Posts Tagged ‘reading’

PostHeaderIcon Fantasy Fiction Novel Releases Today

After years of story-telling and revisions, Kira’s Tale, the first in the Descend into Darkness series, releases today.

I can’t even begin to tell you how exciting this is, because “Dawn J. Stevens” is actually me, or at least, my pen name. Placing both feet into the fiction world is something I have been working on for nearly a decade. It’s a scary thing, really, to announce becoming a fiction author. I chose a pen name while I worked on my craft, just to separate myself from reality and fiction. It was never meant to be a secret, just… a separation.

So with this information, may I introduce you to my first published fiction novel……

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PostHeaderIcon Meet Dawn J. Stevens

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted to the “Reading Corner” here at Idea Queen, but there’s something special to announce…

This author has spent years in the making. She has spent over a decade working on her craft, and is FINALLY releasing her very first fiction novel on Amazon in October. Dawn J. Stevens is officially on the author circuit as she gets ready to release Kira’s Tale.

Kira's Tale

When Kira finds herself in a strange place with no idea who she is and with new magical abilities, she sets out on a journey to find her place in a world engulfed in Darkness and magic. With two Taliesin friends as her guides, Kira must put back the pieces of her missing life.

You can stalk her in the following ways:

Dawn’s Website
Dawn on Facebook
Dawn on Twitter

Again, keep an eye on this one. National Novel Writing Month is right around the corner, and I’m just sure she’ll be writing novel number two. 😉

PostHeaderIcon Should I Buy a Kindle?

I’ve been wanting one of these little buggers for years. Ever since the big release I’ve been drooling over the Kindle and debating if I should buy one or not. Since my significant other just purchased a tablet, the “want” has grown. I’m just not sure if it’s quite a “need” just yet.



Pros to buying a Kindle

1. School Textbooks
I’ve recently discovered many of my textbooks for school are available in Kindle version. The latest cost a whole $9.99 which I did buy the Kindle version of, so that my book is always on my desktop and netbook. No dragging it around! Although I do have to drag around my netbook still if I want the book to go anywhere.

2. Lending Capabilities
My best friend and I have a history of swapping used paperbacks. I happen to know she has a Kindle, so it would be super easy for us to swap books back and forth without even leaving the house.

3. Easy to Use
I’ve played with a few of them in the store and found them so super easy to use. I think even my techno-challenged mother could use one without problems or without internet (IF she had the 3G version). Which would make it super easy for three of us to swap books amongst eachother.

4. E-Ink
I love my netbook, I really do, but it’s so hard to read the screen when outside. Since my other half drives most of the time, I’m free to do homework or reading in the car. Kindle would be a HUGE help in this area and actually allow me to see the screen. My original thought of the e-ink was it looked so uninteresting and basic, but now I’m starting to realise it’s purpose. It doesn’t suck the battery and is SUPER easy to read anywhere anytime.

5. Better Battery Life
I never stopped to check the battery life before, but when I finally did, my jaw hit the floor. The basic Kindles have a battery life measured in weeks and months instead of hours. Amazon has them quoted as lasting 2 months so even if they only last half the time quoted, that’s still a whole month. My netbook’s battey life was originally about 7 hours but is not down to about 4 hours, depending on what I’m doing. Again, Kindle has AMAZING battery life.

Cons of the Kindle

1. Limited Use
Despite all the pros, it’s still only for reading various materials. I can’t type essays or blog posts on the go like I can with my netbook. Granted it may be difficult in some areas to do these tasks with my netbook, but it is possible. Not the Kindle though – it’s only for books, blogs, magazines and newspapers.

2. Kindle for PC
I think it was smart for Amazon to make the move to PC, but it makes the Kindles look slightly less desirable. Granted the PC versions do not have the imfamous “e-ink”, yet you are still able to read Kindle books with them.  This is actually the reason I bought my netbook last summer – because I could view Kindle books on the go.

