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In celebration of the release of the audiobook version of Undying I am giving away four signed paperback copies of my book. You can enter the giveaway on goodreads following the link below. The winners will be selected at random at the end of the giveaway which is October 31, 2017. I also still have a few promo codes available for the audible version if anyone is interested. Comment below or message me on Facebook.
Undying by Corina Bishop is now available as an Audiobook on Audible.com, Amazon and iTunes. Narrated by Laura Jennings.
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Right now as an after the holiday special the ebook version of Undying is participating in a Kindle Countdown deal on Amazon. From July 6th through July 9th you can get your ebook copy of Undying for just $0.99 cents. The price will go up to 2.99 after July 9th. Then back to its original price at $4.99 after the 12th. Please take advantage of this deal while it last. You can follow the link below or go to Amazon.com and search for Undying by Corina Bishop.
I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July.
Let’s talk about favorite books.
I would have to say that my favorite book is a toss-up between Frank Herbert’s book Dune and Stephenie Meyers book The Host. I’ve read both of them an equal amount of times. If I were to be stranded on a deserted Island and had to pick only one of them I don’t believe I would be able to choose.
Let us first talk about Frank Herbert’s book Dune. I must admit that I watched the 2000’s three-part miniseries, starring William Hurt and Alec Newman, version of Dune before I ever picked up a copy of the book. I believe I first saw the three-part movie when I was in middle school. It was one of those nights where I was laying on the coach at my father’s house watching my favorite channel at the time. Side note, it stopped being my favorite channel when they canceled all of its great shows and just started to majorly suck in general. Maybe you can guess which channel I am talking about! If you guessed the sci-fi channel, you are the winner. Anyways, there I was being a coach potato when in the commercial breaks between my other favorite shows I saw several advertisements for the dune movie that would be playing the next day. My interests where peaked enough that I tuned in the following afternoon and all I can say is that I was captivated by it. When I found out the movie was based off of a book. I worked on getting my hands on a copy. When I began to read the actual book, I was not disappointed with my decision to seek out the source material. I was though surprised by how truly the movie adaptation captured the books essence. Which most book lovers know this is hardly ever the case when it comes to book to movie translations. (I will come back to this later with an example of how much a book movie counterpart can disappoint me.) I do find it a little hard to pin point what it is that I like so much about Dune. Frank Herbert’s writing just pulled me in like no other book has. I immediately cared about the characters. Was intrigued by the way the people lived within the worlds he created. I just found the story to be unlike anything I had set my eyes on before. I was hooked and loved that there was a whole series written by this author.
Though speaking about the other books in the series. I have only read four of them. I loved Dune, Dune Messiah and Children of Dune but when I got to God Emperor of Dune I lost interest. Possibly because all of the characters that I loved in the first three were dead and gone by the fourth book. I struggled to get through God Emperor of Dune and by the end I felt confused about what I read and what the point of the story was. I felt like Frank Herbert was trying to make some kind of point in the fourth book but in the end it was lost on my simple mind and I didn’t feel the need to continue the story further. Instead I indulged myself by making up my own what happened next after the ending of book three and pretended that the rest of the books in the saga didn’t exist. I also do this with movies if I don’t like their endings. For example, I absolutely love the movie Armageddon that stared Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler and a lot of other amazing actors. (If you don’t know the ending to this movie stop reading and go watch it. Spoilers ahead.)
I end the movie when they finally get the hole dug to the correct depth. I then pretend there is nothing wrong with the nuke, they drop it down the hole, everyone goes home safe and sound and Bruce Willis’s character gets to walk his daughter down the aisle. A much better ending. Though on days when I feel like wrenching my heart from my chest and drowning it with tears I will watch every minute of the sorrowful goodbye between father and daughter before Bruce Willis’s character blows himself up to save the world. It gets me every time. Call me a sap if you want to. I’ll own it on this one.
