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GoT: Did Tyrion betray Dany?

As an ardent fan of Game of Thrones, last night’s episode pretty much went as we all expected without too many surprises. [SPOILERS ahead if you didn’t catch last night’s season finale.] But the show did manage to slip in a few things this fan didn’t see coming.

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For one, I read a few reviews that suggested Tyrion might be in love with Dany, hence his look of pure despair when Jon knocks on Dany’s cabin door on the ship and she lets him in. Jon’s not there to discuss war strategy, but to spend the night. Some see that as Tyrion’s heart simply breaking at the thought of Jon and Dany finally getting together. But I see something way different.

That wasn’t love I saw last night in Tyrion’s eyes. It was deep, gut-wrenching sadness. He’d just left King’s Landing after the big powwow with his sister Cersei. The writers want you to believe that Tyrion pulled off a miracle and somehow convinced the self-absorbed Cersei into doing what was right—sending troops North to help in the fight against the Army of the Dead.

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 While the scene between the two cut away just when Tyrion gets down to the nitty gritty of the negotiations, fans know Cersei never does the right thing. Not ever. More like, she guilted Tyrion into betraying Dany—enlisting Tyrion to play along by giving the impression that she’s helping out in the Great War. Tyrion is now a party to this illusion. He knows the truth. Cersei isn’t sending a single troop North. When Tyrion gets on that boat to go back to Dragonstone, he knows he’s betrayed Dany by letting Dany and Jon believe Lannister help is right behind them. But the Lannister army is staying put in King’s Landing, minus Jaime, of course. And did Tyrion tip Cersei off about Dany having only two dragons left? Cersei seemed to suspect this during her subsequent, and very threatening talk with Jaime later on. Which prompts this longtime fan to scream at her TV. “Oh, Tyrion, why’d you do it? Why’d you betray Dany for Cersei. Cersei isn’t worth that kind of loyalty. Didn’t Jaime discover that the hard way?”

All fans are aware of Dany’s prophecy, that she will be betrayed three times—once for blood, once for gold, and once for love. Fans already know the medicine woman Miri Maz Durr betrayed her when the priestess tried to bring Drogo back and it failed miserably. That was supposedly the blood betrayal. Then there’s Jorah Mormont, who betrayed her early in Season One for gold. Back then, Jorah was working for King Robert. His job was to make sure Daenerys died. The third betrayal hasn’t happened yet. For that major plot point the writers want you to wait for Season Eight. But since watching last night’s episode, that betrayal for love seems to be all on Tyrion now. For some reason he feels guilty that Cersei’s children have all died. She’s somehow managed to convince him it’s all his fault. Deep down Tyrion loves his family and hated the way Dany ended up scorching the Lannister army like she did. It seems to be a sticking point with him that he’s unable to let go. So, that brings us full circle, back to the scene where he’s discussing the fact that Dany can’t have children. Maybe it’s a foreshadow. Tyrion is suddenly having major second thoughts—about loyalty, about the side he’s chosen, and the future of the Iron Throne.

I don’t want to believe it, but there’s no other reason I can think of for Tyrion to let Dany and Jon believe he’s fixed their Cersei problem unless he’s part of the ruse.  At best, Season Eight is a year away from wrapping all this up, maybe even longer. That’s a very long time to wait and stew about why Tyrion let Dany believe help is coming when it isn’t. Game of Thrones has its secrets and this just might be one of them. Et tu, Brute? Et tu?

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Skye Cree joins the ranks of Audiobooks

Teri Schnaubelt brings to life Skye Cree in The Bones of Others now out in Audio at Tantor Media and Amazon.

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Kindle Book Review names Sea Glass Cottage Finalist

Romance is a tough category to write. I’m thrilled that Sea Glass Cottage has been recognized by the Kindle Book Review as a winning story. Thank you to everyone who made this possible. It’s such an honor!!

You can only run so far before you have to stand and fight. 

Mysterious Isabella Rialto comes to Pelican Pointe to find solace, shelter, and quiet. What she gets instead is Thane Delacourt, an ex NFL jock who’s come back home to raise his little boy. Sparks fly between them from the onset. Thane’s wary of making another relationship mistake. And he has Jonah to think about. But that’s nothing compared to Isabella’s past. Will their love be enough to ensure a future together? Or will everything crumble around them in a  deadly game of obsession?

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Beat the heat. Read.

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What better way to deal with the triple digits of summer than to stay put and settle back in your easy chair to read. Nothing like getting your hands on an adventure to another realm, a touch of romance, a splash of suspense, or a hard-edge mystery to  get your mind off the August doldrums. Get your beach read on before school starts!

 

 

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And the Liebster Award goes to…

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Getting to know new blogs is a fantastic way to connect with more people. Katherine at The Fashion and Mind…Travel! blog has nominated Romance, Suspense, & Chocolate for the Liebster Award, which we gratefully accept.

In order to keep the nominating process going and allow you, the readers, to find more and more interesting blogs, I’ve been tasked to answer ten questions and then nominate other blogs to hold that honor. First, I’ll answer the questions thrown at me.

