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Welcome to MyLibraryCardWoreOut!

I know that a lot of my readers are world-wide. A lot of my visitors are from the United States but I get some lovely visits from France, Australia, Israel and many others too. So where ever you are from, welcome to here and search and see if you can find what you are looking for. Just like a library, I try to keep my shelves up to date, but sometimes I don’t succeed. But I keep trying and usually once a week or at least every two weeks there is a book review but sometimes I do fun book related things. Also with the help of M.O.M (my own mother) we keep this blog running. Scroll down to read my latest posts. Enjoy!

 

Interview with Emmy Curtis

I got the amazing honor of interviewing Emmy Curtis, the author of The Alpha Ops series (first book reviewed here.)

It was a fabulous interview and her responses were fantastic. I got a great laugh xD.

Click here to see her website with some information on her novellas.

The second book of her series was out yesterday so I can’t wait to read it, but until them, here is the interview. ^.^ Enjoy!!!!!!

1. What inspired you to become a writer and why short story romance?

Hmmm. I grew up always reading romance, at a time when they were mainly about men who veered toward being a bully to a much younger, weaker woman. I enjoyed them, but all the time I wanted to read books where the women and men were totally equal either physically, mentally or emotionally. I never really yearned for short-story, in fact the novella is really just a lead-in to the full length series, but I think some stories are better as novellas. With Josh and Grace in DANGEROUS TERRITORY, because the rescue is by nature short, I thought trying to string it out over a full length novel wouldn’t serve the reader or the characters well. My new book, releasing on October 7th, features two secondary characters from the novella, but explores their dynamic, personally and in combat, if you like, in a much deeper way.

2. When you were a child did you ever think that you were going to become author?

I’m sure my teachers at school would laugh, but yes, I always hoped. I was always jealous of my best friend, Jo, who used to write whole stories of our lives (fan fiction really), where we invariably hooked up with the boys we liked. They were SUCH good stories, funny and smart, that now I’m jurging her to write a full-length book now!

3. Where did you get your characters for your Alpha Ops series? Were they based on people in real life or were they just created from pure imagination?

They are based on men and women in the military who I have met. Whoa! Yes, I said it. The people in my book really exist. Maybe not literally, but all their characteristics exist in the people who serve right now. Some of their stories really happened. But mainly, I looked for these characters because I wanted to write about the combat forces often overlooked by novelists. Not every hero is a Marine sniper or a SEAL! So I decided to pick the special ops people in the air force.

4. When you write, what are some things that you have to have with you (ex. A box of mints, and candle, your favorite pencil, etc.) and your routine?

Coffee, and these:

5. Just out of personal curiosity, how and why did you choose your pen name?

My friend Shauna and I were discussing baby names for her soon-to-be-born baby around the same time that I was submitting DANGEROUS TERRITORY for publication. I shamelessly stole one of the names she came up with, which was Emerson. So now both her lovely daughter and my alter-ego have the name Emmy J

6. In your spare time where can you be found and what can you be found doing?

Shooting trap (clay pigeons), reading, walking my dog, traveling and watching Marvel movies!

7. What are your top 5 favorite books?

These change almost monthly, but for now:

Light Her Fire by Samanthe Beck Hot, hot, hot (and really funny)

Abby Road by Ophelia London (sweet, sexy and funny)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (a dream of a YA book. Everyone should read this)

Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (another YA book, that’s both funny and suspense)

Confessions of a Spy by Peter Earley (an amazing up close and personal look at a real double agent)

8. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

Again, these change regularly!

Midnight in Paris (a love letter to Paris and writers everywhere)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (by the way, the new Captain America – and current Faqlcon in this movie – is a former Pararescuer like my hero in DANGEROUS TERRITORY!)

Keeping the Faith (Just a totally cute laugh-fest)

Wimbledon (The best romantic comedy ever. I mean ever. Go watch it.)

Sahara (I’m a big fan of this movie and I suspect I’m in the minority)

9. If you could go on vacation to anywhere in the world, cost not an issue, where would it be and why?  

Here: parrotcay.com

Private island, villas, infinity swimming pool, a spa, and gourmet food. Could a girl ask for anything more?

10. If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could have 5 things dropped off to you (not including transportation, and food and shelter was not an issue) what would they be and why?

One – My fully-loaded Kindle, because I’d rather have that than a tablet I couldn’t read in the sun, even if it meant losing TV streaming ability!

Two – Unlimited Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney pies.

Three – Unlimited Cadbury Flakes

Four – A Pararescuer like Josh, you know, to come rescue me .

Five – Good lingerie, because of number four! And maybe some spanx because of numbers two and three!

11. What are the top 5 things that you cannot live without?

My friends, my husband, my PC, coffee, and my bookshelves of signed books!

12. Where do you see yourself in the future; whether this is related to your own personal life or in relation to your writing

I suspect within a year I will be far, far away from where I am now. Being a military family and moving regularly is a big adventure! All I hope for my writing, is that I continue to write books that at least some people like. I know that no book pleases everyone, but even when people read my book and don’t like it, I am profoundly grateful that they spent their valuable time reading it!

