Book Blogs by Chicks Who Rock

Looking for some awesome book recommendations from book-loving chicks?  Look no further than these eight great book blogs run by women:

The Book Smugglers1. The Book Smugglers:  Thea and Ana are two “full-blown, unrestrained, junkie-shuffling” book addicts.  Their site is a great resource for book reviews.  My Favorite Post:  Smuggler’s Ponderings:  Hype and Prejudice where they provide 6 different lists of books for people who like the following genres:  dystopias/apocalypse, young adult science fiction, fantasy, steampunk, fairies and fairy tale retellings, and comtemporary young adult fiction.

2.  Debra Hamel is an author herself (history), as well as a book blogger.  My Favorite Post:  Lynch, Thomas: The Undertaking which features a book by a man who is both a poet and an undertaker.

3. Lit Chick:  Melanie is a mom, scrapbooker, baker, and avid reader.  Two books from her blog that caught my eye were The Book of Tomorrow (from the post Trish Reviews Three…) about a girl who discovers a journal in her writing that details everything that happens the next day and The Tin Ticket, (from the post Short & Sweet Reviews) a non-fiction book about two women deported to Australia for petty theivery in the 1800s.

4. Anna’s Book Blog:  Anna is a small-town girl from Minnesota who likes to read Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Romance, Fantasy, and Erotica.  My Favorite Post:  [Review] – Numbers: The Chaos which reviews a book about a boy who can look into a person’s eyes and see the date of their death–many of which seem to be on the same date in the year 2027.

Chick Lit Books5. Chick Lit Books:  Rian Montgomery (who has the same last name as me, so she must be cool) started this site back in 2003.  My Favorite Post:  Review: Hit Reply is about a book written entirely in emails, texts, and the like.

6. Novelicious:  This site is published by 4 book reviewers who are also writers:  Kirsty Greenwood, Debs Carr, Kira Slaughter, and Anna Bell.  While they have a bounty of detailed book reviews, I think my favorite posts here are their terrific author interviews, including ones with Bernadette Strachan, Shirley Benton, and Sarah Webb.

7. Candace's Book  Chloe and Leah live in the U.K., and Danielle, the latest contributor to join the team, is a California girl.  My Favorite Post:  AW Editor Article: Short Stories…Yay or Nay? which discusses the recent surge in short stories being sold, especially in electronic format.

8. Candace’s Book Blog:  Candace runs one of the prettiest blogs I’ve seen.  She reviews childrens, young adult, and adult books.  My Favorite Post:  The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell which is a review of a historical fiction paranormal romance book (every genre I like rolled into one!).

Book Recommendations–Heavy on the Supernatural

Photo courtesy Svilen Milev at Stock.xchngeI like Debbie because Debbie likes the kind of books I like.  If you’re looking for a good book to read and you want someone’s honest opinion, check out Debbie’s World of Books.  Debbie reads a lot, and a lot of the books she reads are supernatural or romance (or supernatural romance), which is perfect for me and perhaps for you, too.

I especially enjoyed her post titled “If You Like This Author You Might Like” where she makes other book suggestions for people who like Twilight, the Southern Vampire series (which True Blood is based on), and other specific books and genres.

Go check out her blog now.

Satan and his Wife Own a Small Business in Orange County

Photo courtesy Ilco at Stock.Xchnge

I have endured some horrendous working conditions in my lifetime, and, while I wouldn’t wish that on others, it’s oddly comforting to know I’m not the only one.  Dionne Galace, a terrific writer and entertaining blogger, has written an account of her job from hell that is both horrifying and hilarious.  Her first (unheeded) clue that she was going to work for seriously unstable people was in the interview process:

My second interview was with the married couple who owned the company. You could tell the wife used to be pretty, but living with this man for however long they’ve been married had already killed something inside of her. The husband grunted a lot, didn’t smile once, and interrupted his wife a lot. The wife tried to ask me a couple of questions, but the husband cut her off often. She would passively-aggressively say later, “I have a few more questions, but I’m afraid I didn’t get to ask them because I kept getting interrupted.” Awwwwwkward.

Read the entire post, called How NOT to Respond to a Resignation.  Dionne’s blog, Dionne Galace–It’s Not Chick Porn, has a lot of other things to offer, as well, including book reviews (heavy on the romance genre) and movie reviews.  (Warning:  the blog contains strong language and sexiness.)

Weird Christmas Facts

The Weird Things site has an article listing various weird facts about Christmas, including:

Kris Kringel, a man in his 40s, lives in North Pole, Alaska, and delivers pizzas for a living.

Read more at the link above, or visit the Weird Things homepage for more weird and random information, including Penguin Gets Wet in Water So Needs a Wetsuit.

FYI, this site contains photos and material which may be offensive to some.  The 2 articles I’ve listed are fine, but just be aware before you go clicking around the rest of the site.

Author With A Thousand Names And A Million Books

Lynn Viehl’s author blog, Paperback Writer, is fantabulous.  Take, for example, the post Ten Things That Happened at My Book Signings, #6 of which is:

An ex-boyfriend showed up after twenty years to tell me he should have married me instead of dumping me for the Girl Most Likely to Do Everyone. He’s in insurance now and has four kids. I would like to point out that I did not fervently thank God until after he left.

Another post called What Goes Around, A Timeline of Publisher Evolution, tracks the first spam message back to 1864 via the telegraph, and is told in the same witty and humorous style.

But wait, there’s more.

