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It is with a great deal of bittersweet sadness that I write my last official blog as a Jaunty Quill. It’s been a fun two years and I will miss everyone more than I can say, but I think this is a decision that will ultimately help me to focus more on my long-term writing goals. I have enjoyed getting to know our regular visitors and sharing tales of my life as an author with all of you, and I promise I won’t be gone for good. I will stop by often and I will hopefully be able to guest blog at some point in the future. And of course, you can still visit me at my website at www.kimberlylogan.net as well as at my MySpace page. And don’t forget that the final book in my Daventry Sisters series, SEDUCED BY SIN, will be out on March 25. (If you do happen to pick it up, please let me know what you think!)

Thank you to my fellow Quills for letting me be part of such an amazing group of “sister” writers. Thanks also to the JQ readers and visitors who have made my time here such a blast.

Wishing you a fond adieu! 🙂

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Okay, I know Japanese manga has been around for many years and that it has thousands of fans here in the good ole USA, but I have to admit that I’ve never really paid much attention to the buzz over it, even though I have watched and enjoyed several of the anime series that have arisen from them. With so many authors I know and love recently dabbling their toes in the manga waters, however, I finally decided to give reading a few of them a try. A friend of mine handed over Christine Feehan’s recent manga edition of Dark Hunger along with several volumes of Fruits Basket, since I loved the anime so much, and though I’ve only flipped through a couple of them, I have to say I find it all very disorienting. The whole “back to front” thing really throws me off, though the artwork is definitely cool.

So, is anybody here a manga fan? It really seems like this might be the next big thing. The buzz is getting louder, and publishers are snapping up the rights to Japanese manga series right and left. What do you think? Is this going to become a bigger craze here in America? What do you think about the recent trend of romance authors moving into the manga or comic book arena? A good thing? And if you are a manga fan, do you have any recommendations for a good series?

BTW, in closing today, I have a bit of a sad announcement. As of the end of January, I will be officially turning in my quill and stepping down as a member of the Jaunties. While I’ve had the time of my life here and have enjoyed the experience, I have decided that right now I really need to focus all of my energy and attention on my writing. I know Jaunty will miss my august presence, as I will no longer be around to torment him or drag him (Kicking and screaming, I might add) into more haunted places, but I promise to continue stopping by to visit and hope that I will be able to guest blog a time or two in the future. I promise I won’t be a stranger. Thank you to my JQ sisters for being such a great source of support and friendship, and thank you JQ visitors for making my two years here so fun and memorable!

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Well, it’s a brand new year and it’s time to start looking ahead to some of the things that will be taking place in 2008. Last night I sat down to go over my calendar and make plans for the upcoming months. I don’t really have any big events scheduled so far. (No Disney World trip like last year. Sigh…) Though there is a possibility I might be attending the Romantic Times Convention in Pittsburgh in April, which I’m pretty excited about.

So, what about all of you? Any big events or vacations planned for the upcoming year? Anything on your schedule that you are really looking forward to? I guess those of us who will be doing the same-old, same-old will have to live a bit vicariously. 🙂

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I’ve just finished playing the video game Final Fantasy 7:Dirge of Cerberus, and I am here to make a confession. I now have a full-fledged fan-girl crush on Vincent Valentine. Sigh. What’s not to crush on? He’s just the kind of guy who has a tendency to make me melt. The tall, dark, and brooding anti-hero who has loved and lost in the past. A man who is in need of the love of a good woman to ease his pain. And oh yeah, something else I may have forgotten to mention. He’s a CGI animated character. (For a glimpse of Vincent, you can check out this fan-made video tribute at You Tube. Perfect song for him, BTW)

Of course, this isn’t the first time this has happened, and it’s quite possible I might need professional help, LOL. As someone who plays a lot of video games, reads comics, and watches her share of anime, I have to be honest and say that I’ve had crushes on animated characters before. Yes, it’s a sad state of affairs, but I just can’t seem to help it. I’m a nerd. 🙂

My number one animated crush for several years has been Cloud Strife, also of Final Fantasy 7 fame. (He’s in the first FF 7 video game and the movie Advent Children) Once again, he is a strong, silent, and brooding loner who has loved and lost in the past. (Noticing a pattern here?) But hey, at least he’s a blonde anti-hero for once. 🙂 Here’s another fanmade You Tube video tribute which showcases some of his more memorable moments. (Another awesome song there too!)

Next up would have to be Gambit of the X-Men comics. There’s just something about that cocky grin and that laid-back Cajun charm that gets me every time. Come on! Who wouldn’t love a man who can turn ordinary, everyday playing cards into lethal weapons? Plus, I can’t help but love the way he loves Rogue. I’m just sick, sick, sick that they have once again broken them up in the comics–and turned Gambit evil!–but I’m holding out hope that there’s more to the story than meets the eye and that they’ll get back together before too long.

And there have been others. Axel from Kingdom Hearts 2, Shrek. Okay, maybe not that last one. I just wanted to see if you were still paying attention. 🙂 So, have you ever had any animated crushes? Or am I totally nuts? Please feel free to advise me to make an appointment with a good therapist. 😉

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And the winner is…Taryn R! Congrats to you, Taryn. Just e-mail me with your choice of one of my first four books and your snail mail addy, and I’ll get your prize mailed out sometime next week. Thanks to everyone who commented. May you all receive everything on your Christmas list. 😉

And don’t forget to scroll down to check out Cindy’s post for today.

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