04 March 2012

Sunday's Brunch: Lover Letter Convention, here I come!

Last week there wasn’t a Sunday’s Brunch post because I was nervous. Sometimes my overactive imagination is a curse rather than a joy! The doc had send me to the hospital to be poked, prodded and I got an x-ray as a goodbye. Because this all happened on a Friday I had to wait till Monday for the results…by then I saw myself dying of the most horrible diseases. Drama queen much ;) So on Monday I called the assistant for the results and got a clean bill of health on my lungs and my sinuses. My bloodwork however made her pause – I didn’t like that, especially followed by a; I need to let the doc have a look at this, she’ll call you later. My adrenaline was pumping, I can tell you that. But 3 hours later I got a phone call from the doc and she told me I was suffering from Infectious mononucleosis – which isn’t all that horrible but it does explain my lack of energy to do stuff and my many bouts of sickness. The doc told me that it will go away on its own but in the mean time I need to listen to my body and its limitations. I’m always a go, go, go person if I have a to-do list in my head and now I have to manage my activities more *ugh*

I also talked to my manager and we agreed I should only work my hours and forego on extra hours the coming few months. That leaves me with a three day weekend, which means I have a bit more time/energy to catch up on bloglandia. I did bloghop Friday and I visited Kris where I got notified there was some brouhaha going on in the m/m publishing world. And I thought we just had our share! Via Chris’ linkity blogpost I got directed to a few blogpost covering the Dreamspinner Press debacle on TJ Klune’s plagiarism in ‘Bear Otter And The Kid’. I also found a fairly new m/m blog The LL Word where I found two (1 & 2) well written blogposts on the matter. In a few blogposts fanfictions were also mentioned and it made me think of my own fanfiction experience. Cause a few weeks back I also did some link hopping and found a book titled; Fifty Shades Of Grey. The blurb grabbed my attention and I went for the book. I was about to start in it when my notification of Goodreads hit Twitter. I got a few comments on how good the book was but also that it was based on a fanfic. That stopped me dead in my tracks. “Huh?! Fanfic??” That was not stated in the blurb! What fanfic was my question. Well it was based on Twillight. Oh, ladies, that brought out hyves!! I immediately envisioned a lovesick girl, the sparkly chicken-breast chest of Edward and the cute, but way too young for even my inner cougar, Jacob. My mind was pushing me to let it go, that the author would not sell the book if it was very much the same as Twilight. I wanted to be a “big girl” who put on her "big girl panties" and just read the story and see where it would take me. Not to let my feelings for Twilight affect what would perhaps be a good read. It just wouldn’t do, it made no rhyme nor reason but if I could toss an e-book out the window, I would’ve. All my mind was chanting; Twilight, Twilight, and whatever interest I had immediately turned in to a repulsiveness I couldn’t control. Perhaps one day I will find my inner ‘zen space' to read it but for now Fifty Shades Of Grey is banished to the darkest corners of my e-book folder.

On the other hand, I received a newsletter from one of my favorite authors who made me sigh in joy. Nalini Singh received a cover of the cover gods. Uber love this one and the blurb; “Oh Jason, how I heart thee!”

Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly beautiful world of archangels and immortal power, as a pact is sealed between two souls bound by blood, stirred by desire, and driven by vengeance…

With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.

Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.

With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.

It promises to be another thrill ride and I’m more than ready for it. I must have a heart to heart with Nalini Singh when I meet her at The Love Letter Convention. There aren’t many conventions in Europe who focusses on our genre but so far I’m very excited to go. Meeting Anna Campbell, Nalini Singh, Shannon McKenna, Larissa Ione, Lara Adrian, names that make me go faint at the thought of meeting them!! I know many gals who are going and hope to have a ball with them. This morning my sister, Marissa and I found this uber cute apartment not far away from the Kulturhaus Spandau in Germany. We chant road trip, fangirl moments and party time!! This is the apartment we’re staying in; Hotel Maison – Apartments Am Kolk. June can’t get here fast enough!!!

As for now, I’m beat and want to watch some movies and read a bit. Of course I’ve got Angel’s Flight to devour and Joey W Hill’s Something About Witches.

Have a great Sunday, y’all! ;)


  1. I had mono when I was in 8th grade - it was exhausting!! Take it easy - overdoing it when you have mono can be bad for your spleen. All I really remember is that it felt like I was swallowing ground glass, and I didn't have to go to physical education classes for a month or two.

    Yeah, quite a bit of brouhaha in bookity land lately, huh?

  2. I am glad it is nothing more serious than this, although it sounds really unpleasant. Do enjoy your long weekends!

    About fifty shades of grey, it gets butchered. And not for being fanfic of Twilight (loved your comment about that), but for not being really BDSM. So don't be sorry you did not read it.

    I love Nalini Singh, and am really looking forward to Berlin!

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  4. Deleted last comment, too many typo's!!

    I hate that, books that said BDSM and are really not...

    As for the Singh cover wow Leontine, that one even makes my heart beat faster.

    And yes we are going to have a fabulous time in a Peugeot 107 with three gals, luggage and our books lol I am so glad we booked the apartment, counting down till the fun begins, Berlin watch out here we come (soon)!!

  5. Sorry to hear you have mono, hon! Isn't that what we call Pfeiffer disease? In that case... uhm... who have you been French kissing with, sweets? ;D

    The brouhaha in m/m land would've gone completely unnoticed by me when it wasn't for your post and that of Chris and Kris. I still have to follow some of Chris's links, but I'm not sure if I want to, lol.

    I hope you enjoyed your lazy Sunday with some great movies and the books you wanted to read. xoxo

  6. I'm so sorry to hear that you've not been well. Hopefully you can take it easy and recover quickly.

    It's funny - now that I've met you I read your posts and can hear you talking to me. lol It's pretty cool.

    Sorry about the fanfic. That would have pissed me off. It should definitely identify itself as such.

    That apartment is great! The Love Letter Con sounds fabulous!

  7. @Chris - I increased my sleep rhythm from 8 to 10-12 hours a night and yeah, the swollen glands in my throat are killing me. I just hope it fades away quickly cause I haz lots of things to do ;)

    I also read Bear, otter and the Kid last weekend and enjoyed the story. I have the movie Shelter on its way to me to compare and will blog my opinion about the plagiarism...of course ;)

    @Aurian - Oh gawd, I love books with BDSM in it but I can totally understand the fiery opinions when that is not delivered. I also read a short scene where he takes out a tampon and has sex with her - yeah - that doesn't really work for me either 0.o

    I will enjoy the long weekends. I finally have some energy to read and do more social stuff again :))

    @Marissa - I saw that cover in her newsletter and I kept staring at it. Just loving the whole vibe of it ;)

    Can't wait to get to berlin and have a ball, talk to authors and have our gushy moments ;)

    @Janna - *sigh* the kissing comment has been asked quite a lot, especially since 6 weeks a go a colleague of mine also came down with mono (which is indeed Pfeiffer in our country)

    I totally snagged links from Chris' linkity post and now in the process of forming my own opinion on the whole plagiarism accusation. It does reek of it simply by comparing synopsis/blurbs. I read Bear, Otter and the Kid this weekend and enjoyed it but it will become a double-edged feeling if I concur on the plagiarism after watching Shelter :((

    @Tracy - I can live with mono, it just prevents me from doing things on my own time/speed :( I also have the same with all you gals posts. I can "hear" you all now ;)


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