BookBlogWriMo – All the Rest

Better late than never, right? ;P

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My favorite male character? This is an easy one: Ponyboy from The Outsidersby S.E. Hinton. He’s a noble and loving character who doesn’t match the rest of his group. Every time I read this book, I feel the same pull toward him that I have since my very first read in 5th grade.

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Favorite pairs are as follows:

  • Xander and Skye in Never Let You Fall/Never Let You Go by Michele G Miller (the third book is an upcoming edit! I’m so excited.)
  • Hunter and Morgan in the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan (this is only the first set of books in one book that I’ve linked. The whole series is a great one to check out!)

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I’ve committed very few book sins, most notable being dog-earing pages and skimming pages to finish a book I wasn’t terribly into. Continue reading

BookBlogWriMo Day 17, 18, 19, and 20

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The answer to this prompt is definitely one that keeps cropping up throughout this month’s posts: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. I was moved beyond anything as a fifth grader reading this book. I wanted nothing more than to become a writer at that point in my life, but I didn’t know if I could do it. My mother passed this book on to me, knowing I needed something beyond the lower reading level books I was getting in school at the time. I needed something to make me think, to inspire me. S.E. Hinton was not much older than I was when she wrote The Outsiders. Not only that, but the book put me into a book coma for a long time after, I’m still not sure I have woken up from it.

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To be honest, my book event goal is to finally get to a book event. I’ve been a book blogger for three years now, and I still haven’t been to a book event. Unless you count the Facebook ones, but I’ve even hosted those, so they’re nothing new.

Other than simply getting to one, I really want to go to Utopia. One of the books I edited for Michele was actually nominated for Best Editing at this particular book event (Into The Fire – a great read! I highly suggest it.)

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Some of my favorite adaptations from book to movie are:

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I tend to have some pretty significant emotional reactions to books. Some of the books that have made me cry are:

This year’s BookBlogWriMo is hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 17, 18, 19, and 20

I am thankful for our toddler footy pajamas, chocolate cream pie, pictures, and love.

BookBlogWriMo Day 14, 15, and 16

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There are two books that were really inspirational to me:

  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks

Both of these books really stuck with me after I read them, the first since I was in junior high school, and the other since high school. There was something beautiful and sad in both stories, with a very strong lesson to learn. I recommend both.

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The tackiest book or line I’ve ever read? I don’t really read tacky books. I try to steer clear of anything that makes me roll my eyes or throw up in my mouth a little. If I really had to force myself to find something, then perhaps Twilight?

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If I had to choose, my favorite female character in a book would be either Skye from the Prophecy of Tyalbrook series by Michele G. Miller or Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. Both are pretty strong females, though Skye is more interesting to me than Katniss. I find myself relating more to Skye, as well.

This year’s BookBlogWriMo is hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 14, 15, and 16

I am thankful for our baby monitor, laughter, and antibacterial soap.

BookBlogWriMo Day 10

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Here are my top ten blog posts!

  1. Blog Tour – Review – Unlit Star by Lindy Zart
  2. Book Review: Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman
  3. An Interview With Lindy Zart
  4. (B) Books! Duh.
  5. Book Review: The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
  6. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
  7. (O) Book Review: Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke
  8. New Release: West by Michele G. Miller
  9. (A) A-to-Z Challenge
  10. (I) Book Review: Into Your Dreams

This year’s BookBlogWriMo is hosted by The Perks of Being a Book Girl. If you want to sign up at any point, jump right in!

Thirty Days of Thanks – Day 10

I am thankful for the people in my life who love me.

A Quick Update

I’ve had an exciting last few weeks . . .

  • I recently finished editing Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost by Mindy Hayes and Michele G. Miller. Can I just say how absolutely amazing this piece of literature is? You can find the Amazon Kindle link HERE. Check out some of those incredible reviews? I’m so proud to say I was a part of the process. Watching the characters transform and seeing how great Mindy and Michele worked together was a wonderful experience.
  • I have a third editing client, but more on that at a later date. Let’s keep the suspense rolling.
  • I’m back to blogging. I took a mini hiatus as I was finishing up Paper Planes and followed up with a breather. Now that it’s almost summer, I will be posting at least once a week.  There are many reviews, tips, and writing prompts coming your way.

Let’s do something easy – what are you currently reading? Did you recently read anything interesting? Share in the comments.  

Book Release Party – Hosted by me!!

Join me this weekend as I host a book release party for Michele G. Miller and Mindy Hayes! Their new book, Paper Planes and Other Things We Lost, releases on Monday, June 6th! We will be celebrating all weekend long, with Saturday and Sunday being fun drop-in days as we build up to Monday’s takeover takedown! There will be giveaways, games, and great posts throughout the entire weekend. Click on the image below to go directly to the event and RSVP. Once you get there, comment on my most recent post to let me know you came from! Can’t wait to celebrate with you!LITME PP Party

Fun fact!! I edited this book and loved every minute of it . . . each time I read through!!

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(M) An Interview With Michele G. Miller

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Michele PhotoI’d like to introduce you to Michele G Miller, an amazing author, my first client, and a good friend of mine. She’s a dedicated writer who loves to dabble in a bit of everything. Pushing herself to always do more, write better, and explore the world of literature makes her a standout in the independent world. 

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New Release: West by Michele G Miller

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West (a From The Wreckage novel)
By:
 Michele G. Miller

Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary

Summary:

“Jules’ parents thanked me for saving their daughter that night. Little do they know, their daughter is saving me with every word, every touch, every moment. Sometimes the things you thought you knew are completely wrong. For so long I thought I didn’t want anything to do with the West I was, then Friday night happened and now all I want is what I once had.”

