Monday, July 23, 2012

Of Gods and Goats Review

I'm going to stop you before you start reading this review. Make sure you take a gander at the author interview that was posted previous to this review. Any comments get entered in to win a free e-book copy of , Of Gods and Goats

On to the review....

I always start by saying let me start...I will not do that this time. I will start with, holy moly! V.L. Locey and I attend the same writers group in our area and I'd have to admit that I got to read little sneak peaks before the book came out. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her read parts of her novel out loud. Listening to the animation in her voice and bringing the characters to life was amazing. I actually wish everyone would be able to enjoy her book by listening to her read it aloud. 

When the book came out I couldn't wait to read it and put the rest of the puzzle together from what I had already heard her read. Libby Simons is the main character and could be summed up as a widow who works hard, doesn't take shit, and takes awhile to get use to the idea of moving on passed her husband's death. It was interesting to read her thoughts. The way her mind worked and the thoughts that bounced around were priceless. She is definitely a saucy minx who needed a man in her life. All of her thoughts centered around the chisel body of her new beau Ares. All of the things that most women think inside when they see a half naked man was what V.L. Locey wrote. I kept thinking things that I wasn't quite proud to think of a half naked man with a sledgehammer, but of course V.L. Locey did not shy away from them. That was what I liked the most. No holds barred. Out loud she didn't say it, but in her head she didn't hold back. I loved it!

Another big part of the novel that I loved was the way that Ares spoke and what actually came out of his mouth. I couldn't stop laughing when he was trying to co-exist with the people who were in Libby's life. There was also adjusting his behavior in general toward women. It was funny reading the dialogue between the two. Every time Ares spoke of bedding her when they first met I laughed so hard. He just didn't have a clue whatsoever how to treat women. It was hilarious.

If you aren't one of those people who shy away from sex then I would have to tell you that this book is not for you. It's not an erotic book, but there is a sex scene that would have made Hugh Hefner blush. I had a hard time reading it without blushing. Then I had to read it again to make sure it was actually possible. (You'll understand)

The one thing I would have loved to see was the relationship between Libby and Ares build more. More of the reason why she was attracted to him besides his good looks. Plus, it was unclear to me when he made the decision that he was fallen for her. I don't want to give too much away although most people who have read a book now how the formula of a romantic comedy work. I just wish there was that something more between them, but there is a second novel in the series so I know I'll get to read a lot more. 

If you are looking for a light read with a sense of humor, funny banter, and sexy Gods, this is definitely a book to pick up. 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fabulous author V.L. Locey is stopping by today!

What's up Bloaders! I haven't done and author interview yet on my website and I just love doing them so much I've decided that it was time for me to start up. Today I'm here interviewing a good friend of mine V. L. Locey. She is the author of the romantic comedy novel, 'OF GODS AND GOATS.' I've had the opportunity to read Vicki's book and I have to say that my funny bone was tickled pink. 

Click on photo to link to V.L. Locey's website. Click on book cover for book description. 


     Now Vicki since I know you and I've read your novel I can say that there seemed to be a few similarities between you and the main character. What would be three ways that you are similar to Libby?

Oh gosh, this could get me into trouble. She and I share a similar sense of humor. We both raise goats. Libby and I also share a fine appreciation for well-crafted Greek gods. That reply should keep me out of hot water with Mister.

I would have to say that I agree with those three similarities. It's the three I would have said that made me think of you while I was reading. Now for the next question. Why out of all of the Greek gods did you decide to use Ares?

Good question! First off, Ares has always been my favorite out of all the Greek gods. I`ve read a ton of Greek mythos over my years, and every single tale involving Ares portrays him as this one-dimensional barbarian, incapable of loving anything aside from war. That is a large part of the god of bloodlust, yes, but there had to be more. This is a god that loved Aphrodite for centuries, so he is capable of great affection it`s just never been delved into in any account that I`ve come across. He is also a devoted father. This has never been relayed well either in my humble. I wanted Ares as my leading man to show that he is more than a blood-thirsty lout and I think I`ve been able to add some real depth and development to him. Of course, the readers are the ones who get the final call on if I wrote Ares well or not.

