A Month of Ghostly Loved Ones: Hamlet

It’s October! Wouldn’t it be fun to troll the internet for ghostly loved ones doing their best by the people they left behind, whether they are children, lovers, and the like? I think so. Only because that was the theme for Haunting Miss Trentwood, and there were a lot of influences for that book.

This week I’m talking about my favorite movie version of Hamlet, starring David Tennant of Doctor Who delicious nerd-boy amazingness.

( If you click the image in  this post it will take you directly to the PBS online video showing the entire performance. )

Plot Summary from Cliff’s Notes

William Shakespeare‘s Hamlet follows the young prince Hamlet home to Denmark to attend his father’s funeral. Hamlet is shocked to find his mother already remarried to his Uncle Claudius, the dead king’s brother. And Hamlet is even more surprised when his father’s ghost appears and declares that he was murdered. Exact dates are unknown, but scholars agree that Shakespeare published Hamlet between 1601 and 1603. Many believe that Hamlet is the best of Shakespeare’s work, and the perfect play.

Why you need to watch this movie

So why do I love this version? Mainly because I feel like Tennant does a fantastic job of making me feel like Hamlet has kind of really lost his mind after seeing his father’s ghost. He starts out quiet and rather boring, actually, especially for those of us who obsess about Tennant after his stint on Doctor Who. I mean, really. He says the lines well enough, but without enthusiasm. Without personality.

And then WHAM-O.

Manic David Tennant at his finest, spouting Shakespeare like milk from a bottle, jumping around the stage, exclaiming, pulling at his hair, driving everybody nuts and yet being so adorable at the same time. It’s his interpretation of Hamlet that is different yet similar to his interpretation of The Doctor… so much energy, too difficult to contain, no way to direct it, so desperate for resolution.

Watch it and let me know your thoughts. There are so many versions of Hamlet out there… do you have a favorite?

Promotions

By the way, the newly released behind-the-scenes chapter called The Seance from Haunting Miss Trentwood is free on Kindle Oct 29 – 31. It’s a pretty funny chapter that lets us see a bit of the time between when Mary sees her father crawl from his grave and when Hartwell arrives at her front door looking for a blackmailer. She hires someone to perform a seance and send her father back to heaven, and the results are… well, you have to read it.

And! The love-story-not-love-story Mad Maxine is also free! A story about a woman who never thought she would fall in love, and when she does, what happens when illness mars the relationship. Same dates. Enjoy!

Please leave reviews, it would be so appreciated.

Best,

Belinda

Belinda’s B-Day Giveaway

Dear Reader,

I was going to write  a big post in response to Chuck Wendig wanting us writers to care less. It’s a great post; I love his irreverence and I mean to pick up his books soon because I think I need a good laugh and his blog always makes me chuckle.

But then I looked at the calendar and realized my 27th birthday is eleven days away! Huzzah. I think.

I want to do something special for you guys. I’m not receiving gifts this year, but I figure someone should! Why am I not receiving gifts? Well, I’ve been trying to purge, I don’t need more stuff!

There are 27 gifts (seven audio books, twenty ebooks) that you can win in a multitude of ways:

  • Answer the question “why do you read historical romances?”
  • Like the Belinda Kroll fans page on Facebook
  • Follow @worderella on Twitter
  • Easy entry for fans of  this blog post
  • Tweet this giveaway

Submit your entry today! The giveaway submission window will run from August 1 to August 10 (my birthday). I’ll be dancing on my birthday, so give me 72 hours after the submission window closes for me to announce and contact the winners.

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Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Bloghop!

Dear Reader,

Glad you made it here! This post is part of the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway bloghop. I’m keeping this bloghop pretty simple: when you sign up for my newsletter, you will receive a free eBook copy of my upcoming book, The Rebel’s Hero.

Never fear, I rarely send emails via the newsletter, it’s more for general updates, such as book releases. How do you know if you’re interested in The Rebel’s Hero? Well, below I’ve included the back cover blurb. Again, to get a free copy of the book when it’s released, just sign up for the newsletter!

Dear Reader,

I began The Rebel’s Hero as a rewrite of my high school senior thesis, a Civil War romance called Catching the Rose. The original was written with all the innocence and energy of a seventeen-year-old. I was flattered and gratified that so many readers picked up Catching the Rose, not expecting a book by a teenager, but a first serious attempt at being an author.

