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Thoughts on: Harry Potter, MWSA, and Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love"
7/20/2007 2:51:30 PM    [ Flag as Inappropriate ]

Harry Potter/More on McNaught/MWSA
Category: Writing and Poetry

It's been a hectic week - my boys started their swimming lessons this past week. Andrew likes his lessons but is a little apprehensive about floating on his back. Joseph has a good time with Daddy in the pool and yesterday just laughed his but off as Brent twirled him around in the water. Just a little on my kids. It's summertime and time to have fun. Which leads me into...

This summer is going to be a blast with Harry Potter. I haven't seen HP5 yet, but I've finally been able to peg down a date to go check it out.

The New York Times caused an uproar by obtaining a copy of HP7 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and reviewing it! Go figure! Those looking for spoilers - honestly, there's none, so it's a waste of time in that department, but it is a good review. Harry and his friends, Ron & Hermione pursue the Horcruxs that Voldemort has left behind. Is Harry himself a Horcrux? Well, that's my theory. That said - I know there's only one day left, and there's alot of theories out there, but the best one I found was on MuggleNet.

Not only is Harry a horcrux for Voldemort, but because of James Potter's death, Voldemort is a horcrux for Harry's soul. How will the book end? Well, I can predict one thing - Voldemort will die.

Can't wait to get my hands on my HP copy! I ordered my copy from B&N months ago so hopefully I'll find it waiting on my doorstep tomorrow when I get back from work. hehe.

Anyone else have any theories to share?


I found a great place for military writers called "The Military Writers Society of America." The membership is only $25.00 a year, but it looks to be very active and I just sent in my membership today.


Judith McNaught and "Whitney, My Love."

Well, once I got into it, I can honestly say I didn't want to put the book down. The characterization of Whitney is great - she's headstrong, knows her own mind, and is definately challenged when she meets Clayton Westmoreland, the Duke of Claymore - as is he when he meets Whitney. It really is a great romance. There's a good focus on characterization and the romance. The time & setting is down well enough so you have a feel for pre-Victorian society. There was a point in the reading when I said, "Waitaminute - Paul is STILL single? What's wrong with him? Why is Whitney waiting for this loser?" haha. By the time the truth slaps her upside her head, she's almost lost Clayton. Anyway, it was hard for me to picture Clayton as a romantic lead, but the problem I assure you was mine. I know a guy at work named Clayton who is very nice, but a tad on the heavy side.

Anyway, I would definately recommend the novel if you want to read a good romance that will allow you escape from the world for a little. I did notice some oddities - there was a punctutation typo, McRae/McRea was interchanged in spelling throughout the course of the book, and McNaught herself used a "lonesome dove perspective," to tell the story, but as I mentioned before, I believe the romance genre is very forgiving when it comes to using the "lonesome dove perspective." I know this is kind of nitpicky stuff, but a traditional publisher was used here, but there were still editing mistakes that weren't caught. Traditional publishers are "infallable" when it comes to checking for that stuff. Believe me, I wasn't hung up on it, but it definately stuff out to me, since stuff like that has been brought to my attention in my own writing.

If anyone has read the book, drop me a line and let me know what you think.

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More Blogs by S G Cardin
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• Catching up - Thursday, April 10, 2008
• Agent Blogs & misc... - Friday, February 29, 2008
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• I Voted! - Wednesday, February 06, 2008
• Review sites for Indie authors - Thursday, November 29, 2007
• Life & Writing - Tuesday, November 27, 2007
• I'm so far behind...catching up - Saturday, November 17, 2007
• Internet Book Signing! - Monday, October 29, 2007
• Honorable Mention Winner 76th Writer's Digest Competition! - Friday, October 26, 2007
• Misc Stuff, Red Sox, fires & books - Monday, October 22, 2007
• Taking a Look at: The Rejector - Thursday, October 18, 2007
• Foreword/CLARION review for Destination:Berlin - Tuesday, October 16, 2007
• Taking a Look: Writer's Digest Online - Sunday, October 14, 2007
• Live interview for "The Wolf's Torment" w/Reader's Views - Saturday, October 13, 2007
• Official October 07 writing/poetry contest - Thursday, October 04, 2007
• Visit Reader's Views for my interview on The Wolf's Torment - Tuesday, October 02, 2007
• A look at: Reader's Views - Monday, October 01, 2007
• More random thoughts on self publishing & other stuff - Wednesday, September 19, 2007
• Character look at: Theresa von Kracken - Friday, September 14, 2007
• 9/11 - Tuesday, September 11, 2007
• Review for THE WOLF'S TORMENT from Reader Views - Friday, September 07, 2007
• National Be Kind to Writers & Editors month & a character profile - Tuesday, September 04, 2007
• Labor Day & work - Monday, September 03, 2007
• Princess Diana & A character look - Saturday, September 01, 2007
• Character look at: Mihai Sigmaringen - Monday, August 27, 2007
• Internet Marketing Tips & Interesting Characters - Sunday, August 26, 2007
• I just finished reading ''The Diana Chronicles'' - Saturday, August 25, 2007
• Destination: Berlin is avaliable through IUniverse! - Friday, August 24, 2007
• Romance Genre Writing Rules - Wednesday, August 08, 2007
• My recent experiences in novel writing - Monday, July 30, 2007
• Short Story Writing - Friday, July 27, 2007
• Harry Potter #7 Misc. Musings - Wednesday, July 25, 2007
•  Thoughts on: Harry Potter, MWSA, and Judith McNaught's "Whitney, My Love" - Friday, July 20, 2007  
• Overview of Traditional Publishing - Friday, July 13, 2007
• Noticing Things as a Reader - Thursday, July 12, 2007
• Self publishing with Lulu - Monday, July 09, 2007
• Feeding the Muse and doing the Housework - Saturday, July 07, 2007
• Pros and cons of Self-publishing - Monday, July 02, 2007
• An agent's thoughts on Self-publishing - Saturday, June 30, 2007
• It's been a long time... - Sunday, August 27, 2006
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