February 19, 2011

Saturday Smackdown: Beckett versus Dallas

Literary cops are an enticing breed! Two years ago when Castle debuted, I took one look at the then very shorthaired Stana Katic (actress who portrays Kate Beckett on Castle) and thought Eve Dallas! She was long-legged, rangy, tough and didn’t put up with bull. Like Eve, she had tragedy in her background, being a cop is ingrained into the fabric of her identity and she doesn’t have a lot of patience for fools. The cops that surround them are very much apart of the story as the cases they solve. Castle Of course, Beckett has Castle and Eve has […]
March 8, 2010

Writing: The Joy and the Pain

As a writer, you sometimes have to push passed the roadblocks to get to the meat of the story. Sometimes, those roadblocks are there for a reason. Have you ever read a book and wondered why an author took a detour from the main plot? Or worse, wondered why the author plowed through a subplot as if it wasn’t there? As readers, we are trained to look for the subtleties in the story, to examine the idly mentioned characters and even the nuance of a background scene for a clue that may trump the story in later chapters. You can […]
November 8, 2009

Sunday Snips & Clips: Impaired, Improved and Interesting

What a wild ride the last couple of weeks have been: NaNoWriMo, getting ready for a book launch, cars crashing through fences and more. Two weeks ago, I shared with you my fence, broken and shattered courtesy of a hit and run driver. The next day, the young lady in question along with her uncle came to apologize to us for the damage and to assure us they would take care of it. Low and behold a few days later, new fence – identical to what we had (only looking lots better) patched the whole. Hard to tell it happened […]
July 10, 2009

Paperback Heroes: The Rich and the Famous

We’ve saved the rich for last. The wealth and privilege that comes with it puts these paperback heroes into a class all their own. They are born into wealth or self-made men, they are old-world nobility or modern robber barons. They influence people, they live the good life and they can get away with all kinds of things. Yet, even amidst their wild wealth, they are good men, honorable men. They are the Prince in the modern fairy tale. Paperback Hero: The Rich and the Famous The self-made man is damned attractive in literature. He’s made his fortunes through hard […]
July 1, 2009

Passionate in Death

Today’s passionate love story routine is going on an odyssey of sorts. We’re going right to the book shelves to an author you might have heard of: J.D. Robb and her in Death series. I count this series among my all time favorites for the pacing, the plotting, the scenes and the characters. Oh, the characters, the wonderful, vibrant characters who leap off the page and into our hearts. In November, J.D. Robb or as she is known to the rest of the world Nora Roberts, will release her 30th ‘in Death’ book. What makes in Death stand out so […]