Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Devyn Quinn Picks Her Desert Island Keepers!

Welcome back to our third day of fun and sun at DIK Devyn!

I have to say, that was an awesome luau last night and I noticed a couple of mermaids swam up on shore and joined in after they found.. um some clothing!! lol

So, without further adieu I’m turning the mic over to Devyn, who is going to talk about her 5 favorite DIK books she has brought along to the island.

DQ: Here’s what I’ve got for my 5 selections:

Marilyn by Normal Mailer

One of the best early biographies on Marilyn Monroe and bursting with awesome photographs.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

The original story of the Phantom and Christine.

The Phantom of the Opera belongs to the category of Literature, which combines equals parts of horror and romance. Set in the Paris Grand Opera house, which exists to this day, it is a most unusual plot and quite unique from that of any other story. The author Gastonia Leroy has made optimum use of his in-depth knowledge of the Opera house in Paris and has concocted a truly fascinating tale, which is both horrific and pathetic at the same time. The Opera House at Paris is a true marvel of art constructed in the 17th. Century. It has seven stories and has more than two thousand rooms in addition to innumerable secret cellars, passages and even an underground lake. Leroux uses his intimate knowledge of the Opera house exquisitely to create an atmosphere of mystery, horror and romance and has the reader guessing for the greater part of the story as to who or what the Opera Ghost actually is.


Demonfire by Kate Douglas

The fantastic first book of a hot new series featuring demons

Since time began, the Earth has served as a balance between the world of darkness that is the Abyss, and the paradise known as Eden. Now the battle between good and evil has reached a tipping point, and survival depends on one fallen demon-- and the woman he can't resist...

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Simply awesome example of King at his finest.

Stephen King's second book, 'Salem's Lot (1975)--about the slow takeover of an insular hamlet called Jerusalem's Lot by a vampire patterned after Bram Stoker's Dracula--has two elements that he also uses to good effect in later novels: a small American town, usually in Maine, where people are disconnected from each other, quietly nursing their potential for evil; and a mixed bag of rational, goodhearted people, including a writer, who band together to fight that evil.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

A heartfelt and touching book.

"Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood," writes Frank McCourt in Angela's Ashes. "Worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood." Welcome, then, to the pinnacle of the miserable Irish Catholic childhood. Born in Brooklyn in 1930 to recent Irish immigrants Malachy and Angela McCourt, Frank grew up in Limerick after his parents returned to Ireland because of poor prospects in America. It turns out that prospects weren't so great back in the old country either--not with Malachy for a father. A chronically unemployed and nearly unemployable alcoholic, he appears to be the model on which many of our more insulting cliches about drunken Irish manhood are based. Mix in abject poverty and frequent death and illness and you have all the makings of a truly difficult early life. Fortunately, in McCourt's able hands it also has all the makings for a compelling memoir.

Question for readers: What 5 books would you bring to the Island?

Thanks Devyn! Wonderful choices…

A big thank you to Devyn for spending the past 3 days here on the island and for her generous giveaway! Siren's Call, the first book in the Dark Tides trilogy is now available and please visit Devyn's website for more information!

Contest Is Now Closed

Devyn Quinn lives in the scenic Southwest, though she has called several other states home. She is a huge fan of dark gothic music & shoot-’em-up action movies. But reading is her first love and Devyn spends too much time with history books, as well as feeding her addiction for celebrity biographies. She especially enjoys reading books on Hollywood before the 1960′s and is crazy about Marilyn Monroe, her legend and her myth.

Devyn lives with her cats, ferrets, and one little single Shih Tzu doggie, Tess.


Blodeuedd said...

Demonfire looked nice :)

5 books, hm, well the complete guide to the hitch-hikers guide to the galaxy for some needed laughs.

Magican by Raymond E.Feist cos I heart that book.
Dune by Frank Herbert for some more sci-fi
The Eye of the world by Robert Jordan cos yes I am a sucker for fantasy.

And the 5th, which book should that be, I can't go for another sci-fi, fantasy can I?

Ok Bridget Jones Diary for some more laughs

Heather D said...

I remember wanting to read Angela's Ashes a while back. I saw it on my sister's shelf and just never took it from her...don't know why. She said she loved it.

hmmm 5 books...only?!

1. Wicked Burn by Beth Kery
2. Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey
3. The Madness of Lord Ian MacKenzie by Jennifer Ashley
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin
5. and because I can't choose close your eyes and point to a nora Roberts book and I'll take that one.

Ina said...

*gg* and I just ordered Demonfire...

only 5 books? oh no, there are way to much to choose for me...
greetings, Ina

Anonymous said...

Only five books?

Can they be series? Hehe!!

Well, Lord of the Rings for a nice long read.

Anything from Terry Pratchett, for a good laugh.

Anything from J D Robb for a hot, exciting read.

Oh my, this is so difficult!!

Patience by Lisa Valdez, a really hot historical.

and because I just bought it and haven't read it yet:

Water Bound by Christine Feehan.

in Germany

Pamk said...

hum 5 books I couldn't do without.
The Stand by Stephen King
Warrior Woman by Johanna Lindsey
Twilight vamps by Maggie Shayne
The forever project by Iris Johanson
and my first EC book Jaid's The empress new clothes.

Michelle Greathouse said...

