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Rereading Your Favorite

The Forbidden Game, by L.J. Smith

So, here we are. I have committed to reading every day (amongst some other things that will be another post for another day). Last night, my kid hit his head and we landed in the ER (he is fine ♡) and I instantly went for an old favorite while we waited in observation for 2 hours.

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The Harry Potter Book Tag

Tag Thursday

Came across this on Captivated~By~Fantasy’s blog! (Copied that from Fallon’s Blog, who nominated me).

It’s Tag Thursday! So I thought I would do something fun for this one!




A Book you found interesting but would like to rewrite:



So, I’m actually not going to pick anything for this. If I found a book interesting, I wouldn’t want to rewrite it. And if I wanted to rewrite it, I would want to take the general concept and make it something entirely my own – I only do this with things you are allowed to rewrite, like fairy tales, or… oh, oh, oh! Okay, wait! I lied. I have an answer. I would like to rewrite:

And not because it wasn’t a phenomenal book, but because the world could always use more Erik (and it is public domain).

Honestly though, I have always loved the Phantom and everything about it, so to have the opportunity to dive in and rewrite it (or maybe just expand upon what was already written?) would be a real pleasure to me, and it’s a project that I’ve thought about tackling before.



The first book in a series that got you hooked:





Oh, what a hard question! There are so many first books in a series that have gotten me hooked! I would have to say Guilty Pleasure by Laurell K. Hamilton. And yes, I used the very old cover, because that’s what the books look liked when I first got ahold of them. I was young (way too young to be reading those books, but shh), and I found the strong lead of Anita Blake to be so entertaining and enthralling. I absolutely devoured those books – I enjoyed them to the point that, even though I have some problems with the content that the author is writing now, I still faithfully and loyally purchase the books.





A book you wish you could have right now:



Okay, so this might sound a little silly, but I really wish that I had this book again – all three of them, actually. When I was younger, I used to always swipe romance novels from my Mom’s bookshelf… and this trilogy was the one that I swiped the most. I loved it – it was a strong female lead, really handsome warrior men… everything that I could have asked for.

One year for Christmas, my Mom gave me her copies of these books. She was as big of a book fan as I was, so I know what it meant to her. Recently, while trying to get my books mailed to me across the country, the box that contained most of my most treasured books was improperly handled and when it arrived on my porch, it was completely empty. I’ve since replaced most of them, but there are some things that you can’t replace, and memories are one of those. Meaning is one of those – so, I haven’t even bought these books again, even though I’ve wanted to. My mother recently passed away, and I’ve been thinking about these books a lot, and about what they meant to me. So yeah, if I could accio any book to my side, I think it would be this one.



A killer book:





So, I’m only cheating a little with this. A killer book series is the Hannibal Lecter Quarter, by Tomas Harris. I absolutely love the character of Hannibal, and I think that an author has done a terrific job when people who read the novels can sympathize and even root for the crazed (Cultured, intelligent, fantastic) serial killer cannibal.






A book you find confusing:




I am actually reading this particular novel right now, and I have to say that it is confusing. I feel like it’s going to be one of those books that I understand once I come to the end, but I’m going to go back to and learn so many new things on my second read through. The formatting is honestly a book within a book within a book. Trust me, it’s as confusing as it sounds. It’s also completely worth reading.





Your spirit animal book:



Every now and then, a book comes along and it changes your life. This was the first book that I read where I cried in school, and then instantly flipped back to the front cover and read it again. It inspired me to write – it inspired me to want to make stories that were just as compelling and amazing as it was. It inspired quite a few of my first novels that I wrote – the supernatural romance genre had me added to it because of this book, to begin with. Honestly, this is my favorite book in the entire world, so of course it had to be my spirit animal. Even though it’s for young adults, and even though L.J. Smith hasn’t been writing so much lately, I will always and forever since her praises as the woman who truly helped to shape me into the writer that I am.




A dark, twisted book:




Guys, sorry to be using the same book… but seriously. Cannibal, serial killer. Not only that, but Hannibal Rising gives us what shaped the good doctor into the man that he is in the other three novels. I would say as far as dark and twisted (And oh, there are some twists), it really takes the… uh, cake.





