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…

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…

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…