Dec 31, 2009


i wish you all the best!
and leave you with this: (watch until the end)

xo, ella

Dec 30, 2009

since i couldn't do an IMM last sunday...

this week i got:


A haunting tale of an Africa and an adolescence undergoing tremendous changes by a talented young Nigerian writer.
Fifteen-year-old Kambili's world is circumscribed by the high walls of her family compound and the frangipani trees she can see from her bedroom window. Her wealthy Catholic father, although generous and well-respected in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home. Her life is lived under his shadow and regulated by schedules: prayer, sleep, study, and more prayer. She lives in fear of his violence and the words in her textbooks begin to turn to blood in front of her eyes. When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili's father, involved in mysterious ways with the unfolding political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to their aunt's. The house is noisy and full of laughter. Here she discovers love and a life -- dangerous and heathen -- beyond the confines of her father's authority. The visit will lift the silence from her world and, in time, reveal a terrible, bruising secret at the heart of her family life. This first novel is about the promise of freedom; about the blurred lines between the old gods and the new; between childhood and adulthood; between love and hatred.
An extraordinary debut, Purple Hibiscus is a compelling novel which captures both a country and an adolescence at a time of tremendous change.

can't wait to read this one!
thanks mum!

Dec 25, 2009


I've recently discovered a very helpful and cool ning site: #YALITCHAT.

It was created by people who chat on Twitter using the #YALITCHAT hashtag. Clever right?

(from the site:)

#YAlitchat is a weekly chat held on twitter, Wednesdays at 9PM Eastern and attended by those involved in the book publishing business. Sometimes, we have the pleasure of readers, librarians and parents of teens, all wishing to share their point of view. This community is meant so serve as an extension of the weekly chats so as not to limit our communication to 140 characters and one hour and fifteen minutes. The community is available every day, all day. We write, read and live YA!

I was welcomed with open arms, and found some very useful tips about writing.

For those who write, there are groups where you can find Crit Partners, you can submit your MS's first five pages for review and feedback from the other members, basically, you can discuss anything YA!

I found great blog posts about agents, query letters, how to start your book with a great 1st chapter...

I've submitted my first five pages and received great feedback!

You should definitely go and take a look around. Might find something interesting.

Also, I wanted to point you to a group on the site: the YA(litchat) Review Board.
I was created for teens ages 14-18, to give feedback to YA writers. Basically it's like getting an online ARC. If you'd be interested in joining the network, and help out some really cool aspiring authors, then go here, and say I sent you!
The network is growing more and more everyday, and I dare say, soon it'll be a to-go place to find some really good advice, feedback and tips.
Click on the banner to go to the site!

Dec 23, 2009

Author Guest Post: Magic Note Cards, by Johanna Harness

i discovered Johanna through Twitter, and followed her for her tweets about writing, reading and anything related to books!

yesterday she shared a link with us on Twitter, and i asked her if it was ok for me to re-post her blog post here. she said yes! and here we are.

Magic Note Cards

I’ve been doing a lot of work with note cards lately, sighing and saying, “Ah, note cards. Is there nothing they can’t do?” Questions follow, condensed mainly into one basic question: “Why are you so in love with note cards lately?”

Most basic answer: note cards help me see the big picture.

Here’s what I do:

Whether revising or planning, the basic rule is one scene per card. If you don’t have scenes yet (early planning), go with one idea per card. You may want to identify this core stack in some way. Put a star in the corner, write in a different colored ink. Add a sticker or a post-it note.

Add to the stack: ideas, discarded scenes, themes, settings, new characters, old characters. Don’t filter. If it seems important in the moment, jot it down. Some of the cards will be thrown away or replaced with a better card. Some cards will go into a stack for later inspiration. Yesterday I went through more than 200 cards. Don’t limit your ideas. Add or delete cards any time you want. This is a fun, creative process--not life or death.

Now that you have your deck? Play.

Use more notecards as category cards. I like using brightly-colored note cards for this, but you can note the type of card in any way (different color ink, notation in corner--whatever). As you sort through your cards, you may find that some of the cards you’ve already written are category cards. You can pull them out and add them to your category cards as you go through your deck the first time.

Use category cards to ask questions.

Thinking about the order of your novel? Create a category card for each major section of your book. Then go through your deck and intuitively drop the card in the category where it fits. Based on this, are there scenes in your novel that are in the wrong place? Are there scenes that don’t seem to fit? (Do they need to be deleted?) Are there duplicate or alternative scenes?

Looking for individual character story lines? Sort by character and then arrange the cards.

Wondering about themes? Write a theme on a category card and sort cards according to theme.

Arrange your main cards on a plot arc and ask yourself if the energy of the scene fits the energy of the arc. (Building to major discovery? Tumbling toward conclusion?)

Sort cards by tone to see if you have outliers.

Sort cards to see relationships between characters.

One of my favorite activities: Does this scene fit in this book? (This is a particular weakness of mine.) Take the yes cards and fit them into chronology. No fit? Start again.

Want to see what your narrative will look like without a certain plot line? Remove the plot line from your basic cards. Want to add a plot line? Filter it in and see how it flows.

That’s all there is to it. One card per scene. Add ideas. Make category cards. Play. Ask questions of the cards, but don’t force answers. If cards or scenes annoy you, throw them in a discard pile.

I usually end up with a new base set of cards, arranged in the order the story is told. I’ll add tons of new notes to these cards, sometimes incorporating ideas from other cards. Sometimes I number the new cards and then add related cards under that number, eventually labeling those cards by scene number and letter (4A, 4B, 4C, etc.) When I’m writing or revising, I’ll look at all my notes and the related cards.

Then, if revising, save a copy of the original and apply changes to manuscript. Keep playing and evaluating. Are the changes improving the manuscript the way you thought they would? Keep an eye on the big picture. All changes should strengthen the whole. Practicing this craft sometimes means acknowledging when things don’t work. It’s okay to stop and start again.

Or, if starting a new book: know how each scene fits into the whole story. Avoid writing scenes that don’t fit with the whole. At key points in the writing process, stop and evaluate. If changes are made to the original vision, stop and find the whole again. Plan around the changes before writing more.

Okay, so note cards aren’t magic. They’re a tool. But what you do with them? That can be magic.
Wasn't that fun? Thanks Johanna for letting me share!

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Dec 22, 2009

Happy Birthday Pretty Book! #5

Today's the release date for these amazing books!
Happy Birthday to all of you!
Can't wait to read you!

Stupid Cupid, by Rhonda Stapleton

Magic Under Glass, by Jaclyn Dolamore

The Dark Divine, by Bree Despain

Scones and Sensibility, by Lindsay Eland

Aren't these covers amazing?
Love them all :D

(all links lead to Amazon)

Blog Makeover for C'est Ma Vie

check out the latest blog makeover i made!
click on the button to go to my page and read the full post there.

xo, Ella

Dec 21, 2009

Secret Santa!

today i kind of got my SS present. i say "kind of" because i didn't actually get it, but i did get a gift certificate to buy a book!

Meg Appleby from Be the Change Bookclub is my Secret Santa, and since she couldn't send me a gift herself, she had the brilliant idea to get me a gift certificate.

i wished she wouldn't though, cause it was so hard to choose just one book, from so many that are great!

in the end, i chose Wake by Lisa McMann.
was it a good choice?

it'll take between 2 to 5 weeks to get here, said the site.
i'll just have to wait.

ps: i also won The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove from Willing to See Less! can't wait to read both!