3. Price
This may not be a con for  most people. I’m on the fence right now as to if the $100+ for just the basic Kindle is worth the cost for no more than I’d used it. As stated before, I own a netbook that has about half the capabilities of a Kindle. Is the extra cost worth the benefits the netbook doesn’t have? I’m really not sure. It appears this post will have a part two as I compare Kindles and netbooks.

Final Note

Even though I’m still on the fence about Kindles, I do know the rival Nook isn’t something I’m interested in. I spotted them at a Barns & Nobels and asked if I could view Kindle books on it. I was told by the sales employee “not legally, but they do have programs to convert Kindle books so you can”. Ummmm…no. That’s rediculous to spend the extra time to strip out Kindle formatting when I could just buy the Kindle in the first place. Not when I currently have a small library of Kindle books and plan to buy more textbooks for school from Amazon.  And honestly, I believe Nook may be more like a limited tablet than anything, but I could be wrong.

If you own an e-reader of any kind, I would LOVE to hear opinions!

PostHeaderIcon Stephen King Revisited

My desire to read has conciderably dwindled since the addition of our bedroom TV. Although sifting through shows on Netflix, I came across an old obsession.

I was so addicted to The Dead Zone on USA at one point in time, and craved more after seeing every episode they made. When I came across the orginal Stephen King book at a used book store, I read it immediately.

You know what they say, “the book is always better”, but that’s not the case here. Both had their own unique twists, making them each a real treasure.

One of these days I’ll get around to watching the movie from the 70s, but I fear it wouldn’t be as fantastic as the book or series.

If you haven’t experienced the Dead Zone in any form, I highly recommend you do. I’m getting started on the series again, and may just read the book again, too. 😉

PostHeaderIcon Goosebumps Books – Monster Blood

Another one of 9-yr-old Chase’s favorite series within a series is the Monster Blood books. It’s about just what you’d think it would be – monster blood! There’s 4 books in the original series, plus another added in the Horrorland series just recently. You can find the books as follows at Amazon:

Monster Blood (Classic Goosebumps)
Monster Blood II
Monster Blood III
Monster Blood IV
Monster Blood for Breakfast! (Goosebumps HorrorLand)

The five books above are sure to keep young readers that need a good spooky book interested for awhile. Even several months later, Chase can still tell you what the whole series was about and how awesome the ending was. Most Goosebumps books also have snips of the next book in the back, making them want to go out and seek the next in the series.

Be watching for more of our favorite Goosebumps books coming up!

PostHeaderIcon Recommended Reading Lists

We’ve added a brand new section here on Idea Queen, born out of my and the boy’s love for good books. Within this category you’ll see some of our personal recommended reading lists for adults and kids. You can read a little more about us here, and what we like, or you can skip right to some recommended reading from Amazon

Mom’s Reading Habbits

No one ever accused the Idea Queen of being a girly girl. Romance novels are out, and chances are you won’t see a single one on my recommended reading lists. I much prefer stories about ghosts, horror, and all things unnatural. My all time favorite, hands down, is Stephen King. You’ll see quite a few of his books popping up on my list!

Chase’s Reading Habits

Chase is a 9yr old boy, with a taste for horror just like his mom. You’ll find a lot of Goosebumps books on his list, with R.L. Stine being one of his favorite authors. Just like all boys his age, he also likes anything goofy. Jim Davis will show up in this section often as well.

Jillian’s Reading Habits

While Jillian is just starting to read on her own, she knows what she likes. Being a 7yr old girl, she loves series books or books featuring a single character. Amelia Bedelia has always been one of her favorites, but she’s slowly finding other characters as well. Her recommended reading will be more for the youngest crowd, with very little horror involved.

About the Reading Corner

Our new section here on Idea Queen, which we’ve labeled, the Reading Corner, will feature recommended reading lists from all three of us. We’ll post book reviews, general recommendations, and other suggestions based on our reading taste. We’re not exactly normal, but we hope you’ll find some fun books to read based on our suggestions.

As always, your own suggestions are welcome!