5 Fantastic, Overwhelming, Obsessing Stars to A Most Personal Property by @Darrah_Glass

A Most Personal Property (Ganymede Quartet Book 1)A Most Personal Property by Darrah Glass

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Have you ever read a book that left you walking around for weeks in a daze of daydreaming about the characters? Have you ever read a book that tempted you to write fanfiction for the universe because you just couldn’t let it go? Have you read a universe so thoroughly realized that you just want to roll around in it for ages? This book (series, really) was all of that for me and more.

It hasn’t been since Ginn Hale’s Rifter series that I’ve been so taken with characters and their world. I have spent countless hours since reading an early draft of this book thinking of the completely realized side-characters, the intensely relatable main characters, and even making up little side stories in my head for their future.

I can’t fathom reading this series and not falling in love with Henry and Martin, not rooting for them and their dangerous relationship. I can’t fathom NOT reading this series, period, actually, because it has so impacted me and set my mind on fire with feeling and inspiration.

I’d tell you more particulars about the book, but I almost feel like every single bit of it is worth discovering for yourself. Every character, every interaction, every moment is so wonderful and intense that I don’t want to take any of it away from a reader by relating it in advance. Suffice it to say, this book comes with my absolute highest recommendation.

This is just the first book in a four book series (which will also have some side stories that go along with it, but are not required for the rest of the series) and I can’t wait for Book 2! This is just such a lush, wonderful, fantastic world!

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There’s Something About Holding An Actual Book #therifter #ginnhale

Look what was waiting for me when I got back from New York City! Now imagine me dancing in my kitchen, clutching these to my chest, and grinning like a maniac in love. Oh, books, I love you like whoa. Never doubt my love for you.

BOOKS, I LOVE YOU FOREVER!!!
BOOKS, I LOVE YOU FOREVER!!!

Please go buy them at BLIND EYE BOOKS or BARNES AND NOBLE or AMAZON.

She Threw It Away! #therifter #ginnhale #omgwtf

I wrote The Rifter first but couldn’t find a publisher for it so I moved on to Lord of the White Hell. At one point I threw the entire Rifter manuscript away because it took up too much memory on my rickety old computer. (Fortunately a few copies were still drifting around in my writers group.)

Then Nicole Kimberling, (editor at Blind Eye Books), and Gavin Grant, (owner of Weightlessbooks.com) started kicking around the idea of publishing a digital serial. Nicole remembered my giant manuscript and realized that it was long enough to run for nearly a year; the massive behemoth was reborn as ten slim volumes.Ginn Hale, Goodreads Interview

Listen, we all know I’m obsessed with The Rifter by Ginn Hale. But, listen, when I read the above paragraphs, I actually nearly burst into tears. Okay, maybe I did burst into tears.

1) The idea that this book was ever thrown away by its creator? That, if there weren’t copies drifting around in her writer’s group, it might have been gone forever? The thought that I might not have had the reading experience that I’ve had? It actually brings me to the verge of tears and strikes a bit of terror in my heart. I have fallen in love with this book, so deeply, so truly, that the idea that it almost didn’t happen is deeply upsetting to me.

2) Then there is this rage at the fact that she could not find a publisher for this book. The only reason I can imagine for that is because of LGBT characters. I cannot fathom any other reason. Not even the size should have put someone off this book unless they were creatively stunted idiots who couldn’t figure out packaging issues.

3) Guys, it took her five years to write this book and she almost didn’t get it published, it almost didn’t see the light of day. My God, and yet she kept writing. How exhausting and disheartening that must have been. I kinda want to hold her and cry on her shoulder and tell her that I’m so happy she didn’t throw the book away, but I also can’t meet her because I’d do just that and that is weird.

Anyway, wow, I just had to quickly blog about my crazy emotional response to reading that part of the article. I know I am insane, but that’s part of the beauty of me.

THANK YOU to everyone who believed in The Rifter and didn’t let Ginn Hale give up on it. Thank you to Ginn Hale for taking five years to write it. Thank you to the creative brains that figured out packaging. Thank you to those of you who buy it, too, because this woman deserves money for her work and effort. Thank you for those who love it with me. Thank you, universe, for coming together to give me The Rifter.

Taking Heart from Rifter Series #amreading #amwriting

Why, yes, this is more about The Rifter Series by Ginn Hale. Get used to hearing about it. I’m a little obsessed.

