I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Doin' the Mash (Up, that is)

Robert Pattison, Edward TwilightImage by AMMY.LOU via Flickr

I know. I'm supposed to write historical inspy romances. So why am I blogging over on the Inkwell on my "thing" for a book about vampires? And no, this time I don't mean THAT vampire.

Today on Inkwell Inspirations, I'm writing on my need to keep humor in my life... something that was drawn to my attention by my husband. This past Valentine's Day, he gave me an interesting gift:

...a recent release called Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, a mash-up book by Seth Grahame-Smith.

If you're not familiar with mash-ups, they’re books that blend two things that don’t go together and puree them into a (potentially) delightful smoothie of a story. So far, I’ve only read one mash-up, Grahame-Smith's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, a blend of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice with a plot involving zombies, all while attempting to stay true to Austen's voice.

Some dislike the idea of mash-ups, and I can understnd why. Jane Austen didn't agree to the use of her characters as zombie-slayers, nor did Abraham Lincoln green-light the use of his life story as fodder for a novel. Other readers dislike the inherent goriness in mash-ups. I can only comment on the one I've read, and all I can tell you is I laughed so hard that iced tea came out my nose.

I like Grahame-Smith’s sense of humor enough to hoot aloud, and I’m not alone. His mash-up Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has sold more than 120,000 copies, prompting his publisher to offer him a two-book deal for a rumored $575,000 (according to Publisher’s Weekly). Not too shabby, eh?

The premise of my Valentine’s present is that Grahame-Smith has come into the possession of Abraham Lincoln’s secret diaries, and wouldn’t you know it? The undead lie behind every tragedy in Lincoln's life, from the death of his first love, Ann Rutledge, to the Civil War. And he has no choice but to fight them.

I don’t think I’ll ever look at a photo of Honest Abe in a long coat again without imagining there’s an axe hidden under it.

I've saved the book for my summer reading, and now that it's hot, I'm picking up my Valentine's present and preparing to be amused.

How about you? Have you ever read a mash-up? What sorts of stories make you laugh?

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Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 4th!

Fireworks on the Fourth of JulyImage via Wikipedia

How are you celebrating the 4th of July?

I confess, I haven't settled into a routine in my new neighborhood. Once upon a time, we lived in a place where the entire neighborhood convened in the park for a Norman Rockwell-esque celebration, just like you'd see in an old movie. As a neighborhood, we had a potluck, bounce house, face painting, snow cones, and a patriotic bike parade for the kids. When the sun went down, everyone shared in shooting off fireworks on the basketball court.

I may not be with so large a group this year, but I'll still be enjoying family, friends, BBQ, sparklers, and a grateful heart for my country. If it weren't for many the freedoms I enjoy as an American, I might not be able to share my Christian faith on this blog. I'm thankful for my country, our Constitution, and for those who've sacrificed to keep me and my family safe.

Wishing you the happiest of Independence Days!
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