365 day photo challenge June 13

Almost finished the final Vladimir Tod book. Yes, it is for teens ‘n’ tweens but I don’t care!


365 day photo challenge May 25

As a person who, as a child, dreamed of having her own library room at home I look forward to the 24 hour book sale every year. However my loyalty is waning – they have started to get greedy. Gone are the days when all of the books were 50 cents and I would spend a couple of hours selecting 40 books for my self-imposed $20 limit. A couple of years ago they increased the price to $1 per book. All of the books are donated to them and the sale is staffed by volunteers.

There has always been a few books that cost more in a special section but imagine my rage when I went today and practically any decent book was in the specially priced section. I bought one for $6 today and my total haul was a measly 9 books. Greedy, greedy Regent theatre! Good luck shifting the Pam Ayres collection I see there year after year.

True Twilight

Vampires eh? Quite popular at the moment aren’t they? I will freely admit that I read, and loved, The Twilight Series. Yes, I even own them all. I have just read the first True Blood book and I have one big fat question – Who copied whom?

***********SPOLIERS AHEAD!!***********

Twilight True Blood
Hot vampire boyfriend Hot vampire boyfriend
Main character who is “different” Main character who is “different”
Friend that is in love with her and is a werewolf Friend that is in love with her and is a shapeshifter
Main girl’s mind cannot be read by vampires Main girl can read minds – but not those of vampires
Head vampire wants use of main girl’s power Head vampire wants use of main girl’s power

I don’t know about you but if I had never read either of the above two books/series and I sat down to write a vampire novel I would probably not come up with mind-reading and shapeshifting friends with unrequited love for my main character.  I know they are aimed at different demographics but there has been some copying going on and I am suprised I have not heard more of an uproar about it. I enjoyed True Blood but found myself going “hang on a minute” quite a lot. From what I could gather in my very brief look online it True Blood came first. Someone’s got some splaining to do.