What five books would I bring to the island?

I don't think I would get much reading done - what with all the 'activities' going on. :) So I don't think I would bring any books with me that I haven't read yet. That being said, here is my list of 5 previous read books that I would bring to the island:

1. Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
3. No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole
4. Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
5. Wizard for Hire by Jim Butcher

Those are mine. :)

kweenmg at yahoo dot com

Chris said...

Not entering the contest.

Ack. My mind goes blank when I'm asked questions like that one. Seriously. You'd think I'd never read a book.

jeanette8042 said...

Love your list! My 5 books would be:
-The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston -Branded by Fire by Nalini Singh
-Mercury's War by Lora Leigh
-Warrior Ascended by Addison Fox
-Eternal Kiss of Darkness by Jeaniene Frost.

Devyn Quinn said...

Great choices everyone! It is hard to choose when there are so many great books!

Sullivan McPig said...

My top 5 list of books changes all the time, but first books that come to mind right now are:

- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
(ok, to be honest, this one makes it in the top 5 almost every time.)

- Dark Oracle by Alayna williams

- the Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop
(Hey, I do have these three bundled in one book, so it's fair)

- Mooncalled by Patricia Briggs

- Ogen van Tijgers by Tonke Dragt
(Eyes of Tigers. A dutch book which isn't translated as far as I know)

elaing8 said...

wow just 5..considering most of my books are part of a series.
Laid Bare-Lauren Dane
Claimed by the Wolf-Charlene Teglia
Sweet Temptation-Maya Banks
Vampire Academy-Richelle Mead(YA)
can my ereader be considered #5 :D

Witchy Woman said...

I'm hoping someone will hand me a much needed strawberry daiquiri; if not, I'll have to conjure one up. My five are:
1. Siren's Call-Devyn Quinn
2. Embracing Midnight-Devyn Quinn
3. Devil May Cry-Sherrilyn Kenyon
4. Goddess of Spring-P.C. Cast
5. The Accidental Highland Hero-Terry Spear
These are just the paperbacks I'm bringing along. On my next visit, I'm bringing the Kindle favorites!

Note: Please exclude me from contest. I've read Siren's Call, and recommend it to all Islander's who want a great splashy read! You don't have to read the book while immersed in water, Devyn'll take care of immersing you herself.

CrystalGB said...

My five would be:
The Raven Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh
Lover Awakened by Jr Ward
Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Garrett said...

Hmm...that's a tough one. :)
1. Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
2. Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli
3. Siren's Call by Devyn Quinn
4. The Forbidden Sea by Sheila Nielson
5. Sea Change by Aimee Friedman
(Every one of these books is about a mermaid, too!)

s7anna said...

My 5 print books would be :
*Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard
*Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts
*Where There's Smoke by Sandra Brown
*Amanda by Kay Hooper
*Megan's Mark by Lora Leigh


Lea said...

Hi Everyone!

Welcome back Devyn - Thanks again for joining us on the island.

Witchy Woman! So great to see your note and wasn't Siren's Call good? You are too funny.

Good luck to everyone who enters the contest and remember to check back on Sunday for winners!

Devyn - such interesting book choices, I had to do some digging to find out about them all. :-)


Cybercliper said...

Only five - that's tough but I could probably entertain myself with these:

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Mackenzie’s Mountain – Linda Howard
Kiss of the Highlander – Karen Marie Moning
Lover Eternal – J.R. Ward
War Prize – Elizabeth Vaughan

Chelsea B. said...

Great picks! Heres mine:

1-- Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.

2-- Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter.

3-- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

4-- Spirited Away by Cindy Miles.

5-- The Undead Next Door by Kerrelyn Sparks.

Linda Henderson said...

That is such a hard question. I guess I'll go with the following:

1. Can't Stand the Heat-Louisa Edwards.
2. Ecstasy Unveiled-Larissa Ione
3. Fantasy In Death-J.D. Robb
4. Seduced By A Rogue-Amanda Scott
5. Sweet Trouble-Susan Mallery

seriousreader at live dot com

Devyn Quinn said...

Hi, Susan. Glad you came by. :)
Lea, I was wondering where you found those pictures. I still have my Norman Mailer Marilyn, too. Love it!

Mary G said...

This is so tough. I have so many fave authors & so many great books written by them.
Wicked Burn - Beth Kery
Sweet Restraint - Beth Kery
The Missing - Shiloh Walker
Naked Edge - Pamela Clare
Dangerous Passion - Lisa Marie Rice

Got to have Something About You by Julie James to lighten things up.

Karen W. said...

Just 5 DIK's. Very hard.

My picks would be:

1- Farenheit 451
2- Little Women
3- Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
4- To Kill A Mockingbird
5- Dracula

I'm ecclectic, aren't I?!? :)

throuthehaze said...

1.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2.The Darkest Kiss by Gena Showalter
3.Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
4.Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
5.Lover Mine by J.R. Ward

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Chris said...

my favorite 5 books would be:
Lauren Dane - Insatiable
Nalini Sing - Angels Blood
Jean Johnson - The Mage
Anne Bishop - Queen of the Darkness
and CL Wilson - Lord of the Fading Lands

yep, that would be mine...

chris 1608 at gmx dot at

Lea said...

Contest is now closed, look for announcement of the winners soon!

Thanks Everyone!

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