This is my first Glynis Astie book and I thought it was super cute. What a unique plot for a chick lit book – gaming. I’ll admit I’ve played a computer game or two in my lifetime (I’m completely addicted to Sims) but I also have teen boys who are obsessed, quite like the main character Merri.
I’ve never read a book about a character who is a gamer but what an awesome idea. Because of this I imagine the audience for this book is quite large because there are SO many gamers out there, female and male. I’ll admit that since I don’t play the kind of games Merri was into I wasn’t initially into the ‘gaming’ sections at the start of each chapter, but they grew on me and in the end I kind of feel like I learned a bit about my own kids’ obsession with games like this.
Merri is in her mid twenties and has had quite a tragic life, losing both of her parents at a younger age and growing up with her comical and outspoken grandmother. I like the clash of personalities between the two, yet you could tell how much love there was as well.
Like every great chick lit book Merri’s best friend Declan is gay and quite a humorous character throughout the book. Merri and Declan play well off each other which equaled a lot of laughs throughout their scenes together. I think their relationship was my favorite out of all of them.
That characters in the book were loads of fun. Each character brought something new to the book, whether it be humor, distress or potential love. I really enjoyed each of their parts in the book and looked forward to scenes including each amazing personality.
What I Loved:
-The names of Merri & Declan… I LOVE when authors use unique names in their books and Glynis does that and not just with these two (they were just my favorites)
-I love that the book seems like a realistic look into a true gamers life! I’m guessing Glynis herself has played a few games.
-It’s funny, fun and romantic – the characters went so well together that you really rooted a little for many of them!
-Morgan… I like Morgan right from the coffee he surprises Merri with at work. He’s a great intentional love for the story.
What I didn’t Love:
-While I did grow to love the chapter intros I didn’t at first.
What I thought of the Cover:
-Like all of Glynis’s book covers it’s super cute and totally fitting of the story.
If you are a gamer or know a gamer, you’ll love this book. It really is like an insight to the mindset and world a gamer lives in. I really enjoyed that. The characters are a riot and you’ll laugh from chapter 1 all the way to the end.
This was a fun, easy read that I knocked out in just a few hours. I quickly fell in love with the cast and couldn’t flip the pages fast enough. I’m now a fan of Glynis and I need to go back and read her other books too!
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The First Pancake
Each year when September arrives, I find myself awash with mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m sorry to see the summer end. Time with my boys free of deadlines, schedules and task lists is priceless. We really get our goofy grooves on (and I have the photos to prove it!) and it’s hard to return to the straight and narrow. But on the other hand, I’m excited for what the new school year will bring for each of them and for the new novel just waiting to burst forth from my overly relaxed brain.
That’s right! I take the summer off as well. How could I possibly let my boys have all the fun without me? Water slides and beaches and mini golfing! Oh my! So after I put them on their respective buses, I walk back to my house with a bit of trepidation, wondering if the voices are going to talk to me today. It may sound strange, but sometimes it feels like the characters are actually hanging out in my head, crafting storylines of their very own. And sometimes I just don’t agree with them!
I imagine to the outside observer, watching me get into my writing routine must be pretty hilarious. Once I have refreshed my coffee, I sit down in my favorite spot on the couch, tuck myself under a blanket (I’m always cold) and begin a delicate tango with my seventeen-year-old cat. To her, sitting on the couch is an invitation for her to sit in my lap. However, since this space is occupied by my laptop, things can get a bit complicated. Depending on her mood, she may try to insert herself into the very small space between my laptop and my stomach, or she may just dispense with pleasantries altogether and sit on my keyboard. If I’m lucky I’m able to move her before she presses a lethal combination of keys. Eventually, I get her settled and open a new document.
I always get a little thrill from setting up a new book, seeing the new title page, creating my chapter links and writing the dedication. Once all the busy work is done, I prepare to write the opening line. I don’t know about you, but I just love the first lines of books. It sets the tone, makes you feel something (good, bad or ugly) and slowly draws you into your latest literary adventure. Because of this, I often get stuck here. I want to write something brilliant or funny or at the very least engaging. My mind whirls with possibilities, each of them seeming more ridiculous than the last. Suddenly, I realize I have no talent whatsoever and I should just pack up my laptop and figure out something else to do with my life.
At this point, my other cat senses my discomfort and comes to lend a paw. (He’s really helpful. He peers at my screen and everything.) I smile briefly and notice my hands must be shaking because my other cat has started nipping at them. This seems like a good opportunity to get up since the nipping usually leads to more forceful gnawing and the second cup of coffee has just hit me. I carefully extract myself, take care of business, and wonder for the umpteenth time if I should get a desk. Once I’m settled once more, I feel the need to check social media—my laptop has been dinging, beeping and rattling for the past thirty minutes. So I do a round or two on Facebook and Twitter, which always leads to cyber conversations and web surfing. When I finally get back to writing, I draw a complete blank.
After five minutes of staring at the screen, I reluctantly get out my Yoda notebook. I find myself mesmerized by his face, feeling as though he’s staring at me, wondering why I’m having such trouble getting started. “Do or do not. There is no try.” I flip it open to my latest page of notes and peruse my musings on the basic plot outline. Did I really think this sounded funny? Hasn’t this been done before? What was I thinking? I feverishly cross out what I believe to be the lamest parts and do my best to spruce up my outline. Once it makes a little more sense, I return to my blank page and resume our staring contest.
Eventually, with copious amounts of chocolate, I squeeze out a few words, but I feel like I haven’t quite found my voice (it hibernates during the summer). The clock tells me time is up and I race to the bus stop. My boys come bounding off the bus, full of smiles and stories. When they ask me how my writing went, I tell them it was productive. It isn’t a total lie; my day was like the first pancake—something you have to create and throw away to get to the good stuff. Besides, tomorrow is another day.
About the Author:
Glynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how, in only six short months, she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien. The end result became her first novel, French Twist. As this was just the beginning of their epic love story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel, French Toast, and the final installment in the series, French Fry. After she finished milking her life story for all it was worth, she decided to write straight-up fiction with Gamer Girl, which infuses her beloved chick lit with a hint of fantasy.
When Glynis is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.
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