After publishing my second book, Haunting Miss Trentwood, my thoughts drifted to Catching the Rose. I itched to begin it again, this time with a tighter plot structure and deeper character motivations. Out of that reworking came The Rebel’s Hero.

When Tempest Granville’s step-father announced he was marrying her off in between slurps of soup at dinner, she knew right then that her home was no longer a safe haven from the impending war between the states.

The night of a successful slave smuggling mission leaves Daniel Ritter exhausted, but jubilant. When a bedraggled Tempest appears on his doorstep, her presence does more than spark alarm. Suddenly Daniel is having visions of his past, the very past he has struggled to reclaim memories of for nine years.

Join Tempest and Daniel as romance flares, the war begins, and urgency builds as they realize Daniel’s missing memory is the key to a wicked and heartbreaking family secret.

Happy reading,

Belinda Kroll

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Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. There’s a guest author giveaway where you only need to comment on the post to enter to win a free Treasure Hunters book. Check it out after you sign up for the newsletter!

Author Experiences Book Festival, Treasure Hunters Giveaway

Dear Reader,

Today we have Sean McCartney, who I highlighted before in an interview and when I met him in person at the Ohioana Book Festival. He agreed to share his experience at the book festival, and is giving away a copy of one of his Treasure Hunters books! Read on, dear reader, read on.

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I want to thank Belinda for having me here today. I’d like to introduce myself again. My name is Sean McCartney and I am the author of The Treasure Hunters Club book series. The second book, Breaking the Beale Code, was released on May 7th of this year. Belinda and I met face-to-face at the Ohioana Book Festival and she asked me to talk about my experience there.

To say I was nervous would be an understatement. When someone asked me who my protagonists were, not only did I not remember what a protagonist was, I forgot I was even an author. I’d never been to one of these before as an author or a patron.

I almost talked myself out of going with a deluge of excuses but as I look back on the festival I am glad I was there.

When I walked into building 110, where all of the authors were selling their books, I found my name tag and set up my treasure chest of books. I was sharing a table with another great young adult author. The area was not very large. In fact I felt like I was at the “kids” table for Thanksgiving Dinner.

After I was set-up I stood and waited for people to come in. I watched the other authors and wondered if they felt like I did. They seemed much more confident.

I have to say that, aside from selling a bunch of books, I was able to meet and talk with two terrific authors and people. Kristina McBride, author of The Tension of Opposites and Erin McCahan, author of I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, provided great laughs throughout the day and was a source of tremendous knowledge and information.

The festival held interviews and book readings by many authors. I was not chosen to do any of that which turned out to be something of a blessing in disguise. I was able to stand by my treasure chest and meet readers who bought my books. When I went to the representative from Barnes and Noble and told her my sales, I think she was surprised and stunned.

Overall I can’t wait to go back. I have been looking into other festivals because for an author like myself working with a small publisher, I need to be out there meeting people.

Though the day was long (two hour drive to Columbus and back) and I was on my feet for the entire event, I wouldn’t have missed it. I am looking forward to next year and the continued success of the Treasure Hunters Club series.

Thanks again for having me and please visit my web site at treasurehuntersclubbook.com and drop me a line.

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Belinda here! So some takeaways from Sean’s experience, compared to other authors I’ve learned from, is that having a display catered to your book genre grabs the attention of passers-by.

Having the author standing and smiling, ready to engage? Also a huge plus. Not leaving your post is a great way to make sure you don’t miss readers, and the fact that Sean avoided looking tired I’m sure kept people coming to his spot until the end of the day.

I saw other authors there who sat behind their table reading a book. I did not visit them. I might have grabbed a postcard if they had one and it looked pretty. When you see someone talking to an author, you want to talk to that author as well.

I don’t remember if Sean had a pitch about his books, but his display was so fun-looking that I had to stop by. It was then that I realized I knew this guy! So having a gimmick, as it were, helps. It shows you put thought into your time at the festival, which tells readers that you really care.

If you’d like to win a copy of one of the Treasure Hunters books, leave a comment. We will use a random number generator to determine the winner.

Best,

Belinda

Worderella Around the Web

Dear Reader,

We’ve been busy here behind the scenes, researching and writing and preparing for contests and such.

