skye’s. There were minor editing errors, but nothing that stopped me from knowing what was being said.” … Not having a clue if I’d be any good and having already spent more on getting this book out, I didn’t have an editor … I’m smarter now.
  4. “A little absurd at ending” … I wasn’t as worried about this as I should have been. People that have never experienced sub-drop, don’t get what a person can do in that frame of mind and I should have altered it as well. I also didn’t put any BDSM throughout the book and I should have had it appear more than it did to lead up to it.
  5. My favorite 1-star review: “I absolutely loved this book. I would love for one to be written about Donald and Ewan with each to have their happily everafter.” … If a 1-star for a loved book isn’t bad enough, there is no Donald or Ewan in the story! … I tried to get Amazon to delete the rating but they refused stating the reviewer has a right to their opinion.

Let me close with the fact that I wrote The Highlander’s Witch LONG before 50 shades ( started it around 2008 ) – it just took me forever to get the courage up to actually publish. Smilie: 8)

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