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The Nix | Nathan Hill

“The flip side of being a person who never fails at anything is that you never do anything you could fail at. You never do anything risky. There’s a certain essential lack of courage among people who seem to be good at everything.” 
Genre: Literary/Historical Fiction. Number of Pages: 628. Perspective: Alternating Third. Location: Rural Pennsylvania. 
This book is about a writer who sees his mother on the news for stoning a politician. Since he hasn’t seen her since he was a child and needs a book concept, he decides to write a tell-all and uncover all the secrets of his mother’s past. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It utilized the true definition of character development. Some of the backstories I loved and others felt unnecessary. I  didn't think the video gamer he befriended was necessary to the book. But as a short story, it would have been really interesting and it did provide a great perspective. I kept waiting and waiting for it all to tie t…

Wintersong | S. Jae-Jones

“‘A candle unused is nothing but wax and wick,’ I said.’I would rather light the flame, knowing it will go out than sit forever in darkness.’
Genre: New Adult Fantasy. Number of Pages: 436. Perspective: First. Location: 18th Century Bavaria.
This book is about Liesl, a girl whose sister gets kidnapped by the goblin king. She must use what she knows from her grandmother’s old folklore stories to figure out how to get her sister back, even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I read this book for my book club, but I may have picked it up on my own because of the beautiful cover and the fantasy element. However, I want to start off by saying that I couldn’t fully appreciate all this book has to offer. By that, I mean that at least half of this book is musical prose that might as well have been a foreign language to me. If you understand classical music, then I would assume that you would have an appreciation for the 50%+ of the book that I skipped…

The Woman in Cabin 10 | Ruth Ware

“There’s a reason why we keep thoughts inside our heads for the most part—they’re not safe to be let out in public. ” 
Genre: Mystery/Thriller. Number of Pages: 340. Perspective: First. Location: Yacht in the ocean off of Europe. 
This book is about a travel journalist that gets the opportunity to experience the life of luxury on a fancy yacht to see the Northern Lights. However, the first night she hears a scream and a splash from the outside of the cabin next to hers. No one believes her story since the room was empty, but she is determined to find out the truth. For a complete summary, you can go here.
I’ll shamefully admit that I thought this book was going to take place in the woods. I was thinking of a log cabin, not a cabin in a boat. Water didn't seem as creepy to me as the woods, but now I am realizing how boats are the perfect places for crimes. You are trapped and there is a grey area for arrests in unclaimed water territory. Makes me not want to go on a cruise anytime soon…

It's A Writer Thing -- On Productivity and Finishing What You Started

This is a guest post by Jessica Bayliss.

Happy September, Wonderful Writers! 
Before I get started, a HUGE thanks to Amber Gregg for hosting my series on her lovely site.
It’s been a whirlwind this summer, what with my first time as a Pitch Wars mentor and all the work I’ve been doing on my own books. I finished my second manuscript for the year in August, which was my 11th book in total. Holy moly! But, finishing my latest MS got me thinking about productivity.
I acknowledge that I’m a fast writer, but I owe my productivity to something more important: I practice finishing books.
There are a lot of skills to learn to become a professional writer. First off: writing. Like, the actual craft. Then there are query letters and synopses and log lines. What genre is what (and that YA is NOT a genre—grr.). Another thing we have to learn is how to finish books. We need to build stamina, the stick-to-it-ness, essential to a professional writer operating out there in the big old world.
We’re notoriou…