One Lovely Blog Award

one lovely blog award

So, I was nominated by my sister from the same mister (Julia of The Romance Bibliophile blog) for this very nice award, and I decided I would share it all with you! Thanks, sis!

Here are the rules should you choose to accept the award… (P.S. I shamelessly stole this format from my sister. Sorry, Julia!)

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog (pingback to this post!)
  • Add the One Lovely Blog Award to your post
  • Share seven things about yourself
  • Pass this on to as many people as you like (max. 15)
  • Include this set of rules
  • Inform your nominees

Okay, so I’ll get to the seven things about me. This should be interesting lol.

1. My real name is Melinda. ‘Inda’ is the nickname I chose instead of ‘Mel’, ‘Mindy,’ or ‘M’.

2. Along with writing, reading, and art, I absolutely adore animals. I always have, and always seem to get along with them better than people, because, hello, if you haven’t figured it out yet, your girl is introverted. Hence my career choice of sitting behind a computer all day in a quiet room. 😉

3. This August was my four year anniversary of being a writer.

4. I wrote and published my first book when I was seventeen, and have written eight books since then and published three.

5. I have the greatest sister in the world, and if you plan to disagree, I will fight you and you will lose. I am convinced we are twins just born seventeen months apart, and she along with my parents are my biggest supporters. She’s also my editor, beta reader, and the one I go to to ping my ideas off of.

6. In my spare time, meaning twelve to two a.m. in the morning, I’m a graphic designer and have an art shop on Redbubble.com. I have designed every cover for every one of my books, and it’s something I’d love to go to school for one day.

7. I always put a character that loves to read into every one of my books, and also use names with secret and or personal meanings behind them. Just Google one to see 🙂

Alright, so this is where I’m slightly breaking the rules. I don’t have a very big list of blogs to nominate since I’m terrible with following many. And the ones I do follow I’m not really sure how to contact since they’re bigger blogs and probably get hundreds of comments a day. But if I did, it would be Kookie Krysp (who is currently taking a break from her YA blog right now) and The Clockwork Reader, whom you can find on Tumblr and Youtube.

I want to thank my sister again for nominating me for this fun award, and I challenge you to do the same with a blog you know!

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Jules Gray

So recently my girl over at The Perks of Being a Bibliophile just got an Instagram page, and since she’s awesome, I wanted to share the good fortune with you all 😉 If you love her reviews and book promotions, go follow her at @bibliophileperks, and if you haven’t heard of her, RUN TO HER BLOG RIGHT NOW AND HIT THE SUBSCRIBE BUTTON. She’s passionate about the books she reads and you can see that in every review she posts. Also, find her on Twitter at @JulesGrayBooks for updates on book giveaways, currently reading lists, and so much more!

My Heart’s Only Exception teaser…

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A look into the tortured heart of Carrick Castle.

(My Heart’s Only Exception (Separate Ways, #3) snippet)

REVIEW : Ruin (Ruin, #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Ruin (Ruin, #1)

Synopsis:

I’m not your typical girl. I’ve been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness…until Wes Michals offered to be my light.

I didn’t know that time wasn’t my ally — that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer–each moment as it came–but it would never be enough.

Sometimes when you think it’s the end, it’s only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn’t–I wouldn’t ever be the same.

And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own.

REVIEW

THIS. WAS. AMAZING.

Holy crow, this was so freaking good y’all. Though I don’t know why I’m so surprised since I’ve loved so many of the books written by this author. The characters, the story, the struggle with them all…wow. So good!

 Poor Kiersten was not dealt the best hand in life, and neither was Wes Michals – despite how it looks on the outside. Struggling with something so heartbreaking and earthshattering on your own is a disease within itself. But sharing it with others isn’t an option at this point for Wes.

Kiersten suffered the unthinkable, leaving her withdrawn and closed off to the world around her as a result. When she literally runs into Wes Michels, everything changes. They both recognize a similar quality in each other, a certain brokenness. And doesn’t misery just love company?

As depressing as I’ve made it sound, this book had a lot of funny, cute, and heart lifting moments in it along with a ton of great advice on how to live life to its fullest potential. I completely fell in love with Kiersten and Wes and their shared story; my heartbreaking at all the right and wrong moments. Guys, I freaking bawled like ten times while reading this lol, but trust me, it was warranted. I got so attached to these characters and this story that I couldn’t help myself. I also couldn’t put it down, which is how I read it within the span of a single day. That’s how good this was.

Normally I hate sad books, but this one wasn’t sad to me. It was uplifting and inspirational with an outcome I wasn’t expecting. Something else I loved was the religious aspect. Going through what Wes was going through is not an easy thing, and having faith through it would be an even bigger struggle. How he dealt with it was real, honest, and how any of us would react given that hand. I give the author big credit for writing about it with such accuracy.

If there was anything I was going to criticize about this book, it would be the whole instance with Lorelei. I honestly didn’t get why it was in the book. It lasted for about two chapters and then it was completely over with and not talked about again. Also? Had I been Kiersten and I heard the rumor about what Wes may or may not have done, I certainly would not have trusted him so completely and so quickly. That was about the only unrealistic thing I found in this story. But despite that, I really, really, REALLY enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on Gabe’s story next!

Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken = 5 stars

Check It Out!

I’m a big fan of blogs, obviously. So you can imagine how excited I get when my friends start blogs. Recently my friend Julia started a book blog and I have to say, for someone who has never done this before, her site is killer. And her reviews are even better. She does everything from reviews, to updates, to notifying everyone when a new giveaway by an author is happening, and so much more. And as everyone knows, getting views is huge for a blogger, so I ask all of you to go give her page a look. It’ll take you but a minute, and who knows? It may end up being your new daily blog fix 😉

You can find it here, https://perksofbeingabibliophile.wordpress.com/