Things Are Getting Weird in Here

I recently finished reading the book Weird Louisiana. Seems like a strange choice for someone who leans mostly toward romance in the new adult and young adult genres, right?

It was. I didn’t go seeking this book out. I was actually looking for a different book in the library when I came across this book. Because I am from Louisiana, I thought it would be interesting to see what the book had to say was so weird about the state.

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Overall, this book did not disappoint. There were some great stories about roadside attractions and mythical creatures. Being from Louisiana, though, I know that they’ve left a few local legends out of the book. Of course, you can’t always include everything you want in a book so I’ll give them a pass on the stories that were missing.

This book ended up inspiring a new idea for a book. I love when that happens!

So, I would suggest this book to anyone who may be interested in learning a little about the weird side of Louisiana. And it’s not just Louisiana. There’s a whole slew of these books about each state. Pick the one up from your home state, or from a state that you’ve been dying to visit.

Have you read this book or one in the series? I’d love to hear all about it!

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Once Upon A Time….

Many of you have followed my journey as I wrote and then pursued publishing for my debut novel, Breaking Tradition. The time has finally arrived!

Breaking Tradition is now available on Amazon. I am so stinking excited! This book was a story that I wanted to read, so I wrote it. It isn’t for everyone, but I hope that you will fall in love with it as I did while writing it.

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If you have Kindle Unlimited, it’s free to borrow anytime.

I’d love for you to read it and leave honest reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Pretty please?

If you are interested in purchasing an e-book or print version, you can do so HERE. Email me a copy of your purchase confirmation and I’ll mail you a signed book-plate to stick inside your paperback copy!

Also, check out the trailer that I made for the book HERE, or check it out on my Amazon author’s page and while you are there, follow me.

I learned a few things on the journey with this book.

First of all, writing a book is so much fun! It’s the editing and revising that can make you want to throw your hands up.

Secondly, I should have hired someone to edit for me (see reason above!). I will the next time around. I know this book isn’t smooth in presentation.

Third, I will always write the story I want to read. If no one else wants to read it, at least I do.

Fourth, Amazon is a lifesaver when it comes to self publishing!

I’m already hard at work on my second book and hope to have it released before Christmas. As always, you can sign up for my newsletter here on the site and be the first one to know when new books are released!

Thank you to everyone who made publishing this book possible. I love you all more that you will ever know.

I Just Don’t Understand the Hype

If you are a faithful reader here on my site, you know that I am striving to read 30 books before the end of the year. I’ve read 19 so far.

I just finished reading a book that had a lot of build up but for me fell flat in presentation.

Gone Girl is a book that many people fell in love with. They praised the plot and the flawless execution of the story.

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I hate to admit it but I didn’t love it. I didn’t even come close to loving it. I wanted to, believe me. I wanted to be one of the people who couldn’t stop raving about it.

Here’s what I did like: the alternating point of views. I love when we get the story from two or more people. It helps bring everything to life for me.

Here’s what I didn’t like: the entire plot was childish. It’s like a ramped up version of Mean Girls. And I really felt like Amy was Scarlett O’Hara in modern times. I couldn’t get behind the choices she made. And then let’s talk about that ending. WHAT?! Seriously?! There is no way the ending did any justice to this story. I wanted to see Nick throw her off a cliff, or maybe just walk out the door and leave her to suffer. SPOILER ALERT: Neither of those things happened. He stayed with her. Even after EVERY STUPID THING SHE DID. It was too much for me to support.

And then I watched the movie. WORSE DECISION EVER. The movie was ten times worse than the book. It was pieced together in a way that the viewer could easily get lost and never find their way back to the storyline. I see they went for big name actors. Trust me, it didn’t help.

So, for me, this book just didn’t work. I won’t be picking up any other books by this author either.  But it could be just the book for you!

Have you read Gone Girl? What did you think of it? I’d love to hear your review!