Dec 13, 2009

Monkey Review: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Summary (from

Falling in love was never so easy . . .

or so deadly.

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.
My Opinion:

I can now die happy, knowing I've read this amazing book. Yeah, I loved it that much.
Everyone was right, Becca has created a super dangerous but yet enticing world, and I couldn't help but to fall for Patch along with Nora.

Hush, Hush begins in 1565, introducing us to Patch and a boy called Chauncey. Patch forces the boy to take an oath, one that you cannot refuse to obey.

Fast forward to the present day.
We meet Nora Grey, simple high school student, and her best friend Vee Sky in a biology class. Enter Patch -whose last name we don't discover until half of the book's been read-. After Coach McConaughy decides it's time to make a new seating chart, Nora and Patch end up becoming each other's bio partner.

When Coach gives them their first asignment, it's clear from a start that school's the last thing Patch is interested in. While he certainly shows no interest in finishing his task, the same thing cannot be said about his interest in Nora.

So, they meet again. And again. And every time, sparks fly between them, undeniably real.
Nora is torn between the urge to escape him, and the need to kiss him.

Enter Elliot and Jules. Apparently rich kids, Elliot's transferred to Coldwater High School, and is now Nora and Vee's classmate. Jules remains in the background, barely making appereances. Which only makes him the more mysterious. As I read about him, I had a feeling there was just something wrong there. Hmm...

And now Nora's being followed. And there's someone in her mind... But who is it?

Nora'll find out the truth about Patch, even if it represents a risk to her life.
Because there's one huge reason why Patch is after her.
To kill her.
Because a fallen angel needs a human sacrifice to become human.
Will Nora make the ultimate sacrifice?

Monkey Rating: 5 Monkeys!

If this book is still in your To Be Read pile, GO READ IT NOW!
I know I'll read it again soon, when I find me a printed copy of the book.

How did I read this book you may ask? On E-Book format.
How are my eyes after reading it non-stop (how could I stop when I was dying to find out Patch's true intentions!)? OK. Now that I'm done. I only stopped reading to get some sleep, because my eyes were begging me to rest. Last night I couldn't tell the difference between an l and an I.

I'll always remember Becca for being the very first author I interviewed! Thanks Becca for being so nice!
Read the interview here.

Hush, Hush Related Links:

Becca's Site
Becca's Twitter
Official Fansite: Fallen Archangel
Order Hush, Hush from Amazon/B&N/Indiebound

Dec 9, 2009

Road Trip Wednesday #1

I've recently discovered a very cool blog: Ya Highway.
They've got this feature every Wednesday, Road Trip Wednesday, and I thought I'd participate in this week's RTW, since you don't have to be a contributor of that blog to do it, you can just join in!

From the site:
"Road Trip Wednesday is a "Blog Carnival", where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing or reading-related question and answer it in on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic."
This week's questions are:

1) What are the three best books you've read this year?
2) If you could meet one author (living or dead), who would it be?
3) What book are you most looking forward to in 2010?

1) The Hunger Games was definitely this year's favourite for me.
The Summoning (I actually listened to an audiobook) was amazing too.
And one I've just read, Uglies.

2) I'd love to meet J. K. Rowling. I'm a complete HP fan!

3) The book I'm most looking forward to in 2010 is the 3rd book from The Hunger Games trilogy! August 24th!

What are your answers to these questions?
Leave a comment!


Dec 4, 2009


i've started listening to the AB
(it's easier for me to get audiobooks, than getting books. no shipping costs)

i am LOVING it.

i had to share.

ps: i'm now a HS graduate! yay for me!

Dec 3, 2009

Audio Book Reading Challenge

I've deciced to join this Challenge,
basically because listening to ABs (audiobooks) is the best way to procrastinate there is.
You can be doing anything, or just chillin' listening to an AB on your mp4.

I'm participating by listening to 3 ABs
(level 1: Curious)

It begins on January 1st and runs through December, 2010.
You can join anytime!

Want to know more?
Click here and go to the original post.

Dec 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Pretty Book! #4

Today we officially welcome:


into the magic realm of Book Stores!


I'm really excited about this, and super anxious to read the book!

In the meantime,
will you join me in reading
the awesome interview one lovely Kami Garcia
and one beautiful Margie Stohl gave me?

Happy Birthday BC!
We're all very happy you're finally here :)

Nov 30, 2009

What are you Reading on Mondays?

This is a weekly event hosted by J. Kaye @ J. Kaye's Book Blog
Click on the pic to go to the original post.

This week I finally started reading
The Host, by Stephenie Meyer.

I know it took me a while,
but I finally bought it, and now I'm reading it!
I'm currently on chapter 3 and it's going good.
A little confusing at first, but I think I know how it'll go on.

Have you read it?
Is it a good book?
Or does it fall into the same category as Twilight?
(no offence SM or SM's fans, I do like Twilight, but there re some things I do not like about it)


Another Great Contest!

(I apologize in advance, for this is my 3rd Contest post this week, but it really is a great one!)

Parajunkee from Parajunkee's View is holding an awesome contest
to celebrate the fact that she now has over 200 followers!
Woo Hoo! Congrats!

Books Up For Grabs:

Cat #1
  1. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  2. Fire by Kristin Cashore
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill
  5. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  6. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  7. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Cat #2
  1. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
  2. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  3. Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
  4. Sins of the Flesh by Cardidad Pineiro
  5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  6. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  7. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
  8. Lover Avenged by JR Ward
Contest Deets:
  1. There will be TWO (2) WINNERS
  2. Winner #1 will get a choice in Cat#1 & Cat#2
  3. Winner #2 will get a choice in Cat#2
  4. If I get up to 250 Followers a 3rd Winner will be added with a choice in #2
  5. If I get up to 300 Followers a 4th Winner will be added with a choice in #2
  6. This contest is INTERNATIONAL!
  7. If you want one of the adult novels (Lover Avenged, Sins of the Flesh etc.) you must be 18 or older!
  8. Some of these books are in my possession, some will be sent via Book Depository. ALL ARE BRAND SPANKING NEW
  9. Contest Ends New Year's Eve Eve - 12/30/09 @ Midnight CST
  10. Winners will be announced Jan 1 by email - 48 hrs to respond
  11. YOU HAVE TO BE A FOLLOWER - the whole point of this contest! :)
What are you waiting for?

Nov 28, 2009

Dear John Audiobook Giveaway

I'm giving away 3 copies (that means 3 winners!) of Nicholas Sparks's novel DEAR JOHN, which is a soon-to-be-released major motion picture from Sony Pictures starring Channing Tatum ("G.I. Joe") and Amanda Seyfried ("Mamma Mia"). Coming to theaters just in time for Valentine's day, February 5, 2010. The audiobook edition of DEAR JOHN is read by actor and voiceover artist Holter Graham.

Summary (from
An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist. And sadly, the long separation finds Savannah falling in love with someone else.

Doesn't that sound romantic?

-Only residents of the U.S. or Canada are eligible to win (i know... :p sorry!).
-No P.O. Boxes.
-Enter by leaving your e-mail address (no e-mail, no entry!)

Extra Entries:
+1 if you start following me
+2 if you follow me already (i <3 you!)
+10 if you enter the Great Kindle Giveaway by following this link! (enter by joining the mailing list)
+2 if you post this on your sidebar, tweet about this, post on facebook, w/e you can think of (leave link for every thing you do! 2 entries for each link!)

