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Continuing with the popular theme…

This couple graces the covers of at least 3 different series.

ObsidianOnyxOpalShadows

Obsidian originally had a different cover.

SignificanceAccordanceDefianceReverence

The Trouble With SpellsThe Demon KissBlood of the White WitchPossession of Souls

Book 4 in this series was matched before.

And other nonseries books they match:

Coming of Age     Heart of the Huntress

(Images are from Amazon and owners retain all rights.)

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And on the heels of the most popular image, comes the most popular couple. First showcased in May, they had a follow up in June and July.

Aged to Perfection   Bitten in the Bayou   Kiss of the Beast

The Curse of BeautyShe WolfA Price Worth PayingThe Third Fate

(Images are from Amazon and owners retain all rights.)

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How fitting that on the post comprising the meaning of life, the universe, and everything, I showcase what has to be the most popular image of all the duplicate covers I’ve posted.

Already gracing the covers of 7 books, here are 6 more.

Beautiful Mess   Claiming the Prize   Falling in Danger

Always Devoted   The Frenchman's Revenge   Make-Believe Marriage

(Images are from Amazon and owners retain all rights.)

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Today is brought to you by the color red.

The Other Side of the PageBorn to DarknessA Modern Day PersuasionReady or Not

My Link in Time  A Ravishing Redhead  The Prince With No Heart

Everblue     Amaranthine

(With the exception of The Other Side of the Page, images are from Amazon. Owners retain all rights.)

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Saphyre Snow   Shehera   Diary of a Vampeen

Ghost HunterDark FaeKeepers of the WaterAdmissions

CharitySophiaLips That Touch MineClose Your Eyes

Craved   Taken   Slade

(Images are from Amazon and owners retain all rights.)

She Shall Have Music Wherever She Goes

Back in August, I dropped my ipod nano and shattered the screen.

Behold:

ipod nano no more

Since it still worked (though I had to take care when swiping…) I just continued to use it.

Then I found the receipt.

Turns out my husband had bought an extended warranty with those awesome initials: ADH (Accidental Damage Handling). So we called up Big Box Store (BBS) to confirm whether they’d exchange it or try to send it off for fixing.

Good news: exchange no problem

Bad news: none in stock…

Awesome news: …because new ipods had been announced. (Yes, way—you know where this is going)

Since Apple does that wonderful thing where subsequent generations come out at the same prices as the one before, it meant a new gen 7 ipod would cost as much as my 6. And I had enough time left on the warranty to wait for them to get shipped.

Fast forward another month and they finally come off preorder on BBS webbysite…except the color I reaaalllly wanted. Slate. Girl’s gotta have standards, right?

Of course BBS has no clue when/if they’ll come out and offered to hold a silver for me. At this point I wondered if I was being too picky. One is better than none. We called the Apple Store to see if they had them in stock, but with their warranty, I’d have to exchange gen 6 for gen 6.

So, I wait.

Then, Wed morning I checked again and loh and behold a semi-local branch of BBS showed “available for pick up”. We called. No dice. “Sorry, sold out.”

But webbysite said… She checked the SKU# “Yup. We’ve got them. Would you like me to hold one?”

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

So, I’m now the proud owner of a slate gen 7 ipod nano.

Awww, ain’t it purrty?

I love God’s sense of timing. Had I found that receipt or gone hunting for the warranty info earlier, I’d have missed out. And husband is justified for buying it in the first place. Life is good. 🙂

Congratulations! You Inherited The Slush Pile!

Maybe I’m just too jaded for my own good, but I’m finding it harder and harder to read for pleasure these days—not due to time constraints, but because we readers have become the recipients of the new slush pile.

I want characters who act like people, who react logically and speak naturally. I want the writer to get out of the way of the story, the words to disappear and the imagery to be logical.

Not like this:

“From the bathroom there was the roaring, monotonous drip of a water faucet.

No matter how quiet the house is, a dripping faucet doesn’t make a roaring sound.

“[Her] joints creaked and groaned like protesting hinges of a long-locked door being opened.”

Joints groan? Honey, if people say “Good evening,” with a Romanian accent when you turn your head, you’ve got problems waaay beyond stiff muscles.

And my new personal favorite:

“Trembling, her head rotated on its axis.”

(This from a romance novel. *facepalm*)

The maxim is clearly playing out: “New writers don’t know what they don’t know.”

I know. I’m one of them. And I saw this happen within my own work.

But I haven’t put my stuff out there as a finished product. I’m not charging money for it. If you reach that point without doing your homework, you deserve those low reviews. The reviewers aren’t grammar nazis, or punctuation drill sergeants; they’re readers who wanted to like your story, but didn’t because they couldn’t see past your lack of craft. And the fact that they spent money on it tends to make people cranky.

I will willingly suspend disbelief for any type of story that’s well-written. Make me see the story, feel the emotion and love your characters…not your writing!