I’m Inspired……July 2016

This month has been a month of work! I’ve been putting the final touches on an actual print copy of Breaking Tradition!! It will be available in just a few short days for purchase and I couldn’t be happier.

So, in honor of an almost release for the book, here are the thing that have inspired me in July.

CreateSpace on Amazon! This company has been a blessing for a self publishing author like me.

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Camp NaNoWriMo! I’ve been inspired to get book number two going thanks to the wonderful people in my cabin!

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Sweet Tea! Because, y’all, I am from the South. It’s hot in the south and sweet tea goes perfect with the heat. It has been chilly here on the west coast and I am homesick.

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And these leggings! They make me want to never put on real clothes again! And they are super comfy for long days of writing.

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What has inspired you this month? I’d love to hear all about it!

So Many Books, So Little Time

I’ve been trying hard to reach my goal of 30 books in one year. For me, this is a BIG goal to reach. Being a writer means that whenever I take the time to read, it has to be for research purposes. If it ends up being a book that draws me in and holds my attention (it usually does!!), then it makes the process even more enjoyable.

Well, I’m happy to report that I’m up to book number 18. Yes, I have read 18 books this year. That’s over half my goal, but it still leaves me with 12 to go.

Can I do it? Yes, probably. And I will make sure to share the information about each book when I do.

For now, I’m going to post a picture of the books I’ve read so far and tell you a little about each one. Maybe it will inspire you to pick one of them up and give them a chance. Or, perhaps, you’ll set your own book goal and reach it!

All 18 Books I've Read in 2016

All 18 Books I’ve Read in 2016

Now, I’ve already written about 3 of these books. You can find those posts HERE and HERE. So, without further ado, let’s discuss books 4-18.

The Summer I Became A Nerd- by Leah Rae Miller

This book is a super sweet romance between comics, a young girl trying to find her true identity and a boy who just wants to be himself. If you’re looking for a fast read with a cute love story that revolves around LARP, then this is the book for you! I read it because the author lives in the town I went to college in and she sprinkles in references to the town throughout the book.

The Girl on the Trainby Paula Hawkins

This was a request from my summer reading group. Honestly, it starts out really slow and it was difficult to get in to. Once it picks up, around chapter 4, it was difficult to put down! The ending is a bit peculiar. It is difficult to say if I liked this one or not. I’m glad I read it but throughout the entire book I couldn’t find one character that I identified as the good guy. It’s a jumbled mess of slacked off and mentally disturbed people, that’s for sure!

The Choice– by Nicholas Sparks

Can I just start this by saying that I LOVE Nicholas Sparks’ books? There has only been one of his books that I just did not like and that was because I didn’t realize there was a book before it that I needed to read. I read them out of order and it ruined it for me. But this book….this book is exactly why I love him so much! The choice that the main character must make is heartbreaking and I cried when he made it. In the end, it was the best choice for the characters and I love that their story was told so passionately.

Storm by Nina Levine

O-M-G! Hot motorcycle men? Alpha personalities? Every now and again I just need to read a book where the man throws a little tantrum  when the woman doesn’t listen and follow his orders. This was that book! It’s a quick and easy read with steamy romance. This would be my idea of a perfect beach read.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

My friend insisted that I would like this book if I read it. I wasn’t convinced. It is, after all, a sci-fi book. I admit, I wasn’t expecting to get very far in the book at all. But you know what? I read the entire book! And now I have the next 8 or so of the series on my book shelf just waiting for their turn to be devoured by my little eyes! This book has mystery and romance all in one. When the main character, who is a wizard, sets out to solve some magical problems he gets more than he bargained for when he realizes who is really behind all the trouble in his town. Throw in his sex crazed friend Bob, who lives inside of a skull and you’ve got the makings of a great story just waiting to be told!

Missed Connections– by Tamara Mataya

This book was an ARC from NetGalley. The concept of this book was something that you don’t see often in books. The main character has an addiction to reading the missed connections from her local paper. When she stumbles upon one about herself, she strikes up a relationship with the person, all the time thinking it’s someone other than who it really is. It’s an interesting read. Throw it in your bag and read it while you are waiting at the doctor’s office or to pick up the kids from school.