Lynn also has a number of things you can do on her blog, like:

  • View a list of the approximately five-hundred-million novels she’s written so far
  • Read the approximately five-hundred-million free online stories she’s published so far
  • Read her free how-to writing guide called Left Behind & Loving It Virtual Workshops 2009
  • Read instructional blog posts about how she writes novels
  • Explore a wealth of information in the sidebar, including recent book releases, links to her other blogs, links to other people’s blogs, the thought of the month, and approximately five-hundred-million different writing resources.  Yowza.

You could spend weeks on her site and still have things to see.  What a terrific blog and terrific resource.  If only there were more writers like her.

But wait, there are.

Actually, those other writers aren’t only like her, they are her.  Lynn writes in multiple genres under 5 different pseudonyms (click name to view a list of books at amazon):

She also does vampire novels, one of my favorite genres (see the Darkyn series).  In her spare time (she has spare time??), she quilts, reads, cooks, paints, and knits.  I’m guessing the only thing she doesn’t do is sleep.  Oh, and did I mention she’s ex-military?

To learn even more about this intriguing author, see the author interview at AbsoluteWrite.

American Idol Fans Meet their Idols … and Blog to Tell About It

There’s a new website in town, and it’s called The Fan Girlz, featuring all things American Idol.  It has a lot to choose from for Idol fans, including videos (did you know Danny Gokey loves pedicures?), games, and contests (like “Who Can Do the Best Stank Face?”).

But my favorite part of the site, by far, are the blog entries featuring regular people who go to the American Idol tours and meet the contestants.  You get to experience how cool that is virtually and vicariously without actually standing in the blazing sun or pouring rain for 7 hours.  Works for me.

Here are some excerpts.  For the full experience, click the links to read the entire article:

1. Michelle Burditt recaps meeting Matt Giraud, Michael Sarver, Megan Joy, Danny Gokey, and Kris Allen in Atlanta Georgia.

Michael then continues signing autographs but before he leaves our section, I ask him if the name jnz1986 sounded familiar, but he didn’t hear me and asked me to repeat myself. That’s when it hit! The dreaded shyness no one believes I have! I stared back at him like a deer in headlights, shook my head and mouth nevermind! LOL I’m such a dork. He looked at me hesitantly and went on with what he was doing.

2. Danette Tindall recaps meeting Kris Allen, Danny Gokey, Michael Sarver, Scott MacIntyre, and Matt Giraud in Dallas Texas, and how Adam Lambert changed her life.

THEN KRIS AND MATT came out: 2 of my favorites!!!! I couldn’t believe it. But I was BALLING! I was definitely crying a river. Haha I was like “Wow! What if Allison and Adam come out at the same time?” I would have probably fainted.

3. Jennifer Davis recaps meeting Danny Gokey, Adam Lambert, Kris Allen, Michael Sarver, Matt Giraud, Lil Rounds, and Allison Iraheta in Los Angeles, California.

[Danny Gokey] was really super sweet and nice and totally genuine – all of that definitely made my sunburned forehead, arms, legs, knees, and top & bottom of both my feet, totally worth it. In fact they all walked out so fast that I didn’t even have time to put my flip flops back on! So I was standing barefoot on the hot ground the entire time they were out there! haha Good times though!

You can also follow The Fan Girlz on Twitter at

Best Blog Ever (Besides Mine of Course)

I think I have possibly found the best blog ever:  Be More Fancy.  I love the style the blog is done in, with crazy photos throughout each post that serve to emphasize whatever subject matter is being discussed.  The writing style, too, is wonderful.  See for yourself:

I woke up last night to a bad dream. Well, I guess I went to bed with it. It was hovering, I recognized it knocking on me and could not pin it down or Jedi mind trick it away.

The previous is from a post called I am so stressed! Venting!  Be More Fancy is written by “Ms Smart.”  A peek at Ms Smart’s profile gives us a clue as to why her blog is also quite smart (and fancy).  Ms Smart is a Director in Adverstising in L.A.  Ahhh…good job Ms Smart.  Love love love the blog.

Ms Smart also twitters at

Tooty Nolan’s Unique Fiction Now Available in E-books!

You might remember Tooty Nolan from my previous post, Hamster Fiction — The Next Big Thing?  This author’s books are now available for download for under two dollars.  If you’ve ever read his innovative and often bawdy and humorous work, you’ll know that’s a bargain.

If you haven’t read his work, check out the author’s new blog, Oh Look – It’s Tooty Nolan Again!, where you’ll find selected chapters from all of his books, including the brand new story, The Psychic Historian.  (Purchase the e-book here, or read extracts from The Psychic Historian here).  Tooty Nolan warns in his book description:

Warning: Contains Ribald material. Not suitable for younger children or prudes.

Support this struggling author and buy a book.  Or, if you can’t spare the cash right now but you like his stories, leave a comment on his blog and let him know.  Authors need cash, love, and feedback.  Do what you can.

Vampires – Representations of Intense Oral Needs?

Vampires and the state of being “undead” are representations of intense oral needs, experienced in a context of passivity and helplessness.

That came from a post called In which a bunch of scientists over-analyze Bram Stoker’s Dracula from a blog called A Good Poop (don’t blame me, I didn’t make up the name).  Click through for more scientific analyses of vampires, complete with citations.

Roving Animated Interactive Map of Blogged Emotions (What?)

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

You absolutely have to experience this.  So freakin cool.