Book #1 in the Songstress Trilogy
The Story...

Sixteen-year-old mermaid Abby Carson thought she had her secret under control. Who cares if after “the change” took place, she became so beautiful that all the girls at school hated her. And the boys, well, when they look at her, hate isn't exactly what's going through their minds.

But when Abby witnesses a teenage girl's murder by a preternatural creature off the coast of Cape Cod, her carefully controlled life slips into chaos. Hiding in the water until the killer's gone is a must. Getting spotted by Brian Baker, a boy from school, isn't. Neither is falling in love with him. That definitely wasn't part of the plan.

Combine all this with the mysterious mermaid box Abby receives as a postmortem birthday gift from her dad, and she's pulled even deeper into the world of shades and monsters. Once the full force of Abby's deadly siren powers are revealed, the only one she can hurt more than herself is the boy she loves.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Movie or the Book Continued...

In a quick continuation about what I said the other day...I would LOVE to see Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game come out as a movie. From what I've read, it's no longer in the works. But that book was AWESOME--one of my all time favorites. So even though movies based on beloved books usually disappoint, I'd drop everything to see Ender's Game.  (If it ever exists!)

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Movie or the Book

So, today I was thinking about books and movies, or, more specifically, how I feel when books I love are put on the big screen. And really, almost always, the answer is that I don't like it. Take the Harry Potter series, for example. I Loved the books. I mean, I'm a huge fan. I stayed up all night reading the last one and that was when my second daughter was only an infant, so you know I had to get up really early the next day and deal with her. But, the truth is, I had a hard time getting into the movies. Now, a lot of people disagree with me, and this is just my opinion (But that's what blogs are for, right?) And it's not that I thought the directors did a bad job with the movies at all-- it's just that, after reading the books, the movies pretty much paled in comparison. By the way, this was also true for the Twilight films. (Or at least the first one. I didn't see the others.) I'm a big Stephanie Meyers fan. (I especially liked The Host.) But, try as I might, I barely made it through Twilight. It felt like an after school special to me.

Now, I'm not trying to knock any of these movies. A lot of people really liked them. It's just that, for me, the movie is almost always weaker than the book. Much weaker. Now part of that might be because when you read, the story comes alive in your head. Sure the author provides a lot of the details, but you're the one who puts it together and plays it on the screen inside your mind. This makes you, the reader, a sort of partner in the work. You're taking an active role. You get to help decide how everything looks. A movie, however, is a completely different deal. When you watch a film, you're taking a passive role. You don't get to be in control of anything. That's pretty much where the problem arises when you see a movie that's based on a book. You, or at least I, already have things set in your mind. The director can't compete with your expectations. It's his vision of the film, not yours.

Another problem is that movies are short. I mean even extra long, three hour marathons like Avatar are a brief affairs when compared to most books. And because they're short, it's impossible to get everything in. So if you've read the book first, and the movie is MISSING things-- especially IMPORTANT things.... Well, I don't know about you, but I HATE that!

But maybe comparing books with their subsequent movies is unfair. Maybe the two are completely different animals, and, as the viewer, you just have to accept that. And even with everything I said above, I have to admit that whenever a new movie comes out about a book I loved, I always want to see it. Even though I know it probably won't live up to my expectations. I just can't help myself, and I bet a lot of other reader feel that way too. So hello Hunger Games movie, here I come!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Katniss Minus the Hotness

I just responded to a Goodreads discussion about all time favorite YA heroines, and it really got me thinking. I'm a huge Hunger Games fan, so I wrote something about Katniss Everdeen, one of my favorite heroines. Katniss is cool in every way. She's fierce, smart, and independent. But the one thing about her that I wish had been different is her looks. I don't think she needed to be beautiful. In fact, she might have been more interesting if she'd been plain.

I've noticed that looks are important in a lot of the YA books I've read. The heroines are almost always pretty, and I'm not sure why that is. Of course, I'm guilty of the same thing with the main character in my book. Since she's a mermaid, I felt like her bewitching beauty was an integral part of her character. In retrospect, maybe I shouldn't have written her that way.

It would really be refreshing to have a YA heroine, or, more specifically, a YA paranormal romance heroine, who is plain. (Think Jane Eyre. She's no beauty, but she still gets the guy in the end.) Of course, maybe there are books out there like this, and I just haven't read them. If you know of one, let me know.