Getting started with a new blog

I have finally decided to dump LJ and move my bloggity-type writing to WordPress. Part of the reason for this decision is that once I have my author web site up and running (oh, when will that every happen?!), this blog will be integrated into that site and WordPress provides a much cleaner structure for that.

Now, the main focus of this blog will be my writing, but there will be tidbits about me and some of my biggest interests – mainly books. Unlike many novelists, I not only write, but I am an avid reader.

On that note, one thing that I have decided to do this year is to keep a list of the books that I have read for the year. I’m proud to say that the first book I read in 2012 was from an indie author associate of mine Alisha Paige. I finished the book “Deadly R&R” which she wrote under the name Ruby Vines (check out her blog here). I must say that “Deadly R&R” is a departure from what I usually read, which is paranormal fiction/romance. This book could be described as “chick lit,” and it was a refreshing break from my usual reads. I found it thrilling, with just the right amount of romance without being too raunchy. Now, I am somewhat a fan of the raunch, but I would much rather my imagination fill in the gaps than being told every naughty detail – in that way, this book delivers.

“Deadly R&R” is not a deep read, nor is it meant to be. Like most fiction, it’s not only meant to tell a story, but provide a much-needed escape from reality where we can live vicariously through the thrills and spills of the characters. That’s one of the main reasons that I enjoyed this book – it transported me from my own life and kept me in the fantasy.

From “Deadly R&R,” I decided to give the Harry Potter books another try. I had started to read them before, but for whatever reason stopped midway through the third book. I have already finished “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and I’m about half-way done with “Harry Pottery and the Chamber of Secrets.” I will refrain from posting much commentary on these books as I think that horse has done been beat to death, and I’m sure that anything I could say on the subject has already been said by the millions of HP fans around the world – except to say that reading the series has forced me to resort to physical books (yes, I am a fan of e-publishing and a HUGE fan of Amazon Kindle).

That’s enough for now as it’s time for one of my other addictions – Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the series, not the movie – I could never get past Pee-Wee as a vampire…it’s more ridiculous than any of the worst things you could say about the Cullens).

2 thoughts on “Getting started with a new blog”

  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing my book, JB! Glad you found it entertaining. You just made my night! Very happy and excited for you to start a new blog! I very much look forwarfd to reading your work!

  2. I look forward to hearing about your reading. I have a goal of reading all the HP books as well. I read bits and pieces to my son before bedtime when he was young, but I only filled in the gaps between his own reading. Therefore, I’ve never read an entire book! Alisha’s book sounds like a good read also.

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