#NewRelease – Beyond the Pale Motel, by @FrancescaBlock

You may have noticed a little of an increase of posts talking about Francesca Lia Block here on A Life Among the Pages.  For those paying attention to my Twitter and Facebook, this might be more apparent. Have I found a new favorite author? Have I gotten addicted to pushing shit in your face for the hell of it? Well, I don’t do anything just for the hell of it…wait, yes I do, but not in that way.

Even though I’ve technically known about Block for years, I never took a close look at her work until this year, but I”m glad I did. I read much of her work (though, I may only have gotten a quarter of the way through her extensive catalog) in the last few months and anything she puts out ends up on my radar. Last month, Block released The Island of Excess Love. She’s a busy writer and had ANOTHER new book to release already! That’s what we’re here for today…

The new release I’m sharing today is Beyond the Pale Motel, which is a switch from what I’ve read and shared from this author before. I’ve only read the more “young adult” books so far, but this one is more for adults and looks like it’ll be a steamy read ;)

If that wasn’t enough to get you excited for today, September 16th…it’s my anniversary today! I’ve been with my girlfriend for four years now, so maybe we should all celebrate by reading something great today. Sound good? Maybe Beyond the Pale Motel will be the what you’ll read today. Find out more about the book below and feel free to tell us about other new books coming out today, in the comments on this post.

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Beyond the Pale Motel

Maternal, sexy Catt and her beautiful, daring best friend Bree are hairdressers at an L.A. salon called Head Hunter, and work out at a gym called Body Farm. They have over a decade of sobriety behind them and are getting close to living the lives they’ve always wanted.

But when Catt’s husband, Dash, leaves her, and then her neighbor is brutally murdered, possibly by a man being called the Hollywood Serial Killer, Catt’s world begins to come crashing down. The murdered victims all seem to bear a chilling resemblance to Bree. Catt suspects that Bree is the next target of the Hollywood Serial Killer…is she losing touch with reality or simply coming to terms with the truth?

In Beyond the Pale Motel, a terrifying and intensely erotic novel, Francesca Lia Block explores the dangers of modern living, loving and dying with lyrical edge and sensational attitude.

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If you’d like to buy a copy of this book, you can find it on:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo

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About the Author:

Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a springer spaniel named Vincent Van Go Go Boots and a beagle mix named Thumper.

She left only to attend the University of California, Berkeley. She has often professed her love of Los Angeles, calling it a “Jasmine-scented, jacaranda-purple, neon sparked city,” which she has nicknamed in her books “Shangri-LA.”

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Fan Interview #3 – Questions from @lynniespalmtree and @KIMPITBULL123

Today I’m posting what seems to be the final set of fan-asked interview questions. I’ve yet to receive more, so four interviewees will be the end number (for now). These two came from a few long time fans and they’re some good questions for me as a writer. Hope you enjoy them.

And if you’d like to send in some questions, I’d be happy to answer them. You can send them in at any time (even a year from now). Here’s the original post looking for them if you’d like to check that out and find out how to send in the questions.

Thanks in advance, and thank you to those who’ve already asked some great things.

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Kristalyn Thornock

I know you write fantastic poetry, do you ever plan to write a full length novel or series?

I’m going to say that’s highly unlikely. It’s hard enough for me to come up with a short story that’s over a thousand words. So a novel is probably out of the question, as well as a series. The closest thing to a “series” that I had planned was a series of semi-connected stories dealing with Nick and Julie from Breakfast in Bed. However, that idea never really took off. Haven’t really been caring about that genre enough to right it. I might get a short story “series” or collection together at some point if I find a connecting theme or character to write.

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Kim Stapf 

Does writing come easy for you?

It used to. I used to write at least a poem a day for a long time. Then it was less often, but still often enough. The change for that was that I was taking more time to get better work on paper the first time, rather than let it fix itself in revisions.

Lately though (not too long after publishing From Where I Stand, I haven’t written much at all. Nothing I do helps get it out of me, but I keep hoping something will kick me in the ass. Once I’m “in” the writing mode…it doesn’t come hard for me. I still wouldn’t call it easy though. It’s not a term I’d put on it. It’s more enjoyable when you have to work for it a bit.

Can you look at something and see a poem or story?

