We Could Be Beautiful: A Review

It took me a long time to understand that what I had wanted was not a picture of something perfect. I already had that. What I had wanted was the feeling inside the pictures, the thing I had been trying to buy and drink and eat and not eat and fake my way to all…

Zipping My Way Through the Edgar Award Nominees – David Joy

Summary The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and…

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! And Penelope Ward is a phenom. As she should be, because Ward is an excellent writer. In this scenario, Ward had good timing as well. There was a stepbrother romance trend happening…

Introducing the Maestra: Judith Rashleigh

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 – although her…

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

What a cover, right? Hanna is fierce! Christina Lauren almost always seems to be a five star guarantee. But this novella didn’t 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. Its…

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 one…

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. It was also my NaNoWriMo project from November. I LOVE the word count ticker! The main goal is to pen 50,000 words in a month. I didn’t hit the 50k mark (I started a week late), but I came close. I wrote 43,181 words, which…

‘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 New Adult feel similar to things I’m still going through. If you’re looking for something new, The Wild Seasons series by Christina Lauren is NA at its best. The addition of London in Dark Wild…