I’m moving! Not the blog, actually me! This week and next week I will be working hard to move into our new house and unpack. Luckily the book blog community is beyond awesome and supportive. I put out a call asking for help to keep my blog running for the next two weeks to give myself a buffer while I won’t have internet and you all jumped to help me. I can’t express how grateful I am to have such wonderful friends. I owe Wren from The Bookmato Chronicles a debt of gratitude because she and Mishma at Chasing Faerytales encouraged me to read A Darker Shade of Magic and Vicious. I never would have read V.E. Schwab without their encouragement! Why you should love Schwab Victoria Schwab is one of my two favorite authors. (The other is Maggie Stiefvater, by the way.) Her books are amazing. And she is such a cool person. You might wonder why. Most likely because you’ve never read her books before. But I’ll explain why anyways. I’ll give you four reasons why Victoria Schwab is amazing and deserves your love. 1) Her stories are magical. Literally. (‘A Darker Shade of Magic’ is actually about magic.) But also figuratively. The worlds she creates are captivating. There are no Londons like Schwab’s. They’re unique. I’ve never seen anything like her London before. She crafts these […]
For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Prologue Within the darkness that clouded my vision, I floated, silent as a feather falling from the heavens. I had no senses on the outside of my body; instead, I waited from the inside for something I couldn’t remember. Here, I stood silently in the shadows, wondering where I really was and what my purpose was. Residual voices have told me of a great destiny I’m supposed to prepare for, but how can I prepare when I have yet to find out who I really am? The world I was stuck in was complicated; even the simplest ideas were laced with complex equations that took forever to understand. Who and what were the ghosts in the memories that tugged at my mind? What was I? Something beneath me shook. The faint screams of those who helped me shelter myself in this darkness rang in my head, clawing at me as I remember unwillingly committing to this unconsciousness. Within the chaos of the clashing memories, I heard a faint whisper, a voice as gentle as the petal of a flower — a voice, as gentle as it seemed, also boomed loud as thunder, holding true power underneath its breath. It reached out through the cataclysm I was reliving. As it spoke, feeling came to me and the sensations flooded around me. […]
Chicken by Chase Night Published by Asymmetrical Press on July 28th 2015 Genres: Fiction Pages: 374 Buy on Amazon Casper Quinn has a secret.Brant Mitchell has two. Hickory Ditch, Arkansas – July 2012 Popular fried chicken chain Wings of Glory is under attack from homosexual activists, and Harvest Mission Pentecostal Church is ready to fight back. Caught in the crossfire of a culture war in which they never enlisted, Casper and Brant will each have to find his own answer to the age-old question: Are we really what we eat? CHICKEN is a Southern Gothic YA novel with an infusion of magical realism. It’s a raw, honest, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant look at falling in love in a place where angels and demons are believed in without question, but the human heart is always subject to suspicion. For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page I love everything about this book and I will definitely be reading it in this years’s 12 Months of Indies. Â Was this book inspired by something in particular? Yes. It was directly inspired by Mike HuckabeeÂ’s ridiculous Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day. I changed the name of the restaurant to Wings of Glory, but it takes place on the same dayÂ—August 1, 2012. I was living in Conway, AR at the time, attending college, and I swung by the local Chick-Fil-A to reassure myself that […]
I paired bloggers with theirÂ best friend for the month and gave them their blog topic. Â Now comes my very favorite part. I love blog hopping the day the Guest of the Month Club posts hit and seeing what everyone had to say. Thanks to everyone who participates every month and the new sign ups I get. You make this happen! This month’s topic was: The top 5 books I’m looking forward to this year. Here are mine! The Island by S. Usher Evans (cover reveal Tuesday!) Earth’s End by Elise Kova Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo End of Watch by Stephen King What are yours? If youÂ’d like to know more about Guest of the Month Club and how it works, please click here.
