• book,  bookish,  books,  fantasy,  newsletter,  novel,  Uncategorized,  YA

    ‘Hunter Shan: Rising Storm’ Cover Reveal

    Here it is!!! But first a word from my sponsor… Just kidding, I don’t have a sponsor. What I do have is an amazing support system of friends and family who have been my cheerleaders from the very beginning. I am eternally grateful to have them in my life. For those who don’t have a support system of a cheer squad ready with words of encouragement I truly wish you will find your flock, your pack, your pride, your [random animal group name here]. Until then, “You can do it!”, “You are amazing!”, “Get your butt in the chair and write!” (<– For my writerly friends), “Stay Hydrated”. On with…

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  • Uncategorized,  YA

    Teaser and Title Reveal.

    Hello, fellow book geeks, It’s been so long since my last newsletter and I thank you for your patience. I’ve been hard at work for my second installment of the Prince Noralv series, which will be bearing fruit very soon. My plans for new short stories are still in the works and have taken a bit longer than I once anticipated, but I wish to put forward my best work to give you, my lovely readers, an adventurous read. Now, for the teaser and title reveal. . . . Thank you, my geeky book friends, for joining me in my journey thus far. I appreciate your patience and support. Stay tuned…

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  • book,  books,  create,  creating,  fantasy,  giveaway,  magic,  Uncategorized,  YA

    Hooked on Stories and a Giveaway

     The Stories That Started It All Every reader (that I know of) all remember that one (or two) story/series that sucked them into the world of reading. For me, it was two series’. The first was The Mandie Mystery series by Lois Gladys Leppard, a light-hearted mystery following the life of Mandie Shaw and the puzzles that she either stumbled upon or her curiosity that got the better of her. She and her friends became determined to figure it out which usually led to some sort of trouble and excitement. For a young girl (like I was) I truly fell in love with all of her lively adventures. The next series…

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  • 2017,  book,  books,  costume,  create,  fantasy,  fiction,  giveaway,  Halloween,  NaNoWriMo,  newsletter,  October,  preptober,  write,  writing,  YA

    Halloween Month and Preptober

    Ahhh, finally! The month of pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, tea (or coffee), cozy blankets, Thanksgiving for us Canadians, and most of all Halloween, the month of dress-up. This is the month all cosplayers anticipate. It’s like Costume Christmas. Oh, the character possibilities. I could go on about costumes but I won’t. Costumes, costumes, costumes! Okay, I am done. Another thing that some of us writers look forward to is… prepping for NaNoWriMo. Outlines, world-building, and plotting? Bring it on. I have an amazing writing group that is super supportive and I’m looking forward to story prep this month. What are some of your tips for NaNoWriMo preparations? Some of the…

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  • August,  book,  books,  deadline,  ebook,  fantasy,  fiction,  learning,  manuscript,  novel,  novels,  reading,  summer,  summer 2017,  write,  writing,  YA

    Taking Time For Myself

    Hello, Everyone. I hope everyone’s summer is, so far, full of adventure, even if it’s just the adventure of reading. My stress levels were high this August with trying to stay on target with my writing goal, among other things. My son was recently designated as being on the autism spectrum, diagnosed with ADHD, and a learning disability due to his ADHD. My husband and I were already anticipating this outcome and were emotionally prepared when we were given his designation. I have chosen to homeschool my children (and am feeling blessed that I am in a position in my life I can choose how he gets schooling) and I…

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  • 2017,  August,  book,  giveaway,  reading,  YA

    Book Feature and Very First Giveaway!

    Hello, all you wonderful humans! This blog post is a bit different than some of my others but I’m sure there will be others just like it in the future. Today I am featuring the author Kristen Martin. I first discovered Kristen on YouTube, as I have found many a wonderful YouTuber, but she stood out to me because of her clear and informative videos. (I have watched many while doing the dishes or folding laundry. That’s not weird, right? *nervous laughter*) Anyway, her advice has helped me figure out which publishing path(s) I am most likely going to take. I think. (Really considering both CreateSpace and IngramSpark too.)  Thank…

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  • book,  bookish,  character,  cliches,  fiction,  novels,  pet peeves,  research,  tropes,  YA

    Bookish Pet Peeves and Cliches Found In YA Novels

    Photo via Visual hunt Well, this week I did a bunch of research on bookish pet peeves and cliches/ tropes in YA fiction that one finds annoying or overdone on certain aspects of the published book itself or written in the book. This is the compiled list of what I discovered:    Bookish Pet Peeves: 1) Never ruin a book lovers’ book. (Never dog ear pages, never crease spines, never fold covers back, or there will be fire and brimstone and you will be tossed in without a second glance.)   2) Weird character names or unpronounceable character names.   3) Too many “holding their breath without realizing it” moments.…

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