The Name Game Book Tag

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I found this book tag on The Book Owl and just had to try it! Before making it’s home at The Book Owl  this tag was featured on the blog of Madeline J. Rose!  Remember those cheesy poems we used to write as kids, using the letters of your name? It’s actually just like that, but with books!

The original post suggests using the titles of books you’ve read or recommended to spell out your name.  The books can have either have the letter in the title or as the author that starts with each letter of your name. I noticed in my bookshelf there are far more books I own than have read, so i’ll be using books I own or have read. I’ll also be spelling out my byline: Noel Bleu, feel free to use whichever name you’d like and leave a comment below!

 

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Night Star: Alyson Noel

Night Star

N – Stands for Night Star by Alyson Noel.  This letter was only slightly challenging as I only have a handful of N books. I have not read this book yet, but I do own it. I have read the first book in the series and half of the second book. Night Star, is book five in The Immortals six book series. Without having read it there’s not much to say but I do looooove the cover.

 

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Out Of Oz: Gregory Maguire

Out of Oz

O – Stands for Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire. I couldn’t think of an O book off the top of my head and wouldn’t have been able to find one in my shelf if not for my Nov book haul. I started this series with Wicked but hadn’t been able to get my hands on the rest of the books. It is the final book in The Wicked Years series.  As for now though it looks like I’ll be completing the series in 2018.

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E.B. White: Charlotte’s Web

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E – stands for E.B. White author of Charlotte’s Web. Between The Immortals and Twilight I could spell out my name with just those two series, but,  for the sake of variation I decided to use the name of the author of one of my favorite children’s books. E.B. White is the creator of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, (I saw the movie but have yet to read the book.)

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Dangerous Liasions

L – stands for Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.  Finding L books are hard, this book only counts as L by acknowledging that the in french is Les. This book also known as Dangerous Liaisons also known as Cruel Intentions is a book that I haven’t ever read, but, I’ve watched the movie more times than I can count.  I actually picked this book up in college because I found out the movie was based on a book. Finding the original french written story was a bonus. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a difficult read if you don’t have the time to decode French and old English. It’s been listed on several classic books list so I’ll be reading it at some point.

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Breaking Dawn: Stephanie Meyer

Breaking Dawn

B – Stands for Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer. I had to travel to my bookshelf for this one but surprisingly I have several B books to choose from. I chose this one, a book that I both own and have read to completion! Breaking Dawn for me was the ending to a month long marathon/binge read that started mid-may and ended by early June. It was also the wedding we all waited for, the wedding night we wish we could’ve read more about and the incredibly gifted Renesmee Cullen. This is one of few series with an ending I loved but was sad to end.

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Lady’s Night

Lady's Night

L – Stands for Lady’s Night by Mark Anthony. This was another challenging book to find but I found it. I read this book when I was teenager, during a time when my literary interests were mostly urban fiction. Growing up in Philadelphia, it’s a lot easier to relate to the characters in these books. It’s been so long ago, that although I’ve read it, I can’t recall much besides the main character “Lady” ends up in a prostitution ring and that it has a happy ending.

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Evermore

Evermore

E – Stands for Evermore by Alyson Noel. I would’ve walked right by this book if the author’s last name wasn’t my middle name. (Yes, Noel is actually my middle name). I grabbed the book and felt the story was intriguing enough to buy. Feel free to make your own judgements, but, the main character is so frustrating that I have yet to finish book #2.

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Untamed

Untamed

U – Stands for Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast. Another book that I both own and have read to completion. It is book four in the House of Night series. I wouldn’t call it one of my favorites but I do love the book because it ramps the action up a few notches. The series as a whole is one battle after the next, an amazing read for anyone who enjoys magical vampires and mythology.

 

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My Very First NaNoWriMo Book Tag

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I’ve known about National Novel Writing Month (Novel-ember) for a few years; most writers are familiar with the concept but for those who are not, NaNoWriMo is a 30 day high intensity month of writing nationwide. Writer’s start on November 1, working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 PM on November 30. I’m not surprised that there is a book tag for this one and since this is my first year actually participating, I thought I’d celebrate with this post.

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Don’t get discouraged if you think 50,000 words are a lot. The community of writer’s participating are super supportive and you can even find yourself a writing buddy.  This particular tag came from our all-knowing Google overlords and a blog called The Bookish Underdog. The original creator is said to be Kristina Horner.

