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Voting for our 2011 selections

Below you will find the poll for the 2011 Book Selections. Please be sure to view the blurbs of each book if you haven’t already. This is a members only vote. If you’d like to become a member of Kat Logic Book Clubs, please do so now, make an introduction, and then place your vote.

There were a couple of books I decided were not good book club selection reads (after reviewing them). The authors of these books will be interviewed on Kat Logic and a review for the book will be placed both on our blog and on Amazon.com. If your book is not on the list and you submitted a book for consideration, I will be in touch with you soon.

View the list. Choose THREE books you’d like to read.

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Posted by on January 25, 2011 in encouragement

 

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Vote To Read (part 1)

Monday, we will be voting on our book selections to read for this year.

Today, Saturday and Sunday I will post 7 book selections each day. Take a look over them. Read the blurbs. If you’d like to vote, you must be an active member of Kat Logic Book Clubs, so head on over and introduce yourself. Be sure to be back Saturday and Sunday to view the rest of the selections:

Title: Shadow Path

Author: P L Blair

Publisher: Studio See Publishing, LLC

Release Date: March 2008

Genre: Fantasy / Detective

Blurb: – Corpus Christi police detectives Kat Morales (human) and her partner Tevis (elf) find a trail of murders leads to Tevis’ past – a former lover who now wants him dead. To stop her, Tevis must do what he swore he would never do again: call on the magic he abandoned thousands of years ago. If he fails, he too will die.


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Title: Cedar Woman

Author: Debra Shiveley Welch

Publisher: Saga Books

Release Date: Dec 9, 2010

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Blurb: Lena Cedar Woman Young Bear, a daughter of the Lakota Sioux, opens the first high-end Native American restaurant in Central Ohio.

This is her story.

Born in May Hill, Ohio, Lena Cedar Woman travels to Columbus at age 12 after tragedy befalls her family. Here, in the capital city, a chance encounter leads her to her destiny.

Walk with her as she changes the lives and fortunes of those she loves. Follow her to powwow where she meets her half-side. Rejoice with her at the grand opening of her restaurant.

Cedar Woman allows the reader to learn the ways, and some of the language of The People, while also offering romance and discovery.

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Name: Christine Verstraete
Title Searching for a Starry Night, A Miniature Art Mystery
Publisher Kindle, print and eBook
Release Date Sept 2010
Genre children’s mystery, age 9 and up
Blurb Sam and her bff Lita, along with a mischievous Dachshund named Petey face an angry housekeeper, a dog-hating gardener and an ancient family curse as they search for a missing replica of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.”
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Name C. A. Verstraete
Title The Killer Valentine Ball
Publisher MuseItUp Publishing
Release Date Oct 2010
Genre light horror with a touch of humor
Blurb Jess reluctantly agrees to her mother’s request to go on a blind date – on Valentine’s Day yet. Can you say loser? The Killer Valentine Ball turns out to be one of the most memorable parties she’ll ever attend… and not for the reasons she’d expected…
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Name: Viviane Brentanos
Title:   Fragile Dreams
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Mainstream contemporary romance
Release Date : 14/01/2011
Blurb:
Elysiana Rouva and the young Michael are drawn together by an inexplicable bond. They share so much more than mere physical attraction. Ellie is at the point where she is questioning her life. Recently overcoming a long, hard battle with breast cancer, she is vulnerable and depressed. Her husband, Pavlos, although outwardly supportive, provides her with no real comfort. 

Their marriage is a farce. She no longer loves him and is not threatened by his numerous affairs or his obsession with his work. Her friends say all the right words but she cannot make them understand.

Enter Michael. Michael becomes Ellie’s salvation. The young man Pavlos sends to tend their garden turns Ellie’s world on its head. As for Michael, Ellie provides escape from a past clouded with bad memories.

Can she rid his heart of so much betrayal?

