Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from 2016

Never Never: Part Three | Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

This is the continuation of Never Never: Part One and Part Two
“Trust your gut. Not your heart, because it’s a people pleaser, and not your brain, because it relies too heavily on logic."
Genre: Mystery/Romance. Number of Pages: 92. Perspective: First Alternating. Location: New Orleans, LA.
This is the final part of the Never Never novella series. It is about Charlie and Silas, a couple that keeps simultaneously losing their memory. They have to solve the mystery of what happened before they lose their memories again. For a complete summary, you can go here.
So for those of you who don’t know, Colleen Hoover writes romance stories with super crazy twists. Tarryn Fisher writes really dark anti-love stories with crazy twists. So of course, I expected an epic twist when both of them are writing together. In reality, the ending left me rolling my eyes. The build up in the first two books was great! The wait in between books was not so great. The combination left me feeling disappointed wi…

Hex | Thomas Olde Heuvelt

“Whoever is born here, is doomed to stay 'til death. Whoever settles, never leaves."
Genre: Horror. Number of Pages: 384. Perspective: Third. Location: New York.
Hex is the story of a town that is cursed by a witch with her eyes and mouth sewn shut. She shows up in houses and just stands and stares for days at a time. The people of the town can never leave and are plagued by the fear of what would happen if the witch’s eyes and mouth are ever opened. For a complete summary, you can go here.
This book started off kind of funny and light-hearted. The middle starts to get a little creepy and suspenseful, and the end is downright strange. It was an enjoyable book, but you’ll have to wait a long time for the climax. The bulk of the action happens in the last 50 pages. For me, that felt rushed and left me with more questions than answers. 
Hex was originally written in Dutch and translated to English. With that in mind, I am utterly impressed with the flow and readability of the story. Th…

I’ll Give You The Sun | Jandy Nelson

“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story."
Genre: Young Adult/Romance. Number of Pages: 371. Perspective: Alternating First. Location: California. 
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. This is now one of my favorite books, and I already cannot wait to read…

Inventing Your Own Novel Setting

This is a guest post by Melissa McClone.

Christmas at the Castle is the tenth Christmas-themed romance novel I’ve written, but it’s my first holiday story set outside the United States. I created Alistonia in my book The Cinderella Princess, but that country was nothing more than a name suggested by one of my readers on my Facebook page. So when I decided to use Alistonia as the setting for my Christmas book, I had a little work to do.
First, I needed to figure out where the country was on the map. I finally picked the eastern slope of the Alps. That sounded like a place that would be Christmassy and have snow. I also needed to determine what kind of Christmas traditions the characters and countries might have. I didn’t just want to carry over what is familiar to me, so I researched European Christmas traditions.
My favorite thing I discovered, and something I want to experience in person someday, is the Christmas Market. These street markets happen throughout Europe during Advent/Decemb…

Q & A With Author Julie Archer

Hi, Julie! Thanks for joining me today! Let's get started. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I’d like writing to be my only job! Ideally, I’d like to become a traditionally published bestselling author. It would also be great to have a strong following of people that are interested when my next book comes out. But in all honesty, if I can break even some day, that would be great!
What would your career look like in an ideal world?
Pretty much the same as above. I’d love to just focus on writing and not have the variety of other jobs as well.

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
Just the one? I have several! Hollyoaks (UK soap), Made in Chelsea (UK reality TV series focusing on the lives and loves of the rich people in Chelsea) and Pretty Little Liars (US teen drama).
Do you believe in fate or love at first sight?
I believe that things happen for a reason. If something doesn’t work out for you, then it wasn’t meant to be and something better will come along. For example, I …

Q & A With Author Holly Tierney-Bedord

Hi, Holly! Thanks for joining me! What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I have many partly written stories, and even more stories in my head. I want to get them all out there!
What would your career look like in an ideal world?
I'm pretty happy with my career as it is right now. I get to write a lot, and I also have a regular job I love working for a group of local restaurants.
What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
I love TV. Love it. All reality shows. Especially the Real Housewives, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and Survivor. Junky daytime shows like court shows and Dr. Phil. Comedies like The Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn 99. I love watching the news. True Crime shows. The Simpsons. I'll watch just about anything. I went for years without a television, because I felt like TV was unhealthy and made people dumb, but when my husband and I got married about ten years ago he insisted we have a TV, and now I'm like one of those kids raised without candy who just want…

It's a Writer Thing -- It's All About Control

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss. 


Hello lovely writers! Welcome back to my It’s a Writer Thing mini-series on stimulus control and generalizability. As you may recall, I’m a clinical psychologist, which means I get to take advantage of all those great psychological theories and put them to work for me in my writing, and I want to share that with you.
In my last two posts, I talked about the benefit of ingraining a very powerful urge to write by creating a habit. Writing under the same circumstances every day for a few weeks can create stimulus control in which the environment triggers our writing behavior. But I also cautioned that we can sometimes hinder ourselves if we limit our writing to only that special circumstance. We don’t want to limit ourselves! We want to be productive no matter where we are, right? So, to avoid that, once we’ve established a good habit, we need to vary our writing environment (while still sticking with our routine) so we can train ourselves to write…