Gotta Love New Orleans

It’s Teaser Tuesday (Oct.20)

He’d barely scratched the surface during the two semesters he’d taught at Tulane, figuring he’d have years to explore and understand the mystery of what had once been called the Big Easy. It had been a city of music and exoticism, a place of both excess and torpor. He thought he’d gotten more intimate with New Orleans than the average tourist, but he’s been fooling himself, like a john falling in love with his favorite hooker.

from The Map of Moments by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon  page 5.  Genre: fantasy



If you would like to participate in Teaser Tuesday, here are the rules:

Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

What are you reading?


Musing Mondays- What am I reading?

Miz B has another Monday meme, Musing Mondays.  Feel free to run over and join in the fun.  She has a list of topics to chose from.

What am I reading?

The Seat of Magic

J. Kathleen Cheney

This is book 2 in the Golden City series.  I love it.  It’s fantasy, but it’s also historical!  It’s very different than what I usually read.  That’s probably why I like it so much.  I’ll give you just a bit of info, I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Oriana is a nonhuman living in the Golden City in Portugal.  Nonhumans are not allowed in the city.  She is a spy for her homeland, but when her live is threatened she must rethink her beliefs.  She has feelings for Duilio, who is half human. He is trying to solve the grisly murders of young nonhuman women.

Now, I am just under half way through the book.  More has happened, but I don’t want to ruin it for those who haven’t read the first book.  I will say this.  Cheney took a mythical creature and changed it to where it makes more sense.  The traditional view was always fun, but the way she has written this character makes it seem much more possible.  I don’t know if she is working from a different set of myths, than what I am familiar with.  Anyway, it’s a great read.  If you generally don’t read fantasy I think you may like this one.  It feels like a historical novel.

I am waiting for book 3.

What are you reading?

Fantasy, part 2

Fantasy Genre’s .  I have been reading a lot of fantasy lately.  It lead me to the question of how many sub genre’s are there?  So I did what every inquiring mind does. I Googled it. I’m using Best fantasy books as a guide.  Then I fainted on the floor.  Depending on which site you look at there are around 21 sub-genres.  What!  I need a glass of sweet tea.

What does that mean?  It means I have a lot of reading to do before I can say I love fantasy and actually mean it.  I do love fantasy, but my education is lacking.  I have read: epic fantasy, coming of age fantasy,fantastic romance, and literary fantasy.

What does this mean?  Absolutely nothing.  I’m a firm believer in ‘if you like it read it’.  As a writer, genres fascinate me, or understanding the subtle differences between them interest me.  I’m particularly interested in forms of fantasy I’ve never read, but hear a lot about, such as Urban, steampunk, and alternate history fantasy.  My homework assignment: find a book in one of those dozens of sub-genre’s I haven’t read and read it.

Edit: Since this post went to the great holding folder on the web, I have read an urban fantasy book.  I even liked it. I’m still looking for a steampunk book.  On my last library visit I crammed by bag with sci-fi, my next frontier to explore.

Row80 Wednesday update:

Reading: No new genres read this week.  I’m finishing up a Victorian mystery by Charles Finch.  I’ve read him before and really enjoy his writing.  It’s a nice read amid the chaos.

writing: not writing this week.  I’m putting that on the back burner right now.

No submissions

Revisions: I am reading through my WIP “Dead in the Water” and making notes.  I’m doing a straight read for clarity and flow.  Checking for holes and making notes for later.  I’m on chapter 10.  I still love the characters, but having put it aside for a year, I see the writing differently.  I think the time out was a good thing.  I’ve decided to ditch the prologue, enlarge it and make it the first chapter.  The WIP is at 61,265 words now.  It’s a cozy mystery, not sure what it will be when I finish.

I’m pleased with my progress.  How is your progress going?