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Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

About the Book On the day of her first betrothal meeting--and rejection--Ai Ling discovers a power welling deep within her. she can reach into other people’s spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams…and that’s just the beginning.

Ai Ling has been marked by the immortals; her destiny lies in the emperor’s palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries. She must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step. And then she meets chen yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers. Here is a heart-stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance--of anything with the making of legend.
Recently I wanted to find something different in fantasy. I have been reading lots of fantasy that is kind influenced by fairy tales and European culture. After experiencing Miyazaki's movies, I discovered that tales could be told in such a manner than I had never thought possible.…


The announcement of Barnes and Noble's e-reader, nook, really had me take a hard look at why I don't have an e-reader yet. I checked out all the specs, and thought really hard about what I would like, and then realized I want one.
I want one badly.
My husband suggested that I check the other e-readers on the market. He is much more sensible than I when it comes to things I want, and I am the same way for him when he is being the same condition. So, I researched for hours about all the different types, specs, upcoming models, and so on. I knew PDFs were a big deal with me. I wanted great navigation. Music players weren't necessary, but would be fun. What did I find in the end?
I still want one badly. Without much hesitation, I put my pre-order in for the device tonight and even picked out a nice case that I can hopefully fit a little notebook in.
See, I want an e-reader to help me edit my stories. With the PDF capability, I am able to upload my novels onto the nook. I can highl…

The World of Sweet Valley

I am writing all of this since there was an announcement of the new Sweet Valley High movie with Diablo Cody as the writer. She said she will base it in the 80's and that she was a fan of the series. I'm really, really interested in seeing the casting and hope that it does a better job than the TV series, and what story plot would she do? There are so many!
I don't know if I really know my first moment that I discovered Sweet Valley High. I am thinking it was in the elementary school library where I started to read Sweet Valley Twins. I sometimes think Sweet Valley High was in there, but the covers to me always had girls in skimpy clothes on them. Maybe even lingerie. I have no idea why I would think those type of books would be in our elementary library and not the high school one (I went K-12 in the same school with connecting buildings). I do remember my mother buying me a ton of the Sweet Valley High books, probably in middle school. They were on sale at the local Benja…

A Different View

The feeling was psychic, passing through, electric My palm against your fingers, pressing needles through my wrist Hearts meet, though we didn't speak of those things Falling, falling without knowing
Light as feather, lifting up together But a heavy ache and focus blames circles in our heads Eyes meet, though we didn't see what would be Falling, falling without knowing
-"Falling Without Knowing", Tilly and the Wall
Sitting in my new home, glancing at the balcony to my side. I have my desk all set up in my bedroom upstairs, ready and set to start writing. I wrote a sketch of a poem this week. I have some work to do on it, but it is one small step.
*Painting can take a long time to do. We completed the bedroom and living room "on time" and didn't die of exhaustion when we had to move the next day. We chose two different colors than we expected, a dark blue for the bedroom and a light (almost baby blue) for the living room. Both look amazing, but still have s…

Closing Time

My husband and I close on our new home tomorrow. We have pretty much everything ready to go out the door on Saturday. Tomorrow we paint our living room and master bedroom. Right now we have colors chosen from Lowe's, Air Kiss for the living room (a light blue) and Twinkle Night (see the walls below). We shall see if we like them when we go pick up the paint tonight.
We did the walkthrough last night and I couldn't be any more excited as we walked through the empty space trying to imagine where things will go or change. We have a four day weekend to move and start putting things away.
Here's a few links to check out while I am away:
Diablo Cody to Tackle Sweet Valley High How can I NOT mention this? I read every series of Sweet Valley (not saying all the books, though). Seriously. This will have its own post sometime in the future since I can't do it justice at this time. Who will play the Jessica and Elizabeth?
Fantasy as the basis for fantasy novels, part 2 Blog post by my…