I haven’t read anything about how long it too Ginn Hale to write the series, but it had to be long time because it was definitely a behemoth. I can’t say anything bad at all about the series or how it ended, but I will say that the last 25% of the final book seemed to evidence a bit of writer’s fatigue. Just a smidgen. Not enough to make the series less than the masterpiece it is, but I felt it. Ginn Hale had been so incredibly thorough through the rest of the series. Every scene was paced perfectly and in the very last of the final book, I can’t say the scenes were quite as thorough.

But, here’s the thing, I couldn’t blame her. As a writer, I definitely experience fatigue. In fact, I’m in the middle of it right now. I’m so fatigued and feeling a lot of internal pressure to really press myself forward at a rate that isn’t right or fair to the story, mainly because I feel like it will never end. Reading through The Rifter books, I kept thinking to myself, “I bet right about now, she started to think, ‘WTF was I thinking writing this thing? I’m not even close to the end. It’s going to take the rest of my life and everyone will hate it, no one will read it, and what am I even doing?'”

Maybe the reality is that she never had those thoughts at all. If that’s the case, don’t tell me. Because I’ve taken a lot of heart from her slow and steady thoroughness, and the fact that she didn’t give up during my imagined moments of exhaustion, fear, and frustration. Thank you, Ginn Hale, for not giving up, by the way. Just in case you did have those moments.

Enough rambling. Go buy The Rifter Series. It’s worth every penny and she earned them.

Gimme Fanfic for The Rifter Series by Ginn Hale #amreading #fandom

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I finished The Rifter Series by Ginn Hale the other day and now my mind is consumed with two questions:

1) Where is the movie deal/HBO miniseries?
2) Where is the fandom?

In all seriousness, though, where is the fandom for this book series? I went to AO3 and do you know how many fics I found for this amazing series? None. Zero. Nada. Zip.

How is that possible?

My mind is currently full of fanfic ideas that I want to read about. Let’s think them over.

ATTENTION!!! POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT!!!! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!!

1. PWPs. Hello? Fans? The sex scenes were basically all fade to black, y’all. Hit me with some gorgeous, intense, emotional full-on sexual intercourse between our heroes. Or make up some didn’t-happen-in-canon sex between our enemies. Whatever suits your fancy!

2. Rousma! I am obsessed with Rousma! First, let’s think about the Nayeshi incarnation who was left behind in the woods. What happened to her? Did she poof out of existence when Umbhra’ibaye burned and Jath’ibaye’s timeline of Rousma was not carried off by Khalil? What about her life in the meantime? She was so crafty. What did she do in Nayeshi? I’m imagining some morbid possibility where she finds a human body to inhabit.

3. Rousma in the Jath’ibaye timeline. Does she stay permanently a child since she was but a child when her soul was bound to her bones? If so, would she ever, I don’t know, creep into the body of a dead child and then go live with its parents’? Either because she liked the parents or because she wanted to be in a human body again? I mean, Rousma sort of shares Ravishan’s sharp edges, doesn’t she? I can see her doing something creepy like that.

4. Ah, man, the possible AUs! What would have happened if the note had said “Do” and Kahlil actually got it? What would have happened if they’d never received a note at all, and Kahlil and John moved into a different sort of relationship on earth? Under what circumstances would Kahlil have allowed himself to fall in love with John and, ya know, touch him? What about a genderswitch? What if John and Ravishan were female?

(I’m actually obsessed with how this entire book would read differently if every single character in it were the opposite sex. I’d love to see what that looked like. I mean, would I find Ravishan so incredibly awesome/adorable/amazing/charming/lovable if he were a woman? What would his actions look like from that point of view? What about Laurie? Were she a man, how would I react to her scenes? God, I really kind of want to find a way to read this book with the genders flipped. You know, after I read it again the way it is now. 😀 Do you think I could get a PhD on that analysis?)

5. Laurie and Fikiri. I would love to see more of what their relationship was like. I hesitate to criticize any aspect of these books because they are basically holy to me at this point, ha, but I admit that at a certain point, about 50% of the way through the last book, I realized that I wasn’t going to get what I wanted with regards to Laurie or Fikiri. I understood how and why they’d become so twisted, broken, and desperate, but I guess I wanted to see an evolution of that from the point of her rescue from Umbhra’ibaye to the end-game scenes. I’d like to know more about her relationship with Fikiri especially. He was in love with her, but what were her feelings for him in the end? I suppose the only way to communicate that to us would have been through a kind of info dump, but given Kyle’s last experience of Laurie was over bacon and eggs at a diner, it seemed like a conversation could have been had where we could have been shown more of Laurie’s story. But maybe I’m greedy and just want more, more, more, more of everything about this series! Thus! Feel free to write fanfiction about Laurie and Fikiri, about how they related to each other in the decades between the Umbhra’ibaye rescue and the end-game scenes. I’d read it! I promise!

