Bookspiration And How To Find It

As you can see, today’s topic is a little different than my usual book news posts. And that’s because I felt like switching things up a bit and talking about a subject I’ve never really touched on before, but have always thought was fascinating: bookspiration.

Just like every other author on the face of the earth, the question I get asked most by people is how do I find the inspiration to write books? How do I come up with an idea, characters, and how does one go about finishing a book they’ve started to write? This is what I call “Bookspiration”. The art of finding your muse.

The problem with this question for me is that my bookspiration has come in a different form for each of the eight books I’ve written. I can’t tell someone my methods because they are always changing, morphing, and becoming something new. For example, my first book was inspired by a single scene that popped into my head one night. My third book was inspired by a song. My latest project was inspired by the seasons. Sometimes I get the whole layout of the book in my head before I write it, sometimes I only have a vague idea of a character and where their story might take them before I start. Once in a while I write outlines, other times I don’t. I guess what I’m trying to say is that there is no one formula that is going to make you start writing a book and actually finish it. There isn’t just a single format that will inspire you. Instead, let everything inspire you. That would be my greatest piece of advice to any aspiring writers out there: find what moves you the most, write about it, and I guarantee you will write that book to completion.

So there. That’s my little nugget of wisdom/rambling for the day. I hope it made some of my fellow writers out there feel better about their up-in-the-air creative process 😉 Trust me, you are not alone.



REVIEW : Divine Vices (Divine Vices, #1) by Melissa Parkin



The last thing sixteen-year-old Cassie Foster needs is trouble, but that doesn’t stop him from finding her.

Nine months after the tragic accident that killed her mother and sister, this high school junior just wants a fresh start. Settling down in the quiet town of New Haven, Maine, she’s found peace at last…until the new resident bad boy, Jackson Matthews, comes into the picture. Arrogant, sarcastic, and devastatingly sexy, he’s the very last thing Cassie wants to entertain. Romance was never part of the plan. But when terrifying circumstances drive these two together, she finds herself further in over her head than thought possible. As local girls begin disappearing, Cassie can’t help but wonder if it’s just a coincidence that everything started when this blue-eyed Casanova strolled into town. Will falling into Jackson’s arms mean she’ll be falling victim to a real lady-killer…or worse?

The answer will open the door to a world she never thought possible.


*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

So…I’ve been mulling over for the last twenty-four hours how I want to write this review. Usually I have exactly what I want to say ready when I finish a book, but this one was different. There was so much going on, so many twists and turns that even now, a day after I’ve read it, I’m still confused as to what all happened lol. Having said that, I have determined that the best way to lay out my thoughts is to simply do a like and dislike column, as inserted below.

Likes :

  1. The characters were all unique, described nicely, and had likeable personalities.
  2. The storyline was unlike any I have read before in Young Adult Paranormal.
  3. There were plenty of comical moments to lighten up the normally darker mood of the book.
  4. The end left you questioning and wanting more.

Dislikes :

  1. Way too many plot lines happening. It felt like four books could have been made out of this one, all in different genres. It was pretty confusing at times what the hell was actually happening lol.
  2. Dialogue made up 95% of this book. I felt like more world building and scene description was needed instead of just pages and pages of strict dialogue.
  3. Three quarters of this book read more as a murder mystery than a YA paranormal. I actually had to look up some reviews on Goodreads half way through reading it to make sure this wasn’t actually a crime fiction novel. I would have liked to see the paranormal aspect come in to play a lot sooner.
  4. That ending – though it was good – was completely unexpected and left off at a weird time in the book. I know the author gives a small preview of the second book at the end, but it felt kind of…awkward. And confusing. Heck, this whole thing had me scratching my head most of the time, to be honest.

All in all this book wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. Maybe I’m just too slow in catching on to multidimensional plot lines or something. But in the end it did catch my interest and I guess that made it worth reading/finishing. Over all, “Divine Vices” is definitely a book you’ll remember if you decide to give it a chance and read it.

Divine Vices (Divine Vices, #1) by Melissa Parkin = 3 stars


Melissa Parkin

Melissa Parkin is a Chicagoland native who feels weird referring to herself in the third person. When she’s not binge reading, taking photographs, breaking the first rule of Fight Club, or playing music too loud, she’s writing young adult paranormal romances.


The Power (Titan #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout update!

So the other day I was minding my own business, surfing through my Twitter feed, you know, like you do. And I happened to come across this tweet that made my heart stop and then start pumping like a rogue machine gun. (If I ever die of heart palpitations, then you can effectively blame Ms. Armentrout.) Why did I almost go into cardiac arrest, you ask? BECAUSE THEY RELEASED THE COVER FOR THE NEXT TITAN BOOK, THAT’S WHY! The beautifulness below (which I DO realize is not a dictionary sanctioned word…yet) flooded my iPad screen. And of course the hot as hell man on the cover did not help whatsoever to calm my frazzled nerves. But even more exciting is that the second installment in the Titan series is coming out in early Feruary of 2016. Which means that all that Sethy goodness is soon to come! Now I’m just waiting for them to finish the blasted blurb. Then my heart will indeed implode on itself 🔥💔