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Currently Reading: TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE By Jenny Han

If any of you are familiar with the bookstagram universe, then you know it’s been in an uproar since the movie adaption of “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” released on Netflix a little while ago. And when I say uproar, I don’t mean it in a bad way. I mean that they all seem to absolutely love it.

Honestly, I’ve seen the cover of this book go around for years, but I never tried to learn more about the story. But with all this hype lately, it made me want to go out and buy the first copy I could find, which is exactly what I did!

No joke, even the girl at the register knew about this movie. She asked if I had seen it yet, and I said I was going to read the book first, because as everyone knows, the movie leaves out around fifty percent of what was in the book. My mom asked her what she would give it on a scale of one to ten, and the girl said nine point five. Really, with so many people loving this thing, how could I not?

Alas, I’m on page one sixty something and I have yet to get that gooey, OMG this is amazing! feeling yet. But there’s still hope. I have a lot more to go, and I’ll let you know what I think in my final review!

So what about you guys? How many of you have watched the movie adaption on Netflix? And if you read the book too, how well do you think it holds up to it? Let me know in comments!

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Release Date for THE SCARS THAT MADE US Changed to Sept. 28th!

Due to an unforeseen setback, the release date for TSTMU is now going to be September 28th. You can still pre-order the ebook on amazon.com, and the ARCs will continue to go out on August 18th, but the release is going to be put back a month.

I’m still looking for ARC reviewers, and I want to give you all the most amount of time that I can to read and review the book. If you would be at all interested in receiving an advance review copy in exchange for an honest review, click the link below!

https://goo.gl/forms/DLCYZyOlb8QZ0efp1

Synopsis:

Ultimatums suck.

I should know. I was handed one on my eighteenth birthday by my mogul of a father. And it’s all because he refuses to believe that I can take care of myself, that I don’t need a man to fall back on in case my college dreams fail. But as much as I hate to admit it, his doubt comes from a logical place. It all stems from the nightmare incident that happened to me when I was seven years old. An event that has left scars of both the physical and emotional variety on me, leaving my body weaker than most.

But what is the ultimatum, you ask?

I either marry a man of his choosing for a stable financial future, or else I don’t get his check to go to college and complete my dreams of becoming a doctor.

Tell me, how do you trust a man who only wants to marry you for the check your father is so obviously writing him? The answer is you don’t.

But when Jagger Wells, my ridiculously gorgeous intended, explains the real reason behind his going along with this scheme, I begin to see the man beyond the pretty face; a guy just trying to do right by his family. And I decide that maybe there’s a way we can both get what we want without having to sign a marriage certificate in the process. All it would require is a little acting on our part and a couple of well-placed lies.

After a while, though, it doesn’t feel like we’re tricking our families anymore, but ourselves. That’s when lines blur, feelings become something real, and the truth is ultimately questioned.

In the end, I discover that I’m not the only one with scars.

(This is clean contemporary/NA romance)

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Looking for ARC Reviewers for THE SCARS THAT MADE US!

UPDATE: THE RELEASE DATE IS NOW SEPTEMBER 28TH DUE TO AN UNFORSEEN SETBACK! ARCs WILL STILL BE GOING OUT ON AUGUST 18TH

As I mentioned a few days ago, my next endeavor for TSTMU is to find ARC reviewers before the release date. Below I’ll post a link to the Google request form you can fill out if you’re interested in receiving a free advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. You’ll be getting the eBook in kindle format, and I intend to send out the ARCs on August 18th. You’ll be expected to post your review on September 28th, the release date.

Google request form link for an ARC: https://goo.gl/forms/DLCYZyOlb8QZ0efp1

Synopsis:

Ultimatums suck.

I should know. I was handed one on my eighteenth birthday by my mogul of a father. And it’s all because he refuses to believe that I can take care of myself, that I don’t need a man to fall back on in case my college dreams fail. But as much as I hate to admit it, his doubt comes from a logical place. It all stems from the nightmare incident that happened to me when I was seven years old. An event that has left scars of both the physical and emotional variety on me, leaving my body weaker than most.

But what is the ultimatum, you ask?

I either marry a man of his choosing for a stable financial future, or else I don’t get his check to go to college and complete my dreams of becoming a doctor.

Tell me, how do you trust a man who only wants to marry you for the check your father is so obviously writing him? The answer is you don’t.

But when Jagger Wells, my ridiculously gorgeous intended, explains the real reason behind his going along with this scheme, I begin to see the man beyond the pretty face; a guy just trying to do right by his family. And I decide that maybe there’s a way we can both get what we want without having to sign a marriage certificate in the process. All it would require is a little acting on our part and a couple of well-placed lies.