Sort of. Inspiration can come from an object or situation happening in front of me. Sometimes it takes a while for something to click into place though. Inspiration’s a funny thing.

Have you Read @AuthorTiffany’s Novels? Four on #Sale this Weekend

If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time you’ve probably come to the conclusion that I have a few favorite authors that I talk about A LOT. I think it’s safe to say there are two specific authors who are on top of my list. One of those is the author of The Grimoire Saga, S.M. Boyce. I’ll be bringing you all some great news about Boyce in the coming weeks. The other author who I throw in your faces is Tiffany King.

Tiffany King’s been on top of my favorite author’s list since I first read Wishing for Someday Soon back in 2012. Soon after, Forever Changed was released, then Unlikely Allies (and the list goes on). If you’ve seen my reviews (they’ll be linked in this post in a little bit) you probably know how much I loved these books.

Ever since I found her work, I jump at the chance to read it all. I still have some to read (like her Saving Angels series), but it’s all on my ever-expanding TBR. With that said, let me get to the point of this post. The point is to help you expand your to-be-read pile for the weekend (and beyond). Today and tomorrow (September 6th and 7th) four of Tiffany King’s amazing young adult novels are on sale for only $1.87! Below you’ll find links on where to find/buy the ebooks. You’ll also find links to my reviews of the books, because maybe you’d like to know a little more about the book(s) before running out and buying it. You can find the synopses on my review links as well. I won’t clutter up this post with too much more text.

Without further ado, here are the books on sale…

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Wishing For Someday Soon

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This was the first book of King’s I read and how I discovered her. It’s also the only book to ever almost make me cry. That’s not an easy thing to accomplish, but it’s how I push the book on people all the time.

REVIEW

$1.87 on Amazon

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Forever Changed

Forever Chaned (new cover)

REVIEW

$1.87 on Amazon

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Unlikely Allies

Unlikely Allies

REVIEW

$1.87 on Amazon

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Miss Me Not

Miss Me Not by Tiffany King

REVIEW

$1.87 on Amazon

Fan Interview #2 – Questions about Eggs

Here’s part two of my Fan Interview posts. It’s a bit different than what I was looking for when I asked people to send in questions, but I’ll take what I can get. After this post, I only have three questions left to answer. That’ll be the end of this mini-series of posts unless I get some more input from my readers.

If you’d like to send in some questions, I’d be happy to answer them. Here’s the original post looking for them if you’d like to check that out and find out how to send in the questions.

Thanks in advance, and thank you to those who’ve already asked some great things.

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Today I’m being interviewed by my girlfriend, Jackie. She seems to be the first to have read my contact page fully. Why do I say that? Well, she didn’t bother coming up with questions about me as an author, blogger, or reader (like I was looking for). Instead, she asked me questions about EGGS.

Luckily, my contact page also allows me to be a smart ass in response to questions about eggs. Here’s a very eggciting (yea, I just went there) interview.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Both…the both poofed into existence at the same time.

Why are some eggs brown?

Aliens came down and thought it’d be better if we have multiple colors for eggs. Just having white eggs seems a little boring to them.

Have you ever seen a chicken lay an egg?

No, and I don’t think I want to see a chicken push an egg out of its body. Doesn’t sound too appealing.

Why should you not put all your eggs in one basket?

Because for some reason a person’s basket is always too small to hold the amount of eggs on hand. It’d be smarter to just grab a bigger basket, but instead people tend to grab a second smaller one so they have to carry both.

Did you know that you can tell whether an egg is good or bad by placing it in a glass of water?

I’m pretty sure it’d be more efficient to just crack the egg open to find out. Grabbing a glass of water and dropping in an egg seems like a waste of a glass of water.

Fan Interview #1 – @cerebraltart interviews Me

For the last few weeks, I’ve been asking my readers to send in questions that they’ve been wanting to ask me. They could be about me as an author, a blogger, or even me as a reader. Almost anything goes.

So far, the response hasn’t been that big, but I’m hoping that now that September is here and that I’m posting my responses to these questions, more people will send some good ones in. I really think this can be both fun and informative and ultimately, a great addition to the blog.

If you’d like to send in some questions, I’d be happy to answer them. Here’s the original post looking for them if you’d like to check that out and find out how to send in the questions.