 I can without a doubt tell you that I am a huge fan of Ares. If I could meet him in real life I'm sure he could show a girl a good time. Which make me wonder why you decided to make Ares the size, hair color, height, and other fantastic qualities, were you picturing someone you know?

Not really. My Ares is a conglomeration of various other representations I`ve read and dreamed about. After the book was out I spent some time searching through images on the internet, trying to find a man that looks like I picture my Ares to look. After days of grueling work looking at literally hundreds of sexy men, I stumbled upon Dave Batista, the wrestler, and my heart sped up exponentially! If I were in charge of casting for the movie version of ‘Of Gods & Goats’ Dave Batista would be my first choice.

Being a ginormous wrestling fan. If any of you truly know me you know that I'm obsessed with it. For those of you who don't know who David Batista is here's a pic. (BTW I wouldn't say no to watching a movie if those abs were in it.) 

Hmm... Now that my cold shower is over let me move on. What's next is in store for Libby and her Greek warrior god?

Oh, the usual farm life stuff. Milk the goats, feed the steer, have mind-numbing sex, try to save the world from the evil machinations of Hades, god of the dead. Your typical rural sort of things, you know. Their story will continue through two more books, ‘Of Heroes & Haybales’ coming out in the spring of 2013, and ‘Of Titans & Tractors’ which will be released in the spring of 2014, God willing and the creek don`t rise.

I'm very much looking forward to reading the next two novels in the series. What was the hardest part in writing Of Gods and Goats?

Actually the writing was wonderfully simple and flowed with ease. The storyline just exploded onto the page and the characters came to life instantly. The hardest part, for me, was not buckling into the voice of doubt that kept nipping at my heels. Since I do not possess any kind of college degree I always struggle with feelings of inadequacy when it comes to my writing compared to well-schooled novelists. Keeping that annoying imp of insecurity quiet was a tussle at times. After the usual author doubt rodeo the hardest part was editing. Ugh. I have grown to hate commas and apostrophes.

Don't even get me started I have a college degree and I still can't figure out how to use them. I'm just gonna move on to the next questions before my head explodes trying to figure out if this is a run-on sentence or not.  Do you think you will try and write in any other genre besides fantasy?

As a matter, I`m delving into a new field for me as we speak! I`m working on a comedic horror story that I plan to submit to a publisher who put a call for submissions out on Facebook recently. Think ‘Shaun of the Dead’ but with gay leads. I also have two contemporary romance tales outlined for this year’s NaNoWriMo in November. I have to choose between the two soon to fine tune the plot a bit.

Busy Busy Busy...Now as you know I'm a romantic comedy writer and I've noticed that every person I encounter is doing fantasy or paranormal of some kind. Do you think it's harder being in that genre with that much competition?

I think the PNR genre is just about filled to the rim and is ready to overflow its mug. Over the past few years PNR has grown so popular that the market is now glutted. That can be a real boon for readers like me, who love the genre, but it`s a double-edged sword also. With so many books being released in one genre the lack of original plots and characters is beginning to show. Fantasy is also seeing a huge rise, in good part I think, due to the amazing success of ‘Game of Thrones’ on HBO and the wonderful books themselves written by George R.R. Martin. I`ve read four of the novels so far and cannot leave them alone!
So yeah, if you`re in a genre that is packed full of books and authors, it`s much harder to carve out your niche. I don`t view my gods and goats stories as fantasy, or paranormal romance though. Libby and Ares are what I like to call ‘Rural romantic comedy with a healthy dose of Greek mythos’ but making up my own genre generally doesn`t work, so romantic comedy fits well.

Any advice to anyone who wants to start out writing?

            Read. Read a lot. Read a lot and then read more.
Also don`t let people tell you that you are too old, too young, not educated enough, over educated, too thin, too fat, too rural, too cosmopolitan to EVER be published. Don`t listen when they tell you that stay-at-home moms can`t be authors, or women who are past menopause can`t be authors, or the thousands of things people will tell you to keep you from realizing your dreams. Ignore the titters of family when you reveal your new passion. Tell them, as kindly as you can, to flake off and keep writing. Even if your book never leaves the files of your laptop you have done something many people talk about doing but very few ever accomplish. You have written a novel. You are good enough. You`re better than good enough, you are an author!
            Find a writers group if you can. The support and friendship, gentle critiques and comments you will get at a writers group will be your life raft when the sea of doubt rises up. It will keep your noggin above water when snickers and eye rolls of friends and family and rejection slips splash over your head. I can honestly say that without my writers groups and the friends I have made in those groups, this dream of mine would not have been realized. If you can`t find a group nearby, there are wonderful groups on the internet. Support and understanding of just how hard being a writer is will bolster you in ways you can`t even begin to imagine.