A book that surprised you in a huge way:


Did you think that I was going to do a Harry Potter book tag and not include Harry Potter? It was nearly my spirit animal, but I thought that it would fit here just as well. J.K. Rowling did a fantastic job in always shocking, surprising, and astounding me with her writing. Whether it was a twist that she revealed, or a character death that left me devastated forever after, I think that Rowling should certainly be acknowledged as a writer that shocked the entire world… not just with her stories, but with her story, and her climb to success. So, yes, surprised me in a huge way? I think that I know what to put into that particular box for this tag, don’t you?

Harry Potter – check.




I once more encourage everyone in my blog to go ahead and do this! I love getting to know you, what you like, what you dislike, and I think that the things that we enjoy reading say just as much about as as people as it does writers! So! Do the tag, link me back! I would love to see your answers!


I hope that you guys enjoyed this installment of Tag Thursday! If you have any tags that you want to see me do, just link me to them in your blog! I’ll make sure to link back to you, and I’ll get to them on a Thursday! Until then!

Keep reading and writing guys, and keep being awesome!

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30 Day Writing Challenge, Day 2. Write a Fanfiction! (TAKE TWO!)

So, day two of the Thirty Day Writing Challenge.

I have to say I’m having fun with this, and I’m trying to use it as a venue to make sure I write at least once a day. I hope you guys will enjoy as I keep working on it! So… for day, two!!!

Day 2: Write a fanfiction

So… take two on this. I actually found the story still opened in a tab on my computer – where I’d opened the blog post to make sure that it was okay. So… yay! See, previous post still stands. Things always find a way to work themselves out!

(Fourth Fanfiction that I finally chose to write)


They say to be unmade is the most painful thing that one can experience… honestly though, it wasn’t all that bad. There was pain – I’m not trying to tell you that there wasn’t. However, there was a peaceful feeling that poured through me, a thought that perhaps… just perhaps, the pain that I had felt during my existence was over. There was, also, the fact that Jenny… my sweet Jenny… was looking at me with eyes full of regret for my death, was promising to dream me into a world full of light.

It was a funny thought for a Shadowman.

Of course, soon all thoughts slipped away, and for a while I imagined that I was nothing, a nothingness, a shadow that floated through the endless reaches of space and time without a true purpose. Perhaps I was even in that land of light that Jenny spoke of. I couldn’t tell you.

What I can tell you is that it isn’t dying that is agonizing. It isn’t being unmade. No, the true pain is elicited when you are brought back into this world. It was as though I could feel each letter of my name being carved back onto the staff.


Thoughts and memories flooded back to me – Jenny’s green eyes, the way that she stared at me so defiant, so demanding, so passionate… so sorrowful of my death. Pain rocked through my body, as though every nerve ending that I no longer possessed was on fire.


My body was pooling around me like a candle melting in reverse. Bone covered with muscle, with tendon, with blood, with flesh.


My entire frame began to rock and shake as that blood began to pulse through my veins again. Though I’d heard our kind often described as beings without hearts… I could feel my heart struggling to beat once more… one sick, wet thud… and then another, another, another.


With each pulse of blood pushing through my body, that pain circulated more and more – I couldn’t open my eyes, I couldn’t open my mouth to scream. It took everything that I had to inhale a deep, sharp breath of air. I wondered then, was I in Hell? Did my good deed at the end of my life do nothing to make up for all of my transgressions prior? I would have deserved it. I knew I would have deserved it… and yet I couldn’t make myself believe it. No… hadn’t Jenny promised me light?


Light… a world with no shadows. There was light spilling through my closed lids now. I finally managed to open my mouth, letting out a ragged gasp of painful agony – the blood pulsed quicker through my veins, the pain fading away as I realized… what I was feeling was my body knitting back together, my very form existing once more. What I was feeling was new lungs pulling in oxygen that burned, a heart that hadn’t beat in such a long time struggling to remember how to do its job. I was feeling the reality of… existence. And I was remembering, suddenly, how harsh that reality was. I could feel my hair now, tickling soft against my closed lids.


