The Grammar Mafia (post by Anna, If I Were a Mobster Blogfest)
Today I help my fellow author Chris Fey celebrate the release of her latest book with a fun blogfest. If I were a mobster, what would I do? Well, here’s my answer!
If I were a mobster, I’d be Anna the Analyzer. And boy, you would not want your grammar analyzed by me! [insert evil cackle] As my normal self, I don’t pester people about their grammar errors, though I groan at TV shows that use bad grammar. As a mafia kingpin (queenpin?), however, I’d jump on your misplaced modifiers and dangling participles with deadly intent. My weapon of choice? A pen, naturally. It’s mightier than the sword, after all. I’d scribble enough red all over your manuscript to make you feel like you’re bleeding out right there on the page!
As a mistress of crime, of course, I’d have to levy hefty fines on grammar violators. When it comes to my current #1 pet peeve, I think ten grand per violation sounds fair. I absolutely hate it when someone says “you and I” when they mean “you and me.” Example: “He’s giving you and I a ride to work.” Nope. WRONG! Would you say “he’s giving I a ride”? Of course not. The proper grammar is “he’s giving you and me a ride.”
Get ready. My mafia will be levying those grammar fines without mercy. If I were a mobster, that is…
Note: Though the book promoted here is not a romance, I’m making an exception to my rule about only promoting romances because I liked the concept of the blogfest. It’s my blog and, as a mobster for a day, I can do whatever I want! 🙂
About 30 Seconds Before by Chris Fey
Blake Herro is a cop in the Cleveland Police Force. Ever since he was a child he wanted to do right by the city he loved by cleaning up the streets and protecting its citizens. Red, a notorious mobster, has other plans.
On a bitter December night, ten police officers are drawn into a trap and killed by Red’s followers. Blake wants to bring down the Mob to avenge his fallen brothers and to prevent other cops from being murdered. Except the only way he can do that is by infiltrating the Mob.
Every minute he’s with these mobsters he’s in danger. Around every corner lies the threat of coming face to face with a gun. Will he make it out of the Mob alive or will he be their next victim?