Jumping In!

 

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How many times have you done NaNoWriMo?

This will be my very first year participating. I started writing for it on my birthday, (NOV 7) as a means to finish my grad school writing sample. That and I’ve always wanted to try it but haven’t always had a story in mind. This year I had both a need and an idea.

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How did you first find out about NaNoWriMo?

I’m almost positive I saw a tweet about it a few years ago, though it could’ve also been Facebook. Most likely it was some form of social media, having never heard the acronym before, I did some research and learned all about it.

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What was the name of the first novel you attempted with NaNo?

I don’t currently have a title. I like to name my books once they’re written and I haven’t finished writing this one just yet. I was thinking of calling it Damsel. For now it’s saved as Untitled W.I.P. for NaNoWriMo on my computer.

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Give us a 1 sentence summary of what you’re writing this year.

Red Riding Hood, Alice (from Wonderland), The Swan Princess, and Goldielocks go on a quest to rescue Thumbelina and wake Snow White’s Kingdom from a curse. 

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What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever been given?

“If You Continue to Procrastinate Someone Else Will Write Your Story”

I looked everywhere and unfortunately couldn’t find it but basically it’s a pinterest quote from an author who may not have been identified. I am a chronic procrastinator with the attention span of a gnat. My biggest struggle is completing projects and this quote is a real kick in the butt. For me it reminds of two very important things. I’m not the only writer in the world and also that my ideas no matter how innovative or entertaining will eventually be thought of by someone else, whether or not the world sees their version before or after is completely up to me. Something that helps me when I really need to focus.

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Did you ever take a year off from NaNo? Why?

I’ve never participated in NaNoWriMo before this year so every year before this one would be my break I guess. I have taken a break from  I plan on doing this again next year and every year from now on if I can. This seems like a great way to actually finish some work.

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What’s your biggest inspiration when figuring out what to write?

Life itself has always been a pretty big inspiration. Different things have inspired different stories. The story I’m working on this month came from my love of Once Upon A Time and the discovery of The Lunar Chronicles. I haven’t read that series yet but I hope my story is much different.

 

Read us the first sentence from one of your novels.

“Roselyn pulled her crimson cloak higher, concealing her raven hair.”

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Why do you love writing?

The short answer is, I love writing because I love reading. I’m infatuated with books and the worlds those books create. Creating those worlds and being a part of a profession that allows me to do so on a consistent basis has always been a goal of mine. The much longer answer is that I’m a creative being who enjoys the ability to express my emotions and ideas through words. I love being able to connect with someone through my writing and knowing that there are people who can relate to either my characters or myself.

 

November TBR!

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I’m working on time management this month so if everything works out I’ll be able to complete this list and blog about while also keeping up with my NANOWRIMO writing. Anyway I digress, This month I’m attempting to finish reading one series and then start another. So far my 2017 Reading challenge is hanging on by a thread. I’m nine books into my 20 book goal. Almost halfway through with 52 days left. I feel like I could definitely get through but I’m ready to read something new. Lucky for me, my run with Artemis Fowl is coming to an end.

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I’m currently working through the 7th installment of Artemis Fowl.  I started reading this book late last month and just haven’t finished. Ironically the title, The Atlantis Complex  by  Eoin Colfer is both a psychological condition as well as a physical location. So far I’m on page 226 of the book, (63% according to my tracker) and for the first time ever Artemis isn’t much help in getting them out of trouble. I won’t spoil it for you feel free to check out my GoodReads feed for more. I plan to be finished this book tomorrow and hopefully the series by mid next week.

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Rounding out the Artemis Fowl series, I’ll be starting The Last Guardian also by Eoin Colfer. Is the final book in the Artemis Fowl saga. When it comes to a series I usually try not to read the description of the books until just before I’m about to read it. However, a quick glance at the inside cover reveals their old foe is back and still determined to bring destruction to both worlds. This series has been a bit of an obsession, I’m happy I’ve picked it up but as I said I am eager to get into a new series.

That series would be The Mortal Instruments and the accompanying Infernal Devices. I started to read the series a few years ago, swiped my mom’s copy of City of Bones as payback for her destroying my Harry Potter series. I personally don’t harm books, I just wanted to read it. I finished the first book but she refused to let me borrow the rest. Now that I have my own I’ll be speed reading the Mortal Instruments and buddy reading the Infernal Devices with my friend Breanna.

