Oct 29 2014
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Book Talk: Be With Me

Cover for Be With Me by Becca LusherI’m honestly not entirely sure what to say in the introduction bit, so I’m just going to launch directly into the story description.

Everyone deserves a second chance at love…

Barely even a wife before she became a widow, Briallen feels like she’s lost everything – and now she has to stand by while a group of strangers moves in to the house she once called home. As hard as that it is to face, it’s made even more difficult by a man she feels drawn to, and two children she can’t help but love.

Elisud’s world is changing. Homeless and wandering, with a grieving nephew on his hands, he has no choice but to live on the farm – even when he feels the constant call of the sea. Determined to make things right for his nephew and daughter, he can’t help but notice Briallen and the bruised look in her eyes.

Both battered by grief and woes, can these two wounded people ever see past their own pain and accept the love that’s kindled between them? Or will their own self-doubts hold them back?

Set in the British Iron Age, this romantic novella deals with an age-old tale of loss, grief, healing and love, with a little help from family.

As always, I know Becca and there will be spoilers, of sorts, for this and parts of Unbound and Free which this is a companion novella/short novel for. It’s all below the cut, though!

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Oct 27 2014
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Serial: A Promise Broken, 38

Wherein is discussed the issue of Innas and Janyn’s role in the hurting of the doll. Also wherein we get an even better idea how messed up this lot is and Myrtan makes a big mistake. There’s also some racism present. I remind everyone that I find politics hard and this is, effectively, a first draft. This is the general state my first drafts are in and usually they’re even worse. The gist of it will probably remain the same, but the presentation may change a lot.

A Promise Broken is a WIP serial fantasy novel that updates every Monday for free. You can read more about the project here. For every €20 in donations, an additional Wednesday post will be unlocked.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 38

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Oct 24 2014
2

What I Like about Books

No, this isn’t going to be one of those ebooks versus print books lists. Don’t worry. I like both. I thought it might be a nice and refreshing change to have a list of why I like both in one spot. ^_^

In some ways the ebooks vs print books debate is an interesting one since people feel so strongly about them. There’s such an either/or mentality to the debate. In others, the debate is utterly baffling because, despite the either/or mentality I see in those articles, most of the people I know have an and/and mentality.  They may, for various reasons, have concluded that either side isn’t for them, but the vehemence I see in some of the articles written about the topic? Never seen that before.

So. What I like about print and ebooks.

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Oct 22 2014
4

The Continued Adventures of Lynn’s Everyday Life

Which I actually rarely talk about, but there you go. Early on in September, I screwed up the courage to ask my optician about contact lenses. I’m putting the remainder of the whole post below a cut because I know one of my friends has had bad experiences with them. Before I give you the cut, though, I’d like to reminder you all that this is not a post describing what you should or should not do. This is a post discussing what works for me and why it works for me. There are details of the process of putting in and removing contact lenses, so if that squicks you out, skip this post.

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Oct 21 2014
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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal (Episode 7 & 8)

For those of you following this set of reaction posts along whilst being new to the Sailormoon franchise, I’d like to point out that we’re about halfway through the first arc. Last I checked, it was still planned for 26 episodes. We’re on episode 8 AND WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH THE STORY. If not more so. The manga has 12/13 acts for this arc depending on how you want to count it. (This also means I can start poking at the spoiler comparisons because the big reveal was had, mind you.)

You… go and let that sink in whilst I put a cut for spoilers right here. ^_^ Just remember there are also MAJOR PLOT TWIST spoilers if you haven’t worked them out yourself yet. I am working on the presumption that the next-episode preview is enough to take anyone’s doubts away about what the twists are in that regard.

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Oct 20 2014
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Serial: A Promise Broken, 37

Wherein Arèn tries to comfort his niece after she has a nightmare and they discuss what had happened. He’s trying very hard to convince her not to blame herself for what happened. (He’s not very good.)

A Promise Broken is a WIP serial fantasy novel that updates every Monday for free. You can read more about the project here. For every €20 in donations, an additional Wednesday post will be unlocked.

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Oct 17 2014
2

Book Talk: The Storyteller and Her Sisters

Cover for The Storyteller and Her Sisters by Cheryl MahoneyA few days ago, I interview Cheryl Mahoney about her second book, The Storyteller and Her Sisters. You can read the interview here. Today, I’m reviewing the book itself. I got the pleasure and honour of betareading it before it was released and I’ve been sitting on this book for so, so long. Now I can finally talk about it and squee at you all about how much I’ve enjoyed it.