This giveaway ends Dec 20th.
Enter away!

The Great Kindle Giveaway!

Bibliofreak is also holding a HUGE giveaway,

Bibliofreak is not just giving away one Kindle,
there are 15 of them!*

I've just entered and I'd love it if you entered too!
All you have to do is:
click here to go to and enter!
Every time someone enters using the link above, I get a point!
So PLEASE use that link!

This GA is open Internationally!
Ends Dec 18th

*Bibliofreak's words: "For every $259 I make, I will offer up another Kindle."

Brizmus's Super Mega Radical Star-Studded 100 Followers Contest!

Brizmus is holding a HUGE giveaway!
Be sure to enter!
You have until Dec 18th.

Here's what's up for grabs
-one lightly used copy of Hush, Hush
-one lightly used copy of Evermore )
-one lightly used copy of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
-one used copy of the City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clark
-one lightly used copy of the Over the Holidays
-lots of surprise goodies - books and swag and all sorts of things!

Enter now!

Nov 25, 2009

Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld

Summary (from Amazon):

Playing on every teen’s passionate desire to look as good as everybody else, Scott Westerfeld projects a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. The "New Pretties" are then free to play and party, while the younger "Uglies" look on enviously and spend the time before their own transformations in plotting mischievous tricks against their elders. Tally Youngblood is one of the most daring of the Uglies, and her imaginative tricks have gotten her in trouble with the menacing department of Special Circumstances. She has yearned to be pretty, but since her best friend Shay ran away to the rumored rebel settlement of recalcitrant Uglies called The Smoke, Tally has been troubled. The authorities give her an impossible choice: either she follows Shay’s cryptic directions to The Smoke with the purpose of betraying the rebels, or she will never be allowed to become pretty. Hoping to rescue Shay, Tally sets off on the dangerous journey as a spy. But after finally reaching The Smoke she has a change of heart when her new lover David reveals to her the sinister secret behind becoming pretty. The fast-moving story is enlivened by many action sequences in the style of videogames, using intriguing inventions like hoverboards that use the rider’s skateboard skills to skim through the air, and bungee jackets that make wild downward plunges survivable -- and fun. Behind all the commotion is the disturbing vision of our own society -- the Rusties -- visible only in rusting ruins after a virus destroyed all petroleum.

My Opinion:

Why did I wait so long to read this? Oh, that's right. It was just published here in Argentina, imagine that...
I just loved this book. It had everything I expect to read in a YA book: romance, mystery, friendship, trouble, promises... Overall, a wonderful read.

The story begins by introducing Tally and her desire to become Pretty. Like everyone else around her, she thinks she's ugly, and that the only way to be happy is to get the surgery that will transform her, on her 16th birthday.

Enter Shay. She's the rebel that shows Tally there are other ways to live your life. They become best friends, and Tally is heartbroken when Shay announces that she's escaping, right before her 16th birthday (same as Tally's) to go and live in The Smoke.

Tally stays, and waits to be transformed, so she can join her old friends in the city of the New Pretties. But she's still worried about Shay.
Her birthday's come, and Tally learns she won't be getting the surgery. She can either stay ugly, or go after Shay, and bring her back, but not without giving away The Smoke's secret location.

And like this begins Tally's adventure. Once in The Smoke, Tally will learn there's more to people than meets the eye, the meaning of true love and friendship, and she'll have to make a big decision: stay in The Smoke, pretend like she's been one of them from the start, tell everyone the truth, and say she's sorry; or betray those who've shown her how things really are.

Although this can be put in the Sci-Fi genre, that was one of the last things I noticed. Yes, there are flying vehicules, and instant food, but it just felt necessary to have those element there.

The things I did notice were the values this book teaches, values of family, love and friendship, above being a pretty face.

Monkey Rating: 4 & 1/2 monkeys!

Visit Scott Westerfeld's Website

(FTC: this book was a gift from my mum, no publisher sent it to me)

Nov 22, 2009

Author Interview: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Today we have two very special visitors here at TCM: Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl!
We're less than ten days before BC's released, but several bookstores already have the book for sale, thanks to the amazing Amazon!

Enjoy the interview!
There are some very interesting things to learn about these two!


We’re less than a month away from the release of Beautiful Creatures. I’m sure you’re being asked this a lot these days, but, how are you feeling? Nervous?

Kami: The book hit the stores early, which was a total surprise. I think I’m still in shock. I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember, but I never imagined seeing my name on a book at the bookstore. And I love seeing pictures of people with the book on Twitter and our Ning.
Margie: The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, but we’ve felt so much support from the YA community. We would be a mess without you guys! And seeing the book on the shelves is still a shock. Signing them is even stranger! I feel like I’m ruining all these books by writing my name in them.

This is something I’m really intrigued by. What was it like to write a book between the two of you? How long have you two known each other? Did this make it easier?

Kami: We met when Margie’s oldest daughter was in my third grade class. And yes, being friends for so long before we were writing partners has made everything easier.
Margie: We really trust each other, which helps. And these are big, sprawling books; I think we’d have gone crazy if we tried this huge project alone.

How important were the Caster Girls in the process of writing BC?

Kami: There wouldn’t be a book without them, so they are pretty important. The Caster Girls are the teens in our lives that inspired us to write Beautiful Creatures.
Margie: Dared us actually. They’re the reason we kept writing.
Kami: We turned in pages to them every week, like serialized fiction. In twelve weeks, we had a book.
Margie: The CGs were also involved in the editing process. They read our drafts, tore them to shreds, and ultimately made them better.

Did they help you put together Ethan’s Playlist? Or you did that by yourselves?

Kami: We made the playlist. We have to have some surprises for the Caster Girls.
Margie: Although Caster Girl 25 has a Music Tuesday feature on that is pretty rockin’ in its own right.

What drove you to create a Gatlin for BC?

Kami: Gatlin is not a real city, but it’s situated in a real part of South Carolina.
Margie: But Gatlin’s not so different than many small towns, in and out of the South. Both of our grandmothers grew up in small towns, and we wanted to capture the charm and magic and, well, smallness of a town like that. Good and bad.
Kami: We named the town Gatlin after my cousin Anna. It was her maiden name, and she has a lot of spitfire, like Gatln.

Another thing that intrigues me is Lena’s necklace. I’m pretty sure there’s something magical about it. Without giving away too much, could you tell us something about it?

Kami: Without giving away too much…Lena’s necklace is a collection of things that are special to her.
Margie: Everything on her necklace is a memory, something she doesn’t want to forget. Because she’s moved around so much, she keeps her memories with on her person.
Kami: We each have one. We made them after we finished the book. In the BC trailer, by VLC Productions, the “Lena” in the photos is wearing Margie’s necklace.

Kami & Margie

Thanks girls for the awesome interview!

Here are some cool links to keep exploring the wonderful world of Beautiful Creatures:

There's one more thing I wanted to share with y'all before I wrap this up:
K&M are holding some pretty cool contests over at the BC Blog:

There are very cool prizes for the winners: for the 1st Contest there'll be 4 winners, and for the 2nd, 5 winners!
(And there are several ways of entering in the 1st one).

I'll definitely be entering in the 2nd one, creating a cover for "16 Moons"!
I'll keep you updated ;)

Thanks for reading!

