Belinda Crawford

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The Ugly Princess by Henderson Smith

Cover of The Ugly Princess by Henderson Smith
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review

3.5/5 stars

I love The Ugly Princess for its message and for having a truly ugly heroine. It’s message, that beauty is only skin deep, came through strong, right from the first page. I especially loved how happy the heroine, Olive, was to be ugly in exchange for her other gifts and how she rejoiced in every new boil and wart.

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There are many different types of people in this world, and they’re not all human.

Saga Press at NYCC 2014

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Dragons can fly because they’re magic… But what if you want to create a fantastical creature that’s a bit more plausible? Find out how on Fantasy Faction.

‘Superman, as long as I have you here, just answer one thing for me: Why tights? Why a cape? You’re a grown man. Don’t you feel ridiculous?’


‘My mother made it for me.’

Tempus & Superman, "New Adventures Of Superman"

Update: Skin (Hero, book 2)

Ok, so, I chucked out the 15k words I’d written for book 2. Again. I think this is the 4th time I’ve changed the entire plot (well, not the entire plot, just the specifics), but, trust me, this storyline is going to be way more awesome.

Short & sharp: Tea update

So, Ceylon Pekoe and Rose Petals take 2. This time I tried 1 tsp of ceylon pekoe with 1/2 tsp of rose petals, brewed for 4 minutes and served with milk.

The verdict: Glorious and yet frustrating. Glorious because black tea with milk is always so, and frustrating because that half teaspoon of rose petals just leaves my tastebuds wanting more.

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The Freshly Squeezed Book Chain is all about sharing the love of books by sharing…well…books! Check it out, it promises to be fun.

Update: Skin (Hero, book 2)

It’s slow going on the sequel to Hero (tentatively titled Skin). The outline is complete and I’m working on the first draft. Fingers crossed, I have it done before Christmas!

Short & sharp: Ceylon & Rose Petals

My first Monstrositea Tea Subscription came this week, including a sample of ceylon pekoe and one of rose petals. I immediately tired one of their suggested recipes (1/2 tsp of ceylon pekoe and 1/2 tsp of rose petals). Brewed for 5 minutes, served black.

Verdict: Not the best cup of tea I’ve ever had. I’m definitely a black tea kind of girl, and this needs more of it.

There’s that word again, ‘heavy’. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth’s gravitational pull?

Dr Emmet Brown, "Back To The Future"