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Book Spotlight: Verity | Colleen Hoover

As many of you know, I am a huge Colleen Hoover fan. Many of her books have ended up on my Best Book Award list. She has a new book out and it is FREE on Amazon. I can't wait to grab my own copy. 

Here are my reviews of her previous books. And check out the hype for Verity below!

Confess November 9 It Ends With Us All Your Perfects Without Merit "Sublimely creepy with a true Hoover pulse. I've been waiting on a thriller like this for years." Tarryn Fisher, New York Times bestselling authorVerity, an all-new romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, is available now!
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outl…
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Best Book of 2018!

Throughout the year, I have been awarding books with my Best Book Award if they receive a five-star rating from me. In order to receive a five-star rating, it needs to be an incredible book that leaves me with nothing bad to say. I have read many outstanding books this year, but a few have stuck in my head and really made a lasting impression. It was hard to pick my favorite book of the year, but here is the winner and a few that almost made the cut. Please comment with your favorite book of 2018! 
Best Book of 2018: The Way I Used to Be | Amber Smith “I don't know who I am right now. But I know who I'm not. And I like that.”
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary. Number of Pages: 367. Perspective: First.
The book starts with a freshman, Eden, getting raped by her brother’s best friend. We see her change over the course of her four years in high school in the aftermath of the assault. We see how her friendships and relationships are impacted. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers | Renni Browne and Dave King

“Far better to give your readers some hints and then allow them to fill in the blanks for themselves.”

Genre: Writing How-To/Non-Fiction Number of Pages: 288.
Two experienced editors give clear advice for how to edit your manuscript to get it ready for publishing.For a complete summary, you can go here. If you are looking for a great editing book, I highly recommend this one. It assumes you already have a somewhat complete manuscript, then walks you through how to make it better. It even includes checklists and exercises to practice. The best part is that they include good and bad examples for each category to clearly show how to do what they suggest. 
The topics include dialogue, exposition, point of view, repetition, interior monologue, and more. I highlighted and marked up my copy of this book. It took a long time to read it because I read it a little at a time as I was editing my book. I predict this will be one that I refer back to often throughout my writing process. 
This book is gre…

One for the Money | Janet Evanovich

“You're a marshmallow. Soft and sweet and when you get heated up you go all gooey and delicious.” Genre: Mystery/Chick Lit. Number of Pages: 320. Perspective: First. Location: Trenton, New Jersey.
Stephanie Plum is desperate for cash after losing her job. So desperate that she becomes a bounty hunter. Her first job: tracking down the ex-cop who took her virginity in high school. For a complete summary, you can go here. I’m late to the party on this book series. But I really enjoyed it. If you know me and my feelings about series, [see my opinions on series here] you’ll be shocked when I say that I will continue reading the next book! It was the perfect light and funny read for busy Thanksgiving time. I’ve been reading a lot of dark books lately, so this was a nice “palate cleanser” before moving on to the next intense story on my list. 
With that said, I had an issue with some subplots that were actually really dark but made light by using humor (such as attempted rape, mutilations, murd…

Thanksgiving: What to Read

Thanksgiving is a time for food, football, and family. Some families are a little more normal than others. What is "normal" anyway? Here are my favorite books about dysfunctional families.  I'll Give The Sun | Jandy Nelson I’ll Give You The Sun follows a set of twins, Jude and Noah, through middle school and high school. The perspectives alternate between Noah’s, when the twins are still close at the ages of 13 and 14, and Jude’s, when they are 16 and no longer speaking. It pieces together a puzzle of tragedy, secrets, and longing for forgiveness. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Wow. I have been in a review rut lately. I’ve been waiting to write reviews for a while after finishing a book, but I had to write this review immediately after finishing reading. I honestly feel like I am in the middle of a book hangover. I wanted so badly to finish the book to see how it ended, but I am sad that I have no more book left to read. I would love for the story to keep going. T…

Attachments | Rainbow Rowell

“Every woman wants a man who'll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”
Genre: Contemporary/Romance. Number of Pages: 323. Perspective: First/Third Alternating. Location: Nebraska.
Let’s go back to an office building right before the new millennium. Internet security was blooming. Beth and Jennifer’s stories are told through work emails. Lincoln, the new internet security officer, reads company emails to check for threats and inappropriate content. But he doesn’t expect to find love reading the women’s conversations.For a complete summary, you can go here. I've been reading a lot of thriller, horror, suspense, and down-right depressing books lately. This one was a nice change of pace. However, this is my least favorite Rainbow Rowell book. I felt so much more connected to the characters in her other books. 
I picked up this book because I am writing a novel using letters. So I wanted to see how some other authors have formatted that. When you compose most of a book in writte…