Nov 21, 2009

NaNoWriMo Update

i've decided i won't be finishing NaNo this year.

november is not a good month for me to do this,
a) i'm graduating from high school in a week!
b) therefore, i need to focus on not getting my grades down, or my mum will kill me;
c) i'm busy organising a graduation gift for my friends :)
d) i have 20-so covers to make for NaNoers!

i've been told by many people that they'd love to have a cover made by me, and of course i said yes. but I had to put up a comment telling them i wasn't taking any more requests, since i had a lot already!

here are the last three i made:

i'm seriously proud of myself (don't mean to brag :P) i love how they look, and the authors do too!
that's all that matters to me, their approval.

i will not however, give up on my story.
i'll continue it once all this graduation madness is over.
because i seriously believe in it :)

Nov 16, 2009

Author Guest Post: LM Preston: How I Do It All

The lovely LM Preston has written a very interesting post, about how she manages to be a mum, an Engineer, a teacher, and an author! That's a lot of work! Here are some tips for the wannabe author, by LM Preston:

How do I do it all? Well to start, I am a mom of four kids. I work a full-time job as an Engineer, and I teach part-time at a University. Lastly, I am an author.
I learned a long time ago to manage my time. I’ll provide tips below, however, you must make time management work for you. I make it fun, by managing to do something I enjoy, which is writing every day. If I am not writing, I am usually imagining aspects of a story, because I am an proverbial daydreamer. Most of my friends or family would never think that I am working on stories while I am cooking dinner, taking a shower, driving or eating my lunch...

Steps to do more in a day than you ever thought possible:

Take time to evaluate what stimulates you to accomplish your goals.
I knew that in order for me to get anything done, I needed to have many things going on at one time. I know it sounds weird, but I write best when I am surrounded by my kids. I also need lots, and lots of breaks. Therefore, most times I write in 10 to 30 minute sprints. I take breaks to play with my kids, watch television, or goof off on the internet (very bad habit because I end up slipping and playing for an hour online).


Carry a calendar, pda, ipod or cellphone.

I use all of these items to keep me on track.
You must have the tools of the trade. I use my cellphone and my pocket calendar to store all of my task, appointments, and goals for the week. I even set the alarms or alerts on these devices to call me or beep me to remind me of events. That way if I am riding in the car, I know what I can do to pass the time, yet be efficient.


Update your pocket calendar or ipod, and set reminders for task or goals that you send yourself with your phone, email calendar, or notes in your pocket calendar.
I drive my family crazy with this. I set reminders for my writing time on my cellphone, and my calendars.

I prefer to say dream list. I believe that most people are more apt to complete goals that are in line with their dreams. Therefore, don’t create a DREAM LIST of stuff you have to do like, homework, pick up kids, cook dinner. Create a dream list (or bucket list) of things you want to accomplish before you leave earth. Then list the things you can do or have to do in order to check off your DREAM LIST.
My DREAM LIST included, write a book, snowboard, ride in a hot air balloon, scuba drive, hang glide, and travel. Of those items on my list I have completed over half by my personal deadline dates.


Use those boring, do nothing moments effectively.

I spend a lot of time at my kid’s sports practice just waiting for them to get finished. Therefore, I usually carry my manuscripts with me, and while I am sitting there for two hours waiting for them, I edit my books. If I don’t have books to edit, I give out bookmarks or other promotional gifts. I also, take a notebook for writing notes, or snippets for any Work In Progress I have. I also use the time to check student’s assignments from my teaching job at the university. Also, when I am riding in the car on long trips, I bring my laptop and write while my husband drives.

Set realistic deadlines for your DREAM LIST. Then squeeze in time to reach those dreams in your everyday life.

I have accomplished and experienced so many things in my life. Some things I have attempted, and yet failed. Others, I have attempted and changed course, and some I have conquered and am satisfied. Imagine your time here on Earth is a gift, an adventure of which you want to taste and do all the things your can before you leave. You will be surprised and amazed at all you have experienced if you know yourself, love yourself, dream big dreams, map a path to reach them, and enjoy every minute along the way.

by LM Preston, Author of EXPLORER X - Alpha.

Thanks LM for those amazing tips! I'll definitely be trying to integrate some to my every day routine ;)

Did you find these tips helpful?

If you'd like to learn more about the author and her work, go to

Nov 15, 2009

Covers: 1st Part

The Perfect Boy cover, made with JordynFace.

I love them all! And it looks as if everyone else does too! I have a bunch of covers I still need to make!
I'm seriously thinking of taking a course to keep working on this, designing and stuff.

What do you think?

Huge Contest @ Teens Read and Write!

Teens Read and Write is having an INTERNATIONAL giveaway, and is it big.
But you only have until midnight to enter, so gogogo!

The Initial Twelve Books:
Glass Houses
by Rachel Caine (Morganville Vampires#1) Lost Girls by Robert Doherty
Saddled wth Trouble by Michelle Scott
The Wee Free Men by Terry Prachett
Midnight Reflections by Katrina Michaels
The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
Dragon House by John Shors
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Circle of Souls by Preetham Grandhi
The Shifter by Janice Hardy
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (Darkest Powers #1)
Marked by PC Cast

First Place Winner - First Choice of 3 Books
Second Place Winner - Second Choice of 2 Books
Third Place Winner - Third Choice of 2 Books


(They have like 300+ followers, so imagine how many chances to win you'll have!)

Nov 14, 2009

Wasn't I smart?

I just learned that the first word I read was "Mickey", from a little book my mum had gotten me for one of our long distance trips, when I was 2 and a half!

I never asked her for candy, instead I wanted her to get me one of those colouring books from the bus stations' kiosks, or one with pictures.

I still have that book. It's called "Mickey and the Giant".

Once I started Kindergarten, my mum got a phone call one day. My teachers asked her if I had certain books at home (same ones as the ones that were at kindergarten) and my mum said: "no, she doesn't have those books here. Why do you ask?"
And the teacher told her that I was sitting in front of a little group, apparently reading, and they wanted to know if I knew those books by heart. Because how could I have been reading? I was 3!
But yes, I could read at the tender age or 3.

This was just a little anecdote I wanted to share with y'all.


Nov 13, 2009

NaNo Chat :)

So, I was on Twitter today, and saw a tweet about a NaNo Chat room.
If you read my previous post, you know I'm way behind on my word cound (12,056, when I should be on 20,000), so I needed the encouragement.

I did not expect to find such a great crowd in there. Really.
They are the bestest.
Yes, I just said bestest, what you gonna do?
So anyway, there we were, talking about our word counts, characters and such, and we started giving each other advice -actually we started giving Jordyn advice-

This is what went down: (click for bigger images)

(this is our Ninja Master)

Jordyn dear, we're waiting for The Ninja Book.
You said you'd have it by Yesterday (well that was Khy...)
Just sayin'

Here's what I think TNB should be about:
The Ninja Book will be about three gorgeous girls (Khy, Mya and Ella, of course)
who will learn they're descendants from this really old Ninja Clan.
They will be beautiful and kick everyone's as***
Cause they're the bestest.
And they'll kick the vamps butts,and marry the werewolves that become wolves only on winter.
And that's cool cause they'll need to keep warm, so that's a plus for them
And when the film comes out, gorgeous actors will play us.
And they'll sparkle.
The End.

Major discovery! Khy is actually a Vampire! She is! She said so:

(we were talking about e-readers, fyi)Too bad Sparkles don't show up on film.
We could have made a fortune!

