My Biggest Writing Challenge

My Biggest Writing Challenge

  Here’s a Throwback Thursday post. What’s your biggest challenge as an author? If your not an author, tell us what your biggest challenge overall is… The greatest challenge I face as an author is time. I know what you’re thinking. Nearly everyone can say they need an extra hour or two in the day to get everything done that demands their attention.  But that’s not the kind of time I’m referring to.   Creativity doesn’t turn on at eight am and off at five pm. I can’t get up send the kids to school and then sit down and […]

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Undecided

Undecided

Undecided is the first book I’ve read by Julianna Keyes. I went into it with a little trepidation, worried there was going to be a love triangle between Nora, Kellan, and Crosbie. But I was pleasantly surprised. There weren’t any shapes remotely resembling a triangle. Which is good, because a good love triangle (is there such a thing as a “good” one?) is really hard to pull off. I mean, it’s not impossible. I’ve read a few books where the author was able to make it work. Mostly, though, they tend to be prickly things.   So, plot-wise… I loved […]

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Before Hadley

Before Hadley

Before Hadley is one of three back-to-back books from J. Nathan. My understanding is that the books are companions to each other, and each can be read as a standalone. This is the first I’ve read of the three. Before Hadley is about two very different high-schooler seniors, and, as the book progresses, Hadley goes to college and Caynan… well, read the book.  No spoilers here. One is the daughter of a cop; the other, the son of a criminal. They, obviously, come from two completely different worlds.    We were from completely different worlds. My life was one big […]

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The Death Of My Favorite Character

The Death Of My Favorite Character

Warning: This post discusses character deaths—spoilers abound.   So, I want to talk about death. Specifically, death of our characters. I think I’ve mentioned that my son, Evan, recently got me to watch Supernatural. I’ll be honest and say that, until now, I didn’t know anything about the show. Now I’m hooked. I love it! It has a good blend of supernatural situations, comedy, and drama.   I guess I should stop here and mention that I’m a reader (or movie/television show fan) that gets so into a story (if it’s good) that I feel anger toward the writers when one […]

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My Perfect Mistake

My Perfect Mistake

I’ve said before that I love beginning sentences (as a reader). As an author, I agonize over the first sentence to use when writing a novel. So much hinges on those first few words.   I loved the first sentence in My Perfect Mistake.   You can tell a lot about a woman by the type of bra she wears.   The bra scene was a great way to start the book. It really gives the reader a glimpse into Shay’s mind. I thought it was fun and it made me smile.   In fact, the entire book was fun. […]

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Throwback Thursday: Soundtrack of my Lif..

Throwback Thursday: Soundtrack of my Life

Here’s a throwback Thursday post… A few months ago, a friend posted this fun exercise on her blog.  I liked it so much I stole it (Thank you, Mary!).  I had so much fun, and found how many different artists people listen to, that I wanted to share it here and see what you have on your playlists. Here’s what you need to do.  Put your music player on Shuffle.  Then, as the songs play, write the song and artist that corresponds with the following list.  Finally, post your list in the comments for us to see.  Most of all […]

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Unspeakable Nominated for a RONE Award!

Unspeakable Nominated for a RONE Award!

Hey, everyone!   I’m so excited to tell you that Unspeakable is nominated for the 2016 RONE award! But I need your help, for Unspeakable to move into the final round of voting I need your vote.    You’ll have to register for an InD’tale membership if you don’t have one already. But don’t worry! They won’t spam your inbox. In fact, you never have to receive an email from them…ever. I promise. And your email won’t be sold or shared with any third-party companies. Oh, and it’s free to join.   To vote, go here: http://www.indtale.com/2016-rone-awards-week-four  between May 9 – 15, […]

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The Natural History of Us

The Natural History of Us

Rachel Harris’s The Natural History of Us was a clean, sweet young adult romance. It had all the things we’ve come to expect from her. A cute story. Strong characters. And solid writing. This is the second book in her Fine Art of Pretending Series. I haven’t read the first book in the series, but it wasn’t necessary for the enjoyment of this one.   The story was good. It had a big dollop of the typical angst that mainstream YA romances contain. In my opinion, there was little too much she-deserves-better-than-me and He-can’t-love-a-girl-like-me. But not so much that it […]

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Bookishly Ever After

Bookishly Ever After

Bookishly Ever After is one of those feel good reads. The kind that makes you wish for a cold, rainy day so you can curl up in your favorite chair with a glass of hot chocolate and read. Yes. That kind of book. Comforting and wistful and romantic, a little corny at times, and just a good read.   Bookishly is the first book by Isabel Bandeira that I’ve read. And, if I’m not mistaken, it’s her debut. And a fine debut it is.   If you are reading this, you are probably 1) a writer… and therefore, love books. […]

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Fixed Up

Fixed Up

I really liked the concept of Fixed Up by Maddie Jane. It’s the author’s debut and described as a romantic comedy. It’s romantic, but I wouldn’t list it as a comedy, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing—unless a reader is looking specifically for a ROM/COM. Then they might be disappointed in the lack of humorous elements. That being said, I don’t think it disappoints as a romance.   The DIY angle was a unique one (at least to me). I liked that it focused on female DIY-ers. We (females) are often the main decorators, organizers, and so forth of our home. […]

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