The Panty Whisperer– by Sloane Howell

Ok, I know. This is a taboo book for sure. The main character is a cocky ass who thinks he can seduce any woman within ten feet of him. And, because the author says so, he can and does. This was another quick read. It falls into the erotic category, for sure, so be prepared!

Cleat Chaser– by Celia Aaron and Sloane Howell

This was an interesting read for me. It’s written by a man and a woman who take turns writing the chapters. The male author writes the male lead and the female author writes the female lead. It was so interesting to see the characters through the eyes of the authors and how well the book melded together in the end. This is another fast, fun read that I recommend!

The Submissive– by Tara Sue Me

Ok, there seems to be a theme with these erotic, submissive type books. The cover of this book honestly pulled me in and I had to read it. This is the first in a series. Let me be honest here and say that I only read the first two books in the series and I do not have plans to read the others. For me, this book was too close to the Fifty Shades books. I could only think about the parallels while reading and never really got into the story line. If you are a Fifty Shades follower, this book may be a great read for you. Give it a try!

The Dominant– by Tara Sue Me

This book is the exact same as The Submissive only from the male main character’s point of view. I didn’t enjoy reading the same book twice, and for that reason I wouldn’t recommend this book. I never felt like I was truly seeing the story through a man’s eyes. The writing was too feminine to accomplish what the author was going after. This was sadly a miss for me.

Troublemaker– by Leah Remini

Oh how I love Leah Remini! She has been a huge celebrity favorite of mine for some time. I picked up this book solely based on the fact that she wrote it. I had no idea what I would find when I read it. Let me tell you, she does not hold back in this book. It is one of the most refreshing looks at Hollywood and Scientology that I have ever come across. I recommend this book if you are a Leah Remini fan, if you are curious about Scientology or if you want to get an insider look at Tom Cruise’s crazy antics.

True Believer– by Nicholas Sparks

This is the first book in a series. At First Sight is the second book. I did not know this and I ended up reading AFS before True Believer. That made it difficult to go back and read this one, but I did it because I hated At First Sight and I thought if I read the first one, then maybe it would change my mind. And it did! It answered a lot of questions that I had from reading the second book first. So, if read in order, I highly recommend these two books by Mr. Sparks.

Three Day Summer– by Sarvenaz Tash

Have you ever wondered what Woodstock was like? For some reason the thought of all of those people in that tiny field fascinates me. So when I saw that this book was centered around the festival, I knew I had to read it. This is a book of hippies, love, sex and acceptance. It’s a must read for anyone with an interest in Woodstock.

Easy– by Tamara Webber

This book focuses on rape, or almost rape, and the stigma’s surrounding it. It’s a book filled with secrets and lies that cover up a girl’s almost rape on her college campus. Her savior during the attack shows up throughout the book and finally helps her realize that she’s the victim. The secrets kept between two people bloom into a sweet love story.

The Distance Between Us– by Kasie West

This book is the typical rich guy, poor girl plot. She can’t be seen with him, he just wants to save her. It was a sweet read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys this particular set up. Oh, and there’s a slight twist at the end that left me a little unsure about how I felt about the whole story. If you like surprise endings, this might be the book for you.

Have you read any interesting books lately? Any suggestions for some I might need to add to my to read pile (Not that it isn’t already three thousand miles long)? I look forward to your suggestions. Also, let me know if you’ve read any of the books above and what your thoughts were on them!

Current Project…..June 2016

I am working on something that I didn’t think was going to come to light so soon.

I’ve had a story idea for a while that I really wanted to write. The idea behind that project was The Munsters T.V. show meets Beauty and the Beast. I really wanted to write it but had other projects that needed attention, so it got shoved to the back burner.

Then, I finally found the time. And I sat down to write it. And an entirely different story came out on the screen.