For high school senior West Rutledge, surviving the storm is only the beginning. Four years ago, he closed himself off from his friends and his dreams, but in one night one girl makes him reconsider everything.

People say West saved Jules Blacklin’s life the night of the storm. West says Jules saved his.

This is his side of their story.

**WEST may be read as a stand alone novel. You do not have to read From The Wreckage first to enjoy his story.**

My Thoughts:

As Michele’s editor, I have had the opportunity to watch the process of West come to life. West DedicationIn the couple of years that I’ve known her, I’ve learned that Michele is a passionate author, with a desire to put her best work on paper. West is no different, though I have to say this may be her best work yet. She completely nailed writing from the male point of view, making West relatable, honest, and real. West is a great mix of humor, reality, romance, and vulnerability. Michele celebrates the family unit, regardless of how broken they are. 

West is the perfect partner to the rest of the From The Wreckage series and I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel inspired. The difficulties in the world are a little easier when you have someone there to hold your hand through the tough times.

Buy Links:

Amazon US
Amazon UK
iBooks – To Be Added
Barnes & Noble – To Be Added

-The cracking of pads as hits are made, the feel of my cleats tearing through the turf as I move, the smell of sweat, and a pigskin ball in my hands - this is my heaven, my home.Then it became my hell.-

 

A Little Update

Life has been pretty crazy lately, but I can’t complain too much. reading mindEach day is a brand new adventure, especially when I have a book in my hands. There’s something wonderful
about going from the stress of the day to the comfort of words on a page. Reading is yoga for the mind, and I love finding my Zen. 

 

Here’s a little update on what’s been going on with me:

  • I was laid off of my full-time job the week before Christmas. The company I was working for laid off 200 employees, and since I was one of the most recent to start, I was one of the first ones out. Being a recruiter during a hiring freeze isn’t promising, since the work relies heavily on hiring. It’s been a rocky road, but I am confident I will find something great again. In the meantime, I’ve been keeping busy.
  • I’ve been spending a LOT of time with my almost 5-month-old son. He’s pretty fantastic, honestly. I’m constantly amazed by him. You can read more about my adventures as a first time mom over on my other blog, Steps In Mommyhood.
  • I’ve been editing Michele G Miller’s soon-to-be published book titled West and it’s soooo good. West is a mirror of the From The Wreckage series, but from West’s point of view. This is one that you seriously shouldn’t miss! More information to come!
  • I am really excited to announce that I am now Mindy Hayes’ proofreader! I love her writing style and energy, and I can’t wait to dive into her work! I may also have another client for editing, though this has not been confirmed yet. If you’re interested in my editing services, please reach out to me. 🙂
  • I started school back up on January 4th and I’m enjoying my class on Organizational Development. Still maintaining my 4.0 GPA and balancing all of life’s goodies. I’m also looking into taking some editing courses to continue honing my skills and staying up-to-date.
  • I signed up for the A-to-Z Challenge again this year. Since I jumped on board so early for this go around, I am working on pre-loading all of my entries to stay on target. More on this to come in a separate post. In the meantime, if you have a blog, definitely consider signing up for this.

I’m working on creating a better system for posting on this blog in general. I will be working in editing and style tips, writing prompts, and other fun things. Keep your eyes peeled for more!

#BookBlogWriMo Days 14-17

Day 14

In case you haven’t figured out by now, I love books. Beyond love books. I breathe them in, eat them up, and bathe in their goodness. I clothe myself with their pages and dance to these page-turning rhythms.

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit wordy and dramatic, but it sort of covers how much I love books.

Day 15

I’ve been pretty lucky along the way to be able to get to know some really talented authors. Obviously, I’m really close with Michele. Editing her books has been a dream and she’s incredible to work with. I’ve also been able to get to know Mindy Hayes, author of the Faylinn novels and the Willowhaven series. Lastly, I don’t think there has been a release of Lindy Zart‘s that I haven’t jumped on. It’s always exciting to see her new teasers for works in progress and I enjoy being one of the first to read and review her books.

There are definitely others, but those are the three who stand out right now. Hopefully over the next year I will be able to create some new friendships and partnerships with other incredible authors. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out each of the authors linked here. Their styles are diverse, with many genres and unique stories to choose from.

Day 16

I tend to do better with a schedule, though I have been known to review books at leisure. I enjoy hopping on a blog tour to review books, as this introduces me to books and authors I may not have read before. I like the structure of a tour, but I also enjoy the freedom of a self-driven review. I have a few self-driven reviews coming up the pipeline, but then again there are some great tours coming up too!

Day 17

I’ve altered my review system over the past year, but my review process has remained pretty much the same. You can view last year’s post here.

As for my system – If you don’t remember, I had a pretty hefty undertaking with each review I was writing. I’d write at least a five section review, elaborating deeply on characterization, dialogue, visuals, plot, and the ending, all leading into a score. I’d add up the points out of five for each, with the highest being 25. This was simply a bit much for me. I recently changed my process to be an overhead review, touching on each part easily, but not separating each subject, and averaging each of the scores in a breakdown at the bottom. Check out my review for Mindy Hayes’ Kaleidoscope for quick reference.

I like this system far more and it gives readers a much more one-stop shop.

Thirty Days of Thanks – Days 14-17

I am thankful for warm and soft chocolate chip cookies, photographs, winter clothing, and Netflix.