 

To Read ASAP For Me!

It turns out one of my good friends has recently written a novel and to say I was shocked was an understatement. I know many people who love to write, but to actually get to the level where you can publish is a definite achievement and I am honestly so proud of her.

I haven’t read the book yet but I just found it on Amazon.com and I will be reading it really soon as it looks like exactly what I like to read.

The book is titled The Unknown by G.A. Viva! (Click to link to go to Amazon.)

I will definitely be reading it ASAP and getting a review out there. She has absolutely inspired me to try to get some of my writings published when I can finish them off, and I definitely will be trying to now.

So go check it out and let me know what you think. I’ll be reading it as soon as possible so look out for the review!

Have You Read Harry Potter Yet?

If not, you might like to know exactly how much time you will need to devote to plow through all the books. Of course, if you saw the movies it might be faster.

Well the good people over at Blinkbox Books (very worthwhile place to check out) have cleverly created an infographic to help you figure this out. HERE. Be aware there is some timed reading so don’t do this when you are really, really tired or you probably will get an incorrect result. Check it out and see what you think.

Banned Books Week – Graphic Novels That Are Challenged

It’s amazing exactly what gets challenged and banned……Captain Underpants??? Really?

 

Graphic novels are often targeted. I guess if you want to encourage the kid who doesn’t love to read then it is smart to ‘ban’ the book. Makes it more enticing and alluring. Reverse psychology.

HERE is a list of the 10 most challenged graphic novels. Go support the cause and check some of the out. And some background on how this came about HERE. Who knows you might love them!

It’s Banned Books Week!!!

 

Celebrate the freedom to read what you want. Not what somebody else doesn’t want you to read. Take a walk on the wild side. Choose a banned book, make it your friend and be the radical.

Don’t know what this is? HERE.

Do you know comics and graphic novels get banned too? HERE.

And books for kids going through puberty? HERE.

And more from MLCWO from other years. HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Go on, find a banned book and read it. Support your right to read what you want.

 

Happy Birthday Leo Tolstoy!!!!

Have you seen the Google Doodle today?

If not, go check it out.

Today is Leo Tolstoy’s 186th birthday!!! (Wow he’s old.) You know, the author who wrote War and Peace? That book I couldn’t make it through? xD

Well I’m going to try and pick it up again today in honor of his birthday and my mum may go for Anna Karenina. Let’s hope I can get through some more now. x.x

But click here for an interesting article about Leo Tolstoy from the Guardian.

So who else is gonna try to read this epic novel with me?

Any takes? Yes? No?….Thought not xD

(Google doodle moves; this is just a still picture. Go look!)

Lover Eternal: The Second Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward

Summary

“Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover—for inside him burns a ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Possessed by this dark side, Rhage fears the times when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.

Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships, is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant on Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. Her faith in miracles was lost years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…”

-From Amazon.com

Review

I can’t even. I’m totally in love with this series and this one just carried it on perfectly. I thought the entire series was going to be focusing on Wrath but now I find out that some of the books focus on just one character and how they open up and find true love.

This was about Rhage, one of the Brothers, and how he found the woman who would be with him forever. Rhage has this curse from the Scribe Virgin that turns him into this monster when he looses control and the only way for him to calm it down is to kill (but only to a level because severe anger causes the beast to get free) or to have a lot of sex. He goes through women really fast until he meets Mary whom he falls in love with and the romance ensues.

There is the whole side where Rhage doesn’t want to hurt Mary because of the creature but like hot-damn. xDDD Mary is one stubborn woman.

Once again the romance scenes in this book were not crude but written in a style that was, essentially, quite respectful. I hate when the crude words of body parts are used…it just sometimes annoys me quite a lot so I loved how this series is written.

I will say that I did read this book in a day; all 441 pages. I loved it so much.

The first book, Dark Lover, and this one are similar in the sense of what the characters go through. The women start off the same and then grow to find out what their lovers really are and both women are extremely strong mentality wise. As I have stated before, I hate when the women are made to look weak, but in this they aren’t. Mary had a sickness and even through all of that she still pushed through and protected a male who was definitely able to protect himself.

The series does have this primal quality to it because the Brotherhood is made up of men who are killers and are animals at the heart. They call their lovers leelan which means ‘dearest one’ while they are in a conversation with their lover or friends, but other times the female is referred to more as a mate and quite a few assertive times where the male blatantly says ‘You’re/She is mine!” Then sometimes a massive fight ensues xD. Come on! Who doesn’t want really big, good-looking men willing to fight to the death for you?!

Overall though this series is amazing. There is some serious character development. You saw in the first book that Wrath opened up to his lover, and in this one Rhage opened up to his as well. The next book in the series shows Zsadist opening up, which is definitely interesting as he is almost soul-less.

I should be finishing the next book soon and I hope that I will be able to get an interview with J.W. Ward because she is one of my favorite authors currently.

So happy reading and let me know what you think of the series if you read it!