For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page How long did this book take you to write? It took me from July 5, 2013 (before my senior year) until late February 2014 of my senior year to finish. What was the hardest part of writing this book? Trying to make it stand out amongst the many other books of the same nature was the hardest part.Â ItÂ’s a young adult story with some adult themes, and it deals with the supernatural.Â It sounds very generic, and I tried my hardest to make it unique. Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?Â I learned what does and doesnÂ’t work when writing a book.Â Looking back at my story, there are some things that I donÂ’t like about it.Â I wouldnÂ’t necessarily change the story, but I will make sure not to incorporate some of these unwanted elements into future stories.Â Also, in reviews there are similarities in what each reader found disagreeable in the book.Â I will make sure these unlikable aspects of the story donÂ’t find their way into future stories of mine.Â Overall, this book was a huge learning experience for me. What were you like in school? I was a sociable guy; I didnÂ’t have any enemies only friends.Â High school was tons of fun for me, and IÂ’m sad itÂ’s […]
I had such a wonderful experience with my last Bloggiesta, even though it was my very first one. I knew I had to join again as soon as it was announced! Last event I connected with MC at Blame it on the Books. I’m so grateful that she reached out because we have become friends. I even had the opportunity to run a mini-challenge on Joining in as a New Blogger. Bloggiesta made me feel galvanized and motivated. I had goals in mind and I was able to attack them with a laser focus. It was wonderful to know that other bloggers had the same issues and worries as me. Other bloggers also feel lost and overwhelmed and have no idea what they are doing…. Not you though. You have it all together. I wish that I could say that I have completely different goals than I did 5 months ago. However, there are a few things that I just have continual trouble keeping up with. I try though. I love how Bloggiesta gives me a timeline and a dedicated time to work on specific stuff. If you want to see how I keep track of blogging, check out my Mini-Challenge: Bullet Journaling. There’s a giveaway! Mini Bloggiesta Goals Catch up on Nori’s Commenting 365 Challenge – 30 commentsÂ Done! Did 31 Back to Inbox Zero – currently 120 […]
Alchemy by Jade Kennedy Published by epubli GmbH on July 7th 2015 Genres: Magical Realism, Fiction Pages: 57 Buy on Amazon ‘Alchemy’ is a collection of flash fiction interspersed with poetry which explores a world of surrealism and magical realism. The name alchemy came from my desire to create stories about transformation and are other-worldly. The opening piece ‘A Collection’ tells of a woman who collects borrowed expressions; ‘Eden’ is about a woman who transforms into a lizard while struggling with isolation. The stories themselves range from dark to light. For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Excerpt from ‘Alchemy’ – ‘Old Perfume’ ‘My angel wears old shoes with thin laces that she ties loosely and a long skirt patched with multi-coloured fabric, rich in cotton. She has long curly hair and a hidden face. Draped in scarves and long sleeves, she is unashamedly and proudly gypsy as songs linger around her like old perfume. Sitting at the edge of the bed, she watched me play games of reality and dreams. Like a game of chess, I dabbled in visions of black and white messages and spoke to the ghosts that still longed to be heard. I decided she was real and watched her fasten her shoes, all the while fading in and out of life. I waved at her and as she waved back, she swore […]
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Here are my 2016 goals I want to read 300 books. I want to participate in Nori’s Commenting 365 Challenge I want to particpate in Sarah’s #ROCKMYTBR Challenge Read at least 1 Indie book a month Finish at least 1 incomplete series a month with Danielle’s Series a Month Challenge Update my progress on my goals monthly! What are your 2016 goals?
It’s that special time of the month again! When we get to know a little bit more about our fellow bloggers. I really love the guest posts on other people’s blogs and getting to know a little bit more about everyone who’s signed up. Last month I spent hours bloghopping on Sunday and Monday reading all the posts! Since Christmas just happened and many other holidays happen at this time of year (Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, New Years) the topic of the month is holiday traditions! To me,Â what makes the holiday season so special is the memories that we form and how we spend the time with our loved ones! I just know that every single person who has participated this month has a very special tradition, whether its special Christmas PJs on Christmas Eve or eating Chinese on Christmas day. I can’t wait to read about each and every one. Check out all the great posts in the link up below! If youÂ’d like to know more about Guest of the Month Club and how it works, please click here.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and Happy Holidays! I hope you spend the holidays with the people you love. I wish you thousands of smiles, hundreds of hugs and endless laughter. Enjoy every last bite of cake and don’t feel guilty about it for a second. Don’t regret anything you do this holiday season. You deserve joy.