These characters and story lines jumped the line. They wanted to be put first. They refused to take a back seat to the project I so desperately wanted to write.

So that brings me to this post. I’m no longer writing my Munsters/Beauty and the Beast story. No, this new story is  going in a completely different direction.

Let me introduce you to the characters:

WIP Characters

WIP Characters

See that group of people up there? They are the current cast that I’m working with.

Jackson is the typical Hollywood bad-ass, in-demand actor.

Olivia is the stylist for his mother, Mary.

Lily is Olivia’s kick-ass best friend who dyes her hair according to her mood.

And Chloe, well, she’s the one vying for the attention of not so interested Jackson.

See what I mean? These characters definitely don’t fit the monster storyline. But they were extremely demanding and so I’m listening and writing their story for them.

Don’t worry though, I’ll add the other idea to the To-Be-Written pile and tell that story soon enough.

Have you ever had a cast of characters that have taken root in your mind and just demanded that you tell their story before anyone else? I’d love to hear all about it!

I’m inspired……May 2016

I took some time off in May to regroup my thoughts.

I’ve been working anonymously on a short story/fan fiction. It has been doing quite well, with over 500 reads in the past month. It’s been a fun little creative outlet. I will continue to work on it until it is finished.

I also have a new work in progress that I’ve been just quietly thinking about. I wanted to take time to just observe things around me and really build the story line up. Now it’s June and I am ready to pour my heart out on paper, or computer screen.

So, without further ado, here are the things that have inspired me this month.

This makeup! Writing, for me, is usually done after the kids are in bed and the sun has long set. This means DARK circles under my eyes. I’ve used a concealer in the past, but coupled with this powder, I have the refreshed eyes of a woman who sleeps ten or more hours a day. It has inspired me to write longer, knowing I can cover the circles effectively later!

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E.L.F Cosmetics High Definition Powder

These pictures inspired my new work. The tentative title is going to be Monsters: The Boyfriend Mask.

The Leading Lady

The Leading Lady

The Leading Man

The Leading Man

Family Members

Family Members

The Mother

The Mother

Be sure to check out my Write Right Now post this month to learn more about my upcoming work and to see how these pictures fit into the story.

So, what has inspired you this month? Please share with me. I love to see what keeps you going when it comes to your works!

Thanks for reading!

 

A New Beginning…

I did it. I completed an entire novel. 78,346 words. 302 pages. 21 chapters. 6 months.

What do you do when you complete a novel? Well, the only logical thing there is to do, of course. You start a new novel! And that’s where I am right now.

I am in the gathering/planning stage. I’m working on finding pictures that coincide with the images in my head. I’m also working on sorting through all of the ideas in my head and trying to write them out in a somewhat organized fashion. And I’m gathering music that inspires me for this particular work.

This is my absolute FAVORITE part! I love music. It is so easy to weave several songs together to form an out-of-this-world story!

I’ve shared my playlists in the past, so today I’m going to give you a sneak peek at the beginning stages of my playlist for the new WIP.

Do you create playlists too? I’d love for you to share your playlist in the comments below!

Monsters Playlist

I’m Inspired…..April 2016

April was a huge month for me! I completed my novel Breaking Tradition and submitted it to Swoon Reads. You can can read that post HERE. I am super proud of it!

There were so many things that inspired me during April, so I’m going to share a few of those things with you.

These podcasts:

 

What Say You Podcast

What Say You Podcast

Tell 'em Steve Dave Podcast

Tell ’em Steve Dave Podcast

This song:

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Girls Just Want to Have Fun

These pictures:

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I’m taking a creative break for the month of May. I am currently writing a short story, just to keep juices flowing. I’ll be collecting ideas, pictures, music…anything that will inspire my next novel. I do have a bare outline for the story, but it will need a lot of fleshing out.

What has inspired you this month? Are you looking for motivation for next month? I’d love to hear all about it. Leave a comment telling me what has inspired you this month!

Good luck with whatever you are working on! I know it’s amazing!