the Hunger Games

Coming out of the Virtual Closet

One of the coolest things about blogging is the awesome network of friends that you get to make. My teenagers think its hilarious that I talk about my blogging/blog reader buddies all the time. “Mum you talk about them and the funny things they say as if they’re REAL people! Mums living in a virtual illusion world with fake friends haha.” And I whine, “But they are real people and they say the funniest/coolest/most insightful things, honest!” Maybe only other bloggers will truly understand what I’m talking about…sigh.

I have friends now, met through the blog world, that I text and email regularly,Tweet daily, share recipes and baking disasters with ( and rugby player pics with), commiserate about children with, friends that I turn to for inspiration and fun. Some of these blogger friends are even helping to plan the Samoa book launch. We are all writing/reading from different parts of the globe but blogging makes it possible for us to ‘hang out’ and talk about anything and everything. Some bloggers are on their own book publishing journeys and its a buzz to see their progress towards that finished manuscript and book deal. Some blog readers have become the people I most look forward to tweeting with because they are hilarious and when I need a break from my crazy day, I know I can check in with them and they will be talking about more reasons why they think Daniel (in the Telesa book) should be singing to THEM in the moonlight. ( Yeah, Wedgyna and Tim, you know who you are! lol)  I learn so much from my blog friends and readers. And they have been so supportive with my TELESA book. Like…

Today at The Write Obsession book reviewer and author/blogger Lan is sharing her experience with reading Telesa. Lan is an Australian writer who loves The Hunger Games series as much as I do ( maybe more) and always has insightful conversations happening on her blog. She’s giving away TWO print copies of TELESA so head over there and be in to win yours!

So today, I want to come out of the virtual closet and announce with pride, “Yes, it’s true – I am a woman with more virtual online friends than ‘real life’ ones. Thank you everyone for making the internet such an awesome place to hang out. Thank you for being a ‘blog-buddy’, a ‘tweep’, a FB fun-maker…You rock.” (and yes, now my teenagers will have more ammunition to mock me with, aaargh.)

How about you? Are you hanging your head in shame as your children tease you about your blogworld virtual friends? Is your partner getting jealous of all the time you spend reading/chatting on blogs everywhere? (Please tell me that I’m not the only person with such a shameful secret.)

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Stephenie Meyer Said So

Some of you may know that I kinda like the Twilight books. Just a little bit… Ok, I’m completely obsessed with them, alright! I would choose Twilight over Shakespeare’s masterpieces any day. It’s sad, but true. (and since when have I ever told lies on this blog?) I love Twilight, which of course also means that I think the author Stephenie Meyer is kind of all-knowingly awesome. Anyone who can create an Edward Cullen AND a Jacob is right up there next to the inventor of Diet Coke and Doritos. *Said with tone of worshipful awe*

So when Stephenie Meyer says something, I listen. She said, “The HUNGER GAMES is amazing…I was obsessed with it.” So what did I do? I went and bought all the books in the Hunger Games series. I read them in one feverish go. And you know what? Stephenie Meyer IS all-knowingly awesome because she was right. The Hunger Games series is amazing. In a different genre from Twilight so the two cant be compared, but I would rank both series on an equal pinnacle of reading perfection.

And then when Stephenie Meyer said, “The Mortal Instruments Series is a world that I love to live in, beautiful!” then of course I had to go read it. I just finished the 3rd book and once again, I must concede that Ms Meyer is all-knowingly awesome because AGAIN she was right. This series is pretty cool and the lead character Jace gives Edward Cullen a run for his money. Stephenie Meyer really is super cool *more tones of worshipful awe*. If she told me to read the Bible I would do it! (Umm, but I like, totally read the Bible already. All the time. Before re-reading Twilight and all that other rubbish. Honest. And we all know that I never ever tell lies on this blog.)

If you have been living under a rock ( or on one called Samoa) and havent heard of these two book series then please know that you’re living only half a life. Oh, and it goes without saying that if you have never heard of Twilight and the genius Stephenie Meyer – then you must be a zombie. (Which means we’re all in trouble because the Zombie Apocalypse has begun and we didnt know it.) I urge you to read: Twilight, Hunger Games and Mortal Instruments.

Why?

Because Stephenie Meyer said so.

What books rock your world? What author do YOU think is a creative genius? So genius that you would quit drinking Diet Coke if they said it was bad for you?