What’s your favourite color?

Bluegreen. Tomboy that I was, in first grade I used to fight to keep that particular crayon all to myself. I know, selfish, huh? But I’d gladly share all the others, so there is that. 🙂

Coke or Pepsi?

Personal preference, definitely Coke. But I have a few characters who favor Pepsi. I have no idea why that is. 😉

What is your most prized possession?

My imagination. It’s gotten me through tough spots from teen years to an office environment.

What does the perfect date for you look like? With whom? Place?

A walk on the beach or a hike in Big Sur with my hubby.

What is your passion in life?

Hands down, writing is my passion.

Best compliment you have received?

I get letters, emails, and Facebook messages  from readers who tell me they connect with my characters.  That IS the ultimate compliment.

What does a perfect day look like to you?

Any day I can get in a thousand words minimum writing is a perfect day.

Your dream vacation? Worst vacation? Best vacation?

I have yet to experience Hawaii. It’s on my bucket list though. The worst vacation would be when we took off for Florida in the middle of a thunderstorm. Turns out lightning hit our house while we were gone. Then on the flight back, we hit horrible turbulence which convinced half the passengers we were going down. To this day it’s the scariest flight I’ve ever been on.

Who do you most admire in life?

People who have the courage to follow their hearts. People who stand against the criticism of the world when all that world wants to do is hurl insults at them for wanting out of a toxic relationship, who want nothing more than to be happy.  As Jay Leno once said, you want a soulmate, not a cellmate.

If you were president, what is the first thing you would do?

Declare all Fridays free chocolate and coffee day!


That’s it for my part. Now to nominate the other blogs I enjoy. These blogs don’t have to do a thing, participate or not, it’s up to you.  But I highly recommend giving them a look-see.

I Didn’t Have My Glasses on

Helle Gade Photography

Backyard Edible Gardening

Crafts and Coffee

Be Like Water

Bitch Can Write a Book

Bookmobiles A History

Everything Else Thrown In

Jump For Joy

Keep blogging and connecting,

Vickie

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An Ambien state of mind

“I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen a statue of a critic.”
~ Leonard Bernstein

I don’t sleep much, never have. That’s especially true when I’m in the middle of a manuscript. My mind is usually going in seven different directions anyway, let alone when I try to sleep while forging through plot lines. But I must say I do my best thinking when I’m at my most quiet, in the middle of the night, in the darkness and silence. That’s the way it’s always been. In high school when I had a writing assignment, I got it done first in my head. Images come and go, some warm and fuzzy, others, not so much. But I have to “see” the scene in order to nail it. Engaging in the scene often makes for a crazy few months until completion.

There’s a point when the lack of sleep starts taking its toll. I think it’s that way for most writers. When that happens I need a break, of mind, of spirit, of soul, and recognize when it’s time to get away to recharge. Everyone needs downtime. In these waning days of July when the heart longs to travel, I’m going to hike into a forest long enough to do research, trek down a sandy shore I’ve never experienced before to get my creative juices flowing again.

As always, here’s to all of you having a happy, creative August!

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Ann Rule, a true crime icon

Lazy people tend not to take chances, but express themselves by tearing down other’s work.

~ Ann Rule

1931 – 2015

Ann Rule first introduced me to the term “serial killer.” That killer was Ted Bundy. Since she sat beside Ted working at a crisis hotline, Ann found it fascinating that the man she knew as a volunteer could be responsible for the heinous acts of which he’d been accused. There was even a brief time when she thought Ted might be innocent of his crimes. Of course, that didn’t last for long. With firsthand knowledge of Ted’s personality, she decided to write a book about him. With The Stranger Beside Me, Ann turned true crime upside down and never looked back.

No matter her criminal subject, Ann’s writing put her at the top of her game. The way she told a story, the way she held her audience spellbound–including scary details that made chills crawl up the spine–Ann brought her reader to the edge and straight into the front row seat of the crime.

As a former Seattle policewoman, that insight into law enforcement gave her an inroad into the sick minds of an assortment of criminals. Ann was the first to write about the narcissistic sociopath, Diane Downs. In Small Sacrifices, Ann detailed how Diane shot her three children on the night of May 19, 1983 and then drove them to the hospital where Diane calmly claimed she’d been carjacked. By the time Diane got to the emergency room, her daughter, Cheryl had already succumbed to her injuries. The other two were critically wounded. Her son would be paralyzed for life, her surviving daughter would suffer a debilitating stroke. The thing is, Ann Rule took us through how Diane, as a working single mother and who appeared so normal on the outside was actually a true monster on the inside, just waiting to come up with a devious plan to get rid of her children.

Along the way Ann told us about Thomas Capano, the I-5 killer, the Green River killer, just to name a few. Her writing put her in a class all her own. She had no equal in her field. Ann Rule will be missed, not just by the lovers of true crime, but all of us who knew all along that she was the best at what she did.

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