I think with a bit of determination I can get through all of these before the month is out, but I’ll definitely have to stay focused. Wish me luck!

Which books made your November TBR list? Let Me Know Below!

2017 Birthday Book Haul

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My birthday was on Tuesday and I asked for books, (and a new bookshelf) my loved ones saw fit to oblige here’s what I got!

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Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” My best friend got me two new bookmarks, this one features one of my favorite quotes on it. The quote by Norman Vincent Peale, reminded me to always persevere and to go for what I want. Even failure in attaining my goals could lead me closer to them than if I weren’t to try at all. Every reader needs a good bookmark and the metal one with decorative chain will last me through many stories.

The other bookmark I got was two-sided. I’m a very spiritualistic person. I know my zodiac, Chinese zodiac, birth-number etc. I’m a child of the word according to the African zodiac and my moon sign is cancer. Naturally, bestie got me a bookmark that speaks to me other-worldly side. My suit is the clubs, We aspire to understand life through communication, we quest for knowledge, logic, mental intuition and education. The King of clubs is the Master of the Mind. A master communicator successful in all mental areas. I love these because I always find them to be eerily accurate.

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My best friend Ainyae,  makes us all personalized gift baskets for holidays. So the bookshelves, candle and books were all a part of a set. This book is a book of quotes from authors like Mark Twain and Cicero. I haven’t read them all yet, but they are sweet.

20171107_092413-11312192618.jpgA new fiction stand alone to add to my library is Night of the Animals by Bill Brown. I’m not familiar with the artist and having received it as a gift I’m not supremely familiar with the book itself. The inside panel describes it as a new-aged Noah’s ark situated in a futuristic London. The main character believes he can speak to the animals and is determined to free them from the zoo. He sets to the task of freeing them while interrogating them for information about his dead brother. There’s also a suicide cult who wants to kill the animals and themselves. Leave it to my bestie to grab something I’ve definitely never thought to read. My November TBR list is all booked up but I’m sure there is a reading challenge that may require a book like this in the future.

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I remember this book in high school, all the “cool kids” had one to detail their angst and channel their creativity or at least that what I told my mother as I begged for one. I believe I had it for all of a week. This goes against every fiber of my body but the concept of this book is to literally, Wreck This Journal and I’m working on it. This version comes in color! A big step up from the original black and white copy. This journal is full of pages meant to be scribbled, bitten, cut and crunched. Things I would usually prefer not to do with my book. Actually, the day before receiving this book I went on a 5 minute rant about how horrible it is that people write in their books. So far I’ve written my name and info around the closed edges of the book, but couldn’t bring myself to go to a more daring page.  Wreck This Journal is the brain child of Keri Smith.20171107_092618-2221146668.jpg

The Special Edition 20th Anniversary, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone did not actually come in my birthday basket. If you’ve read my B-Day Book Buy article you know I’ve needed a replacement for my original copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone after my copy literally fell apart at the hands of my mother. The book features information about Gryffindor House, its ghost and lots of other Hogwarts details. The complete first book of Harry Potter is inside along with other details from J. K. Rowling. Obviously I have read the first Harry Potter book. (Who hasn’t right?) The best thing about getting this book is actually that it completes my collection of the set which I had to re-purchase. (Thanks Mom). The next few books from the world of Harry Potter are the Cursed Child, (a late present from mom) Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch through the Ages.

I absolutely love my birthday books, the one about the animals will be getting read very soon, my bestie promises me it’s hilarious.

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What books would be on your birthday wish list? Comment Below! 

 

Blu Moon Fiction Exclusive: Philadelphia Is Dying!

 

Zombies will overrun Philadelphia by 2018, or at least that’s the setup for Philadelphia Is Dying the new zombie apocalypse short by upcoming director Teddy X. Starring local stars such as, Gobanna Pleasant and Ainyae “Mz. CreYaetiv” Stratton as the lead character, this short film offers a new spin on the end of the world.

#ShowsWeLove – AHS:Cult (Marathon Stream Ep.1-8)


I am finally all caught with American Horror Story Cult, and I must say I am in a weird state of the unknown. Most seasons I can say with certainty that I either love it or hate it, (even Coven one of my personal favs that everyone else despises.) This season for whatever reason hasn’t shoved me over the fence, I’m still waiting for a glimpse of the truly horrifying.