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Title: Of Swords and Sorcery

Author: Teel James Glen

Publisher:  Gypsy Shadow Publishing

Release Date: August 16, 2010

Blurb: Journey to worlds of heroes and monsters, of swashbuckling women and magical villains in short stories by a master of action and adventure!   In Of Swords and Sorcery Teel James Glenn presents a collection of tales of magic and swordplay that range from the frontier forests of colonial America to the fare flung world of Altiva. From pirate women on the bounding Main to the shadowed alleys of New Orleans to the movie magic of Hollywood in the 1950s!   There are quests for love, and fights against fire breathing dragons, mystical dictators, alchemist summoned demons and deadly female assassins along the way. These are classic tales of damsels and do-gooders, in the pulp style adventure tradition of Conan, Zorro and Captain Blood!

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Posted by on January 21, 2011 in encouragement

 

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Writing for Middle Grade … outside the comfort zone

This is a first for me.

I usually write novels. Long novels. Ones with love, anger, pain, and freedom filling the pages. Inspirational fiction novels meant for women like me. Moms. Banging on the door of middle age (dare I admit). Married, divorced, single … you name it. Women. Mothers, daughters, sisters, wives. That’s my target audience.

But I’m changing direction. Of course I am still working on my novels … as you read the unedited and shameful beginning of “For Emma’s Sake” yesterday morning. But I in case anyone was unaware, I am also working a series of books, not for the middle-aged audience, but this time for middle-grade. Fourth to eighth graders. Girls, none the less. It is a series called “Note To Self”.

Now this is an experience. So where do you go when you’re writing outside your genre? Where do you turn when you’re outside your comfort zone? I turned to none other than my all time favorite author when I was that age. The famous Judy Blume.

Now I’d like to say I interviewed her and picked her brain. No such luck. But what I did was bought every book of hers I could find at our local book store. Among my favorite is “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing”. That and “Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret” are the books I remember most from that time in my life.

I scoured the pages. Studying her way with words. Her mannerisms. Her talent. Has it helped me? Well, I suppose that remains to be seen but I am almost done with the first book of the series and will be sending it to critique groups to leave painful red designs throughout the pages.

I’m enjoying this genre and I must admit, I couldn’t have done it without her.

What’s your favorite/least favorite genre? What do you do when you are forced to cross over? Share some tips with stepping outside the zone and finding a new direction.

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in encouragement

 

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Writer’s Block Anyone??

I’m losing my mind … practically pulling out my hair. It’s 1:20 in the morning and I’m still staring at this computer.

Why? My brain won’t work to put together a clear image of the plot of my hopeful new novel. What’s a girl to do?

We’ve all had it. We’ve read about it. Heard about it. We’ve witnessed it in the eyes of other authors and experienced it in their facebook updates.

Writer’s block !

Now, I’m certainly no Karen Kingsbury when it comes to the speed of spitting out a novel beginning to end. Are any of us? That woman can whip one up in as little as seven days … so I’ve read.

I’m not like some others either . “Margaret Mitchell wrote and published Gone with the Wind in 10 years.

Audrey Niffenegger began writing The Time Traveler’s Wife in 1997. She finished in 2001, but it took another two years of searching for an agent and publisher before the finished product was in her hands. From idea to publication: 7 years.” (Wavy Lines Blog Nov 19, 2010).
But what’s a girl to do when the words just won’t surface? When the block can’t be lifted and nothing seems to work to tug on the muse and get the characters in line? What do YOU do when you’re staring at a blank screen to no avail? Any tips? Crazy antidotes?
Hmmm… guess I’ll eat a bowl of sugar smacks and go to bed. Better luck tomorrow.
 
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Posted by on January 16, 2011 in encouragement

 

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On Butterfly Faith Meet & Greet

If you haven’t gotten your copy of On Butterfly Faith yet, now’s the time.  If your local book store does not carry it, ask them to. Otherwise, you can pick it up on Amazon.com

We’re back in full swing here on Kat Logic. There’s a Meet & Greet in the works. The characters of On Butterfly Faith will be joining us in a couple of weeks to answer your questions and give a little insight into their decisions and mistakes.

If you’d like to have one of them stop by your BLOG, contact me.

They will be discussing grief, loss, forgiveness, and faith. Among other things . Be sure to pick up your copy of On Butterfly Faith today so you can participate in our Meet & Greet .

 
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Posted by on April 30, 2010 in encouragement

 

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