A Note:


I once told myself: IF I am accepted into grad school, this blog would no longer be updated. As it turns out, in April, I received news of my acceptance for the Fall 2013 semester, where I will attain a Master's degree of Science in Nutrition.

Running a blog, as many of you may already know, is a demanding side job once the excitement wears off. And once I fell out of the blogging community's loop (have you SEEN how many blogs there are now? Wow!), it was like the kiss of death. Despite my best efforts, I couldn't get into a blogging routine once this happened due to the disconnect I felt from the community.

So I took a break. I struggled with the loss and with missing my blog. And then I realized I didn't have to run Book Faery to still be a book reviewer; I could read my books and post reviews online. I'm still a book review blogger, just not in the traditional sense.

I'll still be online. You can chat with me on Twitter, where I'll be posting links to my reviews and talking books. I'll also be posting links to nutrition articles. And if you'd like to connect with me where I guarantee I will post reviews, just add me as a friend on Goodreads.

So that's all, folks! It's been a fun and amazing journey, and I thank you all for listening to my thoughts about books. I hope we all can keep in touch elsewhere :)


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

(Day 4) Guest Post: Laura Bickle

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Hey everyone, and welcome to Day 4 of the Battle of the Sexies!  Today we've got an author with two different debut books.  Please welcome the wonderful Laura Bickle (aka Alayna Williams) to Book Faery!

"Laura Bickle has worked in the unholy trinity of politics, criminology, and technology for several years. She and her chief muse live in the Midwest, owned by four mostly-reformed feral cats. Her short fiction has appeared here and there. Embers, her debut novel, is first in an exciting new urban fantasy series that continues with her forthcoming second novel, Sparks. More info is available at www.salamanderstales.com.

Laura also writes as Alayna Williams. Alayna's "debut" is Dark Oracle, Pocket Juno's June 2010 release."

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Alpha Heroines –  Setting the World on Fire
By Laura Bickle

Alpha heroines are like setting fire to the set pieces of your story. Cardboard heroes go up in smoke. Sidekicks back away, paper hands curling from the heat. An alpha heroine brings destructive unpredictability wherever she goes. And woe betide any reader – or writer – who insists that she must conform to convention or prim expectations.

A true alpha heroine doesn’t give a rat’s ass about how she’s expected to behave. She may be a loner. She may be a leader. She may have one-night stands or ferociously defend her current paramour. She may run impetuously hot or appear frigidly cold and indifferent as she saves the world…or just one part of it.

She’s in charge of her own destiny. She won’t have it dictated to her by an alpha male, her mother-in-law, or the IRS. She will do things writers and readers won’t like. She’s not a Disney princess. She has her own morality and doesn’t especially care what you or I think about it.

But that sense of volition is what makes her an alpha heroine. And I’ve got to admire her for that.

Books by Laura:
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EmbersSparksDark Oracle 

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  1. Thanks for having an international giveaway! :)

  2. I must say I don't think Anya or Tara are true alpha heroines. Alpha heroines sound like they are not very nice and I don't think that's true for Anya and Tara

  3. I agree, Alpha Heriones have to do whatever needs done, even if it's something we don't necessarily want them to do!

  4. Thank you Laura for that little piece! Loved how the fatality and true burning flavour of your writing and the athmosphere of Embers came through even in such a short piece :-D

  5. KittNLuv, ChaChic, you're most welcome!

    Aw, Sullivan...you're so sweet!

    Reading Angel, I think that's a key point. Alphas aren't very predictable. Anya in EMBERS definitely does some things that I didn't expect her to do.

    Thanks, Stella! I was thinking a lot about Anya as I wrote it...

  6. Totally agree. I think heroines are even better when they're unpredictable :) It just adds a bit more excitement for the reader that way!

  7. You are a new author for me and I am interested in reading your books. I enjoyed your description of alpha heroines. Perhaps living with (formerly) feral cats has influenced you a tad?

  8. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! :D

  9. I think that alpha heroines are great when they're unpredictable, and when they don't care what other people think.

  10. This has been a fun theme to follow!

  11. I really do enjoy the unpredictability of alpha heroines. Makes them more of a challenge to write if I can't put them in a box and tell them to behave nicely.

    LSUReader, very possibly. Feral cats dislike being put into carriers and being told to behave nicely, as well. ;-)

  12. I like Laura's idea of an alpha heroine :)