Traits of an immoral character

Today, as part of the Make Believe blog tour, I’m over at the wonderful Lori Freeland’s blog where I talk about morality in fiction and the traits of an immoral villain.  Please stop by and say hi and leave your comments.

Today, I hope to finish reading Artemis Fowl – The Last Guardian. I have to say I absolutely love these MG/YA books.  If you’re into MG/YA and haven’t read them, you should.  There’s lots of action mixed with some wonderful fantasy.  They’re funny, enjoyable stories filled with “Agile prose, rapid-fire dialogue, and wise-acre humor…” ~ Publisher’s Weekly.  Completely magical and an example of great MG/YA writing.  Eoin Colfer rocks my world, and rates right up there with Rick Riordan and Terry Pratchett.

After that, I have a very intriguing book to read, The Midas Tree, by Lesley Phillips. I received the book in the mail today from the author, and I can’t wait to read this one.  Look for a review coming soon.

After that one, I have Nikolas & Company – The Merman and the Moon Forgotten.  I received this months ago from the author and haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I will do so soon.  Look for a review on this romping MG read as well.

That’s what I have going on today.  What is happening in your world?  Are you reading any good books you’d like to tell everyone about?  I’d love to hear from you.

Quote of the day:

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows great enthusiasms, great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

Contest to celebrate 10,000 hits on my blog!

In celebration of hitting 10,000 views of my blog, I’ve decided to host a trivia contest about what else…books!  Some of the questions are easy, some relatively hard, but all should be fun to try and answer.  The winner will receive his or her choice of the Kindle version of one of the following novels:





The winner will be chosen at random and must answer all questions correctly.

So, how do you enter?  The rules are simple:

  1. Subscribe to my blog
  2. post a comment on my blog
  3. blog about the contest on your own blog
  4. and Tweet or comment on Facebook about the contest.

Where do you leave your answers? E-mail your answers to me at  The winner will be announced on my blog on Friday, December 16.  Contest winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their choice of the three Kindle prizes.  Good luck and have fun with the contest and thanks for playing along! Let the trivia questions begin!  

  1. In the novel, The Hunger Games, what district is Katniss from?
  2. Also from The Hunger Games, how many tributes die the first day of the games?
  3. In Vampire Academy, who does Christian team up with to fight Strigoi with fire?
  4. In Rick Riordan’s series, The Kane Chronicles, what is Carter’s sister’s name?
  5. Who wrote the books centered around the world of Midkemia?
  6. What is Henry’s profession in The Time Traveler’s Wife?
  7. What was Stephen King’s first published novel?
  8. In Jurassic Park, what does Dr. Grant always carry in his pocket?
  9. In Great Expectations, what is Pip’s real first name?
  10. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, what street does Mrs. Figg live on?