Self-Publishing Phenomenon

“Physically, he was my dream and in every other way, my nightmare.” ― Stepbrother Dearest, Penelope Ward I love a successful self-publishing story! Penelope Ward is one of those self-publishing phenoms. And she should be, because Ward is an excellent writer. In this scenario, Ward also had good timing as well. There was a stepbrother…

Introducing the Maestra: Judith Rashleigh

Official Book Summary Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End’s less salubrious bars –…

The Power of Historical Young Adult Fiction

Spoilers! The future unrolled before her like a ribbon: sleeping with a chair hooked under the doorknob every night, beating carpets on the back steps, cooking the boarders’ breakfast, scrubbing the toilets, changing the linens, pouring fresh water in the basins, haggling with vendors at the Viktualienmarkt, fighting the nightmares about Papa, imagining his bloody…

Beautiful Boss and Other Christina Lauren Musings

What a cover, right?  Hanna is fierce! Christina Lauren almost always seems to be a five star guarantee.  But this novella didn’t really work for me. Since it arrived on my Kindle at the end of February, I’ve reread certain parts hoping something might pull me in…but, no. There were a few reasons why… Anticipation. …

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

“now you have the body shape considered ideal to the women you seek to cultivate—delicately emaciated, with just a hint of a well-managed eating disorder.” ― Kevin Kwan, China Rich Girlfriend This is another book that was on my large ‘to-be-read’ pile―from June 2015!  So many books, so little time.   I finished this in…

2016 Book Releases

I previously talked about slipping into a writing lull.  I think writing apathy was an easy state to revert to, because 1) Writing is hard and 2) I have a gigantic ‘to-be-read’ pile to distract me. So, when I wasn’t writing, I was reading.  Drifting off into another world, instead of creating my own, was…

Work in Progress

I spent this past weekend working on my second WIP (a romance!) tentatively titled ‘Stone Heart.’ It was also my NaNoWriMo project from November. For those of you who are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it stands for National Novel Writing month. It’s a great platform where you can get daily motivational encouragement from authors, join forums,…

‘Wicked Sexy Liar’ Book Review

  I love the New Adult genre. Something about it makes me feel less alone. Probably, because the B plots in NA feel similar to things I’m still going through. I connect to the transitional stories more, because the challenge of “adulting” sometimes lingers past your twenties. So, if you’re looking for something new, The Wild…

Shattering Stigma: Falling from the Sky Book Review

She’s the woman he doesn’t remember. He’s the man she can’t forget. Bad boy Hank “Hazardous” Lazarus used to have everything: a gorgeous girlfriend, a career as a freestyle snowboarder and a spot on the US Olympic team. Nine months ago, after a bad crash in the half pipe, he woke up in the hospital,…

Luckiest Girl Alive Review

Luckiest Girl Alive was released in May 2015, but I only got around to reading it in December. If I had to choose, I’d say it was my favorite book from last year. And I got a lot of reading done in 2015. Luckiest Girl Alive is told through the unlikable protagonist, TifAni FaNelli. (Yes,…