Next post: Title suggestions for JordynFace!

General Update

So, maybe you noticed I haven't been around lately...
That's because I just came back from La Plata (big city here in Arg), which is 1200 km away from my hometown, more or less...
The reason I went there is because I just enrolled in College! I'm starting on Feb 8th, and I'll be studying English Translation. We'll see if that's the career for me. (I haven't told anyone, maybe a person or two, but lately I've been having second thoughts on my career choice. I don't know what'll heppen next year, or if I'll decide to stay or change my career... I would've liked something to do with Art, maybe I'll do that later.)
For now, my goal with this is to find a job in a publishing home, o wherever, translating books! I'd love to do that :)

After having enrolled, I of course bought me some books! ;)
I found something similar to a book fair, and got:

* Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld.
* The Host, by Stephenie Meyer.
* and The Island Under the Sea, by Isabel Allende (all of these in Spanish).

I'm reading Uglies, and I'm liking it so far.

My word count is currently of 12, 059.
But that's because I wasn't able to write for 3 days, so I'm good.

Also, I'm making covers for NaNoers! Here's the thread I started, and had over 20 submissions :) Everyone liked the samples I posted, I'd like for you to check them out and leave me a comment here telling me what you think! Covers can be seen on pages 1 and 2 of that same thread.

Well, that's it for now...


Nov 7, 2009

NaNo Update #1, + Cover and Excerpt from my NaNo novel

So, 7 days after having started writing,
I have a word cound of
8,017 words.
According to my Nano Stats widget, I should be having a word count of 10,000 words.
But seeing that I couldn't write neither yesterday, nor the day before, not because of laziness,
but because of school (grrr!), I'm well on my track.
I just set myself a goal to write 2,000 words (or more, if possible) today.
We'll see how that goes.

Also, I was on the Procrastination Station 2 days ago, and read something in the Forums that caught my attention.
Some people are actually making mock book trailers for their NaNo novels!
And I thought, what a great idea!
I should make one for my NaNo too!
So, right now I'm on campaign to get everything I need to make a cool trailer.
I'll let you know how it goes.

I'm pretty confident with the way my novel's coming along.
Which is why I'll share an excerpt with you today.
I hope you'll leave a comment, telling me what you thought of it.
You don't have to love it, or even like it,
just tell me something about it.

They’re after me. Even without looking over my shoulder, I know they are. I’m running over a stone path. I’m being chased, and I’m running as fast as I can. But they’re close, too close. I turn around now, and I see them, coming toward me. They’re getting closer, and they’re stronger than me. I try not to look back, not to scream, but I fail to do both. The blue girl and the tatooed man are after me, a wicked smile covering their faces. And the house beyond them stays still, but not oblivious. They laugh at the hollow yell that escapes my throat, but keep on coming.
I look in front of me, searching for what he told me to search. I have to keep on running, have to leave all of this behind me. But how could I? How could I ever leave him?
I wasn’t leaving this house forever, I knew that much. I’d have to come back for him soon.
My legs hurt, I can barely run anymore. Come on, you can do it.
I hear the highway. I’m almost there. I have to get there fast, before they catch me. But, where are they? Why haven’t they caught me by now? I’m afraid to look. But I still turn my head around, only to see that they’re gone. Not for long, I think. They wouldn’t let their ‘treasure’ escape so easily. They’re out here somewhere.
I see lights, coming from the highway. I’m reaching it, I’m there, I’m standing in the middle of it-
Buzz, buzz.
The alarm goes off. I wake up.

Here's my self made cover!
What do you think?
I went from "Dreamer", to "Darkest Dreams", and ended up with "Darkest Nights"!
ps: my friend Diane from The Book Resort posted her excerpt on her blog too!
Go check it out!

Nov 5, 2009

Book Blogger Holiday Swap!

What is the Book Bloggers Holiday Swap?
It’s an annual Secret Santa gift exchange between book bloggers, now
in its third year!

How does it work?
First, you sign up by filling in the Google Form on our introduction post.
You have until the 12th of November to do so. You’ll then be
randomly assigned another blogger, whose Secret Santa you’ll be.

Anyone can sign up for this, right?
Yep – all book bloggers are welcome!
(that means all of us international BBers too!)

A small gift? How small?
Your gift could be a book, a journal or bookmark, a box of Christmas
cookies, a mixed CD, a crafty homemade gift, etc. It doesn’t have to
be anything pricey, of course. To make everyone more comfortable,
we’ll be letting you know if your “santee” would mind gently used

I've already signed up, and can't wait to see who my "santee" will be!
Why don't you sign up?
It'll be fun!

Nov 4, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday #6

LINGER, by Maggie Stiefvater
(like you didn't know)

Isn't it such a beautiful cover?
I totally love it!


This is the story of a boy who used to be a wolf and a girl who was becoming one.

Just a few months ago, it was Sam who was the mythical creature. His was the disease we couldn't cure. His was the good-bye that meant the most. He had the body that was a mystery, too strange and wonderful and terrifying to comprehend.

But now it is spring. With the heat, the remaining wolves will soon be falling out of their wolf pelts and back into their human bodies. Sam stays Sam, and Cole stays Cole, and it's only me who's not firmly in my own skin.

Released Fall 2010

Nov 3, 2009

nano thoughts

Whenever you delete a sentence in your NaNoWriMo novel, a NaNoWriMo angel loses its wings and plummets, screaming, to the ground.

Where it will likely require medical attention.

These are words to live by. Resist the tyranny of the delete key! Onward! Upward! To Day Three!

2018 words


Nov 1, 2009

Authors on TCM

This is a list of Authors who've been amazing and kind enough to either grant me an Interview or a Guest Blog (the idea for this list belongs to The Story Siren, I'm simply borrowing it, and making my own list):


Becca Fitzpatrick (Hush, Hush) - US



Erin McCahan (I Now Pronounce You Someone Else) - US


Goldie Alexander (Mavis Road Medley and Dolly Fiction Series) - Australia



Johanna Harness (Claire Morgane Series) - US

Kami Garcia & Margie Stohl (Beautiful Creatures) - US
Kim Miller (They Told Me I Had To Write This) - Australia
Kay Cassidy (The Cinderella Society) - US

LM Preston (Explorer X - Alpha) - US

Megan Crewe (Give Up The Ghost) - US

Nadine Laman (Kathryn's Beach Series) - US




Ron Riekki (U.P.) - US
Ryan Kennedy & Hazel Edwards (F2M: the boy within) - Australia


Tera Lynn Childs (Oh. My. Gods Series and Forgive my Fins) - US







Hopefully, this list will grow with time!


NaNo is here!

This will be my first time participating, since it's the first time I've heard about it.

I've already got my story shaped in my head, got the (maybe finished) title, I even got a book cover!
I hope I make it to the 50.000 words finish line!

Who else is participating this year?
If you are, you're more than welcome to add me as your Writing Buddy :)
(my NaNo page)

Good luck everyone!

(still don't know what NaNo is? Click on the pic for more info)

Oct 30, 2009

Hottest Male Vampires, Top 20

(according to

Thanks to Sara for sending me a link to this!
Although, I do not agree with it on a 100%, this list is pretty accurate.
Going from the guys from the new Vampire Diaries, passing through the Cullen family, and going to the old school vampires from Interview with the Vampire, this list has them all.

