Thursday, April 17, 2014

O - Blogging Challenge "Outlander TV Series"

A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on.

Today's letter is O. 
Outlander TV Series

Sam Heughan as Jamie 

If you know me at all, you know how much I love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander Series. There really is nothing to compare it against as far as I am concerned. These heavy, long and completely absorbing books have finally been picked up by Sony Pictures and will be aired on STARZ network in USA and Showcase in Canada. When? Possibly late summer 2014. 

While you read books, you of course start to picture and formulate what the protagonists look like. For Jamie, it is very clear. Red hair filled with cinnamon and his colour matching the pelt of a Scottish red deer. He is tall, masculine, square jaw and cat like eyes that are bonny blue like a bright summer sky. I would say the casting for Jamie Fraser is BANG ON! Sam Heughan excites me and I canna wait to see him poor his heart into the most beloved Jamie Fraser. 

Caitriona Balfe as Claire

Outlander is told from a first person point of view and it is Claire Randall. Okay let me rephase that, it is actually 
Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser
and the actress to portray this brilliant, smart, sassy 1940's WW2 nurse is Caitriona Balfe. I am beyond impressed with what has been shared with the public on what Cait is going to do with Claire. Claire is everything to this show. There is not one scene that Claire won't be in. 

I have watched this trailer about a thousand times. In slow motion, paused and studied the scene and replayed that last scene with Jamie and Claire over and over and over again. I have chair danced so hard I have worn in my cushions. 

All round casting on Outlander has been fabulous. I have not winced one time when I saw the casting choices. In fact, it just boosted my enthusiasm. 

Normally I get really nervous when my favourite books have been turned into movies or TV series but there is such dedication to this project to remain as close to the books as possible. The author Diana Gabaldon is not a writer but she has been there all along the way reviewing and approving the screenplays. Outlander is her baby and if she is pleased, than I am more than pleased. 

Are you an Outlander fan? Has any of your favourite books been turned into movies or TV shows? 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

N - Blogging Challenge "Names of Characters"

A to Z Challenge is posting every day in April except Sundays (we get those off for good behavior.) And since there are 26 days, that matches the 26 letters of the alphabet. On April 1, blog about something that begins with the letter “A.” April 2 is “B,” April 3 is “C,” and so on.

Today's letter is N. 
Names of Characters

I can only imagine as an author while formulating your masterpieces how hard it must me to create memorable character names. The name of a character can mean strength, be villainous, add mystery and so much more. If a name of a character is off, it could actually derail the story for me. Yes! I mean it. 

Cats and Bones
I totally love character names that stick. You only need to say "Barrons" and you are completely aware of who he is. 

Just say "Cat and Bones" and you have a mental picture of the couple immediately. 

 Lothaire? Yes he falls into that same memorable category. There is only one Lothaire. 

Charley Davidson
 For me Darynda Jones has cornered the market with the name "Charley" for a woman. If another author uses Charley for their female character it feels off. In fact I kind of lose interest because there is only one Charley for me. Same goes for Charley's love, Reyes. 


Deuce. Nuff said. 

Roarke. Do I need to say anything? Nope you totally know who I am talking about. Roarke. 

Lets end on this character name finale. 
J.R. Ward owns these characters names. Other authors would be crazy if they tried to duplicate. 

Wrath, Rhage, Zsadist, Phury, Vishous, Torhment, Qhuinn


I know I have missed a whole bunch of memorable characters that are easily identifiable just by their name. Do you have any that come to mind? 

Thief by Tarryn Fisher

Caleb Drake's story

Thief (Love Me With Lies book 3 - Final Book)

By Tarryn Fisher

Book Blurb:
Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle Caleb must decide how how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

Thief is the conclusion in a 3 part series, Love Me With Lies. They are not stand alone books. You must first read, book 1 - The Opportunist and then book 2 - Dirty Red.  This series is the most twisted, mind blowing love triangle ever written. They consumed me for days. 

Each of the books are told in that particular protagonist's point of view. Each of the books are written where every chapter is either in the past or in the present. They flowed together well and it was not confusing to flip between the years. 

Thief is Caleb's book. Caleb is desperately in love with Olivia. Leah is insanely in love with Caleb. Olivia is determined to believe that she is not worthy of the kind of love Caleb offers and self destructs and sees the worst in every situation. These three books will exhaust you. They will consume you. They will leave you with a book hangover. 

It is hard to write a review on Thief because in doing so, you would have to understand the depth of what occurred in the first two books. I am emotionally wrought. The series spans over ten years. Ten years of drama and one heck of a roller coaster ride. It was worth it. The writing is spectacular. I can't remember when I highlighted and quoted so much in books. These books could be a study of human nature. Absolutely amazing read. 

"I’ve got more of her in my veins than blood."

"Let me carry you out. I’ll never let you touch the ground. I was made to carry you, Olivia. You’re fucking heavy with all of your guilt and self-loathing. But, I can do it. Because I love you."

"She was like water. She moved through everything no matter how hard it was. If there was something she couldn’t control, she’d flow right over the top of it and keep going."

"Broken people give broken love. And we are all a little broken. You just have to forgive and sew up the wounds love delivers, and move on."

"I know, I know that I am the match and she is the gasoline and without each other we are just two objects void of reaction."