Quotable: Embracing One’s Story

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I’m offering a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  Today’s quote reflects one aspect of Meg’s journey as a character – the Phantom represents exciting, impossible things to her, and she’s always wanted to know more about him.  Her journey over the course of the trilogy, though, is to take ownership of her own story.

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable: Social Isolation, Phantom-style

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I’m offering a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  Today’s quote is from one of the more famous moments, when the Phantom leads Christine through the mirror.  It’s the first time they touch, and one of the few times in the book that the Phantom touches anyone.  The Phantom’s isolation, particularly from any direct human contact, is a theme throughout the trilogy.  I wrote all this before social isolation in response to a pandemic became a present reality, and I wonder if some of it may read a bit differently now…

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Blog Hop: Digital to Paper, or Back Again

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Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is:  If you own an ebook, would you also purchase a print copy as well?

So I guess the answer to this is…not applicable?  The thing of it is, I never buy an ebook first, because I still have pretty thoroughly resisted reading ebooks.  The very rare times have been when a paper version just doesn’t exist – that’s come up a few times with self-published books I wanted to read.

To look at this in a larger sense, I do occasionally buy more than one form of a book – though mostly print and audiobook.  I have bought audio editions of some books I already owned in paper because…I wanted to listen to the audio.  I have a few audiobooks I may eventually buy in paper.  I have to really like a book though – I’ve done a number of audiobooks from the library where I owned a paper copy, but I think I’ve really only purchased L. M. Montgomery books, a complete Sherlock Holmes, and a couple Jane Austen books for a book club I’m in.

I’ve bought one or two ebooks that I already had in print to make them more portable, on the theory that it would be nice to have some particularly beloved books on my phone that I could just dip into.  I don’t actually do that though, so that was more theory…

How about you?  Do you buy books in multiple formats?  Digital then paper, or the other way around?

Quotable: Self-Aware Tragic Heroes

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I’m offering a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  One of the Phantom’s tragedies is that he believes in his own tragic arc – and doesn’t believe life can go differently for him.

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Quotable: Some things, you just don’t do

As the release of my book Nocturne approaches, I thought it would be fun to offer a few glimpses of the story by sharing some quotes.  One of the most iconic scenes in the Phantom mythos is when Christine unmasks the Phantom.  In my version, we see that happen from the Phantom’s perspective, and hear about it again in Meg Giry’s point of view.  Meg is appalled by the whole business, and I have to agree with her!

Look for Nocturne on June 5th in Kindle, paperback and hardback, and pre-order your Kindle copy today.

Movie Review: The Gerard Butler Phantom

With Nocturne coming out in just a few weeks, you can probably expect a lot of Phantom around here for a while!  Today is no exception, as my review today is of one of the major Phantom of the Opera versions: the 2004 Andrew Lloyd Webber movie, starring Gerard Butler and Emmy Rossum.  I have mixed feelings about this one – and a theory involving Raoul and unreliable narration to explain everything from strange costume choices to the Phantom’s unstable character…  Enjoy watching!

Friday Face-Off: Surprisingly Pink

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It’s time again for the Friday Face-Off meme, created by Books by Proxy, with weekly topics hosted by Lynn’s Book Blog.  The idea is to put up different covers for one book, and select a favorite.

This week’s theme is: As pink as cotton candy – any cover that is pink

I went to hunt my bookshelves for this prompt, to see what pink covers I could turn up.  I was actually kind of surprised to realize that my Song of the Lioness quartet books actually have a lot of pink on them.  And when I started looking at covers online, this seemed to be a trend.  Considering I feel like they started the “woman as hero” genre of books, with the heroine disguising herself as a man, well…”pink” isn’t really what comes to mind.  Although Alanna does eventually come to discover that, while she definitely wants to be a knight and use a sword, sometimes she enjoys styling her hair and wearing a dress, so–bit of balance there.

Anyway, here are a few cover versions of the third book in the series, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, selecting for pink ones!

This is definitely the pinkest.  The war horse and the pink background is…interesting.

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