Those lids opened, and eyes as blue as the deepest of glaciers flashed in the darkness, dilated pupils going to pinpricks as light flooded my senses. I could see myself, for just a moment, in my minds eyes… hair as white as fresh fallen snow sticking to my sweating forehead… a lean, muscular frame curled nude against the floor. Dark brows knit together in confusion, full mouth twisted as the last of the pain faded away.

Julian… I was reborn. I was Julian once more. And beside me laid the Runestave. Where the jagged gash of my name had once been, the runes were carved smooth and perfect. More shocking, however… was the fact that my elders, each and every one of them, had their names carved out violently.

I was the only one left…

I sat up, my body quivering, muscles unused to any kind of movement. My eyes swept the darkness of the room slowly. I didn’t know where I was… and more important, I had no idea how I had come to be here, or who had brought me back from that floating nothingness… who had killed my elders and literally saved me from a fate that had been carved in stone.

Who had brought me back to life?

There we go! Random musings from The Forbidden Game, by L.J. Smith.

I could not, for the life of me, figure out what to write a fanfiction about. I think it’s because I’m a fan of so many different things now that I was like… oh, this! No! This! NO THIS THIS THIS! My brain was at war… so I defaulted to the thing that I love, something that I obsessed over when I was younger… and something that I want to reread now! So, enjoy!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Dark Visions, by L.J. Smith Ponderings!

(Lol, do you guys like how I’m just randomly doing a bunch of book thought blogs? I’m being a book omnmonmoner right now.)

So, as opposed to doing these books one at a time, I thought that I would just wait until I finished the trilogy and write up my thoughts on them as a whole. Let me start off by saying that L.J. Smith is one of my favorite authors. Honestly, as a teenager I read The Forbidden Game Trilogy over and over again until I wore my book out. It was fun, after not having read her for a few years to take a step back and read some of her books again.

Let me start out by saying that I really do love the plotline of these books. Without ruining anything for anyone (because I know quite a few people probably haven’t read these books, so I won’t be so spoiler-y here). It’s got a great pace, especially if you purchase the 3-in-1 collection so you can sit down and take it all as one bigger book as opposed to 3 much shorter ones. The pacing is done really well. To give you a nice, brief overview of the story…. let’s see.

In book one, The Strange Power, we meet our central characters. Kaitlyn Fairchild is a teenager who sees the future via her drawings. She is, of course, beautiful but an outcast amongst her community. She is approached by a woman named Joyce Piper who wants to take her to the Zetes Institution, a place where she can learn to use and control her powers. Of course, she goes (because how fun would the book have been if she’d just said no and stayed home?), and meets the other characters in our little storyline. Rob, the ‘good guy’ character of the book who is a healer. Anna, her dark haired friend who can communicate with animals, and Lewis, who has PK.

And then, of course, there is Gabriel Wolfe.

He’s your typical bad boy, but he has such a good story behind his actions. Again, trying not to give away too much here.

The Institute is run by a man names Mr. Zetes, whose motives are figured out later to be something not so pure as simply helping them to discover their powers. The events after they find this out and decide to do something about it span over the next two books (The Possessed, The Passion). To sum it up… we have an amazing fight, wonderful romance, betrayal, sabotage and a very spicy love triangle!

>_> There, heh. I think that was a good little summary going on here. Honestly, this book is full of enough twists to make it interesting, even if it is a little bit of a generic teenage SP book.

The only thing that I wish is that, perhaps, the books had been a little longer so that L.J. Smith could have explored and developed her characters to a fuller extent. I think that’s the trouble with some of the shorter teen books – authors are forced to rush themselves to get to the end of their story without the novel becoming so lengthy that it isn’t appealing to the targeted group anymore. However, there’s enough spice and life in the characters that the book is still wonderful.

Maybe it’s just me, a fan of the series, wanting more?

Still, I’d really say they’re excellent books to read – give it a 9/10 easily. :3 Go pick them up (or buy them on ebay for 5 bucks like I did.)