The Storyteller and Her Sisters is a companion novel to Cheryl’s The Wanderers released last year. It’s great fun and highly recommend if you like authors playing with fairytale and narrative tropes. The Storyteller and Her Sisters is no exception, although, unlike The Wanderers, it focuses on a single fairytale: The Twelve Dancing Princess or The Shoes That Were Danced To Pieces.

Maybe you’ve heard a tale about twelve princesses who danced their shoes to pieces. That was only part of our story.

Talya would tell you how dark and frightening the cursed forest and enchanted lake were. Vira would be too busy looking after us all to tell you many details, while Mina would try to give you every fact and figure (even though magic is rarely so logical). Each of my sisters would tell the story differently.

And Dastan—he’d write a ballad. Or maybe a love song.

As for me, I’m the storyteller, so I’m giving you my version. It’s about my sisters and me, our father, twelve princes and a cursed country—about a series of misguided champions, one even more misguided Fairy Godmother, and a great deal of dancing. It’s about twelve trapped princesses who decided to take control of the story.

I’m Lyra, the ninth princess, and this is how I tell the tale.

Below the cut lie the usual spoilerific comments, especially for The Wanderers, and also disclaimer that I know the author.

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Oct 16 2014
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Writing Dyscalculia

I don’t know how old I was when I learned that my dad has dyslexia. It’s one of those things I’ve always kind of known. I’ve also always kind of known that he never got the support he needed to excel at school. For me it’s maths. Like my dad’s situation with dyslexia, when I was in primary and secondary school dyscalculia wasn’t a thing people paid attention to. My mum remains firmly convinced that I woke up one day, said “I don’t like maths” and decided to suck at it for the rest of my life. Because that’s a thing people with invisible disabilities do, you know, they decide that they have a problem. Please note the heavy use of sarcasm in that sentence because we do not, in fact, decide to have a problem and then it magically appears and if only we just decide not to have a problem then it will go away like it’s never been.

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Oct 14 2014
4

Interview with Cheryl Mahoney

Last year,  I interviewed Cheryl Mahoney about her debut release, The Wanderers. This year, we’re back with an interview centring on her second book, The Storyteller and Her Sisters! (I had the privilege and pleasure of being one of Cheryl’s betareaders. I’ve been sitting on my squee for so long. SQUEE! Suffice to say that if you enjoy fairytale retellings, I recommend you go out and get this as soon as possible. It’s a fantastic retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses.)

Before we get to the interview, here’s a little bit about Cheryl herself:

Cheryl Mahoney is a book blogger at Tales of the Marvelous, and the author of two books based on fairy tales. The Wanderers, published in 2013, follows the journeys of a wandering adventurer, a talking cat and a witch’s daughter. Her new novel, The Storyteller and Her Sisters, was published in October, 2014.

Welcome, Cheryl!

And here’s a bit about The Storyteller and Her Sisters too. Have the product description. ^_^

Maybe you’ve heard a tale about twelve princesses who danced their shoes to pieces. That was only part of our story.

Talya would tell you how dark and frightening the cursed forest and enchanted lake were. Vira would be too busy looking after us all to tell you many details, while Mina would try to give you every fact and figure (even though magic is rarely so logical). Each of my sisters would tell the story differently.

And Dastan—he’d write a ballad. Or maybe a love song.

As for me, I’m the storyteller, so I’m giving you my version. It’s about my sisters and me, our father, twelve princes and a cursed country—about a series of misguided champions, one even more misguided Fairy Godmother, and a great deal of dancing. It’s about twelve trapped princesses who decided to take control of the story.

I’m Lyra, the ninth princess, and this is how I tell the tale.

<3 And now, without further ado, below the cut lies the interview with Cheryl. Enjoy!

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Oct 13 2014
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Serial: A Promise Broken, 36

In the aftermath we get a slightly clearer issue of what happened. One thing’s for certain: it is not looking very rosy for Janyn. Wherein Arèn continues to do his best to be a good parent and Innas gains a voice.

The fluffier fluff is still a few posts away, sorry, but this is bittersweet fluff? That’s better than no fluff, surely.

A Promise Broken is a WIP serial fantasy novel that updates every Monday for free. You can read more about the project here. For every €20 in donations, an additional Wednesday post will be unlocked.

A Promise Broken

Lynn E. O’Connacht

Part 36

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