(comments from me in blue)

Brace yourselves.

This may come as a complete shock.

Vampires are sort of, what's the word, in right now. I mean, if you haven't been living in Antarctica this past year, you may have noticed a very obvious trend. Remember way back in the day when every guy wanted to be Neo from The Matrix because he had that cool trench coat and could do sweet flips? (LOL) Those days are long gone. Today it's all about fangs and an aversion to sunlight. Goth is back. Pale is the new tan.

And really, we shouldn't be all that surprised. Vampires are hot. They don't age. They look good in black. Some of them have inner-turmoil issues. Granted, they drink blood and that's kind of gross, but so are hot dogs and most of us love those. Who are we to judge?

Let's embrace this trend. Instead of rolling our eyes at the plethora of Twilight memorabilia lining the walls of every store (*rolling eyes*), let's take a moment and analyze why there is so much Twilight memorabilia lining the walls of every store. And I'm not talking about dissecting the literary merits of the books (because what would I write about after the first paragraph?). Instead, I want to focus purely on sex appeal (you know, what's important). Costume and make-up designers work hard to create these gorgeous male bloodsuckers, and it's time to give them credit where credit is due. Here's a countdown of the greatest, most stunning, most please-bite-me-now creatures of the night ever. I'll tell you what works, what doesn't work, and why I want - no, need - to be alone in a dark alley with them.

20. Stuart Townsend as Lestat in Queen of the Damned

He's no Edward Cullen. Stuart Townsend plays Lestat not with boyish good looks and designer sunglasses, but with very pale features, long hair, and incredibly intense eyes. In fact, they may be a little hypnotic. Anne Rice's Lestat is a bad ass. He's a killer. He's on the fringe of society, and unlike the soft and cuddly vampires we've become familiar with of late, he loves the taste of blood. I don't care how sweet and innocent the girl, Lestat will never go vegetarian. Costume designers and make-up artists have managed to combine the bad boy image with obvious sex appeal. In mesh tops, black leather pants, and tattoos, here is the vampire you should probably never invite inside, but hey, if mistakes happen, at least you know you'll die happy.And, if mesh tops and a lot of blood play just aren't your thing (to each her own), maybe you'll love his sexy French accent. There's something to be said about a guy who can roll his r's as well as Stuart Towsend.

(Boy, I have no idea who this Stuart is, but he looks good!)

19. Paul Wesley as Stefan in The Vampire Diaries (OK, if it were up to me, Stefan would have been placed waaay up higher, say 3rd, 4th)

So the show is still very new, but it's only a matter of time before The Twilight crowd embraces Vampire Diaries (and despite all claims that Kevin Williamson's show is a rip-off, The Vampire Diaries' novels were around long before Twilight hit shelves). It strikes all the right notes: good looking bloodsuckers, forbidden romances, a high school setting, and pop music. And it's a little less wordy than Dawson's Creek, which is always a plus. I've seen the first episode and while Stefan may sort of resemble a vampire boy scout at present, he has a lot of potential. Paul Wesley is naturally gorgeous and has the tall, dark, and handsome thing down pat. Costume designers make him even more tantalizing in his designer jeans and tight fitting t-shirts, and while I wish he was a little bit less generic high school kid and more dark and mysterious (to me he's as mysterious as a vampire can be), I'm not really complaining. He'll work perfectly for the target audience.

But here is the real test: to be quite honest, I thought the first episode was subpar. Despite this, I still might tune in if only to see the lovely Stefan spend twenty-two episodes stalking Elena.
(name ONE vampire who doesn't stalk.)

18. Ethan Hawke as Edward in Daybreakers

The sole reason Ethan Hawke is being placed in spot eighteen is that Daybreakers hasn't reached theaters yet (no wonder I didn't know of this film), so my knowledge of his vampire hotness is based entirely on the two minute and thirty second trailer. But man, after watching two minutes and thirty seconds of Ethan Hawke running around in classy suits with slicked back hair and occasional fangs, I am convinced that he could take over this list effortlessly. He dresses well. He has intense eyes. He looks like a vampire, but unlike other costume efforts, he doesn't scream creepy evil dead guy in desperate need of a little color in his wardrobe (I'm looking at you, Dracula, I'm looking at you). His pale make-up is subtle and realistic. I buy that he hasn't seen the sun in many, many years. He also manages to pull off conflicted and smart in every - admittedly - short clip I saw. I think what we are seeing here is the beginning of a layered, complex character that will make you sympathize with the vampire plight without the use of a human girl. What a crazy concept.

17. Aidan Turner as Mitchell in Being Human

While it may not be the most popular show in the States, it caused quite the stir in Britain. BBC's Being Human tells the story of a vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost living together, and lucky for us, Aidan Turner got the role of the resident vampire, John Mitchell. Like many of the vampires on this list, Mitchell is burdened with a conscience and abstains from drinking human blood. Despite this flaw (what can I say, I like bad boys), his Irish accent and scruffy good looks make him a pleasure to watch on screen. When his eyes go dark with blood lust, he manages to pull off both scary and totally sexy. And if you're into the tortured, broody guy, Mitchell's vampire past and subsequent guilt will keep you hooked. Definitely worth a drool or two.

16. Kellan Lutz as Emmett Cullen from Twilight

Some of you might say that I should have put Emmett higher on the list, but frankly, his character (thus far) bores me just a little. (bores you? you wanna know what bores me? a 108-year-old -teen and virgin (riiight)- vampire who spends his days crying over his lost life, and refraining from kissing the girl he loves cause he's afraid he'll hurt her. come on, dude! we wanna see some action!) I mean, dude, it's okay to tell a joke once in awhile. It's not going to kill you because, well, for one, you're already dead. And you can't die twice. Unless your name is Buffy Summers. (LOL for those who watched Buffy) But I digress. Apparently he gets much better in the rest of the series, but since I'm basing this solely on the first film, all you Twilight fans are just going to have to prove me wrong after New Moon comes out. Despite my personal feelings towards his character, even I can admit there's something to be said for golden eyes and dark features. And while he may not be the most talkative of the Cullens (yet), what he lacks in verbal capabilities, he makes up for in muscle and penetrating eyes. Plus, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't just a little bit jealous of his devotion to Rosalie. In the end, I think Emmett was just what the first Twilight film needed. While he may not be quite as passionate as Edward, his huge bulk and slightly intimidating nature added a splash of much appreciated darkness to the entire Cullen family.

15. Jason Patric as Michael from The Lost Boys

While today it may seem like Twilight coined the idea of vampire teenagers, The Lost Boys had Stephanie Meyer beat by more than a decade. In this pop culture phenomenon, Michael and Sam Emerson move to a coastal, Californian town with their recently divorced mother and quickly become entangled with the local vampire population. Things take a turn for the worse (or better, given the subject of this list) when Michael accidently drinks some vampire blood. Oops. Before you can say "Dracula," the once normal teenager is getting in touch with his inner bad boy. So what makes Jason Patric such a hot creature of the undead? Well, for one, he epitomizes the wonder that was eighties fashion. In tight jeans, white tennis shoes, and awesome sunglasses, this guy is hard to resist. Plus, even when he begins to exhibit vampire traits, you're still rooting for him. He manages to work the tragic hero angle very convincingly. Most importantly though, his dark hair and gorgeous blue eyes make Patric more than worthy of a second look.