After a while, though, it doesn’t feel like we’re tricking our families anymore, but ourselves. That’s when lines blur, feelings become something real, and the truth is ultimately questioned.

In the end, I discover that I’m not the only one with scars.

(This is clean contemporary/NA romance)

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THE SCARS THAT MADE US Release Date!

 And the release date is….AUGUST 31st!

After way, way, waaayyy too much procrastinating, I finally have the release date for THE SCARS THAT MADE US! I can’t tell you guys how excited I am about this! It’s been a long time coming, what with the million obstacles I encountered both in life and on paper, but it’s finally here, and I’m so relieved! And to make this moment even more awesome, I made it so that you can pre-order TSTMU right now on amazon.com! That way on release day, you’ll already have it on your kindle.

I really appreciate those of you who have been on this long journey with me. You’ve put up with my ranting and intermittent posting, and finally, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. I can’t wait for you all to read it!

Also, I’ll be updating everyone in a few weeks about ARC opportunities, so stick around if you’d be interested! I’ll have more on it soon.

Synopsis:

Ultimatums suck.

I should know. I was handed one on my eighteenth birthday by my mogul of a father. And it’s all because he refuses to believe that I can take care of myself, that I don’t need a man to fall back on in case my college dreams fail. But as much as I hate to admit it, his doubt comes from a logical place. It all stems from the nightmare incident that happened to me when I was seven years old. An event that has left scars of both the physical and emotional variety on me, leaving my body weaker than most.

But what is the ultimatum, you ask?

I either marry a man of his choosing for a stable financial future, or else I don’t get his check to go to college and complete my dreams of becoming a doctor.
Tell me, how do you trust a man who only wants to marry you for the check your father is so obviously writing him? The answer is you don’t.

But when Jagger Wells, my ridiculously gorgeous intended, explains the real reason behind his going along with this scheme, I begin to see the man beyond the pretty face; a guy just trying to do right by his family. And I decide that maybe there’s a way we can both get what we want without having to sign a marriage certificate in the process. All it would require is a little acting on our part and a couple of well-placed lies.

After a while, though, it doesn’t feel like we’re tricking our families anymore, but ourselves. That’s when lines blur, feelings become something real, and the truth is ultimately questioned.

In the end, I discover that I’m not the only one with scars.

(This is clean contemporary/NA romance)

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Fifth and Final Day!

We made it! It’s the fifth and final day of “A Week in the Life of A Writer”, and it’s finally done – challenge complete. I can’t believe it. But although I’m kind of sad it’s over, I had a lot of fun with it, and I hope you guys did, too. I also want to thank you all for sticking around with me for a week to get a small picture into this writer’s life. It means a lot ❤

Today was a really fun day for me. I would even argue Friday is my favorite day of the week. Not only because it means the weekend is here, but because it’s also my half day. Normally I take most of Friday off, work Saturday, and then off again Sunday.

Why do I take Fridays off you ask?

Because of Ghost Adventures lol. They have an all day marathon every Friday and I love that show, for whatever reason. Make fun all you want, but it’s my guilty pleasure.

I also get this weird urge to bake/cook on Fridays. I don’t know why, but I figure taking a half day to do these things isn’t so bad if I work Saturday to make up for it. Today’s cooking inspiration (if you were wondering) was homemade pasta. I think tomorrow it’s going to be blueberry muffins. I’ll send you all a virtual basket as thanks for reading along with me this week. Sound good?

I even got in some hot chocolate/cuddle time this morning with the little fur ball. She loves when Mom takes a break and spoils her with a belly rub 🙂

For my half day of work I got in some sketching for a watercolor project I’m planning. I might be able to finish it tomorrow, but other than that, I cleaned out old posts on my Insta profiles and flipped through emails. I’m also redesigning the cover for “Learning Patience”, but it’s giving me a hard time since I need to readjust the pixels on the mock-up I made. Usually I love creating book covers, but this one is giving me a bit of a headache. Hopefully I’ll get it finished soon and be able to show it to you all. Cross your fingers lol.

That’s it! Day 5 complete. I had a ball with you all this week, and I’m glad I had the experience of daily blogging. It gave me a whole new respect for those who do it regularly and not just as a challenge. You, my friends, are badass.

