Bringing in the New Year

Looking back on 2016, it has been a rough year for me. In just the last month I have been absent from my blog it was a roller coaster. My grandfather was in and out of the hospital with declining health before he passed away peacefully on December 16th 2016. I had wanted desperately to see him one last time but was never able to make the trip to Florida. The last time I spoke to him was while he was in the hospital, for about a minute I was able to talk to him before he became winded and the entire time it took everything in me not to cry on the phone. I hold the memories I have with my grandfather closer and I thank God that I and my siblings were fortunate enough to spend entire summers with him and my grandmother. It left me with many fond memories that I have been reflecting on daily.

While we were in Florida, all my girls fell ill. My older two with a stomach bug, my youngest spiked a 104.7 fever which landed her in the Er where we learned she had a bad double ear infection. Last night she found herself back in the Er because she had been vomiting bad and stopped eating and drinking. Everybody in my house is battling a bad cold. Needless to say these last two weeks have been brutal.

I gave up book reviewing. So much has been on my plate, and I devoted myself to my writing which I haven’t even been able to focus on the last couple months either. With 2017 just hours away and seeing friends and family making resolutions I have been contemplating how I would like my 2017 year to go.

For starters: it’ll be a hell of a lot better! It has to be!

I intend to get at least one book published (traditionally)!

I am going to strive to be healthier!

I also want to aim to read at least five philosophical books this year.

I hope every one of you has a fantastic New Years! Stay Safe and as always Happy Reading! πŸ˜€

That time of the year again!

It is that time of the year again! National Novel Writing Month!

This is my second year doing it and I am very much excited about it! Due to this I will not be very active on here, however, I do have two book reviews that will be posted soon and I am sure there will be one or two towards the end of the month!

I am not going to get into what I am working on, because right now, I am standing on a precipice between loving it and hating it. I love it because I love romance, especially paranormal romance. Β I am giving writing in the 3rd person a shot, when I really love writing in first person, so that is where the uncertainty lay.

Anyways, my project is about love lost and love found. I have a beginning an idea for a middle and no idea for an end. Well a very vague idea, but I will flesh it out when I get there. So for I have been a plantser, I started planning it and then when I started writing, Nov. 1st, it just kind of went where it did….complete chaos!

So with that being said, see you all when I emerge from my writing cave! Happy Reading and if you are working on a project, Happy Writing! πŸ˜€

Big Weekend

This past week and a half has been full of recuperating from surgery ( I slept a LOT!) and just enjoying family time with my husband and kids. My blog has grown so much in the short couple of weeks since I became active again that I regret going inactive. I just had such a full plate that I started cutting things out and unfortunately my blog was one of them.

Well, I am ecstatic to say that I now have my own domain: bookloverwrites.com and I will do my best to be on here often, posting book reviews and maybe snippets of my own projects. Of course then there are always the posts where I have to brag on my family or just have a random thought that demands voicing. Β πŸ˜€ So with that being said, THANK YOU THANK YOU, Scott from the OnlineBookClub.org for making it possible for me! (Have I ever mentioned how awesome the book club is? It’s awesome.

We took my kids to Chucky Cheese for the first time EVER! They woke up this morning still talking about all the fun they had, and what they liked best. This weekend was big and it was full of surprises and very good things. It was a reminder of how very blessed I am.

 

I hope you all are having a fantastic weekend! Happy Reading! πŸ˜€

Stand Alone or Series?…

With all the books coming out now, stand alone novels seem to be taking a back seat to series. Some would say novella’s set in a series are more preferable to a full length novel.

I understand there may be financial benefits to writing as a series, however, as a reader, it had been my experience that things tend to get boring. Especially with a series with 5+ books in them. Things just tend to be on repeat and well, who wouldn’t get bored.

Since I have started writing, I have found myself debating a lot on whether I would want to do a series or make my project a standalone. My first project will be set in a series, and a historical romance I have been planning as a series, but each novel will hopefully be full length.

I am curious to know some of ya’lls preferences. Whether you are an author or just a reader, do you prefer stand alone books or series?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Reviewing Books…

…with the Onlinebookclub.org!

I have had the wonderful pleasure of reviewing with them for about 3 years now.  Now the book club is offering a program for Bloggers. Each month, me (the blogger) would have to read a certain number of book of the day book and post an honest review about them on here. I am attempting to get on with the program because I am trying to expand my reader base!

Now I stated I have been reviewing with them for about 3 years now. When I initially signed up, I was thrilled, I had been wanting to get into book reviews and when I saw that they offered free and paid opportunities I jumped right in.

It is not a get rich quick scheme, all you can really expect out of it is pocket money. But you get to discover new authors, and chat with a lot of great people! So if you love books, you love chatting about books, and you love sharing your thoughts on books, then I would recommend checking them out! You can read up on the onlinebookclub free books for review here.

There is no fee to join, and  you will never be asked to purchase the books for review! All you are asked is that you get your post count up to 5 so that we all have the pleasure of getting to know you before you start reviewing books!

Joining was one of the best things I could have done, I have come across a lot of great books and I never would have read otherwise, and the fellow members are just as equally awesome. There is always something to chat about in the many forums on the site!

 Be sure to like my post and leave me some love by commenting below! 

HAPPY READING! πŸ˜€

What I am Reading and what I plan to read

So far for the year 2016, reading has been slower for me than in recent years. The reason being I have been letting my own creative juices flow. 

As of now I am reading two books: More Than Blood (Book 1 of the Arcane series) by Amanda Vyne, and Sunborn Rising: Beneath the Fall) by Aaron Safronoff.

Both are interesting and both will have reviews posted in the next few days. 

Now for my TBR (mind you this is only my physical copy TBR, with ebooks I just read whatever strikes me at the time):

  •      The Last Star by Rick Yancey
  •     Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  •     Hollow City (2nd novel) by Rasom Riggs
  •      Library of Souls (3rd novel) by Ransom Riggs 
  • A Gate of Night (book 6 A Shade of Vampire) by Bella Forrest
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. 

    The list is of ccourse on going but I tend to deviate especially when a series is involved! Keep a weathered eye for updates! 

    What does your TBR look like right now? What are you reading? 

    Been a little over a monthΒ 

    August 26, 2016 marked 1 month since ai submitted my manuscript. How does a person not go crazy with the wait??….start multiple other projects! 

    In the month since submitting, I have started writing 1 project coming in at over 25k, and brainstorming 2 other projects amid several that were started previously. 

    I am keeping busy between writing, reading, and doing yoga. Hope everyone is well!