Charlotte Kinder is a good woman. She is kind. She is dependable and hard working. When her husband leaves her she puts up very little fuss and just let’s her emotions turn numb. After all that does make it easier when she thinks about her ex’s new wife Justice. But suddenly she fears that she will never feel anything at all. What was the last thing that made her feel anything? Not the blind dates her friends and co-workers keep shoving her into, that’s for sure. Now that she thinks about it the last good feeling she can remember comes from reading Jane Austen’s books as it happens. So she goes in search of more of this feeling and finds herself on her way to Pembrook Park, England, and a full immersion into the world of Austen. Soon her heart is beating, and thrills are running through her. But is it from the actors paid to faun upon her? Or a dangerous secret lurking somewhere through the park, nesting in secret rooms. Who can Charlotte trust in a world of make-believe? Is she so caught up in things she can’t tell fiction from reality, or will she rise up to be the Austen heroine she always wanted to be?
4.5/5 book vs 5/5 movie
Jane Hayes has a secret. To the world she is a moderately successful graphic designer, she has her fair share of dates, and she lives a content if quiet life. But behind closed doors she is a hopeless addict, and her poison is none other than Jane Austen. Nothing in real life can measure up to Mr. Darcy or the idyllic romance born of the shades of Pemberley. So when she suddenly finds herself in possession of a fully paid trip to a real live Austen themed vacation in England, Jane feels this might be just the thing she was looking for. Here is her chance to finally get over her ridiculous infatuation with her fantasy Austen world. So she dives in to the Regency era, ready to get all the nonsense out of her system and move on with her life. But when the lines between the act and real life begin to blur, Jane realizes she might be getting more than she bargained for.
The day one of the Pendragon’s equites recognize her, Lin is freed from her torturous life as a slave. But when her newly found father goes off and leaves her with her cold and unloving mother, expected to bend her will to that of the court and the life of a royal woman, Lin wonders if she hasn’t fallen into a different sort of slavery. As she could never stand down when she faced Mordred, Lin cannot and will not change herself now. she must follow her heart, and it is not in sewing an arranged marriage. She longs for freedom, the kind she would have were she born a man. But does she ask too much of her father? and could she make it in the life she thinks she wants?
rain dripping tracks down a window
the world blurring by like my memories of you
years of feeling my throat close, face heat.
why did it feel so good when you hurt me?
yet i drank it in,
secret pleasure in the numbering insecurities.
no one tells you that words can leave marks
just as much as blows.
i was looking for love and i found you instead,
a half smile and biting remarks.
you led me through your door,
i left my innocence on the stoop.
i made room for you
inside me, bit my lips, held the words back,
scratched lines onto my knees,
all the while shrinking.
when did i get so small?
my clothes became tents,
a child playing dress up.
i always felt all of five around you.
your baby, said like it’s something to be proud of.
i made space around myself until i was a mouse
you were a giant.
i remember the day you dropped me
at the library. told me to stay,
like a dog, until you finished your exam at four.
i waded into the stacks, left the whispering students,
page turns, and secret games of solitaire behind.
no one turned in my wake, i was a breeze,
i found the furthest place to hide,
where the shelves were high
and there was nothing but a muffled silence
as the air swooshed through a vent.
it was the words of a thousand million voices,
rustling against pages in a hundred thousand books.
there was no you, no words dripping sarcastic venom
falling from your lips. the surprise i never wanted.
this time it was just me, filling up with words i didn’t know i had.
my phone buzzed angrily, you calling me back to your side.
i didn’t even think about it when i pulled off a book from the shelf,
put the phone in its place and walked away,
found a place to sink once more to the ground
not in ashes but in perfect repose,
to take in words of my own choosing
all the while reveling in this
deep silent moment
in a world full of new possibility
Jon is a claver, one of the elite few granted permission to live ensconced in the protected world of the Sexton enclave. Using the passes Alex gave to Jon’s family, Jon, his step-mother Lisa, and Lisa’s young son Gabe slipped into this community. It is a place where people have homes, education, purified air and, always enough to eat. It is a humanity moving on pass the catastrophe that changed all their lives as they knew it. But beneath the careful safety of his world lays a poison and everything is shifting. The community of Sexton is supported on the degradation and near slave labor of those unlucky enough not to have admittance to enclve life. The enclave feeds on the grubs, their hard work and hard life, and especially their pain. As the enclave pushes the ‘grubs’ further into the mud, they near a line they might not want to cross, because everyone has a breaking point and it looks like everything is going to explode. Jon is stuck in the middle. Should he support his grubber family, or his claver one? In a world gone so terribly awry where is the line between good and bad, and which side will Jon take? As a Slip, his future is far from safe. The wrong words or actions could get himself and his loved ones killed, but how far can he go before there is no turning back?
I rate this book 2.5 out of 5
Fenella Scarborough was the one to start it all, the one to meet Padraig and change her life and every Scarborough girl forever. But the curse broken by her descendant Lucy. However to Fenella’s utter dismay she did not die as she thought she would with the breaking of the curse that held her captive for 400 years. She lives on, trapped in fairy, when all she wishes for is peace. In an act of desperation she makes a deal with the new fairy queen: if she can complete three new tasks in three months she will be free to die as she so wishes. But nothing is ever that easy with fairies involved and too late Fenalla realizes she might have made a grave mistake. Her tasks are ones of destruction wrought upon her own family, only so newly freed from the curse that plagued them all. Once again Fenella finds herself trapped in fairy deal and everything depends on her winning her way out.
my boyfriend’s valentines day present to me. my name engraved in gallifreyan <3 for anyone interested in knowing, this is what the purest love looks like, love between gnorks (geek+nerd+dork…the g is silent).
Just got my copies of the recently published FishHook litmag, fall 2013 edition, containing two of my short stories!!! Very happy with the final result.
I rate this novel 3 out of 5
Lin was born a slave, one among many of Dunn na Carraice. But from the moment she came to understand her position in life she knows she must fight it. when she catches the eye of the sadistic Prince Mordred, the youngest Prince of Orkney, he becomes hell bent on seeing her spirit broken and her already desperate life becomes a daily test of courage and strength as the young Lin is put through what no person ever should. She thinks she would rather die than give in, but as the threat of her brother being sold looms over her, she questions all her choices. Is her pride really worth the life of her brother? But a shocking revelation throws everything into a new perspective and Lin finally realizes why she had to fight all along.