Thanks in advance, and thank you to those who’ve already asked some great things.

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Today’s interviewer is author India Reid. You can find more about her on her website, TwitterFacebook, and Goodreads

When did you first start to feel like a “real” writer?

I’m not sure really. I think there have been a few times in my writing life where I’ve had different levels of “I’m a writer” in my mind. After writing my first poem in 11th grade was when I first felt like I’m some sort of a poet. However, it wasn’t until after I graduated my first college that I even considered myself a writer enough to pursue getting better at it. That’s when I started working on my creative writing degree. The program itself didn’t make me feel like I was a writer until late in the game. I blame that on the education system, not the CW professors or department at all. There was just a lack of time for those IMPORTANT courses when each student was required to complete so many other classes outside of their major. A big “I’m a writer” moment was sometime in my last semester of college, I think. When I was working on what would later expand to be From Where I Stand and getting feedback from my professor on my work. It felt like I was “really doing it”. My stuff was good and had potential to be better. It also helped that in that course we had to organize a public reading of a bit of what we were working on. Getting a reaction from a nice sized audience was probably what I needed all along for me to feel like I was doing something great.

How often do you write?

I wish I could say I write every day. I used to back in high school and early in college. I’d write at least a poem (whether it was good or bad) every day or multiple times a day. Lately (the last year or so) I seem to be in a BIG funk. I keep wanting to sit down and write something, but nothing happens. I need to fix that big time. I need a good kick in the ass probably and to not just accept that inspiration hasn’t hit yet. The dry spell has lasted too long.

What’s your word count per day like?

I don’t write like that and to be honest, I don’t think I’ll ever write with a word count goal of any sort. It seems to be the only way some writers work, but for me, I’ll either write a lot or a little, but all that matters is that I wrote and it’s semi-usable material.

Part of this might be because I write poetry a majority of the time, too. You can’t really put a word count on that form of writing. I have some poems that are only 30 words, but they can get a better reaction from my audience than another poem that’s 200 words. I tend to write shorter poems anyway. If I were to have a “goal” for a day, I think I’d be safer setting a goal like “edit X poems per work day”. It wouldn’t even be about writing them, but reworking them. That’s where the real work comes in for me after I’ve gotten it down on paper.

#Review: Dangerous Angels, by @francescablock

Dangerous AngelsTitle: Dangerous Angels (Weetzie Bat books 1-5)
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Love is a dangerous angel…

Francesca Lia Block’s luminous saga of interwoven lives will send the senses into wild overdrive. These post-modern fairy tales chronicle the thin line between fear and desire, pain and pleasure, cutting loose and holding on in a world where everyone is vulnerable to the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.” (description from Goodreads)

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I first discovered Francesca Lia Block years ago through her book Weetzie Bat. I had randomly found a copy at my bookstore and figured it’d be a fast, fun read. I ended up being right. I also grabbed Girl Goddess #9 soon after, but that was my only experience with Block’s work for many years. Luckily, at some time last year I was reintroduced to this author and discovered that there were more books in the Weetzie Bat series. Most of those are collected in Dangerous Angels.

Overall I enjoyed these five books (of seven total in the series). I enjoyed a few more than others, but there weren’t any that I didn’t like here. I think the fact that they were all collected into one book made the experience with these characters even better. It kept reminding me that these characters are part of something bigger.

Block created a very diverse, eccentric cast of characters for this series. Their names alone can make the reader smile. I also found the way the setting, the cities and houses, becomes a character in itself. These books wouldn’t be what they are if the settings weren’t incorporated so well.

I’d have a hard time reviewing the individual books in this collection without jumping into spoiler territory, so I won’t go into that. The only thing I’ll mention is that my reread of Weetzie Bat was surprising. I think I got more out of it for the second read and wasn’t bored at all (which is a fear I have for rereading anything). The magic was still there. Another thing to note was Missing Angel Juan, the fourth book. I wasn’t sure how to feel about it at first because it’s the only book that’s written in the 1st person point of view. It threw me off for a bit, but I ended up realizing that it was the only way that book would work. 3rd person POV wasn’t suited for Missing Angel Juan, or Witch Baby’s character for that journey.