I believe I may have gotten off topic. What more can I say about Dune. I love it. You should love it. Everyone should read it. If I taught a literature class I would make all of my students read Dune and flunk anyone who said they didn’t like it. Ha ha just kidding. Though seriously I’d make them go sit in the corner for the rest of the year. They shouldn’t socialize with the other kids. Lol
As for my second favorite book, I know that Stephenie Meyer gets a fair share of hate and mocked for the twilight series. I read the books. I thought they weren’t bad though I was a tad put off in the second book by the whole Bella doesn’t think life is worth enjoying if Edward wasn’t around thing. I found Bella to be a pretty weak, needy character. While reading book two I found myself yelling at the book. “You got dumped, big deal, get over it already. Happens to everyone.” I had to remind myself that it was just a book. It does no good to scream at inanimate objects, for the most part. Lol. Part of me might have enjoyed Victoria succeeding in killing Bella in book three though we have already established I’m a sucker for happy endings. It would probably be good to note here that I read The Host first and only picked up the twilight books because it was written by the same author. If you are biased against Stephenie Meyer because of the twilight series, I would urge you to give The Host a chance. It is a great read in my opinion. What I liked about The Host by Stephenie Meyer is it was sort of a different take on the story of the body snatchers. By the time the story picks up the humans have already lost. The souls, as they call them, have taken control of the entire planet. Only some humans are still themselves and they are all in hiding. You follow the story from the aliens (souls) side of things. The main character has to deal with a resistant host who leads her astray. I think I like this book so much because it deals a lot with human emotion and family ties. Stephenie Meyer also did a wonderful job in creating a world that you can just immerse yourself into. It is easy to connect to the main character and unlike Bella, Melanie is a pretty strong, resilient character. (Another side note. In my opinion both the Twilight series and The Host are very well written. Stephenie Meyer is an amazing writer. I just liked the subject matter and characters in The Host a lot more.) The Host is one of those books that I just couldn’t put down. I’ve read it over a dozen times and listened to its audiobook version more times than I can remember. Kate Readings voice by the way is amazing. I love listening to her read. She narrated The Host audiobook.
Now to talk about The Host movie counterpart. When I first came across the news that they were going to make my beloved book into a movie I found myself wishing that the article was an elaborate hoax. For by this time in my life most book to movie adaptations had been quite disappointing. I don’t understand why movie writers think they need to mess with the source material so much. Sometimes it seems like they change things just for the fun of it. Alas I found the news about the proposed movie to be real and I began dreading the announcement of the casting choices. I prepared myself to be disappointed. Though there was a little ray of hope in the back of my head that the casting people would be good at their job. I know there are some good ones out there. The people who picked out the characters for Dune, the people who cast Robert Downey Jr. as tony stark, and Hugh Jackman as wolverine. Or for that matter the entire cast of the Harry Potter franchise (Grant it I felt they missed the mark when recasting the role of Dumbledore. Of course I think anyone following in Richard Harris’ shoes for that role wouldn’t have lived up to his memory. Richard Harris was the absolute embodiment of Dumbledore in my opinion. It was very sad about his passing.) In the end the casting people failed me as I feared they would. Before I go on I would just like to say that I don’t blame the actors that took on these roles. They are very talented and my dislike of the movie has nothing to do with their performances. It was just I had clear idea of what the characters were like already in my head from reading the book so many times and they just didn’t line up with the people who were picked. For instance, William Hurt who I loved in Dune was picked to play Uncle Jeb in The Host and while he did a great job I always pictured Uncle Jeb to be more like the actor Sam Elliott. Actually went I read the book I have Sam Elliott’s voice in my head when Uncle Jeb is talking. So even though I was a fan of William Hurt I just couldn’t get Sam Elliott out of my head. Now I could probably knit pick this movie to death. My dislike for it only grew with ever new announcement or trailer release. I plain refused to see it in theaters and only rented it at Redbox because it was a dollar. The one good thing I can say that came from the movie release was that it introduced me to the band Imagine Dragons. In all honesty if I could watch the movie The Host objectively it isn’t a bad movie. I just can’t stop myself from comparing it to the book and well, the book is twenty million times better.
Please do share your favorite books in the comments section. I'd love to find new books to read.
I picked up the book Red Rising by Pierce Brown because I had heard from several others that it was a good read and it is in one of my favorite genres, science fiction and fantasy, dystopian. At first, I had an issue with emerging myself in the story. I believe it was due to Pierce Brown’s unique writing style. It took a bit to get used to but once I did, I found that I could not put the book down.
You follow Darrow a teenager living a life as a helldiver in a mining colony. After some unfortunate events, he finds that he and his people have been living a lie. Driven by wanting justice or revenge he joins forces with a resistance group in order to infiltrate a legendary Institute governed by the ruling class.
