Monday, December 31, 2012

A Very Gollum Christmas?

Back again with the latest segment of... 
Random Facts and Tidbits. 

Random Courting the Flame Fact:

Well, it’s official. I didn’t win best cover for YouGottaRead Review’s December Cover Contest. A heartfelt thank you to all you showed up to vote. You guys rock! Truly. Sure, it would have been nice to take home the honors, but victory or no victory, I know I have an award-winning cover. My cover artist, Nika Dixon, was an absolute joy to work with and in the end she gave me a stunning cover that I never tire of looking at. That's "winning" in my book.

Losing aside, I am reluctant to say goodbye to the holiday season. I had a wonderful Christmas with my family, and so...I’ve decided to extend it, in my own special way, with another Courting the Flame e-copy giveaway. I’m calling it my “Review It and Win It” contest. Here’s the skinny. I need reviews. Honest reviews, which means...I. Need. You. Agree to review my book, and it’s yours free. Just visit my 

facebook page and personal message me your name and email address to be entered. The first five names to message me win. In return, leave your honest review at the location of your choice: MuseItUp,, or any other ( for that matter. Make your review as long or as short as you like. A rating would also be nice. It’s really that simple. Obviously if you’re entering a contest to win a book, you plan on reading it! I’m only asking you to tell me what you think of it when you’re done. Good luck!

Diana DeCameron Tidbit:

Okay. So what’s been going on in Diana DeCameron’s life? Actually, I think the better question would be what hasn’t been going on. It’s been well over a month since my last—why do I suddenly feel like I’ve stepped into a confessional? LOL. All joking aside, I am a wife, a mother of two small children, and like many other authors I have a day job. Add Christmas preparations to an already overstuffed schedule and, well, you get the idea. With another Christmas under my belt, however, I finally have a few minutes to slowly ease back into the swing of things. I’ve definitely missed writing and I can’t wait to dive back into Book II. (sighs) Yes, it’s still unnamed. One thing I did manage to do over the holidays, though, was finally get out to see The Hobbit.

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before in one of my previous posts, but for those who don’t know…I’m a HUGE Tolkien fan. Yes, yes…I’m one of those crazy fans who’s read the Lord of the Rings umpteen times. I can quote Gandalf with the best of them. I collect Tolkien’s works and I’m delighted to say that I’ve passed that love onto my children. There were quite a few (requested) Hobbit and LOTR’s items under the Christmas tree this year. Even though the movie released on December 14, as a family we decided to see it over the holidays when we could enjoy it. This past Friday, we finally managed to take it in…in all of its glorious 3D splendor. Don’t worry. I’m not going to review the movie…just share a few of the “tender” moments I had with my kiddos while watching it.

I’ll admit, the first 30 minutes were a tiny bit slow. I’m not complaining, mind you. I’d sit through those 30 minutes again in a heartbeat. I was concerned about the kids. I went into the movie knowing it was 2 hrs and 49 minutes long. Again…not complaining. I just thought that the kids would get restless. I was wrong. While driving home after the movie, I mentioned that I thought the intro was a tiny bit on the slow side to which my youngest replied, “No, no…Mommy. I liked seeing Frodo not surrounded by lava and smiling at the beginning. It made me feel all…happy inside.”

(Sighs) Kids. They really have a way of putting things into perspective.

Minus the slightly slow start, I absolutely adored the movie—every cinematic moment. My all time favorite scene, however, had to be when Bilbo spared Gollum’s life in the mountain. I thought Peter Jackson masterfully illustrated Gandalf’s “Gollum” discussion with Frodo while in the Mines of Moria (LOTR).

Gandalf: “Pity? It was Pity that stayed his hand. Pity, and Mercy: not to strike without need. And he has been well rewarded, Frodo. Be sure that he took so little hurt from the evil, and escaped in the end, because he began his ownership of the Ring so. With Pity.”

 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

While reading The Lord of the Rings, my oldest would continually get frustrated every time Gollum escaped a scene unharmed, even though he caused so much pain and hurt to others. My answer would always be… just keep reading and you’ll understand. I think the visual of Gollum’s tortured soul staring into Bilbo’s watchful yet hidden eyes finally did the trick.
When the scene ended, I leaned over and whispered, "See? This is what Mommy is always trying to get you to understand. Everyone and everything has a purpose in life. If Bilbo WOULD have killed Gollum—"

“I get it, Mom. Gollum had his part to play…"

(Double sigh)

Yeah. It was a great night out. I love special family moments, especially ones that revolve around great books. Thank you J.R.R. Tolkien and Peter Jackson for everything you’ve done and continue to do to spark lively conversations and bring families and friends together. Speaking of friends, it’s nice to be back, folks. I’ll make it a point to visit more often.

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Peace, Love, and Joy in the New Year!

More Facts and Tidbits to come...

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Sooooooooooooo Excited!!!

I just found out that COURTING THE FLAME will be entry #6 in You Gotta Read Reviews' December Cover Contest!!! My beautiful cover, created by Nika Dixon, will be featured starting December 6th. (bites finger nails) That's just 4 days from now!!! Voting will take place December 21 through the 26! I'll keep you posted on all the details as the days tick by.