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Day 4

We’re in the homestretch ya’ll! Only one day left of the blog-a-thon, and then it all goes back to normal. This little experiment has made my week go by in a flash. I hope it’s made your week go a little faster as well 😉

So today, as usual, was more editing for TSTMU. It’s hard to believe how much slower the reading process is when you’re going over every detail to make sure nothing is out of place. I also forgot that it’s a 100,000+ word document. I really need to start writing smaller novels, if only for my eyes’ sake lol. But I don’t think my progress is too bad. I’m 48% through, meaning I should have it done by early next week, allowing me to start seriously thinking about a release date.

Other than that, I did a TON of reading. I finished “Compromising Kessen” and managed to get through 54% of “Dark Fates” by G.K. DeRosa.

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Recently I’ve been doing a 30 day free trial from Amazon for the Kindle Unlimited program, so I’ve been jamming books in left and right, power reading my way through a small library. Which also means it’s been cutting back on my editing hours, but I’m not letting it bother me too much, haha. Everyone needs some inspiration/down time, and I have been enjoying mine immensely.

Today was a beautiful day, further distracting me from my schedule. I wanted to go out on my porch and work since this would be my view, but the sun was a little too bright for my screen. Sadly, the leaves aren’t out on the trees yet since I live in the Northeast and heaven knows spring doesn’t hit us until early June.

Overall it was a productive day, and I’m always thankful for those, whether it’s with writing or just getting things done around the house. Another thing I forgot to mention is I do a lot of my writing at night. The house is usually quiet and I know I won’t be interrupted. I also think I’m more productive at night. I like to sketch after dark and go through my social media, updating all of my feeds. I post my artwork to my digital shop and finish going through emails for the day. It’s calm, peaceful. I’m also an insomniac, so that helps 😉

And that was day 4! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your evening!

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A Week in the Life of A Writer: Day 3

And just like that, we’re on to day 3! How is everyone liking it so far? You bored yet? I’m going to guess yes, since my life isn’t as scintillating as the Kardashians, obviously lol. But something I’ve figured out from doing this is that it’s giving me motivation everyday to accomplish certain goals so I can tell you guys about them. And for that alone I think it’s been worth it.

As with days 1 and 2, day 3 was more editing. In retrospect I probably should have picked a better/more interesting week for me to do this blogging challenge. One where I’m actually writing and creating, and, I don’t know, doing something interesting. But I figured maybe I could sneak in a writing favorite of mine today to make up for it.

One of the things I do, especially when my mind comes up with a new character, is to write them down in the notebook I showed you guys yesterday. I add details like height, build, hair color and style, little quirks they’d be likely to have, and then my favorite part: their name. I don’t know what it is about names, but I love finding unique ones that are perfectly built for the character I’m envisioning. Sometimes a name alone gives me a picture of a character, and then I build a story just from that. But either way, I write them down, that way when I go back and possibly do a sequel, all I have to do is open my notebook, go to the page with their description, and everything is there. No hassle. This, by the way, is a tip I learned the hard way when I was writing the Separate Ways series. There were so many characters and descriptions that it was a nightmare with book 2 when I had to remember them all, and I didn’t have any of it written down in a concise, organized way.

 Annnnddd here’s a random picture of my desk. Inspiring is it not? LOL. Sorry about the lack of visuals today. It was rainy, dark, and cloudy in my neck of the woods, meaning any pictures I’d have taken would have looked like they were shot in a dungeon. Blame Mother Nature for this one.

I know I said a few paragraphs ago that today was kind of boring, you know, what with more annoying edits. But I do have something interesting planned for later tonight.

Okay, let me rephrase that: interesting for me.

I’m doing some fact checking and internet research for my latest project. To me, it’s one of the most important aspects when writing a book, especially when you’re writing about something specific, like an unfamiliar country, or the rules of a sport, or even the minute details of a dialect or accent. I love books where the descriptions are accurate and thought out, as though the author had first hand experience with it even if they didn’t. The key to a good book is in the details. Which is why I’ve been doing some digging into the world of fighting/MMA for a few weeks now, since that’s what my next book is going to focus on. I even watched martial arts practice sessions on YouTube and followed along so that when I write about it, I can perfectly describe how the stance feels, the pull you experience in your calves, the tightness of your shoulders before you release a punch. I want it to feel like you, the reader, is in that character’s shoes going through it with them. Hopefully I’ll accomplish this the way I hope to.

And that was day 3! I’m sorry it wasn’t very interesting, but hopefully tomorrow will breed something a little more fast paced. If you guys have any questions for me, I’d love to answer them! Perhaps we can even do a fun Q&A tomorrow 🙂

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