Teaser Tuesdays 4.26.11

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • 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!

My teaser:

“Mercy grabbed her satchel and threw off her cloak to make her movements easier–never mind the cold between the cars; she could stand it. She checked her guns, and the two women walked into the aisle, narrowly dodging the second wave of uniformed men brandishing weapons.” (pg. 238, Dreadnought by Cherie Priest).

Dreadnought is the second novel in Cherie Priest’s steampunk Clockwork Century series.

Wednesday 2.2.11

Today is sort of a snow day. My daughter and husband have an official snow day, and my boss gave me the option to stay home. I am. I like starting the day with some memes, drinking coffee and wearing pajamas.

First:

To play along visit Should Be Reading and answer the following three questions:

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

My answers:

I’m currently reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I just finished The Hunger Games, and I’m sure I’ll read Mockingjay next. So far, I love this trilogy. I like Peeta better than Gale. In the words of Oscar Wilde: “This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

Next:

Writing on Wednesday is a weekly meme, created at Bookish Ardour.

This Week’s Question: Do you read what you write?  If you don’t would you consider it? And if you do, did you read it first or write it first?

I read the genres that I write. I also read more genres than I write. I read historical fiction and “grownup” fiction, but I haven’t written any of my own yet. I write YA fantasy, and I’ve definitely been inspired by authors like Juliet Marillier, Holly Black and Libba Bray. Lately, I’ve been trying my hand at some steampunk. We’ll see what comes of it! I’ve read Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker, and I really enjoyed Kenneth Oppel’s Airborn series. I intend to read more steampunk this year.

Finally:

  • Chloe at YA Booklover Blog reviewed my novel. Check out her review and her giveways/contests.
  • Enter this Goodreads Giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of Behind Green Glass.

Book Blogger Party: 1/14-1/17

I’m linking up with the Book Blogger Hop again, hosted by Crazy-for-Books.

This week’s question:

“Why do you read the genre that you do?  What draws you to it?”

I read from several genres: contemporary fiction, historical fiction, memoir, fantasy and young adult. My favorite genre is YA fantasy. I think I’m drawn to read and write in this genre because I’ve never fully grown up. Yes, I’m in my early thirties and I’m a wife and a mother. But, when I look in the mirror, I’m often surprised not to see my sixteen-year-old self staring back, but a woman with fine lines at the corners of her eyes. I suspect I’ll still feel this way if I live to be eighty.

I love fantasy, imagining creatures and realms outside my experience: dragons, selkies, hidden kingdoms and especially faeries. My mother read a lot of fairy tales to me when I was little, usually the undiluted often sad versions, instead of the Disney retellings. As a child, my favorite was Hans Christian Anderson’s Thumbelina. When I was eleven, I read C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and fell further in love with fantasy.

Lately, I’ve been drawn to steampunk which is probably more science fiction than fantasy.  I think I started liking steampunk several years ago when I read Wells’ The Time Machine. Recently I’ve read Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker. I hope to publish my own steampunk novel someday.

Faerie Game Daydream

I just completed the main storyline in this game:

Fable 3 had its shortcomings, but there were a lot less glitches than in Fable 2. I love these games primarily for their atmosphere. In Fable 3, the world became more steampunk. There are still swords, magic and royality, but there are also guns, factories and slums. I  have quite a few side quests left to complete, so I am not ready to leave this fantasy world yet.

Sometimes games pull me away from writing, but they also inspire me. A lot of imagination goes into the development of the big games. (I hear Skyrim, Oblivion V, is being released 11/1/11).

Today, I started daydreaming about a game set in Faerie, not a glittery happy world, but a darkly beautiful one that has cities like Alvarien, the fey city in Behind Green Glass. I’d also love to play through an urban fantasy world with characters reminiscent of Melissa Marr or Holly Black’s faeries.

Now I need to get back to writing…