Sunday, 13 April 2014

Thoughts On | Succubus Blues By Richelle Mead

Title: Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid #1)
Author: Richelle Mead
Date Published: 1st August 2007
Rating: 4/5

When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they can often pay with their souls, but why get technical?
But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic. Her boss is a middle-management demon with a thing for John Cusak movies, and she can't get a decent date without sucking away part of the guy's life. At least there's her day job at a local bookstore - free books: all the white chocolate mochas she can drink: and easy access to the bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can't.
But dreaming of Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle's demon underground. And for once, all her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won't help because Georgina's about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny...
After reading the Vampire Academy I decided I wanted to read more of Richelle Mead's work. This series is about Georgina Kincaid, and she is a succubus (a female sex demon). She survives by stealing the life force from humans through sexual acts.
But Georgina kind of sucks at being a succubus. She has a human job, wears human clothes rather than shape-shifting into them and she only preys on asshole. She doesn't date the nice guys, she doesn't want to hurt them. So she lives a quiet life working at a bookstore taking energy only when she needs it. But when other lower demons start being attacked by an unknown entity, that throws a spanner in the works.
For me Succubus Blues is an urban fantasy/chick lit/mystery. I did really enjoy the plot and all the possible love interests. The book has a steady pace and you really get to know Georgina and her history and why her existence is so ironic.
I find the supporting characters a bit shallow, but they didn't play a big role so we don't get to know them very well. One of my favourite characters is Carter. He is an angel who is friends with a bunch of demons.
He is very understanding and protective, and kind of badass for an angel.
Throughout the book I was kept guessing what was going to happen. The love stories were a bit predictable, but no less enjoyable. But on the mystery side of things, I didn't see that coming.
I would recommend this if you wanted a quick entertaining distraction. I kind of think of this as the Mills & Boon of the Urban Fantasy world. I have already order the next to books in the series and I can't wait for them to get here.

Have you read the Georgina Kincaid series?
Does it get better or will I be disappointed?

Love and Bugs

Camp Nano | Day 13 + The Week Of No Writing

Hello My Lovelies!
Yes, it has been well over a week since I last updated my Camp Nanowrimo journey. I had been writing quite steadily until last week. I hit a writing slump. It's the school holidays and I work as a waitress at a beach front cafe. I'm sure you can imagine how busy I've been and consequently how exhausted I've been. I'm sure if I'd managed to stay awake longer I would have gotten more done but it just wasn't happening last week.
But last night I was at it full force and I think I've passed the 5000 word mark. I just need to type it up and update my profile to make it official. 
I'm really enjoying the writing process. I started with a skeleton of a story and the more I right the more the story grows. And to be honest it's going to have to grow if I ever want a finished book to publish (I found out that the average novel is around 100,000 words). Safe to say I'm confident of meeting if not surpassing that ultimate goal. 
If I want meet my gaol for today I'll have to get on.
Love and Bugs

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

CampNaNo | Day 2 + The 2000 Words

Hello My Lovelies!
I've had another great Nano day. I've been expanding my original outline in to a more indepth structure. I'm using the the 3 Act 9 Block structure. It's kind of like get the corner pieces together in a puzzle, I can now clearly see where all my holes are (and there's a lot). I got a bid distracted by the romance storyline that I forgot to place the core plot. And I need to do so much more research on crystals, witchcraft and alchemy. The more I work on this novel the bigger the story is getting, and that can only be a good thing (as long as it doesn't run off without me).
I also hit 2000 words today! I'm incredibly excited. During the week I'm not really energized enough, but when the weekend hits I'm aiming for epic wordage.
Now I'm off to read and go to bed. I made an Amazon order at the weekend and some of it arrived. Specifically some Richelle Mead goodness that I'm finding t impossible to resist.
Love and Bugs

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

CampNaNo | Day 1 + Music Discoveries

Hello My Lovelies!
It's only Day 1 and I'm off to a great start. I've already hit 1500 words, well over my daily goal of 334 words. I'm seriously starting to rethink my word goal. I set a modest 10,000 words so as not to put myself off before I started, but I'm thinking of upping it to 25,000 words.
The story itself is coming along nicely. I like to get key scenes out of the way first and the link them up later. I started with an out line and a plot full of holes, but as I'm writing the holes are filing themselves. Yay that's one less stress!
I'm also branching out in my choices of writing music. I was originally listening to Charlotte Martin whilst doing my planning, but I realised I was going to need something a bit more epic to get my in the gothic mood I need to write most of this novel. I started with Nightwish and Within Temptation (long time faves of mine). But a few hours travelling through Youtube and I found some real gems. Tristania, After Forever, Serenity, Draconian, Dragonland and Sirenia. Lots of power and symphonic metal. I used to be really into metal but have slipped away from it in recent years. I'm glad to have it back. I forgot how emotionally driven the genre was, perfect for writing.
Wish me luck for tomorrow, hopefully I can keep my word count up.
Love and Bugs
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