Dare to Read

November 4, 2011

Would You Read More?

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

These are some of my favorite first lines.

I have included the one from my YA fantasy Two Moon Princess. A little biased there. But it wouldn’t be my first line if I didn’t like it. No agenda on the others.

“He was born with the gift of laughter and the sense that the world was mad.” Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini

“The arrow knows the way. Just let it free.” Two Moon Princess by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

“My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.” The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“When I was nine years old, I hid under a table and heard my sister kill a king.” Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry

“Call me Ishmael.” Moby-Dick (Dover Thrift Editions) by Herman Melville

“When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.” The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” 1984 (Signet Classics) by George Orwell

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” Go-Between (Penguin Modern Classics) by L. P. Hartley

“Jim Gallien had driven four miles out of Fairbanks when he spotted the hitchhiker standing in the snow besidde the road, thumb raised high, shivering in the gray Alaska dawn.” Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

“Two households, both alike in dignity,
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny,
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.” Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

“Marley was dead: to begin with.” A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

“I didn’t know how long I had been in the king’s prison.” The Thief (The Queen’s Thief, Book 1) by Megan Whalen Turner

“King Constantine IX of Regia had been killed three times and was bored with it. He wanted a bath.” The Beggar Queen (The Westmark Trilogy) by Lloyd Alexander

“It was just past midday, not long before the third summons to prayer, that Ammar ibn Khairan passed through the Gate of the Bells and entered the palace of Al-Fontina in Silvenes to kill the last of the khalifs of Al-Rassan.” The Lions of al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay

“Sometimes he whispered his real name in the dark, in the middle of the night.” Among the Impostors (Shadow Children) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

“On a winter’s day in 1413, just before Christmas, Nicholas Hook decided to commit murder.” Agincourt: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell

August 7, 2011

On Books, Shoes and Reviews

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by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

 

Books are like shoes. You don’t know if they are the right fit until you try them on and walk with them for a mile/read the whole book.

Yet, to do so you need to purchase them first and that is, in both cases, a leap of faith.

You know you like them. You may have even fallen in love with their design/their cover. They are, basically, what you are looking for: sandals for the summer, a pair of high heels for the Christmas party, flip flops for the beach, boots for hiking, loafers for every day, sneakers to play tourist. The right genre if we talk books: a mystery for a winter day, a comedy for a summer read, a fantasy to escape to another world, a tragedy, a light romance when you are feeling blue.

But trying them on, or reading the blurb, the first page, a random sentence in the middle, does not guarantee they will fit your need or mood.

In the case of books, a review can help you make an informed decision. But not any review will do. Reviewers are people with their own likes and dislikes. So be careful to choose a reviewer that has a taste similar to yours. One that has given favorable reviews to books you have also liked and hates the ones you also hate. One that gives you information on the mood and scope of the book without revealing the plot, or even worse telling you the ending. And be open to try new genres, new authors. Who knows where your new love is waiting.

I have no similar advice regarding buying a pair of shoes. There, I’m afraid, you have to trust yourself. Or ask your feet.

April 2, 2011

Welcome to Two Moon Princess Blog Tour

by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban

For an author, Virtual Book Tours have the best of both worlds. You get to meet lots of interesting people and talk about your book, yet you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home.

Thanks to Kari, the blog tour for my YA fantasy TWO MOON PRINCESS (Tanglewood Press) starts this Monday April 4 with Amber Clark’s pageturnersblog.com and continued daily until April 30.

The schedule for this first week is as follow:

Monday, April 4: Amber Clark (Teenage Garage Sale)          www.pageturnersblog.com

Tuesday, April 5: Lexie (Character Interview: Andrea)     http://lastexilewords.blogspot.com

Wednesday, April 6: Melissa(Review)                                    http://bookgirl-mel.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 7: Britta (Tens List)                                           www.ilikethesebooks.blogspot.com

Friday, April 8: Amy-RT (Author Interview)                           http://ReadingTeen.net/

Saturday, April 9: Kayla at Caught Between The Pages (Review) http://caughtbetweenthepages.wordpress.com/

As specified above, each blogger will post either a review of Two Moon Princess, a guest post about a specific subject she requested from me, or an interview with the author (that would be me).

I was amazed at the imagination displayed by these wonderful bloggers in their choice of questions and blog subject matters. I hope my answers do them justice.

Please stop by at any time, and leave your comments.