(again, no idea who this is, and that pic definitely doesn't help him)

14. Alex O'Loughlin as Mich St. John in Moonlight

You know, once in awhile it's nice to encounter a vampire who does something truly productive with his super strength, years of knowledge, and stunning good looks. Mick St. John is one such vampire. Instead of sitting around being all, "Oh man, it sucks that I love blood and have to stay young and beautiful forever," he made the choice to go out and seek redemption through helping the helpless, err, I know what you're thinking. This is sounding a lot like another vampire we all know and love who is a P.I. and helps the helpless for redemptive purposes. That other vampire aside, Mick's desire to do what's right, coupled with his ability to brood like nobody's business, makes him a very attractive undead American to watch.
(didn't this show only last a few episodes? I think I watched a couple...)

13. Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt in Interview with a Vampire

Despite Tom's recent spout of craziness in the media, back when Interview with a Vampire came out he was pretty impressive playing the evil Lestat next to Brad Pitt's conflicted version of the vampire Louis. With pale features, long blonde hair, blood red lips, and a penchant for killing women in the throes of passion, he pretty much epitomizes everything you would expect of a vampire. And it's kind of awesome to watch. Sexy, evil, and totally insane, it's hard to take your eyes off of Tom whether he's reaping havoc with the little Kristen Dunst, burning to death, or popping up on the roof of a car completely unexpectedly. Reportedly, Anne Rice was extremely skeptical about having big named Tom Cruise play her famous and most well-known character, but through impressive acting, costume design, and make-up skill, he makes one of the most convincing and compelling vampires on this list. Kudos to you, Mr. Cruise.

12. Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries

Ahh, Ian Somerhalder. (ahhh is the right word) You were hot in Young Americans when you dated that girl who looked like a guy. You were even hotter in Rules of Attraction when you were in love with Dawson Leary (or somebody bearing his face) , and you were perfect in Lost (except for your annoying sister, Shannon). Now you have snagged the role of the cooler, more attractive, probably more interesting, evil, undead brother of the title character in Vampire Diaries. Good job. If I know my vampire shows - and I think I do - you'll probably get the girl in the end after the masses realize the good girl dating the good vampire is a bit tired (hey, don't doubt me. It's happened on Buffy and it is well on its way in True Blood ). Point being, if I were an insecure, high school girl, I would totally allow you to suck my blood. In fact, I'd probably allow you to suck my blood if I were a (semi)-mature, twenty-something-year-old who had - thank god - graduated high school. Which I am. Point being, I've only seen one episode of this show and I'm already rooting for the bad guy. Is it because of his gorgeous eyes? Sexy outfits? Perfect, chiseled features? Take your pick. Or better yet, embrace them all.

(although I never wanted Damon to end up with Elena, every time we got to see -or read- something sweet about him, it just made me feel sorry for him. -anyone saw epi Haunted last Thursday?- I'd have no problem inviting him in and comforting him. LOL)

11. Gerard Butler as Dracula in Dracula 2000

It's not easy to be given the task of playing Dracula. He is the vampire of vampires. The Dark Prince. The Count. The Unholy Master. Choose your creepy nickname. Thankfully, Gerard Butler from Dracula 2000 did a remarkable job bringing Bram Stoker's original character to life. Sure, critics may argue that the movie was, um, subpar and that Dracula wasn't all that scary, but let's focus on what's truly important. I mean, when was scary the goal? That's right: never. The thing worth noting here is that Butler looks fantastic in black, has gorgeous, long dark hair and has fangs that seem well proportioned and perfect for drinking blood. What else does a vampire need? Besides, seeing Dracula in the modern world is a treat. With some tech savvy CGI effects and a plethora of cool vampire Matrix moves, Gerard Butler is both compelling and fun to watch in this title role.

(I look at that raised eyebrow, and all I can think about is:)

10. Stephen Moyer as Bill Compton in True Blood

He's our vampire with the heart of gold. Sure, there were some killing sprees in the past with his sire, but bygones, right? Those days are long behind him. Or, well, unless somebody threatens Sookie, but that's kind of romantic, right? Maybe? Not even a little? Okay, perhaps it's a little creepy. Nevertheless, Bill Compton has decided of his own devices to give up delicious human blood, live as a human in the South, and date the lovely Anna Paquin (in real life and in the show). What's more, he's done this all without the motivation of a pesky Gypsy curse. Wow. What a guy. With a Southern accent and a serious persona, Sookie falls head over heels for this bloodsucker and it's hard not to see why. Bill Compton is gorgeous and wonderfully old fashioned and even when he does something insanely stupid (such as resorting to his dark, killing ways) you kind of have to forgive him when he shrugs, takes out his Wii, and tells Sookie that, hey, that dude deserved to die. And he's probably right. From a costume and make-up perspective, I love how the designers here have decided to give him a slightly out-dated style. It highlights the fact that he has never fully let-go of his previous mortal life, and even when he's in a crowded room you can tell that there's just something not completely right. You know, like maybe he loves A-positive a little too much.

(really? what does Sookie see in him? he's the only one in this list who does look dead)

9. Wesley Snipes as Blade in Blade

Okay, so he's not a "full" vampire (lame-o). Technically, he's half-human, but sort of like that hybrid baby in the forth Twilight book, he got all the vampire perks (super strength, heightened senses, immortality), and none of the very annoying set-backs (aversion to sunlight, fear of crosses, hatred of garlic). And he's kind of a bad ass. I mean, how many people do you know could take out a room full of vampires and look damn good doing it? Played by the awesome Wesley Snipes, Blade manages to instill total trust despite his huge frame and wicked fighting techniques. Further, costume designers have put him in lots of leather, given him some pretty hot looking shades, and (brace yourselves) equipped him with a cape. If I was going to be the sole person standing between the earth and it's take-over by the vampire population, I think I'd probably want a cape (me too). Point being, here is a guy you definitely want on your side in any fight. And then, maybe if he has time after saving the world and everything, a few minutes alone in a dark room.

8. Jason Dohring as Josef Kostan in Moonlight

He might not have been the title character in Moonlight , but Jason Dohring playing good vampire Josef Kostan made quite the impression on me. Perhaps (read: certainly) this stems from my longtime love of the tragically canceled television show Veronica Mars and, consequently, the character of Logan Echolls (played by Jason Dohring). (Ahh, how I miss that show!) However, despite this admittedly blinding obsession, I think my choice stands strong. In Moonlight , Dohring plays a 400-year old vampire with remarkable ease and depth. Strutting around in expensive suits, living in luxurious mansions, and taking his pick of any girl he wants, Josef is probably the envy of most guys. And who can blame them? In the show, he comes off as suave, smart, and wonderfully sexy, so much so that he has a gaggle of girls just lining up to give him their blood. And guys, I think we can all agree that there's something to be said about a vampire who gets his blood handed to him not through hypnotic vampire tricks or hunting, but through money and good looks.