It may even be the influx of new characters i’ve yet to connect with or the fictionalized aftermath of a very real reality. One thing AHS has been able to provide this season is gore and plenty of it. 

The members of the Kai Anderson cult dawn clown costumes to achieve their goals and to strike enough fear to swing the votes in his direction for city council. 

Like all cult leaders Kai is charismatic, easy on the eyes, criminally insane and full of baloney. Seeing the desperation and loneliness in his followers, that he himself posessess, he hand picks the poor souls he leads. In the beginning there seemed to be a method to his madness. His group offered solidarity to those who felt marginalized and unheard, after the election. Yet each week,  we see the continuous unraveling of the once captivating councilman as he slips into the throws of insanity and paranoia.

Ally Mayfair-Richards has also undergone a transformation. Once terrified of her own shadow, months of torment by the cult has strengthened her so much that she becomes a member and gets her therapist/Kai’s older brother murdered. 

Ivy who happily betrayed and assisted in the torment should probably sleep with one eye open especially since Beverly Hope has been transported to the room of isolation.

This seems very much like a real cult equipped with militarized chauvinists in matching outfits, love deprived women desperate for purpose and a hodge podge of confused individuals looking for a place to belong.

The killer clowns to sway the city council election is impressive! Next week we’ll be mimicking the Jonestown “True Believers” by poisoning some fruit punch. 

Halloween Horror Story, let’s go!

What do you think of the Season so far, leave us a comment below!

Shows We Love: Once Upon A Time

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I’d just finished watching Episode Three of Season 7, Once Upon A Time on Hulu. As usual the previews for Episode Four were not included and of course no clip of that exists on HULU either. So I decided to hit YouTube because of course ABC has thought of this yes?

Opening up Google, my eye immediately snatches the top of Cinderella/Jacinda’s head. Obvi’s I was clicking it. The article from Deadline.com basically quantified what we all knew was bound to happen.

Proclaiming to the world,

‘Once Upon a Time’ & ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ Slip To Demo Ratings Lows”

Nellie Andreeva who covers TV for the site states,

” ABC’s female-friendly Once Upon a Time (0.5 adults 18-49 rating, 2.52 million total viewers) that tied for the biggest demo drop (-0.2) on Friday to hit a new *L+SD series low.”

Once Upon A Time’s dip in ratings is just another symptom of all Season 7 shows, few survive to air a season 8.

Move it to Friday at 8pm when everyone is out doing stuff, watch the ratings plummet OUAT S7 EP 1 - Regina and Orig Henryand the hand them the axe. It’s not shocking, but foreboding of one of my favorite shows.  (and I’m still coming to grips with the end of Scandal)

The storyline though partially recycled actually has a creative twist with elements of the orignal show that we remember and loved.  Much how Snow White and the Evil Queen shared a sordid past that fueled Regina’s ire for Snow.  “Cinder” Ella has somehow played a hand in the death albeit a temporary one, of Lady Tremaine’s daughter Anastasia.

Lady Tremaine has figured out how to save the girls very last breath  (That’s new), She conceals her in aOUAT S7 Ep 1 - Cinderella Henry Carriage 1 coffin much like Regina kept Daniel in MythHaven.

Keeping the flashback’s we need to understand why any of this is happening, Once has so far mirrored the love story of Snow White and Prince Charming. Back in Hyperion Heights, Lucy struggles to help her parents remember themselves much like Henry had to convince Emma that she was indeed the savior.

OUAT S7 EP 3 - Ella and Tiana 1This Season definitely has seen a more ethnic presence in the cast, selecting both Cinderella a main female lead while making Tiana (who was black anyway) a series regular and what I’ll take a guess at is Hyperion Height’s version of either Ruby or Belle and with the inclusion of the Frog Princess there’s plenty more coming our way.

I for one would be crushed if they cancelled Once Upon A Time.  I’m invested in where this goes and need for Mr. Horowitz to stretch his brain to its limits until he has managed to Oncify every last fairy tale we can think of !

At least until Henry has kids, then maybe stop…

Just a side-note the article doesn’t account for all alternative viewings such as HULU and other streaming services only live and same day coverage.

So who knows, maybe they’ll make a deal with Netflix?

*L+SD – Live and Same Day rating

*Oncify and Obvi’s (obviously) are both made up and trademarked by Blu Moon Fiction

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