There are two more books in the Weetzie Bat series, Necklace of Kisses and the prequel Pink Smog. They’re both on my TBR and will be read soon. I have a feeling that once I’m done with those, I’ll be missing Weetzie and her friends. These are stories and characters that’ll stay with me for a long time.

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You can grab yourself a copy of this collection from:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks

 

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About the Author:

Francesca Lia Block was born in Los Angeles to a poet and a painter, their creativity an obvious influence on her writing. Another influence was her childhood love of Greek mythology and fairy tales.
She has lived in the city all her life, and still resides there with her daughter, Jasmine Angelina (about whom she wrote her book Guarding the Moon), her son Samuel Alexander, and her two dogs: a springer spaniel named Vincent Van Go Go Boots and a beagle mix named Thumper.

She left only to attend the University of California, Berkeley. She has often professed her love of Los Angeles, calling it a “Jasmine-scented, jacaranda-purple, neon sparked city,” which she has nicknamed in her books “Shangri-LA.”

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#Review: See You on the Other Side, by @cerebraltart

See You on the Other SideTitle: See You on the Other Side
Author: India Reid
Rating: 4/5 stars

“Bobby is a bad husband. He’s under no delusions about that much. After sharing his life with his wife, Karen, for more than two decades and raising three beautiful children together, he has known for a long time that his feelings for her are no longer the ones he had when he married her. Worse, his flirtations with Tammy, the attractive neighbor, have been growing more and more serious with every drunken holiday party and forbidden text…

So when an impact date is announced for the comet that will end all life as he knows it, Bobby is faced with a choice. Does he leave his wife for a few months of happiness with his new squeeze, or does he stay faithful to the vows he made so many years ago? Bobby knows that he’s a coward, but as he tries to muster up the courage to leave, he finds that walking out is even more difficult than he had ever imagined…

Warning: This 6000-word emotional short involves a skanky neighbor, a terrible husband and a wife who loves him anyway. The author is not responsible for violent urges or tears shed while reading.(description from Goodreads)

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This was the third story I’ve read from India Reid. I enjoyed the other two stories I read from this author, and this falls right in line with those.

I’m enjoying the fact that Reid can take one global situation (a comet set on a collision course with Earth in six months) and come up with a variety of stories about people from all walks of life dealing with the knowledge of their impending doom. The creativity to write these different scenarios is what keeps me coming back for more. What also has me grabbing more stories is the character development.

For an erotic short story, Reid takes the time to develop the characters, emotions, and the world surrounding it all. This is a constant in Reid’s work. With this story, Bobby was an interesting character to read because he wasn’t that likeable. He’s kind of an ass, though he does have a conscience and some redeeming qualities. I wasn’t too sure if I was enjoying reading from his point of view at first and felt sympathy toward his wife, Karen more than anything else. Upon finishing the story and seeing where it went, I know that it wouldn’t have been as deep of a story if Karen’s POV were used.

Since, as I mentioned, this is an erotic story, there comes a time for something sensual and sexy to occur. While I praise Reid for the development of the story, I felt that for once, the erotic “climax” was a little underdone. I could have used a little more balance with the rest of the story elements due to the genre. But still, it was tasteful and it’s better to have less sex than too much. I’ve read stories that are almost all sex, but have no way to connect with the characters or situations.

To summarize, this was another story I greatly enjoyed from India Reid. I’m hoping Reid is working on a longer work, though. I have a feeling that with more space to write, even greater things will come from this author’s pen.

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If you’d like to purchase a copy of this story, you can find it on:

Amazon

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About the Author:

India Reid is an American expat writer of alternative, cerebral erotica.  She has a sense of humor, just not a very good one.

Her writing is provocative, witty, and often charming, with thematic focuses on the psychological and philosophical.  Interests in science fiction, fantasy, horror and history have shaped her stories into tales of dangerous men and sharp-tongued women that transcend the pornography genre.

She loves men, women, film noir, tongue-in-cheek banter, literary theory, giant robots battling inter-dimensional alien invaders, failed revolutions and feminist liberation.  Most of her words come out heavily lubricated with whiskey and wine.

Her first full-length novels, With a Whimper and Hell on High Heels will release in September.

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