6.. M-Preg. Because there is no fandom without m-preg, people! It is a true thing! And, fine, yes, I’ll cop to it, the idea of Ravishan knocked up by some weird Kahlil/Rifter magic is too hilarious for me to resist considering despite the fact that we all know m-preg is an abomination. Just imagine Ravishan (poor Ravishan) faced with such an abomination. And surely someone out there would write it? Surely. I mean, there’s no compliment to an author quite like loving her/his creation enough to go the whole damned m-preg route, am I right? 😉 Ha!

BUY IT!!!!

1. The Shattered Gates
2. Servants of the Crossed Arrows
3. Black Blades
4. Witches’ Blood
5. The Holy Road
6. Broken Fortress
7. Enemies and Shadows
8. The Silent City
9. The Iron Temple
10. His Holy Bones

Biting My Nails And, Oh, So Curious! Ginn Hale – The Rifter Series #fantasy #amreading

Biting My Nails And, Oh, So Curious! Ginn Hale – The Rifter Series #fantasy #amreading.

Click above to read about my current obsession with Ginn Hale’s book series, The Rifter!

Below is fanart for the series! There really needs to be more!

Kyle, as rendered by alirodina at deviant art.

I Forgot What I Loved Most About Reading (And Writing) Until Now

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Ever since I started writing seriously, I have had a hard time achieving the above referenced state. Even when reading a really excellent book, I tend to find myself picking at the seams of it, trying to figure out just how they wrote it, trying to glean insight into their success from the characters, to the set-up, to the execution, and trying to learn from other author’s mistakes and triumphs. It has been, sadly, an incredibly long time since I read a book where I just let go, and went with the experience, where I might’ve seen the mistakes or trouble marks in my peripheral vision and instead of zooming in to study them with my magnifying glass, I just said, “Screw it,” and lost myself to the world of the book again.

Anyway, I don’t know if you guys noticed that I didn’t make any posts aside from Writer Wednesday last week. But, if you did, the reason is this–I fell into two books and lost myself in them fully. I forgot about the rest of the world while I was reading. I fell in love with the characters to the extent that my heart aches now that the books are over, because I won’t be able to spend more time with them now. I’ve actually started at the beginning of the first one so that I can read them both all over again.

Are these books perfect? No. But they are wonderful. They are inspirational. They made me remember why I love to read and why I love to write. They reminded me of what I love to write, and of the kinds of characters and worlds I want to spend my time building and exploring. These books are on the list of things that I’m most happy to have had come into my life.

BOOK ONE
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BOOK TWO
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You can buy them at Blind Eye Books or Amazon. They come in e-book and print.

I don’t know what to say about them that won’t possibly spoil the books. I suppose, for the most part, they were a brimming full cup of my very favorite cuppa. I could pick at them, tell you what parts caught my attention in my peripheral vision as I read, because it is so easy to pull things apart, but I won’t. I love them too much to do that. So, I guess I just want to say that I give these books an enthusiastic five-freaking-stars and encourage you to read them, too.

The blurb for Book One:

Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements. But when the intimidation from his Cadeleonian classmates turns bloody, Kiram unexpectedly finds himself befriended by Javier Tornesal, the leader of a group of cardsharps, duelists and lotharios who call themselves Hellions. However Javier is a dangerous friend to have. Wielder of the White Hell and sole heir of a dukedom, he is surrounded by rumors of forbidden seductions, murder and damnation. His enemies are many and any one of his secrets could not only end his life but Kiram’s as well.

This review by the Jessewave site does a great job praising the book. For what it’s worth, I knew who the baddie was almost from the beginning, but I’ve read plenty of reviews where the reader said the baddie came as a surprise, so…maybe it won’t be obvious to everyone else. The baddie, though, and the revelation of that person, is so incredibly unimportant in the scheme of the experience of the books, that I don’t think you’ll care either way.

And thank you, Ginn Hale, for writing these books. I’m more fired up about writing than I have been in a long time thanks to you.

So, hi! Been awhile. I can’t say that I’m entirely thrilled to be back posting again, because I’d rather there were nine more books in this series that I could lose myself in instead. But, since there aren’t…hi! I’m back! 🙂 Now, you go disappear yourself in those books for awhile and get back to me. We can talk about our feelings over ice cream and shared book love.