To add to the question if there was one thing you could do differently what would that be? 

            I would have started writing many years ago.

Well, I guess it's time to wrap things up. Thank you for stopping by and chatting with me today. Anything you would like to add before we sign off.  

            I`d like to thank Angel for giving me air time on her blog, for reading my book, for being a dear and supportive friend, and for helping Wilma Flintstone here with all the computer tech stuff that I stumble through. You are a dear heart, Angel. *hugs*
I`ll be giving away a free eReader copy of my book here on Angel`s blog! Anyone who comments will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of ‘Of Gods & Goats’ so leave your thoughts for Angel down below! This is my first giveaway of an eReader copy and it`s pretty danged exciting!
For anyone who wishes to grab a print copy of my book, you can head over to my website for ordering info-eReader owners can find ‘Of Gods & Goats’ at Smashwords by following this link-
After a hectic start this summer I`m getting back into blogging about my life, writing, coffee, goats, and whatever other random thing pops into my head. Feel free to drop in and have a cuppa with me-
And last but not least, if anyone enjoys web strips I am privileged to be working with Mr. Paul Rose on a delightful strip called ‘Don`t Ever Tell Alex’. It`s a fun look into the life of a single woman who is slightly quirky to say the least-
Don`t Ever Tell Alex web strip-

Thanks again Vicki! I'll be sharing my book review on the site tomorrow. Make sure ya'll stay tuned and enter in to win a copy of, 'Of Gods and Goats.' You don't want to miss out! Cya everyone tomorrow. 

Friday, July 13, 2012

My hiatus has ended! I'm back :)

I almost forgot what a blog was it's been so long since I've written anything up! Let me start by apologizing to anyone who has asked me to write a review for you or have messaged me on Twitter or FB and I haven't responded back. The last couple of months have been rough. Rough actually barely describes what I've been through. I'm glad though that after being sick, losing a friend, and then being sick again, I'm finally starting to get things back on track. My mother continuously tells me that everything in life happens for a reason. After these last couple of months it's hard to believe, but I keep hearing her say it in my ear and I forge on.

First, I want to thank everyone for their support with my first novel Such is Life. Without really being able to promote it once I started feeling under the weather I've still manage to keep the books selling and the numbers rising. For that I have to thank you guys! It's always a pleasure having people come up to me telling me how much they enjoyed the book or messaging me through FB and TT. The good news is now that I'm starting to feel better I am able to get back into the game with Such is Love and Happiness, the sequel in the Such is Life series. I'm about to have my first round of beta readers look it over and I'm hoping to have it out by Valentines day. I was hoping for Christmas, but I'm sorry fans that's just not going to happen without a miracle.

Also in the works I'm hoping to do a blog tour in August so if any of you want to be a stop or know anyone who would be interested in being a stop let me know. I've been away from twitter for what it seems like forever and my social media is slightly rusty. I plan on doing giveaways, sneak peaks of Such is Love and Happiness, free e-book and paperbacks. I'm pretty much giving everything away except the kitchen sink. (I'm sorry I need my kitchen sink). Hopefully by my tour I'll have my short novella, Sweet Red Rose, ready for ya'll to check out.

Hmmm....Let's see what else...I think for right now that is it. I'm going to be doing a review of a good and talented friend of mines book next week and hopefully an author interview. V.L. Locey the author of, "Of Gods and Goats" a contemporary comedy with action, love, and well, let's just say "good times." Trust me when I say you don't want to miss out on it.

Thank you guys for still sticking by me! If you haven't gotten a chance to write a review for Such is Life stop by Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and Goodreads. I could definitely use more reviews. Reviews help out more than you'll ever know. I know ya'll read it so let's review it ;)

Happy Friday the 13th Bloaders!!!!