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Love and Miss Communication | Elyssa Friedland

Love and Miss Communication is the story of Evie, a woman who decides to give up the internet after several very public technology-related embarrassments. In the process, she discovers herself, love, and what it really means to be a great friend. For a complete summary, you can go here.

This is chick-lit in its truest form. It is about life, love, and friendship. It is a little sassy, relatable, and relevant. Chick-lit is not always the deepest or most insightful genre, but it is definitely entertaining. This book will probably resonate with a lot of people—myself included. I sometimes wonder if I rely too much on the internet, but I would not have a job without the internet. In regards to my personal life, it is so much easier to post pictures or updates to my hundreds of “friends” than it is to make personal phone calls to real friends and family. But social media leaves a lot to be desired, specifically true relationships. Evie discovers how easy it is to be forgotten without the e…

Q and A with Author Sharon Bayliss

I had the honor of chatting with Sharon Bayliss, the author ofDestruction(and winner of my Best Book Award!). She has an amazing imagination, and I wish her the best of luck with all her new and upcoming novels!  What are your ambitions for your writing career? What would your career look like in an ideal world? My dream is to write full-time, essentially just to make enough money with my books to support my family comfortably without a traditional day job. Fame and fortune would be nice (well, at least the fortune…I’m not sure about fame) but all I really want is enough to pay the bills and afford vacations to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. :D Which writers inspire you? J.K. Rowling is probably my biggest influence (big shocker). Lately, I’ve also been enjoying V.E. Schwab and Hugh Howey. When I was younger, I was really struck by the novels of Margaret Atwood, Cormac McCarthy, and Ian McEwan. What is the significance of the butterfly in Destruction? The butterfly is a powerful s…

Q & A with Author Corey Ann Haydu

Was “Life by Committee" inspired at all by Post Secret?
Actually, no LIFE BY COMMITTEE was inspired by a film I fell in love with-- LOVE ME IF YOU DARE. I loved the way the film explored how something fun can turn into something dangerous. I do love comparisons to PostSecret, though, as I think that's a really cool project!  
There were also some parts of the book that reminded me of the movie Mean Girls. Did you feel that way too?
You know, the part of the book that tends to remind people of Mean Girls-- namely the ending-- was based on something that happened at my high school when I was a sophomore. It never occurred to me that it was similar to Mean Girls at all, since the scene was so much based on my own experience. But again, that's a movie I love, it simply wasn't an inspiration here. My own life was the real inspiration for this book!  
I love that Tabitha buys used books with annotations. Is that something that you like to do too?
Yes! I love active reading. I…

Kindle Beginner Tips

This is a  guest post by Kurt Olson. 
I have been writing and publishing Kindle eBooks for six months. I had no real writing or publishing experience before this. I studied up on Kindle eBooks for about a month before diving into it. I got started because I had a four-year period where I briefly summarized and journaled my thoughts on the entire Bible. Chapter by chapter. So I thought it would be fun to turn each one of those journals on each book of the Bible into a Kindle Bible Study eBook. Then, I added more personal thoughts and questions, so as to make it more interesting to the readers. And the reviews have been good on my five I have out in the series so far.
After two months of producing three studies, I was given advice by a more successful Kindle author to change the title to make it more “keyword” rich and to rewrite my descriptions—which he helped me with. So my title went from “Through the Bible With Someone Like You” to “A Bible Study With Someone Like You”, and I improv…

What The Vandergraffs Are Reading This Summer: A Companion to "The December People"

This is a guest post by Sharon Bayliss. 

The members of the Vandergraff family from The December People Series aren't that different from you and me...well except for the dark magic thing. In any case, like all cool people, they have invested in some new books to enjoy over the summer. Strange, not one of them is reading a book about wizards...

Here is what each character is reading now:

DAVID David Vandergraff has been a fan of Stephen King ever since he read The Shining when he was twelve. He has been regularly reading new Stephen King novels ever since and was happy to pick up the latest release from the horror legend.

Description from Barnes & Noble:

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconform…

Destruction | Sharon Bayliss

Destruction is about a man that finds his long lost children from his affair after the death of their mother. The two new children have to move in with his other three children and wife. They soon learn that they are actually all a family of Dark Wizards. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I’ll be honest, when I am given a free copy of a book to review, I generally don’t have high hopes. Sometimes I get a good book, but usually the free books are terrible or just okay. This book was incredible. I have been waiting a long time for a fantasy novel to be original and interesting. Lately, all the fantasy novels I have read have either been too close to other fantasy novels, or they are innovative but boring. Destruction took its time to build the plot and develop the characters, but yet it never got boring. It was the perfect pace to build up for the rest of the series. I am also so tired of fantasy books with a clear villain and a clear ending, but this book had lots of surprises wi…

Nightmare Dilemma | Mindee Arnett

Nightmare Dilemma is the second book in the Arkwell Academy trilogy. It’s a young adult fantasy novel about a girl, Dusty, who is a Nightmare. She literally feeds off of other people’s dreams. Her and her dream-seeing partner, Eli are called upon again to solve a mystery at their school of other paranormals. Dusty are able to see the future while in Eli’s dreams. For a complete summary, you can go here.
My feelings about this book are pretty much the same as my feelings about the first book,The Nightmare Affair. It was a really cool idea about Nightmares being actual creatures. I guess I was hoping for it to be a little bit darker. The Nightmares should have been creepier, not happy-go-lucky. 
There were also so many things in this book that seemed way too close to Harry Potter. For instance, the bad guy from the first book comes back to life, but in a different form. Why can’t the bad guys just die?! There are also the bad guy professors who keep getting replaced by other bad guy prof…