I’m also continuing to do research for The Rebel’s Hero. As I learn, I’ve been going back through chapters to better describe the situation of the Civil War at the timeline of the book. This gives me a much more solid understanding of who the characters are, and why, which will help me write the best of the book. It stinks to backtrack, but it’s worth the effort.

And that’s everything that’s happening in my part of the world! Tell me, how are things going for you?

Best,

Belinda

Guest Post and Giveaway

Dear Reader,

I’m doing my best to catch up with everything after my conference last week, and feel like I’m failing miserably. But that doesn’t mean you have to suffer my tardiness! Check out my guest post at Word Nerd and leave a comment there to win a signed print copy of Haunting Miss Trentwood plus the coffin-shaped soap that goes with it!

Best,

Belinda

Dreaming of Books Giveaway

Dear Reader,

I’ve been selected as January’s “Author of the Month” over at A Buckeye Girl Reads. Make sure to check out the interview and leave some love. :) I like that idea, highlighting local authors (I’m on Ohio). Maybe I’ll do something similar, but with indie authors…

Now then. It’s a new month, which means we have a new giveaway! All you have to do is agree to sign up for my newsletter and agree to write a review for my upcoming book of short stories, Love or Lack Thereof. At the end of the giveaway, you will receive a 100%-off discount code to “buy” Love or Lack Thereof.

I am trying to get more reviews on Barnes and Noble.com and Amazon.com. Goodreads.com is always appreciated. I’ll send you the information through the newsletter when we get closer to the release date, which looks like it will be March.

Pretty simple, right? Happy new year!

Best,
Belinda

Midwinter Giveaway Hop

Dear Reader,

We have another giveaway! It’s the holidays and there’s nothing better than free stuff.

This giveaway is super easy. Leave a comment on this post to enter the contest to receive a free digital copy of my first book, Catching the Rose. I am giving away three copies. I hope if you win you will agree to review it, but that’s totally up to you.

That isn’t all, though! Everyone who comments saying they agree to review my short story “Mad Maxine” will win a free digital copy of the story.

So really, you have nothing to lose! Comment and you will win something.

This giveaway will run from December 21 – 22, but I’m accepting submissions from December 20 – 22.

Want to see what other blogs are offering? Check out the participating blogs at the bottom of the giveaway hop page.

Happy holidays!

Belinda

Spooktacular Giveaway Begins!

Dear Reader,

You are in luck. I am giving away three books in celebration of the Haunting Miss Trentwood book launch. This giveaway is in conjunction with the Spooktacular giveaway hop.

What do you win?

You have the chance at winning a free signed copy of Catching the Rose, or one of two signed copies of Haunting Miss Trentwood.

How do you enter?

Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads and fill out this form. You are not disqualified if you already follow me on any of these networks. Make sure you chose the Facebook fan page, and not my personal profile.

Are multiple entries allowed?

Yes! You are allowed five additional entries after the Twitter follow. This means I will accept a total of six contest entries.

Acceptable additional entries include:

  • tweeting the contest
  • friending me on Goodreads
  • liking my page on Facebook
  • linking to the contest through your blog or Facebook

Each additional entry requires returning to this form to provide a link to ensure I saw it.

The contest will close at midnight on October 31. The winners will be selected using a spreadsheet and random.org to ensure fairness.

I do ask that winners post a review of the books on Goodreads, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

Best of luck, contest hopeful!

Belinda

PS. Check out the other goodies in the Spooktacular Blog Hop Giveaway!

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Dear Reader,

It’s October, which means Haunting Miss Trentwood is coming to you soon! In celebration of this, I’ve joined the Spooktacular giveaway hop.

Details will come later, but as a teaser, I will be giving away a copy of Catching the Rose and two copies of my soon-to-be-released book, Haunting Miss Trentwood. There will be a number of ways to enter the contest. To qualify, you must follow me on Twitter @worderella. To submit multiple entries you can…

  • Comment here at Worderella Writes
  • Tweet the contest
  • Become my friend on Goodreads
  • Become my friend on Facebook
  • Link to the contest through your blog or Facebook
  • Leave a review on Goodreads, etc.

You may submit up to ten entries each day over the length of the contest, October 25-31. Unfortunately, only USA entries are accepted.

By the way, we’re 57% funded for Haunting Miss Trentwood. Pre-order your copy at http://kck.st/ck1n9t. We have ten days to go, and every dollar counts toward the $640 we need to raise!

All the best,

Belinda