Video Review

Upcoming debut author Jessica Burkhart (Canterwood Crest), is running a series of “beach read” video reviews on her blog, and yesterday, Rites of Spring (Break) was one of them! Check it out (mildly spoilery):

Cute, huh?

So last night I had the weirdest dream. In the dream, you only got tapped for Rose & Grave if you had the potential to develop superpowers (like on Heroes) except for not all of the taps had developed their superpowers or knew what they were. Naturally, Amy was one of the underdeveloped ones. Anyway, there was a whole big show down with the members of Dragon’s Head, who not only all knew what their superpowers were, but had been trained to use them to kill the Rose & Grave members.

And there was special flame retardant underwear. And one of the DH powers was to light concrete on fire. Seriously. My dreams are bizarre. Someday, I’ll have to share the killer unicorn one.

Anyway, to make a long story short, after all the dust settled, we found out that George had the “bend space and time” power of Hiro, except without all that unfortunate dorkiness, clumsiness, and the weird constipated look Hiro gets every time he’s about to warp. But my subconscious seemed to mix it up a tad with The Terminator, because if George takes a person with him through the warp… well… she loses all her clothes. And he may or may not lose consciousness, depending on the degree of the warp. So I suddenly transferred into George’s heading, waking up on a misty hillside with a totally naked Amy lying next to him.

Those of you who have read any of the books may realize how that’s problematic. Those of you who’ve read all of them realize how excessively problematic that is. Still, it was fun to live in George’s brain. Let’s just say that the things he thought when he saw the naked Amy were not what I’d been expecting him to think at ALL.

I wonder what my editor would say if I tried to incorporate time travel and superpowers into the story at this late date. I wonder what Amy’s superpowers would be.

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11 Responses to Video Review

  1. Janus says:

    Amy’s power would probably be super-intelligence. After all, she does over-analyze everything. This way, she does it at much faster speeds.

  2. What a great idea! Good for Jessica, and good for the authors she features.

    Way to go to you both.

  3. I’m so glad you like the video! I love the vlogging because it really brings a new twist to reader reviews. You should SO vlog, Diana. It would be fun. Really. 🙂

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Sooooo, what was George thinking?

  5. Celeste says:

    omg, diana, that is so awesome 🙂 and yes, problematic, but mostly awesome…

  6. Gina Black says:

    *Love* the video review. What a great job Jessica did (and I’m so very picky too). Can’t wait to read the book. I know. I know. I’m behind. But I’m running to catch up!

  7. Amy W. says:

    Let’s just say that the things he thought when he saw the naked Amy were not what I’d been expecting him to think at ALL.

    That’s a total tease! Come on! You need to give us little mini stories or something to hold us over…

    And Amy’s power seems like it would be one the polar opposite of water – like the fire powers of Pyro from X-men. Something occasionally uncontrollable with her emotions – like she’d give off little sparks when she was frustrated. It would also balance out the “cool” of Jamie in some of those steamy scenes…

  8. Diana says:

    Amy, I really like that power! that sounds very Amy. And it means she could fight against the fire-power person from DH.

    Well, SOME of what George is thinking is a big secret, since it involves a few developments from book four. But I will say that he has a moment of disorientation not unlike Amy’s when she wakes up in Malcolm’s bed in SSG, followed by (when he realizes what really happened), a bit of nostalgia.

    Which is interesting, because I’d been under the impression he was “over” her.

  9. Patrick says:

    sort of off topic, but I have to ask..

    Cavador Key – where’s the name from. I must admit my eyes kept calling it cadaver key. I kept wondering if that was intentional.

  10. Diana says:

    Cavador, in Spanish, means “digger.” “Cah-vah-door.”
    It’s from the word “cava” for “dig” with the “one who” ending. One who digs. Pronounce it like “matador” which literally means “one who kills.”

    Simple as that. And yes, people keep saying “cadaver” instead, which was my editor and agent’s argument for not calling the book “On Cavador Key.”

  11. Patrick says:


    Might want to add that to your SSG FAQ.