7. Brad Pitt as Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with a Vampire

When arguably the sexiest man in popular culture today buckles down to play a heartbreaking and conflicted vampire in Anne Rice's Interview with a Vampire , you better expect good things. And Brad Pitt definitely does not disappoint. With long, blonde hair, billowing white shirts, and a very tragic demeanor, Pitt brings the character of Louis de Pointe du Lac to life (or, rather, undead life) in this epic tale. Even though he's still sort of an evil guy (he is a vampire after all with perhaps the worst mentor ever - thanks a lot Lestat), his attempts to do what's right - however misguided - have you rooting for his success throughout the entire film. Perhaps the most tragic scene of the movie occurs when Louis realizes that a mistake he made led to Lestat turning an eight-year old girl. The repercussions both literally and figuratively haunt him throughout the rest of his existence, and through Brad Pitt's brilliant acting we see every single moment of pain played out on his face. While I'm still a little bit afraid of this struggling vampire, his perfect features, and amazingly hypnotic eyes make me want to curl up with him by a fire and tell him everything will be alright. Even though I'll probably be lying.

(is it just me, or does he look slightly cockeyed in this pic?)

6. Keifer Sutherland as David in The Lost Boys

A vampire with a mullet? That's right. Who says vampires can't pick up on regrettable fashion trends? Keifer Sutherland introduces us to a whole new kind of the undead. In The Lost Boys , Sutherland plays the ring leader of a band of vampire misfits. His eighties style, manipulative nature, and bad boy image make him more than compelling to watch. And what's more, Sutherland's character David makes vampirism look fun . From a teenager's perspective, this is the life. He hangs out with tough looking guys, lives in Southern California, and has a bunch of hot women surrounding him. Is there anything better? Before he was saving the world from terrorists, nuclear disaster, and assassinations in 24, Keifer Sutherland was bedding virgins, turning innocents, and hanging out in carnivals. If there's a better life for a creature of the undead, I don't want to know about it.

5. David Boreanaz as Angel in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

Even though he was kind of a stalker in the first season, Angel made girls around the United States swoon - myself included. Apparently David Boreanaz was only meant to appear in a select few episodes of the first season, but the overwhelming support from fans not only caused Joss Whedon to keep him in the series, but motivated him to create a spin-off TV show entitled, Angel. And who can blame him? Not only does Angel have one of the all time epic forbidden romances with vampire slayer Buffy Summers, he kicks major ass. With billowing black coats, very gelled hair, and an incredibly chiseled face, Angel is sort of the perfect male specimen. And while some may gripe that he sometimes loses his soul when he achieves perfect happiness, his evil, soulless, counterpart is even more entertaining to watch. To start with, he wears leather pants on a regular basis and becomes ten times more snarky. It's not only fun to watch, it'll convince you that the bad guys probably do have a lot more fun.

(Angel, you'll always be my no. 1 <3)

4. Antonio Banderas as Armand in Interview with a Vampire

There's something to be said for a vampire in a position of power. Antonio Banderas as Armand from Interview with a Vampire not only boasts a very sexy accent, but leads a cohort of likeminded evil vampires in Europe. Perhaps the most compelling facet of this character is Armand's general life philosophy. Unlike some of the more, err, whiny vampires in popular culture who have major blood issues, Armand boasts an existence without regret. He lives freely and passionately and his zest for life is infectious. With dark eyes and features, he plays an excellent counterpart to Brad Pitt's fairer features, while also balancing out Louis' rather depressing take on vampires. By the end of the movie I can safely say that if I had to spend an eternity with Lestat, Louis, or Armand, Armand would win hands down, every single time. He's sexy, fun, and doesn't spend quite as much time brooding, which, contrary to what seems to be vampire popular belief, is not as attractive as it may sound.

3. Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman in True Blood

Let's face it: Bill Compton may be good looking and chivalrous, but he's not terribly interesting, and unfortunately for Bill, Eric is really interesting. What does this mean? Well, if Alan Ball follows the books even remotely, Bill may be watching on the sidelines as Sookie runs into the very pale, very cold arms of one Mr. Eric Northman. And maybe it's my love for bad boys with layers, but I'm rooting for Eric on this one. I'd much rather see Sookie in a relationship with Eric than Bill. If nothing else, the fights would be much more entertaining, and the sex probably way hotter. I know there are a lot of Bill fans out there who are probably bubbling with rage right now, but c'mon. You can't be all that surprised, can you? Let me lay it down for you: on the one hand we have a whiney, questionable dresser, who plays Wii. On the other hand, we have a powerful, leather-wearing, club owning badass who can tell the other hand what to do. I think there is a very obvious and clear winner here.

2. Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in Twilight

Oh, Edward Cullen. Your penchant for stalking teenage girls and attending high school for all of eternity aside (dude, why ?), you are one good looking bloodsucker. Sure, the stirrings of your hotness were there when you played Cedric Diggory back at Hogwarts (R.I.P. friend), but I don't think any of us really appreciated the true beauty that is you until you stepped into the Forks cafeteria in Twilight. What I like about Robert Pattinson's appearance for this role (besides the obvious 'please-take-me-now' facet) is that he actually looks like a vampire. Unlike other high school vampire shows (I'm thinking of you, Vampire Diaries ), there is something simply too pretty about Edward Cullen. I mean, there is just no way somebody who looks like him is human. He has to be something more. Perhaps it's the golden, color-changing eyes, or the perfectly placed hair, or maybe the very pale skin and impossibly red lips, but it only takes one look to know that this guy is not a guy at all. He can't be. To conclude, I guess it's not at all surprising that Bella falls in love with him in about 2.5 seconds (give or take). I mean, wouldn't you?

(this pic does not favour him, at all)

1. James Marsters as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

Well, we've come to the end of the list and I know what you're all thinking. "Dude, really?" I mean, those of you who have seen Buffy know exactly what I'm talking about, but to some...this might be a mystery. He has bleached blonde hair, you may say, and wears red and black together which is not only a vampire cliché, but looks horrendous. Why does he get to be number one? Allow me to tell you: for one, he has a British accent and not just any British accent. It's a cockney British accent. If you don't think this is hot, you simply need to hear him say "bugger" and "bloody" a few times. It's awesome. Two, the character of Spike is really funny. This is an incredibly rare trait in a vampire and I don't know about you guys, but a guy who can make me laugh gets major points. Three, he's love's bitch. His words, not mine. Spike is man enough to admit that when it comes to love, he pretty much let's himself be taken over by it. We see this consistently throughout the show, whether it's his total and complete devotion to the very weak vampire Drusilla in the first two seasons (he nearly kills himself to save her), or his quest to obtain a soul to prove himself worthy of Buffy in season six. When this guy falls in love, he falls all the way in. Finally, he's ridiculously handsome. Not only does he have one of the most chiseled bodies I've ever seen, he has amazing blue eyes and very defined cheek bones. And while his style isn't exactly what'd I'd seek out on a normal day of vampire watching, William the Bloody makes it work for him. The Billy Idol, punk rock persona adds a level of vampire uniqueness that is greatly appreciated in a world of brooding, old-fashioned bloodsuckers. In the end, Spike can suck my blood any day of the week.

(this is not a list of my creation, this is just something i wanted to share with you, i could've posted a link but i was bored, and then i was almost done, so why not finish it. you can find the original post here.)

Ella's Top 5:

#5: Edward Cullen. Yep. He may be creepy, but he'd do anything for the girl he loves.
#4: Bill Compton. Although I'm not attracted to the guy, I'd be marrying him just for the fact that he'd kill someone just to keep me safe.
#3: Stefan Salvatore. #paulwesleysabs. Ain't no thing
#2: Damon Salvatore. I just love bad guys, and to have Ian play him is just ah-mazing
#1: Angel. I've been in love with him since I first saw him in Buffy, and then in Angel. Who doesn't love a guy who wears leather and looks good in it?

Who made it to your top 5?
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