Pierce Brown did a wonderful job creating the world and society that his characters live in. Which is what I love most about dystopian type stories, you get a chance to explore cultures that are nothing like your own. These types of stories make you wonder if our society could evolve into something like what they have in Red Rising or The Hunger Games or even in Divergent. The story in Red Rising also keeps you guessing. Just when you think you know what the characters are going to do, Pierce Brown changes it up and has them do something completely different. It is an intriguing read and I do look forward to seeing where he takes the story and characters in the next two books.
In conclusion I would have to give this book a four out of five stars.
I thought for my second post I would share two drawings of what I thought an Orkwen would look like. If you haven't read my book you might be asking yourself what the heck is an orkwen. Well, to answer that question it is a creature that I made up. Here is a description of this little guy from Chapter seven:
"It has the body of an elephant with large flapping ears, two ribbed squishy trunks, gray, leathery skin with hair growing only on its front hooved legs and a thick ridge along its back. It’s about the size of a hundred-pound pig. Two antennas protrude from its forehead above its round globed eyes, which look a lot like fly’s eyes to me though on a much bigger scale."
I actually dreamed up this creature when I was playing around with my adobe Photoshop program. I liked it so much that I decided to add him as one of the creatures that my main character has an encounter with later on in the story. The Orkwens were originally going to be pink in color but I changed my mind as I began to write. Enjoy!!
I found myself glued to the firm blue cushions of my computer chair, swiveling back and forth staring at the bright screen before me. A blank white page pulled up, yearning to be filled with inspiring words. A solitary line in the top corner blinking with anticipation. My fingers hovering idly over the key board, tongue pressed against my teeth. My brain buzzing with random thoughts. Like what supplies I needed to make dinner with, what farm choirs I had to finish before dark, when were new seasons of my favorite TV shows being released. A few songs from my nephew’s cartoons would jump in at random increments, playing in the back of my mind on a continuous loop. It was still early enough in the day that I found the tunes catchy, singing a few of the words aloud swaying my body to the imaginary music. As the early morning started to fade into late afternoon those cheery melodies have a habit of becoming my own personal nightmare as they pop to the foreground of my mind for the sixteenth millionth time. I had all of this going on within my brain but as far as what I should write for my first ever blog, well you could say that my creative thoughts were slamming themselves into a brick wall. I considered just writing about myself though I found that to be quite challenging and somewhat egotistical. Maybe I will come back to that topic at a later date. My next thought was to talk about my book, the whole reason why I was starting this blog and creating this webpage. Again I couldn’t find the right words for this topic. Everything that I could think of at the time sounded too much like a sales pitch.
It wasn’t until several weeks later after I had abandoned all hope of writing something semi decent for this thing that an idea struck me. I was outside doing my weekly clean out of my duck ponds, in barely forty-degree weather, wishing that the wind would stop blowing so wildly, day dreaming about springtime and the warmer weather that was sure to come with it. This day dream set the wheels turning and the words pouring from my lips. I started considering what I would describe as my perfect day. A question that I had answered on more than one occasion. Describe your perfect day. Everyone, I believe, can recall being asked this simple question as least once in their lives. If I remember correctly, I was giving it as a short writing assignment in school once maybe twice. It’s funny how my expectations of a perfect day have evolved over the years. When I was young my desires were simpler. Getting a new Barbie would have been my perfect day or a day that I could come home from school with no homework. I hoped for that one quite often. As I grew older I started describing what I wanted the weather to be like on this perfect day. A good thunder storm where you could sit outside and watch the clouds roll in. Or a spring morning with a light chill in the air and a warm sun beating down on you. As I entered the work force my perfect day turned into wanting to become a millionaire in a day and getting the heck out of the job that was making me so miserable.
I ran through all of these purposed days and though some of them would still be nice, I realized that none of them were what my heart truly desired. As I watched the ducks splash in the crystal clear water I knew that on my perfect day, I wouldn’t care what the weather was like. It could be blistering hot or pouring down rain. I could be swimming in money or poorer than dirt. What would be truly amazing is to be able to see my Grandma Bishop or my Grandpa Giese again. To be surrounded by the people I love most and to spend the entire day with them laughing, talking or playing games is my true definition of a perfect day. At the end of every day my family is the most important part of my life and each moment we share is precious.