Do you love horror books?

OK, I’m a romance writer, but I love a good horror book.

A couple of months back I started following a blog by JA Konrath, who also writes under the name Jack Kilborn. It is there taht I discovered his great horror books.
I’ve recently read Afraid (where the peaceful town of Safe Haven is not so safe) and Trapped (I’m never camping again!). Next on my list is Endurance.

The trilogy is currently (and awesomely) available for Kindle for $2.99. Kilborn Trilogy With Halloween approaching, now is the perfect time to scare the crap out of yourself. Of course, you can always put the book down if it gets too scary…but isn’t that whole reason?!

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Under the Dome versus Under the Dome

Have you read Stephen King’s UNDER THE DOME? Are you watching the series on television? Are you doing both at the same time?

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I often read a book and then watch the movie. (Can you say Harry Potter or Hunger Games?) Seldom will I watch a movie and then look for the book. But right now, silly me, I’m reading AND watching UNDER THE DOME.

Usually, because some time has passed between the book & the movie/series, I’m okay with the deviations. (True Blood has not followed the Sookie Stackhouse mysteries since like half way through season one.) But both at the same time means they are both very vivid and real in my mind. Wait! Big Jim Rennie doesn’t look like that! What about the relationship between Barbie and you know who? Etc, Etc, Etc.

I think every author would love their books to be so popular (or at least sooo loved by the guys who have the $$ to make the films) but seriously, what if they put hair on my hero Oz? (They wouldn’t, would they?) I’m not sure I could handle it.

One of my favourite authors, Kelley Armstrong, writes the Women of the Otherworld series which is currently being made into a t.v. series. She has been blogging lately that she has NOTHING to do with the show. To quote her “Zip, zero, zilch….and I’m fine with it…they have their reasons for making changes”

I wonder…does Ms Armstrong plan on watching it? Or is it better to keep her distance?

And Mr. King, in case you’re surfing the web and come across my little blog, how do you feel about the differences between your books and the films/shows that they have turned in to?

p.s. should there be anyone out there with the $$ that really does want to turn my novella into a movie, please do not let this blog stop you from asking.

How old is too old for YA?

In the last few years, I’ve found myself more and more drawn into Young Adult (YA) novels. I got started because I was buying books for The Daughter, and wanted to read them to make sure they were appropriate. That led to me wanting to read them because…well, because I wanted to read them.

I think it started with Rachel Vincent and her Before I Wake Series. There was also Gena Showalter’s Intertwined, Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games (of course), and my latest find, Maureen McGowan’s The Dust Chronicles.

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Quick note here, I thought Deviants (#1 in The Dust Chronicles) was amazing. So much so, that although I promised myself no more books until some of the existing supply was read, I had to buy Compliance (#2) this week when it came out. (I might have mentioned this in a previous post, but willpower is NOT one of my strongest characteristics.)

Why YA? I’m not sure.

Maybe because I turn 48 this week, and when I look in the mirror I see my grandma’s arms and some old woman’s knees. (Surely, they aren’t mine.) Maybe because I’m tired of what other authors tell me my sex-life is supposed to be like. (No, I have not read Fifty Shades.) Maybe because when I hear my fifteen year old daughter complain about school and boys, I would openly welcome a life where those were my biggest issues.

Or…maybe it’s just because there are some pretty awesome writers out there who write YA, and I enjoy a good book!