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BOOKS: Goodreads List 2012

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BOOKS 2012 Reading Challenge Heidi has read 40 books toward her goal of 50 books. hide 40 of 50 (80%) view books In 2011 I read 34 books-- you can see them all here . When you consider how many books some of the most avid readers on Goodreads are devouring--a book a day, some even more--I wanted to challenge myself in 2012. I figured I could easily do 1 book per week, but to be on the safe side, I'd build in 2 bye weeks for myself. So I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal to 50. I found that...I am a slow reader. I did make it to 40 before year's end, besting 2011 by 6 books, so I consider this a win. Some may call it cheating that I included books I either wrote or for which I contributed a story, but I don't, and since this is my list, that's the only opinion that matters. Science Fiction Romance topped my list this year as I also took on the 2012 SFR Reading Challenge --didn't quite meet that one either, but ended up somewhere between th

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Theodore A. Webb

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Theodore A. Webb 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? Right now Simon Laramie is my favorite. Simon’s the 15-year-old narrator of “Lifeline,” “Crucible,” “Colossus” and “Inferno,” the first four books in “The STARLING Series,” set in the year 2045. I love Simon because he often surprises himself. Simon’s my most complex and developed character to date. He’s a bullied kid, trying to survive in a dystopia in which pilotless, supercomputer-controlled drones capable of using “shock waves” on citizens rule the skies over towns and cities. Because Simon wants to express himself freely, he finds a way to circumvent the tight controls of the future SUPERNET. But Simon’s not just about tech. He also loves playing guitar, writing poetry and songs. Simon’s the youngest of the four teenagers who rebel against the system. Simon has the most to learn from his experiences at Briarwood Public High School. 2. Tell me about your travels. I was born in South Carolina

SFFS: Snippet #4 from Atomic Zion

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Atomic Zion DESCRIPTION: I've skipped ahead in the first chapter of my SF Thriller, Atomic Zion , which is in its final revisions. The book was influenced by my time as the Educational Marketing Director at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob and by reading stories from Michael Crichton , Robert Ludlum , James Rollins , and Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child . Back Cover Blurb... On the night of his 90th birthday, a former Wright Apprentice is thrown from the fifth floor of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The only clue to clear his grandson of the murder is a note written in Navajo code which warns "The Bear has awakened." These four words throw Nick Vanko into the middle of a decades old international cover-up where Wright Apprentices encoded WWII-era secrets about genetic experimentation into their blueprints. In order to stop a being who isn't quite human from unleashing a biological weapon upon the U.S., Nick must find Broadacre City, the

HEIDI'S PICK SIX: Scott Thomas

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HEIDI'S PICK SIX Scott Thomas 1. Which of your characters is your favorite? 2. Tell me about your travels. I’m not much of a world traveler, I’m afraid. Not yet anyway. I’ve only been to the six New England states and Campobello Island, which is part of Canada. It’s not my passion for New England that’s kept me from journeying to other parts of America or places beyond. Circumstances have just never taken me very far. I’d love to visit Britain! 3. Coffee, tea, or milk? There is hardly a waking moment that I don’t have a cup of coffee at the ready, though I don’t actually consume large amounts of the stuff. I take small sips, so one cup lasts a long time. I have been known to drink tea now and again, and I’m a fan of Chai. I once made my own ginger tea. I like various holiday herbal teas and have enjoyed peppermint and licorice tea. I very much like Earl Grey! 4. What else can you do besides write? I’m an artist. It’s in the blood. I’ve also worked with clay. When in o